The Thargoids are an intelligent, highly-advanced insectoid species that have existed for millions of years. They are the only known living sapient species in the Milky Way galaxy other than humanity. Thargoids are highly territorial and seemingly rebuff all diplomatic overtures with unmitigated hostility, but are also known to be extremely slow to adapt.
Approximately 1 to 2 million years ago, the Thargoids instigated a war with another intelligent species called the Guardians over territory. Although the Guardians eventually prevailed, the Thargoids only opted to retreat because they were unprepared for a protracted campaign against a rival civilization. Thargoids and humanity have been embroiled in two wars. The first occurred between 3125 and 3151, and is believed to have ended in a human victory with the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm's successful deployment of the mycoid bio-weapon. The second, ongoing conflict began in 3303 and has been rapidly escalating with no resolution in sight, affecting dozens of systems across the Pleiades Nebula and the Core Systems.
The Thargoids are an ancient, sapient, insectoid species of enigmatic origin. Data obtained from Ancient Obelisks built by the Guardians indicates that the Thargoids are several millions of years old, and likely a far older species than the Guardians themselves. Professor Cora Shaw of the Palin Institute concluded that they were an established spacefaring species long before they encountered the Guardians. They have an affinity for ammonia-based worlds. This suggests they may have evolved in a harsh, low-temperature environment, which might explain their overdeveloped survival instincts and aggressive nature. The Thargoids are experts in bioengineering, so they may have augmented their own biology to a point where natural evolutionary processes are meaningless.
The location of the Thargoid homeworld, if such a place exists, is unknown. Professor Shaw continued to speculate that it might be somewhere beyond known space or on the other side of the Milky Way galaxy. Alternatively, the Thargoids may have become a nomadic species, existing entirely in space or within fabricated hives. It is possible they journeyed across millions of light years, from Andromeda or beyond, like a swarm of locusts seeking fresh crops to consume. Since Thargoid vessels can hover in hyperspace, it suggests that they could even originate from there, or that they may use hyperspace as a conduit from a dimensional plane entirely separate from real space. Thus, the Thargoids may not just be extragalactic in origin, but extra-universal.
Guardian-Thargoid Conflict EditThe Thargoids seeded a number of planets with barnacles in what eventually became Guardian space 1 to 2 million years ago. Several thousand years later the Thargoids returned and discovered that the planets they had seeded were occupied by the Guardians. The Thargoids immediately launched an assault making no effort to communicate with the Guardians. This tallies with the Thargoids’ behaviour in human space.
After the beginning of the war with the Thargoids, the Guardians were forced to make a partial retreat. They were reluctant to take up arms with the Thargoids and kept communicating with them. Eventually they gained enough understanding of the Thargoid language to communicate. It didn't benefit the Guardians much, because the Thargoids were determined to continue hostilities. The Guardians were forced to employ more aggressive methods to address the Thargoid threat. The Guardians used drones, autonomous war machines that could target anything that utilised Thargoid engineering. Remarkably, Thargoid bio-mechanical technology was engineered to recognise anything of Guardian origin.
It appears the Thargoids entered Guardian space unprepared for a protracted military campaign, and after facing a relentless onslaught from the Guardians' war machines they were forced to retreat.
First contact with humans Edit
Officially, the first encounters between humans and Thargoids occurred around an ammonia-based world in 3125, but unverified incidents involving similar ships were reported as early as the 2810's. Between the 2810's and 2840's, the Galactic Cooperative documented a significant number of ship disappearances in its space and near the Pleiades Nebula. Investigations found no evidence of foul-play, but the disappearances and hyperdrive malfunctions continued intermittently, stoking anxiety among pilots. In 2849, the first footage surfaced of one of these "encounters", with one blurry image appearing to show an alien ship with the word "THARG" on its hull. The media immediately coined the term "Thargoid" as a name for the aliens. However, no conclusive proof of the Thargoids' existence was obtained, and they faded into folklore.
Centuries later in the early 3120's, new reports emerged of octagonal starships of unknown design and origin, as well as hyperdrive malfunctions. In 3123, GalCop discovered the wreckage of two ships in its space that had been destroyed by more powerful laser weapons than were known to exist at the time. In 3125, independent pilots claimed that they were being pulled out of hyperspace and attacked by octagonal ships. Those who survived the experience were convinced they had encountered an alien species, and named the aliens "Thargoids" after the 29th century incidents. As the news spread, leaked Federal intelligence reports indicated that the Thargoid attacks were likely provoked by human hostility; colonists in the Veliaze system had apparently come into contact with a Thargoid deputation and assaulted it out of ignorance shortly before the attacks began. Some years later, the Thargoids disappeared as mysteriously as they had arrived.
The events surrounding first contact with the Thargoids were mostly suppressed and forgotten, and by the 3300's the Thargoids themselves were generally regarded as fiction. According to Alliance Prime Minister Edmund Mahon, who is one of the few individuals with access to surviving records, the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm, or INRA, fought a war against the Thargoids and eventually secured victory by deploying a bioweapon against the aliens. The Thargoids retreated, and for many years it was believed they had been driven to extinction or even never truly existed at all.
According to the logs of the Megaship GCS Sarasvati, the original war with the Thargoids ended in 3151. In the aftermath, the Galactic Cooperative set up a series of deep space monitoring stations, one of which was the GCS Sarasvati, to watch for a resurgent Thargoid threat. This initiative was called Project Equinox. However, by December 27, 3155, no Thargoid presence had been detected whatsoever and members of the project questioned its usefulness. By August 16, 3172, Galcop had become weakened and fractured, and Project Equinox was shut down. Unfortunately, this occurred just as project lead Dr. Cassandra Lockhart discovered that the Thargoids had been sowing the seeds for their future return all along, and her warnings were ignored.
In the course of the war, a number of Thargoid ships were captured by the Galactic Cooperative, and later fell into the possession of the Alliance in the years after Galcop collapsed. By the 3270's, the Alliance was able to reverse-engineer Thargoid technology to produce the single most consequential hyperdrive innovation in centuries: the Frame Shift Drive. FSDs reduced travel times in Hyperspace from hours to mere seconds, opening the floodgates for human exploration and expansion. Due to the machinations of The Club, however, the Alliance did not leverage FSD technology to gain superiority over the Federation and Empire; instead, the tech fell into the hands of Sirius Corporation, which monopolized it and distributed it to all the powers and factions, ensuring no one gained an advantage. Afterward, The Club suppressed information about the Thargoids so that it became a myth among the public.
Renewed activity Edit
In early 3301, Unknown Artefacts were discovered among the cargoes of secret Federal convoys. Their discovery marked the first indication that Thargoids yet existed in the depths of space, though the Artefacts, as well as the similar Unknown Probes that would be found orbiting ammonia worlds in 3302, would not be conclusively linked to the Thargoids until later. Some CMDRs believed that the Artefacts and Probes originated from an entirely unknown alien race, while others asserted that they were examples of experimental human technology. Disputes and speculation over the objects continued for months. Barnacles, were also discovered in 3302, but their even more pronounced organic appearance also stymied analysis.
On January 5, 3303, Commander DP Sayre reported the first known encounter with an Unknown Ship, which was later confirmed to be a type of Thargoid vessel and officially reclassified as a Thargoid Interceptor. The Unknown Ship interdicted the CMDR from hyperspace and apparently scanned him before departing to an untraceable destination. The acts of interdicting a target while in hyperspace and leaving an untraceable wake signature were both well beyond the capabilities of human technology. Previously, only the wreckage of these ships had been documented.
Beginning April 11, 3303, reports surfaced of Unknown Ships apparently attacking Federation convoys. Upon dropping out of supercruise at the source of certain distress calls, Commanders arrived in a green, gaseous cloud and their ship was disabled. Multiple Federal Corvette wrecks, bearing luminescent green residue where they were damaged and with their crews apparently dead, were adrift in the cloud, and a single Unknown Ship could be seen jumping away. Presumably, the Unknown Ship destroyed all of the Corvettes on its own in each incident.
On June 2, 3303, CMDR Mobiusetti documented the first known interaction between an Unknown Ship and a Barnacle on Pleiades Sector OI-T C3-7 A 6 at coordinates -42.77, -21.7. This confirmed suspicions that they were related.
Kelvin Masters of the Imperial Herald said the barnacles indicate that the Thargoids were in Maia and Merope long before we were. Humanity has expanded into what the Thargoids see as their territory.
Identification and escalationEdit
On June 12, 3303, Professor Palin issued a request for scan and wake signature data from Unknown Ships to be delivered to Orcus Crag in Pleiades Sector OI-T c3-7. Palin compared the collected data to older Thargoid samples and confirmed that Unknown Ships were Thargoid in origin. Shortly afterward, Federation military forces seized Palin's research for transport to a Federal research facility, but the fleet never arrived at its destination.
On June 13, wreckage was found with a transmitter which contained a recorded message:
"This is an urgent message from Commander Edward Lewis. There are forces out there who do not want you to know the truth, but I have to make this public. I found a ship in HIP 17044. A Federal cap ship, shot to pieces. They were carrying the data the Feds stole from Professor Palin. The crew is dead, but they discovered something important about the Unknown Ships. There is a beacon in the wreckage broadcasting a message, over and over. It proves what we suspected. They are back. And the whole galaxy needs to know. The Thargoids have returned."
Two unnamed Farragut Battle Cruisers were located at an Unregistered Comms Beacon approximately 11,000 ls in the direction of the Asterope system from planet 2 in the HIP 17044 system. The capital ships and an accompanying fleet of smaller Federal ships were all heavily damaged, their crews presumably dead, and adrift in the same green, gaseous cloud noted to be a signature of previous Unknown Ship attacks. A transmitter satellite was found among the debris. One Farragut was also discovered to be broadcasting a recording in Morse code in a small, 30-meter zone around its antenna array: "UNKNOWN VESSELS DETECTED. SERVER PURGE FAILED. SHIP ASSETS LIQUIDATED. PAYLOAD DESTROYED. SHIP STATUS LOST."
Following the incident, on June 19, the leaders of the Federation, Empire, and Alliance responded to the news that the aliens encountered in the Pleiades Nebula were Thargoids. President Zachary Hudson confirmed that the Federal military had been expanding in recent months in preparation for such a possibility. Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval urged calm and reminded the public that humanity had overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in the past. Prime Minister Edmund Mahon called for caution, arguing that it had not yet been proven that the destroyed Federal ships were the victims of Thargoid attacks, and that much could be learned from an advanced alien race like the Thargoids.
Thargoid Surface Sites Edit
Following the incident, CMDRs identified an unknown signal at a listening post in Maia this lead to heavily guarded relay posts. The final listening post had a Caesar Cypher encrypted location for the "nest". They traced it to planet B 1 C in HIP 19026. There, CMDR Lightningwing of The Canonn discovered the first known Thargoid Surface Site. These contain functional thargoid Technology.
Pleiades buildup and research efforts Edit
In the wake of the earlier discoveries concerning the Thargoids, numerous state-sponsored and independent initiatives were launched to expand humanity's presence in the Pleiades Nebula. The Indra, a Wells-class Carrier Megaship, was built and deployed by the Empire to HR 1185. The Federation established Blackmount Orbital and Blackmount Habitation in HIP 17692 to monitor Thargoid activity. The Oracle, an Ocellus station, was relocated to Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55 to serve as an independent hub for scientific research on the Thargoids. Abroin Universal Plc led a campaign to establish their own Thargoid research base in the Pleiades. The Federation, Empire, and Alliance jointly funded the creation of Aegis, a research organization intended to pool the scientific expertise of the three superpowers to coordinate investigations of the Thargoids; Aegis deployed a station named Donar's Oak to Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55. Sirius Corporation established two outposts in the Merope system, the station Reed's Rest and the surface port Omega Prospect.
On August 11, 3303, the Alliance launched a research initiative to build a range of state-of-the-art instruments to analyze various Thargoid materials, such as Unknown Ship Signatures and other objects recovered from Thargoid Surface Sites. The campaign was a success, but due to the nature of the research it would take some time for any results to be achieved.
With events unfolding at a rapid pace, the superpowers had until recently struggled to formulate appropriate responses to the Thargoid situation. While Aegis' establishment suggested that the galaxy's leaders were beginning to address the issue, journalist Kelvin Masters offered a more frank analysis in an Imperial Herald article on August 25, 3303: "The barnacles seem to indicate that the Thargoids were in Maia and Merope long before we were. For all we know, humanity has expanded into what the Thargoids see as their territory. I have no interest in scaremongering, but my belief is that a Thargoid attack could be imminent – their behaviour certainly seems to suggest they are probing us for weaknesses."
Enemies of the Federation Edit
On September 15, 3303, Chief of Federal Security Admiral Aden Tanner announced that another Thargoid attack had recently occurred in Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 which resulted in the destruction of multiple Federal vessels, including one Farragut Battle Cruiser. While the motives for this attack were unknown, Admiral Tanner confirmed that the Thargoids were now officially considered enemies of the Federation. President Hudson gave Tanner full authority over the Federal Navy to deal with the Thargoid threat. Amid speculation that Federal forces had provoked the attack, the Federation insisted that black box data from the wreckage indicated no provocation on their part; this was confirmed by Aegis, which had also analyzed data from the attack.
The incident spurred all three superpowers to widen Aegis' remit to focus on both research and defence on September 21, 3303. The organization's budget was dramatically increased, and it recruited the Engineers Liz Ryder and Professor Palin to produce a new anti-Thargoid weapon and a scanner for Thargoid ships, respectively.
The Return Edit
Initial skirmishes Edit
On September 26, 3303, independent pilots reported being attacked unprovoked by Thargoid Interceptors at Non-Human Signal Sources. At least one of these attacks, in which CMDR Sapphire Horizons was the victim, occurred at a site with wreckage from an Imperial convoy, which was believed to have been destroyed by the Thargoid ship. In addition, Interceptors have demonstrated extreme hostility against any Guardian artefacts jettisoned in their vicinity, using their weapons to destroy them. New Barnacle sites have also been identified, with a greater concentration of the Structures and an octagonal formation that resembles a nascent Thargoid Surface Site.
Aegis released the AX Missile Rack and AX Xeno Scanner on September 28, 3303. These new devices allowed CMDRs to both scan Interceptors and successfully penetrate their defenses for the first time, a major milestone. However, it was also discovered that the Thargoids had begun attacking independent civilian vessels. A heavily-damaged Megaship identified as Samson Class Bulk Cargo Ship BTG-237 was found in Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55, near planet A 5, the victim of Thargoid aggression. To cap off a day filled with new developments, wreckage from a new type of Thargoid vessel, the Thargoid Scout, was also discovered on planet A 3 A in the HIP 17125 system.
Despite early successes against the Thargoids in battle thanks to the AX Missile Rack, by October 3rd the Thargoid vessels had adapted by developing a resistance to the damaging compound within the missiles. Reports also indicated that countermeasures like chaff could no longer prevent Interceptors from locking on, that the Interceptors had begun evading long-range attacks more effectively, and that Thargon drone swarms had become much more accurate. On October 5th, the AX Multi-cannon was released. Combined with an AX Missile Rack to expose Thargoid Hearts on Interceptors, this new weapon was able to circumvent the Thargoid's adaptation. Two other anti-Thargoid countermeasures, the Remote Release Flak Launcher and Shutdown Field Neutraliser, were made available over the following weeks, making human pilots more effective against their alien adversaries.
On October 6, 3303, Aegis' military liaison Admiral Aden 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. On October 12, an Aegis spokesperson confirmed that as well as adapting their defenses to human weapons technology, the Thargoids were also rapidly adapting to human strategies and tactics. 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, the first 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. While Operation Andronicus was in effect, the Alliance organization Cooper Research Associates also announced they would reward pilots for the recovery of personal effects and escape pods from Thargoid attack sites. The operation concluded a week later, and both campaigns were hailed as successes.
Enter the BasilisksEdit
On November 13, 3303, the first sightings of a new variant of Thargoid Interceptor were reported by independent pilots in the Electra system. Classified as the "Basilisk Variant" by the Pilots Federation, these heavily scarred Interceptors possessed demonstrably more powerful offensive and defensive capabilities. Prior to this, only Cyclops Variant Thargoid Interceptors had been encountered. As Basilisk Variants and Cyclops Variants have yet to demonstrate any hostility towards each other, it is unknown if the presence of Basilisk Variants represents an escalation in the ongoing conflict between Thargoids and humans, or the arrival of a second Thargoid faction in the region.
With casualties from Thargoid attacks continuing to mount, President Zachary Hudson and Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval issued statements to reassure the public, insisting that the Thargoid presence would likely remain limited to the Pleiades Nebula and that the combined forces of the Federation and Empire could overcome any threat. Despite this optimism, Admiral Aden Tanner stated it was premature to assert that the Thargoids would not advance beyond the Pleiades, but that Aegis was actively investigating the Thargoids' long-term plans.
The Pleiades aflameEdit
Station attacks and MedusaeEdit
December 14, 3303 marked the most serious escalation of the Thargoid conflict yet. The stations Titan's Daughter in Taygeta, The Oracle in Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55, and Liman Legacy in HIP 16753 were attacked and severely damaged by Thargoids, disrupting services and making the stations dangerously unstable. Emergency evacuation protocols were activated, and the Pilots Federation extracted the ships of the independent pilots docked at the affected Stations and transferred them to Rescue Vessels. Pilots were encouraged to aid the ongoing evacuation of the stations' inhabitants.
The attacks were confirmed to have been carried out by a new variant of Thargoid Interceptor classified as the "Medusa Variant". These ships also began interdicting pilots from hyperspace and appearing in Threat 7 Non-Human Signal Sources. Medusae surpass the capabilities of Basilisk Variant Interceptors, possessing even stronger defenses, more powerful weapons, and the ability to direct an even larger swarm of Thargon drones.
The death toll from the station attacks was believed to be in the thousands, but could have been far worse. Starport security feeds indicate that the Medusa Interceptors used their shutdown fields to disable station defenses before targeting the main reactor. An eyewitness speculated that the Thargoids' intent was to cripple the stations, not destroy them outright. While it was not clear why the Thargoids had targeted these three stations specifically and not others, Aegis was investigating the issue.
The following week on December 21, as the three stations were stabilized and repair work began on them, further attacks were reported at Bao Landing in HIP 17497, Cavalieri in Electra, and Hudson Observatory in HIP 17694. Medusa Interceptors were once again confirmed to be the culprits, and hundreds more human casualties were tallied. Three more attacks occurred two weeks later on January 4, 3304 at Copernicus Observatory in Asterope, Cyllene Orbital in Atlas, and Artemis Lodge in Celaeno, followed by two attacks on January 11 at Obsidian Orbital in Maia and Reed's Rest in Merope.
The Liberation of HIP 17692Edit
Also on January 11, the Federation and Empire announced a joint initiative to counter Thargoid activity in the HIP 17692 system and attempt to reduce the Thargoids' presence in the Pleiades. The Empire-aligned Merope Expeditionary Fleet took charge of military operations, while the Federation-aligned Pleiades Resource Enterprise coordinated the rescue of attack survivors, personal effects, and data. Fleet Admiral Denton Patreus stated, "Starports throughout the Pleiades have been attacked. Thousands of lives have been lost. And we have failed to deliver an effective response. That changes now."
The operation marked just over a year since the first encounter with an active Thargoid Interceptor. Political commentator Daxton Sung offered an analysis: "The situation continues to escalate and our leaders continue to offer the same tired platitudes – militaristic bombast from Hudson, noncommittal banalities from Lavigny-Duval and earnest sympathising from Mahon. It's clear that they have no idea how to counter the Thargoid threat, beyond pumping more money into Aegis's weapons programme."
Advance on the Core SystemsEdit
While the HIP 17692 operation proved to be a success, Thargoid attacks on stations continued unabated on January 18, striking Kipling Orbital in Pleiades Sector KC-V c2-11 and Malthus Terminal in Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-41. After these attacks, a member of Kipling Orbital's starport personnel noted that the Thargoids seemed to be sweeping the region and slowly moving towards the Core Systems.
On January 25, Borrego's Vision in Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-7 and Kamov Survey in HIP 17892 were hit. On February 1, Asami Orbital in Pleiades Sector JC-V d2-62 and Cleaver Prospect in Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-57 suffered attacks; both stations were significantly closer to the Core Systems that the targets of the previous attacks. On February 8, Bennington's Restin 42 n Persei and Exodus Point in Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2 were attacked, continuing the trend of the Thargoids' movements. President Zachary Hudson and Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval both issued fresh appeals for aid for the affected stations, and the Emperor also confirmed that Aegis was actively investigating the Thargoids' shift toward the Core Systems.
On February 15, Gaiman Dock in 49 Arietis and Weyn Dock in 64 Arietis were hit, marking the Thargoids' arrival in the outer fringe of the Core Systems. As the public questioned the lack of an effective military response to the Thargoids, Imperial Senator Gianna Tachibana asserted that humanity was being reactive rather than proactive, and that the Pleiades were at risk of becoming a no-go zone even with the assistance of independent pilot militias and Aegis's research. Meanwhile, the Federation launched the Bulwark Project, an initiative to develop autonomous military hardware to combat the Thargoids. While Imperial commentators criticized the initiative as a circumvention of long-standing conventions against the development of artificial intelligence, Federal Shadow President Felicia Winters dismissed those concerns, claiming that the Bulwark Project's purpose was to "investigate alternate defence strategies, not to develop machine intelligence". The Bulwark Project campaign was later successful, but Winters was careful to note that the Project's initial remit was merely to determine the economic and military feasibility of the creation of a fully-automated defence force.
On February 22, Armstrong Enterprise in Bhal and Beaufoy Vision in Nauni, both locations within the Core Systems, suffered Thargoid attacks. Coinciding with these latest incidents, Fleet Admiral Patreus coordinated a second Federal-Imperial joint operation against the Thargoids, this time centered on the Pleiades Sector OI-T c3-7 and Arietis Sector XE-Z b4 systems. The operation was subsequently declared a success. Notably, no additional Thargoid attacks occurred on March 1, marking the first lull in the incursion, although sightings and encounters with Thargoid Interceptors began occurring at various locations within the Core Systems, with hostile Thargoid Scout Marauders now appearing as well.
On March 9, Aegis unveiled a new initiative called Eagle Eye. Six orbital surveillance installations were set up in 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.
War in the CoreEdit
The Purge of SochoEdit
With the Thargoids now wreaking havoc well within the Core Systems, Aegis began coordinating the first counterattack. On March 15, 3304, Aegis Core announced an anti-Thargoid campaign in its home system of Socho. 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. The operation concluded successfully.
On March 22, 3304, Aegis published a report containing significant insights into the Thargoids that had been gleaned with the help of Ram Tah and his Guardian research. The findings indicated that the Thargoids had warred with the Guardians because of the latter's perceived encroachment on territory that the Thargoids had seeded with Barnacles millennia earlier. Despite attempts by the Guardians to communicate with the Thargoids, the Thargoids' survival instincts were so strong that they refused to tolerate any potential threat and continued hostilities until the Guardians eventually expelled them using automated war machines. Professor Alba Tesreau commented that the Guardians' situation mirrored humanity's own: the Thargoids had long ago seeded territory that humans had unknowingly expanded into, and the current conflict was essentially a dispute over territory and resources. Tesreau asserted that the next step the Thargoids would take would be to aggressively mine mineral resources. Ram Tah noted that these revelations finally provided some answers about the Thargoids' overall goals and could ultimately aid humanity in the conflict.
Onslaught and trepidationEdit
The same day as Aegis's report made waves in the media, the station Glazkov Terminal in Irandan was attacked by the Thargoids after a month of relative calm. Both Irandan and HIP 21559 had been identified as likely targets for imminent Thargoid attacks by Eagle Eye, but only the latter system had seen a heavy influx of independent combat pilots come to its defense over the preceding week.
The attack on Glazkov Terminal would be only the first of a fresh wave of attacks that would strike deep within the Core Systems. On March 30, Doyle Landing in Lunguni fell victim of the Thargoids. On April 12, Guidoni Enterprise in HIP 9599 was attacked. On April 19, Weil Station in Kunuvii and Eyharts Enterprise in 32 c Piscium were attacked, along with six Bulk Cruiser Megaships found disabled across the LP 581-36, Chan Mina, Deriv-Dar, and Nankul systems. On April 26, Acton Dock in LP 581-36 was attacked. On May 3, Sturckow Port in SPOCS 253 was attacked. No stations were attacked during the weeks of May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 14 as pilots successfully rallied to the defense of the targeted systems.
Meanwhile, also on March 22, Yuri Grom of the EG Pilots launched a campaign led by the EG Union to construct a new shipyard in CPC 20 6743. A spokesperson for the EG Union explained that the shipyard would construct new Farragut Battle Cruisers to bolster humanity's defenses against a Thargoid invasion. On March 30, Admiral Tanner formally debuted Aegis's two new military Megaships, the Acropolis and the Vanguard, explaining that they would serve as mobile command centers for anti-Thargoid operations. On April 6, the Privateers Alliance and the Atlas Corporation both took similar approaches to fortifying the Core Systems against the Thargoids. The Privateers Alliance launched a campaign to build a military installation in HIP 33368, while the Atlas Corporation began work on the ACS Overwatch Megaship in Lambda Arae.
Despite Aegis's proven successes in the conflict, Princess Aisling Duval controversially criticized the organization on April 6, stating that she and many other galactic citizens were concerned that Aegis lacked a clear, long-term strategy to combat the Thargoids and was being reactive rather than proactive. While the Princess's opinion had its share of detractors who spoke out in defense of Aegis, others noted that Aegis lacked transparency and had done little to assuage the widespread fear of alien conquest among the public.
On April 25, Simguru Pranav Antal of the Utopia movement addressed an even more controversial possibility: humanity could lose the war against the Thargoids. The Simguru urged galactic citizens to join Utopia and help protect the Sim-Archive to ensure that humanity could live beyond its potential extinction. Pranav Antal's pessimism quickly triggered a backlash from such figures as Shadow President Felicia Winters, Sirius Corporation CEO Li Yong-Rui, and Admiral Tanner. Nonetheless, Utopia doubled down on the Simguru's statement on May 4, 3304 by launching a project to construct a military installation in its home system of Antal to defend the Sim-Archive from potential Thargoid attack.
Meanwhile, as the Thargoid conflict wore on, journalists and scholars began noting the phenomenon of fringe doomsayer cults proliferating throughout the Core Systems. Independent reporter Gethin Okonkwo published an article on May 19 revealing that dozens of such cults had emerged, and while their natures varied, they were all adamant that the Thargoid conflict was a sign of an imminent apocalypse. On June 16, exotheologian Dr. Alfred Ulyanov highlighted one unnamed cult that even worshiped the Thargoids as harbingers of an extra-dimensional, omnipotent being they called the Far God. The cult's followers believed that only they would survive the Far God's manifestation in this universe, and gathered in hive-chapels patterned after Thargoid vessel and structure designs.
By June 30, the nameless cult had garnered hostile reactions from the public, and security officials had arrested multiple individuals for committing various misdemeanors against cult members. Local authorities called for tolerance, with Councillor Quinn Damico of the Aranbarahun system assuring citizens that the cultists were harmless and reaffirming that freedom of religion was protected in all systems where the cult had established itself. Mistrust of the cult continued to grow, however, and on July 5 reporter Flint "Firemaker" Lafosse stoked tensions further with speculation that the reclusive Thargoid cult was a "fifth column" of brainwashed abduction victims sent back to human systems as spies and saboteurs. Dr. Ulyanov refuted this, saying that the cult avoided socializing because they believed humanity would soon be dead and insisting that his studies had found no evidence that the cultists were a threat.
A fleeting victoryEdit
On June 21, 3304, the Thargoids ended humanity's string of victories with an attack on Hennepin Prospect in Assinda. The attack appeared to be an outlier rather than an indication of Thargoid resurgence, however, as Eagle Eye did not intercept any new signals from Thargoid sites, and all Eagle Eye installations began transmitting the same message: "no new signal detected thargoid activity unknown initiate protocol xeno 55". That same day, Aegis also declared that the Thargoids were retreating from the Core Systems and had been pushed back to their original beachhead of Bhal. Admiral Tanner thanked Commanders for their efforts in defending the Core Systems, but noted that while Thargoid incursions had been reversed in many regions, the Thargoids remained entrenched in the Pleiades Nebula.
On June 28, Aegis reported that Eagle Eye had detected a massive surge in Thargoid transmissions. Admiral Tanner asserted that the previous week's lull in activity in the Core Systems must have been only a brief delay while the Thargoids regrouped and summoned reinforcements from the Pleiades. Tanner issued an emergency call for aid for Garay Terminal in Deciat, which Eagle Eye identified as the Thargoids' main target; a number of disabled megaships had already been found in the system. A transmission from an unknown Commander in the Deciat system also indicated that a new type of Thargoid Scout was present among the invading force. Three new types of Scouts were subsequently identified: the Berserker, the Regenerator, and the Inciter. The Berserker is a more powerful and aggressive variant of the Marauder, while the Regenerator possesses the ability to restore the hull of other damaged Scouts and the Inciter can enhance their weaponry.
While Deciat was successfully defended against the Thargoid assault, Eagle Eye confirmed on July 5, 3304 that the Thargoids had resumed their original pattern of activity, targeting systems for an eventual attack and massing their forces there in preparation for it. Parise Station in Tembala was attacked on July 12, and Metcalf Station in HIP 44811 was attacked on July 19.
Settlement attacks and crash sitesEdit
Meanwhile, independent pilots patrolling the Pleiades Nebula discovered various listening posts that were monitoring certain planetside locations in various systems. Upon investigation, each site was found to be either a surface settlement or a crashed ship that had been attacked by Thargoids. Among the sites were the settlements Dominic's Corner, Scrump Landing, Sharpe Works, Site 94, Betterton Outpost, Penal Colony BV-2259, Comms Facility 89563, Research Base LV 8, Research Base KG-3362, and a crashed Anaconda named "The Bug Killer". While some of the settlements managed to evacuate before they were attacked, others were not so lucky, and recovered logs indicated that some survivors may have been abducted by the Thargoids. Peculiarly, a number of the logs also noted abrupt, widespread temperature decreases that preceded or coincided with the Thargoid attacks.
|Location Name||System||Planet|| Surface|
|The Bug Killer||HIP 16613||1 a||-11.00, -95.67||Crash site of a Thargoid-hunting Anaconda||Discovered on June 28, 3304|
|Dominic's Corner||Pleiades Sector GW-W c1-15||12 a||5.55, -115.69||Factory contracted by Aegis to produce AX weapons||Discovered on June 28, 3304|
|Scrump Landing||Pleiades Sector JN-S b4-3||2||-0.34, 12.92||Scrapyard and trading post||Discovered on June 28, 3304|
|Sharpe Works||Pleiades Sector IC-U b3-1||1||-4.95, 85.7||Independent colony||Discovered on June 28, 3304|
|Site 94||HIP 19284||A 2 d||-19.06, -99.45||Mining operation that unearthed an "alien monument", possibly Thargoid tech||Discovered on June 28, 3304|
|Betterton Outpost||HIP 19792||C 2||-24.70, 6.55||Independent colony||Discovered on June 29, 3304|
|Penal Colony BV-2259||HIP 16217||AB 1 a||-54.99, 30.33||Penitentiary||Discovered on June 29, 3304|
|Comms Facility 89563||HR 1172||A 5 b||-0.25, -67.67||Military outpost||Discovered on June 29, 3304|
|Research Base LV 8||HIP 17403||A 4 a||-51.19, 14.21||Research center studying a Thargoid Probe||Discovered on June 29, 3304|
|Research Base KG-3362||Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-17||1 a||58.11, 19.45||Agricultural research center||Discovered on June 29, 3304|
Thargoids are an insectoid species. Little is known about their physical appearance and biology. Their chemistry is carbon-based, but with ammonia as the solvent rather than water. If the rumors are true that they come from Ammonia-based planets then their physiology is drastically different from humans. For example, ammonia boils at -33 degrees C. Thargoids may well be acclimatised to temperatures far lower than humans. They are presumed to be highly intelligent, more than the average human due to their superior technological capabilities.
This indicates they may have evolved in a harsh, low-temperature environment, which might explain their overdeveloped survival instincts and aggressive nature. Since the Thargoids are experts in bioengineering, they could have augmented their own biology and superseded natural evolutionary processes.
According to The Club, what humans consider to be a singular Thargoid species actually consists of two distinct "dynasties": the Oresrians and the Klaxians. How Oresrians and Klaxians differ biologically, if at all, is unknown.
Descriptions based on encounters centuries ago have yet to be verified.
Not much information has been obtained about Thargoid society or culture. The only known fact is that the society is hive based, with no sense of close family. It is thought that the society is divided into colonies, possibly along the lines of ant colonies. The Oresrian and Klaxian dynasties may be two such colonies.
Thargoids are thought to have a natural affinity with space, and with Hyperspace in particular. This is due to the fact that Thargoid warriors seem to spend a large amount of time in space. Naval pilots and crews report that the warships in the war zones are encountered on repeated occasions over a period of months often without respite.
At some point, the Oresrian and Klaxian dynasties became embroiled in a civil war. Prior to 3303, the Klaxians gained the upper hand in this conflict and forced the Oresrians into a slow, continuous retreat across the galaxy, a retreat which will take them directly through human space. The Club has learned that the Oresrians planned to use human civilization as a "bullet shield" to occupy the Klaxians' attention while they escape deeper into space. This poses a potentially apocalyptic threat to humanity's survival.
Nothing is known about internal Thargoid politics or government, or why the Oresrians and Klaxians have come into conflict.
Thargoid relations with other species, as far as what is currently known, was frighteningly simple: war. The Thargoid invasions usually seemed to be prompted by the need for either agricultural or mineral resources, rather than a sociological or anthropological need to expand or colonise. In fact, the animal life on an invaded world was largely ignored unless it poses a threat to Thargoids.
Thargoid technology is vastly different from human technology. Not only are their ships currently invulnerable to conventional weapons, but they possess the ability to interdict human ships that are traveling through hyperspace, a feat previously believed to be impossible, as well as the ability to make untraceable hyperspace jumps and stymie any pursuers. Despite their advanced hyperspace capabilities, there is no evidence of Thargoid ships moving in Supercruise, perhaps suggesting they do not have short-range FTL capabilities.
Thargoid ships can create stable wormholes to hyperspace (witch-space). This is used to e.g. travel astronomical distances in seconds and interdict vessels. Their vessels can hover in hyperspace so they may be comfortable with residing in this higher dimensional region.
INRA chief scientist Bexley Prince asserted that Thargoid technology is far ahead of humans. Understanding it could open up all kinds of possibilities. The applications are potentially limitless. His logs were found at the INRA base Hollis Gateway.The decoded Guardian logs reveal that Thargoids engineered bio-mechanical technology to recognise anything of Guardian origin. This is why millions of years after the conflict, Thargoid devices still react aggressively to the presence of Guardian technology.
Analysis of the Scavenger shows that it contains organic and mechanical elements such as Thargoid Organic Circuitry. This discovery has lead many to question whether the Scavengers are sentient creatures or simple mechanical drones created by the Thargoids as workers. The Thargoid Interceptor also has intricate technological and biological elements such as "Thargoid Hearts" which can repair hull damage.
Thargoid weaponry has proven to be very powerful, resulting in numerous destroyed Federal and Imperial vessels, including capital ships. CMDRs who reported being attacked by Thargoid Interceptors have noted they lost their ships very quickly under an onslaught of powerful missiles and Thargon drone swarms.
The Thargoids seed planets with Alien Structures, so-called "barnacles". The barnacles extract resources from a planet and transform them into meta-alloys. This is an essential ingredient in the creation of Thargoid ships and technologies. The seeding of an area with barnacles is an important process to prepare it for Thargoid occupation.
Thargoid Surface Sites demonstrate the Thargoids construct and utilize vast surface installations. Passive drone-like devices called Scavengers were first encountered at these locations. Thargoid Eggs can be found around and inside these sites. It's unknown what produces and lays these eggs.
Thargoid Sensors and Thargoid Probes were also confirmed to be related to Thargoids after it was discovered that carrying them allowed doors at Thargoid Surface Sites to open. The other functions of these objects remain an enigma, however. Thargoid Interceptors have been witnessed retrieving them after September 26, 3303.
It's unclear whether Thargoids are a Type II or Type III civilization based on the Kardashev scale. Their lack of control over the Milky Way galaxy indicates they are Type II. However, since Thargoids may originate from another galaxy, parallel universe, or spatial dimension they could be Type III.
- Initially, it was only confirmed that Thargoids would eventually make an appearance in Elite Dangerous, and the specifics of that encounter were unknown.
- Frontier Developments staff commented that all Thargoids are female. However, this is not confirmed in the lore of Elite Dangerous.
- David Braben hinted that should peace have ever been found with Thargoids, it would be a temporary measure.
- It has been rumoured that Thargoids could be capable of building large artificial structures which could possibly be on a scale with planets, and certainly large enough to negate a ship's warp ability.
- The name "Thargoid" is believed to have come from the regular skit Captain Kremmen performed by radio and TV personality Kenny Everett on both his radio shows and, in animated form, on TV. The animated skits show the Thargoids as a species of tall, transparent creatures who are part of a highly-wealthy monarchical society. It is assumed that their main source of income is profiting from the sale of natural resources taken from planets they have colonised stretching thousands of light years.
- ↑ http://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?p=38820#post38820
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Guardian Codex 3 Decrypted. Thargoid Log - Unsuccessful Truce
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 GalNet: Thargoid Revelations
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 GalNet: Genesis of the Thargoids?
- ↑ Guardian 1/28 : Thargoid Log – Barnacle Seeding
- ↑ 2/28 : Thargoid Log – The War Begins
- ↑ Guardian Codex 3 Decrypted. Thargoid Log - Unsuccessful Truce
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 4/28 : Thargoid Log – The War Machine
- ↑ 5/28 : Thargoid Log – Victory
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Galactic News: The Thargoids
- ↑ Canonn Research - Drew Wagar's Lore: The Thargoids
- ↑ The Return 2.4 Announcement - Elite Dangerous
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Elite Encounters RPG
- ↑ Data taken from Tourist Spot Beacon 0184, Lave system
- ↑ First Thargoid Contact - 2.2 Beacon
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Elite Dangerous: Premonition
- ↑ Frontier Forums: GCS Sarasvati - early Thargoid lookout megaship
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8S-4Oq9Xvc
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 Galactic News: The Thargoid Situation
- ↑ Galactic News: The Thargoids have Returned
- ↑ Frontier Forums: Alien archeology and other mysteries: Thread 10 - The Canonn
- ↑ Galactic News: Galactic Leaders Address Thargoid Discovery
- ↑ /r/EliteDangerous: A mystery is afoot
- ↑ /r/EliteDangerous: (SPOILERS) Mysterious Structures Found By Cannon group
- ↑ Galactic News: New Superpower Bases in the Pleiades
- ↑ Community Goal: New Federal Outpost
- ↑ Galactic News: New Research Centre at Thargoid Site
- ↑ Community Goal: Pleiades Research Outpost
- ↑ Galactic News: Joint Superpower Initiative Announced
- ↑ Galactic News: Sirius Corporation Enters Merope
- ↑ Community Goal: Alliance Research Initiative
- ↑ Galactic News: Alliance Campaign Concludes
- ↑ Galactic News: Federal Capital Ship Destroyed by Thargoids
- ↑ Galactic News: Federation Addresses Rumours
- ↑ Galactic News: Aegis to Widen Remit
- ↑ Community Goal: Engineers Appeal for Thargoid Material
- ↑ r/EliteDangerous: So I just got killed by a Thargoid
- ↑ Galactic News: Further Thargoid Attacks
- ↑ r/EliteDangerous: They seriously don't like Guardian stuff monkaS
- ↑ r/EliteDangerous: The new barnacle site grows in a familiar pattern...credit to CMDR PinPiper
- ↑ PSA: AX Missile Rack and AX Xeno Scanner Now Available
- ↑ Thargoid Down! - SDC!
- ↑ Something new has happened in pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55..
- ↑ r/EliteDangerous: Elite Dangerous 2.4 new Unknown Ship (crashed) Hip 17125 A 3 A -65.8193 | 48.8662
- ↑ Galactic News: Thargoids Adapting Rapidly
- ↑ Galactic News: Thargoid Threat Continues to Escalate
- ↑ Galactic News: Thargoids Continuing to Adapt
- ↑ Galactic News: Capital Ships Vulnerable to Thargoid Attack
- ↑ Community Goal: Operation Andronicus
- ↑ Community Goal: Rescue Operation in the Pleiades
- ↑ Galactic News: Operation Andronicus Concludes
- ↑ Galactic News: Pleiades Rescue Operation Concludes
- ↑ Galactic News: Previously Unseen Thargoid Ships in Electra
- ↑ /r/EliteDangerous: Threat 6 USS in Electra
- ↑ Galactic News: Galactic Authorities Call for Calm
- ↑ YouTube: Commander Chronicles: Devastation - Elite Dangerous
- ↑ /r/EliteDangerous: So the Thargoids(?) Attacked a Station. Images Courtesy of CMDR Bad_Player
- ↑ 58.0 58.1 Galactic News: Starports Attacked by Thargoids
- ↑ /r/EliteDangerous: So the Thargoids(?) Attacked a Station. Images Courtesy of CMDR Bad_Player - Comment by ChristianM
- ↑ Galactic News: Authorities Urge Public Not to Panic
- ↑ Imgur: Galactic News: Starport Status Update, December 21, 3303
- ↑ Galactic News: More Starports Attacked
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Assault Continues
- ↑ The Liberation of HIP 17692
- ↑ One Year On
- ↑ GalNet: HIP 17692 Operation Concludes
- ↑ Starport Attacks Continue
- ↑ Galactic Leaders Renew Appeals for Aid
- ↑ Galactic News: Proactive or Reactive?
- ↑ Galactic News: The Bulwark Project
- ↑ GalNet: Federal Initiative Concludes
- ↑ GalNet: Anti-Thargoid Operation
- ↑ GalNet: Federal-Imperial Operation Concludes
- ↑ GalNet: Week in Review (March 3, 3304)
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Surveillance in the Pleiades
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Surveillance Continues
- ↑ GalNet: The Purge of Socho
- ↑ GalNet: Socho Operation Complete
- ↑ GalNet: EG Union Campaign
- ↑ GalNet: Anti-Thargoid Megaships Deployed by Aegis
- ↑ GalNet: Privateers Alliance Campaign
- ↑ GalNet: The ACS Overwatch
- ↑ GalNet: Aisling Duval Criticises Aegis
- ↑ Support for Aisling Duval
- ↑ GalNet: Utopia Plans for Humanity's Extinction
- ↑ GalNet: Antal's Pessimism Triggers Backlash
- ↑ GalNet: Defending the Sim-Archive
- ↑ GalNet: Fringe Doomsayer Cults on the Rise
- ↑ GalNet: Worshipping the Thargoids
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid-Worshipping Cult Garners Hostility
- ↑ GalNet: A Thargoid Fifth Column?
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoids Repelled from Core Systems
- ↑ GalNet: Thargoid Assault on the Deciat System
- ↑ http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/elite-dangerous-creator-talks-sci-fi-politics-and-whats-next-w492781
- ↑ https://www.drewwagar.com/lore/elite-dangerous-lore-the-thargoids/
- ↑ https://www.sharoma.com/frontierverse/thargoids.htm
- ↑ /r/EliteDangerous: Elite: Dangerous: Another INRA Base Found, Linked To Hyperdrive Research
- ↑ https://canonn.science/lore/drewwagar-the-thargoids/
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/75axlh/inra_planetary_base_found_on_hermitage_4_a/
- ↑ Thargoid Organic Circuitry in-game description
- ↑ Thargoid Medusa Tissue Sample
- ↑ Elite: Dangerous: INRA Base Attacked By Thargoids
- ↑ Guardian Codex 1/28 : Thargoid Log – Barnacle Seeding
- ↑ https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/355713-Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-10-The-Canonn?p=5952184&viewfull=1#post5952184
- ↑ http://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?p=160991#post160991
- ↑ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/posts/377497#comment-2014816
- ↑ https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=77358&p=1262252&viewfull=1#post1262252
- ↑ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments?cursor=2332567#comment-2332566
- ↑ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous/comments?cursor=1970411#comment-1970410
- ↑ http://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?p=85034#post85034
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Kremmen
- ↑ http://youtu.be/pyjKPbkkW9k?t=2m26s