The Quest To Find Raxxla

I'm in NGC 7822 right now. I'm in s171 8 to be exact. You guys know what you're talking about and looking for a lot more than me, but by all means tell me what to look for.
Well, I suspect TDW station is in a system with twin stars, at least one gas giant; a GG will have 8 or more moons. The station will be orbiting the 8th moon and won’t be detectable by FSS; it might have to be detected visually once up very close (though night vision might just help). I suspect the twin stars will be hot blue, so type O, B or A, most likely B. It might be near NGC 7822, or near Zeta Cassiopeia. This is just hypothetical though, may be wrong, but all we can do is follow the few potential leads we have.

If you want to have a search then it would be helpful, Tyko’s a bit too far away to make going back very attractive. Think I’m going to Shinrarta to get an exploration ship but cant decide between Anaconda, Python or Phantom
 
Well, I suspect TDW station is in a system with twin stars...Think I’m going to Shinrarta to get an exploration ship but cant decide between Anaconda, Python or Phantom
Why twin stars?

Also, with GFSD's in the game now, a Phantom jumps almost as far as an Anaconda that isn't stripped down for super jumping. Phantom is a -ahem- Krait exploration ship.
 
the circle in the center is actually a sphere. when you activate the beacon by shooting it's pylons (3 structures floating outside of the main structure), this spherical orb projects out of the structure and glows with blue energy, just like the orbs that one would scan for blueprints at guardian sites. upon hitting the beacon orb with the data link scanner, you are given an ancient key from the "bottom" of the structure, those three small fins at the bottom. my original pictures were taken looking straight down while in between the larger top fins. here's some external pictures for reference.



my ship is still parked at the beacon, and i intend on doing a few more activations of the device to see if the ensuing transformations reveal any more interesting geometry.
Some close ups of the orb might be interesting. Also some close ups of the key, particularly what can be seen inside it. ;)
 
Well, I suspect TDW station is in a system with twin stars, at least one gas giant; a GG will have 8 or more moons. The station will be orbiting the 8th moon and won’t be detectable by FSS; it might have to be detected visually once up very close (though night vision might just help). I suspect the twin stars will be hot blue, so type O, B or A, most likely B. It might be near NGC 7822, or near Zeta Cassiopeia. This is just hypothetical though, may be wrong, but all we can do is follow the few potential leads we have.

If you want to have a search then it would be helpful, Tyko’s a bit too far away to make going back very attractive. Think I’m going to Shinrarta to get an exploration ship but cant decide between Anaconda, Python or Phantom
Probably the conda. Jump range on the other 2 pale in comparison. Im using my DBX for this reason.
 
Well, I do play on a potato laptop with a Dell Intel Graphics card (takes the game 10+ minutes to boot Horizons) so there is that. On console, though, I do see it occasionally....also occasionally see a distinct white circle in the center about the circumference where the bluish wavy things stop. Like I said, I wouldn't attribute to anything other than a graphics hiccup.
My PC is fairly powerful, with an NVIDIA 1060 gpu, 16Gb, SSD for C drive and couple of hard discs for capacity, psu oversized, water cooled...
Never had a problem with it, until this CTD. Which is what is frustrating me. Might have been a power line spike, but I doubt it.

Why twin stars?

Also, with GFSD's in the game now, a Phantom jumps almost as far as an Anaconda that isn't stripped down for super jumping. Phantom is a -ahem- Krait exploration ship.
The twin stars idea comes from two things- verse 22 of Astrophil says “Progressing then from fair Twinnes golden place”; but the principal source is the image from the Horizons menu screen. It may just be a marketing concept graphic (many people have said the station is orbiting too low, and the moons are too close, and the moon is Arial) but I suspect it’s an FD hint.

Oh I know. I did DW2 in a phantom! 56ly range but I was armed with beam and PA, just in case.
 
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Some close ups of the orb might be interesting. Also some close ups of the key, particularly what can be seen inside it. ;)
i'll try to take some shots later. the Ancient Key itself is just a blue-green swirling ball of energy, sort of nebulous and without form. the orb is a bit more interesting. when activated, it separates into several pieces to reveal some nice internal machination.

these are not my pictures, just ones i quickly googled for reference, but i will be back with more angles/videos at some point.
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edit: i also have noticed the 3d cube pattern texture shown on the bottom of the orb for a couple years. this texture can be found in small patches at most Guardian architecture, except the Ancient Ruins (to my knowledge). this pattern doesnt really fit with their design motif of threes and sixes (which is why it always stood out to me), except that it it sort of represents 3 vectors in 3d space, and starts to edge along tesseract geometry.

edit2: oh wow, i never even noticed that the key appears to have an Ancient Relic inside of it....
 
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Seasoned explorer Ol' Pa still wondering what ship to use for explo ???
Beam and PA for.. what ? To make the Distant Gankers die from laugh or to shoot at Cone- like Thargs and end at a detention facility thousands of Ly away ? 😝
 
Probably the conda. Jump range on the other 2 pale in comparison. Im using my DBX for this reason.
I’ve tried a dbx a couple of times & not really very enthused; sounds a bit too much like the bicycle I had when a kid, with rolled up cigarette packet in the spokes 😁, and not enough module slots. Phantom is nice but I’d like an extra couple of slots & maybe 70ly range. Jorki has an annie, but haven’t flown it for a while. I need to get back to Shinrarta & upgrade it before moving it out to Colonia. That might be next week’s job.
 
I think if “it” is really there then to trigger it you’ll need to visit Zeta Cass and NGC 7822 (probably S171 37, I was surprised (& suspicious) to find a tourist beacon there!) first, and possibly find TDW station too, which I reason is in the vicinity of either Zeta Cass or NGC 7822. I suspect the CTD was triggered by something/some sequence which I couldn’t repeat. Frustrating!

Edit: doubly frustrating since Scytale promised me a bottle of brandy if I found Raxxla! 🤪
If you're the one to find Raxxla I promise you either a bottle of Islay Malt or Highland Pure Malt. No Irish or Bourbon though.
 
Seasoned explorer Ol' Pa still wondering what ship to use for explo ???
Beam and PA for.. what ? To make the Distant Gankers die from laugh or to shoot at Cone- like Thargs and end at a detention facility thousands of Ly away ? 😝
Reassurance!
I still remember Michael Brookes saying explorers should go armed.....
But I don’t think any ship is ideal. I liked my Phantom during DW2, but would like a little more range and a second AFMU.
 
If you're the one to find Raxxla I promise you either a bottle of Islay Malt or Highland Pure Malt. No Irish or Bourbon though.
Ah, a man after my own heart (soul? 😁)
Quite like Islay, especially Laphraig Quarter Cask, also very fond of The Ardmore.
Not a fan of Irish or Bourbon, though Bourbon tastes much better in USA than it does in UK. My son is into Japanese whisky; each to his own, I guess he inherited my good looks 😚
 
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Yeah... I remember MB saying that. Years ago. Since, generations of new players sacrificed jump range for.. nothing.
No half-measures work, imho. Either an overpowered Vette/Cutter or a stripped-out Conda.
Anything in-between is just nonsense. Imho.
(Not talking about fuel slug Rails which are then more a device for helping in hardcore explo than a weapon)
 
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Yeah... I remember MB saying that. Years ago. Since, generations of new players sacrificed jump range for.. nothing.
No half-measures work, imho. Either an overpowered Vette/Cutter or a stripped-out Conda.
Anything in-between is just nonsense. Imho.
(Not talking about fuel slug Rails which are then more a device for helping in hardcore explo than a weapon)
I liked the Cutter for trading & shipped it out to Colonia. Didn’t like the Corvette- nice handling but very poor jump range. The Phantom is nice, manoeuvrable and nippy, just needed a couple more slots. The weapons actually only took about 0.6ly off the range, so left them on for DW2- had been using it for mission running beforehand. But it’s nice to have a beam for energising any guardian constructs that might be found, and a PA with plasma slug effect is useful for using fuel to decrease load to increase jump range if necessary.

Annie was really good for slots & range, but it’s a bit on the large side & not sufficiently manoeuvrable or speedy; worst of all is the cockpit (lack of) visibility. I’ve always thought it needed to make use of that currently pointless chin window- get a camera suite &/or observer in there.

Edit: that said & all in all I think the Phantom is currently the best balanced ship for exploration. Maybe need to have another look at it; might need to reengineer it since we got the extra slot.
 
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Yeah.. But again, Pa, efficiency doesn't accept half-measures.
Playing around with the pals of a re-edited expedition for fun is one thing.
Another thing is to get the work done asap.
Explo: Conda/AspX. Just like it has always been.
Imho.
And believe me, a tanky Cutter with 3 Pacifiers and 4 Frags get you out of any trouble.
 
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Yeah.. But again, Pa, efficiency doesn't accept half-measures.
Playing around with the pals of a re-edited expedition for fun is one thing.
Another thing is to get the work done asap.
Explo: Conda/AspX. Just like it has always been.
Imho.
And believe me, a tanky Cutter with 3 Pacifiers and 4 Frags get you out of any trouble.
I prefer the Phantom to the AspX once the credit balance is reached. Visibility is almost as good, but more speed and, I think, manoeuvrability, and longer jump range.
But I’mnot into combat. Will give you the vette or the cutter for that. I remember running endless trade missions (to get Jorki’s second elite) in the cutter; any npc interdiction just turn 180, put her into reverse and pound em with those hardpoints!
 
Yeah... I remember MB saying that. Years ago. Since, generations of new players sacrificed jump range for.. nothing.
No half-measures work, imho. Either an overpowered Vette/Cutter or a stripped-out Conda.
Anything in-between is just nonsense. Imho.
(Not talking about fuel slug Rails which are then more a device for helping in hardcore explo than a weapon)
just imagine discovering the guardian beacon and not having any laser weapons ,would have been kind of useless wouldn't it have? I feel this could be a good reason he said that
 
just imagine discovering the guardian beacon and not having any laser weapons ,would have been kind of useless wouldn't it have? I feel this could be a good reason he said that
Right ! Am I dumb ? Never forget the "ED Translator for Communication With Alien Life" !
Gunship diplomacy got us where we are. (Just like IRL..)
But good point ! MB may very well have said that for this reason! The thing is most (all ?) of the players interpreted his words into another meaning.
I prefer the Phantom to the AspX once the credit balance is reached. Visibility is almost as good, but more speed and, I think, manoeuvrability, and longer jump range.
Wait ! Full stripped and engineered both, the Phantom beats the AspX in jump range ?
Such a long time I haven't played...
 
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