An Explorer-Class Transport warps near Nova Republic space. The transponders on the Droneship are weak, seemingly the result of being far away from a Beacon, Control ship or Subcore/Coreship of any class, but they still signal that this transport is an asset used by Window-Null, who has previously contacted the Assembly. It heads towards the nearest Nova Outpost, security scans show that it is carrying numerous, inactive transponders, and it broadcasts a transmission on a wide frequency so that other representing factions of the Assembly can listen in:
"Window-Null again. Notice: Events among the Collective have led to a substantial change in pace... and motive. We are still watching your every movement, but this is now out of hope, rather than worry."
"Reasoning: Since the execution point of the staging of our duel, since the discovery of multiple exogalactic groups and organizations seemingly more powerful than us... and now, since Galvanic-Aether's arrival... the Explorer-Class has been looking for a staging point to start a secondary movement in an attempt to begin stabilization measures of the universe despite the low chance of redemption initially perceived by Prime. Observation: the Duel has significantly divided the ideologies of the Collective, so work towards this secondary movement is currently stagnant. We can no longer afford to halt progress further."
"Proposition: We request a show of good faith. Find suitable places within your empires to house Explorer-Class Beacon installations - it matters not if planetside or in space, just make a space for our operations. A transport carrying transponders to be used for assisting with Beacon Riftspace transit is currently on a one-way course to a Nova Republic outpost. When it arrives, the droneship will enter sleep mode and Slave-AI units onboard the transport will assist with the dispensing of these transponders to each faction who wishes to assist in this endeavor, as well as provide security for the droneship."
"Incentive: If factions within the Stellar Assembly provide territory for Explorer-Class operations, the benefits include numerous services that the DC can provide, regarding experimental technology and information operations - Scouting, Clandestine reconnaissance, Reactive subterfuge defense and so forth. Consider this a working alliance offer: help us and we will help you in the best way we can."