INTERLUDE 1

Under the belly of the huge ship, the raging fusion fire has long since vanished from the planet's surface. What little local population survived had been subdued with efficiency. Some mining domes were equipped with stasis fields, but they were certainly no threat. The invaders hauled some of them into orbit, while leaving booby traps for the others for when the stasis field switches off.

The resistance in the asteroids was finally dying out. The big orange aliens were brave and powerful, but were not equipped to handle the overwhelming power thrust upon them.

Most of the ships retreated from the system and hyperspaced away, leaving a small garrison behind them to oversee the remaining activity. Prisoners were being interrogated, ruins on the surface of the world explored, surviving databanks hacked for information.

Many light years away, forces were regrouping for another strikeā€¦