UAs, Barnacles & More Thread 5 - The Canonn

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I was just on Merope 1D - did the flying low thing for a while then started SRVing - there are an awful lot of Metallic Meteorites down there. So, must remember this: Metallic planets aren't really/necessarily the best places to go for a wide range metal.

And again I come to something I've been thinking - if a planet has a Barnacle on it - how did it get there? On a metallic asteroid?
 
Hi, Quick question for MB or anyone that KNOWS...

Can we search via our ships (eg. height of 100m) or will we need to land to spot the Barnacles?

I really don't want to waste time searching via flying, if the will not show...

Thanks

Nutter
 
Guys, I was on my way to B1 D and I think I recognise the... organisation of those stars in the sky...




Am I crazy or is this well known ?
 
The problem with "quite logical if you think about it" is that I can think of lots of reasons! :)

Nebulae are pretty distinct against a backdrop of stars, so make good navigational points in the galaxy. They're transport hubs?

They catch the eye and so intelligent life forms will explore them? A lot of explorers in ED explored nearby nebulae way before the UA business started.

This kind of nebula produces stars (they don't all do that) and is 'energy rich', the barnacles being a kind of energy harvesting organism that produces/grows 'power-cells' for other Thargoid technology?
 

Michael Brookes

Game Director
Frontier
Yeah, he did actually say meta-alloys were "exceedingly rare" towards the end of the last thread. People then started pointing out how similar his wording was to a post he made when UAs were first introduced.
I did indeed say they are exceedingly rare - much rarer than UAs. ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us, although they are generated in certain areas of space.

Michael
 
Just curious but has anybody thought to look at the outer shell of malfunctioning stations to see if something is growing on the exterior. Also thought that systems with malfunctioning stations might also be the clue, especially if something very close to that station planetside is causing the interference to the station itself. Like a ship at sea maybe the space stations have been slowly picking up spores that are spreading like earth based Barnacles.
 
If the barnacles are in some way radiosynthetic (obtaining nourishment from radiation) then residing on atmosphere-less worlds would convey an advantage (more cosmic radiation). But what if they can't tolerate the intense radiation from solar proximity and can only thrive on world's some distance from their host star, in darkness?

In this case the extra background ionizing radiation from Nebulae might provide the Goldilocks zone for this species.

Maybe worlds further out from their host star are good candidates.

I'm no nuclear physicist or space barnie physiologist. Just some creative reflection.

Good luck commanders!
Unless for some reason "they" don't like direct starlight - but do need some form of light.
I was just on Merope 1D - did the flying low thing for a while then started SRVing - there are an awful lot of Metallic Meteorites down there. So, must remember this: Metallic planets aren't really/necessarily the best places to go for a wide range metal.

And again I come to something I've been thinking - if a planet has a Barnacle on it - how did it get there? On a metallic asteroid?
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Maybe on ships? If the barnicles are techo-organic as they appear (to me). The UA's and disruptor firled/plague might act like some sort of pollination mechanism they utilise as part of their life cycle. They might be attracting us like bees to a flower merely to propigate themselves in some way as yet unknown.
 
I think you'll notice one if you're nearby.

And to those asking why nebulae - it's quite logical if you think about it :)

Michael
This maybe?



Taken from the book :"A Dictionary of Some Tuamotuan Dialects of the Polynesian Language"

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The problem with "quite logical if you think about it" is that I can think of lots of reasons! :)

Nebulae are pretty distinct against a backdrop of stars, so make good navigational points in the galaxy. They're transport hubs?

They catch the eye and so intelligent life forms will explore them? A lot of explorers in ED explored nearby nebulae way before the UA business started.

This kind of nebula produces stars (they don't all do that) and is 'energy rich', the barnacles being a kind of energy harvesting organism that produces/grows 'power-cells' for other Thargoid technology?
Nebulaes could also be used to effectively hide things.... (in plain sight?) so maybe that's why you'd put something there. I think the Merope Nebula has a lot more to do with it because it is a supernova remnant which means that whatever star blew up there (probably in Maia since there is the black hole and it's right in the middle of it) disseminated all sorts of heavier elements through out the area hence the abundance of metals. Why wold barnacles care? while metals themselves may not be the thing other "heavier" elements do include sodium, magnesium, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen... all good things you want to have if you want life. So for me saying nebulaes are quite obvious well yes because you're more than likely going to find life among heavier elements then burnt out systems filled with iceballs.
 
I did indeed say they are exceedingly rare - much rarer than UAs. ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us, although they are generated in certain areas of space.

Michael
"Generated". Does this mean they do (very rarely) appear in blue circles or does that just mean that the procedural generation has just sprinkled a bunch of static ones randomly around planets in certain areas of space?
 
I did indeed say they are exceedingly rare - much rarer than UAs. ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us, although they are generated in certain areas of space.

Michael

Thank you!

One Question...

Can we use the trailer as a clue ?

I mean, is it a good guide for fiding the META?
 
I did indeed say they are exceedingly rare - much rarer than UAs. ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us, although they are generated in certain areas of space.

Michael
Wow, wasn't expecting that :D, backup and information...

Much rarer than UAs are currently, or rarer than when UAs first showed up?
My guess is that there are probably fewer places they can spawn than was originally the case with UAs (obviously have no real info), as they could spawn practically anywhere in a system, yet I'm guessing the right parts of the right planets need to be found this time.
 
Just curious but has anybody thought to look at the outer shell of malfunctioning stations to see if something is growing on the exterior. Also thought that systems with malfunctioning stations might also be the clue, especially if something very close to that station planetside is causing the interference to the station itself. Like a ship at sea maybe the space stations have been slowly picking up spores that are spreading like earth based Barnacles.
I can't remember the name, but a thread or two ago a CMDR had that idea and said he spent a lot of time inspecting one of the malfunctioning stations. He said he wasn't able to find anything.
 

Javert

Volunteer Moderator
I did indeed say they are exceedingly rare - much rarer than UAs. ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us, although they are generated in certain areas of space.

Michael
When you say "placed", do you mean that if you show up in that particular place you are 100% sure to see one, or is there still a random element to whether it will actually appear or not when you arrive?
 
Just curious but has anybody thought to look at the outer shell of malfunctioning stations to see if something is growing on the exterior. Also thought that systems with malfunctioning stations might also be the clue, especially if something very close to that station planetside is causing the interference to the station itself. Like a ship at sea maybe the space stations have been slowly picking up spores that are spreading like earth based Barnacles.
I think it was Allant that checked a malfunctioning station to see if it had anything growing on it.. He didnt find anything though
 

Patau82

Volunteer Moderator
several barnacles/meta alloys in one place, or several places with barnacles/meta alloys?
oh and is the capital L a typo or a drew style hint ;)
"ALthough unlike the UAs there are some that have been physically placed by us"
 
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