Summary:Sunreach

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This page contains a chapter by chapter summary of Sunreach. We hope this summary will make it easier to find specific areas of the book, as well as providing a quick plot refresher for anyone who doesn't want to take the time to reread the entire book.

Chapter 1[edit]

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FM and Nightmare Flight are called up into combat to defend against a massive Krell attack, Kimmayln telling her that Spensa is up there somewehre. As they fly into space, they find a huge number of enemy fighters, including fifty piloted ships. FM and the rest of Nightmare flight fly out to meet the Krell, engaging multiple ships at once. In the middle of the flight, Nose calls over the intercom and relays an order from Admiral Cobb to turn off all communications immediately and to engage in evasive maneuvers. FM does so nervously, leaving her in absolute and eerie silence.

Chapter 2[edit]

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FM flies in silence, staying close to Sadie so that they don’t loose sight of eachother. FM takes out a handheld transmitter, where she stores some of the music her father gave to her. She turns on a song as she fights, one that is peppy to keep her mood up. Lizard is swarmed by Krell, and FM and Sadie try to help. They are unsuccesful, and Lizard is killed.

A delver arrives, and FM tries to comprehend what it is. After a few moments, the delver dissapears, and the enemy ships retreat. FM turns her radio back on, and Nose tells her what the thing was. Sorrowful because of Lizard’s death, FM returns back to Detritus.

Chapter 3[edit]

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FM wanders the hallways of Platform Prime, thinking about Lizard and other pilots who have died. She comes across a slug who she initially mistakes for Doomslug, but then she realizes that it looks different. Jorgen runs up to her, telling her to follow him. He leads her to a room where Nedd and Arturo are waiting, and where there are many more slugs waiting in crates. He explains that he is a cytonic, and followed the cytonic singing of the slugs and found them in a cavern.

Admiral Cobb arrives, and relays information from Spensa, saying that the slugs are hyperdrives. He assigns Jorgen and Rig the task of experimenting on them and figuring out how to use them, and FM volunteers to join in their efforts. After Cobb leaves, they discuss how the slugs are escaping from their crates, and FM theorizes that the slugs are hyperjumping. FM asks what she should do to help, and Jorgen assigns her the task of finding and bringing back the taynix that escape from their crates.

Chapter 4[edit]

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Over the next few hours, several more taynix escape from their boxes, and FM spends most of her time retrieving them. Though there are three varieties of the taynix, FM noticies that only the yellow and blue ones are hyperjumping. They feed the slugs with mushrooms, and FM finds two very fat taynix in one of the crates. FM and Jorgen discuss the delver attack, as well as his cytonic powers. Rig presents them with a metal box indentical to the one that M-Bot had, and they try to use the slugs to teleport.

FM suggests that Jorgen speak to the slugs and bond with them, but he isn’t interested in the prospect. He tries humming to one of the purple and orange taynix, but nothing happens. He picks up one of the red and black ones, but squeezes it to hard and raises his voice. A force explodes outward from the slug, inflicting dozens of shallow cuts across Jorgen’s face and arms. Kimmalyn names the slug Boomslug, and Jorgen leaves to go to the infirmary.


Chapter 5[edit]

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FM puts the slugs away and visits Jorgen in the infirmary, where he is being bandaged by several curious med techs. FM and Jorgen discuss what happened, and FM expresses her care for the taynix. They go to meet with Cobb, and Rig and Jeshua are there as well. Rig reports that they have been working to get the planetary defense systems up, but that they have to first crack the encryption codes. Jorgen gives a report on their experimenting with the taynix so far, and Cobb tells them that he has received a transmission from Minister Cuna, sent by some method of FTL communication. In the message, Cuna gives them details about what happened to them, and tells them that they are trapped on the research outpost of Sunreach. They promise to help and give them information if the humans send aid. The group discusses how they would get to Sunreach, and Jeshua announces that they are going to wake up Alanik.


Chapter 6[edit]

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FM is told to come to the medical bay early the next morning, she and meets Jorgen there. She learns that Alanik’s wounds have mostly healed, and that the medical team is about to wake her up. They have been assigned to talk to her first, since Jorgen is a cytonic and FM is better with people. Alanik wakes, and FM and Jorgen greet her, using the translator pin to speak in her language. Alanik asks where Spensa is, and FM explains what happened. Alanik asks where she is and how the humans have survived, and FM answers her questions. Alanik doesn’t know how much time as passed, and is horrified to find that she’s been in a coma for over two weeks. Jorgen asks her to teach him how to use his cytonic abilities. When FM mentions that they have a communication from a faction in the Suiperiority, Alanik vehemently warns them not to trust them. Just as FM begins to make progress and get Alanik to start and trust her, Jeshua and Cobb enter the room, Jeshua demanding answers from Alanik. Jeshua acts forceful and blunt, saying that they will keep Alanik captive until she gives them the desired information. Jorgen suddenly cries out, stumbling backwards, and Alanik teleports away. Jorgen says that Alanik spoke in his mind, saying that she didn’t trust them.

Chapter 7[edit]

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After giving a report to Cobb, FM goes to the engineering bay to check on the taynix. She finds Rig’s box on the floor with two taynix inside, implying that the slugs teleported the box with them. Rig isn’t there, but someone directs her to the platform controls. She finds him working on the platform’s controls, and tells him about the slugs and the box. Rig reports that he’s trying to find the communicator so that they can perhaps respond to Cuna’s transmission.

When he tells FM that she can get back to watching the slugs, FM is annoyed and asks what his problem is and why he never speaks to her. Rig says that he doesn’t dislike her, and FM realizes that he’s been quiet around her because he likes her. FM is shocked and embarrassed, and they awkwardly return to finding the communicator. When FM lifts a heavy box, Rig says that Nedd would’ve been able to lift it, and FM mentions that she isn’t interested in Nedd. They find the FTL communicator, a metal box like the one in M-Bot’s ship, and they realize that they’re supposed to put a slug in it to make it work.

Chapter 8[edit]

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FM, Rig, and Jorgen sit in the engineering bay with Fine, discussing the FTL communication box. Through process of elimination, they guess that the purple and orange taynix are used for FTL communication. They discuss how to make it work, and Rig suggests that maybe they use a holographic projector to project an image onto the inside of the box. Jorgen details what he had been thinking about when Boomslug exploded, and they theorize that maybe thinking about the delvers in the nowhere scares the taynix into action. To test the theory, Jorgen picks up Gill and thinks about the delvers, and Gill teleports away but leaves Jorgen standing there. They try it using Rig’s box, but Gill doesn’t teleport. They try it with Happy instead, with Jorgen holding the box and Happy inside. Both Jorgen and Happy disappear, and they teleport into a cubby on the other side of the room. Jorgen is squeezed into the tight space, and is annoyed when the others find it funny. Jorgen decides that despite the difficulties, they should try it out with a ship.


Chapter 9[edit]

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FM and Jorgen are in a two-seat fighter, with a box of the yellow taynix bolted to the floor of the cockpit. The rest of Skyward flight is there in case things go wrong, and FM and Jorgen discuss Jeshua and the General Assembly while they get in position. FM plays some music as Jorgen concentrates on the taynix, and they suddenly teleport into the debris belt. They are forced to dodge several pieces of debris as the rest of Skyward Flight tries to get to them. Jorgen focuses on the place he wants to go, teleporting them out of the way of two giant colliding pieces of debris. Jorgen tells FM that he thinks the Superiority heard him that last time, and that they likely know he’s teleporting. Moments later, Cobb comes over the radio, saying that the Superiority is moving their ships into position, and that their biggest battleship has planetary weapons for bombardment. They realize that since the Superiority knows they could potentially escape using Jorgen’s abilities, they’ve decided to destroy Detritus once and for all.

Chapter 10[edit]

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When FM arrives at Platform Prime, the place is in chaos as people scramble for fighters. Rig is told to go with FM in her Dulo, which has been equipped with another box to put the taynix in. Jorgen tells them that the plan is to use the taynix to launch a suprise attack on the battleship’s planetary cannon. Skyward Flight takes off and heads towards where the Krell wait, and FM and Rig begin to listen to music as they engage the Krell.

Chapter 11[edit]

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As FM and Skyward Flight fight against swarms of Krell, Jorgen prepares to hyperjump. After teleporting the wrong slug, Jorgen manages to teleport FM and Rig to a point close to the battleship. The planetary cannon itself is heavily protected, but the controls are less shielded. The Krell start heading towards FM as she blasts the controls’ shield with destructor fire. There are too many Krell for the other flights to keep away from her, and as they shoot at FM she is forced to retreat. Jorgen teleports her away as her shield takes more hits, and she ends up far from the battle.

The battleship’s cannon begins firing at the outer platforms, sending debris everywhere. Cobb orders all pilots to retreat to Platform Prime. A few armed ships attack FM and Rig, and she defends herself until members of Skyward Flight come to help her. Command manages to get the planetary shield up, which then manages to hold against the cannon. FM and Skyward Flight can’t get through the shield, and are trapped outside. Cobb sends them orders to hide until they can figure something out.

Chapter 12[edit]

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Skyward flight hides behind a cluster of space rock, and Cobb’s orders say that they’ll have to use the slugs to hyperjump inside the shield. The slugs need time to calm down, so FM and the rest of Skyward Flight have to wait a while. FM recommends that they pet the slugs to make them happier, and she feeds some of them caviar. Jorgen tells FM that he got some sort of cytonic communication from Spensa during the battle, and he saw her in the reflection of his dash.

FM and Rig sit in the cockpit together, listening to music and being cuddled by several taynix. FM tells Rig that she likes him, and they hold hands as they enjoy the music. Four more ships arrive to teleport inside the shield with them, and they all line up and touch wings. Once everyone is ready, Jorgen teleports them.

Chapter 13[edit]

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Jorgen’s hyperjump lands them only a few kilometers away from Platform Prime, and they make it back without incident. Jorgen goes to be debriefed and Rig goes to meet with the Engineering Corps, leaving FM to take care of the slugs. She puts the slugs in their crates, and Rig informs her that they’re going to try using Fine to power the FTL communication device. As they walk, Rig and FM discuss what they fear most, and FM admits that she’s afraid of dying in battle and ceasing to exist. They discuss their days in flight school as well as the taynix, and the topic turns to their experiments. Rig proposes that they try more experiments, and him and FM kiss briefly.

Chapter 14[edit]

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FM and Rig work on an experiment in the engineering bay, trying to teach the taynix to teleport to a familiar place. She shows Chubs some caviar in a box, calling it “home”. She puts Chubs in a separate box and tells him to go to “home”. Though he doesn’t initially, he eventually teleports into the box. She tries the same experiment with two more slugs, with varying results. They head to the command room on Platform Prime, where Fine has been loaded into the communicator. Cobb calls Cuna, who responds.

Cobb tells her that he doesn’t know how to find them, and Cuna says that the enemy has fighters bombarding their location. Cuna sends the coordinates, which appear in Jorgen’s brain. The call ends, and Jeshua wants to inform the National Assembly to let them make a decision. The coordinates are fading from Jorgen’s memory, and Cobb tells him and Skyward Flight to go immediately.

Chapter 15[edit]

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Skyward Flight readies their planes, and they put several taynix inside Jorgen’s fighter. They all touch wings, and Jorgen teleports them to Cuna’s coordinates. They are met with the sight of an enormous space monster, which Cuna identifies over the comm as a mammoth starpod. It is burrowed into the rock, with incredibly long tentacles and a gaping maw. Cuna tells them that she is on Sunreach, the research station built to study the creature. Krell fighters round the side of the creature, and they engage Skyward Flight. Jorgen uses his IMP during the battle, then uses a taynix to hyperjump away. He overshoots and ends up close to the starpod. Several Krell target him and fly towards him, and he hyperjumps again. The taynix don’t listen to his directions however, and he teleports close to the starpod’s mouth. His shield goes down and exposes him, and the Krell blow his ship to pieces.

Chapter 16[edit]

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Horrified, FM informs the rest of Skyward Flight that Jorgen is dead. They decide to proceed with the mission and free Cuna. Gill suddenly teleports onto FM’s dashboard, and she surprised but happy that Gill escaped. Gill teleports her into the research station, where Jorgen, Cuna, and her staff wait. She joyfully hugs Jorgen, glad that he is alive.

Cuna informs them that the station’s defenses are failing, and that the station’s life support generators will soon be destroyed, killing them. Jorgen’s exudes that the only course of action is to leave now, then allow himself to come back for the others. Gill suddenly teleports away, then returns with Fine, who had been on Detritus. FM quickly tells Jorgen to send the slugs images of their flight members. The slugs teleport away, then return with the members of Skyward Flight. As the life support systems begin to fail, they quickly huddle together as Jorgen concentrates. FM tells the taynix to take them to home, and they teleport away.

Epilogue[edit]

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FM, Cuna, the taynix, and the rest of Skyward Flight all appear in the engineering bay, greeted by a surprise Cobb. They all rejoice at their survival, and Cobb meets with Cuna. FM tells Rig what happpened, and apologizes for worrying him. FM sees a stack of newly delivered caviar waiting in the room. She cracks several jars open, and allows the taynix to feast to their hearts content.


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