Terrain and ClimateEdit
Acheron has a 1200 km diameter at its quadrant points QBR 157 052 and has a molten lava base. The planet maintains a gravitational field equivalent to 0.86 of that on Earth, implying the moon is made of incredibly dense material given its small size. When first discovered, the moon was highly unstable with volcanic activity. The main crust was formed mostly out of igneous rocks.
The planetoid's indigenous atmosphere was described as "primordial", consisting mainly of nitrogen, water vapor, carbon dioxide, trace particles of oxygen and small concentrations of methane and ammonia. It is constantly racked by strong winds, although the moon is too small for potentially dangerous very large storms to form. Needless to say, LV-426 under native conditions was inhospitable to human life.
Acheron has no indigenous life forms, and it is not the Xenomorph homeworld; it was simply a planet upon which an Engineer ship, containing Xenomorph Eggs and possibly live subjects as well, crash-landed. According to Weyland-Yutani surveys, Acheron was simply a dead rock.
The Nostromo touched down on LV-426 in response to a mysterious signal emanating from the planetoid, per standard Weyland-Yutani protocol. In reality, the signal had previously been detected and decoded by Weyland-Yutani, and the Nostromo had been pre-selected to investigate, with the android Ash surreptitiously placed aboard to ensure the safety of any lifeforms that were discovered. Though the Nostromo was severely damaged while landing on LV-426, a three-man exploration team, consisting of Captain Dallas, First Officer Kane and navigator Lambert, proceeded to explore the planetoid's surface and eventually discovered a Derelict spacecraft that was responsible for transmitting the signal. While exploring the Derelict's interior, the crew came across the fossilized remains of the ship's pilot and thousands of Xenomorph Eggs stored within the ship's cargo hull. Kane was subsequently impregnated by a Facehugger and was taken back to the Nostromo for treatment. The Nostromo departed soon afterwards, but the Xenomorph implanted in Kane's chest later birthed in space, leading to the Nostromo's destruction.
Approximately thirty-seven years after the USCSS Nostromo made contact with LV-426, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation established the terraforming colony of Hadley's Hope on the moon, constructing an Atmosphere Processor to make the planet's atmosphere breathable.
Another twenty years later, Russ and Anne Jorden, residents of the Hadley's Hope colony, were sent to investigate the Derelict on company orders, its location deduced from the testimony of Ellen Ripley, the only survivor of the Nostromo who had just been rescued from deep space. Russ was subsequently impregnated by a Facehugger during his investigation of the ship, sparking a full-scale outbreak at the colony. A Queen established a Hive in the colony's Atmosphere Processor, and the Xenomorphs killed or captured, cocooned and impregnated all but one of the colonists, Rebecca Jorden, daughter of Russ and Anne.
A short while after this, a unit of Colonial Marines was dispatched aboard the USS Sulaco to investigate the loss of contact with the colony, accompanied by Ellen Ripley. After several battles with the Xenomorphs the resulted in the deaths of most of the Marines, the creatures' Hive was destroyed when the Atmosphere Processor's reactor exploded. Only Ripley, Rebecca Jorden, Corporal Dwayne Hicks and the android Bishop escaped. Unknown to them, the Hadley's Hope Queen had stowed away on board the Sulaco, but was subsequently ejected into space by Ripley through an airlock.
Despite the explosion on the planet, several Xenomorphs had survived in the ruins of Hadley's Hope, and a second Queen soon emerged. The Queen and her brood were discovered by a Weyland-Yutani team led by Michael Weyland, which had set up the Origin research facility around the Derelict to study the Xenomorphs. A second group of Marines, hailing from the USS Sephora, subsequently landed on LV-426 and engaged both the Weyland-Yutani forces and the Aliens. The research facility was overrun, although several personnel, including all the surviving Colonial Marines, managed to escape aboard a Weyland-Yutani starship.
Behind the scenesEdit
LV-426 was first introduced in the 1979 film Alien, though it is not named and is simply referred to as a "planetoid" or "ball". In the 1986 sequel Aliens, the name LV-426 is given, while the name Acheron appears in the novelization. On the timeline of the official viral website for Weyland Corp, as part of the promotion for the film Prometheus, the planet's name appears as officially Acheron LV-426, bringing both names together. The planet was originally going to appear in Prometheus, but ultimately the planet LV-223 was used.
The name Acheron is reused in the novelization of Alien3, although it is repeatedly misspelled as "Archeron". LV-426 is mentioned again in the musings of Dr. Mason Wren in the novelization of Alien Resurrection, in which the researcher reflects that the loss of the Derelict was a great setback. Unlike earlier novels, the planet is once more referred to as LV-426.
- A planet called "LV426" appears in the video game Mass Effect: Infiltrator as a reference to the Alien franchise. The original Mass Effect also featured a star system named Acheron.
- Alien/novel/comic (First Appearance)
- Aliens: Apocalypse - The Destroying Angels (indirect mention)
- Aliens: Newt's Tale
- Colonial Marines Technical Manual (mentioned only)
- Aliens: Earth Hive (mentioned only)
- Aliens: Nightmare Asylum (mentioned only)
- Aliens: The Female War (mentioned only)
- Alien Resurrection (novel) (mentioned only)
- Aliens vs. Predator (video game) (mentioned only)
- Aliens: Colonial Marines (video game)
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster (1979). Alien novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 46.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Lee Brimmicombe-Wood (1996). Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual. HarperPrism, 137.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster (1979). Alien novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 37.
- ↑ James Cameron (writer and director). Aliens [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.