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Your Skaarj escape pod lies adrift beyond an asteroid belt above the planet's atmosphere. You do not know for how long you've been up here, but your drifting sentence is about to end.
A huge Terran military battle cruiser enters orbit of the planet, and starts to tractor you in. Between the bridge of the battle cruiser and the control base for that area of space, a communication takes place:
"Deep space warship UMS Bodega Bay requesting a priority translight transmission with UMS sector control."
"Bodega Bay, this is Starlight Base, go ahead."
"Starlight Base, we picked up a life pod of alien origin as we came into orbit, with one human survivor aboard who claims to have escaped from the planet. The survivor will not disclose identity even under interrogation. DNA Scans are being uploaded for identification, please advise."
"Stand by Bodega Bay... Bodega Bay your survivor is UMS prisoner 849, last assigned to prison transport vessel Vortex Rikers. Vortex Rikers recently disappeared in your sector; prisoner 849 is classified as missing, and presumed dead."
"Starlight Base, permission to use the rescued prisoner for operation Talon Hunter. The prisoner has extensive knowledge of the planetary surface and hazards. Prisoner 849 is the natural choice to search for the wreck of the Prometheus and recover the Talon data cores."
"Bodega Bay, you are clear to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the success of operation Talon Hunter."
So you're going back... and after some flashbacks of previous locales including NyLeve's Falls, Harobed Village and Nali Castle (complete with Nali), the scene cuts to a cabin aboard the Bodega Bay where the prisoner is recording a log entry.
"A day after my so-called rescue, and I'm going back to the surface of the planet. They've promised me a full pardon and transit back to earth in exchange for my help. The alternative was a trip out the airlock without a suit... I agreed to take the mission. My job is to find the wreck of another ship, the Prometheus, and recover the data cores for some new secret weapons research project... when I've got the cores, I'm supposed to go to the bridge of the crashed ship and activate the ELT Transmitter. The ELT will pinpoint my location for pickup.
"They need me because they don't know exactly where the Prometheus went down - apparently the Tarydium in the planet below is wreaking havoc with their scanners. They figure that I learned a thing or two in my last romp on the surface - if anyone can find their missing ship, I can... I'm a little better prepared than last time; they've given me a military issue Combat Assault Rifle, a new portable SCUBA unit for underwater, and this computer log. They've also made logistics drops of ammo, weapons and other supplies. So, I did it before and I'll do it again, but it won't be easy. They call it a salvage mission... I call it a return to hell."
It all begins again... back to square one. After the log finishes, hit Fire to start the game.
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