Hammer's Star Arrival
On November 11, 2496, the Concord’s reconstruction of the Kendai Relay Station at the edge of the Stellar Ring allowed the stellar nations to hear Spes‘s cry for help. While its attempts to reply directly to the Silver Bell colony didn’t meet with success, the Concord received information from the denizens of Bluefall and Alaundril, who updated them on the current situation as it was known and conformed that the aggressors of [[Hammer’s Star]]remained unidentified. In response, the Concord mobilized a task force over the next several months, but the Galactic Consulate didn’t consider the situation-or perhaps the Verge-serious enough to merit an emergency deployment.
Two months later, the Monitors task force meandered its way through the most populated and important Verge systems, stopping along the way to allow diplomats and delegates from the Stellar Ring to visit their lost colonies. As the Concord didn’t want to take risks with either the first mission to the frontier or its prized fortress ships, they sent three dreadnoughts, two carriers, 21 cruisers, and numerous vessels of frigate class and smaller to escort the Monitor. With such a presence, it was certain that neither pirate, criminal, nor military force would offer a significant threat.
The Monitor emerged from drivespace in the [[Hammer’s Star]] system on March 23. It didn’t find anything on Spes, and it only logged a few pirate bands in the rest of the system. After patrolling [[Hammer’s Star]] for less than a month, the Monitor left the system and wandered back to Tendril and the Stellar Ring. In its place, however, theGalactic Concord left behind the dreadnought Vition, one light carrier, the Inamorata, a battle- cruiser, four heavy cruisers, and a reinforced division of Concord Marines (the Sanguine Outriders of the 145th). The recolonization of Spes and the [[Hammer’s Star]] system began under their protective shield.