By this point the 'IFOR', the short term moniker for 'Invasion Forces' given by the Cascadium Surface Defense force to the Gali army, has been on world for nearly three months. Utilizing a mixture of ancient human tech and magic from their world to mask themselves as they built up the logistics and infrastructure to commit a long term invasion of the region. Aided by some knowledge from captured wanderers and a few unlucky nearby farmsteads.
For the General in charge the task is something he'd rather carry out in other ways, but the demand for grandiose large scale conquest by those powers that be and the aid of organizations that sought this invasion overpower his wisdom. However he knows that even with the aid of ancient weapons, technology, and magic the ability of a people traversing the stars may simply be too much. Part of him knowing hes probably condemned his divisions to yet another brutal campaign to satisfy the ego of a madman.
Events are set in motion by an overzealous and one could say bored reconnaissance platoon commander, having gone north with instructions to scout and mark settlements and habitations for advanced specialized units of the Gali army to overtake and capture before they can get word out. However like most of Gallipor's army he's eager for spoils and selects a homestead a decent distance from the largest population center in the area for he and his men to get a little R&R and so during the night with an element he believes won't speak of what they're about to do they sweep into the small family hamlet. The men and older boys that come out to confront them are the moment they realize what they held are rifles before they rush the buildings.
Even as more gunshots ring out, some of Gali make, others of settler make, a single girl sprints into the fields and trees shes known all her life. Doing her best to ignore the screams that follow the gunshots. Dressed in nothing but a nightgown and clutching a small tablet like device she vanishes into the night heading north. Behind her the home she'd known all her life begins to burn.
The young Harrell girl has trecked nearly twenty miles overland barefoot by the time the dawn comes, bleeding from cuts and with blistered feet she stumbles into the home of her nearest neighbors. Gasping out whats happened before collapsing into exhaustion, the message of marrauders on the surface of a UAS colony is soon sent off as the Cullman family arms themselves.