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Operation: Typhus

July 10th, 2008 | Category: News

Task Force: Typhus was formed and launched due to a large Warlord threat in the Ios System and the neighboring Yetton System, as Task Force: Typhus was only meant for the Ios System, Task Force: Iron Sweep was made for the neighboring Yetton. As the Ios System had not been heard from for some time, the Task Force was sent at the behest of Grand Admiral Japheth. NAVCOM didn’t have any info on the Ios System, therefore Typhus was going in blind, that is why the Naval High Command supplied the Task Force with a venerable amount of ships and support craft, including Viper Squadron. The following is quoted from a Viper Squadron Member’s datapad:

“At the behest of Grand Admiral Japheth, a Task Force Typhus was also created with the intent of heading straight to the Ios system. Their main goal was to investigate the situation in force, but also retake the system if possible. They would travel along the eastern frontier, and arrive from roughly the same direction as any would-be attacker.”

Even though the Warlord was not identified to the public at first, it was rumored to be Imperial Splinter Warlord Drakan, who has been reeking havoc on the Vast Empire Eastern Frontier. The Task Force initial purpose was to discover the fate of the Ios Imperial Garrison, which was unknown at the time (that makes up for the huge amount of allied forces). The inital start and forming of the Task Force was when a Code 0 Alert from the Yetton System Listening Outpost: Viverro was recieved. Since the only hyperoute into the Yetton System is through the Ios System, Naval High Command sent the Typhus Task Force to the Ios System. When Captain Dak Zalter wrote a full report of the Ios and Yetton System and then published it at 5 O’clock Vectra standard time, it released some insight to the battle:

“When the NHC felt the need to have a forward bases protecting the eastern frontier of our space, the Ios system was chosen to be occupied and developed into a ‘fortress’ system – this is one of the many that have been built, and more are being planned to be bult.

The small settlement that we created was locatest on Ios Delta, the only planet closest to the hyperspace lanes that lead into Vast Empire Territory. We brought in a smaller version of the Rendili StarDrive Space Dock was towed into orbit and two Golan II space defence platforms, they we’re strategically placed near the dock. At the beginning of this ‘project’ if you will, Ios became a powerful outpost and garrison

But In order to maintain efficient communications between this forward out post and the rest of the Empire, the Yetton system was chosen to also be occupied and developed to include a relay network along our Easter Front. The hyperspace lanes in the area meant that you could only reach the Yetton System either by coming from Vast Empire space, or by going through the Ios Hyperspace Lanes. Our theory was that only a smaller garrison was needed at Yetton, as any would be invader would first have to go through Ios, or one of the other border outposts. We were proved wrong.

In the year following the collapse of the Galactic Empire upon Palpatine’s death, at the hands of the Rebellion, an Imperial Warlord by the name of Drakan fled the known galaxy, and made his own ‘mini-empire’ in space not far from that of the Vast Empire’s. We did not know this, this is a fatal error.

Drakan then wanted to expand his holdings, his eyes fell upon the vulnerable Ios System, distant from the Vast Empire capital and also a hyperspace lane into the profitable Yetton System. His eyes fell upon the Bannth, and Yetton Systems as well. War would soon span the Eastern Frontier.

With his eyes set on Ios, along with the profitable Bannth asteroid facility further up the Eastern arm, Drakan assembled an invasion force in secret, unknown to our intelligence. And unknown to us, his mischievous plan would start with the open Yetton System, as it was barely guarded by any Vast Empire Naval Forces, or Army Forces…”

The full brief is available at our Center, you may visit one of those locations. If you have any information regarding Drakan, than please – report it to the Vast Empire Officials immediately. Anyway, back to business. When the Task Force arrived in the system, a battle pursued. It was discovered that the Ios Outpost was completely demolished, and the forces accompanying the Outpost did not meet a better fate. The Warlord Forces fought valiantly, but they met the same fate as the outpost-KIA. Except for some of the ships, this was fault to two ISDs entering the system and letting the ships retreat. The last piece of info was published at the end of the Captain’s brief book:

“…Ultimately, the Second Battle for Ios was a victory for the Vast Empire. But this victory came at a price. The task force had been decimated, the instillations at Ios ruined, and there was now a huge gap in the eastern front. The Drakan crisis had lived up to its name.

Ios would remain a mystery to our tacticians for some time after the incident. The official reports from both the Typhus and Iron Sweep Task Forces stated that, at the very end, two new Imperial-class Star Destroyers entered the system. Admiral Piatt, Analysts of the Eastern Front has assumed they were part of Drakan’s fleet, and that the warlord had sent reinforcements to continue the push into VE space.

It’s unclear however as to what happened. All that has been shown from the logs of the Serenity, a Dreadnought that entered the system after Typhus’ retreat that the two ISDs retreated. Their reasoning is unknown.

This made our analysts puzzled, as combined the two Imperial Star Destroyers’s had enough firepower, if now more to wipe out what was left of the fleet, the Serenity powered up her weapons, and no response came from the enemy. Naval High Command has issued that there will probably be counterstrikes, and it probably wont be long until the eastern front was at war once more. This is why we are issuing a Code Black on the Eastern Front, and sending reinforcements to the East side of our space…”

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Operation: Iron Sweep

July 10th, 2008 | Category: News

Recently, Dreadnought Serenity and her counterparts have returned from a brutal and costly Operation on the edge of Vast Empire Space, they have returned from the Yetton System. The System holds Outpost: Viverro, a listening outpost that sent a distress signal. The following information has been taken from the log of multiple Kaph Squadron members, and was presented during the initial briefing:

“Recently, the Vast Empire Imperial Naval High Council received a Code Zero Alert from the Vast Empire Naval Listening Outpost Viverro. This alert matches recent alerts from other systems of hostile forces attacking the outposts, and attempting to take over the area. The Outpost is lightly defended from hostile forces, with only Two Lancer Frigates and a TIE Interceptor Squadron as its garrison. It is not equipped enough to fight off the hostile forces that were detected from the outpost the first time it detected the Hostile Fleet.”

The information above was taken from the log of Zhar Bacredi, who at the time was positioned as Kaph 2. The information above was what sparked the Operation and the initial formation of Task Force: Iron Sweep. When the Task Force was sent on their way to the Yetton System, the Dreadnaughts Lobo and Serenity were accompanied by a large force of Lancer Frigates, the infamous Corellian Corvettes, Carrack Cruisers, and the venerable Kaph Squadron. This mission marked Kaph Squadron’s first mission since their re-opening, as their previous mission had been a training mission to help the new pilots, this was the new Kaph’s first real mission. The Task Force entered sublight speeds just off of Vectra, the Naval High Command headquarters. The initial approach would take two days, and give all the crew members a time to get briefed on the mission.

During the first hour, the four Squadrons attached to the Task Force (Kaph Squadron, Devil Squadron, Twilight Squadron, and Crimson Squadron) were briefed on their upcoming mission. On the Lobo Kaph and Devil Squadrons were briefed by their respective leaders, Ensign Fox and at the time Warrant Officer Second Class C-3PX2. While on the Serenity Twilight and Crimson Squadrons were briefed as well. They were told that an unknown warlord force was in the Yetton System, and they were to rid the system of that force. At the briefing, the forces of the unknown Warlord threat were read as:

– Dreadnaught (Flagship) – Identified as the Amaranth
– Carrack Cruiser
– Lancer Frigate (x3)
– CR90 Corvette (x4)

The Task Force easily outnumbered the mere force of the Warlord, but the Task Force leaders speculated that the Warlord’s ships had modifications that could make them a deadly threat to anyone, even this venerable task force. And soon after that, the Executive Officer of Kaph Squadron, whose name is not being released at this time was replaced. He was soon after given the position as Flight Leader.

Two days later, the Task Force arrived in the Yetton System. Immediately a shuttle was sent to Outpost: Viverro to see if it was defendable, or should be evacuated. It was chosen to be defendable, and soon after the shuttle left the Outpost. But halfway through the shuttle’s flight to the Lobo, it was brutally shot down by warlord TIE/D Defenders. The Outpost, which was housing Kaph Squadron at the time for a briefing then received a small signal, one that died shortly thereafter. Kaph Squadron was immediately alerted of this, and set out to fight. When they reached the Shuttle’s debris field, they saw 5 TIE/D Defenders. They immediately began to battle them, and shortly after the TIE/Ds were destroyed. Warlord forces soon entered the system, but for unknown reasons left minutes after they entered, only to leave four CR90s in their wake, along with 45 TIE/D Droid starfighters.

These starfighters would prove deadly for the four Squadrons, and Devil Squadron was almost entirely taken out. Except for a few members which were transferred to Kaph Squadron. Eventually the TIE/Ds would be taken out, with a cost of course, almost all the squadrons had suffered losses, except for Kaph who had merely suffered injuries. Kaph Squadron, and the other three squadrons then headed for the enemy CR90 Corellian Corvettes, after the enemy lost two of their CR90s the warlord re-entered the system. But unfortunately the Warlord Flagship, collided with the Lobo, destroying both ships and moving the Serenity to the flagship. The next dilemma that happened was the loss of the Vast Empire Lancer Frigates, and then the rest of the Warlord forces were allowed to retreat.

The aftermath of this Operation, was a large question: “Are we safe?”. Many people are wondering that, as the Ios, Bannth, and Yetton Systems were all brutally hurt in this wake. The Ios and Bannth systems will take years to recover. And Naval High Command has issued alerts to all neighboring systems about this warlord threat.

I am Zhar Bacredi, thanks for stopping by.

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What If?: The Thoughts we all have about the Saga Part 1 By: Hunter Plasma

July 10th, 2008 | Category: News

I know many us being Star Wars fans have thought about the What Ifs of the saga. In this 2 part article I aim to explore some of these questions and provide reasonable answers.

1. What if…. George Lucas would have chosen to go on with episodes 7, 8, and 9 instead of the prequels(1, 2, and 3)?

I believe that the prequel trilogy is a very necessary part to explaining  the originals. The prequels gave you an in depth look at the transformation of Anakin to Darth Vader. But, If the movie making giant George Lucas decided against the prequels and went on with the sequels(7, 8, and 9) we would have gotten the chance to see a new generation of jedi and the New Republic trying to defeat remnants of the empire. This would have given George Lucas an opportunity to not be as tied to the rest of  the saga and to be more original.

2. What If…. Luke would have gone over to the darkside?

If Luke Skywalker would have gone over to the darkside the course of Star Wars would have been extremely different.  The reign of the empire would have continued for many more years, the rebellion’s morale would have fallen and would have lead to their defeat. Of course, there would have been a way George Lucas would  bring back the jedi (probably through Leia) and the empire would have still lost its iron grip eventually.

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