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The citizens of Koru Nemoidia were granted a spectacle in the form of yet another public execution of Death Watch operatives last week, this time led personally by the Lord Imperator Kasra himself. The group in question was exposed during an organized sweep on Antar performed by the Legion, promptly taken captive and moved to a secure location for questioning. During the interrogation, one of the prisoners revealed that the covert cell was harboring Elvette Rainmark, an adoptive child of Peter Max, the current leader of Death Watch and a sworn enemy of the Krath Empire. With this piece of information revealed, the entire group was transported to the Lord Imperator’s private estates on Koru Nemoidia, where their fate would be decided.
Lord Kasra had decided to judge their actions against Krath as a matter of dual offence, claiming that the issue was as much a dispute between the Empire and its enemies as it was a battle between Mandalorians and Dar’Manda. This would mean that they would be eligible to a broader scope of punishments, as the charges against them would be both based on law of Krath and law of Lord Kasra’s clan, the Ar’Klim. This gave Lord Imperator the judiciary freedom he needed to sentence the entirety of the cell to slavery and forced labor on the Lord Imperator’s numerous construction projects in Ar’Klim clan territories. As he would put it, “They would improve that, which they so foolishly attempted to destroy.” After well over ten standard months of indentured service, Lord Kasra declared their usefulness spent, scheduling their execution date in the process.
The event attracted a large crowd to the Palace Plaza in front of the Cebatr be Ar’Klim, the designated place of the execution. In the late afternoon, Lord Kasra himself had appeared on-stage with the soon-to-be Dead Watch members. After giving a short speech on the importance of upholding the Mandalorian standards (see: Resol’nare) across all clans and weeding out pretenders, he summarily executed all seventeen prisoners before him via beheading. While each individual death solicited a positive response from the crowd, the cheers were loudest during the demise of the aforementioned Elvette Rainmark and another Death Watch officer, Billy Freeform. When approached by KrathNet journalists to share his thoughts on the occasion, Lord Imperator commented: “It is a slow process, to clear one’s name. But in executing seventeen filthy Dar’manda, I certainly hope to have cleansed some of the stains from the name ‘Mandalorian.’ For that opportunity, I am filled with joy.”
In the late hours of D291, citizens of Krath and beyond enjoyed a hearty laugh thanks to the boastful, proud, yet mostly false report delivered by Black Sun on the apparent looting of the Minos-Mestra subgroup of Krath’s production sector. With the style ranging anywhere from bragging to gross overexagerration, the main premise of the news report revolves around a supposedly major blow to Krath’s primary arms and armor supplier, Minos-Mestra Munitions. However, the blow was nowhere as threatening as Black Sun implied.
While it is not denied that Ms. Yoi stole a portion of 3M assets, the most notable of which was arguably the moderate amount of Heavy Armor, it ought to be clarified that Ms. Yoi’s actions are far more akin to a slight issue, rather than a “crippling blow”, as the BSNN so eloquently put it. In fact, the Krath government had initially decided on not releasing an official statement, writing off Ms. Yoi’s actions as those of a fledgling thief not worthy of the Galactic spotlight. However, after witnessing Black Sun’s ego-boosting news piece, the information bureau felt it necessary to properly explain several key aspects of the situation, rather than to leave the Galaxy only with the contrived fabrications and propaganda both Black Sun and the Imperial Union as a whole are so well known for.
Upon running basic damage control protocols, the Krath census discovered that the assets stolen were mostly the proverbial breadcrumbs off the floor, raw materials, ships and items that were deemed second-rate, and therefore not subject to the full force of the Krath security systems BSNN claimed were so easily perforated. When KrathNet interviewers asked Lord Imperator Kasra about the damages inflicted by Ms. Yoi’s antics, he chuckled and referred to the stolen goods as ” [...] things that had been sitting in Minos-Mestra’s inventory for quite some time and were gathering dust. Trinkets, really.” He later admitted that, ” [...] The loss of the equipment, while regrettable, certainly wasn’t much more than a drop in the proverbial ocean.”
While the BSNN would like to have the whole Galaxy (themselves included) believe that they achieved a major victory against their enemies, they have instead exposed their delusional perception of the affair for everyone to see. Taking a page straight out of the Death Watch PR department manual, they had hoped that this somewhat noteworthy military accomplishment would reestablish their quickly fading relevance in the Galaxy, but have only managed to worsen their predicament in the process. Instead of striking fear and dissent into Krath and their allies, their attempt at causing considerable damage to the Galactic Alliance was met with bemused indifference more than anything else. As part of the official government statement, the Krath Empire gives them a C- for effort and heavily recommends that they reach out to their allies in Tresario and ask them how to properly loot somebody.
That being said, we would like to issue an apology to everyone wanting to purchase items from the Minos-Mestra public store, as well as any who are waiting on the completion of their order, since the unusual circumstances will likely result in a temporary freeze on all sales until the items in question are restocked.
KrathNet Press Release: Shesharile 3
Earlier today, the Krath Empire issued a public statement regarding the outcome of the deep space expedition in the Shelsha sector. A large group of rogue elements known as ‘Mangy Mynocks’ was using the local asteroid fields as a base of operations from which they would assault unwary trade vessels moving across the frequented trade routes of the nearby Krath space. The majority of these attacks were aimed at lone freighters used by small-scale businesses to supply their goods to the Vasuuli system as well as the Neimodian Purse Worlds. These strikes were given little priority until the attackers managed to successfully assault a BFF-1 Bulk Freighter, the KMS Erubius. The Erubius was tasked with delivering building materials to assist with the development of the peripheral Krath sectors. It is reported that pirates boarded the ship and disposed of the crew by jettisoning them into space.
Shortly afterwards, the Qel-Droma Assembly began taking interest in the threat to the Empire’s security, sending several ships to map out the region and pinpoint the source of the bandit attacks. Several weeks ago, the location of the base was finally confirmed to be deep in the center of the seemingly abandoned Shelsha sector. The Lord Protector himself took part in the subsequently planned ambush on the unsuspecting bandit forces hiding inside an asteroid field. Selecting several flights from the Qel-Droma’s arsenal, Gryjiss and some of Krath’s most capable soldiers set off to Shelsha to lay waste to the Mynocks once and for all. One of the soldiers accompanying him on this trip was none other than Dahn Vassic, a veteran soldier hailing from the Resistance, who had decided to throw his lot with Krath shortly beforehand. To reward him for his exemplary behavior in the field of battle, Lord Imperator Talak Kasra has decided to award Vassic the title of ‘Warden of the North’ associated with the leadership post for the Ori’Ramikade, the Mandalorian corps of the Holy Krath Legion.
Above: Dahn Vassic, Warden of the North
The following battle was described as ‘short and brutal’, with the bandits taking heavy losses from Krath pilots leaving the Legion Navy unscathed, save for minimal damages to individual strike craft. After a hasty uncoordinated retreat on the Mynocks’ side, the Imperial fleet plundered the asteroids used by the bandits as loot caches, retrieving most of the stolen supplies. Once the asteroid field was wiped of bandits, Lord Protector Gryjiss ordered a second strike at the remains of the Krath incursors, who had decided to escape to their back-up base located only several parsecs away. The second engagement resulted in total victory for the Krath, as well as the repossession of the KMS Erubius. A large part of the ship’s contents was already sold, nevertheless the Bulk Freighter is said to resume its mission immediately after it undergoes repair of the damage received in the naval battles.
“It’s good to see the Assembly ready to respond at a moment’s notice,” the Lord Protector stated in an interview earlier today. “They’re willing to pull their weight and protect those in need. I could hardly ask for better men. There’s going to be a lot of promotions after I get to my office.”
The Krath Intelligence Bureau is currently leading an investigation regarding the nature of those attacks, as the Mangy Mynocks seemed to target exclusively Krath targets, possibly hinting at a contract issued by one of Krath’s enemies to sabotage the Empire’s commerce.