Each epic mission arc is a special series of missions tied together in a dramatic story. These are often more difficult than standard missions of "equivalent" level, but have better narrative and often better rewards. The last mission in each arc gives a significant faction standing boost - with no derived standings changes to other factions - and may also award a valuable item. Each epic arc has at least one branch point where your decision of how to continue will affect both the story and your rewards.
The epic arcs can involve a lot of travel, but many of the missions can be accepted and/or completed remotely to reduce travel time. Epic arc missions do not expire, and each arc can be repeated every three months.
"Penumbra" is the Caldari epic arc and as all epic arcs it follows a story that covers some inner dealings of its faction. You are initially hired by an agent of Nugoeihuvi, one of the seven megacorps that run the Caldari State. During the arc you will witness and participate in the power struggle between these megacorps and have the option to defect to the Hyasyoda megacorp.
"In the heartland of State space, inter-corporate tensions come to the fore as Nugoeihuvi makes a move for some quick ISK, and you must choose who to trust and who to betray. The moral ambiguity continues through to the end, as the player begins to unravel an even darker side to corporate self-interest and the ongoing conflict in Black Rise."
To start the Epic Arc you must have a standing of 5.0 or higher with Expert Distribution or the Caldari Faction.
These missions have great rewards, but do require some advanced skills and ships to complete safely. Recommended:
- You can easily solo Level 4 missions
- You have a proper PvE fitted battleship or equally capable ship such as a strategic or heavy assault cruiser
- You have the Hacking skill at Level 3 or greater (required to complete "The Breakout")
During this Epic Mission Arc several choices are presented to you - this guide lists all missions, but a few descriptions are still missing, please add them if you run these missions. The mission numbers are the same as on EVE Survival.
This guide provides tips and suggestions that are not 'the' way to do the mission, but merely one possible way. The mission rewards listed depend on skills and possibly standings so results may vary a bit.
For a detailed description of all branching options and mission briefings have a look at Caldari Epic Arc guide by Jowen Datloran (pdf).
A very useful reference to specific missions is EVE Survival: Penumbra.
The old EVElopedia (fuzzwork) also has a detailed description.
Staring the Arc
Penumbra is started by speaking with Aursa Kunivuri, at the Nugoeihuvi Information Center in Josameto ("Beacons" and "Agents in Space" must be visible on the overview).
Chapter 1: Proof of Intent
Proof of intent is the first chapter of Penumbra. This chapter contains several branching missions and the branch in fourth mission will decide what rewards you can get in the end of the arc. For detailed walkthrough see Penumbra/Chapter 1 - Proof of Intent.
Chapter 2: Blackness Rising
Blackess Rising is the second chapter of Penumbra. This chapter contains no brances and the choises done in previous missions have no effect. For detailed walkthrough see Penumbra/Chapter 2 - Blackness Rising.
Chapter 3: The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line is the third and last chapter of Penumbra. This chapter is completely different depending on the choice you did in mission "Paths that are Hidden" in first chapter. For detailed walkthrough see Penumbra/Chapter 3 - The Bottom Line.
The final reward depends on choices you nake in mission "Paths That Are Hidden" in first chapter and in the first mission of last chapter.
Selecting "An Honorable Betrayal" in "Paths that are Hidden" and then selecting "Slipping Away" in "The Knowledge to Act" leads to Hyasyoda rewarding you with Standup Hyasyoda Research Lab Blueprint (1 run, 8% ME, 8% TE) and around Caldari State faction standing increase (12.5 at Social V). The Standup Hyasyoda Research Lab is faction module for Upwell structures. Like the normal research lab the Hyasyoda variant allows blueprint research but uses less fuel and powergrid. The module can be used in low security space only.
Selecting any other option in "Paths that are Hidden" and "Learning by Doing" in "A Difference of Opinion" will reward you with 20x Nugoehuvi Synth Blue Pill Boosters and Caldari State faction standing increase. Nugoehuvi Synth Blue Pill Boosters increases shield boosting by 5% with no drawbacks for 33 minutes.
Selecting "Home in Peace" in either "A Difference of Opinion" or in "The Knowledge to Act" will only reward you with 25 million isk and Caldari State faction standing.