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After three years of research, puzzles to solve, investigations on bases, deciphering… the mystery has finally been solved: Formidine Rift.

The mystery of the Formidine Rift finds a genesis in Drew Wagar’s Oolite Saga. The third installment of this saga makes a reference to the ‘Formidine Rift’ where we read that, “Thargoid incursions into the Formidine rift appear to be increasing dramatically.Oolite is an unofficial remake of the original 1984 game Elite and share similarities to the Elite: Dangerous universe. Though there are many similarities there are also plenty of differences. Drew Wagar readily admits that the Oolite Saga is a work of fan fiction.

The Formidine Rift became an official part of the Elite: Dangerous universe when Drew was given the opportunity to write an official novel as a companion to the game. Drew has confirmed that the developers included the Rift and a mysterious something to be found inside it in the game and that this something has been present since it was initially released.

Drew’s book, Reclamation follows the adventures of Lady Kahina Tijani Loren, third daughter to the prior imperial senator to Chione, Senator Algreb Loren.

During the adventure Kahina, while suffering from amnesia and using the name ‘Salomé’, meets an old Elite Commander who tells her of a place known as “The Formidine Rift”. She didn’t disclose too many details… just the description that the Rift is located somewhere near the ‘edge of the galactic arm’ and a simple line in space drawn through the systems of Reorte and Riedquat and beyond points to the location of the Rift. Later in the novel Kahina hacks into a video archive made by the lady when she was younger and discovers that there is something out there that GalCop, the Federation and the Empire were all trying to keep secret from the rest of the galaxy.

Salomé, in her ship

This is a big piece of history that I can not fully detail. The decrypted messages of the Formidine Rift, Conflux and Hawkin’s Gap sites can be found below. Three destinations of the Dynasty expedition.

  • The expedition is likely to be funded by Sirius Corporation;
  • Pilots must launch beacons/probes in deep space on three well-known areas;
  • These beacons/probes are very heavily guarded and it is forbidden to approach or even talk about them;
  • These beacons/probes are apparently causing damage to the vessels. There are many victims;
  • The equipment is regularly rebooted and suddenly stopped because of these strange technologies;
  • Sometimes, codes are transmitted from these beacons/probes but the pilots don’t understand the messages;
  • The crew goes crazy and feels watched by things.
Formidine Rift

Formidine Rift

  • Alpha Site – Many beacons are launched in space and no one knows why. The staff go crazy, these lights … they call me … this siren song … the lights … join them … CANOPY BLAST BOLTS ACTIVATED. LIFE SUPPORT MALFUNCTION. CREW VITAL SIGNS TERMINATED. SHIP SYSTEMS ENGAGING STANDBY MODE. DISTRESS BEACON ACTIVATED.
  • Beta Site – Discussions about a Dynasty Project, a group of explorers gathered on this point, there are very few stars here and it is dark, which makes the explorers uncomfortable. They have deposited many parcels of cargo. Some FSD jump problems reported, the ship was left on the spot because the FSD module was KO.
  • Gamma Site  – A main ship pilot describes here the strange light signals received from hyperspace, they are in terror. The equipment starts to malfunction, they then reboot all by themselves. Strange thermal signatures are detected but nothing in sight … “someone is there and watch us I’m sure! They do not like the company!”
  • Delta Site – A pilot engaged herself in the expedition with the lure of credits, her role is to drop the weird satellites in space thanks to her Sidewinder. However her ship abruptly stops regularly and the pilot begins to panic. One day the whole ship broke down, it had to drift to a telluric planet, in hope for help.


  • Alpha Site – They ventured very far, there are a lot of stars on their path. The beacons/probes have been launched and the pilots think they are new technologies, without knowing what they are used for. The beacons are deposited near Earth-like planets.
  • Beta Site – Another group interdicted while in hyperspace, the explorers are apparently in a hurry. Asks questions about the Witchspace during hyper space jumps, why these lights? Why these forms? Why these clouds? Witchspace looks different in the Conflux.
  • Gamma Site – Anaconda built for this expedition, a very light one. They drop the beacons but it is better not to ask questions, the beacons’ guards are not very convenient.
  • Delta Site – Same mission, the ship is however badly damaged, they went too fast and the module FSD imploded. The generator no longer holds the charge, and they are caught by a neutron star. Everyone dies.
Hawkin's Gap

Hawkin’s Gap

  • Alpha Site – Their freighter contains strange technological things, like satellites but very bizarre. The crew is not allowed to approach the cargo. All the pilots are eager to return from this long expedition but they prefer here only to Formidine Rift because the rumors tell that the pilots to Formidine Rift become totally crazy, to the point that reinforcements had to be sent for the transport of the cargo. It is said that they saw ghosts…
  • Beta Site – The sender of the message thinks Sirius Corp pays for this expedition. The crew is unhappy, the captain has not been seen for weeks and heavily armed guards protect the probes and they will not hesitate to kill anyone who approaches it. The probes are dropped, they return to the civilisation.
  • Gamma Site – The pilot writing these words is not sure if the hiring comes from the Federation, the Empire or the Alliance, but as long as there are credits to win, he’s in! The satellites they have to operate in EVA are activated by themselves and emit strange noises. The other day, pilots were caught discussing about these satellites… unfortunately this night, the door of the airlock opened, projecting the unfortunates into space … they are all dead!
  • Delta Site – A massive Anaconda fleet, no affiliations, no political signs, no logos … someone with a lot of money had to pay for it. The large fleet then split into smaller ones and the freighter is full of … things, a series of artifacts. Apparently it is for an exploration and surveying of places. Those who deal with these artefacts are not part of the crew, the pilots do not know who they are and the orders are not to look at them and let them do “their thing”.

Yairo – Base Alpha Formidine Rift

Several independent media outlets have received various holotapes from the mysterious organization, known as the Children of Raxxla, which provide evidence of the fate of a derelict megaship within the SYREADIAE JX-F C0 system. The holotapes provide telemetry and video recordings of the vessel as well as a message;

CoR Intelligence has decoded the Tionisla riddle, which provided them a system name. Upon that, a scout wing led by Commander Jackie Silver was immediately dispatched across the Formidine Rift to investigate. Upon arrival and investigation, we have determined this ship was part of the shadowy dynasty expedition. We believe the loss of the ships crew was an intentional act on the part of whomever launched the dynasty expedition based on evidence found at the site.”

“We are not asking you to believe us on our word alone, we ask each and every independent pilot who believes that the truth is out there to investigate for themselves before this is covered up by those who wish this not to come to the light of day. In this we have provided the system’s name, the ship’s telemetry and all the data we have been able to gather so far to various media outlets.”

The Tionisla riddle has been published on the 16th of April. The hints led us to various researches; In the end, we found these names:

Styx  Rhea Yildun Eurydice Rhamnousia Bellerophon Epione Eurycleia Amphithea Cronus Daedalion Chione Iapetus Anticlea Aeolus Erebus Jupiter Xanthus Furies Cassiopeia 0

Taking each starting letters, we then get : SRYERBEEACDCIAAEJXFC0 // “REBECCA” is cancelled out, leaving us with “SYREADIAEJXFC0“, which is : Syreadiae JX-F c0.

Megaship in Formidine Rift, the Zurara

▲ Four logs have been discovered here

Zurara - Log 1/4

Male crew member


We managed to overpower the invaders. but not before they took out the main reactor. We’re dead in space. with twenty minutes of life support left. Didn’t get nothing out of them before they died, but clearly it was all planned. They took a drug which killed them. Doc says it’s nicknamed ‘Hexedit’. First it kills your memories, then it kills you. Neat and tidy.

So we’re dead, just waiting for the end. This will be the last log from the Zurara. Some of the crew have already killed themselves. Others are praying to whatever deity they believe might help them. A few are drinking themselves into oblivion. I don’t know what will get us first the lack of oxygen or the cold. Battery power is about to die.

Zurara - Log 2/4

Male crew member


Me? I’m leaving this log. This far out I doubt anyone will ever hear it, but well, what the hell?

We all signed up for the promise of big payouts, a year of your life in exchange for enough to retire on. I guess I should have looked closer at it, but you would have probably done the same, right? No need to work again. What’s clear now is whoever was behind this mission never intended for any of us to come back.

Damn, it’s cold in here now.

Zurara - Log 3/4

Male crew member, increasingly out of breath


The folks managing the cargo, jees, they were all psychos. The moment we completed the mission they just ‘snapped’. Killed the ship and killed themselves. Some kind Of mental conditioning. Doc said. We tried to get word out to the other vessels when we found out. We got a signal out. but I don’t know if anyone received it. It will probably freak them out. I don’t think they know we’re

We dropped a series of beacons out here, all targeted around Earth-like or terraformable worlds We prepped some of the terraform candidates with seeders and biofilters. No one can figure out why it was necessary. but that was the mission. Just as we were turning back…  boom, those cargo-handlers went nuts.

Zurara - Log 4/4

Male crew member, out of breath


So that’s it. We don’t even know why we’ve been killed. But someone out there knows. someone out there has blood on their hands, a lot of it. If you figure it out. give them a message from us. You know what I mean.

Funny. We were told there was something bad out here, that it was haunted by ghosts…  I just never figured it would be us doing the haunting…

▲ And three additional data.

Zurara - Additional Log 1/3
[Older female]


So this is what they were hiding. I’m leaving the old logs for reference. I might need to come back this way again and re-educate myself. Chances are my memory will get zapped again. If I don’t make it I’ll have to leave clues for others to follow. So, if you’re reading this and you’re not me, here’s the deal…

Zurara - Additional Log 2/3
[Older female]


Found this ship. Took me years. This is the evidence. Nothing inside but void-frozen cadavers, perfectly  log. They sent these poor souls out here because they needed waypoints. all prepped for every eventuality. Three different zones it would seem.

Zurara - Additional Log 3/3
[Older female]


There’s a conspiracy. Guess you figured that out already, but it goes way up, way beyond the Feds, the Imps and the Alliance. Something is coming, don’t know what it is. but it’s bad and it’s all being hidden. All this weird stuff far out in the void? It’s some kind of continuity plan. The answer to why and who is back in the core, not out here.

That’s where I’m going next Wish me luck.

What do you think of these discoveries? What are the Superpower hiding?

Video courtesy of Shabooka


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