Part 22: Family TiesPart 22: Family Ties!
Ive never seen E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial before.
Sorry, I couldnt stop crying. Im a big crybaby for movies like that
Is that what California was like in the 1980s? Huh. Hey, Commander, why this movie?
Its important to realize that not every alien out there may be malevolent. Just as a soldier or a cop may start to think the whole world is filled with criminals and enemies because they keep encountering them, we at XCOM might slip into thinking that everything on every other planet is hostile. Its more likely that theres plenty of good aliens out there, but we wont meet them, because they wont be interested in invading.
Yknow, the Commanders survey yesterday had me thinking, about how this tech will change the world You know Im black, right?
Ha! See? You didnt! But Im African-American. You didnt know that, though. XCOMs mission is to bring nations across the world together in harmony, and its working. Nationalism-based bigotry has no place here. If the whole world had relatively easy access to meld, then racism and sexism would be totally obsolete too. Thatd be amazing. A world where you dont pre-judge people on their appearance, because you cant.
Huh funny you should mention that. I thought Meld would just let us use cybernetics and cure cancer, but thats something to consider.
Looks like youve gotten the hang of hiding behind any sort of cover. Combined with your chameleon abilities, this should make you almost totally invisible. Youve earned a new code name, Hilda. From now on, youre Queen.
Badass. Thanks, sir!
We can just barely spare the money and meld for it; youre getting jumpy-legs.
Personal note: Theres been a lot less psychological trauma than I had expected. I hypothesize this is due to the fact that our enemies are aliens. Most wars require soldiers to other an enemy in their minds, make them less than human. This unfortunately encourages sociopathic behavior, an attempt to consider people non-people. However, the aliens are coming to us pre-othered. Theyre thinking beings, but still so physically different from us it doesnt come off as murder to destroy them.
More abductions, sir!
Great. Lets help out Germany. Europes been shafted by aliens the most this year, so we need to throw them some support.
son of a BITCH! Zinchenko!! Get the hell out of my lineup!
But Commander, how can I become a good soldier if I never practice?
oh, fine. Id rather send the SHIV, but whatever good thing Germany said theyd send us a GOOD soldier for helping them out here.
So, my mutated friends, how have you been liking it? Ive been thinking of modifying myself too.
Been pretty fantastic, for my part.
Id be fucking DEAD five times over without these powers. I love em. What would you mutate, Zin, your eyes so you dont miss every shot?
Hey! I hit them when I use my pistol! Sometimes!
The aliens have invaded a German diner. All those poor people who just wanted a pancake in peace
Not a lot of cover between us and the diner. Be careful. Pincer action. Half up and to the right, half to the left. Ill probe first
Theyre in hard cover behind the opposite walls. Too far away for a good shot or a grenade.
Shot is not clean. I probably cant hit them like this.
Same, rocket launchers not accurate that far away!
Fuck. Get closer then, everyone!
Pulling to the left, using that Meld container as cover! I hope they dont explode this thing all over me, Im kinda attached to my current appearance
Here you go, Cam! Popping smoke!
Ack! One flew behind me!
I can see three of em in the diners kitchen!
Two more sectoids too! Were surrounded.
Seven total. Ack. Thin their numbers, fast! Zin, blow up two of them in the kitchen with your grenade. Eva, take out the far sectoids with a rocket. Everyone else, pick a target of opportunity!
Sectoids down. Oh, I hope whoever owns that car isnt mad at me
Great shot. Im rushing the far floater!
Not even close! Damn I love these reflexes!
This guys toast. Zin, Leroy?
Taking down the floater by the door! Haha, welcome to Dennys, bitch!
No-scope kills: SIX! Hahahahahahaha!
Dirty creature! You are MINE!
Three more behind the diner, I think these are the last ones. Maneuvering around the cars
I got one on the right, whos got the last one?
Once again, guns fail me! BAH! Just give me a satchel of grenades already, will you, command?
Easy peasy. Lets clean up the bodies and go home.
Hmm. So, you have no regrets about your mutations?
The powers are obviously really cool. I have a couple regrets about the other mutations, though. Socially, I mean. Im so mutated my own mom wouldnt recognize me.
Watkins, youre a hardcore badass of the top caliber, so Im giving you the biggest promotion available to field agents: colonel-class. And Zinchenko, against my better judgement Im giving you a pay increase too.
Hahaha, yesssss. Im climbing the ladders!
Now, lets see what Germany sent us.
Five bucks says shes a woman.
Pfft, not taking that bet.
Actually yes. Huh, shes not German, shes an American soldier who was stationed in Germany. Codenamed Rhino.
wait a minute.
Oh my fucking GOD.
Cam? Is that you?
To be continued!