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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 *****

*** Acropolis Now ***

The IMP and GTT have brought peace and stability to Acropolis.

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Goodbye Falconians ***

The galaxy bid farewell to the Falconian Republic as the Human Empire subsumed them into their expanding territories. This marks the second death of an alien civilisation at the hands of the IMP / GTT in recent years. Like the extinguishing of the nearby Ulians, no voices of opposition could be heard from other quarters. This marks a long-period of appeasement by the Detinus Republic and Dewiek Elder Nation.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DOMination * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****



 
***** Inter Galactic News THE MUSICAL *****

*** Norozov, No More ***

Kantner: No more do I see the starlight caress your cyclops eye
No more feel the tender kisses we used to share
I close my fists and clearly my heart remembers
A thousand goodbyes could never put out the embers

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Chulainn: Oh all the Stellars mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Kantner: No more do I feel the touch of your hand on mine
No more see the love-light making your dark eyes shine
Oh, how I wish I never had caused you sorrow
But don't ever say for us there is no tomorrow

Chulainn: Oh all the ladies mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before.

Lanner: So, old cyclops has finally met his comeuppance
Maybe its time for a comeback

Chorus: No, no one wants you back!

Lanner: I always did like that chair of his…

Chorus: The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!

Continued in this special edition of the SSS...

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** ALIEN CRIMINALS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ***

FILTHY AND DISHONOURABLE Dewiek mercenaries have dared to attack HONEST AND HARDWORKING GTT warships in the Coptuv system.

THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

The Dewiek commander’s lengthy response was appreciated by xenophile and philanthropist HQ Manager Tom Krieger but this does not change the facts.

FURTHER JUSTICE IS EXPECTED AT THE EMPEROR’S PLEASURE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

Inside this issue of the SSS: * SEDITIOUS FET CHARGED * LIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION * TERRORIST PLOTS FOILED * ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE CRITICISED * &etc

 
***** 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

 

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