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Pirate Trader

An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in orbit of Unelinte 4. Known to transmit the following at 00 minutes past the hour, with a transmission reported at xx:00:

10 1 3 11 16 15 20
(repeated four times)

Decodes by letter positions to:


This message is the decryption key for an encoded Galnet article in the local Herald:

Unelinte Herald
25 Oct 3302

***Compromised Carrier Signal***

Charlie Sierra Uniform Charlie November Tango
Tango Juliet Charlie Golf Foxtrot Sierra Foxtrot lndia –
Tango Hotel 4 – 6 – Sierra November Tango Delta
Yankee – Echo November Sierra Bravo Golf Juliet Golf
Sierra Bravo India Juliet Sierra – Echo Oscar Bravo
Quebec Juliet Golf 5 Charlie

The message consists of a series of words that can be interpreted as the NATO phonetic alphabet, yielding the message:


Applying a Keyed Caesar cipher with the key of JACKPOT taken from the beacon yielded the message:


This leads to a “Pirate Trader” signal source in orbit of Crucis Sector OD-S b4-6 5 c. The signal source contains a wanted Type 9, which will initiate an attack without comms.

There is a similar Unregistered Comms Beacon at Pand B 5 that also transmits ‘JACKPOT’, but sadly the related local news article is missing, so we cannot find the target location.

Not of any known scientific interest.

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