Upgrades 7Commander Link, his men, and Samus were outgunned in the field. And all that was facing them was the lone skiff!
"Let's get out of here!" suggested Link over the noise.
"Good idea!" Samus replied. "I'll cover you! You get your men to that door!"
"Gotcha!" Link gestured to his men as Samus moved to the other side of the skiff. Concentrating her fire, Samus managed to Missile one of those turrets to pieces.
But the other one was the problem. The turret had eaten all 30 of her Missiles, leaving her with a Beam weapon as her only defense. She searched frantically for a solution to this problem of running out of firepower, and found it immediately.
She was staring right at the engines.
It was at that moment that one of the other Troopers, seeing the exact thing, decided to use his weapon. To Samus' surprise, three small hovering machines launched themselves from that Trooper's backpack. As the Trooper guided them, the drones ascended to the height of the skiff, and fired energy blasts at th
Upgrades 6In the shadows of thick forest crouched several Space Pirate recon scouts. They each had a Scanner in their left claws, and were taking readings and bearings.
Said the recon squad leader, "I think we found them."
Replied one inferior, "At long last, we shall purge them from our territory."
The survivors were bracing themselves for another day behind enemy lines when the man on watch sounded the alarm. He then reached for his radio and screamed into the mic, "Captain, the Space Pirates found us. They're bringing the whole kit and caboodle."
Captain Roberts, the leader of the surviving troops, immediately responded, "Where are they coming from? I'm mobilizing the forces now."
"From the east, sir."
Several moments later, all the survivors who had stayed at the crash site were pouring out of their shelters and arming themselves. Roberts and his underlings were barking orders through this melee, as ammo boxes and belts were passed around. Soon after that, the Space Pirate forces were in clo
Upgrades 5"The ground forces have engaged the Federation scum, Lord Ridley," said the Captain, in front of the viewscreen.
"Is Samus there?" asked Ridley.
"Yes, she is. She's with the Federation now."
"Does she know of anything besides ground?"
"There is no reason to conclude she knows about our little trap."
Ridley pondered this for a moment, then said, "Keep her alive if you can. If you must kill her, then you must kill her. But I would like to have her alive." Another pause. "Oh, and one more thing..."
"What is it that you wish to ask, Lord?"
"They were using the base as a testing ground for prototype weapons systems, right?"
"They sure were, Lord."
"Then take their weapons, and have your Science Team figure them out. They will pay off in the end..."
"Science Team is already working on that."
"Captain, you have done well. You shall certainly be rewarded for your accomplishments. We'll be seeing you later, Captain."
"Thank you, Lord. Sparrow out."
Several Space Pirate researchers, deep in the
Upgrades 4"I hope the Fed cares about us, and not just because of our hardware. Though if I were the inventor, I know I'd want it back, too," the mystery soldier continued, before realizing his mistake of not introducing himself. "I am Lieutenant Link."
The removal of the helmet had revealed a boyish face with blue eyes, sandy blonde hair that ran in spiky locks, pale skin, and slightly pointed ears. It was almost a shock to see this face on a man who had an inch on Samus' 6'3". He extended his hand for a handshake. "It's an honor to meet you, Samus."
Samus, surprised, flipped over her left arm and obligingly shook Link's hand. "It's a pleasure meeting you, Lieutenant. Where is your captain? I'm sure that this isn't all the survivors, right?"
Link chuckled. "No, it's not. We're just a party moving to secure the last missing pieces of our escape craft before the Space Pirates find them. Not to mention we're looking for supplies scattered about during the collision."
Samus took a moment in her hea
Upgrades 3PLANETARY SCANNERS - WRECKAGE DETECTED. ORIGIN OF CRASH - GALACTIC FEDERATION
Suitable landing site located one half kilometer from crash site.
Beginning landing procedures...
EQUIPMENT REPAIR COMPLETE - MISSILE LAUNCHER ONLINE
Capacity restored for 30 Missiles.
The Gunship floated gently down to the rich, vegetation-laden surface below. This particular landing site was actually a small sinkhole in the surface of the planet, about three hundred feet deep and with a radius about the length of the Gunship itself, that featured an appropriately-sized waterfall and a deceptively small pool of water below. The walls were smooth, but with deep grooves in them, big enough to serve as tunnels even for the biggest of men. And, as Samus noticed as she rode the lift out the hatch, it looked like someone had been here before, as metal doors within human-sized tunnels did NOT just grow from random vegetation. She hopped off the Gunship's roof and headed to the lowest part of the grooves. One jump g
Upgrades 2With a slight hiss the airlock opened, and up went the lift that transported Samus out the topside hatch. There she stood, for about a second, atop her gunship, and then she leaped down with a flip, sticking the landing perfectly. As she recovered, her suit finished rebooting, and now a message flashed across the Visor: SUIT REPAIR INCOMPLETE. MISSILES OFFLINE. BOMBS OFFLINE. GRAPPLE OFFLINE. SPACE JUMP OFFLINE. GRAVITY SUIT OFFLINE. WAVE/ICE/PLASMA BEAMS OFFLINE. ALL OTHER SYSTEMS OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY.
Samus, thinking she was only going to need this for five minutes or so, decided to move on and let the ship repair her left-behind suit parts. She walked to the airlock door that had once sealed to a lifeboat. Now, with hull breeches flagrant aboard ship, no air remained, and thus the door was unnecessary. She tapped the panel, and the door slid open partway. Using some elbow grease, Samus was able to get the door opening wide enough for her to pass into the crew cabin. Here, the
Upgrades 1Galaxy Federal Police, Unit M405
Transmission Log Entry #11.8.440.1
Transmission Recipient: Samus Aran, Human Female Bounty Hunter
Eight days ago, we intercepted a distress signal from a squad of GF Marines near the planet SR-391 while they were combat-testing various prototype weapons systems (Details classified to Level 5 Clearance) on a known Space Pirate stronghold. We believe there are a minimum of casualties, but injuries and material damage have gotten the better of the squad.
It is known that the Space Pirates are too strong for conventional troopers, so it has been determined that a single lone bounty hunter inserted into the fray would better achieve our goals of extraction.
Contract Agreement: Locate and retrieve the survivors, if any. Also locate and either retrieve or destroy any Federation prototypes before they fall into enemy hands.
Coordinates: [Sol]280-010:10LY Planetary Sector AK-47
Good Hunting, Samus...
You Only Live Forever 7Kazuma's vision returned to him from a seemingly eternal blackness. At first it was blurry, and then focused over a period of several minutes. The tan blur gave way to a clear view of what appeared to be a jail cell. Tan walls enveloped three of the four sides of the rectangular chamber, the fourth enclosed with iron bars. He searched the chamber, finding Booster in an opposite corner.
Booster awoke to Kazuma trying to revive him. Like Kazuma, Booster took a few minutes to regain his senses. But once he did, he immediately undid the buckles on his Booster, which remained on his person.
"Son of a bitch," Booster commented, inspecting his unit, "that Doctor sure knows how to ruin a good jetpack. I can't even get off the ground anymore."
"I figured as much," replied Kazuma, helping up his friend. "Where's Sue? And Itoh and Momorin?"
"They must be in separate cells. And I don't think Sue got taken at all. As for Momorin, I think the Doctor is using her as a pawn. She does contain valuable
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