Lore

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Starbound's lore is presented to the player through books, logs, papers and other materials found in the game world, as well as conversations with NPCs who will change what they say based on your race.

Once a codex has been collected and learned it's permanently available in that character's Codex Library, which can be opened by clicking the side menu icon or using the hotkey [L].

In early beta most lore was written primarily by Ashton Raze and Demanrisu. Later, almost all codexes were heavily revised by Abi and Rosiedeux in update cheerful giraffe .

"It may seem like a small/insignificant feature to some, but it's something we hope will greatly contribute to the atmosphere of the game as well as the sense of discovery in constantly reading new tidbits of information about each race. So...lore fans, rejoice!" - "The Starbound Chronicle: July 2013"

Starter Codex Entries

Every player learns these entries when they begin the game.

Racial Codexes

Apex

Apex An Identity Lost Icon.png Apex: An Identity Lost

Internal Report Icon.png Internal Report #E86A

'Project De-Ape' Lab Report Icon.png 'Project: De-Ape' Lab Report
RE Selection bias Icon.png RE: Selection bias!

Avian

Avoscript Verse 1-1-1 Icon.png Avoscript: Verse 1:1:1
Avoscript Verse 23-4-27 Icon.png Avoscript: Verse 23:4:27

Floran

Glitch

Built for Purpose I Icon.png Built for Purpose? I
Built for Purpose II Icon.png Built for Purpose? II

Human

Human Census Report Icon.png Human Census: Report


Hylotl

Penguin

Dreadwing the Penguin (Codex) Icon.png Dreadwing The Penguin
Shockhopper Mech Mk I (Codex) Icon.png Shockhopper Mech Mk I

Mission Codexes

Erchius Mining Facility

Ceremonial Hunting Caverns

Grand Pagoda Library

Great Sovereign Temple

Miniknog Stronghold

Miniknog R and D Report Icon.png Miniknog R&D Report

Baron's Keep

Other Codexes

Colony

Hiraki Corale, Hylotl Adventurer

Legacy Lore

There are a number of codex entries which set the early groundwork for the game's lore that have been removed. Most of these codexes were found in dungeons and villages during beta. They're no longer in the game files so they are no longer obtainable by any method.

Races

Agaran

Apex

 Starter:

 Findable:

Avian

 Starter:

 Findable:

Floran

 Starter:

 Findable:

Glitch

 Starter:

 Findable:

Human

 Starter:

 Findable:

Hylotl

 Starter:

Specific characters

Big Ape

Doctor Lax

Greenfinger of the Floran

Hewlett Deckard, Glitch bounty hunter

Hiraki Corale, Hylotl Adventurer

Huntmaster Sunflower Tzu

K'arn Hollowbeak, Avian scholar

Kah'se Seedpecker

Platinum Ace, Outcast leader

Po-metheus

Rochard Hawkwings

The Iron Avian

Thornwing

Treeio Florstab and Professor Irondome

Missions and bosses

Missions

Bosses

Lore