|Role||Historical Figure, Fought against the Vanduul at Armitage|
Condi Hillard never expected to be on the frontlines of an interspecies conflict when she bought an old Aegis Gladius from a scrapyard in 2677. Looking for a vessel she could leverage into a job, Hillard had fixed up and outfitted the old hull herself and found work in the Orion system as a security contractor for Orion Defense Protection. For the next 4 years, she was assigned to a distant outpost and things were relatively quiet for Hillard as she mostly dealt with scrubbers, roundhats, or pilots who had too much to drink. That changed the day Vanduul attacked Armitage.
This being the first time Humanity had ever encountered the Vanduul, no one was sure at that point if the attack on Armitage was going to be an isolated incident or the start of something greater. Most settlements in the system decided to wait and see as the UEE dispatched resources to study the new threat. It was two weeks later when a Vanduul raiding party attacked Hillard’s outpost.
Luckily, Hillard had increased her patrolling so she was ready when the clutch of Scythe appeared on her scans. Utilizing the mobility of her Gladius, Hillard was able to lead her team to destroy the Vanduul ships before they could strike the heart of the outpost. Only 15 lives were lost in the raid, and Hillard and her compatriots became the first pilots to successfully defeat a Vanduul force. It was in large part thanks to her success that the Navy decided to dispatch Squadron 36 to the system where the Gladius unit would eventually develop their highly effective ‘carry and leap’ technique. In recognition of Condi Hillard’s bravery and resourcefulness, a limited edition Gladius with a special tactical loadout has been issued that will proudly bear her legacy, codenamed the Gladius Valiant