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Date - November 8th, 2017

Diary Entry - Ivan the Immunologist

Log Entry


I sit here broken. There are some things in life that you never think you will see happen. There are some things that change you so irrevocably that there is no bouncing back. Yesterday was one of those days...a day when history was permanently scared. When our psyche’s were stripped of its sanity. It all began 5 days ago...

I remember laughing with Veronica in the chopper flight from Atlanta to Algiers, our base camp for this operation. We were feeling positive despite the months of ongoing fatigue. Our funding was at unprecedented levels, several cities had already been vaccinated in October and we had two established Vaccine Factories ready to pump out vital vaccine from the get go. Things looked awfully positive. The only concern was that the Faded had multiplied in large numbers at the start of November and we knew we had our work cut out for us to keep their numbers in check. Then it happened. A beep sounded from Sarah's laptop and she looked at us puzzled. "Curious...I don't normally get mail this close to an insertion". Several clicks later and I noticed that she had gone suddenly pale. She didn't say anything, instead turning the screen around for us to see. It was a threat, no sign off but it had to be Zodiac. It said they knew we were onto them and that soon we would disappear.

Those moments of laughing and making fun of one another were suddenly over. Quinn broke the silence to remind us that we had a mission to do first and this could wait till later. Nobody said much more until we touched down in Algiers.

We knew our roles very well for this one and we got to work right away. Within a few days we were satisfied that the Faded threat was within controllable limits and Outbreaks were at low levels. Soon the number of Vaccinated Cities was on the rise. First Madrid, then Hong Kong and soon after that Delhi. Those first two cities were critical objectives as they housed a Vaccination Factory and Research Station respectively. Not long after that we airlifted Veronica into Delhi and she sabotaged the Military Base there, allowing us to prepare for Vaccination Missions in India and Pakistan.

Several Epidemics were soon causing issues but we were still looking good. About the only thing going against us was the fact that Sarah just couldn't seem to get her researching mojo together and instead she was keeping Asia in check and Vaccinating a few cities over there. The rest of us were working in the Middle East and the USA. Our first objective completed was to have 6 Vaccinated Cities. This was reducing the pressure on CoDA locations all the time. Then I chimed in with a cure for the Northern European/North American virus. By this stage the Outbreak Level had reached Crit Level 4 but we still felt in control.

Veronica soon informed us that she almost had the sequence to cure the African/Sth American virus and she made plans to meet up with Quinn in Miami and share their research notes. Within 24 hours she reported in that the cure had been formulated. We then started to strategise about how we could close this operation out. Quinn was pretty close to a Cure for the Asian strain and she had access to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to support her work. Soon we had a plan. Quinn would take a Shuttle Flight from Atlanta to Hong Kong and drive/ferry up to Beijing. There she could share information with Veronica and on her next mobilisation she could travel to Seoul, grab some critical research notes from Sarah (those co-workers are such good communicators) and then on some Borrowed Time she could get back to Hong Kong to punch in the codes on the final cure. In the meantime Sarah would take a Shuttle over to Atlanta, get into Washington and oversee the establishment of a 3rd Vaccine Factory to complete that objective. With some 11 hours left (cards) we had this one. The Faded were not a threat in their current numbers and we had 3 Outbreaks up our sleeve.

Then it happened. Quinn took her Shuttle as planned and reached Beijing without a hitch. But CoDA had another plan. Mumbai had recently escalated at the end of Sarah's last check in. Then we heard the 3 worst beeps of this whole damned nightmare. You see our watches have been programmed to beep when a new Infection and Outbreak occur. On the first beep I checked my watch. Tehran had suffered an Outbreak. This was ok because we had road blocked the Tehran/Karachi border earlier in this operation. I had no sooner returned to checking my vaccine pouch than another beep went off. This time it was Karachi...bloody City Zero no less. This added to the threat of Riyadh and forced an Outbreak in Mumbai, which in turn added to the threat of Chennai. I was cursing our luck that Quinn could not maintain the level of Quarantines in the region but time had been tight and her rapid movement to Asia was essential. The Outbreak level had reached Crit Level 7 and then I heard the fatal 3rd beep. It was Riyadh...yet another Outbreak. I couldn't believe it. We were literally 3 hours from victory and 4 straight CoDA cities had hit in succession over 2 hours (2 turns) to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The familiar twang of the 'return to CDC HQ' signal soon sounded.

Upon returning to Atlanta there was worse to come. Mike the Medic had called the team into his office for our debrief. But this felt different. There was a smashed pot plant in the corner of the room. He seemed incapable of speech and simply turned his laptop around to face us before hitting play on some video footage.

What I saw defied belief. It was footage of Paris and in particular the Eiffel Tower. The area looked rather quiet but there were Faded roaming the streets that could be clearly seen. Then there is a blinding light and then the signal is lost. Mike fast forwards 34 hours and a grainy image comes into focus. Where once stood the famous city there is only desolation and destruction. The Eiffel Tower no longer stands majestic, a beacon of culture and hope to the world. All that can be seen is the remains of some twisted metal, at most a third of the base of the tower. When this happened I cannot be sure. Someone gave the order to Nuke Paris and somehow I felt personally responsible.

No one uttered a word in that room. I stood up as best I could before shuffling out. I just needed to get some air, some booze and something to punch real hard. Damn this life. Damn it to hell!

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Mission Diagnostics

Session Time - 1 hr 7 Minutes

Outcome - Failure - Outbreaks

Pandemic Team

Veronica the Virologist

Sarah the Scientist

Quinn the Quarantine Expert

Ivan the Immunologist

Final Infection Rate - 3

# of Outbreaks - 8

Cards Remaining - 9


Funding Provided - Airlift + One Quiet Night + Remote Outpost + Local Initiative + Borrowed Time + Resilient Population + Flexible Aid Package + Forecast

City Status - Mumbai (Level 5), Bangkok (Level 4), Karachi + Tehran (3), Los Angeles (Level 2)

Nuked Cities - Paris

Fallen Cities - Kolkata, Cairo, Khartoum, Paris + Mumbai

Collapsing Cities - Bangkok

Total Rioting Cities - Chennai, Moscow, Sydney, Khartoum, Mumbai, Lagos, Essen, Baghdad, Chicago, Karachi + Tehran (Level 3), Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Delhi, Lagos, Mumbai, Chicago, Jakarta + Los Angeles (Level 2)

Total Unstable Cities - Madrid, Jakarta, Beijing, Bangkok, Bogota, Milan, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Manila, Atlanta, Baghdad, Miami, Sydney, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh, Washington + London

Faded Cities - Algeria, Cairo, Istanbul, Moscow, Baghdad, Karachi, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Jakarta, St Petersburg, Milan, Hong Kong, Tehran, Cairo, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Sydney, Manila, London + New York

Vaccinated Cities - Ho Chi Minh City, Algiers, Manila, Madrid, Hong Kong, Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta + New York

Scars -

Cures Found - Yellow + Blue

Upgrades

x2 Road Blocks + Flexible (Ivan the Immunologist

Character Bios

Geena the Generalist - Pilot Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 2

Mike the Medic - Local Connections Upgrade, Brother of Otis the Operations Expert

Successful Deployments - 7

Failures - 4

Scars - PTSD



Sarah the Scientist - Co-Worker of Quinn the Quarantine Specialist and Colin the Colonel, Archive Access Upgrade and Formidable Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 8

Failures - 9

Scars - Regretful + Monophobic



Quinn the Quarantine Specialist - Co-worker of Sarah the Scientist, Family Member of Sam, Local Pressure Upgrade, Determined Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 7

Failures - 9

Scars - Intimidated, Paranoid



Rachael the Researcher -

Successful Deployments - 1



Otis the Operations Expert - Brother of Mike the Medic

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 1

Scars - Fear of Small Planes



Colin the Colonel - Co-worker of Sarah the Scientist

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 2

Scars - Overcautious, Panicky



Sam the Soldier (MIA) - Family Member of Quinn, Rival of Veronica the Virologist

Successful Deployments - 2

Failures - 4

Scars - Overcautious + Demoralised



Veronica the Virologist - Rival of Sam the Soldier + Friends with Ivan the Immunologist, Hacker Upgrade

Successful Deployments - 1

Failures - 5

Scars - Hobbled



Ivan the Immunologist - Friends with Veronica the Virologist, Flexible (Character Upgrade)

Successful Deployments - 0

Failures - 2

Scars - None

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Quite the entertaining campaign you are having, thanks for writing it up!

And crikey, Paris got nuked! Trying to cut off the Faded in Europe or was Paris already fallen and you were just trying to have one less spot for Faded to appear?
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Lukric wrote:
Quite the entertaining campaign you are having, thanks for writing it up!

And crikey, Paris got nuked! Trying to cut off the Faded in Europe or was Paris already fallen and you were just trying to have one less spot for Faded to appear?


Yeah Paris had 3 Faded on it at the time and we had no real way of containing further Outbreaks, being at other places on the map. The decision was made in desperation for sure.
 
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