VUX Beast

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The VUX Beast, usually nicknamed merely the "Beast" or, occasionally, "ZEX's Beauty" is a legendary monster, the only known living specimen of its kind. This beast was described in ancient literature as being unmatched in ferocity and power, leading Admiral ZEX, an obsessive collector of grotesque fauna, to become obsessed with acquiring it. The only known reference to its location was an ancient wildlife book written by an unknown alien author, which ZEX had found and studied. The Beast was said to live on a planet orbiting a yellow star in the constellation "Linch-Nas-Ploh", an eight-star constellation — "Linch-Nas-Ploh", in the aliens' language, meant "the snake-like creature who has swallowed the elephantine beast".

ZEX challenged The Captain to find this Beast for him before he would turn over his captured Shofixti Maidens. The Captain agreed, and finally heard of a Beast that might fit this description in his dealings with the Thraddash, finally learning that the yellow star of "Linch-Nas-Ploh" was the Delta star of the constellation humans had named Lyncis.

The creature appears to be the only extant, extremely long-lived member of its species, though there may be an alternate explanation for why only one was found and why the ancients referred to it in the singular. It is classified by Earth xenologists as a "xenoteratomorph", or "alien monster form" — a creature much larger and stronger than roughly equivalent Earth species. In appearance it has a huge head surrounded by barbed tentacle-like appendages along with two longer, three-jointed armlike appendages covered with spikes and blades at the base, with green skin and a red tongue. Because of its large size and robust nervous system, it is highly resistant to stunner bolts, and required several batteries' worth of stun charges from crew's lander before it was incapacitated. Even then, it only took it a few seconds to recover from the stun effects, and required extremely strong magnetic restraints to hold in place. Its extreme aggression and the length and flexibility of its "arms" made it very dangerous to approach; it attacked and injured many members of the Starbase's scientific crew while it was kept there, including xenobiology research team leader Dr. Chu. It appeared to have an instinctive urge to constantly eat, chewing up anything it could get within its reach; upon finding something too hard for its teeth to break, it would rip it to pieces with its arms in frustration.

Due to the dangerous nature of the Beast, The Captain transported it to ZEX's private world as quickly as possible. It was unsurprising that ZEX proved overconfident in his ability to control the Beast, and it quickly escaped the control of its handlers and rapidly laid waste to the menagerie, killing and devouring ZEX and his subordinates, before it ran away into the wilderness, leaving The Captain free to salvage what he could from the ruins.

Gameplay notes

Sources of information

ZEX's clue accurately describes the Lyncis constellation. Though it does limit the location to the three yellow stars in the constellation (Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon), one must decipher the final portion of the clue as well in order to independently determine the specific Lyncis. In considering the word 'ploh' in relation to the common alpha, beta, etc designations of the constellations a way to penetrate the mystery is thus: 'ploh' can be taken to be a mispronunciation much like linch-nas. In its case it may not be obvious which designation it corresponds to. However, the alpha beta progression is taken from the Greek alphabet letters which have a definite order. Perhaps 'ploh' instead of being a letter is describing the letter? If we take 'ploh' for a numeric designation, we can see that a potential English numeral candidate for a garbled pronunciation is 'four'. It so happens that the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet is Delta and therefore the fourth designation in the alpha beta progression is delta and hence Linch-nas-ploh becomes Delta Lyncis.

The Thraddash, if they have joined the New Alliance and have been told to emulate The Captain, reveal the exact location, telling about a vicious creature they encountered on Delta Lyncis I. In certain conversation paths with Captain Fwiffo on Pluto, he can be made to reveal the coordinates of Delta Lyncis although the true significance is of course not unveiled.

Relevance to the plot

The VUX Beast is not essential to completing the game; but it is necessary to capture the Beast in order to obtain the Shofixti Maidens and resurrect the Shofixti race. It is one of the first steps in initiating Yehat Rebellion and reducing the crew cost.

Game objectives - required items

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Clear Spindle - Aqua Helix - Rosy Sphere - Ultron - Utwig Bomb
Taalo Shield - Talking Pet (device)
Yehat Rebellion VUX Beast - Shofixti Maidens
QuasiSpace Ur-Quan Warp Pod - QuasiSpace Portal Spawner