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Hello, all. In the course of working on my Geneforge 5 modding tool, I have discovered that there is a certain set of 24 bytes in the zone data that appears to control the environment of a zone - things like background noise, weather, tilesets, and so on. I have extracted the offsets for this data for every single zone, and hope that anyone with enough time could help to deduce what each one does.

 

What I have discovered so far is that the third offset (third number on the first line) is likely tied to weather, since the weather in zone 0 and zone 1 is the same. I have confirmed that the seventh offset (second to last number on the first line) is the zone ID, corresponding so:

0: Broadleaf forest

1: Swamp

2: Cave

3: Desert

4: Coniferous forest

5: Snow

 

Data:

Spoiler

Zone 0 - Pacification Fields:
0,0,9,0,4,0,5,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 1 - Minallah:
0,0,9,0,6,0,5,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 2 - Isenwood's Tower:
0,0,3,0,7,0,2,0
0,0,16,1,1,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,252,255,252,255

 

Zone 3 - Promenade:
20,0,9,0,10,0,5,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 4 - Testing Halls:
0,0,9,0,1,0,5,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 5 - Foundry Core West:
25,0,3,0,8,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,251,255,251,255,0,0

 

Zone 6 - Foundry Core East:
25,0,2,0,6,0,2,0
2,0,2,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,252,255,0,0,252,255

 

Zone 7 - Foundry Core:
20,0,2,0,8,0,2,0,
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
1,0,0,0,251,255,251,255

 

Zone 8 - Repository:
0,0,9,0,6,0,5,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 9 - Whitespires Pass:
20,0,0,0,4,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 10 - North Mera Road:
20,0,0,0,1,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,253,255,253,255,253,255

 

Zone 11 - Mera:
0,0,1,0,4,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 12 - Haria-Kel:
0,0,1,0,4,0,4,0,
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,

 

Zone 13 - Northeastern Swamp:
15,0,4,0,0,0,1,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 14 - Mera Fields:
18,0,6,0,1,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 15 - Helft Ruins:
18,0,5,0,8,0,1,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,252,255,252,255,0,0

 

Zone 16 - Infested Road:
15,0,0,0,6,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 17 - Kaz:
0,0,0,0,4,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 18 - Murkwood:
15,0,0,0,4,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,252,255,252,255,252,255

 

Zone 19 - Northwest Swamp:
15,0,0,0,4,0,1,0
0,2,0,2,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 20 - Below Nodye Pass:
15,0,0,0,4,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 21 - Nodye Pass:
0,0,0,0,7,0,3,0
16,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 22 - Penta:
0,0,0,0,6,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 23 - South Mera Road:
15,0,0,0,1,0,4,0
0,0,0,2,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 24 - North Citadel Pass:
16,0,0,0,6,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 25 - Gorash-Kel:
0,0,8,0,0,0,1,0
4,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,252,255,0,0,252,255

 

Zone 26 - West Shadow Road:
20,0,3,0,10,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 27 - East Shadow Road:
0,0,2,0,10,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,251,255,0,0,251,255

 

Zone 28 - Middle Shadow Road:
20,0,3,0,5,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,251,255,251,255

 

Zone 29 - Secret Lab:
20,0,3,0,1,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,251,255,251,255

 

Zone 30 - West Okavano:
20,0,0,0,4,0,1,0
0,2,0,2,0,0,0,0
0,0,255,255,0,0,252,255

 

Zone 31 - Southwest Okavano:
0,0,4,0,5,0,1,0
0,2,0,2,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 32 - Okavano Sea Caves:
0,0,0,0,3,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,251,255,251,255,0,0

 

Zone 33 - Okavano Barrier:
0,0,0,0,6,0,0,0
0,1,0,1,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 34 - Trakovite Haven:
0,0,2,0,3,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,251,255,251,255,0,0

 

Zone 35 - Kratoa-Kel:
0,0,9,0,6,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 36 - Kratoa Stoneworks:
0,0,3,0,5,0,2,0
1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,251,255,251,255

 

Zone 37 - Lerman's Pass:
18,0,9,0,8,0,5,0
1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,252,255,252,255,252,255

 

Zone 38 - North Storm Plains:
0,0,0,0,10,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 39 - Hatra Ruins:
0,0,0,0,4,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 40 - Perikalia Farmland:
0,0,0,0,6,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 41 - Perikalia:
0,0,6,0,7,0,0,0
1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 42 - Stormhold:
0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0
0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 43 - Infested Crossroads:
20,0,0,0,10,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,253,255,0,0,253,255

 

Zone 44 - Western Passes:
20,0,0,0,7,0,0,0
0,0,17,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0


Zone 45 - Fort Defiance:
0,0,0,0,6,0,0,0
0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 46 - Abandonded Farms:
18,0,4,0,8,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 47 - Mountain Crossroad:
18,0,0,0,10,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 48 - Fort Vengeance:
18,0,0,0,10,0,0,0
0,0,2,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 49 - Thistlewood:
20,0,0,0,4,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 50 - Remote Woods:
18,0,0,0,6,0,0,0.
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 51 - Fort Rockfall:
15,0,0,0,5,0,0,0
0,0,2,0,0,1,0,0
0,0,252,255,252,255,252,255

 

Zone 52 - Control Core B:
0,0,2,0,3,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 53 - Western Wasteland:
12,0,0,0,8,0,3,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 54 - Northwest Wasteland:
15,0,0,0,5,0,3,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 55 - Travald's Crypt:
15,0,2,0,1,0,2,0
1,0,17,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,250,255,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 56 - Southwest Wasteland:
18,0,0,0,6,0,3,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 57 - Secret Access Route:
0,0,3,0,10,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0
1,0,252,255,0,0,252,255

 

Zone 58 - Outside Gazaki-Uss:
18,0,0,0,7,0,3,0
0,0,17,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 59 - Bonepeak Ruins:
16,0,0,0,10,0,3,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 60 - Gazaki-Uss:
0,0,3,0,1,0,2,0
16,1,16,1,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,252,255,252,255

 

Zone 61 - Inner Gazaki-Uss:
0,0,9,0,8,0,2,0
16,1,16,1,17,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,248,255,248,255

 

Zone 62 - Perikalia Orchards:
0,0,0,0,6,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

 

Zone 63 - Dera Bridge:
0,0,0,0,10,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 64 - Zephyr Oasis:
0,0,6,0,7,0,3,0
1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 65 - Camp West Alpha:
15,0,0,0,4,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 66 - Oasis Fields:
0,0,6,0,7,0,3,0
0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 67 - Lethia Pass:
25,0,0,0,7,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 68 - White Wastes:
0,0,0,0,10,0,3,0
0,1,1,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 69 - Bennhold's Keep:
20,0,0,0,5,0,3,0
0,1,4,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,252,255,252,255,252,255

 

Zone 70 - Dera South Shore:
20,0,0,0,6,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 71 - Lost Dera Vault:
20,0,2,0,5,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,251,255,0,0,251,255

 

Zone 72 - Camp East Alpha:
0,0,0,0,6,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 73 - Purity Workshop:
0,0,0,0,5,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 74 - Pacification Road:
20,0,0,0,10,0,3,0
0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 75 - Spire Entryway:
20,0,0,0,4,0,3,0
0,1,0,1,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 76 - Kayar's Spire Cells:
0,0,3,0,6,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1,0,0,0,251,255,251,255

 

Zone 77 - Kayar's Spire:
0,0,1,0,8,0,2,0
0,0,0,0,1,1,0,0
1,0,0,0,250,255,250,255

 

Zone 78 - Shaper East Ward:
0,0,0,0,1,0,4,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0

 

Zone 79 - Shaper Citadel Dome:
0,0,7,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,251,255,0,0,250,255

 

Zone 80 - Disposal Vault:
20,0,5,0,2,0,2,0
0,2,0,2,0,2,0,0
1,0,248,255,0,0,248,255

 

Zone 81 - Sammann's Isle:
25,0,10,0,8,0,5,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
 

 

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Well:

"Zone 0 - Pacification Fields:
0,0,9,0,4,0,5,0"

 

"Zone 61 - Inner Gazaki-Uss:
0,0,9,0,8,0,2,0"

 

So I would say that the 3rd number is not the weather, since Inner G-U doesn't have the same weather (possible snow) as Pacification fields.

 

 

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Actually, Inner Gazaki-Uss has glowing spheres floating down from the ceiling in a similar manner to snow. Most likely it means some kind of 'biome-specific' weather.

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