Part 27: Spoils of WarPart 27: Spoils of War
Are you sure that wasnt just a part of its illusion?
Positive. I would have died without Allen. Looks like she saved us all. I know itll be impossible to prove to anyone, but
Dont worry. Ill give Carol Allen as many posthumous awards as I can get my hands on.
Great job, everyone! Woo!
Yeah! Youre awesome! We kicked those aliens back to Uranus!
Dont you think this is a bit premature?
Hey, we just blew up the enemys only base and killed their leader. Id call that a win, doctor.
They come from outer space. Theres more of them.
I dont follow. Were on Earth, not outer space.
Dont worry, Ill explain it to him in baby steps later. So, whats this glowing orange thing the Sectoid Commander was guarding?
Um its orange
Well, it broadcasts energy. Its not a weapon, so we think its some kind of communicator. If the Sectoid Commander was talking to anyone, it was either its fleet or its masters. Once we spend the time cracking its secrets we might be able to get much more detailed information on UFOs, and find the true source of the invasion.
I see. How about our prize corpse?
Its brain is fascinating. If we could replicate the effects it was able to generate, wed have
TELEPATHIC SOLDIERS! YEAAAAH!
Ahem. Yes. At the very least, we could engineer a way to interfere with the effect to make sure it could never happen again in the future.
Excellent work, XCOM. The council is very pleased. About ten percent of the people kidnapped were able to be rescued and recovered. Hundreds of people will be going home to their countries. Their leadership is celebrating, with good cause.
Leroy, youre promoted. Im running out of promotions to give you people
Hey, no complaints, sir! And since I like backing other people up Ill just be second-in-command to Cam. Probably wont be long before Mimis a Colonel too
Now for the bad news. Everyone who went in that base is on leave for the next week or two.
As a precaution to make sure there isnt any residual mental contamination. Once you check out, ladies, youll be back to kicking ass. In the meantime, well have everyone else doing their thing.
Im sorry about your friend. If you want to cry about it over a couple of medicinal beers, Ill be right here.
Thanks, Mom. Well I guess youre gonna be doing your thing out there without me. Just be careful, okay? You dont have any gene mods to regenerate you when they spit poison in your face or shoot at you with superheated green shit.
Ill be fine, kid. Enjoy your break. I hunt ghosts all the time in Germany, shooting a few corporeal aliens will be a breeze.
you you what?
Oh, they didnt clear you for that intel?
So, since Im off the team for now, I guess its time to relax with a little pool.
Ohhh no, little lady, you cant fool me. I know hustlers.
Whats a hustler?
this is gonna be good.
I warn you. The worlds best sniper needs no rifle only a pool cue.
Look at all this new stuff for us to research!
Sadly, Commander, were not going to learn much new from all this.
What about those alien pods we found all the people in?
Theyre identical to the tubes we meld our soldiers in. Nothing new there.
Surely their surgical bays
Roboticized, but nothing really revolutionary compared to what our own basic scalpels and respirators are capable of.
We have no idea what they were storing human meat for, either. This is a bust.
But the strobing thing at the top of their base had to be important too, right?
Its just a holographic screen-saver for an alien video game.
Son of a BITCH! Fine. Well sell it all to the Gray Market. But well play it up as much as we can, see if we cant get a few fighter jets worth of money out of those stingy bastards.
TO BE CONTINUED!
What the hell kind of video game do aliens even play?!