Saturday, 23 April 2016

[PHP1] Recruitment Adverts Part I

Lately I've been spending less time in the capsule and more time outside it, in-station, planetside etc. I'm not sure when this trend began, but it's partly because there is so much going on out there in Khanid, in our growing corporation, in the Empire and in the cluster as a whole, it's as if the effort to keep abreast of it all has prevented me from finding the time to go out there and fly.

The most important news of the last week is the culmination of the Succession Trials. The Empire is now entering the era of Empress-elect Catiz Tash-Murkon. This is excellent news for this Ni-Kunni who welcomes the ascendance to the throne of Amarr of an ethnic Udorian who spent time in the private sector. To all you True Amarr: in this choice of Empress, God's will has shown that none of you are superior to the rest of us and that change is inevitable. How's all that purity worked out for you?

I'll get into more detail about that another time...

Another project I've been heavily involved in this week is the designing of some recruitment adverts for the corporation, because we need some, and because as a Ni-Kunni, once that creativity starts it's best to just go with it (regular all-nighters in the quarters even though in a station the concept of 'night' is meaningless).

This is an initial experimental phase. There are a lot more where these came from, but for now the themes are simplicity-of-message, power, and the righteous Khanid Titan.

Expect these and more to start appearing on holovids, streams, adverts, message boards, station billboards everywhere, and maybe even those huge things that sit next to every stargate.

By the way, [PHP1] is recruiting!

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[out-of-character bit: as a fellow creative professional in RL I'm pleased to give due credit and to make clear that the above were produced using the superb 'Project Jeremy' by T'amber aka caldariprimeponyclub, which as a design utility is so unbelievably powerful that it's tempting to play it instead of the game. T'amber is looking to develop 'Jeremy' into a full 3D animation tool which would be like having your own EVE-themed film studio. Find out more here]

Monday, 18 April 2016

Behold The Return Of The Khanid Titan

Here's a history lesson:

One of the most decisive events during the Khanid Rebellion some 300 years ago was the defection of key personnel of the Amarr Third Fleet that were loyal to the Rebellion's instigator Grand Admiral Garkeh Khanid (who later assumed the title King Khanid II).  Under his leadership, they orchestrated the confiscation/theft of one of only two Avatars that the Imperial Navy possessed at the time.

That ship was the original Khanid Titan: a ship that gave the nascent Khanid Kingdom the power to repel the bitter reprisals that followed its inception and allowed it to retain independence during that most critical period.

cam drone still: Crystalline Entity. fair use terms asserted. [PHP1] is recruiting!

This is not that ship.

This is our Avatar that we keep in [classified]. We use it to put the fear of God in people** as well as use it as a jump bridge to shortcut the normal way of doing things.

Recently we had a Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoating applied to it at extraordinarily vulgar expense - because the damn thing is so big and that stuff is priced by the square metre. It is now a pukka Khanid Avatar rather than just a regular cookie-cutter Avatar like everybody else's.

I'd like to say we did this in honour of King Khanid II and as a precursor to the upcoming establishment of the Independent Empyrean Republic of Khanidistan, and that is the line I will take in public; but really we did it just because now it looks awesome.

That is all...

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[**Titans are more of a political weapon than a utility, because they are so huge and unwieldy that it takes a week just to decide to move one. Titans are in many ways virtually useless because of this, but don't ever let that stop you from building one, because doomsday!!]

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Eight Titans In A Circle

"By the time your heart beats twice I'm already three AU away..."
Hedion University Guest Lecture Series Holovid Archives: Zafarara Fari - Advanced Covert Operations During Wartime

The news feeds lit up today with the announcement of the arrival in Amarr of no less than eight Avatar Titans, which proceeded to formate in a ceremonial circle formation in the vicinity of the trade hub and in orbit around Oris (somebody said it looked like a 'Doomsday Standoff'). Interesting that they parked here instead of orbiting Amarr Prime which is after all the seat of government, but then visibility and being seen is everything in the theocracy. It's remarkable how much being an empyrean has distanced me from the Empire's ongoing minutiae that often seems so trivial and insular when viewed with a cosmic perspective.

The Titans are carrying the parties involved in the upcoming finals of the Amarr Championships, so it won't be long now before we get to find out who the Empire's new incumbent is (I favour Catiz Tash-Murkon because the Empire badly needs a moderate in there).

As soon as I found out about this event, I dropped everything and headed to Amarr in the fastest ship I've got (my Anathema, which hits nearly 13 AU per second in warp). This could have been problematic given that once again Darwinism is under the spotlight of another bunch of casual born-to-lose 'wardeccers'. For the record: this time it's Complaints Department and Skulls & Crossbeams. Never heard of them? Me neither.

You can't let amateurs like these interrupt your business, especially when there is an important once-in-a-lifetime event underway, so I used a covert ops ship which is the default starting point in this situation, and did some pre-transit intel-gathering to establish whether any of these hobbyists were active in Amarr today (which they weren't), along with planning an alternative route to Amarr well off the usual trade routes.

When I got to the trade hub, I simply stood 80 km off from the formation under cloak and used my cam drones to check out the formation of Titans instead of being an egotistical narcissist and sitting right in the middle of them, attracting fire, gankers, 'deccers etc. etc.

Here's the result. It was actually a seriously awesome sight. All this power in one place:

If you're heading to Amarr to check out these ships, here's a word of general caution: given the nature of capsuleers it is very likely that these ships will become a magnet for suicide gankers who will use the 'tourist attraction effect' to farm unsuspecting visitors who converge on them. Just assume an egoless covert ops mindset and merge with the cosmic background like the Ghost of Omist; or if you're not inconvenienced by war then just fly a rookie ship with no cargo and make yourself valueless. Or just keep watching your back. At all times.

Re: highsec wardeccers. Wasters. Treat them like the disease they are and you'll be fine. Nobody is immortal outside the pod. Covert ops is the way forward. If any 'deccers are reading this then come to Khanid Lowsec and surf the pipe with us. Contact chief diplo Borgin at [PHP1] and name the time and place.

Amarr Ni-Kunni Victor! Jamyl Lives!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

'The North Is A Ball Of Fire And It's Beautiful'

You can't possibly have missed it.

The eruption of hostilities in the nullsec in Tribute and Branch (so far) that appears to mark the beginning of the end of one of the most persistent empyrean hegemonies in New Eden, with a ferocity and extravagance of combat that may yet dwarf anything the moribund four 'empires' have ever done.

This is an Empyrean Golden Age, even to this pacifist.

The opening battles in M-OEE8 and J-GAMP have already proven to be on a par with previous events like B-R5RB in terms of ship losses and costs, and some stats indicate this battle involved the largest-ever number of ships being present on the field of combat.

It's not even over yet. It's only just begun.

You know who the major players are, you've seen the media, so there's no need to go over it again.

As usual I, on the other hand, take an artistic and a cosmic perspective with a bit of physics thrown in for flavour.

All the reports I've seen indicate most of the combat in J-GAMP took place near the M-O stargate, which in turn is in the vicinity of the ninth planet in that system. J-GAMP also has two terrestrial planets (J-G IV and V): the details according to the zkillboard service, the DOTLAN service and others, indicate that the conflict described above would have been visible from the night side of J-G V, with most of the action being visible for a few hours after sunset.

To any planetsiders down there on V who saw it with their own eyes, the battle will have manifested as tiny brief flickers of light beside the bright gas giant; in a telescope it would have been compelling; in other parts of the EM spectrum either side of the visible, the battle would have been as bright as a supernova - all that waste heat and guns etc.

[cam drone still from the battle: Lord_Maldoror/newsfeeds. Fair use terms asserted]

However if you missed the spectacle, want to re-live it and you don't want to bother with the innumerable media feeds from it that will take a historical perspective, you'll be able to watch it again in real-time; but not yet.

We empyreans are used to living in a world that travels faster than light. Light itself is to us incredibly slow. If you observe the normal rules of the universe then at a given point in the future, take up a position on a planet or in an orbital that has line-of-sight with the J-GAMP system and focus a very big telescope on it (publicise it - make it a party). The battle in J-GAMP is already in our past, but it is yet to be visible in another location's future, and will be visible years from now in a form of delayed real-time, by virtue of a constantly-expanding spacetime information horizon moving at the speed of light (like ripples in a pond's surface). It will take time for the light from the battle in J-GAMP to catch up with you, because you, the capsuleer, can outrun that light, and you will be able to watch the battle again in 'real time'.

This information horizon will become a permanent action replay of Goonswarm's epitaph.

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[#1: by the standards described above, assuming for the sake of example that the J-GAMP system is visible from our place in Nandeza which is 42 light-years away, then I should be able to tune in with a very large telescope some time during the year YC160...]

[#2: thanks to corp bro Borgin for the title quote. Serious karma there!]