"You know, until I infiltrated the Pirates of the Silent Scream organization under cover, I always thought their name referred to their habit of spacing unruly passengers on captured vessels. When I was taken to their base, I knew then I was wrong.
It is buried deep among the marshes of an uncharted planet in the Hyades Cluster, in an ancient alien ruin. I've uploaded the coordinates. The trees in that marsh can grow up to 1,000 feet tall, and the canopy challenges the skyline of the capitol cities of the coreworlds. But that structure...it must be hundreds of thousands of years old. Who built it? I cannot say. I'm no xenologist, but I've never seen its like. It is unsettling to look at and even more nerve-wracking to live in day after day. I believe that the Silent Scream pirates get their fierce reputation not because they are inherently blood-thirsty, but because of that place they've chosen as their base. At night, the walls whisper to you. You can't make out the words, but it transmits vague associations of unspeakably vile acts and wanton carnage. I'll be glad when you guys extract me so I can lay low somewhere on the right side of sanity for a while.
One other note, besides the security layout and data codes I sent you, be aware that when you hit this place, there's a heavy guard force stationed in the sublevels. There are extensive, half-flooded, root-choked catacombs down there of unwholesome ancientness. I could not get any details, but it seemed to me that the guards down there aren't posted to keep anyone out...but instead to keep something trapped inside. I'm going to go down and check it out later, to make sure they haven't got any nasty surprises down there.
Wait for my comsignal to start your raid. Good luck." -- last transmission from Commander Donovan Summers, Special Operative, Guardsmen Interstellar Security Service, anti-piracy division.
This is for the Beyond the Frontiers Lost Land contest.
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