Bridge of the Revenge - In orbit over Providentia Prime - Providentia System - Frontier William Buttersworth let the glow of the systems star bathe his skin. It did not warm him, as it was simply relayed on the massive displays that filled the bridge. Around him another landfall was being coordinated, moving more supplies, personnel and equipment down to the surface of the planet. This was the 18th landfall they had conducted on the planet and the crew had become increasingly efficient at it. He watched as hundreds of Lander's, large rectangular vehicles with enormous drives mounted on their chassis steadily began their descent to the colony below. As he followed their progress, his eyes refocused on the planet itself, its expansive desert, constantly wracked by dust storms, and its temperate poles, green and blue with verdant fields, forests and oceans. Even a little bit of white at the extreme poles and the tips of the mountains that separated much of the desert from the temperate regions. It was a paradise to him, and to many of his crew who were eager to set foot on their new home, however they still had the landfall to conduct before they could. They had arrived in the system two and a half years ago. The fledgling city down on the surface was nothing more than an expansive plateau covered in lush, waist deep grass. When the gate opened in the Sol system, William immediately dispatched an Icarus' corvette, which passed through the gates with the coalition fleet. Upon discovery that the gate in Sol lead to a hub, connected to hundreds of other gates and star systems, the corvette deployed probes, aiding and assisting those coalition vessels which had struggled with the strange properties of the newly dubbed "Slow Zone", whilst also exploring many of the systems. Upon discovery of a suitable world, in a resource rich system, rife with alien artifacts, William began one of the largest exoduses of the belt, emptying much of New Providence Station into his fleet of freighters, rescue vessels and the newly launched Security Fleet and set course for the gate and their new home. Since then they had steadily moved much of what they had brought with them down to the planet surface and founded their first colonial city. And only a year ago, after months of negotiation, taxes, fees and several bribes, the Orbital City Builder, formerly the great shipyard of New Providence Station, arrived in system. It now hung in high orbit over Providentia Prime, producing any and all equipment the colony below needed to survive. It also contained the Core Sanctum, smuggled out of the Sol System after many months of deliberation. It was decided that the safety and security of the Core and its capabilities came before the potential benefits of remaining in Sol System with their increasingly paranoid and erratic governments. Now New Providence Station was little more than a way station, providing a starting point for colonists leaving Earth and Mars, and heading towards the gate. The New Providence freighter fleet forming the first space born wagon train, bearing colonists to the frontier. "Landfall is at 50%, all transports are showing green across the board," a member of the bridge crew called out, a volumetric display projecting the progress of each vessels around her head, fourteen in total. Each contained almost two hundred colonists, farming equipment, soil and bacteria, plants, animals and construction machinery and medicine. For many of these colonists, this would be the first time they set foot on a planet. However each had accepted that whilst they had landed on what appeared to be a paradise, life would not be easy. The colony was still many years of being self sustaining and for now they still relied on shipments of biologicals, purchased at exorbitant prices from New Tycho Station. Still, it was a price WIlliam was willing to pay. Soon, they would begin the long arduous process of excavation, revealing the extensive cave networks and alien contstructs which riddled the planet and once they had found a suitable location, the landing of the Core.