It’s time to reflect on my personal experience and achievements of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. Much of the fleet are focused on the mining objectives in the Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15 system this week. This results in the crew and I deciding to go “off mission” and explore this corner of the galaxy neighboring The Bubble.
|WP||System Designation||Friendly Name||Specific Location|
|2.00||Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15||Roald Landing||Planet 7B|
When the crew of the ‘Inquisitive Surveyor’ decide to chart their own course for the week, the rule book goes out the window and the eccentric random number generator is spun up on the command deck. My first office and I take turns yelling at the inanimate object hoping that our cries will influence the outcome while clutching onto personal items we carry with us to effect the odds in our favor. In a week where the majority of the expedition remained in system at Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15, we managed to rack up over 20KLys by pursuing our daily objectives.
My first officer looks at me quizzically and asks, “When we have to report our activities for the week back to fleet command, what rigorous scientific method are we going to have claimed to have used for this week?”. I grin broadly, “the anything goes, just make it back in one piece, approach”. I have no qualms justifying it as I know from experience that’s how some of the more interesting discoveries are made.
The week begins with a survey of the geological surface signals on planet 7B of Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15 system. There are rich deposits of Polonium scattered around a few of the locations and it provides an opportunity to increase the stocks of materials required for a premium FSD injection. At the end of the exercise there is now enough materials to perform 39 premium injections, compared to the six iterations worth we had aboard when we departed way point one.
The next day we set out to scan all the PW2010 systems in the PW2010 Super Cluster, which takes the better part of a day. One thing is for sure; the brilliance dampening qualities of the cockpit canopy have a hard time repressing the multi-spectral bombardment that these stars produce. At the end of the day we all complain of headaches and decide that the best course of remediation is to crack open one of the canisters of Centauri Megi-Gin we have aboard. Let’s just say it’s restorative effects were short lived.
Suspecting we were likely leaving the Inner Orion Spur region within the next week, we decided to see how many of the reported star types we could confirm before way point 3 was announced and set about putting on some noticeable wear and tear on the ship (integrity and appearance are already languishing at 21%). It becomes a fun pastime for the week and provides an opportunity to take the confirmed astronomical bodies in the region up from 35% to 84%.
Prior to returning to way point two, the first officer and I agree to drill complex navigation plotting (something we have not indulged in for a while as we recently focused on frequenting the paths more traveled within The Bubble). Plotting a course as far as possible directly below Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15, I test my manual navigation skills on returning to less sparsely distributed space as the navicom winces and splutters at it’s inability to plot a suitable route back to way point two. It proved to be a worthwhile exercise as my manual route plotting skills were definitely rusty and it took some time before a navigable path was identified which didn’t dead at some random system. As the galaxy slowly swirls overhead it feels deceptively safe at this remote point, while the planets in the system are bathed in the radiant glow of a neutron star.
As we make our way back to way point two we hear of rumored discoveries in the nearby Trifid Sector DL-Y d157 system. I realize the term nearby is subjective and can appreciate that 850Lys may seem imposing to those pilots who choose not to explore the galaxy. However, the trip proves worthwhile as that nearby system boasts three notable stellar phenomenon. In turn, each of which contain a Lagrange Cloud with its own distinct hues, as well as collared pods and other organic structures. Visual records of these confirmed discoveries can be found in the image archives.
After that, overwhelmed from the encounter and exhausted from all the travelling of the week, we plot a course back to Roald Landing in the Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15 system to get some well deserved rest before details of way point three are announced to the fleet.
|SLF||100% (6 of 6 ships available)|
|Expedition Day (#)||Week Day (#)||Jumps (#)||Distance (LYs)||Scanned Objects (#)||Avg Jump Range (LYs)|
|Systems Visited (#)||495|
|Level 2 Detailed Scans (#)||6,907|
|Level 2 Detailed Scans (#)||5,906|
|Efficiency Bonuses Received (#)||64|
|Total Hyperspace Distance (LY)||30,292|
|Total Hyperspace Jumps (#)||518|
|SRV Distance Traveled (MM)||0.02|
|Profits from Exploration (credits)||119,204,944|
The images from this week can be found at https://imgur.com/a/fAmUm2P
“It’s all about the 400B in 34c” was created using assets and imagery from Elite Dangerous, with the permission of Frontier Developments plc, for non-commercial purposes. It is not endorsed by nor reflects the views or opinions of Frontier Developments and no employee of Frontier Developments was involved in the making of it.