Despite the fact that without stars, none of us would be here, it’s remarkably easy to forget that they exist. Stop for a moment to think about them. Within your average G-type star, 620 million tons of hydrogen is converted into helium per second. And that’s just your average star. The sheer amount of energy that the average star puts out every second puts every single doomsday weapon ever fired to shame. Our entire existence revolves around stars. Without them, interstellar travel would be impossible, planets (if they ever formed to begin with) would go flying off in every direction, not to mention that life as we know it would never have evolved. Still, the average capsuleer doesn’t give these anchors of a solar system more than a passing glance. They’re something to look at while streaking through warp, perhaps, but nothing more. I know that most of the time, I’m the exact same way.
However, not everyone is. A friend of mine pointed out a rather odd situation in Geztic. Having little else to do, I quickly made my way over to the largely nondescript system and, in perhaps the first time I’ve ever done this when not trying to run away from something, warped to near the star. Aura automatically reduced the input from sensors to keep myself from being blinded. Oddly, I wasn’t alone as I warped in. I found myself next to what initially appeared to be a standard Caldari shuttle. But someone had made some modifications to the design. For one thing, they had repainted the thing, and sensors noted an odd conflux in the local magnetic field. I had Aura run an indepth scan, and within a few moments she shot back an analysis:
The only thing sensors can make out about this ship is that it has some kind of receiver that interacts with the star’s natural magnetic field. There is one faint life sign, similar to a human in cryogenic stasis.
This was getting odder by the moment. Why would a shuttle just be sitting here, near a star, interacting with its magnetic field? And why would someone be in cryo? To my knowledge, cryo was barely used these days, especially considering the fact that traveling from one system to another now takes seconds, not years. Back when the jump network was first getting established, that was understandable. But with the advent of jump drives, not to mention clones, we no longer needed to freeze ourselves to keep ourselves alive for long periods of time. So who was this person, and what was he (or she) doing here? How long has this shuttle been here, doing whatever it is it’s doing with the local magnetic fields? The star itself seemed to be a normal class A0 star, with no obvious defects or aberrations.
A brief search through the GalNet revealed more information, as it quickly became clear that I was not the first person to notice this site. Theories, of course, abounded as to the origin of the shuttle, from a possible Sleeper connection (all stars that destabilized in the Seyllin Incident were, like Geztic, class A0), to being the home of Sansha Kuvakei himself. Whatever its origin, it’s clear that the shuttle appears to be invincible (not that I was able to test that in the unarmed Professor), and that no one has a particularly good idea of where it came from, what it was doing here, or why it chose Geztic of all places. As a wise woman once said, “curiouser and curiouser.”
Seeing the depth of research that has already been performed on this shuttle, I doubted that I could add much to the literature on the subject. All I can do is spread the word to as many people as possible to encourage others to solve this mystery, and keep an eye on Geztic. Something, I hesitate to call it instinct or intuition, told me that this was important. I don’t know why, and I don’t know when it will be, but this was supposed to be something important. Keep your eyes on Geztic.
- Attraction: Mysterious Shuttle
- System: Geztic
- Security Rating: 0.7
- Region: Khanid
- Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -3.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Amarr, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
- Additional Notes: Any additional information on this site would be welcome.