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Blog of the Week - Aftermath

Aftermath

Careful to express a caring look, and maintaining a warm tone the Investigating Officer asked "So...Miss Sanders...I want you to take your time and describe to me what happened"

"Well Sir, they were there when I returned from work, they said they had my Lysander and Vega, and then showed me a holoclip of them – forced'em to say hello they did. They said I'd not see my children again if I didn't do what I was told. That's when they...they...cut off my finger, and put that...that thing on instead. They told me to go work as normal, told me which cabinet to access, and knew exactly where the data pad would be. Told me to access the data pad and to then run the....finger...over across it...." Tears and a look of panic "Oh True One bless me - I don't think I'm insured for biogenetic surgery" More tears "...when will I see my children again?!"

"Miss Sanders....may I call you Dotty? Yes? Hmmm well I can reassure you that Lysander and Vega are fine, though after such a.....torrid...experience they are receiving the utmost care. Given the operation these terrorists appear to have performed on yourself we feel duty bound to ensure they are given a full medical check-up – at the cost of the agency of course. They will be asked a few questions, but we have specialist people trained with children. As for your finger, rest assured, the agency looks after its staff....Now you said 'they' - how many were there, and could you describe them?"

Tears of relief. "Two sir, both human, both wore black suits....much like any man in the business quarter. They had off-world accents, but sorry to say I couldn't place them. Both were about your height, though one was a bit taller. One had blue eyes – he smiled a lot, and did most of the talking – seemed to laugh at his own jokes a lot. The other one did the operation, he didn't really say too much but he had green eyes that kind of stared through me"


Some time late the Investigating Officer left the room and convened with the Observer.

"You think she's telling the truth?" The Observer asked

"Almost definitely. Still...not worth taking the risk – this is a serious breach of security. Granted she was under duress, but if everyone put their own interests ahead of the Empires then we will just fast track ourselves towards anarchy. Submit all three for a mindscrape, she should then be sent to penal colony...the boys can go to the Imperial Orphans Cadet Academy.....tell me about the finger"

"From the fragments that were left of the artificial finger on her hand, it seems like a bio-engineered device. The interesting thing is that it looks like there is altered DNA that has been utilised as a memory device. Not quite sure how they've managed to actually extract the data into that memory, but there's obviously some pretty top end stuff going on here."

The Observer continued "From what she's said, when she returned home they removed the finger - apparently on this occasion it was painless. However she recalls being given an injection shortly afterwards, but does recall...."Cold Eyes" as she called him, taking the finger putting it in some device or other. He 'nodded to "Smiler"' who then thanked her for her co-operation, apologised that it had - she quotes him as saying 'not been the nicest of circumstances to meet' and promised she would be reunited her with her children imminently. Blood samples indicate that she was heavily drugged, so it was only when she did not report for work the next day that the alert was raised. She was found in her apartment still unconscious. Luckily for her, it seems that whoever had done the operation on the finger was a pretty decent surgeon"

"....anyhow, initial talks with the children suggest they were taken from the home – their description implies they were teleported directly out. We'd not been able to find any corresponding signatures, but upon an audit, sensor logs show a time discrepancy so we suspect systems were hacked at the point of teleportation. A review is underway, and we've been looking at some third party sensor scans to see if they reveal anything, but it looks like we've got nothing to work from that angle"

The Investigator frowned "They're not going to like this. Seems we've got a few routines we need to work on. Keep me informed of any more developments"

 
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***** 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


 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Claws Out in Valhalla ***

In a bold rebuke of Crazy Uncle Flagritz’s attacks in the Avalon system, the cunning Felini Nevets ordered a hit on a FLZ outpost in the Valhalla system. Claiming miscommunication with his warships, the mischevious Avatar cocked a snook at the washed-out Dewiek warrior in charge of the system whilst claiming an important victory in the often one-sided conflict against the FLZ.

This isn’t the first time the foxy Feline has masked daring-do in the shroud of incompetence. It remains to be seen whether this turns out as disastrously as the time when the FEL had to pay the costs of a war started by Prince-turned-meklan LiQuan.

Meower-in-chief Chamiah apologised for the incident in a public address laced with snickering subtext and unconcealed laughter when she got to the bit about the unfortunate loss of “5 FLZ Warships in Onwards.”

A second incident in Valhalla was reported the next day with mardy Magnus complaining he wasn’t getting his claws in on the action. Could this be the pithy ploy that puts the cat on the mat?

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Merc-y Wimbles * Valhalla Fighting Pits Get Weird * Profile of Lyceum Amaguk * &etc


 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Nun on the Run ***

Alleged cosplayer Carmilla D’Morenta got the vicars in the Brotherhood all hot and bothered when she made a run for it. Possibly tired of being tied up by the reverends and denied the love that dare not howl its name. With a sizeable, almost unbelievable, bounty on her head, the barking sister took refuge with the Dewiek Elder Nation.

In possibly the shortest chase in history, the BHD managed to strike a blow for oppressed collars everywhere when they squared off with the naughty doggy-wannabe at the Valhalla stargate. The cheeky chaplains blew their hyperdrive at close range and both the BHD and DEN flagged ships were reported to be lost in space.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN Ban BHD * Ulian * FLZ in Avalon * Valhalla Fighting Pits * Interview with Carmilla * And more


 

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