The IMTels of both the Isorian Senatex and Panhuman Concord are deeply alarmed. Along the Northern Interface border between the two great Antarean nations, whole star systems are dead or dying, their inhabitants and nanospore wiped up by… what? A resurgence of the Chryseis shard? Ruptions in the Nexus caused by the events of the Xilos collapse?
Both nations send their top local operatives to investigate: for the Isorians, it is wily Drone Commander Xan Tu; for the Concord, the NuHu Intelligence Mandarin Jai Galeyous. The source of the devastation appears to be the wreck of a vast, ancient starliner in the newly-emerged system of Taskarr. Their investigations are compromised by the presence of a fleet of Privateers and an army of exiled Ghar living on the ship, but what they discover is worse than they could have imagined, the resurgence of a deadly, ancient threat, one thought long-since destroyed – the Virai Dronescourge.