Drifting Battlefield

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

Drifting Battlefield is an anomaly event chain triggered by investigating the Rubiconian Shores anomaly that can appear on habitable planets. The conclusion of the event chain might grant the empire control of a small alien fleet.

Of Transmissions Past

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As expected, the [science ship name] has located the source of the transmission emanating from [anomaly planet name].

While the planet is otherwise seemingly untouched by alien hands, a lone monolith of some sleek off-white mineral stands atop a hill in the southern hemisphere. It is from within this monument that the signal emerges, the enclosure clearly built for longevity rather than resonance.

Science Officer [science ship scientist] has gone out of their way to establish the parameters for a Special Project that would decode the information the signal carries.


 
Trigger conditions
  • None
Is triggered only by

Investigating the Rubiconian Shores anomaly


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An appropriate initiative.
  • Issue Special Project: Monumental Transmission
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We have little to gain by listening to the dead.
  • Influence Gained: Influence.png 40-100
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Raze the monument, find the transmitter.

Of Transmissions Crushed

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We believed the monolith to be only a protective housing for the transmitter, but we were wrong.

The transmitter, once isolated, turned out to be useless on its own. Something about the internal structure of the now-razed monolith made it work, and we have no hope of restoring its function.


 
Trigger conditions
  • Of Transmissions Past
  • Razed the monument
  • 50% chance
Is triggered only by

Previous event choice


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Disappointing.

Of Transmissions Decoded

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Science Officer [science ship scientist] reports that the signal broadcast by the transmission beacon on [anomaly planet name] has been decoded.

It is a memorial message, decrying the loss of hundreds of lives in a battle millennia past. A stalwart alliance apparently fell victim to treachery and deceit, and a massive fleet wiped itself out before the enemy had even arrived, as ally turned on ally.

Apparently these desiccated hulks were left in place as floating grave-markers, the crews having been destroyed by surgical strikes to weak points in their ships' hulls.


 
Trigger conditions
  • Of Transmissions Past
Is triggered only by

Finishing the Monumental Transmission special project


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Study these records.
  • Add +8 Engineering Research Engineering Research to the anomaly planet
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Calculate the wrecked fleet's trajectory and current position.
  • Point of interest: Drifting Battlefield

Of Transmissions Crushed

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The monolith disassembles with surprising ease. Contrary to earlier assumptions, the tiny transmitter at its center energizes the mineral structure of the monolith, enabling the transmission.


 
Trigger conditions
  • Of Transmissions Past
  • Razed the monument
  • 50% chance
Is triggered only by

Previous event choice


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Interesting.
  • Research option gained: Tech alien life studies.png Xenology
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Tech alien life studies.pngInteresting.
  • Research option gained: Tech doctrine fleet size 2.png Doctrine: Reactive Formations

Of Pirates Current

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Upon arriving in the [current system name] system, it becomes clear that the [science ship name] is too late.

A pirate fleet of unknown origin discovered the straying battlefield some time ago, and cannibalized it to build a base on a nearby asteroid.

Our search ends, as a violent confrontation seems unavoidable.


 
Trigger conditions
  • Of Transmissions Decoded
  • 40% chance
Is triggered only by

Entering the point of interest system


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Battlestations!
  • A pirate station and a fleet of 6 corvettes and 2 destroyers appear in the system

Of Fleets Drifting

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The [science ship name] has located the drifting wrecks in the [current system name] system. Many of the ships referenced in the memorial beacon message have been reduced to dust and ashes over the centuries, but a few still remain remarkably intact.

Between them, six military vessels should have enough engineers to restore the better-preserved hulks to working order.

Consult the Situation Log for details.


 
Trigger conditions
  • Of Transmissions Decoded
  • 60% chance
Is triggered only by

Entering the point of interest system


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Most intriguing.
  • Issue Special Project: Ancient Alliance Armada

Of Fleets Commandeered

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The ancient rag-tag armada has been partially resurrected, although the dispatched engineers cannot agree on exactly how this feat was accomplished.

The vessels have been commissioned into the [main species adjective] fleets.


 
Trigger conditions
  • Of Fleets Drifting
Is triggered only by

Finishing the Ancient Alliance Armada special project


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OK
  • Gain a fleet of 1 alien corvette, 2 alien destroyers and 3 alien cruisers