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.”

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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.

Historian Questions Recent Find

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core)  A DSS that was decrypted on 2.26 included something that appeared to be the date 3674.3.9.  It appears to be using the Sorian Standard calendar — which would make the date 3136 BT.  We asked Professor D. Karr of the University of Solrain at Sol Core (USSC) to give us a statement on the find.DSS decrypted by razorskiss

“It’s pretty impossible to make any judgement on this.  If this is authentic — and if, in fact 3674.3.9 is a date and not some other kind of counter — it would be the oldest piece of history found to date.  Right now, our verified history starts at 2690 BT.  Anything before that is legend.  So this would push that ‘history’ back more than 500 years.  That being said, it would not not be very usable history since this just appears to be a system diagnostic of some sort.  Not sure how that could add to our knowledge.”

When asked about the mention of ‘TRI,’ Professor Karr responded, “Well . . . if ‘TRI’ means The Reconstruction Initiative or TRI Corporation, then 3674.3.9 isn’t a date.  If 3674.3.9 is a date, then ‘TRI’ has some other connotation.  It’s that simple.”

Conflux Specialist Blames Pilots for Conflux Aggression

by Thane Carios

(Solrain Core Station) During a regular briefing today, when he was asked about possible reasons for the recent spate of Conflux sentient activity,  TRI Corporation’s Conflux Specialist, Carlo Adiar pointed directly at jump-pilots.

“C’mon, isn’t it obvious?” he responded to a somewhat-shocked audience.  “This pilot, RazorCut arranges a huge flux hunt where they kill like 30,000 drones.  Then a few days later we see sentients everywhere, infestations everywhere and increased swarm activity to boot.  What did they think would happen?  And they cry about not having any Antiflux?”

When asked if he was aware of any plans for a tactical response, Adiar said, “Listen, we’re not a military organization.  We have our finger on the pulse of what is going on and we consult with any faction that engages us.  The Conflux situation has been  nominal since the Dark Crossroads smack-down . . . but now because some pilots decide to organize a massive flux-hunt and pimp their stats, space has become much, much  more dangerous for everyone.”

Scientists Propose Original Purpose of “The Henge”

by Thane Carios

(Alexios, Soria)  A consortium of Solrain scientists and engineers studying The Henge today released their theory on its original purpose.

“We have been studying these structures for years and there have been many theories the-hengeover that time,” said Dr. Piter Moss, Professor of Applied Physics at The Alexios Institute.  “Most of them have been more speculation than true theory.  But now we have a very high confidence level, that this was an enormous electromagnetic arrestor apparatus , built to facilitate the landing of large ships.  There’s no way to speculate yet on the exact nature of these ships — they could have been cargo ships, transport ships, or large military vessels.”

“Our work on this is far from done.  This is one of the most significant pre-collapse sites on Solrain and we hope to gain further insights into pre-collapse technology in general by even further understanding the incredible engineering here.”

The Henge was last in the news when 24 members of The Solarian Apostolate were found dead there, believed to be a mass-suicide.