Part 56: Temple Ship AssaultXCOM Part 56: Temple Ship Assault
The Temple Ships reacting. Its lowering shields and a docking port just opened up.
No way theyre letting us inside.
Its also got big flashing lights and arrow signs pointing at itself.
Could just be signaling one of its UFOs to enter it.
And its launching fireworks that spell out COME HERE XCOM. HUMANS WELCOME. (Hi, Cam!)
Trap. But well never get another chance.
B-team, youve saved the earth as often as anyone, but theres only one Skyranger. I need you guys on the ground, in case everything fucks up and we all die.
No problem, commander!
And Furies, and Annette? Were putting you into cryogenic suspension. Maybe a day, maybe a week, maybe years but if something fucks up, I want you guys to be able to be the trump card we use against aliens in the future.
As long as we dont get freezer burn, commander!
Ive had a very awful year. I could definitely stand to sleep for weeks.
I just finished hugging everyone goodbye!
And totally making out with Hugo in front of everyone. Wipe your mouth off!
Ladies, youve been consistently the toughest and most elite soldiers weve ever produced. Its going to be a long fight, and Bar-Lev is specced for defensive powers and accuracy over offensive shots like Gomez, so shes going, as is our best medic, our best sniper, our best Heavy, and our two best Assaults, both of whom are psychic.
Youre kitted out with the new plasma pistols, just in case, and Bar-Levs rig is doubled-up on healing gel sprayers. Everyones got those new cloaking Ghost Armors, too, for maximum mobility and evasion.
Lets get this over with!
Any last words before the mission, nows your chance to share em.
Id like to thank you all for putting up with my grumpiness. I can be a real jerk out in the field
Aww, but thats what makes you great!
Id like to thank the Commander for melding me into a super mutant. I feel like my lifes just beginning, despite it all.
Id like to thank Leroy for that nice impromptu wedding garb she whipped up!
Id like to thank you all for never giving me shit for being trans.
And Ive got too many thanks to give them all out Ill make a list after we win.
Theyre really not shooting at us
Guns up! Its definitely a trap.
Cover all corners! Cam, youre our money shot, you come out last.
Can you hear me?
Its been a long time coming, Cam, but I knew you had the right stuff. An enduring physical form, with tanking regenerative abilities, enough agility to dodge bullets, AND wizard powers to boot. The perfect multi-class.
huh? Whos talking!?
Nobodys talking, Cam.
I thought I heard something
I-Its nothing! Okay. Focus. Theres three paths ahead of us, but lets not get split up too much. Move forward, cover each others backs. Hilda, scout for us.
Sectoids! Two little ones and a Commander.
Alright. Move up. We can take these guys out.
I got one!
Sectoid 1 down.
The Commander jumped the railing to the left.
And two more to the right!
Enemy shot wide!
Theyre mentally powerful, but physically and spiritually weak; cowardly and cruel, like most nerds with a superiority complex. Theyre worthless compared to you, Cam. You should be able to take them on easy.
Second one down.
Its body disappeared And the first ones too! Why isnt there any body?
The Sectoid commander must be fucking with our heads, like in the alien base!
Auuugh! You asshole! For that you die!
What ? Its an illusion too?
Oh, my god, its an alien Bar-Lev.
What the hell is up, Cam?
I keep seeing things! The past. The future. Ever since I touched that device. maybe Im still touching that device and its all a fantasy! How do I know this isnt fake!?
You dont. Theres nothing I can say that can convince you whats real. So just treat everything as real. If it tries to hurt you, hurt it back.
Yeah, you were out of your gourd more than most of us back in the alien base, and you were still able to kick all sorts of alien ass.
Dont worry, Ive got it. Everyone, move up!
Weve got more enemies teleporting in out of nowhere! Two groups of enemies on top of those arches!
Cyberdiscs and drones. Remember those, Cam? Weak little guys supporting a mechanical engine of destruction. Kinda like how Leroy keeps backing up Bar-Lev with her healing. Just dumb machines, ultimately, but really cool ones.
Ive got a perfect blaster shot set up that should kill one of these enemy pods!
The disc is not quite dead yet.
I got it. The rest of you focus on the other pod.
The second disc is down.
Man, with our latest weapons, these guys are easy! What the hell are the Ethereals doing, toying with us?
Im still not sure they arent. The bodies keep disappearing.
Ahhh. These guys were so pathetic they couldnt even be mutated into something useful, so they just chopped off everything and replaced it with battle machinery. Now theyre these crazy berserker-freaks Useful in combat, but still kinda pathetic.
But you remember floaters well, dont you, Cam? They killed Allen the first time you saw them.
AUGH! Stop that!
Cam, get it together! Whats going on with you?
Guys, theres a voice in my head. It keeps describing the things were seeing.
Well, that sounds redundant.
Im mindblasting the armored floater. Thatll slow it down. The rest of us should be able to kill the others in one hit.
Big floater down! Whew
Cam, stop freaking out and get up here with the rest of us!
Im coming, Im coming!
More of them! Shit!
IIll be fine. I can patch myself up. Take those guys out.
No problem. They can fuck with my head all they want, Ill just keep mowing them down. I got the one on the left!
I have the one on the right!
Aaahhh thats the stuff! You see? We can do it! The aliens are running out of tricks to throw at us, thats why they keep using the weak warriors!
You jinxed it, Eva! Theyre teleporting Chrysalids in on us now!
You remember Chrysalids, too, right Cam? You still remember how the first one you saw gutted a civilian, only to turn them into a zombie. And you HATE zombies. Always thought it was funny you had a phobia of them.
Shut it! Zombies are a lot scarier in real life than they are in video games!
That may be, but these aliens are just mindless monsters. Not proper soldiers. Strong bodies, but all they do is breed out of control. You can exterminate them, too, cant you, new guy?
That does it! Im giving them all Ive got! HRRRAAAA!!!
Holy shit, you did it! Hahaha. I wonder. Was it the psi suit, the Gollop Chamber, or just your natural ability? Any way you slice it, though, youre a badass.
ff Finish them off!
All enemies down. Still no bodies, what the fuck?!
All your hard work is paying off. The Orphan has trained you guys well. Wouldnt it be cool if everyone on Earth was as badass as you? I sure think so.
Quiet! Okay. Im cloaking and going ahead. I think I saw a couple of thin men ahead.
That takes me back.
AAAAH! THIN MAN!
Its an alien that looks like a human!
With a fucking big gun!
And a really cheap suit! Looks like Action Wada brand!
These ones were always smart, and flexible, but their brains used the wrong kind of chemistry. They couldnt support psychic powers. Good news for you, though, right?
Im gonna Zinchenko them out of there! Grenade out! Two for one special, assholes!
Mutons! About four soldiers and one berserker!
Everyone take cover!
Ill try to flank the ones to the right!
Whew! One down! Combat rush time!
Son of a The berserker disappeared the moment I punched it. They cant be real!
It still feels real when they shoot at you.
Looks like theres some kind of platform over a pit ahead. Perfect for a kill zone. Everyone reload before you head in there!
We have two of those walking tanks up ahead. SHIT. Were gonna need to concentrate fire on one of them while I disable the other.
I need to get in closer before I can do my EMP thing on them.
Here! An invisibility grenade for you, Mimi! You can get them now!
Great thinking, kid.
Everyone set up? Nobody do anything while visible, or theyll scatter!
I have them!
Okay, concentrate firepower!
First ones down. Second ones still up!
Shit, these things are tough. I just unloaded my whole cannon into it and its not dead yet.
I got it!
Whew! Now thats a long shot. Nice work!
I see two Elite Mutons materializing! But I know we can take them if we work together, theyre not even as tough as the walking tanks.
Yes. Dont you think its a bit odd how well your team works together? As if they were all one living, breathing unit?
If youre implying what I think youre implying, thats bullshit. The commander isnt controlling us.
That he knows of. But how would he? The Orphan wasnt even aware he was possessing someone the first time he did it. To control a small squad of soldiers would require subtle influence indeed not much, just enough to help you all see what each other sees, to coordinate.
Six tendrils, one for each of you. Do you REALLY think quarantine protocols were the reason only one squad deployed at a time?
Shut it. Youre just trying to trick us since brute force isnt working. Well, poisoning us against each other wont work either, asshole!
Cmon, Cam. Ive been your friend this whole time. You just dont see it yet.
Yeah? Well I see I can blow away one of your elites with just two shells from a gun that humans designed! You dont scare me anymore. You dont scare any of us any more!
Did you? Or are you just fighting phantoms of your own imagination? Things that your mind WANTS to defeat?
Reaction fire engaged. Suck my particle collider, asshole!
Thats all of them. Move up!
Mimi, youre hurt again!
Is that the first serious wound weve had? Were seriously kicking ass on this mission!
I can feel whatevers in charge of this all Its up ahead.
All right. Cam, you and I turn invisible. Lets scout ahead. The rest of you, follow us.
At last gaze upon the visage of the Elders We who failed to ascend, and were forced to feed upon the Gift of lesser beings.
Feed upon Wait. You mean like Himaya? No. No.
Thats right. Cam! Its me, your best friend.