Merope 5C – Barnacle Research

January 14, 3302 – Pleiades NebulaMerope System. Wandering pilots discover a strange alien formation on Merope 5C. You will find it by landing on Merope 5C at the following coordinates: -026.3496°, -156.4044°.

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I began writing this post half a month ago, but got sidetracked and… oh, well… In the meantime, more barnacles were discovered at various locations – you can find a lot of info on reddit.

The question everyone’s asking that has no real answer yet is: what are these “structures”? What we do know is that they are organic. They emit luminous particles and the same gas cloud as the Unknown Artifacts. They also emit those strange noises. What I’ve found is that these sounds are different than those emitted by the Unknown Artifacts.

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There’s also the strange symbol that appears on 3 of the 6 tentacle-like “things”. Many Commanders have speculated that it looks like the Barnard’s Loop nebula, and some went on to research that location.

Merope5C_003   Merope5C_004

I decided to analyze the sounds. So I recorded them for about an hour and started messing around. I increased and decreased the speed, separated the channels… stuff like that. I found some patterns and a few different “translations” depending on the “decoding” method I used. Some of them appeared to be system names inside the “bubble”. I’m going to do some further research and will post again about the barnacles as soon as I have more info…

Thargoids already in Elite: Dangerous game files

Well, apparently every Elite player’s favourite aliens – the infamous Thargoids – are already mentioned in the game files. And they appear as a faction. All you have to do to see for yourself is go to your Elite: Dangerous folder, then through these folders: Products \ elite-dangerous-64 \ Win64 \ Global \ StaticGameData \ Factions.

Thargoid proof 1
Thargoid proof 1

Then just open the Factions.ovl file with any text editor (Notepad, Wordpad, etc)… and there you have it:

Thargoid proof 2
Thargoid proof 2

Not exactly rocket science. But what to think about it? Thargoids… a faction? What does it mean?