Tyrian 2000 Script

by Bateau This is a compilation of all the datacubes and cutscenes from the game Tyrian 2000. It is arranged in chronological order. The datacube texts for episodes 1-4 were provided by Jason Emery. For more Tyrian information please visit my website.

Contents

Story Episode 1 Before Tyrian During Asteroid 1/2 During Savara Cutscene after Bonus After Deliani Cutscene after Savara V Before Assassin Cutscene after Assassin Episode 2 Before Torm During Torm During Gyges After Asteroid City/Before Soh Jin Cutscene after Soh Jin After Soh Jin After Botany A/B Cutscene after Gryphon Episode 3 During Gauntlet During Ixmucane During Stargate After Camanis (unverified) Before Tyrian-X (unverified) During Tyrian-X During Savara-Y Unknown (probably during Savara-Y Cutscene after Fleet/New Deli Episode 4 Before Surface Before Lava Run During Lava Run Before Core Before Lava Exit (if Core unsuccessful) Before Side Exit (if Core successful) Before ?Tunnel? (if Core successful) Cutscene after ?Tunnel? (if ?Tunnel? successful) Before Ice Exit (if ?Tunnel? unsuccessful) Before Ice Exit (if ?Tunnel? successful) Before Ice Secret Before Harvest During Harvest Before Approach Before Savara IV During Savara IV Before Dread-Not Before EyeSpy Before Brainiac Cutscene after Brainiac Before Nosedrip Cutscene after Nosedrip (without Stalker 21.126) Cutscene after Nosedrip (with Stalker 21.126) Cutscene after bonus game Episode 5 Before Asteroids During Asteroids Before Savara/Coral Before Station Before Fruit Cutscene after Fruit Scenic Guide to the Universe Tyrian Asteroid Field Sector 1 SYSTEM DATAFLUX - ASTEROID SECTOR 1 Asteroid Field Sector 2 SYSTEM DATAFLUX - ASTEROID SECTOR 2 Soh Jin Holes Gyges Savara Deliani Ixmucane Torm Camanis Ships USP Talon Light Fighter USP Fang Light Fighter Gencore Phoenix Gencore Maelstrom Gencore II MicroCorp Stalker MicroCorp Stalker-B Prototype Stalker-C The Stalker 21.126 Storm SuperCarrot U-Ship Nort Ship Miscellaneous Reference Stargate Torm Biology - Dragon The Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion Tunnel World, Zica Pirate Activity, Gryphon Sector Weapons Research, Station Gryphon Zica Flamethrower Zica Laser Weapon Zica SuperCharger Sonic Cannon Hot Dog Generators Mega SoundChair Protron Cannon Indigo Companion Ships Warfly and Gerund Gravitron Pulse-Wave Order of Zinglon Miscellaneous Datacubes Local Emporium Dataflux Latest Top Ten List from Eclipse Central Gruel Complaint Gruel: The Modern Way Beno Crackers Beno Crackers Alambusol Ressurectos Almo and Zik-Nar X3 Swiss Family Cheese My Uncle the Sloth The Eleven Commandments Tyrian - The Holo Movie MagVend MagVend The Perils of Space-Fruit Anti-Fruit Decree Reference to Pretzel Pete Reference to Pretzel Pete Reference to Jazz Jackrabbit Reference to One Must Fall 2097 Intercepted Transmission Pib Bonus Game Instructions Zinglon's Ale Zinglon's Squadrons Zinglon's Revenge

Story

The year is 20,031. You are Trent Hawkins, a terraformation pilot. For three years, it has been your job to fly over tough-to-navigate planetary formations and check for habitable locations on newly terraformed planets. You execute more hair raising maneuvers in a day than most League trained pilots do during the course of their whole career. After many years of war, however, you prefer blasting rock formations to vaporizing enemy starships. Your latest assignment from the Interplanetary Council is Tyrian, a proposed trading world on the edge of the sector, near Hazudra territory. The Hazudra are a lizard-like race recently discovered in a nearby asteroid field. One of your fellow workers and close friends, Buce Quesillac, was a Huzudra. Yesterday Buce was shot in the back by a waiting hoverdrone that disappeared into the sky before you could blink, let alone stop it. Someone killed your best friend, and if it's the last thing you do, you're going to find out why. The only lead you have is what Buce told you before he died.... "My friend...you must leave Tyrian now, or you will be killed. Even after death, I could not bear to lose you. Still, what I am about to tell you will mark you, so listen well... You are familiar with the corporation that controls the terraformation of Tyrian, called Microsol. They are responsible for my death. And, do you remember that glowing rock we discovered in the mines west of here? It was more than just a pretty mineral. It is a new source of power called Gravitium. Harness it, and engines will soon be obsolete. It can... control gravity. Microsol wants it, and will eliminate anyone who knows of its existence. They captured me two days ago and tried to erase my memory as a warning. They did not know my memory is holographic in nature, and cannot be wiped out. Today I would reason that they discovered this, and found me to finish the job. Now you must go, before they hunt you down. Hurry! Head towards Savara, the freeworld. It will be difficult for them to follow you there. GO!" You ran to your quarters and found them torn apart. Luckily you managed to obtain three weeks leave and a Gencore Hawk fighter. You set out for Savara tomorrow, and grieve at the thought of telling your parents that your best friend has been murdered. You grieve even further wondering how you're to stay alive with the whole of Microsol dogging your heels. Preparing for a troubled day, you close your eyes at last, vowing to avenge Buce's death, not knowing that what will take place in the next three weeks will become the legend of Tyrian. Ready yourself....

Episode 1

Before Tyrian

1

TYRIAN DATAFLUX 040-54-871 Data After gathering all the available data, I think I've found the safest course into Tyrian orbit from my landing platform... After heading due west out of the Fauchi mines you should come in contact with the floating battle platforms. Watch for the auto targeting plasma turrets and especially the construction claws. Whoever designed these platforms sure counted on spies and infiltrators, as they're loaded with small squadrons of surface attack drones as well. I think these platforms are filled with Gravitic Ore, which would explain why they're floating. No wonder Microsol wants to mine them so badly. I just hope I don't get intercepted before I reach orbit.

2

HOLOVID RELEASE ALPHA Historical Note: Rated Not Funny The Prime Chair said in a convention at Midway, Savara, "We feel that the economic benefits for the mineral gathering on Tyrian to be immense, scientifically and economically. While so far we haven't found anything but worthless granite strata, we have been able to form stable test platforms for military deployment which avoids 80% of the gravitational pull of the main body of the planet, significantly reducing deployment time and energy consumption. In addition, there is a 260% increase in solar collection at that level of the atmosphere and we feel it can be beamed down to the surface to provide cheaper, more bountiful power while avoiding the need to deploy space-platforms. If we can keep the gravitational disruption active on the rock and still maintain at least a moderate ground G-force, it will increase the worth of Tyrian and provide us with an increased capacity for fast colonization." Scientists believe the mineral compositions in the heavy rock strata on the surface of the planet can be easily gathered while the planet's gravity has been disrupted. Tyrian is the only planet whose gravity shifts enough to allow the top strata to break apart from the planet in large sections. So far, no-one has been able to figure out the odd results in the force, but Gencore has stated it believes the mineral components of Microsol's world to be just on the surface of the planet. They believe the core of the world is mostly gas pressure with molten pockets situated in several locations around the core, without any matter in the center of the planet. They have distributed holo-models of the force diagrams which indicate the gravitational pull is very uneven around the planet, which conflicts near several locations on the surface and would provide a near-cancellation of the G-force.

3

INCOMING MESSAGE FROM MIDWAY, SAVARA : 21717 mark Mom Dear Trent, Glad to hear you're doing so well on Tyrian, son. Papa's so proud of you. Oh yes, how's your Hazudra friend? He seems nice. You'll have to bring him home this Fokar-Cycle for dinner and a holo-snack. You're going to come back this Fokar-Cycle, aren't you, son? We still have your room made up just like when you left. Papa wants me to tell you he finally has a job with Microsol! It seems they're interested in charting the Sti-5 sector where you're working. I always told you Papa was the best holo-chart deployer on Savara! Finally, I think we're going to move out of this old home. Papa got a huge payment from his new P-Scouting job and we can afford to do some things we've always wanted to do. Oh, Papa says we have to go to the final interview now. Seems they want us to visit the local branch office for a welcoming party. All our love! Mom

During Asteroid 1/2

1

SAVARA MERCHANT TRANSMISSION Merchant Hey, Trent! Looks like you've got a price on your head now. the guys at level 3 security say Microsol is after you, and your parents are being investigated. What's going on? Drop by Midway and equip your ship. Then we'll see if we can find a good hiding place for you. I owe you, after all. We've plenty here for you. Rear sonic cannons, front lasers, medium armor, and the first of our shipment of Microsol shields! We've also found something interesting... Deep space pirate brought a couple of these weird glowing green mechanisms back from the outer reaches of the sector. Seems the whole frieghter fleet is out there looking for the Blacknova stargate. Anyway, this green thing glows and emits a weird ionized field around it, but it's far too weak for a shield. Still, if you're interested, it's yours dirt cheap. Gotta pay you back for that hula lamp...

2

HOLOVID RELEASE BETA 06 THERMAL BLAST VIBRATES MIDWAY News A thermal blast rocked the city of Midway today, destroying a number of urban dwellings on the south side of the East River. Investigators say the blast was centered on one dwelling owned by the Hawkins family. Both the husband and wife are believed disintegrated by the radiation. Remarkably, few other people were injured. It seems most of the people in the community were at a seminar for community awareness produced by the benevolent Microsol alliance. "It seems we averted a major disaster with our welcoming seminar. I blanche at the thought of what kind of monster would try to take out an entire community. You can be sure we will be investigating it to the fullest extent. I only wonder at what the people would think if that seminar wasn't being held at that time..." said Microsol's new Prime Chair Durril. Officials at the Main Tallok Fusion Plant said the thermal blast had to have been a weapon and couldn't have been caused by faulty wiring.

During Savara

1

DATAFLUX UPLOAD from Midway Merchant I've found the best chance of escape for you. The home of gencore tech alliance: DELIANI. Head there and you should be able to find refuge with TRANSON LOHK, who is the chancellor. I'm sorry about your parents, Trent. Something tells me you want revenge, but before you go off half cocked just listen to this... Gencore is in a fix right now. Since Microsol is monopolizing Tyrian, Gencore is losing power in the council at REMUS. The head research fellows at Gencore also believe there is something weird going on concerning the development of Tyrian, and if they could pinpoint it, they'd have grounds for opposition and perhaps even a shutdown of the whole operation. Still, they have no leads. Only hypotheses. If you could provide some information for them, Gencore would hopefully help you find the reason for Microsol's interest in your death. Good luck, Trent.

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Magnatower Center Transon We read you on our vidspec screens as Trent Hawkins, terraformation pilot. I am TRANSON LOHK, chancellor of the Gencore tech alliance. We need your help, Trent. Microsol is clearly after you. Deliani is being infiltrated even now by a whole fleet of Microsol patrol ships. We'll do our best to hold them off until you can reach us. Tyrian's rock formations are gravity controlling, you say? So that would mean that Microsol is most likely to be using this new power source to build a fleet of incredibly fast warships. Their main goal is to control the sector, as some of our agents have discovered recently. we need you to be on our infiltration team, Trent. You're obviously one of the finest pilots in the sector from that manuvering you just pulled off, so you can fly into Microsol territory and discover exactly what they intend to do and when. In all your life, you'll never have a better opportunity of serving your sector. Head for Deliani and Javi, our security chief, will brief you on your first mission.

Cutscene after Bonus

1

Warning: Trajectory heading intercepts minefield surrounding Deliani. Navigation through minefield necessary to reach Deliani. Unknown magnetic forces detected ahead.

After Deliani

1

DELIANI PRIORITY UPLINK A1 Transon Trent, I want you to go investigate a disturbance on Savara. We've received reports of a massive gravity surge in one of the main cities there, Tonchus. The situation there sounds grim with a number of people panicking and trying to escape. I know it's short notice, but please do your best. Further details are available from Emperor Milktoe's address which I am also sending. You must take out that lunatic or else the planet will be ruined. Transon out.

2

PLANETARY EMERGENCY Milktoe This is Emperor Milktoe of Savara. This planetary distress is not a drill! A large beam of unknown energy has been directed at 41x30 in the upper hemisphere of our planet. It has caused an incredible gravitational disturbance which is raising the oceans at that point to unheard-of levels. <cough> Widespread panic has gripped the planet and the citizens are grabbing any ship available to escape the surface. The sky is filled with thousands of shuttles and blimps. Even worse, a crazed lunatic calling himself Lord Gopenhagen is flying around in a modified T-29 blimp and destroying countless ships and buildings. He has threatened to destroy the main power centers of the planet and cause a giant meltdown. In five hours he will have achieved his objective. I hope someone out there can help us, but I'm not going to stick around and find out! There's a royal shuttle leaving in five minutes and I'll be on it! Formerly... Emperor Milktoe

Cutscene after Savara V

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Now that you've saved the crisis on Savara and earned the help of Transon Lohk, you head back to Tyrian to find out more about this new power. How could such an innocent pile of rocks be used to devastate planets? You must locate sample of this new energy. If nothing else, perhaps it could be harnessed back against Microsol's new device.

2

There, on the far side of Tyrian. A sample? Looks like a fairly substantial... oh no! MICROSOL!

Before Assassin

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UNKNOWN ???????? Your arrogance will be your downfall. We have taken care of your friend. I hope you enjoyed your flight. Please return your tray to the upright position and prepare for destruction. Ha ha.

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DELIANI PRIORITY UPLINK A1 Transon You're going to try and fly back to Tyrian for the gravity rocks? Good luck finding some of that ore. If you can pick up a sample, maybe we can analyze it to find out more about it. I hope what happened on Savara won't be repeated. The consequences of this power are terrifying. Transon out.

Cutscene after Assassin

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That was too close. You've been nearly vaporized, crushed, blown to pieces, flame broiled, and electrocuted one too many times. Only your incredible targeting skills and class 1 fancy flying has kept you alive. Those boys at Deliani clearly have some even more hair raising missions for you up their sleeve. Why were YOU chosen to be their errand boy? Why is half the galaxy after your head? Can you beat the odds and, most importantly, can you survive without becoming space bacon?

2

If not, things could become unpleasant.

3

This is Rob Neither with the daily news. Zinglon's Ale has been stolen! The Grand Moolah Yimbo revealed today that all of their god, Zinglon's, holy ale has been abducted. Millions of thirsty worshippers fled in panic when the news hit.

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A panic-stricken Savaran citizen: "I nearly fainted when I heard the news. How can we continue to believe in a just universe and freedom to eat crackers if we have no ale? I don't know yet what I'm going to do."

5

This is certainly a crisis of grand proportions. All other work has stopped. The Grand Moolah has told us that someone must retrieve the ale from the clutches of Dai-Zan, the god of deceit and bad form. Who will save us from this torment? My Zinglon, I need a drink!

Episode 2 Before Torm

1

MISSION BRIEFING FLUX 0473 Javi Gencore Security Chief We have been monitoring some unusual freighter shipments between the derelict planet of Gyges and the capital planet of Torm. Both planets are marked on your Navigation Screen. Insight into these shipments may give us a clue to the whereabouts of Microsol's base of operations. First, set course for Torm and investigate. Then return to Deliani to report your findings and to await further instructions. You will be given a Gencore Hawk to fly for this mission and greater weapon clearance priority. Good luck!

2

DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 2894 Javi Some warnings about Torm. There are dragons there. Yes, dragons. These tree dragons enjoy feeding on metal and berillium ore of which your ship is built, so once awakened they'll munch you right out of the sky. The best weapon against them is a fire or flame based weapon. Also beware of space pirates who have made a number of secret bases there and can strike without warning. Their ships are usually camouflaged in shades of green and can be difficult to spot amongst Torm's thick jungles.

During Torm

1

TORM TRANSMISSION FLUX Dougan Well, well, well. Looks like you've gotten yourself into too much trouble, as usual. Torm is no place to be investigating for Microsol shipments. Hmm... perhaps the reason you've been tracked this far is because there was a homing device planted on your ship's undercarriage. Pretty high signal one, too. Don't worry. I removed it, but whoever has been sending you on these missions sounds like they have no idea what's going on. Microsol's activities are centered around Savara and the Stargate. I'd say you've been sent on a wild goose chase. Have a word with that Javi Onukala you mentioned. Ask for answers.

2

DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 02975 Javi I see you have investigated Torm without success. There HAS to be something there. Homing device? I know nothing about that, but I will run an investigation. We can't have people trying to murder our agents. Now... I have been receiving reports from the Ixmucane sector that something unusual is going on there. Your next mission will be to fly there and investigate. Please select anything you like from our supply stocks.

3

DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 02976 Javi Beware on this mission of rebels from the Mendivian C sector, near Ixmucane. These are human pirates who are aiding the Hazudra forces there led by a faction leader named Reid. Be careful in there or they'll destroy you, thinking you are a Microsol scout. Microsol is attempting to gain control of the Hazudra territory there, thus the rebel forces. But they will make no exceptions when it comes to an intruder.

During Gyges

1

STARGATE TRANSMISSION FLUX 13619 ??? Your life is forfeit, human. We know of your plans to sweep the Tyrian sector and destroy all life. We are going to attack your fleet and obliterate your merciless ships until you are no longer a threat to us. Your only hope of escape is to call off the attack. Now. I will enjoy your destruction.

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DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 23920 Javi We have been notified of a course change. You must immediately head for the Mendivian C sector and the home city of the rebel forces there. Obliterate them and return to us. They are threatening to overtake the sector. Be careful, Trent. You'll need all the firepower you can get.

After Asteroid City/Before Soh Jin

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ASTEROID CITY TRANSMISSION 37238 Reid I am Reid, head of the rebel Mendivian and Anti Microsol league. We do not know why you have attacked. I would like an explanation. What?? WE are not the ones planning an attack against the sector for total domination. It is Microsol, stationed in Savara and ready to launch within the next 10 days! You have been tricked! Apparently you were decieved by Javi, who is a Hazudra traitor. He was stolen at birth and placed under holographic mind control by Microsol. The most we have been able to uncover about him is that he is apparently an infiltrator into Gencore Tech Alliance. You MUST return to Deliani and stop him! He is probably the means for Microsol to overthrow Gencore. Quickly.. restock your ship and head for Deliani before Javi has another chance to signal Microsol for the start of the attack! You may be able to reach them before they form a strategic defense.

Cutscene after Soh Jin

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Warning: Trajectory heading intercepts hydroponic labs surrounding station Gryphon. The hydroponic laboratories are not as heavily guarded and may allow easy access into the station. Two routes are available through the defenses. The first is on the outer rim of the station and will allow room for ships to attack. The second is, unfortunately, heavily guarded by automatic turrets.

After Soh Jin

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DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 83278 Javi I see you have discovered the truth. I was going to use you as a scout for the fleet before I had your brain scanned for knowledge of the Gravitium. Well, no matter. You have served your purpose. Our scientists have uncovered its secrets and installed new engines into our fleet ships, giving them far more power to distribute to the weapon banks. The invasion will begin soon and you will have only a few precious days left before we execute you. You are being sent by tractor beam to the Impound Station at Gryphon, a little known and desolate edge of the sector where you will be unable to help your friends in the Asteroid City. Enjoy your last hours, Trent.

After Botany A/B

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GRYPHON TRANSMISSION FLUX 02333 Vykromod Who do you think you are, you insignificant scum? Do you know what lies in store for you here? The entire Gryphon fleet is mobilized and ready to attack. Only one pirate has ever made it past our defenses. We killed him one month later. Playtime will not be interrupted by the likes of you.

Cutscene after Gryphon

1

First half of the sector wants you dead only because of what you know. Then, you seek help only to be suckered into a scheme by them to wipe out the other half of the sector. Third, when you learn about their plans, you're sent to prison! Now that you've blasted your way to freedom, just how free are you? There is an invasion at hand, and it looks like you're the only one who can stop it. Otherwise... There won't be anyplace left to hide.

Episode 3 During Gauntlet

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ASTEROID CITY FLUX 53861 Reid We have finally been able to get through! Javi was jamming our transmissions for some time. I grieve for the loss of your parents, Trent. I learned of their death only hours ago. And at the same time I read of your imprisonment by Javi. It is up to you to help us stop the Microsol fleet from using the Gravitium. You must fly to the Microsol base planet of Ixmucane and give us information on fleet strength before we can marshall our forces. How many ships, weapons, defensive capabilities, everything. Then route the information to us via a Link Flux. We will be waiting, and good luck to you.

2

STATION GRYPHON FLUX 73725 Captain We have monitored your escape, Hawkins. You won't get far. I have notified The Microsol patrol nearby and they are on an intercept course to pick you up. You could make it easier for me by waiting where you are, because I have given them orders to destroy you if you show resistance.

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ASTEROID CITY FLUX 53862 Reid A word of warning when maneuvering through the caverns of Ixmucane. You must be wary of the sawblades that Microsol installed as a security measure. If I remember correctly, the sawblades are believed developed or at least stored at station Gryphon. The more advanced models can be nearly indestructible. Also huge slabs of rock can be torn from the walls and hurled at your ship using the power of the Gravitium. Beware.

During Ixmucane

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DELIANI FLUX 23672 Vykromod So... you think you can outsmart a corporation whose size you cannot even possibly imagine? You are the biggest fool I have ever seen. Turn back now while you have the chance. You will never find the fleet's secret base, and soon we will emerge and crush you into pulp if you remain here. Leave now.

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ASTEROID CITY FLUX 53863 Reid Trent! Flee to Stargate sector immediately!! Have detected a large sqadron apprxxme. <Computer Log: Transmission end.>

During Stargate

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STARGATE TRANSMISSION FLUX 0178205 ??? We see that you are not a part of the hideous mass that threatens the sector. But it is not safe for you to be here. You must go to Camanis, the ice world, where we can supply you with weapons that can utterly destroy the fleet of Microsol. We cannot emerge into the sector with our race because Microsol has closed the Stargate now. It is up to you now, human. For the life of millions, you must stop that fleet.

After Camanis (unverified)

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CAMANIS TRANSMISSION FLUX 001 Beppo Hey, there, friend. I see you've met up wid a few of me pals on Torm, yes? We pirates are good. I work for the outworlders and they have told me to give you lotsa weapons for your ship. Just step aside and I'll install the ones you want. You pilots are good. Weapons are good. Freedom is good! After this battle, we can go snow jumping. Waddaya say?

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SUBSPACE TRANSMISSION FLUX 002 Vykromod We have tracked you. You are now within our grasp. Prepare to meet your death, Trent Hawkins. You have caused Microsol enough trouble. This is not an idle threat, idiot. You WILL die.

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CAMANIS TRANSMISSION FLUX 0178205 ??? You know that everything is doomed, don't you? I wish I had never gotten into this mess. Well, anyway, let's talk about hot dogs! You know, the kind of hot dog that used to be generated at holo-cricket games. Now THAT was a hot dog. I could use one of those right now. If you get a chance to swing by Ixmucane again, why don't you pick up one for me? Your pal, Nanol.

Before Tyrian-X (unverified)

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TYRIAN TRANSMISSION FLUX 01282 Borogar Trent Hawkins, congratulations! You've won the game! But it's not over yet... Tyrian X awaits you! You must once again fly into the world where you started this whole shebang and fight off incessant waves of enemies! We thought you'd be interested in another shot at the title. Have fun! Heh... heh, heh...

During Tyrian-X

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SUBSPACE TRANSMISSION FLUX 410 Vykromod Aw, geez. Now you've gone and destroyed my home planet. Did you ever wonder why I carry a purple cloak? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now, I will have my revenge! The name of this game isn't Tyrian! You've spelled it incorrectly, Trent Hawkins! The universe will know of your pitiful mistake and I will rule again!

2

DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 263 Beppo Top o' the morning, wee laddie. I be the clone of that nasty old pirate. The scourge of Torm, I be called. I found it, Trent! Be it that I did, and did it at that. The wondrous Prototype Stalker. If you can make it past Savara, I might consider giving it up to you. For a price... This baby has it all. Someday you may even learn to use the top-secret post-it mine sprayer. Well, I be off now. Arrrrr!

3

DELIANI EMPORIUM DATAFLUX Ad Now that the game is almost over, Hank has finally gotten out of jail for USP fraud! And now, he's gone crazy! He's hired Beppo's clone to scour the seven sectors and steal whatever goods he can from the wreckage Trent Hawkins has strewn across the galaxy. And ya know what? He's found it all! Zica Lasers, Constant Lasers, Lightning Blasts, Protron Cannons, Missile Launchers, 8-Way Microbombs, Side Ships, and much, much more. Also, rumor has it that Beppo's got the new Microsol Fighter, but he's not tellin' unless you've got the cash. So come on down right now while anarchy lasts!

During Savara-Y

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Magnatower Center Transon Now, look, Trent Hawkins, I am sick and tired of you blowing our Z-29 Central Defense Ship to bits! Take your stupid war somewhere else and stop destroying our defense fleet! I don't care if your family WAS killed down here! If you ever return to Savara, I'm going to call out a planetary alert and send the entire sector after your ship! So, GO AWAY!

Unknown (probably during Savara Y)

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DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 83278 Javi Hello, Trent. I received word from a rather irate Transon Lohk that you'd be headed this way. The Illuminator is safely tucked away where you won't find it. I'll give you a hint. It's not on Deliani. But I am. I have the defenses of the entire planet waiting to move down on you and take you out. Enjoy your stay, Trent. If you're reading this message, I know you've hacked into our defense net. If not...

2

DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 83278 Javi Oh, by the way. Nice job you did for us back at Ixmucane. We would have lost a number of ships from the modified Zica weapons being tested there. Didn't know about that, huh? Too bad, no-one can help you now.

Cutscene after Fleet/New Deli

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Your ship streams from the incandescent glow of the explosions you have just created in the midst of the Microsol fleet, and hunts down the final escape pod from the mother ship just as it punches into hyperspace. It is finally over. The people of Deliani are saved, and you have stopped a galaxy wide catastrophe.

2

"Congratulations!" shouts Transon Lohk over the comm screen. "Our forces were ready to defend the city after your last transmission, but thanks to you we haven't even suffered a scratch. I will make sure you are richly rewarded for this..."

3

You smile and flick off the comm, your mouth twisted into a frown. No reward could bring back your parents, and your best friend. Though you have saved millions of lives, why did the people closest to you have to suffer? Still, there's nothing you can do about it, and you vow to make sure that the same thing never happens again. From now on Tyrian sector will be a name synonymous with peace...

Episode 4 Before Surface

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IXMUCANE - PRIVATE LINK Tech Tightbeam private coded message. Forwarded by Downstar at unknown link. Attached message included as second data message. Decoded transmission follows: This is Harble Wom at the Microsol planet Ixmucane. This is a Downstar emergency request by Downstar agent ID 00329, Tech IX9204. I am patched into a secure net and cannot explain fully. Through collaborating with other Techs, I have learned that Microsol has unlocked some of the Zica command codes. The SCIs have activated the ancient computer system! Temperature is 103 here in the service bay and rising. Men are complaining but being turned away by the guards. I fear that only armed conflict will prevent our massacre. Several Techs are reported missing and we fear they were killed for trying to escape. I think... I think they're going to turn this planet into a sun. GET ME OUT OF HERE! I DON'T WANT TO BE CAUGHT OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PLANET WHEN THEY TURN IT INTO A SUN!!!! SEND SOMEONE OUT NOW YOU STUPID [End of File]

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon You've probably read the message before this one, Trent. I don't need to tell you that this is a problem, and it means doom. I know I am a boring old man and I dragged you back across the galaxy against your own will, but please hear me out. I am placed in the regrettible position of having to try and stop this insanity. I hope Harble was wrong, but this is an alien technology more advanced than our own. Gencore believes that if Microsol can reactivate the computer systems, they will have a limitless power source and would certainly monopolize the energy trade. As regrettible as it would be, if that was all it was I would reluctantly have to allow them to activate the planet and keep their energy. We could still fight them economically from other directions. The problem is that there's a vast number of scientists and technicians from independent governments and education centers stationed on Ixmucane via the universal Free Education Act. At last count, there were about 1.5 million of the brightest minds in the universe centered on Ixmucane. Now, there's a giant military fleet flying around inside that blasted rock which has prevented nearly everyone from escaping! If they turn that rock into a sun, it will mean a scientific setback that will last for millenia! We have much of the information, but few outside the Free Education system have the ability to comprehend and utilize it. While we're busy relearning all that has been lost, Microsol will undoubtedly push ahead and take over the rest of the colonized universe. I can't let that happen, under any cost. We, along with several other major corporations, have assembled an emergency fleet which will converge on Ixmucane. Yes, Trent, you are part of the emergency fleet. During your last maintenance run, we planted some false programming into your computer banks. After you receive my coded message, your viewscreen will be correctly reactivated. That vacation you were planning will just have to wait. Glad to have you with us. We're counting on you to slow them down long enough for us to free the trapped people. If they activate the planet, we'll somehow make sure they can't use it. And Trent... I don't know if you'll accept this, but I'm sorry.

Before Lava Run

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon Recorded VidCom - GT 29:21 I wasn't sure if I was going to hear from you again, but you cleared out enough of the surface ships for us to break through and start rescuing the people trapped on the upper sections of the planet. We need more time, Trent. The temperature is rising even on the surface now, and it's a matter of minutes before it's deadly. You've got to fly down into the planet and distract whatever's in the core. We've destroyed enough of their jamming beacons to scan the interior of the planet and have located a central shaft leading deep into the planet. The coordinates were downloaded into your computer with this message. Good luck. We'll try to save as many as possible before the planet goes. Further communications won't be possible from me, but there's some friendly groups in the lower sections who have seized control. They will probably try to contact you and may be able to provide assistance. A robot service vehicle has been despatched to follow you down. It's all we can spare. We're all depending on you to distract them. Do what you must. Transon Lohk

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IXMUCANE - PRIVATE LINK Captain Tightbeam private coded message. Originating from Ixmucane internal section 1-1-1. Who are you? Don't I recognize you? No matter. This planet is going to be vaporized, intruder. There's no hope for you to reach the core in time to destroy it. Leave now, whoever you are. This is not your affair. I'd kill you myself, but I'm not stupid enough to stay behind and die. Captain Nob Ixmucane Task Force Alpha

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HOLO NEWS - XP9 v123-02-39 News This is Rob Neither with the daily news. Zinglon's Nose Stolen A holy artifact believed to be the nose of Zinglon himself was stolen from the Torm Orbiting Museum. Religious followers are in an uproar and demand that the party responsible return the nose immediately. A full-scale investigation has been launched and several planets are fully mobilizing for jihad - holy war. Ixmucane Threatened With Destruction - 1.5 Million to Be Killed In other news, Microsol has reportedly threatened the extinction of 1.5 million scientists and engineers on the planet Ixmucane. A small relief fleet has been called in, headed mainly by Gencore, to save as many people as possible. [Clara, Co-reporter [CC]] : Does it really matter, Rob? I'm beginning to think there's nowhere in the galaxy not under some mysterious threat, but somehow it all seems to work out fairly easily with no deaths on our side. Isn't this some kind of a hoax? [Rob, Reporter [RR]] : Seems that way to me. I can remember when a war was something you could feel. Not just some report on how many scraps of metal were found. To date, there has been no real evidence of any Gencore or other alliance ships participating in any major conflict. Just minor skirmishes with scout ships on our side. [CC] : So this is some kind of hoax? [RR] : Probably. It's this lack of standards that make me wish I was back in holo-sports. Now that had a future. This fake war is making me sick. There's nothing worse than someone manufacturing a war by exploding tons of robot starships. Nothing but a big fireworks display. [CC] : OH? Are we still on the air? [Program stopped due to technical fault]

During Lava Run

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ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Ixmucane Core sensor report Sensor arrays have detected 3 main types of anomalous readings. 1 - Unknown Zica defense systems. Most defense systems are radiating large amounts of infrared energy and are probably thermal based. An unknown energy force appears to be directing the thermal energy flow. 2 - Crystalline Ore. A highly volatile, energy-rich crystal ore has been detected in this area. Dralictite and Morenzinum are indicated in fairly high quantities near the center. 3 - Large Unknown Energy Source. A central energy source is producing unknown levels of heat energy. This source is a critical threat and your heat shielding will last for approximately 30 seconds in contact with the device. You will have approximately 10 seconds to destroy the source when within critical range.

Before Core

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IXMUCANE - PRIVATE LINK Tech Tightbeam private coded message. Originating from Ixmucane internal section 12-9-4. This is Tech Harble Wom from level 12. We have freed this section from Microsol control and have monitored your incoming ship. You appear to be piloting a neutral freemarket scout-class starship. Are you here to help? Did Downstar send you? We are trapped here in level 12 by a security lockout and can't break through the blast-shielding. Look, whoever you are, we're in a tight spot. There's no time left for us to escape - the defense drones are inaccessible to these computer systems and none of us can override the security codes. You gotta help us out. There's thousands of us trapped here in the middle of this rock. We've got some sensors working and know that someone's up there evacuating the population, but there's no time. This planet is going to vaporize in about 30 minutes, maybe an hour. There's more of us trapped down below somewhere closer to the core and they can't get out either. There's just no way you're gonna reach us down here. Microsol's activated some old Zica system down there near the core, and it's raising the temperature something fierce. You've got to take it out fast or we'll never make it! No time! Just continue down that tunnel! There's something massive down there burning a hole through the planet! We sent another data cube with a sensor report of the core. I hope you got it! For the love of Zinglon, save us!

Before Lava Exit (if Core unsuccessful)

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon Trent! We've picked up a giant energy buildup in your area! It seems the planet conversion has started! We've only been able to retrieve about 9000 people so far, but we must disengage to prevent our own destruction. What's going on down there? We can't read you very well, but we're sending down the coordinates of a tunnel which should provide you with an escape route. I know you did your best, Trent. I... I wish we could have saved them all. Trent... Did you hear from Harble? He was an agent of ours somewhere down there. I'm sure he's dead now, but I hope he was able to help you. We received a final transmission from him after we knocked out the last of the jamming beacons. He said: "Whoever you are... um... Thanks anyway. AAAAUUUGGGHHH! THE CONTROL PANEL'S ON FIRE!" Nothing left to do, Trent. Get out of there before the place explodes!

Before Side Exit (if Core successful)

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon You did it! The energy source we detected is fading fast and the temperature is dropping back to normal. Actually, we have a new problem. The temperature is falling so fast, you must have blown up the central energy source for the core. We estimate the planet is going to freeze in about 6 hours. We will continue the relief efforts, but there's a number of people trapped on the lower levels we'll never reach. Also, Trent, we received a transmission from Harble Wom, a Gencore agent we've got stashed down there. Seems he detected your ship and tried to send some sensor data your way. Try and contact him if you need help. He's trapped in level 12. It's the best we can hope for. There's nothing else you can do down there. We sent the coordinates of a probable escape tunnel for you to use. Try and get yourself out of there in one piece, will you? I don't need another corpse on my conscience.

Before ?Tunnel? (if Core successful)

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IXMUCANE - PRIVATE LINK Captain Tightbeam private coded message. Originating from Ixmucane internal section [unknown]. What in the name of the 29 hells of Dai-Zan are you doing here? How did you find our null-shielded ship?! We've got the most sophisticated equipment in the universe down here! It cost a lot of money. Now I'll have to kill that dealer on Savara... I'm not about to give up my life to some pitiful scout pilot like you! Come and attack me if you dare.

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IXMUCANE - PRIVATE LINK Tech Tightbeam private coded message. Originating from Ixmucane internal section 12-9-4. Hey, buddy, we've got you back on our sensors. What's going on out there? This place is getting so cold now our display panels are starting to crack from the temperature stress! Look, buddy. We've got one of those cursed Microsol SCIs down here with us, and with a little friendly laser probing we've got him to talking. He says that they've got an escape tunnel out there - the one you're on - which contains their main tech center. He says you can reactivate the core with one of the consoles in that sector. The access code has been attached to this message and should be in your computer banks. You've gotta deactivate this crazy place and reactivate the main system. Just like an SCI to mess up the whole planet trying to get one dang thing to work right! And, do it FAST, will ya!? I don't want to die down here in this Microsol dungeon!

Cutscene after ?Tunnel? (if ?Tunnel? successful)

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You patch in your Holocomm to the Zica computer and transmit the access codes from your ship's computer. A few seconds later you are rewarded with a few chirps and a growing, low hum. It will take a while to heat this planet back up, and you don't want to become an insta-freeze snack, so you race back to your waiting Mega Soundchair and blast off!

Before Ice Exit (if ?Tunnel? unsuccessful)

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon The temperature is dropping to the critical point near your section. I don't think we'll be able to save everyone in the lower levels, but you gave us the valuable time we needed. I thank you for it. About 7500 people lived because of your diversion. As I said, the air near you is reaching a critical point and we believe the atmosphere down there is going to literally freeze solid. There's still a group of combat drones near you, but it's the only quick way out from there. Oh yes, we received a brief trasmission from Harble. He said: "Whoever you are... um... Thanks anyway. AAAAUUUGGGHHH! THE CONTROL PANEL SHATTERED!" Nothing left to do, Trent. Get out of there before the place freezes solid!

Before Ice Exit (if ?Tunnel? successful)

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon I can't believe my eyes! Our sensors tell us the central core has come back online somehow and the core temperature is returning to normal. What did you do? We detected a skirmish and a release of many large protron explosions. I don't know how you managed it, but we can now extend our efforts toward those trapped in the lower levels. I think we're going to be able to save these people after all. No way is this ever going to be a Microsol world again. I think I'm going to be able to convince the other corporations to join me now. There's no telling what they would have done if this place became active. I can tell you now, Trent. I believe there's no way in this universe we could have stopped Microsol if this planet was activated. It might have taken a decade or two, but there's no way to compete with an unlimited energy source like this. Best we could have hoped for was to keep them from controlling it. With all our best SCIs dead, though, we couldn't have stopped them. Trent, the air out there is still at the critical freezing point, so you'd better get out of there before the coldwave reaches you. Don't worry about the people trapped below. They're pretty safe behind this Zica shielding, and the energy conduits will reach them first. You're out there in the open! I don't need a frozen cadaver on my hands!

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IXMUCANE - PRIVATE LINK Captain Tightbeam private coded message. Originating from Ixmucane internal section [unknown]. Go ahead, take all the junk you want from that ship, you cretin! I hope you freeze.

Before Ice Secret

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Weapons Research, Camanis TOP SECRET Confidential memo #4410-303-TDCam Laser research is progressing steadily, according to projections. Project Thermos has completed stage 2 and is moving to the final stage 3. We anticipate having a prototype stage 3 laser cannon very soon. Camanis research station Loopy is prepared to ship 3 modified battle cruisers to you as soon as we receive word from you. Planetary coordinates for pickup are 399 x 21. We need confirmation immediately. So far, we don't believe any enemy forces have learned of our position, but we only have a skeleton defense force. No main battle cruisers are currently online. This leaves us especially vulnerable to outside attack. This is Mycroft Dalo, Microsol Research Control, signing off.

Before Harvest

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DELIANI PRIORITY UPLINK A2 Mondus Tightbeam private coded message. Forwarded by Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II - Priortily UpLink A1. Attached messages included as second and third data messages. Transon. We are under attack by a giant Microsol combat fleet. I have sealed off the planet surface with a fleet of battle cruisers, but someone seems to be playing havoc up there with our security codes. Our defense net has been turned against us, and I'm not in control of the main computer system anymore. An elite group of guards and I have sealed off the secret command center and are prepared to activate the escape system. We are cut off from the main system and no longer control the planet. It is all I could do to get this coded channel out to you before they override the private comm links. We know little about what is happening up there, but we have managed to detect a giant ship moving through the underground of the planet. This thing is unusually large, and is tapping into our power systems. I do not think we could stop it now if we even had the means to try. You must seal off the planet. Or else... Transon. We have made it our primary concern to keep the A1 UPLINK open. If you can not stop the fleet from taking total control of the planet, you will have to activate the Nova system. I do not think it will take them too long to find us once we jettison ourselves from the planet core. Make them suffer, Transon. I... would.

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DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 02975 Javi Thanks, Transon. While the mice are away, the cat will play. Heh. I trust you've enjoyed playing with Ixmucane. Now, we're going to do a little playing around with your planet. I can see you're still too trusting, Transon. Can't believe you still left some of those old security codes in place. They don't make 'em like you anymore.

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon Something's going on down there on Deliani! I'm sure you read the two previous messages. What can we do? You've got to fly ahead and distract them until we arrive, somehow. We've sent out a droneship to attach some booster packs to your ship. They should be enough to get you to Deliani. We'll try to get some equipment to you along the way and once you reach the planet. You now know as much as I do, Trent. I can't believe they were able to get this fleet out undetected. Something's going on - I don't like this one bit. We've been picking up unknown, strange ships and energy patterns the whole time while in orbit around this planet. The universe is erupting into chaos, Trent! This is the only chance to save what's left! If you fail, we'll never be able to reach the planet in time, even if we wanted to destroy it. I can't tell you what the Nova system is on this link, but suffice it to say - it was our final hope in case we couldn't stop Microsol someday. It seems that day has passed me by - the blind fool I've been!

During Harvest

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DELIANI PRIORITY UPLINK A2 [code P] Mondus Tightbeam private coded message. Are you Trent? I have heard of you from Transon. Forgive me for not introducing myself, but a certain crazed lunatic is hammering on my pod's shielding with Lightning blasts. I do not believe there is a very good probability we will survive much longer, but I need to tell you what you are up against. The main defense net consists of battle platforms. Most of these launch semi-guided micro missiles, though some fire more mundane energy blasts. The missiles are what you should first look out for, though. I would suggest equipping some direct side-firing weaponry if you have it available. Halfway through the core you will encounter a large battle section which you should take out first. This is fairly straightforward, but afterward you will be attacked with a number of giant semi-guided missiles from behind. Do not attempt to destroy these. Instead, try to conserve your energy and find a way around them, while keeping a hold on those micro missiles. The final fleet ship seems to be a multi-stage defense -. - ip. When it - . . ..- -. it will release a .- .. - -. - must shoot. Goodbye, Trent. --. - . - like this makes - -. happy I'm only an androi [End of Transmission]

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DELIANI TRANSMISSION FLUX 02975 Javi Trent!? Is that you? I never thought I'd get to see you again so soon. I can't believe you've decided to forfeit yourself to try and stop me from taking over this place! With Vykromod crippled from the blast you gave his ship, I've taken command of the fleet. I've got a nasty surprise waiting down here. So come on, Trent, be the hero you've always wanted to be and come after me. I've got other engagements, though, once I've blasted the irritating fool in this escape pod. You're too insignificant to be a part of my plan. I'd be amazed if you make it past the missile bays.

Before Approach

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION from Gencore Command Ship IcoStar II Transon We've picked up your transmission of success in defeating the main defense ship. I don't mean to criticize your ability, but that seemed too easy. I think we can repair the damage you did to Deliani without too much trouble. At least, once we get back into the computer net. With Mondus, the head of Deliani Control, destroyed, we're going to have a tough time trying to reinterface with the computer. With all the people you helped us rescue, the IcoStar II should have enough brainpower to crack the security fairly soon, I hope. This definitely wasn't their main objective. We tried to pick up a Captain Nob escaping from Ixmucane, but were unable to stop him. All we know is that he was heading in the direction of Savara. We sent some supply ships on ahead to rendezvous with you and some other fighter ships we just dispatched. They'll be moving in first to take out the chemical processing plants, which should draw their energy production systems to a halt. I'm afraid I rebuilt the Z-29 Central Defense Ship again, and we improved on the design. Microsol's probably already captured it with the same security backdoors they used here. Sorry. I need you to go and destroy it again. Once we get back in and get our sensor grid up we'll be able to help you some more in locating Microsol's main target. Good luck, Trent.

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SHIP ID 184-3C IN SAVARA FLUX 12002 Dougan Trent? I've picked you up on my sensors. No time to talk! There's a Microsol freak on my tail and I'm flying unarmed. I'll be ok as long as I can stay out of range. That weird ninja guy with the stealth ship is moving in to help. I'll contact you again when I'm able. Good luck. Dougan out.

Before Savara IV

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SHIP ID 184-3C IN SAVARA FLUX 12002 Dougan Trent? I've picked you up on my sensors. No time to talk! There's a Microsol freak on my tail and I'm flying unarmed. I'll be ok as long as I can stay out of range. That weird ninja guy with the stealth ship is moving in to help. I'll contact you again when I'm able. Good luck. Dougan out.

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SCRAMBLED TRANSMISSION CODE 445-A1-A1-Jack Reid Trent, am I glad to see you! Microsol has destroyed most of the defenses on Savara and the rest have been taken over. They came quickly. Someone has sold our planet out to them. Who? I am glad to know you are out there. I and many others have taken refuge in shelters below ground. They have control of the Central Defense Ship. A handful of others are already fighting on the surface, but we are sorely outnumbered. I must go. We need to conserve battery power for the hospitals. They have severely damaged the fusion generators. Reid Acting President of Savara

During Savara IV

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WANTED Ad Have you seen this man? If so, fly immediately to your nearest Brownie Patrol Station and report his position. This man should be considered armed and dangerous! He is wanted for Grand Planetary Treason against Savara. This man was formerly known as Emperor Milktoe. Don't kid yourself! Run away!

Before Dread-Not

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SHIP ID 000 IN SAVARA FLUX 00000 Ninja This is your old friend, Trent. I've managed to take out the chemical processing plants here on Savara, but I think we have a problem. My long-range sensors have detected a gigantic ship heading our way. It's not the size that bothers me, though. It's not really all that big in size, but the energy readings I'm getting from it are off the scale. It appears to also have an insane mass analysis reading, like it was something as massive as a planet. I don't like this, Trent. I must deal with the ships down here on Savara, but it appears to be interested only in you, as it's matching your course exactly. There's about one hour left before it reaches orbit. My ship is... damaged. I must humbly admit I won't be able to achieve orbit on my own. I'm sorry I couldn't help you out this time, but it is best that I stay and help these innocents here on Savara, anyway. You will be remembered always, Trent.

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UNKNOWN FLUX 02975 Javi What in the universe are you doing still alive?! I thought I told you to die the last time you showed up! HOW MANY TIMES MUST I KILL YOU?!? This time, Trent, there is no escape! I will take you out with my personal DREADNAUGHT! You are nothing to me, do you hear me! NOTHING!!!

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SHIP ID 184-3C IN SAVARA FLUX 12002 Dougan How's the war going? I'm down here with the rest of this rag-tag band trying to sort things out. I intercepted the other trasmissions you received and don't like either of them very much, Javi more so. I think I can help you out, though. My ship isn't equipped for combat, but I've got a heavy-duty VLR sensor grid and a TQ930 comm system packed in this baby. If you keep your comm channel open, I'll try to feed your computer some holographic data on the dreadnought's weak points. It seems that the shielding on that ship is being disrupted by the weird gravity field, and whenever certain systems are activated, it draws a lot of power from the shields. I'll try to pinpoint the weaknesses for you. Your computer will display them on your vidscreen with green, holographic arrows. I wish I could be there to see you kick that tin can back across the galaxy where it came from. Javi's a fool if he thinks some big ship is going to save him!

Before EyeSpy

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SHIP ID 184-3C IN SAVARA FLUX 12002 Dougan Great job! We could see the explosion all the way back down here on Savara! Javi won't be heading any Microsol attack fleets anymore. Trent, the others down here aren't doing so well. I can't help them out directly, so I've gone back into orbit to try and contact Transon. Have you heard anything? I hope I can get through for backup before we're taken out. Almost none of us have operational interstellar drives, and it doesn't look like anyone down here can help us. Anyway, I've got a long-range sensor report for you. Their main battle ships are headed toward Gyges for some reason. If you can, head for Gyges. I think they're getting ready to do something really bad now that we've stopped their main assault. I'd rather not be here when they're ready. I may lose contact with you if we can't capture Fluxnet here on Savara. Without it, my comm signals won't have the range to reach you out there. From now on, I'm afraid you're flying blind. I pray to Zinglon that Transon can get the Deli back online. I hope I hear from you again.

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GYGES SECTOR - PRIVATE TRANSMISSION ID 11432 Muldar [Message Amplified] This is a priority distress. We are being attacked by a Microsol attack fleet. Can anyone out there hear me? I'm trapped by a large Microsol fleet out here in Gyges! We were picking up a shipment of organics when a huge stream of ships came hurtling out of nowhere towards us. They're not responding to our communications! We have no combat systems! Someone help us! THEY'RE CLOSING IN! [Message Repeats]

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SHIP ID 000 IN SAVARA FLUX 00000 Ninja Hello, Trent. I have picked you up on my comm link again. Things aren't going too well down here. Without an outside energy boost, I'm not sure if our ships are going to hold out. About half of our group is gone already and the rest are damaged. Without outside help, we will not have enough fuel to return home. Sigh... Anyway, let's talk some more about hot dogs. Did you pick some up for me back on Ixmucane before you took out the Microsol fleet? I could really use one of those right now. Signing off.

Before Brainiac

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DELIANI PRIORITY UPLINK A1 [code A] Transon Trent? Are you receiving me? We've got part of Deliani operational again and have picked you up inside Gyges!? What are you doing out there?!? A merchant drone will rendezvous with you - about all we can do. We just picked up distress calls from Savara as well and will try to help them out. Dougan said something about a bunch of ships leaving towards Gyges, and something about a dreadnought being taken out near Savara. We have no additional information about what's going on out there, so give it your best. Transon out. Cursed computer net... What in the heck is going on out there, Almos? Don't we have ANYTHING working? [Unknown ID:] No, Commander. I can't even get any reports on what's going on the surface here much less off on Savara or... Gyges!? I want to know what's going on, Almos. I want ANSWERS! [Unknown ID:] Sorry, Commander. I'll see what I can do. Oh, and you're needed in command station 2. Something about a computer authorization. For Zinglon's sake, Almos. Why didn't you tell me? [Unknown ID:] Sorry. I'll look after the communications center. Good luck. I can't make heads or rubniks of what's going on. I was amazed to pick up even Dougan out there, with his accursed, fancy little ship, much less Trent. [Unknown ID:] Everything will be fine here. Goodbye, commander. [Unknown ID:] Hmm? What's this still doing on? [Transmission End]

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GYGES SECTOR - PRIVATE TRANSMISSION ID 11432 Muldar Goodbye, Trent. I control the fleets now. Glad you could drop by to receive my message. <cough> You saved me the trouble of detonating Javi, but I had hoped he would be closer to Savara. No matter, just a slight alteration. You pretty much wiped them out for me already. With Deliani in chaos, there won't be anyone who can stop me from taking over the other free worlds. I was beginning to think everyone out there was incompetent, but you managed to find us. Interesting. <hack> <hack> <cough> I'll enjoy watching my microborers drain your mind, Trent.

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WHO ARE YOU? Vykromod I... I feel your presence, Trent. Where are you? I cannot see. What have you done to me, Trent? I feel... nothing. Where is my body? Who am I? Am I still me? I want to die. Why can't I move? Kill me. Someone? Trent?

Cutscene after Brainiac

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The End.

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Slipping deep into your Mega Soundchair, you sip down an insta-cocoa from your dispenser. The whole universe is erupting in a fanfare of joy and hope. Still, one burning though enters your mind: Why am I reading this? If only you could find a way out of this crazy universe and avoid the horrible, smiling face of Transon Lohk.

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The universe has asked you to save them one too many times, and you've decided to hide out on Tyrian and reflect on your Hazudra friend who died way back in Episode 1. Dang. Can't even remember his name now.

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BUT THEN!!!

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Incoming message from... VYKROMOD?

Before Nosedrip

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HELP ME. Vykromod Again, I feel your presence, Trent. I can move now. I don't know quite what I have become, but I know what I must do. I feel you are the cause of my pain. Come to me, Trent. One of us must die before the other can become whole. I... don't know what that means. You must come. I... must be me again. Something is about to happen. I can feel it. What... have I BECOME?!?

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DELIANI PRIORITY UPLINK A1 [code A] Transon Trent, this is Transon Lohk. I hope you are able to get this message. We've lost you on our sensors. Your ship disappeared about 8 minutes ago. Where are you? Your life is in danger. I am sure of it. A great power surge is building from within Gyges. I don't know what it is, but you must investigate. Perhaps you already know. There is no time to send any backup to help you. You'll have to make do with what you can find around there. The fleet at Savara has been disabled - many were lost. We don't have the specific details, but we're looking for survivors. Anyway, there is no-one left who can reach you that far out there. You're on your own. Good luck, Trent. I only wish I knew what was going on out there. I know you will do your best. We will try to contact you again later. Transon out. [Unknown ID:] Commander, quick, what's the square root of 4? I think the computer is down and we can't figure out how to fix it! [Transon:] Two. You know, ensign, you have the brain of a pea. If I was to collect your mind and hold it for ransom, I wouldn't be able to prove it was anything but a grain of sand. [Unknown ID:] Sorry, Commander. [Transon:] Do you have any idea what's going on out there? [Unknown ID:] Sorry, Commander? [Transon:] About Trent. [Unknown iD:] Ooo. Sorry, Commander. [Transon:] He's going to [chuckle] save the universe again. And then, do you know what he'll probably do? [Unknown ID:] Sorry, Commander? [Transon:] He'll save the universe again, and again, and again! He'll do anything I want him to do to help the universe and I won't have to lift a finger to do anything except send him these little messages like... oops... [Transmission End]

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MICROSOL ALPHA LINK 1 Admiral You may have killed all the others, but I am still alive! I, Nob, am now admiral of all that I see! No, wait. General! Hmmm... Emperor! No. No. Bigger. Supreme Intergalactic Ruler of Everything! Haha! You are too late to stop my rule. I will now activate project Vykromod! These will be the last moments you spend alive. Cherish them. Captain Nob Ixmucane Task Force Alpha Oops... Wait a sec... ...where's the stupid Y key on this keypad? I don't have 8 fingers, how am I supposed to type with this thing? Maybe if I use my toe to hold down the... ahhhhhh!!! Now... bear witness! Supreme Intergalactic Ruler of Everything Nob Commander of Microsol Super Fleet Alpha Leader of Everyone Master of All Well-Liked by Animals

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PERSONAL LOG Self Hello, self. We're going to die, we know. I thought we knew that. I must admit, I am rather tired of saving the universe again and again. That idiot Transon will find me no matter where I go and force me to take on huge fleets until I either die or grow old. Maybe he'll find a way around that. I've got to get out of here! There must be somewhere I can go where people won't expect me to take out entire planets by myself. But where? I must find a way! Otherwise I'll be stuck fighting these Microsol ships for the rest of eternity! Aaaaarrrrrggghhh! Self out.

Cutscene after Nosedrip (without Stalker 21.126)

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Poor Vykromod. I feel sorry for him now. What a waste. Still, that should be the last of the war for now. At least it better be. Is there no way out of this war? I am... alone.

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Now that I have won the war, I can return to Savara and receive a hero's welcome! Millions of Holo-viewers will bow at my feet and bless the very channels I appear on. Sages will cross a thousand desert streams to be at my side. Streams of small dwarves will dance the jig of a thousand hours at my celebration. I could be made into anything.

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But I don't want to be a hero. I hate this life. Why, O me, do I strut upon this stage once more? That's it... I won't go!

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Computer, lock in to a random galaxy at least 100 years away! Earth? Funny name for a planet. Wonder if it's inhabited. Who cares? I'll jump into cryofreeze and sit in stasis until we reach this... Earth. Nobody will EVER find me!

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And so, space-pilot Trent Hawkins straps down in his little craft and sets the thermostat to CRYO. His ship streams off at maximum speed to his unknown destination. For 101 years, he waits deep within his frozen ship. The galaxy searches for his body but he is considered lost and given a hero's funeral.

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Little do they know... You'll soon be on Earth, ready to slip unnoticed into whatever life lurks there.

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In stasis, it's best to keep the mind still active. Your computer has programmed an endless game to keep your mind active those 101 years. Instructions are located in the data cubes for your reference. And here it is...

Cutscene after Nosedrip (with Stalker 21.126)

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Poor Vykromod. I feel sorry for him now. What a waste. Still, that should be the last of the war for now. At least it better be. Is there no way out of this war? I am... alone.

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All of a sudden, your prototype starship's computer springs to life! The advance sensor array has picked up a spatial disturbance far out in the distant planet Soh Jin. That mysterious planet has always been shrouded by the Microsol forces. Only twice have you had the chance to near the planet. What new threat can this be? Only one way to find out...

Cutscene after bonus game

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The madness has stopped for now. Perhaps I will be given a chance to rest. Someday I may find my way out. Someday...

Episode 5 Before Asteroids

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Computer Recording Message We deeply regret having to take this action. While the universe continued on without you, we, part of the Hazudra whole, strapped a proximity bomb onto your ship and redirected you with a subtle nudge towards a very hostile enemy asteroid system. Your cryo system will wake you at this point. Once we detect your renewed signal we'll instruct you further. Good wishes.

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HOLO NEWS - GD3 v123-02-48 News This is Rob Neither with the daily news. Zinglon Cultists Believed Behind Attacks In a strange move, a group of cultists following the recently deceased Lord Zinglon have claimed responsibility for several food-related bombings in the Savara system. The attacks seemed to be mainly situated upon a small moon storage facility run by the eccentric Baker Bob. Apparently, a large quantity of pretzel dough and high-speed Twister Bakers were stolen during the explosions. It is still unknown what the true purpose or cause of these bombings is, but local authorities have set up a blockade around the planet.

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DATACUBE DISPATCH 0499:CA-220 News Report, L-line Agents, stream 2041 TRENT HAWKINS MEMORIAL ERECTED Date: 100031iRev Today with the collaboration of the Deliani central committee and the Tyrian regional tribunal, a memorial statue was erected on Tyrian's capital city of Fauchi's central complex pedestal. The statue was erected to commemorate the heroic efforts of Trent Hawkins, already a legend in the galaxy for his superhuman fighter pilot skills and his single handed rescue of the system from the invading Vykromod fleet.

During Asteroids

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DATACUBE DISPATCH 0497:SV-510 News Report, L-line Agents, stream 60 THE GREY BOOKS RETURN Mysterious grey books filled with unknown material have surfaced in an archaeological expedition to Savara led by well known scientist Graphim Arugo. The books are ecased in a medium grade durable material and are alien in nature, although Graphim believes that they originated on a distant planet named Earth mentioned in several folklore passages. Filled with graphite and lead compounds, the books seem to carry a clue to unraveling the mystery behind Tyrian's unknown past. The research team believes that the graphite compounds have a direct connection to Tyrian's gravitron crust.

Before Savara/Coral

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INCOMING MESSAGE FROM HAZUDRA : 92777 mark Collector Grand to see that you have emerged victorious from the asteroid fields. It was a most impressive display to see their ships explode from your assault. Again, we do apologize for setting you on this dangerous course, but there really was no other way to stop the Zinglonites. Yes, Zinglon. While there is no sign of him in any form, his essence lives on in his followers. It is certain that they are trying once again to destroy everything. Microsol is merely one front to their power, though decidedly weakened. What remains is a more sinister subterfuge. For instance, already food supplies have been reduced to little else but Gruel. We believe starvation is one part of their plans. Either Savara or Camanis would be a good place to look first, as activity on both worlds is very high right now. Your ship will be allowed to travel to either, of course, without fear of detonation. If they notice your presence we feel there is a good chance they will reveal themselves to you out of anger. And thank you, Trent. The Hazudra friend you had was once close to me as well. I am sorry he could not be with you now, for a good friend would have made the journey so much easier.

Before Station

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INCOMING MESAGE FROM ZINGLON : 00426 mark Zinglon Again you plague our path towards ultimate wisdom. Again your cursed mind and stolen starfighter technology return. You were thought to be destroyed in your battle with our god, Zinglon. However, I see that some twisted destiny permits you to live. I cannot.

Before Fruit

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INCOMING MESSAGE FROM ZINGLON : 00471 mark Zinglon A glorious message from our god led us to this final path. While some doubt us, but we realized to fulfill Zinglon's wishes we must control the food supply to all. Then twist it to his will. His ire is absolute, and his hatred for you brims over and envelops your future. Soon you shall behold the fruit of our glorious and divine leader.

Cutscene after Fruit

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Related by your onetime friendship with Buce, you were sought out by his people, the Hazudra Collectors, and sent to destroy the Zinglonites. With none of their forces left and the deadly fruit weapons destroyed, the universe as a whole is silent once again. No response ever comes of your inquiry to the state of the Hazudra or who sent you on this journey. The secret haunts you in your sleep. Still a hero once again, as always...

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Congratulations!

Scenic Guide to the Universe

Tyrian

Scenic guide to the universe: Tyrian Guidebook TYRIAN: Dining: Though only recently habitable, Tyrian features some capable cooking. There is little outstanding about most of the establishments, unfortunately. The Terrace de Rock is a lovely dining hall in the city of Rockenheimer where mineral creatures can dine to their delight on tasty quartz and feldspar dishes. For our reptilian cousins, there is a fine selection of delicacies tuned to the discriminating grubbite. No finer mealworms can be found this side of the galaxy. Sadly, there is only one dining establishment for humans: another chain in the Interstellar House of Gruel. This one is even more miserable than the one located in the toejam of Torm. Avoid at all costs and try the mealworms instead. Culture: There is only a rudimentary culture on Tyrian, but it does boast a fair number of lovely recreation camps for younger kids. Rockland is a fine example of these joyous facilities. For only 2400 Cs you can send your unloved one away to slave in the beautiful quartz and feldspar mines, where they will learn all about geological instabilities, gaseous substances, forced marches, and especially large-scale mountain sculpture. It's an experience no kid would ever forget! Mineralists will also be able to gaze in wonder at the incredibly varied geology of the surface strata. Worth a look. Entertainment: Most visitors come to Tyrian to watch the beautiful floating rocks. Every two months Microsol features a new upheaval where you can see these giant rocks literally rip themselves out of the surface. One note of caution, though. Unfortunately, this is extremely dangerous and they don't know in advance exactly which rocks will fly off. But, for a small fee, they will arrange hospital pickup and quick to-go funeral services.

Asteroid Field Sector 1

Scenic guide to the universe: Asteroid Field Sector 1 Guidebook ASTEROID 1: Dining: Sector 1 is guest to none other than the galaxy's only Gestalt Greasers. The building is an unparalleled giant bubble, with a panoramic view extending out into the stars. Fortunately, Greasers has a holo field emitter which can project onto the bubble any one of thousands of locations. The food is worthless slime, but if you ever wanted to visit a thousand locations all at once, you have picked the right place. Greasers does a brisk job of special services and birthdays. The Order of Zinglon swears by this place. Culture: Most of the people in this area simply cannot afford a culture, but there is a great deal of second-hand style in this place. What little they can afford is packed into the greatest hoe-downs anyone has ever seen. Entertainment: Most of the asteroid belt is off-limits to tourists, but there are a number of public access roads where you can spend your time annoying overworked miners by buzzing past them at over 8 Gs. A must event for the whole family! Another big attraction is the lonely miner bars located all over the area. This is the place to find that overworked barbarian of your dreams.

Asteroid Field Sector 1

TYRIAN SYSTEM DATAFLUX - ASTEROID SECTOR 1 Data The first asteroid sector of the Tyrian system is the central mining colony where Microsol has been providing immense amounts of metal for starship construction. Here can be found gigantic drilling machines and hangars for prototype models that Microsol builds. Maneuverability whilst in this sector is limited because of the large asteroids, and Microsol has installed numerous energy turrets that destroy any approaching objects that threaten the installations. A multi-directional weapon is recommended for countering the asteroids and the bases. Also, an unusual anomaly has been detected in the sector indicating a possible dimensional shift near an ancient statue at the center of the field.

Asteroid Field Sector 2

Scenic guide to the universe: Asteroid Field Sector 2 Guidebook ASTEROID 2: Dining: Sector 2 is an extremely restricted area. Only the most important V.I.P.s are allowed to even enter the space around here. For this reason, sector 2 has the galaxy's largest free-floating pizza parlor. This business is far more efficient than most, but it needs to be because of the large orders they receive. When you place your order, you are guaranteed delivery in under 3 minutes. To achieve this remarkable rate for large orders, the entire parlor can be moved into position above your building's pizza-intake valve. Then, it's bombs away as the entire order is blasted to your receiving room at 3000 miles/sec! Every year, the bigwigs at Microsol spend months devising ever more challenging orders for these people to fill, but they haven't won yet. You can be sure their computers are churning away at this very minute to find new ways to exceed the 3-minute waiting time and receive their pizzas for free. The name of the place? Damenoes. Culture: A potpourri of the most important useless people roam the underground corridors of this massive research facility. They represent the largest mass of paper-pushers and pencil-sharpeners the universe has ever known. Entertainment: None. This center is a rehabilitation camp for useless people. Microsol's grand design is to force at least one person to realize a single ounce of useful work. This plan has been a total failure.

Asteroid Field Sector 2

TYRIAN SYSTEM DATAFLUX - ASTEROID SECTOR 2 Data The second sector of asteroids in the Tyrian system is not used by Microsol for mining purposes, but instead as a proving grounds for new craft and ground assault weapons, their newest being the Thunder HX-21: a small, tank-like vehicle that fires a powerful plasma blast that can damage even the most heavily armored starships! Beware also of deadly laser turrets. The blasts can obliterate the largest of asteroids, so imagine what they can do to a ship...

Soh Jin

Scenic guide to the universe: Soh Jin Guidebook SOH JIN: Dining: The cornucopia of desert foods are enough to enliven any Arabian tale. Most restauraunts serve over 20 different types of figs alone. The most impressive eatery, though, is Assan's Low-Cal Oasis. Assan's sells over one hundred varieties of figs, seventeen types of camel dishes, and three other secret dishes we can't even recognize. To top it off, nothing served here is over twenty calories. It's a dieter's dreamworld come true, as Assan can do things with figs that lesser men only dream of. On the other side of the dusty world is Coshack and his Green Walnut. Within the confines of this lovely vegetarian oasis lies the world's only walnut tree. How he keeps it growing in this climate is but a mystery, but guests can take a guided tour detailing the mysteries of this planet's fruit. An experience not to be missed. Culture: Technology has adapted this nomadic world to a nomadic life of space-travel. The locals are wary of outsiders, but will freely accept you as long as you can speak their language. Fortunately, the locals were never too bright and most people can fake their ancestral language which consists of only one word: Sand. Entertainment: Camel jaunts are minutes away from any location on the planet. Also, Sand-gathering and wyrm hunting are two of the most widely enjoyed pleasures this world has to offer. Soh Jin boasts the galaxy's largest mountain of sand. It's a wonder. Actually, it's a wonder you can see it through the constant sandstorms, but if you do miss the few seconds it's visible every thousand years, you can purchase any number of delightful postcards from the people who saw it the last time. Make sure you hire a local guide, though, as most people are quite lost nearly three feet from a building. The locals have cunningly placed a dampening field which neutralizes positioning beacons, so you'd better follow their custom.

Holes

Scenic guide to the universe: Holes Guidebook HOLES: This is an uninhabited moon which is being placed into use by a race of unknown creatures under the apparent funding of Microsol. It is still a breathtaking place to visit, though. Dining: Though the surface is totally uninhabitable and the atmosphere still consists of chlorine and acid, there is an Interstellar House of Gruel already located here. While they haven't received a customer yet who survived the descent to the surface, they do have high hopes. Featured on display in the dining hall are the withered remains of the customers who came but died on the way down. Culture: There is no real culture here, per se, but there are a number of military excursions here by the race who terraformed this planet. As they don't happen to like gruel, nobody in the sector has met one of these creatures yet. Entertainment: Many a scientist comes here after retirement to watch all their fundamental mathematical theorems fall apart as they watch the landmasses floating in apparent defiance to their life's work.

Gyges

Scenic guide to the universe: Gyges Guidebook GYGES: Dining: This planet is the home to the largest mass of organic creatures ever seen. What breeds down in the pits of the planet is unknown and unrecognizable, but can be purchased for a low price at Wobbo: Land O' Meat. The crayball surprise is a most elegant delectible, served with fresh Zimbles or your choice of Tokkies. Wobbo's fine assortment of Gyganian delicacies are not to be matched by any other proprietor on Gyges. For parties, order an entire Garmon Platter. The size of a large scout ship, this massive crustacean serves over 500 human-sized patrons! Vegetarians should avoid this planet at all costs, as the local creatures view such people as the lowest on the food chain. As far as this planet is concerned, vegetarians are free game. Many a hapless veggie has dared to avoid the local food and has been subsequently eaten. A common saying on Gyges: "If you don't want to eat my friends, then I'll eat YOU!" Culture: Most of the slimy inhabitants of this weird place don't speak any sort of recognizable language. For those who simply must take an excursion down below, bring a star destroyer along with you, or else some vegetarians to serve as bait. If the denziens are not too hungry that day, you can probably slip by with only throwing a few vegetarians to the masses. Just remember that you'll want to leave again. If you're fortunate enough to be allowed to visit the great Stomach to pay homage to him, you will find your stay well rewarded. Only a few are allowed to visit this special creature, and he has it in his power to make those he trusts quite lucrative deals. Authorities claim he is often in violation of intergalactic law with his enterprises, but so far none of the police have been able to arrest the entire planet. Entertainment: Gyges boasts some rather wonderfully seedy nightclubs and is only rivaled in despair and general piracy to Torm. You can be sure if you visit this planet that it will open up a whole new world of fun and excitement. Just make sure you sample the local food... or else.

Savara

Scenic guide to the universe: Savara Windy SAVARA: Dining: Come and visit the interstellar dining halls in the underwater city of Ploo. Dozens of aquatic fish swim about the domed windows, and you can simply point to the fish of your desire and it will be captured and cooked for you in under 30 seconds! Also remarkable is the bewildering variety of ethnic restauraunts located on the surface. Many also cater to the more exotic tastes by serving the patrons of competing restauraunts, literally! Anything edible [and some things that aren't] can be purchased here at a competitive price. Culture: Savara is the eclectic hub of the sector, where many varied cultures live together in apparent peace and harmony, though you'll want to avoid these areas since few tourists leave them alive. However, you can sit behind glass enclosures as you watch the race of your choice go about their daily tasks, unable to stop you from prying into their private affairs. Also available is the Bring it to You service, where for a small fee the locals will run out and round up a few ethnic groups of your choice who will be forced to act as if they enjoy your presence. A must for the self-conscious traveller! Entertainment: Savara is the merchant center of the sector, where just about anything you want and everything you don't want can be found at an agressive price. Price fixing and Mob control have seen that no individual merchants will ever charge anything that isn't fair. Also, you will definitely want to visit the Interstellar House of Gruel wherein you will see the fascinating history and story behind the great world of Gruel. A fun affair for the whole family!

Deliani

Scenic guide to the universe: Deliani Windy DELIANI: Travel Tip: Though most areas of the planet are restricted and guards are often ordered to shoot unidentified personnel on sight, if you stay in the Light Green Zone you should have no problems avoiding personal injury and death. Be sure to avoid the Blue-Green and Turquoise Zones as well as the Stix Zone. The Red and Yellow Zones are safe for travel, though the Yellow is often confused with the Off-White and Peach Deadly Areas. Many a color-blind traveller has been killed by accident. Dining: Deliani provides the most technically advanced cooking systems in the known universe. Dishes that simply aren't palatable anywhere else still won't be very good here, but Chef Yo of Deliani's motto is: If it's matter, we can make you eat it. A unique experience you'll never be able to repeat! Culture: One word: Robotics. Anyone's fetish for robotics can be satisfied here. Androbots, Lobots, Robots, Androids, Redroids, Droid Droids, and many other varieties of metallic life forms are welcome here, as long as they stay in the Burnt Sienna or Brick Red Zones. Deliani is the home of such Fluxnet 21 favorites as Honey, I Shorted-Out the Kidforms - Almo and Zik-Nar X3 - My Mother the Lobot. Entertainment: Gencore always has a number of exciting entertainment opportunities available for tourists. Any number of military drills, parades, and barbaric information torture drills can be found here. A must for military buffs.

Ixmucane

Scenic guide to the universe: Ixmucane Windy IXMUCANE: The original headquarters of Microsol. This planet has a very dry and desert-like surface with the occasional mountain range. The advantage of this world is its weak inner crust, allowing Microsol to build gigantic research facilities undergound. Immense domed cities can be seen in major research and production locations. The tragedy of Ixmucane is that it was originally the home of the Zica, an unknown race of alien that originally carved immeasurable labrynthine tunnel systems under the surface. The Zica are feared by xenoscientists, who believe that the they have fled to the outer reaches of the sector where they plan to launch a massive attack on Deliani and Microsol, using outer-dimensional technology. But is it true...? And, if so, will I, the writer, ever grow bored enough to write the sequel using this suggested plotline?

Torm

Scenic guide to the universe: Torm Windy TORM: A rubnik is worth a thousand words on this planet. Sector capital and regional chapter of the Interplanetary Government. Torm is one of the largest worlds in the sector, surpassed in size only by the ice world of Camanis. The surface is similar to Savara's, though consisting of grasslands and heavily forested mountain regions. The city capital, Portoch, is a metropolis of corruption and dark, rainy days. Dining: Torm is a vegetarian's delight or worst nightmare. Twenty-eight thousand types of vegetarian dishes are served daily, with another Sixty thousand on request. Also prevalent is a large selection of animal dishes with the ever-popular and expensive dragon succotash. Many people save up their whole lives just to order this dish once. Many others succumb to the toxic nature of the dish, but what a way to go. Culture: Only make a visit to be depressed, since the buildings are so neglected they are streaked with dirt. It is said that the chapter lords are so decadent that they seldom emerge from the local simulation clubs. The city itself is an example of why Microsol holds so much sway in governmental policies: bribery. Entertainment: On Torm, you can partake of the most degrading sports and acts known in the universe. Few ever leave this planet the same, and fewer even leave - or can. A visit to this planet is one you won't easily miss. Be sure to bring a bodyguard. Actually, bring a whole army. You'll need them.

Camanis

Scenic guide to the universe: Camanis Guidebook CAMANIS: Dining: Located 2 miles east of the Ultra-secret Microsol research station is the All-powerful Bob Hartley's IceCream-O-Matic. The ultimate in high-powered instant cryo manufacturing facilities, the ICOM system can instantaneously generate up to 3 cubic miles of ice cream, in any of 24 billion flavors. Microsol has made this possible by purchasing out all other ice cream manufacturing facilities and amassing the recipies of every vendor who has ever existed. This bewildering decision rocked the world of ice cream futures but made Microsol the undisputed master of all the ice cream in the universe. They take their ice seriously. Culture: Not many people enjoy living in the sub-zero confines of this planet. Because of this, they are an extremely proud people, prone to bawling out wimps like you who have climate control. If you visit, be sure not to mention how cold it is unless you want a very one-sided conversation. Steer your topics toward their lovely scenery and extensive museums of ice sculptures. Entertainment: A skiiers dream. This is the cold vacation spot of the universe. Millions of ski slopes litter the world, providing entertainment to endless visitors each year. Camanis boasts year-round snow and optional near-zero visibility for the ultra-suicidal skiier. What more could one ask for? For the friends of those suicidal skiiers who are dragged along on vacation, try out your hand at massive free-form laser ice sculpture. For a small fee per hour, you can have the enjoyment of carving up your very own mountain. If you simply must take it back home with you, Camanis even offers 2nd minute delivery! All you have to do is to find a place to store your mountain and keep it cool. An adventure for the whole family!

Ships

USP Talon Light Fighter

The USP Talon provides you with one full inch of armor plating and a generous full-sized generator an engine area. With both forward and rear mounting systems and 2 cargo bays, it's just like a real Microsol fighter! The craft is especially designed for speed and maneuverability; it gives you an unparalleled 3G base thurst addition! All this for only 6000 cr!!

USP Fang Light Fighter

The USP Fang is a standard Talon that has been retrofitted with additional armor and a more powerful secondary backup defense system. As alays, the USP invulnerability system is unique in its field and, if used properly, will let you take out anything else in the universe.

Gencore Phoenix

The Gencore Phoenix is the main advanced Gencore Solo Fighter. It's an extremely reliable craft that can take a good deal of punishment. Standard on the Gencore Solo Fighter line is the new particle redefinition technology, which allows you to materialize extra armor on your outer hull. PIlots are warned that the system is easily triggered and it completely drains your shields.

Gencore Maelstrom

The Gencore Maelstrom is a refined Phoenix with an additional 2cm of main hull. It also features deluxe plush seating with extra-wide armrests and synth-velour lining. Standard on the Gencore Solo Fighter line is the new particle redefinition technology, which allows you to materialize extra armor on your outer hull. PIlots are warned that the system is easily triggered and it completely drains your shields.

Gencore II

This craft is the result of Gencore raids on key Microsol research facilities following the recent conflicts in the Asteroid sectors. Taking an existing ship design, Gencore retrofitted it with an advanced armor design and power couplings, resulting in a more economical but worthy fighter craft. This design radically improves Gencore military effectiveness.

MicroCorp Stalker

Microsol. What more do you need to convince you that their Stalker Solo Fighter is the ship you want? Not so fast though. You'll pay a hefty premium for this ship or have to fill out a stack of forms two feet high. With its dense hull alloys and overall excellent defensive capability, you'll sleep safer at night with one of these on your side.

MicroCorp Stalker-B

Microsol continues the Stalker line with the Stalker-B. This is the deluxe model preferred by Microsol's own Outer Scouts. It's the ship of choice for those long, solo flights. The Stalker-B adds an additional 2 structural units with its refined alloys, for an unheard of 28 SUs in a solo craft.

Prototype Stalker-C

TOP SECRET: The quest continues for the strongest ship available with the most powerful backup defense systems. This is one of the only ships in existence with 3 defense bays! An additional SU has been added to the armor value of this ship, and Microsol has retrofitted a Gencore auto-repair system into each ship, making these the definite superiority fighter!

The Stalker 21.126

After destroying the tyrranical might of Vykromod a second time, Trent found himself locked into the future through the Stargate. But that's another story. Now, though, he has returned with his modified Stalker C to reclaim his past. The Modified Stalker is equipped with an advanced molecular generator which simulates many conventional weapons. But, it also has the power to instantly generate any one of a number of side-ships and front attachments. It's the power of the future.

Storm

The Storm is an older model fighter from the Bontoria War which erupted about 220 star-years ago. Unique at its time, it was the first starfighter equipped with an experimental phase shift technology which rendered the craft impossible to hit. In later years, Microsol acquired the technology for its somewhat popular USP craft series. Unfortunately, it required critical extra space, severely limited the size and weight of the craft, and required excessive energy boosts.

SuperCarrot

The SuperCarrot FoodShip 9 is one of the most advanced edible fighters ever produced. You can't go wrong with a Foodship! Foodships are usually complemented by either the Hotdog Mustard-spread Technology, or the dreaded SuperBanana Bombs.

U-Ship

The U-Drone is a standard mining drone which has been retrofitted with a manual-drive cockpit and twin rapid-fire vulcan cannons. Space is limited on this craft, so it's limited to a single backup defense unit. This ship isn't meant for flying around in, but with an infrared scrambler on board it's a perfect way to sneak in behind enemy lines!

Nort Ship

TOP SECRET: This ship is on loan from Nortaneous' personal hanger. The rent on this ship is very high, but it's incredibly powerful. The only way to describe what this ship does is to fly it and see for yourself. Nothing on the screen is safe with its special weapon active.

Miscellaneous Reference

Stargate

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Stargate Summary: Stargates are big distortions in space. There's one here in episode 3. Enjoy your stay. Stargates are believed to be some sort of rift created by a massive black hole. While this theory holds up among science fiction writers, the actual phenomenon behind the stargate is unknown. It has been suggested that these are portions of space created in the big bang which formed the universe. It is believed that time is the "fourth dimension" so therefore it may have quantity and react in the same way as other phenomena. The Stargate in our quadrant appears to either distort time or space, perhaps both. The few ships that have explored the Stargate and returned reported massive changes in location. So massive are these apparent changes that no recognizable constellations have ever been found in any direction from the captains who have passed through. Therefore, there is either a tremendous shift in location or time to produce such unexpected results. No ship so far has spent enough time through the Stargate to determine what the actual result is. This problem is compounded by the fact that independent ship captains have reported arriving in different locations, suggesting the Stargate's destination is not fixed. It has been suggested that if you travel through the stargate to reverse course immediately and head back!

Torm Biology - Dragon

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Torm Biology - Dragon Researchers on the jungle planet Torm made a breakthrough discovery on the true nature of the wildlife referred to as dragons. Apparently, these lifeforms are not indigenous to the planet but actually seeded themselves onto the world without assistance. Long a difficult and dangerous species to study, moreso due to the extreme aggressiveness of nesting females, a link has been established to the genetic structure of Torm dragons and similar species found on several other uncolonized worlds. To corroborate this fact, young dragons have a harder chitinous membrane around their bodies which stay intact even in a dead vaccuum. Food reserves are high due to the large third stomach which holds undigested food. Coupled with their ability to live off of both oxygen and carbon dioxide and it's clearly possible that they can exist in space and maneuver through shifting their own mass in powerful wing vibrations. Later research funding has been low, however, but the remaining project members hope the determine if there is some kind of migratory or exploratory instinct in the dragon mind.

The Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: The Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion While under the leadership of General Zinglon, station commander at Gryphon, a group of scientists excavated what is now called planet Gyges, after the late Doctor of Metacology, Gyges Phildren. It is believed they excavated a number of artifacts and devices which were then transferred to the secret research station, Gryphon. Full details were never released, but it is known that Gyges was conducting some unorthodox research into the abnormal meta-physical energy invoved in the firing of a secret weapon nicknamed the Zica Flamethrower. He apparently removed the outer casing of the device. This mistake cost him his life and the lives of over twelve thousand crewmembers serving in that section of the station at the time. Sections of the station are still missing, since it was deemed too expensive and inefficient to repair the damaged sections than build newer, better designed sections. Incidentally, General Zinglon is believed to have been demonstrating a new matter transporter at the time of the explosion, but never arrived at his destination. A surge of energy occured as the fusion generator near the research section exploded. The transporter was linked to that generator since it required additional power to function than was available with the standard reactors. At that same time, billions of people reported seeing an image remarkably like his on their vidscreens. This in turn produced a fanatical faction of divine seekers, frustrated with their attempts to convince people that circular shapes should be worshipped as gods. They called themselves the Cult of Zinglon and now work in secret to bring Zinglon, "Master of All", back from whatever dimension his molecules were scattered to. See Tunnel World, Zica Weapons Research, Station Gryphon Zica Flamethrower

Tunnel World, Zica

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Tunnel World, Zica Ixmucane is the only known tunnel world to have been excavated. Even though the Zica had apparently been dead for 421965032 standard years, 14 days, and 32 minutes (SCI estimation), their internal defenses were still partially active and destroyed many ships who came to investigate the tunnel world. Microsol launched a giant excavation of the planet, equipped with powerful destroyers as well as research vessels. Even still, 241 died trying to stop the defensive systems. General Zinglon reportedly sacrificed ships to get through to the control centers, rather than allow the defensive weapons to be destroyed. To this day, the tunnel world is a center of Microsol activity. Its open tunnels allow for easy shipbuilding and mining of mineral deposits, as well as the powerful geothermal energy radiation near the core. Scientists, however, are still not certain of the exact second that the last member of the Zica race on Gyges died, but believe it is about 25 additional seconds from their previous estimate (calculated from their exact time of arrival for final excavation). Researchers quote advances in dating techniques to determine more accurately the events on Gyges. Also, they claim the fact that many of their researchers are still being killed by accidents involving the alien technology hampers their ability to conduct more tests. One anonymous SCI has reported that the advances in dating technology here were worth the lives expended to reach the core. In a tightbeam interview he said, "This timing solution will be the crowning moment in my career. It's the most important goal to us. The Sun Project is entirely overrated".

Pirate Activity, Gryphon Sector

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Pirate Activity, Gryphon Sector Rated: Not Funny Gryphon Sector is the main secret weapons research center for Microsol. It was long rumored to be an ordinary military station, but since the Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion, Microsol has decided to let it remain in public knowledge. In fact, once a year, they invite members of competing industries to the Station to view how far behind they are in comparison to Microsol. Still, the station has had it's share of hardships. Many pirates of both the Mikal and Patrok clans have long looked upon it as the pinnacle of their career if they can infiltrate the station's defenses and land a raiding party within the research section, then return with something from their weapons labs. Most never even make it to the station, destroyed by the dreaded Pong ships. One retired pirate of the Patrok clan, one ShipMaster Carlos, wrote a book detailing highlights of his extensive career. One of which was the infiltration and removal of a weapon now commonly referred to as the Zica Laser Cannon. He is believed to have been assassinated the next day, but they were too late to stop Gencore from transmitting his book over Fluxnet. In addition, his ship was never found, though it is believed to have been equipped with the Zica Laser. Two months later, Gencore finished development of a device also called the Zica Laser. See The Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion Weapons Research, Station Gryphon Zica Laser Weapon

Weapons Research, Station Gryphon

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Weapons Research, Station Gryphon Rated: Not Funny Station Gryphon has recently been the main output of Microsol's advanced weapon design program. They have released a number of high powered weapon systems, including several advancements on their Pulse Cannon systems, and their unique Starburst defense field. After the Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion, some aspects of their research were turned over to public scrutiny, believed to be because of investigations by families and friends of the twelve thousand crew members that died. It is now rumored that they have just developed a new field of weapons technology which will allow them to build much bigger weapons onto conventional battle cruisers. See The Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion

Zica Flamethrower

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Zica Flamethrower This weapon was found during an excavation of an ancient tunnel-world apparently build by these strange space-inhabiting creatures. It is believed the Zica were not air-breathers but subsisted mostly on thermal radiation and various liquids for survival. We believe this had a profound impact on their technological development, since they appear to have developed tools and devices to manipulate and take advantage of thermal and other radiation-based energies. Their mastery of thermal energy appears to have led to the development of this unique null-space flamethrower. What little information which has leaked out of Station Gryphon, where the only remaining samples of this device are stored, indicates the weapon uses an energy-based particle field to generate the flame without any external air or energy source. Even this limited information would not have been available if it wasn't for the unfortunate accident which apparently occured when a researcher removed the outer covering to study the interior. A large section of the left-rear portion of Station Gryphon is still missing to this day, a testimony to those who would fool with something they do not understand. See The Not-so-Great Gryphon Explosion Tunnel Worlds, Zica Pirate Activity, Gryphon Sector Weapons Research, Station Gryphon Zica Laser Weapon

Zica Laser Weapon

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Zica Laser Weapon Rated: Not Funny The Zica Laser Weapon was introduced by Gencore after several years of successful introduction of Zica products by Microsol. It is still unknown why so many of these products were named after the Zica, an ancient race which used to inhabit Gyges, among other tunnel worlds. However, it is possible that some of these devices are not simply part of the marketing frenzy but are actually unique technologies from Gyges. This weapon is the most likely to be linked to the Gyges excavation, though oddly enough, Gencore was not involved in the archaeological research. Still, the weapon generates forced laser bursts which independent scientists have not been able to fully explain. Laser effects are well known for the blue range of light, but the forced pulse patterns are totally unreasonable. The only answer that has been given so far is that there may be some unknown energy working to distort the laser. Research is still being conducted on the effects and reactions of the energy, though little has been accomplished. See Tunnel World, Zica

Zica SuperCharger

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Zica SuperCharger This is a modular adaptation of the Gencore Zica SuperLaser. It is supposed to use an original Zica laser core instead of the larger, power drawing model re-engineered by Gencore. The technology behind the Zica Laser is not well understood, which is why duplicates of the model are not as powerful as the original model.

Sonic Cannon

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Sonic Cannon Rated: Not Funny The sonic cannon weapon creates a minute gravitational center using FPP (Forced Particle Packing technology) which allows a particle field to remain intact. The gravitational center is destabilized with a hyper flux modulator before being released from the weapon. The destabilized gravitational core modulates at a fixed frequency which is fast enough to create a shimmering field in the optical range around green. The frequency generator uses a system of sound wave generators to help modulate the frequency for the maximum particle dispersal and energy so far possible - hence the damage from the weapon is caused by the sonic modulators before the weapon is fired.

Hot Dog Generators

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Hot Dog Generators Following the dismantling of the Superspace Hot Dawg franchise (pushed out of the picture by the increasing popularity of International House of Gruel), a cache of top-secret rapid hot dog generators were discovered in a sold research warehouse on Camanis. These generators were capable of synthesizing and elongating pork nodules at 16ms each, vapor-cooking them within 2ms, and synthesizing the bun directly outside of the meat simulatneously. SynthaMustard was then applied using high-speed mustard-jet apparatus. In effect, within 20ms of placing the order a hot-dog simulacrum could be created and delivered out of the pressurized chaimber to a waiting customer. Most generators were equipped with as many as 20 simultaneous generation chaimbers. These were intended for very saturated markets and would have reduced costs over time by 50%. In fact, experts speculate that if this Hot Dawg research had been completed a few minutes sooner, the takeover bid could have been averted and the company saved. However, this cruel twist of fate prompted a black-market for hot dog generators to feed luxury-class citizens and host international barbecues. In addition, at least one report claims that if the nozzles were tampered with these generators could be dangerous weapons in the wrong hands.

Mega SoundChair

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: Mega SoundChair Sensors on your ship pick up the minute disturbances caused by sound-waves acting on the very fine particle streams in space, then amplify and filter the identified distortions which are then sent to your Mega SoundChair for playback. This is a consumer product which has been found to alleviate stress and panic in untrained pilots who began invading space with their own Star Yachts a number of years ago. It was found that when placed into silence, people would turn to music to alleviate the dread (and subsequent insanity) caused by being alone in space and unable to hear anything. This remedy was insufficient, however, since the music had several adverse side effects: It didn't make sense to the mind when you're watching meteors and other objects hurtling by, consumers couldn't hear messages broadcast to them, and people would get so wrapped up in the music they'd relax and wouldn't watch where they were going. This was an especially bad problem in the time before Automatic Guidance and Proximity Warning systems were refined. So, they decided to amplify what little sound was out there and solve the problem of the unending silence panic before there were no more Star Yachts to go around.

Proton Cannon Indigo

Protron Cannon Indigo DATA New to Tyrian sector 2.0, this is a powerful option available for any ship. The Indigo fires out dual IR Protron bursts in rapid succession and works well when not confined to narrow quarters. Unfortunately, the prototype Indigo was last seen in a secret region of Episode 2, protected by a fleet of crystalline life forms called the Inzia in Galactic Tongue. To retrieve the device will certainly be difficult, since the Inzia surround your ship with crystalline mines which will confuse the Indigo system.

Companion Ships Warfly and Gerund

Companion Ships Warfly and Gerund DATA Just released by Gencore into Tyrian sector 2.0. These are the latest in advanced ship tracking systems. Both models feature a ship-history tracking system which means they will follow your ship's every move, only they will stay a second or two behind your movement. The Warfly packs a newly developed rapid-fire crystalline energy mine, while the more powerful Gerund uses a triple-beam system. Recent reports reveal that two custom prototype Lightning-Gerund craft were designed and sold to General Nortaneous, but Gencore denies this as a false rumor. Microsol has also released a competing line of weapons which dock with your ship to form permanent forward cannon attachments.

Gravitron Pulse-Wave

Top Secret: Gravitron Pulse-Wave ARCHIVE DATA The gravitron Pulse-Wave is the ultimate in power system technology. This is based on the Tyrian research project. Not commonly known is that the Gryphon Explosion was caused by a Gravitron drive being connected to a Zica Flamethrower system. This produced a 10 AEU [astral explosion units] shock which destroyed much of the station. Therefore, use of this drive is not suggested in open combat. The Harbringer Plasma system was designed for the invisible ship Illuminator. The ship will be deployed at the rear of the main Microsol fleet in our final assault. Failure in the mission in any way will result in the ship breaking off from combat. <Archive note: Further details on the Illuminator are Class-16 and available only to Vykromod-level access.> The Illuminati is being defended by a secondary battleship platform, which is also classified. It's job is to set up a mine defense barrier while the Illuminator acts from a safe position. Should the secondary platform be destroyed, the Illuminator will break off the attack. This energy system is highly confidential and is not to be released into general distribution. Any Microsol ship is authorized to self-destruct using the F2+F3+F4 code. After vaporizing their armor with the code, pilots are recommended to crash their ship in an uncharted location if possible.

Order of Zinglon

Order of Zinglon Story It is written that in the days of 2-D holovision, there appeared an image to everyone in the universe. That image was the ascention of our god, Zinglon. He gave us this image of his form so that we may look upon him and realize the great pain he felt so that we could live new lives, free from the negative aspects of life. Soon afterward, the prophet Monses received the eleven cubes of holy rules, the commandments by which all races must live in harmony. The greatest of these commandments is that All Life-Forms May Partake of the Wisdom of Zinglon. Every creature, big and small, is given the opportunity to save themselves from damnation by learning the writings of our order. Also important is the Right to Free Speech With Exceptions. That is, any person who follows the right of Zinglon may produce any material they see fit which does not mock the great one himself. Those who do not follow the order may also produce any material they wish, though the order is free to wage Jihad against them. Another great advance in free rights is the Spiritual Right to Eat Crackers. The rest are: The Law of the Order of Zinglon is final and absolute. All races must live in harmony or suffer the consequences. Objects whose quantity are eleven are spiritually divine. No race is allowed to totally destroy another, no matter what their crime. Anyone so doing must at least keep one of the target race in stasis under their own expense. No life form has the right to invoke the power of Zinglon within pagan idols. All life forms have the right to subsidized bus fare. All life forms have the right to subsidized education, as long as they are taught the rules of Zinglon and are bonded into slavery for life. No life form may be harmed by the order unless the order proves that they have not followed the above commandments.

Miscellaneous Datacubes

Local Emporium Dataflux

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Latest Top Ten List from Eclipse Central

Latest Top Ten List from Eclipse Central Music Here they are, starting at #10... "Droids Just Wanna Have Fun" : Retro Pop Droids just wanna have fuh-un; oh oh oh; Droids just a-wanna have fuh-unnn. "If I Had a Blaster..." : Religious If I had a blaster, I'd blaster in the morning, I'd blaster in the e-e-ev-ning... "Computer Generated Music #45592-2300-66A" : CompuGen WoULD yoU Like to sING a SonG wItH me sUbJEcT To bLUe CashEWs? "Six Planets to Twenty" : Rock [Guitar solo] There'll be six [Guitar solo] PLANETS to TWENTY. Yea, [Guitar solo] just six PLANETS [Guitar solo] to TWENTY! "If I was a Hamburger, I'd Eat Myself" : Jazz Give me a minute. I'm findin' some mu-stard. Give me a minute. I'm pumpin' some may-o. It's just me... and this seeded bu-un! Just look at me now... Ham-bur-ger. "The 4-Minute Quiet" : Nothing "Mending Pumpkins" : Classical "Logic Absorbtion" : Rock [Screeching noise] [More Screeching noise] [Guitar solo] [Screeching noise] "Sand by Me" : Pop Sand by me; There's sand by me. Oh, darling, darling, look at it! There's sand, all a-round me. Sand 'round me. Sand 'r-ound me. Sand 'round... me-e. And the most popular song out this solar hour: "CliffTunes" : Retro New-Wave Ten years. Got some money. Lost my mind. Got more money. Found a life but lost my rhythm. Never saw... A paper orangutang. This is MiMi Jeff with Eclipse Central, signing off.

Gruel

GRUEL Ad 'Twas brillig and the slithey todes did wamble on to... The Interstellar House of Gruel Yes, friends. It's all happening here in our Gruel! I'm Jacob Riitwiit, head of gruel research at ICBG - I Can't Believe it's Gruel. We have worked long hours perfecting the greatest gruel recipe ever! Some of your ancestors may have walked in primitive huts, sampling this nutritious snack. And, now, you can continue the tradition with: Auntie Boglog's Swill-diddily-blugus Bars! We've taken the same great taste and tantalizing aroma and crammed it into these little bars. [Disgusting cartoon of gnomes singing and swimming around in a stump filled with gruel.] Slop it here, squish it there, it's all a lump of gruel. We like to eat this tasty snack and soon you wi-ill too! 'Cause we're the gnomes of Cackle-Berry who make this tasty gruel. It's filling... nutritious... and hangs well on the wall. We.. call... i----t... Swill-diddily-blugus Bars! Tasty with a heart! Swill-diddily-blugus Bars! Sealed in with a f--- [Scene edited out.] So buy some today!

Complaint

COMPLAINT Letter Dear Sirs: I would like to complain about your editing out of material you see as harmful and in bad taste. In the last commercial, you took out the scene where the gnome [Letter edited out due to tasteless comment] Thank you for printing my point of view. Emperor Milktoe of Savara

Gruel: The Modern Way

GRUEL: THE MODERN WAY Ad Gencore research labs presents the quintissential cookbook for the gourmet gruelist. In this tome of good taste are presented such undying classics as: The 7-Day Gruel Swiss Cheese Gruel Rainbow Trout Gruel Black Zest Gruel Annie's Marbelized Mealy Mottled Mango Gruel The Mad Chef's Lump-O-Gruel Magic Gruel of Slaying, Vorpal Lumpy +2 Gruel for 2000 : A Gruel For All Time In this book you'll find Gruel for any season! So download Gruel: The Modern Way today and be ready to turn away that next great family gathering. Only from Gencore. Presented by the Interstellar House of Gruel.

Beno Crackers

BENO CRACKERS Ad New, from Omara corp. Just when you thought you would never see another Beno again, comes Beno Crackers. Made in a reasonable facsimile of the real creatures, these tasty snack crackers are a real treat! Pick up a holo-bowl of them today and feast down on the life forms too cute to survive [The Editor].

Beno Crackers

BENO CRACKERS Ad New, from Omara corp. What you need before the day are Beno Crackers the Omara way! Pick up a holo-bowl today! Contact Fluxnet @15003-00421-92431-19327 for an Omara distributor near you.

Alambusol

Alambusol Ad [Cheerful, brightly lit living room. Late 103rd century decor.] When dreaded alien parasites are drilling into my head, I reach for Alambusol. Alambusol is the only anti-parasite xeno-spray which I trust. Two squirts and ten minutes later, my head is clear and free of infestation once again. [Cut to Medical office. Very modern.] Yes, four out of our five doctors recommend Alambusol to their infested patients. The other doctor was fired. So, you can see that we are firmly commited to using this spray on our patients. [Quick wipe down to scene of rendered Spray bottle floating in a stasis field.] So transmit a bottle of Alambusol to yourself today! You won't be sorry.

Ressurectos

Ressurectos Ad Are you feeling down in the dumps... deceased? Have friends and family stopped calling you now that you're 6 feet under? Well, fret no more! Dansen Technologies has the answer to all your afterlife problems. Ressurectos! Within these little pills is a potent life-giving recipie which is guaranteed to bring you back to life. Simply take one in the morning after a full moon on your planet (or moons) and drink a glass of water. You'll be your old self in no time. Check us out at FLUXNET: 405-4003-3030.

Almo and Zik-Nar X3

FLUXNET 21 PRESENTS Ad Almo and Zik-Nar X3 The touching tale of a Zik-Nar X3, boy cybernoid, and his loving, parasitic dog Almo. Join their epic tale as they careen through the galaxy, righting the wrongs of unjust space pirates. But Zik-Nar has a soft side for Blibbo, a female slug from the far reaches of the galaxy. Watch them fall in love as Zik-Nar X3 journeys with her to find her lost home. But if you're looking for action, look no further than Almo. He'll suck the very heart right out of you in this once in a century family show. Almo and Zik-Nar X3, coming to a holo-screen next rotation.

Swiss Family Cheese

FLUXNET 21 PRESENTS Ad Swiss Family Cheese Another family spectacle for one and all. This memorable series about a family of cheese mold will bring a tear to your eye and a glow to your heart. Through wind, rain, drought, and competing parasites, this family will persevere. Not because they are strong but because they have the will to survive. It's another Fluxnet 21 show you won't wanna miss!

My Uncle the Sloth

FLUXNET 21 PRESENTS Ad Back by popular damand, it's the hilarious antics of My Uncle the Sloth! Follow Uncle Sloth on his journeys across the forests of Torm as he skillfully waits for giant dragons to fly by, eats vegetation, and learns what it is to be a Sloth. This special series is presented in its full, uncut format with 2,890 10-hour episodes! Another Fluxnet 21 show. Don't miss it!

The Eleven Commandments

FLUXNET 21 PRESENTS Ad Another production from the leaders in holo-entertainment... The Eleven Commandments The most incredible screen epic ever made - presented in the original holobox format. Monses walked upon Savara and said: "Let there be a group of laws for people to follow, so that they might learn to be virtuous and live with honor." And Zinglon said: "Lo, let be it, for now when Tuesday then cometh with not again, be it another less more it be. Be faith giveth whence came me unto, yet not needeth for unto me, for yet be learn to be." And Monses raised his hands aloft to take the holocubes, but lowered them again and said: "Huh?" And Zinglon spake: "Look. Here's the stuff you asked for. Take it and leave me alone." Monses took the holocubes from the sky but saw that there was an extra cube, a cube he had not expected. He interrupted again and spake to the heavens: "What's the other cube for?" And Zinglon spake: "You know when the people have learned but the ten cubes just aren't enough? This is for that extra push when ten just isn't enough." Monses scratched his head and replied: "Surely you could make the other ten stronger?" And Zinglon spake: "But mine go up to eleven. Now go away." And, Zinglon blew Monses and the holocubes off the mountain... Enjoy these scenes and more from the greatest production of all time! Monses and the Eleven Commandments Coming to holoscreens in 13.5553.231!

Tyrian - The Holo Movie

TYRIAN - THE HOLO MOVIE Ad Coming soon to Fluxnet 21: Tyrian! The made-for-holo movie! Follow the journeys of Trent Hawkins as he saves the universe time and time again. In the fourth volume in this Eclipse series, you'll see him save the giant world Ixmucane from destruction by destroying the giant lava ship on level 3. Then, fly with him as he restores peace to Gencore and takes on the final Microsol center. It's a movie you won't want to miss! On sale now at Asteroid Charlies. Note: Due to extreme demand, we are temporarily out of stock. Thank you for choosing Fluxnet 21.

MagVend

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: MagVend 004-55506B MagVend You may have already won 2 trillion C-Credits! If you return the winning prize number by stardate 445x56.4, we will say on live 4-D holovision - "Trent Hawkins has won 2 trillion C-Credits!" You cannot afford to pass up this offer. [Message edited due to tasteless content] MagVend 004-55506B thanks you for your patronage.

MagVend

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: MagVend 004-55506W MagVend Congratulations, Mr. Trent Hawkins MagVend 004-55506 is proud to congratulate our first-place winner in our grand sweepstakes. However, since you haven't ordered anything recently and you're currently wanted for galactic treason, we've demoted you to third-place to avoid bad publicity. To collect your winnings, type in the secret code: FILE0001 LOOT After the word LOOT, type in ALT-254 to acknowledge the secret code and press enter. We regret that you cannot transmit this code over modem/network due to its top-secret nature. MagVend 004-55506B thanks you for your patronage.

The Perils of Space-Fruit

ANONYMOUS TRANSMISSION Anonymous The Perils of Space-Fruit: What in the universe is all this fruit doing flying around in outer-space? It has long been the practice of ship captains to destroy other ships and collect their protected food stores as a trophy, since most other matter is generally incinerated. So why do we do it? What makes some sentient life so insensible to pain and suffering that we think picking up our victim's last meal is some sort of great feat of skill? It may seem humourous to you, gentle readers, to see flying mugs of ale, spinning oranges, and hurtling strawberries, but I see the remains of the dead, the unfortunate souls whose lives were lost without the benefit of scarfing down that last bit of replicated food. I beseech thee, gentle reader, to think twice before reveling in such victory. Where will this madness end? Trade values measured in fruit to replace coins and gems? Perhaps someone will develop weapons of mass food destruction, allowing you to hurtle foodstuffs at unwary victims. No! This cannot be allowed to happen! Pray to Zinglon that he will free us from this vile threat! Paid for by the benevolent members of the church of Zinglon.

Anti-Fruit Decree

Order of Zinglon Decree By the order of Grand Moolah Yimbo, all main space-faring ships must conform to the Anti-Fruit Decree. Anti-Fruit Decree: Due to the blasphemous nature of alowing food products to float around endlessly in space, potentially disrupting the nature of Zinglon, any ship allowing fruit to escape from their ship after their destruction will be sent to the Great Buffet to give penance. What's more fruit-bearing weapons are also a direct violation of this form if they are not blessed by a priest wearing the brick-red robes of inedibility. Anyone with knowledge of someone who has violated these sacred rules must confess to the Order of Zinglon or else suffer a similar penance in the Great Waiting Room Above the Buffet. Grand Moolah Yimbo Order of Zinglon

Reference to Pretzel Pete

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: XSIV Games Eclipse Hey, Trent, here's another game to play from XSIV: Pretzel Pete It's soft pretzel madness as Pretzel Pete drives around in his crazy truck, trying to scoop up evil Street Pretzels which are terrorizing the world. Baker Bob is behind this pretzel madness and will not stop until he turns all of humanity into living pretzels! If only they'd include a real soft pretzel with this game, as it makes you hungry to play...

Reference to Pretzel Pete

ARCHIVE DATA Data Reference: People Pretzel Dough According to a disturbing interstellar transmission, a distant planet reports that people are being turned into People Pretzel Dough. Reports are unconfirmed what exactly that is, but scientists believe it's pretty tasty. Any interested research party is instructed to locate Pretzel Pete for more information.

Reference to Jazz Jackrabbit

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: Carrotus Carrotus Jazz, are you there? The rats on Tychus III need your help. They said there's a big reward if you can save their village from the pirate cats of Meowicus. Said it was something totally unique, some kind of Graniton. Stop sitting around on VegasCon and come back - we need another episode!

Reference to One Must Fall 2097

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: Steffan Tommas Steffan Well, well, Trent. It seems you've made yourself quite popular in the Tyrian sector. Things are still quite calm here on Ganymede, and Microsol is hardly a threat to WAR at the moment. But they seem to be giving you trouble, and I don't appreciate people bothering my friends. If you can make it to planet Torm, circling the capital planet of Remus, I will send Dougan to provide you with additional supplies. With regret I cannot send any HARs to assist, since your fight is with starships and not robots. Good luck, Trent. If you can, drop by Ganymede and we'll go a few rounds. I sincerely hope your skills with the Nova III haven't waned.

Intercepted Transmission

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: Nortaneous Nort ! Intercepted Transmission Mantori, we have located three hyperspatial anomalies on the planet designated "Tyrian". Please advise. Analysis indicates there is a 56% chance that entry will modify ship position to unknown location. Access code for probe 334-G requested. Location of first anomaly is stog rock at elpim mb tst... Priority Drelb! Possibility of interference with normal operations 94%. Appears to be the only unusual anomaly in this sector. Dimensional access to submarcon "Registered version" may provide additional anomalies.

Pib

TRANSMISSION SOURCE: Pib Pib Computer translation of feline language follows: It is necessary that you feed me. I have been stuck here in this house so long that I decided to mow into this idiotic computer in the hope that you get the idea. There are not enough chewey treats being placed into my bowl and the gravy is too thin. Meow. Pib

Bonus Game Instructions

Zinglon's Ale

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REMINDER Game You do not need to play this game to continue. It is merely an extra game for your enjoyment. If you want to continue with the normal game, simply select Give Up in the Next Level menu. Also, this game can not be played by two players and will only be available in the normal game mode. It won't appear when playing arcade or other modes. Enjoy!

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HOW TO PLAY Game How to play the special ending game ZINGLON'S ALE: In his quest to reach out into the limitless stretches of imagination, Zinglon discovered the magical means to create ale. Now, though, Dai-Zan has stolen the holy casks of Zinglon and threatens to drink all the ale in the universe for himself. You, a devout follower of Zinglon must not let this pass! The fate of all the ale in the universe is in your hands. In this game, you must dodge wave after wave of bouncing enemies in an attempt to gather as much ale as possible. While good dodging is important, you must also clear the screen of enemies completely before you will progress to the next level. The game continues infinitely, though it will keep getting harder and harder. Enemies: Ignatz : Twirling U-ship : 15 pts Morble : Spinning O-ship : 20 pts William : Black V-shaped ship : 20 pts Clifts : Brown, round ship : 25 pts Meeble : Grey mines : 50 pts Deeble : Gold mines : 75 pts Zeeblex : Blue mines : ??? Tyco : Little red bubble : 15+100 pts The Brussee Triangles : 50 pts Zoglo : Glowing red ball : 10 pts Dai-Zan Minion: The Alemaster : ??? : ??? pts The armor ship will still come down to help you if you are damaged. Extra lives are earned at 10000, 20000, and every 25000 pts thereafter.

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STRATEGY Game Strategy Guide for ZINGLON'S ALE: This simplistic game can be deceptively difficult. Don't allow yourself to be hypnotized by the endless streams of enemies! Level 1: Panic A quick wave of ships all attack you at once. Grab the ale and blast them quickly. Level 2: Mines This is mostly a large group of mines which will attack you slowly. Be sure to avoid the Zeeblex at all costs - it's indestructible! Level 3: Hoppers Two sets of Ignatz will attack you. However, you will pick up two ale bottles here. Level 4: Williams Two sets of Williams attack, one right after another. Take them out and grab both bottles of ale. Level 5: Morble Wars Dual Morble formations attack. Four bottles. Level 6: Bonus Round Ale galore! Watch out for the Zeeblex, though. Level 7-12: ????? Find out for yourself! Note that this is an endless game here for your amusement only. There are no special moves available in this game. And, just to add a small challenge, my high score is 85600...

Zinglon's Squadrons

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REMINDER Game You do not need to play this game to continue. It is merely an extra game for your enjoyment. If you want to continue on back to Episode 1, simply select Give Up in the Next Level menu. Also, this game can not be played by two players and will only be available in the full game. Enjoy!

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HOW TO PLAY Game How to play the secret ending game ZINGLON'S SQUADRONS: [ZINGALA] Large formations of ships fly down to attack you. Individual ships in the groups break off to fly down in various ways. You must destroy the entire fleet to advance to the next fleet. Basically, just shoot everything you can. You must shoot all the small enemies to advance to the next level. There are 7 kinds of enemies: Zimbles : 10 pts / 20 pts attacking : Damage 4 : Eyeballs Blottes : 15 pts / 30 pts attacking : Damage 6 : Blood Cells Zoomers : 20 pts / 40 pts attacking : Damage 5 : Bombs Roobles : 25 pts / 50 pts attacking : Damage 5 : Fireballs Tokkies : 50 pts / 100 pts attacking : Damage 7 : Little Spikey Balls Garmons : 100 pts / 200-300 pts attacking : Damage 10 : Big Spikey Balls Widgets : 250 pts / 500-??? pts attacking : Damage 20 : Big Brown Ship Your ship is armed with a simple rail gun which cannot be increased. Also, you have no shields and merely subsist on armor. However, the armor ship will still come down to help you. Extra lives are earned at 10000, 20000, and every 25000 pts thereafter.

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STRATEGY Game Strategy Guide for ZINGLON'S SQUADRONS: [ZINGALA] There are four types of enemy formations: Type 1 : Block : A simple four row mass of enemies. They attack quickly but if you don't care about your score you can blast through them pretty quickly. Type 2 : Bombs : This block variation has a row of bombs in the front which are difficult to destroy and fly down quickly. If you can blast through them, you can get a clear shot at the Garmons. The center Garmon will not move, so try to take it out before the formation leaves for extra points. Type 3 : Delta : This is not a difficult formation at first, as you can take out the side enemies fairly quickly. Unfortunately, the center Tokkies will fly out at you extremely quickly and are difficult to anticipate. Don't let the Zimbles get close to the bottom or else you may have difficulty maneuvering. Type 4 : Bonus : This is a very quick formation for extra points. The Zoomers and Roobles will attack in force first. Then, the Widget will attack. Make sure you destroy this! After the Widget will come some more small ships and the two remaining Garmons. There are no special moves available in this game.

Zinglon's Revenge

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REMINDER Game You do not need to play this game to continue. It is merely an extra game for your enjoyment. If you want to continue on back to Episode 1, simply select Give Up in the Next Level menu. Also, this game can not be played by two players and will only be available in the full game. Enjoy!

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HOW TO PLAY Game How to play the secret ending game ZINGLON'S REVENGE: A giant ship projects a horizontal field of energy. Small enemies fall down from above and bounce around the edges of the screen and against the energy field. Touching the field or one of the little enemies means almost certain instant death. You must shoot all the small enemies to advance to the next level. There are 4 kinds of enemies: Roobles : Round Fireballs - Low damage - Move left to right Tokkies : Spikey Balls - Low damage - Move up and down quickly Zimbles : Eyeballs - Moderate damage - Move diagonally slowly Blottes : Blood Cells - High damage - Descend slowly and then bounce up quickly diagonally This game consists of 6 levels, starting on level 5 and descending in order to the final level. Level 5 : Mostly Roobles Level 4 : Mostly Tokkies Extra ship received after Level 5. Level 3 : Zimbles and Blottes Level 2 : Roobles, Tokkies, and Blottes Level 1 : Mostly Zimbles Extra ship received after Level 1. Level 0 : Blottes - Destroy the energy field? Extra ship received after Level 0. Level -1 : ???

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STRATEGY Game Strategy Guide for ZINGLON'S REVENGE: Obviously the main point to the game is to dodge the little enemies as well as possible. Roobles : Round Fireballs - These are very easy to destroy but get in your way easily once they descend fairly low. Try to take these out quickly if you can unless a Blotte is coming. Tokkies : Spikey Balls - These can be avoided fairly easily since they move very slowly across the screen. You can usually position a sidekick to stay underneath them long enough to take them out. Zimbles : Eyeballs - These are pretty slow and you can usually delay shooting them until they start filling the screen. Try to take out the faster-moving enemies first if you can. Blottes : Blood Cells - These are the hardest enemies to destroy in the game. They are fairly easy to take out while descending, so try to at least to damage them fairly well. Once they reach bottom, they'll start bouncing quickly and can be hard to destroy. SECRET: Yes, of course there are secret moves in this game. 21 of them, in fact. Several of the more common ones are detailed below: Sidekicks: Attach one or two of these to your ship. Red sidekick : Press Right,Down,Left, then hold Fire and press Up. Hot Dog: A blast of deadly dogs. Uses up your armor slowly, though. Press Up, then hold Fire and press Down. Of course, all other special moves are also available here. Good luck! So far, even the designer has problems winning this game, as it should be! My general time to beat is 3:30, without using many secret moves.