Wishing you a Festive Emberfest!

Networks fell, power dwindled,
Darkness settled, terror kindled.
Together we huddle, our spirits wont lift,
Out in the Black, abandoned we drift.

 

The engines are silent, silence that smothers.
Most colors are gone, Black ate all the others.
System readings in red, hope airlocked to Black,
We sent it away… but something came back!

 

Out of the Black, the stars advanced,
Out of the Black, little lights danced.
From heart to heart, light remembers, darkness flees and fear dwindles.
From hearth to hearth, we spread the embers, joined together, life rekindles.

 

Poem found scrawled on the wall of an abandoned house in the Red Zones of Tau Station.

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Considering Commerce

In the cycles that followed the Catastrophe, it took every ounce of tenacity, ingenuity, and no small degree of luck for humanity to drag itself, tooth and nail, out of the debris filled avalanche of potential oblivion. Always scrappy as a species, we somehow managed to pull ourselves, gasping for collective air inexorably upwards, grasping at every chance for survival. Along the way, a number of principles from Before managed to cling onto us for the climb out of this metaphorical pit.

Capitalism, ever our most tenacious trait, was one such survivor. It has since born a number of systems that have helped us try to thrive in an otherwise untenable situation. In today’s future, the concept of Free Enterprise allows us to boldly go where we might otherwise have been wholly unable to. Engage with us below and we shall go into a little more detail.

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TauLife Holozene Issue 101

TauLife Holozene Issue 101 – First broadcast 202.89

Greetings listeners! Welcome to another edition of TauLife, the on-the-pulse holozene of all things Consortium.

Today’s special edition comes to you straight from Daedalus station, home of the Promethean Sect. Strap in citizens, or should I say ‘brothers and sisters’, as we talk all things ‘One Life’ with today’s special guest, Sister Nyx, a sect member for exactly 100 cycles!

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Media focus: Introducing the Bodyguard’s Bulletin

Citizens, today’s post brings you something a little different! It’s the first of a new series focusing on the galaxy’s various media offerings. Every few tenspans, we’ll bring you extracts from a specially-selected guest content feed. This edition comes courtesy of the ‘Bodyguard’s Bulletin’, the galaxy’s most-read content feed for the private security sector. Written by ex-bodyguards (and brothers) Boson and Draco Packard, it provides insight into this booming sector.

In the future we’ll bring you similar highlights of content from popular feeds such as Tau Life, Consortium Cadet, Ice Trader Daily and more. But for now, enjoy this free extract from issue 202.74 of the Bodyguard’s Bulletin.

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Bonds explained: A virtual economy (part 2)

The credit may have only taken a few post-Catastrophe cycles to become humanity’s common currency. But its premium counterpart, the bond, was a much stranger discovery. It took far longer to find its place in the galaxy’s economic system.

Having been forged in the throes of the Catastrophe, this unusual technology fascinates many. Even today, debates rage about the true nature of bonds. What exactly are they? None can provide a full answer, but at least some things are agreed upon…

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Taking Credit: A Virtual Economy

In the time following the Catastrophe, almost all infrastructure had collapsed. Many networked systems had crashed and much that existed within the digital realm was erased as if a virtual wildfire had spread through the galaxy’s servers in one digitally-devastating wave. It resulted in a catastrophic loss of both life and data on an unfathomable scale. Isolated systems were, for the most part, the only element to survive and, due to the nature of its digital existence, the credit was one such system. Capitalism, always humanity’s most tenacious trait, had managed to survive the apocalypse.

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Galactic Destinations: Cape Verde Stronghold

Wherever humanity goes in this strange and wondrous galaxy, dear reader, Galactic Destinations goes too. But not always: not to Cape Verde Stronghold, in the so-called ‘Iron Quad’ system. On this occasion, our writer refused the trip and advises you do the same. But, for the fearless travelers who visit regardless, here are some essential survival tips:

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Galactic Destinations: Orwell Stronghold

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

Carl Sagan

Welcome Citizen, to Orwell Stronghold! Here, you will experience a shining bastion of science and truth, for this is one of the Waystations of Benevolent Dynamics! Ever committed to researching the knowledge and technology that will bring back humanity from the brink of extinction and propel us further into the future, Benevolent Dynamics runs a number of such facilities across the galaxy.

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Galactic Destinations: L 726-8 Jump Gate

What do mock penny loafers, shoulder-padded blouses, and a far-fetched theory about the Catastrophe all have in common? The answer, of course, is they’re all readily found on L 726-8 Jump Gate, where the bizarre ‘Roswell Division’ cult resides. Read on, dear reader, as we delve into this unusual place.

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Cosmic Explorer: The Iron Quad

Hey there galaxy fans! Your old pal Jacqueline Valance here with the latest truths, both harsh and mellow, to shine light on the world they’re tryin’ to pull over your eyes!

It’s time to wake up and smell the war brewin’ in this corner of the galaxy. Y’all ever been to YZ Ceti? Don’t! Let me tell you right now, the Iron Quad ain’t no holiday destination!

What we’ve got here are three main stations plus the jump gate, all Consortium owned, all pretty vague in what they do. I mean, sure they disclose their ‘official capacity’ all proper like with all the bells and whistles, but what really goes on there?

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