Prisoner 849 was a criminal placed in a small cell aboard the Vortex Rikers, the rankest prison transport this side of the Milky Way, for an unknown crime. A plasma gate guarded their cell; and after numerous attempts, 849 learned that trying to get through the plasma gate would only result in head trauma. The Prisoner then spent some time dreaming on the cell's iron frame bed, of the freedom of riding a roller-coaster on Earth.
One day, Prisoner 849 awoke to find alarms blaring throughout the ship, prisoners screaming, and a strong burning scent blowing into the cell. Officers and guards were rushing up and down the corridor. Though the Prisoner made a promise that they would make their way to the emergency shuttle, it proved quite difficult as the cell was still locked.
Suddenly Ash, the head guard of the prison cells, started to walk by while writing something in his log book. Questioning him about the situation resulted in a quick answer stating that the Vortex Rikers was going to crash. Though 849 tried to convince Ash to open the gates so they could escape, he simply sneered and continued on his path. 849 started to yell at him in rage, but was thrown back against the wall by a strong jolt from the ship.
Some time later 849 woke up to discover that against all odds, they had somehow survived the crash. 849 was heavily injured as well as dehydrated but was relieved to be alive. 849 also had a chance at freedom, as the plasma gate was deactivated during the crash. In the wreckage of the ship, 849 found a Translator to assist with understanding alien languages. The door to the prison block was locked, so 849 used an air vent to access the bridge. While in the air vent, 849 got their first look at a Skaarj Warrior. They continued through the rest of the ship while healing the wounds suffered in the crash, and attempting to discover the ship's present situation. 849 soon listened behind a locked door as a large group of guards were murdered by a single Skaarj Warrior. As the door opened the Prisoner caught a glimpse of the beast, but it ran away instead of attacking. 849 collected a Dispersion Pistol off one of the guards, now armed and ready to exit the ship, which the Prisoner proceeded to do by an emergency escape shaft.
849 had found a way to escape the Vortex Rikers and started travelling around the alien planet of Na Pali. With a trusty Dispersion Pistol in hand, 849 explored NyLeve's Falls; killing a few Lesser Brutes, Tentacles, and Mantas as well as acquiring an Automag. The Prisoner realized that this was a hostile world and the clear objective was to escape.
849 traveled to the Rrajigar Mine facility, where the Prisoner encountered the Skaarj in combat for the first time. The Nali, the inhabitants of the planet, were being enslaved by the invading reptilian race. While attempting to escape from the planet, 849 freed a great number of the Nali, who in turn assisted Prisoner 849 with supplies they had found but did not know how to use.
The game comes to an end when the prisoner arrives at a Nali Castle and descends into its dungeon, before climbing up once more to see a Skaarj facility, guarding over what looked like an alien spaceship.
Suddenly, the prisoner realizes that this is the source of the Skaarj presence, and it's the reason the mothership crashed here: The very same reason the Vortex Rikers crashed, as well as the ISV-KRAN and the Terraniux. The prisoner now realizes that, being related to insects, the Skaarj have a queen that if killed, will cause all the Skaarj on Na Pali to become extinct once the current generation of them is dead, giving freedom to the Nali. The prisoner realizes that this was already prophesied by the Nali. Then, they realize that even if they fail, they will find a way to freedom in there.
After this realization, the final stage in the game occurs: The prisoner must enter the mothership, kill the queen, and escape to their freedom. Once the Skaarj Queen is defeated, the prisoner finds a Skarrj escape vessel.
Wasting no time, the prisoner enters the pod, and as they ignite the engines, the ending sequence starts: the prisoner blasts off and flies out of the mothership complex, eventually exiting the atmosphere, and then the gravitational field.
However, once free of the gravitational pull, the fuel reserves run dry. The pod then continues with the remaining momentum, eventually coming to a halt.
They're imprisoned in the pod, left to ponder the events that transpired, and their miraculous survival of them. Prisoner 849 laughs and thinks about how little has changed about their situation. Still, Prisoner 849 feels confident that their ship will eventually be discovered.
In the beginning of Return to Na Pali, as the prisoner almost dies of starvation, the help they prophesied had finally arrived...
Return to Na PaliEdit
The UMS Bodega Bay, a ship of the Terran military body called "the Unified Military Services," which also arrested Prisoner 849 and owns the prison vessel Vortex Rikers, rescues the pod the Prisoner used to escape. The crew sends Prisoner 849, well armored and equipped, back down to the planet to find the UMS Prometheus. The Prisoner searches the Marshlands of the planet and finds the Prometheus, as well as the Talon Data Cores. The Prisoner intercepts a conversation between UMS Starlight Base Command and the Bodega Bay about Operation Talon Hunter. To keep the operation a secret, Base Command orders the Bodega Bay to eliminate Prisoner 849. A couple hours later, Prisoner 849 finds a shuttle, and flies it into orbit. The Bodega Bay attempts to fire a missile at the shuttle, but the prisoner leads the missile back into the ship, and destroys it.
Prisoner 849 flies away, and it is currently unknown what happens next.