(UUNN HQ) As part of Festival! 118, The Sarath V Memorial Library will once again offer the Holiday Haiku contest where every entrant is a winner and every one gets a prize.
“You write a Haiku about your favorite published story in the library. . . you submit it . . . you win,” said Head Librarian H.E. Jenkins.
Although there are technical variations of what constitutes Haiku, the Library is going with the simple version: three lines with five, seven and five syllables respectively. A title for your haiku is optional. Each entrant will receive 500,000 credits and a Captain’s Commendation badge.
Submissions for all contests must be received by midnight (UTC) 118.11.24 to be considered for an award. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ANY registered 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.
by Yaz Shanndar
(Quantar Core) The Office of the Tahirs has announced that Thrice Seven hero Yasar El-Baz will be making an appearance on Quantar Core on 118.10.27 for his 100th-birthday commemoration.
“Yasar will be making his first public appearance in a very, very long time,” said A’lena Sular, First Acolyte to the Tahirs. “He should be arriving on Rashfajan (Saturday) around 14:00 UTC. We’re not sure how long he will be able to stay, but he has insisted on being there,” she added.
Sular also said that there will be complimentary Quanus Ice, Organic Food and Water for those joining the celebration.
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 of 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
by Yaz Shanndar
(Quantar Core) Although the asteroid cooling problem seemed to overshadow this year’s holiday, there were a couple of activities.
The first one was an opportunity for pilots to vote for a new Quantar award — the Shahir Assad or “Shining Lion.” The award is for lifetime achievements in service of Quantar. As with the Solrain Hall of Fame, the voting ended in a tie between Tezrend and Ambrosius, so a randomized choice was made — and the winner was Tezrend (aka Tesrend)! Votes were also received for tom-t and the late FS-Falcon.
The other holiday contest was QuanTrivia where there were four entrants getting all five answers correct and winning a Cesium Medal, a CM4 and 1 million credits! Congratulations to the winners: Hammer-BS, Gander, ML-Death and Clanlord!
The awarding of medals and prizes should be completed over the next few days. Continue reading
(Quantar Core) This year’s Quantar Miners’ Days holiday includes a QuanTrivia Contest. There are five question about Quantar culture and history. Some are easy . . . others are pretty challenging. Those who answer all five questions correctly will receive a Cesium Medal and 1 million credits and a CM4; those who answer 1 to 4 questions correctly will receive a Keval’s Thanks medal; and all other participants will receive a Captain’s Commendation.
Answers must be submitted to email@example.com by midnight (UTC) Sunday 118.9.2.
Here are the five questions:
- Which Quantar planet was most impacted by The Great Collapse?
- When Did Mehr’Lim (aka Quantar Core) Station Open?
- What Quantar trading and refining outpost was instrumental in the ending of the Second GVB Wars?
- What Quantar Zealot Group was destroyed in 97AT?
- What Quantar holiday is celebrated in the third month each year?
(Answers to all questions can be found using UUNN, TRI-Databank, The Sarath V Memorial Library or the Official Time Line.)
by Yaz Shanndar
(Quantar Core Station) A’Quina Meniokee, Vazir for the Fahil Mem’ta, opened the annual Miners Days holiday on Quantar Core Station, today. And while the crowd was in a celebratory mood, the Vazir was a bit more pensive.
“Shalim Children of Hamalzah! Today we gather here at the site of Mehr Limi’im — our Great Mother. She sustained us through very dark times and we gather here again in this troubled time where fewer and fewer pilots traverse the Skein, and now our miners find themselves unable to harvest the gifts we have been given. Strange things are afoot and we look to Hamalzah to light a path for us to follow.
“Let us trust in His guiding hand as we, together, strive to unravel this mystery.”
The traditional reading of the Parable of Karadron was broadcast shortly after the Vazir’s opening speech:
There have been no announcements of any other holiday events at this point. Last year, all events were held dirtside.