CloudRunner Fortress is a region of Sauria that is (or at the very least, was) ruled by the CloudRunner tribe. The Queen CloudRunner is the ruler of this Fortress, with her chief engineer Gradabug in charge of the keys and elevators.
It was one of four regions of Sauria to begin to separate from the planet after the removal of the Spellstones and was also the location of one of the Spellstones that had to be taken to the Ocean ForcePoint temple.
The Fortress itself is situated in high ground and cannot be accessed by those without the ability to fly, such as the rival tribe the EarthWalkers. General Scales hoped to use this as a base to rule over the planet. This is partly because the fortress was sitting on rich deposits of gold and jewels. The fortress itself has many wind tunnels that are like elevators of the fortress. It has a complete prison and a generator room. On the upper most part is kind of like a dock area for airships.
During the Saurian Crisis, General Scales had conquered the Fortress and imprisoned the Queen CloudRunner. It was here that Scales had even managed to temporarily imprison Fox during his quest to save Sauria. With laser, zapping Sentry Bots on patrol for non-SharpClaw lifeforms, he was taken into capture, leaving Scales in full control of the Fortress.
Fox escaped with a new SharpClaw Disguise sent from Slippy and persued the General though the fortress. He located Scales in the mine and attempted to attack. Scales fled the scene via teleportation and Fox did not encounter him again, until they met for the final time during the Test of Scales. The SharpClaw sped away on their racers until they were destroyed, allowing Fox to take his second SpellStone back to Sauria's Ocean Force Point Temple.
Although Fox was successful in returning the SpellStones, he learned that the planet required the Krazoa Spirits to ensure Sauria's reconstruction. After Andross's defeat in outer space, the spirits were able to resume their protection of Sauria and returned CloudRunner Fortress to the planets main surface.
BriefingEditThis is the briefing Peppy Hare gives Fox before his attempt to open the GateKeeper's ForceField to CloudRunner Fortress.
"CloudRunner Fortress has been attacked by General Scales and his SharpClaw army. It would make an ideal base from which he could rule over the planet. The fortress stands on ground that is rich with gold and diamonds. With this wealth, Scales would become unstoppable. Find the SpellStone and save the CloudRunners! Peppy out!"
Peppy Hare's ReportEditThis is the detailed description that Peppy Hare gives Fox for selection of this area on his Saurian Atlas.
CloudRunner Fortress - "Home to the CloudRunner Tribe. Though soon to be the base of the SharpClaw Army unless you can stop them."
Map - "An impressive fortress built on many levels. Use the map to uncover the hidden Treasure Rooms or find your way through the dungeon'."
- Fox seemingly has claimed Krystal's Staff as his own. Upon awakening in the cell he exclaims, "My Staff!"
- The way to get Fox's staff back is not indicated clearly in the game. One of the trapped dinosaurs, Gradabug says "Get your staff, but don't wake the SharpClaw". This would mislead the player into thinking that Fox has to sneak over to his staff. The puddles would also indicate this, as they would normally act as a way to wake the sleeping SharpClaw. In fact, getting within a couple feet of the staff will wake up the SharpClaw, regardless of what else is done. The real way to retrieve the staff is to use the SharpClaw disguise, which is not clearly indicated.
- Fox can easily avoid detection by walking slowly on the far right of room.