The Golden Beetle Staff
Editor in Chief - Devrim Eran
News - Arnie Hamcheck
Business - Rief Larson
Weather - Stormy Hail
The Crime Report - C.C. Perkins
Society/Gossip - Lora Leal
A Hutt in Hutt's Clothing
By Arnie Hamcheck
There has been talk in the streets of Nar Shaddaa lately that those in the highest (and biggest) seats of power on the moon aren’t what they appear to be. The rumors range from the utterly ridiculous such as one man who wished to remain anonymous simply going by “Waldo”, suggests that there are perhaps humans donning well crafted Hutt disguises or even smaller Hutts in such suits as to make them appear larger.
While that is completely beyond the pale, there is a wonder in if there is a grain of truth hidden in the bizarre. With the recent events on Nar Shaddaa regarding the Jedi setting up a work exchange and Sith having used the moon for a base from which to launch business or grow personal power bases, it makes one wonder how secure the Hutt hierarchy is. How difficult would it be for one to infiltrate this often times mysterious power group that collectively drives the fate of the Gambler’s Moon.
Alongside the ludicrous suggestions of shapeshifters, there are less laughable ones such as Republic agents taking up important posts in the cartels and attempting to flood the system with their own moral standards. Some suggest that Sith run businesses are squeezing the earning power of the Hutts enough so that they are being given key positions from which to influence policy and direction.
While not all citizens are always pleased by the choices made by those sitting large and high up in the authority of Shaddaa, there is something to be said about the culture of Hutt space. Things operate in a certain fashion here which has attracted numerous people to the area where they start businesses, visit as tourists to consume what the moon offers, and those who wish to remain as neutral as possible in the growing conflict beyond. There are some who worry that balance will be upset with too many outsiders setting down roots here, but not interested in following the methods of operation that have brought success for so long.
It leaves more questions than it answers and while this reporter won’t be donning the frequency repelling hats that Waldo manufactures in his apartment, he will definitely be keeping one eye open and an ear to the ground.
By Rief Larson
Blackscar Munitions is a name quickly making its way through the circles of Shaddaa as a company worth looking at. The company itself has only been in operation for almost a year and a half, but in that short time, it has come to be synonymous with quality.
The Blackscars themselves have been a much longer standing fixture on Nar Shaddaa as well as beyond. Their reputation as a mercenary outfit is fairly known throughout the sector and it’s well earned. A contract is considered to be ironclad and they are respected for loyalty to employer which in Hutt space is hard to come by. Part of that edge has been the weapons and equipment they have crafted for themselves and it wasn’t a large leap for the group to see the potential earning capacity of offering such items for sale to the public.
Experience and knowledge are the cornerstones of the process for the Blackscars as they create, manufacture, and market. An understanding of the intended use is important. A craftsman who has never had to depend on the tool they make in a tough situation makes little sense to the Mandalorians behind the high end line of weapons the Scars produce. They insist on knowing just what their products are capable of in the field and use that as a means to make a better weapon.
There is a high standard in the creation process that extends across their custom work as well as the mass produce pieces for those who wish to buy in larger quantities. Again, the Mandalorian influence in the crafting can be seen and felt in their products as it follows the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage. The tried and true tested methods of Mandalorians are well renowned and the Scars make use of this in their product design.
While they are admittedly not the most budget friendly option on the market, they are worth every credit in that from start to finish it is a carefully, forgive the pun, crafted product from the design, the intent, the capabilities, and the manufacturing. As far as where the public at large can get their hands on some of these impressive weapons, there are a few options. They are based currently on Tatooine, but travel often to sell their wares with plans to expand to something more permanent on Nar Shaddaa and Rishi, so keep an eye peeled for where you too can get your hands on one of these high end guns.
By Stomry Hail
The smog will be heavy this coming week on Nar Shaddaa due to a build up of moisture in several of the condensation plants in various sectors. This will mean that all citizens are encouraged to pack a breathing apparatus with them at all times to avoid health complications that are not necessarily tied to the conditions on Shaddaa, but caution is advised.
The Uppers: Over the next week, the uppers should have a few nights of good sky viewing that will afford perhaps a star or two. This is due to the Star Cluster Casino sponsoring an additional cycle of the air filtration systems in higher tourist areas. People can expect the temperatures to be comfortable and carefully monitored throughout the peak hours of night life. The very early hours will see a slight rise in temperatures and smog.
The Lowers: The coming week promises lots of smog warning days in the lowers where most places will have mandatory respirator days. Air filtration cycles will be limited so as not to overheat systems which will rise and affect the tourist trade on the higher levels. Citizens are encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible and seek aid if they suffer from shortness of breath, rashes, or skin turning pale and/or blue.
The Police Blotter
By C.C. Perkins
The Star Cluster Casino has been the flagship of casinos on the moon for many years and therefore draws its share of crime. The latest has come in the shape of a shooting and hostage situation that left six civilians dead and four injured. The Kapo Gorga Godoba's division of Cartel Security, Rapid Response Unit, responded to the situation promptly and was able to get a handle on the situation. It is reported that there were five unidentified men inside the establishment and were holding ten people hostage. The motivations of the crime are unknown at this time. The RRU was able to take one of the armed men alive and are currently holding him for further questioning. The remaining four shooters were killed during a skirmish with the enforcement group. Anyone with any information is being encouraged to contact the RRU via their hotline SHADDAA99.
There was a shooting at the Red Flagon Casino in the Redlight Sector. The sector hotspot erupted in chaos when two individuals who appeared to be Mandalorian entered the casino seeking to collect on a bounty for a one ‘Klavuu Datu’. The cause of the shooting that left thirteen civilians dead and eight injured is unknown though some witnesses claim to have seen a third individual in armor who had already been on premise prior to the Mandalorians’ arrival and its thought that he is the one who started firing upon the crowd. The Rapid Response Unit is investigating the crime including why there was difficulty for the crowd attempting to flee the violence as exits were perhaps blocked off. The initial shooter is said to have died in the exchange and the bounty hunters have been called in for questioning. The small favor in this tragedy is that the bounty hunters opted to forfeit their five thousand credit reward and instead donated the money to the victims’ families with condolences from the RRU.
By Lora Leal
Darlings of Nar Shaddaa!
The part of the year has arrived once again! That little gem known as the Velvet Pearl will be throwing its anniversary bash once again and you’re all invited! Previous parties have blown the roof off the place and this year will be NO exception with the expansion into a newly renovated pool area on the balcony and an updated casino area.
The big questions that have the tongues of Shaddaa wagging are… Who will be in attendance and what will they be wearing?!
One always hopes to see the more fashion forward citizens of our fair moon showing up to such parties in their absolute finest. We guess there will be glimpses of Lord Kiyosa in some lovely designer gown as well as that well known fixture Lord Korinth who always cuts a sharp figure. Though we mustn’t forget the man himself, Roanconn! He will of course be there and as always, looking dapper!
The Velvet Pearl has a long history on Nar Shaddaa and it is always a hotbed of gossip as well as trend setting. This year, your favorite gossip columnist will be in attendance to get the goods, dear readers! No moment will be overlooked in search of the stories you want to read. The BBQ! The pool! The games! The music! All of it will be under the watchful eye of yours truly. So mark your calendar, lovelies and get ready for fun!
Be there or be square on the 21st of July, 9pm BST!G
The Rapid Response Unit under charge and ownership of Kapo Gorga Godoba, the Disciplined, are searching for a beast trader and tamer, to purchase an Akk Dog from.
- Highly knowledgable with regard to Akk Dogs
- Willingness to provide at least one lesson on the handling
- Training service that includes: signal for contraband and bombs
Please apply via holomail to: CSR29.RRU@EDPrecinct.holo
Looking for a Bodyguard
Day to day security needs.
Escort to and from work.
Contact Arnie Hamcheck @GoldenBeetle
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