Part 24: Alien Base AssaultPart 24: Alien Base Assault, Part 1
I feel strong!
Ms. Van Doorn, the procedure seems to have been a success! Your musculature, particularly in your legs, has been enhanced. You should be able to lift many times your original body weight, which means
No, no, wait, not here!
OWWW! MY HEAD!
Youll really like her, mom, shes Hilda?!
Youre dating a pair of legs sticking out of the ceiling?
Nrah! Dont look!
A pair of invisible legs. Neat.
While Dr. Vahlen was ooing and aahing over alien mutagen, those of us with applied science degrees have been working on the mystery of this Outsider crystal.
Its an antennae, a means of communication with the hidden alien base on Earth. Studying the signals it picked up and triangulation has lead us to a single area in Africa.
An underground base, hidden in Africa. How are we going to get in there?
I have an idea about that, too. With enough of our salvaged alien tech, I can turn our crystal into a skeleton key, with a fake signal that will make them think one of their ships is coming back home to roost, just like our VTOLS. The ground-level hatch opens up, and we send a team in through the roof by fast-rope descent.
Oooh, just like the ninjas attacking the hidden base in You Only Live Twice! Get to it, Dr. Shen!
Oh, you only get one chance at a good first impression and that was not a good first impression. Im a hardened soldier, really, I am! I kill people all the time!
Hah, thats fine. You seem alright. Ill make you a deal: you dont make my life hell, and I dont make your life hell.
Heh, Ill take it.
Sorry to cut the bonding short, everyone, but were assaulting the alien base NOW. We cant afford any more alien shennanigans on earth and most of the Council has been breathing down our necks for results. The aliens get stronger every day as more of their UFOs infiltrate the earth, so were going to deny them a landing pad.
Sorry, Rhino, but youre not going out on this mission. I know youve got your own experiences but you still need to go through integration before youre ready. You can torment Cam in-mission another day.
Damn Yes, sir.
And Id love to have you along, Hugo, but instead Im sending the SHIV because theres an outside possibility of us running into either Chrysalids or that telepathic Sectoid that tried to brainwash Allen. You can control it, though!
SHIV awaiting input.
Whoah, it talks?
Its got a primitive learning algorithm scavenged from the alien disc robot thing. The more it interacts with us the better itll perform. Eventually it may go completely unmanned. Anyway, ladies: Youre off to save the world. Have fun and good luck!
Finally. Our chance at a little payback for all those terror missions and kidnappings. What are the odds well find and rescue some kidnapped people?
Uh fifty-fifty. They might be being taken as slaves or genetic samples, or they might be food. Whatever the reason they need a lot of us, though, so odds are good that even if the whole place is a slaughterhouse we can save the people at the front of the production line.
Heh, yeah, think on the bright side.
Well, whatever you do, dont rush. And dont shoot or blow up anything if you dont know what it is, because were scavenging the hell out of this place, okay? And be very, very, VERY careful. This is most likely where that telepathic commander weve heard about roosts. It might see you before you can see it.
Everybody, check your corners, and ugh.
People pods. Some of them still look alive others look kind of messed-up. Mutated to death.
Ill notify the recovery vehicle itll be on double duty.
Damn. If Im not careful thatll be ME.
are those MEAT TUBES in the distance?!
Two paths, lots of open space. Ill try to position myself to be able to snipe either side.
Right. Time to split up.
Right, lets go! Leroy, Bar-Lev and me to the left, the rest to the right!
Three floaters to the right!
Im pinned down!
Ill get them! One rocket away!
AAUGH! I misfired! Nooo!
G-gg Im dying
Unknown incoming! What the hell are these things? Drones?!
Take cover! Try to knock em down!
Theyre coming for us! Eva, stay back! AIIIIEEE!
Hugo down and so am I EVA RUN!
AAAUUUGGGHH! NOOOOO! ITS ALL MY FAULT!
OW! Those drones BITE!
Jesus, it survived a laser blast! Mimi, get the hell out of there! Youre taking too much fire!
No! Its my JOB to be the tough one! I have to save everyone !
EVA! TAKE COVER!
I have to save his dog tags or his DNA or his brain! There has to be a way! There has to be a way! I baaaahhhaaa-haaa-haaa-huuhhhh all Im good for is crying like a baaaby
Gggggg going down
Cammy, theyre all dead! Theyre all dead, and its your fault! We were following YOUR direction, you idiot!
Eva, Hugo, Hilda, Mimi theyre gone!
Wait a minute. Hugo?
Hugo wasnt with us.
Yes he was! He was even with us on the skyranger!
no. He was remotely piloting a SHIV.
Telepathic commander this is an illusion!
What? Thats stupid!
Im a fucking game developer and sci-fi buff, I know when Im being played. This is textbook shit. Make the commander think theyve failed their troops and watch them all die? Seen it.
huh. Youre a tough one, Cam.
: Have it your way. Lets do things differently.
To Be Continued!