Editor’s Note: At some point prior to September 1, 2015, the Ancient Tomb was moved from its location in orbit around Oyeman IV, Moon 1. The Tomb is now a scannable object that must be discovered using scanner probes. It is listed as a combat site.
It’s often easy to be caught up in the here and now. With so many things happening in the present, it can be difficult to remember how we’ve gotten where we are today. Things that seemed of monumental importance at the time often tend to be swallowed up by the great tides of History, either through conscious decision or simply the passage of time. As a capsuleer, it is sometimes even more difficult to remind yourself that, eventually, your name will also fade into the background of history. So, when I heard that an old war hero was buried in orbit of Oyeman IV, Moon I, I quickly set course. Perhaps most indicative of how even the mighty can fall, this particular tomb wasn’t even marked with a current beacon. As I warped to the site, however, Aura pulled up information in her ever helpful manner:
This ancient tomb is dedicated to Barak Makdar. The Amarr Empire considers him a war hero who took part in the very first Amarr-Minmatar war. The Minmatar Republic on the other hand views him as a war-criminal who is held responsible for many atrocities committed during the early days of Amarr rule in the Matar regions.
The Tomb was abandoned by officials over a century ago due to financial constraints. The Blood Raiders have taken the opportunity to set up an outpost here, restoring the life support system inside the tomb to make use of it.
I was so absorbed with reading the information that Aura had pulled up for me that I didn’t hear the numerous locking alarms that rang soon after dropping out of warp. It was only when the first shots crossed my bow that I realized that the tomb, apparently the tomb of an old Amarrian war hero, was also the site of a substantial Blood Raider outpost. I quickly warped the Professor out of the area, and returned a few moments later. The Blood Raider fleet was still on high alert, but they were unable to see past the Professor’s covert ops cloak. I breathed a sigh of relief and continued my observations.
The tomb itself was old and pretty worn down. Unlike some of the other monuments of similar Amarrian design that I’ve seen, this one definitely showed its age. The sides were crumbling and the dome was dully reflecting the light of nearby Oyeman. Standing in stark contrast to the tomb, the nearby Blood Raider Cathedral gleamed red in the sunlight. The Raiders had clearly taken great care to erect the cathedral. I wasn’t quite sure why they chose to place their cathedral next to this run down Amarrian tomb. Perhaps they saw it as the ultimate spit in the eye to the Amarrian religion that threw them out ages ago. Perhaps it was a convenient source of cloned human DNA. Perhaps it was just a convenient gathering place. I suspected that I would never know, and given their probable reaction to me asking them, I was fairly content with that.
Making sure that I kept a careful distance from anything that might interfere with the cloak, I did my best to take a tour of the area. Blood Raider ships ranging from frigates to battleships crawled over the area. For a supposedly small and fringe sect, they were able to field a surprisingly large number of ships out this far away from their main base of operations in Delve. It was a reminder of just how large this unnerving and frankly disturbing sect of the Sani Sabik really was. The Sani Sabik themselves left me distinctly uncomfortable, but I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt when it appeared that any bloodletting they did was purely voluntary.
My skin crawled, though, as I thought about their fascination with human blood. I knew of many people who had a thirst for blood, indeed such a trait was fairly standard among capsuleers, but these were the only people who took that thirst quite literally. All capsuleers have heard horror stories of those who had wandered into the path of a Blood Raider, and it was nothing that I cared to experience first hand. Unlike the Sani Sabik, the Blood Raiders preferred to take blood by force, and through the most gruesome means possible, it seemed. As someone who saw death on a daily basis, the idea that someone could purposely torture another like that was alien even to me.
After spending a few minutes at the site, I figured it was time to move on. Part of me itched to take down these pirates, there was that metaphorical (for me, at least) thirst for blood again, but obviously the Professor was not exactly a combat ship. I gazed one more time at Barak Makdar’s tomb. A war hero, or a mass murderer depending on who you asked, lay there. I doubt he would approve of what his tomb was being used for today. More intriguingly, however, I wondered what he would say to his tomb, his story, being forgotten by his people. He was clearly a hero to the Amarr at the time he died, or he wouldn’t have warranted such an elaborate tomb. But here he was, thinking he would live forever in memory, another person lost in the sands of time.
- Attraction: Ancient Tomb
- System: Oyeman IV, Moon 1
- Security Rating: 0.2
- Region: Devoid
- Potential Hazards: Getting to Oyeman involves low sec travel. Pirates and gate camps should be expected. A cov ops or other cloaking ship is recommended. Also note that this site is apparently a static site for an old mission. As such, the site is filled with many Blood Raider spawns, ranging from frigates to a battleship spawn. Caution (or a fairly well tanked combat ship) is recommended.