We had some problems with capturing the baseline data on beacon stats. If you want to participate in the Beacon Tuning Contest that runs TODAY (Thursday) thru midnight (UTC) on Saturday, please take a SCREEN SHOT of your stat page, showing the beacons stat before you start and email it to us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Quantar Core) Quantar has released the three datasets to be used in the Miners’ Days “Uncovering Our History” event with the following instructions:
Participants may try to decode as many of the datasets as they like, but you may only submit one for the contest. If we have already received a successful decryption of the DSS you submitted, we will notify you and you will have the opportunity to try to decrypt one of the other DSS.
The data should not only be decrypted, but where there is corruption, you must attempt to interpolate to make sense of the information. It is also important to try to determine a date wherever possible.
The first pilot to submit a successful decryption for each DSS will win the Seeker of Knowledge award along with an EB-3. ALL those submitting a decryption attempt will receive a Captain’s Commendation.
THESE ARE THE DATASETS
DSS-1 Has been decrypted! Work on DSS-2 and DSS-3 if you want a prize.
(Quantar Core) – Sunday afternoon saw the successful running of the Miners Day Short Track Shuttle Race and the Quantar medals awarded by Third Tahir Silar Tashawar.
Though open to pilots all factions, the racing pilots were primarily Quantar. Here is a quick run down of the racers and outcomes (each of which receive the Captain’s Commendation participation badge):
Filzi – Notorious Octavian member of Unbreakable, and runner up by the tiniest of margins in July’s Solrain shuttle race, proved his past performance was no fluke by winning Sunday’s race handily, earning the Cesium medal.
Kasia – Founder of the Good Shepherds came in second place for the Platinum medal, just nudging out…
hifly – Antimony medal winner for his third place finish, and bearer of the torch for the legendary -=MACK=- haulers.
Jalil – A well known DSS decryption merchant, flew the slower Storm shuttle and yet somehow led the race early, but lost track of the racing course midway.
al_Hamalza – Finished in fifth place and was still celebrating his Optimus achievement that day by handing out Quanus Ice to all takers.
Radar – did not finish due to a critical impact event with the Beacon midway through the course, and receives the Sarath’s Laughter medal for his efforts.
As a point of interest, the race on Sunday marked the largest known gathering of Gust shuttles seen since the “Nukes for All” protest held at Solrain Core back in AT 102 (file photo.)
For Saturday’s Pure Mining Contest, pilot Narada of Q-Mining PLC put on a clinic with over 140 pures mined, earning himself the Cesium medal and an unadvertised bonus of a CM-4 from event sponsor Venurian Prospecting Ltd. (Narada mined more than 2nd and 3rd place combined! And his time in the spotlight isn’t quite over yet…) Second place in the Pure Contest and a Platinum medal went to pilot hifly, with third place being a tie between al_Hamalza and Hammer-BS (both pilots getting the Antimony medal).
Tahir Tashawar also handed out two Quantar’s Flame medals. The first was to Narada, and the second went to tom-t. This medal is for pilots who demonstrate significant advancement along the Path of Roh either by their impressive and loyal piloting record or through some grand gesture benefiting the Qua’ it tahir.
Tashawar concluded the ceremony with a traditional Quantar blessing: May Hamalzah grant you the vision to see the Path, the courage to choose it, and the strength to walk it.
(Quantar Core) After weeks of absolute news blackout regarding the upcoming major Quantar festival, the Tahirs have finally release a schedule. Insiders point to power-struggles between the Tahirs and a strong move to keep several of the ancient festivals traditions more dirtside-focused — a clear shift away from recent years where traditions like “The Blessing of the Shovels” was held concurrently in planetside temples as well as outside Quantar Core Station.
The three-day festival schedule released by the Office of the Third Tahir is as follows:
Day 1 – 115.9.4
Commencement of the three-day Quantar Faction Mining Mission
12 noon UTC — Recital of The Parable of Kardaron (the Reading by Second Tahir Sandokhan Neamru will be available on UUNN)
Day 2 – 115.9.5
12:01a – 12 midnight UTC (i.e. all day) Pure Mining Contest — the pilots, Quantar or gefir, who mine-out the most pure asteroids during this 24-hour period will win awards.
(Solrain Core) After waiting nearly a month, some pilots have finally received the medals awarded to them on 115.7.5. The delays were directly related to the fact that the medals awarded are new ones:
The Captain’s Commendation badge is named in honor of pilot Captain Cow who’s enthusiastic support and sponsorship of events is well known throughout space. It is awarded to pilots who’s participation makes space a little better for everyone.
This new medal trio can be awarded by any faction for any type of event. Cesium, Platinum, and Antimony are awarded for first, second, and third place finishes, respectively.
TRI-Corp Public Relations Director Elle Rodan explained, “There vvere unexpectatio issues, as there always are vvith such things. Our most sincere remorsa over the delays is outweighed only by our great propio in the new medal set, especially the CC badge. Again, many congratulations to the vvinners!”
The Solrain Stars that were awarded to pilots Elayne and -Dean- were given to those pilots on the day of the awards ceremony along with other awards mentioned in this article. During the ceremony, Speaker Demeter Garreth gave the following advice:
We are told by officials in Octavius and Quantar that their criteria is similar for the awarding of the top tiers of factional medals: that is, statistic-based general piloting recognition awards require factional loyalty and solid home faction political rating. However, all factions are willing to award non/multi-factionalist pilots after some discrete and dramatic act of support is rendered to that faction.
(Wake) – Sunday’s awards ceremony for Solrain’s Reconstruction Days Holiday held during a Tour of the Solrain Planets delivered some things mundane, some mildly interesting, and quite a few surprises.
The Tour/Ceremony was conducted by Soria Speaker Demeter Garreth, even though this year’s holiday organizational duties (and campaign kickoff for her reelection bid next year) fell to the Amanra Speaker Cassia Verhal. Spaceborne activities were implemented by Assistant Tmolus Shaen of the STCC’s Cornea based Pilot Liaison Office. The tour began at Wake, flew through Cornea, and ended at Sol Core. Our dirtside sources on Amanra have hinted that Speaker Verhal was displeased that none of the pilot activities took place around her home planet.
As part of the ongoing Factional/TRI awards system cleanup effort, a new set of competitive event medals (Cesium, Platinum, and Antimony Medals for 1st/2nd/3rd), and a new participation badge (Captain’s Commendation, named for frequent event organizer CaptainCow) were not yet available for distribution. Director of Public Relations for TRI-Corp, Elle Rodan, said “VVe had some unexpected technicae issues. Please have patience! All vvill be made effectua soon.”
The following pilots will receive a Captain’s Commendation badge for participation over the weekend: Askume, Canuck, Elayne, hifly, FFK_Masssa, Filzi, Joker_GdI, MM_Massa, Narada, PodRider1, Radar, RedDwarf, Rosberg, Saroel, ShapeShift, and Sweithek.
Friday’s short track shuttle race, held in Wake sector, had the following results: Cesium to Rosberg (squad Q-Racing), Platinum to Filzi (Unbreakable), Antimony to Radar (=ACME=)
Friday’s station debris photo lottery: Narrow Canal to Radar (=ACME=); Outer Ring to PodRider1 (=ACME=).
Narrow Canal debris was confirmed to be fragments of Soria’s old Bravo Class orbital station, catastrophically destroyed in 416 BT by experiments based on Samons’ jump research.
Outer Ring debris was confirmed to be fragments of the Quantar Trade Depot destroyed by Hyperial in the Second GVB War, 86 AT.
Saturday’s DSS Decryption Contest was won by Narada (Q-Mining PLC) who at the time of awards had the only contest entries earning him the entire purse. Askume (Kraken Guard) turned in late but fully restored translation of DSS #3. Both pilots were awarded the Seeker of Knowledge medal, and their work can be found in the comments section here. These decryptions may well have important implications. [Editor’s note: readers may rest assured that UUNN will be following up with experts in the related fields…for discs 1 and 2. The Baby Bits recipe bears no further investigation.]
The Solrain Star was awarded to unsquadded pilot Elayne. Speaker Garreth received an updated awards list inflight from the office of STCC Premier Cristofore Parce that also included a Solrain Star for pilot -Dean- of SOL NAVY. Garreth had obvious difficulty giving the award to a member of the squad that as she said, “nearly cost [her] the election” and implied a political motivation behind the award.
The “loop” of Faction Missions begun on at the start of the weekend have crept along at a pace that can only be called glacial, considering the strong payout. The Solrain sponsored Hyperial FM has outpaced the faction’s own Sol Core mission by a near 2:1 margin, breaking the “loop” theory, which is no doubt another embarrassment for the office of Pilot Liaison.
(Solrain Core) The recent stir over TRI’s choice to award medals during traditional factional holidays has not yet run its course. Many are claiming that it is just an attempt to draw attention to TRI, away from the factions. TRI is adding into this mix a partial revamp of its medal system. Elle Rodan, Director of Public Relations for TRI-Corp, gave this statement:
With all due respect to the former RMD staffers who set up the medal system, none of whom are still with TRI-Corp, the old award system was a complete mess. Some medals were never given out, others were so extremely specific that they would likely never be given out again, still others have virtual duplicates, and even a few awards are just complete nonsense. In the coming weeks and months, we will be reviewing each medal carefully and rolling out a significant set of changes to the discretionary awards (such as Dead Fish). The automated awards for everyday pilot activities (such as Miners Heart) will remain unchanged.
For the short term, we are pleased to institute a new TRI tradition, that of giving out our most significant awards concurrently with the major Factional holiday ceremonies. Since the heritage of TRI is a blend of all factions, and the current operational realities of TRI-Corp are such that we still enjoy a very close relationship with every faction, CEO Garth Taren with full support of the TRI Board of Governors felt this was a perfect approach. We are not here to step on the Factions, but to assist them, work with them, and fill in the gaps, so to speak. A great many pilots fly with distinction for the greater good of all humanity rather than only for their home faction, and thus would not qualify for any of the major factional honors.
Sunday’s Solrain award ceremony is scheduled to begin at roughly 21:00 GMT, after the Convoy Event commemorating the Repopulation of the Surviving Planets. TRI’s awards are scheduled to be presented immediately afterwards.