There is a recent article, on a Greek Navy ship deliberately sinking a migrant raft, and leaving them to die.
WATCH: Greek coastguard attacked for deliberately trying to SINK migrant boat
THIS is the shocking moment a Greek seacrew are filmed trying to pierce a hole into an inflatable dinghy carrying around 60 desperate migrants.
The overcrowded fragile rubber dinghy is shown sinking after a Greek crewman lunges towards it with a sharp pole.
The migrants onboard are heard screaming in the dark as their life raft begins to sink into the Aegean Sea.
The footage reveals the Greek ship sailing away from the migrants who are left to die….
Can I see this happening in the Empty Quarter?
And note: in real life, those Muslim migrants were saved by a Turkish (read: Muslim) military vessel. “It’s all about which tribe you’re part of…”
Now, all the Referee needs to do is to have (say) the system military from World A board a ship of migrants – or genuine refugees, for that matter – and forcibly redirect it away from the homeworld… and have the PCs come to the rescue.
Or, perhaps the system military will simply kill everyone onboard. “But make it messy, so it looks like a Blood Vargr hit: we all know what they are like…” Investigating civilian PCs need to be careful about ‘poking their nose where it doesn’t belong’: even Imperial Navy and Imperial Ministry of Justice officers would be wise to always keep a sidearm on their person, when chasing down the whispered rumors…
And, in the latest news, it looks like race is beating religion on the tribal allegiance front:
Dreaded terrorist group Islamic State (IS) does not consider South Asian Muslims good enough to fight in conflict zones of Iraq and Syria. It treats them as inferior to Arab fighters and often tricks them into suicide attacks.
IS fighters from South Asia are housed in groups in small barracks, paid less than the Arab fighters and provided with inferior equipment
According to an intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies and shared with Indian agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as from certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered inferior to Arab fighters.
There appears to be clear hierarchy wherein the Arab fighters are preferred as officer cadre and provided better arms and ammunition, equipment, accommodation and salaries.
“The fighters from South Asia are usually housed in groups in small barracks and are paid less than the Arab fighters and are provided inferior equipment,” the input says.
Again, I can certainly see a in-house racial hierarchy in the Empty Quarter, with Arab Muslims above East Indian Muslims; both above the Afro-Asian/Vilani converts from Lazisar; and all above the few Vilani converts out there (if the Vilani are even considered Real Humans with souls, that is).
I also fully expect all Muslim Brotherhood (and even any underground surviving Hebrin Caliphate forces) to issue all sorts of propaganda, showing Solomani men of all races, living together in equality under a prosperous Shari’a-grounded regime.
(Let’s pass by the mysterious absence of entire Vilani, Bwap, and Vargr planetary populations in silence, shall we?)
And yet another story idea, ripped from the headlines:
Genocide Wiped Out Native American Population
Physical traces of ethnic cleansing that took place in the early 800s suggest the massacre was an inside job.
A massive deposit of mutilated and processed human remains has been found in the American Southwest.
The remains and other artifacts at the site, Sacred Ridge in Colorado, indicate ethnic cleansing took place there in the early ninth century.
The genocide likely occurred due to conflict between different Anasazi Ancestral Puebloan ethnic groups.
The unearthed bones and artifacts indicate that when the violence took place, men, women and children were tortured, disemboweled, killed and often hacked to bits. In some cases, heads, hands and feet appear to have been removed as trophies for the killers. The attackers then removed belongings out of the structures and set the roofs on fire.
“I think that the major event was preceded by social stress within the community that may have been exacerbated by a period of drought,” Chuipka said. “The scale of the mutilations suggests that it was planned and organized in the preceding days or weeks, and that the violence took place in a relatively short period of time — a few days.”
“All evidence points to a rapid event, which is only possible with coordination and complicity within the community,” he added.
Hmm… AD 800 is about 1,300 years ago. The Third Imperium (in Stellar Reaches) is 993 years old, so transposing the event to the Quarter would have it occur in the Early Dawn era, when interstellar society was beginning to rise up, but still a few centuries before the Imperium was reborn.
I can see some outsider settlement being established, but eventually growing oppressive, resulting in a nasty wipe-out of the colonist-rulers. Or a group trying to hook up with the startraders, but then exciting the envy of all the other tribes…
It wouldn’t take much to tie the incident to powerful tribes that today dominate the sector: say, a Vilani settlement group wiped out by East Indian Solomani. Yes, it happened 1,300 years ago, but this is the Empty Quarter, and people keep score… and are always looking for ways to even things up.
“God, the Empty Quarter is an ugly place to live, isn’t it?”
“Yes, sometimes, it is. But that isn’t going to change, until the inhabitants decide to change.”
“I won’t be holding my breath, waiting for that to happen!”
The Imperial officer sighed, as he watched the binary sunset sink below the horizon of the impoverished desert world…