IMAGE SOURCEPrologueThe tell-tale signs of dissent and anarchy electrify the air around you. Tensions rise. What is it these dissenters want? Is it really dissent? Or is it something more? Perhaps they're fighting for simple profits. Or perhaps they're fighting to call to attention great injustices taking place behind closed doors. You must choose between keeping order and stability, or joining sides with those who wear a mask behind their Ishukone uniforms. The pendulum of balance - that between order and disorder - swings to and fro without judgement. However, you possess the power to influence which side it favors. What side will you choose?IMAGE SOURCEChapter 1: The Tsuruma IncidentAn unmarked facility complex on a barren ice world in Tsuruma experiences problems with its main power generator. Owners of the complex, Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive, send a Charon-class freighter to repair the malfunctioning high-tech generator. Disaster strikes the Charon sent to help, causing it to plummet onto the planet's surface; at the same time, the main power generator begins critically malfunctioning. Engineers try desperately to buy time before the generator levels the entire complex in an explosion of epic proportions. Time is of the essence. A regions-wide distress call is sent. Will you answer?I-RED Official Public ReportNews Feature
by Jandice YmladrisEvent LogsSummary
On the icy surface of Tsuruma VII rested a secluded installation built partially into a vast mountain range. The installation hosted numerous functions for its owner, I-RED, of which were: prototype weapons testing, TCMC assembly, infantry training and conditioning, PoW holding facilities, and various minor science and engineering research projects. With a population of roughly 145,000 personnel at any given time, this vast complex was in many respects a small city. The installation acted as I-RED's planet-side headquarters in the Black Rise region. For this reason, among others, this installation was chosen to be the site of a series of strikes against I-RED from within. It all started with a relatively minor issue with the installation's main power generator, which was housed in a large cavern carved into a mountain. The facility's standard protocol was followed, and a request for supplies needed to fix the issue was put in. I-RED scheduled a Charon-class freighter to deliver the supplies via low-orbit drop. Upon positioning itself for the low-orbit maneuver, the Charon's orbital stabilizer systems experienced a sudden and catastrophic failure. It was later discovered that the orbital stabilizers had indeed been tampered with in such a fashion as to indicate that the culprit behind it was knowledgeable of such things. An emergency warp was unable to be executed, and realizing the fate of the massive freighter, the captain ordered all hands to abandon ship. 238 crew members were able to escape via escape pods before the ship experienced an escape pod lockout due to hacking of the main computer system. Before long, the massive freighter had crashed into the mountains near the installation. The impact caused earthquake tremors which led to a small roof collapse in the cavern that housed the facility's main power generator. Somehow, despite the generator being offline, it reactivated and began its path towards a critical overload. Chaos was erupting on the planet, and word quickly reached I-RED command who dispatched a small fleet to render assistance. However, due to limited manpower at the time, I-RED sent out an emergency regions-wide call for help. A number of capsuleers immediately answered the call, and so began the race against time to evacuate the facility. A low-orbit rally point center was rapidly established. A number of makeshift medical centers were set up along with a mobile coordination array to help manage transport flight paths. Certain assets were given priority status for evacuation over base personnel. Among these assets were: research projects and data, TCMC components, PoWs and other detainees, and various scientific and military prototypes. It is likely because of this decision that so many lives ended up perishing. Despite the loss of life, the rescue operation in many respects was a resounding success. Even with weather conditions on the planet adding to an already difficult task, the majority of base personnel were evacuated along with all critical assets. The explosion which finally leveled the installation could be seen from low orbit. Over 4,000 lives lost in an instant. There was an eerie sense of relief at the sight of this explosion. An odd sense of peace. The chaos seemed to subside, for now. All that was left was to pick up the pieces, and put them back together again. The Tsuruma Incident remains to this day the worst attack on I-RED in its operational history.
TL;DR - A secret I-RED complex on Tsuruma VII experiences power generator issues. I-RED dispatches a Charon-class freighter loaded with equipment and supplies to solve the issue. While entering low orbit, the Charon experiences catastrophic failure with its orbital stabilizers, causing it to plummet to the surface. An investigation later reveals that the orbital stabilizer system was tampered with. It crash lands near the complex, and the impact causes a minor roof collapse in the cavern which holds the main power generator. Conflicting reports suggest that it was either this incident or something more planned and sinister that caused the power generator to overload. Regardless, the end result is the same - I-RED has a very limited amount of time to rescue a very high number of personnel and precious cargo before an explosion levels the entire installation. With limited resources on hand, I-RED command issues an emergency regions-wide distress call. Despite a few complications during the rescue operation, most of the base personnel and all important assets are safely recovered. However, 4,720 lives are lost in the incident. I-RED vows for swift retribution while they plan a memorial ceremony to commemorate the lives of the fallen.Chapter 2: Tsuruma Memorial CeremonyThe facility complex on Tsuruma VIII in ruins, and the lives of thousands of loyal citizens lost, I-RED hosts a memorial ceremony to honor the bravery and courage of both those who were saved and those who were killed. The lives of those lost will never be forgotten, engraved into the obsidian rock which is part of the memorial that has been constructed on Malkalen V. This is a time for remembrance. But this is also a time to begin preparations to enact justice.I-RED Official AnnouncementNews Feature
by Jandice YmladrisEvent LogsArt
by Haria HaritimadoSummary
While the internal I-RED investigation showed no signs of slowing down, they did make time to stop and remember the lives lost in the Tsuruma attack. Fearful of a potential second attack, extra security measures were taken to ensure the safety of everyone who attended the memorial ceremony. Attendees included but were not limited to: families and friends of those who perished, baseliner personnel, I-RED investors and stockholders, and capsuleers who assisted in the rescue operation. Among other things, rescue operation participants were awarded a small medallion which was carved from the obsidian rock which littered the area around the Tsuruma VII installation from ancient volcanoes. Each medal was glazed in a special glossy coating which caused the piece to shimmer a metallic yellow under certain lighting; a purple silk ribbon ran through a small hole in the medal so that it may be worn as a necklace of sorts. Speeches were said, and finally a moment of silence took place. The ceremony was concluded with the unveiling of the Tsuruma Memorial on Malkalen V. A huge block of obsidian rock carved into the shape of a square diamond rests in the middle of a large courtyard. Engraved along the perimeter of the slab of rock are the names of every life lost in the attack. Each side of the square diamond concaves toward the ground to form an inverse pyramid shaped space. Water flows gently along each side. At the center of this concavity, a steel beam shoots up a ways. Perched on top of this steel beam is a metal sculpture glossed with the same glossy-metallic coating as the medallions awarded in the event; the sculpture vaguely resembles a falcon with outstretched wings reaching for the sky. Light fixtures arranged beneath the sculpture shine their light deep into the sky, and the sculpture reflects some of the light in a beautiful manner that lights up the surrounding memorial area. Cherry blossom trees form a perimeter a little ways off of the obsidian square diamond, with ample benches underneath them for visitors to sit. Overall, a beautiful memorial to commemorate the lives of those lost in a terrible terrorist attack. I-RED officials did not have much a chance to bask in the serene presence of the memorial, however, as they had to get back to work investigating the attack.
TL;DR - The memorial ceremony conducted in Malkalen went on without issue. Pilots who answered the call for help are awarded with gratitude, honor, and a medallion carved from the obsidian rock which surrounded the installation on Tsuruma VII. Following a moment of silence to honor the dead, an impressive monument built on the surface of Malkalen V is revealed. Known as the Tsuruma Memorial, it is said that access will be granted to anyone all year round at no cost.BreakDark revelations begin to surface. Accusations of a horrible crime are tossed around. Is Katrina Oniseki really behind the brutal murders discovered in Syndicate? Naturally, I-RED denies any knowledge of the killing fields, but this news piece covered by The Scope certainly puts forth an unexpected piece of the puzzle.Scope News ArticleMore shocking revelations surface from behind locked doors and encrypted security networks. An internal leak manages to cough up information about a baseliner ex-I-RED operative by the name of "Kruger", and news of offensive strikes to be conducted by I-RED come forth. Who is this Kruger? What is this taskforce group named "Blacklight"? So many unanswered questions in need of investigation. The complexity of intracorporate affairs truly knows no limits when it comes to the Caldari.Scope News ArticleIMAGE SOURCEChapter 3: The CrackdownI-RED is on the offensive now. The location of possible suspects behind the Tsuruma Incident have been identified, and plans are being drawn up to execute swift retribution. Will you choose to help round up the perpetrators of the Tsuruma attack? Or will you intervene, and fight to save the suspects. There are two sides to every story. Which will you see drawn out?
UPDATE: For these events, and for future I-RED events (or at least ones hosted by me), please join the "IshuNet-Blue" mailing list; this mailing list will serve as a means for IC communication for certain types of events such as the ones to be done in this part of the arc.
Raid #1 (02.15.15):An anonymous tip leads Ishukone-Raata Internal Watch forces commanded by Korsavius to a remote research facility hidden on the volcanic planet of Hasama III. The surprise assault proved to be largely successful, with minimal casualties. A more sinister side of I-RED comes to light, however...why was this new security arm, the Internal Watch, created? Why are they using such brute force to subdue unarmed civilians? What will become of the lone suspect they captured alive?Event LogsNews Feature
by Jandice YmladrisSummary
Following up on a tip to the location of possible suspects behind the Tsuruma attack, Korsavius led a successful surprise attack on the research facility. Due to a hack on the facility's detection systems, a heavy assault force was able to subdue the personnel on the facility with ease. Although in a panicked state, most of the personnel did not resist detainment. Despite this passivity, however, it was clear that these specialized troops of I-RED belonging to the Internal Watch division exercised no gentleness. A fair number of the facility personnel sustained minor injuries from the rough handling by Internal Watch forces. It didn't take long for an ambush to strike the assault force. Roughly a dozen or so of the facility's crew showed their true colors and went rogue. The skill and training of the Internal Watch troops in addition to their greater numbers eventually subdued the ambushers, killing eleven of the twelve and leaving one alive for interrogation. It is later revealed that the facility used to be an I-RED recon outpost before being sold off to a third-party a number of years prior.
Raid #2 (02.22.15):The same anonymous tipper once again contacts I-RED about the location of suspects behind the Tsuruma Incident. I-RED Vice-Admiral Korsavius, and I-RED Internal Watch director Katrina Oniseki scramble forces in a race to reach the location before anyone can escape. Oddly enough, however, the location mentioned by the anonymous tipper is a mining facility complex under the jurisdiction of I-RED itself. The assault on the complex yields some casualties, as well as a high-profile suspect by the name of Otiaj Rukerg. Some questions to consider: Who is this Otiaj Rukerg? What happened to the mud-covered shuttle that escaped from the mining complex?Event LogsSummary
Raid #3 (flash fiction):
As it turns out, Otiaj Rukerg is the individual who has been anonymously tipping I-RED during the past couple raids. Despite the fact that the question remains as to why he was on a mining facility which had all crew exterminated via poisonous toxins, I-RED officials decide to investigate another location he points out. Rukerg claims this new location is a secret weapons manufacturing and distribution complex, but the truth ends up being something quite different...
Story (to be added once it is completed)Break
Following some time after the release of the shocking reports regarding news about I-RED from The Scope, independent news agency Aurora Arcology conducted their own investigation using information both public and private. Their private investigation doesn't do much to clear I-RED out of the spotlight, but it certainly helps in putting the pieces of the puzzle together.Investigative Report
by Jandice YmladrisIMAGE SOURCEChapter 4: Hidden Secrets
Unforeseen circumstances arise when refugees from a former I-RED supported colony in Syndicate are picked up by EVE University forces. These refugees were to be transported to a more secure location. During the operation, however, a pirate attack disperses the E-UNI transport fleet. One shuttle which got separated from the group reported to be carrying a high value asset in the form of a former I-RED employee, Jordan Kaine. E-UNI representative Haria Haritimado sent out a public assistance request for a formal search and recovery operation. I-RED received this transmission, and immediately dispatched forces to scour the region of Syndicate for the possible wreckage of the craft carrying Kaine. However, I-RED wasn't the only one who dispatched forces into the region...A race against time begins to see who can recover Jordan Kaine, who claims he has important information regarding the "killing fields" in Syndicate.Upcoming Event
hosted by Haria HaritimadoSituation Report
by Haria HaritimadoSummary
...BreakA recent I-RED report reveals the current situation of the captured informant, Jordan Kaine. I-RED officials remain quiet about the matter however. Furthermore, they have yet to release investigation reports regarding the last raid conducted. What is it they are hiding? Are they even trying to hide something at all?I-RED Official Status Report
Chapter 5: Resurgence
It has been over a year now since the events following the Tsuruma Incident. Things are going relatively smoothly, and things have gone quiet - at least, in the public eyes. Meanwhile, Internal Watch forces on security contract by I-RED have been working with the organization to weed out any influence and memory of Kruger. Unbeknownst to either party, Kruger has been planning for a long time and those plans are now rolling into motion.
Chapter 6: To All Good Things
Coming to New Eden clusters near you in September of 2016!™EpilogueComing to New Eden clusters near you in Fall of 2016!™