Part 39: Fahrenheit-451Part 39: Fahrenheit 451!
Nnngggh. I cant stand this. Im going in the test chamber too. I dont care if were going to be three days apart, Id rather be with Cam than fidgeting helplessly and waiting.
Of course. You have a high willpower score, youre likely to be able to support psychic powers, but its not a guarantee.
Thatll just leave our snipers as Yoko and Zinchenko. (Fuck me )
Kids, I got only one last lesson for you all. Youve all done me very proud. Today is when you learn about how to lead through example!
I thought the lesson would involve pain and intimidation like all your other stuff.
Nope, Ive taught you all about pain I need to. This is about inspiring others around you by letting them know you trust and rely upon them. They will naturally want to live up to that, and will become more likely to improve themselves as a result. But it only works if you also believe in yourself. Dont ever let anyone catch you crying, unless its tears of joy.
such as when you formally sign the papers with the attorney to adopt someone into your family. *sniff*
Mr. Van Doorn, I
Nope! Nuh-uh. From now on, you can call me Dad.
Ahh, there it is! The EXALT cell we were going to send Yoko to.
Alright. Here I go. Ill go with the Zinchenko Loadout if its not too much trouble. After that I think Id like another new face, sir, I dont like this ones nose.
Uh, sure. Good luck!
Nothing to do now but wait wow, we have a lot of stuff cooking up in the Foundry.
Were finishing mass production of alien-style plasma grenades, another secondary SHIV, an upgrade to the SCOPE targeting system that should make it easier to hit an enemys vital points, an upgrade to the MEC units punching system and armor plating
Weve almost got the UFO propulsion systems reproduced, as well.
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Cameron Watkins posted:
Dreaming. Strange dreams.
Someone elses hands are in mine, and my hands arent mine. But then they are.
A blind man attacking his own seeing eye dog.
A soldier being swallowed up in soup.
Children in the arms of their parents, smiling.
Something old, and starving, and wasted, feebly clawing its way through the world, searching for something that will fill it.
Man this is funky.
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Damn, only one more day before Leroy and Watkins would have been ready. Lets hit it.
Zhang says hes as trained-up as he needs to be, so hes letting Eva take his place. The rest of you, move out!
Thisll be easy. EXALT are a bunch of jokers and we get stronger every day.
Yoko had to extract early because her covers blown, and she made an explosive exit. Shes got all the data we need, but its still being transmitted. We need to keep her safe and keep that transmitter safe.
Cant even imagine what its like for her. I mean, Cam, Mimi and Eva all got their faces changed by accident, and theyre mostly cool with it, but she doesnt even care about replacing her DNA at will?
Shes struggling to find something that suits her, an identity of her own. Until then, shell always think of herself as a Zero.
Welp, theres the blown-up car we heard about! This must be the spot! Weapons up, kids!
Niiiice. Exalt only invades really expensive neighborhoods, it seems.
They appear to be well-off. I suspect theyre corporate-funded rather than government-funded.
Why would corporations try to turn a profit from the destruction of the human race?
Its called short-selling. They think theyll come out on top despite it all. Bastards.
WOO! Ahh. Anybody who thinks being a machine means you have to be cold and lifeless is a fool. That never gets old. Yoko, you there?
Right here. Guh. We have a couple of problems. I dont have the codes for their gunss safety locks.
Oh, crap. We wont be able to disable their weapons?
We can do it if we take out the guy whos got em. The squad leader is hot on my trail, but Ill be the only one who can identify him.
Heres the encoder. Theyll hit this place first, take up positions around it. Yoko, try sneaking close to where you think theyll show up. After we clear the first wave, well go over the bodies.
Thats the second problem!
No problem! These scum die to a couple hits at most from our weaponry and theyre still using bullets!
Wanna bet, Frenchie?
Oh, shit! Lasers!
Theyve upgraded! Theyre using much stronger Gene Mods and have laser weapons now!
Heh heh heh heh heh. Your plan to use a soldier to impersonate someone else was good, Ill admit but now I can see peoples bones with my X-Ray Eyes. Yours were slightly off.
Holo-targeting systems on! Ive marked you for death, Ana or whatever your real name is!
Ha ha ha, almost got you, there.
Dont shoot her in the brain, we want her brain!
You think this scares me? Queen shoots past my ear with lasers all the time!
Aha! Theres the computer!
Back off, soldier. Final warning.
You dont scare me, Gomez. My skin is bullet-resistant now. I could be kicked by a horse and not feel it.
Then youll be happy to know we upgraded our rocket-fists, too!
Hey, X-Ray Man, have some magnesium!
AAUUGHG SHIT! MY EYES! THE NICTITATING MEMBRANE DOES NOTHING! DONT DO THAT!
Then try a conventional explosion! Grenade out!
Haha, teamwork! Hi-five!
Just one left, then I need to go over the bodies. I think the codes are on the heavy weapons guy there.
Scratch that, three more coming in from the northwest!
Look at all that radical transformation theyve undergone such an unrestrained approach to their genetic modification. They may be capable of things our own troops arent.
But do they have LASER SHOTGUNS!?
God damn it! No names! Not even after they die!
Ill force this ones head down! Suppressing fire!
Oh, yeah? Well I have a rocket launcher and I say FUCK YOU ALL!
Hacking the encoder!
Gomez, stop them immediately or well lose the data!
FZZZT! AUGH! I felt that right through the armor!
Haha! Not so tough when the laser is in the other hand, are you, tin woman?
Quick! His covers down, take him out so I can get the codes off his body!
Ohshitohshitohshit must hack faster, must hack faster
Not fast enough, asshole!
Holy shit, I cant do THAT!
There! Ive got him! Quick, Yoko, get the codes.
Grrr suppressing the other heavy to the north. More incoming. SHIT.
KILL EVERYONE! HAHAHAHAHAHA! NERD RAGE!
Nerd rage is no match for MAMA BEAR RAGE!
Thank you Whew here, finally, a chance to test out the heal-spray on this suit.
AH! These guys are serious!
Hold on tight, Ill try to heal both of you.
And thisll keep em from shooting us or blasting a rocket in our direction.
Sir, they just vanished.
Then find them! Destroy them all!
Doing a good job of it so far, sir, but their encoder is hidden in an elevated, defensible position.
Im sending more reinforcements. Drown them!
Im sensing three on the roofs, three on the ground, maybe more. We need to thin their numbers, fast!
Latisha, concentrate fire on the guy on the ground, well let Gomez punch the guys off the roof if they climb up here.
I punched one but theres two more up here.
Finally hacked their gun locks, you can break cover to end them. Quickly!
Vital points targeted. you have a secondary liver?
It prevents poisoning!
But not a rail gun.
Nice. Mind if I cherry-tap the other one?
We got this sucka, roof secured, for the moment! Hugo? Eva? How you doing?
I wont let you hurt anyone else!
Shes got it, Latisha. All currently-visible targets down!
Right! Youre both healed up, Ill head to the roof to help them secure it.
Man, these guys blew the shit out of this bookstore.
More incoming from the east!
Oh, SHIT! They just blew away Number 232 with reaction fire! Uh, boss, I think we need to rethink our strategy. Were making them bleed but theyre still kicking our asses!
Case in point ugggh
You FOOL! Im glad youre dead!
Ha! Got em!
Just a couple of other guys left, I saw their helicopter pullin out.
COWAARRRRRDS! XCOM. You have my permission to annihilate these failures! Destroy them all!
Obsessive control complex. Hes losing control of the situation, so he changes the goalposts so were following his instructions. Mmm. By the way, youre dead, mister.
Last one done over here. Anyone else?
All done. Damn. Were going to need even better hardware or these guys will get dangerous fast.
Eva, you did a great job out there. You werent afraid at all.
Awww. Thank you. Me and Hugo make a good team!
Well, good, youre going to be hospital buddies for the next few days. At least weve upgraded our recovery program so youll be out of there in less than a week.
Do you think we could reverse-engineer those EXALT gene mods?
Hmm. Ill see. I think they use an entirely different method than our own.
Yoko, great job. Even when the unexpected struck, you kept your cool. You want to look like anything other than that, let me know. Youve earned it.
Im still trying to figure that out, Commander but thanks. If nothing else, at least well. At least Ive got one home.
You cant out-jog me, Zin, Im a cyborg! I dont get tired till the batteries run out, and thats over a week away at this rate.
Ha! But you are an impatient woman. This is a battle of WILLS!
Im not oh, whatever! Youre crazy! Im leaving now.
HAHA! SEE! I have defeated you!
To Be Continued
Commanders Poll posted:
Of all the known XCOM personnel, which do you think are likely to exhibit psychic abilities? Place your bets now!