I had started with a basic plot, but i kinda hate it. So it is very workable. Also there are more terms in game then i needed because I was going to a have a side plot that this was all just the imaginings of a comatose patient in a hospital. Also there are some odd things because this was not going to be set in the marathon universe. Basic plot flow was : Jack Hammer goes to investigate attack on derringer complex(science lab) on small remote planet - it was aliens - interior of the planet is a giant ancient machine - then it branched in to three possibilities.
1} you reactivate the underground machine and ?(never came up with a idea i liked)
2} you jump aboard the alien ship and cause a bunch of trouble until reinforcements come. (there is a secret level jump in here also that i never matched up to anything.)
3} You are pulled out of underground because another alien ship has showed up scarring off the first attackers. You disable their shielding satellite and sneak into the moon sized ship to find it is a mechanical hive. You break stuff and kill off the baddies protecting the CPU shutting it down. The original attackers come back hijack it.
Simple shoot 'em up. Pure Pulp.
here are some of the terms:
Red is Jack Hammer
Blue is Captain Clark Barr
Sorry to give you a mission so soon after thawing you out
It's my pleasure i've been itching for some action since you stuck me in this tin can
You should feel honored, not everyone get their own space craft. Most of us have to all fly around together.
It feels more like solitary confinement then special privilege. Whats the matter? Someone wrote in my file "does not play well with others"
It's those very skills we will be needing. We received an S.O.S. from a small private science outpost. No other communications from the planet have been received.
Lets cut to the chase, what's the job?
Park in the front lawn of the Derringer Complex and investigate the request of assistance.
And Jack. . .
Use force only if necessary.
Whats with the escort? Didn't you think I still had it?
Just making sure you had secure perimeter prior to entering.
How thoughtful of you.
So what do our trouble makers look like?
Care to expound on that?
The invaders from outer space variety.
Any information that is a little more descriptive?
They're the kind that go smoosh when you apply too much kinetic force.
This is not very helpful Jack.
what do you expect after keeping me in the deep freeze for the last hundred years or so? I was sent here as the guy who breaks stuff, not a zeno-anthropologist.
One hour prior to the attack message #3001256 had been received from unknown sender. We had thought it nothing more then a wayward coded communique. We get many of these in a year. It had not been a cause for alarm.
After all the relay satellite that we use is used by many outposts and military channels. It was when we tried to rebump the message back along its way(mailer demon response standard protocol) that we realized there was a problem. No origin address was attached. This also would be standard for military transmissions.
We tried to contact the relay network on board the satellite to get the information to pass this message back along when received the Command.
Command= no contact/or board down. Upon trying again we realized that the system was not down but our signal was being jammed.
We sent out standard response to this situation of a low band S.O.S. hoping any Federated Ships would be in the area. Thirty minuets after the first message was sent we received a duplicate.
A large unknown space ship uncloaked, sent the message a final time, and then began the attack.
We have begun translation of A message sent from the Alien's to the Derringer Complex before the fighting erupted.
Fighting, this was more like a slaughter.
It seems like some kind of warning.
A request to cease operations of a machine . . .
. . . Or else. I don't like the sound of that. If they were really so friendly why did they come in shooting.
Look Jack we have no way of knowing what exactly transpired here. The Derringer Complex may have activated some kind of defense/offense system that aggravated the situation.
That doesn't matter now anyway. We need you to check to the west of your current location to see if the testing generators and equipment are still online.
If so, then the aliens are still looking to shut something down and i'm not done?
This is more serious then we had thought, Jack.
The hell is that supposed to mean?
We had fully translated the message sent from the alien ship to the Derringer Complex. It was a warning to shut off some kind of underground machine.
The Derringer Complex had no subterranean testing in progress. Using your ship as relay we have scanned the planet and found roughly just less then a fifth of it is active in non natural movements.
Wasn't it a communication problem that started this little trip for me.
Sorry Jack, it seems that a portion of this planet is mechanical and doing something.
We're not sure.
No, it's not. That why we have you.
I'm no engineer.
True, but all the engineers on the planet are dead. In fact all most everyone that would be working for us is dead.
And until we can get to the planet you are our field operations. Also I doubt a science major could figure out what to do if it ran into one of our new aggressors.
So, then your sending me downstairs?
We're sending you downstairs.
Prepare for teleport.
Not bound to the idea by any means. More then willing to discuss changing it. I would however like to keep the basic format and level structure with three branches.