The following is excerpted from issue #19 of the Sol Bulletin, an ad hoc news sheet distributed electronically among survivors of the Battle of Earth in the chaotic period following the firing of the Crucible. Issue #19 was released twenty one days after the Crucible fired.
Arcturus Command Reports First Ships Through Arcturus-2 Relay
A number of ships from all fleets jumped out of system today to reinforce Arcturus Command. The mobilization occurred following news that a task force had successfully traveled through the Arcturus-2 Relay to the Exodus Cluster.
"Admiral Quwil has accomplished his mission admirably," said Admiral Hackett on behalf of the Inter-species Summit. "The first ships left Arcturus 12 hours ahead of schedule. Those ships are jumping directly into the Utopia system, where they will hopefully make contact with Eden Prime." Hackett noted that, while the ships that left Arcturus come from all fleets in the Sol system, Systems Alliance vessels comprise a majority, in order to ease contact with the oft-attacked human colony.
The news was welcome across the Sol system, as representatives of the Summit warned that a shortage of food for levo-amino sentients was imminent. Lt. Kahlee Sanders of the Systems Alliance is part of a team tasked by the Summit with maximizing the efficient use of the food supply; she said in a press conference that the Sol system's food supply will last weeks, not months. "It's hard to give an exact number, especially with all the chaos on Earth," she said. "But our best guess is that we're looking at five to ten weeks before extreme rationing becomes necessary."