Part 34: Everyone will be Upgraded!XCOM Mission 34: Everyone Will Be Upgraded
Analyzing the body of the mechtoid has resulted in some useful data we can use to upgrade our own mechanized units.
Crap. Gonna have to sell off a lot of junk to be able to afford this, but we want our lumbering behemoth of destruction to be as mobile as possible. In fact, lets get to funding some more upgrades. Brain Spikes for Cam, and cybernetic augmentation for Dr. Gomez!
Deep breaths deep breaths
Trust me, you wont feel a thing.
I can objectively say that being a cyborg is completely fucking awesome, doc. You will not regret this.
Thats what Im counting on.
Looking good, this elerium generator will hopefully solve all our power problems for the foreseeable future. As soon as its up well begin construction of the psychic testing laboratory too. That Satellite Nexus should give us enough processing power to lock down two more continents.
Still sore How you holding up, Eva?
Pretty good. Lots more group therapy with me, Mimi, Yoko and Cam. We all have different faces, skins and hair than what we were born with. Its interesting. Weve all reacted differently, but the fact that more than one person is going through this is softening the blow.
Yokos still pretty touchy
Yeah, the last time I saw her she was griping about how good a counselor Dr. Gomez could be when she was voluntarily having her limbs removed
Oh, bullshit! Dont tell me shes a cyborg-racist, shes Japanese!
I think any kind of change upsets her, she needs stability. Its so sad
Hufff huff so, my friend, are you alright?
The spikes feel fine. If any more of those commanders try to get inside my head Im gonna make their brains explode.
I mean your mother.
Oh. Um yeah, shes healing up fine. Got a nasty scar on her side, though
Hmmm. Let me change the subject. You say you developed a video game, how do you play it?
Oh! Okay, well, you control a little rubber ball, and the goal is to sling it around a room to make glue monsters stick to each other or the wall to immobilize them.
I must play this! I need to keep my reflexes sharp for piloting the SHIV!
whoah. This is incredible! Im a bit awkward, Ill need help figuring out all the intricacies of cyborg living Naomi?
Sure. Its pretty neat once you get the hang of it, Doc. Ill show you all the moves Ive learned. Youre gonna fucking LOVE rocket boots.
So, whats it like?
Try to imagine a world where you have every sensation except discomfort.
Ah! And a world where you can run around technically naked and nobody gives a crap!
yes. That is also quite freeing.
Ladies and gentlemen, our first reverse-engineered Light Plasma rifle has been completed.
Its technically not any more damaging than our laser rifles, but the area of effect is larger than the pencil-thin beam of light, so its much easier to hit targets with it.
Im ordering the research of a plasma-based weapon our jets can carry to shoot down UFOs, since the bigger one last month almost destroyed our jet before it could down it.
I need the Council to send more scientists soon, this is taking longer and longer each time.
Queens ready, sir, but EXALTs hot on her tail! We need immediate extraction. Cam, get ready to move out!
I have to support you guys, Leroys still sick.
Im going too. Ive been practicing with grenades. I can cram twice as many into one pocket and increase their effective damage now!
Feeling good Its time for my trial by fire.
If you think Im NOT going to rescue my daughter you guys are crazy.
Yoko, are you going to be okay? We need a sniper, but if youre not up for this
No, I want this. Its the only thing I know for sure. As long as youre all with me, Ill be fine.
I know you can do it!
Were these seats always this cramped?
Well, you have put on a little weight, doc.
Ha. Its fine. So no helmet today, Eva?
Im feeling braver.
WHEEE! Ha ha ha! Oh, forgive me.
Get ready. Our enemy isnt aliens this time, its evil humans.
Evil humans are even easier to kill than aliens. Morally, I mean.
Ill back you both up. If theres any problems just hide behind me, okay, girls?
Of course, but I refuse to slow anyone down either!
A laundromat, a diner and a few department stores Hilda, you there?
I read you, Cam! But, uh there may be a few issues. First of all, I didnt finish retrieving the data, I need to steal it from some more comm arrays.
Okay, no problem.
The second is I need to stay cloaked and cant attack anyone.
They were ready for me and hit me with some kind of sticky magnetic dust bomb that disrupted my cloak. I needed to drop everything to be able to vanish. Ive been running around Toronto freezing my invisible ass off for over an hour!
Oh, shit! Uh weve got some emergency blankets in the Skyranger
No! I have to finish the mission first. Just just think of it an an extra operational condition, okay?
Right. Everyone grapple up to the roofs, except Doc. Well let these high buildings work for us and pick off any baddies we see.
Ill use my jet boots!
Wooo! This is amazing!
Humanity 2.0s pretty cool, yeah. Push over to the other side of the roofs.
What the hell is this shit? YELLOW cyborg? Black chick with purple straw for hair? Wheres Bar-Lev?! You said we were gonna be able to hold Leroy hostage to manipulate Bar-Lev!
Shut it! So our intels a little out of date, who cares.
Some of them are holding GREEN guns? Why dont we have green guns, Paul?!
I said shut it! No names!
Ive lost sight of them theyre in the diner beneath us, I think.
Shit. If only one of us had that electrical skin to see through walls
Queen can scout a bit, right, even if she cant shoot?
Three clustered Exalt right beneath Hugo, one more around the corner of the department store, cant see in the diner dammit, this is crazy
What are you so modest for, anyway? We all use the same locker room.
Im not shy, I just want a bulletproof vest between me and the terrorists!
Youve been slacking off on your kill a dozen men barehanded training, Hilda! I raised you better!
How the hell did they track you, anyway?
EXALT has evolved noses, fool! We track people like bloodhounds!
Ha! So thats why you wear bandanas?
Yeah, well lets see if their skins are needleproof!
Administrative note: Needle grenades cover a wide area but do not go through or destroy cover. This is both a strength and a weakness, so its up to you to figure out how best to use them.
Theyre great for harassment anyway!
Hey, suckers! Whats the fourth state of matter?
Who the hell is this chick?
Someone we love. Thats all you need to know.
What kinda mushy crap is
Dr. Gomez? Is that you?!
Hello. How do you like my new body?
Dont worry. Ill try to be a gentle giant.
Ohh, okay, so the yellow refrigerator is Gomez. Really, her? The shrink?
Yoko, some fire support please?
OWW! Shit! Fuck, what kind of shrink uses her own patients as soldiers?
Its an on-site confidence-building exercise.
Damn, these guns are easy to aim.
Ive got the one behind the far corner!
Enemy down. this is a ridiculously powerful weapon. No recoil, either.
Get the last one that sees me, I cant safely move until Im out of their range of vision!
Run for it!
*huff* *huff* Asphalt is hell on my bare feet
Oh, bullshit! That was a headshot! I hit you!
My skull and braincase have been reinforced as well. You thought wed leave our human heads exposed after all this armor?
Guns dry. Lets try out the rocket fists.
Wow. That was exhilarating.
*sniff sniff* I know youre around here somewhere, Queen! You cannot hide forever, and I wont let you get near this comm array! aaah, hell! JOE!
You just farted!
You idiot, youre interfering with my tracking! Gag
Got the one in the diner. Hugo, suppress the other guy by the second comm relay!
No problemo. Hey, stinky! Keep your head down!
It wasnt me, it was Joe!
Hey, he who smelt it, dealt it.
I did not!
Fucking HELL! They hacked our guns AGAIN! Where the hell is she!?
Hilda, your jobs done, get the hell outta there! Well cover you.
*sigh* Another one down.
Aaaah, just like high school. Flashbangs away!
JESUS FUCK WHY DID I ENHANCE MY EYES TO SEE BETTER IN THE DARK!? AUGH.
Hey, a laundromat, excellent. Give me a second to steal some clothes aww, COME ON! Theyre here, too!?
She has to come through us to get into the Skyranger. Out in the open there will be nothing for her to camouflage against. Heh heh heh.
No, no, not the rocket pun
these guys are terrible shots.
Yoko, this guy is looking right at me, can you take him out?
Thanks! Youre a lifesaver.
So long, suckers! Cam, Im locking myself in the Skyranger. Clean up these assholes and lets get the hell out of here!
Oh, shit, shes behind me? Where!?
None of your damn business, son.
Oh, SHIT! VAN DOORN!
Crud, I wanted him to spin horizontally when I shot him. Maybe next time
ROCKET PUNCH X3!
Youre getting into this, huh? Heh.
Ahhh it feels like justice!
Heh. Nice to have you back with us, doc.
Please, you can call me Alicia.
Hilda, you okay?
Cold, tired, hungry, sore, but overall, pretty satisfied, and very grateful. Hey, Commander, permission to have a movie marathon with Cam?
Granted! This was a flawless victory, team!
Hugo, Eva, and Van Doorn, youre all getting promoted. Excellent work.
And another special promotion for you too, Queen. Keep it up and Ill run out of awards to throw at you.
So they have assets within the United States and Russia, but this document clearly lets it slip that their funder is not based in either one of those nations. Hmm its better than nothing.
Dr. Alicia Gomez posted:
My brother loved superheroes. Today I feel like I actually became one. So I hope, somewhere out there, hes smiling.
Actually, I think he is.
I dont know who I really am. I was built by aliens to be an artificial human. I remember being someone else. Thats a lie too, though.
Im blank. Zero. But thats fine. You can go up from zero. Ill stay with these crazy people and see what that makes me.
My feet STILL hurt. Why the hell is the regenerate gene incompatible with the jumpy legs gene? Owwww.
A new movie got spooled into the theater. Holy shit you guys. Everyone needs go to see Mad Max: Fury Road.