(UUNN HQ) There has been absolutely no word about plans for the Octavius Feast of the Fallen which begins in just two days on 118.5.25. If the normal cycle was followed, Ares Prime would be hosting and Emperor Venticus would be the official host. Venticus also currently oversees the Octavius Ministry of Culture — which has not responded to our queries.
About a month ago, Emperor Septus named his nephew as the new Supreme Military Strategist — which was surprising only in that it took so long for him to boot Ares Prime’s Petillius Lucanus out. Then, last week, a sniper took shots at Aqilus’ hunting party, killing a Praetorian identified as “Kasius” — who it turns out was Kasius Faust, the Emperor’s personal guard.
And while it seems unconnected Aqilus, Martius also announced a vague partnership with Hyperial. I have yet to find out what that is all about. Continue reading →
(Octavius Outpost) Three months after accounting irregularities were uncovered, Annilitech has announced that is is ceasing all operations effective immediately. In addition, an arrest warrant has been issued for former CFO Markos Theran.
(Danubia, Martius) An assassination attempt yesterday morning on Atticus Aqilus — who is Supreme Military Strategist for Octavius, as well as nephew of Emperor Septus and potential heir to the throne — was unsuccessful.
Aqilus and a few close friends were hunting in the mountains of Umbrii at approximately 07:00 when two shots were fired by an apparent sniper. The first shot grazed Marcus Digitus, a friend of Aqilus; the second killed a Praetorian Guard identified only as Kasius, who had moved to protect Aqilus.
A man-hunt for the assassin has been under way since yesterday, but the rugged terrain and a storm front moving in has hampered the efforts.
(Hyperial Station) Hyperial Special Representative Dr. Viggio Ragne and Cicero Rnenta, Consul for Martius, met today to finalize an agreement. They released the following statement:
Today we take a step which will be long-remembered. Emperor Atticus Septus and President Drago Maximilian have reached out across the Void to form a partnership. Despite our different histories . . . our different traditions . . . our different politics, they have found enough common ground to build an important partnership that, we hope, will bring just a little bit of unity in our badly-fractured corner of space.
There were no details provided about the pact other than the fact that it would include shared research and resources, and that its impact would be felt within days.
(Solrain Core) In 085 a 28-year-old Demeter Garreth was elected Speaker for Soria. Today, at age 60, she took over as Premier, replacing the retiring Cristofore Parce, who made the following statement at the transition ceremony:
Today, with mixed emotions, I leave this great office. It has been my honor to lead the STCC for 20 years. Since that time, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since the inception of the Reconstruction Initiative — our conviction that, together, we can change anything and everything . . . for the better.
I have great confidence in Premier Garreth’s abilities as a leader — which she has demonstrated over and over. And it gives me great comfort in transferring this Office to her.
Some believed that Garreth, who is turning 61 shortly, may retire from political office at the end of her current Speaker’s term in two months. When asked about that, she replied: “To be honest, I had not decided. I certainly have not been campaigning the way I had in the past at this time. But when this entirely new challenge was presented . . . well, this old girl just loves new challenges.”
(Solrain Core) According to sources within the STCC, 10-term Speaker Demeter Garreth will be moving her office “down the hall” as she takes over her new role as Premier of the STCC effective 118.5.1.
Garreth’s selection has been speculated-upon for the last week — with many wondering if she was even interested in the job. Until the upcoming election on 7.1, the role of Speaker for Soria will be temporarily filled by Garreth’s First Assistant, Aeolsah Radic.
An official release from the STCC is expected shortly.