The XCOM War Logs – Part 3

A successful scouting team make contact with a faction of psychic warriors, and Saf (“Witch” for some reason) joins our team.

She is quickly sent out with Karl (our Specialist), Eugene, Andy (“Terminator”), and Kerry.  Alien tech has allowed our opponents to notice us more easily and this team aims to disrupt that.  Whilst Karl hacks into the alien facility from outside, the rest of the team methodically take down the alien forces.  One moment of note was Kerry taking down multiple enemies with a well placed rifle shot to an explosive container.  It was so cinematic that she earned the nickname “Hollywood”.

Josh (“Outrider”), Paul, and Bobbilyann (“Shooter”) return from their covert mission to inform us that the Chosen assassin is hiding in an underground facility in India.  At least we’ve narrowed it down somewhat.

Not a lot of rest for Josh though, as he takes his bond mate Emma, Saf, Eugene, and Catherine out for a job to protect a resistance camp from the Chosen warlock.  Saf‘s crazed charge to rescue Josh from an enemy soldier flanking him ended succesfully as Josh survived.  Saf sadly did not as she was left exposed to an alien mech that killed her with a missile barrage.  Thanks to this sacrifice, the rest of the team managed to rescue the civilians and clean up the remaining aliens.  Our first death!

Arriving for what would prove to be Saf’s final mission.

Things go from bad to worse.  It seems that the information the aliens took from Caroline‘s brain last time have revealed our location.  Our air-base has been found and attacked.  Andrew (“Terminator”), Bobbilyann (“Shooter”), Rob (“Wildchild” – I still hate that), Heather (“Boomstick”), Stuart (“Cyber”), and Eugene (“Gunner” now.  Because of all the guns) all team up to repel the attack.  The squad head out and are confronted by a large alien horde.  Kerry (“Hollywood”) refuses to let the team face this and leaves the safety of the ship to join them.  Holding off wave after wave of aliens seems like it would begin to be too much.  Heather and Stuart take some heavy wounds, but somehow we manage to hold the swarming enemies off.

Kerry come’s out to confront this absolute beast.

Onto other tasks.  Josh (obviously), Emma (“Warden”), Paul, Rob (“Wildchild”), and Karl head off to “rescue” some intel from an alien data vault.  It starts out fairly well until the Chosen hunter turns up and starts messing with our ability to move around securely.  Still, with careful movement, we manage to get into a position to hack the target.  Emma successfully gets the intel whilst the rest of the team struggle to subdue the Chosen.  Proves to be dangerous at range.  Karl has to protect Rob to keep him in the fight.  In an incredibly ballsy move, Paul scales a nearby wall to get in behind the hunter and force him to retreat.  Everyone makes it back alive once more.

The hunter proved to be a bit of a problem.

The aliens made the decision to set down a UFO in the middle of nowhere.  Totally undefended…probably.  It’d be rude to pass up the chance to murder a few of them.  Dave (“Ether”, a new Templar on the team), Paul (“Solo” now for some reason), Emma, Eugene (“Gunner”), and Catherine (our designated sharpshooter) go out for a party.  Due to bad luck, we begin with the enemy knowing we’re there so we get attacked early.  Dave makes multiple crazy runs into aliens to subdue them with psychic knives.  That may be my favourite sentence I’ve ever written.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have long to get to the UFO before it sent a distress signal, so lots of mad rushing around here.  Emma (who seems to be becoming our designated hacker) gets there in time.  In spite of a few wounds, we manage to get out in one piece without reinforcements arriving.

Dave being an absolute badass.

Much success in spite of that loss.  The current squad looks like this:

Heather “Boomstick” – Ranger (Bond: Stuart)

Rob “Wildchild” – Grenadier

Stuart “Cyber” – Specialist (Bond: Heather)

Kerry “Hollywood” – Sniper

Andrew “Terminator” – Ranger (Bond: Bobbilyann)

Rhodri “Papa Bear” – Grenedier

Emma “Warden” – Specialist (Bond: Josh)

Lorna – Ranger

Pat – Sniper

Danny – Genadier

Karl – Specialist

Eugene – Grenedier

Catherine – Sharpshooter

Josh “Outrider” – Reaper (Bond: Emma)

Bobbilyann “Shooter” – Sniper (Bond: Andrew)

Tiago “Mox” – Skirmisher

Caz – Specialist

Paul – Ranger

Saf “Witch” – Templar *DECEASED* – 2 missions/2 kills

Dave “Ether” – Templar

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