The First Interstellar Energy Gambler - Chapter 72
Chapter 72: His Excellency the Grand Duke
After Xing Mo listened to Lin Luo’s narration, he couldn’t help feeling lingering fears. They were really too close to dying together. If Nelson hadn’t deliberately dropped a negative ion energy transmitter and created a wormhole to send him and Lin Luo randomly to the Federation, they would probably have died due to lack of oxygen before rescue could arrive. If they were sent over but didn’t happen to encounter this starship, or if the owner of this starship wouldn’t help, they would also have definitely died.
It could only be said that their luck wasn’t bad and they should no longer be in direct danger of dying.
“Have you met the captain of this starship?” In any case, the captain of this starship has saved their lives, they should thank them in person.
“I’ve seen them!” Lin Luo nodded vigorously, his big beautiful eyes slightly bent, and said deliberately, “You’ll never guess who it is!”
Xing Mo: …
“Andre?” Vermi is located on the border of the Empire, and across the border is the Federation.
If Andre left last night like them, it would be about this time that he left Empire territory and returned to the Federation.
Lin Luo’s face collapsed suddenly, and he muttered, “How did you know?”
“Of course it’s because the only Federation person you know is Andre…”
The irrefutable Lin Luo: …
“Ha ha.” Xing Mo touched Lin Luo’s head bemusedly, softened his voice and said, “Let’s go and thank Andre.”
“Do you have a way to contact Andre?” It’s not good to walk around in other people’s starships. It’s best to contact Andre first before requesting a meeting.
Lin Luo shook his head. Their light brains were unable to connect to the StarNet in the Federation, so they couldn’t directly contact Andre.
“Then how did you meet him before?”
“He came to see me…” Lin Luo scratched his head a little embarrassedly, “He came here after we were rescued, but he said that if something happens, we can go directly to the main control room to find him. .”
Xing Mo nodded. Since Andre allowed them to find him, the two left the cabin together and walked towards the main control room.
As soon as he entered the passage, Xing Mo had already recognized the model of starship. It was a light private starship of the SC series, which was very expensive. It was larger than the GX battleship and could carry more than one hundred people. The ship wouldn’t feel bumpy during flight at high speeds, and the passages were also very spacious and the ship was convenient to move around in. This model also came equipped standard with four arrays of heavy weapons and two embedded mecha cabins. Whether it was for used for combat or other purposes, the performance of this ship was definitely first-class.
Such a starship was more than enough for battle, so it was definitely not something you could get just by having money. He remembered that Andre had said before that he had his own fleet. After seeing this expensive starship, he couldn’t help but start to guess at Andre’s identity. He felt that Andre was more than just an ordinary jadeite merchant.
The cabin where they rested was located at the tail of the starship. On the way to the main control room, they met a crew member of the starship. The man didn’t stop Lin Luo and the others, but after turning on the translator, he kindly reminded, “Two distinguished guests, the starship is accelerating and a space jump is about to take place. It is better for the two of you to wait until the leap is over before going to see His Excellency Andre.”
Andre had already explained to the entire crew of the starship that Lin Luo and Xing Mo were his distinguished guests, so the staff had a very good attitude towards them.
Lin Luo and Xing Mo did not continue to insist. By the time they had almost returned to the cabin, the entire starship shook violently.
“BeepBeepBeep—-” The harsh alarm sounded instantly.
“Not good, it’s an enemy attack!” The crew member suddenly changed their expression and ignored Xing Mo and Lin Luo to hurriedly run towards the bridge.
The bridge is the nerve center of a starship. The internal area of the bridge is mainly made up of the central stations for flight control, weapons and tactical, communications, ship security, navigations, intelligence, and the captain’s control center.
Xing Mo and Lin Luo hesitated and followed.
The bridge had become a mess at this time. They had just been about to make the last jump. Once that last jump succeeded, they would be able to return to their home planet.
However, just as they were about to open the jump channel, a mecha suddenly came out of nowhere and launched an attack on them.
“Lock on targets!”
A series of orders were issued, and the starship had already begun to fight back.
From the large screen in the center of the bridge, one could see clear images of the mechas attacking the starship. Xing Mo recognized the emblems on these mechas at a glance, which were exactly the same as those of the interstellar pirates who attacked them before.
“Brother… it seems to be interstellar pirates again! Did they find us hiding on Andre’s starship?” Lin Luo looked at Xing Mo worriedly.
Xing Mo also looked solemn. If Andre was dragged down because of their relationship, wouldn’t the fault be directly on them?
The previous crew member noticed them and immediately stopped them, “I am sorry, you can not come in here…”
Although they were the guests of His Excellency Andre, they could come to see His Excellency during times of non-combat, but the bridge was an extremely important place during battle. He wouldn’t be able to let them in without the approval of His Excellency Andre.
“Sorry, we…” Xing Mo knew this too well. Just as he was about to apologize and leave, he suddenly heard a deep and powerful voice.
“Rick, let them in.”
The crew member named Rick immediately changed his attitude and bowed respectfully, “I am sorry, two distinguished guests, His Excellency Andre invites you two in.”
Just now Andre spoke through the internal communication device without using an interpreter, and they were finally able to hear his original voice.
Under the leadership of Rick, the two crossed the bridge and came to the main control room where the captain was, and Andre was waiting in it.
“I am very sorry that this happened suddenly, but I will deal with the clutter as soon as possible.” Andre said to them using the translator, and the voice was turned into that weird electronic sound.
“No… it’s us who should say sorry, the interstellar pirates are very likely to have come for us.”
Andre shook his head with a smile, and said with certainty, “No, this time they really came for me.”
The Federation as a federal republic is a type of compound political structure composed of hundreds of small federal states, which is equivalent to the United States in the ancient earth era.
Although the Federation is led by a head of state, the confederate states under it have greater autonomy, including legislative power.
Andre is a Grand Duke with a very high status in one of the confederate states. He is not only rich, but also militarily and politically powerful. Even the head of the Federation wants to give him a bit of face.
Although Andre’s allied nation is not big, it has rich mineral resources. He personally has three resource planets, and made this trip to the Empire to promote his new mineral veins, that is, the carbonized jadeite.
But perhaps it was the tree that attracted the wind, these interstellar pirates took advantage of his low-key visit to the Empire this time to launch a sudden attack on him.
The interstellar pirates suddenly appearing near Vermi before was not to attack the open auction, but to attack him, otherwise they would not have waited until the end of the open auction before starting.
Fortunately, Andre, as a person with an important position in the Federation, had privately communicated with the Imperial Military Department when he went to the Empire, so the Empire could secretly increased their troops and closely monitor Vermi. After discovering the traces of the interstellar pirates, they sent someone to remind him, hoping that he could pay attention to safety.
After all, he wasn’t from the Empire, so if something accident happened to him in the Empire, the nature of the incident would be completely different.
After the interstellar pirates launched their attack, Andre left Vermi as soon as possible with the help of the prepared army.
After listening to Andre’s narration, Xing Mo thought of the information he had received when he fought against the interstellar pirates, and finally understood the ins and outs.
Those interstellar pirates probably didn’t attack Andre for money, but were hired. Fatty Ma who appeared on the interstellar pirate battleship was the best proof.
The interstellar pirates suddenly assigned a force to attack their civil aviation shuttle probably because Fatty Ma wanted to get the purple and gold two color glass jade from Lin Luo. When Nelson spoke with him, he also leaked a sentence that seemed to be very afraid of the people behind Fatty Ma…
After listening to Xing Mo’s words, Andre frowned slightly. If these interstellar pirates were not simply in it for money, but employed by certain people, then the identity of the people behind them would have to be interesting.
He would spend a lot of time using interstellar pirates in the Empire. Obviously, he wanted to pretend to be a misfortune accident… The purpose of this is nothing more than… to wash away your suspicions…
It would take a lot of time to use interstellar pirates to start operations in the Empire. Obviously the employer wanted to make things look like an accident during robbery… The purpose of this is nothing more than… to clear people’s suspicions…
After all, Andre’s identity is not ordinary. Once something happens, the Federation would inevitably send someone to conduct a detailed investigation. If something was found out, it would inevitably have an impact on those behind the scenes.
But if this happened in the Empire, it would be difficult for the Federation to intervene in the investigation. The Empire could only characterize the incident as an accident during robbery without evidence. After all, interstellar pirates are notoriously vicious, and such things have happened before.
“Heh, I probably guessed who the mastermind is.” Andre sneered, then looked at Lin Luo and Xing Mo apologetically, “It seems that I am dragging you down. When we return to Oaks, I will order the fastest ticket for you to return to the Empire.”
“Okay thank you.”
 树大招风 – Shù Dà Zhāo Fēng – lit. ‘a tall tree attracts the wind’, idiom meaning if a person is famous or has money, it is easy to attract attention and cause trouble
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