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Blog of the Week - The birth of an Elder

The birth of an Elder - Frang Kafga

Saznakan smashed his fist on the arm of his throne, denting the ancient alien Oak, whilst his scarred and cracked lips pulled back over his fangs.
“Why am I expected to even accept the existence of this half breed”, he spat. “The nation should eliminate any impurities in the blood line”, he tapped his claw and attempted to make eye contact with his advisers.

“Would the high lord Magnus himself not vomit if he knew of even the existence of such an abomination?”.

His council of war looked at each other and suddenly found the Kastorian engraved bone tankards they were drinking from fascinating.
The Dewiek elder’s eyes bulged and suddenly he smashed his ceremonial claw mace onto the table, splintering it. “Speak!” he bellowed.

Silence and fidgeting ensued. It was not wise to raise your head above the parapet when Saznakan the Elder was in such a mood. None of the council were cowards but neither were they stupid. The first to speak may well be the lightning conductor to channel their Lord’s rage.


“I will speak lord if this pleases you?”. A young cub, stepped forward from the edge of the hall where the other junior members of the pack stood. The old wolf instinctively stood and his hand gripped his ceramal dagger. This prompted the rest of the council to murmur amongst each other.
Saznakan’s eyes focused upon the cub and sniffed the air, he could smell fear but was not sure if it was his cowardly council or this impudent but brave or stupid newcomer. He tried to recollect his name or scent but struggled with either.

The cub stopped about six paces away (a distance recognised as far enough by the Dewiek not to launch a cowardly surprise attack) AKA good manners.

The elder waved his hand, a signal for him to speak.

“You Lord with the greatest of respect are old and more than ready to suckle from a teat in the sky”, the cub said with very little respect at all.
Two particularly large body guards appeared but Saznakan waved them off.

This was really quite intriguing, who on Viciifolia would dare speak to him like this? And then the stellar dropped……..”Ahhhhhhhhhh…I see, you must be the bastard abomination Frang Kafga?”. Saznakan began to chuckle, then giggle and eventually broke into a full wild guffaw.
The slightly bewildered throng in the hall decided it best to join in, except those responsible for security who were already trying to think of excuses or who to blame for this f*ck up.

Frang stood there with his paws behind his back, and head bowed forward, a complete pose of servitude.
“I see, you are here to do the right thing, you are here to die”. The Elder raised his mace and smashed it onto the half-breeds neck but was surprised to see it pass through it, causing him to lose balance and fall onto the stone floor.

The stained glass window above which depicted The Saga of the Wolf Mother smashed as a figure came crashing through it. The figure landed heavily on Saznakan, smashing one side of his rib cage. He then stood, projected a steely gaze to all around the room and then smashed the elders head in with his own claw mace.

Frang then threw the mace to the floor, stepped over the corpse, sat on the throne and said “Now, let’s talk politics”.


 
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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

 

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I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).
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