Aeghwhyn Selected for 120AT Phalera Maxima Award

by Yaz Shanndar

(Octavius Core Station)  Pilot Aeghwhyn, the founder of squad Independence, has been selected as this year’s Phalera Maxima Award winner.  This award, which is in just its second year, is Phalera Maximavoted upon by the citizens of Octavius.  Last year’s winner was ClanlordAeghwhyn won this year receiving 40% of the vote.  Other significant vote-getters included Algore, Amananthy and _RAZAAR_.

“There seemed to be a bit of confusion this year,” said one official responsible for tabulating the votes.  “We had people voting twice, we had non-Octs voting and we had votes cast after the deadline.  But whether you counted just the qualifying votes or counted all of the votes, Aeghwhyn was the winner either way — so there’s no disputing the result.”

Congratulations, Aeghwhyn!

E.R.I. Announces Contest Winners

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ) Edgar Reece Industries (E.R.I.) has announced that it has received approval for awards to be given to the winners and participants in its The Dark Encounter Arena series:  Shuttles in the Dark, which was held on 120.5.3; and Lil Fighters in The Dark, which was held on 120.5.6.

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E.R.I. would like to thank the proud pilots of TRI who have made the launch of The Dark Encounter Arena not only a great bio-medical success, but also a great welcoming of our Company to your community in the Stars. In how short a time were 3 fully functioning battle POS constructed and stocked? I would love to claim E.R.I. had managed this impressive feat – but it was only with the pilots of TRI and their surprising willingness to experiment with prototype technology that allowed the first series of events in The Dark Encounter Arena to even take place.

Perhaps most surprising was the assistance that came to us from the Quantar Brotherhood. Pilot MLDeath single-handedly fulfilled the stocking requirements of all 3 stations for a nominal fee, and took the sudden-death beacon control win in the second round of Shuttles in the Dark. Pilot Nessos tested the first prototype of consciousness projection technology and has reported no ill effects! Military Legends spork and Ambrosius were the star competitors in the final round Lil’ Fighters in The Dark and took the victories with both score and beacon control.

Solrain pilots that contributed or participated include GrimGriz who cleared his criminal record to get in line with E.R.I. requirements, and then competed in all events using our experimental technology. Pilot Atlantis helped beta test the technology and set up for the event. Pilot Gucky competed in the opening round of Shuttles in the Dark  for Solrain, and Pilot DrPerky squared off against elite veterans from the other factions in Lil’ Fighters in The Dark.

Some of the best pilots Octavius has to offer also assisted in the opening of The Dark Encounter Arena. Pilot _RAZAAR_ flew alongside pilot C-note for a decisive Aptyrex win in the opening round of Shuttles in The Dark, and was leading the score in round 2 when MLDeath claimed the sudden-death Beacon. Octavian Vanguard pilot Algore represented the faction against Quantar’s Legends.

We have submitted the paperwork to the Bureau for awards for all competitors in this initial series of Dark Encounters, and extend our corporate gratitude to the others that helped make this possible – specifically the capital contributions of Nafcon and Lovemonk, silent pillars of this endeavor.

The Dark Encounter Arena is Edgar Reece Industries bringing competitive sporting to the Space Lanes, where Violence is only one path to Victory.

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The Catastrophe, Remembered

By Yaz Shanndar

Most pilots remember exactly where they were when it was happened.  Listenting to JPR . . . fighting Conflux . . . tuning beacons . . . mining . . .

Then everything went dark.

The following is the 115.4.30 recording of the speech by Sarath V on the third Anniversary of The Catastrophe (he died just six months later).

This week, on 120.4.30, we mark the eighth anniversary of The Catastrophe.  And as with every year since 114 when Founders Day was officially moved, this anniversary overlaps with the Solrain holiday.

Solrain has planned no space-based Founders’ Day celebrations this year.

UUNN Announces Layoffs

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(UUNN HQ) Due to readership and funding declines, UUNN is announcing that it will be laying off its full-time and part-time reporting staff, which currently includes Thane Carios and Yaz Shanndar (full-time); and Ares Kiden (part-time).

UUNN will continue to pay for freelance articles and will consider accepting press releases, news items and editorials from its former staff members as well as from anyone else.

DSS Riddle Deepens

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ) Further follow-up discussions has revealed a yet deeper mystery to the “message” on the DSS-3 recently data-recovered and decrypted by Jalil Aq’tamm and Hammer-BS.  We have now learned that image hidden within the first image somehow leads to a cryptic survey titled The Inquest (25.3.5010).  Inquest

When asked about his recent decryption revelation, Hammer-BS said, “There were 4 phases of decryption from octal numbers to text, from text to image, from image to qr-code and from qr-code to survey. Especially the hidden image was tough to find as there’s no obvious clue that it is there.” Continue reading

DSS Duo Unveils Image Riddles

by Yaz Shanndar

(UUNN HQ)  DSS expert Jalil Aq’tamm announced last week that he had recovered an especially large, clean dataset from a DSS3 that he believed to contain some sort of media file.  Within hours, his unofficial partner, Hammer-BS, had decrypted that file and determined it to be an image.  The issue was that the image just did not make a lot of 3_marksense.

The slightly-distorted image was a red imprint with the numeral “3” in each of the corners, and a horn at the center of an oveal with words surrounding it.  According to Hammer-BS it was some sort of very ancient currency used specifically to procure communication services. Continue reading

Powerful “Path” Blocks Awards

by Yaz Shanndar

(Quantar Core)  The rapidly-expanding Hamalzah’din Path within Quantar allegedly tested its political muscles recently when its leader Qashish Nost’avor allegedly threatened a call for elections if the Tahirs decided to endorse or reward the recent vigilante actions against Hyperial that resulted in the destruction of the Phosphorous Nanoproducer — which had allegedly housed a secret GenMod before it was attacked and put out of commission in 117.

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“We have no illusions about what the Hyperial are,” said Qashish Nost’avor,” but we also need to remember who we are.  Our leaders have led us astray and many have lost their way.  We must look inward — not outward — to discern Hamalzah’s will.”

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Equipment Ejected from Station

by Yaz Shanndar

(Hyperial Station) If you happened to be in Hyperial station sector early this morning, you may have seen some shields, power plants, guns and other equipment floating around in space.

“It’s all Quant stuff,” said Renn Torrey, the station’s Dockmaster.  “I got the word from up top — ‘dump the stuff.’  Most of it’s crap anyway.  Pretty tired of Quantar’s pompous oppression, so . . . out it goes.”

Torrey said that the only Quantar Equipment left on the station was mining equipment — which would be ‘tolerated’ in limited quantities.

“Tell all the pilots . . . don’t be wastin time haulin in no more Quant stuff,” said Torrey.  “I’ll just dump it out the back door with the rest of the trash.”

Hyperial Rewards Pilots

by Yaz Shanndar

(Hyperial Station)  Hyperial today recognized the efforts of several pilots who worked to repair the damaged building in Hyperial Station sector.  Dr. Viggio Ragne, Hyperial Special Representative for the Office of the President, released the following statement:

“We are elated to be able to recognize four pilots who put aside their daily duties to repair the Phosphorous Nanoproducer that had been attacked by Quantar two years ago, hyperial-duty-ribbonand which had experienced 3 suspicious explosions over the last few days.  We are awarding the Hyperial Duty Ribbon, 20 PR units and 100,000 credits each to pilots GrimGriz, Imorg, Me.1 and OrkaOrka had initially performed repairs on the structure, while GrimGriz, Imorg and Me.1 brought the building back from the brink of collapse after subsequent explosions nearly destroyed it.

“And I must make special mention of Imorg, a Quantar, who risked censure by his own faction and clearly demonstrated that not all Quantar are deceitful and evil.”

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Dorator Announces Production Plans

by Yaz Shanndar

(Octavius Outpost)  Dorator Technologies R&D has announced its new manufacturing and distribution strategy in the wake of the recent acquisition the manufacturing rights Dorator Logofor several pieces of TRI Corp equipment.

“We have decided to focus most of our production and distribution from two locations,” said Malkev Dorator II,  Sr. Vice President of Operations.  “We will be focusing our weapons production at Octavius Outpost station.  It will be the sole manufacturing outlet now for the Barrak, Cobra and the Flail.  The only exception will be the Hammer, which will continue to be manufactured in Solrain at Wake station.”

“Regarding the new acquisitions,” said Dorator, “the Nightwatchman radar, TRIC-1 Capacitor, TRIP-1 power plant, Vector engine and Warden shield will now be manufactured exclusively at our Hyperial Manufacturing facility.”

“We are also very excited to announce that we will be testing the first non-faction manufacturing operation at Klatsches Hold where we will be making the Drop Tank refueling system.”

According to Dorator, the Drop Tank test facility is now operational.  Other manufacturing changes should be moving forward over the next two weeks.