Two more hours and it's bye bye 2009...and here comes 2010. Time flies fast but I ain't gonna make any resolutions this time 'round (after havin failed miserably in quiting ciggie). So just want to spend some quiet time with the kids and Esther at home...and Nirvana thrown in the mix abit (courtesy of the Nirvana : Live at Reading and Bleach : 20th Anniversary Edition).
Thursday, 31 December 2009
As promised to them, took the two precious to the KL Bird Park. We went there last year but only with Chloe and Sasa. This time 'round, brought Dylan too. But alas, both do not seem to enjoy the place very much and are very much afraid of the free flying birds there (which are aplenty). Chloe kept saying "I don't wan to see bird, I wan to see elepant and geeruff". 'Kay, next round, back to the National Zoo...
Monday, 28 December 2009
...suffering from an intensely terrible jam, at, of all places, within the snaking and winding parking bay of Sunway Pyramid. I swear I would never go to that place again (yeah, right). Fortunately, the two precious and Esther are not as stressed as me, and happily sang through an entire repetoire of children songs while waiting for the jam to dissolve.
Took Esther and the two precious for a little night out to Sunway Pyramid since it's Christmas Eve after all. Suppose to bring them to a nice little Italian restaurant located above the shop but it might be beyond my budget so a little Thai food will do. Actually, that's because we have little choice since most preferred restaurants are fully booked (which irritates me in equal measures). Fortunately, both Chloe and Dylan are havin fun times of their lives at the restaurant and created nightmares for the waiters and waitresses by throwing every forks and spoons they could reached onto the floor!
Friday, 25 December 2009
A (mis) interpretation :
Name: Eito Amsel aka "The Afghan Hound".
Age : 28 years old.
Armor Type : Kampfküriss Typ IX No.2 ver. "Nachtjager".
Rank: First Lieutanant/Platoon Leader - 5th Platoon "Zwergspitz"; 1st Company "Kurzhaar"; Special Armed Brigade “Kerberos Panzerwaffen Stahlhunde"; Defense Division "Schutzabteilung", Metropolitan Security Police Organisation "Hauptstadtsicherheitspolizei".
Std. Armament : Karabiner 98k rifle w. Zeiss Zielvier 4x (ZF39) telescopic sight, Panzerbusche PzB39 anti-tank rifle, Mauser C96 sidearm.
Snipers deployment within the Kerberos can be primarily traced back from the days of the Battle of Stalingrad, particularly during the intense Rattenkreig phase which involves the famous showdown between the German sniper Major Leon Thorvald and the Soviet leading precision marksman, Vladimir Zaytsev. The late Major developed further the concept of coup d'oeil following the outcome of the battle, which doctrine is adopted by Germany and occupied nations' militaries. At the height of the Kerberos Mutiny, tactical marksman led by Lt. Amsel from the 5th Platoon inflicted significant casualties upon both the Self Police and Public Security Division forces, and is greatly feared in equal measure as their heavy and lightning assault counterparts. After the downfall and subsequent neutralisation of the putsch by the JGSDF, Lt. Amsel escaped with few others from Japan, and later re-emerged as a member of the Anti-Lebensraum Liberation Army in the Middle East.
Needless to say, I have a fun time coming up with this kitbash (more like add ons...), inspired by leading Japanese kitbash sifu, Kaz's work on the official Kerberos website as well as ideas from Wiki...
Name: Kaori Schneider + Shin Fleischer.
Age : Kaori - 24 years old; Shin - 26 years old.
Armor Type : Half Armor Typ I "Halbharnisch X".
Rank: Constable - 8th Platoon "Weimaraner"; 3rd Company "Drahthaar"; Special Armored Brigade “Kerberos Panzerwaffen Stahlhunde”; Defense Division "Schutzabteilung"; Metropolitan Security Police Organization "Haupstadtsicherheitspolizei".
Std. Armaments : Sturmgewehr StG44 assault rifle w. the Zielgerät 1229 infrared aiming device "Vampir"; Maschinenpistole MP40 sub-machine gun; Mauser C96 sidearm; riot shield.
Monday, 21 December 2009
lies and betrayals,fruit-covered nails
electricity and lust
won't break the door
I've got a heavy coat
it's filled with rocks and sand
and if I lose you
I'll be coming back today
(I got a message for you)
I'll be coming back today
(I keep it in my hand)
you know I'm coming back one day
(I've got a sister or two)
and I'll be coming back today
ex-magician still knows the tricks
tricks are everything to me until it's free
I've got a trigger cut
and I can't pull it backbut if I learn how
I'll be coming back today
(I got a message for you)
you know I'm coming back today
(I keep it in my hand)
and you will look at me and say
(I've got a sister to you)
that you just wish I went away
I learned the truth, the truth of the words
truth I made for you because it's just as good
and if I spit it out
before I chew the ring
I'll rearrange it
till it looks just right today
(I got a message for you)
and I'll be coming back my way
(I keep it in my hand)
and you will look at me and say
(I've got a sister or two)
that you just wish I went away today
owhoo sha-la-la-la-la ...
Monday, 14 December 2009
If there were to be a romantic dramedy which takes a piece out of me would be this. Starring 3rd Rock From Sun former alumini Joseph Gordon-Levitt (whom I remarked to Esther of how he curiously looks like the late Heath Ledger) and the perpetually deadpan looking Zoey Deshanel in hipster vintage clothing, this Marc Webb directed movie focus on a non-linear flashback on the course of 500 days pertaining to the relationship between Tom Hansen and Summer Finn. Contrary to majority of movie which ends on a high note, (500) Days Of Summer tells of how love at first sight and believe in fate does not (always) work.
Monday, 7 December 2009
...and here's the 1/6th scale, limited to 600 units, fully articulative version of Super Armor Fighting Suit aka SAFS, courtesy of Ma.K x Toys McCoy (yup, the same one producing replica of vintage denims and WW2 era clothings) x Medicom. Sam of XL shared that he refused to allow my preordered set to be stored within the "normal" storage area in the shop because of its stratospheric price, which is equivalent to a 42 inch flat screen TV (or several sets of the even rarer Ashley Wood and 3A WWR series of robots). Sam asked how I felt getting such princely priced figure (and turns out I am the only individual ordering from XL), I could only muttered, giberrish is more like it, about something which I hope sounds smooth and cool, when in fact, I nearly fainted on the spot when I notice the "Made In China" wordings just big enough for me to notice :). Nothing against the country of production, but for a "Rolls Royce" version of a toy, personal expectation would be at least a "Made In Japon" production, just like the denims collection. The set comes with a female pilot, which is cladded in a tank top and a "hybrid" khaki military pants. The fabric used for the pants (based on modified M51 field pants) and top is something unique, of which I have never felt before, based on my current (amateur) collections. The figure itself, apart from the obvious "pair" of "highlights" ~ sexiest seen amongst female sculpt ;P, feels kinda "freakish" at first glance, but when put besides a standard female figure, it's outstanding, and looks like one of those Ma.K sci-fi universe illustrations by the legendary sculpter and artist himself, Kow Yokoyama (curiously, the headsculpt eventually reminded me of one Takako Lopez, a sometime model for MaK female pilots). Except for the pair of US Army desert boots, which I personally feel is a slight let down (it is molded in one piece instead of separate laces and with more realistic "boots" material), the female pilot is darn good to look at. Also, being a real amateur in everything military, I actually have no idea (more like lazy) on "tidying" up the lose end of the ankle cords...well maybe if I got spare time. The SAFS (aptly nicknamed as Eggplant as its torso evokes the shape of that delicious veggie and yong tau foo ~yummy.) itself is a sight to behold. The combination of the fantastic paint (which again feels different and supposedly can be "weathered"), its retro futuristic and yet minimalistic old school design, makes it adequately stylish enough for me. I reckon the bulk of the cost comes from the numerous "gimmicky" gadgets ~ lighted up pilot hatch, information panel, emergency door exit, Excimer laser ~ that comes with the SAFS, of which I have yet got time to go through (but covered very thoroughly in various forums and blogs). If I were to nit pick, I am kinda turn off by the still visible, yet minute, mold lines, particularly on the pair of legs. The suit feels weighty but not too overtly, and "fuller" (made of hybrid material combination of ABS plastic, metal and PVC vinyl). At 16 inches, it is not tall (that honour would still goes to the Balrog) but perhaps due to total "volume" of which the suit, it is physically imposing. In the end, I do feel guilty for blowing so much cash on this set, but yet, at the same time, I also feel glad that at least now I can put aside my "desire" to own any Ma.K related materials, knowing that one of the definitive version is now part of my ever growing collection...perhaps until if they come up with another suit, a Raccoon space type perhaps?
Type : Super Armored Fighting Suit "Eggplant 6".
Weight (mt) : 0.46 (1st and 2nd production), 0.43 (3rd production onwards).
Length (m) : 1.18
Width (m) : 0.98
Height (m) : 2.23
Armor Type : Tungsten 7mm frontal armor. Reinforced with 15mm of super ceramic coating. (Capable of withstanding a direct hit from the Nutrocker's 60mm P.W.38 Laser Cannon).
Armament : 4.7cm Prg. 56 Excimer Laser Gun.
Sight : TFZ(ad.) 45
Radio : FuG 34S
Engine Type : HL375G.
Speed : Max 52 kph.
Range : 195km.
Crew : 1 ~ Corporal Marlene Tyler, 1st Company, 14th Armored Hunting Regiment, Mercenary Army.
An alternative chronology...
2807 Earth : World War IV breaks out. The war lasts for a month but the resulting destruction wipe out 80% of the Earth population and renders it inhabitable. Survivors depart on interstellar starships to a terraformed planet within the Alpha Centauri star system, designated Colony Planet K-156. From K-156, humans quickly spread across every suitable star systems, setting up planetary colonies.
2820 : Foundation of the Galactic Federation, which governs all planetary colonies.
2825 : The First Interplanetary Dispute results in a galactic war between colonies due to acute resources and foods shortage.
2855 : The Immigrant Survey Party reports that Earth is hospitable again, having recovers itself environmentally. The Earth is now covered with lush forests and vast oceans.
2859 : The 1st Earth Colonization Team arrives on Earth. Lacking proper infrastructure, many settlers would not survive the harsh conditions past the first spring.
2860 : The Second Interplanetary Dispute occur between colonies due to escalating unresolve trade issues.
June 15, 2865 : Eugene Johannes Amsel, a veteran of the Second Interplanetary Dispute, receives notification that his family can participate in the 7th Earth Colonization Team. Conrad Amsel, the eventual legendary Mercenary Army general, is born on K-156.
2866 : The 7th Earth Colonization Team arrives on Earth and begin to provide various infrastructural supports to the settlers.
2871 : The Great Agrarian Revolution. Earth becomes the major foods and resources provisional industry for the galactic colonies. The Amsel family farm and other agricultural centres become prosperous as a result. The Galactic Federation sanctions the national defense army "Der Strahl Reichwehrarmee" from the Strahl Demokratisch Republik colony to suppress a civil war on K-156, resulting in nearly 200,000 casualties.
2875 : The new found prosperity and economic boom on Earth begins to attract criminal elements from various galactic colonies. Crime and lawlessness become epidemic in the newly built cities and towns as mass interplanetary migration to Earth begins. Various gangs begin to form and viciously battle each others for control of major cities and farms on Earth as well as committing various atrocities upon the agricultural communities.
March 1, 2875 : The Strahl National Defence Army evaluates the XPK40 at Archmar Aerodrome.
March 2, 2875 : The Strahl National Defence Army approves the XPK40 and begins production of the PK40 "Fledermaus." Eddie Amsel is born on Earth. The Amsel Family begins to hire and form local militias comprising of former First and Second Interplanetary Dispute veterans to protect them from criminal organisations.
2877 : Concern about the disruption in foods and resources supply from Earth, the Galactic Federation gives the SDR a mandate to govern Earth. Three Strahl National Defense Army Police Battalions "Strahl Reichwehrarmeepolizei" and three Strahl Army Foreign Legion Battalions "Strahl Außenheer Legion" are deployed to Earth to restore peace and maintain order on Earth. Seizing this opportunity, the SDR forces begin to enforce these orders with absolute totalitarian authority. Criminal organizations and groups are eliminated with overwhelming forces, with captured survivors sent to gulags newly set up in the Siberian frontier as slave labourers. Majority of newer immigrants are forcibily relocated into pre-designated zones surrounded by security walls known as ghettos in Eastern Europe. Freedom of movements are severely restricted and there are rumours that certain ethnic groups from selective colonies are particularly targeted for removal into the ghettos. Major argricultural centers are required to pay large percentages of their income in the form of a taxation or risk commercial sanctions by the SDR. The settlers quickly realised that the SDR is no different from the criminal groups they had faced previously. Eugene Amsel begins to spread news subversively on recruiting more war veterans. The second wave of immigrants begin to arrive, majority consisting of war veterans and galactic mercenaries, under the guise of merchant traders. These veterans and mercenaries begin to organise and train the settlers for armed combats and confrontations.
2880 : The first occurrence of terrorism carry out by the veterans, mercenaries and newer recruits, now calling themselves the United Anti-Lebenstraum Mercenary Freedom Army, against a Strahl National Defence Army command post in Hanoi. This event escalates the volatile situation further, as the SDR declares global wide emergency and begins to crack down on all major farming belts across Earth. The immigration permit is suspended by the SDR but more mercenaries and veterans begin to smuggle themselves onto the planet. Meanwhile, the SDR research team at Bomvul und Zionel is formed in Neu Berlin. The program to develop a 2-legged walking tank begins.
2882 : The Earth Independent Provisional Government, led by Eugene Amsel and created from unified settlers, veterans, and various mercenaries, declares independence from the SDR. Anticipating such move, a puppet government is formed by the SDR in response to the Earth Declaration of Independence, thus rendering the independent declaration illegal within the context of Galactic Federation laws. Strahl troops are deployed to quell the independence movement. War is declared upon the SDR by the Earth Independent Provisional Government. The SDR suffered severe setback when the three Army Foreign Legion Corps, which were staffed by former veterans from the two previous interplanetary wars, defected and joined the Mercenary Army independence movement instead, resulting in the SDR withdrawing all their command posts for re-consolidation in Western Europe.
September, 2882 : The Mercenary Army maintains control of much of Earth equatorial and Southern Hemisphere zones. The Moreau College of Engineering in Bombay begins research on composite armor.
September 1, 2882 : The Strahl National Defence Army first operational sortie against the Mercenary Army is launched in Kalimantan.
September 25, 2882 : The Mercenary Army attacks the Strahl 56th Armored Army Corps "Panzerarmeekorps" with Y-15 medium tanks in Papua New Guinea and emerged victorious. The Strahl National Defence Army's 7th Armored Mobile Infantry Division "Panzerfallschirmjäger Division" is dropped into Australia as part of the commencement of Operation Strahlsstürme.
September 26, 2882 : The Mercenary Army launches a counter attack against the Strahl Army in the Battle Of Perth.
September 29, 2882 : The Strahl National Defence Army succeeds in forming a bridgehead in Western Australia after a three days fierce battle.
November 15, 2882 : The Fall of New Canberra, the Earth Independent Provisional Government's capital, following the Strahl National Defence Army blizkrieg victory over the Mercenary Army in Western and Southern Australia, and relocates to Darwin.
February, 2883 : The Strahl National Defence Army's Bomvol und Zionel engineers finish a mockup of a two legged walking tank.
March, 2883 : The Strahl National Defence Army development of unmanned reconnaissance equipment begins.
June, 2883 : Dr. Robert Gediman of the Optical Weapons Research Center in Old Havana prototypes the indirect vision system. The Moreau College of Engineering completes its composite armor defense system development. Dr Sigmund Gerstein of the Laser Weapon Research Center in Jogjakarta, develops the Excimer high output laser.
June 9, 2883 : The first prototype of the AFS "Armored Fighting Suit" is completed for the Mercenary Army.
June 15, 2883 : The 1st Special Infantry Company (composed of 14 AFS) participates in the first battle with armored suits against the SDR army in Kilimanjaro and emerge victorious.
July, 2883 : Mass-production of the AFS starts in the Mercenary Army Central Logistic and Research Centre in Rio de Janeiro. The Strahl National Defence Army first trial evaluations of an automated two legged walking tank are completed.
November, 2883 : Development of the next generation of AFS begins. Mercenary Army's armored aircraft Chaika enters service. The Strahl National Defense Army's two prototypes of the unmanned reconnaissance walker T.W-47V1 are completed.
December, 2883 : The Mercenary Army launches "Operation Snakewinder" from the Ural mountains, and attacks the Strahl navel port of Arkhangelsk . The offensive ends up in failure as the Mercenary Army suffers from lack of necessary supplies and onset of harsh weather.
January, 2884 : The Strahl National Defence Army adopts the first production units of the T.W47 "Krote".
February 14, 2884 : The Strahl National Defence Army's production delays of the PKA "Panzer Kampf Anzug" suit force the development of an unmanned hover tank. PKH103 Nutrocker development begins.
June 9, 2884 : The Mercenary Army launches "Operation Typhoon" and advances rapidly to Southern Australia. The Seige of New Camberra begins as the Mercenary Army try to retake their former capital. The SDR's PKH103 Nutrocker unmanned hover tanks make their first battlefield appearance. Using an AFS MkII Corporal Robert Bosch was able to defeat a Nutrocker by climbing on the back to disable the turret.
June 21, 2884 : The Strahl National Defence Army's PK41 Hornisse public test flight is carried out. Modified from a PK40 by Dr. Ferdinand Müller.
July, 2884 : The Mercenary Army's 54th Fighter Group (JG54) 3rd Regiment is formed in New Zealand.
August, 2884 : The Mercenary Army's SdKfz 222/232 SandStalker weapons are upgraded from the 2.3cm machine guns to the 4cm medium infrared laser Pgr 40 and put back into service.
August 31, 2884 : The Mercenary Army's Y-615 DollHouse is deployed as a counter measure against the PKH103 Nutrocker in the Australian battle theatre.
September, 2884 : Research begins for the next generation AFS at the Moreau College of Engineering. The Super AFS Prototype Arms development office obtains good results with the three prototypes of the Archelon. The Archelon units test the new indirect vision system. The Strahl National Defence Army's production of PK40 ends and replace by the production of the NS465 Neuspotter . Production was slow due to the shortage of antigravity equipment.
September 3, 2884 : Two hundreds PKA Ausf H0 initial mass-production models are thrown into the Australian front lines.
September 17, 2884 : SDR's PK41 Hornisse development is completed.
September 23, 2884 : SDR's Hornisse is assigned to the 362nd Assault Scout Company, Angriffspäher.
October, 2884 : The Mercenary Army fails to retake New Canberra and is forced to retreat 200 miles from their startout front line. The Strahl National Defence Army's deployment of Neuspotter begins.
October 22, 2884 : The Strahl National Defence Army begins major unit reorganization in preparation for the "Unternehmen Wüstensstürme".
October 24, 2884 : The production trials of the SAFS begin.
November 1, 2884 : The first phase of the new offensive ends. Most large cities and the majority of Australia now falls under the SDR control.
December, 2884 : The Strahl National Defence Army sent its Abwehrgruppen B to North America to suppress the Mercenary Army related guerrilla activity.
December 10, 2884 : The Mercenary Army's SAFS production starts.
December 14, 2884 : Four suits of the newly completed SAFS are delivered to the 14th Armored Hunting Regiment on the Australian front lines.
December 25, 2884 : The Strahl National Defence Army launches "Der Weihnachten Offensiv" against Darwin, one of the last few Mercenary Army controlled cities. Vicious skirmishes between SAFS and Nutrocker ends in eight Nutrockers being destroyed by a single SAFS piloted by 1st Company's Corporal Marlene Tyler. The resulting success would proves to be the beginning of the turning point in the entire war.
Ripley: Ash, can you hear me? Ash?
Ash: [speaking in an electronic, distorted voice] Yes, I can hear you.
Ripley: What was your special order?
Ash: You read it. I thought it was clear.
Ripley: What was it?
Ash: Bring back life form. Priority One. All other priorities rescinded.
Parker: The damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch?
Ash: I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.
Ripley: How do we kill it Ash? There's gotta be a way of killing it. How? How do we do it?
Ash: You can't.
Parker: That's bullshit.
Ash: You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert: You admire it.
Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker: Look, I am... I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug.
Ash: [Ripley goes to disconnect Ash, who interrupts] Last word.
Ash: I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.
...and here's the mama of all horrific creatures from Hot Toys as a 30th Anniversary tribute to Ridley Scott's 1979 ALIEN. This completes the twin fav creature film of all time, together with da original Predator scored couple of months back. Otherwise, the figure, whilst nice, severely lacking in terms of articulate fluid-ness (the legs and feet could only support the figure at selective angles, there is a nagging feeling that the "covering"/skin of the figure might tear if too much odd posing is done, cannot do the classic Alien pose ie squatting down with two hands extended) and the release button for the extending inner jaw is a pain to the thumb as well as not working as smooth as I thought it would. Again, have some fun on coming up with a view of the creature life cycle base on the original concept (no queen), and took a chunk of infos from the website Alien Universe Timeline on some fantastic facts for the chronology. But be forewarned, coz the followings are a composite of self indulgent, psycho babbling mess...
A (mis) interpretation.
Mid to Late 21st Century ~Faster-Than-Light (FTL) technology is discovered and the human race expands into deep space. Space traffic control station established in Antarctica.
Early 22nd Century ~ Deep space mining station established by Weyland-Yutani Corporation on the planet Thedus beyond the Outer Rim. Space port established in the Solomon Islands.
Circa 2101 ~ The National Security Act establishes the Colonial Marine Corp. M-Class Star cruiser Nostromo (180924609) constructed.
2104 ~ The Northern, Central, and Southern American continents consolidate their economic might to form one nation known as The United Americas.
2106 - 2108 ~Torin Prime Civil War occurs in Outer Rim Territories.
2116 ~ USCSS Nostromo refitted as a commercial towing vehicle.
January 4, 2120 ~A.J. Dallas (ID# 032/V4-07C) is given command of USCSS Nostromo (flight status B).
January 5, 2120 ~ G.W. 'Thomas' Kane (ID# 825/G9-01K)and J.M. Lambert (ID# 971/L6-02P) are assigned to the USCSS Nostromo as Executive Officer and Navigator respectively.
January 7, 2120 ~ USCSS Nostromo leaves the Solomons bound for Thedus.
August 10, 2120 ~ Ellen L. Ripley (ID# 759/L2-01N) joins crew of USCSS Nostromo en route to Thedus, as Warrant Officer.
September 10, 2120 ~ J.T. Parker (ID# 313/S4-08M) and S.E. Brett (ID# 724/R4-06J)join the crew of the USCSS Nostromo en route to Thedus, as Engineer and Engineering Tech respectively.
April 2121 ~USCSS Nostromo arrives at Thedus and commences cargo loading.
June 12, 2121 ~ USCSS Nostromo leaves Thedus with 20,000,000 tonnes of mineral ore, bound for Earth. Her science officer is replaced with Ash (ID# 111/C2/01X).
July 3 to 6, 2121 ~ USCSS Nostromo encounters what is assumed to be a distress signal emanating from LV-426, a planetoid, measuring 1200km in diameter with 2 hours rotation and some gravity, orbiting a giant ringed gas planet at the Zeta-2-Reticuli system together with two other smaller moons. USCSS is damaged during descent. Dallas, Kane, and Lambert investigate the source of the signal on foot, at 2kms away, which lead them to a derelict spacecraft of extra-terrestrial origin. Within they come across an enormous fossilised remain of an unknown alien species and thousands of egg-like objects within the spacecraft lower chamber. Ripley re-runs the signal and suspects that it could be a warning instead. One of the eggs hatch and an organism attaches itself onto Kane’s face. It implants an embryo within him, which then hatches, killing Kane. The hatchling grows to over 7 feet tall and kills Brett in the landing gear hangar. Dallas is presumed kill by the xenomorph while trying to flush it out via the air duct into space. Parker encounters the xenomorph within the airlock and attempt to flush it out into space. The airlock alarm goes off un-expectantly which alerts the xenomorph. Lambert is killed when the airlock door closes and severs the xenomorph tail, releasing droplets of molecular acids which destroy the airlock with Lambert traps inside. Ripley later learns from USCSS Nostromo's computer, "MOTHER" after overriding Special Command 937 that the company, Weyland-Yutani Corporation, wants to obtain any extra-terrestrial species of value to their Weapons Research and Designs Division should the crew encounters any during the journey. The crew safety is secondary and their lives expendable. Ash attempts to kill Ripley and after the intervention of Parker, it is revealed that Ash is in fact a Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 android, and has been tasked to protect the xenomorph from the beginning. Parker renders Ash inoperative when it continues to attack them. Ripley and Parker decide to activate the Nostromo self-destruct system. Parker is killed by the xenomorph whilst securing supplies for the lifeboat. Ripley encounters the xenomorph nest which contain a barely alive Dallas and Brett's mutated corpse within the landing gear hangar. Dallas has been cocooned by the xenomorph and in the midst of metamorphosis into an egg to continue the xenomorph life cycle. Ripley performs mercy killing upon Dallas. Ripley activates the self-destruct system and escapes on board the lifeboat Narcissus with a cat, Mr Jones. The xenomorph also escapes on the shuttle, but Ripley manages to blow it out of the airlock, and kills it by incinerating it with Narcissus's plasma afterburner.
August, 2122 ~ Beacon onboard Shuttlecraft Narcissus fails and reaches the Frontier.
2123 ~ USCSS Nostromo and its crew are declared missing by Weyland-Yutani Corporation.
Mid 22nd Century ~ Vast advances are made with star ship travel and FTL technology. Advances made in the area of artifical intelligence. Gateway Station is constructed in orbit around Earth. Shuttle craft Narcissus drifts un-noticed through the Core Systems. Volcanic activity on LV-426 damages and partially buries the derelict spacecraft previously investigated by the USCSS Nostromo. The 'distress' signal the Nostromo were investigating is shut off.
2157 ~ Hadley’s Hope terraforming colony established on LV-426 for the purpose of mining Helium-3 from the gas planet which it orbits. There is no sign of any signal from the derelict investigated by the Nostromo 35 years earlier.
2165 ~ The Colonial Marine Corp reaches a peak 240,000 personnel at the end of the Tientsin campaign.
Circa 2169 ~ Conestoga Class starship USS Sulaco is constructed.
May 6, 2179 ~ Shuttle craft Narcissus is discovered by a deep salvage team, and Ellen Ripley and Mr Jones the cat are rescued, setting the record for the longest ever hyper sleep.
June 8, 2179 ~Ripley arrives at Gateway Station and is placed into hospital, where she later learns what has happened.
June 12, 2179 ~ Ripley is discharged from hospital and learns about the death of her daughter, Amanda Ripley-McClaren at the age of 66 of cancer 2 years earlier. At a board of enquiry, Ripley’s comprehensive report on the "Nostromo Incident" are dismissed. Her flight status was revoked. Ripley warns the board about the danger the xenomorph poses to the Hadley's Hope population. She eventually takes up residence aboard Gateway Station, working at the loading bays. Base on the information and Ripley's report from the enquiry, Weyland-Yutani Colonial Administration Executive, Carter J. Burke provides Hadley’s Hope with the co-ordinates to the derelict spacecraft with the intent to verify Ripley's claim and if true, to bring back a specimen for the company's Weapons Research and Design Division.
June 19, 2179 ~ Russ and Ann Jorden are sent investigate a set of grid co-ordinates provided by Carter Burke, beyond the Ilium Range on LV-426, with their children, Timmy and Newt.
June 21, 2179 ~ The Jorden family discovers the derelict with their children. Russ is similarly attacked and impregnated with a xenomorph embryo. He is taken back to Hadley’s Hope.
July 3, 2179 ~ Colonial Administration loses contact with the colony.
July 6, 2179 ~ A Colonial Marine squad from the 109th Tannhauser's Gate Regiment is sent to LV-426 to investigate on board the USS Sulaco.
July 26, 2179 ~ The last pockets of resistance at Hadley's Hope are over-run by the xenomorphs.
July 27, 2179 ~ The USS Sulaco arrives at LV-426. The marines dropship departs the Sulaco for Hadley's Hope.
July 28, 2179 ~ The Colonial Marine squad discovers all 158 population of Hadley's Hope, with the exception of a sole survivor, Newt, have succumbed to the xenomorphs attacks and turned into cocoons within a massive nest locates right beneath the atmosphere processing station. The Colonial Marine squad is ambushed inside the nest. The Colonial Marine squad engages the xenomorphs in a violent firefight, damaging the cooling tower in the process. This causes the atmosphere processing reactor to meltdown. Marine dropship at the rendevous point is attacked by xenomorphs. The commanding officer sends a second dropship and successfully retrieve two sole surviving Marine privates and Newt. An orbital bombardment is ordered and directed at the atmosphere processing station, resulting in a massive thermonuclear detonation which vaporises the entire Hadley's Hope colony, its atmosphere processing station, the derelict spaceship and its cargo of remaining eggs. J.Carter Burker is forced to resign and accept responsibility for the disastrous operation. He stands trial and is subsequently imprisoned at the Venus Rehabilitation Penitentiary for twenty years. Surviving marines from Sulaco are debriefed and honourably discharged from duties but not before signing the legal obligation of non-disclosure pertaining to the Hadley's Hope incident. Newt is legally adopted by Ripley months later.
The 8th passenger.
The extra-terrestrial malevolent creature encountered by the ill fated crew of Nostromo on LV-426 at Zeta 2 Reticulli system between June 3 to June 6, 2121, within a derelict spacecraft of another equally mysterious, fossilised, dead alien pilot, is an endoparasitoid extra-terrestrial species. Its sole purpose of existence is the propagation of their species and complete obliteration of any other life forms. Among hundreds of catalogued planetary systems, no such description of extra-terrestrial species or organisms have been encountered nor described. It has a complex life cycle which consists of several distinctive stages. It begins as an egg which contains a parasitoid larvae within. The egg is shaped like a ellipsoidal leathery objects between 2 to 4 feet high with a 4 lobed patterned opening on top. A form of blue colour mist is exhaled by the egg, acting as a motion sensor which alerts the larvae if a potential host is within proximity. Once the host is within reaching distance, a singular, hissing sound is released and the upper portion of the egg will begin to thin and melt, dripping drops of liquid akin to perspiration on upward motion. The stationary larvae will also begin to stimulate and flutter. The egg's lobe then unfold like a flower accompanied by a visceral, sinewy sound, undoubtedly reflecting the strength of an enclose egg to protect it from external harm. It is believed that an egg could survive for a long time. The eggs within the derelict extra-terrestrial spacecraft are at least fifty seven Earth years old.
The parasitic larvae would ejects itself at a violent speed towards the host, and attaches onto the host's facial structure. It should be noted that in the case of Kane, the larvae excretes molecular acid which melts Kane's space helmet face plate instantaneously in order to reach him. The larvae is shaped like a chelicerate anthropods like arachnids and horseshoe crabs. It has 8 long fingers like legs and a long tail. The larvae is parasitoid, its sole purpose is to make contact with the host's mouth for impregnation process. It does so by gripping its legs tightly around the host's face and head, while its long tail coils and wraps around the host's throat. The larvae causes the host to loose consciousness and into a state of induced coma by depriving the host of oxygen via asphyxiation. It will then inserts a proboscis into the host chest cavity behind the sternum and impregnate the host with an embryo. It keeps the host alive by feeding the host with minimal oxygen. Attempts to remove the larvae is highly fatal to the host and dangerous, as witnessed and reported by Ripley, when Dallas and Ash applied this option. The larvae will tighten its tail further, to the point of severing the host's neck joint. Any attempt to pry off the legs will result in it gripping the facial structure tighter, which would lead to severe laceration to the extent of tearing the facial muscle and scalp off the host as reported in the documents retrieved from the Hadley's Hope Colony. More frighteningly, and perhaps the most powerful naturally occur defence mechanism ever encounter by humankind, is that the larvae, apart from shedding its polysaccharide cells and replaces it with hardened external silicon, contains molecular acid. Any attempt to dissect it would results in destruction of the surrounding area. Ripley reported that a single drop of the substance was sufficient to melt through three levels of the Nostromo before stopping.
Upon impregnation of the host, the larvae dies and drops off from the host face. The host will then wakes up from the induced coma, while showing no considerable outward negative symptoms. Symptoms build up shortly after waking up include sore throat, temporary amnesia, slight nausea, increase congestion and tight sensation in the chest, and extreme hunger. During the gestation period, the embryo will replicate some of the host's DNA and traits. These horizontal gene transfer would results in the creature taking on some basic physical attributes of its host, suspected to allow the creature to adapt to the host's environment. The gestation period will lasts between one to three hours. The embryo would absorb nutrients from the host throughout the gestation period. Once the gestation period is over, the embryo would have grown into a 20 to 30 cm long nymph. The host would begin to cough, choke and vomit, follows by violent spasm as the nymph rips apart the host's chest internally and tear itself out, killing the host in the process. The nymph has a phallic-like appearance, without arms nor legs but has a pair of jaws and slithers away like a snake. The "birth" process is extremely violent, and according to Ripley's report, it left the remaining crew highly traumatised.
The nymph would instinctively seeks out a hiding spot. It will molt instantaneously, and undergoes drastic growth spurt. The nymph reaches maturity within two hours. The adult creature in Nostormo measures approximately seven feet in height and fourteen feet in length. It takes a bipedal stature, akin to a plantigrade organism but sometimes adopt a hunched, quadrupedal stance. It has a bio-mechanical, skeletal appearance and is blackish in colour, although it has been noted that when Brett was attacked, the creature has a slightly much lighter coloration, perhaps due to recent molting. During the disastrous operation at Hadley's Hope, the creatures did not register on the Colonial Marine squad's heat spectrum auxiliary system, leading to speculation that the creature does not radiate heat and its body heat matches the ambient temperature of the environment. The creature possesses immense strength, capable of breaking through steel doors and support its entire body weight by using only its segmented tail. It has the ability to crawl along ceilings and walls. The creature's skin consists of polarized sillicon, making it incredibly hardy and strong. Nevertheless, it could still conceals itself within narrow air ducts and compress in between tight spaces. The creature has an elongated, dome-like, cylindrical head with no visible eye and is semi-translucent. A basic outline of a human skull can be visible from within, a testament to the aforementioned DNA transfer of basic traits from it's host. The creature has two sets of jaws, the primary jaw with serrated silicon teeth, and the second being an inner pharyngeal jaw, which is located at the tip of its long, probosis like tongue. Uses as a weapon to kill or subdue its prey, this inner jaw shoots out at an incredible speed, aiming at the prey's head, and punches through the skull with a deadly impact of force before quickly withdrawing it back into its mouth. It has been reported that it is strong enough to punch through a steel door. The creatures possesses six webbed fingers on each hands. Like during the larvae stage, the adult creature contains molecular acids or some forms of hydrosulphuric acids which are highly potent, capable of corroding any physical substance it comes into contact with alarming speed. The creature is immune to its own "blood" due to an endobiological built up similar to a human stomach's ability to protect itself from its digestive fluids and bio-organically produced Teflon isolation. It would secretes liquid silica from its mouth continuously. The creature uses the secretion to built nest. The unknown actual composition of the silica could alter inorganic matters down to the molecular level. Contradicting all laws of biological nature, an adult creature does not need to feed, deriving reserve energy within itself. As such, including its incredibly fast growth and maturity rate, an adult creature would not live beyond forty eight hours. Upon its death, the adult creature would secrete all its bodily molecular acids and silica from its pores, disintegrating in the process.
To continue its lifecycle, the adult creature would ambush its preys, whether alive or dead, to be cocooned and metamorphosis into eggs, as observed by Ripley in the case of the half transformed, barely alive Dallas and egg-like corpse of Brett within the landing gear hangar of the Nostromo and the Colonial Marines when they found the population of the Hadley's Hope underneath the atmospheric processing station. The adult creature would release a form of enzyme which alters the host DNA, breaking it down and altering it into eggs. Then the larvae within the eggs would await another host for it to continue its life cycle anew. This complex life cycle has been much debated by the scientists observers of Weyland-Yutani. Most hypothesised that it could be a form of control over the propagation of the deadly creature, which leads to the another hypothesis that it could be a genetically engineered life-form.
Nothing much is known about the creature's intelligence and communication skills, if any. However, based on both the Nostromo and Hadley's Hope Incident, it has been speculated that the creature may have a certain degree of observational learning and problem solving abilities.
It has been theorised that the dead alien pilot found by the Nostromo crew within the derelict spacecraft may had been killed in the similar manner like Kane, due to a large hole-like implosion found on its fossilised body. Its entire crew may had been turned into the eggs found by Kane within the ship chamber. Another theory is that the spacecraft may have been a intergalactic bomber of some sort, with the eggs serving as some form of weapon of mass destruction. If this were to be true, the creature which killed all the Nostromo crew with the exception of Ripley and wiped out the entire Hadley's Hope population, leaving only one survivor Newt and two Colonial Marines, may served as a form of genetically engineered biological "clean up" organism, with the sole aim of total annihilation of life form on planetary scale.