Balzak Globotron is a Sphere Child, searching for his origins and to find out about his nature. He's a crewmember aboard the legendary starship Taburnackle, and the crew informally accepts him as the ship's captain. He also has his own personal shuttlecraft, which he stole from an alien race who had kidnapped him.
A man named Alton found a strange canister in space and brought it aboard his space-station. Inside it was a collection of metallic spheres. After removing the spheres from the canister, Alton discovered that they were all connected to each other through electromagnetism, and the connection was growing stronger. Soon, they were causing each other to float in the air. After a few days, the spheres had formed into a man. Alton named the strange creature Balzak Globotron.
Balzak had no memories of his true nature and embarked on a quest to find out what he was. This quest started when he was forcibly taken from the station by invading aliens. He escaped from them, stealing a shuttle which soon became his personal ship. He soon encountered the starship Taburnackle, which was run by a loose crew made up of various aliens. They learned to trust him, and named him captain after a time.
Aboard the TaburnackleEdit
With the resources of the Taburnackle, Balzak was able to begin searching the entire Mez'Dora Corridor of space for answers. Among the first planets they visited was Shairek, which was Matak Rho' Shivej's homeworld. There, Balzak met Matak's people, the Tryptozians, including Matak's murderous cousin who was convincing the Tryptozian people to join The Company. The Tryptozians briefly captured Balzak and Matak, but the two were able to escape.
Another planet they visited was Mortalis, a planet almost entirely constructed of bone. There, they encountered the Silver Scorpion, which they brought back to the ship. Part of the Scorpion's material was converted to fuel for the Taburnackle, weakening the vehicle considerably.
On a clue, Balzak took the ship to Getzor, where they sought out the old man Humphrey, who supposedly had clues to Balzak's origin. After overcoming some trials, they made it to Humphrey's castle, and Humphrey himself pointed them in the direction of Shri.
Shri and beyondEdit
However, Shri was protected by a fleet of 25 ships, and they could not approach. Balzak began to work on building a fleet.
By the end of his adventure, Balzak Globotron found out much of his origin. He was one of roughly 200 'Sphere Children' created by Ginkus and a group of scientists who were working for The Company. The scientists eventually betrayed Ginkus by arming his political opponents with weapons based on the technologies which now make up Balzak.
Soon after the betrayal, the Sphere Children learned what had happened and violently escaped the lab where they'd been created out of loyalty to their 'father'. Balzak remained for the longest amount of time, since he was the youngest of the Sphere Children and the most innocent. He had less of an idea what was going on. The scientists coveted him, since they couldn't create any more Sphere Children or related life forms made from the metallic spheres without Ginkus' help. Balzak did eventually escape, however.
When the game 'Balzak Globotron' was still in its early stages, it didn't have a protagonist. It centered around the crew of the starship, all of whom were mostly fully realized. The original idea had an unnamed captain of the ship as the protagonist; nothing was known about him at this point, though the creator was trying to come up with an unconventional character (Probably some sort of alien or robot).
In a letter the creator wrote to his friend, he included a drawing of all the crewmembers thus far of the ship as well as some original characters. Among the original characters was a tin woman, and, thinking that she needed some sort of a boyfriend, the creator thought of and drew a little man made of the metallic spheres connected by electromagnetism that so frequently appeared in the creator's works at the time. He labelled the character, 'Jim'.
It wasn't till later on that Jim filled the role of the captain of the starship. At the time of the drawing, Jim was intended just to be an extra character to fill out the drawing, not necessarily a part of the crew. However, he fit in so well with the rest of the crew that the idea of him as the unnamed captain from the earlier drawing of the bridge percolated in the creator's mind and stuck. However, the name 'Jim' wasn't entirely satisfying, partially because it was blatantly the name of the captain from Star Trek and also it was too ordinary for the character.
Another name thrown around in the game's development was Jerry. Jerry featured in early versions of the game's script. During this time, the creator worked to figure out how to draw him correctly. The earliest drawings of him made from two main spheres, the torso and head, with the rest of his spheres small and uniform. But the creator wanted a more detailed, dynamic image of him, and finally came up with the version seen in the final game.
The creator decided he needed to come up with a final name, unsatisfied with either Jim or Jerry. He asked others for advice, and received two main suggestions: "Globozak" and "Baltron". Mulling over these names, he decided, "why not use both?" And Globozak Baltron was born.
However, this name still didn't sit quite right. For one thing, the name sounded too close to Gaius Baltar, a character from Battlestar Galactica. It was only when he mashed up the names - creating Balzak Globotron - that everything made sense.
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