In the middle of the afternoon I received an urgent message
from one of my contacts in Tir. He was frantically
asking me to rush to Tir
, claiming that two large battleships
were flying over the clan capital.
Thanks to whompa technology I was there within a few minutes. I witnessed something which I thought was not possible. Indeed there was two incredibly large ships flying over the city. Neither Guards
or Sentinel Commanders
were moving from their positions, but I could see they were not at ease by their stance. Most clan shops closed their doors
and Tir citizens ran to bomb shelters
which had not been used in decades.
Clans from as far as Perpetual Wastelands
prepared for the worst, dozens of yalmahas
were sighted in route to the clan capital, ready to defend it.
As large numbers of clan forces
were arriving through whom-pah
and the southern grid access
preparing for a fight, the two ships began to fly higher and move away from Tir
, to the relief of clan citizens.
Within 30 minutes from my arrival, the situation had come and gone. Everyone I spoke with were certain that the ships were from Omni-Tek
The following image is from a security camera located near the former Council of Truth
After consulting with a few military sources
, I was able to identify the ships. The one you can see on the left side is a Terra-class Omni-Tek Frigate
, used for Notum operations
but also for movement of troops
in combat operations
. The larger ship on the right is a Mars-class Omni-Tek Warship
, which has a heavy hull
and a large number of ion cannons
and laser turrets
and air-to-ground combat
since the 3rd war
had been assigned to patrol duty
in and around Omni-1
I asked a Sentinel Commander
through a secure COMM channel what had happened:
"Omni-Tek tried to put a scare on us, but we turned the tables on them. Even with some clans claiming we should not be here, they all came to assist us to defend Tir without a second thought. I'm sure they did not expect such a large or swift gathering of clan forces, and decided to get going before we rightfully removed them by force. Do not forget we have Ion Cannons in Tir which are fully operational for the defense of our city. Now if you'll excuse me I got to report to my superiors."
So how could these ships travel through clan territory unnoticed
and then surprise thousands of clanners living in the clan capital
Nobody could answer that question. But several clan leaders promised to look into it. I decided to check with Omni-Admin
what had happened.
It took several hours, having to speak to clerks
and several bureaucrats
to get an official answer. Here it is:
"Unfortunately due to a navigational system malfunction with one of our Frigates carrying Notum from our Longest Road mine, it deviated from it's usual safe route during repairs. Omni-Mining reported that the Frigate would reach the vicinity of the clan city of Tir before repairs were finished.
Omni-Admin decided to allow Omni-AF to send a Warship to escort the Frigate safely back to Omni-Tek territory. It was not our intention to scare or frighten clan citizens, we were just looking out for the interests of our company.
We knew the possibility of Sentinels Clan to use the heavy weaponry in Tir to shoot down the Frigate, and we could not take the chance of that happening. The Warship had specific orders not to open fire unless either the Frigate or the Warship itself came under fire.
We followed I.C.C. regulations regarding the safety measures of Notum operations and the transport of Notum. I.C.C. has received a full report on this matter and they have acknowledged our rights to take such measure.
There was no casualties or property lost, so all ended on a good note. We hope the clans can see we had no hostile intentions, and that the corporation was within their rights to dispatch a Warship under the circumstances.
Please forward any inquiries regarding this matter to I.C.C. as they have all the details of this situation."
Well written I'd say. But it doesn't quite convince me, how did the Frigate
ended up exactly above Tir? and the Warship
was at a much higher altitude
than the Frigate. If it had been ordered to escort and protect
the Frigate, then why did it keep such a long distance
The Frigate was flying at a very low altitude
. Knowing now that it has a capability to carry troops
, it comes to mind that it could
have been preparing to deploy shuttles
. From a practical point of view, the Warship
had to be high in altitude
to get a complete view of the city
and any movement from troops the Frigate may deploy to provide cover.
This is all in theory of course. It could have been a navigational system malfunction as Omni-Admin stated
, or it could have been a scare tactic
which worked quite well, or it could have been a failed attempt
to overtake the clan capital to demoralize the clans
In any case, the result was the same. The citizens of Tir got a chilling scare
, the clans rallied in fear
to lose their capital, and Omni-Tek suffered no real negative press
from any news media across the galaxy
Another day in Rubi-Ka.
Last updated on 12.07.2011 by Windguaerd
Article written by Noticiero
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