Sightseeing in the Cluster

Solari Constructs

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The Professor's shields struggled to keep Wirashoda's heat at bay as it approaches the Construct

EDIT: This site no longer appears to be present in Wirashoda. Please see additional notes.

When flying through New Eden, it is often easy to forget that stars are more than just a backdrop in space. Besides anchoring all the planets in a system in orbit, stars provide the warmth necessary to sustain life, not to mention enough light to ensure that I can actually see what I’m doing wherever I am in a system. And all of this comes from a ball of gas and plasma massive enough to slam atoms together fast enough to convert some of that mass into energy. In many ways, main sequence stars are amazing, if oft ignored, things.

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An asteroid colony silhouetted against nearby Wirashoda

With putting out enough light and heat to push back the cold darkness in space, it was always a little surprising to me that more races didn’t better utilize that energy, of course. It was for this reason that I was pleasantly surprised to see something called the “Solari Construct” when I entered the dead-end system of Wirashoda. Intrigued, I immediately told the Professor to set a course, and was sent on a course barreling towards the center of the system.

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The Construct, as well as a number of other solar harvesters, stretch out in the distance

As I came out of warp, I immediately had to dim the sensor inputs. The Professor stood a mere 5,000 kilometers from the fiery surface of Wirashoda itself, and the star’s proximity threatened to blind me. Aura nearly instantaneously responded, and within moments I was able to actually look at where I was. Near my warp-in point, a solar harvester sat, soaking in the sunlight. A line of them stretched off into the distance, at least 4 or 5 of them. The graceful structures looked like upside down raindrops: thick near the “top” (if such an orientation is really possible in space), only to have it trail off to a point.

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A close up of the abandoned asteroid complex. In the distance, the Solari Monument floats.

Beside the solar harvesters there sat two apparently abandoned asteroid complexes. Like similar complexes throughout the cluster, these consisted of essentially hollowed out asteroids bound together with a number of metal pipes. I detected no apparent signs of life in either of the constructs, and I wondered for how long the Construct had been abandoned. It couldn’t have been all that long, as everything in the area seemed in fairly good condition. Even the nearby Solari Monument only showed minimal signs of aging, despite the harsh conditions this close to the star.

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The Solari Memorial

As with so many things in New Eden, the builders of this construct, or even its purpose, are mysteries. Why build SO close to the star? What were the builders trying to accomplish? How had they maintained the structures so well in light of the heat and destructive rays coming from the star? By this point, of course, I have relegated myself to never fully understanding the mysteries found throughout New Eden. Still, it wouldn’t stop me from trying.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Solari Constructs
  • System: Wirashoda
  • Security Rating: 0.5
  • Region: The Forge
  • 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: It doesn’t appear as if this site is present in Wirashoda anymore, possibly removed in the Tyrannis expansion and replaced by an Abandoned Mining Colony.
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2 responses

  1. Nice read.

    May 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

  2. Pingback: New Eden Regions: The Forge | To Boldly Go

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