Flipside may not be Spoon, but he might be luckier. The Dekker's Pad tank has yet to be even shot at and seems to ensure a clear LZ. Wait, I take that back, there's an alien in the building next to us. Commander Zane and IronBeer are sent to go get rid of him.
An alien steps out of the darkness and ruins Flipside's perfect record, but misses. Flip does not. The other alien decides to head downstairs and meet his fate, then abruptly chickens out and darts into a back room. Squad 2 surrounds the building.
Another shot is taken at the tank, and once more someone tries to psi out Ironbeer. They fail this time. Flipside pushes up, avoiding more fire, and spots two hostiles. He then clears out so Droid803 can take a missile shot. Solid miss. Headdie shakes his head, muttering something about Rookies, and lifts his own launcher to his shoulder.
Commander Zane confronts the alien hiding in the building. He kills it easily, and the door behind it. The possibility of a pathological hate of doors among HLPX-COM operatives becomes more credible.
Mjn.Mixael covers the UFO entrance while two fire teams move to assault. Veers, tear this ship apart until you find the bridge. And bring me the commander, I want him alive!
An alien takes a distinct disliking to Flipside's tank and throws a grenade. He misses, but the tank is well inside the blast radius. Unfortunately for the alien, it emerges from the smoke and dust...unharmed. Neither living nor dead, but fed by your dread.
Headdie locates the alien. And blows it the hell up. Meanwhile the rifles breach the ship, and confront something...bizarre. We have no idea what the aliens are doing to that poor cow, and we don't really want one.
The last alien standing, or we thought he was the last, fires two plasma rounds which somehow narrowly manage to miss Goober5001. Another appears and launches stun bombs at our soldiers, but despite hitting, nobody is stunned. The bombs must be defective. Ravenholme hits one alien with a stun , but it doesn't seem to stop it. LordMelvin drops it with a second stun No one is able to quite reach the stunbomber quickly, so Goober takes it down hard.
Ravenholme, turning around, notes something weird; there's a door to thin air on the second level.
Efforts to attack Goober5001's brain accomplish nothing. His hatred for the alien menace that killed him before is too strong. IronBeer and CommanderZane decide they're not needed to storm the UFO and continue the sweep. The other two rifle fire teams discover something thoroughly bizarre: there's no way up from the area they're in.
Veers is posted to watch the doorway to nowhere in case any alien gets desperate enough to use it, while Commander Zane and IronBeer locate a second entrance. Veers is immediately hit by a psi attack, but it fails. IronBeer attempts to ascend, but an alien is blocking the top end of the lift. He kills it, and hopes he's not about to reprimanded for killing the ship's commander. Two psi attacks hit Commander Zane, who immediately starts screaming, but fortunately doesn't fire his weapon during this berserk attack. Everyone else goes up the lift with commendable speed.
The second level appears to contain many lifts, and more of what Goober5001 called “blended meat in cans”. IronBeer, finding a lift near where he entered that goes down, takes it. And discovers a bizarre little cul-de-sac on the first floor which appears to have no connection to the rest of that floor, or the outside. The xenopsychologists are going to have a lot of fun figuring this bit out.
The Sectoid Leader just lost his ****, screaming loud enough to be heard on the bottom floor. Sectoids don't actually have a spoken language that we can determine, though they understand ours. He sounds rather frightened. Unfortunately he soon recovers and mindcontrolls Commander Zane. Ironbeer, coming back from the UFO's engine room, encounters and stuns him.
Ravenholme encounters the alien commander, who's dropped his gun, but one stun doesn't get it. Then another alien, which despite our vigilance, goes unnoticed, threw a grenade and killed itself, Ravenholme, LordMelvin, and the alien we were trying to take alive.
Mission Complete. Dammit.
(Commander Zane disappeared from the list of active soldiers; I suspect a bug.)