The Mother of Learning

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

2 February YC 121

On Saturday I took a break from educational activities. Didn’t have any special plans except visiting a restaurant recommended by Hakkaras. He warned me it was pricey but the food was excellent. I was getting tired of the bland grub served in the Academy canteen and welcomed an opportunity to try local haute cuisine. The restaurant was called K┼Źdo and proudly claimed that it sourced all produce exclusively from Uitra. Its menu was not extensive but featured exotic plants and animals, such as a particular species of crayfish found only in polar regions of the fourth planet which was completely covered by the ocean. Continue reading “The Mother of Learning”

Wrecks’R’Us

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

1 February YC 121

The start of my Business course was pretty unimpressive but I hoped it was just prolegomena to juicier stuff. With such thoughts I entered Hakkaras’s office a day after the first mission.

“Good morning, Mr Korff,” the agent raised from his chair and went around the table to greet me. “You did a great job yesterday – perfect delivery in the shortest time!”

I thought he was joking but, on the other hand, his enthusiasm could have been completely genuine given he had saved about 30 million kredits on that delivery.

“Thank you, Mr Ihora,” I answered earnestly. “I’ll try to keep the same level of performance in all future missions. Talking of which, have you got another one for me?” Continue reading “Wrecks’R’Us”

Balancing the Books

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

31 January YC 121

Next course I planned to take was Business. Strangely but conveniently, State War Academy also hosted a Business career agent, Hakkaras Ihora. I expected to see a besuited sleek businessman but instead I was greeted by a dour, athletic fellow dressed in a flight jacket.

“Welcome to the Academy, Mr Korff. The business of New Eden is devilishly complicated and you’ve made the right decision to undergo the training before investing your time and money in some doubtful enterprise. Have you studied economy or finance?”

“Not exactly, but I have a degree in Applied Mathematics,” replied I.

“That’s good enough. To run a successful business means doing lots and lots of spreadsheets, and a person like you, with a background in ‘rithmetic, will have no trouble mastering them.”

“Mathematics,” said I.

“Pardon?”

“I have a background in Applied Mathematics, not arithmetic.”

“Sure, that’s what I meant,” handwaved my remark Hakkaras. “Now, are you ready for your first mission?” Continue reading “Balancing the Books”

Bantam Building

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

30 January YC 121

I woke up with a feeling that something wonderful was going to happen today. Still sleepy, I took full five seconds to remember what it was – I was ready to finish the Industry course and today was the day! I had been fed up with mining, refining and Kokseri’s peremptory manners, and I had just enough patience for one more mission. Continue reading “Bantam Building”

Mining Merlin

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

28 January YC 121

“That was quick,” said Kokseri. “My friend will surely appreciate your prompt service and may send other manufacturing orders your way. See, you are already building your business network.”

I had my reservations regarding the value of such network in my career but one never knows, so I politely replied, “Thanks, Kokseri. I’ll keep that in mind. By the way, do you have another mission for me?”

“Sure,” smiled he. “How about some mining?” Continue reading “Mining Merlin”

I Am a Shipbuilder

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

28 January YC 121

Despite my resolve to finish the Industry course as quickly as possible, I couldn’t make myself take another mission straight away. The formal excuse that I presented to Kokseri was a weekend – a man needs to have rest after all.

Not having any specific plans, I just caught up on the holovids that I started watching during my previous attempt to take a leave which was unceremoniously interrupted by the urgent mission from Annukka. Most movies did not leave a lasting impression – they were just means to pass the time – but one film really stood out from the sea of mediocrity. It was about a nightclub singer’s career and love affairs during the rise of Tibus Heth and Caldari Providence Directorate. The plot was not too exciting, but the musical numbers were absolutely delightful, and the sinister presence of Provists in the background created a fraught atmosphere of the world driven to hopefully resistible but, as history showed, imminent catastrophe. The holography was also outstanding and I replayed several episodes from different angles to fully appreciate the scenes.

On Monday I came to Kokseri for a new mission. Continue reading “I Am a Shipbuilder”

Boosting the Trade

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

25 January YC 121

“How were the cap boosters? Any good?” I asked Kokseri next day after completing the “complex manufacturing” mission.

“Remember, Vladimir, we are not fighters, we are industrialists. The main purpose of our work is to supply Caldari Navy with quality ships, modules and ammunition. I didn’t plan to use the cap boosters, I planned to sell them. Today I found a buyer, so your next mission will be to deliver the boosters to the customer.”

I let my involuntary induction into the ranks of industrialists slide for now, but still raised an objection, “I’ve already done transportation. Is there anything new I can learn?” Continue reading “Boosting the Trade”

Hunting Asteroids

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

24 January YC 121

When I requested a new mission from Kokseri, I was disappointed to get another mining and manufacturing assignment.

“I’ve already done that before,” complained I.

“This one is significantly different, Vladimir,” said Kokseri. “You will have to produce Cap Boosters which require three different minerals, not just one as before. Of course, you can buy them on the market but if you want to learn how to plan your industrial pipeline you will have to do it the hard way. Firstly, you have to research which types of asteroids you need to mine in order to get the required minerals by refining. Secondly, you must calculate the minimum amount of ore required to obtain enough minerals for production of twenty boosters. And finally, you will have to jump into your Venture and actually find those asteroids.”

“And how can I find out which types of ore I need?” Continue reading “Hunting Asteroids”

On Some Aspects of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

23 January YC 121

Despite my refusal to take a Miner as a reward for the previous mission, Kokseri sent the boring thing to my item hangar anyway. I decided not to press my point but neither did I thank him. I took a day’s break to let any residual emotions settle and came to Kokseri’s office on Wednesday. He met me with a fixed mask of indifference on his face and immediately got to the business.

“Your next mission, Mr Korff, will be transportation. You need to deliver a crate of electronic parts to Peace and Order Unit Logistic Support station in Abagawa system. The cargo is being moved now to your hangar and the coordinates are sent to your ship AI. Questions?”

“Whew! So I am ‘Mr Korff’ now,” thought I. “I guess I shouldn’t have thrown that bloody Miner in his face.” Aloud I said, “Yes, I have one. What am I supposed to learn during this mission?” Continue reading “On Some Aspects of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle”

Watching the Paint Dry

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

21 January YC 121

Luckily, I didn’t promise Kokseri to get back for a new mission yesterday. Because I didn’t. What started as one pint segued into a dinner, then another pint and, you know, by the time I left the bar it was too late and hmm… too risky to start a new mission.

Today is another day, and fresh as a daisy (or a cactus, as I forgot to shave) I turned up at the doorway of Kokseri’s office. If he disapproved of my early end of the academic activities yesterday, he didn’t let it show. Although I noticed a suspicious glint in his eye. Continue reading “Watching the Paint Dry”