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Noble Woman Wastes Everyone's Time Demanding To Be Kataphract

 

During a feast in which the doors of the Izweski Citadel were open for any Sinta to come prove their worth as a High-Kataphract, a noblewoman from the wasteland regions has insulted the entire affair by making the unusual demand of being anointed as an official Saa'Izweski.

 

In the grand hall of the Citadel several hundred Lords and a handful of reporters from across Moghes and Chiefs from Ouerea were dining as a line of Kataphracts came before Not’zar Izweski telling of their deeds and status. Several dozen had already been sent out on quests across the galaxy to prove themselves sincere before the noblewoman Jiza H’izala arrived. Donned in her clan’s unpolished armor with an unimpressive faded zatimono strapped to it, she was initially presumed to be male when passing the outer gate. But when she came before Not’zar Izweski she removed her helmet and there was an audible grumble from the disbelieving crowd. She spoke to the Lord-Regent and opened immediately with her demand.

 

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“Clan H’izala, which once stretched far and who’s name held esteem and respect, is now nearly extinct. There are no suitable Lords who would seek common cause with our dying house. Name me a Kataphract so my Clan’s name may be restored to glory and honor.”



The unimpressed Not’zar Izweski waited patiently for the laughter of the noblemen to subside before he responded.

 

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“I am familiar with the name H’izala. Your banners fought well, but are there none of your banners that would better suit this honor?”

 

Hi’zala, undeterred, responded.

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“It was the duty of my Clan to serve you Izweski in battle, and it was the honor of all of my clan’s male kin to die for you. When the enemy besieged our last remaining castle, it was myself and my last few cousins who fought a bitter retreat to reach the Untouched Lands. Now they are all dead. There is only myself and my father, who is in his age unable to sire out future, and I am all that is left. My family has died for you, lost our castles for you, and are now nearly extinct, all in order to secure your own Clan. What kind of service do you give in response, that you deny me what I am owed?”

 

The room turned from amused to hostile at the demanding tone of the noblewoman. Several Lords scorned her and mocked the faded banner on her back. Not’zar Izweski, still seated on his throne, waved the woman off as the furor of the room grew.

 

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“There are no circumstances at this time by which I could defy the reason present in all people of sound mind by granting you your request. I thank you for the service of your Clan but your request is impossible.”

 

Clearly angered, Lady H’zala bowed before Not’zar and turned to leave as the nobles of the realm jeered and even tossed food at where she stood.

 

The rest of the feast continued after this embarrassing incident. Several hundred were named Zo’saa and assigned as retainer to existing Kataphracts.

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Lady H’zala Fails To Impress: Demands To Be Kataphract Yet Again

 

The Izweski clan have generously opened the doors of their great hall to any Sinta that seeks their audience that they may request to become a Kataphract, or even lobby to become High Kataphract. This generosity has been met with gratitude from Sinta of sound mind, but the festivities and ceremonies were interrupted again this day by Lady H’zala.

 

Only days after her first arrival, Lady H’zala has arrived claiming the completion of a great feat. She was seen by our reporter approaching the Citadel from the outer wall with a handcuffed man in ragged armor, while she herself was wearing her Clan’s plate armor and faded zatimono on her back. She was stopped at the first checkpoint by the Guwan Guard who argued with her about whether or not she would be allowed entry, and who the man she was holding was. She claimed that the man was an infamous bandit leader in the Wasteland and that by being a noblewoman she was entitled to free entry into the Citadel during the ceremony.

 

The scuffle was reported to Not’zar Izweski who told his Guwan Guard to allow her inside. Lady H’zala dragged the man in chains before Not’zar Izweski and threw him onto his knees before the Lord-Regent’s throne. Not’zar Izweski then recognized the man immediately. The man, a sinta with a red hide and ragged clothing, was the bandit leader Ak’ail Zonzai. He was an infamous bandit in the Wasteland who commanded hundreds of barbarians that raided and sacked countless villages and settlements. Not’zar Izweski opened with an astonished question.
 

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“Who are you that you captured this plague of evil without perishing?”

 

 

Lady H’zala responded by giving a tall and unbelievable tale of a woman besting several men in single combat.

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“I traveled from your Citadel out into the Wasteland. In my possession was my deceased brother’s energy glaive, my shield, and a human laser rifle. On my Warmount I travelled and followed the movements of Zonzai and his band. As a woman they did not find me a threat, and so made no moves to hide themselves or evade me. This was a mistake. I have killed all of the warriors that stood between me and Zonzai, and I have defeated him in single combat. I have killed your enemies and their blood stains the sands of the Wasteland. Grant me the rank of Kataphract.”

 

 

The nobles present were unimpressed, and there was a lot of pointing towards the humiliated Zonzai and laughter about his defeat at the hands of a woman. One present noble, Overlord Zutazki Gwim'zala, who stood on the esteemed elevated platform next to Not’zar Izweski, spoke out next for the crowds.

 

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“Perhaps Zonzai was behaving as is proper and stayed his hand as to not strike a woman. Taking advantage of the proper and honorable conduct by Sinta men is not a sign of bravery, but of a conniving opportunist.”

 

Lady H’zala became offended and responded angrily.

 

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“Not so long ago Admiral Oyuti started a war with our ally in the name of protecting the honor of a foreign princess and he was brought here and lauded for bravery and allowed to keep his rank and post. I come before you with an enemy of our realm in chains, having defended the honor of our people, and you call it conniving? Were I a man you would offer me your daughter to walk out of this Citadel in marriage with.”

 

Overlord Gwim’zala started to angrily retort as the assembled nobles grumbled but Not’zar Izweski silenced them all by standing. Leaning heavily on his cane the Lord-Regent gestures to High Kataphract Saa Yui’zai of Clan Timzula, the first and only one of the prestigious rank.

 

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“While I am impressed by the exploit of Lady H’zala and believe her tale to be honest and sincere, I wish to defer my judgement upon this matter to our honorable Saa Timzula.”

 

Saa Timzula bowed and addressed those present, as well as the expectant looking H’zala.

 

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“In the times we live in we must seek to balance our future with the customs of the past. Lady Hz’ala is clearly brave, but in this instance I cannot see an exemption to be made. It is one thing to defeat a powerful enemy; it is yet another to commit to the trades of war and honor, which belong to men.”

 

 

Not’zar Izweski nodded his head and bid Lady H’zala farewell. With a determined look about her H’zala bowed and turned to leave. The bandit leader was taken into custody by the Guwan Guard and can be expecting a beheading by month’s end. The rest of the ceremony has proceeded well, with hundreds more Kataphract-Hopefuls sent out on quests throughout the galaxy.

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Lady H’zala Stuns Everyone, Causes Upend of Kataphract Tradition

 

For the third time a ceremony meant to honor the brave Saa’Izweski that adventure across the galaxy was interrupted by Lady H’zala. But this time, rather than being kicked out in disgrace, she has been anointed as the first female Kataphract in the Hegemony’s history as well as joining the council of High Kataphracts alongside Saa Yui’zai.

 

Lady H’zala came to the outside gate and was stopped by Not’zar Izweski’s Guwan Guard. They declined her access under the pretense of her last few attempts at disrupting the ceremonies. Lady H’zala presented her zatimono and demanded her rights as a noble to see the Lord-Regent.

 

Not’zar Izweski was informed of the disturbance as he was taking audience with a dozen Saa-Hopefuls and an attendance of noblemen and observing Kataphracts. The Lord-Regent was seen quietly speaking with one of the other members of the Izweski clan and Saa Yui’za before allowing H’zala entry.

 

The noblewoman entered the hall to an onset of groaning from the Lords in the audience. She bowed before the Lord-Regent, who welcomed her with a less than welcoming greeting.


 

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“You have demanded your rights as a noble to seek my audience. You have it. It is my hope you understand that you try my patience.”


 

H’zala responded with her bold demand immediately.

 

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“You have acknowledged my rights as a noble of this realm. For that you have my thanks. I have one final right I seek to have fulfilled. You cast me out in our last meeting claiming I am unfit to take part in the realm of war and battle, calling them a man’s realm. I demand my right to prove myself through a duel. I will defeat any man here until you recognize my worth and name me Kataphract.”

 

The response from the audience was uproarious laughter. Overlord Zutazki Gwim'zala, present once more at the Lord-Regent’s side, spoke out in his booming voice over the laughter.

 

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“I am one of your critics. And I would not demean myself to duel a woman.”

 

H’zala responded curtly.

 

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“You refuse to duel me, so it seems you forfeit and name me victor by default. With your forfeit it seems I will walk out of here with your daughter after all.”

 

Gwim’zala angrily called forth his son and heir, Prince M’zaut, to duel Lady H’zala. The two fought in the grand hall before the entire audience of nobles and the press, with Lady H’zala using her clan’s halberd and Prince M’zaut using a sword. To the suprise of everyone Lady H’zala emerged victorious, knocking M’zaut onto his back and holding the halberd to his throat so he could not rise.

 

Lady H’zala shocked everyone present by then proceeding to defeat three more champions sent before her. Saa Ziau’zai, Saa Uia’ozai, and Lord Xaiza.

 

She was stopped only by High Kataphract Saa Timzula himself. When she was knocked to the floor in defeat, bloodied and bruised, the assembly of noblemen breathed a sigh of relief or applauded her defeat. Not’zar Izweski tapped his cane and appeared ready to speak up but was interrupted by Saa Timzula holding out his hand and helping Lady H’zala back up. He turned around and addressed the entire assembly.

 

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“It takes a warrior’s spirit, tempered by determination, to do as Lazy H’zala as. Three times you have given her the time of day, and twice you turned her away. Unshaken, she has pursued her goal relentlessly. Her ancestors clearly grant her their strength. In our last encounter, Lord-Regent, you asked me my stance. It has now changed. I am asking you to anoint Lady H’zala as a High Kataphract.”

 

Not’zar Izweski accepted the request and anointed an extremely pleased Lady H’zala as High Kataphract in an elaborate ceremony.

 

Saa H’zala now stands with Saa Yu’zia as one of two of the planned six High Kataphracts. Her anointment has been met with shock and resentment from the traditional elements of the Hegemony, but she also has many supporters. On Ouerea Saa H’zala has become a household name, with her likeness appearing in many media events and her name coming up as an inspiration from Elder-Chiefs and Clan-Mothers. On Moghes many more people are divided, with some upset that the Lord-Regent would go against tradition and allow a woman into combat.

 

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Hero Of Youthstone To Be Named High Kataphract

A lavish ceremony has been announced to honor the exploits of the warrior Ozal’kai Zizae and have him named High Kataphract by the Lord-Regent. The young naval officer recently took part in an intense battle between elements of the 3rd fleet on patrol in the Youthstone system that were ambushed by a large force of marauding raiders.

 

Zizae was the second in command of the Foundation corvette HMV Spirit Keeper that was patrolling the outskirts of the system with four other ships. The ambush occurred at 9:40am Relative Time. Sixteen pirate corvettes bluespaced into weapons range and immediately opened fire on the four corvettes. One of the pirate ships rammed into Zizae’s vessel as part of the attack, killing Captain Haudasha and injuring nearly everyone in the bridge.

 

Faced with a boarding party, Zizae assumed command of the Spirit Keeper. He organized a defense and met the boarding party with his energy sword and shield. Together with the remnants of the crew, he fought back the savages. He is said by his men to have slain six of the raiders. With the boarding party defeated, Zizae launched a counter-attack within the enemy corvette. As the battle around them raged Zizae fought through the hallways of the enemy ship and cleared deck by deck until he came to the bridge. Leading his squad he breached the enemy bridge and killed the pirate captain that was leading the entire assault.

 

With their flagship defeated, the ambushing forces immediately lost all morale and routed from the battle. The patrol lost fifteen Sinta while the pirates have lost twenty-five of their number with eight captured. All five Foundation class vessels are expected to return to duty after repairs within a week.

 

Zizae was immediately recommended by the other officers in the fleet to be named a Kataphract for his brave conduct under pressure. Within hours of the news reaching Moghes the two High Kataphracts, Saa Timzula and Saa H’zala, quickly announced that they would be asking Lord-Regent Not’zar Izweski to anoint Zizae to join them as High Kataphracts.

 

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“Some say it is too soon, but it is clear that within this Sinta is a strength unknown to all but a few. It is clear that he is a manifestation of all that is good and honorable, and he must join us to be a beacon of virtue and bravery that all may look upon for inspiration.”

 

Lord-Regent Not’zar Izweski agreed, and has summoned Zizae to the capital. Lords and Overlords from all across the realm have been invited to this ceremony to witness Zizae be inducted as High Kataphract, including the 3rd Fleet’s Admiral Za'Akaix'Xitac Klax.

 

Unfortunately Zizae’s Clan, formerly a minor noble house, was known to have been scattered to the winds in the chaos of the Contact War. Intense efforts are being made to locate and track down any surviving elements of Zizae’s family in order for them to witness the honor being given to a member of their clan, and to celebrate their rebirth.

 

The speed at which the ceremony is being planned and assembled is believed to be due in part due to Not’zar Izweski’s desire to anoint an uncontroversial and popular candidate after he rose a former noblewoman H’zala to the High Kataphract position. It remains a sore topic for members of the nobility on Moghes, even as she is popular with the common people and almost all of Ouerea.

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Pid to be Darkened, K’lax Nuclear Stockpile Disarmed

Today, the Council of Lords met the Tret representatives within Skalamar for ruling upon the fate of Pid. As earlier reported this year by another paper, The Vaurca of Tret, led by Overlord Zkaii of K’lax came forward with a proposal for reducing its apparent magnitude to aid in the search of Phoron-laden systems. Oddly enough, the release of Dominian freighters and trade sovereignty were also in their proposal. These clauses would allow the K’lax to begin self-regulated trade with foreign powers, in exchange for higher tax percentages within the Hegemony. In addition, the Vaurca representatives released plans for the economic development of the system, once phoron deposits are found.

While at first thrilled, the council of Lords wished more from the K’lax, citing the cultural significance of Pid, and the ridiculous notion of allowing trade with a hostile foreign power. To these issues, K’laxan representative Wanski, the unathi guild master of the Tretian Medical Guild comments...

“My lords and Sinta, you're already helping the Dominian government economically, and with your own Sinta. Look at the megacorporations or the Jargon Federation.  They make it impossible to keep an insulated economy anymore.Just as my ancestors watch over me, I know that Mogesian products bought and sold by Nanotrasen find a sizable market within the Empire of Dominia. What we are offering is a chance to reap greater benefit than what you would ever get from a human company. Additionally, we’ve one last proposal to provide a better deal.”

With this, guildmaster Wanski sits down, and a video begins to play on a nearby viewscreen.

 

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The video begins with static and some shaking, making it obvious to viewers that it is being filmed by a hand camera. In the foreground all throughout the horizon of the shot, we see an upheaved mountain of ice, creating an irregular edge that surrounds our view on all sides, indicating that the filmer is within a massive oblong crater. At its rough center, propped up upon giant ice chewed metal pylons is a massive metal structure,many hundreds of times larger than the largest skyscraper upon Moghes. It stretches kilometers up out of the crater, giving the structure the illusion of bending. Just before hitting ground level, the structure terminates, being lifted by yet more frozen over pylons. At eye level, the base of the structure glows like a sun. 

The bottom of the structure screams fire from a massive nozzle,a roaring blast furnace billowing heat throughout the crater and explaining why the filmer is on solid ground. Surrounding the structure is a steaming lake of liquified metal. All around the metal lake, Vaurca can be seen, harvesting more solid pieces that ripple out from the lakes less viscous center.

The video focuses on several unathi wearing yellow hazmat suits. These unathi and the filmer are led to a section of the metal lake, housing tens of thousands of missiles in organized grid piles. The Vaurca here beckons the unathi to inspect the cite, showing them the piles of unexploded warheads that continue on like a maze. Emblazoned on their sides are radiation yield and tonnage, explains Vaurca translators. After a few more minutes of inspection, the video ends with a view of some concerned looking unathi.

 

“ The K’lax hive is willing to disarm its nuclear stockpile entirely as part of the proposal my lords. This would rid our system of a significant threat, to everyone.”  finishes guild master Wanski just before the council takes a short recess for deliberation.

The rest of the proceedings occur behind closed doors, but not two hours later, the Council of Warlords issued that it has agreed to the K’laxan proposal. 

As news of this agreement hit Tret, the few megacorp mining operations upon Tret issued a public warning to all of its employees. Once Pid has been darkened, their findings conclude that Tret will have 27% darker day and night cycle. The report goes on to explain that by removing the reflected light of Pid will have a significant effect on their operations on Tret.


Elsewhere news of the imminent disarmament of K’laxan Nuclear Warheads has met with widespread joy, from every Sinta our paper interviewed. Whether or not this proposal was worth it is yet to be seen, but it can be said that, for now, All unathi may sleep safer tonight.
 

 

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"Hero Zizae” Exposed - Stripped of Honors and Imprisoned Awaiting Judgement

 

The warrior known as Zizae, who had only two weeks ago had been heralded a hero scheduled to be anointed a High Saa, has had his secret identity as a Guwan exposed during the feast within the Izweski Citadel. He is now held in the Izweski dungeon awaiting his fate.

 

The feast began early morning. Several Lords of the realm were present with a large crowd of onlookers from the city behind a separating rope looking on into the hall. Zizae was in the center feasting at a table with an ensemble of Lords with Not’zar Izweski seated on the elevated throne observing the proceedings. Those present during the celebration had continued to assume that Zizae’s family and clan remained lost in the Wasteland, but an hour into the festivities Not’zar Izweski rose from his seat, supported by his cane, and made an announcement.

 

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“The family of our brave Ozal’kai Zizae was believed lost and scattered to the winds, never to be found again. But he fought for his banner and upheld the righteous honor of his Clan. I am here today to say that this was not for vain - not only will we honor him with an anointment to High Saa as a Kataphract, but I have dedicated these last few weeks to find and bring back the father and Clan Lord of our brave Zizae - Clan Lord Hu’tali Zizae.”


Not’zar gestures towards a large door nearby and it opened. Inside stepped Clan Leader Hu’tali. He was met with applause as he walked inside looking proud and in good spirits. But when he saw the nervous Ozal’kai seated at the table, his expression changed and everyone around him saw disbelief and anger. He stood where he was silently, glaring ahead to the confusion of the Lord-Regent. When asked what was wrong, Clan Lord Zizae pointed at Ozal’kai and declared to the whole room a shocking turn of events.

 

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“This is not my son Ozal’kai. This is his brother, Mizoha. Mizoha Guwan.”

 

The entire room erupted as the truth was revealed. The Lords who realized they were sharing the same food as a Guwan hurriedly left the table, some flipping them over in their rush. Others dropped the pitcher that the Guwan had touched and made unclean. Not’zar Izweski was so shocked that it took him several moments before giving the order to his Guwan Guard to seize Ozal’kai, and then he addressed him with a simple, exasperated question.

 

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“Why?”

 

With his head hanging down as he was held by two Guwan Guards, Ozal’kai replied.

 

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“While I was cast away by my Clan, I never lost my love for it. My brother always wanted to be a warrior, but he died in the War an anonymous casualty. I wanted to carry on his name, believing myself to be the only Zizae not with the ancestors.”

 

Several in the crowd were shouting for his exile into the Wasteland, or other severe punishments. Not’zar Izweski allowed the chaos of the crowd to continue as he appeared to contemplate. Then Not’zar Izweski spoke again.

 

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“A Guwan is never the last of a Clan. You were never a Zizae after the moment of your exile. Your deceit has undone all of your deeds. While I cannot deny your heroism, I also cannot fathom an age where a Guwan would be given anything but what is appropriate for their status. You will be held in the dungeon of the Watch, so as you do not defile the dungeon of the Izweski Citadel, and I will speak to your Clan Lord as to your fate.”

 

Mizoha was dragged away by the Guard and Not’zar Izweski unceremoniously dissolved the festival. The attendees were escorted out as Clan Lord Zizae was earnestly speaking with the Lord-Regent.

 

It’s unknown what fate will befall the Guwan, but the realm is abuzz with the possibilities.

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K’lax Celebrate Birth of New Queen and her Brood

Celebrations blanket the K’lax hive today, with the birth of the 102,496th K’laxan Lesser Queen, Ta’Akaix’Vedhra’rept’ylanze K’lax. K’lax everywhere throughout the Orion Spur have begun a two-week long celebration marking this tremendous event in their history as both a hive and a species. Even more shocking was the first ever public address given by High Overlord Ta'Akaix'Zkaii'xay'yil K'lax, which was transmitted over galactic channels earlier this morning from Tret.

 

“My children, my hive, today is etched into the lattice of our memory. The journey that began 2000 years ago led us here, to this star system so that we might begin anew. Aliens, once fictions within the aether are now all around us, beings as we are, with aspirations and values alien to our own. They frighten many, as does the future itself. But it is of weaker beings to see the future as a yawning void, full of crawling uncertainties, be they alien or otherwise. When we began our mission from Mother K’lax, we became the delvers of the unknown, those few broods brave enough to crack open and chart a new tunnel in our history.

Together, with our unathi patrons, we have established our world, with projects both inside the hive and out unfolding within our designs. In two weeks, Pid will be stricken from the sky forevermore, unmasking the spectra of distant worlds. Within two months, the space elevator will be complete. Upon Moghes itself, Gene Clinics and Terraforming assist the livelihood of our Hegemony, opening us all up to the world. All of this pales in comparison to the birth of my daughter. The very first Vaurca queen born beyond the homeworld of Sedantis.

She will be a new beginning, never knowing the hardships of longing for a mother or queen that isn't there. No one else within the hive will as of today. I will encompass the role of High Queen for the hive. There will be no more uncertainty about the future within and outside of the hive. For the K’lax build the future, as we always have and always will. ”


 

Just after this announcement, markets across Biesel were stormed by Vaurca customers, with real-time market analytics showing a 100000% increase in the sale of fluorinated food and beverage products. An hour before this article was published congratulations from several governments and hive leaders were shared to the public. Becoming the most shared topic of today upon the extranet.

 

The Hegemony itself has issued a congratulations to Warlord Zkaii, stating, "The birth of the K'lax princess is a source of joy and congratulations. The Overlord of Tret, Queen Zkaii, has warm blessings from the Izweski clan."

 

 

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K’lax Doctor Saves Wasteland Town From Raiders and Becomes Kataphract

 

Formerly housing a hundred thousand, only a few thousand people reside in the town of Mazar’kii. It is tucked away in a desolate part of the Wasteland east of the terraforming site Camp Integrity. Raiders nearly wiped the remaining inhabitants from the face of Moghes, but they were saved by an unlikely source: A Vaurcan doctor named Za’Akaix’Ziza K’lax.

 

Doctor Ziza told reporters after the incident that he was drawn to the wastelander town specifically because it was abandoned by other medical professionals. Ziza alone open and ran a small clinic in the remnants of a former guild hall, receiving irregular shipments of basic medication from the K’lax hive on Tret.

 

He was shaken down and threatened by raiders several days into his arrival. The bandits regularly harassed the town, taking food, supplies, and captives to work within their infernal camps.One witness at the time remarked on what transpired.

 

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“Six of them entered the clinic and started ransacking it, calling the doctor an insect and saying they would kill him if he did not give up all his supplies from now on. Ziza tried to argued with them and was struck by one of their rifles in whatever you would call their gut. He got a crack on it and started bleeding yellow fluid everywhere. The raiders made off with almost all the supplies and even carried out a patient that was suffering from radiation sickness, believing they could get a ransom.”

 

Ziza was forced to explain to his other several dozen patients, several in critical condition, that the entire month’s medical supplies had been stolen. Zajzu Mazkari, who was awaiting an operation on his kidney, described the conversation just before Ziza left.

 

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“He was explaining in Basic that it would be a month until he got more anesthetic and surgical tools. I reminded him that when I came in he said I had a week to live without the operation. He just got quiet for a moment. They don’t have facial expressions, I just watched him click his mandibles a moment. He said he would ‘take care of it’ then just turned and left.”

 

Ziza left the town and its residents did not see him for seven days.

 

Witnesses from across the regions east of the town, however, frequently spotted the bizarre sight of a Vaurca wandering the sand dunes. Our journalist tracked down a travelling scavenger who described an encounter with Ziza twelve miles away east of the town.

 

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“My truck was full of scrap and goods I was driving around to sell. He looks strange but it is not until he lowers his hood that I realize he is one of those vaurca. I sold him a rifle and an old pre-war motorcycle with treads. He rode off and it was very bizarre.”

 

Ziza followed the raiders to their caravan of retrofit vehicles. In the caravan the patient that had been kidnapped from the clinic described the sudden ambush by Ziza.


 

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“I was tied up to a pole near the back truck. They had kept asking me how much money I thought my clan would spring for me. From the top of a sand dune behind them three red blasts came down at the trucks. The first one exploded, and the second one broke through the window and set the interior on fire. From the top of the sand dune this hooded figure on a motorbike came roaring down the razorback. Another blast hit one of the raiders and they were instantly set alight.”


 

In the ambush Ziza used his speed and arcane Vaurcan side-arm to sow chaos and panic amongst the raiders. The Sinta that was set ablaze from the weapon soon turned out to be the leader of the raiders. Seeing his fate, the followers began to scatter in all directions. The surviving trucks kicked up sand as they drove off, and some even ran on foot, leaving their hostage and several crates of supplies behind.

 

Ziza fired shots with the rifle purchased from the merchant but did not pursue, instead liberating his patient. He brought him and nearly all of the stolen medical supplies back to Mazar’kii, where he was lauded as a hero.

 

Word of his deeds soon spread to the capital, and now, a week after it transpired, Lord-Regent Not’zar Izweski has summoned Ziza to the capital to be given a commendation, and he hinted at a possible anointment to High Kataphract was in store.

 

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“Our K’lax friends and citizens continuously prove they are as invested in the greatness of the Hegemony and its citizens as any true Sinta. This Doctor Ziza showed incredible strength and resolve and it is a true testament for all Sinta everywhere.”

 

Ziza has accepted the invitation and it is arranged to take place next week.

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Former Hero Mizoha Guwan Has Fate Decided

Not’zar Izweski has shown another example of the mercy he has maintained during his tenure as Lord-Regent. For nearly two weeks the disgraced Mizoha Guwan has languished in the dungeon of Skalamar as he awaited his fate. The Guwan, who took on his deceased brother’s name to escape his punishment and fight within the navy, has had his fate decided by his father, Clan-Leader Hu’tali.

 

The matter was deemed noteworthy enough by Not’zar Izweski that he summoned an attendance by the public of the city as well as our own media station. The crowd in attendance was over three hundred on-lookers, who stood divided between the commoners and noblemen on either side of the grand hall. Not’zar Izweski was seated on the elevated throne with various advisors and cousins of the Izweski dynasty flanking him. Before him was Mizoha Guwan, held in chains with a man of the city Watch holding him there. The Guwan was holding his head in shame and did not look at anyone else in the room.

 

From the entrance entered Clan-Leader Hu’tali, and he approached the throne under the eyes of everyone present. He stood next to his son and bowed before Not’zar Izweski who spoke out to address the crowd.

 

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“Hu’tali, I have thought heavily on our discussion and I trust that you have as well. Because of the situation we have faced, it was my decision that rather than the court I would give you the dispensation to decide the fate of your exiled son.”

 

Clan-Leader Hu’tali spoke up next, and his words sent a tremor of murmuring through the crowd.

 

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“My son profaned our honor and for that I exiled him, believing he was not worth the status of Guwandi. But I cannot deny what he has done. It is my decision as the head of our clan that you remove his status as Guwan. I wish to call him my son once more.”

 

Not’zar Izweski held up a hand to silence the crowd and responded when the noise ended.

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“I am willing to do this. I too must admit that in the literal sense, he is the one that engaged in the heroism of Youthstone, but it was his brother’s name by which it was done. In plain terms he has not distinguished himself on his own terms. Therefore, I will grant your request and by the power of the Hegemon of which I wield I shall return his clan name to him. However, I have rescinded my offer of naming this individual High Kataphract. It would be profane to anoint one who acted in the shadow of another. Therefore, I am going to give him a ship, a spear, a laser rifle, and a quest. If your son can find fame and prestige in this wider galaxy I shall anoint him a Kataphract.”

 

With his name returned, Zizae appeared surprised. The Unathi, his Guwanhood removed, no longer tainted the Citadel with his presence. He finally lifted up his head and addressed his father and the Lord-Regent.

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“I seek nothing in life but redemption and the restoration of my honor and the honor of my clan.I accept your quest.”

 

 

Zizae was, as promised, gifted the shuttle and supplies by the Izweski at Skalamar’s shuttleport. He was last seen exchanging words with his father on the tarmac before departing. It’s unknown if Zizae will find the means to achieve his desired title of Kataphract, but he joins the thousands of Hopefuls now exploring the galaxy seeking prestige and glory.

 

 

 

Edited by Bygonehero

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