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Lighting the Cynosural Field December 28, 2011

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online, Null Sec.
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It was time to get myself back to Deklein in null sec… you know, before we lose it all… and Gaff set up a way for me to get some more ships out there.

Originally I had set up a courier contract with one of our guys who flies a jump freighter between empire space and null sec.  However, I had just missed his last trip out and so my stuff was going to sit until enough stuff accumulated to make the trip again.  That could end up being a week or two.

Gaff got one of our corp mates with a super carrier (a very big ship… bigger than a carrier) to jump out to empire space to pick up some of my stuff.  I just had to help in getting it to me.

I must digress for a moment to bring up how travel works in EVE Online.  Please check the comments for people correcting me on this, as it is extremely likely I am wrong on many points.

Within a solar system, you move short distances with the drives built into your ship and travel at speeds best measured in meters per second.  My freighter can go something like 80 m/s, while my Rifter, which is fitted for speed with an afterburner and a booster can easily hit 3,500 m/s (and can run at that speed forever).  In addition, there are microwarp drives, which speed you up even more, but which consume a lot of energy, usually more than your ship systems can provide.

To move long distances, like from planet to planet or off to a distant asteroid field, you use the warp drive in your ship.  While the previous drive lets you just… well… go… the warp drive needs a target.  It is very fast, covering astronomical unit distances in seconds.

Warp drives, and disrupting them, is often the key to small battles.  Warp drives allow you to escape battle quite quickly.  They do need a bit of time to set up and you have to have a target and you must align to that target before you can jump.  In that time somebody who is after you can use a warp disruptor fitted to their ship to basically turn off your warp drive.  Then you have to stay and fight, usually at bad odds.  That is what happened to me the other day.  There are also warp bubbles and interdictors and heavy interdictors (which are completely different) cloaking devices and the like which all make low sec and null sec… interesting.

To move between system you need to use a jump gate.  There are at least one, and often two or three, jump gates in any system in EVE Online, from empire to null sec.

Jump Gate in Action

This is how EVE explains away traveling interstellar distances.  Gates are natural choke points in the game, and the “gate camp,” hanging around a gate waiting for a target of opportunity is probably as old as the game itself. (Who set up the first gate camp in EVE?)  All that warp stopping stuff comes into play around gates as when you jump into a gate, you are too far away from it to jump right back out, so you must warp or fight if caught.

And then there are capital ships.

Capital ships cannot use jump gates.  Instead, they have built-in jump drives which cover interstellar distances, but which  need special fuel and a target to which to jump.

So to get the supercarrier out to pick up my stuff, I had to setup a target.  But first I had to get my stuff to another system.  A low sec system, so there was danger involved, though I was covered by a corp mate who scouted for me.

The Station for my Stuff

Once my stuff was in place, I was given a Kestral and sent out to be the jump target, which meant activating a cynosural field.

Flying the Kestral out of the Station

Gaff had the foresight to tell me to train that (so I could be target boy for him, but it is all good) so I was able to light it up.

Kestral and Cyno Field

The cyno field lit, the super carrier soon hove into view and docked in the station.

Looks like a Nyx

And then I learned something new!  Once you fire up the cyno field, it runs for 10 minutes.  During that time you are stuck there… and in this case, in a low sec system… sitting outside of a station with a great big flare announcing your presence.

Waiting for the timer to run down

The corp mate who set me up with the Kestral was astute enough to only load it with enough fuel for on 10 minute cycle.  If you forget to turn the field generator off and you have enough fuel, you will find yourself waiting out another 10 minute cycle.  So I was only hanging out in space for 10 minutes.

After that it was back to the station, where I gave back the Kestral, handed over my stuff, which included a Tengu, a Hulk, and my Crane blockade runner along with some fittings.  I had the two ships broken down to be carried one at a time in the Crane, in case I ended up having to sneak them into null sec. (A task for which the Crane was built.)

Then, quicker than I could switch jump clones (because I always forget I have to pause skill training to do so… and why is there no “resume skill training” button?) everything was waiting for me out in null sec.

Tengu in Null Sec

I can now haul and mine as well as finally doing something with that Tengu.  I bought the ship nearly two years ago and it has sat in my hanger ever since.  Hopefully, all of that will lead to some more ISK coming my way, as I seem to be spending far more than I am making of late.

And I have a new career ahead of me lighting cynosural fields for jump targets.

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1. Rothmog - December 28, 2011

Capitals can not enter Empire. I thought Empire was systems 0.5 sec status and higher? Low sec is not technically part of Empire.

There are also Cyno becons that are anchored on a POS. I would not suggest jumping to them w/o scouting the system first. Jumpbridges allow for sub-capital ships to move long distances by connecting 2 systems that are not conntected through jumpgates(think wormhole from Star Trek DS9, wormholes in eve are completely different). There are cyno jammers that prevent cyno generators from my being activated in a system (defense against hostile capitals). There are covert cyno generators that can still be activated in a cyno jammed system, but only black ops (blops) battleships may jump to or bridge covert-ops cloaking device ships to. Blops and jump freighters both have jump drives but can still use jumpgates and jump bridges(not sure about JF and bridges?)

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2. Wilhelm Arcturus - December 28, 2011

@Rothmog – Yeah, I guess low sec is not empire, though it was right next door!

I also did not mention jump bridges because, even after having used them a few times, I have no idea how that all works, gets set up, and so forth. And the other stuff, interesting details about which I had no clue up to this point. Thanks!

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3. Toldain - December 28, 2011

Some of my most memorable moments in EVE came when I lit cynos for Eperor, probably at the same station you did.

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4. pkudude99 - December 28, 2011

Dammit, you’re making me want to re-sub. I’d probably have to re-apply ot join Skyforger though….. I’ve been inactive so long I’m sure they booted me, but I’m logged out in XCF-8N, so I’d be right there.

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5. Gaff - December 29, 2011

@ Toldain: I bolted from LVSKY–decided it was a gigantic scam/second job. In another TNT corp and get to do whatever I want, when I want, including shooting bad guys.

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6. Toldain - December 29, 2011

@Gaff Interesting. That’s pretty much what burned me out, too. I’d think about playing again if I weren’t so wrapped up in Skyrim at the moment.

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7. Btek - February 27, 2012

@Rothmog: Capitals can not enter _high-sec_. They can go to low-sec (which is still “Empire”).

This particular capital was a Thanatos carrier from the screenshot, not a Nyx supercarrier. Don’t forget that supers (Titans and SCs) cannot dock.

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