A smuggler flying a modified Phaeton fast-transport died today while being pursued by TRI Security (TRI-SEC) forces. TRI-SEC had scanned him and found him to be carrying two units of illegal Prosthetics. The chase continued through Dark Gateway, Primus Point, Arkans Cloud, The Outer Edge and The Outer Rim.
The smuggler’s ship hit a petal while exiting the Outer Rim gate towards The Rim. For some reason — perhaps because of the ship’s illegal ship modifications — the LifePod(tm) did not separate and the pilot was killed. The Solrain smuggler used the callsign Orico, though it is believed that this was a stolen transponder.
“Prosthetics activity seems to be on the rise again — especially out of Lothars,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI-SEC. “Prices have skyrocketed and these smugglers are willing to take big risks for big profits. But it won’t be worth it. We will catch them.”
TRI Corporation issued the following statement regarding reports of unusual messages being broadcast on KTRI:
We have checked all systems and can find no issues, errors or security breaches. In order to investigate this further, we would need timely reports of exactly when messages are appearing. Images of the corrupted messages could also be helpful. Reports should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(GBS Station) Proprietor/Bartender Torn Danton announced today that the SpaceBar Pub — a long-time destination for tired, thirsty pilots in GBS Station — is closing down there.
“There’s just no way to keep things going,” said Danton. “There’s no traders, no smugglers, no spies. I’m going f#*!ing crazy sitting here alone day after day — just watching my accounts drain down. Can’t keep the beer fresh. Can’t keep the food fresh(ish). It’s time.”
For many years, GBS Station was a place where pirates, smugglers, non-factionalists and many others found a place to avoid prying eyes, and avoid the strict PR requirements and taxation on equipment purchases at Factional stations. Information was traded even more frequently than silicon or Flashfires – and probably at even greater profit. The Space Bar was at the center of it all.
“I have been here running this dump for 18 years,” said Danton, the long-time owner. “This isn’t an easy decision. But I’m not shutting down. I’m moving everything — the bar, the booths, the walls. It’s all moving to Klatsches Hold where, hopefully, we’ll get a little more traffic. If that doesn’t work . . . I just don’t know.”
(Quantar Core)Festival 118! came to a close with some mixed reviews. About 40 pilots were online over the four days of the holiday, but according to TRI Corporation, which sponsors the annual holiday events, pilots participation in contests and events was fairly disappointing across the board.
Conversely, there was some disappointment with TRI Corp’s event management as well. Pilot Sinver slammed the running of Friday’s Treasure Hunt event, saying:
“I was looking forward to this all,day while at work. I’ve wasted an entire evening because quite frankly, you couldn’t organize a piss up in a brewery. The clues were useless. Don’t even bother tomorrow. Just park the ship and forget about it. A great idea, really great idea terribly executed. My entire evening wasted. Thanks guys.”
Voting has opened today for the 118 Pilots’ Choice Awards. Medals for Combat, Mining, Conflux Hunting, Economy Support and Leadership will be awarded to pilots receiving the most votes — though there is a seven-vote minimum to qualify for an award. A Pilots’ Choice Award can be given to ANYregistered pilot and any pilot can vote — but just once.
ALL PILOTS are encouraged to participate by voting HERE
Any awards will be presented to pilots during this year’s Festival! celebration which will run from 118.11.22 through 118.11.25.
(UUNN HQ) It’s finally done. Thanks primarily to Clanlord, Gen.Tra and Morris, the targeted hives in sectors First Sight, C-3309, C-1101, C-1102,and C-2199 were destroyed and most of them have not re-spawned. And as predicted, asteroids that were staying in a high-entropy (heated) state after mining have finally begun to cool.
“Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly what was causing the problem with mined asteroids not-cooling,” said Carlo Adiar, TRI Corp’s Assistant Director for Conflux Studies. “Nor do we know which hive(s) and sector(s) were the source. But we just didn’t have the luxury of taking the time to narrow it down one-by-one.” Continue reading →
(UUNN HQ) It appears that the “Hive Buster” mission that was initiated on 118.9.25 (and then roundly ignored) has been changed and simplified. The original mission called for the completed destruction of all hives in five targeted sectors withing a one-hour period.
The “new” mission is calling for destruction of “most” of the hives, and does not appear to have a time limit.
Each of the targeted sectors had five hives. Pilot Morris has reported that some of these are not respawning after destruction — and that those that do respawn are greatly weakened.
Some pilots have questioned whether the new mission will, in fact, shut down the energy waves coming from Conflux Space that have now disrupted mining operation for months . . . or whether this is simply a tactic to get to pilots base to “try something.”