Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sol Bulletin #15

The following is excerpted from issue #15 of the Sol Bulletin, an ad hoc news sheet distributed electronically among survivors of the Battle of Earth in the chaotic period following the firing of the Crucible. Issue #15 was released seventeen days after the Crucible fired.

Arcturus Flotilla Rejoins Fleet; More Ships Sent to Arcturus
Today the Arcturus Flotilla was officially cleared to rejoin the other fleets in the Sol system. "We've spoken with every sentient in the Flotilla," said Admiral Hackett on behalf of the Inter-species Summit.

"Indoctrination isn't very well understood, but nobody showed any of the usual signs - no agitation, no mood swings, no hallucinations, no changes of behavior. We don't believe there were any Indoctrinated individuals left in the Flotilla, so we released the ships back to their usual fleets. The lack of Indoctrination suggests that going through the Relays isn't what caused Indoctrination aboard the frigate Joyous, so we're continuing with plans to activate more Relays and establish contact with the rest of the galaxy."

A large fleet of ships, mostly Alliance, Asari and Salarian, jumped through the Charon Relay, under the command of Admiral Quwil of the Salarian fleet. This is intended to be a semi-permanent force and has been dubbed Arcturus Command. Their first priority will be to activate the Arcturus 2 Relay - a Primary Relay that could reestablish contact with the Exodus Cluster.

Upon jumping through, Arcturus Command deployed a com buoy near the Arcturus Relay. The first message transmitted - "Arcturus Command reporting in. All ships safe, proceeding with mission" - may be the first FTL transmission since the Crucible fired.

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