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The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

A satellite displays some cities: Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hong Kong, China. The plane, codenamed: "Pandora", containing cargos of Manticore that Mitchell and Cormack placed a tracker on in the previous mission is now being tracked by the satellite.

CormackKingpin, this is Sentinel two-three. Tracker has been successfully coupled with the target.

The Pandora is tracked going to Rio Gallegos Air Base. Potential targets of Manticore around the United States is shown.

Kingpin: Copy that two-three we've got Pandora in the crosshairs now. Projected destination is Rio Gallegos Air Base. If Irons is planning a strike anywhere in the hemisphere, this would represent an ideal staging point. Our only option is intercept Pandora in international airspace and forced a controlled landing. Coordinates for mid-air rendezvous to follow.

Cormack: Roger that, I've got a team suiting up now.

Kingpin: It's a big step Cormack. You'll be hitting Atlas directly. No more working from the shadows.

The interception point marked at Darwin Glacier, Antarctica. As the Pandora gets close to Interception point, screen fades.

Gameplay[]

"CRASH"

ANTARCTICA

JANUARY 3, 2060 - 1750 HRS

EXO TYPE

ASSAULT

  • BOOST JUMP (ACTIVATED)
  • SONICS (ACTIVATED)
  • MAG GLOVES (ACTIVATED)

Cormack: This is Sentinel 2-3 on final approach.

Kingpin: Copy all, Sentinel 2-3. Your primary objective is the cargo. All other assets are expendable.

Mitchell and Cormack are shown flying amidst a fog filled sky.

Cormack: Affirmative, Kingpin. We will rendezvous with Guardian 5 at the drop point and secure the cargo. Sentinel 2-3 out.

Pandora comes into view.

Cormack: Activate mag grips.

Both activate their Mag Gloves.

Cormack: Alright Mitchell, time to bring this bird down.

They go near the plane and attach onto the wings.

Cormack: Watch the winds, use your mag grips to steady yourself. Set your charge.

Mitchell goes near the center of the plane and places a plasma cutter.

Cormack: Device set.

The cutter is prepared for activation.

Cormack: Activate on my mark. Mark!

The cutters are activated, they begin to cut both wings.

Cormack: 10 seconds! Let's get clear of the blast!

Mitchell deactivates his Mag Gloves, making him be pulled back by the plane's speed.

Cormack: The plane's banking! Hang on!

Activates them again, attaching to the back of the VTOL. A drone attached to the VTOL comes out of the top, deploying a parachute.

Cormack: That was too close.

They detach and start flying besides the now descending Pandora.

Cormack: Kingpin, chutes deployed. Cargo on tow. Heading to the drop point.

Kingpin: Copy that, Sentinel 1. Guardian 5 in on the ground, ready to receive.

Ilona (on radio): We have your signal Sentinel 2-3. Drone guidance is on target for the drop point.

Cormack: Kingpin, any response by Atlas?

Kingpin: We're tracking their orbital platform. No movement yet.

Cormack: Keep us posted.

Darwin Glacier, Antarctica

Guardian 5: (not shown in subtitles) Sentinel 2, clear the cargo.

Cormack: Touching down on your position, Ilona.

The Pandora tries to shoot missiles at the Sentinel forces that are waiting for it, but it misses and crashes. Sentinel soldiers shoot the pilots and start entering the VTOL. Cormack and Mitchell land on the ground.

Cormack: What do we got?

Ilona: The extraction team blew the back hatch and is securing the cargo.

Kingpin: All units be advised, we've picked up an Atlas QRF on approach. Drop pods are inbound on your position.

Cormack: There!

They look up as drop pods begin falling near the drop zone.

Cormack: Sentinel 2, load the cargo onto Guardian 5 ASAP!

Ilona: They're punctual, I'll give them that.

They begin fighting the incoming forces as these go near Guardian 5.

Ilona: Sentinel 2 isn't going to make it!

Cormack: Push through to Guardian 5!

As they go near the Sentinel VTOL, the cargo can be seen still on the ground, near the loading ramp.

Guardian 5: I can't stay here any longer! Lifting off!

Cormack: Negative, Guardian 5! Keep your ass on the ground. We'll load the cargo. Guardian 5 we got the cargo. Hold tight.

Mitchell and Cormack approach the cargo and push it inside the VTOL, after that they get out of it and take cover behind a snow and ice barrier.

Cormack: Guardian 5, cargo secured.

Guardian 5: Affirmative, lifting off.

An AST shoots missiles at Guardian 5, hitting it.

Cormack: Take cover and draw fire from Guardian 5.

Guardian 5: We're hit! We're hit!

Cormack: ASTs incoming!

Guardian 5: Kingpin, this is Guardian 5! We've lost rear stabilizers.

A Titan tank appears and goes into the battlefield.

Cormack: Titan tank on the horizon, watch out!

The tank shoots anti-personnel missiles at them, hitting the ground below, making Ilona, Mitchell and Cormack fall into an ice cave.

Cormack: Is everyone alright?

Ilona: Never better.

Cormack: Kingpin, do you copy?

Kingpin: (static)

Cormack: Dammit. We're too deep. We need to find a way to the cargo.

Ilona goes near a wall and examines it.

Ilona: Looks to be an opening through here...

Ilona stomps the ice wall, breaking it, showing a narrow passageway.

Cormack: Right then. Let's move.

They enter the passageway.

Cormack: Lights...

Cormack ignite a flare to light up the way.

Ilona: It's getting colder.

Cormack: Suit thermals are having hard time keeping up.

The team continue walking. Some ice seen falling and cracking

Ilona: Just some ice. We're clear.

Cormack: Keep scanning.

Some Atlas soldier is heard talking

Ilona: Did you hear that?

Cormack: Hold your fire. Movement ahead.

Cormack douses the flare. The team stops in front of some Atlas soldiers. Some of them seen boost jumping.

Cormack: Hold your shot.

Ilona: Group on the right is leaving.

Cormack: Let's clean up the rest, then follow the others.

Cormack: Wait for 'em...

Cormack: Ilona, you've got bottom right. I'll take left. Mitchell, take the two on the top.

Cormack: On your shot, Mitchell.

Mitchell, Cormack and Ilona open fire. The Atlas soldiers that were seen leaving hear the gunfire, and turn back, only to be gunned down themselves. Continuing onward, the team come across an ice bridge, with a way out beyond it.

Ilona: I see an exit ahead, keep moving.

But as Mitchell advances, an Atlas soldier in an AST leaps down onto the bridge, charging at Mitchell.

Ilona: Watch out!

Cormack: AST!

The AST driver swings his equipped GAU-3/A at Mitchell, who barely manages to hold it back.

Ilona: He's got Mitchell!

Ilona: Watch your fire!

Cormack: I don't have a shot!

With a hard swing, the AST forces Mitchell down, then picks him up. Before the AST can do anything, Cormack opens fire on the AST, causing it to drop Mitchell, and fire a series of Homing Missiles at Cormack. Because of the slippery ice, Mitchell nearly slides off the ice bridge, only barely managing to hold on, and watch as his weapon plummets into the freezing abyss.

Ilona: Mitchell!

Cormack: Get down!!

Mitchell pulls out a device, and hoists himself back up to the bridge.

Cormack: Mitchell, blow the bridge!

The AST approaches Mitchell, but is stopped by Cormack leaping atop its back, firing a handgun directly at the operator's head. The AST fires it's chain gun, but is unable to aim upwards. Mitchell seizes the opportunity, and buries the device into the bridge, while the AST manages to throw Cormack off of it. The device detonates, causing the ice formation to collapse, taking the AST with it. On the other side, Cormack begins to slide down the collapsing ice, while Ilona leaps after him.

Ilona: Cormack!

Ilona: Hold on!

Ilona: I've got you!

Mitchell manages to stop himself from falling, and looks to see the ice holding Cormack and Ilona fall. Mitchell's grip fails, and he is sent down as well. The fall is not long, however, as Mitchell hits solid ground, water cushioning his fall. As chunks of ice rain from above, Cormack and Ilona are seen getting to their feet. The AST pilot is lying crushed beneath a large boulder of ice.

Cormack: We need a way back to the surface.

Ilona: We can try and follow the water through here.

The water is flowing through a small crevasse in the wall.

Cormack: Doesn't look like we have a choice. I'll take lead. Mitchell, behind me. Ilona, cover our six.

The team make their way though the shallow water, small earthquakes causing stones to rain in the path. The water slowly gets deeper as they progress.

Guardian 5: To any Sentinel forces who are receiving this transmission, this is Guardian 5. We have two wounded and one dead. We require immediate exfil.

Cormack: It's like an icebox down here.

Ilona: Thermals can't keep up in this water.

Cormack: Keep an eye on your temperature gauge.

The group reach a dead end. As Ilona follows Cormack and Mitchell, the ice behind her collapses, trapping the three. Streams of water erupt from the ice above them, flooding the chamber.

Cormack: Water's rising. We need an exit!

Cormack: I can see light ahead. We're gonna need to go under.

Cormack dives underwater, entering a tunnel nearby. Mitchell follows suit.

(If the player stalls...)

Ilona: Mitchell, swim down with Cormack! I'm right behind you!

The tunnel is short, and opens up to an ice hollow populated by Atlas soldiers. Cormack signals Mitchell to stay down, and readies his ice axe. Counting to three on his fingers, the three emerge from the water, as Cormack hurls his ice axe into one of the soldiers, while Mitchell and Ilona open fire. The closest Atlas soldiers are felled quickly, but more troops appear, some on ziplines, some through hollows in the ceiling.

Cormack: More hostiles dropping in! Drpp 'em quick!

Eventually, all Atlas forces are downed.

Ilona: All clear.

Ilona: I see an exit ahead. Keep moving!

The group push forward, finally emerging from the caves. They slide down a snowdrift and round a corner, a plume of smoke visible against the rising sun.

Cormack: Guardian 5, this is Sentinel 2-3, how copy?

Guardian 5: Sentinel 2-3, where the hell are you? We are under fire! Multiple KIAs. Requesting immediate hot exfil! Command has failed to respond!

Ilona: That smoke, it has to be the chopper.

Cormack: C'mon, we need to move!

Cormack, Ilona, and Mitchell move forward along the cliff.

Cormack: Watch your footing!

Ilona: Winds are picking up.

Numerous drones round the cliff in the distance.

Cormack: Contact ahead - drones incoming!

Cormack: Use your EMPs!

The drones are destroyed in quick succession.

Cormack: Kingpin, this is Sentinel 2-3. Guardian 5 still has the cargo and we are closing on their location. Do you copy?

Kingpin: (static)

Cormack: Say again, Kingpin. Can you send exfil?

Kingpin: (static)

Ilona: Almost there.

Arriving at a vertical cave in the cliff, Ilona, Cormack and Mitchell jump down, using boosts to slow their falls. Ahead, the cave opens up to the view of Guardian 5's wreckage and the cargo, both surrounded by Atlas forces. The three take cover.

Cormack: Contact, dead ahead.

Ilona: Damn it, they've got the cargo.

Cormack: Kingpin, this is Sentinel 2-3. Guardian 5 is down and Atlas has the cargo. Moving to intercept.

Kingpin: Solid copy. Sending exfil to your position.

Cormack: I'm moving down to draw them out. Pick off the stragglers, Ilona. Open fire when we're in position, Ilona.

Cormack and Mitchell move ahead over an ice sheet, while Ilona stays behind to cover them.

Cormack: On your shot, Mitchell.

Mitchell opens fire, causing the Atlas troops to return fire. Some move to guard the cargo, while others take cover in the nearby snowdrifts.

Cormack: Open fire!

Cormack: Move! We need that cargo!

More Atlas troops zipline in overhead.

Cormack: Tangoes are trying to get the cargo! Ilona, Mitchell, stop them!

As Atlas troops are gunned down, Cormack and Mitchell approach the cargo container. As they do so, a Warbird soars overhead.

Ilona: VTOL incoming!

Cormack: Let's go! We need to get that cargo!

As Cormack, Ilona and Mitchell push forward, the Warbird unfurls cargo straps from its underbelly, and an Atlas operative jumps onto the container.

Cormack: They're hooking up the cargo, we need to move!

The Warbird fires missiles at the Sentinel forces.

Cormack: Missiles fired!

The missiles impact the ice sheet underfoot, causing it to crack underneath Mitchell's feet and sending him down underwater. Seeing a hole in the ice ahead, Mitchell swims to it. Emerging from the frigid depths, a familiar Atlas soldier appears before Mitchell: Gideon. Gideon helps Mitchell up...

Gideon: Trust me.

...and raises him out of the water.

Ilona: Gideon?

Atlas Commander: Atlas One, report!

Gideon: This is Atlas Zero-One. Juarez and Michaels are KIA.

Atlas Soldier: What-

Gideon shoots both of his squadmates dead and releases Mitchell, Ilona, and Cormack.

Ilona: Why now, Gideon? You could've escaped from New Baghdad with us.

Gideon: And we'd all be none the wiser. There were just too many questions. I needed to find some answers myself. Irons is planning a pre-emptive strike against the United States. He's been secretly developing a WMD. A bio weapon.

Ilona: And we're supposed to follow you?

Cormack stops Ilona

Cormack: If he wanted to kill us, we'd already be dead.

Gideon: Irons has betrayed everything I stood for. I want him in the ground as same as you. If you want to stop him, we need to get to that cargo. Now.

Cormack: Okay. Then lead the way.

Gideon leads them to find the cargo

Gideon: Mitchell, Cormack, grab those stinger and get out of sight.

Mitchell picks up a Stinger M7. Then he goes behind a rock into position along with Cormack and Ilona.

Gideon: Atlas 2-1, I'm ready for pickup. Sentinel operatives have been dealt with.

VTOL Pilot: Roger that, Gideon. You're lucky; we were just about to leave without you.

Gideon: Is the cargo secure?

VTOL Pilot: Yes, sir. Secure and intact.

Gideon: Get a target lock but hold your fire until my signal.

VTOL Pilot: Gideon, we've got multiple heat signatures. Are you sure you're alone down there?

Gideon: Bring it down!

Cormack and Mitchell fire at the VTOLs

Gideon: Cormack, call in evac!

A VTOL crashes into a mountain and causes an avalanche.

Gideon: Mitchell, on me!

Gideon: Hurry, Mitchell!

A VTOL slides down with the cargo, but Gideon and Mitchell run to it.

Gideon: Hurry! This whole place is coming apart!

Cormack: Evac's here. We're moving to your position!

Gideon grabs hold on the rope.

Gideon: I'll buy you some time. Grab the cargo!

Mitchell grabs the cargo out of the container, then Gideon jumps to the chopper.

Gideon: Jump, Mitchell!

Mitchell jumps to the chopper, then Cormack grabs him.

Cormack: Kingpin, cargo is secure.

Kingpin: Solid copy, Sentinel 2-3. Nice work out there.

The avalanche then takes the crashed VTOL down along with the container.

Cormack: We picked up a guest along the way. Bringing him in for debriefing. Cormack out.

The mission ends.

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