The cover shot for this file, which I can close now. Fully engineered and having proven her worth, it’s time to move on to my second concept: the mkIV Viper Stealth Bomber, made to trivialise wing assassination missions.
Flying the Cobra last night, I came across a Thargoid Medusa, ugliest and scariest of the “murder flowers”, sniffing around the wreck of a tourist megaship. We scanned each other with no hostilities, just like with any other Interceptor. No lifeboats for us to contest. When it decided to leave, I chased it to its jump point. My Cobra is faster, so I caught up and could see through its portal to the nowhere on the other side.
Of course I forgot to take screenshots of any of it.
Ah, yes, Medusa’s.Most pretty if you ask me. But given I already had major issues with a Basilisk, I’m not going to attempt those anytime soon unless I’m in a wing of actually proper AX-ships
They look like they had blood-slicked horns burst out of them. I prefer the cleaner lines and insect-carapace sheen of the others.
I’ve heard people claim the Medusa variant is always 100% hostile. Not so.
I went to a system that shows up as Thargoid on the galaxy map, looking to do some lifepod rescues. Every NHSS I drop into seems to have the instantly hostile Scouts present. What’s unusual (to me, maybe I’ve been out of the loop) is that an Interceptor is also present. After a time, the Interceptor lets off an EMP burst. The last one, I had turned back from fleeing to try to see what the Interceptor was up to, why it’s there at the same time as Scouts. I got caught in the EMP, and I drifted disabled through the Scouts, who enthusiastically pummeled me. Amazingly, when the ship recovered it still had 50% hull left, and I beat it outa there. Meanwhile, the Interceptor had left.
Wonder wth is going on there?
This article lists all the combination of NHSS’s found so far
I think the claim of Medusa’s being 100% hostile comes from the signal sources where an interceptor jumps in after a while. It seems if a medusa jumps in, it is already hostile.
But aye, I’ve met a Medusa as well, and they aren’t normally hostile when on their own. They are however, very easy to piss off. I didn’t even have enough time to get away after my Xeno scan before it turned angry on me.
Luckily, it takes them a bit to get battle ready, so I was already gone
For all you DBX fans. I hear there’s one for the Keelback too, but idk if anyone cares about that
Edit: Keelback kit actually has some fun techno-sciencey crap like on the DBX kit. I wish they had some of that for the Asp Explorer.
And if you need cash for a DBX (and to fully outfit it, and still have plenty of rebuys), head on over to Maia:
Picked all of these up in one run. Mind you, they are really, and I mean really rare, but if the factions are in boom, there’s plenty of 5-7m missions to pick up as well with more conventional goods
You also need to be of a high rank I believe, they require Elite and Broker.
That, I don’t know. You can pick missions above your rank (I do assassination missions ranked Elite all the time, I’m only ranked master), but it might be so that being a lower trade rank means these missions will pop up even less, or with lower payout.
That said, it’s a sure way to quickly rank elite in Trade
those are not requirements, just suggestions
Dropping everything and going!
Ah I see.
Too bad I’m still too far away from the bubble. Oh well, there will always be something to make quick money in Elite
Bring ya trade ship and head to Darnielle’s progress, 5 of the factions there have Boom as (possible) next system state. Meaning boom cargo missions, meaning lots of $$$
And, given it’s not an ‘exploit’, it feels a lot more fun as well rather than sitting in SC for an hour >.>
See there’s the problem though, I’m already in the Pleiades region in a Cobra Mk III, rescuing survivors of Thargoid attacks. No time to run back. I will find a local shipyard and either buy a disposable Type-6, or have my Python shipped at exorbitant expense – but it won’t get here in time for this play session…
I think you should be easily able to earn back the transfer costs, but buying a ship on-site is pretty doable as well ^^
Now sitting in a partly outfitted Type-6. Hopefully the factions will still be in Boom state when I next get to play.
No worries, right now only 1 faction is in boom, but 5 have boom as pending state. I just don’t know when they’ll ‘tip over’, but you should be good; IIRC, Boom state lasts for at least 3 days anyways, up to 2 weeks max, the time decreasing the more missions are ran
Before I ran for the gold rush, I got this shot. I’d never actually encountered one of these before today. There’s a blur/distortion effect around it, blurring the image somewhat.
Yesterday, my curiosity got the better of me and while I was trying to observe the Scout/Interceptor group, the Interceptor EMP’ed me up close. Then they blew up my ship.
It appears the Interceptors and Scouts are indeed on the same team. I had wondered if they represented different Thargoid factions.
In the end, though, over yesterday and today I managed to recover several occupied escape pods, and one damaged one. In the rescue scenario, an engineered Cobra excels against Thargoids. Just don’t get disabled.
Yesterday I also destroyed one Scout before fleeing. They can really soak up a lot of punishment. A 10,000 credit combat bond reward is pretty insulting, I think.
Yeah, the credit rewards are a bit meh. Luckily, I found combining it with a mission (at the rescue ships for example) makes up for it.
And next time, try scanning a probe. Fun times
Yeah, I tried everything I had, but this was a Sensor so it didn’t respond.