The idea behind the clandestine network of Tech 4 News reporters was that 'baseliners' (ordinary non-capsuleer folk) had become suspicious of official coverage of capsuleer activity and so were dedicated to giving more exposure to how the actions of these starship demigods impacted on New Eden's ordinary working mortals.
But that didn't stop the occasional story from putting tongue firmly in cheek. Vesper Naskingar, who usually specialised in Angel Cartel coverage (a clue as to the blogging author's real identity), was inspired by a forum post from infamous Intergalactic Summit regular Muck Raker, resulting in this report:
Cryllisium Demand Spikes After 'Empress Love Slave' Confession
by Vesper Naskingar
|Empress Jamyl Sarum I and an 'advisor'.|
Since the publication of a confession made by a woman who claimed herself to be a “love slave of Empress Jamyl I”, demand for the hallucinogenic aphrodisiac Cryllisium has spiked.
Serpentis Corporation, the premier biochemistry company, have dubbed this the new ‘liquid morphite’ due to the high prices clients are willing to pay for the still relatively rare substance.
He also let slip that while previously clientele had mainly been centered in the Cartel and Serpentis home regions, as well as the Federation, the biggest demand spike has come from the Amarr Empire. He did not wish to go into further detail, but the most likely explanation is that if the Empress does it, so can the more liberal Amarrian. The Caldari State and Minmatar Republic have also seen a rise in demand, yet far less spectacular. It was theorized they could simply be slower in catching on.
|An unarmed(!) Serpentis Vigilant lurks in Amarr high security space.|
[If you enjoyed this article and would like to read more EVE fiction in the Tech 4 Flashback series, here's a good place to start: Tech 4 Flashback: The Stories of the Non-Capsuleer Residents of New Eden.]
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