"I want to first note that the capsuleer portion of the research program has been an absolute triumph! Participation went far beyond expectations and we are happy to announce that our Tier 5 research goals were met. Of course, this means that we will be issuing a Fortizar-class citadel BPC to one lucky winner."
Ms Brinalle continued by revealing further news on the expansion of the Upwell Consortium. "Before announcing the winners, I would like to welcome two well-established and highly-respected corporations to the Upwell family. The Freedom Extension corporation has, in fact, been most helpful in the course of the research efforts and we look forward to continuing to work with them as our mutual business interests expand. However, this is a double celebration as the brilliantly innovative Propel Dynamics will be joining the Upwell Consortium to work with us on exciting research and development in some rather promising areas. Of course, we can't reveal too much now but I am sure their work will change the face of New Eden one day!"
The news that the Upwell Consortium has attracted two more partners with deep interests in the space industries is sure to make financial and political waves, however Ms Brinalle launched straight into a declaration of the winners of the Upwell "First-Citadels" research program.
"It is our pleasure to confirm that all contributors to the research effort will be receiving the stylish and elite Upwell spacewear, and we look forward to our capsuleer partners displaying for all to see their history-shaping contribution with these clothes. I want to celebrate four lucky winners of Astrahus-class citadel BPCs now. Awarded by random draw from the pool of all contributors these winners are: Aeris Cuprim, Marionne, Ruth Maude and Shinron Sakai. Congratulations to them all!
"Then we come to the Astrahus BPC prize for the largest contribution of research components to the effort. I am pleased to announce this is pilot Naava Edios. We thank her and congratulate her! Finally, in recognition of the triumphant efforts of all capsuleers in meeting our Tier 5 goals, we are awarding a Fortizar BPC by random draw. The winner of this special prize is Dzen Avi. Many congratulations to him!"
Ms Brinalle closed the ceremony by encouraging all capsuleers to visit the prototype construction sites to be found in Ourapheh, Anjedin, Asgeir, Mara and PF-346]]>
"I want to thank all those that have contributed and I'm delighted that we will be awarding Astrahus-class citadel BPCs to five participants when we make the final count and carry out the prize draw. Not to mention that stylish Upwell spacewear! However, there is still time for one last push to complete the capsuleer portion of this effort with enough components to justify our awarding the first Fortizar-class BPC to a lucky winner."
Ms Brinalle noted that the progress at the prototype sites was sure to be remarkable with all research components collected. "We also anticipate greater interest from the wider financial and industrial community of New Eden, having demonstrated only a small part of the potential that will be unlocked by the citadels product line."
"Once again, thanks to all who have taken part and please continue your efforts in the hours leading up to midnight, when we will cease taking contracts for the research components."]]>
An SOE flotilla has been sighted in J200727, and while this seems an unusual location for SOE operations, this further substantiates a report received by the Scope from an anonymous source. This source claims the Drifters have been researching and constructing new, advanced technology within their wormhole systems and the SOE have managed to retrieve some of that tech.
We have been unable to obtain an official statement from the SOE, but their continued silence on this matter will only fuel the rumor mill.
We will bring you further updates as this story develops.]]>
Understood to be a development and refinement of neural interface and transneural scanning technologies used by capsuleers, the skill extraction and injection techniques have apparently been made available by the Society of Conscious Thought. In an appendix to the notification, the SCC confirmed that the technology has been extensively tested and used by the SoCT for some years as part of several special educational programs. As the SCC appendix notes: “One of the leading specialist education providers in New Eden, the Society of Conscious Thought has supplied ample data establishing the safety and reliability of this novel technique for learning pathway resolution and reassignment.”
The SCC notice makes clear that the transneural skill extraction and injection technology is not authorized for sale to non-capsuleers due to the "destructive reading" method of the extraction device. The primary source for Skill Extractors will be the commissaries, trading under the name "New Eden Store", found in every space station's secured capsuleer zone. Since the demise of the Noble Exchange, following Noble Appliance's loss of the commissary contract after an SCC investigation into pricing manipulation, the New Eden Store brand has been operated by a board believed to include representatives of Cromeaux Inc., Genolution, Modern Finances and Khanid Innovation.
In a development that may be related, the Scope has learned that representatives of Genolution, Impro and X-Sense were called to a meeting with the CONCORD Inner Circle this past week. There has been no official confirmation of this meeting by CONCORD despite repeated requests for comment.]]>
"We've seen a tremendous effort and our staff have been kept enormously busy processing the contracts so far. The progress has been so good that we've been able to allocate four Astrahus-class citadel BPCs so far. We're hoping to be able to allocate a fifth and, if these efforts continue, allocate that special prize of the first Fortizar-class BPC."
Questioned about security concerns raised by various capsuleer organizations, Ms Brinalle responded forthrightly. "I've seen it said that the matter of these research components being in the hands of pirates and other criminals speaks badly for Upwell security. This is nonsense, of course. It should rather be a commentary on the security of those who controlled ORE research establishments before Upwell restored legal title to our Chairman, Yani Sar Arteu. I dare say the Serpentis even exchanged this valuable technology with other pirates in exchange for illegal goods and services. Ultimately, we are enlisting capsuleers as the most efficient recovery and repossession agents we could call on."
Asked to comment on rival capsuleer component acquisition programs, such as that being operated by the well-known surveying outfit Signal Cartel, Lee Brinalle urged co-operation with Upwell. "I would like to say to those with concerns as to the security of the prototype sites that we have addressed the previous vulnerabilities and it is a major concern that large numbers of research components may not be released for use in our efforts. The Upwell Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance is monitoring the situation and we hope that our capsuleer friends will see the benefits of placing any recovered components under our control."
Lee Brinalle closed her remarks with a final call to press the collection effort over the coming weekend. "We would hope for the main effort to be redoubled, not least because we are keen to share Upwell's latest developments in stylish and functional spacewear with the capsuleer community. Not to forget that amazing opportunity to acquire a Fortizar BPC!"]]>
"I want to thank and commend our capsuleer community. We've seen the real face of the future builders and colonizers of the deep reaches of space with the research component project. I have been amazed at the response and I am looking forward to being able to award more Astrahus BPCs and, perhaps, if the efforts continue at this pace, to rewarding one lucky capsuleer collaborator with a Fortizar BPC!"
Taking questions, Lee Brinalle was asked about the security of the construction sites and if Upwell had any response to the latest demands by "The OSS", an independent capsuleer alliance that featured heavily in the destruction of the sites a few days ago.
"Security has been enhanced over and above the original levels and we have been assured by the Upwell Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance that all traces of the illegal AI virus introduced into the original sites' systems have been purged from our constructors. As for the renegade alliance you refer to, they have had a clear response from us and their demands are absurd. If there is doubt, let there be none, we will use every tool at our disposal when it comes to dealing with criminals and gangsters that attempt to block progress towards the World of Tomorrow!"]]>
FD-MLJ, Syndicate – Responding to the destruction of prototype citadel construction sites by various capsuleer attackers yesterday, Special Accounts Manager Lee Brinalle held a press conference this afternoon on behalf of the Upwell Consortium, during which she cited evidence of Serpentis sabotage of the sites' defenses.
Speaking from the Intaki Bank Depository in FD-MLJ, Lee Brinalle's statement covered a number of points, including the probable cause of the vulnerability of the construction sites and Upwell's response to the apparently opportunistic and, in some cases, organized attacks by capsuleers on the citadel prototype sites.
Off the record sources within Upwell affiliated corporations have indicated that consortium leadership is "vexed but relatively unperturbed" by yesterday's sequel to the construction project launch ceremonies. For her part, Special Accounts Manager Brinalle's delivery of the Upwell statement was typically forthright.
"For the record, I can confirm reports that the five construction sites the Upwell Consortium established for the assembly of prototype exemplars of our Astrahus-class citadel product were raided, attacked and ultimately destroyed by various independent capsuleers and capsuleer organizations. I am also able to confirm that the construction sites were rendered vulnerable by simultaneous failings in the security and shielding systems of the sites and the associated infrastructure that had been placed in them.
"I wish also to correct reporting from some quarters that yesterday's attacks destroyed prototype citadels in whole or in part. This is not so. Much valuable construction, testing and nanorecording equipment was destroyed, together with stores of components, fuel and the like. However, I would remind the more credulous members of the press that by very simple logic a newly-established construction site is not the thing that is to be constructed there."
At this juncture, Ms. Brinalle gestured to representatives of those news outlets dedicated to producing "sensational" news summaries for the capsuleer market.
Continuing with her remarks, Ms. Brinalle revealed details of an intrusion that Upwell are claiming is evidence of sabotage by the Serpentis Corporation. "Following the initial attacks, which took place very swiftly after the sites were established, the Upwell Consortium's investigative apparatus quickly detected signs of a wide-spread computer virus attack on the security and shielding systems of the sites. Further investigation has indicated that this computer virus uses artificial intelligence and information mutation techniques outlawed by the Yulai Convention. Upwell's Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance has been given responsibility for coordinating the investigation and response to this insidious act of sabotage and the outrageous events to which it led."
Above: Upwell citadel construction site before the mayhem (Credit: Aeris Peacecraft)
Following the claims of sabotage, the Upwell statement addressed the involvement of independent capsuleers in yesterday's events. "As for the action of capsuleers yesterday, we want to begin by noting that in the wake of the attacks themselves a considerable number of capsuleers decried the raids and we know that several pilots recovered Upwell staff in distress, providing assistance and transport to medical facilities as necessary. We would like to commend these actions and say very clearly that we reject the common caricature of the capsuleers as uniformly bloodthirsty, dishonorable and selfish.
"Furthermore, where other corporate entities in New Eden would consider these events an unmitigated disaster and endeavor to downplay the events of yesterday, the Upwell Consortium believes that full transparency will only help solidify the future of the Citadel Project. Our members and investors remain confident that our shared vision of revolutionizing space colonization and infrastructure is one that is shared also by the mass of capsuleers. We are on a path to realizing the revolutionary, beneficial changes that citadels will bring to our civilization among the stars, while providing platforms for our capsuleer citizens to help build and shape the future for us all.
"Having said all this, we utterly deplore the attacks on our equipment and people by those capsuleers who chose the path of opportunism and insensate violence. We know that many of these wanton acts were almost random and unthinking, with the destruction of most sites a consequence of the cumulative acts of barbarism perpetrated by the vandal capsuleers. However, in at least one particularly egregious act of systematic destruction, a site was razed by the organized, collective action of members of a capsuleer alliance resident here in Syndicate. The members of 'The OSS' alliance should be in no doubt that their actions will have consequences.
"In the first place, all current and future individual members of 'The OSS' are barred from participation in Upwell Consortium research and prototyping efforts, with immediate effect. If any members of those organizations have already contracted components to me they may take this statement as notice that such materials are forfeit. Secondly, while this alliance has been a valuable customer of Intaki Bank services, not least here on this station, we will be reviewing the relationship. No precipitate action will be taken but the Intaki Bank, and other Upwell Consortium members, reserve the right to cancel agreements, without notice or refund, if aggressive acts of the kind we have seen continue. Certainly, in this region it is the Station Owners Council of the Intaki Syndicate that, to quote ISP Security Commander Elteroumie, 'says what goes and what don't go'. My advice is that certain parties should bear this in mind.
"Now, m'sieurs and m'dames, we will later share a more thorough, up-to-the-minute report with your news organizations and we will be certain to notify you when we are ready to resume the construction initiative. We expect this to be in a matter of days, just as soon as the Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance is satisfied that the relevant systems have been purged of foreign routines and, indeed, after we have taken steps to correct the vigilance of technical staff at the sites.
"It could be argued, and I do argue, that the actions of the Serpentis and a few renegade capsuleer corporations have allowed us to refine our plans in invaluable ways. More importantly, the Upwell Consortium values our strong relationships with capsuleers across New Eden and we know how important their contributions have been to the universe we share. We will not let a few rogue actors deter us from delivering a marvel of engineering to the majority of the pilots of New Eden.
"On the financials, this was certainly a loss but, frankly, at this stage the loss was minor. That said, to alleviate any concerns going forward, we will be renewing construction of the prototype citadels and we are maintaining our request for the required research components from capsuleers across New Eden. All defensive measures will be active at the re-established sites and construction should continue normally. We believe unwavering adherence to our path forward sends a stronger message to the future of new Eden than suspending progress indefinitely or hunting down nihilist gangsters.
"After all, the Citadels themselves represent defiance. Defiance against the inherent dangers of space. Defiance against impossible odds and inconceivable logistical problems. They are the future of humanity and we shall remain resolute in the face of any and all that would attempt to challenge or block the realization of this vision."
Ms. Brinalle declined to take questions from the floor and the Scope has been unable to secure an interview with any official of Upwell Consortium or its member corporations on these matters.]]>
At a launch event in Ourapheh, held aboard his personal Victorieux Luxury Yacht, Upwell Chairman Yani Sar Arteu made a short speech celebrating the commencement of the construction efforts: "Friends, let me welcome you to the World of Tomorrow! We are at last realizing the dream of truly building cities in space. Not for the World of Tomorrow the halting progress represented by a starbase here, or a station there! No, for the World of Tomorrow we will make it possible to colonize space with great citadels that will shine out as beacons for all! To the captains of New Eden's future, and to the World of Tomorrow!"
The Upwell prototype construction project will place Astrahus citadels in five systems across New Eden: Ourapheh, Anjedin, Asgeir, Mara and PF-346. The research component collection effort is being co-ordinated by the Intaki Bank's Lee Brinalle, an experienced special accounts manager. Capsuleers who take part in the research components effort will have the chance to obtain limited run blueprints of the Astrahus citadel and even, in the event that the effort is spectacularly successful, a shot at a limited run blueprint of Upwell's even more impressive Fortizar citadel.
Upwell sources are promising spectacular sights as the process of construction progresses and the consortium continues to exude confidence, with its partner corporations experiencing positive market listings, regardless of political concerns in some circles.
The Scope reports: Upwell Consortium Announces First Citadel Builds]]>
"The Impetus deal is non-controversial in market terms, although it's possible Federation politicians will have something to say given the connection with the Syndicate and ORE," says Ottilia Casault, the Scope Business Network's senior editor. "However, the InterBus deal has the potential to raise serious questions from InterBus's competitors and at the highest political levels. This is because of InterBus's quasi-governmental status and large presence in the marketplace. I would anticipate some very hard questions being asked about this deal."
While agreeing with this broad analysis, other commentators point out that the agreement makes great financial and practical sense for both Upwell and InterBus. Iesa Murikomo, host of popular Caldari news show This Is The State, said, "You have to analyze this from the point of view of the partners in the deal. InterBus still has a major share of the interstellar transportation market but is even today recovering from its customs offices debacle. Upwell gains access to what remains the most developed and comprehensive personal and contract freight transportation network in New Eden. The mutual benefits are clear and, while private competitors and empire politicians might grumble about it, I don't believe the SCC are at all likely to step in here."
With these developments, despite signs of some concerns at the rapid growth and questionable actions of the conglomerate, the Upwell Consortium seems set to continue on its path for the foreseeable future.]]>
Reports are now beginning to emerge after the removal of a communications blackout that saw the parts of the constellation of Regalia in Outer Ring locked down by Mordu’s Legion Command forces contracted by the Upwell Consortium.
The fortification and lockdown of several systems was put in place for more than twenty four hours after a failed attack on the “Kubera”, ORE’s newest and largest eight billion ton combined ice and ore harvesting and processing platform, which was stationed in the system of AN-G54 at the time of the attack.
Reports indicate that the heavily armed deep space platform was able to defend itself from the attacking fleet for almost thirty minutes and broadcast a distress beacon that alerted Upwell security forces of the situation.
Several sources have confirmed that the Serpentis Corporation fielded a sizeable capital fleet that was met head on by Mordu’s Legion capital vessels in what appears to have been an attempt to make a very public statement against the reacquisition of ORE assets from Serpentis control over the course of the last few months.
Limited telemetry released by the Upwell Consortium appears to show that the Serpentis Corporation escalated the engagement with a second wave of capital ships after the arrival of Mordu’s Legion reinforcements before being beaten into retreat which concluded an engagement that lasted over two hours.
The largest and most sophisticated mobile mining platform ever constructed, the Kubera was launched just a month ago in a quiet ceremony as the new flagship of the Outer Ring Excavations fleet under Upwell control, and was moored in AN-G54 to support Ducia Foundry mining operations in the area.
Outer Ring Excavations has confirmed that the platform, along with two smaller harvesting platforms that were moored in the affected constellation have been moved to an undisclosed location for repairs and rearming.]]>
Initial reports indicate that three joint taskforces of Serpentis Corporation and Guardian Angel vessels staged simultaneous ambushes on heavily armed Ducia Foundry mining convoys in the systems of 3HQC-6, L3-XYO and LGUZ-1, destroying all mining vessels and ancillary hardware after laying waste to their escorts.
Ducia Foundry recently became a member of the newly formed Upwell Consortium, granting the corporation mining and resource gathering rights in the region, and it is believed that the corporation's operations in the area were targeted as a direct response to the removal of Serpentis influence over the region in recent weeks.
The Upwell Consortium has vehemently condemned the attacks in a statement that also confirmed one of the pirate taskforces was pursued and destroyed in the system of 7-692B by a Mordu's Legion security patrol.
Several witnesses of the firefight indicated that the Serpentis Corporation vessels were in full retreat back toward the border with their home region of Fountain when they were set upon by Legion vessels, once again calling into question the Upwell Consortium's use of force, with some critics labelling it as excessive.
When approached by the Scope with questions regarding claims of excessive use of force, Strike Commander Tsuni Aina of Mordu's Legion Command commented that "We [Mordu's Legion Command] have a contracted obligation to provide protection for assets belonging to the Upwell Consortium, and we will continue to do so with every gram of strength our assigned taskforce can muster.
"Mordu's Legion Command prides itself on the skill and tenacity of its pilots on the battlefield, and while losses like today's attack do occur from time to time, our response has and will continue to be of the largest magnitude possible, in order to send a clear message that if the Serpentis Corporation continue to threaten the operations of our client, they will face an enemy the like of which they have never had to deal with in the history of their operations."
While details are still unconfirmed at this stage, it is rumored that Ducia Foundry lost in excess of sixty thousand industrial personnel and hardware to the value of thirty billion kredits in the attack, which also left more than ninety Serpentis Corporation vessels destroyed and an unconfirmed number of their personnel dead.]]>
Chairman Arteu, formerly a major shareholder of ORE, confirmed to the Scope that a number of trusts, investment houses and pension funds of excellent reputation had acquired a large holding in ORE shares over the years since the Serpentis Corporation acquisition of ORE in YC108, and had elected to transfer their positions to the control of the Upwell Consortium board. A number of other independent and private shareholders are reported to have signed a memorandum of understanding confirming their agreement that executive control of ORE should be at the direction of the Upwell board. In this context, the legal position, confirmed by the SCC's ruling on the matter, is that the station assaults are considered to have been operations to seize and place under rightful executive control major corporate assets in the Outer Ring region.
The Serpentis Corporation has announced its intention to protest the seizures and appeal the SCC ruling. The Scope understands that legal opinion is that there is little chance of an appeal being granted to the favor of Serpentis. While the major New Eden powers have expressed disquiet at the manner of the change of control of the ORE stations and associated holdings, there is little sympathy for the Serpentis Corporation among the Big Four. Indeed, the attitude within the political apparatus of the Gallente Federation, the major empire most proximate to Outer Ring, is one of undisguised pleasure at the overall thrust of these developments.
More details on the operations carried out by Upwell's mercenary forces are emerging. It now seems clear that Arkombine troops staged from the Chemal Tech stations in the Outer Ring and may have been massing at those locations under cover of supply runs made by that Upwell member in preceding days. Mordu's Legion forces are believed to have struck via routes from both Cloud Ring and Syndicate, with indications that some Legion forces also used wormholes or cynosural fields to enter staging systems in Outer Ring. The lack of resistance on the ORE stations is believed to be due to large-scale infiltration together with a rather welcoming attitude on the part of long-time ORE employees.
The overall impression given is of an operation that has been long in the planning from both military and financial points of view. Chairman Arteu has publicly thanked Mordu's Legion and Arkombine for "their professionalism and exemplary conduct of these difficult and technically complex asset recovery actions." He went on to say, "The Upwell Consortium board is grateful to now have the opportunity of working with ORE on a sound legal footing, free of the taint of gross criminality, piracy and terrorism that are the marks of the so-called Serpentis Corporation."
Serpentis representatives were unavailable for comment.]]>
YULAI – The newly-formed Upwell Consortium today revealed that it is developing a new line of space stations for the capsuleer market that it is branding as "Citadels". The announced range of Citadels includes offerings aimed at "capsuleer corporations and organizations with operations ranging from the medium scale to those requiring the extra-large capacity used by major Outer Regions powers."
With development understood to be well beyond the concepting and preliminary prototyping stages, the Upwell Consortium has unveiled the branding for each of the three sizes of Citadel structure that it plans to offer as construction blueprints in the first half of YC118. The Citadel size types are named "Astrahus" for the medium-scale offering, "Fortizar" for the Citadel aimed at large and well-developed capsuleer corporations and alliances, and "Keepstar" for the Citadel designed to fulfil the needs of major territorial alliances and coalitions, to include extra-large capacity for docking of ships up to and including Titan-class supercapitals.
The Upwell Consortium anticipates that all sizes of Citadel will be used to some extent by all scales of capsuleer organization able to construct and support them. The novel design features of these stations will include modular internal compartments capable of accommodating a range of service modules and equipment fittings, in order to suit the special needs of the capsuleer groups operating them. While no specifics have been announced, Upwell confirmed that a range of equipment and modules is in parallel development with the Citadel structures themselves.
In related news, reports emerging from the ongoing negotiations between Upwell Consortium and Ducia Foundry suggest that the notorious Arkombine mercenary group has been retained by the partnership for unspecified security tasks. Responding to questions on these reports, Mordu's Legion officials pointed out that they have a considerable ongoing commitment of Legion troops on Caldari Prime and indicated that any contracts with additional private military companies would assist with force flexibility on other tasks. Pressed as to Caldari Prime operations, Mordu's Legion confirmed that under no circumstances would Arkombine mercenaries be deployed for security duties on the planet.]]>
YULAI – A group of leading interstellar corporations, comprising Chemal Tech, Eifyr & Co., Intaki Bank, Mordu's Legion, Ytiri and Zoar & Sons, have announced today a special filing with the Secure Commerce Commission to establish a major space industrial concern named "Upwell Consortium". In their release, the founding members of the Upwell Consortium name Yani Sar Arteu, noted industrialist and former owner of the ORE corporation, as the chairman of the Upwell board.
The Upwell Consortium is being founded as a means to "capitalize on the burgeoning capsuleer space infrastructure market", with initial product offerings to focus on space stations of novel construction in several size ratings, so as to "suit the needs of capsuleer organizations with varying scale and scope of operations".
The formal grouping of a number of corporations from across New Eden in a multinational, interstellar consortium of this nature has not been seen on this scale since the ill-fated Crielere Project. Upwell public relations point out that the Crielere Research Laboratories were a government controlled organization and therefore subject to diplomatic pressures that the private partnership operating Upwell will avoid.
Questioned as to the involvement of Intaki Bank and Mordu's Legion, Upwell were upbeat and emphasized "the enormous confidence in this undertaking expressed by the direct partnership with one of New Eden's leading banks, combined with the tremendous operational security that is the hallmark of Mordu's Legion."
Gallente business commentator Valentin Ortiz of the Luminaire Stocks Watch galnet site said, "We've seen some upwards pressure on the stocks of those corporations that are listed on the Federation Stock Exchange but it's not been a stellar climb. My own feeling is that there is some surprise and caution owing to the players actually involved in the Upwell Consortium."
For their part, Upwell Consortium spokespeople are saying that the grouping is in negotiations with a number of potential partners and that Upwell is aiming at nothing less than domination of the capsuleer infrastructure market.]]>
DAM-TORSAD – Watched by trillions of viewers across the cluster, the second stage of the Imperial Succession Trials concluded today, eliminating four of the Royal Heirs to the Imperial Throne from competition, and setting the stage for a grand finale in early YC118.
While the Imperial Succession Committee remains tight lipped regarding the exact format for the finals of the Succession Trials, it is now known that Lord Darklight, champion for House Tash-Murkon, will face off against Lord Lysus, Champion for house Kor-Azor, after remaining undefeated throughout the trials.
While initially thought to be ruled out of the finals after a shaky start to the trials, the Champion for Lord Aritcio Kor-Azor secured a face off at the finals against House Tash-Murkon after a miraculous comeback that saw victory against the well-established Champion of House Ardishapur.
Victory against House Sarum by Lady Damassys Kadesh, Champion for House Khanid, saw the Champion of Merimeth Sarum, Lady Mitara Newelle eliminated, securing the final for House Kor-Azor.
Still sequestered under the supervision of the Order of St. Tetrimon within the Imperial City of Dam-Torsad, there has been no official response from the six royal heirs. However, sources from within the Imperial Palace have indicated that the six Heirs viewed this weekend's trials together, in good spirit, with only a short break from Lord Aritcio Kor-Azor to attend to personal affairs.
Today's events set the scene for the final of the Amarr Succession Trials, which will take place in the second quarter of YC118 between the Champions of House Kor-Azor and House Tash-Murkon, deciding which of the two remaining Heirs will ascend to the Imperial Throne.]]>
Once again, the eyes of the entire cluster are focused on the Golden City and the battlefield in space on which the six remaining champions will fight to decide wihch two of them will face eachother in the final of the Succession Trials.
As with the first stage of the trials, the Court Chamberlain himself will be present to monitor proceedings on board [CO] Sapience, an Avatar class titan piloted by Cardinal Sourem Itharen, Capsuleer Emissary to the Court Chamberlain.
The six champions of the Royal Houses of Amarr are currently engaged in final preparations before matches begin at 15:00 EVE Standard Time.
All matches will be broadcast live across the cluster via holofeed.]]>
The eyes of the whole cluster are focused on Holy Amarr today, with representatives from the Court Chamberlain presiding over the battlefield on which the Imperial Succession Trials will take place. The Court Chamberlain himself will be present to preside over the trials on board [CO] Sapience, an Avatar class titan piloted by Cardinal Sourem Itharen, Capsuleer Emissary to the Court Chamberlain.
As combat trials begin, the Independent Gaming Commission will be broadcasting the first stages of the Succession Trials live from the battlefield, and the Court Chamberlain will be publishing the results of day one in this GalNET thread.]]>
For House Ardishapur, at the personal selection of Lord Yonis Ardishapur, the Royal Heir-elect is Lord Arim Ardishapur, nephew to the current Royal Heir and long known to be the heir presumptive of the Ardishapur demesne.
For House Kador, as recommended by Lord Uriam Kador and confirmed by the Kador Family Council, the Royal Heir-elect is Lady Hamideh Kador, cousin to the current Royal Heir and leading member of the Family Council.
For House Khanid, at the personal selection of King Garkeh Khanid, the Royal Heir-elect is Duke Farokh Khanid, cousin to His Majesty the King, Duke of Sib and member of the Board of Holders of Khanid Transport.
For House Kor-Azor, as selected by Lord Chancellor Aritcio Kor-Azor and ratified by the Kor-Azor Family Council, Lady Ersilia Kor-Azor, Holder of Nimedaz and House Counsellor to the current Royal Heir.
For House Sarum, as selected by Lord Merimeth Sarum and the Table Paramount of House Sarum, the Lord Marshal Arrach Sarum, Kilizh e Sani, and Admiral of the Imperial Navy Reserve.
For House Tash-Murkon, as recommended by Lady Catiz Tash-Murkon and elected unopposed by the Tash-Murkon Family Council, Lord Tunir Tash-Murkon, First Trade Lord of Tash-Murkon.
Court Chamberlain Pomik Haromi has welcomed the selection of the Royal Heirs-elect, saying, "The future of all Amarr depends on the rightful order of our society, flowing from the Throne of Holy Amarr, through the leadership of our Royal Houses and the noble Holders, to the entirety of the subjects and citizens of the Empire. We can be well-satisfied that our great houses have provided for stable succession as we look forward to the Trials of the Champions."
The Trials of the Champions for the Imperial Succession YC118 are due to begin on Sunday, November 8th, 13:00 New Eden Time with the House Stage rules announced today.]]>