Alteria's native people, a human-like species with orange skin, revolted against the Empire and surrounded the colonial capital, forcing some Garmillas citizens to evacuate while leaving many more behind. After his escape, Garmillas governor Liber Droppe called for help, summoning Hydom Gimleh and the Imperial Guard to Alteria. When he asked Gimleh to protect loyal refugees still on the planet, Gimleh instead decided that any resistance against the Empire must not be allowed to exist. Shortly after Gimleh ordered the governor's execution, the Imperial Guard launched a devastating assault on Alteria from orbit, immediately reducing much of the surface to wasteland and wiping out most--if not all--of the population in minutes. A significant portion of Alteria was not directly targeted, but may have been rendered uninhabitable in the long term ("Point of No Return").Some Alterians were offworld at the time of the Imperial Guard's attack, thus avoiding immediate extinction. These survivors included a slave woman in the service of Garmillas Marshal Herm Zoellik in the days leading up to the attack ("The Whisper of the Witch") and a number of prisoners on Leptapoda who eventually were liberated in a riot ("The Planet That We Head For").
The Garmillas high command was later informed of Alteria's devastation, horrifying some who believed that Gimleh had gone too far in dealing with the uprising ("Point of No Return").
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