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This System is interdicted as a extreme hazard to stellar navigation. Available fuel sources, both gas giant and planetary are contaminated by particulate debris of stellar origin, resulting in power plant and jump drive failure. Normal fuel processing equipment is not effective.
Travel is not advised, Automatic Interdiction satellites have been placed to enforce the Interdiction
Prior to the end of 1108, rumors as to the reasons for the disappearances ranged from secret bases (Hiver, solomani, K'Kree, pirates, ancients, an undiscovered alien race, first Imperium) to spatial phenomenon that either drove the crew insane, or caused jump drives to malfunction. Ship disappearances included numerous type S scouts, two Donosev class survey scouts, five gazelle class close escorts and the Azhanti High Lightening class frontier cruiser, Echo Intruder. Early in the 1100's Imperial interest in the Edge dropped (along with funding) and the IISS turned to private sources to continue exploration. In early 1108, Halden Minerals using a two ship expedition discovered the source of the disappearance and was granted permission to salvage some of the derelict vessels within the system. The Imperium recovered the missing naval and scout service vessels (returning several to active service). The Imperium then interdicted the system as a hazard to navigation and used two of the spare type 37 interdiction satellites (from Arcolund) to enforce the interdiction.
Solomani military planners never found the override codes for the satellites ( a covert act of pro-Imperial defiance). Plans to destroy the satellites and survey the system were unfortunately delayed as resources were diverted to respond to offensives from Margaret's faction, and later the internal disputes within the Solomani Party as to the definition of solomani.
During the summer and fall of 1129 she acquired a crew and a surplus type K Safari ship, and renamed it the Azure Shield after its role and the colours of her order. After a shake down cruise in late 1129, its first voyage called at the interdicted worlds in the subsectors A to D of the Old Expanses to repair and restock the interdiction satellites etc. The Azure Shield also offered limited humanitarian aid to falling and doomed worlds in these four subsectors. Its second and final voyage into the old expanses, coincided with the spread of the virus within Margaret's safe. It is estimated that the Azure Shield was infected as it crossed the border of the frontier into the Old Expanses. The crew had originally intended to visit the interdiction satellites at the Edge to see if there were any salvageable parts to allow them to repair other more vital systems protecting inhabited worlds. Unfortunately, by the time the Azure Shield entered the Ile sub-sector, she was crewed only by ghosts and an insane computer called "Damnthing" (after the final cry of the last crewman). Damnthing as a reproducing 2B virus strain.
Arriving at the sub-sector capital of Torrel, only to find the prime pickings long gone, Damnthing searched its memory banks and came upon the details of the interdiction force at the Edge. The Azure Shield made the J2 trip to the Edge. Upon arrival, its transponder signal soon infected the complex automated systems of the two Type 37 interdiction satellites in orbit around the main world. The two new viral intelligences aboard the satellites mutated into Reproducing Doomslayers (type 2D). The Azure Shield and Damnthing were vaporized by sustained salvos of nuclear tipped missiles from the two satellites. In their first destructive glee, they did not take account of their magazine stocks and fired themselves almost dry.
In the coming years the two satellites realized that attempting to destroy the other with their limited missile stocks was a gamble, and have taken to waiting for another outside vessel to appear and change the balance of power. In the years since the collapse, only the far trader Hope has entered the system, and suffered the same fate as the Azure Shield.
In 1202 the Edge system is desolate and inhabited only by two murderous automated satellites.