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Volunteers: Aie Mak Sicur
Posted By: Mark LevinDate: 11/14/01 12:19 p.m.

The world has ended. The Pfhor have fired the trih xeem, and unleashed the W'rkncacnter. Durandal is gone, along with the Pfhor fleet, L'howon, K'lia, and everything else outside. The only things left in the area, possibly in the universe, are you and the Pfhor survivors, huddling in the ancient Jjaro station. You have failed.

This is the first of the three alternate endings to Infinity, each accessible via secret terminals on the dream levels. All of them are subsets of Aye Mak Sicur, the real ending of the game. Those familiar with the last level will find this place full of unexpected dead ends. Don't step into the teleporter available downstairs, it will send you to Acme Station. These levels are very difficult, crammed with Hunters and sometimes Juggernauts. The shotguns are very useful here, as the Juggies are no longer bulletproof and are big enough to take the full damage of the shotgun at quite a long range. There's also a lot of ammo to pick up, although on high difficulties you'll probably spend most of it by the time you leave. Resist the temptation to use the Fusion Pistol, you still have the vacuum sequence to get through. There's a pair of S'pht'kr at one end of the station, the last of their race. One wonders where they teleport off to when they're done.

The terminal here is my favorite of all the failed endings. Admiral Tfear himself, the Pfhor's greatest commander, is reduced to terrified raving by the horrors he has released. I especially like the line "The shields are gone, not down, but gone..." There are several things that could be implied by this terminal. The reference to the firing of the trih xeem could be a description of a bungled activation of the device; surely it should be fired at the star rather than ships. If it really was a failed attempt, it was Tycho's fault in this universe. The phrase "Great mother crouched behind the throne" could be a malformed sentence (the tense doesn't match the rest of Tfear's speech), or an elaborate Pfhor oath (perhaps a better translation would be "Great mother who crouches behind the throne", making clear that it's a complex description rather than a potential complete sentence). Part of the "pathetically boring" Pfhor religion? It's unclear how long ago Tfear wrote this, and what he means by "I make this wrong right": He could be already gone, leaving you and the Pfhor completely alone, or he may be planning to blow up the Jjaro station and take himself and the W'rkncacnter with it. Neither option has pleasant implications for anyone still alive in this universe. Good thing our Jjaro boxers are still operational ;).

There's no pattern buffer on this level, although there are several 2x canisters and a charger. Good luck, and see you in the next world...

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Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurMark Levin 11/14/01 12:19 p.m.
     Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurRincewind MoG 11/14/01 4:10 p.m.
           Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurDan Aris 11/14/01 4:56 p.m.
                 Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurTheMaz 11/15/01 8:17 p.m.
                       Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurShade 11/16/01 3:33 p.m.
     Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurForrest of B.org 11/19/01 2:56 p.m.
           Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurMark Levin 11/19/01 3:44 p.m.
                 Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurWrock 11/19/01 10:58 p.m.
                       Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurMark Levin 11/19/01 11:53 p.m.
                       Re: Volunteers: Aie Mak SicurGrasshopper 11/20/01 4:47 a.m.



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