A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 342, Sunday
December 9th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Range
There were millions of bits of wreckage in motion, glowing in the light of plasma cannons, lasers and explosive fire.
In the ever-changing dynamics of ZeroG combat, the relative range between opponents was in constant flux, as well as the vector of any approach. Every action created an equal and opposite reaction.
Only energy weapons could close the gap between it targets from long range with ease and accuracy.
Every victory created new obstacles, sudden changes in the vectors of pilotless craft, the creation of debris fields, scattering in the void, every piece of wreckage was potentially a lethal projectile that all combatants sought to use to their advantage, either as a screen, a shield or a weapon.
These fields of destruction were so immense that they were beyond the ability of strategists to account for them, those commanders whose thinking was focused on the macro scale and long-term objectives.
Even the wing commanders, the battlefield tacticians who were responsible for coordinating the engagements in real time could not manage this aspect of combat effectively.
Every object had to be scanned and tracked, every possible danger had to be analyzed for threats. Data had to be sent to every commander in the fleet and every pilot of small craft.
Ultimately the effective use of debris came down to the close witness of pilots and space marines, in heavy battle armor.
Small engagements might not pose any threat at all to the Imperial powers, due to the superior fire power and overwhelming force they brought to the combat theatre, which was how their training dictated all engagements to be conducted.
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