The Hunt for Red Eyjafjallajökull (Part 1)

 

Now that our writers have settled in, it appears they all want to start their own wee series which is awesome. Sindel starts hers today and it’s all about that most whispered of Eve specialisations, exploration…

Learning how to play Eve Online is frustrating. Learning how to play Eve Online while your 7-year-veteran husband is sitting behind you, staring at your screen like you sneezed green slime on it, is even harder.

“You should try putting XXX in that slot.”

“If you do XXX first, then YYY, you won’t die as much.”

“It doesn’t make sense to do XXX.”

” . . .”

Not only does it grate on my nerves, sometimes it pushes me past the point of even wanting to play. I’ll toss my headset, log out, and stomp upstairs to watch Firefly. Captain Mal would never tell me what I should or should not put in my slots. I like to think so, anyway.

After listening to hours upon hours of helpful suggestions (I’m not a total girl, you know; I understand he’s just trying to help), I decided I needed to spend some time in Eve doing things that my dear, sweet husband doesn’t know a lot about. My options were ridiculously limited, but there was one thing I knew I could do – something he hated doing, something almost everybody I know hates doing.

I could learn how to probe.

Probing, for any newcomers, was hard to learn and even harder to master pre-Odyssey. Hell, when I started playing Eve during Incursion, I skipped right over that tutorial after trying, and failing, for three hours to find their little signature. The tutorial was confusing, the diagrams didn’t make sense, and I kept mixing up the buttons. It went something like, “Do I hold down shift to move them, or alt? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand my probes are off-grid.” It’s much easier now, but still not a favorite pastime for most.

I knew learning how to properly probe wouldn’t be easy and I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I found a very patient, very knowledgeable teacher and within an hour, I could locate signatures. After a week of practice, I could probe down most signatures in under two minutes. The first time I probed down a pod, on a dare from my husband, I knew I was ready for big things.

Exploring is great fun. There is a lot of ISK to be made in wormholes if you know how to do it right – so I’m told. You see, I’m not interested in making a lot of ISK. Okay, that’s not true. Everyone wants to make ISK and be space-wealthy. That’s not why I explore, though. I love finding things, I love seeing things that many pilots haven’t seen before. In the year and a half that I’ve been exploring, I have seen almost every major Eve landmark there is to see. I have been to every region and I have screen captured some of the most amazing sites. What else is left for me to see?

Eyjafjallajökull.

I first heard the name during the live event photo contest in July. Remember how the third tier of the contest only had nine images, instead of ten? Eyjafjallajökull is why. They felt bad about sending people looking for it, so they took it off the list. Upon further research, I was grateful for their change of heart. Named after a volcano in southern Iceland, this lava planet is next-to-impossible to find. Why? Because some sadistic ass at CCP decided to put just one of these planets in the game. ONE! In a wormhole. In a freaking Class 6 wormhole. This is the Holy Grail of exploration. Trying to make hundreds of people– a lot of whom dwell in high sec and would be ill-prepared to survive in wormhole space– search for it would be cruel.

If/when I find this, I’d be the Indiana Jones of Eve Online. I’d be Sindiana Jones.

I began my search last week. Logged into my trusty exploration alt, hopped into my Tengu and set out. This alt is based out of Ebo, one jump between high sec and low sec, so home seemed like a good place to start. In Ebo that day, there were three lovely holes to jump into. Two of the holes led to high/low sec, so I was stuck going into the third. Upon entry (always bookmark your entry point!), I warped off, made a safe, and set out to tackle this:

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Nineteen signatures – pretty light for a wormhole, but a little overwhelming when your probing skills are… rusty. But here’s the great thing about exploration: you only need to scan each signature down far enough to see what it is. Since I am doing straight exploration, all I am looking for is wormholes. Out of the nineteen, five of them were wormholes and the rest were gas sites (it took me 30 minutes to scan them all, for those wondering). Out of the five wormholes, one led to null sec, one to high sec, and one was the hole I’d just come through. So I was working with two. The first one dead-ended. The second one led to another w-space system, then another. You get the idea.

None of the rest of the wormholes had more than a handful of sigs in them but, after awhile, probing feels rather tedious. Three hours later, I ended up at the end of the chain, in some random system thirty jumps from where I started. I sighed, then turned on autopilot and began the long journey home. Such is the life of an explorer; for every time you succeed, you will fail a dozen or more times. You have to keep trying and not give up.

Currently, I’m training up the Astrometric trifecta: Pinpointing, Acquisition and Rangefinding – three skills I have already on Sindel that I never really trained on my alt. I welcome any advice anyone has that will lead me to Eyjafjallajökull, and I’d love some exploration friends should anyone be interested in accompanying me. If nothing else, please stay tuned here and follow my adventure as I search for this planet or die trying.

My money’s on the second one.

About the author

Sindel Pellion

Trying to figure out where you’ve heard her name? When not running in-game charity, The Angel Project, she has a thing for taking catchy pop songs and making mediocre Eve parodies from them. For some reason, people encourage this nonsense.

  • Troy Wexler

    “Captain Mal would never tell me what I should or should not put in my slots.”

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • Foobles

    Probably the easiest way to do this is to find w wormhole group with a c6 static that they roll and then camp out with them until they roll into the desired system.

    A variant of the above is to find a wormhole with a c6 static, check the static and if it’s not the right one log off for the day. Repeat until /wrists.

    When trying to actually get somewhere in wormhole space I generally look for a named wormhole in regular space (not a K162). This guarantees me an exit wormhole in the system that I jump in to.

    Because you are looking for a c6 you want to try to get as deep into wormhole space as possible. If you start out in a c1 the wormholes will mostly lead to normal space, c1 and c2. If you’re in a c4 you’ll see more wormholes to dangerous and deadly space. (This is also good advice for getting out again. always head for the lowest class wormhole as it’s more likely to link back to high sec/normal space.)

  • Seamus Gaterau

    This! This is the kind of stuff I like reading about. Not exploration per se (although I do love exploration), but just reading about how people play Eve and what they do for enjoyment. It’s a vicarious pleasure. There’s so much to do and enjoy in the game. Enough with the politics, the backstabbing, the metagame, the whining about how broken things are.

    Well done, Sindel. More of these, please.

    • xanderphoena

      Really glad you enjoyed Sin’s piece. We’re trying our best to pull together a pool of writers who can cover as much of Eve’s rich demographic as possible.

      There are some people wholove the metagame and the backstabbing and the politics so not all of your articles will be to everyone’s cup of tea but if we could bring everyone, irrespective of playstyle, one piece of writing a week they really enjoy, mission accomplished.

      Over time hopefully we’ll increase that number but for the moment, we’re going at this with baby steps.

      Thanks for the feedback!

      • Seamus Gaterau

        It would be a neat trick to have one writing piece that could satisfy everyone’s tastes, ’tis true. I am actually enjoying all the new writers at Crossing Zebras. Perhaps I came off a little strong. I just feel like the community doesn’t have enough voices at the moment writing about how much we enjoy this game. Sindel’s piece arrived like a breath of fresh air. o/

        • Sindel Pellion

          I decided a long time ago– when I started my blog– to never write about politics, war, or anything involving in-depth knowledge of the way Eve Online works. One, it’s not my style. Two, everyone else was doing it. Three, I don’t feel like I know enough to do any of those subjects justice. No one wants to read the opinion of someone who thinks they are an expert when, in truth, they’re a bumbling idiot.

          I’d rather write about what I know, which is myself. If I happen to entertain people in the process, I’ll do it gladly. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  • Heraklion

    Yeah, I agree, nice article. Almost makes me want try it. Can’t wait to read the rest…

  • anon

    There are 113 c6 wormholes. They have every possible static from, c1 to c6.

    There are only 14 c6-c6 systems…The one you are looking for leads to c5 static.

    It can only be found from either a k-space (random connection to it) or c5 space (its static).

    The other chance you have is a connection from another wh to it, there are

    c1s that could have a random connection to it, there are 10 c2s with c6 static (no randoms here!) You also get randoms from c3 space, but no c6 statics.

    C4s have 25 c6 statics, c5s have 68, but again no random connections to c6 space.

    I would advise for this, make a list of all whs that have a c6 static. Data for this is found here: https://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/List_of_All_W-Space_Systems#Class_6_Wormhole_Systems_.5BRegion_30.5D_.28Total:_113_Systems.29

    That is the way from outside in. On the off chance you could get lucky with a random connection from k-space, c1s or c3s.

    Additionally you could get it from the short list of c5-c6 wormholes.

    If you really want to do it on your own you are in for a bit of an adventure I would say.

    Another possibility might be able to roll one of the statics. Since r474 (wh connection to c6) have 3bil mass that would be a bit work…

  • Lakshata

    Good luck, I’ve found it before in passing and it was a pretty cool thing right clicking for planets and seeing eyjafjallajokull as an option.

  • Lunbek

    Like most people have said your gonna have to find a WH that has a C6 static in it and live in it for a while. If you can find one that isn’t occupied, good luck, you can just scan the static every chance you get and you should eventually the right C6. Jump back to the original WH if it isn’t the one you want. Or like the other post find a group that rolls C6 WHs and ask for their help, but like all things eve they might just kill you for your tengu to be on their killboard.

    Best of luck if you come into the WH i live in i will scout you 😉

  • luke

    One day you might find it. http://i.imgur.com/U4nqFwT.jpg

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  • Sin, I feel your pain. Having a bitter/slightly annoying vet for a husband is a nighmare. He’s always backseat fitting my ships/training queue and when we pvp together he’ll repeat orders off-comms as if I didn’t hear them the first time. So I trained into Caldari ships and missiles because he doesn’t have a clue about them 🙂

  • Altaen

    I don’t suppose you would consider it sporting to simply contact the known occupants and request guided access in?

    • Sindel Pellion

      Well, that doesn’t sound like fun. Where’s the danger? The excitement? The almost-dying?!?!?!

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