Sunday, March 7, 2010


So I was sitting in the station a little bored. Oh, there's plenty to do, ship maintenance on my ever growing fleet, talk to an agent and do some work, exploring etc. But nothing was fitting my mood.

I finally realized I needed to get out of the station when I saw my crew chief giving me the evil eye with a wrench in his hand. My own damn fault for hovering I suppose.

I've often thought about visiting New Eden and the Eve Gate. Visiting humanity's first steps into New Eden has been something I've felt I've needed to do.

"Chief, get Viper ready to launch." Viper is my Buzzard CovOps boat. She's stealthy and has a 13.5 AU warp speed.

"Viper is ready, ma'am." Chief McClure report. I board the ship with barely an acknowledgment. By this point I figure they're just happy to see me go. I walk up to the bridge. I chuckle to myself, for historical reasons this is still called the bridge. Back when people would be stationed here and actually look out through holo pickups or in the old "wet navy" they would look out through actual windows.

Now, there's a locker and the pod. Right now the pod look like a split open egg with a fancy lounger inside it.

I strip off my jumpsuit put it into the locker and climb into the pod. And then comes the part I always hate and can never get used to. I hit the "Begin Encapsulation" button and take a deep breath.

The top part of the pod closes and it starts filling up with a thick, colorless liquid. I've been told what it is, but I don't remember and frankly I don't care. I don't like it, but if breathing it is what I have to do to fly in the deep dark, then it's a price I'm willing to pay.

After the pod is secure I can feel the neural connections start synching up. I can feel the ship's systems coming up almost as if I'm waking up from sleep.

Station control gives me permission to undock, and I do so without hesitation. As I make my way through the undocking tunnel I tell Aura to plot me a course to the New Eden solar system.

The route turns out to be through thirty-one systems, 9 in low sec and one in Gallente space. I'm considered a "criminal" in Gallente space due to some work I did when I was in the Caldari State War Academy. Which really shouldn't be a problem as it takes them a bit to react and I should be gone before they can start shooting.

The trip out was pretty uneventful. Even once I hit low sec. Throughout the nine low sec systems I only saw 4 people in local.

I also went over to Dead End to see the "Black Obelisk" but the beacon seemed to be down as my sensors couldn't pick it up.

The flight back was just as uneventful. Or should I say, relaxing. After I docked and was on my way back to my quarters I noticed my maintenance crews weren't avoiding me, so the trip seems to have had it's desired effect.

Here are a couple of images I saved from the imaging drones.

New Eden I - Storm Planet

Eve Gate

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