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== Introduction ==
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Rumours have always abounded strange 'Easter eggs' in Elite and its descendants. [[David Braben]] did nothing to discourage this, in fact: his innuendo strengthened the credibility of these sightings. The legends of Elite have been one of the great factors that have kept fans loyal, even after twenty years.
  
Rumours have always abounded strange 'easter eggs' in Elite and its descendents, [[David Braben]] did nothing to discourage this, in fact: his inuendo strenghtened the credability of  these sightings. The legends of Elite have been one of the great factors that have kept fans loyal, even after twenty years.
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== The Ninth Galaxy ==
  
I'd like to list a few of the more notorious ones here.  
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In Elite Plus (aka the 1991 DOS version) it was possible to reach a ninth galaxy by galaxy jumping from interstellar space.
  
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There is a short story based on the ninth galaxy called [[Nine]].
  
'''And: please add to this article, it is a stub.'''
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== Space Dredgers ==
  
== [[Space Dredgers]] ==
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The Elite manual mentions [[Deep Space Dredger|space dredgers]]. Immense factoryship agglomerates that scour space for debris, especially at battlesites. Best given a wide berth, they have the reputation of being unscrupulous in what they ingest.
The elite manual mentions space dredgers.  
 
Immense factoryship agglomerates that scour space for debris, especially at battlesites. Best given a wide berth, they have the reputation of being unscrupulous in what they ingest.
 
  
== [[Generation Ships]] ==  
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== Generation ships ==  
Huge colonisation vessels travelling through normal space at near-relativistic speed, many have still to reach their destinations. Of those that have, none have attempted to decellerate and have made no effort to communicate with welcome parties.  
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Generation ships were mentioned in the manual of classic elite, and even present in the arc-elite version (?unverified, but I have seen pictures).  
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Generation ships are huge colonisation vessels travelling through normal space at near-relativistic speed, many have still to reach their destinations. Of those that have, none have attempted to decelerate and have made no effort to communicate with welcoming parties.
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Generation ships were mentioned in the manual of classic elite, and even present in the ArcElite version (unverified, but I have seen pictures).
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[[Schism]] is a short story by [[Drew Wagar]] based on generation ships. The short story ''Vendetta'' by [[Jason Togneri]] also features a generation ship.
  
 
== Unreachable stars ==
 
== Unreachable stars ==
There was an unreachable planet in elite, rumour had it, that it was there that the Elite-pilots had their hide-out.
 
  
== Owning a thargoid fighter ==
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There are many unreachable planets in Elite. Rumour had it, that on one of these the Elite pilots had their hide-out.
A definite hoax, it is not possible to own a thargoid fighter.
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:Not in FE2, not in FEE and definately not in Elite classic. Oolite is another matter, we can only say: "not yet".  
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== Owning a Thargoid fighter ==
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A definite hoax in [[Classic Elite]] and [[Frontier|Frontier: Elite II]]. However, in [[First Encounters|Frontier: First Encounters]], the reward for completing the second part of the [[Argent's Quest]] missions was your own [[Thargoid]] ship, complete with Thargoid lasers - given by the Thargoids themselves. As for Oolite, there is an OXP that allows the player to buy a Thargoid ship but the penalty is a fugitive legal status that you cannot get rid of!
  
 
== Black holes ==
 
== Black holes ==
There were a few stars in FE/FFE that were un-approachable, those were rumoured to be blackholes.
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There were a few stars in FE2/FFE that were un-approachable, and which were rumoured to be black holes.
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== Beta Lyrae ==
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A star which was unapproachable in [[FFE]] due to the game not being able to cope with it being a binary star system.
  
 
== Worm holes ==
 
== Worm holes ==
Supposedly, there is a wormhole at the centre of the galaxy in Frontier.
 
:This rumour has been affirmed by DB, but no evidence has been found in the sourcecode.
 
  
== [[Rock Hermit]]s ==
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Supposedly, there is a wormhole at the centre of the galaxy in [[Frontier]].
Mentioned in the elite classic manual, but never made it into the games. That is; untill [[Oolite]].
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This rumour has been affirmed by [[David Braben]], but no evidence has been found in the source code.
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== Rock hermits ==
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[[Rock hermit]]s were mentioned in the [[Elite]] classic manual, but not present in all versions of classic Elite. BBC Elite didn't have rock hermits, but ArcElite and Elite on the ZX Spectrum had them. On the Spectrum version, rock hermits could be recognised by noting whether an asteroid was tumbling or not. Asteroids that were not tumbling were rock hermits, and would release a couple of fighters if attacked.
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In ArcElite you may collect the normal bounty for destroying an asteroid (2cr) but you will not find any mineral fragments. This also counts on your legal rating; killing rock hermits is considered a no-no by the police.
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On [[Oolite]], it is possible to dock with a rock hermit, and the Pirate Coves expansion pack turns some rock hermits into pirate hideouts (which can be fatal to approach in a lightly armed ship).
  
 
== (In)famous pilots ==
 
== (In)famous pilots ==
Commander Jameson, hero of the Thargoid wars.  
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:Your persona in classic, your grand daddy in [[FE2]]/[[FFE]].
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Commander Jameson, hero of the [[Thargoid]] wars.  
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Your persona in classic [[Elite]], your grand daddy in [[FE2]]/[[FFE]].
  
 
== Thargoid warzones ==
 
== Thargoid warzones ==
There are at least 50 warzones...in Intergalactic Space.
 
  
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There are at least 50 warzones in Intergalactic Space.
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== Raxxla ==
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The planet [[Raxxla]]. It is fabled to be a gateway to other universes, or at the very least a portal to somewhere else in the galaxy. Many parties actively search for Raxxla, but no-one has ever found it. It features in Elite/Oolite fiction: try [[The Dark Wheel]] & [[Drew Wagar]]'s [[Status Quo]] series (which can be downloaded onto your [http://aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13818 ship's library] to be read during flight!
  
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== The Dark Wheel ==
  
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A mysterious organisation with many elite members. They mediate in (or engender) conflicts, expose corruption, search for legends and forbidden technology. In short: they are meddling mystics and treasure hunters. As above, the Dark Wheel features in Elite/Oolite fiction: try [[The Dark Wheel]](!) & [[Drew Wagar]]'s [[Status Quo]] series (which can be downloaded onto your [[Ship's Library OXP]] to be read while docked or during flight!
As said: please add to this page, it's just a start. I'm sure there are plenty more legends.
 
  
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== Links ==
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See also [[Lore]]
  
[[Category:Factual]][[Category:Fiction]][[Category:Oolite]]
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[[Category:Classic]]
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[[Category:FFE]]
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[[Category:FE2]]
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[[Category:Oolite]]
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[[Category:Lore]]

Latest revision as of 00:14, 2 February 2021

Rumours have always abounded strange 'Easter eggs' in Elite and its descendants. David Braben did nothing to discourage this, in fact: his innuendo strengthened the credibility of these sightings. The legends of Elite have been one of the great factors that have kept fans loyal, even after twenty years.

The Ninth Galaxy

In Elite Plus (aka the 1991 DOS version) it was possible to reach a ninth galaxy by galaxy jumping from interstellar space.

There is a short story based on the ninth galaxy called Nine.

Space Dredgers

The Elite manual mentions space dredgers. Immense factoryship agglomerates that scour space for debris, especially at battlesites. Best given a wide berth, they have the reputation of being unscrupulous in what they ingest.

Generation ships

Generation ships are huge colonisation vessels travelling through normal space at near-relativistic speed, many have still to reach their destinations. Of those that have, none have attempted to decelerate and have made no effort to communicate with welcoming parties.

Generation ships were mentioned in the manual of classic elite, and even present in the ArcElite version (unverified, but I have seen pictures).

Schism is a short story by Drew Wagar based on generation ships. The short story Vendetta by Jason Togneri also features a generation ship.

Unreachable stars

There are many unreachable planets in Elite. Rumour had it, that on one of these the Elite pilots had their hide-out.

Owning a Thargoid fighter

A definite hoax in Classic Elite and Frontier: Elite II. However, in Frontier: First Encounters, the reward for completing the second part of the Argent's Quest missions was your own Thargoid ship, complete with Thargoid lasers - given by the Thargoids themselves. As for Oolite, there is an OXP that allows the player to buy a Thargoid ship but the penalty is a fugitive legal status that you cannot get rid of!

Black holes

There were a few stars in FE2/FFE that were un-approachable, and which were rumoured to be black holes.

Beta Lyrae

A star which was unapproachable in FFE due to the game not being able to cope with it being a binary star system.

Worm holes

Supposedly, there is a wormhole at the centre of the galaxy in Frontier.

This rumour has been affirmed by David Braben, but no evidence has been found in the source code.

Rock hermits

Rock hermits were mentioned in the Elite classic manual, but not present in all versions of classic Elite. BBC Elite didn't have rock hermits, but ArcElite and Elite on the ZX Spectrum had them. On the Spectrum version, rock hermits could be recognised by noting whether an asteroid was tumbling or not. Asteroids that were not tumbling were rock hermits, and would release a couple of fighters if attacked.

In ArcElite you may collect the normal bounty for destroying an asteroid (2cr) but you will not find any mineral fragments. This also counts on your legal rating; killing rock hermits is considered a no-no by the police.

On Oolite, it is possible to dock with a rock hermit, and the Pirate Coves expansion pack turns some rock hermits into pirate hideouts (which can be fatal to approach in a lightly armed ship).

(In)famous pilots

Commander Jameson, hero of the Thargoid wars.

Your persona in classic Elite, your grand daddy in FE2/FFE.

Thargoid warzones

There are at least 50 warzones in Intergalactic Space.

Raxxla

The planet Raxxla. It is fabled to be a gateway to other universes, or at the very least a portal to somewhere else in the galaxy. Many parties actively search for Raxxla, but no-one has ever found it. It features in Elite/Oolite fiction: try The Dark Wheel & Drew Wagar's Status Quo series (which can be downloaded onto your ship's library to be read during flight!

The Dark Wheel

A mysterious organisation with many elite members. They mediate in (or engender) conflicts, expose corruption, search for legends and forbidden technology. In short: they are meddling mystics and treasure hunters. As above, the Dark Wheel features in Elite/Oolite fiction: try The Dark Wheel(!) & Drew Wagar's Status Quo series (which can be downloaded onto your Ship's Library OXP to be read while docked or during flight!

Links

See also Lore