Ancient Ruin (Panzer Dragoon Orta)
- Panzer Dragoon Orta
An Ancient ruin located near the Glacial Plains. Orta and her dragon followed Abadd into the Ancient ruin, hidden in a mountain area. It is the location for the sixth episode of Panzer Dragoon Orta which is called ‘Legacy’, likely named because it represented the legacy of the Ancient people.
Only the entrance was situated above the ground and led into a vertical tunnel which has several side passages throughout the structure. The interior design could be much more ‘Ancient’ when it came to design; the characteristic white pattern with black lines was seen in most of the Ancient ruins throughout the Saturn Panzer Dragoon games. Some of the enemies in the ruin seem to be more a part of the ruin than individual creatures, so the actual ruins may been partially organic too. At certain places players see stairs and ‘bridges’ that lead to doors. These were possibly used by drones who maintained the structure, however this is not confirmed in Panzer Dragoon Orta.
Further downwards, the design suddenly changes into a golden, seemingly metallic environment that appears much more mechanical than the previous part. The ruins may have been organic structures that grew from a solid, mechanical core, however fans can only speculate on this point. Moments after entering the new area, players can see some sort of scorpion-like skeleton on the floor. This is actually the machine-like creature, the atish, that was destroyed by players the beginning of the episode. If players look up they can see the tunnel that leads all the way back to the entrance of the ruin. Fans have speculated that the vertical nature of the ruin indicates that it is actually a Tower, however the true nature of the ruin is never confirmed.1
Throughout the lower part of the ruins numerous security walls blocked Orta’s wall which had to be opened using her dragon’s lock-on lasers. Rotating wheels could be seen in the walls, almost like the inside of a mechanical clock. After passing down through a series of security walls, Orta and her dragon eventually reached the heart of the structure. The centre of the ruin contained a gateway to the Sestren data circuit which transported Orta and her dragon “beyond the boundaries of the mortal world” in the words of Panzer Dragoon Orta’s narrator.