Part 9: PortentXCOM Part 9: PORTENT!
Well, lets use some of that funding to build a workshop next to the MEC lab.
The synergy should let us cut a few corners, save a few resources here and there when building expensive things.
And I guess well blow most of the rest of it on another Satellite. Next time well try to build a lab for Vahlen, too, speed up our research. Now, Id better check on all the troops to see how they are
Glad to see youre doing so well.
Yeah, Hilda got crushed by that thing too and shes going to be in here for a week.
Well, obviously your body recovers in almost no time at all, but hows things upstairs?
*sigh* Ive had a lot of shit to deal with, Im glad we have a counsellor. Hey, Naomi compared to the rest, weve changed so much were unrecognizable now. Do you have any regrets?
Fewer as time goes on. A lot of things that I thought mattered dont.
Yeah, we dont get to choose what cards were given, but we get to choose what we keep, and what we give away.
Well, we saw Willow in the Officer Training Room
Hkk how was it?
Dont try to talk too much. Its really cheesy. Its a fantasy movie about a hobbit whos bad at magic and a Han Solo swordsman guy played by Val Kilmer trying to find a home for a special baby, and everyone wants to kill them. But theres this one part
The Val Kilmer guys best friend, a general, gets killed and his last words are to grin and say, Win this war for me. And I started crying because, I realize its like Allens talking to me using this cheesy movie
Its fine, its fine. Anyway one of the last things Allen said to me was to consider this hot er, uh to use what Ive got as I see fit. These fast legs helped me run back and save your life on the last mission; be stupid to give em up.
Yeah, those are good legs
And Im way better at dodging bullets now, too. Since I dont want to get my head blown off yeah.
Well, hkk, take care out there, okay, Cammy?
Course. You too.
We are finished building our Alien Containment chamber, Commander! All I need to do is put the last finishing touches on the Arc Thrower stun-gun, and we can begin live captures!
She called you Cammy? Haha, she liiiikes you. And she complimented your legs too!
Knock it off, willya? I already feel like Allens laughing at me from somewhere heh
Ahh, crap, Im getting beeped! Time to get back to work!
The Office of Dr. Alicia Gomez, Therapist!
I cant believe I froze up like that during the mission, Dr. Gomez!
Its fine. You didnt cost anyone their lives, and everyone else was there to back you up. You were just surprised by the intensity of the moment. Try not to assign blame to death; its not healthy. Oooh, Im getting beeped
Commander, a strange report about humans fighting over what we believe is some sort of alien technology has surfaced. The battleground is only minutes old, and we must investigate immediately. We believe that the aliens have also been alerted to this.
Mobilize our best troops!
Already have, commander!
Im going into combat with my therapist?!
Well, I am the next-best shooter. Think of it as a morale-boosting exercise. Well be just fine, I promise you.
Okay, youre the most mobile of us all, Leroy, even more than me, somehow so were counting on you being able to run up and shock an alien into unconsciousness. Any alien will do, but a talking alien like a Thin Man will be even better.
Sure thing, Cammy.
HEY! Nobody calls me that
Bar-Lev, back me up on this!
Forget it, Watkins. Once youve got a stupid nickname, it sticks. The genie cannot go back in the bottle.
All women, huh? Interesting.
I swear, I havent been playing favorites with the gender ratio. All the men just suck. Er, no offense, Watkins.
The only promising male candidate I have so far is a guy who thinks hes Hulk Hogan. Or maybe the real deal, hes very convincing
Oh, he was my 5 oclock!
Okay, we detected movement somewhere past this blasted building. Gomez and Eva, take the roof to the left. Bar-Lev, take the right and get ready to use your field to shield me and Leroy as we go up to the door in the center.
While elevation has classically provided tactical advantages, Eva, it also provides a psychological edge. You should feel stronger than anyone you see below you.
Even if heights make me nervous?
There are three of them. I can shoot and kill at least one of them, if I dont miss. The gun tends to overheat between firings, though, so the rest will be on you.
I can sprint around one and give it both barrels with the shotgun. We shoot to wound the other one. Wounded aliens will be easy pickings for the arc thrower, so you run up right after, Leroy, and shock it. Eva and Gomez, you got a shot at the third on the left?
I do feel stronger! Just exhale and squeeze the trigger
I did it! Enemy down!
Now Ill put a bullet into the foot of the one by Bar-Lev
Nows your chance, go!
It is an Action Wada suit! Say goodnight, asshole!
Great! Alien captured, lethal force on everything else!
Theres a fourth Thin Man behind the cars to the right, Cammy, be careful!
YOU dont get to call me that!
Cant see the fourth one, it could come at us from multiple angles
I Im fine this armor has a big hole in it, though. My turn!
Great shot! Okay, heres the plan. Bar-Lev and I will continue down the street to the right. Eva, get onto the left side of the next rooftop. The rest of you will keep our avenue of retreat open, we know these damn Thin Men like hopping down behind us to cut us off.
A survivor! Okay, Im gonna try to maneuver close to him
Great, rescued by XCOM Get lost
There is a Thin Man hiding behind the trailer to the far left!
Not for long!
Hey, you alright? Can you move?
yes. But Im not going with you.
This survivor might have been one of the aggressors in the fight between the humans; no way to know but to bring him in for questioning.
Cmon. We have someone with a very big stun gun and shes not afraid to use it on you. Our cyborg would just sling you over her back like a sack of potatoes. Your choice: under your own power, or not. I guarantee the aliens arent going to give you a better deal.
AAAH! Theyre here! Theyre everywhere!
I missed him! HELP!
I got it, I got it!
WHEW! Cant touch this! Thank you, Allen.
Theres more aliens dropping down right here!
And behind us too!
Surrender would be the smart thing to do. You are smart, arent you?
One X-ray down!
Ahhh, Dr. Alicia Gomez we have yourAAAIGH!
Ha HA! Your transparent attempts at psychological manipulation wont work on me or my bullets!
Hey, free Sectoid!
I got the one behind us!
Good! Im moving up!
Beh. Cyborgs. Mutants. Reject soldiers. You think youre so special? Youre nothing but a *cough* a bunch of puppets
Pretty fucking awesome puppets.
Two more! Take em down!
RAAAAAAAAAH! I will feast on your toxic tears!
Yes! Were through! Good work, everyone.
Shut up, asshole.
Fantastic work, everyone! Promotions all around! Dr. Gomez, youre our new secondary sniper next to Princess.
Well. Thank you!
Eva Semyenova, youve got some muscle under that uniform. You think you could handle something bigger than an assault rifle?
Ill try, sir!
Perfect, youre our new Heavy. Pick out a rocket launcher at the armory.
Not only do we have two alien samples, we have undamaged alien weaponry! This will take so much work to examine but it will all be worth it.
And as for you, Mr. Thin Man just you wait. Weve got someone special planned for you.
if you sssay so. You may not like what you discover. Some knowledge is a burden
Hes trying to psych you out. Dont listen.
to be continued