Takurua Anomalous Signal

Takurua Anomalous Signal

An Unregistered Comms Beacon can be found in orbit of Takurua 3. Known to transmit the following at 00 minutes past the hour, with a transmission reported at 00:00:

7 5 20 21 13 2 15 25 19
(repeated four times)

Decodes by letter positions to:


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

Takurua Herald
25 Oct 3302

***Compromised Carrier Signal***
Charlie Juliet Quebec Delta Victor Delta Juliet – Tango
Romeo Juliet Sierra Bravo Charlie 1 – Lima Juliet
Victor Oscar Sierra Alpha – Bravo India Kilo Juliet
Tango Bravo Lima Tango Victor Oscar India Golf Sierra
Bravo Victor India

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 GETUMBOYS taken from the beacon yielded the message:


This leads to an “Anomalous Signal Detected” signal source in orbit of Takurua 1. The signal source is extremely close to the planet, but is still in orbit and not on the surface.

Sometimes contains two ships carrying escaped prisoners, often empty.

Not of any known scientific interest.

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