|P2-10 (Staru)||C244536-6 Pdg 8||C24436J-6 Pdg 3|
|P2||n/c||n/c||Dangerous debris litters close orbits|
The Scorpionis victory-fleet arrives from Dulu. It expects trouble and finds it. There are many naval battles and ground troop engagements. The sides are well-matched, and no side gains the advantage in the early stages of the battle.
Ten days after the victory-fleet first entered the system, there is
a major naval engagement at P4 which destroys all capital ships
and most others on both sides. There are sorties towards Staru
which cause further civilian casualties while trying to damage Visitor
|P2-10 (Staru)||C24436J-6 Pdg 3||C24436J-6 Pdg 2|
|P4||n/c||n/c||Dangerous debris litters close orbits|
As the Scorpionis Navy now has secured the Secondary, Marines are landed on S2, where they capture the small Visitor base using overwhelming force. Work begins on converting it into the main Scorpionis military base.
The Scorpionis forces assume they have been outflanked and bypassed, and rather than waste their few ships to request help (after all, they themselves were supposed to be the reinforcements!) they reserve all forces for what they expect to be a drawn-out war for the survival of Scorpionis -- they believe they are the only remaining fleet, as they have not been relieved by the major force they knew to be at Jusk.
The Visitors, meanwhile, assume (correctly) that the invasion force has been defeated at Dulu, as this would have been its next destination, and are settling in to hold this system until the next invasion is launched. They control the inner orbits of the Primary system.
Although there is little hope of Scorpionis gaining control of the planet, they cause sufficient trouble to make it untenable as a useful Visitor base. Both sides are essentially left to their own devices, with both sides dropping supplies from orbit occasionally.
|P2-8 (Korokal)||G52516L-5||Y523000-0||Serious radiological hazards|
The Scorpionis ships capitalize on their success at Korokal, and move on to engage the Visitors at P2-10. The main Naval battle occurs in close orbit; several ships are destroyed on both sides, and orbital debris rains down on the planet for several days.
The Scorpionis Strike Carrier unloads all its remaining missiles on the starport city, then in a suicide attack crashes into the starport itself destroying all facitlities.
The 7-month anniversary of the Staru War is thus marked by heavy civilian casualties -- the destruction of the starport capital has eliminated major industry, leaving subsistence agriculture under the yoke of Visitor military rule.
The Scorpionis ships are forced to retreat back to the base on S2, but they are not pursued. They have achieved their objective of reducing the Visitor forces to just one base at Staru, and making that substantially ineffective through extensive destruction.
From the original total of 800,010 inhabitants, the system civilian population is now a mere 900.
The battle on P3-15 has become a ruthless guerilla war, with
neither side keeping a fixed base for more than a few days; the Scorpionis
marines have now destroyed all permanent facilities. Both sides make
extensive use of primitive weapons and traps, as repair facilities, spares,
and indeed ammunition are no longer available. Resupply from orbiting
ships petered out and stopped some time ago. The ground forces have
in many cases split into independent factions.
|P2-10 (Staru)||C24436J-6 Pdg 2||X24426L-8 Pdg 9||radiological hazards in several locations|
It is clear that these ships were not with the original Scorpionis force. The Visitors rapidly prepare for a thrust to take the Secondary before reinforcements arrive for the enemy.
All Scorpionis ships are destroyed, with the exception of one destroyer which runs to P3-15 as the only known remaining location of friendly forces.
All facilities on the Secondary are completely destroyed, and the remaining
few ships return victorious to P2-10 for repairs. When repairs
are complete, the Visitors intend to set up a secret base in the system
and wait for Scorpionis forces to arrive. Getting information back
becomes a priority, but no ships are as yet jump-capable.
|S2||n/c||n/c||Severe radiological hazards in area of base|
The explosion of the Scorpionis destroyer on P3-15 is detected
by the Visitors. They deduce that the ship has crashed into the planet,
and that there are now no effective Scorpionis troops in the system.