It’s Hellion Day!

by Yaz Shanndar

(Wake Station) Here’s a “Fact of the Day” for you …

Although it’s not considered a holiday anymore, some older Sols will remember today as “Hellion Day.”  It is a commemoration of the day that has traditionally marked the end ofhellion the Dark Age that followed The Great Collapse — the day when Sorian explorers first landed on the planet Hellion.

Many non-Solrains don’t know it, but Hellion was a product of The Great Collapse, which altered its orbit so much that it’s frozen oceans melted.  The newly-thawed planet was discovered in 1,959 BT and terraforming began in 4,908 BT — but the first explorers did not arrive until 1707.10.15 BT on the ship New Dawn. Continue reading


Scientists Propose Original Purpose of “The Henge”

by Thane Carios

(Alexios, Soria)  A consortium of Solrain scientists and engineers studying The Henge today released their theory on its original purpose.

“We have been studying these structures for years and there have been many theories the-hengeover that time,” said Dr. Piter Moss, Professor of Applied Physics at The Alexios Institute.  “Most of them have been more speculation than true theory.  But now we have a very high confidence level, that this was an enormous electromagnetic arrestor apparatus , built to facilitate the landing of large ships.  There’s no way to speculate yet on the exact nature of these ships — they could have been cargo ships, transport ships, or large military vessels.”

“Our work on this is far from done.  This is one of the most significant pre-collapse sites on Solrain and we hope to gain further insights into pre-collapse technology in general by even further understanding the incredible engineering here.”

The Henge was last in the news when 24 members of The Solarian Apostolate were found dead there, believed to be a mass-suicide.


Dannewar Surfaces to Make Statement on Recent Findings

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Wake)  Seven days ago it was determined that the audio that was captured by Dr. Thane Dannewar did, indeed have underlying data.  Dr. Dannewar has been completely unavailable to the media, but today he released the following statement.

“Initially it was a very emotional time,” said Dannewar.  “You have to understand, I have been searching all of my life for answers about planet Solrain.  I’ve always had some irrational hope that it was out there to be found somewhere . . . still managing to survive.  I’m not sure this recent finding supports that hope.

“What we have appears to be a log created by a distress system.  After the initial entry at 5:52 all subsequent log entries are periodic, every five minutes.  The final intact entry is at 11:00.  There is some corruption of the data within this timeframe and that is unclear whether the log itself  was corrupted or the dataset became corrupted in the intervening time.

“The key is the date:  4816.16.8.  This is a Sorian Standard date-stamp.  The Sorian year 4816 corresponds to the TRI Year 2000 BT — the assumed year of The Great Collapse.  While we usually see Sorian dates expressed as ‘mm.dd’ it is not unheard of for that to be reversed in some systems – and that is the case here.  So the event triggering this distress system happened in 2000 BT at 5:52 on 8.16.  The system stopped recording at about 11:00.  So if we assume this is authentic (and I believe it is), we can hypothesize that what we are seeing is a five-hour period representing the initial effects of The Great Collapse – and, possibly, it’s final catastrophic effects.”

Dr. Dannewar said he is continuing his search for additional evidence of the lost planet, it’s current location, and its fate.

Scientists Debate Causes of The Catastrophe

by Thane Carios

(Argolis, Hellion) A three-day Symposium was held this week at Samons University in Argolis to discuss the event back on 112.4.30 that resulted in the period of nearly two years that has come to be known as “The Darkness.” The attendees discussed possible causes and planning how to protect against further such events. More than 200 scientists and engineers from Octavius, Quantar and Solrain gathered at the university, along with a small delegation of political observers from Hyperial (who attended via vidconference), to share and analyze data they had collected.

Opinions differed on whether the causes of the Great Collapse and The Catastrophe were the same – or even related. “The Great Collapse was a huge, cataclysmic event that wiped out just about everything,” said Kinn Torsky, the Director of R&D for T&P Systems. “I believe it was probably gravitic in nature – but it was thousands of years ago, so that’s hard to ascertain. But the recent event was more like a massive pulse that disabled and damaged jumpgates, and wiped out power generation and information systems. It was very different from The Great Collapse – and certainly much easier to recover from.”

Two groups have been formed in the wake of the Symposium:

– The Engineering Group will focus on best-solutions to protect against future events – such as EMP and EMI filters and optical backup systems.

– The Event Analysis Group will focus on identifying the nature and source of the event as well, possible methods for early warning.

When one of the Hyperial political observers was asked to comment on the symposium and its outcomes, she answered, “Hyperial had absolutely nothing to do with The Event. Anyone suggesting otherwise is just spreading rumours and looking to smear the good-name of Hyperial. They have no facts or evidence.”