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

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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.

Veteran Flux-Warrior Resurfaces

by Yaz Shanndar

(Octavius Core Station)  In the last week, a name resurfaced in the duty rosters that only a handful of veteran pilots will remember:  RazorsKiss.   A former New Dawn squadron leader, RazorsKiss was heavily involved in early Conflux research with TRI-R and in the Amananth 20 affair.  He agreed to a brief interview regarding his disappearance — and recent return.

Hello, RazorsKiss – and welcome back to active duty after all these years.  Exactly how long were you gone from active duty?
As far as I can recall (things are a bit fuzzy, with the Collapse, NDC going dark, my injury…) I think I last logged flight time somewhere in early 104. 

What made you decide to return to flying?
I woke up – at Oct Core. I played some catch up – now older, and more than a little grey – and applied for reinstatement. Continue reading

Reconstruction Days Called “Disappointment”

by Yaz Shanndar

(Solrain Core)  Solrain Premier Crtistofore Parce was very blunt in his assessment of the recent Reconstruction Days holiday.  “It was a huge disappointment,” said Parce.  “I don’t know what’s going on — whether the election protests has something to do with this, or something else.  But the bottom line is we had almost no participation in our space-based public events — and dirtside it was not much better.”

“Nonetheless,” he continued, ” we do need to recognize two people for holiday awards.  Hammer-BS was the single entrant in our ‘Name the Heroes’ contest — the one to name the at least five of the Solrain members of the Thrice Seven.  In fact, Hammer-BS was able to name all seven.  Quite an accomplishment.  He will be receiving 5 million credits, a Seeker of Knowledge medal and a PCS-4 for his efforts.” Continue reading

Protests Mar Reconstruction Days Holiday Celebrations on Amanra

by Yaz Shanndar

(Alexios, Amanra) Close elections always trigger strong emotions, and the recent Speaker’s election for Amanra was as close as it can get with the popular vote resulting in a tie, forcing the 100 members of the Solrain Citizens and Traders Council (STCC) to break the tie with a vote. But this election was also was overshadowed by claims that Hyperial hackers tried to sway the presidential election.

Millions of Amanrans signed an online petition stating that Ms. Whyte was unfit for the Speaker’s Chair, while anti-Whyte protesters gathered at cities across the planet.protests

In Alexios, more than 10,000 demonstrators braved unusually cold temperatures, chanting: “Whyte’s Not Right!”

In Arestol, protesters beat drums and waved signs saying: “Don’t let Hyperial Run Our Planet.”

On the campus of Sutonia University, hundreds of student-demonstrators cried.

We attempted to contact the incumbent Speaker, Cassia Verhal, but her spokesperson said she was not ready to make a statement at this time.