Sightseeing in the Cluster

Veldnaught

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The Professor approaches the massive, Revelation-class vessel Veldnaught

We all strive to have our 15 minutes of fame. I myself have not been above promoting myself to try to boost my public visibility. There was simply something about fame… it’s intoxicating to whoever has it. The fact that you’re somebody out there among the vast trillions of people in our universe, the fact that someone beyond your friends and relatives cares what happens to you. Of course, for most people, the adage “fame is fleeting” is all too true. Most people gain fame (or its twin, notoriety) only to soak it up for a few moments and have it move on before you even know what happened.

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The stately Revelation-class ship moves away from its home berth in Amarr

Of course, someone forgot to tell this to Chribba, perhaps the best known capsuleer in New Eden. Beyond running a popular site on GalNet, for my purposes Chribba was most notable for having one of very few capital ships within high security space. He’s well known among the capsuleer community, and more importantly, well respected. Among an entire cluster of unsavory characters, he’s one of the few people who’s been able to gain the trust of a wide variety of capsuleers by leveraging his celebrity.

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The Veldnaught manuevers among ships during a busy day in the Amarrian home system

The moment I heard of the Veldnaught, and what it was, I knew I simply had to see it. It’s rare enough to see a dreadnaught of any kind in high security space, but practically unheard of to see a capital ship dedicated not to combat, but to mining. The Veldnaught is designed to destroy not other ships, but asteroids, as it sucks the veldspar out of them for sale on the market. Without a single offensive weapon, the Veldnaught is quite possibly the largest completely neutral ship that I know of. Of course, rumor has it that even larger vessels of this kind exist, but I’m hesitant to give the rumor credit until I see it with Professor Science’s sensors. Regardless, I knew the Veldnaught existed, and I was determined to see it.

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The Professor orbits a few hundred meters off of the mighty Veldnaught

As I started my journey to see the ship, I looked up on GalNet any information I could find on it. At the foremost of my mind: how did it get there in the first place? All capsuleers know that cynosural fields can’t form in high security space: empires have spent countless isk to make sure that each high security system is cyno-jammed to ensure that neither capsuleer nor enemy-aligned capital ships can enter their core systems. Furthermore, the sheer size of a dreadnaught (or any capital class vessel, for that matter), meant that they couldn’t use the jumpgate network. The wormholes formed by the jumpgates simply can’t support a vessel of a dreadnaught’s size or mass. After a few minutes of digging, though, I had my answer. Apparently the high sec cyno-jammers were installed only a few years ago (though still quite a while before I graduated from the Center for Advanced Study). Back then, you could construct capital ships within empire space, and apparently even cyno in and out. When the Empires started up the cyno-jammers, most capital ships jumped out while they could. Chribba, obviously, did not. But that means that the Veldnaught is forever trapped in Amarr: it can’t jump to any other high sec space, and should it somehow lock onto a cyno beacon in low security space, it’d be forced to leave Amarr forever. And so the Veldnaught sits, trapped forever in the Amarrian home system. Of course, no more capital ships can be built in high security space either.

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A closeup of the bow of the Veldnaught

As I finished my research, I entered the bustling hub system of Amarr. I warped to the main Amarr market hub, intent first on picking up a few things from my hanger there. As I came out of warp, however, all ideas of immediately docking flew out the window, as the graceful Revelation-class dreadnaught flew into view. Chribba seemed intent on parading the Veldnaught today, as if it were on display somewhere. It slowly made its way back and forth among the ships swarming near the Emperor Family Academy. This gave me the perfect chance to see the ship for myself. While I had at least some experience with Amarrian capital ships, the Revelation was entirely new to me. As with most things Amarr, it was a very graceful vessel, and it’s gold-hued hull gleamed in the sunlight. Massive turrets, themselves larger than the Professor, guarded each side of the ship. Of course, these turrets were outfitted with mining lasers instead of guns, but the ship was imposing nonetheless. I fought the instinctive urge to get my diminutive vessel as far away from the massive ship as possible, intent on seeing anything I could on the ship.

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The Veldnaught from a side view.

Chribba himself could be seen in the local comm channels, chatting it up with traders, miners, and other less-seemly sorts. Many seemed as thrilled to see the Veldnaught as I was. I contented myself by staying quiet and  observing the action around me. Watching a hub as busy as Amarr was almost soothing, as I watched ships come and go under the watchful eye of both CONCORD and the Veldnaught. After more than a few minutes, I shook myself out of my observations. There was work to do instead of just sitting here. It was with a heavy heart that I quickly docked the Professor, gathered my items, and was on my way.

As I left Amarr, I couldn’t help but contemplate fame. Everyone wanted to be famous outside of their own niche. To be recognized by complete strangers for some feat or action. It’s inherently (and inherently egotistically) human to want others to know who you are. To be Someone. Some wanted it for the money. Others want it to further their services and recognition. I suspect many, like myself, want it to feel special, to feel in some way distinct from the vast and nameless masses. Chribba has managed to do that, and he has built thriving businesses because of his fame, and his built his fame because of his businesses. I couldn’t quite say how he had managed to do this, but I had to admit, a part of me certainly envied him.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: The Veldnaught
  • System: Amarr
  • Security Rating: 1.0
  • Region: Domain
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -2 in security status, or -5 standing with the Amarr, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
  • Additional Notes: The Veldnaught can often be seen either mining in the asteroid belts or plying the spaceways, but even capsuleers have to sleep. So it may not always be out. However, Chribba has proven himself gracious and more than willing to show off the ship if he is asked.
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5 responses

  1. Oh man this is a great write up. I love all your stuff but this has to be my favorite so far because it’s a living, breating thing inside of EVE.

    I have always wanted to see this, hell I have always wanted to do this but couldn’t figure it out >_<

    Well done, I am looking forward to your next post, hopefully the Velatar?

    June 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  2. An interesting and well-written report on a very special subject, well done. I’ve had the chance to see the Veldspar undock and it is something you don’t soon forget.

    June 20, 2010 at 6:44 am

  3. I’ve been in Amarr alot but never seen the Veldnaught with my own eyes. Thanks for the great pictures !

    June 22, 2010 at 1:41 am

  4. callmeroth

    I SEE ME. IN A BRUTIX. 3rd Picture just low left of the Abaddon.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

  5. Great article, makes me want to try and see it myself. 😀

    July 1, 2010 at 5:24 am

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