Somewhere in the wastelands of Zephyr Heights, Mir
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Trash and rubble are scattered all over the remains of what was once a fuel station, long since abandoned after ecological disasters.
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A pair of mercenaries on motorbikes arrive and turn off their engines.
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20210621_123504 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 2: Scavengers did a number on this place.. Must have been a SindrOIL station?
Merc 1: I'd say... but its just as likely the place just collapsed from the elements. Scavs might have emptied the tanks and stolen shit... but the pavement here looks like it's been through a damned quake.
20210621_124837 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 1: Doubt theres anything useful inside the shop, I'll check the pumps, you go check around back see if there's anything worth taking
The Merc in the metallic armor walks around the station, stepping through the cracked pavement overrun with dirt, rocks and overgrowth
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turning into what looked to be the remains of a parking lot, its even messier. A trailer made of junk, and filled with junk. An abandoned police car no doubt stripped of it's drive core, and punctured fuel tanks.
20210621_124936 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 2: Probably not gonna find any fuel here!, Tanks are punctured!
He flicks on his high-tek goggles
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He detects several peices of Precious metals, "Aurium" a substance only used by the Sericans, the precursor civilization to Mir that were often called the "Elders". The material is entirely useless to those not of their kind, so its presence means one of two things... its a garbage dump... Or Elder Remnants are nearby.. The partially hidden cave entrance giving off heat signatures suggests the latter.
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He approaches and inspects the gold trinket,
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20210621_125149 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 2: Definetley Aur,
His partner turns the corner and surprises him, he quickly shifts it into his pocket
20210621_125234 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 1: What're you doing back here? are you ready to go?
Merc 2: Was checking that trailer, nothing but rusted rims and rotten tires. but yeah, just let me make a call to a friend and we can go..
Merc 1: Who you calling, your girlfriend?.. or your momma
As his partner leaves, he looks back at the bunker, Someone went out of their way to try to hide this place, but its pretty clear that someone is living here. If it's an Elder Holdout, walking in alone is certain death. But the treasure inside may be priceless..
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He turns on the old Callbox, surprisingly still working, and dials an unknown contact, Muttering some kind of code into the phone before quickly hanging up
20210621_125420 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 2: ..yeah.. .Cave, behind station. Send cleaners. Trace call.
His partner interrupts, on the bike, and he hangs up the phone
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He nonchalantly points at the wrecked police car
20210621_125532 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrMerc 2: Oh. Nothing, just know a guy who collects stuff like this, was telling him where to pick it up
They get on their bikes, and leave.
Later that Day
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A small convoy of vehicles arrive at the station, Painted in Syndikat PMC colors.
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A group of soldiers, and scientists exit the vehicle
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20210621_132605 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrPMC Elite: Your troops will hold the perimeter, don't engage unless someone tries to come exploring, or otherwise interferes.
PMC: Yes Sir!
The Scientists and Elite guards prepare to enter the bunker
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They rip off the door, and in they go.