New Athena (Grand Castle of Hova v1)

Andrew Reinhard, 2019

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New Athena (Grand Castle of Hova v1)

Grand Castle of Hov v1 is one of KingJamesHova's earliest builds, created a little over two weeks after the Pathfinder update (March 8, 2017) enabled public base-sharing. The castle is quite large and elaborate when compared to other Legacy bases, taking over a minute to walk around and consisting of three levels topped by a dome. The base is oriented at the cardinal points of the compass with the main entry (and primary entrance to the encased base unit) to the south.

A few communication stations ring the outside of the base's perimeter, and other stations lie in the distance. Comm station No. 9 is an hour's walk to the southwest just outside of an observatory complex. Its message, however, hints at the sole predatory animal on the moon, a creature which no longer seems to exist post-Atlas Rises. Roughly half of the comm stations were placed by Hub players, two of whom have built bases visited for the NMS Archaeogical Project (hollyworks and art-nik). In the case of art-nik, his comm station throws down the gauntlet of resistance to the Empire of Hova at Hova's own castle. Art-nik's base is the Bez-Harr Space Embassy where KingJamesHova built a monument with THEKINGSNAKE, whose comm station on New Athena pledges unity with Hova. Base on the dates of the comm balls and identified Waypoints, these pre-date the coming Harsh Buds War between the Galactic Hub and the Empire of Hova, and mark an escalation in tensions between the two Hub regions.

Andrew Reinhard conducted his survey of New Athena on 23 May 2018 creating a site report and map while recording videos and images of the base, which was later completely destroyed by the No Man's Sky: NEXT update in August 2018.