Much of the remaining journey went as might be expected - the Kadeshi fighters had a key hand in negating the ghost ship's control, and the Bentusi shared super heavy chassis technology with the both of them, while I simply got to catch up with what I could produce with my carrier, and with the application of what I already have, it means I can operate them all unmanned. The combination of technologies under my design, Kushan and Kadeshi, makes for an interesting series of ships - ultimately they are no more effective than either side's, but they are slightly more compact, and lean toward the better in all respects.
The Kadeshi are ecstatic to receive super-heavy chassis research; this alone would have justified their journey out of the nebula. One of the two motherships that accompanied us out returns to the nebula, in order to make sure they have that technology and can build upon it for the future.
The attack on the Bentusi trade ship is routed quickly, though my carrier and the Dreadnaught both take damage as a result from a pair of heavy cruisers. Only partially repaired before the next jump, we are caught in a trap and all strike craft neutralized due to gravity wells. Fortunately, the trap was not for us, but for Captain Elson, a Taiidani rebel. Once the trap is dealt with, I go with the Kadeshi fleet, and let the Exiles follow up with him.
On our way to Hiigara, we act as the diversion to help them fly under the radar. Outposts are raided, technologies stolen, I manage to capture a Taiidani carrier and a couple of missile destroyers for myself (to say nothing of what the Kadeshi capture - salvage corvette army, anyone?), and we push on to Hiigara, reconnecting with the Exile fleet at the hyperspace inhibitor.