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If you zoom out the Traveler Map to see the whole galaxy, to the north east you will see a region labelled The Esseray.

This is the new race introduced in the MgT Starter Edition campaign book.

Other than that book, does anyone know of any other reference to them?
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In the Galaxiad Intro

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Season Four encountered the Essaray as the cause of the Barren Worlds, building to a season finale in which the Siblings faced almost certain destruction.
Season Five continues the interaction with the Essaray and ultimately divines their secret.
The travellermap references came from pg 417 of the Traveller 5 hardback book. The note at the bottom indicates the map is in the "Secret Appendix" of the IISS Second Survey. This appendix has been suppressed by the Scouts as the "threats were more dangerous than the opportunites".

This is not in the 5.09 pdf. As a bad joke, I guess the IISS did a good job. Or Naval Intelligence...
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Ahh - the map in the rulebook. Forgot about that one since I mainly use the pdf of 5.09 these days.

Where is the Galaxiad stuff hidden - time to dig out the big book...
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Galaxiad was found here. Not much but....

http://www.traveller5.net/GalaxiadIntroPublic.pdf
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Many thanks - I forgot I had that.

Wonder if we will ever see the Galaxiad?
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If you zoom out the Traveler Map to see the whole galaxy, to the north east you will see a region labelled The Esseray.

This is the new race introduced in the MgT Starter Edition campaign book.

Other than that book, does anyone know of any other reference to them?

Note that MgT2 has apparently misspelled the name: according to T5, they are the Essaray, not Esseray. And I am not saying this simply to nit-pick, but I believe it is important in order to interpret who they are supposed to be.

As noted, on the T5.00 CD (p. 417) there is the IISS "Secret Map" from the time of the IISS Second Survey (ca 1065), which noted the "Essaray", along with a number of other populated regions about the galaxy with accompanying "redacted" text. On the original T5 CD, there is an earlier version of this map that labelled this area "SRAL". "Essaray" is fairly clearly a "spelled out" version of "S-R-A-L" (the "L" having been dropped in the final version).

So what is SRA(L)? I have pored over the redacted parts of the Secret Second Survey text for quite sometime after T5's publication, and have been able to reconstruct about 35% of it with a fairly high degree of confidence level. I did this by looking closely at those parts of the letters that rise above and fall below the strike-thru, and logically deducing from the grammar and logic flow of the sentence (and a bit of intuition) what certain words most likely were, which often in turn suggested further words surrounding those that fit the parts of letters in accompanying text.

My reading of the part about the Essaray and the Barren Arm is as follows ("recovered" text is in bold italics):

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ESSARAY: Explorers have seen evidence of Self-Replicating _________________________________ worlds and sending missions to ____________ ________ Level 29 Threat.

THE BARREN ARM: For reasons which are unclear, the occurrence of intelligent life on worlds of the Scotum Crux Arm is at least an order of magnitude lower than in other Arms.

S = Self
R = Replicating
A = Artificial (?) / Android (?)
L = (Life) (?)

I did all of this prior to the publication of AotI. The information we get from MgT2 Starter Set about the Esseray [sic] merely serves to confirm it for me.

The Essaray are the "androids" in AotI that were constructing the vessel on Dathsuts/Vland 1703.

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Thanks for finding that - now we just have to get clarification on the spelling
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Thanks for finding that - now we just have to get clarification on the spelling
What intrigues me is the note about being a "Level-29 threat". IIRC, an Agent was activated by Imperial Standing Orders at about a Level-8 threat, and I think the highest level threat noted in AotI was about Level-14 (?).
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Note that MgT2 has apparently misspelled the name: according to T5, they are the Essaray, not Esseray. And I am not saying this simply to nit-pick, but I believe it is important to interpret who they are supposed to be.

Simply masterful analysis. Thank you very much for all of this Wayne. It not only does it slake my curiosity regrading Essaray and other issues, it also makes me want to learn more!

One extremely small nit because I am the board's Official Human Hemorrhoid...

Spoiler:
... the android "infestation" Bland scrubs is on Dathsuts/Vland and not Beauniture/Caes. Beauniture is where Bland awakes aboard a long range IISS scout cruiser and witnesses the results of the Empress Wave.

Having even a minor Essaray incursion in the Vland Sector might make raise that threat level past 29...
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Can't help but think the un-men would make an excellent tie in with the Essaray...
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