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** ''Alex'' manages to bring a bit of horror to this as well - at one point, Cain accidentally bloodies her own nose and leaves drips and spots of blood on the floor. She looks back to see Alex kneeling over it, his feeder tendrils scooping it up off the ground because he's low on biomass.

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** ''Alex'' manages to bring a bit of horror to this as well - at one point, Cain accidentally bloodies her own nose and leaves drips and spots of blood on the floor. She looks back to see Alex kneeling over it, his feeder tendrils scooping it up off the ground because he's that low on biomass.


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** Down in the Sierra Madre's vault, Alex comes within a hairsbreadth of eating Cain. As in, starts scraping bits off of her because his HorrorHunger has gotten so bad.


** The Cloud. Not just is the literal ''air'' poisoned, Elijah says it has infected everything, including the water, and then goes into lovely detail about what prolonged exposure will do to you. In short: corrode you from the inside out. And it can also burn away [[HumanoidAbomination Alex's]] biomass. Now remember that Cain is ''trapped'' in that stuff, and after a while, she picks up a cough that just won’t go away...]]

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** The Cloud. Not just is the literal ''air'' poisoned, Elijah says it has infected everything, including the water, and then goes into lovely detail about what prolonged exposure will do to you. In short: corrode you from the inside out. And it can also burn away [[HumanoidAbomination Alex's]] biomass. Now remember that Cain is ''trapped'' in that stuff, and after a while, she picks up a cough that just won’t go away...]]


* While Cain and Alex are at the Sierra Madre, Veronica and the Brotherhood of Steel have figured out who - and what - Alex is. If and when they get back to the Brotherhood's bunker, things are ''not'' going to go well.

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* While Cain and Alex are at the Sierra Madre, Veronica and the Brotherhood of Steel have figured out who - and what - Alex is. If and when they get back to the Brotherhood's bunker, things are ''not'' going to go well. Doubly so now that Veronica - the only peacekeeping element they might have had between them and the Brotherhood - fled the bunker and is on the run.

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* After Cain spills some of the beans on what Alex is to Veronica, he drags her away from her bedroll to [[WhatTheHellHero ask her what she was thinking.]] We get a mention in the next chapter of how Cain was sure for a minute that Mercer had lost it and was about to eat her.


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** ''Alex'' manages to bring a bit of horror to this as well - at one point, Cain accidentally bloodies her own nose and leaves drips and spots of blood on the floor. She looks back to see Alex kneeling over it, his feeder tendrils scooping it up off the ground because he's low on biomass.


** [[spoiler:In Chapter 38, Cain, while fighting off Ghost People, accidentally stumbles into the congested Cloud. It's only for a brief moment before Alex gets her out, but his description of what she looks like is horrifying; third-degree burns, blood dribbling from her ears, and skin ''sloughing off''. When he sets her down to treat her, bits of her flesh actually peel off and stick to him.]]

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** [[spoiler:In Chapter 38, Cain, while fighting off Ghost People, accidentally stumbles into the congested Cloud.shockwaves from some of Alex's tasks blow the Cloud around--engulfing Cain. It's only for a brief moment before Alex gets her out, but his description of what she looks like is horrifying; third-degree burns, blood dribbling from her ears, and skin ''sloughing off''. When he sets her down to treat her, bits of her flesh actually peel off and stick to him.]]


** [[spoiler:In Chapter 38, Cain, while fighting off Ghost People, accidentally stumbles into the congested Cloud. It's only for a brief moment before Alex gets her out, but his description of what she looks like is horrifying; third-degree burns, blood dribbling from her ears, and skin ''sloughing off''. When he sets her down to treat her, bits of her flesh are actually sticking to him.]]

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** [[spoiler:In Chapter 38, Cain, while fighting off Ghost People, accidentally stumbles into the congested Cloud. It's only for a brief moment before Alex gets her out, but his description of what she looks like is horrifying; third-degree burns, blood dribbling from her ears, and skin ''sloughing off''. When he sets her down to treat her, bits of her flesh are actually sticking peel off and stick to him.]]


** When the Sierra Madre crew manage to bargain a few hours of rest out of Elijah, [[TheSleepless Alex]] takes watch. A throwaway line has him liken the Cloud [[RedSkyTakeWarning to how the sky burned in Manhattan]] in his earliest memories. Alex may be a viral abomination, but he's clearly unsettled by the Sierra Madre as well.



** When the Sierra Madre crew manage to bargain a few hours of rest out of Elijah, [[TheSleepless Alex]] takes watch. A throwaway line has him liken the Cloud [[RedSkyTakeWarning to how the sky burned in Manhattan]] in his earliest memories. Alex may be a viral abomination, but he's clearly unsettled by the Sierra Madre as well.


* [[spoiler:The Sierra Madre]], just like in [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the game]], has way too many of these, thanks to EverythingTryingToKillYou meeting [[spoiler:BagOfSpilling]].
** [[spoiler:The explosive collars are terrifying enough in the game. Now you get to read Cain’s panic and fear when she realizes just what is around her neck, and how she has absolutely no control over whether it goes off or not. In the game, the companions will just wait for you, but as far as she knows, they could be getting themselves killed and taking her with them, and she can’t do anything to stop it.]]
** [[spoiler:Radios, thanks to the little fact they can detonate her collar. And they're ''everywhere''. [[ParanoiaFuel Sometimes where Cain can't see them.]] [[TheCrocIsTicking All the warning she gets is the sudden BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP of her collar]]. The first time this happens, she practically has a panic attack.]]
** [[spoiler:The Cloud. Not just is the literal ''air'' poisoned, Elijah says it has infected everything, including the water, and then goes into lovely detail about what prolonged exposure will do to you. In short: corrode you from the inside out. And it can also burn away [[HumanoidAbomination Alex's]] biomass. Now remember that Cain is ''trapped'' in that stuff, and after a while, she picks up a cough that just won’t go away...]]
** Speaking of [[spoiler:the Cloud, that’s the ''light'' version. The ''congested'' version is so poisonous, it will kill you in seconds.]]
** And of course, [[spoiler:there are bear traps and landmines everywhere, so Cain can't just ''run'' through the Madre to decrease her time in the Cloud. Nope, she's got to double-check every step she takes, lest she wants to end up minus a leg or blown to pieces.]]
** [[spoiler:Ghost People. They move wrong, they bleed wrong, and they’re hard to kill--one gives Cain a near-deadly JumpScare by leaping at her when she thought she’d killed it. And when Alex tries to eat one? It makes him ''explode'' and ''melt'' at the same time, creating deep, oozing holes in his body and boils that rupture goo. Ewww, and ahhh!]]
** [[spoiler:Christine's introduction, as usual. Alex and Cain find her trapped in the malfunctioning Auto-Doc, and rescue her to see that her vocal chords were torn out. It doesn't take them long to realize someone did it on purpose. In fact, this trope is straight-up invoked InUniverse, with Cain particularly horrified at the possibility of being trapped and voiceless.]]
** [[spoiler:Dog. His introduction rings of MoodSwinger, with him going from cowering in lost misery to perking up at the thought of [[{{Irony}} eating Alex]] and back again in a few minutes. He's almost like a little kid, except he's an eight-foot-tall Nightkin who reminisces at the thought of chasing food, in this case people. It's equally disturbing as it is sad.]]

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* [[spoiler:The The Sierra Madre]], Madre, just like in [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the game]], has way too many of these, thanks to EverythingTryingToKillYou meeting [[spoiler:BagOfSpilling]].
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** [[spoiler:The The explosive collars are terrifying enough in the game. Now you get to read Cain’s panic and fear when she realizes just what is around her neck, and how she has absolutely no control over whether it goes off or not. In the game, the companions will just wait for you, but as far as she knows, they could be getting themselves killed and taking her with them, and she can’t do anything to stop it.]]
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** [[spoiler:Radios, Radios, thanks to the little fact they can detonate her collar. And they're ''everywhere''. [[ParanoiaFuel Sometimes where Cain can't see them.]] [[TheCrocIsTicking All the warning she gets is the sudden BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP of her collar]]. The first time this happens, she practically has a panic attack.]]
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** [[spoiler:The The Cloud. Not just is the literal ''air'' poisoned, Elijah says it has infected everything, including the water, and then goes into lovely detail about what prolonged exposure will do to you. In short: corrode you from the inside out. And it can also burn away [[HumanoidAbomination Alex's]] biomass. Now remember that Cain is ''trapped'' in that stuff, and after a while, she picks up a cough that just won’t go away...]]
** Speaking of [[spoiler:the the Cloud, that’s the ''light'' version. The ''congested'' version is so poisonous, it will kill you in seconds.]]

** And of course, [[spoiler:there there are bear traps and landmines everywhere, so Cain can't just ''run'' through the Madre to decrease her time in the Cloud. Nope, she's got to double-check every step she takes, lest she wants to end up minus a leg or blown to pieces.]]
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** [[spoiler:Ghost Ghost People. They move wrong, they bleed wrong, and they’re hard to kill--one gives Cain a near-deadly JumpScare by leaping at her when she thought she’d killed it. And when Alex tries to eat one? It makes him ''explode'' and ''melt'' at the same time, creating deep, oozing holes in his body and boils that rupture goo. Ewww, and ahhh!]]
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** [[spoiler:Christine's Christine's introduction, as usual. Alex and Cain find her trapped in the malfunctioning Auto-Doc, and rescue her to see that her vocal chords were torn out. It doesn't take them long to realize someone did it on purpose. In fact, this trope is straight-up invoked InUniverse, with Cain particularly horrified at the possibility of being trapped and voiceless.]]
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** [[spoiler:Dog.Dog. His introduction rings of MoodSwinger, with him going from cowering in lost misery to perking up at the thought of [[{{Irony}} eating Alex]] and back again in a few minutes. He's almost like a little kid, except he's an eight-foot-tall Nightkin who reminisces at the thought of chasing food, in this case people. It's equally disturbing as it is sad.sad.
** [[spoiler:In Chapter 38, Cain, while fighting off Ghost People, accidentally stumbles into the congested Cloud. It's only for a brief moment before Alex gets her out, but his description of what she looks like is horrifying; third-degree burns, blood dribbling from her ears, and skin ''sloughing off''. When he sets her down to treat her, bits of her flesh are actually sticking to him.
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** When the Sierra Madre crew manage to bargain a few hours of rest out of Elijah, [[TheSleepless Alex]] takes watch. A throwaway line has him liken the Cloud [[RedSkyTakeWarning to how the sky burned in Manhattan]] in his earliest memories. Alex may be a viral abomination, but he's clearly unsettled by the Sierra Madre as well.


** [[spoiler:Dog. His introduction rings of MoodSwinger, with him going from cowering in lost misery to perking up at the thought of [[{{Irony}} eating Alex]] and back again in a few minutes. He's almost like a little kid, except he's an eight-foot-tall Nightkin who reminisces at the thought of chasing food, in this case people. It's equally disturbing as it is sad.]]

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** [[spoiler:Dog. His introduction rings of MoodSwinger, with him going from cowering in lost misery to perking up at the thought of [[{{Irony}} eating Alex]] and back again in a few minutes. He's almost like a little kid, except he's an eight-foot-tall Nightkin who reminisces at the thought of chasing food, in this case people. It's equally disturbing as it is sad.]]]]
* While Cain and Alex are at the Sierra Madre, Veronica and the Brotherhood of Steel have figured out who - and what - Alex is. If and when they get back to the Brotherhood's bunker, things are ''not'' going to go well.


** [[spoiler:Ghost People. They move wrong, they bleed wrong, and they’re hard to kill--one gives Cain a near-deadly JumpScare by leaping at her when she thought she’d killed it. And when Alex tries to eat one? It makes him ''explode'' and ''melt'' at the same time, creating deep, oozing holes in his body and boils that rupture goo. Ewww, and ahhh!]]

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** [[spoiler:Ghost People. They move wrong, they bleed wrong, and they’re hard to kill--one gives Cain a near-deadly JumpScare by leaping at her when she thought she’d killed it. And when Alex tries to eat one? It makes him ''explode'' and ''melt'' at the same time, creating deep, oozing holes in his body and boils that rupture goo. Ewww, and ahhh!]]ahhh!]]
** [[spoiler:Christine's introduction, as usual. Alex and Cain find her trapped in the malfunctioning Auto-Doc, and rescue her to see that her vocal chords were torn out. It doesn't take them long to realize someone did it on purpose. In fact, this trope is straight-up invoked InUniverse, with Cain particularly horrified at the possibility of being trapped and voiceless.]]
** [[spoiler:Dog. His introduction rings of MoodSwinger, with him going from cowering in lost misery to perking up at the thought of [[{{Irony}} eating Alex]] and back again in a few minutes. He's almost like a little kid, except he's an eight-foot-tall Nightkin who reminisces at the thought of chasing food, in this case people. It's equally disturbing as it is sad.]]


* Honestly, Alex in general, as per usual. He's still the unstoppable, shapeshifting, human-eating, viral abomination he was in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', but now he's in a setting where people are even less equipped to deal with him. Even when he isn't trying to be scary, he still is--his IcyBlueEyes are way too piercing to be human, and at one point Cain mentions that the sounds when he eats is going to give her nightmares.

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* Honestly, Alex in general, as per usual. He's still the unstoppable, shapeshifting, human-eating, viral abomination he was in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', but now he's in a setting where people are even less equipped to deal with him. Even when he isn't trying to be scary, he still is--his IcyBlueEyes are way too piercing to be human, and at one point Cain mentions that the sounds when he eats is are going to give her nightmares.


* Honestly, Alex in general, as per usual. He's still the unstoppable, shapeshifting, human-eating, viral abomination he was in ''VideoGame/Prototype'', but now he's in a setting where people are even less equipped to deal with him. Even when he isn't trying to be scary, he still is--his IcyBlueEyes are way too piercing to be human, and at one point Cain mentions that the sounds when he eats is going to give her nightmares.

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* Honestly, Alex in general, as per usual. He's still the unstoppable, shapeshifting, human-eating, viral abomination he was in ''VideoGame/Prototype'', ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', but now he's in a setting where people are even less equipped to deal with him. Even when he isn't trying to be scary, he still is--his IcyBlueEyes are way too piercing to be human, and at one point Cain mentions that the sounds when he eats is going to give her nightmares.

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* The first chapter. It opens up with citizens of Vault 20 heading to a special event, from the perspective of a young man named David Mordin. He and his wife are talking excitedly about what a wonderful day this is as they wait for it to start. Unfortunately for them, the event was releasing Alex Mercer into their vault, and the first thing he does is shriek, leap, and slaughter them all.
** Also, let this sink in: Alex Mercer ended up captured and imprisoned somehow, for over two hundred years. He can't recall any of it, except "burning". ''Whoever did this could subdue Alex Mercer'', and he doesn't know who or how.
** There are also some [[FridgeHorror horrifying implications]] for how Alex's time was spent during those two hundred years. When he's first unveiled to the Vault, he's described as person-shaped, but lacking skin or features, instead being solid black with red patches. Probably Blacklight's true form. But also? He's described as completely emaciated, too. That would suggest ''he was starving for two hundred years'' '''[[AndIMustScream and unable to die from it]]'''.
* Honestly, Alex in general, as per usual. He's still the unstoppable, shapeshifting, human-eating, viral abomination he was in ''VideoGame/Prototype'', but now he's in a setting where people are even less equipped to deal with him. Even when he isn't trying to be scary, he still is--his IcyBlueEyes are way too piercing to be human, and at one point Cain mentions that the sounds when he eats is going to give her nightmares.
** A string of bad luck during their adventures leaves Alex dropping lower and lower in biomass, and growing hungrier and hungrier. And the only people around are his two companions… At the lowest moment, he’s actually reciting to himself NOT to eat them, and practically throws Cain into a wall trying to get her away from him before he ''does''. The thought that you might lose control and accidentally eat your companions is singularly terrifying.
** It’s also terrifying from their point of view. Learning that your travelling companion is a superpowered viral monstrosity is surprising, but Cain and Arcade take it in stride. Learning that your travelling companion also devours people, and was moments away from devouring ''you''? And that said companion is both far deadlier and faster than you? And that you are currently alone in the middle of nowhere with said companion?
** Upon [[spoiler:absorbing a deathclaw]], Alex discovers it has chameleon DNA, and promptly tacks it onto his skillset. Alex can now turn ''invisible'', on top of everything else.
* During their infiltration of the White Glove society, Cain has a moment of realizing that they kidnap people from Freeside...and Arcade used to walk around there alone at night. He could have been snatched off the street and eaten by cannibals.
* [[spoiler:The Sierra Madre]], just like in [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the game]], has way too many of these, thanks to EverythingTryingToKillYou meeting [[spoiler:BagOfSpilling]].
** [[spoiler:The explosive collars are terrifying enough in the game. Now you get to read Cain’s panic and fear when she realizes just what is around her neck, and how she has absolutely no control over whether it goes off or not. In the game, the companions will just wait for you, but as far as she knows, they could be getting themselves killed and taking her with them, and she can’t do anything to stop it.]]
** [[spoiler:Radios, thanks to the little fact they can detonate her collar. And they're ''everywhere''. [[ParanoiaFuel Sometimes where Cain can't see them.]] [[TheCrocIsTicking All the warning she gets is the sudden BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP of her collar]]. The first time this happens, she practically has a panic attack.]]
** [[spoiler:The Cloud. Not just is the literal ''air'' poisoned, Elijah says it has infected everything, including the water, and then goes into lovely detail about what prolonged exposure will do to you. In short: corrode you from the inside out. And it can also burn away [[HumanoidAbomination Alex's]] biomass. Now remember that Cain is ''trapped'' in that stuff, and after a while, she picks up a cough that just won’t go away...]]
** Speaking of [[spoiler:the Cloud, that’s the ''light'' version. The ''congested'' version is so poisonous, it will kill you in seconds.]]
** And of course, [[spoiler:there are bear traps and landmines everywhere, so Cain can't just ''run'' through the Madre to decrease her time in the Cloud. Nope, she's got to double-check every step she takes, lest she wants to end up minus a leg or blown to pieces.]]
** [[spoiler:Ghost People. They move wrong, they bleed wrong, and they’re hard to kill--one gives Cain a near-deadly JumpScare by leaping at her when she thought she’d killed it. And when Alex tries to eat one? It makes him ''explode'' and ''melt'' at the same time, creating deep, oozing holes in his body and boils that rupture goo. Ewww, and ahhh!]]

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