Everywhere across the Core Combines empire, everything EVERYTHING was put into overdrive, it had been quite a while since the Core Combine had been in a true war, all this time they have encountered nothing but weak primitive races that where easily enslaved, not since the great war had the Core Combine have a real challenge, and they where determined to show that they have NOT gone soft... the biofactories where being put into overdrive, the slaves where working quadruple time, and fleet after fleet was being grown, no matter how strong or weak the enemy was the Core Combine was intending to go overkill with them, they believed brutally crushing any race that got in their path would send an obvious message to others that they where not to be trifled with...
Felron: Core Combine Homeworld
The high Goraks had received the order...the Overlords themselves spoke, these Riether creatures were to be found and burtally crushed, as well as any technology and resources put to good use for the Core Combine, and if possible assimilation.
A strategy was quickly formatted, first the Riether worlds and territories would have to be scouted out, after which the Core would open up with raider fleets, fleets full of cheap, dime a dozen ships that would be used to soften up the Riethers defences, the Core Combine would keep its main battle fleets and dreadnaughts back until they could be properly used for maximum effectiveness.
Several Gonoraks where scouting out the systems around where the first skirmish took place, they where simple creatures, able to scout out and transmit data back to their respective fleets... when a Riether world was found be it a colony, military base, or anything of importance really... proper military actions would be taken.
Core Combine inner colony
Vokra was practically in paradice, he did not know how he had such luck as he was apparently promoted, having experience with the enemy must have somehow given quite a bit of credit and value which was all good in his mind, he was given command of a massive warfleet with 2 dreadnaughts and an uncountable amount of frigate and destroyer escorts as well as several carriers, of course it would be a while before he actually saw any action... dreadnaughts where very valuable ships replacable yes, but not without effort and the Core did not like to carelessly waste them... which was why they where sending smaller, weaker, and more numerous raider fleets to fight the first battles...