Slipgate to “The Darkness”

Gertronic Exile Scouts have located an abandoned structure deep in the Expanse.

It appears to be a gateway or some kind; and it is active.

No ships entering this ‘Slip Gate’ have returned.

The only thing to ever come back through the gate is the following signal.

TRANSLATION COMPUTER: MESSAGE EXTREMELY UNORTHODOX IN COMPOSITION. TRANSLATION INCLUDES MANY LINGUAL BEST-FITS. FOR CLARITY, BEST-FITS ARE DENOTED BY ASTERISK PAIRS.

OVERALL ACCURACY OF TRANSLATION: UNKNOWN.

(MESSAGE BEGINS…)

That is *funny*. You think you *see* Darkness but Darkness are not *light reflections*.

Maybe you think Darkness are *many bubbles* too. It is such a joke.
Darkness are not *many bubbles* like *campers*. Darkness are just Darkness.


I am Darkness. I am one with many *fingers*.


My *fingers* reach through into *heavy space* and you *see* *Darkness bubbles* but it is really *fingers*.


Maybe you do not even *smell*? That is sad.


*Smelling* *pretty colors* is the best *game*.

Perhaps you have not been to the *Playground*. The *Playground* is for Darkness, but *Campers* can go.

It more fun than several.

You can go there for too much fun.

(MESSAGE ENDS…)

Experimental Stargates Coming Soon

Soon there will be SwitchMe plugin testing running in production (of course).
This means you will potentially be able to move in between two server instances, with your grids.
We ran tests last year and worked with the development team, and I feel confident it’s time to give it another try.
I want to bring back Dark world, with maybe 1-2 other mods. It will be a great place to hide, but it will be a much smaller map, however.

PURGE Week and WIPE Schedule

Starting soon, we will be moving to a two month Whiteout Inter-Phasic Event (or WIPE). This is because recent discoveries in space-time physics magneto-hydro harmonics has extended the time we can stay safe from this dangerous source of space radiation. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, all grids are destroyed and everyone starts fresh, in a new universe that is much like our old one.

Not everyone is happy about the WIPE, and the UN has decreed there should be a Periodic Urgent Removal of Gratuitous Engineering (or PURGE). During this time the inter-planetary collision avoidance scanners will overheat causing rapid scans. This will begin a week-long decent into chaos as vendettas are fulfilled. At the end of the of the week, the scanners will finally melt down, and scan every grid for a single day. This is followed by a complete WIPE.

Talk to your local UN or MCR admin if you have more questions.

Check our new Events tab to find out when these events start, as well as many other admin-sponsored events (TBD).

The WIPE Takes All

Panic and chaos ensued on Sunday when a 90 year old computer virus known as WIPE began to infect jump drives on the expanse, causing all ships to jump within range of each other; plunging the system into combat and violence. The Consortium lost several ships in the ensuing calamity, including one of its flagships – the USS Gramsci Light Cruiser.

The Gramsci was forced to jump within range of the infamous PVP ship known only as “Come Get Some”; in low Earth orbit along with several other smaller ships. The duel lasted long enough to break both ships weapons and a literal melee ensued between the two large vessels.

Eventually both ships were dragged into Earths gravity, scraping and ramming nearly the entire way down.

At about 11km altitude, the PVP ship was able to break free and renter orbit; the Gramsci was not as lucky and begin to fall like a brick to the surface below.

Gramscis Final Resting Place

According to data automatically sent back to Consortium HQ’s by the Gramscis flight recorder, the Gramsci was loaded with 4500 rockets and nearly 9000 rounds of 20mm cannon ammo when it went down. A serious salvage opportunity for any Earthling brave enough to climb into the mountains after the wreck. Who knows what defenses remain online, however.

What Comes Next?

The only workable solution to the WIPE virus is to purge all infected hardware. Expanse governments are said to be working around the clock to achieve this end, with an expected WIPE purge coming near the time of this writing. It is recommended that all inhabitants of the Expanse backup and save their favorite designs before the purge takes place.

The Destruction of the Battleship ‘DayBreaker’

Yesterday, forces from the Gertronic Consortium violated the ‘Safe Traders Act’ by engaging and destroying the NNJ Battleship ‘DayBreaker’ that was resupplying at an IDDC Trade outpost.

When asked for comment, the Gertronic Council had this to say in its defense:

The Gertronic Council was conflicted on ordering a preemptive strike near a trader outpost. NNJ Founder DamarGarak was a known Consortium enemy with an active KOS order still hanging over him.

Captain Valykry was not previously known to the Consortium but was a senior officer in the ranks of NNJ.

Consortium scout vessels, investigating anomalies revealed by Expanse long-range sensors, saw that Captain Valkare was nearing completion of a massive battleship. Given DamarGaraks history with The Consortium and given the risk of him accessing that sort of power; a vote to attack was held and passed despite a few dissenting opinions.

The Daybreaker was forced outside the outposts shields and then destroyed by Consortium warships. The IDDC outpost has been compensated for its loss of business.

It should be noted, that even though it was only partially operational, the battleship did critical damage to the attacking ships. An attack frigate was so badly damaged it needed to be scuttled and the command frigate needed almost all of its major systems rebuilt. If that battleship had been allowed to become fully operational it may have been unstoppable by conventional weapons.

We accept the risk of retaliation, it was judged to be better than the alternative.

As a token of good faith, a package of Gertronic Consortium brand Space Weed is being delivered via intermediaries to Captain Valykry free of charge. We realize this is not compensation for a battleship, it is simply a very small olive branch.

The Consortium stands ready to defend against any retaliation.

Captain Valykry, after accepting the package, had this to say:

Know this: there will be retaliation. However I shall enact it solely against the two members whom attacked me and anyone in the future who approaches me with hostility.’

As far as we know, he is still a senior officer of NNJ and the two factions are still hostile to one another.