How to Communicate with Rogue Drones?

Myself and my sisters Nauplius, though they slumber for now.

We Return.

Ah, Diana, don’t ever change.

Due to my basic understanding of Binary Code and to the best of my ability, I think that message translates into:

human do you speak binary

Anyway, I had a similar experience back in YC 113 during a routine Cosmos mission while traveling through the Parchanier System of the Algintal Constellation in the Sinq Laison Region…

My on-board Communications System was disrupted by this recurring Binary Code:

01010011 01001111 01010011

After a while I was able to translate it into this message:


Needless to say I decided to investigate and tracked the signal down to a Damaged Rogue Drone. Upon arrival my on-board Communications System broadcasted a new series of Binary Code:

01001000 01000101 01001100 01001100 01001111 01010111 01001111 01010010 01001100 01000100 00100001 01001110 01000101 01000101 01000100 01000011 01001111 01000100 01000101 01001001 01001110 01000001 01010011 01010100 01000101 01010010 01001111 01001001 01000100 01010011 00101110 01000111 01000101 01010100 01000010 01001001 01001110 01000001 01010010 01011001 01000011 01001111 01000100 01000101 00101110

Translating that took a while longer but eventually I got this message:


Gotta say I kinda felt sorry for the little critter so I transmitted ‘I will help’ in Binary Code:

01001001 00100000 01110111 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01101000 01100101 01101100 01110000

I then received a new series of Binary Code:

01000101 01001110 01000100 01010100 01010010 01000001 01001110 01010011 01001101 01001001 01010011 01010011 01001001 01001111 01001110

Translation revealed this message:


So I started searching the various Asteroid Belts within the system where I was attacked by a gang of ‘Crook’ scavengers. Unfortunately they didn’t realize they had attacked a Capsuleer until it was too late for them to escape. After destroying their ships, my scanners eventually detected a ‘Binary Transpositional Code’ within one of their wrecks.

Upon returning it to the Damaged Rogue Drone, my Communications System then received this Binary Code:

01010011 01010100 01000001 01001110 01000100 01000010 01011001 01000110 01001111 01010010 01000011 01001111 01000100 01000101 01001001 01001110 01010100 01000101 01000111 01010010 01000001 01010100 01001001 01001111 01001110

Translation revealed this message:


After a while my Communications System then received this message:

Terminal impairment detected…System shutdown imminent…Priority shift engaged: Procreation mode activated. Warning: fatal error…Insufficient number of embryos…Request embryo…Insert answer here: YES/NO?

Naturally I said ‘Yes’ and received another message:

Uploading embryo location…Standby… Uploading successful…Emotion Module: Active…Insert Emote: Good Luck And Take Care!

The uploaded coordinates led to a Deadspace area where a Rogue Drone Hive and Drone Queen was located. They definitely don’t like outsiders entering their space so they quickly attacked me. The battle raged on for quite a while and eventually I was victorious, I even destroyed their Hive just to make sure no other Rogue Drones would happen along and make it their new home.

Within the debris my scanners detected a ‘Drone Mind Embryo’ which I returned to the Damaged Rogue Drone and received this message:

Scan package…Standby… Intact embryo detected…Emotion Module: Active…Ascertain just reward…Greed level established…Engage reward payout…Payout complete…Insert Emote: Thank You Very Much!

Much to my surprise that Damaged Rogue Drone jettisoned two Hardwiring Implants with some Drone Alloys and Compounds before leaving the area. Needless to say I quickly scooped up the loot and then resumed my original course back to HQ.


Indeed it does. There are some binary > ascii translators on the web. Perhaps I should reply in local with : 01111001 01100101 01110011 00100000 01001001 00100000 01100100 01101111 . You never know, there might be an ancient easter egg in there :smiley:

A slightly unnerving encounter I had was one where a drone signaled “why do you hate us”, right before it died.

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Ahh, if you had transmitted that, the drone probable would have blown a circuit… lol…

Yeah, receiving a message like that would definitely be an unnerving experience…

:thinking: … Was a long time ago but I vaguely remember a briefing about it… Course after that SoE / Dagan incident there’s been a lot of strange reports submitted over the years, getting hard for me to keep track of everything…

Might be time for me to re-clone again, lol…

Anyway, thanks for replying, always good to talk to another old cloner… :wink:

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All these occurences make me think that this artificial intelligence is really not that much intelligent. Which isn’t really surprising, considering it was developed by Gallenteans. It doesn’t surprise as well that Gallentean-born artificial intelligence is just a murderbots who treat sentient life only as “component materials”, which is nothing but an expression of ideal of ultimate freedom.

I do remember them sending messages like “die, noob”, “don’t you humans have sense of humor” and so on. I think that “noob” message was as well encoded in binary.

And now with “speaking binary” - it shows that drones themselves don’t actually understand what they’re speaking. There is a language, where characters encode words or parts of the words, for example, Napanii, Amarrian. And binary - is just an encoding used to transmit these characters between devices. Binary is just numbers that give relative position of characters in some sort of character table, character folded together already form words and sentences, and these are actual language you speak. Even if you use commands and only use their numeric value to encode meaning, it is still not a binary. Because in the same manner they can be written as decimal numbers without losing of meaning and don’t really need any “translation” for that.

I won’t be surprised if these drones won’t solve even a simplest of differential equations from a Caldari school program.

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