• Vengeance
  • Wormhole
  • Asteroid - Blue
  • Asteroid - Green/Yellow
  • Plasma Planet
  • Asteroid - Purple
  • Intaki VI and Asteroids
  • Intaki Prime
  • SakBat
  • Warp Tunnel Distortion
  • Peyote Lake
  • Bighorns
  • Grizzly
  • White Anemone
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Purple Anemone
  • Waterton
  • Foothills
  • White Tiger
  • Red Panda
  • Orange Fungi
  • Grapes
  • Daenan
  • Arlayn
  • Stream
  • Berwen

Monthly archives: March, 2009

Concentration

I did something exceptionally stupid today and people died as a result.

Devan convinced me to go out patrolling with him. I didn’t want to. I was exhausted; I hadn’t slept. I stayed up all night fruitlessly trying to get in touch with Mom and watching the news for any scrap of information that might tell me she is all right. Now I know how Devan felt two weeks ago. When I couldn’t get through to Intaki I called Njal instead and cried for hours…

Devan insisted getting out into space would be better than sitting around watching the same stories recycled on Scope News every ten minutes. I know he just wanted to try to get my mind off what’s going on at home. I gave in. I shouldn’t have. I should have been stubborn and listened to my gut and stayed in my quarters.

We encountered a group of rogue slavers in Halle and engaged. For me it was a short fight. I can’t honestly say I don’t know what happened—obviously my mind wasn’t on the battle, wasn’t monitoring my ship, wasn’t thinking about my crew…just wasn’t paying attention.


Intaki

The Caldari have occupied Intaki.

Why? Why? What possible use is my homeland to them?!

My mother… I can’t get through to anyone anywhere thanks to a comms blackout. The news says some people at home are reacting violently and I can’t blame them, but that’s about all anyone knows. Those filthy squids are running rampant through my home, my system, my world, and will be killing my people! I wanted to re-enlist, I wanted to go down there and kill them all myself for daring to come within ten light-years of Intaki! Devan, he said it nearly made him want to re-enlist too…

I tried to leave, I tried to go home. Devan grabbed me to keep me from going. He said he understood how I felt…he said, “They were nasty about it, but at least Luminaire was theirs to begin with.” Occupying Intaki is another matter entirely… Federation neglect at home has done enough harm without adding “pillaging conquerors”, as he put it, to the mix! I was angry and hurt and frantic with worry and I didn’t want to listen to him at all.

But he was right when he told me it would do no good for Mom or Intaki if he or I rushed off recklessly and eventually I calmed to his reason. Re-enlisting would solve nothing: we’d get posted wherever the brass deigned, not where we wanted. I know he is right…and more Federation military action in Intaki isn’t the answer.


Seyllin

Since the 10th, Devan and I have done little other than watch for reports of news from Seyllin.

I’m saddened by this tragedy and I know it’s not the first he’s witnessed but I have never seen Devan inconsolable like this before. The first few days, each time Scope News returned to broadcast an “update”, he rushed to the display to watch. It was more than the simple compulsion many people feel to look when there has been an accident or a disaster… He was desperate for any scrap of information. But inevitably those “updates” turned out to be little more than a rehash of all the previous broadcasts we’d already seen, and he would turn away dejected, falling into an agitated silence where I was sure he would wear out the deck from pacing.

He comes from a close-knit family of miners. But when Devan gave up their tradition to enlist in the navy they sadly became estranged. Even after he left the navy and returned, at least partially, to those traditions, the rift between them was never really closed and to date none of them keep in much contact with him or vice versa. He’s had little idea of where they were or what project they might be working on. So when news of Seyllin hit…he assumed the worst, that they might be there.

Thankfully, in the days since then the comm channels have calmed down some and he was able to obtain word through his Federal Intel contacts that none of his family were in the area, nor any others where the strange wormhole phenomena have cropped up with destructive force. That eased his mind greatly. I’ve urged him to take this as an opportunity to strengthen ties with his family. So many others lost their loved ones this week, and it could have been quite possible his family might have been among them under other circumstances. He is lucky…

With that stress eased, now we mostly watch for news regarding these strange wormholes. The CreoDron expedition has Devan fascinated and I’m glad he has this to distract him from dwelling further on thoughts of what could have been. Both of us are just sorry such an event had to come to New Eden at such a high cost.