New Light Shed on Aeolsah Infestation

From the TRINN archives

 

AMANANTH(TRI-FP) – Following the destruction of Aeolsah, Solrain scientist turned sentient conflux, the question of “how could this happen to a human?” has been asked more than once. While her office insists that she is still unavailable for direct interview, Dr. Q’son of TRI-CSD did release this information to TRINN regarding this pressing question:

“Conflux have some means of infesting a station or gate (and people as well). Through data collected by pilots during the Conflux’s first attempt on Amananth station, it has been determined the Conflux do so by implanting a nanotechnological ‘virus’ into the appropriate medium. This is done by landing on a station or jumpgate. After a short period, a complete infestation appears. If left unchecked, it is likely assimilation will follow shortly thereafter. Assimilation is complete and total as we have been able to tell from Aeolsah.”

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Amananth Sector Study, Part I and II

AMANANTH(TRI-FP) – Tuesday evening, Dr. Q’son of the Research Board led pilots on a multiple part exercise designed to explore travel and anomalies and various ways to reach the new sector determined to be between Aman Hook and Inner Aman.

At least thirty pilots showed up representing a variety of squads and factions to assist Dr. Q’son. Many enthusiastic pilots showed up a bit ahead of schedule and were treated to a recap of Aewl’s experiences several months prior regarding travel associated with anomalies. After a quick debriefing of the night’s activities and goals as well as proper insurance disclaimers by Dr. Q’son, the group set out.

Given there is no visible anomaly in Inner Aman, the group was given the task to perform a large spiral scan of the area starting from the beacon. Aewl was able to collect the data from this task and transmit it to Dr. Q’son, despite the slight pandemonium that ensued shortly after arrival.

Shortly after arrival at Inner Aman, the group was set upon by sentients. In a display of advanced tactics, the sentients handed the expedition more casualties than the group was able to collect in dead sentients at first. Not wasting a moment, when the group had the data, they departed from the area.

“The real reason for this report is to update TRI on the status of the sentient conflux situation. Sentients in the recent past have not been utilizing their full capabilities (speed, dodging of ammo weapons, coordinated targeting), and have been attacking in larger c7 and c10 class ships which are significantly easier targets for our pilots than the tiny kraken hulls.

The sentients we faced tonight, however, were a disturbing change from the status quo of late. There were a large number of kraken, approximately 6, though it was difficult to keep track as they seemed to reappear fairly quickly after we dispatched them. The kraken displayed the ability to coordinate fire on a single target perceived by them to be the greatest threat. New Dawn Fleet Commanders Havik and ZeroZ95 combined for 6 total kills and as such, were ‘singled out’ on several occasions by the pack of kraken, escaping into neighboring sectors after taking armor damage on a couple of occasions. These kraken also used a device similar if not identical to the Amananthii PWD100 modx. Plus, they used their great speed and quickness effectively to dodge ammo weaponry, to circle fight with their featherfire-like lasers, and to draw small groups of us away from the bulk of the fleet,” remarked ZeroZ95 in his debriefing report afterwards.

From this ambush at Inner Aman, the expidition refueled, rearmed, and reassembled at Aman Hook. ZeroZ95, Commander of New Dawn, took this picture out in the field of the action in Aman Hook.

“At Aman Hook, we had several tasks. Pilots were requested to head to the middle of the anomaly, stop, and jump. At slightly more danger, pilots were requested to approach the anomaly at an angle, and attempt a jump without stopping.

The following pilots were able to complete these tasks at Aman Hook and return datasets for study:
-Silver-
TL1Moss
Aewl

This by no means discounts the many pilots, such as SHUG, who graciously volunteered their assistance as guards to me and those performing the experiment last night, or the many other pilots such as Rhembrandt, Ghannadon and Ithariel who bravely volunteered to jump inside the anomaly, even after seeing the slight mishap of -Silver- go before them. Additionally, I do apologize for the slight mangling of pilot TL’s name over the course of the evening,” said Dr. Q’son. “The station was a bit noisy as we were introduced, and combined with my unfortunate sounding accent, things come out a bit mottled on occasion. It was nothing personal.”

GrimFalcon’s data has yet to be retrieved, and will be collected from Quantar Core later this evening if it is available. GrimFalcon also made the dive into the anomaly, and according to Dr. Q’son, “GrimFalcon made it the furthest into the anomaly before disappearing completely. When he disappeared, there was much confusion and for several moments afterward, everyone was busy fighting off sentients. Cydrone made a noble effort to get them to stop, but unless my eyes deceived me, they were set to fire upon him too with little regard for his words. I warned him he should leave. Fortunately, he heard.

As we all headed back to Amananth, it was then the full impact of what happened to us out there set in – GrimFalcon had gone in, yet he had not come out. Aewl attempted another jump before returning, however we would not return until we were certain pilots had ceased efforts to jump inside the anomaly.”

According to a report filed by Aewl, “GrimFalcon’s pod showed up at Quantar Core shortly after but did not automatically open as usual. With quick thinking, Milkman broke into the pod and discovered an uncouncious, burnt and bleeding GrimFalcon. Medics were quickly called to the scene. While taking him to the medical facility, GrimFalcom momentarily awoke yelling about the “Dark…. it’s all dark.” He also grabbed Milkman by the throat and started to choke the life out of Milkman. Frinzo arrived and helped the medics subdue GrimFalcon. After being secured, GrimFalcon is now in a coma at the Quantar Core medical facility.

Frinzo and Milkman retrieved the logs from GrimFalcon’s pod. The logs indicated that he had made a jump in between sectors. A copy of the logs was transmitted to Dr. Q’son. Then the logs were placed under lock and key in DDZ secure facilities.”

“After many helpful pilots assisted me back into the station at Amananth, we called it a bit of an evening as we waited for updates from DDZ and Quantar Core, and compared notes and experiences,” added Dr. Q’son.

Printouts from Amananth station indicate damage from the anomaly to the TRI ship resulted in the following:
Steering mechanism – steering misaligned, response time slowed
Targetting – Targetting system functioning at 10% capacity
Radar – Non-functional
Shields – shields damaged, but operable
Windshield – cracked, but fused in place. Entire windshield must be replaced, recommend disuse and self-repair attempts with glue guns and mini-soldering style lasers in future.
Communication system – increase in static, wire repair needed. Visible corrosion. Recommend monthly scan and cleaning, due to heavy use.
Pod – operational, life support systems damaged
Weapons – damaged, tendency to fire at random
Brakes – perfect condition
Safety Belt – perfect condition
Music systems – Music CD stuck in player due to collision impact with station has been removed. Unable to identify music, sample collected for Library.
Drink Mug holder – missing. Cannot diagnose cause, will be replaced.

Dr. Q’son is expected to head to Quantar Core today after ship repairs are complete to visit with the injured pilot if possible, collect the data from GrimFalcon’s jump inside the anomaly, and make a final recommendation to the Cartography Department. Construction of the new jumpgate is expected to take place shortly thereafter.

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AMANANTH(TRI-FP) – Continuing our report on the Amananth sector, we bring further results from Tuesday night.

One apparently overlooked factor is the three storms appearing over the course of the evening and moving directly through Aman Hook. No signs of lingering effects from these storms have been detected, but an increase of storms moving through Aman Hook has been reported. Weather advisories for Amananth sectors have been issued and will remain in effect until the end of the week. Additionally, with the disappearance (and reappearance) of GrimFalcon, new questions were raised about the possibility of survival of scientist .

“Although the situation of a pilot supposedly disappearing into anomalies is not unique, it also does not appear to be a widespread problem. Let’s not make it one, or let our imaginations make too much of what has been reported,” remarked Zhilaa Katdinal. “TRI advises all pilots to stay out of any known anomaly. They always have, but I feel given the circumstances we need to remind pilots of this. Simply put, the ships aren’t designed for it. There are reasons why protocol must be followed, and why the addition of gates is essential to our expansion efforts. Yes, we will build a new gate, and are waiting for the Research Board’s final recommendation on where to do so. TRI thrives on teamwork, you know.”

However Dr. Q’son has a bit of a disagreement with Director Katdinal’s comments. “Supposedly? No, we have data that proves it happens. The Cartography Department will take the data whatever way we can get it, I might note. Pilots should be aware the anomaly in Aman Hook is more dangerous than it appears on the surface and be careful, however. Through our work Tuesday night we learned even more about what ships can and cannot handle with regards to anomalies, but as I said then and will repeat: they are a lot more durable than people like to think. This new data we’ve gathered allows for engineers – such as Dr. Mithis – to start development on technology based on our results. This will benefit everyone. TRINN readers should know the gates we make will not last forever; the ships we fly need to be improved in light of that fact. We also know the conflux are capable of using our current gates. The implications of that are not something we should dismiss lightly.”

An increase of conflux-related transmissions was noted during Dr. Q’son’s expedition, and the fact despite repeated attempts of getting them not to attack, the sentients paid the efforts little heed.

“Ah, the Conflux. There are some pilots who are closer to the truth than others would like to think,” Dr. Q’son said, letting out a smile.

Reports indicate repairs to Dr. Q’son’s ship have been completed, as well. “I didn’t get to Quantar Core yesterday. My ship wasn’t entirely finished and I ended up catching up on a few movies I hadn’t seen. I did call over to Quantar Core to check on the progress of GrimFalcon. Data’s about as processed as it’ll get without GrimFalcon’s logs, though.”

GrimFalcon remains in critical condition.

Further Illumination Over Amananth Research

AMANANTH (TRI-FP) – While we were out at Amananth yesterday talking to the Research Board, Dr. Mithis and Dr. Q’son spent some time to further elaborate on the statements made by both them and Divisional Chief Katdinal.

First of all, congratulations on the recent discoveries.
Dr. Mithis: Thank you, however, we’re definitely not the ones who need to accept all the credit for this work. It truly was a team effort between the Research Board and the hard working pilots here in Amananth.
Dr. Q’son: Number crunching is our specialty on occasion.

Is there a connection between appearance of sentient conflux, the weather at Amananth, and the disappearance of Aeolsah and other pilots? That was the point of this mission, after all.
Dr. Q’son: We were successful in gathering an abundant amount of data, and feel we have only scratched the surface of the true potential of these results.
Dr. Mithis: Actually yes. We now have data that proves all three of these things are tied together, just not in a way we initially thought. The Research Board is not one to waste efforts, it may have appeared with the enthusiasm of new sectors being discovered that this was all we had managed to find. That could not be further from the truth.

What took this mission so long? It took a long time to complete.
Dr. Q’son: The reasons behind that are simple, but we recognize it has been a frustrating experience. When the Ministry of Defense allowed the missions to expire and elected not to renew them, naturally our efforts were slowed down considerably. Not being afforded the grace and advantages certain other TRI departments hold currently, we had to rely on the good nature of faction governments to help us in our efforts.
Dr. Mithis:Additionally, we were able to verify hackers successfully made their way into the computers and were siphoning off information. We still don’t have all the information we could have from this mission, but what we do have will allow us to proceed nonetheless.

It also took nearly a week before announcing the results. What was the cause of this delay?
Dr. Q’son: At the behest of the Bureau of Stellar Cartography, we held off until we were able to announce all of these findings at once. This was but a small favor to ask, and we spent the additional time formulating plans to proceed forward.

Tell us a bit more about the weather in Amananth, and how this relates to the Sentient conflux.
Dr. Mithis: The storms apparently seem to disrupt the conflux gravitic emissions, leading to increased intercepts.

What you are saying then is this weather is actually a good thing?
Dr. Q’son: The weather certainly has not hurt our efforts in learning about the conflux.
Dr. Mithis: I agree, the weather is irritating to navigate in, but we should take advantage of it while it is present.

What about the new sector referred to yesterday?
Dr. Q’son: The new sector as announced yesterday by Director Katdinal was quite along the lines of a “bonus find”. Between the dark hopelessness of the task of searching for at times, we have bits of light shining upon us. A bit Hamalzah’s grace at work.
Dr. Mithis: (teasing) Not very scientific of you, Doctor.
Dr. Q’son: Science tends to be a blend of faith and fact on occasion. This would be one of those occasions.

Thank you both for your time! We can’t wait to see what’s next from the Research Board and have great faith it will prove to lead to interesting facts about the Conflux and our galaxy at large.

Amananth Studies Remain Undaunted by Sentient Conflux

From the TRINN archives

 

AMANANTH (TRI-FP) – Despite vicious attempts of the sentient Conflux last night in Amananth sectors, many brave squads successfully banded together to drive the force back. With rally cries such as “Kill them all and let god sort them out” (Sniper59), it has been reported that indeed, all the sentients that appeared last night were killed. No reports from various temples around TRI have been filed about the sorting, however.

Many pilots expressed surprise at the increased skill and visible tactics of the sentients over previous attacks last month, and everyone was eager to share their findings and observations with others.

“Noted also was the use of anti-missile defense systems, or PWD’s, by both C7 Mantas and C10 Eels. Such systems were used effectively and were based on strategic usage. Also to be considered was the use of sentient single pilot targeting, as opposed to targeting those that placed the last hit, as seen by common Conflux. Instead of being drawn to those that were attacking it, Sentients tonight exhibited decisive maneuvers and targeting of what seemed to be those they considered the largest threats to their squadron. Sentients once targeting a pilot would only target another pilot if it so chose to do so, instead of chasing after the last person to strike a hit,” commented Scientific Advisor Garian Armastice, Head of Conflux Studies for DDZ (also known as pilot GrimFalcon) after the attacks.
The conflux attacks have been sporadic out in Amananth, however, reports were coming in last night of an extremely large force of Conflux out in Aman Hook. Casualties were also reported during that particular skirmish, and for a short time, the Conflux appeared to have “chased away” all the pilots from Aman Hook. The sentient Conflux also were observed appearing first near the anomaly in Amananth, and then moving outward.

Many pilots also remarked about the odd frequency of “sounds” being heard last night during the attacks. Regarding sounds in space, one of the members of the Research Board had this to say: “Sounds in space? Actually, the sounds being heard by pilots are the output of a sophisticated computer system which translates graviton emissions into a format humans can more readily react to and understand, similar to how radar converts electromagnetic waves into a format we can grasp. Since missile launches trigger certain predictable graviton emissions, as do explosions, as do engine thrusts, these emissions in turn become predictable sounds. A standard in all TRI ships, many pilots opt to replace the TRI-issued graviton-to-sound translations with customized alternatives.” No explaination for the patterns of Conflux sounds was offered.

Currently, the mission at Amananth appears to be almost complete.

“Clearly from the progress made out in Amananth we should have the necessary results to proceed forward with our search for scientist Aeolsah. It is true that the returns of data to the Research Board have been slowed down; we are investigating reported instances of hacking by agents of the IHS. I have to say it is not as bad as what those rumormongers tend to say, though, thanks to continued efforts by squads such as DSA. We are a bit behind schedule, but I think we’d all rather be accurate than fast anyway,” remarked Dr. Q’son. “We’ll see.”

Research Board Project A Success

From the TRINN archives

Fortune appears to have smiled upon the trouble ridden Research Board at last. Plagued by faulty ships, still missing lead scientist Aeolsah, incomplete leads in his search, unexplained happenings, and occasional death threats, it seemed the ineffective Research Board would likely fall under the wrath known as TRI “budget cuts” next quarter if things didn’t start to change. However, Dr. Q’son and Dr. Mithis led a large group from GBS to Saron’s Shoulder to test a new scanner on some Conflux with great success.

We convinced Dr. Q’son and Dr. Mithis to take a small break in tabulating results to explain the rationale behind this bizarre approach to data collection.

“We do not see this sort of process as “bizarre”. Certainly it may look a bit odd to some, but in fact great strides in science have come about by taking risks. Our data indicated a large presence of sentient conflux were observed moving through the areas of GBS, Saron’s Shoulder and Pulsar on Monday. As many have observed in previous conflicts, sentient conflux tend to be numbered, thus making them easier to track. These two factors led to our spontaneous decision to try out Dr. Mithis’ new prototype scanner. I went along to stay at the station and provide information to incoming pilots during the activity and to compile information as it came in. While I was unable to get any data about the Conflux during the process, the pilots who held an small celebratory party at GBS were helpful in sharing their observations afterwards, including speed and weaponry employed by the sentients. In addition and on a completely unrelated note I was able to collect some data discs from pilot September for analysis.”

The scientists explained the process, which is duplicated below for informational purposes:

  • When hit, sentient conflux appear to become confused on occasion. This tendency leads to observed crashes into stations, asteroids, and jumpgates. Conflux had to be brought down to no shields, but not entirely killed. It has been proven now this will confuse them long enough to be scanned.
  • Live conflux appear to provide better data than dead conflux. This prototype scanner is not effective on dead conflux, thus, we had to ensure we had live samples to scan.

Dr. Q’son further indicated the plans for the scanner were first drafted by still-missing scientist , but it was thanks to Dr. Mithis’ technical expertise that allowed for the construction of it. With the prototype scanner on board, Dr. Mithis led the group out to Saron’s Shoulder where it took approximately a half hour to round up three conflux for scanning. While at first many were content to shoot whatever conflux appeared, a cooperative spirit eventually took hold as the group banded together to help the Research Board.

“JC_Sabre, divala, Arenor, Azrael, BlacKnight and Reif proved to be exceptional help to the Research Board and deserve special mention for their conflux catching efforts,” remarked Dr. Mithis. “I was able to collect a great deal of useful information for us to analyze.”

JC_Sabre merits additional mention for his ability to keep a conflux alive for an extended period of time, providing the scientists with an extensive and previously unavailable set of data for use.

The Research Board also wishes to thank:
Axiom, backspace, Blk_Dragon, Celmoriak, Chimera, Chlorman, Drizzt321, Dulin, Duster, E.Coli, Greenfleas, jpspiderma, Liet, Manaani, Migg, Mindfrag, MISkuGUN, Oberon, punknads, random, Ramiv, Sheriff89, Vagabond, VeX, and many other pilots who came out to GBS to assist Monday night.

The results are expected to be announced later this week.