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Rise of the Elder Nation

Rise of the Elder Nation

Look. What is this here? Another pup comes to old Grey Muzzle to hear the saga of some bloody Highlord? To hear the tale of how Magnus faced the dread madness of Janth? How Folkvar died on his feet holding the fortress Manticore? Yes. Blood, ale and glory? Is that what you seek, young bloodclaw?

No? Then who sent you? Don’t think old Grey Muzzle is so blind that he cannot see your claws. Dripping with vine-blossom juice are they not? Do not think you can frighten me, shield maiden. One of the Sisters’ minions are you? Come to put an end to my archives? Your Ancients won’t protect you from the truth! No! Let me tell you how your kind found their way back here in the first place! Let me tell you about the first of your order. Let me tell you about the first Wolf Mother.

In 210 the Nation awoke from a long slumber. The glories of the 3D Alliance were behind them, when Dewiek, Dominion and Detinus together had been masters of the Peripheries. The battle for Janth had seen Dewiek and Dominion allied against their former comrades. With blood and toil, the Detinus were driven from the Dewiek capital world. Once again the Dewiek controlled Janth. The war had ground to a halt and a truce left the DTR in the Noctollis system. The DOM grew more fearful of the DTR and threw their lot in with the Imperials. The DEN, lacking in strong leaders or much ambition, made themselves comfortable at the IMP’s lap. So it was for many years until the Wolf Mother came.

Adoqhina was not an impressive sight. Old by Dewiek standards, she had a scholar’s physique. Her voice was raspy and grated on the ale guzzling warlords she had assembled at the Elder Council. Only MaiChiKwai the decrepit Highlord gave her any honour. The young warlord Darkmane, once seen as a prospective Highlord, nursed his grudge at her imposition. Where she had come from in the depths of the Pocket Periphery, none knew. Yet she whispered a song that stirred the hearts of the placid court. She talked about the subject none dared broach: the Ancients themselves. She pointed to nearby stars unexplored. She berated them for turning over the product of so many Jacium mines to the humans. She cursed the power of the humans in the Home periphery. She made no promises. But she had a plan.

In the next two years that followed the DEN achieved a great deal. They weaved a new order by coaxing the Dominion out from under the Imperial flag, thus ending the IMP’s control of the Home periphery. They drove out those factions such as the GTT that proved a long term threat by their presence. For the first time in their modern history, the DEN began to make use of their territory to its full potential. Adoqhina’s children spread and built a new civilization out of the ancient ruins.

The exploits of Adoqhina have become legend now, of course. She was the first to warn the galaxy of the malice at the heart of House Liquan. The Prince who was to become a Meklan Lord blew up a moon in the Mizam system in retaliation. When the Empire rallied under the Dark Lord Githyanki to resume the war with the DTR, the DEN could not join them. Not whilst they allied with the HLQ in this task. So it was a fateful rift opened between the DEN and Stellar Empire that would never be healed. (See the special article on the history of conflict between the DEN and Stellar Empire in this special issue of the IGN)

This was also the time the DEN once again reached back into their storied past to confront the Ancients. It is well known the Dewiek Nation spanned much of what the humans call the Peripheries before the Great War of some five hundred years ago. Before the madness plague ripped through the Nation and Janth burned. This left most of the Dewiek dead, or regressed into a barbaric state. Only some survivors remained to knit together the Nation anew. At the heart of this history are the Ancients, those great organic vessels that grow in gas giants and work for some hidden, perhaps extinct, master. To face them again, as Adoqhina did in person in the Jasmine system, the Nation faced its greatest secrets. Mysteries that contain many unanswered questions still. Much of what occupied the first Wolf Mother in this time was the search for the Dewiek Homeworld. An incomplete search that has taken the DEN through great marvels and bloody battles. (See the special article on the Ancients in this special issue of the IGN)

Conflict has always been at the heart of Dewiek life. None more so than the conflict with the various Felini that the Ancients brought to the Cluster periphery. It is interesting that two species so naturally in tension should be brought together by these meddlesome beings. Both species consider themselves warriors and prize honour. The wheels have turned for each over the years. When the proud arrogant Clans dominated, the DEN were meek and called upon human allies to help them survive in the region. Now with the rise of the DEN over the past decade, the Felini Tyranny has nestled within the protection of the Stellar Empire. In Adoqhina’s time, the conflict over the system then called Twinkle was pivotal to the DEN’s hopes. It was written in the blueprint of the Nation, drawn by Adoqhina and followed by her many successors, to control the key stargates. Without control of the gates, the Nation would forever be at the mercy of other powers. So it was the prize of victory that earned the system its more befitting ancient moniker of Valhalla.

As old age caught up with the Wolf Mother, Adoqhina bid farewell to the Nation. Her legacy was to dig a foundation for the Nation to build upon. It would take others to bring the Nation to its rightful position as an independent power in the galaxy. Highlords who came riding on an ancient fleet from the long past. Highlords who would prove their honour by standing firm against the might of the Stellar Empire. All looked to Adoqhina as a guide on what must be done. Even now the Nation studies her words of prophecy and hungers for the lost homeworld.

Twelve great tides must pass,
For twelve great tribes to rise,
A Maker repents and the pestilence spreads,
The beacon is dimmed but the gifts show the way,
Shadows of the future past awoke,
An Elder buried in an ancient hall,
Blood ties forged in flames,
For the wolf shepherd was once prey,
A new tide swallows the fearful whole,
The final toll of a forgotten war,
Rising stars and falling crescents,
Watch the corruption eat its own,
Fear not but have pity,
The Nation is at home once more.

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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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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 ----

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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...

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

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

    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


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

    Deceased: CAL

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