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Ruin is one of the three architectures.


The Ruin is one of the various Points of Interest on planets. Ruins are one of the relics created by sentient alien species.

Ruins can be located by the following means:


A ruin on a scorched planet.

Ruins typically have 2 or 3 Knowledge Stones accompanied by a memoir device similar to the ones placed in front of a Plaque. The memoir includes partial lore that depends on which of the factions built the ruin. Interaction with the memoir device grants players a new word. The lore is continuous by faction; it will continue where the faction's last lore had been revealed.

What ruins provide[]

Each Ruin is unique but sometimes systems will present similar or identical ruins if systems are in close proximity to each other. Ruins come in different designs; some look like two-floor brick houses while others are similar to a mosque. Ruins provide:

  • Alien words (normally 2-3 word per Ruin; some Ruins will provide up to four words)
  • Increased standing with the faction depends which species wrote it after an interaction with the memoir device.
  • A chance of finding Artifact Fragments and Large Artifact Crate
  • A rare chance of having a flagpole which will point to a Portal.

Additional information[]

Sculpture of a Gek head

  • Some ruins have the remains of a Gek statue, which can be a heritage from the domination period of the Gek First Spawn.

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