SAN ANGELES, EARTH – Eye Balthazar, leader of the Mystics of Val Shohob, confirmed today that his people are considering a bid to join the Stellar Consortium.

His world, currently among the independent planets, stands to benefit from Vanguard protection and Consortium trade agreements. The Consortium wouldn’t gain as much from Mystic membership, however, aside from some mineral resources and food crops.

“We hope to develop other resources over time,” Balthazar noted.