The planet of E.D.N. III seemed ripe for colonization - its icy climes ready to be warmed and terraformed. That was, until the first settlers discovered the indigenous Akrid - ravenous creatures, powered by their own thermal energy, who proved resistant to every weapon the colonists could muster. That first terraforming effort ended in tragedy, with the colony - and its rich haul of terraforming equipment - hastily abandoned. Now, looking for an easy mark, the ragtag crew of the pirate vessel Crusader have set course for E.D.N. III, looking to pillage these tempting resources, before NeoVenus Construction (NEVEC) can swoop in and reclaim their investment! But E.D.N. III takes coldly to strangers, and the Akrid are ready to welcome them into their fearsome embrace...