11 March, 3303
Ray Gateway, DIAGUANDRI
It's time to travel again.
I was taking a break from all the trading when a conversation in the marketplace quickly caught my attention. This man with braided hair and a massive beard was discussing with his associate (it seemed so) about some business plans. What really interested me was they mentioned the word 'meta-alloy' several times. Isn't that the thing Felicity wanted me to bring her? Surely this guy knows where it can be found, I thought to myself.
I was correct. He was suspicious at first, but after I promised no intention of harm and presented some convenient bribes (I have learned bribes are usually a fast way to get information), he finally revealed a name: Maia. That's the only place to buy them, he said. I have heard about this system before. Deep within the Pleiades Nebula, Maia seems to be the source of all rumors related to aliens -- unknown artifacts, strange structures, alien ships, these sort of things. I'm skeptical about the rumors, but Maia has always been on my 'places to see' list. Now there is one more reason to visit this mysterious system, isn't there?
To prepare for this journey, I spent the credit that was originally planned to upgrade my Cobra on a new ASP Explorer. I probably have to travel quite far this time so why not get a proper exploration ship? By reusing the scanners from my Adder, I had just enough to credit to get the basic exploration gears for the ASP. The fuel scoop's grade is lower than I'd like, but it shouldn't be too much of a risk.
Everything all set, I shall set off for Maia tomorrow.
CMDR Li, signing off.