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Heart & Soul

Postby El_Guapo_Gaucho » Mon May 11, 2020 5:24 am

Star Date: 05.05.3306
Ship: “Night Cat” Custom Touring DBX
Location: SYNUEFAI SV-Z C2-1 A
Prompt: The darkness within…

Deep space has a way of reminding me what it is that I am trying so hard to forget. In amongst the blackness and the millions of stars I see, I stare and I feel something staring back, it’s not real, it’s not true, but it certainly feels that way.

My reverie is interrupted by constant flashes of what was, I have been droning, again, too many jumps and no constancy beguile the mind from tracking reality and distinguishing fantasy. Sometimes I feel like I am no longer in my body, drifting through this void, the odd flash of a Class A Blue-White Star as I pull out of hyperspace bringing memories I cannot recall correctly, or even know if they are mine.

I have been passing time by flicking through some of the flatties from the Golden Era. Humanity, it seems, was obsessed with narratives about daily drama in the pre-space travel era. I am forever grateful to the Central Archive Authority for keeping such quality entertainment of significant importance, but even after 1000 or so years, some things never change. Judging by the narratives in popular culture, my ancestors were drug runners, domestic cleaners, professional criminals and to a lesser extent - competitive physical exertion elitists and idolised musical vocalists. Essential all the posts now held by droids and cyborgs of one form or another. A Superstar, a term which no longer has the colloquial implications it once had, defined the likes of Latinos like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira (not her true name, a bit like a commander moniker from what I can tell) and some form of early human/canine hybrid called a “Pitbull”. That last one was very talented for something that was part dog, and seemed to be a major collaborator with many other Superstars

So it’s a simple long range jump to the Heart and Soul Nebulas and back. I am hoping to get some credits from various exploration on the way. A chance meeting with an avid explorer who goes by the nickname Souly has me interested in finding out more. To be honest, anything from before I woke up is still as black as the deep space outside this ship. I am getting odd flashes of what it was, who I was, but nothing substantial, nothing finite. Hence why I like the droning - in that liminal space, between sleeping and waking, when the fatigue is closing my eyes but my will to know more pushes them awake, I am seeing things…

Souly explained the exploration process. A standard DS like you get on any ship, an upgraded DSS and a decent amount of FSD upgrades will get you far enough to find unexplored worlds. He was recommending the Annaconda, but not yet, not for me. The DBX is enough, small, manoeuvrable, and extremely efficient - and I didn’t have to heart to tell him that my Rear Admiral Federal Navy rank must be a computer error - as far as I could tell. Sure, I know how to fly a ship, it feels instinctual, I must have done a decent amount of flying before the incident that wiped my memory to be so far from the bubble - but an Annaconda? Through Deep Space on my own? No thanks - that sounds like a flaming death by plunging into a burning star on arrival out of hyperspace.

It’s obvious I am part of this reality, it’s obvious I am in the year 3306 and making my way through the void of space for the greater good. But there are times I feel more connection to the characters in the flatties, the stories from the Golden Era of Earth bound humans, so fragile yet so defined. Sometimes I feel like I am there more than I am here. Sometimes I feel more human watching flatties than I do in our ISES experiencing the Marvels of Mars, swimming in oceans with golden age whales, or flying with mega-reptiles on pre-humanity earth. While those things are entertaining they are not…. real - even though with the hardware plugged directly into my nervous system, they feel even more real than this reality.

But when the flatty ends, when J-Lo (Jennifer Lopezs’ CMDR name I believe) musical sequence list ends, I am left facing the oblivion abyss of deep space, staring into that blackness and wondering … Is it staring back? When the opportunity arose from necessity to leave, in a hurry, from that damn space port, I was quick to finalise the purchase of said DBX. It has been a few weeks of tinkering with modifications and upgrades, but she flies well and was named Night Cat by its last owner. She explained to me the size of this craft was similar to the size of feral cats on her home world, but never did tell me where that was exactly. I don’t care much for cats, the only one I have met was fairly certain I was good only for scratching and biting, and had a habit of doing both to me whenever the doctor was not present. But the ship flies well, has good structural integrity, and she looks great whenever I take a data verification image.

I have been floating in space for far too long, taking time to make a quick note so I can distinguish today from tomorrow and yesterday was meant to be a coupe of lines, not this essay. Either way, back to the space flight with another 6135 LY to hit my destination, one of the many EAFOTS systems.

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An image from earlier today - missed the details of the star, but looked lovely enough to add to my personal collection. Something about it gives me comfort, like a giant embrace from an old friend, it sort of reminds me of a character from a classic childrens flattie called Alice in Wonderland A giant cat who appears from a stellar rocky body known as Moon (I assume its part of the Sol system, I have to check that detail) - he has a large smile, and jests with Alice, the central character of the story, in all sorts of trickery - I wonder if this cat were to smile, would it also bite?

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Re: Heart & Soul

Postby El_Guapo_Gaucho » Thu May 21, 2020 1:23 pm

Star Date: 08.05.3306

Ship: "Night Cat" Custom Touring DBX

Location: SLEGI YH-H D11-2

Prompt: Stark white light…

Born, borne into bleak existence, the rush of blood, anticipation and light spiking past me, the tunnels, the mirage of planets, stars, shapes zooming past me, moving through them, literally through them, so fast they are no longer real, I am no longer real….

It all ends fast, too fast, what was an eternity in that void of hyperspace - Faster than light travel is safe they say - tell that to my bloodshot eyes, frayed nerves and shallow breath. Every jump feels like the first and they all have the same risk of becoming my last.

I have spotted something off in the distance, a bright halo of stars around a Nebula of some sort. At first I thought I was imaging it but as I have move closer to Heart and Soul, it appears in more detail. I will plot a course to it after I have had my fill at Heart and Soul. Who knows, maybe it is the third of some sort of spiritual trinity, something for the mind! The cluster of stars look like Super Giant Class As. I am finding plenty of Class A stars out here and finding myself more and more enraptured by their appearance.

When I drop into the arrival point of a Class A star system, I am always astounded by their immense beauty, all that white, sometimes blue. The stark white light of a Class A star dazzles, staring into its depths, wondering, facing down those eddies of hydrogen becoming helium spiralling, burning and reigniting, without fail - I find I am holding my breath till it bursts out my lungs and reminds me - breathe and pull-up!

In some of the archaic religions of Old Earth I have been reading about, they describe the concepts of Angels, sometimes like giant white light globes. I have yet to see a Supergiant Class A up close, but I keep checking, I think they would truly be amazing. I have plotted my course with only Class A stars, diversions for Neutron and white stars to help my jump power. Each one is still a vision worth viewing. Plotting a course through Class A stars has more than one reason though.

Reading over the manuals for my FSD drive, its possible to Supercharge it a number of ways and extend my jump range, if only for one jump. One way discusses something very risky with white dwarfs and neutron stars - if I come across one I will try it, but they appear very rarely it seems. The other is with materials recoverable from planet surfaces, this sounds a lot more feasible. I rummaged through the Galnet and found a guide by a CMDR Nico of Remlock Industries which covers in great detail how to do this simply and proficiently.

The Class A stars are a key component to discovering high metal planets & rich metal planets. I keep finding more as they are the best environment for scavenging Manganese, Germanium, Polonium. I spent some time in an OOCHOS system when I found a planet with 8.8% Manganese, Silicate Magma Volcanism and 3 Geological points of interest... This is where i'll find my "Jumponium" materials... and the planet right next to it has similar conditions with Germanium, so the interstellar travel was halted while I did a bit of surface scavenging.

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Its something else being down on the planet surface, the low gravity conditions, making a game of shooting minerals into the sky, zooming after them and catching them with my cargo scoop on the SRV. I found myself giggling, then laughing - a refreshing change to the bleakness of constant jumps between star systems on this long distance voyage. It reminded me of flatties I have seen with some of those Elite Sports humanity had on Old Earth before WW3 and the Federation - Like Old American Football or even that sport which looked like it was only for the toughest of the tough - Australian Rules Football. I was having too much fun to keep track of an accurate tally, but my hand written notes for one session at a geographical signal are as follows;

9 Carbon

9 Sulphur

15 Tin

18 Manganese

15 Chromium

18 Germanium

9 Mercury

12 Technetium

7 Speckys

The last one is a joke - A specky was a colloquialism for a personal launch into the air hand ball catch of spectacular accomplishment in the elite sport of full contact Australian Rules Football. There is not much in the CAA records about this sport, but it looked very severe on the body! When I watch it its as if I can feel my bones crunch. It really is a tragedy Australia was extinguished with the majority of the old earth during WW3 - they certainly looked like strong and resilient people. Australia also looks like the birthplace of the MonteNegros, at least the place their criminal empire was established…

Having all this time in deep space has let me extend my careful research into the MonteNegros. I assume there is some detail as to who I am in their history. It seems they, we, start as ancient lineage on Old Earth. We then made the transition to space pirates during World War 3 . During the decades when "chaos reigned" prior to old earths capacity for space flight and humankind expansion into the Sol star system, many clandestine and criminal operations thrived. The MonteNegros appeared to formalise their efforts in this time, their name and people noted in many Federation records as targets of strike teams and destinations for payloads. My Rear Admiral rank in the Federation is helping me get access to these limited files, I am surprised no-one has tried to stop me yet, but as I said, I am being careful and starting with very old records which I hope no-one is checking access logs. And realistically, who can stop me, I am 3000 LY away from the bubble! There is no-one out here for light years in any direction.

As the corporations took control of Humankind and our future (well our past which became our current time), the MonteNegros also capitalised on the chaos of WW3, and paid their way into the stars. The last information I found is a vague reference to the colonies that made for a system called Achenar under the name of a Marlin Duval. I will research that further soon, however I was interrupted by yet another Class A Star jump drop which turned out to be…. Undiscovered!

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SLEGI YH-H D11-2 will forever be known as the first star discovered by El_Guapo_Gaucho. I have shut down systems to spend my scheduled rest break gazing into the blue white frenzy of combustion. I am certain the pay on this one will be decent, potentially I can start working on an Annaconda when I return. Realistically, I have a few more important matters to attend to, but while I am out here in the darkness, hidden from prying eyes and growing this wealth of credits to give me the upper hand, I am finding out more about myself and hopefully - my enemy. I wont let what happeed on Robigo happen to me again. I will be ready, and if they come at me again, I will kill them, every last one.


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