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Return of the Xenophobes

Reports from Corellia have shown an increasing amount of activity in an ‘up-and-coming’ human supremacy movement. More and more disgruntled members of society are actively speaking out against many of the non-humans that live within Corellian space. Those of us who were more self-aware of the ‘glorious’ empire in which we used to inhabit would remember the Humano-centrism and ‘Human High Culture’ which permeated much of Imperial society.

Here at the VE, it’s hard to imagine an upper class elitist system, where non-humans were segregated and even discriminated against. Iconified as the “Non-HuMan” or nHm classification, this purist attitude started to die out after the death of Emperor Palpatine in 4 ABY. However, a group of individuals calling themselves the “Human League” are apparently trying to re-live this ideology.

With Corellia still reeling from the Battle of Tralus, and with the entire sector suffering from a post-empire slump, disgruntled individuals serve as excellent recruits for this charismatic and extreme movement. Who better to blame than the aliens?

This new move is bizarre as it is unwelcome. ‘nHm’ classifications also included females and droids, but the “Human league” seems to be more lenient with the former. The League also holds a deep hatred for the growing “New Republic”, and the self-appointed ‘Jedi’ Luke Skywalker. People who have come into contact with the League have speculated that this group is trying to iconify everything they thought the Empire stood for, as they seem to hero-worship Palpatine and Vader.

This is not to say that this group is Imperial friendly. Ignoring the fact that the VE does not condone racism or xenophobia of any kind, since the Human League at the moment is comprised mainly of Corellians, the fanatic isolationism that most Corellians secretly harbour is a key point to the League’s manifesto.

We here at VE Today have decided to issue a general warning to all citizens that frequent Corellian space. The resident Imperial government is friendly with the VE, and have said they will try and protect any visitors, but please, if for no-ones sake but ours, please be careful.

We will keep and eye on this troubling movement, and keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings.

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Corporation’s Stop making new HK’s, A brief look at History

January 01st, 2008 | Category: News,Star Wars Role Playing,Star Wars Trivia

The known HK (Hunter Killer) droids have stopped being made.  Apparently the newest unit HK-77 was recalled because it was short circuiting whenever it accessed it’s advanced programming on rifles.  After the HK Corporation fixed the faulty programming, it did a full diagnostic’s check on the Droid.  Apparently, the Droid’s were unsafe near children, targeting them for being potential threats.

HK-Series Assassin Droid’s were Assassin droids designed to look and speak like Protocol Droid.  Having the same language function as a Protocol droid, they doubled as such.  The HK Droids took pride in what they did.  Some even developed personalities that were Sociopathic or sadistic.  Others never really thought Independently and were usually just Protocol Droids.

Assassin Droids were made illegal to purchase in large quantities a long time ago.  People looking to buy Assassin droids can still buy them for Personal use, mainly only buying one or two. The HK models are one of the oldest Models still in use, the first called HK-01.

HK-01 was more of a prototype, to see if there were any logistical errors.  There was, HK-01 had developed his own personality and became self aware and tried to start a Droid Rebellion.  He “fixed” droids so that they would attack sentient “meatbags” (the HK’s word for Human or Sentient life) on sight.  The Old Republic put it down, although it lasted for some time.

The next model was was HK-24.  Most of these models were purchased by Adascorp to find and retrieve a man by the name of Gorman Vandrayk (a mechanic on the run with a fugitive) and used for security personnel on the ship Arkanian Legacy.  The HK-24 model seemed to be fine, and only reason it was replaced was for improvements.

The next model was  HK-47.  This model was the most famous model, since it did many things that benefited the galaxy.  This droid was constructed for hunting a certain religious sect that doesn’t exist anymore, it helped protect the Old Republic, but it also tried to take over the Galaxy, starting with Mustafar a few years ago.   HK-47 had a few personality traits and flaws that weren’t common in other HK droids.  He loved to kill, almost to excessive tendencies, The Droid also thought he was vastly superior to all other Droids and all other life forms, and another odd trait that now all HK Units seem to share was his speech.  He would add a label onto all his sentences.  This model was mistaken for a Protocol droid the most, so much in fact that he called his Assassination programs, his “Assassination Protocols” .  This model also described love and some other words falsely, saying that love was shooting someone in the knee caps with a sniper rifle.

The next model was HK-50, the exact thing as HK-47 just more having more programs and a self destruct sequence.  Another HK model was made called the HK-51, nearly identical to HK-50 only more adept at killing members of a certain religious cult
The HK model should have ended exclusively there.  However, HK-47 had survived 3000 years on Mustafar.  He created 3 other Models,  HK-58 Aurek, HK-58 Besh, and HK-77, each one designed to do something else.

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Think You’re a Bigger Geek than the Rest of Us? Prove It!

October 03rd, 2007 | Category: Star Wars Trivia

Last night we were introduced to a whole new level of immersion into the Vast Empire. Grand Moff Kadann introduced to us Star Wars Trivia.

Who was the first character to die in the Star Wars Movies? How many lights are on Darth Vader’s stomach plate? Who was hiding in the closet for the shower scene in Episode III? (Ok, there was no shower scene).

If you think you know the Star Wars Universe better than the next person, there are plenty of credits in it for you.

Grand Moff Kadann is passing IC’s out like candy. One person won 500,000IC’s just hours after the trivia was conceived! That Trooper, who will remain anonymous, reported that it was the easiest money they had made since the JK2 Tournament!

One lucky winner got 1,000,000 IC’s.

The rates seem to pay at 100,000 IC’s per right answer, first to get it right.

So blow the dust off of your Storm Trooper Armor, stop using your DVD of Episode I as a beer coaster, and bone up on your trivia facts! You never know what question may make you rich!

Need a new AT-AT? Looking for money to start your very own sniper droid army (to protect your brand new refresher booth of course)? Well look no further!

Get in on the Star Wars VE Trivia at http://comnet.imperialnetwork.com/topic/8822/page/0/.

Hope to see you there!

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Did You Know… (Star Wars Facts You May Not Know)

September 22nd, 2007 | Category: News,Star Wars Trivia
  • Did you know… that Ewan “Obi-Wan” McGregor is the nephew of Denis Lawson, who played the pilot Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • Did you know… that aliens, the same species as E.T., can be seen in the senate, right after Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence in chancellor Valorum’s leadership.
  • Did you know… that Lucas ends the dialogue in the Phantom Menace like a Shakespearean play, with a rhyming couplet: “Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.” “But which was destroyed? The master or the apprentice?”
  • Did you know… that Queen Amidala protects herself by posing as one of her own underlings? The same ploy was used by the President of the United States in Superman II (1980) to conceal his identity from General Zod, played by Terence Stamp – who plays Chancellor Valorum in the Phantom Menace.
  • Did you know… that “Attack of the Clones” was filmed on the very same sound stage as “Moulin Rogue!”, in which Ewan McGregor also had a lead role.
  • Did you know… that “Padme” is a common word in Buddhism and is Sanskrit for “lotus”? “Yoda” is also derived from the Sanskrit word for “warrior.”
  • Did you know… that Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala) missed the premiere party in New York because she had to go home to study for her high school final exams
  • Did you know… that in The Empire Strikes Back, Mark Hamill had to bang his head 16 times on the ceiling of Yoda’s hut before the director was satisfied. (Ouch!)
  • Did you know… that you can see the “Star Wars Pod Racer” game on the left most screen in the bar where Anakin chases Padmés would-be assasin?
  • Did you know... that when they filmed the fighting scenes in Phantom Menace – Ewan McGregor made lightsaber noises as he dueled? It was noticed only afterwards and had to be edited out in post production.
  • Did you know… a pod from the Discovery in 2001:A Space Odyssey can be seen behind Qui-Gon in Watto’s junkyard.
  • Did you know… that Carrie Fisher was 19 when she filmed Star Wars : A New Hope? That’s the same age her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was when she filmed “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly
  • Did you know… that for some shots at the podrace in Phantom Menace – thousands of colored Q-Tips were used to pose as the audience? Enough Q-Tips to last a normal person dozens of lifetimes.
  • Did you know… that 2 to 3 spraycans a day were used on Chewie’s face mask alone to keep all the long furr in place.
  • Did you know… that before Natalie Portman was cast for her role as Queen Amidala in Star Wars : Episode I, she had never seen the original 3 Star Wars movies.
  • Did you know… that the Ewoks sing in Swedish? In the chorus for the end title song they sing “Det luktar flingor här” which means “it smells like cereal here”.
  • Did you know… that “Attack of the clones” is the first movie where Yoda is completely computer animated? Frank Oz was available on the set, but only as an aid to the actors with his voice.
  • Did you know… that Nien Numb is speaking a Kenyan dialect? What he says to Lando is in fact: “One thousand herds of elephants are standing on my foot”.
  • Did you know… that Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator is a razor for women (Sensor Excel) that’s been painted and redecorated.
  • Did you know… that James Earl Jones, who provided the powerful voice of Darth Vader, used to take acting classes to control his stutter.
  • Did you know… that even David Prowse, who played Darth Vader, didn’t know he was Luke’s father until the opening of the movie? Director Irving Kerschner had only told him to make a fist and look angry.
  • Did you know that… “In the first film, I had to wear that white dress and I couldn’t wear a bra. Everything was bouncing around, so I had to wear gaffer’s tape for three months to keep my breasts down. A new crew member used to come up every day and get to rip it off.” – Carrie Fisher (Rolling Stone July 24, 1980)

(Pulled from various interviews with crew and/or cast)

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