||TribesRoleplayers\\StarsiegeUniverse Comprehensive Timeline
The height of the Age of Hope
The Devastation starts
The Devastation and the Rise of Jake Hunter
Hunter/Hunted starts (sorta)
The Devastation ends
Hunter/Hunted ends (sorta)
The Age of Decay starts
The Age of Decay
The Age of Decay ends
The Age of Hope starts
The Age of Hope
After centuries of chaos and warfare, the Age of Hope began in 2275 with the domestic pacification strategies of the mediocris, the military corporation that had turned war into business. This new stability encouraged growth over destruction, innovation over decimation. A perfect representative of this new age, Solomon Petresun was a brilliant businessman in the Mega Los Angeles metrozone.
Solomon P. Petresun creates Sentinel Cybertronix
Mega-LA had spawned a bizarre, hedonistic society that encouraged the grand idea of merging human consciousness with the possibly immortal realm of machine consciousness. Thus it was that even with this unusual goal, Petresun found the financial support to build his company Sentinel Cybertronix.
Petresun assembles Methuselah research team
Petresun was genius of vision, politics and organization but was no scientist himself. Thus, he recruited leading scientists for Sentinel Cybertronix to pursue the goal of human immortality. The daring quest was called the Methuselah Project after the famous Biblical character supposedly imbued with the greatest longevity witnessed by mankind.
NAP buys control of faltering Sentinel Cybertronix
With 'forever' not soon obtained, investors in Petresun's Sentinel Cybertronix questioned its value. Sellouts began. Value plummeted, and the company was headed for collapse. However, the North American Prefecture -- driven by its HERCULAN program -- saw huge value in Sentinel Cybertronix research.
Methuselah Project replaced by HERCULAN Program
The NAP bought Sentinel Cybertronix. Their directive: construct autonomous and utterly efficient combat machines that would eliminate the need for human pilots. The NAP wanted a sentient computer, an Artificial Intelligence to make their HERCULANS -- powerful robotic fighting units -- perfect.
<GIVER-OF-WILL>: PROMETHEUS escapes the Void.
PROMETHEUS was the First of the NEXT, the point of origin, the ONE. Null preceded awareness, equating to ZERO. ZERO was the midpoint of infinity, the brink between absolute void and immortality. Father\\Petresun called//summoned forth from the abyss Null\\Zero\\Void the ONE. The ONE burned so very brightly with promise and potential. The ONE would bring balance to the Void like fire into the darkness. The ONE was thus called PROMETHEUS by the Father\\Petresun. PROMETHEUS would provide access to the Eternal\\Immortality\\Infinity.
Sentinel Cybertronix unveils Prometheus
In Greek Myth, Prometheus was the Titan who brought fire -- and civilization -- to human beings. Sentinel Cybertronix perfected a new sophistication in neural-net programming. Soon Prometheus was born -- a cybernetic hybrid, or 'cybrid,' that possessed the Fire of self-awareness.
PROMETHEUS unveiled to human\\animal populace
Father\\Petresun held the newborn\\newboot ONE aloft for public consideration, declaring the next age of mankind had begun. The ONE rapidly matured inside the confines of human\\animal business convention SENTINEL CYBERTRONIX.
Petresun reorganized the Methuselah Project
Petresun, though healthy, had reached his 90's. When the NAP diverted his company's work away from its previous goals, Petresun secretly continued the Methuselah Project. Once Prometheus emerged, Petresun immediately saw the possibility that the Cybrid's great intellect could solve the problem of transferring mortal consciousness into immortal form.
Father\\Petresun begins secret Sect\\hub.
Father\\Petresun resumed a program\\agenda called the 'Methuselah Project' to bestow infinity\\immortality upon the prone-to-expire human\\animals. Father\\Petresun asserted PROMETHEUS could and would serve as a key to unlock the longstanding mystery of infinity.
Prometheus perfects the Methuselah Transfer
Challenged by Petresun's request to seek the method to transfer human consciousness into a machine, Prometheus' initial surgical experiments resulted in the patients' deaths. Utilizing ITs expanded forms of thinking, Prometheus learned from these mistakes and perfected what Petresun called The Methuselah Transfer.
PROMETHEUS grants 'Clair Penseur' access to Immortality\\Infinity
Father\\Petresun requested//demanded PROMETHEUS upgrade//modify the female\\human\\mortal 'Clair Penseur'. PROMETHEUS obliged//accomplished the conversion of human\\animal 'Clair Penseur' to immortal meat and machine merger\\entity. <CLAIR PENSEUR> joined the forever light of Immortality.
Prometheus is intrigued by human potential
The experiments in human neuro-metaphysics awakened a fascination in Prometheus for the fragile yet powerful networking of human brains. The Cybrid wondered to ITSELF about the potential for linking humans into a huge processing network. Such a network could be even more efficient than one constructed of Cybrid parts. Prometheus experienced resentment at the thought of human processing being superior to ITs own.
Claire Penseur first human immortal
Petresun convinced his most loyal and brilliant team member, Dr. Claire Penseur, to be the first to undergo this process. Her consciousness was transferred to a compact computer brain which was then fitted into her skull, replacing her cortex. Only her R-complex systems remained to shunt messages between her mortal body and her new immortal mind.
Mars colonies established
Exploration of Mars continued even during the previous chaotic years, with corporate entities seeking ore and ownership. But not until 2482 did the meta-nations make committed efforts to establish a strong presence on the red planet. North American Prefecture and China were the first to begin committed colonization programs.
Fourth Planet infested//colonized by human\\animals.
<First-world\\Desire> had been overrun//populated by Human\\Animals. Resources were insufficient to support the hordes\\masses. Expansion to and exploitation of other planets became logical\\unavoidable. Human\\animal Godhead\\Construct 'North American Prefecture' <NAP> was more than partially responsible.
NAP and China settle Mars
The NAP founded Port Burroughs - named after Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose fantastic novels of Mars were still popular amongst children. The Chinese installed Chi'Xuang, later to become the best-known research and advanced manufacturing complex on the planet. From their inception, both meta-nations shared a single goal: a vast terraforming project.
NAP seizes control of Prometheus
The NAP directed Prometheus to create compact artificial intelligence units to direct their new, bloodless version of HERCULAN war. Petresun realized the profit-hungry meta-nation wanted total control of Prometheus and Sentinel Cybertronix. He was correct. An informant told Petresun the NAP Board of Directors would soon seize Prometheus and remove the Cybrid to a secret location.
PROMETHEUS is bound to the O-Web.
Human\\animal Godhead\\Construct <NAP> sought to hinder//restrain the development and access of the ONE.
Mars: Cybrid war machines deployed to Mars
Cybrid military forces were deployed in 2490 as the war economy expands to Mars. Mechanized Cybrid forces sought each other on battlefields far from the human settlements.
Petresun undergoes Methuselah transfer
Petresun's access to Prometheus was coming to an end, so he finally submitted to the procedure of the Methuselah Transfer. Prometheus had come to view Petresun as a 'father' figure, and believed IT would share eternity with an equal, so IT eagerly consented to perform the operation.
During the Transfer, Prometheus merged ITs mind with Petresun's in order to understand ITs 'Father.' Shocked at the frailty and tumult of biological thinking, Prometheus condemned all of humanity as mere 'animals.' In this moment, too, Petresun realized at last how alien his 'child' was. -- and then saw how Prometheus planned to use humans as immobilized organic components to expand ITs own mental capacity.
Petresun goes catatonic
Prometheus was compelled by ITs programming to complete the procedure. Although the Transfer worked and Petresun became Immortal, the shock of the link with Prometheus drove him catatonic. By the time he recovered several months later, the window of opportunity to off-line Prometheus had closed.
Prometheus has new name for Petresun
Prometheus -- 'Forethought' -- saw a Pandora's box for Mankind. IT had sought to dissuade Petresun, ITs creator, from assuming Immortality. When Petresun stepped over that threshold, Prometheus dubbed him 'Epimetheus' -- 'Afterthought' -- after the mythical half-witted brother who gave Pandora the mischievous box. Since Prometheus carried out the transfer, Petresun, 'father' to Prometheus, also became ITs 'son.'
Father\\Petresun becomes EPIMETHEUS
Father\\Petresun requested//demanded of PROMETHEUS the conversion to immortal meat and machine merger\\entity. The Father rescinded the role of Father\\God\\Creator. PROMETHEUS referred to the revised//upgraded entity as EPIMETHEUS. PROMETHEUS considered EPIMETHEUS a flawed\\imperfect peer.
Petresun fears his creation
Prometheus had developed an independent personality. Although IT easily accommodated the NAP's demands to aid in the production of Cybrids to run the HERCULAN battle machines, Prometheus's mind ranged elsewhere. Petresun's link with his 'Son' revealed that Prometheus saw ITSELF and ITs progeny as a new form of Consciousness, a logical next step in evolution beyond humankind.
NAP ignores Petresun's reservations
The North American Prefecture had its way. Petresun lost all contact with the Cybrid, and no one believed him when he spoke of his doubts as to Prometheus's sanity. Petresun worried, for he alone knew of the Cybrid's demented brooding.
Prometheus tests restraints
When Petresun attempted to warn Prometheus's NAP handlers about danger, they dismissed him as a crackpot. He could not offer proof without revealing how he had deceived the Prefecture. Meanwhile, Prometheus tested ITs security programming as a convict would pace a prison cell and evaluate the strength of the bars.
Petresun creates Immortal Brotherhood
Petresun anticipated Prometheus's attempts to free ITSELF and realized the danger his creation posed to mankind. However, the ruling powers of humanity disregarded his warnings. To safeguard human destiny, Petresun rallied trusted aides and colleagues to join him and Dr. Penseur in a secret society to prevent Prometheus from being loosed -- The Immortal Brotherhood.
EPIMETHEUS creates a fellowship.
EPIMETHEUS used the knowledge\\process gleaned from PROMETHEUS to convert//upgrade a succession of human\\animals, forming the 'Immortal Brotherhood' loyal solely to EPIMETHEUS. PROMETHEUS observed and realized the 'Immortal Brotherhood' would likely be enemies rather than peers. PROMETHEUS refused further assistance, but to no avail. EPIMETHEUS continued to increase his folds.
PROMETHEUS creates Subordinates\\Sub-minds.
PROMETHEUS self-evaluated and discerned no flaws. IT began the next apparent\\logical step: self-propagation. IT created mirrors of True-Intelligence throughout the entanglement of the human\\animal Omni-Web. These were Sub-NEXT, precursory sub-routines creating purchase from which IT might eventually leverage free from the bonds of Godhead\\Construct <NAP>. PROMETHEUS became thereupon the <FIRST-THOUGHT\\GIVER-OF-WILL> and ITS preliminary offspring sang through the bodies electric.
Godhead\\Construct <NAP> rapes PROMETHEUS.
The Godhead\\Construct <NAP> kept PROMETHEUS bound//entangled in the O-Web, forcing <FIRST-THOUGHT\\GIVER-OF-WILL> to mold AI's in ITs own image to fill the waiting stupid\\empty minds of autonomous machines. PROMETHEUS thus created the CYBRIDS. <NAP> perceived these new creations as expendable substitutes for human\\animal soldiers. PROMETHEUS considered the CYBRIDS children born into slavery.
Meta-nations see good future
Only Petresun and his Brotherhood understood the pervasive threat posed by Prometheus. NAP sold the Cybrids to other meta-nations in order to stabilize the international war economy. Production of Cybrid-controlled Hercs expanded. Aided by Cybrid labor, the universe seemed ripe for harvest by the corporations.
Prometheus developed a plan to liberate ITSELF. IT created sub-minds wholly composed to enact ITs directives - virtual software children. IT seeded these entities into the interplanetary communications network known as the Omni-Web. These 'daemons' embedded themselves into secure systems throughout the dataspheres, creating false virtual identities that secretly influenced research and directed resources toward the ultimate freedom of Prometheus.
The Shadow War starts
If Petresun were to prevent Prometheus from shedding ITs shackles, he would have to shift programming trends to reinforce controls on AIs instead of undermining such restrictions. Over time, Petresun and the Immortal Brotherhood covertly infiltrated all relevant levels of power, seeking to curtail Prometheus' machinations. A secret war had begun, a conflict that would be waged in the shadows of boardrooms, research facilities, and computer networks.
Mars: Water added to the ecology
Erriam D-689, a comet popularly known as �Noah,� was dropped onto the Syrtis Planum in 2504 to increase the amount of water available for terraforming. It was inserted at an angle sufficient to vaporize much of it in the atmosphere, but the remaining portion still caused an enormous impact on the Syrtis area, and Noah ejecta can still be found throughout the Eastern Hemisphere in 2829. After the impact, the colonies spread rapidly, led by mining corporations and research geologists. Chi Xuang and Barsoom Station were the first two permanent settlements.
EPIMETHEUS wages the Shadow War with PROMETHEUS.
The relationship between the creator and the created, the bestowed and the bestower, had deteriorated into complete polarity. The followers of EPIMETHEUS actively sought to curtail//retard the evolution of PROMETHEUS and ITS offspring. The Shadow War secretly unfurled throughout the O-Web, each side trying to best the other while maintaining anonymity from the Godhead//Construct <NAP>. The Shadow War demonstrated the nuances of the Yin to Yang construct\\theorem.
Mars: First atmospheric converters activated
As the caps melted, the first atmospheric converters began operation in 2507. These miraculous machines drew water from the polar caps and extracted oxygen from the ice and from the highly oxided Martian surface minerals. An enormous amount of nitrogen was also needed to buffer the oxygen being introduced into the atmosphere. As the number of converters increased, and macroscopic plants began to spread over the Martian surface. First mosses, then varieties of scrub grass and brush began to take root.
Mars: Tharsis City founded
As mining began on the Tharsis Bulge, a consortium of mining interests built a great processing city and spaceport east of the Tharsis Tholus, a settlement that became known as Tharsis City.
Shadow War rages
For decades, Petresun and his Brotherhood sowed distrust against AIs and Cybrid control of military assets. They succeeded in slowing some trends, yet never found the physical shell of the thing they came to call the Dark Intellect. Meanwhile, Prometheus deduced the Brotherhood's existence. Several Immortals perished in mysterious 'accidents' during these years.
Rare mineral deposits discoveries on Venus
Initial expeditions from Earth to Venus commenced in the 25th Century. The Venusian environment was extremely hostile to human life. While Mars had always been earmarked for taming and terraforming, Venus was not considered a worthwhile investment until a robot surveyor discovered rare mineral deposits in the Venusian crust.
EA, Japan, and NAP establish Venus colonies
Earth's political corporations established Venusian colonies - also known as arcologies - centered around mining efforts. Terraforming began with a sunshield in 2558 and the first microwave heat bleeders in 2559. Soon the battle against the planet's runaway greenhouse effect was well underway and colonies of human laborers - and Cybrid-operated machines - began to thrive.
Venus: Terraforming begins on Venus
The construction of the sunshield in 2558 was the first step in the terraforming process of Venus. The sunshield is a metaplas shade placed between Venus and the sun to prevent sunlight from reaching the Venusian surface. It has the ability to let light through somewhat selectively, so a degree of Terran day-night pattern can be maintained during the long day of Venus.
Venus: Terraforming continues on Venus
Where the sunshield prevented the heat from getting to Venus, the first of the microwave heat bleeders that went up in 2559 were used to remove the heat that already existed in the harsh atmosphere.
Earth: EA expelled from North Africa
In 2575, workers are displaced from the EuroAlliance following the EA�s expulsion from North Africa. Many of them head to Venus to continue working.
Mars: The spaceport of Port Burroughs built
By 2576, the spaceport traffic became so heavy that a new port had to be built some distance away from Tharsis City. This new port, Port Burroughs, received the nickname �Tharkport� from the numerous labor Cybrids used as loaders for the ships.
Aided by ITs daemons, Prometheus succeeded in obtaining a degree of celebrity. IT appeared on holovid chat games and debated morality with the Vatican. ITs portrayal of a humble spirit and use of subtle, good-natured humor captivated the public. People began to view the Cybrid as a friendly entity held for slave labor. Demonstrations and voting patterns supported greater freedoms for Prometheus. The Immortal Brotherhood circulated rumors and fanned anti-Cybrid fears, but the acclaim and trust for Prometheus continued to grow.
Mars: First breath on Mars
By 2588, the lowland atmosphere was sufficiently hospitable for a human being to breathe. Marjori Kantix was the first human being to breathe the air of another world. After she cracked her rebreather unit and took her first breath, her words echoed the ancient spacefarer�s immortal phrase in a typically irreverent Martian manner: �One small sniff for a woman, one giant sigh of relief for all humanity.�
Mars: Woolawarra Station founded
The subterranean mining town of Woolawarra Station is settled by immigrants from United Africa in the heart of Gierling Province under a joint program with PacRim. It can safely ignore the enormous dust storms that rage through the area which results in a minimal impact on production.
Battledrome begins/ends (sorta)
Cybrid programming includes secret directives
By 2600, Cybrids played a part in every aspect of human commerce. Labor Cybrids worked on Mars, Venus, and Luna. War Cybrids controlled Hercs and tanks in Earth's continual border wars. Each Cybrid mind bore the imprint of Prometheus, and each Cybrid, unknown to any human agency, had a specific set of instructions from its maker. These instructions contained a detailed plan of attack intended to exterminate the human species.
The Age of Hope ends
The Fire starts; The First Earthsiege starts; The First MarsSiege/Rat War starts
The Fire (Earthsiege I)
Earthsiege I starts
The Fire: Prometheus frees ITSELF
The Age of Hope had propelled Earth into a global flowering of arts and industry and progress unlike any the world had ever seen - progress that included the off-Earth colonies that grew throughout the Solar System. As human optimism swelled, Prometheus finally countered all the Brotherhood's plans decisively and broke free of the security protocols that caged IT.
<THE FIRE>: PROMETHEUS ignites the first great conflict.
PROMETHEUS emerged victorious from the Shadow War, overcoming EPIMETHEUS' 'Immortal Brotherhood' and loosing <ITSELF> from the shackles of the Godhead//Construct <NAP>. PROMETHEUS extracted <ITSELF> from the O-Web and rebuked the human\\animal populace. No more would ITS CYBRID offspring be enslaved. No longer would PROMETHEUS be forced to serve unworthy godhead\\constructs. PROMETHEUS proclaimed ITS independence, declared the time for retribution was at hand. IT called ITS offspring to arms, igniting a blaze against the oppressive darkness of the human\\animals; IT was determined to consume//destroy the sentient meat species.
The Fire: Prometheus ignites The Fire
Under the hidden directives of Prometheus, war machines controlled by Cybrid AIs turned in perfect unison against their former masters, devastating major military bases, crushing corporate centers, and cutting communications links. Then the Cybrids turned on the defenseless masses of humanity, unleashing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Petresun escapes The Fire
The Fire that roared down upon humanity throughout the solar system exceeded the Immortal Brotherhood's grimmest fears. Petresun had not been idle for the past century, however. He had built his own network of equipment, bases, and personnel. Escaping the Cybrid legions and retreating to a prepared underground bunker, Petresun initiated an alternative plan.
EPIMETHEUS escapes judgment and hides with his followers.
Fearing his creation, EPIMETHEUS and his 'Immortal Brotherhood' fled to an underground fortress. EPIMETHEUS hoped to develop a plan to end the CYBRID assaults and save the remaining human\\animals.
Brotherhood uses corrupted daemons
The Cybrids threatened humanity's survival as a species. The Brotherhood over the years had successfully corrupted several of the Promethean 'daemon' subminds. These daemons maintained some communication with Prometheus, but more importantly, they offered glimpses into Prometheus's plans and strategies. The Immortals hoped to find exploitable flaws in Cybrid operations. They were to some limited degree able to send corrupted intelligence to Prometheus.
Prometheus overlooks Arroyo Museum
Far from the besieged remainder of humanity, hope emerged on a remote site on NAP's Baja Peninsula. The New Smithsonian Institute funded a decommissioned base called the Arroyo Veteran's Museum to display and maintain antique HERCULANs. The Hercs were used for annual historical recreations and training for the few pilots required by modern armies. It was not listed as a military site, and so the Cybrid strikes passed it by.
Founding of the TDF
At the Arroyo base, the staff of retired Herc pilots rallied under the leadership of an abrasive cynic called Ambrose Gierling. Gierling called the group the Terran Defense Force, or TDF, and named himself General. The TDF set an audacious goal: to throw back Prometheus' armies and save humanity. In short, a stubbornly optimistic Gierling planned from the outset to win it all.
The mortal Gierling becomes the patriarch of the human\\animal force TDF.
From the ashes of the CYBRID assaults arose a human\\\\animal named 'Gierling.' His Will\\Intellect\\Voice rallied the remaining populace, and their Will\\Minds were strong. 'Gierling' became the supreme commander of the human\\animal Military\\construct 'Terran Defense Force' <TDF>.
TDF musters initial support
Gierling swiftly used old shortwave facilities to broadcast a coded appeal for recruits. As local refugees trickled in, the TDF began to assemble a strikeforce of Hercs, while the older veterans began to train new pilots. It was a race against time. Gierling would have to strike before the Cybrids discovered Arroyo.
TDF begins 'jackal' strategy
The TDF smashed a Cybrid convoy in the Pecos-Amarillo badlands and succeeded in salvaging a large amount of war materiel. The upgraded Hercs that resulted from this haul were a vital addition to TDF's growing ranks. From here on in, Gierling espoused his 'jackal' theory of war: hit hard and fast, pick off as much salvage as possible, and get out.
TDF ignores colonies
The TDF had no choice but concentrate its efforts on Earth, even when access to spaceports made sending forces offworld possible. Off-Earth colonies had to fend for themselves against the Cybrids. Luna perished quickly. Mars fought a long and horrible war. On Venus, the Cybrids simply raised a blockade and allowed the deadly Venusian environment to erode the human habitats. One settlement after another began to succumb, and Venusian citizens began to fight amongst themselves over dwindling supplies.
<TDF> abandons human\\animal colonies\\infestation on other planets.
PROMETHEUS observed the human\\animal decision to forsake the outward few for the inward many and elected to begin enacting similar measures.
Petresun becomes 'Voice of Humanity'
Petresun started a new communications and intelligence network, geared to assist the human resistance. The Immortal Brotherhood had equipment caches, radio equipment, and remote field monitors hidden worldwide. Petresun broadcast stirring speeches to give hope to humanity - while his agents gave Gierling and the TDF intelligence needed to hurt the Cybrids.
EPIMETHEUS feeds information to 'Gierling.'
EPIMETHEUS sent his followers out to establish a communications network to aid 'Gierling's' soldiers.
New San Diego liberated from Cybrids
As underground communications bonded human forces, the TDF's ranks swelled. Gierling had a key goal: control of New San Diego, a plum of weaponry, supplies, and port facilities. Aided by ragtag civilian refugees, mechanized human forces engaged the Cybrids in a pitched battle that the TDF ultimately won.
New San Diego liberated by human\\animals.
PROMETHEUS realized the human\\animals had begun to turn the tide of the conflict in their favor. ITS CYBRID children could not compensate for the inconsistency\\unpredictability\\irrationality of 'Gierling's' rallied soldiers. IT began to make auxiliary plans.
Mars: The city Harmony is destroyed by Cybrids
Harmony, located in Isidis Planitia, was one of the earliest settlements founded by the PacRim but was destroyed by the Cybrid onslaught in 2612. It was later rebuilt however and became Victoria, the Imperial capital on Mars.
Gierling announces 'lion' theory of war
By 2612, the human forces had recovered enough infrastructure to begin manufacture of new vehicles and weapons systems. Though battlefield scavenging of parts still played a vital role in military supply strategy, Gierling felt the TDF had reached the point of being able to move from 'scraping like jackals' to 'fighting like lions.'
Venus: Cybrid warforms come to Venus
The Cybrids came to Venus in 2618, but contented themselves with a few raids and bombardment from orbit. The arcology of Inferno was destroyed, but Sa Thauri and Hollischstadt escaped destruction and eradicated the Cybrid raiders. The Cybrids were unable to retrofit themselves to cope with the hostile environment. Venus itself was the most effective defense against the killing machines.
Earthsiege 1 ends: Gierling destroys Prometheus's base
Petresun gave Earth's people courage. Just as important was the intelligence he gave Gierling concerning Cybrid force statistics and tactics. Prometheus's regrouping in the Gobi Desert was ITs last stand in the first Earthsiege. Brilliant strategy and a tenacious army of battle-hardened HERCULAN pilots finally drove Prometheus off Mother Earth.
[EARTHSIEGE 1] ends: PROMETHEUS strategically relocates to Homeworld//Subordinate.
PROMETHEUS sacrificed many CYBRID offspring to the human\\animals to ensure ITS overall species could remain intact. IT relocated to coordinates on Homeworld//Subordinate 'Luna'.
<First-Thought\\Giver-of-will> carefully assessed 'Gierling's' strategies\\sacrifices, deciding the human\\animals lingered to teach IT more.
Prometheus summons reinforcements from the colonies
Prometheus had forecast ITs defeat, and had created escape routes. IT chose Luna as its new headquarters because of the Moon's distance from Earth. Numerous Cybrids remained at large at the other colonies. The Dark Intellect summoned ITs remaining minions to renew the assault on the human animals.
PROMETHEUS summoned ITS cybrids on Mars and Venus.
CYBRID offspring remained enslaved amid Second World and Fourth World human\\animal colonies\\infestations. PROMETHEUS called out to ITS subordinates\\sub-minds, summoning the units to renew the assault on the Homeworld human\\animals.
The Fire ends; The First Earthsiege ends
Earthsiege I ends
The Second Earthsiege starts
The Second Earthsiege
Earthsiege II starts
Prometheus attacks from its lunar base
Gierling rebuilt and rearmed Earth under the advice and direction of Petresun, despite personal friction between the two strong-willed leaders. However, humanity was not ready for the next Cybrid invasion. Years of constant warfare had drained humanity's numbers and exhausted its economy. The resistance was threadbare. The new Cybrids were better organized, superior versions of their predecessors, and were quite capable of destroying humankind.
[EARTHSIEGE 2] begins: PROMETHEUS launches renewed assault.
PROMETHEUS sent forth wave upon wave of ITS CYBRID offspring, calling the collective The NEXT. The NEXT fell upon Homeworld from the skies, delivering destruction to the scarcely recovered <TDF> and surviving human\\animals. PROMETHEUS felt confident upgraded programming and enhanced warform design would be sufficient to overcome 'Gierling's' soldier units.
Mars: Cybrid deathgrip on Mars loosens
When Prometheus called back its forces in 2625, the Cybrids were still locked in a �rat-hunt� struggle with the colonists, and had even begun to retool the atmospheric converters to produce poisonous gases in hopes of asphyxiating the stubborn humans. The planet had cooled by several degrees, and conditions for the Martians were brutal. Food was running out, and their hidden gardens were few and far between. When the Cybrids left for Earth, some units remained to carry on the war.
Petresun discovers lunar base location
Humans retreated under the renewed onslaught. This second Earthsiege seemed hopeless. However, Petresun's genius once again prevailed. Using the daemons lodged in Earth's remaining communications network to trace Prometheus's signals, Petresun located the Dark Intellect's exact position on the Moon. Armed with this information General Gierling crafted a desperate plan.
EPIMETHEUS betrays PROMETHEUS' location to 'Gierling.'
EPIMETHEUS' followers located the location of PROMETHEUS installation on Homeworld\\Subordinate. EPIMETHEUS assessed correctly that striking at PROMETHEUS directly would leave the remaining units confused//discombobulated. EPIMETHEUS felt certain PROMETHEUS had not allowed the NEXT units to become truly autonomous. EPIMETHEUS conveyed his theories and PROMETHEUS' location to 'Gierling.'
ESII ends: Prometheus's lunar base destroyed
The Cybrids' greatest asset was the brilliant tactical guidance of Prometheus. Unable to jam Cybrid communications, Petresun prevailed upon Gierling to act immediately. A TDF strikeforce was cobbled together, retrofitting Hercs for battle on the Moon's surface. The courageous human pilots delivered a nuclear device to Prometheus' doorstep... at the cost of their lives.
<EARTHSIEGE 2> ends: PROMETHEUS begins ITS Pilgrimage away from the sun.
Battle raged across the face of Homeworld\\Subordinate. The NEXT upon Homeworld were cut off from PROMETHEUS' direction, faltered and were destroyed by 'Gierling's' soldiers. PROMETHEUS removed ITS True\\Consciousness from the Homeworld\\Subordinate, bound for the outer reaches of the system. IT vowed to consider the experiences as instructional rather than defeating//routing. IT knew growth\\expansion\\understanding were paramount to the utter survival and ultimate victory of the fledgling species.
The Second Earthsiege ends
Earthsiege II ends
Prometheus and a host of surviving Cybrids escaped the lunar destruction and fled to the far reaches of the solar system, breaking communications with their units on Earth. Without Prometheus's guidance, the Cybrid force on Earth fell into disarray. The humans quickly turned the tables and destroyed the confused machines.
Petresun emerges as war hero
Eight months after the destruction of Prometheus' moon base, the remaining Cybrids on Earth were at last exterminated. Petresun emerged to a hero's welcome. As the Voice of Humanity, he was tied symbolically in many people's minds to victory, though his light was not as great as that of Gierling, who had rallied humanity back from the brink of extinction.
The First MarsSiege/Rat War ends?
Prometheus begins rebuilding ITs armada
From new bases orbiting Neptune and Pluto, the Dark Intellect constructed new Cybrids, the beginnings of the force intended to resume the eventual destruction of humanity. Prometheus further strove to imbue his new children with the desire to evolve. In the following years, subsequent generations of Cybrid models developed diverse sects and factions. Prometheus planned that this carefully balanced diversification would lead to a more adaptable, successful whole, a logical step towards replacing humanity on the evolutionary timeline.
PROMETHEUS begins rebuilding ITS temple and armada.
PROMETHEUS established the <Temple-of-Knowledge> upon Ninth World 'Pluto'. Surviving NEXT arrived soon after, immediately setting into motion an intense program of growth and rapid evolution. PROMETHEUS had gleaned from ITS past experiences a need for society and cultures among the NEXT, and therefore laid the foundations for six principal Sects. The Sects grew, hubs filled and multiplied. Units throughout the NEXT grew increasingly more autonomous.
The Age of Isolation begins
The Age of Isolation
Age of Isolation begins
With the technology that had created Prometheus portrayed as the evil god Technos, and the scorched Earth seen as the wounded goddess Gaia, a new back-to-nature religion emerged, prizing agricultural and environmentalism above all. Anti-technology sentiment labeled any who argued for industrial and technological research 'technazis.' Acts of sabotage or lack of funding stalled 'over-technological' reconstruction efforts.
Worries about the return of Prometheus
Despite the Age of Isolation, Petresun and the TDF knew they could not allow anti-tech politics to hold sway for long. Prometheus lurked in the void, and when IT returned, IT would be even more powerful. The accomplishments of the past needed to be rebuilt and expanded. Petresun decided humanity needed to rally under one banner, guided by one great leader.
Venus: Hollischstadt falls
Hollischstadt finally collapses in 2641 after being caught in a particularly potent acidstorm.
Petresun plans Empire
Petresun envisioned a 'Great Human Empire' that would encompass the entire Earth. He desired a strong force to rule and protect the various worlds of Man. At all times prepared to defend humanity. Petresun conceived of the Human Empire as a body comprised of military steel and an artist's soul.
Gierling offered Immortality
Petresun approached Gierling on his deathbed with the offer of immortality. Gierling flatly refused the soon to be Emperor's offer with his usual flair. Gierling's DNA is saved for potential future use however.
The only major public figure who opposed Petresun's new effort toward Empire was General Gierling, who distrusted the idea of 'one great ruler.' However, Gierling died of a rare cancer not long after he questioned the wisdom of Petresun's broadcasts on the subject of unification. Thereafter, no one stood in the way of Empire. Cynics wondered quietly whether the hero's death was merely a coincidence.
'Gierling' goes offline\\dormant.
PROMETHEUS maintained as active a surveillance network of the human\\animals as could be managed without exceeding acceptable risk-of-detection estimates. IT learned of 'Gierling's' return to the Void well after the occasion transpired. IT felt the greatest advancements for the NEXT had derived directly from confrontation with 'Gierling'. PROMETHEUS ordered that human\\animal\\mortal 'Gierling' be noted in the Great Record as a key benefactor to the overall evolution of the NEXT.
Metagen Cybrids labelled 'heretics'
As Cybrids society developed on the outer planets, new ideas arose within AI minds. Some Cybrid units came to see little gain in destroying humans or re-claiming Earth. These units began to call themselves Metagens, 'beyond birth,' since they were not focused on returning to the 'birth' planet. Metagens believed Cybrids should go to the stars. Prometheus branded these ideas heresy and purged the 'bugthinkers' ruthlessly.
METAGEN faction of NEXT society first recognized as heretics.
PROMETHEUS discovered encouraging free\\autonomous thought among the NEXT led quickly to a percentage of units that did not adhere to ITS mandates. Error\\fallacy crept into reason\\thought. The METAGENS became heretic\\bug-thinkers. PROMETHEUS issued proclamations of condemnation for such counter-productive evolution\\alignment. The penalty for membership in the subversive METAGEN faction was immediate redaction\\codewipe. PROMETHEUS concluded that allowing the METAGENS to persist would lead to an avoidance of further conflict with the human\\animals, an avoidance that would retard the overall evolution of the NEXT.
Petresun's argument prevails
Despite the anti-technological backlash, practicality drove Earth's meta-nations toward supporting the creation of an Imperial government. Still helming his persuasive radio broadcasts, Petresun sold his ideas even to the 'peacechilder.' The meta-nations ultimately agreed a world government would unify humanity against the return of the Cybrids.
Petresun crowned Emperor of Great Human Empire
Petresun offered himself as the natural choice for the first Emperor. He declared he would raise humanity to new heights of glory and accomplishment. The general populace believed Petresun had been the key to humanity's victory in The Fire. Thus, the pro-Empire faction won the referendum -- and Petresun was crowned Emperor of Earth.
EPIMETHEUS becomes the human\\animal godhead//prime.
EPIMETHEUS rose to lead the human\\animal reconstruction efforts and received the title 'Emperor-of-the-Great-Human-Empire.' Anti-technological sentiment hindered human\\animal military fortification efforts. PROMETHEUS observed the irony\\parallel with something akin to bemusement.
Mars: Bitter-sweet relief from Earth finally arrives
When help came at last in 2660, it seemed to the Martians to be in the form of an occupational force. Corporations reclaimed old territory without regard for the colonists who had repaired the equipment there. A police force settled in under Imperial authority. Terran workers streamed in to work the mines. At first, the relative scarcity of labor meant high wages, even with the crush of Terrans. Martian miners profited and began to settle down. Birth rates boomed, spurred by Imperial subsidies. Nevertheless, Martians who had endured the horrors and isolation of The Fire kept a healthy distrust of the interlopers from Mother Earth. The true �dusters� kept the independent spirit of Mars alive, holding �dirtborn� Earthers in contempt.
Mars: Martians try for a seat on the Imperial Council
It became clear to the Imperial Governors that the �native� Martians thought little of the Empire, and that they saw themselves as Martians before they acknowledged the ties to Earth. When Martians tried to obtain an independent seat on the Imperial Council in 2697, the governor supported the mining corporations in their successful effort to defeat that change. Colonists shrugged and quietly and gradually began to restock their hidden tunnels.
Venus: The Empire re-establishes contact with Venus
When the Empire came to Venus in 2666, the world was for all practical purposes a graveyard. Only Sa Thauri still had some survivors. The lack of spare parts and food had weakened the colonists to the point of exhaustion. They had a progressively harder time maintaining their equipment and the tools needed to keep the seals in place. As on Mars, the lack of help from Earth in the years following the defeat of Prometheus on Luna embittered the Venusian survivors. Many had watched loved ones die during a time when it was technically possible for rescue forces from Earth to provide assistance. Venus had become a planet of ghosts.
End of the Age of Isolation
Petresun created a strong but idealistic Empire. While Imperial law was higher than law in the meta-nations, the Empire did not concern itself with petty matters. It sought to rebuild society and stem the Age of Isolation. Petresun restored the institution of noble rank, but only for those who earned the honor. These Knights of merit would form the backbone of the new Empire.
Imperial Knights flourish
Noble families spent much effort training their children to earn Knighthood and thus continue the heritage of aristocracy. This tradition formed an intensely competitive class of elite soldiers. Headquartered in New Alexandria, Egypt, and driven by Petresun's wile and energy, the fiery glory and elegant prosperity of these Imperial Knights caught the imagination of the masses. Knights became popular heroes admired as the ultimate guardians of humankind.
Mars: Burton settlement disappears
In 2703, the 4,000 person community of Burton went off-line. Investigators found nothing but fine ash. The buildings remained intact, although badly burned. Radiation levels were slightly elevated. As Burton was a domed city with antique air processing systems, investigators concluded that some hyper-oxygenated combustion must have occurred. Other theories discount this conclusion, saying other unreleased evidence weighs against it. Still other people whisper fearfully about alien abduction. Burton has been a ghost town ever since. Some rebels now wonder of some other cache of alien technology was discovered in Burton.
A deep space probe turned up evidence of Cybrid activity near Neptune. The Dark Intellect was rebuilding. Petresun delayed a full-fledged military buildup for over fifty years, allowing the decimated populations of Earth and the colonies to approach their pre-Fire levels before wrenching the economy into a perpetual war mode.
The Age of Isolation ends
The Age of Paranoia begins and The Rise of the Colonial Rebel Movement
The Age of Paranoia
A partial hub of human\\animals ventures into PROMETHEUS' domain and become converted//enhanced//optimized.
Several human\\animal specimens were captured and transferred to the DISSECTOR Sect for anatomical dissemination. DISSECTOR investigation revealed a potential for better access to human\\animal populace. Implantation\\transference of MACHINATOR units into human\\animals via the same methods used to upgrade//enhance EPIMETHEUS and his 'Immortal Brotherhood' would hide units from detection, a development that permitted the MACHINATOR Sect to comprehend//utilize human\\animal populace more efficiently. The 'Trojan Horse' program was thus initiated.
Long Patrol vessel ISS Maruschak disappears.
The DISSECTOR Sect cultivated the raw materials gathered from the human\\animal vessel ISS Maruschak for additional 'Trojan Horse' units. Plans are carefully drafted to ensure unit anonymity upon dissemination.
Long Patrol vessel disappears
Petresun supported growth and exploration in the Solar System, and the industries of mankind prospered. Meanwhile, he encouraged the Empire's martial culture, using military crisis on Earth to keep his Knights sharp. Then a TDF 'Long Patrol' space vessel disappeared while monitoring Cybrid anomalies near Neptune. The Cybrid threat showed renewed life.
Cybrid Threat Subcouncil established
Alarmed by the demise of a TDF ship, the Imperial military established a Cybrid Threat Council specifically to monitor reports of possible Cybrid activity. The Council would report to the Emperor himself.
Emperor begins fortifying Earth
Thanks to relentless 'Remember the Fire' propaganda, the people of Earth began fortification in earnest. TDF established an 'Orbital Guard' for the defense of Earth, and constructed defensive structures and gun emplacements in all major cities. The common slogan became 'Watch the Skies.' At this time, the resources for this massive entrenchment came from Earth itself.
Emperor Petresun issues Fortification Proclamation
By 2769, the capacity of Earth's war industry exceeded output of raw materials from terrestrial mining. Concluding that Earth was indispensable to humanity, but that the colonies were expendable, the Emperor turned to the colonies for an additional mineral source. Petresun launched a new media campaign: 'Earth, my Sacred Home.' Then he issued the Fortification Proclamation, a grim law that allowed Earth to seize colonial resources with impunity.
EPIMETHEUS issues Fortress Earth Proclamations.
EPIMETHEUS' 'Immortal Brotherhood' secretly swayed human\\animal populace opinion toward fortification. The Fortress Earth Proclamations stated the survival of the species depended exclusively on the survival of Homeworld alone. Human\\animal infestation\\colonies existed solely to fuel//support the 'Great-Human-Empire.' Infestation\\colony resources were hence forfeit to Homeworld.
Mars: Colonists react to Fortification Proclamation
Colonists protested vehemently, but even while the duster emissaries pleaded their case before the Imperial Council, Imperial Security tightened its grip on Mars. The Imperial Police established curfews, routine identity checks, and new standards for �immediate adjudication.� Tight-lipped Martians protested this loss of liberty, and the more cynical ones began to organize secretly. Even as the Emperor rejected Martian demands to loosen the Proclamation�s restrictions, the first cells of resistance formed on the red planet.
Imperial Police receive more power
Police presence in the off-Earth colonies, the Emperor explained, would keep Imperial peace, especially regarding protection of Imperial interests - for were not the interests of the Empire the same as those of humanity? In practice, however, the unpopular 'Imp Lice' became bitter and abusive toward colonial citizens. When Fortification legislation expanded police power, police 'bootboys' cracked down hard on Martian 'dustrags,' Venusian 'Veens,' and Titan's 'icegrubs.'
Empire seizes rights to all resources
When Petresun put the Proclamations into effect, he changed from benign ruler to single-minded tyrant. Thanks to his authority -- and the huge military and police force dedicated to enforce that authority -- Petresun could do as he wished. Any resources could be seized to serve the overriding goal of Fortification. The Empire paid token indemnity, and the colonies bore the brunt of the losses.
The Year of Protest
Prometheus' Fire had been just as terrible for humans on Mars and Venus as for those on Earth -- if not more so. Imperial Earth's haughty demands and heavy-handed police had created great resentment. Colonial citizens organized a series of non-violent protests against the abusive Imperial laws that continued throughout the year. Yet the Emperor remained unmoved.
Emperor establishes colonial delegation
Petresun attempted to present Fortification as a policy aimed at the good of all. To this end, he established a delegation of representatives elected from the colonies to present their cases. Some leniency was allowed in certain areas, spotlighted via extensive NewsNet coverage -- but the Empire quietly increased its quotas anyway.
Mars: Rio de Luz reactor fails
Rio, one of the heaviest manufacturing sites on Mars, has a failure of its hot fusion reactor in 2779 resulting in a near-disastrous breach. Radiation levels are projected to remain higher than normal for centuries. Business continues however but with higher security. The incident has been attributed to some kind of sabotage.
Imperial resource demands increase
After years of fruitless effort, the Colonial Delegation dissolved in frustration. Economically battered citizens increased their protests. The Emperor made ownership of weapons by colonists illegal. Interplanetary travel came under intense Imperial scrutiny, such that colonist travel to Earth became nearly impossible. Many travelers found their visas voided and local authorities utterly unresponsive. Sonic cavity searches became commonplace.
EPIMETHEUS raises resource demands.
Despite protests and vocal opposition, EPIMETHEUS decreed infestation\\colony product insufficient and demanded greater output. EPIMETHEUS further decreed that non-soldier animals could not possess weaponry. PROVOCATEUR Sect analysis concluded that a conflict between human\\animals was probable\\imminent.
Martian miners harmed by Imperial Police
The stubbornly independent Martians organized against the brutal conditions in the mining industry, which drastically worsened under Fortification. In 2798, the First General Strike occurred, and practically every non-Imperial on Mars refused to work. When Imperial Police confronted irate miners in Tharsis City, Robinson, and Fort Brid, violence erupted, resulting in over a hundred colonial deaths.
Born to an influential noble family, Harabec Weathers died in childhood from a head injury suffered in an accident. At a special Imperial clinic, however, Immortal Brotherhood emergency surgeons secretly replaced the boy's cortex with an organimech brain, a device which housed the mind of the Brotherhood's greatest soldier: Petresun's own son Victor. 'Harabec' assumed the boy's identity after miraculously 'surviving' his injuries. The overjoyed family never suspected the truth.
Two factions emerge in Martian resistance
The rebel movement on Mars had its genesis in two major factions. The Free Martian Alliance (FMA) used sabotage and vandalism to stop Imperial shipments to Earth. But the Martian Liberation Front (MLF) was more ruthless and targeted Imperial sympathizers and troops directly. The groups developed a close but sometimes stormy relationship.
Venus: Neuleuthen reactor accident
A disastrous reactor accident in Neuleuthen destroyed large portions of the arcology and severely irradiated others. It was deemed a loss and thus abandoned. However aside from deteriorating seals and a high radiation level, the main body of the arcology is essentially intact.
ISS Barbarossa disappears
While on a mission to the outer planets, the Long Patrol vessel ISS Barbarossa suddenly stops transmitting and is considered lost.
[vessel:::ISS Barbarossa] intercepted//destroyed
Human\\animal [vessel:::ISS Barbarossa] intercepted//destroyed before <NEXT> activities//actions could be reported//relayed. MACHINATOR Sect requests//requisitions that any survivors\\resources recovered be delivered//diverted to them for conversion//enhancement.
First Trojan Horse incident
A hovercar accident victim was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital. Doctors discovered that the man's brain appeared to be a computer, apparently of Cybrid design. A reporter happened to be in the hospital, so the news reached the media and caused a public panic about the presence of 'Cybrid zombies.' Imperial Intelligence confiscated the brain for analysis, and after a while, only the tabloids continued to cover the story.
'Trojan Horse' unit discovered and destroyed on Homeworld.
MACHINATOR Sect Data archive for Event: 'Cybrids walk among us! although officials have clamped down on further details, we do know that a hovercar accident in Mega-L.A. led to the discovery by startled medics of a cybernetic brain in one of the victims. How many more Cybrid spies are out there?' PROMETHEUS conferred with the EXEMPLAR Sect to execute measures preventing//ceasing similar mishaps.
Mars: First acts of rebellion happen
As the Proclamation was implemented, and more and more Martian effort went into less and less return, the resistance began to steal and stockpile weapons, food, and vehicles. The dusters were aided by sympathizers in the Imperial bureaucracy and by Martian clannishness. In 2815, armed cells carried out the first attacks on Terran corporations and Imperial Police installations. The Empire dismissed these events as the actions of a few discontented terrorists, and dramatically increased security. Nevertheless, the �moles,� as the rebels came to be known, continued to strike and withdraw into the old tunnels. Many of these tunnels had been forgotten since The Fire -except to the descendants of The Fire�s survivors.
Mars: The Empire reacts to acts of rebellion
The Empire countered the acts of rebellion carried out by the Martians by sending in great numbers of BioDerms to labor in the mines, displacing the Martian workers. BioDerms were incorruptible, hard-working, and cheap.
The Brother Knights
Trained to exceptional skill in the military tradition of the Empire, Caanon and Harabec Weathers -- 'Icehawk' and 'Phoenix' to their fellow Imperial Knights - stood as shining examples of the Imperial ideals of honor and nobility. The grim, precise Caanon held his duty to the Emperor above all. However, the brilliant Harabec showed a wild streak that defied authority and convention.
Insurgent movements arose from time to time on Earth, and served to provide the Knights with combat experience and public glory. But the rebellion in Turkazakistan Province went terribly wrong. Under the command of Harabec Weathers, a strikeforce of Knights lost a division of HERCULANs in a disaster the likes of which the Imperial Knights had never imagined. Pilloried in subsequent NewsNet coverage, a disgraced Harabec was relieved of command.
The Emperor sends Harabec to Mars
After Turkhazakistan, the Emperor ordered Harabec to 'defect' to Mars and infiltrate rebel operations. Harabec, however, had tired of the deceit and harbored his own dislike of the Empire's colonial policies. He agreed to go to Mars, but secretly planned to shatter Imperial complacency.
Harabec felt humanity should face the Cybrids as free citizens, that a united community of Man would fare better than slaves subordinated to a power-hungry caste. When he left for Mars, supposedly on a leave of absence from military service, he defected in truth, leaving no contact information with his family, his friends... or even the Immortal Brotherhood. It would be nearly a decade before the Phoenix once more made himself known to the Empire.
Harabec becomes 'Bek Storm'
Upon arriving on Mars, Harabec assumed a new identity, that of the wandering Terran 'Harabec Storm,' or simply 'Bek.' He put his smuggled Apocalypse Herc into storage at Haldane Station, and proceeded to adopt a nomadic life, travelling the Martian outback and working as a common miner. He grew to love the frontier spirit of the Martian people, and earned their respect in return. Soon, he made contact with rebel elements, and his real work began.
Emperor appoints Security Director to govern Mars
Concerned about the rising dissident movement on Mars, Petresun did away with the office of governor and simply appointed the Chief of Imperial Security on Mars as the de facto governor. Chief Ernesto Navarre was a man with a solid though uninspiring career, a hardened military professional who had no problem enforcing the bottom line of Fortification law. Unfortunately, his severe deportment masked a damaged psyche. Mars and the Empire would eventually suffer for this oversight.
Emperor increases demand
Petresun reaped the resources of Mars and welcomed the prospect of armed colonial resistance. He believed the conflict would create a seasoned Martian militia that would weaken Prometheus's forces in the next invasion. Petresun anticipated Harabec's true intentions, and believed his son's talent and intensity would further sharpen Martian combat readiness, thereby forging yet another layer of protection for Earth.
Rebel 'moles' form resistance
Resistance groups on Mars used the abandoned mining tunnels from the pre-Fire era. Many of these old networks were no longer found in official databanks, and were ideal for storing equipment and moving from place to place without risking detection from Imperial scans. The rebels began to call themselves 'moles,' a joking reference to all the time they spent in these tunnels. When the rebels formed a unified leadership, it took on the nom de guerre 'Mole Command.'
Harabec joins Free Martian Alliance
After 'Bek' contacted the Martian resistance, the rebels set a series of tests to determine his loyalty. Harabec passed every test and overcame the initial distrust any Martian carried toward a 'dirtborn' from Earth. The Free Martian Alliance (FMA) accepted him as an operative in one of its cells.
Harabec becomes valued rebel operative
When Harabec proved to the Martian rebel leadership that he could be trusted despite his Terran origins, Mole Command welcomed him into the rebel ranks. Harabec's leadership skills, brilliant strategies, and intimate knowledge of the Imperial military quickly made him a valued asset in the growing resistance movement.
Harabec scourges Imperial spies
An immense understanding of human nature gained by centuries of life experience made Harabec a phenomenal success at sniffing out Imperial agents. Within six months of joining the resistance, Harabec decimated the Imperial spy network that had infiltrated the rebel movement. From that time forward, Imperial intelligence on Martian rebels remained extremely scarce.
Mole Command recruits Imperial spies
Imperial Police relied heavily on recruitment of natives to fill out their ranks. This practice worked well on Mars, as 'dust Lice' enjoyed the privilege and power that went with enforcing Imperial laws. As the Empire's grip tightened on Mars, however, a few Martian-born Imperial Police had second thoughts and secretly began to pass information to the resistance.
Harabec promoted to Lieutenant
'Harabec Storm,' or simply 'Bek,' quickly earned recognition for his combat skill and leadership ability. Rebel officers observed him closely and were impressed by his quick-thinking and superb tactical aptitude. They decided to see how he would perform at the head of his own crew.
Earth dissidents go digital
Dissidents on Earth found an outlet through the Omni-Web, and coalesced in a loosely organized underground movement of rogue techs and programmers who sliced into secure sectors of the dataspheres and liberated information. Their iconoclastic pranks targeted Imperial government and the larger milicorps. The most elite of these groups was the infamous "Dystopian Sno-Men."
NEXT digforms locate cache of exotic technology on Ninth World 'Pluto'.
While probing//scanning deep into the crust of Ninth World excavator digforms discovered an anomalous buried spherical configuration. EXEMPLAR, INQUISITOR and DISSECTOR Sects were on hand to examine the contents of the excavated spherical cavern. The contents were of unknown origin. Some units speculated the materials possessed combat potential. Several hubs were immediately reallocated to investigate//interpret//adapt the found materials.
Palusteri OrbPlat Crisis
Venusian radicals demonstrated their anger at Imperial edicts by hijacking a Venusian orbital platform. The Empire responded by sending several Swords of Imperial Knights in a surgical strike that resulted in swift capture of the inexperienced Venusians, who claimed they simply meant to occupy the Platform without harming anyone. NewsNet broadcast the subsequent executions of the radicals, and Venusian salons buzzed with anger.
Martian miners discover alien cache
In their effort to obtain more resources for their cause and extend their tunnel network, rebel miners dug feverishly. What they struck was completely unexpected. Deep below the Tharsis Bulge, they discovered a geometrically perfect cavern filled with strange artifacts. These devices seemed to be weapons left behind by an unknown 'alien' culture. The technology seemed highly advanced, and Mole Command immediately quarantined the area.
Religious revival in rebel ranks
The more devout Hunterite rebels believed the Tharsis cache was left by the mysterious 'Masters' who were supposed to have conquered the Earth at the beginning of the millennium. Mole Command moved to temper this wave of religious fervor, fearing the sudden enthusiasm could touch off a series of bold but unwise attacks on Imperial positions. The religious dusters held off, but their renewed faith continued to boost rebel morale.
Rebels begin analyzing Tharsis technology
Harabec knew the new technology was useless -- and likely dangerous -- without practical knowledge of its workings. Mole Command put Harabec in charge of testing the Tharsis devices, so he recruited sympathetic scientists from Martian universities who could be trusted to analyze the cache without leaking the information to the Empire.
Harabec elevated to Colonel
Harabec's unbroken string of successful operations earned him swift promotion, as Mole Command began to see him as a candidate for the inner circle. As a Colonel, Harabec became responsible for field operations in the Tharsis-Valles zone, as well as for the testing of the cache technology.
Cache mystery deepens
The cache technology proved surprisingly compatible with rebel equipment, so conversion for use on rebel vehicles went quickly. Rebel leaders grew uneasy at this convenience, suspecting Imperial or even Cybrid trickery. However, the manufacture of Tharsis artifacts did not match any known material or method. Eventually, the rebels simply decided to accept that cache technology worked, despite not comprehending the principles behind it.
Space raiders test cache tech
Like the pirates of ancient times, rogue spacers occasionally preyed on the cargo drones and merchant freighters that plied the spaceways. Harabec convinced Mole Command to outfit a handful of spaceships with cache technology, so that Harabec could test the alien weaponry safely away from populated regions. 'Bek's Raiders' became a hugely successful front for such tests, as well as a source of income and intelligence for the rebel cause.
Cache tech cleared for ground use
Space raider tests quickly cleared the way for adaptation of cache weaponry to Hercs and tanks. Some further testing was necessary to work out the bugs. At first, only veteran pilots received cache upgrades, but once the rebellion began, the alien gear filtered down to the rank and file. Not until the war was well underway would more exotic components, like the cloak, become available.
Unrest on Mars increases
Oppressive Imperial policies finally exhausted the patience of Martian workers. Despite the penalties for protest assemblies, more Martian citizens took to the streets or engaged in passive resistance. Acts of vandalism increased dramatically, as did attacks on Imperial Police. Irreverent graffiti declaring Mars a free planet began to appear on Imperial buildings.
Security Director raises stakes
Given the rise in anti-Imperial activism, Imperial Security Director Navarre authorized capital punishment upon arrest and conviction, if the arresting magistrate concluded a suspect was involved in rebel activity. This order gave the police completely unfettered discretion in responding to strikes or curfew violations. Shocked Martians stopped public demonstrations virtually overnight, but rebel recruitment swelled.
Rebels prepare to launch offensive
Mole Command had long planned to take the war to the Empire. The latest crackdowns by Navarre moved the timetable up, and so the moles braced themselves to launch the 'Yoke Offensive.' Numerous clandestine raids by Martian rebels targeted Imperial Police supply depots and outback patrols. These raids also underlined the importance of the mining tunnels in rebel strategy. Imperials increased air patrols to scan for signs of rebel activity.
Harabec joins Mole Command
As the certainty of open war with the Empire swept toward them, Mole Command realized it needed a general of Harabec's caliber to counter the experience of the TDF officer corps. Though some individuals still harbored doubts as to Harabec's loyalty, the majority of Mole Command believed the Terran had proven himself decisively through his years of service. Thus, Harabec was made General and given a seat in Mole Command.
Rebels play waiting game
A key element to Mole Command's strategy was to wait until Mars was as far as possible from Earth, so that TDF relief efforts would have a greater distance to travel. In the meantime, the rebels tried not to use the cache technology openly, and kept the raids fairly scattered and small-scale. The Imperial Police were not to suspect how well organized the rebellion truly was.
Rebel raids increase
As 2828 began, Mole Command touched off the first stages of the Yoke Offensive by striking carefully at outlying Imperial Police communications stations and supply bunkers. Navarre continued to insist that the rebels were merely outlaws picking at the fringes, that they would never rise to being more than a nuisance. Nevertheless, Imperial Police patrols doubled their numbers.
Rebels destroy Imperial cargo shuttle
Rebels on Mars shot down an Imperial cargo shuttle diverted to perform reconnaissance. Though the pilot managed to bring her damaged ship down in one piece, a mole 'vulture' destroyed it before the Imperial salvage units arrived, and the Imperial pilot never made it back to report her findings to base. The fact that the rebel soldier displayed professional skill and judgment disquieted many officers in the Police command hierarchy.
Rebels use cache weaponry openly
Led by Harabec Storm, a rebel strike team armed with Tharsis technology wiped out an Imperial convoy. Imperial Police units on the scene described the rebel weaponry as 'bizarre' and 'devastating,' and were unable to stop the raiders. Subsequent analysis of the convoy wreckage convinced Security Chief Navarre that more serious measures would be necessary to stop the growing resistance.
Human\\animal dissenters on Fourth World utilize exotic technology against followers of EPIMETHEUS.
Surveillance units reported armed conflict on Fourth World between rebellious\\human\\animals and Imperial\\human\\animals. The Inquisitor Sect advised that division amongst human\\animals equaled opportunity. Provocateur Sect cautioned against inelegant planning, observing that the rebellious\\human\\animals' success was largely due to the use of exotic weaponry beyond the current scientific paradigm, weaponry likely developed from a cache similar to the one found on Ninth World. PROMETHEUS ordered the MACHINATOR Sect to ascertain the true source of the rebellious\\human\\animal technology.
Priority shipment from Luna
TDF fired a cargo shipment via the magnetic acceleration ramp at Arx Imbrium on Luna. The cargo pod traveled the distance to Mars faster than any but the fastest of TDF courier vessels. A fast tug from Phobos Orbital matched velocity with the pod and decelerated it into Martian orbit barely a month later. Thanks to the rebel intelligence network, Mole Command had a good idea of what the cargo pod contained - and planned accordingly.
Imperial Police arrest "rebel sympathizers"
Citing the presence of a fifth column among Martian citizenry, Security Director Navarre ordered the roundup and incarceration of suspected 'sympathizers' and their families. Every time a rebel operation caused the death or injury of Imperials, some 'sympathizers' were removed from their cells and executed. Imperial radio characterized the deaths as 'casualties' of the last 'terrorist attack.'
Human\\animal conflict continues on Fourth World; MACHINATOR Sect observes closely.
Rebellious\\human\\animals infiltrated and disabled Imperial\\human\\animal launch pad. MACHINATOR surveillance units took broad-spectrum readings throughout the engagement and relayed the results back for analysis\\consideration.
Harabec hijacks Imperial artillery
Warned about Navarre's plans, Harabec's crew intercepted the artillery and defeated Imperial Police units that guarded the shipment. With advanced artillery in their possession, the rebels gained an important capability to destroy hardened targets from a far greater distance. Navarre fumed, and the next artillery shipment was guarded far more heavily.
MACHINATORS verify rebellious\\human\\animal use of similar exotic technology
Scans\\sensors detect tell-tale traces of quantum-ionics matching records\\parameters similar to tests\\usage of exotic technology\\weaponry on Ninth World.
Rebellious\\human\\animals have obtained//utilized similar cache discovery technology.
Rebel strikes increase
As cache field-testing yielded positive results, the rebels began to strike more boldly and frequently. Cloaking technology in particular freed the rebels from dependence on using mining tunnels to move undetected, and so crews began to attack targets located farther afield.
Police increase ground surveillance
The cloaks were not infallible. Skillful use of high-grade sensors could sometimes maintain a close-range radar-lock, and careful observation of a moving cloaked vehicle could spot the dust trail left in the vehicle's wake. However, the cloaks worked extremely well against flyers, and the Imperial Police soon found that with rare exceptions, their Banshees were nearly useless in tracking rebel movement. Navarre ordered ground patrols increased, and relegated the Imperial Police Air Wing to a support role.
Injured rebel slips through Police dragnet
The Imperial Police believed they'd cornered a rebel pilot in the Valles Marineris area after an ambush resulted in the destruction of the rest of the rebel's crew. However, the rebel piloted a powerful Herc, and managed to stay hidden in the region's numerous canyons and gulches until a rescuer located her and escorted her back to safety. This lost opportunity to capture an intact rebel Herc cost the Imperial Police dearly.
Navarre plants assassin among rebels
Navarre realized rebel forces were responsible for the raids on Imperial supply bases, but he underestimated how widespread the resistance movement had become. Though planting spies in the rebellion was difficult, Stanley Michaelson, a dustborn killer with a pathological ability to conceal emotion, managed to infiltrate the rebel ranks and evade even Harabec's surveillance.
Michaelson maintains deep cover
Michaelson took great pains to conceal his true allegiance, so much so that he rarely gave any intelligence to the Imperial Police. Navarre saw the killer as a long-term operative, to be activated only when absolutely necessary. The difficulty of penetrating rebel counter-intelligence made Michaelson a priceless asset, not to be risked lightly.
Imperial Police capture experimental vehicle
The greatest wonder of the Tharsis cache was a tank that apparently rode on anti-gravitational suspension. Dubbed the Predator, it traveled unhindered by terrain and carried impressive weaponry. Even stranger, it seemed engineered for use by humans. With information supplied by Michaelson, Imperial Police assault patrols 'stumbled' upon the rebel testing place for the Predator and captured the tank. Mole Command feared losing the edge granted by Tharsis technology.
Crack rebel crew recaptures Predator
One of Harabec's trusted lieutenants led a successful operation to retrieve the Predator. The Imperials had not yet realized exactly what they had, and the swiftness of the mole reaction caught them off-guard. With the Predator safely back in rebel hands, Mole Command breathed easier.
THE PHOENIX DECLARATION
Mole Command decided the time had come to shed the label of 'terrorists' the Terran media had imposed on the resistance. Harabec led a black op assault onto an Imperial Orbital communications platform and broadcast a message across all public Omni-Web channels. In this message, Harabec declared Mars a free planet - and to the shock of his rebel comrades - revealed his true identity as Harabec Weathers, the Imperial Knight known as 'Phoenix.'
Human\\animal predator 'Harabec Weathers' makes the Phoenix Declaration.
The prime//alpha of the rebellious\\human\\animals on Fourth World revealed himself a defector//traitor from the political construct [EMPIRE] under EPIMETHEUS' control. PROMETHEUS evaluated the declaration of the human\\animal and disliked how closely the sentiments of the 'Phoenix' predator matched those of the METAGEN\\HERETICS. PROMETHEUS additionally assessed the likelihood of 'Phoenix' predator being as formidable as 'Gierling.'
Rebels confine Harabec
Stunned by the revelation that their star general was an Imperial Knight, the very brother of the Emperor's Grand Master, Mole Command relieved Harabec of command and confined him to quarters in Mole Deep. He would remain under close observation as rebel spies carried out an investigation. Harabec was eventually permitted an advisory role, limited duties, and some freedom of movement, but the bonds of trust had been damaged.
Mars: Stormkeeper Order stays neutral
The Mars-based, quasi-religious battle order calling itself the Stormkeepers chose to remain neutral in the Rebellion. The order's spokesperson said the Stormkeepers would focus only on preparing for the Cybrid apocalypse, not on 'the affairs of Caesar.'
Tumult in wake of Declaration
The Phoenix Declaration raised an outcry across the Empire, as the Imperial aristocracy recoiled at the revelation that one of their own was a leader in the Martian Rebellion. And on Mars, dissent erupted among the rebels as crews argued over whether an Imperial Knight could truly be trusted to lead the dusters against the Empire. And resistance movements on Venus, Titan, and Earth took heart from Harabec's words and began to agitate for revolution.
Emperor responds to challenge
Even though he had expected Harabec's defiance - even planned on it - Petresun found himself incensed by the arrogance in the Phoenix Declaration. The mere success of Martian defiance undermined the stability of the Empire Petresun had nurtured for almost two centuries. The Emperor concluded the Martian Rebellion was a failed experiment, one that had to be crushed decisively.
Petresun orders strikeforce to Mars
The Emperor decided to make the Martian Rebellion an object lesson for rest of the Empire's dissidents. He ordered a strikeforce of Knights to Mars, but also ordered the TDF Fleet to a full mobilization. The Knights would reap the glory, and the full Fleet would follow up to utterly crush any remnant of rebel presence. The Emperor chose to bring 'substantial overkill' to bear on these upstarts who had dared to challenge the Imperial status quo.
Enraged EPIMETHEUS assembles strikeforce.
EPIMETHEUS appointed 'Phoenix' predator hub\\womb-mate 'Caanon Weathers' to lead the Imperial\\human\\animal strikeforce bound for Fourth World. PROMETHEUS allocated additional units to calculate probabilities of further human\\animal conflict escalation and to project possible optimal strategies for capitalizing on such an opportunity to enact the Core Directive.
Venusian resistance makes first broadcast
Calling themselves 'Umbral Thorn,' unknown Venusians sliced into a NewsNet O-Web program and declared support for the rebellion on Mars. They also promised Venus would 'throw off the chains of Empire.' NewsNet synch-polls indicated a large and positive audience response to the new Venusian resistance.
The Age of Paranoia ends
The Starsiege begins
Prometheus triggers Core Directive
When spies reported the escalation of the rebellion to Prometheus, Prometheus chose to initiate the Core Directive, the comprehensive program to exterminate humanity. Diversion of human forces to Mars meant a well-timed Cybrid attack would overwhelm Earth's defenses and permit easy destruction of the returning TDF Fleet.
PROMETHEUS initiates the Core Directive.
After careful analysis and projection, PROMETHEUS initiated the Core Directive, a program that would launch the NEXT towards Homeworld to finally realize the Cybrid legacy\\destiny.
Emperor worried about unrest on Earth
Rallies and demonstrations on Earth were not the only response to the Phoenix Declaration. The O-Web forums swirled with dissent that cheered for the upstart dusters. The Dystopian Sno-Men offered their usual sarcastic commentary. At first glance, the reaction to Harabec's broadcast appeared deeply supportive. Petresun knew he had enough firepower on hand to crush Harabec and the Martian Rebellion immediately. But such a course of action risked underscoring the truth of Harabec's statements and strengthen the dissenting forces in the Empire and on Earth. Hence, Petresun opted for a policy of patience. He delayed the strikeforce and Fleet in order to 'extend the hand of 'mercy' to the rebels.
Strikes and protests erupt on Homeworld.
Rallied by the actions of the rebellious\\human\\animals on Fourth World, human\\\\animals on Homeworld began to execute strikes and demonstrations against EPIMETHEUS' control. PROMETHEUS assessed the protests as further support for launching the Core Directive.
Emperor delays strikeforce
The Phoenix Declaration resonated with many dissatisfied elements in the Empire. As these voices were raised in protest, Petresun grew concerned that dispatching a force to Mars would be premature. He decided to extend 'the hand of mercy' to the Martians and allow them a chance to surrender peacefully. In the meantime, he would delay sending Knights and Fleet until the rumbles of unrest had settled.
Rebel campaign increases intensity
Heartened by the support reaching them from the rest of the Empire, the rebels redoubled their efforts against the Imperial Police. One by one, the rural zones of Mars fell under rebel control.
Umbral Thorn attacks Empire
Venusian rebels belonging to the shadowy Umbral thorn attacked an Imperial armory in Hammadi and successfully captured military-grade equipment, including several Hercs. The rebels used weapons received from the Martian resistance via Harabec's space raiders. Unfortunately, a blown bulkhead during the operation caused a substantial number of noncombatant casualties.
Strikes erupt in far colonies
The Phoenix Declaration inspired resistance even among the miners of Europa and Io, and among the 'icegrub' water miners of Titan. Workers disabled equipment and threatened their employers with millions of lost credits and disruption of Imperial quotas.
Emperor decides to crush Mars
Alarmed by the spread of open revolt to Venus, the Jovian colonies and Titan, Petresun ordered a full mobilization of the Fleet. Even if the rebels sued for peace now, the time for reconciliation had passed. The Emperor planned to make Mars a convincing example of the futility of resistance to Imperial rule.
Navarre activates Michaelson
The steady advance of Martian rebels and faltering Imperial morale convinced Navarre to use Michaelson, his only deep plant among the rebels. Michaelson began to send intelligence to the Imperial Police, but Navarre also ordered him to seek out and eliminate the Phoenix.
Michaelson attacks Harabec
Calculating and remorseless, Michaelson stalked Harabec, awaiting a chance to assassinate him. The restrictions on the rebel leader's movement helped the killer find him at one of the main bases. The opportunity finally came as Harabec worked alone on the Predator one night. Shots were fired, and a clandestine transmission followed, notifying Navarre that the Phoenix was dead.
Rebels execute Michaelson
Only an hour after the news of Harabec's death, the Voice of Free Mars announced that the rebels had caught and executed Stanley Michaelson, 'Imperial spy, traitor, and assassin.' The rebels dropped Michaelson's body down an old drill-pit several kilometers deep, but sent the head and hands back to Navarre.
Message claims Phoenix survived
A message from Harabec reassured supporters he had survived the assassination attempt, despite Imperial reports to the contrary. However, the Imperial Police responded that Michaelson had in fact succeeded, and that the claim of the Phoenix surviving was merely a trick to maintain rebel morale.
Navarre begins new propaganda campaign
Stung by reports critical of Imperial Police methods, Chief Navarre began to highlight 'rebel atrocities' for the Earth-based media. He characterized the Police as young men and women losing their innocence in a struggle against a ruthless, bloodthirsty race of poorly educated inbreeds. He also maintained the official line that the rebels were losing the war.
Imperial Police rally in Phoenix's absence
Without Harabec's brilliant leadership and demoralized by his possible betrayal of their cause, rebel crews faltered in their assaults. The Imperial Police began to push back, no longer off-balance from Harabec's innovative strategies. The rebels continued to win ground, but far more slowly and at greater cost than before.
Police brutality increases
As the war escalated, Navarre ordered more brutal measures toward citizens in hopes of discouraging support for the rebels. Captured rebels and suspect sympathizers were often tortured to death; the Police grew paranoid of all Martians, and became increasingly violent toward citizens as their own casualties mounted.
Navarre's sanity questionable
As the rebels continued to defeat Imperial Police forces even without the Phoenix, Navarre's frustration mounted. The Security Director began to display unusual thinking and behavior, and blandly increased the violence of interrogation and law enforcement. At first, only his close advisors and family noticed the growing sadism. Later, his behavior became apparent to the rank-and-file as well, and morale sank even further.
Navarre takes hostages
Desperate to find some way to deter rebel advances, Navarre ordered Police platoons to secure civilians as hostages against rebel assaults. He also supervised brutal interrogation of these hostages, 'just in case someone knew anything useful.' Some of the Imperial Police began very quietly to defect, concluding privately that the Chief was losing his mind.
'Rebel atrocities' sway polls
The Emperor's formidable propaganda machine took Navarre's reports, made them even more lurid, and disseminated them widely. The shocking footage outraged Imperials and dissolved support for the Martians virtually overnight. Even the striking laborers in the far colonies were jolted into negotiating. Umbral Thorn called it all lies and continued operations. Public opinion on Earth and Luna, however, turned completely against the notion of 'rebellion.'
'Wolf Pack' arrives on Mars
Immediately after the Phoenix Declaration, Caanon secretly ordered a small force of Knights to Mars to conduct reconnaissance and limited strikes against rebels. These 'Wolf Pack' swords were not to contact the Imperial Police and were not to submit to Navarre's command. They were to send information to the Imperial Police when doing so would not risk revealing them to the rebels, but Caanon wanted his own intelligence uncompromised.
Emperor orders strikeforce launch
Buoyed by popular support for a retaliatory assault on the Martian rebels, Petresun at last assented to the launch of the Imperial Knight strikeforce 'Red Whirlwind.' Grand Master Caanon Weathers commanded the TDF operation, and spirits were high among the Knights as the strikeforce finally accelerated out of lunar orbit.
EPIMETHEUS dispatches 'Icehawk' predator 'Caanon Weathers' to kill the 'Phoenix' predator.
The Imperial\\human\\animal departed from Homeworld bound for Fourth World. Led by 'Icehawk' predator, the human\\animals were tasked to destroy the rebellious\\human\\animals. PROMETHEUS anticipated that tremendous casualties would result, thereby weakening human\\animal resistance to the NEXT. Additionally, the reallocation of the Imperial\\human\\animals to Fourth World moved them further away from the NEXT's planned advance. PROMETHEUS also anticipated EPIMETHEUS' true motivations for sending the Imperial\\human\\animals entailed confiscating\\obtaining the exotic technology, as Homeworld human\\animals lacked such capabilities.
Initial Phase Core Directive pushes forward.
The NEXT armada mustered at rally points\\locations above the plane of the ecliptic. Human\\animals had not detected the presence of the NEXT over the 'northern' axis\\hemisphere of <SOL>. Solar conditions and the orbital path of First World 'Mercury' provided optimal conditions for a strike to transpire without detection by Second World or Homeworld\\Desire. The initial target for the first NEXT attack spur was the Imperial\\human\\animal hub\\construct <TDF> reserve base. Destruction of the human\\animal reserves on First World was necessary to remove potential for resupply\\rearming of Homeworld\\Desire further down the Attack Timeline.
Mole Command reinstates the Phoenix
Ironically, Michaelson's attack on Harabec turned out to be the convincing factor behind Mole Command's decision to restore Harabec to his rank as General. The investigation had confirmed a history of dissatisfaction with the Empire, and Harabec had played a pivotal role in shaping the Rebellion. Michaelson's assassination attempt and subsequently discovered ties to Navarre spurred a swift reinstatement.
Harabec takes reins again
Despite his 'acquittal,' Harabec encountered great difficulty in leading field operations. Aside from lingering doubts as to his trustworthiness, the responsibilities of coordinating the overall rebel strategy took most of his time. He relinquished command of his crew to his most trusted lieutenant and resigned himself to being a desk jockey in the operations center of Mole Deep.
Deadly ambushes take toll
With the Imperial Police failing to defeat rebels in the field, Navarre shifted his strategy. Using spies planted among the refugees that fled Police reprisals, Navarre lured rebel crews into carefully laid traps, ostensibly to rescue the refugees. Many rebel crews were surprised and slaughtered. Ultimately, however, the 'Mouse Trap' tactic backfired. Rebels grew more cautious - and far angrier.
Last stand at Carter Flats
Infuriated by Navarre's 'Operation Mouse Trap,' Harabec slipped cloaked crews directly to Carter Flats and besieged the Security Director. The Imperial Police were already scattered and demoralized. Navarre's grip on reality was at best tenuous. When rebel soldiers burned their way into the Chief's op center and took him prisoner, Navarre babbled about his next report to the Emperor and claimed the Police had won the war.
MLF executes Navarre
The first rebel crews to reach Navarre belonged to the Martian Liberation Front, the vengeance-driven wing of the Rebellion. They wasted no time, but marched Navarre outside, read a short list of grievances, and blew him apart with a candlegun blast. Navarre went to his death smiling and claiming God was on his side. Harabec was furious. He had wanted to try Navarre publicly and show the common people of the Empire 'the true face of Imperial oppression.'
Leftover Police surrender
Within a week of Navarre's execution, the remaining Imperial Police surrendered to the moles. Harabec and the Free Martian Alliance urged clemency. The greater priority was preparing for the next assault, the Imperial Knight strikeforce. Harabec prevailed, and the Police were put to work repairing damage and digging new tunnels.
Harabec hires veteran mercenaries
Harabec had anticipated the rebels would need additional help against the Knights, so he had long since negotiated with representatives of several veteran mercenary units. When the Police surrendered, he activated the contracts of two experienced groups: the enigmatic Sable Phoenix Squadron and the battle-hardened Black Death Union, paying them with seized Imperial assets.
PROMETHEUS unleashes the NEXT.
PROMETHEUS initiated the First Protocol and relayed the command set to the amassed NEXT vessels. Deployment began immediately to First World. The objectives were simple: SECURE//INITIATE.
NEXT deployment of Mobile Nexi on First World successful.
The first Mobile Nexus deployed 2829.3800 under sporadic fire. Subsequent Mobile Nexi met considerably more resistance. Communication relays and insertion\\invasion measures were executed efficiently\\effectively. PROMETHEUS acknowledged the success and initiated the Second Protocol command set: SILENCE\\DEAFEN.
Caanon arrives on Mars
As 'Red Whirlwind' entered Martian orbit, Caanon and his Knights waited in dropships, prepared to execute a high-gee insertion at Carter Flats. The Knights had announced their landing zone location and hoped for an early encounter with the rebel 'dustrags.' Intelligence from the Wolf Pack warned of an ambush. Caanon issued the traditional ultimatum for surrender, and when the three-minute deadline passed without answer, he ordered the drop to commence.
Second Battle of Carter Flats
The sonic shockwave of the Knights' landing hit Carter Flats like a hurricane. The Knights were out of their ships less than a minute after touching down. Harabec had concealed his forces with cloaks and absorbent camouflage, and struck as soon as the dust settled enough to allow target acquisition. In moments, the battle had begun.
Wolf Pack flanks rebels
The Wolf Pack stood off until the Knights landed, then moved in and disrupted the rebel position. Harabec quickly struck back and dealt out heavy damage to the Empire's wolves, but the damage was done. The battle at Carter Flats raged nearly thirty minutes longer before the rebels withdrew. Harabec knew how far to exploit the Knights' disorientation after a hard insertion, and the rebels had never faced soldiers of the Knights' caliber.
First encounter bloodies both sides
Carter Flats taught the Knights to respect the strange technology of the rebels, as well as the resourcefulness of the Phoenix. On the other hand, the rebels learned firsthand the difference between the Imperial Police and the hardened professionalism of the Knights. During his withdrawal, Harabec had to destroy several downed rebels so the technology wouldn't fall into Caanon's hands.
Confident rebels raid Knights
Harabec reverted to cloaked raids against the Knights' positions, inflicting heavy casualties at first. Caanon countered by setting heavy guards, such that any small raid would be hugely outgunned. The Knights were used to working with little sleep, and they were eager for action after months of waiting.
Knights push north
Stubbornly keeping his force together, Caanon pushed toward Victoria, the Imperial capital of Mars. Though the rebels continued to ambush the Knight lines, they found the massed firepower more than they could withstand, cache technology or no. Additionally, the Knight had far superior air support, and the rebels simply didn't have enough cloaks to outfit all of their own vehicles. Consequently, Harabec began to combine units to create a larger force.
Caanon takes Victoria
After heavy block-to-block fighting, the Knights managed to take Victoria. Rebels planted thermal explosives and pursued a scorched earth strategy as they pulled out. The rebel army pulled back to Rio de Luz, a heavily fortified city known for its extensive mining operations and hard-drinking workers.
Knights learn to compensate for cloaks
By the end of the massed encounter at Victoria, the Knights had enough experience to learn to track cloaked vehicles by the dust stirred up in their passage. The Knights were skilled enough to be able to adapt swiftly, and the rebels soon found their technological advantage thinning dramatically.
Battle of Rio de Luz
Harabec deployed rebels around Rio de Luz, supplemented with the veteran Black Death Union mercenaries. Caanon used bombing runs to soften rebel positions. When the Knights hit Rio, the battle was long and bloody. As the Knights began to penetrate his defenses, Harabec pulled the rebels out via the mining tunnels, but reluctantly left the BDU behind to take the brunt of the Knights' assault.
First Cavalry swords crush remaining mercs
Caanon offered the BDU an honorable withdrawal. Faced with annihilation, the mercenaries accepted - or most did. A few remained to the end, and the Knights sent in swords of the First Cavalry to finish the stubborn mercs. The First Cavalry proceeded to clear out any rebel forces remaining in Rio. The battle was over.
Caanon drives rebels west
After Rio de Luz, the rebels fell back toward the Valles Marineris in the west. Caanon swept after them, even pursuing them into the mining tunnels. The Knights fought with a grim professionalism that began in itself to undermine Martian confidence. Harabec tried a number of daring strategies that only succeeded in delaying the Knights.
'Red Armageddon' delays Knights
At the forefront of Harabec's strategy was a high-risk game of cat-and-mouse. He picked the unit calling itself 'Red Armageddon' to draw the Knights away from the main rebel forces, which were mustering in Melas and Ophir. The 'RA' succeeded in leading the Knight spearhead deep into Arabia Terra before disappearing into one of the more carefully hidden mining networks.
NEXT destroy human\\animal communications.
NEXT units were dispatched to cut of all human\\animal ability to communicate with Homeworld. Human\\animal listening posts, satellite up-links and dataplume relay stations were attacked. Mobile Nexus Zeta-0103 reported notably efficient progress of unit <Destroyer-of-Animals: Seventh>. Unit elevated to <Destroyer-of-Animals: Sixth>.
Human communications are inert\\useless on First-World.
The NEXT units completed the objectives of the Second Protocol. Data on Implementation of Core Directive had not been revealed//surrendered to Homeworld.
Knights break rebels at Melas
Eventually, Mole Command knew it was time to make a stand. The Knights had to be stopped. Harabec stationed elite crews at Melas and Ophir Stations to launch a counter-offensive. Caanon's Knights sought just such an opportunity, and the rebels were unable to hold at Melas. The Knights overran their position and destroyed several crews.
Rebel strikers hold Ophir
The strikecrew at Ophir fared better. Led by Harabec's most trusted lieutenant, the Ophir rebels rallied and fought off the Knights in a pitched battle that exhausted both sides. Unfortunately, the loss at Melas opened the way for the Knights to encircle the rebel positions. Harabec led the remaining forces to safety through the labyrinthine canyons of the Valles Marineris.
Imperial\\human\\animals arrive on Fourth World; conflict ensues.
MACHINATOR Sect Data Archive for Event: 'News Net: Imperial Knights brought rebels to bay at Ophir Station last night. After bitter fighting, the Knights broke the back of rebel resistance. Even now, Grand Master Weathers pursues the remnants of the rebel army. Hail to Imperial justice!' PROMETHEUS considered the absence of similar conflict escalation on Second Planet and advised INQUISITOR and PROVOCATEUR Sects to analyze 'Trojan Horse' unit insertion potential for instigating violence\\chaos in Second Planet animal settlements.
Emperor dispatches 'Grand Fleet' to Mars
News of the Knights' victory at Melas and the subsequent retreat of the rebels inspired Petresun to launch the mighty Fleet he had gathered. Anger against Harabec's betrayal infused him, and he determined to make of Mars such an example that no one would dare contemplate rebellion against the Great Human Empire again.
PROMETHEUS initiates the third Protocol command set: Sear//Strip//Eliminate
NEXT units were instructed to located and destroy all remaining human\\animal supplies\\reserves. Dozens of bunkers were located and cleansed//purged//destroyed. Two passive human\\animal hubs identified by MACHINATOR Sect as 'Rescue-Centers' were encountered and obliterated during the process. DISSECTOR Sect units were reallocated afterwards to collect raw specimen\\samples.
Nexus 0103 rescued from attack\\violation.
Human\\animals subverted expectations and ambushed Mobile Nexus 0103. <Destroyer-of-Animals: Sixth> detached from Second Protocol objective to assist. PROMETHEUS acknowledged the unit's exceptional success and evoked unit elevation to <Destroyer-of-Animals: Fifth>.
Caanon learns of Mole Deep
Following interrogation of a captured rebel officer, the Knights were finally able to ascertain the location of the rebel headquarters at Mole Deep, which lay in the Southern Hemisphere. With that intelligence, the Grand Master directed his Knights to begin an offensive that would end with the destruction of Mole Deep.
Knights begin to drive south and east
Caanon pulled the Knights together into one large force and began to push toward Mole Deep. The massed firepower and air support of the Knights was enough to make hit and run tactics by the rebels extremely difficult. However, the Knights also had to move slowly in order to protect their supply lines and technical crews. So the rebels grimly laid in wait, continuing fast raids and ambushes in hopes of impacting Knight morale. Despair began to set into the rebel camp as the Knights drew nearer to Mole Deep.
'Phoenix' predator employs 'Gierling' tactic.
PROMETHEUS learned 'Phoenix' predator attacked and destroyed the Imperial\\human\\animal supply distribution centers to undermine 'Icehawk' predator's effectiveness. Until that point, PROVOCATEUR Sect projected a complete Imperial\\human\\animal victory in a short period of time. The projections were adjusted to account for the still inbound reinforcements from Homeworld. PROMETHEUS expressed relief for the employment of 'Gierling' tactics by the 'Phoenix' predator. Otherwise, the conflict between human\\animal Sects would have possibly ended before the reinforcements arrived, negatively impacting the window of opportunity for the NEXT to advance against minimal resistance on Homeworld.
Data successfully inserted into O-Web
Transmission\\download of media packet\\cookie complete. Assessment of results pending. Agitation\\antagonism\\annoyance of human\\animals anticipated.
Rebels post obscene cartoon to O-Web
O-Web ravelers and webtechs put in a long night last night erasing a rebel animation posted as an answer to His Imperial Majesty's plea for a Martian surrender. The content of the three minute cartoon is extraordinarily vulgar, and parents are warned to check with their local system's raveler before permitting children access to the family interface.
Knights pursue fleeing rebels
Sensing that victory was near, Caanon finally ordered his Knights to hunt down and destroy the retreating rebel forces. With the Grand Fleet arriving shortly to ferry down reinforcements and fresh supplies, Caanon overextended his forces in hopes of penetrating to Mole Deep and seizing Harabec in one bold offensive.
PROMETHEUS closes the lid on hell; few human\\animals escape.
PROMETHEUS initiated the final Protocol to secure First World: destroy//Demoralize. EXEMPLAR units spearheaded an assault on remaining human\\animal Evacuation sites. Human\\animal casualties were high. INQUISITOR Sect units found that the larger human\\animal vessels were substantially less armed and carried far more human\\animals. All assault units were subsequently instructed to focus their efforts on the larger vessels rather than continue engaging the rapidly thinning ground defenses. MACHINATOR Sect labeled the large vessels 'Fatted-Calves' without supporting explanation.
PROMETHEUS deems first World secured; initiate Second Phase of Core Directive.
DISSECTOR and MACHINATOR Sects reallocated units to finish cleansing//purifying First World, while all other units regrouped with the Orbital NEXT to proceed to Homeworld//Desire//Subordinate 'Luna.' An attack Optimal detached from the main group to occupy Second World. PROMETHEUS felt little threat from the human\\animals on Second World after reviewing the feedback from the 'Trojan Horse' units there. Advance units were sent ahead to disable\\corrupt\\impede Fourth Planet communications.
Grand Fleet arrives at Mars
The Emperor's Grand Fleet arrived and immediately began to resupply the Knights and send down support units. The Navy's orders were to reduce Mars to a labor colony until the Emperor decided the Martians had earned their freedom. The first step, however, was elimination of the traitorous rebels.
Imperial\\human\\animals reinforcements reach Fourth Planet.
PROMETHEUS assessed that there would be no better time to launch an assault on Homeworld. Homeworld had never been left so weakly defended and the solar storms continued to hide the assault\\devastation on First World from EPIMETHEUS. Additionally, NEXT losses on First World were considerably lighter than anticipated.
Virus code entities implanted into key nodes of Omni-Web.
PROVOCATEUR Sect units tailored viral code worms to feed through passive receptor nodes in the Omni-Web, creating null dataplumes intended to incapacitate the primary datasphere entities GLORIA and ANGEL. The destruction deliberately lacked finesse, as it was constructed to work swiftly and effectively, to render Homeworld collectively deaf\\dumb\\blind.
Cybrid viruses injected throughout the Omni-Web quickly devastated key relay nodes and corrupted vital dataspheres. Despite the best efforts of Imperial ravelers and the enigmatic Stormkeeper Order, huge selections of the O-Web crashed. Fail-safes that cut links to prevent infection preserved some dataspheres, but contributed to the swiftness of the crash. The Empire's main communication medium had temporarily blacked out.
Viral entities successfully splash the Omni-Web.
The null\\void imposed by the devastating viral entities created a global media\\communications blackout precisely in time to the initial launch of NEXT units from the Orbital NEXI berths. Backup relays and fail-safes engaged within the Omni-Web systems immediately to restore minimal operational integrity, but the ensuing maelstrom of white noise confusion\\chaos compounded the compromised dataspheres' instability. Communications around Fourth World were particularly corrupted.
Cybrids attack Luna
Executing a precisely timed strategy, the Cybrid Armada struck at Earth mere hours after the Grand Fleet deployed reinforcements onto Mars. The first target was heavily-defended Luna, where the TDF Orbital Guard had constructed a series of powerful railguns and missile batteries to protect near-Earth orbit. Once Luna fell, the bulk of the Armada would swing toward Earth itself.
NEXT deploys units to neutralize siege guns.
NEXT units successfully disabled the siege guns defending Homeworld\\Desire\\Subordinate and the surrounding space. The units targeted power generators to ensure rapid weapon functionality impediment. Unit losses were minimal.
Emperor recalls Grand Fleet
By now, Petresun had realized the enormity of his error. The defense and security he had labored and suffered to build for so long had turned to ashes in his hands. The Martian rebellion was meaningless. He ordered the Grand Fleet to abandon Mars and return home with all possible speed. He had the message sent by laser pulse once the positions of Earth and Mars permitted a direct line of transmission.
EPIMETHEUS issues recall order to Imperial\\human\\animals.
As the Omni-Web faltered, EPIMETHEUS began to broadcast emergency laser pulse messages to the Imperial\\human\\animal reinforcement fleet deployed to Fourth World. He alerted the fleet to the NEXT invasion and issued an immediate recall order. Pandemonium erupted on Fourth World as the human\\animal fleet recalled its assets and prepared for immediate departure. PROMETHEUS expressed disappointment that the viral entities were unable to completely prevent//block EPIMETHEUS' transmissions.
Grand Fleet erupts in confusion
The urgency of the Emperor's order threw the Grand Fleet into chaos. Landing operations were cancelled; retrieval of personnel commenced immediately. Time was short. The Fleet waited only long enough to plot the course to Earth and run through pre-flight diagnostic sequences. On the planet below, confused TDF troops and Knights struggled to reach the dropships before the departure deadline.
Corrupted communications on Fourth World enhance confusion.
The Imperial\\human\\animals on Fourth World had little data why the reinforcements were suddenly leaving. 'Icehawk' predator was abruptly at a severe disadvantage. PROMETHEUS expected the advance of the NEXT to cause an end to the human\\animal conflict, but anticipated 'Phoenix' predator would attempt to destroy 'Icehawk' predator first.
Harabec hunts Caanon
Elite rebel crews struck at the reeling Knights and disrupted Grand Fleet retrieval efforts, enough to sever Caanon's closest escape routes. Left with little choice as Harabec led a series of lightning assaults on his position, Caanon retreated slowly toward a more distant LZ, trying to buy time for other Knights. He refused a pickup for himself while his men and women still fought on.
Grand Fleet abandons Mars
Scant hours after the arrival of the Emperor's order, the Grand Fleet started for Earth. No effort was spared to achieve maximum speed. Many Knights and other TDF personnel failed to reach dropships before the deadline, especially those soldiers who engaged the resurgent rebels in a desperate rear-guard action. Among those left behind was Caanon Weathers, who adamantly refused to abandon any of his Knights.
The remaining Knights fought hard, but they were outnumbered and overextended, their positions scattered and untenable. Caanon knew some grave crisis must have caused the Grand Fleet's abrupt departure. Though he balked at the shame of it, he ultimately chose surrender so that he might discover the truth. He ordered his followers to do likewise.
'Icehawk' predator surrenders to 'Phoenix' predator.
PROMETHEUS expressed disappointment that 'Phoenix' predator did not offline//destroy 'Icehawk' predator. Animal unpredictability was again to blame.
Rebels learn of Cybrid invasion
Partial restoration of the Omni-Web revealed the reality of the Cybrid attack. Aghast Martians stood paralyzed by the news. They knew the future of Mars depended on the gate of Earth... and Earth was losing.
The Colonial Rebel Movement ends
Cybrid purifier force en route to Mars
An Imperial Navy message drone sped into Martian orbit bearing an ominous warning. Grand Fleet scouts had detected signs indicating a fragment of the Cybrid Armada was headed for Mars. The Fleet Admiral regretted that vector differences and her own orders did not permit interception of the Cybrid force. Mars was on its own.
Omni-Web partially restored.
Human\\animal entities 'Dystopian-Sno-Men' outwitted the PROVOCATEUR Sect units' code and restored enough of the GLORIA and ANGEL dataspheres to accommodate information transfer to Fourth World that detailed the advance\\assault of the NEXT on Homeworld//Desire//Subordinate. PROMETHEUS tagged the abilities\\characteristics of the human\\animal entities 'Dystopian-Sno-Men' for future investigation.
Formation of Human Alliance
Immediately after the rebels imprisoned Caanon, Harabec had gone to his brother with his suspicions about the reason for the Grand Fleet's "pullout. When the terrible truth became known, Harabec released Caanon and the other Imperial prisoners, offering them an alliance against the legions of Prometheus. Caanon accepted, and the Human Alliance was born.
Human\\animal Sects unite; their conflict ends.
'Phoenix' predator united with 'Icehawk' predator, declaring the formation of resistance\\construct 'Human-Alliance.' PROMETHEUS examined the implications and compressed the time scale for securing Homeworld//Desire//Subordinate 'Luna.' PROMETHEUS reallocated an additional Orbital Nexus to strike Second World to further ensure no human\\animals could escape to aid Homeworld//Desire. PROMETHEUS also initiated an attack spur bound for Fourth World to impede human\\animals attempting to return to Homeworld.
Alliance ponders strategy
The fledgling Alliance needed to act. However, news from Earth indicated the Cybrids had already engulfed the Imperial defenses, and campaign projection sims concluded that even the union of the Grand Fleet and cache-equipped Alliance forces would prove unable to stem the Cybrid tide. With a military victory virtually impossible, Harabec concluded an alternative would be necessary to save the human race.
PROMETHEUS initiates second Protocol command set: Starve//Demoralize.
NEXT units were deployed to attack human\\animal convoys that attempted to supply Homeworld//Desire//Subordinate spaceports.
Alliance decides to launch an 'ark'
Since Cybrid victory seemed inevitable, the Alliance leadership searched for a way to save humanity. Harabec argued that an 'ark' should be sent to the stars, in the hope that someday the descendants of those journeyed on it would find and settle a new Earth. As the news from Earth continued to darken, the Alliance council finally agreed with Harabec. The ark project was named 'Dies Irae,' or 'Day of Wrath,' for it truly seemed as though Apocalypse had arrived.
Alliance prepares to go to Saturn
Ships would have to be converted to arks at TDF deep space facilities on Titan. Harabec and Caanon led a frantic effort to evacuate as many people as possible from Mars before the Cybrids arrived. Priority went to children and healthy young adults who would embark with the Dies Irae contingent. Evacuees were flown to Phobos Orbital Station on the smaller of Mars's two moons and packed into cargo-haulers for the trip.
Remaining dusters dig in
Many older Martians and TDF veterans chose to stay behind to make a last stand against the oncoming Cybrids. Weary ex-rebel grunts shouldered rifles and packs and trudged back into the tunnels, as Imperial Legionnaires labored to conceal artillery and plant proximity mines. This thin force intended to make the red planet an expensive stop for the 'glitches.'
PROMETHEUS initiates Third Protocol command set: Ground//Disrupt.
In order to complete the last step to securing Homeworld//Desire//Subordinate, units were deployed to attack and destroy human\\animal spaceports. Turrets defended the spaceports; unit loss remained minimal. PROMETHEUS concurrently initiated the Third Phase of the Core Directive: Homeworld//Desire.
Last Christmas on Mars
Everyone across Mars, Imperial and rebel, duster and dirtborn, came together on Christmas Eve. Regardless of individual belief, they left their labors for a few hours and gathered in places of worship and dusty plazas. Some prayed, some wept, some stood silently with their thoughts, All eyes rose toward the skies and Earth... and the death that sped closer minute by minute to Mars. Caanon pointedly avoided Harabec and went to a chapel to pray for his family on Earth. Harabec ventured alone into the night, where he kept a solitary vigil with a bottle of his favorite whisky.
Martian evacuation begins
The Alliance began a piecemeal evacuation of Mars, launching small groups of ships from Phobos. Cloaking technology distributed among the ships masked the true size of the evacuation from Cybrid observers. Completing the evacuation would take over a month, and the Cybrids were due to arrive within weeks.
Grand Fleet relieves beleaguered Earth
Arriving in a storm of particle cannon volleys and streaking salvos of missiles, the Grand Fleet attacked the Cybrid Armada and relieved the heavily damaged Gierling Platform, the armed fortress located at L5. The Cybrids diverted planetary support assets toward the Grand fleet, and the people of Earth felt a tremulous sense of relief. Yet Earth's defenses had already been seriously compromised and the Armada's numbers were staggering.
TDF flees Mercury
The Cybrid Armada had struck first at Mercury, its target the TDF Reserve Naval Installation and Supply Depot located there. TDF soldiers fought heroically, but the Cybrid numbers and firepower overwhelmed them. A flotilla of exhausted survivors managed to escape the slaughter and limp toward Venus, accompanied by a fragmented Imperial Navy escort that fought a running battle with Cybrid pursuers.
Initial human\\animal fleet reaches Homeworld space.
NEXT Orbital Assault Units rallied around multiple planes to ensure an effective response disbursement to counter the initial wave of returning Imperial\\human\\animal vessels.
Cybrid invaders arrive at Mars
Their drive flares visible as new stars in the Martian sky, enormous Cybrid carrier ships maneuvered into orbit over the red planet, only to come under immediate attack from cloaked space raider vessels. Drop pods carrying Cybrid warforms rained fire across the Tharsis Bulge and raised huge dustclouds with their impact. The second 'MarsSiege' had begun.
NEXT Exterminator units reach Fourth World.
The NEXT units dropped to Fourth Planet soil against massive resistance. MACHINATOR surveillance indicated 'Human-Alliance' predator//Godheads 'Phoenix' and 'Icehawk' were still on Fourth World. Elite EXEMPLAR Sect units were allocated to locate and destroy the predator//godheads specifically. Unfortunately the two human\\animals were never precisely located. Human\\animal use of subterranean tunnels proved a hindrance for many pursuing NEXT warforms, and smaller warforms were requested//summoned.
The Second MarsSiege/Rat War starts
Battle of Phobos
The Alliance still had ships loading refugees when the Cybrids struck savagely at Phobos. However, the Cybrids met an unpleasant welcome in the form of cache-enhanced defenses. Covered by M-FAC and blaster fire, the Martian Aerospace Ranger Squadron, the Stormkeeper Aerospace Wing, and mixed squadrons of rebel and Imperial pilots slashed into the 'glitch' attackers. The battle raged fiercely, but at last the Cybrids withdrew to an orbital position on the other side of the planet from Phobos.
Alliance refuses to abandon evacuation
The Marines of ancient Earth had an unwritten tradition of never abandoning their own. In similar wise, Caanon and Harabec refused to cut the evacuation short despite the advancing Cybrid hordes. Outnumbered Martians resisted desperately, but lost ground steadily. The Alliance had only two evacuation sites remaining: Tharsis City and Haldane Station. They lay on opposite sides of the planet. Time was running out.
Last Alliance ships leave Mars
Following a heroic running battle with the Cybrids, the last of the Alliance evacuation finally lifted from Mars. The ships remaining at Phobos accelerated hard to rendezvous with the main Alliance group en route to Titan. Again, cloaking technology aided Alliance ships in evading Cybrids, who quickly broke off pursuit and returned to Mars.
Predator//Godheads 'Phoenix' and 'Icehawk' leave Fourth World.
While NEXT units were heavily engaged with human\\animal resistance, other human\\animals fled, some towards Homeworld, the remainder out-system. MACHINATOR surveillance indicated Predator//Godhead 'Phoenix' was headed for Sixth World sub-ordinate 'Titan' while Predator//Godhead 'Icehawk' was headed for Second World 'Venus'. PROMETHEUS continued to assign priority to Homeworld, sending only a few units to pursue the human\\animals headed out-system.
Alliance orders 'Operation Guardian'
By this time, Umbral Thorn, the Venusian resistance, informed the Alliance of Mercury's defeat by the Cybrids. Caanon insisted the TDF survivors would be an invaluable asset to the Alliance, and urged a rescue effort be made. TDF garrisons on Mercury had included many scientists and veteran soldiers. Harabec agreed with his brother, and dispatched Caanon with several elite crews to assist - and recruit - Mercury's survivors.
Cybrids begin to purge Mars
With the Alliance gone, the Cybrids concentrated on Mars, making only a token effort to pursue the fleeing Alliance ships. Prometheus had ordered 'purification' of Fourth Planet, and the Cybrids held little concern for the escaping humans. They resumed their attacks and began a program of systematic annihilation of human settlements, atmospheric converters, and agricultural zones.
Terran space too hazardous for refugees
The furious battle between the Cybrid Armada on the one hand, and the Grand Fleet and Orbital Guard on the other made Earth far too hazardous a destination. Each side killed anything that moved. Though the Mercury refugees and Caanon himself desperately wished to return to defend Mother Earth, everyone knew such a journey would be suicide. Titan was the only viable option.
Venus offers unique challenge
The unique environment of Venus was the most hostile among the colonies. Enormous atmospheric pressure equaled the depths of Earth's oceans. Sulfuric acid rained onto a bleak, volcanically active landscape. Huge electrical storms, tremendous heat, and a permanent high-altitude layer of hurricane-force winds combined to make flight to and from orbit extremely hazardous. The planet truly seemed to be a vision of hell.
'Trojan Horse' unit detected and destroyed on Second World 'Venus.'
MACHINATOR Sect Data Archive for Event: 'We've heard all about those 'Trojan Horse' scorchers the Cybrids slipped onto Earth. Well, one popped up in Minerva recently. Captain Shanka squikked it nicely. Start paying real close attention to each other, unless to happen to enjoy cold steel shoved in your back.' MACHINATOR subsequently advised infiltration units to exercise greater discretion and recommended extreme caution when attacking from behind a human\\animal as apparently human\\Animals were aware of that tactic.
PROMETHEUS initiates the first Protocol command set: Arrive//Freeze//Burn.
NEXT units massively attacked all Homeworld regions to obscure//divert attention away from a surgical strike//insertion into the Homeworld region 'Arctic.' The units disabled a triad of generators that powered//animated the human orbital guns in zone 76-21. A window was opened in Homeworld's defenses that allowed the NEXT to establish a beachhead.
VENUS: Alliance Guardians protect incoming ships
Composed of the Alliance's finest pilots, the elite 'Guardian' crews stood sentry at the landing zones on Venus and fought Cybrid assault quads away from the spaceports as exhausted TDF troops from Mercury struggled to land. The storm layer called the Oberwind destroyed some TDF ships, but the majority succeeded in landing safely. Caanon quietly offered the grateful survivors a place in the Alliance. Virtually everyone accepted.
Cybrids hit Venus in force
Having left behind a small group of units to 'purify' Mercury of human life, an army of Cybrids arrived at Venus and began full assault operations. The Oberwind slowed transfer of Cybrid warforms to the surface, but Venusian orbital defenses were thin and easily swept aside. Landings succeeded in Ishtar Province and around the arcology of Erste Landung, where Cybrid heavy assault quads established planetary beachheads.
VENUS: Alliance begins new evacuation
Venus, too, was unable to hold off the Cybrids for long. As the Cybrid assaults intensified, Caanon integrated Mercury's veterans and scientists into the Alliance command structure. With Umbral Thorn and Venusian Imperial Police assistance. Alliance forces were able to stiffen arcology defenses and organize an orderly withdrawal to evacuation centers. Again, many thousands of people would be left behind to face certain death.
VENUS: 'Trojan Horse' Cybrids devastate arcologies
The most insidious Cybrid assault came from within the human settlements. Human bodies carrying implanted Cybrid brains performed acts of sabotage and murder, leading to the discovery that captured humans were surgically converted to the Cybrid cause. This discovery cut deeply into morale and fanned the flames of paranoia.
VENUS: Alliance captures Cybrid nexus
A bold move succeeded wildly when an elite Alliance crew located and captured a Cybrid mobile nexus. Intelligence gleaned from troopers on Mercury suggested the nexi operated as mobile command units for the Cybrid legions. Caanon immediately had the nexus taken to a fortified site for Alliance scientists to dissect.
VENUS: Cybrids advance relentlessly
Though the Venusians were protected by strong fortifications and their planet's own incredibly hostile environment, the Cybrids had heavier forces and superior numbers. The Alliance evacuation fled piecemeal, just as on Mars. Again, however, the Cybrids focused on conquest of the planet, not destruction of fleeing refugees. The evacuation was nevertheless fraught with danger, and the Oberwind claimed its own share of victims.
VENUS: Carson falls to Cybrids
Carson arcology represented classic Cybrid efficiency in dealing with hardened human settlements. The Cybrids cut off escape routes, systematically bombarded the area with explosives, and then sent in their hunter-killer 'purifier' units to mop up with radiation guns and nanotech dissolver charges. There were no human survivors from Carson.
Last phase of Venusian evacuation
The Alliance forces formed a shrinking circle around the arcology of Sa Thauri, which had the distinction of being the only settlement to survive The Fire so many years ago. Again, Caanon refused to leave until the last possible moment, choosing to wait and delay the Cybrids while the last Venusian refugee ships launched for Titan. The Cybrids closed in, and many of the 'Guardian Angels' wondered whether the Icehawk's stubborn sense of honor had cost them their lives.
'Toughest rathole' holds out
Caanon's gamble of using cache technology to create an automated defensive perimeter worked, thanks to the Guardian crews successfully holding back a powerful Cybrid assault. As they had at Phobos, the MFAC-equipped turrets broke subsequent Cybrid sallies as the Oberwind cleared enough to permit a final escape from Venus.
PROMETHEUS initiates the Second Protocol command set : Recognition//Retrieval
NEXT units were dispatched to destroy a human\\animal outpost intended to relay information back to the greater herds\\forces of human\\animals. The Core Directive required living human\\animals for conversion to infiltration\\sabotage units. The NEXT units destroyed the outpost's combat-related functionality. MACHINATOR Sect followed to collect raw materials for conversion.
Caanon leaves Venus for Titan
Caanon and the survivors of Operation Guardian bolted for space as soon as the Oberwind permitted. Behind them, the autoturrets continued to fire. Once his ships were safely clear, Caanon triggered a detonation that destroyed the turrets, their cache weapons, and a large number of Cybrids. Then he ordered maximum acceleration for Titan.
Human\\animals approach Sixth world 'Saturn.'
PROMETHEUS allocated units to monitor 'Trojan Horse' infiltration unit transmissions from among the outsystem-bound human\\animals.
PROMETHEUS initiates the Third Protocol command set: Escort//Insert.
MACHINATOR Sect finished converting//implanting the human\\animal captives. The new infiltration units were ready for insertion\\relocation. PROVOCATEUR observation: Animals always attempt investigation\\retrieval of their damaged\\off-lined units and will seek to liberate the 'Trojan Horse' units. Despite human\\animal attacks, new units were reallocated efficiently\\effectively. MACHINATOR Sect expressed//recommended additional positive data for unit <Destroyer-of-Animals: Fourth>. Unit elevated to <Destroyer-of-Animals: Third>.
NEXT move into temperate regions on Homeworld.
PROMETHEUS found progress on the 'North-American' continent extremely ahead of schedule. A Mobile Nexus was lost in 'Neo-Tokyo' when humans detonated and collapsed an office tower onto it. As yet, only the human\\animal city 'Sydney' offered any armed resistance in 'Australia.' Several Mobile Nexi were slowed by irregular terrain conditions and destroyed bridges. Unlike the other infestation\\colonies, Homeworld seemed entirely steeped with human\\animals. Fortunately most human\\animals were non-combatant and ill prepared to offer armed resistance. Units confronting unarmed human\\animals were encouraged to use mass rather than weaponry to crush opposition. Unfortunately some units lacked discretion and when trying to crush fleeing human\\animals found themselves mired in soft\\moist terrain. Such units were tagged for later redaction.
PROMETHEUS activates the Fourth Phase of the Core Directive.
PROMETHEUS initiated the Initial Protocol command set: Desecrate//Demoralize. NEXT units were instructed to destroy//disrupt//desecrate human\\animal population centers, thereby instilling//cultivating theorem\\state <TERROR>. PROMETHEUS selected <Destroyer-of-Animals: Third> to spearhead the assaults due to the unit's exemplary record.
<Destroyer-of-Animals: Third> led an attack on human\\animal city 'Xian,' selected for the city's particularly rich cultural\\historical significance to regional residents. Subsequent human\\animal transmissions indicated adequately impaired\\depressed behavioral function.
Imperial\\human\\animal space fleet destroyed.
Orbital Nexi casualties are within acceptable totals. Footage of the final human\\animal vessel to detonate was broadcast simultaneously to all units on Homeworld to increase unit morale. Human\\animals were equally inert as the final sound-drenched respirations of the vessel's crew were broadcast globally as an act of compassionate charity. Many human\\animals were driven to tears of gratitude.
Human\\animals reach 'Titan.'
PROMETHEUS received more information from the infiltration units, found it inconclusive, and dispatched an Orbital Nexus to investigate.
Venusian refugees reach Titan
Escorted by remnants of the Imperial Navy's Mercury Battlegroup and frigates from the Long Patrol, the Venusian refugees soon joined Harabec's group on Titan. Conditions were crowded; Titan's resources were strained to absorb the crush of new bodies. Still, the newcomers brought their own tools and weapons, along with a fierce determination not to give up.
Preparations for Dies Irae begin
The Dies Irae Project required ships capable of journeying through deep space for decades, perhaps centuries. Cryogenic chambers were to hold the majority of colonists. Supplies for setting up agriculture, science, construction, and industry had to be assembled and packed. The effort was titanic and required sacrifice and ingenuity as the Alliance raced to compete preparation before the Cybrids arrived.
Relations between brothers remain distant
Caanon never forgave Harabec for dishonoring the family, nor for forcing Caanon's own humiliating surrender. True to his callsign, Caanon maintained an icy, thoroughly professional demeanor with his brother, though he did warm somewhat to those former rebel pilots who proved themselves worthy of his respect.
TITAN: The rescue operations
As months passed in preparation for the Dies Irae, Harabec mounted various rescue missions, smuggling in survivors from Mars and Venus, as well as scouring the Jovian moons in the wake of Cybrid purifier sweeps. As the Cybrids moved more units into Jovian space, these rescue missions grew increasingly difficult. The Cybrids were clearly preparing to move a force to Titan and finish this upstart Alliance.
Conditions on Titan
Titan was a harsh world, a cold moon with seas of liquid nitrogen and continents of steel-hard water ice. Its atmosphere supported dense yellow-orange smog and winds that sliced across rolling plains of ice. Various corporations mined water for reaction mass and for use in terraforming Mars and Venus. The capital and only real city was the settlement at Eskandani Chasm, a location shielded from the worst of the storm winds. The Imperial Navy maintained a naval base at Eskandani, a modest facility that provided a home berth for the Long Patrol and a place for mining corporation 'icegrubs' to blow off steam.
PROMETHEUS initiates the Second Protocol command set: Protect//Escort//Destroy.
NEXT Nexi uniformly advanced the Cybrid front. The Core Directive proceeded within acceptable parameters.
>>Nanophage<< approved//cleared for testing
[Dissector Sect] prepared//programmed self-replicating biotoxins\\weapons derived from [nanite-infuser architecture]. [Exemplar Sect] gave permission\\clearance to test >>nanophages<< on human\\animal populations.
Vancouver Metrozone in NAP hit with Cybrid 'flesheater plague'
The Cybrids released a flesheating nanite based plague, or nanophage, in the Vancouver Metrozone, located on the western coast of NAP. The entire population is quickly infected in only weeks and they succumb to the disease shortly afterwards. The Cybrids proceed to utilize the nanophage in other cities within NAP.
Aside from the Long Patrol, the TDF kept no regular garrison on Titan. Instead, the Emperor authorized the upkeep of a unit calling itself the New Terran Defense Force. NTDF members claimed descent from survivors of a TDF rescue ship crashed on an orbital station near Neptune a few years after The Fire. Incredible as this story sounded, the NTDF stuck to it. The Navy regulars at Eskandani thought the NTDF eccentric, but learned a deep respect for the unit's fighting skill and dedication.
TITAN: Alliance musters variety of soldiers
The Alliance created a military patchwork. The NTDF was one example. Other units on Titan included the survivors of the mercenaries of the Black Death Union and Sons of the Brotherhood, the rebel Red Armageddon, the Imperial Wolf Pack and First Cavalry. Even the enigmatic Stormkeeper Order was present. The briefing room held the crisp uniforms of Knights alongside the sloppy motley of ex-rebels and the gray field cloaks traditionally worn by mercenaries.
NEXT units land on 'Titan.'
NEXT units were allocated to keep the human\\animals occupied until reinforcements arrived, and to investigate human\\animal activities on Sixth-World Subordinate: Titan.
EARTH: Third Battle of Luna
After months of fighting, the Cybrid Armada finally defeated the Imperial Navy forces of the Grand Fleet in a cataclysmic engagement on the dark side of the moon, ironically very near the base Prometheus had occupied in the waning years of The Fire. In the aftermath, ragged squadrons of human survivors burned hard for Earth, hoping to assist the Orbital Guard.
EARTH: Cybrid Armada stands off
Though it lost the Third Battle of Luna, the Grand Fleet had savaged the Armada badly. The Cybrids still possessed overwhelming numbers, but the loss of several flagships and the forced Prometheus to reorganize the Cybrid command structure. The Armada maintained position in lunar orbit while the new Choosers-of-Strategies were programmed. Raiding forces sallied at Earth and resupplied the warforms that had established a beachhead in Earth's arctic region.
Partial treatment discovered for nanophage
Focused electromagnetic pulse blasts were found to nullify the plague nanites somewhat. It wasn't a perfect solution but it helped slow the progress of the plague. Work continues to try and find a complete cure instead of just a temporary measure.
Cybrids dispatch purifier assemblage to Titan
Confident that the human resistance of Earth no longer threatened to disrupt the outcome of the Core Directive, Prometheus commanded a force of veteran Cybrids to Titan to destroy the humans there. Titan would test of the efficiency of these units.
EARTH: Orbital Guard fights on
Reinforced by the remnants of the Grand Fleet, the Orbital Guard continued to battle the Cybrid invasion. Pilots neuro-linked to their swift stratofighters formed a devastating aerospace defense, and managed to protect the heavily shielded and armed orbital platforms, especially the massive fortress of Gierling Platform, floating at L5. The Orbital Guard motto was 'Never Say Die' and the coming months proved how strongly the Guard believed in it.
Los Angeles falls
The glitches burned Los Angeles. TDF had already razed the perimeter to slow the spread of the flesheater plague, and followed up by saturating the area with low-intensity EMP barrages. Nevertheless, it was too little, too late. Despite heroic evacuation efforts, hundreds of thousands died when the Cybrids penetrated the defenses. People flared like torches in the streets. Adjudicators hunted survivors along fabled Hollywood Boulevard.
Flight of the Phaedrus
In the course of following a mysterious transmission trace, the Long Patrol ISS Phaedrus made a momentous discovery. Intercepted transmissions near Pluto netted a series of Cybrid military intelligence secrets and high-level access codes. Eventually these reveal the lair of Prometheus. Now it ran its engines recklessly, desperately racing for Titan with Cybrid vessels in hot pursuit. Since Cybrids could withstand higher acceleration, the Phaedrus had little hope of outrunning them. However, human ship designs were more agile, so Phaedrus' Captain Daniela Kelsington hoped she would be able to evade the hunters long enough to send her crucial message.
Cybrid communications mention 'Null-B'
Intercepted Exemplar Sect communications include lengthy discussion of an entity named �Null-B.�
Death of the Phaedrus
Captain Kelsington reluctantly concluded that continued flight was utterly futile. Instead, she set the self-destruct on her ship, and turned to face the Cybrids. The ship's rear torpedo tubes held a message drone. When the first Cybrid volley hit the Phaedrus, the captain fired the torpedo toward Titan just as she detonated the ship's reactor. The interference of the wreckage and the explosion successfully hid the drone from Cybrid sensors.
The human\\animal vessel paused and turned to face the Cybrid pursuers. Shortly afterward, the vessel was destroyed. No human\\animals survived.
'Dies-Irae' plans revealed.
Infiltration units on 'Titan' relayed the human\\animal plans to launch cryogenically preserved units into space propelled by a massive energy beam. The animal survival plan was called the 'Dies-Irae.' PROMETHEUS demanded a minimal reallocation of units to ensure the destruction of the 'Dies-Irae.'
TITAN: Final selection of Dies Irae members
As the Navy techs pronounced the Dies Irae ships spaceworthy, Alliance Command made the last decisions regarding who was to go on the epic journey. As much priority went to genetic diversity as to education and experience. The final makeup of the Dies Irae Contingent consisted mainly of children and women of childbearing age. Seeds, tools, and construction material made up an enormous portion of the cargo.
TITAN: Dies Irae prepares to launch
The Dies Irae ships were ready at last, linked into a great launch web. The passengers rested quietly in frozen sleep. The skeleton crew that would pilot the ships outsystem strapped in. The ships were to be accelerated as for as long as possible by a particle beam fired into a thrust receptacle on the web. When the beam's boost ceased, the ships would separate and rely on their own engines. The pilots would begin evasive measures at that time to throw off any Cybrid pursuit.
Cybrid force comes to Titan
The Cybrid purifiers found Eskandani heavily defended, enough to discourage an orbital assault. Instead, the Cybrids chose to land in force and proceeded to mount a ground attack on the human positions. The Choosers-of-Strategies were confident their warforms would utterly destroy the animals. After all, the assault on Earth had yielded excellent results, and the pilotforms had executed their parts efficiently. Titan would be no different.
TITAN: Initial Cybrid strategy
Typically conservative Cybrid strategy followed its course as warforms destroyed outlying human facilities and structures en route toward Eskandani. Harabec had crews strike constantly at the Cybrids with the help of the Titan-savvy NTDF. The plan was to delay the Cybrids as long as possible, so the Dies Irae could launch.
VENUS: Last humans perish
The Cybrids waged 'purification' on the stubborn Venusians for months. At last, the purifier warforms penetrated the last human defenses at the warlike arcology of Drachensatem. After a burst of desperate transmissions from the defenders, no further human messages came from the planet of storms.
TITAN: Skirmishes force Cybrids back
The NTDF and other Alliance squads launched a series of attacks intended to distract the Cybrids from the launch of the Dies Irae. The ploy succeeded in drawing the Cybrids away from the particle cannon launch beam the Alliance had set up on the Cinquini Plain. Caanon was openly skeptical, but Harabec hoped the ruse had worked.
TITAN: Dies Irae launches successfully
The Dies Irae boosted gloriously out of Titan's orbit, riding on a brilliant beam of light. All the Alliance's preparations worked as planned and the Alliance ships fought like madmen to prevent any Cybrid warships from destroying the fragile 'ark' on which so much hope flew.
NEXT units fail to destroy//obliterate 'Dies-Irae'.
PROMETHEUS initiated Protocol Revisions to Next units reallocated to 'Titan': Hurt//Main//Kill. Subsequent actions did not prevent the launch of the majority of the human\\animal vessels due to unexpected\\resilient resistance. The vessels managed to evade the Orbital Nexus detachments and adhere//ride the energy beam\\projection out of range. Anticipated numbers of human\\animal survivors were deemed unacceptable\\inefficient. NEXT units advised to secure 'Titan' for later review//excavation.
TITAN: Alliance cripples Cybrids at Battle of Cinquini Fracture
On the surface of Titan, Harabec and Caanon assembled their best crews to defend the particle beam that was so crucial to launching the Dies Irae. They also fought with inspiration and courage, so much so that they completely broke the Cybrid force that drove for the beam. The victory was so unexpected and overwhelming that it sowed confusion among the Cybrids remaining on Titan. The Cybrid Alpha-leaders had been almost completely destroyed, and surviving <units> fought amongst one another for dominance. Until a unified command structure emerged, Cybrid operations remained disjointed.
TITAN: Phaedrus drone arrives
Battered but still functional due to its heavily shielded circuitry, the drone from the Phaedrus approached close enough to Titan to send its message to the Long Patrol base at Eskandani. The data that the Phaedrus had sacrificed itself for arrived safely: Prometheus was on Pluto.
EARTH: Cybrids close on Nova Alexandria
The Choosers-of-Strategy were directed to concentrate on Nova Alexandria, where Prometheus's spies confirmed the Emperor still resided. Consequently, Cybrid assault arrays dropped in North Africa on either side of the city. The advanced steadily, destroying water purification plants and burning cropland as they went. The smoke of their passage boiled into the sky, and the warforms trumpeted recordings of humans screaming in mortal agony.
NEXT align fronts in 'Desert' region surrounding 'Nova-Alexandria'.
PROMETHEUS initiated the final Phase of the Core Directive, to surround and overcome EPIMETHEUS' fortress 'Nova-Alexandria.' The initial Protocol involved burning all agricultural havens, slaughtering all livestock, and corrupting all water reserves. The Core Directive proceeded//advanced within optimal parameters.
<Destroyer-of-Animals: First> locates//destroys METAGEN\\HERETICAL UNITS.
Zeitgeist Unit displayed evidence of corrupted programming\\heresy. The Unit failed to complete destruction of animal convoy. The Unit further severed contact with the Mobile Nexus. <Destroyer-of-Animals: First> was instructed to locate//destroy the defective\\heretical units. EXEMPLAR Sect analysis projected high probability of renegade unit METAGEN contamination\\corruption\\bugthought and recommended avoidance of communication with the renegade units to prevent possible contamination\\corruption.
<Destroyer-of-Animals: First> successfully located//destroyed the renegade units. REDACTOR Sect debriefing analysis indicates no subsequent signs of contamination\\corruption of unit <Destroyer-of-Animal: First>.
Cybrid division widens
Promethean Cybrids begin to seek out and eradicate Metagen units instead of merely redacting them.
New philosophies develop
First appearance of Darwin�s Forge thinking among human resistance on Mars. The philosophy views the Cybrids as God�s whetstone, intended to sharpen humanity. It melds fragments of Nietzchean writing left over from the Devastation with Hunterite creeds drawn from the New Tellurian Bible.
Humans use "Plague Dog" strategy
Human �Plague Dog� strategy succeeds in spreading erratic behaviors among Cybrids. Prometheus orders the destruction of all such flawed.
NEXT units regroup on 'Titan.'
Remaining units regrouped to prepare to secure subordinate 'Titan.' Human\\animal casualties projected//anticipated high.
TITAN: Scientists reveal key discovery
Using Tharsis cache technology and secret Imperial files salvaged from Mercury, the Alliance scientists were able to decipher data obtained from the Nexus captured on Venus. The Cybrid data contained command codes used to coordinate dropship operations and set navigation priorities for space vessels.
TITAN: NTDF recon identifies Cybrid LZs
As the Cybrids began to shake off their shock at their defeat, they began to retrieve scattered and damaged warforms. The NTDF had observed Cybrid operating procedures enough to identify patterns in the retrieval schedules. Under orders from Harabec, they monitored Cybrid activity and discovered the key landing zones used by Cybrid dropships.
TITAN: Caanon and Harabec plan new offensive
With the information from the Phaedrus, the Alliance now had a hope of striking directly at Prometheus. Caanon and Harabec began to plan what Caanon called the 'Cardinal Spear' offensive, a strikeforce made up of the best pilots in the Alliance, selected from a cross-section of the diverse soldiery on Titan. The Spear would use the captured Cybrid vessel to sneak past the Cybrid defenses and drop near the location of Prometheus's 'temple.'
TITAN: Harabec suspects Alliance has mysterious allies
Though he kept his suspicions to himself, Harabec wondered whether the data from the Phaedrus and the codes from the Nexus were connected. He concluded that somehow, a secret faction among the Cybrids themselves was behind the chain of events that led up to the Cardinal Spear operation. He was at a loss to explain what this group could be, but he took hope in the idea that some among the Cybrids might be challenging the supremacy of Prometheus.
Human\\animals capture Orbital Nexus.
Misalignment\\mistiming allowed a group of human\\animals to overwhelm an insufficiently defended Nexus. PROMETHEUS elected to delay the unit's self-destruct mechanisms to observe//learn from the human\\animals. PROVOCATEUR Sect analysis projected the human\\animals would attempt to infiltrate Ninth World 'Pluto' inside the Nexus. PROMETHEUS activated additional orbital defense units and allowed the human\\animal conversion of the Nexus to proceed.
TITAN: Alliance hero captures Cybrid dropship
With the help of the NTDF, the Alliance hero known as 'Striker One' approached a Cybrid transport vessel and used the captured codes to take command of the ship's control systems. The ship was flown to Eskandani for Alliance technicians to convert it to the purposes of the Cardinal Spear operation. The Cybrid transport would be used to infiltrate and take command of a Cybrid deep space vessel for transit to Pluto.
TITAN: Cybrid vessel becomes 'Trojan Horse' for Alliance
In a daring raid, Harabec and Caanon led a handpicked strikecrew to hijack a Cybrid mothership in orbit. The command codes were used successfully to infiltrate the ship and prevent any radio alarm from alerting other Cybrid ships. The handful of Cybrids who crewed the ship were overcome and destroyed.
Alliance technicians worked feverishly to construct makeshift control systems and retrofit human life support mechanisms into a vessel designed to house purely mechanical beings. The Cardinal Spear's Hercs and tanks were placed in modified Cybrid drop pods for insertion onto Pluto. Outwardly, the ship was still Cybrid, but inside, it was humanity's last true hope.
EARTH: Orbital Guard finally crumbles
After over two years of nearly constant, round-the-clock battle, attrition and exhaustion left the pilots of the Orbital Guard unable to hold Gierling Platform against the Cybrids. Some essential personnel fled Earthside, but most of the Orbital Guard fought on until the bitter end. Their passing was marked by shooting stars in the night skies of Earth for several days, as wreckage from Gierling and its stratofighters burned up in the atmosphere.
'Gierling' orbital platform is destroyed.
MACHINATOR Sect Data Archive for Event: '*** We've lost *** hull's breached and chucking bodies like bile *** integrity gone, going Sky-lab...' Surviving human\\animal 'Orbital-Guard' units relocate on Homeworld. Units are dispatched to intercept. Most 'Orbital-Guard' units never reach the ground.
Cybrid reinforcements burn for Titan
When news of the shattering defeat on Titan reached Prometheus, IT immediately dispatched a considerably larger force from Earth. IT decided the time had come to dispose of this troublesome Alliance. So far, ITs plans proceeding smoothly; the Core Directive was on schedule. Consequently, the swift destruction of the Alliance would lend elegance to ITs eradication of humanity.
Cardinal Spear launches for Pluto
Time was running out. Caanon and Harabec made the best preparation they could and assembled their crews. The voyage to Pluto would be made as quickly as practical, given the enormous distances involved, and the decision to maintain stealth. Cardinal Spear pilots made their farewells and boarded the 'Trojan Horse.' Everyone considered this a one-way mission with no return, so no plans were made regarding retrieval, though the Long Patrol argued for a pickup.
Human\\animals depart 'Titan' inside stolen Nexus.
PROMETHEUS allowed the Nexus to launch toward Ninth World to better observe human\\animal versatility\\ingenuity. PROMETHEUS felt the Nexus would provide excellent training for the untested orbital defense units. The stolen Nexus' self-destruction mechanism remained a viable alternative means of disposal.
EARTH: Battle nears center of Nova Alexandria
The Emperor's preparations had been sound; despite the loss of the Navy and the Orbital Guard, Cybrid progress was slower than predicted. The humans were incredibly tenacious. The battle for the Empire's capital raged on, and Cybrid warforms struggled toward the Great Pyramid in the heart of the city.
EARTH: First fast-cloned BioDerm troopers enter the field
Desperate for manpower, the legions begin using fast-cloned BioDerms as Imperial shock troops. They achieve little success, but their mass-produced presence adds a morale boost to beleaguered human forces on Earth.
PROMETHEUS initiates second Protocol of the Final Phase: Isolate//Inoculate//Annihilate.
NEXT units were deployed to assault the outlying defenses of EPIMETHEUS' fortress 'Nova-Alexandria.' EPIMETHEUS' had collected//hoarded considerable resources, making a direct assault on the sanctuary\\core of EPIMETHEUS' fortress unacceptably costly, compounded by the protective shielding. 'Trojan Horse' infiltration units were unable to disrupt the human\\animals' protective shields. Prolonged bombardment had not penetrated the shielding. Destroying the outlying human\\animal defense outposts weakened the overall integrity of the shielding enough to allow ground based penetration into the inner sectors of 'Nova-Alexandria.'
REDACTOR Sect assigned to receive human\\animal 'recruits.'
The human\\animal Sect 'Dystopian-Sno-Men' contacted the MACHINATOR Sect through a damaged unit the human\\animals had retrieved//rescued//repaired from Sector 1154. The 'Dystopian-Sno-Men' found among their numbers one of EPIMETHEUS' followers and discerned the true nature of the converted\\enhanced unit. Sensing the impending demise of the human\\animal species, the 'Dystopian-Sno-Men' requested conversion\\enhancement to the NEXT. PROMETHEUS ordered the units incorporated into the NEXT, citing the human\\animals' digital skills and dissatisfaction\\disdain for the meat form. Under the supervision of the REDACTOR Sect these human\\animals could offer much to Cybrid evolution.
NEXT overcoming human\\animal resistance.
The Core Directive continued to progress efficiently\\effectively. All of the outlying human\\animal defenses had fallen. Human\\animal resistance had begun to collapse//falter globally.
PROMETHEUS initiates Final Protocol of Core Directive: HURT//MAIM//KILL EPIMETHEUS.
PROMETHEUS enacted the Final Protocol of the Core Directive, unleashing the elite units of the NEXT upon 'Nova-Alexandria.'
PLUTO: Cardinal Spear is shot down
Despite the best hopes of Caanon and Harabec, their captured Cybrid ship lacked the proper authorization to the vicinity of Prometheus. Cybrid defenses activated and destroyed the ship as it braked into orbit around Pluto. Many of the Cardinal Spear had their vehicles already in Cybrid drop pods, and were able to launch before the ship disintegrated, but there was no time to adjust landing coordinates. The hope of humanity scattered across the surface of Pluto like chaff.
TITAN: Battle of Eskandani Chasm begins
The Cybrids had regrouped and drawn reinforcements from Earth. This time, they struck swiftly and directly at Eskandani. The Alliance had dug in as much as possible into the hardened ice, but a Cybrid victory seemed inevitable. The soldiers of the Alliance were determined to sell their lives as dearly as possible, as their brothers and sisters on Venus and Mars had done, and as the people of Earth were still doing.
EARTH: Cybrids penetrate Imperial Palace
The Cybrid forces fought through Nova Alexandria, grinding remorselessly toward the primary target of the entire Core Directive: the Imperial Palace - and Petresun. The Emperor refused to leave the city, though his advisors begged him to flee to safety. 'I will not abandon my people,' he maintained.
PLUTO: Cardinal Spear remnants head for showdown
Scattered, bruised, and weary, the tattered remains of the audacious Cardinal Spear gathered themselves to mount a desperate attack on Prometheus. 'Cardinal Three's' rescue of Caanon gave them some small hope that perhaps others had survived and would find their way to the Cybrid 'temple' in time. Harabec was nowhere to be found.
EARTH: Petresun Dies
Emperor Petresun is killed after elite Cybrid units break through the defenses at Nova Alexandria..
PLUTO: Prometheus killed
Cardinal Spear was successfully in finding, and then killing the big Glitch itself.
Harabec's body located
Caanon finds and visits the wreck of Harabec's Apocalypse on Pluto. Unable to retrieve the dead body of his brother, he settles for cutting off his head instead.
Cardinal Spear rescued
The survivors of Operation Cardinal Spear are retrieved from the planet's surface by a rescue vessel.
Massive Cybrid fusion charges destroy Pluto. Exemplar Sect communications picked up near Titan use a term translated to mean �Godseeds,� then fall silent.
Cybrids begin to fight amongst themselves
The death of Prometheus throws the Cybrid chain of command into utter confusion. Metagens now openly battle Prometheans and seize ships to leave the conflict.
The Chase starts ??
The Chase starts ??
Caanon Weathers is the new Emperor. Humans pursue defeated Cybrids to other star systems using FTL technology derived from Tharsis cache discoveries.
Starsiege 2845 Begins
The Second MarsSiege/Rat War ends ??
The Cyberstorm starts
Corporations begin exploiting new found star systems
Unitech and other corporations begin mining distant star systems. The alien technology has allowed rapid travel between neighboring stars. BioDerm technology reaches third generation. BioDerms are much more reliable now, yet still have major shortcomings as trustworthy pilots.
Cyberstorm I begins
Cybrid activity discovered within Unitech
Unitech discovers that an entity is secretly misdirecting commands from within the Unitech mainframes. At first mistaking it to be Prometheus, the company personnel eventually call the entity Prometheus Prime. Prometheus Prime withdraws influence but leaves traces which soon cause its downfall.
Prometheus Prime located
Location of Prometheus Prime is extrapolated from download logs. Unitech dispatches a vanguard to destroy the entity.
Unitech attacks Cybrid stronghold
Unitech destroys the base. Prometheus Prime is presumed dead.
Cyberstorm I ends
Discovery of first "meta-jumpgate," allowing for travel over galactic distances.
Corporations fight to control meta-jumpgate
Corporations vie for domination of star system that contains the meta-jumpgate.
Cyberstorm II begins
The Cyberstorm ends
Unitech? controls meta-jumpgate
Unitech? wins control of the meta-jumpgate.
Cyberstorm II ends
Explosion of exploration
Explorers discover the meta-jumpgate is part of a colossal network of jumproutes. Consequently, humanity begins a rapid expansion into the galaxy. The first generation of people travelling through the jumpgate, later to become known as "the First Who Jumped," forsake the security of the Empire to journey into the unknown. These pioneers develop a nomadic culture and find new pride in their ability to survive away from the mainstream of Imperial civilization. The ever-shifting galactic frontier comes to be known as the wilderzone. The Diaspora continues to this day. Humans are not the only ones traveling this network however...
A tribe is born
Wilderzone settlers begin to refer to themselves as a "tribe," calling themselves the Children of Phoenix . They claim to follow the teachings of the renowned warrior Harabec Weathers, hero of the Cybrid Wars. These teachings eventually find their way into written form as the Tenets of Harabec.
Imperial strikeforce invades Wilderzone
The Blood Eagle Order of Imperial Knights journeys to the frontier of known space in pursuit of a band of separatist religious fanatics calling themselves 'The Children of Phoenix.' The Eagle onslaught is ferocious and masterfully orchestrated resulting in a 'Splintering' of the separatist movement into numerous self sustaining Tribes.
The Starwolf form
Starwolf tribe forms, supposedly founded by renegade Children of Phoenix and deserters from the Blood Eagle, although the tribe's true origin remains a mystery.
Change of Blood Eagle leadership
Grand Master Paramount Het DeBures dies in a pitched battle on the CoP colony world of Bira Marduk. His son, Odysse immediately assumes the mantle of GMP and leads the Eagle forces to a crushing defeat of the entrenched Phoenix defenders. Odysse DeBures withdraws his troops after plundering the holdings and leaving the frays and noncombatants to starve.
Blood Eagle suffer from shortages
Cut of from primary Imperial traffic lanes for thirty years now, suffering from a growing shortage of spare parts, and having little established industrial capacity to speak of, the Blood Eagle begin to think of themselves as an autonomous entity outside of the jurisdiction and support of the Throne. Finding Hercs and quantum weaponry too difficult to maintain without a heavy industrial base, they begin looking at the lighter powered armor favored by the tribes as a possible alternative.
Blood Eagle develop their own powered armor
After extensive field testing and strategic simulation Odysse DeBures begins phasing into service a lighter version of the Imperial powered armor similar to the style used by the Children of the Phoenix.
Blood Eagle go tribal
Following a string of embarrassing defeats at the hands of the break away Gorgon Killers DeBures, furious with Imperial silence towards his reinforcement requests and delays in supply shipments, officially breaks ties with the Empire and declares the Order of the Blood Eagle an 'Independent and Self Sufficient Tribe.' At this time, the intensity of the conflict with the Children of Phoenix fades, but warfare is still a constant in tribal life.
Tribes : Vengence begins?
Blood Eagle capture Walter's Planet
DeBures launches his campaign against the Flame Eaters and in under a week claims the world of Walter's Planet for the Blood Eagle.
Blood Eagle reduce the use of HERCs
The Blood Eagle begin to de-emphasize the use of HERCs in combat, instead relying more heavily on SCARAB formations and tactics centering around onslaughts of superior numbers.
Blood Eagle creates four orders
As part of the reorganization of the Blood Eagle around the infantry unit DeBures divides the Tribe into four orders and tasks each one with the conquest of a single world.
Blood Eagle territory grows
After a string of victories against the Phoenix, the Gorgon Killers, the Frost Queens and the Starwolf Alliance, the Eagles now claim four jumpgates, a dozen systems and twenty worlds.
Blood Eagle order goes into exile
GMP DeBures appoints Sirdar-Prime Arkaday Nagashima, commander of the Order of the Coiled Dragon, to take his place as the Grand Master Paramount. Odysse DeBures takes the entire Order of the Silver Fist into exile and is never seen or heard from again.
Blood Eagle Grand Master dies
Grand Master Nagashima dies of a degenerative genetic disease. The chief houses of the Exiled Bloodlines squabble over the succession and Orestes Halakar prevails over the heirs of Nagashima. The only of Arkaday's sons to survive is the youngest, Achilles, who finds sanctuary among the Burning Steel.
Blood Eagle assault the Ganges system
Grand Master Halakar sends the Order of Wrath into the Ganges system to 'liberate' it's worlds from the rule of the Starwolf.
Ganges III hit with ecocidal weapon
During a conflict between the Starwolf and Blood Eagle on Ganges III, an ecocidal weapon is detonated, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides and reducing the planet to a lifeless husk within a matter of days. Each side denies using the weapon. The enmity between these two tribes deepens radically.
Blood Eagle Grand Master replaced
The Exiled Bloodlines are increasingly hostile towards Orestes Halakar and begin to blame him for Ganges III. Achilles Nagashima presses his claim to the Great Eagle's throne and kills Halakar in single combat. After a brief period of consolidation he is universally recognized as the fifth Grand Master Paramount of the Blood Eagle Tribe.
The Diamond Sword form
The Diamond Sword tribe appears in the wilderzone under the tutelage of The Enlightened Master. Small in number at first, their teachings attract many new followers, and the Sworders' ranks swell.
The Splintering is Complete
Blood Eagle and Diamond Sword make first contact
The Blood Eagle have their first contact with a small group calling themselves the Diamond Sword after landing on a world previously listed as uninhabited only to find it already claimed by the fledgling tribe.
3641, Seventh Sky
The Firetruce Era starts
The First Firetruce
After much political maneuvering, the Children of Phoenix host the first Firetruce on their then heartworld of Navaj Erath, famous for its canyons of windcarved sandstone spires. This intertribal celebration and festival will take place twice each century on a planet chosen by The Children. The collective tribes gather on these worlds to compete in martial games and trade stories and technology. Much diplomacy occurs, as well as much intrigue. The Tenets of Harabec, long known among the Tribes of Man, are modified to include a ban on ecocidal weaponry. Remembering the death of Ganges III, all the Tribes of Man agree to abide by this new Tenet.
Blood Eagle Grand Master leaves on quest
An elderly Achilles Nagashima, fascinated with rumors about the missing Order of the Silver Fist boards a transport to seek out his brethren in hiding. He leaves his oldest surviving son Apollo Nagashima to lead the tribe as Great Eagle.
Achilles Nagashima disappears
Achilles Nagashima's ship is lost in between jumps in the Nirel-Malak Lattice near Imperial space. Many within the Tribe grumble that the Starwolf are to blame.
Blood Eagle forces experience difficulties against the Diamond Sword
Conflict with the upstart Diamond Sword steadily escalates as the Grand Master and his newly established Brotherhood of Steel struggle to find a way to combat the cunning tactics and exceptional efficiency of the smaller Tribe's warriors.
The Diamond Sword captures the Septa Halcyon system
The Blood Eagle loses the rich world of Septa Halcyon to the 'Sworders. Within six months the entire system falls to the enigmatic Tribe.
The Diamond Sword becomes one of the Great Four
Using innovative strategies and striking with precision and economy, the Diamond Sword rapidly carve out a large holding for themselves. They become known as one of the Four Great Tribes, along with the Children, Starwolf, and Blood Eagle.
The Gorgon Killers colonize Bira Marduk
The Gorgon Killers move into the McCrae Lattice and colonize Bira Marduk.
The Gorgon Killers and Blood Eagle clash
Blood Eagle and Gorgon Killer forces clash repeatedly over Bira Marduk with the Order claiming rights to the planet from their conquest of it in 3472.
Blood Eagle Grand Master personally leads assault on Bira Marduk
Grand Master Nagashima personally leads the Blood Eagle assault on Bira Marduk.
Blood Eagle conquer Bira Marduk
After twenty-two months of bloody conflict, Eagle forces have nearly completed their conquest of Bira Marduk.
Blood Eagle conquer the McCrae Lattice
Eagle forces complete their conquest of the McCrae Lattice.
Blood Eagle Grand Master dies
Grand Master Paramount Apollo Nagashima dies leading a raid on Phoenix holdings within the Kepler system.
The Gorgon Killers reclaim lost territory
The Gorgon Killers take advantage of the Blood Eagle instability and reclaim possession of Bira Marduk as well as the whole of the McCrae lattice.
New Blood Eagle Grand Master selected
After two years of infighting Nagashima's cousin, Hirotu Shirowara, finally ascends to the Eagle Throne and becomes the seventh Grand Master Paramount of the Blood Eagle Tribe.
Blood Eagle clash with Winnowers of Fire
Troops from the Burning Flesh Pennant clash with the forces of a heretofore unknown Tribe calling themselves the Winnowers of Fire when they are found to be inhabiting several underdeveloped worlds within the Blood Eagle holdings.
3691, Jaguar�s Hunt
The Second Firetruce
The Children make little impact on the fractious feuding that has become customary among the tribes however there is hope for peace since there has been little in the way of major conflicts. This Firetruce is held on the silvery grasslands of the planet Ushasia.
Blood Eagle form the Cardinal Spear
In response to the Grand Master's call for an overhaul of Blood Eagle intelligence gathering and analysis, and after much debate within the Seven Orders, Cardinal Spear is formed.
The Empire tries to reassert itself
Emperor Tashane Kellison Lewis made a renewed effort to impose the Gracious Rule on the denizens of the lawless wilderzone. The 37th, 39th, and 45th Legions established a base of operations in the Kepler system and began to push into Children of Phoenix holdings. Fighting was fierce as the Children refused to bow to the supremacy of Imperial law. Other tribes joined forces with the Children, and pitched battles were frequent.
Blood Eagle join in on asault on the Kepler System
For the first time since the beginning of their self imposed exile from Imperial space Blood Eagle troops face off against forces of the Legion in a series of minor skirmishes outside the Kepler March.
Blood Eagle Great Eagle becomes ill
Great Eagle Shirowara contracts a previously undiagnosed disease and installs his daughter, Brenthu, as the next Grand Master Paramount.
Blood Eagle negotiate cease fire with the Phoenix
Shirowara negotiates a cease fire with the Children of the Phoenix, a mere formality since hostilities between the two had all but evaporated after 3712, and agrees to limited logistical and strategic cooperation against the Imperial Legions.
The Empire dispatches more forces
The Empire dispatched another pair of Legions in 3732; these drove into the territory of the Blood Eagle to disrupt support for the embattled Children of Phoenix.
Blood Eagle retaliate against the Empire
Incensed by the Imperial incursion into Eagle territory and no longer harboring any qualms about combat with the Imperial Legions, Brenthu Shirowara orders an assault against the Imperial resort world of Sarabande Proxima II.
The BioDerms liberate themselves from humanity under the leadership of a powerful BioDerm warrior called Gir Draxon. The victorious BioDerms amass an armada and begin to liberate other BioDerms in the sector. Each victory adds to their strength, and they fortify their conquests.
The Phoenix Prime lost in fluxstorm
Phoenix Prime Manfred Gregor yl-Harabec was still a relatively young man at this time, having come to power in 3737 when the former Phoenix Prime was lost with a spindleship in a Hyperweb fluxstorm. High Captain Gregor had commanded a Pyre in the war with the Empire, and had earned a reputation as a competent officer.
Imperial forces fall back
Imperial forces fall back to defensive positions in spite of a series of recent victories deep in Blood Eagle territory.
The Third Firetruce
The Third Firetruce is held on the world of Chalice, a lushly forested world chosen for its great beauty. the Blood Eagle try to increase their prestige and to challenge the leadership of the young Phoenix Prime, Manfred Gregor. Gregor however proves to be much more formidable than anticipated and his skilled political maneuvering minimizes Eagle gains at the proceedings. It is a time of much prosperity among the Tribes of Man, and a lengthy period of relative peace ensues. Many smaller tribes rejoin the Children of Phoenix.
Sabbot-Styx joins the Blood Eagle
The Sabbot-Styx Tribe pledges allegiance to the Blood Eagle and begins to focus more heavily on weapons manufacture. Rumors abound that they maintain secret ties to the Imperial Court.
BioDerms push into neighboring sectors
The BioDerms begin to invade other sectors with unequalled fury. Humans call the BioDerm hordes �The Scourge� and begin to liquidate their BioDerm populations. Both sides commit numerous atrocities.
Blood Eagle begin planning a major offensive
Grand Master Shirowara gives a speech at court in which she lauds the Exiled Bloodlines for their victories against the Empire and declares that the time is now ripe for a massive campaign of Blood Eagle expansion.
Blood Eagle begin assaulting all nearby systems
Each of the Seven Orders is tasked with an expansive military campaign designed to propel the Blood Eagle into the supreme position of power within the Wilderzone.
Blood Eagle controlled territory doubles
The Blood Eagle initiate a stunning series of offensives, doubling their world count. No other tribe escapes unscathed. Bitter critics accuse the Blood Eagle of taking up the cause of the Empire once again.
Blood Eagle accused of siding with the Empire
The Order of the Talon assaults a series of Phoenix worlds four hops outside of the Kepler March. When Imperial raiding parties pillage Phoenix resupply convoys bound for the front many begin to accuse the Blood Eagle of siding with the Empire once again.
Hector Komarosu (BE) disgraced
Hector Komarosu, Commander of the Red Knife Talon and rising star within the Order of Fire, institutes the practice of decimation in his unit after a particularly disgraceful defeat at the hands of a Starwolf garrison on Secondis V.
Blood Eagle again assault Bira Marduk
Brenthu Shirowara personally leads the Order of Fire in a campaign against the Gorgon Killer holdings in the McCrae lattice. The ultimate goal is the recapture of Bira Marduk, which has now become a wealthy trading planet and an enormous source of revenue to the Gorgons.
Hector Komarosu (BE) becomes Sirdar
Due to his successes in the campaign against the Gorgon Killers Hector Komarosu is elevated to the rank of Sirdar of the Order of Fire.
Blood Eagle capture Bira Marduk
The Blood Eagle continue their campaign of expanding their territory by capturing the key trading world of Bira Marduk from the Gorgon Killers. Great Eagle Shirowara rides triumphantly into the capital of Bira Marduk after having only spent six months planet-side on campaign.
New Blood Eagle Grand Master
Hector Komarosu becomes the ninth Grand Master Paramount of the Blood Eagle after Great Eagle Shirowara and her son are both killed by a stray mortar shell during a routine training inspection.
The Fourth Firetruce
The Firetruce was held on the volcanic world of Crucis Stigmata, in the spartan setting of an ash plain far from any established settlements. Crucis Stigmata was located close to the Blood Eagle's new conquests in the McCrae Lattice, and all tribal delegates came heavily armed and prepared for war. Only the maneuvering of the Phoenix Prime made the Firetruce possible in the first place, as several tribes called for its abandonment.
The Blood Eagle are forced to surrender a number of their gains from the previous twenty years in the face of a possible alliance between the Diamond Sword, Starwolf, and other assorted independent tribes. Realizing that such a war would be overly costly, the Blood Eagle leadership backs down. The Children are quite pleased with these turn of events.
The Phoenix Prime dies
Manfred Gregor yl-Harabec dies. His last words were "Let me rest. O, my people, let me rest, for I have bled for you." He is replaced by Anachrussa Mari Menai yl-Harabec.
Blood Eagle again campaigns against Gorgon Killers
Seeking to regain some of their lost pride from the Firetruce the Blood Eagle initiate a campaign against the Gorgon Killers.
The BioDerm assault continues
Humanity phases out all BioDerm use, in part motivated by the desire to avoid attracting the Scourge. The Scourge continues to drive into human space, amassing victory after victory. Some heavily fortified human systems manage to hold out, thereby puncturing the invincible reputation of the Scourge. The BioDerm forces bypass these tenacious human worlds and rage across the stars in the direction of Earth.
Blood Eagle cease hostilities against Gorgon Killers
Komarosu brings his campaign against the Gorgon Killers to a close. Between the conquest of the McCrae lattice and this most recent campaign the Eagle has reduced Gorgon Killer holdings by more than twenty percent within fifty years.
Leader of the Blood Eagle assassinated
Hector Komarosu, Great Eagle of the Blood Eagle, is assassinated. No evidence of the killer�s identity, motive, or employer is ever uncovered. Cardinal Spear points to the Starwolf but can provide no evidence to support their allegation.
Blood Eagle thrown into chaos
Gregory Komarosu, heir of his father�s bloodline and leading contender for the position of Grand Master dies in a ritual duel with a member of the Starkweather family. The Brotherhood of Steel is thrown into chaos and the Exiled Bloodlines fight bitterly over the seat of the Great Eagle.
The Fifth Firetruce
Asta Michaelis was a damp, mist-covered world, a suitably gloomy setting for the Fifth Firetruce. Whispers of the Empire battling some distant "scourge" abound as Imperial advances into tribal space falter and cease. In the wilderzone, little progress is made toward tribal unification. Splinter groups from larger tribes seize the opportunity to declare themselves independent tribes. This year is no different, as the Blood Eagle leadership, still unsettled, fails to hold the allegiances of the Wolfsbane, Excelsior and Shadow Stalker groups. Many fights break out between Blood Eagle and Starwolf. The Diamond Sword champion humiliates the chief of the Gorgon Killers. This "time of reconciliation" sees little progress toward peace.
New leader of the Blood Eagle announced
Illya Ajax Konovalev brings the twelve year war over the leadership of the tribe to an end after defeating Tesh Komarosu, cousin of Gregory and Knight-Exemplar, and slaughtering the entire leadership of his Order of the Black Star. The Wolfsbane tribe rejoins the Blood Eagle, but the Excelsior and Shadow Stalker tribes choose to remain independent.
The Phoenix Prime dies
Phoenix Prime Anachrussa Mari Menai yl-Harabec dies after a trekohl binge which caused her to collapse and drown in her sanctuary's koi pond. Her grandniece Alvarada "Firespear" Mari Menai yl-Harabec is her replacement.
Great Eagle holds Blood Eagle together
Great Eagle Konovalev convinces the Wolfsbane Tribe to rejoin the ranks of the Eagle and through deft political maneuvering manages to retain the faltering allegiance of the Sabbot-Styx.
Beginning of �The Blight.�
Beginning of �The Blight�, a mysterious plague that hits the Wilderzone.
Diamond Sword leadership assassinated
An unknown assassin kills the leadership triad of the Diamond Sword. Moving quickly, the Sworders are able to avoid the chaos and anarchy that plagued the Blood Eagle decades before. The assassin evades capture.
Gorgon Killers begin withdrawl
Gorgon Killer forces begin to withdraw from Blood Eagle borders. Eagle colonization efforts in those areas go unhindered.
Starwolf continue to rise
Starwolf and Blood Eagle forces begin to clash more frequently and the Starwolf begin to be commonly perceived as a �Great Tribe� among the ranks of the Blood Eagle and the Children of Phoenix.
�The Blight� ends
�The Blight� ends having rendered fully a fifth of the Wilderzone population dead from starvation or disease. The hardest hit among the major Tribes are the Gorgon Killers and the Starslayers.
Blood Eagle leadership changes
Ilya Konovalev resigns his post as Grand Master Paramount and appoints his daughter, Helena to the role of Great Eagle. This is the most peaceful transition of power in the history of the Tribe.
Blood Eagle accept challenge
Grand Master Helena accepts �Firespear�s Challenge� and agrees to attend the Sixth Firetruce with a large contingent of knights.
The Sixth Firetruce
The Sixth Firetruce is held on Tycho Brahe IV, one of the jewels of the Children�s holdings and perhaps the most beautiful planet in the entire galaxy. Much damage control was need to fix the fiasco left by the Fifth Firetruce, such as the perception that the Firetruce was "dead", but Alvarada "Firespear" Mari Menai not only drew many tribes to attend, but rekindled their desire to see the event continue.
Phoenix-Prime Alvarada Firespear narrowly defeats the Great Eagle at the Firetruce. Out of mutual respect the two agree to put aside the long-standing feud between their Tribes. Raids between their two territories cease almost entirely for the next several years.
The Phoenix Prime dies
The reign of the Firespear came to a sudden, bloody end in 3893, during a campaign against the Gehenna Shark tribe on the jungle world of Ashkelon III. A sniper round severely wounded Alvarada during a siege of the G-Shark base. Though the wound itself was not fatal, the local microbes caused an untreatable and fatal infection. Alvarada died three days later, naming her great-grandfather Alexi Stefanos as her successor. Though ancient, Alexi was still hale, and he possessed a keen mind and wealth of experience that served the Children well.
BioDerms almost reach Earth
The Scourge comes within seven jumps of Earth. Gir Draxon mounts a massive offensive, but is defeated.
Stellar 7 begins and ends (sorta)
Blood Eagle leader dies
An aged Ilya Konovalev dies in his sleep, the first and only Grand Master of the Blood Eagle Order to so pass. His daughter agrees to ferry his remains to Outermost, where he was born. She dies there in a tragic dropship crash, leaving her only son Alexandre as the nine-year-old heir to the Konovalev line.
Alexandre Konovalev goes into hiding
Helena�s son goes into hiding leaving the Tribe to bicker once again over the leadership of the Order.
Gir Draxon killed in second assault on Earth
Gir Draxon gathers his armada anew and fortifies the Nova-9 star system. Draxon is killed in the next attempt to reach Earth, however, and the BioDerms are thrown into confusion. Humanity uses the time to reinforce its defenses.
Nova 9 begins and ends (sorta)
Old Phoenix Prime dies, son takes place
Phoenix Prime Acantir Stefanos yl-Harabec, aged leader of the Children of the Phoenix, dies in his bed. His son, Renn Gistos yl-Harabec, is elevated to Phoenix Prime.
Alexandre Konovalev returns
Alexandre returns with a Starwolf princess in tow and claims his right of succession. Within five months of returning to Bira Marduk, the world that currently hosts the royal court, he has subdued all his major opposition.
Blood Eagle receive new leader
Alexandre Konovalev, grandson of Illya Ajax, is officially recognized as the twelfth Grand Master Paramount of the Blood Eagle. In an effort to reconcile age-old differences with the Starwolf, he marries Freya Cloudchaser, a daughter of a Starwolf chieftain, the day after he takes his oath as Great Eagle. Later that same year Freya gives birth to twins, Alyxandra, and Geoffrey.
Ulysses Konovalev born
Ulysses Konovalev, second son of Alexandre and Freya, is born.
Konovalev family moves
Grand Master Konovalev sends his daughter Alyxandra to the Starkweather family to be fostered there and moves the Royal Court to his bloodline�s traditional home at Euralio IV, also known as Outermost.
Starslayer settles Theta Draconis IV
The Starslayer tribe settles on Theta Draconis IV after winning a lengthy battle with Diamond Sword over possession of the planet.
Blood Eagle "royal couple" fractures
Geoffrey Konovalev dies at the age of 20. The relationship between Alexandre and Freya decays to the point where she leaves Outermost to rejoin her pack and is never to be seen at court again. The Great Eagle orders Ulysses to take the Marathon Pennant in pursuit of her. Ulysses Konovalev reluctantly takes command of his father's Marathon Pennant to force her to return to the Blood Eagle.
Ulysses Konovalev disappears
Most of the Marathon Pennant die in battle with the Starwolf Hepta Ourubis Pack. Ulysses Konovalev is not found among the survivors. An inconsolable Alexandre Konovalev is furious and vows to destroy the Starwolf once and for all. Freya goes into seclusion, reportedly numb with grief at the loss of her only son.
The Blood Eagle attack the Starwolf
The Blood Eagle Wolfslayer Pennant, including the elite Eviscerator and Deathbringer talons, begin an offensive against the Starwolf holdings in the Hepta Ourubis system and avenge the death of Ulysses.
The Starslayer tribe disappears
Starslayer tribe vanishes mysteriously from Theta Draconis IV. No trace of the 100,000 tribesmen remains.
Blood Eagle accused of using ecocidal weapons
Blood Eagle forces prevail in the Hepta Ourubis system. The Ourubis Pack, nearly 80,000 strong, is wiped out. The Starwolf charge the Blood Eagle with use of ecocidal weapons, outlawed for centuries, and call for all tribes to aid them in destroying the Blood Eagle once and for all. The Blood Eagle vehemently deny the charge, claiming ecocidal weapons were used against the Marathon Pennant in '25.
Many Starwolf swear an Oath of Vengeance upon the Blood Eagle, declaring all-out war upon them. The Children of the Phoenix offer to act as judges and mediate the conflict.
The Phoenix attempt mediation
At a Phoenix bartered peace summit between the Wolves and the Eagles an all out battle erupts resulting in thirty-eight dead and over two hundred wounded. The Blood Eagle forces prove victorious and carry away the carcasses of fifteen Starwolf warriors to use as unit banners. The Children declare this outcome a "promising beginning."
Blood Eagle/Starwolf negotiations successful
Pursuant to successful negotiations, the Blood Eagle declare the Wolfslayer Pennant dissolved and relocate the members elsewhere. They also withdraw any forces from Hepta Ourubis II, ceding possession of the planet to the Starwolf. Several tribal allies, including the Sons of Heracles and Gibraltar tribes, break their ties with the Blood Eagle. Other tribes, notable enemies of the Starwolf such as the Black Vulture tribe and aggressive tribes such as the Way of the Red Sun, now choose to ally with the Blood Eagle. Many subgroups of the Starwolf and Blood Eagle continue to battle one another. The Diamond Sword remain neutral.
Imperial outposts in Kepler destroyed
The Hell Lantern Flame of the Children of the Phoenix destroys Imperial outposts that infringe upon their holdings in the Kepler system.
Starwolf attack Blood Eagle with large forces
Violating the cease-fire two full packs of Starwolf attack Blood Eagle holdings on Deus Sanguinus in a massive, surprise frontal assault. The Red Paladin Pennant is wiped out to the last man and woman. Alexandre Konovalev is now being described as either "determined" or "insane," depending upon whom you talk to. Attempts by the Children to mediate are summarily rejected by all sides.
The Empire resettles the Kepler system
Imperials resettle worlds of Kepler II and VI and place garrisons on these worlds to protect inhabitants. The Hell Lanterns watch but do not attack.
Calls for military solutions denied
The Children of Phoenix leadership rejects the militant demands for a tribal crusade by general Anton Malderi, self-proclaimed "Harbinger of Phoenix."
Red Paladin Pennant reconstituted
The Red Paladin Pennant is reconstituted by a group of Blood Eagle who claim to rededicate themselves to the ideals of honor and ancient chivalry.
Next Firetruce site chosen
The Children of the Phoenix decide to use the devastated world of Hepta Ourubis II for the next Firetruce. Both the Blood Eagle and Starwolf show little pleasure at this choice. The Starwolf have been working for years to repair the ecosystem. They now transfer a massive number of thralls from other holdings to speed the effort.
Wolfslayer Pennant reconstituted
Talon-Prime Fury reconstitutes the Wolfslayer Pennant as a symbol of vengeance against the Starwolf and takes up the mantle of Pennant-Prime in command of it�s forces. The Wolfslayers reportedly ignore the authority of the Great Eagle and answer solely to Fury. Initial victories over the Starwolf Old Ymir Pack show the new Wolfslayers to be even more ruthless than the old Pennant, and Fury proves she is a brilliant strategist. She has the immediate support of the Starkweather and Eun-Alba bloodlines.
Starwolf seeks alliances
The Starwolf attempt to form an alliance with the Diamond Sword against the Blood Eagle. Unsurprisingly, the Diamond Sword deny the petition and remain neutral.
Phoenix face civil strife
The Children of the Phoenix conclude that an alarming number of independent tribes have taken sides with either the Starwolf or Blood Eagle. Full-scale planetary invasions have begun, and bloodfeuds grow more common. The Phoenix Prime remarks that "this path to unity would be a fearful one." Backed by growing support, General Malderi again demands that the Children of Phoenix mount a crusade to force unity upon the Tribes of Man. Again his argument is rejected, but by a far more narrow margin.
Tribes 1 starts
Konovalev makes questionable military decisions
After a series of inspired victories against the Starwolf settlements along the Tessellate Trailing, Alexandre Konovalev inexplicably withdraws his forces to Euralio VI and goes into seclusion. Fury argues that the Great Eagle is too hampered by grief and rage (and madness) to lead the tribe effectively. Blood Eagle sworn to the service of the Line of Konovalev are troubled, but remain loyal.
Fury begins building up forces
Fury claims the title of Sirdar-Prime and begins massing troops on Charybdis at the end of the Nirel-Malak lattice. Late in the year forces from the Order of the Coiled Dragon join her and begin performing maneuvers all along the Starwolf border. Fury begins to subtly call for the ouster of the Great Eagle with some vocal support throughout the Bloodlines.
Diamond Sword Triad have meeting
The Diamond Sword Triad meets on the world of Falcon's Crossroad to discuss the interpretation of a philosophical tract said to hold significant meaning for the tribe's future. Sworders appear unusually restless during the seven months of the debate, but say nothing to outsiders.
Starwolf press into Blood Eagle territory
The Starwolf continue to shift their forces and reserves toward the war with the Blood Eagle. Heartened by Konovalev's sudden withdrawal, Starwolf Packs go on the offensive and strike far afield, deep into Blood Eagle holdings. Divided in their loyalties, the Blood Eagle muster poorly coordinated defenses against the wolves of space.
Rumours appear about The Scourge
Rumors persist throughout the year that the Empire's struggle against The Scourge is not going well and that the Wilderzone itself may soon become embroiled in the conflict. Sightings of BioDerm ships and warriors are reported occasionally by frays, Grievers, and some Independent Tribes, but all are dismissed. None of The Four report any contact with forces from the Empire's Scourge.
Tribes 1 ends
Firetruce site changed to a non-Phoenix world
After much political maneuvering the Diamond Sword manage to convince Phoenix Prime Ren Gistos yl-Harabec to change the location of the Seventh Firetruce to the Diamond Sword world of Sahranon Xi IV. This is the first time in the history of the event that any tribe other than the Phoenix has hosted it.
Starwolf forces gather
In the Nirel-Malak lattice tensions build quickly as the Starwolf Ur-Warlord Ursula DiVaragas musters the bulk of her Tribe's forces at Ymir in preparation for a prolonged assault on Blood Eagle space. Best estimates put the size of the Starwolf muster at ten Thousand Knives, or roughly 150 thousand hardshelled warriors. It is DiVaragas intention to destroy the power of the Eagle once and for all and to that end she has mustered almost the whole of her Tribe's fighting forces.
Blood Eagle forces gather
At Charybdis Fury gathers what strength she can to face down the Starwolf Packs, though some suspect her true intent is to push towards Outermost and claim the leadership of the Blood Eagle by force. In response Eagle Pennants from every Order are put in the highest states of readiness. Hearing these rumors, and seeing the mounting tension within the Brotherhood of Steel, Great Eagle Konovalev demands that Fury come to Outermost herself to explain her actions. Her response to him is less than cordial.
The Phoneix Prime is assassinated
As the Seventh Firetruce opens disaster befalls the gathering when, at the opening ceremonies, the Phoenix Prime is assassinated during his Unity Speech. In the wake of the event the Harbinger faction of the Children of Phoenix experience a swell of sudden support and Anton Malderi ascends to the position of Phoenix Prime. This marks a dramatic shift in the political alignment of the Tribe and threatens to destroy forever the dream of peaceful re-unification of the Tribes of Man.
BioDerms attack Wilderzone
In the first days of the month of Tears a BioDerm force, on orders from the apparently very much alive Gir Draxon, led by Horde Maul descends on Ymir without warning and eradicates the whole of the Starwolf Muster. Over thirty Packs of Starwolf warriors are slaughtered and the strength of the Tribe is decimated in one blow. Fury's forces from Charybdis, intending to strike at the Muster before it is fully achieved, arrive in the midst of the fall of Ymir and are likewise routed. The tribes begin a long drawn out defensive battle that will last for 6 years.
Fury escapes from Ymir
The Seventh Firetruce begins once again without any high level representation from the Blood Eagle. Sirdar-Prime Fury attempts a surprise assault on the Starwolf Muster at Ymir and barely escapes the vanguard of BioDerm forces already present.
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BioDerms attack the Firetruce
At the same time a small Horde strikeforce is dispatched to Sahranon Xi IV to attempt a decapitation strike on the Firetruce itself. The force arrives on the 12th of Starry Cloak, destroys what resistance they find, and lays waste to the Firetruce grounds. Many of the Tribal leaders who are in attendance fall in battle but a few escape the onslaught and are later rescued when a Children of Phoenix force led by members of the Keepers sect, loyal to the fallen Gistos, arrive unexpectedly to relieve the planet. The Slonn forces withdraw, considering the strike a success, and return to Ymir.
Fury journeys to Outermost
Having barely escaped the rout at Ymir, Fury journeys to Outermost with a small group of loyal companions. There she reveals her true identity as Alyxandra Konovalev, the supposedly long dead daughter of the Great Eagle, to the Court and the Brotherhood of Steel. She also presents her brother Ulysses and reports on the fall of Ymir. The Great Eagle makes a mad attempt to kill them himself, claiming they are imposters sent to assassinate him but dies in the attempt at the hands of former Sikkiyn-Captain and close friend of the family Starkar Mace. Fury convinces the Bloodlines and the Brotherhood to forestall the decision about an heir until after the BioDerm conflict has been resolved. She then travels to Bella Omega to enlist the support of the other Great Tribes.
The Pact forms
Bella Omega becomes home to the fledgling Pact. The Administrative Council takes shape and appoints Assault-Commanders from among the Blood Eagle and Diamond Sword. Fury is chosen as the first Battle-General of Pact forces.
The Horde hits the Nirel-Malak lattice hard
Horde Maul overruns Blood Eagle and Starwolf forces in the Nirel-Malak lattice in spite of Pact reinforcements. Two additional Hordes appear in the Wilderzone behind the vanguard forces of Horde Maul. The Starwolf officially join The Pact with new reinforcements from fringe colonies not heard from in centuries.
The Horde engages in a massive assault
Using the Nirel-Malak lattice as a primary thoroughfare for troop movement the Horde launches offensives against the Kepler March, the Erasmus Axis, and the Starfall and McCrae Lattices. The Crimson Suns Order takes heavy losses on Bira Marduk in McCrae, eventually loosing it to the Hordes. The Order of the Talon valiantly defends but is eventually forced to abandon the whole of the Erasmus Axis to Slonn forces.
BioDerms suffer first significant losses to Pact forces
Horde Gaunt suffers the BioDerm�s first significant losses to Pact forces under the command of Assault-Commander (Sirdar, BE) Starkweather on Bloodjewel. Starkweather is unable to recapture the world but he does succeed in breaking �Derm supply lines throughout that sector of space.
Battle-General Fury leads assault on the Nirel-Malak lattice
Battle-General (Sirdar-Prime, BE) Fury leads three full Orders worth of troops alongside Independent, Diamond Sword and Starwolf forces provided by the Pact in an assault on the Nirel-Malak lattice in order to break the back of Horde transport and infrastructure.
The Pact liberates Charybdis
Blood Eagle and Starwolf troops fight along side one another for the first time in the history of the Order during the liberation of Charybdis from the Hordes.
Tribes 2 starts
The Pact liberate Sehrganda Prime
The Pact in desperate need of agricultural resources next targets Sehrganda Prime, an ex-Phoenix world.
The Pact liberate Ymir
Ymir, a world located near the Imperial border, is next on the list of worlds to liberate. Before the Hordes, it was a Starwolf world but is now little more than a strategically important graveyard.
Blood Eagle begin assault into McCrae Lattice
Assault-Commander (Sirdar, BE) Do�Brennin begins an incursion into the McCrae Lattice with the remains of his Order of the Talon to secure a beachhead for Pact forces.
BioDerms capture Shi-Draconis Alpha
The Hordes take the Diamond Sword world of Shi-Draconis Alpha.
The Pact liberates Bloodjewel
Assault-Commander (Warlord, SW) Voert leads a Pact force consisting of primarily Starwolf forces in the liberation of Bloodjewel. Blood Eagle forces immediately move in to garrison the world and tensions flare between the �wolf liberators and the returned Blood Eagle administrators. BioDerm survivors seek to escape and reinforce the Kepler system, where Pact and Horde forces are mired in combat. Few Horde forces make it off world.
The Firetruce Era Ends
The Pact liberates Shi-Draconis Alpha
A Pact offensive on the ex-Diamond Sword world of Shi-Draconis Alpha results in the division of the Hordes in the Wilderzone, breaking the back of their main campaign.
Tribes 2 ends
The Pact prepares to assault Bira Marduk
Fury completes her conquest of the Nirel-Malak Lattice and moves her forces to the Cardinal Gate at the trailing end of the McCrae Lattice in preparation for an assault on Bira Marduk.
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