The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 6 – by Ares Kiden

Oct Core Bombarded by Flux

Oct Core was attacked by Conflux on 7.5 with the station sustaining some minor damage.  Apparently the Conflux attacked outbuildings first, but there has been not official report on any damage there.  They also attacked the station and were trying to do something at the ETP.  This was the largest station attack we have seen in quite some time.  You have to wonder if this was random or if Flux aggression will be ramping up.

Chatty AI

For the first time in a very long time we’ve been hearing from the Amananth Station AI (aka DPDQ).  First in relation to repairing the production for the “inhibitor” (aka antiflux); and later when it apparently scolded RazorsKiss for having someone blow up an old New Dawn area in the station.  The messages were transmitted in hex — which just seems lazy to me. Continue reading

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The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 5 – by Ares Kiden

Martius in the News

About a month ago, Emperor Septus named his nephew as the new Supreme Military Strategist — which was surprising only in that it took so long for him to boot Ares Prime’s Petillius Lucanus out.  Then, last week, a sniper took shots at Aqilus’ hunting party, killing a Praetorian identified as “Kasius” — who it turns out was Kasius Faust, the Emperor’s personal guard.

And while it seems unconnected Aqilus, Martius also announced a vague partnership with Hyperial.  I have yet to find out what that is all about. Continue reading

An Interview with RazorsKiss

by Ares Kiden

This time, instead of doing The (Unregulated) Update, I decided to interview the pilot RazorsKiss — who made news recently by destroying an automated TRI transport ship in unregulated space. I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of his motivations.

This interview was conducted before TRI Corporation decided to place a bounty on him. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 4 – by Ares Kiden

Well there has not been a ton of news since the last Update, but wanted to keep things rolling anyway.

Election Adventures

Not going to re-hash everything that has been published, but this has been a little raucous.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything but after-the-fact news about Hyperial elections, but this one has kept the popcorn popping.  Guy appears out of nowhere to become a candidate and starts broadcasting dirty laundry.  Ok, not really dirty — just slightly sweaty maybe.  Then an alleged supporter gets arrested for hauling contraband . . . but maybe he’s not really a supporter.  And now the dark-horse candidate has clammed-up with the election a few days away.  But we did learn what a wonderful place Barnard is.

Smuggling Upsurge

So what’s going on with Prosthetics?  We had not heard a word about them for years and now we’ve seen them in the news for the second time, and it’s pretty clear that TRI-SEC is on the lookout for more.  I assume they’re still coming from Hyperial, so stemming the tide should be fairly easy.  But why is there even a market for them?  Have to look into this some more, I think.

 

. . . like I said, not a lot of news.

 

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 3 – by Ares Kiden

Missions and More Missions
Well we saw a burst of mission activity in the last few weeks.  First Octavius and Quantar coordinated efforts (whaaaat???) to try to do something about Magnesium supplies.  Quants were, of course, mining and Octs were gathering.  The missions went pretty quickly but ultimately did fairly little to increase supplies.  At the same time, TRI Corporation sponsored a mission to collect Biomass — which is a pretty tricky task requiring pilot coordination to collect any serious amounts. I guess there was not a lot of coordination as there isn’t any biomass around and that mission is still standing at 29% after 23 days.  Lastly there was a mission to bring Medical Supplies to Great Pillars station.  That one initially seemed kind of like busy-work as there seemed to be no apparent need for Med Supplies, but whatever was delivered disappeared, so … Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 2 – by Ares Kiden

Sentient Flurry
For about a week we were seeing some rather unusual sentient activity that typically include concurrent markers all over space, infestation and a few sent-fights with pilots.  I’m told things have been quiet so far this week.

Flux Geek vs Flux Hunter
And related to the Sent-flurry, we had TRI Corp bureaucrat Carlo Adiar blaming flux-hunting pilot RazorsKiss (Adiar “erroneously” called him RazorCut — which was kind of funny if you ask me) for the surge in conflux actvity — basically saying the conflux were retaliating.  RazorsKiss took offense and challenges Adiar to a duel (yeah … they’re Octs).  TRI’s PR department jumped into the middle and everyone went grumbling back to their corners. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 1 – by Ares Kiden

After a rather lengthy hiatus, The “UU” is back!  But I won’t bore you with the details . . .

Flux-Hunt In-Progress
The Samwise Memorial Flux-Hunt is in-progress and has apparently gotten a number of veteran pilots to jump back into the cockpit, including Ambrosius, Audi, J_Prime, MadCat, Nammoc, Nessos, Noodles, Orome, Slopey and Yozho (to name a few I noticed).  Apologies to any I missed.  Kudos to RazorsKiss who organized the event, which will be running through 118.2.3.

Corporate Blues
First OPL announced layoffs on Outpost and Octavius Core stations … then Cromforge announces inventory and production cuts, and even more layoffs.  Things don’t sound good for either of those giants.  No peep yet from the Solrain mega-corp, Tens & Piney, but I’m sure investors are watching them closely.

New Flux Patterns
A few weeks ago, pilots began noticing some changes in the was Conflux have been spawning.  Changes have been noted in Aman Hook, Blasted Corner, Bronci Rift, Hyperion Gate, Inner Aman, Main Gate and The Stith (did I miss any?).  Pilot RazorsKiss (who seems to be one busy dude these days) has created an updated Conflux “threat map” and it can be found HERE.

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