So I have just completed my 10th playthrough of Phoebe and the Heart of Ekkunar, meaning I am once again completely up to date on all the lore in Battleborn.
While no one has yet been able to decode the apparent morse code messages that are emitting from the anomalies found in each operation (@MentalMars is on it though), I have been thinking up a crazy theory about them that is unrelated to the fact they are supposed to contain BL3 Easter Eggs.
I want to think that these anomalies were created by Empress Lenore from the void. I’ve even thought up a timeline that attempts to make sense of the randomness of where they show up in each mission.
Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion
Jennar was darkened 19954.100 C.R. along with Empress Lenore into the void. The first Thrall Rebellion also took place in that same year along with the second rebellion in 19957 and the third rebellion in 19958. My belief is that Lenore immediately began trying to figure out how return from the void and made her first successful connection with the Battleborn Universe at some point during one of the Thrall Rebellions. Unfortunately she could not properly control where the anomaly would show up, hence why it is was in an odd place in the Tempest Slums. This is also around the same time when Deande somehow manages to “cross the veil” and speak with Lenore (19955.200 C.R.), so its possible that Deande picked up the signal and investigated it personally.
Toby’s Friendship Raid
Dissatisfied with her partial success, she decides to refine her device by directing it towards the Detritus Ring where a lot of portal blooms had popped up during the Varelsi invasion (as was mentioned in the Battleplan Lore that dropped with Montana and the Demon Bear). It just so happened there was a fleet of almost identical ships in the area, which is perhaps why there was a portal in the engine room (it could have been how Lenore was fine tuning it by opening an anomaly on ships travelling really fast). This one is a bit of a stretch.
Oscar Mike vs The Battle School
Maybe Lenore was in need of an assistant/soldier? The Mike could have also been a test subject to see what affects passing through the portal would have on a living body. I would personally love for the Empress to make her debut with a Mike on hand whom she has tolerated because he was the only other person around.
Montana and the Demon Bear
A book full of Jennerit knowledge getting sent to the void? This is the one that made me think it actually might be Lenore doing this. “Oh I need a book to figure out this problem.” Creates a portal into a library and fetches the book.
Phoebe and the Heart of Ekkunar
By this point, she has learnt of Rendain’s plan to escape the void and attempts to warn the Battleborn (or more specifically, Rath who was present on Ekkunar). However because no one is good at morse code, the message just falls on deaf ears.
So yeah, totally out there theory, which I thought I would share.