October was a busy month over in the CIC Fan Fiction Forum. Several brand new stories were kicked off and a handful of long-running arcs were expanded. Death began a piece called Rain on the Scarecrow that follows a pilot who just lost his father and brother in the Kilrathi War. Powell99's new fanfic is The Big Year. It begins on New Year's Day 2669 and explores the final year of the War from a new perspective. L.I.F. also just kicked off A Busy Day. This one follows a smuggler's disrupted plans to get away from the Hakaga carrier fleet on its way to the Battle of Earth.
The Lead Dralthi continued to hammer the Sabre with everything it had to offer, sending a stream of Meson Gun bolts into the Sabre just behind the cockpit. Lieutenant Lysenko screamed in pain and utter shock. Hale swore loudly as the radar, left VDU, and Armour readout blew out. He pulled out the throttle and flipped his wounded Sabre onto his back. Now the Kilrathi fighter was facing him headon, where the fighter still presumably had shields and armor left. Ignoring the various alarms, he fired off a pair of DF's and sprayed out a solid line of Mass Driver and Particle cannon fire into the Dralthi. The Kilrathi Fighter spun out of control and exploded dramatically. Hale could make out the Pilot getting blow out of the cockpit as his fighter exploded.
Keith Hale looked over the shattered cockpit of his Sabre, it was time to head home as soon as possible. "Lieutenant Ryan Report Status!"
"I'm okay sir, got a couple burn marks on my ship, how about you?"
"I wish I had it that good. My ship is shot to all hell and my WSOs hurt. The Nav Computer's shot so I'll need you to lead the way back to the Saratoga." He looked back over at Lysenko, she was still moving, but moaning in pain. He couldn't quite make it out, but it appeared as if she took some shrapnel from the explosion in the back of the fighter. God only knew what kind of shape Sergeant Keller was in, but the ship's internal comms were offline and the passage way to the turret was blocked with a massive amount of wires and debris.
"Yeah, I have your ship in visual range now, I'll see what I can do." Ryan took his Sabre and stopped it directly in front of Hale's. "Just follow me sir, and this will be over." (More)
Deacan's Das Erwachen continues to be posted too. The 85th German segment went up earlier today. Last, but not least, Dahan is still updating a whopping three running series. Sins of the Father, Confed Vengeance and An Officer's Beginning all have new chapters online. If you've been toying around with a story, feel free to post it to the Forum and get some feedback. There's a ton of fans out there eager to read your material, and you never know when your creative mind might be tapped to assist with the next comic, game mod or fan project.
Here are sketches of all six in-game fighters... plus the two heavy fighters. The other one? The Gothri, first introduced in Special Operations 1. Like the Centurion, a fully textured Gothri model was built... and it's beautiful - a cross between the classic fighter and something from H.R. Giger.
This is part of a series of beautiful Wing Commander Arena concept images graciously provided by Gaia Industries. You can find the original article here. You can thank the guys at Gaia by picking up Street Trace NYC on Xbox Live Arcade!