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As the amnesiac test subject designated Number 898462138069001 (as you later learn, structural engineer Armand Carter) you awaken aboard the enigmatic Iron Gaia mobile space station, your memories shattered. As the only human awake on board the rapidly decaying station, controlled by an insane artificial intelligence with delusions of deification, is up to you to unravel the mystery of your own identity, and to answer the crucial question: what is the Iron Gaia?—Story summary, from the game's website.
The Iron Gaia series is an indie sci-fi RPG series of games, about a structural engineer, named Armand Carter, who wakes up on board a space station with an AI that does not have its passengers best interests at heart. He has to find a way to escape.
The story is continued in Systems Malfunction, a LARP by the same creator, set in the same universe, 500-odd years after the GAIA crash landed on Origin.
The games can be downloaded at: http://www.ghostlightgames.net/ig/
Tropes included in Iron Gaia:
- AI Is a Crapshoot: Will be obvious within minutes of playing the first game.
- A God Am I: Pretty much the motivation behind each game's antagonist. And the protagonist of Virus.
- Anti-Hero: Carter is definitely NOT a Knight in Shining Armor. Neither is Sigmus from Virus, for that matter.
- Apocalyptic Log: The journal scene in Where Angels Fear to Tread.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Carter uses loads of them.
- Darker and Edgier: Yes, this game is rather grimdark, why do you ask?
- Final Boss Preview: One of the segments of the final boss decides to kick your face in near the start of Where Angels Fear to Tread.
- Heel Face Turn: Omegus, one of the GAIA's most trusted lieutenants, joins your party about halfway through Where Angels Fear to Tread.
- Human Popsicle: All the millions of passengers aboard the Iron Gaia station.
- Cryonics Failure: What happens to a vast majority of said passengers. Carter gets an up-close and personal look near the start of WAFtT.
- Knight Templar: The Celestials. Full stop.
- Late to the Party: And how.
- Multiple Endings: There are two three, if you play on Hard endings in WAFtT, hinging on a choice you are given before the Final Boss.
- Precision C Strike: Carter says that one word exactly once during Virus.
- Redemption Demotion: Omegus in WAFtT.
- Retraux: The game uses Super Nintendo style graphics and MIDI music.
- Timed Mission: All of Virus.
- Vaporware: Mana From Heaven