- September 10, 2018 at 1:45 pm #18797
Here my rolescript I did for the Open Descent Foundation’s D4 project:
Some time ago I too did something for a 4th Installment to the Descent series for the ODF aka Open Descent Foundation, there I have the nickname Gold leader, but since the project died, I still have this backup of the rolescript I made for them back on Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 3:21 am 😎
Back in the 1980’s I used to do script writing D&D Story lines all before I really got involved with computers, so for about 26 weeks for the main story line and 14 weeks for the expansion I kinda made this for as base storyline for the Flight Back series.
Main game would be named Flight Back: The Aftermath of Samuel Dravis and the expansion would be called Flight Back: Vengeance. I also had a Mercenary Expansion in mind, this would be named Flight Back: Unorthodox, but I could not really find a fitting story to this part so I kind of dropped it.
But anyways here is my work, feel free to use it for a Campaign or so, it’s my gift towards the Descent community, I can’t program, I just collect the game series and this was my best go for making a good compelling rolescript 🙂
The reason I wanted to share this is well you lot here have made something fantastic so here my share 😉
Flight Back : The Aftermath of Samuel Dravis
As St.John pilot’s his Pyro GL towards earth something terrible had happened, As he went through the atmosphere he saw no people walking around , nothing but pure emptiness.
He flew to his home base and landed the Pyro-GL and taxied to his hanger. He got out of the cockpit thereby filling in the Flight Form on his knee-pad, then he went to the briefing room there was nobody to be around, St.John was wondering where was everybody and why are there any soldiers as guards as Pyro techs around at the base?
After having a strange feeling at his empty home base, St.John drives home to his house, opens the front door and his entire family wasn’t home, as he looks around in shock, he saw that his house has been searched as that his family has been taken hostage by the looks of the scratches on the walls as the debris spread all over the place.
He stalks ahead out the back door to the backyard balcony, armed with his Laser Pistol, there he spots a white letter laying on his balcony table, reading the the following:
“So St.John, I see that you have murdered my brother Samuel and now though shall be paid for, your family, heh well I have kept them in custody, for now …
Where that location is? That is for you to find out…
Somewhere you used to go in your old days, the war ain’t over yet Material Defender MiL1032, it has only begun
Intro Part 2
After reading this shocking letter, St.John walks through his Garden wonder what to do next, he then goes back to the main base to his quarters and starts out a plan to find out some answers.
After making a plan to try and find out how this all happened he goes to his Pyro-GL and enters it’s Nav-Computer, in there he finds something odd, something that he didn’t realize after he finished his last mission…
There seem to be a distortion at where the main PTMC base was destroyed, about 7 clicks from that point. So St.John refuels his Pyro GL and rearms it and goes to the destination.
Just after takeoff he also detects something strange on his radar, he goes to the place of disturbance and finds out that his family’s transport seems to be deserted as heavily damaged. St.John puts his Pyro-GL into hover mode, and scans the area for unwanted guests as bogie’s.
He gets an instant message from his Guide bot named Owen, telling St.John that there’s a heat source coming from the crash site and that there maybe a survivor, so St.John releases Owen and Owen is gonna search the crash site which is about 70KM West from the main base, and Owen does find a survivor and messages St.John to land immediately.
As St.John takes his Pyro GL out of Hover mode and land about 20 meters from the crash site, he exits his cockpit and walks towards Owen and he finds that his pet dog is inside left alone from the others.
His pet dog named Jackie did look confused but lightly injured, St.John freed his dog from the wreckage by cutting open the rear door of the vehicle, he put his dog in the Pyro-GL for the safety of things and puts Jackie up in there, after that he orders Owen to get back into his Pyro-GL. Owen enters the Pyro-GL’s guidebot-bay and then they set off to find more answers, just 500 meters west of the site there’s an abandoned mine, they fly in and look around the place, this is where St.John’s first mission shall begin.
After rescuing his family He sent in help from The Executor for a shuttle to flee his family to a safe haven.
And now St.John pilots his Pyro GL back to the main base refuels & rearms and does some modifications to his aging Pyro GL and it becomes the Vengeance, a much advanced variant of the Pyro GL.
The Vengeance will also have a room for his dog Jackie so that St.John won’t be alone when he goes down the mines again like before. After a few weeks of modding his Pyro-GL he set’s off to the destination where the main base of the PTMC once was and look for further answers there.
Once set towards that destination he detects some odd activities on his radar, he goes to the point of disturbance and is willing to find out what is going on.
He Pilots the Vengeance to the disturbance area, a n old mine shaft which is located on the south western side on some kind of asteroid.
Over here he may find some more answers to this Doile Dravis.
While St. John enters the old mine he has t find a way to power up the main frame computer of this old installation, hereby he may find some more detail on how this mess all began even before the First Strike campaigns.
Before he is willing to get the power on there may be some threats in this area where St.Jon may have some old memories of.
After enabling the power of the mainframe computer of the old installation, he found out that are more abandoned mines that may house more info to the whereabouts of Doile Dravis’ main security base.What St.John did find is a link to the secret weapons facility of Samuel Dravis, some place where Samuel had his so called emergency reinforcements team housed.
So St.John Downloaded the coordinates and put them in his nav-computer, after that he took off with the Vengeance and headed towards that destination to find more answers there.
As The Vengeance exits Hyperspace, St.John pilots his craft towards Venus where one of the abandoned mines are located, just 67 KM south of his planetary entry of Venus he found the Mine he was looking for, , so he flies in makes a dark deep descent into the abyss below and something interesting is found a cell with 5 hostages just barely hanging on to life.
He blasts the door of the hostage chamber and beams them up to the The Executor from the C.E.D. and there they will be treated by the medics on board The Executor.
Deeper down in the mine St.John find an old terminal, he flies towards it, releases Owen to check it out, there seem to be an operational reactor, that must be destroyed so nothing can ever get out of this mine that should remain inside.
As St.John blows up the old reactor he pushes the after burners and blasts his way out of this old mine with a massive explosion right behind him.
St. John enters the atmosphere of Venus and heads towards the second of the 3 mines on Venus which he must explore.
Finally after flying around for about 30 minutes he detects the second mine he was looking for, he flies in and gathers as much info he can of the location, there seem to be some old robots he even encountered in First Strike & Counter Strike, though there were traces of some unknown as new deadly robots which seemed to have been experiments lead by Samuel Dravis , which were even created before the Retribution Mission, he flies to the main computer and downloads the files of more information about other old mines as new ones on other systems, after this he blows up the reactor and exits, leaving nothing of it behind him.
After flying with a speed of Mach 6 out of that second mine St.John heads towards the third mine , this mine is one of a total different sort and many dangers seem to lurk deep down below.
St.John looks at his dog Jackie and asks him; dangers in here right? heh what dangers… , Jackie lays down in desperate hope that St.John will make it out alive, as Jackie has a bad sense of it all. So with the Vengeance with full shields up at 250% he flies in to the entrance of this third large but strange mine, some memories seem to have faded his mind about this odd one.
As the Vengeance dives down deep he comes across many new species of robots, even types he never wished to have come across, also one large one, with menacing weapons as it’s AI seemed to sometimes out smart other pilots that have been here, as St.John found many remains of Black Pyro GX’s & GL’s even a few Magnum AHT pilots died there as he saw their ship remains scattered around the place..
As St.John throws a few Mega’s at this type of Boss robot it starts to fall apart ending with a massive chain reacted explosion , St.John Pilots his Vengeance out of this mine as fast as he could and just in time he got out leaving a massive blast behind him, he enters subspace and studies the info he found in Mines 1 and 2 from Venus and he seems to have located a place where Samuel & Doil Dravis used to go to, some type of safe haven for the Dravis members, So St.John Hyper’s to that location and seeks out what there is to find.
After exiting hyperspace to the Moon base St.John Makes his long descent into a mine he has been before or which looked very similar to the one he was during the Retribution operation, he comes across some important information that this was the mine he first partially destroyed in the First Strike operation, it was also the first mine he visited back then and now he had to find an old mainframe computer to regain some lost info to where Dravis other strongholds maybe kept after this the mine must be destroyed by blowing up a second main reactor, just to leave no more trails for some other unwanted guests.
After boosting the afterburner St.John rockets his Vengeance out of this old deserted mine and pilots his craft towards a second old mine located in the area, a non visited mine which also looked rather new, so new dangers may lay ahead.
As the Vengeance dives into this new mining zone, St.John finds Hostage chamber which some type of old data pad which was hanging on the wall, he downloaded the info describing him that there are some new species of robots which he never heard of in this new mine, these seem to have some very destructive
acid bolt rifle’s which easily burn away shields if hit often on the same spot, mission is to destroy every infected robot in sight and blow up the mine and move on to the next way point as collect the new weapon if possible, it’s in somewhere in a secret area.
After confronting the new species of Acid Destroyer bots St.John also managed to collect the ultra beam cannon an idea weapon for destroying heavily crowded ares with a few powerful blasts, on dis advantage is that the weapon drained 40 energy cells after each shot and was kinda unstable like the Fusion Cannon but about 10% more powerful on impact on the impact hit area was about 15% smaller.
After exiting the mine with massive explosions behind his ship he flies towards the final mine on the mission a place which also was new to him
The mission for this last mine on the Earth’s moon was to find a new type of Missile as to test it on some Acid Destroyer Bots combines with the Ultra Beam Cannon, thereby firing it on the missiles just before target impact
This mine also has 5 hostages in three different area’s 3 of these hostages are Scientists of the C.E.D. these must be rescued, though the enemy threat of something big may be in the area, something no other pilot had survived.
After menacing with the new Mercury MK II Missiles & the Ultra Beam Cannon the combination of these two were very effective against the menacing Acid Destruction Bots as the big Mega bot down below after 4 shots with the Ultra Beam combining the usage of 4 Mercury MK II missiles the Mega bot started to blow St.John had 23 seconds to get out of the place the Moon’s mine blast was that large there were emails sent to St.John’s nav computer that the blast could be seen on earth only asking what went on, St.John had to think of something he mailed them back with a Major Meteorite impacted the Moon leaving a massive explosion..
After leaving the Moon’s massive after blast of that massive Mega Bot’s reactor St.John received a message from the C.E.D. Executor Capital ship that he must head for Neptune, there seems to have been some strange activity going on, so he accepts this mission and heads towards that destination, Just after HyperSpace he flies towards Neptune Atmosphere and descends to the planets ground levels below.
To retrieve as much technical data possible from the 5 mainframe computers and to wipe out all hostiles in the area, new unknown robots may be around and it’s vital to loose any of the 12 hostages in the mine, there seems also to be some area with a new type of shield re-generator it only needs to be activated, this is for St.John to find out, after completing all the main and secondary objectives, St.John must destroy the mines main reactor and scramble out to the next way point in the Neptune System
As the Vengeance beamed the hostages to the C.E.D. Executor and blasts out of the mine with the retrieved missing data, St.John analyzes it and is immediately directed to the next mine which is about 128 KM west of his position. He pilots towards it and descends in to this massive mine which is filled with methane lakes and hot boiling lava rivers.
After descending in to this massive mine he has to find some hostages who also seem to have some more information about Doile Dravis’ whereabouts. his main object is to rescue these hostages and safely beam them to the Executor and examine the information about Doile Dravis’ whereabouts, as confront some new Drainage Bots, the seem to not only drain energy but also shield energy, these are the high risk bots in the mine, there will also be a particle cannon available in this mine with some Mega MK II Missiles. after collecting these items it is wise to destroy the main reactor and follow the proceeding information for the next mission.
After reading the lost info St.John has found a location of Doile’s whereabouts! He flies to the destination and enters a landed Destroyer of the PTMC, something massive will be awaiting him.
Once after he enters this old Destroyer he has to find documents of robots that were in testing even after the events of Retribution, he also has to confront Doile Dravis for the first time, just to damage him to a certain point, thereby describing him that Doile Dravis is messing with the wrong people and also try to get info from him of his main stronghold. Once this has been completed St.John must capture the Destroyer for further Analise’s
After defeating Doile Dravis to a point where he escaped and entered hyperspace to an unknown destination St.John was able to capture the Destroyer as he contacted the Executor to it’s whereabouts, this ship had many details Doile Dravis’ army was larger than anyone though as hoped it would be, the war ain’t over yet, it just got worse to a certain degree.
St.John was sent to Pluto for some new missions as in that exile planet there seem to some massive robot construction pants that needed to be destroyed.
After exiting Hyperspace St.John heads towards Pluto’s surface to find more answers there.
Once on Pluto St.John must do a aerial search for an old station where some allies of the C.E.D. are there seem to be some places where he could gain some extra knowledge for finding the main target, Doile Dravis’ robot facility as his main stronghold, if that is on Pluto that is for St.John to find out, no blowing up mines this time.
After searching the green rocky landscapes of Pluto St.John found an old fuel depot, he lands his Vengeance and walks into the depot to find more answers, Once inside he discovers that there are C.E.D. employees scattered all over the placed they seemed to have been menaced by Doile’s latest experiments, they seemed to have been used as bait for them or as test rabbits in some kind of sarcastic way body parts all over the place as the smell was horrid too horrid to describe. in the main Office St.John found a letter from the man that was the manager of this facility, it was hard to read so he took it back to the Vengeance for further examination.
After examining the coordinates to the 2 major mines on Pluto and 2 other places which weren’t mines but old Space Stations., he flew towards the first of the 4 mines many new threats lay ahead, The mission is to collect valuable information of the new alien virus and how it came to it’s place as from who, after rescuing the 4 hostages beam them up back to the C.E.D. Executor. Destroy all the remains of the mine blow up the reactor and get out.
As the mine explodes St.John Pushes the Afterburners and Jackie his dog looks back at the massive explosions which trail The Vengeance’s tracks as it blasts out of the Mine.
As St.John Pilots the Vengeance to one of the lost Space Stations he detects some strange life forms within those thick walls.
What St.John must do is find who these life forms are and what is keeping them here, also find more info on the whereabouts of Doile Dravis, once these objectives have been succeeded, call in a Marines team from the C.E.D. Executor to capture facility, once the Facility has been captured follow on to the next mission.
As The Facility has been captured and after finding out that the life forms were some Scientists from the Refuel Depot being held captive as test rabbits for Doile Dravis’ new Venger Droids, these droids have massive grip claws with sacherated teeth, these droids had menacing gripping power that could slice a human head of like if it were slicing through butter.. as some heads were spreaded around the place the survivors were releaved to have been rescued from this menace.
After this St.John was advised to go to the next Space Station which had a Cargo facility which may hold more of these droids which must be destroyed before they will be used.
One arriving to this Cargo facility, St.John must destroy all remains of the Venger Droid construction yard as the the Venger Droids them selves from here, call in a Marines team from the C.E.D. Executor to capture facility for further examination, once the Facility has been captured follow on to the next mission.
As the Cargo Facility has been secured St.John gets orders to fly to one last mine in the area, over there larger challenges await him.
Once Have found the second mine of this planet, St.John must find a new type of super weapon and a new type of particle weapon, the names of these weapons is unknown though they may come in handy for proceeding missions. Once collected the new weapons, destroy everything that the mine has, fuse it’s reactor and get out asap!
As The Mine explodes within all it’s glory, St.John Flies to outer space and types in the new coordinates to Saturn, over there , he will have many new missions awaiting him.
Once entering Hyper Space, he looks at his dog Jackie and wonders, man we have survived so much hell I suppose we can take this one too right Jackie? Jackie looks up and barks twice meaning a yes sir! St.John says yeah I suppose so, Once reaching the right place St.John Pulls the Vengeance out of Hyper Space and heads towards Jupiter, here more answers will remain to be answered since he found a massive disturbance in the area, he descends to the planet surface and is willing to find out, what the heck is going on.
Once arriving to the Planet’s surface, St.John Enters this old Relay station and here he must seek new dangers, the Black Orb Cannon a new super weapon and the Bright Spark his new particle cannon he found in that last mine on Pluto will come in great handy over here. the Venger Droids seem to have been wide spreaded in this place they must all be destroyed including the main droid facility which is building much more menacing variants of all the robots as droids St.John came across with his previous missions.
Once these targets have been taken care of St.John must proceed to the next mission.
The Old Relay station had the coordinates of an old star ship crash site here were some remains of Doile Dravis’s new designs, St.John flew to this destination and found out that Doile Dravis himself wasn’t far from here, he also came across some mercenary forces, these flew old Pyro-GX & Magnum AHT ships they weren’t such a problem but in some cases were irritating, and more of these lost merc’s could be awaited up ahead.
Once arriving at the crash site, St.John must take care of the Mercenary pests and find out who their leader is, after this call in a Marines Squad and capture this old star ship which is called the “R.M.S. Titannikaria” once the “R.M.S. Titannikaria” has been captured go in to the cave which is located 20 KM west of the area.
Once flying into this cave there seem to have been about 400 hostages located in the area, most hostages were located in massive cave rooms…
Here St.John must call in help to get these lads to safety and let them be questioned for more info of D.Dravis’ locations as plans, It seemed that these were mostly part of the passengers and the missing crew of the “R.M.S. Titannikaria”. St.John must also find out if there are any more dangers as secrets held in this ancient Cave.
Once the C.E.D. Discovery arrived a small recovery ship from the C.E.D.’s Executor, it landed in the cave’s main chamber where St.John’s Vengeance also was guarding the passengers & crew of the “R.M.S. Titannikaria” until support arrived.
Once this all was succeeded something big was heading towards us from the Cave’s abyss..
Defeat this Mega Ship Killer Bot with all your might, the Black Orb Cannon can be of great use here… Just be precious with your energy, once this monster has been defeated return to the C.E.D. Discovery for further missions.
After giving the Mega Ship Killer Bot the final blow with the powerful Black Orb Cannon it implodes and falls apart. St.John leaves the cave and heads out to the C.E.D. Discovery, once arrived, he has found Doile’s Main base which is located on Mars, only there are 3 other targets located between Earth and Mars, which he must take care of first before entering Doile Dravis Stronghold on Mars. So From here abroad the C.E.D. Discovery they hyperspace towards Earth to the C.E.D. Executor and dock abroad it from there St.John pilots his Vengeance towards Earth, to a new built mine where more answers seem to be at.
In this Mission St.John must find a new type of ballistic missile launcher and a new type of plasma cannon, he must use these weapons against the new Pulverizer Bots which lurk in this mine as the ones that lay up ahead. Once everything has been succeeded, St.John must destroy this mine and leave it unreachable for any other visitor that is willing to get in.
After collecting the new weapons in that mine they were added to St.John’s menacing arsenal with pride The Black Shark MKII was the new type of Ballistic Missile which could make an implosion and pulling all the enemies towards it’s core then creative a massive explosion which is about 50% larger than the Black Shark MK1, the advantage of the Black Shark II is that it is a Homing Missile like the Mega Missile MK1 & MK2 are.. this makes it even more lethal.
The new Plasma Cannon collected is called the Orb Pulse Cannon it’s fires rapid blue plasma like orbs towards it’s target with a devastating effect, as it rips the enemy apart.
As St.John pics these new weapons with his entire layout he proceeds to the next mission on Earth as also the last one, its one of Doile Dravis’ new robot facilities which lays 687 KM south of the location where he is now, near the Antarctic Mountains.
Here St.John must destroy everything within this facility which is a hostile target, he must also disinfect the virus so that the computers can be used to reanalyze further information about the benefits of these robots if there were not infected by the virus.
Once destroying all the hostiles in the area as making the computers Virus Free the robots were made to reflect incoming asteroids which could harm the earth, thereby limiting human lives. From here St.John Hyper’s out to Mars where his two last missions remain.
Once arriving at Mars, St.John Descends down to the surface where he comes across some type of mercenary base heh this kinda rang a bell didn’t it 😉
Go to the Mercenary Base Destroy all the remaining forces, face their boss disable him and ask him out!!!
After disabling the mega boss of the Mercenary clan St.John questioned him for Doile Dravis main location which is located about 480KM North west of this location.. one large deep mine, just before St.John wanted to leave the pilot of this mega boss, the pilot wanted to pull the trigger, Jackie jumps in front of St.John and get’s hit by saving St.John..though St.John yell noooo!! And get’s to Owen the Guide bot with the First Aid kit and heals up Jackie just in time, and hereby St.John lays Jackie in his sleeping bay within the Vengeance, from here he heads towards Doile Dravis’ Main Stronghold one which is about 4 times the size of the one his brother Samuel Dravis had…
Mission for this one well is to rescue all hostages as call in the C.E.D. Discovery recovery ship when needed for extra support.
Destroy all the manufacturing plants as destroy all the remaining robots and face Doile Dravis himself here by leaving nothing of his forces as himself around, mission result must be no hostile survivors after this get the hell out!
After taking out Doile Dravis the madman who piloted Monsteroid Droid it crashed to the abyss within it a scream of arrgghhh this can not beee! than a massive boom of destruction tore the entire thing apart as it fell in to the abyss thereby killing Doile himself which was within the Monsteroid Droid’s cockpit it’s self. After this the entire Stronghold began to fall apart So St.John got the hell out as headed towards the surface of Mars.
As St.John flew towards the atmosphere of Mars, he saw one massive ball of light an explosion so large he has never witnessed in his entire Pyro Jockey life before! The shock wave was so intense St.John saw it crawl over the planet’s entire surface as he felt it also as he was entering space, the ball of light grew and grew, here by St.John had a message from his guide bot Owen” Time to Hyper Out St.John before we get sucked into it” St.John replied I think you are right’ let’s get this bucket with wings moving! So as he entered the coordinates for the C.E.D. Executor he Hyper’d out to that location once arriving at the Executor he docked in landing bay 14. he was welcomed by his family and the rest of the people he saved and this made St.John feel good on one side, he also brought his dog Jackie to the medical bay for examinations but everything seemed to be fine and the medics said he’ll be okay 🙂 But still St.John had the idea he wasn’t done yet since what about the remaining forces?
The Secret Missions
After finding the secondary exit in mission 4 this is how the story goes:
Once flying through a secondary exit of the massive mine you fly towards a lost base which has the form of an asteroid…you engage the afterburners to seek out what it is.
Secret Mission 4.5
It seems to be some type of secret ammo depot which is also packed with energy and shield generators… this might be interesting to find out what else could be hanging around.
Mini Cut Scene
After discovering the mass amount of energy and shield generators on this location you sent the coordinates to the C.E.D. Executor so they can add it to the new map of this rare as unexplored side of the universe! From here on you proceed to the next waypoint.
after this you go on to Cut Scene of mission 5.
After finding the secondary exit in mission 11 this is how the story goes:
After defeating Doile Dravis to a point where he escaped and entered hyperspace to an unknown destination, St.John was able to capture the Destroyer as he contacted the Executor to it’s whereabouts, this ship had many details Doile Dravis’ army was larger than anyone though as hoped it would be, the war ain’t over yet, it just got worse to a certain degree. So after all that you found a path to a secret teleporter! It’s to be a portal to the unknown location of the map, it seemed to be some abandoned communication center, which looked similar to the one from the C.E.D. of Operation Retribution.
Secret Mission 11.5
As you enter this similar looking communication center from the C.E.D. you try to seek more into to the whereabouts of Doile’s Stronghold.
Mini Cut Scene
Thanks to this mission you get a better view of where Doile’s Stronghold is, you beam the coordinates to the C.E.D. Executor, from here on you proceed to the next waypoint
after this you go on to Cut Scene of mission 12.
After finding the secondary exit in mission 14 this is how the story goes
You succeeded to capturing the facility and rescuing the two scientists, as you find an alternative exit, yous eek what lies beyond.
Secret Mission 14.5
It looks as if this is some special weapons plant for the new Venger droids, destroy it and rescue any hostages if detected.
Mini Cut Scene
After rescuing 4 hostages and destroying this special weapons plant you pilot your ship towards the next waypoint
after this you go on to Cut Scene of mission 15.
After finding the secondary exit in mission 17 this is how the story goes
After destroying the main Venger droid Facility, you seemed to have found an alternative exit which leads to a testing ground for prototypes of the Venger Droid …You fly towards this facillty and seek out what lies within
Secret Mission 17.5
What is most of importance, it is that you find the source behind this Venger Droid program, and pick up any ship parts so we can enlarge our fleet.
Mini Cut Scene
As you found the source of the Venger Droid Program and the extra ship parts you called in reinforcements as a scout team to take over the area, the new ship added is the Magnum AHT MK2 & Pyro-GX MK3
after this you go on to Cut Scene of mission 18.
After finding the secondary exit in mission 20 this is how the story goes
As you destroyed the Mega Ship Killer Bot, you flew around the place, into the dark passage and to this alternative exit, It seems it leads you to a place where the Mega Ship Killer Bot was designed.
Secret Mission 20.5
This secret mission you must try and find the plans to this Mega Ship Killer Bot and take it with you for further studies
Mini Cut Scene
As you gathered the plans of the Mega Ship Killer Bot you beam them up to the C.E.D. Executor and here on you head to you next mission
after this you go on to Cut Scene of mission 21.
After finding the secondary exit in mission 23 this is how the story goes
After disabling the mega boss of the Mercenary clan St.John questioned him for Doile Dravis main location which is located about 480KM North west of this location.. one large deep mine, just before St.John wanted to leave the pilot of this mega boss, the pilot wanted to pull the trigger, Jackie jumps in front of St.John and get’s hit by saving him..though St.John yelled noooo!! And get’s to Owen the Guide bot with the First Aid kit and heals up Jackie just in time, and hereby St.John lays Jackie in his sleeping bay within the Vengeance, after this you seem to have found an alternative exit, you fly in to seek this one out, after all what could be anything worse that it is all now right?
Secret Mission 23.5
This seems to be an Energy & shield station! there is lots of resources around though it seems to be very well guarded , but by what or by who? Your mission is o find this out defeat it and heal up for your next mission
Mini Cut Scene
After defeating 4 mini boss like robots and their small pest armies you seemed to have lessen the reinforcements for Doile’s massive stronghold! After this you heal and patch up at the energy & shield generators grabbing all the ammo you can carry and move on to the next way point.
after this you go on to Cut Scene of mission 24.
The main story is now complete.
I gave the endings of the Secret Missions a Mini Cut Scene and with this they fuse to the next main cut scene of the following mission 😉
Okay that’s them, all 24 missions and all 6 secret missions with their cuts scenes and mini cut scenes so they interleave with the main story. from now on I will thing of writing a Mission pack but might need to make 2 missions packs, since Vetrtigo is based on the Mercenary missions of Descent 2, Mercenary well explains it, these are the Mercenary missions of Descent 3 so I thought maybe a Mercenary mission pack of this version of the game as well to see the life on the other side, this one I will call:
Flight Back: Unorthodox
But I also want to write a mission expansion to the missions of St.John how it packs after this, call it a type of Aftermath, this one I will call:
Flight Back: Vengeance
Each mission pack will have 17 missions which includes 3 secret missions within them 17.
I will keep you all updated as I progress.
Okay here’s the first part of Flight Back: Vengeance 🙂
Flight Back: Vengeance
As St.John settled in cockpit of his Vengeance ship, he made a scan of the outer rim where the Executor was and he was searching for some inbound threats that seemed to have been detected on his radar a few days ago, just when he got back from the mars mission where he defeated Doile Dravis, he also wondered if Doile was still alive, though having doubts about this he called the captain of the Executor via his intercom. and talked to him about this, the captain said: “Are you sure about this commander? I mean if Doile is alive, don’t you think we would of heard something about this that he maybe planning another attack on us? but we didn’t, or did we?” St.John answers: “Well you do have a point on that behalf, but on the other hand he may be lay low and regather some forces for another attack.. and maybe an unexpected one as well, because I didn’t see him die in that last explosion where I thought I had defeated him…” The Captain replies with: “Well of you seem so unsure, why not fly back to your last mission waypoint and see if you find his remains? If so, then you could bring them back to us so we have a full proof that Doile Dravis has been defeated.” Owen says: “That is an idea Captain, but on the other hand you all saw how big that explosion was, could anyone really have survived that?” St.John replies with “Well you never can be sure..” The captain replies with “Well Commander St.John , then you know what must be done, it would be for the best of us all, do be precocious of your moves, we don’t want to loose our hero” St.John replies: “There is one thing Captain.. Own, Jackie and I ain’t heroes yet, once this has been resolved and proved that we truly defeated Doile for good.
During this trip Jackie also joined in, sitting behind St.John and Owen, thereby keeping them company.
This is St.John in the Vengeance, requesting refuel and rearm and access for take off.” The Executor control tower replies: “This is Executor Tower Control, your ship has been requested for refuel and rearm and yes commander you have clearance, have a good flight commander and please make it back in one piece ;), Executor Tower Control out.” St.John readies his ship refuels and rearms and replies with “Affirmative Executor Tower Control”.
As St.John prepares for take off, he does a knee board check list run to see if everything is okay and yes it all is, he takes off with afterburners on and enters the coordinates to the Mars sector where he left from his last mission, and from here the story continues.
As St.John exits warp to this sector he pilots the Vengeance towards the shattered Mars surface, he now finally could witness how large that explosion was and what damage it had done to 2/3rds of the planet’s surface, he asked Owen” Do you think this is a good idea?” Owen replied with “Well let’s seek and find out”
In this mission you must seek the remains of Doile Dravis’ ship and Doile himself, if so, return what you can find of his remains and head back to the Executor for further examinations.
After managing to find some remains of Doile’s ship but not a trace of any body parts from Doile nor any remains of DNA sources, something odd went through the air and St.Johns mind, he looked at Jackie the dog and Owen the Guidebot and asked them; “Damn! how can something I thought about, back on the main ship still be around…” Owen Said well nothing is impossible ya know” St.John replied with ” yeah it seems so”
He called in a light transport ship named The Endevour to gather the remaining parts from Doile’s remaining ship and to be brought back to the Tactical Command Ship Executor for further examination, The Vengeance went on to the next waypoint just 30 KM south of their position, there seemed to have been some sort of distortion on St.Johns Radar.
After reaching the unknown zone you must seek out this old mine that has never been visited since the First Strike days, but the mine seems rather strange, seek out the strange anomalies and try and find more about the new weapon held inside.
After finding out that this old mine had some neat info of how Doile could of escaped, you also did a neat find a new laser weapon named The Thunderstreak
This weapon fires 50% faster than the Super Laser, but it does 10% lesser damage on impact, overall it is more precise thus it’s still seen as a deadlier weapon, it fires purple laser shots at a range of 1200 meters. A call comes from the TCS Executor:
“St.John we have examined that debris from Doiles ship and it seemed to have been a decoy! Seek out the far east side from the North Cape of Mars there you will find more answers”
So as St.John heads to that directions he felt rather surprised and wanted to get there asap.
The Icey surroundings may lessen your field of view but radar can also be of great help in this mission, try and find a secret base in this area, it seems that Doile’s reinforcements had some sort of base here, a secret one with many dangerous secrets of the unknown.. seek our this new terror base and take it out!
After destroying this Hyrdo station it seemed one of the fewer main power plants for Doile’s dreaded armies of Hunter Killer Droid factories, You also found some power and shield generators and now you seek up your next objective which lays 14 KM west of this location.
In this mission you must seek out every Hunter Killer Droid in this factory where they are ebing built, destroy the main reactor get the hell out and enjoy the fireworks!
After blowing up the reactor St.John engages the after burners of the Vengeance and pilots it out of the emergency exit chute of the Hunter Killer Droid Factory, the explosion was awesome and Jackie was happy to see this one go up in flames and howled, Owen shouts “Yeah! 1 down 4 to go 😀 St.John said 4 more?” Owen says “Yeah 4 more, fly 200KM south from where you had that battle with Doile there seems to be an underground hydro plant..” St.John replies with ” Rodger that”
During this mission seek out this underground Hydro Plant and also try and seek some info on these massive Hydro plants and their purposes.
After finding out about the construction of these massive Hydro-plants, you found out that these were built as a backup power reserve plan to keep a hidden robotics facility online.
There seems to be something at stake here, and you fly to the next destination which lays 140 KM north of your position. You head towards this unknown area and seek what lays behind it’s secrets.
In this mission you must engage any hostile units and also rescue 5 trapped scientists in some sort of underground tech facility, but after this destroy the entire robotics facility and also try to find further information to where these robots were being built for and what purpose.
After rescuing the 5 scientists you beamed them up to the Rescue ship The Endevor From there they will guide you with extra information as you proceed, it seems that the robots that were being constructed were meant to be part of Doile Dravis’ massive reinforcement forces, these were also part of the attacks in the previous area’s you have encountered on this mission and may explain the high security around these Hydro Plants.
In this mission you must destroy the robotics facility , hereby delivering a powerful blow to Doile’s production for his reinforcements,detonate the reactor and find the exit and fly to the next waypoint, then proceed to your next waypoint
After destroying the robitcs facility, you flew out of the facility full speed and you seem to detect a massive force within a 40KM radius from your location, you fly towards it and find out that Doile’s massive army, from what is left of it is heading up north, you follow them to see where they are going.
This mission is simple, well simple it’s a reconnaissance mission, all you need to do is fly a few parsecs from the massive army and fly undetected, hereby following them to their so called secret base, which the scientists from The Endevor have told you about during your exit after blowing up that massive robotics facility
As you cruised along, everything went well, but somehow this seems to interest you a lot, Owen says “Just fly casual, but with great caution” St.John says “Good advice Owen, will do that and I even have a bad feeling that something fishy is going on around here” Owen says “yeah me too.” As you cruise along and enabled your cloaking device one of the robot guards which seems to be a Villanator Guard Bot; a new species armed with dual Beam Phasers, turns back and comes your way…
With this mission you have to take out the Villanator Guard Bot , but not to distract the rest that lays 200 meters ahead of it, you best weapon of choice would be a guided missile thereby striking it from the rear, find out where to position yourself making it think you are else where, from here on continue following that massive army, it is vital that you are never detected.
You finally succeed all but taking out that Villanator Guard Bot with your guided Missile but from it’s rear, so hereby it thinks that one of it’s team mates attacked it, so with this smart move you have a perfect distraction plan , the Villanator Guard Bot attacked it’s own allies from their rear side hereby taking a few of them with it giving you a free ride to an enterway which was 180 meters to the north west of your position! You fly in, it seems to be a cavern that leads to the secret base.
With this mission you must fly through this cavern and find a way to get below the secret base and after this to enter it, examin everything you come across, your mission is to seek some new type of weapon and the strategy plans of Doile’s next attack plan, so we can strike before he makes his move!
After making your way through this massive cavern you found a new heavy weapon, a beam cannon which fires a dark blue beam it it’s foes, hereby penetrating anything in it’s path, it’s very power hungry but the impact is devastating, do use with caution when holding down the trigger for too long you could overload your fusion reactor, the name of the weapon is the Penetrator , which simple explains it, you also seem to have found the plans of Doile’s counter attack and it seems that his plan is to reinforce as many robots he can to counter attack on the Endevor, how Doile found out that the Endevor was around is still put to question. As for his secret base, this lays 40 meters below where you are which is odd, since you have not found any entries to that deeper hole of his.
As you fly on you do find a crack in the floor, you use the Penetrator and it burns a neat hole, this seems to be a secret entry to the den of Dravis himself, you fly in and find out what lays down below.
This mission your task is to defeat the security system of Doile’s new underground base, there seems to be no reactor, but some type of hydro plant seems to be giving this place power, so to cut the power. you must seek up this hydro plant and take it out, so you will have to Ascent to the upper level from where you came in, from there the Hydro plant should not be far.
As you made your ascent to the main cavern again, you flew out from where you came in and 10 KM west of this cavern was a massive hydro plant, after taking this out you rushed back to Doile’s secret underground base and went on a scout hunt, to hunt down Doile’s remaining forces and the man himself..in the dark.
This scout hunt will be needed to take advantage over Doile’s forces, you will need to find a way to take out his 4 mini bosses armed with the best weapon, which would be the Penetrator that you collected, but you could also use your Orb Pulse Cannon , to take care of these 4 pests. After eliminating these 4 proceed to Doile’s hideout.
After taking care of them 4 mini bosses, you glide through this massive cavern they were hidden and you come across an advanced shield and energy generator there you recharge til 200% and take on the blood hunt for Doile Dravis, the man himself, you hope to have beaten in your main mission back on Mars.
This mission you must seek and find Doile Dravis, the sick minded brother of Samuel Dravis, show him who is boss.
As you fly to his hideout you see Doile take off in his Pyro-GE through his emergency escape chute, you follow him full burn, because this time you want to deal with him and hope it will be the last time, you intercept and plan to send his death warn.
this mission is obvious deal with Doile and prevent him from breathing.
As you flew after him you fired your Penetrator cannon up his rear end, hereby his ship went in half with him in it, Owen said “Now that should of got him!” you reply with “You bet!, the bastard!” as you fly past the debris, you scan the area for life forms and nothing can be found, this seemed that Doile was notified as K.I.A.
AS St.John pilots the Vengeance to The Endevor, he docks and is welcomed with great happiness of the crew and the 5 scientists he rescued, they hypered out to the meeting point where the C.E.D. Executor was awaiting them, they docked at the main hangar bay of the C.E.D. Executor and boarded this mothership, St.John’s dog Jackie was also pleased to see his old boss back in shape and the rest of the fleet flew formations as an ending to this massive battle, this end was a dream come true for everyone.
The captain of the C.E.D. Executor promoted St.John to Commander of the Endevor he also got a Purple Heart, Southern Cross and Golder arrow medals for his great bravery, the next day he flew back to the main base on earth, he then drove home and life was finally back to normal, no more battles, though these battles still are like some flashback from within, St.John still worries about some type of aftermath , but of such things you can never be sure.
The Secret Missions
After destroying the Hydro plant of this terror base you discover an alternative exit, you took this exit and now you shall go and discover what lays behind these strange tunnels that lead to some strange deep cavern.
This mission seem to be one of your strangest secret quests, find out what where these tunnels lead to and gather as much information possible, then proceed to next waypoint.
Mini Cut Scene
After finding out that them tunnels lead to a secret ammunition depot, you were all fueled up and locked and loaded, from here you fly to the next way point.
After taking out that Villanator Guard Bot, you find an alternative route which may be a shorter path to the secret base which was part of your objective in the mission you just completed,you take this dark blue path and see’s what lays ahead of it.
It seems that this alternative route also holds more secrets about Doile’s secret base, you seek forward and also try to rescue some hostages as you radar shows some life down there.
Mini Cut Scene
After rescuing 3 scientists that used to work for the C.E.D. , that were captured by the PTMC to work in this blue crystal mine, you beamed them up to the Executor, they could be of great value.
You also discovered numerous experimental Power and Shield Re-Charge devices and the plans of a new weapon named the Penetrator, it is greatly possible that this new Penetrator could be in that new secret base of Doile’s, after this mission you fly to your next way point.
After taking care of them 4 mini bosses, you glide through this massive cavern they were hidden and you come across an advanced shield and energy generator there you recharge til 200%, before proceeding you get a message from one of them Scientists you rescued in the previous secret mission that there seems to be a secret passage that leads to an unknown area that may hold a secret weapon, this is also the only way to achieve it.
In this secret mission, your main goal is to seek out what this secret weapon is, and then take advantage of it to take on Doile Dravis the man himself in you next quest!
Mini Cut Scene
After finding the Death Ray Cannon, this thing has very rare ammo and you have about 800 power cells, it fires a very powerful but unstable ray that does more than 1200 hit points damage, it’s about twice as powerful as the Black Orb Cannon but this may come in handy when taking on massive boss units, it uses about 250 power cells when fully charged, so be careful with every shot you take with it! After this mission you follow on to the next way point, take him out commander with all your advantages you have!
That was the first mission pack, Now for the opposite side, the Mercenary side, the forces that are against the C.E.D., so here comes the next which will take place after where Descent3 Mercenary leaves off.
Flight Back: Unorthodox
This last mission pack never came to place, it was going to be the Mercenary Followup story 🙂 But I never got to it, since the storyline of Descent3: Mercenary is somewhat too short and complicated and even that it’s the followup story of Descent II Vertigo, it also had little pattern in even making it look like a followup of vertigo at all, so I let this one slide.
Here a link to my work which I posted at the DS forums:
Since the O.D.F. closed down I took my work with me and now gifted it to the Descent community for those willing to make Descent related campaigns or Overload ones maybe?Feel free to make changes it’s just my valued gift towards this great community.
Feel free to add my credits if ever planning on using my work here.
Happy reading 🙂September 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm #18798
Here two Early Models of the Starfigthers Flight Back was going to use, I have been digging in my archives and I found them luckily 🙂
MetalBeast was one of our 3D Modelers, some of you Retro Descenters may know him people like Pumo & Splotchie and maybe a few others 🙂
MetalBeast made these for us, and I saved them for good memory.
But there you go, there were a lot of good idea’s for our project named Flight Back, I will try and find more if I have any more that is 🙂September 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm #18799
Here the source code of the work done for Flight Back:
Here the post made by D.Cent at Descentforum.de giving this to public for use:
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