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Blog of the Week - Karrsh - Judgment

Karrsh - Judgment

The circle of judgement was old. It predated the Tyranny by many centuries. It had survived the scourging relatively intact, the rocky fastness of the original Starhunter Prideholds had been abandoned to the interests of scholars and tourists long before the Flagritz came and no one had wasted the firepower needed to shatter the strategically irrelevant if historically significant rocks. A single battle had been fought here, between desperate refugees and a clearly lost Flagritz patrol, afterwards its remnants had simply been hosed off the thick uncaring granite.

When the Flagritz had left and the rebuilding had begun; the surviving Starhunter Prideelders had moved away from the radioactive ash stains that had once been there cities and returned to their ancestral home. Modern conveniences had been tacked lightly on to ancient stone and for a while the Prideholds had lived again. As the Tyranny had recovered the Pride's business had moved backed to the bustling starbases, leaving the holds almost empty once more . But still they came here, for council and for judgment, seeking solace in the time-worn rock.

The circle was twelve paces across, surrounded by a wall of nine foot tall granite slabs. A gentle breeze blew up past him from the entrance. Atop the wall reclined the elders. To Karrsh they where just silhouettes, back lit by bright artificial lights mounted in the sconce's of ancient torches. He knew who they would be; family heads of core septs, representatives of technical groupings, Clade leaders of the Karlosse, and Harrur. There would be no Priestesses present of course. Even amidst the recent religious revival the Starhunter Pride remained resolutely secular in its Pride business.


Karrsh, you have been called to judgement by the elders of the Pride The voice was cracked and withered, by ancient tradition the eldest spoke first and the council spoke through her. He knew that voice, Kaliashh, matrilineal ancestress of Rasshan.

The voice almost shook his resolved. But he held his posture in the position of polite attention and his tail showed nary a twitch.
Yes eldest

The Tyrant has approved your actions as in the interests of the Tyranny
the voice was flat, spoken in the technical dialect with all emotional cues absent. The direction of the gentle draft and the brightness of the light meant he could neither read her posture or sense the evocation of her pheromones, the words might have been spoken by a computer or an alien for all sense he could gain of her true feelings.
Our judgement is on your capacity to continue to serve the Pride and the Tyranny. A judgement the Tyrant has left to us, do you understand?


Yes eldest
He did understand, he had done what was necessary; but the Starhunters controlled almost half the Tyrannys space going military. The Tyrant could not afford for them to become disaffected. Allowing them this judgement was a sop to Pride autonomy which would help silence nay-sayers. Well so be it.

Do you have anything to add to the record?

Karrsh knew the forms, in a true trial, there would be Archons present and evidence and rebuttal but this was not a trial, they knew what he had done and he did not deny it, it was a judgement. So he stared up at the Eldest, his eyes watered from the light but did not waver, his posture correct and his tail still No eldest, all pertinent details where in my report

Only the shifting of shadows marked the conversation among the elders, either by ancient engineering or modern whisperfield no sound carried down to him. He simply stood and waited. After a while the movement stopped and the Eldest spoke.
it is the consensus of the Pride that you have acted within the interests of the Starhunters, and that based on your record and the recommendations made previously by Pridesenior Rasshan you be appointed to the office of Pridesenior

The words hit Karrsh like a blow to the head, control finally knocked back by sheer shock El...Eldest?

Notification of your appointment will be dispatched to the Tyrant and to all Starhunter holdings, security and authorisation privileges will be transferred to you forthwith

The lights dimmed a little and he could see the elders clearly now, each rose from there couch and made the gesture of submission. Some grudgingly, some with clear signs of anger, but each submitted.

By your leave Pridesenior? He could read her emotions at last, a dry amusement mixed with a touch sorrow.

He numbly indicated his ascent and one by one the Prideelders left, some on foot, some by simply cancelling the subspace link that had projected there holograms, leaving him alone in the Circle.



 
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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

* No actual Naplians included.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire On Warpath ***

The newly re-united Stellar Empire continued to wage war against the Flagritz Empire to bring about galactic peace and freedom for all. The latest system to fall to the inevitable tide of history was Morroglyph in the Coreward Arm. Dewiek intransigence reached fever pitch as the FLZ facilities changed to DEN paws and subsequently became targets of Imperial truth and justice. Despite putting themselves between the past and the future, the DEN seemed to lack much will for an actual fight with Dewiek military commanders adopting “meh” as their watchword.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT smacks NLF * DEN whack MRC * Slaves Liberated * FLZ Retreat * ARC in Orion Spur * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

"Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

"We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** STOP PRESS: Felini Victory ***

In an unexpected development, the FEL have scored a decisive victory against the FLZ. Destroying or maiming some 20 Flagritz Baseships in the Onwards system.

What is more remarkable than the victory was there was no subsequent comment by Crazy Uncle Flagritz. We might need to have a lie down now.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN and FEL * Valhalla Fighting Pits * RIP smacked * &etc


 
***** Christmas Special Edition *****

*** Ho Ho Ho ***

Welcome to the SSS Christmas Special Edition! We the Editors have put together a nostalgic pudding treat intended to delight and tickle even the scroogiest megacorp executive. So gather your cubs, squidlets and larvae for some silliness and song. Time to catch up with some classics from years gone by, raise your glasses and drink your gluttony and shame away!

Wishing you all a merry Christmas free from Krampus Jones's invading armies!

The Editors


 

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