Peridotian Mutiny (per-i-DOH-shuhn | /pɛr ɪ 'doʊ ʃən/)
Also called the Naval Civil War -- a savage conflict
OriginThe Avalonian Navy did not fare well during the first half of the First Interstellar War (IW1). They were outnumbered considerably by the Fomorians of the Solstice Pact, and were not able to swell their numbers to deal sufficiently with the attrition. As a result, the elves turned to magic to even the odds. The fledgling Research & Development Division of the Navy conducted a series of experiments to improve their chances. Their early observations of "Bug-Men" units, such as the Voidchasers, yielded promise, but the costs of the "bug-suits" were so high that they were impractical to introduce in any numbers. Seeking a cheaper and easier way to provide the same sort of results, R&D inducted a number of volunteers into a secret program to bind their spirits with those of powerful, usually predatory animals, such as bears, wolves, predatory cats, and so forth, to create shapeshifters who would be known as Berserkers. While precedences existed for such creatures in natural shapeshifters, and in shamanic rites of many different cultures, this was something different. Rumours persist that R&D shied away from nothing to create these powerful and dangerous supersoldiers, including forbidden rites of necromancy.
The Berserkers in the First Interstellar WarThe experiments were deemed a success. About 300 Berserkers survived the process. They were one of the factors that turned the tide of the war. Fomorians quickly came to fear the cry of "Berserker!" from any of their crew, as one or two Berserkers at a time were capable of slaughtering entire ships. They were scattered throughout the other marines in the Avalonian Imperial Marine Corps, and eventually, the Avalonian forces proved victorious after the war.
The Return and the DilemmaInitially, the Berserkers were greeted as heroes when they returned to their homes and families, but all was not as well as it seemed. The combination of "berserker rages" and trauma from the war led to dangerous, and in some cases, disastrous incidents, as the Berserkers soon found that shapeshifting into a giant animal hybrid with claws and teeth in the middle of their village was a recipe for tragedy. When news of this spread, some factions within the Navy began to say in hushed tones that the Berserkers, while brave and noble, had clearly altered their bodies and spirits sufficiently that they were no longer elves, and should no longer be welcomed in elven communities. As the incidents mounted, the whispers got louder. Finally, the voices reached the ears of Star Command, who were quickly convinced that the Berserkers represented a security threat. Star Command discussed the issue at length, and met with the highest ranked Berserkers in consultation. It was mutually agreed that the Berserkers should be confined to an isolated area, for their safety, and the safety of everyone around them.
TransportationThe small worlds of Yggdrasil's Sprout, having been settled just before the outbreak of IW1, still had vast reaches of isolated territory, and yet were right under the watchful eyes of the Navy, so relatively easy to monitor. In the southern taiga regions of the world of Ruby a colony was formed under the moniker Sunreach Territory . However, everyone was fully aware that whatever it was called, it was, in fact, a prison. Most Berserkers allowed themselves to be transported to the Sunreach Territory voluntarily, but rumours persist that many, who were resentful of what the Navy had done to them, did not, and that they and their descendants are still somewhere out there in Known Space, where, some say, they are plotting revenge.
Sunreach TerritoryInitially, conditions were tolerable at Sunreach. The Navy felt guilty about exiling some of their greatest war heroes, and made efforts to make conditions at the colony as good as they could possibly be. Being in a taiga, there was no shortage of building materials in the coniferous trees, and most of the Berserkers were well-adapted to such an environment. But over time, resentment grew. The veterans began to figure out ways to control their rage, and children were eventually born to the "colonists" who did not exhibit the uncontrolled rage that their parents experienced. They began to chafe under the restrictions, and requested release from the colony.
The Hawkflower AdministrationHowever, by this time, Marine Captain Mikarraee Hawkflower , an Archmage, had been charged with administration of the colony. She was a hard-liner who felt that Berserkers were corrupted monsters and violations of the laws of nature. She was a brutal administrator who routinely violated the basic rights of personhood of her charges. Whether or not the scuttlebutt about what went on at the colony was true, the conditions at Sunreach became intolerable, and were made worse by the fact that the Navy had started shipping other military and political prisoners to the colony as well. The deteriorating conditions did not go entirely unnoticed. Marine Captain Navar Goldenbough routinely wrote his friends, the Voidchasers, an elite, decorated marine unit. His letters were censored, but this raised the Voidchasers' hackles right away. Lieutenant Alesander Tremayne, who had been assigned to manage Supply after the war, began to cook the logistics books, and slipped extra victuals into the orders he received for the colony. Then, a number of the non-Berserker members of the colony became sick, as an epidemic spread through the colony. Captain Hawkflower denied them basic medicine and medical care, despite there being no shortage in the shipments. The surge of resentment and struggle with hardship broke free, and the members of the colony rebelled.
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- 10 torpedo-boats, full crew and compliment (10 marines)
- 4 corvettes, full compliment and crew (20 marines)
- 4 frigates, full compliment and crew (40 marines)
- 8 men-o-war, full compliment and crew (100 marines)
- 1 dreadnaught, full compliment and crew (120 marines)
- 127 marines killed, 55 wounded
- 155 sailors killed, 60 wounded
- 17 Berserkers killed, 59 wounded
- 45 colonists killed, 24 wounded
- 8 marines killed, 35 wounded
- 25 sailors killed, 67 wounded
Sunreach TerritoryThe original borders of the Sunreach Territory penal colony on Ruby .
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