What if they aren’t Thargoids?

The Thargoids are here! Or are they?

By now most commanders know about the strange, flower-like, glowing, rattling, alien vessels that pull us out of hyperspace around the Pleiades Sector, scan our ships (or whatever it is they’re doing with that weird yellow flash of light) then just jump out and leave an Unknown Wake which we’re unable to follow (yet?).

Alien Ship

Obviously, most commanders will automatically assume they’re the famous Thargoids. We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time now, and they’re finally here. But the question is… are they really Thargoids? I mean, yes, they do pull you out of hyperspace, which is something they used to do in previous games, but that’s about it. Everything else just doesn’t fit the description… what we used to know about them. Let’s check the wiki.

  • [Thargoids] are very hostile and aggressive and have not been interested in diplomatic relations to date.

Well I’m sorry, but scanning and hyperspacing out just doesn’t seem so aggressive to me… On the contrary, if you ask me, I think these alien vessels are simply looking for something. What exactly, I don’t know.

  • Thargoid relations with other races is frighteningly simple: war. The three largest organisations in the Galaxy are all at war with the Thargoid race, and they are constantly under threat of planetary invasion.

Again, reading this and remembering the old games, I can’t imagine a Thargoid ship just “getting close for a scan” then hyperspacing. I mean… come on… Even IF they’re actually Thargoids, something must have happened since last we saw them. It seems to me like a rather radical change in behaviour. Even if that’s the case…

  • David Braben hinted that should peace have ever been found with Thargoids, it would be a temporary measure.

… which actually means it’s going to happen sooner or later. They’ll start hunting us. Maybe these are just scouts sent to check on our current technology. But they’ll come. I’m almost sure of it.

Also, remember how they used to look in ALL previous Elite games? Let me remind you.

Thargoids
Thargoids

There are similarities, yes. They used to look like an Octagon, meaning they had 8 faces, now they have 8… tentacles or whatever they are. But they look very organic, unlike the old ones. I know, technology didn’t allow for better graphics back then, but still…

Well, that’s all I have. I think they’ll prove to be Thargoids in the end, but I still say something’s not right. I know there are 2 sides right now. There are those who just want blood and will attack alien ships on sight. And there are those like me, who would first like to know more about who they are and what they want from us. What does everyone else think about this?

First Contact

First Contact: the first meeting of two cultures previously unaware of one another.

Greetings, Commanders!

I know it’s been a while (again). I just started a comeback post today, but it’s not ready yet and this is really important.

First Contact
First Contact

Well, apparently we’ve made first contact with the Thargoids. There’s still little info, but you can check the videos showing the event just as it happened below.

http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/DP%20Sayre/video/25337753

http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/DP%20Sayre/video/25337808

http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/DP%20Sayre/video/25338081

What do you guys think? I think it’s awesome! Best way to introduce them to the game. Can’t wait to see what happens next…

Edit: it has happened again (to a different CMDR). I think it’s happening all over the place while jumping from system to system. Video below.

Edit: and I think I was right. It’s happening all over the galaxy… Third encounter.

Fly dangerous!

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°.

Merope5C_001

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.

Merope5C_002

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?