|Allegiance||Terran Confederation / Society of Mandarins|
|Notable Places||Ayer's Rock|
|Jump Links||Canewdon, Kabla Meth|
Ayer's is a remote star system on the outskirts of the Terran Confederation in the Epsilon Sector. It is counted as a Terran system, but has been under the control of the Kilrathi Empire and their allies since at least 2668.
Little is known of Ayer's, although its remoteness and proximity to Kilrathi territory may suggest that it hosts a minimal population. It is best known for being the site of Ayer's Rock, a secret facility hidden deep within a massive asteroid belt in the system. The facility served as the HQ for the Society of Mandarins, a Terran traitor organization that supported Kilrathi rule over the Terrans. The system's remoteness ensured that the base remained undiscovered for years.
In 2668, the Mandarins stole a prototype of the F-95 Morningstar, and Terran traitor Zachary Colson fled from prison, forcing Confed to take action to destroy the Mandarins. The leader of this effort was James "Paladin" Taggart, the head of the Secret Operations Division. With the help of his extensive spy network and Colonel Christopher Blair, his team discovered Ayer's Rock hidden deep within the Ayer's System, and drew up plans to destroy it.
The Terrans infiltrated Ayer's security by hiding aboard a captured Kilrathi transport, and they wore down the Mandarin/Kilrathi forces until Ayer's Rock was vulnerable to attack. Unfortunately for the Mandarins, it was at this point that they recalled all of their leaders to Ayer's Rock for an emergency session, since they believed that the TCS Concordia was on approach to Ayer's. This decision proved a fatal mistake, as the entire staff, along with Major Colson, were killed when Colonel Blair destroyed Ayer's Rock, effectively destroying the Mandarins.