By: Hikoru Kydugu February 4, 2417: 2:35 AM GST Council Cruiser Diverts Course to Lesser-Controlled Fringe Sectors The Hyades, a light cruiser typically assigned to border patrolling duties within the Skirt sectors, has changed its course to head further out from the Core and towards the Fringe, a COV officer tells CBN. This comes as an unusual development, as Coalition forces are rarely seen further out than the Skirt, where the area is deemed too expansive to be able to properly protect. The craft, originally constructed for scouting and reconnaissance, has had a relatively quiet service life, typically handling border duties, never being called directly into combat. The crew and capabilities of the Hyades is unknown currently, and no Council representative was available for comment. The intentions of the craft are yet unknown, though many theorize that the Hyades has been sent to finally start cutting down on the crime issues endangering Fringe pioneers. A local merchanter captain told us, "Either those pirates took something good from the Council, or they've finally come to their senses and realized the value in protecting haulers in the Fringe." For those in the Fringe, it remains to be seen what will happen.