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Dawn of a New Era

Lord Yaziid Tamir stared out into the cold, black sea, devoid of all light bar a pair of small buoys that marked the entrance to the harbour. He slowly spread his wings and stretched them to their furthest extent, allowing the wind to flow between his silver feathers. He audibly groaned as he held his wings fully stretched, and the feeling reminded him how old he felt. It didn't help that the wind was bitterly cold and chilled his entire body.

The air was colder here than the mild, coastal thermals of Shiloh that he was used to, and certainly much colder than the Allsky of his home world, though these days he struggled to recall his memories of Falconia. He knew this was due to the years spent away from the place and not his age - his body may be old, but his mind was still sharp.

And it was this sharp mind he now turned to an issue that had puzzled him since he and his Clan had left Shiloh; as he stepped onto the ship that would propel Clan Dragon into a new era, he felt a noticeable pang of sadness, as if he would miss the small, watery rock. But why, he thought to himself? Yes, he had spent nearly half of his life living there, but why should he have any sentimental feelings toward it? It was a grubby little place, deep inside the ugly melting pot that was Yank, and he and his Clan had picked it dry of any morsel of substance.



It was a puzzling issue, but not one that would trouble him, however. Instead, he turned his mind to the future of Clan Dragon, and the reason he had brought them to the even uglier and seedier place that was Agripeta. No longer would they be imprisoned by the bonds of an atmosphere, destined to scavenge morsels from weaker sentients. No longer would they accept being the outcasts of Falconian society. Clan Dragon would break its bonds and take its proper place. It would show the galaxy that not all Falconians would be weak and kneel as vassals to Dewiek oppressors, and most importantly, it would atone for the shameful betrayal of the honourable Felini by the so called 'Republic'.

But before any of this could happen, Clan Dragon needed the means to break its bonds, and it needed a new home. This forsaken place was most certainly not it, nor could it be found anywhere else in Halo. They would need to spread their wings further afield in order to find the location that the Clan would call home.

Yaziid came out of the stretch, lowering his wings slightly and shaking them out before folding them and returning them to his sides. As he did so, he heard a scrape of talons behind him and turned to see a Falconian, much younger than he, approach. Even in the darkness devoid of even moonlight, Yaziid could clearly make out the deep green plumage flecked with golden streaks and glint of the traditional Clan battle armour, and recognised the younger Falconian immediately.



'Khabul, you made it!'
'My Lord' Khabul replied, with a short bow. Yaziid was irritated by the overly formal gesture, but ignored it for now.
'You bring news?'
'All transactions are complete - the ship is ours, my Lord.'
'Excellent. Come.' Yaziid said as he gestured with a nod of his head for Khabul to follow him as he began to walk toward the sea. As Khabul came alongside him, Yaziid continued.
'These last few nights, I have deliberated long and hard over who shall command this ship, hopefully the first of many. We have many suitable for the task and the decision was not an easy one...' He paused to turn to face Khabul.
'...I have decided that you shall command this vessel - you will be the first of Clan Dragon to break our bonds and soar in the vast, black Allsky.'
It seemed to take a moment for the young Falconian to register what had just been said, but when he did he immediately bowed again, much more elaborately than before.
'My Lord, I am honoured.' The irritation was too much for Yaziid this time.
'Stand up Khabul' he chided 'There is no need for that - you are my son, not my servant.'
Khabul rose and, for the first time since he had approached, made eye contact with Yaziid.
'Sorry...Father'
'Come my son, let us soar together, we have much to discuss...'




 
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  Star Date: 221.22.5

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RAGNAROK BECKONS

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Assault on End Game

The ancient Architects have declared war on the Dewiek Elder Nation. The first sign of the conflict was subspace transmissions in a remote system in the Pocket Periphery. This followed reports that the ancient Ragnarok shipyards on Beacon were malfunctioning. In response, the Wolf Mother sent urgent orders to several Dewiek scout ships to patrol the End Game system.

The Konungr Smidamadr was the first to encounter the gigantic, “Planet Killer” class ARC ships. Measuring in at thirty-two hundred heavy hulls and armed with a hundred ARC plasma weapons, the ship was more like a mobile armed platform. It is certainly the largest vessel ever recorded. The scout ship was vaporised instantly.

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ARC Planet Killer dwarves largest DEN warships

 
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  Star Date: 221.11.4

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Caste Apart

The Flagritz Republic is (very nearly) no more. In its place, a single Hexamon and Flagritz power has arisen. The new Collective has absorbed much of the Flagritz holdings with only a handful of Clique-caste Flagritz systems choosing instead to align with the other Elder species, the Dewiek.

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Flagritz and Hexamon Hybrids - A hope for the Future?

 
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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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Meklanmania

Meklan scout ships continue to be seen around the Orion Spur periphery. These cyborg creatures in service of hidden ancient masters appear to be terrorising the Wimble Nation in particular. Despite public lamentations against the hardship of defending themselves, the Wimble leadership have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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Artist's impression of a Meklanised Wimble

However, Xavier Fox, CEO of Galactic Transport and Trade, did give us the following statement:

“We have engaged several Meklan ships, although currently the source has not been identified. GTT Directors have been running patrols and have engaged and destroyed numerous ships that have attacked outlying outposts belonging to different affiliations. The pattern of ships encountered leads us to believe there is a central source, but until that is found we would suggest any affiliation with assets in the area provide adequate defences.”

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Doomsday On Pause

At the site of the Thete anomaly, the Dewiek Nation has sent media sensation Sharon Aleman to the scene. Aleman, whose cybernetic enhancements allow her to directly interface with her ship’s sensor array, led her hardened crew into a dive of the outermost “edge” of the anomaly. After spending several days collecting and analysing data (mere minutes to the rest of us outside the anomaly), Aleman reported her shocking discoveries.

 
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  Star Date: 220.50.5

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Veil Lifted on Flagritz Home Space

As the Hellcadium ISR field continues to fluctuate, one of the newly exposed systems is Junista inside the previously hidden and inaccessible home periphery of the Flagritz Republic.

Over the past few weeks Flagritz Republic patrols and platforms have dealt with a number of scout ships from the Human Empire as the IMP wasted no time in exploiting this opportunity to poke around in their old enemy’s backyard. It is understood that at least one of these unarmed scouts was destroyed with no one willing to estimate how many more might be buzzing around.

Coincidentally, suspected IMP lackey, SSL TOAD, has also been overheard showing an obsessive interest in the Flagritz periphery. However, we have received no reports of this being anything other than his usual drug-fueled, barely decipherable mutterings at this stage.

Either way, this sudden, uninvited interest in the Flagritz Periphery has left the FLZ leadership muttering darkly about appropriate measures being taken. Defensive fleets and supporting structures are being deployed in the Junista system and beyond in expectation of further uninvited guests.

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When You stare into the Flagritz Periphery...

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Thete's Timey-Wimey Tease

Investigation into the Thete anomaly continued in the Dewiek Pocket Periphery. The anomaly was scanned from all angles by a number of the Dewiek Nation’s best sensor ships and officers. The data, collected over several weeks, was sent to one of the DEN’s most advanced scientific laboratories for analysis.

What they found will shock you!

 
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  Star Date: 220.45.1

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Perfidion Reached

Long speculated by theoretical Stellar Cartographers, Perfidion Reach finally opened in the last few weeks. Immediately, the Detinus Republic boldly staked a claim on the first accessible system, Hellcadium. Only time will tell the true value of this strategic move but their much-taunted bureaucracy may have finally proved its worth.

Early reports from scans of the system reveal a wildly fluctuating ISR field. Rumours suggest that at least one ship was destroyed as it was forced into an asteroid belt chasing a stable jump field attempting to exit the system. Casual travellers are warned away from the system at this time for their own safety. Leave it to skilled explorers and navigation officers.

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Mathematical model of Hellcadium ISR Field.

We spoke to Captain Zakiyah Ummahi via subspace link. Zakiyah led the first DEN expedition into the Perfidion Reach. "Spirits remain high but this is largely down to the extended R&R we were all forced to take immediately prior to jumping into this hole. Initial scouting reports show at least one planet with plenty of forests and grasslands which might help if we're going to be stuck here for Folkvar knows how long waiting for this damned ISR field to stabilise."

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Valhalla Stargate Reopens

Dewiek engineers and scientists have finally managed to re-enable Stargate Valgrind this week and the protective Exclusion Zone is to be lifted. If DEN investigators discovered who caused the gate to malfunction, or why, they were not willing to share it with us. Military sources, however, have announced a project to provide a significant boost to the already formidable defence platform in the stargate’s orbit.

 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***

Empire - DEN action grinds to a halt

After months of tension relations between the Empire and the Dewiek Nation, which rose to several large scale fleet actions ending in the DEN losing over 60 Direwolf warships in Solo, things appear to have moved from antagonistic to unfriendly. With the Solo system being a particular issue an agreement has been reached between the Wolf Mother of the DEN and Xavier Fox of the GTT. Since this things have become very quiet, not just because the shooting has stopped, but also because my reporters have been on their summer holidays.
 
News For Discerning Naplians!
---- Special Galactic Edition ----



(The Host sits at his desk as the studio lights dim, and a single spotlight bathes him in light. He looks straight into the camera and begins to speak: )

Host: Naambta!
Good Greetings, and welcome to the show.

This is News for Discerning Naplians, and i’m sure you are all showing much impatience to see this week’s Panel Discussion. We will be discussing religion with the Lady Ghadir of the Temple of Ya Zoon, renowned neo-naplian spiritualist Chairman TonTon, and a very special guest from our imperial neighbours, Bishop Samantha Porteus of the Brotherhood. But before we get to that...

(Looks demonstratively at his digital wrist watch. )

... it is time for a word from our sponsor.
 
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Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our new home in the Heartland,

And so with the news from the last few weeks,
 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***
  • DEN assault FEL base and get wiped out
  • CIA Trade fleet caught and destroyed by the DEN
  • Krell denounce worship of the True One

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

    Huge fleet skirmish at the London/Crossley wormhole

    A large fleet of over 700 DEN warships responded to the EMP action in Crossley, where a 4000 hull DEN platform was destroyed. Reports show the DEN ships caught a group of CIA ships napping and inflicted significant losses on the humans. IMP and GTT fleets moved to assist the CIA, matching DEN fleet numbers, but the arrival of over 1200 Hexamon ships seems to have tipped the battle in favour of the DEN-HEX alliance.

    The combined DEN-HEX force pushed through the wormhole into the Heartland area of human space and retaliated, attacking several CIA platforms in response. The outnumbered Empire fleets abandoned the area and fled, they are currently waiting for the larger alien force to make their next move from their hiding places.
     

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