Warships could only bring out their full combat ability when they were integrated in the system precisely.
Without the protection of the shield starships, the arsenal starships would be like tortoises without their shells. They could only perform a suicidal, one-time attack. They might even be destroyed beyond their shooting range by the super remote heavy weapons that the enemy deployed on the planets.
Without the firepower support of the arsenal starships, however powerful the spiritual shields, the disruption magnetic fields, and the cyberspace competition abilities of the shield starships were, they would not last long under the enemy's barrage.
Even the most reckless commander would hesitate to perform such a hopeless 'blind jump'.
Reaching the battlefield through regular cruise instead of space jump? It was even less likely. The two parties were dozens of lightyears away from each other in the three-dimensional universe. Even if the large-scale battle group could march at the unbelievable speed of one tenth the speed of sound, it would take them hundreds of years to reach the battlefield!
Therefore, the elite forces and the 'brain' of the Black Wind Fleet were isolated and helpless!
Thus, as long as the follow-up troops of the Burning Prairie Fleet arrived in time and destroyed the enemy's sharpest claws and most important brain, there was no way that the federation would lose the war!
There seemed to be only minutes away from the realization of the goal.
The remaining troops of the Heaven's Origin Fleet were still stalling the enemy, who were ten times stronger than themselves, with amazing courage and fighting will. They harassed the enemy like a cluster of stingy mud. Right when they were about to collapse, the 'rebel' demon troops that stayed near the No. 1 space gate reinforced in time and filled in the loophole. They roared at the thousands of pillars of light shot out by the Black Wind Fleet, just in order to buy one second, one more second, and another second for the arrival of the main-force troop!
The Burning Prairie Fleet, the absolute main force of the federation, lived up to its reputation, too. The first attack group, personally led by Chief of Staff Bai Kaixin, performed a textbook space jump.
After they crossed millions of stars and went through the 3D-4D-3D breaking and condensing, their solemn and rigorous battle formation was not disrupted at all. Thousands of straight exhaust flames illuminated the darkness of the sea of stars, like a forest of coldly-shining spears on the shoulders of an ace troop in ancient times!
Led by the flagship Burning Prairie, the forest of spears moved slowly in space and adjusted their relative position by the feedback of the mystic rays. The entire battle group was like the most immaculate work of art. When two starships multiple kilometers long were marching forward side by side, the heads of the two starships would be less than ten meters away from each other. On the universal scale, the distance was hundreds of times smaller than the width of a hair!
After the first attack group arrived at the Heaven's Origin Sector, it did not hurry to lunge at the coordinates where the Black Wind Fleet was. Instead, it changed into a defensive battle formation in an arc shape unhurriedly, creating a safe space for the second wave, the third wave, and other fleets that were arriving from the other Sectors of the Star Glory Federation.
In case of the leakage of information, the 'Dim Moon Plan' was a top secret of top secrets. Even within the Burning Prairie Fleet, only a few leaders were aware of some information about the plan. The regular garrisons of other space zones definitely knew nothing about it.
The local garrisons of those space zones were mostly weak in combat ability. It would take a very long time for them to regroup and jump. But now that the door had been closed for the enemy, there was nothing to be worried about. They had taken the full initiative!
The void that had just been ripped apart once was releasing tiny, broken ripples. Invisible electric arcs, under the scanning of the probe magical equipment, were like colorful tides that were running to all directions one wave after another. The second attack group was about to come—it was made of the motherships in the Burning Prairie Fleet that had the thickest plate armor and the largest storage of ammunition and crystals. They were the real 'main force'!
Right then, the thousand star beacons that belonged to the three space gates died out at the same time.
By 'die out', it meant that the Burning Prairie Fleet, the Black Wind Fleet, and the command center of the Defense Counsel on the ground could no longer detect them with all their scanning and navigation magical equipment.
They seemed to have turned into three dead rocks within a moment from the most advanced, precise devices of mankind.
Only the soldiers of the federal army stationed near the three space gates, after putting on special glasses that could detect invisible light, could see that thousands of twisted electric arcs suddenly dashed out of the three space gates and tangled every star beacon like a chain reaction.
As the ball-shaped electric arcs exploded one after another, the glamorous star beacons lost all their glamor, as if they were covered in a thick layer of dust.
The main-force troops of the Burning Prairie Fleet that were about to jump under the guidance of the space gates were immediately thrown into chaos.
A third of the main forces had finished the jump, but they lost their way at the last moment. Like paratroopers who jumped in the middle of a storm, they were scattered in the vast space zone in a radius of almost one billion kilometers.
The remaining two thirds of the main forces that had yet to jump aborted despite the great price. All the space jump units were cracking and exploding.
They were like runners who were sprinting at the highest speed, only to hit the brakes abruptly upon noticing that there was a bottomless cliff up ahead. Although the danger of falling apart was spared, fractured bones were inevitable!
Right now, for the main troops of the two parties, the three 'passes' that connect the outside world to the Heaven's Origin Sector had been blocked by a 'landslide'.
That was only the beginning.
Most of the communication bases deployed around the home planet of the Heaven's Origin Sector, which were used to transit information with the other six Sectors on the Spiritual Nexus, collapsed after the entanglement of a series of invisible sparks and electric arcs.
Even if some of the lucky dogs survived the attack, when the information load that was supposed to be shared by a hundred bases was concentrated on them, a series of information delays and jams took place.
The government network and the military network on the home planet suffered a fatal attack at that moment, too. The enemy seemed to have known the most inconspicuous weaknesses of the military Spiritual Nexus. A vintage sword was even slowly showing up on the 'Gai'-level crystal processor inside the command center of the Defense Counsel that had the highest computational ability and confidential level in the entire federation.
The sword slashed all the data displayed in the 3D pictures into pieces unhurriedly and presented the sharpness of the two edges where spiritual energy was dancing in an almost arrogant way. Then, it curled and gradually turned itself into a knot.
"Peace is better than war."
A slogan surfaced below the knotted sword, one that was very correct to some extent but could not have been weirder or more ridiculous at such a moment.
"All—all our data has been deleted!"
"Damn it. It has tampered with our registered identity information crazily. Even the brainwave features have been messed up and randomly redistributed. I cannot even log into my own work interface, much less trace it down and kill it!"
"What the heck is that? I've never seen a crystal processor virus in such a form with such an attack mechanism before. The contagion is too fast. It is an assault from various nodes of the Spiritual Nexus at the same time, as if—as if it were alive!"
"The three space gates have all been controlled. It—it is not a common virus. Some of the damage is from the outside world. The three space gates have all been paralyzed. Estimated time of repair—unknown!"
"The communication with the outside world has almost been entirely cut off. The other six Sectors are an utter mess now. Hundred Flowers City, as the transportation and information hub, has lost all signals. It is now in a frozen state!"
Including Wan Guqing, Guo Chunfeng, and Jin Xinyue who had just arrived there, all the leadership of the federation were about to be 'frozen', too.
Everybody looked at Jin Xinyue and Guo Chunfeng, as well as Wan Guqing who apparently should take the blame for everything, in suspicion and criticism.
Jin Xinyue was still wearing a confident smile on her face, but ice and frost were spreading out of her smile. On the hundreds of 3D light beams in front of her, the same sharp sword appeared simultaneously and minced all the information and data without any trouble before it slowly knotted itself.
"Peace is better than war."
Jin Xinyue felt that she could hear the mockery when the enemy said those words.
But she could not have been more perplexed. "This is completely unreasonable. Even if the Black Wind Fleet did see through my plan, it should have been impossible for them to checkmate us like this. The technology of crystal processors and the Spiritual Nexus in the federation is no worse than the Imperium's. How can our facilities be taken down by the enemy so easily?"
"Enough!" Wan Guqing, the Speaker of the Federation, was still like an old camel that was so sluggish that it kept its eyes half closed when faced with the most dreadful sandstorm. Even if there was any panic or hesitation in his heart, he did not reveal any of such feelings in his voice which was as calm as ever. "Find a way to kill the virus and reboot the Spiritual Nexus. At the very least, the situation is fair for the enemy and us. Both parties have only delivered the most elite forces to the Heaven's Origin Sector, while the vast majority of troops are still dozens of lightyears away.
"Now that the three space gates have been paralyzed, nobody's reinforcements are coming anytime soon, right?"
Hardly had he finished his sentence when some analysis finished examining the data transmitted before the collapse of the Spiritual Nexus.
The data was the appearance of the starships that were teleported in the second wave by the Black Wind Fleet. After careful analysis, it would be able to tell the model, level, and scale of the new starships.
Before the three space gates were completely paralyzed, the Black Wind Fleet's second wave of teleportation had almost been done.
However, none of the analysts had been able to tell which level and model those new 'starships' belonged to in the fleet of the Imperium with the weird data.
Judging from the appearance, most of the starships in the second wave were too weird and did not match any of the starships in the intelligence!
At this moment, after the three starships were all paralyzed. They finally understood everything, and their faces turned pale.
"Report! The Black Wind Fleet did not teleport their main forces in the second wave but sent their space gate!
"They dissected the enormous space gate and transported the parts on many starships!"