It all started on 7.20 when pilots reported that asteroids were not cooling after being mined. It ended on 10.26 when the final hives were destroyed and ‘roids began cooling again. In the interim there were five Faction Missions, that started on 7.20, 8.10, 8.22 and 9.23. These included missions to re-program Quantar beacons, Hyperial data collection, a series of Octavius anomaly scans, Solrain commodity stockpiling and Amananth beacon monitoring.
And while all of this was going on, there was a brief period of rapid infestations activity, with some of the infestations seeming absolutely impregnable.
On 9.9 — after the fourth Faction Missions — TRI Corporation’s Research Division called on pilots to tune ALL beacons to one color (ended up being green).
And once all that was done, there was a call to destroy all Conflux Hives in five targeted sectors. I’m not going to repeat what has already been reported on this, but kudos to the pilots who didn’t just walk away frustrated and complaining — who brought this drama to an end on 10.26. Your rewards were well-deserved.
Almost three weeks ago, it was announced that an analysis of the data that had been gathered by faction missions suggested that a series of Hives in Conflux Space were responsible for the months-long problem with mined asteroids not cooling down. Since that time there have been a few test forays into Conflux Space, but pilots have clearly balked at taking on the mission to destroy the hives. Most just have not shown their faces … a few have been very vocal about how impossible the mission was.
But to me the most odd thing is that no one has actually tried. It’s not like a group has gotten together to try to destroy the 25 identified hives and failed … not even once. Continue reading →
There have been many many missions relating to the non-cooling asteroids, but we have heard results from exactly ONE. Is there some kind of secret agenda happening here? Or is everyone too embarrassed to admit that after all is said and done, they still have no idea what is causing the “high entropy state” in the asteroids? There’s been a bit of frustration building in the jump pilot community and I’m pretty sure much of it could be resolved with just a little bit of communication. Continue reading →
This issue, it’s all about the ‘roids. On 7.20 reports started coming in that ‘roids were not cooling after being mined. It’s kind of a big deal since that will push miners into deeper and more dangerous territory REAL fast. Quantar Kicked off an FM almost immediately, having pilots re-program beacons in a number of sectors in an attempt to gather data. Hyperial then (of course) scoffed at the Quantar mission and launched a data gathering mission of its own.
The real puzzle here is why asteroids would suddenly stop cooling after they are heated during mining. The extraction wave, which was invented by Venurian Prospecting in 89 AT, causes asteroids to heat up as they are mined. The frigid temperature in space should cool the asteroids back down — as it has for the last 29 years. But something has changed. The temperature in space has not. Mining equipment apparently has not.
The enigma remains.
The Quant mission was finished on 8/11, but no word yet on whether there are any tangible results. The Hyperial mission is still in progress.
Oct Core was attacked by Conflux on 7.5 with the station sustaining some minor damage. Apparently the Conflux attacked outbuildings first, but there has been not official report on any damage there. They also attacked the station and were trying to do something at the ETP. This was the largest station attack we have seen in quite some time. You have to wonder if this was random or if Flux aggression will be ramping up.
For the first time in a very long time we’ve been hearing from the Amananth Station AI (aka DPDQ). First in relation to repairing the production for the “inhibitor” (aka antiflux); and later when it apparently scolded RazorsKiss for having someone blow up an old New Dawn area in the station. The messages were transmitted in hex — which just seems lazy to me. Continue reading →
About a month ago, Emperor Septus named his nephew as the new Supreme Military Strategist — which was surprising only in that it took so long for him to boot Ares Prime’s Petillius Lucanus out. Then, last week, a sniper took shots at Aqilus’ hunting party, killing a Praetorian identified as “Kasius” — who it turns out was Kasius Faust, the Emperor’s personal guard.
And while it seems unconnected Aqilus, Martius also announced a vague partnership with Hyperial. I have yet to find out what that is all about. Continue reading →
This time, instead of doing The (Unregulated) Update, I decided to interview the pilot RazorsKiss — who made news recently by destroying an automated TRI transport ship in unregulated space. I thought it might be interesting to get an idea of his motivations.
This interview was conducted before TRI Corporation decided to place a bounty on him. Continue reading →