TRI Research & Development Calls for Beacon Cooperation

by Thane Carios

(Outpost Station)  TRI Corporation’s Dr. Zhia Katdinal today called for pilots and factions alike to cooperate to help solve the ongoing mystery on why asteroids are not cooling after being mined.

“The only actionable information we have so far has come from Quantar, and they used specially-tuned beacons to get it,” said Katdinal.  “They discovered that something is causing the asteroids, once heated by mining, to remain in a high-entropy state.  We have yet to determine what that something is.”160811_155441

“We need more data from beacons – a LOT more.  But the key is that we need the data to be as consistent as possible, so we can only use data taken from beacons tuned to ONE factional frequency.  In other words, we need the beacons to be the same color.” Continue reading

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Infestation Overload

by Thane Carios

(Outpost Station)  Infestations have been popping up across space with increased frequency over the past couple of weeks — with some of them seeming impregnable.  What make this current flurry even more unusual is that there have been no reports of sentient conflux seeding or defending the infestations.infest2

“Something is definitely going on here,” said Carlo Adiar, the head of Conflux Studies for TRI-DEF (TRI Corporation, Defense & Security Division).  “And it’s not good.  We’re seeing infestations on the increase and nuke stocks on the decrease.  Pilots better get after this quickly or we’re going to have a problem.” Continue reading

Pilots Report Blue Roids; Quantar Launches Research Mission

by Thane Carios

(Quantar Core)  Questions started coming in on 118.7.20 according to Quantar Core Station Governor Delphia Neamru.  “We started getting question whether there was a surge of new recruits,” said Governor Neamru.  “All of the roids close to our docking rings were bright blue — usually a sure sign of new pilots.  But as time wore on they stayed blue — and the logs showed that we have not seen any kind or new-recruit influx.”

QC Blue RoidsAsteroids are heated during the mining-laser extraction process.  As they heat, the extraction becomes less and less efficient until at 930 degrees, the extraction process stops altogether, and cannot be resumed until the asteroid has cooled.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Third Tahir, Dr. Silar Tashawar, who has degrees in Geology and Economic Petrology, as well as a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Jenos School of Mines.  “Space is not any warmer than it was a week ago.  The heating is a very short-term effect of laser extraction.  But obviously there’s some reason … so we have launched a major mission to re-calibrate some beacons to try to determine what’s happening.  We’ve also been scanning and monitoring a number of different rocks … but just not finding anything,” he said, shaking his head.

Although, the non-cooling asteroids first became apparent in Quantar, it appears that most, if not all, other areas of space have been impacted.  Venurian Prospecting, which manufactures most mining lasers in use today, has confirmed that there has been no changes or issues in its mining laser manufacturing process.

Conflux Invade Oct Core

by Thane Carios

(Octavius Core)  Octavius Core Station sustained fairly significant damage today when it was attacked by Conflux drones and sentients.

“The attack started around 22:00 when we received alerts that some of the outbuildings were being hit,” said Oct Core Station Governor Hasdrubar Carto.  “Then there were several direct nuke-hits on the station.  Our sensors showed quite a few conflux in-sector, including C0s, 3s, 7s, 14s — and probably others.  There were a lot.”

“One C14 was doing something at the energy transfer port.  I don’t think it was able to damage anything, but we have crews out inspecting the port right now.  It’s a good thing Axiomoon and Utanmadan showed up when they did.  I think things could have been much worse.”

According to Carto, the damage was limited to some external armor and one cargo bay, which took a direct nuke hit.  That bay had contained BCUs, Dreams, Featherfires, Flashfires, Lances, Mauls, Nitrogen and POS Markets.

“I don’t mean to downplay the loss,” said Governor Carto.  “But it could have been much worse.  Most of these things can be replaced easily.”

Pilot Claims Responsibility for Transport Destruction; TRI Fumes

by Thane Carios

(GBS Station)  After TRI Corp. initially announced that it believed its TRI-TRAN-1 automated transport ship had probably been destroyed by storms or Conflux, pilot RazorsKiss publicly claimed that he had destroyed the ship and its cargo — as revenge for an alleged “hit” put on him by TRI Asst. Director of Conflux Studies (TRI-DEF-CSD), Carlo Adiar.

“This pilot needs to be punished — severely,” said TRI Corporation CEO, Garth Taren.  “First of all, his rationale is ridiculous.  It’s either a lie or a delusion.  I’d love to see the ‘intelligence’ produced that implicates Mr. Adiar.”

“I have no idea what the real motivation was here, but the load of gold and platinum lost,while very valuable, was not the real loss here.  We lost 25 antiflux that we had been able to retrieve from the old Conflux Containment Center (CCC) facility in Inner Aman.  They were destined for public markets to help alleviate the shortage.  And the most tragic loss was a data disk containing invaluable, irreplaceable conflux data — which we also recovered from the CCC facility.”

“We have contacted Solrain, Octavius and Quantar to discuss possible political implications, since the actions of this pilot have broad cross-factional impacts.”

 

TRI Offers Reward for Missing Transport

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core)  TRI Corporation announced today that it will offer a 3 million credit reward for the location of the missing transport ship (TRI-TRAN-1) with its cargo intact.

“We realize now that we need more help with this,” said Solder Ronin, Commandant of TRI-TRAN-1TRI Security.  “Our searches have turned up nothing.  As far as we can determine the ship should be somewhere between Inner Gyre and Light Lost — so that’s a lot of space to cover.

“The big concern is that shield and armor storms that frequent this area will destroy the ship before we can get to it, so time is critical.”

Ronin said that the ship is a standard remote-piloted Solrain tow with 500u of cargo.  He indicated that if the cargo was not intact, TRI Corp will pay a reward equal to 10% of the value of the remaining cargo.  If the ship is empty, it will pay 250,000 credits.

If you locate the ship, contact TRI-SEC immediately at tri@tri-subspace.net

Parce Announces Retirement

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core) Solrain Premier, Christofore Parce, today announced that he will be retiring from his position effective 118.4.30.  Parce was first appointed Premier in 90AT and was Governor of Solrain Core Station for 12 years prior to that.

“It has been a good, long run,” said Parce.  “I have had the chance to do this job through some pretty amazing times, and now, I just think it’s time for me to step back.  I’m sure the Council will have no problem finding and excellent replacement.”

The position of Premier is appointed by the 100 members of the Solrain Traders and Citizens Council (STCC), and oversees the various ministries of the Solrain government.  It is expected that the STCC will convene next week to begin its search for a new Premier.  In the interim the senior Speaker, Demeter Garreth, would take on the responsibilities of the position.