Part 15: April Mutations And NightmaresPart 15: April Mutations and Nightmares!
Hey, Cam, whats up? I was just about to get my hair cut, then go into the tanks to get my electro-skin!
Monique, I, uh I had a very VERY bad nightmare involving you. Ive been scared to death to think of what those Chryssalids would have done if I hadnt been there first Ill spare you the details, but, uh
Watkins Nightmare posted:
CAM! HELP! THEYRE ALL AROUND MEEE!
No! Wait! Stop!
STAY BACK! AAAAH!
Hukkk hukkk haaaakkk.
Brrr Those things scare the shit out of me. And youve been a pretty good friend during all of this, no, a great friend during all this. So be careful, okay?
Well, all the more reason for me to get modded up, so I can help you out, right? Ill be fine. See you in three days, okay? *hug*
And now to blow most of the rest of our hard-earned cash on a thermo generator, a new weapons development center for Dr. Shen, and, I guess, another interceptor over South America. With the new Phoenix Cannon weapon installed on it just to be safe.
Ah, here Monique Leroy comes! How do you feel?
Ahhh gaaah I feel so funky!
Could you please disrobe so we could give you a full-body scan?
Oh, this is good, very good, no toxicity, deformation or cancer detected. Can you describe how you feel?
Its crazy, but not bad, not bad at all! I can feel all the electricity flowing through the machines around me, the heat in your bodies Heh. I bet I could feel an alien through a wall like this. Detecting a metal squid like a seeker should be no problem.
Youll even be able to send out a small electromagnetic pulse to disrupt their invisibility.
Speaking of which
Your turn to go in the tanks, Hilda. I just sold a lot of valuable alien equipment on the Gray Market to be able to afford this, and youll be soaking up most of the meld weve acquired so far, too. So you are FORBIDDEN to die, do you hear me? I could buy several satellites for what Im spending on you.
Its okay, sir. I promise I wont waste your money or time, and besides, if the invisibility pans out, itll be all that much easier to hide.
Take care, okay, Hilda?
Sure, Cam. No problem. Right? Were going in one at a time so we dont need to worry about any more crazy body-switches yeah
MORE TIME PASSES!
Gaaaaaahhhhh blaaah! That that was weird. I dreamed I was flying through a city made of spaghetti but its over now.
Please disrobe, Ms. Van Doorn, so we can examine your body in detail.
The procedure cost this much because human skin is the largest organ on the body; your skin is able to produce the same invisible smokescreen that the seekers emit, from your pores.
So cool but its not perfect.
No, sadly. Your best strategy for vanishing would be to do it out of sight of the enemy, and to hold still against a flat surface when they are looking at you. Youll also need to wear the stripped-down sleeveless armor that Watkins and Leroy are utilizing, because it will make it much easier for your skin to emit the smokescreen.
Well, I havent noticed any particular mood changes in myself
Your arm is disappearing.
Oops, that does that sometimes but yeah, I feel great. Ill let you know in the future if it seems like this is psychologically affecting me.
And Cam and Monique, too. Dont think of it as snitching, were dealing with too many unknowns here.
Oh, I know, I know.
Ladies and gentlemen of XCOM: We have lasers!
YESSS! YEAAAAH! LASERS! LASERS! LASERS!
Only a laser assault rifle and pistol for now, Im afraid, but Im working on equivalents to a sniper rifle, a heavy laser that could replace our machine guns, and so on.
Lets try to build some armor in the meantime, now that our troops are getting too valuable to lose.
Commander, youve brought the world a step closer to stability.
Thanks, Mr. Councilman. Im hoping to completely stabilize Asia next the Foundrys electronics are going to get really expensive without the help of the Asian tech sector.
To be continued