Darkness filled my vision as the MEC collapsed... an explosion had sent shrapnel straight into my right eye... "Critical System Failure; Armor at 0%. Pilot Life Support System offiline. Advise imme-" *Click* I muted the on-board computer and turned off the MEC's auditory sensors. Silence filled my helmet. Allow me to die in peace... I thought back on my life, on all the mistakes I made. I joined X-COM not only to save the world, but also to move on from the past. I knew that if I died saving Earth, I'd die atoning for my "sins". Those who we had already lost... Rebecca, Hokuchiyo, Caroline, Steven, Tarmis, and everyone else... they made the same pledge as me. We were chosen as the vanguards of humanity, beacons of hope in a world covered in darkness, the last line of defense before total annihilation. We were ready to die for our families, for humanity, and for each other... Images came back to me from my time at X-COM. Hokuchiyo's nervousness on our first mission together, Caroline and I discussing the uses of Meld, my augmentation, and Rebecca and I at the bar together. She was there for me in my most solemn hour. Maybe there is a God, perhaps she and the rest of the gang are saving a spot for me up there. I'll see Véronique and my unborn son... what would I say to them? I was born on Canadian soil... and I'll die on Canadian soil... the cruel irony. I made a sad chuckle, coughing up blood in the process. "La vie... est... drole"