In 800SE, a ship, the T-3 was launched, testing the new incarnation of the SS-Drive, the S2Drive, 50% more efficient, 25% faster, and 10% less expensive. 5 people were included on this ship, each of them expendable. The captain, a long respected member of the Stellar Navy, driven insane by the death of his family. The mechanic, a drunk who had worked on both the SS-Drive and S2Drive projects but had made no innovations. The medic, a man with no real past and nothing to come back to. The informations officer, a newly joined member of the Stellar Navy, fresh out of the academy. And lastly, the security officer, the only one with something to go back to, a family of his wife and two children.
They were sent to crash into a sun, not only to test the S2Drive operation but also the potency of the explosive carried aboard, more than 4000000 times the power of 'Fat Man', the nuclear weapon used on Nagasaki in World War 2. The sheer power of the explosion would hopefully destroy the sun of System DSO-91J, giving the Stellar Empire a way to threaten The Concern into doing what they demanded, and also to defend from any threats in this galaxy.
Something went wrong. The explosive was never placed aboard, and somehow the auto-pilot showed the true destination, the mechanic discovering this and altering it to head for a planet in the same system. Another disturbing discovery was made. Not only were the explosives missing, but instead cryogenic capsules had been packed. This ship had been sabotaged by The Concern to force the Stellar Empire to leave the exploration to them.
En route to the planet 'New Hope', as the mechanic dubbed it, there was a collision with an asteroid, the ship piercing into its hollow interior, and a great gouge in its hull sending the air out in a great rush, when suddenly the asteroid itself erected a containment field. This asteroid was a splinter cell of the Sslit'ckrod, a race of lizard people, skilled in the art of genetic manipulation. The surviving crew were drafted into the research labs, and the free floating asteroid used the ship to take them to the planet of 'New Hope'.
Later in the same year, the first combat vessel of the Stellar Navy was commissioned, the BC-001, of the new 'Inception' model chassis. It was armed with several torpedo tubes, firing small amounts of the new explosive, and around 30 vulcan cannons, the cutting edge of human military technology. At Pathway Station, the station closest to where the test ship had suddenly dissapeared, the crew boarded. 5000 individuals of fair skill, and an executive of the The Concern.
Following the first jump, the engine was damaged and required repairs. And then all hell broke loose as 6 alien vessels surrounded the BC-001, all of them firing on it but one, charging up for some kind of destructive energy charge, and a boarding party took the bridge of the BC-001, attempting to disable the engines, when the chief engineer triggered the S2Drive in a jump that would take them back to Sol. As they jumped, the sixth ship fired, and sent them careening through Slip Space, where they materialized in the system of DSO-91J, crashing on 'New Hope'. Only a matter of days later, and the T-3 joined them, bringing with it the Sslit'ckrod and their many genetic creation.
Within two more months, the Sol system had been wiped out, nothing but damaged structures remaining of the once proud human species remaining. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance on one world.
((There we go. Sorry for the delay, but I needed to do some gaming with my group to get the next big development down pat before I could post it. What do you think?))
EDIT: Pumped up the strength of the explosive to something powerful enough.
EDIT2: Added a picture of New Hope.