Capsuleers and all those concerned,
The Society of Adrift Hope is forever grateful to those who donated their bodies to our effort advertised here. Thanks to the kind contributions of those individuals and the efforts of our small team, we have been able to begin the first stages of communicating with the Drifters.
I - Overview
While the Drifters are a mysterious new faction that appeared in New Eden in early YC117, so far all attempts at communication with them have failed. By all appearances and indications the Drifters are members of the Jove race, albeit far removed and with a strangely altered physiology. The high degree of cybernetic modification that Drifters exhibit seems to go hand in hand with an implacable single-mindedness and utter ruthlessness while pursuing their mysterious goals.
This is what is most universally known of them thus far across New Eden.
And yet we, the Society of Adrift Hope, consider the Drifters to be among New Eden’s less fortunate?
II - History
111.03.10 - The Seyllin Disaster.
Then came the emergence of unstable wormholes.
Then came the scramble for W-Space.
Then came the discovery of the Sleepers and their implants.
Then came the first war clones forged from those implants.
Our factions paid no mind to who they were taking those implants from.
Nor any mind to the scale of cruelty they were inflicting upon the vulnerable.
The Society of Adrift Hope believes the Drifters and the Sleepers to be one of the same faction. We also believe them to be Jovian and specifically Jovians who were driven into the womholes out of relation to the degenerative disease known to have exterminated most of the Jove.
But then came the Triglavians.
Another faction of ancient Jove, seemingly without the degenerative disease, yet at war with the Sleepers and Drifters combined and considering them as an ancient enemy within their data fragments.
While the Drifters did begin several efforts to push into our space in more recent years, the Society of Adrift Hope believes the emergence of Triglavians and their efforts to establish Pochven changed the Drifters’ priorities. Somehow, some way, a threat greater (than even our kind’s cruelty of their structures and their bodies) has shown to have surfaced.
The Society of Adrift Hope hereby publicly maintains the following; we believe the Triglavians to be the authors of the degenerative disease that has been exterminating the Jove. Even the Jove sympathetic to our kind who gifted our factions the capsule being subject to the Triglavian’s method of extermination.
We believe, and this corresponds with the data we have access to, that this is because of an ancient conflict stemming from the original Tyrannos name; when one faction of Jove tried to unite the different factions of Jovians and those who would later become the Triglavians were not on board.
We also believe the Triglavians would have succeeded, establishing themselves an ultimate power in New Eden, eventually. Capable of being able to bleed suns, disable gates, cyno beacons, and any way of life or power outside of their flow.
We believe those who think the Triglavians to be interested in being anything less than the ultimate power over all of New Eden to be in grave danger.
We also believe it is time for EDENCOM to grow. They alone have demonstrated inability to halt the aspirations of Triglavians. Diplomacy might be the arm they are flexing currently but they are doing it with a faction whom (if our calculations are remotely correct) is not remotely interested in broadening their collective.
The Society of Adrift Hope believes there is only one faction capable of rivaling the Triglavian Jove; the Tyrannos Jove.
The Society of Adrift Hope believes they have no reason consider us worthy of communication thanks to our crimes made against them.
The Society of Adrift Hope believes by way of simple gestures over time, we can begin to mend our terrible history.
III - Testing
The Society of Adrift Hope has conducted a series of tests (and will likely conduct more in the future) regarding Drifter behavior. We believe them to be more potentially sentient compared to the Sleepers. We brought four resources with us in every occasion of testing;
I. Capsuleer bodies (in a container).
II. Capsuleer bodies (jettisoned in space).
III. Biomass, Planetary Resource.
IV. Warclone Blanks.
We tested Drifter behavior in Pochven, Abyssals, and at the now-degraded Jove Observatories where an Unidentified Wormhole was present in system.
We are fairly proud of what we were able to uncover:
IV - Results
Inside space warped by Triglavian influence, the Drifters are completely unmerciful, slaughtering vessel and capsule alike.
Outside of space warped by Triglavian influence, the Drifters are only unmerciful against targets capable of rendering violence or theft (as in, has a cargo bay).
Drifters do not seem to engage any capsuleer vessel that is not occupied by a capsuleer.
Drifters will only scoop capsuleer corpses left in space.
Drifters only scoop corpses cautiously, delegating only one of their vessels (including nearby Sleeper vessels) for the task. The delegated vessel has only rarely been witnessed grabbing more than one corpse per effort.
Outside of space warped by Triglavian influence, Drifters will not engage capsules unless the vessel has been hostile to them. (This is critically important to note.)
As much as different sources have tried to villainize their desire for bodies, Drifters only seem to be only presently interested in capsuleer bodies and we have yet to uncover any evidence suggesting any other interest. (Your baseliners, governments, and stars all seem to be currently safe.)
Drifters do not seem to have the ability, interest, or comfortability yet for accessing any capsuleer containers (at this time).
Observable Drifter standings do not seem to be affecting or affected by (positively or negatively) any of these interactions.
Drifter behavior does not seem to change when beside them in a capsule while they interact with the Jovian structures.
Drifter behavior does not seem to change while in a capsule approaching their wormholes alongside them.
X - Final Thoughts
Until further results can be observed, please consider that previous assessments of the Drifters and Sleepers may not have been very accurate, as most capsuleers I have interacted with immediately seek to use violence against them. Perhaps it is an unavoidable nature to our kind and thus why we as a whole may never be able to earn their trust.
Yet, as Yoiul Festival approaches, please consider these strange alien distant kin who have had their bodies stolen when making arrangements for gifting. Your spent sleeve is another soul’s sole hope of escaping this nightmare.
If you don’t do it for anything else, do it for those worlds the Triglavians took from you.
Maybe you’ll look across the battlefield one day and see a dark-eyed form of yourself, rendering justice or becoming the next greatest being to hunt in your insatiable thirst for battle.
We are all monsters in these stars.