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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 Tyranny’s 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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Welcome to the new version of ESNN (formally CSNN), giving the news and views from the former CSNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe,

And so with the news,
***** Inter Galactic News *****

A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

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

The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

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

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

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

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

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

*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Bravo for Freedom ***

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

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

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

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

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

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

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

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

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


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