Now the matter of Duan Hengye coming to the vicinity of Tize Star had almost spread throughout the entire interstellar world, because his identity was really too special, so Dongfang Hewen’s main task was to ensure Duan Hengye’s safety. At this time, not much time had passed since the end of the last exploratory wa.r, so it was a period of peace. After the two of them briefly exchanged greetings, Dongfang Hewen explained what had just happened to the surrounding staff, and then personally brought Duan Hengye to a huge starship in the compound.
Before the hovercraft even flew to the side of the starship that Dongfang Hewen had mentioned, Duan Hengye could already see that huge black figure through the viewport. From Duan Hengye’s current perspective, from afar, it looked like a small city suspended in the air, and its appearance was extremely spectacular. In the past two years, Duan Hengye had already seen many kinds of starships, large and small. However, today was the first time he had seen such a huge ship. Unable to help it, Duan Hengye was also shocked by the starship’s huge aura, and then subconsciously pressed his finger onto the starship’s viewport.
After noticing Duan Hengye’s curious eyes, Dongfang Hewen, who was standing beside him, spoke, “This is the resident’s command starship, and its size is roughly equivalent to one-fifth of the Capital Star’s central area.”
As Dongfang Hewen spoke, the hovercraft that Duan Hengye was traveling in gradually approached the starship. After hearing Dongfang Hewen’s words, Duan Hengye realized that the starship’s volume was even larger than he had imagined. You have to know that although the capital star center area was called a “district”, but in reality it was no different from a large city. ……
This starship was a defensive starship, its size was very large and had excellent defense, but the movement speed was very slow, and the degree of flexibility was extremely low. Therefore, giant starships were usually placed on fixed planets and used as residences. Although Duan Hengye knew this, he had never seen this giant starship that only existed in legends. As the hovercraft gradually approached the starship, and Dongfang Hewen introduced him to the inner structure of the starship, Duan Hengye also listened very patiently.
The book didn’t specifically introduce the duration of the last battle, but Duan Hengye was able to figure out that this battle would definitely not be short. So after realizing that he was about to stay on this huge starship for a long time, Duan Hengye paid more and more attention to the precautions that Dongfang Hewen talked about.
After a while, Duan Hengye boarded the starship. At this time, the staff of the military department who had been notified in advance had already been waiting for a long time. Because of his busy schedule and the current wartime situation, Dongfang Hewen returned to his office on the starship after exchanging information with the staff.
A small internal hovercraft also flew over from elsewhere. This starship was currently serving the role of the resident’s command headquarters for the army that had not gone to wa.r… The people were all here for the time being. Despite the large number of people, the interior of the starship was unusually quiet. And in order not to delay everyone’s work, the flight speed of the starship’s internal hovercraft was also set to the highest level. Although he had already been mentally prepared, the moment the hovercraft started, Duan Hengye still couldn’t help but stretch out his hand somewhat nervously and tightly grip the handrail inside.
Duan Hengye rode the hovercraft as it quickly flew through the wide corridors inside the starship, and he noticed that all of the military personnel he encountered as they passed by all stood still and gave a salute in his direction.
In Duan Hengye’s opinion, the interior of this huge starship was much like a complex termite nest. Even though on the way here, Dongfang Hewen had already briefly introduced him to the structure of this place, and he was able to see signage along the way. However, after a short while, Duan Hengye couldn’t tell where he was now.
Because the speed of the hovercraft was too fast, after the starship landed, Duan Hengye’s body couldn’t help but sway for a bit. However, Duan Hengye quickly adjusted his state, and then he followed the staff into his own workroom.
Although the area of this starship was large, the number of people inside was after all numerous. Although his identity was very special, Duan Hengye was also arranged into a small suite just like most of the middle and high level staff of the Military Ministry. Duan Hengye saw that this suite had almost no decoration, and the walls on both sides were all bare metal, looking cold and abnormal.
In the middle of the suite was a gray desk, and behind a thin wall was a single bed and a small shower. After noticing that Duan Hengye was observing this room, the staff member who had followed him over hesitated a little, and then asked him after a pause, “Professor Duan, do you need to change to another workspace?”
Duan Hengye was able to hear that this staff member’s tone was a bit cautious, and he 80% felt that he was disliking the simplicity of this room.
Of course, Duan Hengye didn’t have any dissatisfaction with his workroom, and didn’t want to make things difficult for this staff member. So after hearing the other party’s words, he withdrew his line of sight, then smiled faintly towards the other party, “It’s fine, it’s not necessary.”
After hearing Duan Hengye’s words, the staff member couldn’t help but let out a sigh of relief, and after briefly telling him about the specific structure of the surroundings, he then retreated. After waiting for the other to leave, Duan Hengye slowly walked to the bedside of the inner room, and then gently took the set of white clothes placed on it. Because this room’s bed sheets and bedding are all white, just now Duan Hengye didn’t even notice that there was a piece of clothing of the same color on it.
So after getting close to the bed, Duan Hengye found this neatly placed white overalls. Speaking of which, Duan Hengye had also seen a similar style of clothing many times before on the Southern Planet – it was the uniform for the technical staff of the military department. Because he had left in a bit of a hurry, right now Duan Hengye was still wearing the clothes he had worn during the meeting. The clothes he was wearing looked a little too casual and wasn’t very convenient to move around in.
Taking advantage of the fact that there wasn’t much going on right now, Duan Hengye first changed his clothes into these white overalls. This set of work clothes of the technical staff of the Ministry of the Army was very simple in style, but Duan Hengye hadn’t worn this style of clothes before, after changing into it, his whole person had a little bit more of a competent elite temperament than usual.
Coincidentally, not long after Duan Hengye had just changed his clothes, he received a new reminder on his light device- the Marshal had arrived near the starship. After reading it, Duan Hengye followed the staff’s introduction just now and set the hovercraft program through his light device, then flew towards the center part of the starship.
From Duan Hengye’s workroom to the center of the starship, there was a fast track, and this place was empty, surrounded by exposed pipes and reminder screens. Despite having some expectation in his heart, when the hovercraft flew over here, Duan Hengye still had the feeling that he was wandering around inside some industrial machinery at the moment – but the truth wasn’t far from that.
“Arriving, starship center area.” With the sound of a mechanical synthesized female voice, Duan Hengye reached his destination. Not long after he stepped off this small hovercraft, a bright light shone from within the other rapid passage. The light was slightly blinding, so Duan Hengye couldn’t help but reach out his hand to block it, and after his arm fell, another hovercraft had already landed steadily by Duan Hengye’s side.
Meng Jinhuai and the rest of the military department’s several Lieutenant Generals that Duan Hengye was very familiar with walked down together, and after seeing Duan Hengye, the Marshal suddenly stood still and sighed, then finally walked over quickly and gently gave him a hug. Although this hug was very short and the two didn’t say anything, they both understood the meaning behind the silence.
After the hug was over, a few more hovercrafts flew over one after another, and then all of them walked together towards the huge conference table in the center area. Now the first w.ar had ended, but the situation was still grim, Meng Jinhuai needed to use this time to rearrange the manpower around him.
It wasn’t hard to notice that this time, neither of the two Admirals from the Ministry of W.ar had come over. Duan Hengye originally didn’t want to ask about this, but Meng Jinhuai directly guessed what was in Duan Hengye’s mind after seeing his eyes secretly glancing towards the fast track, and proceeded to explain, “Right now, Tize Planet and the remaining few planets are being evacuated of their populations, and Dongfang Hewen as well as Yu Xinran are busy with this matter.”
Duan Hengye didn’t expect Meng Jinhuai to be able to guess what he was thinking like this, so he walked towards his seat while gently giving Meng Jinhuai a nod.
This meeting lasted for more than two hours, and although he didn’t understand the military knowledge, Duan Hengye, who was sitting next to him, was still listening very attentively, without the slightest bit of distraction. Speaking of which, before remembering this matter of the final battle, Duan Hengye had never actually paid attention to the profession of Mecha Maintainer. But now after a period of preparation, he had already understood what he had to do.
He only needed to stay in this starship in most cases. However, the repair of mechas was not a simple, quick thing, and once the damage rate of a mecha reached a certain value in a w.ar, the maintainer would need to follow the mecha into battle to be ready to deal with all sorts of accidents.
After thinking of this, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but reach into his pocket and gently touched the Mecha Opening Medal that he carried with him. Although many people now knew that Duan Hengye’s mecha piloting ability was on par with Admiral Yu Xinran’s, but whether it was the Ministry of the Army or Meng Jinhuai, they wouldn’t ask him to pilot a mecha alone on the battlefield. Duan Hengye himself knew this, but somehow, he still brought this medal over.
He hoped that he wouldn’t use it …… While gently stroking the opening medallion in his pocket, Duan Hengye couldn’t help but think so in his heart.
When the notice of the official end of the meeting rang out, Duan Hengye’s hand also left the medallion. Speaking of which, this medallion made of special metal was always so cold, its temperature traveling from the tip of Duan Hengye’s fingers all the way to his heart, and when his fingers were withdrawn, that icy feeling still didn’t dissipate ……
The huge starship didn’t have windows that could look out to the outside world in every room, and after staying in such a space for a long time, Duan Hengye couldn’t even feel the passage of time. Until sleepiness came to him, Duan Hengye glanced at the light device before realizing that seventeen hours had passed since he left the institute.
From the end of the meeting, Duan Hengye had been studying the relevant information of mecha maintenance, although he had already read those things over and over again, after waiting here and being infected by the atmosphere above the starship, Duan Hengye still can’t help but once again carefully read up the relevant literature.
It wasn’t an exaggeration to say that after this period of preparation, Duan Hengye had almost memorized all of those things. Although deep down he still wanted to continue reading, reason told Duan Hengye that he needed to rest now. After all, the stars were in a special state of war at this time, and although there wasn’t anything too problematic at the moment, danger could come at any moment. As a mecha maintenance division, Duan Hengye needed to be as ready as every mecha warrior.
Immediately afterward, Duan Hengye simply washed up and then fell into a deep sleep.
. Speaking of this era, the soundproofing everywhere had already been done very well, and Duan Hengye had long since gotten used to the state of peace and quiet all around. But this starship was different, because of its special purpose, it couldn’t be too quiet. Similarly, for safety reasons, the people living in the room must always keep an eye on the situation in the corridor, and must get up immediately if there was a slight movement.
Duan Hengye was a very light sleeper. Even though he was already extremely tired after being busy for more than twenty hours in a row, every time he heard the sound of someone walking through the corridor or the sound of a levitator breaking through the air, he would instantly get up, and then couldn’t help but cast his attention to the corridor that was separated by a wall – it wasn’t until the sound had completely disappeared that Duan Hengye was able to fall back to sleep.
The starship of the Military Ministry was always very busy, and even Duan Hengye himself couldn’t remember just how many times he had gotten up this night. Every time he opened his light device in a daze, Duan Hengye would see that not much time had passed compared to the last time.
This was the first day that the Lisheng Alliance, together with four neighboring countries, had launched another attack on the Ye Tian Empire, and this day was not destined to be peaceful. Late at night, as a marshal, Meng Jinhuai rode a mecha and temporarily left the starship to go to the site of the Tize Star to inspect the evacuation of personnel, and Admiral Dongfang Hewen, who had just returned from a mission, stayed on the starship to take charge of the security here.
As for Yu Xinran …… she was responsible for the fringe area of the evacuation of the planet, which was a little problem. Not right – a big problem was more appropriate.
Just like the Li Sheng Alliance had previously sent undercover agents all the way to Marshal Meng Jinhuai and Duan Hengye on their way to visit the Tize Star. On the planet that Yu Xinran was responsible for evacuating, there were also undercover agents mixed in. The Li Sheng Alliance was slightly smarter this time, the didn’t directly start from the core part like before, but instead used a ruse to trick Yu Xinran, who was carrying out the mission alone, into going there.
Of course, Yu Xinran was also a person who had fought her way out of the battlefield. She instantly recognized the other party’s ruse and proceeded to get into a vicious battle. In fact, Yu Xinran was fully capable of winning easily, but who asked that they were now on one of the evacuated planets, surrounded by residents who hadn’t been evacuated?
Yu Xinran’s actions had naturally become restricted, and even while fending off the other side’s total, she was also piloting her mecha to protect the nearby residents who hadn’t left yet. Yu Xinran’s ability to operate the mecha was very strong, but the current situation was really limiting her ability to play.
At the end of the skirmish, even though Admiral Yu Xinran had managed to repel the enemy in her mech, her mecha was severely damaged and she herself was seriously injured.
Yu Xinran returned to the starship in her mecha.
This morning, Dongfang Hewen had told Duan Hengye that the location he was in now was considered the center of the logistics area. In addition to the living areas of the middle and upper classes of the other military departments, there was also a dining area as well as a medical area in the surrounding area.
A few hours later, Duan Hengye was once again awakened by the murmur of voices in the corridor separated by a wall. Unlike the intentionally controlled sound of footsteps and the sound of hovercrafts cutting through the air, this time it was the sound of people trotting along the corridor, as well as the uncontrollable volume of conversations.
Although it was known that many people were resting around now, the current situation was again too special. Under such an urgent situation, no one was able to remember whether or not they needed to keep their voices down in the first place.
Duan Hengye rubbed his eyes for a moment and sat up from the bed. It was now only a few hours since he had fallen asleep, and his entire body still hadn’t completely recovered from his exhaustion. But Duan Hengye’s brain forced him to wake up the moment he heard the murmur of voices outside, and proceeded to focus his attention on what was really happening in the corridor.
“…… Rescue Box ……”
“…… Stop the bleeding first, call someone!”
“Yu Xinran! Yu Xinran!”
Although the soundproofing was not good, the speed at which the people outside were talking was really too fast, and Duan Hengye was only able to vaguely listen to an approximation. However, from what they mentioned, Duan Hengye was able to determine that there should be no danger above the corridor right now, but …… Yu Xinran, who had just gone on a mission, was well out of it.
As soon as he thought of this, Duan Hengye immediately changed his clothes and then pushed open the hatch and walked out. Being able to see that just a short distance away from him, there were a bunch of people huddled together. Although the lights on the corridor were good, the people there were a bit too many, and Duan Hengye couldn’t see anything clearly in the darkness.
However, from the time he went out, the voices in Duan Hengye ears finally became clear.
“Admiral Yu! You should not sleep now!”
“…… Yeah yeah yeah, wait a little.”
“Is the nutritional warehouse ready?”
Duan Hengye sensitively distilled the key points amongst these few sentences, and then hurriedly walked over quickly. In fact, Duan Hengye had already been standing in the corridor for a while, but everyone in the surroundings was busy around Yu Xinran’s side, and no one noticed Duan Hengye’s appearance.
Therefore, when Duan Hengye suddenly appeared here, the surrounding staff couldn’t help but be taken aback, and then subconsciously quieted down, and began to carefully think about whether or not they had disturbed Duan Hengye’s rest. But obviously, Duan Hengye wasn’t someone who would think about this matter.
Although Duan Hengye had now come over, because he didn’t know if he would disturb the doctor, Professor Duan just stood at the edge, not daring to come closer.
“What happened to Admiral Yu Xinran?” After seeing no reaction from the people around him, Duan Hengye finally couldn’t help but ask a person standing next to him. It wasn’t until he heard Duan Hengye speak that this staff member looked back as if in a dream, and then said to Duan Hengye, “Oh …… oh, Admiral Yu Xinran encountered an ambush from the Li Sheng Alliance, and was injured in order to protect the surrounding residents who hadn’t been evacuated yet. ”
Upon hearing this, Duan Hengye nodded towards the staff member who spoke to him, then continued to ask, “What about the current injuries? Why don’t you send Admiral Yu Xinran to the Nutritional Warehouse.”
“It’s …… this…this way.” Because of some panic, that staff member began to stutter uncontrollably in his speech. After he felt that he couldn’t speak clearly, he first took a deep breath and waited until he was slightly calmer before continuing , “The nutritional warehouse is being prepared, and now that Admiral Yu Xinran has a fragment of organic armor on his body, the doctor is dealing with this thing. If the fragment isn’t taken out in a hurry, she won’t be able to go inside the nutritional warehouse.”
“Okay.” Duan Hengye frowned and nodded. The Nutrient Warehouse was able to heal wounds quickly, so if they were injured by a laser weapon, sending them in at the first opportunity was indeed a best option. But according to what this staff said, right now, Yu Xinran’s wounds hadn’t been cleaned up yet, so if she used the Nutrient Warehouse directly like this, 80% of the time, it would make those debris grow directly into her wounds, which could be considered an endless problem.
Because Yu Xinran had stumbled back into the starship through the side door in her own mecha, most of the people surrounding her were colleagues who had run from other places after hearing the same noise as Duan Hengye. Other than being anxious, there wasn’t much they could do. So just as Duan Hengye was talking to this staff member, the people who had gathered in front of them finally dispersed.
Now, Duan Hengye was finally able to see Yu Xinran’s appearance.
Yu Xinran, who was wearing a dark blue uniform, was lying on the starship’s cold floor with a pained expression, and the lights at the top of the corridor illuminated her entire face as white as a sheet. Under this light, the bloodstains on Yu Xinran’s body became even more obvious. It could be clearly seen that half of Yu Xinran’s body was already wet with blood. Especially on her left arm, there was a large piece of mecha that was still stuck horizontally.
Duan Hengye had never seen such a scene before, and almost the instant he saw Yu Xinran, a bloody aura pounced towards him. Yu Xinran also noticed Duan Hengye, and the woman laboriously opened her mouth, only to faint directly before she could say anything.
On the very first day of the w.ar, an admiral of the military department was thus plunged into a maze of unknown life and death.
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