WARNING! Drifter forces can steal corrupted trinary data!
There was an incident with what I think involved drifter forces in one of Funtanainen stations today. And yes, CONCORD knows about it and they are investigating what happened.
I was in station, standing on balcony of my CQ, and there was a platform below with control panels for cargo drones. I was watching how janitors are checking those control panels. Drones were hauling cargo to my Stratios. Bellanea Rajanir, a capsuleer and friend of mine, was inside the ship but not inside the capsule.
Suddenly I have spotted 3 blasts of light few metres from the janitors, then 3 human shaped silhouettes appeared in position of these blasts of light. I could see that those who appeared were badly mauled, discolored, human looking corpses with blackish exoskeleton upgrades around the body. Upgrades that drifters have. In some places of the corpses the flesh was missing and was replaced with black substance. There were small violet light-up spots built into their upgrades. Because of that visual clues I think they were probably drifter drones made from harvested corpses. Dead people animated using drifter technology.
Two of them had long, black rods in their hands, one had in his hands some kind of gun looking thing with short, bulky barrel. He directed it towards station janitors who in that moment stopped investigating control panels and stood in shock just few metres from them. I heard a loud, short, alternating low frequency tone paired with high pitched hiss. Then one of janitors targeted by drifter drone vanished in a blast of light. Just gone in a split of second. No blood, no gore, no body.
I was positioned above them on CQ balcony, about 30, 40 metres behind and on the left of them. I ducked behind the balcony balustrade, I think they could not see or target me. I had no weapon.
I used portable communicator and called Bellanea Rajanir, she was inside ship. I whispered in case drifter forces could hear me: “Bella, Drifters are walking in station and killing everyone. Just few metres from me. Use gecko to get rid of them.”
We had those Gecko fighters that could be operated manually by human pilot inside. Flying them was forbidden inside station for safety reasons, but I had no choice. CONCORD traffic fine is not a big deal for a capsuleer afterall.
Then I have seen the janitors trying to run in panic from the drifter drones but vanished in these blasts of light one after another in between few seconds. Then this gun wielding drifter drone walked up to the control panels and started operating them. Around one minute later cargo drone flew out from Stratios cargo bay, it had container attached. Cargo drone landed on the big landing platform positioned on the end of one of the walkways and drifter drones started walking up to the container. They opened it and took a box out from it. Two of the drifter drones attached these black, long rods they had to the box. Then the box vanished in a blast of light.
In this moment I have spotted that Bellanea Rajanir flew out of the drone bay in Gecko, unleashing salvo after salvo from the guns. She missed few times, then struck one of the drifter drones. But instead of the drifter drone splashing around in a fountain of gore, he vanished in a blast of light, similar to the one in which the drifter drones appeared. Just a second later two other drifter drones vanished in similar blasts of light, not even being shot at. Bella then waited with guns loaded, circling around the platform on low speed, in case something happens, for example more drifter drones appearing from nowhere.
Few minutes later CONCORD arrived on the scene in company of station security forces. I was informed to stay on site. They commanded Bella to land on the platform. Then investigation team arrived and started scanning the place.
They wanted to know what was inside the box that drifter forces were interested in. They scanned the cargo, comparing it with logs and found out what was in the box that vanished. It was a batch of corrupted trinary data I tried to decode on my own.
One of the station security officers revealed to us that janitors who vanished were drifting in space just outside station, dead. We were also told that Autothysian Lancers were spotted around the station while the incident was happening, they warped off just before CONCORD fast response forces arrived at the station.
Then I was informed that everything was recorded, incident will be investigated and I am free to go. They only fined Bella for unauthorized flying inside station and unauthorized activation of weaponry.
I want to warn every holder of such data that they are in danger if there are Autothysian Lancers in the system. The data can be stolen with relative ease, potentially even without alarming the owner of such data.
I think the Drifters know that we are researching the data and will try to stop the research. I don’t know if data I had was particularly valuable for them, maybe other data isn’t, but we have to be carefull!
In short: While Autothysian Lancers were positioned around the station, the drifter drone units were able to use unknown technology to appear inside station, ignoring all defences. They are interested in stealing corrupted trinary data. They are extremely dangerous!