Chapter 31: Thorn Bird Raider Group
Under the dim star light at some corner of the Milky Way, there was a space station.
From the structure and design of the station, it should be an old model that was used as a hub. Any industrial space ships that passed this station could all park here to rest a bit. The crew members could partake in recreational activities like getting drunk at the bar, picking up some chicks and refilling fuel.
Now that the space station was abandoned, it was taken over by a group of raiders. On the sides of the space station were painted two giant bird symbols, showing that the present occupants of this place were the members of the Thorn Bird Raider Group.
In the Milky Way, there was a big difference between raiders and space pirates. Space pirates never land, they just intercepted transporting or commercial ships, while the raiders would go anywhere to rob as long as the loot was valuable.
Generally speaking, raiders were a much more violent group that was developed on the foundation of space pirates. They were much more powerful and cruel as well.
The four star esper, the strategist of Thorn Birds Di Fu walked past the mess at the lobby. The pirate all had three big hobbies: money, women, and alcohol, and Thorn Bird raiders were no exception. A group of captured girls were forced onto the floor by the drunk raiders, and made to play a game called drunken chicken.
This game was really simple and cruel. You forced the girls to drink, and when they were drunk on the floor, then the obvious will happen.
Di Fu slightly frowned, he didn’t like this kind of uncivilized game, but of course he wouldn’t stop his bros. If it wasn’t for the lawless environment and piles of cash, which esper would be willing to be a robber?
For the raiders, they could do whatever they wanted during their free times, as long as they give it their all on the battle field.
Di Fu walked past the lobby and arrived at Lucas’s, the boss, office. Lucas was a bit drunk already, and in his arms were two naked little girls. He wasn’t wearing any clothes either, showing off his terrifying scars and bronze colored muscles.
In this world there were two types of robbers, one were those criminals that had nowhere else to go so they could only join raider groups, like Di Fu. He was the most intelligent existence in the group, his shirt was always pure white with not even a speck of dust on it.
And then there was the second type that were natural born outlaws. They loved the chaos, insanity, and living their lives on the edge of knives. Like Lucas, who was born as an outlaw. Fresh blood and alcohol were his favourite past time.
“Oh my counsellor is here, what is it?” Lucas reluctantly pushed away those two beautiful girls, gestured them to get out and invited Di Fu to sit down in front of him.
Di Fu sat down and said in a deep voice, “Our client wants us to hurry up and execute the deal, the United Government of Earth is very likely going to finish discovering the C ranked Extinction Domain soon. If that happens, Earth might have enough income to form a stronger military, and by then our client’s plan of colonizing Earth will have a lot more obstacles.”
Lucas started to laugh out loud, stood up disapproving and yelled, “It’s easy, I will just go myself and kill and loot everything on that place called Earth.”
Di Fu shook his head, “Boss, Earth isn’t suited for large-scale war.”
“Why?” Lucas was a bit confused, “A lowly planet that just joined the Milky Way Alliance under 20 years ago, do we not have enough men to stomp it?”
Di Fu slightly frowned, “Boss, on the meeting a month ago, I already analyzed the situation, did you forget this quickly?”
Lucas scratched the back of his head and carelessly said, “I forgot, but that’s why I have you right? Why can’t we just attack Earth?”
Di Fu actually disliked Lucas’s careless character, but he was a smart guy and obviously wouldn’t display his true emotions. He only responded sincerely, “9 years ago, the Earth esper Ke Lake won a huge spot at the Galactic Meet. After the event was over, Earth got a Space Fortress ranked battle cruiser as a reward.”
“Now that 9 years have passed, I believe that Earth is potent enough to command the cruiser to quickly join battles. The strongest class of battleship in Thorn Bird is your Eris Ranked Destroyer. Although we have a lot more battleships than Earth, but without such a large ranked battleship still puts us at a disadvantage, and in a battle of assault and fortify we might not be able to win.”
“Secondly, although the rumor says that Ke Lake went missing right after the Galactic Meet, we still can’t rule out the possibility that it’s not Earth’s tactic of deception. The Space Fortress ranked battle cruiser and a five-star esper Ke Lake, these are Earth’s only two cards in their hand, but they pose a large threat to us.”
“Third of all, we sent Duo Ear to raid Earth before, it was a business but it was also our initial assessment of the strength of Earth’s power. The result was the complete annihilation of Duo Ear. The espers on Earth are very courageous and united which was beyond our expectation, and they actually killed Duo Ear before the military arrived. In conclusion, I strongly disagree going head to head with the United Government of Earth. Regardless of how weak they are, they are still a country.”
Lucas nodded slightly. Actually he didn’t like Di Fu’s style either. He doesn’t play with women, doesn’t drink, and doesn’t gamble. Nothing about Di Fu looked like a robber. But he knew, Di Fu’s intelligence was essential to Thorn Bird.
“Counsellor, what do you think we should do?” Lucas asked.
“Very simple, hit and run. According to our intelligence, the guy responsible for discovering and conquering the Extinction Domain is called Li Yu, a 4 star ranked esper. As well, there are about 10 to 20 three star espers. They must be the core strength of Earth’s Extinction Site Administration. “
Lucas scratched his chin and said, “But our client wants the extinction domain. If we destroy it, our client will be unhappy.”
“That’s no problem. There are 4 extinction domains on Earth, 2 D class, 1 C class, and 1 B class. Up until now, Earth has already explored the two D class but they weren’t able to provide too much income, but B class is too difficult for Earth at their current state to explore by themselves.”
“So the only obstacle is that soon-to-be-explored C class extinction domain. If we destroy it, then we will have destroyed Earth’s hope to get back on its feet. And by the end of next year’s Galactic Meet, if Ke Lake really went missing, then our client can take over Earth without using a single soldier.”
“What our client really wants is the B class one, how can they not be happy if we destroyed a C class so they can get a B class? That’s why, for us, the fastest and most efficient solution is to destroy the C class extinction domain. “
“We will sent Pan Gongjin on the Reaper class frigate to execute the plan, use an energy field to completely seal the entrance to the extinction domain so that the enemy can’t send any reinforcements. Then let Nan Gongjin lead a troop to rush into the domain, plant the bomb and quickly retreat, completely blowing up the site and all the espers inside!”
“From start to end, we only need 3 minutes to finish the battle, and we can avoid facing their battle cruiser that way too.”
Lucas actually didn’t care about how many of his guys died, but it’s obviously better if the job can be done without any sacrifices.
“Good, then this task will be assigned to Pan Gongjin and those guys to finish. There will be large rewards after that job gets done!”