| 20:29:33 20 October 2008
On forum: 01/22/2008
Lakota Part 18 - The Old Zone|
---7 days ago---
It was a long trip, they made long stops at small Ronin outposts. They arrived after two weeks of travel, Chernobyl, The Old Zone as it was referred to. Lakota practically ran out of the plane, he looked around expecting a radioactive wasteland and instead saw a nice lush field with the barking of dogs in the distance.
“ok folks lets get you on these halftracks” said a man in black and red, a Dutyer if he heard right.
They quickly loaded onto the halftracks and were driven down a long road, they were being taken to the crossroads, the old army warehouse. From the army warehouse they would be let off and would take another road to the bar, an old duty stronghold which was given to the stalkers after the road to pripyat was secured. Army warehouse was the old Freedom HQ, he didnt mind the Freedomers, though he didn't mind the Dutyers either, so he decided he wouldn't pick sides... for now. The drive was long, he hadn't really expected the army warehouse to be what it was, a gentle field of fairly steep rolling hills, they passed a farmhouse and what looked like a village on the other side of the hil.
“stay away from that village if I were you, thats bloodsucker turf, rumors of a soulsucker or two as well, Duty is busy clearing the area around the NPP, we will cleanse that area when we get the time” said a Dutyer, just like the government, Lakota thought, when they get around to it.
They passed the old 'barrier' that was apparently a freedom base that held the monolith from the southern regions, they then saw the army warehouse, a large base with several towers. The halftracks stopped.
“ok ladies this is your stop, hustle time and keep your heads down, there could be snipers in those towers” said the Dutyer
They climbed out and walked along the path before several gunshots were heard from the army warehouse.
“SNIPERS” shouted a Dutyer and immedietly they returned fire, several men in black came running out of the warehouses and began firing at the stalkers.
“bandits” Odysseus said as they ducked behind an old car “I say we get out of here”
“I agree” said Kenji “there is enough cover along this road”
“well...” said Lakota looking at the Dutyers and ambushed stalkers “lets go”
They ran down the path ducking from cover to cover, the shots were in the distance after a few minutes of running, they passed another farmhouse and a path to the village but they kept running until they were passed a chainlink fence and staring at an open field that led to the bar. They heard barking getting closer and closer.
“over by the rocks” said Kenji “sounds like a lot of them”
“ok just let them come out in the open” said Odysseus
About fifteen dogs came charging out, make that twelve, one of them had... three heads? Lakota's mind was spinning this made no sence but he kept shooting anyways, the dogs were mowed down quite quickly, the three headed one took a little longer, they lowered their weapons. There was another bark.
“shit shit shit” said Odysseus and they started firing
“WAIT” said Lakota, his heart dropped, he knew that bark “Scout?”
He saw a rotweiler head pop up from behind the rock, he ran down happily to them.
“how did you survive?” Lakota felt happier than he felt in months “lets get out of here”
They ran down the path until they saw it, the bar, the old rostock warehouses. They also saw a group of men getting ambushed by more bandits. The path was blocked...
I'm back baby.
| 20:30:19 20 October 2008
On forum: 01/22/2008
Lakota Part 19 - The Bar|
---6 days ago---
They reached the group by midnight, they quickly fired at the bandits, Lakota managed to hit one in the heart and another in the leg. They quickly finished off the remaining bandits and looked at the stalkers. There was about five of them, two were wounded.
“thank god you made it” said one of them “we would have croaked for sure”
“well, lets get out of here” said Lakota “this whole place is an ambush zone”
“yeah the Bar is about a mile or so to the south” said the Stalker
“whats your name?” Lakota asked
“Badger, thats Griffon, Reaver, Goblin and Shouter” he said pointing to the others “yours?”
“Lakota, thats Odysseus and Kenji” Lakota said
“well glad to meet ya, lets get the fuck out of here” Badger said pointing to the gates
They ran down the path, it was about an hour before they reached them, they saw several stalkers in brown staring at them.
“Badger is that you?” asked the stalker “we thought you croaked, great to see you Fanatic is waiting”
“thanks” said Badger “Ill go see him now”
They walked inside, it was a large industrial area, the place was full of scaffolding and stalkers, they seemed to be repairing the damage these buildings have suffered over the years, they walked along the path towards a separated area, they saw several Duty flags getting pulled down. This was probably the Duty headquarters. They took a left and walked down some stairs, they passed a door guard and turned to the right at the foot of the stairs, they found what looked like a meeting room.
“Badger!” said a man leaving what looked like a kitchen “your alive, great to see you, did you find what we were looking for?”
“yes we did, we lost a couple of our boys a couple hours away” said Badger “we found some newcomers, they looked mighty lost but they saved our asses”
“really” said Fanatic looking at Lakota's group “great to see some new stalkers, Fanatic is my name, I lead the stalkers here, or at least the stalkers who are willing to be led, from where do you hail”
“I'm Lakota from Canada, thats Odysseus from Greece and Kenji from Japan” said Lakota
“you boys are an awful way from home” said Fanatic
“yeah well it was nice while it lasted, we needed somewhere new” said Odysseus
“I'm only here to make sure they dont do anything stupid” said Kenji
“well home is where your heart is, you saved our boys you deserve a place here” said Fanatic
“here?” Lakota said in disbelief, he felt Scout tugging on his leg “well if theres enough food for and shelter for us than sure, I never thought I would find a home since the blowout”
“great, we have been fixing rooms, we have room for an apartment for each of you, Badger take them to block 3 building 5” said Fanatic
“yes sir” said Badger and they left the room.
“This base is guarded twenty four seven, the guards change every five hours, we have sealed off the exits, the guards close them at night and keep watch, at day the security around them relaxes, the west side of Rostock is quite wild still, it was called the wild territories before, we hope it will stay as the bar. The west side is heavily patrolled, we are trying to find out where the mutants are coming from. For entertainment or for some extra money the arena is always every day, Arnie will provide you with the tools. For other forms of entertainment or company we have the 100 Rads Bar, the Barkeep will fix you up with some great stuff. There are campfires in every factory, thats where the homeless sleep and stalkers tend to hang around those areas, the areas around the main tower as you can see now are merchant stalls, they sell things cheaper than barkeep but not always in good condition. The stalker base is hiring if you need jobs or want to help out, here we are at your area, we managed to set up a 'powerplant' of a sort, you have food, water, electricity and all the luxuries of home, good luck and I hope you enjoy your stay” said Badger taking a deep breath
“Just like a fucking tour guide” said Lakota laughing
“we try” said Badger as he turned around, the rain started to pour “oh yeah and heres your keys and room numbers”
They grabbed there keys and entered the building, it was dull and gray, they walked down the halls passing a couple stalkers. They found their rooms all in a row.
“well... nighty night” said Lakota
“yeah see you in the morning?” asked Odysseus
“like we wont see each other” said Lakota
“yeah its not like before the disaster” said Kenji
Scout was tearing at his heels so he decided its time to sleep, he opened the door and stared at his room, it was just like the outside but it brought back painful memories of home, Scout ran to the bed and curled in a ball. He closed the door and opened the fridge, it worked and was stocked in food, he turned on the tap to see fresh water, he turned on the lights, home. He looked at his geiger counter to see it sit silently, they did a great job. He took off his vest and camo gear and laid down on his bed, he threw off his boonie hat and closed his eyes, he drifted off lazily.
“and thats my story, or how it goes so far” said Lakota
“wow” said a stalker “that was...”
“it was amazing, how you traveled like the entire world since the disaster” said another stalker
“yeah, who were those Russians again?” asked another
“Red Flag or something” Lakota replied
“yeah I heard about them, apparently a lot of the vets and even Fanatic had fought against them” said the first stalker
“well, good luck to you guys, good luck with your wife and I hope your son is alright” said Lakota as he was getting up
“hey what ever happened to those guys you met on the plane?” asked a stalker
“I havent seen or heard from them since France” Lakota said, he felt a cold barrel of a gun press against the back of his neck.
“I heard the crazy son of a bitch was in town” said the gruff voice he had heard before
“hello Long Shot, long time no see” said Lakota...
I'm back baby.
| 18:56:36 22 October 2008
On forum: 01/22/2008
Lakota Part 20 - The Faction War|
Heres your lunch hour snack (I found out I dont have much work to do after all, I finished it in two days and have like a week to relax, and this story hit the 20 part mark, thats when Red Storm ended, this story is obviously going to be longer and in honor of that and... well to make the parts seem longer , I am returning to the method I used to write Red Storm just modified, ENJOY OR YOU DESERVE TO DIE, Just kidding! Oh and if you really enjoyed so far give me a FUCK YEAH in the comments or just call me a fucking retard if you hated it )
Lakota turned around to see Long Shot pointing a Taurus Raging Bull at his face.
“gonna lower that thing?” Lakota asked
“yeah sure” Long Shot replied holstering the revolver.
“yeah you missed one hell of a story, lets go to the bar” Lakota said
They reached the bar and found some seats in the back, they ordered some drinks. Lakota looked around to see the bar was almost empty.
“so have you heard from the others?” Lakota asked
“well, rumors and some other things” said Long Shot “there are a lot of rumors these days, they say a great war is going to happen soon”
“a great war?” asked Lakota, he couldn't help think of the world wars
“yeah, Freedom and Duty may be the largest factions but they aren't the major ones, the Global Guard want to reunite the world in a democracy, the Red Flag want communism, the Immortals want to rule in peace, not sure what kind of rule they want, then you got the Highlanders, the Cuirassiers and the Footguards who all want to rule in monarchy... but they just cant decide who will be the monarch, oh and theres these Reichsoldners who want to rule in dictatorship and all, the world is in hell right now” said Long Shot “the peace will only last as long as the Peacekeepers can keep it but its going to erupt”
“forgot the Ronin, they want Imperialism” said Lakota
“the Ronin? Never heard of em” Long Shot said
“well I spent a couple months at their base, got one of them following me around, making sure I dont croak” Lakota replied
“ah well, the other stalker factions are picking sides, Freedom and Duty are getting on each others nerves” said Long Shot
“who are on Duty's side?” Lakota asked
“well I believe the Peacekeepers and the Bandeirantes are on their side” Long Shot replied
“who are on Freedom's?” Lakota asked
“Dunekins and rumor has it the Exiles” Long Shot replied
“Exiles?” Lakota asked
“just before the disaster the Dutyers split, well every faction split but the Exiles and the Renegades are the only ones who stayed that way” Long Shot replied “oh yeah bandits used to stand united but now they split, renegades, bandits, marauders, cartels, raiders and pirates are fighting over turf all over the world, plus mercenaries and wraiths are fighting over jobs” Long Shot replied “oh yeah and the Monolith Shardseekers are searchin the earth for some sort of crystal shards, some guys known as Clear Sky Remnants are hunting em, they want to destroy the zone but they believe the Monolith are the key”
“the Monolith and Clear Sky?” Lakota asked
“Monolith used to be some crazy fanatics who controlled the northern regions, the Clear Sky were some sort of researchers, well the Clear Sky were almost destroyed twice and the Monolith lost their Great Monolith or something like that” Long Shot said
“well... wait how do you know all this?” Lakota asked, he seemed to know a great deal
“Snitch” said Long Shot pointing at a man in the corner wearing dark clothes “it costs a deal but its good to be informed”
“anything else?” Lakota asked
“well I heard Bubbles is nearby, Pistola is here helping with the Wild Territories, rumor has it Dime found his way to garbage with a group but bandit fighting has left Garbage almost inaccessible” Long Shot said “oh and rumor has it that some man name Buffalo is somewhere in Yantar, hes supposed to be a master stalker or something beyond that, theres also rumor of a man named Master, you wouldn't guess but another master stalker is somewhere out there, he was the original leader of the stalkers but disappeared or something”
“well its great we have someone like Snitch here, who are his sources?” Lakota had to ask
“don't know don't care really” Long Shot said “maybe its better not to know”
“yeah well, I think I'm going to get a job” Lakota said looking at his wallet, he had barely 100 rubles left, he could barely pay for the drinks.
“hear the scientists need some work” Long Shot said “they pay good money but Sakharov has some thing about sending stalkers on very, very dangerous missions with almost no chance of success”
“heheh I would probably accept one of those” Lakota said laughing “any other information?”
“well the Stalkers have found some allies” Long Shot said “the Diggers have allied the stalkers, apparently Fanatic has been using them to find some things and the Marshwalkers, some weird group of hippies or something are helping them find things in the marshes, I have almost no clue what they do though, also theirs a rumor of some new group but who knows, theres an entire world to explore there must be millions of stalker clans”
“well, I am going to get some things together, we will check out what the scientists can offer” Lakota said “I'll meet you at the Westgate”
“ok see ya” Long Shot said turning the corner
Lakota headed to his apartment and looked around, he found his gear in a box, he looked through the gear that came with the place. A sunrise suit, the suit that stalkers seem to wear and a couple medkits full of antirads and bandages. He grabbed the Sunrise suit and filled his bag with food and medkits.
“No” he said as Scout sat by his feet “you will stay I will ask someone to feed you while I'm away, I will try to make this quick”
He opened the door and walked down the hall, he knocked on one of the doors. The door opened shortly after.
“who... oh hi Lakota” said Odysseus “what brings you here”
“I'm going to Lake Yantar, I need someone to watch the dog and well my house while I'm gone” said Lakota
“oh ok, I guess, I have nothing better to do” said Odysseus
“well I will see you when I'm rich” Lakota said as he continued down the hall towards the stairs.
He left the building and ran to the westgate, he quickly was stopped by Badger.
“Rumor has it your going to Yantar” Badger said “their is this device I would like you to pick up, if you see it in your travels, its in an old stash, I will upload the coordinates to your PDA”
“my what?” Lakota said
“your PDA, its in your suit pocket” Badger said almost annoyed “you plan to head to Yantar and you barely know how your suit works?”
“just found it” Lakota said examining the PDA, it had his name on it, it showed the locations of other PDAs, it had an Encyclopedia, a contact and calling system, it had a map of the world with detailed views of it and... he could see everyone with a PDA on it, it was an incredible piece of hardware, he also saw that it had a diary and a message recorder as well as a top 10 list of stalkers and a personal stats list. “its a wonder how they fit all this on to a little device”
“heh, thats Sidorovich's job” said Badger “all the companies are falling apart and hes the only one with the contacts to get more of them”
“I'll have to meet this Sidorovich, he sounds like one smart guy” Lakota said
“don't get your hopes up, hes a fat bastard who sells things at a monster of a price” said Badger “though he has great connections and shouldn't be underestimated”
Lakota examined the map and found the little blinking stash icon in Yantar, in what looked like a large factory.
“well I will return it if I find it, any finders fee?” Lakota asked
“heh, spoken like a true stalker, I will see what I can do” said Badger “I am a digger after all, I have a lot of loot to give”
“well I hope I dont have to do any digging myself” Lakota said as he continued towards the path to the westgate. He found Long Shot leaning against the wall cleaning the lens of his Tac-50 sniper rifle.
“ready to go?” he asked
“yep” Lakota replied
They walked through the gate towards the path to western rostock, the Wild Territories...
---Moscow Kremlin, Russia---
“Comrade, the plans are going well but the prisoners in Libya have escaped, the world is almost fully controlled by the zone” said the soldier “though Australia and several nearby islands have survived the storm, other than that comrade Mikhael's dream has come true”
“his dream has not come true, the world is controlled by the zone, we dont have control over the zone, the heart must be recovered and the word of communism must be spread across the world, get me a radio to all of our generals” said the man
“yes sir” said the soldier as he did as he was told
“this is Comrade General Militov, the time has come, generals of Red Flag, prepare the assault, DO NOT STOP UNTIL THE WORLD IS UNDER OUR CONTROL!” said General Militov “assemble your troops, march them on, and get the Red Squad to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, I NEED THAT HEART”
There were many at once sirs from the radio, he shut it off, the great Mikhael's dream would come true under his command, he would command the world... but first he needed that heart, he also needed those shards...
I'm back baby.
| 18:54:05 23 October 2008
On forum: 01/22/2008
Lakota Part 21 - Westward|
(Here are your cookies, I am now making your cake)
They marched through the Wild Territories, all he could hear was the constant hail of bullets and streams of fire, there were occasional explosions and roars as well. They looked around as men with flamethrowers burned down holes and others firing AK-74s into old buildings, occasionally they saw movement inside and blood seemed to flood the ground.
“halt” said a stalker “state your business here”
“we are attempting to get to Yantar” Long Shot said
“going to work for Sakharov? Well keep your head down here, recently some digger uncovered a gold mine of artifacts but the place was flooding with mutants” said the Stalker “just try not to get in the way of the men, they are quite jumpy these days”
“will do” Long Shot replied as they walked down the road again, they watched a man with a machine gun mowing down mutants, he attempted to reload but was swarmed, it took five shotgun blasts to get them off him.
“not going to well it seems” Lakota said watching more mutants run out of the holes
“yeah lets not linger too long” said Long Shot
“you know the way?” Lakota asked
“the PDA helps but I asked for directions just to be sure, no one has used to Yantar path since the blowout” said Long Shot “anything could be this way”
They passed several buildings and passed through a construction site, they found a path and followed it. They saw a tunnel under a road they couldnt see any way to get to, there was a problem.
“stay back” said Long Shot “does the ground look... odd to you?”
The ground under the road looked cracked it also looked hot, it was almost as if they were volcanic cracks.
“yeah” Lakota said “now what?”
“the center looks pretty safe lets try to get through” said Long Shot pulling out a bag of bolts.
He threw a couple into the place and they exploded in a big fireball.
“not good” said Lakota “lets find a way around”
They turned back and walked, sure enough there was a whole in the wall leading on, they continued down it until they heard the most bonechilling roar they have ever heard.
“what was that?” Lakota asked raising his Berreta Cheetah
“sounds like” Long Shot said raising his Taurus Raging Bull “a Bloodsucker”
Just then a large blurry outline ran out of a nearby building and pounced on Lakota, he stared at its face as it revealed itself, it was a large beast with tentacles where a jaw would normally be, he stared in horror as it wrapped its tentacles around his face.
The beast's head was ripped clean off, Lakota looked up to see the large outline of Bubbles staring over him.
“you must be one stupid son of a bitch to walk straight into bloodsucker territory” said Bubbles “that goes for you too Long Shot”
He lifted Lakota onto his feet, he looked around to see Bubbles and Long Shot looking at him, he also saw Pistola and several other stalkers. He felt his face to feel slight scarring.
“what are you two doing here?” Pistola asked
“trying to get to Yantar” Long Shot said “thought this led that way”
“yes it does but never enter with only two” said Bubbles “lets go”
They walked down the path, Lakota looked at his PDA, the other stalkers were Pyro, Blade and Granite. Pyro and Blade were veterans, Granite was labeled Master.
“how did you guys get your name?” Lakota asked
“I got my name because I am quite good at stabbing things” Blade said pointing to his AK-47, it had a brutal looking bayonet on it.
“I got mine because I like burning things” Pyro said “its short for Pyromaniac” he held up his flamethrower and Lakota noticed his bandelier had vodka bottles with cloth sticking out instead of ammo or food like the others.
“how did you get yours” Lakota asked Granite who just stared at him. “ok then well...”
“your lucky we were heading this way, we heard that Sakharov has a very important mission” said Bubbles
“yeah and when we saw you pop up on the PDA we had to check” said Pistola “rumor has it you died in France”
“really? Thats great to hear” said Lakota “nice to know I am believed dead, but yeah I nearly did in France, but they decided it was better to capture me instead”
“who captured you?” Pistola asked
“some clan called Red Flag, I got grabbed, I fought my way out and then they grabbed me, I fought, got thrown in jail for some months then broke out” said Lakota
“really? I hear that Red Flag are responsible for the zone, or at least the fact it controls the world” said Bubbles
“I wouldnt know, all conversations I heard were in Russian” said Lakota “I should really learn it some time”
“keep quiet” said Granite, his voice was cold and strong “we are approaching the border”
They walked slowly and quietly as the sky grew dark and cold, the land ahead looked dead and only the beeps of their Geiger counters could be heard...
---White House, USA---
“General, the Red Flag are marching troops through Europe and Asia, they are declaring war” said the Soldier
“then signal the troops to attack, we cant let them take over, send forces to Europe, High Priority” said the General
“yes sir” said the soldier
General Ford stared out the window of the once great capitol of the United States, it was an empty wasteland these days, there was rarely any life, his men made sure of that, the Global Guard will defeat the Red Flag and restore democracy in the world, and for that to happen... he would have to go to Europe himself...
I'm back baby.
| 13:38:35 26 October 2008
On forum: 01/22/2008
Lakota Part 22 - Trimming the Dead|
They stared into the dark and gloomy dried up Lake Yantar, there was a distant moaning in the winds here, it was almost unnatural. Lakota didn't understand though, they said that no one comes here but he could see a lot of stalkers on the hill, he saw a couple bunkers set up with a wall around them, he also saw some military commandos, they slowly walked down the hill, they holstered their weapons.
“stay away from the people here, those that don't live in this camp are doomed men” said Granite “best not to let them take you”
They walked slowly towards the entrance where they were greeted by a soldier, they flashed their PDAs and the soldier reluctantly let them in, they walked towards the largest of the bunkers, Granite clicked a button.
“Hello? Hello?” said an old man
“Sakharov, let us in” said Granite “you dont want some helpful stalkers to freeze to death?”
The door opened, they stepped inside to find that it looked roomier on the outside, the place was cramped and full of boxes and displays, they walked towards a desk where Sakharov was, he was an old balding man, he was obviously scientist by the way he dressed and by the look of all the equipment around him.
“Granite, I thought you found a nice anomaly to jump into” said Sakharov
“aw sorry to disapoint you, were here for the job” said Granite
Sakharov examined the stalkers behind him, he eyed them closely before replying.
“well, the job is very, very dangerous” said Sakharov “it requires you to go into the heart of X16, a dangerous place if I ever seen one”
“we know the risks, we need cash and you pay well” said Granite
“well, heres the plan, I found out of another level deeper in, it is sealed by a complex passcode, if we can get one of my men to that door we can open it, once its opened we can take the contents which is sadly classified” said Sakharov “but I must warn you there is are some new breeds of zombified stalkers in that deathtrap”
“new breeds?” asked Granite
“well... there are some that can act just like a normal zombie but... they are so animal like they cant handle tools or such but have claws, others are fast and can scale walls, and others are... different” said Sakharov, he looked nervous
“different?” Granite asked
“well... we haven't seen all the breeds, only a few” said Sakharov “meet the team outside I shall call them”
He immediately grabbed a phone and called them, Granite turned to them and motioned them to the door. He seemed to know something, but he didn't want to tell them. They were handed a small device for stopping psy waves or something, though he said it was limited, Lakota doubted the flimsy devices. They left the bunker to find two men in green full body suits, similar to the orange ones he has seen all over the walls in the bunker, he looked at his PDA, Professor Semenov and Professor Leona, it looked like its going to be an escort mission.
“lets get to work” said Granite
“the psy emissions should be disabled, but we should keep our protectors on nonetheless” said Semenov
They walked along the path, the hill was deserted now, they reached the top and found nothing, not a single soul on this once crowded hill, they continued towards the gates to the factory, they turned the corner and found... nothing.
“well this is unnerving” said Long Shot
“just a little” Bubbles replied
They walked around, Lakota noticed something on his PDA, the small stash icon, he should be on top of it, he looked down and saw nothing before realizing it, it seems the stash is inside X16.
They walked towards a building, they kicked the door in and searched it, it was empty as well.
“too easy” said Blade “this is obviously a trap”
“hey I thought these zombies were mumbling idiots” said Pyro
“we have no idea” said Granite, with that they walked down the stairs and through the door to X16...
---Eiffel Tower, France---
He looked off the tower, it was still a beautiful site, just in a different sense. The city below was once a gleaming city of lights, now its a dead city full of empty buildings, an occasional dog walking through the abandoned streets.
“monsieur que les Américains envoient leurs troupes vers Europe, et les Russes envahissent Europe d'est” said the soldier
“il a l'air d'ils étaient sont déclarés, envoie les troupes” said Grand Loup
“oui monsieur” said the soldier
If it was a war they want its a war they will get, Grand Loup thought to himself, he pulled out a cigar and lit it, for now he will savor the night while it lasts.
I'm back baby.