Avalon Warclone Shipyard, Skarkon
Cameras aboard the shipyard do not cease operating, even at these early hours. The orbital shipyard is cloaked in darkness, though the lights outline it well enough in the darkened system. Distantly, approximately 120.21 kilometers away from the structure is a Bowhead, marked as the UNFS Barker on sensors and multiple camera confirmation of the hull’s markings, having just arrived. Accompanying it are no fewer than twenty or so mixed interceptors and force recon vessels, among which is a Lachesis, just undocking from the large craft. The escorts orbit the freighter placidly, having reached their destination, and holding position.
The bow of the Barker lowers its forward ramp as the undocked Lachesis and a few interceptors position to the forward section to cover the opening. A glider, registering on scans as 576.5 meters in length, 220 meters across the beam, a depth of 48 meters, and a gross estimate displacement in excess of 32,000 tonnes. The last measurement is unconfirmed, as the number shifts repeatedly when being scanned by the station, though it never strays below that number. The craft is wider than the average beam at its rear, as the wings across its back unfold and give it a far larger appearance. It is convex across its bottom, coated in black ablative scales over every surface nearing to the top, which is only slightly convex, and is not coated similarly. From this distance, the top of the craft is white, with a ruby coloured stripe diagonally across from port stern to starboard bow, and on both sides the word “Block” is barely visible, printed in black.
The Barker remains open as several smaller objects shoot out, parasite craft, each carrying a smaller payload. They look to be small satellites, low power, lower still with the output of the star, and small profile, though not as small as the cigar-shaped parasite craft. They remain attached as they shoot ahead of the formation, the Block glider now followed by the Lachesis and interceptors, pulling away as the glider pitched down with its stub-nose to the ground, and its thrusters to the sky. There is no flare from the rear section as the glider accelerates away from the formation, leaving the force recons and interceptors to form back up with the Barker and prepare to jump away.
The glider is followed on camera on its descent to the west for several more minutes, the profile of the craft disappearing after two minutes of visible atmospheric reentry.
Sahendaruman Fortress, Huomaeli Belt, Ternate Mountains, Skarkon II
The cameras of the mountain fortresses are similarly operating at all times. Since their inception from the dark ages, the fortresses received many upgrades and traded hands a few times in recent memory. Streams of refugees in convoys disembark vehicles almost every hour on the hour, and as the hour comes to a close, the last group to arrive had not finished passing through the checkpoint, held up by multiple quarantine calls of suspicious or otherwise unwell visitors. At this time the few staff outside were aware of the approach, and the defenses stood down, though the refugees were not made aware of the reason some looked to the sky.
The cameras and singular sensor post mounted to the peak of the centerline of the range captures the moment a large glider passes over Sa’Kak to the east, and passes over the peaks of the range just shy of a thousand meters, roaring across the sky like an infernal fireball, a thunderclap in its wake, causing several refugees to scatter and take cover, and several smaller avalanches be caused by the passing. The post observes the glider begin to slow its descent, performing lazy S patterns to bleed off its remaining speed as the sensor mast pinpoints the landing site, at the southern sand sea south of Iddiserigard.