Or maybe to monitor the “beacons” that were being deployed. The beacons on the Zurara were handled only by specially trained (and Hexedited) sleeper agents who disabled the ship after the last beacon was deployed, and presumably the same arrangement applied to the other ships involved, so I don’t think the bases were to ensure nobody returned, they weren’t necessary for that. Might be they were for provisioning/refuelling support of the ships until they had completed their mission. If the beacons were actually spy satellites to monitor for alien existence then that makes sense of the bases; the signals could be retransmitted to listening antennae in the bubble, or detected by orbital listening posts. We have been told that the characters in the books (& galnet) can lie so not to take everything at face value. I’m not fully convinced of the truth of the Dynasty plot as we have been led to believe. There may be other interpretations ... Unfortunately I think Drew Wagar is still constrained by his NDA so we may never get resolution of this.I agree about more to be found, I was out in the rift a couple of weeks ago but didn't see much and TBH it seemed pretty well explored, very few undiscovered systems. One thing to note is that all the logs are from ships, not from the sites themselves. My theory is that the sites are listening posts set up to monitor project dynasty and ensure no - one returned
Well done for continuing to explore the FRift! You may have found some systems with my name on them, hope you fully mapped the planets! I do wish the galmap showed the systems/planets that had already been discovered and mapped without having to drop in and fss them. It makes sense for new explorers to be able to progress by finding things, but it also makes sense for explorers to be able to concentrate effort on exploring systems that have been skipped, or not fully surface-mapped. There must be some, even now, out there and that must be where things remain to be found. Data is sold to UC who should mark the galmap appropriately. It’s a shame we can’t subtract EDSM from galmap to highlight the bits that have been missed.