In 2164, the the Boslic trading vessel Namkun travelled into uncharted space. Following a journey of five weeks, the crew docked at an automated trading post operated by white robots. During the stay, the station abducted a life support specialist from Namkun and disguised the crew loss as a deadly accident. Before the Namkun departed, the trading post advertised similar stations.
On November 18th, the Namkun travelled too deep into white robot territory to investigate their mysterious background. The robots sent orbital patrol ships to destroy the Namkun. Captain Bievel begged for mercy and futilely tried to warn the Federation about the new threat. The white robots destroyed the Namkun. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Tower of Babel)