Chaos erupted in the streets of Gold in the late hours of Wednesday evening as what was supposed to be a simple Eternalist prayer meeting at the Clone Angels chapel on New Light Avenue was interrupted by a sudden attack. Eyewitness reports paint a picture of a gathered congregation on the evening of the August 16th suddenly ducking for cover as fragmentation grenades were thrown into the Eternalist chapel by an unknown assailant. Read More
First responders caught the attacker as he was fleeing for the express tubes, and the first of many engagements broke out over the sector as Street Judges arrived on the scene.
As the engagement progressed across the sector, it became clear it was not a solo venture by the latest in a line of katana-wielding terrorists, with unfortunately familiar faces revealing themselves. Reliable sources were able to identify the pickaxe-wielding assailant as a man once involved with the now-defunct Red Liberation Front that was eradicated by the Withmore Justice Force last July. Also spotted was a highly-skilled marksman who was involved in the aforementioned group's terrorist attack against ViriiSoma near the end of last May.
As the attackers were put on the defensive by the escalating response of combined WJF and various corporate security teams, a number of bombs went off across the sector, likely a distraction to allow the attackers to make good on their escape attempts. Despite the damage done to Gold sector businesses and numerous casualties, no organization has stepped up to claim responsibility for the attack. Speculation on the reason for the attack is abundant, with leading theories being opportunistic mercenaries taking advantage of the upswing of anti-corporate sentiment brought on by vocal criminals, or a sudden resurgence of anti-Eternalist elements from the Mix.
Small-time criminals also made an appearance, clearly trying to ride the coattails of the unfortunately capable attackers. Symian Lorenz, the former Skyfox pilot turned loud-mouth murder-idiot, happened across a gravely injured Judge in the streets and reportedly snapped his neck. Street Judges were quick to respond, catching him red-handed with WJF equipment at the Hab-X. According to an announcement from Judge Steele on the public SIC, Lorenz was fitted with a behavior modification chip, an implant meant to help citizens with problematic tendencies in behavior and action to live an honest, productive life. This, more than anything, serves as an example of the Withmore Justice Force's mercy towards those who are simply misguided and require a slight course-correction to better their lives.
Despite everything, it's back to business as usual for the hard-working citizens of Withmore. Fire crews and WCS workers worked through the late hours of the night to clear rubble and repair damages, and as expected, the corporate sector continues undeterred by acts of cowardly violence. Withmore cannot and will not be stopped.
(Edited by NewsDesk at 12:02 pm on Aug. 17, 2102)