Jaques Station is an Orbis Starport currently located in the Colonia system. Owned by the eccentric Jaques, it is unique among stations in that it is equipped with engines and is capable of traveling to different systems; all other stations, with the exception of those undergoing construction, are permanently stationary. Jaques Quinentian Still, a Rare Commodity, is exclusively available at Jaques Station.
At some point between 3200 and 3300, the centuries-old cyborg bartender Jaques, formerly a member of a Federal black ops team called the "Quinentis Fourteens", gained full ownership of the Starport Peters Base in Facece. During his years bartending, Jaques had long dreamed of attaching engines to the station and using it to explore the galaxy. Jaques eventually made his dream a reality, despite some delays: he had to exchange Peters Base, a Coriolis, for a more resilient Orbis, which he named after himself.
After wandering space for over forty years, Jaques returned to the Core Systems on February 7, 3301, and later arrived in Gliese 1269, where he settled on a more ambitious goal. On May 5, 3302, Jaques sponsored a Community Goal to gather enough Hydrogen Fuel to attempt a jump to Beagle Point, on the far side of the galaxy. The fuel drive concluded successfully on May 12, and Jaques announced that he would go ahead with the jump. The jump proceeded a week later, despite a last-minute sabotage attempt by a group of cultists. Unfortunately, Jaques Station never arrived at Beagle Point, and observers speculated that Thargoid Sensor interference could be to blame for the mis-jump. It was even feared that the station had been destroyed.
The first good news came on June 13, when several outposts in inhabited space reported receiving fragmentary messages believed to have originated from Jaques Station. The messages were too broken to be able to determine their source location, but on June 29, against all odds, the explorer Commander Cly stumbled across Jaques Station in the Eol Prou RS-T d3-94 system while surveying the Eol Prou AA-A H89 Nebula. Cly reported that the station was damaged and still afflicted by Thargoid Sensor-related technical issues. Jaques broadcast a statement on June 30 thanking searchers and explaining the misfortunes that had befallen his station. Shortly after it had jumped, Jaques Station's drive engines, navigation system, and power distributor malfunctioned in hyperspace; rather than continue pushing to Beagle Point and potentially tearing the station to shreds, Jaques dropped at the nearest safe system. When asked if he would make a second jump to Beagle Point, Jaques responded, "I don't think Jaques Station will be jumping again anytime soon. The old girl wasn't really built for long-distance travel, and the last leap put a lot of strain on the superstructure. I think I'm going to be in Eol Prou whatever-it's-called for the foreseeable future. Still, the view here is lovely, so it could be worse." Meanwhile, pilots began collecting Meta-Alloys to repair the stranded station.
By July 7, 3302, Jaques Station's services were partially restored. A member of the station's technical team announced that they would soon secure funds to conduct a proper campaign to fully repair Jaques Station. The four-week campaign opened on July 21 with requests for Power Generators, Tantalum, Structural Regulators, and Energy Grid Assemblies. After only two weeks, enough commodities were received to bring more services online, including refueling, restocking, ship repairs, and outfitting. On August 10, the campaign concluded early after all request quotas were filled thanks to the efforts of thousands of pilots. Jaques confirmed that the remaining repairs to Jaques Station would be finished soon, and a shipyard would also be added.
In the weeks and months afterwards, Jaques Station in the newly renamed Colonia system became the main hub for colonization efforts in the surrounding Colonia Region. A number of infrastructure building and immigration promoting initiatives were launched by the Colonia Council in response to a growing desire among citizens of the Core Systems to establish a new center of civilization away from the constant squabbling between the Federation, Empire, and Alliance, and later the emerging Thargoid threat. Jaques has no plans to leave Colonia, and his station will remain a fixture in the region for the foreseeable future.
|System||Duration of Stay||Notes|
|Facece||N/A||Jaques Station's origin system|
|HIP 110620||February 12, 3301 - February 19, 3301|||
|HIP 110079||February 19, 3301 - Unknown|||
|Gliese 1269||Unknown - May 19, 3302|||
|Colonia||May 19, 3302 - Present||Jaques Station's current location|
- Jaques Station's jump from Gliese 1269 to Colonia covered a distance of 21,890.11 ly, which is the longest single recorded jump made by a human vessel in Elite Dangerous.
- The unique phrases "I never forget a face!" and "Friends welcome!" are emblazoned on the exterior of Jaques Station, on either side of the Access Corridor.
- GalNet: Long Lost Station Returns
- Jaques Station, Newsletter #61
- GalNet: Community Goal: Jaques' Big Jump
- GalNet: Galactic News: Jaques to Embark for Beagle Point
- GalNet: Freelance Report: Attempt to Sabotage Jaques Station Thwarted
- GalNet: Galactic News: No Sign of Jaques Station
- GalNet: Galactic News: Where is Jaques Station?
- GalNet: Galactic News: Jaques Station Found!
- GalNet: Galactic News: Jaques Speaks
- GalNet: Galactic News: Jaques Station on the Mend
- GalNet: Community Goal: Repair Jaques Station
- GalNet: Galactic News: Jaques Station Making a Comeback
- GalNet: Galactic News: Jaques's Campaign Concludes
- Galnet - Long Lost Station Returns
- Life on the Frontier - Frontier: Elite 2 - Stories of Life on the Frontier: All That Glisters by David Massey
- Galnet - The Legend Returns
- Galnet - The Long Trip Home