A Backpack, a Gun and a Codex
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A Backpack, a Gun and a Codex

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In 2100, the humanity faces the threat from Intruders, an invasive alien species that have dominated the space. In the last-ditch attempt to save the humanity, Mirai, a female scientist has sent a package to 2050, 50 years before the final invasion, right before her lab gets destroyed and she is killed. Will the person destined to receive the package manage to prevent this tragic apocalypse?

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Prologue
2100, the Earth… It is too late. They are everywhere, killing any single creature out there. Spaceships and smoke covered the sky, and towers grow like mushrooms outside. I am seeing innocent lives falling down one after another but feel powerless against such overpowered creatures holding all types of cutting-edge weapons that the current Earth technology cannot deal with. Intruders, an alien empire from a faraway galaxy that dominates other creatures across the space using force, and it seems like they have been setting down on Earth from 50 years ago to do research here, which explains why they know every of our single move. They are just relentless, slaying every single thing on their path. But this is not the end of the humanity. The history can be changed, once and for all. All I need is to send this package back to 2050 to warn people of this apocalypse, and slowly find a way out of it. The time machine would be ready in one minute. I need to hold my ground here, befor
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Chapter 1 - The Package
2050, the Earth… My name is Yuusha, which just translates to "hero". I am a freelancer, mainly doing in engineering and technical work such as fixing electronic devices of households. Sometimes I accept projects and commissions. I have a deep passion in science, and dream to do something big for this world using my knowledge. But the dream seems very far away. I am twenty-three years old this year. And to be honest, I am completely blind when talking about my future. Although I want to do something big, I do not know where to start. I do not even know what the world needs, because there are probably someone out there having the same idea as mine, started doing it already. But that is at least what I am thinking as of now. That day has changed my life forever. - Delivery! Maybe my relatives or my friends send me a package, because I have no recollection of ordering something online. I receive the package and sign the confirmation paper, then bring it into my living r
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Chapter 2 - First Mission (part 1)
The clock has shown a big 08:00 on its screen, but I am just too tired to wake myself up after all the hard work. I try to sleep in for a few more minutes before starting a new day. - Yuusha, wake up. Its time for your training phase. We will be targeting places that are easy to attack for you to get used to the pace. - Five more minutes... The customer's order is due tomorrow... Mirai is really intolerant against my weird sleep schedule, and she pulls the warm blanket away from me. The morning wind breeze flows through my back. - Cold! Cold! Why must you ruin my precious morning, especially after my hectic work schedule yesterday? - I speak in a sleepy voice. - Well, the only reason that I send this package to 2050 is that the Intruders make their first move some time in this year, and they start setting up bases. We need to uproot the weeds to kill them, so that is why we are also making our moves now. But don't worry, I will choose an ea
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Chapter 3 - First Mission (part 2, final)
As soon as we approach the exit, a thick, black wall of smoke covers us. The planes above us are burning the field with fire. There are scattered remains of the planes shot down with the SAM turret, but the number is nothing compared to the army of planes on top of us. - Mirai, what do we do? - Open the arsenal and summon a Gas Mask. I will summon a Frost Gun to cool down our path, then we find a higher ground. We run through the thick layers of smoke. The cold beams of the Frost Gun helps to extinguish the fire and cool down the temperature a lot, but it still feels hot. After we get out of the smoke, there is a forest in front of us to hide, and we manage to get away from the bombardment, as well as reaching the cliff. We get a clearer view. - The SAM turret is very durable, but we need a counterattack plan. Yuusha, trigger the EMP device. - Yes. - I take the EMP device out and activate it. An electromagnetic pulse pierces the sky. The
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Chapter 4 - A Literal Lesson
I start the next morning with the sound of a sigh from Mirai, holding her head as if she is having worries. The serious atmosphere is slowly taking control of the living room. I take out a cigarette from my shirt, burn its end with a lighter, and give her. - Hey, maybe you have smoked a cigarette once when you are still alive. This modified cigarette has chemicals that help to cool down electronic systems when burned, so for robots, it may feel like a relief feeling. - Thanks. Mirai is reading the collected data from the tablet, which are just a bunch of graphs and numbers dancing and constantly changing. On the left corner of the tablet screen, there is the world map, densely marked with crosses, from green, to yellow and red. - As you can see, this graph here shows the distribution of the Intruders' force on Earth. There are about a million of them, with one Commander. If the Commander has an overall rating of a hundred percent, and a normal Physic
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Chapter 5 - Storage Assault (part 1)
It is another day living under the same house with a person, I mean with a pseudo-human robot, and also another day working a freelancer life, and I do not feel a single moment of regret. At the very least, that is what I think as of now... - Yuusha, today, we will continue with your physical training. As mentioned, we will attack this storage, somewhere about one hour of flight from our base. This time, I will teach you how to control a plane. - Mirai instructs me with today's mission while I am trying to finish my breakfast. That is how life works for a person living double lives like me now. Everyday routine, as Mirai says, will start with a training mission in the morning until early afternoon, either 'simple' callisthenic and stamina exercises, or trial missions at real, green-level Intruders' facilities, where I gain simple skills such as weapon mastery, plane riding and strategic planning. Then, I do my projects in the afternoon, sometimes until evening if the
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Chapter 6 - Storage Assault (part 2, final)
A quick update on our current dire situation. The Intruders' aerial vehicles have approached really closely to us, and even with the support of the EMP device, they will parachute and land on the storage, outnumbering us. - Let's come to our main course for today! - Mirai just smiles, as she takes out two remote-controlled planes, equipped with bulletproof, explosion-resistant layers, laser guns and flares to destroy incoming thermal missiles. I hold one of them and quickly observe the plane. Mirai taps on the remote control icon on my tablet and tunes the frequency of the remote control to match the planes. - Since the automatically-operated drones cannot avoid missiles, we change to manually controlled planes. You know how to play a remote-controlled toy plane right? - Yep. - Well then, let's rock the field. From the entrance of the storage, there emerge two heavily armed planes of ours. The cameras built inside the planes send live fo
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Chapter 7 - Day in the Life of a Hero
- Hi, can you finish fixing this code line by tonight? And this part is bugged, hopefully you can check it after that. - Yes, Mr., I will check through it and send you the completed version as soon as possible. Thanks for choosing me for your project. It is midday, and I am sitting at my desk, meticulously doing the project I am hired for. The room is filled with a sense of silence and concentration. All that is left are the typing sounds of my mechanical keyboard, the beeping of the system, and maybe the air-conditioning system cooling my room. Besides that, there are rows and rows of neatly arranged books about programming and different stuff sitting on the shelf behind my back, as if they are supervising me. The clock continues ticking, but the important thing now is that I have only a few hours left to send out the files for checking by the customer. On another room, there gives out a more professional vibe. Mirai is carefully analysing the samples we brou
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Chapter 8 - Arctic Tactic (part 1)
- Good, good, you are making some progress here. Your strength, stamina, agility, flexibility and reflex status have improved by forty percent. - Mirai nods her head as she is noting down some numbers into the tablet. - Haha, no need to praise me. I am a quick learner after all. - I laugh victoriously after the compliment, although the neutral response written on her face turns my mood off. It has been quite a few months of nothing but hectic physical training sessions. Using my backyard as a practice field, I practice all kinds of things. From basic calisthenics, typical exercises to improve physical fitness, to simulated combat exercises with fake targets, where I learn to make on-the-spot decisions and weapon proficiency. Once a week, we go on a practical combat, where we cooperate and attack a green-level facility or two. The unrelenting sun of the noon, although for an autumn day, is coating everything below it with a layer of red-hot blanket of sunlight,
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Chapter 9 - Arctic Tactic (part 2)
- Anyway, fire grenade and flamethrower are the must-have. I will escort you to a safe sniping spot, then we split up. In case things turn bad, call in air support to distract them. - I suggest as a last attempt. - Can, I guess. In the snowy weather, we flee across the forest. Soon, we see a hill, which is again covered in layers of snow and complex terrain. At the top of the hill, we can actually see the military camp. I help Mirai to set up a camouflage, which simply consists of a white suit to fit the snow and a disruptor to conceal their electromagnetic radar. Then, I leave the hill, across the forest, towards the military camp again. Things really do not go as easily. As soon as I reach the forest, a few Intruders have been deployed to search for us in the forest, and if not thanks to my sharp instinct, I could have exposed myself. I hide behind a boulder and update the field through my tablet. About twenty Intruders with light arms are patrolling, and
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