was a harrowing mission. I got out with everyone alive, but just barely. Two were critically wounded, and no one escaped unscathed.
By far my mission MVP was Yukari, my sniper. I swear she must have taken out half of the aliens in that base, literally. She now has a kill count higher even than Chie's - yet because apparently you can only get one promotion at a time, she only went up to Lieutenant. Slightly annoying, but hopefully it'll mean that her next promotions will come faster than they normally would.
The base was very light on cover, it seemed - many of what looked like low walls didn't offer any - which made it tough to position units effectively. I used up four med-pack healings during it (one carried by Yukari, three by Yukiko), most of them quite early. By the end I had Chie, my highest-rank unit and only Assault, down to one health and was being stupidly cautious with her. The alien leader turned out to have mind control powers, and he made one of my heavies shoot Yukiko, my favorite support, dropping her into critical condition. I was going to try and capture the leader, since the mission briefing recommended it, but given the circumstances (on top of the above, Chie was my unit with the arc thrower), I decided to go for the kill - and Yukari obliged with a critical hit.
Notable engagements include two instances where I had three Cryssalids deploy right next to a unit I had just moved - one of these being my first encounter in the fight! Managed to get past one of these mostly because of an ability Chie had that let her take an automatic reaction shot when enemies got within four spaces of her (she wasn't the unit I had moved, but she was nearby at the time); and another because I still had the unit's second move available, so he withdrew, I had a heavy drop a missile on the trio, and finished them with basic fire and overwatches.
Oh, and the best part of all this? On top of all the other rewards (of which there were plenty), completing this mission dropped panic by 2 points globally
. Which is exactly
what I needed, with more countries hitting 3 and 4 panic points.
Of course, now two-thirds of my non-rookie units are wounded, but a couple are ones that were wounded before that mission and will be back in action in just a few days, so I should be good.
* ...and of course, after I say this, when I check my panic levels after my latest mission, I find that Egypt is back up to 4 and a couple other countries have returned to 3 already
. At least I finally got a second Assault trooper from that mission, though.