Six hours. The world was given six hours to prepare. The Thousand Worlds of Rytorus sent a fleet to protect the world but it was grossly outmatched. The fleet, consisting of more than a thousand ships of varying constructions and sizes arrived at the outskirts of our system and warned us in advance. They made haste for Earth, burning every ounce of fuel in an all out bid to arrive before the Time Siphons. They made it...barely.
When the Time Siphon fleet arrived it did so with no care for its own safety. Rather than arrive at the ourskirts and burn in, it dropped out of fold space practically in orbit of Earth. The first ship to arrive was massive, a titanic vessel that had it chose to land would have stretched from LA to New York and filled all of the space in between. It's great Temporal Drive fed upon infinite paradoxes and fueled the great war engines and weapons it brought to bear. In that moments after it's arrival the Thousand Worlds of Rytorus, first to arrive for defense, found themselves instantly out matched. Their weapons proved almost completely ineffective against a vessel that warped time simply by existing and manipulated time and space to use as weapons in place of projectiles and energy beams. The Thousand World's Fleet lost a third of its ships in five minutes...and then the rest of the Time Siphon fleet arrived.
Several of the first wave crashed, smashing into Thousand World ships, orbiting satellites and the International Space Station. Quite a few made the mistake of exiting fold space inside of the moon. It didn't matter though, they came anyway, they came out of fold space by the tens, then the hundreds...then the thousands. The Time Siphon fleet arrived like a swarm of locusts.
The Thousand Worlds fleet fought on, it was forced back to a defensive position between Earth and Mars where it rallied and did what it could to buy time for the arrival of local defense forces. In her carrier on Earth Tyrus sent out the coded message she had been waiting to send for months...an alert to every hero on Earth that fit into the category of "Power house." Everyone that could go into space and fight was sent the message, it was a simple one, short and to the point and it appeared on whatever electronic device they happened to use the most. "Target the transport ships first, find their commanders and kill them or drive them off. Secure Earth Orbit or lose the sky."
On Earth the sky lit up like an inferno, the titanic struggle of ships in orbit was visible from the ground, some of the ships were so large they were visible with the naked eye while others lit up the sky as they died, bursts of released power flashing above the clouds. Debris reigned down from on high, much of it crashing harmlessly into the largest portion of the Earth's surface...the ocean...other massive pieces and sometimes entire flaming ships headed straight for major cities, threatening to do immense damage to populated areas.
Chaos began to threaten the Earth even before the Time Siphon forces made planet fall. Time Siphon ships arriving in orbit took random pot shots at the planet below, targeting major population centers with massive energy weapons meant for ship to ship combat. Their intent was to cause panic and spread abject terror even as they arrived. If the beams struck, they'd level whole cite blocks and leave nothing behind at the impact sight but smoking craters. LA, New York, Moscow, Beijing...all were targets.
In the center of the massive North American continent sized vessel Varikass, leader of the Time Siphon assault and First Siphon of the Circle of Nine stood in the gathering chamber where hundreds of Time Siphons prepared to depart with their forces as the mighty teleportation caverns were prepared. From these points whole armies consisting of tens of thousands of armed men and women could be teleported to the surface and it was from here that the invasion would shortly begin.
"Fellow Time Siphons...at long last we have cornered our greatest foe! Raeyn has long stood against the progress of rebuilding our great empire, she opposes all those qualities she once instilled into us all. Once, she was our greatest leader, she pulled us from the mud and showed us how to conquer vast swaths of the universe...but her idealism has been corrupted by the cowardly human cattle that occupy this dirt ball! We can no longer allow Raeyn, no matter how great her history, to hold our faces into the water and threaten to drown our entire civilization, now is the time for a new Rise of the Time Siphons, for a new empire that will span the stars and place us at our rightful position at the top of the food chain!"
The burst of cheers from the gathered Time Siphons made Varikass smile. He lowered his staff and slammed it's base against the deck plating, a signal to the teleportation controllers. All across the Teleportation Caverns armies vanished. The Time Siphon Invasion of Earth had begun...and if the humans, metahumans, NGods and various aliens that called Earth home wanted any chance of stopping it, victory would begin in space. To drive off the Time Siphon fleet would cut Varikass and his forces off from a nearly endless supply of reinforcements.
Varikass himself turned from the chamber, grabbed his stave and teleported to the surface of Earth. Others joined him, men and women who comprised his side of the Circle of Nine, the eldest and most powerful Time Siphons alive. Left in space? The Time Siphons known as:
Phase one is the battle for Earth's planetary orbit. The ships and crews are all NPCs and almost all of them are mercenaries of various races. The three Time Siphons listed as remaining in space are NOT npcs and are characters with their own backgrounds (Just not their own accounts) and power sets. Defeat of all three will result in driving off the fleet but there are plenty of other means to achieving the same goal.
This one is really designed with power houses in mind but if you have the means to fight in space then by all means, come on up and break stuff =).
Phase two will begin dealing with the ground invasion, I wanted to do a series of events rather than just try for one massive chaotic festival of violence.
Most importantly, have fun and remember, there is no pre-written outcome, whatever happens is what happens =).