Payday 2 – PSA: The Shields of Washington DC
A truly rare sight in the urban savannah,
a herd of Shields. Usually solitary and territorial creatures, Shields keep to themselves and are only rarely seen in the company of their kind. Depending on the richness of their environment, a square kilometre can sustain only 2 to 5 Shields at most. The Shield’s only protection
from the harsh environment of the urban wasteland is his eponymous shield, a rectangular plate
of steel that makes him almost impervious to harm. Their thick coat of armour is vital
to their survival and, by beating it with variant cadence, they even use it to communicate with one another. The majestic green of an Alpha Shield. Though they possess equal endurance
from the average Shield, the FBI species shows a markedly larger plate, covering greater
parts of their body, and they come with a fiercer armament, brandishing a CPM submachinegun
rather than the usual Chimano 88. A predator enters the Shield’s territory. Young and
inexperienced heisters often make the mistake of firing straight at the Shield in the impossible
hopes of penetrating their armour. Growing up, they learn how to outmanoeuvre a Shield
and strike them in their unprotected rear. However, this heister, an older male, carries
an imposing shotgun loaded with high-explosive shells, and presents a considerable danger
to any grazing shield. With only a few bullets, an entire herd of Shields might be struck
down. Explosives are the most common enemy of the Shield and in recent years has driven
them almost to extinction. Other than killing the shield, explosives will also stun them
for a few seconds, making them easy prey for scavengers. The appearance of sniper rifles
and shotguns loaded with slugs has exacerbated this trend. Both are capable of penetrating
the shield, but their damage is greatly reduced when doing so. A wildfire has broken out.
The Shield, only protected frontally, panics and tries to dart away, but is too late and
perishes in the fire. As with all inhabitants of the animal kingdom, fire is the great leveller.
With their habitat shrinking and an ever larger amount of dangers on the rise, this once great
and majestic creature is now nearly extinct and survives only in captivity.