The planetoid, now home to Base #3 under the command of General Spears, was initially conceived
as what people within the company often colloquially referred to as a "Shake and Bake" colony,
and a self-sustaining refuge.
The atmosphere plant was never going to produce a surface nitrogen-oxy mix thick enough so
unaugmented humans could use it for breathing purposes, unless they crawled in the bottoms
of deep craters.
True, the planetoid was big enough to hold some gases down with its feeble gravity but
the term “terraforming” was something less than exact in this case.
The civilian colony was here because there were a vast number of underground caverns
that could be sealed tight, filled with air, and used either as shelter or to grow enough
food to sustain a permanent population.
Once the tiny world became self-supporting, there were plenty of uses for it: expanded
military bases, mining, an escape-proof prison.
It was to those ends the terraformers worked.
What the atmosphere plant produced was, save for venting, pumped into the ground.
General Spears commandeered the terraforming colony to use as a test site.
He wanted to to acclimate to human authority.
With his specmiens at the ready, Spears commenced his experiments, and had expendable human
test subjects to fulfill these scientific endeavours.
He would learn the behavior of the Alien Queen, and how she controls her army.
An army, Spears believed, he could some day command, and use against the xenomorphs plaguing
The idea of having a xenomorph army appealed greatly to Spears, and his overwhelming admiration
of the species was no secret.
"Goddamned efficient bastards," he describes them as: "Just what a commander in the field
You could hatch your own army in a few months and as long as one of ’em stayed alive,
you could start over again when those got killed."
The colonists were told that a new strain of virulent bacteria had been gound, a by-product
of the nascent terraforming process.
Spears used the ruse as an excuse to seal the colonists into separate quarantined cells.
Major Powell, who would go on to form an alliance with Hicks, and share these details, noted
that all of these experiments were recorded in in the base logs, which commenced once
the hosts were retrieved from the colony.
Powell explains, "There were one hundred sixty-eight civilian
Men, women, children.
Spears gave them to the aliens.
The air plant is automatic at this stage, you see, so the people were… redundant.”
"The lessons began almost immedaitely.
He forced the queen to watch as he burned its children.
As the sessions continued, I'm not sure what was more frightening, spears and his methods,
or the fact that the alienqueeen seemed to understand them.
He waned to make the things into soldiers.
He wanted them to follow orders like any other grunt.
There were misstepds along the way, but Spears dealt with them as he dealt with any extraneous
He’s been feeding the experimental subjects all kinds of chem the scientists say might
have some effect on the things.
We don’t know if it’s working or not.
The body chemistry of these creatures is astounding.
We’ve done some conditioning exercises with the queen.
She doesn’t appear particularly concerned with the fate of individual drones—we’ve
killed them and she doesn’t display distress in any way that shows.
But if we threaten or destroy any of her eggs, she becomes very agitated.
It seems to work.
And the queen controls the drones—we aren’t sure how, some kind of telepathic or extremely
low frequency radiopathic waves, something.
We’ve put a single human subject into a chamber filled with alien drones, given him
an egg and a blowtorch with which to threaten it, the queen watching, and none of the aliens
touched the man.
The queen has learned to obey the general.
Spears started training her like a dog.
Used his cigar lighter.
He’d have a trooper with a flamethrower roast an egg while the queen watched.
After she calmed down, he’d put a human into the testing cage with her.
When she went for the bait, he’d pop the cigar lighter on and hold it next to another
The queen picked it up fast.
You could leave a man in with her and a dozen drones for hours and none of them would touch
She’s not stupid, the queen.
It seems odd, though, that the queen will sacrifice the drones without a second thought
but that she’ll obey Spears to protect the eggs.
But she controls the drones.
Telepathically, empathically, we don’t have the sophisticated gear here to be sure exactly
how, but it isn’t with sound or odors or any visual signals we can detect.
We’ve run tests where the drone was a klick away in an airtight chamber, no possible way
it could see or hear the queen, and Spears made it do what he wanted."
Though Powell had witnessed this experimentation first-hand, and had observed General Spears'
behaviour in front of the xenomorph specimens, muttering tom himself, uttering one clear
word - "Perfection" - the true extent of the general's obsession had not yet fully been
Perhaps the most disturbing result of these experiments is that Spears himself believed
to have been learning the queen's method to telepathically command the hive.
He looked over the specimens, practicing his own mental will over them.
He put his hands on the thick Plexiglas.
It was cold to the touch.
The alien inside didn’t move, but he imagined it could feel him, was aware of him, even
in its suspended state.
"Mark me," Spears thought at it.
"I’m your master.
You live or die at my whim.
Obey and live, disobey and die."
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