Part 55: The Final UpgradesXCOM Part 55: The Final Upgrades
Hey, my old hat and sunglasses! Eh? Eh? What do you think?
Eh not really you anymore. I dont think you pull it off as well with your current bone structure.
Hell, even back then it was more like you were trying too hard to look cool.
This is it Vahlen, youre running out of stuff to whip up for me. Whats left?
Weve got a flying Archangel Armor its abilities are limited by fuel, but its nearly as tough as Titan Armor!
Nice. Dunno how useful itll be inside a ship, though. Well, Ive got a new project for you.
We have no chance of emulating an Ethereals mental abilities without special equipment to support it. Our psychics need all the help they can get.
Im on it, sir!
Now time to recognize our soldiers.
Alicia Gomez, youre awarded the Braveheart medal for surviving crippling injuries and staying cool under pressure!
Thank you, sir!
Leroy, youve been with us since the beginning. I think granting you the Urban Combat medal is overdue.
Thank you, sir!
And Eva, youve grown so much since we first met. Youre getting an Urban Combat Medal too. You never let me down once.
Uh Thank you, sir!
Wait a minute! You wore clothes to the Medal Ceremony!
Well, yes. I can wear clothes. I just dont need to.
So, the rest of the time, youre just going cyber-commando on us cause you like to? You already said you feel everything through your metal skin. Hah! Youre a closet nudist!
Its not like that! I, uh well well, who are you to judge!?
Hey, Hilda, you can turn invisible whenever you want! How do we know youre not a closet nudist too?!
You dont! Ahahahaahahhaha!
Now Queen, Rhino, into the tanks and get brain spikes. And what the hell. Watkins, we havent mutated your eyes yet. Might as well kit you out completely. Any cosmetic alterations you want while were at it?
Nah. Im set. Geez, when this is over, Ill be totally mutated. The most transhuman person in the world, huh?
Ill probably gonna live for another 200 years like this hah. Well, so be it.
This is the Gollop Chamber. If we combine a psychic soldier with the Psi Armor and have them interface with the Ethereal Device, it will probably recognize them as an Ethereal.
Question, why cant the Commander possess someone to use it?
They know about me. The thing would probably explode if I tried it anyway. Im giving you all one more nights rest before we use this thing. Im not even going to ask any of you to step into it. I will accept only volunteers. Anyone?
Ill do it.
You never changed your face back after all?
I dont want to be the old me anymore what I need to do is to take what Ive got and go forward, as my own person. Destroying aliens didnt get me my past back, and messing around with my DNA wont either. If Im going to be remembered for something, itll be for what Ive done.
Welp, Ive made my decision. I want to have Mimis baby. Not even gonna wait for marriage. If we end this war, the first thing I want to do is create life.
Damn. Youre braver than me.
Hah. Weve had some good times, huh, Cam? Remember when we were a bunch of rookies scared to death by a single Thin Man?
Ahah! That was when we met Van Doorn. That was amazing. *sigh* Feels like two lifetimes ago. But youve been with me through all of it. Thanks, pal. *fistbump*
Any time, buddy. *fistbump*
Evie, youve been way better to me than I deserve. Ill be proud as hell to see you take down that mothership.
Youre not going?
Nah. Ever since I almost died and was sent to the hospital for a week I realized Im not the giant badass I used to be. Think I blew my load when I wrecked an entire freeway to kill a dozen aliens. Hmm. So this is what getting old feels like
Nah, dont sweat it. Ive got two amazing daughters and I know nothing on that ship can stop them, especially since theyre super mutants. Dont worry about me, either. If any aliens invade the base, Ive got an arcade machine here to kill them with.
How do you kill someone with an arcade machine?
Oh, well, see, it goes like this
Youre a dad? You?
Yes. Her name is Dina Ivanova Zinchenko and shes only five years old, but shes a little firecracker, heh heh. Smarter than me!
Yeah, like thats hard.
Latisha, you must be very proud of Cam. Shes going to save the earth!
Little hint, Zin. Everyone saves the earth. Some of us just get to do it in more visible ways. Even you already have. So Im proud of you, too.
Aww! Thank you.
Colonel Cameron Watkins, thank you for volunteering. Youve given up literally everything you were to become what you are. Youre not just the best technology has to offer youre the best humanity has to offer.
Sir, its been an honor and a pleasure serving with you and everyone! Im ready to have my brains scrambled.
Okay. Put on the Psi Suit and lets get ready
This is the final journey! The worlds eyes are upon us as we prepare to transcend the limits of humanity!
(Im recording this in slow motion so itll look really badass when we look back on today.) Hey, Cam, you alright?
All of Colonel Watkins vitals are green to go.
And her hairs green to go, too!
Oh, come on, Monique!
Hey, that wasnt a pun! We worked hard to make sure you looked great!
Soon, youll see and do things beyond human imagining!
I can imagine quite a lot!
*exhale* Well, lets get this over with.
My skins getting tingly just getting near it.
Thats the effect of the Gollop Chamber. Its enkindling your neurons. Dont worry, your genetics have been boosted to give you enough stamina to survive.
Okay, no big deal just like touching those glowy plasma balls they sell at the gift store
Three two one contact!
AAAAAAAA!!! Whats happening!?! Im seeing everything!!!
What the fuck! The past the future theyre all the same! H-how Is this how they see the world!?
At long last
You have succeeded where WE have failed
Cam! Are you okay?
Its time to go.
To Be Continued!