Hypsos Holds Planet-Wide Remembrance of Dr. Kelvin Rauder

by Yaz Shanndar

(Hyperial Station) Everything on Hypsos went quiet for 15 minutes at noon today in remembrance of former President Dr. Kelvin Rauder whose 60th birthday it would have been today.

Rauder was elected on 098.4.1 and served as Hyperial President for more than 11 years up to his assassination on 109.11.5 — less than a year short of his 12-year term.  From 12:00 to 12:15 (UTC) all businesses were shut down and comm-networks went silent.  President, Drago Maximilian released the following statement.

Today, on his birthday, we remember the life of Dr. Kelvin Rauder — a man who led us through very interesting times.  He stood strong against TRI, who refused us our rights because its strings were being pulled by the faction overlords.  He opposed every Quantar attempt to undermine us.  And through it all, he lead Hyperial to become a preeminent center of manufacturing and trade.


Factions Respond to Pilot Calls for Missions

by Yaz Shanndar

(Quantar Depot)  After pilots called for Faction Missions, Quantar and Octavius responded yesterday with missions revolving around Magnesium — which has been in very short supply for a long time.

FM 118.2.23

The Quantar mission is to mine ice.  Unfortunately it kicked off with a bug in the mission program (which has supposedly been fixed now).  The Oct mission is to haul Magnesium to it’s Depot station for storage.  The challenge is that Ice ore yields only 3% magnesium, so it’ll require lots of coordinated work to get these things done.  Continue reading

Awards Announced for Samwise Memorial Event

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ) After a week-long flux-hunt with 26 pilots participating, the Samwise Memorial Flux Hunt came to an end last Saturday.  The event, which was sponsored by pilot RazorsKiss of squad FluxGuts had pilots of all level rushing to max out their conflux-kill-counts, and even had a few long-missing veterans returning returning to honor pilot Samwise — who, sadly, passed-on last year.

Top prizes for the overall number of flux-kills went to:

Sinver (3,025 flux kills) – Cesium Medal; 2mm credits; PCE-5
Rail69 (1,490 flux kills) – Platinum Medal; 1mm credits; PCS-1
Cyraxx666 (1,272 flux kills) – Antimony Medal; 500k credits

All other participants received a Captain’s Commendation for their efforts; and RazorsKiss is being awarded the Echoes of Hope award for his significant efforts in sponsoring, promoting and running the week-long contest. Continue reading


Imperial War Helmet to Go on Display

by Yaz Shanndar

(Danubia, Martius)  For the first time in 50 years, the war helmet of Emperor Atticus VI will be made available for public display.

Battle Helmet

“The last time it was displayed was for the 100th anniversary of his death,” said Anto Islin, Legate for Danubia Province.  “Emperor Septus felt it appropriate to made it available to the public again on the 150th anniversary of his death.”

The public display at the Imperial Heritage Museum in Danubia will begin tomorrow, 117.12.2 — the anniversary of Atticus’ death — and will continue until the end of the year.

Atticus VI (85 BT – 33 BT) is best known as the last Emperor of a unified Octavius.  Atticus VI took that throne in 45.8 BT after the culmination of the Unification Wars.  Atticus VI held the throne for just 12 years, dying at age 52



Festival! 117 Awards Announced

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Core) Awards for the Festival! 117 have been released — with a couple that were unexpected.  “Festival! is the biggest holiday of the year,” said Garth Taren, President & CEO of TRI Corporation.  “TRI Corporation works very hard and very closely with Solrain, Quantar and Octavius to sponsor a diverse series of holiday events that are available to a broad array of pilots of all levels.  This year we had races, contests, missions, trivia — and even a Haiku-writing contest.”

Taren went on to say that the Festival! holiday provides a perfect platfor for special recognitions:  “Festival! gets everyone’s attention in a unique way because it’s roots come from ALL of the factions.  This year, we are pleased to introduce a new, very prestigious award called ‘Sarath’s Orb,’ and along with that, we are absolutely thrilled that we will be able to announce two Pilots Choice Awards because there is nothing better than being recognized by your peers.” Continue reading


Dannewar Surfaces to Make Statement on Recent Findings

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Wake)  Seven days ago it was determined that the audio that was captured by Dr. Thane Dannewar did, indeed have underlying data.  Dr. Dannewar has been completely unavailable to the media, but today he released the following statement.

“Initially it was a very emotional time,” said Dannewar.  “You have to understand, I have been searching all of my life for answers about planet Solrain.  I’ve always had some irrational hope that it was out there to be found somewhere . . . still managing to survive.  I’m not sure this recent finding supports that hope.

“What we have appears to be a log created by a distress system.  After the initial entry at 5:52 all subsequent log entries are periodic, every five minutes.  The final intact entry is at 11:00.  There is some corruption of the data within this timeframe and that is unclear whether the log itself  was corrupted or the dataset became corrupted in the intervening time.

“The key is the date:  4816.16.8.  This is a Sorian Standard date-stamp.  The Sorian year 4816 corresponds to the TRI Year 2000 BT — the assumed year of The Great Collapse.  While we usually see Sorian dates expressed as ‘mm.dd’ it is not unheard of for that to be reversed in some systems – and that is the case here.  So the event triggering this distress system happened in 2000 BT at 5:52 on 8.16.  The system stopped recording at about 11:00.  So if we assume this is authentic (and I believe it is), we can hypothesize that what we are seeing is a five-hour period representing the initial effects of The Great Collapse – and, possibly, it’s final catastrophic effects.”

Dr. Dannewar said he is continuing his search for additional evidence of the lost planet, it’s current location, and its fate.