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.]]>
It is believed that the attacks began in Kamela, with its third and eighth planet assaulted simultaneously and a number of religious sites desecrated during heavy fighting between local Imperial ground forces and a large contingent of Blood Raiders assault troops. The highest profile of these attacks was on Kamela III, where the family crypt of the planet’s holder was razed and the adjoining cathedral’s chancel and altar became an execution site for more than a hundred local clergy members.
After Imperial reinforcements arrived several hours ago to mount a defensive assault and assess the situation, it is believed that almost four thousand more local residents of the area are reported missing, having been seized by Blood Raider Forces.
In the hours after the attacks in Kamela, further details of a large scale assault on Huola VII, as well as assaults on several orbital facilities in Sosala and Anka have been reported with a further two thousand confirmed missing.
The Amarr Navy and Ministry Of Internal Order released a joint statement a little over an hour ago, confirming that a task force from the famed “Saracens” 7th Fleet has been deployed to the two constellations in order to re-secure the area.]]>
The Imperial Succession Committee's statement has made it clear that the ritual will be carried out only after the final victory of a Royal Heir's Champion, this being the actual moment when the "final will of the Divine makes itself known". As the schedule of the Trials of the Champions stretches over some months, with several of the Royal Heirs eliminated from the running before the end of YC117, the Succession Committee has announced that the Royal Heirs will be sequestered once the Trials begin.
In light of this, the Order of St. Tetrimon has been designated as responsible for ensuring the security of the sequestration, playing a key role in maintaining the "integrity of the succession". The Tetrimon Order has been in exile in the Khanid Kingdom for many years and the announcement was accompanied by a joint order of the Privy and Theology Councils lifting the "edict of suppression" that has been in force since YC108.
Following the announcement, Court Chamberlain Pomik Haromi called on the Royal Houses to "provide for their own successions and nominate their Royal Heirs-elect as swiftly as is possible."
[OOC] Read the chronicle Testament for background related to this Game World News.]]>
Previously styled as Lord Councillor Garkeh Khanid, for purposes of the Amarr Privy Council and Imperial Court, the sovereign of the Khanid Kingdom will now take the title Royal Heir, and the Khanid Family is restored as a Royal House of the Amarr Empire in the fullest sense. While imperial officials are remaining tight-lipped as to the reasoning, the decision has been ratified by Orders in Privy Council and a Decree to the Faithful from the Theology Council. The Court Chamberlain is believed to have assented on behalf of the Throne, a procedure that is reported to have been agreed to only after a conclave of the closed Privy Council attended by High Chaplain Kalefa Sufrin an-Kador of the Emperor Family.
Besides serving as a public confirmation of Garkeh Khanid's restoration to the status of Royal Heir, the Succession Committee's announcement sets out the basic framework by which the Championship Trials of the Imperial Succession will proceed. Each Royal Heir will select candidate champions, who will assemble teams of retainers and in the course of the Championship Trials establish their right to fight as personal champions on behalf of their respective Royal Heirs. Following this, there will be a series of combats to establish the final two contenders among the Royal Heirs late this year. The final series of Championship Trial matches between the champions of the final two Royal Heirs will then take place in early YC118.
While the details of each round of the Championship Trials are being kept confidential for now, the basic framework allows for candidate champions to begin declaring themselves formally to each of the six Royal Heirs that have now been confirmed as eligible for ascension to the ultimate position of power in the Amarr Empire.
[OOC: Announcement Dev Blog]]]>
The vast spaces of one of the holiest of Amarr holies were filled to capacity, this morning, as the elite of the Amarr Empire gathered, under elaborate and many-layered security precautions, to bear witness to the celebration and affirmation of the works and sanctity of the Empress. Led by the High Chaplain of the Emperor Family, Kalefa Sufrin an-Kador, the funerary rites were punctuated by addresses from Margrave Nalmid Lebon of the 24th Imperial Crusade, Grand Admiral Kezti Sundara of the Imperial Navy, and Court Chamberlain Pomik Haromi.
As exceptionally rare as such a gathering is, with almost the entire leadership of the Amarr Empire gathered under one roof, some precautions had clearly been taken. While all members of the Privy Council were present, there were notable absences from among the upper echelons of the Royal Houses, Imperial Ministries and the combined militaries of the Empire. Even so, large as the great basilica is, there was no room for any but the highest-ranking of Holders, imperial officials and honored guests from other realms.
Outside the vast church, the great square and many parks surrounding the Basilica of St. Gheinok were thronged with crowds of nobility and commoners alike. Every cathedral, temple and chapel of Dam-Torsad was filled, and elsewhere, among the many worlds of the Amarr Empire and beyond, places of Amarr worship saw great numbers attending to witness the ceremony however they could, however remote from the great holy city they might be.
From the other empires of New Eden came many representatives, with the attendance of President Jacus Roden surprising many, so closely guarded was the secret that he would be paying his respects in person. From the Caldari State, the Chief Executive Panel was formally represented by the CEOs of the powerful Kaalakiota and Suukuvestaa megacorporations, with every one of the so-called 'Big 8' megacorps represented by a board level officer. The Minmatar Republic chose to be formally represented by its ambassador to the Amarr Empire, but the presence of Bjongausen Agnake, Chief Operative of the Republic Security Services was also noted.
The CONCORD Assembly was represented by Irhes Angireh, Chief Officer of the Inner Circle, and Brigadier General Odo Korachi, commander of the DED's Genesis Fleet and believed to be overall strategic coordinator of CONCORD's response to the Drifter threat. The presence of so many high-level political, military and intelligence figures from various New Eden states suggests that an opportunity to hold informal discussions has been seized by the great powers.
This morning belonged to Empress Jamyl I, however, as the final chapter of an extraordinary life came to a close not in the emptiness of vast, cold space but rather in this murmurous and light-filled holy space of the Amarr Empire.
Empress Jamyl I of Amarr, requiescat in pace]]>
While no remains have yet been recovered, and the likelihood of any being discovered appears to be receding, it is understood that the Emperor Family is keen to bring closure to the life of Empress Jamyl I in as dignified a manner as possible, now that security concerns have been addressed. Sources close to the Court Chamberlain have indicated that he is particularly concerned that the period of mourning be brought to a proper close so that the imperial succession can proceed in a timely manner.
In closely related developments, it was confirmed that the Imperial Succession Committee has been selected, with members drawn from the key institutions of the Amarr Empire. Court Chamberlain Haromi is believed to have held informal soundings with the Emperor Family, Privy Council and Theology Council in order to establish a broad-based but experienced body for the purposes of overseeing the critical process of determining who will next sit on the Throne of Amarr.]]>
Elements of the Imperial Armed Forces continue to move into positions according to the war plan designated "GRAVITY WELL" by the Ministry of War. Activated within moments of the assassination of Empress Jamyl I, it now seems clear that the plan is a combined core systems consolidation and border reinforcement strategy that is presumably a planned response to a so-called "decapitation strike" by an enemy power. While the main fleet elements of the plan seem to have been put into place within hours of its activation, there are many auxiliary units and large numbers of ground troops still in the process of reaching their designated locations.
On the home front, across all the worlds of New Eden's largest empire, the Ministry of Internal Order has been active both on the streets and on public GalNet casts. The primary propaganda theme has been to strike a note of iron resistance to a foe of unimaginable evil, with subjects exhorted to work and pray for the "Defense of the Throne Worlds".]]>
In the release, which was marked with today's date, the Court Chamberlain confirmed a meeting between leaders of the Imperial Armed Forces, the Theology Council and the Ministry of War, during which Grand Admiral Kezti Sundara described the threat to the Empire to be "a threat to Holy Amarr, His will, and God's chosen that is absolute."
The release concluded, stating that "All divisions of the Imperial Armed Forces have been issued Executive Orders containing instruction that their primary objective is the defense of the Empire’s borders, her people, and God’s will", confirming that a state of war now exists between the Amarr Empire and Drifter forces.
It would appear that these orders are already being executed, with thousands of Amarr Navy vessels seen moving toward the Empire's borders, and the Throne Worlds Defence Fleet on full alert.
Several contacts between the Amarr Navy and Drifter forces have already been reported in Domain and Devoid, although the situation still remains unclear at this time as massive fleet movements from both the Amarr Navy and 24th Imperial Crusade continue to be reported across the Empire.]]>
Speaking from the Imperial Palace in the holy city of Dam-Torsad on Amarr Prime, Lord Pomik Haromi made a brief statement confirming that the succession process would use the traditional trials of champions to determine the next occupant of the Golden Throne of Amarr.
In remarks that signal a return to the normal order of royal successions, Lord Haromi stated, "As there appears to be no immediate choice by the hand of the divine, it is my sacred duty to declare a succession by trials of those champions chosen by the Royal Houses. As prowess in defending Holy Amarr is to the fore of our minds, I would expect paladins from the ranks of our loyal capsuleers to declare themselves available to their liege lords."
The Court Chamberlain concluded his remarks by indicating that the Privy and Theology Councils would be meeting in special conclave to determine the particulars and laws applying to the succession trials.]]>
The spokesman went on, "While the Inner Circle is shocked and saddened by the death of Empress Jamyl I, our foremost concern is the ongoing security of the New Eden cluster. We will remain vigilant and attentive to our primary mission during this developing situation. Naturally, the Drifter threat is our highest concern at present."
In the Caldari State, the Chief Executive Panel has expressed its "deep regrets and condolences to the Amarr people." The CEP's official statement described Empress Jamyl as "a figure of great importance to the friendly relations between State and Empire, who will be missed by all State and Corporation citizens. We mourn her and commend her spirit to its lasting and final place."
The Caldari Navy has been placed on alert along State borders and Megacorporation security forces have been mobilized for "purposes of maintaining the internal security of state and corporate assets given the clear danger from the Drifter entities."
President Jacus Roden of the Gallente Federation met with his cabinet, military advisors and leading Senators before addressing the Federation by domestic GalNet broadcast. In his remarks, President Roden praised Empress Jamyl as "a deeply impressive leader who in my dealings with her was always clear where she stood in the interests of her people and the Amarr Empire."
President Roden went on, "Of course, I differed with her and the policies of the Amarr Empire on many, many points but I can say that she was a positive force in containing our ongoing conflicts. On behalf of the Gallente Federation and People, I offer my deepest condolences to the people of the Amarr Empire." Federation Navy forces are reported to have been moved to invasion defense positions throughout Gallente space and the FIO has confirmed its special reconnaissance forces have been dedicated to monitoring Drifter activity.
Emerging from a secure session of the Tribal Council, Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor of the Minmatar Republic made some brief remarks to the press, "I have consulted with the Tribes and we have taken the best advice on the security situation. It is our judgement as a Council that the Tribes face no immediate danger from the so-called 'Drifters'. We are dismayed at the ability of these entities to penetrate the security of a major power and it is always destabilizing when a head of state is violently removed. We are most concerned that our enslaved brothers and sisters not suffer even more during this time of uncertainty in the Amarr Empire."
Elsewhere in the Republic there has been less restraint with scenes of jubilation reported on the streets of Minmatar cities. Questioned about the large crowds celebrating the death of the Empress, Sanmatar Shakor declined to comment. Chief Tenerhaddi Dykon of the Krusual was less reticent, declaring, "Why should they not rejoice? I am rejoicing as I would rejoice at the death of a rabid slaver hound."]]>
HEDION – After receiving a statement from Lord Pomik Haromi, Court Chamberlain of the Empire, Amarr Certified News has publicly confirmed the death of Her Royal Highness, Empress Jamyl Sarum I.
En route to formally commission the Amarr Navy’s new Imperial Issue Abaddon class flagship TES Auctoritas, and welcome her to The Throne Worlds Defence Fleet, Empress Jamyl and her Imperial Guard escort were ambushed in the system of Safizon as they arrived.
The assault on the Amarr Navy, which saw the destruction of the Avatar class titan TES Seraph, piloted by Empress Jamyl, is believed to be the largest and most costly loss of military hardware that the Imperial Armed Forces have suffered in over a century.
In the statement, released just moments ago, Chamberlain Haromi confirmed that Empress Sarum was “killed in action, defending God’s will, God’s chosen, and His Empire” before paying tribute to her “extraordinary strength, selflessness and humility before the watchful gaze of God.”
With tributes already pouring in from across the Empire as billions of Imperial Citizens flock to their places of worship, and messages of condolence arriving from heads of state across the cluster, Chamberlain Haromi reassured the Amarr people that “the Imperial Armed forces are on full alert, and will stay that way until such a time as the Court Chamberlain is satisfied that a stand down is necessary.”
Speaking before the Imperial press, the Chamberlain concluded the statement by saying that “All branches of the Imperial Military have been instructed that their primary objective is the defence of the Empire’s borders, her people, and God’s will.”
After the statement, the Office of the Court Chamberlain confirmed that handover of leadership from the Emperor Family to Chamberlain Haromi was completed less than an hour after the confirmation of the death of the Empress, and that his first actions were to place the entire Amarr Navy on high alert and call the heads of all branches of the Imperial Armed Forces and the Imperial government to Dam Torsad.
It is expected that in the coming hours, the leaders of the Ministry of War, Amarr Navy, Ministry of Internal Order, Imperial Chancellor, Theology Council, 24th Imperial Crusade and representatives of the Imperial Heirs will meet to assess the situation.]]>
SAFIZON - The Amarr Navy has begun preparations to hand over the new Imperial Flagship to Empress Jamyl Sarum today, with a number of vessels sighted moving between the Throne Worlds and Amarr Navy Headquarters in preparation for her arrival.
TES Auctoritas, the second Abaddon Imperial Issue constructed, is expected to be formally handed over to the Emperor Family at approximately 18:00 this evening in Safizon and commissioned as the Amarr Empire's new ceremonial flagship. It is then expected that Auctoritas will fly to Amarr under escort from both the Imperial Guard and Amarr Navy, where she will join a full military parade formation of the Throne Worlds Defense Fleet, which will formally welcome her to the First Fleet.
Military enthusiasts from across the cluster have already begun to flock to Safizon in preparation for the unveiling of the new vessel. It is believed that like previous "Imperial" class vessels, she will be decoratively plated in a cosmetic layer of pure gold that covers what has been described as the most advanced Imperial armor technology ever conceived.
A number of vessels dressed in the colors of Sarum, Kor-Azor and Ardishapur have already been sighted in the last 48 hours making their way toward Amarr, where it is expected that TES Auctoritas will be greeted by representatives from the five houses on parade.]]>
Led by Grand Admiral Ren Karetta of the Amarr Navy's Third Fleet, a force of more than five hundred Amarr Navy vessels, including hundreds of battleships supported by a selection of assault cruiser and frigates blockaded Navy Headquarters in a brutal defence against Drifter forces. The resulting engagement saw the attacking Drifter fleet completely destroyed, with the Amarr Navy taking heavy losses despite a decisive and aggressive response to the attack.
On location live for the fierce firefight, The Scope's own Lina Ambre reported on the first stages of the relentless assault by Drifter forces, before her Dragoon class Opux Yacht was lost to a squadron of Drifter vessels, and her capsule was destroyed in the ensuing melee. Lina is currently safe and well, recovering at The Scope's Headquarters in Orvolle after a full medical assessment.
When contacted by The Scope for comment on the attack, Grand Admiral Karetta was candid in his response to questions regarding the Drifter's motives, stating that "at this stage, their motives remain a mystery. These creatures have threatened and assaulted only Military targets, and seem to have no concern for commercial or civilian interests within Imperial borders. However, the Navy remains on high alert, as do the 24th Imperial Crusade and all divisions of Her Imperial Majesty's Armed Forces."
Admiral Karetta also answered questions relating to the defence of Safizon, and the overwhelming response of the Amarr Navy to the threat, revealing that "after the initial attack on Safizon two weeks ago, the commanders of each of the Empire's fleets met with Grand Admiral Sundara to assess the situation, and were instructed to use any and all means to defender our borders, and repel aggression from Drifter forces."
He continued by explaining that "while significant losses in combat are regrettable, the Imperial Armed Forces pride ourselves on the competence of our service personnel and their tenacity and skill in combat under the watchful gaze of God. We are studying Drifter tactics and their methods of engagement with the hope of understanding their motives and objective. Until such a time as we can fully understand, then eradiciate the threat, the military might of the Empire will continue to be the shield of God's chosen, our skilled and faithful personnel the sword with which it cuts down those who would seek to threaten our citizens and our way of life."
Miltiary analysts across the Empire, State and even several in the Federation have lauded both the leadership of Grand Admiral Karetta and the solid and direct action of the Third Fleet, which marks the first decisive military victory so far against Drifter forces.