Tonight was to be the first mission in a linked series.
A small detachment of Vityaz MVD troopers was on a routine sweep near the south west edge of the Zelyony Forest. At mid day, they caught the feeble, static-washed signal of a distress call claiming to be from the survivors of a scientific research team trapped in the abandoned URAN base seven kilometers away. Guided by a three-man STALKER crew, the Vityaz fireteam approached the base’s main gate. The lightly armored but more nimble STALKERS entered the base some 500 meters north through a break in the fence beside a pair of dilapidated barracks.
The bodies of the Research project’s security detail lay nearby, torn, mutilated, and in some cases, partially eaten. The remaining scientists had taken refuge atop a rusty fuel tank on the far side of the base.
I won’t re-hash the tragic details, but suffice it to say between the waves of mutant rats and shambling Rad Zombies, the Scientists were still stranded on the tank as the sun dropped below the horizon.