The Golden Beetle Staff
Editor in Chief - Devrim Eran
News - Arnie Hamcheck
Business - Rief Larson
Advice Column - Suzie Q
Sports - Karson "Crash" Bennet
Entertainment - Cassie Plunt
Society/Gossip - Lora Leal
Continued Violence in the Lowers
By Arnie Hamcheck
The purple haze epidemic has only worsened in the past weeks with more drug related violence tearing through the lower sectors of Nar Shaddaa. There has been a surge of violent crimes that are more than simple muggings or breaking and entering. Victims are often left mutilated which seems to happen both pre and post mortem. The mindless nature and seeming randomness of the crimes have put civilians and enforcement groups on edge alike, even having those in the higher levels starting to turn a wary eye.
Any pleas for help from citizen groups at this point seem to fall on deaf ears as the enforcer groups that offer protection for cost don’t seem interested in disrupting the distribution of the drug too much which raises questions as to how far the sales network extends. CaSec is equally quiet on the sweeping crime which is not all together unusual considering spice consumption is legal on the moon, but the violent nature of these ‘Haze Fiends’ as they are being called is appalling enough to turn the head of even the most desensitized residing here.
There are rumors that a figure on the moon has shown a willingness to stand up where others are not and while the Haze Fiends have not been the focus of this singular citizen, it’s hard to hope they might be soon. It’s been difficult discern rumor from fact, but hushed whispers claim there is a man being labeled as Allesh’Gesu. The moniker, which loosely translates as “Giver of Safety” seems to have originated with a group of freed twi’lek slaves claiming to have seen the mystery man who could only be described as wearing leather armor. It has more than a few people putting forth their hopes that this individual will step in where authorities have not.
Whether by means of elusive would be heros or by action on the part of those in power, it is clear to most that something must be done about this growing cancer on the moon. It is only a matter of time until it spreads to such a wide sphere of influence that it will be a real thorn in the side of the Hutts as it begins to affect tourism and therefore the bottom line. When that happens, it can be a sure thing that checkpoints and patrols will increase, but what will be the tipping point to get there? And how many innocent lives will be damaged or lost in the process?
The key will be discovering the chain of supply and whether it is as random as it seems or if it is a carefully crafted “grass roots” kind of approach to selling by keeping it all small time dealers and therefore harder to track. The Golden Beetle will be keeping an eye on this developing story and keeping our readers informed. If you have any information regarding purple haze or recent crimes associated with it, contact the paper.
Compassion in the Smog
By Rief Larson
In the Industrial Sector of Nar Shaddaa, there are some new notable arrivals that have caught the attention of locals and off worlders alike. A group of Jedi under the direction of one Master Alen Stanic have founded what they describe as a place “to offer people who are adrift some opportunities.” While it may seem strange for a group of well meaning Jedi to choose Nar Shaddaa as a place to settle, this moon has no shortage of those in need and therefore, there is a certain kind of sense to the move.
Some might wonder what this has to do with business as it relates to Nar Shaddaa and beyond, but there is a skill to running a charity that supports itself, not to mention the impact it can have on the local economic scene. Master Stanic claims that he intends to better the conditions of locals by offering volunteer opportunities within his own organization as well as participating businesses. Those who seek aid from the Jedi will be given food and shelter as needed in the hopes that they will gain valuable work skills that will make them more employable.
While the Jedi are known for being generous, the Hutts are not and that has given rise to the question of how they are reacting to the newly minted project. One of the military volunteers, Lt. Andrali Ruk was quoted as saying, “I cannot speak for all the factions personally, but the interaction between us and those factions have been fairly minimal”. It seems there has been a little suspicion and some misunderstandings, but the organization is working to smooth them over. What those misunderstandings are, one can only guess, but the group has pledged that they help all and will turn no one in need away even were it to be a gang member wishing them ill. Ruk was also quoted as saying, “There is certainly a message behind our actions. That kindness and a little help can make all the difference. We are here only to help others."
The motivation for the project is rooted in the best intentions, but good intentions don’t pay for supplies. How exactly does one make a successful venture of such a nature on a place like Nar Shaddaa? Master Stanic has decided to seek out private donors who share in his vision and simply wish to see good done on the moon. Donation alone is a difficult road for a charity of this size though it has been done before such as the various funds on the moon that benefit different orphanages scattered across the sectors. There is no framework from which to pattern after here as their previous projects were not on this scale and didn’t depend on the local economy quite as heavily as this effort seems to. It brings the focus to partnerships with willing businesses to provide the work exchange for those who desire it and perhaps even arrange employment once they have been trained. The original impetus began on New Holstice, a world on the Republic-Imperial border. There they reopened a MediCorps station which seemed a good place to plant a flag of good will. The bulk of those first good samaritans were former Service Corpsmen, who formed 'Volition', which is a volunteer training scheme. After that it was thought, why stop there.
No one can deny that the Jedi are fulfilling a need here on the moon with extending work programs and aid to those in need, but how effective this venture might be remains to be seen. One thing is clear, however, that it will only succeed through the joint efforts of the Jedi, the population, and hopefully at some point, the Hutts. If you wish to donate or volunteer, Master Stanic encourages you to stop by where they are located in the Industrial Sector, bottom of elevator Grek-Seven.
Ask at your Own Risk
By Suzie Q
Dear Suzie Q,
My boyfriend of two years has suddenly decided he wants to be mercenary for hire, but this doesn’t fit with my self identifying status as a fashion icon.
Dear Pretty in Pink,
It sounds like perhaps your life goals and your partner’s are not in sync. Have you considered sitting down and having a real heart to heart with your partner about expectations, needs, and wants for your relationship? The number one reason most relationships fail is unmet expectations, but they can’t be met if they aren’t expressed. That being said, have you ever thought about extending your looks into the “military chic” range? Some combat boots, a cute bandana accessory and if you’re really adventurous go for that authentic armored look with a breastplate. Good luck!
Dear Suzi Q,
Best way to fake your own death? My dating profile said I was blind as I thought it would get the sympathy date, but after three months and a hundred stubbed toes later, I can't keep it up.
I can’t quite say that the conclusion you have come to that faking your own death is the only solution for extricating yourself from this rather complicated situation. I understand the feeling of helplessness when faced with having to disappoint a partner. However, it does seem that honesty is the best policy here as prolonging the inevitable will only make it harder. That being said, if you do wish to continue with your original plan I would suggest a little group called the Blackscars. Reasonable prices, solid in a contract, and efficient. Tell them Suzi Q sent you.
Dear Suzie Q,
How do you clean up blood stains from speeder upholstery? Asking for a friend
There are a multitude of commercial grade cleaners on the market that your “friend” can easily acquire. Some require equipment while others are a simple set it and forget it kind of product. There are also effective droid cleaning services that are reasonably priced. If you are seeking a DIY solution, cold water and cleaner with a little elbow grease are going to be your best bet, but perhaps the need for the cleaner in the first place should be addressed. If you are in trouble or need help, CarSec has a 24 hour hotline where you can seek aid. Or you can follow suit like BlindHope and reach out to a professional outfit. Stay safe!
Beneath the Surface
By Karson "Crash" Bennet
With the independent huttball season now concluded and the future of the league still up in the air, there have been a few people surmising what the “next big thing” in sports could be. While the regular leagues are still doing quite well, it seems the smaller scale operation whet the appetite of those who enjoyed the more intimate sporting event and experience.
A few of the less frequented sports have experienced a slight resurgence such as akk dog racing, robot fight nights, and swoop racing in the warehouse districts,but the rush of attendance is dying down.
There are some rumors floating that a certain Darth Tekthon, the proprietor of the exclusive spa known as The Labyrinth, has been in talks with some of the big names in Huttball on the moon. Mostly trainers and coaches have been called in for meetings about one can only guess though they have been making a few trips to the luxurious Manaan resort.
Gossip has been implying that Darth Tekthon is trying to shape a water based version of the beloved Hutt sport. Part surface game and part beneath the water where spectators can see the game through the generous viewing bays that would look out on the playing area. While still retaining all the hallmarks that enthusiasts have come to love with regular huttball such as traps, combat, and guaranteed injury, this version would have the added danger of the firaxan sharks that inhabit the waters surrounding the resort. It has come to the attention of more than a few through word of mouth that Darth Tekthon is not inexperienced when it comes to fending off the fierce creatures and in fact that he finds it rather enjoyable to venture into the depths to combat the predators.
How much truth in that is hard to say, but the sith does seem to have an affinity for them making it an obvious addition to his venture should it all be true. It would be the first of its kind if it comes to fruition and would no doubt garner a good deal of attention. Time will tell, but until then get your goggles ready and start holding your breath.
Turn Your Red Light On
By Cassie Plunt
The music scene on this moon is constantly shifting and the ever pumping nightlife gives rise to plenty of budding artists, but most don’t survive the highly competitive nature of the industry. Once in a while, one comes along that really catches the eye and the ear of the masses, marking them for a quick rise.
Zane Rhyner is such an artist. He isn’t new to making music, but it is only just recently that he has been gaining notoriety throughout the lowers and his reputation is only climbing. Unless you happen to frequent a little dive bar in the Red Light District charmingly called The Red Lantern, then you probably haven’t had the chance to hear him. That does seem like it will change though now that he has secured sponsorship from JilJoo Sha Corporation which offers him enough compensation to free up that time to focus purely on his music which for an up and coming DJ is huge.
Rhyner’s love of music started at quite a young age having been introduced to it by his older brother who seemed to have played a large role in influencing his career path. He recalls falling in love with music at age six and had his first decks from his older brother at age twelve. After that, there was no looking back with the young DJ burying himself in music and securing his first paying gig at a local clubhouse at sixteen through the connection of his older sibling. According to Zane, that’s the mark of real success. The first paying gig. His first solo secured job was in fact at the Red Lantern. He recalled with a smirk how he had walked into the little dive bar, declared the music was “kark”, and proceeded to demonstrate the good stuff.
He has been the resident DJ at the Lantern for the past few years and his talent has managed to keep him on staff through the revolving door of owners that seem to plague of the little bar though the current one plans on capitalizing on his DJ’s growing fame by tossing out Zane’s own words of it being “the most poppin’ place on the moon”.
The moon is some place that Zane intends to stay no matter how big his success might get. He says this place is his home and he has no plans to relocate permanently though he might make use of his travel stipend per his agreement with Jiljoo to travel to Zeltros. It’s not a large leap of logic to see why that place might appeal to a young up and coming DJ with plenty of talent and there is no doubt his unique brand of music will make an impression. It’s all EDM with sometimes surprisingly soulful arrangements that can get the heart racing as the drive to dance takes over. And that’s what pushes him to keep doing what he does best, passion. Studios and larger concert like venues don’t exactly appeal to him as he loves to feel the energy of the crowd as he moves them to dance up close and personal in small clubs like the Red Lantern.
So, Nar Shaddaa music fans, all I can say is keep an eye out and an ear to the ground for Zane Rhyner so you can say “I listened to him before he got big”. This reporter sure will.
By Lora Leal
This week we are all about the mysterious, dear readers! Many of you have heard about that reclusive character who delights us monthly with the Holoscopes, but I bet you hardly know more than just their name. Through various string pulling and favor claiming, this relentless reporter has managed to secure an -exclusive- interview with the one and only, Mystic Mog.
So many rumors and myths surround this figure that it’s hard to know what to believe. Some say it’s a -he- from an Alderaan noble house and chose to shun the luxurious lifestyle in favor of a more simple one where he could indulge in divinations. Others claim the recluse belonged to a tribe on Dantooine who was sold into slavery and only after gaining -her- freedom through unknown means, was able to make a name for herself with her well loved predictions.
No matter the case, this edition of the Golden Beetle is pleased to be able to offer this real treat. I present to you, the interview uncut!
You’re very difficult to get a hold of, why is that? What is it you are hiding or do you simply value anonymity that much?
Perceptions are changed when knowledge is presented. If people knew who I was, what I looked like or how I acted - then their view of what I tell them would be changed.
What got you started in dispensing the wisdom of the stars for the masses?
The Will of the Force. To an extent. Otherwise because people have a right to know without directly being told.
Would you tell us YOUR sign?
No, but it is somewhere between Pisces and Aries.
There have been few and far between sightings of you in public and while the beetle has published some of those photos, it does little to tell us who you are. Care to drop a little fashion on us? What are your current obsessions?
Chokers are all the rage right now.. Or they will be. I would also suggest people buy the next line of Verkace Nerf Leather handbags. A wise investment.
Do you do private evaluations for people? If so, give us a hint to the most high profile person you have done so for.
I do private appointments to the right clientele. I am sworn to secrecy however. A hint? Their face is all over Hutt Space.
Is there any chance we might see you in public? What are your favorite Shaddaa haunts?
I am known to frequent certain quiet bars away from the hustle and bustle.
It may seem frivolous to some, but this reporter has heard rumor that there is more to what you share with us once a month. That perhaps there are messages encoded in those holoscopes!
Of course there is more than what seems in those messages. I take the information I receive and put in a format that shall guide people on their chosen path, as the future is not always certain.
What is it you love best about doing this?
People's reactions, some good, some bad.
Is there a way people can contact you? If so, how? Completely anonymous, of course.
I shall be 'opening' my services to the wider public very soon. Keep an eye out for that.
If there was one thing you would want people to know about you, what is it?
My favourite food is beignets.
Discount t-shirts. Huttball shirts
misprinted. Now read “Puttball”
Originally 15 credits, but on sale
for 8 credits.
Therapy Akk dog.
Skippy is a lovely creature who
has been certified as a therapy
animal suited for everyone from
children to seniors citizens.
By the hour or the day.
(Occasional love bites happen.
Seek medical attention if skin is broken,
swelling, or discolored)
Lost & Found
Found. One purple faux lekku
on the promenade outside The Slopes.
It is only moderately damaged, but seems
still good. Pretty much.
Ask for Morty.
We are pleased to announce that Burgers in Love
has a happy ending! Burgers brought us together
and we can’t think of a better way to seal the deal
than tying the knot at the best burger place we know!
Details regarding ceremony and reception at the
Shooting Star Diner to follow.
Anyone with news, gossip, or classifieds they wish to submit may contact the paper
(Enjin: Ruchira Letane)