DISTANT WORLDS 2 (PART 8) – FEAR THE STORM
24 FEB 3305 New Aloros Ravine, Distant Worlds 2 basecamp (Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390)
This is commander Jav Marlo, recording this log at the Distant Worlds 2 basecamp of “New Aloros Ravine” in system Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390. It has been a long week of exploring, exhausting and dangerous. It seems that we will not see a space station until we arrive to the Galactic Core, if everything continues as planned. I could use some repair installations now. I have lost forty percent of my hull integrity in this stage of the expedition due to a foolish excess of confidence, but I guess I will have to wait to patch up my ship. Let’s hope that I do not lose too much more hull integrity.
The Hyperion was in perfect condition when I left Polo Harbour after two days enjoying the facilities there. Those pioneers are good people. The space port was swarming with the ships of the expedition. I bet they never expected to have so many visitors at the same time when they moved there. Anyhow, on this occasion, contrary to the conflict we caused in the Omega Mining Operation
, everything went smooth and I think the people in Polo Harbour enjoyed our visit.
I set sail the moment the new itinerary was released. The first point of interest of this stage of the route was system Byoi Ain WE-R e4-913 and the Jade Ghost Stellar Remnant, a tiny nebula with a black hole in the middle that produces beautiful lensing effects combining the high density of stars of this sector with the beautiful green hue of the stellar remnant.
The Hyperion at the Jade Ghost Stellar Remnant (Byoi Ain WE-R e4-913)
From there I headed to system Byaa Airm JM-W f1-744 to visit Ebony and Ivory, a system containing three neutron stars, a white dwarf and a black hole as the main sequence star. The Galactic Mapping Project database warns the explorers about the perils of the system due to the white dwarf orbit just two light seconds away the black hole and it is possible to hypercruise through one of the neutron jets when exiting the hyperspace sequence. I should have payed attention to them. I was mesmerized flying around the white dwarf, that I forgot about the black hole and it expelled me out of supercruise. The heat of the nearby white dwarf almost cooked me. I deployed a heat sink and engaged the scape vector as fast as I could, just suffering minor damages to some modules. First foolish error of this voyage due to an excess of confidence.
The black hole in Ebony and Ivory distorting the light of the jet cone of a white dwarf (Byaa Airm JM-W f1-744)
When I recovered my breath, still sweating, I locked system Dryao Aoscs FW-W e1-5865 in the nav computer. I explored every interesting system in route to Phianor and found a system, Eor Aowsy XU-N d7-277, that contained two high metal content terraformable worlds, two waterworlds and a beautiful ELW approximately the same size than Earth.
The Hyperion exploring Eor Aowsy XU-N d7-277 A 6
Some hours later I arrived to Phiaanor, a blue planetary nebula with a neutron star and a ringed water world which provides exhilarating views.
The Hyperion in Phiaanor (Dryao Aoscs FW-W e1-5865)
System Mylaifa AA-A h786 and the Ocularis Coelum were near, so I decided to continue. The Ocularis Coelum, or the Eye of Heaven, is a ringed G-class star discovered during a sector survey by Cmdr EtherealCereal on the SHEPARD mission. According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, its golden radiance coupled with the massive thirty million kilometers wide ring system gives it an angelic presence in an otherwise dark and dismal black hole system. I concur.
The Hyperion at the Ocularis Coelum (Mylaifa AA-A h786)
I felt well after such a long trip, so I decided to continue to the Gardens of Shangri-La. Knowing now what happened later, I should have landed and rest. Upon arrival I was greet by fellow commander VGN Niknoxe
who complained about being losing the paint of his beautiful exploring Orca, and recommended me to visit the strange storms that were forming in the system. I have never seen a storm in space. Indeed, having expended most of my life in space, I have never seen a real storm. That was going to be my first storm. I activated the Discovery Scanner and quickly located the two notable stellar phenomena. I headed for the closest one. Commander VGN Niknoxe was not lying, there was a yellow Lagrange Cloud where a startling storm was forming among the prasinum and rubeum metallic crystals that floated around. I approached carefully one cluster of crystals and got hit by a light bolt. All systems blinked but the shields held.
The Hyperion in the middle of a storm in the Gardens of Shangri-La (Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870)
Overwhelmed by the experience, I decided to pay a visit to the second notable stellar phenomena. The moment I drop out of supercruise I noticed that the storm into this Lagrange Cloud was more violent that the one I had just beheld. The cloud looked darker and I could felt turbulence shaking the hull. That should had been enough signs for keeping a safe distance but, after being stroke by a light bolt with no harm, I was feeling quite confident in the Hyperion capabilities to resist this punishment.
The Hyperion approaching a violent storm in the Gardens of Shangri-La (Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870)
I found flavum metallic crystals and solid metal spheres on this occasion. As I pushed out farther into the storm it got darker and darker and the frequency of the lightning bolts increased.
The Hyperion pushing out into the storm in the Gardens of Shangri-La (Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870)
I should have turned back, but I did not and, suddenly I found myself surrounded by constant light bolts that made the Hyperion shake. In an instant, the shields failed, and I started to loose hull integrity. Damn me! There is a huge storm there, let’s put my tiny vessel in the middle of it and see what happens! I thought I was cursed. How could I be so reckless? How could I be so stupid?
The Hyperion losing its shields in a storm in the Gardens of Shangri-La (Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870)
I boosted and boosted and boosted in a frantic effort to get away from the core of the storm. The shaking caused by the turbulence made it very difficult to control the Hyperion and plus all the systems were blinking. The COVAS repeated “Warning, taking hull damage” again and again. I think that I got touched by a light bolt twice, but I cannot be sure.
The Hyperion running away from a storm in the Gardens of Shangri-La (Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870)
When I finally gained distance and stopped suffering damage, I checked every module of the Hyperion. It seemed that all systems were nominal, except the Frame Shift Drive but that was probably due to the neutron boost overcharging. There were some minor damages to the cargo hold too. But the most alarming was that the hull integrity had dropped to sixty percent. I had to take a decision, coming back to Polo Harbour for repairs or continuing with the itinerary knowing that I will not be able to fix the hull until we arrive to the core. Besides, I was carrying a fortune in exploration data. I switched off all systems and proceeded to activate them again. I used the AFMU to patch the FSD and the cargo hold. Everything worked fine. I thought that I was going to need to be more careful if I wanted to survive this expedition. I guess that a bigger ship would have endured the storm better that my tiny Diamondback Explorer, but this storms can be very dangerous for a little explorer with weak shields and a thin hull. I need to remember that as we move away more and more from civilized space. Who knows which other perils are waiting for us out there in the void?
I decided to fly to the nearby system of Eoch Pri FB-W e2-5646 and land there in order to make a visual check of the exterior of the Hyperion. I could use some rest too. Before departing, I took a quick recon flight over Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870 7, a beautiful Earth-like moon orbiting a lava planet in the nebula of the Gardens of Shangri-La.
The Hyperion flying over Dryoea Flyi II-S e4-6870 7
Eoch Pri FB-W e2-5646 is a system with a neutron star surrounded by a beautiful nebula known as The Gloaming. I thought that the first moon of the first planet in the system would be a sound place for landing, inspecting the Hyperion from the outside and sleeping some hours after more than seventy two hours exploring.
The Hyperion landed in Eoch Pri FB-W e2-5646 1 a
I stayed twenty four hours at The Gloaming. I used that time to rest and recheck all the systems of the Hyperion. The visual inspection of the hull showed no breaches. I decided to continue the trip. The next step was the nebula known as Fosforon.
I made a curious discovery on the way. A system with eighty stellar bodies including an Earth-like world. The place had everything: a green system with many pristine rings and lots of landable bodies. The only setback was that the secondary star where the ELW orbits was two hundred thousand light seconds away.
System Leamiae OJ-P 7795
System Leamiae LS-T e3-3317, or Fosforon, was quite unremarkable, containing just a blackhole and a T class dwarf star, but its blue gas cloud was quite beauty to behold, specially from the neighboring star systems. I chose a rocky moon in the second star of system Leamiae WK-N D7-7617 to land and rest for the night while contemplating the nebula.
The Hyperion landed at Leamiae WK-N D7-7617 B 2 A
The next stop of the itinerary was the system Eok Pruae RO-R e4-2481, but I made a slight detour to visit the Fleur-de-Lis Nebula in system Dryaa Pruae BG-X d1-1087, a medium-small nebula, resembling the Fleur-de-Lis symbol from ancient Earth heraldry.
The Hyperion approaching The Fleur-de-Lis Nebula
The nearby Pink Flame Nebula, at system Eok Pruae RO-R e4-2481 is a pink and purple supernova remnant containing a neutron star and its extensive planetary system, including a distant Blue White star companion with its own large planetary system.
The Pink Flame Nebula viewed from the distant planet Eok Pruae RO-R e4-2481 B 3
From there, I headed to system Eok Pruae PI-S e4-2295, also known as the Cloverfield Planetary Nebula, a black hole system surrounded by a glowing blue ejected cloud. The density of stars, so close to the core of the galaxy, combined with the blue hue and the light distortion of the black hole creates mesmerizing images.
The Hyperion at the Cloverfield Planetary Nebula (Eok Pruae PI-S e4-2295)
After enjoying the view for a while, I set course for the last waypoint, system Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390, also known as The Dryau Awesomes, and on the way I made another interesting discovery. A giant ammonia world with twenty four times the mass of Earth. I guess that could be Thargoids paradise. I made a quick recon flight to see the huge yellowish planet and mapped it.
The Hyperion inspecting Screakao UN-A D1-1849 5
And, at last, after flying thousands of light years barely resting, exploring dozens of systems, with just sixty percent of my hull integrity, I arrived to Dryau Awesomes, where the Distant Worlds 2 basecamp is set. This place is, as described in the Galactic Mapping Project database, an absolute madness from a topology standpoint. The blackhole drop star is in tight binary with a white dwarf, which itself has a gas giant orbiting fully inside its exclusion zone and passing through the cones with a period of fourteen minutes. Less than twenty light seconds away lies a binary of a huge waterworld and a ringed gas giant, the latter of which has two volcanic moons skimming the very edge of the rings on slightly inclined orbits. The views offered from the surface of the landable moons is unlike anything seen elsewhere in the galaxy, and all objects in the inner system have extremely short orbital periods creating a dynamically changing view in the sky.
There were still twenty four hours for the release of the next waypoint, so I decided to see it with my own eyes and approached one of the moons orbiting the gas giant before going to the basecamp. It was amazing! I flew between the gas giant and one of its moons towards the other moon while watching how the first planet of the system eclipsed the white dwarf which jet cone was distorted by the nearby blackhole. I cannot understand how this system holds together.
The Hyperion at Dryau Awesomes flying towards Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390 AB 2 A
Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390 AB 2 A has incredible canyons. I followed one until I found a nice place with views to land and rest for the night.
The Hyperion flying over a canyon in Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390 AB 2 A
The system was swarming with ships from the expedition. I listened to their comms transmissions for a while, before falling asleep. It seemed that some pilots had already flown to Sagittarius A and landed at Explorer’s Anchorage. The new starport in the galactic core has been deployed, but it is still barely operational. I guess it will be the task of this fleet to help in the construction and deployment of the services of the starport during the next weeks. There are also disturbing rumors coming from the Bubble. The Thargoid raids had increased and they are getting too close to Sol system. They said that Cyllene Orbital in Atlas system is in flames. I know I am not ready to fight the Thargoids, but I feel like I am running on the opposite direction. And many combat able commanders are doing it too. This expedition has provided me the money to build an able anti-xeno combat ship, or at least a passenger ship to help rescuing survivors. I am not sure if I should come back and join the fight against the Thargoids. At this pace, maybe there will not be a Bubble to return when this expedition is over.
The Hyperion landed at Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390 AB 2 A
I got up and departed the moon to arrive to the basecamp of “New Aloros Ravine” in planet Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390 AB 8 A A a couple of hour before the release of the next waypoint. There were some fellow commanders waiting there too.
The Hyperion landed at “New Aloros Ravine” in Dryau Ausms KG-Y e3390 AB 8 A A
The new itinerary has just been released. We are heading to Sagittarius A, as expected. The fleet will be there for three weeks, contributing to the fully deployment of the new station, Explorer’s Anchorage, the last human outpost. From there we will aim to Beagle Point, in the far reach of the galaxy. A huge travel through the void, full of dangers. And, despite the great task ahead, all my thoughts now are with the brave pilots that are protecting the civilized space from the Thargoids raids. A storm is coming. A huge storm in the form of Thargoid swarm that menaces to wipe out the civilized systems. I fear that storm.
Jav Marlo signing out.