Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

Made by Accolade, released in 1992

The Mycon



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




There's a Mycon Podship! More on them in a bit.

The Mycon are really, really strange. They're the only race in this quadrant who actually sought out the Ur-Quan to become battle thralls.

You remember how the Umgah said they were constructs? I guess the best way to describe them would be "broken", as cliche as that is. It's hard to pin them down as anything, they're just...all over the place. You'll see what I mean in a bit.

Their music is kind of slow and weird, but strangely catchy. It's quiet for a while but then breaks into a surprisingly energetic melody a ways in, it's interesting.

Original MOD
Mp3, very close
The UQM Remix Rebirth, which is awesome and in ogg format

Animated!

Hehehe

SURE WHY NOT

Pause.

Everytime they say something like this, there's a long pause before it lets you say anything again. So later on just put a pause after everything the Mycon say.

Kaaay...

WOOP

OKAY

The Mycon Podship can be extremely irritating for various reasons. Their turning and speed are extremely poor, which is why the first thing that AI Podship (and you, if you're piloting one) try to do is hit a gravity whip to get up some speed. The Podship's primary weapon is that big glowing blue ball you see there. It's a fusion ball or something, if I remember right. Anyway, this ball will track down your ship at a pretty good rate of speed, but the further away it gets, the weaker it gets. So eventually it fades into nothing. Therefore, getting hit with a fusion thingy right when it comes out of a Podship is bad news and will do tons of damage, while getting hit by one that's weakened a lot is much safer. Firing a plasma ball takes a good chunk of battery.

For fun, a faster ship (like a Pkunk Fury or the Zoq-Fot-Pik Stinger) can easily maneuver around the plasma balls, then direct them right back into the Podship. The Podship is one of those few ships that can actually be hit by their own blasts, which means that against a fast ship the Podship is usually a sitting duck.

Now, their secondary ability is really irritating. If you have full battery, you can replenish crew. I think it's somewhere around 4 to 6 crew a pop. This can be really, REALLY annoying, as you can imagine. Then again, the Mycon are fungus and can survive under very strange circumstances (I think once the humans got a Mycon in deep freeze for study and, when they unfroze it, it came back to life).

Wooooo

This was me being lazy and bad. Alex is right, Zoq-Fot-Pik are really good against the Mycon. I was just being dumb here.

WOO LET'S GO PKUNK

BAM

heh, Spork.

Their only greeting.

Uuuuh huh.

In the what now?

LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS

That line always vaguely creeped me out.

OH WELL

Eh, like that's some big loss.

Pzeewww

I ran into a planet. :(

RUN PWAPPY

I'm really just sucking here. A Terminator could take a Podship, I'm sure of it. DON'T LET MY POOR PERFORMANCE DISSUADE YOU. Man I am out of practice against the AI.

Hehehehehe.

IT'S A VALID QUESTION

Sometimes they ramble at you for a while, and sometimes they just attack you.

BAM

Answer: no.

Pause.

I like how that's phrased.

Uh huh.

Darn it.

At this point I suddenly realized "WHAT AM I DOING FIGHTING THEM? WHY AM I NOT JUST RUNNING AWAY?" and that I'd been wasting perfectly good ships. So I loaded because jeez. What the heck self.

LET'S VISIT THE HOMEWORLD

That's pretty much the three tenets of Mycon...I dunno if I can even call it philosophy. Or religion. But anyway, there's Non, Void, and Juffo-Wup. Everything is put into one of these three categories.

Whenever they say this they attack you. Darn.

Hehe, I actually got so many Podships on screen that it started to lag a little.

Yeah whatever.

This is another line that made it into SC3. The way that the Mycon there said "parents' parents' parents'" is burned into my brain. Darn it.

YEAH

Uh huh.

THAT'S NOT A MYCON'S VOICE!

Darn it I was just talking to you.

Intolerance for error pssssssh. You guys are one BIG ERROR.

These reincarnation moments of the Mycon always kind of creep me out.

MORE FROM THEIR CREATORS!

Okay, sure.

Void the Non, so to speak.

More not from the Mycon. One can safely say that a LOT of noise got into the Mycon's programming over time, which would explain their insanity now.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE NEW AGE HIPPIE GARBAGE TO ME

Yeah yeah yeah

Another line that made it into SC3. The SC3 voice was so creepy when it did this. It just comes out nowhere.

Basically, why the Mycon voluntarily joined the Ur-Quan. Or at least, that's what makes the most sense. As much as the Mycon can make sense.

MORE HIPPIE TRASH

Hahahahahaaa

Did...did we just have sex?

With bad results for the original planet, lemme tell you.

Yeah yeah.

So creepy.

What ARE those?

Just off in their own world.

For me, this is the creepiest thing they say. I don't know why, it just strikes me as so eerie.

More evidence that something created the Mycon for whatever purpose.

Uh huh.

Mycon: k :B

Hee hee, heinous fungus.

JUFFO-WUP is fun to stay. Try it.

Lame. Looks like I'v gotten all I can from them.

Let's go visit the Syreen instead! We'll be coming back to the Mycon later.

I think it was confirmed by one of the creators of SC2 that the Mycon were a Precursor made planetary altering thingy, but their programming got corrupted over time and therefore, instead of reshaping planets as they intended, they shatter them completely. Weird stuff. SC3 threw in some weird stuff about the Deep Children and such but mostly stayed with the idea of the Mycon being broken constructs.

Anyway, next up, the Syreen!

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