Thursday, October 27, 2016

Moab Daily News Extra!: Rex-Avis safe after attack!

This just in! Our sources have learned that Colorado and Octavia Rex-Avis are safe after an attack by unknown forces. Sir Stanley Drakemore was apparently with them at the time, as well as several unnamed associates. There are reports of injuries but as yet nothing specific is available, and there is no word on either Arthur Rex-Avis, heir apparent to the family holdings, or Jasper Newman. Both accompanied Rex-Avis matriarch Colorado on the complex and sensitive trade mission.

Here's what we know so far:

About one month ago a contingent representing the Rex-Avis Trust departed Proserpine on a trade mission to the Kingdom of Colores in Sector Six. They arrived safely at a Colores orbital station about two weeks ago. They can be seen here touring what appears to be a Colores research facility.


The exact nature of the trade mission is still secret, but it appears to relate to a naval shipbuilding program. Colores cruiser KCS Passeraux can be seen below alongside what may be a new class of warship, possibly to be named KCS Iowa. It is believed that the mission relates to this latter new class of ship.


Below is a photograph of an energy unit that may be the subject of the trade deal. We contacted an engineering expert visiting Proserpine from Burgkhan Kaldun Prime. In her estimation guild digs on Moab II likely yielded the breakthroughs behind this new unit. The extension on the right may be a small tachyon accelerator. She was unable to speculate further from the photograph, but deems it possible that the device may use some kind of tachyon field reaction. The energy density of tachyon fields is amongst the highest now known, and some physicists have speculated that the collapse of such a field, if properly controlled, could approach perfect matter to energy conversion, which would allow a powerplant of enormous output in an unprecedentedly small footprint.


The unit was apparently taken to a station on the Bakkun Moon's Plain of Loneliness which can be seen in the diagram and photograph below. The Rex-Avis party is apparently standing on the terrace of the observation center.



Late last week a special operations unit carried out an assault on the Colores research facility. An armored fighting vehicle of an unidentified type can be seen below. This vehicle was apparently a part of the attack.


We hate to speculate too far, but it seems quite unlikely that the timing and location of the attack could be coincidence. Apparently parties hostile to either or both the Rim or Colores have taken an interest in our trade deal or construction project it would benefit.

The Rex-Avis contingent was present at the time. Colorado and Octavia Rex-Avis both escaped the incident. Our reporters have been in contact with their staff. No statement is, as yet, forthcoming. All photographs and maps above have been obtained from sources in the Kingdom of Colores. To learn more of the incident, please consult the Sector Six Governor General's release on the events.

This is a developing story. Our initial report appears under the title Rex-Avis to Sector Six. Please check back!

Sincerely,
The Composer

8 comments:

Phil said...

A wonderful report (a little bit of speculations, ok...) with outstanding pictures, well done, very well done...

The Composer said...

I have a fairly good source. In the best tradition of journalism I don't wish to name that rather official source, but let's just say he might govern something that sounds as though it should be to rearward, if you're checking in that classic dogfighter's way. Thank you Phil! Glad you liked it. :)

Maj. Guiscard said...

Excellent companion post!

Fills in some nice details for the storyline, and lays out some possible future paths.
Great stuff.

The Composer said...

There's a fair amount of speculation there, as there often is in news and analysis, I think. So nothing is gospel. Just . . . guesswork. Glad you like it. Thank you. :)

Jay said...

Moab Daily News scoops all competitors re Rex_Avis.

Subscribers also anxiously awaiting update on the whereabouts of missing Frog sentient banjo player.

Prufrock said...

There's more to this than meets the eye, I'll wager!

The Composer said...

Jay,

The Frog banjo player caught a freighter to a world with rainbows. He joined an intergalactic band of adventurers full of the craziest characters you ever will meet . . . but they never did come to Moab. Can't recall where they ended up. (Translation: I entered him into a raffle with some of the finest modelers in the old-skool sci-fi universe; folks with their names in White Dwarf. Sadly, I did not win.) On the positive side, Robin was from a large family. I bet he has cousins. And maybe someone else plays the banjo. And yes, Moab Daily does have the inside story on the doings of the Rex-Avis gang. (And their frogy friends.)

Prufrok,

You'd wager right.

Thank you both. :)

Generalissimo Forde said...

Cool article. Informative and a bit speculative, excellent journalism. Now where's the salacious titillating post?