There was a hissing sound as the hatch of his Cryo Pod opened and the two atmospheres collided. He lazily stumbled out and was greeted by a holographic adjutant.
"Good morning Captain, our long voyage from earth is almost over. A Med Officer will be here soon to administer CryoStim supplements. After you have received your supplements, the Admiral has requested your presence on the Bridge."
Both his body and mind felt like they were still asleep. He felt like collapsing then and there, but decided against it. The Captain looked around. It was the Cyro Chamber of the Yggdrasil, housing most of the higher ranking officers of the UED's second fleet. There were rows and rows of pods, ranging several floors up. He turned as he heard metallic clanging coming from around the corner, and not even a few seconds after that a blonde woman appeared holding a syringe.
She stopped for a second and examined the still naked Captain. At first he didn't realize what she was looking at, but even after he came to the conclusion, he didn't do anything to adjust. He had nothing to be ashamed of, and trying to hide would make him seem shy. And he was just too damn tired to do anything about it anyways. The girl approached and asked for him to hold out his arm as she plunged the needle into his skin.
He felt a rush of adrenaline, and most of his senses returned to normal.
"Follow me, we'll get you some cloths then I'll direct you to the bridge."
A now appropriate Captain approached the bridge. Well, main bridge that is, there are three in total. The other bridges were put in place to ensure that should the main bridge suffer damage, the ship wouldn't be rendered useless, though the other two were in a constant lockdown to prevent anyone from taking control of the ship out from under the Admiral. The ship was designed to take extreme damage and still be able to function. There was also multiple reactors and armories. Infantry were kept on several different levels, nine docking bays in total, and eight elevators and about a dozen staircases. The ship was extremely large, and you could get easily lost.
He took a deep breathe and approached the massive blast doors. They opened when he was a few feet away, and revealed a hive of activity. Lesser officers were running around from console to console, preparing for the fleet to exit warp space. The Admiral stood in the center of the room, with his back to his command chair and was facing a large amount of viewing screens. Without turning he addressed the Captain in a voice that held both energy and knowledge.
"Ah, Captain. It's good to have you awake. I've reviewed your records, and I'm quite impressed." He walked over to a holo projector and activated it. "This," he gestured to the Capital ship being projected "Is the Niflhel, and it is capable of splitting enemy warships in two with a single shot from it's overly sized Yamato cannon." The Captain approached the hologram with interest, examining it. "You will be commanding this ship as well as a small part of the fleet." The Captain nodded, honored to serve aboard such a great piece of Earth technology.
"You will take your battle group and attack these planets..."
The Admiral continued to brief the Captain on what is to be done within the first few days of their arrival. And he would continue to brief several other officers before entering the Koprulu sector.
3 HOURS BEFORE ENTRY
Vice Admiral Jheria approached the command chair in the main bridge. Most of the activity had died down, and now only a dozen or so officers were left. They would serve as the crew for the Yggdrasil during their campaign. He slender frame and messy brown hair (longer than regulation) reflected her exhaustion from running around the ship for the past few hours.
"Admiral, all commanding officers have been briefed and are ready to begin conquering this sector."
The Admiral stood with his hands crossed behind his back, then turned to his second in command. His Black and silver hair gleamed in the bright lights and his blue eyes seemed to be lit by all his pride and honor.
Jheria hesitated "Sir... What is going to happen?"
The Vice Admiral was extremely young for her rank, but the Admiral knew behind the face of that young woman lay an extremely talented tactical adviser.
He walked up to her and put his heavy hand on her thin shoulder.
"Do not worry, my good Jheria. Our fleet is massive, and geared with the best technology the UED has to offer! Fear is for the enemy. You must go into this with both your heart and your mind, for if either is empty, we will fail." He stared into her eyes.
"Are you ready for this, Jheria?"
She looked down, contemplating. Then her head rose and meet the Admiral's gaze.
"I am ready."
"Good, now go make sure all preparations are made."
The Admiral returned to his position, leaving Jheria alone with her thoughts.