The Wasted West

Zeek's Five (Minus One)

A letter from Hera Sumi to her mentor, Hal Morgan

While Rosa stayed behind to guard the entrance, the rest of us made our way into the vault. Zeek tried to convince the AI running the place to just let us in nicely, but the system was having none of it. Also, who names a military artificial intelligence and defense system Daisy? We decided the best course of action would be to split up and enter the facility two different ways, not knowing what we would find inside or if anyone would make it to the bottom to disable the AI and help the soldiers still in cryostasis. Bo and I snuck in through the ventilation while Zeek and Phee climbed down the elevator shaft. It looked like it was once a very secure military bunker, but I’m not sure even Zeek was prepared for the destruction we found inside. It looked like a dozen trogs had run rampant throughout the base; only a few of the original defenses were left intact. In fact, the whole thing was much easier than I had anticipated. Between the four of us, we were able to safely and efficiently reach our goal.

Unfortunately, we found that only half of Zeek’s original squad remained alive and in good health. Most were dead, and two of those had already been transformed into horrible cyborgs by none other than Daisy, who thought it was “fixing” them. We put them out of their misery before they could cause much harm.

We also discovered that when the bombs dropped, the US government decided that this was a battle they could not win and reprogrammed Daisy to change the parameters of Operation Damocles. Rather than wake up immediately to help us rebuild, we were to be abandoned for 100 years, at which time the soldiers in stasis would be woken up to repopulate the world themselves. Zeek has explained the current situation to his fellow soldiers, and all have agreed to carry out their original mission. They returned with us to Junkyard, and now they are reacquainting themselves with the world. We rigged what remained in the bunker to explode so that it would not fall into the wrong hands.

Another happy ending, and maybe, with their help, there is a bit more hope for the world now.



Xphile Shaldis

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