A backwater, mudball of a planet that’s home to the galaxies 3rd best interstellar circus comes under attack! -- LatinoThor45
Five hundred years has changed a lot of things. Thousands of years in deep-time colonies has changed so very, very much more. The nature of Circus has evolved. There is no animal exploitation. The trained creatures present are holograms. Artificial intelligences carefully monitored by the CRC and the AI Alliance. They were not that smart, and carefully made to be so.
The most glittering entertainment was the live performances by cogniscents. They were definitely consenting to be there, and happy to show off. Except, when they came to Planet Podunk, they took some time off. The circus itself moved on. Performers swapping out to show off with those who were exhausted and planning to take an extended break to recoup from being "on the road" and work on some new material.
That was the plan, before the Vorax to attacked. They thought they were visiting a resort-world where people farmed for the fringe benefits. It looked like a peaceful planet where few people went and few people came from. It looked like an idyllic haven where people went to relax and enjoy themselves. It looked like a soft place of easy pickings. Looks are always deceptive.