Origins of the war Edit
While the war took place in the 1400s ABY, the conflict originated centuries earlier. After the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War in the 1st Century ABY, the Charon species nearly destroyed itself. This struggle was between death worshiping Cult of Death and the Cult of Light, who rejected their opponents philosophy. As time progressed, boundaries between the groups formed, as the Cult of Light was able to settle new worlds, while the Death Cult's lack of technology confined them to Otherspace, the strange galaxy which they inhabited. While the two groups were distancing apart, the Cult of Light still retained some operations in Otherspace, trying to recruit new followers and undermine the Death Cult. However, by 200 ABY, there was little contact between the factions.
In the mean time, the Cult of Death continued to set itself backwards through periodic mass exterminations. Only a few warriors were left to survive, to continue the search for new beings to kill. As the species began to repopulate, massive killings would again take place. This brutal cycle would continue for centuries, until Prophet of the Void Fe'mar'o decreed that the most efficient way to spread death would be to substantially keep the population strong and use the strength to wage deadly wars. This doctrine was first preached in 1300 ABY, with the intended target being real space's main galaxy, the largest known concentration of life known to the Charon. This began a 100 year build up of population and military technology. (Despite the length of this buildup, the force which was produced was not equivalent to what would have been developed had such a lengthy project been undertaken in The Galaxy. The strength of the Charon was still vastly inferior to that of their targets by the time of their attack, due mainly to their lack of technology).
As the Charon began to build up their forces in the Otherspace, their most important move may have came in Realspace. Charon agents reached The Galaxy using what technology they possessed and made their way to Sriluur. These operatives influenced the planet's natives into creating a movement based on Death Cult ideals. Believing that the Charon's Void of Death black hole was a servant of the Weequay's moon god Quay, many beings joined the Weequay Terror Army. The fierce army fully believed in the Charon notion of killing for the sake of killing. Striking in conjunction with the splintering of the Galactic Union, the Army committed terrorist acts throughout the galaxy. With their new followers committing over 60 major attacks, the galaxy would soon be ready for the Death Cult's assault.
When the Bothan War began, the Charon believed that the time had come for their invasion. However, when the current Prophet of the Void was killed, a power struggle ensued in Otherspace, which lasted for the duration of the war. The situation was finally settled in 1406 ABY and while the main galaxy had stabilized, the Death Cult firmly believed it would achieve victory.
Suicide attacks Edit
Actual fighting began in 1406 ABY, with six coordinated suicide attacks from Charon ships. After catching the Galaxy completely off guard, four more attacks were carried out the next day. Each attack followed the same general strategy, as Charon capital ships would collide with space stations, shipyards and other ships, after appearing to materialize out of no where. In reality, these ships were exiting Otherspace close to their targets and ramming into them, using a nearly unstoppable surprise tactic.
A stunned galaxy initially believed they were facing a rogue fleet with cloaking devices. However, a number of officials, including Core Systems Alliance president Jammi Crane, felt the attackers were coming out of hyperspace and colliding with their targets, employing a tactic used by many combatants, such as the CIS of the Clone Wars. This was, in fact, partially true, as to reach realspace from Otherspace, one must first go through hyperspace, which serves as a middle ground between the two dimensions. Further analysis of a suicide raid over Jabiim confirmed this theory.
Operation Shadow Hunt Edit
To discover the identity of the unknown menace, President Crane requested an authorization of force from the CSA's congress. When this motion passed, Operation Shadow Hunt began. Using the most advanced interdictor cruisers, the Core's military began attempts to pull their foe's ships out of hyperspace prematurely. They would then neutralize and board the vessel to examine the crew, which would lead them to the enigmatic group behind the raids. Soon, Immobilizer 816 cruisers would be deployed throughout the galaxy to both defend key regions such as Coruscant and Kuat's shipyards and to aggressively search for the assailants. Some of the CSA's allies would contribute to this effort, providing logistical support and, in some cases, their own fleets. These groups included the Bespin Treaty Association, Muun Federation, Kashyyyk System and Mon Calamari.
The campaign bore fruit days into the operation, when a Charon capital ship was pulled out of hyperspace over Sluis Van. The ship was stopped by a barrage of fire from the CSA fleet, as ion cannons from the task force's MC-480s disabled the ship. A special team led by Jedi Master Kol Norson boarded the vessel. After a brief battle, the somewhat startled crew surrendered, as The Galaxy learned a terrible truth. The majority of the ship's crew had been Charon but they were joined by a handful of Weequay navigators, revealing the possibility of an alliance between the Terror Army and the Death Cult.
When news of the Sluis Van findings reached Coruscant, President Crane was initially hesitant, stating that there was no evidence the navigators belonged to the Terror Army. He felt that if his advisors had been wrong about their suspicions, time and resources would be wasted fighting the Weequay instead of the Charon. To add to the confusion, there was even a notion held by some which felt that the Charon weren't the true enemy. However, this idea was widely dispelled after three more ships were captured and found with largely Charon crews, leading to a consensus opinion that the Charon were a key aspect to the threat. These findings, over Obroa-Skai, Bakura and Malastare, all used similar tactics and provided the Core and its allies more information about their enemy's plot. The Malastare operation was especially informative after a massive battle was produced when Bespin Treaty Association Marines tried to board the enemy vessel. The boarding party faced a determined Charon-Weequay crew, armed with X-4 rifles, a piece of information which would completely doom the secrecy of the Terror Army-Death Cult alliance. After the resistance on the ship was subdued, the BTA soldiers discovered the guns, pieces of equipment used almost exclusively by the Terror Army.
Opucur attack and aftermathEdit
Death Cult leaders, believing their suicide attack strategy had lost most of its effectiveness, developed new plans, involving larger attack forces directly engaging their enemy. While this new strategy would be difficult (as a whole, the Charon were greatly outnumbered in almost every way by their opponents), if it succeeded on a few occasions, it would spread the galaxy's forces thin, creating more opportunities for the Terror Army and Charon agents.
This new concept was first put into practice at Opucur, where a Charon attack raised the galaxy's level of panic. However, it also increased their awareness and resolve, as many leaders began to call for a more aggressive approach to fighting the Death Cult. In addition, Core Systems Alliance president Jammi Crane considered bringing the issue up to the Universal Republic and proposing a unified galactic effort to combat the new danger.
Meeting on CoruscantEdit
Eventually, President Crane would call for an emergency meeting of the Universal Republic to address the situation. The meeting would be held on Coruscant.
In the days leading up to the meeting, Crane would be contacted by the Death Cult's principal rivals, the Charon Cult of Light. The Cult of Light had opposed the Death Cult's brutal methods for centuries and worked diligently to undermine their extremist foes and save lives. Believing the best way to continue their efforts would be to work with the galactic community, the Cult of Light shed light on the situation and answered many of the galaxy's lingering questions. Cult of Light leaders confirmed many suspicions about their enemy's tactics, motives and goals.
At the meeting on Coruscant, where the leaders of all Republic members were present, representatives of the Cult of Light addressed the body as a whole. Soon after, Crane would propose a radical resolution which would unite the UR in a common fight against the Death Cult. The resolution called for joint offensive and defensive operations, as well as comprehensive intelligence sharing. After intense debate on the drastic measure, the UR leaders eventually concluded that Crane's plan would be necessary to ensure victory. As a result, UR Resolution 9 passed unanimously, with a 10-0 vote.
As it stands now, we are spread too thin to stop the Death Cult. The only way to successfully defend the galaxy will be to attack Otherspace, and put the Charon on the defensive.
—Universal Republic Commander-in-chief Dev Corrstar
Part of Resolution Nine called for the creation of an executive military council to handle the war. To head this council, former Core Systems Alliance defense secretary Dev Corrstar was voted commander-in-chief. Corrstar believed that while the galaxy had been able to contain a number of Charon attacks, the Battle of Opucur] had proved that it was impossible to defend all systems. There was simply too much ground to cover, and it was apparent the Charon were looking the exploit this by targeting the under-defended worlds.
In one of the early meetings of the UR Defense Council, Corrstar asserted that the Republic's best defense would be its offense. He claimed that if the UR attacked Otherspace, it would force the Charon to go on the defensive and prevent them from launching future attacks. Thus, soon after this meeting, preparations were made to attack Otherspace.