Madness or Genius?

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System – Planet VI, Moon 6
Science and Trade Institute School Station

10 January YC 121

I’d been working with Annukka for a few weeks and thought it was about time to get to know her a little bit better, so I invited her for a lunch. By way of icebreaker, we started chatting about work matters.

“Tell me, Annukka,” said I, “is this Seeker investigation going anywhere? I’ve been running missions for CONCORD for quite a while but I have no clue whether my efforts were any help.” Continue reading “Madness or Genius?”

The Dreaming Stones

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System

7 January YC 121

Unfortunately, the VIP transfer service I received from Caldari Navy was only one way; once the emergency was over I had to use public transport. It would take the better part of the day to return to my hotel and, as I thought of it, the idea of continuing the vacation seemed less and less attractive. Also, my involuntary return to active duty made me realise how much I liked and missed the thrill of the capsuleer life. If I didn’t have time to go fishing today, I thought, I could still run another mission. So, I called Annukka again, and for the first time in many weeks was disappointed by her reply – there were no available missions that day. With all my plans ruined I returned to my station apartment and spent the rest of the day catching up on capsuleer news and browsing corporate recruitment ads.

8 January YC 121

Next day things returned to their hectic norm. While I was finishing my breakfast and pondering if I was still in a holiday mode and whether a glass of stout was an appropriate start of the day, I got a call from Annukka. Continue reading “The Dreaming Stones”

Battle in the Ruins

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System – Planet IV
Nugoeihuvi Golden Dragon Hotel

7 January YC 121

The first days of the new year I spent planetside – caught up with a few friends, visited my favourite pubs, discovered a few new ones – you know, dolce far niente, as an ancient poet said. After months of training and weeks of running missions, it was quite a liberating experience – I had no plans, no deadlines, and I could afford staying at any place as long as I wished. Then came a day when I fully realised the meaning of the saying “with great power comes great responsibility”. On the morning of 7 January YC 121 while I was thinking whether I wanted to go fishing or to simply stay in the hotel and watch the newest holovids, I got a call from Annukka. Continue reading “Battle in the Ruins”

Jita Fireworks NYE YC 121

The Forge Region – Kimotoro Constellation
Jita System – Planet IV, Moon 4
Caldari Navy Assembly Plant Station

31 December YC 120

On this New Year Eve I went to Jita trade hub to watch the fireworks. It was still midday EST, but the festivities had already started. I positioned Yatagarasu a few clicks away from the station undock point and watched in awe the explosions of colours and lights – I never thought that fireworks in space could be so spectacular. While I was gazing at the extravaganza¬†I took more than a hundred photos which I wanted to share with you. After returning home I decided to publish only the best photographs here but then had hard time culling them – all of them looked so beautiful. In the end I only managed to get them down to twenty nine. Too hard, thought I, next year I’ll simply take a video.

The Importance of Being Thorough

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System

30 December YC 120

Today, next thing after breakfast I went to Annukka’s office with a hope of getting a mission. I was eager to try out my new ship in a battle.

“Hello, sweetheart,” Annukka greeted me. “Did you like your last mission reward?”

“It’s awesome. Thanks heaps! I called it Ampuhaukka.”

“Ooh, cute. My gramps used to hunt with one of those!”

“Did he? I thought the art of falconry was long lost, but there you go. By the way, talking about hunting, the bird’s got a name but it needs proper baptism by fire, if you know what I mean,” winked I. Continue reading “The Importance of Being Thorough”

A Rift in Space

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System

28 December YC 120

Annukka’s information was correct – there was just one drone in the area. I had never seen that kind of Seeker before; it was called Pacekeeper, and I soon found out why. All my attempts to get into the fall-off range of my Gatling Railgun, to say nothing about the optimal, were thwarted by the swift drone. It easily kept the distance of 8-9 kilometres and was pummelling me with missiles. The afterburner didn’t help either; even when my speed increased to 545 m/s I couldn’t get into 5,000 m orbit. Frustrated, I overheated the afterburner and squeezed 641 m/s out of Yatagarasu. The only outcome of that decision was 46-percent damaged afterburner, while the Pacekeeper continued chipping away at my shields. Ibis’s shortcomings were getting more and more obvious with each new mission.

Seeker Pacekeeper
Seeker Pacekeeper

Continue reading “A Rift in Space”

Ancient Mysteries

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System

28 December YC 120

After selling ‘Absolute’ Injection Augmentor I spent a whole day studying Caldari frigates catalogue and comparing their specs and bonuses. It was hard to choose one because I didn’t know what I actually needed. I realised that I simply wanted a new shiny ship, a new toy which was cooler than my corvette. At the same time, I didn’t really need one because when it came to bashing Seeker drones Yatagarasu was doing a commendable job. After much toing and froing, I decided to put the matter on ice until I actually had some requirements.

Then I got a call from Annukka.

“Hello, love,” she started in her familiar tone (which I didn’t really object to), “I know you are fond of missions with cool names. What do you say about one called Ancient Mysteries?” Continue reading “Ancient Mysteries”

Learning the Trade

You might be wondering what I was doing all that time between the visit to Blood Raiders and my last mission. Believe me or not, I was studying. Yes, there are certain skills that still can’t be injected into the brain and can only be learned through experience; skills like trading. I don’t mean Trade skill which gives an ability to place and track more market orders. The number of orders one can place simply increases the number of opportunities to make money, but the amount of money made from each opportunity depends on how, when and where the orders are placed. And this information can’t be found in skillbooks.

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Measuring the Threat

The Forge Region – Ruomo Constellation
Itamo System

26 December YC 120

Today Annukka contacted me and said that CONCORD thought the seekers were building new complexes in the Caldari State space. They scanned down a suspicious site and wanted me to investigate it. The mission was called Measuring the Threat.

“What, just go there, take a look and get back?” I asked sarcastically.

“I told you not to pay attention to the mission names; they are silly. CONCORD doesn’t pay for leisure trips. Take your railgun with you,” replied Annukka.

Continue reading “Measuring the Threat”

Damned Ashmarir

14 December YC 120

I was making my way home and chatting with Aura when I was thunderstruck by the name of the next gate – it was Ashmarir! After saying good-bye to Behrooz I was so desperate to leave the Blood Raiders station as quickly as possible that I completely forgot to include Ashmarir into the avoidance list. And now I was staring at the gate that was leading to a system where two kills were registered not three hours ago. Continue reading “Damned Ashmarir”