The Republic of Texas Marine Corps’ military campaign in the Hyades Cluster was unlike any seen since we left Earth. They embraced the old slogan “improvise, adapt, and overcome” and came out with many new and old tactics to throw at the enemy. Hard points had been a staple a century before, often used to carry heavy missiles that could threaten warships into battle. A century of miniaturization had allowed fighters to carry far more powerful weapons with greater endurance on internal mounts, to the point that most new designs did not even incorporate the old hard points anymore. But enterprising individuals had designed powerful sensors, jammers, point defense mounts, and many other systems for hard points over the years. The Marines wanted access to those systems and fitted hard points onto all of their frontline designs for the Hyades Campaign. It is impossible to overestimate how much that flexibility affected Marine tactics in the years and decades to follow.