“The future is dark, for this coming conflict will doubtlessly ravage the entire galaxy, spreading like wildfire across the stars and beyond. A season of unending war, from which there can be no respite.”
- - Grandmaster Ryen
The Second Great Cyrannus War, also known as the Second Great War, or the Republic-Imperial War, is a major intergalactic conflict pitting the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, under the Oikoumene Emperor Tyrómairon, against the New Cyrannian Republic, led by President Apollo. However, outside Cyrannus, the Empire is opposed by a considerable coalition of anti-Imperial civilisations across the First Gigaquadrant—the culmination of years of confrontations between the Empire and rival powers.
The origins of the conflict date back to the Intergalactic War, when Tyrómairon—an ancient Oikoumene Lord dormant since the Apotheosis—reawakened, setting in motion a plan to reshape the galaxy under his rule. Orchestrating the First Great War between the United Republic of Cyrannus and their Confederate rivals, the Dark Lord brought the conflict to an end during the Battle of Orbispira, whereupon he dissolved the Republic, conquered the Confederacy and formed the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus with the support of the majority of the new Empire's war-weary population. Tyrómairon's age of peace, however, was opposed by remnants of the Republic and the Confederacy, both of which refused to surrender their ideals and freedoms in the name of order and security. Under the leadership of Apollo, the Republic remnants ultimately coalesced as the New Cyrannian Republic in 03 NE, beginning a period of detente which lasted until the Cyrannian Cold War toward the end of the Empire's first decade.
After nine years of mounting tension between the two powers, the Empire was the first to make a move. Any chance for Cyrannian Concordance dissolved as quickly as the worlds of the Mou'Cyran system, annihilated by the Empire in an open act of war condemned across the Gigaquadrant. Though it was successful in crippling the government and military of the New Republic, it rallied under the leadership of Apollo, who ascended to the Presidency to lead the Republic war effort—inaugurated by the destruction of the Cyrannic Imperial Battlestation and the outbreak of open conflict across Cyrannus and the Gigaquadrant.
- 1 Background
- 2 Course of the War
- 2.1 Opening Stages (15 NE - 16 NE)
- 2.2 Escalation (16 NE - 18 NE)
- 2.3 Rebellion (18 NE - 20 NE)
- 2.4 Liberation (20 NE - 26 NE)
- 3 Timeline
- 4 Quotes
- 5 Battle Gallery
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Further Reading
Background[edit | edit source]
“Each of these conflicts is but one tiny piece of a larger whole, a war endless and inestimably larger. The Empire's crusade to rule the galaxy has not ended with the Fall of Vasuband. In truth, it has barely begun.”
- - Imperator Tyermaillin, 05 NE
During the Lost Eons, a timeless period prior to the formation of the Universe, the Oikoumene emerged under the wise leadership of Apolithanatár—the Lord and Vector of Light and the First Born of Valin'uvalyë. He was followed by the Vectors of Chaos and Order, who vied for control over the destiny of the Oikoumene. The Vector of Order, Tyrómairon, led the martial force of the Oikoumene empire, the Mornûnendur—seeking to bring eternal order upon the cosmos, by force if necessary. Since the disappearance of Apolithanatár, the Oikoumene strayed from the "Path of Valin'uvalyë", with the eternal battles between Chaos and Order corrupting their very being. During the Apotheosis and the First Return of Apolithanatár, civil war erupted, threatening to tear apart the very fabrics of space, time and reality itself. With the end of the conflict, the Oikoumene lords retreated—both Apolithanatár and Tyrómairon seemingly locked away for all eternity to follow.
The Cyrannus Galaxy evolved throughout the subsequent ages, during which time galactic governments such as the First Republic, the Federation of United Worlds and the United Republic of Cyrannus rose and fell. When extragalactics first arrived in the galaxy through a wormhole from the Quadrant Galaxies, the history of Cyrannus was forever changed. The Republic of Cyrannus became an intergalactic power and along with allies such as Rambo Nation and the Delpha Coalition of Planets stood together against threats ranging from the Trucinex, the First Cognatus Empire and the Xhodocto themselves. During the Intergalactic War, however, the future of the galaxy became intrinsically linked to its forgotten past.
Awakened by Republic soldiers who happened upon his planetary prison, Tyrómairon rose to find the galaxy in conflict. Thus, he orchestrated the Grand Plan—the capitulation of Cyrannus through guile and the inauguration of an age of eternal peace and order under a single ruler—an Oikoumene Emperor. With the end of the Intergalactic War, Tyrómairon located and awakened his Mornûnenduran followers and began to influence galactic events as a power broker, known to but a few of the galaxy's most important figures. The culmination of the Grand Plan came with the outbreak of the First Great Cyrannus War, between the Confederacy of Allied Systems, an alliance of worlds seeking independence from the Core and against the Republic's claim as the galactic government of Cyrannus. Ensuring that neither side came close to achieving victory, Tyrómairon subtly began transforming the Republic into an increasingly militarised power, under the nose of beleaguered President Apollo. The war finally ended three years later with the formation of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, with Tyrómairon as the Galactic Emperor.
Three years later, the former President Apollo, had successfully negotiated with the Empire to allow for the formation of the New Cyrannian Republic far from Imperial borders. Though the period of detente which followed, characterised by undeniable tension, though also by occasional cooperation, led some to advocate for Cyrannian Concordance between the two powers, the outbreak of the Cyrannian Cold War in 06 NE dampened such hopes. During the Cold War, the actions of Aoirtae Valaeris, Kara Inviá and Master Ryen, culminated in the return of Apolithanatár—seemingly prophesied by the Annals of Valin'uvalyë to stand against the Darkness of Tyrómairon. In his wake, the Aldárae Order, an esoteric order dating back to the First Republic, was reformed as a beacon of Light to oppose the Empire. This, together with the Republic emerging strong from conflicts such as the Neraida War, led to the escalation of the Cold War and the formulation of the "Operation"—a first strike against the Republic. In 15 NE, a month after the Dissolution of the Imperial Senate, the Empire attacked the Republic capital Mou'Cyran—sparking the outbreak of hostilities across the Gigaquadrant, centred on the battle for control over Cyrannus, both between the Republic and the Empire and between the ancient Vectors of Order and Light.
Course of the War[edit | edit source]
Opening Stages (15 NE - 16 NE)[edit | edit source]
Coru Secundus Campaign (15 NE)[edit | edit source]
“I pledge to fight this tyranny. I pledge to fight your rule of atrocity and I pledge with every fibre of my honour, my life and my very being, that I will fight to bring about your destruction and the abolition of the Empire.”
- - President Apollo, during the Capricaerón Address
The conflict began in earnest with the Battle of Cadian, fought immediately after the Mou'Cyran Cataclysm. Republic forces under the command of Fleet Admiral Willelmus Cretacea and under the direction of the newly installed President Apollo, assaulted the Cyrannic Imperial Battlestation on the fringes of the Cadian System in the Outer Rim. As the Empire prepared to fire on the interim Republic capital Capricaerón, Republic and Aldárae forces managed to destroy the station, killing Grand Mandator Taev Vosaetiur and severely limiting the Empire's capacity to win a total and immediate victory against the Republic. Though the President sought to immediately capitalise on the victory to weaken Imperial sectors in the Northern Outer Rim, now free from Vosaetiur's stranglehold, the Empire responded with a massive invasion of the Republic's territories in the Coru Secundus region.
Commanded by Fleet Admiral Tharnak Adraci, the Imperial First Battlefleet struck at Thaehos and multiple other worlds along the now non-existent Neutral Zone, with many openly declaring for the Empire, alternatively through the machinations of Imperial Intelligence, or fear of the mighty Imperial fleet. Amidst the remnants of the Mou'Cyran System, the Empire and the Republic clashed twice in the largest battles of the conflict thus far, with the Republic fighting fiercely to prevent the Empire from gaining a foothold in the system—the gateway to the great hyperlanes of Republic space. Despite heavy losses, the Imperials ultimately emerged victorious at the Second Battle of the Mou'Cyran Remnants, dealing yet another crushing blow to the Republic Navy, which scattered to defend the few fortress worlds left untouched.
Simultaneously to the Battles of the Remnants, Grand Admiral Valindor Palenix rallied a massive fleet to the Rambo Capital, where he proclaimed Rambo Nation under his protection, keeping the turbolasers of the fleet fixed on Tirithsilliana to ensure High King Rambert Ramveral's loyalty to the Empire. From the Capital, Palenix directed Commodore Sorondil to quell the Allied Terran Republic's colonies in the Quadrants—the first of many battles in the Wormhole Campaign. The campaign spread to the Milky Way Galaxy, where Imperial forces led by Grand Admiral Daeron Siruliulus launched a massive attack on the Defensive Systems Bloc, seeking to prevent them from aiding the beleagured Republic. The Empire utilised similar justification to begin a renewed assault on extragalactic civilisations such as the Indoctrinate Collective within Cyrannus, conquering the Collective colony of Narsul and crippling the Terran military in Cyrannus with an assault on Amphryssos. The New Republic, still reeling from the Cataclysm and later, the Republic Day Attacks was unable to aid their allies, with President Apollo struggling to form a government amidst the chaos.
With the fall of the key Republic stronghold of Coruaan, the Empire had all but secured the central sectors of Coru Secundus, though faced continued opposition in the extreme galactic south, where the campaign to rid Cyrannus of the Vanara Houses, the Mendel Pact and the Waptoria Alliance of Species was slowed by an Imperial defeat in the Battle of Frenal. Similarly, the Unified Order of Cognalorilos began reclaiming lost Republic space beginning with the Second Battle of Manánnan, though their progress was impaired by a crushing defeat at the Battle of Cognethril. In the north of Coru Secundus, the First Battlefleet under Admiral Adraci continued seizing world after world along the Republic Hyperlane, ultimately sparking the Battle of Coruanthor.
The campaign for control over Coruanthor would last for much of 15 NE, with both the Republic and the Empire committing vast portions of their respective militarises to claiming the ecumenopolis. Simultaneously, the Empire began an invasion of the Terran Republic's home territories in the Milky Way, with the Battle of Tírnanóg resulting in a costly stalemate between Imperial forces and the Terrans and their Apalos allies. In the Quadrants, the military of Republica Elen'Nanethia suddenly ceased active coordination with the bulk of the Republic Navy, with Praesator Adelheidis declaring independence in open defiance of President Apollo's flailing administration. Her call to arms against Apollo's government was heard throughout the crumbling Republic, coming at the worst possible time for the Capricaerón government.
Wormhole Campaign (15 NE - 16 NE)[edit | edit source]
Despite a public display of anger by Emperor Lunarai shortly after the announcement of Mou'Cyran's destruction; the opening stages saw indecisiveness on the side of the Delpha Coalition of Planets. The Delphan colonies in Cyrannus distributed aid and replicator units to citizenry fleeing the chaos, while in the Quadrants, the DCP offered to evacuate concerned citizens of GITO and the Rambo Nation should war reach them. It seemed that once again, the DCP was taking a neutral stance on matters of the Cyrannus galaxy. Amidst clashes between the Plazithians and the Empire, there were fears amongst the leaders of the Kicath and the New Republic that the DCP might even be rebuilding its alliance with the Empire.
This could not have been further from the truth, as the DCP was becoming increasingly sore about the Empire's flagrant demonstrations of power in the Plazith Rim. Nearly two decades before, the DCP had signed a mutual agreement with France to protect the interests of the galaxy. But with other Xonexians debating to keep a status quo, no agreement for decisive action was set; Lunarai would have to act alone for the first time and learn how to as a new leader. The DCP was also fighting an incursion within their own space by terrorist forces, the Heralds of Mosivam under support by Mauloron's Civilisation remnant. The Heralds were a dangerous force leftover from the Dominatus wars - Grimbolsaurians engineered by the Dominatus to fight for them. Mauloron's and Mosivam's forces were appearing at any point in the Delpha Sector (from an unknown region), striking deadly attacks in political and public centres and forcing the DCP to rank up its defences and stamp out the guerrillas. Several leaders had been killed and the death toll was rising. This was unknown to the Gigaquadrant because of the DCP's controlled media.
But unknown to the DCP was that the return of the Heralds had been implicated by the Empire, whom had taken a decisive action against Lunarai's threats. Moranonúngur, a Bisistar Phaedra had alone sought the Heralds of Mosivam. Imperial Intelligence had evidence that the Heralds and indeed Mauloron himself inhabited the Ossuarium sector, and Moranonúngur was dispatched to seek them. The Phaedra preferred working at distance through manipulation, and his job was to convince the Heralds that a successful regime change for the DCP would grant them backing from the Empire and thus survival. Moranonúngur's foresight aided him in navigating safely around the spatial anomalies of the sector, bruised by the brutality of the Dominatus War and subsequently abandoned by the Delphans; though he had reservations about putting himself in harms way. The Delphans would come to the aid of the Republic close to the end of 15 NE, with Emperor Lunarai personally aiding the allies during the Battle of Farochel in the Plazith Rim, helping the planet's population and leadership flee to the nearby Antiroprus system. Though the Empire had won a strategic victory at Farochel, Republic and allied leaders hoped that Delphan intervention would turn the tide against the Imperials.
Escalation (16 NE - 18 NE)[edit | edit source]
New Republic Civil War (16 NE)[edit | edit source]
With the conclusion of the Wormhole and Coru Secundus Campaigns, the Second Great War escalated into a new and destructive phase. While the New Republic emerged from the Cataclysm with a somewhat stable government under the resolute leadership of President Apollo, it would soon discover that the threat of the Empire would become second to a more immediate threat—the self-proclaimed True Republic under the command of Praesator Adelheidis, who declared open rebellion against Capricaerón and sparked a devastating Civil War for control over the flailing democracy. The conflict began soon after the Liberation of Coru Secundus, when Adelheidis led a fleet of loyal starships through the wormhole at Lianna and captured the Republic starbase in the Saxhleel system. From there, she spread her forces in the region, fighting against Fleet Admiral Laege Shavalera's armada.
Simultaneously, the Empire capitalised on the chaos in Republic space by concentrating on other fronts of the conflict, intensifying its efforts in the Milky Way, complicated upon the entry of the Delpha Coalition of Planets to the war. In Cyrannus, Grand Mandator Deoclet Caesarius led his personal armada into the Capricorn Sector of the Core Worlds, and captured Apailiana, killing Republic admiral Valtaris Cao'ili in the process. In the Milky Way, Grand Admiral Siriliulus began a brutal invasion of the Allied Terran Republic, which culminated in the fall of Terrae, during which it was revealed to the Gigaquadrant that the highest offices of the ATR had been infiltrated by agents of the Bisistar Domain, who harboured their own designs for Gigaquadrantic conquest. The fall of the Terran Republic resulted in the establishment of a puppet-state known as Imperial Terrae.
However, the New Republic, bolstered from its victory during the Coru Secundus Campaign, began its own campaign in Imperial space, invading several systems in the southern Outer Rim, including winning a pivotal victory during the Battle of Laurantia, during which Grandmaster Ryen severely injured Grand Inquisitor Vandalion in a deadly duel on the surface. Under the command of Fleet Admiral Aver Kuestantine, the Republic's offensive in the Outer Rim was soon joined by the Unified Order of Cognalorilos, which dispatched Morin Ehtar to the campaign, almost resulting in a victory at Corutaran before Imperial reinforcements arrived.
Seeking to counteract Apollo's advantage of a larger array of allies, Adelheidis made overtures to the Jenassian Regency and the Rihanaen Star Empire, and briefly won their support in the war prior to her disastrous defeat at the Second Siege of Saxhleel. When the Loyalist fleet under the command of Admiral Shavalera entered the Quadrants, it came under attack by a Rambo armada led by Commodore Malegras, sparking open warfare between Apollo's government and the regime of High King Rambert Ramveral. Acting increasingly irrational, Rambert executed the New Republic ambassador on the Holonet, sparking outrage among civilisations such as the Draconid Imperium, horrified by his disregard for intergalactic law. Rambert subsequently imprisoned Apollo's son Laoi Cretacea in the salt mines of Pauvenris, though he was ultimately rescued by a joint team consisting of the crew of the Auethnen Raptor, the Saviki Void Combine, the Rambo Loyalists and the Mendel Pact.
The Corruptus Crisis (16 NE)[edit | edit source]
Though the True Republic was briefly bolstered by High King Rambert's support, the aftermath of the Battle of Pauvenris brought about the end of the short lived alliance. In an act of supreme betrayal, Rambert revealed the location of Adelheidis' last remaining armada in the New Capricaerón system to the Empire, which promptly besieged her armada in a battle which became known as the Last Stand of the Viper. With her fleet smashed, Adelheidis was captured by Grand Admiral Tector Decimius, who brought her to Orbispira, where she met her end at the hand of Tyrómairon himself, thus bringing an end to the True Republic and the New Republic Civil War. However, the conflict evolved into a confrontation between the Republic and Rambo Nation, with President Apollo striking up a deal with the Rambo Loyalists to help place a le Rambo monarch on the throne.
The madness of King Rambert resulted in widespread protests across Rambo Space, with many decrying the monarch’s flagrant disregard for intergalactic law and betrayal of the historic alliance between the Rambo and their Republic allies. Upon rescuing Apollo’s son from Rambert’s clutches on Koerband, the New Republic launched a direct attack against the Rambo Capital, where a team led by Aoirtae Valaeris and Kara Inviá discovered that Rambert had fallen under the influence of the Corruptus agent Mar-Júun.
While they achieved victory over Rambert, the Republic was swiftly overwhelmed by an Imperial armada commanded by Grand Admiral Decimius, which used the chaos in Rambo space to officially dissolve the Nim-Glaré Concordat and end any semblance of independence – thus finally destroying the once proud Rambo Nation. Despite this victory, however, the Empire was caught unawares by Mar-Júun’s conquest of much of Basileus space over the subsequent few months, declaring the birth of the Glorious Crimson Imperium of Cyrandia – a new regime dedicated to Basileus supremacy under the demon lord’s rule.
Simultaneously to one another, both the Empire and the New Republic put plans in motion to end Mar-Júun’s threat once and for all, and during the subsequent Battle of Vasuband, both factions momentarily set aside their differences and destroyed the Crimson Imperium and its dark master before it could threaten any more innocent worlds. Enraged by the death of his minion, the Corruptus Lord Shu’wokerama mustered his strength and attacked Cyrannus, almost succeeding in demolishing the galactic barrier before Lord Thaurlathrón and Chaneonix repelled him.
Fall of the Twelve Worlds (17 NE)[edit | edit source]
Two weeks after the Battle of Vasuband, Imperial forces launched a massive offensive against the New Republic, circumventing defenses in the Capricorn Sector and besieging the Twelve Worlds. Imperial battlecruisers under the command of Grand Admiral Tector Decimius were first spotted on the outer fringes of the Heran Delta subsystem of Calithilaen on the morning of 21 Martex 17 NE, and swiftly conquered Aquaraen, the least populous world in the Four Systems, forcing the planet's surrender with minimal effort. By the time word had reached President Apollo on Capricaerón, the rest of the Heran Delta system had already fallen to Decimius' forces, upon the destruction of Republic Admiral Noth's armada during the battle of Scorpiae.
Using Heran Delta as a staging ground, vast Imperial fleets launched lightning strikes against Heran Alpha, Beta and Gamma, with the bulk of their forces engaged with the Grand Republic Fleet under Fleet Admiral Willelmus Cretacea at Capricaerón. After two days of intense fighting, the Empire captured the Presidential Pyramid on Capricaerón, and signed the P’ax Cyrannica Concordat with their puppet President Zare'Anne soon afterward, though ultimately they failed to capture Apollo and the remnants of the Grand Republic Navy. Zare’Anne’s government, known across the Gigaquadrant as the Occupied Republic, came into being, as did the New Republic Remnant to oppose it.
Rebellion (18 NE - 20 NE)[edit | edit source]
Flight of the Republic Remnant (17 NE - 18 NE)[edit | edit source]
Despite declaring victory upon the fall of the New Republic, the Empire continued to face intense opposition from numerous factions opposed to Imperial hegemony. After fleeing from Capricaerón with his supporters, President Apollo sought refuge with Primarch Voro Acetenus on Cognalorilos, which came under attack by the Great Star Dominion – a ruthless and warlike faction commanded by the Grand Imperarch Zillum. During the subsequent battle, the Republic Remnant was reduced to a handful of ships, while the “Republica” was destroyed and Admiral Cretacea killed.
After the battle, the Remnant, now under the command of Helo Roslia fled beyond the galactic halo and established a base on Harborage, and soon came into contact with the Revanchists, a faction of Republic rebels under the leadership of Admiral Quarantar. The addition of Quarantar’s forces, as well as the CRS Resolute, an experimental warship originating in the Mirror Universe, prompted the Remnant to launch numerous attacks against the Empire and the Occupied Republic.
Imperial consolidation (17 NE - 19 NE)[edit | edit source]
In Iunius 17 NE, Imperial forces invaded the sovereign space of the Confederacy of Free Planets, with whom a treaty had previously been signed during the New Cyrandia Wars. Over the course of the next three months, the Empire pushed inexorably toward Nengeredis, capturing Cainceron on 49 Iunius and annihilating the dreaded hives of Nosiso on 54 Iunius. Finally, on 56 Novemex, Imperial forces led by the Emperor’s flagship Sovereign captured the Confederate capital, forcing Chancellor Cassynder to escape and seek aid from the Cyrandia Resistance.
In so doing, however, the hidden Resistance base on Andustar was discovered by the Empire, which attacked the planet in late 18 NE. While General Sesoka and his forces fought valiantly to repel the invaders, after two weeks of fighting in space, the Resistance fleet had been smashed, with only a handful of cells such as the Free Osteola fleeing before the Empire could raise its interdiction fields. The Phaedric Lord Venatorius personally led the siege of Sesoka's command center, smashing through its defences and personally executing the surviving members of Resistance high command, including Sesoka and Duchess Kyrsá Nimrais. What little remained of the Resistance subsequently fled to the Unknown Regions, where after month of exile, united with President Apollo's forces in Novemex 19 NE.
As the Imperial fleet advanced across the galaxy, the vast majority of previously independent governments dissolved their militaries and swore fealty to Emperor Tyrómairon. Those who continued to fight, namely the Rihanaen Star Empire, the Jenassian Regency, the Ecclessoth Convocation and the United Bygorian Ascendancy resisted for a time, but all would eventually capitulate to Imperial rule. Thus, by Dekemurios 19 NE, the Empire had reached the peak of its power, with only the contested Cognatus space in the galactic north east, and the seemingly impenetrable Great Star Dominion, remaining free from the Empire’s reach.
Hope Rekindled (20 NE)[edit | edit source]
On the twentieth anniversary of the end of the First Great Cyrannus War and the birth of the Empire, Cyrannus was truly a galaxy without hope. From the Core to the Unknown Regions, the Imperial flag reigned, with any meaningful resistance—excluding that of the equally tyrannical Great Star Dominion—quickly snuffed out and eradicated. Beyond the galactic halo, however, the New Republic Remnant endured, biding their time for their war of liberation. Not even there, however, was safe from Tyrómairon's baleful eye. On 39 Iunius 20 NE, a massive Imperial armada commanded by Grand Admiral Decimius entered the wormhole and besieged Harborage. However, while the Imperials came close to total victory, the timely arrival of Du'utahrovin swiftly turned the tide, the mighty dragon destroying much of the Imperial invasion force, as well as Grand Admiral Decimius himself.
In space over the planet, the Imperial fleet fought on, coming close to invalidating the Republic's victory on the ground through sheer numerical advantage. Against his better judgement and seeing no other alternative, Roslia released the imprisoned Libertan Emperor Aedanius from the brig of the Resolute, in the hope that the ruthless former monarch would be able to see a weakness in the Empire that the Republic could not. Taking temporary command of the Resolute, Aedanius activated its hidden Imperarchate weapon systems, destroying an Imperial battlecruiser and piercing a hole in the Empire's fleet, which, robbed of Decimius' leadership, quickly began to splinter. After almost a day of fighting, the Battle of Harborage was won, and the Empire had been dealt a crushing defeat.
Once the Republic Remnant consolidated its victory, President Apollo and his advisors began planning what became known as Operation Liberty, the liberation of Occupied Republic Space. With Imperial forces spread thin in the wake of the Battle of Harborage and the unexpected intervention of the Singularim Pact on the side of the rebels, a vast allied armada commanded by Admiral Helo Roslia dropped out of hyperspace in the Heran Delta system, and made quick work of a token Imperial strike force defending Cancerti.
Over the course of the next day, Taurophon and Scorpiae were in open rebellion against naval elements loyal to President Zare'Anne, while Capricaerón and Piconé became the site of intense battle between the rebels, aided by the local citizens, and the Imperials. The Republic ultimately emerged victorious, with Aoirtae and Kara making their way to the Presidential Pyramid, where they confronted President Zare'Anne. Though they intended on arresting him, the wily Draken instead attempted to kill Inviá, though his blaster bolt was deflected into his chest by way of the Light.
Simultaneously to the raid on the Presidential Pyramid, the Occupied Republic military leader Rel Vendri betrayed the Empire and took up arms against Admiral Scaeva's remaining forces. Outnumbered by the combined force of both Vendri and Roslia's armadas, the Nemesis was overwhelmed and buckled under the turbolaser bombardment, dealing a considerable blow to the Imperial Navy.
President Apollo landed at the Presidential Pyramid soon afterwards, where he proclaimed the end of the battle and the restoration of the New Republic. For the next two weeks, the President worked to ensure the stability of the Republic's presence on the Twelve Worlds, while simultaneously preparing for a daring strike on Orbispira, boldly hoping to end the war once and for all. However, on the eve before the battle was due to be launched, the Imperial Admiral Irenwen bypassed Republic defences and utilised the firepower of her flagship, the Absolution, to bombard Capricaepolis from orbit.
The cultural capital of Cyrannus was annihilated, though Apollo and many of the city's citizenry managed to escape. In short order, Republic Admiral Gialu Kaedar intercepted Irenwen and destroyed her flagship, avenging the destruction of Capricaepolis and bringing the Liberation of the Twelve Worlds to a bittersweet conclusion.
Liberation (20 NE - 26 NE)[edit | edit source]
The Turning of the Tide (20 NE)[edit | edit source]
The planning for the liberation of Orbispira began immediately after the Liberation of the Twelve Worlds, during which the New Republic was restored as a functioning government under the leadership of President Apollo. Realising that the Empire would not suffer the Republic's existence, Apollo and his allies proposed an immediate strike on Orbispira, concentrating on their resources on taking the planet, while fleets loyal to the Singularim Pact protected the Republic's borders from an Imperial counteroffensive. Utilising knowledge of an ancient Oikoumene beacon on the planet, the Republic sent numerous teams to the planet's surface, resulting in the lighting of the Great Beacon, which summoned the disparate fleets of the galaxy to war.
The subsequent battle was the largest in the history of the Cyrannus Galaxy, during which a vast allied fleet led by Admiral Helo Roslia clashed with the Imperial armada in orbit, while simultaneously, the knights of the Aldárae Order fought against the Phaedric Lords on the planet's surface. Though the battle in orbit quickly turned against the allies, the arrival of a united fleet from across the galaxy turned the tide against the Empire, forcing the remnants of the Imperial Navy under Captain Henera Medé to retreat. However, the engagement was proceeding as Emperor Tyrómarion had foreseen, with the Dark Lord revealing to Aoirtae Valaeris, Kara Inviá and Apollo that he had allowed the Republic to be formed in anticipation for the day when they would lead all his enemies to him. At that moment, Tyrómairon revealed the Mornûnenduran Armada—a vast fleet of Oikoumene dreadnoughts which would herald the beginning of an age dominated by the Mornûnendur.
At that moment, when all seemed lost, Apolithanatár and Libraé arrived in the Imperial Sanctum, and together with Aoirtae and Inviá, they fought against the Dark Lord and his Mornûnenduran followers. Though the Emperor was powerful enough to subdue his foes, he was unable to withstand their combined attack, though even still, he was only defeated by the self-sacrifice of Apolithanatár, forcing both the Dark Lord and the Lord of Light to give up their physical forms, thus bringing an end to the dark reign of Tyrómairon and ending his plans for a universe governed by his will alone.
Liberation of the Core Worlds (20 NE - 21 NE)[edit | edit source]
For a month after the Battle of Orbispira, the New Republic consolidated its holdings over the capital and the recently liberated territories of Coru Secundus. However, the Empire remained in possession of the vast majority of the Core Worlds, albeit loosely given the chaos spreading daily from the disunited Imperial High Command. Nevertheless, through diplomacy, President Apollo managed to convince the administrations of the nearby worlds of Etherphen, Ereth Nalore and Aearomben to defect from the Empire and send representatives to the growing ranks of the provisional Senate on Orbispira.
With Apollo overseeing diplomatic efforts to entice worlds to join the Republic, Republic Strategic Intelligence under the command of the newly promoted Director Caranye Valaeris oversaw a campaign from the shadows to foment division in the Empire’s ranks, utilising her knowledge of the shattered Imperial Intelligence to cause untold disruption to the Imperial order, convincing old allies such as Ela-Mu-Ní to betray the Empire, and use their considerable resources to aid the new galactic government.
Simultaneously, Fleet Admiral Helo Roslia reorganised the bulk of the Republic Navy into five fleets which were assigned to fan out from the five main superhyperlanes from Orbispira, liberating each world they encountered: Cadád Fleet, under Admiral Quarantar would operate along the northern Perliama Run; Leben Fleet, under the command of Admiral Onon Vebbar would begin operations along the Corulusan Spine; Tolodh Fleet, under Admiral Roslia’s command would begin the long push toward the Imperial bastion of Cyroenia; Sanophae Fleet, under Admiral Nerazachi, would besiege the worlds of the Arnoarian Run; and finally, Negenn Fleet, commanded by Admiral Thonaloc, would strike at Alberensis and operate along the critical hyper lane known as the Reach.
On Ianuaria 5, 21 NE, Admiral Quarantar inaugurated this renewed offensive with quick victories at Echaben and Minderias, followed by a more prolonged assault against Corai on the borders of the Inner Rim. Aided by Commander Donaró of the Free Osteola Rebel Cell, who hoped that the offensive would ultimately liberate their homeworld of Mandatine from the Empire’s clutches. Admiral Vebbar of Leben Fleet commanded a joint armada of Republic and Indoctrinate Collective vessels in the Battle of Corulus, which proved to be the largest engagement in the three months following the Battle of Orbispira, during which the Imperial fleet under the command of Admiral Lucaevon Pierea maintained a blockade against Corulus for over three weeks, before both he and his Destroyer were destroyed by Vebbar’s forces. The liberation of Corulus proved that the Republic now held the distinct advantage in the ongoing conflict with the Empire.
Roslia’s forces, largely consisting of the remnants of the Grand Republic Fleet once commanded by Admiral Wilelmus Cretacea, were deployed along the southern stretch of the Perliama Hyperlane, where Imperial forces coalesced into a powerful faction commanded by Mandator Tira Mizio, who styled herself as the Grand Potentate of the Cyroenia-Acrocanthaí Pact, the first major Imperial splinter faction to emerge post-Orbispira, with heavily defended borders along the natural boundaries of the Cyroenia and Acroa Sectors of the Core. Though Mizio maintained independence from the other Imperial warlords emerging in Cyrannus, she declared that her intent was to rally enough support to reclaim the Empire’s lost territory and claim the Imperial throne for herself as Empress. Though many Imperials scoffed at her power grab, others, realising the power she wielded as the lord of Cyroenia, swore their fealty, and thus Mizio emerged as the greatest threat to the Republic’s bid for galactic power.
With the Republic claiming more and more territory in the regions surrounding Orbispira, Mizio contently allowed the ecumenopolis Arnoario to fall to Admiral Nerazachi, understanding that the faded cityworld’s strategic importance had already been lost to the Republic, and that wasting resources on defending it would open her homeworld of Cyroenia to attack. This tactic earned her no favours among the Imperial warlords in the Inner Rim, who feared that Nerazachi would soon turn his focus there. However, when Nerazachi turned his sights to the Imperial bastion world of Scipanto, which had already been besieged twice by Admiral Roslia’s advancing Tolodh Fleet, Potentate Mizio was forced to act, and in the ensuing Third Battle of Sicanto in Martex 21 NE, she pushed the Republic’s forces back, stalling the southern Perliama Offensive.
Negenn Fleet’s operations in the Alberensian Sector were met with more success, in large part due to its sympathies toward the Republic, and a considerable rebellion already underway for months under the command of Nilane Dhracari of the Alberensis resistance. Working closely with Dhracari, Admiral Thonaloc liberated Alberensis on Martex 49, 21 NE, and rallied his forces there for an eventual push into the Inner Rim. Along the southern Perliama, Roslia changed his strategy, and directed Nerazachi’s forces to travel to the Capricorn Sector rimward of the Core, where it would link up with the newly formed Holasui Fleet under Admiral Nils Agmaer at Scorpiae and begin a renewed push along the Capricorn Trade Arm, the worlds of which had already been liberated by the Singularim Pact. With a joint Singularim/Republic victory at the Battle of Coruindia on Iunius 12, 21 NE, the New Republic stood poised to besiege Mizio’s territories on two sides, forcing her to divide her fleets.
With the renewed Republic offensive in the Core Worlds, smaller allied fleets liberated Achiliquin in the Inner Rim, moving to the galactic north along the Republica Run from Coruanthor, while elsewhere in the galaxy, Savra Mathen of the Corthrinus, who had come to the aid of the Republic during the Battle of Orbispira, consolidated his control over the Rinus Sector of the Outer Rim, finally ridding his people of Imperial rule. Through an agreement with the Republic Senate, Savra was restored the title of Emperor of the Corthrinus, but agreed to join the Republic as a semiautonomous territory subject to Republic laws.
By Iunius 29, 21 NE, Roslia’s Tolodh Fleet, reinforced by allies from the now-liberated Alberensis and Corulus Sectors smashed Mizio’s defences at Sicanto and laid siege to Alsakatiir, which fell to Republic forces within a week. With Mizio’s forces divided between containing Tolodh Fleet’s offensive moving down the Perliama Hyperlane and Holasui Fleet’s offensive pushing down the Capricorn Trade Spine, she was unable to counter Roslia’s attack on Acrocanthaí on Iunius 41, who arrived in orbit over the planet with the combined forces of his own Tolodh Fleet, as well as Leben Fleet under Admiral Vebbar. Though facing considerable opposition commanded by the newly promoted Admiral Marquar Cuinn, the Republic’s forces captured the planet from the Empire, forcing Admiral Cuinn to retreat back to Cyroenia, which now stood vulnerable to attack from two sides.
The strike on Cyroenia came swiftly, with the Republic committing its very best to the liberation of the planet and its shipyards. Although much of her strength abandoned her in the earlier stages of the campaign, Mizio was content to rely on the might of Cyroenia’s formidable planetary defences, which had been counted among the most impressive in the galaxy for generations. More than two dozen Star Destroyers were included in her fleet, commanded by Admiral Cuinn, and reinforced with battle cruisers and the Super Star Destroyers Pearl of the Core and Tyranen. However, she had not anticipated the Republic’s craftiness.
Under Caranye’s supervision, Republic spies and slicers had infiltrated the shipyards of Cyroenia, inserting viruses and hacked maintenance droids onto key Cyroenian facilities and warships. By the time the first Republic warships were jumping into the system, the Empire’s vaunted dreadnoughts and battlecruisers went offline, leaving them defenseless against Admiral Roslia’s forces. Though Cuinn’s forces remained uninfected, he found himself outmatched by the advancing Republic armada, and ordered all forces to retreat to more secure Imperial sectors in the Inner Rim. From her office in the capital, Mizio watched in dismay as her remnant of the Empire fell apart within moments, and before the day was out, found herself in New Republic custody, her beloved homeworld now under the flag of the resurgent Republic.
With the Liberation of Cyroenia, the last remnants of the Empire within the Core had been eradicated, though much of the rest of the galaxy remained under the yoke of the Imperial Remnant, which persisted as a mystery even unto itself. Nevertheless, by Dekemurios 21 NE, the Republic had seized the coreward sectors of the Reach as it passed through the Inner Rim, knifing into a core Imperial territory and prompting numerous influential worlds such as Corevura and Tharasavis to rise up against the Imperials and join with the Republic.
War of the Holds (23 NE)[edit | edit source]
With the defeat of Grand Mandator Siron Tarkolis at the Battle of Taracondor in Ianuaria 23 NE, the Republic’s hold over the Mid Rim was secure. The Thanatyrannus under King Deinorax agreed to join the Republic’s growing ranks, retaining their sovereignty under the stipulation that they were to abide by the Republic’s egalitarian laws and customs. Upon agreement with the governments of the newly liberated worlds of Neudan and Carolinii, and bolstered by the fleets of their Cavaneu and Tenerensian allies, the Republic Senate dispatched Admiral Quarantar to mass at Meleanor on the southern boundary of the Outer Rim, preparing for the long push into Basileus Space, which had emerged as the strongest bastion of Imperial rule.
While Grand Mandator Erissare had retained her titles in the wake of the Empire’s collapse, she had been placed under house arrest by the formidable First Justiciar Nalargwen, who usurped Erissare’s command over the Imperial military within Basileus space, and initiated a brutal crackdown on the growing insurgency within the Basileusi Holds led by the former Imperial senator Guolivian. Despite Nalargwen’s ruthlessness, however, Guolivian’s movement continued to gain momentum, and rose in rebellion against Nalargwen’s rule as Admiral Quarantar’s armada moved down the Perliama Run toward Vasuband. By Martex 23 NE, the rebels and the Republic had seized the ancient fortress world of Syvehil, prompting dozens of planets throughout the three traditional “holds” of the Basileus to join Guolivian’s revolution.
On the morning of Dekemurios 18, 23 NE, agents of the Basileus Freedom Movement breached the defence perimeter around Vasuband and landed forces in the Crimson Tower, which had been the seat of Basileus power for millennia. There, they retrieved Erissare from house arrest, striking an agreement with the disgraced Grand Mandator that in return for her life, she would aid the rebels in ousting Nalargwen from power. Thus, with her assistance, Guolivian’s agents were successful in lowering Vasuband’s planetary shields, allowing Quarantar to besiege the planet. The subsequent Liberation of Vasuband brought the Basileus homeworld under the flag of the New Republic, which installed a new provisional government over the Republic-controlled Basileus holds, which were consolidated as the Basileusi Covenant of Free Holds under the elected government of First Consul Guolivian.
In the aftermath, Nalargwen withdrew her forces to her headquarters on Abrion, massing a considerable following which resisted each subsequent Republic effort to advance. Thus, by the end of 23 NE, the War of the Holds ended in an impasse, with the free Basileus of the Covenant celebrating their newfound freedom, while those under Nalargwen begrudgingly joined their power with the Imperial Remnant under Grand Admiral Medé.
Final Campaigns (24 NE – 25 NE)[edit | edit source]
By 25 NE, the New Republic had grown to encompass the vast majority of the Empire’s once inviolable territory, reducing Imperial space to a handful of sectors centred around the Imperial bastion world of Antemurale, as well as isolated fortress worlds scattered throughout the Outer Rim. Although campaigns spearheaded by Admiral Henera Medé and the Phaedric Lord Maethoruin had reclaimed some lost territory in daring campaigns to halt the Republic’s advance, by the middle of the year, such efforts were proving fruitless.
Peace negotiations commenced amidst the Republic’s Presidential campaign, during which the former Osteolan Duchess Kyrsá Nimrais won a landslide victory on a platform of postwar galactic reconstruction. Although many of the remaining Imperial warlords were sceptical about what they considered to be a dishonourable defeat through surrender, Admiral Medé, reinforced by her Phaedric allies, silenced her opposition, and formally began talks with President Apollo on Orbispira.
Imperial Instruments of Surrender (26 NE)[edit | edit source]
Under the Imperial Instruments of Surrender, signed in Orbispira’s orbit on Ianuaria 10, 26 NE, Medé’s Imperial remnant, recognised as the legal successor of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, agreed to cease hostilities with the Republic and remain confined within its existing territory, opening trade with the Republic, and retaining the remnants of the once omnipotent Imperial Navy as a peacekeeping force. Thus, after over a decade of strife, the Second Great War came to an end, and Cyrannus entered a peace of unprecedented peace.
Timeline[edit | edit source]
15 NE[edit | edit source]
- 40: Battle of Cadian
- 46: Skirmish at Corthon
- 53: Battle of Thaehos
- 54: Battle of Gravitas
- 55: First Battle of the Mou'Cyran Remnants
- 55: Capture of the Rambo Capital
- 56: Second Battle of the Mou'Cyran Remnants
- 57 - 63: Conrothan, Mossahraer, Auromunda and Manannán fall
- 1: Second Fall of Narsul
- 3: Republic Day Attacks
- 5-7: Battle of Coruaan
- 8: Battle of Xellunactos
- 22: Battle of Corathon
- 25-26: Siege of Manannán
- 33: Battle of Mauritia
- 50: Battle of Cyraband
- 4: Battle of Farochel
- 40: Battle of Coruanthor ends
- 43: Battle of Tilranni's Vigil
- 45: Liberation of Coru Secundus begins
- 46: Battle of Haeren
- 2: Campaign for Republica Heleanor begins
- 9: Second Battle of Coruaan begins
- 12: Battle of Carthaniapian
- 29: Skirmish on Tar Kuuraen
16 NE[edit | edit source]
- 12: Liberation of Tilranni's Vigil
- 12: Borealis Front ends
- 14: Second Battle of Thaehos
- 14: Liberation of Coru Secundus ends
- 14: First Siege of Saxhleel
- 14: New Republic Civil War begins
- 23: Battle of Lloannen
- 35: Battle of Iveriu
- 45: Battle of Apailiana
- 12: Battle of Laurantia
- 28: Battle of New Corulus
- 33: Battle of Alberensis
- 36: Second Siege of Saxhleel
- 19: Battle of Agralla
- 27: Battle of Lianna
- 31: Battle of Carolinii
- 32: Battle of Apatalore
- 33: Raid on Harmatia
- 48: Battle of Pauvenris
- 45: Pleiadian Gambit
- 1: Battle of Corutaran
- 1: Battle of New Capricaerón
- 1: New Republic Civil War ends
- 16: Battle of Hosniaal
- 21: Fall of Rambo Nation
- 22: Battle of Cyranduas begins
17 NE[edit | edit source]
- 2: Battle of Cyranduas ends
- 9-35: Battle of Achiliquin
- 43: Battle of Crothynopolos
- 49: Battle of Cianbur
- 1: Second Battle of Lianna
- 12: Battle of Vasuband
- 20-25: Battle of Two Nodes
- 21-24: Fall of the Twelve Worlds
- 34-44: Battle of the Hypercyclone
- 50: Battle in the Nameless System
- 50: Battle of Cognalorilos
- 11: Invasion of Varn
- 21: Discovery of Harborage
- 25 - 49: Battle of Cainceron
- 54: Cleansing of Nosiso
- 1: Battle of the Namdorei Strait
- 12: Raid on the Muunilarian Trade Route
- 17: Raid on Coruaan
- 21: Massacre at Sethusan
- 56: Battle of Nengeredis
18 NE[edit | edit source]
- 62: Spinward Invasions begin
- 43: Fall of Rihanae
- 60: Fall of Andustar
- 32: Siege of Ko'Vena begins
19 NE[edit | edit source]
20 NE[edit | edit source]
- 36: Operation Liberty begins
- 9: Liberation of Corathon
- 19: Liberation of Auramunda
- 29: Second Battle of Coruaan
- 31: Ambush near Cyraband
Quotes[edit | edit source]
“The war in Cyrannus has been heard here, and thankfully it hasn't reached our borders. Their Empire sounds as dictatorial as The Congregation of old, and I know the satisfaction of the day when those kinds of Empires fall. Galaxies deserve to be free.”
“The age of the Galactic Empire is coming to an end. We shall dismantle its leadership and submit it to a fitting end for the crimes it has committed against us and our allies.”
- - Jerkon
“We will never end.”
“Peace is temporary. War is a constant. War segregates those worthy of a fleeting existence from those unworthy of it. Be it a single cell, an individual, a species, or a cluster-spanning civilization, that which cannot defend itself deserves only extermination. War is the ultimate test of this, a reminder to all that if they betray the law of the sword, if they refuse to make whole their ability to annihilate all opposition, they are rightfully doomed to perish at the feet of someone or something more deserving of existence, and have all that they have built consumed by the sharper sword.”
“No matter what, we must fight against the Empire. So long as one of us breathes, we stand, and so long as one of us stands, we win. And we will never stop standing, for to fall at any point, to cease in the face of the Empire's tyranny, is to allow the universe to fall to the Emperor's cruelty and enslavement. Even if only one of us stands, that one must carry the torch and light the way to victory. And shove that torch somewhere important to the Emperor by the end.”
“After our people liberated, it very good that those of Cyrannus can be liberated too, and we do all we can to help.”
- - Tuolog
“DUM WAR COS WES NOT IN IT MAN WARS DESE DAYS AR LAME”
“This war has been long coming since that fateful day at the end of the First Great War. No "Emperor" in the universe can keep the spirit of freedom under the boot of tyranny forever. All that remains now is to make sure that democracy and liberty wins the day this time, and that the Imperial era becomes merely a brief interruption of the great Cyrannian democratic tradition.”
“This is not going well for the republic. We will aid them the best we can.”
- - Prime Senator Volscara
“I can say for all Dynastic citizens that we felt the embers crackling long before the wildfire ignited. We have no choice but to defend our home from the Imperial animals.”
- - Vhamlas Naralhi
Battle Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
In-Universe[edit | edit source]
- In a Xeranbha-dominated alternate 1250 NE, Aquillius Cretacea of the Cyrandia Republic mentioned to Helo Roslia that the Star Destroyer Aeolus saw service during the Second Great War, which was fought until at least 245 NE. However, given that Mou'Cyran was not destroyed in that timeline, the conflicts diverged considerably.
Out-of-Universe[edit | edit source]
- Permission is required from Cyrannian prior to involving your fiction in the conflict, which includes both direct and indirect involvement. The other coordinators are OluapPlayer and Dinoman82.
- The Second Great Cyrannus War is a conventional conflict, battles will be fought fleet-to-fleet, army-to-army, character-to-character over individual planets and systems. As such, the use of superweapons, as well as large scale hyperspatial warfare—involving the destruction of fleets, worlds or systems and not including actual battles in hyperspace and interdiction technology—will be exceptional cases that must be discussed with the owners of the belligerent factions in question.