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The following was first broadcast by the Sarum Prime News Network, or SPNN on the 15 December YC 122.

The Patriarch of the Ariend Family, Duke Tion Ariend, is Dead!

“Back to the news from the top of the hour. As we’ve been reporting for the past few hours, the patriarch of the Ariend family, Duke Tion Ariend, has died. Kaylin West is reporting from the Ariend family estate.” The holo goes from showing the anchor, Jacob North, to showing the interior of a large briefing room.

“Yes, Jacob. I’m here at the Ariend family estate, where a few hours ago, the duke was rushed out on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance bound for a hospital in the city.” The camera focuses on a young Ni-Kunni woman holding a microphone with the letters SPNN embossed on it.

“SPNN has learned from our sources that at around 1800 hours, the duke began complaining of chest pains. Not long after, he collapsed while discussing financial matters with his son Kyvon and his financial advisor, Tyrence. He was rushed immediately to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.” The studio begins to broadcast a picture of Duke Tion.

“The duke is succeeded by his two sons, Kyvon and Shasta. Kyvon, as the elder son, is likely to be announced as the Duke Tion’s successor.” A picture of Kyvon Ariend joins the duke’s photo.

“The duke’s death comes only days after the younger Ariend son, Shasta, was seen being escorted from the Ariend estate by the Ariend family guardsmen. Sources say that Shasta was expelled after a disagreement with his brother turned physical.” The studio broadcasts a video showing Shasta and his guardsmen, flanked by House Ariend guards, walking out of the Ariend family mansion and through the massive garden of the estate.

“One can only wonder how the duke’s death will affect relations between the two brothers.” The footage is now showing the reporter again.

“We are here in a briefing room in the Ariend family estate, where Kyvon Ariend is expected to make some remarks.” The camera pans around to show a large room occupied by a number of different reporters from a dozen different news networks.

“SPNN tried to reach Shasta Ariend for comment, but it appears that after his expulsion from the estate, Shasta went offworld to attend to his capsuleer duties. We also asked other —” Suddenly, the reporters begin to clamor. The camera pans around to reveal a door opening. Kyvon, flanked by a number of House Ariend aides, walks into the room. The reporters gather around him, shouting questions. Kyvon walks to the podium and taps the microphone, signalling for the reporters to sit down. The camera centers on Kyvon, who begins talking.

“As you all know, my father, Duke Tion Ariend, died this afternoon. The family and police are conducting a thorough investigation, but we doubt that his death was a result of foul play. According to the doctors at the hospital that tried to save him, he had a massive heart attack. We are not sure what caused it, but I can say that Father was not in the best of shape.”

“That said, I feel that the timing of this is suspicious. Only three days ago, I had an altercation with my brother Shasta. Shasta accosted me and threatened to smear me if I didn’t allow him to have a say in the construction of my staff. Of course, I knew that the picks he was planning to choose were all corrupt, so I refused to give in. As a result, he ordered his guards to draw on me. Luckily, Father heard the commotion and came to investigate. This is why Shasta was expelled from the estate on Saturday.”

“I wonder if Shasta tried to orchestrate the assassination of Father as an act of revenge. I hope he did not, but I strongly suspect that he at least wished to do so. I have requested, and been promised, a full investigation of my father’s death. If Shasta was responsible, the investigators will uncover his wrongdoing and he will be arrested for his crimes.”

“Since my father is dead, I am now the Duke of the family. Because Father’s death was so sudden, I believe that now is not the time to change the policies of the family. I need time to learn the workings of the family, and the family’s workers need to learn to work under my direction. As a result, the family companies will continue working as normal. However, in light of Shasta’s deep corruption and moral wrongdoing, I have called for a vote to expel him from the family for good. Half an hour ago, the council met and voted in favor of expulsion. Therefore, Shasta, this is now official. You are no longer part of House Ariend. You are no longer entitled to any of the titles or holdings that being a part of the family would confer on you.” Some reporters gasp. This is not what any of them expected. Kyvon begins to put his papers away.

“I will not be taking questions. Good night.” Kyvon and his staff begin to exit the room. The reporters begin to shout questions at Kyvon as he departs.

“Well, Jacob, that was the press conference that Kyvon had announced. He has sprung a number of surprises on us tonight.” The camera pans back to focus on Kaylin.

“First and foremost, he has told us more about what happened Saturday and why Shasta had been expelled. He also stated that he would not be implementing any new policies or shaking up the family leadership yet. But the biggest surprise was his last announcement: his announcement that the family had voted to expel Shasta from the family. The way that expulsion works, at least in House Ariend, is that a council of leading family members would meet. The council is composed of the patriarch, his wife and offspring, his siblings, and any of his cousins, nephews, uncles, etc. who hold important positions in the house. This is the same council that votes to advise the patriarch on important familial affairs. The current council has often voted in favor of Shasta’s plans rather than Kyvon’s, so this ruling is a total surprise. In addition, the council usually takes a few days to meet and go over evidence before voting on an issue. One can only wonder what evidence and claims Kyvon must have made to convince the council to act so quickly. Reporting from the Ariend family estate, Kaylin West, SPNN.”

“Thank you, Kaylin.” The footage switches to show Jacob again.

“Now, in other news, a fire broke out in the famous restaurant Nikkel’s Eggs.”

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"Alright, people! Chatter off, I’m getting this straightened out. Block patched in Percival late last night and you heard a lot about how Ternate got nuked. I’m starting off with saying we don’t know how bad it is, but they’re still kicking. Since they’re the only real way on or off before we actually get the transports ready to go, we can’t afford them taking another hit, and not while it’s still occupied. And of course, to the million kredit question: who has the balls?

"Rhetorical question, someone dumber than me, and not in a good way. Some of you are already intimately familiar with the state of affairs on Skark before we even got here, that being while Bos was investigating smuggling ops they found out there was a lot of ■■■■ going down and Republic Security Services was involved. Since then it’s been a grudge match between the RSS’s top dog, Seykal, and our hosts. I’m already seeing some shivers, and you’d be right to feel that way. Seykal is notorious for collateral regardless of the cost of local infrastructure or human life, opposition or otherwise. While I can’t speak on whether rumors about them actually being murderers with a license is true, you don’t have to ask me where I stand with them, seeing what we’re doing here.

“That means before we go hunting for the enemy we have to finish this mission first. And so help them if they think themselves mad enough to take on me with a full load of charges. But, enough. What is the threat?

“This is a courtesy if you weren’t already familiar with them and their friends, but our enemy is one that doesn’t give a ■■■■ what you think should or shouldn’t die, be blown to hell, or otherwise be violated so long as it gets the job done. We are talking high yield detonations, lots of shrapnel, and I would not put it past them if they started lacing every projectile and shard with toxin payloads, including but not limited to violent morphology disassociation nanite packages. If it goes boom, they have it. If it’s deadly regardless of violation, odds are they have that too.

“And in addition, they also inflate most of their rank with commons or civs, people who do not want to be there, and are not half as trained, armed or armored as their “recruiters”. This outdated system is a risk to us for several reasons, as it is a form of living collateral that we couldn’t work around without killing someone who deserves it far less than the person who put them up to it.

“And to top it all off? They have a carrier. That’s also a submarine. At least. And so it’s almost an even fight.

“So they weren’t happy to make themselves known back at Mahonisgard and come with us to get offworld because they hate our allies’s guts, and even amidst a complete cutoff with any familiar or allied cells they want to complete their mission of just ■■■■■■■ over Bosena regardless of who gets caught in the crossfire and the fallout. I might not have had any weight in this before I came here, but seeing as how you and I have involved ourselves in the lives of nearly everyone in that complex, seeing it get nuked has my blood boiling.

“So what is the plan? The usual. We’re going to be idiots. We’re going to tank it.

“Since we haven’t needed to discuss that so far, I’m going to summarise, since it’s going to be a lot of stuff to keep up with.

“One: we have solid force projection due to drone coverage. Since they’re under Block’s envelope I don’t expect we’ll have any problems with them. If they get damaged or are disabled then we just send more. Block will take care of any field support should you feel ballsy enough to go outside when the bombs and bolts start flying, but don’t lose your head and take them head on. Two: our armor is mean, and between the Beithirs, Cusiths and Block herself we have things covered, with Beithirs 1 through 8 providing fire support and Cusiths 1 through 12 providing air coverage and anti-infantry support. Block’s ability will be redundant and only employed if they attempt a saturation attack, at which point we can let them expend the effort and any hits will only hit the screens, reactives, or armor, and anything past that is getting sprayed.

“Three: while we have a matrix to eliminate projectiles I wouldn’t put it past them to rig them to blow anyway, so if they throw a nuke at us your best bet is to find cover before she swats it and it goes off. So when we go at it, I’m going to give you all those chunky exos you saw and thought looked older than dirt. You gave me crap about them, but I’m serious. Those of you who aren’t augmented will be wearing them, because that’s the only thing between you, and a nuclear explosion sending you flying into a wall that the suit can’t break through and the kinetic energy turns your brain into mush in your skull because it’s more than would be necessary for a concussion. Those of you who are and followed through on my instructions to kit yourself for such a specific scenario as fighting a nuclear-able opponent, good job, but suit or no you all need scrubbing when this is over. Since those suits are also overpressured, if they employ VMDNs to eat us alive the suits will blow it the ■■■■ off, and if it’s adhesive then the old HAWKs can just as easily eject you. If they decide that no one needs to live on this planet anymore and seed the whole place with VMDNs then we do have neutral packages we can load our offensive systems with. If you get covered, hold still and try to minimise your surface area and stay in cover as best you can, and we’ll spray you.

“Back to three. If the enemy decides to employ local terrain or these glaciers to negate part of our defense envelope then the easiest solution is to remove it from play and blast it. Beithirs 3 and 5 have already demonstrated that our MBTs are able to remove the glaciers after that bastard TTC-3 kept swinging by to shadow us. If they get cheap and try to put a prohibited grid between us and them, joke’s on them there’s nobody left to use as a meat shield save for their own grunts. Which brings me to four: the enemy they will send out first is not our target, and is going to be composed of unwillings or reluctants. Block’s first priority is to disable them, and you are expected to comply with that as much as able. It won’t be as easy as gunning them, but if you’ve come this far you’ve proven your madness, so this will be easy by comparison.

“Once they’ve been rendered ineffective your job is to intern them as rapidly as able. They will be classified “allied charges”, and if any of them are notably able, give them the choice to secure the others and return to Block, or to stick with you and provide support. Block will be monitoring any who enter, and we’re hoping to identify a number of Mahonisgard civs we came to recover initially before we learned they bugged out aboard a ship. And with that we transition to four.

“Block will be engaging the enemy sub directly, and assuming we do not face any ground opposition your roles will be reserved until we are able to complete our primary objective. Anything they can hit us with is irrelevant and at worst a distraction. Block will be firing her main cannons, and none of you will be outside when she does. Why? Those four HBs are not just for show. They are upscaled versions of the Beithir’s main gun. She will disable target “Prison Hulk’’ and eliminate any associated fleet vessels that put themselves between us and the sub.

“Bottom line? We are comparable to the enemy, but fewer in number, not factoring Block. With Block, however, we overmatch, as is our intent. Stay on your toes, though. The enemy is insidious, treacherous, and without a drop of madness to steady their way. They are Nemesis, and it is our job to see to it they don’t spread if they can’t come to their senses and make way off world. Miles to go, people.”

“Miles to go.”

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The following was first broadcast in SPNN (Sarum Prime News Network)’s morning broadcast on 16 December YC 122.

DED Raids Angel Cartel Narcotics Warehouse in Sarum Prime Deadspace Pocket!

“As we have been reporting for the past half hour, CONCORD just announced that they launched a raid late last night. This raid was apparently carried out by a group of DED officers targeting an Angel Cartel warehouse in a deadspace pocket a few AU from Sarum Prime III. Kaylin West is on scene with more.” The holo changes from the anchor, Jacob, to show a Magnate sitting in a deadspace pocket swarming with DED warships.

“Yes, Jacob. SPNN was able to get permission for us to send a small, unarmed frigate into the pocket.” The holo begins to show the face of a young Ni-Kunni woman.

“This is the deadspace pocket raided by CONCORD at approximately 2350 hours late last night. According to CONCORD sources, they located this warehouse by tracking a Bowhead class freighter that repeatedly made landings on Sarum Prime III. This freighter, which CONCORD identified as the Big Bad Wolf, was cargo-scanned on at least two occasions by Amarrian Customs officials, who found that it was carrying narcotics.”

“The Customs officials notified CONCORD during both instances. CONCORD decided to track the Bowhead to its point of origin, thus beginning what CONCORD officials call a month long investigation. They apparently charted the Bowhead’s vectors and determined that it was basing out of this deadspace pocket.”

“At 2350 hours, the ------” The transmission breaks off.

“Kaylin? Kaylin?” The transmission begins showing the anchor, Jacob, again.

“Yeah, I’m back. I’m sorry, officer. Well, it seems that details of the raid are classified, so I cannot discuss what exactly happened.” The footage changes to show Kaylin West again.

“But basically, what went down was, the DED officers warped into the pocket and found the Bowhead sitting a few kilometers away from this cluster of structures.” The holo changes to show a warehouse and landing pad sitting in the deadspace pocket. In this distance, you can see a few DED frigates orbiting a damaged Bowhead freighter.

“They found the warehouse to be stocked full of the hallucinogen Drop, while the Bowhead was filled with Blue PIll. According to Captain Willi Nevyan, the DED officer who was in charge of the investigation, the Bowhead would land every 15 or 16 days on Sarum Prime III and offload its cargo. This cargo would be labeled as assorted items, including blank holoreels, porno-reels, toys, and books. The freighter crew also bribed the cargo inspectors, so that the cargo would not receive intense scrutiny. The drugs were then distributed among a small network of Angel Cartel drug dealers.” The footage is now showing Kaylin again.

“According to CONCORD, law enforcement on Sarum Prime III has been notified of the situation and is beginning a crackdown on the planetside drug network. Additionally, CONCORD reports that they have notified Amarr Customs about the corrupt customs inspectors and have been informed that the inspectors will be found and brought to justice.”

“Jacob, one can only hope that this is the last of the Cartel’s activities in the area.”

“Yeah. Thank you, Kaylin.” The holo begins showing Jacob the anchor again.

“Additionally, Sarum Prime III’s planetary government has released their monthly economic report for the month of November. According to the governor, … ”

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To: Lieutenant Alistair Orkis
From: Jericho
Re: SURVEILLANCE CONTINUES
Lieutenant Orkis, its Jericho. Our contact in the development commity got busted for embezzlement. She got too greedy with the resources at her disposal and skimmed enough to get noticed by the Neopian bitch. If the whispers I’ve heard are any indicator, she’s going to be on ‘extended leave’ for the next several months, but still retained. Doubt she’ll be much use once she resurfaces.
We’re continuing our surveillance of the Eugales system, and it seems like they are indeed continuing construction in orbit of planet VI. At a scale that I find concerning in the extreme. That orbital facility they’ve been developing… its getting bigger every day, constant inflow of materials, drones, and workers. I know we have some pretty massive stations and shipyards spread about, but this is starting to get beyond just ‘developing infrastructure.’ Its all administrated by UNF staff, and can’t even get beyond the docking or tether access zones without an armed escort.
Officially, they’re ‘enforcing’ the System of Interest claim stakes by the UPA over in Archa, but this isn’t just astromining and security&shipping build-up… they’re full on moving in. And they aren’t slowing down.
More concerning, I think, is that this is all happening and courts aren’t giving a peep, ■■■■ even other memberstates in neighbouring systems that previously were up in arms about the SoI at all are now quietly sitting back and letting it go. I think its time to make a move. I still have some old contacts in the FIO, may be able to help.
I’m going to try and get another contact on the inside, and slip in a few plants.
I’ll keep you posted.

Jericho

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To: Lieutenant Alistair Orkis
From: Jericho
Re: FIO Contacts and Info
Lieutenant Orkis,
I’ve gotten a response from my contacts in the FIO. Officially, they can’t get involved. Unofficially, they’ve slipped some details on a secure relay near the expanding structure, and a worm to crack its encryption. We’ll need a capsuleer to get in close and break it open, and grab the data stored, and any personnel setup there… Eggers are persuaded easily enough with isk though, so I’m dragging some funds out of the old accounts. 200m for a quick grab and abduction should be more than enough to get most freelance up and moving.
Will keep you posted.
Jericho


Job Spec Posted on capsuleer Mercenary and Pirate Bulletins across the cluster

Client - Edgerunner Jericho
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Job - Data Recovery and Personnel Capture
I need a pod pilot willing to jack a broadcast Relay in Eugales near Eugales VI. Need the data and personnel inside recovered intact. Willing to pay top isk for this being done discreetly. 200m isk upon successful recovery and delivery of data and people to me at Eugales VII - Moon 8 - FedMart Retail Center. No pay if you go gun happy and start wrecking ■■■■. Get in, crack the relay, yank the data, pull the people, and gtfo.
Use this encryption key to get in. HushedCasket
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A GalNet Article Detailing the RSS’s Newly Unveiled Superweapon on Skarkon

(((Original Concept Artist’s Page)))

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To: Lieutenant Alistair Orkis
From: Jericho
Re: recovered data logs and interrogations
Lieutenant Orkis,
It Worked like a charm. Dangle some isk and the pod pilots come running. I’m still sifting through the logs yanked from the relay and still have a few more… ‘interviews’ to conduct, but so far got a lot to work with. This is definitely big. Fuckin’ huge, actually. Remember those deep space yards they keep spread about for the Solteur wing? To keep them spread out and away from major space lanes or grav wells? Yeah, we’re talking that big, maybe bigger actually.
This is all still early stages, but these data sheets and what I’ve beaten out of my guests so graciously grabbed by the egger match up with what I’ve been watching.
I’ve never actually seen one of these completed, usual reasons being budget constraints, but I’m betting they’re planning to setup a proper Orbital Ring. And with the wealth and backing of several capsuleers, and a driven personality guiding it… yeah, I can see this thing coming to fruition.
Either way, its got my friends in the FIO buzzing. They aren’t happy. And if they aren’t happy, I ain’t happy.
I’m putting out some feelers to other friends that can be a bit more direct while still giving us plausible deniability. I’ll continue to keep you posted.

Jericho

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2020.12.23
LAMADENT III, SINQ LAISON

Defrocked Amarrian priest Balash Kavad presided over the opening service of the first temple of the Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist in the border world of Lamadent III today. Reverend Kavad performed a variation of the Amarr liturgy before about 30 congregants, omitting the usual prayer for the sitting Empress and adding a prayer “for the Restoration of a True Emperor to the now-vacant Throne” in his own words. The temple, far and away the most lavish building in the depressed town of Roussillon where the population of Matari immigrants has doubled in just five years while unemployment tops 30%, was like the Sedevacantist Church itself funded by controversial capsuleer Nauplius, who announced the founding of the Church last week, although the lead time necessary to build the temple suggests Mr. Nauplius may have been planning the Church for some time.

During his sermon, Fr. Kavad left little doubt regarding one point of the Sedevacantist Church’s doctrine. “The Minmatar have taken your jobs,” he thundered, “trashed your streets, and seduced your womanfolk! They should be prostate, at your feet, chained, collared, and whipped — your eternal slaves! Come the Restoration, they will be!”

The words of Fr. Kavad, who had been removed from the official Amarrian Church a year ago following a sermon in which he praised the work of Mr. Nauplius, caused alarm among Roussillon’s Minmatar community. “They are going to kill us,” cried Sebiestor community organizer Sverker Knutsson. “Just look at the paintings and statues in that Temple — it is all Amarr murdering Minmatar.”

Reached for comment, Fr. Kavad replied, “Our statues and paintings depict scenes from the Scriptures where Amarrians do battle with Udorians. Only a godless heathen would confuse Udorians with Minmatar; any similarities between the two are entirely coincidental.”

The office of the official Amarrian church’s bishop for Aeman constellation refused to comment on today’s events.

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“So. That’s the sub.”

“Call the staff, Block. We have to change the rules of engagement a little.”

“No, no. If they pull that ■■■■ again I am going to come after them. But mad as I am I’m not dumb enough to cause an international incident for my friends because they couldn’t keep a leash on me. I’m giving them one chance, one. If they do it again, it won’t work a second time. And not even BosAc can stop me from dragging them out of their sub by the ear and kicking their asses.”

“I’m not expecting an apology, I’m not that naive. But I do expect them to come to their senses.”

“Fine, I’ll put out a courtesy call.”

“Doesn’t matter if it’s wideband, they can see us, and we’re at the range anyway, so it’s not like they don’t know where we are.”

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APB ALERT - Pegeler Constellation - Unified Principality of Archavoinet/Eugales Development Authority - Capsuleer Clementine LaFleur Wanted For Questioning In Connection With Criminal Communications Disruption, Data Theft, Abduction, and Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Intimidation - A Known Member and Affiliate of Nadire Security Consultants, But is Believed To Have Been Acting Alone. Individual Is To Be Considered Armed and Dangerous

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CBC NEWS
26.12.122

Terrorist Group Took Responsibility For Jita Attack

After a week of silence, an anonymous source provided a holovid message from members of terrorist group Templis Dragonaurs taking responsibility for the recent failed terrorist attack on Jita 4-4 space elevator. Navy intelligence tries to identify the source of the message and verify the statement.


On 18.12.122 forces of Caldari Navy and Spacelane Patrol thwarted an attempted bombing of Jita 4-4 space elevator. Terrorists tried to plant a nuclear fission device into the cargo section of an elevator car.


Templis Dragonaurs — ultranationalist terrorist caldari group, outlawed in the Caldari State. They are associated with the rule of former State Executor Tibus Heth and Caldari Providence Directorate and responsible for numerous criminal acts against Gallente Federation and Caldari State.


GCSA MESSENGER
26.12.122

A Letter From Concerned Citizen

The State continues to sell the last bits of State property which belongs to all of us to those Megacorporations. First they sold the Navy and Army. Now they sell Jita 4-4. What will be next?
You all heard about the bombing attempt in Jita. It failed, sure. But they were close even if those corporations will say that everything is fine. And this is a warning to all of us. There are still people who understand the true meaning of being caldari. And if corpos will continue then those people will fight with force. To save caldari, at all costs. Just as hundreds of years ago.

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2020.12.28
MEHATOOR VI - 24th IMPERIAL CRUSADE LOGISTIC SUPPORT, DEVOID

The Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist has released a holoreel proporting to show the ordination of a Mr. Clytoneus, brother of the notorious capsuleer Mr. Nauplius, as an Amarrian bishop. According to the Sedevacantist Church, which believes the Imperial Throne to be vacant, the ordination was performed by an Amarrian bishop secretly sympathetic to the views of Mr. Nauplius. The voice and face of this bishop was disguised in order to protect him from retribution by the Theology Council, which rejects the opinion of the sedevacantists.

According to Sedevacantist Church spokesman Calyce Io, having its own bishop will allow the Church to ordain its priests without having to rely upon defectors from the official Amarrian church. Ms. Io added that these additional priests will be needed to run the new church plants that the sedevacantists plan to open in the Gallente Federation over the coming months. As reported earlier, the Sedevacantist Church opened its first branch in Sinq Liason last week.

Theology Council spokesman Mani Bahram was quick to downplay the ordination of Mr. Clytoneus. “The ordination appears to be valid in the sense that the ordination rite was properly performed, but it is not licit because this rogue bishop did not have permission to perform it. Hence, Mr. Clytoneus is still not a bishop,” said Mr. Bahram. The Sedevacantist Church rejected Mr. Bahram’s view. “The Amarr have long recognized as licit those rites performed under extraordinary circumstances, for example a deathbed baptism performed by a deacon when a priest could not be found in time,” replied Ms. Io. “Because the Throne is vacant, Theology Council permission for an ordination is impossible, and thus the Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist must perform its own ordinations.”

Despite Mr. Clytoneus’s ordination, Mr. Nauplius is believe to hold real power over the Sedevacantist Church. According to Ms. Io, Mr. Nauplius has taken the title “Doctor of the Church” and will be working to assist the church’s priests with theology and sermon material. The Theology Council refused comment on Mr. Nauplius’s new title.

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Legal Challenge Issued against Sedevacantist Amarrian Orthodox Church

28th December YC122

Lamadent Capital News Network

L-CNN has been made aware that several local and regional groups have jointly initiated a judicial review in the Aeman Federal District Court against the decision by the Tribunate of Lamadentin to permit a new religious organisation to operate in the Aedant District.

This organisation, known formally as the Sedevacantist Amarrian Orthodox Church, recently established a place of worship in the frontier settlement of Roussillon. Determined to be a radical offshoot of the Imperial Rite founded and funded by infamous capsuleer and mass-murderer ‘Nauplius’, the Church has caused no small amount of controversy in its short existence. An inflammatory speech by a leader within the Church, Balash Kavad, condemning migration by Minmatar into the region as the root cause of the woes of Roussilon have sparked increasing divisions across Lamadentin and has attracted attention from the greater Aeman Federal District.

Roussillon, a Delta town dominated by primary industries such as mining and agriculture, has experienced a period of increasing economic decline for the past year. This has been blamed on the closure of several mines due to ‘economic unviability’ in the current climate, although the agricultural sector remains in a healthy position. Migration into the area, mainly from other areas within the Federation and particularly from the Matari community, has increased as part of an economic initiative by Roussillon’s local government and the Tribunate of Lamadentin to reverse the area’s glum prospects.

The judicial review action has been initiated by several civil rights and community groups within the Aeman District, including some from out of the District such as the All-Federation Caldari League. From what we have gathered so far, the review cites breaches of the Federal Constitution, such as the Right to Dignity and the Right to Equality. Federal anti-terrorism legislation has also been invoked, highlighting the prominent role that pilot Nauplius has in funding this institution.

L-CNN will continue to monitor this case as further developments are made public. We have been unable to reach a representative of the Sedevacantist Amarrian Orthodox Church for comment.

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Kirjuun!

Jita 4-4 Space Elevator Operator Speaks Out, Claims Yoiul Clones Behind Recent Attack


PKN Interstellar facilities engineer Petterd Lehtike spoke to Kirjuun reports this afternoon, claiming to have first-hand accounts tying the recent attempted bombings of the Jita 4-4 space elevator to the “Yoiul Clones”, an urban legend among star captains across the cluster. The lead engineer, now placed on forced administrative leave due to an “assumed overabundance of work related stress” claims that while tending to routine maintenance of the space elevator mechanical drive motors he came face to face with a grotesque and terrifying being consistent with folk tales recently popularized by the InterBus “Yoiul Clones” safety campaign.

“Is it really so hard to believe me?” he told Kirjuun reports in an interview on Jita 4-4, “Would it really be the strangest thing to happen in New Eden even this year? I was making the rounds and as I live and breath I swear to you, I saw a clone blank get up out of its tube and start wandering around. It was horrifying, all spliced and modded up like ol’ Power-Drainer, or Tool-Swiper, or Packet-Sniffer himself! I’m trying to tell you, it was the Yoiul clones that set that bomb, I saw them doing it!”

Security chief Commander Krinnon Nushige called the statement “absurd on its face” and “hysterics from an already overstretched workforce during the seasonal rush compounded with additional pressures from the Triglavian invasion and the 4-4 expansion.” Nushige easily disproved these claims, pointing to recent statements produced by Templis Dragonaur remnants claiming to take responsibility for the attack alongside a burgeoning anarchist workers movement.

“The simplest solution is almost always the correct one. The Navy is already stretched thin between the Triglavians, coronavirus, anarchist protests, and now a renewed Templis splinter. The last thing they need to deal with during the holidays is tracking down whimsical Yoiul warclones now too.”
With Yoiul festivals reaching their high this week, if Yoiul Clone shenanigans truly are afoot in the cluster this publication would like to remind our readers to exercise caution when traveling this season.

In Other News:

  • Citing Relative Calm and Lack of Executive Panel Response, Protestors Suspect Sympathizers Within Highest Levels of Caldari Governance
  • Left-Wing Populism Continues to Grow Among Templis Dragonaur Splinter Cells Across the Caldari State, Attempting to Reconcile Past Ultranationalist Ideology with Growing Popularity of National Syndicalism
  • Probability for Future Co-Operation, Attacks by Templis Dragonaurs and Anarchists “Increasingly Likely” According to Caldari Navy
  • Waschi City Cancels Yoiul Festivities Attempting to Limit Social Gatherings, Met with Significant Outrage from Local Patriot and Veteran Organizations

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OUTGOING, 7:05
Beth, you need to see this, now.
Beth?
Come on, I know you’re receiving.
This is actually important.
I’m gonna send a squad over.
I mean it.
Pick up or I will do it.
I’ll leave the station and come over personally and murder you out of whatever hangover or attack of self-pity you’re nursing.
… oh ■■■■ this ■■■■.

OUTGOING, 07:40
Lleyl: I don’t know what you are up to but when you receive this you have to abort everything of it and scatter the network. Do not reply, all possible channels have to be assumed compromised. Actually, just do not reply. Ever again. This needs to stop.

OUTGOING, 07:55
Beth. Seriously.

OUTGOING, 08:15
My Chief; I will be sending some data for safekeeping via normal courier channels. The information is sensitive and concerns multiple organizations, including governmental, and if revealed could cause significant political turmoil in the Republic. Sadly, it also includes information that would seriously compromise my principal. My recommendation would be to just sit on it, as life-insurance in case things get even worse. It’s a double-edged blade, and even the Circle of Chiefs for Security has too many who would use it against our allied clans.

OUTOING, 08:30
Beth, for the love of all good gods.

OUTGOING, 08:45
To Capsuleer Captain M Rhiannon/Quildar, RFS Sobaki Rain, current location classified
I wish to again express my delight in having seen you face-to-face, if only on the grave of a mutual brother-in-arms. No talk about nonremittal of old debts needs to mentioned again; I am certain counting kudos between us has been unnecessary for years. Please accept the attached modest gift as wishes for your good fortune in this new year of 123. Spirits at the back of our Fleet.
I.S.

INCOMING, 08:55
For the love of gods yourself, stop pinging me, Iro. I know what’s what, I am not stupid, nor am I deaf. If Seykal intended me to die, either me or them would be dead already, and I assure you I am only hung over enough that I wish I was. This was a warning, not shots fired. Ashok is more complex a beast than you probably assume and no more a nice little loyalist than I am. “Let us look forward but remember our mistakes, and do so with vigilant eyes.” Kanth Filmir, YC122. Now let me sleep, it’s way too early for a loyal Republic warrior to be awake on a New Year’s morning.

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P-VYVL VII - GURISTAS ASSEMBLY PLANT, VENAL

The Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist performed a low-key opening of its newest branch at the Guristas Assembly Plant in P-VYVL today. A Reverend Ardashir Naresh presided over a congregation of about a dozen worshipers, primarily assembly line workers who build Gila-class cruisers for the Guristas Pirates. The Sedevacantist Church believes in the efficacy of the Amarr Imperial Rite, but considers the Imperial Throne to be vacant, and so like Fr. Balash Kavad at the church’s first branch on the Gallentean world of Lamadent III, Fr. Naresh deviated from the Imperial Rite in omitting a prayer for the sitting Empress and instead prayed for the so-called Restoration of a legitimate ruler to the Throne.

The Sedevacantist Church’s newest branch presents something of a contrast to the church’s Lamadent branch and its lavish facilities and fire breathing sermons. His church tucked into a retail front between a dive bar and an off-site Mindclash betting facility, Fr. Naresh gave encouragement to his hardscrabble congregation, for whom 12-hour workdays are not uncommon, telling them that come the Restoration, should they join the Reclaiming voluntarily, they would live lives of luxury and leisure with slaves to do all the hard work. Perhaps in deference to Brutor over-representation among Guristas leadership, Fr. Naresh’s sermon declined to identify the bloodlines that would supply the slaves following the Restoration, even as de facto leader of the Sedevacantist Church Mr. Nauplius has on many occasions described the Minmatar as a permanent slave people who will serve his church’s faithful forever once the Empire has a legitimate Emperor again. Fr. Naresh’s sermon also avoided any confrontation with the religion of Wayism, either in its mainline Caldari form or the so-called Windchime Wayism variant promoted by Guristas-loyalist capsuleer Avio Yaken.

The Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist refused to comment on whether it paid bribes to secure its church’s storefront in Venal.

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The following was first broadcast in SPNN’s morning broadcast on 03 January YC 123.

Ariend Arms Signs Massive 300M Arms Contract As Part of House Sarum’s Rearmament Program!!!

“In other news, the armament company Ariend Arms has signed a massive arms contract with House Sarum-affiliated PMCs. Kaylin West has more on this sweeping deal.” The holo switches from showing the anchor, Jacob, to showing a young Ni-Kunni woman standing outside Ariend Arms’ corporate HQ.

“Yes, Jacob. According to sources familiar with this massive arms deal, Ariend Arms is being paid 300M in ISK to supply a number of House Sarum-affiliated PMCs such as the Shining Flame with small arms and ammunition as part of House Sarum’s rearmament program. A few hours ago, the CEO of Ariend Arms, Heriend Ariend, held a press conference to announce the deal. During the conference, he shed some light on exactly how groundbreaking this deal was. He told us that if Ariend Arms fulfilled this contract, they may go on to create a long-term partnership with House Sarum. He also expressed hope that House Sarum would also buy Ariend Arms products to supply their Amarrian Navy forces in the future. Jacob, it seems that Ariend Arms is expanding quickly under Kyvon Ariend’s control.”

“Yes, Kaylin. Well, we’ll see how it turns out for House Ariend. Now, in other news … ” The holo begins showing the anchor, Jacob, sitting in SPNN’s studio.

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Followers of GalNet social media platforms might note the following video being shared actively under #IntakitunShuparaabParakol, last widely used during the protests against the Intaki Assembly in mid to late YC121.

Digital analysis indicates the video was originally produced at the Impetus Development Studio in VV-VCR.

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Article in The Pegeler Inquirer, 6.01.YC123

Start of First Kendu Community Open on Eugales VI Draws Thousands from Archavoinet, Frarie, and Aubenal
Today marks the beginning of the first Community Open tournament series set on Eugales VI(locally known as Shine Ehklel), focused primarily on community scratch teams and established rookie teams for the popular sport Kendu. The tournament has already drawn thousands of spectators to the newly built Yuo Stadium at the Masariin Gazaar arcology on the stormy world from across the local constellation, and more continue to flow in to watch or participate in the tournament.
The Community Open is currently sponsored by noted colonial director and capsuleer siren Lauralite Anne Brezia, who has thus far welcomed all comers to the event with open arms. The Community Open is expected to run over the course of the next two weeks, with two opening games scheduled for a staggered start later tonight, planetary local time.
Live coverage of the games will be available at several venues across the pegeler constellation, and beyond.

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