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Planetary Type: Ionian

An important Metasoft world, in a system that includes several major Stargates in distant orbit around the star, KapekNow was the location of the Tinderbox Incident that was effectively the signal for the start of the Second Vec War.

A group of activists loyal to the Teleological Tendency subverted the Genetron vec-factory on KapekNow and reprogrammed it to create of vecs sympathetic to the Tendency philosophy. The local Standardist defence force attempted to retake the Genetron, but the result was a disaster. The Standardists leveled the area around the installation, destroying the activists and causing many other casualties.

This police action was so excessive that many commentators suspected that it had been engineered by double agents in the Standardist command tree. Examination of the few undeleted Tendency records after the War indicate that this was almost certainly the case; this incident, known to history as the Tinderbox Event, appears to have been deliberately arranged by the archailect Mensoganto as a pretext to start the long-planned conflict.

News of the events in KapekNow spread quickly throughout the Wormhole Nexus, which at that time was a rough sphere two thousand light years in radius, and quickly polarised opinion throughout the Sephirotic Empires at the start of what is now known as the Age of Crisis. KapekNow was quickly garrisoned and acted as a depot for Standardist forces during the Second Vec War, but there were no further conflicts in this system.

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
additional material by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 29 November 2001.