I recently set out to make one of the most epic and largest space battle ever (seriously my rendering computer struggled with this one) and so far it is shaping out do be one of my favorite story arcs in a long time. My objective is to make readers feel exhausted after reading it mirroring the feelings of the characters taking place in the space battle.
As yet I still have no concept of how many chapters/pages this battle will take up but I see it at this point only being about halfway finished.
As this is essentially the real opening salvo in what I imagine as a true inter-universal war that will rage across the better part of the expanse between our local galactic group (Milky Way/Andromeda/Triangulum Galaxies) and the greater Virgo Galactic supercluster it seems as though the Celcars are the ultimate enemy of the entire series.
This space battle is rivaled only next to the Battle of the Magellanic Cloud that took place in Chapters 90 to 94 against the Warcon’s 2nd fleet.
Some of the best space battles I find are ones that are not just massive fleets blasting each other with laser beams, but have genuine stakes for both sides and that is what I have tried to establish with the Source Code story arc. The Celcars have a desire to be complete, whereas the allied forces are trying to defend themselves against what is essentially an unstoppable juggernaut intent on conquering the entire universe.
The battle of the Magellanic Cloud is also one such story because it basically represents the last gasp of a declining empire trying to defeat a rising rival to it’s power, and for the Allied Milky Way forces it is either defeat this overwhelming military force or allow their entire galaxy to be wiped out.