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Blog of the Week - A visit to Hell

A visit to Hell

Sister Carol had dropped her bombshell on the trip back. She hadn't felt it was much of a bombshell but from the quizzical expressions that had greeted her news had rapidly understood it to be more of a 'thing' than she had hoped. After all the Dewiek ship had ran into Empire space just to help her out and this was nothing - a mere trip to Zaro in Venice.


"Yes, surely that is not a problem?"

"Zarois the rear end of the galaxy. The population there practice viciousness as an artform. The Empires 'uber' ground party refused to come anywhere close as it 'didn't want any trouble'. I also vaguely recollect Pirate Large keeping well away as well as the moral degeneracy upset him."

"Surely you exaggerate"

"Nope. In previous wars both the CNF and the RIP have both virus and atomic bombed the bloody place and no one minded because no one could tell the difference. And the politicians…", he pulled a face," you humans have an advanced skill in producing polished turds for leaderships positions - just look at the Kriegers - but in Zaro…"

"Yes but I still need to go there"

Hantzka scowled," fine - well don’t blame me if we all get killed and forced to eat our own intestines". He swung to his crew, "better armour up lads we are going to visit hell"

Sister Carol had thought it was just a bad case of sour grapes but on leaving the shiny hiport and arriving on the plane surface planet she had suddenly felt an urge to be somewhere with more genetic diversity and less dribbling. The Dewiek guard with them had hurried them through the more public areas by the cunning expedient of throwing bottles of free whisky at any group of three or more sentients which had the pleasant side effect of creating a riot to which most of the population began keenly running towards waving various hi-tech and nasty weaponry. This at least allowed them to get close to the theatre. Well theatre in name 'advanced knocking shop' in reality. They had snuck in via the back door and stood in an upper lobby while the Sister planned her next move.

"Okay my contact will possibly be less than pleased to talk so I may need cover in case of difficulties"

Hantzka studied the theatre plan carefully.

"He is usually in the main auditorium?"

"Yes, that is where he does his business"

"Okay. If you look here it has three high level balconies that fan out. I can take a flanking position and if anything occurs can distract his attention easily enough"

She studied the map. That seemed reasonable and nodded.

Hantka nodded back," Ok let's do this. The sooner we finish the sooner I can get out and wash this place out"

They quietly entered the upper corridor and Hantzka whispered a "wish me luck" as he turned and sprinted for the balcony rail which he vaulted over stylishly. As his face swung back to view it displayed a certain nonplussed expression. To Sister Carol it seemed to be saying 'where, in God's name, is the bloody balcony' as his face almost instantly disappeared from view followed closely by a loud smashing noise as he crashed into the floor several tens of meters down below. Instantly guards could be heard shouting and moving in that general direction and Sister Carol realising that his 'leap of faith' had generated an opportunity drew her own las pistol and moved quietly into the auditorium...

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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


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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).