Triggering one of the most intense internal witch-hunts during Raymond Karpov's reign as Primus of ComStar, the Veddar Affair revealed the successful infiltration of ComStar by the Lyran Intelligence Corps during the Second Succession War.
Rosemary Veddar, an agent of the elite Loki branch of the Lyran Commonwealth's intelligence agency, successfully penetrated the Blessed Order in the mid 2800's. Working undercover, within three years Veddar rose undetected to the rank of Adept while passing vital information back to the Commonwealth.
Eventually her luck ran out and she was discovered during one of ROM's intensive sweeps through the ranks of the Order, committing suicide before she could be interrogated. The fact she had operated undetected for so long sent shock-waves through the First Circuit. Primus Karpov's response was to enhance ROM's role in detecting outside agents, authorizing them to use lie detection equipment and even Star League era brainwashing drugs on both existing members of the order as well as all potential acolytes who wished to join.
- ComStar, p. 31 "The Veddar Affair"
- Intelligence Operations Handbook, p. 104 "Witch Hunts"