A Pilot-Legend Passes

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Core) Long-time veteran pilot Samwise has finished his long tour of duty on 116.11.28, passing away at the age of 85.  Samwise was an Optimus pilot and a long-time member of the squad New Dawn.  He spent most of his career battling The Conflux, amassing almost 40,000 flux-kills just since The Catastrophe.  He was last seen in space on 116.10.20, plying his trade.

Samwise, who some knew as Wisesam, was a pilot who was liked and respected by all.  He continued to fly well after most pilots are long-retired and never seemed to slow down.  In the dark times when few pilots were launching, Samwise continued his crusade.

Current and retired pilots continue to pass along their condolences and celebrate his great career HERE.

Samwise has been posthumously awarded the Solrain Foundation of Trust, the TRI Order of Merit and the Defender of the Barrier.

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His friends and family have asked that we share a favorite poem of his.  He found it on a DSS many years ago and quoted it often to whomever would hear him.

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
— Rudyard Kipling
Samwise will be sorely missed by all.

GBS Disk Documents ISU Attempt to Hack TEC

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ) An optical disk found on GBS Station appears to include a partial recounting of an ISU attempt to hack into the Hyperweb accounts for the now-defunct TRI Evolutionary Council (TEC).

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ISU, the Independent Space Union, made GBS Station home for several years.  Led by pilot ISU LogoRidgeway in his infamous Oct ‘battle-tow,’ ISU recruited a skilled, if unruly, roster of pilots including Bronx, FS_Space, Hadur, Fetch,  NeoFX, Sephiroth, and Vagrant.   While other squads were occupied with faction wars, ISU was one of the major forces controlling unregulated space, often going head to head with TRI in the process.

The disk was found in an old ISU storage area by Torn Danton, proprietor of The SpaceBar Pub and former military colleague of ISU-member Vagrant.  Danton, out of curiosity, had the disk worked-on and the data recovered.

“I just figured it might be some of Ridgeway’s famous porn collection,” said Danton.  “Frankly I had no idea that ISU was into anything as subtle as hacking the Hyperweb.  They usually took a more ‘kick-your-ass-to-find out’ approach to intel-gathering.”

Although there is nothing in the recovered material to date it, there is speculation that this invasion of TEC’s data systems could be linked to ISU’s somewhat sudden disappearance in 104.

It’s Time to Plog!

by Kedra Brenari

(UUNN HQ) With a brand-new service from UUNN, pilots can now Plog — which is short for Pilot Log.  You can share your thoughts, stories, adventures or gripes.

“There are lots of things that happen to pilots that are not really news from the UUNN perspective,” said Fence, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at UUNN.  “But this Plog allows everyone to share their personal stories and experiences in a whole new way.  We hope to see many pilots taking advantage of it.”PLOG 1

In order to start a Plog, pilots will have to submit a request.  Once that’s processed they will receive an invitation – which they’ll need to “accept.” (You’ll also need to set up a WP account if you don’t already have one.)

Pilots may Plog as often or as little as they wish.  The only rules are:

  • Keep your Plog focused on your own (IC) experiences and commentary
  • Do NOT use your Plog as a platform to verbally attack or abuse other pilots or squads.
  • Do NOT be extremely profane (mild profanity for emphasis is fine).
  • Graphics inserted into you Plog must be appropriate for all audiences.

The Plog can be accessed at tripilotlog.wordpress.com

 

 

Pilot Surprised by Sentient in Narrow Canal

by Sinver
edited by Thane Carios 

(UUNN HQ) On the morning of 115.10.23, pilot Sinver was engaged by a C9 sentient conflux in Narrow Canal.  At the time, Sinver was doing Solrain beacon maintenance.  With recent conflux activity focused in Dark Crossroads/Gurge and Connexion, a Sent attack all the way across space in Narrow Canal was completely unexpected.

“I noticed a new pink spot on my radar,” said Sinver. “Assuming it was a a new spawn I cycled through my targets to discover that the new target was actually a C9 kraken — most likely sentient since C9s are not normally seen in that sector. Normally, my flight or fight instinct would would lead me to pull a ‘Sir Robin’ but something made me decide to give it a go.  I can’t believe I survived.”

With conflux activity clearly on the rise — including a lot of very unusual conflux behavior — all pilots are encouraged to be vigilant whereever they are flying, and to report all unusual activity.

Pilot Threatens Duelist Destruction

UUNN Newswire

Yesterday, UUNN received an anonymous, untraceable submission that pilot snake173 intended to destroy every duelist in “the game.”  It is unclear whether “The Game” is a player-owned station, or some other veiled reference.

snake Duelist

TRI-SEC pilot Thadeus “Ace” Adder said, “Yeah, we received reports about this guy.  I scrambled to see what was going on and he seemed to be just ranting.  Probably just had more than his fill of Quanus Ice and was overdue to hit the bunk.  So I just gave him a warning.”

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Official TRI Security sources reiterated that intentional destruction of equipment could result in significant penalties to PR and/or flight privileges.

Octavius Honors Strike Force

UUNN Newswire

(Oct Core) – The pilots leading the strike force against the Solrain Barracuda Bomber Naval Yard were honored today with the Night’s Blade.

Night’s Blade
Prestigious Honrors
This medal is awarded to Heroes of Octavius who excelled in battle for the Empire.

Emperor Venticus Marius of Ares Prime issued a brief statement about the awards.

The Barracuda was the weapon of the Solrain assassin who cut short my father Clement’s reign. Our loyal agents went to work immediately to get those shields down. When I issued the call for retribution, _RAZAAR_, Filzi, and Haldir led the charge. Excellent work pilots. Triompe in Sanguis!

STCC Distances Itself from SOL NAVY Assassins

UUNN Newswire

(Wake Station) In a prepared speech today at 22:45 UTC, STCC Speaker Demeter Garreth said that the members of SOL NAVY who assassinated Octavius Emperor Clements IV this past Friday did so without the knowledge or sanction of Solrain Authorities.  Garreth, however, stopped short of apologizing to Octavius or suing for peace, saying, “But as we have done many times before, we will FIGHT this war.  And the bottom line is this: we will WIN. Because we ARE SOLRAIN!”

In addition to disavowing all connection to SOL NAVY, the STCC moved to cut Sol PR in half for each member of that squad.

Complete text of the Garreth speech is as follows:

On Friday 115.5.22, two pilots from a squad called SOL NAVY attacked and killed one of the Octavius Emperors.  Today, we are at war.  A war started by self-indulgent fools.

A war WE did not choose.  A war that will bring NO PROFIT.

I have no great love for Octavius, but war is something waged carefully … thoughtfully … with an eye toward the balance sheet always.  This war today is just BAD business.

But as we have done many times before, we will FIGHT this war.  And the bottom line is this: we will WIN. Because we ARE SOLRAIN!

But let me make this clear to all factions and all corporations:

SOL NAVY is NOT our navy.

SOL NAVY is NOT our agent.

Sol NAVY did NOT act with STCC authorization.

Frankly, I think their tactics and their philosophy might be better suited to Hyperial than to Solrain.

So just as all of Solrain is saddled with the actions of these few extremists; the STCC has decided that ALL members of SOL NAVY will be held accountable.

We have resolved that all members of SOL NAVY will have their political ratings reduced by a half.

Now lets the rest of us prepare for what is to come, for I know well that Octavius will not see this as adequate recompense for their loss.