She was floating, suspended in a pod of ambotic fluid as she slept, safely docked up in the Expert Distribution station in Lantorn, still inside the ship she'd been fighting in the previous night.
It had been such a long, tiresome night that she couldn't even muster up the energy to fly back to Huola, the Amarr Militia home system, despite it only being a few jumps away.
Streams of data and intel flowed like a river across her subconscious mind as she had drifted off to sleep, too tired to even disconnect from her pod.
The familiar voices of militia and corp members melded together, joining the not-so-familiar ones, lost in the current of data. The constant chatter comforted her while she slept.
In the liquid flow of voices, one whispered to her.
"Do not be afraid. We are coming for you. I am coming for you."
Something inside her protested. I am dreaming.
"Follow me, children of New Eden, my chosen ones."
"It is your time, your destiny. Do not fight it. Surrender yourselves so that you may be saved. Follow me..."
A jarring, discordance of sound interrupted the soothing flow, forcing her awake. Klaxon alarms rang through the station, filling the corridors and docking bays, filtering through the station's comm channels. A constant, restless ringing. She recognized that alarm and knew that it could only mean one thing.
The Sansha had come. Attack imminent. The incursion was underway.
Sudden awareness unnerved her as she fully awoke, listening to the intel as it started to pour in.
System after system under attack, the entire Hed constellation.
A feeling of dread settled into the pit of her stomach as she thought of all the lives that were being stolen away in that moment.
"Shalee?" Eran commed her.
"Where are you?" he asked.
"Fuck. I thought so. I'm coming okay? You need eyes, you'll never make it through the gates alone, they have quick tackle on most of them. I'll scout you back to Huola."
"Alright. I'll give it five then undock. The system is mostly quiet, though I doubt that it will be for long." She hesitated a second. "Eran?"
"Be safe, okay?"
"Yeah. See you soon."
Minutes later she undocked and waited for Eran as local started to swell. The capsuleers were out in full force, ready to retaliate against Kuvakei's army.
A new channel for Hed opened up, combining enemies and allies alike.
Lukka must have noticed her presence in the channel and initiated private comms with her. She accepted as she checked her d-scan, waiting for the go ahead to warp out. Lukka lived in Amamake along with the rest of the Heretic Army clan.
It occurred to her that Amamake was in the Hed constellation and was probably under Sansha attack as well.
"So...you think I'd be welcome in Huola were I to take a sudden vacation?"