Expedition Unknown - Damage Report


As with most things, it’s easy to get complacent when traveling the galaxy in Elite Dangerous. I mean, I’ve been doing this religiously for two years now so you’d think that I would know better, right? Well, it’s not that simple. As my friend CMDR Nickweb85 recently reminded us, the galaxy is full of traps that can catch us at any moment.

The damaged Nightwish limping to Explorer’s Anchorage.

This was the unfortunate fate of the Nightwish earlier this week…

Playing With Fire

The Nightwish has been en route to Explorer’s Anchorage in Stuemeae FG-Y D7561. Of course, the ship could get there in just a few hours with its jump range, but there’s endless unexplored regions between Colonia and the Galactic Center. So, we explored a variety of locations before we began a survey of a dense white dwarf cluster. It’s no secret that white dwarf stars are among the most dangerous stellar phenomenon in Elite Dangerous.

Ultimately, my goal is to locate a world similar to the World of Death in Spoihaae XE-X D2-9. So, we jumped to approximately 25 white dwarf stars and located several worlds orbiting less than 5 ls from their host star including a water world orbiting 4 ls from a white dwarf in Scheau Flyi OH-M D7-2138, but none of them were landable worlds. Without success, the search continued.

Until we arrived in Scheau Flyi QS-K D8-2384…

White Dwarf orbited by two M-Class stars.

This system took my breath away. Two M-class stars orbiting a central white dwarf were quite a sight to behold. Of course, it lacked the landable world we originally sought but it definitely would make for some fantastic photos and video. So, we moved the ship to fuel scooping range of one of the M-class stars and began filming and photographing the location.

During one of the filming sequences, I caught a glimpse of a flash coming off the surface of the ship. When I returned to cockpit view, I was horrified to see that the ship’s temperature had jumped from a cool 40 to a devastating 400! Modules were burning and the ship was disintegrating around me! I punched the frameshift drive and desperately tried to escape the star’s heat. More warnings flashed on the screen…

Thruster malfunction…

Frameshift drive malfunction…

Cargo hatch inoperable…

The ship was slow moving and the temperature continued to rise as flames burst out of the primary hull. As the stars moved away, the temperature climbed to 485 before finally dropping back to safe levels. Final damage was devastating. We were left with 30% hull integrity, no supercruise assist, no cargo hatch, and only 50% operational frameshift drive. With little choice, we set an immediate course for Explorer’s Anchorage, which was still 9,000 light years away.

Safe at Last

It took two days to make the journey, but we eventually arrived at Explorer’s Anchorage and the amazing engineering crews were able to save the ship despite its extensive damage. To ensure that these repairs hold, we’re going to spend a few days in the Sagittarius A area and conduct trial runs before proceeding to the expedition’s next waypoint.

Repaired and refit at Explorer’s Anchorage

We’re extremely grateful for the team at Explorer’s Anchorage and to the many Commanders who reached out to offer assistance in getting us home. It will be a few days before we’re back to 100% operational status, but the journey will continue!

See you out there, Commanders! o7