A new predator stalks Fortuna III, preying on rookie and veteran prospectors alike. The emergence of this new creature may be a natural occurrence, or it may indicate impending changes... and
on Fortuna III, change is seldom good. Support Osiris in researching this new species: track down their nests, study their behavior, and acquire viable samples, by any means possible.
'Troubling, some of our equipment on the surface appears to have reported catastrophic failure.
Sabotage, I suspect. Head down there and figure out who's to blame, Prospector. '
'Definitely not the outcome I expected from your investigations. It appears you may have discovered a new form of creature, and a rather nasty one, too. Troubling, as chaotic as Fortuna III is, its ecosystem has been relative stable for over a decade. Find me more evidence, other attack
sites or any tracks... there's research to do!'
Find the Feeding Grounds of the Creature uphill east of Water Facility.
'One of my assistants raised a concerning possibility about our mysterious new friend. During the early stages of prospecting a creature known as 'Howler' surfaced and effectively halted all operations on the planet. Despite their dominance, their numbers dwindled over the years, and no
specimen has been seen for almost two decades. I need to be sure it's the same creature: track down whatever nest or hive you can find, and bring back anything useful. '
'The samples match, we're facing the same creature. My operatives did some more digging and uncovered dozens of old redacted reports of Korolev facilities and teams targeted by Howlers They were officially written off marauder attacks or hit by sudden storm spikes, but all still helpfully tagged with '#howler' in the metadata. If this beast was able to taking down entire fireteams, you'll have to be very well prepared to face it. Come back to me when you're ready. '
'Ah, good, now we can do some proper field research. I've heard multiple accounts from other prospectors encountering creatures influenced by nearby Howlers, as if triggered to become stronger, and more aggressive. Acquiring samples has proven to be a more a difficult task than I imagined, so I need you to succeed where others failed: get me samples from these altered Striders, Rattlers, and Marauders, so I can understand the effect the Howler has on them. '
'I think we've learned all we can from just observation alone. Now, it's time for you to finally hunt down a Howler. Be mindful of any weak spots in its armor; survivor reports suggest creature reacts poorly when its abdomen is targeted. Good hunting, Prospector. '
'Great work, Prospector. And I have good news of my own; the Howler tissue samples you brought back contain negligible mutational damage! Almost every living thing on Fortuna III has been altered by the TEF, 'The Cycle' as everyone calls it, many made far larger and grotesque than their
original forms. We've been studying the process for years, and every sample shows long-term detrimental DNA damage. But that's not present on these Howler samples; either the creature is immune, or it's perfectly in tune with the TEF. You must get me more samples, this could answer so many questions!'
'There've been sightings of a new Howler only seen during storms, with a unique coloration. This could tie in with my existing research, or it could just be an unusual pigmentation and biased
observation; correlation, not causation. But you can help solve this mistery, can't you? Track down this 'Storm Howler' and kill it during a storm, let's see if it really is unique. '
Kill 1 Howler with a Sniper Rifle during an active Storm.