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Virtual-Chris
02-29-2020, 05:06 AM
Operation Goldstone

In 2025, the naval cargo ship, USS Seay, had been mysteriously sunk near the Auroa Archipelago, home of Skell Tech. Following this event, the U.S Government loses contact with the island. The President immediately orders the Pentagon to send in the Ghosts under the direction of the CIA. CIA's Deputy Director Peter Miles and Ghost Recon Commander Scott Mitchell send in 32 men and women of 4 Ghost teams.

The 32 Ghosts were sent to the island aboard the USS Wasp. Meant to infiltrate the main island by air, they were separated into five chalks, taking two different flight paths. Chalks 1, 2 and 3 would inflitrate over the northern marshlands with a designated LZ in higher terrain near Lake Mary. Chalks 4 and 5 would infiltrate to the south over Long Island where several Cold War facilities and a major port operation are located with an LZ on the high ridge at the heart of the island.

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All five chalks went down over Auroa due to an unknown weapon. It could be best described as a flock of drones swarming the aircraft damaging key flight systems and personnel.

Nomad was the sole survivor of Chalk 1. All aboard Chalk 2 were killed either in the crash or by Walker and the Wolves, including Weaver. Four other survivors from Chalk 3 include Holt, two Ghosts that were later found in Erewhon, and Hill.

Hunter was the sole survivor of Chalk 4 which crashed on the Long Island coast. Chalk 5 is presumed lost at sea.

In addition, a former Sentinel contractor and one of Walker’s Wolves have both gone rogue and are working against their former employers.

While these four individuals may meet up and work together, ultimately as a team, for now, they are working independently, largely unaware of each other’s existence and situation.

Here are the four main characters that will be participating in Operation Goldstone to find and interrogate Jace Skell his executive team as well as Sentinel and Wolf leadership:
(see following posts)

Virtual-Chris
02-29-2020, 05:07 AM
Here are the character profiles for the Ghost Team survivors...

Nomad (Chalk 1 - North)

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Hunter (Chalk 4 - South)

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Virtual-Chris
02-29-2020, 05:08 AM
Character profile for Jax a former Operator and contractor working for Sentinel now wanted and on the run working with the Outcasts...

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Virtual-Chris
02-29-2020, 05:09 AM
Character profile for Lance a former SWAT operator working for Silverback and the Wolves who turned on him...

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CrockfordCK
02-29-2020, 05:58 AM
Holy mother of God. Ubi, are you listening?! Print out a copy of this, and give it to every single team leader on the Breakpoint project. If Chris's efforts and dedication here are not enough to boost moral, I don't know what is.

@Chris. This is more depth in four characters than made it into the whole cast of Breakpoint. Thank you for this.

Virtual-Chris
02-29-2020, 06:17 AM
Holy mother of God. Ubi, are you listening?! Print out a copy of this, and give it to every single team leader on the Breakpoint project. If Chris's efforts and dedication here are not enough to boost moral, I don't know what is.

@Chris. This is more depth in four characters than made it into the whole cast of Breakpoint. Thank you for this.

Thanks dude. I've spent the last 10 days working on this... fleshing out their background and roles, figuring out what they would do, getting them geared up, and then writing up this stuff.

Your idea to infiltrate over Long Island was perfect. It's a great place to start a free-roam as it's sufficiently remote and an area I hadn't spent much time before so it's all new to me!

Virtual-Chris
02-29-2020, 06:27 AM
ps. if anyone wants to use the same template to create a profile, here's where I downloaded it from for free.. https://www.kissclipart.com/species-profile-template-clipart-template-user-pro-xu994w/

Virtual-Chris
03-01-2020, 12:21 AM
Rail Lines and Boat Access

Here's a map of the rall lines around the island, provided by Mads Shulz, both the main line and the abandoned rail lines that enable ground travel with minimal hassles from Sentinel patrols.

Fast boat locations are also shown in blue.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48906750056_7b85115064_o.png (https://flic.kr/p/2hvHSUy)Auroa Rail Lines and Boat Access (https://flic.kr/p/2hvHSUy) by Virtual-Chris (Junk Photos) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/122249718@N08/), on Flickr

Virtual-Chris
03-01-2020, 12:48 AM
Immersion and Role Playing Rules

Fast Travel :
- Only used for changing between characters (relocating to their AO).

Load out and gear changes:
- Nomad - can change any gear at Erewhon or from his vehicle, he has a couple of jackets, NVG, helmet, alpine camo pants, and an M82 in his vehicle
- Hunter - has nothing too change
- Jax - can only change gear at the Outcast outpost or his vehicle, except if using his bike, then he's limited to what he has on him
- Lance - can equip NVG and a helmet from his pack at any time - no other changes necessary

Gear Restrictions:
- Rocket Launcher (none)
- Drone (Nomad and Lance only)
- NVG (all but Hunter)
- Sync Shot Drones (none)
- EMP grenades (all but Hunter)
- C4 (all but Hunter)
- Syringes (none)
- Drone spray (using the Fixit DJ500 Drone Jammer instead - Jax only)

Difficulty:
- Extreme Difficulty

HUD:
- Only ammo/item HUD - No minimap
- Turn on loot indicators after an objective to find collectables and chests - then turn off
- Turn on enemy and/ or friendly tags in HUD to ID targets with intel - then turn off

Skills Perks/Used: (generally I use only skills perks that enhance realism and reduce drone effectiveness)
- Ballistics Perk - essential for realistic bullet drop
- Sensor Hack Perk - reduces drone effectiveness
- Rolling Thunder Perk - Used when facing drones
- Perk Slots - open all 3 to support above perks
- Mark System Skills - I like the Mark system
- NVG/Thermal Skills - for player and drone (can only be used when NVG equipped)
- Fence Breaching Kit
- Mark II explosives - I find the Mark I grenades terribly ineffective - especially since you can't cook them

Tiered Loot
- I will typically only deal with tiered loot when changing characters (maybe once or twice per session) - equip higher level gear, dismantle weapons, sell old gear, buy new guns from blueprints

Virtual-Chris
03-01-2020, 09:11 PM
The Fixit DJ500 Drone Jammer

For anyone that can't stand the drone cloaking spray, and instead feels a jammer would be much more immersive...

The new Fixit DJ500 is a powerful man-portable drone jammer that will scan the drones sensor frequency band and then temporarily jam that spectrum. It's effective against all known Skell sensors in the direct vicinity of the device for up to 60-seconds. After that time, Skell drone sensors will shift bands requiring a re-scan to adjust to the new frequency. The jammer battery has capacity for 3-5 bursts.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49576216728_dca037433e_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iwT52o)Fixit DJ500 Drone Jammer (https://flic.kr/p/2iwT52o) by Virtual-Chris (Junk Photos) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/122249718@N08/), on Flickr

Only the Panther class is trained on how to properly configure and utilize this technology. Recharge it by connecting it to your vehicle battery at Bivouac.

Player notes: Equip the Fixit DJ500 backpack whenever you want to use the drone cloaking spray. Activating the jammer is the same as activating the cloaking spray. :)

Here's proof that it works...

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Virtual-Chris
03-01-2020, 09:34 PM
Blackhawk Down

Here's a photo of Chalk 4 as it approached the coast of Long Island in the early morning hours:

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All five chalks used for infil of the island went down over Auroa due to an unknown weapon. It could be best described as a flock of drones swarming the aircraft damaging key flight systems and personnel.

Nomad was the sole survivor of Chalk 1. All aboard Chalk 2 were killed either in the crash or by Walker and the Wolves, including Weaver. Four other survivors from Chalk 3 include Holt, two Ghosts that were later found in Erewhon, and Hill.

Hunter was the sole survivor of Chalk 4 which crashed on the Long Island coast. Chalk 5 is presumed lost at sea.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49598006978_5c200f98b8_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iyNKvm)Infil Flight Paths (https://flic.kr/p/2iyNKvm) by Virtual-Chris (Junk Photos) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/122249718@N08/), on Flickr

Hunter barely escapes the burning wreck of Chalk 4:

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Meanwhile, Nomad surveys the wreckage of Chalk 3:

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Hunter immediately fled the scene to avoid any incoming QRF. He returned later that morning to examine the crash site and salvage what he could from the wreck...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49606239167_fa5ef22622_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2izwWDD)Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconŽ Breakpoint2020-2-29-17-23-22 (https://flic.kr/p/2izwWDD) by Virtual Chris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/186067761@N03/), on Flickr

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There was nothing that could be salvaged. It was time to find a suitable location to use as a base of operations, collect his thoughts, repair his gear, and get back to being effective.

He found an abandoned tree house an a hill inland from the crash site which was suitably isolated.

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Virtual-Chris
03-01-2020, 10:39 PM
Hunter Outfit and Weapon Choice

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Outfit Selection:

Since Hunter is a sniper and marksman, blending into his environment is important, particularly when prone. But he doesn't believe that full ghilly suits are practical, or necessarily that effective, especially for someone like him that is on the move constantly. They are heavy and hot. That's why he wears a very breathable mesh top with some ghilly treatments on the shoulders to aid with reducing his profile when prone or kneeling in taller vegetation.

He prefers untinted glasses for maximum clarity through his Trijicon optic. He prefers a ball cap to allow him to quickly reverse it if the brim is in the way, but generally finds the shade it provides very helpful. He prefers his tactical combat pants with external knee pads after trying Crye internal pads and finding them not always comfortable or in the right place when taking a knee. He prefers his Oakley lightweight boots and gloves over most other brands he's tried.

He uses a Crye Adaptive Vest System (AVS) plate carrier which offers good padding for added comfort when he's prone. He equips a pouch offering access to two additional 50-cal magazines for his HTI and four ACP mags for his side-arm. He also carries an additional two magazines in a pouch on his left hip and additional mags in his pack.

Weapons:

After using the Barrett M82 for many years, Hunter recently switched to the HTI... it's more accurate, lighter, and shorter making it much easier to hump around. Unfortunately, the handle and lower receiver were damaged in the crash and he has replaced it with one he carved out of driftwood. He also wrapped the rail with ghilly leaves and has added further padding to the butt stock. He marks the days since the crash on his weapon to remind him how long he's been out there. He also inscribed PAX AETERNA (latin for Eternal Peace) on the lower receiver.

He prefers Trijicon optics and uses a TARS101. He also uses a bipod for added precision and a Desert Tech Elite Iron Alpha suppressor.

He carries a small number of Raufoss Mk 211 multipurpose anti-matériel high-explosive incendiary/armor-piercing 50 BMG rounds (special class ability).

HIs sidearm is a standard Ghost issue HK USP Tactical in 45-ACP with a Silencerco Osprey suppressor and a 3-dot laser for night vision use.

His NVGs were destroyed in the crash. He does have a day pack with a tarp, some MREs a few hand grenades, claymours and flash bangs.

CrockfordCK
03-03-2020, 01:16 AM
Uh oh. If Hunter is the sole survivor of Chalk 4, then that means... you...

You... killed me.

https://i.imgur.com/KPWruqC.jpg
(Made this prior to the Raid release)

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Virtual-Chris
03-05-2020, 09:02 AM
Uh oh. If Hunter is the sole survivor of Chalk 4, then that means... you...

You... killed me.

https://i.imgur.com/KPWruqC.jpg
(Made this prior to the Raid release)

LOL. Sorry. ;)

I was originally going to have 4 helos... 2 going over Fen Bog and 2 over Long Island, but then I realized, I needed at least three over Fen Bog... because Nomad is the sole survivor of his bird. No one survives at Weavers crash site, and there were four other survivors... Holt, the two guys you meet entering Erewhon, and Hill. These four had to come from at least a third bird. And it didn’t make sense to send just one chalk via the south, so my infil requires 5 choppers.

Ps. Nice outfit

Ghost_Fury_88
03-06-2020, 09:31 AM
Holy fudge man, I love this. This is amazing. It must have taken a lot of time to make all this up, create the character sheets and all the rest. I'm impressed! Kudos for this great job! :) thanks for sharing

Virtual-Chris
03-06-2020, 11:27 PM
Holy fudge man, I love this. This is amazing. It must have taken a lot of time to make all this up, create the character sheets and all the rest. I'm impressed! Kudos for this great job! :) thanks for sharing

Thanks for the kind words and checking in.

L0VEBOMB
03-07-2020, 02:03 AM
When i read this i just ask myself why you're not on their creative team. Excellent ideas and presentation.

recklessnico
03-07-2020, 02:43 AM
Amazing stuff here, love the roleplay, I hope Ubisoft sees this!

Virtual-Chris
03-10-2020, 05:54 AM
Thanks guys. I plan to pick this up and further develop it when the update drops.

Ghost_Fury_88
03-10-2020, 08:53 AM
Oh yes , please share more with us once you get to it. I'd love to see and read more about this :)

Virtual-Chris
03-12-2020, 02:42 AM
Operation Goldstone Report: James Hunter (callsign "Hunter")

I've now spent several days doing recce of Long Island. There is far more going on here than initial intel led us to believe. There are two major port facilities and a major power plant. In addition, there are a couple of old cold-war era facilities that are occupied by PMC who also provide security for the other facilities and patrol the roads and trails of the island. Based on the sheer numbers of PMC individuals I've seen, this must be one of the most important islands in the area. They appear aware of US Special Forces on the island and are absolutely hostile. It's not clear what their mandate is other than to provide security for the facilities here.

The only road access to/from Long Island is via a bridge to the main island of Auroa that is watched by a permanent garrison on the both sides of the bridge.

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The island is dotted by what would seem to be First Nations or ancient peoples sites that have long since fallen into ruin. Some of them are very impressive in scale.

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Even the cold-war era sites are in rough shape. I've witnessed age- old trees popping up through dilapidated vehicles.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49649544043_42fb0bd5c0_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iDmTFr)Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconŽ Breakpoint2020-2-29-21-33-27 (https://flic.kr/p/2iDmTFr) by Virtual Chris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/186067761@N03/), on Flickr

This facility appears to have been for fuel storage.

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A very modern port is located on the north west side of the island. The infrastructure here is far greater than I expected.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49649588243_35837d4c8c_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iDn7Pv)Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconŽ Breakpoint2020-2-29-22-52-32 (https://flic.kr/p/2iDn7Pv) by Virtual Chris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/186067761@N03/), on Flickr

There are occasional UAV fly-overs of the island, reinforcing my theory that this area is particularly important. I've been fortunate to avoid detection so far.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49650085136_ae99a2c121_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iDpEwC)Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconŽ Breakpoint2020-3-1-17-11-48 (https://flic.kr/p/2iDpEwC) by Virtual Chris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/186067761@N03/), on Flickr

I've even discovered what looks to be an old pirate hangout or camp.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49649547438_6d4f98a46a_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iDmUFY)Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconŽ Breakpoint2020-3-1-19-57-22 (https://flic.kr/p/2iDmUFY) by Virtual Chris (https://www.flickr.com/photos/186067761@N03/), on Flickr

To avoid patrols, I've primarily kept to the back country and off of main roads. The terrain is extremely rugged with steep cliffs emerging from the sea and rugged hilly terrain predominating the inland portions of the island.

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The trees here are enormous, I'm guessing some of these are several hundred years old now.

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I'm managing to scavenge supplies and ammunition from PMC facilities but my weapon needs some proper repair at some point. The wood handle I've made for it is not ideal and I'm not sure how long it will last.

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I've been unable to find any viable means of communications. All the PMC use trunked portable two-way encrypted radios. Civilian cellular infrastructure appears to be offline.

Virtual-Chris
03-23-2020, 02:08 AM
Lance Outfit and Weapon Choice:

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Outfit Selection:

As Lance is a former member of Walker's Wolves, he has kept some of his Wolf gear, including tops, pants, and body armour (Silverback Vest, Wolf LT Top, Rosebud Pants). He despised the standard issue Wolf helmets and facemasks as impractical - limiting peripheral vision, eye protection, and being incredibly hot and heavy. Instead he's opted for his off-duty 5.11 ball cap, enabling him to wear proper eye protection and his preferred Peltor comms and hearing protection setup.

He does wear a basic face mask to keep his identity uncertain which has also proven very effective on his recent mission to Golem Island where it helped filter some of the harmful ash from the air.

He has a touch screen Android device on his right arm that allows him to control his drone. It also previously worked with the Wolf ATAK (Android Tactical Assault Kit) system but his access to the system has been cutoff.

He carries a Crye AVS pack (Fury Backpack) for his drone, extra ammo, his helmet/NVG, and some MREs.

Weapons:

He prefers Italian weapons when he can get his hands on them, and actually brought his own ARX-200 7.62x51 NATO battle rifle, Victrix Scorpio chambered In .338 Lapua Magnum, and a Berretta Px4 Storm 9x19 hand gun when he came to Auroa and has been using them ever since. He prefers to travel light so will usually ditch one of his rifles in a nearby bivouac or spider hole in any given AO.

Since escaping from the Wolves, he has scavenged and attached an M203 UBGL to his ARX to deal with the occasional large patrol or drone.

His preferred optics is the Elcan Spectre DR 1x/4x for it's versatility and ruggedness. On his Scorpio, he uses a variety of optics to suit the mission but generally prefers a Steiner Optics T5Xi for it's great optical qualities and versatile magnification range.

He has a set of Steiner NVGs with Clip On Thermal Module (COTM) that offers great versatility, the option to still use the reticules on his optics, and thermal vision, which proved invaluable on his trek across Golem.

UbiBlush
03-23-2020, 12:48 PM
Hey Virtual-Chris!

Really enjoyed going through this, especially the very detailed character descriptions :D

Virtual-Chris
03-24-2020, 04:06 AM
Operation Goldstone Report: Antonio Lancia (callsign "Lance")

Today I finally got word on the whereabouts of "Hound". That's the call sign for one of the Sheep LT that I served with under Silverback. They call themselves "Wolves" but they bear a closer resemblance to a lost flock of sheep.

Anyway, "Hound" was the one that shot me in the shoulder as I fled my impending murder scene on Moon Lake. Word had it that after my "death" he was reassigned to a camp on Golem protecting the latest drone prototypes or something going on over there. I don't know what dumbf#cks would build a drone research station at the base of an active volcano, but that's where it was apparently going down.

I piloted a small RIB over to the island and set out doing some recce. It quickly became clear that there was a lot more to Golem Island than first meets the eye. There were a variety of ancient civilization sites, old villages washed away by land slides, and even some cold-war facilities, interspersed amongst some of Skell Tech's largest R&D facilities.

The ruins of an old village washed away in a land slide...

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A couple of interesting relics from an ancient civilization...

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I wonder if they were cannibals?

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It's clear the Sheep had restored and were maintaining some of the old suspension bridges in the area...

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Volcanic activity was everywhere... making it extremely hazerdous and hot as hell traversing the rugged landscape...

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Sometimes, it felt like I was on an alien planet...

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After interrogating some patrols, I started to get the lay of the land. There were several Sheep camps on the island. It wasn't clear where I would find "Hound" so I started systematically working my way around the island.

The active volcano was both impressive and frustrating. The amount of ash in the air made it heard to breathe at times, and often reduced visibility to near zero. Thankfully I had some protective gear and thermal vision to find my way through the less hospitable areas.

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The landscape was changing quickly, often right under your feet. Forests were on fire, what looked like rock surfaces couldn't be trusted, and at any time, a geyser of water, sulphuric acid, or lava could spout up right under you.

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After a week on the island and "interrogating" a number of higher ranking sheep, I learned that Hound was in an area referred to as "No Man's Land". Little did I realize that's about as close to hell on earth as you can get. Had I known, I probably would have just stayed away, gaining some satisfaction that the assh0le was suffering just like he deserved, but no... that wasn't good enough for me! I had to go into the thick of it myself. Dumba$$!

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The ash was thick like snow and burned your lungs with every breath

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Virtual-Chris
03-24-2020, 04:14 AM
Operation Goldstone Report: Antonio Lancia (callsign "Lance") - Continued...

I finally got to the heart of Hell, or No Man's Land as they called it, and started eliminating sheep - and there was a LOT of them,

I started looking for Hound. My thermal vision proved to be an enormous advantage and I was able to easily eliminate all the sheep and zero in on Hound. He was weak and ineffective, undoubtedly a victim of the harsh conditions. It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving a day out here, never mind a multi-week rotation. At ant rate, he proved to be no match for my determination. As he gasped his last few breaths, sputtering blood and ash into the searing air. I lowered my face mask to reveal who had taken his life and a look of shock overtook his eyes just before they glazed over. That’s right motherf#cker, karma’s a b!tch.

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I then gathered what little recon I could from the area before my lungs nearly self-combusted. It appears the site was an old cold-war era facility that had been overrun by the recent eruption. Skeletons are all that remain of several souls who were clearly caught off guard by the volcanic eruption several decades ago... undoubtedly trapped and suffocated to death by the torrent of ash and toxic smoke that must have rained down on them. RIP.

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I then proceeded to get the hell out of there, but not before I could learn whatever I could about the drone R&D programs on the island.

I made my way towards the main R&D center.

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The infrastructure was amazing. Ubelievable really. A incredible highly fortified dam was blocking lava flows from the top of the volcano to prevent an important mining operation below from being wiped out. Stunning but I have to say, ultimately fruitless. You can only hold back the forces of Mother Nature for so long.

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I finally managed to infiltrate the main R&D center on the island, after a fierce firefight... revealing some sort of enormous robotic tank with active armor plating of some kind. Ridiculous.

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I then decided I need to get off this hell hole of an island before my respiratory system experienced a complete failure. It was time to go.

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What a crazy place. It would be awhile before I would be able to regain full strength and breathe properly again, but Hound is dead, and there is some small satisfaction in that.

CrockfordCK
03-24-2020, 07:14 PM
Again, even more great shots!

Virtual-Chris
03-25-2020, 10:20 PM
Again, even more great shots!

Thanks Dude!