|Maquis Resistance Cell|
The Demilitarized Zone
Deep in the Demilitarised Zone, during the heyday of the Maquis, Schulman Outpost has come under attack by the Cardassians. In a ruthless, salted-earth assault, the entire outpost has been razed in their attempts to eliminate the Maquis cell based in the small colony. Outnumbered on the ground and in the air, the Maquis vessel known as the Skarbek escaped only by performing a dangerous, in-atmosphere jump to warp, after ensuring the safe evacuation of the civilian population.
Insider speculation is that the Cardassians' primary goal was the successful capture of a Starfleet intelligence officer currently held captive aboard the Skarbek. Commander Quinn Reynolds was recently kidnapped from a Starfleet vessel in a daring guerilla raid, and is believed to possess knowledge both sensitive and potentially damaging to the Cardassian Union. The exact nature of this information, and how the Maquis plan to acquire and use it, is currently unknown.
During their flight from Schulman, the crew of the Skarbek experienced a series of bizarre hallucinations. The exact cause is unknown, but theories range from an experimental Cardassian weapon to poisoning from the toxic gases released during the razing of the outpost.
When a recent raid on a Cardassian installation was met with unexpected resistance, the crew of the Skarbek took significant losses. It is believed that they have retreated to Peshkova Colony to lick their wounds and mourn their dead.