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Community Research (week 4)

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The subject of this article is from the NEXT update.
The information from this article is up-to-date as of 28 October, 2018.
Community Research (week 4)
Mission type Secondary
Mission series Community Research
Preceded by: Community Research (week 3)
Followed by: Community Research (week 5)
Requires: N/A
Implemented NEXT 1.61
Description Help Specialist Polo - Week 4 of 8

Community Research (week 4) is a mission.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Community Research (week 4) is the fourth mission introduced as Community Research and its purpose is to help Specialist Polo locate the current position of a new anomaly.

This is a time-limited mission and it was available for 7 days, starting from NEXT 1.61 until 4 October 2018. The first part of the mission takes place on a moon called Etch VIII in the Oitsaha-Gloo IV system, located in the Malski Fringe region.

WARNING: It makes use of portal travel. Please do not forget to go back through the portal when you finished, or you will encounter Portal Interference messages.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Make contact with the Space Anomaly[edit | edit source]

With this mission set as the active mission, fly into space and Polo will contact the player through the communicator.

Specialist Polo

-{{ The Sentinels had such cartographic marvels! Boundary maps of our reality, charting it weaknesses, its vulnerabilities! }}-
-{{ They have found a series of broadcasts from beyond the breach, messages from another anomalous being! We must track the source of these transmissions and make contact before they do. }}-

  • Accept

-{{ I am transmitting you their coordinates, Traveller-friend. Go, journey across the portals, be our messenger! }}-

Visit the marked planet[edit | edit source]

A portal will be marked in the system where the player currently located. Due to it is a mission-related travel, the Portal Terminal will not require any recharge.

The portal yawns before me.
These ancient structures link worlds and galaxies - how much further does their reach extend, I wonder? Polo's hopes are pinned on the signals from this latest destination. But where are they leading us...
  • Input Polo's Glyphs
  • Leave

Acquire transmission data for Polo[edit | edit source]

After arriving to the other side of the portal, the mission objective will be updated showing the MISSION.COMMUNITY.png icon for Boundary Failures.

The player needs to decipher the clues in the signal and re-align the repeater to the correct source.

Emergency Repeater Signal[edit | edit source]

{[BROADCAST ECHO DETECTED] - SERIAL #4925X }

  • Listen to signal
  1. Landed on - kzzkktt - two small moons. /// - kzzkt - landing gear frozen, heading out for supplies...
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Align transitter to source
  1. { Additional data available }
    { Locate signal source and re-align transmitter to amplify singal }
    { Align towards which planetary body? }
    • Hion Prime
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... SUCCESSFUL ▮▮ }
    • Baeane XVII
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Xemb Tau
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Leave

Emergency Repeater Signal[edit | edit source]

{[BROADCAST ECHO DETECTED] - SERIAL #4925X }

  • Listen to signal
  1. Located large uranium deposit - kzzzzzkt - should be able to get clear - kzzkt - can continue tracing the signal. [REDACTED] would be so proud...
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Align transitter to source
  1. { Additional data available }
    { Locate signal source and re-align transmitter to amplify singal }
    { Align towards which planetary body? }
    • Unit 70/M1
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Baeane XVII
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... SUCCESSFUL ▮▮ }
    • Ihampt V
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Leave

Emergency Repeater Signal[edit | edit source]

{[BROADCAST ECHO DETECTED] - SERIAL #4925X }

  • Listen to signal
  1. - kkkzzzzzzt - sun is slipping - kzzktk - barely penetrates the thick rings - kzzktk - but no escape from the heat... - kzzztzktk - strange repeating shapes in the ground...
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Align transitter to source
  1. { Additional data available }
    { Locate signal source and re-align transmitter to amplify singal }
    { Align towards which planetary body? }
    • Ihampt V
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... SUCCESSFUL ▮▮ }
    • Unit 70/M1
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Xemb Tau
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Leave

Emergency Repeater Signal[edit | edit source]

{[BROADCAST ECHO DETECTED] - SERIAL #4925X }

  • Listen to signal
  1. - kkzzzt - endless dust storms, the wild temperature swings... - kzzztk - this was a mistake, no sign of - kzzt -
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Align transitter to source
  1. { Additional data available }
    { Locate signal source and re-align transmitter to amplify singal }
    { Align towards which planetary body? }
    • Ihampt V
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Hion Prime
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Unit 70/M1
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... SUCCESSFUL ▮▮ }
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Leave

Emergency Repeater Signal[edit | edit source]

{[BROADCAST ECHO DETECTED] - SERIAL #4925X }

  • Listen to signal
  1. Acquired [REDACTED] among the fungal clusters, but - kzztk - the whispers - kkzzzzzkkkttt - the voice of the Atlas from the mountains...
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Align transitter to source
  1. { Additional data available }
    { Locate signal source and re-align transmitter to amplify singal }
    { Align towards which planetary body? }
    • Hion Prime
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Baeane XVII
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... FAILED ▮▮ }
    • Xemb Tau
    1. { [ITERATION TRACE]... ALIGNED. BOOSTING BROADCAST POWER... }
      { ▮▮ SIGNAL ACQUISITION... SUCCESSFUL ▮▮ }
    • Return to transmitter menu
  • Leave

Collect the Data Packet[edit | edit source]

The mission objective will be updated as the signal repeater has cached its data in a secure module aboard the abandoned space station.

The player needs to interact with the Galactic Trade Terminal.

Outpost Z51/5

{ DATA PACKET CACHED... AWAITING AUTHENTICATION }

  • Provide personal key
  1. { KEY MATCH ACCEPTED... DOWNLOADING }
    { ▮▮ [0A00] : [009F] : [0A01] : [0100] ▮▮ }
    • Download copy
I have downloaded a copy of what appears to be a set of coordinates for the source of the broadcast. I should provide Polo with a copy as soon as possible.
  • Leave

All coordinates will be given, when each of the Emergency Repeater Signals were correctly aligned. If not, an incomplete sequence will be provided.

The player can answer with Leave and the mission will still be updated, making the above part an optional.

Make contact with the Space Anomaly[edit | edit source]

The player will be contacted again through the communicator, after using the starship's scanner.

Specialist Polo

-{{ Did you glimpse beyonds the boundaries, Traveller-friend? What echoes wre you able to recover? }}-

  • Transmit data
Polo gasps audibly. The reality of the message overwhelms them, as if they were not prepared for this to be more than a wild hope.
They compose themselves and ask if I might continue to look for signs of this messenger while they perform a deeper analysis.

Visit Polo's robotic companion[edit | edit source]

The Space Anomaly will warp into the player's current system, allowing it to be boarded it.

The door behind the Control Panel is accessible, where Quicksilver Synthesis Companion resides.

After speaking with the merchant NPC the mission objective will be updated.

(Optional) Locate additional Boundary Failures[edit | edit source]

The broadcast is amplified and the signal zone extended throughout the galaxy, allowing to interact with Boundary Failures on any planets with exotic biome.

The player could visit other planets, but it is advsied to return to Etch VIII, as plenty of Boundary Failures can be found.

Although it could take some time to locate these, as there is no icon indicating them in this part of the mission. Now they display the same message upon interaction.

Boundary Failure

ITERATION #ERROR

 A terminal blinks, awaiting input...
  • Log Coordinates for Polo

ERROR
ATLAS
ERROR
ERROR
ERROR
THEY SEE YOU

  • Leave


If you turn in partial research data, the following conversation takes place.

Specialist Polo

-{{ Such treasure, more rare and wonderful than any sight! Hope across the breach! Another spark of creation! }}-
-{{ This is a precious gift you have brought us, Traveller-friend. }}-

  • Transmit data
Polo chirps as they sign off, barely able to contain their excitement. I hope they are not disappointed by what they discover...
  • End transmission.

-{{ Hail us with your scanner, friend, when you have something to report. Be quick! }}-


After interacting with 6 Boundary Failures, the research data limit is reached and the mission objective will be updated.

Return to space and contact Polo again by using the starship's scanner.

Specialist Polo

-{{ You have gathered so much! We have all we need for a firm trace. Only the calculations remain, the right boundary probe... it shall require patience. }}-
-{{ Our gratitude is timeless, Traveller-friend! }}-

  • Transmit data

-{{ Polo chirps as they sign off, barely able to contain their excitement. I hope they are not disappointed by what they discover... }}-

Visit Polo's robotic companion[edit | edit source]

The Space Anomaly will warp into the player's current system, allowing it to be boarded it.

After speaking with the merchant NPC again, the mission will be completed.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

  • 2,000 QUICKSILVER.png after establishing a firm trace.
  • 3,600 QUICKSILVER.png after interacting with 6 more Boundary Failures.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]