Within the boarders of the Ixthian Empire circumstances had also changed considerably. The Beastslayer had died of natural causes at the ripe old age of 87. In the wake of his passing two captains were appointed the rank of admiral. Both had served under The Beastslayer during the first Multyx-Ixthi War, and before the end of his short reign, the second Emperor bestowed the honorary title of "Multyx-Bane" to one officer and "Terror of the Multyx" to the other. Almost immediately disagreements over naval doctrine arose between the two admirals. Bane favored the raider tactics of his predecessor, while Terror advocated the use of the new formed Imperial Guard Fleet to neutralize interloping threats through a series of ambushes. Unlike his father, and his grandfather before him, the newly ordained third Emperor cared little for military cohesion. His solution to this divisive matter was a simple compromise. Terror would lead the Imperial Guard Fleet with it's new heavy cruisers, while Bane would be placed in command of a smaller, faster squadron of warships designated the Raider Fleet with Void Wanderer as the flagship.
The future is uncertain, but one aspect of it holds true. History repeats itself and even this far future conflict bears more than a passing resemblance to Human history, particularly with regards to the second World War and the Punic Wars of antiquity. Will history repeat yet again? Only time will tell.