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Przybylski's Star

//Opening high-level log.

//Accessing mainframe -- Starmoth Initiative Vessel "Axial Tilt Zero".

Current location: Przybylski's Star (HD101065), 355 lightyears from reference point.

Elapsed time on location: 78 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes (estimated -- local timeline deviation in effect).

//Beginning of log.

Subspace anomalies detected upon translation in system: geometry drive reports false alarm (class 01 - unknown cause) from FTL collision detection system. Full reboot of navigation system required to bypass warning, despite no significant concentration of matter detected at arrival point (local dust density at standard baseline for F-type star). No planets detected in system, though suspected presence of asteroid rings confirmed. Main star follows characteristics commonly attributed to Ap and Bp type stars, with a very low rotation period of over two baseline centuries. Other phenomena inside the star appeared to be slowed down to an extreme degree as well.

Spectral pings reveal low amounts of iron and nickel, as well as high amounts of strontium, holmium, niobium, scandium, yttrium, caesium, uranium and other elements belonging to lanthanides. Other exotic elements are present, including actinides such as neptunium. Spectral characteristics are only partially coherent with Ap and Bp type stars. Comparison to surveyed stars did not return any perfect matches, however several partial spectral similarities have been noted with Sequence-occupied stars, as well as Finistelle's veil-stars. Closer inspection of the star revealed local variations in magnetic field and convection cycles beneath the star surface, hinting at the presence of a nascent sylph.

Hypothesis: the presence of elements with short half-lives can be explained if they are the decayed forms of ultra-heavy elements, following the model first established during the spectral study of IS-1761 (see also: Calavera's Star, Traverse Archives).

During a closer orbital pass (within 300,000 kilometers of the star), on-board equipment started reporting temporal anomalies, with both atomic and crystalline clocks signalling chronological deviations way beyond expected parameters. Furthermore, external ablative armor sensors reported numerous nanometric impacts during the low pass. Both concentration and speed did not match the primary hypothesis of planetary or asteroid debris. Two probes sent in a lower orbit reported even more extreme temporal deviation, with on-board clocks ending up entirely unsynchronized after fifty-five seconds. Complete loss of communications following critical OS corruption occurred after one hundred and twenty-two minutes. Ultimate value for temporal dilation was -375% and falling. Strangely enough, local temporal dilation did not seem to trigger any significant redshift effect, which is characteristic of a paracausal event. 

Conclusion: very low rotation period is due to extreme local time dilation.

Analysis of collected debris revealed an unusual concentration of rare or even unknown ultra-heavy elements at the very edges of the periodic table. Orbital dispersion appeared compatible with slow orbital decay of a vast amount of shattered debris. Complete mass of material is estimated to be anywhere between one to three Earth masses, with temporal deviations ensuring a way lower decay rate than expected. Prospective reconstruction of debris field hints at the presence of at least two ring-like structures circling the star. Interestingly enough, micrometeorite impact analysis on high orbit debris showed that the initial structure was built between 100 and 500 million years ago, i.e before the star appeared. Overall structure is coherent with the pre-decay architecture of veil stars A and B in Finistelle.

Prospective conclusion: Przybylski's Star is a collapsed gate to the Pale Path.

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