“While they might have sympathized and admired someone so driven to save her world,” Kaliona Tarsonis said, a history professor at the Dauntless Academy on Saniat IV, when reached to provide perspective on this, “the Tarainians would have seen this as a way to cheaply bog down the Dalarians expansion of this time and potentially gain an ally.”
Indeed, the visitor’s center has holodramas there to represent both the speech and the scientific advisors teaching the soldiers how to repair and operate their ship. Here, one is reminded of one of the oddities of the legend.
The name and face of the solider are unknown, and she is shown only as a brilliant silhouette. Only her gender is known to historians, and us who attempt to follow her footsteps.
Fourth Stop: Dantilas VI
The Dantilas system is now a bustling colony world of the Dalarians, but four hundred years earlier it was a outpost, and one of the first acts of this ship was to raid it for ships and supplies. Also, to short stop any more supplies going being sent to aid the invaders on their homeworld.
A beautiful sapphire blue-amethyst world (in fact, the Dantilas system is often called ‘The Nine Brilliant Gems of Space’), the colony today has a memorial museum to the victims of the various invasions done by the government of that era. It is considered by modern political analysts, however, to be a pure piece of apologetica for the acts. However, as a member world of the Federation, relations have been normalized such that an Emperian company can travel.
The results of this raid were said to be the best possible outcome – two attack ships were added to the fleet, and the attack base was destroyed. With the small fleet, they sought out to continue their campaign to add allies and degrade their enemies ability to fight back. However, they learnt of a reinforcing fleet, leading to
The Final Stop: Emperion IV, Memorial Station
It is said that the two fleets clashed in an all or nothing battle, with the Dalarian forces too little to hold the planet should they fall, and almost certain doom should the Emperion forces fall. The conflict, with primitive rail guns and missiles, raged for two days, but ended with the Dalarian forces destroyed, and the Emperion fleet still standing.. but at the cost of the death of their leader.
It was here, that the Emperion stellar nation began, but it was with the one who led them to this new era killed in combat. Within months, a deliberate movement to erase her identity took place, to make her not of one of the preinvasion nations, or any ethnicity – but a daughter of the planet. Even today, she is always depicted as an aspirational figure. While there are several candidates, no one candidate can be said to be the Maiden of Stars for sure, and it is a rite of passage for many to go to Memorial Station, and pray and reflect on her life and the lessons it has given the Emperions.
And perhaps, the legacy that would come to mar the coming century before the Federation brokered peace between the two civilizations. Even now, when the region is largely at peace, her memory is invoked by the two dominant political factions, and used in various fields, such as the exploration initiatives to denote one who never gave up, never surrendered.
A legacy that applies to many, not just the few.