Originally posted by joek:
In FS we're told that in-system jumps need the gravity well of a star. And interstellular nodes form between stars. Since these opennings into subspace require a gravity well, it can be assumed (without making an a** out of u and me ) that the greater the gravity well, more nodes can be formed.
You might be assuming too much, Joe. Rather than extrapolating from A to B to C, you seem to be reasoning by analogy. The vast majority of jump nodes form and destabilize with nanoseconds. It is only a small handful that somehow stabilize for years (maybe decades or centuries). (This is all found in the "Subspace" entry in the FS2 Technical database.
How and why these nodes "naturally" stabilize remains unknown (Artificially stabilizing them can be done with a Knossos device, no problem.)
But jump nodes are not easy for the GTVA to find and map. Just because one star system may have 3 mapped/known nodes and another may have 4 mapped/known nodes and a third system may have only one mapped/known node has nothing to do with the star's gravity. It's only determinant on whether the GTVA has been able to discover/map the nodes.
Who knows? Maybe there is an unknown jump node in Alpha Centauri that leads right back to Sol and the GTVA could have used it to return to Earth even just after the SD Lucifer collapsed the Delta Serpentis node, but for one thing: the GTVA never knew it was there.
This is another reason why the Shivans are so dangerous; we know that they are more adept at finding jump nodes than we are. The Shivans managed to greatly outmaneuver the Terrans and Vasudans during the start of the First Great War by using undiscovered nodes in Ross 128, Ikeya and Vega, I think. (Petrarch even mentions this in his final Command Briefing near the end of FS2.)
FS 2.9 idea: Once the GTVA manages to capture the SJ Anhuradha in FS 2.9, the Terrans and Vasudans manage to get a hold of this jump node mapping technology. Certainly at the very least, the GTVA will have to acquire a map of Shivan-Andarta space in order to know where they're going to send the taskforce. Sending the GTVA taskforce to do a reconnoiter in enemy territory is one thing, but sending it into enemy territory completely blind is damn well another...
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