COUNCIL-NET STELLAR NEWS The Most Trusted Name in Galactic News 18 September, 2416 Allaris Prime, home to over two million Apex, Avian and Human colonists, facing heavy orbital bombardment - Courtesy of Council Fleet Council representatives are in complete shock as Allaris Prime, capital world of the Allaris Cluster on the fringe of Council space, was completely overwhelmed by alien forces mere galactic minutes after the arrival of the Council response fleet to Intrepid, sources say. With only a dozen or so ships and orbital defenses remaining behind to defend the planet after the Council fleets departure, the arrival of nearly sixty ships, ranging from frigates to battleship sized craft, from far beyond Council Space completely surprised and overwhelmed security forces. Communication lines from the Allaris Cluster have almost been completely severed, and the Council military is currently redeploying telecom buoys in deep space to ensure some communication with military and civilian forces still in the sector is possible. The status of Allaris Prime, however, is said to be "disastrous" by representatives of military forces in the area. Alien warships are bombarding major population centers before deploying troop transports to secure major factory lines, resource nodes, and military facilities. Before contact was severed, Council security forces planetside reported over two dozen new warp signatures in orbit. Council security forces planetside are said to be "on the run". Allaris Cluster provisional governor Jessica Mithar, who was ushered into the position after Governor Johnathan Harris was presumed killed on Allaris Prime, was quick to respond to the attack. "We are doing everything we can, but this situation is beyond the Allaris Cluster. If we deployed the Council fleet from Intrepid, they would be demolished by this fleet," she said. "Based on what intelligence Allaris Prime managed to send out before we lost contact with the planet, not only is the fleet drastically larger; they appear to be using advanced technology that we believed only the Tormentus Sector was capable of producing. I will be issuing a request for an emergency Council session in the Core Systems on this matter." Council military representatives refused to comment on the status of the fleet orbiting Intrepid, saying only that they are continuing with their current directive to provide humanitarian support to the farming communities planetside, and providing orbital security. The fleet is expected, however, to fall back to a rendezvous point deeper in Council Space at some point in the next few days. Council representatives are still unsure as to the nature of the alien forces. "We're not sure what to expect," said Council Xenobiology expert Kallis Unimatar. "The ships do follow many of the same patterns expected of humanoid construction, so it is probable that they could be an offshoot of one, or even multiple, of the major races of the galaxy. They could even be Fenerox for all we know," he said. "Our only issue is that, as of now, they have not attempted communication. No demands, no requests; nothing. This could be a wordless border dispute, or it could be something much, much worse. Only time will tell." The death toll on Allaris Prime is expected to be well into the thousands, if not tens of thousands. We will update you as more information becomes available.