- Computer terminal (Blaster)
- Chest with Proclamation Scroll for subquest 9
- Any important things:
- 8 Blasters, and 4 Blaster Rifles and Blaster weapon skill
- Patrol Unit, Enforcer Unit, Terminator Unit
Efficiency level: extremely hard
From the entrance area, look on the southeast wall. There is a computer panel there that gives you the following welcome message: “Hello and welcome to this self-guided tour of the Varn Planetary Control Facility. We gladly welcome all visitors. As you arrive at each key area, be sure to check any of our display screens for more information. Enjoy your tour!”.
On that note, head south and through the first door on the east. The computer terminal in this room gives you the following message: “Blaster weapons provide an effective, accurate ranged attack. To operate the blaster, hold the grip comfortably in your hand, point the barrel at your target, and gently squeeze the trigger. Should the weapon misfire, do not look into the barrel — give the weapon to an instructor and let them fix the problem. Never point a blaster at something you do not want to vaporize.”. Reading this message will give everyone in the party the “Blaster” skill.
Across the hall, there is a pair of connected rooms, each of which has a storage container against the far wall. The north chest contains a Blaster. (The south chest is empty.)
A word about Blasters: While they may seem inferior to other weapons at first, they have three advantages that make them very superior: 1) They fire very quickly. At one estimate, I could get off three shots with a Blaster Rifle for every shot from a Stellar Bow. When compared to swords or even daggers, this difference multiplies dramatically. 2) The damage that Blasters do is energy damage. There is no way to resist energy damage so you’ll be dealing full damage against any target. 3) You can have a shield and a stat enhancing bow/crossbow equipped at the same time. (Note: Don’t have a second weapon equipped — the speed of an attack is determined by the slower weapon, and that weapon will never get used as long as you have the Blaster equipped.)
Continuing down the hallway to the south, the next room has this description: “The room to your left is the main meeting hall. Visiting dignitaries from around the world have feated at banquets held in their honor. In fact, it is said that at his 21stbirthday party, King Sheridan nearly choked to death on a piece of mogred, but was saved by a serving girl who he later married and made his Queen. Ahh, l’amour.”.
From this large meeting hall, head south. Straight ahead is a door. To the right is a tunnel that connects this room and the first room on the west back at the entrance. The tunnel isn’t very interesting, so head through the door and into the room. Go through the room and then take the corridor to the west. It goes through a room that has an empty chest in it into a back room with the following tour message: “Chief Engineer Wilson’s Personal Log. I have locked myself in Storage Room #6 but currently have no means of escape. The drone-bots have gone mad and have started killing everyone in sight. I was able to access the main control terminal on Level Four despite warnings of a hazardous leak, and I sent a distress signal, but since we have not had contact with any of the colonies for several weeks, I do not believe that a rescue is possible. I have also managed to seal this facility so that the drones cannot escape. It is my hope that the colonists will be able to mount some sort of defense by the time my encryption codes are broken. Tell Emma I love her. Wilson out.”. The chests in this room contain a blaster rifle and two blasters.
Head east down the corridor now and enter each of the next three storage rooms. The first room has a blaster in the chest. The second room merely has lots of spark spells going in it. It isn’t safe to enter and you don’t need to enter it. The third room has more robot units in it. Continue to the end of the hallway and then turn north. Follow the corridor around to the next intersection and explore the room to the south.
The south area leads back to a balcony that overlooks the main meeting hall. Heading north will lead to a similar overlook on the north side of the room. Return back down the corridor you followed to get here and continue south past the storerooms.
Just before you get to a four way intercetion, there is a door on the east wall. Open that door and enter the room. The chests here have lots of good stuff: 3 blasters, a blaster rifle, a Control Cube, and one of each of the Memory Crystals (just in case you lose the first set). Return to the hallway and round the corner. To the east is a computer panel that reads: “We apologize for any inconvenience, but we ask that all personnel evacuate the facility at this time. Please do not be alarmed. Thank you.” Probably because all of the ‘bots are out to get you. Continue east down the corridor.
Down at the end of the hall, there is another console that says: “Before entering the Planetary Reaction Chamber, please request a pair of Safety Goggles from one of our Drones. During peak hours of operation, this facility can generate enough power to produce a light bright enough to be seen from space. Please avoid looking directly into the light.” Anyway, you don’t need to worry about that; just continue north and go into a large chamber filled with lots of robot units.
Since you’ll probably have to leave and return several times to clear this room, you can return to this room more quickly by going due east from the main meeting hall and opening the door. When the room has been cleared, return to the main meeting hall and return to the south exit. Instead of running right through the room like you did before, explore this room and head eastward.
The passage you’re in turns north, opens up into the upper part of the Planetary Reaction Chamber, and then heads back down looping around to connect with the main meeting hall again from the north. At the north side of the meeting hall, there is a doorway on the north wall. Open that door and go north through that passage.
Along the north side of the passage, skip past the first door (its partially open, but jammed) and go through the second north door. The two cells behind the first two doors are connected and each contain a Patrol Unit. Then turn your attention to the south door. It merely contains more Unit robots. Head to the end of the corridor and turn south, then go through the door. There is a door on the opposite side of the room that opens when you push the switch in the northwest corner of the room. In the second room is a chest that contains a Blaster Rifle. Then return to the hallway and continue south.
After another room of Units on the east side of the passage, the passage connects with the balcony overlooking the main meeting hall on the north side. Return back down the corridor and continue north all of the way. The passage will loop to connect with the lower half of the Planetary Reaction chamber. The computer terminal in the hallway outside the Reaction Chamber here reads: “Alert, environmental controls are offline on Level Four, Sections 18 through 96. Access restricted to drones until further notice.”. From the Reaction Chamber, take the west exit.
Go through this room and take the exit in the north part of the wall. It leads to a room that has a chest which contains three copies of each of the four memory crystals. Return to the south and take the door in the southwest corner (leading east). At the bottom of the ramp is a room with a chest. The chest contains a dozen Control Cubes and a scroll which proclames you Super Goobers!. (It even shows up as an award.)
Return to the main meeting hall. Take either the south or north exits and immediately turn east. Take the ramp up to the upper half of the Planetary Reaction chamber and cross the chamber, heading for the south exit. You will be in an east-west corridor: to the east is just a dead end, so head west and enter the first room on the north (at the corner where the corridor turns northward. There are some more Terminators here in an alcove that overlooks the Reaction chamber. A computer console here reads: “Warning, intruder alert, Level Four, Section. All drones proceed to Level Four to intercept intruders. Reactor is offline. Encryption integrity at 2.064%.” I wonder if it means you.
Exit the corridor and head northwards. The next room on the left has a Blaster in a chest. In the rooms around the northeast corner, there is a Blaster Rifle in the chest. The computer terminal in this room reads: “This is the main equipment storage and repair facility. By now, you may have noticed several floating Drone-bots. They are responsible both for maintaining the key systems of this facility as well as sanitation. If a unit becomes damaged, it is brought here to be repaired.”