White Chalice receives a transmission. No, everyone in the world
receives a transmission. The unknown force who appeared after the Inspectors' last stand have technology powerful enough to send this to everyone in Earth Sphere at the same time.
The feed shows an inside of a ship's bridge - a very advanced looking one. You can see someone who must be the captain, standing there sternly and wordlessly, half of his face mutilated horribly.
Behind him, three other people who somehow seem important as well.
But it's a young, modestly-dressed man with long hair who does all the talking.
"Everyone. People of Earth - please listen to what I have to say!"
"Two hundred years from now on, Earth faces destruction. Our beautiful planet could not endure so many cataclysms, those that were no fault of humanity, and regrettably those that were. But not all is lost - the future may be changed! We are here to ensure that. We left our homes and families behind to jump to the past - your present, to change the course of history."
"We are Kairos Aspida. You may call us a non-government organisation, but we have neither political influence nor monetary gain on our minds, only well being of humanity and Earth itself. Thanks to efforts of Earth's most brilliant minds, we hold in our hands incredible energy, Primeval Force. Mastering this Force is what allowed us to jump back in time. It is much more powerful than anything you are familiar with."
The feed changes into live footage: an army of unknown-looking robots
, accompanied by different units flying in the sky
, levitating near the ground
, and much larger non-humanoid ones that walk the earth
. The camera moves up, to show a fleet of capital ships
surrounding a familiar, massive hulk of what must be the flagship
Is this supposed to be a demonstration of military might? The feed switches back to the bridge.
"Technology we brought from our present - your future, will allow us to avert the sad fate our Earth has faced. No, more than just that: we will create a new world, a safe world, one where humans of the Earth Sphere are not afraid of hunger, of disease, of violence inflicted by aliens, monsters or fellow man. I am Petar Vukoja, the leader of Kairos Aspida expedition, and I talk to you from the bridge of our ship, Bastion of Insolence. I reach out my hand to you, and beg you to take it! Let us create a better future, together. Together we are Kairos Aspida, the shield to protect Earth from ravages of time!"
"In return we ask you of only one thing, to return what was stolen from us. You are familiar with a heavy carrier White Chalice - it is Kairos Aspida property, stolen by a treacherous woman you know under the name Ayame Jin. An ex-Kairos Aspida member, she is deceitful and selfish. She is not to be trusted - do not offer shelter nor aid to her, or to those who follow her. You will end up with your back stabbed. Help us retrieve White Chalice instead, and our gratitude shall be eternal."
"As for those who are crew of White Chalice itself - I know you are watching, and I have this to say."
Petar leans in closer to the camera. Uncomfortably close - all the more unnerving that his expression does not change one bit.
"Follow not Ayame Jin's orders, nor those of her puppets. Kairos Aspida realizes that her words may have sounded noble, even though in reality she was manipulating you - and for that, we forgive you. Stop listening to her and we will be friends, all fellow humans working for a common good."
"Oppose us, and you will not stand a chance."
[The one-sided transmission ends. Reactions/comments?]
"Where do I start. So it finally comes to this."
Following the Kairos Aspida transmission, Ayame Jin makes a ship-wide announcement of her own. She seems to have calmed down somewhat, but is still visibly shaken.
"What you just heard is true. Both me and White Chalice are from the future. This is why it has unique technology unavailable anywhere else in the Earth Sphere, such as the teleporters."
"What Petar is not telling you is that Kairos Aspida is a tyrannical ruler. Yes, they united the whole planet under one rule and provided everyone with basic necessities, but they did so by sacrificing a lot of individual freedom and civil liberties. For example, in the future everyone's profession is determined by the government. Individual countries are not even allowed to maintain their own military forces, instead they must rely on Kairos Aspida on protection."
"This is why when I heard of Kairos Aspida plans to return back in time and conquer Earth two hundred years earlier, I had enough. I betrayed them. I managed to take control of their at the time flagship, White Chalice, and steer it back two hundred years into the past. HALO was reverse-engineered from White Chalice's technology, an effort to prevent the Second Impact from happening. It failed of course, but I think... the flow of time has been changed already. There was no HALO or Adventus in my timeline's past. Inspectors also wrecked the planet badly when they came, but you defeated them instead."
"Obviously I have no intention of giving White Chalice back to Kairos Aspida, and Captain Smith agrees with my decision. I hope world leaders will find Petar's tale hard to believe. White Chalice will have trouble with supplies if suddenly all our allies decide to side with Kairos Aspida instead."
"If you have any questions, ask me in person."
[This is the prompt for people who indeed, have questions to ask of Ayame.]