Saurus / Vilis / Spinward Marches
Piracy Rampant in Vilis
After a calm break of two years with only small isolated incidents,
piracy has reared up again in a major attack in the system of Saurus
(1320 Spinward Marches; D888588-7). Not seen since her base on Calit
(1515 Spinward Marches; C334867-7) was raided six months ago, the
notorious Robin Sherwood turned up with a new pirate ship and made an
audacious comeback today with not one but two raids in the same day.
First, early in the morning, the Far Trader Teacup Inferno was
attacked immediately after emerging from jump from Vilis (1119 Spinward
Marches; A593943-A). The trader, heavily outgunned and with no chance
of running, surrendered to Ms. Sherwood on the understanding no
passengers or crew would be harmed. The pirate was good to her word,
and took only a single 20t shipment of cargo sent from Regina BioTech
LIC bound for the Bureau of Agriculture on Saurus. Teacup Inferno
was then allowed to proceed without further conditions or interference.
Normally pirate ships immediately jump out of system after an attack.
On this occasion, New Berlin -- larger, more heavily armed, and
faster than the Berlin damaged so heavily at Calit -- remained
in system and daringly proceeded towards the mainworld.
In the late afternoon, the subsidized Merchant Dogshead was
waylaid on reaching orbit from the downport. This time cargo was not
the target, but a passenger: Dr. Jiin Farloo, a researcher with the
Bureau of Agriculture. Dr. Farloo was taken from the ship without
violence, and Dogshead was released. This time New Berlin
accelerated rapidly away from the mainworld and jumped early out of the
system. Dogshead returned to Saurus Downport to report the
An alert has been sent out to Imperial Police to watch for the kidnap
victim. Anyone knowing anything about the whereabouts of Dr. Farloo and
reporting this to Imperial Police may expect a substantial reward from
the Saurus government, who say there was no reason for her to have been