Once upon a space,
there was a planet called Rigel II.
Surrounded by massive planetary systems and interstellar associations in perpetual expansion, there were only three things that kept safe the independence of the "Little Empire":
The Natal technology, a lucky heritage of both machinery and knowledge, vastly sophisticated, matched to no other known in the galaxy.
An assassin squad, specially trained for precise and deadly action when it's needed.
And, maybe the most unusal thing of all:
an Emperor that truthfully cared about the welfare of his people.
This is the story of the survival of Rigel -
the story of its price.