14 soldiers land, equipped with plasma rifles and heavy lasers at a terror site, all veterans. The first soldier starts moving around the LZ *ZAP* Ethereal on a building kills him.
The rest of the team deploys, kills the sniper and starts moving. No other aliens are around the LZ, the streets are too narrow for Sectopods to rush their positions. The team detaches into a southern and northern element and gets ready to hit the other side of the map. First soldier moves, alien turn *ZAP*, gets injured and unconscious by plasma blast, a grenade falls right afterwards on him. No remains of him left on my turn.
*PSI* soldier panics and starts running to the location of the second dead. Alien turn. *ZAP*
Meanwhile, the southern element detaches into three pairs: one goes to clear a building where an alien had been spotted. Another to the third level of another building to get shots at the aliens. And the third encircles a building in a flank maneuver.
*ZAP* *ZAP* The two soldiers who where clearing the building get killed on the same turn facing the stairs.
The Commander and the Colonel get to the third level and starts shooting at the aliens. Kill one, the next turn *ZAP* *ZAP* incoming fire from Sectopods take out both.
The flankers move and try to fire at the Sectopods: no hits and *ZAP* *ZAP* on the next turn from reaction fire of the Sectopods. A sniper gets another soldier *ZAP*
Now, with only four soldiers left I did (or tried to) the sane thing: retreat. *PSI* *PSI* *PSI
Three of the soldiers panic. The fourth almost makes it to the Skyranger before also panicking and running into the aliens path. *ZAP*
Another soldier dies running aroung with 3 critical hits until his health finally gets to zero and a third is zapped by the aliens.
Now, the last soldier panics for six consecutive turns until finally he regains control. Grabbing a heavy laser he makes a suicidal attack, I'll-go-down-fighting style. He spots a Sectopod, fires, misses.
The aliens stunned him on their turn........13 KIA, 1 MIA and only 4 dead aliens
I hate Ethereals!