Sightseeing in the Cluster

Blood Raider Crypt


A partially constructed data storage center for the Blood Raiders

When you stop to think about it, it’s strange to think of something intangible like information as something of value. A piece of paper and a pencil are just that until the pencil is used to write strange symbols or equations on to the paper. Suddenly, that piece of dead and reprocessed tree could be worth more than entire star systems. People pay millions, even billions of isk for data disks with blueprints on them that automatically self-destruct after a certain number of uses. People may like to show off with their bigger and better ships, and their more damaging weaponry, but it’s really information that drives the economy. Information on ship building, or weapons tweaks, or even enemy positions and plans. Even if you cataloged every item in New Eden, you wouldn’t even have half of the actual worth of the cluster because most of the value in the cluster is contained not on paper, but in people’s minds. It’s how the cluster works, I suppose.


Temporary storage medium, awaiting upload to the central station.

I’m not entirely sure everyone always understands the value of information. Some people leave information surprisingly easy to access, leaving some people losing everything. Others can have their lives ruined without them even knowing about it until it was too late. One group that seemed to understand the importance of information security was the Blood Raiders. I accidentally discovered their new data crypt while exploring the fascinating Port Maphante, not recognizing that the two were connected. I had decided to take the irregular acceleration gate that I had found on the outskirts of the port town, not entirely sure where I was being flung to. As I activated the gate, Aura interfaced with the gate to bring up some basic information for me to digest:

BRcrypt3The crypt is occupied by the Blood Raiders and has become one of their main hub and place of operation for the whole constellation. The Blood Raider cult is large and houses many kinds of people. The merchant arm of the cult is particularly strong here in the crypt and is responsible for the heavy reliance made on data gathering and information peddling. Consequently, the crypt stores the cumulative knowledge of the Blood Raiders on the Araz constellation.


Legacy comes to a rest near the still-under-construction data storage center.

Sure enough, as my sensor interference cleared up, I found myself surrounded by a number of Blood Raider ships, varying from frigates to battleships. Despite Aura tagging them as enemies, none of them locked on to me immediately, so I decided to take a look around.  Right in front of Legacy was a massive station, still under construction. Most of the structure that I could see seemed to consist of either weapon placements or computer storage; no doubt for all the various data that the Blood raiders were collecting. Exactly what they were collecting data about I really didn’t want to know,  but for once I examined a Blood Raider structure without significant amounts of organic liquids, so I took that to be a good thing.


An overview of the various construction ships and support platforms.

Surrounding the station was a variety of not just support and construction ships, but also a variety of platforms. Some of them seemed to be temporary data storage media, ready to be installed in the station superstructure when it was completed. Other seemed to be support platforms for the ships, holding various supplies needed to construct the massive station. The entire area was a hive of activity, as ships flitted back and forth between the various platforms and the station itself. I was surprised that I was mostly ignored, not even the ships that had weapons on them seemed to pay me much attention. Maybe it was like one of those old holos of the cyborgs: they would only attack if you presented yourself to be a threat. I didn’t really know, but I wasn’t exactly complaining either.


Another data platform with the station behind it.

To say that I was surprised by the blatant pathway between Port Maphante and the Blood Raiders storage outpost would be an understatement. It hinted at a kind of corruption within the Empire that heretofore had only been the realm of wild speculation. And what, exactly, were the Blood Raiders collecting data on? What were they going to do with it? Why would they need to protect it in such a massive fortress? The more time I spent in the Araz constellation, the more convinced I was that there was something rotten in the Empire, and it wasn’t just some long-limbed roe that was left out on the counter too long.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Blood Raider Crypt
  • System: Garisas
  • Security Rating: 0.5
  • Region: Kador
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -4.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Amarr, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen. There are significant Blood Raider forces here, but they they did not lock on to me the entire time that I spent exploring the site.
  • Additional Notes: This also serves as an Amarr COSMOS site, accessible only through Port Maphante’s acceleration gate.
  • Scheduling Note: It’s the end of the year, and I’m enjoying some much needed rest, so the next EVE Travel will pick up on the weekend of Jan. 8th. Happy holidays from EVE Travel!

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