Rock & Hard Place
Rock & Hard Place is the mission to acquire the third shard. It requires establishing an ally relation with the Iconians. I've worked hard on this one making sure my abilities were right mainly Diplomacy, Trade and Espionage and, I have made good progess, until recently, it's seems stuck.
I've reviewed the Victory screen and it's been at 87% for some time. I've built my relations with the Iconians from the initial cool up to friendly. It's been expensive. I've given them Techs, many BCs and ships when needed. I've carefully positioned my planets to most impinge on the enemy and assist the Iconians the most. That's all working. It's impossible for the Iconians to get wiped out, the enemy is subdued and we're no 1 and 2 in all key categories.
However, I can't seem to get the Iconians to grant me the needed ally status. What's required? Do I need to wipe out all the enemy planets 100% to achieve an ally status? I've also in the process of taking planets made sure to gift three carefully chosen ones to the Iconians. They're so ungrateful. No improvement. The Iconion did say he was "elevating" our relations but they stayed stucl at 87%. No change and no ally status. So what's the secret? Help please.