Hesperus II, Tamarind March
1 September 3050
Alexandra was pacing back and forth in Distant Memory’s luxurious conference room, now and then running her fingertips along the huge table’s smooth cherrywood surface. The Tramp class JumpShip had arrived in the Hesperus system only three hours earlier, and had begun charging operations at the zenith jump point’s Olympus class recharging station. Neither Alexandra nor anyone among the crew had ever seen so many vessels holding position at a jump point before. There were over two dozen JumpShips in a wide variety of types. Hesperus II was a central waypoint of the Federated Commonwealth, the nexus of several space lanes, and was normally busy.
But this was busy and then some. The majority of the JumpShips in question were also military vessels, most likely carrying troops to and from the front lines. It was a time of war and the Clan Invasion had kno