Hammer's Star Distress
Fate never gave the Borealins of Spes an opportunity to comment on this event. Three years later, in May of 2489, Spes faced an incredibly coordinated attack from an unknown force. Within a few hours, the perimeter defenses around Spes were neutralized, and the colony’s military satellites were annihilated. The few remaining space worthy Borealin vessels defended their home, only to fall beneath the fury of their unknown attackers.
On May 3, swarms of unidentified craft descended into Spes atmosphere and began to destroy the surface settlements systematically. These foreign ships refused to communicate, even to respond to the Borealins’ surrender. Desperately, the Borealins sent out a message via their drivesats still in orbit. Its content only reached the interstellar community seven years later:
“Borealis colony Silver Bell in Hammer’s Star, calling any FreeSpace Alliance vessel… We are under attack by… Repeat; the colony is under heavy attack by unknown forces. Send help. Repeat, send help. It’s May 3, 2489. We need help, damn it! Please-”