A dull thud sounds when the seemingly last Space Pirate drops dead in front me. “I think that was all of them. I.. I don’t see any more movement on the camera’s, besides yours”, the co-pilot announces through a speaker behind me. I sense no relief in his tone. I sit down to inspect my wounds carefully. The cold steel feels refreshing after such horrendous fights, trying to keep the ship safe. “Are you okay?”, the co-pilot asks. I wave to a nearby camera, after which a strict “Okay, good” follows. My facial expression changes as I wonder what they aren’t telling me. I look up at the camera and shrug my shoulders, making a hand gesture as if I were to ask them what the hell is going on? Silence follows.
While making sure all of my wounds are inspected, the spaceship makes a sudden sharp turn. I tumble over the floor and I can barely prevent my head from banging into a wall. The speaker makes a cracking sound, followed by a distance grunt. Again, silence. The cracking then continues for a solid four seconds. “We’re being attacked, hold on! Grab something!”, the captain now shouts. A little too late. Another turn, another tumble, followed by zapping sounds and the weaker emergency lights kicking in. The rooms around me light up in bright red colors for a split second with each zap. Are we getting shot at? I grab onto a railing and fear for my life. I really don’t want to die, especially after getting this far. I shout and wave at the camera, but there’s no response.
After what feels like forever the captain quickly asked: “Can you manage to get to one of the escape pods? We will release you once you’re in.” Between the maneuvers I try to bolt to the nearest escape pod. Dead Space Pirates are sliding over the floor, hitting things left and right. Glasses and plates smashing into pieces in the dining area. Red lights flashing as I jump over a RockBeast that is sliding around in a pile of its own blood. “You’re almost there”, a speaker sounds in the distance. I see the door and I steadily crawl towards it along some pipes. While doing so I see the door has a codelock, to which I don’t know the code. It appears I don’t need it, because the light turns green and the door opens. “Thanks, cap” I sigh in relief.
Once inside, the door immediately shuts and the light next to it turns red. “Buckle up, we’re about to send you off. We’re setting the coordinates for your pod as we speak. We will try to crash land the ship so we can use its warp pod to get back to earth. Safe travels, my friend”, the captain says and the speaker goes silent. I fasten the seatbelts and I hope for the best. The pod is slowly tilting and a couple of hissing sounds indicate I’m about to set off to whatever location is ahead of me. Some sort of booster ignites and I can feel the pod has let go off the ship. My heart is racing and I’m grabbing the seatbelts with both hands, tightly. Nothing is in my control and I don’t like it.
My thoughts get interrupted by a beeping sound. I look at the panel and see an orange light blink. I can’t read what it says, but I definitely want to know what’s wrong. After unbuckling I steadily walk towards the panel and about halfway there I can already read the orange light stating: “Landing kit failure”. My heart sinks and I look out the window. The desert-like landscape is rapidly coming closer. I can see thrusters on the front kick in to slow down the landing, but it feels like it won’t be enough. I don’t bother looking at the panel to see if I can fix things and instead I run to the nearest seat as fast as I can while partially slipping over a piece of paper. I quickly fasten the right seat belt and try to do the same for the left one. It’s too tight, so I try to loosen it, but.. Darkness ensues..
I wake up and the first thing I notice is how painful my ribs feel. My face is warm and my right arm feels tingling cold. During this realization I slowly open my eyes and see that I’m hanging just above the ground. Almost half of the pod has been crushed by the impact and luckily I'm on the good side. I try to wiggle myself loose while blood pours back to my right arm and let myself drop to the sandy ground. My left hand lands in a pile of green goo and when I follow its path I see a man-like creature in a yellow space suit cut in half by debris. “Unlucky fella”, I think. Two red laser dots appear on the ground next to me. They seem to scan the vicinity and I look up at a broken window. A giant ball-shaped robot focusses its lasers on me and it starts making an awful screeching sound, like it is warning others. It shoots the window into pieces. Briefly I feel stunned by the extremely high-pitched sound that even pierces the fingers in my ears. More of the oddly similar yellow space suit creatures start crawling through the opening. With adrenaline now rushing I stand up in a powerful motion. Time to cross “killing aliens in space” off my bucket list.
Well aware of the considerable difference in temperature that lays ahead, I'm still dressed lightly when I enter the helicopter. An assistant looks at me with a tender smile and blinks slowly, as if she is trying to comfort me. Although I know things might be very rough by the time this helicopter lands, I feel a certain urge to give into her sweet vibes and let go a little. So I let my head rest as we take off and I doze off almost immediately.
"Are you awake? Hello? Wake up.." a friendly voice speaks patiently as I try to piece words together slowly while waking up. It's the assistant. She has her hand on my shoulder and pushes it with gentle force. "You might want to see this", she continues, while pointing through one of the side windows. Perennial snow covers almost all of the mountain tops. "That's not something you see everyday", the pilot notes rhetorically. However, I cannot seem to really enjoy it. My mind is immediately occupied by all the things Kasham has told me.
"We're going to land over there". The pilot nods to the left and I look down. Frozen-like creatures everywhere.. I can feel my adrenaline kick in and I try to prepare myself mentally. "Be swift when you exit. There is a small town west from here, you'll know what to do when you get there. Believe in Kasham, believe in yourself", the assistant tells me while looking me dead in the eye. It feels like a pep talk and I can use it. She hands over thicker clothes as we start to land. "Go, go, go!" the pilot yells with a little panic in his voice when the assistant opens the door. A part of me is hesitant, but I jump out anyway. Cold wind chafes my face as if sandpaper were to rub it softly. A sensation that is almost instantly interspersed by an instinctual reaction when a giant snow-bull started charging at me. And sadly, many followed.
I decided to talk to some town folks. They all refer me to the north-west, so I continue my journey. It leads me to some kind of entrance to what seems to be a cave. I enter carefully and see beautiful icy walls everywhere around me. It looks like another maze, but I quickly notice this one has a very early dead end.
I stand still for a second as I can faintly hear something moving behind a wall. As I am listening, a shard of ice shatters on the wall in front of me. I turn around, ready for battle, but.. nothing’s there. I look around and out of nowhere I am looking at my own reflection. As if a mirror appeared out of thin air. It takes me a few seconds to realize it’s an icy creature and it flings another shard at me. These things put up a hard fight! There must be a way to get through, but I can’t find it. No cracks in the walls, nothing, and something tells me there’s no way to get through these crystal-like layers of ice. The only thing noteworthy is a hole in the ice next to my left foot. I kneel down and see dim lights underwater that appear to be leading somewhere. “Please, don’t let this be the only way”, I mumble to myself while closing my eyes briefly. I brace myself as laughter suddenly echoes. It appears to be coming from two sources, one higher pitched than the other. Together they are creating a harmonic resonance that makes it seem as if the sounds are dancing with each other.
The laughter stops and turns into a soft whisper, telling me something that I don’t fully understand. My body now trembles with yearning to follow this path. I will go where my fate leads me. I can feel it, I’m close. I take a deep breath and I jump in.
After exploring the Sahara Dungeons you’ve come across a staircase to an unknown area. You walk down and the first thing you notice is a sterile scent combined with that of iron, possibly blood. At first glance the place looks small, but after a while you realize the place is actually much bigger than you’ve expected. Each small corridor seems to lead you to another or with a wide room in between. Although the temperature is much more pleasant than outside in the Sahara desert, you’re still breaking a sweat when fighting the robotic monsters and demon-like lab technicians.
You’re passing a couple of rooms full of computers, which indicates this might have been some sort of workplace or base. “Is this Aquilas’ base?”, you softly whisper to yourself. Most of the computers are off, but some seem to have some juice left in them. As you playfully tap on random keyboards to check which ones respond, the ground shakes for about 3 seconds. A mix of dust and sand falls through cracks in the ceiling as something appears on the screen. A feeling of discomfort comes over you. You can’t figure out what this means, but you know something’s off. Where is this “Aquilas” hiding?
After further investigation it looks like you’ve entered the center of the giant maze, a room with a huge symbol on the floor, covering it almost entirely. You’re looking around and notice it’s resembling a “sun”. As you kneel down to touch the material it’s made of, the ground starts shaking again. You’re facing down with your eyes closed to prevent sand from falling in your eyes. While cautiously opening them you see a shadow on the ground, towering over you. Swallowing the first stress reaction you turn around as you see the silhouette of a gun rising. Is this him?
Alongside their technological advancement, for a few,came even more power from their developing psychic skills,including telepathy and teleportation across vast distances... even to Earth.
But long ago a prophet had foretold that with power comes pride,out of which would grow evil. And so, it was Aguilas who brought a reign of tyranny, war and destruction to Signus.
The people, their planet standing in ruins, prayed for a savior who could free them from his rule. Hoping as was also foretold that out of the devastation a hero, the true 'Sun', would come to save them.Aguilas feared the 'Sun'...
The future of Signus is tied to the Earth over time and space.It is now your turn to live out this story, traveling from present-day urban Earth through the deserts and mountains, and eventually out across space to war-devastated Signus.
Do you have the courage and strength of will to grow beyond a pale red moon and become the one true 'Sun',bringing life and hope to a barren land?