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209.01 - 209.5


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GCS Leave Earth

The imperial news agencies are carrying the following story:

“The Imperial Services Command Council are pleased to be able to announce that after negotiations and several weeks of preparation the GCS remnants on Earth, Sol System, have been persuaded to peacefully withdraw from the planet and system.
An orderly handover of Starbase Galactic Central on Earth is now in progress. The Imperial 5th Guards Armoured Brigade and the 15th Marine division have moved into the starbase to ensure security during the handover period.”
With several members of the GCS still being pursued for war crimes against humanity, it seems likely that this is not the last we shall hear of the GCS, though to where they have fled remains shrouded in mystery.

Pirate Bounty
AFT Press Release.

“It seems we have a pirate infestation in St.Dismas. I will be stepping up patrols, however, anyone interested in shooting womp rats or pirates is welcome to come hunting. To sweeten the pot I will pay 500 Stellars per hull of the PIR ship captured or destroyed in St.Dismas or systems within one jump. If hunting outside of St.Dismas be sure you have the property owners permission. One bad hunter makes the rest of us suffer.
Wishing everyone a trophy kill,
Cirdan”

Pirate Large
Starting the new year as he clearly intends to go on, Pirate Large is reporting the successful capture of a 150 hulled DEN vessel. And in frankly disturbing news, for once one of his jokes is actually fit to print.
“Ahharrggh me heaties............. It be aye.............. Pirate Large.............
Me boys be a loiterin an spotted a DEN ship stuck in open space an i sends the Deathly Hallows to do the job.
A boarder she be, equipped to the gills wiv boardin tools aye and she slipped past an AFT anti piracy establishment to gains access to the DEN ship WLDC DUCHESS (87477).
It didn takes long fer me lads to rampage through her aye an we tooks her in a couple o rounds aye we did.

Breakin News..........

Credit Crunch not affecting ship sales........
Credit crunch me aarrrrssse, i be pleased to announce aye that i as only a couple o 75 hullers left fer sale aye.......

Breaking news...........

Reports be comin in from me lads i as another ship fer sale, more news to follow aye.......
Anyways i still be ere keepin me eyes pealed fer business aye i do.
To celebrate me new found wealth me and lucky Jim wen down the battlecruiser fer a pint aye, Lucky bein a right shite wen upto this bloke who be sittin at the bar, shoulders hunched, lookin depressed and took his drink off the bar an downed it in one.
Wiv that this bloke stars crying, an weepin, so Lucky feelin slightly guilty says garr come on mate, i donts like to se a man cry ill buy yee another drink.
The bloke starts to say, nah dont bother mate its not that, thats making me cry, its been a really bad day...
It started with me alarm clock not going off, i rushes to work, but am late and the boss fires me.
I collects me stuff from me desk goes down to me shuttle to find it had been stolen, an me insurance as run out.
I went to the bank to get some money out, and fook me, if they havent gone an invested with some arse hole called Madoff, who as madeoff with their money.
I wen home to tell the missus only to find her in bed with another bloke, so she tells me im getting divorced and ill lose me house.
I was havin such a crap day i decided to kill me self here and now, then you pops up and drinks me glass of poison.....
Ahharrgggghhhh........

sorry about that its been a bad week or 2 and this credit crunch is affecting me quality of stories aye.....
any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh.”

Solo
Questions are being raised regarding who might institute a system claim for Solo, with the AFT raising the issue of whether or not they should continue with their claim. But with no other takers, it seems the AFT hold may continue, provided they can assemble enough troops to secure their flag.

AFT Press Release
It has been determined that a software glitch in the Blacbird's Nest production facility has introduced an error in the maintenance monitoring software on AFT Supercarriers produced in that facility. Specifically instead of flagging a critical exception when levels reached 30% it is flagging at -0%. I repeat that's a negative zero percent.
This has resulted in the breakup of two SuperCarriers and placed four more at risk. The problem is being corrected as this message is released. If you have an AFT Blackbird's Nest produced SuperCarrier please contact me for the patch. It is very simple and can easily be verified by a level 1 AI Programmer.
Over the next several months we will be validating all Starship and Starbase software, including all versions released in the past 10 years. If any errors are located notification will be immediate.

Cirdan
Master Trader.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Arrakeen
Could the governor of the above starbase get in contact regarding a trade matter?
Good harvests,
Smokes in Mountains

Pirate Ship Cub
WILL the oner o pirate ship cub please cotnacts me at me private message center 'ere at nexus fairly quick. I may have some importent words for yee. To make sure the right pirate contacts me and so's to prove me self as trustable, the first 2 umbers starts off with pirate ship cub 67******(**
when you contacts me, fill in the final #'s so as I'll know it really be you . May be impoaretentl.
black dog

**Special Report**

A Childrens Guide To The Falconians.
Once upon a time in a land far away called Acropolis, in the hilltops of Falconia lived a noble race of a very proud bird people.
Now for many years these great birds, who wore no clothes for they needed none thanks to their beautiful, soft feathers lived happily and knew nothing of the great many different people who travelled the stars.
Then one day a great big metal bird came from a distant star called Sol and in it were these hairless apes who were only concerned with what was beneath the ground and something called "profit" which the Falconians could not understand and at first glance could not help but think these were very strange worms indeed and far too large for their beaks.
The humans, as they liked to call themselves, though became sick and died in the far reaches of Acropolis. The Falconians did not understand why this happened but the more curious amongst them were fascinated by the strange metal bird they saw and began thinking about how to build one themselves.
The mighty Sarek, who some thought was mad even then, gathered the more inquisitive birds and told them that he was in charge. With a few squawks and after a bit of ruffling of the feathers the other noble birds accepted that maybe Sarek had a point and let him call himself "Emperor". a term he had learned from the humans.
For a time all was good in Falconia and the noble birds who cared for such things reached out beyond the world they had always known and made their home amongst the worlds of Acropolis, occasionally popping back to talk with their kin who they grew more and more apart from. It was very sad.
Then the great birds of Falconia who had not heard back from the humans for some ten years finally worked out how to travel to other stars themselves in their own great metallic birds. What they saw made them sad. They saw terrifying creatures who looked like giant insects made of steel being crushed by the humans they had known before. They saw other creatures just as terrifying. All around them was war and destruction.
So the Falconians learned, and girls and boys, they learned the wrong lessons at times. They too thought it would be fun to fight and conquer and destroy. It was very sad indeed.
Time past, wars were fought and lost and the Falconians were soon prey not hunters. Their world became the property of the humans and Sarek left to a distant star where he still schemed and dreamt of the glory of Empire, the senile old fool!
Then another Falconian came who called himself Emperor and his name was Thoriqal. Now Thoriqal was not quite as mad as Sarek but he ruled with an iron claw. The noble birds accepted that after having the humans run their world for "profit" for so long they needed to follow Thoriqal and heed his beak.
So the Falconians grew strong again and reclaimed their world and all was good. Now Thoriqal was not a peaceful bird before you think he was just tough on the Falconians! No. Thoriqal fought wars against creatures of a monstrous size called the Krell and defeated them wholly over time, took their ruined world and claimed it in the name of Falconians. Not content with this Thoriqal was to lead the Falconians through a great wormhole... what's that you say? What's a wormhole?
Well imagine a big whirley storm thing in the middle of space which when you go into it whisks you to a distant part of the galaxy. That's a wormhole.
Now where was I? Oh yes. Thoriqal led the Falconians through the wormhole and conquered new lands in the name of his Empire. Now before you feel too sorry for those he conquered you should bear in mind they were ugly, mean spirited creatures who only knew war and conquest themselves and Thoriqal only took from them what they had took from others. And in the end it was alright because he gave the world he took to the nice cat people called the Felini who had been made slaves by the nasty creatures he had defeated.
Now it wasn't the life most Falconians had known for most of their history but it was a good life. One of glory and power and it was no longer possible for the humans to come to their world and claim what was not theirs.
But then something terrible happened. Thoriqal grew weary and left for the Great Hunt never to be heard of again.
The Falconians were left with no great leader and the other noble birds looked at all that Thoriqal had built and despaired. One by one the noble houses vanished back to the traditional life of hunting without minding too much what was going on Out There. And the Falconians were once again prey not predators.
More time passed and then a human came to the world of Falconia. This human was different to the others. He didn't want to cage the Falconians and show of their plumage or dig up their world for his own "profit" (whatever that meant). Well to be truthful he did and he would but shhh now let me continue...
What this human wanted to do was restore the dignity of the Falconians and put in practice the ideals he had learned from Earth history. Through sheer willpower he claimed the title of Emperor but only for a short time. Instead, he wanted to give the Falconians something he called "democracy" which to the Falconians seemed like a bunch of rooks squawking loudly and no one using their claws and beaks as had always been the way but who were they to argue? As long as he didn't spoil their fun hunting and making the great wooden toys that Falconians had always made and only took some of their geese to sell and left them otherwise alone they were happy enough to let him play his games. They even adjusted their beaks to call him "Consul" which he preferred to "Emperor" although they thought it meant the same.
Now the human, who we shall call Peacock, was lonely by himself in the great aeries made by Sarek and Thoriqal and worse still he faced lots of problems.
The first problem he faced was all those hungry Falconians who worked not in the great plains and forests like nature intended but in the aeries: building and thinking and training for war. So Peacock went to the Magpies and asked them, "Hey Magpie, I need you to go and steal what you can from the stars so I can feed the Falconians so they grow strong and powerful." And Magpie did as Peacock said because he saw his fancy feathers and knew he could not resist the sly old bird-man.
The next problem he faced was the Falconians were thought weak and prey to horrid creatures and greedy humans. So Peacock went to the Vultures and asked them, "Hey Vulture, I need you to come down from your cliffs and fight for me and make sure noone mistreats the Falconians ever again." And Vulture did as Peacock said because he was hungry for blood and could not wait to crush those who dared stand in his way.
The final problem he faced was the Falconians had lost all knowledge the great Thoriqal had spent so long learning and teaching to the Falconians in the time when they were left to frollic freely without a care. So Peacock went to the Owls and asked them, "Hey Owl, I need you to go to the furthest, most distant stars and learn what you can so we are never left stranded alone and unaware of the great galaxy around us." And Owl did as Peacock said because he was wise and curious about what lay beyond.
So it was, dear children, that the Falconians rose up again off their perches and joined the great orchestra of the stars and added their song to it. Magpie, stealing what he could to feed the young birds in Acropolis, Vulture picking the bones of their enemies and Owl learning all he could so the Falconians would never again be considered ignorant. And as for Peacock, he made a lot of noise and strutted around with his feathers showing.
And they all lived happily ever after.

THE END

**Message From The Editor**
Apologies again for the lateness of this edition, I’m still recovering from that extended illness, but slowly getting back up to speed.
Lots of news stories left over this week, but I’m running at a very long 9 pages now, so had better stop. There will be more catch-up stuff in next weeks edition.

Simon.
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RIP Accuse GTT Of Piracy!

The big news this week has come from the Rip News Network, which is carrying the following story:

“Three sources have brought certain information to our attention recently, although one of those is undeniably untrustworthy, and as such we publicly ask the GTT to prove they are not funding pirate activities within the peripheries.
We will be forwarding our data to the owners of the respective space where this disgraceful acts of betrayal took place and will assist them with following it up in whichever way they choose.
I personally hope that the corruption within the GTT is limited only to a few, or less, political positions and that they act quickly to prevent tarnish to their good name.”

There has been no official response yet from the GTT, though hopefully they will have an official statement for the press in time for next weeks edition.

Allegations regarding the GTT involvement in the assassination of their own Security Director, Lord Goth, have also surfaced again in the wake of the shocking RIP accusation. With more than a few rumours suggesting that the only way the Wolfpack could have killed Goth was if somebody within the GTT organisation provided detailed information on his location and security passcodes.
It is vaguely possible that this story is very old indeed, and we at the IGN newsroom only just checked the RIP website. However, not wanting to pass up the opportunity to make trouble for our colleagues at the RNN…

Children Of Hexos
The fallout from the COH’s decision to briefly join the Consortium, and then very rapidly leave continues, as the small Hive organisation faces increasing aggression from a seemingly hostile universe.
Details are still sparse as to the reasons, but it seems a GTT strike force attacked and destroyed several COH targets in retaliation for some strongly worded political exchanges.
However having demonstrated their will to respond in force, the conflict between the GTT and COH seems to have died down as quickly as it flared up.

SMS Victory!
Longterm readers may remember the running story of the SMS bombardment of the pirate outpost Wolfs Cove that began, oh, years ago now. After many many weeks of blasting rubble, it seems the SMS have finally managed to kill that last pirate who was hiding somewhere under a pile of metal slag.

We here at the IGN newsroom salute the SMS for this famous victory, which in terms of energy expended to damage inflicted, must surely rank as number one. Never, in the field of human conflict, has so much, been shot at so few, by so many, and missed so spectacularly.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate vessel Ghost Of Titan has been destroyed by the SMS platform Trebuchet in orbit of Steropes.

This is the first pirate action in the Titan system in recent history, and has sparked speculation that there may be a major pirate operation planned against a Starbase within the system – rumours that have sparked alarm at several facilities.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate vessel Ghost of Inferno CLT has been destroyed by the SMS platform Station Medusa in, yes, you guessed it, the Inferno system.

Speculation is mounting on what the purpose is of all of these ongoing suicide pirate scout attacks against fixed installations, as the information they gather is surely worthless. Beyond the fact that no, they are not welcome there.

Wolfpack
A Wolfpack scout ship has been spotted in the Storm system. All travellers are advised to travel with caution.

Debris Field
A debris field has been scanned in the Solo system, which contains some very interesting salvage, though as yet nobody has felt brave enough to pinch it from under the noses of the rightful owners.
It would be irresponsible of us to mention where and what it is.

The Lost Expedition
Unusually a number of communications have reached our news-room this week about the near-mythical ancient lost SMS Expedition that first explored the Peripheries many many years ago, and was since lost.
Various bits and pieces of wreckage of the expedition have been found over the years in various systems, but new information from several sources suggests that something new might have come to light recently, whispers are of some alien involvement.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate vessel Ghost Of Skord has been destroyed by the OPS as it attempted to scout out a number of freighters, including a DTR vessel, in orbit of the planet Kindom. Fortunately OPS gunners were on hand to blast the pirate into atoms.

From The Jax Examiner
The Imperial news networks have been carrying the following story:

ARC Defeated And Base captured.
Full reports are now available of the battle fought against an ARC 400 HH ship. When it was first sighted the ships available to intercept were not equipped to take on such a formidable foe. However they were able to contain the enemy for several days, inflicting modest damage and taking heavy casualties. In the meantime a Battle Group of heavy ships with appropriate armament were being equipped and deployed.. The heavies arrived at the battle and the ARC aggressor was finally destroyed after another two days of battle. Some of the heavy reinforcements were also severely damaged or destroyed during this final phase of the battle. Current reports indicate that over forty Imperial warships were destroyed during the course of the six days of fighting. An attempt to deploy prototype anti-matter missiles on the last day of the battle in response to the ARC use of Plasmas, classified as nuclear weapons, failed due to technical difficulties. SAR efforts have resulted in the rescue of a high percentage of the crews that survived the destruction of their ships.

Whilst the space battle was in progress the Imperial 3rd Marine Division was able to slip by the combatants and attack an ARC Starbase, which fell to the 3rd after two days fighting. Marine casualties were relatively light with a high proportion of the incoming fire being directed at the division's hardware. The relatives of those KIA or MIA in both space and ground battles are currently being informed of the fates of their heroic loved ones.

RIP Voted Number 1 For Trustworthiness
While not attempting to start a war with the GTT over their piracy allegations, the RIP News Network has also taken the time to run the following story:

“While commenting on important matters pertaining to the Solo system and the AFT claim for running it the Foreign Minister for the Detinus Republic had the following to say about our great affiliation.
"I can think of no organisation more trustworthy than the RIP"

The current foreign minister for the DTR is Cassius Jerusalem, we hope that such a forward thinking individual remains in his position of power for a long time to come.

IND Destroyed
The IND vessel ‘Nose of Calypso 11’ has been destroyed by a DTR military platform inside a restricted zone in Detinus space.
With the Calypso character having announced her occupation as pirate recently, it seems fair to say that the reputation of Independants is about to take another serious hit.

Emperor Lysander
The erstwhile emperor of humanity, Lysander, has surfaced in Periphery politics again, after a long period of silence.
It is understood he is in the Fortress system as a guest of the Confederate noble House LiQuan, where he is supervising the construction of a palace suitable to host his coronation.
Our daring reporters have obtained the following information on just how luxurious this palace complex will be:

“To house the Emperor in the glory that is is fitting.
Each one takes a BP which is normally burnt and the following mats.
100 Rock Structural Module (430)
100 Structural Module (420)
20 Military Module (405)
10 Basic Module (410)
500 Precious Metals (25)
500 Precious Gems (26)
TM
While rich and luxuriant, a single palace complex would be considered little more than a guest house. On Earth, Jasil has more than 1000 of these complexes and it is said that his ballroom was closer to an indoor arena.

The coronation, as and when it occurs, is bound to be THE hot ticket social event of the decade. And we will be sure to cover more news as it breaks.

Pirate Destroyed
The pirate ship Eyes Of Large, a carny class spyship, has been intercepted and destroyed in the outer reaches of the Venice system by a DTR patrol.

Pirate Destroyed
A second vessel carrying the name ‘Eyes Of Large’ has been destroyed in the middle-reaches of the Venice system, again by a squadron of DTR system patrol vessels.

**Special Report**
Falconian Press release summarising recent events with regards the Children Of Hexos.

“The following is our perspective of recent events regarding the COH.
Whilst the Falconian Republic hopes the matter will be resolved
peacefully and without the personal animosity displayed in public
recently, the matter will be considered unresolved until such time as
the COH agree to the basic tenants of an immediate withdrawel from our
restricted space and the return of all outposts within our systems.

An overview of recents events with the COH:

208.46 :
i. The FET demanded from the COH their main starbase, Ves Ghorman on Tycoon.
ii. The FCN already in talks with various Hive affs on closer
cooperation, approached Emperor Hexos to offer him and his people
sanctuary in FCN protected space and a number of other measures were
in place to help them set up a new home.
iii. The Consortium which had previously discussed an application by
the COH to rejoin at this time gave the unanimous decision needed to
allow their membership.

208.47 :
i. The COH offer the FCN 4 blueprints for high mark items as a gift
and a start of closer research cooperation. This prompts a good
discussion on research cooperation between FCN, FEL and COH on a
number of matters. The FCN agree to research some stealth related
blueprints for the COH as facilities become available.
ii. The COH are given exploration data to Acropolis and Fury and
outposts are exchanged: The FCN give outposts in Storm, Fury and
Acropolis in exchange for similar outposts in Solo, Arachnid and
Skord.
iii. The COH are given access to Fury and full authorisation to five
major FCN starbases for purposes of building up their new home.
iv. The COH make a declaration of war on the FLZ and USN, they ally
with the FCN (reciporicated by the FCN) and offer their support in the
FLZ war.

208.48 :
i. FCN resume war with the FLZ. COH pledge support to fight the FLZ
although nothing is expected of them as they have a small number of
warships.
ii. A well known fool tries to frame the COH for acts of piracy
against the FET by failed boarding attempts in the Yank system. The
incompetent is quickly unmasked.
iii. The new GCE PD demands the COH return ores and other items
obtained "on the cheap" in some insider dealing. The COH are advised
to settle the matter and that the Consortium will provide necessary
supplies to do so. In the end, the FCN supplies some of the missing
Fibrillium but the rest the COH return themselves.

208.49:
i. Under the light of new evidence, the FET withdraw their claim on Ves Ghorman.
ii. The COH signal that they now see it as safe to remain in Tycoon
but will continue to build an industrial / shipyard base on Rage in
Fury.
iii. The COH offer soldiers and support in the FLZ war. Nothing
materialises but no issue is made of this by other Consortium members.
iv. The COH approach the FCN about increasing their naval power. The
FCN offer to build them or trade warships in service for material
costs (particularly hulls). They also offer to build COH design ships
if they provide them with blueprints. Talks continue but nothing comes
of it.

208.51:
i. The FCN discover a grave site on an asteroid in Acropolis and
publicly air their suspicions that 3 years ago the FLZ were
responsible for this event.
ii. The COH publicly defend the FLZ arguing that history should be
forgotten, perhaps as a defense against the many black marks on their
own history.
iii. The COH despite private communication to the contrary, declare
peace with the FLZ and all talk of providing aid and support in the
FLZ war disappears.

209.52:
i. The COH contact the FCN to say they have removed themselves from
the Consortium, will no longer seek to colonize Rage and feel the FLZ
have been victimised.
ii. The FCN attempt to clarify to them that particaption of the FLZ
war is not a condition of being part of the Consortium but as they
seem set on their path wish them well and only request an orderly
withdrawel from their systems, to swap back all outposts exchanged and
return the 4 blueprints given rather than research them stealth
related blueprints as promised.
iii. Within a day the FCN are contacted by two separate groups saying
that the COH have attempted to sell knowledge / access to Fury and are
attempting to align themselves to them, offering information learned
whilst in the Consortium.
iv. At this point relations between the FCN and COH turn very sour and
Praetor Nurgle is given the task of dealing with what the FCN feel to
be treachery on the part of the COH.

v. Christmas breaks out amongst humanity a public truce is declared and the public discourse comes to an end. For now at least.

**Periphery Classifieds**

Good Hard Servicing Sir?
Greetings all!
Let it be known that the RIP cares and shares with everyone...
We are your friend and we provide the services you want!
Our latest endeavour is for all you starcaptains who are having trouble getting your maintenance and repairs from heavy-handed (should that be heavy-winged?) Starbase Governors.
That's right ... we at the RIP will be establishing a number of Maintenance and Repair facilities in strategic locations around the Peripheries...
And they will be free* for all to dock at without fear of attack!
Enjoy! And feel welcome!
GT Spugman RIP vpd
Notes : * Docking is free... but you gotta pay for the services!

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**Intarrrrrrr Galactic News**

Message From The New Editor
Arrr, it has come t’our attention that the Editor o’ this rag ‘as not been givin’ us pirate boys and girls proper coverage like in recent editions. Inbetween all this bilgerot about politics ‘n crap, we as been missing giving proper measure of fear, respect, and rum, to the likes of Large and Wolfpack.

So us an’ some o the boys came down to these offices like, under cover of the massive shelling o’ t’ recruitment centre in Yank, and done took ‘em over.

Ye ain’t seen no lilly livered reporter pansies run so far and so fast as they do when we turns up, that’s fer sure. They don’t like it up ‘em these reporters. Arrrrr.

So on w’ proper news, and enough o’ this crap about destroyed pirate scouts that makes it looks as if the forces of law and order and pansies is winning, ‘cos they ain’t, these be good times for us pirate folks.

Wolfpack
Arrr, our good friend Wolfpack ‘as been right busy lately, since he dropped all that girly mercenary crap and started actin’ like a real man. Arrrr, and despite wot you ‘eard, he aint Emperor Lysander in disguise, arrrr. Wes aints tellin’ who he really is, arrr. But he ‘as been writing up his reports good and proper:
‘This should of been a nice regular boarding.
Then the firing started.....

Board Position {67508}
Scanned:
IMP SHIP C PEGASUS SUN (67508) - {50 Light Hulls}
Barge Class Freighter {No Armour}

Attempting to board IMP SHIP C Pegasus Sun (67508).
Approaching target:

Incoming Fire from IMP IX Statistic Frivolity (3441)
Round 1: 10 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIII)
- 7 hits - 197 [490] damage - 50%

Round 2: 10 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIII)
- 3 hits - 61 [210] damage - 63%
- Point Defence shot down 4 Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIIIs

Round 3: 10 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIII)
- 1 hit - 6 [70] damage - 63%
- Point Defence shot down 7 Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIIIs

Round 4: 10 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIII)
- 1 hit - 19 [70] damage - 63%
- Point Defence shot down 4 Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIIIs

Incoming Fire from IMP Blagard Alpha Defender (81017)

Round 1: 32 Tractor Beams
- 32 hits - 0 [0] damage - 99%
- Tractor beams reduced positions speed by 2.51%
184 Missile Launcher mkIVs (Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIII)
- 166 hits - 2727 [11620] damage - 95%
- Point Defence shot down 9 Cloaked Kinetic Missile mkIIIs

Post Battle Summary
Naval Damage: CLASSIFIED
Ship hulls have taken xx damage (xx%)

Boarding Action for the Control of IMP C Pegasus Sun (67508)

Round 1: Battle is 311:6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.38% control [76.62%]
1.28% chance of losing control

Round 2: Battle is 493:6 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.73% control [52.89%]
10.46% chance of losing control

Round 3: Battle is 645:2 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.85% control [28.04%]
37.27% chance of losing control

Round 4: Battle is dominated by Attacker
Defender lost 28.04% control [0%]
100% chance of losing control

IMP C Pegasus Sun (67508) has fallen to the attackers.

Still got it!

Thanks for fillin the hold and leaving the cloak device charged for the get-away.

CARGO
400 Atlantean Silverware (30047)
500 Crimson Granite (31182)
1500 Kastorian Yeast (30774)’

Arrr, nice little victory that ‘un, we does likes to see the IMPs takin’ it hard up the exhaust pipes.

Large
Let us see wot old largey-boy ‘as been up to. Seems ‘is IMP days ain’t gonna stop ‘im from knocking over the GTT, as this story done shows us:

‘Ahharrgghhhh me Hearties........... It be aye.............. Pirate Large.............

Anuvver day anuvver dollar, an me boys came up trumps when they located the GTT 100 hulled ship Food 1 (39943) in the Capellan system, one er me ole boardin ships be sent to do the job o takin her.

A GTT escort be right next to er, but it didnt even open fire, so i can only assume the cappan were either "asleep on the job", or if it were me "on the job" which i would consider a better excuse aye i would.

As yee can guess the cargo be only food aye, nothin o great value, uvver than the fact it were taken with a hyperdrive on board, anuvver one to fit on me boarders aye.

I is also ere to report the loss of one of me "sold" ships, i were on me way to what i thoughts were a system not heavily patrolled, when enroute me ship got stopped and destroyed by me ole mate from the SMS.

Oh well won one lost one that day.

It be nice to see many other pirates doin thar bit out there an keepin you all busy, well done to Wolfpack who as definately added to our ranks aye, convertin from mercenary work to down right piracy.

Anyways i were holdin a job interview fer a new ship cappan when this guy comes in to me office sits down, but is constantly winking.

I says to im " you as all the right qualification aye, you can kill without any worries, you as the tackle to nob the livin daylights out o yer victims"

"However i is worried about yer problem, yee be constantly Winkin aye an it could mean the difference between soptting something on the sensors or not"

He says to me, arrgh dont worry about me winking if i takes 2 aspirin me winkin stops.

"show me" i says

HE empties his pockets on the table rooting through all sorts of shapes and sizes of condoms before getting to a packet of asprin, he takes 2 and sure enough his winking stops

"I says that be good aye it be, but are you some sort of wierdo, yee want to be a pirate, an you have all sorts of condoms fer protection it doesnt give off the right image aye"

"Oh that" says the man "Have you ever walked into a pharmacy, winking, and asking for aspirin"

Ahharrgghhh............

anuvver clean one for the SSS there aye..........

any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh’

Wolfpack
Gather ‘round me lubbers, we ‘as got a nice little ship for to be tellin’ ye about, one that old Wolfpack he be capturing lately, one o those AFT poofs done lost it, useless gits them AFT, ain’t no wonder they is being pushed out ‘o business by those companies wot is able to be a bit more mercenary like towards them. Arrrrrr.

‘AFT broadsword waiting for a visit.
Went in and scanned first. Typical useless EEM spec.
Worth a try even though a few marines.

Board Position {68275}
Scanned:
AFT SHIP EBONY (68275) - {75 Heavy Hulls} - Attacking us.

Incoming Fire from AFT Ebony (68275)

Round 1-4: 25 Missile Launchers (Missile)
- 0 hit - 0 [0] damage - 99%
- Point Defence shot down 25 Missiles

Boarding Action for the Control of AFT Ebony (68275)

Round 1: Battle is 32:5 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 12.36% control [87.64%]
0.19% chance of losing control

Round 2: Battle is 47:7 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 13.51% control [74.13%]
1.73% chance of losing control

Round 3: Battle is 34:5 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 18.78% control [55.34%]
8.91% chance of losing control

Round 4: Battle is 36:5 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 17.58% control [37.77%]
24.1% chance of losing control

AFT Ebony (68275) has fallen to the attackers.

Broadsword for sale.’

You can as be buying these ships from thems that works as wolfpacks fences, y’know, thems who ain’t in the RIP, arrrrrrrrr. Ye can’t prove a thing!

Large again, arrrrr
Nice ‘un this, good big DEN ship, hunnder and fifty hulls, good bit o’ tail for pirate large t’ take here:

‘Ahharrggh me heaties............. be aye.............. Pirate Large.............

Me boys be a loiterin an spotted a DEN ship stuck in open space an i sends the Deathly Hallows to do the job.

A boarder she be, equipped to the gills wiv boardin tools aye and she slipped past an AFT anti piracy establishment to gains access to the DEN ship WLDC DUCHESS (87477).

It didn takes long fer me lads to rampage through her aye an we tooks her in a couple o rounds aye we did.

Breakin News..........
Credit Crunch not affecting ship sales........
Credit crunch me aarrrrssse, i be pleased to announce aye that i as only a couple o 75 hullers left fer sale aye.......

Breaking news...........
Reports be comin in from me lads i as another ship fer sale, more news to follow aye.......
Anyways i still be ere keepin me eyes pealed fer business aye i do.’

Arr, Large done finished this storrrrry off w’ joke that we as cannot be arsed wi, so here’s a joke of arr own, arrrrr.

Wot’s blue and rustles in t’corner?

Arrr, a prisoner inside a plastic bag.

Wot’s green and sits in the corner?

Same prisoner three weeks later.

Ah-harrrr.

FET Lose priceless arrrrrrrtefacts
Right embarassin’ this ‘un, seems old wolfie ‘as only gone and captured priceless Arceeetect stuff, but ‘ere, let him be tellin’ ye about it:

‘FET Solo waiting for the Wolfpack to come calling.
Theyre getting as lazy as the GTT!

Bonus cargo in this one.
Board Position {99635}
Scanned:
FET SHIP PILANTES (99635) - {50 Normal Hulls}
Solo Class Fast Freighter {Light Armour}

Boarding Action for the Control of FET Pilantes (99635)

Round 1: Battle is 643:10 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.5% control [76.5%]
1.3% chance of losing control

Round 2: Battle is 223:3 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 23.69% control [52.8%]
10.51% chance of losing control

Round 3: Battle is 777:10 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.44% control [28.36%]
36.77% chance of losing control

Round 4: Battle is 373:4 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.48% control [3.88%]
88.81% chance of losing control

FET Pilantes (99635) has fallen to the attackers.

No officers to clutter up me ship and a hold full of ARC Artefacts (*****) - 1 mus
"Lovely jubbly"

Ha-harrrrrr, we hopes them FET boys be crying about the loss ‘o this ‘un. It’ll cost ‘em a pretty penny to gets these back, and when they do pay the ransom? Ha-harrrrrrr, we as be sure to lets you kno when they does dealings wif pirate folks. Caught ‘twixt rock and ‘ard place thems FET boys is, like when ye crush a reporter between some engine mountings. Arrrr, spluts they goes.


Larrrrrrrge
we ‘as got one more story from large, ‘es been right busy these last few weeks:

‘Ahharrgghhhh me hearties..........

It be aye.............

Pirate Large........

Well this ere Christmas now be over aye, but me boys were still on the look outs fer yee, we be workin on the theory yee be gettin tipsy an losing yer way to port.

An true enough a FET ship Dolhol (61168) were intercepted by one o me pirate ships and boarded.

44 Men on board thar be, not a match fer thee......

The FET cappan he be panickin aye, an he says what will happen to him an his crew, what be left of em anyways.

I says don panic aye yee will be gettin me usual treatment aye, a relatively pain free death..

He says to me quickly, how long are we talking, that ill be alive.......

I replies 10.......

He says quickly with panic in hs voice, is that 10 years, 10 months, 10 days..........

I Says.....let me finish....

10, 9, 8, 7.........

aharrghhhh.....

I now has a selection of freighters fer sale, should yee be wanting some ranging from 50 to 150 hulls gives me a pm aye.

any ways im sure you will hear more from the Glorious Adventures of the
pirate Large(and friends).............aahaaarrgh’

Arrrrr.

Wot sits in a chair and gurgles?

A prisoner w’ razor blades stuffed in his mouth.

Harrrrr.

Wolfpack
Oh dearie me, you dumbass jokers duz like keepin’ us pirates in booty, arrrrr, we likes some nice shapely booty we does. Luvverly Flagritz ship done fallen t’wolfpack, buncha evil alien pansies they is, almost as soft as the AFT they is, arrr, unless you goes near them wearing a Japanese schoolgirl costume. Ah-harrrr.

Wot goes white an’ red an’ white an’ red?

Arrr, a prisoners hand in a blender.

Harrrr.

‘Went for an RIP ship a few days ago. It moved first, but then this FLZ ship came past.
Easy pickings. Like those barges. easy to sell.

Board Position {81931}
Scanned:
FLZ SHIP U-TANKER-1-MISLETOP (81931) - {50 Light Hulls}
Barge Class Freighter {No Armour}

Boarding Action for the Control of FLZ U-Tanker-1-Misletop (81931)

Round 1: Battle is 1167:8 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.26% control [75.74%]
1.43% chance of losing control

Round 2: Battle is 761:4 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.46% control [51.28%]
11.57% chance of losing control

Round 3: Battle is 273:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.82% control [26.45%]
39.78% chance of losing control

Round 4: Battle is 728:1 in favour of Attacker
Defender lost 24.94% control [1.51%]
95.53% chance of losing control

FLZ U-Tanker-1-Misletop (81931) has fallen to the attackers.

Loaded with cloaked kinetic missiles, tycoon and twilight keys.
Nice.’

From Calypso’s Blog
Arrrr, we likes Calypso we do, she’s a girl after our ‘earts, and other bits, that we does understand she keeps pickled in jars like. Yo ho ho, and a bottle o’parts, as they says in her crews.

she done updated her blog, arrr, and we ‘as got the bits wot we fink is decent enough to print. Arrr. Seems the only lilly livered bunch of sss pukes wot didn’t run away from us was the legal department. And we ain’t touchin’ them, buncha nasty lawyers.

‘Calypso waited patiently, longing for news one way or another, she drained her glass, the mixture was warming though she could still smell its sharp, metallic odour. Her night had been restless and even the bar seemed empty now that the wimble had gone, the boys off in search of prey, but this was this news that she waited on, perhaps she would have something more to play with tonight, perhaps her hunger would be quenched.

The story of the wimble had actually been rather tragic, funny though it had been at the time, Calypso missed the little fellow, but it could not be helped, one of the crews, during a particularly raucous night, had taken to shooting glasses from between his ears as he was chained as ever to the bar area, it had only been a matter of time before one of them aimed a little low, and what remained after the first accidental shot was little more than charred remains, it would have to be either one of the three Falconians or the Mohache to replace him, for the boys were forever in need of entertainment when drinking.

The hidden console behind the bar clicked into life, the sensor arrays had picked up an position approaching, it was the Black Ship, and it came in alone, Calypso sighed, they had failed, within a mere matter of minutes the ship had descended and docked, the crew rolling out with long faces and drawn expressions, the fighting had clearly been fierce, based on the blood some still carried on their clothes, the aroma flared her nostrils, heightening her perceptions, but her hopes had been shot, her sprits dropped yet further at the outcome.

It seemed like only seconds later, though it had in fact been more than a hour when the Dream Ship triggered the same response on the console as she made good her orbit, but what followed her in gave Calypso’s spirit a lift, the Dream Ship was not alone. She had not seen this one before and her targeting systems responded, the missile silos locking the position, but the ship ran a pirates colours and her identification system registered it as a Tempest Class, the Sulaco, she had been taken.

With her heart pounding in her chest, Calypso opened a com channel, not willing to wait for the ship to make port and contacted Captain Bloodstone of the Dream Ship, the response filled her heart with joy, the ship which had up to recently been CIA, came with prisoners, though the captain raved on about the internal items, which included a Hyper Drive or some such item, but Calypso cared little, it had been her spotters that sighted it and Calypso wanted her blood price.

Both vessels descended and docked, the crew rushing to the bar to feast and drink to their success, but Calypso’s mind was elsewhere as she moved to the starport, leaving her team to take the orders at the bar, Captain Bloodstone smiled as his men led out the survivors, 167 Human Prisoners and their Captain Isaac Tinker, clearly terrified of their new found reality. Calypso snapped orders to her personal guards; the prisoners were to be taken to the jail, the captain to her personal chamber.

Isaac Tinker’s heart raced, as he took in the scene, the guards forced him into submission and secured his hands and feet onto what was little more than a stone table, around him the setting was terrifying, all manner of human stains were visible, some that he could not place, some that he knew all too well, there were chains, lashes and whips, in addition to cruel looking knifes and stakes, was this a torture chamber, like those he had read of in stories of old the barbaric origins of the human race, but his thoughts were interrupted as the women entered the room, sending the guards on their way and securing the doorway.

Isaac was mesmerised, she was beautiful and his hopes lifted, perhaps this has all been a mistake, then he fixed on her eyes, dark and yielding, she was captivating and he welcomed her embrace as she came towards him, she was enchanting a demon who would devour him, but Isaac was mistaken and his short lived joy turned to pain as she straddled him, the beating began, pain, then pleasure equally and expertly distributed, a smile, a moan, her tongue slipping over her teeth, Isaac screamed and everything went black.......................

Outside the guards joked and laughed as they listened, they knew all too well the night he would experience, the lucky ones had been through it themselves; he’d survive, just, and somewhere in amongst it all, he might just enjoy himself.’

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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

.What is It?
..a wOrmhOle?.
…No.. worse..
….the KANG singularity!…
…..It pulls us IN…..
……lOOks sO familiar……
…….yet so strange…….
……..what is……..
………that?……..

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 

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