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Fichina is the ice planet of the Lylat System, located in the Parlak Sector. Comprised of very little vegetation, the world is stuck in an eternal Ice Age and with strong blizzards. Cornerian scientists are able to control the blizzards through a construct called the Climate Control Center, however the planet can relapse into blizzards should the CCC remain inactive for a certain amount of time. Prolonged peroids without weather control can render the planet uninhabitable.
The Cornerian Defense Force, at the time of the Lylat Wars, had set up an outpost on the planet surface. Teams of scientists worked to attempt to terraform the planet, making it habitable, possibly as a world similar to Corneria.
However, the base fell victim to a drone fleet from the Venomian Army. The base was quickly overrun by the drones. A bomb was subsequently placed in the facility, awaiting detonation. This action would remove the chance of the Cornerians making the planet habitable.
Team Star Fox, en route from the Meteo Asteroid Field encircling Corneria, launched a counterattack on the base. The drones immediately scrambled from the base; the team quickly dispatched them. Putting a wrench into their plans, ROB/NUS-64 detected the bomb inside the base. Before Star Fox could dispatch anyone to deal with it, Team Star Wolf entered the fray, making an attempt to distract Star Fox long enough to give the bomb time to detonate. Their efforts proved futile, as the entire opposing team was shot down. Fox McCloud them immediately flew into the base and deactivated the bomb, saving the outpost.
At the time of the Aparoid Invasion, the research done as to how to control the weather of the planet had come to fruition. A Climate Control Center had been established, providing a way to artificially manipulate the planet's weather patterns. This in turn provided a way for the planet to become inhabitable.
Team Star Fox tracked Pigma Dengar, who had recently absconded with an Aparoid Core Memory, to Fichina per advice from Panther Caroso in a failed attempt to flirt with Krystal. Upon arriving at the planet, a crisis had come about: the CCC was offline, providing a chance for blizzards to reclaim the planet. In an attempt to restore the CCC, Fox went down to the surface on foot. While scouting, ROB read that the CCC was shielded and could not be entered, forcing more drastic measures to be taken. With the aid of a Landmaster and RADAR, Fox, while under heavy attack from pockets of Aparoids, destroyed the three power supplies to the shield generators. He then entered the base and reactivated the center, stopping the blizzard. However, he subsequently came under attack from Sentry Bots. Falco Lombardi soon came to his rescue, using one of his wings on his Arwing to carve a swath through a horde of Sentry Bots. Fox then came aboard the wing and defended Falco with a Plasma Cannon as he traveled Fichina's skies, waiting for an Arwing transfer.
Slippy scanned the Sentry Bots inside the base and found Aparoid readings, which meant that the Sentry Bots were being influenced by the Aparoids. At this time, Pigma revealed himself, activating an infected piece of the CCC's core to form an extremely large Aparoid, proving the entire facility was infected by the Aparoids. The CCC soon went into Core Overload. Fearing a cataclysmic explosion that would render the planet uninhabitable permanently, Team Star Fox immediately went on the offensive, attacking the Aparoid. Fox immediately began launching Smart Bombs into the "mouth" of the Aparoid, destroying it from the inside. The Aparoid soon was destroyed and the Climate Control Center was saved. The team soon headed out to the Meteo Asteroid Field outside Sector Y.
(Note that Star Fox Command plays by player choice, not by a set storyline. No official story path or ending has been confirmed by Nintendo, so in an effort to provide comprehensive coverage, all elements of all paths including this location have been included.)
Path 1 (coming from Reunion with Slippy): After rejoining with Slippy Toad, Fox McCloud traveled to Fichina in an attempt to contact Lucy Hare, Peppy Hare's daughter, who was an astrophysicist teacher. Fox and Slippy had previously intercepted a message from her about an invasion of the planet and had gone to help. Upon their arrival, the pair was attacked by Team Star Wolf, thinking they were after the bounty on their heads. The pair quickly beat them and let them leave. Lucy soon after contacted the pair. After Slippy assured that Peppy Hare, who was under attack on Corneria, would be alright, she told the two that Andrew Oikonny was leading the assault. Denying the chance that Slippy offered to gather intelligence with his father, Fox received a transmission from Oikonny, where he boasted about his involvement with the Anglar. Fox and Slippy, with help from Lucy, then made a move on Oikonny, where he then showed his attack vehicle, the Death Crab. At the conclusion of a lengthy battle, Oikonny was defeated.
Once the invasion was repelled, Lucy had a conversation with Fox about his history with Krystal. She was able to get Fox to admit to his past wrongs before she headed out to Corneria to help Peppy in Corneria's defense. Fox was then posed with a decision to go with her to Corneria or go to Aquas to deter an invasion there.
Path 2 (coming from Decision Time): Instead of going to meet with Falco Lombardi, Fox decided to meet with Wolf O'Donnell to gain his assistance in fighting the Anglar forces. Initially, Wolf had no interest in working with Fox and instead decided to attack him with the rest of Team Star Wolf as backup. Fox dispatched all three of them and talked with Wolf directly. Although Wolf seemed reluctant to work with Fox, he accepted on the grounds that he "had no other offers" and that he would get paid. Fox then took Wolf with him to meet Falco over Solar.
Fichina's appearance in Star Fox 64 is confirmed. However, in the game, the planet was misnamed as "Fortuna." In official canon, the ice planet is named Fichina, whereas Fortuna is a lush forested world. The controversy was created from a mistranslation from Japanese text to English text. The mistranslation was corrected in Star Fox Assault several years later.
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