Mission 03 - Return to Kharak
- The Mothership returns to Kharak, expecting a safe return for emergency repairs, only to discover that the scaffold, Kharak and its 300 million inhabitants you knew so much about in the manual, were wiped away by fire. The initial camera viewing angle given to you is cleverly placed facing away from the burning planet to maximize the shock value towards the player when the player proactively turns the view from the wrecked scaffold to the burning world below. Cue Agnus Dei (the choral version of Barber's Adagio for Strings).
- Throughout the first few lines of dialog between Karan S'jet and Fleet Intelligence, both well-known for their unbreakable Danger Deadpan professionalism, tones of devastation, desolation and despair can be heard, showing that even the hardest individuals are barely holding it together.
Fleet Command: No one's left. Everything's gone. Kharak is burning...
Fleet Intelligence: The scaffold has been destroyed. All orbital facilities destroyed. Significant debris ring in low Kharak orbit. Receiving no communication from anywhere in the system... not even beacons.