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Traffic to Titania is usually restricted, but we have heard that Andross's scout forces are on the planet. We don't know what they're up to, but if they gain control of the technology of the planet's ancient Goras defence system, who knows what Andross might use it for. Get down there and see what Andross is planning, and neutralise Goras if you can! Since Corneria's tank corps is limited, your team's Landmaster is the only vehicle that can do the job. Good luck!
—General Pepper's Flight Log, pg 50

Goras was a large alien creature, recreated into a Bioweapon from the fossilized remains of a Prehistoric Beast on the planet Titania.

History

Millions of years ago, Titania was a thriving planet populated by an advanced agrarian civilization. Interspersed between the farming communities were ornate cities of stone that the Titanians constructed using advanced engineering and architectural techniques. The centrepiece of ever town was its temple, where villagers would leave their harvests to appease the fearsome Goras. Now, two million years after an asteroid collided with Titania, the Goras is the only surviving creature roaming the planet. A far cry from the lush, green planet it once was, Titania has become a barren wasteland of deserts and dunes. Even the Goras is different- a direct result of Andross's biomechanics experimentation.
—Lylat Datalink, The Red Planet, pg 53

Lylat Wars

Cornerian Archaeologists had found surprisingly advanced ancient ruins on the "red planet", and, in fact, a high-tech, planetary defense system, which was code named "Goras," which was still active. Although traffic to Titania was usually restricted, Andross's scout forces had been detected on the planet. Cornerian planning grew concerned that Andross might have been gaining control of the planet's ancient Goras defense system. Since they were going to Titania anyway in the search for Slippy Toad, the Star Fox Team were sent to also try to neutralize Goras. Since Corneria's defense forces did not have a tank corps, the Star Fox Team's Landmaster was the only vehicle that could do the job. Fox came across Slippy's Arwing trapped in one of the many limbs of Goras. Goras had buried underground at first, but quickly emerged from the sand after taking enough firepower from the Landmaster and entered battle for Slippy's rescue and was destroyed.

Titanian Base Incident

Four years after the Lylat Wars, a gang of space hot rodders had traced classified data from Captain Shears and his research unit, hoping to sell the information to the highest bidder believing he was up to no good. But they were attacked by a Goras before they could leave, so Katt Monroe sent an S.O.S to her colleague Falco Lombardi for aid. Falco answered her call and attacked the Goras with ease, but he did not destroy it because it had retreated to safety. Later, Captain Shears began to get concerned that Star Fox had found out what he was doing on the planet and ordered the Goras to capture a hostage as ransom. Goras had managed to successfully capture Slippy in a Landmaster (the irony is, he was at the time having bad memories of the last time he was nearly eaten by Goras). Shears then later sent Goras to attack Katt's team yet again in the middle of their raid on the base. The team then decided to retreat since their weapons did not damage and only angered Goras, but Katt decided to stay and handle things herself, but Falco arrived in his newly repaired Arwing and continued where he left off, flying into Goras's spitfire and manipulating it with the G-Diffuser, ramming through the prehistoric beast at a high speed, killing it permanently. Kool saved Katt from being crushed from the deceased remains of Goras and shared a moment with her from doing so.

Biology

Goras' body appears to be several stories tall with long, segmented limbs (two legs, four arms and a tail), large bony protrusions from his shoulders and hips, and a large dragon-like head with a single horn. The two upper limbs have three-fingered claws that can fire bolts of energy, while the lower pair have large mantis-like pincers used for swiping. Its exposed ribcage, which can open and close like a cage, holds Goras' delicate organs. The skeletal, corpse-like design suggests that Goras is some sort of supernatural construct, or perhaps only appears to be, and the "bones" are actually an exoskeleton of sorts. It may also be a creature native to the planet, or at least had its design based on native creatures to the planet, judging by the many giant bones and skulls similar in design to it scattered around the planet's surface.

Other Appearances

Lylat Wars Comic

Goras makes an appearance in the Lylat Wars Comic where its role is the exact same as its game appearances. Fox refers to it as a Zied Parasite in its 13th stage of development before shooting off it's arm with Slippy's Arwing stuck in it, setting off a chain reaction which destroys Goras.

Farewell, Beloved Falco

Goras (mistransliterated Gola in the fan-translation) later makes a reappearance in the Star Fox Adventures Prequel manga Farewell, Beloved Falco. Its first appearance was it attacking Katt Monroe before she is saved by Falco, thus forcing it to retreat. It later appears where it captures Slippy on Captain Shears' orders (ironically while Slippy is reminiscing about the bad memories about his almost becoming its meal the last time he was on Titania). It makes a final appearance where it attacks the Hot-Rodders yet again (where Katt almost decides to fight it herself to try and settle things without Falco's help), but Falco intervenes at the last minute after having repaired his Arwing, and kills Goras by doing a spinning maneuver into its chest. The remains of Goras nearly crushes Katt but she is pulled out of the way by Kool in the nick of time.

Whether this was a resurrected version of the Goras from Star Fox 64, or an entirely different Goras altogether that was created by Captain Shears is never explained.

Star Fox: Assault

The remains of Goras can be found on the Titania surface of Star Fox: Assault's Versus Mode map.

Trivia

  • Goras is comparable to the title creatures of the sci-fi Alien movie franchise in that they are both fragile skeletal, corpse-like looking but incredibly feral, dangerous and violent aliens armed with sharp limbs and tails and that they were worshiped as gods by primitive species. The Nintendo Power Star Fox 64 guide even recites the first Alien film's tagline on the rear cover: "In space, no-one can hear you scream".

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Japanese (ゴラス, Gorasu)

References

Bioweapons & Wildlife
Boss Bioweapons and Monsters
Bacoon | Goras | Vulcain | Golemech | Biobrain | Dune Worm | Killer Bee (Star Fox Command) | Grunner | Monarch Dodora | Plasma Hydra
Enemy Bioweapons
Gores | Troikas | Z-Gulls | Z-Serpents | Kani
Sea lifeforms
Clam | Aquas Squid | Starfish | Giant Spindly Fish | Angler Fish | Sculpins | Garoas | Todora (Star Fox 64) | Todora (Star Fox Command)
Plants
Bomb Spore Plant | Alpine Root | MoonSeed | Bomb Spore | Bomb Spore Planting Patch | Magic Plant | Blue GrubTub Fungus | White GrubTub Fungus | MushGus | Cacti | Dumbledang Tree | Dumbledang Pods | Fire Weed | Spore Pod | Venus Foxtrap
Environmental Hazards
Asteroid | Lava Bombs | Solar Prominences | Blocker | Pillars | Stone Column | Monument | Ore | Aquas Ruins

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