The Solar Union/Expeditionary Parliament marine commander granted the alphas clearance to try things their way. Armed with additional grenades, vacuum suits and complete schematics of the prison arm, they entered the facility at a nearby control center. Held by prison security soldiers, it was only one section away from a firefight between security and heavily armed prisoners. The Alphas and Reuben separated their forces and flanked the rioters, using their superior mobility and firepower to root convicts out from their cover and annihilate them. Without environmentally sealed equipment, the security forces were unable to join the team and stayed behind to hold the control center.
Through the next door, a radioactive plasma inferno awaited. Realizing they were bound to be exposed to deadly doses of radiation, the alphas acquired neutrad and bypassed the searing heat of a ruptured reactor, plotting the least harmful course and relying on their equipment and reflexes to protect them. Both were put to the test by the hazards in the power routing station. Jarek Katejan’s deadly virus, the Masa Jedlik, floated in cloying green clouds just beyond, and a damaged power coil sent an arc of electricity crackling through the air. Convicts trapped inside the room, with marines preparing to enter on the other side, desperately tried to deactivate the power so they could escape the oncoming gas. The rotted and molten bodies of those caught in the virus’ wake lay about the room. Boom unleashed the full fury of his chain gun, riddling the unasuspecting prisoners with lead, and Dusan hurled enemy after enemy directly into the lightning arc. Elliot deactivated the power flow, allowing Dusan to escort the civillian hiding in a nearby storage closet through the room, past the gas clouds, and towards the cargo bay.
Spanning two floors, the cargo bay hosted fierce resistance by the rioting prisoners, and the entrypoint for the HAZMAT marines and two APE class police robots. After rooting out the enemies in the catwalks, Six leapt down the elevator to the next level, thirty feet below. Joy sprang across the cargo and landed in a roll, and Boom simply plunged down—into a nest of fire. Surrounded by criminals on every side of the catwalks above, the team took cover behind one of the two robots, now on the lower floor. As Reuben swung down and butchered a foe with his trademark chainsword, Dusan saw his civilian to safety before descending himself.
The fall damaged Boom’s environmentally sealed armor, rendering him susceptible to the flesh melting virus. Undeterred, he launched himself at the enemy with uncaring brutality. After crushing two convicts against the door to the next room, he plunged his hand straight through one’s flesh and left a shrapnel grenade behind. The resulting fountain of gore gave even the hardened marines pause.
Six and Joy scaled the catwalks and dispatched the remaining enemies with speed and efficiency. Further resistance awaited beyond, in a medical bay brimming with radiation. One of the prisoners’ compatriots was strapped down in a radiological imaging machine that had been set far, far too high. The smell of burning flesh filled the chamber. Boom took the south path, driving his enemies before him, and Six flanked the enemy’s position to prepare for his approach. Joy entered a room full of enemies and threatened to pull the pins on all six of her grenades, demanding to know where Jarek was. It seemed that they were none too fond of the criminal scientist. Reuben’s burst into the room and gunned one down with his shotgun, and Dusan, impatient with the carnage, swept them all into a corner for Six to deal with.
One of the prisoners revealed that Jarek had laid traps through the rest of the cell block. With the marines right behind them, the Alphas used this pretense to convince them to hold position, allowing them time enough to locate their target. With G’s remote hacking support, they navigated the remainder of the cell block slowly and cautiously—until the final chamber. Six advanced on the interrogation room to investigate a strange pressurized container. As he approached, he caught sight of a symbol on the side—and then a shockwave hurled him against the far wall, brought down metal beams and debris throughout the room, and diffused the Masa Jedlik inside the trapped container. C24 explosives fractured his vacuum suit and exposed him to the deadly virus. With no time to focus on the effects of the disease, Six used his echolocation and knowledge of the facility’s layout to teleport into an air pocket around the corner—and face to face with Jarek Katejan.
Camoflauged but unable to communicate with his team, Six moved cautiously around the edges of the room, sizing up the terrorist, who sat as if merely waiting. An animate vine curled around his arm and he rolled a pod or ball of sorts in his other hand. With Boom approaching from the south, protected from the gas by Dusan’s telekinesis, Reuben crossed the rubble at Joy’s request and threw open the door. Jarek immediately threw the device—a grenade—straight at Reuben’s chest. The blurry outline of a hand swung across his field of vision, batting the grenade to the other side of the room. it exploded with a pop, spreading a cloud of bloody red gas harmlessly away from his friends. Before Jarek could lash out with the vine coiled on his arm, Six slipped through space and landed atop the chair, silently waiting behind Jarek’s back. Before any further violence could ensue, the Alphas surrounded their target and urged him to go with them. It took no convincing—Jarek was confident, assured, and took their interest in him as a matter of course.
As the marines entered the room, Six jammed a neural scrambler atop Jarek’s head. The virus working its way rapidly through Six’s body began to thin his bodily fluids, oozing from his eyes and draining down his throat. It wasn’t till they bypassed marine attempts to confiscate their prisoner (by invoking their bargain with the marine commander) that they removed the scrambler and Jarek provided him with the antidote.
On the shuttle back to the cartographer, Joy congratulated Reuben on coming back alive. Comms came through from the marine commander, expressing gratitude for providing a solution that saved marines and the entire complex from destruction. Military forces evacuated first the civillians, then the remaining prisoners, then the atmosphere from the prison wing, sterilizing the viral clouds in the vacuum of the planet’s surface. Full decontamination efforts will be expensive and prolonged, but they can at least begin. Most of the military seems displeased that the one responsible for this massive terrorist attack hasn’t been taken into custody, but the alphas are to be rewarded regardless.
- Mission Complete: Rot in Prison
- Missions Unlocked: See main page
- Crew Added: Jarek Katejan
- DATA: You have discovered the identity of a Sendai Corporation police informant in Lemet (prison records database)
- WIKI UPDATE: Main Page, available missions posted
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