:: LOOK UPON THE BURNING WORLD BELOW. IF THIS IS THE LEGACY YOU SEEK, WE WILL GIVE IT TO YOU. ::
The turrets of the /𝑹𝑨𝑫𝑰𝑨𝑵𝑻 𝑺𝑻𝑶𝑹𝑴 𝑨𝑪𝑪𝑼𝑺𝑬𝑺 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑾𝑰𝑪𝑲𝑬𝑫/ swiveled about, acquiring firing solutions on the xeno craft.
:: YOU WILL FIND ONLY DEATH ON THAT WORLD, AND MANY INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH ON ITS MOON. EVEN A PACIFIST KNOWS WE CAN NOT ALLOW THE POTENTIAL RECOVERY OF THOSE INSTRUMENTS, WHATEVER TOOLS OF PEACE MAY BE BURIED WITH THEM. ::
Met-Um's bluff seemed to be paying off, or the xeno was under-equipped for its size. The cathedral could not blockade a true warship, lacking the mobility to pursue it on a rendezvous course to the moon's relic site, and lacking the firepower to cripple one before it passed by. Its capabilities were sufficient for warding off boarding parties or fighting off a warship looking to take the cathedral's cargo intact, but little more.
:: IF YOU TRULY SEEK AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE, WE CAN EXPLAIN IT SIMPLY ENOUGH FOR A MIND NAIVE AS YOURS. SURVIVAL IS THE PRIMARY REQUIREMENT OF CIVILIZATION. SURVIVAL OF YOUR SPECIES IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SURVIVAL OF OTHER SPECIES. THESE RULES ARE UNIVERSAL, AND THEREFORE YOU MUST KILL OR BE KILLED. XENOS ARE A THREAT. EVEN ALLIES ARE THREATS THAT MUST BE REMOVED. ::
The large ring structure mounted around the cathedral-vessel begins to emit bursts of radiation as it activates. The cathedral is preparing to leave realspace.
:: WE ARE FAR FROM HOME, AND CAN ONLY ASSUME YOU MUST BE AS WELL. BUT WE KNOW NOW THAT THE MON'HALI'S CHILDREN ARE OUT THERE. WHETHER YOUR CLAIM OF PACIFISM IS TRUE OR NOT, WE CAN ONLY ASSUME THE WORST. SCAVENGE AS YOU PLEASE. SHORE UP YOUR DEFENSES, OR HIDE YOURSELVES ACROSS A THOUSAND ROCKS. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE. WHEN THE OUROBOROS DISCOVERS A THREAT, WE REMOVE IT. ::
A salvo of missiles is fired, but not at the xeno. The missiles begin a slow burn toward the moon, saving their fuel for the final approach to the surface. The Ouroboros knows of one relic site on the moon. Met-Um hopes it is the only one.
:: WE WILL LEAVE YOU NOW, BUT HEED OUR WORDS. THE UNIVERSE IS NOT A SAFE PLACE. ::
The faerie ring is nearly charged. In no more than ten minutes, the cathedral will disappear, leaving only the cluster of missiles in their wake.