- “Planet V: Fortuna
Fortuna is also known as the Dinosaur Planet and is prowled by untamed and brutal creatures. Andross has fed and gained control of these brutes and plans the turn them into living weapons. The giant dragon, Monarch Dodora, is the living spirit of this planet and has powers exceeding state-of-the-art weapons. His name is feared throughout the Lylat system.”
Fortuna is the fifth planet of the Lylat system. It is a hot and humid rainforest planet teeming with plant life and a series of bases and hideouts presumably built by Androssians. It is called the Dinosaur Planet in the original "Star Fox", but is not to be confused with Sauria, which was also called "Dinosaur Planet" in "Star Fox Adventures".
Not much information is known about Fortuna, due to the fact that it has not made much of an appearance. It is a green, thriving planet with huge plants and vegetation of all kinds, as well as rivers and lakes on the surface, although it is unknown how much of this planet is covered by water and inhabited by giant insects. It can be assumed that something about the planet is hostile, as otherwise it would seem to be the Cornerian Army's first choice for colonization instead of Katina. It could also be assumed that the planet is a bit further out from the core Lylat system, as it has yet to appear on any maps other than the original Star Fox. This is further supported by the Star Fox Team apparently using a wormhole to arrive at Fortuna to aid the Cornerian Army. It could be speculated that the planet is not inhabited by Cornerians, as a base was built there by the Venomian Army.
Oikonny's Rebellion/Aparoid Invasion
A little more than nine years after the Lylat Wars, Andrew Oikonny had previously been kicked out of Star Wolf's gang of thugs and fled here, to his military base stationed there during the rebellion of Oikonny's army. It was known at the time of the battle on Fortuna, that the remaining airforces and loyal remnants of Andross had allied themselves with his nephew, for a price. The Cornerian Fleet engaged in a fierce space battle and managed to break up most of Oikonny's fleet, until the reserved Stealth Squadron forced the Cornerians to back down. Fortunately, General Pepper hired the Star Fox Team to backup the fleet and take down Oikonny himself. The Star Fox Team managed to avoid being destroyed by the space fleet firepower, heavy fortifications, and pursued Oikonny's fleeing flagship into a canyon. Here, Oikonny revealed his secret weapon, a transformation of his flagship that resembled Andross. He was quickly defeated while giving a speech about his new empire on Venom, until his ship was unexpectedly destroyed by a solitary Winged Aparoid. Fox destroyed the Aparoid and received the Core Memory before reinforcements came. It was here that the Aparoid Invasion truly begun.
The ending revealed that the only parts damaged by the Aparoid invasion were the northern forests, and that the Lylat System would send relief efforts from the base that they captured from the remnants of Andross. Oikonny's forces were also revealed to have been destroyed, and the Aparoids were expunged. The Destruction level on Fortuna was a C+.
- Fichina was mistakenly called Fortuna in the English translation of Star Fox 64. In Star Fox: Assault, the planet's name is translated as Fichina, and it is correctly identified as a separate planet from Fortuna. This error was fixed onwards, starting from the 3DS remake.
- Fortuna appears to have a moon in Star Fox, but it is not visible from space.
- Titania can be seen in the background during the conflict between the Cornerian army and Oikonny's fleet during Star Fox: Assault, suggesting Fortuna might be placed somewhere between Titania and Sector X.
- Fortuna shares names with the Roman goddess of fortune.
In the comics
Fortuna makes an appearance in the Nintendo Power comics, where Andross's imperial forces built a base and began taking over the native creatures like the Monarch Dodora, which Andross himself fancied as a sort of pet after effectively using radio signals beamed from the base. In "Act. 7: Whale song", the Fortuna base is where Slippy and his confiscated Arwing were taken captive by Imperial raiders under Andross's orders, who intended to use Slippy as a valuable hostage and lure the remaining Star Fox team into a trap and set his mind controlled Monarch Dodora on them.
In "Act. 8: Fire in the sky", Fox, Falco, Peppy and Fara exit the Black Hole and arrive on Fortuna in the search for Slippy, based on guidance from the inter-dimensional space whale that Fox Sr has become a part of. Using hidden sleeping gas in the beads of his necklace, Slippy manages to escape capture and throws the rest of his choker into the control room, putting the two lizards having trouble controlling the Monarch Dodora out of commission. Andross notices the loss of the control signal and turns it back on with another signal directly linked via an antenna on his personal speeder vehicle and Herbert II. Outside the base, Andross gains the upper hand on the recently arrived Arwing quartet, as their blasters have no effect on the Dodora's tough hide and the spitfire breath produced from the two heads, which land a nasty hit on Peppy's Arwing. Joined by a recently escaped Slippy in his recovered Arwing, the team deduced that the Dodora is being mind controlled like the Stingrays in Sector Y, but since the monster has no visible antenna like they did, Slippy explains that because he took out the controlling lizards, Andross must be controlling the creature himself. Fox successfully flies by Andross's speeder and scrapes the antenna beam off, making him lose control of the Monarch Dodora. No longer under Andross's control, the Dodora turns on him and smashes his speeder flat as Papetoon pancakes. Once the Arwings depart for Papetoon and now free Dodora leaves, Herbert II grieves over the wreckage of Andross's speeder and takes some strands of the ape's hair before leaving Fortuna also.
Names in Other Languages
- In the Japanese version, Fortuna is listed as the "Dinosaur Planet" (“恐竜惑星”, Kyōryūwakusei) in kanji. However, Sauria in Star Fox Adventures is called "Dinosaur Planet" (ダイナソープラネット) in katakana, separating the two.
- Also in Japanese versions, the spelling of Fortuna (フォーチュナー) is very slightly different in Star Fox: Assault, although it is essentially the same name.
- Star Fox: Assault/Script
- Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet
|Planets||Aparoid Homeworld • Aquas • Cerinia • Corneria • Eladard • Fichina • Fortuna • Grippia • Katina • Kew • Macbeth • Papetoon • Sauria • Secret Base • Solar • Titania • Venom • Zoness|
|Sectors||Sector α • Sector β • Sector γ • Sector Ω • Area 6 • Meteo • Sector X • Sector Y • Sector Z • Warp Zone • Out of This Dimension|
|Artificial Objects||Black Hole • Orbital Gate • Bolse • Meteor • Sargasso Hideout • Space Armada • Satellite Defense Platform • Astropolis|
|Cities||Corneria City • Katina Frontline Base • Katina Outpost • Fichina Base • Fichina City • Climate control center • Aquas Ruins • Area 3|