Yesterday, CCP published two new chronicles to accompany this week’s Kronos release, and I’m just now getting a chance to read them. I’m still not sure what to make of Yetamo or if it hints at anything about the stargates or other upcoming features, but the one by CCP Abraxas — The Station and The Bazaar — deals with the secret research facilities we’ve all heard about, as well as some new ships that are faster than anything the story’s narrator has seen.
The voice in Abraxas’ piece really worked, I thought. With first person in particular, you live and die by voice. If the narrator doesn’t click with the reader, forget it. In this case, the POV character is a Thukker trader who worked her (his?) way up the ranks and has most recently been plying her trade in Gurista space.
Ships have been spotted, undocking from the facility. Ships going very fast indeed. But not capsuleer vessels; just small ones, like the tinny little training craft the Guristas use for their dogfight training. One stargazing customer said he saw a few of them zipping around, in jerky, jittery swirls that looked like military maneuvers being run by automated drones, but the models were like nothing he’s seen elsewhere, not even in high-end Gallente labs. He was convinced they were being flown by humans, in which case the jitteriness would make perfect sense – you’d expect an experimental vessel to handle a little rough on its first few tests. I told him I agreed with him. And I did. I think they were being flown by something human.
That sounds like Valkyrie, doesn’t it? And she thinks they were flown by humans? But isn’t sure, apparently.
Then this part sorta raised my eyebrows:
I don’t know if these craft will affect anything, in and of themselves. They’re just different. That’s what a pattern is: something that sticks out, a signal in the noise. And this fitful dogfighting, helmed by Guristas who walk around with a frightening purpose, on this station that they let us use for black market trading while they do their research as if the only purpose for having us here was to obscure what they’re really up to – it’s doing something to us. Calling us. I want to be part of what’s going on here, and I want it to be a part of me.
And that’s why I’m leaving.
Followed by this:
So I’m leaving, before they catch up with me here, whoever they end up being.
Abraxas does a neat thing here, in that he spends much of the story showing us how unflappable this trader is. The narrator has pretty much seen it all and is quite cold-blooded about manipulating people.
That this person would be so shaken by whatever’s going on that she feels an imminent need to GTFO is a tidy bit of suspense. Nice work. 🙂