No Man's Sky - Day 17
I have walked the world, beheld its wonders... °
Not finding any hints near the portal, I decided to leave my ship as a marker and go off in the direction indicated by the portal, which happened to be in the direction of the rising sun.
Following this direction always keeping the marker of my ship behind me, I travelled for several days, learning about the language and the history of the Vy'keen, finding abandoned buildings and weird rock structures.
I found some interesting monoliths that were different from the others, and seemed to be linked to the portal in some way, having a similar style, and teaching me some words of the Atlas language in addition of Vy'keen. I started to collect the gifts received from these and other monoliths, in the hope they will allow me to open the portal.
By then my navigator started to fail, with the displayed distance to my ship getting smaller, even though I was still walking away from it. Apparently it thought the quickest way to get back to my ship would be to drill a tunnel through the planet. Ignoring this problem for now, I continued roughly in the direction I originally intended to.
It must have been when I was about half-way around the world, that the navigator got completely unreliable, pretending I could be at my ship in just one hour and constantly changing the direction I should go to reach it. I really would have loved to have a proper compass then. Instead I waited for the morning sun to show me the right direction, and discovered a planet that I could follow easily during day and night.
After endless hours my path brought me back to my ship and the portal, having travelled once around the whole planet. But none of my efforts enabled me to open and use the portal.
I might just give up for now, leave this planet behind and try again another day on another planet...
° Extra points for knowing where this line was adapted from ;)