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Oaken Point

Oaken Point is an abandoned base, part of Project Seraph – an attempt to allow humans to control Thargoid ships run by Azimuth Biochemicals. It can be found in HIP 26176 on planet A 5 i (scan the planet with the Detailed Surface Scanner and then you might need to drop out of supercruise to see the location).

Navigation to HIP 26176 can be difficult as it is near several permit locked areas. From the bubble it is recommended to fly to Shenve in the Witch Head nebula and then on to HIP 26176. In Odyssey if HIP 26176 is not found correctly in the Galmap navigate instead to DM99 15.1 and look close by.

There are five scannable data points that give part of the history of Project Seraph, which appear to be from just around the time that Thargoids returned to the Pleiades.

Oaken Point was found as part of the Commander Hyford story via a message found in Colonia in August 3307. Further messages can be found in Fort Asch in HIP 22460, and also from the Overlook megaship, also in HIP 22460.

The messages are voice acted, the text is given below:

OAKEN POINT 1/5

Project Seraph, Log #1. Professor Thomas Dorne reporting.

After years or preparation. we are ready to enter the trial phase of our work. The subject quota outlined in requisition order #2125 has been fulfilled. Surgical enhancements are scheduled on candidates deemed most likely to survive the Thargoid systemic interface.

There is a sense of excitement here at the facility. My team recognise that we are on the threshold or something truly remarkable. While our competitors chase rumours and run lab tests on curious probes, we are working towards the first human-piloted Thargoid vessel.

Of course, our research here will be the first of many such projects. This hostile race has plagued human space for hundreds of years. These creatures, so foreign — so fundamentally alien in every aspect – have sought to dominate us. The technology used in these attempts has been devastating.

Our work will establish the first example of humanity harnessing Thargoid machines for its needs. Over time. we will continue to assimilate the aliens’ technology until we have stripped everything we want. Then we shall lead the mission to wipe them out forever.

The Mycoid virus merely bought us time. Our true victory will be absolute.

OAKEN POINT 2/5

Project Seraph, Log #6. Professor Thomas Dorne reporting.

Today my team completed the first live tests of human integration with a Thargoid ship. Subject A-1 entered the Thargoid vessel at oh-eight-hundred and initiated the interface procedure with assistance from the witnessing Dr Pierce and Dr Hamlin.

A-l’s vital signs were stable for forty—three seconds, at which point there was a major electrical surge through the central nervous system. Both witnesses observed the subject suffer a violent seizure which ultimately proved fatal. The Thargoid vessel appeared unaffected.

The next five tests were similar in outcome. While unfortunate. our analysts were able to identify where this surge originates.

Subject A—7 showed more promise, again witnessed by Pierce and Hamlin. Adjustments were made to A-7’s spinal ports to suppress the energy surge. Forty-five seconds after initiation, an electrical spike occurred which remained within safety limits. A-7 reported some discomfort but was able to proceed with vessel initiation. At this point the Thargoid vessel emitted a low… whine, I suppose. Signs of activity briefly flickered on the hull’s external frame.

Both witnesses reported A-7 crying out once before expiring, whereupon the vessel returned to a dormant state. Dr Pierce is adamant the subject said “it won’t let me”, but Dr Hamlin could not confirm this.

We are still waiting for telemetry on A-7’s test to determine exactly what killed the subject. Adjustments will be made to the next test subject in response to these findings.

OAKEN POINT 3/5

Preject Seraph, Log #9. Professor Thomas Dorne reporting.

The fourth day of testing has concluded. The further revisions to our surgical couplings are finally beginning to show promise.

My team isolated a systemic membrane in the Thargoid design which acts as a defence mechanism, akin to a software firewall. While we were able to theorise a way to counteract this mechanism, there was one variable which could not be defined without a live test. Subject D-1’s primary neural implant was calibrated accordingly. I regret that D-l’s test ended poorly, but we received the information we needed.

Subject D-2’s test used the recalibrated couplings. Her introduction to the Thargoid vessel proceeded smoothly, and as with A-7 the hull’s external frame responded visually. Dr Pierce and Dr Hamlin, witnessing, both reported D-2 as responsive. Seventy-six seconds into the test. the craft powered down once more. D-2 departed the craft with help but standing, the sight of which inspired applause from the team on the ground.

D-2 is now in the infirmary, exhausted but physically unharmed. Her brief statement implied a connection with the vessel Which proved emotionally difficult to process. Our research technicians are preparing limbic augments for future subjects.

The rest of today’s scheduled tests will go ahead as planned while these augments are prepared. It is important to acquire additional data for our surgeons, improving the efficiency of future subject enhancement.

OAKEN POINT 4/5

Project Seraph, Log #14. Professor Thomas Dorne reporting.

There has been considerable progress in our work. After an initially unremarkable series of tests. Subject H-8 successfully interfaced with the Thargoid vessel! Ninety-three seconds into the test, the craft moved approximately eighteen feet from its docking props and hovered in place. The flight was stable and accompanied by a gentle hum. I would describe the sound as subdued, as though the vessel had been brought to heel at last.

The landing, twenty-eight seconds later. was abrupt but only superficial damage was sustained. H-8 is unconscious but stable under the care of the medical team. Dr Hamlin and Dr Tao, witnessing, were shaken but unharmed. Subject H-9’s test has been postponed while the Thargoid ship is returned to its dock.

The whereabouts of D-2 remains unconfirmed. She may be a stowaway: the only ship to have departed recently belongs to one Commander Hyford, following a delivery of potential subjects. Captain Stenson believes the Commander is complicit, but I am not convinced. Hyford lacks the character to betray us and is quite aware of the consequences for doing so. Regardless, Black Flight operatives are already tracking him down.

On a personal note, I would like to emphasise the incredible work by my team so far. Each day brings us closer the assimilation of our enemy’s primary asset: their technological secrets.

OAKEN POINT 5/5

Project Seraph, Log #27 Professor Thomas Dorne reporting.

Subjects V-1 through V-9 attempted to interface with the Thargoid vessel today. No measurable response was seen for any of these tests.

l have decided to temporarily suspend the test phase of the project. Since Subject H-8’s connection and subsequent death two days later. the Thargoid vessel has entered a state of dormancy. It is as though all internal power sources are spent; we may as well be plugging our subjects into a rock.

A new Thargoid craft is required if our work here is to continue. I have identified a suitable system to begin our search. Black Flight operatives will depart shortly in advance of our research party.

The recent report of a Commander encountering a Thargoid vessel in the Pleiades is intriguing. I only hope this was not a singular event or some misunderstood data. Thargoid vessels scouting human space would significantly improve our chances of capturing one of their ships.

Our timeframe is likely to be slashed. of course. I fear our limited success is worth a few more years at best. The Witch will not be pleased with the lack of tangible results, despite our initial progress.

Still, one must remain optimistic. Our understanding of Thargoid interface mechanisms has improved considerably. Plenty of enhanced test subjects remain in our care. Dr Tao is writing a paper discussing their surgical procedures which should greatly benefit Azimuth’s medtech department.

All Project Seraph needs is a little luck. I am not so proud as to withhold a prayer asking for that luck. Perhaps the Gods will smile upon us.

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