Malkalen Ishukone Corporation Factory Station
I came out of warp about 10 km out from the station. My instincts yelled out for me to warp directly to the station in order to expedite docking procedures, but when the site that you were out to see is the station itself, I figured I should spend as much time viewing the station as possible before docking up. Frankly, given the damage to the station that was immediately apparent, I was more than a little surprised that the station was open at all. But as I approached, the dockmaster contacted me and gave me docking clearance as if it were perfectly normal to have a massive hole in the side of their station.
Before plotting in the docking course, I let the Professor take a bit of a tour before docking up. En route from my current base in Amarr space, I brushed up on the all-too-recent history surrounding this station. One of my homeland patriots, Admiral Noir, on a mission of peace direct from President Foiritan, had piloted his Nyx-class mothership into the side of the station, as an apparent act of revenge against the Caldari.
The news had rocked not only the State, at the death of one of the more reasonable CEOs to come out of the State, but the Federation as well, since Admiral Noir had long been known as an advocate for peace. To have this sudden change of heart, with such disastrous results, was mind-boggling to anyone who kept even a remote eye on politics within the Federation. Noir had often been on the Sunday morning talk shows arguing against escalation, which had obviously put him a bit at odds with the rest of the military apparatus. Obviously, something had changed his mind in THAT particular regard.
The station itself was still in ruins, despite the fact that nearly two years had passed since the incident. Fires burned brightly, fueled no doubt by the fuel and oxygen lines that were spread throughout the station. It was a little amazing that the Caldari hadn’t shut them off yet, but I suspected it was more of a symbolic than a technical issue. Heth used the Malkalen incident as a rallying point, and having the fires still burning served as a constant reminder of what had been lost to the Federation. The damage had been remarkably contained on the inside, though. While docked briefly in the station, nothing seemed out of place, and the station crews were as efficient as ever in restocking the Professor for its trip back to my base. I quickly undocked and vectored away from the station. For as normal as the station seemed while docked, the glaring hole and numerous fires served as a reminder that this station would probably never be “normal” again.
- Attraction: Malkalen V Ishukone Corporation Factory Station
- System: Malkalen
- Security Rating: 0.9
- Region: Lonetrek
- Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -2.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Caldari, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.