In which the reign of Cyber-Élodie is first introduced. The galactic table is set; time for the pieces to start moving.
No time like the beginning of a new game to explain every gameplay system at once! I start spreading Franco-Iberia’s galactic influence; Normae 28 might be the first of many.
I meet some new civilizations that I can’t talk to yet! So I don’t talk to them. Instead, more battles are fought, more systems are influenced, and my first galactic outing comes to a well-deserved shore leave rest.
I re-meet Rejinaldo Boliver de Alencer, who for reasons unknown has turned into a weird Harmony guy, and Kavitha Thakur, who had the good sense to stay on the Supremacy path. I also convince no planets to fully join my United Federation! But that’s not bad, is it?
Oh, goodie. I run into my two best friends, Samatar Jama Barre and Vadim Kozlov. And they say space is big. They’re bigger than me, sure, for now: let’s see who’s in the lead once I add a few more planets to my tally.
I grab the bull by the horns. Where ‘the bull’ is Vadim Kozlov, and ‘the horns’ represent his empire’s capital planet.
It turns out homeworld conquering is addictive, you guys! This time, though, my path of conquest has an unexpected, bittersweet side effect.
Well, I guess there’s one ‘old friend’ I won’t be seeing again this time around. The past catches up to me, and I deal with it with my trademark subtlety.
‘Subtlety’ is the name of my favourite brand of plasma cannon.
Just as the six-pack of opponents is finally completed, it shrinks again. I didn’t even know it was possible to… Well, nevermind. I blew ’em up once, I can do it again.
I rid the galaxy of all major threats to peaceful unity but one. No, I’m not the threat. I mean, I could be, but listen: shut it. I’m nice.
The final battle plays out. It may even be what you think it’ll be.