Silver & Ice - The Stars of Perdition
To anyone familiar with the history of Border Ring colonization, merely mentioning the name “Velaksa” is enough to evoke a sad sigh and a shake of the head. Velaska was the site of the largest conflict between humans and Ghost Children, a conflict that permanently scarred the land and the people living there. When the humans first came, the tribes that inhabited its rolling plains and rocky deserts were not accommodating – they refused all offers of economic and political cooperation, and insisted that the human negotiators leave at once. The humans left, for a while, but returned years later to prospect and survey, and stake mineral claims. The Velaskan tribes took this as an unjustified incursion into their territory, and attacked the surveyors, killing most of them. The OEC took this as an act of war, and demanded that the Velaskans lay down their arms and surrender. They refused. The human response was quick and brutal – first an indiscriminate bombing from orbit, followed by airstrikes and a ground attack. Far outmatched and unprepared for this level of aggression, the Velaskans nevertheless fought back as hard as they could, waging a guerrilla war against the human armies that went on for years. The humans responded by rounding up all the Ghost Children they could find and confining them to walled ghettoes – during the day, they worked for their human masters, and at night they were locked up. Eventually there was not a free Ghost Child left on Velaska, and those who had survived live worse than slaves. Those who are not labourers or servants will most likely be “entertainers” for visiting human tourists. Free Ghost Children are advised to not travel to Velaska for their own safety, as a Ghost Child walking around unescorted will most likely be picked up by security forces and thrown in the ghettoes.