Allow reprocessing of corpses into Biomass, a PI commodity, while slightly reducing Planktic Colonies (required to produce that PI’s Biomass) concentration. This will incentivize more PVP with podding.
If you afraid of the abuse by ppl podding themselves for Biomass I say you can already get Biomass for free and faster (2000+ units/day - from one planet) by doing PI… Let them, they will eventually get bored doing it to themselves and switch to doing it to others and get more fun
If your sole interest was in Quafe+ then here it is
Of all the 65216 PI capable planets only 9.45% can be used for harvesting of raw component Planktic Colonies required to produce Biomass
(3234 ice 4.95%, 2935 oceanic 4.5%, (source)[Planets - EVE University Wiki], last edited on 25 December 2022, at 09:38).
Due to that scarcity of Planktic Colonies raw component, the Biomass’ price is 50% higher on average than other P1 planetary commodities.@1.2k ISK/unit avg. Even single planet type resources like Felsic Magma (lava planets only) or Reactive Gas (gas planets only) are cheaper than Planktic Colonies
Biomass is then used (indirectly) in production of:
- Broadcast Node (160 units of Biomass required to produce 1 unit)
- Integrity Response Drones (in two different components out of 3! - so 320 units of Biomass required)
- Self-Harmonizing Power Core (160 units req.)
- Recursive Computing Module (160 units req.)
- Sterile Conduits (160 units req.)
All required for production of Structures, Sov upgrades and Capital modules. As you can see, a lot of value is at stake here and depends on a scarce resource. More examples will follow.
Biomass unit volume is 0.38m3 while capsuleer corpse volume is 2m3 (yeah, I know it’s weird).
What if the corpses could be reprocessed, with basic 50% efficiency (or higher depending on Reprocessing skills level)? Then ~1m3 or ~2 units of Biomass would be possible to recover from one frozen capsuleer corpse? Let’s bring things into perspective a little.
To build (but not only) Territorial Claim Units (or TCU) required for system sovereignty declaration by alliances, requires, among the other, commodities mentioned earlier, “containing” Biomass:
- 6 x Broadcast Nodes
- 5 x Integrity Response Drones
- 6 x Self-Harmonizing Power Core
- 6 x Recursive Computing Module
- 9 x Sterile Conduits
Converting it to Biomass required gives us 6240 units. That is 1 or 2 boring days worth of Biomass production at PI factory on one planet…
…Or exciting 3120 frozen corpses reprocessed into Biomass at standard 50% efficiency! As theorized earlier.
While gruesome to some it would neatly fit in EVE Online utilitarian ethos of (almost) zero waste. Furthermore it would give more reason to pod on a mass scale if Planktic Colonies would become slightly more scarce.
There once was even a BP available for a special deployable corpse harvester (Mobile Sanguine Harvester) available from Crimson Harvest event. I don’t know if it was BPO or BPC but the harvesters can still be bought from market for ~16mil ISK (min price). It could come back and become more useful.
One more thing. The lore article on capsuleer body cloning states that best source of biomass for this purpose are cadavers. So allowing this proposition to reprocess corpses into Biomass would be consistent with New Eden lore.