A familiar blue light reluctantly opens up just outside the borders of the star cluster. A small detachment of R-UPA ships, numbering no more than 250-350, warp in.
The small fleet lumbers towards the star cluster, but a heated discussion is being held aboard the heavy cruiser.
Captain Surgis: "Admiral, why are we here? We're supposed to be defending Cygnusia from the Helix AI!"
Admiral Jackson: "Surgis, I've been over this three times already. Central Command ordered us to divert our course from the Warp Jump to the Inhibitor Gates to this Star Cluster. The Inhibitor Gates are already dead, there's no point trying to protect them in vain."
Captain Surgis: "For goodness sake, we should be helping the GLE evacuate civilians!"
Admiral Jackson: "I do not argue with Central Command and you should not argue with me either! Get on with your job, captain, or I'll find someone who can!"
Operator Three: "Sir, approaching the star cluster now."
The R-UPA ships formed a standard but weary spear formation, with the rearguard gunships, a late invention to quite literally protect the butt of the fleets, taking positions. The cruisers prepared their weapons in case of a fight and the Annihilators charged their Beam Cannons.