(Solrain Core) Pilot Nimdas shared images at The SpaceBar Pub yesterday that he claims he captured “a few days ago” while flying in a shield storm in Saron’s Shoulder sector.
The images, if authentic, could be the famed “ghost ship” The Holländer which has allegedly been appearing in storms, along with a garbled distress call for years. There is only one known image of this ghost ship and it was a very blurry image captured from a distace. If the Nimdas images are in fact The Holländer, it would be a huge breakthrough.
Nimdas refused to provide additional information to a TRI-SEC official, but he did mention that he tried to use a “transport beam” (which we assume means an Insight/Displacer combination) with no results.
Many say that the distress call is an echo from pre-collapse times, but most scientists have dismissed that possibility. Some believe that finding the ship would be finding amazing new pre-collapse technologies and riches.
The first report of The Holländer’s distress call was in 106.10.
(Barnard/Hypsos/Hyperial) Hyperial authorities, fuming over the slow progress of the Antiflux Science Factory mission, released the following statement:
This is the MOST CORRUPT mission in the history of TRI! We have irrefutable information that this excellent effort was actually completed by the good pilots WEEKS ago, but TRI Corporation — well-known as the puppets of Quantar — has rigged the system so that completed missions are not counting. Our engineers are working on adjusting our new Antiflux so that it won’t operate in Quantar ships. It could even explode.
We DEMAND an audit of the mission computers immediately and we will not be compensating TRI Corp. for running this mission. IF they don’t like it they can talk to our lawyers.
When we asked Dorakk Thol, VP TRI-IND, about the Hyperial allegations he said, “We closely monitor all progress. The mission is proceeding exactly as it should. It’s a pretty significant mission and there are just not that many pilots running it right now. And the allegations about us and Quantar are just Hyperial baseless accusation. They hired us to run this thing because a lot of pilots don’t trust them. We will be paid.”
(Quantar Core) A Quantar-sponsored mission to rebuild the RB-2 facility began unexpectedly this morning:
The Tahirs have called for an emergency mission to rebuild the RB-2 factory that was destroyed by Hyperial terrorists. Please be aware that members of Edwin Reece Industries are Hyperialist terrorists and should be considered enemies of all.
The rebuilding effort is expected to take quite a while given the few number of active pilots these days and the complexities of the construction.
Although Quantar has laid the blame squarely on Edgar Reece Industries, E.R.I. has suggested that the attack was the coordinated work of a rogue employee and a member of Quantar squad The Brotherhood, releasing the following interrogation transcript.
Sources have also indicated that Solrain Premier Demeter Garreth and E.R.I. foundar Edgar Reece will be meeting on Cornea Station on 120.7.21 sometime around 20:00 UTC.
Hyperial was asked for a statement regarding the attack on Quantar. They declined to make a formal statement and simply replied: “It’s such a shame.”
(Solrain Core) Pilot GrimGriz of Edgar Reece Industries today attacked and destroyed the damaged RB-2 factory in Quantar Core sector with minimal resistance.
“He’s a Hyperial terrorist,” said First Tahir Pejia Neamru. “And this attack was not on Quantar — it was on ALL of the civilized factions who need this important equipment for maintenance and repair.”
While GrimGriz took credit for destroying the facility, he did not indicate why he chose that particular target rather than something more specifically-vital to Quantar..
The Office of Solrain Premier Demeter Garreth released the following statement:
We are all saddened and angered by the acts of this troubled individual. Not only because he is a Solrain citizen — but because we just conferred one of our high honors upon him. We are embarrassed in the extreme. This irenegade also had the impudence to contact our just-elected Speaker, Ms. Duvazaco, and infer her involvement.
This last act moved Mr. Grim’s behavior from being obnoxious and embarrassing — to being an affrobnt to Solrain. Because of the seriousness of these circumstances, I am using my authority as Premier to strip pilot GrimGriz of both is Solrain political standing and his place in our Hall of Fame.
The Premier would not say whether other employees of E.R.I would be receiving any censure, but a staffer who asked not to be identified heard Garreth yelling: “Where’s Reece. I want his ass sitting in my office tomorrow or there will be hell to pay!”
(Wake Station) The STCC voted today to extend the terms of Speakers from 3 years to 6 years. “For many years there was tremendous year-over-year stability in the Speakers’ Chairs,” said one STCC member. “But recenly, challengers have been scoring surprising victories. We want the people to have a strong voice but three years is just not long enough to get political traction.”
The terms will increase gradually, with the next election for Soria coming in 122 (a 4-year term); the election for Hellion being in 124 (a 4-year term); and then completing the cycle with the next election for Amanra being in 126 — the full 6-year term.
“I think this is a win for Solrain,” said Premier-Emeritus Cristofore Parce. “We need to give these fine Speakers enough time to get their agendas in place and their programs running. The Premier may be the ‘face’ of our great Commonwealth. But the Speakers … they are the ones who can really get things done. They are the heart and soul of our government.”
(UUNN HQ) The recently-detained “Gent clones” escaped while being escorted by a TRI-SEC team under contract with Governor Carto. The team was escorting the detainees from the hangar deck on Octavius Core to an off-station Inquisition facility when,
Octavius Core, main hangar deck
according to witnesses, there were multiple explosions on the hangar deck. When the thick smoke cleared and order was restored Gent, -Gent- and _Gent_ had disappeared. Their ships, which had been disarmed and disabled, were somehow launched. It is unknown whether they were also rearmed.
“This was a well-coordinated plan,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI Security. “We had those ships disabled and locked down so there was inside help. We’ll be reviewing hangar logs and surveillance to determine how this happened.”
In order to better track the fugitives, TRI-SEC has arranged with Solrain and Quantar for minimal bounties to be assigned. Continue reading →
(Solrain Core Station) In the wake of yesterdays accusations by STCC Speaker, Arbin Mallow, Jammer prices have crashed, falling over 80%, and and production was temporarily shut down.
Lexxor Intelligence released the following statement from its CEO, Dr. Danson Da’Mayo:
In the wake of yesterday’s allegations, Lexxor decided to immediately shut down production of the Jammer ECM. We are in the business of marketing excellent technology and would not want our reputation or our products reputations marred by criminal misuse.
While we have once again opened the production facilities, we are carefully evaluating the future of the Jammer — especially now that its prices has fallen to levels where we would lose money on each item produced.
(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).
(Quantar Core Station) Allegedly started by KTRI News Announcements, rumours ran wild across space today suggesting that the current buildup of the nuclear arsenals at all stations was actually driven by a Conflux-backed plot to simultaneously detonate the nuke inventories, inflicting horrific damage and casualties at all stations.
Protests on Quantar Core called for the immediate removal of all nuclear missiles to off-station storage facilities and a temporary end to all production. Quantar Qashish Nost’avor, leader of the Hamalzah’din Path said, “I call on the Tahirs to address this threat immediately. There are currently over 1,000 nuclear missiles on four Quantar stations. There is just no need for that kind of concentration of weapons of mass destruction. I’m all for stockpiling the supplies for when we need to build them. Just produce them as we need them. And we don’t need thousands.” Continue reading →
(Quantar Core Station) On a day when Hyperial was honoring its former President, Dr. Kelvin Rauder, pilot GrimGriz went into Quantar space with pirate tags . . . destroyed the already-damaged Duelist factory in Omni IV . . . and then publicly made the following, somewhat cryptic, statement:
Many years ago, GrimGriz led the Dead Space Armada, one of Solrain’s premier factionalist squads. But since then his checkered history has seen him flying Quantar colors with both The Brotherhood and AQM, and now — apparently — supporting Hyperial in a one-person squad named “Lost s0ns of H.” Continue reading →