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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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#Fireworm #6A
#1 out of 12 units remaining
#Battery 31%.
#Activated
#Listening

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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2021.1.3
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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The Solitude Sentinel, YC 123/1/7

Raided Drug Lab in Heluene Deadspace Pocket Found To Contain Aenebra Cult Paraphernalia
Heluene, Elerelle District

Following an uptick in reported activity by the Aenebran Intaki death cult in Solitude, and sparked by the assassination of another slain Federal Drug Enforcement officer in the Octanneve system, Federal Navy authorities have recently stepped up patrols throughout the more lawless districts of Solitude in an attempt to crack down on further criminal elements that would compliment the existing saturation of Serpentis drug lords in the region. In part due to the gradual return to normalcy for Federation forces in the wake of the Triglavian invasions, numeros Serpentis-affiliated and other independent drug and booster distrubution bases have emerged in Solitude, including in areas such as the Orvanne district where the Niballe system saw Federal authorities halt a large drug distribution operation that distributed boosters, primarly Exile, to buyers across the entire district. As the assasination of the FDE official occured a day later, Federal Intelligence officials had been called in to deduce whether the Niballe operation had any links to the Aenebra death cult, although no such link had been found.

Previously active in the Placid region, most notably in the Intaki system, the barbaric cult operates around a variation of the concept of rebirth in Intaki spirituality that glorifies death, and have a history of willfully slaughtering Federal citizens to achieve their macabre goals. While mostly beaten back in to the Syndicate by Federal forces in YC 110, the relatively dormant cult seems to have emerged again in Federation space, thus prompting the increase of Navy patrols in the region. While raids on numerous drug labs in the Elose, Braille and Elerelle districts had not yielded any trace of Aenebran activity, a recent raid on a facility in Heluene led Federal forces to discover a cache of weaponry that had been emblazoned with the Aenebran insignia.


Pictured: The suspected Aenebra Cult affiliated drug facility, which now remains in Federal custody.

The facility, located in a deadspace pocket near Heluene V, was guarded by vessels that were reminiscent of the typical Serpentis liveries, although no formal decals or other designs on the ships indicated that they were of Serpentis origin. The outward defenders were dispatched through the efforts of the Mobrault Security Consultants in an operation conducted by capsuleer Clordilen Ellevrette, which then allowed FDE authorities to board the facility in overwhelming force. Numerous arrests were made, including the staff of the facility, as well as buyers seeking to procure some of the Drop supplied by the drug runners. Initial searches of the drug facility returned standard results, but upon a search of the cargo platform directly below the facility proper, a container holding various small arms and bladed weaponry emblazoned with confirmed Aenebra iconography were discovered. As a result, the arrested staffers of the facility have been turned over to local FIO authorities for questioning.

Neither the FDE, FIO, nor Mr. Ellevrette could be reached by the Sentinel for comments on the matter, however, the MBSC had released a statement acknowledging the Aenebra cult, and their “dedication to stamping out their activity wherever in the region it is detected.”

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Conversation overheard on 7th January YC123
Homeworld Fortizar, Wirashoda, Krai Veles, Pochven

“CONCORD made it public that they’ve lost a bunch of operatives and teams out here in Pochven. You know if any of that happen in Wirashoda? It’s one of the tougher environments to work in for hostiles. No large settlements to hide in, just assorted resource extraction colonies, easy to monitor. On top of that, we’ve got boots on the ground going after the resistance in cooperation with the Clade Veles conscripts.”

“We have been informed of the capture of a group of CONCORD agents by the uh… Paramount Strategic Troika, I think that’s the one that told us. They were caught during that last major engagement with the resistance on Wirashoda IX by…I assume he or they…? were talking about their equivalent of a clandestine operations unit. It’s still tough to understand them, due to the odd syntax.”

“I heard about that fight. Serious blow to the resistance on Wira IX, but not enough to kill it. Didn’t know the CONCORD guys were present, PMCs saw neither hide nor hair of them judging by the reports. Makes sense, they’re good, but not that good. CONCORD’s Commandos are obviously on another level, and by extension so are the Veles guys who caught them. If they didn’t tell you explicitly that they existed, you’d have no reason to believe they did except for it being logical that they do. Might as well be spirits. Say, any idea on how they plan to get info out of them?”

“I haven’t the slightest. It could be horrible or they could just magically suck out whatever they want to know. The Triglavians are so strange that it’s hard to even think of a starting point. “

“Maybe to you. I can think of some potential methods. Could see specialized mutaplasmids being used to manipulate the brain into a state of obedience or truthfulness, or maybe their minds get dumped into the cladeflow and the Navka and Koschoi just sift through the data. If they can do the latter…they’d learn quite a lot about CONCORD I imagine. A lot of options for torture too. Sucks to be them. Good for us. “

“I certainly don’t envy their position. Do you know of any new developments regarding the various planetary resistances? They don’t tell us about the state of the conflict often.”

“I most assuredly do. In addition to continued suppression of the remaining resistance forces on Wirashoda IX, the Eagles of Storm Wind are planning to ambush a contingent of the Wirashoda IV resistance in a few days, in cooperation with…”

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2020.1.9
COLONY DD-8153, SYNDICATE

The third known branch of the Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist opened today in the Syndicate colony of DD-8153, following a procession of an empty throne through the colony’s main street. The Sedevacantist Church, which believes the Amarr Throne to be vacant and Empress Catiz to be illegitimate, is not the first Amarrian church in the colony, as the Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive’s so-called “Project Dustbowl” successfully brought Amarr missionaries to the colony nine years ago, and Amarrian churches remain active there to this day. The Sedevacantist Church’s DD-8153 congregation was led by former street preacher Boran Khosrow, who like the church’s de facto leader Nauplius hails from the Khanid Kingdom world of Danera V.

Fr. Khosrow’s first sermon continued the Sedevacantist Church’s practice of adapting the church’s teaching to local conditions. While sermons at the sedevacantists’ Lamadent branch have fulminated against Minmatar immigrants, and those at their Venal branch emphasized the benefits of slavery to its working class audience, Fr. Khosrow had another message for his Intaki congregation: Turn or burn. Fr. Khosrow began calmly and quietly, describing the facts of Khanid Sa-Baron Atazil Kufail’s assassination by Intaki militants a year and a half ago. His voice rising, Fr. Khosrow then explained that God is angry with the Intaki who are collectively guilty of this murder, that he is angry with this very congregation, that he burns with hatred toward them, and that at that very moment only his mysterious will prevents them from sliding headlong into the Pit of Hell, whose fires lapped at their heels that very moment. His voice reaching a furious crescendo, the Reverend then described in exquisite detail the horrific, grusome punishments that his audience would suffer in Hell. Finally, Fr. Khosrow immediately shifted tone, his face and words becoming kindly and merciful, telling the congregation that soon, very soon, God will restore a valid Emperor to the throne, an Emperor who will open his arms to the Intaki and allow them to join the Reclaiming voluntarily, saving them from the wrath of an angry God.

While some of the congregation walked out in disgust during the sermon, others were visibly moved, swooning and crying out, “What must I do to be saved” as Fr. Khosrow detailed all the various ways they will be tortured in Hell. After the service, some of the congregation gathered around the empty throne in the center of the worship space, weeping and bowing down to it, praying that the valid Emperor would come soon and save them from Hell. While they prayed, Fr. Khosrow comforted them and sprinkled them with holy water.

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CVN Morning Broadcast 10th January YC123

Welcome to Clade Veles News, the only official news station in all of Pochven. Sponsored and operated by Clade Veles, we take advantage of the Triglavian Collective’s extensive information network to bring you the latest developments in the Domain of Pochven.

Pochven recently saw a surge in activity from local capsuleer organization Stribog Clade and their allies the Void Republic. The sobornost Kybernauts moved beyond their usual security operations and enacted a search and destroy operation that tracked down and eliminated at least 4 EDENCOM stellar monitoring operations across Pochven including their accompanying dreadnoughts. Stribog Clade is well known in Krai Veles as the primary provider of independent infrastructure and millions of jobs, as well as being a constant thorn in the side of EDENCOM and associated resistances. Their continued service to the people of Krai Veles is always appreciated.

Our next story takes us to Wirashoda, where an ambush against the rebel group operating on Wirashoda IV was successfully conducted by private military contractors Eagles of Storm Wind and Sobornost Security Force. Formerly known as Sortet Security Firm and originating from the same system, Sobornost Security Force have officially rebranded to show their support for the Collective and come under the employ of Stribog Clade along with the Eagles of Storm Wind and Swords of Geros to provide security for their planetary operations as well as aid Clade Veles in eradicating opposition. We are pleased to report that most of the rebel contingent was destroyed and supplies confiscated. On Wirashoda IX, following the massive confrontation last week that saw the local resistance movement suffer a major defeat, the Swords of Geros are continuing to apply pressure. Two holdout rebel cells have been uncovered and detained by the Swords, soon to be turned over to Clade Veles authorities. Clade Veles News is dedicated to keeping the residents of Krai Veles informed and will keep you updated as the conflict develops. Stay tuned as next we examine the latest economic surveys from across Krai Veles, right after the break.

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Conversations along the following lines might be overheard in tea shops and over market stalls throughout a certain part of Syndicate.

A: “Did you hear about this new preacher from the Kingdom? It’s ‘turn or burn’ for us, apparently.”

B: “Not surprised, that lot from DD-8153 deserve it. I mean take the Ishukone money, of course, but did they really have to buy into the whole afterlife nonsense?”

C: “You can’t make a circle into a straight line. It’s just weird.”

A: “Hey, those missionaries did a lot more good than harm. Life there’s a lot better than in most of those settlements.”

B: “So, what’s different about this new bunch then?”

A: “They say the Empress isn’t really the Empress.”

C: “What’s that got to do with our souls?”

A: “It means there is no legitimate source of divine guidance to followers of the Rite.”

B: “Well, I could’ve told you that…”

A: “Shush, it’s serious! These people are more than just the usual refugees we get hiding out here. They are challenging the Empress and she won’t let it go unanswered. Think what all those Amarrian capsuleers you’ve been selling robotics too might do about it!”

B: Audible gulp “The Syndicate wouldn’t let them, surely?”

C: “Sister, the Syndicate officially denies those settlements even exist and the last thing they want is to anger the Empress… Anything could happen down there.”

B: “What about ‘our’ capsuleers? They’ve been making good money from those colonies.”

A: Dismissively “Why would they get involved either way? The preacher hasn’t actually done anything wrong so they’ll probably not take action but, at the same time, I doubt they’re going to lift a finger to defend DD-8153 against the Amarrians. Colonies like that are easy to rebuild.”

C: “Better tell your cousin with the electronics factory to pack up.”

B: Angrily “Those Deteis beancounters should’ve never invited them here!”

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2021.1.17
SAISIO III, THE FORGE

A holoreel purporting to be part of a “House Church Starter Kit” produced by the Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist has surfaced on the Achuran homeworld of Saisio III. In the holoreel, an unnamed Amarrian priest, referring to its heavy losses to the Triglavian Collective, describes the Caldari State as “failed” and furthermore criticizes the indigenous Achuran spirituality as a quietism that enabled the colonization of Saisio and the subsequent ravaging of the Achuran people. Changing tone, the priest, whose church believes in the coming restoration of a valid Emperor to an Amarr throne it considers vacant, preaches that the restored Emperor will bring salvation to the Achuran people should they voluntarily join a renewed Reclaiming against the Caldari and all other deniers of God and Faith.

In addition to this sermon and mundane instructions for building the vacant chair that decorates the center of all Sedevacantist Church worship locations, the “House Church Starter Kit” holoreel also offers advice on security. Mimicing the tactics of revolutionary groups, sedevacantist house churches on Saisio are encouraged to operate a “cell based” organizational structure where units are kept small and each sedevacantist has contact with only a few others. Pre-ordained sacrament is said to be distributed in drop locations. Ordination to Amarrian so-called minor orders like Acolyte and Lector are said to be offered to qualified Achuran house church members, but the holoreel doesn’t provide details, ostensibly for security reasons.

Religious scholars are divided on the Sedevacantist Church’s chances for success on Saisio. Julien Antoine of the University of Caille stated that the sedevacantists might find a ready audience among an Achuran people that is taking to the stars and finding its place in the wider cluster, while Thierry Benoit from the same university indicated that the Caldari State doesn’t distinguish between public and private worship and thus the sedevacantists could expect persecution despite their security precautions. The Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist commented only that the holoreel was genuine and that the church has “at least one” priest operating upon Saisio III.

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