Sightseeing in the Cluster

Latent Transmitter


I approach the transmitter

The mind is a complicated thing, and even in this day and age we have yet to unlock all of its secrets. Oh, sure, we’ve made great strides since we first thought that thinking took place in the heart and the brain was useless, to the point where today we can even freeze the precise neural configuration of a person, scan it, and transmit it into a new body. When you stop and think about that for a moment, think about the unfathomable complexity of the human brain, the fact that we are able to transmit it into an entirely new body is nothing short of astonishing. But I digress. Despite our advances in the understanding of neuroscience, some things remain unknown. How does that vast interconnecting web form who we are? What is that precise spark that determines my self-awareness? What sensory inputs do we actually detect? This last one has been a matter of intense study. The idea that there’s something else the conscious brain can sense other than the normal six senses has always fascinated us as humans, and there always seems to be some research into something beyond.


The main transmitter can be seen in the background

I had always chalked these up to superstition, personally. The idea that there was something that we could only perceive unconsciously, that certain things could influence us in ways we can’t even detect, that we could read other people’s minds… it always seemed like a bunch of hogwash to me. Yet people always seemed interested in it. Particularly, the Thukkers have apparently taken an interest in it in recent years. And, if reports are to be believed, they may have actually found something. At the very least, they certainly think that they’ve found something. And they believe it enough to try to take advantage of it. And so, with the help of Egonics Corporation, they built a testbed facility in the heart of Federation space: the Latent Transmitter. I had been doing a bit of research on the facility before I set course. Having set up my comms system to block all transmissions from the facility, I quickly set course, while looking over the summary of information that Aura provided for me.


Belt 1 of Parchanier IV sits about 350 kilometers away from the Transmitter

The Thukker tribe smugglers have acquired top secret technology from Egonics Inc. and are using it for their own nefarious purposes. The technology allows the transmission of latent messages over long distances. The smugglers have erected a huge transmitter station that is capable of reaching the whole constellation with its subliminal messages. Some are wondering why the local authorities aren’t doing anything to stop this depravity, but they never seem to wonder for long…


The landing pad beneath the main transmitter. Parchanier IV can be seen in the distant background

I had to wonder why the Thukkers decided to put their testbed so openly into Federation space. I had to hope, at least, that they would target their “nefarious” plans towards the Empire instead of the Republic’s allies, but the Thukkers had always been a bit of an odd tribe within the Republic. Maybe it was to protect their alleged smuggling ring set up throughout the constellation. Maybe it was just a test bed before being deployed to active duty. Or maybe it was just a legitimate transmitter that sent out legitimate Minmatar entertainment programming. Who knows. What I did know, however, was that it was putting out something. Professor Science was clearly picking up undecipherable transmissions from the facility (though potentially just encrypted). In any case, Aura couldn’t make heads or tails out of it. I didn’t dare listen to the transmissions in case the rumors were true, regardless of how initially preposterous they sounded…


A Thrasher-class vessel sits near the facility

Whatever the use, the facility itself certainly appeared innocuous enough. It appeared to be a standard broadcast facility. A central transmitter stood in the center, a massive antenna broadcasting… something to… somewhere. Surrounding the main antenna stood four smaller pylons, connected by bridges. Presumably, they held crew and support facilities. Just below the antenna stood the main docking port. Unusually, the transmitter only stood about 350 kilometers away from the Parchanier IV asteroid belt. It was rare to find anyone building anything so close to an asteroid belt without actually putting the facility in the asteroid belt, hoping for some kind of shielding from the belt ores. The Thukkers almost certainly used the belt for the resources to build the transmitter, but decided to put it just beyond the belt limit for some reason. I’ll just chalk that one up to the same indecipherable reasoning that put the thing in Parchanier instead of somewhere, you know, important.


Parchanier glows in the distance.

I circled around the facility for a few minutes. A number of ships, both of Minmatar and other designs, sat around the facility, but none seemed particularly interested in talking to me. The longer I sat around the transmitter, I have to admit, the less the entire facility seemed to interest me. It was just a transmitter, right? There is nothing particularly fascinating about it. I soon got bored with the entire facility. As I set course out of the system, I couldn’t even remember why I wanted to visit in the first place…

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Latent Transmitter
  • System: Parchanier
  • Security Rating: 0.6
  • Region: Sinq Laison
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -4 in security status, or -5 standing with the Gallente, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
  • Additional Notes: This also serves as an Gallente COSMOS site.

One response

  1. Franklen

    Enjoyable read, Mark. Very well written 🙂

    May 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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