The Battle of The Pillars and The First War
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Battle of the pillars
The Battle of The Pillars was the first and largest engagement of the war. Named after a formation in our neighboring nebula, the battle began when an enemy fleet attacked Safeharbor. They struggled to get their vessels past Unity, the warmoon that sits in our sky. Like Safeharbor, Unity featured a planet wide infrastructure. On Safeharbor this infrastructure is a massive, planet-wide city, but on Unity it was a military fortress.
We don't know how the moon was activated, but somehow we managed to turn on small sections of the moon. Perhaps it activated itself, sensing the threat. Regardless, the enemy would not touch the surface of Safeharbor until the warmoon was dealt with.
What few ships we had available made their way to defend Unity. Many of these ships lacked shielding and most of them were barely outfitted for war. They held their own for six hours until eden fleets arrived to assist. The Eden watched us for just as long, and were thwarting the sailiu at every turn. The battle ended when The Archangel, an eden titan, jumped in from deep space. It was quite a sight to behold. Titans aren't used to win a fight, mind you. They always win, in the end. Titans are used when a species wants to send a message of power. It read loud and clear.
The First War
War in the void is always a series of small skirmishes. With the kind of distance involved, Isolating an entire flee to a small area of space is generally considered a bad move. You want to spread your forces out over a large area. Ships can always disengage from their patrol on assist other vessels nearby if they find themselves out of their depth. On top of that, enemy vessels will be unable to sneak by the net you cast. Human vessels were significantly outmatched. The sailiu had much better technology. We wouldn't be able to stand toe to toe with them without thinning the hear.
This is where I came in
This brings up a crucial problem: it wasn't just our technology. We had no idea how to wage war anymore. The loss of earth saw a loss of information, and we felt this loss more when it actually mattered. When I emerged from The Archives
on Safeharbor, I was able to unlock troves of information brought on the arks that settled the planet.
I found something interesting hidden behind encrypted files. Those who sent the archives from Earth deemed it necessary to hide our history of war. When I opened it felt like opening Pandora's Box. I released many works on military strategy. These works became required reading in the Academy from then on, but those fighting on the front lines had nothing.
Miranda Thrace spent many long hours learning from me when she was made admiral. At this point in the war, there were no earthborn veterans left to hold the position. She had the most experience, which is to say, 6 years of it. She replaced her captain aboard The Faraday, and then took her battleship to lead small fleets. She was terrified, unequipped to handle the fate of the entire human navy. She rose to the occasion. I knew she would. When I opened that archive I realized the beast slumbering under our tender flesh. Humanity is no stranger to war, and this beast was waking up.
The fall of The Phoenix
The sailiu knew we settled on a planet, but Safeharbor's location eluded them for years. They followed refugees and inevitably found our home. A fleet appeared, warping into our system and destroying several of our vessels.
Caydie Kines did so much for humanity. She was among the first casualties of what became The Battle of The Pillars. The Phoenix was a vessel under her command and it was the 1st vessel we lost. We looked up to the sky and saw the nuclear flash. More came soon, after as a fifth of our fleet was destroyed during a simple test flight. We had a decent fleet for the better part of 3 days.
This was the very first time we came into contact with an alien species. We knew the others existed, but unless you were born in the void on some distant station, you have likely never seen them. To those who saw the others as a distant legend, it was a devastating realization. We were under attack by monsters. Our first contact began with war.