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Awarding for Wiki and Forum Contributions

So I’ve been trying for a while to figure out how to reward people for adding content to the wiki or using the forum. So what I have come up with is that each month I’ll award, via the Tatsumaki bot on Discord, guild points for the top 3 contributors for the last month. The Wiki site is the easiest, as I just installed a handy extension that does exactly this. Discourse also has a nice feature, which will use the number of replies, since this is a role-play community, replies are everything! I may consider adding a bonus or something for the number of topics started or some such.

Here is the breakdown for the points awarded. The forum and wiki are treated separately in this case.

1st Place gets 1000 points.
2nd Place gets 750 points.
3rd Place gets 500 points.

Point totals may get adjusted in the future as needed.

Notice to Increase Security Measures

All departments are ordered to increase security measures both physically and electronically. All physical access keys and ports are to be locked and secured when not directly in use, any and all potentials for security breeches should be reported to security immediately, even if they are probably nothing, they are to be reported immediately. Any individuals sighted accessing a terminal without probable cause are to be reported to security immediately as well. Personnel are not to allow access to their terminals by third parties, even family members, all personnel of all ages are to use their own access codes to access any and all terminals.

There is a security threat on the station. Security personnel are ordered to begin investigation all possible security breeches until some answers are found. At least 3 major breeches of digital security have occurred in this month alone, we need to defend ourselves and root out the security problem before another breech happens.

If we cannot secure out information, we have a more serious problem than politics and public opinion.

Strange Things Get Stranger

For background, the Star Herald is a publication produced though some unknown magical means to push news out to the world. I will define it better later. Probably distributed by old methods, such as caravans where someone could buy something that magically updates or something, I don’t know yet.

Across the known 10 Kingdoms the Souls Templar has been fighting creatures which have not been seen since the days of old. In woods and forests across the land monsters have been sighted, killing and even eating their victims before burning villages to the ground.

Undead Plague Neskar

In the marshlands of the Kingdom of Neskar, in the south, stories are told of the dead rising from the grave. The King of Neskar has proclaimed that this must be the work of evil Necromancers intent on breaking the Peace of Ages and further has asked the Templar to help them in rooting out the users of such vile magic. Necromancy has a long-standing association with evil legend tells of evil wizards raising the dead to form armies to rule the living. The King claims to have irrefutable knowledge that there is an evil Necromancer in Duskmoor Fen but refuses to produce it. The Templar has sent a group of knights to help the King either quell the evil wizard or see the truth.

Ghosts Haunt Anzar’s Delve

The Queen of Oflar has claimed her right to protection and called on the Knight of the Souls Templar to respond! The Knights have sent a contingent to assist the Queen, who claims that ghosts have started to swarm the nearby ruins of Anzar’s Delve and have begun to expand and attack her people living nearby. In her letter to the Templar, she tells several nearby towns have been attacked and many of her subjects killed, some to just again roam as tormented ghosts not long after. Her harrowing tale is one which has struck fear into many small towns which sit near ruins.

Wailing in the Silence

The Silent Sea which separates the Realm of Froqua to the north and the Espary Fiefdom to the south. The water has been known for its calm and quiet surface, legends tell that the sea fell silent when a warship came up from the depths during the Great War and a great wizard sealed the surface against it ever happening again, entombing all within the water to remain there forever. As the legend tells the sea has been calm ever since, though locals from both nations are adamant that swimming in the sea will get a young fool taken, never to be seen again.

In recent weeks people in Fiheath in Froqua and in Indun on the border of the two both report on cloudy nights when the normally calm sea becomes rough, they can hear a mournful wailing coming from the lake, some smaller villages on the shores tell of the dead calling to them for help, so much that several who live off the sea are afraid to fish.

No More Pinging – WordPress for Site News

I was originally not going to use the WordPress for site news, although I had the category for it. I’ve rethought that, given that it ties in so tightly with Discourse. Thus, two things have been changed. Additionally, the site will no longer ping roles for posts to the forum, I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while but while the system will continue to toss posts onto the Discord from the forum, it won’t send out pings. People will, I hope, more freely listen to pings when it isn’t being so over-used as I think it was getting to be.

There is also now a category here on the WordPress for Solas Tempus Internal COMs, which represents internal memos sent by Solas Tempus. This will allow me to notify everyone of internal orders going back and forth within Solas Tempus and provide more clarity when dealing with things that happen off screen. It won’t be every single thing that goes on, but a good way for me to publish things when I don’t know how to be clear or a lot of people have similar questions.

A Questionable Pattern Evolving?

A questionable pattern is starting to become clearer as new documents are against released to the public. The source of these documents appears to be the same as the source that released the documents dealing with the Spartans and still remains anonymous. Reading the documents makes it clear that there may be more of a story to tell with regard to the universe which they came from.

The Spartan documents make mention of a group called the Covenant, for which we know very little with the exception that the group which commissioned the Spartan’s to be made was in some kind of conflict with them. This fresh set of documents tells of the Covenant committing utter acts of atrocity against the human races, going so far as to “glass” planets, a process which involves destroying all life on a planet through orbital bombardment with high energy plasma weapons. Weapons which, incidentally, the newly arrived vessel Severed Grace has. Questions have been raised in the highest levels of government, questions that the Department of Military Actions and Services has few answers to. Largely the department has left the running of the Schatten System to Solas Tempus, as the primary facilities in the system are military in nature – the organization has adopted a policy of allowing newly arrived vessels and people to promise they will abide by the local laws to avoid being incarcerated to sent back.

Sending a newly arrived person or vessel back can take months as the Janus Project can take a significant amount of time to find the originating reality to return a new arrival to. However, if Solas Tempus is willing to allow such dangerous individuals as the Spartan’s and a Covenant battle cruiser to remain in the system unchecked with with an obvious conflict between those two sides there is a serious question to be made on whether or not Solas Tempus is competent to manage such things, at least under their current leadership.

Rebel Alliance Revealed!

Documents have been obtained by our reporters that the Rebel Alliance has had similar dealings as the Spartans. Detailed information from the X-Wing of Alema on pervious missions tells a rather extensive story of the Rebel Alliance having a complete and total disregard for the the lives of civilians. In one mission to a planet which is not named, the Rebel Alliance slaughtered 10,000 or more civilians to destroy the Imperial outpost. Another mission killed some 1,600 people, without giving the option for surrender.

In the first completely actionable information found is a detailed report about a mission involving a significant amount of civilian casualties. The pilot, Alema, is reported as being the cause of 1,045 civilian deaths when her fighters caused extensive damage crushing an entire village in a rock slide when she accidentally fire a torpedo into a rock face. Further, the Rebel Alliance command is noted to know that a future mission will have a high likelihood of civilian casualties.

Other Investigations Painting a Picture

Two other investigations also paint an additionally disturbing image of how things are run in the system; that of Tal Ravis and of John Angelos, both of which have active investigations into their conduct with similar subject matter. In the case of Security Chief Angelos the question has been raised about his relationship with a young 16 year old resident of the station and while STS has declined to release her name to the press for obvious reasons this runs parallel with the potential relationship being had by Mr. Ravis and a new arrival who – by all accounts – is even younger. Both of these add to a dangerous image of Fleet Admiral Thomas and his second, Admiral D’Amico, paying little attention to civilians which rely on them for protection.

Station Structure Command Hindered

New reports have surfaced about a confrontation between Nimbus Station Executive Officer Mike-037 and several of his subordinates. The confrontation occurred in the fighter bay of Nimbus, starting out as a heated disagreement between two groups of enlisted personnel. The argument itself was nothing to write home about, a simple disagreement over the exchange of shifts. However, this disagreement became even more heated and more critical when the XO overheard the disagreement and stepped in to investigate.

Mike-037 inserted himself to calm things down and ended up making them worse. The two sides of the argument joined forces grilling him with questions about the released documents. What would have normally been an issue where several crew would have likely disengaged and calmed down at the sight of a superior turned into a heated stand-off between the group of enlisted man and the station’s second in command. It becomes clear from the video linked below, the crew demonstrate a complete lack of respect for the Lt. Commander.

The article gives a link to a surveillance video showing the confrontation.

One thing, however, is crystal clear. Lt. Commander Mike-037 is unflappable during the confrontation, he maintains a clearly authoritative stance and does not get angry in what must have been an entirely frustrating situation. Whether one is to believe the documents accusations the XO was perfectly willing to take the focus and frustration of the group and let it roll off his back and that should be a strong note about his character.

Our own investigation into the actions of Nimbus Station XO Mike-037 have uncovered a conversation told to us by medical staff on condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisal. The conversation took place in the Nimbus Station Sickbay on May 21st. At the time a new Spartan had just spliced in and been treated for multiple injuries. Mike himself admitted that he found it easier to kill aliens.

The pair also had a conversation about the potential for using the developing fan clubs against the system. Apparently the pair have had some degree of experience dealing with the manipulation of public opinions, mentioning being used for propaganda purposes. The entire issue is further complicated by the apparent unwillingness for Mike himself to speak to anyone about this issue, at least nowhere that is visible to the public.

Investigator Dispatched

The Department of Protection and Investigation (DPI) has sent investigators to Nimbus Station in order to determine the nature of the allegations and if there is any thing actionable to be done. A high level official within the department commented that the investigators may expand their investigation into other areas if they feel it is necessary to do to. This further highlights the other problems facing Solas Tempus and the political fight they are embroiled in right now.

Colony Site Approved

The new site for the first civilian colony on Soteria has been approved, near the Anguta Bay. The site has been designated as Alpha Site for construction purposes and Minister Vaber has opened it up to the public to name the first city of Soteria. Starting today the Minister’s office will be accepting naming suggestions in order to choose among them. The entire public can vote on and submit what it thinks the city should be named.

The site is being surveyed right now for the exact details of the cities layout and placement. The initial breaking of ground should occur sometime in the next week. Plans for the city, thus far, include plans for both commercial and industrial parks, hoping to attract civilian businesses and services to come to Soteria and help develop the planet. There is some pushback from naturalist groups that the planet should be left largely alone, especially after what happened to the base Nysa.

Governor Orders Investigation

Governor of the Schatten Star System, Andrea Maddox, has called for a civilian lead investigation into the documents recently released to the public. Although there was some question as to whether or not the Department of Judicial Services would allow the investigation, they have confirmed that they are pushing forward with the Department of Protection and Investigation and opening a formal inquery into the alleged activities. Under the law Mike-037 cannot be proscuted for the crimes of his people nor for crimes commited in another universe. However, the documents have brought to light items which seriously jepordize the faith which has been put in his ability to do his job. Since Mr. 037 has declined to shed light on the accusations against him it leaves many wondering if the accusations are true.

In addition to the DPI inquiry the Civilian Oversight Board has been given the green light to open their own investigation into the matter with the blessing of Director Alice Barnes of the Department of Military Actions and Services. At this point it is impossible to say what the two independant investigations may find.

In a statement yesterday Fleet Admiral Lance Thomas made the position of Solas Tempus clear, saying that the record since joining the organization of Mike-037 has been exemplary and he has carried out every order and has shown no evidence of mental instability. The Admiral went on to say; “Doing this job I have seen a great many people over the years who are capable, I have also seen a fair number of people over the years who are steadfast and loyal, and I have seen an even smaller number of people over the years who are brave and willing to push forward with courage. I have, however, seldom seen a person who is capable, loyal, and couragous. These are not qualities that I take lightly nor are they qualities which are in great supply. Lt. Commander Mike-037 has the full faith and confidence of myself, Admiral D’Amico, and the rest of Solas Tempus. These documents released reflect one thing and one thing only, accusations against a group which cannot be confirmed and we dare not condem a man for the actions of a group he belongs to, this is enshrined in our constitution and the 8th Gaurentee, which probhibits such things. Until some shed of evidence that the Commander himself commited actionable crimes against civilians I stand by him, as do my officers.”

The statement makes it a certainty that if the civilian investigations come to a negative conclusion, it will be the first test of the government’s ability to control and regulate the organization. Personal accounts about Admiral Thomas himself suggest that he may not be as willing as others to concede authority over someone he claims we should not even be looking into in the first place. His interpretation of the constitution is correct, however, Mr. 037 cannot be prosecuted for crimes which occured outside the Concord by others, no matter his affiliation. The investigations held will be to determine if Mr. 037 is to be trusted with military authority. A finding of wrongdoing by either the COD or the DIP could force the hand of Director Barnes or Prime Minister Th’chaaveq and end with an order to bar Mike-037 from military service.

Pushing for Colonization

Governor Maddox has incidacted that she is pushing forward with plans to break ground on the first civilian colony of the Schatten System to be located on Soteria. Several different sites are being looked at for what will become the focal point for civilian politics on that world once established. Currently the political powers of the system are housed on Nimbus Station, a military run facility. While the Governor had originally wished to take control of the station it became clear that this was an ill-conceived notion when, recently, the station and occupants left the system for several months. Details about why this happened are classified and the only statement releasted indicates that Solas Tempus conducted operations under the Temporal Command division of Blue Team. This suggests a temporal event of some kind occured, but the operational details are classified and Admiral D’Amico has instructed civilians to contact the office of the DMAS office for public relations to obtain further information. The new colony site is expected to break ground soon and Solas Tempus engineers have already agreed to be available to assist in construction efforts.

Farming Settlement Site Approved

A site has been chosen for the new farming settlement on Soteria. The settlement will be built by the agricultural group Temperance and Sustenance which will supply the settlement with the initial supplies needed to begun cultivating the land. This is a great boon to the agricultural economy of the system which has thus far relied nearly entirely on shipments in and food and other natural materials. Though some of these materials have been gathered on Soteria the biggest need by far is that of food stuffs. The group has approved a site just south 990 kilometers south along the coast from the Anguta Bay. If successful the group is planning to begin supplying food within a 5-7 year period once cultivation can get established at the required levels. It will be at least a full year, however, before the first crops are seen from the new settlement.

The Concord has gaurenteed supplies for the settlement and Solas Tempuas science teams have also pledged support for the new site as needed. Engineers from the military have also already received requests for assistance in construction of new facilities.

Latest Arrival Sighted – A Spartan

In the light of the current controversy reguarding Mike-037 the appearance of another Spartan today on Soteria was troubling. Details are scant at this time, other than he was injured and had a child with him who was deceased. This latest sighting has also prompted the DPI to begin looking into other Spartan’s who may also be on the station but not holding official positions. Another of the group is known to be on Nimbus Station, Alicia-052 though it is unknown if the DPI plans to question Alica about the conduct of the Spartan’s.

A Population Divided

Given the recent revelations about the station’s X.O. the population has started to divide along the expected lines. While many people just want answers there are two growing groups; the group that believes the X.O. should be treated solely on the merit of his conduct since coming here and those who believe that even the accusation of such crimes is enough to disqualify a person from holding such a position. While this started as a matter for the civilians which did not penetrate into the ranks of Solas Tempus there is at least one confirmed report of the X.O. being impared from diffusing a conflict by questions regaurding the released documents. Solas Tempus may soon find itself in the difficult position of defending a man who may well have commited what we would consider war crimes. Whatever the outcome, it is clear that we may never know the truth. The actions of the Spartans prior to being here was in an entirely different reality and that in and of itself will likely keep many things in the dark.

Serial Killer Still at Large

The previous reports of a diabolical serial killer remain unresolved. Police investigations have stalled and little information has been passed to the public. It is clear, however, that the killings have not stopped. These bloody killings seem to involve multiple dead with differen methods which suggests a team. The FBI has been called in to profile the killers in an attempt to discover their next victem. Since the first discoveries of the killings the investigation has focused on the supernatural community. Vampires are still at the top of the suspect pool after a rogue group of teenage vampires were caught draining people in plain view of the mundanes in the area. This prompted the immediate execution of those Vampires and a statement being released that the Vampire community values its partnership with city leaders and other officials who are welcome to present any evidence of Vampire involvement. Further statements indicate that the fragile truce which has lasted for decades within the city may be fraying in places since the city has produced on such proof.

Private investigators have also been on the case, attempting to solve the problem for the community itself. Though such investigations are hardly public, one source has given the Morning Star exclusive access to documents which suggest a potential occult link which could point to ordinary humans being at fault. This has escelated tensions between mundane humans and supernatural’s who have lived in relative peace for most of the cities history. Since magic and psionic users have operated on the fringe of both socities for some time it has fallen to such leaders who attempt to hold the uneasy peace. The mayor’s office has admitted that it is considering strengthening its protections for those citizens who are less able to defend themselves, though no details have been released on exactly what this would mean. It is clear, however, that if there isn’t a break in the case soon the two major factions of the population could become violent as pressure increases to stop the killings which have left over two dozen dead in increasingly savage killings.

The peculiar habit of the killers of not only brutally murdering one but then leaving another dead of apparent brain injury has left many questioning if the two are even related. However, police have commented that there is a strong correlation and even local organized crime outfits have offered assistance to the police in uncovering who is behind these strange and savage murders.

Investigation Stalled

The investigation into numerous attacks has been stalled and stone-walled. Largely by the US Department of Defense, where officials are still choosing not to comment. Details are scant, and so far the witnesses who have come forward have recanted stating that they misunderstood what they saw before they decline to comment further. The mayor’s office has previously stated that they will find answers for those impacted by the recent attacks but that office has also fallen silent. The supernatural community has provided little in the way of explination either as many there also seem to have no idea what happened other than the fact that it appears several large scale creatures attacked the civilian population and were defeated. Reports as to the people who actually participated in the fight are sketchy at best.

Possible Home Invasions

In the Old Town Triangle area of Chicago a number of home invasions have been reported. Police have declined to comment about the ongoing investigation but have confirmed that incidents did occur in the wealthy area. Confirmed reports from other sources have also stated that several families were found dead and evidence suggests that the attacks were potentially carried about by a rogue Ghoul attempting to feed. Witnesses described a male and female pair, though it is unclear if both are Ghoul’s or just one. The pair appear to have some method for gaining entry into the apartments similar to the spells cast by a Vampire, though contacts in the Vampire community are just as anxious to resolve the situation as anyone else and claim to have no knowledge of the perpetrators.

Since magic appears to be involved beyond the normal abilities of a Ghoul the investigation has focused primarily on that community. A spokeman for the local guild of magic users have stated that they know nothing about the incidents and indicated that the answer may be found with other communities, perhaps even those with psionic abilities.

Vigilante Justice

An unknown individual has been sighted in the city performing what some are calling a public service, killing local thugs and drug dealers in cold blood. Police are investigating the claims much to the critism of some, who claim their time is better spent trying to protect law abiding citizens. Though city officials have admitted the criminal element is one which has plagued many they denounce the actions of the vigilante and have called for citizens to understand the police follow the laws and vigilantism is the gateway to chaos. Police officials have stated that if found, the vigilante will face charges for multiple counts of homocide.

Mike-037 Fit for Command?

The release of the Spartan documents, which detail atrocities commited by the Spartan’s calls into serious question the position of Lt. Commander Mike-037, currenly the XO of Nimbus Station here on Soteria. The documents detail the chilling activities of the group and the attempted coverup by their own military.

The public response to this information has been quick and fierce, calling for the civilian government to revoke the comission of Mike-037 in order to preserve the security of future operation. This is the first time the fledgling civilian government has been asked to override the direct appointments of Solas Tempus command, particularly Fleet Admiral Lance Thomas and Admiral Sal D’Amico who cleared Mike-037 for duty and approved the appointment to become Executive Officer of Nimbus Station.

Borg Captive Sighted?

Unconfirmed reports say that the Borg captive has been interviewed by Admiral D’Amico himself. The details of the conversation are unknown, though repeated requests for more information have been filed with the civilian government following a refusal to comment by Solas Tempus itself. The Serenity Concord has also declined to comment except for a press release stating that they are reviewing the potential issues associated with the continued captivity of a Borg drone.

Icarus League Fighting Again

The Icarus League is again filing legal suit. The recent decision that certain “droids” aboard some of the spliced in vessels qualify for rights under the ALFRE (Artificial Life Forms Rights and Enforcement Act) has sparked the group to begin the legal battle to get all such beings classified as autonomous and given rights under the law. Thus far the New Hope and the Cabur have both complied with requests by the Turing Agency to interview and otherwise assess their droids to determine their status but it is unclear how the Captains of those vessels would feel about their entire stock of droids being given the same rights as the human crew. Currently the group has simply filed requesting the court to invoke the ALFRE Act and simply declare the droids a race unto themselves of artificial beings on the merits of past discoveries made. Both the Cabur and the New Home have had roughly the same percentage of the droids on board declared to be sentient. This method is the most expedient but it is unlikely the court will summarily grant such a status itself and instead issue an order for the Turing Agency to make a more detailed analysis. Since the agency is so young it is unclear at this time what qualifications are in place already to determine if a group of artificial beings such as the droids constitutes a race.

Fan Groups Organize

On the lighter side, several groups in favor of Solas Tempus have begun to organize themselves, specifically in order to create a convention. It is unknown when this might occur but a growing movement of people see many of the key and best-known figures of Solas Tempus as sort-of icons and a subculture on Nimbus has started to develop and is gaining speed. Reporters have encountered fans of the organization before and often interviewed such people for their opinions about Solas Tempus’s activities, however in recent weeks such fans and advocate have begun to group together. In particularly interesting advent is that habit of some people to dress up as or similar to key figures in the organization. Already prior to the release of the AI known as Leo from his holographic isolation some of the members of the Icarus League were sighted dressing up or otherwise giving themselves a similar look to how Leo has been seen in the past.

Currently there are sightings of people dressing up as Captain Drem Confoscho, Admiral Lance Thomas, Captain Aytise Alshat, and even the infamous Tal Ravis has gained a significant following. An interesting aside, the current questions against the station XO, Mike-037, has only intensified the support of some civilians fans who have been extremely vocal on a wide variety of potential explinations, including that he is not responcible for what others have done but also going so far as to say it is a Federation plot to keep such a skilled person from continuing in such a critical position. This movement is quickly gaining speed and many see it as people having a good time after spending months trapped alone with an unsure future, though military sources have declined to comment on such activity.