This afternoon, a ship matching the description of the LDSS Airkio’s Promise, the flagship vessel of a Lai Dai research convoy that entered and was thought lost in Anoikis 10 years ago, emerged from a wormhole near Saisio VIII, Moon 20.
The ship appeared to be adrift and without power, and did not respond to any attempts at communication. The Sukuuvestaa corporation towed the ship to their station in the system.
The megacorp has not released any information on the ship thus far, and has stated that they will retain ownership of the vessel - in other words, it will not be returned to Lai Dai at this time.
“As the vessel in question qualifies as salvage under applicable State law, Sukuuvestaa Corporation will retain custody of the vessel and maintain a primary interest in its disposition.”
A lost, silent ship reappearing through a wormhole is concerning on its own; what happened to the convoy after it entered the then-unexplored reaches of Anoikis ten years ago? What happened to its crew? Who, or what, sent it back through a wormhole?
But the one thing I want to know, above all else, is what the ship was carrying.
This isn’t the first time an apparently abandoned ship has resurfaced from the darkness of Anoikis - indeed, a near-identical occurrence finds its beginning on the very same day the Airkio’s Promise departed into the darkness.
In the hours follwing the Apocrypha event, CreoDron Astrophysicist Lianda Burreau announced the discovery of a point-defect turbulence - more commonly known as wormholes - in what is known to have been the system of Vitrauze. Shrugging off COCNORD’s advisory, autonomous probes were sent through to the other side, and quickly identified non-natural deadspace signatures that indicated with all certainty that the workings of intelligent life were present there. Professor Burreau remained resolute that a manned excursion into the unknown system would proceed, despite the risks.
Lianda Burreau and five others, piloting Helios-class vessels, entered the wormhole.
Contact was lost, and her clone never activated.
“We must not fear the unknown, we must understand it.”
- Lianda Burreau
Over two years following the disappearance of the CreoDron team, a Capsuleer made a puzzling discovery while underway in Anoikis system J105934: six Helios-class vessels, drifting and unmanned. Enemy Capsuleer presence in the system would prevent the pilot from taking posession of the ships and, suspecting that the vessels belonged to her enemies, the Capsuleer destroyed each one before retreating.
Lianda Burreau’s drifting Helios had held in its cargo a sample of Trinary Data. Though this format is now often mistakenly solely associated with the Triglavian Collective, this form of data has been a known characteristic of the Jove since the earliest days of the Capsuleer age, and applies to not only the Directorate, but to their derelict now-known relatives in the Sleepers as well.
Whatever information this sample may have held was lost to the void as the ship was destroyed.
Doctor Hilen Tukoss, the founder of Arek’Jaalan, took great interest in the occurrence before ultimately disappearing himself in late YC113, around the time the construction of Site One was completed in Eram, and seemingly reappearing in late YC116 - but of his four total messages that appeared on the IGS from YC116.10 to YC117.02, only two broken-up transmissions seemed to truly be the Doctor, while the other two seemed extremely artificial and dubious.
When the Doctor’s transmission from what came to be discovered as the Redoubt Hive was leaked by the SCOPE, dated to before any of these transmissions, and his death was confirmed by the first Capsuleers to enter the site, it became clear that the Drifters had somehow taken possession of his infomorph - which had never reached his clone.
What, then, was the fate of Lianda Burreau?
What information was lost when her drifting Helios was destroyed?
What might this similarly drifting Raven, having instead returned, have brought back?