Sightseeing in the Cluster

Terminus Stream

Terminus Stream 1

A close up view of this end of the Terminus Stream

Editor’s Note: If it isn’t clear from the text, this site has disappeared with the release of Crucible. Still, I wanted to put it up on this site as I think it’s worthy of preservation.

It’s hard to remember that the universe isn’t static. When normal lifetimes can be measured in decades (and capsuleers being only a decade old as well), it’s hard to imagine that things like stars and planets don’t live forever. Granted, it might as well seem like forever when the lifetimes of those things can be measured in billions of years, but nothing in the universe lasts forever. Stars grow old and die, planets get pulverized to dust, galaxies turn and merge, and even black holes can evaporate away into nothingness. As much as we rely on the permanence of such objects, it’s important to remember that everything we thought permanent about the universe can change in the blink of an eye, as we learned all too well back in YC 111 with the Seyllin Incident.

Terminus Stream 2

Legacy slowly approaches the debris clouds surrounding the Stream.

I bring this up because this week’s entry is a bit of an odd one. I’m actually covering something that has since disappeared. A natural phenomenon that had stayed stable for a number of years (at least since before I started researching for EVE Travel), but appears to have dissipated somewhere in December of last year, if my reports are correct. The phenomenon I’m referring to is – was – known as the Terminus Stream. It was perhaps most notable for being the most stable wormhole yet known. Unlike normal wormholes which most capsuleers are familiar with, the Terminus Stream didn’t just disappear in a matter of days. The Stream lasted at least for a number of years, which is simply unheard of from what little we understand of wormhole dynamics. And further unlike the wormholes we have come to know and love, this one appears to have been unrelated to Anoikis. Or rather, if there is a connection to Anoikis, we never saw it, partially because the area surrounding the Stream became very hazardous to many ships. Indeed, some reports suggest that getting within just a few kilometers of the Stream’s source was enough to destroy most ships.

Terminus Stream 3

Aura's automatic damage notifications are overlaid as Legacy attempts diving into the Stream

That was not the only odd thing about the Terminus stream. Obviously, once I came within range of it, I set sensors to maximum sensitivity. What Aura presented back to me was… unexpected, to say the least. As Aura explained, “the material being ejected from this wormhole consists of hydrogen, oxygen, silicon, iron, and other materials usually only found in those states and frequencies on terrestrial planets.” That at least suggested that, unlike the unstable wormholes to Anoikis, the other end of the wormhole was located on or even in the surface of a planet. Such an event would, to my knowledge at least, be unprecedented. Indeed, the streams from material from the planet would probably explain the damage sustained by ships, especially if they were getting thrown from the wormhole at high velocities. That would NOT, however, explain the wormhole’s odd appearance compared to the more common wormholes we know about. Unlike the more normal unstable wormholes, the Terminus Stream appeared as an almost blinding point source of light. Indeed, Aura needed to engage filters on the sensors to keep me from being blinded. The source of that light, especially if the other end of the wormhole was in a planet, is entirely unknown.

Terminus Stream 4

Vuorrassi serves as a blue counterpoint to the reddish glow of the Stream

I spent some time near the Stream when I visited, both taking in the site and even daring to fly my Drake near the debris field surrounding it, though I took care to never get too close to the terminus. I even tried getting through the wormhole’s mouth, but was forced to retreat due to heavy damage. Now I wish that I had spent even more. It was a shame that I wasn’t there to see the collapse of the wormhole. Indeed, when I went back to the site to confirm its disappearance earlier this month, nothing remained. Even the surrounding dust clouds had broken up by the time I made my way over to the site, leaving nothing left outside of a few pictures and memories.

It’s a shame that the mysteries surrounding the Stream were never solved. Where did it lead? Was it a fundamentally different kind of wormhole than the kinds we’re familiar with? Was the other end actually located within a planet as the debris surrounding it suggested? But nature rarely proves itself willing to wait until we get around to answering its innumerable questions. For better or for worse, the Terminus Stream seems to be gone forever, as just another reminder that the only constant in this universe is change.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Terminus Stream
  • System: Vuorrassi
  • Security Rating: 0.5
  • Region: Lonetrek
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -4.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Caldari, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
  • Additional Notes: As noted above, this site no longer appears within this system to my knowledge. Anyone who sees it is urged to contact me immediately!
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One response

  1. I had a lot of fun making money with the stream I sure miss it!

    May 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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