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  • Hypothetical - Soban Campaign

    Howdy, all. I've been playing DoK for a bit, and it's pretty slick. Thumbs up to BBI.

    That being said, I've been doing some thinking...and here's my take on a hypothetical campaign for the Soban faction. Feedback welcome.

    Anyway, here goes (SPOILERS ahead).

    The campaign takes place concurrently with the Gaalsien northern offensive and Operation Khadiim.
    • Based on intelligence reports following Operation Skaal Brii, Soban High Command felt that Operation Khadiim lacked sufficient military strength to deal with the Gaalsien threat, so they have been constructing their own carrier in secret at an isolated Soban research facility, located in the desert southeast of Tiir, to provide additional support for Northern Coalition forces.
    • Soban flagship is the new command carrier Longbow, lead ship of the class.
    • Carrier initially has few systems online and must be upgraded to full operational capacity as the campaign continues.
    • Fleet must scavenge artifacts from salvaged/destroyed enemy capital ships.
    • Most early action occurs in northern territory.
      • Industrial and Grasslands Environments: Resources can be salvaged from crates and material/equipment piles.
      • Urban Environment: Resource deposits can be salvaged from destroyed buildings and rubble.
    • Eventually link up with the Sakala class carrier Amida and coordinate a counter-offensive around Tiir.
    • Carrier Systems Initially Online:
      • Fleet Manager
      • Unit Status
      • Command
      • Objective Tracking
      • Sensors
    • Carrier Systems Initially Offline:
      • Propulsion
      • Production
      • Resource Control
      • Power Shunting
      • Weapons/Range
      • Reactive Armor
      • Defensive Logistics
      • Aircraft
      • Microwave Emitter

  • #2
    01: Soban Research Facility (Industrial/Desert Environment)
    Briefing:
    • Based on intelligence reports following Operation Skaal Brii, Soban High Command felt that Operation Khadiim lacked sufficient military strength to deal with the Gaalsien threat, so Kiith Soban has independently developed and constructed an additional command carrier to provide additional heavy support for Northern Coalition forces.
    • Final fitting out of the new Soban Command Carrier, Longbow, is being expedited.
    • After receiving reports of increased Gaalsien activity, most of the bases defense forces were dispatched on a seek and destroy mission but have not been heard from for several days.
    • Communications come in that the Gaalsien have launched coordinated attacks across the entire frontier.
    Opening Cutscene:
    • Gaalsien strike craft are spotted on approach.
    • All Soban and Coalition forces in the area are rallied to defend the facility until the carrier can get under way and fend for itself.
    • Gaalsien Siege Cruiser breaches main gate but is flanked and destroyed by a swarm of LAVs sortieing from a hidden base entrance.
    • Several additional Gaalsien cruisers occupy elevated sand dunes outside the base and wait for strike craft to eliminate the remaining heavy base defenses.
    Mission 01:
    • Mission begins with carrier immobilized in covered drydock hangar under elevated scaffold to protect carrier from elements and observation during construction.
    • All systems are offline except Fleet Manager, Unit Status, Command, Objective Tracking, Sensors, and Logistics.
    • Only the existing base defense strike craft and utility crawlers are available for operations.
    • New Objective:
      • Hold off Gaalsien strike craft that have breached the facility perimeter.
    • After initial attack is repelled, base defenses must provide cover for lander to scramble with evacuees.
    • New Objective:
      • Destroy enemy forces near lander strip to allow for lander to scramble with evacuees.
    • Cutscene: Lander takes off, emerging from a wall of dust and smoke, and flies to safety.
    • Seeing that the situation has become untenable, Command issues orders to retrieve remaining personnel and critical research and to place demolition charges to prevent any sensitive materials from falling into enemy hands.
    • New Objective:
      • Send LAVs to facility extraction points to pick up survivors.
      • Use Salvagers to place explosive mines around base.
    • Propulsion systems are finally brought online.
    • The incomplete carrier launches under fire with numerous systems incomplete as the base is overrun.
    Closing Cutscene:
    • Demolition of the above ground facility blocks and conceals the underground entrances, destroys numerous Gaalsien craft, and allows the carrier to slip away unnoticed under a smoke screen.
    • Fleet limps into the desert as explosions encompass the facility.

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    • #3
      02: Defensive Perimeter (Industrial Environment)
      Briefing:
      • The fleet has managed to limp to the nearest Coalition shipyard in an attempt to link up with friendly forces and complete fitting out. Longbow has been travelling at top speed over operational limits and has sustained damaged due to overheating.
      Opening Cutscene:
      • The fleet arrives at a Naabal Coalition facility similar to Epsilon Base. Longbow passes through the main gate billowing smoke and pulls into a hangar position adjacent to Sakala class expedition carrier Fiiskire. Gantry cranes, cooling hoses, and support craft begin to swarm about the carrier.
      • Heavy Gaalsien airstrikes pummel the base and breach the curtain wall, as seen in transmissions received by Kapisi at the Boneyard. Fiiskire gets underway and launches Strike Fighters. The Fiiskire airwing shoots down the Gaalsien Precision Bombers but are cut to pieces by Interceptors. Meanwhile, the Fiiskire has received several direct hits and is heavily damaged. Longbow avoids significant attention and damage since it’s still relatively protected by the base hangar.
      Mission 02:
      • Longbow, still undergoing repairs and upgrades, is immobile in the hangar.
      • Receive orders from Fiiskire captain to assist with air suppression and hold lander strip side of base after enemy Heavy Railguns attempt flanking maneuver.
      • Base facilities are able to bring various Production and Resource Control systems online.
      • Salvager, BaseRunner, and LAV available for production.
      • New Objective:
        • Use BaseRunners to deploy AA Turrets at strategic locations.
        • Destroy Gaalsien task force near lander runway.
      • AA Turrets are able to provide sufficient cover against remaining Interceptors.
      • AAV, and Support Cruiser available for production.
      • New Objective:
        • Build Salvagers and begin harvesting resources from base stockpiles.
      • Engineers suggest using remotely operated utility crawlers as barricades and to kamikaze enemy forces.
      • New Objective:
        • Use Support Cruiser to activate utility crawlers.
      • Take on remaining Naabal base personnel who serve as additional engineering support.
      • New Objective:
        • Send BaseRunners to facility extraction points to pick up survivors.
      • Base is overrun and the heavily damaged Fiiskire sacrifices itself to cover Soban carrier upgrades and evacuation.
      Closing Cutscene:
      • Fiiskire is overwhelmed by Gaalsien forces and explodes.
      Timeline:
      • After the Soban fleet escapes, the Kapisi launches at Epsilon Base and receives word that the Fiiskire and Akalon have been destroyed.

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      • #4
        03: Desert End Around (Desert Environment)
        Briefing:
        • The capital at Tiir is under heavy siege by Gaalsien forces.
        • The fleet’s primary objective must now be the defense of the Coalition population centers. Expedition Khadiim will have to fend for itself for the time being.
        • However, until the fleet is up to strength, it must avoid any large-scale engagements.
        • In order to evade Gaalsien patrols, the fleet must double back across open desert to sneak past Gaalsien forces and reinforce Tiir defenses.
        Opening Cutscene:
        • Transmission footage of Gaalsien attacks and Tiir under siege.
        • Soban fleet is battered by the elements as it traverses the wind-strewn deserts. Most small craft are sheltered on the leeward side of the carrier. A lone LAV is knocked around and capsized by a particularly strong wind gust.
        Mission 03:
        • First desert operations go roughly, as carrier is still not yet fully operational.
        • Sensors have not been calibrated for the desert environment, similar to the desert noise issues encountered by the Kapisi at Cape Wrath.
        • As the storm is beginning to let up, the fleet blindly stumbles upon a Gaalsien resupply convoy gathering resources.
        • New Objective:
          • Find and destroy all vessels before they can escape and warn others.
        • Engineers complete analysis of the railgun upgrade analysis being performed at the Soban research Facility.
        • Railgun available for production.
        Closing Cutscene:
        • Desert winds continue to howl around the Soban fleet as it drives over Gaalsien wreckage.
        Timeline:
        • While the Soban fleet is en route, the Kapisi undergoes desert refit at the Boneyard and receives transmission footage of Gaalsien attacks and Tiir under siege.
        • It is probably the same storm system that hits first the Longbow and then the Kapisi at the Boneyard.

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        • #5
          04: Stormbreaker Wall (Desert Environment)
          Briefing:
          • In their initial attack, Gaalsien forces had breached the Stormbreaker Wall at several points, pushing through to besiege Tiir.
          • Piecing together scattered reports from the initial Gaalsien attacks, Intelligence has selected a sparsely defended breach to punch through the Gaalsien lines.
          Opening Cutscene:
          • Sand pours through large gaps in the Stormbreaker Wall, which has been occupied by Gaalsien rearguard forces.
          Mission 04:
          • Wreckage from destroyed wall section bulkheads is available for salvage.
          • Engineering is finally able to bring carrier's Power Shunting, Weapons/Range, and Reactive Armor systems online.
          • New Objective:
            • Break through Gaalsien rearguard forces manning Stormbreaker Wall defensive positions.
            • Disrupt Gaalsien resourcing operations.
          • Gaalsien siege cruisers arrive to defend the Salvagers.
          • New Objective:
            • Destroy Gaalsien reinforcement squadron.
          Closing Cutscene:
          • Soban fleet is finally able to contact Coalition Command and receives orders and additional footage of fighting around the city.
          Timeline:
          • The Soban fleet arrives at the wall around the same time as the Kapisi and Sakala link up at the Kalash wreck site, reestablish communications with the North, learn that pockets of resistance are holding Gaalsien forces at bay, and press on through the Beladin Dune Sea.

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          • #6
            05: Resupply (Grasslands Environment)
            Briefing:
            • Arrival at Tiir is delayed by small skirmishes and having to travel via back routes and over rough terrain in order to avoid being discovered by Gaalsien patrols.
            • Stealth is imperative to catch besiegers off-guard and to avoid being overwhelmed by counter-attack before ready for full-scale operations. The goal is to punch through the Gaalsien blockade and link up with friendly forces.
            • Due to the premature launch, the fleet is running low on supplies and must take on more water, food, fuel, and ammunition.
            • The Northern Coalition had prepared several supply depots in secluded out of the way valleys, in case of emergency.
            Opening Cutscene:
            • Zoom in on secluded valley depot while explosions and pillars of smoke rise in the distance.
            • Carrier docks with the outpost and begins to take on supplies.
            Mission 05:
            • Carrier is immobile while undergoing resupply.
            • Depot appears to be deserted but intact and operational.
            • New Objective:
              • Salvage nearby crates and material/equipment for resources.
              • Send scouting force to deploy probes/sensors and secure the base perimeter.
            • Once supplied, Engineering is able to bring the carrier’s Defensive Logistics system online.
            • Artillery Cruiser available for production.
            • Scouting parties detect Gaalsien patrol force moving through the area.
            • New Objective:
              • Lead Gaalsien patrol away from base with a small LAV force (no larger than half a dozen) to avoid arousing suspicion while carrier restocks.
              • Destroy the patrol once it has been led away from the supply depot.
            Closing Cutscene:
            • Fully stocked Soban fleet rolls out through grasslands towards the smoking horizon.
            Timeline:
            • The Soban fleet resupplies around the same time as the Kapisi investigates buried starships at the Tombs of the Ancients.

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            • #7
              06: Streets of Tiir (Urban Environment)
              Briefing:
              • Arrive at the outskirts of Tiir outside enemy lines besieging the city.
              • Coalition Command directs the Soban fleet to reinforce critical point in defensive perimeter.
              Opening Cutscene:
              • Views of Tiir under siege with Gaalsien aircraft flying sorties overhead.
              Mission 06:
              • Maneuverability is limited by buildings and rubble.
              • Some rubble can be salvaged for resources.
              • New Objective:
                • Attack Gaalsien resourcing operations behind siege front lines.
              • Receive distress call from carrier Amida, under attack from Gaalsien airstrikes.
              • New Objective:
                • Protect the Amida.
              • Missile Battery available for production.
              • After Soban forces move in to assist, Gaalsien begins targeting airstrikes at them, instead.
              • New Objective:
                • Eliminate Gaalsien carrier force launching aircraft.
                • Link up with Coalition forces at rendezvous point.
              • Coalition commanders have been assembling a mission to resupply Operation Khadiim via lander, but all bases within range have been captured and are under Gaalsien control.
              • New Objective:
                • Destroy all Gaalsien anti-air units in vicinity.
                • Secure lander strip long enough for resupply mission to land, refuel, and disembark.
              Closing Cutscene:
              • Landers take off in rapid succession and head south with Strike Fighter escort.
              Timeline:
              • The commanders at Tiir have confirmed the Operation Khadiim resupply mission after they passed through the Whispering Gallery.
              • As the Kapisi and Sakala approach the Khashar Plateau, the K’Had Sajuuk’s fleet has withdrawn from Tiir in order to be the first to arrive at the Primary Anomaly.

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              • #8
                07: Last Stand at Tiir (Industrial Environment)
                Briefing:
                • Receive updates from Tiir Command providing information from Kapisi on the significance of the discovered wreckage and artifacts.
                • The Southern Federation has also launched attacks on the southern Gaalsien territories in an effort to draw forces away and disrupt the offensive.
                • Coalition defenders have been slowly pushed back to an open transportation yard outside a massive Hraal industrial manufacturing complex.
                • Intelligence has detected a major buildup of Gaalsien forces among nearby building ruins that appear to be massing for a final push.
                • Fortify the area and hold the crawler plant at all costs.
                • The plant continues to produce reinforcements that head straight to the front lines.
                • Hraal crews have upgraded the Command Carrier to bring Aircraft systems online.
                Opening Cutscene:
                • Military and support units fall back under smoke and scramble to dig in before enemy attack.
                • A Coalition BattleCruiser rolls off the assembly lines and straight into combat.
                Mission 07:
                • Raw production materials can be salvaged for resources.
                • Strike Fighter, Gunship, and Tactical Bomber available for production.
                • Coalition engineers had prepared hastily-made barricades and fortifications, including turrets and elevated firing positions, but some are damaged or incomplete.
                • New Objective:
                  • Defend the crawler plant against waves of Gaalsien attackers.
                • Intelligence has identified several Gaalsien Command Carriers that appear to be directing enemy operations. Eliminating them in conjunction with a coordinated counterattack should force the Gaalsien to retreat.
                • New Objective:
                  • Attack and destroy Gaalsien Command Carriers and resourcing Production Cruisers.
                Closing Cutscene:
                • Remaining Gaalsien units begin to withdraw under fire as the camera pans out over Tiir. The city has been heavily damaged but will rebuild.
                • The Amida is given credit for breaking the siege. Soban command understands their omission, as the people need relatable heroes, and their duty as Soban is solely to defend the Coalition, not to seek or covet glory.
                Timeline:
                • As the Kapisi waits at the secured the landing site at Khashar Plateau, the tide of war is starting to turn in the north. After intense door to door fighting, entire neighborhoods are being reclaimed and the Gaalsien invaders are pushed back.

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                • #9
                  08: Security Sweep (Urban Environment)
                  Briefing:
                  • The Siidim have betrayed the Coalition, destroying the resupply landers at Khashar Plateau.
                  • While not inherently guilty by association, local Siidim military forces must now be considered suspect and removed as a potential threat, preferably with as little violence as possible.
                  • Unfortunately, some resistance is expected from Siidim zealots.
                  Opening Cutscene:
                  • Footage of Sakala destroying S’jet landers.
                  • Siidim cruisers seen maneuvering around the outskirts of Tiir.
                  Mission 08:
                  • Maneuverability is limited by buildings and rubble.
                  • Some rubble can be salvaged for resources.
                  • New Objective:
                    • Disarm all rogue Siidim forces around Tiir.
                    • Pacify any holdouts that refuse to peacefully surrender.
                  • Most units willfully proceed to extraction zone when approached by Coalition forces while affected by Targeting Jammer or ALMs.
                  • Others do not and attack Coalition forces on sight.
                  • One squadron of BattleCruisers and its escorts have fortified a redoubt on the high ground just outside the city and must be eliminated.
                  • After the task force at Tiir is destroyed and the opportunity for a quick coup is lost, the Siidim kiith-sa orders all troops to disarm to avoid further bloodshed.
                  Closing Cutscene:
                  • Convoys of Siidim units are shown demobilizing.
                  Timeline:
                  • Coalition forces disarm Siidim units immediately after Sakala attacks the Kapisi’s resupply landers at the Khashar Plateau.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    09: Desert Outskirts (Desert Environment)
                    Briefing:
                    • Amida stays behind for final fitting out and to defend Tiir against possible counterattacks.
                    • After the siege is lifted, Coalition facilities are able to rush final fitting out to allow for upgraded Soban BattleCruiser production.
                    • Sensors and cooling systems have also been upgraded for full desert operation based on information from Sakala and Kapisi.
                    • Load up with extra supplies and launch offensive to support/resupply/reinforce Kapisi task force.
                    • Under way, intercept distress signal and alter course to investigate.
                    Opening Cutscene:
                    • Retreating Gaalsien task force sustains a heavy missile bombardment from an unknown source.
                    Mission 09:
                    • BattleCruiser available for production.
                    • Scouts come across a strike group of unknown origin raiding a retreating Gaalsien task force.
                    • The unidentified forces ignore all hails and attack Gaalsien and Soban units indiscriminately.
                    • The remaining Gaalsien units attempt to surrender to save themselves.
                    • Command offers to assist the Gaalsien in return for information on Gaalsien fleet status and their unknown assailants.
                    • New Objective:
                      • Protect the Gaalsien units. Send BaseRunners to retrieve the surviving prisoners.
                      • Repel the attacking raiders.
                    • Gaalsien prisoners explain that they were attacked suddenly and without warning.
                    • The raiders are still attacking Soban forces, and Fleet Intelligence locates a carrier that the Gaalsien had managed to damage.
                    • New Objective:
                      • Destroy unknown enemy fleet.
                    • Recover artifacts from Khaaneph which assist with high desert operations.
                    Closing Cutscene:
                    • Salvagers and BaseRunners swarm over the unknown carrier wreckage.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      10: Desert Raiders (Desert Environment)
                      Briefing:
                      • During further interrogation, the Gaalsien prisoners cannot provide any useful information on the unknown foe, except that they are fearsome raiders referred to as Khaaneph and tend to travel in groups.
                      Opening Cutscene:
                      • A Khaaneph battle group is shown stalking the Soban fleet through the desert.
                      Mission 10:
                      • Attacked by Khaaneph raiding parties.
                      • Command deems Khaaneph a threat that needs to be suppressed immediately due to weakened Coalition defenses.
                      • Track down and destroy the Khaaneph fleet to eliminate threat.
                      • New Objective:
                        • Eliminate all Khaaneph forces.
                      • Khaaneph Command Carrier broadcasts an undecipherable high-power signal before exploding.
                      • New Objective:
                        • Deploy ALMs to scan the surrounding area for additional forces.
                      • Unable to locate any other Khaaneph forces or settlements; Command classifies their existence until more information can be gathered.
                      • The engagements and subsequent search delay the fleet from providing timely support to the Kapisi against the K’Had Sajuuk’s fleet.
                      Closing Cutscene:
                      • A Soban ALM watches over an empty desert, but a rising dust cloud can barely be seen over the horizon. It is unclear whether the cloud is caused by the departing Soban fleet or by additional Khaaneph units.
                      Timeline:
                      • The Sakala and Siidim fleet are destroyed at the Torin Crater.

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                      • #12
                        11: Gaalsien Stronghold (Desert Environment)
                        Briefing:
                        • Continue expedition to contact Kapisi, finding starship wrecks and a Gaalsien stronghold built into a valley.
                        • Launch offensive on Gaalsien strongholds using a sandstorm to provide cover and achieve surprise.
                        Opening Cutscene:
                        • Facility includes several Gaalsien habitats surrounding a number of large half-excavated wrecks.
                        Mission 11:
                        • Air units not available due to sandstorm.
                        • Numerous turret emplacements occupy inaccessible rocky high grounds.
                        • New Objective:
                          • Neutralize turrets.
                        • Enemy units begin emerging from several Gaalsien facilities.
                        • New Objective:
                          • Send a BaseRunner with escorts to infiltrate an isolated Gaalsien facility at the near end of the canyon for intelligence on enemy operations.
                        • Crews discover microwave technology experiments that can be readily adapted.
                        • New Objective:
                          • Research Microwave Emitter technology.
                        • Engineers use stolen tech to bring Microwave Emitter systems online.
                        • These installations are part of a production facility that had been ramping up operations to support some new offensive.
                        • New Objective:
                          • Eliminate enemy forces.
                          • Plant demolition Mines at fuel depots to ensure destruction of Gaalsien production capabilities and withdraw to detonate from a safe distance.
                        Closing Cutscene:
                        • The Soban fleet observes the base exploding, then begins to roll out.
                        Timeline:
                        • The Kapisi discovers the Khar Toba and defends it from the K’Had Sajuuk’s fleet.

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                        • #13
                          12: Preemptive Strike (Desert Environment)
                          Briefing:
                          • Finally, rendezvous with the Kapisi after Khar-Toba is discovered.
                          • Manaan scouts accompanying the Amida have reported that the Gaalsien fleets must be preparing for a final massive attack to secure Khar-Toba after pulling back from northern territory after regrouping and amassing their forces.
                          • In an effort to divide Gaalsien forces and defeat them piecemeal, the Kapisi is to guard Khar-Toba while the Soban fleet is to seek out and destroy any isolated task forces nearby.
                          Opening Cutscene:
                          • Probes and LAVs are seen tailing a large Gaalsien fleet before being driven off by airstrikes.
                          Mission 12:
                          • The Kapisi science team has shared blueprints for a new cruiser class based on Gaalsien technology.
                          • Assault Cruiser available for production.
                          • One of the Gaalsien task forces should be moving through the area, but their precise whereabouts are unknown.
                          • New Objective:
                            • Set up an array of probes, ALMs, or AA Turrets to detect any Gaalsien movements in the AO.
                          • Enemy forces centered around two Command Carriers begin attacking the sensor picket before swarming with frontal and flanking attacks.
                          • New Objective:
                            • Destroy all enemy forces.
                          • After one of the enemy carriers is destroyed, the other attempts to disengage to link up with the main fleet.
                          • New Objective:
                            • Destroy the carrier before it reaches the withdrawal area.
                          Closing Cutscene:
                          • Communique arrives from Kapisi stating Gaalsien forces have been detected closing on their position.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            13: Khar-Toba Defense (Desert Environment)
                            Briefing:
                            • A large defensive perimeter has been established around Khar-Toba in order to keep the Gaalsien from destroying any artifacts of significance, but this has left Coalition forces stretched thin.
                            • Gaalsien forces are still amassing, but attack when they learn of the Soban sortie in hopes of splitting the allied fleet.
                            • The Kapisi, facing attacks from multiple quarters, has managed to keep Gaalsien raiders at bay with timely use of the Taiidan orbital weapon; however, hordes of enemy reinforcements continuously arriving mean that Coalition forces will eventually be overrun.
                            • Meanwhile, Rachel S’jet had established a makeshift research outpost at the ancient starship to begin excavations and research.
                            Opening Cutscene:
                            • Large Gaalsien fleet converges on the Coalition forces at Khar-Toba.
                            • A Gaalsien BaseRunner crests a dune and pauses briefly before proceeding.
                            Mission 13:
                            • The Kapisi had been holding the Gaalsien at bay with liberal use of the Taiidan orbital weapon, but it begins to suffer from constant use and must be allowed to cool down. Meanwhile, the Kapisi begins to take damage.
                            • New Objective:
                              • Protect the Kapisi.
                              • Protect Rachel S’jet’s research post.
                            • The Kapisi is to hold the Khar-Toba site, while the Soban fleet engages the Gaalsien carriers loitering at the battlefield perimeter.
                            • Three heavily powered Command Carriers launch airstrikes while cruiser task groups swarm in from all sides.
                            • New Objective:
                              • Destroy all Gaalsien forces.
                            Closing Cutscene:
                            • The Soban and Coalition fleets have reestablished a defensive perimeter and are shown coordinating maneuvers.
                            • Once again, the non-military kiith is credited with having repelled the Gaalsien, and the Soban rest in the background, content in their role as martial protectors of the unified Kushan.

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