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Story - Arridian Spur

Arridian Spur

Deep in the inner offices of EEM Balmoral two executives meet for a very private meeting.

‘What’s with the dermal wear? Anything to do with getting a new secretary?’
‘Humph. I don’t want to talk about it.’
‘I warned you about felini, brush her up the wrong way?’
‘Just drop it, ok? We have a deal to broker.’
‘Fair enough, so I looked over the documents. I’m not sure about this. What we have got so far is looking pretty good, more than a dozen settlements and now all signed up to intergalactic trade. Can’t you just sniff the stellars? Turning beads into… hum, stellars I suppose.’
‘Stick with analysis and leave prose to the wimbles.’
‘So the way I see it, this is more about risk limitation?’
‘Interesting, go on.’
‘Well, I'm thinking, after the collapse, a lot of merchandise simply disappeared along with the various captains. Some thought that they were out Morroglyph way or possibly around Glaxius but beyond a few early reports of pirates and a few free lancers, we haven’t heard of any great pirate empire. So the question is where did they go. At its height the League had over five thousand ships, granted most were both small and light but they had some big haulers and not a few heavies for belt work. Even after accounting for the many that have been scrapped by civvies for their materials, there must be hundreds still out there. We have reports of some that have been retrofitted for piracy but what of the rest?
‘So, presuming that they are in this,’ he glances down at the doc-pad and scrolls, ‘Arridian Spur, or possibly beyond one of the Gates.’
‘Gates, there are stargates in Corewards?’


‘No, it seems that they named some of the outer systems gates. There was a reason, though I can’t remember. Anyway, just to be confusing, the system Arridian for which the spur is named is just beyond Zewt and beyond that is called Traitor’s Gate; the first of the Gate systems we will gain access to through this deal.
‘This is a fairly rough region of space from all accounts. The stars are in close proximity to a small cluster of blue giants. These have an effect on both subspace and throw of a lot of nebulosity. Jump times seem to fluctuate as does the rings and some of the stars themselves have a tendency to flare.
‘From all accounts quite a few HarCop explorers and vessels were lost in the Spur. It is therefore hardly surprising that those on the run have bolted to this region of space.’
‘So how many systems are we talking?’
‘Over twenty certainly. We are still negotiating for those beyond Belle.’
‘How many years does your analysis calculate the return period?’
‘Hard to tell. There are a couple of known settlements, such as in Arridian and way out in Imlakvir but there is quite a lot of unknowns. Rather I am hoping that opening access will alleviate the potential of a growing independent faction that could challenge our investment in Coreward.’



'So the game plan is to negotiate access sooner rather than later and then make all the systems open access and let the mob descend on them?'
'Cunning eh?'
'What happens if they don't go for it?'
'Well, no doubt somebody will which means one of two things will happen. Either they will encounter these pirates and tip them off that the hub of Corewards has some new players or they won't.'
'Won't?'
'These HarCop investors, they got burnt badly by the League and are now playing their cards close to their chest. Even so I have heard rumours that a few merchants encountered another hi-tech species well beyond one of the gates and I am certain it does not lie in the Arridian Spur.'
'Is this related to the rumours of a weapon capable of destroying worlds and the deaths of billions?'
'Weapon or fatal technology, it's still just rumours though there does seem to be some credence to them. Whatever the truth I would rather a buffer between whatever's out there and our core investments.'
'So we go ahead and afterwards again push for further access.'
'Agreed.'
'So, why a krell secretary?'
'They know how to take orders.'
'I'll leave it at that.'




 
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***** 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

 
***** 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

 

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