The Quarantine Enforcement Platform (QEP) is a massive Precursor weapon system that is located on the Mountain Island. It is the source of the energy beams responsible for causing both the Degasi and Aurora to crash on Planet 4546B, as well as eventually destroying the Sunbeam during its rescue attempt.
The Quarantine Enforcement Platform was built by the Precursor race around one thousand years ago, in order to prevent the spread of the Carar bacterium from Planet 4546B to other planets. Near one of the entrances a Warp Gate connecting to the Primary Containment Facility can be found.
The Player must locate a purple Alien Artifact to gain entrance to the Quarantine Enforcement Platform; seven of them are located on the island, one of them located inside the facility itself on the balcony near the barrier to the control room, and one is located in an underwater cave near the base. The player must cure himself of Carar before being able to disable the Quarantine Enforcement Platform and leave the planet. If the player attempts to disable the facility before they cure themselves of Carar, they will be denied.
Warpers can be found patrolling in the waters around the Quarantine Enforcement Platform.
Three Ion Crystals can be found here.
The Quarantine Enforcement Platform's interior consists of two major areas, the upper 'engineering' section and the submerged lower section. Both sections have separate entrances, although the player can take an anti-gravity elevator found within the facility in order to access one section from the other. The purple Alien Artifact is required in order to unlock the upper entrance, the elevator, and the control room.
Upper Section Edit
The entrance to the upper section can be found on the beach of the Mountain Island, a large door gives access to the interior from here. Two data terminals and two Ion Crystals are found in the upper section. The Quarantine Enforcement Platform itself, when on standby, is placed vertically as to not immediately alert the player to the fact that it is actually a super weapon, instead appearing as some kind of tower-like monument.
Lower Section Edit
The entrance to the lower section is a large opening in the side of the "tower", which gives access to a large moonpool. The moonpool is large enough to fit two or three Cyclops submersibles. Inside the moonpool room are two doors, one leading to the right and one leading straight forward. The door to the right leads to the elevator, while the other door leads deeper into the facility, into a room dominated by a series of platforms and ramps. Another Ion Crystal can be found here.
In the corner of the "ground floor" of the room is a winding hallway that leads to the Warp Gate room. Going up the ramps will lead the player to the control room. The deactivation terminal can be found here, which will unfold and activate when the player is near it. After unsuccessfully using the terminal, the player will receive a notification from their PDA about the location of the Disease Research Facility.
When the countdown for the Sunbeam's arrival ends, the player will receive one of 2 messages, depending on their location:
If the player is present at Mountain Island when the Sunbeam arrives, they will receive this message from their PDA:
|"PDA: Attention - Patching in a local broadcast from the Sunbeam."
"Avery Quinn: I don't believe it, there's someone down there! Aurora survivor, we have your PDA signature! I don't know how you walked away from that wreck, let alone survived since then, but we'll be happy to bring you onboard and hightail back to federation space. Stand back, we're approaching the landing site now. Breaking atmosphere in 5... 4... 3...- What is that? No the RED spike. From the planet?!"
When the player is not present at Mountain Island during the arrival of the Sunbeam, they will receive this message from their PDA instead:
Data Bank EntryEdit
This terminal was discovered within the alien facility on the surface of planet 4546B. On approach the terminal began producing a low-frequency radio wave containing complex but recognizable data patterns.
- Matches no known human technologies - Constructed from the same offworld material as the facility itself - Seems to be a solid state computer of some kind - No recognizable user interface
It is likely the alien species which designed this technology evolved, or genetically selected, sensory apparatus to 'hear' and understand the information being broadcast by the device, and to communicate back. The mental processing power required to perform this kind of telepathy would imply the designers are considerably more psychologically developed than the common human.
Using the evidence gathered from this device it may be possible to extract comprehensible data from other such devices, should they exist.
Assessment: Further alien data required
This data set appears to be a multidimensional schematic of some kind. By mapping the pattern to three-dimensional space it is possible to gather a basic understanding of the facility's internal workings.
Construction Material: The facility's unknown construction material is identified as an ultra-hard, non-reactive metal amalgam, synthesized from offworld materials. There is no indication that it can be damaged or destroyed by usual means.
Power: The schematic indicates the facility was to be powered by a separate, self-sustaining power plant, located elsewhere on the planet. The location is not listed, but there is evidence the designers intended to harness the planet's natural thermal energy.
Layout: The facility consists of the upper engineering section, where this schematic was found, and the control room, which is accessed via a security-sealed elevator shaft, or a separate underwater moonpool.
Control: The control room in the lower section houses the only known way to interface with the facility, however the schematic does not detail the operation procedure or installed security measures.
Massive energy readings for this structure indicate it is the main reactor powering the facility.
- The Quarantine Enforcement Platform's aiming and firing animations can be viewed through the use of console commands. Typing precursorgunaim into the console will play the full aiming and firing animation, while playsunbeamfx will only play the firing animation.
- Previous names for the Quarantine Enforcement Platform are the Precursor Gun, Precursor Global Defense System, Precursor Ground-to-Air Weapon System and the Precursor Array.
- Previous versions of the weapon were positioned in a way where it was more apparent that it was in fact a weapon system. The current version makes this less obvious by having the weapon point straight up prior to firing, appearing like a tower.