AUG 12 29,476 - MAN FOUND PERMANENTLY KILLED
An unidentified man is found dead in the Lush Hills resort, permanently killed with life-force disrupting weaponry. No clues to the man's identity or purpose on Rubi-Ka are found.
The Omni Herald
16:23 August 13, 29476 RST
An unidentified male in his late forties was found permanently dead yesterday in a private room at the Lush Hills Resort. Permanent death by unnatural causes is a relatively rare occurrence, and is cause for concern with investigators, who refuse to speculate about the possible use of life-force disruptor weapons.
The construction and possession of life-force disrupting weaponry, which may or may not have been used in this case, is forbidden by Corporate and ICC laws, and punishable by permanent exile and/or the death penalty.
No clues as to the man’s identity or the identity of his killer or killers have at present been revealed by Omni-Pol spokespeople. OP is therefore turning to the public for any information they may have regarding the victim. The man’s room was booked under a false name, using a counterfeit Omni-Tek employee ID, and there are no records of his arrival on Rubi-Ka, or his whereabouts prior to his death.
Amanda Anaya, Omni-Pol’s chief investigator on the case, stated: “We will be conducting an in-depth investigation into this incident. It’s very unusual for a citizen to be permanently murdered, and we need to find out the reasons for, and methods behind, such an unusual death, so as to prevent it from happening in the future.”
At present, Omni-Pol reports, no suspects or motives have been identified. In the past, clan terrorists have been linked with incidents of insurance-pattern sabotage, although it’s unclear if this is the reason for the victim’s death:
“We can’t rule out an act of terrorism or links to terrorist organisations,” said Anaya. “We are at present in close cooperation with OP-ATU in order to shed some light on the situation.”
AUG 14 29,476 - ICC CALLS EMERGENCY ASSEMBLY
The ICC calls all the member corporations to an emergency assembly to discuss the destabilised political situation on Rubi-Ka.
Rubi-Ka Headline Services
16:04 August 14, 29476 RST
Corporate delegates of the Interstellar Confederation of Corporations (ICC) received notice this morning that the ICC will convene tomorrow morning for an emergency assembly, to discuss the destabilising situation on Rubi-Ka.
ICC regulations, as well as Omni-Tek’s official lease on Rubi-Ka, which specifies requirements for the mining, refining, and distribution of notum, are both contributing factors in the ICC’s decision to convene delegates at its Oceania, Earth facilities on Thursday.
Any future changes to Rubi-Ka’s situation would probably have a negative effect on the galactic economy. Markets are still recovering from the last Rubi-Kan civil war, when notum shipments were severely reduced through the course of the conflict.
A major concern is that the recent challenges by the Council of Ares and other clan organisations have placed the Council of Truth - the only clan body officially recognised by Omni-Tek, and a stabilising element on the clan side - in a precarious situation. Recent rumours of the Council’s association with the terrorist group known as the “Dust Brigade,” which was bolstered by repeated sightings of “Dusters” around the Council’s headquarters in Tir yesterday, exacerbates the Council of Truth’s already difficult position.
The ICC reportedly fears the outbreak of another civil war, and has voiced concerns regarding the state of Rubi-Ka’s neutral citizens, who are often caught between the warring factions. ICC regulations expressly state that all colonists and corporate employees - officially, the ICC recognises neutrals as Omni-Tek employees - have the right to security and peace, regardless of political viewpoint.
It’s believed that the ICC - with the support of the majority of the hyper-corporations - will propose the assignment of more ICC Peacekeepers on Rubi-Ka. Peacekeepers were first posted on Rubi-Ka in 29443 in the wake of the Corporate Wars.
Under ICC regulations, a majority vote in an assembly can empower the ICC with emergency powers, which include the ability to authorise the immediate placement of ICC Peacekeepers to ensure economic stability, prevent war, and protect citizens’ rights against corporate mismanagement.
According to the ICC, the proposal for tomorrow’s assembly was submitted by the Sol Banking Corporation, who will take the speaker’s chair to present the case to the delegates.
Omni-Tek has, for the time being, refused to comment on the situation, and repeated attempts to contact the Corporation’s delegates on Earth have been unsuccessful.
AUG 14 29,476 - INVESTIGATIONS END IN BRUTAL MAYHEM
Omni-Pol investigations into the permanent death of an unidentified male found in the Lush Hills Resort end in brutal mayhem as Dust Brigade Commandoes turn up and start shooting at the investigators. Local patrons and guests at the resort come to the investigators' aid, and manage to kill one of the commandoes.
The Omni Herald
16:48 August 15, 29476 RST
The ongoing investigation into the Lush Hills Resort homicide was brutally obstructed yesterday by an attack by masked clan terrorists, who fired shots at Omni-Pol officers, the on-site investigator, and civilians.
OP Detective Winterfeldt, who was assigned to survey the exterior of the resort for any biological or digital traces of the homicide victim - currently a John Doe - was specifically targeted by the masked commandoes. Though she received terminal injuries, she returned to work today, telling the Herald that she’s adamant that Omni-Pol’s Anti-Terrorism Unit will step up their fight against the mounting Dust Brigade threat
As for her traumatic experiences which resulted in insurance-pattern restitution, Winterfeldt released the following statement to the Corporate press:
“The officers at the scene suffered worse, and those brave boys are still standing. Aside from some confusion, a throbbing headache, and a partial memory-loss relating to yesterday’s incident, I’m in tip-top shape. I don’t intend to let clan bullies browbeat me into submission. We’re going to pick up the investigation where we left off, with strengthened resolve.”
Omni-Pol says that one of the masked commandoes - who apparently had no insurance - was killed by Omni-Pol officers. The body has been brought to Omni-Pol’s criminal labs in Omni-1 for further examination. Investigators say that the person’s NCU may contain vital clues to the whereabouts of the Dust Brigade clan.
Asked if she believes there’s a direct link between Monday’s homicide and the terrorists, Detective Winterfeldt states that there’s no concrete evidence to that as of yet, but that the appearance of, and statements made by, the masked commandoes - as well as new physical evidence - indicate that the John Doe has links with the Brigade.
The John Doe, who was in his late forties, was found in a private room at the Lush Hills Resort on Monday. The Herald published a picture of the man on Tuesday, and has so far received more than one hundred tips from the public that might aid Omni-Pol’s investigation.
AUG 20 29,476 - ICC VOTES FOR EMERGENCY POWERS
The ICC emergency assembly results in a close to unanimous vote in favour of granting emergency powers.
Rubi-Ka Hedline Services
16:53 August 20, 29476 RST
In a landslide vote this morning, the emergency assembly of the Interstellar Confederation of Corporations has granted the ICC emergency powers, effective immediately. The vote was 218 for, 6 against, with 39 abstained.
The emergency powers act states that the ICC can take action against, or in support of, any corporation or corporate colony without a majority vote, under the direct command of the Secretary General, and in the best interests of member corporations, the galactic economy, and the well-being of corporate colonists. The ICC emergency powers act has not been employed since the end of the Corporate Wars.
The vote was instigated by the Sol Banking Corporation, citing growing concerns over the current situation on Rubi-Ka. Sol B.C. stated, in their official address to the delegates, that the ICC has a responsibility to ensure the continued stability of Rubi-Ka in light of the Council of Truth’s weakened position, the continued attacks on the civilian population by Dust Brigade terrorists, and the last few days’ rumoured discord within the Omni-Tek Corporation.
Subsequent to the vote and the conclusion of the assembly, ICC Secretary General Isidra Derousse spoke briefly with the press, announcing plans for a press conference this evening where Derousse will outline the ICC’s immediate implementation of its emergency powers.
It’s widely believed that the ICC plans to send additional Peacekeepers to Rubi-Ka, under a military directive to ensure stability and to protect civilian colonists against corporate and rebel aggression.
Omni-Tek delegates refused to make any statement to the press following the passing of the vote, although Omni Prime is currently considering an official answer, and sources say that Omni-Tek may submit a formal complaint with the ICC in order to avoid an increased ICC presence on Rubi-Ka.
Headline Services contacted the Omni-Tek Corporation of Rubi-Ka for comment, but was told that since this is not a local matter, but a galactic one, OT-RK can not and will not comment.
AUG 21 29,476 - ICC DEPLOYS PEACEKEEPERS TO RUBI-KA
The ICC announces, through Secretary General Isidra Derousse, they will use the emergency powers to deploy additional Peacekeeper troops on Rubi-Ka in order to protect innocent civilians.
13:01 August 21, 29476 RST
In a press conference last night, the Interstellar Confederation of Corporations announced plans to post additional ICC Peacekeepers on Rubi-Ka.
The ICC voted to enact the emergency powers statute Tuesday, in response to what they call an “increasingly destabilising situation” on Rubi-Ka. In particular, they refer to the recent upsurge against the Council of Truth - spearheaded by the Council of Ares, and by rumours of ties between the Council of Truth and the Dust Brigade - as a major contributing factor in their decision.
It’s still unclear how the deployment of Peacekeepers will affect clan citizens, although it’s evident that the ICC troops will primarily be posted in neutral territories. UniClanCast has spoken with the Council of Truth, who are expected to release a statement this afternoon.
AUG 23 29,476 - POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN COT AND DUST BRIGADE REVEALED
Through investigations into the permanent death of a man found in the Lush Hills resort, Omni-Pol reveals evidence found in the deceased's NCU that suggests Council of Truth involvement in the funding and support of known terrorist organisations. A hunt for two prominent Council of Truth employees is started. The Council of Truth refuses to hand them over to Omni-Pol for questioning.
The Omni Herald
12:02 August 23, 29476 RST
The continuing investigation into the death of an as-yet unidentified male in the Lush Hills Resort early last week has finally yielded results, Omni-Pol media liaison Burton Shogren told the Herald this morning.
A concealed and unauthorised Grid access-point at the resort purportedly contained new evidence that may link the unexplained death to both the Council of Truth and to the clan terrorists known as the “Dust Brigade.”
The torture and murder of the forty-seven year was the subject of an extensive on-site investigation last Wednesday - led by Omni-Pol Detective Winterfeldt - which was brutally and fatally interrupted by Dust Brigade terrorists. Detective Winterfeldt was mortally injured, but she was back on the case the following day. She told the Herald that, minutes before the attack, she was contacted by an informant who provided vital clues that led investigators to the Grid access-point.
Shogren told the Herald that it’s not yet been determined whether the homicide was perpetrated with life-force disrupting arms, or if the victim simply lacked insurance, but traces of antimatter molecules in the victim’s room may indicate the former.
Omni-Pol is not yet ready to divulge the exact nature of the evidence they have come into possession of, linking the Council of Truth with the Dust Brigade, but Shogren says that the evidence is “solid, demonstrable, and of a largely financial nature”, indicating that the Council may have been providing funds to the Dust Brigade to finance their terrorist activities against Omni-Tek employees and civilians.
The Herald has been in touch with the Council of Truth, and a spokesperson for the Council says that they have not yet been made officially aware of the accusations, or of Omni-Pol’s findings, but that the intimation of any form of link between the Council and the Brigade is “ridiculous and baseless”, and “pure Corporate propaganda”.
Relations between the Council of Truth and the Omni-Tek Corporation have deteriorated for the past six months, and with the Council now under pressure from several clans to take a harder line against Omni-Tek, its future appears uncertain at best. Omni-Pol’s findings can only serve to make the Council’s position even more precarious.
AUG 26 29,476 - LORD GALAHAD RESIGNS FROM THE COT
The Council of Truth seems no closer to an agreement. The internal strife and bickering culminates in the resignation of prominent council-member Lord Galahad.
SEP 05 29,476 - ROSS AND RADIMAN MEET
Philip Ross and Henry Radiman meet head to head in a last-ditch effort to conjure a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Rubi-Ka Headline Services
16:16 September 05, 29476 RST
OMNI-1 (RKHS) – The Council of Truth’s refusal to hand over personnel to Omni-Pol for questioning has stirred top-level management into action. “Boss” Ross is expected to have a private dialogue with Henry Radiman this evening, in an attempt to resolve the issue.
While critics may regard this as little more than grandstanding on behalf of the Corporation, political experts see it as a sign that relations between the Council of Truth and Omni-Tek are not improving.
Not even the probable deployment of ICC Peacekeepers - a decision that’s been sharply criticised by both sides - appears to have united the two political opponents.
Two leaders, diverging paths
For a while last year, it appeared that the growing openness between Omni-Tek and the Council of Truth, and the developing friendship between Ross and Radiman, might help forge a new future for Rubi-Ka, but the explosion in Omni-1 appeared to permanently derail the relationship.
The two leaders have not spoken face to face since, and insiders say that there’s an increasing air of mutual bitterness and distrust between Ross and Radiman.
With Henry Radiman and the Council of Truth now under suspicion for collaborating with terrorists, experts anticipate that relations will cool even further. Philip Ross has yet to comment on Omni-Pol’s investigations, but the Council has denied any wrongdoing on behalf of both the organisation and of Radiman himself.
The scheduled conversation could be seen as a last resort for a diplomatic solution to Omni-Pol’s request. Omni-Pol has stated that, if necessary, they can and will enter Tir to take the relevant personnel into custody, and bring them to Omni-Pol headquarters in Omni-1 for questioning.
Though the Council and the Corporation would both prefer to avoid any kind of situation in Tir, the Council has repeatedly stated that, without solid criminal charges being pressed, Omni-Pol can not forcibly remove clan citizens from Council-held territories.
With the ICC currently evaluating Omni-Tek’s complaint about their decision to post additional Peacekeepers on Rubi-Ka, it’s probably in the Corporation’s best interests to avoid a confrontation with the Council of Truth at this point. Complicating the issue, however, is the fact that the ICC has also urged the Corporation to deal with the terrorist threat in an immediate and efficient manner, which makes Omni-Pol’s investigation a high priority issue.
SEP 09 29,476 - ICC REJECTS OMNI-TEK'S COMPLAINT
The ICC rejects Omni-Tek.s formal complaint, and retains its decision to grant emergency powers.
Rubi-Ka Headline Services
17:08 September 09, 29476 RST
NEWLAND CITY (ARKP) – The ICC decided this morning to reject Omni-Tek’s formal protest regarding the deployment of Peacekeepers on Rubi-Ka. ICC Secretary General Isidra Derousse just informed the press that the Peacekeepers currently in orbit around Rubi-Ka will begin preparing for transfer to an orbital station, and subsequent planetfall.
Last week, the ICC held back troops en route to Rubi-Ka, pending a formal inquiry into the allegations of mismanagement and corporate favouritism lodged by the Omni-Tek Corporation.
Omni-Tek’s complaint has, during the past week, been efficiently processed by the ICC.s Office of Colonial Affairs, and their conclusions were voted upon yesterday evening in an ICC assembly.
“A speedy, efficient, and fair process by the Office of Colonial Affairs, and a majority vote passed by member corporations, has determined that Omni-Tek’s allegations of mismanagement and favouritism, and their objection to the deployment of Peacekeepers, are without merit,” Secretary General Isidra Derousse told the press. “Our original decision to deploy Peacekeepers in an effort to stabilise the Rubi-Kan political situation has thus been upheld. I have ordered the Peacekeepers in orbit around Rubi-Ka to begin preparations for immediate deployment.”
Local unrest over Peacekeepers’ role
With news of the imminent arrival of ICC Peacekeepers, locals have voiced concerns regarding what role the ICC troops will assume, and what effect their presence will have on an already fragile situation.
“Now that it’s finally official that the Peacekeepers will land, it’s only natural to ask what part they will play in the ongoing political games on Rubi-Ka,” Ramos Kawamoto - Editor-in-Chief of the controversial publication TAG, and notorious political commentator - told Headline Services. “Amid all the rumours and objections, we’ve never really been informed what, exactly, the Peacekeepers will do here, and how many there are. Where will they be posted, and what kind of orders have they been given? These are all interesting questions, and they need to be addressed by the ICC if they are hoping for any kind of public backing to their presence.”
Omni-Tek disappointed with conclusion
High-ranking Omni-Tek officials have told Headline Services that they find ICC’s processing of the complaint “hurried”, and of “questionable integrity”, and that Omni Prime is considering further political actions.
“We’re very disappointed with the outcome of this process, we have good reason to question the rushed manner in which it was conducted,” states an anonymous Corporate source. “We will comply with the ICC’s directives, but we intend to lodge an appeal. We feel the decision was made with little to no actual knowledge of local affairs, and was probably just an attempt by Derousse to save face. After all, her initial decision to launch what amounts to a joint, military attack on Omni-Tek’s interests on Rubi-Ka by rival corporations will be remembered in the future as the ICC’s greatest, and gravest, political mistake.”
SEP 18 29,476 - COT DISAPPEARS WITHOUT TRACE
The Council of Truth disappears amid rumours of a coup d'état. All Council offices are emptied and all representatives go AWOL.
12:00 September 18, 29476 RST
TIR (UCC) – As of this morning, the Council of Truth is no more. Rumours began spreading in the clan community early yesterday evening about the possible fall of the Council, and the Council remains incommunicado at this time.
While little real information has been garnered yet, witnesses say that the Council’s headquarters in Tir have been completely abandoned by all delegates and officials, as well as most or all Council employees and volunteers.
The Council’s armed forces have also left Tir, possibly to escort Council delegates away from the city under guard.
It’s not yet known what or who triggered this dramatic development in the Council’s rapidly intensifying crisis, or when or why the decision was made to disband the Council.
Rumours that there was a military coup d’état on the Council in the early hours of this morning, and that Henry Radiman and his closest associates have been arrested or forced to flee Tir, remain unconfirmed.
UCC will follow this developing story throughout the day.
SEP 18 29,476 - ICC PEACEKEEPERS MAKE PLANETFALL
ICC Peacekeepers make planetfall after weeks of deliberation pending the ICC's processing of Omni-Tek's formal complaint.
Rubi-Ka Headline Services
13:30 September 18, 29476 RST
BOREALIS (ARKP) – After numerous delays, the ICC Peacekeepers have made planetfall and are being rapidly deployed to their permanent stations. Initial deployment is expected to be complete within a few hours.
The Peacekeepers will primarily be deployed in neutral territories, to guarantee the protection of civilians in what the ICC has labelled a “progressively destabilising situation”.
The Peacekeepers’ broad mandate also includes ensuring the continued mining and processing of notum, and delivery of processed notum to off-world shipping facilities for further distribution.
While no Peacekeepers are to get involved in direct confrontations between clan-members and Corporation employees, there is some debate regarding the scope of the ICC’s involvement, which may include the containment of large-scale armed conflicts if and when civilian lives may be under threat, or notum mines, processing facilities, or shipments may be at risk.
Commenting on the ongoing deployment of Peacekeepers, ICC Secretary General Isidra Derousse said that the Confederation is “pleased that the precarious political situation on Rubi-Kan can finally be monitored and controlled, and we’re confident the Peacekeepers will fulfil their directives without undue interference to local affairs.”
Updated: Breaking news
Following substantiated rumours that the Council of Truth may have fallen, and the revelation that Tir may no longer have an active guard force, it’s now increasingly likely that ICC Peacekeepers will be immediately deployed to Tir County to prevent any outbreak of violence.
The Council’s disbandment may trigger the annulment of the Tir Accord, giving Omni-Tek the authority to re-enter clan territories without prior consent or motive. The ICC will in all likelihood attempt to contain the situation while a short-term solution can be found, and negotiations for a long-term settlement can begin.
No ICC representatives will comment at this point, and no Council officials could be reached.
OCT 10 29,476 - WANTED COT EMPLOYEES PERMANENTLY KILLED
Both wanted Council of Truth employees are found, but are permanently killed by the Dust Brigade as they are being escorted back towards Omni-1 for questioning.
The Omni Herald
17:16 October 10, 29476 RST
OMNI-1 (TOH) – During the last week’s intense man-hunt, Omni-Pol managed to track down the two wanted Council of Truth officials Max Spiva and Carlene Solari. The successful investigation came at a high cost however, as violence erupted causing casualties within the investigation team, as well as the permanent death of both runaways at the hands of the Dust Brigade.
After Omni-Pol last week for the first time revealed the names of the fugitives in a bid to have the local community help in the search, the man-hunt - the largest in Rubi-Kan history - came to a close with elaborate civilian assistance.
The team of investigators were working around the clock over the weekend, and were finally rewarded late Monday evening as Carlene Solari was located in Wailing Wastes. Max Spiva was found and apprehended in Newland Desert last night by a group of neutral rangers.
Both met with the same destiny as they were being escorted back towards Omni-1 for questioning. The escorts were brutally attacked by Dust Brigade terrorists and both prisoners were permanently terminated. Several investigators and volunteers were also mortally wounded in the assaults.
“It was obviously a huge blow for us,” Omni-Tek Media Liaison Burton Shogren told the Herald this morning. “We naturally wanted to question the two about their involvement in, and support of, acts of terrorism. Their deaths have set the investigation back a long way.”
The failure to secure the two prisoners has highlighted the problem posed by the Dust Brigade, and the need for an increasingly hard line towards the terrorists.
Omni-Pol still have the battered NCUs of the two former Council of Truth officials and are hoping they will be a source of useful information.
“We are certain there are clues within their NCUs, and our technicians are hard at work examining them.” Shogren commented. “As I said, this has set us back, but not permanently. On the bright side, the incident has allowed us a better insight into the Brigade’s operational methods that will prove very useful in future investigations and actions.”
OCT 18 29,476 - TIR ACCORD ANNULLED
The glue that held the fragile peace together, the Tir Accord, is annulled by Omni-Tek. After the Council has stepped down from its duties as 'government' of the united clans, Omni-Tek claims the agreement is no longer valid. ICC Secretary General, Isidra Derousse, immediately voices her concerns, and plans to lodge a formal investigation into the decision made by Omni-Tek.
17:23 October 18, 29476 RST
ANDROMEDA (UCC) – After this week’s revelation from Philip Ross the Omni-Tek Corporation will no longer adhere to the Tir Accord, the neutral ICC observers have voiced considerable concerns about the statements made by the local Omni-Tek leader. The ICC Secretary General said in a Grid-link press conference this morning that the ICC will consider a formal investigation into the resolutions drawn up on Omni Prime.
Philip Ross declared in an informational session with several department leaders and executives a few days ago that Omni-Tek will no longer abide by the Tir Accord as a consequence to the disappearance of the Council of Truth.
While immediate reactions to Ross’s announcement were scarce, opposition and concern is starting to mount in the political environment.
“This was a very unfortunate turn of events,” Isidra Derousse, the ICC Secretary General said in a Grid-link press conference this morning. “The agreement (the Tir Accord) was the major contributor of stability on the planet, and the peace was dependent on it. We will have to look into this more closely, to examine whether or not this was a correct approach by Omni-Tek.”
A formal investigation into the resolutions drawn up by Omni-Tek, and the treatment of the accord is being considered within the next few days.
“As I have understood, the Council of Truth only disappeared, it never ceased to exist, and that brings Omni-Tek’s decision into question.” Derousse continued. “This is definitely grounds for investigation, and we will start the process immediately.”
NOV 22 29,476 - THE SENTINELS TAKE BACK TIR
After the abolition of the Tir Accord, the city of Tir experienced a rush of Omni-Tek employees walking freely around the city. The militaristic, proactive clan Sentinels - often branded terrorists - led by Simon Silverstone, ousted the ICC Peacekeepers and took control of the city. Both Omni-Tek employees and neutral citizens were killed on sight by the new guards.
17:13 November 22, 29476 RST
TIR (UCC) – The Sentinels, led by Simon Silverstone, launched an attack on Tir this afternoon and has taken control of the city.
Yesterday, Silverstone was spotted in Tir talking to several clan leaders and local residents, and witnesses say he was preparing and rallying for the attack.
“Tir has been invaded, violated by the black tide of the Corporate machine and been reduced to just another cog in the wheel,” he was quoted as saying by our reporter in Tir before he continued. “Tomorrow, Tir will again be standing proud for its citizens, lighted up by the indestructible commitment of people with nothing left to lose, and the Omni-Tek rubbish will be thrown into the bin where they belong.”
Now it’s a fact. Tir has been “liberated” from the ICC Peacekeepers and the visiting Omni-Tek employees by soldiers from the Sentinels.
It is still unclear what Silverstone’s intentions are, whether he plans to install himself as “governor” or whether his sole intention was to bring it back under a unified clan control.
NOV 29 29,476 - NOTUM MINING MONOPOLY ENDS
The ICC declares an end to Omni-Tek's absolute monopoly of notum mining, opening up for all organisations to drill the precious element. The new rules stipulate, however, that Omni-Tek retains its monopoly on off-world distribution of notum.
Rubi-Ka Headline Services
10:00 November 29, 29476 RST
ANDROMEDA (RKHS) – In a press conference yesterday, ICC Secretary General Isidra Derousse announced some of the restrictions of notum mining on Rubi-Ka will be lifted. The new system will be set in effect immediately and will allow private organisations to mine notum in designated areas defined by the ICC.
In the press conference, Derousse stated that the reasons for the changes in policy and lease conditions came as a consequence of Omni-Tek’s invalidation of the Tir Accord and as “punishment” for increased political instability.
The new regulations will effectively end Omni-Tek’s absolute monopoly on the valuable resource. However, Omni-Tek will still control the refining and shipping of the notum.
“This is a ludicrous effort by the ICC,” Omni-Tek Press Liaison Burton Shogren commented. “Omni-Tek has adhered to every single point stipulated in the lease of Rubi-Ka, but it’s difficult when the ICC continues to reinvent the rules. Our lawyers are wording the appeal as we speak.”
Derousse however, remained adamant it was the correct decision to make, but wouldn’t reveal what impact this might have on Omni-Tek’s bid to renew their lease of the planet.
“The lease was signed on completely different terms and premises, many of which are invalid today, and our decision will not be revoked. As to Omni-Tek’s application for an extended lease of Rubi-Ka: no comment.”
DEC 05 29,476 - FOURTH CIVIL WAR DUBBED THE NOTUM WARS
In an editorial in the radical publication the Voice of Freedom, the editor looks at ICC's decision to end Omni-Tek's monopoly on notum mining, and brands the decision the opening of the fourth Rubi-Kan Civil War. He calls it The Notum Wars.
Voice of Freedom
17:02 December 05, 29476 RST
by The Editor
The colours are lighting up the sky like the fireworks over the Council of Truth building in Tir on April 18th when I was a kid clutching at my mama’s leg. Unlike those happy memories, this time around the sounds are hostile, violent and brutal, and the atmosphere tense and insecure. I cover my ears and look at the burning sky pretending it is fireworks I’m looking at… but I know it isn’t, I know all too well it isn’t.
What happened to the general feeling of hope and optimism that was starting to lure its way into my otherwise jaded heart?
I know, I know… everything wasn’t all dandy and rosy, with sugary sprinkles on, but it was definitely better than what I’m feeling now.
The Council blew it, sure, and the clans were at unrest, no arguments there, but I could sense the tired willingness to cooperate; to at least attempt to sort things out. I mean, the Tir Accord was declared obsolete; something I thought would give the Corporation incentive to start their habitual unsatisfactory behaviour. But when that failed to happen, I was really thinking we were on to something here.
I should have known better of course… When old man Ross pleasantly surprised me, I should have known I could count on the ICC to tear it all down. For god’s sake, look at what they did! And the worst thing is: I think they’re under the conviction they did the right thing.
So they open up for anyone who wants to mine notum to do it. Can they even do that? I guess they can, but look at the reasoning behind the whole thing. I’m disgusted.
They have effectively started what is turning out to be the fourth Rubi-Kan Civil War. The last one ended with the signing of the Tir Accord, this one started with the ICC declaring a carte blanche on notum mining.
Do we even know what kind of consequences this might have? I mean, everything that seems too good to be true has an uncanny tendency to come back with a vengeance and bite us viciously in the behind. That’s a universal law.
Still, I don’t know why I bother some times. What’s changed? Really? We’re fighting the same war over and over again, there’s peace, then there’s war again and the only difference is the time and the name.
So, whatever, let’s call this one The Notum Wars.
DEC 21 29,476 - REPORTS ON POSSIBLE CYBORG ATTACK
Reports regarding a possible cyborg attack, suspected to start within the holidays are discussed within Omni-Pol. The conclusions are that the cyborgs, at the current time, do not pose any treat towards Omni-Tek interests on the planet. The reports is dismissed and filed.
DEC 29 29,476 - MORE REPORTS ON CYBORG ACTIVITY IGNORED
Additional reports regarding cyborg troop movements are ignored by Omni-Pol as idle rumors. The consequence of this, leads to a series of successful raids performed by the cyborg forces. Only the quick response of the ICC and the citizens of Borealis prevent the cyborgs from achieving their goal to take control of the weather control system.
JAN 02 29,477 - OMNI-TEK SECURES GAP IN NETWORK
After an intense study of their computer network, Omni-Tek finds a major security gap in the network that may have accounted for Cyborg intelligence. While engineers worked on repairing the damage, a taskforce is sent to eradicate all cyborg key personnel and facilities. The mission is partly a success as several key installations is destroyed, but the brain behind the attacks managed to avoid detection.
JAN 21 29,477 - MERCS PAID TO INCREASE SECURITY IN NEWLAND
An unnamed neutral organisation pays a band of mercenaries a total of 100 million credits to increase security in Newland City. Clan-members are from this moment shot on sight in the neutral city as an answer to the Sentinels' treatment of the neutral population in Tir.
11.45, January 21.29477 RST
“In response to Clan Sentinel aggression in Tir, mercenaries have been hired to rid Newland City of Clanners.” - Adam Smith, Newland City press representative.
It has been revealed that this deal is funded by a neutral organization. “To protect their interests we will at least not immediately, reveal the identity of who brokered the deal. The community is however highly pleased with this support it has received from our gracious donors.”
According to reliable OmniGlobe sources, the deal cost the neutrals at least 100 million credits.
Loren Warr is the leader and spokesperson of the mercenaries (and also the twin of the well known mercenary, Ian Warr). When asked how this came about, Loren answered: “Being neutral, symbolizes the essence of the human spirit and of freedom of choice, so we are in this by conviction as much as contract.”
Asked whether the mercenaries’ affiliations with the Omni-Tek Corporation in the past didn’t conflict with this view of the neutrals, Loren answered: “No, not at all. As I see it, the Corporation is the protector of freedom and independence. Its tolerance towards other factions is admirable, especially when it is taken into account what it really could do were it so inclined. Like a friend of mine put it: Mercenaries protecting Newland City may cost a few million credits. But anyone kicking a Clanner butt is priceless!”
In response to the announcement from Newland City, Omni-Tek called a press conference where Philip Ross took questions on the issue.
“Indeed Omni-Tek supports this initiative to try and stabilize the appalling situation in the neutral areas. Despite claims, the corporation has no hand in this matter. But we have good relations with Newland City officials and are confident that this arrangement will improve the lives of the Newland population.”
Asked by the Voice of Freedom representative about what situation exactly Mr. Ross was referring to, he responded: “For months, Clanners have been relentlessly attacking neutral notum mining bases; Omni-Tek does not condone that. That must be crystal clear.”
“As if that was not reason enough, this aggression undermines the economy of the entire Rubi-Ka population. When business suffers, citizens suffer. Commerce is the life blood of any society.”
“And last but not least, we support the right of the neutrals to defend themselves against Commander Fisk and his team of Sentinel terrorists. They have overrun Tir and boisterously sworn to exterminate neutrals. It is barbaric.”
“I stress that we are not involved in this arrangement but we do give it our full moral support. We have been involved in the training of Mrs. Loren Warr in the past and are confident in her abilities to deal with the situation.”
“Isn’t it “Mister Warr”, Mr. Ross?” Gridstream Productions asked (referring to the fact that the Warr twins are atroxes) as the conference drew to a close. “I am afraid I am not the person to solve that mystery for you Mr. Tarryk.” Mr. Ross answered with an almost invisible smile, “But I am sure Loren will be happy to respond to that if you brave asking her - or him.”
MAR 07 29,477 - CYBORGS ATTACKS AGAIN
A small force of cyborg troops is located near the city of Old Athen. Whilst these forces were quickly defeated by clan operatives, Omni-Pol, having learned from past mistakes sends out several teams to survey for any other cyborg movements. Vital data about the cyborg threat is recovered during this mission.
CYBORG THREAT GRAVER THAN FIRST ASSESSED
Data recovered two days earlier implies that the cyborgs had been producing ground based artillery at several key installations and factories. Further more, an Omni-Tek scientist had been located within one of these bases. Scout teams were immediately deployed to assess the situation.
MAR 10 29,477 - OMNI-POL ATTACKS CYBORG COMPLEX
Omni-Pol launches a full scale attack on the primary cyborg complex in the northern part of the perpetual wasteland, successfully neutralizing all factories in the area. The captured Omni-Tek scientist is killed during the attack. While official reports state that she was killed by cyborgs, then several eyewitnesses claim the scientist were executed by Omni-Pol personnel. An internal investigation is launched, but proves inconclusive.
MAR 12 29,477 - SENTINELS AND OMNI-POL CLASH IN TIR
Despite the destruction of their factories Cyborg activity around the city of Athen increase dramatically. Whilst the city guards were able to defeat these groups, it quickly became clear that something larger was at play and that the cyborgs were organised and focused. Key clan members arrange a meeting between themselves and omni-pol operatives inside the city of Tir. The sentinels learn about this, and immediately dispatch troops to the area. During the following skirmish, the Omni-Pol operatives manage to escape.
MAR 14 29,477 - COALITION FORCE STRIKES CYBORGS BACK
Having found the main Cyborg base and combining their forces with hundreds of clansmen in a deal struck in Tir days earlier, Omni-Pol soldiers and employees engage the cyborgs in Walling waste. The battle lasted for several hours and despite heavy casualties coalition force is victorious. A special taskforce is put into place by Omni-Pol to monitor all cyborg movements the next few months. But there is no indication of further confrontations. All files are sealed pertaining the cyborg’s recent actions.
JUL 02 29,477 - HOLLOW ISLAND HOME TO HOSTILE FLORA
The IRRK reports that strange meteor showers in orbit saw the mysterious appearance of new forms of hostile flora to Rubi-Ka, although Omni-Med and OTAF evacuated and closed off all infected areas, sending in a joint task force to eradicate the pests and despite a spokesman for the OT department of agriculture says the emergency was over and the farmers back on the plantations were back in their usual routine rumours persisted that some of the weeds were still growing wild in and around Hollow Island.
JUL 05 29,477 - OMNI-INTERNOPS OFFICIAL FOUND DEAD
A senior Omni-Interops official is found murdered in Omni-1 Entertainment’s sewer system. Omni-Tek suggest that know criminal, and ex Omni employee Dave “Diamondcut” Duster may have been behind the killing and warned citizens to be on the lookout for the criminal.
AUG 27 29,477 - JOBE SCIENTISTS OPEN SHADOWLANDS PORTAL
OTPC reported that, JAME (Jobe Association of Metaphysical Exploration) under the leadership of Lord Kaldrani Skallagrim and Lady Giljabet Skellibjalla have finally been able to realize their long standing vision by stabilizing the portal between Rubi-Ka and what has been termed "the Shadowlands." The new conduit was successfully opened into a stable wormhole-like state for a duration of 60 minutes and allowed for supplies and volunteers to be ferried across. This portal, a closely guarded secret until now, is now believed capable of providing safe travel through to the parallel dimension. While the experimental stages of this technology resulted in an undisclosed number of fatalities, revolutionary strides in both portal techniques and the application of nano-technology have resulted in this phenomenal achievement.
OMNI - HQ, 27 August 29477
Today, JAME (Jobe Association of Metaphysical Exploration) under the leadership of Lord Kaldrani Skallagrim and Lady Giljabet Skellibjalla have finally been able to realize their long standing vision by stabilizing the portal between Rubi-Ka and what has been termed “the Shadowlands.” The new conduit was successfully opened into a stable wormhole-like state for a duration of 60 minutes and allowed for supplies and volunteers to be ferried across. This portal, a closely guarded secret until now, is now believed capable of providing safe travel through to the parallel dimension. While the experimental stages of this technology resulted in an undisclosed number of fatalities, revolutionary strides in both portal techniques and the application of nano-technology have resulted in this phenomenal achievement.
JAME Research Station was erected within the Shadowlands shortly after the portal technology was discovered and tested to ensure the conduit indeed remained as stable as expected. Only an unexplained blowout of several power conduits in the research facility hampered these early efforts.
“In the recent months several successful attempts have been made to recreate the conduit and improve the security and stability of the technology and equipment currently used to create this passage into uncharted territories,” exclaimed Lady Skellibjalla
Lord Kaldrani Skallagrim has decided that now it is time to share this breakthrough with the world and has announced that what he himself calls “the portal”, will be opening and taken in active service in 14 days time. New colonists will be offered the opportunity to partake in an experiment exploring the odds of surviving in the hostile Shadowlands environment under the supervision of the scientists themselves. The existing inhabitants of Rubi-Ka will be offered the opportunity to aid in the exploration and colonization of this newly discovered dimension.
AUG 28 29,477 - ERGO IS DISCOVERED
A mysterious being calling itself Ergo appears at several location across Rubi-Ka, accompanied by Yuttos helpers this being seems to exist in several locations at once with some kind of shared consciousness. Ergo speaks about the Shadowlands and claims to be some kind of ancient protector or curator of the realm.
SEP 02 29,477 - HALLUCINOGENIC VISIONS REPORTED
Strange visions are reported by several Omni employees, speculation mounts that the opening of the Shadowlands portal by JAME is somehow connected to these strange hallucinogenic experiences and few believe the cover story provided regarding possible illegal stims having hallucinogenic side effects.
SEP 02 29,477 - OMNI-TEK TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF HALLUCINATIONS
Omni Tek announces that a Multi-Department Omni Taskforce has been established to try and determine the cause of recent paranormal reports of ‘visions’.
SEP 03 29,477 - RASH OF JAILBREAKS ACROSS RUBI-KA
A rash of criminals flowing out of several Rubi-Ka jails had both Omni-Tek and Clan officials baffled. Omni-1 Entertainment, Old Athens, Tir, Hope and Rome jails were all hit in a massive wave of attacks. Clan officials reported they experienced major power outages in the highest security sections, followed by massive fluctuations in their Grid facilities. They were able to re-establish control of those sections within minutes of the occurrence, but when they conducted cell checks several extremely dangerous criminals were found to be missing. Members of "The Dusters" under the leadership David "Diamondcut" Duster himself are suspected of being involved due to several eye witness reports.
A recent rash of criminals flowing out of several Rubi-Ka jails has both Omni-Tek and Clan officials baffled. Omni-1 Entertainment, Old Athens, Tir, Hope and Rome Red jails were all hit in a massive wave of attacks over the last couple of days. Clan officials have reported they experienced major power outages in the highest security sections, followed by massive fluctuations in their Grid facilities. They were able to re-establish control of those sections within minutes of the occurrence, but when they conducted cell checks several extremely dangerous criminals were found to be missing. Immediate manhunts were called and are still ongoing as of this reporting.
Omni-Pol officials claimed that they were overrun by a massive wave from their prisons general population just prior to the power outages. A few of the detainees were able to get past initial security but were quickly re-apprehended and placed back into custody. They, along with Clan officials made mention of a fluctuation in the Grid facility but claimed, “it wasn’t anything that doesn’t normally happen” and “we have contingencies for this (situation) already in place.” An unnamed Omni-Pol bureaucrat made a brief appearance and issued a public statement to a crowd of assembled media representatives. When pressed for further information, the Omni-Pol official replied with “those who have been removed from the jails will be found and returned. I have no further comments at this time.”
Reported sightings of what are believed to be members of “The Dusters” sprinkled into the investigation and are being followed up on presently by authorities. One unaligned individual even claimed to have seen David “Diamondcut” Duster himself, helping a large Atrox connect to a nearby Grid terminal. This Atrox has been identified as missing and is known as Johann “Brawler” Severitz to officials. Brawler is wanted in four cities across Rubi-Ka, and claims no allegiance to either side of the conflict anymore though he was once an Omni-Tek notum miner. His crimes include: treason, murder and burglary. He was being held in the Hope jail, located in the Area of Andromeda. Several other notable criminals missing from the Hope jail are: Steven “Thefixa” Clemente, and Darque “Hivilocity” McKesson. The list continues to grow as more reports are filed with the ICC.
The recent reports of the sudden appearance, and subsequent disappearance of Diamondcut and The Dusters, followed by this epidemic of villainy erupting onto the streets of Rubi-Ka bears watching. Omni-Pol officials have recently stated, “All escaped criminals will be found, and returned to custody.” Clan officials have made no other statements regarding the recapture of their escaped convicts.
SEP 05 29,477 - VISIONS CONTINUE TO BAFFLE OMNI-TEK
Omni Pol reacts to the continued reports of visions appearing to Omni personnel. These visions share a common theme about the ‘unlocking of new discoveries’.
SEP 06 29,477 - PHILIP ROSS ADDRESSES OMNI-TEK LEADERS
Philip Ross uses the planetfall anniversary celebrations to address Omni Tek employees in public regarding the recent mysterious visions.
Complete transscript of Ross’ Planetfall Address:
Citizens of Rubi-Ka, Omni-Tek Employees, welcome
First I want to thank everyone that helped defend this part of the city yesterday during the incidents that prevented me from meeting you then.
I am also informed by Omni-Tek departments that the investigation into the recent ‘visions’ that some employees have had is moving forward.
Now let that matter wait, we’re here to honor Planetfall day, even if we this year are a few days delayed.
Many long years ago our forefathers touched upon destiny when they made Planetfall upon this planet.A moment in history, when we stepped out from the old and into the new, leaving an age behind us. A moment and when the soul of mankind, long suppressed, finds utterance.
That moment was 775 years ago when the first brave pioneers set foot upon OT3934-12; the planet we now know as Rubi-ka. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we make the pledge of dedication to Omni-Tek, her employees and to the still larger cause of humanity. At the dawn of its colonization of Rubi-ka, Omni-Tek started on it’s unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with the striving and grandeur of her success and her failures.
Through good and ill fortune alike we have never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave it strength. All that you see around you we built in those 775 years, something that happened through blood, sweat and tears of men…
Nay, heroes we must not forget.
Let us remember the crew of Captain Yves Boulez who first arrived in this solar system…
Let us remember Min-Ji Liu, the first human to ever set foot on Rubi-Ka’s soil…
Let us remember the pioneers who soon would follow them and disappear…
Let us remember those who stood at the dawn of this planet’s history, filled with vision to become what we are today.
The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, compared to the greater triumphs and achievements that awaited us then. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we might fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today.
As all of you have heard, through wisdom and hard work, mankind has yet taken the step to a new future, and perhaps a new tomorrow. Again, after 775 years mankind will step out of the old and into the new; again, leaving an age behind.
Like the pioneers of old, new pioneers are moving as we speak to the the city of JOBE to ensure that again OMNI-TEK may continue it’s unending quest, for endless trackless centuries to come. Let this day be remembered not just as the day we made Planetfall, but also made the first steps to c…
(Ross is interrupted by an aide delivering a message)
Fellow employees, during this speech, a force from Omni-Tek Armed Forces moved towards Jobe to put force behind our claim on the portal.
They are under attack.
Driven by these…‘visions’…reactionary forces have attacked. Therefore my order must be clear.
I give the Omni-Tek armed forces…No…All Omni-Tek Employees present the order to go to aid them.
That is all. I thank you.
SEP 09 29,477 - PORTAL TO SHADOWLANDS OPENS FOR PUBLIC
JAME addresses partisan concerns that access to the newly discovered Shadowlands may fall foul of political manoeuvres. Philip Ross makes an official press release calling on Omni Tek employees to colonize the Shadowlands and in a more startling development Henry Radiman reappeared and called for the re-creation of the Council of Truth to ensure that clan members would not be neglected in the exploration of the Shadowlands and made a full statement to the clans.
Official JAME Release
Lady Skellibjalla has released this announcement on behalf of of JAME (Jobe Association of Metaphysical Exploration):
A final agreement has been reached and as promised by the creators of Jobe, the Shadowlands will be open to all!
However, Omni-Tek employees and clan members will need to provide certain services to pass, while the neutrals - untainted by the conflict as we are - will be required to pay only a small fee for entry. Full control of the portal will remain in the hands of JAME for the visible future.
Our aim is that eventually, all citizens of the planet Rubi-Ka will enjoy unfettered access to the knowledge of the Shadowlands.
The scientific knowledge gained from investigating Shadowlands technology will be available to all in Jobe. To protect the integrity and quality, exclusive rights have been given to the Independent Professionals Society and a handful of Jobean merchant associations to handle this business, and we bid everyone welcome, regardless of side chosen in the conflict on Rubi-Ka.
The scientists have received assurance that they will continue to be unaffected by the conflict to do their work. They also want to use this opportunity to warn people not to try and destabilize, let alone meddle in the business of the research scientists or the portal technicians. Any intrusions will be swiftly dealt with by Jobe security installations, which are already in place.
To travel to the Shadowlands as swiftly as possible, travelers are advised to talk directly to the Portal Technicians as soon as possible.
Official Message from Philip Ross
Today, as the Shadowlands portal is opened, Omni-Tek CEO Philip Ross released this official statement on behalf of the corporation:
Employees of Omni-Tek,
The path to a new tomorrow has been revealed by scientists and scholars bred and reared in our great corporation, forever loyal to Omni-Tek. It is engineered by our spirit, illuminated by our ingenuity and paved by our courage and determination to become all that we can become. It is the path into the Shadowlands.
By the wayside of our history lies the evidence of countless pioneers braving the unknown to bring us further ahead, towards perfection. The sacrifices of people like the Omni-Tek employees Boulez and Liu who gave their lives 775 years ago so their kind might prosper, have lead us into this new age of knowledge and experiences. They were of flesh and blood as you are. As they landed and gazed upon the blasted landscape they were exhilarated. They were determined. And as their craft broke down, they undoubtedly became scared of what awaited them, terrified of the lonely death they would suffer on this merciless planet…
But they continued for the good of mankind. They got the message back what awaited us here. They did not let us down - they did not let you down! They realized that it is Loyalty to our cause that makes us omnipotent, all else is incidental.
And now it is your turn not to let them down. Be loyal and be determined!
Citizens of Rubi-Ka, my decree is clear: Colonize the Shadowlands.
Statement Released from Henry Radiman
After more than a year of self-imposed exile, Mr. Henry Radiman the former leader of the Council of Truth, has resurfaced. His influence is felt unexpectedly strongly in the clan community and he released this statement to them today, now as the Shadowlands Portal is being opened:
People of Rubi-Ka,
This is a solemn moment, and I will speak to you from my heart.
I am a religious man. I believe in a God - A power, greater than our imaginations can fathom. The world is benign and at the same time indifferent, chaotic and at the same time filled with purpose. With Meaning!
All that we have gone through as a race, often obscures this fact, that we are constantly striving for something that we do not know what is. How can we do that without there being a purpose out there somewhere, guiding us at the same time that it drives us on. The meaning is our vehicle, its fuel and our destination. We are but passengers, but that is no small matter. The journey itself is for us, and because of us!
We are God’s celestial experiment, and this is the hour when we will finally meet our maker. How mankind has yearned for this moment, now becoming reality. For within the Shadowlands, the Source of all life rests and awaits us.
I believe it is our destiny to become one with the Shadowlands. I believe that Rubi-Ka is our Hill, that the Shadowlands are our cross and that the time has come for us to redeem mankind forever!
This is what I believe.
Share this vision with me, and let us seek the truth together within the Shadowlands!
SEP 10 29,477 - EXPLORERS COME IN CONTACT WITH ERGO
Explorers of the Shadowlands come into contact again with the mysterious being called Ergo, just like the creatures manifestations on Rubi-Ka, it warns of the conflict that rages throughout the Shadowlands between the darkness and the light, the Unredeemed and the Redeemed. Explorers find they will have to ally themselves to one or other side in the conflict in order to proceed through the strange new world of the Shadowlands. Back on Rubi-Ka the speculation even begins that this ancient conflict may have been influencing events in the real world.
OCT 15 29,477 - DUST BRIGADE STRIKES IN ROME AND BOREALIS
Dust Brigade units manage to pull off a series of attacks on Rome and Borealis. The target seemed to be members the recently formed Newland City Initiative (NLCI) who seek the removal of the mercenary presence from Newland City.
OCT 18 29,477 - NEWLAND CITY INITIATIVE GOES AHEAD AS PLANNED
Speculation mounts that Loren Warr, the spokesperson for the Newland mercenaries may have hand in the attacks on the Newland City Initiative. Itel of the NLCI gives an interview mere feet away from Miss Warr claiming that the initiative would press on regardless.
OCT 27 29,477 - DUST BRIGADE ATTACKS WEDDING PARTY
Another unprovoked Dust Brigade attack, this time on a wedding party being presided over by Henry Radiman himself. Whilst officials made little comment, public opinion debated whether the Dust brigade were now presumed linked to Loren Warr, as a holographic message from ‘The Lady’ delivered further warnings, or whether this ‘Lady’ was indeed a new ally of the Dust brigade as the message suggested.
OCT 27 29,477 - DUST BRIGADE ATTACK PRIVATE HOME
Dust Brigade commandos bomb the Borealis apartment of Katelin “Falikos” Phare, temporarily killing the owner and injuring two visitors. The motive for the attacks remained open to debate but was presumed linked to the Newland situation.
NOV 01 29,477 - NEWLAND GUARD INITIATIVE RAISES 145 MILLION
The Newland Guard Initiative successfully hold a fundraising event, raising over 145 million credits for their campaign to rid Newland of the mercenary presence.
NOV 05 29,477 - OTPC ACCUSE RADIMAN FOR DUST BRIGADE CONNECTIONS
The Omni Tek Press corp published a thinly veiled attack on Henry Radiman suggesting links between the former Council of Truth leader and the Dust Brigade.
NOV 25 29,477 - RADIMAN AND CLAN LEADERS PLAN SECOND COUNCIL OF TRUTH
After a rally in Old Athens, a meeting between Henry Radiman and clan leaders Anthony ‘Cogs’ McDuff, Commander ‘Caid’ Nottoris and Jenae ‘Tussa’ Godfray in the Council of Truth building is interupted by the appearance of a strange vision. After these mysterious events the assembled leaders decided upon the reformation of the Council of Truth with the blessing of Radiman.
DEC 03 29,477 - SCIENTISTS REVEAL PLANS TO CREATE NOTUM SUIT
At a science symposium a small Omni Tek sub department announces that they had made a breakthrough in allowing nanomages to survive outside of Rubi-Ka by use of a special Notum Infused Suit. It was claimed a prototype suit was almost ready for production.
DEC 05 29,477 - SABOTAGE SETS NOTUM SUIT DEVELOPMENT BACK YEARS
Mere days after announcing their research Omni Tek sub department Red Tape report that suspected corporate sabotage was responsible for lost data and a stolen prototype of the Notum infused suit that may set the research back years.
DEC 11 29,477 - OT ADMINISTRATOR ASKS CLANS FOR HELP
Charles ‘Kithrak’ Houston, former Director of Red Tape requests clan assistance in the recovery of the prototype Notum Infused Suit. It was revealed that terrorist mercenaries believed based in Milky Way and possibly linked to recent attacks Newland were also responsible for the theft of the prototype suit.
DEC 11 29,477 - NEWLAND SEEKS RESOLUTION TO MERC SITUATION
The Newland City Council begin talks to seek a resolution to the mercenary situation in Newland.
DEC 16 29,477 - PROTOTYPE NOTUM SUIT RECOVERED
A coalition of Omni Tek and Clan forces lead an expedition to Milky Way and fought a running battle with mercenary forces that resulted in the successful recovery of the prototype Notum infused suit.
DEC 18 29,477 - EXPLORERS DISCOVER PANDEMONIUM
Licensed explorers discover the chaotic central core of the Shadowlands known as Pandemonium, this area is deemed extremely dangerous and volatile and even the most battle hardened of veterans estimated it would be some time before further exploration in large numbers would be viable.
DEC 24 29,477 - COUNCIL OF TRUTH REFORMATION - FIRST STEPS
The first steps are taken by the clans to begin the reformation of the Council of Truth as the clerical staff present the rules for joining the council.
JAN 11 29,478 - STRONG PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE NEWLAND GUARD INITIATIVE
Strong Public support for the Newland Guard Initiative is reported by the Independent Reporters of Rubi-Ka.
JAN 19 29,478 - CYBORGS ATTACK KNIGHTS OF AVALON FORCES IN AVALON
The arrival of a new gunship to the Camelot knights in Avalon sparked a mysterious Cyborg attack that were repelled by Clan forces. Clan officials refused to comment on the possibility of OTAF involvement given the close proximity of Omni bases in the area.
FEB 04 29,478 - PHILLIP ROSS DONATES FUNDS TO THE NEWLAND GUARD INITIATIVE
In an unexpected move Philip Ross donates funds to the Newland Guard Initiative. Ross stated that he had personal reasons for supporting the initiative and that this did not mean any change in stance on neutrality by Omni Tek itself.
IRRK News Wire Staff
Februrary 04 29478, 25.12 RST
IRRK (Newland City) – The Newland City Council met again in Newland to discuss funding and procedures for the Newland Guard Initiative (NGI). On hand were representatives from J.A.M.E. and the Newland Council.
In a chilling turn of events it was discovered that the Newland Council bank account had been hacked and a total of 100 million credits has gone missing.
Many citizens offered what they could to make up for the missing money and steep charges of J.A.M.E., but one citizen in particular was able to pick up the bill alone. Phillip Ross showed up to the meeting in time to learn of the progress of the situation. He also agreed to pick up the outstanding missing funds.
Mr. Ross mentioned that his reasons for picking up the tab were, “his own,” and that the money provided is from his personal account and not tied to Omni-Tek. Mr. Ross did mention a strong desire to see the true neutrality of Newland show.
How much one accepts his statements will vary. But it’s clear that the Newland Guard Initiative is at least firmly underway.
But again, questions remain, what’s to come next? How will Loren Warr react?
FEB 05 29,478 - NEWLAND CITY INTENDS TO CREATE MILITIA DEFENCE FORCES
Newland City Council make an official statement declaring their intent to form a truly neutral defence force for the city with backing of JAME equipment. This is seen publicly as a great success for the Newland Guard Initiative and would call into question the validity of the mercenary presence in the city.
IRRK (Newland City) – Late this afternoon, Newland City Council publicly declares acceptance of JAME equipment contract, and begins recruiting efforts for the Cities new Defense Force.
Below is the statement by Councilman Tharno in it’s entirety.
It is with great pleasure that I stand before you today. After many months of discussion, investigation, and careful deliberation, the Council of the Independent City of Newland, at this time declares our intent to create a City Militia. A Militia OF and FOR the citizens of our City.
We will take the protection of our homes, loved ones, assets, and most importantly, our lives… into our OWN hands. We formally accept the services offered by JAME to this effort. With equipment and training provided by the advanced, and rugged frontiersmen of JAME, and staffed by our own determined citizens, our Newland City Militia will maintain peace and order for generations to come.
Thank you for your time. Good day."
This is truly the moment that many neutral citizens have been waiting for, the public declaration by the City Council to remove the mercenaries, and instate a new defense force.
The Militia of Newland is presently accepting applications. Contact the City Office of Administration for an application and instructions.
FEB 07 29,478 - NEWLAND CITY COUNCIL MEMBER FOUND DEAD
The body of former Newland City Council secretary Amahnda Dwemse is found in an apartment in Newland. Dwemse had spoken out previously about the mercenary presence in Newland and her death deemed highly suspicious by the ICC authorities.
IRRK News Wire Staff
IRRK (Newland City) – The body of an outspoken former Newland City Council Secretary has been found, and attached to the grizzly spectacle a very dark message for the city inhabitants.
“This is a Council of Fear,” was a common phrase for some weeks after Amahnda Dwemse’s highly publicized outburst against the Newland City Council. Protesting the Council’s inability to make a decision on the Newland Guard issue, the secretary went to media representatives to tell things, ‘Like they are’.
She was quickly dismissed from her position with the Council for breaking confidential trust. After her dismissal she became even more active in her personal campaign to stir the Council to action. Many citizens joined in and supported her cause, though the effects this movement actually had on the Council are debatable.
She made news a second time a short time later in a more ominous fashion. Ms. Dwemse’s disappearance was unexpected, and took the Neutral City by surprise. The ICC was called in to investigate but could find no proper leads to follow. Over the weeks there have been many reported sightings and false reports, but no credible leads, until late last night.
At about 2200 RKST citizens of Newland Apartments in City Back Yard #2 reported screams and the sound of gunshots from her apartment. The ICC rushed to the scene to find a very disturbing spectacle. Evidently Ms. Dwemse had been abducted and kept as a hostage since her disappearance, she was returned to her home where she sustained multiple close range plasma weapons burns, and due to the presence of a blue ash covering most of her torso, appears to have been killed by a Soul-Scattering perma-death ranged weapon.
Next to her was a small data pad with a warning to Newland Residents. “I can protect you from the Clans, I could’ve protected her. But if I’m not wanted, why should I bother. Can you protect yourselves from me?”
There is heated debate at this hour over the source of the message. Many claim that local Mercenary Commander Warr is responsible and is using the death of Ms. Dwemse, a very outspoken opponent to attempt to regain influence over the City Council. Others believe that Omni-Tek Shadow Operatives had a hand in the situation. While still more people believe this to be a ploy by the Dust Brigade to attempt to sway popular opinion against Omni-Tek.
The ICC is investigating the scene and medical staff are examining the body for any possible clues. This comes at a bad time for the already strained City of Newland. Tensions are high as the Council prepares to change Defenders for the City. What effect this will have on that process remains to be seen.
FEB 11 29,478 - JAME WEAPONS DEMO FAILS BADLY
A planned demonstration of the new defence laser weapons designed by JAME and intended for use by the Newland militia goes badly awry in Elysium. Mercenary sabotage is suspected.
FEB 14 29,478 - NEWLAND CITY EVICTS LOREN WARR AND MERCENARIES
Newland City finally evicts Loren Warr and the mercenaries, replacing them with the newly formed Newland Militia. The return of true neutrality to Newland rekindles the debate over the Sentinels treatment of neutrals in Tir.
FJRK (Newland City) – Celebrations were muted and somewhat cautious in this once-bustling desert town, as Newland City opened up its arms to re-embrace a lost neutrality.
At approximately 1700 RST on February 10, Loren Warr and her band of mercenaries were escorted out of Newland City, and the Newland City Militia, fully adorned in Non-partisan armour and sporting the latest in JAME weaponry, moved in to fill the security void left by the termination of the Mercenaries’ contract for services with the Newland City Council.
“I do miss Newland City, it was quite a nice place. I especially miss them swims in the lake outside, the ocassional bite or two from all them fishes in the water. Hopefully with this new initiative, true justice will be prevailing in Newland City.” “Riotsmurf”, a General of clan Leet, stated recently.
Riotsmurf echoes a cautious optimism that seems to be held by virtually every citizen of Rubi-Ka. Businesses in Newland City were seen stocking up on supplies and dusting off old crates of inventory in anticipation of the inevitable financial windfall that the city is expected to reap as a result of it returning to its place as a central travel hub for all factions.
Another member of the clans, Dr. Cindi “Razishlyat” Bolieu, a Veteran of the clan Forsaken, offered her optimistic words, and an ominous warning: “Congratulations to the city of Newland. This is truly a terrific announcement, and a great day in the history of Newland. Let us hope that the scars on this program do not come back to haunt Newland [City].” No one truly realized how ominous this warning was, until late into the tranquil evening hours.
It was at that time that Loren Warr, accompanied by Ian Warr with several of her Mercenaries in tow, made their way back into Newland City, and towards her old post at the eastern end of city’s main street. Screaming “bring out the Council!”, Ms. Warr repeatedly taunted the new guards, and commanded nearby citizens to scour the area in search of any Council member. Though none could be located, a Newland City clerk quickly rushed into Council chambers and sounded the alarm, while Ms. Warr made her demands clear.
“I demand severance pay!” she exclaimed when asked as to the reasoning behind her return to Newland City. It is not known at this time whether there is any legal basis, or any clause in her initial contract for services, that compels the Council to so much as consider such a payment.
As the minutes ticked past, Loren Warr and her aide became increasingly angry and agitated with the lack of acknowledgement by the Newland City Council to their threats. The tension in the air was pervasive, triggered by comments from Ian that he and Ms. Warr should “beat on one of these guards.”
By this time, the Newland City Council realized that Loren and her brother might be too much for them to handle on their own. Council security contacted the ICC’s security detachment in Andromeda, and soon after a distress message was being broadcast over all open air comm channels across the planet, calling for any and all available citizens from all factions to assist in the defence of Newland City. Members of all factions responded the call to arms, and poured in through the grid and Whompa exits ready to confront Loren Warr and her mercenaries.
By the time a sufficient force had gathered, Ms. Warr and the Mercenaries had targetted and attacked the closest member of the Newland City Militia, while horrified onlookers stood back, watching the entire event. Despite Ms. Warr’s assertion that “these guards are weak - pathetic,” they stood their ground courageously, displaying an uncanny level of tactical co-ordination that soon resulted in more than five of them all working in unison to repel the attack. As an ever-increasing number of citizens moved in to join the battle, Ms. Warr’s army quickly found themselves out-numbered and out-gunned.
Loren Warr issued the call to retreat, but the call came too late. Soon after, both Warrs lay dead on the ground, surrounded by the corpses of her body guards. Some of the remaining Mercenaries who had somehow survived the initial assault attempted to capitalize on the chaos and flee, but a few sharp-eyed citizens noticed their retreat and proceeded to root, and then slaughter, the survivors.
Was this stunning humiliation in Newland the last we,ll see of Loren Warr? No one at this time will speculate. However, what is for certain, is that Ms. Warr seems loathe to relinquish her reign of terror over the peaceful, neutral city, and stands poised to continue to blackmail the Newland City Council through her patternistic disposition to the use of violence.
No one from the Newland City Council was available for comment at press time.