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Xenonauts: Crimson Dagger

By Lee Stephan

The 12 months is 1958. The Soviet Union and the U.S. of the US are entrenched in a chilly conflict. yet for Mikhail Kirov, captain within the Soviet Fourth military, lifestyles is comparatively idle. After serving honorably in Hungary, Mikhail is stationed to the bottom of Zossen Wünsdorf, south of Berlin, the place he lives in a government-issued condo together with his spouse and six-year-old daughter. long gone are the times of quelling the Hungarian Revolution. the largest problem he faces now's instructing his little woman mathematics. yet issues are approximately to alter.

An item of unknown starting place has been intercepted over the Atlantic through the americans. Nuclear missiles are introduced. the item crashes in Iceland. In a annoying second of necessity, NATO contacts the Kremlin. The american citizens need assistance.

Crimson Dagger serves as a prequel to the game Xenonauts, through Goldhawk Interactive, a true time approach online game set within the chilly struggle period. it's a tale approximately cooperation amid outstanding situations as rival superpowers are pressured into camaraderie to strive against a great foe. chosen because the chief of this not going alliance, Mikhail needs to put aside he and the Americans' modifications as they input the unknown side-by-side, prompting the query: is the enemy of one's enemy actually their buddy?

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His legs moved quicker. “It is in there! ” He knew it. “Be prepared for—” something. Skidding to a halt a number of meters from their vacation spot, Mikhail and Nina’s stares locked onto the door’s beginning. vivid, rotating white lighting fixtures flashed from in the room. A low rumble emanated into the halls. It lasted a number of seconds ahead of the crimson pulsing of the caution lighting fixtures once more turned the single illumination. What used to be that? His velocity deciding upon up and his alien rifle awkwardly lifted to his shoulder, Mikhail reached the open door at a full-on dash. Whirling into the room, he scanned it for a objective. there has been none to be discovered. contained in the room was once a row of steel drugs, their fronts opened like segmented doors, their interiors hole aside from a function that used to be thoroughly recognizable. Seats. every one pill had one—a pristine, white, doubtless cushioned seat. Designed for anything just like, yet no longer relatively, human. Above each one tablet used to be a wide, round establishing. Following the blood path, Mikhail learned it led directly to the place one of many drugs definitely could have stood, yet was once now lacking. It escaped. His concentration shifted to Nina and himself. “Get in a single of these pills, fast! ” Nina rushed towards the closest one, leaving behind her guns as she leapt into the seat. putting her fingers at the armrests, she regarded in each path. not anything occurred. Eyes panicked, she became to Mikhail. “What can we do? ” arms on his head, Mikhail moved quickly to Nina’s pill. there have been controls inside, yet not anything regarded primary. How have been these items activated? “Is there a button? A lever, anything noticeable? ” Nina’s arms raced, hitting each button and urgent in each indentation within sight. back, not anything. eventually, her eyes got here to relaxation on a unmarried button separated from the rest—right alongside the interior wall of the tablet. the instant she slammed it in, the pill got here to lifestyles. The partitions shifted and slid, prompting Mikhail to jump again to prevent being sliced in . inside of seconds, Nina was once contained in an ideal metal sphere. the one beneficial properties on its floor have been a clear slit wherein the sniper was once peering out, and a hoop round the heart of the sector, whole with sparkling lighting fixtures. Slowly, the hoop started to spin. It was once precisely what that they had visible from the hallway—they should have in basic terms been moments at the back of the escaping being. Now realizing what to do, Mikhail wanted basically to say a tablet for himself. no matter what those tablets have been and anywhere they have been going, it was once higher than the place they have been now. With Nina treated, Mikhail provided the sniper a thumbs up from outdoors the window. without warning, Nina’s eyes widened. Banging at the window, she shouted on the most sensible of her lungs, pointing for Mikhail to show round. the instant he did, he observed why she used to be screaming. It used to be a parent. the large eco-friendly robotic was once lumbering round the door, crimson rifle in hand. the instant Mikhail got here into view, it raised its weapon and fired. Mikhail used to be already in mid-leap. touchdown sideways on his shoulder, he yowled because the mother or father stepped towards him.

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