Communication Array Delta 69

Communication Array Delta 69

Communication Array Delta 69 is an abandoned settlement on Col 285 Sector BG-O d6-93 AB 1 d at -5.8360, 177.3792.

Around the settlement there are five Settlement Comms Log Uplink points, scanning them gives background to the reason for its abandonment:

Internal Message Log Fragment:

Erm… Control, we’ve got a problem down here at Hab B. I’m going to need someone from security down here on the double.

We’ve found a body, and before you ask, it’s not one of us. All personnel are present and accounted for.

You’re going to think I’m crazy. There’s no way this guy should be out here. It’s not like a dead body can be classed as personal effects but he’s here all right, just appeared out of nowhere.

Personal Log: J Bottone Array Commander

Wilkins is right, we’re going to have to inform the authorities about this. But how do we do that, they’ll think we’re either crazy, or worse, that we’ve killed this guy. It doesn’t matter that there isn’t a mark on him, or that according to our medic there is no cause of death. No disease, no poison or radiation.

We’ve looked up this ship and it’s disappearance. Some kind of anomaly causing the ship to just vanish without a trace. These things are just stories that the deep space explorers tell to make their job seem more interesting than just scanning stars and pianets. Nothing like that actually exists or we would know about it.

I need to report this.

Personal Log: J Bottone Array Commander

It started this morning, everything seemed normal but there was an uneasiness among the team. No one could put a finger on it, just a general feeling that something was wrong. And then the signal started.

It was about 10km from the station and appeared to be some kind of radio transmission, with a digital data packet encoded into it. We spent hours trying to figure out how to decipher it but I have to say at the moment we don’t have a clue what we’re dealing with here.

Along with the signal, something has appeared on the planet’s surface that according to our surveys simply can’t be there. There is a gravitational pull of some massive object but there’s nothing we can detect physically there. The gravitational field measured approximately 0.1 Gs, but we can’t see what’s creating it. Whatever it is, it’s the source of the signal.

We’ve sent a skimmer out with some equipment as a probe. I’m not going to risk anyone going out there until we know what we’re dealing with.

Emergency Broadcast:

Do not come here… I repeat… do not come here.

He opened his eyes… There was something there… the signal starting… coming from him, like it was inside…

I’ve ordered everyone out, locked off the infirmary until I can figure out what is going on. Signal is building stronger… people started feeling it… like it was in our heads.

This anomaly… closer now… can’t explain… seems to be… think it’s going to…

Recovery Team 963 Sit Rep:

Team 963 reporting in.

I don’t know what to tell you sir, there’s no one here. No bodies, no sign of any problem, all the automated systems are A OK, just no one is here. It’s like they just vanished.

Yes I know how that sounds. All the security logs on the door say nobody left, the ships and escape pods are still in place. They left their belongings, food, water, clothing.

Yes, sir. Yes I Understand. Securing the station logs now, sir.

Team 963 out.

There are Engineer Materials scattered around the ground, and within the settlement there is a Data Point which may be scanned for an Intel Package, and for Engineer Data.

Listening Posts

The location of this abandoned settlement is revealed by the three nearby listening posts:

Pulano 3

…Corporate Data Packet SJK-378-A Detected…

Matches signal detected at listening posts: (col 285 sector ko-e b26-3, hip 97146)

Approximate Signal Range: 25-27 LY

Do not come here… I repeat… do not come here. long:117.3792

…Signal Lost…

CMDR Steve Kirby identified a flaw in the Listening Post firmware that meant this decoding provided the wrong co-ordinate, he provided an improved decoding that led to the site. The Listening Posts themselves may still give the incorrect decoding until the firmware update propagates throughout the network.

Col 285 Sector KO-E b26-3 A

…Corporate Data Packet SJK-378-B Detected…

Matches signal detected at listening posts: (pulano, hip 97146)

Approximate Signal Range: 43-45 LY

Do not come here… I repeat… do not come here. lat:-5.836074

…Signal Corrupted…

HIP 97146

…Corporate Data Packet SJK-378-C Detected…

Matches signal detected at listening posts: (pulano, col 285 sector ko-e b28-3)

Approximate Signal Range: 30-32 LY

Do not come here… I repeat… do not come here. ab 1 d

…Carrier Signal Lost…

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