More Weird Times

by Ares Kiden

On 120.6.19, pilots reported unusual spawns in GVB . . .

wtf

. . . and then an GBS-gate infestation disappeared in front of them without them launching a missle!

There were suggestions that Lithium could be involved . . . so who knows . . . but my medal1004sources say Aeghwhyn and DUBERANGER will be receiving Flux Buster patches for scaring-off an infestation with their mere presence.

 

The Curious Case of the “Gents”

by Ares Kiden

(Octavius Core Station) Two days ago there was some strange news that came out of Hasdrubar Carto’s Office on Octavius Core. They were calling for the pilot Gent to turn himself in, but they never indicated why. Not even a trumped-up fake-news kind of charge. He had a -6 PR with Oct, but we’ve all been there at some point.  Didn’t seem to be worth all of the fuss.

Then yesterday, this same pilot started broadcasting gibberish on F5:

gent-f5 120.4.23

Some suggested that these are some kind of distress calls and I don’t think they’re wrong.  I contacted the Security Office on Oct Core to ask whether he had turned himself in yet, but they did not respond. Continue reading

Adiar Calls for All-Out War on Conflux

by Ares Kiden

(Solrain Core Station) After yesterday’s massive infestation event and the independent analysis done by Xenobiology expert Prof. Athena ShaiDen, TRI-DEF’s Conflux-guy, Carlo Adiar spoke out with a very different view.

“This was a punch in the face,” said an agitated Adiar.  “And we need to respond.  With force.  If we don’t it’ll be a sign of weakness . . . blood in the water.  And then, god help us.”

Adiar’s recommendation:  all-out war.  “I say we ‘brute force’ those remaining infestations.  We have plenty of nukes in stock.  I don’t see what the issue is,” said Adiar in response to ShaiDen’s recent analysis.  “But we should not stop there.  We need to send out a call for all pilots to go on the offensive.  Take conflux missions.  Harvest Conflux biomass.  Destroy Conflux hives.  Wipe out Conflux swarms.”

“These primitive space-fish are more instinctive than intelligent.  Let’s let them know we don’t [edited] around.  Watch them tuck-tail and sulk.”

 

What Happened to the Transceivers?

by Ares Kiden

(Corridor Station)  Questions are being asked after the Fa’hil Memta called for a mission to haul RF Transceiver supplies to Corridor Station — primarily because the mission RF Transceiversdoesn’t seem to have worked.

“The mission was completed in a day,” said Station Governor Sathama Randi, looking like he has not gotten much sleep  “But somewhere between the hangar floor and the RFT manufacturing unit, things just . . . disappeared!”

According to Gov. Randi, the mission called for pilots to haul-in 600 units of Electronics; 500 units of Germanium;  600 units of Magnetics;  600 units of Silver; and 1,200 units of Water.

Station Ops personnel continue to search for the missing commodities and TRI-SEC has initiated an audit of arrival and departure logs.

 

Octs Report No One Hurt in Recycler Explosions

by Ares Kiden

(Octavius Core)  Multiple explosions reverberated across Octavius Core Sector today at approximately 21:15 UTC.  According to the Office of Oct Core Governor Hasdrubar Carto, there were no fatalities or injuries as the facility was not functional and has been awaiting needed service for almost a year.

“I wouldn’t be so sure no one was killed,” said station maintenance worker Danu Seneca.  “That recycler has been infested with squatters, smugglers and who knows what else — for years.  Best to blow it up completely, if you ask me.”

The Governor’s Office said it does not know what the next steps will be for the facility.

 

UUNN Announces Layoffs

UUNN Newswire

(UUNN HQ) Due to readership and funding declines, UUNN is announcing that it will be laying off its full-time and part-time reporting staff, which currently includes Thane Carios and Yaz Shanndar (full-time); and Ares Kiden (part-time).

UUNN will continue to pay for freelance articles and will consider accepting press releases, news items and editorials from its former staff members as well as from anyone else.

Seven Years Later; Still No Answers

An Opinion
by Ares Kiden

(UUNN HQ)  Tomorrow is the Solrain holiday Alkotó … Founders Day . . . The Closing  . . . it’s a traditional, ancient holiday and it’s a business holiday (end of the Fiscal Year for almost every Solrain company). 

But it’s also the day the lights went out seven years ago — the anniversary of The Catastrophe —  and it seems like everyone has forgotten about it.  Five years ago there was a symposium to debate and discuss  its possible causes.  There were two groups formed from that symposium but there does not appear to be any record of a subsequent work effort from either group. Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

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

Five Years

Very little has gone on since the last issue, but I just had to do an Update to talk about the fifth anniversary of The Restoration.

On 113.12.28, Jumpgates were reopened — just about 20 months after the event we know as The Catastrophe, that disrupted gates, fried databases and destroyed a lot of other infrastructure.  Although it was not as deadly or cataclysmic as The Great Collapse, it shook all of the pilots and all of the factions to their core, reminding all just how little control we have over the immense stellar forces that wash across the galaxy and how easily governments, cultures, infrastructure and people can be wiped away.

So now we stand here five years later.  And while some have returned to taking things for granted, I believe that the vast majority of us appreciate every jumpgate, beacon, station and ship because we know how easily it can all just disappear — or at the very least — be rendered unusable.

Happy fifth anniversary of The Restoration to you all.

 

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol II, No. 10 – by Ares Kiden

Hives Busted.  Roids Cooling

It all started on 7.20 when pilots reported that asteroids were not cooling after being mined.  It ended on 10.26 when the final hives were destroyed and ‘roids began cooling again.  In the interim there were five Faction Missions, that started on 7.20, 8.10, 8.22 and 9.23.  These included missions to re-program Quantar beacons, Hyperial data collection, a series of Octavius anomaly scans, Solrain commodity stockpiling and Amananth beacon monitoring.

And while all of this was going on, there was a brief period of rapid infestations activity, with some of the infestations seeming absolutely impregnable.

On 9.9 — after the fourth Faction Missions — TRI Corporation’s Research Division called on pilots to tune ALL beacons to one color (ended up being green).

And once all that was done, there was a call to destroy all Conflux Hives in five targeted sectors.  I’m not going to repeat what has already been reported on this, but kudos to the pilots who didn’t just walk away frustrated and complaining — who brought this drama to an end on 10.26.  Your rewards were well-deserved.

***** BUT ***** Continue reading

The (Unregulated) Update

unregulated-updateVol. II, No. 9 – by Ares Kiden

Pilots Balk at Mission

Almost three weeks ago, it was announced that an analysis of the data that had been gathered by faction missions suggested that a series of Hives in Conflux Space were responsible for the months-long problem with mined asteroids not cooling down.  Since that time there have been a few test forays into Conflux Space, but pilots have clearly balked at taking on the mission to destroy the hives.  Most just have not shown their faces … a few have been very vocal about how impossible the mission was.

But to me the most odd thing is that no one has actually tried.  It’s not like a group has gotten together to try to destroy the 25 identified hives and failed … not even once.  Continue reading