Table of NPC
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NPC are arranged in the order of Tux progression in the game.
Level 12 - Cryo Stasis Lab
Dr. Francis Spark, Cryonicist
Dialog file: Francis.dialog
Purpose: Francis is the first character encountered in the game. He gives a summary explanation of what's going on in the world, and is able to direct the player to the mining community.
Backstory: Francis Spark is the Doctor in charge of the Cryonic Facility near the town. Francis is quite old and his heart is weak; he could easily suffer a fatal heart attack. He escaped to the town when the Great Assault began. He has agreed to be the keeper of the Cryo Stasis Laboratory. When he discovered that there was a Linarian being held in stasis, he took it upon himself to resuscitate that Linarian in hopes of bringing an end to the war.
With Spencer: Francis disagrees with Spencer about disposing of people in cryonic stasis. Initially he refused the task, but Spencer threatened to reveal a secret from Francis' past and forced him to accept: now he must send Spencer a list of all people in the Cryonic Facility. Not wanting to confront Spencer again, Francis passes the delivery on to Tux in the Deliverance quest.
With Chandra: Francis and Chandra know each other. Francis sends Tux to talk to him about Linarians.
Level 8 - Temple Woods
Geist Fleischer, Hunter
Dialog file: Geist.dialog
Purpose: Geist mostly serves to kill bots in the Temple Woods. Between him and Engel, these really serve as the player's best chance of gaining armaments early in the game.
Backstory: Geist and his brother Engel are bot hunters. After the bots killed their mother, they armed themselves and now live solely to kill them. Geist does not speak the local language (he speaks German). His family name is Fleischer (means "butcher").
With Engel: They are brothers.
Engel Fleischer, Hunter
Dialog file: Engel.dialog
Purpose: Engel serves early on to kill bots in the Temple woods. Between him and Geist, these really serve as the player's best chance of gaining armaments early in the game. He gives no items.
Backstory: Engel and his brother Geist are bot hunters. After the bots killed their mother, they armed themselves and now live solely to kill them. Engel formerly helped construct the bots, and now helps to finance himself by recovering bot parts and selling them. He speaks broken English (with some German). His family name is Fleischer (means "butcher").
With Geist: They are brothers.
Level 0 - Town
Guard of the North Town Gate
Dialog file: Town-NorthGateGuard.dialog
Purpose: This guard introduces Tux to the town; the only way to enter is through him. He's Tux's first contact with the Red Guard. The guard launches Tux on the trail of Kevin, who is necessary for the (currently only) end of the game. He may give the player the nickname "loon" if Tux tries to offend him but tries to back off. If Tux doesn't back off from the insult, the guard will kill him.
Backstory: The guard lost his little sister when the Great Assault began; this made him cynical, angry and abusive. When Tux enters the town, the guard is angered about a strange guy who sneaked into the town recently, and stole food and hardware. The guy was Kevin and Tux must find him to progress through the story. Currently, the only choice Tux has is to help Kevin.
Red Guard Escort
Dialog file: Town-TuxGuard.dialog
Purpose: This guard follows Tux through the town until Tux has talked with Spencer. He may call Tux "a loon" if this nickname was given by the North Gate guard.
Backstory: Just a guard.
Spencer, Leader of the Red Guard
Dialog file: Spencer.dialog
Purpose: Spencer is the central character of Red Guard faction. He gives the two quests needed for the one end of game. He gives some information about various quests Tux can accomplish in the town to help him get into the Red Guard.
Backstory: Spencer is the leader of the red guard. He gives no information about him.
With Dr. Francis: In order to save energy and space, Spencer wants to cut off life support for people in cryonic stasis in the nearby cryonic facility. He argues that it's necessary to defend the town and keep its inhabitants alive. He has blackmailed Francis to cooperate, and now Francis must compile a list of all occupants of the Cryonic Facility, which Tux must deliver to Spencer in the Deliverance quest.
With Dr. Moore: If Tux has killed him, Spencer will confront Tux; Tux has the choice of lying to Spencer and getting away with the killing, or telling Spencer the truth and either getting kicked out of the Red Guard or being deemed as too dangerous and sentenced to death.
With Tania: Spencer must give Tania permission to enter the town.
Chandra, Local Sage
Dialog file: Chandra.dialog
Purpose: Chandra gives more explanation of what's going on in the world, particularly about the Linarian race and the town. Chandra raises several questions regarding the story.
Backstory: Chandra gives no information about him.
With Dr. Francis: Francis and Chandra know each other. Francis sent Tux to talk with him about Linarians.
Mrs Stone, Shop Owner
Dialog file: Stone.dialog
Purpose: Stone is the first seller of equipment available in the town. She sells armament for the first part of game.
Backstory: Mrs. Stone has continued to take care of her shop after the Great Assault. However, the red guard taxes represent a higher cost than profit and she has problem with its finance.
Mrs. Stone grandfather knows Tux as a ancient hero. She managed to hide the grandfather's Shotgun from the Red Guard. She may give it to Tux in Saving the shop.
Dr. Moore, Town Medic
Dialog file: DocMoore.dialog
Purpose: Dr. Moore serves to heal Tux for free. He also provides some information about medical equipment.
Backstory: Dr. Moore gives no information about him.
With Bender: Bender has taken some brain enlargement pills despite Dr. Moore's explicit warnings; Moore now refuses to waste any more of the antidote on Bender. Tux can lie to get a cure for Bender in Bender's problem quest. If Tux wants more of the antidote after helping Bender, he must kill Dr. Moore. This might get Tux in trouble with Spencer.
Dialog file: Ewald.dialog
Emma Sorenson, COBAL Programmer
Dialog file: Sorenson.dialog
Purpose: Sorenson sells program books. She can increase the player's programming skill, which results in her death. The wrong answer to her questions or demands will turn her hostile to Tux and all other friendly NPCs.
Backstory: Emma Sorenson is one of the most brilliant programmers ever to have lived. A former Mega System employee, she is rumored to have sold her soul to the devil in order to improve her coding skills. Like all such deals, this one has had consequences she could not have foreseen. It is said that she can be released from her burden, but that no human could bear to release her.
When she left Mega System, she ran a library with his sister. But, quickly, she lock oneself in his bedroom for staring into the computer. Since, she never speak again with his sister.
With Tamara: They are half-sisters, but they broke off their relationship.
Tamara Clark, Librarian
Dialog file: Tamara.dialog
Purpose: Tamara serves as an alternative source of program books. She give more information about bots.
Backstory: Tamara Clark runs the town library, which she used to run with her half-sister Sorenson. After Sorenson's descent into the hacking culture, and subsequently madness, Tamara broke off her relationship with her sister and dedicated herself to the preservation of knowledge, especially in the aftermath of the bot attacks.
Since she was reading a lot of book about droids, she has became brilliant about it and has planned a book about bots apocalypse.
With Sorenson: They are half-sisters, but they broke off their relationship.
Dialog file: Bender.dialog
Purpose: Bender is the village idiot, strong but dumb. He give one quest.
Backstory: Just after the great assault, Bender took all the strength pills present in the town and he become the strongest man. Later, he receive a spam for brain enlargement pills (from a automated spamming bot). Despite the warning of Dr. Moore, I buy and eats them. He got badly sick.
With Dr. Moore: Moore refuses to gives the antidote to Bender. Tux can lie to get a cure for Bender in Bender's problem quest.
Dialog file: Skippy.dialog
Purpose: Skippy is the technology items trader. He sell the Map Maker needed to active auto-map.
Backstory: Skippy gives no information about him.
Bruce, Mine worker
Dialog file: Bruce.dialog
In-game name: Kevin
In-game name: Koan
In-game name: Tutorial Tom