As if they were painted there to decorate the inky darkness of the void of space, the stars gleamed down upon the solar system of our back yard. The maiden, our closest star burned away, producing the life given energy that sustained Earth. It was now that the race of homosapien had made their homes on other rocky planets and moons. It was the furthest planet from their place of origin that held something that all the science they knew to the present date had created. There she sat perched in the nest that was crafted of metal, plastic and rubber. Hidden out of side from the curious eye of man sat a starship like none other, one that would grace the heavens and beyond. Every detail put into the fledgling was that for the safety of man, from her 9 inch thick dual hulled walls composed of Grade 35 Titanium to the carbon air scrubbers that removed the CO2 along with other poisons from the atmosphere that would keep them alive. Icarus was larger than any starship built before, measuring well over three thousand feet long and five hundred feet wide. In all there were twenty-seven decks, and this included the three cargo decks. Each deck was a specifically designated area in the ship. The engineering decks were by far the largest, for it housed the Armstrong Drive as well as the Tachyon Field Generator. These two items had to work in harmony to produce the Tachyon field that encased the ship as it rode along the beams that were produced on fore and aft of the ship. The very front of her hull sat a massive amount if antenna and communication arrays as well as sensor equipment. Icarus had a fluid design about her, not one area on the hull was angled. The metal had been shaped to flow as if it were carved by water over millions of years. Yet the antenna and the communication arrays gave her that very human aspect. She was pleasing to look at as she drifted there in space. Hoses and tubes that were supplying here with water and air made her seem like she was a marionette in a sense. Yet this marionette was going to be the greatest puppet of all time.