The blackness of space was illuminated by hundreds of flashes. Warships of the Asahi Empire, Asli Warfleets and TEC Navy lumbered forward, the Asahi dreadnought Crimson Thunder leading them proudly.
Nell-Tiray silently observed the homeworld. This was the birthplace of all but one of the Asahi. Vast blotches of black still covered the landmasses. But nothing else could be expected from the Doom Harvesters. Even the thousands of years did little to erode away at the Gamma Matter, as Trader scientists put it. But now, they would reclaim the long-lost planet. She looked back to her companions - Alikera, Tala'Hiri, Lieia, Naela, and the rest of her human and Asli allies. Lieia in particular seemed uncomfortable, trying to reach behind her wings "Damn whatever part of my brain that makes me itch. And damn me for touching that shard. Those wings sprouting out of my back... egh. I still feel the pain. Shouldn't have touched the damn thing." Nell-Tiray looked at her "Who knows what would have happened then? You serve as its conduit to Nexus. In return, you were bestowed the might of Elehaalar. If you sacrifice nothing, you gain nothing. Ah. The irony of those words. We sacrificed everything, yet gained so little." A single tear rolled down her cheek. After a moment of silence, she spoke again "Now, the exile has ended. We will rebuild. We have returned."