Distant Worlds 2 – Day 27 – Journey to Way Point 4
Reporting from Clooku EW-Y c3-197 Distance from Sol – 13126.83lys Distance to Beagle Point – 53518.2lys Distance travelled – 53261.0lys Jumps – 943
What a week it has been for a feast of beautiful nebula and planets. Having previously decided to slow down when plotting routes between each way point so not to miss anything. I Missed the group launch in a navigation loop of shame of epic proportion and thanks can only go to the Commanders who too pity on me and invited me to their wing I plotted a course to the Fish Eyed Nebula.
This felt like going back on myself a little but I was determined not to miss anything this week and have to backtrack which adds significant periods of jumping. The journey here was uneventful cruising through 41 systems with a handful of terraformable HMC planets. I stopped off at Flyiedgai JS-J d9-4 to take the above picture which also captures a distant image of the Flyiedgai Nebula which would be my next destination.
As the Flyiedgai Nebula grew slowly bigger in my field of view and with only 10 jumps I was quickly there, the pink and red held a stark contrast with the galactic plane. The picture was taken from Flyiedgai RF-E d12-11 when I discovered my first terraforming candidate of the week which was a lovely ringed water world orbiting a F-type Star.
I decided at this point to head for the Ellaisms Remnant a mere 23 jumps away though slightly away from the Rusty Net Nebula and the new discoveries started coming quite quickly where I netted a few Water worlds and an Ammonia World on route though sadly only a couple were candidates for terraforming. Once I arrived at the Ellaisms Remnant and spent an evening resting in the blue hue of the neutron star I plotted a course for Rusty Net.
This provided me with a truly WOW! moment I just hadn’t appreciated before the beauty some of the nebula provide in game and I have promised myself to visit more on route to Beagle point but also to plot a course via more on the return. They break up the backdrop of space and offer a small relief from the feeling of emptiness. Having feasted on the view I set a course to the Hammer Nebula. This wasn’t as inspiring as the last but I was delighted on my first jump away from Rusty Net to find a unexplored system with 5 terraformable HMC planets orbiting a K-Type star.
It was about this time I noted the chatter in the Squadron chat regarding the closing of the league tables for this seasons competition, I hadn’t even realised we were competing and noted that Fleetcom were just slight behind our brothers, sisters and small furry things from Alpha Centauri. Not wanting to let the side down and in the spirit of fair competition I plotted a course for the Collection of Wonders. As I leapt into the system and found myself face to face with a Black Hole (Note to self: I must read more about these PoI’s before hand) it was a plethora of interesting sights. A ringed M-class star, 2 black holes, a ringed white dwarf and a ringed neutron star. I will be back here at some point when I finish of my collection of beacons to visit which I had started before DW2 I’m still getting through Series 1 which if you explore the blog a little more you can see where I have got to.
The Squadron chatter was becoming more intense now regarding the impending closure of the Season 1 competition so knowing I had a good amount of exploration data to hand in I plotted a course for Sacaqawea Space Port. A mere 8 jumps and I was down making sure I took the time on arriving at Skaudai IM-E b57-3 to take a lovely picture of the Skaudai Nebula.
So I arrived safe at the planetary station and turned over over 100 million credits worth of data and did my bit. We were close to winning the exploration season but I wasn’t going to wait around here for the outcome though now in retrospect I should have waited as Fleetcom successfully won. I’m told we receive a Gold Bobble-head but that adornment for my cockpit dashboard will have to wait. I now only had a few PoI’s to visit before I would be getting close to WP4 so I headed back to visit the Guardian Ruins where I narrowly missed landing on a Commanders Ananconda called Rosalie. Hands up I may have scratched his/her paint so leaving a note on his windshieldwindscreenspacescreen cockpit I quickly headed towards the Spear Thistle Nebula before insurance details could be exchanged.
On arriving this was a pretty Nebula and the black hole it surrounds is worth the visit, with its low mass you can get some lovely pictures for the family album. On the way out here I had discovered a number of water worlds but with only a few places to visit now I pressed onto the Octopus Nebula.
This was a lovely sight and definitely worth a visit if you are on the way to Colonia or the bubble, I was starting to see more commanders now in systems and it was nice to stop and chat in the local comms. Hearing others adventures and at times witty banter is reassuring. Having 10000+ Commanders all on the same journey makes such a difference.
I then decided to stop by the Causality of Lotus, I had been here before the changes in 2.3 but sadly I didn’t take a picture. I have used the one below from EDSM, discovered by Cmdr Mist0 during the Autumn Odyssey expedition in 3304 I took a picture all the same.
It was really time now to head for the final rendezvous in Clooku EW-Y C3-197 so heading towards the Llyn Tegid Nebula an easy 30 jumps I comfortably touched down between a couple commanders keeping a watchful eye over the planetary water geysers.
So safe on the ground we wait for the next instructions of where to head, I imagine we are now heading to the core to prepare for building a new station after the last CG at WP2. This is an exciting prospect and will offer a safe port of call for all explorers and travellers alike.