By Brandon Sanderson
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Dennison said. Kern nodded, then turned back to the battlefield. The blockish merchant ship had pulled ahead of Varion’s flagship, and was ponderously making its way toward the Seapress array. “It all started here,” Kern said. As the first in his class in the Academy, Varion had been offered positions aboard all of the grandest fleet flagships. He had turned them all down, accepting a lesser post aboard a ship commanded by a regular officer—one who wasn’t noble. Article 117 of the Fleet Code allowed a High Officer to use his rank as a nobleman—rather than his military rank—to take command of any ships where a low officer was in charge.
Varion’s forces were laughably small compared to those of his enemy—the rogue planet of Seapress had boasted a fleet of five massive battleships and nearly a hundred fighters. Two decades ago, at the nadir of imperial power, such a fleet had been impressive indeed. The Seapress ships, however, didn’t form up to attack Varion. They simply waited. “Varion is . ” Dennison said quietly. ” Kern raised an eyebrow. ” “He has never lost,” Dennison said. “He was given his first command the very day he left the Academy.
The scientists,” Dennison said from the side of the hologram room. “Varion doesn’t trust anything he can’t watch directly. He would have brought the scientists from Gemwater with him, probably on his flagship. ” “Gemwater . ” Kern said. “But he conquered that planet over fifteen years ago! ” Dennison nodded distractedly. “He knew from that first battle at Seapress. He understood that by quelling the Reaches, he would make the High Empire stronger and harder to defeat when the time came. ” Kern watched the holo again.
Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson