It is the year M.E. 999.M12. Astro Jaegers, mercenaries of the big houses, seeing as "the black hands", are becoming more and more important under the increasingly corrupted reign of the Second Terran Republic. The Epsilon-Phi Trading Conglomerate, controlling industries of 11 systems, is recruiting Astro Jaegers to protect its merchant fleets against pirates. However, the Knight House of Astoria, and the infamous House of Toc, those once against the Conglomerate, has sent in infiltrators and mercenaries. Who would reign the hostile systems? It is up to the powerful jaegers to decide in this secret war.