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  02:45:37  13 November 2010
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Psynexus
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On forum: 04/15/2007
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HAHA! That video was perfect. That cat didn't have shit on the Pseudoraptors though. ^_^

Through all my research I found that an offshoot of the cat would have fit perfectly for the chapter. When I was doing research and came across the "Luller" mutant (the cat with the lizard-like bags under its throat that can mimic what it hears) it clicked that a second generation of that mixed with the cats a lot of mods have put back in would make an awesome Pseudoraptor.

I'm sure we've all been in the same room as a severely agitated cat before... I for one have a new cat that becomes batshit insane at night and attacks my feet when I go for a snack. I just multiplied all its attributes by about 10, made it territorial, and bloodthirsty. Also, since cats are overpopulated it made it easy to have swarms of them. Hopefully you can forgive me for making them mammals with lizard traits than actual lizards, it just fit best. ^_^
  08:59:41  13 November 2010
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Maiman
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On forum: 01/22/2008
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I can't be mad at you, you made a vicious species of cats that sent a heavily armed group of stalkers (and some mercs for that matter) running for their lives like little school girls, that deserves some respect right there

My cat claws me too by the way, so frequently that people thought I was suicidal because of all the cuts on my arm, but cats don't like medicine so yeah.
  13:42:13  18 November 2010
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Psynexus
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Chapter 10: Back from the Dead

The next chapter is up and ready for read/review/rant. As I always, I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you enjoyed the chapter and leave a comment!

In this chapter, we continue following the Stalkers trapped in the Dead City by its new inhabitants dubbed "Pseudoraptors" by Reaper.

While the Stalkers hole up in one of the barricaded buildings under the watch of the trapped Merc Alek, Solitaire and Zombie remain separated from the group, caught out in the storm following what they think are the voices of their lost companions. Little do they know, they're being led into a trap by one of the Zone's most rare and clever mutants...

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“What the hell…” he muttered aloud as he skidded to a stop in the slick grass and leaves beneath him. Between claps of thunder he could hear Gremlin’s continuing to call out to him, fading into the distance while Zombie’s voice became louder, closer.

“Zombie? What are you doing?” he said as he weaved through the thicket towards the river. He burst into a clearing, undoubtedly where Zombie had been calling to him from. Something caught his eye from a large depression near the middle of the clearing. He approached cautiously, whispering for Zombie again as he neared it.

“Here…” the voice insisted in the same hushed tone.

“Come on man… where are you hiding? You’re giving me the creeps.”

As he inched up to the edge of the depression he covered his face quickly as the stench of death hit his nostrils. The mutilated bodies of about a dozen Mercs were scattered around the hole, their armor torn to shreds and most of their skin torn off, leaving only the meat. He held back the urge to vomit as the rain began to fill the hole, turning red with blood and turning the late Mercs into human soup.

“Z… Zombie?” he stuttered as he slowly backed away from the hole.

“Here.” Zombie said, clear as day.

As lightning flashed, he detected a shadow moving, unlike the shadows of the stationary objects nearby. He turned slowly to see a large, cat-like creature staring back at him inquisitively, flicking its tail back and forth playfully. That split second was the last thing he saw that came close to comforting before it let out a low feline growl and he felt himself hit hard in the back and falling into the human soup. His eyes stung as he opened them in the bloody water, seeing the vacant stare of a skinless Merc warning him of his possible fate. He coughed and sputtered as he flailed about in the death-filled water, trying with all his might to find something solid to push himself off of. In his blurred, painful sight he spotted a rogue tree root and grabbed onto it quickly, using it to pull himself to the edge of the pit. He pulled himself to the ledge, surfacing as quickly and subtly as he possibly could.

The blurry shadows of trees glared down at him like evil giants blocking the way out. He rubbed his eyes and choked up some water. He quickly pulled his knife from his back and held it close to his face as he slowly rose to the surface. The rain continued to fall around him, reducing his already poor visibility to piss-poor.

What the hell was that thing? What hit me? Where’s Zombie?

Those thoughts and dozens more whizzed around his head as he looked around desperately for anywhere he could run once out of the water. He decided heading back to the city would be the safest thing to do, but he didn’t know what could lie between there and here " and first he had to get out of this clearing without getting killed in the process. He was in the lion’s den, and that creature was here somewhere. The cat-like creature, as menacing and deadly as it looked could not have knocked him into the pool with such force. There was something bigger nearby.

He stuck the knife in his teeth and bit down as he planted his hands on the edge of the pool and slowly lifted himself out. As he kicked his feet onto solid ground, he took the knife from his mouth and did a quick 360 of his immediate area. It seemed like he was alone, but there were too many dark places in the thicket around him and his eyes still stung. He looked up, allowing the rain the wash the blood from his face and eyes, then carefully wiped it away with his hands.

Finally…

He sighed with relief as he blinked the stinging from his eyes and looked deep into the trees around him. The shadows were sharper now, but that was the only improvement " the thicket was too dense to make anything out. Lightning flashed, illuminating a set of eyes nearby. He jumped, barely stopping himself from falling back into the pool.

Holy shit… what have I gotten myself into.
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  14:18:18  18 November 2010
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NATOguns
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On forum: 10/11/2008
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Epic, again. I dare to say that this is the best stalker story out there.
Also dont want to sound like a partypooper but I think what you did was a good choice, although I still hate to see him go. It gives the charechter there mortatily back.
  14:22:15  18 November 2010
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Thrashdude
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The Zone II: Rebirth

Nicely done.

TD
  18:44:51  18 November 2010
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Novfanaion
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On forum: 10/19/2010
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Epic, again. I dare to say that this is the best stalker story out there.
Also dont want to sound like a partypooper but I think what you did was a good choice, although I still hate to see him go. It gives the charechter there mortatily back.
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This!
  02:51:56  19 November 2010
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Do0mzday-Jesus
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Damn...
  10:11:19  19 November 2010
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Maiman
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and to think about 20% of that chaos could have been stopped by being a polite guest, when will they learn
  11:34:25  21 November 2010
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Psynexus
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Thank you all for the comments.

On top of writing the story, I am getting some editing done on earlier chapters as well as getting some translations done by my buddy Crashtest. (American English to British English because I suck that bad at it ) Also, he is working on getting some art done and is currently focusing on the cover for Life and Death. Since I modeled Virtue after myself you may see me showing up in full Stalker gear soon.

As always, I'll keep you all updated as things progress. Thank you all for your continued support, it is invaluable.
  10:11:59  22 November 2010
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100RadsBar
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This story is awesome .

Nice cliffhanger at the end of the last chapter.....

Can't wait for the next
 
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