| 13:32:59 11 February 2009
On forum: 01/22/2008
Maelstrom Part 14 - Fall of Liberty|
He stared off the ship, there was an absolutely massive armada of ships sailing, there were planes and helicopters being fueled and armed and there were even several old zeppelins, he was told they were for collateral damage. He turned to see Storm walk up to him.
"you here to yell at me again?" Strelok asked
"no... I am here to... thank you" said Storm uncomfortably
"well thats a first" said Strelok
"oh don't be a bastard, take it as a compliment that I decided to do this" said Storm
"the reason behind the nice thank you?" Strelok asked
"I never thought you were coming back, but you did and saved us, all of us" she said
"yeah I am sure I did, though I kind of pitty losing the helicopter, it took me forever to learn how to fly it" said Strelok
"so thats what you've been doing? learning to fly so you can be dramatic?" Storm asked
"well... yes and no, I was also training for this next battle" said Strelok "its probably going to be the last one, if we fail"
"I will keep that in mind" said Storm as she looked over at all the ships
"what kind of deal did the Red Flag make to convince us to ally?" Strelok asked
"If any of us survive we can shoot Gregorvich should he still be alive" said Storm
"a great deal" said Strelok "I will make sure I survive so I can thank him myself"
Storm laughed "I am sure you would enjoy that"
"so why were they executing you?" Strelok asked
"we tried to escape, we had this whole thing down with a tunnel and taking apart our beds for supports and stuff" said Storm "I don't understand why it failed"
"I do" said Strelok laughing hysterically
"what? how?" Storm asked puzzled
"Beaver probably learned it after watching the American movie the Great Escape" said Strelok laughing "of course the American's have seen it"
"that son of a bitch" said Storm laughing
Strelok looked around to see the ship heading right under a springboard anomaly, the anomaly went right over the deck and towards them. Strelok grabbed Storm and pulled her overboard, the Springboard anomaly tore at the deck as it passed.
Strelok and Storm sunk under the water, Strelok opened his eyes to see many eyes looking at him, suddenly several fish-like creatures swarmed them. He kicked at them as Storm tried to grab onto the rope ladders hanging off the side of the ship. Strelok looked to see to large eyes staring down from below. He quickly swam to the ropes, the fish gnawing at his legs. He looked to see a large octopus, it was incredibly big, he watched in horror as several massive tentacles rose up from the depths, he felt a hand grab his suit and pull up, Storm puled him to the ropes, he quickly grabbed and they climbed up the side of the ship, a large tentacle rising after them. They climbed up as several Red Flag soldiers ran up and started shooting the tentacle, which retracted under the water.
"note to self, don't go for a swim" said Strelok slowly
"your lucky your alive" said a Red Flag soldier "its very dangerous sailing across the Atlantic"
"I'll say" said Strelok
"did you get a good look at it Strelok?" Storm asked
Strelok suddenly saw the massive octopus again, it was a disturbing sight.
"yeah, a very good look" said Strelok
They looked at each other for a moment, their eyes meeting, They moved closer. The speakers above them boomed causing them both to jump.
"Strelok you are needed in the command tower for review of the battle plans" said a voice
"God dammit" said Strelok getting up and walking through the hatch.
Strelok ran up the stairs until he was in the command tower, they all turned to look at him, he was soaked.
"why are you wet?" Milov asked
"went for a swim" said Strelok
"are you insane?" Gregorvich asked "these waters are..."
"...dangerous yes I know I had a nice run in with a school of vicious mutant fish and a giant octopus" said Strelok "but don't worry your men scared it off"
"so you met the Kraken" said Gregorvich
"'the', theres only one?" Strelok asked
"as far as we know, its a lone creature that wanders the ocean occasionally grabbing ships" said Gregorvich "keeping together in fleets tends to discourage it, for the most part we passed it off as a myth"
"yeah well it was very real to me and I doubt I will be able to sleep after this" said Strelok
"well lets change the subject, we need to discuss the battle plans" said Milov "how many troops do you need?"
"none, I will handle the Maelstrom Complex myself" said Strelok
"what? are you insane?" said Gregorvich
"stop calling me that" said Strelok "I can deal with it myself, you just handle the forces gathering there as we speak"
"okay" said Milov, we will rush the island of Manhattan with our fleet, divided into two groups, our zeppelins will fly overhead and drop as much of their explosives in a low altitude, our fighters will fly above and through the city streets and engage any fighters and resistance. Bombers will preform a sweep, they will cross the entire island and restock on the opposite carrier. A wave of helicopters drop troops, a helicopter will land on the roof for you"
"no" said Strelok "they cannot know I am attacking the base until its too late, I shall jump off the helicopter"
"Jump off the helicopter?" Milov asked
"I need the following gear" said Strelok handing a list, it was wet.
"um, okay" said Gregorvich eying it "my god theres a lot of firepower on this, enough to take out a large area of the city as it is"
"I doubt many of us will survive, we might as well cause a lot of damage before we go" said Strelok "I also suspect the city will not be habitable when I am done"
"I see, get in fight and go quickly" said Milov
"when I enter, give me a few minutes then leave" said Strelok "head to another target"
"good luck" said Gregorvich "I doubt we will get another shot at saying that"
"if the battle ends successfully you still won't be able to say that" said Strelok
Strelok left the room, they would be in America in a few days.
---A few days later---
They saw New York City ahead of them, the Statue of Liberty standing before a mass of towers down the harbor. The fleet sailed in.
"now" shouted Gregorvich as several battleships fired their cannons into the city, the planes began their take off as Zeppelins flew over the cities, alarms could be heard as American Super Hornets flew around their MiG 27s and their few MiG 24s. The helicopters, mainly Hinds took off and began to attack the city streets. Strelok boarded a Hind. Storm, Scar, Chain, Beaver, Buffalo, Dime, Rabbit and Lockpick followed.
They looked at each other as their Hind lifted off into the air. They flew over the Statue of Liberty just as several missiles hit it, the statue exploded.
"that wasn't necessary" said Chain
"who cares they were asses" said Dime
"so... this is it eh" said Rabbit
"we are going over the biggest battle... ever?" Beaver asked
"probably" said Strelok watching as several very tall skyscrapers collapsed. He saw T-90s fighting Abrams tanks, a nearby zeppelin exploded and crashed into a city street in a massive fireball.
"so thats what they meant by collateral" said Buffalo
"so cause as much death as possible is our goal?" Lockpick asked
They noticed another zeppelin exploded and crash into the ground. They saw stalkers and soldiers fighting in a park. They watched nearby helicopters get shot down.
"we are nearing the structure" said the Pilot "ETA 2 minutes"
"great, thanks" said Strelok
"well this is the end of the line" said Scar
"I guess this is where we say our farewells" said Storm
"I guess so" said Strelok "I guess so" realization hitting him...
I'm back baby.
| 14:36:03 11 February 2009
On forum: 01/22/2008
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Maelstrom Part 15 - Oblivion Lost|
"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic"
"we have arrived" said the Pilot
Strelok looked at the others as he stood up, he slung four assault rifles over his exoskeleton shoulder, he had six holsters with pistols, he had two Lupara's slung to his hips. He had Big Ben on a hidden holster, a lead pipe along his shoulders and six throwing knives. He picked up a crossbow with a grappling hook and attached a suitcase and a small box shaped case to a chain around his hips.
"got enough weaponry there Strelok?" Scar asked
"I doubt it but it should do" said Strelok "so this is goodbye..."
They stood up and one by one shook his hand.
"good luck" said Rabbit
"don't croak" said Lockpick
"we are all counting on you" said Dime
"In other words don't fuck it up" said Chain
"well... good luck I guess, just... remember us should this mission succeed, the chances of us surviving are..." Beaver stopped mid speech and nodded
"hey man... listen, get in there and give them hell" said Buffalo "I lost a lot of friends to these bastards, kill them all, show no mercy and say hello to the President for me if you see him"
"will do" said Strelok
"well Strelok" said Scar "don't get yourself killed"
"ha ha" said Strelok "oh yeah and should I die, feel free to shoot Gregorvich"
"Will do" said Scar
Storm and Strelok looked at each other, she walked up to him and kissed him on the cheek.
"is that all I get" said Strelok
"come back alive and we will see" said Storm stepping back
"well now I am definitely surviving" said Strelok leaning back off the helicopter. The Pilot had to look again to see if he saw what he thought he saw. Strelok felt the wind against his suit, he pulled out Big Ben and fired at a glass window on the rooftop. He fell threw raising his crossbow. He fired it, the grappling hook wrapped around a pipe. He swung above some cooling tanks and between several missiles crashing into a glass window. He let go of the crossbow. he stood up looking around. He took a step and the alarms sounded.
"son of a bitch" said Strelok pulling out his OTs-14 Groza. He ran down the halls and found several chemical tanks. He placed the suitcase down between several of the tanks. He quickly turned and ran down the hallway.
---10 minutes later---
Strelok ran back up a ladder, several soldiers were shooting at him armed with Calico 960s, XM8 Carbines and OICWs. He fired off his Groza until he heard a click, he threw it at the soldiers switching to an AS VAl. He fired off several rounds diving behind some cover. He fired until it clicked and reloaded. He saw a grenade land at his feet, he kicked it away. He stood up and fired quickly, the soldiers heads were practically blown off. He ran through the mist of blood and ran through a doorway. He fired at several soldiers coming his way. His gun clicked, he threw it aside. He pulled out an AK-74, his Fast Shooter. He ran threw mowing the enemy down, he ran down the hallways until he found a staircase, the sign said Command Center up...
"how long?" said the President looking at the missiles.
"we can fire them in 5 minutes" said the soldier "shall I start the countdown?"
"yes" said the President
"starting countdown" said the soldier "in 5 minutes the weapons can be fired"
The surviving troops quickly retreated to helicopters, they returned to the various ships. The MiG attack groups flew through the city streets, Super Hornets chasing after them. The MiGs dropped napalm down the streets, quickly rising up and flying to their carriers. The ships began to sail away from the burning city.
Strelok walked down the hallway, he fired several more bursts at soldiers attempting to fall back. he saw a doorway leading to command, finally. He walked up to the door and stepped through.
"Mr President you are in control in 1 minute" said the soldier, there was a burst of gunfire and the soldiers fell over. The President turned around to see a man in an Exo-Skeleton staring at him. He took off his helmet revealing a mature face, a face that looked like it could handle any task, any fate, even death.
"and you are?" the President asked
"my name, is Strelok" said the man
"Strelok?" said the President "I have heard of you, I assumed you were... more efficent than this"
Strelok pull the trigger, he heard a click. He checked for ammo but found none, he slung it around his shoulder. He pulled out Big Ben. He raised it, it was all in slow motion, the President pulled out a hidden gun, a Colt 500 revolver. The President fired first, Strelok went to squeeze the trigger but the massive bullet hit his gun. Strelok looked at Big Ben, now broken. Strelok dropped it.
Strelok placed his Fast Shooter down. He knew what he had to do. He pulled out the Lead Pipe. His only remaining weapon.
The President burst out in laughter.
"A lead pipe, your going to stop me and my super weapons with a lead pipe" The President laughed like a maniac, he fired several rounds at Strelok, who felt them burn as they punctured his suit.
"its funny..." the President laughed "...how effective the Depleted Uranium rounds are, especially in capable hands"
Strelok raised the pipe and smashed the window beside him, he fell out of it and fell straight into a floor vent, he crashed through it. The President looked off the edge to see the great form lying on the ground, blood flowing off of him, a large spike sticking out of his chest.
"goodbye Strelok" said the President looking away as he clicked the button.
"WARNING, Firing Maelstrom missiles, opening silos" said the computers
Strelok looked up, he pulled a small detonator out of a pouch, he flicked the safety cover off and clicked the button.
The Suitcase Nuke detonated in the chemical room.
"Warning nuclear detonation in chemical chamber, sealing silos to prevent chemical disaster" said the computers
"WHAT" said the President he watched as the nukes flew up into the closed silos, he turned to see a massive fireball flying into the command room, he turned to see the nukes explode, it was replaced by a blinding white light, the entire place shook until he felt nothing, and simply ceased to exist...
Scar looked at the burning city, there was a bright flash of light and a massive explosion. The entire city was covered by a massive fireball, the mushroom cloud was huge, the shock wave nearly destroyed their fleet. Scar turned around, Milov, who led the assault had died. He looked at Gregorvich, quickly pulling out a Colt 1911 and firing it right between Gregorvich's eyes. The stalkers turned and looked at him.
"he may be dead but I kept his promise" said Scar walking away, the rest of the stalkers stared at the explosion. Strelok was... gone...
---Somewhere in Russia---
"the Maelstrom facility is gone comrade Generalissimus" said the Colonel
"excellent work, send Gregorvich my regards" said the Generalissimus
"I am afraid he is dead, one of the stalkers shot him... apparently that was sealing the deal of our alliance" said the Colonel
"Of course" said the Generalissimus "excuse me but i have something to attend to"
The Generalissimus walked down the hallway into an elevator, it lowered down to the lowest level. He stepped into a sterile laboratory, he turned to his chief scientist.
"did you find the core?" the Scientist asked
"not yet, we are sending an extraction team" said the Generalissimus "it will be here in good time, Comrade Sakharov"
"Comrade Generalissimus" Professor Sakharov replied
---Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Heart Chamber---
"are you sure he is coming" said Lebedev
"he definitely is" said Shadow "he is going to be late though"
"but can we trust him?" Lebedev asked
"we can... we can..." said Shadow "he is stronger than you think..."
The Barman washed his glasses, after the fleet left, those remaining helped him take back his Bar. He waited for the soldiers to clear out. He walked to the back room to Ghoul.
"okay what do you want?" Barman asked
Ghoul stood up and looked at him.
"I have a message for you, we are coming" said Ghoul, he walked passed the Barman and left.
The Barman sighed and returned to his cups, this wasn't good...
---New York City, Maelstrom Facility---
The extraction team walked slowly through the radioactive inferno, they looked through the rubble, they found a shape. It was a figure in an exoskeleton, there was debris sticking through him, he seemed dead. The men walked to the core, they opened it to reveal their prize... there was nothing in there, no Maelstrom Core at all. The extraction team looked around, they turned and left the ruins to deliver their message.
The rain began to pour, the blood and shells washing away in the heavy rainfall...
I'm back baby.