Shrines to the Old Gods

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

Shrines to the Old Gods is an anomaly event chain triggered by investigating the An Asteroid, Carved anomaly that can appear on asteroid celestial bodies. Uniquely among event chains Shrines to the Old Gods can lead to an empire shifting ethics.

Familiar Shrine

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Most of the asteroid has been laser-chiseled, with great precision, into the likeness of a small [main species name] temple, or large shrine.

A shrine to the Untold, the great destroyer-deity of old [main species adjective] faiths.

The temple has been tumbling through the quiet of space for far longer than we have been capable of space-flight, which is... disturbing, at best.

Terrifying at worst.

Naturally, Science Officer [science ship scientist] urges us to search for more stellar objects that match the characteristics of this space-temple, and has uploaded a list of likely candidates in nearby systems to the Situation Log.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Not Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
  • Not Origins one the shoulders of giant.png On the Shoulders of Giants
Is triggered only by

Investigating the An Asteroid, Carved anomaly


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Perhaps it would be best if we did not.
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Spiritualist.pngFanatic Spiritualist.png We will not suffer this heresy.
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Then a-looking we shall go.
  • Adds 3 systems 1-10 hyperlanes away as points of interest in the Situation Log

Old Gods: Approaching the Benefactress

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The [science ship name] has entered the [current system name] system, and its crew report that a stellar object not unlike the shrine to the Untold is indeed orbiting the star.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Familiar Shrine
Is triggered only by

Entering the First likely shrine location point of interest system


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Let us investigate.
  • Issue Special Project: Old Gods: The Benefactress

Old Gods: Approaching the Undaunted

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The [science ship name] has entered the [current system name] system, and its crew report that a stellar object not unlike the shrine to the Untold is indeed orbiting the star.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Familiar Shrine
Is triggered only by

Entering the Second likely shrine location point of interest system


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Good work.
  • Issue Special Project: Old Gods: The Undaunted

Old Gods: Approaching the Percipient

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The [science ship name] has entered the [current system name] system, and its crew report that a stellar object not unlike the shrine to the Untold is indeed orbiting the star.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Familiar Shrine
Is triggered only by

Entering the Third likely shrine location point of interest system


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I see.
  • Issue Special Project: Old Gods: The Percipient

Old Gods: Shrine to the Benefactress

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Deciphering the pictograms in the Benefactress' shrine was a much smoother process than anticipated. All linguists involved describe the language quickly "connecting" or "clicking" in their minds, despite its age and complexity.

However, the writings are unlikely to make much sense until they are combined with the other writs associated with the rest of the quadrumvirate godhead.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Old Gods: Approaching the Benefactress
Is triggered only by

Finishing the Old Gods: The Benefactress special project


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Fascinating.

Old Gods: Shrine to the Undaunted

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After days of activities that can best be termed "fiddling," Science Officer [science ship scientist] has retrieved the doctrine of the Undaunted, a textile scroll coated with a sturdy plastic polymer.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Old Gods: Approaching the Undaunted
Is triggered only by

Finishing the Old Gods: The Undaunted special project


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Fascinating.

Old Gods: Shrine to the Percipient

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Science Officer [science ship scientist] has reported back with the [science ship name]'s findings at the Percipient's shrine. They recognized early on that a text in some logographic script is inlaid in the walls, heavily distorted by the layers of translucent lacquer.

Initial attempts at unscrambling the text, relying on the raw processing power of the [science ship name]'s computers to reconstruct the text from plain images, proved fruitless as it was simply too distorted to place in any known lingual family tree. Next, the crew of the [science ship name] attempted bombarding the lacquer with light of varying wavelengths and intensity, but no beneficial reactions were observed. [science ship scientist] apparently considered physically separating the lacquer from the inlaid text, but realized that the strange glyphs would doubtlessly have been made misshapen to begin with, only to assume their proper shape when viewed correctly through the lens of the lacquer.

Science Officer [science ship scientist] was about to call the mission a failure when, looking up as they irritably paced along the edges of the circular space, they realized that discrete lines of cohesive text were momentarily forming before their eyes, melting away only to be replaced by new lines.

Not long after they had the ceiling, walls and floor imaged in a spiral pattern. Texts from other shrines should help us piece it all together.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Old Gods: Approaching the Percipient
Is triggered only by

Finishing the Old Gods: The Percipient special project


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Fascinating.

Old Gods: Revelation

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The complete doctrine of the gods - for that is what the recovered texts have to be regarded as, dwarfing the fairy-tale scraps upon which the old [main species name] religions were founded - is as shockingly revelatory as it is revolutionary.

With only a little bit of creative interpretation, it is clear that the people of [capital name] were meant for great things, guided by the strong hand of a religious leader.

Our path is one to godhood, but our past is littered with prophecies unfulfilled and sin born of ignorance. Redemption is ephemeral.

 
Trigger conditions
  • Familiar Shrine
Is triggered only by

Finishing all 3 special projects


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Suppress the findings.
  • Influence Gained: Influence.png 80-175
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Monetize the findings.
  • Energy Credits Gained: Energy Credits.png 250-1500
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But what can we learn from this?
  • Society Research Gained: Society Research 120-350
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We walk in the footsteps of the divine!
  • Unity Gained: Unity.png 250-1500
  • Shifts the empire ethics towards Spiritualist.png Spiritualist if not already Fanatic Spiritualist.png Fanatic Spiritualist