The UMC continues to talk about current events in the Star Conflict universe. The history of fringe sectors is being made before our very eyes.
Zone: Monolith Remains
“O Monolith, the legend of Jericho! The pride of the Departed fleet, the ancient shrine of the Liu family. I look through the shabby fiberglass of helmet at your deserted squares, the destroyed minarets of skyscrapers. The wounds of your monuments are my wounds. The memory of the dead is my memory. So many years have passed, but the pain of loss is still in my heart…”
The majestic Monolith, the drifting colony of the Jericho Liu family, the pride of the Departed fleet. The monolith carried weapons comparable to an entire fleet and a population not inferior to other planetary colonies. And although it was not the largest city of Jericho, the Monolith was considered a holy place. The monolith served as a place of worship, it was the main temple of the strange religion of Jericho. It had both industry and trade, as well as the most modern laboratories.
In 4612, the Monolith left the Fringe sectors. Its mission was known only to the Family Council, and will likely forever remain a mystery. A few years later, it resurfaced on the radar. Federation and Empire scouts have detected strange Jericho activity in the Antaress system. The combined fleet of several Families at once took Monolith Liu into a tight ring. According to rumours, the Monolith had an outbreak. By that time the virus later called “Liu-virus” or ‘Biomorph Virus’ had already eradicated half the city's population.
Until now, it was unknown what caused the destruction of the city — a joint attack by other families, self-destruction or actions of some third party. At some point the Liu family was crushed, and Jericho lost their main sanctuary. The area was immediately closed to all flights, and in a few years it was attached to the trilateral memorandum on the quarantine zones.
Only recently Jericho, upon the initiative of the Mendes family, decided to allow flights to the Monolith for mercenaries. It is said that it still carries a mysterious Precursor artifact. Other sides of the conflict did not hesitate — the Empire and the Federation issued the same orders almost simultaneously. Now the Monolith remains are swarming with Aliens and Biomorphs. But its depths hold untold riches of secret Jericho technology and answers to the most terrible questions for the bravest explorers.