Well I went on holiday … and I stayed a lot longer than expected. But my mom finally kicked me out so I’m back with another UPDATE!
Pilots Stay Away in Droves The holiday crowds were in stealth-mode for this year’s Reconstruction Days with minimal participation in the organized events (“minimal” is a generous term here). Some blame was put on the numerous protests of the recent Speaker’s election but it’s hard to believe that was the sole reason. I really liked the “What’s Your Story” contest about The Henge. I guess I should have entered. I would have WON. (My theory is that it was a VERY ancient, VERY huge trampoline.)
Well the recent Solrain election for the Speaker’s Chair for Amanra was a landmark in a number of ways. A long-time incumbent was unseated. TWO challengers ended up tie in the popular vote, forcing a runoff in the STCC – which has not happened in a long time. Supporters of Verhal have hit the streets in droves, with protests in boroughs and cities across all three planets. While there has been no violence, there’s been unrest-a-plenty. Protesters have contended that Hyperial was instrumental in influencing the election. Continue reading →
(Solrain Core) In a surprising outcome, the funding applied-for by Conflux expert Professor Athena ShaiDen of Sutonia University was denied by Sorian Bank. The loan, which most expected to be granted, was to help mass-produce a special kind of narrow-beam scanner ShaiDen had developed. The scanner was used to take readings from Conflux infestations — with the goal of finding better ways to destroy — of even deter them.
Professor ShaiDen was unavailable for comment, but Carlo Adiar, TRI Corporation’s Director of Conflux Studies spoke out, “This is just incredible. Professor ShaiDen and I do not always see eye to eye, but this was a no-brainer. And the 500 million credits she was looking for is just a drop in the bucket for Sorian. Her reputation alone should have been plenty of collateral — but she had a working prototype! I don’t get it.” Continue reading →
(Cornea Station) Conflux expert Professor Athena ShaiDen of Sutonia University announced today that more data is needed on Conflux Infestations. On 117.3.30 ShaiDen used a new technique to collect data on Conflux infestations, employing a customized narrow-beam scanner and taking readings from the infestation’s plasma port as it was being destroyed by nukes from the other side of the gate.
“We go some really great data,” said ShaiDen, “but we really need more to make the information useful. Unfortunately, you need to use special equipment and be at the right place at the right time. I was really lucky the last time. It was not a planned thing. And infestations have not been happening that frequently.”
“Not that I’m complaining,” she added.
ShaiDen said she is looking into the possibility of assembling a small team to assist in data collection, but is not ready to announce any details. “I need to figure out how many narrow-beam scanning kits I can get funded before taking this further,” she said.
Subspace Transceiver Repaired Pilots finally rallied to repair the subspace transceiver in The Narrow Canal, and Solrain pilots are once again happily receiving KTRI broadcasts. There is still no word on how the transceiver was damaged in the first place.
Octs Debate DSS History The Octavius Emperors from Ares Prime and Martius seem to be having a dispute about the historical fragment recently found on a DSS. What is being lost in the whole “whose sword is bigger” debate is the fact that this thing might be one of the oldest pieces of history we have found to-date and may even hint at our roots. Continue reading →
(Cornea Station) When reports came in about new Conflux infestation activity in Connexion sector, Prof. Athena ShaiDen decided it was time to get some fresh data.
“I have not done any field work in many, many months,” said ShaiDen, the Xenobiology Chairperson at Sutonia University. “I was done my classes for the day and had some free time, so I loaded up my customized scanning equipment and headed out.”
The Conflux had infested three of the four gates in Connexion: The Stith, Light Crossroad and Ring View. It turned out to be very good fortune that the fourth gate, Dark Crossroads, had not been infested. Continue reading →