The following article is published by the ”Helium-4 Monthly” magazine.
The last few weeks have seen reports from a growing number of FTL networks about instability in long distance holographic projection. Some connections have been dropped entirely. More frequently, minor package losses have led to video flutter and audio static during transmission. There have been no reports of equivalent issues with conventional video, audio and text transmissions.
CONCORD’s Communications Relay Commission is rumoured to be in investigating what might be causing this interference but has refused to comment publicly to confirm this or to speculate on whether the issue is down to infrastructure or some external influence. Your correspondent notes that these problems started after the takeover of billboards at stargates by Triglavian broadcasts. However, there is currently no evidence connecting the two events.
Gateway Called Back By OCP
The Alexylva Paradox Gateway Ché Biko has been called back by the Origin Child Protection. Allegedly he used his position as Coordinator to pressure an OCP team to withdraw certain measures they wanted to take in order to ensure the safety of a child in a family under OCP supervision. When the OCP management learned about this, they took the case under their supervision to ensure any measures necessary for the safety of the child will be taken. Additionally, due to Biko’s involvement in the incident that caused the family to be placed under supervision of the OCP, Biko is not allowed to have any contact with the child until further investigation is concluded.
The last couple of months Biko has all but disappeared from the public eye, and even appears to have taken measures to avoid being recognized when out in the public, disguising himself with a cap and sunglasses and shaving off his beard. When the Origin Observer contacted him a few days ago for a birthday interview he declined to give one, but he was willing to answer some questions about the OCP today.
When asked for his comments he replied “The child is my godson, his mother is my best friend. […] I feel like it is not fair to say I abused my position as Coordinator, though I’m not denying that it may have helped in the OCP team trusting me when I personally guaranteed that things would still be safe if they did not take certain measures. […] I thought some of the measures they were taking or about to take were heavy handed, impulsive and defeating the purpose. I also thought the mother of the child was being treated unfairly, and I noticed some OCP employees were not completely honest about some things.”
Biko declined to comment on (his involvement in) the incident that led to the family being placed under OCP supervision.
A sample from Heritage, a local Mikramurka coast clan gossip tabloid.
Rhiannon Heir Lost in Space - again?
Rhiannon clan current heir, Aeron Shaninn, is apparently spending his diversion years increasingly not just out of Matar, but out of human space altogether. The Young Chief, who already caused a minor scandal by announcing his intent to become a capsuleer pilot, has recently graduated as one, and joined his clan-mother Elsebeth Shaninn in the capsuleer organization Electus Matari.
Heritage has it from a reliable source close to the family that the young man spends little time in his mother’s company, having taken instead into what the eggers term “daytripping”, a dangerous pastime of traversing through wormholes into uncharted space. To do this, some reports say, he has joined a predominantly Thukker circle specialising in wormhole exploration, though his official credentials still list him as a member of SoE Roughriders, Elsebeth’s circle of capsuleers.
If these reports are true, Aeron “Morningstar”, as he now titles himself, could be the third generation of Shaninn-spirited Rhiannon heirs lost into space. Elsebeth herself ceded the claim to the clan to pursue her career in space when her son came of age and was confirmed in his Voluval to carry the Keeper of Traditions mark, which the Rhiannon traditionally associate with their leadership. Her mother, in turn, died in unclear circumstances just before Elsebeth’s own Voluval, on a space station in the Atgur solar system.
Sources close to Shaninn family in the clan have questioned the policy of trying to keep the clan leadership inside the ‘core line’, as Shaninn themselves like to call it, at all costs. “It is traditional, but after the third generation, is it not becoming quite traditional for them to just give it up?” commented a member of the Sarinde clan to Heritage. (Sarinde, specialising in security, have a generatations-old, usually quite steady and uncomplicated, alliance with Rhiannon.)
Heritage was, as usual, unable to reach a representative of the Rhiannon clan to comment these news.
Published on “The Pegeler Heat” GalNet Tabloid site on 23.4.121
Neopian Capsuleer Lewds Leaked!
Recently, The Pegeler Heat was contacted by an anonymous source claiming to have access to compromising photos and holo-recordings of the Neopian Capsuleer, Lauralite Delilah Anne Brezia. After a brief period of vetting to prove these images were not clever and complex manipulations as are quite common on the GalNet these days, we can conclusively say that these images are legitimate, and we’ve compiled them into a spread for your viewing pleasure!
Included is a link to the spread, marked with a clear warning about explicit content, following the link, one would find a series of holo-images of the aforementioned Capsuleer, many of them seeming to be images taken in private, by a professional photographer, most having a watermark for one EBK Studios, a small, privately owned development company supposedly based in Iges
Hueromont Herald - 24.04.121
Shooting outside the Vherokior Community Centre
Seven people dead and more injured as shooters opened fire earlier today outside the Vherokior Community Centre in Old Hueromont. The target was capsuleer Mizhir Devara, known for the New Texel project. Dr Devara’s personal security force, known as the Revenants, quickly dealt with the attackers killing six of them before they retreated. One bystander stuck in the crossfire has been declared dead and a few more have been injured. Footage shows Dr Devara herself was struck by Three bullets but was brought into safety in her shuttle. Her status is still unknown.
The shooters were allegedly a Mannar street gang however the motivation for the attack remains unknown. Speculations suggest that Devara’s presence in the city also extends to the black market, thus making this an attempt to scare her off. According to the Vherokior Community Centre Devara was on her way there to talk with the Mystic council about projects to improve the health of lower-class Vherokiors in the city.
Two of the Revenants guarding the outside of the Vherokior Community Centre as technicians are working on the crimescene
We have been unable to reach Dr Devara, however her lawyer has given the following statement:
“It is a sad day for all of us. An innocent woman was killed one her way to her daily meditation in the temple and several more injured. Mizhir expresses her deepest sympathy for the victims of this horrible attack and she will cover the medical expenses and help the family left behind of the woman who was killed. In addition, she condemns the actions of these shooters and would instead offer a dialogue with them, so no more blood will be spilled.”
((Art credit: https://moratmorat.artstation.com/projects/866bQ))
A video of a young Sebiestor woman, known as The Wraith, has been posted on the GalNet. In the video she is speaking loudly and with passion.
Yesterday’s attack was not just an attack against Mizhir Devara, Alaya Razha, and the Vherokior Community Centre. It was an attack against the Tribes – against all of us!
These fascists want us out of this city. But we must stand together and show them that this is our city too!
We must show them that if they attack a Tribe, we will all stand together. We will defend our brothers and sisters of the other Tribes. United we are strong!
I, The Wraith, will raise my weapon and fight for the Tribes! Are you with me?
She raises her rifle and cheers can be heard in the background before the video ends.
Hueromont Herald 25.04.121
Mizhir Devara shows herself in public for the first time following yesterday’s attack
Capsuleer Mizhir Devara who was the target for yesterday’s attack has just held her first press conference after yesterday’s attack.
Footage of Mizhir standing on the docks at Hueromont harbour with Radiant in the background. She has visible scars and new cybernetics on her face and her left eye is cybernetic. A bandage is covering from her left temple to just above her left ear.
Yesterday an attack was directed at me. As You may have heard I was struck by some of their projectiles. I was injured but I got the right medical help in time and I am fine now. I would like to thank you all for your concerns.
Unfortunately, I was not the only victim of this attack. Alaya Razha, a mother of 3, was on her way to the Temple when she was hit by a stray bullet from the attackers. My heart was filled when sorrow when I heard about this, and I encourage you all to pray for her family. Her children have lost their dear mother and her husband lost his soulmate. I will never be able to replace Alaya but I will do what I can to help them get through this and I will make sure that the children will have what they need in order to have a good childhood.
Attacks like this will cause much tension. But I will encourage everyone to keep your heads cool. Too much blood has already been spilled, so hear my appeal: Do not attempt to seek out vengeance.
The footage ends and then news announcer continues.
It appears that Mizhir Devara has recovered quickly from the attack. However, the cybernetics could be a sign that she has been substantially injured. In addition, this is the first time for many years that she has had short hair. Could this have a deeper meaning or was it just a practical choice?
Reports from Hueromont Central Hospital say that the remaining victims of the attack are stable. Dr Devara has already stated that she will be covering the medical expenses.
We have attempted to get a statement from Hueromont Police Department but so far they have no comments.
((Art credit: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/GJQyd))
The following article appeared in Transhumanity Today:
Gateway: “Triglavians No Immediate Threat”
During a press conference held in The Nexus Building, Gateway Biko addressed growing concerns about a possible Triglavian invasion. These concerns mostly originated from the subgroups of The Networkers, The Coalescents and the AGIs following messages from the Triglavians that some think may indicate that they are hostile to certain forms of hive minds and Artificial Intelligence. This concern has increasingly spread among the other citizens of Origin in the last weeks as speculation about a possible Triglavian invasion is taking place in the media and GalNet fora. The topic has also been raised in The Digital Council but so far the Board of Coordinators has remained silent on the issue.
Gateway Biko appeared a bit nervous as he approached the podium and glanced around at the assembled press before looking down as he prepared for what was to be his first official address in over a year. However, as he progressed through his opening statement he appeared increasingly calm and confident facing the press, and even a bit cheerful:
"Good evening. I stand before you today to address concerns about a possible Triglavian threat to Origin. First of all, I’d like to say that despite some rumors to the opposite, we are keeping a close eye on any developments concerning the Triglavians. Behind the scenes we are actively working to understand the Triglavians and interpret their words. The communication lines with the Arataka Research Consortium, which I and many others consider to be one of the most knowledgable groups concerning the so-called Emergent Threats, are short.
Secondly, while they indeed seem to be hostile towards Sansha’s Nation and, to a lesser extend, the Rogue Drones, it is still unclear whether or not this hostility extends to other hive minds and AIs. In fact, there are some signs that the Triglavians, in whole or in part, are themselves part of a hive mind. They also could be AI, or there could be AI among them. We just don’t know enough about them yet to draw any conclusions either way. Regardless, I think it is safe to say that the Triglavians pose no immediate threat to Origin. We have not seen any of them in Origin, or any indication that they even know about our colonies here. As such, if they are indeed planning an invasion, it is likely that they will be targeting Nation and the Drifters.
Thirdly, we’ll be consulting with representatives of our population on whether or not to seek contact with the Triglavians in order to determine their position on hiveminds and AI, if and when a means to communicate with them has been established.
During the Q&A, Biko revealed that he had aquired a set of Semiosis Conduction Consoles from ARC, but that they had not been taken inside Origin yet, and that there are currently no plans to do so. “We’re currently investigating wether we can use these devices to communicate with them, but there’s no need to do that in this system yet. We may relocate them to Origin after further investigation will reveal that it is safe to do so, and if it’s worth the effort to do so.”
Asked about wether Alexylva Paradox is capable to defend against a Triglavian invasion his response was a quick but cheery “We are always ready to defend against any and all threats. Next question?”
When asked about ALXVP’s relationship with ARC and wether the corporation may become part of the alliance, he responded by saying that “We’ve been working together on some fronts, mostly…with research. […] We’re…tentatively looking for other possible areas of cooperation, including inside Origin itself, but I can say nothing concrete about this at this time.” He also said that SFRIMs departure from the ARC alliance had no effect on the relationship between SFRIM and ALXVP. “We’re still on good terms.”
The questions then became increasingly more about Biko himself: why he has made so few public appearances lately (“I’ve been busy.”), about the state of his marriage (“Steady. Next question.”), and about the Origin Child Protection’s investigation. He answered that last one with “I think it may be concluded before the end of next week.” before calling an end to the press conference, saying goodbye with a bow of his head and “Thank you, peace.”, then leaving with a blank expression.
Published in the Gallente tabloid “See and Hear” magazine on 12.05.121.
Rumours have reached our ears that the controversial and always charming James Syagrius, doyenne of the Aidonis Elabon Building in Caille, has decided to retire from his illustrious business career.
One of his employees whom we spoke to, tearfully leaving Reclamation’s offices in Caille with a box of belongings commented, “Mr. Syagrius has always been a generous and fair employer and even helped my family when we were in need. He deserves this… I suppose!”
Ownership of Reclamation’s operations in Cloud Ring appears to have been transferred to an undisclosed buyer. Rinai Vero, a Federal Militia commander in the area, was unaware or unwilling when asked for a comment. Fierce secrecy is a hallmark of Syagrius’ style, though, as a journalist from Caille Entertainment discovered during a recent research project cut short by a tragic accident.
So, what is Mr. Syagrius going to do now?
We have discovered that a substantial contract has been awarded for the renovation of an estate on Intaki Prime that Syagrius is rumoured to have acquired many years ago from the Bravaati family, owners of the eponymous olive brand, shortly after the prestigious family business was left cruelly exposed by the then CEO’s sudden and mysterious descent into Blue Pill addiction.
Syagrius is reported to have had a strained relationship with some Intaki capsuleers but this appears to be water under the bridge now. Bataav, leader of the Intaki Liberation Front, commented, “Syagrius has been a political opponent of ours for many years, and tempers have flared on more than one occasion. More recently though, I’ve found that we leave our politics to one side when we talk, and I’ve come to believe that a mutual respect now exists between us. I’m sure he’ll find Intaki Prime to his liking, but we’ll have to see whether retirement suits him just as well.”
Word has it, though, that Syagrius is unlikely to disappear entirely into life as an olive farmer. Staff at the Elabon Building, speaking off the record, hinted at tenancy discussions with a prominent Amarrian personality whom Syagrius is understood to have accompanied to various social functions lately. Known associates at the Elabon Lounge are remaining tight lipped about anything regarding this.
With his time freed from business responsibilities, we certainly hope to see more of this colourful character out and about enjoying himself!
Jorianna Gallaire Director See and Hear
Several attacks make today the bloodiest day since the VCC shooting
Several shootings in Old Hueromont has made today the bloodiest day since the attack against Capsuleer Mizhir Devara. Sven’s Shack, a well-known hoverbike repair shop own by the Sebiestor Sven Svarthen, was set ablaze when armed men belonging to the Mannar gang The Red Dawn. Afterwards, three Mannar owned casinos and a Jin Mei owned massage parlour were attacked by Minmatar gangs, presumably as retaliation for Sven’s Shack.
The Hueromont Police Departmant has not yet released the number of casualties, but they have stated that it has been the bloodies day since the attack against Dr Devara. In addition, they made the following statement at the press conference:
“This violence will not be tolerated, and we will be increasing our efforts in Old Hueromont. The FIO has already sent more officers to keep peace and they will send additional forces by tomorrow. As per today we will make additional checkpoints in Old Hueromont, in particular the Lockham and Marlowe districts.”
Footage from a checkpoint in Old Hueromont
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Hueromont Herald 31.05.121
Several police raids have been conducted across Hueromont
Today Hueromont Police Department have raided several locations across Hueromont, primarily in Old Hueromont. The scope of the operation was made possible with the aid from Police forces from Caille, the FIO, and private security contractors. The targets of this operation were the Mannar and Minmatar gangs of Old Hueromont whom have escalated their fighting for the last month.
The Hueromont Police Department has not released any further information on the raids, but has made the following statement to the press:
Today’s operation has been a success. Several violent gang members have been arrested and a large number of illegal weapons have been confiscated. We would like to thank the brave officers of Hueromont Police Department, the City of Caille, the FIO, and the security contractors who made this operation possible. Your contribution to the safety of the citizens of Hueromont will be remembered.
Sebiestor gang is calling for ceasefire while doomsday cults are emerging as the Triglavian invaders loom above the Hueromont skies
It’s the second day of the Triglavians invading Hueromont and the situation is still tense. Most of the stores remain closed as people fear what horrors the invasion may bring. However, the violence in Old Hueromont has been the lowest for weeks. Rumours are circulating that the Yetamos led by the infamous Sebiestor The Wraith has called for a ceasefire while the Triglavians still pose a threat to the city. How the other gangs have taken this request remains unknown. However, several anti-Triglavian posters have emerged on the streets and several groups have stated that they will fight the invaders.
One of the many posters seen on the streets of Hueromont
In the meantime, small doomsday cults have emerged on the streets and their posters can also be seen. So far, the confrontations between these groups and the anti-Triglavian groups have been minimal however authorities are prepared for escalations in the already tense situation.
A Pro-Triglavian poster
Capsuleer Mizhir Devara has taken the fight to space as she has been hunting the Triglavian ships with her own Drekavac class Battlecruiser, and she has already gathered much support in the city. A Hueromont drone operator has sent a camera drone after her and is live streaming her fight against the Triglavian Invaders.
Footage of Mizhir Devara’s Drekavac ‘Zethys’ fighting the invaders
((Poster Credit: https://imgur.com/a/ZnHqS7f ))
See and Hear YC121 06 12
I want to argue with my own instincts in this review because I like the work of Saccade Amir. I think there would be little of interest to say except that I liked the show and then to single out particular exhibits that I found most interesting and explain why. I think it might be far more interesting to take a contrary position and to attempt to argue against Amirs work and my own attraction to it.
Ranging from the whimsical like the Dive , to the downright offensive and shocking piece, Play House , the exhibition comprises extensive tones and much light and shade on both the Triglavians and the aspects of loneliness. It has been well constructed in this regard, with moments of high drama punctuated by reflective calm. But I wonder whether Amir has worked too hard and too self-consciously to manipulate the audience into an aspect of sex.
The greatest grand gesture in the middle of the scene Award Participatorie . This comprised a vast projections of a two-meter high conifer tree made of mass-produced human rubber dicks with little brass triangle ornaments hanging on the holes. The cheap ornaments I think states the mind of Amir in her work. Like all erections, including this one, they will end up looking limp and pathetic, even if made of rubber.
So, what do the participants say? The experience differs. The illustrious Ché Biko seems to have had a good time “I had fun. It was interesting. I gained new perspectives. I don’t think I totally got all the pieces, but I might come back for another try.” He also made a comment about the crowd that seem to have different perspective on the event. “There was quite a diverse crowd, and some of the non-Gallente were surprisingly cosmopolitan considering their backgrounds, interacting with the art. But most people left the opening before fully being aware of the workings of at least one piece of art. I’m also in the process of acquiring two pieces.”
Mr Biko is referring to Yakiya Verin Hakatain, also known as Stitcher, taking a dive into the interacting art called ‘Dive’. A glass cube two meters to a side, with small chest-high windows cut in on opposing sides. It is entirely filled with firm red gelatin with a golden coin in the center.
We have also found out that Mr Biko bought the light installation.
The directrix of LUMEN Lunarisse Aspenstar was not as positive as Mr. Biko. “The ‘art show’ was a perverted abomination fuelled by obviously sex-frustrated fantasies” she tells me in a short communication. She also left in a hurry after seeing one of the installations and one of her associates exclaimed rather loud that she needed a brain bleach. I wonder what Amarrians mean with that but I have no desire to find out.
We also found Auriga Menkalinan the kendo player. He has given the pieces some thought and told us; ”The usual buzz-generating titilation mixed with some more thoughtful pieces. ‘Dive’ was evocative of the entering abyss and ‘Play House’ a chilling portrayal of the abyss entering our world.”
He showed up with the blonde that seems to be appearing frequently when Mr Menkalinan is around.
After a meeting with Franco Phonaga I conclude just as him; “I thought it went really well. Sac got to show off her studio and art, and a lot of people came out to support her.”
So, we wish Saccade Amir the best of luck with her art and are looking forward to seeing her new pieces in the future.
Jorianna Gallaire Director See and Hear, Capsuleer Affairs Correspondent
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