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The ESCorp

by alexburlton




The ESCorp is a company dedicated to space mining in the universe. Its workforce consists solely of prisoners who are seeking to earn their freedom again. The work is dangerous and the rewards are small, but, for the prisoners who stick it out, it is possible to earn the right to return to your home planet and once again enjoy your freedom.


Game Introduction Text

Year 16536, the intergalactic empire prisons are full of prisoners serving life sentences.

This sophisticated incarceration system requires the use of so many resources that prisoners are obligated to work for the prison and those who complain are eliminated.

Among the different jobs sourced to the prisoners, the single most dangerous and unwanted job allows the prisoner to obtain freedom.

This job is called galactic miner.

These volunteers are chained to mining envelopes, inter-stellar spaceships containing enough technology to destroy space parasites and to extract rare minerals.

These envelopes are then launched through the infinite vacuum of space where prisoners find themselves completely isolated to perform their mining tasks with only the rare encounter with E.T. sellers and the noise of the inter-prisoner communication channels to keep them company.


Your Duty

For prisoners who wish to stick with the ESCorp, your path is simple, you must continue to complete Cleanup Missions until they agree to your freedom. After completing 52 cleanup missions, it is clear that you are loyal and have no intentions of leaving the ESCorp, so you are allowed to extend your horizons to the whole universe.

Of course, this is not the path that everyone chooses, and it should be noted that an alternate company exists who are against the ESCorp and its policies. This group is known as FURI.



Deciding to Go Over to FURI?

For all early prisoners, the equipment of your envelope is too primitive to try and defy the ESCorp and escape outside their reach. However, many do eventually turn to FURI as a result of the ESCorp's harsh approach, and the first step to doing this is crossing the Karbonis Belt. Please note that once you have done this, the ESCorp will essentially disown you and it will be impossible for you to go back and earn your freedom. But it can be argued that joining FURI is another type of freedom in itself, freedom from the corporate giant that is the ESCorp. At the end of the day, it comes down to who you would prefer to be governed by, because either way you are going to have do complete missions for somebody in a higher position than you.


The Ethics

It is never made clear as to how you became a prisoner, but the ESCorp certainly seems to be at best a shifty corporation. Clearly capable of telling lies (what was that it said about photo-transit to earth and imprisonment ending after the "Invasion" mission?), the ESCorp subjects its prisoners to an isolated life of travelling through the universe, and it seems only a few prisoners make it out alive. You meet your first victim of the ESCorp's regime in Douglas, after the "Distress Call" mission, and no doubt there are many more throughout the expansive universe. Whilst it is true that becoming a miner is a choice, it is not made clear what the other choices were, although it does seem as though mining was the only one that could lead to freedom ("the single most dangerous and unwanted job allows the prisoner to obtain freedom").

For these reasons, many choose FURI; the work is seemingly less tedious but then you are missing the final goal of being legally free again. Whatever some people may think of the ESCorp, the one thing it does offer you is freedom from your life sentence. And it can be argued that if you're a prisoner on a life sentence, you deserve all the harsh treatment you get.



The following missions are assigned only to ESCorp members:



Gameplay Differences

The gameplay differences can be found here.

Comments (8)

Lavos said

at 6:46 pm on May 14, 2008

Eh, not sure I like the tone of this article. It feels kind of biased. While I do appreciate all attempts to sway people to FURI's side, this isn't the place for it. XD

This should probably be rewritten without using terms such as "corporate monster". Keep it professional.

alexburlton said

at 9:18 pm on May 14, 2008

Haha yeah i get what you mean, when i said corporate monster i just meant in terms of scale... millions of prisoners all over the universe. Changed to giant now, also modified a few things, and added in the game introduction to show where some of the assumptions were coming from.

pip31319 said

at 12:44 pm on Jul 2, 2008

ESCorp do sound pretty mean though lol even if you ARE a prisoner on a life sentence

alexburlton said

at 6:46 pm on Jul 3, 2008

erm is anyone else seeing a load of tiled question marks behind the intro text? O_O

i have no idea why it's there and it makes the text illegible unless you highlight it.

Lavos said

at 7:09 pm on Jul 3, 2008

...I am too.

I'll (try and) fix it.

alexburlton said

at 12:09 am on Jul 4, 2008

looks fixed now, good job ^^

i didnt try fixing it but i went into the editor and there was nothing there from what i could tell :S

Lavos said

at 1:11 am on Jul 4, 2008

There were div class="help" HTML tags around it. Apparently PBwiki has a help class that involves a question-mark background.

pip31319 said

at 9:02 am on Jul 4, 2008

Ah... I thought it was delibrate =) Easier to read now though =) =)

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