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The Council is Summoned

The Council is Summoned

In the city now known as Evacuation, many buildings could have been built in any corner of the Peripheries. Few details on the outside of those buildings would have been out of place in Yank or any number of starbases on a myriad of worlds.

But one in particular stands out. This is the building from where the desperate defence against the Flagritz was orchestrated. Further back in time, this is the building where Marshal Leonis declared himself to be the first Tyrant. Go back yet further and this is the building where once Matriarchs gave a thin veneer of civility and politics to an internecine cluster of wars between each matriarchal clan. Matriarchs could sit and debate in politeness while at the same time their armies were still continuing raids against each other’s fortresses.
This is not the time of any of these historic perspectives, yet the nature of the building is derived from each. Not a stone is wasted, yet every curve and corner speaks of power and strength. In addition to the shielding above the city, this building has its own shield generators, more powerful than many front line warships. It is rumoured that more than fifteen nuclear missiles penetrated the city shielding, yet were turned by the shields surrounding the building.


Over time, the building has had several names. Once it was the Matriarchal Palace. Then it became the Capitol. Now it is formally known as the Council of Prides – although many still refer to it as Capitol.

Inside the Great Hall has seen almost as many changes. In the Matriarchal times, each clan had a place of Honour determined by a complex order of precedence – part of the cost of advancement was to demolish the
Place of Honour of the clan which had been overtaken and to build a new one befitting your own clan in its stead. Each Place of Honour was richer and more opulent than the last. Leonis swept all this away and the Great Hall became a stronghold, barracks to the Tyrannic Guard.

Now the Great Hall is the chamber for the Council of Prides – but with none of the ostentation that the Matriarchs felt was needed. The only decoration comes from the banners bearing the sigil of each Pride. Other than this, the smooth walls are the purest white with the exception of two areas. One section near the back bears red walls. This is where the banners of the Prides-which-have-fallen hang. On the opposite side, the wall section is black. The banners there are torn and hung upside-down, to denote dishonour. These prides are also no more.

Most of the hall is an open floor, where PrideLeaders and PrideSeniors mingle freely. A small dais bears a simple stool – once used by Leonis. Sometimes, Mrrshan can be seen there when the council is not in session, musing on the future path of the Tyranny. Right now though the stool is empty, despite the presence of just about every feline who has the authority to be in the hall. Some figures display the telltale sparkles of holo projections, but most are present in person, as news of the reclamation of Skye and Winter has mingled with rumours that there was another announcement to come.

Quietly, Mrrshan emerges from an antechamber, flanked by his two Avatars. As he sits gently on the stool a hush descends upon the hall.

“This stool has three legs. So does the society which we have built for ourselves. As with the stool, a failure to have balance between the three legs leads to instability and the chance of failure of the whole.

“Unlike the stool, our society’s legs have names. Honour. Tradition. Necessity. If we neglect any of these three, we risk calamity. Sometimes it is necessary to forge new traditions when old ones become incompatible with reality. Sometimes it is necessary to apply the principles of Honour to a new situation, where none of our accepted definitions of Honour could be deemed applicable.

“The universe is not as simple as any would like. Thousands of felines have given their allegiance to other governments. Many more ply their trades without loyalty to any other government. In the same way we have non-felines working tirelessly amongst us, sharing our ideals and our vision of the future.



“Amongst the Prides-which-have-fallen are several proud names, where a Pride has been decimated beyond its ability to be a cohesive entity. Survivors petition for adoption into other prides and are thus scattered. The Pride’s holdings are allocated in consideration of the greatest needs of the Tyranny. To this date, such Prides have been considered dead from this point.

“Today in the Eyes of the Great Mother, I say we have arrived at such a time where necessity must be considered. For amongst us is an individual who has shown his worth, his loyalty and his Honour. Had this person been feline, he would long ago have stood amongst you as a PrideSenior in our long-standing tradition of choosing the most capable for a given role. But this person is not a feline and so I am not in a position to do so – if we stick blindly and rigidly to the premise that all positions of authority must be filled by one of our species. Furthermore, this person has not yet been granted entry to a Pride, yet has been given authorities of high standing in our Navy and holdings in many of our systems. It is not a complete co-incidence that many of these holdings belonged to a single Pride once – for as a collection they bring synergy to each other. Yet this Pride fell several seasons past.

“In order to hold true to the principles of Honour, it is time to return to the original essence of what a Pride is. A Pride is a grouping of capable individuals and material holdings which exist in a co-ordinated way to provide the maximum benefit to the Tyranny and to itself. Under this definition, I say that we should consider a fallen Pride to have returned.

“Enter this hall, Chamiah, most Honourable Human of the Tyranny. Take the Banner of Pride Karlosse from the place of the Fallen and present it here today to us all. Then take your place amongst my Council with the rank of PrideSenior with all the Honours and Duties which the rank entails.”




 
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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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