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The Earnon galaxy (or simply Earnon. It is commonly referred as The Galaxy) is a galaxy where the Space Quest games take place.

BackgroundEdit

Originally many of the galaxy's worlds were colonized by humans and humanoids from Terra III (Earth) (these cultures are known for their use of toilet paper[1]).

The inhabitants of the galaxy had lived in peace and prosperity for many decades, but events indicated it wouldn't remain rosy forever. Although the galactic government had become corrupt and unresponsive. Young Earnonians had grown rebellious and hostile. Lunatics and sub-Delta morons had taken control of TV networks (this began centuries before, but nobody had noticed until recent times).[2] The people of the galaxy Earnon had been struggling to maintain the precious balance of life.[3] In the Earnon system, the sun, for which the earthlike planet Xenon [zee-non] relied for the building blocks of life was dying.[4]

Sometime after Roger Wilco, thwarted the Sariens, Sluge Vohaul planned to take revenge on the galaxy by unleashing genetically engineered life-insurance salessman clones on the unsuspecting people.[5]

LocationEdit

The galaxy Earnon lies many, many light years from Earth's solar system.[6] it consists of billions and billions of worlds [7]. It is best known for the Earnon system, where the planets Xenon and Earnon are located, home of the Star Confederation. Other planets include Kerona and Labion.


Systems & RegionsEdit

PlanetsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

The existence of the Earnon galaxy has been unclear to many fans. But the answer is actually rather simple and clever.

The word Earnon is an Irish word and name meaning "Galaxy". Therefore there is an ironic double entendre, its literally a redundant doubling up of the same word. Like saying Mount Fujiama (ama means mountain, so it is redundant to include Mount when referring to it as Fujiama, but more accurate to call it Mount Fuji in English.) Further more this explains why the galaxy is often known as "The Galaxy" in many sources as that is literally the galaxy's name in English (and simply referring to it as Earnon would suffice as well).

In SQ1 the game never uses the term "Earnon Galaxy", or "Earnon galaxy" but rather the introduction states "...the galaxy Earnon", likely pointing to the interchangeable nature of "galaxy" and "Earnon".

Earnon galaxyEdit

In the original Space Quest and its remake, the planet Xenon is located within the Earnon system in the galaxy Earnon.

In the introduction for original Space Quest and the manual for Space Quest I remake, Earnon is described as being the name of both the galaxy and the system where Xenon is located. Xenon appears to be implied to exist in another galaxy other than Milky Way in most of the games. This turns out not to be a contradiction however as Earnon simply means 'the galaxy' in Irish, and both names interchangeable in meaning.

SQ2 Space Piston comic refers to the galaxy as "your Galaxy" at one point.

The events of Space Quest V may take place in the Earnon galaxy, according to Captain Quirk he refers to the galaxy as the Galaxy (which is the 'English' translation of Earnon). The Space Quest Companion mentions that G6 quadrant where much of SQ5 takes place appears to far away from Andromeda. Which means it either has to take place in Earnon Galaxy or the Milky Way. The Galactic Inquirer refers to the "Milkyway galaxy" lieing outside the galaxy through the Mondorian blackhole, thus implying that SQ3 more than likely takes place in the Earnon galaxy.

Oddly SQ6, makes reference to Milky Way Today, which could imply that Space Quest takes place in the Milky Way galaxy. However, it also refers to "The Galaxy' in a few lines as well, as well as the Earnon system which are specific references to the 'galaxy Earnon' of the series.

The Andromeda galaxy actually has several 'satellite galaxies'/'companion galaxies' that orbit it. These galaxies and dwarf galaxies could possibly include Earnon galaxy.[8]

The GalaxyEdit

Throughout most of the games and manuals its implied that Roger Wilco remains in the same galaxy, usually simply called "the galaxy". The only exception is the short scene at the end of Space Quest III in which Roger travels through a black hole to a location near the planet Earth in the Milky Way galaxy (and also possibly within the Milky Way during the events of SQ6). Earth itself is treated being in the Milky Way and sometimes within a parallel universe beyond time and space (time travel may involve parallel travel between alternate universes).

The manual for SQ3 suggests that the Two Guys are from the Andromeda System and its implied that its likely within 'the galaxy' and possibly not far from the sector's visited in that game (as the family discusses taking a vacation to Phleebut). Thus they probably didn't travel very far when they were kidnapped by the Pirates of Pestulon. Although technically the news report may have been broadcasted in multiple galaxies.

In SQ3, it is said that the rack in Fester's shop has postcards from around the galaxy. However in the Space Quest Companion, his cards also include Terra III and SidneyLand, which are definitely outside the galaxy, all the way the Milky Way (albeit both galaxies are connected through the local Blackhole). The rack also contains places such as GullyFoyle IX, Kerona, the Black Hole of Oakhurst, Black Hole Bertha, Achoron, Ortega, RobertaLand, Beta Alpha Starless Region, Arakkis, and presumeably Nimbus III, and Hair Island. This would imply that all the latter lie in the same galaxy. As Kerona is in the Earnon galaxy, it would imply that the games are in the same galaxy as SQ1 and SQ2. Or however based on the various references to Andromeda, it could imply that the game takes place in the Andromeda galaxy (which would suggest Kerona is in Andromeda). On the other hand it could also suggest that Earnon and Andromeda are alternate names for the same galaxy, or that both galaxies are near each other or overlap (double galaxies with connecting arms, or interacting galaxies). Or perhaps Roger (or the narrator) wasn't paying attention and didn't notice that the rack contained more than sites within the galaxy, but from several galaxies.

In Galactic Inquirer; the galaxy is referred to as simply "the galaxy", whereas it refers to the Milkyway galaxy (aka Milky Way) seperately and mentions that it is the cesspool of the universe and can be reached through the Mondorian blackhole. There are at least two direct references in the manual to the Milky Way within two articles.[9] Although many locations within Milky Way are alluded to (mostly Sol system locations).

The Galactic Inquirer alludes to Andromeda suggesting that its "far off", suggesting a seperate galaxy.[10] Andromeda is referred to in two separate articles, including in an expose on Mark Crowe and one concerning an alien that died from deadly nose hair pluck. Andromeda is also mentioned in an advertisement for a nose hair trimmer. But Andromeda appears to be used in different ways depending on the context, and may refer to the planet, the system or galaxy. The context of the mention of Andromeda in the Mark Crowe expose article suggests the galaxy. The reference in the nose hair trimmer advert is specifically the planet Andromeda. The article about the Andromedan who dies from nose hair pluck, has both references to the planet, but also the system/galaxy (the context is unclear for the latter).

A couple of references made in the Space Quest Companion suggests that SQ5 takes place in another galaxy other than Andromeda (in line with what Galactic Inquirer implies). The examples include the Two Guys having been kidnapped from the Andromeda galaxy (this also seems to suggest that SQ3 takes place in another galaxy between Andromeda and Milky Way), it also stated that SpaceMonkeys are the cutest micro-pets between "here and Andromeda".[11] A reference in the Galactic Inquirer also suggets that events of SQ1 and events surrounding 'StarCon star generator' occured in the same galaxy in which SQ5 takes place (it may also suggest that Xenon is the location of StarCon Central Command), thus suggesting that the game takes place in the Earnon Galaxy.

The companion mostly refers to the galaxy in which Space Quest I-V take place in as "the galaxy" or "The Galaxy", only occasionally referencing other galaxies such as Anromeda galaxy, Milky Way, etc.

A reference in SQ6, to StarCon's inflight magazine Milky Way Today may suggest that that game takes place in the Milky Way or that StarCon's base of operations in that game is in the Milky Way. The game simply refers to galaxy in which the game takes place as "The Galaxy" (or 'the galaxy'). Popular Janitronics which was included with SQ6 also refers to 'the galaxy' but since the magazine is published on Earth, it would suggest that the magazine is referring to the Milky Way galaxy (which also may supports that the SQ6 takes place in the Milky Way). However this just mean that Star Con stretches across multiple galaxies, something that is supported in multiple sources. SQ6 still refers to "The Galaxy" in a few references, and makes reference to the Earnon system in its databases which may suggest its still in the same galaxy as the rest of the games..

Additional references in the Space Quest Companion, and The Official Guide To Roger Wilco's Space Adventures may also suggest a few of the games taking place within the Andromeda galaxy, or at least the Two Guys having originated from Andromeda galaxy. This just adds to the confusion. For example the Official Guide mentions that popular Xenonian television reaches from Andromeda to the Milky Way (thus the context appears to be television reaching between two galaxies).

Other Galaxies?Edit

In most cases this seems to be implied that Roger is in the same Galaxy (aka Earnon) where the Earnon system is located (from the original Space Quest and remake). This seems to be the case at least up to Space Quest V.

But the occasional reference may suggest that individual games may take place in the Andromeda Galaxy (or near to the galaxy) or even the Milky Way. See Milky Way Today (inflight magazine of the Star Confederation) and Popular Janitronics (published on Earth). However the latter may just be a reference to Star Con having power over multiple galaxies.

The Earnon galaxy and Andromeda galaxy may possibly be double galaxies with connecting arms and thus may be considered a special type of Galaxy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Through the passage of time some personal habits haven't changed with humanoids of earth heritage. Although no one knows the true origin, people have been hanging rolls of flimsy paper called azwipe next to their extruded item disposal units. Since no one is certain of its actual use, it is a mere cultural decoration in most circles.
  2. SQ1VGA manual
  3. Narrator (SQ1EGA)
  4. SQ1VGA manual
  5. Space Piston Magazine, SQ2
  6. Narrator (SQ1): "Light-years from Earth's solar system the people of the galaxy Earnon have have been struggling to maintain precious balance of life.
  7. Narrator (SQ2)
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Andromeda%27s_satellite_galaxies
  9. Galactic Inquirer, pg 5, 10
  10. Galactic Inquirer, pg 5
  11. SQC2E, pg 349

Earnon Galaxy (unofficial)Edit

Earnon Galaxy appears in at least one fan game as well, see Earnon Galaxy (unofficial).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Through the passage of time some personal habits haven't changed with humanoids of earth heritage. Although no one knows the true origin, people have been hanging rolls of flimsy paper called azwipe next to their extruded item disposal units. Since no one is certain of its actual use, it is a mere cultural decoration in most circles.
  2. SQ1VGA manual
  3. Narrator (SQ1EGA)
  4. SQ1VGA manual
  5. Space Piston Magazine, SQ2
  6. Narrator (SQ1): "Light-years from Earth's solar system the people of the galaxy Earnon have have been struggling to maintain precious balance of life.
  7. Narrator (SQ2)
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Andromeda%27s_satellite_galaxies
  9. Galactic Inquirer, pg 5, 10
  10. Galactic Inquirer, pg 5
  11. SQC2E, pg 349

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