- "The 8th Wonder of the World is in Space."
- – Talos I Poster [src]
Talos I is an advanced space station and laboratory orbiting the moon in the year 2035 and the primary location for the events of Prey.
Talos I is made of different sections which were built over the years since the Kletka Program in the 60s. They differ in both design and utility, being used for research, production, logistics or crew services. Retrofuturism and Art Deco is the most prominent decor in the station. Tape reel computers and similar outdated technology is still located in the station but they have since been refurbished to fit modern standards or have been cleaned up to act as decor.
The station itself was anchored around the Kletka Containment Unit, before being expanded first vertically and then vertically with modular decks. In its final build, Talos I is composed of three levels, each with an Escape Pod Bay and with a deck or sector connected to a lift in parallel to an utility system. The station is overall composed of:
- Arboretum (Sector ARB000): botanical and experimental gardens, hub to the Executive decks and connected to the main lift.
- Crew Quarters (Sector ARB01): living quarters of the station's crew, complete with recreation services.
- Deep Storage (Sector ARB02): data processing hub.
- Talos I Bridge (Sector ARB03): the station's control and dispatch center.
- Talos I Lobby (Sector LOB000): The Station's main lobby containing the administrative offices and Trauma Center, connected to the main lift.
- Shuttle Bay (Sector LOB01): Spaceport for landing and departing commercial spaceships.
- Neuromod Division (Sector LOB02): Laboratory for the research and development of Neuromods, also housing the Volunteer Quarters.
- Hardware Labs (Sector LOB02): Research and development facility for hardware and weapon systems.
- Psychotronics (Sector LOB03): Research laboratory and containment unit for the Typhon, built around the original Kletka Containment Unit.
- G.U.T.S.: The zero Gravity Utility Tunnel System connecting the Cargo Bay, Shuttle Bay, Psychotronics and Arboretum, both used to control utility systems throughout the station and shipment processing. Also contains the Magnetosphere generator shielding the station from solar radiations.
- Talos I Exterior: Six rings of solar panels gravitate around the station, powered by the Magnetosphere. The exterior can be normally reached from five airlocks throughout Talos I as well as the Cargo Bay.
Early History Edit
In 1958, the Soviet Union launched the Vorona-1 Satellite, which entered orbit at LaGrange Point-Two between the Earth and the Moon. Following a communications failure from the satellite, the heads of the Soviet space program sent several cosmonauts to investigate the disturbance. There, they encountered something unprecedented: hostile non-terrestrial life forms, which proceeded to kill off the cosmonauts. The Vorona 1 was scuttled, and the footage of the incident was labeled a state secret and buried.
In 1963, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev announced a program of cooperation with American President John F. Kennedy to contain the non-terrestrials, which were labeled Typhon. This resulted in the Kletka Program, which saw the United States and the Soviet Union build a space station around the Typhon organisms in order to research and contain them. However, a failed assassination attempt in Dallas, Texas would convince Kennedy to take over the Kletka program away from the Soviets, and in the decades that followed, the Americans would expand the station as a research and development facility, in order to gain insight into the Typhon organisms. Much of this was undertaken as part of the American Project Axiom, and the United States maintained the space station until the disastrous Pobeg Incident of 1980, where several Typhon breached containment and killed a research team. The fallout from this tragedy coupled with further budget cuts to the US space program under the Reagan administration saw the station become abandoned by the US.
In 2030, the TranStar Corporation managed to assume ownership of the derelict space station, and began converting it into a high-end information technology and research and development facility, rechristened as Talos I. While ostensibly a corporate center and laboratory, the true mission of TranStar was to resume research on the Typhon organisms in order to create Neuromods--specialized genetic modifications that hybridized the abilities of Typhon into the human body, via a device inserted into the eye. Despite the dangers associated with research into the Typhon organisms, TranStar continued its highly unethical research on the organisms, using human test subjects via their Psychotronics Division--in an effort to make a profit off the Neuromods, and at the same time, "redefine what it means to be human."
- In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant automaton made of bronze to protect Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders.