By Jeremy Robinson, David Wood
In the beginning of her look for Rook, a lacking Chess workforce member, Zelda Baker, Callsign: Queen, is redirected to Pripyat, Ukraine, a ghost city at the radioactive outskirts of Chernobyl. Intel shows splinter phone of Manifold Genetics--a ruthless company dismantled through Chess Team--may be working within the zone. Tasked with confirming the life of a Manifold facility, Queen starts off a recon sweep of the deserted city looking for clues, yet quickly reveals herself battling for her lifestyles. whatever sinister lurks underneath the decaying, surreal remnants of Pripyat's never-used leisure park, and it rises as much as greet Queen. In Pripyat, the streets are empty, the derelict constructions fall apart, however the bodies...are clean.
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A torrent of bullets tore into the stadium’s starting place, sending up a twig of concrete that stung because it scoured Queen’s face. No slugs ricocheted their manner notwithstanding, they usually scrambled up the stairs and at the back of the look after of a low concrete wall that ran in entrance of the ground row of seating. The stadium itself remained in unusually good shape in spite of everything those years. Its origin seemed good and the rows of wood bleachers have been nonetheless in position, even though the wooden used to be decaying in locations. It seemed to Queen as though, at any second, spectators may come submitting throughout the concourses and take their seats. this is often what they suggest by means of ‘ghost town,’ she inspiration. It really appears like a spot frozen in time. “You see that concourse up there? ” She prone her head to the go out tunnel numerous rows up. Armina nodded. “When I commence capturing, you are making for that tunnel as quickly as you could. in the event you get at the different aspect, discover a position to conceal and I’ll trap up. ” Queen knew their enemies will be holding an in depth eye instantaneous the place they'd final obvious her and Armina, so she crawled 40 toes alongside the wall ahead of shooting up, weapon in hand, trying to find a goal. A dark-clad guy sporting a rifle used to be creeping around the tune. Queen spared a second to take cautious objective and squeezed off rounds. the fellow went down, yet her assault used to be instantly replied by means of gunfire from over her left shoulder. She ducked down in the back of the safety of the wall and blindly fired off 3 pictures within the attacker’s course. She was hoping that will purchase Armina sufficient time to break out. She stole a look towards Armina and used to be relieved to determine her disappear into the tunnel. She became again in time to determine a muzzle flash within the distance because the Manifold agent took a potshot on the heels of the fleeing lady. the gap used to be too some distance and the canopy too dense for a correct shot with a handgun, so Queen held her fireplace, yet now she had a bead on him. The agent most likely anticipated Queen to flee via an analogous direction as Armina. He will be incorrect. last down and guarded, she crawled alongside the ground row of seats, deciding upon her method via particles and attempting to make as little sound as attainable. She moved earlier the spot from which the final shot had come and crawled to the steps at the contrary finish. If the fellow had part a mind, he’d quickly be transforming into suspicious that she had now not but attempted to flee. She must do that speedy. She crept down the stairwell and peeked up over the railing. There he was once, slinking in the course of the darkness, cautious to continuously hold a tree among himself and the spot the place Queen had final fired. She picked up a bit of concrete and flung it right down to the a long way finish of the stadium, the place it bounced two times at the bleachers, the decaying wooden muffling the pointy cracking sound ahead of it clattered down the concrete steps. not able to work out a lot within the darkness, the guy open fired towards the noise. Bullets sparked off the steel framework that supported the bleachers, and rotten wooden splinters erupted like a geyser. The sound of her strategy masked via the barrage of gunfire, Queen sprinted around the music and took him from in the back of.