Yet somehow, a significant force got out, more than mere sleeper agents could account for. The only anomaly in activity at the time was a huge spike in power consumption, detectable mainly by thermal imaging of the power plants caught in the CZ. They went into dangerously high outputs in the few days shortly before the Australian incursion.
Their first appearance was near Ayers Rock, reported by those who escaped to the nearby town of
Once Ayers Rock was secured, the invaders went into overdrive. The North American Contaminated Zone expanded outwards in a sudden burst of frenzied activity and battle, finally encompassing the entire state of
After the giant six-legged warforms came the walking gunpods, which skittered across the ground on their three legs and dug in deep when they came to their designated place. They settled into the ground and then opened fire on anything non-invader that came nearby. They never seemed to run out of ammunition, and whatever their shells were composed of, they were resistant to anything less than high explosives. Conventional arms had no hope, and their range made most man-portable anti-tank and RPG weapons untenable. They had the range of high-end sniper rifles, but could fire at the rate of a fully automatic machine gun. They made the perfect perimeter guards.