Their fleets overpowered, the Striven Solar Commonwealth had taken heavy losses in their war for liberation towards the Reyubb High Kingdom. The galactic north laid bloody, Striven fleets were missing, and Reyubb were preparing another deadly march.
The Grand Praxis federation allies were fending off attacks from the southern border, and with associates fighting their own skirmishes, the Striven had to fend for themselves.
Dreading the next tough battle, the Striven pooled their resources, and what little the rest of the galaxy could spare, and started rebuilding their fleets, hoping they would be in time to defend against the next big push.
After months behind enemy lines, Strike Force Wyvern, one of commonwealth’s main fleets, returned in scraps, and were welcomed home so they could to lick their wounds.
Led by fleet commander Plort, the Reyubb had started to march, laying waste to Striven’s northern borders while the Striven shipyards worked tirelessly to bolster a retaliation fleet.
In a ray of hope, Alicia Mendez had defied all odds and returned home with much of her Strike Force Titan intact. Once the Striven had combined their main fleets, they regained faith in a strike back against the onslaught of slavers.
Reyubb fleets had been worn down over the long time spent fighting outside their borders, giving Titan a fighting chance, but commander Mendez had made a minor miscalculation. Being a nimble fleet, Reyubb circumvented Striven’s pincher strategy, while slowing down Striven fleets with inhibiting enemy stations, and continuing their raid deeper inside Striven borders.
However, after punching through an intercepting fleet, the Reyubb made a key mistake.
The Reyubb had changed their course to the Wiyler system, and Strike Force Titan caught up, allowing them to retaliate with a vengeance, diluting Reyubbs numbers significantly.
The Striven were preparing for a final push.
Despite prior moral conundrums, the Striven utilised their now copious riches to make a strategic play against Reyubb using the eastern pirate kingdom, and started to push against the Reyubb forces from the north, waging increasingly bloody wars against a relentless force. The Striven numbers were dropping, but commander Mendez kept her ships in line, fighting back fleet after fleet with her ground armies in tow.
After a successful skirmish, the Reyubb sends a retaliation, an impressive fleet with powerful destroyers, pushing back Titan effectively.
The battle of Bistramar left the fleet in tatters, and the Striven were on their last leg in the war.
In a last push, the Striven took what they could of northern Reyubb systems and the long fought war came to an end, there was no clear victor. At the eve of the war, and the news of the dwindling Kessam falling to Ztrakpor hands, Aspirant Andrea Braun came to a rest after a long reign.
The Reyubb war of liberation, after many brutal battles, ended in white peace.
Kessam living inside Striven borders meanwhile learned the error of their ways and adopted the Striven contempt for slavery, may they prosper within the Striven society, and perhaps one day join the ongoing fight to liberate the galaxy.
Thought I’d write a summary of the last Stellaris stream for the purposes of catching the crew up but I got a bit carried away.