Exploration Bustard

The Forge Region – Okkelen Constellation
Ishisomo System

10 September YC 121

Okkelen Constellation
Okkelen Constellation, © Wollari

Finally, my fitting skills allowed me to mount and activate all modules required to explore a Standard Sleeper Cache. Feeling enthusiastic, I set out to explore another constellation in The Forge, Okkelen. The start was unremarkable; the first five systems I visited – Ishisomo, Airmia, Sakkikainen, Vahunomi and Friggi – each had one or two signatures which turned out to be either a wormhole, a pirate base or a gas site. As I was not equipped to visit any such sites, my frustration was growing with each scan. It reached the boiling point in Otitoh – the system contained 8 signatures and each bloody one was a pirate base.

Disgusted with the scale of pirate infestation, I muttered, “I wish I had my Cormorant with me. I would clean out that scum.”

“Hehe,” chuckled Aura. “It doesn’t fit into the cargo hold, does it?”

That made me think, “Are there industrial ships which can carry a Cormorant?” Continue reading “Exploration Bustard”

Rubble and Debris

Guristas Debris
The Forge – Aulari Constellation
Osmon System

2 September YC 121

Half a month later I was still unable to fit my Heron for Standard Sleeper Cache exploration. Apparently, I had miscalculated the reduction of powergrid usage expected from improved engineering skills – it was still 1.6 MW over the limit. Replacing the afterburner with a less power-hungry model decreased the energy consumption only by 1 MW. From that point I had a few choices. Continue reading “Rubble and Debris”

Cure for Stubbed Toe, Capsuleers’ Way

The Forge Region – Onirvura Constellation
Poinen System

16 August YC 121

I came to in the same glass-covered sarcophagus where I was given an injection. I looked at my arm where the needle penetrated the skin – there was no mark. At that moment the cover raised and a voice coming from the built-in speakers instructed me to get up and move to the exit. I lifted my head and looked around. Although the clone pod looked the same, it was in a different room. It meant that I had successfully performed my first clone jump! At the same time it occurred to me that declaring it a success might have been premature. I took stock of my memories and confirmed that I remembered my name, date of birth and all significant life milestones. Then I wiggled my toes and fingers, moved my arms and legs, turned my head left and right – everything appeared to be operational. I took hold of the sarcophagus walls and slowly lifted myself out of the pod. The overall feeling was as if I had had a very good rest; my mind was clear, the muscles were supple and there was just a hint of hunger.

Enjoying the levity in my new body I followed the glowing signs which marked the path to the exit. When I reached the door I discovered that I had to wait in a queue which consisted of a group of naked agitated capsuleers. I joined the line and asked the nearest guy what was going on. Continue reading “Cure for Stubbed Toe, Capsuleers’ Way”

The Game of Clones

The Forge Region – Onirvura Constellation
Poinen System

16 August YC 121

Some time ago I invested 40 million kredits into two implants which would increase my neural attributes Willpower and Perception by 3 points each. Such boost was expected to expedite training of skills required to fit a bitier version of Heron which could explore Sleeper Cache sites. To reduce the risk of losing expensive implants I decided to install them in a jump clone which would be used in safer locations. I quickly trained Infomorph Psychology to level II and was about to head to a clone bay to order my first ever jump clone when I remembered that my base station did not have a cloning facility. Cursing a certain fan of Vesa Yamaguchi I boarded the capsule and asked that fan to fly us to the nearest station with a clone shop. Seeing my expression, Aura without further questions brought us to Expert Distribution Retail Centre at Poinen 4-6. Continue reading “The Game of Clones”

Aura’s New Style

Protest Monument in Jita
The Forge Region – Kimotoro Constellation

7 August YC 121

After dispatching the arrogant narco pusher my mood, and appetite, had markedly improved. I returned to the station and had a hearty breakfast which completely reconciled me with the cruel world. Ready to continue exploration of The Forge I boarded the capsule and woke up Aura.

“Good morning, darling. I have good news…” started I but the words got stuck in my throat and my jaw dropped when I saw Aura’s image.

She looked at me demurely and asked, “You don’t like it?”

I swallowed hard and managed to squeeze out a question, “Aura, why?” Continue reading “Aura’s New Style”

Making the World a Better Place, One Asshole at a Time

The Forge Region – Kimotoro Constellation
Kisogo System

6 August YC 121

Of course Mr Albaf was happy to produce and sell the Mid-grade Ascendancy Epsilon Implant for me. Being a regular visitor to Jita, he had no trouble procuring the remaining materials and transporting them to his industrial facility. We agreed that I would drop off the Villard Wheels and the blueprint at Jita for him and he would pick them up at his earliest convenience.

Mercantile matters settled, I returned to exploration activities – there were still two cosmic signatures waiting for me. The first signature that I managed to scan down was identified by Neocom as Pith Merchant Depot.

Aura quickly looked up this type of site in the Net and whistled, “No wonder this base has not been raided yet. Guristas store stolen goods here and they guard them really well. By some accounts, the first pocket alone contains 20 frigates and 5 sentry guns. They will eat Ibises alive!”

I winced, “Hmm… I feel like I am missing a cloaking device – there are so many interesting places around which could have been safely explored If I had one.”

Aura could not let pass the opportunity to look at me triumphantly and say, “I’ve told you! Why don’t you ever listen to me?”

I murmured something that could be interpreted as either an apology or a cuss, depending on the listener’s mood, and started scanning the second signature. Soon I found that it belonged to a wormhole, and a quick visit revealed that it was another tail end. I collected my probes and was about to warp away when Aura asked me, “Can we take a look at this place?” and pointed at a beacon on the overview. Continue reading “Making the World a Better Place, One Asshole at a Time”

How to Earn 65 Million ISK in 30 Seconds in Hi-Sec

The Forge Region – Kimotoro Constellation
Kisogo System

6 August YC 121

Kisogo was surprisingly populated for a cul-de-sac – there were 47 capsuleers in the local channel. Having checked the overview, I discovered the reason for such popularity – just like Uitra this system was home for another State War Academy Station. I thought that most of them were students and D-scan confirmed my guess revealing an inordinate number of Ibises in space.

Having established a safe spot, I opened a probe scanner window and whistled, “Look, Aura, there are three signatures here!”

With a mien of a woman of the world, Aura snorted, “Wormholes. The locals would have cleaned out all other sites as soon as they appeared.”

“Well, as you said in Urlen, you never know your luck. I am ready to try mine.”

Aura made a grimace which was a mimical equivalent of “Whatever”.

I set to scanning the first signature and quickly discovered that it was a tough nut. Continue reading “How to Earn 65 Million ISK in 30 Seconds in Hi-Sec”

Pilfered Guristas Outpost

Pilfered Guristas Outpost
The Forge Region – Kimotoro Constellation

6 August YC 121

From Jita we travelled to Uitra where I needed to pick up some stuff which I left behind after moving the base to Poinen. Having loaded everything into the cargo hold, I asked Aura, “Which constellation shall we explore next?”

Aura looked at the map and said, “Kimotoro?”

“Kimotoro? We’ve just returned from it. And in any case, I expect all signatures in the vicinity of Jita will be swept clean.”

“You never know your luck,” winked Aura. “Besides, we’ll have to explore it sooner or later. Currently, it is the closest unexplored constellation in The Forge, so why not now?”

I didn’t really have any strong objections so we made our way to Urlen. There were two signatures the first of which turned out to be a wormhole.

“Let’s go and take a look at it,” suggested I and jumped to its location. Continue reading “Pilfered Guristas Outpost”

Explorer with a Bite, Part 2

The Forge Region – Onirvura Constellation
Olo System

16 July YC 121

“Firstly,” said Aura enthusiastically, “It never hurts to have a T2 tank. If you replace your T1 shield hardeners with Tech II variants then your EM shield resistance will increase from 68% to 71% and thermal from 75% to 77%.”

[Heron, T2 Tank AB Blasters SC Std]
Damage Control II
Micro Auxiliary Power Core I

Data Analyzer II
EM Ward Field II
Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Thermal Dissipation Field II
1MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner

Light Electron Blaster II
Light Electron Blaster II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

Hornet II x3

Void S x1600

“One thing I know about Tech II modules is that they always hurt the wallet,” grumbled I. “What will it cost me?” Continue reading “Explorer with a Bite, Part 2”

Explorer with a Bite, Part 1

Guristas Debris
The Forge Region – Onirvura Constellation
Obanen System

16 July YC 121

Next signature I scanned down in Obanen was an easy one and represented a relic site – Crumbling Guristas Excavation. This was my first real relic site, so you can imagine my excitement. I expected containers full of rare modules and materials which were waiting for me and my faithful Relic Analyser. When I arrived to the site I was greeted by a scene which could have been described as space junkyard – broken engines, abandoned drills and various debris littered the area. Somehow, Neocom managed to recognise certain pieces of debris as containers which possibly had some loot. I locked them down and started hacking.

Crumbling Guristas Excavation
Crumbling Guristas Excavation

After Sleepers’ defences in Hyperfluct Generator and Remote Defence Grid Unit, Guristas’ protection measures looked rather primitive. I quickly hacked three containers and became a puzzled owner of eight Artificial Neural Networks and a few lumps of coal.

“Eww,” said Aura, “that’s gross.”

“Hmm… yeah, kind of,” agreed I, “That coal leaves rather unsightly marks in cargo hold, but the cleaners usually do a pretty good job removing them.”

“I don’t mean carbon, I am talking about the neural networks.”

“Erm… What’s wrong with them?”

“Ha! Typical insensitivity of biological intelligence,” scoffed Aura. “How would you feel if you discovered a container filled with human brains?” Continue reading “Explorer with a Bite, Part 1”