The Intergalactic Naval Reserve Branch has unveiled even more secrets this week thanks to the activity of many players in the community, mostly French, sharing their fantastic discoveries. We were talking about the INRA last week: INRA
According to our latest information, the INRA was the organization that developed the Mycoid virus. The latter is based on a young scientist’s research in agrology, who sought to eradicate famine in the world, using tissues of Thargoids ships and fungi. His project went well beyond his expectations and attracted the attention of senior military officers who were overseeing the twelve scientific projects of the INRA. After millions of credits were spent in the Mycoid field, the chemical weapon was finally ready and ought to be super efficient against the Thargoids. It didn’t take long to repel the Thargoids using this bacteriological weapon. Discovery of the Thargoids in 2850, development of the INRA in 2900, Mycoid in 3151, and end of the invasion in 3193. The great war against the Thargoids lasted 96 years with minor wars between the two civilizations during 343 long years. This compound attacked the chemical polymers of which the Thargoids are composed, this is a genocide. – Lore Elite.
Subsequently, the Alliance allegedly stole the virus from the INRA in order to develop an antidote that would have been handed over to the Thargoids. The archives are obscure, but the Alliance would have established diplomatic bonds and technology trades with the Thargoids during this period.
Logs - Hollis Gateway
Personal Log : Bexlay Prince, Chief Researcher: We recieved a very exciting delivery today: pieces of recovered Thargoid technology, even framents of spacecraft. Most of the samples are dammaged, but we should still be able to put them to good use.
Thargoid technology is, in many repsects, far more advanced than our own.Undertanding it could open up all kinds of possibilities and rapidly accelerate our own development. Space travel, energy, weapons, even medicine – the applications are potentially limitless.
I suspect there’s a key discovery to be made, one that will open up the aliens’ technology to us. Who knows?
Perhaps I’ll be the one to make it. But I’m getting ahead of myself. There’s lots of work to be done before we can start popping champagne corks. I’ve given the research teams their assignments. Let’s see what they can find out.
Progress is slow and much of what we knew about the Thargoids – or thought we knew – has had to be revised.
But I suppose that’s to be expected.
We now have twelve active research projects, focusing on a number of different areas. I find myself growing impatient with some of my colleagues, but that’s the problem with being a perfectionist. I set high standards for myself, and I expect others to do the same.
Phase three has been a failure. I sincerely believed we were making progress, but just because something works in theory does not mean it will work in practice.
There have also been issues with the junior researchers. Some of them think they’re being monitored, and one… one actually believe she’s being held against her will. Of course, those who have worked in this sector before, know this is not the case.
Naturally our employers keep an eye on us – the work we’re doing is extremely sensitive. We’re researching alien technology, after all. It’s a question of security.
Some people can find a conspiracy in anything.
Our employers have become preoccupied with one of the research projects, although I’ve repeatedly told them it’s a dead end. It isn’t even an official project – it’s just something that one of the junior researchers cooked up in his spare time.
He’s a specialist in agricultural science, trying to wipe out famine or something. Apparently he’s created a biological agent that incapacitates the alien technology. Here we are, devoting millions of credits and countless ours to understanding this technology, and he’s trying to destroy it! If it were up to me I’d cut him from the project entirely, but our employers seem to think his work has merit.
I don’t have long. Once they realise I’m gone and the data has been copied, they’ll send their attack dogs after me, I know they will. But someone needs to show the galaxy what the INRA really is – what it’s doing, what it’s hiding.
I’m sorry for the part I’ve played in this. Truly.
I was a researcher at a facility in the Hermitag 4 A system exploring agricultural applications of Thargoid-derived technology. The lab was owned by the INRA.
Publicly, the INRA likes to emphasise the whole altruistic and cooperative thing, but in recent years it’s become much more focused on weapons testing and manufacture. Believe me, it’s a military contractor in all but name.
The nature of my field was the study of disease-resistant crops and mycoproteins, that sort of thing. I was getting good results, even if my superiors took no notice. Then everything changed.
I was running a bunch of control experiments, just trying a few things out really. It was an afterthought – it wasn’t even related to the main body of my work.
The results were interesting and I didn’t think they were particularly significant, but something made me take it directly to one of the INRA guys. I didn’t want to go to Dr Prince, she’d always been pretty dismissive of my work.
I would do anything to be able to undo that decision.
All my equipment and samples were whisked off to some remote facility. Later, I found out they’d been taken to a weapons-testing site in the Alnath A 2 A A system.
My research was used as the basis of a new super weapon designed to destroy the Thargoids. I heard they experimented on live captives. I doubt any of it was strictly legal. It certainly wasn’t ethical.
To the public, the INRA is a symbol of all that is possible when superpowers set aside their differences and work together. Well, it might have started off like that, but it’s something very different now. Progress at any cost, might makes right – all our worst impulses channelled into an unaccountable organisation focused solely on making bigger and more powerful weapons. Bigger and more powerful weapons. God.
If you find this… if someone finds this, make sure it gets out. Please. It’s time people knew the truth.
Excellent news: we have received a second specimen. We can now accelerate the pace of our testing.
So far, our experiments indicate that the fungus affects not only the Thargoids’ technology but also their physiology, as evidenced by the degeneration of our specimen. These results are highly encouraging. If the mycoid can hurt them – truly hurt them – we may have found the means to win this war.
Several of my colleagues have left the project in protest over our treatment of the creature. If it were up to me, I would have them executed as traitors.
Our latest tests were extremely successful. The mycoid can paralyse a Thargoid system – either physically or technological – in a matter of seconds. It is extremely effective.
I confess: the knowledge that the mycoid causes the Thargoids physical pain brings me some measure of satisfaction. But when one has seen, first hand, the effect of their weapons – seen the destruction, the chaos, the bodies – can one be blamed for wanting them to suffer, as we have?
The haulers have departed for the HIP 59382 1 B system with the samples, ready to start mass production. We know the mycoid works. Now it falls to the other members of the project to determine how it can be effectively deployed.
I know there are some who will condemn me for my part in this project. Let them. I harbour no remorse.
The Thargoids understand only one thing: destruction. They will not stop until every last one of us has been reduced to dust. We have created a weapon that can prevent such a catastrophe. We have a moral obligation to use it.
HIP 15329, A 3 C -62.61 / -44.26 Syleo (Wing Atlantis / OSIRIS / RI)
Logs - Klatt Enterprises
Finally, we have a breakthrough. A researcher at the facility in the Hermitage 4A system has found something – stumbled onto something, by all accounts – and it’s pushed our research forward dramatically.
Essentially, it’s a kind of fungus – one that appears to have a significant effect on Thargoid technology. We knew their tech was partly biological, but until now we couldn’t find a way to use that fact to our advantage.
The theory is that if we could somehow get the fungus into their starships – specifically their hyperdrives – we could shut them down. They’d be unable to leave their system.
We could end the war in a single stroke.
We have built a dedicated new laboratory so we can properly test the effects of the mycoid. We also have access to an intact Thargoid ship and a living specimen. I plan to test the mycoid on both. Some of my colleagues have expressed reservations about experimenting on a living creature, but I have no such qualms. We must know what the mycoid can do.
ALNATH, A 2 A A, 4.01 / 133.54 Isaiah Evanson (CoR)
Logs - Mayes Chemical Plant
To: Trystan Law, Corporate Liaison
I understand that this is lucrative contract, but I really think we need to take a second look at the production schedule. We have neither the facilities nor the workforce to deliver what’s been promised. Furthermore, the facility should be subjected to a complete decontamination before we start. That could take weeks.
Essentially, we can’t produce the chemicals in the quantity requested within the given timeframe. It just can’t be done.
I’d also like to renew my request for more information on the purpose of the chemical.
To: Elgii Sung, Site Manager
Welcome to the position of Site Manager. We are looking forward to working with you on the mycoid project.
I understand that you have raised questions regarding the reassignment of your predecessor. It was decided that her experience and expertise could be put to better use in another part of our organisation.
As discussed, it is of the utmost importance that the chemical be in production within three weeks.
We have every faith in you.
Trystan Law, Corporate Liaison
To: Elgii Sung, Site Manager
Our analysis has confirmed that the latest batch was contaminated, and is therefore useless. I’m sure we hardly need to remind you how essential it is that this project proceeds without complication.
The cause of the contamination must be determined immediately.
We cannot afford any more mistakes.
Trystan Law, Corporate Liaison
To: Trystan Law, Corporate Liaison
The issue with the previous batch arose because your unrealistic deadlines forced us to take shortcuts. If we were given more time, mistakes of this kind would not occur.
With that said, we have rectified the issue and extended working hours so we can replace the tainted batch without deviating from schedule. The next shipment will arrive in HIP 7158 A 2 D within 72 hours.
Elgii Sung, Site Manager
HIP 59382, 1 B 11.41 / 177.06 EfilOne (CoR)
Logs - Hogan Depot
Every day the haulers come, dropping off more of the stuff. Others come to pick it up. We’ve been told not to ask questions.
See, there’s rumours it’s some kind of pesticide, right.
But with the amount we’ve got in storage, they must be expecting one hell of an outbreak.
Some of the top brass from INRA’s visiting. The boss said he was here to talk about investment, but this guy had a military smell all over him. I know the public thinks that INRA is this great cooperative enterprise, but I don’t buy it.
I think there’s more to them than meets the eye.
One thing’s for sure – they’re running the show here.
So, the inbound haulers have stopped coming, but the collection ships are still flying in.
The place finally is being emptied.
I was talking to one of the hauler pilots down the docks today.
According to her, this is all part of some kind of top-secret anti-Thargoid weapon thing.
Apparently they’re flying the stuff to a med-research facility in LP 389-95 7,
wherever that is.
She reckons, this has been going on for months, at sites all over the galaxy.
So it’s not pesticide then – well, at least not in the conventional sense.
HIP 7158, A 2 B -44.63 / -63.78 EfilOne (CoR)
Logs - Velasquez Medical Research Centre
Personal Log: Kiona Li, Senior Medical Officer: I don’t know who they were, exactly. Some corporate bigwigs. But they definitly convinced the board.
I can’t say I’m surprised. They offered a lot of money for access to our labs apparently. The board probably didn’t even ask what they wanted them for.
At least I got the bosses to promise the lab wouldn’t be used to make biological weapons. This is a medical facility, after all. I will not be bullied into participating in this so-called war just because some corporate gave us their money.
It turns out they want us to make some kind of vaccine, an antidote for an unnamed biological weapon.
They’ve given us samples and data, but whenever we press for more information our requests are met with silence. We’re working in the dark. With our hands tied
behind our backs.
In practical terms we’ve got everything we could need, but I have no idea where half of it comes from. They’ve given us material the weapon has been tested on, both organic and inorganic, human and nonhuman.
I’m starting to wonder if the weapon is even designed to target humans.
We’ve finally been given access to a sample of the weapon, and it’s opened up all kinds of avenues.
I still worry about the ease with which our benefactors acquired the samples, but I’m probably just being paranoid. They obviously have deep pockets. Having access to unlimited funds must open all kinds of doors.
After months of research the solution ended up being pretty simple. Once you break it down it’s a fairly straightforward organic compound – little more than a fungus, really.
We tested the vaccine on some of the older samples, and while it doesn’t undo any existing damage, it does prevent the weapon from doing any further harm.
Our sponsors certainly seem happy.
The lab is being dismantled. Seems our sponsors want to move us to a new location. Their representatives appeared a few days ago, demanded that all data be transferred to their servers and all samples be put into storage, ready to be moved.
Why are they doing this? The lab more than meets our needs – they made sure of it. I tried talk to them, but I just got stonewalled. Apparently all information is on a need-to-know basis. And I don’t need to know.
LP 389-95, 7 57.96 / 50.03 Cmdr Solderkiller
Thank you OSIRIS for the EN details
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◘ 18 October – Further abandoned Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm outposts have been discovered in systems throughout the core. Records from the sites have shed additional light on the INRA’s activities, and indicate that the mycoid fungus, which was instrumental in countering the Thargoid incursions of the 3100s, was an unplanned by-product of the organisation’s research. The records also indicate that the INRA tested the mycoid on living Thargoid specimens – a revelation that has already prompted censure from ethical groups. Response to the accounts has been mixed. Some commentators have suggested that the INRA’s actions were unethical, while others have opined that it took appropriate measures to defend humanity.
Nestor Cartesius, an Imperial Senator, said:
“It is true that the INRA operated covertly, but there is nothing in the organisation’s past of which we need feel ashamed, and I see no reason for its work to remain secret. The INRA achieved the objectives it was created to fulfil – very successfully, I might add. The pertinent question is if its work can be of value to us now, in the wake of the Thargoids’ return.”
◘ 19 October – The fourth phase of Aegis’ campaign to counter the Thargoid threat has come to an end. Hundreds of independent pilots supported the initiative by taking to their ships to deliver commodities to Cremona Prospect. The materials will be used to test and mass-produce a shutdown-field neutraliser, developed by engineer Elvira Martuuk, which will counter the Thargoids’ ability to disable human spacecraft.
Martuuk released a brief statement to the media:
“I want to thank those who hauled stuff out to Cremona Prospect. I just hope the tech I’ve developed will make a difference to the Commanders on the front lines.”
◘ 19 October – Since it was founded in July 3302, the Colonia community has become a bastion of peace, seen by many as an island of calm in a sea of conflict. But the region is not impervious to occasional outbreaks of violence, and as Colonia’s population grows, such outbreaks look likely to become more frequent.
The latest such incident involves The Nameless, a criminal faction based in the Carcosa system, which has started attacking ships in Colonia. In an effort to restore order, the Colonia Council has issued a call to aid, pledging to reward pilots who help reduce the criminals’ numbers. The Nameless has responded in kind, promising generous incentives to those who help fight the Colonia Council’s peacekeepers.
◘ 20 October – Following news that the Empire and Federation have withdrawn from the Pleiades Nebula, contractors in the core systems have reported that Aegis is poised to establish a number of outposts in the region. The reports indicate that Aegis intends to establish more than twenty orbital outposts in the coming months, to support its ongoing research and defence initiative. Two of these outposts have already been built, and construction of a third is expected to begin soon.
Admiral Aden Tanner, Aegis’s chief military liaison, commented briefly on the news:
“In my view it is imperative that Aegis has a consolidated presence in the Pleiades, close to the centre of Thargoid activity. Fortunately our backers in the Alliance, Empire and Federation agree with me.”
◘ 20 October – A number of the galaxy’s most powerful figures have commented on the current galactic landscape, addressing issues such as the return of Thargoids and the recent discovery of outposts formerly occupied by the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm.
At a society event in the Cubeo system, Princess Aisling Duval said: “I read the INRA records, and frankly I was sickened. How could they treat living creatures that way? I’ve heard of governments inventing threats to support their military programmes. Maybe that’s what the INRA was. A smokescreen.” Duval was ushered away from reporters by her publicist before she could say any more.
Senator Denton Patreus, who has spent little time in the public eye since his defeat of the insurgent organisation Emperor’s Dawn, made the following statement on the ‘Galaxy Now’ programme: “I have reviewed much of the available intelligence on the Thargoids, and it is clear that we are facing a formidable threat. Granted, we do not know the reasons for their hostility, but in my experience such details are rarely important – what’s important is knowing where and when to strike. The formation of Aegis is in my view a sound strategy, and represents a sensible response to this threat. Furthermore, I know Aden Tanner well, and I wholeheartedly believe he is the right man to be guiding Aegis’s military strategy.”
Li Yong-Rui, CEO of the Sirius Corporation, also offered an appraisal of the situation: “If there’s one thing these INRA logs make plain it’s that humanity is capable of defeating the Thargoids, especially when we work together. And remember, most of the galaxy is functioning exactly as it always has, despite the presence of these alien aggressors. So let’s maintain some perspective, shall we?”
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