Shigeru was a badass, killing 2 aliens the previous mission and 6 in the next
.....And then he died
X-Com, resplendent in their new personal armour, look to protect the Earth form a much larger than normal UFO. Except for "Come On! I can take it!" Sathra who seems to prefer his coveralls.
Amazingly Arioch isn't killed moments after saving a comrade. Having said that, 'comrade' Gorlom died in the next attack. But it means the infamous Gorlom/ Gaudlike opening act doesn't get out of the Skyranger together. Coveralls Sathra ending a tradition there.
Gaaah! it's the Chrysalids! The whole Skyranger could be turned into a Romero extras party if we're not careful here! Fortunately 'Killzone' Myamoto is on the case and puts the horrible thing down.
But a creature seemingly designed to instil terror in night missions isn't avoided for long. Arioch becomes a carrier of a Chrysalid egg. Myamoto shows little remorse in gunning down both the shell of his comrade and the inky nightmare that killed all that he was.
An enraged Sathra rushes the UFO. Fortunately the two Chrysalids he encounters are at range and he manages to dispatch them before they can act.
As usual the aliens don''t aggressively try to hold their ship and Sathra and Myamoto are able to take the fight to them.
'It's behind the building!' shouts everyone in the Skyranger as the partially deaf Gauddlike goes on a protracted search in the wrong direction. His dithering forces Solo to leave the Skyranger. Right into the face of the approaching Chrysalid. Didn't I just warn everyone about that? Didn't I ?
if you have to do something right...mutters thothkins as he's sent out to stand in the open near a grenade wielding alien (thanks). Fortunately., it hasn't launched anything for a while indicating that it might be out of ammo. it's taken out and the mission ends with only the sad, yet frequent, deaths of Gorlom and Arioch.
The team's next mission is more like a fag break around the Skyranger. A couple of the guys stretch their legs while Killzone Myamoto kills everything in sight.
But even Myamoto is taken aback by the four Sectoids sighted immediately in the craft. Well, taken aback by a picosecond as two of them fall in the same round. Only the last puts up any resistance in the choking fumes of the crashed vessel. Then there were none. Another country safe from probing for a few hours.
The aliens get paid monthly and usually take in a terror mission when they go to collect their pay slips. This month it's Lagos.
Despite our mocking 'coveralls' Sathra is the only one of us remotely prepared for the heat. Terror missions are long ones too, so this is going to be draining.
Gaudlike is the first to draw Muton fire, but Killzone Myamoto is taken out, unable to disable the target with the first burst. Solo is lucky not to follow Myamoto as he rushed out of the Skyranger, into reaction fire.
Reluctant to leave the comfort of the Skyranger DVD player, Thousand Yard Stare thothkins fires from inside it, in a move that is rarely successful and fails utterly here.
Will thothkins leave the Skyranger?
Will Sathra get proper armour?
Will Myamoto get a few more kills , even as a corpse?
Will Arioch get revived from the vats?
Find out next time, on Tales from the Skyranger...
Seemingly risen from the lagoons that Lagos was formed around, rose the Mutons. Terror descended on the metropolis...
there's quite a turnout from the Skyranger for this one. Seemingly this is partly because some of the soldiers are collecting aliens in their backpacks. the X-Com alternative to Pokemon.
thothkins prefers to get on with the mission, but has to survive some reaction fire on the Skyranger ramp.One of X-Coms dreaded moments is replayed as a grenade is launched into the landing zone. ResFu falls victim.
The Mutons are not alone. They have brought Silacoid. this means that in a dozen turns the soldiers will have to be careful not to step in one. Nfire7 steps into Myamoto's X-Com issue army boots and sweeps the area. With a little help form a sniper shot from Gauddlike.
It's something we're going to live through again with the Sebilians. The Mutons just won't stay down. The good news is that they never seem to rearm themselves.
No rest for the underpaid as we once again trot of into the former Soviet Union.
It's pitch black. So naturally, you want to face the creature with the natural camouflage for such missions. But wait, it's not a Chrysalid..it's a Sectoid. that means they're armed. Quick warn "Skins" Sathra before it's ah..too late. Our scout is taken down by the iconic Sectoid in a cornfield. Horrifically, Solo runs straight into reaction fire leaving the Skyranger and is also killed. the night closes like a darkened fist around the X-Com craft.
Our other scout, Gauddlike tries to clear a path through to the attacking fire, but the plasma bursts seemingly come from nowhere. Who would want tall grass in a game!
complaining about the lack of available Rookies, thothkins is sent out into the same spot that just killed off Solo. Predictably there are three plasma shots from the grass cover. Miraculously, thothkins is unscathed.
yet strangely thothkins seeks no cover whatsoever before the end of the turn. Historians will look back and place the name Wolfy in with the deranged first world war generals who would lead their troops to suicide.
In a defiant "You'll never clone me in the vats!" our plucky (former) survivor is shot. At least I got shot by an UFOlogy icon, thinks thothkins, and detonates a primed grenade.
everything goes dark...
"That's pretty much everything," said Gorlom putting the small audio recorder into a cardboard box. Didn't take long."
"Yeah," muttered Kilrathi ruefully. "None of us are here long enough to collect much crap. Anything on the tape?"
"Nothing interesting," grunted his colleague, hefting the box onto his shoulder. "What's on in the rec room flicks this week?"
"I don't look that far ahead son," said the Captain, turning off the light.
This has been Tales from the Skyranger...
Last edited by thothkins; 05-29-2012 at 00:05.
"...not having to believe in a thing to be interested in it and not having to explain a thing to appreciate the wonder of it."
Both Gorlom and Kilrathi were later sentenced to cleaning the latrines with their only toothbrush for attempting to shove a stack of pancakes into thothkin's old video player.
It is reported that the stack of pancakes is suing them for their entire salary for the next 2 years made in payments of cheese.