Part 51: Calm before the stormPart 51: Calm Before The Storm
Well, now that you know everything, heres the bad news. The alien mothership hovering over our world is too big to destroy. It would take a hundred nukes to down it and the impact would be like the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
Well, what the hell do we do with it, then?
Well handle it like the battleship over Zhangs country: figure out a way to take it over from inside and get rid of it.
In the meantime, we have total coverage of all continents. If they send out any UFOS to abduct people, well destroy them and raid them for more supplies.
Now would be a good time for me to finish as much research as possible.
As for our strike teams, take some R&R while you can. If you have anything on your bucket lists, any stupid requests youd want from any government in the world, nows the time to ask. The Council is able to pull a lot of strings.
Ill volunteer to get that berserker gland in my brain. They said it might make me immune to fear and mind control, right? Id Id love that.
Hey, youre plenty brave already, Evie.
Not brave enough! Besides, I carry all the heavy weapons, Id be the worst one to turn on the rest.
And now we wait
Good news! Ive got a hybrid of the Titan and Skeleton armor. Its lightweight, angled to make shots glance off of it, has the grappling hook, makes its wearer immune to fire, poison and Seekers, and has a cloaking device! Ive rather outdone myself, if I may say so.
There is one problem: its cloaking device is short-charge only and its particles will conflict with the cloaking particles emitted from people with Mimetic Skin.
Yeah. I tried to use it, and the armor disappeared but I didnt.
Oi. Better just stick to flatting yourself against walls, then.
Ive also studied whats left of the Ethereal body. It has no eyes or auditory organs, its vital organs barely function, but its nervous system is overdeveloped. Theres no visible mouth it must be fed intravenously. Theres no way its organs could sustain it normally. They must be using their molecular-control powers to force this body to function when they inhabit it.
Any useful traits?
None that we could splice into our soldiers, but analyzing the exact wavelengths this thing was meant to emit should allow us to create equipment that might partially jam incoming mind attack signals. It wouldnt be foolproof.
Not many new discoveries from the giant alien tank, which were calling a Sectopod. We already have MECs of our own, and our own drones. Though this has given us insight into how the aliens build their devices.
And this creature is genetically identical to other mutons, but studying its armor and its loadout gave us insight into how the best alien warriors outfit themselves with plasma weaponry.
Now were trying to work out how to create another combination of human weaponry and alien weaponry, a sort of plasma ball launcher that could be fired like a rocket. This will take some time
The Furies have finished testing. Theres only one problem. According to this readout, their psychic powers are limited.
Sorry. Well have to put you guys on the C-team for now. Its always best to have a backup for your backup anyway. If our main team dies well need you.
Hey, worst-case scenario, you all die, and I save the world by blowing up all the aliens single-handedly!
Pfft. In your dreams, Duke Nukem.
Wow. This is, like, the first time ever its been all men in here. Feels weird.
Hmm, now that you mention it
Anyway General. You wouldnt, like, rip my head off if I dated Eva, would you? She is your daughter now, so I thought Id ask.
Ha! Shes getting berserker genes! You treat her wrong, I expect shell rip your head off herself.
Hahahahahahahaha! Go for it, kid.
The tests are complete, Eva. How do you feel?
I feel the same? Did it work?
Lets run some tests. Mind if I draw a few blood samples?
(Hmm shes not afraid of needles any more )
So, whats on your bucket list request, my friend?
Early review copy of Metal Gear Solid V. It comes out in September 1. Thats three weeks away! The world could blow up by then. I gotta play it before that happens. What did you ask for, a grenade launcher?
The commander seems opposed to that for some reason. Instead I asked for a time capsule to put all our memories into. Something for my daughter to find, if the worst should come.
Dont put a live grenade into it!
Please, Ill pull the fuse first
My bucket list request is Airwolf. Like, the actual helicopter. I will ride around in it, blasting its theme tune, forever.
I dont feel braver at all! Bar-lev, try to scare me.
Ugh. I might need more upgrades. Maybe that adrenaline thing Mama Watkins got.
Whoah! I dont know, too many hormones in your head might make you go crazy. One upgrade at a time.
You chopped off your entire body, dont tell me about taking it slow. This could mean the difference between life and death out there.
Sir, Argentina is asking for a bunch of our proprietary flashbangs.
Flashbangs? Thats it? Theyre not asking for plasma rifles or something? Cant they make their own?
The believe that doing so would violate the Councils pact if the plasma weaponry were to fall into the wrong hands or be used on other nations. This is safer. And ours are specially designed to disorient the aliens but not work on humans, remember.
Huh. Well, lets make some more and ship em.
*MORE TIME PASSES*
Cam and I have been playing that video game nonstop and at one point my jaw dropped.
Get this. Theres a sniper in it. A recruitable enemy sniper woman who wears cropped-down clothes because she breathes through her skin turns invisible and leaps to the tops of buildings. Its me! Only mute and dressed like a ridiculous cheesecake sex object!
Oh, for goodness sake.
At first I was insulted, but then we both just laughed our asses off. And Cam said that if I was ever in a video game, Id be much more badass. That was so sweet.
*YET MORE TIME PASSES*
Its complete! THE ULTIMATE WEAPON!
This is a guided missile that can curve around corners and explodes like the power core of a UFO. This is the highest damage output we can possibly devise.
Jesus. How far away do we have to stand when we use it?
Thats the brilliant part! Its radius is highly controlled due to the dissipative effects of plasma. At point zero, its as hot as the sun. Fifteen yards away the heat falls to a fraction of a percent. Its a micro-nuke! Though I havent tested it yet.
Well, I can hardly use it in our underground base, can I? I suggest you test it on the aliens.
That thing could explode and kill us all. Who wants to go into battle with an untested, unlicensed nuclear device on their backs?
Uhhh Ill do it.
Holy shit, you have become fearless.
Well, weve just shot down a UFO, and thanks to our Hyperwave Decoder, we know exactly whats on it. Theres an Ethereal on that ship. Make sure only those of you with brain spikes or Eva get close to it.
Here goes nothing. If you see a huge mushroom cloud over the US, youll know where it came from.
Im sure itll be fine! Dont worry!
Yeah, well be fried to a crisp too fast to feel it, haha.
TO BE CONTINUED