There have been many many missions relating to the non-cooling asteroids, but we have heard results from exactly ONE. Is there some kind of secret agenda happening here? Or is everyone too embarrassed to admit that after all is said and done, they still have no idea what is causing the “high entropy state” in the asteroids? There’s been a bit of frustration building in the jump pilot community and I’m pretty sure much of it could be resolved with just a little bit of communication. Continue reading →
This issue, it’s all about the ‘roids. On 7.20 reports started coming in that ‘roids were not cooling after being mined. It’s kind of a big deal since that will push miners into deeper and more dangerous territory REAL fast. Quantar Kicked off an FM almost immediately, having pilots re-program beacons in a number of sectors in an attempt to gather data. Hyperial then (of course) scoffed at the Quantar mission and launched a data gathering mission of its own.
The real puzzle here is why asteroids would suddenly stop cooling after they are heated during mining. The extraction wave, which was invented by Venurian Prospecting in 89 AT, causes asteroids to heat up as they are mined. The frigid temperature in space should cool the asteroids back down — as it has for the last 29 years. But something has changed. The temperature in space has not. Mining equipment apparently has not.
The enigma remains.
The Quant mission was finished on 8/11, but no word yet on whether there are any tangible results. The Hyperial mission is still in progress.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Well there has not been a ton of news since the last Update, but wanted to keep things rolling anyway.
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.
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.
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 →