[[Exiting FTL navigation.
Now entering cruising mode.]]

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The AI’s announcement echoed inside the cockpit but the rainbow starry sky continued to display on the main monitor of the [Caliburn-Revive].
At the moment, the [Caliburn-Revive] is traveling at 90 percent of the speed of light along the outer edge of the Wraith system.
Naturally, this speed was not achieved by the machine’s thruster but by the built-in FTL drive.

“Making a subtle approach really paid off, it seems we get to make the first move.”

Said Schleer whose [Mistilteinn] is currently straddling on a [Ride-Booster] with a grin.
Including Kisei’s [Caliburn-Revive], the Calencian currently has 3 Zeniths and 200 other strikers inside the Wraith system.

On the other hand, there is little presence of enemy units in the surrounding star systems.
Some of the enemies may have concealed themselves to ambush them but it appears that by mobilizing only the fast-moving strikers, they managed to arrive here earlier than the enemy’s main force.

“77th and 79th Striker Squadrons, form a blockade at the space connecting to the Maga system.”

In response to Schleer’s command, multiple strikers with silver rings behind their backs break away from the group.
Their movement was disciplined.
And they are supposed to be.
After all, Schleer only brought the most elite of the pilots Calencia has to offer.
Due to the Mobile Fort’s presence, if they can not crush thoroughly in this operation, their offensive operation would be rendered unviable.

After assigning the striker squadrons to their positions, only a few dozens of strikers were left with Kisei’s group.
Moreover, instead of a ride booster, what those strikers are currently straddling on are Ride-Gun-Carriers, which are motorcycle-shaped mobile artillery cannons.
Still, one could say that this amount of firepower is insufficient to take down a Mobile Fort.

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“Now then, we have cast the net The question is if our prey is actually here…..”

Currently, Schleer has cut off all paths of retreat with a large number of strikers.
However, that would be for naught if the Mobile Fort already left the system.

“Still, dealing with an invisible enemy really is annoying, isn’t it.
The Scouting Fleet couldn’t detect it until it opened fire on them after all…….”

“Perhaps they were taken by surprise while they were performing a surface scan.
Something like that can’t possibly be hidden by just the mass of a big asteroid after all.”

“I see.
So they decided to shoot first before they got shot huh.”

Saki groaned.
Even for a fleet, taking on the first strike by a cannon as powerful as a siege unit will inevitably cause great damage after all.

“Oi, Hokuto.
Can you tell where it’s hiding?”

“I can.”

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Although Saki posted the question half-jokingly, the blunt answer she received betrayed her expectations.

“Even an Active Stealth system can not hide killing intent you know.
It’s fine.
They are still on that asteroid.
Let’s quickly clean this up.”

“How very convenient……..Aye, aye, leave the support to me.”

Thus, the detached units head for Asteroid B1.
With the speed on the edge of the speed of light, they immediately arrived at the vicinity of the target asteroid.
From Kisei’s main monitor, he can see the bumpy potato-like surface of the asteroid gradually getting closer and closer.

[[Gravity field detected.
Leaving Cruising Mode.
Now returning to normal navigation.]]

The FTL navigation automatically cut off and the silver ring behind the back of each striker disappeared.

“Where is it……at this range, should we not be able to see them? They may have optical camouflage as well.
We have to be careful.”

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“Your Highness, let me take the lead.
I’m sorry but please let me have command of this operation.
I’m probably the only one here who ever has a run-in with a mobile fort after all.”

“It’s okay, I’m counting on you.”

With its poor maneuverability and high construction costs, a Mobile Fort is an extremely extravagant weapon.
Not only is the Calencia empire the smallest nation in this region, but it also has never experienced a war of this scale since its founding.
Deciding that she should leave this to an expert, Schleer immediately gives her permission.

“Fighting under a man!?”

One of the pilots in charge of the mobile artillery unit exclaimed in dissatisfaction.
Kisei has indeed been quite successful in the previous operations so he has a good reputation within the Calencian army but some people still have some dissatisfaction due to his gender.

“Fine then! If you do not want to obey my command then just move on your own!”

That being said, Kisei is already used to such reactions.
He simply grinned and replied back, causing the artillery unit to get noisy for a while.
Still, there are no fools who decide to break up battle formation on the actual battle here.

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“M, My apology.
I will discipline this idiot later.”

The captain of the artillery unit cleared her throat and said so apologetically to conclude the matter.

“Why do I have to apolo–…..”

“You idiot! You are not a child anymore so stop being so selfish already!”

“Again, I’m sorry……..”

“Is this the time to be fooling around! Distance to the enemy 50,000.
We are almost at the enemy’s kill zon–…….”

When Saki who finally snapped angrily raised her voice, Kisei’s sharp voice interrupted her.

“All units, Spread out!”

The very next moment, a torrent of crimson beams flew toward them from the jet-black space.

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