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IMPERIUM ATTACK STARMERC

A Zhanian punishment fleet has attacked StarMerc to destroy the New Empire base there. After a long and bloody battle the suriving Zhanian ships withdrew, regrouping at Zhan Gateway. While the New Empire did bear some casualities, no essential installations were destroyed.

P5 AS HEAVILY ARMED AS IT LOOKS!

In a shock event at the Virgus system, P5 engaged in combat with a fleet of New Empire ships - and looked as if it were winning! For some reason the New Empire decided to attack the massive pink brothel, using considerable firepower. At this point P5 started to spin around, firing extremely accurate and destructive weaponry at the fleet, which was swiftly decimated. Just as a CCF fleet appeared in the system, P5 jumped.
UPDATE: After five days, there has been no report on P5's whereabouts.
UPDATE: It has now been a week since P5 disappeared at the Virgus system. Speculation as to where it has gone is rife.

DEATH STAR PLANS POSTED TO 'TANGLED WEB'

Floor plans for the 'Death Star' being built around Nowhere 12 have been posted onto the Tangled Web bulletin board by an anonymous source. Some governments have revealed that they also have received copies of the plans, although regrettably they do not include sufficient building specifications to allow construction.

JUST SAY 'NO, AARGH, LET GO, OK, I AGREE'

It has become clear that many of the illegal Muat Tien operations have ceased due to the involvement and co-operation of two swiftly-becoming-fabled fighters, known as Templar and Saint. The Muat-Tien hospitals are thankful not to have so many maimed and mutilated victims of the grounds admitted to casualty, and there has been an upsurge of competition and interest in the official arenas.

WILL THE REAL ADMIRAL ANKASH PLEASE STEP FORWARD

CivCore 5, the infotainment channel for the galaxy, reported shortly after the P5 incident that Grand Admiral Ankash (TM) was in the hands of Lord Nemesis, having been replaced by an imposter. These reports were energetically denied by CCF spokesman Lazarus, who told CCTV that the Grand Admiral was on his flagship, and that some confusion might have been caused by a recent strategic operation. The system governments of Hel, Illythia, and Algol demanded proof that Ankash was still the real Ankash.

BANANAS SIGN RECORD DEAL

Funky and the Bananas have released their first album, "Baby, I'm a-Feeling Fruity Tonight", on the independent label Cleo. They have also seen yet another addition to their band, in the shape of Beeker, the cocktail scientist from P5, who even sings lead vocals in a song he wrote himself, entitled "Beek". Beeker was also responsible for the officially licensed cocktail, the Funky Daiquiri, available in all good bars throughout CivCore.

VORATIOUS APPETITE FOR BANANAS

In an unprecedented concert, Funky and the Bananas played over the matrix to an audience that numbered in the millions. Playing from a spaceship, the Plantain members of the band sang their entire repertoire. The concert ended spectacularly, as the ship dived into the Voration, guns blazing, during a rendition of the extended version of "Intergalactic Cosmic Entities that Tear your Sanity Apart (Need a Little Loving Too)". The Voration's jaws closed on the ship with spectacular timing just as the echoes of the final chord were dying away.

ANKASH (PROBABLY) REAFFIRMS ALLEGENCE

Grand Admiral Ankash, whose identity has recently been under doubt, reaffirmed in a CCTV interview that the CCF is firmly allied with the Karellian Federation and the Empire of Zhan. Systems allied with the New Empire will not receive any assistance from the CCF.

ADMIRAL NIMYEK VANISHES

The CCF's problems seem to increase all the time. Not only are there doubts about Ankash's identity, but Admiral Nimyek seems to have disappeared as well. The last time she was seen was in the Virgin bar, before she left there on a P5 shuttle. She has not been seen since P5 engaged with the New Empire.

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NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES

The victims of the 'Night of the Long Knives', in which visitors to CivCore were dragged onto the streets by a heavily armoured Lord Nemesis and slaughtered viciously, leaving the streets swimming in blood, have been identified after some DNA testing as emissaries from the New Empire 'Emancipation Initiative', come to confer with representatives of the Galactic Harmony Movement.

CKNIGHT TALKS TO CCTV

In an interview procured exclusively for CCTV by the renowned journalist Sylus Kovar, the leader of the Cknights speaks to the world for a first time. Choosing to preserve his anonymity by remaining in silhouette, this brave figure spoke at length about the oppression that the ordinary Aamei suffered under the Zhanian regime before his brave band freed them, and how the Aa'mey authorities seemed either ignorant of the situation, or powerless.

DATING TERROR

Johnny Vlarg and Berserker were on a double date at an expensive Virgus restaurant when disaster struck. Vlarg's date had left early, and Vlarg was otherwise occupied inside the establishment when Berserker and his escort went outside - to be greeted by a monofilament garotte which neatly beheaded Berserker's beautiful companion. Understandably annoyed by this, Berserker attacked the assailant, who has been identified from videos of the fight as Nemesis. The fight reached a head when Nemesis tossed a monofilament net at Berserker, who was slowed down trying to free himself, and Vlarg came out of the restaurant and attacked Nemesis with a light sabre, yelling 'You killed my father!' Nemesis fought back, but lost his right hand and swiftly escaped, leaving Vlarg and Berserker to explain matters to the restaurateur.

BERSERKER CHALLENGE

Following the 'double date' incident at Virgus a week ago, in which a black clad figure identified as Lord Nemesis slaughtered Berserker's beautiful date and then laid into the Muat-Tien champion, Berserker has offered a challenge to his assailant to meet him on the official Muat-Tien grounds. 'Nemesis, I don't believe you'll be able to stand against me without your techie toys,' he said, 'Pathetic. Come and face me in a real challenge, where we get only what we pick up from the battlegrounds. Whenever. I'm waiting for you.'

VORATION A HOAX?

CCTV EXCLUSIVE! Recent pictures taken past the place professed by the Mesh to be the 'end of the universe' have proved that the Voration is not in fact consuming the galaxy. Instead, it seems to be disguising fleets of heavily armed ships of the same design as Mesh ships (although considerably less battered). CivCore demands an explanation from the people of Boreas!

WHO IS THE SAINT?

An intrepid CCTV reporter has been on the trail of the individuals known as The Saint and Templar, and can reveal that they are in fact none other than Muat Tien champion Berserker and his bested opponent and increasingly close friend, Maelstrom. Both boasting impressive claws, the two have been cleaning up the Algol Game Worlds so efficiently that the authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to the operation. Best of luck, guys!

SHARI FREE AT LAST

Whether Ankash is Ankash or not, he still seems to be the strategic mastermind of our time. The CCF and the Karellian federation blasted the New Empire away from Shari, after the appearence of a big silver mammal-shaped object caused confusion among the New Empire fleet.

REBEL MCC REBELS

Johnny Vlarg, aka The Rebel Mint Choccychip, has rebelled against his former image, obviously trying to make up for his former bad behaviour. Instead of his former 'motherfucker' raps, he is now attempting more courteous numbers such as (in the performance seen by our Arts correspondent last night) 'Old Dudes (talk so funky)' and 'Try a little Etiquette'. Children don't seem to be responding nearly so well to this approach, and interest in the Rebel MCC has been steadily decreasing.

FOOTAGE OF LORD NEMESIS RELEASED

Film of Lord Nemesis in hand-to-hand combat with the Shari Pariah, Larmion, has been released to the press. The two seemed fairly evenly matched, until Nemesis' light sabre inexplicably failed just as he found a gap in Larmion's defense. At this point, the black-garbed villain fled. The identity of the cameraman is unknown.

ROCARNAN FORCES ENTER PENTAGRAM

The Rocarnans have expressed their support for the peoples of the CivCore by moving small numbers of ships into position around the jump gates in the five systems of the Pentagram, one by one, for "extra security" in these troubled times. They claim the full support of the CCF in these movements.

PLANTAINS GO BANANAS

Incensed at the Peace and Harmony Movement's words on the abolition of guns, the Plantains have declared war on the movement. Taking to the skies in thousands of yellow, curved, hideously beweaponed ships, the bananas have scoured the galaxy in search of the movement's followers to annihilate them. They have had very little success, as the movement's numbers are, as yet, small. The Plantains are now in a warlike and very frustrated state - it is recommended being extremely polite to them.

THE BUTLER DID IT

A four year long murder case has finally come to a close. The murder of Evans Green, a preacher in the HCPD, looked like being forever unsolved, but the police say they now have conclusive evidence that the individual known simply as "Shakes" committed the foul deed. The police of several other systems have been alerted, and an intensive search for this person is underway.

NEW PHILOSOPHY - NIHILISM

There is a new philosophical writer on the Matrix. Calling himself Lord Nemesis, although it is unclear whether he is the same as the vicious killer and head of the Dark Legion or just a copycat assuming that infamous name, the writer has published half mad rantings on the responsibility of any sensible being to introduce as much death and destruction as possible into the universe. A spate of copycat killings have resulted, with deadly viruses, set-up explosions and dam collapses becoming twice as common in CivCore. One captured copycat, foaming at the mouth, yelled 'Lord Nemesis made me do it!'

IKZARI DISAPPROVE OF MORALS AND STANDARDS

The Ikzari ambassador Tae Loquelis Ikzara has released a statement following the attack on her person by a member of the Morals and Standards League. 'It is an insult both to myself and to the Ikzari people to have our entire culture, rituals, leisure activities and diplomatic methods slighted in this way. I insist that the individual responsible, Brian, resigns instantly.' The rest of her speech emphasised that hedonism, sex and all forms of physical pleasure indicate the way to a harmonious culture and peaceful cross-cultural relations.

SOMETHING IN NOWHERE

The object built at Nowhere 12 seems to be almost complete. The large spherical object, about the size of P5, serves, according to informed sources, as an astro physical experimental satellite.

GREAT SNAKES

The fearless journalist Sylus Kovar was comissioned to investigate the mysterious Brotherhood of the Serpent, and has uncovered a tangled web of intrigue. These fanatics, who identify themselves with a serpent logo, commit many puzzling crimes for no discernable motive, including kidnaps where the victim is returned a few days later and no ransom ever demanded, and break-ins where nothing is stolen. It is not known what this organisation intends, but it is frightening that they could have committed these crimes under our very noses for so long.

STEM PURCHASES SHRUB

Ambassador 100 of The Stem was seen recently buying samples of several species of plants, from various different planets in CivCore. She left before reporters could ask for a comment.

FAREWELL PERFORMANCE

As a farewell to his rap music fans, Johnny Vlarg (the Rebel MCC) has released a techno-dance record called 'The MCC sound of 478/9dec'. It has been selling extremely well, and has a revealing lycra clad image of the galactic super hero on the cover. Shop owners say that most of the buyers are female. Vlarg said at a press conference organised by Solomon P. McShifty: 'I think it's time to say farewell to the fans of my music - but just wait until you see my acting!'

NEWS FLASH

* CCTV is now absolutely hyped by the ratings of the R'Tani doll collectible card game video action game tazos TV show.
* StarMerc has announced its intention to swallow all GMG companies, once the New Empire unites CivCore. GMG secretary B'Reit denounced this as "a ridiculously big if. I can still sleep like a baby."