A mainstream news program originating from Coruscant is in the middle of a low-rated show during the late hours of the Coruscanti night…
“... and what do Loth-cats eat, Jackie?”
“Well, Becky, they eat Loth-rats! Besides being super adorable, they also keep pests away.”
“That’s great, Jackie. In just a moment, we’ll have some adorable Loth-cat videos for our viewers, which you can find more of on our holonet site at-”
Becky puts two of her fingers to her earpiece and listens to something inaudible.
“This just in, we’ve got reports of a battle in Wild Space… over to you, Chaz.”
Chaz, a formally dressed Mirialan, pulls up a hologram of several thousands of Eternal Fleet ships blockading a planet. The news feed at the bottom of the news program’s transmission starts showing additional information about the time of the beginning of the battle and other details in a continuing loop.
“Now this is the entire Eternal Fleet bearing down on what we now know as Odessen. We’re calling it the ‘Assault on Odessen’, and it is an assault. It is clearly a full invasion force by Empress Vaylin, and she is out for blood. We already have reports from Alliance members circulating out of the front lines and posting on the Holonet that Vaylin has sent full squads of walkers, Skytroopers, Zakuul knights, and regular ground forces to wipe out the Alliance, but the Alliance is putting up fierce resistance.”
Several images and clips of intense fighting on Odessen are shown in the background over Chaz’s left shoulder.
“Continuing our most recent coverage of the Assault on Odessen, I’m joined now by foreign policy expert Gram Rethir. Mister Rethir, can you tell us about what the implications of this battle are for the galaxy?”
Gram Rethir, a green middle-aged male twi’lek wearing a formal suit and coiled lekku around his neck, clears his throat and begins to speak with a slight Rylothian accent.
“First of all, thank you for inviting me back to the program, Chaz.”
“You’re very welcome.”
“Now, what we have to keep in mind is that a lot has been happening. The Battle of Voss was Empress Vaylin’s first attempt to crack down on the Alliance, but as we’ve seen, the outcome of the battle was not favorable for her. She still attempted to pull a public relations stunt - the, ah, the ‘Grand Festival of Empress Vaylin’ as it was officially called, but as we saw not too long ago, it was a complete, unmitigated disaster.”
Chaz suddenly interjects with a question.
“But what about the current battle? What does this particular battle mean for the galaxy?”
Rethir clears his throat.
“Ahem, I was, uh, I was getting to that. The Empress is putting direct pressure on the Alliance. Before this attack, the invasion of Voss was just a stunt to show she meant business and to draw out the Alliance from their fortified base on Odessen. Since that failed, my inference is that after the attack, she consolidated her forces and decided to strike directly at her enemies.”
“Thank you Gram.”
The feed suddenly cuts back to the battle above Odessen, as a lone ship departs from the surface of the planet. It engages immediately, destroying Eternal Fleet ships in droves with a powerful cannon. As the day goes on and hours pass into the night, older footage submitted by Alliance publicity officers shows the battle on the ground, mostly showcasing Alliance victories in the face of overwhelming odds.
In the late hours of the night, when most of the anchors have stopped narrating or making observations about the state of the battle and its implications since it has become in many areas a stalemate, energy readings near the Alliance base spike and in less than five standard minutes afterward, the entire Eternal Fleet retreats and the Zakuulan ground forces surrender by the thousands. The footage is placed in the upper left-hand corner of a newsroom, the camera showing Chaz quickly sitting down.
“Yes, that’s right, we are getting confirmed reports, I repeat, confirmed reports that Zakuul has retreated from the battle. It’s a rout!”
The anchors and talking heads start getting on the air once again to discuss the implications of the battle. Into the early morning, reports are confirmed that Empress Vaylin was killed in action, leaving the Eternal Empire’s throne vacant with no clear successor…