Back on track with baby steps

Greetings, fellow colonists.

Today has been a productive day. I brushed off dirt and minor flora residue and polished the knee-pads on my IFN combat trousers, tidied up my ACA/AS Civilian shirt and cleared mud from my white Omegaton shoes. My glasses got a good rinse too. Blood, fur and feathers were removed from my powerfist for better performance. I also wiped off the VSE sweat tool for the first time since I got it. It was rather filthy! Once ready I braced myself and headed out into the wild.

Beasts, large as small huts, with fangs that could easily tear a person to pieces with a simple bite.
Claws like razors. Intimidating large fur all over the place.
Tail long and slender, yet powerful like a whip.
Chance of survival? Limited.

Yup, I headed to one of the enclosed carabok areas within the secure environment of one of the D-name Firebase Academies. Dauntless? Dependable?! Can’t even remember. And no, it was not terrifying at all. They’re like large… ferocious… kittens.
It was a good session though. Very long. I extracted sweat and killed 157 carabok. Well over 6 hours work and it paid off! I walked away with items worth more than I spent on decay. Daily MU brought the theoretical profit up some more. …and this is without counting the value of sweat bottles. (Is Lootius back on Arkadia?!)

While working away on my carabok mission I realized two things.
1. I have only 1179 caraboks left to finish Stage 4.
2. Not sweating the remaining 10,000 carabok for Stage 5 would be a huge financial mistake!

10,0000 caraboks equals a total of 100,000 bottles of sweat. Each 1000 bottles are worth between 1.8o-2 PED. I usually sell for 2 PED. That’s a massive 200 PED! Sure, it will take ages to swunt 10,000 carabok. I could do a rough calculation but with my off-season closing in it will be pointless. I will stick to my small goals for now to avoid losing my mind (again).

Another thing that I will do in about 5 days time is join Kronan, the mothership, and do repairs. It’s the best and most cost efficient way to learn blueprint comprehension (a measly 150 PED). Right now I’m all over the place, and hopefully with better understanding of blueprints I can improve my crafting. Granny Rowan owns the ship so I will ask for passenger rights and then buy most if not all materials from her and her crew. I was impatient enough and bid on welding wire on the auction. Now I have to wait until I either win or get outbid.

I see a carabok trophy on the horizon…

Long time no see

Well… this is… unusual. I knew I’ve been away from writing for a while, but I had no idea it’s been this long. 7 months. Definitely a record! Sorry to say nothing interesting has happened during that time. Nothing! I’ve killed a few hundred gallards on and off, and I participated in the Gold event and killed a handful of Magurg Breeder 1’s. But that’s been it. I haven’t felt like doing anything. Life is quite boring having to keep an eye on every single pec. But I cannot stop. I just have to keep up with my regime. Can’t abandon it now. But having made the vow to swunt ALL remaining Gallards and Caraboks – and we’re talking roughly 12000-13000 of each – I’d almost want to kill myself. And what’s worse – the final mission rewards are improved evade. I need to be better at evading attacks. But I honestly don’t think I can take swunting so many more creatures.

These past few days I’ve been looking into resource gathering some more. I’m not good at it but I have learned how to handle the first 3 Terratech-PH tools. Now I’m thinking of making it my secondary profession. Harvesting wood and possibly even crafting composite planks. There’s a decent return on harvesting, though just below breaking even. So far it has proven to be more stable than swunting. Gallards have cost more to kill these past 2 days that I’m wondering if I should just leave them alone for now. 50-70% return is shit, in my opinion!

As for my financial status… still so much crap in my inventory to sell. I seriously need to amend that. I did make two sales today. Stones and shrapnel. Pocket money, but still. Christmas is coming up and I have something holiday related to get rid of. A coat and mittens. Maybe someone else would like those. I think I have one of those stupid holiday hats too. Unless I sold it. Can’t remember.

Either way, I’ll try my best to not go MIA again. I do want to evolve. Things have been stagnant for far too long.

A 12 PED Carabok global

Sweet! I was swunting some carabok today while pondering my latest hunt. I failed to take proper note of my activities and now I have 0.20 PED more than I should have. I have no idea where those come from. So while I was allowing myself to become annoyed for silly reasons (I have more money than expected) a carabok dropped a Headshot I (L) worth 8.79 PED and roughly 3.21 PED worth of shrapnel.
It’s extremely fun for two reasons. 1, Carabok rarely give globals. 2, I got a weapon related item that I have never gotten before. AND it hadn’t been recorded on the local publishing board.

I’ve put it up for sale on my list of items. The current MU is around 170%. Not bad.

It’s a scope you attach to rifles and perhaps even handguns. I have never used one because what I hunt are not dangerous enough to require long distance to avoid. Let’s hope someone wants it. I could use the money for future hunts.

Carabok mission #4 – 1700+

Swunting Carabok is sooo utterly boring. But I made a commitment a long time ago to make the most of these animals. Extracting sweat before killing them generates 10 bottles. The current average rate is around 1.8-2 PED per 1000 bottles. I charge 2 PED for a thousand. Added to whatever loot I get I will profit. The average kill cost of a Carabok is 0.041 PED.

So I swunt. Besides, Evade is one of those invaluable skills a hunter should be proficient in, and to train that a hunter has to take a beating.

But that doesn’t stop me from almost going mental swunting these fu…critters.
swunting carabok

Extraction of sweat from a Carabok

For a brief moment I thought I should test a new weapon on them. The S.I Psy-Sword. But after having a look at their max damage I decided not to. A Carabok has 10HP. A S.I Psy-Sword can do 8 maximum damage. Worse case scenario a hunter does 2×8 hits and deals an overkill of 6 points. That’s money thrown to the wind!
So no, I will not use that weapon on Carabok. It might work on Gallard. Those turkeys have 15 HP. With any luck they die after 2-3 hits.

Anyway. Carabok. Swunting. I’m currently at Dauntless Firebase Academy. There’s 5 available and I’m all alone. I like it that way. No animal hoggers. At this very moment I’m profiting. 120% return so far. 58 killed, 2.41 PED decay, 2.91 PED loot found, 580 bottles of sweat.

Let’s hope the numbers remain positive.