| 17:07:54 29 January 2009
On forum: 01/22/2008
Maelstrom Part 2 - Nuclear Winter|
Strelok looked around the room, his head lamp was out of batteries, he picked up some batteries from an old box and switched them with the old ones. The old ones he can use to check for anomalies. He turned on the light and continued his search in the room. He grabbed some flash drives and he found an old Geiger counter. Chain was busy filling his bag with as much of Strelok's tourist delight stash as he could. Strelok headed to his medical kits and loaded as many as he could.
"come on lets go" said Strelok inserting two bubbles, a spring, a soul and a mica into his belt. He grabbed a SPAS-12 from his gun rack and several bandoleers of shotgun ammo. He passed a couple to Chain who was carrying an old Toz-34.
"you can use any of these guns on my wall" said Strelok loading a Silenced Walther P2K.
"that's okay, this has saved my life countless times" said Chain putting on the bandoleers.
"lets go" said Strelok as he climbed into the vent and slid down the ladder into the darkness.
The tunnel was pitch black, the EMP shut off the lights in the tunnel. He looked around with his little headlight and proceeded to open the vent, he heard many footsteps and other sounds all around. He took a deep breath and jumped out, he heard Chain stumble out behind him. The two of them walked slowly down the tunnel, the entrance was slightly visible from the glow of the fruit punch anomalies.
"this is quite unnerving, what do you think is living down here" whispered Chain pointing to the flayed corpses.
"well Bloodsuckers used to nest here, and there was a controller several years ago..." said Strelok "and before that there were rodents and I believe more controllers... oh and snorks too..."
"great, just great" said Chain looking around nervously.
They turned the corner when they heard the scurrying of many small feet.
"what in the zone is that?" Chain asked as he took a quick look around the corner, he saw many Rodents and the slightly more deadly Rippers scurrying towards them at alarming speeds.
"SHIT" Chain shouted "RUN STRELOK RUN!"
Strelok broke into a run before asking "what are we running from?
"Rodents, lots of them" said Chain
Strelok turned around and looked, the walls, roof and floor was moving, He turned and ran faster.
They reached the silo and climbed up the circular staircase, many objects were flying around.
"shit forgot to mention Poltergeists also lived here" said Strelok as they ran through the hurricane of objects.
"why did you choose to live here of all places" Chain asked
"because no one usually gets through the horde of mutants alive to bother me" Strelok answered as they continued up.
"we passed the tunnel to the research base" said Chain as they continued up
"are you serious, the research institute was probably hit by a nuke, oh yeah gas masks on" said Strelok "we are going to come out on a nearby hill"
They attached their gas masks and climbed up a ladder, they sealed the hole and fell over in exhaustion.
"holy... shit..." said Strelok as he looked around, there were massive mushroom clouds that went out into the distance, it was raining dust. His Geiger counter clicked rapidly. "lets get out of here"
"Most of the clouds are very far away, the closest one is there, two kilometers west of here" said Chain as he sat up
"we have to get to the Haven" said Strelok
"the where?" Chain asked
"follow me" Strelok replied as he rose to his feet and began to climb down the hill.
Beaver looked through the computer screen, he stared at the massive surges of radiation. It was a nightmare out there, and in the Haven was chaos. Command had sealed down the vault, the entire Haven was lit with red lights. They had many agents out on the field, most of them Sleeper agents, assigned to an area and ordered to wait for further instructions. about 32 of their agents had disappeared.
Beaver scanned the screen, about one thousand stalkers had blinked off his screen. He assumed they were dead though it was possible their PDAs were shut off by the EMP, if so then the Haven was now flying blind to areas of the zone. Security issued a Red Alert statues, they expected more attacks to occur, some of their western European outposts have reported major aerial assaults, large scale bombings destroyed several newly formed settlements. If the Seraphs of Dawn were going to unite the stalkers and end this nomadic way of life they were going to have to do something about their attacker, America...
"Mr President they offered no resistance, we have no death toll but the damage has been extreme by the looks of it" said the Lieutenant "though it has come at a cost"
"what cost" said the President reading through several classified documents
"the scientists say that the smoke particles left from the detonation are rising into the stratosphere, its blocking out much of the sunlight or something..." said the Lieutenant nervously "to put it short they say we are plunging the earth into a nuclear winter"
"is this affecting the entire globe" the President asked
"the majority of it, we are only experiencing minor effects of it, but another warhead or two might change that" said the Lieutenant
"very well, inform the men to keep the missiles ready but not to launch, we will let the stalkers have then next move" said the President dismissing the Lieutenant...
I'm back baby.
| 23:59:50 31 January 2009
On forum: 01/22/2008
Maelstrom Part 3 - Opening of Hostilities|
"where... are... we... going..." Chain panted
"a safe place I know" said Strelok as they marched through the garbage, the land was covered in radioactive snow and dust, the sky was dark and it was getting significantly colder.
They walked for several hours, it was dead quiet. They reached the old gate to Rostok, it was battered and hanging on its hinges.
"this place has seen better days" said Chain staring at the gates to the place he once called home.
"we have several days of travel ahead of us, we should make camp in Rostok" said Strelok
"I wonder if anyone is still home" Chain mumbled
"if anyone is still there they should come with us, it isn't safe here" said Strelok looking at the giant mushroom clouds.
"why didn't they do what happened to Chernobyl" Chain asked
"what?" Strelok asked confused
"when that warhead blew in Chernobyl it created some weird anomaly" said Chain
"well..." Strelok sat puzzled "The wendigo"
"The Wendigo? you mean that big thing Muffins killed?" Chain asked
"It was almost as radioactive as a blowout" said Strelok "with that, plus the fact Chernobyl was really radioactive, and the fact there was a nuclear warhead and the blowout that followed the explosion, the radiation must have been incredibly high"
"I guess" said Chain "I hear the anomaly is gone"
"really?" Strelok asked
"yeah I hear it dissapeared shortly after Badger's team entered it" said Chain
"unusual.." Strelok mumbled as they suddenly stopped talking. They walked through the main gates of Rostok, they were bashed open, debris covered the streets. It had an unearthly feel to it, there was little noise but the wind and the occasional howl. There was a rustling as the wind blew some leaves and paper across the roads, they walked into the main road.
"my god" said Chain
"how many people lived here six years ago?" Strelok asked
"over 200 before the red flag attacked" Chain replied
"where did they go?" Strelok asked
"I don't know" Chain replied "maybe they chose a nomadic life"
There was a blast of a shotgun, Strelok jumped behind a debris pile, Chain jumped the opposite direction into a partially collapsed building.
"get the hell out of here you freaks" said the shooter "Ill blow your fucking brains out"
"Chain, get to the roof and draw his fire" said Strelok
"alright" said Chain as he ran inside and climbed up the collapsed roof, he climbed up and jumped on top of the nearest building, he aimed his shotgun over the edge and fired off several rounds. Strelok jumped into the building nearest to him, he ran for the back door and walked around, when he assumed he was near the shooter he climbed into a nearby building and ran to the front windows. He aimed his shotgun and fired out the window.
"MOTHER FUCKERS" said the shooter as he suddenly aimed at Strelok, Chain took this oppertunity to jump to the next rooftop, he then ran until he was on the building right next to the shooter. He crept down the stairs and crawled right up to the window. He stood up and aimed his shotgun right to the shooters head.
"hold still or all that will be left of your head will be a big stain" said Chain
"son of a..." said the shooter dropping his rifle and holding his hands in the air, Strelok jumped through his window and walked up to the shooter.
"nice of you to join us Strelok, now shithead whats your name?" said Chain
"my name?" asked the shooter
"YES DIPSHIT WHATS YOUR NAME" said Chain he began to tap the trigger with his finger
"ITS DIME ITS DIME DON'T SHOOT" said the shooter
"Dime? I thought you died" said Chain
"can I put my arms down?" Dime asked
"sure" said Chain
Dime looked around, he saw Chain wrapping the sling back around his shoulder.
"Chain didn't you die during that raid" Dime asked
"which raid?" Chain asked
"the Houndstooth gang kicked down that door and tried to steal our clothes and leave us naked in the marsh, you tackled several of them into a building that blew up giving us the time to escape" said Dime "that raid"
"oh yeah" said Chain "got better"
"I am sure you did" said Dime
"okay I don't want to interrupt but its getting dark, we should find a place to camp" said Strelok
"oh follow me" said Dime "I know a place"
"where?" Strelok asked
"The 100 Rads Bar" said Dime
"its still open?" said Chain in disbelief "how? no one protects it"
"actually some people do, we have about six guys in there including the Barman and myself" said Dime
"really" said Chain "sounds good"
"we will have to convince them to come with us" said Strelok "all of them"
"I doubt they would agree?" said Dime
They walked into the bar, there was no overly friendly greeter or anything, it was dimly lit with a red light. They looked around to see five guns aimed at them.
"its okay there with me" said Dime
"Marked One is that you" Barman asked
"yes it is" said Strelok "I have some news"
"what is it?" Barman asked
"we are staying the night, after that we leave to the Haven, its a safe place" said Strelok "you guys have to come with us"
"But this is my home, I lived here since... well a very long time" said Barman "I am not leaving now"
"yes you are, you stay here and you die" said Strelok
"fine..." said Barman "what happens now"
"I say we should learn each others names" said Strelok "easier to travel with people you know, I am Strelok in case you don't know, or as Barman and Sidorovich like to call me, Marked One"
"I'm Dime as you already know" said Dime as he sat down
"Chain" said Chain looking at the others
"Bull" said a large man with a revolving shotgun
"Stallion" said a man with a revolver
"Shade" said a hooded figure with an SVD
"Storm" said a hooded woman in the back carrying a OTs-14 Groza.
"well now we know who we are things should be easier" said Strelok walking to the back, he could tell more than half of them hate him
"where the hell are you going" Bull asked in a deep voice
"to sleep where else" said Strelok walking to the back, he laid back against a wall with his shotgun on his lap. He closed his eyes and went to sleep...
---Somewhere in Russia---
Comrade Generalissimus of the Red Flag Melor Revolutsiya sat in his office, a soldier entered the room.
"Podpolkovnik Tilitski" said Generalissimus Revolutsiya "what news do you have?"
"excellent news Comrade Generalissimus" said the Lieutenant Colonel "The American forces have launched a nuclear attack on the stalkers"
"how is this excellent news?" Generalissimus Revolutsiya asked
"well you see, they left the world in a bit of a disaster, if they launch a couple more missiles it could send the safe zones into a nuclear winter like the rest of the world, they cannot launch any more. We have a chance to attack" said the Lieutenant Colonel "and not only that but they are launching ground troops to invade Europe, they are going to rely on their militia forces to defend against our assault"
"our assault?" Generalissimus Revolutsiya asked
"if you request it" said the Lieutenant Colonel quickly
"very well, but we shall wait, the Americans are planning something... I know it" said Generalissimus Revolutsiya "dismissed
Podpolkovnik Tilitski soluted the Generalissimus quickly, he left the room sweating. The last few Generals he had served had been too eager to execute the messengers of bad news. He saw the Podpolkovnik of Aviation Trolyk and the Captain, 2nd Rank Barikada walk past him to the Generalissimus's office. The Supreme Commander obviously had a plan...
I'm back baby.
| 13:39:09 5 February 2009
On forum: 01/22/2008
Maelstrom Part 4 - The Fellowship of the Atom|
Strelok slept rather soundly, he dreamed of beautiful fields, he saw them once after he left the power plant that one fateful day he learned the truth. He assumed those fields were a cold radioactive waste now, it was a pity. Suddenly Strelok heard a strange noise that turned into a sing song, yet disturbed and creepy voice.
"little fly, little fly" said the voice
"what is it little fly" the voice continued
"what would you do if I poked you in the eye" it went on
"perhaps if I stabbed it you would... die" the voice finished, whatever the voice was it just received a fist to the face.
Strelok heard a squeal of pain, he opened his eyes and kicked a small shape off of him and grabbed his shotgun aiming it into the shape. It was a small jittery man who was curled in a ball staring into the barrel of his gun, suddenly he felt someone tackle him, his gun jerked up and fire. He heard footsteps outside, he turned to see Bull try to wrestle the gun out of his hands. several shapes moved in, he managed to make them out. He saw Stallion aiming a revolver at him, he saw Chain aim his shotgun at Stallion, he saw Storm had avoided the conflict and was checking the small figure for injuries, Dime had his gun in the air, he had no idea who to aim at. Barman was in the middle freaking out. Strelok saw Shade sitting in a corner outside smoking, watching them Strelok assumed, he couldn't't see his face.
"okay now can everyone back off for a second and explain what is happening" Strelok asked
"that's a good idea, lets calm down" said the Barman
They lowered their weapons and backed away from each other.
"I really should have mentioned this" said Dime
"mentioned what, you said there were only six of you" Strelok shouted back
"six of us defending, there's us six and... Ghoul here" Dime answered
"Ghoul is heavily traumatized" said Storm glaring at Strelok "he was found wandering the fields, he walked from god knows where covered in injuries and gibbering nonsense"
"lovely" said Strelok "I love how we share sleeping arrangements with a disturbed man who mentions killing me while I sleep"
"he wouldn't hurt a fly, I don't think his brain can handle it" said Storm helping Ghoul out of the room
Stallion glared at Strelok holstering his revolver "I swear to god I will kill you if you try something like that again"
"If you point a gun at me again I swear to god that will be the last thing you ever do" Strelok replied
"shut the fuck up" said Bull as he and Stallion left the room with the Barman
Strelok stared and Dime expectantly.
"I ain't got an insult for you if that's what you want to hear" he answered
"well that was not the wake up I wanted but oh well, we now have more luggage" said Chain leaving the room with Dime
Strelok left the room and looked at Shade who was staring at him. "what?" he asked
"good job man" Shade answered in a relaxed voice "haven't had that much entertainment in weeks, besides, we both know hes trouble and the others refuse to believe it, I had some wake up calls like that before, I nearly chopped his arm off, and he was the one holding the knife, you are officially on their hate list now, don't worry so am I, just keep to yourself and stick with people who really got your back"
Strelok stared for a moment before answering "great to hear, we leave in a few minutes"
After packing supplies and having a short breakfast they walked out of the bar following Strelok, he was noticing what shade referred to as their hate list. While Barman, Chain, Dime and Shade had no problems with following him, he noticed Storm, Bull and Stallion show much resentment. Ghoul was holding Storm's hand looking around, his eyes glazed over. He looked like a damn monolithian to Strelok, or someone who spent too much time at the Freedom base and took one too many bets.
"here we are, we are leaving Rostok, keep your self aware, the army warehouses are fairly brutal" said Strelok "oh and does anyone have a working PDA, Satellite Phone, Radio connection of any kind?" Strelok asked
"I got my PDA working" said the Barman
"thank you" said Strelok snatching it from his hand, Strelok quickly sent a message to a signal. Suddenly the PDA made a screeching noise which was followed by static.
"Strelok, your alive? we thought you died when the missiles hit" said Beaver happily "this is great news"
"it gets better, I found survivors and am bringing them to you" said Strelok
"survivors, there are still survivors in the area, the map isn't picking up any" said Beaver "well we should hope that our agents come flocking back like you"
"yeah yeah, will we get a welcoming party or transportation?" Strelok asked
"I will ask for you" said Beaver "talk to ya later"
The message ended.
"who is your friend?" Dime asked
"I recognised that voice" said Barman slowly
"that was Beaver" said Strelok "I guess I should come out of the closet now"
"oh my god your gay?" Stallion asked
"no, but do you have problems with that?" Strelok asked back "anyways, I have not been entirely truthful"
"what do you mean?" Chain asked
"I have been working for a secret faction for about... six years" said Strelok "they are known as the Seraphs of Dawn, or Dawn Seraphs, they are here to unify the stalkers in their underground, independent city I guess you can call it, its a big shelter in other words known as the Haven, which is where we are going"
"your leading us to an underground shelter" said Chain "why didn't you mention this?"
"well its a secret faction, we are almost as secretive as the Red Flag, we hacked the satellites giving us full view of the zone, it has blind spots now that the EMPs shut off most of the PDAs" said Strelok "oh yeah and there are going to be some procedures before we enter the shelter"
"what kind of procedures" Stallion asked
"we will get to them when we get there" said Strelok
They all eyed him warily, great now he just kicked their trust in the balls. They walked silently over some hills, several Aurochs peacefully grazed in the fields. It was unusual, Strelok was noticing the zone get more and more... peaceful. There hasn't been a blowout in six years, the dogs peacefully wander around looking for scraps, Aurochs graze in fields, hell he saw Pseudogiants grazing too. The zone was getting more passive on the surface, bloodsuckers are still as nasty as ever though, and all the underground nasties.
Strelok saw a shape run by in the corner of his eye, he raised his shotgun and looked around, the others raised their weapons.
"what?" Chain asked
"Bloodsucker" said Strelok "funny they seem to strike when I think about them" suddenly several shapes ran by, the others were now carefully looking around. Ghoul sat down and stared blankly into nothing. Strelok signaled them to spread out, they each took a step when they heard a chorus of roars, several shapes leaped out of nowhere and landed on each of them, they turned visible revealing a mass of tentacle suckers reaching for them.
There were grunts and screams all around, Ghoul sat blankly as everyone was wrestling unarmed with a bloodsucker. Strelok held it back with one arm as he reached for his knife. He grasped the handle and started stabbing every inch of the bloodsucker. It eventually went limp, he pushed it off and grabbed his shotgun, he saw several of them were already overpowered. Strelok fired a shot splattering the bloodsucker on top of Barman, he fired another shot splattering a bloodsucker on top of Chain, he fired a shot splattering a bloodsucker on top of Dime, suddenly the bloodsuckers let go of their victims and all jumped at Strelok who quickly fired off all his shots at them, he hurried to reload but was knocked down by the three remaining bloodsuckers. There was a burst of gunfire, the bloodsuckers collapsed. Strelok climbed out from under them to see Storm holding her smoking Groza.
"why thank you" said Strelok
"but I guess you oh me" said Storm
"yeah, and I guess you should return to babysitting the freak brain" said Strelok
"Your a bastard you know that?" said Storm glaring at him as she helped Ghoul to his feet.
"whatever, lets get going" said Strelok signaling the exhausted stalkers to get on their feet
"this is why I like to stay in my bar" said Barman
"hey maybe if your lucky you can get a bar of your own in the haven, most of the people their have passed through your bar, they might treat you fairly" said Strelok they walked over the hill to see two solid white High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) waiting for them,several solid white shapes were waving at them.
"Dawn Seraphs, aren't they nice people" said Strelok walking quickly down the hill, the others slowly following, they climbed into the vehicles, he noticed Barman, Storm, Ghoul, Stallion and Bull enter the other vehicle as Chain, Dime and Shade followed him in his.
"what the hell is with the others?" Strelok asked "they really don't like me"
"well you always were a bastard" said Chain laughing
"true but still, they really seem to resent me" Strelok replied
"its because they blame you" said Shade "they blame you for causing this mess"
"its not my fault the world is like this its La..." sid Strelok before stopping himself, he realized it was as much as his fault as it was Lakotas
"Lakota's fault you mean? Lakota spared my life when he could have killed me" said Dime "hell I tried to kill him and rob him blind when we first met, we went through hell and back, it appears this whole heart room place has another step we keep forgetting"
"what could that be" said Strelok
I'm back baby.