Missionaries OXP

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A YAH spiritual verse poster for The Church of Giles the Creator.

Missionaries is an OXP that populates space with ships whose inhabitants have a spiritual agenda.

It was released in 2006 by Dr.Nil, and has later been reinterpreted in cover version reboots, in 2013 by Griff as Hognose Missionaries, and in 2022 in Murgh's Iron Ass Missionaries.

Happy Eye Pulpit Pod
Happy Eye Pulpit Pod sm.png
Size (W×H×L) 24m×24m×30m
Cargo capacity 30 TC
Cargo bay extension N/A
Maximum speed 0.08 LM
Manoeuvrability Roll: 2.0
Pitch: 0.9
Energy banks Unknown
Energy recharge rate

Poor (1.0)

Gun mounts None
Missile slots 0
Shield boosters available No
Military shields available No
Hyperspace capable No
OXP or standard OXP
Available to player No
Base price N/A

Missionaries OXP, the original

A YAH ad promoting the Happy Eye faith.
Happy Eye Preacher:
  On approach:  "Dude! Know that the Eye sees everything!"

Witchspace Lobster Missionary:
  On pivoting to attack: "I smell vertebrae! Lobster-eating mollusc!"
  On getting blasted: "I die for the Lobster!"

Dr.Nil's original 2006 OXP adds clerics from four faiths to some systems.

These missionaries utilise an array of spiritually and otherwise loaded vocabulary transmitted by ship-to-ship broadcast to get their messages across. The tone of language ranges from the ingratiating and excessively friendly to hostile and rude.


The featured spiritual branches are:

Permission to update his OXPs

Predating the regular practice of issuing license terms, Dr.Nil expressed his views on this subject in his own words.

...Everybody is free to use any of my ideas, models, and graphics for Oolite for anything they wish. Credits would be really nice but they are not strictly required.

Dr.Nil, August 2011

Dr.Nil, BB post

Griff's Hognose Missionary (2013 version)
The surly Witchspace Lobster worshippers are frequently let down by their short temper. Here, a lobster in trouble with The Law. (2006 version)
Zenarchy Monk caught motionless in a moment of meditation... (2006 version)

Griff's Hognose Missionaries

Main article: Hognose Missionaries

The Missionaries concept was rebooted by Griff in 2013 with a twist. The PROHIP reshaped version of the ArcElite-classic Hognose ship is utilised by all of the above faiths as the vessel to spread their respective gospel, visually made distinct by religion-specific decals.

According to historical records, "Originally developed by the Galactic Navy and Griff Industries for target practice, the Hognose was little more than laser fodder. However, since the ship is a real bargain, several missionary sects purchased large slots and are now flying them to "spread the word".


Although the used ship model is changed, the faiths from the Dr.Nil original are intact, as are the pool of vocabulary used in their comms messages. Tweaks were made to the AI behaviour, and the missionary hognoses operate from a "trader" role, being selected from a system's allocation of that role.

Requirements and license

This OXP is Oolite v1.80 dependent, released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

A CGC Lyre (Iron Ass Missionaries)
An All-Seeing Eye Skink (Iron Ass Missionaries)

Murgh's Iron Ass Missionaries

In a regression to the original Missionaries format, and old-school RELOP clunkiness, this 2022 tribute OXP returns in part to the initial selection of ships, skinned in the Iron Ass style, but with an emphasis on rustyass patina. Some changes and expansion of the included religions are made, as well as expansions to the available preaching vocabulary.


More Faiths, more behaviour, more ships (Lyre & Skink)


The represented religions are:

  • CGC missionaries, in rusty Adders
  • The CGC flagship, Lyre (the Blessed Barque) leading a procession of Giles devotees
  • The All-Seeing Eye preachers, flying the Skink
  • Lobster worshippers of the Witchspace Lobster (or Holy Decapods), flying rusty Worms
  • Zenarchy monks, flying rusty Cobra MkIs
  • Randomius Factoria zealots, flying rusty Cobra MkIs
  • The morose followers of Finagle, flying rusty Adders
  • Paranoid robot worshippers of The Great Magnifican, flying rusty Adders

Requirements and license

This OXP is Oolite v1.80 dependent, released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.


See also