The Golden Beetle Staff
Editor in Chief - Devrim Eran
News - Arnie Hamcheck
Business - Rief Larson
Dining Reviews - Edwina Bacque
Sports - Karson "Crash" Bennet
Entertainment - Cassie Plunt
Society/Gossip - Lora Leal
How Safe is Nar Shaddaa?
By Arnie Hamcheck
There have been real security concerns cropping up more frequently on the moon and while that seems an obvious statement, the sharp uptick in incidents hasn’t been limited to just the Lowers. Shops on the higher levels and located in high tourist traffic areas have begun to see an overflow of violence. CarSec has been largely ineffectual according to local business owners which makes some of them openly question if the money being sent towards the Hutts for this so called service would be better spent elsewhere such as private security firms.
The idea of multiple armed independent security firms all wandering the promenade has some business owners justifiably worried about what that might do to the flow of tourists. They declare that simply shoring up the currently understaffed CarSec details should more than compensate for the surge in violent crime.
No matter what side of the fence you find yourself, it’s hard to deny that security has become much more of a concern in areas that were previously considered lower risk. A recent explosion that rocked the Corellian sector raised warning flags for some groups that said it was only a sign of things to come if steps weren’t taken. There is a movement saying screenings for those arriving to the moon should be stepped up while others argue that will hinder the free trade environment the moon is known for.
It does beg the question of what the Hutts will do next. If they begin to demand more credits from those under their protection umbrellas, it could be the final push some need to seek privatization of their security needs. It makes one wonder what firms would fill those needs. With the decline of some protection organizations on Shaddaa, it leaves consumers with few options unless a new face of security makes its appearance on the scene.
Until then, we suggest keeping one eye open when out at night and perhaps see if you can’t manage a little body armor under that cute dress you want to wear clubbing as it might make all the difference.
Make Mine a Double
By Rief Larson
What stands out immediately about Red Beard Whisky is quite obviously the beard of the owner who is no stranger to the Nar Shadda scene. All one need do to catch sight of his trademark facial hair is set up shop at any of the hot spots around the moon, the most notable being The Velvet Pearl. The brand has been popping up all over the place as of late, even making an appearance as a sponsor at the Huttball tournament held at the Golden Mogul. While it has been making a splash (yes, a whisky pun) on the moon, it might surprise some to find out it is made not locally, but on Corellia. The owner was kind enough to allow me a small tour where I got to understand the elements of his success.
The man himself, Aresand, met me in his small yet very classy office. I noted the wood paneling that lined his office as the coloring and texture was quite unique though uneven. I was informed it was all reclaimed wood from discarded casks used to age the whisky. Waste not, want not.
While he may be new to the business of whisky, business itself isn’t new to Aresand at all as his name pops up frequently in circles on the moon when one is in need of certain items. That savvy has lent itself well to this new venture and he makes no qualms about giving credit where credit is due. In this case it is his associate Qani'lyn'zheqan who makes the day to day operations of the distillery run smoothly though has a position as a trusted advisor. He leaves the long term strategy plans to himself, however, taking no small amount of pride in his string of successful businesses that bear his name.
The name here, is all that is new about this whisky. In fact, the distillery itself has been in operation for a few hundred years under the direction of the Tavisha family and has always been noted for its high quality spirits. When Perfidious Holdings made an offer, however, the family was willing to accept with certain conditions, one of which was to continue on at the distillery which for a keen businessman like Aresand seemed like the perfect situation. Corellian whiskey is renowned the galaxy over and Red Beard is no exception with its spicy presentation on the nose and a smooth finish, it isn’t hard to see why it’s been so successful.
The largest part to the success of the rebranding has been the man behind the beard himself. His understanding of the Shaddaa market has been key in getting his product into the hands of customers all over the moon. He has hit upon the desire for those always in search of the next big thing to see his product as just that by targeting the popular hotspots and by attaching his name to events like the huttball tournament.
While Aresand is tight lipped on some of the more detailed information regarding the numbers on their distribution, he is more than willing to discuss his plans concerning the future of his company. He has big goals for expanding his brand and sets a high standard for success. TI’s a business to watch and while we do, let’s raise a glass and make mine a double.
Best Burger in the Skies
By Edwina Bacque
Delicious. It’s a simple word that often gets overused to the point where it becomes meaningless, but I have to say that this, at its core, is the best way to describe anything and everything coming out of the Shooting Star Diner.
Miss Sozêi or Snow as she prefers to be called (You can also find her as Belle Blue on a holo search, but you didn’t hear it from me) is the cheerful proprietor of this little slice of diner heaven nestled in the high rises of Shaddaa. Enthusiasm is the immediate charm of this lovely chiss who is perhaps short on height, but definitely not short on her business know how.
Just a year into this venture, she is already starting to make a name for herself in an environment filled with all variety of dining options. Those attending the recent huttball games at the Golden Mogul probably saw Miss Sozêi running a food stand on the top level where spectators could get their fill of tasty treats. That kind of pop up event is something she hopes to do more of and get the Shooting Star brand more readily recognized in preparation of opening the main diner to the public. Slow and steady wins here as Miss Snow wishes to get every little detail of her grand opening just right. The space she has been renovating for the past year once was a spa and some of the hallmarks remain in the form of a lovely hot tub on the spectacular garden balcony that has wonderful skyline view. It turns out that Miss Sozêi is an avid gardener and the balcony is truly a hidden gem in the metal jungle of Nar Shaddaa.
After a short tour, I was eager to start my dining experience. The menu is what you would expect with a few very fun surprises. Going into a diner experience, I decided to go classic and ordered ‘The Original’ along with the honeycomb crunch shake and I absolutely got fries with that. Montego is the man behind the grill and the perfect culinary match for all of Miss Sozêi’s pie (or burger as it were) in the sky goals for her little establishment. And while I may have had my foodie doubts about his skills before I ordered, after my food arrives, I was ready to worship at the altar of Montego! The burger was perfectly cooked and all the trimmings delightfully fresh. When I asked my hostess just what was the secret to the amazing flavor, she proudly stated that they source their meat from a free range farm on Alderaan that makes for a better burger. She also gets their dairy from a small scale bantha farm that she claims makes all the difference in their shakes and after tasting the one I ordered, I couldn’t argue. Not only was it delicious and perfect, I could have added a little shot of boozy fun for a small upcharge.
I, for one, cannot wait for the Shooting Star Diner to make its big debut on the Shaddaa stage as I feel Miss Sozêi might begin to wonder if I am stalking her by tracking down all her pop up events just so I can get my fix. Mark you calendars, Shaddaa Foodies, this is a spot you won’t want to miss!
Success is Golden
By Karson "Crash" Bennet
Boksa, Huttball fans!
We are closing in on the independent huttball season finale and has it been one WILD ride! No one could have predicted the runaway success this huttball venture by Lord Cadel Korinth has been. In fact there were plenty of naysayers at the start who said there was no way it could measure up to the entrenched existing huttball leagues, but the clever approach the Golden Mogul owner by forging a relationship with the professional leagues has meant a shelter from direct competition. This has left room for a “different” kind of huttball to arise, one that doesn’t have lethal traps in the decidedly smaller arena and it has gotten a huge response from huttball fans across the moon.
Fans are now eyeing the two teams moving into the final showdown and trying to pick what they think will be a safe bet though if this season has taught us anything, it’s that there ARE no safe bets. I know this sports reporter will be looking forward to seeing the veteran Shockers go up against the new darling of the huttball arena, The Blackscars. Both teams have shown real strength in their games and while some thought perhaps the Scars didn’t have the experience to knock out bigger teams, they put those fears to rest by knocking out the Falcons in a heartbreaker of a game to secure their spot in the finals. The Shockers who were keen to show their continued dominance managed to clean sweep Lo-Ping Shipping in a shutout that puts them at the forefront as a possible favorite to take the title.
In terms of individual players the tall chiss from the Shockers, Durelair, has been KILLING it in the arena and currently sits at the top of the standings with the well known Sereki not far behind. Ponei of Lo-Ping has really shown promise this season and is resting at a comfortable third in the standings though the gap between her and the first two is significant. There is no substitute for sheer experience and training. While we all know that Sereki really only trains by drinking and brawling, there is no denying that woman can run a ball.
The big question hovering on the burger, beer breath of huttball fans all over the moon is will there be another season as it was stated this exhibition situation was a limited time only engagement, but the success has been undeniable. It’s known that all the teams received monetary rewards based on their standings and one can only assume this is to ensure they pledge themselves to the next season as it is customary to grant “pledge money” like this when a league wishes to ensure teams stay loyal to their operation.
One thing is for sure, no matter if the season comes back next go round, it’s going out with a bang for this one. Be sure to get your tickets for the showdown at the mystery new arena constructed just for this event as they will be sure to sell out fast. I may or may not be getting advanced tickets being media and all so if you see me out and about, buy me a drink. Might just get you a ticket.
The Death of a Dragon Trainer
By Cassie Plunt
It’s with a heavy heart that this music enthusiast has to report on the news that the long standing manager of the talented group Alma and The Krayt Dragons, Mr Slun'obod'ypaski has passed away. There has a been a joint statement issued by the Nobody Management firm and Deep Wave Music label saying they will not comment at this time while an investigation into the circumstances around his death is underway.
Mr Slun'obod'ypaski certrianly had a reputation for being eccentric and a bit unusual in his methods, but his different approach brought us such acts as Outer Rhyme, Alma + The Krayt Dragons, The Zabrak Zizters which made it hard to argue with success. It seems he was on Belsavis scouting out some new talent when the accident occurred. The official line from either company is that they aren’t releasing any new updates at this time and nor is Miss Avo making any comment regarding her longtime manager’s death. The unofficial story according to an anonymous Belsavis prison security officer in one of the high security wards is that Mr Slun'obod'ypaski was found dead in a restricted section due to multiple stab wounds. An internal investigation has been launched questioning how he managed to gain access to the section at all and why he was there seemingly without an escort.
The big question floating around is who will take over his current projects and bands, namely the very popular Alma + The Krayt Dragons. Miss Avo has been seen in meetings with various “suit” types at the Yu-Qu Lounge which implies she is seeking new representation. Even with all the uncertainty flying about, one thing that is absolute is Alma’s dedication to her fans. While some of their appearances had to be cancelled, the band is doubling down on their upcoming round of shows on Rishi at the hotspot The Blasters Path. Our thoughts are with the band during this difficult time and we look forward to seeing them come out the other side stronger.
By Lora Leal
Highrise Chatter has an absolute TREAT for you this time, dear readers. Your very own Lora Leal was able to sit down with the -very- popular huttball player for Lo-Ping Shipping, Mr. Barty Hang. He was kind enough to answer even the most salacious questions put to him and he did all with his signature charm. Enjoy, my darlings!
Being no stranger to the media spotlight, let me say that Mr. Hang was utterly at eased in his casual yet fashionable clothing choice that matched his mood absolutely. You’ve seen him out in the world! You can imagine that slight scruff on his chiseled jaw and his sparkling eyes. I certainly did as he sat opposite me with foot propped at his knee and a beer in his hand.
Right off the bat, I asked the good stuff! I told him I wanted to know what his favorite guilty pleasure was. Here, our huttball hero raised a perfectly manscaped brow and considered.
"Yes, that would be the opening question to this kind of interview, wouldn't it? Guilty pleasure, guilty pleasure... This is actually a tough one, because I guess I would have to actually feel guilty about it for it to be a guilty pleasure, and I rarely ever do."
Oh, that cheeky man flashed me a grin and indulged in a little beer before continuing.
"I guess beautiful women is a tad crass, isn't it? And maybe a bit obvious too, come to think of it. No, I think my real guilty pleasure would be... Junk food. I rarely ever cook myself, and when i can't be arsed finding a nice restaurant, I love to pick up some market noodles. You know, real greasy, lots of mystery meat, and a sauce that will kick you in the nuts and expect a thank you. My favourite dealer is this pair of young entrepreneurs who run their business out of a skiff. They give you these lovely, red chopsticks that I really adore. Xai-Po Naka's Prosperous Noodle Company. Or Greasy Naka's Noodles. Whatever they're calling themselves on the day. I don't get to do this very often though, because I have to stay in shape. For the game, of course."
I thanked him for giving me such a lovely lead into the next question as I know many of you are dying to know just how he keeps that body in SHAPE! I asked Mr. Hang what his work out regimen entailed exactly.
With a bright smile and light laugh he winked. Oh he’s such a tease, dear readers! He continued on a bit more seriously then.
"No, but it really is. I get in a couple of hours of physical fitness training by myself every other day, and in between that there's training with the team, which is of course even more exhausting than the work-out. And there's the diet, of course. I treat myself to good food whenever the company calls for it, but if I'm eating alone, it's almost always tailor-made to best support my physical shape. And that kind of food tastes like wet cardboard at the best of times."
What can we treat such an athlete to when he is in search of non-cardboard sustenance? I knew you would all want to know what to buy him when you see him about, so I inquired as to his favorite drink. Another one of those quick charming smiles shot my way as he held up the beer he had been holding since we began.
"I know I'm probably supposed to name some fancy liquor, or a whiskey distilled through the heart of a dying star, but I really like beer. All sorts. I have some favourites, both individual brands, and breweries, but I really try to taste all the different sorts I come across. I have a couple of bars on Nar Shaddaa I visit exclusively because of their beer selection. My all time favourite would probably have to be Sleheyron Green. Bit strong, so you can only ever have a few at a time, but I genuinely think it's an excellent beer. Maybe part of that is also that it reminds me of home."
I asked if that was what he did to relax after the games; head to the local watering hole to celebrate with fans and players alike.
"Short term, if we win, I'm going straight to the bar for a celebratory drink. It's tradition, at least for me, and in the teams I used to play with, that you don't take your uniform off until you've had your first drink after a victory, and I've brought that tradition with me to Lo-Ping. If we lose, I change out of my uniform, and then get as drunk as my managers will allow. Long term... Well, I'm a bit of a betting man, so I'll usually spend the days after a win spending my winnings on material goods. Good food, new clothes, a concert here and there. Just sort of congratulating myself on a game well played."
I warned him that the hard hitting questions were coming next and he grinned, jokingly bracing himself against his seat in preparation. I promised to start easy which I absolutely did by asking what was his favorite cologne. I know so many of you desperately want to know these little personal details.
"Oh, that depends on the situation. Day-to-day, I wear Arriande's 'Serial', but if I dress to impress, or I'm on a lovely date, I'll usually spice things up with 'Favour' by Nat Gronde."
I am calling it now, gossip fans. Those two colognes will sell out within the week! They ought to give this humble reporter a little kick back for her spot on product placement skills! This next question was meant to being the slow drive towards the more juicy content. I asked what Mr. Hang considered his best hidden talent.
"Ouff, another tough one. I like to think my talents are all very easily spotted and quite obvious, but I often find that people are quite surprised when I tell them I can dance. Apparently it's this feeling of 'Surely he can't be good at -everything-!' But I don't think it should be that surprising. You have to be able to move on the huttball field, and know your own body. Dancing gives you rhythm and coordination, and can actually really push your body's limits, so I've been taking dance classes for... Pffh, years and years now. I can't cook, though, so there is one thing I'm no good at."
Handsome AND humble! You heard it first here, my lovelies! I told him that my readers were terribly curious about his methods and I asked how he might approach a beautiful woman when out on the town. Now, I would love to tell you that I am beyond the touch of the charm of such a man, but I will admit that this next answer made even my jaded, little heart beat a bit faster.
"Well, I guess I'd... Go and grab a beer, and have a seat across from her. I'd let her interview me for a while, let my self confidence, my charm and my humour show through the answers I gave, and then when all the recording equipment is turned off at the end, I'd ask her to join me for my second round."
Here was where he laughed, I am sure at the slight widening of my eyes and PERHAPS a mild blush. His winks are devastatingly effective.
"No, I'm only kidding, love. I think my approach with women is to let them surprise me. I suppose I get a helping hand in being a recognisable face, so I don't always have to initiate the conversation, but even when I do, I like to ask about their jobs and hobbies. I'm not incredibly well versed in anything other than huttball and things that concern my own life, so when someone I'm talking to turns out to be a pilot, or a refugee, a swoop racer, a model, or anything I don't know too much about, the conversation flows very easily, because I get curious and interested. Now, confidence, calm, and rugged good looks go a long way, sure, but if you show an interest in who a woman is, and what she does, you're very likely to find a connection."
Headlong into the personal went I! Eyes closed or open for kissing was what I posed as the next question and I should have expected the answer I got. Cheeky!
"Oh, I won't limit you, darling, you just do whatever you're most comfortable with. I suppose I do closed eyes. If there is anything worth keeping my eyes open for, I've either already seen it, or I'm going to continue see it when the kiss ends."
And here we end with the standard, my darlings. Boxers or briefs? At this point, I was afraid I had finally extended myself beyond the welcome of Mr. Hang’s good graces as his brow furrowed. He took a moment to lean forward.
"Feels like... Boxers."
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