Part 21: GANGPLANK!!! ("You Sunk My Battleship!")Part 21: GANGPLANK!!! (You sunk my Battleship!)
It wasnt a Dont touch my daughter speech. He leaned in close, said I was doing a hell of a job and that he recognized how much hell Ive been through and that it makes me one tough bastard in his estimation. He was also appreciative of how considerate Ive been of Hilda. Though there was one thing he said.
Its not me you have to worry about. Say hows Mimi doing?
Better, but she still needs rest. Shes been on EVERY mission weve had since she was cyberized. I dont know if she even knows how to take it easy.
Grassh fa grroola GREEE-GAAAA!
Your eyeballs will make excellent armor wax Ah, good, the translator program is working! Soon well know everything they discuss to each other.
Thanks to our base setup, were shaving off a lot of costs of building materials during construction, up to around 40%.
Great. I think its time to build a secondary laboratory next to the gene lab while we can afford it; its taking too long to unlock the aliens secrets. After we put the finishing touches on our more specialized laser weaponry, we need to research that Outsider Shard, according to the interrogations that thing is the key to finding the aliens home base.
Commander, you-know-who is calling us. Theyre ready to put that alien battlecruiser out of commission!
This is it, boys and girls, assuming we dont screw this up, well have a wealth of alien technology at our fingertips to play with. But itll be hard. Our big guns are out of commission, so its down to the flesh-and-bloods to handle it. I know you can, though.
This may be a long mission, so I want both of our supports ready to provide medical support, and we are going to be blowing the crap out of strategic areas of the battleship, so we want heavies too. Princess, Im sorry we dont have laser sniper rifles ready yet.
Its fine, Ill make do, sir!
I feel so excited
After this, well be heroes!
Dont count it as a victory until were victorious.
The short version, team, is that we need you to blow up five or six power conduits. The battleship has emergency antigravity engines according to our pilfered information, but destroying the power conduits will make their main engines die and the whole thing will gently sink to the ground. The chopper escorts we have set up are equipped with criss-crossed cables that we will use as a gigantic net to catch the whole thing, COMPLETELY intact.
Except for the parts we blew up. Youre sure the thing wont just crash the moment we do this?
Positive. Worst-case scenario, Im wrong and youll all die, but youll have taken a horrible weapon out of the hands of the aliens.
Great. I think one of us will live. Cam regenerates like Wolverine
I am not immortal. Allen proved that.
Whoofs, were high up. I wish we had been equipped with parachutes
I can see the buildings pretty close, were not THAT high up. In fact were going to be scraping the deck if we arent careful.
Move up SLOWLY. Time is on our side, we dont have any meld canisters to worry about.
Okay, they didnt spot me, but theres Thin Men up ahead, guarding one of the power conduits.
Either blow it up or switch it off. Theres six of them in all.
Preferably switch it off if you can, because I dont want you to waste rockets on things that arent trying to kill you!
Right. Everyone, surround the Thin Men and take em out!
Two more hopping in from somewhere!
Gra ba-ma da! Gra ba-ma da! Fagreer!
That translates as some sort of intruder alert call. Watch out.
Got the low one, that just leaves the one way up top! Hes ready to snipe anyone!
Ill draw his fire.
YOW! Haha, not even close.
Thats one conduit deactivated. Now, Ill shoot the sniper
Whoah. You buried him in rubble from his own cover.
Great! Everyone move up. Slowly. Cover all angles!
It seems instead of ladders, the aliens have some kind of antigravity launching pads. What an excessive use of technology for a simple task.
I dunno, man, the opportunity to have real-life Unreal Tournament-style jump pads would be pretty awesome.
Cam, they have a chrysalid on this ship!
SHIT. They must have been saving it for emergencies! Everyone, keep your trigger fingers itchy.
I can see it! Im not set up yet, taking a potshot with the pistol.
Everyone else on overwatch! The moment it pops around that corner I want you to vaporize that sucker. No zombies on THIS mission.
Hello again, Mr. Zhang.
Kill that bastard!
Oh, yeah. I got this.
Great shot. I think I need to update your code name.
You gotta take it easy, Zhang, youre not a young man any more.
Geh. The armor took most of it but perhaps youre right.
Right, for the next bit, everyone use the jump pads to get on top of these towers.
I sense more aliens up ahead, as well as another power conduit. Well need the height advantage.
Yup, what did I tell you?
Rash ja nana-gaaa. Corrum-bra.
Something I cant translate. Six -something- becoming less? I dont think its talking about the power conduits.
Taking the nearest one down!
I got the one on the right!
More have appeared. Gaaaah, I missed!
Knock-knock! Fashion Police!
Were here to shoot everyone wearing tacky Action Wada suits.
Second conduit and Thin Man down, but theres another bug over by the door to the right.
Once again, Officer Gutierrez to the rescue!
Great job. Everyone, reload and stack up on the doors.
Fah ba ba grag. Corrum-bra-naloog.
Prepare for death. Four becoming less.
Oh SHIT! Its not counting the power conduits, its counting DOWN. If we dont disable this ship itll self-destruct, blow up the whole city!
Were set up! I sense at least one alien behind each door.
Hilda, vanish and scout ahead!
Theres one little sectoid guarding the conduit to the right. No sign of...what the hell is THAT?
The hell is that?! Its a mini-UFO!
I dont see any gun ports on it, but I dont trust anything we havent seen before. As soon as youre in position, blow that sucker apart, heavies!
I dont know what it is, but it probably wont like being shot with an EMP dart.
Positive hit, but its still moving. This thing is much tougher than anything weve ever faced before!
Another thin man by the last conduit on the right. Im taking the shot!
Theres a Muton too, next to the left conduit. Must be the announcer guy, maybe the captain. Hes got one of those extra-big plasma guns! I dont want to risk being shot, Im popping smoke.
SHIT! That was too close!
RAAAASH FA MOOO NARGA!
Something like, you shall become our shoes! I think this is a metaphor for imperial conquest.
I sense more enemies incoming! EVERYWHERE!
Behind you, Hugo!
Behind you, Cam!
And in front of ME! SHIT. Thin Men on all sides!
You didnt think it would be THAT easy, did you? Face death with dignity, Cameron Watkins. The self-destruct procedure cannot be terminated.
If that were true you wouldnt be shooting at us, asshole. No more stalling. Heavies, kill that disk before it makes our heads explode with microwaves or something. Everyone else, pick a skinny and toast him!
Get the hell out of my country!
Two in one minute. This old dog isnt dead yet.
Got this one, Hilda, take out the guy behind me!
RRRARRRG GUULA GUUGGG!
Your mother gave birth to you! Uh I think hes insulting the fact youre NOT a clone.
Oh, you son of a bitch. My mother? Let me tell you about my MOTHER!
I got him!
Great shot! Eva, youre amazing.
I got this power conduit. Someone power down the last one, that should disable the self-destruct and let us take control of this battleship!
Twenty aliens dead, and a simply enormous amount of alien material salvaged. Id give you all a vacation if I could, but instead, take heart knowing that Ill probably be able to give you all really cool gadgets to play with. And pay upgrades, too.
Hugo, youve earned yourself a code name. Zhang, we didnt know anything about you when you were hired, but youve definitely earned your keep.
I thought perhaps you might execute me to preserve your secrecy. Thank you for disproving my pessimism.
Trust me, I learn from the mistakes of other agencies. Killing you would be like chopping off one of my own fingers. Take some time off in the hospital, you got really singed, there.
We destroyed the disk before it had a chance to attack us, but even from a preliminary examination I can tell you it would have been very, VERY bad if it had. Its some kind of robot, armed with powerful plasma beams. The battleships fusion cores can also be examined for more directed-energy weaponry, once we have time.
We have a shitload of raw material to work with. Now I dont feel so bad about selling off some alien junk before. But this time, were keeping it ALL. We need to build a better UFO-detector. And next Im prioritizing the research of that Outsider Shard we want to know what the hell it is sooner rather than later.
So, Eva you seeing anyone?
Well, lets have a date. Well keep it simple; grab some popcorn and watch a movie in the Officer Training Center. I hear tonight theyre showing something good.
To be continued!
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