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400B in 34C

An Elite Dangerous Commander's Log

The 400B in 34C

DW2 – Week #6

DW2 – Week #6

It is a time of transition for the Distant Worlds 2 fleet. Week 6 began by celebrating the end of the first stage of the expedition. A chance for new and seasoned explorers alike to make final modifications to their ships before entering uninhabited space. One last opportunity to enjoy the relative luxuries offered by frontier outposts in this part of the galaxy. Ahead is the galactic core which comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. The densely packed star field makes the navcom whine and stutter as it attempts to process all the route permutations. While the abundance of neutron stars and black holes disguise raw destructive power within their cosmic beauty.

DW2 – Week #5

DW2 – Week #5

The fifth week of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition draws to a close. Once again it’s time to reflect on my personal experience and achievements. The crew of the ‘Inquisitive Surveyor’ is still spellbound from last week’s Collection of Wonders. As a result, they have enthusiastic anticipation of the amazing vistas the galaxy promises. The distances involved this week means that the standing operating procedure of economical jumps continues to be suspended. This is a wise decision when factoring in an unplanned visit to Colonia. It entails a 10K Ly detour to the main expedition. The week, as a whole, is effectively book-ended by planetary outposts.

DW2 – Week #4

DW2 – Week #4

Time to reflect on my personal experience and achievements during the fourth week of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. The crew aboard the ‘Inquisitive Surveyor’ wrangle with their commitments to the Galactic Mapping Project as the high wakes of the rest of the fleet have already dissipated from around waypoint three. For the week ahead the standing operating procedure of economical jumps will be suspended in order to catch up with the rest of the expedition while taking in all the off-route points of interest that this part of the galaxy has to offer.

DW2 – Week #3

DW2 – Week #3

Time to reflect on my personal experience and achievements during the third week of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. The fleet is stretched between the second and third waypoints, with some commander’s arriving within a day and others slowly leaving the Omega Sector Nebula. Pilot exhaustion sets in, resulting in some unexpected exits from supercruise courtesy of proximity to Brown and White Dwarf stars.

DW2 – Week #2

DW2 – Week #2

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.

DW2 – Week #1

DW2 – Week #1

Time to reflect on my personal experience and achievements during the first week of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. The purpose of this journal is to record the major events of each day in the expedition; the utilized method of exploration (assuming the week was primarily focused on the task of exploration) ; the achievements in terms of the number of jumps, light years traveled and objects scanned according to the ship’s data-banks, and the increases in the Codex exploration statics. Each week is considered to start on Sunday (the original launch day of the expedition) and run to the following Saturday.

DW2 – Beyond the scanner

DW2 – Beyond the scanner

At four days before the largest recorded expedition in the galaxy sets out from Distant Worlds Tourist Beacon in the Pallaeni system, all the major news outlets are abuzz with stories of intrepid commanders making final preparations for this extraordinary endurance exploration event. As a Trucker, Cmdr Bow Lof Petunias has a typically Hutton approach to this endeavour and takes a few moments away from negotiating engineering enhancements to his much traveled exploration ship.

Orbital Decay

Orbital Decay

SAFE DISENGAGE READY appears on the display.  “Well that’s all relative, isn’t it?” I mutter to myself.  “Please restate your previous command,” responds Victor,  “Disregard previous command,” I reply, adding “and decrease auditory sensitivity to level 5”.  Thumbing the appropriate toggle on the ship’s throttle, the Inquisitive Surveyor returns to sub-light speeds with an almost graceful shudder.  The hull audibly vibrates as if to sigh at the relief of another successful velocity transition. 

Reflecting the Abyss

Reflecting the Abyss

From the midst of the tranquility and solitude of the Abyss, the galactic core burns furiously with the light from billions of stars.  Beyond that lies the struggles of humanity which appear to be nothing more than a pebble, washed continually by the cosmic tide on a sprawling interstellar beach. 

Obscurations

Obscurations

Returning to the Bubble from five months of the self imposed isolation that was the SpyGlass 3 exploration expedition, I was filled with an unfounded confidence that this corner of the inhabited galaxy had changed for the better.  Even when you are deep in the void, the news feeds are there to keep you appraised of the shenanigans that passes as human politics.  In an overly optimistic mood I dock the Cantankerous Astrolabe at Mansfield Orbiter in Eplison Indi, buoyed along by the prospect of co-operation and partnership between the superpowers of the Federation and the Empire.  I could not have been more wrong.