Flarn is a major NPC from the Halloween 2k6 Event and years later, made a return as a major character in the Zurg Generations Halloween 2k16 event. Having been first introduced in H2k6 as UFO 09, Flarn bears the unique distinction of being one of the few NPC's whose canonical love interests are real Gaia Users.
Before the appearance of his new hybrid form, Flarn dressed in the clothes and accessories that were gifted to him by his Believer friends.
The Zurg Invasion
When the aliens first came to Gaia, they came seeking one thing: Power. The blast that split the Gambinos attracted them to Gaia, in search of the source of such a powerful burst of energy.
Once a normal Zurg like all the others; Flarn took part in the Halloween 2k6 event alongside his fellow UFO's under his numbered Alias, 09. He was known for his peaceful and kind nature, as well as his compassion for Gaians; much to the ire of some of his bethern.(There was an exception for this, however, as he was known for his distaste and distrust in the GiB.)
His compassion for Gaians would initially start with his romantic interest in Gaia Mod Yuzi_K, who persistently confessed her feelings toward him. He would later be caught by his family- who grew angry at his relationships and alignment with Gaians, and so he fled. Flarn later began heavily involving himself with the peaceful organization; The Believers, who gave him sanctuary. He would often post in the Believers thread, scanning many Gaian's to certify them as official members. This eventually sparked a second strong relationship with the Believers founder: Gaia user The wandering mind... , who he often confided in and sent many messages to.
It was through wandering mind that he expressed his love for Gaia and it's people. He would tell her that he no longer felt like Zurg was his home, and that he wanted to stay so he wouldn't lose the feelings and emotions he felt on Gaia.
Mother and the other UFO's would begin to take notice of his involvement with the Believers.
On Wed Oct 25, 2006 Admins of Gaia were Abducted, and Alien 09' went missing. Even The Mothership had no clue where he was. He would later send a message to Wandering mind. Revealing that he went into hiding due to his family's growing anger over his relationship with The Believers. He urged for Wandering mind to keep his contact and messages a secret from anyone they couldn't trust.
For a while, the Mothership and his siblings spread out around the forums and towns looking for him. His siblings would try various tactics(such as insults and threats) in an attempt to lure him out of hiding. He would have meetings with Gaian's a few times during this period; but Gaia user Lightningrod would end up betraying The Believers by leaking the conversations to 05. So Flarn would again disappear- this time completely. He initially stated he was leaving Gaia to all the Believers, but later told wandering mind he would try and come back.
His avatar was then changed to "Missing" to reflect his status. During this period some of the Zurg claimed he was sick; others pretended that Flarn did not exist.
Later, the UFO's became actual Aliens. However, only UFO's 01-10 were made in their Alien forms. Flarn would be depicted wearing Gaian clothes, donning the signature Newsprint Stars of the Believers.
The search for Flarn culminated with great emotion, as 06 and 11 confronted Flarn in the Believers' thread; threatening to hurt 02 if he did not cooperate. Unwilling to let his brother get hurt because of him, Flarn finally gave in to their demands. They arranged to meet somewhere else to take care of things in private. This meeting was not a peaceful one, however. 06 and 11, enraged at their brother; shot his ship down in cold blood. As he lay dying, Flarn reaches out to a memory of his closest friends; with the memory ending on a focus of Yuzi_K and The wandering mind... . Telling them 'Everyone- I'm.. Sorry' with a smile, as his vision fades to white.
06 and 11 scanned the remains, and it was confirmed: Flarn was dead. But as they leave Flarn's broken ship lying in the dust, a shadow falls across the scene... Mother found her lost child.
Flarn would later mysteriously log onto Gaia, despite his death, surprising everyone on the forums. His friends list was then entirely emptied, Save for Yuzi_K and Wandering Mind. After having only Yuzi_K and Wandering Mind on his list for a short while longer- he would delete them too and then log out.
Mother had wanted her son back. And mother gets what she wants. A manga update would reveal that in desperation, The Zurg and Gambino used a mix of Zurg and Gaian technology to revive him(Presumably also human DNA). But all wasn't as it seemed. It was eventually revealed outside the manga, that by Mother's orders, they had also 'treated' Flarn; removing all positive and negative emotions. This would cause Flarn to lose his memories and his personality to become completely reversed. Now a hybrid between Zurg and Gaian, he became blindly loyal to the Zurg and violent.
09 is then handed over to 06. 06 is placed in charge of raising Flarn, and helping him to recover his memories.
Flarn would confine himself to The Mothership for days, and other UFO's started to contract suspicious 'Illnesses' and disappear as well. Soon, Yuzi and wandering mind would organize multiple meetings with Mother.
One meeting with Mother confirmed Yuzi was the only one Flarn really remembered, which caused wandering mind to suffer a broken heart and show hints of jealousy. In another meeting, after being questioned about Flarns whereabouts and condition; Mother confirmed that Flarn was merely confused and distressed by his transformation- but otherwise fine. And when the status of her other missing children was brought up; Wandering mind would then raise suspicion about the illnesses legitimacy. This greatly offended Mother. Yuzi quickly de-escalated the situation- and from that point on, wandering mind would become greatly suspicious and distrustful of Mother; knowing she was hiding something.
Days later, Mother and 06 return to 1919 and the new Flarn(UFO) is introduced for the first time. He flew aboard a new red ship, apparently an upgraded prototype that Flarn was testing. Flarn was unable to speak coherent english. He would only speak the words "I remember" followed by binary codes that translate to "remember." And then he flew off.
He would then have his first meeting since his death with Yuzi_K and The wandering mind... . But still, he acted completely off, speaking entirely in binary code, save for one word in response "YUZI". After attempts were made by Yuzi and wandering mind to communicate with Flarn through binary code; 06 repeatedly suggested to Flarn that they should leave, and they took off together. Leaving Yuzi and wandering mind shocked and at a loss, with many unanswered questions.
Flarn's new alien avatar would then be revealed.
After returning to the public; Flarn claimed that the old Flarn was gone forever, and that he cared nothing for who he once was. Flarn is then made Overlord of the Zurg Hive. His new reign ushered in a new era for the Hive. Rules become more strict, and bannings more frequent. All users cowered under his rule. He would also start posting aggressively towards users on the forums, including on the Believers thread.
His first given mission was to find and neutralize 10, who had recently changed drastically in behavior herself. 06 and Flarn would soon encounter 10 in towns; 06 would then tell Flarn that 10 is responsible for his accident, and sends Flarn after him. 10 is never seen again.
03 would later appear in Towns, apparently collecting "DarkNRGY" from Gaia by scanning users with Demon and Nitemare items. He was apparently collecting this energy for Flarn's new doomsday device.
12 (Bobo) would eventually make an appearance in Towns, talking about flowers and friendship. Flarn and 06 confronted him and tried to chase him down. 12 retreats to Mother for safety. Mother did not believe that Flarn was hurting her children, and began struggling to decide who to believe. Meanwhile 04 (zoit), one of ZH's commanders, began to feel that she is next on Flarn's hit list. She believed in hardcore partying and all things good in the world. 06 makes a promise and swears to protect her.
As the Christmas season started approaching; Flarn, 06, 03 and 04 began to discuss their plans to kidnap Santa. They wished to rid Gaia of its ignorance by removing Santa from the picture. They also wished to study him, his magic, and his technology. 04 is forced to find Santa, and she leaves to the North Pole.
Flarn arrives in Towns and spots a group of believers. They continue to try and make Flarn "remember" his past. Flarn questions two ZH members, users Yahiko and KLN and asks why the Believers act like they know him. Yahiko and KLN, afraid of betraying Flarn, explain that he knew them in a past life. KLN lies to ease Flarn's pain by saying that he was better off without the Believers, as they filled his head with too much pain and suffering. Flarn panics. He is flooded with distorted memories, and begins to scream "THE PAIN! THE PAIN!"
He then retreats, and resigns his title as Overlord of ZH. Leaving to pursue his own destiny alone. 06 replaced him as leader of the Zurg Hive, telling members that Flarn may have never really cared about The Hive anyway, and that his condition was unstable.
Flarn's new form eventually started having severe side effects. He began experiencing great and constant pain, and the only thing that would ease it was something called 'DARKNRGY'. He would continue to be aggressive on the forums throughout the winter season.
He would later start saying some rather random things, such as "MEAT" and "FEED ME!". Around the same time; Flarn took to the forums and started picking fights and making threats towards Gaia users; calling them things such as 'Cow worshipers' and 'Traitors'.
Conflicts between the factions increased. Gaians turned on The Hive for lying to Mother and transforming Flarn into what he is, having no idea that the ZH was forced into it the entire time; 06 would begin to feel depressed and alone. After ZH santa mission fails, 06 would start looking towards a brighter future. Since 09 was no longer in charge, she decides to drive the Zh into a new direction... for Peace amongst all factions.
Zurg hive begins advertising their New Years Ball idea. This was to mark the beginning of the Zurg Hive's mission of peace.
03 would shows up during the Zurg New Years ball and announces that the weapon is complete! He stated that he would deliver it to Flarn immediately.
The Zurg ships would later disappear from the World Map. Mother and the UFOs tell users on Towns that they are building the Star Portal. Soon, the Star Portal appears on the worldmap at the Great Wall of Gambino. Mother then reveals her true plans.
Around this time, G.I.B, The Believers and The Zurg Hive would meet together with Mother to sign a peace treaty. Feeling enlightened; Mother revealed that she she had made her decision and we would all know of her motives soon enough.
Panic erupts when Flarn appears on Towns and the Believers thread, attempting to start arguments and fights with other NPCs in order to feed his rage. Fear begins to swell that Flarn will try to travel through the Star Portal in order to initiate mother's attack, or even possibly try to drag foreign monsters to our planet. UFOs 8, 6, and 4 take turns guarding the Portal every day.
Flarn's pain worsens as "LIGHTNRGY" spreads faster and faster. Gaians believed that if this continues, he would die of starvation. However, if allowed, the corruption of DARKNRGY will kill Flarn as well. Flarn begins to express his fear of Watermeat as 02 passes them around. His fear is not in what they are... but in what they represent: joy, giving, friendship, etc.
The WaterMeat Festival is created by members of the new organization: Gaia Unlimited. Flarn, 02, and Sorn make brief appearances there. However, Flarn in his unstable insanity; became convinced that everyone wanted to kill him.
On Fri Feb 02, 2007, Flarn's profile was updated. It read 'I AM LOST...' And the song was changed to cold water by Damien Rice.
Around Feb 04, 2007, Flarns condition further deteriorated. He started speaking on the fourms in red text, constantly groaning and yelling in pain. He stalked 11 around the forums, yelling at and threatening 11 to end the winter celebrations, reminding 11 that 11 killed him and he wanted justice.
Eventually, Flarn would follow 11 and catch him warning 02 that he may be too dangerous. Becoming enraged, he would call 02 a traitor, and he mercilessly gunned down 02 for standing in between him and 11. His actions and physical pain were viewed by Mother as pitiable, and so she ordered the Zurg to leave earth- citing Gaian's emotions and passions as far too dangerous for her people.
Despite his amnesia, Flarn seemed to remember a few things in the end. Such as(at least vaguely) his relationship with Yuzi_K and The wandering mind... . He would send a parting message to wandering mind(delivered to her by another Zurg) before all the Zurg returned home.
Since Halloween 2k6, Flarn's condition has stabilized; climbing the ranks of his people and was eventually invited to join Mother's council. Seemingly unbeknownst to him; the Queens real motive for doing so was an attempt to understand and learn from the psychological trauma they inflicted on him during his revival.
They constantly argued. Flarn believed that the Zurg needed to be more aggressive in the face of a threat, and rejected the Queen Mothers passive and peaceful ideologies. Having grown dissatisfied at the way his homeworld was being ruled, Flarn developed technology to brainwash Zurg in secret; and with it he organized a coup which ended in the merciless slaughter of The Mother, and all but one of The Daughters.
Having taken control of the Zurg Homeworld, he ruled with a militant fist as the commander of the Zurg Legion... until Kittenstars(using the convert-O-Mayhem) launched an attack on constellation Pisces; where the Zurg homeworld is located. In his fury, he declared war on Gaian's and The Resistance; which would end in the birth of a new Mother, and The Legion's defeat.
Flarn expressed joy and swore fealty to Nili; before subsequently being arrested for high treason and regicide.
-Mother was Flarn's biological mother.
-As stated by Mother, Flarn and his brothers do not have a Father.
-Flarn is an artificially made Hybrid.
-After he was revived, he became the leader of The Zurg Nation, albeit briefly.
-Before his Death, Flarn's stated that his favorite hats were Top Hats.
- Flarn despises Watermeat. Many Gaian's theorized that the watermeat plushie symbolizes LIGHTNRGY, the opposite of DARKNRGY, due to 02's generosity.
-The hairstyle Flarn is based off of Flarn.
- [X] In the manga, Flarn was confirmed to have been in love with Yuzi_K. The manga also implies that his feelings started to waver after seeking out shelter and emotional support in Wandering mind.
- [X] [NPC] alien_mothership: GREETINGS, DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE 09 IS?
- 11 had just been 'treated' by mother. Resetting him to his former angry state.
- [X] Narf is 3rd Gendered. Uses male pronouns in the manga.
[X]Mother and Gambino worked together to revive Flarn from near death. Also, Mother had to cure Flarn of a sickness caused by Gaia's oxygen. Flarn had been outside his ship for so long, that he had become ill. In order to make sure he would not get sick again, Mother and Gambino transformed Flarn into a human/zurg hybrid. A side effect of this process was amnesia. Within days of the comic update, a sillouhette of the new Flarn appeared on his profile.
- [X] She told us that the only way to save us was to "treat" us, as she had treated Flarn. It would take away all our negative emotions... and all the positive ones, too. And most likely our free will with it.
- [X] Flarn suffers from Amnesia. [NPC] alien_mothership: OF COURSE, 09'S HEART AND SOUL REMAIN THE SAME. HE ONLY SUFFERS FROM AMNESIA. I AM SURE HIS MEMORY WILL RETURN IN DUE TIME indisposed: I thoguht he remembered Yuzi? [NPC] alien_mothership: YES, YUZI. HE DOES. The wandering mind...: Anyone else? indisposed: Then why is she off his list? Yuzi_K: Does he remember anyone else? indisposed: No, he only has aliens on. [NPC] alien_mothership: HE REMEMBERS, BUT HE IS STILL CONFUSED. HE DOES NOT REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. WHY HE CHANGED.
- [X]Yuzi_K: Flarn, dear...
[NPC] alien_ufo_06: Welcome brother!
Yuzi_K: What have they done with you...
[NPC] alien_ufo_09: GREETINGS.
*more His then Flarn disappears*
Yuzi_K: Oh Flarn...
[NPC] alien_ufo_06: He'll be back.
[NPC] alien_ufo_09: 01001001 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01101100 01100101 01100001 01100100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01011010 01110101 01110010 01100111 00100000 01001000 01101001 01
*people asking for a translator*
[NPC] alien_ufo_09: 01001001 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01101001 01101110 00100000 01010000 01001001 01000101 01000011 01000101 00100001
Tai Naito: "I am leader of zurg hi"
Freelance Minion: "I am leader of Zurg Hi"
Yuzi_K: You used to speak with us with warmth and in our language
Tai Naito: "I come in PIECE"
- [X] An inside coding joke regarding current programmer at the time; DARKNRGY.
- [X] GiB logs showing Flarn's change in personality and deteriorating mental state. As well as his forum stalking of Sorn.
- [X]On the night of January 17, 2006, there was a meeting in towns. A rather important meeting. It included Zooeep (06), Mother, and the leaders of all the factions who signed the peace treaty, myself included.
The meeting was arranged through cooperation between Designergrl, The Zurg Hive, and Zooeep. Word had spread that Mother intended to take control of Gaia, for it's own good. We wanted to show her that through our efforts for peace, such intervention was unnecessary.
When the aliens first came to Gaia, they came seeking one thing:
Power. The blast that split the Gambinos attracted them here, in search of the source of such a powerful burst of energy.
However, the more time Mother spent on Gaia, the more she became fond of its inhabitants. Over time, she began to think of us as her children, like her 12 UFOs.
But she was disturbed by what she saw. She claimed that because of our self-destructive tendency for hatred and greed, we would end up destroying ourselves.
The amount of time she predicted we would have without her intervention was no more than five years.
The man she predicted would be responsible: Johnny K. Gambino.
The means by which we would destroy ourselves: the G-Virus.
She told us that the only way to save us was to "treat" us, as she had treated Flarn. It would take away all our negative emotions... and all the positive ones, too. And most likely our free will with it.
Most of the rest of the meeting was spent letting each leader speak to mother in turn, to convince her that we are capable of saving ourselves, and that if we would work together, Gaian and Zurg, we could overcome our problems without such drastic measures.
Mother listened and responded throughout the meeting. At the end, she said that the meeting had been enlightening, and that she had made her decision.
And that it would be revealed soon.
- [X]An update on Flarn's profile: It now reads 'AM I LOST...' And the song has changed to cold water by Damien Rice.
- [NPC] alien_ufo_06:Dear Wandering Mind. I have a message from 09. Let me know if you wish to listen.
The wandering mind...: Yes! Of course!!!
[NPC] alien_ufo_06: First of all, I would like to assure you that 09 is safe. Despite how you may feel about Mother and I, we only wish to help 09... to save him from his current state. We admit that we have made mistakes in the past, but you must understand that we'll do everything we can to restore 09 to his former self... the loving, caring 09 that we all once knew. And now, regarding the message from 09... he told me to tell you that he still cares for you and the Believers. He deeply regrets what he has done. For putting you through such ordeal and the things that he has done. He says that he didn't mean to hurt anyone, especially 02. He says that he couldn't control himself in the end and that he finally succumbed to the darkness. However, he doesn't want to make any excuses and take full responsibility for what he has done. Finally he concluded by telling me to ask you to remain strong and to never give up hope. Wandering Mind, 09 still cares for you. We'll do everything we can to save his life. Please don't lose hope. Believe in us.
- [X][NPC] alien_mothership: 09 WILL ALWAYS BE ZURGIAN. HE IS MY SON weirdguy: is there a Father? [NPC] alien_mothership: NO FATHER
Lunaria Sangrael: 04, has Flarn become a hybrid? His profile seems to point that way...
[NPC] alien_ufo_04: Hybrid. That is correct.