Part 3: Something "Outside" Your ExperiencePart 3: Something Outside Your Experience
So, lets see how the soldier ants are doing on the ant farm today
Hey, treadmill buddy, hows it going?
Who areAllen? CAROL? What the hell?! Youre Asian!
Vahlen needed one more test subject for the thing that changed Bar-Levs skin. I figured, What the hell. Itll either kill me, or give me superpowers. Actually, Dr. Vahlen pretty much outright said it might give me superpowers maybe next time But she said that from now on there shouldnt be any more goo accidents, so my sacrifice of melanin was not in vain!
Well, its not a bad look for you.
Why do you keep saying that!?
Im an out-of-work fashion designer who enlisted. Whats your story?
Third-generation comic book store owner. Digitals killing us, so I needed the cash
Hmm, whats Bar-Lev up to back there?
The mission statement for XCOM is, surprisingly, genuine. Aliens are real and kidnapping humans, though not from our region of the world, yet. They are armed with strange energy weapons that have yet to be recovered intact, but there are other developments.
I have been exposed to some strange substance that has completely altered my genetic makeup. Im black now, as in AFRICAN black. (We will need a way for me to prove my identity to you when next we meet). This was merely an accidental byproduct of the true purpose of the substance, which I have determined is what the aliens use to genetically modify or cybernetically enhance themselves. This one side-effect would be immeasurably useful in the intelligence community, for obvious reasons, and theres far more to come.
Dr. Vahlen and Dr. Shen are outlining plans for a super-soldier program utilizing this substance and I plan on volunteering as soon as I see it is safe. If all else fails, I can bring the technology back to our country inside my own body. However, I urge you to pass the message along to our nations leaders that they need to become full members of the XCOM project, to benefit from all the fruits of this organizations labor. We cannot afford to be left behind.
Agent Naomi Bar-Lev
(So, shes a spy, huh? Heh. If she tries to leave shes in for a surprise, but Ill let her send this message, maybe itll get one more nation to fund us.)
Bottom-line it for me, docs: what is this stuff?
This Meld, as we call it, is filled with nanomachines and proteins. Its well amazing. Their structure is
Thats not bottom-lining it for me. How. Can. We. Use. It?
I could use it to grow an artificial nervous system, which would allow me to create cyborgs of incredible power!
OR we could use it to create super-mutants with the same powers as the aliens!
Id prefer cyborgs, myself
ENOUGH! Well build a lab for each, okay? Jesus Christ, you people and by the way, Vahlen, youre not cleared for the files from the 1960s. Yet. Ill let you know more later. Now, what kind of stuff do you specifically think youll be able to turn our people into?
Just for starters, I could give our soldiers regenerating health and better vision. The more alien bodies I inspect, the more useful traits Id be able to splice.
I wouldnt just turn our volunteers into a normal human-sized cyborg Id replace most of their body and allow them to interface with a huge MEC suit larger than a standing polar bear, armed with a vulcan cannon and various other armaments of our choice.
These all sound too good to pass up. We have some money, Ill order the construction of both facilities.
Well need more power soon, but were digging towards a thermal vent thatll help us out with power. Meanwhile, Dr. Vahlen, start researching those alien bodies!
Commander! Our special satellite over America has detected an alien craft, just as you said it would!
Launch interceptors and down it!
Who programmed this interface? This isnt to scale!
What, you dont like it? Game interfaces that are always to scale are so boring and tedious, so I improved it.
Actually, this is a lot less eyestrain-inducing than tiny dot on radar
And still in one piece. Get the strike crew to the Skyranger, were raiding THEM for a change!
Hit it, troops!
Its somewhere up ahead, I can see a burning log
Keep your ears open. We may hear them before we see them.
Shouldnt you say, Stay frosty? They always say stay frosty
No they don't.
Contact! Two on the right!
Two on the left! Aaah!
Looks like theyre just as surprised to see us, theyre scrambling for cover.
Youre not kill-stealing me today, Bar-Lev! Take this!
Too far for grenades let this hit, please
X-ray down! Allen, Leroy, its up to you!
Too far away, but I can flank em if I rush him! Ive been doing sprints!
Huff-huffgoo found, not it, now DIE!
X-ray down, but the other ones right on top of me!
Cant get to the last one, Allen, but Ill give you some cover! Try not to breathe in, okay?
Im good! huh, this smoke tastes like mint?
Angles bad frag out! Sorry, Dr. Vahlen!
Its fine, you shot the other three conventionally
All currently visible aliens dead, move up to the saucer!
Its not very saucer-y more like pancake-y
Got something up there! Floating energy crystal?
Holy shit! The crystal summoned armor around itself! Its a summoner!
Ive seen instant-construction technology! Alien is now identified by callsign Outsider! Make it your priority!
And its got a bigger version of the Sectoid weapon! Help!
Its in heavy cover, but that wall looks weak, I bet I can blast it with a grenade. Frag out!
I got it!
Hey, the armor vanished right after you shot the crystal thing. It is a summoner!
Thats it? Four sectoids and one outsider? Good job, everyone.
Ill get the meld hey, cool, the new disarm technique works! No spray!
Good job, Watkins, youre promoted! Pick out whatever weapon you want!
Not bad for a failed comp sci major, huh?
Just dont reprogram any more of our computers without my permission. Now time to wait and see how long it takes Vahlen to come up with more goodies