The Orion Agenda is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2004 by Ryan Weisenberger. It was an entry in IF Comp 2004 where it took 6th place. It was compiled with ORLibrary release 1.3C.
In this sci-fi story, you play as Capt. Jon Stark of SciCorps. You're monitoring a promising alien species on Orion 3 from orbit on Station One when the General gives you your first field assignment. Outpost 132 has gone silent. You and Lt. Rebecca Crusoe are to take a shuttle to the surface and investigate the situation.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 9 of the game.
Bottom of a Hole
> x me. x jumper. i. x mud.
> x monitors. (You are summoned to the General's office.)
> d. n. n.
General informs you that we've lost contact with Monitor Outpost 132. You and Lt. Rebecca Crusoe will take a shuttle down to the outpost, investigate, and report back here. He hands you a requisitions form and leaves. He is never seen again.
> i. x form. (It's unsigned.)
> x Rebecca. (She carries a pack.)
> show form to Rebecca.
She says we'll need to find a ranking officer to sign it. And by "we", she means you, because she'll soon tell you she's going to wait in her room.
Colonel Calvert's Office
> x Calvert. give form to Calvert. ("put it on the pile")
> x papers. x stains.
> ask Calvert about coffee. ("make sure it's hot")
> w. s. e. e.
There's nothing and nobody here right now, but I wanted you to see that this location is used for large meetings.
> x dispenser. read sign.
> dispenser, hot coffee. (You now have some.)
> w. n. e.
Colonel Calvert's Office
> give coffee to Calvert. ("I owe you one")
> give form to Calvert. (He signs it.)
> w. w.
> x kiosk. read sign. put form in kiosk.
> take case. x it. open it.
> x card. x scanner. x tracking. (finds Rebecca.)
> x disguise. x translator. (earpiece with knob)
> x knob. (four settings: Off, Bejourn, Orion, and Altairi.)
> x manual.
The manual is a series of menus. Read all of them. When you're done, head for your room:
> e. s. s. s.
Ignore your generic furnishings and just use the terminal to look up topics.
> x terminal.
> consult InfoNet about Rebecca.
> consult InfoNet about McEllis. (uh-oh)
> consult InfoNet about Altairi.
> consult InfoNet about Orion 3.
> consult InfoNet about outpost.
> consult InfoNet about me.
> consult InfoNet about Calvert.
> consult InfoNet about Centauri 8.
> consult InfoNet about Bejourn.
> consult InfoNet about League.
> consult InfoNet about SciCorps. (est. by Luke Anthony)
> consult InfoNet about Luke Anthony. (very reclusive)
> consult InfoNet about station.
> consult InfoNet about InfoNet.
Let's go get Rebecca:
> n. se.
Rebecca Crusoe's Room
> ask Rebecca about herself.
> ask Rebecca about Altairi. tell Rebecca about McEllis.
> ask Rebecca about outpost.
> show case to Rebecca. (She'll follow.)
> nw. n. w.
> x arm. x shuttle. x doors.
> enter shuttle.
Inside of the Shuttle
> x seat. sit on seat. x screen. x panel.
> take card. put card in slot.
The shuttle takes you to a clearing north of the output, activates its cloak, and opens the hatch.
> wear disguise.
> turn knob to Orion. wear translator.
> e. se.
CAUTION: If you're not wearing the disguise past this location, you'll be killed.
> x village.
You're surprised by a hunting party who tell you a war is imminent. You're taken to their village for your safety and they leave you in a guest house.
Rebecca tells you to find a way over the village wall and she'll do the same.
Street, West of Square
> x house. x street. x square. x fountain.
> x fountain. x statue. (serpent)
> x coin. x glyph. take coin.
> x cannon. (barrel is empty)
Go find Rebecca, then:
> show coin to Rebecca.
She tells you the coin's glyphs mean Good and Evil. Return here and continue:
Street, South of Square
> x house. s.
> x man. ask man about himself. (He's Rzyar.)
> x window. x poles. (meter long each)
> x table. (stones: square, round, pointed, shiny)
> x square stone. (It has a glyph on it.)
> ask man about stones.
He says you must prove you have the values of each stone. When all the stones are gone, he'll help you.
Go fetch Rebecca, then:
> ask Rebecca about stones.
> ask man about compassion. (Show you care about his people.)
> ask man about truth. (Just stop lying to him.)
> ask man about knowledge. (Show what's wrong around here.)
> ask man about skill. (Points at poles; just beat him at his game.)
> ask man about poles. (Pick them up and we play a game.)
> take poles. ("play a game of skill?")
>> yes (You must balance your pole on your head longer than he does.)
Note that you must actively balance the pole; don't just type "z" or "wait".
> balance pole. g. g. g. g. g. (It falls; you lost.)
> n. n. n.
Street, North of Square
You're not getting out this way.
> x gate. x guards. e. e.
> x girl. x doctor. ask doctor about girl.
> ask doctor about himself. x beds. x window.
> scan girl. (You learn what's wrong, for example: a vitamin A deficiency)
> w. s. s. s.
> x shopkeeper. ask shopkeeper about herself.
> x food. x stalks. x mush. x roots. x cubes.
> x jars. x counter.
> scan stalks. scan mush. scan roots. scan cubes.
Buy the food that will most help the sick girl. For example, if the girl has a vitamin A deficiency, buy the food that's high in vitamin A.
> buy BEST-FOOD. ("Are you sure?")
You buy the item with the coin.
> n. n. n. e.
Go fetch Rebecca again, then:
> Rebecca, distract doctor.
> give BEST-FOOD to girl.
The girl won't be cured instantly; you'll want to come back later.
> w. s. e.
> x priest. (He asks if you want to hear the sermon.)
> ask priest about war. ("Speak no more of this")
> ask priest about Grahtur. (Read his passage in the Book.)
> x frescoes. x glass. x altar. x cloths.
> x stand. x prayer cards. ask priest about cards.
> take cards.
> x war card. (Xzxxe looks human and wears a SciCorps uniform?)
> x peace card. x harvest card. x disease card.
> x fertility card. x death card.
This is just a pleasant location to enjoy.
> x flower. x vines. x creature. x bushes. x wall.
> w. w. w. w.
> x litter. x map. x glyph. (raised)
> ask Rebecca about glyph. ("Gate of God")
> push glyph. (southwest passage opened)
If you do things right, you only need one stick of explosive.
> x stick. take it. ne.
> push glyph. (The passage closes.)
> e. ne.
> put stick in cannon.
> ne. e.
The girl, Hreaw, is getting better. She gives you a bracelet and whispers "Thank you."
> x bracelet.
> w. w. w. w.
> x ladder. x equipment. x lines.
> take ladder.
> e. se. s. s.
> put ladder under window.
> show bracelet to man. (Compassion stone fades away.)
> show war card to man. (Knowledge stone fades away.)
> ask man about McEllis. (You're smarter than Rzyar thought.)
> Rebecca, light cannon. (She agrees to.)
> take poles.
> balance pole. g.
The explosion startles Rzyar and he drops his pole. Skill stone fades away.
> z. z. (Rebecca returns.)
> remove disguise. (Truth stone fades. You re-don your disguise.)
With the table clear of stones, Rzyar unlocks the window.
> climb ladder. open window.
> s. (Rzyar tosses a strange cube to you as you go.)
Outside Village Wall
Rebecca follows you out. The way forward is quite clear.
> x cube. x markings.
> show cube to Rebecca. (Each side has an Orionion god's name.)
> s. e.
Rebecca pushes the wall, opening it.
You can't close the entrance, so don't worry about that.
> remove disguise. (Rebecca does likewise.)
> x window. x telescopes. s.
> x maps. x table.
> e. open door. (locked)
> x screen. (no problems reported)
> x equipment. ask Rebecca about screen.
In the planning room, you discover Daryl McEllis and several people, both human and Orionion, in SciCorps uniforms. Rebecca hands an envelope of access codes to Daryl. They plan to invade Station One in a war against SciCorps. Will you join them?
Daryl's men remove your inventory, then toss the cube and you into the pit we saw in the beginning of the game.
Bottom of a Hole
> search mud. (You find the cube and clean it off.)
> x cube. x markings.
After you read all six names, the cube whines, glows, and heats up briefly. Then a rope end drops into the pit.
> climb rope.
Calvert and Rzyar have rescued you, homing in on your cube. You learn McEllis has taken over Station One. You sneak back in via a maintenance airlock.
> x droid. e.
> x uniforms. search uniforms. g. g. g.
General is the highest rank available, so wear that uniform.
> wear General's. w.
You must wear a General's uniform here. The droid politely refuses orders from all lesser ranks.
> open hatch. (doesn't budge)
> droid, open hatch. ("Right away, General Stark.")
> n. n.
The room is empty of people and on automatic.
> d. n. n.
The General's Office
You finally find the book that the priest mentioned. It's your final clue on how to resolve this.
> x fabrics. x desk. x bible. x comment.
> s. s. e. e.
CAUTION: If you say the wrong name to the wrong people or do anything else, you will die.
> say Xzxxe to Daryl.
> say Fregda to people.
The Orionians rebel! They attack the SciCorps people and then — hull breach! Everyone runs to the shuttles. Daryl and Rebecca escape in a private shuttle; you and others escape in another.
Hours later, on Orion 3, you talk with Calvert about the future.
*** The End ***
The Orionian gods:
Part of the response to ABOUT:
The Orion Agenda
by Ryan Weisenberger (
email redacted) Copyright 2004
Release 9 / Serial number 040930 / Inform v6.30 Library 6/11
ORLibrary release 1.3C (2004.06.08)
Standard interpreter 1.1 (4F) / Library serial number 040227
Written, Designed, and Implemented by Ryan Weisenberger
Third party Inform modules:
- ORLibrary - Jim Fisher
- OutofRch - Marnie Parker
- Scenic - Richard Barnett, Joe Mason, Roger Firth, Stefano Gaburri
- ExpertGrammar - Emily Short
- Info - Jesse Burneko
- CheckOut - Roger Firth
- Utility, DoMenu, AltMenu, Hints - L. Ross Raszewski
- Diane Weisenberger
- Jeff Hibser
- Alexandre Owen Muniz
- Jacek Lenkiewicz
- Mark Wickham
I'd also like to thank my wife for putting up with not having a husband during the several weeks that I was writing this game, and thanks to all the beta-testers, who without their excellent feedback, this game would not be what it is.
You have an inventory limit of five items, but during normal play, you'll never notice the limit.
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