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Zeldrin is a planet in the Solana Galaxy featured in Up Your Arsenal. It is a low-populated planet in the Joraal Nebula, orbited by the Zeldrin Starport, a space station within one of its asteroids. The Leviathan crashed on Zeldrin after Dr. Nefarious self-destructed it in Zeldrin's orbit, making Zeldrin the location of the crash site.

Ratchet and Clank traveled to the crash site in search of an item that Captain Qwark had left behind.

History

Dr. Nefarious self-destructed the Leviathan in Zeldrin's orbit, in the hopes of luring killing Ratchet and Qwark on the vessel after luring them there. While the ship was being destroyed, Qwark ominously said he spotted "something important" he couldn't live without, which was the datadisk with the master plan.[1] As Qwark did not return to the shuttle, the Q-Force assumed he had died. In reality, Qwark had launched an escape pod to Zeldrin itself,[2] which the Q-Force had not detected.[3]

After landing the escape pod on Zeldrin, Qwark hired a taxi company named Supernova Taxi, disguising himself as a woman in order to hide his identity, and left behind both the datadisk and a B20 Crotchitizer.[4]

Qwark's escape pod.

After Dr. Nefarious successfully attacked Metropolis using the Biobliterator, Sasha Phyronix suggest Ratchet travel to the crash site of the Leviathan. In "Explore the Crash Site", Ratchet and Clank searched the area, finding several garrisons of Nefarious' soldier bots, guard bots, and scout bots left behind on the planet. They eventually recovered Qwark's escape pod, the datadisk for the master plan, and a B20 Crotchitizer. Before leaving to take the datadisk to Al, Ratchet was contacted by the Galactic Rangers about an attack on planet Aridia, requiring Ratchet to travel there to help them.

Geography

Map layout of the crash site.

Zeldrin has a dark, purple atmosphere, and two astronomical bodies can be seen in its sky. It has large uneven rock cliffs across the oceans, with thick green just above the water and on the tops of the cliffs, as well as long, purple plants. The planet is populated by skreeducks in its sky.

The crash site.

The crash site is an area around the wreckage of the Leviathan, which crashed atop two large rock mountains that hold it up, within a large canyon of craggy rock formations. The Star Explorer lands on a landing pad atop a tower one on of the rock cliffs, which is connected to another rock cliff nearer the Leviathan by a bridge.

The path leading to the interior of the ship.

Around these cliffs, several pods left behind from the Leviathan are located, which contain garrisons of soldier bots. A side path here can be accessed to explore a small part of the hollow interior, whereas the main path then leads through the wreckage of the Leviathan, in an acid-filled room.

Past there is the escape pod, which has landed next to a tall slanted tower, which is partially covered in grav-ramps. The top has a zipline that returns to the landing pad with the Star Explorer.

Behind the scenes

In an early August 2004 build of the game, an unused mission suggests one of the removed turboslider races would have featured on Zeldrin, and the nano-pak would have been acquired this way rather than the optional Hypershot use.[5] In the final release, unused menu text for skill points as well as a dummied Special menu feature also reference this, alongside the removed turboslider race for Florana.[6][7] As no gameplay was finished for the racing, and only the Florana race track was complete,[8] it was likely cancelled early before the race track was ever worked on.

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