Another story I've been working on, any help would be appreciated.
Part One: The Mission
Chapter One: The Briefing
Arthur Sonneville sat in front of the lit up projection screen with a dozen or so other recruits surrounding him; it was the day they were to be briefed on their mission. As members of the NEI, or Nuva Elimination Initiative, it was their job to destroy the Nuva threat to humanity; today they would find out how to end the relentless attacks the Nuvas were launching against them. As he sat their his mind wandered to how he had arrived at this point, and of why he had joined the NEI, Arthur watched as the head strategist of the NEI stepped slowly towards the projection screen. The strategist looked into the projection booth and a map appeared on the screen; the map depicted what appeared to be a ship, with a big red “X” on one of the deepest rooms in the ship.
“Recruits,” he spat, the word almost a snarl, “this is your destination;” he tapped the screen before continuing, “This ship is in the heart of the black zone.” Nervous murmurs broke through the previously silent room; the black zone was the most dangerous place on the planet, all the nuvas seemed to originate somewhere in that area. No one had ever returned from the black zone and survived, all they knew of the area was taken from satellite imagery. Unfortunately the satellites all seemed to fail shortly after catching sight of the ship whose specs were shown on the screen, they had obtained the specs after one satellite had caught sight of an identification number on the ship. The strategist continued, “at the heart of the black zone is this ship, we obtained the plans to the ship and have discovered through thermal and other scans that a massive amount of energy is being emitted here.” He tapped the room marked with the “X” with his index finger, “we believe that whatever is emitting this energy is what is causing the Nuva to appear.” Arthur nodded to himself, it made sense; earlier in this war against the Nuva some scientists had claimed that they had discovered the origin of the Nuva, they said that some sort of accident had occurred in the bowels of the very ship now projected on the screen in front of him. The scientists were mocked, the army said that the Nuva were just a biological weapon launched by another country, the scientists had ventured into the black zone to research further, they had never returned. Arthur had always suspected that the Nuva were the result of some sort of genetic engineering project gone wrong, but he had never voiced his opinion; even to him it sounded like a bad science fiction movie.
“We have reports of the types of Nuva roaming the area,” the strategist continued; too many this was the most worrisome part, some Nuvas were monstrous, some posed little threat. Arthur had researched each type, some frightened him when he even heard their names mentioned. A few were upwards of eight feet tall, some were tiny and insubstantial, but at least when you saw a big one you knew you were going to die, the small ones hid and jumped out from blind corners. In a way they were far more deadly than the large ones. Some were so rare only one or two sightings had been reported, but the rare ones usually were the most deadly Nuvas, they usually had frightening powers, ones rarely ever seen used, as most didn’t survive the encounter with these Nuvas stories were scarce. The strategist took a slow wheezing breath, he was a smoker no doubt, thought Arthur, the strategist then continued slowly, “The types you will encounter are:”…