Prologue: In the Beginning... Edit
A narration tells that a great war took place "centuries ago", in which the Earth was nearly destroyed. Humanity was able to win the war thanks to their latest invention, here called "the Phoenix". Other participants of this war are not mentioned, though the image shown as this is said pictures a couple of giant-sized creatures -presumably aliens or robots- standing in a scenery full of burning and destroyed skyscrapers (which is believed to be Dread Lands).
The narration then states that afterwards, in a bid for survival, some humans took shelter in underground vaults, hoping that the Earth would recover someday. Another group of humans though, thought the Earth would not recover, so they went away in their spaceships to look for a new home among the stars. The narration ends in a black screen with the words written "Since that ancient war, centuries have passed".
Chapter I: A Shooting Star? Edit
Gale is sleeping over a bed inside a dormitory, when is suddenly waken up by a rumble. She exits the dormitory, where she finds Grandma Nana, the owner of the orphanage where Gale resides. Nana asks if Gale had had a bad dream, then announces that she made pumpkin muffins and gives one to Gale. She then talks about her retirement and tells the girl to ‘consider her offer’ of leaving her in charge of the orphanage.
Climbing up the orphanage stairs leads to a chat with Kiter, who will say that he is in cook duty and tells Gale to look for the kids to dinner, to which he’s cooking toad legs.
Gale goes to fetch the kids and talks to Clem, who tells her that Alex rounded up the kids and led them to the forest. Gale looks for her old wooden bat and heads to the woods.
In the forest, Gale finds the kids spread out, mostly in pairs. Some of them tell Gale that Alex went even deeper inside the woods. She finds him in front of a small chasm, from where they can see their town, Panselo, in the distance, next to Ella and Shelby. He asks her to jump the chasm and go look for the shooting star they were looking for, which Alex knew crashed in the ruins up ahead. He then gives Gale his slingshot, which she can use to operate far-away switches and stun enemies.
Gale goes through a set of small puzzles, two locked gates and a fight against a giant toad until she gets to the deepest part of the ruins, where she will find the ‘shooting star’, which is actually a golem’s head. She then retrieves it to Alex, but before they can begin talking, a series of rumbles scare the group and a giant spaceship is revealed over Panselo. The spaceship shoots beams of light over the village and then goes away. In shock, Alex asks shouting what was that and then Ella, the little girl, runs away worrying for Nana, followed by the other two kids, leaving Gale behind. When she reaches the town by night time, she finds the children in despair, wondering where the rest of the townspeople went.
After they make sure that nobody who was in Panselo as they were in the forest was to be found, Alex reunites the children and together with Gale organize them in order to keep the town standing after the catastrophe.
After everyone else is asleep, Gale shows the golem’s head to Alex, who suspects that its apparition is related to the giant spaceship that went over the village. Gale agrees to go look for answers the next morning, heading outside Panselo, probably for the first time.
Chapter II: A Long Journey Ahead Edit
The next morning, Gale heads to Atai, crossing Sunflower Road and a destroyed Atai bridge. When entering Atai, she finds out that people are worried about the Desert Dragon Bandits, a gang of men that train Sand Dragons and use them to cause disasters in the region without a known purpose. One of the Bandits had been captured, but interrogation had achieved nothing, and the city mayor set a reward of 5000 rai to the one who catches the bandit boss. After this, she meets Lisa, a childhood friend, who is now indentured by the city mayor for being in huge debt. After the denial of the mayor of setting Lisa free unless she pays him 5000 rai, Lisa informs Gale about the attractions of the city and the location of Adar’s house. Gale finds a potioner that sells a truth potion she calls a ‘Talkinator Juice’. Gale buys it and secretly approaches the caught bandit’s cell, makes him drink the beverage, after which he reveals the location of the bandits’ lair, and that it’s no use trying to enter without explosives. Gale proceeds to Adar’s house, where she finds a cave in which Adar left some bombs. She keeps them and goes to the abandoned buildings where the bandit told her was their hideout, and proceeds to capture the bandit. After reaching the deepest part of the lair, she encounters the boss, who throws her to feed his fully grown sand dragon Bubbles. She beats him after a harsh fight and captures the bandit, who is amazed by the lass’ strength.
After Gale carries the bandit boss to the jail, the soldiers imprison him and the mayor sets Lisa free, as she technically won the 5000 rai. Lisa thanks with all her heart, insults her ex-boss and returns to Panselo. There, she hears the discussion between Gale and Alex about the lack of clues regarding the golem head, so she suggests visiting Thomas in his lab near Daea. As the bridge that connects Atai with the capital city is destroyed, she advises Gale to cross the Misty Gorge in order to reach the other side of the river.
Chapter III: Suspicious Activity Edit
Gale travels to the Misty Gorge and attempts to cross it. When reaching the other side, she goes to Thomas’ lab, north of Daea, which is camouflaged as a tailor’s shop. When entering the lab, she encounters a security robot that has to disable, as it shoots to kill. When reaching Thomas, after explaining him she didn’t come to silence him and after he recognised her, she explains the situation to the scientist and he proceeds to fix the golem’s head. After he does so, a voice comes out of the golem head, revealing itself as Billy, who is speaking to them from the Earth’s orbit and wants to warn them that an alien civilization is coming to enslave Earth. He claims to be on the human side and that he wants to help to prevent the catastrophe, but he needs an audience with the nation’s king to achieve something.
When going to talk to the king, Thomas salutes the palace guards and asks for an audience. The soldiers immediately deny it, claiming that the palace is shut, so no audiences are possible. Thomas tries to convince them by boasting about his royal prestige as a scientist, without succeeding. After this, they go to rest at the city’s inn, but in the middle of the night, some guards enter Thomas’ bedroom and take him, leaving the golem head behind. Billy uses it to reach Gale’s bedroom and advise her that Thomas has been caught. When she gets to the prison, a soldier tells her that he cannot help, and that it would be better to have an audience with the king; she asks for one, but the guards do not grant it; a girl, seeing her anxiety, tells her to visit Ruby, who works in the sewers, to try to get to the prison through them. She finds her at her job, as she left the sewer entrance opened.
Gale travels through many prison cells, freeing a strange amount of innocent people and soldiers, one of which tells her that Thomas is held in Jail block B. She finds the key and goes there, and is able to free him after battling some soldiers and a strange wolf-like alien, that is identified by Billy as a member of the Kobolds, a legion of space bounty hunters here, she finds a soldier’s javelin, which she would then use to get to higher places.
After talking to Thomas, they meet sir Max, a knight that swore to protect the king but failed in doing so as he became imprisoned by these new foes. He asks Gale to rescue the prince, who is held hostage in his tower. After Billy states that it is a matter of urgency, as he needs to speak to him, she agrees to rescue him.
Gale enters the prince tower through a secret passage in jail block A. She climbs it, defeating Kobolds and their flying bombs. She is found face-to-face with the Kobold general, and after a tough battle, she defeats them. She then encounters prince Leo, crying in his room and tells him that she is there to rescue him. Leo gets surprised and disappointed of himself as his rescuer is a lass, possibly younger than him, but offers no resistance to her in taking him to a safe place.
Back inside the prison, the soldiers and Thomas decide to hide the prince in Panselo, as it is far away from the capital and is a rural and safe place with natural barriers. The chapter ends after Gale, Thomas, Max and Leo reach Panselo by night.
Chapter IV: In Pursuit of the Phoenix Edit
The next day, Gale wakes up and encounters Thomas and Billy’s golem in the orphanage common room. They tell her to gather the adults that are in the village as Billy wants to explain to them what is going on.
She reunites Alex, Max, Lisa and Leo in the common room, and Billy starts explaining:
He tells the earthlings that he is a Stellanite, a race that belongs to one of the two main powers that govern the galaxy: the Free Space Confederacy. Unfortunately, their relationships with the other power, the Galactic Federation, are getting worse and tension grows between them. In that scenery is that the Stellanites find out that the Earth, unable to fit in the Federation’s technological standards, is rendered unvaluable and their resources are free to be taken. That is why they have seen spaceships abducting people: they belong to the Collectors, a neutral race that collect species for preservation. Thomas asks Billy for help, but he tells him that he is incapable of doing so, because the Earth belongs to the Federation’s territory, and trying to defend it would be a proof of treason, and a galactic war would start. Lisa then asks why did they come at all if they cannot help Earth, and Billy answers that he knows a way to defend Earth by itself: recovering the Phoenix Weapons, buried in the northern part of the country. Leo then jumps in shock, as he knew the Phoenix Weapons as a secret of state, so he interpellates Billy suspiciously. Billy says that he understands his suspicions, but he can assure them that he is only interested in the fate of Earth. He then shows a hologram of himself: a tall, human-like figure, with a blue-ish skin and with pointier ears. He proceeds to tell the story of the war that destroyed Earth, and how some humans decided to stay in the planet and others decided to leave. Billy identifies himself as a descendant of those who chose to leave. He repeats that he is worried about their common ancestors’ planet and that is why he wants to help. Leo stops doubting him, apologizes for it, and offers his key to the forbidden lands, which, united with the ones from the other nations, can open paths through the Phoenix storage. He passes the artifact shard to Gale and Max goes to the Great walls to inform that Gale will be allowed to cross the door to the forbidden lands.
Gale goes to the Walls, gets recognised by the door guardsman and has the doors opened. She proceeds to the Dreadlands.
The pink-haired lass carries on with her journey, crossing the ruined Dreadlands full of red-eyed skeleton-like golems, going through the Mul Cavern, full of fluorescent life and exploding bugs, until she finally gets to the Ancients’ Crater, where the Phoenix Storage is. After avoiding the first security barrier (mostly sentry towers and turrets), Gale reunites with other Stellanite golems, who give her the pieces to complete the Artifact. Once built, it can be used to shut down sentry towers and open doors in the mechanisms ahead. One of the stellanites advises Gale that inside the storage, she will have to deactivate a security computer.
Gale reaches the entrance to the storage and uses the Artifact to enter. Inside, she travels through the security mechanisms, beating ancient monsters, turrets, bombs and platforms only visible with the Artifact.
Eventually, she reaches a room that looks into a huge cage filled with water. Billy tells her that the creature seen inside is Adam. Adam was a discovery made by their ancestors, a very well-preserved being whose DNA was key to create the Phoenix Weapons.
Guessing that the Phoenixes were close by, Gale continues, and finds herself in the computer room. Trying to trespass it turns the computer, known as "The Big Eye" on and activates all its safety mechanisms.
After the hardest of fights, Gale destroys the computer and goes ahead. The next area is a large room with pillars filled with human-sized pods, with a phoenix drawn on front. At this time, Billy reconnects to his golem and contacts Gale. He tells her that she succeeded in finding the Phoenixes. After this, he teleports himself into the room and hugs Gale friendly. He says that he is thankful to her and calls some other stellanites to join him.
As the stellanites try to open a pod, Billy tells Gale that the Phoenixes are really powerful, but not a threat, as they are made to obey the owner of a key that is in his possession. This key was kept in Billy’s family for generations, and when Billy got it, he felt that he was the one who would return to Earth.
At this point, the stellanites succeed in opening a pod. Gale and Billy get closer to it. A humanoid lies inside the opened pod. He wakes up, looks around and Billy says "66! I command you! Obey!" The Phoenix liberates an immense amount of energy and answers "I am 0066. I await for your command." Billy then laughs victoriously. He says that finally he will be able to destroy the Galactic Federation with the help of the Phoenixes. Gale remonstrates that this was not what they agreed upon, and Billy replies that she may be right as he might have bent the truth there. He excuses himself saying that it was because of Thomas and Leo, who would not have understood that he needed them in this "destroy or be destroyed" situation.
As Billy commands to open more pods, Gale confronts Billy, saying that she will not permit what he wants to do. Noticing this, Billy orders one of his soldiers to shoot Gale, who falls to the bottom of the room, wounded. After Billy says goodbye and promises to tell her story to the people in a dramatic and biased way, he orders Phoenix 66 to kill her. Gale stands up, but 66 blasts her with an incredibly powerful beam of energy, even vaporizing the iron wall behind her.
Thinking that Gale was dead, Billy laughs maliciously. But seconds later, Gale emerges from the hole flying and hits 66 hardly, pounding him to the wall. She even glows a little. A stellanite informs that "Gale is emitting energy readings identical to a Phoenix Weapon’s", after which Billy commands the Phoenix to get up. Gale tries to make an energy beam attack, but she fails in ignorance of how her powers work. Billy orders 66 to finish the job, so Gale runs away through the hole that the Phoenix made. At this time, Kobolds had traced the warp signal produced by the Stellanites’ teleportation and find their spot and proceed to attack them. A combat is set, but its result is found out afterwards.
Gale escapes 66 through a set of corridors while closing the doors behind her to slow him down until she reaches outside. At bay, she takes out her bat and confronts the Phoenix as he charges another beam attack. Suddenly, a larger light beam shines over them and makes them levitate higher and higher. They were found by the Collectors.
Epilogue: The End? Edit
Kobold corpses are shown in the ground. A stellanite soldier informs that Gale and 66 were abducted by the Collector Ship. Billy takes it as an unimportant matter, as Gale will be trapped forever there and 66 was only one of hundreds of other Phoenixes still at his hand. Another stellanite proceeds to inform that the Galactic Federation harvest ships are on their way to Earth and advises to wake up more phoenix weapons to ready a counter-attack. Billy does not take the advice, as he believes it is better that the harvesters spread terror through the lands, and after that, he shall make his appearance as a savior leading the Phoenixes. This way, he will become king of Earth, chosen by the people. Billy stays laughing, tasting his own idea.
The Collectors comment about their last catch. They see 66 still struggling to stay awake, so they hit him with a suspension beam to knock him out. They feel happy for catching him, as they can see that he is special. But seeing Gale as a regular human, they decide to "toss her with the others". She is dropped unconscious in a metal cage, where there happened to be Mika, Ruth and Kiter...
- It is not compulsory to talk to Grandma Nana, though the game suggests the player to do so (Nana is the first NPC encountered, and the game shows an 'X' key symbol on the screen when approached). Also, Nana talks about her retirement the second time the player talks to her.
- In Chapter II, the player can first talk to the imprisoned bandit and then go find Lisa. The order chosen here of these events is only for narrative reasons.
- A scene where Lisa insults her ex-boss, the Mayor of Atai, can be seen if the player enters the palace and reaches the Mayor immediately after talking to Lisa when setting her free. If the player talks to the Mayor after this scene has taken place, the Mayor will dismiss Lisa's insults and scoff at her.
- If Aella is rescued before the meeting with Billy in Panselo, she will assist as well by herself.
- At first, the game was meant to be a parody of the 'pauper saves the princess' formula, with the gender roles exchanged. Though this happens in the finished game, it does not cover the main plot.
- Originally, there was a stronger theme about seeking lost brothers and sisters in the game's plot.
- This theme still exists in the game but is greatly mitigated; in the first chapter of the game, Gale is sent to collect her siblings and bring them back to the orphanage for dinner, where the original idea was to have Gale search for lost siblings throughout the entire game.
- At the meeting with Billy, Felix also assists, furtively. He gets scared by Billy's apparition, which he tells Gale later.