An Alien Crash Site consists of the wreckage of a Thargoid vessel that has crashed onto a planet's surface. The first such site was discovered in the Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 system on August 30, 3302. Additional sites were later found in HIP 17862 and HIP 17403. The alien ships are believed to be inert.
The wreckage, which is organic in appearance, is scattered in close proximity to a shallow depression caused by the alien ship's impact. There are fourteen visible pieces of the ship, and five distinct types of pieces. Additional pieces may or may not be buried beneath the visible wreckage. Thirteen pieces are external wing-like structures of unknown purpose. The fourteenth and largest piece is ostensibly the central part of the ship, a semi-octagonal "core" with a centralized circular "aperture", also of unknown purpose. While the intact ship has eight of each piece, save for the core, the crash sites seem to be missing some parts. All of the pieces are considerably larger than a Scarab SRV, and the intact ship is approximately between a Python and an Anaconda in size.
The circumstances of the ship's crash into Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 9 A, as well as how long the ship has been there, are unknown. The wreckage bears no obvious sign of weapon damage, and given the concentration of wreckage in a relatively small area, it is possible that the ship was intact up until its impact with the moon's surface, at which time it shattered. It is speculated that the ship's pilot or pilots, if any, may still be aboard.
In 3302, three (NPC) CMDRs, Mahina Dillion, Otto Granger, and Logan Kohl, experienced an "incident" that led them to a discovery of great importance. On August 27, 3302, the three CMDRs hacked public Galnet news transmissions and inserted coded text that directed other CMDRs to them. On August 28, 3302, they appeared in the systems Apademak and Cail, and offered to reveal their discovery to the galaxy via a series of clues if they were each given large quantities of certain commodities, marking the beginning of "the Hunt". On August 30, 3302, after Kohl's request for 6 million tons of narcotics was fulfilled and he offered his next clue, CMDRs Noctrach and Ihazevich located the correct planet that the clue hinted at and subsequently discovered the Alien Crash Site in a canyon there. Their discovery was in noted in a Galnet article posted the following day.
Crash Site LocationsEdit
|Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4||9 A||-26.37, 97.70||First Alien Crash Site discovered on Aug. 30, 3302 by CMDRs Noctrach and Ihazevich|
|HIP 17862||6 C A||30.32, -98.58||Discovered Nov. 3, 3302; Unknown Artefacts can be found at this site|
|HIP 17403||A 4 A||-34.98, -141.41||Discovered Nov. 5, 3302; Unknown Artefacts can be found at this site|
- According to Frontier's Michael Brookes, the Alien Crash Site at Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 was the final objective of "the Hunt". No new content related to the aliens was added until the Elite Dangerous: Horizons 2.2 update.