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Welcome to the Orion Spur Oracle news outlet. This coverage only exists for the first article.
This is a news outlet explicitly made to cover major events. No unimportant information is contained here.
For older/returning players, this is effectively the successor to the Mendell City Bugle, which will be temporarily archived for overhaul.

Post markers will exist for arc start points and arc endings!

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Welcome to the Orion Spur Oracle.
We are a recently commissioned company of SCC-hired reporters, journalists and writers whose offices opened on the NTCC Odin as of last week. Since then, we’ve been working on the highest-quality, information-packed coverage of the Spur’s most riveting stories. This is our first inter-arm entry!

Remember  : WE are your eyes to the grand events of the galaxy!

Several weeks of silence from sector chiefs of the Romanovich Cloud led to a decision earlier today where major NanoTrasen facilities transferred oversight to Stellar Corporate Conglomerate authorities. NanoTrasen officials have stated that, with the ensuing fallout of the Clandestine Incident proceeding, they are driven to border compromise in many management aspects.

The phoron giant has graciously accepted assistance from the Conglomerate whose executives reportedly approached Nathan Trasen with “great plans” to assist NT in the coming times. A deal was inevitably struck, presented to us as follows ;

NanoTrasen facilities have transferred sector oversight authority to cooperating members of the Stellar Corporate Conglomerate. Management will remain in the hands of NanoTrasen while protection details, distress routing, executive management, supply, and employee resources will gradually make a shift to Conglomerate responsibility.

What does this mean for the average employee?

Should you be stationed on a NanoTrasen facility in the outer Cloud, you can deliver direct incident reports to SCC oversight. In addition, your sector relay services will be provided free of charge per your employment here as their relays switch to Conglomerate operations.

You are very likely to be contacted for employment opportunities with compensation to migrate to other member corporations of the Conglomerate if you work aboard a NanoTrasen facility!

Finally, the League of Chief Directors have openly stated that member corporations will shortly gain access to once-withheld employees as contractors who possess training and utility of utmost quality. Contract sales for these employees may begin within the coming weeks.

Recent times have been eventful for the galaxy, and cooperation between Conglomerate members is projected to yield vast results in the coming years. We here at the Oracle look forward to becoming your go-to trusted news source for hard-hitting coverage, and the years of stories we will make together.

Date : 2/26/2463

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Beginning of the Court of Queens arc

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As a result of great efforts, the Vaurcesian Hiveship Titan Prime, which houses a variety of Vaurcae from the Zo’ra Hive and Dionae, has moved from its idle state to a newly constructed port in Caprice. The blooming colony has now established itself as one of the biggest settlements of Vaurcae in Tau Ceti space.

The fate of the Titan Prime has been the subject of numerous rumours since the Vaurca race arrived on the Orion Spur almost seven years ago. The majority of Vaurcae were evacuated soon after they settled, although there are still a large number on board. There have been fears, however, about the consequences of a fully repaired Hiveship. The topic ranges from ideological to economic concerns.

“We simply do not have the resources to commit to such a project,” said Melissa Stevens, speaker of Biesel’s Projects and Infrastructure Agency. “Vaurcae have begun their integration to our society, and are valuable contributors to our economy. There are little benefits, for both sides, to make sure their spacecraft is fully operational again.”

Both Zo’ra and Dionae engineers, however, remain optimistic about the possible future of the Hiveship, now that it has settled and has a dedicated team looking after it. 

“It is not so much about launching it into the stars again, but about saving this marvelous piece of engineering,” replied Ka’Akaix’Riil Zo’ra after being asked about the subject. “Simply put, Klo’xryek [Titan Prime] has managed to amaze all sentients in the Spur, and continues to do so today.”

The Dorn Administration has declined to comment on this matter.

Date : 9/28/2463

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 Inauguration of New Sedantis, TCFL Parade in Caprician Sky

With jet airplanes and marching Legionnaires, the inauguration of Caprice’s capital, New Sedantis, has concluded. In addition to live music, the event also included an address by President Joseph Dorn, who assisted alongside Nanotrasen representatives. 

“Both our peoples have been in cooperation since the beginning. Despite the turbulent years and isolated incidents, I am happy to say that Zo’ra and Biesel are friends.”

Ta’Akaix’Vaur’skiyet’sca Zo’ra addressed both her people and the general public too. 

“The Republic of Biesel has been nothing but grateful to us, and has allowed for our stay. In our millenia long pilgrimage, we never had dared to name any of our multiple settlements New Sedantis. The search for a suitable place, however, has stopped. I am honored to welcome all of you to this new city, which has been only made possible because of hard effort and a strong alliance.”

Amanda Blanchet first came into contact with the Zo’ra Hive while performing at a charity concert in late 2460 as part of an effort to aid in the k’ois famine. Queen Vaur congratulated her,  the IAC and other organizations known to have helped Vaurcae in the past. The special guests then received a tour around the underground city, which included  a visit to the new court chambers. The architectural style has been said to be “simply fascinating”, as mouthed by one of the Biesel representatives.

Inauguration has not, however, been well received by everyone. Demonstrators blocked Republic's Landing streets in Mendell. Many, shouting anti-Dorn messages, claim that the President has ‘bent the knee’ to Zo’ra. Others, however, still wary of the Lii’dra invasion and k’ois outbreaks, simply fear that Vaurcae are still yet to properly integrate into our society.

Date : 9/29/2463

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              Vaurca Hives Unveil New Flags

Following the Inauguration of New Sedantis on the Volcanic planet Caprice, the major Vaurca Hives of the Orion Spur have felt new motivation to further solidify themselves as independent entities. This newfound inspiration has pressured the Hives of the Zo’ra, K’lax, and C’thur into creating their own Flags to wave, to represent them as a whole on the Galactic stage. Whether or not all three revealing their new standards simultaneously is a coincidence or a planned maneuver  is a matter of debate. 

                                                                                            

The Zo’rane flag is believed to have been created by Lesser Queen Ta’Akaix’Athvur’zezkt’azi Zo’ra, and it symbolizes the hive’s current position in the Republic of Biesel, whilst still representing the Hive’s own nature. President Dorn has shown support of this new Flag, stating that it is “An important step in furthering the relationship with the Zo’ra.”

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The K’laxane flag is derivative of that of the Izweski Hegemony, showing their status as a Vassal of the nation. Lesser Queen Ta’Akaix’Vedhra’rept’ylanze K’lax has told us, multiple times, that she is the creator of the flag as it is now.

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Finally, the C’thuric flag symbolizes the C’thur hive’s independence, and their allegiance to the Jargon Federation that has given them refuge in the Orion Spur since they arrived years ago. It is believed that this flag was made jointly between Jargon Federation officials and Lesser Queen Ta’Akaix’Vytel’hyr’tkud C’thur’s brood.

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Date : 10/02/2463

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New Sedantis Prepares for Diplomatic Summit

With the Zo'rane Queens properly settled in Caprice, the Hive has prepared to host a Council in their new capital, referring to it as the "Court of Queens". Although details are still to be determined, both the K'lax and C'thur Hives have already received formal invitations. However, the Republic of Biesel is unsure whether or not it can host an event of this scale. 

"We receive a lot of traffic all the time, yes, but there’s something different about this," said Michael Wikita, a worker of Biesel's Department of Transport, who also oversees the Bluespace Gates. "We do not know these individuals, and in how many numbers they come. We can’t be expected to treat this as any other situation."

Miles Jameson, former secretary of the Vaurca Integration Department, who now serves under the State Department, is unconcerned. "The Vaurcae people have the right to freely assemble just like anybody else. We have been aware of this 'Court of Queens' for some time now, and the free-access to Hivenet communications is also a sign of the Zo'ra Hive's transparency and why we trust them. They've been discommunicated for so long from each other, I think that whatever is discussed there in their court chambers will be mostly in benefit for all Vaurcae people and the species that have aided them." 

As of now, three Lesser Queens have opted out of coming to this new council. Lesser Queen Ta'Akaix'Xetl'jyatk'yatu C'thur, who claims to have more important things to do, Lesser Queen Ta'Akaix'Vetju'tenx'sil K'lax, who is currently busy with a project on Tret, and Lesser Queen Ta'Akaix'Scay'exiith'aur Zo'ra, who did not give a reason.

No Zo'ra representatives have yet commented on the topic. 

Date : 10/05/2463

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Civil Unrest in Flagsdale Ends in Multiple Arrests

While recent news concerning the Zo’ra Hive has been generally positive, some Vaurca individuals appear upset with the latest development regarding their species. A fight in a Flagsdale bar escalated into a full-scale riot after a Vaurca immigrant from the K’lax Hive openly criticised the diplomatic efforts started by New Sedantis earlier this week, specifically regarding the invitation extended to the C’thur Hive. Mendell City Police, however, did not intervene until a band of K’lax ‘warriors’ fired shots on the streets, and one of them, reportedly, claimed to have a bomb, though this claim never amounted to anything significant.

 

Although police have not revealed the identity of the K’laxan or commented on the matter, we are told that they have made several threats to Caprice via the Hivenet. It is expected that the individual will be tried for criminal charges. The K’lax Hive has requested the individual to be returned to them, claiming they’re ‘defective’ and will be punished by their own means. The Republic of Biesel has refused, stating they are going to follow their own Court system regardless of species or political body involved.

 

As reported hours earlier, the brood of High Queen Ta’Akaix’Zkaii’xay’yil K’lax had confirmed their participation in the New Sedantis Council. It is unknown as of now what measures will be taken to deal with K'lax participation, and whether this sentiment is shared by more than just those involved in the rioting.

 

Ultimately, Mendell City Police performed forty-three arrests in a few hours after the chaos. No casualties have been reported. 

Date : 10/08/2463

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New Type of Vaurca Reported aboard the NSS Aurora!

 

Earlier today, a Diplomatic Envoy docked with the NSS Aurora in Tau Ceti Space for Phoron supplies for the rest of the convoy. Shortly after their arrival, the NDV Icarus detected unknown lifeforms aboard the very same vessel that docked for supplies. After the crew investigated, it was revealed that a new form of Vaurca has been identified. 

The details of this new bodyform are vague, but sources claim it is incredibly strong, and much larger than the average Vaurca. It is also allegedly coming to work in positions around the Galaxy sometime soon. How long this project has been in development for is still unknown, as is what caused it to be started in the first place, as the situation is still developing at the time of this articles publishment. 

It is likely that new details will emerge soon in the form of the Court of Queens, who are scheduled to have their first session early tomorrow afternoon, likely related to this new sub-species. The Orion Spur Oracle fully intends to cover the event until its completion, and is still gathering information at this time, so stay tuned!

Date : 10/11/2463

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More ‘Bulwarks’ Appear, Nanotrasen and Zo’ra Strike a New Deal

After the spotting of a ‘Bulwark’, as it is now colloquially known by the media, today the Zo’ra Hive has made public some more information regarding this caste. A panel of Vaurcesian scientists was led by the public speaker Ta’Akaix’Vy’losk Zo’ra, known for her promotion of Vaurcesian biology research performed by humans and Skrell alike on behalf of the Xavier Trasen Medical School and the brood of Ta’Akaix’Scay’exiith’aur Zo’ra, said the following: 

“This newest member of our species has been the result of millenia of research that has only been finally made possible because of the aid of human technology. After countless hours of research, they are ready to be unveiled and some specimens have been sent to the Xavier Trasen Medical School for further examination.”

The showcase also demonstrated the incredible feats of the Bulwark, such as their heavy lifting, and even included a Q&A with an Unbound. 

 

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Interviewer: What is it like to join us today?

Ra’Akaix’Zol Zo’ra: I am very happy to be here, and to be part of to prove myself as the best of my Hive.

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Interviewer: Do you have any hobbies?

Ra’Akaix’Zol Zo’ra: I have begun a stamp collection. It’s still very small and local, but I already have my eyes on some from the Coalition I plan to purchase as soon as I enter the workforce.

Interviewer: Are you afraid humans might be reluctant to interact with you?

Ra’Akaix’Zol Zo’ra: I think everybody is scared of new things at first. My size might frighten some, but I can prove myself to be quite friendly when approached.

Interviewer: Would you consider your caste violent?

Ra’Akaix’Zol Zo’ra: We were designed with a unique approach to fulfill our needs. Violence is not that. But, unlike my brethren Workers, we are ready and willing to defend ourselves from any threat.

 

 

Like Ra’Akaix’Zol Zo’ra, more Bound and Unbound Bulwarks will soon become new hires by Nanotrasen. In her same speech, Ta’Akaix’Vy’losk Zo’ra announced that some test locations, namely the NSS Aurora, NSS Upsilon and the Cargo decks of the NTCC Odin have been selected as the first candidates for their introduction.

Jargon Federation scientists have opposed these measures. Following the Zo’rane panel, Volxrim Zeuquui, known in Skrellian space for collaborating with C’thur scientists in the system of Glorashi, posted on their Chirper account:

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Volxrim Zeuquui 

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This is an insult to all our team, which has been working closely with the Mouv brood. Qxri’iiq [Bulwarks in Nral’Malic] are a mixture of C’thuric and Skrellian research.

 

While no official statement has been made from the C’thur Hive, the shuttles which carried their delegates for the political summit at Caprice, known as ‘The Court of Queens’, seem to remain in Tau Ceti space. 

Date: 10/13/2463

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C’thur Hive Claims Theft of Genetic Code

Following the reveal of the new “Bulwark” bodyform during the Court of Queens session in the City of New Sedantis on Caprice, accusations of theft against the Zo’ra Hive have been made by the Lesser Queen Ta'Akaix'Mouv'lek'tanta C'thur and Lesser Queen Ta'Akaix'Vytel'hyr'tkud C'thur, citing that the Bulwark was a joint project between the Jargon Federation and C’thuric scientists. 

Ta'Akaix'Vytel'hyr'tkud C'thur, also known as simply Vytel, or ‘The Just Queen’, claims that the only possible way the Zo’ra could have feasibly obtained the genetic code for the Bulwark caste is by ‘subterfuge and thievery’. Vytel herself has since called upon the Republic of Biesel to hold the Zo’rane hive accountable for the theft, and to disallow them the use of the Bulwark caste.

Ta'Akaix'Mouv'lek'tanta C'thur, or “The Recondite Queen”, who’s brood was vital to the production of the new bodyform stated that this espionage had to have been conducted some time in the past as well, as it takes time for a Bulwark to reach its Adult stage, of which the Zo’ra had quite a few of around the time they were unveiled. 

Thus far, there has been no comment from representatives of the Jargon Federation, who have not sent word on possible legal counsel help for the Hive. Interestingly, Einstein Engines representatives based in Pheonixport have recently made comments regarding the issue, stating the deal between NanoTrasen and the Zo’ra hive to be a blatant exploitation of the hard work of their partners in Mouv’s brood and of the Jargon Federation’s scientists.

 

In another statement, Zeng-Hu Pharmaceuticals representatives expressed disappointment at the C’thur Hive’s poor ability to maintain the project’s secrecy, having also funded some of the research behind it. However, it seems they have no intentions to pursue legal action at this time. 

Date: 10/14/2463

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Dorn: ‘The Bulwark is Zo’rane’

After allegations of thievery by the C’thur Hive, the rumors of a lawsuit have concluded as Einstein Engines lawyers have picked up the case in Phoenixport. However, President Joseph Dorn doesn’t believe it will get as far as the megacorporation claims. 

In this afternoon’s press release, when asked about the subject, Dorn responded:

“What the Zo’ra Hive has achieved and continues to achieve for our Republic’s economy is too great to be ignored. The Bulwark is Zo’rane by virtue of their scientific pursuits and the fulfilment of those jobs in the Upsilon and the Odin have been thus far well received.”

Although Dorn declined to give a straightforward answer regarding the legality of the subject, the Oracle  interviewed Mariah Nowak, an expert in biomedical law. 

“If Necropolis vs. Zeng-Hu Pharmaceuticals taught us anything, back when the then Necropolis Industries ran into a similar issue in regards to a new genetical therapy at the heart of the Sol Alliance, is that Dorn might be right,” said Nowak. “Our Constitution is still, for the most part, particularly Solarian in terms of genetic intellectual property, and just as Zeng-Hu back then, Zo’ra will likely run no trouble. Now, what is to say is that these are a new species, and while the law is definitely not above them, the idea of intellectual property might still be alien to them. As far as I know, there was no registry for the so-called ‘Bulwark’ in Jargon Courts, which also proves a shortcoming from their Skrellian caretakers.”

Despite this, the legal team of Einstein Engines remains optimistic. As a single chirp by Mateo Mendez, one of the lawyers in the case, said: “We will win.”

The Jargon Federation has given no statements regarding this issue, and has declined any requests for one.

Date: 10/17/2463

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Beginning of the Peacekeeper Mandate arc

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Announcement of the Mobilization Order

The Department of Defense of the Republic of Biesel has confirmed the mobilization order of additional fleets along both the shared borders of the Wildlands, as well as within the Corporate Reconstruction Zone. 

On October 8th, several videos and photos were published and shared across multiple social media extranet sites, mostly confined to Chirper. Majority of these originate within the shared frontier of the Wildlands, but there is also increased seditious behaviour being reported from several planets within the CRZ. These videos and photos commonly display the burning of the Republic of Biesel’s flag, as well as trashing products sold by those within the Stellar Corporate Conglomerate. President Dorn announced: 

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“With the advice from the Minister of Defense, as well as the rest of my cabinet, a mobilization order has been put in place to secure the at-risk borders within the Corporate Reconstruction Zone. It is paramount to the welfare of the Republic of Biesel to protect its assets, including those recently acquired.”

The Acting Chief of Operations for the Stellar Corporate Conglomerate, Miranda Trasen, has reportedly been locked in talks with the administration and will be contributing additional fleets to support those already on the borders. President Dorn has also announced plans to deploy the Tau Ceti Foreign Legion across particularly vulnerable colonies within the newly acquired territories. 

The Republic of Biesel, as well as the Coalition of Colonies, have announced their willingness to pursue a closer relationship. Increased economic ties would benefit both sides massively in the wake of an approaching recession inflamed by the mounting scarcity of Phoron. President Dorn further stated: 

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“The impending economic crisis, a direct result of the Phoron Scarcity that plagues the great nations of the Orion Spur, is of immediate concern. We look forward to hosting a delegation between our two great nations in the coming week as talks between the Coalition of Colonies continue to fare well.”

Date: 10/18/2463

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K’lax Sides With The Zo’ra

In a surprising turn of events, this morning High Queen Ta’Zkaii'xay'yil K’lax presented her hive’s support of the Zo’ra in relation to their use of the new ‘Bulwark’ bodyform, recently claimed to have been stolen from the C’thur hive in an act of espionage. 

 

“One cannot simply lock an entire new species behind vague laws, keeping their usefulness out of reach for the rest of society. Especially if said laws themselves have not been broken.”, quoted from the High Queen herself during another session of the newly arranged ‘Court of Queens’ on Caprice, shows the K’laxane view on the matter.
 

Ta’Akaix’Vytel’hyr’tkud C’thur has expressed outrage at the comment, exclaiming that theft is still theft, regardless of what the stolen item is, in this case genetic code. The Lesser Queen still calls for legal action to be brought against the Zo’rane Hive, and is now starting to direct the same sentiment towards the K’lax, as multiple K’laxane Bulwarks have now been sighted.

 

On a related note, there has been a rise in tension within Mendell City’s ninth district, ‘Flagsdale’, where there have been multiple reports of standoffs between Vaurca of varying allegiances. So far, only a few have escalated to violence, with none resulting in extensive injury.

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