Pilots Report Blue Roids; Quantar Launches Research Mission

by Thane Carios

(Quantar Core)  Questions started coming in on 118.7.20 according to Quantar Core Station Governor Delphia Neamru.  “We started getting question whether there was a surge of new recruits,” said Governor Neamru.  “All of the roids close to our docking rings were bright blue — usually a sure sign of new pilots.  But as time wore on they stayed blue — and the logs showed that we have not seen any kind or new-recruit influx.”

QC Blue RoidsAsteroids are heated during the mining-laser extraction process.  As they heat, the extraction becomes less and less efficient until at 930 degrees, the extraction process stops altogether, and cannot be resumed until the asteroid has cooled.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Third Tahir, Dr. Silar Tashawar, who has degrees in Geology and Economic Petrology, as well as a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Jenos School of Mines.  “Space is not any warmer than it was a week ago.  The heating is a very short-term effect of laser extraction.  But obviously there’s some reason … so we have launched a major mission to re-calibrate some beacons to try to determine what’s happening.  We’ve also been scanning and monitoring a number of different rocks … but just not finding anything,” he said, shaking his head.

Although, the non-cooling asteroids first became apparent in Quantar, it appears that most, if not all, other areas of space have been impacted.  Venurian Prospecting, which manufactures most mining lasers in use today, has confirmed that there has been no changes or issues in its mining laser manufacturing process.

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The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 5 – by Ares Kiden

Martius in the News

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

Garreth Rumored to be Leading Choice for Premier

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ) Sources within the STCC have indicated that Demeter Garreth has been the leading candidate to replace the retiring Cristofore Parce as Premier.  Garreth has served as the Speaker for Soria for 10 terms and would be up for re-election in two months.

It is not known whether Garreth actually wants the position, since in some ways, the Speaker holds more political power.  The Council will need to finalize its decision soon, as Parce leaves office in just 11 days.

Pilot Claims Responsibility for Transport Destruction; TRI Fumes

by Thane Carios

(GBS Station)  After TRI Corp. initially announced that it believed its TRI-TRAN-1 automated transport ship had probably been destroyed by storms or Conflux, pilot RazorsKiss publicly claimed that he had destroyed the ship and its cargo — as revenge for an alleged “hit” put on him by TRI Asst. Director of Conflux Studies (TRI-DEF-CSD), Carlo Adiar.

“This pilot needs to be punished — severely,” said TRI Corporation CEO, Garth Taren.  “First of all, his rationale is ridiculous.  It’s either a lie or a delusion.  I’d love to see the ‘intelligence’ produced that implicates Mr. Adiar.”

“I have no idea what the real motivation was here, but the load of gold and platinum lost,while very valuable, was not the real loss here.  We lost 25 antiflux that we had been able to retrieve from the old Conflux Containment Center (CCC) facility in Inner Aman.  They were destined for public markets to help alleviate the shortage.  And the most tragic loss was a data disk containing invaluable, irreplaceable conflux data — which we also recovered from the CCC facility.”

“We have contacted Solrain, Octavius and Quantar to discuss possible political implications, since the actions of this pilot have broad cross-factional impacts.”

 

TRI Offers Reward for Missing Transport

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core)  TRI Corporation announced today that it will offer a 3 million credit reward for the location of the missing transport ship (TRI-TRAN-1) with its cargo intact.

“We realize now that we need more help with this,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI-TRAN-1TRI Security.  “Our searches have turned up nothing.  As far as we can determine the ship should be somewhere between Inner Gyre and Light Lost — so that’s a lot of space to cover.

“The big concern is that shield and armor storms that frequent this area will destroy the ship before we can get to it, so time is critical.”

Ronin said that the ship is a standard remote-piloted Solrain tow with 500u of cargo.  He indicated that if the cargo was not intact, TRI Corp will pay a reward equal to 10% of the value of the remaining cargo.  If the ship is empty, it will pay 250,000 credits.

If you locate the ship, contact TRI-SEC immediately at tri@tri-subspace.net

Largest Conflux Swarm in History Detected. Invasion Planned.

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ) What is believed to be the largest Conflux Swarm ever recorded has been located in Conflux sector C3309 and is projected to slowly head toward Pulsar Gate. TRI-DEF is organizing an interdiction invasion through Pulsar Gate and has called on pilots from ALL factions to join the effort.

“This is too big for us to handle by ourselves,” said TRI-DEF spokesperson A. Trottel. “We need every able-bodied pilot available to meet in GBS at 4:01p UTC to go after this super-mega-swarm. But this has to happen quickly. If that swarm makes its way into our space, who knows what kind of destruction could result.”

The invasion will be led by two new Advanced-Technology Enforcers: TRI-SEC-464f and TRI-SEC-4f4c.

Pilots are encouraged to get to GBS at least 15 minutes early so the invasion can proceed on-time.

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 4 – by Ares Kiden

Well there has not been a ton of news since the last Update, but wanted to keep things rolling anyway.

Election Adventures

Not going to re-hash everything that has been published, but this has been a little raucous.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything but after-the-fact news about Hyperial elections, but this one has kept the popcorn popping.  Guy appears out of nowhere to become a candidate and starts broadcasting dirty laundry.  Ok, not really dirty — just slightly sweaty maybe.  Then an alleged supporter gets arrested for hauling contraband . . . but maybe he’s not really a supporter.  And now the dark-horse candidate has clammed-up with the election a few days away.  But we did learn what a wonderful place Barnard is.

Smuggling Upsurge

So what’s going on with Prosthetics?  We had not heard a word about them for years and now we’ve seen them in the news for the second time, and it’s pretty clear that TRI-SEC is on the lookout for more.  I assume they’re still coming from Hyperial, so stemming the tide should be fairly easy.  But why is there even a market for them?  Have to look into this some more, I think.

 

. . . like I said, not a lot of news.