1 - Back Into the Depths
Ah-- it’s been a while since I did this.
Ave, pilots! So, for those of you who don’t know me already I’m a slightly noisy Achur with a bit of a writing habit and enough of an ego to sometimes think I might have something fun or interesting to share with people, so usually that writing takes the form of a public journal. A lot of my work’s been the “Sojourn” writings on various topics, but, really, I’m pretty well settled now so that title doesn’t seem so appropriate anymore.
So. New project.
To be clear, pilots, comments are completely welcome. So are corrections and even a little argument; I’m hoping this’ll be a bit informative, but even the limited expertise I have is more what you might expect from, like, a naturalist than a really focused researcher. Mostly I write about this stuff because I like talking about and discussing it, but I don’t pretend to have the best info all the time. So, yeah, corrections welcome.
Anyway. . . .
It’s been a while-- like a year or so-- since I did a lot of Abyss diving. For a while, a couple years ago, it was a nearly daily activity. I dove mostly Tier 3 and 4 until I finally made it through my first 5 and … well. It was hard to look back after that.
Only, also, it also didn’t really allow for a lot of photography, you know? … Lots of excitement, and the profit margin spiked a lot, but … it wasn’t gentle. Not in the way that lets you divide your attention. Not at all.
Then, the invasions happened.
I’ll probably be doing Tier 5 again regularly sooner or later. For now, it’s nice to be able to do something that lets me play around, and experiment, and talk to people. And do a bit of photography.
Something I’d like to just get out of the way: I’m aware some people consider this kind of work morally questionable, or even outright horrid. It’s true that the filaments are a Triglavian creation and that a diver is necessarily accepting a challenge from the Collective by activating one. It’s a controlled environment; we are, while we’re there, rats in a maze, running a test in hopes of tasty cheese.
To that extent, volunteering to be an experimental subject for a society that’s done what the Triglavians have seems … well, bad. Foolish at best. At worst. . . .
To me, though-- I don’t see what the Triglavians gain from me by me running these that they haven’t already got. It’s not like I’ve changed my tactics a lot. I’m sure they’re watching, but by now I expect I’m mostly confirming what they already knew about me. In exchange I get to kill either the Triglavians or (mostly) people we probably don’t want looting the Abyss, and I get to take the Triglavians’ stuff.
Then also, I’m not sure we’ve found a single way to fight the Triglavians that the Collective doesn’t consider to fall within the framework of a proving. Even in the invasions, it seemed like the arenas just got bigger.
I do think reasonable people can differ on this, though. I just do what makes sense to me.
Anyway! The Abyss.
There’ve been some changes since I was last diving much: tachyon cloud navigational hazards (fun!), plus a bunch of new visitors: in addition to our old friends the Drifters/Sleepers, the Triglavians, and the rogue drones, we can now add Sansha’s Nation (who we kind of knew were around but never saw), the Angel Cartel (that’s new. Also, OW! Stop that!), and (sigh) CONCORD. Whoooo seem to be completely and violently on board with the whole nature of the contest, so I can’t feel too bad.
(Let me know if I left someone out? It’s late.)
More to follow, starting with those lovely cream-colored what-does-this-do-oh-gods-I’m-HOW-far-outside-the-stable-zone clouds.