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GRADIUS - BACTERIONíS REVENGE
by Rob Strangman

Here is a story about Gradius that I had been working on for a while. All I have is the prologue and some "information files" that I had put together as background info for my story. ...

With the "Public Information File", I've incorporated some other Konami games, like Axelay and Contra - I thought it would be neat to do.


PROLOGUE

ONCE MORE, THEY GROW.

At one time, they had been poised to take over the galaxy. Their name was feared by many. Only their eternal enemies, the Gradians, stood in their way. And if it hadnít been for one pilot, they would have succeeded. But they were defeated.
This pilot, flying the newest version of that damned Gradian fighter, the Vic Viper, had overcome incredible odds and fought his way to the very core of the homeworld, where the heart of the empire was located. Their emperor had put up an incredible fight against the intruder, but his efforts were all for nothing. He was destroyed, and without him to keep the homeworld together, the planet had soon followed.

Upon the homeworld destruction, the remnants of the fleet scattered. They would still exist, but they would never have the strength that they used to. Six hundred years passed.

The remnants of the fleet wandered space, growing more embittered with each passing century. Word had trickled out to them that unknown forces had come out of the unexplored Dark Nebula and almost destroyed the Gradians, but once again, they had survived. Would the Gradians ever be destroyed?

Then they had entered a previously uncharted solar system. Upon exploring the planets of this system, the scoutships made an incredible discovery.

Here was the means to finally have their revenge against the Gradians. The people of Gradius would finally fall, and the empire would be reestablished. Finally, strong again for the first time in centuries, the fleet set a course for the planet Gradius. This time they would not be stopped. And once Gradius was destroyed, the rest of the galaxy would soon kneel before them - or suffer the consequences.

The galaxy would once more dread the name Bacterion.

TO BE CONTINUED. . .

Gradius, Bacterion, Vic Viper, and all other related names copyright 1986, 1988, 1991, and 1997 Konami Inc.


FILE - HISTORICAL - #7659

THE HISTORY OF THE VIC VIPER

PROTOTYPE - Warp Rattler KN-001
1st CLASS - Vic Viper KN-002
2nd CLASS - Proteus KN-003
3rd CLASS - Modulated Artillery Exalter (M.A.X.) KN - 004
4th CLASS - Vic Viper KN-005
5th CLASS - Vic Viper KN-006

LOG EXCERPTS:

STARDATE 2759.6 - BACTERION DECLARES WAR - PROTOTYPE WARP RATTLER SENT INTO SERVICE - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - ANNIHILATION OF BACTERION CENTRAL BRAIN AND SPACEFORTRESS

STARDATE 2839.7 - MASSIVE SALAMANDER ARMADA ATTACKS GRADIUS - FIRST VIC VIPER SENT TO DESTROY STOP THE ARMADA WITH AID FROM LATISIAN ROADBRITISH SPACE DESTROYER - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - DESTRUCTION OF SALAMANDER ARMADA

STARDATE 2934.2 - LIVING PLANET ZELOS HEADED FOR GRADIAN SYSTEM - VIC VIPER SENT TO INTERCEPT AND DESTROY ZELOS WITH AID FROM LATISIAN ROADBRITISH SPACE DESTROYER - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - DESTRUCTION OF ZELOS - FORMATION OF ZELOS DEBRIS FIELD

STARDATE 2939.8 - SECOND BACTERION DECLARATION OF WAR - VIC VIPER SENT TO STOP BACTERION FLEET - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - DESTRUCTION OF BACTERION EMPEROR GOFER AND MOTHERSHIP

STARDATE 3041.1 - BACTERION WAR FLEET ATTACKS IN RETALIATION FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF GOFER - FIRST PROTEUS CLASS VIC VIPER SENT INTO SERVICE TO DESTROY BACTERION WAR FLEET - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - DESTRUCTION OF BACTERION WAR FLEET

STARDATE 3041.2 - REMNANTS OF BACTERION WAR FLEET REGROUP AND LAUNCH MASSIVE COUNTERATTACK - PROTEUS CLASS VIC VIPER FEARED DESTROYED IN AMBUSH - PROTEUS CLASS VIC VIPER ESCAPES THROUGH AKARIAN ASTEROID FIELD AND ATTACKS BACTERION FLEET - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - BACTERION WAR FLEET DESTROYED

STARDATE 6428.7 - THIRD BACTERION DECLARATION OF WAR - FIRST M.A.X. CLASS VIC VIPER SENT INTO SERVICE WITH ORDERS TO DESTROY BACTERION HOMEWORLD - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - DESTRUCTION OF BACTERION EMPEROR AND BACTERION HOMEWORLD - REMNANTS OF BACTERION FLEET SCATTERED - END OF BACTERION THREAT TO GRADIUS

STARDATE 6591.1 - REGROUPED SALAMANDER ARMADA UNDER LEADERSHIP OF GIGA ATTACKS GRADIUS - SECOND VIC VIPER CLASS VIC VIPER SENT TO DESTROY GIGA AND SALAMANDER ARMADA WITH AID FROM LATISIAN LORD BRITISH SPACE DESTROYER - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF GIGA AND SALAMANDER ARMADA

STARDATE 6743.7 - UNKNOWN THREAT EMERGES FROM THE UNCHARTED DARK NEBULA, AKA THE EVIL RANGE - GRADIUS AND LATIS EACH SEND TWO FIGHTERS TO STOP THIS THREAT - GRADIUS SENDS THIRD VIC VIPER CLASS VIC VIPER AND EXPERIMENTAL FIGHTER FALCHION BETA, AND LATIS SENDS LORD BRITISH SPACE DESTROYER AND EXPERIMENTAL FIGHTER JADE KNIGHT - MISSION SUCCESSFUL - GROUP PENETRATES THE DARK NEBULA AND DESTROYS THE REVIVED ZELOS

END HISTORICAL FILE

FILE - PUBLIC INFORMATION - #427

NEIGHBORING SYSTEMS TO GRADIAN SOLAR SYSTEM -

BACTERION SYSTEM
ILLIS SYSTEM

NOTABLE AREAS AND ITEMS IN THIS SECTOR OF SPACE -

THE MOAI FIELDS (COORDINATES 21y - 56z)
THE ANCIENT CITY OF TEMPLES (ON LATIS)
THE TRALIEB COLONY (ORBITING ILLIS)
THE D-117B AXELAY STRATAFIGHTER (ON ILLIS)
THE ZELOS DEBRIS FIELD (OUTSKIRTS OF GRADIAN SYSTEM)
THE DARK NEBULA, AKA THE EVIL RANGE (HAZARDOUS AREA)
THE ANNUAL STARSHIP TIME TRIALS (HELD ON GRADIUS, LATIS, AND ILLIS - ALTERNATES PLANETS EACH YEAR)
THE HOMEWORLD OF THE ALIEN CONQUEROR RED FALCON (AS YET UNNAMED AND UNCHARTED)

END PUBLIC INFORMATION FILE


As you can see above, I took the ILLIS SYSTEM, THE TRALIEB COLONY (ORBITING ILLIS), and THE D-117B AXELAY STRATAFIGHTER (ON ILLIS) from Axelay, and THE HOMEWORLD OF THE ALIEN CONQUEROR RED FALCON (AS YET UNNAMED AND UNCHARTED) from Contra.

I have a couple of other ideas for Gradius related stories - one called AXEIUS, which is the story of how the Armada Of Annihilation from Axelay attacked Gradius and Latis - they grounded the Vic Viper and the Lord British Space Destroyer. Gradius was able to send a message to Illis, who sent the D-117B Axelay Stratafighter out to free Gradius.

My other idea was for G-TYPE, a Gradius meets R-Type story where a Gradian patrol ship finds a wrecked R-9 fighter drifting in space. A message is transmitted from a dead Bydo on board the fighter, and the Bydo war fleet ends up heading for Gradius. The only way the Gradians can stop the Bydo is by using the technology found in the R-9 fighter and equipping the Vic Viper with it.

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