Star Portal? What's that?
That Star Portal was left here by the Zurg when they invaded our planet briefly a couple years ago. It's been inactive since that time, but recently began discharging energy at around the same time that the Animated began appearing in the area.
So the Star Portal is responsible for what's going on?
Can you tell me more about that 'unknown species' in the area?
I can tell you what I'm guessing, but there are few facts available. The aliens seem to have come through the Star Portal by accident and they can't seem to use it to get back.
We had an agen...errr...fellow concerned citizen here watching the portal when the ETs first came through. They seemed quite disorganized and flustered initially, only settling down to dig their burrow bunkers after they gave up on getting out through the Star Portal.
I've seen a few of them. They seem to be packing a lot of equipment.
Is that something you need help with?
Normally, no. But our...groups of citizens...is spread pretty thin right now. Would you be willing to test yourself against these ETs and bring me back some of their equipment?
Sure! I'd be glad to help!
All right then. I'm fairly certain that the rings you're wearing will still be effective against these ETs, even though they're not Animated. See if you can knock some of them out and then come back and tell me what sorts of things you find on them.
Well...not as much as you might hope. The little guys tend to blow themselves up when they're put out of commission, but I found scraps of circuit boards that seemed to grow out of flesh, funny-feeling plastic bits, and other stuff that's clearly 'not from around here'.