In 2015, aliens appeared in the skies overhead, and humanity responded the only way it knew how: with violence. A shadow war, conducted with the implicit consent of every major nation on the planet, was waged against the beneficent outsiders. Yet still they persisted, braving the aggression and carnage of so many of their own killed in their attempt to raise us out of our self-destruction and greed.
In time, they succeeded–just a few nations at first, reluctantly opening their ears to what the aliens offered. They came with miracle cures for all our ailments, technology that vastly surpassed our own to repair our broken world and make for us a utopia. Seeing these wonders, the other nations of the world responded, again, the only way base humanity understood: violence. This time open war.
But the Elders persisted despite our blind hatred.
It has been almost twenty years since the last of the old world governments surrendered to the Elders, accepting the mercy and salvation they offered. In that time, the aliens fulfilled their promise, erecting grand, clean, efficient cities and springing up clinics across the globe to cure us of our diseases and defections. They have accepted our own into their ranks, serving alongside them to protect us from those dissidents and misguided rebels who would still strive to undo this paradise–the so-called Resistance and its old world icon, XCOM.
ADVENT protect us, they care for us, and we are thankful. With the aliens watching over us, our guiding Elders, what harm can possibly befall us?
This is one of three parallel stories that act as a sequel to XCOM: Falls the Shadow. This story focuses on the lives of those who reside under the ADVENT coalition government, subjugated by and collaborating with the aliens, whether they want to or not.
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