The broadcast, hosted by The Scope Galactic News Network, was set to include a DED press conference with the four scientists who have submitted their findings to the CONCORD Assembly after performing the first confirmed autopsy on the corpse of a drifter.
Doctors Anslo Tetua and Mizhir Starsurge prepared the autopsy report, which is viewable in full here, along with noted capsuleers Kybernetes Moros and Kalo Askold. Their findings have been offered directly to the Directive Enforcement Department, who immediately declassified the documentation with DED Director of Operations Arve Vesren commenting that “given the vast numbers Drifter vessels that appear to be in service, it is best for the dissemination of information relating to their capability to be swift and all inclusive, so that organizations can prepare defense protocols and procedures, if required”.
While the fluid router network in the affected systems of Yulai, Kemerk, Deninard, Arant and Tourier has now been brought back online, a Drifter vessel is still reported to be patrolling the space in the area.
It is believed that this report constitutes the first factual analysis of Drifter genetics and physiology, leading to many more questions than answers, and prompting the DED to hand the report to the Inner Circle for further discussion over the course of the weekend.]]>
Thera If any one pilot could be said to be ‘winning’ the Fountain conflict, it would have to be Thera-based Nbonga, who has racked up 655 mostly-solo kills in March with only 25 losses. According to EVE-Kill, an enemy has a 3.45% chance of survival against his solo Sabre, and he has an efficiency rating of 97.66%.
Taking advantage of intelligence, Nbonga is often able to find the best places to wait in ambush – high-traffic stargates in low-or null-sec systems, where he can expect large numbers of people to be passing through. This time, he took advantage of knowledge that the N3 Coalition was deploying near Fountain for a conflict with CFC.
“From past experience I know that warzones are the best places to camp because if there’s a big fight going on between coalitions everyone wants to be part of it and I can catch the stragglers making their way to the fight,” Nbonga said. “When people hear that there is a big and amazing fight going on they usually tend to forget what dangers there could be around and have this pipe dream about being part of a fight. They end up dying in a fire before reaching their destination.”
Nbonga attributes his success to constant practice.
“Practice makes perfect but one is never ready. You can always do something better,” he said. “I’ve flown Sabre Solo for two years and I’m still making huge mistakes from time to time.”
His inspiration, he says, was solo Sabre pilot Mark Hadden, who inspired him by example to branch out from large battles to the solo tactics he is currently employing. Another great help to him is the ‘bringing solo back’ communications channel for solo pilots, where he is always sure of finding a supportive group, and the small wormhole corporation Kossu and Keppana Inc.
“They took me as one of their own when I was just starting out and showed me the ropes. I’m not a member at the moment but I still talk to them daily and I feel that we have a mutual respect toward each other.”
“I like flying interdictors because with bubbles I can catch almost everything,” he said of his Sabre.
He is currently based in the newly rediscovered wormhole system Thera.
“Personally I live in Thera and I think Thera is a great place if you want to fight solo or in small gangs. You’re able to move across New Eden within seconds, and if one region is quiet you can switch to another quickly. I think most of the best fighters in New Eden are living in Thera just because of that.”
Nbonga's Eve-Kill profile
A basic guide to solo Sabres]]>
The vessel, a Rhea class jump freighter now sporting the proper CISC (CONCORD Identification Serial Code) and callsign "[SPC] Seeadler" was officially signed over this morning after being seized by the Caldari Navy on April 3rd when it aroused suspicion in Tartoken.
The vessel was brought to the attention of a Caldari Navy Customs patrol while disguised as the Wiyrkomi corporation vessel [WC] Otago, when its CISC transponder began to malfunction after a jump through a cynosural field, alternating between the identity codes for the Seeadler and the Otago while still wearing the hull colors and markings of the Wiyrkomi Corporation.
Wiyrkomi were swift to deny any involvement in the incident, providing confirmation that the real [WC] Otago was located in gravdock at their factory in orbit of Dantumi IV - Moon 12 undergoing repairs, after being damaged in an attack by the Serpentis Corporation two days previously. These claims were confirmed when it was revealed that the Seeadler was fitted with a sophisticated camouflage system, allowing it to mimic the identity and markings of other vessels of the same hull design, after the system malfunctioned in gravdock during a search of its hold.
The Caldari Navy have indicated that the search of the Seeadler's cargohold revealed in excess of 385,000 cubic meters of semi-processed narcotics disguised in containers labelled as industrial chemicals. The cargo, which was apparently backed up with highly sophisticated false cargo manifests, was estimated to have a total market value in excess of 65,000,000,000 Kredits. A Caldari Navy spokesman has since confirmed that the illicit cargo has been destroyed.
At this time, the vessel has been handed to Propel Dynamics for full stripdown and analysis of its camouflage system. When contacted for comment regarding the capability of the Seeadler, Propel Dynamics remained tight lipped regarding any results thus far.
The Serpentis Corporation has also remained silent regarding the seizure of the vessel and its cargo.]]>
In an effort to bring you more information about your friends and neighbors, as well as enemies and rivals, we introduce the first of our semi-regular "Corporation Spotlight" series.
Our first target in the spotlight is the corporation “Es and Whizz” of “Hedonistic Imperative” [RELAX] who on the 5th of this month celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The corporation evolved from a humble smuggling operation moving illegal goods within the empires to a full blown manufacturing concern providing an end-to-end illegal products solution.
For the entire month there will be celebrations including (but not limited to);
For further information on the celebrations contact Zam Zumah and Ni-Zha, "The Commisar of Truth."
To have your Corporation highlighted in this new segment contact ISD Jarrett Pelley with your celebrations and events.]]>
New Eden - Since the initial drifter threat was identified over a month ago, new information has been discovered about this mysterious menace - but their origin and motivations still remain a mystery.
It has been discovered that CONCORD is now able to obtain some information in the form of kill reports - but as the drifters are not traditional capsuleers, there is still much information missing in these reports.
One additional positive discovery is that the drifters appear to not be able to pierce current cloaking technology.
In a troubling development, the Drifters may be adapting to capsuleer engagements. Seemingly in answer to Ciniel's Cerberus method of attack (Ciniel has killed about 55 drifters), the Tyrannos' superweapon can now reach out to approximately 400km, previously they were unable to effectively target and fire their weapons over 200km. The Drifters have also increased their ECM resistance significantly – reports are coming in that Drifter ships are no longer susceptible to ECM systems.
Participants in The Arek’Jaalan Project, who have been engaging the Drifters with some success, have made several comments on the Drifter threat; "They pose a critical threat to any vessel, including capsules, that garner their attention," said Uriel Paradisi Anteovnuecci. "They are quite dangerous if you attack them. But if you do not, they just leave you alone," noted Gaia Ma'chello.
Image by researcher Gaia Ma'chello showing seekers appearing to attack the Jovian Observatory.
Trii Seo had a bit more to say; "They appear to be equipped with the same security probe as the Seeker, uncertain as to usage. High damage output, low buffer and no repair capacity. High speed, good range control. Reported as immune to warp scramblers due to unknown propulsion module. Intentions unknown, although not aggressive when not bothered."
Capuleer Audomaro of SeaFalcon puts it all in nutshell; "Avoid engagement at all costs."]]>
Catch - Infamous for being one of the bloodiest and most heated regions in all of 0.0 security space and neighbor to Immensea, home to B-R5RB, site of one of the largest battle in New Eden’s history, the citizens of Catch are no strangers to war.
For about a year, the HERO coalition has occupied Catch and has suffered constant invasions from every side. Since their occupation of GE-8JV it has become one of the deadliest system in the Cluster with ship deaths numbering in the hundreds on a slow day. Unbeknownst to HERO, however, the chaotic clamour of their system was about to fall dreadfully silent.
For months, Pandemic Legion had been constantly harassing the Hopefully Effective Rookie Organization by attacking key points of their sovereignty, forcing the coalition to respond. Despite the constant attacks, PL assured HERO that they were not there for their sov, and that they were simply there for “good fights”. Heavy criticism of PL from HERO began when Pandemic Legion began dropping ships that vastly outgunned the swarms of rookie pilots, including the infamous Tempest Fleet Issue and several fleets worth of Super Capitals and Titans. “We use things to our advantage (better ships)” said Ron Mexxico, the Campaign Leader for Pandemic Legion in Catch; “They use numbers...a lot of the time we were fighting like 700+ people with maybe 100 man fleet”. But HERO morale dropped rapidly when time and time again HERO was hard countered with supers and ships that simply outclassed them, piloted by capsuleers far more skilled. Assured that nothing would come of their sov, HERO began either outright ignoring or letting objectives fall. Arik Alabel, the now ex-Military Director of the HERO coalition stated “Line members [were] tired of forming to fight a fleet comp that is next to impossible for them to ‘win’ [against].”
Growing more and more impatient at the new passiveness of HERO leadership, Pandemic Legion gave HERO an ultimatum; fight or die. The GE-8JV outpost was put into reinforcement, and HERO quickly evacuated every asset out to HED-GP while under heavy fire from PL Supercarriers and harassment fleets on their undock. Less than a week after the loss of GE-8JV, the HED-GP Infrastructure Hub fell with the outpost being taken by PL the following day. After a year of being the most active, dangerous and bloody region in the Cluster, Catch suddenly fell silent as Pandemic Legion left destruction in it's wake. “We wanted to harden them up and bring them around with us” Mexxico continues “but they fell apart in our hands...they don't have any direction” With HED-GP’s outpost final reinforcement still ticking down, HERO sounded the retreat, and left Catch entirely after two days of non stop "hell camps" from PL.
Arik Alabel said, “I would call Catch a... wonderful experiment I think it was an incredible showing of force of new [pilots] and proved that sov null wasn't reserved just for renters and massive power blocs... it forced BRAVE especially to grow and adjust quickly as doctrines no longer were viable in the new space, FC's weren't accustomed to the 'strat op' fleets.”
HERO has completely evacuated Catch, leaving everything they couldn’t escape with. PL is burning the final bits and is handing it out to the highest bidder, including the wormhole superpower Hard Knocks Inc. HERO has deployed to Aridia to follow the ongoing Delve/Fountain conflict.]]>
News of the research has been met with varying responses from across the cluster, with a spokeswoman for the Lai Dai Corporation offering assistance through their Imperial partners at Carthum Conglomerate, and the Ishukone Corporation openly advising caution “in respect to the unknown nature and potential instability of the salvaged hardware”.
In the Federation, Gasschies Ordt, Chief Researcher for CreoDRON, openly criticized the move when questioned by The Scope, saying “their business is in the construction and distribution of offensive hardware, and attempting to weaponize a cutting-edge technology that is barely understood by even the most brilliant scientific minds in the cluster should not be taken lightly. Imperial Armaments should be extremely careful with this technology”.
Meanwhile, reception to the announcement within the Republic has been hostile on most fronts with Widolden Akfi, Chief of Security for Boundless Creation responding to questioning with more questions than answers, saying “another piece of technology that the Empire seeks to turn on the Matari people? Most likely. The development of this technology needs to be heavily regulated by the Directive Enforcement Department, and I will be speaking with Director Vesren, along with tribal leaders in the coming days so that we may bring our concerns to the attention of the Inner Circle.”
At this stage Imperial Armaments has not divulged details of their research or how the technology will be applied, however the corporation has defended itself against claims that the primary focus of reverse engineering is weaponization, categorically denying that this is the objective at the current stage of research.]]>
Genesis - Moon mining, the process of extracting the minerals of a nearby moon, is one of the most lucrative and profitable operations an aspiring corporation or alliance can attempt. The minerals extracted from these moons have a great variety of industrial uses and require one to place a tower in a moon's orbit in order to extract this resource. With so many requirements, moon minerals have become very valuable on the market but none are as valuable as the extremely rare minerals known as "R64s".
Approximately four months ago, the Bleak Horizon Alliance discovered the second moon orbiting Hesarid IV, a moon rich in the mineral Prometheum. Promethium is a rare compound used in the production of Tech 2 ships and modules. The precious moon was discovered by BHA shortly after they moved into the area, though at the time they deemed themselves too weak to attempt to take the moon for themselves. Eventually feeling confident enough in themselves, the band of relatively rookie pilots decided to try and take the moon. Though a defence fleet of the previous occupant attempted to enter the system by way of cynosural field, BHA was able to kill the generator before much of a threat made its way through. The next four months of this tower's life would be arduous and bloody.
Though deployed to the Catch region to assist their allies in the HERO coalition, BHA would find themselves working their way back to Hesarid almost weekly to defend the tower. 'The BHAstion', as the tower was named contributed a large percentage of resources to the alliance's Ship Replacement Program and allowed many new pilots within the organization to pilot ships they could not otherwise afford to lose.
Naturally, local pirates took an interest in the holding. Psychotic Tendencies. (TISHU) in particular set their sights on the BHAstion. At the first attempt to take the tower, the BHA requested help from Shadow Cartel, a deadly band of pirates from the Essence region, who came through a wormhole in a Strategic Cruiser fleet and put a stop to the siege. About a week later, TISHU returned to the BHAstion and put it into reinforced mode. Finding the R64 to be far too much to handle, BHA decided they would let the tower fall. However, as a final act of defiance they announced and invited everyone who wanted a shot at the moon to come and take it. Though there was concern that many major power blocks would show up to the fight, only the Brave Collective, Bombers Bar and Spectre fleet made an appearance.
"This shows that even the little guys in New Eden with no real experience can take a slice of the pie" Said the CEO of Bleak Horizon "this POS will be missed not for the ISK, but for the chances it has given us...I just hope this moon one day helps out a fledgling alliance like ours."
Despite a valiant defense, the BHAstion would finally fall to Psychotic Tendencies, who conquered and claimed the moon as their own.]]>
Las Vegas – Walking into any room where a significant number of capsuleers have gathered is always interesting. Typically, the room darkens slightly, no matter how brightly lit the area is as the color of attire is predominantly grey and black. The second noticeable fact is that they are often loud. Laughing, cheering and jeering drowns out most other sounds. I know it is a generalization, but it seems that they love to be heard, if not necessarily seen. On one particular occasion, upon entering a large room something different caught my eye. In the sea of darkness that sprawled out before me, a lone table was ringed with red. Much like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to find out who these pilots were.
Basgerin Pirate [BP]. Low-Security space pirates. Unlike pilots who travel between high-sec and null-sec, or the uncharted regions of wormhole space, these pilots have made a commitment to never live in high-security space again. While CONCORD does not police low security space, there are consequences to every action. As a pilots’ security status is lowered by criminal acts, their ability to spend any length of time in high security space is lost.
In speaking with Rezell, the CEO of Basgerin Pirate, this is a big deal to some pilots. In fact, it is one of the major reasons pilots leave the corporation, “Involuntary attrition encompasses those who cannot [will not] endure flying with a -5.0 or less security status, or those who develop sympathy for our victims.”
As opposed to declaring war where there are defined targets, pirate groups tend to prey on targets of opportunity. They are nomadic, and will camp various gates in many systems waiting for their prey. To put this in perspective: A victim who is outnumbered always screams “Blob”. A victim who loses a ship in a mission, or travelling with an industrial always cries foul, “Sure! You won’t fight me in my combat ship!” Survival says that you kill when and what you can, and know enough to steer clear when the terms of engagement are uncertain.
As Demeter Corinth, one of the BP leaders, explains, “Understanding that most pilots will run when faced with a fight or flight situation, we must be very ‘sure’ about a target before we engage.” He continues, “Certain that we can lock it down and that it is not bait for a much larger entity.”
BP is not a larger corporation by any means, with a member base of 25 or so pilots. What they lack in numbers, they make up for in quality of pilot, teamwork, and decision making. Patience, scouting, and knowing your targets all come into play to make a successful life.
Demeter Corinth also explains that the common myth is that fewer members means less income, when in actuality it allows for a better distribution of acquired wealth. “Low-sec income is a large turnoff during recruitment.” Adds Eto Tekai. Income for pirate groups tends to be feast or famine, and many who live in high-sec supplement their income by running missions for agents of the mega-corps, which can be very lucrative. This is not an option for those who choose a pirate’s life. ISK can sometimes be as elusive as trust in New Eden.
“I think we are the only [true] pirates in [New Eden].” Rezell claims. When I asked further about this, he explained, “All other crews we have met are all about blue [standings] with anyone who can take them.” BP takes the position that they will not make ‘alliances’ or ‘coalitions’ with any other groups, making them truly a solo pirate corporation. Corinth adds to this, “There are those who claim to be solo pirate corps, but they will blue as needed to prevent ship loss.” He further emphasizes, “Making friends with pirates is like making friends with a piranha. Sooner or later, it will turn around and bite you. It’s not pessimism, its pragmatism.”
Agree or not, BP has been successful. Halfway through March, they were sitting at over 150 kills against 6 losses. Most of these have been in Seyllin, Essence. This system is the site of the shattered Seyllin I planet, and draws a bit of traffic from its high security space entrance. “It’s all about taking our targets”, Rezell concludes, “we care nothing for ISK or [killboards] any more.”]]>
By ISD Caiden S’or and ISD Lunaire Elois
Seyllin, Essence – On this fourth anniversary of the catastrophe which befell Seyllin I, ending countless lives on the planet and heralding the advent of seemingly random-appearing wormholes in known-space, the Seyllin Conference wrapped up its 4th annual event last weekend.
Since the first conference was held, the goal has been to evaluate what has been learned and share this knowledge with the rest of New Eden. The conference was headed up by newcomer Jennifer Starfall of Repracor Industries [RPCIN]. Her appearance on the scene has helped to jumpstart the activity behind the conference to bring the event to fruition this year. With her was a long time contributor, Morwen Lagann of Tyrathlion Interstellar [TYRIN], member of the Rote Kapell alliance. Lagann was with the Synenose Accord during the first Seyllin Conference. This year’s event was well attended and was broken up into lectures and Q&A sessions over a two day period.
The conference opened with an overview of the possible origins of the Sleepers and more recent evidence of conflicts between what appears to be several ancient races. There was much speculation about the origins of these races and how they may have affected the development of New Eden. Theories abounded about their presence among us now, and the threats that they pose to our way of life. Reinheart Novan of Societas Imperialis Sceptri Coronaeque [SFRIM] delivered this lecture and fielded many question regarding the subject. He was followed by Saede Riordan of Alexylva Paradox [ALXVP], who gave an overview on the known mechanics of the wormholes themselves.
Day One wrapped up with a disturbing lecture about the creation of wormholes. Kithrus of Tzedakah [TZED] in Aegis Militia Alliance, explained that although [he believes] it is commonly accepted that wormholes are a randomly occurring phenomena, new theories speculate that wormholes are being intentionally created. Kithrus asserts that the tragedy which has brought some of the brightest minds in New Eden together to work through these issues was no accident at all. Could Seyllin I have merely been a victim of circumstance as some alien cynosural-like field ripped it apart? These questions and more are being constantly researched and deliberated upon by conference participants.
Day Two opened with a lecture that built upon the ideas presented the day before. In his lecture, Ninavask from The Synenose Accord [SYNE] presented an abundance of capsuleer evidence and theories from which much can be inferred, though little actually proven. He states “These theories make it clear that there has been some evidence, however limited, in the past that some unknown entities have been taking an interest in the Empires. Be it Capsuleers or otherwise.” This brings us to the latest threat to New Eden since the Sleepers; the Drifters.
Drifter battleship-class vessels have been entering known space, and are equipped with a new super-weapon which appears to be very powerful, some say on a par with a Doomsday device. By some accounts, a single volley from this weapon killed a Vindicator-class battleship. Frenjo Borkstar of Lost Valkyries [FLOST] touched on these Drifters in his lecture, while they were covered in more detail by a capsuleer from the School of Applied Knowledge, Lisa Ouyano. Ms. Ouyano gave some very helpful information that many should heed before approaching these Drifters. She highlights that little is known about what triggers their aggression. What is known, is that when they are located near a wormhole, proximity to that wormhole appears to be (in all cases so far) a trigger. Some have recorded the “magic number” out to 50km from the wormhole. However, approaching their ships outside of the wormhole zone do not necessarily cause aggression. She states, “Physical proximity to the Drifters themselves does not seem to be a trigger, I spent several nights bumping them back and forth.” She continues, “On the other hand, I got a Caracal within 50 km of one of their wormholes, and they aggressed.” Other theories were talked about regarding the appearance of the Drifters, speculation of their origin, and interaction between Sleepers, Drifters, and Sansha’s Nation. While many feel that they are somehow linked, it is not known how.
There is much that we do not know about these beings, but capsuleers have gained some knowledge and made many advances through investigation and exploitation of sites that have been found in wormholes. It seems that every time something new is learned, however, it leads to more questions. There are few cold, hard facts about the mysterious appearance of the Sleepers, and now Drifters. More is being discovered all the time due to the tireless efforts and diligence of those involved with this and many lesser known conferences and gatherings. For a more detailed look at the lectures and discussions covered, transcripts of the Seyllin Conference 4 are available.
Transcripts of Fourth Seyllin Conference]]>
Impass - In the outlying regions of 0.0 capsuleers make a hobby of obtaining and flying the most valuable or 'shiny' ships they can possibly find. Among the vast archives of possible targets these pirates search for, none is more shiny then the Revenant-class Supercarrier, designed by Sansha's Nation to lead major incursions into Empire space. Before now it is believed that only two Capsuleer-piloted Revenants have ever been destroyed, until the recent loss of Ingeneer’s Revenant in Impass.
Ingeneer, the capsuleer piloting the Revenant, had an associate positioned on a Wormhole leading to Thera as bait for the battle-hungry wormhole residents. When the would-be marauders arrived on the other side expecting a simple Archon and a support fleet at best, they received a face full of assigned Einherji's. Normally this would mean that more than one carrier was in system assigning to the Archon, but while reviewing the killboards for that day, members of Pandemic Legion noticed that there was a Revenant appearing on a number of kills in one system. Over the course of the next two months they began planning the destruction of this rarest of motherships.
While scanning out a chain of Wormhole systems, a Pandemic Legion scout discovered the system the Revenant had been in. A few PL scouts spread out around the system, where they discovered the Archon sitting off a wormhole, but could not pin down the Revenant until a scout positioned on top of one of the towers in system saw the Revenant decloak and enter warp. Expecting the Revenant to return, PL began to theorize exactly what they would need to destroy the Supercarrier before it escaped.
While the Fleet Commanders went to work discussing the tactics of the trap, the fleet members mobilized Heavy Interdiction Cruisers, Interdictors and even Titans.
"We were timing this down to the milliseconds." stated CaptainNighthawk, a capsuleer piloting a Ragnarok-class Titan. "We had titans ready, fit for max locking."
Approximately half an hour after the Revenant’s partner Archon arrived, the call went out that the Revenant had returned from deadspace and was in warp back to its position outside the tower. While the Revenant was still in warp, PL called for their Heavy Interdiction Cruisers to return from deadspace as well. Cynosural fields went up where the Revenant would land and the Titans began to appear in the system, Doomsdays already warming up.
It took a mere 2 doomsday weapons to destroy the Revenant, which was fit entirely for damage output with its tank still in the cargo.
penifSMASH, the coordinator of this operation says "It was a great team effort. Everyone did their part perfectly, and im glad i had fellow nerds who were willing to stay up through the night waiting for him to [wake up]." The members of Pandemic Legion and Sniggwaffe who took part in what they called "Operation Mondodweeb" will be the capsuleers known to have destroyed the third recorded capsuleer piloted Revenant in New Eden's history to date.
Ingeneer, the Revenant pilot, told the IC he had a few beers and moved on from the loss.
“Respect to Pandemic Legion,” he said, “Good job!”]]>
ISSERAS – The Scope has confirmed in the last hour that prominent Caldari neuropsychological scientist Hilen Tukoss has been stripped of his Zainou Biotech corporate citizenship by parent corporation Ishukone.
Famed for his high profile defection to Eifyr & Co in August YC113, Tukoss made further waves by announcing the formation of the Arek'Jaalan Project shortly after his arrival in the Minmatar Republic, with the goal of establishing a research committee that would study, document and archive data on wormhole space and Sleeper technology. Heavily critical of Zainou Biotech’s focus on ‘applied science’, Tukoss was warmly welcomed into the Eram offices of Eifyr & Co, with many in the State calling for sanctions against the Matari corporation for harboring a fugitive.
While Ishukone and Zainou Biotech resisted demands from the former provist government to strip his citizenship and brand Tukoss an outlaw for a number of years, it seems that his sudden disappearance, then apparent resurfacing on the Intergalactic Summit over three years later has proved to be a cause for concern for both Zainou Biotech and its parent. The move to strip his corporate citizenship effectively makes Tukoss a “citizen of nowhere”, with no valid form of official identification and no official human rights.
Despite the publication of stories across both State and Republic media outlets, the Ishukone Corporation and Zainou Boitech have declined to comment further on the situation, with Eifyr & Co still maintaining that they have had no form of contact with Tukoss since his sudden disappearance several years ago.]]>
Lead by Head Senator Andon Gardieu and observed by the entire Senate, along with Broyal Alserette, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, President Roden re-affirmed his commitment to the office of President with the traditional Oath of Affirmation which was broadcast to an estimated 9 trillion across the Federation.
Flanked by Mentas Blaque, Director of the Black Eagles and Gilles Ranchel, head of the Senate Domestic Security Council, President Roden repeated Senator Gardieu’s words with his right hand placed on the Senate’s leather bound copy of the Federal Constitution to complete the ceremony, as she read the Oath of Affirmation to him:
“I, Jacus Roden, do solemnly swear before the Federal Senate and Federal Supreme Court, that I will faithfully and honorably execute the office of President of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime, and will, to the best of my ability, ensure that my actions in office protect, preserve and defend the values and principles of the people, as laid out in the Constitution of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime.”
Immediately after the ceremony, President Roden spoke with press to offer his thanks to the Gallente people for their support, before being quizzed on his administration’s security policies following the appearance of unidentified vessels and structures within Federal borders, confirming that “the Federal Intelligence Office and Federation Navy are in the midst of a joint investigation, with information from Tripwire Command. Until we have further data, the Federation Navy will remain in a state of high alert.”]]>
The Scope has learned that security efforts aboard the station have been heightened due to recent events, with extra cordons in place and the denial of access by press to the Senate chamber until Thursday, while preparation for the ceremony is underway.
In addition to security forces this morning, a Megathron Federate issue bearing the seal of the President of the Gallente Federation and a Senate call sign was seen arriving unannounced under a combined Federation Navy and Directive Enforcement Department escort shortly after noon today, which would indicate that President Roden has arrived in Villore and will remain until after the ceremony on Thursday.
With preparation now in full swing for Thursday’s ceremony, the Roden administration has already come under criticism regarding Federal security after the uncloaking of unidentified structures within Federal borders, and several breaches of the Tripwire border control system by the vessels accompanying them.
It is expected that the Federation Navy will remain on high alert until the ceremony is concluded and President Roden is re-inaugurated for his second term.]]>
Wormhole space continues to offer riches and dangers to capsuleers new and old. It is not uncommon for squabbles over these lucrative pockets to break out, and one such fight seems to be brewing between Hard Knocks Inc. (HK) and No Holes Barred (NOHO).
Wormhole space, or w-space, as it is known to many is largely unknown to many capsuleers. However there are large numbers of pilots who flock to the uncharted systems in search of wealth and fortune. Within the secluded systems ruled by ship-affecting anamolies and strange and powerful inhabitants, brave pilots look to seek out and bring back the technology found in the 'Sleeper' wrecks and abandoned stations. Many Corporations and even Alliances have made these systems their homes, taking control of these systems through force. This control can make some systems safer and some more dangerous to pilots passing through as they look to explore or find the wealth that lies within these systems.
The conflict between Hard Knocks and No Holes Barred has been going on for quite some time, but aggression has stepped up recently when Hard Knocks created an alliance dedicated to utilizing high class wormhole space for the purpose of making ISK salvaging sleeper wreckage. The members of this alliance are all close associates of HK members, and it is claimed that no rents are charged. The presumed transgression happened as Hard Knocks decided that they would have a bit of fun when designing their Alliance and made it out to look like a mock-renter empire, something which is greatly frowned upon in wormhole space
No Holes Barred took notice of their operations and has begun reinforcing and destroying towers belonging to Hard Knocks Citizens. Noobman, Director of Operations for Hard Knocks has stated that this is all because NOHO believes that Hard Knocks Citizens is a 'renter empire' and is therefore causing wormhole space to become less combative amongst capsuleer inhabitants.
When asked if HK's mock renter empire mattered to NOH0, the Head Diplomat of No Holes Barred stated simply "Not at all". The diplomat continues, "NOHO has no real beef with HK though, we just like our C6 systems to be filled with more [combat oriented pilots]." This, however, has not stopped growing concerns from the side of Hard Knocks, who has already lost several systems of which were their main means of income According to Noobman, a coalition has begun to form against HK consisting of several capsuleer corporations which all reside within Class 6 Wormhole space. This coalition, according to Noobman includes; NOHO, Exit Strategy, Dropbears Anonymous, The Dark Space Initiative and, The Last Chancers.
While this conflict is ongoing, it would seem to be natural that these conflicts would arise where power-blocks collide. The unwary traveler could very easily find themselves in space where the Sleepers are the least of their worries.]]>
As well as briefly outlining the SOE's conclusions regarding W477-P and the cataclysmic destruction in Thera, the statement asserted 'the Sisters of EVE organization is co-operating closely with CONCORD, particularly in the light of the emergence of new and as yet poorly understood threats such as the so-called "Drifters" and the apparently Jove structures that have appeared across New Eden'. Requests for further clarification of the SOE statement's contents have been refused.]]>
In the last few days there have been surprise decloakings of unidentified structures throughout New Eden. Along with the uncloaking of these structures there has been a sudden appearance of wormholes in some systems, with sleeper structures near the Unidentified Wormhole. But more importantly, there have been sightings of a new hostile force known as “The Drifters”. This new force wields terrible power but is not undefeatable as several brave capsuleers and their crews have now proven.
The recent loss of a carrier to a Drifter battleship has been circulating Capsuleer channels with many worried that this could spell the destruction of many regions of New Eden where capital and supercapital ships cannot enter for defense.
On February 17th a fleet warped onto a Drifter battleship, engaged and successfully destroyed it by “putting a lot of ECM on the Drifter battleship before shooting it” in the words of one pilot. Capsuleer Freelancer117 pointed out his main reason for joining the fleet was that he “was afraid his normal business in empire space was about to be disrupted again. Like Sansha Kuvakai had a few years ago.”
According to several capsuleers involved, confirmation of the kill by CONCORD was never received, sparking rumors and talks of a conspiracy.
Dr. Frenjo Borkstar mentioned that in an earlier engagement, his peaceful hails were ignored. The only reply was an unprovoked attack; he barely escaped after 5 volleys from the Drifter while he was attempting to warp out. He escaped with only 35% structural integrity.
In a prepared statement, Dr. Borkstar provided some more information; “At first, we managed to reduce the vessel's 'double shield' layer to standard shielding, but then, we were greeted with a far superior weapon There is no official name known for this, but we have named it 'Lux Destructum', or 'The Destroying Light', it is comparable to a modernday Titan's Doomsday Device, albeit battleship sized. A Hyperion battleship was destroyed in one volley from this weapon.”
It is important to note that the destruction of this new foe required significant firepower and coordination, with many brave souls putting the lives of their ships crew on the line in an attempt to combat this new threat, putting down their distrust and in some cases hatred of each other.]]>
In the course of the last 24 hours, the fleets of New Eden's big four powers have been at varying states of alert and readiness. From the Caldari State, the Scope has received reports of megacorporation security fleets mobilizing across Caldari regions, with the Caldari Navy taking up positions along the borders with the Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic. Within the Gallente Federation, movements of Federation Navy ships have been observed, and there have been several reports that the Federation Intelligence Office has launched large numbers of surveillance drones across Gallente territory at the express order of President Jacus Roden.
By contrast, levels of fleet activity within the Minmatar Republic are apparently low, with a noticeable increase in the state of readiness of Republic Fleet forces but little overt action. The Amarr Empire's response to the emergence of the so-called 'Drifters' and the uncloaking of so many large structures within their territory has been muted. Imperial Navy and House fleets have been patrolling the Empire in significant numbers since the accession to the throne of Empress Jamyl Sarum, and the main change observed yesterday was the launch of several squadrons of the Imperial Navy's 1st Throne Worlds Fleet.
The most prominent activity and engagement with the Drifters seen in the last 24 hours has involved independent capsuleers, who have quickly moved to investigate the newly visible structures and the mysterious vessels that have appeared in proximity to many of them. Capsuleer pilots have reported significant wormhole activity associated with the Drifter vessels and have pointed out a clear link to both the Sleepers and the Jove race. While pointing out these aspects of the Drifters, capsuleers have carried a variety of experiments to test the limits of these entities. One pilot, Katsu Kho, has even established that the Drifters will use deadly force against the low-energy Zephyr-class exploration ship. As Sleepers are well-known to ignore these ships the implications of this behavior are troubling.]]>
Speaking from DED Headquarters, Vesren urged the press to remain calm as she explained that the entirety of the DED’s active fleet have been “placed on high alert as a precautionary measure, designed to improve response times in the event of incidents relating to newly appeared entities across the cluster.”
Continuing with her address to the assembled interstellar press, she explained that “while the structures that appear to have uncloaked are of unknown construction and are on a scale never before seen, they appear to be benign in nature, and at this point pose no active threat.” She did however continue by stating that “the vessels accompanying these structures do appear to be heavily armed with weapons of unknown capability, and may respond aggressively if threatened or disturbed in any way.”
Initial reports suggest that capsuleers across the cluster have already begun attempting to establish contact with the newly appeared vessels. One report has even indicated that the mysterious new threats are fully capable of destroying capital ships piloted by capsuleers.]]>
The issue of the decoration comes after the 24th Imperial Crusade succeeded in the capture of all contested systems between the Empire and Republic, which occurred on December 15, YC116 when the last Tribal Liberation Force stronghold fell in the conflict zone.
Speaking from the Royal Shipyard aboard Imperial Navy Headquarters, where the keels of vessels destined to become “Imperial Issue” designated hulls are laid down and blessed by the Empress herself, Grand Admiral Sundara noted that the 24th Imperial Crusade had “led us forward in victory over those who deny our might” and that the decoration, titled the Righteous Cross, has been awarded “for completing the Reclaiming of the entirety of the contested interstellar territories between the Empire and Republic”.
Admiral Sundara continued by thanking the 24th Imperial Crusade for their “service to God and Empire under the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act”, before joining Pomik Haromi, Court Chamberlain for the Amarr Empire during a ceremony to bless and name the keel of an Abaddon-class Imperial Issue battleship that has been given the call sign TES Righteous Cross, as a tribute to the efforts of the 24th Imperial Crusade. The vessel is expected to be ready for service trials in 30 days.
Rumors continue to circulate among the media relating to the wellbeing of Empress Jamyl I, after her abstinence from public appearances since September YC116, with Chamberlain Haromi attending public events in her absence. The long delay in the issue of this decoration, along with its presentation by Grand Admiral Sundara rather than the head of state, as is traditional in the Empire, has left a number of media outlets speculating on the Empress’ whereabouts and wellbeing.]]>