Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters

Made by Accolade, released in 1992

The Arilou and Quasispace



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2006! Starting to do more and more caps for each section, haha. I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




Phoenix Wright calls to me but I MUST RESIST

RESIST

Now, you may be wondering "what? you don't have a star selected. What are you doing?"

HEAVY SPACE SLIDE SUCKAAAAAS

Note the date? PAY ATTENTION TO IT. I'M WATCHING YOU.

What have we here!

Sadly, I was like a billion miles away, so I didn't make it in time. The warp appears for three days, the 17th to the 20th, I think.

Bored, I decided I may as well screw around and waste time until the next month. Let's hit another rainbow world.

Despite its plentiful minerals, this planet was a REAL hazard. As you can see by the trailing lines of flame there. Those will KILL YOU.

Anyway, also in the interests of saving time, I'm gonna pick up the Warp Pod. Technically, I should not know about this yet but LAZY. DOING THINGS OUT OF ORDER. SHUT UP.

Energy sources on planets are VERY rare.

Huh, bioforms. I recall them being pretty nasty here, so I didn't spent a lot of time goofing around.

CAPS O VISION

---- REPORT FROM SURFACE ----

CAPTAIN, WE HAVE LOCATED THE WRECK OF AN UR-QUAN DREADNOUGHT HERE ON THE PLANET'S SURFACE. THE FACT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING BUT A HOLE IN THE GROUND INDICATES THAT THE VEHICLE MUST HAVE HAD SOME ENGINE POWER LEFT TO SOFTEN ITS CRASH. MOST OF THE DREADNOUGHT IS JUST SO MUCH ALIEN JUNK. WE HAVE MADE HOLOS OF EVERYTHING, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE MUCH USE TO ANYONE BUT THOSE EGGHEAD XENO-SOCIOLOGISTS BACK AT THE BASE. WE HAVE FOUND ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WHICH IS RELATIVELY INTACT. IT IS A HUGE HYPERSPACE WARP POD -- THE STARBOARD UNIT, I THINK. WE WILL BRING IT ABOARD.

---- END OF REPORT ----

There's some theories of this non-exploding (Ur-Quan ships self-destruct when they crash so no one can learn their technological secrets) Ur-Quan crash being the work of the Arilou, but I dunno. That's stretching it, I think.

Ooo, is it an Arilou?

aasfgjfiajahuhaut

Trying to battle a probe with the Orz ship while screencapping turned into a giant fiasco. Let us never speak of this again.

A GRAND VICTORY FOR ALL INVOLVED LET'S MOVE ON

Waiting.

Oh hey! This is the only area in space you can meet the Arilou, at least, that I'm aware of.

Ship ramble! The Arilou Skiff is a small and fast ship. It has maybe...six crew? I dunno. The main thing about the Skiff is that it isn't affected by gravity, meaning that a Skiff can just stop dead. And stop right next to a planet, if they want. This can be useful to throw off people on your tail. Their main weapon is a little laser that will track the enemy depending on how close they are to you, so you don't hafta aim or anything. Their last ability, and perhaps one of the more irritating ones, is their ability to teleport to random locations. A tap of the secondary fire button and BZOOP. You're maybe all the way across the screen. This can be REALLY IRRITATING for ships with limited battery and firing capacity.

Drawback? You can always teleport right into a planet, and that means instant death.

Here they are! Yes, the Arilou are modeled after the stereotypical alien in our...mythology? I dunno how to phrase it. But yeah, thus the UFO ships and such. In SC2 they ARE the aliens that have always been poking and dissecting cows and what have you. They're always smiling (altho they're telepathic and I believe communicate with the captain mentally when they talk) and their music is just kinda neat. Not particularly noteworthy, but still very cool. I love all the music in this game tho.

Here's the original MOD
Here's the mp3, which is very close. It starts a little faster.
This was a bonus track released with the remix pack for UQM. It's a bit slower and more ominous than the original. Altho its title is hilarious. Alien gay disco, hehehe.
The UQM remix sounds nothing like the original.

Animated!

Hehehe. I dunno, I just get a kick out of how confrontational the Captain can be.

It's true, the Arilou were part of the old Alliance of Free Stars, I dunno if I ever mentioned this before. I think Hayes might have at some point. But basically, I think it breaks down as such

The old Alliance of the Free Stars involved the Humans, the Chenjesu, The Mmrnmhrm, the Arilou, the Shofixti, the Yehat, and the Syreen.

The old Hierarchy of Battle Thralls (the other option to being slaveshielded for those under Ur-Quan control) I think had the Mycon, the VUX, the Androsynth, the Ur-Quan, the Spathi...who am I forgetting here...the Umgah, I think. And the Ilwrath, that's it!

You may be wondering, why would the Spathi join the Ur-Quan as fighters, not slaves? They were tricked, basically. They're very unhappy about that.

Unzervalt is the name of the world in Vela that the Captain came from.

There are theories going around that the Arilou are humans from the future ensuring that we eventually become the Arilou. I hate time travel, so I'm going to go with another explanation about this, where the Arilou tinkered and "improved" the Captain so he'd be able to fly the Precursor starship and understand Precursor technology.

Like I said, the Arilou view us as their children, which I think explains the possessive here. Could be the time travel though. There's lots of hints that the Time Travel thing is true and I'm not saying that it couldn't work or anything, I just dislike time travel.

It's a fun name to say.

The Arilou were always paranoid that we were gonna blow ourselves up or die somehow. Thus the sudden increase in UFO sightings after we detonated the nuclear bomb and such.

They might mean time the same way the Orz do or not. WHO KNOWS.

On the topic of places, I don't think I've ever run into any Arilou around any other Rainbow Worlds, but I guess I never stuck around long enough to find out.

They do this a lot.

Here's a little more insight into the whole dimensional thing, and the idea of Arilou and the Orz coming from "outside" in a way.

Solid is an interesting word choice here.

I like the idea of the Captain saying "nungy things" in an annoyed tone.

Could be your as in the Captain or your as in humans in general. WHO KNOWS.

DUN DUN DUUUN

Again, theories abound that the Arilou masterminded the Captain and his success entirely. I still think that's pushing it a little though. I mean, I can believe them tinkering with him on Unzervalt, cause it makes sense to me that the Arilou, finding out that there were humans outside of the slave shield, would go and watch over them to make sure they weren't in trouble. After that tho, nah.

The Slylandro! We'll see them very soon.

They always call you child.

I was THIS CLOSE to getting inside and another Arilou ship jumps me.

FINE.

I just got this hilarious image of a group of drunken Arilou flying around the fields of Earth at night going "WOOOOOOO" and hitting cows with their ship.

There you go.

Again, I get the image of the signs being like "LEELOO WAS HERE. SYLAY IS A MORON." and the Arilou pictorial equivalent of a middle finger or something.

Hahaha, or made really cheesy "documentaries" about them. ALIENS ON THE ROOF!

That's such a parent excuse for like, not eating all the cookies or something.

The Shattered Worlds. I hope this is enough of a trigger for later, but I dunno. I guess we'll find out.

Frigging Shattered Worlds. That's gonna be irritating.

Okay GOING IN NOW

There's that weird doubling effect again!

Bright green portal ahoy!

Aha, Quasispace. You can imagine how confused me and my brothers were when we first found this portal.

The Quasispace music is very pretty and a HUGE change from the Hyperspace music. It's very simple tho, basically the same few bars repeated and then some random solos, but I love it anyway.

Here's the MOD
Here's the UQM remix, Through the Angles of Time, which is really nice
Here's another bonus UQM track, which is also pretty and an OGG file
Here's an mp3 that is VERY different and doesn't really follow the original at all.
This one is done on a piano, very nice
The Rush remix is also very pretty

Anyway, as you can see, it's a bit more compact than Hyperspace. Yes, we've flown all over this looking for secret portals and there are none.

Fun fact - Quasispace takes no fuel! :D

LET'S GO

Planet! Again, looking at it, it does look like Earth and our Moon. Frigging time travel.

Time...AND SPAAAACE

Just try saying that out loud. I can't do it. It's been so many years and I can't do it. At least, not easily. And not repeatedly.

Possibly the Orz reality as well? What do they do there that would bug the Orz so much? What did the Orz say...the Arilou are always "jumping in front" so they can't have a "party" or something...maybe jumping in front of the humans, to protect them? Who knows.

Hahahahaha god I love the Umgah. I love them SO MUCH. I think you will too, when we see them.

I'm sure you see where this is going. RIGHT?

The Syreen didn't have a homeworld back then, I don't think, thus why the Yehat and Shofixti woulda been like "no, you can't come with us. Buzz off."

Tho that strikes me as weird. The Yehat are very honorable, and the Shofixti are maybe a bit weird but also pretty honorable too. I guess maybe the Yehat were too shamed by their loss, and they didn't want anyone other than themselves to suffer? Or after the Shofixti blew themselves up...OR maybe the Shofixti knew they'd blow themselves up and didn't want the Syreen to get blown up as well? Who knows.

haha, okay. Picture this. The Syreen and the Arilou are left alone against this massive Ur-Quan fleet.

Arilou: WELL...BYE. ::teleport out::
Syreen: WHAT.
Ur-Quan: Hahahahahahaha

You can imagine that the Syreen really did not take kindly to this. The Arilou don't particularly care tho. They were only in the war to protect the Humans, and voila. Humans protected. Screw everyone else.

The Syreen mission is long and complicated. I probably won't be doing that one for a while.

Here, more insight on the Orz.

That's such a creepy way to say it.

That's as much as you get out of them about it, I think.

Adjacent, there's a good word for it.

Bam, I'm set.

I THOUGHT someone mentioned this at some point.

You'll see why a bit later.

WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THEM, I WONDER.

If your mining stuff legit, this is REALLY USEFUL. Heck, it's still useful when I'm loaded, saves lots of time.

And off we go!

Fun glitch. If I recall how this works, if you go through the natural portal from Quasispace to Hyperspace RIGHT AS it's closing, you'll glitch up the Hyperspace map and end up WAY off in some crazy coordinates like 100030:1858375 or something. I haven't tried it, but just pointing it out in case some of you guys out there wanna give it a shot.

Anyway. Random Arilou quotes!

Captain: I know who you are! You're Arilou!! We've wondered what happened to your people for a long time.
Arilou: You are very clever!
Yes, I am Arilou Lalee'lay and I suppose it has been a very long time since you've met one of my kind.
I imagine you humans are still very short lived. How sad.
Ah well. To answer your question, we chose to cease our efforts with the Alliance of Free Stars
when it seemed that there was no longer any threat to our Earthlings.
I am pleased to see that you, from outside the slave shield, survived. You seem healthy.

~Heh, image of an Arilou going "Captain, we're not getting any younger. Why don't you find yourself a nice Syreen girl and settle down?"

Captain: I'll be. It's the Arilou. Why the hell did you run out on the Alliance of Free Stars? What happened?
Arilou: You're annoyed. How interesting.
It has been so long since I dealt with Humans. I had forgotten what it was like.
Now let's see, how shall I best appease you? Yes, if I remember, an honest answer would help.
We didn't exactly 'run out' on the Alliance.
We chose to leave when there was no longer a reason to stay.
You humans seemed safe enough under the Ur-Quan slave shield.
In fact, we rather liked the idea and wished we had thought of it ourselves.
For your safety of course.

~I guess in a way that's every parent's dream, to have their children permanently protected from all the horror and pain that the world can bring. Or, you know. Death or something.

Last night as you slept, I touched your face and you smiled!...
but now you frown. A pity. Smiling is healthier.

~Hahahaha again that parent image comes to mind.
Captain: ::porn mags::
Arilou: ::teleport in:: So hey want some cookies
Captain: GOD DON'T YOU EVER KNOCK ::shoves it quickly under the bed::

Welcome back to Falayalaralfali, Captain.
Perhaps, in the fullness of time we will let you visit the surface of our world.
There are many beauties here unmatched anywhere... the Mountain Clouds of Thought
the Tangible Wish... the Dark. Unfortunately, you are not yet... acclimated.
Premature exposure to these would render you... numb.

Hello. We are pleased to see you again. Have you any numbness yet?
Good. It should be too soon for that. Too soon by far.

Welcome, Captain. The Arilou Lalee'lay of Falayalaralfali are always pleased to see you.

~Try saying that without screwing up at least once.

As you know, we never revealed where in the galaxy one could find our homeworld.
There was a good reason. We are not from your space, or your... *time*.
Some of your more broad thinkers refer to such realms as other dimensions.
Though trivialized, this is a suitable metaphor for your intellect.
Perhaps you know of the Orz. Like us, they are dimensional travellers
but that is where our similarity ends.
Do not trust the Orz, my Human Captain. They are dangerous.

~There, more info on the Orz! Kind of.

But as to your question... our relationship
To call our interaction with your kind an experiment would be much too simple and impersonal.
Let us just say that we have a vested interest in your... development.
You are one of our... extended family, just as other sentients in other dimensions
have their extended families.
We are proud of you as you would be of your children, and some day
well, I have said too much already.

~Kind of like the Yehat and the Shofixti, I guess. There are theories that the Syreen are kind of a "control group" of the Arilou, thus why their genetic material is almost identical to Humans. It would explain a lot.

Captain: You guys are like... invaders from Mars! Weird evil monsters!
Arilou: No. We seek not to invade, but to pervade. There is a difference.
Your stories of evil creatures... these are just... side effects.
Pay them no heed.

Captain: No-no-no-no-no! I'll stop you! You bug-eyed fruitcakes have mutilated your last cow!
Arilou: We have sought amiable companionship with you, Captain
when we just as easily could have performed such experiments on you.
We shall not fight with our children. Goodbye.

~I like the idea of the Arilou just refusing to fight Humans.

Captain: Why should I trust you? You did funny things to that horror writer a while ago, right?
Arilou: We do many things, few of them funny... at least by our standards.
You do not, CANNOT understand some of what we do, or why.
Therefore, it may be best if you simply consider us... quirky.

Captain: What gives your people the right to interfere with mine?
Arilou: What gives you the right to move, the right to fall?
Some acts are motivated, others are automatic.
Do not presume that you can decide which is which for anyone but yourself
or you will be... disappointed.

Captain: So what should we do about this Dnyarri creature?
Arilou: The Dnyarri were the most inimical race this galaxy has known.
In other dimensions, other *times*, there are far, far worse beings
but they do not threaten you at the present time.

~More scraps about dimensions and such.

We cannot fathom your reason, therefore you must be acting upon simple instinct.
Perhaps this is our fault. We have always loved instinct
even though we possess none ourselves.
Do you have too much instinct, human? Does your species? We shall see.

Human. You flail at the wind. Cease your violence.
Would you hurt your pet? Your child? Your beast?
Please... rethink your posture.

Captain: C'mon, let's fight... Freak Face!
Arilou: We will never choose to fight you, child.

The Arilou ARE obviously doing...something, tho, tho who knows exactly what it is.

Next up, the Slylandro and getting rid of those probes.

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