Jihong Kim – Staff Reporter INN
Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the Battle of the Aurora RIft, when Quantum and elements of the Citadel, EarthForce Starfleet and the Auroran Militia took on Shard, a former hero and friend of Quantum, who drunk with power made a play to take over the Inner Sphere worlds. Many of the best and brightest of both fleets and many heroes died trying to stop him.
Quantum, who had taken the brunt of Shard’s attacks, within a year departed the Inner Sphere to deal with the Confederation incursions and brinkmanship of the time. The incursions stopped and since then Quantum has been spotted from time to time on dozens of outer sphere worlds, continuing his work for the wider galaxy.
When asked several years ago why he didn’t return to Earth he answered honestly, “Shard was a symptom a larger problem, a problem I have been dealing with. Earth is safe for now but it has many challenges to overcome. You have to understand that I’m only one person. Others will follow in my footsteps and I encourage EarthGov to support them. Humanity can achieve great things, but we are still just now emerging from our cradle. My duty is to protect humanity and life as a whole, not just Earth, and that is what I will do.” And he is still doing it.
With what is going on here on Earth, we could still use someone like him. Finally, perhaps we might just have found them. But in the mean time Quantum patrols deep space and protects us from threats beyond our knowledge. We should thank this lonely sentinal, few would make the sacrifices he and his contemporaries made.