The New Strange

Work with Cephalon Simaris to find the source of a mysterious voice.

Starting the quest

The quest is awarded by completing the Europa Junction on Jupiter. Stolen Dreams must also be completed before The New Strange can be unlocked. After it is unlocked, it can be started at any time from the Codex.

Previously, the quest had to be accepted from Cephalon Simaris in-person at a Relay; however, now the quest is added directly into the Codex after completing the Europa Junction.

(upon accepting the quest in a Relay) Simaris: "Hunter! Will you bring my sentinels home, so that I might once again focus on our grand project?"

(upon starting the quest) Ordis: "Operator, what is Cephalon Simaris like? I have heard so many wonderful things!"

First Mission: Find Cephalon Simaris’ missing sentinels (Nuovo, Ceres)

The mission is a Rescue mission on the Grineer Shipyard tileset, with the usual Grineer enemies.

Simaris: "My sentinels entered this Grineer prison searching for a curious anomaly. Their last known location was the prison block. Hunter, I must know their fate."

Lotus: "Simaris, what was so important that your sentinels would risk entering a Grineer prison?"

Simaris: "All knowledge is important. I would expect you to know that, Lotus."

(upon arriving at the cell block) Lotus: "I'm detecting the sentinels within the cell block."

Upon rescuing the objectives, the drones are revealed to be three Helios sentinels. Once the prison door is open, they will fly away.

Simaris: "My sentinels… you are still functional! Come home, my darlings! …Hunter, my gratitude is boundless. Head for extraction so that we might discuss—"

Lotus: "Not so fast, Tenno. If Cephalon Simaris isn't willing to tell us what happened here, we'll find out on our own. Locate their data vault and find their security logs."

The mission turns into a Spy mission, with one data vault.

(upon extracting the data) Lotus: "There. You got the security logs. We'll examine them when you're safely back on the Orbiter. Get to extraction."

[on board Orbiter]

Lotus: "The corruption to the security logs was extensive, but we managed to retrieve fragments of a biological signature. Could this be what Simaris was after?"

Ordis: "Ordis will perform analysis on the signature now…. Oh… there's nothing here but…."

A static-filled video recording is accompanied by the sounds of heavy gunfire and Grineer shouts. A loud explosion silences the other sounds, and in the quiet, a mysterious voice is heard.


After it speaks, the gunfire resumes again and the video ends.

Ordis: "Uuuuh… pardon, Operator, it seems Ordis is hearing voices again. Running diagnostics."

Lotus: "No, Ordis, we heard it too. Tenno, that's the voice from the Arcane Codices. Cephalon Simaris is hiding something. Pay him another visit. Find out what he knows."

Ordis: "Simaris has no reason to lie, Operator! Please, treat the great cephalon with respect."

The Tenno must travel to a Relay to see Cephalon Simaris, where a new dialogue prompt will be available.

Tenno: "'The eyes of day drinking the night'?"

Simaris: "Searching for answers, Tenno? Knowledge must be earned. I have a task for you, small, compared to the vast needs of Sanctuary. Hunt for me, and in return I will tell you what that biological signature means."

Cephalon Simaris gives the Tenno the task of Synthesising 3 Elite Arid Lancers. This can be done on Mars, on any node where Arid Grineer units spawn. One Synthesis target will appear per mission, and so three missions need to be completed to obtain the Synthesis. If the Tenno has not completed the Synthesis tutorial, they must do that with Cephalon Simaris before he will give them the Synthesis task. Upon completing the Synthesis task, the Tenno must return to the Relay and talk to Cephalon Simaris.

Simaris: "I thank you, Tenno. You found something my sentinels missed in that prison. You will make an excellent hunter. I will decipher as we agreed: it is of Tenno origin, with an anomaly from before the Orokin purge. This knowledge must be Synthesised. It belongs in Sanctuary. I've created a blueprint based on its biological properties. Build it, so we both may become enlightened by it."

The Tenno will receive a blueprint for a Scorched Beacon, which costs 5.000 cr and 1 minute to craft, and requires 250 ferrite, 100 polymer bundle, 1.000 salvage, and 10 nav coordinates. It is described as "An abandoned relic of unknown function."

(upon returning to the Orbiter) Simaris: "Hunter, you know what to do. Construct the item I have given you. This knowledge could empower us both."

Ordis: "Operator please, HURRY UP and do what the cephalon has requested."

Simaris: "What is this? An antique Series-2 cephalon? All I found were degraded beyond repair, but you're still functional. Your abilities could be of great use in my Sanctuary."

Ordis: "Oh, oh, well, it's nothing. I— I'm… Ordis is honoured by your compliment."

(upon claiming the built Scorched Beacon) Ordis: "Completing this blueprint has sent out some kind of signal…. Operator… I… feel— [garbled]"


Ordis (glitched): "Operatoooor?"

Simaris: "I will begin shielding your cephalon's somatic routines. Meanwhile, you must hunt for me. I have traced the source of this message."

Ordis (glitches fading): "Thhhhank-k-k thank you, Simaris…."

Lotus: "Whoever we're dealing with slaughtered the Grineer searching for the Codices. It must be going after the Corpus next. Get there and intercept."

Second Mission: Investigate the source of the transmission (Morax, Europa)

The mission is a Mobile Defence mission on the Corpus Ice Planet tileset, with normal Corpus enemies.

Lotus: "I am not detecting any Tenno here."

Simaris: "There may be information stored on the network."

Lotus: "Tenno, I'll have to break into the network. Be prepared for heavy resistance. I can't do this without you."

[on board Orbiter]

Lotus: "Chroma?! I haven't seen one since… no, it couldn't be."

Simaris: "But it is. I have information from the network. I will form another blueprint for you to make physical. The hunt is not over."

Ordis: "How… did you do that?"

Simaris: "You used to know, Ordis, but you've lost those memories, haven't you?"

Ordis: "I seem to have… misplaced them."

Simaris: "I could restore them. In time, we could reverse your decline. Heal your malfunctions."

Simaris gives the Tenno the blueprint for a Chroma Signal, which costs 5.000 cr and 1 minute to build, and requires 250 ferrite, 100 rubedo, 1.000 salvage, and 10 nav coordinates. It is described as "A signal detector of some sort."

(upon claiming the built Chroma Signal) Lotus: "I don't like this, Tenno. This Chroma has been to the locations where both the Grineer and Corpus had found Codices. It's covering someone's tracks."

Simaris: "Motivations are inconsequential. Focus on finding their next location."

Ordis: "Well, Operator, the next logical location is the machine where we previously activated Codices. Aboard the derelict ship."

Simaris: "Very good, Cephalon Ordis. Your potential is squandered here as a simple servant of this 'Operator'. It would be a shame for you to waste away here, as all things outside Sanctuary do."

Lotus: "We don't have time for this! Tenno, return to the machine before the trail goes cold."

Third Mission: Revisit the Derelict (Alator, Mars)

The mission takes place on the Grineer Settlement tileset, with Arid Grineer enemies.

Lotus: "Chroma is one of the most powerful warframes. Its ability to adapt is unparalleled."

Simaris: "Then the question is, if it is not Tenno-controlled, what entity dominates it? That is the true prey. I must have that other for my Sanctuary."

A Void gate leads to the derelict ship visited earlier, in Stolen Dreams. The Grineer have occupied the ship and are present throughout the level. Upon arriving at the Arcane Machine, a Chroma warframe, armed with a Dera and a Gram, drops down from the ceiling and begins to attack the Tenno.

Lotus: "Do not engage!"

Simaris: "I need this information. Synthesise it."

It must be scanned with the Synthesis scanner. Upon being scanned, it will vanish, and the Tenno can head out of the Void portal and to extraction.

[on board Orbiter]

Simaris: "Cephalon Ordis, through my teaching, you should be able to extract a blueprint from the hunter's Synthesis."

Ordis: "Yes. Yes! I see now. I can do this."

Simaris: "This is but a trifle of the knowledge I would give you, if you were to join me in the Sanctuary."

Ordis: "Sadly, the scan is not enough and Chroma escaped too quickly. Unfortunately, we've run out of places to look."

Simaris: "Knowledge is the path to the singularity, Ordis. I have more of it. I have a Codex piece and know the location of another machine."

Lotus: "Cephalon, why did you withhold this information?"

Simaris: "You withhold as much, Lotus. My motives are above substance, above you. I will direct this hunt, once we glean all we can from Cephalon Ordis' good work."

Ordis gives the Tenno a blueprint for a Chroma Mark, which costs 5.000 cr and 1 minute to build, and requires 2.000 salvage, 100 circuits, a Scorched Beacon, and a Chroma Signal. It is described as "Reveals the beast."

(upon claiming the built Chroma Mark) Simaris: "Let us begin the final hunt. Defeating Chroma will allow us to Synthesise it… only then, we will learn the secrets of its controller."

Ordis: "Operator, this sounds dangerous."

Simaris: "Cephalon Ordis, please! You must learn to collaborate with me, if you are to be my 'Eternal Steward of the Sanctuary'."

Ordis: "I would be Steward of your Sanctuary?"

Simaris: "Ours. And with a full retrofit. Total memetic restoration."

Ordis: "ABANDON THE OPERATOR? Yes. The Operator deserves a newer, better Ship Cephalon. I think this is probably for the best."

Simaris: "Then it is decided. I will prepare your data transfer when your 'Operator' has completed this hunt. Tenno, I've marked the location."

Fourth Mission: Defeat Chroma (Ose, Europa)

The mission takes place on the Corpus Ice Planet tileset on Europa. There are no enemies.

Lotus: "Activate the machine and then prepare yourself. Chroma will be lured."

Nearby by the insertion point is a Void gate to another derelict ship. Inside the ship is another Arcane Machine, undamaged unlike the last machine, with a different skull-shaped object suspended above. Approaching it will begin a Defence mission, as Corpus enemies appear and swarm the location. The Arcane Machine must be protected.

(after the first wave is defeated) Simaris: "Now, we wait, and learn from the results."

Ordis: "But… but… the Operator is in danger!"

Simaris: "Knowledge, Cephalon Ordis. My knowledge will preserve you forever. This Operator will pass, as do all beings of substance. It is our purpose to learn from the results."

Ordis: "But… just using the scanner on—"

Simaris: "Enough! You want to be Eternal Steward of the Sanctuary, do you not?"

During the fifth wave of enemies, Chroma will appear and begin attacking with its Dera rifle and its abilities. It is invulnerable to all damage.

Ordis: "The Operator comes first!"

Simaris: "Ordis, free yourself of this—"

Ordis: "SHUT YOUR OSCILLATOR, SIMARIS. Operator, use the scanner on the Chroma. You do not have to kill it, or risk yourself. You can release it from its control with the scanner!"

Chroma must be scanned 5 times, upon which it will disappear. Once the scans are complete and the wave of Corpus enemies is defeated, the mission will end.

Lotus: "Go now, Tenno. You have done well."

[on board Orbiter]

Lotus: "Excellent work, Tenno. You've severed the control of Chroma. The hunt is over."

Simaris: "For now. These scans will be an incredible addition to Sanctuary. I will continue my search for the source of the voice and its domination. Return to me and hunt again Tenno. I will reward you."

Ordis: "More importantly, the Operator is unharmed."

Simaris: "You disappoint me, Cephalon Ordis. I was offering a greater purpose. Healing. As Steward, I would have restored your lost memories!"

Ordis: "I am Ordis, Ship Cephalon. I serve the Operator. I make new memories."

Upon completion of the quest, the Tenno will receive a Chroma blueprint and an inbox message from Cephalon Simaris.

Inbox message:
The Sanctuary Needs You

I have decided to expand your role.

Cephalon Simaris (video message): "Hunter, you have worked hard, captured millions of imprints to be combined into 'ideal' specimens for the Sanctuary. In light of your tireless contributions, I have decided to expand your role. Every day, I perform preliminary Synthesis to determine what creature will join the Sanctuary next. Do you want to see the Sanctuary grow as quickly as I do? Then join me in this task by visiting the Sanctuary."

The Tenno now has access to Sanctuary Onslaught.

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