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How to Beat the Grey Tempest: A Thrilling Narrative

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(So first I'd like to preface this by saying, I may have underestimated quite how strong the Grey Tempest was when I opened the L-Gate as I've never gotten them before.)

It's the year 2279, you, glorious Visionary M'rakka Blat, leader of the Atraen Vision, a xenophilic megachurch have finally gathered the seven L-Gate Insights needed to reactivate the ancient gateway and see what might be on the other side, just before you do, a thought crosses your mind, what if the L-Gates were closed for a reason? Nah, can't be that bad…

The first thing to come through the gate is a signal, apologizing for creating an unstoppable nanite horde, telling you to do whatever it takes to keep the L-Gates closed, eh, can't be that bad. Sure maybe there are ships there, but nothing else is coming through the gate, you commission some Corvettes and continue with your day, you just finished repairing the first segment of a square-world that you found, better send some colonists to settle it…

Okay, so maybe some nanite ships came and captured the system with the L-Gate, and maybe two of your branch offices have been bombarded to total annihilation by the Tempest, but they haven't taken anything else yet, that system was only a vital hub for your trade routes anyway, but maybe it is time you deal with this issue, I know let's see if there's anything that the galactic community can do!

Look at that, a proposal to recognize the Grey Tempest as a Galaxy wide threat and mandate preparations to fight it, but it's underneath about a dozen useless administrative proposals, it will never reach the Senate floor. Wait a minute! The galactic counsel just got formed, and you're on it, you can declare this an emergency matter and vote immediately, surely now you're saved. But… everyone except you and some nothing empire with no diplomatic weight opposes it, that's unfortunate. No matter, if worst comes to worst your fallen empire overlord will probably save you…

Soooo, the fallen empire hasn't responded to your messages, but wait a minute, you're a psychic gigachad, you can just ask the shroud for help! Your telepathic conclave reach into the shroud, and after great expense you receive a boon, a might psionic avatar with 8.1k fleet power! Maybe not quite as much as the 30k fleets of the Tempest but as long as the other empire carry their weight you should be fine, even if the Tempest has taken more systems, and apparently the auto saves don't go back to before you opened the L-Gate…

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Finally! A message from your overlord, surely they've come to help you in your time of need, it says,

"We couldn't find a place to put these 3,000 consumer goods, why don't you take them."

Not great, but things could be worse, you've managed to hastily assemble a 12k fleet and just finished researching tier two kinetic weapons and you've only lost one of your six planets, there's still a chance if you play your cards right!

Your fleet has been defeated, three other empires have already fallen and only the fallen empires and the Jhoolan Conclave have managed to maintain a semblance of stability, if you don't think of something fast there won't be a future for the Atraeni people, there must be something you can do…

You can't be sure if you're crazy or brilliant, but it just might work, as the defenses of the home system fail, and the last escape flights leave the capital you send a final message, a declaration of independence from your unhelpful fallen empire overlord, it will be worth it if the Atraeni live to see another sunrise…

On Eunici, one of two remaining planets not annihilated or under bombardment by the Tempest and the new capital of the Atraen Vision you receive reports, massive fleets have swept north from the southernmost border of the empire, they're finally here to reassert their authority, they arrived less than a month after the declaration of independence, taking swathes of territory in days and as they reach Eunici the meet the forces of the Tempest, and destroy them with ease, it may be a humiliation, three quarters of the populace may have perished, but the crisis is over and the Atraeni people will rise again, you gladly accept peace terms and return to status as a scion…

With the flood of refugees from across the galaxy to Eunici it becomes a new, bustling metropolis and as you announce the end of the Grey Tempest to roaring crowds and the return to vassalage under the Ascendancy, you feel a tension in your neck, and notice the crowd isn't staring at you, it's staring at someone behind you.

"Omae wa mou shindeiru."

"Nani"

You turn just soon enough to see cloaked humanoids appear behind you pull their triggers and your life flashes before your eyes, this wasn't the plan…

The Atraeni were being annexed and pacified, not re-subjugated.

Don't do nanites kids.

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