Funding Denied for ShaiDen Project

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Core)  In a surprising outcome, the funding applied-for by Conflux expert Professor Athena ShaiDen of Sutonia University was denied by Sorian Bank.  The loan, which most expected to be granted, was to help mass-produce a special kind of narrow-beam scanner ShaiDen had developed.  The scanner was used to take readings from Conflux infestations — with the goal of finding better ways to destroy — of even deter them.

Professor ShaiDen was unavailable for comment, but Carlo Adiar, TRI Corporation’s Director of Conflux Studies spoke out, “This is just incredible.  Professor ShaiDen and I do not always see eye to eye, but this was a no-brainer.  And the 500 million credits she was looking for is just a drop in the bucket for Sorian.  Her reputation alone should have been plenty of collateral — but she had a working prototype!  I don’t get it.” Continue reading

Emperor Looks for Citizen Participation in Recitation of Heroes

by Yaz Shanndar

(Outpost Station)  Emperor Cineon today asked for more citizen participation in the official Recitation of Heroes ceremony to be held on 117.5.26.  The Recitation of Heroes is that is the highlight of the first day of the Octavius Feast of the Fallen holidays, where the names of former “heroes” of Octavius are called out publicly, sometimes with a brief remembrance.

“Some of these heroes passed to the Halls long ago,” said Governor Zenobia Zavera, who will help host this year’s holiday.  “Others are retired, and other are long lost – but we still hope for their return,” she added. Continue reading

New Quantar Movement Surfaces

by Yaz Shanndar

(Corridor Station) A new Quantar movement has recently surfaced, calling themselves Paths. These individuals, who are primarily young and who (for the most part) are not jump-pilots, call for the renunciation of the central government and a return to tribal rule. They are united by the fundamental belief that Quantar destiny lies among the stars, and that “the Skein” (their term for space) itself will guide the thoughts of any pilot who learns to listen.

Symbol of the PathsMembers of the movement can usually be identified by a tattoo resembling a stylized version of the Quantar national symbol. Despite the fact that most Paths have not yet qualified for genetic alteration, they still prefer space to a planet-bound life, with many living in communal habitats built near rich asteroid fields in planetary sectors, where they live fairly isolated lives.

Quantar estimates that there are no more than 1,000 Paths at this time, and they are not considered a significant social or political movement.

Perasca Archaeologists Unearth Armor

by Yaz Shanndar

(Sa’ing Matar, Perasca)  More than three months after the original announcement of the ancient site discovery on Perasca, The Quantar Council on Antiquities has released the first image of an artifact retrieved from the site along with the following statement:

We have completed reconstruction and preservation from partial body armor foundSa'ing Matar Armor at the subterranean site in Jekara, outside Sa’ing Matar.  All evidence points to a dating of this site somewhere between 2,900 BT and 2,800 BT.  The levels of technology of this armor, and at the site in general, are inconsistent with what we previously believed to be in existence at this point in Quantar history.

 

Several sources outside the Council on Antiquities have expressed shock both at the finding, and at the release.  “They have dropped an absolute bomb,” said one non-Quantar archaeologist who asked not to be identified.  “For months now they have kept an air-tight lid on all information and now they release this armor and tell us that they are essentially finding very modern tech during a time that was previously believed to be technologically primitive.  It makes no sense.”

No additional details on the site or recoveries from the site were available from the Council on Antiquities.

 

 

Marathon Faction Mission is Completed

by Yaz Shanndar

(Hyperial Station) After thirty-nine days, the most recent Hyperial Faction Mission has come to an end.  Pilot Hammer-BS completed the mission having personally Hyperial FM Completiondelivered 1403u of copper, 1195u of electronics, 193 u of conflux biomass, 986u of fiber optics, and 1000u of synthetics — nearly 60% of the commodities required to complete the mission.

“It was a very tough mission as almost everything had to be produced. I want to say thanks to all of the fellow miners who did a great job in mining copper the last days,” said Hammer-BS.

What remains unclear is exactly what this mission was for.  The stated purpose — Hyperial requires several more commodities to finish a critical R&D project.  Quick completion of this mission is CRITICAL! — falls far short of describing exactly what is being researched and/or developed.

Hyperial officials declined further comment.

 

Ancient Ruin Uncovered on Perasca

by Yaz Shanndar

(Sa’ing Matar, Perasca)  The Quantar Council on Antiquities released an image of a site that has recently been found on Perasca, along with a brief statement:

A previously unknown and unexplored site has been found on Perasca.  While months and months of work lay ahead of us before we can have any hope of understanding this amazing discovery, an advance team of specialists has performed a preliminary survey and have suggests it may date as far back as 2900 BT, although the size and complexity of the structures are far beyond any other similarly-dated structured on the planet.

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The site lies in a rugged section of the Jekar range, approximately 215 kilometers from Sai’ing Matar.  A team of novitiates from Wardok Military Academy were hiking the valley when they found what they believed to be a small ancient ruin — but upon entering the structure they found a cavernous subterranean structure running several stories down underground.  They immediately reported the find to their Provost, who relayed the information to the local Synod.

Although the Council on Antiquities provided no further details, historian Professor D. Karr from the University of Soria at Solrain Core (USSC) was able to provide some insight:

“This is an incredible find, regardless of what the dating ends up being.  This thing goes at least five or six stories down underground.  We have never, ever seen any ancient site like it anywhere in Quantar — or anyone else as far as I know.  I can’t wait he hear more, but I suspect it might be a while.  Proper investigation will be a painstaking process and will take time.”

A Pilot-Legend Passes

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Core) Long-time veteran pilot Samwise has finished his long tour of duty on 116.11.28, passing away at the age of 85.  Samwise was an Optimus pilot and a long-time member of the squad New Dawn.  He spent most of his career battling The Conflux, amassing almost 40,000 flux-kills just since The Catastrophe.  He was last seen in space on 116.10.20, plying his trade.

Samwise, who some knew as Wisesam, was a pilot who was liked and respected by all.  He continued to fly well after most pilots are long-retired and never seemed to slow down.  In the dark times when few pilots were launching, Samwise continued his crusade.

Current and retired pilots continue to pass along their condolences and celebrate his great career HERE.

Samwise has been posthumously awarded the Solrain Foundation of Trust, the TRI Order of Merit and the Defender of the Barrier.

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His friends and family have asked that we share a favorite poem of his.  He found it on a DSS many years ago and quoted it often to whomever would hear him.

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
— Rudyard Kipling
Samwise will be sorely missed by all.