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7214.02.13 -PLANET SUNSA
(Game 9. Part 1)
Chet and Pent Gilcut, joined by longtime friend and fellow
ex-soldier Quey, have crash landed on planet Sunsa with their new
cohort Goug. Together known as Gilcut Team, they are
attempting to locate and recover a cache of Jijirium they buried
during the brutal wartime campaign on Sunsa that left the planet
ravaged, without even enough air to breathe.
On the advice of the Sand Rats Leader (see Part 5 for details), Gilcut Team
sets out in their ATs to try and locate a transport. Trudging
across the ravaged wastelands, they at last see a familiar shape on
the horizon- what appears to be an intact AT Carry truck!
On closer inspection, Chet notices the crew, former Melkian
soldiers, are dead. Not surprising, except their bodies appear
to be freshly mauled by someone, or some thing. Suddenly, the
ground begins to shake...
A horror that defies description bursts from a crater in the
ground! Not even Goug's heavy Berserga AT can withstand the
brutal strength of the creature. How could any creature
survive Sunsa's inhospitable landscape unprotected, Pent
But Quey has no time to think of such things, and throwing caution
to the wind, his Barking Tortoise unloads mortar rounds and rocket
fire into the back of the menacing beast.
Just as Pent and Goug are coming to terms with this new threat, a
second horror bursts out of the ground behind the team, knocking
Chet off balance!
The creature scoops up Chet's Scopedog like it was a toy, crushing
force buckling the armor plates with a horrendous creaking sound.
Inverted and disoriented, Chet manages to fire a few rounds into the
creature, distracting it but still not free of its grasp.
Desperate to save his friend, Quey charges forward, his Barking
Tortoise grabbing the creature's head. But he only manages to
swing himself off the ground, landing flat on his back.
Somehow this gives him a clear shot at the underside of the
creature's head, inflicting major damage! The creature
screeches horribly and drops Chet's Scopedog to the
ground. Meanwhile, Pent unloads his rocket pod
into the other creature, allowing Goug a chance to get up and dash
away from the monster.
Unfortunately, Pent's attack draws some unwanted attention, and his
captured Fatty AT must once again struggle to survive against
impossible odds. Firing into the mouth of the creature seems
to discourage it though...
The first creature, now badly wounded, doesn't notice Goug's
Berserga charging from behind. Launching into the air, Goug
brings his deadly chainsaw bayonet down on the beast's exposed neck,
severing the head clean off! The gruesome trophy smashes down
onto Quey's Barking Tortoise, and he throws the foul thing aside in
disgust. The demise of the beast is enough to drive off the
other creature, who burrows back under the harsh terrain and
Where did the creatures come from? Are they indigenous to
Sunsa, or is their presence here a result of some insidious and
deliberate plot? Clearly, one cannot underestimate the dangers
of this ravaged world. The Gilcut team settle for their
hard-won trophy, and firing up the still-functional AT Carry, climb
aboard for a weary drive across the barren landscape, damaged and
low on fuel, but alive.
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