1. Two in-game weeks to assemble intel on most Soviet Outposts.
2. Attempt to discover as many high-ranking officers as potential.
3. Solely observe. The Soviet Military can by no means know I used to be there.
It is a debrief report from Flaming Buffalo (I arrived late to codename project), from reconnaissance within the Soviet Military managed area of Afghanistan. I used to be given two weeks to navigate and collect as a lot intel as potential on the USSR presence forward of Huge Boss’ arrival. He is a busy man, you already know—it isn’t like he might be in two locations directly. in spite of everything.
I used to be inserted by helicopter at 1800 hours close to Spugmay Preserve on the area’s southernmost level, with the intent of navigating your complete periphery. On foot I made my approach to the closest small guard submit, the place I planted myself up on a ridge with a view from above. I spent a complete day watching this meagre camp to glean what I may about their operation and let me inform you, these Soviet troopers are a disciplined bunch. They barely sleep, barely chat, and positively do not take breaks. Because the one and solely sandstorm of my two week tour rolled in they barely flinched. If we discover out they’re all robots, I would not be stunned.
Heading north I got here to a bigger settlement known as Da Shago Kallai with a dozen or so troopers, although one thing that I might come to be taught is sort of commonplace throughout their occupation is using decoys. I planted myself this time in an deserted home on the fringe of city, which was helpful for its shut proximity and nice view, but additionally as a result of it made it a bit simpler to relaxation and go the time.
From right here I made a log of the vans coming and going. Or single truck, with the identical one seeming to go on rotation with just a few neighbouring settlements, returning roughly each 4 hours. I could not determine any hierarchy right here. There have been specialist roles like radio operators, however no officers or management visibly obvious.
I spent over a day observing this place and seen just a few shift modifications, with two guards getting sleep at a time. Finally, at no discernible prompting, they determined to develop the perimeter of their patrols to incorporate the outskirts, the place my constructing was. On the afternoon of my third day a guard determined to make use of this as his vantage, and compelled me to stealthily climb down the again of the constructing to discover a place on a ridge close by.
I waited till dusk earlier than shifting on, evading vans and searchlights to go out into the dunes for a resupply earlier than heading on to Lamar Khaate Palace. It occurred to me how little the area resembles the mountainous Afghanistan, house to rains and snows, I would been instructed about. In actual fact, it certain seems to be so much like Jordan, a rustic nearly 3,000 kilometres away. Maybe the Soviets terraformed it, like how Huge Boss encountered that Russian jungle years in the past.
The palace is without doubt one of the few locations that does resemble someplace in Afghanistan, trying so much just like the Darul Aman Palace. It turned out to be defended by a skeleton crew bolstered by decoys and quite a few mines. A truck got here and went, stopping for lower than an hour on every journey north or south. Do these troopers have any orders apart from defending these arbitrary spots?
Phrases and deeds
It is about day 5 once I begin listening to cassette tapes to assist go the time whereas I observe, within the absence of any life on the earth or any dialogue from the troopers. The one time I’ve heard these troopers communicate to this point was to induce some goats to clear the street, an admittedly uncommon signal of exercise.
Essentially the most stunning, or perhaps alarming, factor I got here to understand was that there have been no Afghan folks—civilians, resistance fighters, or in any other case. It appeared absurd that there would not be a single one current, particularly given their resistance is without doubt one of the solely issues the Soviet troopers stationed right here spoke about. In actual fact, you would be forgiven for pondering the Soviet Military invaded Afghanistan just so they may stand round and look forward to Huge Boss to indicate up.
After a day of observing the palace I moved on, heading north to succeed in the Wakh Sind Barracks. Whereas weaving via a small canyon I stumble throughout a bear. Regardless of the menace the creature poses, it is truthfully pleasing to see a dwelling factor out on the earth. I watched it for longer than might be affordable given my mission. Fortunately, I did not get mauled to demise.
Arriving south of the barracks, it was instantly obvious that is probably the most well-defended place I’ve encountered. Nestled on a steep slope, the place can solely be entered from the entrance and is closely fortified with excessive barricades and several other emplacements the place sentries scan with searchlights. There have been nonetheless solely a dozen guards current however the dense outpost makes these numbers rely. With so little of the inside seen from outdoors, I made a decision I needed to discover a method inside if I used to be going to assemble helpful intelligence. Earlier than I may get that far, although, a searchlight uncovered me for a cut up second. Sufficient time for a guard to be satisfied he noticed one thing and name for somebody to come back test it out. I did not grasp round, and rapidly reached a crack within the rock face, which I climbed to get contained in the barracks.
Troopers have been talking! An trustworthy to god dialog! One thing about Reagan and the futility of nuclear struggle. An indication of life in these automatons all the identical. I crossed over the gateway to a high-up dugout that appeared disused and arrange for a day of commentary.
At nightfall, maybe as a consequence of me spooking them the evening earlier than, they’d sentries posted above the gateway which actually made my exfiltration trickier. I used to be midway throughout the gateway when somebody thought they noticed me. Pushing on, I hugged the sting of the cliff and will do nothing however maintain my breath because the soldier approached, torch in a single hand, scanning the bushes. He got here to face only a few toes away.
If I had a tranq gun and no restrictions, this is able to be a nothing second and he’d be unconscious already—however for my mission, this was nearly as good as useless. I figured this was it, I would blown the entire thing. There was no method he would not spot me. I even bought prepared to attract my rifle. Then, impossibly, he didn’t see me, and assumed he will need to have imagined it. Turning, he headed again to his submit like an enemy spy hadn’t been two steps away from him. Phew!
Escape from new people
Eh… I hesitated so as to add this to my report, however after my escape I seen I used to be being pestered by flies—an indication my odour from per week within the discipline had grown fairly robust. Sadly, a dip within the nearest river did not wash me properly sufficient to do away with them, so I used to be caught listening to their buzzing. Dealing with sure demise or torture is one factor, however these flies, boss? Nothing in my coaching ready me for them and their incessant noise. They’re the USSR’s best asset, a weapon to surpass Metallic Gear. Ahem, as soon as Metallic Gear is invented, I imply. What yr is it?
The availability depot to the north is surprisingly gentle on defences and susceptible from the again, the place I posted myself on a ridge that views the entire website. I am unsure what provides are saved right here, since vans by no means appeared to cease on their method via. I watched for a day and like each place earlier than it, nothing sudden occurs. The Soviet Military is a well-oiled machine, its troopers following an countless, unchanging routine. It feels… inhuman.
I moved on underneath darkness to Central Base Camp, supposedly the biggest presence the Soviet Military has within the area. What I discovered was skeletal: the bones of a large base occupied by a handful of troopers stretched too skinny to adequately defend it. It seemed formidable from the surface, however I infiltrated it fairly simply. Half the hangars are ruins. There have been no tanks or armoured automobiles of any type. Once more, I failed to search out officers.
I noticed what appeared like some type of briefing amongst troopers, however no one appeared to be in cost. Who’s working this place? There is a sense that their forces are merely locked in a futile effort, dwarfed by the huge panorama round them, on no account as much as the duty. They’re little greater than cannon fodder for Huge Boss.
After an in depth name with a patrol, I bought out of there and began the lengthy march south, now anxious I wasn’t going to make the rendezvous on the 14th day. Fortunately the remaining websites I needed to go to have been simply noticed and poorly defended. Issues appeared to be going easily till I stumbled right into a minefield. I would grown too snug and stopped being as cautious, like a idiot! I detonated one of many explosives accidentally and injured my hand, however worst of all, put your complete space on excessive alert. I hope they thought it was a wild animal that set it off. Not one of the different outposts I handed afterwards appeared to be awaiting assault. I believe I bought away with it…
Heading south once more I discovered a single soldier patrolling alone out in the midst of nowhere. Largely the troopers caught to their designated posts, so this was properly outdoors the norm. Why was he right here? And why on his personal? I stalked them for a short time, matching my footsteps to theirs only a few paces behind till I may lastly make my method round them, undetected.
On the eleventh day I arrived again at Spugmay Preserve. I hadn’t anticipated being early, and made a short scouting hike to the city to the north, which was as poorly defended and unremarkable because the others. When the helicopter arrived at daybreak, I climbed aboard with out hesitation, however began to really feel a bit wistful because the panorama rolled away beneath me.
Not for my two weeks on this place, however for what I assumed it is perhaps once I first noticed it years in the past: a bustling, advanced beast lively and the sudden. As an alternative it is a lifeless rock, populated by robots that pose about as a lot menace to the boss as shrapnel to his face. He’ll haven’t any bother right here. Hell, I believe he’ll need to make his personal enjoyable to get any type of problem or rigidity out of the place. Now, in the event you’ll excuse me, I actually need that bathe. Flaming Buffalo, out.