Accounting Troll, on 21st September 2005, 9:06pm, said:
Welcome to the forum, Preda.
I've always assumed that the three objects you have to destroy in the final room in the lunar base were the Reticulan queens. The glossary entries draw an analogy between the Reticulans and social insects such as ants and bees, so I would expect a Reticulan queen to be much larger than a male and practically immobile.
I beleive not. I have noticed that this is a frequent misunderstanding. In my knoledge, there is a great difference between 'hive mind' (ants, bees), and 'swarm mind' (locusts). In the glossary, they say 'cultural swarm mind', wich implies the Reti-s being educated to work like a swarm. A swarm is a large group of individiuals with NO LEADER. The swarm is self-organized, and works, no matter how dumb an individual is. That's why I think that there is no centralized form of 'monarchy' for the Reti-s, as was for the aliens in X-com. This is very practical, because a hive-minded civilization can be destroyed by eliminating the 'queen' (Brain, Ultimate Alien, Overmind or NIHILANTH). A swarm is almost impossible to destroy, because the intelligence is distributed between individuals, and there is no 'final target'.
In my opinion, the reasons why you are victorious after the moon base mission are:
-you blew up half the reti-s fleet
-you stole thir spaceship (although there may be more)
-you now control the only place far enough from the Earth to stay away from the Biomass, but close enough to observe it; their only 'watchtower'.
-you eliminated the source of the Biomass and the already-developed nodes
I think that the three 'objects' in the last room of the moon base are biomass teats, because, if you lok closely after you shot them, you'll see that they're mechanical (pipes, steam, etc). My suggestion is that you should stop calling that place the 'Royal room' until we find out what exactly it is (not that I want to criticise you in any way).