This time, instead of doing The (Unregulated) Update, I decided to interview the pilot RazorsKiss — who made news recently by destroying an automated TRI transport ship in unregulated space. I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of his motivations.
This interview was conducted before TRI Corporation decided to place a bounty on him. Continue reading →
(UUNN HQ) TRI Corporation announced today that it is taking the unprecedented step of placing a bounty on pilot RazorsKiss.
Since the Factions have elected to either ignore the severity of this situation or hide behind perceived administrative roadblocks, we believe we have no choice other than to find a way to create appropriate consequences ourselves.
Therefore, effective immediately and for the next 30 days, we have placed a 2 million credit bounty on the criminal RazorsKiss. We will pay the bounty for each verified destruction of his ship. In order to collect the bounty, pilots should submit a full, unedited screen shot taken at the time of the “kill” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one bounty will be paid per pilot.
While factions have place bounties on pilots for many years, this appears to be the first time a corporation has taken such a step.
(Solrain Core) After a pilot claimed responsibility for destroying a crippled automated transport ship owned by TRI Corporation, TRI called on the factions to punish the pilot. The Solrain Traders and Citizens Council (STCC) provided the first, and most comprehensive response:
Clearly this was a capricious act by a plot more concerned with his own agendas and vendettas than the welfare of all. We very much understand the position of TRI Corporation in trying to ensure there are consequences. But while we abhor the waste of such precious cargo, we feel that the long-standing rights of salvage are clear here. The ship was in unregulated space. There was no living person aboard. The ship was clearly not under any kind of powered control.
So, while we feel that the general nature of this detestable act merits punishment, we do not believe there is any legal precedent to do so. If any additional facts arise that change the legal circumstances , we are ready to reconsider this position.
(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 RazorsKisspublicly 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.”
Sentient Flurry For about a week we were seeing some rather unusual sentient activity that typically include concurrent markers all over space, infestation and a few sent-fights with pilots. I’m told things have been quiet so far this week.
Flux Geek vs Flux Hunter And related to the Sent-flurry, we had TRI Corp bureaucrat Carlo Adiar blaming flux-hunting pilot RazorsKiss (Adiar “erroneously” called him RazorCut — which was kind of funny if you ask me) for the surge in conflux actvity — basically saying the conflux were retaliating. RazorsKiss took offense and challenges Adiar to a duel (yeah … they’re Octs). TRI’s PR department jumped into the middle and everyone went grumbling back to their corners. Continue reading →
(Solrain Core) TRI Corporation has released the following statement, responding to a complaint about statements made by Carlo Adiar, its Asst. Director of Conflux Studies:
Although we will not refute the basic premise raised by Mr. Adiar — that there may very well be a cause/effect relationship between current surge in sentient Conflux activity and the extensive Conflux-hunt operation held two weeks ago — we believe that the way in which his message was delivered was not ideal. For that we will apologize.
But we will very clearly point out that Mr. Adiar neither stated nor intended any disrespect to pilot samwise, in whose honor the conflux-hunt was held. Any contention otherwise is without substance or merit.
(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.”