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This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Coreworlds
  2. Engi Controlled Sector
  3. Engi Homeworlds
  4. Zoltan Controlled Sector
  5. Zoltan Homeworlds
  6. Quarantine Sectors
  7. Industrial Sector
  8. Hazard Sector
    at a non-distress beacon. The Long-Range Scanners will detect no ship presence. Classified as a QUESTS_CIVILIAN type beacon under the title CE_QUEST_CURATOR_START.

You arrive at a quiet part of the sector. To your surprise the scanners pick up an autonomous drone, alone in space. The thing actually hails your ship, claiming it has a proposal to make.

  1. Open a channel and hear what the robot has to say.
    • "Greeting, Captain. I am 127 Praf, an autonomous AI drone. I represent an individual of great fame in this part of the galaxy, a collector of interstellar artifacts known as "The Curator." My AI brethren and I seek to recruit help to enlarge our master's collection."
    • "Greeting, Captain. I am Lux, an autonomous AI drone. I represent an individual of great fame in this part of the galaxy, a collector of interstellar artifacts known as "The Curator". My AI brethren and I seek to recruit help to enlarge our master's collection."
    • "Greeting, Captain. I am 431-Glassmade, an autonomous AI drone. I represent an individual of great fame in this part of the galaxy, a collector of interstellar artifacts known as "The Curator." My AI brethren and I seek to recruit help to enlarge our master's collection."
    • “Greeting, captain. I am FiPs-25f, an autonomous AI drone. I represent an individual of great fame in this part of the galaxy, a collector of interstellar artifacts known as “The Curator.” My AI brethren and I seek to recruit help to enlarge our master’s collection.”
  2. A talking drone? How quaint. Let’s move on.
    • The drones protests in text form, but that does not keep you from scraping it as you pass into your jump vector. Free drone parts.
      • Receive 1 drone part

Artifact CollectingEdit

“Would you be interested in joining our little club of explorers? You will roam the galaxy in search for strange treasures, a great adventure!”

  • 1. Agree to collect some of the artifacts the Curator is looking for.
    • The drone sounds elated. “Excellent, Captain! You will be duly compensated, according to the amount of items you secure. Transmitting a catalog with items of interest... Attaching locations of my sister as well... See you.”
  • 2. No time for mercenary work. There is vital information which needs to get to the Federation!
    • The drone puts on a disappointed sounding voice. "This could have been an adventure for a lifetime, Captain. I suppose I will have to wait for another ship and crew." As the Curator's drone moves away from your ship, you get ready to leave this section of space.

First ArtifactEdit

The flavor text of this beacon varies, and could be any of the following:

  • The Diamond Sharks from the seas of Galtefor 5 are known for their seven sets of pure carbon teeth. You arrive to the water dominated planet and capture one of the creatures with the help of some local fisherman.
  • This planet is home to a unique breed of Solthian Octopus. Its purple-colored head bears a striking resemblance to the banner of many pirate ships. Your crew in environmental suits stun the creature and brings it on board.
  • This part of the galaxy is inhabited by a certain kind of Ionic Eels. A dangerous predator, the Ionic Eel has been known to prey on leviathans thrice its size! It stresses your shields, but you manage to capture the creature.
  • The Lermak Whale has been driven nearly extinct due to the Mantis's craving for its flesh. A small colony of the whales has survived at this planet. You hunt down one of the creatures.
  • Sentient Radiant Fish from the depths of Smaral Beta's oceans are a little studied speies. These large fish are know to be extremely rare - they project multi-colored light bursts, with which to lure prey. You manage to convince one of the eloquent fish to meet the Curator.
  • The rare Suffa plants are cultivated by, and have some of the energized properties of, the Zoltans. An exiled hydroponics lab is using the unique climate of this planet to grow the bright red bushes. You manage to convince one of the Zoltan to give you a sample.
  • After some digging, you unearth a Rockman ceremonial gong on an archaeological site at this planet. They are used in the more important religious ceremonies of the Rockman. Legend has it striking it three times can summon a hundred saints to aid a Rock basilisk in battle.
  • Oldschool Slug hacking modules are a pretty obsolete combat tech, but have quite some collection value. The Curator was right assuming that you could easily find one at the huge space scrapyard that surrounds this beacon.
  • A derelict Engi station, remote-jumped here from another sector, holds an original operational codex. These are the first behavioral programs used by the Engi. Since obsolete Codexes are almost always deleted when Engis develop new versions, it is quite a rare find.
  • A Mantis egg sack from one of their abandoned hatcheries. Why the Curator would want to risk his life with a Mantis brood is beyond you.
    • Continue...
    • You gathered a valuable item for the Curator.
      • Travel on to gather more artifacts.
      • Turn in the item to receive your reward.

Second ArtifactEdit

The flavor text of this beacon varies, and could be any of the following:

  • This planet is known to house some of the most obscure music shops in the galaxy. You purchase some ancient gel-jazz album the Curator is looking for.
  • This planet's population reached a trillion, but it can easily sustain itself. Cities are dotted with small fields. Urban agriculture once again proves to be an efficient concept. You gather the exotic vegetables the Curator is looking for, but can't help feeling like you're fetching his groceries.
  • The Curator's catalog claims a Zoltan time capsule is hidden in the crust of this planet. After a long scan you discover and unearth the spherical device, which appears to be shielded with an impenetrable forcefield. It contains a fresh sandwich and a hand-held antimatter weapon.
  • An abandoned archaeological excavation site of a Khaz'akzhak-period Mantis temple. You load some chitin plated facade parts into your cargo holds. No idea what the Curator wants with these.
  • The Curator's catalog was right, you detect a herd of FTL-Swimmers lingering in subspace a few light years away. A modulated sensor pulse drives the strange space creatures into realspace and you manage to capture one of their young for the Curator.
    • Continue...
      • You gathered a valuable item for the Curator.
        • Travel on to gather more artifacts.
        • Turn in the item to receive your reward.

Third ArtifactEdit

The flavor text of this beacon varies, and could be any of the following:

  • The Curator is interested in acquiring a magma-worm larva from this planet. You reconfigure the weapons and drill through the crust. One of your crewmen is sent on an away mission and succeeds in retrieving one of the huge creatures.
  • A rare breed of the luminous saber-goat is said to live in the equatorial mountain regions of this planet. You crew goes for a hike with stun-blasters ready. You are glad no one gets hurt during the hunt.
  • The information provided by the Curator drone proves to be true. The special door frame, an ancient Zoltan artifact, is hidden near the pole of this planet. The device enables FTL travel for a single individual, but no one that stepped through it came back to report where it leads to.
  • Space whales are almost hunted to extinction. This beacon lies close to a part of space where the legendary creatures gathered to die. Several of their eternal corpses orbit a large planetoid. You gather the frozen space whale oil that the Curator is looking for.
  • An ancient Zoltan monolith is found near an abandoned monastery at this planet. Few know what purpose these devices really serve. A shiver runs through you when you break off a shard from the polished artifact. The Curator will want to study the material.
  • Continue...
    • You gathered a valuable item for the Curator.
      • Travel on to gather more artifacts.
      • Turn in the item to receive your reward.

Fourth ArtifactEdit

The flavor text of this beacon varies, and could be any of the following:

  • The Curator is interested in acquiring a magma-worm larva from this planet. You reconfigure the weapons and drill through the crust. One of your crewmen is sent on an away mission and succeeds in retrieving one of the huge creatures.
  • A rare breed of the luminous saber-goat is said to live in the equatorial mountain regions of this planet. You crew goes for a hike with stun-blasters ready. You are glad no one gets hurt during the hunt.
  • The information provided by the Curator drone proves to be true. The special door frame, an ancient Zoltan artifact, is hidden near the pole of this planet. The device enables FTL travel for a single individual, but no one that stepped through it came back to report where it leads to.
  • Space whales are almost hunted to extinction. This beacon lies close to a part of space where the legendary creatures gathered to die. Several of their eternal corpses orbit a large planetoid. You gather the frozen space whale oil that the Curator is looking for.
  • An ancient Zoltan monolith is found near an abandoned monastery at this planet. Few know what purpose these devices really serve. A shiver runs through you when you break off a shard from the polished artifact. The Curator will want to study the material.
    • Continue...
      • You gathered a valuable item for the Curator.
        • Travel on to gather more artifacts.

Last Artifact Edit

The flavor text of this beacon varies, and could be any of the following:

  • The curator wants a certain asteroid from a mineral field in

this system. You find the piece of Rock at the exact location you where given. It seems to be made of completely ordinary stone. What the Curator wants with this remains a mystery.

  • A legendary breed of changer lizards inhabits this world. You scanners uncover them while posing as a heard of sheep-like cattle. The crew captures one of the shape shifter animals an brings it aboard.
  • The Curator's data was right: A small portion of space whale ambra is found in this system. The rare substance is left behind by the space inhabiting behemoth once in a decade. It is said to stimulate telepathic abilities.
  • The antique industrial drones of this volume are a great tourist attraction. You steel one of the robots for the Curator.
  • The Curator's catalog claims a Zoltan time capsule is hidden in the crust of this planet. After a long scan you discover and unearth the spherical device, which appears to be shielded with an impenetrable forcefield. It contains an old acoustic guitar and a pair of severed humanoid hands...
    • Continue...
      • You gathered a valuable item for the Curator. All the artifacts of interest to him from this part of the galaxy have been retrieved.
        • Turn in the item to receive your reward.
          • After consulting the register that the drone uploaded, you locate the nearest of the Curator's servants. Let's hope all this was worth it.

One Artifact Collected Edit

You located one of the Curator's drones. The sentient automaton arranges for a cargo ship to take the strange item you gathered on board. Afterwards you meet the AI servant in the holds.

  • Continue...
    • "Thank you for your help Captain. The cargo crew will transmit some scrap for your work. Nice meeting you!" The drone emits a rosy glow and retreats into the airlock. You prepare to travel onwards.
      • Receive a Medium amount of Scrap

Two Artifact Collected Edit

You located one of the Curator's drones. The sentient automaton arranges for a cargo ship to take the strange item you gathered on board. Afterwards you meet the AI servant in the holds.

  • Continue...
    • "My master appreciates your effort, Captain. The cargo crew will transmit some supplies as thanks. Nice meeting you!" The drone emits a rosy glow and retreats into the airlock. You prepare to travel onwards.
      • Receive a High amount of Scrap and Resources

Three Artifact CollectedEdit

You located one of the Curator's drones. The sentient automaton arranges for a cargo ship to take the strange item you gathered on board. Afterwards you meet the AI servant in the holds.

  • Continue...
    • "My master is very pleased, Captain. So many rare artifacts! The cargo crew will transmit some supplies and a special little something as thanks. Nice meeting you!" The drone covers itself in a rosy glow and retreats into the airlock. You prepare to travel onwards.
      • Receive a Medium amount of Scrap and a random Augmentation

Four Artifact Collected Edit

You located one of the Curator's drones. The sentient automaton arranges for a cargo ship to take the strange item you gathered on board. Afterwards you meet the AI servant in the holds.

  • Continue...
    • "My master is very pleased, Captain. So many rare artifacts! The cargo crew will transmit some supplies and a special little something as thanks. Nice meeting you!" The drone emits a rosy glow and retreats into the airlock.
      • You prepare to travel onwards.
        • Receive a High amount of Scrap and Resources
          • Continue...
            • "We also threw in a special little something as thanks. Nice meeting you!" The drone emits a rosy glow and retreats into the airlock. You prepare to travel onwards.
              • Receive a Medium amount of Scrap and a random Augmentation

All Artifact CollectedEdit

You located one of the Curator's drones. The sentient automaton arranges for a cargo ship to take the strange items you gathered on board. Afterwards you meet the AI servant in the holds. The drone floats towards you, its lights blinking with delight.

  • Continue...
    • "My master and I are very pleased, Captain. All these rare and curious things! The cargo crew will transmit some supplies and equipment.
      • "Receive a High amount of Scrap and a random Augmentation
        • "You should also know that you are deemed "an explorer worth monitoring" by my master. I would like to transfer my mind state into an avatar and join your crew to see what interesting things you come across. There will be an additional payment, if you should allow to me to accompany you.
          • "Welcome aboard drone!
            • "Splendid!" The drone deploys a small avatar generator and joins your crew in form of a self sustained Hologram.
              • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Receive an AI Avatar crew member named either Ian Banks, KJ4VOV, 127 Praf, ClAIr 03-p, JulI jQ-4, or SumRu xT half-maxed in all skills
          • Politely decline the drone's offer.