- "Whatever this is, it ain't Locust. Never seen anything like it."
- —Former Sgt. Marcus Fenix, after encountering Swarm pods.
The Mission to Fort Reval was an event that took place at the start of the Swarm War. A team of Outsiders led by former sergeant Marcus Fenix went on a mission to Fort Reval, an old tourist site turned into a field hospital during the Locust War, in order to investigate Locust crystal shells entombed in an osmium mine located beneath the fort and their possible connection to the creatures that raided Fort Umson led by Reyna Diaz a few hours earlier.
Order of Battle
Entering the Fort
At 25:57, JD, Del, Kait and Marcus arrive at Fort Reval - a centuries old Tyran fortress - after successfully escaping the COG forces that attacked the Stroud Estate nearly 4 hours earlier. JD asks his father if he thinks they will find traces of "the Swarm" there. Hearing the name they came up with for the creatures, Marcus is confused at first, then amused by it and tells them that the true reason they came there is not the fort itself, but an old osmium mine underneath it. Marcus continues, explaining that after the Imulsion Countermeasure was used at the end of the Locust War and Lambent Pandemic, indestructible, yellow crystals - similar to the one JD showed Marcus back at the Estate - covered the Locust bodies and the only way to dispose of them was to seal them in various underground locations scattered all over the planet, the mine being one of them. He says that 25 years earlier, he and Anya Stroud supervised the disposal of the locust shells and if "the Swarm" is somehow connected to the Locust, this is where they should start their investigation.
On their way to the mine, Del asks Marcus if he thinks the Locust are back and he responds by saying he does not know yet. While exploring the streets of the town, they hear a disturbing, animal-like sound. They follow the noise to its source, but before they can localize it, a windflare hits the fort, forcing them to take shelter in a building. After entering it, they discover strange, glowing biomass and decide to follow it. JD investigates a big cluster of biomass and covers himself in glowing liquid in the process. As they exit the building, JD and the rest find a large, glowing pod. Marcus suggests JD to cut it open and proceeds to do so, despite his son's and his own reluctance. He uses his Custom Lancer to chaisaw the pod and the group is horrified to see its contents - a partially disolved human body - pour out of it. JD spots the phoenix omen on the armor of the abducted Gear, realising it is the Swarm who is taking the COG citizens. Thinking the same fate could meet her mother, Kait starts panicking and JD calms her down.
While walking down an alley, they see dozens of other pods on the ground and the walls with biomass tendrils connecting them. Marcus says he has never seen anything like it during the war and a few seconds later the team hears the creature they heard a few minutes earlier is stalking them again. When they enter a large courtyard, Marcus commands the team to take cover. He spots their stalker - a large, arachnid-like creature - and tells the rest to cover him, while he is going to flush it out with a grenade. As Marcus prepares to throw his grenade, he notices rubble falling down from the roof of the building on his right, then looks up to see another, identical creature launch a large quill at him using its tail. The quill hits Marcus in the shoulder, causing him to collapse and drop his grenade, which lands next to JD. James barely avoids the explosion, collapses and witnesses his father being snatched by the creature. JD, Del and Kait attempt to free him by opening fire at the monster, but are forced to run when another three snatchers show up and starts chasing them. They take shelter in a building just in time and barricade the door with a desk. While JD is furious, Del and Kait succumb to hysteria. JD calms himself and his friends down and assumes the position of the group's leader, then decides they should follow the snatcher that abducted Marcus to the same place he was taking them to - the burial site.
Following the Snatcher
The squad exits the building and heads deeper into the Swarm's territory. While trying to cut through a building, JD kicks a door only to find out it is blocked by another pod. He cuts it open and finds an underdeveloped humanoid creature inside, which makes other pods pop with its scream, releasing its fully developed siblings. After dealing with the creatures, the team cuts through another building, causing JD to collapse through the floor into a basement full of pods. Del deduces that the pods are incubators, which means they need to hurry if they want to save Marcus in time. As they exit the building, their radios pick up static caused by Marcus' radio and moments later the team spots the snatcher. Attacked by the Swarm, they make their way to an old cathedral, where they discover that the creatures from the pods can evolve by crawling into E-Hole-like nests in the matter of seconds. After a few firefights with their newly discovered enemies in the cathedral, JD and his friends call the smaller creatures "Juvies" and their evolved versions "Drones", comparing their development cycle to that of some insects.
Following a fight in the fort's cemetery, the squad is about to enter the cable car station, when they are ambushed by three quadrupedal creatures capable of launching multiple quills from their tails. After dealing with the creatures they dubbed "Pouncers", they enter the station and use a cable car to reach the upper parts of the fort. While Del takes care of the funicular, JD tries to comfort Kait, who was visibly deflated. Trying to accelerate the cable car, JD cuts its counterweight off, which causes it to drastically accelerate and crash into the upper station, though neither of the passengers is hurt. The team continues following the Snatcher and finds itself ambushed in the fort's museum dedicated to the Pendulum Wars and the Battle of Aspho Fields. After repelling the attack, they leave the museum and Del remarks it is a shame that the new COG let places like Fort Reval be forgotten, to which JD responds by saying places like this only remind people like Marcus, Reyna or Mina Jinn the hell of the Locust War.
JD and his friends follow the Snatcher to the entrance to the fort's catacombs, believing the tunnels are connected with the mine and its hive. After fighting their way through the catacombs, they manage to find a way into the mining shaft. Del shares his doubts with JD, but the young Fenix manages to convince his friend to trust him, just like he trusted Del, when they went AWOL following the Settlement 2 incident. They board an ore transporter, turn the power back on and establish a defensive perimeter using a Fabricator as the platform goes down the shaft. While the squad repels continous Swarm attacks, the transporter's breaks disengage due to Swarm tendrils getting caught in the gears, which causes it to start falling down with nothing to control its speed. They manage to break through to one of the control panels and activate the emergency breaks, which engages with a delay and slows the transporter down just in time. The group then enters the mine.
|Battles of the Swarm Invasion|
|42 A.E.||Rescue of Fort Umson (Ambush of Fort Umson · Assault on the Stroud Estate · Mission to Fort Reval · Battle of Osmium Mine Bravo · Mission to the Tollen Dam · Skirmish in Speyer · Assault on the Tollen Dam) · Skirmish in the Wilds · Ambush on South Village · Mission to Fort Umson · Mission to Orzabal Crater · Mission to South Village · Mission to Azura Research Facility · Evacuation of Settlement 2 · Ambush of Bravelle · Ambush of Croya · Ambush of Holdstead Croft · Ambush of Five Pines · Ambush of Pasco's Village · Mission to Great Seran Rend · Skirmish on the Jacinto Plateau · Ambush of Riftworm Village · Second Mission to New Hope · Incursions in Kadar Valley · Mission to Mount Kadar Laboratory · Mission to OZP-11 · Battle of Old Ephyra · Skirmish in Pahanu · Hivebuster Offensive (Hivebust of Sanctum · Mission to Weilehi · Mission to the Wakaatu Nest · Hivebust of Pahanu · Mission to Croya · Hivebust of Bravelle)|