I am an explorer. Always have been, always will be. But a man’s gotta eat, and more importantly, a man’s gotta upgrade his ship.
Exploration data doesn’t pay very well.
With a view towards a future out in the deep Black, I decided to sell the Blue Sun, my trusty Asp Explorer, and purchase a (slightly used) Lakon Type-7 Transporter. It’s ugly, it’s uncomfortable, but it can fit a decent amount of cargo.
I am currently hauling marine equipment and Palladium, Gold and Machinery. I now know what it feels like being dead inside, but the prospect of a bigger and better exploration ship (it doesn’t have to be bigger) keeps me going.
The spaceport bars are abuzz with rumors these days. Everybody is talking about the assassination of the Emperor, but one persistent topic are the Unknown Artefacts that have been discovered in several systems. So many, in fact, that the Federation has now taken notice and started researching them.
One rumor I heard was that several such objects have been found in the Pleiades. Of course I had to take a look for myself. I spent three entire days out there, scanning one system after the other for Signal Sources, but found no trace of artefacts – just several narrow escapes from pirate bands who seem to be preying on the influx of explorers.
Eventually, I decided to call off my search. I took a circuitous route home, and scanned several hitherto unexplored systems. The most interesting of the lot had two worlds with indigenous life-forms:
I am now back in Cubeo, contemplating my next steps.
Babysteps. Walk before you run. Learn to swim before jumping into the deep end.
I’ve gone on my second voyage outside The Bubble; this time, I took my Asp out to the Pleiades – and encountered my first black hole. It’s an awesome, and scary sight.
I looked at a few systems, but found nothing too extraordinary. I am beginning to feel that boldly going so many people have gone before is not really exploration; it is tourism. I’ll have to head out far further for my third trip.
As every kid knows, the Thargoids are an alien race that attacked human space some 250 years ago (3055-3193). The war was only won – we’ll use the term loosely – when the Federation used biological warfare against the Thargoids. Despite a thaw in relations some sixty years later – in the middle of the last century – the Thargoids disappeared and we have no current contact at all. There are even those who – get this – think that the entire Thargoid invasion was a hoax, and that it never happened at all.
I can’t help but feel fascinated by this period of history. Why did the Thargoids attack in 3055? Why did they leave fifty years ago? Where do they live? Or, if you’re a conspiracy theorist, do they even exist?
I spend many hours in deep space pondering those questions.
Fuel for the Fire
The speculations surrounding the Thargoids have peaked in recent weeks, after the discovery of an Unknown Artefact. Very little is known about this device, and the wildest theories have been proposed as to its origin or purpose. There isn’t even any actual evidence linking the Artefact with the Thargoids, and the governments – who should be able to tell – are maintaining their silence.
What should we do about it?
I do not own an Artefact, nor have I seen one for myself, so I can’t research them myself. Not that I am a scientist.
What I can do, however, is follow up rumors. Look beyond the next star. See if I can find any traces of the Thargoids. At worst, I can help identify places where they aren’t. It certainly sounds like a more… productive approach to picking my destinations than random selection.
OOC Note: I’m assuming that the people in the Elite:Dangerous universe have knowldge of the events in FFE and FFE2. Unfortunately, there is no good repository on what is “canon” in Elite Dangerous. If my assumptions are incorrect, I will retcon my posts.
I decided to take my Asp for a spin outside The Bubble today. I just picked a direction at random, and thrust myself into the black.
All systems I came across had already been explored by other people. I did have a scare once as I gravity dropped with two stars right in my face.
My first stopover was Kumbaya, at Hecate Landing. Kumbaya is a lightly inhabited system out in the middle of nowhere. The locals are somewhat deluded – they are communists – but treated me well enough. Probably because they don’t get to meet many visitors. Even though I had not been able to explore unvisited systems on my voyage out, I was at least able to fill in some census information about the locals. Maybe it will bring more visitors to them.
I then landed at Shojon. This system had been visited and cataloged in the census database, four months ago. Visitors are truly rare out here.
At this point, I considered heading back into human space. My Asp was working perfectly fine, and I had wet my feet. But then I saw that I was only a hundred light years from Spica – and I decided to check it out.
Arriving at Spica, I discovered that it had become quite a tourist destination already. Taking a few scans, I turned around and headed home.