Terra ad Finem
“WE ARE GAIA. WE NEED HELP.”
This message was received six months ago on every single wireless-capable device in the Imperium. Simultaneously.
The sheer impossibility of this single fact took the Third Imperium by storm. Worse still was the eventual triangulation of the origin of the message – beyond the Spinward Marches, beyond even the entire Zhodani Consulate – three star sectors’ worth of distance, an unimaginable amount of space for this message to travel.
Wild speculation began almost immediately.
Who are the Gaians? How can they send a message across hundreds of light-years? And how can they possibly ever need our help?
And, more to the point, who else received this message?