|Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2 *LINK*|
|Posted By: Philtron||Date: 12/15/20 4:06 p.m.|
Chapter 1: Despair (Part 2)
Tycho’s Hunters track Durandal’s humans to a flooded area beneath the ruins where the humans are "attempting to activate an ancient S'pht AI. They never made it back to the surface.” Presumably this AI is Thoth, and presumably the humans were killed by the Hunters.
In orbit, Tycho engages Durandal in ship-to-ship combat, but Durandal’s weapons have a longer range than Tycho expected and Tycho’s ship is disabled. To gain an advantage, Tycho taunts Durandal with a message that only the three Marathon AI would understand.
Meanwhile, on the surface, the main character opens floodgates in the S’pht complex so that he can access the flooded areas and “access” the S’pht AI. According to Tycho, “the humans may have been partially successful” in activating the AI. It’s not clear what “partially” means.
The main character finds Thoth’s core completely submerged under water. He cannot access the core and does not seem to do anything to “activate” the AI any further. The core flashes erratically as though malfunctioning.
Back in space, Durandal’s ship gets too close to Tycho, presumably because of Tycho’s previous taunt, and Tycho uses this opportunity to make Durandal’s S’pht go rampant. Durandal’s ship goes offline.
Tycho sends Troopers to board Durandal’s ship and intends to send the main character to help them.
At the same time, a “massive structure [enters] a Lh’owon orbit”, presumably this is K’lia which has been summoned by Thoth despite it being unclear if Thoth is fully activated and fully functional.
Tycho suspects that this massive structure is a trick of Durandal’s, but reveals that his own ship carries the tri xeem: “One way or another, it ends here.”
S’pht ruins, where [Tycho] detected signals that could be from an ancient AI.
The humans attempt to activate Thoth. Tycho is about to destroy Durandal and is prepared to use the tri xeem. Tfear is not present. Thoth may or may not be fully activated (his actual condition is unclear), but it seems like K’lia has arrived with the S’pht’kr so maybe he is?
We see Thoth’s core pillars flashing and I always interpreted this to mean that either the humans didn’t fully activate him, or the flooding of his chamber damaged him in some away. But then it is implied that K’lia arrives at Lh’owon, so... who knows?
In the preceding level Tycho says that he has no room for Troopers in the new regime. His statements about boarding Durandal’s ship using said Troopers seem to contradict this.
Tycho says that he is sending the main character onto Durandal’s ship at the end of this level. In the next level this is almost true, but not in the way Tycho intended. The main character is back on Durandal’s side and therefore back on Durandal’s ship. We, the players, rejoin the main character’s story once he has boarded the Jjaro scanning buoy of Acme Station.
THE EXPERIENCE OF THE PLAYER AND MAIN CHARACTER SPLIT:
The main character presumably continues living out this timeline until the W’rkncacnter is unleashed since that’s what seems to motivate the timeline shifts. There is nothing about the end of Rise Robot Rise that would obviously motivate the main character (or anyone else) to change timelines at this point.
We, the players, however skip those intervening events and are shown the stories in the dream levels (“Electric Sheep One” and “Where are monsters in dreams”), with the option of seeing the end of a failed timeline.
Ai Mak Sicur:
The tri xeem is launched (if this is a continuation of the previous chapter then it is Tycho who used it, most likely).
Admiral Tfear boards the Aye Mak Sicur station. His forces battle “aliens” (presumably the S’pht’kr) on board the station as the tri xeem detonates the sun. His ship is “dying” due to the blast while his crew is being killed by an “abomination”. Tfear reports that the abomination is “coming back”.
Outcome of this timeline:
If we need to treat this as a canonical ending to the previous chapter/timeline then it seems that it fails because Tycho is in control of the situation and of the tri xeem.
Thoth may have been activated by Durandal’s humans and when the S’pht’kr turn the tide of battle, Tycho panics and fires the tri xeem in an effort to ensure Durandal’s death.
Tycho’s hatred of Durandal is why timelines fail when Tycho is in control.
However, this method of learning why a timeline isn’t correct by looking at the corresponding failure level kind of doesn’t work for the rest of the game.
THE FULL ANALYSIS:
If you'd like to jump ahead, I have included a link to a google drive document that has the entire thing.
These posts and the full document will be different because I keep changing a few things here and there as I'm posing.
|Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2 *LINK*||Philtron||12/15/20 4:06 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Durandal_1707||12/15/20 6:44 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Philtron||12/15/20 7:20 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Durandal_1707||12/15/20 8:04 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Philtron||12/16/20 4:02 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Bob-B-Q||12/16/20 10:19 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Philtron||12/16/20 1:37 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Bob-B-Q||12/18/20 7:14 a.m.|
|Fatum Iustum Stultorum||Philtron||12/18/20 2:23 p.m.|
|Re: Fatum Iustum Stultorum||Lion O Cyborg||12/19/20 11:58 a.m.|
|Kudos *NM*||Philtron||12/20/20 9:29 a.m.|
|Try Again||Bob-B-Q||12/20/20 9:10 a.m.|
|Re: Try Again||Philtron||12/20/20 9:29 a.m.|
|Re: Try Again||VikingBoyBilly||12/21/20 3:51 a.m.|
|Re: Try Again||Godot||12/21/20 4:30 a.m.|
|Re: Try Again||Forrest of B.org||12/21/20 11:55 a.m.|
|Re: Try Again||Godot||12/21/20 12:05 p.m.|
|Re: Try Again||Godot||12/21/20 12:16 p.m.|
|Re: Try Again||Forrest of B.org||12/21/20 1:35 p.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||Document||12/23/20 8:54 a.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||Godot||12/23/20 10:26 a.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||Document||12/24/20 7:44 p.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||xcalibur||12/25/20 6:19 p.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||pfhore||12/25/20 9:02 p.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||VikingBoyBilly||12/26/20 5:15 a.m.|
|Re: trih xeem||Forrest of B.org||12/26/20 10:26 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Godot||12/15/20 11:03 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Godot||12/16/20 1:08 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Philtron||12/16/20 3:37 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Godot||12/16/20 4:42 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Philtron||12/16/20 1:30 p.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Godot||12/17/20 2:26 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Bob-B-Q||12/16/20 7:37 a.m.|
|Re: Infinity: the Story: Chapt 1, Part 2/2||Philtron||12/16/20 1:28 p.m.|
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