An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in orbit of Eafots LZ-H b10-0 D. Known to transmit the following at 15 minutes past the hour, with a transmission reported at 03:15:
UESKQP CZ B X 10 0
(repeated two times)
Applying a Keyed Caesar cipher with the key of EXODUS yields the message:
EAFOTS IZ H B 10 0
The system name in the beacon appears to be an error and should be interpreted as LZ-H rather than the IZ-H given, since it’s the system the beacon is in.
An abandoned settlement can be found on the nearby planet Eafots LZ-H b10-0 D 1 at -23.0615, -174.8785.
Around the settlement there are six Settlement Comms Log Uplink points, scanning them gives background to the reason for its abandonment:
FORMIDINE RIFT BETA MISSION 1/6
Expedition Log: 30/08/3270
“Been travelling for weeks. Passed this amazing twin nebula just recently, about the only interesting sight on this whole trip. We are a long way out now, I don’t think anyone else has been this far. Still, pay is good!”
FORMIDINE RIFT BETA MISSION 2/6
Expedition Log: 12/09/3270
“Stars have thinned out and we’ve started dropping our cargo. Looks like some kind of long-range beacon to me. It’s all hush-hush, no questions asked stuff. Heard some of the senior bods talking about a Dynasty project. Careless talk and all that…”
FORMIDINE RIFT BETA MISSION 3/6
Expedition Log: 18/09/3270
“Nothing prepared me for the boredom. It’s very dark out here. Really dark… darker than normal space. There’s hardly any stars ahead of us, it’s just blackness… the void.”
FORMIDINE RIFT BETA MISSION 4/6
Expedition Log: 01/10/3270
“Picked up some kind of signal yesterday and it looks like the crew weren’t expecting it. Got them proper rattled. There’s definitely something very strange about this area of space. Won’t be sad to turn around and head horne.”
FORMIDINE RIFT BETA MISSION 5/6
Expedition Log: 11/11/3270
“Last batch of cargo due today, but the hyperdrive has malfunctioned. We tried jumping and got yanked straight back out. So we’re stuck here, Randomius knows where…”
FORMIDINE RIFT BETA MISSION 6/6
Expedition Log: 29/11/3270
“We can’t fix it. Hyperdrive is dead. Lucky we’re in a system with a habitable world. We’ve sent a distress call but who knows if anyone will ever hear it. We’re going to abandon ship. If anyone finds this, we’re in…” AUTOMATED TELEMETRY REPORT: POWER FAILURE.
Within the settlement there is a Data Point which may be scanned for an Intel Package, and for Engineer Data.