Ovalkwiki - The Official Schlock Mercenary Encyclopedia
Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
One Cobble at a Time - the official site for Sandra Tayler's writings
NARRATOR: The spherical ship hovering eleven hundred kilometers above Jumpstar Prime is large enough to hold most of Chomolungma.
IAFA: Chinook, this is Iafa of TT08-11 Breath Weapon. We're on final approach.
CHINOOK: Cynthetic Certainty and Maxim 39 are already in place.
IAFA: Then the gang is all here. The company is ready for transit.
NARRATOR: It is Cindercone, an ancient Oafan cargo vessel eight kilometers in diameter.
NARRATOR: It is also a teraport cage, an exit from (or entrance to) the mind-bogglingly massive station-world of Eina-Afa.
CHINOOK: Teraporting you now.
CHINOOK: Welcome to Babirr Oaiaha.
IAFA: You've made improvements!
NARRATOR: With its sister ship, Cindertwin, it allows warships to teraport right under the nose (or analogous anthropomorphized sensory cluster) of even the very finest military-grade teraport area denial systems.
NARRATOR: Which is why every government that is aware of Cindercone and Cindertwin treats the uninvited arrival of either ship into defended space as an act of war.
CHINOOK: I had to.
My secret entrance isn't much of a secret anymore.
IAFA: Then why do I only see six warships on patrol?
CHINOOK: Oh, Iafa. You're so CUTE.
Those are the six I am letting you see.
NARRATOR: This is not institutional paranoia. It's common sense.
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