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Falconians

The Falconians are a race of large winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), vertebrate sentients that lay eggs and exhibit sexual dimorphism, having an aggressive male and social female gender. Therefore, to most Terran scientists they are a type of "bird people" and often classified together with other sentients with the same characteristics who have no genetic ties to the naturally evolved species of Falconia.

The primary distinction within the Falconians lies between the native clans and the outcast noble houses. The former are insular, traditionalist, territorial and xenophobic whereas the latter are inquisitive, mercantile, tolerant of other cultures and species and highly adaptive to alien environments.

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Ecology  [Recruit]

There are hundreds of distinctive sub-species of Falconians inhabitating every type of terrain from the top of the mountains through the lush forests, deep in the equatorial jungle, up into the arctic tundra and even more in the cultivated hunting grounds of the clans themselves.

Falconians categorize themselves into clans and houses based on the primary physical characteristics of size, feathers, plummage and scales. There is a great variety in all four axis with most flocks (clans / houses) having certain characteristics that distinguishes them from others. For example, Ravens are small (3'-5') and black feathered whereas Magpies are equally small but have black and white feathers whilst Peacocks are notable for their colorful plummage.

Whilst all subspecies can interbreed and do so, the fate of the young is often determined by whether they fit within a flock's distinctive look. More civilized clans and most noble houses, will simply exile chicklets who do not whilst more barbaric clans and notably the Vulture house are known to kill and even eat the young of other clans who turn up in their aviaries.

All Falconians are carnivorous hunters who prey primarily on small mammals or lesser, non-sentient birds. Many traditionalists will only hunt in the wild forests, tundra or jungles whilst the cultivated regions of the homeworld are home to a large range of wild animals where regular hunting occurs by more modern clans. Such territory is jealously guarded by each clan but with the migratory nature of some clans this often results in long lasting fueds and wars that stretch across generations.

Culture  [Recruit]

All Falconians organize in flocks, whether that is native clans or noble houses, who are made of Falconians of similar parenting or physical appearance, a shared outlook on the universe and social temperament. Each flock has its own rules on what it will accept within its ranks, how it will deal with intruders and how the structure of the flock is determined.

What they all have in common, however, is they are free to fly in the Allsky, to sing the Falconian Song and pure in what they consume in body and spirit.

Freedom: No sentient cares more about freedom than a Falconian and whilst great savagery may be inflicted on another through claws, talons or technological weapons, no Falconian will ever consider the caging or enslavement of another sentient. Even the concept of farming livestock sits uncomfortably in the Falconian's mind: food is to roam free, in natural environments, until it is hunted and eaten. The greatest punishment that can be given by a house / clan against one of its own is to have his wings clipped. Such a fate is worse than death itself and reserved for the most grevious of crimes.

The Song: The Falconian Song evolved from the territorial chirping common to most territorial, predatory birds but has over time evolved into a rich language with such subtlety and information density that few species can comprehend it. Whilst there is a great deal of variety in form and meaning amongst houses, whether it is the dark grumbling of the Vultures or the sweet fevered pitches of the Magpies, they share a common lexicon and semantic rubrick that allows extremely detailed transmission of spatial and technical information in emotional verses of combined music and poetry. The harmonics of the Song are rich, detailed and often filled with "junk" semiotics that add nothing apparantly meaningful to the discussion which often means technical translations result in accusations that some Falconians are prone to waffling.

Purity in Body and Spirit: Falconians are close to the Great Mother (the earth) and the Allsky (the sky) which guides even the most sophisticated Falconians spiritual journey through the physical realms. As such, all Falconians follow traditional practices as best as they can even when stationed in space or on alien worlds. This means primarily eating fresh killed meat (or well preserved meat that was killed in the traditional way) and letting no other foreign substance pass their beaks (ie. no alcohol, drugs etc). The Falconians are very firm believers that they are what they consume and a healthy, free body is the key to a healthy mind and the path of their life is a spiritual journey until they become part of the Great Mother again.

 
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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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    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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    Admiral Lord Simms killed after a long and distinguished service to the Empire.

    The Imperial Services have intercepted and serious damaged several DEN ships on the way to the Empire’s home systems. Unfortunately during the action Admiral Lord Simms was injured and reports from the Viceroy indicate he has passed away, fighting the enemies of the Empire like any true Imperial Officer.

    The Viceroy has stated that the officers and crew of the DEN ships have been captured and are now awaiting trial at a secret IMP base.

    DEN continue to strike at the Empire

    Reports are coming in of multiple engagements between the Empire and the Dewiek Elder Nation over the last week. With several battles taking out Empire ships in the Heartland of the CIA.

    AFT turn to piracy

    The Association of Free Traders have, after a long history of neutrality, turned to piracy this week. AFT Drake boarded an IND ship in the Halo periphery, killing several of the crew in the process.
    Independent trader Jarlebanke Langhofdi immediately took to the public communication channel demanding an answer to why supposedly peaceful traders had killed his crew and taken his ship.

    The AFT remain silent over the attack.
     
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    Combat Special Edition

    Since the DEN started shooting at those lovable FEL fluffballs things have certainly been heating up. So we through it would be prudent to bring you, gentle beings of the peripheries, a special edition in order to keep you updated with all the latest action in regards to who the DEN are shooting and who is shooting them.

    Felini strike back at Dewiek

    Reports have come in of the FEL striking back at the DEN in the Kallisan system. A huge FEL force supported by the IMP and CIA assaulted DEN positions taking both the platform and base called Lucien. There was much rejoicing in the FEL camp as the Felini proved they were not such lovable fluffballs after all!

    GTT get sucked into the war

    A passing fleet of GTT warships got caught in the fighting and this saw the GTT enter the war. When asked about this CEO Fox pointed out they are not warships at all, they are trade defence ships. So how they came to be in the DEN system of Kallisan is a mystery to us. But the GTT CEO was clear that they only engaged using support and defend orders to protect allies. Needless to say, the CEO commented “We found ourselves on the Dewiek Nation’s enemy lists pretty soon after.”

    Dewiek Nation attacks GTT positions in Orion Spur, breaking DOM system rules

    A fleet of DEN warships has engaged and destroyed a significant number of GTT cargo ships and escorts in the DOM system Monument. The GTT immediately took to the public channels to ask why the DOM were not doing something. In reply the DOM issued a statement to stop, which the DEN ignored.

    The DEN newssheet "The HOWL" published a completely unbiased review of the attack shortly after.

    DOM make a choice

    After the above incident and then further raiding by the DEN, taking out a few GTT cargo ships in the DOM system of Coptuv, the DOM seemed to have been faced with a choice of stopping drinking their tea and doing something or just hoping it would go away. Instead they seem to have decided to abandon the whole idea of being an active affiliation and we have since folded. The lengths some people will go to not to have their elevenses disturbed is truly staggering. We asked the DOM for a statement on their new system rules to share with our readers but have received no replies.

    DOM positions share out

    Just as we were going to press news has come in of various DOM assets being given to other affiliations or sold. Hopefully we will have more on this story in the next issue of your favorite factual newsheet. Yes, that's us at the SSS.

    *** Affiliations ***


    AFT Association of Free Traders (54) - Marion Tweedy
    CIA Combined Intelligence Agency (64) - Laton CIA
    DNA Displaced Natives Asylum (66) - DNA people
    DTR Detinus Republic (58) - Morley Decker
    DEN Dewiek Elder Nation (67) - Urd
    DOM Dominion (57) – we believe the DOM are now inactive
    FCN Falconian Republic (70) - Bacran
    FEL Felini Tyranny (49) - Juris
    FLZ Flagritz Republic (47) - Kayxaer
    FET Frontier Exploration & Trade (56) - Cu Chulainn
    GRC Gracians (13) - HG1
    GTT Galactic Trade & Transport (52) - Xavier Fox
    GCE Garcia Enterprises (4) - Neil
    HEX Hexamon (23) - Ando
    IMP Imperial Services (51) - Jack Jones
    KRL Krell (30) - Namica
    KRT Krell of the Reverence Temple (37) - Kal Torak
    KST Kastor Kastorians (12) - Kastor
    MZC Mizuchi Combine (86) - Mizuchi
    MOH Mohache (73) - Listens
    MIC Mohache Independent Commune (76) - Sleeps with Dragons
    NLF Naplian Liberation Front (38) - NLFHQ
    RIP Regularly Involved in Piracy - Githyanki
    RRH Roy Robert Holdings (39) - Roy Roberts
    SMS Stellar Mining and Smelting (53) - MikhailM
    USN Ulian Stellar Nation (34) - Oeipus Prime
    WMB Wimble Nations (25) - zz

    * Leader MAY be inactive, affiliation may be active
    ** Affiliation has no leader but this is the only known contact

    NPC / FoC: ARC, CIV, CGT, FRE, HBO, HEF, IND, ISP, JCN, MEK, MRC, PIR, PRV, TCA, TRN, KAS

    Inactive: ANT, BHD, COD, HVE, IDC, RIP, RCF, SKW, TAG

    Deceased: CAL

    *** Submission ***

    By private message to The Editor or via Mica if you prefer to remain anonymous.
     
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    New pirate threat rocks Corward Arm.

    Several large pirate ships have been spotted in outer rings of Corward systems. Reports forwarded to us at the SSS allow us to exclusively tell readers that traders should keep their wits about them when moving through these areas.

    No existing pirate menace has yet claimed ownership.

    In a possibly unrelated event one of the FET cartel members claimed nothing was happening in the outer ring of Coptov shortly afterwards. But it could be that they are still trying to catch Empire backed pirates and have nothing to do with the new sightings.
     
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    DEN continue to shoot innocents

    The Dewiek have made themselves busy shooting at the peaceful and innocent traders of the SSL. Leader of Solar Spices and Liquors Mr TOAD has been vocal pointing out that the Beast-DEN are being totally unfair. News of a go-fund-me appeal are yet to surface though.

    This office is sure that it must have provided the DEN light relief after picking on the equally defenceless Felini. Word is that the DEN faced such an uphill struggle in these recent actions they had to take up Felini inter-breeding to provide some entertainment as the battle reports were rather boring.
     
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    Return of the LiQuans

    A close associate of the Baron LiQuan has been haunting the Corewards periphery and like the old Baron it is said he has a meklan connection. It's unclear whether he obtained his meklan nanites via the CIA but there are rumours that the DEN may be helping the Liquan relative in a bid to sow discontent in the Stellar Empire. Exactly why they would start in Corewards is unclear although with DEN allies, the DOM, having strong positions both in the Sol system and the old Harcorp systems of Harlong and Coptuv they may be the linking factor.


     
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    Meklan Unleashed on Mobile Bay

    Mad Dewiek scientist Dr Kala released a number of Meklan on the busy world of Mobile Bay in the Yank system. Thousands of civilians have been killed in what is treated by DEN warlords as an amusing practical joke. Rather than take any responsibility for their affiliation’s reckless behaviour, a DEN lord rumoured to be half-meklan himself quipped he would nuke the planet whilst another merely saw it as an opportunity to test some of his greener troops in combat. Surprisingly, the KAS planetary defence force was up to the job of repelling the insidious incursion. Questions remain whether further meklan are stored elsewhere on the planet and whether anybody will challenge the Dewiek’s lack of care for the lives of innocents. Probably not, given how even the mighty IMP are now cowering from a fight with the DEN (see inside this edition).


     

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