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The Databank is an encyclopedia of entries that can be viewed under the "Data Bank" tab of the PDA. The Databank's entries can provide the player with survival tips, clues and information to put players on the right track, and Story information.

Be wary that these logs are copied to complete accuracy (this includes grammar and spelling errors). Also be aware that entries in the following list that are not currently obtainable through normal play can always be viewed with the aid of Console Commands (except all entries in the Cut or Currently Unobtainable Databank Entries section).

Logs & Communications

Alterra

A Few Updates

Emmanuel: Good morning, Frost Pack!

Just a quick update to inform you of some key achievements and priority shifts we need you all to get behind.

The Spy Pengling project was a resounding success. Please join me in congratulating Samantha Ayou, who is now reassigned to Outpost Zero, helping us dream of future initiatives.

Congratulations are also in order for Danielle Valenti and her team at Omega Lab. The closing of Phi Robotics means important funds can be redirected to their Kharaa bacteria study, which has important positive implications for the life sciences.

You're all doing an exceptional job and I don't want to promise anything, but HQ has been taking notice. Keep up the good work, and I think we can start discussing bonuses soon.

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


Alien Intruder-- more like alien cheater

Parvan: For the last time, I am not cheating.

Sam: Then what's your theory? What's going on?

Parvan: If you ask me, Zeta has been blinking a lot. I think it's a tell.

Sam: He does have a point there!

Zeta: It's allergies!

Fred: Allergies?! Oh is something in bloom in this frozen sector?

Zeta: Thermal lilies. And if you gang up on me, I swear, you're all fired.

Fred: You're not even my boss.

Danielle: You're all so gullible. You're fighting each other, meanwhile, look at Parvan, just look at him!

Parvan: What am I doing? I'm not doing anything!

Fred: Let's just take this to a vote. All those who think Zeta's allergies are a bad case of Alienitis, say "Intruder."

Parvan: Intruder.

Fred: Intruder.

Dani?

Danielle: Oh, I'm just an observer here.

Sam: I'm going to use my pass.

Fred: Is there some kind of scientist conspiracy going on here? Zeta, Sam, Danielle-- you three are suddenly very aligned.

Zeta: Or, like I said, Parvan is cheating.

Parvan: I'm starting to wish I was cheating.

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


Alien Intruder: A game of deception, aliens, and paranoia.

Instructions: Alien Intruder is a game played by 6 to 15 people. One player acts as Game Master and one player assumes the role of Hive Mind. The remaining players are Scientists on a Research Mission. (Total Players / 6) of the Scientists are secretly Alien intruders.

Hive Mind: The Hive Mind is the puppet master pulling the strings of deception. The Hive Mind knows who the Aliens are and who the Scientists are. This player observes the game and tries to manipulate the Alien Intruders to eliminate all the Scientists. The Hive Mind wins if 3/4 of the Scientists have been eliminated before completing all of their Tasks.

Alien Intruder: This player does not know they are an Alien intruder. For all intents and purposes the Alien Intruder(s) thinks they are normal Scientists.

Scientists: The Scientist's job is to survive and eliminate the Alien Intruder(s) or complete all tasks. The Scientists do not know who the Alien is. The Scientists win if the Alien(s) are dead or if they have completed all of their Tasks.

Game Master: The Game Master (GM) runs the session and ensures the completion of the different cycles. The Hive Mind will communicate their intentions directly to the GM and the GM will tell the players hoe his/her intentions play out.

Phases: The game is broken up into days. Each day the Scientists/Alien choose to either perform a task or spy on another player. Then, the Hive Mind tells the GM if they would like to plant a Seed of Doubt on which spy result, if any or eliminate the spy target of the Alien (if applicable). This is done secretly between the Hive Mind and the GM. The GM then reports back on the results of the player's spying efforts (influenced or not by the Hive Mind). After which the Scientists/Alien may have a 3 minute meeting to discuss the day's events. They may then elect to eliminate a Scientist with a majority vote. The Scientists/Alien then go to sleep and start the next day's cycle.

Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


Apart Together

Emmanuel: Davide, you'll be happy to know, the Frost Pack is making excellent progress! I must say, my management style appears to be uniquely well-suited to isolated planets.

I miss you of course, but I wonder if you feel it too? As great as we are together, we are almost better apart!

Just look at how well Prosperina did in her last show! I'm sorry I couldn't be there to see it but I'm sure if I'd been around, I'd only have made her nervous.

Once this mission is over I'll come home for a few good months. And then, what do you think if we look at reorganizing our expectations to facilitate longer term separation success? I really think this could be a great model for us going forward, romantically and otherwise.

Don't forget, I love you from the depths of my heart. Keep on succeeding in your projects. You know there's nothing I find more attractive.

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


Architect Research Notes

Lillian: While other teams have been pursuing more nebulous approaches to awakening the Architects, I've tried to take a more practical approach.

We know these part-organic, part-digital beings stored what they thought of as themselves on computers within their sanctuaries. And we know efforts to 'wake' or communicate with them have been in vain.

My theory is that to make first contact, these digital ghosts must first be recombined with an organic component. As Doctor Kas Slaney's classic study noted, we know they had means to grow cybernetic bodies, and to transfer their data patterns between them.

There is a known probable Architect sanctuary in this sector, but entry is not currently possible. If I can get inside, and present the right vessel, I do think we will be successful.

Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


Cargo Rocket Seatruck Dock - Zero Sector

Emmanuel: Fred, I'm not blaming you, but what do you mean it's gone? Where did it go? You found trouble somewhere in the Deep Twisty Bridges and decided to jettison modules?

Fred: Yeah. I had to jettison a module. I got free, went back for it… and it was just… gone!

Emmanuel: And you think someone stole it.

Fred: Or something. I didn't lose it, that's for sure. I'm careful with my tools!

Emmanuel: I'm sure you are, but you have to admit, there have been a lot of Seatruck accidents. And they are rather expensive.

Fred: You want to follow me on a few runs tomorrow? See what it's like? Conditions are way harsher than anything I ever imagined. I don't know if you can really understand it from inside your base.

Emmanuel: That won't be necessary. Thanks for your time. I'll write it up as an accident.

Source: PDA on Delta Island dock


Control Room Rapid Depressurization

To: Weld Team and Electrical

We're getting closer. I know the control room will change the process of base building. It contains all the information you need in a singular place: energy delegation for low sunlight areas, build layout, structural information, etc.

We're leaps and bounds away from v1, which literally just rolled to the bottom of the ocean…even on flat ground. Rapid implosion is supposed to be painless. I hope that's true.
Definitely a better way to go than the electrical fire in v5.7. Poor way to go - super unfortunate radio call to overhear.

Jasmine was the latest worker that volunteered to test the Control Room, for hazard pay of course. She was on the radio examining some information panels when she experienced- rapid depressurization due to a hull breach. Apparently, the panels were welded poorly and blew a hole in the wall. So, no hazard pay for her…or anyone else for that matter. At least she didn't suffer.

This next build should have all the kinks ironed out.

Source: PDA in Purple Vents


Counting down the days!

Lillian: My darlings, Brian, Svea and Oren, I'm counting the days until I can come home and give you all the hugs and kisses.

Since my research project was cancelled, they have me at a place called Outpost Zero doing... nothing much. Just cataloguing things. Plants. The occasional animal. But it's mostly ice where I am, so there's not a lot of new stuff to find.

Svea and Oren, you know how you get bored when your hoverdance teacher makes you practice skills 15 minutes over schedule and it eats up your freestyle time? It's a bit like that.

I have a new roommate-- Samantha-- a roboticist. You should see her little Pengling bots. Oren, you'd love them. But she got management upset. I guess this is just where they send you if they decide you're too much trouble.

I'm kind of glad she's here, though. I was getting lonely.

I'm still trying-- quietly-- I don't want any more trouble-- to figure out where I went wrong. I was sure I picked up a distress signal. I was right on top of it. And then it just... stopped. What if someone-- an Architect-- is still down there and needs help?

I'll be home before I ever get to find out, and it will fall to some future researcher to come and find out, I guess. I hope. But oh, I can't wait to be home with you.

When are you going to send me some more art? There's still a patch of bare wall here that could use some color and a touch of genius!

I miss you, I love you. I hope you're still proud of me. I'm proud of you.

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


Dani call re: research

Danielle: Hi you, how's everything at Pengling Central?

Sam: Oh… fine. But… I haven't heard anything since giving the footage to Zeta. It's been what… a week?

Danielle: Did she promise you a report?

Sam: No but I expected… some kind of reaction. Maybe I should take it up with Emmanuel. It is Kharaa after all, and it could cause a lot of suffering if it got out.

Danielle: Why would it get out? We have professional containment, and know how to neutralize it in an emergency. Sam, I love you but you don't know what you're talking about.

Sam: You love me? (a pause) Wait--- why do you you know so much about this?

Danielle: It's my area of research.

Sam: Why are you being evasive?

Danielle: (sigh) I'm going to tell you something, and then you have to drop this… crusade… you're on before you damage your career. (pause) We're researching the bacteria.

Sam: What kind of research are you doing?

Danielle: I don't want you worrying about this. We are aware of the possible downsides, but they're far outweighed by the potential. That's as much as I can tell you.

Sam: (Exhale)

Danielle: Sam--

Sam: I need to think. I have to go.

Source: PDA in the Phi Robotics Center


Delivery Status Report

Fred: Ah jeez, these sea monkeys are going to get me in trouble. This is the third shipment that those buggers have gotten their weird little hands into!

Now we're running low on flares and I'm going to have to search nearby nests for stolen cargo.

They're lucky they're kind of cute. Raccoons of the sea, those ones.

Source: PDA at a tech site in Arctic Kelp Forest


Disciplinary Meeting -- personal favors

Emmanuel: Fred! Great to see you, come on in. You don't mind if I record this, do you?

Fred: Am I in trouble?

Emmanuel: (laughs) No. You know me. Just a fanatic for details. And my memory's not what it used to be.

Fred: (Chuckle) I know what that's like.

Emmanuel: Hmmm yes... Is that why you've been running so many personal errands for your colleagues? We asked you to limit them.

Fred: Er... So I am in trouble?

Emmanuel: That's not how I want you to look at it. Here's what I see: you're a team player. You want to get the job done.

Fred: I think I have a pretty good record there...

Emmanuel: You want people to like you.

Fred: Has anyone complained?

Emmanuel: Fred, the trouble is, not everyone is as reliable as you are. Sometimes people need help being where they need to be and concentrating on their work.

Fred: All the trips were all work related.

Emmanuel: It appears you transported tech for Lil, rather far out from her base.

Fred: It needed to go deep-- she needed a seatruck.

Emmanuel: Her work is currently on surface installations. She shouldn't be anywhere near the water.

Fred: I-- Er... -- I--

Emmanuel: No more favours to friends. Agreed?

Fred: Yes, sir.

Emmanuel: I keep telling you, call me Manu!

Fred: (Uncomfortable laughter)

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


Don't Take Your Kids to Work Day

Lillian: Hey Sam, want to say hi to my kids? I told them I'd show them a day in the life of a scientist.

Sam: Of course! Hi Oren! Hi Svea!

Lillian: Tell us what you're working on.

Sam: Oh, uhh... this is a uh... personal project.

Lillian: Looks more like biology than robotics.

Sam: Yeah I was just thinking... I know no one is on my side with this, but what if I just found a way to take care of the deadly bacterium?

Lillian: I wouldn't say no one is on your side. I'm on your side.

Sam: I know, but you won't... say... anything to Emmanuel or Zeta... or... anyone.

Lillian: What effect would it have if I did? I'm not exactly Employee of the Month right now.

Sam: I know. I wouldn't want you to risk more than you already have.

Lillian: I'm sorry. I wish I could do more.

What... are you working on there? What do you mean by "take care of the deadly bacterium?"

Sam: Uh...Is that still thing still recording?

Lillian: Oh, right. So that was Sam, kids!

I'll turn this off now.

Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


Emmanuel's Special Request

Emmanuel gave me this jailbroken scanner tool...thing and said, "I need more shower heads. This should lead you to the necessary minerals." WHAT!? He also told me to keep It on the down low.

I guess this is what a master's certificate in applied geology gets you these days, a job as a glorified construction worker. Ugh, I should've studied Interstellar Law like dad said.

I have to hand it to Emmanuel though, I don't know what he did to the scanner, but it does a great job at zeroing in on specific minerals. It's better than hoping I stumble across the right outcroppings.

Source: PDA in Delta Island


Flirting?

Danielle: I challenged your Spy Pengling to a foot race earlier.

Sam: Because you got tired of losing to me?

Danielle: Ouch! What if I've been letting you win so I could see you smile?

Sam: Cute. But I don't believe it. There are easier ways to make someone smile.

Danielle: Easier than losing a footrace?!

Sam: Oh I think you're a woman with many talents.

Danielle: What are you implying?

Sam: The artwork that appeared in my lab the other day...

Danielle: Oh that-- "A Study in Parthelion Red?"

Sam: I assume you had something to do with that?

Danielle: That depends. Do you like it?

Sam: It's beautiful. Like the person who gave it to me.

Danielle: If I didn't know better, I'd say you were flirting with me.

Sam: Do you know better?

Danielle: I...don't know what I know anymore...Not when you're looking at me like that.

Source: PDA in the Omega Lab


Glacial Research Log #2a

Sam: Danielle at Omega Lab ran samples on the ice cores we pulled, and she says this glacial ice formed unusually fast. Half the microorganisms from the samples aren't even native to this planet! She said they'd name a eukaryote after me, but maybe she was just being nice. I'm gonna get some more data, like, ASAP. Hmm, and Vinh said there's some unusual geothermal activity that's causing the glacial basin to collapse faster than expected.

Could use some of that geothermal heat in the station...

Source: PDA in Glacial Basin


Gone Fishing
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Jeremiah: Tower Maintenance Log

Okay, this time the birds have really done it. I don't know what they've been eating, but it's corrosive when it comes out the other end. I'm going to need to rewire.

I'm short an element to fabricate the right cable. I remember seeing some, when I did that dive to the old ship. I'm going to go out there and see if I can get some more. That should fix it.

Maintenance status: In Progress.

Source: PDA on a desk next to the Communications Tower


Gotta Thank Sam

From: Sebastian

This cave Is fascinating. There's some sort of biofluorescent fungus In here. When I shine my flashlight on them they start to glow, it's beautiful. A relaxing moment on this barren planet.

Also, I'm setting a reminder to thank Sam. She's been a bit down lately, but she really is amazing at what she does. She let me borrow an early spy pengling prototype to get into a couple small spaces down here that I couldn't squeeze into. Maybe I'll get her an extra ration of dessert or give her some extra vending credits. She could use a pick me up.

Source: PDA on a desk in the Glacial Basin


Greetings, family.

Parvan: My dearest Adeline and Rosita,

Ugh, not "dearest?" who says that anymore?

Adeline. Rosita.

Everything on the mission is going very well. Do you see now? Your doubts were unfounded. I am loved here and--

Ugh, no. Rosita will say "Paaaaapa, why do you have to brag all the time." "Paaaaapa it's embarrassing."

I want to apologize.

Okay no, that's taking things too far.

I know we didn't leave things on the best note. But I want you to know, I love you, and I miss you. I don't know why I say the things I say sometimes-- they just come out.

I was going to send you a message saying how great everything is here and how everyone loves me. I've had a promotion to a very important security dossier. I'm treated like a hero.

But really, this is a cold, wet planet. The scientists are full of themselves. There's no action to speak of. The only thing I look forward to is weekly games of Alien Intruder, but more than that, of coming home to you.

I am sorry for all the times I did not appreciate you, of our family, or the good life we had. And I--

Who am I kidding? I can't send this. What's the use.

Source: PDA in the Parvan's Bunker


Having a great time!

Fred: Jenny, you just wouldn't believe the adventure I'm having! It's just like when we were kids and we used to play Underwater City, only the sea monsters aren't pretend and I don't need to hide behind you when one swims by... because I'm safe in my Seatruck. Safe, and very very brave. Please tell dad for me.

Thanks so much for the moustache kit, by the way. To be honest, I wasn't sure if it was a gag gift at first? Personal grooming is something of a challenge here, and as you know, I'm a pretty low-maintenance guy to begin with. But you'd be surprised how handy moustache wax is, in an emergency.

There have been some close scrapes-- for a while there, someone was sabotaging my truck, and I thought I was seeing things. But my friend Sam helped me sort it out. Although... she's had some troubles of her own lately.

To be honest, I get a little worried out here sometimes. But I guess that's normal, under the circumstances. Gotta expect a little risk, right? I should be happy I have great friends and a good paycheck.

Anyway, love you, Jenny. And dad. Please find a way to tell him, that he won't find embarrassing. And don't worry, I'm looking for the perfect fish to bring back as a gift. Your favourite! (a laugh)

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


Investigation Report - Omega Laboratory

Alexis: Investigation notes: Omega lab was first breached by heavy impact, perhaps from a Seatruck modified with some sort of battering implement.

A localized explosive charge was then released and detonated from a distance. Lab equipment was damaged to the point of inoperability, and all live specimens were destroyed. No personnel was injured.

Samples have been collected for analysis to determine whether any bacteria escaped. It is, however, unlikely. The heat of the charge should have boiled everything within a ten meter radius.

Source: PDA in Omega Lab


Investigation Report - Phi Excavation Site

Alexis: My investigation of the Phi Excavation Site-- including the cave entrance and surrounding area-- revealed minor cosmetic damage to Alterra survey equipment and significant structural damage to the natural cave entrance and supports.

Resulting debris prevents cave access without heavy excavation equipment. Only foot-access is currently possible.

We are reporting two casualties: Parvan Ivanov, and Samantha Ayou. Both bodies were found beneath the rubble at the cave entrance. Ivanov had just entered the cave. Footprints were still visible by the entrance. Deeper into the cave, Ayou appeared to have sustained a fall.

Poor souls.

What was Ayou doing? Nothing in her file suggests a history of vandalism or carelessness. And yet, I can only conclude the cause of the collapse was employee negligence.

We will need to investigate a possible connection to the explosive damage reported at Omega Lab. If there is a connection, who is responsible?

Source: PDA in the Phi Excavation Site


Meeting w Zeta

Zeta: Oh, you brought a friend! (laugh)

Sam: Spy Pengling in training... We're recording audio. Is that okay?

Zeta: Of course! I have the photos you sent. (pause) What am I looking at here?

Sam: Kharaa pustules on the Frozen Leviathan.

Zeta: That's nothing to worry about in and of itself. It's well contained.

Sam: The ice samples suggest it's been frozen since the time of the outbreak. The strain made the planet uninhabitable. If it mutates--

Zeta: Are you feeling unsafe?

Sam: Very.

Zeta: If I escalate the issue for you, will you feel comfortable enough to concentrate again? I have deadlines for the Snowfox and the mining bots coming up. I really need your focus on the Penglings.

Sam: Uh... yeah. That's a relief actually. I was expecting more of a fight.

Zeta: Nothing is more important than our safety. I'll take care of it, okay?

Sam: Thanks. I won't let you down.

Zeta: Thanks Sam, keep up the good work.

Source: PDA in the administration room in the Phi Robotics Lab


Mining Site Delivery

Fred: Oh hey Parvan, can I get you to sign off here?

Parvan: What is all this?

Fred: I don't know. Some kind of measuring equipment? Lil said she'd send someone over to set it up later.

Parvan: Ahh... alien science nonsense.

Fred: I wouldn't say that. You should ask her to show you some of her findings. Its pretty interesting stuff. There might really be someone down there!

Parvan: You ask me, the scientists have too much control over here.

Fred: What?

Parvan: I'm serious. Look around you. This mining facility extracts every mineral your scientists use to make their equipment-- their bases, their scanners-- even your little Seatrucks.

Fred: I wouldn't call them little...

Parvan: Do you know the name of a single person who works down here?

Fred: I know you, Parvan.

Parvan: Bah. Tell Lillian she's wasting her time. There's nothing down here but workers, and we already know we don't "spark her curiosity."

Source: PDA in the Koppa Mining Site


Not cheating

Zeta: If you're not cheating, then you won't mind if I record this conversation. Is that right?

Parvan: I have nothing to hide.

Zeta: Then what were you whispering about with Vinh?

Parvan: Nothing. That guy is so "lawful good," it's annoying.

Zeta: Wait so you were trying to cheat?

Parvan: But no cheating occurred, so what does it matter?

Zeta: It matters to team morale! If you can cheat in the game, how can they trust you out there?

Parvan: I'm sorry, did you feel left out? Perhaps you would like to make a deal?

Zeta: Parvan! No! You're shameless. You really never give up, do you?

Parvan: I don't! That's true. Have Emmanuel to put that in my next eval. "Very persistent."

Source: PDA in Parvan's Bunker


Recorded Conversation - Samantha Ayou and Fred Lachance

Fred: I'm telling you Sammy, you see some WEIRD things when you spend half your day in a Seatruck.

Sam: More vandalism?

Was it the sea monkeys again?

Fred: I don't think so. I can't shake the feeling this planet is cursed.

Sam: There's no such thing as a curse.

Fred: Yeah, you're probably right. It's nothing. You wouldn't want to hear about it anyway. Just a huge creature, frozen in ice.

Sam: What!? Where?

Fred: In a cave, not far from your lab. And here's the extra-weird part: as soon as I called it in, they sealed off the area. Don't want anyone going in there.

Sam: But why?

Fred: Sammy, I'm no biologist, but I think there was something wrong with it. Its skin just seemed off. Alien.

Sam: An alien on Planet 4546B? No!

Fred: I'm serious, Sam. Something ain't right. Wish I could show you, but I can't get back in there.

Sam: You can't... but I might know how to...

Fred: Whatever you're thinking, we never had this conversation.

Source: PDA in Arctic Kelp Forest


Report - Enzyme Mutation Study

Danielle: We've studied the first Kharaa bacteria samples from the specimen. Results are promising.

We were able to stimulate rapid multiplication of cells in a controlled environment, resulting in the creation of several different mutations with potentially useful applications.

Think of the possibilities-- life saving treatments, genetic research-- it could be a window to understand the evolution of life on this planet. The findings could move us forward by years!

We recommend a wider study, using samples collected from a greater variety of sites around the original pustules.

We trust you will provide the necessary security to do so. The Leviathan site must be protected.

Source: PDA in Omega Lab


Sapient Life

Fred: Hey Sam-- oh hey there, Pengling buddy.

Sam: (laughs) Hi Fred, what brings you this way?

Fred: I was just passing by. Lillian wanted a hand with a deep dive, out in the bridges. You know, I think she's right? There is some weird stuff out there.

Sam: The clicking sound?

Fred: An S-O-S. I heard it with my own ears.

Sam: So you think she's right? There's intelligent life down there?

Fred: I don't know. I'll leave that to you scientist-types.

Sam: This scientist is more at home with these penglings. But if my sister was here, she'd be all over this.

Fred: Wait, are you telling me you're not the brains in the family?

Sam: Oh, my family has many different brains. Like a uh--

Fred: A Hydra?

Sam: Uh... Well...

Fred: (acting silly, hisses like a snake)

Sam: (laughs) Okay yeah, actually I like that analogy. Makes it hard to get along sometimes but... it's never dull.

Source: PDA in the Phi Robotics Center


Seatruck Log #1

Fred: There’s something out here with way too many teeth. Oh man...where did it go? Where did it go?

Things with teeth don’t just disappear, they sit and wait for you to let your guard down. It’s gonna dart out the shadows and get me.

Hmmm...I bet if I eject the cargo modules it will give me some maneuverability.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Deep Twisty Bridges


Seatruck Log #2

Fred: Cheese on a cracker. It saw me.

I managed to eject the cargo modules and hide. I’m sitting here with the lights off sweating through my shirt. I’m not going to get pooped out of the backend of a sea monster to save Alterra some money.

Emmanuel is not going to be happy. Not one bit.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Deep Twisty Bridges


Seatruck Log #3

Fred: The damned ugly thing followed me into the shallows. I didn’t think something that big would follow me up here. I had to jettison the seatruck...again.

*sigh* I guess I could try to go back for the parts when it leaves - if it leaves. I really don’t want to sit in another meeting with Emmanuel...Manu as he likes to be called. Ugh, I just want to drive around and deliver cargo in peace.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Thermal Spires


Security Report - Creature Still Dead, Cave Still Boring

Parvan: Patrol log, excavation site, day thirty-three, morning.

I thought I saw something moving on the screen, but it was just that I'd sneezed. Wiped it off.

Fred's not convinced the leviathan is really dead. But I've never even seen it blink! Nevertheless, I am now undertaking the mandatory foot patrol.

Inside the cave. Confirming a whole lot of nothing. Creature still dead. Cave still boring. I miss the mining site. At least you could talk to people.

Oh, wait now, what's this?

A rock! I found an interesting rock. That makes three this week. The others will be happy to have a friend.

Concluding patrol Perimeter secured. Nothing to report. End Log.

Source: PDA on a desk in the Phi Excavation Site


Signals from the deep?

Lillian: Zeta, I have kind of a funny question for you: Have you picked up any kind of unusual interference, during any of your robotics work?

Zeta: You mean like Parvan looking over my shoulder and telling me I'm assembling my circuits wrong 'cause it's not how his dad did it back in the day?

Lillian: (laughs) No, like electrical interference in the audio or video. Any kind of flickering or clicking?

Zeta: Can't say that I have. why?

Lillian: Hm... so it doesn't extend as far as the bay.

Zeta: What doesn't?

Lillian: When Fred was bringing me for my eval, when we detected something almost like an S-O-S.

Zeta: At Delta? How retro. What was causing it?

Lillian: I think Architects are trying to communicate with us.

Zeta: You always think that.

Lillian: (laughs) Look, it may be my job to always think that, but I'm VERY good at my job. Not that HR seems to care.

Zeta: I won't breathe a word of this to Emmanuel.

Lillian: Thanks. You're a good friend.

Source: PDA in the Glacial Bay


Spy Pengling Backlog

Ideas for future revisions:

- Hover treads
- Ski attachments
- Night or thermal vision camera mods.
- Heating module (use to melt ice or attract fauna during extreme weather conditions)
- Extensible first-aid arm (could be used to safely administer medical care in environments where infection risk is elevated)

Source: TBA


Spy Pengling Log #1

Sam: The spy penguins are creating so many new research opportunities! They're perfect for exploring tight spaces I can't squeeze into-- little pockets hiding lots of resources. The penglings can't carry much, but as an added bonus, the local fauna seem to generally ignore them. My little robot friends are too cute to get destroyed.

Source: PDA in the Phi Robotics Center


Spy Pengling Log #2

Sam: It's too cold here. I descend from a tropical people, and for the record I am suffering! The cold weather and frequent storms really put a damper on research. The native animals have some great environmental adaptations though! Snow stalkers have this thick, double-layered coat that keeps them warm and dry, on both land and water. Oh man, a snow stalker fur-lined suit would be amazing! Only problem is how to get the fur. I can't exactly catch and sheer them; I like having all my limbs, thank you very much.
Maybe I can use the spy penglings? They could gather fur scraps, which would definitely minimize the need for safety precautions...

Source: PDA in the Glacial Basin


Stock Up on Flares

From: Eloise
To: Quartermaster Joe

I almost just died, man! I was chilling on the outskirts, drinking my special tea, trying to watch the sunset, right? Which I know is technically against protocols, if I am not accompanied by my official Alterra accountability partner, but that's beside the point.

Focus, Eloise. The flares! I knocked out the headlight of my Snowfox (sorryyyyy) and I strapped a flare over the dash. I was chilling and it flickered out. I heard snow stalker growls like five minutes later! It scared me and I spilled my tasty beverage :(

Anyway, I hopped on the Snowfox, but I couldn't see. The sun had set, obviously. I could hear them running towards me! I had one last flare in my pack. I got it out and FWOOSH. All I see are snow stalkers in the light, but what's this? They're scared of ME now! I rode out of there.

I think it was the flares. We should definitely dedicate some resources to creating more.

P.S. Will Alterra reimburse me for my tea? :)

Source: PDA in the Glacial Basin


The Avian Curse

Jeremiah: Communications Tower Maintenance Log

Another day, another slight by the winged furies.

As usual, I got an interference alert. As usual, I went out to see what the problem was. As usual, it was frozen stalagmites of feathered bird excrement.

I fear the career impact of saying this officially-- if you can even call what I have a career-- but I could swear they're targeting me personally. The week I was out with the flu, I came back to find the tower spotless. Parvan laughed at me when I asked him how he'd cleaned it.

Silly me. As if Parvan would ever clean anything.

There's nothing left for me to try but quit. But I know that's what the birds want me to do.

Oh, and I got the tower up and running. Maintenance complete.

Source: PDA in the Delta Station


This was just mean

From: Piotr

On my application, I mentioned that I had severe galeophobia. Which is... wait for it... fear of sharks!

So imagine my surprise when I discovered the brute sharks here! There's a reason they didn't call them "gentle sharks."

Anyway, the research outpost is half finished. I scraped my leg on a broken piece of coral. The blood drew a brute shark and I couldn't build the rest fast enough. I used an air bladder to get to the surface. I dropped the builder tool inside the base. If anyone makes it down there they can have it.

Source: PDA in the Twisty Bridges


Thumper Batteries

From: Omar on Behalf Mining Crew Delta
To: Quartermaster Joe

I am speaking on behalf of the entire mining crew. Day in and day out we are risking our lives in this cursed territory. When we signed up for this mission, we were not told about these ice worms. We lost a solid fifth of the crew before Alterra took any action. Six of our friends were emergency shuttled off the planet! Marcus was supposed to retire after this job. Instead, he was skewered by an ice worm. Have you ever seen someone get skewered by an ice worm!?

These thumpers that the company developed are just a stop gap solution. They do a great job of distracting the Ice worms when they have power. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO USE THEM WHEN THE BATTERIES BURN OUT SO QUICKLY?

Would it be possible to send us additional replacement batteries? A little more juice would go a long way.

Respectfully,

Omar and Delta Crew

Source: PDA in the Arctic Spires


Thumper Upgrades

The finalized thumpers are pretty useful. The original versions were pretty bad, but these give us almost double the time to explore some of the mineral rich nodes. The vibrations of the ice worms sometimes knock loose some pretty valuable stuff, if you take the time to search for it.

I wonder how all these minerals even got trapped in the Ice.

Source: PDA in the Arctic Spires


Tunnels

From: Jessie Shen
To: Federico Turner

I love and hate exploring these tunnels. They're marvels to the power of the ice worms. The sheer amount of ice they are able to cut through in moments takes us a couple days. Their tunneling mechanism is ruthlessly efficient. Alterra could only dream of having this sort of mining capability.

The ice worms uncover mineral rich pockets as they tunnel, but going beneath the surface is so risky. We've lost so many already. I don't understand why we have to stay in this particular area of the glacier. I can't wait to get off this hellhole...ice hole? Whatever.

Hope you're enjoying the relative calm at Koppa.

Source: PDA in Arctic Spires


Vinh's art

Vinh: Dani's not here, I'm afraid.

Sam: That's okay, it's you I wanted to see. What's that you're working on?

Vinh: Just a sketch for a piece I want to make-- (drops voice to stage whisper) I'm slacking off. Don't tell the boss lady!

Sam: (laughs) I won't. It's beautiful... what is it?

Vinh: I'm doing a series inspired by bacteria. Mutant beauty. Life. Death. Risk. You know, that kind of thing...

Sam: What's this one? It looks like Kharaa... but... (she examines it more closely) Vinh, is this a mutation?

Vinh: It's just an art project.

Sam: You know you're doing that thing with your neck, like when you're trying to bluff in Alien Intruder?

Vinh: (Sigh.) Alright fine. FINE. I'm bad at lying.

Sam: Are you mutating Kharaa bacterium, from the frozen Leviathan, here, in this lab?

Vinh: Please don't ask me any more questions.

Sam: I don't think I need to.

Source: PDA in Omega Lab


Who's with me?

Sam: Hey guys! I'm so glad you're here!

Parvan: Where else would I be? Like I'd miss Fred being exposed as the Alien Intruder.

Fred: That's not going to happen.

Parvan: But you didn't say you were NOT the Intruder.

Vinh: Noo... Not this argument again, I beg you.

Fred: I think the game will settle this debate.

Vinh: Ugh.

Sam: So, I just want to ask you something quick, before Zeta gets back, and we start playing.

It's about the cavern, with the Frozen Leviathan. I investigated and--

Parvan: You "investigated?" When? I didn't see you.

Sam: Maybe you were asleep or busy doodling inappropriate sea creatures.

Parvan: Those drawings are Art.

Sam: Anyway. I've looked into it, and I think we have reason to be concerned. It wasn't that long ago this planet was uninhabitable. But if we work together, we can get them to put an end to the Kharaa mutation experiments.

Vinh: I am NOT comfortable with this.

Parvan: Samantha, you're paranoid.

Fred: Come on now. Hear Sam out. She has our safety at heart.

Zeta: And the rest of us don't?

Fred: Zeta!

Parvan: Can we play the game now?

Sam: Fine.

Source: PDA in the kitchen of the Phi Robotics Lab


Wish You Were Here!
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Hey Tiger,

I miss you a lot and I can’t wait for both of our assignments to be over with. Deltar-6 has been an amazing opportunity. I never tire of watching the sunrise and sunset over the black sands of the Chirizain desert. It’s beautiful. The only way that it could be better is if you were here.

Loving you across the stars. - Iriane

Source: Interacting with Vinh Pham's postcard in Omega Lab

Alterra Personnel

Alexis Riedell
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Independent Investigator, TransGov Affairs
Reports to: Alterra HQ

Source: Download either of her PDA entries, located at the Phi Excavation Site and Omega Lab


Dr. Danielle Valenti
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Senior Scientist, Biochemistry
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Bacterial Analysis
Personality: E3A3O2C5N1

Source: Scan nameplate in Omega Lab


Dr. Lillian Bench
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Senior Scientist, Xenobiology
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Maintenance
Previous Project: Architect Intelligence
Personality: E3A4O3C2N4

Source: Scan nameplate in Outpost Zero


Dr. Samantha Ayou
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Scientist, Robotics
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Maintenance
Previous Project: Spy Pengling Development
Personality: E1A1O2C1N5

Source: Scan nameplate in Outpost Zero


Dr. Zeta Landon
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Senior Scientist, Robotics
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Oversight of all robotics projects
Personality: E3A4O2C5N2

Source: Scan nameplate in the Phi Robotics Lab


Emmanuel Desjardins
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Human Resources and Communications Liaison
Reports to: Alterra HQ
Personality: E5A4O1C5N1

Source: Scan nameplate at his office


Fred Lachance
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IT, Courier, and Maintenance Generalist
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Various
Personality: E5A5O5C3N3

Source: Scan nameplate in the Delta Station


Jeremiah Murgle
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Technician
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Communications Tower Maintenance
Personality: E1A1O3C4N4

Source: Scan nameplate in the Delta Station


Parvan Ivanov
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Security Specialist
Reports to: Emmanuel Desjardins
Current Project: Excavation Site Security
Previous Project: Mining Site Security
Personality: E3A3O2C3N1

Source: Scan nameplate at the entrance to his bunker


Vinh Pham
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Junior Scientist, Biochemistry
Reports to: Dr. Danielle Valenti
Current Project: Bacterial Analysis
Personality: E2A5O4C5N1

Source: Scan nameplate in Omega Lab

Maps

Alterra Facilities Map
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Delta Station - Mission HQ, Communications, and Logistics
Phi Robotics Center - Engineering and Robotics
Outpost Zero - Xenobiological Research
Koppa Mining Site - Material Excavation
Omega Lab - Biological Research (CLASSIFIED)

Source: Scan a map in the Delta Station


Glacial Basin
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Previously explored research locations accessible via Spy Pengling.

Source: Scan the map in the Phi Robotics Center

Marguerit

I'd Rather be Hunting

Marguerit: Alright Marg, old Girl. We hate this greenhouse, so here are some pointers to remember, so we never have to do the worst parts again.

Too bad you can't fight malnutrition by hunting it down and killing it.

So, first thing: Insulation. First few nights, the soil was rock solid. Ended up having to insulate the damn place with dehydrated kelp. Adding a thermal mass helped too—— heat from barrels of water.

Probably should have just eaten the damned kelp. But no, my body was craving a salad. Wish I was just made of exosuit.

Next, grow lights were a must-have. Gotta admit I felt pretty proud of my first full crop of lettuce.

Fed half of it to Preston. That snow stalker will eat practically anything. Always spits half of it out though. Another thing we have in common. The slobbery green mess makes good compost.

Source: PDA in Marguerit's Greenhouse


Just A Couple of Friends, Talking

Sam: I've already synthesized an antidote and stashed it in a cave… I can go grab it and...

Marguerit: That's your "plan?"

Sam: You don't think it'll work.

MARGUERIT: You're thinking too small. Like maybe if you're polite enough about destroying the bacteria Alterra will come around and see it your way. But do you believe in yourself or not?

Sam: I think so.

Marguerit: You think so? Come on! Is the bacteria a threat or isn't it?

Sam: It is.

Marguerit: Does it need to be dealt with or not?

Sam: It does.

Marguerit: So who's right on this?

Sam: I am?

Marguerit: Say it like you mean it.

Sam: I am.

Marguerit: I said like you mean it, not like you're testifying before the International court of rigged TransGov court.

Sam: I am!

Marguerit: Great. Then what you gotta do is seal off the whole cave. I've got just the stuff. Made it for fishing but it blew the whole ice shelf half way to deep space. Vaporized all the fish.

Sam: Okay...

Marguerit: And you gotta hit the lab too, or there's just no point.

Actually, you know what, let me take care of that one. It'll be fun.

Source: PDA in Marguerit's Greenhouse


Marguerit Maida
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Name: Marguerit Maida
Occupation: Freelance Security Personnel
Status: Missing. Previously thought to be dead. Last known contact was on a recording found in another sector of 4546B, which claims that she killed a Reaper Leviathan.

Personality Markers: Marguerit is highly distrustful of authority figures, especially those tied to corporate entities. She is strong willed and seems cold upon initial contact.

History: Not much is known about Marguerit. She was born and raised in the Mongolian States, a backwater corporate colony exploited for its mineral resources. She left home at sixteen and went from one mercenary job to another. Eventually, she did tours with the Mongolian Defense Force and Trans-System Federation. She held an esteemed career, before being dishonorably discharged from the TSF for going off mission.

The details are unclear, but our resources have unearthed some scant details. Marguerit was the head of an intel and reconnaissance mission. We aren't clear what she stumbled upon, but she silently eliminated the entire local security apparatus over the course of three days. None of the local families would give more information. They only said they thanked "God's Hand" for saving them.

Her last mission was aboard the Degasi as private security against potential pirates and scavengers, which crashed on 4546B.

Source: Scan Marguerit Maida


Marguerit Maida's Log #1

Marguerit: There I was. 500m below sea level. Chunks of the seabase sank around me. One hand gripped the monster's scales, the other was clamped around the shard of metal I'd lodged into her eye socket. A reaper. Wounded, maybe, but still deadly.

I'd already taken out one eye. I damn near carved out the other. We were headed for the void at the crater's edge. Blinded, she was spiraling deeper. I had a choice. Hold on or let go. I clung for dear life as she took us deeper.

I had one minute of air in the tank. Back then I could go another three with what I had in my lungs. So I had four minutes to kill the reaper, minus a few to get back to the surface. It ain't that I like killing folk. It's just sometimes what you need is on the inside of someone else's ribcage.

I killed that beautiful, terrifying creature and I made for the surface. When I caught my breath, I realized we'd come further that I'd thought. I was surrounded by watery void. Just me and ocean. Nothing else.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Tree Spires (-3 -453 -1117)


Marguerit Maida's Log #2

Marguerit: That far out to sea, swimming back for land wasn't an option. I'd die from exhaustion long before I made it to shore. All I could do was survive long enough to wash up somewhere. I felt a suction and suddenly there were vast jaws rising out of the water towards me. It had taken hours for the reaper's corpse to float to the surface.

Using the knife, I clambered up her flank and got a perch on top. I figured she'd float for a few days at least. Enought for me to catch my breath. But would she sink before or after I died of thirst? I had a knife, a repair tool, and 3 liters of water. At least I wasn't going to die of exhaustion.

Now those reapers, they're practically all muscle, but there's some fat in there. I was able to keep warm and drink the water.

And I didn't have much, but I had that repair tool, so I had a spark. It took a week to light that first fire. And I know more about the burning properties of reaper fat than I ever cared to. I had to ration fires but as they burned I could smoke meat that I carved out of the beast's ribcage.

Source: PDA in Marguerit Maida's Base


Marguerit Maida's Log #3

Marguerit: A fortnight into our voyage I was more or less living inside the creature's ribcage. It meant shelter, and it meant food. The flesh was starting to rot. The stench was unlike anything I'd ever smelled. As we floated, the temperature dropped, and the rotten meat began to stiffen and freeze.

Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the reaper began to lose buoyancy. We sank a little each day. My sanctuary was becoming my tomb and I was at the mercy of the current and the winds.

Until one day, I saw a smattering of penglings in the distance. Swimming birds usually means solid land of some kind. I was lucky. The winds followed their path. Hours later, I saw a blessed sight: an unmoving cloud, sitting upon the water. Land.

It renewed my spirit as I watched the land get closer and closer. The reaper slowly sank, but I was no longer worried. When the reaper finally sank below the water, I was close enough to lazily swim my way to shore. I made a note to come back for the reaper skull. I didn't ride the beast for three weeks to have no proof. Land never felt so good, even in this arctic hell.

Source: PDA in Marguerit Maida's Base (After she invites you to her greenhouse.)


Marguerit's Prawn Suit
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This standard-issue Mk.3 P.R.A.W.N. has been manually altered by its owner, exchanging one of its hot-swappable work arms for the mandible of a young chelicerate.

Given the range of available high-tech P.R.A.W.N. modifications in the non-classified Alterra fabrication suite, these customizations appear to be more of a stylistic choice than a functional one. However, the sharp claw arm could certainly be used effectively in defensive scenarios by an experienced pilot.

The custom suit also appears to have seen heavy use over a long period of time, judging by the barnacle overgrowth and permanently damaged sections of exoskeleton.

Assessment: The owner doesn't want you messin' around.

Source: Scan Marguerit Maida's Prawn Suit

Memos & Miscellany

FOCUS: THE TASK REVOLUTION

The key to total, uninterrupted focus on what's important, is the ability to unfocus on the unimportant. The ultimate goal of concentration is not to block out surrounding environments, but to maintain total focus in spite of them. They will be there. You must be not only better than them, but decoupled from them.

You've heard of "multitasking." Now get ready for "monotasking." Studies have shown that humans-- even the most capable among us-- cannot focus on two activities at once, to the extent required to complete them optimally and thoroughly. "Multitasking" is an illusion to make you think you're getting more done, when in reality, you're most likely neglecting one task or the other. Monotasking rejects the notion that humans should even bother trying to multitask, as not only does it hinder productivity, but increases stress and even guilt when it doesn't yield higher productivity. You, oh expert task revolutionary, have no time for systems that do not work. So let's explore Monotasking more in the next chapter.

Source: PDA in the Omega Lab


Guide: Research Station Zero

Welcome to your home away from home on 4546B! This brochure will guide you through your new accommodations.

Settle In!
Sector Zero is comprised of 2 square kilometers of ocean, bordered by mountainous terrain to the north and west. This region of the planet is covered in snow and ice, left in a mostly permanent winter. Extreme weather events make for spectacular sky displays at all hours. For unknown reasons, it was selected by Architects as a hub for their installations. Life in the area has flourished since the release of enzyme 42 into the larger ecosystem.

Get Comfortable!
Research Station Zero features state of the art facilities, including:
- 3-6 person accomodations
- Full science and engineering section
- Leisure and exercise facilities
- Large growroom and water filtration unit for self-sufficient living
- Weather forecasting suite
- Prawn bay

Explore!
You, valued member of the Frost Pack, have been chosen to occupy the main sector base, just below the primary alien research site! From here you will conduct research into alien communications and technologies, and conduct away missions to unoccupied installations elsewhere in the sector.

Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


Operating Manual

New Employee Training: It is recommended that all training be completed while tower is in Test Mode. Test Mode is a fully functional, simulated version of Live Mode. While in Test Mode, all communication from the tower, including distress signals, security alerts, and spy transmissions, will be disabled.

To initiate Test Mode, insert the Test Override Module into the diagnostic port as depicted in the diagram to the left. The "Activate Test Mode" command may be entered via the terminal once the Test Override Module has been inserted.

Source: PDA near the Communications Tower's Test Override Module Port


Surveillance Status Report

Sector Zero Region Scan:

Two (2) active human lifeforms detected.
Unauthorized habitat construction and vehicular activity detected.

Recommendation: observe and prepare for possible intervention.

Source: Interacting with the Communications Tower console for the first time


Task List

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  • Harvest produce from growbeds and plant new seed - TO-DO
  • Refill engine oil and coolant - IN PROGRESS
  • Document completed research samples - DONE
  • Continue investigation of the forcefield mechanisms at research site Zero - IN PROGRESS
  • Send weekly status report - IN PROGRESS
  • Varnish prawn suits - TO-DO
  • Repair base hatch door lock - TO-DO
  • Perform monthly patrol of remote installations - TO-DO
  • Recalibrate navigation equipment - DONE
  • Inspect all cabin air filters - TO-DO
Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


The Future of XenoWorx

From: Jacks, Isis
Subject: The Future of XenoWorx

Hey there XenoWorkers!

I know there's been LOTS of rumours circulating, so I just want to clear some stuff up, in the spirit of openness and transparency, which you KNOW means a lot to us all here.

First of all, NO, Alterra did not "buy" us. We're still XenoWorx. We're not going to move offices, or start having some kind of hierarchical structure, or even like... making you show up on site or anything like that. (Although you should, for the snacks alone.) We're still the scrappy, agile, research-first, startup you all signed onto.

So what does this "controlling stake" stuff MEAN?

Well... I guess the most direct way to put it is it means MORE. More equipment. More research. More risk. More experimentation. More of everything that makes us great. And most of all, MORE CASH. For you and your research. (And yes, snacks.)

Lina will be in touch pretty soon about exchanging your old gen XenoWorks PDAs for snazzy new Alterra upgrades, and to help you get comfy with some really minor policy changes that are going to help us keep everything running nice and smooth going forward.

So yeah... Congratulations everyone! We did this together, and now we're going to be able to do so much more.

Cheers!
Isis Jacks
Communications Specialist
XenoWorx

Source: Unlocked by default


The Tea in Team

Practicing Mindfulness as a Leader

Your team is a sponge, just waiting to soak up the energy you bring Into the room. Think of yourself as a teapot, leader. You have the power to saturate your team with soothing warmth and healing. You also have the power to burn them. The key to Infusing those who follow you, with calm, is to manage the calm within yourself first. That is the power of mindfulness in leadership, which we'll discuss further in the next chapter.

But first, let's explore another element of leadership that often goes overlooked. The steeping time. Once you've poured your healing magic over your team, you must wait for the oils and essences from the tea leaves to adapt to their new environment and become fragrant and fully realized. There is power in a healing leader, but a patient healing leader is unstoppable.

Source: PDA in the Phi Robotics Center

Mercury II Logs

Accounting of the Mercury II Crash - Yasmine

Yasmine: I’m alive. Stefanos saved me. The Mercury attempted an emergency takeoff and everything seemed fine. I was helping the bridge crew with the emergency takeoff, since the crew is...well, was shorthanded, because of everything.

I heard the sound of metal tearing and for a split second... everything was tinged bright green and unbearably hot. Then I saw daylight and I was looking down at the ocean and ice. The strongest wind I’ve ever felt roared in my ears, ripping through the ship. People went flying out the side of the Mercury, so much screaming and chaos. I was lucky, I had just clipped into my seat anchor.

Stefanos came out of nowhere, like a malaikah, an angel. I felt his rough calloused hand grasp mine with the gentlest of urgency. It felt like time slowed. He said, “I gotcha, just follow me, ela.” I don’t know how, but he used an emergency tether to drag me to the nuclear reactor core...the strongest bulkhead in the ship. We hit the water and everything went black.

He’s sleeping, I think he might’ve hit his head. I’m exhausted, the adrenaline has long since worn off and my body aches. I think I might’ve fractured a rib. Gonna shut my eyes for a bit. When I wake up...I’ll figure this out. I’ll save us.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Bow


Aliens!? - Elliot

Elliot: Oh man, oh man, oh man... This is every xenolinguist’s dream! Okay, I was helping with planetary scans and there are possible unknown structures on the surface. This could set my career up for life. The images are a little degraded coming through the atmosphere, but it looks like intentional and complex architecture, which means civilization, and civilization means *trumpet fanfare* language! Aw, man! Now, most of the crew just wants to get home, I understand that, but this could be a defining discovery. I am definitely going to put a bug in Diana’s ear about going to the surface, so I can take a team to explore. I desperately hope this pans out.

Ugh, I can’t wait until we get into communication range with Sol again. Laila and the kids would love to hear this. I mean, it’s rough being away from them for so long, but this might just make it worth it. I’ll be able to give them so much more.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Bow


Captain Badass - Diana

Diana: Sol should pay me more to lead these missions. I saved the whole damn crew from destruction. Mercury II was nearly obliterated by an immensely powerful energy beam! I don’t know any weapon system with that level of capability. The power source to get that kind of range must be, well...otherworldly. We got lucky. The energy signature is similar to some of the weaponry meant to counter pirates on mining freighters.

The refraction of the beam across the atmosphere...Orion’s Belt, it looked like the Northern Lights. Such power. I fired the emergency flares and dumped water from the nuclear core. I think the heat signature confused the weapon’s tracking for just an instant.

I managed a slight evasive maneuver and I felt the Mercury get rocked by the sonic boom as the nuclear runoff rapidly evaporated. That alone could’ve taken us out. Definitely asking for a pay raise. This is not what I signed up for, my days of risky missions should be behind me. But what the hell, I still got it...even it was luck. Hopefully whatever didn’t want us on the planet doesn’t mind when we leave.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Mercury II's Bow


Emergency Takeoff - Diana

Diana: Orion’s Belt, this all went sideways. How could I have known that so much would go wrong - I failed my crew. No, I don’t fail; I didn’t get into this position by being a failure. It’s this desolate land, frigid and cursed. Between these tunneling creatures and the strange sickness that a few of the crew are showing symptoms of... we have to leave at first light tomorrow.

We are prepping for a rapid takeoff. We can’t take chances with the vibrations drawing the tunnelers, so we’re skipping the systems check. Risky, but I have faith in myself and the crew of the Mercury. Landing this thing was practically a miracle though...but we have to get out of here. Maybe the weapon is to keep people away, but if we leave...it’ll let us go.

...I have to leave the quarantined crew in the cave behind. We will be back for them, but we can’t risk an unknown infection spreading through the Mercury. We’re packing survival kits for them, but there’s only enough surplus for about two weeks. I’m telling them that we will come back, but I don’t think I can land here safely... twice. I hate this, but I have to leave them behind. I can’t risk the entirety of the Mercury.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Bow


Glowing Picnic - Yasmine

Yasmine: I finished the reactor checks! We dumped a ton of runoff and we don’t need the rods melting down. Then I helped with the scavenging, chopped some veggies with the cooks, and tried to help Diana, but she sent me down to engineering with Stefanos. I’ve been working with him the last few days.

Stefanos, how to describe Stefanos. He’s by far the most thorough engineer I’ve worked with, and no ego. He never leaves a job undone, no matter how late it is. I've never seen him awake before 11 and he always greets me by saying, “Kalimera, Yasmine,” in the sleepiest drawl - not a morning person that one, haha. He listens with the slightest smile on his face, and twirls this stray curl by his ear. He asks a billion questions, but I don’t mind.

He surprised me today! There’s an empty room on the bridge, just a spot of negative space in the ship. He set a picnic there and said I need to relax. Even called me a busybody! There were these crazy glowing fungus things he found to set the ambience. The most exciting part though…*drum roll*

He can jailbreak fabricators! He made a small batch of traditional Grecian dishes, BUT the craziest part? He managed to make a suitable falafel for me!? I never thought I’d see GOOD falafel in deep space, Al’humdu’allah. A quiet genius that one. This planet may be a cold mistress, but...maybe it isn’t so bad.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Stern


I miss my family - Elliot

Elliot: We need to get off this planet. I mean, the morning started out so well. I took a team of six out to find the structures from the planetary scans and... we were all in high spirits, I mean, who wouldn’t be? These structures would be clues to another sentient race. It was highly unlikely that another colony would be out this far. We were going to be in the freaking history books.

Everything was going ok. We were a few miles from the ship when our radios picked up an actual signal! It sounded like an SOS...we got overly excited naturally, and decided to enter the water to follow it. That decision cost three lives. I mean, half of my team! They got ripped to shreds by...something. They died, screaming...alone in those cold dark waters. I’m not going in that god-forsaken ocean again, I refuse.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Bow


Thruster Damage - Stefanos

Stefanos: Well, we landed safely, despite my apprehension. Diana, damned adrenaline junkie, took one of her defining risks and it paid off. Why hire me as the maintenance engineering officer if you aren’t going to listen to their advice? Apapa, I didn’t go to school for eight years and get three degrees for nothing!

I tried to convince Diana that we don’t need to stop for repairs. That’s what the drift drive and secondary propulsion system are for. It’s just a bit slower, but she’s in charge, not me.

On the plus side, I get to work with Yasmine! I didn’t know she was such a busy body. She’s been going around the whole ship giving folks a hand. I think she was getting on Diana’s nerves, so she assigned Yasmine to me.

She's helping me inspect and repair the thruster systems. I thought I was the most mechanically inclined person on the ship, but I think she has me beat. She can definitely teach me a thing or two, as long as I don't get too distracted by her smile - she's got the best smile.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Bow


Thruster Repair - Stefanos

Stefanos: Ugh, I can only do repairs in spurts and it’s so inefficient. The larger tools seem to set off seismic activity nearby. A crew came back telling stories of gigantic worms burrowing in the ice. I don’t know what they’re going on about. They were hypothermic and frostbitten, because they walked back to avoid “angering them.” The ice shelf is probably a bit unstable and they got disoriented or something.

To borrow from Diana... "Orion's belt... Thermal couplings are not meant to be worked on in twenty-minute spurts. If we break the process, we'll break the ship."

But, it is nice to hang out with Yasmine while we wait for the rumbles to stop. I hope she doesn’t mind all my questions. I love hearing her voice.

Her face lights up and she’s got the most expressive eyebrows! They’re practically acrobats. The way she looks when talking about nuclear engineering is the same way I look at my grandmother’s dolmades.

The woman never sits down though! She told me that she used to do decathalon in college and I can believe it. She’s like a bouncy ball, just all over the place. She makes rounds on the ship everyday to see if people need help. Hmm... I should do something nice for her. She’s always helping everyone else. I wish I had a fraction of her energy!

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Stern


Trusting My Instincts - Diana

Diana: My instincts are never wrong. Stefanos has always been overly cautious. He hates taking risks, which I suppose is understandable when you’re in the back end of the galaxy, but no risk, no reward. Elliot finds evidence of alien architecture on a completely uncharted planet and he expects me to ignore that? Ha! Orion’s belt, I would be an absolute fool!

We’ve done some scans and while there aren’t a lot of mineral resources on this planet, there is decent biodiversity. Teams go out in the morning. This should be a significant specimen and sample haul for biopatenting. Which will be split among the crew as part of the discovery clause. Let’s see Stefanos and everyone else complain when they have a few more Sol-Transgov credits in their uniform pockets. They’ll learn to trust my instincts at some point.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Mercury II's Bow

News

Alterra Misplaces 1km Capital Ship Aurora

THE INDEPENDENT - Galactic News, Intergalactic Perspective

Contact has been lost with the Aurora some 18 months into its journey to install a phasegate in the Ariadne Arm, report inside sources.

Alterra launched the Aurora to much fanfare almost two years ago, and recently announced the ship had arrived in the destination solar system. The Aurora has reportedly now missed more than one routine check in.

Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Alterra said, 'Communication with ships outside of the phase gate network can take weeks or months in ordinary circumstances, and is commonly interrupted. The Aurora was in good shape and ahead of schedule the last time they checked in, we have no reason to think anything has changed.'

Nonetheless our sources emphasize that Alterra cannot yet explain the loss of contact, and given the exceptional value of the ship and its mission they are taking every possible measure to re-establish contact. Shareholders will be watching closely.

Keen readers will remember, however, that Alterra's network of directors have a history of leaking scare stories like this to the press, only for the trans-gov to rebound with positive news against the odds. Director's shareholdings and dealings are of course not public information.

Source: Abandoned PDA in Arctic Kelp Caves


Aurora Wreckage Located, Survivors Confirmed

Alterra has released voice recordings which confirm survivors of the Aurora crash. The transmission came from trade ship Sunbeam, which was passing nearby when it detected their SOS.

'Hey Alterra, we've got one of your birds in the soup over here. Looks like they took *Static* survivors. We're moving in for a closer look.'

While the number of survivors is not yet known, nor the true state of the ship, it is now known that she has landed with her hull largely intact, on planet 4546B. Smaller than earth and largely water-bound, it is thought the planet has a breathable atmosphere, and hopes have been raised all around.

The Sunbeam is registered as a 5-seater cargo vessel, insufficient to evacuate the crew or cargo of the Aurora, but perhaps enough to assess the situation and reassure shareholders at home that their investment is secure.

There is at least a one month delay on transmissions from that region of space. In the meantime Alterra is working on every possible solution, including an innovative idea to transmit the blueprints for a purpose built rocket which could be constructed using materials salvaged from the Aurora, and the planet itself. If the crew could begin their long journey home now the rescue teams could meet them halfway, shaving months off their return.

Alterra share prices rose to their quarterly high on the news.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Koppa Mining Site


Was Unexplained Ion Signature Linked to the Aurora's Disappearence?

An unusual ion signature on the edge of Alterra space has scientists baffled, and some have drawn a connection with a similar echo detected around the time of the Aurora's reported crash landing.

How the two might be connected is an open question, and many in the scientific community maintain they are unrelated, and explained by natural phenomenon, or even Alterra secretly testing new technologies.

Fuel has been added to the fire by Alterra's refusal to release its full data on the Aurora accident, and recent indications from sources that they will be revising up their list of expected casualties, without revealing where this information is coming from.

It has now been months since the Sunbeam went quiet, with no new information. The salvage teams continue their long journey to 4546.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Koppa Mining Site

Sam

I'm sorry about your sister

I want to offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of your sister.

I got to know Sam better toward the end of my mandate with Alterra on 4546B, when we were thrown together as base-mates at Outpost Zero. She spoke often, and fondly of you.

I thought you should know, it didn't sit right with me when Alterra blamed Sam's death on negligence. The Samantha Ayou I met was many things-- kind, clever, devoted to her work-- but never negligent.

I wish I could offer you something more substantial, but my access to information has been cut off. You may be in a better position to look into things than I am. If you're able to, Delta Station was our HQ. They were in a big hurry to leave, and there might still be information to be found there. It has a big radio tower. Impossible to miss.

I hope you find the answers you seek,

Lillian Bench

Source: Unlocked by default


No Turning Back

Sam: I don't think I have a choice. I have to neutralize the bacteria myself. I'm a little nervous. Okay, terrified. But this thing is a death sentence. We shouldn't be messing around with it.

I'm no biologist, I know. So does everyone else here. I haven't spoken to Dani since we fought about it. Zeta said she'd handle it and then didn't. Lil practically begged me to drop it.

"This is completely beyond the scope of your work. You have to stop before you jeopardize your standing with the company." But I don't want good standing with a transgov that would do this.

Robin tried to warn me. Maybe she was right and Alterra really is unfixable. Maybe I deserve better than this. We all do.

I've synthesized the antibacterial agent-- (rueful laugh). I know my biochem at least well enough to do that much.

I've stashed some away in one of the Pengling research caves, south-east of the leviathan. That was probably the easy part.

Now I just have to carry out the plan. Focus. Be brave. Worry about what happens next, after the threat is neutralized.

They're going to know it was me.

If they send me home-- when they send me home, where the ice isn't twenty feet thick, I can get my Augie bun back. We can cuddle under a nice warm blanket. Things with Robin will thaw out. They always do. Besides, I think she'll respect this.

And then... maybe I'll start my own research outfit with an awesome team. I'd love to work on prosthetics again. Help people find peace and ease in their bodies. No more cold. No more spying. Nothing that can be misused.

(breath) Alright. Now's my time. I've got this.

Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


Notice of Death

Dear Ms. Ayou,

On behalf of Zeta Landon, 4546B Robotics Section Leader, and Indra Cormac, President of Alterra TransGov, I regret to inform you of the death of Samantha Ayou. She died on Planet 4546B, regrettably as the result of injuries sustained in an accident arising from her own negligence. Please allow me to communicate the most profound condolences for the loss of your sister.

While further details are unavailable at this time, you will receive contact from the Department of Insurance and Recuperation concerning your responsibilities as next of kin, with regards to repayment of damages and legal fees.

If you have any questions, you may file form #Y7Y-SS-SU49U2K, and your query will be addressed in sequential order.

Sincerely,
Emmanuel Desjardins,
4546B Communications Liason,
Alterra TransGov

Source: Unlocked by default


Sam message 01

Sam: Robin, guess what? I got the job! I'm going to 4546B!

Now l'll be able to improve the Mechanical Avian Amphibian under real-world stress conditions.

Listen, I know how your stance on Alterra, but I just hope you're happy your sis is happy. I sure hope my sis is happy.

I can't wait til we can talk again.

Oh! I wanted to ask you something. Can you watch Augie while l'm away? I need someone I can trust to look after my best little Potato.

Ugh..."Potato." Listen, I tried, but that name is just not sticking. He's my little Augstrobite. I'l leave the starchy tuberous nicknames to you.

Anyway, if you say yes, thanks, baby sis.

Love you!

Source: Entering the Drop Pod for the first time


Sam message 02
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Sam: 4546B to Robin! Come in, Robin! (laughs) Remember when we used to play Olde Timey Space Explorer? This is kind of like that but it's even harder to communicate. (laughs)

Well, let's see… I got your last message. Alterra is not, as you put it, Alterrorizing me. Things are going well. My project has a new name!

Say goodbye to the Mechanical Avian Amphibian and hello to Spy Penglings! We're training the bots to mimic the creatures. Check out the photo.

And…I think I'm kind of seeing someone? I know it's not like me to just…find a date. Let alone on a mostly uninhabited water planet, but…

Actually you know what? Forget I said anything. Yeah, it's probably not even a real thing. But anyway…

I'm sorry to hear XenoWorx might be strapped in the revenue department. Sounds like they still have you busy xeno-working though.

I know there's no way to guarantee an alien intelligence startup will succeed, but… you've put so much into it. I hope they find a way to keep going.

I know how much it means to you, getting to work at a small place where you have control over your research.

Alright, I gotta go. Later, baby sis! Love you.

Source: Entering the Drop Pod for the first time


Sam message 03

Sam: Hey Robin! I got your Augie photo! Thanks so much for taking care of him, even though he's a cranky pota-- Нey! The nickname actually fits that way. A cranky Potato. I know he can be a handful but, I really appreciate it.

I'm…a bit worried about my other baby. The mission. One of my penglings found… something. Something big. But Atterra is just like… "nothing to see here."

Honestly? Kinda glad you can't answer so you can't…you know…rub it in my face.

Go ahead. Bask in the fact that you were a little bit right about them.

My project is on the line. My job. My safety.

Umm… I heard about XenoWorx getting bought. I'm sorry. But at least you still have your job? I guess you're one of us now, like it or not. Welcome to the Alterra "family."

I should probably go before I say something I regret.

Love you. Keep your chin up. Eye on the alien prize.

Source: Entering the Drop Pod for the first time


Sam message 04

Sam: Hey Robin.

(sigh) I'm sorry my last message was so…awful. I've been under a lot of stress.

Not sure what's going on with anything. Can't really talk about it either.

Oh, and I'm definitely not dating anyone on this water planet. Don't know what I was thinking there.

Have I told you how cold it is here? Get this. I can't even get my wash-n-go dry before the wind freezes the moisturizer in my hair!

Wild, right?

Well. Anyway. I'm sure you're mad at me after what I said, but I could really use a friend. You're my sister. I love you.

I'm sorry.

Source: Entering the Drop Pod for the first time


Sam message 05

Sam: Hey Robin? I really need someone to know-- I'm afraid something terrible is going to happen.

You were completely right about Alterra, okay? You were right. I was wrong. And the cat should be called Potato. I admit it. (forced laugh.) Sorry. Bad attempt at a joke. I just… don't know what to do.

I guess I should just come out and say it at this point. I've said this much already. We found a frozen leviathan that's infected with Kharaa.

Alterra thinks they can use it for something-- weapons, experimental treatments-- a whole range of things. But one end of the range is… ugly. Dangerous. But profitable, of course!

What if it gets out while we're messing around with it? Or worse, what if it ends up a bioweapon in the wrong hands?

I hope I'm overreacting, but…I don't think I am.

Anyway. Message me back. Please? I could really use a friend. You're my sister. I love you.

Source: Entering the Drop Pod for the first time


Sam's necklace

Alexis: This necklace appears to have belonged to Samantha Аyou. She wears it in photos.

Source: Picking up the Necklace


Sam's Spy Pengling Drawing
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Thanks for everything, Fred. - Sam

Source: Scan the Pengling Picture


Security recording

Parvan: Hello, is someone there?

Sam: Oh, no.

Parvan: Samantha, is that you?

Sam: Uh yeah... told you I was investigating. (nervous laughter) Don't worry about me, I'm on my way out.

Parvan: You can't keep doing this. We have protocols.

Sam: Parvan, stand back! Don't come any closer.

Parvan: Why? What are you up to?

Sam: Parvan I mean it. Stop! I--

(scream)

Parvan: (scream)

Source: PDA in the Phi Excavation Site


Personal Log

Distress call

Robin: Picked up what sounds like a distress call.

Who or what is out here calling for help? It didn't sound human. Maybe it's from a remnant of Architect technology? In her message, Sam's colleague did say there was something important here.

Even if it's just a mimic from one of the more intelligent aquatic specimens, that could be a major find.

Or if it's from Alterra, it could have bearing on what happened to Sam. I should definitely check it out.

Source: Entering the Drop Pod, after receiving the alien distress signal.


Drop Pod

Robin: Found the Drop Pod!

Made it to 4546B. Landing was... a bit rough, but I don't think Alterra spotted me. I hid from their satellite.

Now that I'm settled, I can start to look for you, Sam. I should re-read the message your colleague sent me.

Source: Entering the Drop Pod


Finally, some speed

Robin: Oh thank goodness, fins! Humans are built all backwards for swimming. Our biggest muscles are in our legs, but our thrust comes from our puny unwebbed hands? No thank you. Not anymore!

Now I can get around and explore with something approaching a reasonable pace. With a little luck, this won't be the last of my speed upgrades either.

Source: Unlocked when the player has Fins in their inventory.


Interesting photos

Robin: Looks like Sam was spying on Marguerit.

Source: TBA


Landed

Robin: Personal Log. That landing did NOT go as planned! I think I'm OK... the Drop Pod seemed to deploy in one piece, and the meteor storm provided plenty of cover. Once I get settled in the pod, I can start to look for you, Sam.

Source: Unlocked by default


Minerals galore

Robin: I was a little nervous about dropping into an unknown area, but luckily, this biome seems to have an abundance of minerals I can use for tools and upgrades.

I didn't want another situation like Byzantos-5. When XenoWorks dropped me off, there were barely any resources. I survived off the land for three months with just a knife, my lucky PDA, and some rope.

I am still kind of proud of that though.

Source: TBA


Mischievous Monkeys

Robin: Some of the wildlife down here is very... grabby.

If I didn't know better, I'd say they're after my supplies!

Source: Unlocked when a Sea Money takes an item from the player


More alike than not

Robin: I should've guessed Alterra would find a way to clip Sam's wings, like I knew they'd do to mine, once they took over XenoWorx. I tried to warn her. And she was stubborn...like me.

Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to be so different from her--scrappier. Faster. Less play by the rules...

But Sam didn't tolerate Alterra's corporate red tape any more than I did. She just...tried to change it from the inside. I think in the end we always wanted similar things.

Source: TBA


Sabotoged Lab

Robin: I found a lab that looked Like it had been sabotaged intentionally. The outside was mostly intact, and the equipment inside seemed like it might have been appropriate for bacteriology-- before a fire tornado ran through it. Is it somehow related to Sam's death? Who would have wanted to destroy the place?

Source: TBA


Sam's Exile

Robin: I know the brightest ideas can flourish In the middle of nowhere, but jeez. It's practically off the map! Who names an inhabitable place "Outpost Zero?" Sounds like a prison.

Most people would jump at the opportunity to get paid to sit and do nothing. Not Sam. She was always ready to work. And always looking to make things better.

I can't believe Alterra cut her down while she was just getting started. And they have the nerve to call her "negligent?' I think they drove her to an extreme.

What did they want Sam to do out there... fix faulty wiring kits and...I don't know...write poetry to pass the time?

Nothing wrong with poetry. But they hired her to do what she was best at. Build robots. She must have been miserable out here.

Source: TBA


Sam's last mission

Robin: I can't believe Sam died surrounded by destruction.

I know my sister. She would never destroy a base…well…baselessly.

When we were kids, I was always the one breaking and rebuilding things. She wouldn't even go into a bake sale without a plan-- for classic oatmeal cookies, no less. So serious. She wouldn't have anything to do with my molecularly transformed caramel pretzel lumps.

She must have been upset. Or rushed. Or both. I can't believe for a minute she caused that cave to collapse by "negligence," as they called it. That's not Sam. She had a plan. It just went wrong.

Source: TBA


Saying Goodbye

Robin: This was no place for Sam to die. She didn't even get a funeral.

But at least I found out what happened to her. I learned a little more about the person I've looked up to for...well...my whole life. I wish I wish I'd told her that more.

And I finished what she started. I hope she would be happy about that.

Source: TBA


Scanning, at last

Robin: In goes a battery and titanium, out comes a scanner! Every xenobiologist's favorite tool. This planet has some fascinating flora and fauna and I can't wait to learn about them.

This will also give me access to a greater toolset-- I'm assuming Alterra left behind tech that I can scan for blueprints. That should make surviving and exploring out here a bit easier.

Don't worry Sam, I haven't forgotten I'm here for you. But it can't hurt to do a little research on the side, right? I know you'd have done the same! I will find out what happened to you. I promise.

Source: Unlocked when the player has a Scanner in their inventory


Spy Pengling Debris

Robin: These are Sam's, so that woman MUST have known my sister.

Source: TBA


The Gift of the Sea Monkey

Robin: The sea monkeys have changed their tune.

If only I could let them know what I need... maybe they could bring me something useful next time.

Source: After receiving an item offered by a Sea Monkey


The Gift of the Sea Monkey

Robin: The sea monkeys have changed their tune.

Not only have they stopped stealing, they brought me something I actually needed. I may have to revise my opinion of them

Source: After receiving an item offered by a Sea Monkey, after having an item stolen by them


Woman in an Exosuit

Robin: What was that woman's problem? The one in the exosuit. Like I need to say which woman.

And what the hell is she doing on this planet? It isn't exactly a happening vacation spot. She knew the terrain well enough to make a dramatic entrance by jumping off a sheer cliff. So I'd guess she's been here awhile.

But how long has she been following me?

She said to keep away from her—or off "her" land. What in this frozen slushbog could she be protecting? Unless she's...camped out somewhere.

She definitely heard of Alterra, though. Did she meet Sam?

Source: TBA

Research

Alien Data

Alien Robot
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This device is of alien origin, although its design is relatively simple.

1. Purpose:
Its low threat level is at odds with the advanced technology apparently available to its designers, suggesting it was intended more to patrol alien facilities and repair damaged infrastructure than to deter invaders.

2. Design:
Despite its simple design, this construction is quite elegant in its minimalism. Four electro-magnetic legs allow it to traverse floors, walls and ceilings with reasonable speed, and appear to be replaceable. Internally there are few moving parts, rendering this construct energy efficient, and resistant to wear over time. A rechargeable, ion-based power reserve ensures it continues to operate.

Source: Scan Alien Robot


Alien Statue
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This statue of unknown origin - assembled with precision out of a block of pure copper ore - appears to represent a creature of some sort, and resembles the centaurs of ancient Greek mythology.

Several theories have been posited:

- The statue could serve as a cultural marker, denoting the presence or authority of a particular race or sub-group of an intelligent alien race.
- Possible religious artifact, depicting a deity or otherwise noteworthy figure.
- Artistic expression. An invented form, representing imaginative thought.

Source: Scan an Alien Statue


Architect Body
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The complete physical Architect vessel is a biotechnology and cybernetic hybrid, incorporating design elements from more than twenty DNA sources.

Skin: The outer layer of tissue has the consistency of leather. The tissue is interlaced with channels of visibly glowing energy, powered by the alien’s internal biotechnological heart.

Robotic arms: Al-an has six articulated arms that are suspended around his body by magnetic levitation. These arms contain independent high speed computing systems and are capable of performing tasks independently.

Limbs: The organic arms are considered secondary to the inorganic robotic arms. These are used for mundane tasks that don’t require much fine motor movement. The bottom half of the arms are covered in a biocomposite plating. The plating might serve as a form of armor. It also appears to store latent energy buildups like capacitors.

Mobility: The hooved legs are reminiscent of several species of mountain goats. The hooves are covered in microscopic hooks that aid in exploring rough and uneven terrain. The forelegs and the hindlegs are oddly close together, which explains why walking might be a secondary mode of movement for this Architect form.

Teleportation: This Architect body is able to teleport or “blink” short distances. The method is likely a scaled down version of the teleportation gates, but the methodology is not well understood. It is likely that Architect’s body is able to provide the massive amount of power necessary for this function.

Matching DNA fragments appear to be derived from the following sources:

- Chromium Boar of Caltwale Prime. An invasive species known for their extremely tough skin, which makes them hard to eradicate.
- Putty Serpent of Apostikar. This snake has extremely tensile skin. Prevents it from tearing and allows it to compress itself into small spaces.
- Electrode Eel of Lithton. Generates an electrically charged slime across its length.
- Astral Rays. Moons of Mardon-14. These rays have small organs that generate and store electricity.
- Shaggy Goats of Olympion. These herbivorous creatures live on the rocky foothills of the mountain planet Olympion and are excellent climbers.
- Giant Geckos of Holt’s Asteroid. Massive geckos that emit an electrostatic charge on its foot pads. This creates a charge difference in the surface the gecko is climbing.

The markers of at least a dozen other biological species are present, but unrecognized at this time.

Source: Scan Al-An's Vessel in the Fabricator Base


Architect Cabling

These high-density Architect cabling structures have been discovered running between various sites of known Architect activity on 4546B. The cable housing contains what are effectively a form of multi-mode fiber optic communication networks, physically shielded by a microscopic layer of pressed diamond dust.

Source: Scan the broken Architect Cabling in a cave in the Arctic Spires


Architect Constituent Parts

The Architect organs are effectively a network of biocomposite and cybernetic material, containing a variety of subsystems.

The "heart" is a particularly complex centerpiece in this biological / technological hybrid. It moves blood and nutrients throughout the body to nourish and maintain the animal aspects of the alien corpus, while also functioning as the primary energy source for the cybernetic neurological system. Sensory input is processed and filtered into a dense network of incredible computational power - the Architect "brain."

No respiration or digestive systems appear to be present, suggesting a life that is fed entirely by sustained electrical energy, and a body that can survive in environments that are otherwise extremely hostile to most lifeforms.

In spite of its intricate design, the insistence on incorporating biological components exposes the Architect body to the possibility of disease.

Source: Scan the Architect Organs in the Crystal Caves Cache


Architect Containment Cube
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While advanced human civilization has attempted for centuries to develop successful ‘whole brain emulation’ techniques, it appears that the Architect race has built a platform for accomplishing this holy grail of life extension technology.

Physically, the containment cube appears to be comprised of a redundant array of quantum holographic storage layers, supporting a hyper-dense capacity of 35 bits per electron.

The energy field that feeds a suspended, animated cube also serves to power the operating software, allowing the intelligence in storage to maintain consciousness throughout the storage period.

Once a stored consciousness has been transferred out of the cube, the component parts will become inert. Without witnessing and carefully observing the backup process, it is difficult to ascertain how the transfer works, and whether or not the process is truly lossless.

Source: Scan the cube in Sanctuary Zero


Architect Skeletal Structure

A dense synthetic skeletal structure made from unknown alien components. It is estimated that the skeletal material would score a ten on the Mohs test for material hardness. It is highly resistant to shattering due to its incredibly strong impact strength.

Source: Scan the Architect Skeletal Structure in the Deep Lilypads Cave Cache


Architect Storage Media

While we have evolved beyond physical attachment, it is traditional to navigate spacetime in conjunction with mobile, bio-mechanical storage media, altered and evolved over time to serve the inhabitant's needs. While it is possible to transfer between media at will, there is some comfort and prestige in improving a body over time.

We have settled on a popular format for these media, though there are exceptions. It is a heavily modified version of our pre-civilized bodies. It provides good mobility, easy adaptation and is easy to fix.

In case of disaster we can back up our data patterns to a sanctuary site for later retrieval. Storage in this fashion is safe provided consistent power supply, however unique perspectives and traits which arose from the interplay with the original medium are lost. It is like a factory reset.

It is recommended individuals be restored to a compatible medium as soon as possible. Such hollow vessels may be fast-grown from seed using specialized blueprints and materials.

While it is technically possible for an individual to copy their data in order to duplicate themselves ad infinitum, such behavior is considered beyond rude, and any self-respecting architect would resolve such a circumstance by immediately deleting themselves.

Source: Receive first message from Al-An after the download


Architect Teleporter

Original speculation surrounding these alien structures posited that the gates may have been religious artifacts or industrial machines.

Further research has indicated that these gates are, in fact, medium-range teleporters that allow for the instant movement of baryonic material across space and time.

Teleportation requires the pairing of primary and secondary gates. The primary gate controls the destination and must be powered in order for materials to transfer bidirectionally. If the primary gate is not functioning, the secondary gate is rendered useless. At this time, the processes that enable this alien teleportation technology are not well understood.

Source: Scan an Architect Teleporter


Architect Tissue

A leather-like tissue sample of alien origin. DNA markers indicate a complex mixture, synthesized from over twenty different sources.

The tissue sample incorporates advanced biocomposites, resulting in unique mechanical properties:

- Compression: Extremely high compressive strength protects against external forces, and may indicate adaptation to extreme environments
- Impact: High resistance to damage from high energy impacts
- Elasticity: Low modulus of elasticity allows tissue to conform and stretch in response to body locomotion

Source: Scan the Architect Component in the Arctic Spires Cache


Array Module

The nature of this alien construction is unknown. It has no clear indicators of its functions. The scan shows internal lights that emit at different wavelengths.

Theoretical purpose might be:

- Cosmetic
- Communications array storage
- Holographic display
- Light display for relaxation purposes

Source: Scan the Array Module


Energy Generator
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Scans indicate that this array of alien hardware serves to accumulate and quickly release megajoules of energy, and is charged by ion cubes stored within. These super capacitors may be used to smooth transient power events on the conduits connecting various Architect sites.

Source: Scan an Energy Generator


Fossil Excavator

Based on analysis, it is speculated that this artifact is an archaeological tool for finding and excavating fossil remnants.

The main body of the equipment is housed between two glide rails. The excavator emits a sonar pulse that gathers data on the ground beneath it. When it bounces back with a possible fossilized object it begins the excavation process.

A set of lasers emit from the arms and slowly removes micro-layers of material. Once the fossil is revealed, the same carefully calibrated lasers are utilized to break loose materials while preserving the fossil underneath.

Fossils can be analyzed using carbon dating and other methods to understand what the environmental makeup might have been millions of years ago, which can be compared to current data to look for trends.

Source: Scan the Fossil Excavator


Greenhouse

This alien structure - found commonly shielded from natural sunlight - appears to be a carefully controlled containment and cultivation environment for natural flora. In other words: a greenhouse.

The main chamber appears to be capable of precise temperature and humidity control, allowing plant-life to be grown carefully outside of its natural habitat.

Source: Scan a Greenhouse


Ground Sampler
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This alien artifact appears to be a programmable robot that collects and analyzes samples of soil and rock. Scans indicate the presence of equipment closely analogous to human-built lasers and spectrograph analysis equipment.

Source: Scan the Ground Sampler


Ion Cube

This green mineral substance has no entry on the periodic table, and an unprecedented ability to store huge amounts of ionic energy within it.

- Likely grown artificially
- Cubic appearance suggests it has been cut from a larger deposit
- Each cube contains the equivalent ionic energy of 5 kilotons of TNT
- Under the right conditions the energy could be released in a controlled manner
- Likely used as batteries, but would require a substantial power source to be recharged

Assessment: Valuable energy source

Source: Scan an Ion Cube


Marine Life Analyzer

This container might have been used to create small microbiomes for aquatic flora and fauna.

Design indicates the following likely usage pattern:

- Trap and ensnare small fauna.
- Gather data on how various organisms responded to treatments and different environmental influences. - Use multiple containers to run multiple experiments in parallel.

Source: Scan the Marine Life Analyzer


Material Analysis Station
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Resembling a human electron microscope or mass spectrometer, this tool appears to be designed for the purpose of analyzing physical raw materials.

It is speculated that the scanning apparatus might be designed to collect small-scale DNA recipes for the replication of non-living objects.

Source: Scan the Material Analysis Station


Mineral Distillery

The structure of this device and internal scans indicate a likely utility in processing and extracting minerals out of the water.

The device is engineered to suck water into a superheated primary chamber. As the water boils, steam is forcefully condensed back into a separate chamber that releases the processed water back into the ocean. The minerals that are left behind are gathered in the attached container module.

Activation and control parameters remain unknown.

Source: Scan the Mineral Distillery


Obelisk
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This artifact’s function is poorly understood, but scans indicate it is generating a strong electromagnetic field. Some hypothesised functions:

- Energy transfer device
- Geomagnetic scientific instrument
- Communication network node

Source: Scan an Obelisk


Satellite

This satellite bears the clear markings of the Architect civilization. It appears to have crash-landed, though its structural integrity remains surprisingly intact.

This satellite’s internal design indicates that it was likely used for long-range data transmission. The data transmission node in the storage housing has long been corrupted by exposure to the elements.

Source: Scan the Satellite


Water Analysis Station
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This apparent research device seems built to determine the chemical components and properties of water samples.

Possible applications:

- Testing for levels of Kharaa bacterium in the water.
- Spectroscopic analysis.
- Experimental application of light, heat, or chemical compounds via the cylindrical core at the center of the storage chamber.

Source: Scan the Water Analysis Station

Geological Data

Argentite Outcrop

A mineral deposit that often contains silver and titanium.

Source: Scan Argentite Outcrops


Calaverite Outcrop

A mineral deposit that often contains gold and titanium.

Source: Scan Calaverite Outcrops


Crystalline Sulfur

Sulfur is a highly reactive, non-metallic element, usually found in abundance underground. Common applications include production of acidic compounds, and combustibles.

Assessment: Essential for advanced fabrication

Source: Scan Crystalline Sulfur


Fumarole
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These blister-like fumaroles are vents for steam and volcanic gasses that cycle through stages of accumulation and release in hidden chambers deep beneath the ocean floor.

The gas mixture emitted by a fumarole typically contains carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide, sourced directly from bodies of magma. The vibrant, violent explosions seen here get their distinctive purple hue from the additional presence of gaseous iodine in the mixture.

Source: Scan Fumaroles


Galena outcrop

A mineral deposit that often contains lead and titanium.

Source: Scan Galena Outcrops


Hydrothermal Spire
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These chimney shaped structures are formed from dissolved minerals pushed upwards through the planet’s crust. The presence of metal sulfides gives the escaping material its dark, opaque appearance.

Aquatic life found in proximity may have evolved adaptations to the presence of these toxic compounds.

Assessment: Long term exposure to geothermal emissions may pose a risk to human health.

Source: Scan Hydrothermal Spires


Ice Stalagmite
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These ice stalagmites are inhabited by extremophilic bacteria capable of surviving and reproducing in freezing temperatures. This is possible thanks to antifreeze agents secreted by the bacteria, which keeps the cell environment in liquid state and prevents destructive ice crystal formation within.

Source: Scan Ice Stalagmites


Kyanite

Kyanite is a blue silicate mineral which forms under high temperature, high pressure conditions. It is resistant to heat up to 1100 degrees Celcius, and is thermoelectric, making it a valuable component of thermal power plants.

Assessment: Essential for advanced fabrication

Source: Scan Kyanite


Large Emerald
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Pure emerald is typically colorless; these large crystals contain trace amounts of chromium, leading to the development of the distinctive green color seen here.

Mining activity near these crystals suggests that they are valued for their applications in Architect technology.

Source: Scan Large Emeralds


Large morganite formation
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Morganite is a rare variety of beryl, a durable mineral consisting of a beryllium-aluminum silicate.

Its striking purple coloration is an indication that trace amounts of manganese were present during formation.

Source: Scan Large Morganite Formations


Large red beryl formation
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Red beryl is an extremely rare mineral; these crystal formations are abnormally targe and suggest a very specific geochemical environment.

In order for these crystals to form, the surrounding water must be rich with beryllium, the environment must be very hot (between 300 and 650 degrees Celsius), and there must be surface fractures or cavities for the distinct formations to emerge.

Source: Scan Large Red Beryl Formations


Limestone outcrop

These unusual geological structures often form around titanium and copper deposits, and are distinct to this planet. Closer analysis reveals the stone around the metal has been hardened against erosion, but the mechanism remains unknown.

Assessment: Titanium and copper source

Source: Scan Limestone Outcrops


Magnetite

Magnetite is an iron oxide valued for its magnetic potential amongst other qualities. It is used in many federation technologies, including sonar and torpedo systems.

Assessment: Essential for advanced fabrication

Source: Scan Magnetite


Nickel Ore

Nickel is a medium-hard, ductile metal used extensively in production of strong metal alloys. It has applications throughout the construction industry.

Assessment: Essential for advanced fabrication

Source: Scan Nickel Ore


Ore Vein

Resources behind loose rock

Source: Scan Ore Veins


Ruby

A hard, blood-red gemstone, made of aluminum oxide. Rubies may be processed in order to leverage their structural integrity in advanced vehicle construction and modification.

Assessment: Essential for advanced fabrication

Source: Scan Rubies


Scattered Wreckage

Metal scraps may be reclaimed for their titanium content at any fabricator.

Source: Scan Metal Salvage


Steam Vent

These glacial steam vents - or geysers - are periodic, intense hot water vapour eruptions that emerge from crevices in the ice sheet.

The temperature of the steamy water eruption is hot enough to cause severe first-degree burns in any accidental bystander, though standard Alterra multi-purpose dive suits are sufficient for averting skin damage.

Source: Scan Steam Vents


Tree spire
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As hot gas pushed upwards through the planet’s crust over thousands of years, the densely packed magnesium-aluminum-rich rock branched and split, resulting in these striking tree-like vent structures.

The ecosystem that emerged in and around these vents is driven largely by the presence of chemosynthetic lifeforms, which ultimately attracted the vibrant thermophilic coral seen lining the spire branches.

Source: Scan Tree Spires


Uraninite

Uraninite is a naturally occurring uranium oxide. Highly radioactive and unstable, its primary use is in the production of uranium reactor rods for nuclear generators.

Assessment: Applications in nuclear power

Source: Scan Uraninite Crystals

Indigenous Lifeforms

Coral

Table Coral

Each disk is an individual colony of microorganisms, filtering nutrients from the water.

Growth patterns indicate the colonies are in direct competition for positions with superior current or light. Unlike other coral species its structure is malleable, softly pulsating as it pumps nutrients to its extremities, and only turning rigid when it senses physical assault.

The jewel-like nodes in the surface are concentrated build-ups of rare minerals the coral is unable to process.

Assessment: Exploitable in computer chip fabrication

Source: Scan Table Coral

Fauna

Alien Eggs

Evidence suggests that a substantial number, if not all of the lo cal species reproduce through egg-laying. Eggs can be found resting on the seafloor, buried beneath detritus, or even wedged into cracks in the rock.

Different species likely favor different biomes as their nesting grounds. Eggs discovered in the wild are in some form of natural stasis, likely awaiting ideal conditions in which to hatch, or the delivery of some vital enzyme which will kick start the process.

It is impossible to calculate the species of the egg from the exterior, however it may be possible to stimulate a hatching response if an egg is relocated to a suitable alien containment unit.

Source: TBA
Carnivores
Brinewing
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A medium-sized predator known to spit supercooled salt water to freeze its prey from afar.

- A large bladder on the brinewing's underside fills with sea water as it swims
- Some water is filtered out through an internal membrane, leaving behind a strong saline solution
- Two flat, transparent, extendable fins act as radiators, releasing heat and cooling the bladder's contents
- The brinewing can then contract its bladder, expelling the supercooled brine and freezing the seawater up to several meters away from it

While warm-blooded lifeforms may suffer minor injuries on contact with the brine, it is not cold enough to freeze most vertebrates. The real danger is being helplessly encased in a block of ice, sinking ever closer towards the brinewing's jaws.

Assessment: Beware a full bladder

Source: Scan Brinewings


Brute Shark
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A common, shark-like predator with low intelligence.

- Its relatively streamline body enables fast navigation of tight spaces
- Yellow / turquoise coloration provides camouflage in shallow waters
- Slow moving, it ambushes small fish from above

Assessment: Minor threat

Source: Scan Brute Sharks


Crashfish
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This unusual species has developed an emergency defense mechanism based on mutually assured destruction.

1. Forward-mounted Eye:
Enables the creature to identify and track potential predators.

2. Sulfur Plant:
The sulfur plant has evolved to feed on sulfuric compounds secreted by the crashfish, which makes its nest within its leaves. Stronger, more protective plants provide superior nesting grounds, which in turn provide the plant with more nutrients from larger crashfish.

3. Defense Mechanism:
Concentrations of sulfur build up in the organism over time. If the crashfish collides with something at sufficient speed the spikes on its torso are impacted, triggering an explosive chemical reaction.

Assessment: Equip stasis rifle, repulsion cannon or similar before approaching shallow caves

Source: Scan Crashfish


Cryptosuchus
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The cryptosuchus is a large shark-like beast, easily identifiable by its carapace of thin, bony plates.

Structure: These plates are defensive bony structures that aid in heat absorption among thermal vents. It propels itself with wide webbed flippers that displace massive amounts of water.

Behavior: The cryptosuchus is a bit of a contradictory creature. Despite its fearsome appearance, it is more roar than bite. While territorial, the cryptosuchus tends to retreat from confrontation after being attacked once. This is likely a form of agnostic posturing. Aggressive fauna tend to avoid fights if the probability of injury is too high.

Assessment: Avoid, but can be handled in a pinch.

Source: Scan Cryptosuchus


Noot Fish
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A small predator which eliminates the need to overcome its prey by simply swallowing it whole.

- With its colourful markings the noot can easily pass for a small herbivore, allowing it to sneak up on its prey
- What looks like a beak is in fact a single, stretchy, extendable lip, lined with barb-like teeth
- Once within reach it envelops its prey, drawing it inside its stomach before retreating for several weeks to digest its meal

Assessment: Harmless

Source: Scan Noot Fish


Pengling
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Young pengwings tend to huddle on dry land awaiting their next meal.

- Consume almost exclusively fish regurgitated by the adults in the huddle
- They stay to the center of the huddle to stay warm and out of the wind
- If separated from the huddle, the adults will become agitated and begin searching for their young penglings, so please don't do this!

Assessment: Harmless

Source: Scan Penglings


Pengwing
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Bird-like creature, hunts small fish below the water, huddles in packs on the ice above.

- Consumes small prey fish and regurgitates them for its young
- Retractable tail and claws allow for fast evasion of predators underwater, and maximum grip on the ice
- Sharp teeth concealed inside the beak can tear chunks out of aggressors and prey alike
- Huddles in packs on the surface for protection against the cold

Assessment: Less cuddly than they look

Source: Scan Pengwings


Pinnacarid
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An intelligent and curious creature which hunts and forages below the waterline, but returns to the surface to breathe.

- Its many flippers make this an acrobatic hunter underwater but vulnerable on land, where it is capable at best of a fast shuffle
- Generally consumes small fish, its diet may also include various plant materials
- Side-facing eyes unusual for a predator, these likely serve as a defensive warning system
- Purple-tinted antennae on the head detect the movement of prey fish nearby
- Shows no aggression towards humans, and even curiosity if there is the chance of a meal

Assessment: Friendly

Source: Scan Pinnacarids


Rock Puncher
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A large crustacean which feeds on tiny larvae excavated from coral and rock with its powerful punching arms.

- Attracted to glow larvae found in and around deepsea rock formations.
- Hardened chitin claws can thrust forward at close to the speed of sound to break rock and bone alike
- Known to attack larger creatures which threaten its territory
- Perfectly adapted to cave environments, its six legs adhere to walls, and can propel it short distances through the water
- Heavily armored, vulnerable to only leviathan class predators

Assessment: Avoid or redirect with food

Source: Scan Rock Punchers


Snow Stalker
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The Snow Stalker is a bear-like evolutionary offshoot of the aquatic stalker native to the warmer aquatic biomes of 4546B.

Behavior: Snow Stalkers are typically apex predators in their biomes. They operate in packs and are primarily land based creatures, but will enter the water to hunt and defend territory.

Notable physical attributes: Thick hollow fur that secretes a thin layer of oil helps keep the snow stalker warm in the arctic climate. Modified dorsal fin aid in aquatic hunting. The cyan bioluminescence on the tongue and tail help the pack stay together during winter storms.

Assessment: Avoid - if entering snow stalker territory is necessary, sources of bright light and unpredictable noises have been shown to deter attacks.

Source: Scan Snow Stalkers


Spikey Trap
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This highly dangerous carnivorous lifeform manages to thrive in certain environments in spite of its lack of mobility.

It quietly blends into terrain, camouflaging itself among similar-looking coral or anemone. When prey accidentally stumbles into proximity, the creature quickly lashes out with its strong, adhesive tentacles, and will attempt to pull its target into its thorny, gaping maw.

Assessment: Can be deadly to oblivious explorers. Pay attention to your environment when these creatures are present, watching and listening carefully for signs of imminent attack.

Source: Scan Spike Traps


Squidshark
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A leviathan-class predator at the smaller end of the scale, with complex, squid-like adaptations which allow it to hunt a wide range of prey.

- Expels swallowed seawater through vents on either side of its body, providing slow and steady jet propulsion, or terrifying bursts of speed
- An internal jaw can be extended and clamped down around small prey, dragging them inside the mouth whole
- Two blue, electrified tentacles drag beneath its body, used to perform hit and run attacks on larger, slower targets, subduing them over time

Assessment: Avoid

Source: Scan Squidsharks


Symbiote
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A small, fast predator which nests inside the hole of the titan holefish and defends them at all costs.

- Symbiotes feed mostly on over-confident predators which attack the titan holefish
- Expending huge energy reserves to move quickly and strike their targets, the symbiote is dependent on receiving additional warmth and oxygen from the titan holefish
- Symbiotes lay their eggs inside the gills of the titan holefish
- The waste left behind is absorbed by the titan, constituting all the nutrients it needs to survive

Assessment: Catch or neutralize to approach the titan holefish

Source: Scan Symbiotes
Herbivores - Large
Arctic Ray
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A fast-moving ray species, well adapted to low temperature environments.

- Two sets of wing-like fins enable this ray to quickly change direction and accelerate
- Like other rays it is exclusively herbivorous

Assessment: Harmless

Source: Scan Arctic Rays


Eye Jelly
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The Eye Jelly resides in deep waters. It is made of three distinct body sections: tentacles, the main body, and the bell.

The end tentacles are covered in bioluminescent nodes, which attract prey. When the tentacles are touched they emit a shock through specialized cells called cnidocytes. Within these cells are venomous harpoon-like structures called nematocysts, which are triggered by touch.

The Eye Jellies gently drift with little locomotion, though they can track movement with their large singular eye.

Source: Scan Eye Jellies


Hivemind
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The hivemind are never alone and grow in massive clusters. They are physically connected by a root system, which sends out chemical signals in the presence of large predators. This signal activates a chemical reaction within its green porous membrane, resulting in a visible change of color in its bioluminescence.

This action has two effects:

- The uniform change in color grants the hive mind the appearance of one large, interconnected organism. This is a form of camouflage, called disruptive coloration, which is confusing to predators.
- Smaller sea creatures confuse the change in color for sunlight and are drawn towards the cluster.

Source: Scan Hiveminds


Lily Paddler
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A medium-sized herbivore with an elongated, bifurcated torso, and multiple bioluminescent adornments.

- Slow and vulnerable to attack
- Long arms for seed foraging on the ocean floor
- An array of feather-like appendages display varied colors in low-light conditions
- When threatened, the paddler emits a pheremonal defense that disrupts higher order brain function in certain species
- At night the paddler's illuminated plumage looks like a school of smaller fish, perhaps convincing predators they're not worth the chase

Assessment: Dangerous in unfamiliar environments.

Source: Scan Lily Paddlers


Sea Monkey
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A medium-sized and intelligent herbivore which shows great interest in other lifeforms and their possessions. More research is needed to understand this lifeform and its behaviour.

- Two finger-like appendages on each forearm are tipped with suction pads for basic object manipulation
- Its large turquoise crest is made of rigid bone is possibly used as a ram, although this has not been observed
- Sea Monkeys roam the ocean almost playfully, largely fearless of predators
- Seen to form small nests where they hoard objects of interest for unknown purposes

Assessment: Investigate with caution

Source: Scan Sea Monkeys


Sea Monkey Baby

Unlike many smaller creatures on 4546B, infant sea monkeys are born undeveloped and defenseless.

- Poor eyesight
- No control over forelimbs
- Low swim speed
- 90% fat

For these reasons the infants stick close to the nest, hiding in amongst the salvaged objects their parents hoard there.

Assessment: Harmless

Source: Scan Sea Monkey Babies


Sea Monkey Nest
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Sea Monkey nests are large bowl-like structures made of packed sediment and plant matter. The sea monkeys use their wide flat tails to pack the materials and form the structure of the nest. Sea monkeys are naturally curious creatures often drawn to metallic materials, which they gather to reinforce the sides of their nests.

Source: Scan Sea Monkey Nests


Skyray
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The skyray has a bird-like head, and feathered wings which enable it to fly. Skyrays are commonly found circling floating structures, and rarely venture far out to sea. They will perch on dry land, but are prone to flee on approach.

1. Wings:
Although its wings give it some resemblance in silhouette to the waterborne rays on 4546B, analysis shows no greater genetic overlap with those species than the planetary average - in fact the skyray appears to have split off the evolutionary tree much earlier than most.

2. Diet:
Largely seed-based. Skyrays have not been observed diving for food, which implies they rely on land-based plants for their survival.

Assessment: Presence may indicate nearby dry land.

Source: Scan Skyrays


Titan Holefish
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A large, docile herbivore which emits oxygen and is defended by the small, aggressive symbiotes which accompany them.

- Slow, stupid and delicious
- Complex gills line the inside of the hole, drawing cold water in, and emitting warm, oxygen-rich water in its place
- Attracts symbiotes, which make the holefish their home and fiercely ward off any approaching lifeform
- Migrates more or less at random, feeding from nutrients deposited by the symbiotes

The titan holefish has evolved entirely beyond basic survival mechanisms like speed, intelligence or hunting. It exists in a semi-permanent state of unreflective calm, swimming forward on impulse, fully trusting the complex ecosystem which supports it.

Assessment: Valuable oxygen source, if you can reach it

Source: Scan Titan Holefish


Trivalve Blue
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The Trivalve is a brightly colored creature with a flexible exoskeleton covering most of its body. It is a naturally inquisitive creature and is capable of bonding with a human companion.

They have the mental capacity to learn simple commands and can learn tricks. Trivalves also have the unique capacity to demonstrate emotion. Whether this is a form of advanced mimicry or an actual demonstration of feeling is unknown.

Source: Scan Blue Trivalves


Trivalve Gold
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The Trivalve is a brightly colored creature with a flexible exoskeleton covering most of its body. It is a naturally inquisitive creature and is capable of bonding with a human companion.

They have the mental capacity to learn simple commands and can learn tricks. Trivalves also have the unique capacity to demonstrate emotion. Whether this is a form of advanced mimicry or an actual demonstration of feeling is unknown.

Source: Scan Gold Trivalves
Herbivores - Small
Arctic Peeper
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A fast prey fish, camouflaged against the ice. Like the common peeper it is fast and relatively intelligent, allowing it to survive in large numbers.

Researcher notes: 'Don't like the auto-generated name. Suggest: Iceclops.'

Assessment: Edible

Source: Scan Arctic Peepers


Arrow Ray
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A relatively small ray species capable of fast evasive maneuvers.

- Feeds on plankton
- The fins on its head form an isosceles triangle, which it can tilt to perform fast and unpredictable maneuvers
- Sharp forward fin tips are capable of spearing attackers who manage to catch up

Assessment: Mostly harmless

Source: Scan Arrow Rays


Bladderfish
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This unusual herbivore appears to be mostly defenseless, and bears little resemblance to the other lifeforms around it.

1. Semi-permeable Bladder:
The bladderfish is able to filter air and seawater into its body cavity through a unique membrane which surrounds its spine like a bladder. This allows it to remove and consume organic particulate caught on the way, and adjust its buoyancy.


2. Open-ended Vascular Tubing:
Can be angled and contracted to pump out water and achieve low-velocity, guided propulsion.

Largely oblivious to threats, and practically immobile at night, its only identified defense mechanism is that it's composed almost entirely of water, air and cartilage.

Assessment: Edible (oxygen may be retrieved from the bladder and added to tanks on consumption); membrane has applications as a natural water filter

Source: Scan Bladderfish


Boomerang
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A herbivore encountered in large numbers, found to frequent shallow waters and move in schools.

1. Serrated Teeth:
Suggests adaptation for grinding corals other herbivores are unable to digest.

2. Twin-fins:
Unusually, this species' two fins are a cartilaginous extension of its skeleton. They are less prone to damage and provide superior propulsion, but are also harder to grow back. The bright blue tips are in fact the ends of its digestive tract, where the luminescence of the corals it consumes is most focused.

Most active during daylight hours, and prone to flee on approach, the boomerang can more easily be observed at night when its luminescence gives it away and it seeks the shelter of the seabed.

Assessment: Edible

Source: Scan Boomerang


Discus Fish
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A colorful, small fish with a laterally compressed body, the discus generally survives off of algae or other plant materials.

They also serve as nutritious prey for many other larger or quicker members of the ecosystem. Despite their colorful appearance and lack of real defense mechanisms, they survive mostly by virtue of their relative agility and a tendency to favor narrow crevices and other claustrophobic environments.

Source: Scan Discus Fish


Feather Fish
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The feather fish is a common species that lives in various biomes. Its coloring is distinct but also functional. The bright white on the belly of the fish helps keep it safe from predators below, blending in with sunlight coming through the surface of the water.

Source: Scan Feather Fish


Hoopfish
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Small, school-mentality prey fish with a unique method of propulsion, and a distant relative of the bladderfish.

1. Antennae:
Rather than swimming, this lifeform uses the fine green antennae which encircle its body to alter the composition of the water in front of it, allowing it to 'sail' into the low density space created.

2. Purple/Green Coloration:
May be a camouflage adaptation for mid-range light wavelengths, possibly indicating the hoopfish is more active at dawn and dusk.

3. Behavior:
While schools of hoopfish will form periodically and evade predators en masse, this behavior is more social than it is defensive, and lone hoopfish are often found hunting for food and displaying generally curious behavior.

Assessment: Edible

Source: Scan Hoopfish


Red Feather Fish
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The red feather fish is a deep water variant of the more common feather fish. Its coloring helps it blend into the deeper and darker waters where there is less red light penetration. As a result, red and black fish are less visible to predators.

Source: Scan Feather Fish (Red)


Spinefish
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Small, school-mentality prey fish, closely related to the hoopfish.

1. Grey Coloration:
A combination of near translucent flesh with white, rib-like markings gives this fish a deathly appearance. It takes advantage of this to avoid the attention of its predators.

2. Behavior:
Moves in schools for protection, but will disperse and flee if necessary, whereon those fortunate enough to escape the gaze of their assailants will make for the sea floor and hide amongst the detritus.

Assessment: Edible (low calorie count)

Source: Scan Spinefish


Spinner Fish
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A bizarre fish with star-like fins which it spins to generate propulsion.

- Capable of very high speeds in a straight line
- Slow, wide turning circle
- Like other small prey fish they feed on a variety of seeds and grasses around the seabed

Assessment: Edible

Source: Scan Spinner Fish


Triops
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An effective bottom-feeder with unusual trioptical vision.

- Mouth parts on the underside hoover up and crunch down on small invertebrates on the sea floor
- Spending much of its time hiding from predators above it is camouflaged to blend in with the surrounding terrain when necessary

Forward-facing eyes are unusual in prey creatures, not least three of them. Each eye however is angled slightly outwards, which gives the triops a field of view of almost 240 degrees. Careful use of this powerful faculty is likely what has kept the triops alive to date.

Assessment: Edible

Source: Scan Triops
Leviathans
Chelicerate
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An aggressive leviathan with an enormous beak, there is limited knowledge of this alien monstrosity at this time, and many on 4546B hope it stays that way.

Chelicerae: These large mandibles of the chelicerate are composed of a bony material that crushes and saws through bones and muscle with ease. The mandibles open up while the backward facing teeth dig into flesh and prevent easy escape. The prey is pulled towards the chelicerate's mouth and devoured.

Exoskeleton: The chelicerate’s body is made of a thick segmented exoskeleton. The exoskeleton grows in flexible overlapping plates. This provides protection from the atmospheric pressure while giving the chelicerate the maneuverability to easily pursue prey.

Behaviors: The chelicerate is a predatory animal that patrols the warmer waters found near thermal vents. It can be seen feeding upon other predators and fish.

As it attacks, the chelicerate emits a loud screech that disorients its prey. In smaller fish, it can temporarily stun them, which gives the chelicerate more time to attack.

Void Chelicerate: The Void Chelicerate is a rare mutation of the chelicerate that prefers to roam in dark, open waters at the edge of the sector.

Assessment: Avoid - aggressive and potentially lethal.

Source: Scan Chelicerates


Glow Whale
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Glow Whales are communal leviathans approximately 30m long, often found swimming in the open ocean and occasionally breaching the surface.

Photophores: Glow Whales contain several types of bioluminescence. Perhaps the most noteworthy are their photophores, which are incandescent glandular organs found at the corners of their eyes and the pods at the tip of their sail-like pectoral fins.

Glow horns: The Glow Whales’ blue horns behave similarly to tuning forks. The horns receive waves of sound in the water and help Glow Whales identify members of their pod from a distance. This ability is also used in hunting shoals to determine positioning of potential food sources.

When pods of whales are at play, they emit a harmonious series of notes that resonate in their horns and release a series of chemicals that appears to create a joyful response in nearby whales. This note’s frequency is too high to be heard by human ears.

Assessment: Passive, harbors barnacles and algae.

Source: Scan Glow Whales


Ice Worm
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An extremely large and dangerous leviathan, roughly 95m long, with a thick plated exoskeleton that burrows through dense ice shelves with minimal resistance.

Plating: The ice worm is covered in a thick exoskeleton with backward facing spikes. The exoskeleton protects the soft upper body of the ice worm as it moves through the ice. The spikes create treads that rapidly shuttle melted water back as it burrows, similar to tire treads. The anterior of the ice worm is covered in a thicker skin that doesn’t require plating.

Super-heated Horn: The horn of the ice worm is the thickest part of the creature. The inner chambers of the horn are filled with deposits of raw alkali metals that react violently with water, creating an exothermic chemical reaction. As the ice worm burrows, small microscopic grooves continuously channel water into these chambers allowing it to burrow with ease.

Behaviors: The ice worm is an ambush predator. It relies on sound traveling through the ice to alert it to potential prey. It then lunges through the ice and uses its horn and mandibles to attack. The ice worm can be temporarily distracted through the use of sonic devices.

Assessment: Aggressive and lethal - Avoid

Source: Scan carcasses of Ice Worm


Ice Worm Bones

Scans of the ice worms bones show that they have a surprising degree of flexion in them. This likely allows the bones to compress inward when the ice worm is burrowing. A total rigidity in the bone structure might result in deformation of the skeletal structure over time. There is evidence of muscle insertions that would manipulate the compression or decompression of the ice worm’s long rib cage.

These ice worm bones appear relatively intact; it seems that other large land predators in the region tend to leave the worm carcass alone after death.

Source: Scan bones in Ice Worm Boneyard


Juvenile Ventgarden
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Roughly 20m long, the Juvenile Vent Garden represents the immature life stage of the fully-grown, established Vent Garden. This gentle giant appears to swim in aimless, looping circles around mature Vent Gardens.

Swimming: While their swimming can seem directionless at first glance, the young Vent Garden is actively growing and strengthening its tentacles for when it finds a vent upon which to anchor and mature.

Bell: The bell of the juvenile vent garden remains sealed until it anchors over a vent. Once anchored, the heat and pressure activate a cluster of latent stem cells that develop into an opening over the course of a few months.

Assessment: Docile - Not a threat.

Source: Scan Juvenile Ventgardens


Shadow Leviathan
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This is a massive 60m+ leviathan that appears to be the odd convergence of several evolutionary offshoots.

Shovel-like head: The streamlined head of the shadow leviathan helps it slice through the water as it approaches its prey. Beneath its smooth skin is thick head plating that is used as a battering ram to ward off competing Shadow Leviathans during mating season.

Segmented legs: The legs are covered in a thick segmented exoskeleton similar to an arthropod. The leviathan’s legs are used less for propulsion - which is left to its blade-like tail - and more for hunting prey. The thick legs fold open over captured fauna like a cage, while the strong exoskeleton protects the tissue beneath from damage as the leviathan feeds.

Bioluminescent digestive tract: The Shadow Leviathan’s mouth leads directly to its digestive tract, which secretes a highly acidic compound onto captured prey. This bioluminescent cavity attracts light-seeking phytoplankton, which in turn draw in larger fish.

Assessment: Extreme threat - Avoid at all cost.

Source: Scan Shadow Leviathans


Vent Garden
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The Vent Garden is a stationary leviathan that anchors itself above thermal vents and houses aquatic flora inside its bell-shaped interior.

Anchoring Tentacles: Six tentacles anchor the Vent Garden to the seafloor around vents. Each tentacle is capped by a set of thick curved hooks that grow downwards, keeping the Vent Garden firmly in place.

Transparent bell: The hollow bell of the Vent Garden has a narrow opening large enough to accommodate human entry. The Vent Garden feeds on thermophilic bacteria and other microorganisms that spew from the vent below. The top of the bell also has an opening that continuously releases water to maintain a consistent internal pressure.

Symbiotic relationship: The bell houses six branching platforms that resemble coral. These platforms contain aquatic flora that remain safe from foraging herbivorous fish. In turn, the flora absorb and synthesize some of the heavy metals and gases emitted by the vents below.

Assessment: Docile, nutrient rich, harbors flora.

Source: Scan Ventgardens
Frozen Creature
Frozen Leviathan
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We found this thing buried in the glacier. Gave someone a hell of a fright.

Turns out it was walking around a thousand years ago when it fell through the ice. It was infected with the Kharaa bacterium - the aggressive disease which wiped out the architects and almost life on the planet. It is unclear whether the mutated Kharaa pustules present are responsible for the ultimate demise of the creature.

Since the enzyme cure was released on 4546B the bacterium has been all but eliminated. Rare specimens like these provide our only live source.

Research on the bacterium has been transferred to the secure Omega laboratory, while further research on the creature will be conducted at the excavation site.

Source: Scan the Frozen Leviathan's Claws, Skull, Teeth, and Kharaa Infection Pustule


Frozen Leviathan Claws
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Claws evolved to retain traction on the ice.

Source: Scan the Frozen Leviathan's Claw


Frozen Leviathan Skull
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Lots of room for a brain, but it's mostly bone and fat.

Source: Scan the Frozen Leviathan's Head


Frozen Leviathan Teeth
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Sharp teeth for tearing through bone and flesh.

Source: Scan the Frozen Leviathan's Teeth


Kharaa Infection Pustule
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Environmental conditions and subtle mutations suggest that this variant of the Kharaa bacterium's rate of transmission is somewhat lower than that of the widespread outbreak previously reported on 4546B.

The bacteria's capacity to survive for a long period of time off of the leviathan's corpse suggest highly efficient saprophytic properties. Scans indicate that the pustules are merely the visible component of a dense bacterial network feeding off of the dead cells of the leviathan.

Despite the risk, further research is recommended.

Source: Scan the Frozen Leviathan's Kharaa Infection Pustule
Other
Hope

Hope is an animal of unknown origin. According to Robin and a poet named Emily Dickinson, it is described as having feathers. My database found the poem Robin was referring to:

"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never -in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

The presence of Hope seems to inspire humans to persevere in the face of adversity. Perhaps humans keep a Hope with them at all times.

From this notation, Hope appears to be a hardy avian creature. It is capable of surviving at sea and in cold climates. Having "kept so many warm," Hope might be observed to produce exothermic chemical reactions.

Assessment: find and maintain Hope.

Source: Scan Architect Artifacts and trigger logs in Seabases
Scavengers & Parasites
Rockgrub
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A small, luminescent scavenger, roughly thumb-sized. This creature may be a distant relative of the sand shark, sharing that species' unusual limbs, segmented exoskeleton and burrowing behavior.

1. Jaw:
Its circular set of teeth is designed to tear up clumps of coral and sea grass caught on the rocks.

2. Limbs:
Five legs, two arms and a large flipper allow the rockgrub to cling to and walk across rock faces in search of food, and swiftly swim to safety when under attack.

3. Green Luminescence:
Glowing green in the dark would seem like a poor survival strategy, but this adaptation may be a mating behavior or other specialized process, engaged in by only a fraction of the total population at any one time. Or perhaps being eaten is simply part of the rockgrub's lifecycle.

Assessment: Harmless

Source: Scan Rockgrubs

Flora

Exploitable
Chinese Potato Plant
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The Chinese potato is common throughout the China Territories, where synthetic foods are still stigmatized, and there remain large tracts of arable land on which to grow fresh produce. Genetically designed prior to the Expansion, this plant is highly adaptable to different environments, and a staple of new colonies galaxy-wide.

Assessment: Edible

Source: Scan Chinese Potato Plants


Creepvine
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A kelp species concentrated in large forests, in shallow, sandy waters. Loose roots anchor the plant to the sea floor, from where it grows steadily toward the surface in pursuit of sunlight.

The stem is fibrous and rich in iron, making it both a viable base material for fabrication of textiles, as well as a basic foodstuff.

Assessment: Vital alien resource - Edible - Construction Applications

Source: Scan Creepvines


Creepvine Seeds
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Mature creepvine plants that have survived the predation of small herbivores produce these bioluminescent seed clusters, which may be knocked loose by currents or consumed and later deposited by predators.

The embryo is surrounded by a thick oil and silicone layer, which would disperse into the ground as the outer skin deteriorated. This may provide the seedling with the nutrients it needs to survive the low-light conditions on the sea bed.

Assessment: Vital alien resource - Construction Applications

Source: Collect a Creepvine Seed Cluster


Fevered Pepper Tree
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The fevered pepper tree produces fruits with high levels of capsaicin, which helps raise body temperature and stimulates blood flow.

Source: Scan Fevered Pepper Trees.


Flowering Spore
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A floating spore emitted by the Grand Cotton Anemone. The spore is slightly more buoyant than water and floats, suspended in its biome, and carried along by ocean currents. When the spore brushes against an acceptable surface, the spore breaks open, and a seed latches on in hopes of growing.

Assessment: harvest for use in advanced material production

Source: Scan Flowering Spores.


Frost Vase Plant
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This species of terrestrial plant bioaccumulates iodine from salt frozen in the ice. As a result, these plants yield components that can be used in the chemical purification of non-potable water.

Source: Scan Frost Vase Plants


Gel Sack
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These organic structures grow on cave walls. The purple sacks which arise from the surface contain a low-density gel laced with spores. These burst from time to time, floating towards the surface and attaching onto the next rock face they encounter.

While the gel sack is edible, its low-density renders it an invaluable advanced construction material.

Assessment: Edible - Aerogel construction applications

Source: Scan Gel Sacks


Honeycomb Fungus
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This hardy fungus erupts through the thick ice shelf. It sends a collection of hyphae - filaments that collect nutrients and moisture - deep into the ice shelf until it hits permafrost. From there the hyphae intertwine into a thick rootlike system called mycelia cords. These mycelium efficiently pull nutrients from the soil.

Source: Scan Honeycomb Fungi


Lantern Tree
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A conglomeration of individual vines which rely on one another for structural support. Grows exclusively on fertile land. Each vine produces orange, lantern-shaped fruits with minimal nutrition and hydration value.

Assessment: Edible in an emergency

Source: Scan Lantern Trees


Marblemelon Plant
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This plant collects water from the air rather than relying on its root system, and produces large, fleshy fruits which are both edible, and have atypically high water content.

Assessment: Edible - High water content

Source: Scan Marblemelon Plants


Preston's Plant
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Preston’s Plant consists of semi-transulcent leaves and a sweet fruiting berry. It is hardy and capable of growing in even the harshest of climates.

The fruit contains a paralytic agent that humans are unable to properly metabolize, but for certain animals it can act as something of a mild sedative.

Source: Scan Preston's Plants


Reaper's Wineglass
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Reaper’s Wineglass is an unusually oversized single-celled organism made of three parts: the rhizoid (or footlike root system beneath the soil), the stalk, and the cap.

Its single nucleus is located in the rhizoid. This means that if the bulbous cap is removed or devoured by aquatic fauna, it will slowly grow a new cap.

Source: Scan Reaper's Wineglass


Sulfur Plant

These plants appear to serve as nests for the explosive organisms which guard them.

- The outer petals are undamaged by the presence of the inhabiting creature, suggesting a complex co-development
- The plant has evolved to feed on nutrients and minerals deposited within it by the fish
- Sulfuric deposits on the inner leaves provide an insight into the mechanism by which the creatures explode

Assessment: Sulfur has applications in construction of the repair tool

Source: Scan Sulfur Plants


Trinity Barnacle
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Trinity barnacles can be found near sea vents and geothermal hotspots, often in clusters. They feature a thick capitulum (shell casing) that allow them to survive in very warm water temperatures. Mature barnacles develop a triad of ocelli, which are rudimentary photoreceptors.

Source: Only obtainable through Console Commands


Young Cotton Anemone
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Flora sample. Used in advanced construction.

Source: Scan Young Cotton Anemones.
Land
Ancient Ornamental Plant
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Molecular scans point to an incredibly slow cell metabolism, which is backed up by carbon dating. The plant cells appear to be engaged in a process known as transdifferentiation. This process alters the state of cells and transforms them to a new cell type over time. Through this process, the plant continuously replaces any poor biological material, allowing it to potentially live for incredibly long periods of time.

The carefully regulated structure of this plant’s cellular biology - and the intentional nature of its display amongst other alien artifacts - suggest that the Architects designed and cultivated this plant for some kind of aesthetic or cultural purpose that we can only speculate about.

Source: Scan Ancient Ornamental Plants


Blue Scrub Bush
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The Blue Scrub Brush is an unusual plant for this climate. Unlike other plants that manage to thrive in extreme cold - which typically grow close to the ground and lack leaves to prevent moisture loss - the blue scrub brush is tall with a fur-like leaf.

Within the hollow leaves are chambered pores, which capture and store the sun’s heat.

Source: Scan Blue Scrub Bushes


Frost Acacia
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This unusual multitrunked tree is highly adapted to the harsh conditions of its glacial environment. Nutrient sources are infrequent and limited on the glacier and these trees create fast growing root systems that search out rocky material trapped in the ice. The dense foliage captures energy from the sun via photosynthesis, and provides a sheltered environment for the growth of its bioluminescent fruit.

Source: Scan Frost Acacias


Frosted Sinew Tree
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The Frosted Sinew Tree is a large plant that collects bits of snow along its thick red stem. Snow is ninety percent air and can provide insulation, which helps prevent the formation of ice crystals in more vulnerable inner sections of the tree. The surface of the snow eventually hardens into a layer of ice, but it still prevents the body of the plant from reaching dangerously cold temperatures.

Source: Scan Frosted Sinew Trees


Glow Fungus

The Glow Fungus is commonly found in dark caves, and is marked by its exhibition of biofluorescence - a unique ability to absorb and emit electromagnetic radiation.

This is not to be confused with the process of bioluminescence, which many underwater lifeforms exhibit on Planet 4546B. Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction caused by the molecule luciferin when exposed to oxygen.

Source: Scan Glow Fungi


Horseshoe Shrub
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The horseshoe shrub is a terrestrial plant that thrives in warm conditions. Visual identification is easy due to the thick crown of leaves on its bifurcated trunk.

The trunk has a thick fibrous core that stores water for its fruiting body.

Assessment: Fruit can be harvested and planted, and could be a sustainable food source.

Source: Scan Horseshoe Shrubs


Marbled Anemone
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These terrestrial anemones are sustained via a commensal relationship with small clusters of fungi that feed off of the anemone’s slimy secretions.

Source: Scan Marbled Anemones


Pouch Bulb
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The pouch bulb grows in clusters with an intertwining root system that filter water into its pouch. The root system has antifreeze proteins that prevent the formation of ice crystals in intracellular structures. Once the water is pulled into the pouch it is stored for later use. However, the pouch is also lined with antifreeze properties, making its contents unfit for human consumption.

Source: Scan Pouch Bulbs


Thermal Lily
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The thermal lily is an unusual terrestrial plant typically found on cliff walls. During the day it points its face towards the sun, absorbing thermal radiation and storing it internally.

At night, the thermal lily’s petals close to reduce heat loss and it relies on its heat stores to survive the harsh arctic conditions.

Source: Scan Thermal Lilies


Violet Snowcone
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The Violet Snowcone is a large surface plant that gradually sheds its stem, creating a melted appearance at the base. Over time, the shedded material begins to harden, creating a thick protective shell around the stem of the plant. This shell creates an obstacle for animals trying to get to its nutritious flower and water rich interior.

Source: Scan Violet Snowcones
Sea
Adolescent Lily Pad
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As the adolescent lily pad grows towards the sun, the main leaf unfurls into a fan shape and the cluster of smaller seedlings along the base begin to twist around the main stem forming a thicker stem that is more firmly anchored in the ground.

Source: Scan Adolescent Lily Pads


Antennae Plant
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This species is noteworthy for its colorful leaves, which attract the attention of nearby herbivores. The hungry fish who devour the antennae fruit will then spread the plant's seeds across the biome, perpetuating its life cycle.

Source: Scan Antennae Plants


Blooming Raindrops
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These aquatic flowers grow in various biomes. The thick bioluminescent bulb that grows out the top of the stem stores nutrients when sunlight is in short supply.

Source: Scan Blooming Raindrops


Broken Mandrake
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The Broken Mandrake is a bioluminescent plant that roots itself to surfaces in deep coral zones. Analysis indicates it has accumulated many genetic adaptations for the permanent dark conditions.

Source: Scan Broken Mandrakes


Bullseye Shroom
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Bullseye Shrooms are harvestable fungi found growing near coral bridges.

The mushrooms are noteworthy for their thick, meaty caps. These caps manage to produce a small amount of chlorophyll, which makes it capable of some photosynthesis, but the mushroom still gets most of its nutrients from dead matter in the sea floor.

Assessment: Harvestable and plantable.

Source: Scan Bullseye Shrooms


Coral Bridge
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Coral bridges are formed by rapidly growing coral polyps that exhibit thigmotropism, which causes growth in response to stimuli or when touching a solid object. Coral bridges grow in thick twisted patterns that anchor onto rocks or other coral. The underside is covered in colonies of blue barnacles.

Source: Scan Coral Bridge


Crescent Moon Coral
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The crescent moon coral prefers to grow vertically, similar to a vine. The branching filaments connecting the crescent to the red stem contain tiny flagellum that pull in various microorganisms for nourishment.

Source: Scan Crescent Moon Corals


Double Lung Plant
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A variation of the Luna Plant, the Double Lung Plant grows in shallow water. Branches grow off of the main stem, and each branch develops a chamber. Each chamber is self-sustained, by its branch. If one branch dies or is destroyed, the other branch’s chambers will utilize the nutrients left behind. Eventually, a new chamber will grow in the empty space.

Source: Scan Double Lung Plants


Eclipse Plant

This distinctive, vibrant plant is often found growing out of a green crystal outcropping that appears to be similar to jade.

Source: Scan Eclipse Plants


Fallen Lily Pad
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Eventually, mature lily pads die. While the large leaf allows for an effective area for photosynthesis, there are limited nutrients stored in the earth entangled in its floating root system.

When the mature lily pad runs out of nutrients it will begin to wither and fall back to the seabed, which begins the cycle anew. The fallen lily pad provides nutrients for young seedlings to grow and provides temporary nutrients for other flora and fauna.

Source: Scan Fallen Lily Pads


Frost Anemone
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The frost anemone grows on the underside of ice floes and icebergs. The anemone's tendrils are covered in thin stinging hairs that paralyze small fish and plankton that are broken down for nutrients. These tendrils should be trimmed to effectively harvest the edible heart.

Assessment: carefully harvest for high nutritional value

Source: Scan Frost Anemones


Grand Cotton Anemone
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One of the largest multicellular organisms in this sector of 4546B, the Grand Cotton Anemone is hard to miss. This species propagates by emitting a steady flow of spermatozoa - reminiscent of flower pollen - that are forced out its opening as a result of gas exchange. Periodically, a large egg is expelled. Once fertilized, the egg develops into a planula larva, which drifts through the local environment before establishing itself on the ocean floor.

Assessment: Collect eggs for use in advanced fabrication.

Source: Scan Grand Cotton Anemones


Green Ternion
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Green ternions benefit from the lily pad life cycle. They tend to anchor themselves on lily pad roots and near fallen lily pads and use the material as nutrients.

Source: Scan Green Ternions


Hardy Cave Bush
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A common reddish-purple species which grows well on rocky terrain.

Source: Scan Hardy Cave Bushes


Hydrothermal Vent
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Hydrothermal vents are created when water filters through cracks in the planetary crust and ultimately collides with hot magma. As a result, superheated water is propelled upwards, bursting through the ocean floor.

The water temperature at the vent opening was once hot enough to melt lead; the application of temperature and pressure over time resulted in the emerging rock structure.

Despite the intense temperatures, these vents are home to their own ecosystems of life. At the bottom of the food chain, chemosynthetic microorganisms are found - lifeforms that feed off of the vent’s chemical emissions.

Source: Scan Hydrothermal Vents


Jade Membrane

This species features multiple circular nodes that are filled with a thin green membrane with a scattering of luminescent white dots. The membrane is mildly sticky and emits a pheromone that draws small fish and microbacteria that get caught in the membrane and then digested.

Source: Scan Jade Membranes


Kelproot
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Contrary to its name, the visible aspect of the Kelproot is a thick twisted stem. The root system anchors deep into the rocky walls of the cave.

Some Kelproots grow a Pustule along that stem, which are formed by the plant slowly ejecting out toxic materials that are absorbed by the extensive root system.

Assessment: Harvestable for resources used in fabrication.

Source: Scan Kelp Roots


Lily Pad Root
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Tangled, dense root structures that occasionally pull chunks of terrain from the seabed, connecting an intertwined network of plant life and suspended rock.

Source: Scan Lily Pad Roots


Loop plant
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This terrestrial plant features two thick red stalks that intertwine around a centralized green bulb. A series of thin yellow rings grow around the bulb in a decentralized orbit.

Source: Scan Loop Plants


Luna Plant
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The Luna Plant grows in shallow water. Branches grow off of the main stem and create irregular rudimentary chambers. If one branch dies or is destroyed, the other branch’s chambers will utilize the nutrients left behind. Eventually, a new chamber will grow in the empty space.

Source: Scan Luna Plants


Mature Lily Pad

Once the rising lily pad breaches the surface, its sealed fan slowly releases, causing the leaf to unfurl into a large flat circle that floats atop the surface of the water. Despite its size the mature lily pad is able to float due to surface tension.

Source: Scan Mature Lily Pads


Oxygen Plant
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The oxygen plant produces a harvestable reserve of oxygen in its bioluminescent floating bulb.

It is hypothesized that this attracts territorial air-breathing fauna, forming a symbiotic relationship that protects the plant from herbivorous fish.

Assessment: Underwater source of breathable oxygen - useful in free diving scenarios.

Source: Scan Oxygen Plants


Pink Narrowleaf
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This grass-like species grows in small clusters near coral bridges.

Source: Scan Pink Narrowleaves


Polycage
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The polycage plant exhibits bioluminescence, caused by the chemical reaction between a light emitting molecule and a particular enzyme.

Source: Only obtainable through Console Commands


Purple Cattail
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Purple cattails grow in small underwater clusters in particularly fertile regions along the seabed. Long, flat leaves allow the plant to efficiently absorb sunlight at depth.

Its striking coloration - caused by the pigment anthocyanin - is paired with high levels of poisonous phenols, which discourage herbivorous fish from grazing on them.

Source: Scan Purple Cattails


Radiant Sieve Coral
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This light-emitting plant is reminiscent of a sieve or colander.

Source: Scan Radiant Sieve Corals


Ragged Pitcher Plant
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The ragged pitcher plant is the only known species of predatory underwater plant on 4546B. It grows on mineral rich hydrothermal deposits.

The bowl shaped ‘pitcher’ produces a concentrated brine that pools inside due to its high density. When small organisms get too close they are stunned, causing them to sink into the pitcher where they are dissolved and absorbed by the plant.

Source: Scan Ragged Pitcher Plants


Redwort
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A common plant adaptable to many different environments, the redwort is a staple part of the diet of many smaller herbivores.

Source: Scan Redworts


Ribbon Plant
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The ribbon plant contains a highly concentrated sulfuric acid and can be harvested for use in battery fabrication. The sulfuric acid evolved as an evolutionary defense mechanism to discourage fauna from eating the leaves of the ribbon plant. When harvesting the plant, the core must not be compromised in order to avoid creating an exothermic chemical reaction.

Source: Scan Ribbon Plants


Rising Lily Pad

The lily pad starts to rise as a result of underwater gas exchange. As the lily pad engages in photosynthesis, it takes in carbon and emits oxygen. Unlike other plants that emit the oxygen directly into the water, the lily pad stores the oxygen in its sealed fan.

Eventually, enough oxygen is stored that the lily pad becomes buoyant. The root system pulls a chunk of the sea bed up on its way to the surface.

Source: Scan Rising Lily Pads


Scaly Maw Anemone
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The scaly maw anemone prefers shallow water and ample exposure to sunlight, and exists in a symbiotic relationship with a species of vibrant algae that live atop the anemone’s trunk. These algae thrive in the sun and create a thin scaly bacterial mat around the structure of the anemone as they feed on other microorganisms that filter through the anemone’s waterspace.

Source: Scan Scaly Maw Anemones


Seedling Lily Pad
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The first stage of the lily pad life cycle is precarious as the seedling begins to root itself firmly to the sea bed. The seedling is surrounded by a cluster of smaller seedlings that will form the lattice branching structures of the mature lily pad. Seedling lily pads require rich soil atop bedrock and constant exposure to sunlight.

Source: Scan Seedling Lily Pads


Shelf Coral
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A type of stony coral commonly found growing along rocky ledges.

Stony corals have hardened biocomposite exoskeletons. The coral’s polyps continuously grow upward and outwards in thin layers, creating the grooved shelf appearance.

Source: Scan Shelf Corals


Spiral plant
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Reminiscent of muscle striations, the spiral plant contains a strong-but-lightweight fibrous material that is useful for insulation and pressure equalization.

The spiral plant lives in symbiosis with the Vent Garden, which provides a safe environment for the spiral plant to grow. In turn, the mesh-like fibers of the plant filter out heavy metals from the vent emissions below.

Source: Scan Spiral Plants


Spotted Dockleaf
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A simple aquatic plant. Chemicals within the leaves act to neutralize poisons and acids found in other local specimens, thereby actively encouraging predation by herbivores, albeit in small quantities. This ensures the plant both spreads its seed, but retains enough surface area on its leaves to survive itself.

Source: Scan Spotted Dockleafs


Tornado Plates
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Tornado Plates are an underwater mushroom with an inner cage surrounded by a swirling chitin structure.

The mushroom’s wildly unusual morphology is not currently understood.

Source: Scan Tornado Plates


Twisted Mandrake
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The Twisted Mandrake grows in temperate coral zones. Its leafy canopy photosynthesizes sunlight, while providing shade to the bulbous structure underneath.

Source: Scan Twisted Mandrakes


Violet Beau
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A common, luminescent plant which grows in patches on the seabed.

Source: Scan Violet Beaus

Survival

Arctic Survival Almanac - On Arrival

Welcome to Adventure Mode, XenoWorker! You have arrived in an arctic climate. Your great expedition begins.
Your XenoWorx PDA is equipped to monitor your temperature, and vital signs. Since you have downloaded the Arctic Survival Almanac, it will also dispense advice from time to time.
For the benefit of future adventurers, your device will also record observations and findings you make.

Survival Checklist: 1. Retreat to a safe environment 2. Administer first aid if required 3. Retrieve emergency supplies if available 4. Survey the environment for threats and resources 5. Find or construct a reliable habitat 6. Construct necessary survival equipment using the habitat's fabricator 7. Locate other survivors using line of sight or the radio 8. Maintain physical and psychological health until rescue

Source: Entering the water for the first time


Arctic Survival Almanac - The Surface

Adventurers exploring the surface in cold-weather climates are advised to take additional precautions.

- High winds can result in rapid onset of hypothermia. Keep an eye out for natural shelter or restorative hot springs!
- if wearing a standard-issue AEP Suit, bodies of water may provide safety from extreme cold. - Unexpected detours occur! You never know how long you'll be away from home base. Remember to pack a lunch, and a toasty hot beverage if possible!
- We can't say this enough: layers! Investing in a quality 'Cold Suit' is certain to pay dividends in warmth and safety.

Remember: When in doubt, don't go out!

Source: Entering the water for the first time

Tech

Equipment

Air Pumps
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Air pumps can be used to pipe breathable air to a remote location.

- The base-attached air pump can be built at a compatible habitat, and will source oxygen directly from the habitat's oxygen generator
- The floating air pump must have access to breathable air, and be floating on the water's surface
- Pumps must be connected to a pipe chain to function

Source: Unlocked by default


All-Environment Protection Suit
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You are currently wearing the AEP Mk.III Beta.

The latest All-Environment Suit is stronger, warmer, and more lightweight than ever!

- Onboard communications and heads-up display
- Biometric monitoring and feedback
- Slimline build for maximum freedom of movement
- 5/4mm neoprene layer supports aquatic activity at nearly any temperature
- Rated for outdoor use at temperatures above -10C

So delightfully comfortable, you'll forget it even exists!

Property of Xenoworx. Must be returned at termination of employment. Can be purchased from the company for 1 credit (accounting reasons).

Source: Unlocked by default


Cold Suit
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Unrivaled in protection from colder climates, the cold suit is the ideal outfit for below zero conditions.

- Fur lined for natural heat transfer reduction
- Tri-laminated seals at all openings
- Rated to 133.8 Kelvin
- Self-regulating interior compressor

Source: Unlock the Cold Suit


Handheld Scanner
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The essential science and survival tool, the scanner can be used to add new blueprints to memory, and analyze unknown entities.

It emits electromagnetic radiation in the specified direction, which is reflected by the environment and then analyzed to determine the physical make-up of the targeted object. It has four primary functions.

Blueprint Acquisition: Record the physical parameters of scanned technologies to add their blueprints to the PDA databank. These blueprints may then be constructed at the appropriate fabricator. The scanner is also equipped to break down damaged and otherwise useless devices into their base metals for salvage purposes.

Organism Analysis: The scanner will attempt to match scanned organisms against the onboard database. If no match is found then the species will be assigned an easy-to-remember name, and a new databank entry will be created. Your PDA's AI will also attempt to synthesize theories on behavioral tendencies and evolutionary origins where possible, as well as deliver assessments on how best to approach them.

'The Alterra Spectroscope Scanner - Understanding the world so you don't have to.'

Source: Unlocked by default


Jukebox
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Listen to soothing tunes by Alterra's best musical artists while you work.

Source: Unlock the Jukebox


Laser Cutter
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The ultra high frequency laser cutter is tuned specifically to cut through titanium and plasteel based materials at a thickness of up to 10cm. This makes it an essential tool for construction, salvage and rescue operations, but ineffective on natural obstacles.

'The Alterra Laser Cutter: Who called the locksmith?'

Source: Scan Laser Cutter fragments


Light Stick
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A mobile, battery-powered LED light, which provides low-level lighting in a 360 degree area, and can be attached to most surfaces.

Source: Unlock the Light Stick


Mineral Detector
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Using a complex blend of electromagnetic field transmission and beta decay detection, the mineral detector is capable of identifying nearby resources and approximating distance.

Two anntenae emit an advanced pattern of waves to detect specific materials for mining. An ultra-bright display visually communicates distance to the target resource. Proximity alarms add an extra layer of information for finite spatial positioning.

Source: Unlock the Mineral Detector


Pathfinder Tool

Place nodes to mark your path. Retrace your steps with ease.

Source: Scan Pathfinder Tool fragments


Propulsion Cannon
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The propulsion cannon allows technicians to manipulate gravitational forces at ranges of up to 20m. It is commonly used in construction and mining to move materials.

Operating Instructions:
- Pull the trigger once to lock onto and attract a single targeted object weighing less than 25kg
- The object can now safely be retrieved from the gravitational beam
- Alternatively, pull the trigger a second time to propel the object at speed away from the device
- Not recommended for use on organic subjects

'The Prop Cannon: Some species are telekinetic. For everyone else, there's Alterra.'

Source: Scan Propulsion Cannon fragments


Reinforced Dive Suit
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This suit is reinforced with synthetic fibers to reduce incoming physical and thermal damage.

- Shock absorption reduces physical impact velocity by approximately 50%
- Rated for temperatures up to 70 degrees
- Disclaimer: You are not invulnerable when wearing this suit

'The Reinforced Dive Suit: Why take chances, when you can take Alterra?'

Source: Unlock the Reinforced Dive Suit


Repair Tool
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The repair tool can be targeted at any common device - control panels, habitat modules, radios etc - to stitch wires and seams back together at the atomic level. All good technicians keep one of these under their pillow.

Most people don't care why it works, just that it saved their life that one time - but in case you're curious, it combines scanner and fabricator technologies to determine the proper specifications for the targeted object, and then rearranges the available physical material to match the original specs.

'The Alterra Repair Tool: Get your fix.'

Source: Unlocked by default


Repulsion Cannon

The repulsion cannon is a modification of the base propulsion cannon which enhances its propulsion effect at the cost of the ability to draw objects closer. It can be fabricated using a modification station, and is commonly employed in self-defense, and as a less-than-lethal firearm.

Source: Only obtainable through Console Commands


Spy Pengling
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The spy pengling provides new avenues for researchers to access natural above-ground habitats. It is especially effective at maneuvering through spaces otherwise too small for humans.

Pengwings are highly active creatures, who are protective of their young penglings. In order to better study these energetic denizens of the arctic region, Alterra scientists on 4546B had to think outside of the base.

A well-known phenomenon, the Vee Caecus principle, asserts that in order to best study fauna, one must become the fauna. Scientists across the stars have used this basic principle to infiltrate and observe alien creatures of all sizes and dispositions. Drs. Caecus, Curtis, Tuson, and McBeth pioneered these accomplishments.

Inspired by this, and after months of trial-and-error, the first spy pengling was crafted at Phi Robotics Center, bringing about a new era of exploration and excavation across all operating outposts.

(Warning: Research to create a waterproof edition of the spy pengling was halted due to compliance concerns. Currently, contact with water will result in complete system failure.)

Features include:

Fully customizable outer shell to replicate any small, bipedal creature
Two all-terrain tracks for smooth movement over rough conditions
Remote controller for operating at distances up to 80 meters away (atmosphere dependent)
Four storage slots
Self-destruct option in case of danger or immobility
Arm with three-pronged claw for picking up samples
Fully detachable camera with 180 degree rotation to observe spy pengling and surrounds

‘The Spy Pengling: Sit back, relax, and let the robot do the hard work.’

Source: Scan Spy Pengling fragments


Stillsuit
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The industry standard stillsuit is designed to minimize water loss while exploring hostile environments, by filtering and recycling bodily fluids.

- Reclaimed water is stored in containers for later consumption, normal production rate is 2 bottles per day
- Filters contaminants from no less than 4 different bodily excretions
- Blood and sweat may be effectively processed, upgrade to Mk.II to make the most of tears
- Onboard flavor neutralizer can be activated at startup (flavor neutralizer not included on all models)

'The Stillsuit: Because drinking reclaimed urine is better than death by dehydration.'

Source: Unlock the Stillsuit


Thumper
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The thumper is a simple device that sends high impact sonic impulses down through a tetrapod base, potentially disturbing would-be underground attackers in a small area. A weighted disc extends from the top of the device and is propelled to the surface in an isochronal cadence.

'The Thumper: A headache is a small price to pay'

Source: Unlock the Thumper

Habitat Installations

Alien Containment
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Despite huge, Alterra-led advancements in stellar technology, exploring new worlds still has its challenges, and alien lifeforms are one of them. That's why we built the alien containment unit. The unit is designed primarily to breed larger or more dangerous species.

Technical Provisions:
- Units must be installed in multipurpose room modules
- Units may be connected between rooms stacked in a column
- A hatch must be installed in order to access the unit
- The base of the unit is a planter, allowing sea flora to be grown from seed

Breeding Tips:
- Provided sufficient time and living space, organisms of the same species should mate and reproduce
- Eggs inside the unit will hatch over time
- Organisms raised from birth in captivity often exhibit unusually passive behavior

Warnings:
- Environmental controls may fail if the unit is overpopulated
- Infections may be transmitted faster between specimens in artificial environments
- Never tap the glass: you don't know what will tap back, or how hard

Source: Unlock the Alien Containment


Aquarium

The aquarium is designed to hold and sustain up to eight small aquatic organisms, and fits inside a regular multipurpose habitat room.

Aquatic creatures make up 70% of all known species, making the aquarium a commonly deployed tool in many exploratory operations. It is just as often used to house livestock for later consumption as it is to hold specimens for xeno research. An automated environment regulation system means there's no need to feed or care for your subjects.

NB Due to its size the regular aquarium is not rated for breeding applications, and creatures are highly unlikely to mate. Construct a full size alien containment unit for this purpose.

Source: Unlock the Aquarium


Bulkhead Door

The bulkhead door is designed to separate compartments while reinforcing structural integrity with its solid titanium frame. The door can be opened and closed to seal off compartments in the event of fire or flooding, or simply for privacy.

Source: Unlock the Bulkhead


Control Room
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The control room is an essential part of outpost engineering, created in response to environments with limited energy generation options.

- Centrally located 3D console provides an overview of current base layout
- Interactive projection toggles power in individual rooms for finite energy control
- Detailed wall-mounted display audits and discloses hull stability and energy consumption
- Customizing station controls identifying base details including name and exterior colors
- Atomic clock reports pin-point accurate local time

Source: Unlock the Control Room


Exterior Growbed
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Advanced synthetic soils allow this growbed to support a huge variety and quantity of alien plantlife, and it can be installed anywhere on land or underwater where there is space.

Source: Unlock the Exterior Growbed


Fabricator

Fabrication technology is the power to rearrange matter at the atomic level. It was the catalyst behind the great expansion, and remains the backbone of the modern world.

Fabricators come in all shapes and sizes, but the most common are small enough to be wall-mounted, and are used for everything from constructing everyday implements to cooking dinner. It is common today for households to keep a store of generic base materials on hand for any eventuality.

Source: Unlocked by default


Floodlight
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The standard issue floodlight is designed to focus a bright beam of light in a single direction, useful in all kinds of industrial and emergency operations. Functions in all known environments.

Source: Unlock the Floodlight


Habitat Builder
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The Alterra handheld habitat builder has been an essential tool of xenoscientists, colonists and emergency relief crews across 11 different trans-govs for more than 50 years.

- Habitat modules are hermetically sealed from the outside environment
- Build on land, underwater, or in a vacuum
- Habitats can be enhanced to become long-term homes, remote research stations, defensive outposts and more

Quick Start Guide:

1. Select the basic compartment from the builder menu and place it somewhere opportune
2. Add a hatch to access the compartment
3. Build a solar panel to power the habitat's oxygen generator
4. Construct useful interior modules like radios, rechargers and storage solutions

Primary habitat systems like oxygen generation and flood control, as well as modules like the fabricator draw power and will not function without it. Additional compartments reduce overall hull integrity, depending on the external pressure.

'Quick-Build Habitats: A home far, far away from home.'

Source: Unlock the Habitat Builder


Interior Growbed
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Designed for use exclusively inside regulated habitat modules, the interior growbed is more compact than the outdoor version, and features a hydroponic nutrient delivery system.

Source: Unlock the Interior Growbed


Modification Station
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Where the standard fabricator atomically rearranges raw materials to form complex devices, the mod station is able to combine complex devices to enhance their function. Most industrial vessels are fitted with a complement of equipment modification stations, which enable engineers to adapt their tools on the fly.

To conserve hard drive space the modification station is excluded by default from most personal emergency blueprint libraries; however extreme environments such as ocean and desert class planets may necessitate the adaptation of basic survival tools for unanticipated applications. For this reason access to a mod station is always recommended.

Source: Unlock the Modification Station


Moonpool
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The moonpool is an essential module for long-term exploration. Its primary function is as a dry dock for small vehicles such as the Seamoth and Prawn suit.

The large central chamber contains a pressurized pool which provides ready access to the surrounding waters, and comes as standard with equipment for raising and recharging a vehicle.

When outfitted with a vehicle modification station the moonpool can be used to build and equip vehicle upgrades.

Ratings:
- Dimensions: 16m x 10m x 5m
- Connection points: 6
- Habitat hull strength liability at sea level: -5 (equivalent 4 rooms)
- Capacity: 1 Seamoth / Prawn suit
- High power consumption

Source: Unlock the Moonpool


Planters & Pots

Interior planters come in a variety of configurations, and allow for most plant species to be grown in small numbers. For decorative or botanical use.

Source: Unlock the Plant Shelf


Scanner Room
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This advanced habitat module can transform a small outpost into a burgeoning science and exploration station.

- A 3D display in the center of the room stores local topographical data
- System can scan for and pinpoint particular materials
- Remotely controlled drones scan the area up to 500m in range
- Wall-mounted camera feeds allow for live control of scouting drones
- Upgrade console may be used to enhance the module's functions

Source: Unlock the Scanner Room


Solar Panel
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Solar power is the most prevalent power source in the galaxy, and so it is no accident that the standard solar panel is the default means of powering a habitat. A power source is a requirement of habitat oxygen generators and other onboard modules.

- Provides limited power for small outposts and survival habitats
- May be mounted on or near the habitat itself, or placed remotely and connected via power transmitters
- Power rate relative to sunlight exposure

Source: Unlocked by default


Spotlight

A permanent lighting solution developed for installation on existing habitats and facilities.

- Automatically rotates on a 180 degree arch
- Motion-sensitive: will track nearby moving objects
- Draws electricity from main power

Source: Only obtainable through Console Commands


Water Filtration Machine
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The filtration system draws water unfit for human consumption from an external source, atomically splits it into its constituent parts, and outputs consumable liquid water and salts, while disposing of any harmful by-product. It can be built in any compatible habitat module, but has substantial power requirements.

'The Alterra Water Filtration System: Any liquid into pure, refreshing, pH-balanced water? Yes sir, ANY liquid!'

Source: Unlock the Water Filtration Machine

Power

Bioreactor
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On planets where organic matter is plentiful but sunlight is not, a reliable bioreactor will frequently prove the most efficient power solution.

- May be installed in any multipurpose habitat room
- Chemically composts organic materials, converting them into energy over time
- Accepts all plant matter, from seeds and spores to moldy fruits and vegetables
- Can also process animal matter (fat, muscle, eggs, etc) and some organic waste products
- Energy production is proportionate to the calories in the organic matter

'The Bioreactor: Totally organic.'

Source: Unlock the Bioreactor


Nuclear Reactor
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Renewable energy sources will usually be sufficient for maintaining a small outpost. For everything else there's nuclear power.

- Powered by up to four replaceable uranium reactor rods
- Do not attempt to replace reactor rods without a full radiation suit
- Do not attempt to overclock the reactor


Nuclear is ideal for energy-intensive operations such as:
- Self-sufficient colonies supporting more than 20 people
- Industrial outposts operating multiple docks and heavy machinery
- Research stations housing live specimens

Source: Unlock the Nuclear Reactor


Thermal Plant
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The first rule of survival in hostile environments is to work with the resources available. If it's 800 degrees outside and you're in danger of burning to death at any moment you may as well get some cheap, reliable energy out of it.

- Converts heat energy into electricity
- Always take thermometer readings before attempting installation
- Core mechanisms are housed in a heat-resistant chassis, but are not impervious to extreme temperatures

'The Thermal Power Plant: It's hot'.

Source: Unlock the Thermal Plant

Vehicles

Mobile Vehicle Bay
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The mobile vehicle bay is a deployable station equipped with fabrication drones, designed to construct small research and exploration vehicles from raw materials. It is a common tool in almost all industrial, scientific and colonization operations.

Source: Unlocked by default


Prawn Suit (Mk.III)
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The Pressure Re-Active Armored Waterproof Nano Suit is a range of mechs designed to protect the pilot from extreme environments. The Mk III is the latest iteration, and has so far only been rolled out by Alterra for their own high-value, phasegate-related operations.

- The suit is fully insulated from the outside environment
- Powerful hydraulic limbs allow for manipulation of objects and powered traversal of the environment
- Rear-mounted thrusters provide maneuverability in low-gravity environments
- A range of modifications are available to facilitate resource extraction and enhanced exploration

'The Prawn Suit: It's got you covered.'

Source: Scan Prawn Suit fragments


Seaglide
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The seaglide is a personal transportation device designed for use in oceanic environments.

- Capable of speeds of up to 36km/h in standing water
- Displays basic topographical data for aid in charting cave systems
- Replaceable battery
- Keep fingers clear of propeller

'The Seaglide: Anything that moves faster underwater is probably trying to eat you.'

Source: Scan Seaglide fragments


Seatruck
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The seatruck is an advanced underwater vehicle with attachable, modular cabins for maximum adaptability in the field.

Main Cabin:
- Small and nimble when unencumbered by additional modules, the main cabin alone is comparable in speed to the seamoth
- A wide, reinforced glass viewing window provides excellent forward visibility while at the helm
- Retractable helmsperson's chair, no expense spared
- Unlike the larger cyclops submarine, the seatruck does not support the addition of internal modules like fabricators
- However it can be upgraded to enhance its speed, towing power and crush depth, amongst other things

Ratings:
- Speed: Variable depending on cargo
- Crush Depth: 150m (Upgradeable)
- Power: 2x replaceable power cells
- Upgrade module slots: 4
- Persons: 1+

Additional Modules:
- Bespoke cargo modules can be attached to the rear of the main cabin, providing a range of powerful benefits
- Available modules include fabricators, docking stations, habitation sections and, of course, plenty of storage
- Additional cargo modules reduce the seatruck's speed, maneuverability and power efficiency
- Additional modules can be jettisoned directly from the main cockpit controls to enable exploration of tight spaces, or in case of emergency

'The Seatruck: Competing products are trucking hell.'

Source: Scan Seatruck fragments


Seatruck Aquarium Module
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External vacuums on this module collect live specimens from the surrounding water and deposit them safely and humanely inside glass tanks, which can then be accessed from inside the truck.

Many years of technological endeavor produced the pressure-resistant, single-sheet, nano-reinforced glass of the tanks. This remarkable feat of engineering creates the optimal enclosure for the study and observation of contained fauna.

Source: Scan Seatruck Aquarium Module fragments


Seatruck Docking Module
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As the most user requested Seatruck addition, the docking module provides capacity to attach one standard Prawn Suit to the Seatruck. Mechanical arms extend to automatically secure the Prawn Suit to the vehicle on approach.

Internal features are limited due to the amount of structural support built into the walls of the module. Includes control panel for detaching Prawn Suit and bright yellow ladder for ease of exit or escape.

NB: Must be attached as the final module to function. This module is powered by the Seatruck's main cabin. Prawn Suit not included.

Source: Scan Seatruck Docking Module fragments


Seatruck Fabricator Module
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Contains one wall-mounted unique fabricator and a small amount of additional storage space. The fabricator module allows operators to craft everything available on a standard fabricator, while additionally offering the ability to construct Seatruck modules.

Failure to attach this module for trips lasting longer than 8-hours absolves the manufacturer of fault in all incidents regarding caloric energy intake deficiencies.

NB: This module is powered by the Seatruck's main cabin.

Source: Scan Seatruck Fabricator Module fragments


Seatruck Sleeper Module

Replete with a foldable bed, home entertainment system and photo frame, the sleeper module provides everything required for one person to hunker down for long stretches.

As a utility vehicle, the Seatruck is ideally operated on a 24-hour schedule. With the addition of this module, it’s possible to trade off piloting with a co-operator. It is advisable to resist detaching this module while there is a slumbering occupant, as suffocation may occur.

NB: This module is powered by the Seatruck's main cabin.

Source: Scan Seatruck Sleeper Module fragments


Seatruck Storage Module
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The ultimate utility upgrade, the storage module serves as a large mobile cache for cargo of various types. With an additional five lockers of multiple dimensions, this module is unrivaled in vehicle storage possibilities.

Most commonly used by researchers collecting samples or prospectors aggregating mined deposits. Includes customizable labels for ease of organization.

Source: Scan Seatruck Storage Module fragments


Seatruck Teleportation Module

Harnessing the power generated by ion cubes, the teleportation module creates an interminable link between a tether tool and itself. While away from the module, navigating space and time is made simple by activating said tool, allowing the user to return to the module in the blink of an eye.

How the ion cube facilitates the rapid disassembly and reassembly of organic material in a target location is still the subject of great debate in the scientific community.

NB: This module is powered by the Seatruck's main cabin. Requires tether tool. Link between tether and module is unaffected by distance.

Source: TBA


Snowfox
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The Snowfox is a one-person hoverbike designed for fast traversal over a wide variety of terrain.

While providing little protection for the pilot, the Snowfox can easily outmaneuver most threats, especially when upgraded with a jump module. Just don't try to take it over water.

- High speed hoverbike
- Onboard headlight
- Will make you look cool

'The Snowfox: Other ground vehicle are rabbits in its headlights.'

Source: Scan Snowfox fragments


Snowfox Hoverpad
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The hoverpad is a deployable pad, equipped with two articulating arms for rapid Snowfox assembly and repair. Recharge via magnetic-to-thermal energy conversion. Most commonly used for land-based operations in low to medium gravity.

Source: Unlock the Snowfox Hoverpad


Vehicle Upgrade Console
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This terminal allows vehicles to be customized with different naming and color schemes, and upgrade modules.

- Must be installed in a compatible moonpool module
- Upgrades may be constructed at the dedicated fabricator
- Upgrades include additional defensive capabilities, scanning equipment and storage

Source: Unlock the Vehicle Upgrade Console

Cut or Currently Unobtainable Databank Entries

Databank entries in this category either are known to have been cut from Subnautica: Below Zero, are related to known cut content, or are currently unobtainable through normal play and can't be obtained using Console Commands.

Codes & Clues

Alien Architect Reconstitution Research

There is no evidence that the alien architects colonized other planets in our galaxy, and we are as yet unable to reach the galaxy from where we believe they arrived. No living member of their species has ever been encountered. We have nonetheless learned a great deal about them from what they left behind.

Their architecture suggests they are approximately 50% larger than humans, and non-bipedal. It is unclear whether they interact with their technologies through naturally or artificially developed sensory apparatus, but it is clear they had mastered the complexities of genetic and technological alteration.

Of most interest is their use of sanctuary sites dotted around the planet. Our efforts to decipher the data stored there have so far been in vain, but evidence suggests they used as emergency shelters when the kharaa bacterium was first released, the aliens somehow able to download their minds to the databanks for later retrieval.

This suggests their relationship with their corporeal bodies is quite different from our own. How many times an individual may transfer between different bodies, and the exact mechanism by which they do, is currently unknown.

Nonetheless this suggests it may be possible in the future to build, grow or salvage an appropriate body and 'reawaken' one of these aliens. Whether such an entity would have any independent function is entirely another matter - however even in a vegetative state we imagine such a construct would have wide-reaching ramifications for our ability to interface with the alien technologies, and gain further access to their facilities.

We have begun an excavation at [Coordinates corrupted]. We believe some of the necessary materials may be located there. [Clue to precursor body part location here]

We will remain in contact with Research Base Gamma as this ice front closes in. If we need to abandon the base their position at [Clue to second abandoned Alterra base here] will be our closest point of refuge.

Source: TBA


Briefing - Sector Zero

VESPER MISSION OVERVIEW - Week 26
Personnel on 4546B: 37
Personnel on Vesper: 96

RESEARCH SECTOR ZERO
Personnel: 1 Active (R. Goodall); 1 MIA

ACTIVE MISSIONS IN YOUR SECTOR

Search & Rescue: J. Jeffreys

  • Vesper's orbital sensors are scanning for missing crew
  • Divesuit found abandoned near Cargo Rocket, Zero Sector
  • GPS analysis indicates a trajectory leading towards deep sea station Cappa (150m depth)
  • Find your colleague!

Leviathan Genetic Research Program

  • Genetic samples from deceased leviathan research specimen are requested
  • Due to recent ice flow its position is unknown
  • Depth 150m

Data Retrieval: Research Base Omega

  • Omega base was abandoned weeks ago due to increased local threat levels
  • Alien research data at the base may prove vital to our efforts
  • <100m depth
Source: Some time after sending up the Biosample


Sanctuary Zero Location Data
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Sanctuary Zero was discovered some months ago, operating on low power. All attempts to access the facility have failed. It is located in the so-called Twisty Bridges, an area dense with macro-flora, reaching 100m-300m in depth.

The fast growth of the tubular, organic 'bridges' throughout the area prevents a permanent route to the facility from being established. It can be located at a depth of 200m, and contractors are advised to use visual reference to locate a viable path.

The alien architects constructed multiple sanctuary facilities around 4546B. Their purpose was to store and preserve the aliens' mental states for later retrieval in case of emergency. While many individuals fled to these sanctuaries when the kharaa contagion was released, most succumbed before they could reach one. Of those sanctuaries we have gained access to, none have contained a viable alien consciousness, and it is further unclear what sense could be made of the data if they had.

Source: Acquired some time after falling into the ice lake


Outpost Omega Code

1679

Source: Approaching Research Base Omega


Surface Expedition Report

I was on a standard expedition across the ice surface when the weather closed in. Unable to see, I ran straight into an ice worm. I was lucky to escape underwater through a crack in the ice, but it wrecked my hoverbike. The remains may be salvageable. You can find them by [INSERT LOCATION CLUE HERE].

Source: TBA

Data Downloads

Alien Data

Alien Vessel

My kind navigates spacetime in conjunction with bio-mechanical vessels, altered and evolved over time to serve our needs.

In case of disaster we can download our data patterns from the current vessel to a sanctuary site for later retrieval. Storage in this fashion is safe provided consistent power supply, however the unique perspective and traits which arose from the interplay with the original vessel are lost. It is like a factory reset.

It is recommended they be restored to a freshly constructed, compatible vessel as soon as possible. Such hollow vessels may be fast-grown from seed at an appropriate facility, using specialized blueprints and materials.

Addendum: I believe that you were impolite because I threatened you.

Source: TBA

Logs & Communications

Alterra

Alterra Shuttle

Ships used for transportation.

Source: TBA


Aurora Crash Interview - Alterra Spokesperson

SPOKESPERSON: We have recently confirmed that the Aurora has conducted an emergency landing on an uncharted planet, via a message relayed by the captain as he performed the manauver. Captain Hollister was experienced, and calm under pressure. We have every reason to expect he kept his crew and his ship in one piece. We are doing everything we can to re-establish contact, and to begin rescue operations. Thank you, and I'll take questions. Michael?

MICHAEL: What caused the crash?

SPOKESPERSON: The captain reported unexpected damage to the ship. No possibilities are being ruled out.

MICHAEL: How long will it take to get there?

SPOKESPERSON: The Aurora was more than a year beyond the furthest phase gate. The fastest ships will take nine months. But we are co-operating with the Mongolian States and other nearby trans-govs to see if they can get there sooner. You, with the glasses?

CLAUDE: This isn't a four-seater passenger shuttle that went down, this is a capital ship. Do you really expect survivors?

SPOKESPERSON: Losses of ships of this scale are rare, but not unheard of. When it does happen, it's rarely catastrophic. Crew losses in the past have generally been down to inadequate warnings, and failures of key survival systems- lifepods, oxygen, etc. We have armor-plating that can deflect a small nuclear explosion, but it doesn't begin to stand up to what a good-sized meteor can do. But those ships are built to stay together. There could be a quantum detonation of the drive core and the main evacuation routes would survive the blast.

CLAUDE: Where have they landed?

SPOKESPERSON: We hope to have that information soon. The ship had arrived in solar system 4546, where there are thought to be at least 11 orbital bodies larger than earth's moon. The area is not entirely unexplored, but it's new to us, and no one else has been taking notes. Whatever the case, the crew has all the equipment they need to build habitats and survive until rescue. Jess?

JESS: Do you have a plan to salvage the phasegate installation?

SPOKESPERSON: Of course. With the Aurora's cargo already most of the way to the build site it should be straight forward to send a replacement crew and make whatever repairs necessary.

JESS: Will there be a fall in the Alterra dividend?

SPOKESPERSON: Thank you, that's all we have time for.

Source: Abandoned PDA in the Twisty Bridges


Crystal Research Log:

This cave system has a strange temperate environment. The cause of temperate atmosphere is still unknown. The cave system is lined with crystal formations. Investigating these formations may lead to further understanding of this unique environment.

Source: TBA


Exploration Update:

Natural resource deposits seems to be varied due to the thermal activity in this region. We will begin construction of a scanner room to search nearby areas for required resources.

Source: TBA


Fauna Research:

Species identification has proven a valuable tool in making the arctic sustainable for continued habituation. Many species have evolved to thrive in this mineral rich arctic environment, with unique mutations. Further study should hold untold knowledge and scientific breakthroughs.

Source: Abandoned PDA at floating tech site


Frozen Leviathan Specimen

We found this thing buried in the glacier. Gave someone a hell of a fright.

Turns out it was walking around a thousand years ago when it fell through the ice. It was infected with the kharaa bacterium - the aggressive disease which wiped out the architects and almost life on the planet.

Since the enzyme cure was released on 4546B the bacterium has all but been eliminated. Rare specimens like these provide our only live source.

Further research is being conducted on the creature itself.

Source: TBA


Geological Log #3

Finding adequate geological samples has been excrptionally easy with this new modified scanner tool. With this new research pace, finding the origins of this island's formation should take no time.

Source: PDA in the Delta Island caves


Glacial Basin Research Notes - Mineral Nodes

Upon further investigating this cave system there are many rich mineral nodes lining the walls. The glacial melt is uncovering previously hidden mineral veins. Removing the loose rock is quite easy allowing access to the raw minerals.

Source: Abandoned PDA in a Dark Cave


Home Away From Home

Well, I would have had a small outpost in Twisty Bridges, if I hadn't dropped my Bulkier Tool. And if brute sharks weren't so vicious. There's no way I can get it back as long as that thing is swimming around. I'll have to find another way to fabricate a base.

Source: TBA


Ice Carving

ice drilling/carving work description

Source: PDA at Frozen Leviathan


Managing Dangerous Predators:

Snow Stalkers are a real threat to workers in the area. The stalkers have shown signs of fear when exposed to flares. It is unknown at this time why stalkers have this reaction. Exposure to light and sound does not have the same effect. It is recommended all personnel working in the field have flares to ward off any attacks from these creatures.

Source: PDA in the Glacial Basin


Mineral Excavation Update

Excavation of underground mineral pockets in this glacial region still remains lucrative. Fabricating thumpers is a small price to pay to uncover the surprises hidden throughout this shifting glacier.

Source: PDA in the Arctic Spires


Research Site Beta

Ice worms continue to slow research progress. Thumpers have helped with managing the worm problem in the area.

Source: PDA in Arctic Spires


Slackers

Vinh: Did I leave my lab coat in here?
Lil: You lost your lab coat again?
Vinh:I didn't lose it. I just…haven't seen it in awhile.
Lil: Right. Uh-huh. Sure.
Vinh: At least I don't lose company equipment looking for who-knows-what in Twisty Bridges again--
Lil: I will find something down there, Vinh. And when I do, you're not invited to my celebration party. There will be a molecularized chocolate fondue cupcake for each and every member of the team, but since you won't be there, l'll eat yours too.
Vinh: We'll talk cupcakes when you get off your wild Architect goose chase and start accomplishing some real work out here.
Lil: …little harsh.
Vinh: Lil, they've already sent you out here to send a message. I just don't want them to do any worse, okay? I'm worried about you. I keep hoping you'll take the hint and--
Lil: I know they're out there, Vinh. You want me to just ignore my gut and fall in line? It's harder than it sounds.
Vinh: I know. Just…be careful, okay? At least try not to damage any more equipment, or worse, lose it in Twisty Bridges. Anything down there is…virtually unrecoverable.
Lil: *gravely* I will.

Source: PDA in Outpost Zero


Subterranean Report

Valuable resources have been found in dense pockets in many of the near by fissures nad caves. Continued research is needed to understand the formation of these pockets.

Source: PDA in Arctic Spires


Too Many Surprises Being Watched?

FRED: I thought I saw something in the shadows again. Just outside. It was big, whatever it was, but it had four limbs, moved like a human. I'd take a flashlight and go out there, but I'm too scared. And things have been going missing. Artifacts. Tools
FRED: I thought I saw something move in the water again. I know that technically lots of things move in the water-- but this was a new one for me. It was big, whatever it was, but it had four limbs, kinda moved like a human. I'd take a flashlight and go out there, but no way! Those things are scary! And things have been going missing. Mostly tools.

Source: TBA


Vesper Station

The Vesper is a semi-permanent orbital installation, designed to provide a sustainable environment for research personnel stationed far from federation space. Once in geosynchronous orbit of a target stellar body it deploys groundcrew and multiple ground-to-space cargo rockets for energy efficient resource transportation.

Location: Planet 4546B, Ariadne Arm

Mission Parameters:

  1. Forensic examination and recovery of Aurora wreckage
  2. Biomedical research
  3. Ecological preservation
  4. Resource exploration
  5. [CLASSIFIED]

Details:

  • Habitation, oxygen generation and water filtration for 100+ crewmembers indefinitely
  • Capacity to store up to 50 ground crew simultaneously
  • 4 deployable ground-to-air rockets for the return of research samples
  • Full science and engineering suites
Source: Unlocked by default

Personal

Goodall Family, Archived Voicelog Pt.1

*Alien chirping*

YOUNG ROBIN: PDA, describe auwellian toadworm hibernation behavior.

PDA: Auwellian toadworms are an endangered species which hibernates most of the year in leaf-filled burrows. If disturbed they emit a characteristic chirping sound, and should be returned to a warm, enclosed environment as soon as possible.

YOUNG ROBIN: A warm, enclosed environment... *Gasp*

*Sound of Robin running off. The chirping goes with her until they are out of earshot.*

*Sound of Robin returning*

YOUNG SAM: *Screams*

*Alien chirping louder this time*

YOUNG SAM: What did you do?!

YOUNG ROBIN: Nothing!

YOUNG SAM: What is that thing?!

YOUNG ROBIN: An auwellian toadworm.

YOUNG SAM: You put it in my bed!

YOUNG ROBIN: I didn't!

YOUNG SAM: Why would you- What is this stuff?! It's in my hair!

YOUNG ROBIN: Be careful! It needs the slime to hibernate! It's endangered!

YOUNG SAM: They can just make more!

YOUNG ROBIN: So what?!

YOUNG SAM: I'm telling mom!

YOUNG ROBIN: Don't!

Source: After Sanctuary Zero download


Goodall Family, Archived Voicelog Pt.2

YOUNG SAM: I'm telling mom!

YOUNG ROBIN: Don't!

MOM: What happened?!

YOUNG SAM: She put a disgusting alien slug in my bed!

YOUNG ROBIN: It's a toadworm! It's friendly!

MOM: Slow down. Robin, why would there be a toadworm in Samantha's bed?

YOUNG ROBIN: Because it's warm and enclosed.

YOUNG SAM: Then why MY bed?!

YOUNT ROBIN: It was closer!

YOUNG SAM: She's lying!

MOM: Robin, how do you think it makes Samantha feel to have toadworm gunk in her bed?

YOUNG ROBIN: She looks angry.

MOM: Why would she be angry?

YOUNG ROBIN: Because it smells bad. And her hair looks stupid.

YOUNG SAM: Mom!

MOM: Girls, listen to me. One day you're going to find yourselves on opposite sides of a bigger fight than this. And people will try to tell you it's deadly important that your side wins. If you let this divide you now what hope is there for tomorrow?

Source: TBA


The Rules

Rule One: We're on the same team, no matter what.
Rule Two: No lying.
Rule Three: Rule One trumps Rule Two.

Source: TBA

Personal Log

Personal Memo #2

I've lost contact with the vesper.
I've been in tough situations before, just now there's no safety net. Best I can do for Sam is keep myself alive.

Source: TBA

Public Documents

A Question of Clones - Part 1=

Artifical intelligence and genetic engineering brought about a new human epoch in the 22nd century. As with previous technological revolutions there was open conflict over how it should be directed.

Once a computer could detect a lie with close to full accuracy, was it fair for governments to continue to record their citizens' conversations?

Once a quick and painless procedure could double an employee's performance, was it reasonable to expect work if you refused to undergo it?

Negotiators could no longer speak with one another for fear of revealing their secrets. An arms race ensued to design perfect diplomats with voices that didn't waver and skin that didn't flush.

Professional sports were decided not by the skill of the players, but the ingenuity of their prostheticists.

Children were selected to fit socially desirable norms; parents began to have dificulty distinguishing one child from another.

Just as the discovery of nuclear power changed the face of the earth, now the ability to print super soldiers who would implement without question the tactics of a hyper-intelligent neural net was changing the face of civilization.

Towards the end of the Great Expansion the major trans-govs found that the same AI fleets, clone workers and personal enhancements which had enabled their rapid and bloody expansion had made them dependent on resources they could acquire only by trade or by force - and the latter had near exhausted them. It was a period of galaxy-wide belt-tightening which saw the foundation of the Federation and the wide adoption of strict regulation on powerful new technologies.

Source: TBA


A Question of Clones - Part 1

All major trans-govs today have adopted Federal standards on the most critical technologies, and many go much further. Clone workers are permitted only in cases where a machine could not perform the task, and it would cause unavoidable suffering for a regular citizen. AIs are limited to small, specialized roles like data processing, navigation and personal assistance.

It is still common for humans to receive genetic and prosthetic enhancements, though there are limits, both biologically and legally, on how extreme these can be. The average human today is smarter, less injury-prone and longer-living than ever before.

All this said, there are always factions which play by their own rules. These are three of the strangest:

3. Auwell Life Expectancy: 60-120 Employment: 73% Common Work: Agriculture, Alien Rearing, Xeno Research

A unique social experiment designed to answer (affirmatively) the question of whether human and alien life can co-exist. Like many of the dozens of planets which support complex native life, Auwell has a breathable atmosphere, and supports several small human colonies - but these are unique in largely foregoing biodomes to be closer to nature. Auwell is peopled by researchers and their families from across the galaxy, striving to solve their food, power, transportation and other needs while maintaining a net positive relationship with the alien environment. Quality of life on Auwell is famously unpredictable.

2. Sol Life Expectancy: 100-140 Employment: 37% Common Work: Leisure, Culture, Diplomacy

The birthplace of humanity, now considered by some an amusement park for the nostalgic. The people of Sol have given up on growth and progress in favour of a flat social structure which affords common luxuries to all and the finest to none. The people who do work do so for entertainment, and the system as a whole has a reputation for trading on its brand, and acting a bit superior as it does.

1. Nebulous Stats: ??? There were a number of smaller factions which pursued unrestricted use of new technologies. Nebulous is the only one that survived. Before the great acid clouds obscured our view we last saw its people transcending their physical forms into a kind of sludge, and no probe sent since has returned.

Source: TBA


Notes on Human Development

Two fears have driven much of human development. Fear that things will change for the worse (desire for status quo); and fear that things will not get better (desire for improvement). Both sides can be seen as essentially optimistic or pessimistic.

One fear is that our growing interconnectedness will eradicate our individuality. As we moved from tribes to settlements to nation states and beyond, traditions were forgotten, languages lost, cultures mutated.

The other fear is that our growing individuality will eradicate our interconnectedness. To get what we think we want wars are fought, borders erected, the basic goods of life supplied or witheld.

Sometimes the people who are more scared of the one thing imagine they can defeat it by fighting the people who are more afraid of the other.

The irony is that one side cannot do without the other. A culture cannot survive without change, nor can it grow without boundaries.

The enduring lesson of history is that all fears will be partly substantiated, and no fears will ever really come true. Like the swing of a pendulum, whenever humanity is most far out it is about to swing the other way.

Today most humans live within one galactic federation, sharing a single currency and primary language. Federal proponants argue this has enabled unparalelled co-operation, and largely relegated warfare to court rooms and stock exchanges.

Yet at this moment of peak human interdependence and commonality, our galaxy supports more unique cultures and administrations than ever in our history.

Particular fears should never be discounted, but we can no more cling on to every ancient tradition than we can build a society free of influence from the past. No more stand still than move forward.

But if reason can never triumph over tradition, nor pragmatism over idealism, then what is there really to fight for, or to be afraid of?

Source: TBA


The Great Barrier

While sentient life has been discovered throughout the galaxy, a spacefaring (or Type II) alien civilization has yet to be encountered by humanity.

The discovery of such a civilization - dead or alive - has thus become something of a holy grail amongst the scientific community. Aside from the obvious financial, technological and philosophical value of such a discovery, it may serve one yet more vital purpose: it might save humanity from the great barrier.

The great barrier explains why humanity appears to be alone amongst the stars. It is a theoretical obstacle in the path of every civilization, which causes it to self-destruct before it can leave behind a trace. It may be the development of nuclear weapons, genetic modification or artificial intelligence; or something else we can't possibly imagine.

Since we have discovered that many simple forms of alien intelligence we can assume that the barrier occurs somewhere inbetween the beginnings of a civilization, and its eventual colonization of its galaxy. In other words, we have no way to know whether we have already passed safely through it, or if our doom still lies ahead.

Finding a spacefaring alien civilization would provide us vital clue for determining where we stand in relation to the barrier, and how humanity might eventually pass through or otherwise avoid it.

Source: TBA


Research

Alien Data

Precursor Bounty

Gain rewards by scanning Precursor technology

Source: Scan a piece of Precursor technology


Research Log:

Precursor research PLACEHOLDER

Source: Architect terminal in Arctic Spires Cache

Geological Data

Ice Bubble

Gases trapped in melting ice frozen over. Cut to allow oxygen to escape.

Source: Scan Ice Bubbles

Indigenous Lifeforms

Coral
Earthen Coral Tubes

Genetic resemblances to the giant coral tubes encountered elsewhere suggests evolutionary divergence approximately 100,000 years ago, with this subspecies being substantially lower in calcium content, and specializing in growing in smaller, denser packs at deeper levels.

Assessment: No practical applications discovered

Source: TBA
Fauna
Leviathans
Frozen Creature
Frozen Creature Horns
Frozen Creature Horns Ency.png

Horns possibly used in combat with others of its kind, or for forcefully removing snow walls from its path.

Source: Scan the Frozen Leviathan's Horn
Flora
Land
Grub Basket
Grub Basket Ency.png

An orange-colored land plant which usually contains a thick, protein-rich sludge at its base. This may suggest a carnivorous lifecycle, wherein grubs and insects are attracted to the bright petals, make their way to the center of the plant, but are unable to scale back up the slick inner leaves and are ultimately digested.

Source: TBA


Speckled Rattler
Speckled Rattler Ency.png

A brittle land-plant containing large spores which generate a characteristic rattle when the plant is shaken. This may act to ward off predators, or even encourage predation as a means of spreading the spores.

Source: TBA


Voxel Shrub
Voxel Shrub Ency.png

A pink-leafed plant with an angular appearance which grows exclusively on land.

Source: TBA
Sea
Armored Plant
Plant Armored Ency.png
Source: TBA


Bulb stalk plant
Source: TBA


Frosted Leaves Plant
Frosted Leaves Plant Ency.png
Source: TBA


Spine plant
Source: TBA

Sol

Trans-Gov History: Sol

Sol is known as the birthplace of humanity.

Despite the events of the 21st Century, Earth remained the most habitable and developed human colony well up until the Great Expansion, and thus the effective power centre of the known universe.

The discovery of phasegate travel changed everything. Humanity began to reach out to distant star systems, finding new ways and forms of life, new materials and new challenges. The earthlings who survived on these new worlds discovered they identified with each other more strongly than with the earthlings they had left behind. Sol's would-be colonies soon took advantage of their distance from the motherland, and its power of force, to claim independence under various national banners.

As these new trans-govs vied for control of the new frontier, Sol found itself surrounded in every direction by non-aligned or even hostile powers, and its influence began to recede. When the Galactic Federation was established to facilitate co-operation between these distant colonies, coprorations founded on Earth began to flee Sol's jurisdiction, taking their resources, people and infrastructure out into the far reaches of space where they might continue to grow unfettered. The final blow to Sol's hegemony came when Alterra - Sol's primary private supplier - announced it would begin supplying competing trans-govs.

Faced with little space in which to expand, the loss of its major productive capacities, and the resource and human cost of various localized skirmishes, the people of Sol slowly came to accept and even cherish their unique position in the galaxy. Unable to reach out into the stars, they brought the stars home instead. Previously desolate planetoids were environmentally re-engineered with the help of alien life forms imported from distant solar systems. New technologies ceased to be the civilization's primary goal, instead being selectively imported according to need. Growth was sidelined in favor of balance and efficient use of space and resources.

Today Sol has one of the flattest social structures in the Federation, with no internal currency, high self-sufficiency and high citizen satisfaction.

Source: TBA


Tech

Equipment

Supply Drop
Supply Crate Ency.png
Source: Scan a Supply Drop

Habitat Installations

Large Base Room

TODO

Source: Unlock the Large Room

Vehicles

Seatruck Planter Module

EncyDesc_SeaTruckPlanterModule

Source: TBA

Work Docs

Alterra Contractor Profile: Robin Goodall

Name: Robin Goodall
Age: ??
Job Function: Xenologist
Assignment: Vesper Ground Crew (Zero Sector), 4546B
Family: Sibling (Sam)

Background:
Raised on Auwell, an independent research colony focussed on cohabitation with the planet's indiginous lifeforms. Though far from any Alterran influence besides her family, Robin turned this disadvantage into a strength. One of just fifteen children in the colony, she was home-schooled from then on. Lacking Alterra's protective infrastructure, Auwell colonists were frequently exposed to local alien life, and Goodall developed an interest. She soon took a job on the most alien world available, and has not changed course since.

Previous Employment:
Alien Wrangler, Auwell (3 years)
Alterra Xeno Research Division, Strader VI (3 years)
Gaia Corp Xeno Research Division, Strader VI (13 years)

Psych Assessment:

  • Motivated by the work. Unlikely to respond to financial incentive. Ensure contractor understands their reasons and employer's are in harmony.
  • Summary: Introverted. Intuitive. Thoughtful. Perceptive.
Source: Unlocked by default


Alterra Employee Profile: Sam Goodall

Name: Sam Goodall
Age: 48
Job Function: Personnel Management
Assignment: Vesper Station, 4546B
Family: Sibling (Robin)

Background:
Born on Alterra City-Station 749. Studied the Alterra school curriculum until age 16, when the family relocated to Auwell, an independent planetary research colony outside Alterra space. Education suffered as a result, but Goodall did not lose her cultural identity, and returned to Alterra space as soon as possible, to acquire digi-training in advanced management and negotiation strategies.

Previous Employment:
Seamoth Marketing Division - Junior Marketer (3 years)
Alterra Personnel Reduction Division - Executive (9 years)
Alterra Alms Communications - VP (5 years)
Alterra Negotiation Strategy - Executive (6 years)

Source: In canyon leading to Alien Research Site Zero


Alterra Employee Profile: Serik 'Jeff' Jevov

Name: Serik Jevov
Age: 49
Job Function: Xenolinguist
Assignment: Vesper Ground Crew (Zero Sector), 4546B
Family: None

Background:
Born in transit between the stars, Jeff-to-his-friends is one of Alterra's most promising xenoliguists. He was 21 when he came to attention in his first Alterra role as translator in the notorious Pappa Chameleon negotiations, and he has since helped broker deals in seven languages, with three different species, in almost 30 years of Alterra service. Jeff will be based in zero sector alongside a small, decentralized team of biologists, archaeologists and survival experts, working to access the alien structures there.

He said, 'All lifeforms have a language which can be learned, but this is our first chance to understand another lifeform which has seen the stars. I look forward to sharing what we've found.'

Previous Employment:
DigCo Pappa - Translator (3 years)
Alterra Negotiation Strategy - Translator (7 years)
Alterra Xeno Research, Strader VI - Xenolinguist (9 years)
Alterra Negotiation Strategy - Chief Xenolinguist (8 years)

Source: TBA


Blueprint License

Name: Robin Goodall
Assignment: Xeno-Linguistics Contractor, Vesper Ground Personnel - Zero Sector, 4546B, Ariadne Arm

Blueprint Licenses:

  • Tools (Basic Only)
  • Habitats (Basic Only)
  • Weapons (Survival Knife Only)
  • Vehicles (None)

Costs incurred by the fabrication of unlicensed devices will be reclaimed from payroll.

Source: Unlocked by default
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