IN THE TUNNEL
"Whoowhee! If the folks back home could see me now! When I joined the
Vanguard expedition I never thought I'd be flying through the tunnels of
Aterria looking for a mythical City of Mystery."
"It might not be a myth."
"Captain, do you mean to tell me you really believe there is such a city,
paved with silver and ruled by a giant called Gond?"
"Why not? It's right here in the flight log book we found in the Aterria
excavations. That's pretty convincing."
"But that book's dated 1983. People believed in all sorts of weird
things back then...flying reindeer, egg-laying rabbits..."
"When you've been on as many expeditions as I have, you'll believe
anything can exist. This whole planet is pretty unreal. Take these
tunnel walls, for instance...every color of the rainbow! I'd swear I was
in heaven if it weren't for the rocks...
"Hey! Watch out! You almost speared us on that stalagmite. I know our
spaceship has five live, but we still have a long way to go and we're
going to need all the lives we've got. If this log book is telling the
truth, these tunnels are full of dangerous flying objects: hovering
Mist ships, Harley rockets, Helm balloons."
"Yeah. Garimes waiting to tear us with their tentacles and that other
cozy customer, the flying Kemlus snake."
"Seriously, what do you think the log book means by 'Watch out for the
rain of Romedas in the Bleak Zone'?"
"I think the pilot that kept that log book was out of his mind, that's
what I think. Probably bitten in the head by a Kemlus snake."
"Well, if there is anything in this tunnel, we should be sighting it
pretty soon. According to our tunnel map, we're entering the Mountain
Zone. How's the fuel supply holding out?"
"Getting low. We'd better infuse energy pretty quick or we'll crash."
"I certainly hope the log is right about energy pods growing in the
Mountain Zone. Pod energy is supposed to make us indestructible for 10
seconds. Why, if that's true, we won't need to fire out lasers."
"Oh sure, Just run headlong into an enemy ship and POW! down it goes.
Listen, I don't believe in pod power any more than I believe in Mist
ships. If there is anything like that on Aterria, I'll eat it."
"Well, I hope you have the stomach for it. Look what's coming!"
"Great Gonds! Mists as thick as hornets and twice as mad."
"And they're all yours. Fire at will...and while you're at it, keep an
eye out for energy pods."
"Roger! City of Mystery, here we come!"
--From the Atari 2600 Vanguard instruction manual.