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Combat Report - June 24th, 2040 (Part II)
Liveblog/colonyattackparttwo.png Having cleared out the alien forces holding the colony's surface garrison, the X-Com aquanauts descent into the heart of the alien's base . . .

Princeps: All right, people, this is the heart of the Alien operation here. We can expect heavy resistance, so stay on your toes.

(CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK)

Aldred: Heavy is right. I see one of those mutant lobsters.

Princeps: . . . Oh, crap. Okay, people, try to avoid contact with the enemy. Seek out the control center - if we can destroy that, it's game over for Echo.

(CLUMP CLUMP CLUMP)

(THUD THUD THUD)

Aldred: Shit! Echo's on top of me!

Princeps: Backup's on the way!

(KSSHOW-CRACKLE)

(KSSHOW-CRACKLE)

(KZAAASH)

Lobsterman: . . .

Aldred: Thanks, Princeps. That was too close for comfort.

(CLUMP CLUMP SQUISH SQUISH SQUISH)

Myst: Hello, this looks important. I wonder what'll happen if I stick a grenade in it . . .

(WHABOOM WHABOOM)

(ASSORTED ALIEN KLAXONS)

Princeps: Whatever you did, it pissed Echo off! Let's get out of here, people!

(CLUMP CLUMP CLUMP SQUISH SQUISH SQUISH SQUISH CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK)

(THUPP-BLOOP)

Arilou: . . .

Princeps: Yeah, yeah, fuck you too, Echo. We're outta here, and we're not leaving Arilou behind!
19th Dec '10 9:10:45 PM flag for mods
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A few notes:

I discovered - quite by accident - that you can shoot away part of the railing around the "observation port" in the room above the Synodium Device.

This allows you to have an Aquanaut walk onto the device, drop an explosive of some kind (in this case, a Magna-Blast Grenade), and walk back into the room above the device. When you end your turn, the explosive detonates and destroys the Synodium Device, and you've effectively neutralized the colony without having to fight your way through hordes of Lobstermen.

Also, even though I had one of the other Aquanauts take the unconscious Arilou back to the entrance lift, the game still listed her as MIA. However, since she technically didn't die on this mission, I gave her name to a newly-recruited Aquanaut

This is why there's commentary in the "Commander's Log" following this entry about her being listed as both MIA and a new recruit, an incident which I kinda-sorta handwaved as being due to a glitch in the personnel database.
RangerSix 19th Dec 10 (edited by: RangerSix)
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