Two of the arrivals seem to be modified Maulers. They appear a tad smaller, and radar seems to reflect less well off their surface.
And there are protrusions and opening where a normal Mauler has a smooth surface.
A few hours later, Maalin enters the conference zone.
He is accompanied by a much larger entourage than before.
Maalin also seems to be standing more straight. Less hunched than before.
While Luumin frees the centre spot of the delegation, one of the new aides hurriedly takes down the old swing chain and hangs up a new swing chain. This chain seems to be made of a different material. More.... shiny....
The old chain is presented to Luumin, who stares at it disbelievingly, then greedily grabs the chain while slightly straightening his back a bit too.
Dear members of the Council,
I am back, and I thank you for your co-operation with my aide during my time in our home systems.
As may have leaked, we have provided the Ilwrath with help in a mutually beneficial trade arragement.
I have attended some urgent matter at home, and I can tell You, that I have received even wider permission to engage in trade and speak for the Crimson Corporation than before.
So far, the activities of this council have proven beneficial to the Crimson Corporation, and in extension to me.
Less beneficial in terms of actual agreements than hoped for, but we cannot complain so far.
Also, our mining operations are set up, and except for the Pyxidis systems we can declare the travels to our new Economic Zone of Interest safe again.
We wish to issue a warning, in the space between the Pyxidis star system, we have lost a few of our ships which were investigating signs of astonishingly large measurements of mass in the interstallar space.
We are currently investigating the matter with a new-formed special observation research unit, which has received ships we specifically designed for research matters.
Luumin informed me, that the Utwig representative may know more about the dangers of the Pyxidis star systems.
Maalin stares directly at the Utwig representative, and nods his head slightly.
Luumin presses a small button of a device hidden in his hand, and a recording plays. The council listens to the Utwig representative saying:
We are happy to hear, that the Ultimate works well for you. We always had issues understanding its... cryptic informations.http://www.star-control.com/community/viewtopic.php?p=26352#p26352 wrote:"There are, however, some facts that I can repeat. A boon... and a warning. For an answer to your legacy, seek an unseen star in the depths of Pyxidis. When the darkness grows bright, you will understand. Quite frankly, I do not really know what the Ultimate meant with those words, but I am sure the explanation will be unveiled in time."
But we need to ask whether You could elaborate on your cryptic warning you gave this council, please?
We would like to know if our mine workers are endangered if they stay mining in the Pyxidis star systems.