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    Guiding Principles and a brief timeline of events (required reading for new members)



    CHILDREN OF RAXXLA - DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND TIMELINE OF EVENTS





    Objective:

    In order to orient incoming CoR (Children of Raxxla) members, the Consul and several additional experienced CoR CMDRs have compiled the following material which is required reading for all new members. It is expected that CoR CMDRs will read, understand, and adhere to the principles and values found in the pages below.



    Preamble:

    "The galaxy is shrouded in a veil of mystery, punctuated by the light of distant stars gleaming like lanterns beckoning in the darkness of the unknown. Sentient life is born of this light, and our lives are entwined in a tapestry woven in its hues and intensities, telling the stories of searchers and dreamers, makers and tellers, of those endowed with the capacity to search out and understand the light, to find succor in its warmth and to love one another within the borders of its reach.

    The Children are searchers after this light, who seek to push back both the veil and those who would hold sentient life bound to the limitations of the present.

    The Children are dreamers, who would be the bearers of this light to the hidden corners of this galaxy, bathing all in the glittering majesty of a million times a million stars.

    The Children are makers of pathways in the darkness, who plot the journeys of the future with the hopes of the present.

    The Children are tellers of the stories of the forgotten and the never-discovered, who sing songs of greatness and nobility in a voice which sails across rifts and gulfs.

    We call to all who inhabit our galaxy that the truths concealed by powers seen and unseen will be revealed; -that those who would hide the light of the stars from their children will be unmasked and those who sit on thrones of darkness will be unseated; -that all authorities will be transcended and all princes thrown down; -that the duplicitous and warmongering will be cast aside and the beneficent and the peaceful shall live in liberty; -that those in chains shall be freed; -that those who have been blinded shall see; -that those who seek, shall find; -that those who hope, shall enjoy; -that those who shed tears, shall be lifted up; -that those who dream of the higher, the better, the purer, shall be answered.

    We are the vanguard of humanity in these dark times. We are the sirens in the mist.

    We are those who have loved the stars too dearly, to be fearful of the night."




    A Brief Timeline of Events:



    • April 3301 - The Formidine Rift search is initiated by CMDR Acaelus Thorn : The Original Formidine Rift thread.
    • May 3301 - An investigative playergroup acting under a pseudonym is born (Chronicle #3).
    • September 3301 - Due to a conflict regarding the playergroup’s name, and after debates, the group is renamed “The Children of Raxxla” (Chronicle #4).
    • Winter 3301 - CoR become dormant due to FDs abandonment of the Formidine Rift Quest.
    • April 3302 - After a long period of silence and inactivity, the remaining group members that took part in the Distant Worlds Expedition are reinvigorated after a meeting with Salomé at Beagle Point. This is when the Consul structure is born (Chronicle #5).

    Those present at the Sanctuary Hill meeting on Beagle Point (April 7th 3302):
    - CMDR Salomé
    - CMDR Kamzel (Erimus)
    - CMDR The Tick
    - CMDR Eisen
    - CMDR EfilOne
    - CMDR Zulu Romeo
    - CMDR Ulysses Wolf
    - CMDR Kuroshio
    - CMDR Freebird
    - CMDR Voorheez
    - CMDR Joshua Calvert
    - CMDR Simon Darkstep
    - CMDR Aggie Ninepence (Non-CoR)

    • April 3302 - Salomé’s Directive #1 is issued in the wake of FDs reinstatement of the Formidine Rift Quest (Chronicle #6).
    • August 5th 3302 - Via a communique from Alessia Verdi, Salomé releases an urgent request to CoR for an increase of intensity in the search of the Formidine Rift region (CoR Official Statement - Aug 5th 3302).
    • August 17th 3302 - The Formidine Rift Expedition is launched (Phase II of Salomé’s Directive) (Chronicle #7).
    • August 20th 3302 - Salomé has gone missing in Cemiess (CoR Official Statement - Aug 20th 3302).
    • October 30th 3302 - Directive #2 is issued by Alessia Verdi, calling for CoR mobilization : Formidine Rift, Sagittarii Conflux, and Hawking's Gap searches begin (Chronicle #8).
    • October 30th 3302 - In an attempt to rescue Salomé, CoR launches a military operation against the INV Imperial Freedom, a Majestic Class Interdictor, and the flagship of Admiral Patreus (Chronicle #9).
    • November 25th 3302 - A prisoner convoy is reportedly destroyed in Daibo, supposedly carrying Salomé to Koontz Asylum (CoR Official Statement - Nov 25th 3302).
    • January 3303 - CoR release a statement on possible contact with an Alien Race (CoR Official Statement - Jan 3303).
    • January 3303 - Settlements are discovered in the Rift/Conflux/Gap regions, holding data logs exposing the situation and hinting at possible means of an old “Dynasty Expedition”. The CoR in conjoint effort with the Rifters start securing the recovered data logs (Chronicle #10).
    • January 28th 3303 - Directive #3 is issued by the CoR Consul : In the spirit of cooperation, the immediate declassification and public release of information that the CoR Intel Team have compiled throughout 3302 is initiated (Chronicle #11).


    Recommended Reading :
    The full in-depth timeline of events begins on post #2 of this thread. It contains a wealth of archived information, documents, maps, event videos, public statements, and GalNet articles.



    Children of Raxxla Guiding Principles

    Several key principles and beliefs drive the actions, words and behaviors of the Children of Raxxla.

    First among them is the belief that several and perhaps many mysteries exist in the galaxy – mysteries that are far beyond the scope of what we’re currently led to believe by taking mainstream news at face value or by accepting the statements and actions of the major power leaders as unobfuscated truths. Discovering and revealing the nature of these mysteries is a core component of the CoR ethos. This spirit of discovery often takes us far from the safety of inhabited space but we do not fear this.

    Second, the CoR do not trust fully the words or actions of any major power or major power leader based on these powers’ history of disingenuous and in some cases blatant deception or warmongering. We understand that too often, the motives and incentives that drive the actions of major powers and their leaders are not well aligned with those of the majority of citizens of the galaxy nor in their best interest. We harbor no explicit ill will towards these powers and CoR understands that some of its members may, at times, work with and among these galactic powers. So long as these CMDRs maintain good standing with the CoR, with other CoR CMDRs and do not actively seek to undermine the efforts of the CoR we make no judgement against them.

    Third, regarding our approach to secrecy the CoR seek to make discoveries regarding the nature of galactic, scientific, political and anthropological mysteries and phenomena for the benefit of all galactic citizens. In an ideal galaxy filled with reasonable and just people, information known to the CoR would be shared immediately and freely in all instances. However, reality requires that we employ care, strategy and sometimes cunning in how we communicate sensitive information outward from ourselves less we find that parties and powers with self-interested motives use potentially powerful information acquired first by the Children of Raxxla against those not powerful enough to defend themselves. To this end the CoR must walk the fine line between the shadow and the light – seeking to avoid harming others through the careless sharing of dangerous information while taking equal care to avoid harm falling upon us from those who say we lack sufficient transparency.

    Fourth, we believe that true Children of Raxxla membership is based on merit: on contribution to our internal information pool, participation in group operations, and any contribution to the overall organisational culture.

    Fifth, CoR are roleplayers. They roleplay semi-secretive commanders making their way through the gameworld. When something needs investigating or Salomé called for their help, they pull together, regroup, work collaboratively on the issue at hand, and where possible play it out via in-game events before slipping away back to their 'normal' lives again during the quiet times. They have periods of intense activity, intermixed with long periods of dormancy.

    Being a member of CoR does not prevent you from being a member of any other player group. It is not a full time commitment. From a roleplay perspective, CoR membership requires the renunciation of all prior and future political allegiance. From a gameplay perspective members are free to be affiliated with Power Play factions in order to gain access to sought after PP specific 'perks'. Our members are free to ply their trade throughout the gameworld as they see fit, so long as when they’re on CoR 'duty' they don't allow their allegiances or activities to conflict with the CoR ethos or directives. As a roleplayer, playing the role of a semi-secretive commander, we trust you to respect that guideline. The exception being groups who are in direct conflict with CoR. In such cases we will expect you to sever all ties with any group who is hostile to CoR if you want to remain a member of CoR.

    The Children of Raxxla are encouraged to roleplay their secretive persona - although this is not mandatory. Remember, you are part of a shadowy group of Elite pilots, sworn to secrecy regarding your true identity and what you’re up to in game. Openly stating that you are a member of the Children of Raxxla is discouraged, but Consul understand that this is not always possible and some players will always want to post with their CoR banners and signatures on show. This is fine as long as non-Consul members don’t pose as official spokespersons for CoR when communicating with the general public.

    Lastly but of at least equal importance to the above, the CoR looked to the experience, leadership and insights of the late Salomé, formerly Senator Kahina Tijani Loren of the Prism system, for guidance and direction as we follow our guiding principles and seek to uncover the secrets of the Rift and beyond.

    Recommended Reading :
    The "Who is Salomé ?" thread will give you an insight into the character as she is portrayed in the book Reclamation.


    More granular points related to principles:



    (Core)

    • The Children of Raxxla is a voluntary organization aiming to unveil the mysteries of the galaxy, to liberate all human beings from those who would bind them, and to promote peaceful coexistence with all alien species inhabiting this galaxy.
    • The Children recognize as their heart and soul, Salomé, née Kahina Tijani Loren, who will never be gone from us.
    • The Children recognize as their mind, the Custodians.
    • The Children recognize as their voice, the Scribes.
    • The Children recognize as their right hand, the Sword.
    • The Children recognize as their left hand, the Shield and the Shadow.
    • The Children are composed of pilots from every planet and political faction in human-occupied space.


    (Political)

    • The Children have strong doubts about the legitimacy and intentions of most current major political organizations. They denounce as unfit, corrupt, duplicitous, and warmongering all existing governments.
    • Recognizing the pervasive hold governments currently maintain over the human species, and the ubiquitous dependence of human beings upon their governments, we do not advocate the sudden or the violent overthrow of political power, but rather the shepherding of humanity into a future of liberty and self-realization.
    • The Children deny the right over governments to monopolistic control of any resources, product, service, capacity, or information. The Children seek to emancipate each from monopolistic control.
    • The Children recognize the inherent dignity and rights of all sentient life. This dignity and these rights may not be infringed by anyone.
    • The Children recognize the legitimacy of violence only as a defense against violence. They will deploy violence only where it is required as a response to violence.
    • The Children recognize that humanity must be unified in its commitment to truth, freedom, and cooperation, and therefore aims to foster these
    • From a roleplay perspective, CoR membership requires the renunciation of all prior and future political allegiance.
    • From a gameplay perspective members are free to be affiliated with Power Play factions in order to gain access to sought after PP specific 'perks'.


    (Non-human sentient races)

    • The Children recognize the existence of non-human sentient species throughout the galaxy.
    • The Children seek peaceful existence and co-operation with all sentient alien species.
    • The Children recognize the same dignity and rights on behalf of all sentient life, and will act to resist anyone who would violate these.



    Principles Derived from the Core Documents:


    Principles Derived from #1:

    • The galaxy is full of galactic, scientific, political, and anthropological mysteries.
    • News media and governments hide these mysteries.
    • CoR is centrally concerned with unveiling these mysteries for all galactic citizens.
    • CoR distrusts every political power.
    • Every major power has a history of deception and warmongering.
    • The incentives of the major powers divert from the incentives of their citizens.
    • We harbor no ill-will to the political powers.
    • The galaxy is not ideal - not everyone is reasonable and just.
    • Being an unjust galaxy, CoR must employ care, strategy, and cunning in the communication of sensitive information lest the powerful use this information to harm the weak.
    • CoR looked to the experience, leadership, and insights of the late Salomé for guidance and direction.


    Principles Derived from #2:

    • CoR is to be a team capable of covert operations hidden from the factions and powers of the galaxy.
    • CoR aims to discover hidden secrets.
    • CoR’s membership will be limited, and comes with the requirement that its lore, stories, and history be known.
    • CoR only accepts the measured, the wise, and the competent.


    Principles Derived from #3:

    • CoR is composed of wise, learned pilots, many with combat experience.
    • The Federation, Empire, and Alliance have lied and obfuscated.
    • CoR intends to solve the mysteries of the universe, to end secrecy and conspiracy.
    • Humanity is not alone.
    • Humanity must be unified and ready to act as one.
    • Our governments are unfit to rule us, weak and corrupt. It is time for them to pass.
    • CoR will transcend powers and governments.
    • We seek peaceful co-operation with alien life.
    • We are a beacon of civilization in the darkness.


    Principles Derived from #4:

    • Raxxla is one of the mysteries we seek to unveil. It has eluded us for 500 years. It was first mentioned in Federation data banks on Earth in 2814.
    • We will uncover the truths concealed by powers seen and unseen.
    • We are to be the vanguard in the search for truth.
    • We will keep pushing the veil of the galaxy aside.
    • “I have loved the stars too dearly, to be fearful of the night.”



    Core Documents and references:

    This is a list of documents written between March 3301 and January 3303 (March 2015 and January 2017) concerning the formation, actions, and guiding principles of the Children.

    Initial CoR Guiding Principles: http://childrenofraxxla.com/guiding-principles/
    The Founding of CoR: http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?10-The-Founding-of-the-Children-of-Raxxla-(Novella-by-Alessia-Verdi)
    Who are the Children?:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?7-Who-are-the-Children-of-Raxxla
    Who is Salomé?:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?8-Who-is-Senator-Kahina-Tijani-Loren-aka-Salom%E9
    March 3301: Daedalus:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?22-1-March-3301-Daedalus-Wing-(A-prelude-to-CoR-Rift-exploration)
    May 3301: Salomé to become a power, viz. The Rise of Salomé:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?23-2-May-3301-Lady-Kahina-to-be-a-power
    May 3301: Formidine Rift and the Birth of CoR; http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?24-3-May-3301-The-Formidine-Rift-and-the-birth-of-CoR
    Sept 3301: Thorn’s Statement on Birth of CoR: http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?25-4-September-3301-Acaelus-Thorn-s-statement-on-the-eve-of-CoRs-official-founding
    Apr 3302: Salomé’s Remarks at Beagle Point: http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?26-5-April-3302-Salom%E9-s-Message-Addressing-CoR-at-Beagle-Point
    Apr 3302: Special Directive issued by Salomé:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?27-6-April-3302-Special-Directive-1-issued-by-Salom%E9
    Aug 3302: Formidine Rift Expedition: http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?28-7-August-3302-The-Formidine-Rift-Expedition-3302
    Aug 3302: Urgent Message from Salomé: http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?15-August-3302-An-urgent-request-from-Salom%E9%85-(via-Alessia-Verdi)
    Aug 3302: Statement on Salomé’s Disapperance: http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?30-April-3302-Salom%E9-has-gone-missing-in-Cemiss!
    Oct 3302: Special Directive Issued by Alessia Verdi:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?29-8-October-3302-Special-Directive-2-issued-by-Alessia-Verdi
    Oct 3302: Battle for Salomé:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?32-9-October-3302-The-Battle-for-Salom%E9
    Nov 3302: Statement on the Destruction of the Prison Convoy in Daibo:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?11-November-3302-Regarding-the-destruction-of-a-prisoner-convoy-in-Daibo
    Jan 3303: Statement on Contact with an Alien Race:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?9-January-3303-On-Contact-with-an-Alien-Race
    Jan 3303: Securing the Truth:http://childrenofraxxla.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?33-10-January-3303-Securing-the-Truth-(CoR-discover-hidden-bases-from-CG-data)

    Further References :
    Poem ‘The Old Astronomer’ by Sarah Williams https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Old_Astronomer

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    A Timeline of Events
    (from the perspective of the Children of Raxxla)
    Salomé's timeline during the period outlined below has been excellently collated by CMDR TheRealLuckyLuke and can be viewed on the Formidine Rift thread : Here.



    Early March 3301

    "The Mystery Begins..."

    Acaelus Thorn begins the first known public investigation into the Formidine Rift, and invites the community to join him in unraveling its secrets. Thorn recruits explorers and cartographers from the first Formidine Rift thread into a shadowy (and as yet) unnamed group. From his thread the first seeds of the Children of Raxxla are born.

    The Formidine Rift - What is it?

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    Late March 3301

    "The Daedalus Mission"

    As the mystery of exactly where the Formidine Rift is located gathers pace in the public eye, a covert scouting mission sets out to explore the then unknown regions of the outer arm, all the way to Hyponia, and as far 'south' as The Syroifoe Oasis and the Bovomit Badlands. The following mission details (vaguely referenced in the conversation mentioned under the "Where to Look" chapter) were declassified a short time later with the release of the following footage, and the mission was eventually catalogued a year later in 3302 within the Galactic Mapping Project archives (under historical routes).

    Mapping Project (archived entry) :



    Video Playlist : The Daedalus Mission

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    May 3301

    "Where to Look?"

    Below is an early discussion on pinpointing the Rift and sending the first scouting missions out there (this is a declassified conversation from what later became the founding members of CoR).

    Lester Madden (Lestenio)
    11 May 3301

    I’ve become obsessed with locating the Formidine Rift.

    Many of you have already seen the clues in Drew’s book. IE take the line from Reorte to Riedquat to the galactic edge and keep going. Those following the clues have come to the conclusion that the rift is the void between the Persus arm and the New Galactic arm. So what we are looking for is beyond or in the rift.

    On one hand, it is 12k+ ly from Sol, so you’d have to ask “would a developer put content so far away”. The answer is yes, and I think we are looking in the right area. This why I believe this:

    1) The Reorte – Riedquat line clue from the book

    2) Space is huge and FD are striving for realism. There is no logical reason why any species would be right on our doorstep other than pew pew convenience

    3) From a game perspective, If there was an alien home world on our doorstep. Once revealed, players would be there shooting aliens 24/7. The large distance puts reasonable separation between us and still allows for skirmishes around human space in a realistic way

    4) Senator Loren is prepping for journey long journey, part of that includes upgrades is to her ships FSD. The upgrades are classed as significant. There is no reason to assume the class A FSDs on offer to cmdrs are the best money can buy. A significantly upgraded FSD would cut the time taken to reach the rift making it more accessible.

    5) I’m still reading ‘Out of the Darkness” by T James (spoiler……—>>) the epilogue talks about a journey over a vast distance traveling in a straight line with very little need to go up or down. I’m trying not to spoil the ending and enjoy the book, but the sneak peak I had, seems to back up the rift being far away.

    So, following the clues, I’m pretty comfortable with continuing to explore on the other side of what I believe is the rift. I’m going to ignore Drew’s comment about ‘the core of the matter’ and take a leap of faith that he is talking about the core of a sector rather the galaxy core. There are vast areas of unscoopable stars over the rift making exploration difficult. It could help explain why nothing has been found already if our alien friends live under a dwarf sun. I also I think most people when exploring around the rift are (probably) too focused on getting to the edge of the milky way and don’t stop to search. So the chances of blindly stumbling upon ‘something’ is low .

    Of course I could be searching for something that doesn’t exist until 1.3, but I am strangely confident that The Dark Wheel will know the secrets soon.

    Gustin Stamatinos (Thorn)
    A lot of great observations here Lestenio! I haven’t read other authors yet although I would very much like to. I will likely have more time after a few weeks from now. Great observations with what you’ve read in ‘Out of the Darkness’. Does anyone know of any other clues in any other books?

    I believe that Drew’s reference to the core of the problem was designed to let us know that our journey will start in the core worlds through some means, perhaps a quest as indicated by this interview: http://www.elite-anthology.co.uk/podcasts/episode-three

    Furthermore, when reviewing the clues in Elite: Reclamation which were also listed by some in the forums:

    ‘Edge of the galactic arm. Take a line from Reorte to Riedquat to the edge of the arm and … keep going.’ The woman grimaced. ‘Stars thin out, you can see the whole galaxy just hanging there. I took a fancy to going exploring after I lost …’ — here, the big clue is seeing the “whole galaxy just hanging there” so we know it’s out toward the very edge of the galaxy.

    So how do we know it is between the two arms and not at the very edge of the galaxy? She later states, “Once you reach the rift you’re going to have to plot a way across. There are no stars for dozens of light years and the dark systems haven’t been mapped, so take your time, watch your six” — We wouldn’t be able to plot a way across if there wasn’t something on the other side. However, this also mentions dark system, which to my knowledge have not been implemented in game yet, or if they have, we have no way to detect them yet.

    I believe that Erimus was correct in the map he created below. His initiative in the community cartography project is a large part of the reason I’m inviting him (just waiting for him to get a Facebook).

    More specifically however, I believe it is in the larger gulf / bay area where the word ‘Rift’ is located (if you drew a line between Sol and the Poseidal Wall).

    Lester Madden
    Do you have a sector you want me to investigate while I am in the area?

    Gustin Stamatinos
    I don’t personally have anything in mind yet. I don’t even think it’s necessarily implemented yet (although Braben said the somethings had been there since 1.2). If I were there, I would try to get as far into the Rift as I could and explore each system there. However, it should be noted that I’m currently around the core worlds doing community goals and trading to raise funds for either the Diamond Back or Imperial Courier. So… do what you prefer. Any information you manage will be appreciated ^^

    Cmdr Erimus
    I knew of a large permit only sector across the rift but I didn’t want to reveal its location for several reasons…. firstly it was something I found by accident sat in Aulin Enterprise one night messing around with the Galactic map and looking for a new long expedition to go on, I was bored and spent a good hour scouring the outer regions for planetary nebula and blackholes, so it was blind luck. This was months ago, long before the Formidine Rift became a hot topic. And secondly, I don’t like adding things to the mapping project maps unless they’ve been physically discovered or visited by a player and a screenshot or video of their find is submitted… So I kept this info to myself until I finally reached its borders yesterday and finished putting the final footage of it into a fan-fiction series I’ve put together about the UA and the Rift. So… do you guys want me to publish my findings, bearing in mind it may have nothing to do with the Formidine Rift or Drew’s story arc, but also on the off chance that it does indeed have something to do with what’s coming it could be a big spoiler for those who are still enjoying working out the clues? Bit of a dilemma here… Let me know how you want me to proceed with this “theory” guys…. Cheers!

    Lester Madden
    I’m currently around Dryaea which is over the rift. I wouldn’t mind the opportunity to check out the permit sector

    Lester Madden
    But. I would suggest it stays within the [redacted] for a bit so we can investigate

    Cmdr Erimus
    The video I made kinda gives it away at the end. I was going to hold off publishing it until the eve of update 1.3, as that’s when I believe this region could be opened up… but I think people are going to find this region pretty soon as they give up looking coreward, and for audio signals from the UA, and turn their attention Rift-ward.

    Lester Madden
    Looking coreward they are all in the wrong direction.
    Have you / are you going to publish ? I’m keen to investigate

    Cmdr Erimus
    Ok, I’ll it publish it in the Formidine Rift thread as that’s the one where other explorers who are actually out there physically looking are mostly taking part in. The other thread has gone off on so many tangents I don’t know what to believe anymore. Give me about 30 minutes and I’ll put something up… but again bear in mind, this is just my own personal theory and I could be way off… it really depends on how big the rift is as this region of interest isn’t quite where a lot of players out there are looking.

    Cmdr Erimus
    Video is up, for what its worth https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=135529…
    Formidine Rift… what is it? – Page 8

    Lester Madden
    Cheers. Your videos are always entertaining btw.

    Cmdr Erimus
    Cheers Lester.

    Gustin Stamatinos
    Sounds like a great discovery, CMDR! I haven’t had a chance to review the video yet, but I will.

    Lester Madden
    My thoughts on the location and permit sector.
    Restricting access via a permit until 1.3 or whenever makes perfect sense. It prevents an explorer mapping an entire sector only to find at a later date it’s teaming with thargoids or whatever. So, unless the content is there already, it’s likely to be locked.

    On the other hand, the permit sector is several thousand ly away from where R&R line up and that’s quite a distance or margin of error. If all the stars that could have been used, those 2 were chosen.

    You may be right about the rough pointer. A lot to digest and think about.

    Jura B. Collie
    Hey guys, thanks for all the info. I am currently about 8,000LY from Heart and Soul (further than I thought when I had a quick look last night), near where Cmdr Erimus has noted the Perseus Arm on his map. I am happy to look for another way across the rift in this area, it looks like there may be one about the same distance further along the Arm on the Galaxy Map. I can try to cross there, then come down the other side of the Rift back towards where “The New Outer Arm” is noted on the map.

    Jura B. Collie
    I can also post the Formidine Rift lore from the Oolite Saga as well again here if folks think it would be helpful. Much of it no longer applies, or refers to systems which do not seem to have made it into the ED verse.

    Jura B. Collie
    I need to re-read Out of the Darkness also… bought it when I was first getting into the game and read it quickly without paying too much attention to the lore.

    Cmdr Erimus
    I think it all depends on how far the Formidine Rift actually stretches along the outer arm. If its a localized feature, close to and not stretching far beyond, the Heart & Soul Nebula, then that permit region has probably got nothing to do with the current story. Its probably just another region set aside for much later content. But if the Rift is a large feature, as speculated on the maps, then that region could have more relevance to what’s coming since its a fairly large place that could have a lot of content out there. Of course Drew could have thrown us all a curve ball here and have us all looking for something that isn’t physically out there yet, or he could even have us looking in a completely different place altogether.

    Jura B. Collie
    OK, I’m going to head straight towards the Rift (or the gap between the Perseus and New Outer arms, if it is not the Rift) from the Black Widow Pulsar (if it extends to that point) and see if it is impassable there or not. Then will make a call on turning left or right, or crossing.

    Gustin Stamatinos I went out there with a near 38 LY Asp (37.6 I think) and you won’t get there by going counter-clockwise only clockwise and further away. I have a post a ways down in this page. Look for the post with the Galactic map. It is a little outdated as I had multiple areas suspected to possibly be the rift, but I now agree with Erimus on the location of the rift. Specifically, I believe it is the larger gulf-like area where “Rift” is spelled out on his map.

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    Late May 3301

    "A Peek into the Darkness"

    A short time after this conversion this 'shadowy group' launched the first known joint mission into the Formidine Rift. Around 12 pilots (including the eventual CoR founders) and setting out individually, began a tentative search of the rift. This was before the times of organized fleet missions or in depth data cataloguing - so no data from this early mission was kept.

    The mission lasted several weeks, and was deemed unsuccessful with its objective. In hindsight it became apparent that The Formidine Rift mystery was buried much deeper than first anticipated and would require a monumental bit of blind luck to stumble across what ever was out there by accident.

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    June 3301 - July 3301

    'The Lady Vanishes'

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    During the summer of 2015 (3301).. Frontier basically ditched Salomé and the Rift storyline... possibly as a consequence of the introduction of their own Power Play characters at the time. The story abruptly came to an end, and the GalNet articles were no long published. Speculation over the Rift began to slowly wane.

    However, fans of the book and the character wanted to continue the Rift story, even if it was to be wholly roleplayed out on the forums, and in game via a group/cult of players symbolically keeping the candle of Reclamation & Salomé alive and not forgotten in the public eye. The early Rift pioneers approached Drew Wagar and sought his permission to do so, even though it seemed FD had abandoned it. Drew embraced the idea and Salomé became the adopted leader of what was to become the Children or Raxxla.

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    September 3301

    "Birth"

    By September 3301, the early Rift pioneers had become more organized, and by now FD had sanctioned player created factions and were incorporating them in to the game, along with a homeworld that each group could associate itself with. After several days of scouting the bubble, and some debates back on forth about a name, the founders agreed on submitting the name "Children of Raxxla" to be their player faction, and HR 6421 on the fringe of powerplay space as its symbolic home, and dedicated themselves to investigate and help solve whatever mysteries Frontier Developments introduced.

    In late September 3301 - Alessia Verdi publishes her memoirs. This was the introduction story of Salomé and her relationship to The Children of Raxxla.(.pdf link) :


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    October 3301 - December 3301

    "The Winter of Discontent"

    Out of character comments :-

    During this period there is very little recorded information on CoR activities. The Rift mystery was always the priority, and members continued to explore it, but with the apparent dropping of the story by FD, these ventures into the Rift focused more on mapping the region for the Galactic Mapping Project, than unraveling its mysteries. There had been no GalNet articles on the Formidine Rift for several months, and interest in the story was at its lowest ebb. Many CoR pilots slowly drifted away to the UA investigation - which was in full blown frenzy mode at the time. The CoR website became gradually deserted, and the CoR Discord server was lucky to see one message a week posted.

    CoR effectively became a dormant group by the winter of 3301.

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    December 3301 - March 3302

    "Distant Worlds"

    In early December 3301 a major expedition (called Distant Worlds) to the far side of the galaxy was announced. The expedition organizers were informed that Salomé herself had taken an interest in the venture.

    In January 3302 the Distant Worlds fleet, now consisting of over 1,300 starships, began its 3 month journey to Beagle Point. During the trip several sighting and reports of Salomé being present are made, even though her name never appeared on the official fleet roster at the time.

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    April 3302

    "Sanctuary Hill, Beagle Point"

    In early April, the Distant Worlds fleet had reached Beagle Point, and on the 7th it was confirmed that at least a dozen CoR pilots, including Salomé herself, had been part of the mission all along.

    A Tweet by Drew Wagar

    A secret meeting at Sanctuary Hill (approx. 30 kms from the Darwin's Legacy basecamp at Beagle Point) was held. The meeting was later declassified and a transcript of it can be viewed in this video of the event :



    By late April 3302 many of the still active CoR pilots had returned to HR 6421, but most of the founding members had moved on to other ventures, or had been side tracked by real life. A new Consul was born - made primarily from the players who had attended the Sanctuary Hill meeting at Beagle Point. CoR was brought out of its slumber.

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