Ancient Drones

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This article has been verified for the current PC version (2.7) of the game.

Ancient Drones is a colony event chain that has a very small chance to trigger 2 or 3 years after any colony has been founded. It can only happen once per game.

A Prelude

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Something stirs on the moon of [colony name].

Preliminary scans indicate that some ancient technology has become active, possibly as a response to our colonization efforts.

Several of our top scientists are eager to take a closer look at the moon, and have prepared a special research project.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Not capital world
  • Planet has an uninhabitable moon
Mean time to happen

30 months


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Of course they have.
  • Issue Special Project: Left Behind

Ancient Drones: Discovery

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It is a gaggle of wayward drones, of course.

Initial disappointment was swept away by the drones' erroneous IFF classification of us - they think we are a race affiliated with their long-dead masters! They seemed very excited, if old AI constructs can be excited, to see us. Unfortunately, the drones again lapsed into inactivity shortly after and we have been unable to resuscitate them.

Or take them apart, for that matter.

 
Trigger conditions
  • A Prelude
Is triggered only by

Finishing the Left Behind special project


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Keep an eye on the situation.

Ancient Drones: Awakening

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The drones woke from their slumber and descended to the surface of [colony name]. Attempts to communicate were met with polite dismissal as they set about terraforming a small area of the planet. We do not know the nature of whatever ancient directive they are executing, but it does not seem detrimental to the colony.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Discovery
  • Planet has at least 1 Tile Blocker.png Blocker
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Well, as long as their activities benefit us...
  • A Tile Blocker.png Blocker is removed from the colony planet

Ancient Drones: Reaching For Past Skies

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The old drones fitfully dormant on [colony name]'s moon have become active again, and their work is a mixed blessing.

Under the cover of night and spotty airspace surveillance, they have erected the framework of some gigantic structure a short distance away from our primary settlement on [colony name]. Our engineers are convinced it is the realization of some outmoded concept known as a "space elevator," perhaps a common sight in the times before we [main species name] first took to the stars. It will eventually have to be razed as it stands in the way of our expansion plans for the colony, and bringing it down safely will take some time. At least our engineers are giddy with excitement at the prospect of studying the thing up close.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Discovery
  • Planet has no Tile Blocker.png Blockers
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Good for them.
  • Engineering Research Gained: Engineering Research 90-250
  • Inconvenient Space Elevator modifier added for 120 months, giving the following effects: Pop resource minerals mult.png Minerals from Jobs -20%

Ancient Drones: Spontaneous Generosity

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After waking yet again, the drones briefly disappeared from sensors. When they returned, it was with a large cache of minerals of unknown origin in tow. They dumped it on the surface of [colony name] after sending a badly corrupted burst transmission indicating that they had fulfilled a requisition request.

Then they went back to the moon.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Discovery
Mean time to happen

24 months


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Free minerals. No complaints.
  • The moon gets a deposit of 2-4 Minerals.png Minerals

Ancient Drones: An Estranged Relative

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Frantic signal bursts from the moon alerted us to the fact that the old drones on [moon name] have woken yet again. This time they bring us a significant prize, as they have unearthed an ancient satellite from the depths of their moon and partially repaired it. We do not know how the satellite ended up there, nor why the drones have ignored it until now. Regardless, if even a fragment of its databanks have survived, there is a lot we can learn about day-to-day life in the empires that the drones first served.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Spontaneous Generosity
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Fascinating.
  • The moon's deposit gets replaced by a new one with 3 Society Research Society Research

Ancient Drones: Drone Debacle

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The erratic behavior of the narcoleptic drones have taken a violent turn. A number of them woke and entered the atmosphere of [colony name], as if their want, only to slam into the surface of the planet at full thrust.

Repeatedly, in many cases.

Damage to the colony was negligible but the nigh-invulnerable drones were destroyed in bright showers of blue sparks, indicative of the tremendous force of, and dedication to, their self-destruction.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: An Estranged Relative
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Can we find out what was wrong with them?

Ancient Drones: Looking For Drones

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The surviving drones have been missing since the suicide incident. History buffs on [colony name] are convinced the drones are still in close proximity, shielded from prying eyes by some lost technology, but the expected time window for their next activation has come and gone.

Progress on deep analysis of the destroyed drones' remains has been slow, but a breakthrough is expected soon.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Drone Debacle
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Keep me posted.

Ancient Drones: Panning For Gold

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Sorting out the errant innards of the shattered drones took much longer than anticipated, as each drone seems to have been built from a slightly different design, assembled from slightly different parts. Once this fact was established, one thing stood out - the parts that were identical. Separated from the rest, it is clear these parts are of somewhat modern, if alien, make. It is likely that someone has done what we could not, and tampered with the drones.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Looking For Drones
Mean time to happen

12 months


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This warrants further investigation.

Ancient Drones: Alien to the Aliens

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Having pieced them together, the foreign objects inside the destroyed drones have been identified by our experts as one-way transmitters. Since they are not set to receive, it is safe to assume that the drones were not acting at the behest of some third party. Rather, some entity has been keeping tabs on the drones' activities. It is advisable to look into this matter.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Panning For Gold
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Continue our monitoring efforts.

Ancient Drones: Answers Above

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We have found the remaining drones, drifting into orbit around [moon name]. We have learned that they are unwitting pawns in an elaborate scheme set up by an unknown faction.

Going by the modus operandi of this operation, this faction is most likely a particularly old and particularly clever pirate syndicate. They must have found the drones drifting through space and done what we could not; modified them. While not as impressive as it sounds - all they did was introduce self-contained alien technology into the drones - fact remains that these alien pirates possess a technological know-how far in advance of our own, at least in certain areas. Having installed their comms devices in the drones, the pirates let them drift through space again, knowing that they are set to assist their original masters' colonists and that the drones' ability to accurately identify such colonists has degraded with age. The drones have essentially been fattening up our colony as the pirates watch, waiting for the ideal time to strike.

Our military analysts predict that the pirates will strike within the next two years.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Alien to the Aliens
Mean time to happen

12 months


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Let them come.
  • Influence Gained: Influence.png 80-175
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We must not let this happen again. Dismantle the drones.
  • Engineering Research Gained: Engineering Research 120-350
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Capture the drones, send them to destroy their would-be masters.

Ancient Drones: Showdown

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The time has come, and the pirate armada arrives on cue.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Answers Above
  • Picked the first option
Mean time to happen

24 months


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This fight has been a long time coming.
  • A pirate fleet of 3 corvettes enters the system

Ancient Drones: They're Everywhere

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The pirate fleet has arrived, somewhat later than expected. Judging by the makeup of the fleet and formations used, they have rallied their allies in an effort to pillage and burn [colony name] as quickly and decisively as possible.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Answers Above
  • Picked the second option
Mean time to happen

24 months


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They will do no such thing.
  • A pirate fleet of 6 corvettes enters the system

Ancient Drones: Wounded and Volatile

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The pirate fleet is inbound, earlier than expected. It is likely our preemptive strike was successful both in provoking and damaging them - their fleet is roughly 30% smaller than projected.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Ancient Drones: Answers Above
  • Picked the third option
Mean time to happen

23 months


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Battlestations!
  • A pirate fleet of 2 corvettes enters the system