The bacteria source seemed to be at the bottom of a deep hole in the ground . The hole was placed right in front of the area hospital's empty lot . Due to the high concentration of bacteria, the bacteria stuck together to form visible chunks and filled the egg like area with an ominous and dangerous yellowish-green color .
To solve this, Jiang Chen's strategy was simple and ruthless .
He commanded the survivors to surround the area in a 1000 meter diameter, which was precisely the location where the bacteria concentration would not exceed the human immune system's limit . He ordered them to stay put 2000 meters away from the central area . Once they hear the explosion, they then should quickly rush into their battle positions .
He then ordered another group of survivors to install the one-time launch pads on 12 roofs, in different directions, 2000 meters away from the source . Each person would also be armed with a high energy vacuum bomb, as thick as two legs .
The zombies who periodically rushed to the top of the roof fell under the cross fire . Jiang Chen did not act cheap at all, as he offered the general ammo supply in the armored vehicle to all the survivors .
All the crystals collected will be stored on the armored vehicle with a ledger . After the end of the battle, each of the squad leaders would then obtain their fair share . As to the consumed ammunition, Jiang Chen would only charge half of the cost benchmarked to the Sixth Street's price . It was a battle for all of them .
The armored vehicle was parked on the main road . It also fired at the zombies, who were drawn by an unknown force .
As they approached the bacteria source, the zombies were more ferocious . This was demonstrated through their increased speed and reaction . But, they were still no match for bullets . On top of that, all the survivors had surprisingly great aim, which eliminated any need for close range combat .
"Prepare to enter," Sun Jiao took a deep breath as she spoke into the public channel . Then, she looked at Jiang Chen .
"Roger . "
A sneer flashed across Jiang Chen's face as he took out the firing terminal for the high energy vacuum bombs from the back of the armored vehicle .
<Launch Angle: 75
Launch distance: 1300m
Initiate . >
"Burn!" Jiang Chen firmly pressed the <Initiate> button .
12 missiles, trailing whites flames, rose in the distance . The curvature of the trajectory aimed directly at the bacteria filled area .
When the bomb reached 1200 meters .
The bright white light had ignited the entire sky before the deafening explosion shook the ground .
The highly concentrated fuel almost instantly draw out all the oxygen in the area and mercilessly burned in the sky . Despite how resilient the bacteria was, there was no way it could survive under the scorching heat that could melt through steel .
When the thick smoke replaced the bacteria cloud, what remained was scorching ground and air .
Even standing 2000 meters away, the mixture of cold and hot air could be sensed from afar .
"Initiate gliding position! Go, quick!" Sun Jiao shouted in the public channel as she was the first to valiantly dash in with her machine engaged .
Flashes of pitch black power armor passed through the thick smoke and accelerated at full speed to the targeted area .
The bacteria had been fully destroyed . Even the unknown bacteria in the vicinity were pushed away by the shockwave .
They must clean out the area before the bacteria regenerated and covered the area again .
2000 meter distance took only a matter of seconds for the fully mobilized T-3 .
But at this moment, something unexpected occurred .
An unstable static noise suddenly occupied the communication channel .
"What's going on! Fu*k-"
The public channel went offline due to the automatic activation of the EMP absorber . It blocked and separated all communication signals .
Under the unsuspected EMP disturbance, all the electronic devices were temporarily disabled . The most crucial armor balance system was affected as the team in high velocity began to fall to the ground .
"Break! Close the power system!" The communication channel was blocked, so Sun Jiao shouted out of her speaker .
"Fu*k! My power system is offline!" Jiang Chen could only watch as he dashed into the thick smoke and then immediately over the daunting hole, smashing into the area hospital .
Concrete debris and glass shards broke all over the ground .
The high impact forced the physical protection system to activate, which shut down all turbine engines . Jiang Chen, still dizzy from the impact, felt his ribs were almost dislocated as he tried to stand up .
Although power armor was usually equipped with EMP resistance function, the temporary disturbance was inevitable . With the exception that the EMP absorber was opened voluntarily, not triggered open .
[But who the fu*k thought there would be an EMP here?]
Suddenly, Jiang Chen was on alert . Reflexively lifting his left hand to guard himself .
There was high impact followed by a deafening screech . The sharp blade even penetrated through the reinforced plastic steel armor .
The scythe like teeth fiercely opened . The eyes resembled death and blood . The most fearful close range creature on the wasteland - Death Claw .
It scared Jiang Chen enough to respond instantly by kicking at the Death Claw's chest . But the firm chest of the Death Claw easily absorbed the 1-ton force from the kick as it countered by furiously swiping it's talon, like a butchering knife, at the neck of its prey .
Without time to hesitate, the nitrogen armor on his left arm was immediately activated . The hammer like vortex airflow pushed away from the critical hit of the Death Claw . The Death Claw's talon smashed onto the ground, two feet from his head, and rocks flew from the impact .
He caught the opportunity as he restarted the turbine engine and pushed it to maximum output . He desperately tried to gain lateral distance from the side .
If the first hit missed, then there would be a second hit!
Death Claw immediately flew at Jiang Chen . But Jiang Chen was not to be underestimated . Before the revolving machine gun could be activated, his right hand pulled out the tactical rifle .
The bullets that could destroy concrete did nothing to the Death Claw .
But the suppressive shooting managed to hold the Death Claw down . Natural instinct forced the Death Claw to protect its vulnerable eyes, ducking into a barrier before circling back around to Jiang Chen's position .
The clip was shot empty, there was no time to reload .
Jiang Chen, finally regaining his balance, immediately dropped the tactical rifle in his hand and pulled out a dagger . Then he backed up against the wall .
It was extremely unwise to go into close combat with a Death Claw . Especially when he was against a wall with nowhere to retreat .
Seeing that Jiang Chen dropped the rifle, the Death Claw grasped on the opportunity and dashed over . Its dagger like claws were ready to rip through the prey's chest .
But all of a sudden, the prey disappeared out of thin air .
Death Claw, unable to react, smashed right into the wall .
<Death Claw's weakness is its spine with minimal armor and its eyes . >
In a blink, Jiang Chen returned to the same spot and stabbed the dagger into its back without hesitation . The blade penetrated deep inside the Death Claw's back and chopped through its spine .
The parts below the Death Claw was paralyzed as it only let out a faint screeched .
With both hands on the dagger, Jiang Chen slashed down and cut open its back .
Blood, meat, and organs spilled everywhere . But because it was an animal, it didn't make him sick .
After killing the Death Claw, Jiang sat down and tried to catch his breath . His entire body was drenched in sweat .
To use interdimensional travel twice put an unbelievable amount of stress on his body . The sharp nerve pain almost made him pass out .
The entire fight happened within seconds, but he felt the threat of death twice .
The turbine engine's homing noise became more visible .
Through the thick smoke, Sun Jiao dashed to Jiang Chen and saw the Death Claw's body .
"Are you okay!" Sun Jiao quickly helped Jiang Chen up and opened her mask, her voice trembling .
"Ahem, I am still alive aren't I . I just used that ability, the one you know, so I am a bit dizzy . " Jiang Chen weakly smiled . Being hugged through the armor did not feel good at all .
"You scared me to death . Who would have thought there would be an EMP . . . Wait, why was there an EMP? And how did the Death Claw peacefully interact with the zombies?" Jiang Chen suddenly realized the oddity as questions began to burst out .
Death Claw, with every part of its body designed for killing, had no allies except for its species in the apocalypse . Every other creature was their prey, including zombies . In fact, the slow moving zombies were their primary food source . Normally, the mutant's natural immunity was enough to go against the zombie bacteria, which is unlike humans who still required vaccines to enhance their body's functions .
"Perhaps we can only find out once we go in . A massive wave of zombies is surrounding us . Seems like they are trying to get reinforcements here . " Sun Jiao looked perplexedly at the daunting hole outside of the area hospital .
Orange flame sparked from the hole . Following it were periodic explosions .
Jiang Chen used all of his energy to stand up and pick up his tactical rifle from the ground . He then reloaded and attached it to his waist . He opened the life detection device and adjusted it to maximum capability .
The dense red dots were closing in on their defense line .
"You take the other eight power armored soldiers to defend here . I'll go in . "
"No! You're crazy! Do you know what's inside?" Sun Jiao shouted .
"I can escape any time in there . But you can't . " Jiang Chen looked seriously into Sun Jiao's eyes . "Trust me, if I say I can come back, I will be able to return . "
With the ability of the interdimensional bracelet, as long as it was not a one hit kill, he would be able to escape from any danger . But this was obviously not the case for Sun Jiao . Despite her wealth of combat experience and strong combat power, she was still human after all .
Especially this time, the situation was completely unknown . Maybe the Sixth Street force could use its massive power to fill the hole with human lives, but Jiang Chen didn't have the privilege .
Even losing just one single power armor would be an insurmountable loss for the Fishbone base because Jiang Chen won't be able to acquire such a dominant force again . At least not for the time being . Even if Zhao Chenwu wanted to help him, he wouldn't dare to . Since it was already unreasonable for him to have lost 10 power armors, for him to lose a few more, even reta*ds would suspect he broke the rules by selling prohibited weapons .
Especially the production quantity for these were low to begin with .
So he had to go alone .
Before he left, he already considered this possibility .
" . . . " Sun Jiao's lips trembled as she locked her eyes on Jiang Chen .
"We don't have time to waste . Help me defend the area for the next 2 hours . If I don't come out, then this mission has failed . Although disappointing, you must give up on the survivors . Use the power armor's ability, jump between the buildings, and escape .
Sun Jiao grabbed Jiang Chen's power armor collar and put his face in front of hers as she said ferociously .
"I won't go, and I mean it!"
"Don't be like this . I said that this is not threatening to me . " Jiang Chen forced a smile as he looked into Sun Jiao's fierce eyes, locking onto them . Even if the power armor was almost destroyed, he could escape to the other world and then put the power armor into the storage dimension to avoid any suspicion .
"Then would you be able to come out?! Would you be able to return to this world?! You, you . . . " The gorgeous face became twisted due to her sadness . Her distraught shocked Jiang Chen .
[Even if I escape, the next time he came back it would be in the same spot . The modern world would not have any place to fix the power armor, without the power armor, once the bacteria reoccupy this space . . .
It would mean death if he came back .
But he was already here, would he just go back now? He was not willing . If the bacteria concentration continued to get worse, the Fishbone Survival Base would be unhabitable . If they left, that means months of effort would go down the drain .
[Fu*k, I'll risk it!]
He had no time to hesitate . He made up his mind, took a deep breath, and looked straight into Sun Jiao's shaking eyes .
"I promise I will be back . Give me two hours . "
"But . . . "
"Be good . " Jiang Chen smiled as he patted her helmet to comfort her .
[I will not give this place up . ]
He promised in silence . Then, he let go of the still stunned Sun Jiao .
"Defend the entrance for me . Once the two-hour limit is up, evade into the building to hide . Right now, it is still day time . Once the bacteria source is destroyed, the zombies should stop . Trust me! I can do it!"
He turned around .
Slowly inhaling, Jiang Chen looked at the dark pit and jumped down .