So, I received some intelligence that the “random” attack on me in Far Point wasn’t random, after all. It was a hit put out on me by Carlo Adiar.
That TRI transport that was missing? Well, I found it. Then I blew it up.
So, consider us even, for the nonce.
On the other hand, I did find the ship. You’re welcome.
No, it wasn’t Conflux. Although I did use one to help me find it – and then I killed the flux. Then I splashed the tow. It wasn’t a storm – storms can’t destroy ships, by the way, TRI. It was me. I actually wanted the Enforcer, but I will settle for what I got.
I’m going through the anomaly, friends. I found where Thrice Seven went, and where they were stopped in their tracks. But that’s all I know. I know also that every scout sent back there since has vanished – save one. I saw a bit of what he said. It was frightening. I’m going to verify it, and see if I can get any more data to help us. So, as you read this, I’m nowhere to be found – and nowhere you want to be.
The anomaly loomed, ever closer. The trepidation.. and the flash.
6, no, 9, no 12 hostiles inbound. UNKNOWN Conflux! Go, go, go… flashing red… armor damage…. flashfire! What’s that? Another anomaly? Go, go.. go.. gooooooo! Flash. A rending, crashing boom. All was darkness.
Razor woke up with a start, his brow beaded in a cold sweat. He hated that particular dream. Hated it with a not-entirely-sane vehemence. He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, and rolled off his spare pallet in the transient’s quarters at Hyperial. It came, every night. Again, and again, and again, and again. Some fluxhunter he was. Nightmares about flux. It didn’t help that he’d fought every class of them since – especially the ones that shot him up so badly on his expedition. It didn’t help that he’d killed thousands – tens of thousands – since then. They never stopped coming. Not in his dreams – and not in space, either. He’d failed. Miserably. He’d failed New Dawn, he’d failed Amananth, he’d failed Holly, he’d failed… everyone.
I need answers.
Here goes nothing… nothing ventured, nothing gained – right?
Since becoming aware of the unfortunate passing of Dr. Calatorius, I looked for the current Conflux Expert for the Ministry of War, in order to verify certain findings of Conflux spawn ratings that I recorded throughout Octavian space. After some searching, I am forced to conclude that the Ministry has not named a successor for his position. Does such a successor exist? If not, are you interested in the services of one? Most fluxhunters specialize only in killing Conflux. While I am more than proficient at that task, I also worked extensively with TRI-R’s CSD, and specifically, with Dr. Q’son prior to the Catastrophe, as my decorations from that time can attest.
I’m no Dr. Calatorius, but I can’t help but believe that we need someone in that role, at least in the interim. While I will never be the researcher that Dr. Calatorius was, I would venture the guess that there are few Octavians with my strategic or tactical experience in dealing with Conflux – drones or sentients. While I will readily admit that I am not a military factionalist, I would submit that as an expert on Conflux behavior, tactics and strategy, I have the qualifications for the position. That emphasis on tactical considerations – or the lack thereof from other quarters – was the initial reason that Octavius created it’s own division – as is proper.
Again, while I don’t propose that I can ever replace Dr. Calatorius, or ever fill his shoes – I feel that the recent decisions (and statements) of TRI-R’s CSD once again highlight the need for someone in this position, who understands the tactical problems the Conflux pose. If I can be of service to the Empire in this position, then I am willing to take this duty seriously and do so contentiously.
Razorat “RazorsKiss” Kathonar, Optimus
“…I’ll pick up any mantas, you go for the infest,” I said, 10k out from the gate. Rail’s terse “Roger” was more a function of the remaining distance and the focus required of an upcoming jump than of any nervousness on his part. The gate flashed around me, and I reappeared in Bronci Rift. Slewing ponderously around, I oriented myself on the anomaly, and watched 2 mantas, 2 snails and a squid pop into view and orient themselves on me in turn. The flash from behind made me cycle targets once again, and a third manta jumped in, oriented slightly above me. Knowing that the first two mantas would remain focused on me, I concentrated on the third. The angle was bad, but I managed a quick burst that got his attention as I hit the burners to tag an additional snail chasing Rail’s bomber – and not so coincidentally decreasing the time I was under fire from all 3 mantas. Read More
As much as I want to believe that some surplus TRI Enforcer shot up Amananth, then came back for a crack at the repair convoy… we have zero evidence that this was the case. We do have evidence that the Enforcer took a crack at the repair convoy, and they were bountied as a result of that event – but there is no solid evidence linking them to the earlier attack on Amananth itself, or the Antiflux/RB-4 buildings. Zip.
Amananth is the only witness to that event, and they aren’t talking.
Spouting a nonsense line doesn’t incline me to believe that they have the wherewithal to take on Amananth, either.
No idea what to think of this Zar-Kwon dude, either. Pretty sure he’s just some nutjob with a penchant for butchering perfectly good conspiracy theories by being as weird as humanly possible. Even if he’s right, though, and Nuncio’s interpretation of his prophecy is correct – so what? Some new Emperor at Ares Prime doesn’t mean much to me. I’m from Martius. Emperor Septus I is jump modified, and has been on the sharp end with us. No idea who this Marius fella is.
However, I’m curious about something. Who does Octavius have in the CSD at the Ministry of War? I haven’t heard a word about that. With what we’re hearing from this clown at TRI-CSD – who’s been demoted at least once, it sounds like we need somebody there.
Heck, why not me? I’m no Calatorius, but… we’ve always needed a jump pilot doing this, anyway. Besides – I’ve got more experience than most, after all.
Well, we found it. Not sure what to do with it, now that we have – but we found it. Sending the information back up channels, and see where they want to go from here. Not sure if solving mysteries is my thing – but somebody’s gotta do it. Glad for the help from MadCat, definitely. He gave me the right idea for the direction to search.
Only 8 hours left for that pompous fool to retract. I almost hope he doesn’t.
Killed another swarm last night. That’s only 4 in two days – still not any heavier than normal. Glad to see Rail and NODRAGON took care of those infests yesterday, too. Only 1k kills away from taking the #4 spot behind samwise – and pulled into #2 in shots fired yesterday. We’ll see what else today brings, I suppose.
Up to Sea of Shadows, and through Last Parsec, eh? But not in LP, Hook, or Canis. Supposedly, at least. Well, that narrows it down. We’ll have a look-see on the way out tonight, maybe.