(Greater Locks) Earlier this week, pilots spork and Nimdas reported a swarm on the Octavius/Solrain border that seemed to appear from nowhere just as a swarm disappeared from deep in unreg.
“I launched from GBS,” spork told us, “then I flew through a swarm in Saron’s Shoulder that maxed at nautiliods. Soon after that, I saw the ALERT system mention it had moved to Inner Gyre. I noticed on f5: that Nimdas mentioned a swarm in Sol space, so I checked the map. The swarm from IG was gone. When I docked, I looked back through the chat log. The last reported location by ALERT was Inner Gyre. Then there was a little pause, and the next ALERT said a swarm had entered Sol space from Dark Gateway (with no mention of one a few minutes prior…as far back as my log went).”
Nimdas later confirmed that the swarm on the border of Oct/Sol space also had nautiloids as its highest level of conflux drone.
Dr. Aulus Calatorius, the pre-eminent expert on Conflux Studies, was contacted and had this to say: “Though unlikely, it does seem plausible from the scenario presented that the swarm jumped from Inner Gyre to Outer Lighthouse using a route unknown to pilots. We will simply need more data to be sure. Swarms typically travel from sector to sector along our jumpgate routes, though they do not use the gates themselves. The Conflux mode of sector-to-sector travel is still a mystery to us.”
A copy of this information was forwarded to the office of Zhilaa Katdinal, director of TRI Stellar Cartography, for further study.