Drama Builds in the Aftermath of RB-2 Facility Attack

by Thane Carios

(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 gg inquisitionsuggested 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.”

 

E.R.I. Employee Destroys RB-2 Facility; Receives Serious Censure

by Thane Carios

(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:

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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 gg emailimpudence 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!”

STCC Votes to Extend Terms

by Thane Carios

(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.”

Explosions and Confusion Lead to Escape from Octavius Core

By Thane Carios

(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,

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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

Jammer Prices Crash

by Thane Carios

(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 Jammertechnology 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.

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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.

Rumours Tie Nuke Buildup to Conflux Plot

by Thane Carios

(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.

sabreglaivemaulProtests 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

Former -=DSA=- Boss Attacks Quantar Facility; References Hyperial Leader

by Thane Carios

(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:

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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

Amananth Suffers Production Damage

by Thane Carios

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(Amananth) An apparent lucky hit caused much more significant damage than expected in yesterday’s sentient attack on Amananth Station.  Some suspected that the attack was targeted at the nukes recently stockpiled on Amananth, but those items were not damaged.  What was impacted was production of Flashfires, Guardians and Whistles — along with significant inventories of those same items plus Displacers as well.

Pilot Orka reported that DPDQ communicated the following message:

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This hex string translates as Conflux Attacked Report: Fires have been supressed, damage assessment in progress.

Some officials have expressed concern that black-market hoarding, panic-buying and price inflation could start if production is not restored quickly.

 

Determined Trio Exterminates Hives

by Thane Carios

(UUNN HQ)  It’s finally done.  Thanks primarily to Clanlord, Gen.Tra and Morris, the targeted hives in sectors First Sight, C-3309, C-1101, C-1102,and C-2199 were destroyed and most of them have not re-spawned.  And as predicted, asteroids that were staying in a high-entropy (heated) state after mining have finally begun to cool.

“Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly what was causing the problem with mined asteroids not-cooling,” said Carlo Adiar, TRI Corp’s Assistant Director for Conflux Studies.  “Nor do we know which hive(s) and sector(s) were the source.  But we just didn’t have the luxury of taking the time to narrow it down one-by-one.” Continue reading