Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

Made by Accolade, released in 1992

The Thraddash of Culture 19



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2006! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




Okay here we go, time to tweak the Thraddash! You can have loooots of fun with the Thraddash. So much so that there are almost 500 screencaps for this chunk. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Those little grey glowy ships are Thraddash Torches. More on them in a bit.

The Thraddash! Heehehehe. The Thraddash amuse me. You can actually get the Aqua Helix from them in various ways. In this one I went with the fun option that's a bit more work, but I care not!

Anyway, there's not a lot known about the Thraddash, and most of it you'll see when I talk to them. Their music fits them, it's kind of...I dunno how to describe it really. It's not hyper or anything, it's just fairly slow, I'll-beat-you-up music.

The original MOD
The Mp3
Culture 19, the UQM remix, which adds some nice guitars and stuff

Animated!

Okay, thanks for explaining that. I knew I had to kill Thraddash SOMEwhere to get this to work, and so now I know where not to go.

hehehehe

What would a lead tatoo involve, I wonder?

SUCH DIFFERENCE

You got a feel for the Thraddash yet? Hehehehe.

Hehehehe.

WE TALKED OURSELVES OUT

OF COURSE

That's the only way to do it.

THERE YOU GO

Hahaha

Oh Thraddash.

More on the afterburners in a bit.

Now, eh? You see where this can be manipulated?

Religious idiots is right.

OKAY

Now, here's the easy way out. I could do this to get the Thraddash to go off and attack the Kohr-Ah, thus leaving their Aqua Helix unguarded and I could run off with it. I wouldn't even hafta fight em in that case.

BUT I REFUSE TO TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT! TO ARMS!

Looks like Teacher is my next goal here.

LET'S GO

Hahahahahaha ONE OF MY FAVORITE THREATS EVER

so anyway teleported out let's move on to a normal thraddash

WHY NOT

Culture three is awesome.

Hahahahaha the story of Culture Three has been one of my favorite stories in SC2 for ages. One of Dad's too, if I recall right.

YES VERY DIFFERENT

Alright, let's go.

Okay there we go.

The Torch as you can see is a tiny little ship. Its normal accleration isn't too bad and its turning is okay. Its primary weapon is a small blaster that does 1 or 2 damage, I can't remember. It doesn't have a great firing rate either. So the Thraddash tend to mostly rely on their secondary ability, the Reeunk Afterburner. This afterburner shoots the Thraddash across the screen at a really fast speed, leaving behind a trail of fire. If you run into that trail, you take damage. Most strategies with the Thraddash involve leaving trails of fire around and trapping your opponents in them, or tricking them into running into, as the fire does some good damage. They're interesting ships to fly as.

Oh well, big whup.

It turns out that Spathi are no good as the Torch zips away with their afterburners everytime a BUTT missile got close. Lame. I think I ended up using my flagship to blow em up at that point.

That always happens!

Darn!

MAYBE

Game: HINT HINT

Okay, whatever.

I'm sure it is.

WHATEVER COULD IT BEEEE

Yeah, let's go. A few more Thraddash ships down and...

Uh huh.

So anyway, killing Thraddash dum de dum

Yes they do.

Liiiiess

Believe it or not, I ended up killing 25 of them.

Ohohoho

LET'S GO WITH THIS FOR NOW

NONSENSE

Hahahaha YES

I'm amused that the Captain even HAS those.

I bet combat with the Umgah could regularly be described as wacky.

Meaning leave the conversation then run into us again.

Kinda

GOTTA WORK FOR IT

Hehehehehe.

Sure okay.

TRUTH AND POWER

I like the idea of the Thraddash having invented automated things that'll put their gun in hand. IT'S THAT FREQUENT.

Hehehehe.

You can see the Ilwrath steadily moving towards the Thraddash here.

I LIKE IT

Hahahaha I can totally picture Thraddash just clobbering each other with random objects for no reason.

GLAD YOU'RE ENJOYING YOURSELVES

Free form?

Returned? I've never been there before. Okay, whatever.

hehehe

THE BEST WAY TO KNOW

AND I'M GONNA STEAL IT

Yoink

---- REPORT FROM SURFACE ----

CAPTAIN, WE HAVE DISCOVERED SOME SORT OF ALIEN SHRINE HERE ON THE SURFACE. THE BUILDING IS IMMENSELY OLD -- AT LEAST 2000 YEARS. INSCRIBED AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE CYLINDRICAL SHRINE ARE INNUMERABLE HIEROGLYPHS WHICH DOCUMENT THE HISTORY OF EACH OF THE NINETEEN THRADDASH CULTURES. FROM WHAT WE HAVE SEEN, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE THRADDASH HAVE RISEN TO STAR-FARING TECHNOLOGY AT LEAST THREE SEPARATE TIMES, ONLY TO NUKE THEMSELVES BACK INTO THE STONE AGE AGAIN AND AGAIN. THE REAL SURPRISE, CAPTAIN WAS WHAT WE FOUND INSIDE THE SHRINE! WE KNEW THE THRADDASH KEPT SOMETHING DOWN HERE, BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS UNTIL WE WENT INSIDE THE SHRINE. IN THE EXACT MIDDLE OF THE STRUCTURE WAS A TALL DAIS OF WHITE STONE. SET ATOP THIS DAIS WAS AN IMMENSE AQUA GEMSTONE, SOMEHOW SHAPED INTO A FLAT TWISTED RIBBON, LIKE A DNA HELIX. THE AQUA HELIX EMITTED INCREDIBLE LIGHT PULSES, ILLUMINATING THE CAVERNOUS SHRINE LIKE A GIANT STROBE LIGHT, AT LEAST IT DID... UNTIL PRIVATE HENDRYX DECIDED TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF HE GRABBED THE ARTIFACT. THE HELIX IMMEDIATELY CEASED GLOWING, AND HAS REMAINED QUIESCENT EVER SINCE. WE WILL BRING THE AQUA HELIX BACK ABOARD THE SHIP FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

---- END OF REPORT ----

HENDRYX BROKE IT

Anyway, having saved a game conveniently right before I could tweak the Thraddash, I decided to play with their other options.

Heh, missed a line here. WOOPS.

SOUNDS GOOD

Hahaha awesome.

Kay.

Try and picture THAT

hehehehe.

YOU'LL DO IT AND LIKE IT

So I got bored and checked out their homeworld.

Nothin! I decided to go load again and tweak them some more.

Sure, why not.

LET'S SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT

hehehe.

Thraddash express joy by punching each other in the face.

TRY IT AT HOME

That was kinda boring. LET'S TWEAK SOME MORE.

Hahahahaa.

SURPRISED? ANYONE?

Hahahaha YOU GOT ME THRADDASH I do do that.

The Precursors had some pretty trash.

Apart from ZEX's hint, this is the only other source of info on the Beast. ZEX's Beast actually confuses people a lot and a lot of people have trouble finding it. Hehehe.

Eh, enough of that. Let's go back to when I stole the Aqua Helix. HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW THRADDASH

Yeah, probably.

Mmm, gravy.

hehehe ahoy.

Thy? Okay, whatever.

Anyway, having enough of harassing the Thraddash...

It's time to finally meet the Mycon!

I pretty much got all the Thraddash quotes, but let's see what I missed...

Attention, cowardly alien human thing!
You escaped our instructional session, SNORT! But this time things are different.
We, the Ur-Quan slaves of Culture Nineteen,
have engaged in a long-term build-up of weapons, assuring us that we shall prevail!
If you wish merely to count coup, seek our ships in space.
Now do you wish to speak, or shall we simply start blasting?

I am Korgk, battle-slave foreman of Culture Nineteen.
You may be interested to know that our model ZK-53 computer
has determined that you have only a fleeting 1.6% chance
of surviving a battle with our homeworld guardian fleet.
Shall we test this assertion?

Foolish Aliens! Shall you never learn the futility
of trying to conquer our homeworld through direct attack?
It is impossible! SNORT! We Thraddash will toast your tootsies.
Your charred bodies will be fertilizer for our fodderland.
A great fight, resulting in a glorious Thraddash victory, awaits you here!

~heheheh fodderland

Captain: Hey, here's an idea! Go impress your Ur-Quan masters by attacking their enemy!
Thraddash: WHAT FOOLISH STUPIDITY! HARG! HARG! HARG!
WHY THAT'S AS DUMB AN IDEA AS -- what did you say?
Attack the Ur-Quan's enemy? Help them win their war?
Why that's a... that's a... THAT'S AN EXCELLENT IDEA!
I'm glad I thought of it!
We shall marshal our forces and leave at once!
Stupid, human pitiful weakling dog, you have been helpful, so as a reward
you may leave alive, and when we return from our glorious campaign
we may even honor you with a retelling of the many great battles we shall certainly win.
Until then, get lost.

~The EASY way!

We look forward to success!
The way is challenging, but our Turbo-Thrusters are at 200% and our guns stand ready!
We have engaged the dark ships and achieved victory!
The Ur-Quan know we are here! SNORT! They see our valor!...
...unfortunately they also seem to be attacking us.
We have tried to make contact with them on the usual Hyperwave bands, but to no avail.
Even so, I am still quite sure that we are impressing them GREATLY!

The great gouts of flame! SNORT! The accuracy of our shooting!
We killed THOUSANDS... well at least HUNDREDS!
It was wonderful! It was delirious!
Those few of us who survived will have stories to tell for years to come.
We were marvelous! SNORT! They shook and shivered when they saw us coming!
They were so frightened of us, they froze in their tracks.
That's how scared they were!
Ah, such fighting! SNORT! We will not soon see the like again!

Oh, Yes! We have mightily impressed the Ur-Quan!
We destroyed several of their enemy's dreaded black ships
and severely damaged many more.
Our losses? Well, yes, there were a few.
But we are still very strong!
Make no mistake about that!

Begone Stupid, Ugly Ones!
SNARL!
Leave before we break from our guard posts and give you a good Thraddashing!

~Hee hee, thraddashing.

Captain: How did impressing the Ur-Quan work out?
Thraddash: It was glorious, truly glorious!... for the most part.
It would have been entirely glorious except for two factors.
Factor One: we lost over half our battle fleet during the two-week fracas.
Factor Two: of our casualties, only 60 percent were due to the Ur-Quan's enemy, the dark ships.
SNORT! The remaining 40 percent can be attributed to the Ur-Quan themselves.
We can be certain that we impressed them with at least one achievement
due to the Afterburner modification, we were somewhat harder for them to kill
than when they conquered us in the first place.

Captain: So what's so special about this world? Why all the guards?
Thraddash: Very well, since we have a huge number of ships here
I guess there can't be much harm in explaining this to you
PROVIDED YOU LEAVE WHEN WE'RE DONE!
So listen carefully.
Below us
on the surface of this planet
on the dark continent of Funt
high on a mountain
in an ancient shrine
resting in a special ceremonial cradle
glowing with its magical blue light
is the
NO! I've changed my mind! You don't get to know the answer.
Sorry.

~Hee hee hee.

Captain: I left something important on the surface last week. May I go get it?
Thraddash: Okay.
Go ahead.
Hey, WAIT A MINUTE!
You are after our most ancient and important relic, AREN'T YOU?
You were going to steal it, WEREN'T YOU? SNARL!
You are sneaky and deceptive, just like the vile Culture Sixteeners!
You shall suffer their same fate -- OBLIVION!

Captain: Have there been any developments that I should be made aware of?
Thraddash: Yes, Teacher, there is at least one event of note.
We may have once mentioned our encounters with the tumbling red probes
the ones that attack relentlessly while spouting bizarre peace offerings.
Initially we believed that they were coming from the direction of the Vega star system.
Now we believe the opposite.
Uh.. no, Captain, we don't know what the opposite of Vega is, that's not what we meant.
We now believe that the probes are RETURNING to Vega.
As yet we do not know the nature of their mission.

~Huh, weird. Okay.

Yes, wise human, let us elaborate.
Two years ago we monitored the entry of two ships into our space.
One was clearly a Dreadnought, the ship of our ex-masters, the Ur-Quan.
The other ship was a dark and ominous ship equally as huge as the Dreadnought.
The vessels were locked in mortal combat. They fought valiantly!
Eventually, the Ur-Quan destroyed the black ship, but not before receiving mortal wounds itself.
The last we saw of the ship, it was tumbling out of control toward Alpha Pavonis.
We do not know its eventual fate.

~Another hint about the wreck on Alpha Pavonis!

Oh! The Glory of these many battles!
The stupid Ilwrath are easy kills for our valiant warriors, SNORT!
We kill fully two of them for every one of us who perishes!
Of course, they possess twice our number of fighting ships
but that is not truly significant!
It was your wisdom and guidance that made this all possible, Great Teacher!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

~Guess how this'll turn out.

So, it is a stupid, ungainly human.
I thought we killed you... never mind. It is unimportant now.
We are in the midst of a great and glorious war.
The Ilwrath religious fanatics have chosen to attack us
and our brilliant defense is decimating them!
Of course we are taking small casualties, but that is acceptable.
Why am I wasting my time here with you?
I could be out there, winning honor and glory fighting the idiot spiders.
Depart human, your death is not worth the cost of my ammunition.

Next up, the Mycon!

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