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Mostly mining. Killed a few flux on the way back to Oct space. Picked up a Vulture there, and flew to Hyperial. Did some thinking. Whoever I was when I wrote the material I was given over the past week or so – I’m not him anymore. Doesn’t mean I like Hyperial much, but I’m no longer sure they had anything to do with my disappearance. Speaking of Hyperial, Saw a pirate tagged Sol in Hyp station sector earlier.  I was on final approach to the station when they popped in. Waited a bit before I launched.

I just mined today, mostly. Made some Magnesium, then brought it to Quant space. Trying to get Synth production going, for the Aman FM.  It’s going to take a while, but I think we’ll get it running soon. Pilot hifly was helping to get Corridor set up.  That’s pretty much all to report.

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165 Conflux kills, Emerald Nova,  Green Matrix, Mentor rank. Sorry, Quants. Nobody was tuning your beacs, so I borrowed them for a while… Now #145 on the flux kills leaderboard, post-Catastrophe. Still digesting my read from last night. Will have some things to say about that tomorrow.

Didn’t fly yesterday, so I made up for it today, methinks. 355 flux kills, Unity Stripe II, Sapphire Nova, Orange Matrix, Blue Matrix, ranked up to General. Hello, Morningstars – my old friends.

Not a bad day’s work. Still being ignored at Hyperial. Sent a couple Katakas at the Burglar CP, and turned their space red. Sol space… well… nobody else was tuning anything, so why not? Hyp is still ignoring me, though. Maybe I’ll nuke their CP instead.

Had another packet of documents arrive anonymously. Will read it tomorrow.  Whoever it is, they seem to remember more than I do about me. They also seem to have the bulk of my pre-catastrophe data, as odd as that sounds.

Before I forget – Pilot Sinver destroyed not just one, but *two* infestations today. Kudos.

After such an… eventful… night last night, I decided to finish up some mining. Got Master Brigadier, picked up my beautiful, wonderful Phoenix – and went fluxhunting, of course. Headed to GBS, and killed 38 Conflux. One odd thing – I either don’t remember it, or it happened while I was gone – but we DO know that the Saron’s Shoulder to Pulsar gate is mangled, and now registers as an “Anomaly” – right? If so – why?  It creeped me out. Stinking Pulsar.

Wow, that was some kind of crazy night.

Took a Wyvern out to mine (yes, because I’m lazy. Sue me. An Oct mining is odd enough already. What do you want?) but almost immediately dropped everything because a Sentient was reported in Sol space.

Supplemental log above details that encounter. What it doesn’t detail is that I hightailed it back to Oct space with that scanner. I don’t know what data we have these days on Sentient jumps into anomalies, but I don’t think we had any pre-Catastrophe.  I got a scan from less than 500 meters. Also two separate scans of the same sentient jumping through our gates, and multiple scans of the Sentient himself.

I stopped at Cornea, and at Wake, after an armor storm, and both times, I detailed the guard on watch to secure my ship from any unauthorized tampering. The ship never left my sight. At Great Pillars, I detailed the Sergeant at Arms to send a runner to Comms, and set up an armed escort at Depot for me.

An entire company of Imperial Marines escorted me, and my scanner, to secure storage at Depot – and there’s a squad guarding that unit around the clock. That taken care of, and the Sentient’s incursion reported to UUNN previously, I headed to Core, and bought an actual Light Miner. Made a couple runs, then decided to check out the story KTRI had been headlining during all of the previous events.

Hammer-BS cracked the audio puzzle, and that yielded an encoded string. Since I have a decided… knack with computers, following my incident, I took a crack at that string.

That crack yielded paydirt.

4810.16.8.05.52 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.05.55 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.00 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.05 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.10 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.15 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.20 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.25 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.30 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.35 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.40 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.45 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.50 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.06.55 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.00 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
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4810.16.8.10.30 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.35 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.40 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.45 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
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Also, made First Brigadier, and another million credits. One rank to a ‘Nix.

Not a bad night’s work. Saved myself a good portion of fees to SET, too. Appreciate their help, but it looks like we got a solution. Also, for those of us who like irony – the Sol scientist who was so upset about *Solrain* companies wanting to profit from this – and specifically asked for *Solrain* resources – got his message decoded by a Quant and an Oct. The latter whom, I might add, had already arranged to pay for a Solrain company to do that work. In what galaxy are Solrain resources not.. business resources? So maybe, before he gets so annoyed about Smurfs being Smurfs (sorry, Smurfs – but it’s true) – he should think about the fact that reps from all 3 factions were working on the problem he presented us – all in our respective ways.  Sols are businessmen – but Octs are quite Mercenary ourselves. But anyway, enough about him.

I’ve said it elsewhere, but that is a date/time list, at 5 minute intervals – except the initial entry. I can’t think of another plausible reason for that one to be at 0552, save that this is the initial warning for The Great Collapse.

Something a bit sobering to chew on.

On the other hand, how are we getting this signal? I’d like to know more about the mystical provenance of this signal, personally. Way I learned it in school, the physical laws changed at that time. I know TRI sings a different tune these days, but I’m not really getting any good reasons out of my catch up reading why that should be.

So, why we’re getting a magical signal from the planet Solrain this many years later – or why a Sol scientist is so “offended” by profit-mongering about it – I can’t say. But hey, who am I to complain. I’ve got tech melded to my brain, and brought back a personality who got caught in an energy matrix – and mysteriously disappeared for 13 years. Who am I to judge?

Does make you wonder, though. What also makes me wonder is why it’s in the same base 64 a Conflux used to transmit in not too long ago – and that a Conflux sentient was wandering around Sol space learning our languages – or so it says. Despite the fact that a) I’ve talked to probably 2 dozen flux, and b) I don’t believe them anyway. I just wanted some scans, and to get some intel. If I had my Fighter, we’d have had a tussle, but since the best I had going was a scout, I did some scouting. Fair enough, right?

They’ll get their Ascendancy, alright. When they’re reduced to their component molecules by an over-abundance of firepower.  It’s the Octavian way, you get me? Anyway, I think that’s enough for today.

Sentient encounter, Solrain space – various sectors. The bulk of the following is contained in my UUNN submission, but I’ll post here it here for my fellow pilots.

A c-9 Kraken sentient buzzed Pilot hifly of MACK2 in the Inner Oasis sector – upon learning of this, I rushed to GP to get a Peregrine, and headed to Sol space. After patrolling through Wake and Cornea, I headed toward Depot, which also took me through IO. After ensuring Depot was also clear, I headed toward Core – but while still enroute, in Tranq Minor, I heard whale song. A drone squid was in the sector, but I ignored him, and made a scan or two of the Sentient. He scanned me in return, after a half-dozen passes, and some wary circling on my part.

I then had the following conversation:

RK: Hello Fluxie. ltns!
Conflux:)
RK: What are you doing here?
Conflux: we in conflux learning your languages
RK: You already knew them, I thought.
Conflux:)
RK: I’ve spoken to your kind before: Many times.
RK: Your puppy here is persistent. (Speaking of the drone mindlessly attacking me)

He then headed off toward Inner Oasis – and used the jumpgate. I asked him again:

“Why learn our languages?”

He ignored me, and took off again.

We then had a chase, at no particularly great speed, through Midpoint Rift, Outer Oasis, Cornea sector, where he did a few circles around the sector. I asked him:

“What are you looking for?”

He then immediately headed for The Outer Depths – where he flew straight toward an anomaly. I kept right with him, as I suspected what was about to happen. When he reached the anomaly – he jumped.

I have multiple scans of this sentient – and I have a scan *as* he jumped into the anomaly – as well as two separate scans of him jumping using our jumpgates.

Very glad I put a scanner on. I almost didn’t – but I didn’t have a ‘Nix – and I did have a scout ship.  One other item of note: observed top speed for the sentient was 635 – well above typical kraken speeds. Well above Ranger AB speeds, too, I might add.

I did hit a flashfire, but had technical difficulties when doing so, and didn’t observe whether he attempted to match speeds. Opportunity missed for data. Ah well. So there you have it. Sentient in Sol space, learning our languages, very high speed – used jumpgates, jumped into the Outer Depths Anomaly.

Might I suggest an anomaly scan faction/corporation mission?

Didn’t kill a single flux this time out. Did have a chat with that rep from SET. Agreed to their proposal – but that meant I needed a few more credits. No problem. Took a Wyvern out (because I’m lazy, honestly) into GP, mined it out – then headed to OP and did a couple more runs. Ended up with the Key of Heaven medal, Brigadier rank, and almost to the next. One more flight cycle should do it for most of my immediate goals. An ammo ‘Nix, enough creds to pay off SET, and start some investigating – on a number of fronts. I already said where I was going when I got my Phoenix. You guessed it.

Amananth. To get some answers. First, though – I think I’ll make a return trip to Hyp. A Phoenix makes one so much more… persuasive. Does it not?