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Celebrating Katia Sae

Consummatum Est!

Katia Sae, March 9, 2019

Earlier this month Katia Sae announced in a blog post that she had finished her nearly decade long mission.  Starting from back in December 2009, and flying a variety of ships, she had successfully navigated into each and every one of the 7,805 player accessible systems in EVE Online without losing any of her rides. High sec, low sec, null sec, and wormhole space, she had visited them all.

Signal Cartel, her corporation, put out a press release immediately to help spread the news.

And word did spread as congratulations for her achievement came from all quarters of New Eden, including from CCP.

Last week CCP brought her to Polaris, the CCP home system in never unlocked Jove space, bringing her system count up to 7,806.

Bathed in the light of the Polaris system’s star

She also received recognition elsewhere.  Her achievement popped up at about the 3:15 mark in the ticker of a video from The Scope concerning the Triglavian takeover of CONCORD billboards in New Eden.

Sister’s of EVE Confirm Legitimacy of Katia Sae exploration claims…

She was also mentioned at about the 4:18 mark during the EVE Pulse episode of March 15 and was a guest on the March 10 episode of Talking in Stations.

But the big moment came at EVEsterdam when a new episode of The Scope was first aired.  The initial focus was again on the Triglavians and their message to New Eden, but follows on with Katia Sae at the 1:35 mark.

Katia Sae featured on The Scope

There it was announced that the Acura Stargazer Society had commissioned a statue of her to be raised in her home system of Saisio at the Abagawa gate, where the first jump of her journey took place.

Katia Sai Monument

During the presentation by CCP Fozzie at day one of EVEsterdam he stated that the monument was approximately the size Mount Everest, making it bigger than the gate near which it will reside.  He also pointed out that the solar system in Katia’s upraised hand has a just visible cloaked Astero in amongst the planets, a nod to one of the ships she used during the journey.

Solar System in her hand

The inscription on the monument will read as follows.

Katia Sae Monument Inscription

The monument should appear on the test server soon and will be live on Tranquility with the April update.

I am given to understand that this will get Mark762 to add a new entry to his EVE Travel blog.

So there it is, somebody setting off on their own in the sandbox with a goal and a dream being recognized.  Congratulations to Katia Sae.  I just wonder if CCP updated her Activity Tracker, since that only counts system visits since November of last year.  If not, there is room for somebody to complete that.  I don’t think you’ll get a monument, but maybe you’ll get a shout out.

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Finding Evendim

One of the potential downsides of going back to Lord of the Rings Online is that I have been through the level 1 through 30 content nearly a dozen times now.

As you grow older it has been my observation that your tolerance for repetition goes down.  When I was 20 or so and sharing an apartment with a buddy, we had a VCR.  It was his family’s first VCR, one of the giant RCA models that was so big it looked like it was powered by a coal fired boiler, which he got when his family upgraded to a newer, and presumably smaller, model.

Back then, we could and would watch the same movie over an over.  I recall that we watched Better Off Dead four times in one day.  Somebody would come over and we’d just run it again.

This was before the internet was a big thing, before I even had a modem, so we were either going to do that or go out and get in trouble.

But now… now there is some combination of age and the wider variety of entertainment options that makes it difficult to sit through anything I’ve seen before, with few exceptions.  It is just the way I respond in the world we live in today.  Plus, I don’t think movies like Better Off Dead have aged all that well.  Even Caddyshack seems… well… rough around the edges 30 years down the line.

Fortunately, when it comes to games, my brain is wired to enjoy finding efficiency in my efforts, and running the same set of quests over again lets me tickle those neurons.  When I figure out how to stagger my quests so that I get three or four updates for a single kill, I feel a nice pulse of self satisfaction.

Plus, nothing makes you feel like a hero in the game than knowing the landscape like the back of your hand.

Helping the Rangers of the North?  I am better than the Rangers of the North.  If you have a problem, even a boar problem, I can solve it.  I am the master of Bree, the Bree Fields, the Barrow Downs, The Old Forest, the North Downs, Ered Luin, the Shire, and the Lone Lands.

But beyond that, things get a bit sketchy.

I’ve been over the last bridge and into the Trollshaws.  I’ve even been over the ford of Bruinen and into Rivendell. (Ironically, on that trip, the real danger came AFTER I crossed the ford.)

Questing though, that seems to peter out for me around level 33 or so.

There are still some quests in Esteldin to follow, but they rapidly start becoming fellowship quests.  And since I am moving ahead of the group with a character solo, I will have to leave those by the wayside until the group gets there.

There are still some quests left in the Lone Lands, but they are 5 or so levels below my characters, so the rewards get pretty sparse.

And while I have knocked off the initial quests in the Trollshaws, those rise rapidly in level making them a very tough path to pursue.

So I was back in Esteldin running down a few quests when I picked one up that said I should go speak to someone in Evendim.

Evendim!

If I recall right, Evendim came in after launch.  It was certainly an area I had never managed to visit.  And all the quest had to say was that it was located north of the Shire and west of the North Downs.

But looking at the in-game maps for the Shire and the North Downs, neither had an obvious road headed in the right direction.  It looked like it was time to go exploring.

I went out with Silinus, my ranger, who had just hit 35 and had saved up the 4 gold for his first fast horse.

Of course, I had Silinus out because I had decided to make Terentia my main and focus on her, and nothing gets me to stop playing a character faster than deciding it is my main character on whom I should focus.

Scouting the western end of the North Downs did in fact lead me to a pass into a new area.

Evendim!

We have arrived

And that moved me from “more knowledgeable than a ranger” to “explorer in a new land” status.

And there was much to explore.  I started straying off the roads just to see what was out there.

Looking in to Evendim

Of course, off the roads I had to deal with some of the local fauna.  I saw no boars, though I ran into an aggressive form of deer.

Hart to Heart

Must be the mating season

I found a bridge across the upper Brandywine, the river that starts at Lake Evendim and runs through the Shire.  It was in the classic Numenor Gothic style, where they were obviously trying to compensate for something… like the loss of their home.

Forget Numenor, look at this!

I had to pull so far back to get the statue of the king atop the bridge into the frame that it is hard to tell that there is a bridge there unless you click on the picture an look at the full size version.

Past that I came upon some ruins.  Tomb robbery seems to be the main economic activity of the locals.  The place was crawling the NPCs identified as such.  And, of course, they weren’t happy to see me.

Ruins and Robbers

And then, in the distance, Lake Evendim came into full view.

The Lake

Skirting around the shoreline I eventually came to the camp that contained the NPC I had been directed to seek out when I was given the quest in Esteldin.

Camp on the water

I was a little disappointed when I got there.

It turned out to be the quest hub I expected it to be, and there were plenty of quests to pick up.  But the quest that sent me there was a level 35 quest, but many of the quests I picked up were close to level 30 in target range.  There were a couple of higher level quests as well, but I obviously found my way into Evendim a little later than I was supposed to.

Still, it is nice to have a new zone to explore.  And, while there is a stable master present at the camp, there is also a boat master.  The lake is a major feature of the zone, so travel by boat seems to be part of the plan.