The Golden Beetle Staff
Editor in Chief - Devrim Eran
News - Arnie Hamcheck
Business - Rief Larson
Sports - Karson "Crash" Bennet
Book Review - Parson Grange
Crossword - Skyler Zeal
Lowers Can't Rise Above the Haze
By Arnie Hamcheck
The situation in the Lowers is swiftly deteriorating as time goes on and those still paying the price seem to be, as always, are the people who can’t afford to do otherwise. The purple haze crime wave is still in full swing and the Hutts’ response is still sluggish which has been exacerbated by smaller gangs sweeping in to fill in the gaps.
There are rumors of one such gang on the rise taking up residence at the Red Lantern which is a dive bar based down in the lowers of the Red Light District. Recently the RRU (Rapid Response Unit) was called to said local watering hole to contend with an altercation that reportedly stemmed from Purple Haze use. Three altered individuals stormed into the bar and immediately began harassing patrons even escalating to violence, but was put to a quick end by the on site security who shot two of the assailants. RRU apprehended the surviving spice head as well as the bouncer and records show he was sentenced to serve a short term detention period as well as be subject to probation for a length of time.
In the aftermath, a new presence has been making waves in the bar and indeed throughout the Lowers. There is admittedly not much information readily accessible to give a real clue as to who the members of this coming to light organization are, but two names come up most frequently. Eyepatch or Patchface seems to be popping up more in the whispers concerning underground business dealings. Most seem to think the individual is Corellian and indeed that is the sector where the most reports of this presence originated.
Gangs like this are on the rise as the Purple Haze epidemic rages on. With CarSec having to respond to more and more spice fueled crime sprees, there is less time to focus on the ongoing task of keeping the local gangs in line. The Red Lantern is just the latest example in how this lack of organized response to the continuous threat of the rising spice trade makes space for more criminal organizations to gain an easy foothold. Until the Hutts decide to take notice of one gaining too much influence, the average citizens of Shaddaa will be left to their own devices which so far, has been played out tragically at best. One can only hope that the Hutts will shift their resources towards more civically minded pursuits or some other organization will. Until then, it’s business as usual.
Pearl Pie in the Sky
By Rief Larson
The Velvet Pearl is synonymous with luxury and success here on the Smuggler’s Moon. It has grown to be the most prominent business under the Emerald Corporation on Nar Shaddaa, rising above its competition with the grace and elegance it’s known for. How does a business manage to be so long lived in a place that can see the opening and closing of lesser creations all in the same day. We shall explore that thought herein.
The Pearl has long been a beacon of refinement while offering one of the oldest service based entertainments there is. It is labeled ‘A Gentlemen's Club’ one cannot help, but associate the usual implied underpinnings of what kind of environment that will cultivate. However, the Gem of the Promenade does not follow along with convention and that is the secret of its success.
It has managed to straddle two worlds with grace and ease, offering its clientele a rich backdrop for base fun. That might seem an obvious solution for some place like Nar Shaddaa, but it’s easier said than done. Under the direction of Roanconn, the Pearl has continued the expected high quality though he has done some redecorating to bring new life to the club. The recent anniversary party saw those additions put to good use with a diving contest in the balcony pool. That kind of whimsical fun is just one of the marketing campaigns that have been launched under the direction of the current manager. In addition to the contest, there was a ribbon game introduced that effectively had clients and staff engaging in playful interactions.
Having a parent company like Emerald Corporation certainly doesn't hurt the chances of a business being successful, but even with such a leg up on funding and operations, the business still impresses with it’s longevity. Montgomery Carlo features into the inner workings of the Pearl and can sometimes be seen taking meetings in the upper levels with fellow Emerald Corporation board members Obayoshi Hanan (CEO) and Ruchira Letane (CFO). Mr. Carlo is responsible for acting as liaison between the Emerald Corporation and the offshoot businesses such as The Velvet Pearl which though contribute to the parent company, operates as an independent venture.
It’s quite obvious that The Velvet Pearl is here to stay as a steady fixture of the cityscape of Nar Shaddaa rising above the rest in the Emerald Tower. It will be interesting to see how the business might reinvent itself once again in the future to serve the ever changing appetites of the Smuggler’s Moon.
By Karson "Crash" Bennet
It has been a few months since the close of the season of huttball at the Golden Mogul, but the excitement for the inaugural effort by Lord Korinth has hardly subsided. There is still talk about players and teams among those diehard enthusiasts and the gambling scene on the moon absolutely is keeping an eye turned towards that Golden Palace of huttball, wondering when its doors might open again.
Lord Korinth has made no secret of his desire to extricate himself from the business by selling it at a tidy profit. While there are some that say he intends to head off moon, some wonder if he might be using the profits from the sale as seed money for his next venture. There was quite the buzz about the franchise at the close of the season, but since then it has gone quiet.
The rumors have started up again that Lord Korinth is on the verge of a sale though there is no indication who the buyer might be. Eyes naturally turn to the big players on the moon in terms of businesses, especially those who fielded teams of their own or acted as sponsors for the successful season. One might even look to the Hutts as they were forced to take notice of the Lord’s venture once it started to grow in size and popularity. Some are concerned that a Hutt takeover would mean the end of the independent league entirely as they seek to tighten their grip on the huttball sports world.
No matter the outcome of the supposed sale, huttball fans are proving that their unending enthusiasm for the sport is a power driving force that keeps the credits flowing on the moon and beyond. Whoever the new owner is, this sports fan sure hopes he gets season tickets!
Turn That Page
By Parson Grange
Book: Culture, Creed, and Dogma: Ideologies in the Force
Author: Mystic Mog
Mystic Mog does it again. In this highly controversial book that has already been banned in Imperial space and has the censors in the Republic looking to do the same, the author brings us a hard hitting look at the underlying motivations that drive the teachings of both the Jedi and the Sith. No stranger to the public life, Mystic Mog isn’t afraid to step out with bold thoughts concerning the very roots of what drives these two opposing schools of thought on how and why the Force is taught so differently. There are some that don’t appreciate what’s considered a wild approach to long accepted truths about how young hopefuls should be instructed, but that makes this book all the more scintillating! Surely, the publicity of the release and consequential banning will bring more business to the mysterious figure who plans to offer their services of card readings and all things surrounding the occult to the public at large. Keep an eye out.----------------------
Book: Dogs of Dusk
Author: Ernst Bly
Mr. Bly has given us another installment of his Lee Hill detective series. This time we find Lee on Nar Shadda hot on the trail of what seems like a regular missing persons report. True to form, Mr. Bly uses real Shaddaa figures in his books and pulls heavily from the current happenings of the city to inspire his setting. Lee is seeking the daughter of a rich Emerald Corporation executive’s daughter who has gone missing after a night on a casino barge cruise around the luxury end of the moon. It quickly becomes clear that there is much more going on than just a young woman disappearing without a word. The twists and turns of the book are surprising enough with Bly’s classic and well practiced skill with writing some of the best combat scenes around. Tear into this page turner, but make sure you have time as you won’t want to put it down once you start.---------------------
Book: Pilots on the Water
Author: Hope Sterling
In this novel which is Miss Sterling’s second literary offering, she chooses the tropical setting of Rishi as the backdrop for her heroine Lacey who we follow along in her daily life and search for love. As with her previous bestseller, Miss Sterling doesn’t make it simple nor does she deny her readers the thrill of drama. Lacey who has dreams of opening her own little cottage boutique on the beach one day, meets the rather nomadic and strong, silent type in a man named Kalejav. A torrid love affair ensues, but quickly enough trust issues bubble up between the lovers as Lacey’s past catches up with her and her lover suspects she’s not what she claims to be. It’s a good bathtub read and make sure the lock the door so you aren’t disturbed for the scenes where you can’t turn the pages fast enough.
The Golden Word
By Skyler Zeal
All items must go! Desperate times call for desperate measures.
My roommate has gone MIA and I gotta be out of this place by the end of the week!
I am going through her stuff and selling it off to cover their half of the security
deposit we aren’t getting back.
(Those warnings about fireworks indoors are real)
If you don’t like the price then make me an offer.
Partial list of offerings….
- Fluffy bear costume with strategic cut outs.
- Various jewelry. One piece in particular is striking. A string of evenly spaced large-ish
beads about 9cm that taper down to smaller ones. The clasp seems to be missing
so might just be decorative.
- A body pillow with a mando printed on it wearing only her helmet with the words “I don’t
need no MAN-do”
- A matching set of cups that have various Twi’leks ladies on them in various forms of
If interested come to the sale or message for more information. Also if you see my
roommate Qog, tell her I am selling her stuff.
Frequency blocker hats now for sale.
Keep those you don’t want know your thoughts out of the loop.
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