Does it exist, or does it not? If it does, then on Raxxla there’s an alien construct that’s a gateway to other Universes, and all that’s in those Universes in the way of bounty, and treasures, and aliens, and life...
— Rafe Zetter in The Dark Wheel by Robert Holdstock
Raxxla is; a fabled planet, a ghost world, a myth, a legend. It was first featured in the 1980 book The Alien World: A Complete Illustrated Guide written by Steven Eisler, the pen name of Robert Holdstock. Robert Holdstock published a novella called Elite: The Dark Wheel, which came packaged with the original Elite game, in 1984. Raxxla has been a hot topic of debate within the Elite community ever since.
As the legend goes, on Raxxla there is an alien construct that's a gateway to other universes and all that's in those universes in the way of bounty, treasures, aliens and life. Legend also says that long ago, a corps of The Dark Wheel discovered its location and lives there, exploiting the gateways for all the wealth and riches the other universes could provide. This made them powerful and twisted.
Jason Ryder was a member of The Dark Wheel and said he found evidence of the real existence of Raxxla. When he returned from deep space he was assassinated before he could get a proper team together.
According to Rafe Zette, a trader of old, there are already people on Raxxla. They've long suspected that a corps of elites live on Raxxla who exploit the gateway. They're powerful and twisted men who hire assassins to kill people who threaten their dominance.
Not a shred of hard evidence has been uncovered to suggest that Raxxla actually exists. This world is kept alive by word of mouth and hearsay only. It is one of Elite's most discussed and intriguing legends.
In September 2015, Drew Wagar - one of the official writers for Elite Dangerous - stated "I spoke to David Braben directly in 2014 and he confirmed to me that 'It’s out there and we (FD) know where it is.' – So it does exist." Michael Brookes said “There will be no clues.”
Raxxla is in the Milky Way. This was confirmed during DJTruthsayer's lore interview with Michael Brookes.
Question: "Where is Raxxla?" Brookes: "Well it's in the Milky Way, but I can't tell you where it is. It's a journey that everyone has to travel for themselves." Question: "You have said that there will be no clues though?" Brookes: "That's true, but I think you have to make some of it a tiny bit obvious just so people know what they're doing. There's nothing to be revealed at this stage."
Related Missions Edit
A few missions from The Dark Wheel faction in Shinrarta Dezhra refer to “The great mystery”. Thus far they have been simple cargo drops and it's not clear whether this ‘Dark Wheel’ is related to the original ‘Dark Wheel.’
- Mission 2 mentions a rumour that talks about: "A Certain celestial body. Place that isn't a place, door that is also the key. The myth." Upon delivery you receive a message mentioning a map and a context for coordinates.
- Mission 6 is very vague about "the hunt for, well, you know", but could be a reference to Raxxla. However, this mission could be feeding the ships log (data crystals or spheres?) into the Mission Obfuscated In The Outer Rim.
These are related in-game missions:
- Mission 2: Obfuscated In The Outer Rim
- Mission 3: The Silent Song Of The Spheres
- Mission 4: Discrete Redistribution Agent Desired
- Mission 5: Dark Wheel Seeks Diplomats For Discreet Delivery
- Mission 6: What Was Lost Will Soon Be Found
MacrosTheBlack has a thread about The Quest To Find Raxxla on the official forum.
References to Raxxla Edit
- 'Raxxla!' Jason said. 'Remember: Raxxla!' Then, as he pushed Alex back into the cramped escape pod, he shouted, 'Remember me, Alex! I wouldn't have wished this on you. Raxxla!" - from The Dark Wheel by Robert Holdstock 
- Rafe chuckled and shook his head. 'You see, that's the big question. Your father was chasing the mythical planet Raxxla. Does it exist, or does it not? If it does, then on Raxxla there's an alien construct that's a gateway to other Universes, and all that's in those Universes in the way of bounty, and treasures, and aliens, and life . . .
- Rafe smiled, shaking his head. Suddenly there was a brilliant sparkle in his eyes: 'Raxxla's no alien, Alex. It's a ghost world. A planet. A legend . . .' 
- There are people on Raxxla already. This is only a guess, mind you, but from what happened to Jason I'd say it was close to being right. We've long suspected that a corps of elites lives there, and are exploiting the gateway. They're powerful, twisted men. Powerful enough to hire an assassin to kill the threat to their dominance.
- Author Drew Wagar said "My own personal theory is that it can't be too far from Sol as it was reachable long ago by more primitive ships. Whether this proves true... I guess we'll find out."
- ↑ https://www.amazon.com/Alien-World-Complete-Illustrated-Guide/dp/0517305607
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Wheel#Packaging_and_marketing
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 http://www.iancgbell.clara.net/elite/dkwheel.htm#A56
- ↑ http://www.abandonia.com/files/extras/29369_the%20Dark%20Wheel.pdf
- ↑ http://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?p=143806#post143806
- ↑ http://www.drewwagar.com/lore/elite-dangerous-lore-raxxla/
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 https://canonn.science/lore/drewwagar-raxxla/
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 https://player.twitch.tv/?volume=0.8&video=v66487974&time=1h40m30s
- ↑ http://www.iancgbell.clara.net/elite/dkwheel.htm#A49
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/9xx2di/with_the_q4_exploration_content_about_to_drop/