The Legacy of the Void
is on its way toward the Eagle Nebula after spending the last twenty-four hours traveling to the Arkgamanon Mountain Range, then up to IC 4634, back down to NGC 6629, and then NGC 6741, the Phantom Streak nebula. I haven't slept since leaving Omega. First Officer Jesus Hodges has offered to take the helm so I can get some rest, but I honestly don't feel tired at all. This zig-zag path that I am taking toward Waypoint 3 has rewarded us with bountiful new discoveries - mostly geological, a couple of ELWs, a few Class II giants. However, we still haven't found any undiscovered stellar phenomena, and I'm starting to wonder if I have to begin plotting economic fuel routes in order to run across any. I really don't want to slow our pace down to a snail's crawl just for the sake of finding them though. I am hoping that once we reach the nebula we'll begin seeing them pop up more like in the Trifid nebula.
The Arkgamanon Mountain Range was an interesting site. Colossal mountains, several kilometers high (I didn't get an exact measurement). Nice views, especially at sunrise. Other than that, there's nothing else special about it. Thought about deploying my SRV onto the mountain I managed to land on, but I had a feeling that if I fell off that peak, I wasn't getting back up again. Better off staying in the ship and not ending up like that wreckage I found some distance away.
IC 4634 was a unique looking planetary nebula with a wavy, sort of S-shaped field around it. Inside, it looked more or less like every other one I've visited so far, with a Wolf-Rayet and a gas giant. Nothing to land on, unfortunately. On the way toward NGC 6629, I came into a system with ninety-nine stellar bodies. NINETY-NINE!
Thank the void that we have more advanced scanners, because if we still used the old models, I would probably still be there at the time of this log mapping all of those surfaces. Tons of geographical features, including water-ice geysers finally
, an ELW, and a pair of very closely orbiting icy moons.
Passed through NGC 6629 just to get it on my logs. There was nothing special there that I haven't already seen before and nowhere to land, so onward to the Phantom Streak nebula. Who came up with these names? Found a couple of ELWs on the way, one of them in a neutron star system with a M-class binary, orbiting around the latter. The Phantom Streak nebula turned out to be just as bland on the inside as the last two I visited, also with nowhere to land. Well, at least I have those checked off my list.
The Eagle Nebula holds a special place in my heart, as it was the first nebula I explored when I ventured outside of the bubble for the first time. Or was it the Pleiades? Does that count as being outside of the bubble? Anyway, I went there and back as a trial run for an eventual trek to the galactic core, just to see if I could handle being out in the black and away from civilization for an extended amount of time without going mad. Spoiler alert: I survived, but I did get the space madness when I went to Sag A*. I wonder if anything's changed in the last... however many years it's been. I hear there's a few stations near it now. That'll be a nice break. If I don't get shot down getting to them.