H'vos War

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The H'vos War was a relatively short but brutal conflict between the H'vos and the Gigerdi Federation, generally regarded the biggest conflict the GF had to take part in during its history. This campaign was a purely offensive and defensive campaign, that saw the Gigerdians pitted against an aggressive species bent on conquest through powerful military campaigns. The Gigerdians won the campaign against the H'vos through cunning tactics and technological superiority. The H'vos as a race also quickly disappeared after their defeat.

Background

The H'vos were able to construct a medium-sized Starfleet with the resources and technology gained from their earlier conquests. After the former conquests had been sucked dry of any usable resources or material the H’vos left these worlds and started to plan for another invasion. This invasion took place almost exactly 70 years after the initial conquests of the two peaceful but more advanced civilizations. This time the target of the invasion was a small system located at the outskirts of the territory that the H’vos considered as their territory. A small portion of the invasion fleet was sent, along with big transport ships to claim the system as H’vos territory. This system known to the H’vos as “Hjumma” was a newly established outpost of the Gigerdians to the new rim colonies. The Gigerdian name for the system was Zeerdan IV.

As the H’vos discovered the system to be actually populated by green humanoids with very little defenses and only agricultural installations the invasion was initiated at once. Large warships landed on the small colony and H’vos infantry poured out from them while the other warships bombarded the outposts from orbit. The destruction was total; what little was left in terms of Gigerdian population were taken prisoners to the large transport ships and lifted away to the orbit.

Reaction

A few days later the Gigerdians uncovered the attack to their colony. The government of that time had received reports of unknown craft patrolling around the borders of the Zeerdan IV colony and therefore decided to double patrols on the border zones. The Gigerdians were certain from the start that the attack and the almost total destruction of their colony was in no way a mistake but an intended result. The abduction of the colonists also puzzled the Gigerdian government.

A few days later a small patrol of Gigerdian craft made their first contact with the H’vos in the form of a transport ship with fighter-craft escorts. The Gigerdians destroyed the transport-ship. The H’vos were quite horrified at first to see organized resistance aimed against their fleets. They were also puzzled to learn of another space-faring race with almost similar capabilities in weapons as they themselves did. The H’vos, despite a rather negative first result, decided to continue their invasion of another world located near Zeerdan IV. The H’vos certainly caught the still developing colony and its defenses by surprise but once Gigerdian capital ships arrived to support the defenses the H’vos were forced to retreat. The H’vos War as it is known to the Gigerdians begun.

Subsequent events

After the failed attack the H’vos attacked five other colonies. The Gigerdian resistance was heavy but the H’vos used hit-and-run tactics to abduct more civilian colonists into their transports and then flew them away from the surface of the planet. The war was fought in space as well as on the ground. The Gigerdians also have historical documents pointing to an orbital station of some sort that the H’vos had managed to construct to a system that would have fallen to the H’vos side of the border. A team of Gigerdian Special Forces destroyed this station known as the H’vos Star. No other information concerning this specific mission is available however.

After several weeks of heavy fighting the H’vos became confident that the invasion – phase of their grand campaign was over. They could not destroy the Gigerdian defences despite causing heavy casualties to their enemy. What made the matters worse was that some Gigerdian fighter-craft had been able to follow the fleeing H’vos fleets back to their own systems. The Gigerdians had also uncovered information concerning the leadership of the H’vos campaign thus being aware that a Moff Hevos was in command of the operation.

Very little is known about Moff Hevos besides that he was the sole leader of his people. He was also a scientist and had personally designed his flagship cruiser, known as the Horse Shoe due to it’s physical resemblance to human “footwear” meant for horses. It is speculated that Moff Hevos continued the tradition of warrior kings that led their troops in battle personally instead of appointing generals or admirals to do the decision-making in war for them. Also, the reason for the abduction of the Gigerdian colonists have been researched and studied. The consensus among the historical researchers has been that the H’vos simply wanted a bigger supply of labor to their industrial facilities and therefore one of the main objectives of the invasion of the Gigerdian colonies had been to acquire more manpower to the same sectors of the industry that were at the forefront of the H’vos economy.

The Gigerdian fleets came for the H’vos invaders soon after the H’vos had been pushed out of the five systems they had tried to conquer. A large battle between fleets commenced. At battle’s end the Horseshoe was destroyed with Moff Hevos at its helm. All of the H’vos ships that took part in this battle were destroyed. The Gigerdian side called the war over since there were no further attacks against colonies or ships afterwards. It is unknown what happened to the H’vos home world. Perhaps a revolution begun with the intent of changing the government, or the H’vos annihilated itself due to one reason or another. Some wild speculations have been aimed at the Bacterians who could have even destroyed the relatively small civilization after the H’vos war. However all of these are speculations, therefore the true reasons will almost certainly remain shrouded in mystery.