Signaleer Meroveus Deveran

Editor’s Note Out of Character (OOC): This is the second in our series called Signaleers. This one has the twist of being in character. 🙂 Hope you enjoy, please let us know.

Meroveus Deveran

07.07.yc121 – Zoohen III, Theology Council Tribunal Station, Atrium

For this interview, Katia chose the atrium as it offered the largest, most open area on the station with a view of space that nearly mimicked a ship’s view. Well in all honesty not really, but at least it offered some comfort. She was looking forward to meeting her fellow Signaleer having started up her interview series again, this time focused on Signal Cartel explorers. It seemed the best way for her to reintegrate herself with her fellow corp mates and she was much more comfortable in a one on one setting rather than large social gatherings.

Meroveus Deveran

Recognizing him from his holopic, Katia waved, smiled, and offered Meroveus Deveran a seat. After exchanging pleasantries and taking some time of breaking the ice, catching up on corporate and personal activities, Katia moved the conversation towards the interview.

“So tell me, why did you become a capsuleer?”

Becoming a capsuleer runs in the family. My Bio-Father was a Capsuleer for the Amarr Navy and saw some action. Told me there was nothing like it. He’s still there commanding an Abaddon, I believe. And, though New Eden is dangerous, it’s exhilarating in a way that nothing else can be.

“What is your background as a pilot? Did you jump right into exploration, start in the military, hired by a corporation, or something else?”

Initially I followed in the family footsteps, as it were. But there was always something that would niggle away at me, and that was just how much was unknown out there. So, eventually, I resigned from the Navy and moved on. For a while, I ran with a corporation that was pretty freewheeling in nature, taking contracts from whichever company needed extra oomph. Then I was contacted by Sister Alitura of the Sisters of Eve. You’ve no doubt heard of them. Through a series of incredibly twisted events, I ended up being an important part of what I call ‘The Dagan Incident’. And that led me to a keen interest in what parties like the Sisters and the SoCT (Society of Conscious Thought) were REALLY up to.

“What attracted you to explore New Eden? Do you have a goal, have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards it?”

Knowing the unknown is knowing the deeper darker parts of the Self. Finding out that for a good part of my career, I had only seen the tiniest splinter of the Abyss spurred me on to find out more, even at the cost of my life. Of course, that statement takes on different meaning when you are a capsuleer, with a conceivably infinite amount of lives. Finding that common thread that links the Drones, Triglavians, Sleepers, Jovians, and us is something I am still doing.

“What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring?”

Astero

My current favourite would be ‘Mind Games’. She’s an Astero Class frigate, given to me by the Sisters for continued valued service. She’s from their Archaeology department, and has the colours to match. The Sisters are good people, and worth working for. And delving into ancient ruins in search of answers suits both me and the Sisters, so ‘Two Pods with one Smartbomb’, as they say!

Katia smiled at that last statement, then continued, “During your travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that has surprised you?”

I have been fortunate enough to make it to the EVE Gate. Is that what they call it? Staring at it is to stare at the very question of Creation. Did we come from the other Side? If so, what was it like? Were our ancestors pioneers, or refugees? And if we did not, in fact, come through this Gate, where DID we come from and what does the Gate truly mean? I find it no coincidence, at least in my mind, that you will find votives in memory of those who have taken the Final Jump in and around that system.

“What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?”

Well, I do find it amusing that you are asking that question! For if it’s one thing that I would say, it is that which your incredible journey underlines: NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER THE ODDS. I have found myself in some tight spots, but throwing my hands in the air and saying ‘Whatever, time for my next body.’ just was not an option for me. And I have come out of more than a few situations by gritting the teeth and digging in.

Katia blushed, “Well, I share your enthusiasm, never give up indeed! One last question then, do you have a favorite image that you wouldn’t mind me posting and sharing from your explorations?”

If I could find my darned holo-album, I’d be more than happy to share some of the things I’ve taken snaps of. Alas, I think it was misplaced when we moved from my old ship to Mind Games…

With that, Katia rose and offered her hand, “Thanks so much for taking time out to visit with me today. I really enjoyed the interview, and glad for the opportunity to get to know my fellow Signaleers better. Fly clever.”

EVE Gate by Triffton Ambraelle

Signaleer Auds Lennelluc

Editor’s Note: We’re starting a new series called Signaleers! We want you to get to know us. We’ll be exploring the lives of some of our fellow corp mates in Signal Cartel, where we hope to share how they got started in exploration, tips and experiences, ship fits, favorite images, and more. Hope our readers enjoy and please let us know if you do. Also, if you have other suggestions on blog post you’d like to see, let us know that too.

Auds Lennelluc

Auds Lennelluc

What attracted you to EVE Online and how long have you played?

I became a capsuleer at the end of 2016, I’d heard about EvE going free-to-play and thought it would be fun to try out for an hour or two. I was Omega the same day. I just wanted to fly ships and be a part of the weird universe I’d seen YouTube videos about. I’d seen videos about the big battles and was curious about the smaller mechanics, the everyday.

What is your background as a pilot? Did you jump right into exploration, start in the military, hired by a corporation, or something else?

I joined a small corp quite quickly, and started some PVE, but it went downhill fast – we were constantly griefed and then wardecced by people one of our corp had upset with his attitude. Our Astrahus in Avele was killed so we joined Apocalypse Now and relocated to Provi. I did some nullsec explo, but really just liked flying around and seeing the sights. I left the corp to go solo, and even tried E-Uni for a little while, but didn’t really feel a part of it. I joined Signal Cartel after realising that the Credo was pretty much how I was operating anyway, and it turned out to be a superb fit. I like to do a bit of everything these days.

What attracted you to explore New Eden? What is your goal and have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards your goal, do plan to continue, or what are you currently doing?

New Eden seemed, still does, like the Wild West to me. It’s relatively untameable and volatile. I love being a part of it and discovering new things about it for myself – I saw the only named planet in Wormhole Space last week, which I had never heard of before. I like to see the human side of it, and like being able to help. I don’t think I have any hard goals, other than to jump the gates, map the holes and wave as I pass.

What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring?

Oh, that would be ‘Concord Billboard’ – she’s not too expensive, but she gets the job done.

Concord Billboard

[Astero,Concord Billboard]
Sentient Signal Amplifier
Inertial Stabilizers II
Inertial Stabilizers II
Sentient Signal Amplifier

Zeugma Integrated Analyzer
Scan Acquisition Array II
Sensor Booster II
5MN Microwarpdrive II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Core Probe Launcher

Small Signal Focusing Kit II
Small Signal Focusing Kit II
Small Signal Focusing Kit II

Hobgoblin II x5
Hammerhead II x2
Hornet EC-300 x5

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x8
ECCM Script x1

During your travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that has surprised you?

It’s that even the worst people in New Eden often display their best. EvE can be a toxic environment, but there are diamonds in the coal. My son, at 7-years-old, had his ship destroyed during Burn Jita. The people who killed him (Goons, iirc) convo’d him, gave him tips, gave him isk, helped him fit a new ship and encouraged him to keep flying.

What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?

Remember that it’s just a game, but never forget that you’re surrounded by real people. People with hopes, ambitions and problems both inside and outside of New Eden. Also learn D-Scan properly, it’s a really versatile tool.

Do you have a favorite image from your explorations?

I remember the first time I really started looking at things in the game, this was just an asteroid, and I’d never really thought about how beautiful even the rocks in this game were before. There’s beauty everywhere in New Eden, even in the mundane.