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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 . . .
4810.16.8.07.05 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.10 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.15 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.20 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.25 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.30 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.35 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.40 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.45 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.50 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.07.55 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.08.00 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.08.05 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.08.10 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.08.15 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
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4810.16.8.09.30 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.09.35 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.09.40 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.09.45 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.09.50 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.09.55 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.00 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.05 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.10 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.15 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.20 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.25 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
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 . . .
4810.16.8.10.50 Solrain Planetary Emergency . . .
4810.16.8.10.55 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.

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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?

Didn’t fly for long today. Did some reading to try to assimilate some of the events that occurred in my absence. I rediscovered who Brooks was – and why HSS came to mind. Also remembered a few other things about Hyperial. Especially a certain Commander – and about a Prefect that shall remain nameless.

I don’t remember where I’ve been – but I’m beginning to get a sneaking suspicion that I know why – but it’s only a suspicion.

Enough of that, though. I ran some more transports. Wasn’t in the mood for mining. Was in the mood to kill flux. When am I not? Tuned the ring around Oct space, killed flux as I went. Another 50 down. Had a chat with Ambrosius via comms while I was hunting. Talked about the old days, friends we haven’t seen, the things we saw.

Now I am the old days. If only I could remember getting old. When I find out who is responsible for that lack…

 

Ran back up to Oct space from QC, via EE. Fluxing is way, way more fun with a Whistle. Tuned from Gurge up to OP, swapped for a Wyvern – such an ungainly lump that is, but the blessed cargo…

Tripled my nest egg in a couple hours.

Went out for dinner, caught up on some reading and a vid. Decided to head back out. Swapped back into a Chiro. Tuned most of Oct space again, did transports while I fluxed. Not a soul in sight. Just me and the flux. Well, for a little while, at least. Then they were drifting plasma.

Ended up with 82 kills.

Saw Dr. Dannewar bleating about credits. I thought he was Solrain? Some people just live in a perpetual fog – especially researchers. I could tell you some stories…

In any case, I sent in a press release to UUNN with a proposal. I won’t scoop them, though. If they accept it, you’ll see it soon enough. If not, I have alternatives.

Started out in Sol space – FM keeps asking for Water, Organic Foods, and Chromium. Look, I’m all about helping out, but when nowhere but GBS has Water… and Core stations are Organic Foods producers (which means buying OF from SC is prohibited)?  I’m not flying all the way to Oct space for your Chromium, or your Organic Foods, either, fellas. Sorry. Remember the 7 Ps.. Get it together, you Smurfs.

So, onward I went. To Hyp space. Something’s bugging me about Hyperial. I got that same feeling again. Something just on the edge of memory… but then it slips away. Did some cross-referencing in that batch of files I mysteriously acquired the other day – I found a couple of names with linkages with Hyperial that trouble me, in my past. Even more interestingly, I have no memory of the incidents in question.  HSS… something? I haven’t looked through everything, though. Maybe I’ll find it if I look harder. I bugged out again, though. Everyone is still avoiding me there. Makes me want to go nuke something. If only I had something that could equip nukes… that infest of Gurge/OS is really getting on my nerves.

Went to Quant space. Ran a bunch of transports. A BUNCH of transports, with Pilot luziferi, who seems to be enjoying his new Peri quite a bit. Chatted with ORBITER and Sinver a bit about fluxing. Jumped two ranks – I’m now a First Commander – can now buy Whistles (finally!) Transports, or Light Miners. Daddy needs a couple mil, ya dig?

Most importantly, of course – got my Unity Stripe I, and 52 flux kills for the day. Take that, you pink freaks. Just you wait. I’ll have my ‘Nix soon. Just you wait and see.