The Starcon2 Secret Theater

Part Two



Current Zar note: The Secret Theaters are really more like a fanfic done with fake screencaps, a sort of multimedia fanfic if you will. So it's not really a true screencap adventure exactly, but it IS told through screencaps, so this seems like the right classification for it. They're called Secret Theaters because in one of the fancy versions of MGS2, I forget which one, there was a "Secret Theater" that'd let you mess with the cutscenes in the game and replace one character with another to great comedic effect, haha. I did this installment in 2006.

There's another sex scene with ZEX as with the previous installment, although this one is more comfortable and familiar on both their parts than the first one. This will be an ongoing trend!




Guys, I have opened a can of worms here.

A. I have wished, quite fervently, since I first played the game for some way for ZEX to survive. Now that I've found a way (sort of) to do it, my brain has gone into overdrive trying to think of everythin that could result from that happening. As a result, I keep thinking of dozens of tiny small ripples through various races and in accordance, dozens of potential screencap edits. SOME OF WHICH I CAN BLAME ON WAYWARDOCTAGON AND CURIOUS_VELVET WHO ONLY ENCOURAGE ME and give me ideas

B. These edits are insanely easy to do. Since I have the SC2 fonts, I just have to get a base for whatever race I want to work with (considering I took over 5730 screencaps when I did the original screencap adventure for it, this is a cinch), align the fonts up correctly which takes a little bit, snag the animations from the animated GIFs I have, and then edit away. Since the text in Elements is dynamic, I can just edit it, flatten layers, save as a file, then ctrl-z right back to when the text layer was dynamic and edit it again. Making a screencap once I have everything set up takes like three minutes tops.

SO STEP RIGHT THIS WAY FOLKS. SPATHI HIGH COUNCIL, COMMANDER HAYES, UTWIG, AND MELNORME EDITS AWAIT YOU, ALONG WITH WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VISIT ZEX AGAIN!

PARTY ALL THE TIIIIIIIIIIME

THANK YOU TIP YOUR WAITRESS

I don't know why but this makes me laugh way harder than it should.

OKAY back to ZEX related things. I think it was Octal that wondered what Hayes reaction to the ZEX thing would be, and I just went with that. WENT CRAZY WITH THAT, I MEAN. As in I actually tried to figure out specific instances and requirements for these little dialogues to show up. God, what's wrong with me.

This would happen if you did agree to let ZEX have his way with you. :D He wouldn't say anything if you did it any other way. I thought it'd be neat if you'd get kind of a pay off for it, as well as the Shofixti Maidens, and some races do like leaving ships at Starbase for you to pick up (coughARILOUcough).

HAYES' SUSPICIONS BEGIN TO ARISE but as long as you don't visit ZEX again, he won't mention it and no other Intruders will come by.

Of course, when you DO go visit ZEX again (and who wouldn't? 8D)...

ZEX hides his elaborate plots to stalk the Captain behind his back.

NEVAR! :D

I'm sure you are.

"Do to you - um! - I mean, do FOR you."

"I was going to call, really, I just got busy and it slipped my mind, you know. I was going to call."

Snerk

ZEX IS ON TO YOU, CAPTAIN

Originally, I planned to have the other conversation options here (the "Goodbye ZEX" and Shofixti related one) but they took up too much space, so I just left it at this. I decided to leave ways to get out of it pretty regularly in here so, say, if this really happened, a player wouldn't HAVE to have sex with ZEX unless they wanted to. Hahahaha.

And then ZEX would sign off, if this were really happening. BORING.

You're so subtle, Captain. It amazes me.

ZEX: O3

I'm hugely amused that apparently the euphemism for sex between them now is talking. I didn't mean it to turn out that way but it amuses me too much so I'm keeping it. Heh.

LITERALLY badumching thank you I'll be here all night

WHERE ELSE

You still have a chance to back out!

And then this would lead you to the sex scene later on. BUT let's explore the other paths before we hit that.

ZEX, secretly frustrated, bides his time. No one can resist him for long.

RELUCTANTLY. >(

With tentacles. Tentacle discussion. This would, again, pop you out of dialogue, then you'd have to go back to ZEX's planet to start again.

Exploring the other, earlier dialogue chains...

ZEX is insatiable.

Another chance to back out, just in case someone wasn't paying attention or something.

ZEX: CURSES.

The Captain pussyfoots around for a bit...

Yeah, that discourse is hot.

ZEX, however, is quite upfront.

Here I decided that if you got this far in the chains you deserved to have sex with ZEX if you weren't paying attention so now you can't back out of it. FOR THOSE FREAKS WHO ACTUALLY WOULDN'T WANT TO DO IT FOR SOME STRANGE REASON

Captain: I'M NOT GAY. SERIOUSLY.

ZEX: O3 Of course not.

PFF, SPECIES.

They're technically two consenting adults. I SEE NO PROBLEM WITH IT.

And with that, to the sex scene! But what about the other choice?

Wink wink nudge nudge

ZEX: OD <-- I never thought of a VUX emoticon before. It strangely works.

The highlight of his day, I bet.

Aaaand sex! But there's one more chain to go down...

I'm assuming the news of the Shofixti's sacrifice is known throughout the galaxy, since that would have a pretty big impact on the War.

I base this on the fact that when the Yehat talk about ZEX, they mention that he is a military genius, but more than that, they say that ZEX is far different from the "effete and bigoted" other VUX, who are unworthy prey. The Yehat seem to view ZEX as an equal and treat him with great respect. Given ZEX's general modesty and level-headedness when he tells you about his exploits during the war in the actual game, I imagine that ZEX views his foes with an equal amount of respect. To me, it seems like something ZEX would do.

Since ZEX HAS the maidens to begin with, I'd think it safe to say that ZEX likes Shofixti, and probably respects them and thinks they're aesthetically beautiful, although perhaps he's not as sexually interested in them as he is with humans. That's a grey area though, so I can't say for sure. However, if ZEX wanted to have sex with the Shofixti Maidens, one would think he would have woken them up and done so, but they're still in their cryo tubes when you find them. I assume that ZEX merely admires their appearance, but that's all. That or he doesn't know how to defreeze them.

Just my spin on it, so that's the kind of feel I was going for here.

Here's where I begin totally pulling stuff from thin air. There's no concrete info on how or where ZEX got the Maidens, or even when. Considering that he was reknowned through space during the war as the great VUX Admiral, I doubt he ever would have gotten close to any Shofixti world to kidnap some Maidens without anyone noticing. And I can't imagine any Shofixti ship giving up, even if limpeted to death, so that ZEX could take any of them prisoner. The Shofixti would have exploded all over him.

So how did he get them? Maybe he did kidnap them. I decided to go for the found-them theory, which paints ZEX in a more innocent light but that's probably my ZEX-favoritism talking, but I think it's as reasonable an explanation as any. However, ZEX could be lying about this. He does lie to the Captain a few times (although, it was mostly to stop the Captain from attacking him and wasting innocent lives, and to get the Captain close enough so he could kidnap him).

It's up to you whether you think this story is legit or not. :O

My only guess as to why ZEX wouldn't have unfrozen them, really.

Keep in mind, ZEX would have no idea that Katana or Tanaka are alive. Which leads to...

I did NOT think this dialogue chain would go this far when I put the first part out there. WOOPS.

And rightfully so, I imagine. Although I do think a factor in this was that ZEX didn't want to return them, but he'd tactfully refrain from mentioning that.

I like dropping hints of ZEX's military prowess here and there.

LONGEST RESPONSE EVER. GO ME.

Generally, I think ZEX would be pleased. He mentions that he doesn't want to kill anymore and it seems like he doesn't hold animousity towards his old enemies. He could have been lying to try and make the Captain trust him, but it seems legitimate enough to me. Also, ZEX obviously likes how the Shofixti look otherwise he wouldn't have kept the Maidens, and if he likes them, he'd probably be happy to hear that they're reborn.

Who would, really?

And here's something else I'd like to do with this. Assuming that this ever got put into the game, somehow. Or something. I'd like there to be a reason to keep visiting ZEX, aside from the hot alien sex. Basically, he'd function as another source of information...like the varied races in the sector who all point you in one direction or another. The Thraddash who help you with Rainbow Worlds and the Beast, the Utwig who point you to Crateris, the Supox and their Rainbow World, the Zoq-Fot-Pik and their hints for the Syreen Vault and Crateris, and the constant hints and info from the Pkunk and Melnorme, and to a lesser extent the Arilou. Everyone in the game points you somewhere else, so I'd like ZEX to possibly be another source of information, thus giving him kind of a purpose.

It wouldn't be particularly impossible information, nothing more solid than what anyone else gives you for Crateris, for example, but just those little hints and nudges to go check some things out. Here he hints that you should reunite the Yehat and Shofixti, if you haven't done so yet. An obvious thing, but it could be helpful if you hadn't encountered the Yehat. There's that and the background info he gives you on how he got them, which I thought was interesting enough to let this obvious little hint slide.

He'll probably point you to a Rainbow World, give you a hint for Crateris, and maybe a hint for the Syreen vaults, depending on how many return conversations I want to do for ZEX. :> There's so many things he could hint to you about, particularly given his position as the leader of the VUX armada during the War. I imagine he had a chance to speak with the Ur-Quan more than most, and perhaps learned a few things. I dunno, I just like giving ZEX a purpose. DON'T MIND ME. I TOLD YOU I THINK TOO HARD ABOUT THINGS LIKE THIS.

ANYWAY ENOUGH OF THAT, LET'S GET DOWN TO THE SEX! No matter which dialogue chain led you here, this round would always start with this screen...

I bet that'd be tricky for VUX arms. :O

THERE HAS TO BE A PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT. YOU KNOW IT.

Captain: ow ow ow ow

I don't know, I like the idea of ZEX almost snapping at the Captain for this.

MOANS ALL SOUND ALIKE TO VUX

Captain: >(

Hahaha Captain you weren't even alive during the War. I like that he'd get all defensive about it though anyway. OH CAPTAIN. <3

Just a friendly reminder that the age gap between the Captain is maybe 20 and ZEX is probably 50 or so. That is, of course assuming that VUX lifespans match our own, which they might not. Who knows!

I see ZEX being more amused by this than anything else.

And ZEX changes the subject masterfully!

Captain, still awkward!

I THINK HE'S RIGHT.

Surprisingly vulnerable? I'm thinking of the "I'm nervous" line from the Talana sex scene from the actual game. Captain's not above admitting it sometimes.

Very close.

ZEX, SPIN DOCTOR.

This one I wanted to put FOR THE GOOD OF THE LAND a la Tenacious D, but I thought that was too silly, so changed it up a bit. I still hear it in a Tenacious D voice though. Hehehe.

PISH POSH

BUT THAT'S WHAT LED TO THE BRUISES IN THE FIRST PLACE! :O

If you'd STOP INTERRUPTING

Captain...sort of remembers.

THE TABLES ARE TURNED

ZEX only obeys when it suits his...ulferior motives. WOW WAY TO REFERENCE SC3 SELF WTF

And hopefully not painful this time. :O

Heh, I missed a "much later" in here but eh, it's not that important really.

ZEX's head tentacles all waving frantically.

ACCEPT YOUR FEELINGS, CAPTAIN

YAY FOR REFRACTORY PERIODS

At this point, if you hadn't done the Shofixti conversation that would pop up as as a dialogue option again, although the sex ones would be gone. Since we did the Shofixti one...

<3

SO now that you've been debauched twice by the VUX admiral, let's see what Commander Hayes has to say!

Hayes: >(

Hehe, I don't know if Hayes really suspects the Captain of sleeping with ZEX just yet, but he will if you keep doing it. And he'll gradually become more angry at you about it. 8D It's kind of a bizarre version of how the Commander gets gradually more upset the more you sell your crew to the Druuge.

AND THAT'S ENOUGH OF THAT FOR NOW I AM SO TIRED AND I AM GOING TO BED.

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