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Video Game Atlas: C-Island

Once a week Art Attack will offer you a handy little travel guide to the fictional worlds of video games.

Name: C-Island, StarTropics series

Population: 57

Government: Tribal society run by Chieftain

Having spent a bit too much of my time, and money, in the fleshy den of sin that is Sanctuary, I felt that something a little bit more scenic and calm would be just the thing to purge the wastelands from my system. Something with cool winds, lots of sun and, if I could swing it, pretty girls. Next stop, C-Island!

C-Island is located in the mid-Pacific Ocean far to the west of Eagleland...or as you may call it, America. Appropriate to its name, it is indeed shaped like a giant C, and as such is a natural harbor for ships to weigh anchor in. This makes it a popular tourist spot.

The leader on C-island is Chief Coracola, an amiable and rotund man who wears the island's traditional costume of not much at all. Despite his somewhat primitive appearance and the island's history of shamanistic religion, the Chief is well-versed in Western culture and technology. He currently holds several world records in Tetris, for instance, and lends his help to scientific research expeditions that often dock in his country.

One of those is the famous archaeologist Dr. "J" Jones. Dr. Jones uses advanced robotics and submarine technology to conduct expeditions to the ocean floor, and was able to recover amazing artifacts from alien civilizations. In particular, he managed to establish contact with the Argonians, an elfin race that survived a massacre at the hands of a warlord named Zoda through a harrowing escape towards Earth.

Zoda pursued the Argonians to Earth, and kidnapped Dr. Jones in order to extract their location from him. Dr. Jones's nephew, the now-famous baseball player Mike Jones, pursued the interstellar terrorist and recovered not only his uncle but the last children of Argonia as well.

The race currently lives on the island under the protection of the Chief, and the Princess Mica herself is certainly a pretty thing. I tried to get to know her a little better, but the village's diet of coconut milk and fish didn't sit very well on an unaccustomed stomach. It's hard to flirt when you're wondering if you're going to soil your last pair of pants.

It is a curious fact that while the people of C-Island are almost totally nonviolent, they did develop a curious martial art based entirely around using a yo-yo. How exactly this came about no one could tell me, but it's been the traditional arm of the C-Islanders at least within the lifespans of the several centenarians that live in the village. Perhaps yo-yos were gifts from the first visitors to the island.

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Curiously, though the yo-yo dates from ancient Greece and was popular among the Victorians, "yo-yo" itself is believed to be a Philippine word. It's possible that rumor of the power the C-Islanders are able to wield with the device -- I saw a snake the size of a mature pine tree beaten to death with one -- spread out from the islands of the Pacific to become known in the outside world.

By the time my gastric distress had subsided, I bid the Chief and his people farewell, and went looking for a new adventure. Till next time!

Previous Entries in the Video Game Atlas

Sanctuary, Borderlands series Monstro Town, Super Mario series Hope, Hitman series series The Velvet Room, Persona (Shin Megami Tensei) series Onett, Earthbound (Mother) series Bionis, Xenoblade Chronicles series Blobolonia, A Boy and His Blob series The Citadel, Mass Effect series Gold Saucer, Final Fantasy series High Hrothgar, Elder Scrolls series The End of Time, Chrono Trigger series Kakariko Village, Legend of Zelda Series Silent Hill, Silent Hill Series Monkey Island, Monkey Island Series Rapture, BioShock Series The Republic of Dave, Fallout series

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