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This historical transmission is intended to serve as an enclosure of supporting information to file #iso-342107 < ref# deleted >. It documents the pivotal events that shaped the direction of humanity, and our place in the galaxy.
Among social and military historians of the early colonial period, there is solid agreement that the United Earth Space Council's (UESC) decision to seize the ancient outpost orbiting rogue star WD0346+246 led to broad spanning social and technological implications. However, the events surrounding WD0346+246 for the past three hundred years were muddled in conflicting accounts and disinformation. Only recently have the military records of the event become declassified and made available to the general public.
It is the intent of the author to clarify the sequence of events by utilizing both military source documents and prevailing academic theory. The result is the first cohesive account of the battle for Rogue Star.
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The historic chain of events began when the UESC Darius encountered a derelict Nebulon ship. After a brief battle with then unknown robotic sentinels onboard, the UESC Darius security forces found the coordinates of a distant star system with a mid-range planetoid. General Balfour dispatched scouting parties to the system,
and after reviewing the scouts' data, reached a startling
conclusion: the planetoid's highly advanced shield matrixes were not in fact
new, but very ancient. The scouts' data also revealed traces of Pfhor ion
signatures in the surrounding space, which lent a sense of urgency to the
discovery. The UESC High Command ordered all localized ships (on 0210 SGT1) to rendezvous outside the rogue star system, and prepare for an assault on any forces holding the site.
On < ref# deleted >, the best of the UESC fleets arrived in system. Alerted by the human armada, a Pfhor Battle Group (presumably Battle Group Three) made their presence known by folding into the system. Battle commenced with heavy human losses. Once planetside, human forces commandeered many key structures for the express purpose of extracting all essential technologies and information. Pfhor forces, already entrenched on the world for many months, received support from their orbital assault groups.
Minimal Jjaro technology was commandeered during this phase of the conflict. Heavy human casualties were observed at the hands of the Pfhor. The citadels that were secured by UESC troops became the targets of orbital bombardment and suicide detonations from Pfhor Juggernauts.
There exists some contention in academic circles wheather the UESC ships retaliated with similar tactics, citing period law codes prohibiting such wanton destruction. Others, citing second hand reports from actual combatants, claim the UESC used orbital bombardment on structures still containing human troops to prevent their fall to the Pfhor. In any case, the struggle for the alien world was an uphill battle for both sides. Facing entrenched Pfhor assault teams, Special Operations troops were employed in the contested hot zones alongside the extraction teams. Structural defense mechanisms employed by the installations creators provided an additional threat.
The battle's turning point occurred when the critically damaged UESG Pausanias heroically drove into the Battle Group's primary Dreadnaught, resulting in the destruction of both ships. The Pfhor troops' hierarchical rank system was temporarily thrown into disorder, allowing the UESC to regroup. Eventually the Battle Group vessels that were not destroyed outright were forced into retreat. While the Pfhor held the ancient site for some time (estimates range from seven months to three years) before the UESC's arrival, their lack of technical expertise would have seriously impeded any extraction efforts. Their gains on the outpost world were considered negligible.
Another point in the historiography of Rogue Star pertains to the Pfhor Dreadnaught destroyed by UESG Pausanias. A hidden Pfhor vessel was sighted on an escape vector. After it was subdued and boarded, the unknown vessel was found populated solely by a S'pht/S'pht'kr crew. The single artificial intelligence onboard resisted containment, forcing the UESC shock troops to destroy all onboard hostiles. Before a full detail could be made of the vessel and its contents, the ship's pilot plotted a suicide course for the planetoid's largest power complex. Upon impact, three-fourths of the viable surface area were obliterated. Underground data banks melted as the surface shock wave flattened surface structures and mountain ranges alike.
Rumor pertaining to a "renegade" arm of Battle Group Four, composed of high ranking S'pht compiler units is often cited when discussing the "Armageddon" ship's origins. This theory loses credibility however, when cross referenced with video feeds from the HUDs of planetside UESC personnel. Many retinal implanted soldiers recorded the presence of an unknown hostile; later identified as a Mjolnir Mark IV Cyborg2. The Cyborg's presence is commonly raised as proof of a connection between the "Armageddon" vessels and an AI pilot. Ancient accounts of the UESC Marathon's surviving crew, notably one Robert Blake, make mention of the Mjolnir IV cyborg working in the service of a rampant computer AI during the initial Pfhor attack on Marathon, and later on Lh'owon.
Given the evidence, some theorists claim the unknown construct was indeed one of the three original "Traxus" clones used onboard the doomed UESC Marathon. Speculation abounds claiming the AI's identity as Leela, Tycho, or even the mysterious Durandal. Sadly, a conclusive answer is not possible in this instance. Too little documentation surrounding the troops' activities onboard the Pfhor vessel exist. What happened to the UESC AI after the failure of the first Tau Ceti colony is unknown. Their motivations for visiting Rogue Star, and eventually decimating the surface are equally nebulous.
The planetoid orbiting WD0346+246 suffered irreparable damage during the battle with the Pfhor, and was further decimated by the "Armageddon" ship. From the ashes of this situation arose an opportunity to study what remained of a vast alien civilization. Gleaned from the S'pht's creation mythology3, the outpost world structures once belonged to an ancient race called the "Yarro". This ruined world validated the long held hypothesis of a godlike master race that predated humanity. However, the implications of the Yarro extend well beyond the scope of this document, and are better examined in their own publication4.
The raw materials and technology salvaged from the planetoid were primarily related to genetic development, but also held applications in medicine, advanced weaponry, and defense. For the better part of a decade, all technologies and data regarding the UESC's salvage operations and subsequent breakthroughs at Rogue Star were classified, carried out by government contracted corporations, most notably DANGI Industries. Yet the increasing amount of military victories against the Pfhor, culminating with the UESC victory over Pfhor Prime in 2854, made research operations difficult to hide for long. Areas like the Dangi Corp. Salinger station became a phenomenon in popular culture throughout the colonies as a place where secret experiments were conducted. Research and development funded by the UESG did occur, but in reality lacked the mystical aura that colonial citizens constructed around it.
A few short months after Pfhor Prime fell to the FTL missile bombardments and armored legions of the UESC, a horrific plague broke out on numerous outer rim UESC planets and waystations. The disease, known as the Achilles virus, was unlike any previous strain in human history. Often considered a futuristic "Black Plague", Achilles devastated whole populations of humans, quickly spreading across worlds. By the time the UESC adopted a reactive stance, the plague had already reached the inner colonies of Mars, Callisto and Triton. When the first cases appeared in the European bloc, the UESC unanimously voted to sterilize the entire subcontinent via low orbit satellites.
Most apologists of the UESC during this time defended the draconian measures used to prevent the plague's spread. In various histories of the common era, (ranging from 2854 to 3145) the UESC's decision is cited as providing the Dangi corporation enough time to develop a vaccine for the contagion.
It took three generations after Achilles was annihilated for the truth to surface. The Guilty memoirs of the Dangi's Board President's mistress (circa 2865) brought to light what was suspected for years; the corporation developed the Achilles virus themselves, using it as a way to blackmail their way into a position of dictatorial power over the Earth Space Council. By the time this was proven, the original Dangi board members were long dead.
Generations of dictatorial power had a negative effect on the UESC's institutions. The relationships between the core and outer colonies had eroded to the point of collapse. In turn, the tenuous network once known as the United Earth Space Council became the "Terrain Alliance". Without the codified political and social structure of the UESC, many colonies adopted a militaristic stance towards any outside threats. Though still in possession of the defunct UESC's military technology, the Terrain Alliance lacked the checks and balances present in a democracy.
Thus began the era of Px expansion. With no centralized government to hold the xenophobic tendencies of humanity in place, the Allied expansion campaigns led to mass exterminations. The re-colonization efforts on "Post-Xenomorph" worlds were popular during this time. Campaigns against the Nar and Nebulons were short, but thorough.
After witnessing a particular brutal extermination, the Vyale barred the Terrain Alliance from their trade networks. Choosing to restrict trade within their network to outsiders, the Vyale's only trade partners during this time were the nomadic remnants of various Pfhor Battle Groups. In an often cited example of humanity's technological standing, the Triton colony took it upon itself to exterminate the Vyale network, and colonized their home world.
Sadly, of all the xenomorph races, only the S'pht living aboard their battle moon K'ila still remain in any significant number. Although the Terrain Alliance's numerous military utopias have begun the process of redemocratization and demilitarization, the S'pht prefer to avoid all contact with humanity.
Scholarship emerging from this "dark age" routinely looks to the UESC's early colonial period as a golden age of space exploration, filled with hope and optimism. Given the long and sordid history humanity has forged since the events of Rogue Star, this isn't suprising. Finding wisdom and beauty in the classical past is not a new concept. In the realm of speculative history, it is often postulated what sort of age humanity would exist in now if the UESC had lost WD0346+246 to the Pfhor. Some speculate that we would live in a darker climate than currently exists, while others believe that the UESC could have defeated the Pfhorish Empire and stopped its conquest there.
Such a simplistic perspective on history and the future, as either dark age or renaissance, is a common dichotomy. However, this author prefers to see the two happening together. History, regardless of our direction since Rogue Star, would be filled with both darkness and light. In the absence of one, the other exists.
1 Standard Galactic Time.
2 Originally discovered on board the colony ship "Marathon" in 2472; presumed KIA after the Pfhor assault in 2794.
< see 247753U.E.S.C_marathon.htx >.
3 Xenomorphic Mythology: Mindsets and Motivations, ed. and trans. Arthur Fraine. (Mars: Octagon Distribution, Inc. 3007).
4 The First Race, Clifford J. Rogers. (Terra: Marius Dei Distribution, 2966).
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