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Domain Exploration Derelict
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General Information
Ship name prefix DSS
Starting attitude n/a
Offers commissions No

An example of one of the countless thousands of robot probe ships sent out into the galaxy by the Domain to find new resources to exploit, planets to colonize, and explore the unknown. Some variants are produced by automated motherships. This specimen appears to be inactive; pitted by small impacts, its hull displays iridescence from fearsome radiation scarring. This probe's manufacture could well date to a thousand cycles ago.

– Derelict Probe

The Domain Exploration Derelict (or simply derelicts) are a "faction" representing the leftover exploration and colony ships sent by the Domain to explore the Sector. Some of these probes and ships are still around, waiting for someone to recover them. They are the remnants of the Explorarium, the Domain organization that first discovered and charted the Persean Sector.


Derelict probes (the smallest), survey ships (medium-sized), and motherships (largest) can be found in the unsettled, unexplored regions of the Sector. Attempting to salvage a derelict craft may provoke a response by its defense drones, which must be defeated to complete the salvage operation. Motherships can also join in the fighting; they are not "ships" in the normal sense, but rather giant constructs whose surface-mounted weaponry must be blown off to pieces.

The location of a derelict

The drones are old and worn-out; their combat behaviour is recklessly simple, they have no shields, their weaponry is generally short-ranged, and in the early game they will have several defect hullmods. They thus make an easy starting opponent for new players.

Salvaging a derelict ship will provide rewards ranging from common commodities to rare items and commodities, AI Cores, hullmods, or info providing the locations of more derelicts; these locations are stored in the Fleet Log on the Intel screen after their discovery.

Major Factions Hegemony · Luddic Church · Persean League · Sindrian Diktat · Tri-Tachyon
Minor Factions Independents · Luddic Path · Pirates
Special Derelicts · Remnants · Omega

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