Journal of an XCOM Operative: Operation Forgotten Hammer – May 26,2035 – Part 2

Recap:  We learned of a VIP being held in East Africa.  We have moved in to rescue him and extract out.  We just found the building he is being held in and have encountered our first ADVENT troops at this location.

iD35TROYu moves up closer to the doorway to the small room and takes a moment to reload his single shot bolt caster.  Schulz moves up to the locked door and proceeds to try to hack into the system to open it up.  While he’s in the system he is also able to fidget with some of ADVENT’s priority data that will set them back a few weeks in the progress on their current dark event project.  Now that the VIP is free, it’s time for us to make our way to the extraction point and get out of here.  Ishikawa dashes to the far corner of the building to keep an eye out for any more ADVENT incoming.  Kabosky dashes out of the building and falls into cover just behind Ishikawa.  Dr. Peng leaves his former cell, climbs up to the roof to dash past me, and then drops in cover between Kabosky and Ishikawa.  I take advantage of my training to use my lightning hands to fire off a quick pistol shot in the face of the stun lancer.  His armor absorbs some of the blast, but I can tell he’s hurting badly.  I then use the time remaining to use my shadowfall ability to take out the enemy and effectively gain concealment again by removing myself from their radar.

Just past the extraction point, we see a flare drop to signal incoming ADVENT reinforcements.  At this same time, Central lets us know that the clock is ticket, and the they only have eight minutes left to be able to extract us from the location.

Not wanting to leave himself fully exposed, iD35TROYu moves up to the roof near me and takes cover behind the large air conditioning unit that I’m on the side of.  Ishikawa moves up into cover behind a large monument in the park near the extraction point.  Kabosky takes some partial cover behind a small monument in the park that a bunch of civilians were gathered around.  His sudden movement into their midst frightens them and makes them scatter.  Unfortunately, as they scatter, they give away my position and ruin my concealment.  Schulz exits the building and goes into cover between a roadblock barrier and a street light post.  Dr. Peng moves up and into cover alongside Kabosky at the small monument.  I make a dash for it and take cover on an adjacent side of the street light post and next to another roadblock barrier.

We watch as an ADVENT transport flies in and drops off an officer, a mech unit, and a trooper.  They spot us right away and move into cover.  I take a moment to examine my potential shots.  My chances to hit the trooper or officer are iffy, so I instead fire my sniper rifle at the mech.  I do a solid hit on it and take away some of its armor and some serious damage to it.  Ishikawa looks at the shots he has available, and like me does not like his chances to hit.  So, he does what any good grenadier would do…he launches a frag grenade between them to cause as much damage as he can.  The grenade blast finishes off the mech, tears into the skin of the officer, and shreds the cover behind the trooper.  Schulz moves up and into cover behind a van near the extraction point.  Still not having a good shot, he pulls out a grenade and tosses it at the feet of the trooper.  It destroys what little remains of the cover the trooper was behind and shrapnel tears into the trooper’s skin, but he is still standing.  Kabosky moves up behind a statue in the park and follows the grenade trend.  He uses his grenade launcher to fire a frag grenade between the two units.  The shot was placed perfectly, and the resulting shrapnel finishes off both units.  Seeing no enemies in sight, Dr. Peng rushes to the extraction point.   iD35TROYu drops down off the rooftop and into cover adjacent to me.

We watch at the Skyranger drops a rope down and Dr. Peng is lifted out.  Still not seeing any further ADVENT forces, we all rush to the extraction point and one-by-one lift into the Skyranger.  Once we are all on board, we take off and head for home.

I’ll have to spend a few days in the infirmary to recover from the burns and shock damage the stun lancer did to me.  I still say we did an excellent job today with seven ADVENT killed, the VIP extracted, and only one injury sustained.  Plus, Schulz and iD35TROYu earned promotions.  Schulz is now a Corporal and is going to learn a medical protocol and how to use his GREMLIN drone to heal allies out in the field.  iD35TROYu is promoted to Sergeant, and thanks to his time spent in the Advanced Warfare Center he learns an ability called Serial.  This is a powerful chained shot ability.  When he makes a kill with his bolt caster, it allows him to follow up and take another action.  He also learns how to Shadowstep.  This allows him to sneak around and not trigger any overwatch or reaction fire from the enemies.

Author Heath Markley

I have been an avid gamer for 32 years now.  It started with the Atari 2600 my parents bought me as a child (my mom still says she regrets that decision), and I have never looked back.  For my gaming, I enjoy RPG and strategy games the most, but I will play almost all games.  Besides gaming, I am a family man (beautiful wife and three wonderful children) and a healthcare IT professional.  So, gaming time is a premium for me, but I make the most of every chance I get.

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Heath Markley

I have been an avid gamer for 32 years now.  It started with the Atari 2600 my parents bought me as a child (my mom still says she regrets that decision), and I have never looked back.  For my gaming, I enjoy RPG and strategy games the most, but I will play almost all games.  Besides gaming, I am a family man (beautiful wife and three wonderful children) and a healthcare IT professional.  So, gaming time is a premium for me, but I make the most of every chance I get.