From: Russian Federation
A bit too late
As i predicted my reckless business owner lost his base at the very moment my fleet arrived at gas cloud. In a brief fight my brave cray-pilots heavily damaged pirate escort, but the lucky bastard managed to get his pitiful life out of the way of my lasers. My ships stayed for sometime near what was left of the mining station looking for survirvors. Unfortunately they found no one. Well, let`s hope that this will be a good lesson for other enterprising businessmen of my empire and will keep their greed and lust-for-money at bay.
While fighting that escort i noticed how long it survived my ships` punishing blows. It seems that it had lots of armor. I ordered my ship engineers to design a ship wholy clad in pretty fat layer of armor - it turned out to be a good strategy when you need to buy some time for your ship`s hyperdrive operators to ready it and allow the ship to get out of trouble.
A true Crayfishy design
I ordered my fleet to assault the pirate base that was located few clicks away from their current possition and in a brutal fight i managed to score a victory losing only one escort (once again a lack of armor and shield on escort did not give it any chances of surviving an assault on a well-armed base). One of the ships reported intercepting a distress call right after my ships made a final blow to the pirate base. Not long after that signal was transmitted i was contacted by another Pirate faction that asked me to join my ranks. A nice addition to my expanding empire :)
Pirates were inhabiting a nice starbase orbiting a huge gas giant in a distant star Anzat. Both pirate groups actually we not pirates as we thought at the first time. They are indeed murderous scum and pillagers, but the whole bat-like species were acting like that, not just a group of their civilisation. It seems that other pirate parties of the same species are likely to be encountered at this sector of the galaxy.
While checking pirate archives at their base we found out that they were constantly harrasing a colony of some aquatic race in Anzat system. Achive stated that raids were constant, but they never ended up in massive violence. The last entry reported that a raiding party found the colony abandoned. No bodies or any leads of what has happened to the inhabitants were found. People just dissapeared.
Pirate leader confessed that after that colony was abandoned pirate`s situation became dare - nobody to raid, nothing to pillage. No wonder why they joined our ranks )
While my agents were analysing any piece of info that pirate cap and his base`s archive gave us i was contacted by another pirate group. As i foresaw - this were also the same species. They also received the distress call of their fellas at gas cloud and were quite angry and wished me a long and painful death. Nice! Things are getting even more interesting :)
I received a report that my colonisation efforts at homesystem are going well and both designated planets are now swarming with my life-loving people. My constructor was delayed while on the way for building drop-refinary, this resulted in a wave of protests all over the new colonies. Constructor pilot said that his 'fuel' reserves were low and he desided to restock at a nearest spaceport. I wonder why he was so 'in-spirits' after visiting the hydrogen-processing station...
A high-priority message came from one of the ships stationed at my 'pirate' base at Anzat. Message said that they found an abandoned ship drifting in the rings of a gas giant in that system. No wonder that pirates overlooked it - their primitive sensors are nothing compared to our highly-sensetive antennaes!
The ship turned out to have a 10 million of Quameno cittizens. Unfortunately navigational systems were too badly damaged and we were unable to find any maps or other useful information in ship`s systems. While interrogating the awakened citisents we learned that a ship was send to the colony, not from it as we expected, so it wasn`t an exodus. As i predicted these fellas did not know where their civilisation is located. After some time i decided to complete their journey and recolonise the lost planet they were travelling to. A mysterious dissappearance of its former inhabitants remains a mystery, and quite a disturbing one.
Quameno joining our ranks
Quamenos were rejoiced by my generocity and offered their intellect as a payment for my protection. Good, their abilities will compensate my people`s lazyness and uncreativeness. While reestablishing the colony quamenos found a documentation of hyperdeny device and willingly shared it with us. Thats was quite rejoicing as my slow ships will no longer loose their coward preys!
A brief period of time passed without any significant events. My explorer discovered several rich systems full of common and uncommon resources. Some of the resources even turned out to be very rare. My private mining ships flocked to the new systems as soon as they were declared secured - good, it seems that recent events made some people think twice before doing anything stupid.
Another explorer found a new ruined site at one of the stars nearby. These turned out to be of the same origin that ruins at my homeworld. They even had some kind of a diary that said smth about a strange visitor race that entered our galaxy long time ago. After reading this report i began to feel a strange uneasiness - what if this race did not leave their homes voluntarely, what if someone, perhaps even these mysterious visitors, 'helped' them to 'evict'?
While trying to fight these troubling thoughts i was contacted by my expansion adviser. He reported that our scouts have found and boarded a station that was a long-abandoned monitoring outpost. In its systems they found coordinates that might be of some interest. No further info on what might be waiting for us there was found.
As soon as its sensors were turned active they detected an unknown ship moving fast towards it... Mom is that you
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