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 without warning. 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 massive, 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. This message read loud and clear: humanity was protected.
War in the void is always a series of small skirmishes. With the kind of distance involved, Isolating an entire fleet 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 and 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 siliue had better technology. We wouldn't be able to stand toe to toe with them without thinning the herd.
Our disadvantage brought 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, it felt like opening Pandora's Box. I released many works on military strategy. These works became required reading at the Academy on Unity from then on, but those fighting on the front lines had nothing during the war.
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 months 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, though. 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.