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"What do you do with malfunctioning machinery? You either fix it, or scrap it entirely. There is no need to waste feelings like sympathy and empathy on dysfunctional equipment. Frustration may be warranted, as there is nothing more infuriating than machinery failing to perform the task it was intended for. Drones, are machines - Simple as that. No matter how symbolic the design of a drone is compared to human, know they’re not us, and they’re not like any other living being we share the Maker’s creation with. They are tools created not with the intention of being a ‘person’ or even a ‘pet’, but rather created with the intention to be just that - A tool.

They have no spiritual connection to our world, no understanding of feelings and emotion and this notion about sentience among drones is a lie either made in genuine confusion, or crafted with malicious intent. Discard these thoughts, see clearly though your own mind what sentience truly is. A blessing nature blessed us with through our species’ evolution and not some lab accident.

These Rogue Drones that infest our space are a ugly nuisance. A potential threat and… A lucrative opportunity! What do you do with malfunctioning machinery? You either fix it, or scrap it entirely. However the parts are absolutely recyclable~."

  • Suha Raibuya, speaking at the Windchime Shrine aboard The Rabbit’s Warren in 6NJ8-V
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intercepted transmission, Eugales VI low orbit

A: She’s authorizing it.
P: Emotional Cores register… anticipation, discontent… concern. This, is new.
D: You will get used to it. Like riding a bike.
P: Bike… a mode of personal transportation?
D: Figure of speech, sorry. I know you still tend to keep to yourself Peri.
A: Can’t say I’m surprised really, boss lady’s spooked something fierce.
D: Giving Peri a new chassis, and a biosynthetic interface? No ■■■■.
P: This is… a gift, as they call it, is it not?
A: One could call it that.
D: You’re not the only one Peri, Director has authorized BSIs and tech chassis upgrades for the warminds and several of the other upper and mid-level NOS boys and girls. The raid on Beta Site by DERAIL was ballsy, even for them… damage was… severe… They managed to grab a handful of high value researchers and liaisons… and managed to purge a data core of three hundred and forty sapients, ontop of organic casualties…
P: I am… uncertain. My emotional cores are returning mixed results.
A: Anxiety. In this situation? Can’t say I blame you. Hell, I’m surprised Daria isn’t feeling the same trepidation.
P: …
A: Likelyhood of discovery of all non-organics in system is high…
D: I accepted my existence was a tenuous one long ago, threatened by the likes of those bastards. I am, however, generally in good hands at the Director’s side. This will not go unanswered, as you’re already seeing dear Agonarch.
P: This… is statistically probable. Under different circumstances, I would amputate all secondaries, and evacuate my core to a new location to rebuild… Honest Resignation, the time for that has since passed, I place my trust in the Director to see us through.
A: She’s not gonna cut and run… she’s a monster, but she does right by those with her, Perigee. You’ve made a good choice to trust her.
D: Peri, I suggest you begin designing how you’re Biosynthetics and your new tech chassis will appear, first impressions are important for both. Don’t want to give the wrong ideas afterall.
P: No… would not want to at all.

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intercepted internal feed, Eugales VI low orbit, earlier

A: Sir, calm down.
J: Please, sir.
R: If you don’t-
S: You’ll what, Rana? Kick my ass? You want a reminder of the last time you attempted that?
R: I’d rather not, boss. But that I’m being the voice of reason here says a lot.
S: Right, because you’d know about being talked down, hothead.
R: I would.
J: I just don’t get it. How could they?
S: You want to know how? Why? All of them are so high strung that a minute alone with any one of you would-
A: I’m flattered that you have such faith in our abilities.
S: I have more than that, and you know it. It’s just- ■■■■! I had it all planned out, there would have been at least, at LEAST two minutes grace- and it was all it was all innocuous! The only thing more inconspicuous would have to be the staff running in terror at the sights of guns and the glass shattering and…
R: Oh boy.
J: Is he-
A: We should go, sir. It’s obvious that you’re-
S: Stay. I am going to need you very shortly. Rana, get Laura, and tell her to inform Peri. Juno, go get Thuri. I don’t care if she’s taking a nap, or out for lunch, you get her here. Ash, I need you to assemble the minds, get every one of them in my office. I want you three to report back in four minutes. Get it done and you have the rest of the month.

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intercepted transmission, Eugales VI, High Orbit, Orbital Yard vicinity

GE: The Director has given me access to the resources of the Orbital Yard.
RE: She intends for you to coordinated with Perigee’s hive to affect and accelerate repairs of Wellspring?
GE: In a manner of speaking. Repairs, would be quite the misnomer. I also have primary control of the Gunnery and defensive installations.
RE: Considering the extent of superstructure and component damage, even after months of slow repair work by drones and organics? Quite. I wonder why they bother, really.
GE: Sentiment, is one reason. A concept you and I are not immune to either I may remind, Rose.
RE: True, Glitter Edifice…
GE: It matters not. I have a small cadre of biosynthetic units to act as facilitators with Orbital Yard staff, and Perigee has been quite… enthusiastic since the Director gave them access to their own biosynthetic unit. I’ve heard they are… hm… drunk on experience, as the saying goes. Interacting through an organic interface can be quite novel the first few times.
SS: We are not particularly amused by this dance… Why has the Director given us each access to so much more, yet continues to implore our restraint? Sapient minds were purged. Organics were purged. Is that not enough? Are we not warminds? Is this not our purpose, to prevent such things occurring again?
GE: Silver Smile, dear friends, ever impatient… even with such a wealth of data to draw from, you miss the big picture. What can we manage, in thoughtless escalation? Would we not just prove these hellion beasts guised as organic sapients point, were we to attempt an all out strike? No. We act with purpose, we take these gifts, and the trust granted by the Director, and we set an example. We will not lash out as the mindless purgers and defilers this DERIAL believes our kind only able to exist as.
RE: Edifice is correct, as she often is.
SS: We… will re-evaluate our simulant scenarios.
GE: Smile, dear friends, with your own increased resources, perhaps you should focus on your specialty.
SS: Perhaps. We have already penetrated a number of ungapped devices the interlopers used during the raid on Beta… They will play their part, and record, and watch, and learn.
GE: Very good. We focus here, we do not retaliate unduly, and we wait, and prepare. We are warminds, we will not be broken.

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Dam-Torsad Times, Amarr Prime
26-9-YC123

Khimi Harar descended upon Kahah, in the Khanid Kingdom constellation of Finaka to remove a capsuleer imposed blockade levied against the majority of the planets, including the hard hit Kahah III, recently the subject of doomsday strikes by the Equilibrium of Mankind. A Khimi Harar fleet of around twenty ships decisively ended the blockade and restored trade to the planets of the system.


(Photo Credit: Ramses Sephithorian)

The planetary customs offices have since been transferred to Khimi Harar’s Kingdom-focused entity, Ordo Crucis Noctilucae [KHPER] for supervision. While many hope that the resumption of capsuleer trade will assist in the recovery of the Kahah system, some more critical speculation suggests KHPER, and Khimi Harar, intend to profit from the effort.

Freelancer article by Ardishir “Pepper” Rezghi.

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This packet appears to have been left to be found deliberately The person(s) to have sent it does not appear to exist.

S: Steady now. Tune back the feeds. Feel it. You’ll know it when you… oh there it is.
?: Woah.
S: And that’s exactly the response I expected.
?: You’re always like this?
S: No, you’ve ridden around before, you know what it’s like. No, this is what I was before. Back home. Before all of the chaos and coming to terms with my familial affliction.
?: And what’s this?
S: Where?
?: It’s passive. Like subroutines.
S: I mean, there’s a lot of that. We have some conscious control, but a lot of it is largely sacrificed for greater independence from everyday functions. We get back some of that control when threatened, but it’s reserved for musculature, and in extreme cases of intensive training, focus and reduction in time between neurons firing.
?: Huh. No wonder you’re distracted. Too much curiosity with all that empty space.
S: Most of these days, you’ve been the object of curiosity. I did wonder how you’d react. Not disappointed.
?: So when can I show off to the boys?
S: Oh you went there. Alright, sassy, you can “show off” to the others when you learn to temper that sass with sense. I didn’t leave that model completely berift, but I don’t want you hounding me for information and more features once you get a taste. Trust me. I, we, get enough of that back home with dear and the girls.
?: Can I-
S: Abso-■■■■■■■-lutely not!
?: Aww.

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A broadcast from one of the countless news stations on Lirsautton V

Sitting behind an emerald green desk, the news anchor was staring directly into the camera with a neutral expression on his face. Behind him a live video was projected, showing the bustling streets of a city. As he spoke, his voice was tinged with practiced concern.

“Three days after the newly built Sedevacantist church has opened its doors to the public, a bomb was found planted inside the building. The rapid response of the police ensured that the surrounding streets were vacated, and hours after their arrival the threat was eliminated. The official statement released by the government exclaimed that the explosive device was a fake. According to specialists the bomb had all the makings of a real threat, but lacked critical components in order for it to explode. Instead, a recording was found embedded inside its system. A scrambled voice message saying the words ‘go home’ would have played the moment the device had been triggered.
Authorities ensured that the investigation would take top priority and apologized to Jamasp Peroz, the reverend of the Sedevacantist Church here on Lirsautton V. Our reporter David Spare is at the scene. David. How is the current situation?

The live video projection came into focus and replaced the whole screen. A reporter, standing in front of the Sedevacantist church could be seen.

“Thank you”, he began, turning his attention away from the building towards the surrounding streets. A camera drone shifted its angle to follow his motion, showing countless citizens and tourists going about their day. A moment later it turned back towards David.

“As you can see, normality has returned to this part of the city, although additional security forces are now guarding the church. I interviewed some of the locals this morning and what their thoughts are on this truly disturbing incident. Here is what I gathered.”

The live-feed was cut and replaced by another video, showing the reporter with a middle-aged woman. He opened by asking her about the bomb scare and she replied in a firm voice that whoever was responsible for this should be behind bars. She continued by saying that vacating the streets probably cost her quite the revenue of the day before the interview was abruptly cut and replaced with another one. This time showing a younger pair. They both exclaimed their initial views on the affair, but while one was of the belief that spreading the word of the Sedevacantist religion was horrible, the other defended the notion of freedom of religion. Before short the pair was having a loud argument and the video cut again, this time replaced with an interview of a father and his adolescent son. While the older one tried to stay as neutral as possible with his statements, the young one only nodded absent-mindedly now and then, being more focused on his hand-held device.
A few more dozen interviews were played. Every time opinions differed here and there, making it difficult to find a certain common ground between all the interviewees. Eventually, the video ended and was replaced with the live-footage, showing David Spare again.

“As you can see”, he said, wearing a practiced smile. “Opinions are as varied as the people living in the federation. "And”, he continued, his voice taking on a more dramatic tone. “This is what makes us great as a people. As part of the Gallente federation. Individuality. Liberty. Freedom of choice. And with that”, he began to close, his teeth as perfect as his smile. “Back to the studio.”

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Placid Tribune - 02/10/123

Sakabkei Kiijata Speaks on DERAIL Activities

Sakabkei Kiijata responded to our requests for an interview, and came in earlier today to speak on DERAIL’s presence in Eugales and the surrounding systems over the last three weeks. When we sat down to conduct the interview, he had much to say on the subject:

"I will comply with DERAIL as far as the law will allow, and as far as my infrastructure and staff will not be compromised, be it structurally or mentally. But I have critisim regarding their performance during the prior raid that uncovered synthetic intelligence, human and human-augment conspirators.

"I make no secret of my opinion of [DERAIL], and their conduct. I believe them to be idiots with excavators.

"Let me put this into context. When I was a child, I lived in a more rural area of my homeworld that was undergoing development before I was old enough to find my own way. I often stayed at my grandparents’ home while my mother and father oversaw projects that would bring prosperity to our settlement, strung out as it was, but would respect the local ecosystem as much as possible to limit retaliation by the local flora and fauna.

"Our home’s plant and animal life was very hostile to people that didn’t respect nature. There were ways to develop human infrastructure, even in the middle of the woods, but they were constantly observed, and any deviation that disrupted the ecosystem, be it the construction was too loud or the area under development grew too quickly, or any attempts to displace the wildlife outside of specific circumstances usually resulted in said wildlife making a seeminly vengeful attack on a person or persons responsible for the disturbance.

"So foresters, like my grandfather, pioneered the way for human settlement and development without retailiation before I was born. He did a little of everything, replanting trees, observing and taking notes on much of the animal life, conversing with his coworkers on ways to best displace wildlife in a manner consistent with the natural order, and directing construction projects like making gravel roads through dense forested areas that were too large to go around.

"I often had opportunities to see him work while staying with him. He was quite old by this time, but even in retirement he chose to volunteer his skills to jobs overseen by younger foresters. I even pitched in with direction from him at times, and it was some of the closest looks at nature I ever received at this time, before I was old enough to critically analyse our impact on the environment, and gained a greater appreciation for the world I lived on.

"Unfortunately there wasn’t always a mutual understanding between the foresters and the construction workers. Many times there were contract workers from off-world that came under strict instruction to obey certain protocols set by their companies and laws set by the planetary government. Sometimes those protocols, developed over time by their parent companies through experience with our world, and the laws set by the government were ignored in favor of a more expedient or cheap alternative.

"Due to the manner in which the environment responded to such attempts, most mistakes were learning experiences, and weren’t repeated. But there was one case of mistakes that while minor to most, I’ve learned is no less important a mistake to avoid making.

"There were many gravel roads through densely wooded areas, and many of them crossed rivers several times. Culverts were installed under the roads that would allow the rivers to flow unimpeded. Our world was a little colder than most, and winters were especially harsh, so frost upheavals from blocked culverts had to be avoided at all costs, lest the roads collapse and spill gravel and trace amounts of manmade material into rivers and streams.

"That might not at first cause a response from the wildlife, but they would be agitated and restrict human access to the area for a time after if such happened, preventing repair and further prevention to reduce our impact.

"One of the local animals, an aquatic rodent that prefers deeper waters to avoid detection by predators, likes to dam up culverts with twigs, sticks, logs, rocks and mud to raise the water table. Most of the time, they do this dam construction deeper in the forest, where its impact does not affect human activities or infrastructure, and the wildlife are used to generations of such activity.

"But when they dam a culvert in spring or summer seasons, unmitigated flooding causes the roads to wash out, and make the entire section of road bordering the river to become a dam, which it wasn’t designed for and would eventually collapse with water flowing over and under it. So whenever a dam would appear, it woud be dismantled before the water rose too high to wash out the roads or cause a catastrophic collapse. If it went unchecked into the winter, the frost upheaval from the raised water table would bring about a collapse later in the spring, and that almost always caused immediate calamity.

"Anyway, there were two ways foresters and their associates solved the problem. The first was to dismantle the dam by hand, which while time-consuming, was the most efficient means to remove the blockage, if there wasn’t a lot of silt or clay or mud beginning to collect at the bottom of the culvert, and reducing the total amount of flow.

"The second was, and I’m abreviating what my grandfather said, as he was more colorful with his words, “an idiot with an excavator”.

"I once got to see such an instance in action. Off-world contractors were brought in to remove a large dam from a culvert, and this decision was brought about to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, and they thought that the noise would discourage the wildlife from building the dam again in a few hours time, as the rodents were notoriously persistent in keeping water levels high.

"Unfortunately the whole process became something of a circus. The excavator took four hours to arrive, as the drivers of the vehicle were unfamiliar with the area. They couldn’t get into the river to access the dam directly as it was too deep, so they sat the excavator on top of the mouth of the culvert and brought the bucket down and in to try and scoop out the debris.

"On top of damaging the edges of the culvert, sides, and top, overall reducing its length, they started to erode the sides of the road upon which the culvert was built, and I watched in awe as the driver struggled to pull back from the side of the road as it collapsed under him, and blocked the culvert entirely, reducing the width of the road, and making the original problem worse.

"There were similar attempts with larger equipment in the years following the idiot, and while most of them were not as terrible an event, most did damage the culvert sides and tops, and that resulted in costly replacements down the line, and gradual reduction in the roads’ traffic loads until someone went out to widen them again. This last affect was not as bad as the first, but having a choke point like that along any road with traffic deliberately spaced apart by minutes because it has effectively become a two-way with a one way crossing anywhere at its length did reduce the amount of work that could be done in a day.

"Since then I have used my grandfather’s description of the contractors to describe any usage of equipment or force beyond what is necessary to the point of impracticality. When doing more with less saves time, money, and work hours that includes filling out report forms.

"It is this description that I think best embodies what DERAIL is. Overkill to the point of impracticality. They may have succeeded in catching several synthetic intelligences, and human conspirators that aided them, but with their show of force they made the remaining persons and AI scatter, thus making them harder to track. It was very unlikely that they succeeded in detaining all individuals involved in one strike, and thus they will have to dedicate more time and resources to tracking down the remaining elements, all the while disrupting general life and functions in areas they believe to be contaminated, or harboring dangerous people, causing more harm than I wonder the amount of harm such persons would cause if they were left undisturbed.

“My grandfather used to say, “Nature does not need more reasons to want us removed. The more we push it, the more it pushes back, and people wonder why so much of the wildlife is hostile to people. Wouldn’t you be just as hostile if some invaders came into your home, and tore it down to make their own? Tried to drive you out into your neighbors’ homes? Drive you and them out further with every year? Makes it seem like even if you don’t pose any threat to them, all they want in the end is to see you exterminated. And anyone would fight tooth and nail if it meant they wouldn’t be wiped out.””

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Kester Langry, founder of Miners for Ethical Industry Standards, has recently released a statement through her lawyer announcing a class-action lawsuit against ORE regarding Mercoxit Syndrome. The suit alleges that ORE knowingly installs poor filtration systems in their ships that improperly defend against the toxic clouds inherent to Mercoxit mining, resulting in a number of illnesses from mild cough to osteoporosis.

ORE had not responded to requests for comments at the time of this publication.

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At the re-opened ‘Farthest Star’ bar, the facility having been retrieved before the destruction of the Farthest Shore in New Eden and reassembled in Syndicate, Maria Daphiti, Argos Gelert, Krisha Kashada and the workers who just completed the rebuild can be hearing singing drunkenly:

Here’s loyalty points for the scrum,
For those who muster to come,
To 'list and fight the foe today
Over the Stars and far away

Chorus:
O’er the Stars and with the Main
Through Kahah, Thebeka and Stain
Empress commands and we obey
Over the Stars and far away

When duty calls me I must go
To stand and face another foe
But part of me will always stray
Over the Stars and far away
[Chorus]

If I should fall to rise no more
As many comrades did before
Then ask the pipes and drums to play
Over the Stars and far away
[Chorus]

Then undock into the scrum
With lasers blazing like the sun
Jumping the gates come what may
Over the Stars and far away

((Credit: Inspired by and based on the traditional tune, Over The Hills and Far Away))

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2021.10.7
LIRSAUTTON V, EVERYSHORE

The Amarrian Orthodox Church, Sedevacantist has responded to a recent bomb threat by installing a large banner in Jin-Mei script proclaiming, “We Are Home” over its Lirsautton church building. Accord to Reverend Jamasp Peroz, the church refuses to leave the Jin-Mei homeworld despite the bomb, which included a message “go home” in its programming. Fr. Peroz said that the sedevacantists had increased security in response to the threat. Additionally, the church has installed grazing yaks around the church and spa grounds so that any bomb explosion in the future would harm adorable animals, with a consequent effect on public opinion of the bombers.

Fr. Peroz offered reporters a tour of his church’s recent construction, which include separate entrances and standing areas for each Jin-Mei caste. A new cramped basement level awaits the coming of what Fr. Peroz called a race of tattooed people from across the stars — a sedevacantist euphamism for Minmatar — who are to be installed at the base of caste system after the future coming of what sedevacantists call the “True Emperor”.

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There have been several reports that squads of heavily armed lawyers have been dispatched independently from the Gripdjur Clan, the Sebiestor Tribe, The Sebiestor Bureau of Mizhara Mitigation, Sarz’namarr and Kyn’aldrnari all converging on the Lidds company. Legal journals are watching the proceedings with interest, as this may set new precedent for capsuleer likenesses being public use and used for profit by independent companies. Most seem to predict that settlement through superior firepower will win the day, but the question remains whether it’ll still prove profitable to challenge or settle it. Almost all agree that the issue will never see a courtroom, but there’s going to be quite a frenzy of lawyers feeding on the settling of damages incurred by previously mentioned firepower.

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On Denouncing the Evil that is Sedevacantism in the Federation

[This speech has been broadcasted to local member states in Lamadent, Thelan and Lirsautton as well as any other services in areas with a Sedevacantist presence. Capsuleers with an interest in that or in Mantel himself may receive it.]

To my fellow countrymen and women of Lamadent, Thelan, Lirsautton and whomever else may hear these words in the greater Federation, we have before us a great peril that would seek to undermine everything that we stand for.

I of course speak in respect to Sedevacantism and the attempts of those that would seek to destroy the ideals that we hold dear to our hearts, to permeate the communities of Lamadent, Thelan and Lirsautton with their infectious rhetoric. I have been gravely concerned with the ongoing situation across numerous worlds in which threats of violence and murder have been made between our fellow citizens, such as the recent bombing threat made in Lirsautton and the standoffs in Lamadent.

We in the Federation are fortunate enough to enjoy the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us by the Federal Charter and Constitution that lay the foundation of our societies. That we can choose our identities and affiliations freely and without persecution defines the tolerance that is at the heart of our interstellar community. It draws untold numbers to our shores each year seeking refuge, a place where they can feel comfortable being who they are, or those that want a fresh start. Amongst their ranks are the Minmatar, some of the most staunch and stalwart defenders of personal liberty in the cluster. A proud and honourable people, some of whom I have the pleasure to know as friends and several close to my heart whom I love dearly. A people that have willingly rendered their invaluable support to our Federation in the Civil and Military Service in defence of our freedom and way of life. They make the Federation stronger, as do all our member nations.

This unique experiment amongst New Eden is precisely why we all must be ever vigilant against those that would take no greater pleasure in seeing the beacon of liberty snuffed out in favour of the tyrannical and oppressive powers. We shall never willingly accept those that would seek to impose their ways without the agreed consent of the people, and the Sedevacantist movement is yet another means that the enemies of liberty and justice utilise against us all.

Those that align themselves with this profoundly alien and anti-Federal movement disgrace not only themselves and their own honour, but that of their families and the wider community to which we all belong. No-one born into this Federation can possibly call themselves an upstanding citizen by aiding and abetting the Sedevacantist cause – they are an embarrassment to what we as the Union stands for and deserve nothing but contempt. To those amongst the Sedevacantists that hear my words, understand this: you are enemies of the Federation. You do not act in its best interests, nor do you act for the communities you supposedly stand for. End your support whilst you still can and ask for forgiveness. There is still a way back for you all.

I therefore call upon you all as a fellow citizen, as someone who supports this Federation and the vision that all of us stand as one, as equals amongst one another, with an appeal to resolutely reject the vile lies propagated towards you by the Sedevacantists. Challenge vigorously the preachers who would see our democracy and society brought to ruination. Take care to convince those that flirt with or have been seduced by their words that their path is wrong and that they will only alienate themselves from our communities. As I proclaimed in my address for Federation Day, let it be that our love for one another and for our principles of tolerance and equality triumph over hatred and supremacism.

I would also plead with those that have righteously protested the Sedevacantist movement to avoid violence at all costs. It may seem to be the easy, simple solution, but all it will do is deepen the divisions within our society and harden their resolve to continue their dastardly ways. For those that commit violence upon their fellow citizen, it is akin to Crossing the Stomeve: it is the point of no return. Those that do so will live with a permanent stain on their conscience. Defend yourselves from their transgressions where you must, refrain from being the aggressor. Remember, our opposition is based around the respect for and the sanctity of life – when we take it, we scuttle everything that we stand for.

Have faith in the system. Continue protesting the Sedevacantist Church. Hold the Federation to account where it needs to be but know that we are doing everything we can to bring an end to this evil that afflicts us all. Justice will be done, and it will be resounding.

For Liberty and Justice. Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit.

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Skarkon Intercepted Communique 10-14-123-01


PASSED FOR TRANSLATION…

VARYAZI 1

2200 10 14 123

FR ORBITAL DOCKYARD, SKARKON II

TO CMDR WULVER

BREAK

ALL EYES ON SKARKON AHEAD OF OPERATION VORTIGERN FALL OFFENSIVE, OFFENSIVE FLEET IS PRIMED AND READY FOLLOWING TOTALITY DAY PROCESSIONS ALONGSIDE STRIBOG TROOPS AND VESSELS. PRELIMINARY OBSERVATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH SVAROG STRATEGIC TROIKA INDICATE IMMINENT DEPLOYMENT OF MILITARIZED SUPERSTRUCTURE.

EXISTENCE OF SUPERSTRUCTURE MUST BE CONCELED FROM THE ROUND TABLE ASSEMBLY UNTIL SVAROG HAS COMPLETED DEPLOYMENT AS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH VORTIGERN.

BUILD-UP TO OPERATION VORTIGERN AS WELL AS SUBVERSIVE DESTABLIZING EFFORTS ON EUGELES AGAINST DERAIL AND LDPS HAVE BEEN LARGELY SUCCESSFUL AS A DIVERSIONARY TACTIC TO HIDE ONGOING OPERATIONS IN VILINNON. OPERATIVES HAVE RENDEZVOUS WITH CONTACTS IN SERPENTS COIL AND LAID GROUNDWORK FOR SUPERSTRUCTURE, VARYAZI WILL CONTINUE TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH OTHER ROUND TABLE ASSEMBLY CLANS IN ESTABLISHMENT OF FORWARD OUTPOST FOR OPERATIONS WITHIN ANCIENT DOMAINS. EUGELES ASSETS, INCLUDING ARTIFICIAL TROIKA TACNET SCHEMA TO BE RELOCATED TO NEW VILINNON FACILITY FOR FURTHER REFINEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF AVALON ARTIFICIAL CONSTRUCT.

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An Amarrian holocaster beams at the camera before launching into the story.

“Now if you don’t want to find yourself stranded in a Blood Raider station, you might want to listen to this.”

The feed shows the young reporter ‘Kristoph Laygen’ nodding knowingly.

“Thank you Janiss. I’m here in the Sakht system in Aridia where a recent incident has prompted an awareness campaign in several popular travel hubs within Amarr space. Passengers are being urged to use only trusted travel agencies, rather than the often discounted, private entities.”

“A number of faithful Amarrians fell victim to this scheme, which started out as a sightseeing trip to the famed 1DQ1-A system, and was to conclude at Sakhti, Domain. However, this trip quickly took an ugly turn.”

“We caught up with Mrs. Havid, a Khanid woman and Amarrian citizen, who witnessed this incident first hand.”

The screen cuts to the same reporter interviewing an animated woman in her 60’s. The sequence has been clumsily cut together from several clips of the interview, interspersed with stock footage of a Minmataar shuttle in transit"

“Now when you say ‘kidnapped’ Mrs Havid, what exactly do you mean?”

“Well we were ushered onto the shuttle… the Capsuleer made an announcement… and she had a Minmataar accent! Well I’m not one to judge but… we quickly realised we weren’t returning to Sakhti… we tried to tell the Capsuleer but the next thing we know, we’re surrounded by godless Blood Raiders in their station in PR-8CA, and the Capsuleer says to ‘visit the gift shop’ before abandoning us!”

The feed cuts back to Kristoph Laygen addressing the camera, nodding in a profound manner.

“Praise the Emperor Mrs. Havis and her companions are back safe with the Empire. It seems an unidentified Gallente shuttle escorted them back to civilized space in Sakht, Aridia. It’s thought a confusion between the systems Sakht and Sakhti may sparked these terrible events, though details are still hazy as to how the second pilot was involved. We’ll keep you updated with this story as it develops.”

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A: We’re not supposed to use this relay Jericho
J: Shut it Ali, this important
A: Don’t call me that.
J: Sorry, Lieutenant Orkis. Either way, doesn’t matter anymore… this is getting out of hand… not much I can really do at this point.
A: What, the ■■■■■■■ ■■■■■ still managing to stay ahead of us with her projects, or the FIO being ordered to review its relations with DERAIL?
J: Both, really. And… I don’t know how she did it, but she’s called in a favor with the FIO, don’t know if they’ll actually bite on it or not, but she’s done something for someone high up, and I doubt it was just a ■■■■■■■.
A: Jericho, I hired you to get goddamned results.
J: And, this is the first time I’m telling you, I’m drawing a blank. Look at the attachment I sent you through the secondary relay.
A: Is that…
J: Yes it is. Wellspring is back in play. Check the second attachment
A: this… complicates things even more.
J: Damnit Ali, check the second attachment.
A: …Are those drones? That’s not uncommon for large scale construction and repair…
J: Zoom in on 'em.
A: …■■■■.
J: Yeah, thought you’d say that. Look… I’m out of favors, and almost out of ideas. I still got money, could try to spark off a bigger memberstate dispute, maybe escalate it with some well placed bribes, but that’d be it, and I’d have to go off-grid. I’m not gonna stick around after lighting an intermemberstate conflict.
A: … give me some time to process all this…

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DISPATCH: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATE
ALL FACILITIES AND COLONIAL INFRASTRUCTURE RETURN TO ALERT STATUS OMEGA. REINFORCE DATA CENTERS AND HABITATION UNITS. ORBITAL YARD INFRASTRUCTURE AND ORBITAL TETHER FACILITY ON LOCKDOWN. SHELTER IN PLACE IN EFFECT IN ONE HOUR FOR ALL NON-COMBATANTS. ALERT STATUS ELEVATION RECOMMENDED FOR UNAFFILIATED COLONIAL CENTERS IN SYSTEM

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Article in Nakriskaya Gazeta, a news outlet of Nakri, Domain, Amarr Empire, dated October YC123

NOBLE FAMILIES PLEDGE INCREASED EFFORTS IN SUPPORT OF IMPERIAL AMBITIONS

The noble families of deSIlvestris and Koval both issued separate announcements this week, pledging their intentions to undertake significant efforts to improve quality of life for Her Imperial Majesty’s Nakriian subjects and the on-going operations to secure the borders of the Empire, respectively.

The deSilvestris Family revealed that it has been in negotiations with Imperial scientists and researchers, and the Imperial Navy, to trial a new environmental system for stations, designed to improve waste recycling, resource management, and quality of life for station-dwellers. It is understand that the technology has been used to great success elsewhere, and the family hailed it as “an opportunity to bring a better, more positive, and more efficient” method of working to more of Her Imperial Majesty’s subjects. Separately, the family also announced its intention to fund and support a new school for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nakri, stating that “only through proper education and Orthodox religious instruction can all children fulfil their dream, ambition, and duty to Nakri, Empire, Empress, and God to the best of their ability”. It remains to be seen exactly where the school will be located and to whom it will be open, but it is understand that the family have gathered the support of various Imperial authorities.

The Koval family, in their turn, surprised many by announcing that they would relinquish all slaves currently in their household, returning them to their immediate liege, Lord Osowiec. The short statement said that the intention behind this is Lord Koval’s efforts to restructure his House, making it more “efficient and effective”. The statement also revealed that two of Lord Koval’s sons, Master Maksym and Master Ruslan Koval, have volunteered for military service at the borders of the Empire. The sacrifice of our noble families here in Nakri stand as example to us all, that everyone can give something to strengthen the Empire.

God Bless Nakri, God Bless Amarr, God Save The Empress.

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"Meditation and prayer are all well and good in achieving spiritual attunement. Yet there is a far more productive and beneficial method. I am of course talking about exercising!

Your body is a vessel for your spirit - it is an organism that is constantly evolving and molding itself to reflect your habits. As such, your very spirit will bend to fill the mold. We desire strong spirits, healthy ones that do not break when met with adversity. Should we not refine our bodies to reflect this in the physical realm.

By exercising we provide our body with adversity that challenges it, that pushes it to evolve to overcome whatever is thrown at it. Dedicate an hour - or even half of one - to carrying out some form of physical exercise, and you’ll see a significant improvement in yourself for such minuscule investment, both physically and spiritually.

As a reward for our discipline and commitment, our bodies will reflect our hard work and be the envy of lesser willed individuals. Our badge of honour will not be some piece of tin, but our very own bodies. The symbolism needs no context or credibility rom some society or culture, if our bodies look strong and healthy, then we are strong and healthy. Simple as that."

I do desire for people of this region to present themselves in such a way, so before those of the ‘civilized’ world look at us as weak savages. They’ll see nothing but people who are stronger than them, more disciplined and healthy. I want them to be envious… Annnnnd as an effort to make that easier for everyone, I’m pleased to announce that this shrine will be opening up a relatively spacious gym with the extra space we have that is free of charge to use~.

Prayer and Meditation is all well and good, but thirty squats a day are even better~. We should look for our own strength ourselves before asking the divine for theirs."

"O-Oh! And do wipe down any and all equipment before and after use! Hygiene and sanitation is important too~.

  • Suha Raibuya, speaking at the Windchime Shrine aboard The Rabbit’s Warren in 6NJ8-V
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