|Now that I've crawled out of the isolationist hole I put myself in, I am back. In fact, I never really left; I (to be frank) just got bored and went on to other things. Of course, I never truly forgot Noctis.... even if I did, I would certainly remember it whenever I see the word "Spore".|
Anyways, before I head back into another period of absence (I've been ghosting the forums for the past few days though), I'd like to show something new on Suricrasia. Of course, you know as well as I that Suricrasia is the most over-explored hunk of rock on this side of the Great Attractor. There are literally hundreds of notes on Suricrasia in the un-updated Guide alone. Surely, there isn't anything that hasn't been cataloged 50 times already? I'll tell you my adventures of the last couple hours.
I woke up and found myself at the star I deemed "Milliways". Milliways is one of the few starts I cataloged on my journey to the end of the galaxy (the bottom end, thank God). I stopped cataloging it the instant I named it, and thus the planets remain unnamed (it was a red giant and I don't want to deal with dozens of planets right now).
I immediately decided to get back home to Felysia (after I searched for its name... my memory isn't that good), but found that my fuel was low. In fact, my tank was completely empty. After getting a fellow Stardrifter to refuel my tank, I went off to stop by a S05 and scoped. During that time, I went and got on Soldat for my daily dose of massive, gory murder.
I got back, and immediately set my parsis to 0,0,0 (the only parsis coordinates I could memorize), only to find that the 107 grams of lithium got me a nice 1000 light years..... out of 5000 needed to get to 0,0,0. In complete and utter despair, I looked at a thread and read how to make my lithium infinite (I know.... don't kill me). Finally, I headed off to Felysia, landed once in a weird submerged fort, got bored, and decided to go to Suricrasia.
I landed on coordinates 13:70 and found myself on top of.... you guessed it; a Suricrasian Cube. It was then I realized I forgot how to take screenshots.
I spent about 30 minutes searching frantically for the screenshot button, I even banged my hands on the keyboard and did all sorts of SHIFT+'s and CTRL+ALT's. Indeed, I crashed the computer once as well. Finally, I looked at the manual (for the 5th time) and finally found it was the *.
Without further delay, I immediately set to work studying this peculiar Suricrasian Cube (or at least more peculiar than a Suricrasian Cube usually is).
This particular cube was weird.... there was a bunch of square designs that formed the outline of a square. Each one had a bottomless pit (you know what I mean). Here's some preliminary photos:
Of course, at that distance, I couldn't tell if they were really bottomless pits; sometimes pyramids are at the tops of Suricrasian Cubes. I went closer; and the view confirmed my theory:
Notice the little green spots in the last two pictures. I had unluckily fallen in (and used a time travel technique to get out.... more on that later) one of those holes and found a weird sight (this was before I rediscovered the screenshot button). This weird sight was obviously a bug, and those little green spots prove it.
Also, another strange thing; the edges of these pits are peculiar as well:
I have never seen such small pits so close to each other. I was afraid to cross this little intersection, for fear of falling.
Unable to resist the temptation (it was inevitable), I jumped down:
It took what seemed like 15-45 (I later found that it was at the most, 25 seconds) seconds to reach the bottom. I thought this abnormal (Question: Is it?), and indeed, when I reached the bottom, I found (as I did earlier) a very strange sight:
My first impression was "This is most definitely a bug". Sure enough, it most definitely was:
I was underneath the surface, and since the bottoms of many 3d things don't render, I could see the sky through the surface.
Unable (or perhaps too impatient) to reach the top of this Suricrasian monster, I used a time travel technique (involving changing the time set on my computer) to move to a time where the cube disappeared and its imprint left (as explained in this thread: http://www.anywherebb.com/postline/posts.php?t=1907 ). This picture is of the same exact place, but different time:
Quite different indeed, and it finally got me thinking: My theory is that the cube I saw before was like the cube I saw in the "future"; it had the same basic design, squares making a square outline, but the one I saw first was inverted so that instead of shallow pyramids pointing up, there were really, really deep holes shaped like upside-down pyramids. Here are the rest of the pictures of the area:
^Picture of the "Future". A neighboring cube has appeared.^
^Close-ups on the pyramids that replace the deep pits.^
^The first picture is of the "Future", the next is of "Now". Look at the differences.^
So.... after an hour of making all this up, I'm going to bed. It's really late.
To remind you, the coordinates are 13:70, and the time-"coordinates" are February 18, 2007 at 12:04 (I'm not sure that it matters if it's GMT or EST... Noctis can't tell... can it? Just it case, it was EST, but try the raw date first).
EDIT: Looking over the screenshots, I found that I disproved Mcwgog's theory that Suricrasian Cubes disappear in the clouds (in my last few pictures it is clearly raining). However... he did say that just that particular cube he found disappeared in the rain. Someone needs to do more research on that.
|Nice pictures indeed I know Noctis has a height limit, but is there a limit to the width a cube could be? Perhaps a cube could dominate an entire sector side-to-side |
Doing the whole "Time-Travel" thing is weird...I never tried to see the Epoc clock limit. I would assume that the limit is 9999...but I suppose the planets would continue orbiting and changing. Our mere computer clocks can peer only so far into the future of Feltyrion.
|If it dominated an entire sector side-to-side we would only notice that we landed a bit quick. Also.... those imprints left by the cubes when they disappear seem to be the limit on the X and Y axis. Still, Suricrasia being Suricrasia, I wouldn't be surprised if some other weird phenomena are found.|
I'm scared of going that far into the "Future" because I might crash the computer getting there.
|That's pretty cool.|
It's most definitely the catnip. : )
|i haz title: speed-y-???-1|
|written by Speeder on Feb 20, 2007 04:31|
|This planet is plainly scary... I wonder, if someday we will be able to "enter" the planet and see what machinery move those cubes up and down...|
|Re: the "bug shots". The image from inside reminded me of a shot I made of an image "inside" a cube long ago on Felysia. (My Parsis! I actually have some old snaps saved on a CD???) it's a panorama shot, so you see the side of the cube quite well on the right...|
cd/jpgs/Skinnymon/snap0234 (100 Kb)
|written by Buuks on Feb 20, 2007 19:07|
|That is not a bug, it is just a one-sided-window. You can watch through it from the inside, but from the outside it just looks like a wall.|
|I'm sorry...my bad!!! I forgot the Noctis IV Prime Directive:|
"They aren't bugs, they're FEATURES!"
|Oh yes.... yeah they're featureswhy they would be features I will never know....|
|Windows has a lot of 'features' too.|
|I'm guessing you use Linux. Oh come off it; Windows isn't that bad. Mostly because nothing else is as compatible with everything.|
Not to mention it's one click configuration for the computer illiterate. My rant: Ubuntu sucks. Yes, I've used, yes it sucks. I mean, c'mon, you have to run as root.
|Windows isn't that bad. Mostly because nothing else is as compatible with everything.|
Actually no, but some of windows inefficiencies can seriously get on my nerves, and im thinking of the possibility of running a dual-boot.
|I'm guessing you use Linux.|