Endeavor (Individual WarShip)
- This article is about the WarShip of unspecified type. For other uses, see Endeavor (disambiguation).
The LCS Endeavor was assigned to the defense of Hesperus II and the vital factories there in March 2789 alongside another cruiser, the veteran WarShip LCS Granite under the overall command of Fleet Admiral Oscar F. Dewey. The WarShip picket was a sign of just how significant the factory world was to the Lyran Commonwealth, even after the destruction of the orbital shipyards by a WarShips from the Draconis Combine in December 2787.
The deployment of the Endeavor and the Granite moved proved a prescient decision on the part of the LCAF; just days after the arrival of the two cruisers, the Free Worlds League launched an attack that became the third battle for Hesperus II. Approaching from an unusual vector to try and avoid repeating the mistakes made in previous attacks by the Combine and the Federated Suns, the League fleet included a the powerful cruisers FWLS Devastator and FWLS Skulker.
The Endeavor and the Granite targeted the two League cruisers, exchanging furious broadsides with their opponents in a fashion akin to the blue water naval battles of old on Terra, but after several broadsides it became apparent that the more modern Devastator was swiftly getting the upper hand against the much older Granite. From his position aboard the Granite it became apparent to Dewey that he was faced with the potential loss of the entire battle, and as a consequence Dewey took a desperate step, ordering the Granite to ram the Devastator. The Lyran cruiser drove it's prow deep into the bowels of its opponent, puyshing both of them out of orbit and into a spiral towards the surface of Hesperus II while the Endeavor and the Skulker continued to battle each other.
When Dewey became aware of the rapid descent of both ships towards the planet he had the Granite pull itself free of the Devastator using its manuevering drive, the two ships finally seperating as their hulls began visibly glowing from the friction of atmospheric entry.The venerable Granite fought for several minutes to remain above the atmosphere, but it became apparent that she could no longer maneuver effectively and Dewey ordered his crew to abandon ship. The Endeavor vanquished the Skulker and swiftly recovered the crew of the Granite, and With both League cruisers vanquished, the League fleet no longer had a clear advantage over the Lyran defenders and retreated.
The Granite and the Devastator burned up together in the atmosphere of Hesperus II, the last remains of the veteran ship and her vanquished opponent crashing violently into the surface close to the vital factories she had died protecting.
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 50, "Attacks on Hesperus II"