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"Just when you think you know everything, something new is discovered and you have to start all over again." Justin Lilac Scale, 2326.
Stars. An endless roiling mass of unknown data.
So much is known about stars and yet, so little is known about how they can be used. What enspired the first star? Which star will be the oldest star when the universe ends?
What date is on the eternal clock?
These questions and more are just a few of the mysteries even 25th century scientists do not know the answer to.
Ever since the space fleets were launched in the mid 22nd century, stars have been a talking point for everyone. This lead to questions. This then lead to wondering and wondering became inovation.
In 2155, under the leadership of several professors, a small station was launched towards Sol called Star station Apollo.
It failed, naturally, burning up within mere seconds of getting close.
This series of failures was set to be a story for the crews right through the next 50 years.
The project eventually closed in 2200, before being reopened in 2245 by a dragon team of researchers.
Hoping to figure out where the previous scientists failed, this team of enterprising dragons set up new, arch-shaped stations that would be able to reflect the heat of the sun back into itself.
It is often wondered whether this was the starting point of what later became the 2430 star disaster.
When the disaster occurred, star stations were all but forgotten as the races scrambled to save their own planets, let alone small, insignificant stations.
In 2465 the case files cropped up purely by chance when a scientist, Dr James Ecklebee was looking for a line of unrelated research.
After his paper was published in 2470, "The dragon anatomy and how fire is created", he decided to go back to this and find out all he could.
Extensive research lead him to believe that the reflective quality of tritanium black was part of what lead to the disaster, but by mixing it with veltsbar and then thinning it a little, you could produce an alloy called veletsium-3-0-5. this metal was highly heat resistant, having a melting point of well over 4 thousand degrees C and was an effective metal to build the stations out from.
The station itself was not reflective, instead he used the arch construct to bounce heat and light around it so that the path was refracted twice, as it would be from air to glass and back to air again.
For his work in the field of research metals he received an honoured award in 2476 awarded by Xurana Golden Scale of the dragon royalty, before in 2480 he received approval to trial out star observation facilities.
The system which he follows today is very similar to its original design, though safety additions have been added to ensure that a disaster like 2430 does not happen again.

You will need:

2 friends.

What to do:

1. Head over to Star command and go to the Star Observation facilities area. It is not mappable, so you will need to explore.
2. Register for a Star Observation facility and choose a star.
3. Once your station is bought, drones will go and set it up for you and a star observation pod will be put at the pod area, 2 north of the registration room.
4. Take you and your two friends into the pod and launch.
5. When you arrive at the station, the fun begins.
This activity is split into two parts:
Receiving rooms;
these are the rooms that handle incoming beams of data.
When the station starts intercepting beams, you will hear announcements over the station's speakers. If your side is announced you have to equal the beam.
For example:
The computer might say, "port side, frequency 4."
If you were port side, you would then need to type intercept -4 to catch the beam.
you have around 12 seconds to do this.
The beams come thick and fast though, so make sure to pay attention so you can get as many as possible!
The main room:
This is the more challenging aspect to the activity.
You will want someone who is fast thinking for this part.
This section of the activity is made up of 2 parts in itself.
First, some background.
When a beam of energy is intercepted by the station, the computer needs to translate it into data that can be analysed by the Scientists back home.
To do this it sends small pieces of decryption code every few milliseconds that help in identifying what the data means.
The computer will tell you how many times it is sending this code per second.
It is your job to set two other figures to match this:
1. Setting: There are several settings that the scanner can be on.
2. Ping frequency: This is a number that you need to set that signifies on what frequency band the computer should ping the data.
there are a few rules that have to be followed for the data to be perfect:
1. The setting must be half of the times per second.
2. All three figures must add up to make 10.
Here are two examples:
Example 1:
Times per second: 20
Setting: 10
Ping Frequency: -20
Example 2:
Times per second: 14
Setting: 7
Ping Frequency: -11
The computer always sets the time per second and there is no time limit on this other than what you set yourself.


Note: You can only observe a star if it has more than 100 energy and more than 100 contlats!
Important note: Do not think of ping frequency as in the ping of a computer, think of it as an arch and the ping frequency is where on that arch you are pinging depending on the waves position.
Important note: When you first buy the star observation facility, you have 24 hours of charge in it. You can increase this time by putting out solar panels.

Full list of commands:

register: In the star observation facility on Star Command, will buy a star facility.
enter : enter your observation pod
exit: exit your observation pod
launch: send the pod between Star Command and your Star Observation facility
** these commands are done in a receiving room **
side: check which side you are on.
inter*cept : intercept a beam
pa or pa : talk on the pa
** these commands are done from the main control room **
analyse: after you have set all of the settings correctly, this command will analyse some data
begin: begin the receiving of beams
charge: check how much charge the station has
pa or pa : talk on the station pa
ping : set the ping frequency
setting : set the setting
solar: toggle the stations solar panels
status: check various pieces of information about the station
stop: stop receiving beams. Note: When stopped all unprocessed data is lost.
transfer: transfer your collected data.
Note: While anyone can help with any part of this activity, you will need the skill to receive any reward.


Rank: 700
Skills: star observation licence
Race Advantages: none
Recommended help files: help matchin.
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