After Gossard receives a minor injury, Rico is assigned a marauder suit for the Roughneck's next mission: they're heading upriver to capture a Brain Bug. But there's no Brain there. Instead they find a "nursery" for the creation of new and dangerous species. Razak calls in an airstrike, but Rico is separated from the squad as his Marauder runs out of juice. They rescue him before the airstrike, but not before a Jungle Spider impales him. It's touch and go as to whether Rico will survive.