PalComm of the week: Cmdr Valorin
Posted 2019-03-19 11:22:11 by Noduran
This week, PalComm features cmdr Valorin, explorer of the consortium!
Q: Why did you engage yourself in the distant world 2 expedition?
A: Thousands of people banding together for a significant feat of exploration and science instead of conflict? That's something the human race doesn't do very often, so I wanted to be part of it.
Q: How does it feel to be so far away from home?
A: That's actually not an easy question given the recent news about Thargoid attacks doubling up. I worry for my home. Apart from that it sure feels like being cut off from the world, but it's also strange how the "void" isn't empty at all.
Q:How did you prepare your ship and crew for such expedition?
A: You mean, without boring you to death with technical details? Getting the Clairvoyance ready for the trip was a lot of work. I also called in a few favors to meet up with the top notch engineers for things like hardening shields and armor without adding too much mass. Apart from that there are the small things you don't want to fail in the middle of nowhere, like sanitary units... Witnessed that once as a passenger. Wasn't pretty.
Q: DW2 is quite an important fleet, do you often meet other crew?
A: Not as often as I thought I would actually. We met up a few times at the stations at Omega Sector and Explorer's Anchorage, and sometimes I join into survey missions and sightseeing, I mean, scientific recon endeavors. Also did some mining together to get the station up and running.
Q: For you, what is the real goal of DW2?
A: The real goal... Hm. I've been to Orion multiple times, regularly to the Pleiades and visited the Formidine Rift but I've never been to the Core or beyond. This was an opportunity I didn't want to miss.
What are we?
Posted 2019-03-19 11:17:32 by Noduran
Edited 2019-03-19 13:07:28 by Inyahin
Our galaxy has always been a very cold and dark existence for many commanders, especially those that are simply trying to make an honest living to support their families. Miners, trader, explorers... they wake up every day reassuring their wives, husbands, and children that they'll be home in time for supper, however knowing full well the risks and the dangers that await them the moment their ship leaves the star port. Time and time again you read the reports on Galnet of the senseless acts of violence against these hard working citizens. Some are pirated for their cargo and allowed to carry on their way, however most end up simply being murdered for the sick satisfaction of others. You hear the reports from the victim's families calling for revenge, begging for somebody to stand up and do something. Alas, the only responses heard are even more family members' pleas for justice. It wasn’t until the day Zerthena, the wife of my life long mentor, came to me with the news of his untimely demise at the hands of injustice. Word is he was able to take out 3 of the pirates before another full wing joined in to finish him off. Now I too, was finding myself wondering "Why isn't anybody doing anything?" Then it hit me. "What if every commander that has ever been bullied, tormented, and taunted... decided to all stand together united as one and say 'enough is enough'?
Of course these commanders would still need to make a living, but they would also spend time training in the art of combat. So when the time came, they would be able to come together in overwhelming numbers in support of each other no matter the obstacles placed in front of them. They would send wings of commanders to areas where the inexperienced fly to teach them basic survival skills, work with them so they understand how to make a decent living and hold true to that daily promise of being home by supper. Give them the necessary skills to not only defend themselves, but to hopefully one day be able to join the cause and stand up to injustice. Most importantly, show them how to fly with integrity... This simple idea was forged into the foundation of the Paladin Consortium, "Pilot Autonomy... Unified as One.
What is Paladin Consortium?
Posted 2019-03-19 11:16:31 by Noduran
Edited 2019-03-19 13:06:53 by Inyahin
The original Paladins traveled together from their home planet in the Sol system in search of a better life. When they arrived in the region of LFT 37 they began to settle, building a station (Roentgen Hub) orbiting what would become their home planet, LFT 37 1. Lit by their star Durandal, this planet provided food. The nearby LFT 37 2 provided resources, via the Onnes Gateway station. Once settled, a third station - Savinykh Hub - was built orbiting LFT 37 3 with a focus on trade.
In those early days, many of the convoy ships that followed the settlers decided to base themselves in nearby systems – attracted by the dominant characteristics of the societies already living in them-. These Paladins became known by the local inhabitants, and created the Houses of the Consortium.
The technologically advanced Andhrims; the artists of Kappa Phoenicia; the devout, law abiding Tavgans; the ethically flexible Qarats; the mysterious loners of Segovit; society’s devient’s and independents in Isis; the military focused Paladin Templar force in Nemet; and not forgetting the largest of all, a corporation that in the early days had become so economically and politically important it took its own system – the Nabatean Mining and Transportation Company
These systems had their own governments in which the Paladin participated. With the original leadership of the Paladin settled in LFT 37, and LFT37 considered the mother system, a Senate formed, with Senators drawn from each of the Houses. Thus the Consortium came to be. In many cases the Paladin Consortium came to run the systems – more by default than design - but, with the Consortium being democratically minded, the systems went through regular political upheaval. Over time, the lines between the settlers and the original inhabitants blurred and the Paladin Consortium became a melting pot – a group that shared a way of thinking, rather than a shared origin?