The Courier, as his name implies, is a courier and an important figure in the Mojave Wasteland. Much of his history remains unclear, but what is known is that he has visited a number of important locations within the Wasteland, likely due to his profession.
Sometime before arriving in the Mojave, the Courier discovered a supply route into the Mojave Wasteland through the Divide. Despite the harsh environment there, a small community established itself in the area, using the old American flag as its symbol. Kept alive by the Courier, it prospered and attracted more settlers. After the New California Republic sacked Navarro, they recovered unfamiliar technology with familiar symbols (such as the Old World flag) which they linked to similar ones in the Divide. Soon after, they sent the Courier to deliver a package to the Divide; a package which turned out to be a detonator containing missile launch codes. However, after the Courier's departure, the detonator activated, causing several nukes within the Divide to explode.
Sometime later the Courier was tasked with delivering a platinum chip, which secretly held the codes to upgrade the securetrons, to Mister House, but was captured near the small settlement of Goodsprings by Benny, who intended to use the chip for his own gains, and shot in the head. But as luck would have it the Courier survived and soon was rescued by the robot Victor and nursed back to health by Doc Mitchell, Goodspring's local doctor. After being nursed back to health the Courier persued Benny, all the while getting involved with the local factions fighting for the control of the Mojave.
During his adventures, the Courier was captured and had to escape the 'haunted' Sierre Madre casino, got involved in a war between the White Legs, Dead Horses, and Sorrow tribes, was captured again by the crazy scientists of Big Mt, and battled fellow courier Ulysses who sought vengence for the destruction of the Divde's communities.
Battle vs. Rick Grimes (TV series) (by BeastMan14)
Rick, Shane, and Darryl are out scouting for the group in the Mojave. It's been 3 weeks since the CDC explosion had sent them here, and they had yet to find civilization. "Look, don't you think it'd be easier to listen on the radio for civilization? I mean, we haven't found anything and we've walked for miles." Shane raises his arm's for dramatic effect when a sniper shot hits him in the arm and knocks him down. "Oh sh*t!" yells Rick as he dives for cover and Daryl drags Shane behind a rock.
Meanwhile, on a nearby hill, Courier, Boone, and Arcade are watching the mysterious strangers take cover. It had been a few Monty's since the NCR beat the Legion at Hoover Dam, and Raul, Lily, Veronica, Cass, ED-E, and Rex were back at the Tops, still celebrating. "Looks like I hit one, lets go down and greet our guests." Says Boone as he loads his Campaign Rifle. They run down the hill after Rick's group. The Courier fires his Sequoia and nearly hits Rick who fires back with his Python and hits the Courier square in the chest, knocking him down. In pain, he pulls himself up and tells Gannon and Boone to go around their cover. Shane draws his Mossberg and vaults over cover only to see the Courier. apparently dead. Suddenly, a shot from Campaign rifle goes through his head, killing him instantly. (2-3)
"SHANE!" cries Rick, who run's over to his dead friend, and riddles Boone with bullets from his Browning. With no time to check him, Gannon falls back to the Courier, who has pulled himself up and drawn his carbine. He fires on Rick, who in a rage, lines up a shot with the Remington and fires, hitting the Courier in the leg and knocking him to the ground. Injured, but alive, the Courier tells Gannon,"Boone may be dead, but we can avenge him." Rick, blind with fury, fires shot after shot at the retreating duo. Suddenly, he feels the barrel of the Plasma Defender on his head. Ready to die, he closes his eyes. Suddenly, a crossbow bolt hits Arcade in the chest and knocks him to the ground, where Rick knocks him out with the butt of the Remington. (2-1)
Daryl runs up to Rick and says,"Sorry about Shane." Rick shakes his head,"We'll finish this for him." Daryl nods, then points and says,"Look out!" just as the Courier opens fire with the Plasma Rifle, hitting Daryl in the shoulder and knocking him into a rock. Rick tackles the Courier, who easily throws him aside with a move the Rangers taught him pulls out his Bowie knife, and then drives into Daryl's chest, killing him. (1-1)
Rick draws his axe and cries,"This is for my friends, you a**hole!" before lunging for the Courier, who sidesteps and pulls out his Bowie Knife and says,"You think I wanted my friends to die, you f*ck?" and then ducks as Ricks swipes with his axe. Rick, enraged, kicks the Courier in the stomach, knocking him to the ground and prepares to go for the final blow. Suddenly, the Courier whips out his Sequoia and bashes Rick across the face, knocking him down. Before Rick can get up, the Courier shoots him twice in the chest. Before he dies, Ricks mumbles,"I'm sorry Lori." (0-1)
The Courier, saddened at the death of his friends, fell to the ground as his leg wound became worse. Suddenly, a hand grabbed him and pulled up, as an injured Gannon said,"What? You thinking I'd die that easily? If I can survive Lanius, I can survive a crossbow." With that, the two limped back to New Vegas as the Courier said,"Boone, wherever you are, I hope you are at peace."
Winner: The Courier
The Courier won the battle due to his experience with tougher enemies then Rick and slightly better back-up.
Battle vs. Lone Wanderer and Sole Survivor (by Cfp3157 and WanderingSkull)
Battle vs Duke Nukem (by JWarrior89)
Winner: Courier Six
Day One, 0:00
South tip of the island
Ethan Thomas got up in the middle of the night, laying on cracked concrete surface, surrounded by concrete structures in a similar state of disrepair. This was hardly the first time that he had ended up in such a situation. Hell, for the past year or so, it had been his life.
And yet he thought those days were behind- he had overcome his alcoholism and accepted his mission to take on the shadowly cult known as the Oro Invictus with his newly discovered powers- those mutated vocal chords that gave him the power to project deadly sonic blasts. But now here he was, as though he had once again collapsed on the pavement in drunken stupor.
As Ethan blinked a few times, his vision became clearer. He was at the tip of an island covered mostly in abandoned structures. There were a handful of old electric lights that were still were still working, but most of the island was unlit. Still, it was enough to make out the general shape of the structures in the area, the building nearest to him was only about three stories tall, but wider, while larger apartment blogs rose to the north.
Reaching down into his pockets Ethan realized that he still had his FBI field kit, as well as his SIG Sauer P226 pistol held in a holster at his side. Using the backlight of his field kit as a flashlight, Ethan noticed through the broken window of the nearest building there was an empty, abandoned indoor pool. The building was probably a recreation center or maybe a school.
As Ethan examined his surroundings, a sound like electronic feedback out, prompting the former FBI agent to draw his pistol. Turning to the source of the sound, Ethan lined his sights up on a wooden post with a pair of loudspeakers on it. Believing it was an Oro sonic emitter, Ethan shot the device with his pistol- Ethan knew well enough that it was imperative to destroy every one of the insanity-spreading machines- each one was as dangerous as 100 psychopaths.
As the sound of the shot faded, however, instead of the high-pitched, ear-splitting sound of an Oro emitter, a voice rang out from the loudspeaker.
"Now that you are awake, I think it's time I introduced myself. You can call me The Organizer, and I brought you all here to play a little game. What kind of game you ask? Why the oldest game in history: Survival.", the voice on the loudspeaker said.
"You will be on this island for three months, and must survive the whole time using whatever you can find, as well as some food, medicines, and other... supplies... I left lying around the island. But be warned, there are only so many caches of food and supplies available, so competition might get... fierce. Well, you might also be able to eat the local wildlife, but they might think the same of you... And don't bother trying to escape the island, the ocean has been polluted to the point that extended contact is lethal, and I have places a field of sea mines and automated gun turrets a kilometer from the island. If you try to swim or take a boat away, it won't end well for you."
"Now that your orientation is over, I wish you the best of luck..."
"Wonderful, I end up in another lunatic's fucked up game, just what I fucking need!", Ethan thought, before he turned to the loudspeaker and spoke out loud, "You'd better hope I don't make it off this island, because if I do, I'm going to find you, and I'll kill you. You hear me, you sick son of a bitch!?"
The voice on the loudspeaker did not respond.
07:00, Day 1
Near the north side of the island
Lucia Konohana walked along a narrow path between the seawall and an abandoned apartment tower, before entering an open concrete-floored courtyard bounded by the sea to the east, a factory to the north, and apartment tower to the north and west.
The voice on the loudspeaker had said there would be others on the islands, but thus far Lucia had not run into anyone, and yet, she couldn't shake the feeling that for the past couple hours, ever since the sun peaked over the horizon. Little the Guardian agent know just how right she was. About 40 meters away, hiding behind a concrete staircase leading up the side stood a boy in a blue shirt, clutching a small object.
Kousuke Kira gave a sadistic grin as he removed an impact-detonated "Cracker" BIM from his BIM pouch as he looked over his prey. The psychopath paused a few moments to determing the best path of his throw. He didn't want to destroy her body with a direct hit, but rather get it just close enough for the blast or shrapnel to kill her while leaving her body mostly intact. After all, Kousuke wanted to use her body for his own sick pleasure once he had killed her, much as the serial killer had with many of his past victims. After a couple seconds, he decided how he was going to toss the device and made th throw...
Lucia Konohana saw the blur of light blue as Kousuke came out from behind the staircase, and then, as if in slow motion, the figure of her attacker throw a small object. Lucia could only think of one thing it could be- a grenade, or some kind of thrown weapon at least.
With all the strength of a Guardian superhuman, Lucia pushed off from the ground, jumping about a dozen meters to the right, behind an empty concrete planter in front of the entrance to the apartment building. As she did so, the BIM exploded, confirming that it was, in fact, some kind of explosive device.
As Lucia even with her superhuman speed, Lucia realized that a frontal assault was not a good idea, especially if this attacker had a gun. Instead, she would lead him into the apartment building, where the combination of her sword and superhuman speed could give her an edge in close combat.
As she prepared to move, Lucia heard a buzzing sound coming in from above. Turning to the source of the noise, she saw a miniature drone about the size of a golf ball flying towards her. Regardless of whether it was a used by her attacker or that "Organizer" one the loudspeaker, she wasn't going to let it track her movements any longer. With one fluid stroke, Lucia drew her katana and struck the drone. The blade sliced off one of the small plastic rotors, while the impact of the sword launched the device several meters away before it exploded.
Lucia then immediately ran into the building, making her attacker caught a glimpse of her as she retreated. She sprinted across the entrance foyer, covered in broken and disused furniture, into the hallway leading into the first floor apartments. About half way down the hallway, Lucia entered the living room of an apartment, which contained the broken framework of a couch and an old TV set with the screen smashed in. To the right was the entrance was a small bathroom with broken, dust-covered fixtures.
Lucia lay in wait for her adversary, knowing he would come after her. Sure enough, Kousuke Kira slowly walked through the foyer and into the hallway leading to the apartment.
"What's the fun in hiding?", Kousuke said as he peeked into each room, looking for his prey, "Come on out and play with me!"
After searching for several minutes, Kira started to get bored. Then he remembered the poison gas BIM he still had in his pouch. The device could create a surprisingly large gas could for its size.
"The will flush her out!", Kira said, as he lobbed the gas grenade down the hallway and hurriedly exited the building as the cloud of yellowish gas expanded. Within a few seconds, the gas began filtering into the room where Lucia lay hidden.
Instead of burning at her skin and throat as she inhaled the noxious gas, Lucia was unharmed... in fact, she was better than unharmed. To someone like Lucia, the toxic gas only made her stronger, at once, she could feel her self grow stronger, her reflexes, her vision, and her hearing grew sharper. She could easily hear the sound of Kousuke's footsteps as he retreated from the building.
Lucia Konohana ran after the serial killer with speed remarkable even for a Gaia superhuman. In a few seconds, she covered the 100 meters or so between her and Kousuke, evading any obstacles in her way.
As Kousuke realized he was being chased, however, he did not panic. Instead, as his target passed into the hallway leading into the entrance, let out a sadistic grin and pressed down on a button on a watch-like device on his wrist.
At once, Lucia's vision was covered by two flashes of fire. She screamed in pain as shrapnel tore through her legs and torso. Thankfully Kira was off on his timing of the detonation, and the mines were placed low, so they did not destroy any of Lucia's vital organs or sever her limbs. Under most circumstances, this would have been a debilitating injury, but, enhanced by the gas that was a poison to most, Lucia could keep moving. She could already feel the pain deaden as the wounds began regenerating, less than a second after they were inflicted.
As Kousuke Kira exited the abandoned apartment block, he realized that the mines had not stopped his pursuer. Deperately, Kousuke armed an implosion BIM and tossed at Lucia. The Guardian superhuman, however, saw the the device flying in her direction and ducked. The BIM kept going and hit a concrete support beam in the hallway and disintegrated it instantly, causing a large section of the ceiling to collapse as Lucia ran out of the building.
As Kira tried to grab another BIM, Lucia lunged through the air, jumping at least ten meters horizontal distance in one leap. As she reached the apex of her climb, Lucia swung her blade down on the serial killer. The katana went into Kousuke's shoulder, cleaving straight through the shoulder blade and into the torso.
As Lucia withdrew her sword from his body, the serial killer let out a gurgling sound as he tried to scream in pain, but his voice was silenced by blood running from his throat. Kousuke Kira collapsed to the ground in the middle of the courtyard as Lucia cleaned off her sword with a scrap of his clothing and sheathed the weapon, before turning away from her vanquished foe.
Kousuke Kira eliminated
07:25, Day 1
Mine ventilation tower roof
The man known in his home as the "Gun God" lay hidden on the roof of the tallest building on the island, a ventilation tower feeding into some sort of underground mine shaft, located on top a roughly 80-meter tall rocky hill in the center of the island. With his Black Barrel in sniper configuration, "Gun God" was in a perfect position to use the scope to recon the island.
From what he had seen so far, this island was like no place on Earth, or at least the Earth that "Gun God" new. He hadn't taken his medicine in over 7 hours, and yet was showing on ill effects. Could it be that the air was not contaminated with "Grain" like everywhere else? The presence of plant and animal life that was not directly connected to humans also seemed to support this- it was like descriptions he'd heard of the time before everything died.
Then, a few minutes ago, "Gun God" spotted something that further suggested that he was somewhere far different anywhere he had ever seen, perhaps even another world. A person walked into the courtyard of the northernmost apartment building, about 1.5 kilometers to the north.
It was hard to tell from the distance, but they appeared to be a normal human, not an "A-Ray" or "Angel"... but "Gun God" was sure that he was the only one left. The first human he spotted, one wearing black and having long purple hair, a girl perhaps, was attacked by a second using what looked like a grenade. The second attacker wearing light blue and had short black hair, possibly male.
The figure in blue chased the purple-haired figure into the apartment building, which seemed to fill with a yellowish brown haze a few minutes later. Both figured came running out, first "blue" and then "purple". "Purple" seemed to be moving faster than before, far faster than "blue", and faster than "Gun God" though he could run, but she still wasn't as fast as the augmented foes that he had faced.
But it was fast enough. "Purple" overtook "blue" and lunged at them with some sort of melee weapons, apparently killing them before leaving the scene. As "purple" left the scene, "Gun God" continued to track her as she left the courtyard, before moving to scan for anyone else on the island, especially those that might present a more immediate threat.
14:25, Day 1
Management residential area, southwest side of the island
Shihoru had realized several hours ago that she was back home, on Earth, or at least she thought so. There will still so much she didn't know. Was this really the same world she lived in before being spirited away to Grimgar? She recognized the structures and objects on the island as those of her old world- apartment blocks, factories, houses, shops, power lines, and cars, among other fixtures of modern urban life, but all of them were in ruins, with not a single person in sight. Was Shihoru really back home, or had she been transported to some parallel universe or post-apocalyptic future?
That was the least of the things Shihoru didn't know. While the memory of what all these modern object were came flooding back to her, the details of her life before Grimgar did not- she did not know where she was born, where she had lived, who her family were, or even her own surname.
At the moment, Shihoru was currently standing at the end of a dead end road in a higher-end residential area on the southwest corner of the island, the furthest from the mine and the factory to the north. These residences were separate houses and not multi-level apartment blocks, probably for the management of the facilities on the islands, as opposed to the workers who probably lived in the apartment blocks.
Shihoru's musing on the place she had ended up in, however, were cut short by the sound of a loud howling sound. "Kobolds? Here?!" was Shihoru's first thought, but that idea was soon dispelled as the canine figures that appeared down the road turned out to be no bipedal, but quadruped. They were not the bipedal caninoids of Grimgar, but ordinary wolves, but that did not them any less dangerous, especially to someone like Shihoru, who was definitely not suited to close-in combat.
As Shihoru readied her staff to defend herself, four of the wolves in the front of the street prepared to charge. Hoping her magic would still work in this new world, Shihoru spoke the new-familiar words "marque em parc" and drew a sigil in the air.
To Shihoru's relief, a glowing blue ball of magical energy shot at the nearest wolf. The nearest of them was struck by the attack, blowing a few meters away, before it hit the ground and never got up. But there were still others coming at her.
Moving backwards as quickly as she could, Shihoru prepared to cast her "Shadow Pond" spell to hold them off. "Ohm rel ect el nem...", Shihoru called out, before she felt a sharp pain in her ankle, causing her to fall backwards onto the concrete.
In less than a second, the wolves were on top of her, the largest of them directly on top of her chest, bearing its teeth. As her life flash before her eyes, Shihoru closed her eyes, not want to see the fangs of the beast that would end her life. Then she heard a snapping sound and felt blood fall on to her face... and yet there was no pain, not even for a second.
As she opened her eyes, Shihoru she realized that the sound had been not her neck snapping, but that of the wolf, which now lay dead on top of her, it's neck rotated a full 180 degrees, its head upside-down. As she pushed the body of the animal aside, Shihoru saw a second wolf go flying a dozen meters into the air, before slamming headfirst into a wall, while a third seemed spontaneously combust. Immediately, the rest of the wolf pack fled in terror, scattering in amongst the ruined buildings.
As she got up, Shihoru heard a female voice call out from behind her: "Are you all right!?"
"I... I think so...", Shihoru replied.
18:25, Day 1
Southernmost Apartment tower
Minene Uryuu cautiously crept into the hallway on the eight floor of the southernmost apartment tower on the island, Walther PPK in hand. The floor of this hallway was, like those of every other building on the island, covered in dust and debris.
Seeing no one in the hallway, Minene slowly advanced into the first room, one of countless destroyed apartments in the city... or so she thought. Below the broken TV on a battered stand was a dark green metal box, an ammunition canister, and next to that, an AK-47 assault rifle.
Minene walked over to the rifle and seized it, in her hands. As she did so, however, the ammo canister popped open, revealing a live hand grenade. Minene only just jumped out of the way in time, diving through the open door and rolling around, a concrete support on the wall of the hallway shielding her from the blast.
As Minene got up from the ground, however, she saw a figure in what looked like a desert military uniform appear from the window. A burst of automatic weapons fire rang out, and three shotgun slugs flew over Minene's head. As they reached the end of the hall some 30 meters beyond Minene, the projectiles exploded, proving they were not ordinary slugs, but FRAG-12 explosive shells.
Minene ducked back into the hallway and blind-fired a burst from the AK she had taken from the stash, sending five rounds towards her attacker.
At the other end of the long hallway, Captain Martin Walker peeked out from behind the cover of a concrete support column and fired another burst of two shells from his AA-12 as the enemy that had triggered his trap. After suppressing the enemy with this burst of fire, Walker advanced forward about a dozen meters, to the next support column and took cover.
Evading the incoming shells, Minene retreated into the stairwells. Stopping to glance at her Escape Diary, Minene read, "Throw a fragmentation grenade into the hallway, then retreat and place a C-4 charge on the landing between the eight and seventh floor".
As Walker advanced to the next cover, he was force back behind the support column when a Mark II frag grenade landed about ten meters in front of him. Walker was safe behind the column when the grenade detonated, but it had bought Minene the time she needed to retreat.
As Walker neared the entrance to the stairwell, a second loud explosion filled his ears and shook the ground, knocking him to the floor. Getting up, Captain Walker peeked into the stairwell to see that the staircase leading down from the eighth floor had been destroyed by some sort of explosive device.
As the C-4 detonated, Minene was on the other end of the building on the seventh floor, having pressed the detonator exactly when her diary had told her to. The Future Diary now read: "Exit out the window at the end of the corridor onto the seventh floor fire escape and descend two stories".
As Minene exited, she realized that the fire escape ending after two floors, the rest of it having rusted and fallen off the side of the building. Fortunately, her diary once again provided the answer: "Get a running start and jump to the rooftop of the building to the south."
Without hesitating, Minene ran down the remains of the destroyed fire escape and leaped the five or so meters between the fire escape and the roof. Minene's feet landed less than a foot from the edge. She wobbled on her feet and almost fell backwards as she landed, only just avoiding falling backwards.
Minene then sprinted across the rooftop, before descending the fire escape ladder. She had escaped, but with only an AK and a partially depleted magazine to show for it, and having expended a grenade and a C-4 charge. Minene hoped that her attacker had been caught in the blast when they tried to give chase down the stairs, but she could not be sure- after all, the diary only told her how to escape, not how to trap a pursuer.
If she was going to survive, Minene couldn't let herself be surprised again. No, it was she who had to catch her enemies by surprise...
00:25, Day 2
Saki Watanabe sat across frome her new companion in front of an improvised firepit, roasting a piece of wolf meat on a spit over top it. It wasn't the most appitizing meal, but they couldn't let any food to waste- after all, the Organizer had said there was only a limited food supply on the island.
"So, the world you left behind- before you ended up in that place... Grimgar, they have electric lights and horseless carriages, and flying machines? No one had Cantus.. I mean powers like mine?", Saki asked.
"You are correct", Shihoru replied simply.
"It's strange, I had heard about such things, in stories of times long past, before people developed Cantus... I'm almost beginning to wonder if the same thing that happened to you has happened to me, that I am in another world, or perhaps, another time."
"Right now, it doesn't really matter", Shihoru said, before pausing, "...Sorry, if I sounded cold... It's just, I'm not very good at talking people".
"It's quite alright", Saki replied, "and you're right- what matters right now is that we survive. We can't even think about finding a way back home until we find a way off this island".
After a few minutes pause, Shihoru spoke in her quiet voice, making a short, to-the-point statement on something not related to the previous conversation: "Meat looks done".
Saki levitated a piece of meat on the spit on the campfire and cut it open with her Cantus. It was dripping with juices and appeared to be cooked, but Saki wasn't so sure.
"Looks like it's getting there", Saki replied, as she replaced the two meat, now split into two pieces, on the spit, "But I think we should leave it a bit longer, just to be safe. We wouldn't want to get some kind of parasite or something."
01:25, Day 2
The night vision headset of the Courier's NCR Ranger armor go penetrated the darkness that shrouded the interior of an abandoned shopping mall. The ruined buildings filled with potentially hostile inhabitants, both human and animal were nothing new ot the Courier- he had dealt with situations like this every day in the Mojave Wasteland. Even the situation of being trapped on this island wasn't so different from his experience with in Sierra Madre. In the end, Father Elijah, the man who had trapped him in the casino had ended up in with a .45-70 slug between the eyes, and if the Courier had his way, the same fate would befall this "Organizer".
Up ahead, he heard an ominous howling. The light revealed a four wolves running at him at full tilt. Calmly as ever, the Courier activated the Vault-Tec Assisted Targetting System, or VATS, associated with his Pip-Boy. The sillhouette of the first wolf was highlighted on the visor of his armor. The targetting system showed him exactly wear to aim his revolver.
As the wolf reached a range of about ten meters, the Courier fired the first shot, hitting it right between the eyes and cutting it down. It was followed by two more gunshots, each one striking its target. As the third wolf slid about a meter along the floor, its momentum carrying it forward even after it died, the last one of its fellows fled.
After making certain that there were no other threats in the area, the Courier knelt down and got out a knife and started preparing the wolf carcasses, cutting out the guts and salvaging any edible meat. It wasn't the most pleasant task, but it was one the Courier had long since gotten used to, having subsisted on all manner of wasteland creatures in his travels.
As he worked, the Courier heard footsteps coming in from the east. Immediately he drew his revolver and activated VATS. The targetting system revealed an "unknown contact", but it was sillhouetted in green. The Courier had no idea how it worked, but somehow, VATS could identify if a target was hostile- hostile targets were marked in red.
"Who's there, show yourself! I'm warning you, I'm armed!", the Courier said.
"Relax, I'm not looking for a fight", a voice said coming out from the darkness. "I'm coming into the light now".
The speaker, who happened to be a private investigator named Booker DeWitt walked into the light. "How about we make a deal", DeWitt said, "I'll help you search this place, and we'll split anything we find, 50-50".
The Courier considered the man's offer, but kept his guard up. "Fine then", the Courier replied after a second's contemplation, "But we stay together, don't get out of sight. Just because I accept your offer doesn't mean I entirely trust you".
"Fine then", Booker replied, "Provided you follow the same conditions".
"Deal", the Courier replied.
A couple hours later, the two had searched the mall. The Courier walked away with an M4 carbine, three magazines of 5.56mm ammo, a medkit, and half a cache of food, including both some provisions hidden in the mall, as well as the meat from the dead wolves. Booker meanwhile took away the other half of the food, as well as an M14 rifle, three mags of 7.62mm, a second medkit.
09:25, Day 2
Eastern Wharf, southest side of the island
Saki Watanabe stood at the end of the old wharf that had been the primary access point to the island while it was inhabited. From the look of it, this was the closest point to the mainland. If anyone was getting off the island, it was going to be by this route. Next to Saki stood her new companion, the girl with amnesia named Shihoru.
"This looks like the closest place to the mainland", Saki said. For the past few hours, the three of them had gone to the top of a tall building to survey the terrain, and then made their way to the point closest to the mainland.
"But how exactly do you plan to make it off the island? The Organizer said that the sea was mined", Shihoru said.
"It's relatively simple actually. I can use my Cantus to levitate myself, like this", Saki replied as she lifted herself a couple meters into the air, hovering in place.
"Amazing!", Shihoru said, eyes wide with awe at her companion's powers.
"I'll go ahead and make sure its safe.", Saki said, "If it's safe, I'll pick you up and take you to the mainland. Then I'll rescue the others. We can outwit this 'Organizer' and put an end to his twisted games!"
"Uhh... OK...", Shihoru said, sounding unsure about being left alone.
"Don't worry", Saki said, hearing the unease in her new friend's voice, "It will only take a few minutes, you'll be able to see me from here".
After reassuring Shihoru, Saki took off in earnest, flying a couple hundred meters over the ocean. In less than a minute, she had covered several hundred meters. At this point, a group of bouys floating offshore, probably marking the minefield came clearly into view.
These bouys, however, were no ordinary markers, as was made blatantly obviously when flashes of light appeared from them and a loud buzzing roar filled the air. At the same time, explosions began to appear around Saki, a piece of shrapnel grazing her leg.
What Saki did not know was that the bouys were equipped with 20mm CIWS turrets programmed to fire on anything leaving the island. Saki summoned her Cantus to create a shield around her just it time, protecting her from the bursting shells as the dove down to just below the ocean's surface.
Saki destroyed a few of the nearest guns with her Cantus, crushing them like soda cans or setting them ablaze with her pyrokinesis, but there were too many. She had no choice but to retreat back to the island.
As she neared the shore, Saki thought she saw Shihoru running, chased by a second figure. Spurred on to protect her comrade, Saki sped up.
09:27, Day 2
Eastern Wharf, southest side of the island
Ethan Thomas had spent much of the last day and a half in an abandoned bar near the the eastern wharf. The pantry was still stocked with food, as well as an even more welcome sight: copious amounts of alcohol. In addition, he also found a sawn-off Ithaca 37 pump-action shotgun and a box of shells under the bar.
As Ethan took back a swig of Jack Daniels straight from the bottle, a familiar voice spoke to him. "Relapsing, Ethan?", the voice said.
Turning to face the speaker, Ethan spotted a figure that looked like a mirror image of himself, save for the fact that they were wearing a mask over their face. Ethan had seen this hallucinatory figure before, an entity that represented his inner demons, his acceptance of his role in the fight against the Oro and now, his recently reinstated alcoholism.
"Hey, fuck you!" Ethan yelled as he threw the bottle at the "alcohol demon", causing the hallicination to dissipate. At that point, Ethan noticed another person outside the bar, near the wharf. The figure appeared to be a girl in odd clothing like a something out of a live action role play and holding a staff.
In his drunken rage, Ethan Thomas figured they must have been here to steal his supply cache. He fired his shotgun out the window and yelled, "This shit is mine, fuck off!"
As the blast of shot only just missed her, Shihoru dove behind a half-ruined concrete wall, narrowly evading Ethan's second shot, which flew over her head and blew off her pointed hat. Things were definitely not going Shihoru's way- first she thought she saw flak shells bursting around Saki in the distance before, moments later, she was attacked by a lunatic with a shotgun.
Shihoru grabbed her staff off the ground and prepared to cast a magic missile- she realized she could not break cover just yet- it would take too long to cast- the gun had a much higher rate of fire. She might not have all her memories from her past life on Earth back, but the sight of a gun triggered her to remember what it was and just how dangerous a weapon it was. Only as she finished drawing the magic sigil in the air did Shihoru get up and yell "Jess yeen sark fram dart!".
A bolt of lightning fell from the sky onto building that housed the incredulous ex-FBI agent. "What the fuck!", Ethan exclaimed as the lightning bolt narrowly missed him, blowing a hole in the wall and set fire to bottles of hard liquor on the bar.
"Now you've pissed me off!", Ethan yelled at the loss of his booze stash as he racked his shotgun and burst out the door, turning towards the location where he saw the last attack come from. Ethan heard a voice speak some random gibberish from behind the wall and readied his weapon.
"Ohm rel ect delm brem darsh!", Shihoru called out, casting her Armor Shadow spell, a sheild of shadow covering her body. Then she ran for it. Ethan fired his shotgun as he got up, the first shot missing, but the second... the shotgun blast struck Shihoru straight in the back.
And yet there she kept running, acting as though she had not even felt. There wasn't a drop of blood on the ground. The shock of seeing his enemy shrug off a shotgun blast to the back shocked him enough for him to try to fire again, not realizing the gun was empty. As the gun gave the click of an empty chamber, Ethan dropped the shotgun and drew his SIG Sauer P226.
Shihoru felt the shotgun blast as a light push- the armor shadow spell had worked, deflecting that attack, but it would only work for one attack. New she was wide open. Realizing this, the isekai survivor ran into a building that looked like a warehouse.
Thankfully, the enemy had run out of ammo and switched to his sidearm, buying Shihoru valuable time. Sprinting around a large stack of shipping containers, Shihoru ran into an open container. At then end of the container, she found something that might even up the odds.
At the back of the shipping container stood its only contents, a open wooden crate containing an MP5K submachine gun and two extra magazines. Shihoru had never used a gun before, civilian ownership of firearms was almost unheard of in Japan, and Grimgar was at a medieval technology level. Nonetheless, glancing at the side of the weapon, the safety seemed simple enough to figure out. There was four symbols, a crossed out bullet, a single bullet, three bullets, and five bullets in a row. It was clear what these meant- safe, semi-auto, three-round burst, and fully automatic.
Shihoru set the fire selector to the symbol with five bullets. Her enemy was clearly much more skilled with a gun than she was, but if she caught him by surprise, she could take him out. Shihoru lay hidden in the crate, the weight of the firearm, while less even then her mage's staff, felt heavy and alien in her hands.
Ethan Thomas advanced slowly down the side of the corridor, gun in hand. His adversary appeared to be little more than a kid, but that mattered little to him. After all, he had killed plenty of people not much, if any, older than her. That psycho bitch in the doll factory, for instance.
At the moment, however, she seemed to be hiding. As Ethan turned the corner, he heard a burst of automatic weapons fire and felt a sharp shock of pain as one of the rounds literally grazed his nose, and another his forehead. It was that girl, having gotten her hand on a new toy.
As the figure came into view, Shihoru held down the trigger, she felt the gun rise in her hand, saw the light of the muzzle flash. A spray of blood flew from face of the man before her. For a split second, Shihoru thought she had won... But a second later, as the roar of the gun was replaced with the click of an empty chamber, she realized how wrong she was.
Ethan Thomas, now ever more throughly enraged, turned and fired his pistol at his attacker, firing three shots, scoring two to the chest and one to the head. Shihoru saw her attacker turn to face her, heard the crack of gunfire, felt a sudden, sharp pain... and then nothing at all...
09:31, Day 2
Warehouse near Eastern Wharf
Saki Watanabe landed near the warehouse near the docks. She had definitely seen Shihoru being chased into this building as she flew back from her abortive attempt to flee the island. Entering through the open door, she yelled, "Shihoru!.... Are you all right?!"
As she walked around a large stack of shipping containers, a figure turned to face her, an unkempt looking man in a black shirt, with two bloody scratch marks across his face. In his hand was an object unlike anything Saki had seen before, but she could figure out what it had to be: a gun, but one that looked more menacing than the ones the Monster Rats used.
Saki was confused- why would a human carry a gun, unless he lacked Cantus... The man fired his gun, which spat out a stream of multiple gunshots without reloading... it was far more dangerous than the guns used by the Monster Rats.
Saki only just raised her Cantus as a shield in time. Using her powers, Saki blocked the bullets, causing them to fall to the floor harmlessing, their momentum halted.
"You got to be shitting me"!, Ethan Thomas said as he drew his pistol and took aim. At that moment, Saki realized that somehow, she had met a human who lacked Cantus, and yet had not been transmuted into a Monster Rat. This was dangerous- without Cantus he would not suffer from Death Feedback. He could kill with impunity.
Realizing this, Saki used her Cantus to crush the gun into a lump of useless twisted metal. As she did this, Saki felt a slight headache- apparently even this was enough to trigger the first "warning signs" of her death feedback.
"Calm down", Saki said, speaking in Japanese, trying to reach out to the man, "I'm not trying to hurt you".
It seemed, however, that the man did not understand her. She supposed it made sense, she had heard him speak a different language only a moment ago. Instead, the man opened his mouth as though to speak, but no words came out. Instead, she heard an ear-splitting screeching noise, and felt a sudden force knock her back about three meters. Then the man turned and ran out the back door of the warehouse.
After a few seconds, Saki got up and ran over to wear the man had been. As she did, she spotted something in a shipping container. Using her Cantus to summon a small flame to light the dark interior of the container, Saki realized to her horror exactly what it was.
Laying with her back slumped against the rear or the shipping container was Shihoru. Blood stained her clothing, and a holed was bored into her forehead. "Shihoru!", Saki yelled as she walked over to her friend. As she placed her hand on her neck, however, it was clear she had no pulse. How could she, after a wound like that.
"I'm sorry Shihoru", Saki said quietly, before turning away and saying, "I'll get the person who did this to you".
She might not be able to kill, but she could still stop him from ever killing again. For the first time in her life, the normally stable Saki felt dark thoughts rise up in her head. The headache that triggered if one even though attacking someone, the first warning of "Death Feedback" got more intense, but she didn't care. Perhaps she could incapacitate him and leave him for the wolves or some other island inhabitant to finish off... While she had not attempted any sort of bio-manipulation with her Cantus, perhaps she could even transmute him enough to allow her to attack him with impunity. When she discovered how this was done to non-Cantus using humans in the past, turning them into Monster Rats, she thought it was a horrible injustice, but for a murderer like him...
11:31, Day 5
Factory on the North side of the Island
Isaac Clarke had been on this island for five days now, and he still had no idea what was going on. One moment he had been on a Necromorph-infested space station and then he was on an island, having heard a broadcast on a loudspeaker about some kind of survival game.
Having explored the island, Isaac concluded he was probably on Earth, in some ruins that looked like they dated back to the 20th century. He had been fortunate. On board one of a ship- an ocean-going vessel rather than the spacecraft Isaac was used to- docked next to factory on the north end, he had found a cache of food and water. It was enough to keep him alive for a few days.
For the past couple days, Isaac had explored the north end of the island, but no encountered another person. At one point he had heard an explosion coming from a nearby apartment building, by the time he got there, whatever caused it was gone.
It was the third day before Isaac finally encountered another living thing- a group of large feral dogs, perhaps even wolves, if he actually was on Earth. Two of them tried to attack him, but could not bite through his RIG. Isaac pushed the attacking wolf away with his kinesis module and then then shot it with his plasma cutter, splitting its head open. A second shot from the plasma cutter took out the second attacking wolf, before the rest of the pack wisely fled the scene.
Two days later, Isaac was still living in the offices of the factory when he heard something, the sound of a door opening on the floor below him. Walking down the stairs with his plasma cutter held in front of him like a handgun, Isaac turned the corner to face...
A girl with purple hair holding a katana. "Stop right there!", Isaac called out to her cautiously, keeping his weapon raised, "Who are you? What do you want?!"
"I might ask the same of you, I'm just trying to survive and find a way off this island", the girl said in accented, but otherwise fluent English, "Lucia Konohana, Guardian agent."
"Suppose you're the same as me", Isaac said, not lowering his weapon, "Isaac Clarke, an engineer. What is exactly is 'Guardian'"
"I'm not supposed to discuss this, but given the situation, I'm not sure it matters. Guardian is a covert military unit tasked with countering the terrorist organization known as "Gaia", Lucia said, "I'm guessing you're not familiar with them either."
"So long the as you're not a Uni or a Necromorph", Isaac said.
"What are Unis and Necromorphs", Lucia asked.
"Never mind", Issac asked, "I take it you don't have any more idea what's going on than I do?"
"I woke up on this island a few days ago, and have been trying to survive ever since", Lucia replied, "Now that the introductions are out of the way, how about you lower your weapon". As she spoke, Lucia lowered her katana to her side, but kept it in her hand".
After a few seconds, Isaac did the same with his plasma cutter.
"Very well then, I'm assuming you are proposing we work together?", Lucia asked.
"Precisely", Isaac said, "I've been looking around here, and we have everything we need here to build a simple hovercraft which should allow use to go right over the mines".
"A hovercraft?", Lucia asked incredulously, "Even if you do build one, what about the automated guns that the Organizer mentioned in his broadcast?"
"I've got a plan to deal with those. Trust me, I'm an engineer", Issac said, "an explosively pumped flux compression generator", Isaac said, "Essentially a portable EMP device. If we build a big enough one, we should be able to fry the electronics of the automated guns for a good distance. There should be everything we need to build one here, but we're going to need to head out on a little scavenger hunt."
"So what do we need to building this thing?", Lucia asked.
"I have the list right here", Isaac said, producing a small piece of paper.
The list read:
- copper pipe
- copper wiring
- high explosives, ideally plastic- C-4 or Semtex
- soldering kit
- electrical tape
- angle grinder or metal saw
- two industrial fans
- plastic tarp
- engine from the small boat at the docks
Artyom Alekseyevich Chyornyg
15:31, Day 8
Heliport, South side of the Island
Artyom held his "Uboinik" handmade shotgun in hand as he quickly turned the corner, looking into the interior of a destroyed Huey helicopter lying on the helipad. There was definitely no escaping in this aircraft- half the rotors had been broken off, but Artyom knew full well that abandoned vehicles like this one might still have some useful cargo remaining inside even long after the had been immobilized.
The interior of the aircraft was deserted, so Artyom cautiously lowered his gun and entered the interior of the helicopters. There were no bodies inside, suggesting either they had been removed or the helicopter was destroyed while it was unmanned. For a moment, the aircraft appeared to have been stripped of anythting useful, but then, Artyom spotted something out of the corner of his eye.
Under one of the benches in the interior of the helicopter lay an olive drab metal box a little more than a meter long by about 40 centimeters wide and 15 cm tall. Artyom pulled the box out from the benches and undid the latches. It was unlocked.
Inside the box, Artyom found an AK-pattern assault rifle with three magazines of 5.45mm ammunition, as well as three MREs and two RGD-5 fragmentation grenades. A good haul. Artyom put down his shotgun and picked up with MREs, and then the grenades, placing them on his belt. He then picked up the AK.
It did not have wooden furniture like older AK-47s or 74s that were most common in the Metro, but rather black plastic furniture. The weapon was labeled on the side of the receiver as an AK-12, 5.45x39mm.
"Strange", Artyom thought, "The AK-12 is a bullpup rifle".
Nonetheless, it was a perfectly servicable weapon, and would certainly be more effective than the crudely made weapons he was equipped with. Artyom took the magazines and pocketed them. He placed the Uboinik and the remaining shells into the box and hid it under the helipad, covering it with rubble. Hopefully it would be there if he needed it, but if not, at least whoever found it would not be as well armed as he was.
15:31, Day 9
Factory, North side of the Island
"These are the HVAC fans we need", Isaac said, walking up to some fans attached to a large piece of machinery, closely followed by Lucia Konohana. Isaac was protected from the toxic fumes that had filled the factory since the ventilation system stopped functioning, but somehow, his companion, in spite of being unprotected, was able to move around without showing any signs of being effected by the gas. Initially Isaac had been mystified by that, but by now, he had gotten used to the mysterious abilities of the girl.
"We need the whole machine or just the fans?", Lucia asked.
"Just the fans", Isaac replied, "We'll be running them off of the boat engine we got yesterday".
"Got it", Lucia replied. Normally she would avoid touching machinery given propensity to damage it, but most of the internal systems were already damaged beyond repair, it was really just the fan blades and the cover that they needed.
As such, Lucia did not hesitate as she placed her hands below the fan and let out a grunt as she let ripped the fan off the end of the larger HVAC unit and lifted it up.
Isaac turned as soon he hard the fan being broken off and said, "Clearly there's much more to you than meets the eye"
"Let's just say I can not only survive in toxic environments, but it actually enhances my strength", Lucia replied, "I'd rather not talk about how I ended up this way".
"Fine with me", Isaac replied as he turned back to the fan, "I have my fair share of shit I'd rather not talk about"
At that moment, Isaac turned his hand to the fan. At that moment, the fan lifted off the HVAC unit of its own accord and started floating in midair a few meters in front of Isaac.
"I see you haven't revealed all of your abilities either.", Lucia replied.
"Yeah", Issac replies, "Well you can never be too careful. I should no that best of all. Now what do you say we get this stuff back the docks.".
15:31, Day 9
Apartment complex, south of the factory
Lucia Konohana walked down a ruined hallway of an abandoned apartment building on the third floor, walking immediately in front of Isaac Clarke. This maze apartment buildings was the shortest route to the higher ground in the center of the island- on this floor was a skybridge that led straight to the entrance to mine on the upper part of the island, and hopefully there they should be able to find the explosives they needed.
Suddenly, however, Lucia spotted something that might save them the trip.
"Over there, in that room.", Lucia said, "I found something that looks like a weapons cache".
"Be careful", Isaac said, "If there are other people on this island, it could be a trap."
"I know.", Lucia replied, "Stay outside and cover the stairs."
In spite of the best laid plans, however, little did she know, Minene Uryuu listened from a few rooms away. She had been quietly tailing the two ever since they started their little scavenger hunt. Apparently they needed explosives for some kind of EMP bomb... Well she was going to give them explosives all right...
As Lucia opened the metal canister, she spotted her prize, two blocks of a white solid that looked like modeling clay wrapped in a black plastic wrapping. The label read, "Charge, Demolition, M112. 1/4 lb C-4".
Lucia never noticed the small electronic device with wires connected to each of the blocks, for at that moment, the explosives went up in a flash of fire, killing Lucia instantly. The blast wave spray what was left of her body everywhere, causing her toxic blood to begin disintegrating the concrete structure of the building. Less than a second later, the ceiling of the room collapsed, though the building remained standing.
Lucia Konohana eliminated
As the explosives detonated, Isaac Clarke was thrown against the wall, but caused only light injury. As it was, it probably probably saved his life- the blast has thrown Lucia's sword directly above him with such force that it was embedded in the concrete.
As Isaac got up, he heard the crack of gunfire. Several rounds flew past him, one grazing the side of his helmet. Isaac ducked into the next room down the hallway, an abandoned apartment much like all the others in the building and more bullets whizzed past him. Peeking out, he drew his plasma cutter and fired off three shots. The blasts of energy missing his target, instead blowing chunks of concrete out of the wall at the end of the hallway.
Minene, meanwhile, having run out of ammo from the one magazine in the AK-47 she had stolen from Martin Walker's arms cache the previous week, got out a grenade and throw it towards the room Isaac was taking cover in.
Fortunately for Isaac, he chose that moment to peek out from behind cover. Isaac activated his kinesis module and grabbed the grenade in midair, returning it to Minene.
Shocked as her own grenade landed next to her, Minene ducked behind a concrete support column just in time to escape the explosion. Lacking any more ammunition for her AK, she instead resorted to drawing her Walther and fired two shots, hoping to take out her enemy as soon as possible.
At that moment, however, her adversary showed her another trick. Minene was hit by Isaac's stasis module, slowing her movements to a crawl. Isaac placed the laser sight of his plasma cutter right across her face... It looked like Minene had found herself in a situation even her diary could not save her from.
At that moment, however, Minene had a stroke of luck that saved her life. In the excitement of the fight, Isaac did not realize his plasma cutter was out of charge. As he reloaded the device, the stasis module wore off. Minene was free to move at full speed.
She fired three more shots from her pistol. Isaac was forced to retreat around a corner. Minene let out a sadistic grin as she removed a detonator from her belt. This corner did not lead to another abandoned apartment- it led to the skybridge across to the mine entrance.
As Isaac ran around the corner and onto the concrete skybridge, he felt a sudden force throw him into the air, and then nothing at all. Isaac Clarke was thrown dozens of meters into the air, as the skybridge exploded, having never realized he walked directly into Minene's trap. He was dead before his body hit the ground.
Isaac Clarke eliminated
15:31, Day 9
Outside the apartment complex, south of the factory
Martin Walker hurried over to the apartment complex when he explosions coming from the apartment building. Given that the purple-haired woman who had stolen from him a few days ago had a penchent for using explosives, the ex-Delta Force operator suspected she might be there.
Sure enough, almost as soon as Martin got within visual range of the building, he saw the woman with her distinctive purple hair run out of the building. Martin did not hesitate for a second as he raised his AA-12 automatic shotgun.
Walker depressed the trigger, firing a burst of three FRAG-12 explosive shells. The shells flew across the roughly 100 meters of distance before detonating as they neared the door. The three explosive slugs went up in a flash of fire and blood.
Minene Uryuu collapsed instantly, her face reduced to a bloody mess, having never realized what hit her.
Minene Uryuu eliminated
As his target crumpled to ground, Martin Walker cautiously advanced towards the body of his downed adversary. Looting the body of his foe, Martin picked up Minene's PPK. It was hardly his first choice of weapon, but in this situation, one could never have enough firepower. The small handgun could also be easily concealed, which could prove useful if he ever needed to surprise an enemy who thought his unarmed. More useful was the Mark II grenade on her body. It was not as effective as the M67s he carried, but a grenade was still a grenade.
15:31, Day 12
Dynamite storage, mine, island center
Chuck Greene stood over a table in the dynamite storage of the abandoned mine on the island. A few days ago, he found a compound bow and arrows in a weapons cache. While it was inferior in terms of firepower to his handgun and shotgun, Chuck took the weapon with him on the off chance the mine still had some dynamite left in the explosives storage. Thus far, Chuck had not run into any of the other combatants, though he had seen them fighting from a distance and come across the bodies. He realized they were armed with explosives and automatic weapons. If he wanted to defend himself, he needed more firepower.
As it turned out, he was in luck. While it was pretty picked over, one crate of explosives remained, filled with ten sticks of dynamite. Now Chuck has the sticks of dynamite laid out on the table. picking up an arrow, he placed it next to a stick of dynamite, and then unwrapped a few inches of duct tape, before wrapping it around the dynamite and the arrow.
Repeating this performance on both end of the arrow, Chuck placed the arrow aside and went to work on the next one. After a few minutes working he had ten dynamite-tipped arrows.
This was old trick he first came up within the Fortune City outbreak, something he called the "Blambow", a stick of dynamite attacked an arrow, capable of turning a bow into an improvised grenade launcher.
15:31, Day 15
Shopping mall, South Island
Chuck Greene walked into an abandoned shopping mall, with his shotgun in hand, the improvised stock- actually the handle of a pitchfork he attached to act as both stock and bayonet on his shoulder.
The former motocross rider and Fortune City zombie outbreak survivor walked past a foul-smelling pile of guts and bones, the remains of three of the pack of wolves that ended up loose on this island. There weren't many left on the island at this point, and these three had been killed two weeks ago by another survivor on this island.
By this point, however, he was gone. Instead, Chuck Greene encountered another survivor on this island, a former FBI agent who had recently relapsed back into alcoholism. Having seen one stash destroyed, after a week of withdrawals, he found the remains of a liquor store that he had hole up in ever since. At the beginning of the survival game, Ethan Thomas might have seen this for what it was, a set up by the Organizer to trap him back into his old habit under duress, but at this point, he had long since stopped caring. All he cared about was survival and protecting his stash of "stress relief aids", and that everyone else on, as far as he was concerned, was a threat.
At that moment, Ethan Thomas heard footstep outside the store. Peeking outside, MP5K in hand, Ethan spotted a man with an odd weapon that looked like a shotgun with a pitchfork duct taped to it.
Ethan fired a burst from the submachine gun at Chuck, who only ducked behind a large concrete pillar just in time. The shallow 20-round magazine of Ethan's weapon quickly runs dry and Chuck take the time to fire two blasts of buckshot from the shotgun.
Both of the shotgun blasts miss, serving only to shatter a nearby window as Ethan returns fire, having reloaded his MP5K. This time, a shot grazes Chuck's shoulder, but does not seriously injure him. It does, however, cause him to drop the shotgun and draw his CZ-75, firing off several more shots at Ethan, who dove behind a large concrete trash can which proved thick enough to stop the rounds.
At that moment, Ethan got up, but instead of firing his weapon, he opened his mouth as though to speak, but no sound came out. Instead, there was a deafening roar as the column Chuck was taking cover behind exploded and threw Chuck through the air, knocking the pistol out of his hand.
Chuck Greene did not have time to wonder how his adversary had done that- his entire mind was focused on getting up, into a store a few meters away. He made it, but he had been disarmed of both his guns, he had only one weapon left: the bow and the dynamite arrows he had crafted a few days previously. He was lucky... whatever that was... hadn't set off the explosives attached to the arrows.
Ethan Thomas advanced slowly, his SIG Sauer in hand, having expended both magazines of his MP5K. As he did so, he saw a blur of yellow come running out of the store in front of him. Ethan fired his pistol, but the three shots all missed.
Then, he saw an object trailing sparks fly from his adversary, and less than a second later, felt a sharp pain in his chest. Looking down, Ethan saw an arrow embedded in his chest, with a lit stick of dynamite attached to it.
Before he could do anything else, the fuse reached its end, and dynamite exploded, horribly mangling Ethan's upper body in a flash of fire and blood.
Ethan Thomas eliminated
20:53, Day 15
Shopping mall, South Island
Saki Watanabe walked into the darkened abandoned shopping mall, using the pyrokinetic powers granted by her Cantus to illuminate the interior of the building that was so alien to her, yet had become so familiar in the last few weeks since she was transported here.
Up ahead, she spotted something lying on the floor. Moving over to examine it, Saki saw an object about the size of a melon lying on the ground. Moving closer, she realized to her horror that it was a severed head. After what happened to Shihoru, she had come across yet another death.
Looking closer, Saki realized who it was: the man who had murdered Shihoru. Part of her was disappointed- after Shihoru died, Saki had contemplated ways to cheat the "Death Feedback" on her Cantus, to find a way to kill the man with out suffering the same fate. The other half of Saki's mind was horrified at herself for thinking such a thing, but then again... didn't many of the people of her village think the same way about the Monster Rats after their attack that killed thousands and destroyed their homes.
From what she saw in discovering the true nature of the society of she lived in, it was clear that "Death Feedback" had done nothing to end violence. People still committed acts of violence, even if they had to find ways to cheat "Death Feedback". Humans with Cantus, humans without such powers, and Monster Rats, they were all capable of horrific atrocities under the right conditions. It seemed to simply be part of human nature.
Still, Saki couldn't simply allow this to happen. The Organizer, he was the one to blame, and she would find a way to put a stop to this madness...
20:53, Day 19
Western Marina, West of the management residences
Martin Walker entered an abandoned restaurant on the south side of the marina next to what was formerly the staff residence area. Sweeping his AA-12 automatic shotgun to the left and then to the right, he quickly ascertained that the abandoned dining area was clear.
Moving quickly into the area, Walker entered the back room. Inside he found a shelf containing several cans of assorted preserved foods. As he began collecting the items, however, he heard footsteps at the door.
Turning to face the source of the sound, Walker saw a man in a yellow racing jumpsuit, armed with a shotgun with the end of a pitchfork attached like a bayonet. Walker fired his AA-12 at the man, who dove out a window as he saw Walker turn to face him, dropping his shotgun in the process. The FRAG-12 explosive shells flew out out window and exploded, destroying a boat moored at the dock.
Chuck Greene grabbed one of the dynamite arrows from his "blambow" and lit the fuse. Not having time to shoot it, he threw it through the window like a grenade. Walker hit the deck, avoiding any injury. By the time the smoke cleared, Chuck had jumped from the dock onto a floating boat, only to jump away, just in time to evade a burst of four explosive slugs.
The explosive rounds tore apart the cab and hull of the boat as Chuck ran, drawing his CZ-75 pistol and firing three shots at Walker. One round grazed Walker's arm as he advanced.
Another burst from the AA-12, and a FRAG-12 hit a gas pump on the end of the docks, sending it up in a colossal ball of flames, sending Chuck flying several feet through the air.
For a moment, it looked Walker had won, however, a second later, Chuck Greene rolled on the ground, extinguishing the flames on his back and ran for it, firing five shots from his pistol behind him, hoping to suppress his attacker.
The bullets, however, were unaimed and missed Walker by at least a meter. The ex-Delta Force soldier fired has AA-12 at the house Greene ran into, blowing away a large section of wall with a burst of five explosive slugs.
As Walker cautiously advanced into toward the house, Walker received no incoming fire. He was sure his adversary had to be dead. Walker entered the building cautiously, leaving his guard up.
It was at this point that he heard a strange buzzing sound and saw a green light burst from a closet as it was forced open. The man in the racing jumpsuit was holding what looked like a flashlight with some jewelry stuck on the end, but somehow, a green-colored beam of light about four feet long was emminating from the end.
"What the fuck!", Walker exclaimed, as the man swung the flashlight.
It was a trick Chuck Greene did not fully understand himself, but somehow, during the Fortune City zombie outbreak, he had figured out that if you took a bunch of gemstones placed it over the end of a flashlight in just the right way, it would focus the beam into a deadly beam capable of burning through flesh- effectively turning it into a lightsaber.
Chuck swung the blade, which burned through the AA-12 barrel, as well as Walker's left hand. Captain Martin Walker collapsed back in shock and pain. He did not know precisely what hit him, but he knew that, even with the cauterizing effect of the blade, it had opened a major artery, and there was no way he could get help in time. It was over for Walker.
But not before he could take his enemy with him. With the last of his strength, Walker pulled the Beretta 92 from his side and emptied the entire magazine into the blurry image of Chuck Greene as his sight began to fade.
Chuck Greene was struck in the chest by several rounds. If this alone didn't kill him, the tenth bullet went right through his body and hit one of the dynamite charges for his "blambow" arrows. All 16 remaining dynamite arrows exploded, sending the entire house up in a flash of fire and a cloud of flying debris. The explosion finished off both of the already mortally wounded occupants of the house.
Chuck Green eliminated
Martin Walker eliminated
Timeskip: Week Eight
17:31, Day 53
Underground tunnels leading to the mine
Artyom had spent much time in the underground railroad tunnels under running between the entrance to the mine and the factory- the short rail line was dark and foreboding for most of the people trapped on this island, but oddly comforting to Artyom- it was not so different from the Metro in which he had spent much of his life.
For weeks now, Artyom had not heard many gunshots or ran into anyone. All of those who were foolish enough to go looking for fights were long dead, as were all of the the wolves that had gotten loose on the island.
Nonetheless, Artyom had spent his time preparing for a fight, collecting caches of food and fortiftying his position in the underground rail tunnels, which he had explored throughly, having found all potential escape routes. The first bloodbath had passed, but the second would be coming soon. After all, while the loss of several people in the first three weeks had extended the supply of food, it would only be a matter of time until the caches became depleted and people got desperate.
At that moment, Artyom heard the ring of the tin cans filled with stones he had placed as a crude alarm. Readying his weapon, he saw a sillhouette of a man illuminated in his flashlight.
Artyom gave a shout in Russian, "Don't move or I will shoot you! Now turn around slowly and leave!"
The figure clearly did not understand him- after all, Artyom was pretty sure he was the only Russian speaker on this island.
The man, however, did not retreat or draw his gun. Insteand, he did something Artyom could not have expect expected- he raised his hand and threw a ball of fire at him.
Artyom rolled out of the way, evading the fireball as it burst behind him and fired a burst of 5.45mm rounds out of his AK-12.
The burst of fire narrowly missed Booker DeWitt's shoulder. The former agent didn't like the idea of killing the man, but he could not understand him, and from Booker's experience, he couldn't trust anyone, least of all someone you couldn't understand. After all, "either you draw first, or not at all".
Booker returned fire with the M14 rifle he found hidden in the arms cache. Booker of course did not know the name of the weapon, but it looked and performed similarly enough to the semi-automatic rifles he had found in Columbia.
The shots from Booker's rifle forced Artyom to dive behind an wrecked mine cart and raise his AK, firing a second burst that sent Booker diving for cover. In attempt to force his adversary out of cover, Booker activated his "Bucking Bronco" Vigor.
A look of shock appeared on Artyom's face as he felt his body ascend, the AK falling out of his hand as he was pulled into the air by some invisible force. Even hanging upside-down, Artyom could still see clearly, his eyes accustomed to the dark of the tunnels he had been living in.
As though in slow motion, Booker DeWitt drew his "Broadsider", a Columbian copy of the Mauser C96. At the same time, Artyom reached for his revolver. In spite of being suspended in mid-air, Artyom was just as quick on the draw as he adversary. If anything, he was faster.
Both guns were lined up on their targets, but Artyom's trigger finger was just that little bit faster. He squeezed the trigger on his revolver. Single .44 magnum round impacted Booker DeWitt's head, killing him instantly.
Before Booker's remains even hit the ground, the effect of Booker's Vigor wore off, its user dead. Artyom hit the ground with a bellowed Russian obscenity, but otherwise unhurt.
Day 61, 19:43
South end of the island
The island that nine week ago has been the home of thirteen unwilling inhabitants had been reduced in population to only four people. The rest had all killed each other, either in a desperate struggle for limited resources, or else they had simply been driven to madness in this situation.
On the south end of the island was the camp of one such survivor, a woman from a world very different from the one named Saki Watanabe. Thanks to the psychic powers or Cantus that she possessed, Saki had survived in spite of the dangerous enemies and inhospitable conditions.
Her attempts to escape the island and rescue the only friend she had made on the island, that girl named Shihoru, had failed, and Shihoru had been murdered by one of the psychopathic participants in this sick game. For a moment, Saki had been swept up in the madness of the island, contemplated trying to find a way to cheat her "Death Feedback", the genetic modification placed in her body by the founders of her society, which prevented her from killing on pain of death, in order to avenge her friend.
In the end, however, the Shihoru's killer had met his fate at the hands of another on the island. Ever since Shihoru's death, Saki had not associated with others on the island- from what she could tell from her limited interactions with them, the survivors were all extremely dangerous, and Saki had to survive.
Her experiences first in her own society- her discovery of the disposal of children and the transmutation of non-psychic humans into Monster Rats, the more Saki began to believe that violence and atrocities would remains as long as there were humans. And yet, she could not simply stand by and do nothing, if she could not eliminate the violence, she could at least limit it as much as possible.
Right now, that meant surviving to confront this "Organizer" and put a stop to his sick games by any means necessary. But in order to do that, she had to survive for three months on this island, at least according the "Organizer's" broadcast. She had counted 61 sunrises and sunsets. That however, meant that there would be at least another three weeks or so left, and food was running low.
While she did not much like the idea of venturing into unexplored territory, Saki realized she had to. In order to do so as safely as possible, Saki would fly above the island as aerially recon the area. As long as she stay out of range of those automated guns the Organizer had placed, she would be safe.
Day 61, 19:43
Central intake tower of the mine
The man known as "Gun Gun" lay in wait in his usual home base, at the ventilation intake tower on the central mine in the middle of the island. Here, on the top of the structure, he reconned the surroundings with the scope on the Black Barrel.
Having fought against A-Rays, Angels, and even the Ultimate Ones, all far stronger adversaries, "Gun God" knew only too well that getting into fights carelessly would only cost you your life. One had to know your enemy, their strengths, their weaknesses, their capabilities, and strike at the opportune moment.
Of course, sometimes you got lucky- "Gun God" has seen this himself when he killed Type Venus with a single shot from his "Black Barrel", but he knew better than to rely on luck to survive.
So for all of the battle, "Gun God" had proceeded cautiously, observing from a distance, gathering supplies covertly, and waited for his foes to finish each other off. From the intel he had gathered, most of his foes seemed strangely like normal humans- he was sure he was the only one left, and yet, that was also to his advantage. For once in his life, he would be fighting on even terms should he have to face them.
But there was one he was less sure about... that girl, one of the four survivors. He could be sure, having been away for his post gathering food from most of it, but something she did has triggered the gun turrets the organizers has mentioned, and further more, he could have sworn he saw her flying through the air.
Looking at her more closely through the scope, however, the she did not appear to be an "Angel", the most powerful of the A-Rays, an artificial humanoid with wings like the angels of Judeo-Christan traditions. Still, it was prudent to keep an eye on her. If she was anything like an angel, she had the power to unleash destructive rivalling a nuclear weapon.
As "Gun God" looked down on the figure on the south side of the island, she suddenly flew up into the air at high speeds. She had to be an Angel, or at least some kind of A-Ray. "Gun God" readied his rifle and took aim, firing a single shot at the flying figure.
The bullet flew just past Saki Watanabe's head. As "Gun God" adjusted his fire and fired a second shot, Saki turned and flew at the source of the gunshot. She could not kill the man without activating her death feedback, but she could disarm him, but she had to get in close enough to precisely use her Cantus.
To buy her some time, Saki used her powers to create a flash of flame a couple meters in front of the her attacker. The sniper recoiled and fell backward, dropping his gun. As he reached to pick up the weapon, the girl landed right in front of him.
Before "Gun God" could grab the Black Barrel, the barrel of the rifle was bent upwards at a 90-degree angle. "Gun God" then felt himself pinned to the ground concrete floor of the roof of the structure by some invisible force.
The "A-Ray", however, did not finish him off, and instead began speaking in some strange language. "Gun God" did not understand what she was saying, and after a few seconds, she seemed to realize this as well, and started attempting some kind of sign language.
As the "A-Ray" began making the signs with its hands, "Gun God" felt the grip of the invisible force weaken. Perhaps the "A-Ray"'s concetration was being broken by attempting to communicate. While "Gun God" didn't know why the "A-Ray" did not kill him, he did not trust them, and realized it was now or never.
Reaching to his side, "Gun God" pulled out the pistol he had excavated along with the Black Barrel and fired three shots. Before Saki could react, she was struck three times in the chest, causing her to collapse to her knees. She tried to summon her Cantus to stop the bleeding, but she was in too much pain to control it. A second later, a fourth shot rang out, and everything went black.
Saki Watanabe eliminated
"Railway tunnels, leading north from the mine"
Day 62, 7:42
Central intake tower of the mine
The man known as "Gun God" crept cautiously through the railway tunnels that led north from his hiding place at the top of the ventilation shaft. His food supply still had enough for a couple more weeks, but in his last fight, he had lost his Black Barrel, he was down to only his sidearm.
Hopefully, he'd find one of caches the "Organizer" mentioned and get a hold of a weapon. About a kilometer to the north, "Gun God" found a barricade made of upturned mining carts blocking up an area light by electric lights powered by a generator. Cautiously, he vaulted the cart barrier, pistol in hand- this barricade had to have been built by someone after this twisted game had begun, and that meant the builder could still be here.
On the other side, resting against the upturned mine cart was a rifle made entirely of black metal, save for a wooden grip and skeleton stock, with a scope mounted on top. The barrel was covered by a thick cylindrical structure, as though it had an integral suppressor. By the lights that had been installed in the area, "Gun God" could just barely see the letters "BCC". The survivor of the distant apocalypse had no idea that in the language they were written, this would have been read as "VSS.
After "Gun God" grabbed the rifle and three 20-round magazines placed next to it, he saw area beyond the barricade has a large cache of food, weapons, and ammunition placed against the walls of the tunnel. This was definitely someone's hideout.
As "Gun God" prepared to retreat, he felt a sharp pain in the back of his head, not even enough to damage his skull, but a second of skin on the back of his head had been grazed.
Looking behind him, he saw a large metal arrow with a four-sided barbed head. Turning to the tunnels head, "Gun Gun" spotted a figure sillhouetted against the light. He rolled behind another mine cart just in time to avoid a second arrow fired by the man in the distance.
"Gun God" got up and took aim at the man with his VSS and fired a short burst, the muffled sound of the weapon confirming that it was indeed integrally suppressed. This forced the man on the other end of the tunnel into cover.
About 20 meters away, Artyom put down his Helsing and got out one of the RGD-5 grenades he found in an arms cache, pulling the pin and lobbed it across the tunnel. The grenade landed next to the man known only as "Gun God".
"Gun God" rolled out of the way and ducked behind another mine cart, separating him from the deadly blast. As soon as the grenade exploded, Artyom fired a burst from his AK, narrowly missing "Gun God" as he tried to fire his VSS, forcing him back to cover.
As he did, however, "Gun God" noticed something that would turn the tides of this battle: A AA-12 automatic shotgun was laying on the floor, a weapon Artyom had taken from the remains of two a fallen participant he found dead next to a second dead body.
Now the weapon Artyom had taken from a fallen foe would be taken from him by another, and it would prove to be his undoing. "Gun God" fired a burst of FRAG-12 explosive slugs at Artyom.
Five slugs exploded in the tunnel, touching off a bundle of grenades and other explosives at the other end of the tunnel. The blast collapsed a small portion of the tunnel. Artyom was killed instantly as he was buried by a pile of rock and earth that blocked off the tunnel.
After several seconds without any return fire, "Gun God" got up cautiously and saw the collapsed tunnel. Realizing his opponent had to be dead, he gathered up any remaining food and weapons as quickly as possible, wanting to get out of the potentially unstable tunnel as soon as he could.
Day 66, 19:43
Apartment complex, north end of the island
The Courier of the Mojave stood hidden in his base in an apartment building that surrounded a courtyard on three sides. The courtyard ended in a larger staircase, overlooking everything, and served as the main entrance to the apartments. There was only one way in or out.
Within the first few weeks, the Courier had found as many caches of food and ammo as he could, and kept himself holed up here, turning the place into a fortress and blocked off all the entrances with mines and booby traps.
So far, the Courier hadn't seen much of the other contestants. At most, he had seen a few off with a burst of fire from his trusted 12.7mm SMG or the M4 carbine he got his hands on early in the contect, but he didn't think he killed any of them- they had all been too far for VATs, the Vault-Tec Assisted Targetting System to get a fix on.
From the sounds of gunfire that he had heard since he had arrived on the island, however, the people trapped on here has been keeping themselves very busy killing each other. For a few days now the sounds of battle had stopped. Surely that would mean there were only few left.
By this point, surely there would be enough supplies for all of the survivors to make it out alive. But the Courier doubted it would end this way. Humans were naturally violent creatures, and war... war never changes...
As he was caught in this thought, he saw a figure approach the entrance of the courtyard. The courier readied his M4 in case they turned out to be hostile. At that moment, it became extremely obvious that they were hostile.
The figure fired an rocket at the Courier. As the streak of fire drew nearer, the Courier activated his VATS. Thankfully, the system worked with the rifle he acquired on the island. As the rocket reached a distance of about 60 meters, the VATS told him he had an 80% chance to intercept the rocket.
The Courier had taken far more risky bets in his time, and pulled back the trigger. The M4 spat out a burst of three rounds, which impacted the rocket, causing it to explode in midair.
"Gun God" tossed the RPG-7 he had acquired from an arms cache aside and ran for it as a burst of fire narrowly missed him. As he ran towards the door to the apartment block, he drew his Barrel Replica pistol and fired three shots at an object on the door frame.
The improvised land mine exploded while "Gun God" was well short of its effective radius, allowing the man known a "Gun God" to jump into the hallway, which ran along the exterior of the courtyard. You had to keep your wits about you and noticed every detail to survive as long as he had in the "Land of Steel", and clearly here was no different.
Removing the GM-94 he had taken from Artyom's cache, "Gun God" took aim and fired the weapon at the staircase where the Courier was standing. The Courier only barely had enough time to dive out of the way, into a door leading to an apartment block on the opposite side of the courtyard to the one "Gun God" now occupied.
Two more thermobaric grenades slammed into the walls of the apartment block, gutting the rooms then landed in and sending a cascade of glass and brick raining down to the courtyard below. After three shots, however, the Courier was still unharmed, having taken cover in a corridor separating him from the front row of apartments.
Cautiously moving out to a window, the Courier readied one of those mysterious grenade he found in Camp Searchlight. He pulled the pin on the self-proclaimed "Holy Frag Grenade" and tossed it across the courtyard.
Will a skilled throw, the grenade landed in the room next to the one "Gun God" was standing in and exploded with a far greater force that should have been possible for a device of its size. The walls and ceiling of the room collapsed and "Gun God" was blown against a wall by the blast.
But it was not the end for "Gun God", he had survived far more. Fighting off the ringing in his ears, he pushed the debris off of himself and got up, firing the VSS he had taken from his previous kill and fired it at his enemy. The gun kicked back as it spat a burst of automatic weapons fire that barely missed the Courier.
"Gun God" adjusted the VSS to semi-auto only and reacquired his target, the gun now set into a fire mode he was more accustomed to, more like the "Black Barrel" he so recently lost in the fight with that "Angel".
He never got the chance to fire, however. As "Gun God's" head was highlighted in the scope of his VATS, the Courier raised his custom "Sequoia" BFR revolver, a special model given to him by the New California Republic, engraved with a grizzly bear, the emblem of the Republic, for his service in holding Hoover Dam. The weapon, which the Courier personally referred to as "Grizzly Fate" let out a thunderous roar and a flash of fire as it released a .45-70 round.
The massive bullet flew across the courtyard in less than a second and struck "Gun God" in the forehead, the back of his head exploding in a spray of blood. The man who slew a god was vanquished by one like himself, a mere mortal with a really badass gun.
Day 66, 20:00
Apartment complex, north end of the island
As the sound of helicopter rotors filled the air, the Courier ran to the roof of the building. He had heard the sound before- the Enclave Remnants had a Vertibird, and the NCR also operated a few, but they were far from common.
As he exited the roof access of the building, he saw the craft was not a Vertibird, but a helicopter like the kind he had seen in photos from before the war. The helicopter slowly landed, touching down on the roof of the building, and a single man walked out of a door on the side.
The Courier scanned the figure with VATS, which labelled him as "The Organizer". He had no idea how the device know what his name was, but somehow it did.
"Congratulations on your victory, Courier", the man said, "As you might have guessed, I am the organizer whose voice you heard on the radio."
"The gun turrets are disabled, correct", The Courier asked, "I'm free to leave?"
"Correct", the Organizer said, "Now, let us discuss your prize, I can arrange it to be converted into caps or..."
The Courier was not listening, he didn't care about whatever prize this sick bastard was offering. He was no different from Father Elijah, kidnapping people for his own purposes. Right now, Elijah must have either died of starvation or else committed suicide, trapped in that vault at the Sierra Madre.
The Courier didn't have a gold vault to trap the Organizer in, so this would have to do...
The Courier drew his revolver and fired a single shot, right through the Organizer's head. He was dead before he hit the ground. The pilot of the helicopter tried to take off, but the Courier was too quick for him.
The Courier grabbed the skids and climbed up into the aircraft as it took off. Pointing his gun at the pilot, he commanded, "Fly me to the mainland".
The Courier didn't know what he would find there, but he had survived this much, surely he could handle whatever the mainland could throw at him...
NOTE: The numbers of kills is exclusive to the "simulation" and considered separate from and not taken into account with regard to placing.
- Kousuke Kira:
- 12th Place/4 points
- Kills: 0
Kousuke Kira may have survived for extended period in a death game on an island inhabited by hostile wildlife, and was armed with an arsenal of explosives, however, he lacked any experience fighting adversaries with weapons different than his own. Add to that his psychopathic personality making it likely he will attack the first person he sees landed him in dead last.
- 11th place/ 12 points
- Kills: 0
Shihoru's magic gives her a number of tactical options, including both disabling shadow magic and powerful lightning magic for offensive purposes. Unfortunately for Shihoru, she falls into typical cliche of mages being poor in melee combat. Her amnesia of her past before Grimgar only makes things worse for her. Because of this, Shihoru was the second to go down.
- Lucia Konohana:
- 10th place/ 13 points
- Kills: 1
Lucia's primary weakness is that the vibrations inherent from her augmentations make it difficult for her to use firearms, and her superhuman abilities, while impressive, are not sufficient to dodge bullets, making her vulnerable to small arms fire. Her support abilities, most notably the dermal toxin and poison immunity/enhancement may let her get the drop on an unwary adversary, but ultimately she outgunned by more heavily armed opponents.
- Isaac Clarke
- 9th place/ 18 points
- Kills: 0
Isaac has the most advanced weapons and equipment of all the combatants, and had experience fighting both Necromorphs and human adversaries, but in this arena, he is limited to the ammo he has with him for the plasma cutter before he would be forced to use weapons he was not used to operating. The stasis and kinesis module, as well as the environment suit of his RIG give him some useful tricks that helped him survive for a while, but it was decided that sooner or later, he would run out of ammo for his plasma cutter and his combat effectiveness would be severely reduced.
- Minene Uryuu
- 8th place/ 20 points
- Kills: 2
Minene gets this far with her experience in fighting against dangerous adversaries in the survival game, as well as her experience as a terrorist and surviving in the Middle East. Her future diary would give her the ability to escape a dangerous situation, but she cannot read it all the time, especially in a fight. In the end, however, she was more suited to surprise attacks with explosives, and sooner or later, she would get caught in an open fight and eliminated.
- Ethan Thomas
- 7th place/ 25 points
- Kills: 1
Ethan Thomas was experienced in close combat and the use of firearms, and his voice attack gave him addiitonal offensive options. While a powerful combatant, his poor mental health score made it likely that he would snap under pressure and get into a fight he could no win.
- Martin Walker
- Tied for 6th Place/ 28 Points
- Kills: 2
Martin Walker was probably the best trained of all of the combatants and had substantial combat experience as an ex-Delta Force soldier. This allowed him to outlast many of the combatants, including some with actual "superpowers" in spite of having none himself. What ultimately proved his downfall, however, was his poor mental health, that left him prone to attacking other participants on sight and making alliances unlikely, and could also lead to a fatal mistake.
- Chuck Greene
- Tied for 6th Place/ 28 Points
- Kills: 2
Chuck Greene had no formal military training, however, he had extensive experience surviving the Fortune City zombie outbreak, having taken on both zombies and psychopathic survivors of the outbreak. Greene even managed to fight and win against heavily armed mercenaries and military personnel in the form of Sgt. Dwight Boykin. Greene is also highly resourceful and could construct devastating (if in some case ridiculous) weapons from everyday items, which could catch an enemy off guard. In the end, however, he simply did not have the survival or combat experience of some of the higher-ranked participants.
- Booker DeWitt
- 5th Place/ 32 points
- Kills: 0
Booker DeWitt was a highly skilled combatant, having taken on heavily armed human adversaries and hostile automatons in Columbia, and is highly intelligent, figuring out some of the advanced technologies in Columbia that are far beyond his technology level. His vigors also give him diverse abilities that allow him to get the drop on his adversaries. In spite of this, the limits of his loadout, including his older weapons technology in the C96 and the fact that he would eventually run out of Salts for his Vigors limited him to fifth place.
- Saki Watanabe
- 4th Place/ 34 points
- Kills: 0
Saki Watanabe manages to reach fourth place thanks to her powerful Cantus, which gives her practically all of the abilities she needs to find food, make shelter, make fire, and otherwise survive. Unfortunately, the "Death Feedback" that prevents her from killing humans lest she die as well (though she can use her powers to disarm or incapacitate) essentially forces her to play defensively, meaning she will survive a while, but ultimately only make fourth place.
- 3rd Place/37 Points
- Kills: 1
Artyom was one of the most capable survivors in this match, with extensive combat experience and surviving conditions that were arguably more dangerous than this scenario, and was one of the last to go down. In general, the only things that kept him from scoring higher were his lack of any form of "superpower" or technology significantly beyond what exists in the real world. Another possible issue is was his propensity to hallucinations, though much of that may be the result of the influence of the Dark Ones, so it was not clear how much it would affect him in their absence.
- Gun God
- 2nd Place/48 Points
- Kills: 2
Gun God was literally the ultimate survivor in his world, the last unmodified human alive on an Earth devasted by pollution and war, and is also a skilled combatant, managing to take down numerous superhuman adversaries and even an entity with godlike power with nothing but his marksmanship skill, a bit of luck, and a really badass gun. While he is killed off in the simulation, realistically, he would probably make it to the end of the contest alive.
- Courier 6
- 1st Place/52 Points
- Kills: 1
The Courier takes first place in this clash of survivors thanks the sheer bredth of situations he has been faced with, having fought against heavily armed hostile factions, cutthroat raiders, and dangerous wasteland wildlife, proven himself able to find food and water reliably in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and proven himself skilled at handling technology. It was this experience that the experts believe gave him the win in this clash of survivors.