(Barnard, Hypsos) After leaving a meeting of The Directorate, Dr. Viggio Ragne, the Special Representative for the President, today called Quantar a terrorist state. “It is really no surprise,” said Ragne. “This has been a long-standing pattern of behavior for Quantar. They have consistently supported terrorist attacks on our people. Rewarding criminals, terrorists and murderers is an atrocity. We can only hope that the more principled factions will see this for what it is and take appropriate action.”
Hyperial has cut off the few communication channels it has with Quantar and has changed its official political status with Quantar to “War.”
(Barnard, Hypsos) Dr. Viggio Ragne publicly denounced yesterday’s attack in Hyperial sector: “Six Quantar pilots carried out a terrorist attack on Hyperial yesterday,” said Ragne. “The attack was an unprovoked response to an imagined threat — and now 17 people who had worked in the production building that was targeted are now dead.
“The criminals responsible for this atrocity are Ambrosius, Crackhead, Eismann, Hammer-BS, Nereid and Roidrider. Sadly our calls for help from the community went mostly unanswered so their vicious attacks took a severe toll.
“We are limited in our ability to prosecute and penalize — but let it be clearly known that these criminals are enemies or Hyperial and their political status here has been stripped. Now we call on Quantar and all of the other factions to do the civilized thing — bring these criminals to justice! Make them pay for the spouses left alone . . . the children left without a parent.”
Quantar declined an immediate statement on the pilots and the attack.
(Quantar Core) The Quantar Holy Office of the Tahirs has released “evidence” that Hyperial has been secretly pursuing a genetic modification program with the goal of rebuilding its fleet of jump-capable ships.
“We now know what Hyperial’s secret faction missions have been all about,” said First Tahir Penjia Neamru. “We already knew that they were testing jump-ship technology, because of the Rauder-1 drone. Now we know that they have also been secretly pursuing their own genetic modification program. The goal is clear. Rebuilding their fleet .”
Quantar claims that the Hyperial program is code named “Chrysalis” and that it began over two years ago, with testing beginning early this year. The Tahirs have also released an image (seen below) allegedly taken inside the Chrysalis GenMod lab. It is likely that is was this information that was taken from Hyperial last declared to be contraband last Wednesday. It is unclear whether Octavius was working with Quantar to obtain and publish the information.
(Klatsches Hold) The saga of the Rauder-1 drone came to an abrupt end yesterday around 17:00 GMT when pilots Valmagier and Hammer-BS located the drone in Inner Cloud sector.
“I was not really looking for the drone at first,” said Valmagier. “I had business to do in Hyperial and flew through Inner Cloud, when I first saw a transmission from the drone. There were no conflux [spawns], which was surprising, because Inner Cloud has an anomaly. But I thougth someone else is searching for the drone, so I finished first my business and flew back to my Pos in Greater Locks to resupply it.”
Apparently Valmagier and Hammer-BS independently found Rauder-1 adrift far out in Inner Cloud. “I first was making some pictures, because I had not decided, if I will destroy it or if I will tell Hyperial the coordinates and leave it there. Then I saw Hammer-BS approaching and my decision was easy, I had to destroy it first, if I want to get the reward. Hammer and I were both shooting on the drone, but I was lucky to get the kill,” said Valmagier.
Hyperial has not yet made an official comment on the incident.
(Hyperial) After the recent Faction Mission to patrol Far Gate, T&P, Inner Cloud, Main Gate and The Reaches yielded no sightings of Rauder-1, Hyperial has now called for pilots to do more extensive sector searches.
“We have no idea how many of the mission pilots made any attempt to actually search. It was probably a mistake for us NOT to include additional awards for the first sighting. So now we’re going to remedy that,” said Dr. Viggio Ragne, Special Representative for the Office of the President. Continue reading →
(Cornea Station) Conflux expert Professor Athena ShaiDen of Sutonia University announced today that more data is needed on Conflux Infestations. On 117.3.30 ShaiDen used a new technique to collect data on Conflux infestations, employing a customized narrow-beam scanner and taking readings from the infestation’s plasma port as it was being destroyed by nukes from the other side of the gate.
“We go some really great data,” said ShaiDen, “but we really need more to make the information useful. Unfortunately, you need to use special equipment and be at the right place at the right time. I was really lucky the last time. It was not a planned thing. And infestations have not been happening that frequently.”
“Not that I’m complaining,” she added.
ShaiDen said she is looking into the possibility of assembling a small team to assist in data collection, but is not ready to announce any details. “I need to figure out how many narrow-beam scanning kits I can get funded before taking this further,” she said.
(Cornea Station) When reports came in about new Conflux infestation activity in Connexion sector, Prof. Athena ShaiDen decided it was time to get some fresh data.
“I have not done any field work in many, many months,” said ShaiDen, the Xenobiology Chairperson at Sutonia University. “I was done my classes for the day and had some free time, so I loaded up my customized scanning equipment and headed out.”
The Conflux had infested three of the four gates in Connexion: The Stith, Light Crossroad and Ring View. It turned out to be very good fortune that the fourth gate, Dark Crossroads, had not been infested. Continue reading →