The Reef Wars
The Kell of Wolves, Virixas, had heard the call and had gathered a great fleet to join the other Fallen houses on Earth. It was a matter of survival. The salvation of the Kell’s people depended on their ability to shatter the walls of the City and secure a victory at Twilight Gap^1.
Virixas, the Wolf Kell, amassed his army on Ceres, a large and perfectly round asteroid settled within the Asteroid Belt. Ceres was large enough to support the shipyards and warrens but had a greater meaning and spiritual connection to the Fallen. It’s perfect spherical shape was considered powerful and lucky like their Servitor gods^1.
The emptiness of space was filled with the chatter of Fallen, transmissions broadcasted on all Fallen frequencies. This had never previously occurred and was too rare to be a coincidence. Despite not being able to decrypt the transmissions, The Queen’s brother, Master of Crows, Prince Uldren, recognized the signal, the Fallen Houses were merging, they were preparing an assault to end the Earth city^2.
The Wolves forces would guarantee a victory, their army was hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions strong^2. They regrouped on Ceres asteroid before the final march to Earth. With no interplanetary arrays, no way of warning Earth, The Queen of the Awoken had a decision: attack the House of Wolves, thereby saving Earth but revealing the Reef’s presence to any and all enemies in the quadrant; or remain silent, preserving the Reef’s invisibility but allowing the City to perish^1.
The Queen did not go unnoticed, she was the last form of resistance between the Wolves and Earth. The Wolf fleet turned to meet her. The Queen had fewer destroyers, fewer frigates and even those were salvaged, pulled out of the reef^1. The Kell considers the chance that the Awoken have some secret weapon, something gleaned from hulks in the Reef or whispered up by the witches, and sets that chance aside. The Kell thinks the House of Wolves can win decisively. So the Kell sends challenge and warning.
I AM LORD OF WOLVES, the Kell sends. YOU ARE AN EMPTY THING WITH TWO DEAD SOULS. THIS IS MY HOUSE. THESE ARE MY TERMS. SURRENDER AND I WILL ONLY TAKE YOUR SHIPS^1.
The Queen responds,
I AM NOBLE TOO, she says, OH LORD OF WOLVES^1.
The Kell replies. YOU HAVE NO LINE. YOU HAVE NO POWER. Captains and Barons signal their readiness, Skolas and Pirsis and Irxis, Drevis, Peekis, Parixas, all of them bound by fear and loyalty, all ready for war^1.
The Queen whispers across the raido “Starlight was my mother…and… my father was the dark”. An unfamiliar feeling sweeps across the Kell, fear^1. He had underestimated his enemy but could do nothing but continue the assault. The Awoken smaller in numbers, had cut their engines, drifting in space, and released a jamming shockwave. The Fallen sensors went blind, their firing solutions failed, their reactors stuttered, their stealth removed, they fired blind and maneuvered widely^1.
The Queen awakened her deadliest weapon, the Harbinger^1. The Harbinger ripped through the fallen ships, destroying more than half the house, wolves scattered and burrowed deep in the asteroid belt for cover^2. The Harbinger was so immensely powerful it obliterated the asteroid Ceres and with it, fell the Kell of the Wolves Virixas. Virixas’s most trusted barons and captains quickly arose to contest the title of Kelll: Irxis, Wolf Baroness; Parixas, the howling and Skolas, The Rabid.
This battle was recorded as The Scatter.
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