Belt Of Taivaallinen
Taivaallinen and it’s glowing accretion disk, as seen from one of the windows of the Belt.
Almost two years had passed from the skirmish that was the Wormhole War, and very few - if any - news about the secession civil war had reached the Empire and any of it’s allies. No signal ever came from the other side of Taivallinen, and to avoid causing another international incident, either by crossing the Wormhole and causing the various nuclear mines presumed to be on the other side explode, or just by exploding the mines before crossing through.
In the meantime, Taivallinen’s system had re-flourished following the Sereniani’s relativistic attacks. A large percentage of the population had moved from the planets to new orbital habitats and megastructures, and the planets now relied on their own orbital solettas to avoid repeating the situation with the accretion disks that had previously threatened to make them uninhabitable. New superluminal tracking and point defense systems, similar to the ones installed on the Belt, were given by the Empire to the various planets and moons, so that relativistic glassing attacks would require orbital superiority to be carried out.
A month before, the Belt Of Thaievia had completed it’s construction: a relatively-small mass-stream orbital suprashell, 6000 kilometers in diameter, outfitted with a large amount of scanning, tracking, defense and attack systems, as well as a large amount of spaceports and hangars outfitted with millions of swarmer drones. That way, if any unauthorized ship decided to cross through into Galactyan space, they’d be eliminated before making it out of the inner accretion disk.
With new security and defense methods assured for Taivaallinen, the Empire had decided to take a “political” risk, and send a small fleet of ships to Sereniani space to see how the civil war was progressing. Thanks to the new Rainbowspace-capable RGW Drives, the previously months-long trip to the last known location of the probe sent during the War would now take little over a standard day.
Exiting from one of the many spaceports located on the Belt, the eight 15 kilometer large warships opened their rifts to the darkness of Rainbowspace, and set off at more than 500 thousand times the speed of light towards their distant destination.