Compound Mourns Death of Markus van Halcyon
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The Compound mourns the loss of Markus Van Halcyon, cousin to Cmdr Giles Halcyon and activist for the fair and ethical treatment of Sundrav worshipers. Van Halcyon, a devout Sundravite himself, was attacked while on a visit to Gate Town. Gate Town was the site of the racially charged death of Xiat Dazye, a Dahhak Sundravite, at the hands of three Kshathran youths over a year ago. Van Halcyon visited with Law Enforcement to praise them for what he called heroic action in swiftly dealing justice in the case, a move that has caused tension among the Kshathra of the Qua’Ri settlement. Van Halcyon was an outspoken advocate for Sundrav worshippers that he felt were being systematically persecuted for their beliefs by Kshathrans. His itinerary was to include a visit to Qua’Ri to protest the recent acts of violence perpetrated against Dahhaks and non-Dahhak Sundravites. Few details about the incident have been released, and the cause of death has not been determined, but authorities believe that foul play was involved. The Compound refused to comment on the active investigation, but Giles Halcyon pledged to bring swift justice to the parties responsible for his cousin’s death. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday in the Temple of Sundrav at the Compound.

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Victory Day Festival in Morgan’s Landing
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Morgan’s Landing held a festival, to honor those who fell fighting the Thinking Machines. It was also a celebration of life, and the growing community here on this fairly new world. The festival featured a ceremony honoring Bailiff George Malikai, who organized the defense, and fell during the battle. There were also ceremonies for 3 Midir who were responsible for saving a group of Imperials cut off during the fight, and the unknown soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend the breaches in the ancient shields that helped Morgan’s Landing have a higher percentage of survivors than any other settlement during the battle. Mithra Gul, a Dahhak councilwoman, delivered the closing remarks. “And now we look back on the largest battle in the history of our new planet. Two years ago, the free races of Eclipse defended Morgan’s Landing, as they defended all the surviving settlements. And we did it together. Together. That should have a new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it was fate that tore us all down, so we could rise us again together. We fought for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution. We fought to prevent our annihilation. We fought for our right to live. To exist. This day should not be known as a Morgan’s Landing holiday, but as the day all the races of Origo declared in one voice. “We will not […]

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New ore vein found
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Miners in Downings have found a new ore vein, rich in industrial metals. A small group of companies have claimed credit, and are moving quickly to capitalize on the find. Shipments of ore are traveling to Elders Grove, to pay for new mining equipment from the Yazata. Copper, silver, iron, and a dozen other trace metals have been identified. Pallidium has also been found at the new site. Companies identified as having a stake in the new claim include Carrigan Digs, Darvash inc., and Bludgeon Investment Group. No one is entirely sure how this will impact Downings, but few doubt that it will make political waves. In other news, Cherise and Clarise may be the hottest thing since candied apples, but they’re terrible spokespeople. They had scored a sweet job for Sigsour Party Drinks. SPD had paid them thousands of credits in advance for special promotions. They were supposed to appear at parties, media events, and entertainment happenings to promote the new company. They were supposed to be producing seven prints ads, a behind-the-scenes exclusive video, and host a special gala featuring Sigsour products. Instead, they have produced an incoherent 30 second video, and slept through the gala. The company has released them, and is seeking new spokespeople for its products. The race is on, celebutantes!

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