Big Sol Holiday … Little Sol Interest

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Core) Cleanup crews didn’t have to put in any overtime after this, most recent, Reconstruction Days holiday.  To be fair, as in recent years there has been a far smaller event lineup than there was in days past, but participation this year was minimal and

First there was the “Holiday Mission” — a mission to haul in the commidities needed to manufacture Electronics was completed in time for the end of the holiday.  The mission was completed by Quantar pilot Hammer-BS.

There was also a “Rediscovering the Past” artifact contest.  The winner once again, Quantar pilot Hammer-BS.  Here are the details:

  • First-place: Hammer_BS (91) Cesium Medal and EB-3/2/1 stack
  • Second place Aeghwhyn (46) Platinum Medal and an EB-3
  • Third place NUBERANGER (30) Antimony Medal and an EB-2

There were no other participants.

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The Catastrophe, Remembered

By Yaz Shanndar

Most pilots remember exactly where they were when it was happened.  Listenting to JPR . . . fighting Conflux . . . tuning beacons . . . mining . . .

Then everything went dark.

The following is the 115.4.30 recording of the speech by Sarath V on the third Anniversary of The Catastrophe (he died just six months later).

This week, on 120.4.30, we mark the eighth anniversary of The Catastrophe.  And as with every year since 114 when Founders Day was officially moved, this anniversary overlaps with the Solrain holiday.

Solrain has planned no space-based Founders’ Day celebrations this year.

DSS Riddle Deepens

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ) Further follow-up discussions has revealed a yet deeper mystery to the “message” on the DSS-3 recently data-recovered and decrypted by Jalil Aq’tamm and Hammer-BS.  We have now learned that image hidden within the first image somehow leads to a cryptic survey titled The Inquest (25.3.5010).  Inquest

When asked about his recent decryption revelation, Hammer-BS said, “There were 4 phases of decryption from octal numbers to text, from text to image, from image to qr-code and from qr-code to survey. Especially the hidden image was tough to find as there’s no obvious clue that it is there.” Continue reading

DSS Duo Unveils Image Riddles

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ)  DSS expert Jalil Aq’tamm announced last week that he had recovered an especially large, clean dataset from a DSS3 that he believed to contain some sort of media file.  Within hours, his unofficial partner, Hammer-BS, had decrypted that file and determined it to be an image.  The issue was that the image just did not make a lot of 3_marksense.

The slightly-distorted image was a red imprint with the numeral “3” in each of the corners, and a horn at the center of an oveal with words surrounding it.  According to Hammer-BS it was some sort of very ancient currency used specifically to procure communication services. Continue reading

Quantar Honors Yasar El-Baz

by Yaz Shanndar

(Quantar Core Station)  Quantar celebrated the 100th birthday of Yasar El-Baz, the last remaining Quantar member of the Thrice Seven.

A small group gathered for a welcome speech by Third Tahir Dr. Silar Tashawar, which highlighted the amazing number of seminal evebnts that have happened during Yasar’s 100-year lifetime.  The Tahir also took the opportunity to recognize Yasar’s years of service with two awards:  Quantar’s Flame and The Spade of Karadron.

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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

T7 Centenarian Celebration Planned

UUNN Newswire

(Quantar Core Station) The Office of the Tahirs announced today that all of Quantar will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Yasar El-Baz on 118.10.27.  Yasar is best known as one of the Quantar members of the Thrice Seven, but he also created the earliest post-collapse asteroid map of Quantar space, and had a long career in mining and exploration.  He is the last surviving member of the Quantar T7s.

No details on the celebrations have, as yet, been released.

Historian Questions Recent Find

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core)  A DSS that was decrypted on 2.26 included something that appeared to be the date 3674.3.9.  It appears to be using the Sorian Standard calendar — which would make the date 3136 BT.  We asked Professor D. Karr of the University of Solrain at Sol Core (USSC) to give us a statement on the find.DSS decrypted by razorskiss

“It’s pretty impossible to make any judgement on this.  If this is authentic — and if, in fact 3674.3.9 is a date and not some other kind of counter — it would be the oldest piece of history found to date.  Right now, our verified history starts at 2690 BT.  Anything before that is legend.  So this would push that ‘history’ back more than 500 years.  That being said, it would not not be very usable history since this just appears to be a system diagnostic of some sort.  Not sure how that could add to our knowledge.”

When asked about the mention of ‘TRI,’ Professor Karr responded, “Well . . . if ‘TRI’ means The Reconstruction Initiative or TRI Corporation, then 3674.3.9 isn’t a date.  If 3674.3.9 is a date, then ‘TRI’ has some other connotation.  It’s that simple.”

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.

 

Imperial War Helmet to Go on Display

by Yaz Shanndar

(Danubia, Martius)  For the first time in 50 years, the war helmet of Emperor Atticus VI will be made available for public display.

Battle Helmet

“The last time it was displayed was for the 100th anniversary of his death,” said Anto Islin, Legate for Danubia Province.  “Emperor Septus felt it appropriate to made it available to the public again on the 150th anniversary of his death.”

The public display at the Imperial Heritage Museum in Danubia will begin tomorrow, 117.12.2 — the anniversary of Atticus’ death — and will continue until the end of the year.

Atticus VI (85 BT – 33 BT) is best known as the last Emperor of a unified Octavius.  Atticus VI took that throne in 45.8 BT after the culmination of the Unification Wars.  Atticus VI held the throne for just 12 years, dying at age 52

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