Sightseeing in the Cluster

Steve Memorial

C9N-CC1

Death of a giant

Titans are massive beasts.  Dwarfing any other ship or small mountain that may be near them, these monstrosities strike fear into the hearts of almost any sub-capital ship. Recent design changes have changed that somewhat, but the fact remains that a Titan remains a potent force on any field of battle. Being a creature of high sec space, I rarely had the opportunity to observe these daunting, yet graceful ships up close.  Today, though, I was determined to not see just any titan, but the first one ever destroyed.  Unfortunately, this meant that I needed to venture deeper into 0.0 than I ever had before.  Warily, I told Aura my destination and set off.

C9N-CC2

The Professor can't even be seen amidst this hulking wreck.

I surprisingly arrive in C9N-CC without incident.  I quickly warped the Professor to the site of the memorial.  As my senses readjusted from coming out of warp, Aura queried the GalNet for me and told me that the Titan’s original name was Steve.  An admittedly odd name for a ship of such size and power, but the effort that goes in to producing one of these pretty much allows the owners to name titans whatever they wanted, I supposed.

C9N-CC3

The Avatar-class Titan dwarfed the poor Professor

I came out of warp a few kilometers away from the wreck.  It didn’t quite strike me just how massive the thing was from so far out.  It was only as the Professor approached the wreck, and it kept growing and growing, did the sense of size really hit home.  Buzzards were small ships to begin with, but the Professor was no more than a speck next to the hulking Avatar wreck. It’s often said that the emptiness and vastness of space can make a person feel small and absolutely insignificant.  Well, to me, the emptiness of space has nothing next to this gargantuan construct. Planets and moons are one thing, but man-made objects that have their own gravitational fields were another matter entirely.

C9N-CC4

The inside has been completely stripped

Whatever killed Steve had clearly not been a pleasant experience.  Gashes on the sides of the hull were large enough to fit most cruisers inside, and I easily maneuvered the Professor into the hull.  Not surprisingly for New Eden, the insides had been completely stripped: not even the deck plates remained.  All that was left was superstructure itself, and frankly, I was surprised that people hadn’t salvaged even that.  After looking around for a few moments, I gently guided the Professor back out.

C9N-CC5

More than a little happy that I didn't have to fight the force of these active engines

I took the Professor for a lap around the ship.  The docking entrance for the ship was massive enough for most battlecruisers, while the engines on the rear side seemed powerful enough to move mountains… which, in retrospect, is exactly what they did.  It took me almost three minutes to make my way fully around the ship, yet another testament to this ship’s size.  To see it active must truly be a sight to behold.  Having never been involved in 0.0 warfare, I’ve only heard stories of these ships in flight.  After seeing this particular one, I was more determined than ever to see an active titan.

Eventually, of course, it was time to get going.  I guided the Professor away from the ship and back to high sec space.  Most of the trip was relatively uneventful.  Unfortunately, I made the mistake of letting my guard down in a little system called HED-GP, the last jump before high security space.  I hit a gate camp just as I was about to jump, and in my haste I lost both the Professor and my current clone.  Transitioning to a new clone was always a bit… jarring, but such is the price we pay.  As I looked back on what I had seen, I decided that the trip was still more than worth it.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Steve Memorial
  • System: C9N-CC
  • Security Rating: 0.0
  • Region: Esoteria
  • Potential Hazards: C9N-CC is deep in 0.0 space, involving jumps across a number of different alliance territories, many of which may be operating under “Not Blue, Shoot It” protocol.  Gate camps can be found often in transitioning from 0.0 to high security space, as well as on other gates.  Caution is advised.
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22 responses

  1. First time I think I’ve come across your site. Very nicely written. And yeah, if you’re not familiar, HED is perhaps one of the most heavily camped 0.0 systems. Last place in all of Eve you should let your guard down.

    Oh, and to think you were only about 2 or 3 jumps from what has thus far been deemed the site of perhaps the biggest slaughter in all of New Eden, D-GTMI. How far Eve has certainly come… :)

    February 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

  2. mark726

    Heh, I’ve been following the news on this through other Eve bloggers as best as I can, so now I realize what’s going on out there. Certainly didn’t at the time though, unfortunately (though the invasion hadn’t really begun yet at the time I took my trip). Still, live and learn, and its only isk, right?

    February 17, 2010 at 3:23 am

  3. Szilardis

    Couple questions:

    First Titan built, or destroyed, or both?
    What was the story behind the loss?
    Why did CCP deem it a monument?

    February 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    • mark726

      Based on what I know:

      1) It was definitely the first Titan destroyed, I know that much. See http://wiki.eveonline.com/wiki/C9N-CC_(System) for more details. Though it claims that it was only the first Avatar-class destroyed, I’ve seen no indications that another Titan of any class has been destroyed earlier. I don’t think it was the first one built, though I’m not entirely sure.

      2) As for the story behind it, and this is again from the official wiki, “The captain of the Titan was asleep so with no one to man the ship, a fleet of adversaries took about 10 minutes to destroy the Titan. Since the ship was so significant, the wreckage hulk remains in space today.” It’s fairly mundane, so I didn’t really delve into the story itself in the post. Nor was I even in the game when this occurred, so my knowledge of the event is VERY second-hand.

      3) The first Titan loss was considered a very big deal at the time, from what I gather. Titans weren’t in the game originally, and in fact weren’t added until the Red Moon Rising expansion in December of 2006. And because of the complexity and amount of resources needed, the first Titan wasn’t even constructed until September of next year (http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/32838). And when they were first built, they were obviously nowhere near as common as they are today: bringing even just one onto the battlefield basically guaranteed victory at the time. Because of the massive power, and rarity, of titans at the time, any titan being destroyed was a huge deal, even if it was just because of some an afk pilot. From what I understand, CCP decided to deem it a monument because this was the first time any of the beasts had been taken down. And who am I to argue with the powers that be?

      Thanks for the questions!

      February 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    • VsAs

      First of Both -> ASCN built it during the great northern war against BoB, and it was destroyed when CYVOK was logged and BoB brought in a rather large force of dreadnaughts and pounded it.

      Why is it a monument? ASCN lost the war and disbanded because they lost this titan, and since it was so significant (being the first built and destroyed, and being the equivalent of the queen in chess) in the outcome of who would control 0.0 for a long time (looks like BoB)

      February 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

      • Mithfindel

        As a note, it wasn’t the Great Northern War. The GNW was an earlier effort, and I believe the GNW predated Ascendant Frontier as an entity. Can’t remember if they named the BoB-ASCN war anything specific, though I can remember the Star Wars propaganda sigs.

        July 1, 2010 at 2:02 am

  4. Szilardis

    Sorry I didn’t see your reply earlier. Thanks for the answers.

    Anyhow, great blog. I would love to do this kind of trip, and will definitely use this as a reference/checklist.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  5. jaggeh

    The owner of the titan Cyvok, had a power failure, which resulted him him being logged off with aggro, there was a queue of 1200 people to get back on to the server. he was dead before he rejoined.

    February 23, 2010 at 8:54 am

  6. Kahnon

    beautifully written. I’m looking forward to your next posts. Titans are the man-made gods of EVE, and anything that can kill that must be even more fearsome….*shrudss*

    February 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

  7. Nice Screens!!
    Do you use a NVidia GPU?
    Then you could use the nhancer tool to get a much better in-game graphic with AA an HDR!
    Here a nice example:

    February 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

  8. mark726

    Thanks for the comments and fuller background, guys. This was quite a bit before my time in-game, unfortunately. Welcome to the blog!

    Oh, and Tar, I’ll have to look into nhancer. Unfortunately, all I can really afford right now is my laptop I use for school… and I figured I’d rather have this blog started sooner rather than waiting for me to actually be able to afford a good gaming rig.

    February 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm

  9. SamuraiJack

    http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Ascn And Cyvok wasnt “knocked offline” His alt accounts stayed up. Just mysteriously his main accounts were kicked off and queued to get back inside. Just as bob started to scan for his cloaked titan. Make of that what you will.

    February 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm

  10. jack

    In one of Mittanis spy blogs on tentonhammer is written down what really happened, it had something to do with the well known hacker kugutsumen…

    February 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    • mark726

      I’d appreciate a link if you have one Jack. I have to admit, for a person who doesn’t really do null sec, I’m a little surprised at the responses I’m seeing both here and on facebook at how people still seem upset about this to begin with. Admittedly, I’m not involved in any way, but its still fascinating to watch.

      February 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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  14. Correction! Steve was the first capsuleer titan destroyed!

    The first Titan destroyed in-game on tranquility was in fact the Molyneux, a Gallente Navy Solteur-class titan. It was hijacked by the Serpentis and piloted by Salvador Sarpati himself!

    http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Soltueur

    November 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

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