(UUNN HQ) There has been absolutely no word about plans for the Octavius Feast of the Fallen which begins in just two days on 118.5.25. If the normal cycle was followed, Ares Prime would be hosting and Emperor Venticus would be the official host. Venticus also currently oversees the Octavius Ministry of Culture — which has not responded to our queries.
(Great Pillars Station) In an unexpected move, Emperor Atticus Septus of Martius today named Atticus Aqilus as the new Supreme Military Strategist for Octavius. Aqilus will replace Petillius Lucanus who has held the post since 107, when he was appointed by Clements IV. Many were surprised when Septus retained Lucanus in 114 when authority over the Ministry of War shifted from Ares Prime to Martius.
Atticus Aqilus is the nephew of Emperor Septus and many believe he will be named Heir to the Empire at some point, since Septus has no children of his own.
Authority over the three primary Octavius Ministries — Culture, Trade and War — rotates every seven years. The next rotation will take place in 121.
(Outpost Station) The festivities are over, most of the celebrants have regained sobriety, the maintenance crews have finished putting Outpost Station back in order and through it all there was little news, issues or fanfare about the latest Feast of the Fallen 117 holiday.
This years highlight was Emperor Cineon’s appearance in Outpost sector to do the Recitation of Heroes. Although it would not seem notable, Cineon’s Recitation was interrupted by a Sentient Conflux attack in 114 and Clements IV was assassinated as he was beginning his recitation in 115. Last year Emperor Septus decided that the better part of valor was discretion, and did his Recitation from the Palace Grounds on Martius. Continue reading →
(Cinatus) Octavius Outpost station will be the center of this year’s Feast of the Fallen holiday, which runs from 117.5.26 through 117.5.28 with Emperor Cineon I presiding over the annual three-day celebration. Cineon last presided over the holiday in 114. Just a year later, the holiday was devastated by the assassination of Clements IV as he began the Recitation of Heroes. Last year’s event, led by Emperor Atticus Septus, was somewhat muted with most of the official festivities dirtside on Martius.
Although this year’s space-based activities will continue to be fairly limited, Cineon has insisted on holding the Recitation of Heroes out in space once again.
Day of Remembering – 117.5.26
At 18:00 UTC Emperor Cineon will lead the Recitation of Heroes, where the name of an Octavius warrior or hero from the past is called out aloud and the hero’s accomplishments and victories are recalled. Cineon has asked the citizens of Octavius to submit their own remembrances for him to read publicly.
Day of Battle – 117.5.27
“The Bleeding Skies” — All Octavius is called upon to tune beacons RED across Octavius — and throughout all space — for the entire day.
Members of the lesser factions are welcome to challenge those actions.
Day of Feasting – 117.5.28
All are urged to enjoy to good company of family and friends to celebrate Heroes past, present, and future.
(Outpost Station) Emperor Cineon today asked for more citizen participation in the official Recitation of Heroes ceremony to be held on 117.5.26. The Recitation of Heroes is that is the highlight of the first day of the Octavius Feast of the Fallen holidays, where the names of former “heroes” of Octavius are called out publicly, sometimes with a brief remembrance.
“Some of these heroes passed to the Halls long ago,” said Governor Zenobia Zavera, who will help host this year’s holiday. “Others are retired, and other are long lost – but we still hope for their return,” she added. Continue reading →
(Soria) – This year seemed like it was going to be one of the easier reelection bids for Soria Speaker Demeter Garreth. With a month to go, she sat on a comfortable 16-18 point lead in most polls. That is until the controversy surrounding the Speaker’s comments regarding squad SOL NAVY and their part in the assassination of Clements IV of Ares Prime. This firestorm has corresponded with her recent dip in the polls. Most pollsters have her trailing slightly, but still within the margin of error.
Speaker Garreth’s challenger is Tebbor Rivik, the sitting Mayor of New Yigo Archipelago. Mayor Rivik has made political hay with one-liners such as “The self-styled ‘Speaker for the Pilots’ should be supporting SOL NAVY rather than taking them to task for attacking the enemies of Solrain.” Likewise, recent comments by STCC Premier Christofore Parce have been less than supportive.
However, adversity on the election trail is nothing new to the perennial incumbent. Since her first election in AT 85, the Speaker has rather notoriously rallied in the eleventh hour. Classic examples of this include the AT 102 special election — when the 4 Speakerships of Solrain were consolidated to 3 — in which Garreth edged out another incumbent, Tmolus Merva, after trailing by a few points when polling places opened their doors. And as recently as the election cycle of 112 AT, the Speaker was down a dozen points with a week to go. Her campaign promise to become a jump pilot is widely believed to have saved her 3 years ago. But with Solrain Election Day quickly approaching (always the Sunday just preceding The Reconstruction Days holiday), it will be interesting to see what–if anything–can save her campaign this time.
For more information, see the updated Solrain Factional Profile.
(Oct Core) – The pilots leading the strike force against the Solrain Barracuda Bomber Naval Yard were honored today with the Night’s Blade.
Night’s Blade Prestigious Honrors
This medal is awarded to Heroes of Octavius who excelled in battle for the Empire.
Emperor Venticus Marius of Ares Prime issued a brief statement about the awards.
The Barracuda was the weapon of the Solrain assassin who cut short my father Clement’s reign. Our loyal agents went to work immediately to get those shields down. When I issued the call for retribution, _RAZAAR_, Filzi, and Haldir led the charge. Excellent work pilots. Triompe in Sanguis!