|System / station||Distance|
|Schottky Reformatory | Sol||---|
|Matthews City | Groombridge 34||11.73Ly|
|London Relay | Epsilon Indi||11.80Ly|
|Gilmour Orbiter | Tau Ceti||11.94Ly|
|Santos Depot | TZ Arietis||14.61Ly|
|McAllaster's Folly | Lung||15.48Ly|
|Cowper Exchange | 70 Ophiuchi||16.58Ly|
|Feynman Terminal | Bhritzameno||19.09Ly|
|Darkwater Station | Stopover||19.62Ly|
|Velazquez Gateway | Wolf 1481||19.74Ly|
|Apt Station | Struve 1321||20.13Ly|
|Berners-Lee Terminal | Wolf 562||20.23Ly|
|Hopkins Port | Wolf 562||20.23Ly|
|Jun Hub | LHS 71||21.39Ly|
|Cayley Dock | Gommat||21.54Ly|
A group of EM-transmission technology enthusiasts in the Tionisla system claims to have found a message in the exploration data gathered last year as part of a campaign organised by the Children of Raxxla.
A spokesperson for the group, which calls itself The Hamsters, said:
“It was inside one of the beacon modulator wave harmonics, and it seems to be some sort of rhyme. We’ve studied it but have come up with nothing, so we thought we’d share it with the galactic community.”
The message is reprinted in full below.
The river to the underworld
Gaia’s daughter all unfurled
Fourth minor bear in vain
By viper’s sting was slain
Also known as Nemesis
The doom of Chimera
She is tasked with soothing pain
Suckling Odysseus from afar
Mother of the mother of
Leader of the Titans
He transformed into a hawk
A daughter of Daedalion’s
The piercer was how he was known
Mother of Ulysses
Ruler of the winds
God of night, primordial flees
Zeus’ namesake now lies in Sol
Achilles’ favoured horse
Women of vengeance infernal
The vain queen rides not forth
A final word, a course to follow, a poor miser’s sum
If you would understand it all, seek Fibonacci’s Zephyrum
Recent reports indicate that a garbled distress call from somewhere in the Col 70 sector has been received. The news has been met with surprise from some quarters, given that permit restrictions have made the sector relatively inaccessible.
"We're not sure what to make of it," said Perry Hussein, a member of the Federal intelligence community, "but it was definitely a distress call and the ship that sent it appears to have been destroyed. The telemetry indicates it was an older vessel, perhaps Cobra class."
A carefully orchestrated heist, involving the theft of a large quantity of meta-alloys, has taken place at Darnielle's Progress in the Maia system.
Security personnel at the starport confirmed that an unidentified Cobra-class vessel was involved in the robbery. After the ship docked at the starport, the pilot and four other passengers disembarked before the ship was serviced and refuelled.
Later, the pilot requisitioned the largest available quota of meta-alloys, whereupon the automated units inexplicably loaded it to maximum capacity. The Cobra immediately departed, breaking speed limits and ignoring hails.
Attempts were made to track the ship, but no trace of it was found.
Investigations are ongoing. Pilots are asked to report any sightings of a Cobra with the callsign 'lima uniform charlie'.