Daemons of the Trump
In 9923, the Sidene system, located in the Periphery, fell victim to a fleet of highly advanced ultratech warships. For several years this was the extent of knowledge on the subject, but in 9948 another system, Adice, was attacked and managed to send information to other systems. The local powers have pieced together what they can.

The fleet is composed of four ships equivalent to Dominion battlecruiser class - this alone being enough to overcome most Outer Volumes systems. While nanotech and some magmatter-based technology is definitely present in these ships, their ownership of advanced clarketech remains a speculation - hopefully, it is no more than speculation.

Each of the ships seems capable of deploying 50 million microfighters. Why they would use microfighters, and goo or other systems, is unknown (some have hazarded a guess that the purpose is visibility: their victims see them coming). These microfighters conduct most of the combat, but it has been confirmed that the battlecruisers are heavily armed themselves.

As to their origins and motives, little is known. It seems they refer to themselves as the Daemons of the Trump; no one in the region has been able to decipher this reference. Ideas concerning their origin include their being Dawn Hunters, Immanentization Crusaders, or an outbreak of the Chaos. A few minor cults have sprung up based on these ships, considering them a form of divine retribution and spiritual cleansing (a relatively standard mythos).

Currently, the local governments are trying to form a response to the ships. Much pressure is being put on the Gayomart Protectorate, the most advanced local power, to do something. The Raylen, ruling AI of the Protectorate, has not made public any plans, has in fact remained utterly silent about the events.
 
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Text by James Ward

Initially published on 09 October 2001.

The verbage on the picoscale / nanoscale fighters seems questionable. Can these actually exist?