PERSONAL LOG: FEBRUARY 3RD 2016: X-COM HEADQUARTERS BREACHED BY ALIEN FORCES 90% OF PERSONEL CAPTURED OR KILLED I 'CENTRAL' BRADFORD BELIEVE MYSELF TO BE LAST REMAINING MEMBER OF X-COM CHAIN OF COMMAND.
PERSONAL LOG: FEBRUARY 7TH 2016: THE COUNCIL BETRAYED US LAST REMAINING LOYAL COUNCIL MEMBER HAS HELPED AS MANY STRANDED X-COM TEAMS AS HE COULD. SADLY NO VETERANS REMAIN OUTSIDE OF MYSELF. GOING INTO HIDING.
PERSONAL LOG: MARCH 25TH 2017: SHEN IS ALIVE. THE COUNCILMEN HAS PROVIDED ME INTEL ON WHERE THE ALIEN'S ARE HOLDING HIM AND SEVERAL OTHER X-COM ENGINEER'S. ASSEMBLING TASK FORCE WITH REMAINING X-COM FIELD OPERATIVES TO LIBERATE SHEN!
MISSION REPORT: APRIL 2ND 2017: MISSION SUCCESS SHEN LIBERATED ALONG WITH MANY X-COM ENGINEERS. ESCAPED FROM FACILITY IN STOLEN ALIEN SHIP.
PERSONAL LOG: APRIL 27TH: SHEN AND A FEW OTHERS REMAIN BUT THE MAJORITY OF WHO WE RESCUED ARE NO LONGER INTERESTED IN THE FIGHT AND HAVE ASKED PERMISSION TO LEAVE. I GRANTED THEIR REQUEST. CAN'T SAY I BLAME THEM.
PERSONAL LOG: DECEMBER 25TH 2024: SAD CHRISTMAS SHEN PASSED AWAY IN HIS SLEEP PEACEFULLY. MAN HAD BEEN ILL FOR MONTHS BUT REFUSED TO STOP WORKING ON HIS SHIP OUR 'AVENGER' HE CALLED IT. TOUGH OLD BASTARD. STARTING TOMMOROW HIS DAUGHTER LILY SHEN WILL TAKE UP HIS ROLE AS CHIEF ENGINEER AT BOTH HIS AND HER OWN REQUEST.
PERSONAL LOG: JUNE 7TH 2032: RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING INIATIVES FINALLY PAYING OFF. KIDS ARE YOUNG AND EAGER AND HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT BEING HEROS BUT I FINALLY HAVE THE FORMATION OF A REAL TASK FORCE AGAIN.
MISSION REPORT: JANUARY 19TH 2033: ADVENT DEFECTOR SUCCESSFULLY RETRIEVED DR. RICHARD TYGAN. SHORTLY AFTER BRING HIM ONBOARD HE CRACKED HIS OWN SKULL OPEN AND FORCIBLY REMOVED AN ALIEN IMPLANT FROM HIS OWN BRAIN HIS LAST INSTRUCTION BEFORE PASSING OUT WAS TO RUN. WE BARELY ESCAPED BEFORE ADVENT FORCES SWARMED OUR LOCATION.
PERSONAL LOG: JANUARY 23RD 2033: TYGAN HAS BEEN A VAULT OF INFORMATION. HE HAS EXPLAINED MANY THINGS ABOUT ADVENTS PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES AS WELL AS GIVEN US MANY TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY TO ASSAULT.
PERSONAL LOG: JANUARY 23RD 2033: TYGAN MENTIONED ONE TARGET IN PARTICULAR OF INTEREST. ADVENT REFER TO TARGET AS 'CRADLE'. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE COUNCILMAN ON THIS AND HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS CODE NAME OR THE TARGET. I HAVE DISPATCHED PERSONNEL TO GATHER ANY AND ALL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS 'CRADLE'.
PERSONAL LOG: NOVEMBER 20TH 2034: THE COMMANDER IS ALIVE. HE IS THE 'CRADLE'. ALIEN FORCES MOVE HIM MONTHLY TO VARIOUS GENEBANKS. WE ARE GATHERING INTEL ON WHEN AND WHERE HE WILL BE IN THE FUTURE. RECOVERING THE COMMANDER IS A TOP PRIORITY!
MISSION LOG: MARCH 3RD 2035: MISSION SUCCESSFUL. THE COMMANDER HAS BEEN RECOVERED AND TYGAN HAS SAFELY REMOVED HIS IMPLANT.
PERSONAL LOG: MARCH 25TH 2035: THINGS HAVE TURNED AROUND. THE COMMANDERS CHARISMA AND LEADERSHIP HAS REVITALIZED THE X-COM INNITATIVE. ALREADY WE HAVE NEW RESISTANCE CELLS POPPING UP ANYWHERE HE SENDS A MISSION. HE HAS DONE MORE IN HIS ONE MONTH BACK IN COMMAND THAN I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN YEARS. THOUGH HE MAKES IT CLEAR I AM THE ONLY REASON HE IS STILL STANDING TO FIGHT TODAY. THE MAN TRUELY IS AN INSPIRATION.
MISSION REPORT: APRIL 7TH: MISSION SUCCESSFUL. LILY SHEN ALONG WITH TEAM 'CYNOSURE' RAIDED ABANDONED ADVENT MEC FACILITY. FORMER CHIEF ENGINEER SHEN WAS HELD AT THIS FACILITY AND DESIGNED TWO AI, AS WELL AS A PROTOTYPE MEC UNIT MORE DURABLE AND VERSATILE THAN ANYTHING ADVENT HAS EVER DEVELOPED. TEAM 'CYNOSURE' RECOVERED THE MEC AND THE AI LILY IS DUBBING 'SPARK' SECOND AI 'JULIAN' WAS DESTROYED AFTER FIRST TRYING TO KILL X-COM TEAM.
PERSONAL LOG: SEPTEMBER 26TH 2035: MISSIONS HAVE BEEN PROCEEDING WELL. WE HAVE DISCOVERED A SECRET ALIEN PROJECT THEY HAVE CLASSIFIED AS 'AVATAR'. THE COMMANDER IS DIVERTING A LARGE PORTION OF OUR RESOURCES TO THE DISCOVERY AND DESTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT.
PERSONAL LOG: JANUARY 1ST 2036: WE ARE BEING HUNTED MORE VICIOUSLY THAN EVER BEFORE. TEAM 'CYNOSURE' WITH TEAMS 'VALENCE, UNRIVALED, TESTAMENT' RUNNING INTERFERENCE PERFORMED SUCCESSFUL COVERT OPERATION THAT WE BELIEVE HAS SET BACK THE 'AVATAR' PROJECT YEARS. TEAMS 'VALENCE, UNRIVALED, TESTAMENT' WILL BE MISSED BUT THEIR SACRIFICE HAS GIVEN US A CHANCE SO LONG AS WE CAN EVADE OUR PURSUERS.
PERSONAL LOG: JANUARY 4TH 2036: WE HAVE BEEN SHOT DOWN IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES. AVENGER IS SCRAPPED POOR THING IS STILL EXPLODING A FULL DAY AFTER THE CRASH. ALIEN FORCES HAVE RANSACKED THE CRASH SITE KILLING ANY SURVIVORS BEFORE LEAVING. IT HAS BEEN A HARD DAY LESS THAN TWENTY PEOPLE MANAGED TO SURVIVE THE CRASH AND ESCAPE DETECTION BY THE ALIENS.
PERSONAL LOG: JANUARY 7TH 2036: TYGAN AND THE COMMANDER HAVE A PLAN. NOT A PLAN FOR VICTORY BUT ONE FOR ESCAPE. RADIO CHATTER INDICATES THAT WHATEVER THE 'AVATAR' PROJECT WAS WE DIDN'T STOP, THE ALIENS HAVE ACCELERATED IT AND ENTIRE CITIES ARE BEING PROCESSED. TURNED INTO RESOURCES FOR THE ALIENS TO HARVEST AT THEIR LEISURE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PLAN IS BUT I HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO GO WITH TEAM 'CYNOSURE' ON THIS LAST MISSION.
MISSION REPORT: JANUARY 9TH 2036: MISSION SUCCESSFUL. WE SUCCESSFULLY ACQUIRED THE DATA TYGAN NEEDED. WE DIDN'T EVEN SPOT ANY ALIEN FORCES.
PERSONAL LOG: JANUARY 15TH 2036: TYGAN AND SHEN HAVE STRIPED THE REMAINS OF THE AVENGER, THEY ARE BUILDING A GATE OF SOME SORT. CONSTRUCTION APPEARS NEARING COMPLETION WHICH IS GOOD. EVERY RADIO CHANNEL ON THE PLANET HAS BEEN DEAD FOR THE PAST THREE DAYS, NOT EVEN STATIC. I HAVE KEPT MYSELF BUSY GATHERING ANYTHING OF SALVAGE FROM THE AVENGER FOOD WEAPONS AMMUNITION BODY ARMOR.
FINAL LOG: JANUARY 23RD 2036: THE PORTAL IS COMPLETE. WE HAVE NO READING ON WHAT, IF ANYTHING, IS ON THE OTHER SIDE. FOR ALL I KNOW EVERY PIECE OF GEAR WE HAVE ROLLED THROUGH AND ANYONE BRAVE ENOUGH TO WALK THROUGH IT SO FAR HAS BEEN VAPORIZED BY THE GREEN ENERGY FIELD. ONLY MYSELF AND THE COMMANDER REMAIN POSSIBLY THE LAST TWO HUMANS LEFT ON EARTH.
Looking up from his personal computer he looked at the green disk and the man standing in front of it.
"Commander, we are the last two, are you ready to take the step?" Bradford looked at the man he respected, the man who in the past week's had aged, he was still strong and fit but his eyes their light was missing maybe something that would never return but beyond that his presence was gone, even at the worst of times Bradford would feel bolstered and confident around the Commander but now that was gone.
"I don't think I am 'Central', sorry I mean Bradford." his eyes shifted to the disk of energy and he turned and walked away from it.
"Commander, we only have limited time, the portal's energy can only last so long!" Bradford knew exactly how long it would last, Tygan before passing through it had told him the energy left in the 'Avenger' would power it for the better part of a day before the reactor went critical and would erase the portal and likely the mountain from existence, that was almost a day ago now. He never expected the Commander of all people to have cold feet about crossing the threshold the man had actually talked several others into taking the plunge themselves.
"I know that quite well Bradford, honestly I wish you had just walked through the portal hours ago and left this pathetic man to his demons!" There was no anger or spite behind the Commander's words only a deep resignation.
"You never intended to come with us did you?" Bradford looked at the man he respected and felt a great sorrow, here was a man who did his utmost twice to save humanity and both times he had failed, once betrayed by the very committee that put him in his position and again when he lacked the resources to make a true difference in the fight.
"No, I suppose I didn't." The Commander reached into his jacket and pulled out a cigarette and matchbook, something Bradford had never once seen the Commander do.
Behind the two men, the portal rippled and a loud groan started to issue forth from the remains of the 'Avenger'.
"My mind is made up Bradford, I intend to spend my last minutes alive on the Earth I failed, you, on the other hand, have a decision to make, step through that portal and see where life takes you or bask in the glow of one final sunset." The Commander makes a gesture to the sky with it being the middle of the afternoon Bradford was pretty sure the sunset the Commander was speaking of would be the explosion that he could hear slowly building power deep in the 'Avenger'.
As painful as it was to leave the man behind Bradford knew his answer, even if it meant an instant death on whatever was through the portal he had his people to look after. He respected the Commander's decision and felt, no, knew if he was the Commander he would likely make the same decision.
"SIR, It has been my privilege to serve under your command!" Bradford, with a quick crisp motion, saluted his Commanding officer for the last time before turning and stepping through the portal.
Alone, the man looked to the sky and smiled, he would have liked to visit a new world but Tygan and Shen had shared one piece of information with him that no one else knew. The aliens had never managed to get this technology to work, If they had they would have used it to escape whatever demons they themselves were running from. Both warned him that if they detected the portals energies they would likely come to claim it.
Standing he watched as dozens of Alien and Advent Ships started to appear along the horizon, flicking his cigarette away he reached into his coat one last time to pull out a detonator, Tygan had placed a small yet powerful explosive at the base of the 'Avengers' reactor to help speed up its inevitable breach and destruction.
Not one to take a risk of a lucky shot from an Alien sniper the Commander smiled and pressed the button the reaction was immediate and he was enveloped in a White/Green light as his body turned to ash.
"Bradford! Get up we need to move!" The trip through the portal had been jarring and he was beyond disoriented he focused on the voice talking to him trying to place it.
"Joe..." Bradford recognized the voice as the leader of Team 'Cynosure', "Report, what's the situation?" The world swam in front of his eyes and was slowly coming into focus his ears were picking up the sounds of gunfire.
"I'm not entirely sure sir, we are being attacked by what we assume is the indigenous wildlife, giant hulking beasts resembling Bear's and Wolves from our world but much larger!" Joe looked at Bradford and seeing the color return to his cheeks waved his 'R-VER' away.
Whatever effect the portal had on him was fading rapidly and the sounds of battle became more distinct, sounding less like a confrontation with wild animals and more like a full-fledged firefight. "What's the scale of the attack?"
"We are surrounded on three sides with a sheer cliff at our backs, probably the only reason we haven't been overrun, our weapons are effective and the beasts don't seem too intelligent, just throwing themselves at us."
Bradford looked around for the first time his force was as Joe described it surrounded. Worse than that aside from Team 'Cynosure' only Lily Shen and 'SPARK' appeared to be participation in the fight. "Where are the others that came through the portal?" Bradford feared the answer he could see traces of blood everywhere as his eyes began to pick apart the battlefield trying to find a solution to their situation.
"Dr. Tygan is working Triage behind those rocks." Joe pointed to an outcrop. "Most who came through the portal are injured or dead, sir, we were attacked almost instantly, Aside from Team 'Cynosure', Shen, Tygan, 'SPARK' and now yourself we have no one else active at the moment."
If they have been under attack since shortly after stepping through the portal this fight has been raging for almost a full day! Join the firing line but send me Lily we need a plan!
Joe hopped to his feet and raced back to the line replacing Lily Shen who moved to where Bradford stood digging through crates of gear that had been pushed through the portal hunting for a proper weapon and body armor for himself.
"Sir, Joe said you needed me for a plan?" Lily asked, she was covered in a greasy black substance but appeared unharmed.
"Maybe, 'SPARK' might be able to win this fight we just need to find the right gear, your experimental Laser weapon, you were still working on miniaturizing it but you had a prototype that 'SPARK' could wield, our Magnetic rounds already tear through these creatures but a sustained laser beam might clear our enough for us to give us a chance!" Bradford spoke as he upended another Crate looking the weapon in question.
"That's possible, I'll need to make some adjustments for it to fire a permanent stream." Lily went to a crate and pulled the weapon in question from its depths.
"Equip, 'SPARK' as soon as your done I'm going to join the firing line!" With that Bradford got his first look at the creatures his force was fighting, Joe's description was fairly valid they did resemble monstrously large Wolves and Bears, though completely black in coloration with strange white bone-like plates in places.
Eventually 'SPARK' disappeared from the firing line the loss was felt instantly as the computer targeting of the MEC gone Bradford and the members of team 'Cynosure had a hard time filling his spot for the brief time he was gone.
'SPARK' leapt out from behind the boulder is had vanished brandishing it's new laser weapon and pulled the trigger, a lance of searing red light appeared from the weapon and in one smooth motion 'SPARK' swept the deadly beam across the attacking creatures rank's instantly decimating the creatures so completely that they were out of targets in moments.
A cheer went up from the survivors but the cheer died quickly as the weapon "SPARK' was holding began to issue a loud whine before promptly exploding in the MEC's arm all but destroying their savior.
What should have been a moment of celebration changed into a somber moment as the glade turned quiet outside of the gentle sobs of grief issuing from Lily Shen at the loss of the last remaining connection she had with her deceased father.
X-COM in the RWBYverse!
Yeah it has been done before either RWBY fighting the Aliens or X-COM fighting Grimm but hey I felt like writing this as I had just failed a Long War 2 playthrough and figured why not have some fun with my favorite squad of troopers and see what I could do to blend my Favorite Game ATM with one of my favorite shows.
For those who know me, I try and stay away from OC characters this story will be an exception to the rule.
The four members of Team 'Cynosure' are basically four characters from my Long War game that made a serious lasting impact on my playthrough, while playing I gave each character their own personality and each will feel uniquely different.
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