Shalatucas Civilian Broadcast

Shalatucas Civilian Broadcast

An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in the Lie Zhonpon system, orbiting body 3. 

The transmission times of this beacon are believed to be on the hour, every 4 hours, with transmissions reported at: 00:00 / 04:00 / 08:00 / 12:00 / 16:00 / 20:00.

The transmitted message is the following:

19 21 18 22 5 25 9 14 7
(repeated four times)

Decodes by letter positions to:


This message is the decryption key for an encoded Galnet article in the local Herald:
(Note: this Herald is no longer available – March 3310 / However, an archived image from March 3303 is available – THE LIE ZHONPON HERALD)

25 Oct 3302

***Compromised Carrier Signal***

Alpha Oscar Juliet Romeo Juliet Whiskey Bravo Lima
Juliet Alpha – Charlie Echo November Bravo India
Echo Echo Alpha – Quebec Golf Echo Charlie Hotel
Juliet Hotel Lima Tango – Tango Uniform Echo Charlie
Juliet Whiskey Golf Delta Echo – Uniform Tango Alpha
Alpha Golf Kilo Romeo Echo Whiskey Charlie Tango
Bravo Kilo Romeo Echo

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 SURVEYING taken from the beacon yielded the message:


This leads to a “Civilian Broadcast Detected” signal source in the Shalatucas system, orbiting body 2. This appears to be a permanent refugee convoy identical to the temporary ones seen in other systems during periods of Outbreak.

It contains a large convoy of multiple types of haulage vessel carrying refugees away from a nearby viral outbreak.

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