(UUNN HQ) This morning, Emperor Venticus released the following statement regarding the Octavius Feast of the Fallen holiday, which begins 118.5.25 and runs through 118.5.26.
Tomorrow we begin the Feast of the Fallen, our High Holiday. Some have asked why we have not had announcements and scheduled contests. But to me our Feast of the Fallen is not a party. It is not a time for games. This is the time when we of Octavius remember our ancestors … our heroes … because it is they who make us what we are. And through our honoring and remembering our roots we become stronger in our understanding of what it mean to be Octavius. It prepares us to become what WE will be. So as time passes, there can be more great memories to recall on the Day of Remembrance.
True sons and daughters of Octavius know how to properly celebrate this sacred time without the need for published events. A Day of Remembrance; a Day of Battle; a Day of Feasting. I urge all to experience each of these days to their fullest. And in a way that will make our honored heroes and ancestors proud!
(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.
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 →
(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 →
The Octavius Ministry of Culture has released a transcript of the Recitation of Heroes delivered by Emperor Septus I from his palace on Martius:
Morte et Inimi, Octavius!!!
Today and for the next two days we come together to honor our Fallen!
I welcome all of you this glorious holiday, when we honor those who have gone before … those who have earned our respect through their blood and their sweat.
So today, as you celebrate by recalling the names and deeds of The Fallen, you must embrace their examples and emulate their valor – for you are now our heroes.
Now let us remember … names from the past … their deeds … their battles …
I remember Fellblade! Leader of the Octavian Vanguard he was a fearsome warrior and leader. But he was also an accomplished bard who celebrated our culture and our ways with his stories.
I remember Algore! Brash, angry, confident, Algore embodies so much of what it means to be from Octavius! He picked up the mantel as leader of OV and he wore it well!
I remember Odiche! He authored THE guide to introduce new pilots to our way of life … and was always there to blame … for our shortcomings!
I Remember Liet! Some called him rogue, pirate and criminal … but I remember his passionate dedication to his favorite charity — the children of Octavius.
I remember Zaltys! Brilliant fighter and master tactician. He was ready and willing to share his knowledge with any warrior who was ready to learn.
So now I leave it now to all of Octavius to uphold our traditions . . . in our hearth-homes, in the barracks, in the streets and squares … to remember The Fallen. Shout their names loudly. Remember them silently. Honor them deeply.