Hammer's Star Skirmish
Just as rumors trickled into the Verge concerning the end of the Second Galactic War, the colony’s situation clearly took a turn for the worse. Throughout the Long Silence, the incursions of pirates and criminals into the system had been a cause of concern and occasional despair for the citizens of the Spes colony. Eventually, they had to abandon their attempts to control the star system and focused instead on safeguarding Spes itself. By 2480, almost half the resources of the planet were devoted to defense.
The frequency and threat of these pirate attacks grew. In addition, the depredations of time began to take their toll on the colony. Most of the Spes vessels-the few that had survived- dated back to before the [[Second Galactic War]. The Borealins on Spes couldn’t afford to purchase replacement vessels, and the older vessels started to break down. A similar fate claimed the orbital defense satellites around Spes. Logs of communication between [[Silver Bell] and the smaller settlements on Spes also indicate that many of the towns on Spes’s surface collapsed.
In 2486, a sweeping force of privateers and bandits assaulted Spes. This assault was unique in a number of ways. Typically, raiders attacking Spes would descend to the planet and its communities as soon as possible, with the intent of seizing as many valuables as they could. During this raid, however, the bandits operated with more focus and determination than ever before. An estimated three dozen unidentified vessels undertook a planned tactical effort to strip the Spes colony of its defenses. None of the rogue ships surrendered or fled; they fought until destroyed by the stalwart Borealin resistance. As a result, few clues were left to reveal the mastermind behind the assault.