ssed. Earth had spread its seed out into the universe. Many of the colonies established by Earth had become vibrant cultures in their own right, standing as Earth's peers. They established colonies themselves, and some even came to over-shadow Earth. In all this time, the freebooters sent to Hyperion Beta had been forgotten. Records were later found, but it was an over-looked event in Earth's history. When an exploratory fleet dispatched from Earth to evaluate planets for potential colonisation thus encountered the Heebies, in an incident that would become known as the [Qirel Encounter]?, they were unprepared. Indeed, when woken from their hibernation they were very excited, as, unaware of the discovery of the Amorphians which had taken place whilst they were in flight, they thought they would be the first humans to encounter an alien race. They sent out visual signals, and the Heebies recognised the simpering beings that had doomed them to their slavering space-bound fate. The Heebies attacked the Earth fleet without hesitation. Only two humans survived to return to Earth, though they were beaten by recorded data on the attack and arrived to find that Earth had already responded to this outrage.
After destroying the Heebie homeworld by Cracker, the Union's combined forces, the Light Brigade, moved in to wipe out any refugees, along with Heebie outposts and ships. The Heebies were obliterated. This heralded the end of the first phase of the Orbital Wars; but, as all humanity would discover, the conflict was only just beginning. It should be noted, purely to dispel the myth, that according to the testimony [Mikhail Un]? gave shortly before his execution, the Heebies never actually existed. Un claimed that the entire culture and history of the Heebies had been fabricated to hide the real identity of the aggressors in the Qirel Encounter, and that the world destroyed in the subsequent counter-attack was an unidentified, agrarian colony. This testimony was stricken from all records for its obvious fabrication, and survives only through the word of mouth of lunatic conspiracy theorists.