This article is about the war between Andross and the forces of Corneria. For the game of the same name in Europe, see Star Fox 64.The Lylat Wars was a catastrophic galactic military conflict between the invading forces of the Venomian Army and the allied powers of the Lylat system. It began over five years after the Cornerian scientist Andross was exiled to the desolate planet of Venom, where he eventually formed an empire. The Star Fox team prevailed as the leaders in the rebellion against Andross, strategically advancing into Venom alone to end the war with the death of the self-proclaimed emperor.
Exile on VenomEditCorneria, the fourth planet of the Lylat system, stood as the source of government during peaceful times, having only a small amount of military presence within its neighboring planets. Andross was once employed as a scientist by the Cornerian Army under direct order of its leader General Pepper. Although Andross earned the title of a genius, he held a great lust for power and threatened the many lives of Corneria's citizens. Pepper repeatedly ordered Andross to terminate his dangerous research but was always blatantly ignored. A particular experiment conducted by Andross resulted in a devastating explosion within Corneria City, killing hundreds of civilians. Furious at his disobedience for the last time, Pepper ordered Andross to be exiled on the barren, deserted planet of Venom where it was assumed that he would not survive.
As he remained in exile, Andross discovered that Venom hosted a race of humanoid lizards and guided them into a growing hatred towards the Cornerian Army. After much time spent with them and lethally experimenting on himself, the Venomian Army was formed and Andross declared himself emperor of the Lylat system.
InvestigationEditFive years later, Pepper noticed strange activity coming from Venom. He recruited a band of mercenaries known as the Star Fox team to investigate. The team consisted of three members, including James McCloud, the founder and leader, Peppy Hare, and Pigma Dengar. Upon their arrival on Venom, Pigma betrayed the team to leave James and Peppy to be captured by Andross. James was seemingly killed and Peppy barely managed to escape. He returned to Corneria to inform Pepper of what happened and to tell James' son Fox McCloud, about his father's fate.
Course of the Lylat WarsEditAfter years had passed since the incident, Andross soon declared war, unleashing the Venomian Army onto the Lylat system, thus beginning the Lylat Wars. His forces nearly succeeded in turning the system into a wasteland of near extinction, leaving only Corneria, the last line of defense, in his way. Countless lives were lost in the conflict, leaving Pepper with only one option – contact the new Star Fox team to aid in his struggle to defend Corneria City.
This new team was led by Fox, along with the old but courageous Peppy, the clumsy but good natured mechanic Slippy Toad, and the hot tempered but faithful ace pilot Falco Lombardi. They became the final hope in fending off the opposing forces of Venom and saving the Lylat system from utter destruction.
Venom’s invasion of Corneria resulted in thousands of casualties, both civilian and military. Venom’s break through the planet’s defenses left the Cornerian Army weakened by the attack and stood no chance against the forces of Andross. Captained by a ship called the Attack Carrier, the Venomian Army decimated Corneria City, leaving it in complete ruin. After Pepper’s initial contact with the Star Fox team, the invaders were disposed of and the Attack Carrier was destroyed. Remnants of the enemy ascended to the skies and retreated into space.
Battle of Meteo
An asteroid field known as Meteo, located on the outskirts of Corneria, was where the invaders decided to ambush their pursuers. It became the site of a major battle between Star Fox and the Venomian Army. The Meteo Crusher was deployed in hopes to regain the advantage the enemy once had. It too was destroyed by the efforts of Star Fox, causing a spread of word across Venom’s lieutenants that Star Fox was quickly advancing through their defenses.
The main Cornerian battle fleets engaged in a desperate melee with Venom’s forces in Sector Y. Venom deployed their Shogun Warriors and devastated the attackers within minutes. Support from the Dorisby and Grazan capital ships made targeting much easier for the Shogun Warriors until the timely arrival of Star Fox. Saving the Cornerian fleet, they took down the Shogun and its flagship the Saruzin, ending Corneria’s struggle in advancement.
Katina came under intense attack by the Venomian Army when Star Fox came to Corneria’s aid. Bill Grey, an old friend and ally of Fox, was in charge of defending the planet from attack, leading the Cornerian units Husky and Bulldog. Venom’s Invader II Fighters swarmed the military base, gaining the higher advantage due to the deceptive matching colors as the Cornerian Fighters. Fox and his team succeeded in relieving Bill’s beleaguered squadrons by identifying friend from foe using the Arwing’s advanced Targeting Computers.When the first waves of enemies were defeated, Venom’s main assault craft, the Saucerer, arrived and released hundreds of more fighters in an attempt to overwhelm the defenders. Distracting Star Fox was the main purpose of the attack as the Saucerer charged a powerful weapon located at its core. Bill was watchful of this during the battle, alerting Fox every time the ship’s hatches opened to release more enemy fighters.
Venom's swarm was plowed through and the exposed core was destroyed, obliterating the Saucerer and ending the battle. They retreated into space and Katina was saved from annihilation. Departing, Bill thanked Fox personally for his efforts in the fight, bidding him farewell.
Corneria’s defenses on the Lylat system’s ice planet was overwhelmed by Venom’s garrison and rumored to have been led by Star Fox’s rivals, the members of Star Wolf. Cornerian intelligence suggested Venom planned an attack that could decimate a large area of the planet unless action was taken by Star Fox. When the team arrived in Fichina there was only but a scattered fleet of Invader I fighters. R.O.B. 64 discovered the Cornerian base on the planet had a bomb planted within it and was rigged to explode within minutes.Star Wolf, consisting of Wolf O'Donnell, Leon Powalski, Andrew Oikonny, and traitor of the old Star Fox team Pigma, descended from the skies in their Wolfen fighters, serving as a distraction while the bomb’s timer went off. The sky battle between both mercenaries was ended with the supposed demise of Star Wolf, leaving Fox himself to deactivate the bomb and save the base. Cornerian spies reported that Andross created a secret research facility in Sector X, but all contact with them was lost. Remote scanning revealed the existence of a debris field but was unable to conclude what had happened. Pepper ordered Star Fox to investigate immediately.
They discovered that the base had been destroyed by a biological weapon called the Spyborg, whose artificial intelligence had malfunctioned and caused it to attack the base. Making their way through waves of enemy fighters and defense systems still active after Spyborg's attack, Star Fox succeeded in reaching the giant construct and destroying it before its rampage could continue elsewhere. Before this was achieved, Spyborg grasped Slippy’s Arwing and sent him flying into the planet Titania, where he would be apprehended by the Venomian Army. Leaving the destroyed enemy base of Sector X, Fox led his team to Titania in search of Slippy, also discovering the existence of an artificial Warp Portal generator, allowing instantaneous travel to Sector Z.
On the Lylat system’s desert planet the Venomian Army discovered the underground creature Goras. Through biological experimentation Andross altered its physical appearance by changing it into a machine bent on destruction. Having been held hostage, Slippy was unable to be reached by means of the Arwing. Using the Landmaster, Fox set out to save him from being harmed or even as far as killed.With the aid of Falco and Peppy in the skies the team battled their way through Venom’s defenses. Fox was ambushed by Goras who held Slippy’s Arwing in its grasp, making it impossible for him to escape. Goras was destroyed using the Landmaster and Slippy was saved, ending the conflict on Titania and reclaiming the territory Venom once controlled. The only star of the Lylat system was detected by Pepper to have been used by the Venomian Army as a location for experimenting on biological weapons. In their hunt for Andross, the Star Fox team discovered Pepper’s assumptions were true as they came across an enormous creature dubbed Vulcain. Heat from Solar slowly damaged the Arwing’s armor as it was defenseless against such an atmosphere. Vulcain thrived on this heat and used the star's lava to its advantage. It hurled boulder after boulder at the team using its spiked forelegs. Eventually Star Fox dealt a deathly blow when Vulcain’s head was destroyed. They left Solar in confidence that the Venomian Army would not risk conducting any more experiments in such a harsh environment again.
Reports indicated that the Venomian Army was spreading a large amount of pollution on the Lylat system’s water planet. Star Fox was sent to investigate using a craft built by Slippy called the Blue Marine. With it, Fox was able to track down and eliminate the creature known as the Bacoon, the source responsible for causing Aquas' former inhabitants to leave. When it was killed, the planet became free of its influence and the end of the polluted waters.
Rather than taking the Andross's defenses on this once striving planet head-on, the Star Fox team attempted to sneak in quietly passed the now heavily polluted place. A series of radar buoys protected the main supply areas, scanning the heavens with powerful flood lamps, and formed an extensive early warning network. The team was able to destroy the buoys, with some surprise assistance from Katt Monroe, before they could alert the system and proceed to lay waste to the infrastructure.
In the final moments of the attack, Fox confronted the Sarumarine, which was the main source of the planet-wide pollution. In a hard-fought battle Fox destroyed the poisonous submarine and put an end to the origin of the toxic waste, but the planet itself would be a long time in recovery.
It was while attempting to navigate through these debris fields that the Star Fox team came under attack by Andross' army. The ambush was sprung by the latest Invader III Fighters escorting a half-dozen Copperhead missiles. Unable to protect itself, the Great Fox launched its fighters in a desperate bid to prevent the missiles from impacting and causing extensive damage. The Star Fox team, assisted by Katt, succeeded in driving off the attackers and destroying all six missiles before they could damage the Great Fox.
In an attempt to liberate Macbeth and strike a crippling blow to one of Venom’s main sources of industry, Fox, using the Landmaster, chased the supply train Mechbeth. Aided by his teammates in the skies above, he was able to send the train off course into the main base where it was completely destroyed. It was a great loss for Venom, as the planet's outer defenses now became open to direct attack.Bolse came under intense attack by Star Fox as the led the invasion of Venom. Fox, aware of Bolse’s weakness from stolen design documents, was able to destroy the six generator pylons and expose the core to attack. Not even the arrival of Star Wolf prevented Star Fox from destroying the station and opening the way for Venom's invasion.
Area 6, guarded by space mines, stood as the last obstacle for Star Fox to break through in order to get to Venom. Every line of defense was breached, taking a toll on the Venomian Army’s forces. In a final attempt to stop them, the Gorgon was deployed, resulting in a major battle. Its tactics left the team weary and frustrated, but they soon managed to find the weakness it held at its core. It was destroyed in an enormous explosion, breaking Venom's final defenses and allowing the team to enter the planet's atmosphere.Wolfen II. Once again, both rivals faced off against each other until Star Wolf was ultimately defeated. With no other obstacle left in their path, the Star Fox team was ordered by Fox to stay behind as he alone traveled into the depths of Venom to apprehend Andross.
He managed to find and defeat the emperor in battle, leading to Andross sacrificing himself and causing the destruction of the palace. Had it not been for James' spiritual guidance, Fox would not have survived. He regrouped with Star Fox and traveled to Corneria to inform Pepper that the war was finally over.
AftermathEditHaving paid the Star Fox team for their duty during the war, Pepper charged the Cornerian Army in the task of searching for any war criminals left within the Lylat system. Most of the Venomian Army’s soldiers surrendered themselves or went into hiding but others retreated to the Sargasso Region of Meteo, establishing an illegal hideout. Star Wolf had also survived their last encounter with Star Fox, but found themselves disbanded after some time. Pigma was expelled due to his greedy and distrustful nature; Wolf and Leon were made leaders of the Sargasso Space Zone (later joined by Panther Caroso) and Andrew would eventually rise to take the place of Andross as Venom’s emperor.
Years following the end of the warEdit
Four years following the Lylat Wars, a band of loyalists to Andross, led by the Cornerian traitor Captain Shears, gathered on Titania in an attempt to revive their fallen emperor. Star Fox was deceived into battling against the renegade Hot Rodders, losing Falco as a teammate after doing so. A successful clone of Andross was created but destroyed by Fox using the Landmaster.
(For the full article, please direct to Titania Incident.)
Eight years after the demise of Andross, it was speculated his spirit somehow survived and began to search for salvation to his survival. Coming across the Krazoa Palace of Sauria, Andross awaited the arrival of Krystal, whom could prove vital in channeling the ancient power of the Krazoa Spirits to restore his physical form. Trapping her within a crystal and putting her into a deep slumber, Andross awaited the time when one pure of heart would bring the remaining Krazoa Spirits to Krazoa Palace. His plans of destroying the Lylat system were thwarted once again by Star Fox.
(For the full article, please direct to the Saurian Crisis.)