Aegis is a multinational research initiative that was founded jointly by scientists from the Federation, Empire, and Alliance. The organization's goal is to pool the three superpowers' scientific expertise to gather further intelligence on the Thargoids and coordinate all future research.
Aegis is represented by two minor factions: Aegis Research and Aegis Core. Aegis Research's headquarters is Donar's Oak in Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55. Aegis Core is based out of Dantec Enterprise in the Socho system.
The formation of Aegis was announced by Professor Alba Tesreau at a press conference in the Sorbago system on August 4, 3303. With all three superpowers providing financial backing, Aegis established a research outpost of its own in the Pleiades Nebula: the Ocellus station Donar's Oak in Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55.
On September 21, 3303, following the destruction of a Federal fleet in the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 system by Thargoids, the three superpowers widened Aegis' remit to focus on defence in addition to research. The organization's budget was also dramatically increased.
That same day, Aegis also announced that it had recruited the Engineers Liz Ryder and Professor Palin to develop new offensive and defensive technologies. Palin's project, designed AG-0001, was a scanner intended to provide meaningful data on Thargoid ships. Ryder's project, designated AG-0002, was a missile launcher that was calibrated to damage the Thargoids. Both Engineers issued a request for Thargoid materials to help them complete their devices. On September 28, the devices, formally named the AX Missile Rack and AX Xeno Scanner, were made available at military, high-tech, and industrial planetary bases across human space. Aegis' military liason Admiral Aden Tanner also announced a second initiative to develop anti-Thargoid weapons, which supported the production of AG-0003. The second campaign was successful and produced the AX Multi-cannon.
On October 5, 3303, Professor Tesreau announced a third phase of its anti-Thargoid program to produce AG-0004. On October 6th, Aegis' military liaison Admiral Tanner confirmed that in recent days, Federal, Imperial, and civilian ships alike had been targeted and destroyed by Thargoids, and that the aliens were scanning the wreckage and seizing escape pods. Tanner reaffirmed that Aegis was dedicated to unraveling the Thargoids' motives. The third campaign was successful and produced the Remote Release Flak Launcher.
On October 12, it was announced that the fourth phase of Aegis' projects was being overseen by Engineer Elvira Martuuk, who revealed her plans for a device that would protect human ships from the Thargoids' immobilization fields. Meanwhile, an Aegis spokesperson noted that as well as adapting their defenses to human weapons technology, the Thargoids were also rapidly adapting to human strategies and tactics. The fourth campaign was successful and produced the Shutdown Field Neutraliser.
Following the withdrawal of Federal and Imperial forces from the Pleiades Nebula, ending the cold war over meta-alloys, Aegis planned to establish over 20 new orbital outposts in the coming months to consolidate their presence and bolster their research and defense capabilities. Cavalieri in Electra and Goya Landing in HIP 16753 were the first two of these new stations to be built.
|Agricola's Ascent||Pleiades Sector DL-Y d65|
|Arc's Faith||HR 1183|
|Asami Orbital||Pleiades Sector JC-V d2-62|
|Bao Landing||HIP 17497|
|Bennington's Rest||42 n Persei|
|Borrego's Vision||Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-7|
|Cleaver Prospect||Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-57|
|Cornell's Garden||Pleiades Sector GW-W c1-13|
|Corrigan Terminal||Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-74|
|Exodus Point||Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2|
|Goya Landing||HIP 16753|
|Ieyasu Dock||Pleiades Sector PD-S b4-0|
|Kamov Survey||HIP 17892|
|Kipling Orbital||Pleiades Sector KC-V c2-11|
|Liman Legacy||HIP 16753|
|Malthus Terminal||Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-41|
|Oort Orbital||Pleiades Sector KC-V c2-4|
|Rix Depot||Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-5|
On October 27, as losses of Federal Farragut Battle Cruisers and Imperial Majestic Class Interdictors continued to mount, Admiral Tanner noted that although recent developments like the Shutdown Field Neutraliser had proven effective in protecting conventional spacecraft from Thargoid attacks, difficulties had been encountered in adapting the technology to larger spacecraft. As a result of capital ships' continued vulnerability, Tanner warned that deploying such vessels to protect stations and outposts was not a viable defensive strategy against Thargoids for the time being.
On November 2, 3303, Aegis launched Operation Andronicus, a military operation intended to curb Thargoid aggression in the Pleiades Nebula. Admiral Tanner stated that Aegis would be offering substantial monetary rewards to independent pilots for confirmed Thargoid kills. The campaign concluded a week later and was declared a success that delivered a strategic blow to the Thargoid presence in Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55. As Tanner explained, "The operation's success proves that small ships, when piloted by seasoned Commanders, are our best hope of addressing the Thargoid threat, at least for the present. Every pilot who took part in this initiative has my sincere gratitude."
Further advancements and researchEdit
On November 10, 3303, a Faulcon DeLacy representative announced that it had teamed up with Aegis to produce an anti-Thargoid variant of the Taipan fighter, the Taipan AX1, which would be available for purchase beginning on November 13. Engineer Barr Winters explained that the new Taipan variant was equipped with two enhanced AX Multi-cannons to optimize its effectiveness against Thargoid vessels.
On November 23, Aegis announced a second military strike focusing on Thargoids in the Electra system. This operation had two goals: to reduce the Thargoid presence in Electra, and to collect additional Thargoid materials for the production of upscaled anti-Thargoid weapons. The campaign was a success, and class 3 versions of the AX Missile Rack and AX Multi-cannon were made available at military outposts.
On December 2, Aegis announced a large-scale expansion of its research division through the addition of 25 laboratories in starports throughout human space. Most of these labs were installed in the stations built under Aegis's prior infrastructure expansion in the Pleiades. By December 8, Aegis reported that the new research initiative had already achieved some early successes. Researchers were focusing on Thargoid Probes and Thargoid Sensors, and had made headway in understanding how the Thargoids stored and transmitted information. Study of Thargoid star maps also revealed that the Thargoids categorised geographical data differently from humans.
Thargoid attacks on Aegis labsEdit
Following the breakthroughs, three stations participating in Aegis' initiative were attacked by Thargoids on December 14: Liman Legacy in HIP 16753, The Oracle in Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55, and Titan's Daughter in Taygeta. Previously undocumented Medusa Variant Thargoid Interceptors neutralized the stations' defenses with shutdown fields before launching a devastating barrage of firepower that left the stations crippled and dangerously unstable. Emergency protocols were activated and Pilots Federation Rescue Vessels were deployed to evacuate pilots and civilians. Authorities in Taygeta later issued a statement saying that the situation was under control, and urged the public not to panic. While it was not clear why the Thargoids had targeted these three stations specifically and not others, Aegis confirmed it was investigating. Additional attacks occurred over the following weeks; these were also perpetrated by Medusa Interceptors, and also targeted stations participating in Aegis' initiative. A starport personnel member at Kipling Orbital noted that the Thargoids seemed to be sweeping the region and slowly moving towards the Core Systems, and Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval later confirmed that Aegis was investigating this development as well.
|Date of Attacks||Stations Damaged|
|December 14, 3303||Liman Legacy, HIP 16753|
The Oracle, Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55
Titan's Daughter, Taygeta
|December 21, 3303||Bao Landing, HIP 17497|
Hudson Observatory, HIP 17694
|January 4, 3304||Copernicus Observatory, Asterope|
Cyllene Orbital, Atlas
Artemis Lodge, Celaeno
|January 11, 3304||Obsidian Orbital, Maia|
Reed's Rest, Merope
|January 18, 3304||Kipling Orbital, Pleiades Sector KC-V c2-11|
Malthus Terminal, Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-41
|January 25, 3304||Borrego's Vision, Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-7|
Kamov Survey, HIP 17892
|February 1, 3304||Asami Orbital, Pleiades Sector JC-V d2-62|
Cleaver Prospect, Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-57
|February 8, 3304||Bennington's Rest, 42 n Persei|
Exodus Point, Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2
|February 15, 3304||Gaiman Dock, 49 Arietis|
Weyn Dock, 64 Arietis
|February 22, 3304||Armstrong Enterprise, Bhal|
Beaufoy Vision, Nauni
On February 24, 3304, Aegis finally confirmed that the Thargoids had been specifically targeting Aegis laboratories, and announced that defensive measures would be increased at all stations where the organisation had a presence. Professor Tesreau surmised that the Thargoids were actively trying to prevent Aegis from analyzing Thargoid artefacts, and speculated that a long-term solution might be to build new laboratories in secret locations such as bunkers and asteroids. Tesreau insisted Aegis's research was critical to understanding the Thargoids in the hopes of one day establishing a rapport with them and ending the conflict.
No further station attacks occurred after February 22, when the Aegis labs at Armstrong Enterprise in Bhal and Beaufoy Vision in Nauni were targeted. Both systems were located well within the frontier of the Core Systems, and were also the two most distant systems from the Pleiades that had hosted Aegis labs. Beginning on February 27, however, pilots began reporting encounters with groups of hostile Thargoid Scouts in other frontier systems such as Umbila and Huveang De, indicating that the Thargoid conflict was far from over.
On January 12, 3304, Aegis announced that it had made new Decontamination Limpets available at military, high-tech, refinery, industrial, and extraction planetary bases. These new limpets were designed to counter the caustic damage inflicted by Thargoid Interceptor missiles. Previously, caustic contamination could only be purged from ships by overheating them to a dangerous level, a risky tactic during combat. An Aegis spokesperson described the device's function: "As we know, the Thargoids' enzyme missiles are particularly dangerous because of the caustic damage they inflict. The decontamination limpet is designed to address this by stripping the corrosive enzymes from a ship's hull while also performing limited repairs."
Following Ram Tah's breakthroughs with Guardian technologies, Professor Tesreau announced on March 7 that she had contacted Ram Tah to request access to his data. With the revelation that the Guardians had once fought and won a war against the Thargoids, it was hoped that Guardian research could provide a deeper understanding of the Thargoids and their motives in attacking human space.
On March 9, 3304, Aegis announced a new operation to counter the Thargoids. The initiative, called Eagle Eye, involved placing six orbital surveillance installations in systems around the Pleiades, namely HIP 17225, HIP 17692, HIP 17892, HR 1185, Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55, and Pleiades Sector KC-V c2-4, in order to monitor known Thargoid Surface Sites and collect data on Thargoid behavior outside of combat zones.
By March 16, Aegis reported that Eagle Eye was already producing results. According to Admiral Tanner, the installations were able to track fluctuations in transmissions originating from Thargoid Surface Sites, and that these transmissions pointed to specific locations in human space which were likely future Thargoid attack targets. Tanner urged independent pilots to investigate a new set of signals detected by Eagle Eye to help thwart the Thargoids' plans.
The Purge of SochoEdit
On March 15, 3304, Aegis Core announced an anti-Thargoid campaign in the Socho system. The operation's goal was not only to expel Thargoid forces from Socho, but to obtain specific technological components from Thargoid Interceptors and Scouts for comparison research.
- Professor Alba Tesreau, Head of Research
- Admiral Aden Tanner, Chief Military Liaison
- Professor Boden Tench, Head Researcher at Titan's Daughter
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Galactic News: Joint Superpower Initiative Announced
- ↑ Galactic News: Aegis to Widen Remit
- ↑ Community Goal: Engineers Appeal for Thargoid Material
- ↑ r/EliteDangerous: PSA: AX Missile Rack and AX Xeno Scanner Now Available
- ↑ Galactic News: Engineers’ Campaign Concludes
- ↑ Community Goal: Second Aegis Initiative
- ↑ @EliteDangerous - "Last week, Aegis started developing weapons & tech to address the rising threat. This week, they need help again."
- ↑ Galactic News: Second Aegis Campaign Concludes
- ↑ Community Goal: Third Aegis Initiative
- ↑ Galactic News: Thargoid Threat Continues to Escalate
- ↑ Galactic News: Third Aegis Campaign Concludes
- ↑ Community Goal: Fourth Aegis Initiative
- ↑ Galactic News: Thargoids Continuing to Adapt
- ↑ Galactic News: Fourth Aegis Campaign Concludes
- ↑ Galactic News: Aegis Expanding
- ↑ Galactic News: Capital Ships Vulnerable to Thargoid Attack
- ↑ Community Goal: Operation Andronicus
- ↑ Galactic News: Operation Andronicus Concludes
- ↑ Galactic News: Taipan AX1 Announced
- ↑ Community Goal: Fifth Aegis Initiative
- ↑ Galactic News: Fifth Aegis Campaign Concludes
- ↑ Galactic News: New Aegis Initiative
- ↑ Galactic News: Aegis Initiative off to a Promising Start
- ↑ Galactic News: Starports Attacked by Thargoids
- ↑ YouTube: Commander Chronicles: Devastation - Elite Dangerous
- ↑ Galactic News: Authorities Urge Public Not to Panic
- ↑ Galactic News: More Starports Attacked
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Assault Continues
- ↑ Starport Attacks Continue
- ↑ Galactic Leaders Renew Appeals for Aid
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoids Targeting Aegis Laboratories
- ↑ GalNet: New Technology from Aegis
- ↑ GalNet: The Guardians: The Galaxy Reacts
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Surveillance in the Pleiades
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Surveillance Continues
- ↑ GalNet: The Purge of Socho