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"This drop is shaping up even worse than Acheron, if that's possible."
―Cpl. Tequila (from Aliens vs. Predator)




Corporal Teresa Aquila, better known as "Tequila", was a member of the United States Colonial Marine Corps, part of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment.[2] She was stationed aboard the USS Marlow, dispatched to BG-386 in response to a Xenomorph outbreak at the Freya's Prospect colony and the nearby Weyland-Yutani facility.

Although she was impregnated with a Chestburster after being shot down aboard the dropship Typhoon, she was placed in cryosleep before the creature could hatch and as such was one of only three people known to have survived the incident, the others being Rookie and the android Katya.

Biography[]

Her War[]

"We're in a real shitstorm here, so stay frosty, Rookie."
Tequila to Rookie (from Aliens vs. Predator)

Tequila was aboard a dropship with Major Van Zandt and Rookie when the USS Marlow was destroyed in orbit by a Predator ship. The shock wave from the explosion battered the dropship, but it eventually managed to land outside the refinery at the colony of Freya's Prospect. Tequlia subsequently helped to organize the regrouping of survivors. She was the first to make contact with Rookie when he awoke alone in an abandoned part of the complex, and she guided him through the Xenomorph-infested colony to her location. When he arrived, she gave him an extra Pulse Rifle that she had acquired. Moments later, Tequila was contacted by a squad under attack in the colony's nightclub and she dispatched Rookie to assist.

He arrived too late to save the Marines, and after a series of Xenomorph assaults, Rookie was eventually overwhelmed and captured. To Tequila's relief, he managed to escape before he was cocooned, and she then instructed him to head to the nearby refinery where Van Zandt had disappeared whilst leading an attack against the Matriarch. Rookie again arrived too late to save his fellow Marines, but he confronted the Matriarch in her Hive and, with Tequila assisting by remotely activating the refinery's furnace, he was able to incinerate her.

Captured and cocooned[]

"This bug's really messing with my guts."
Tequila, regarding the Chestburster inside her (from Aliens vs. Predator)

Forced out of the colony as it was overrun by Xenomorphs, Tequila took to the skies, riding shotgun aboard the dropship Typhoon. Typhoon made for the jungle where the crew planned to pick up Rookie and other survivors and evacuate them. However, they were shot down by a Predator, despite their best attempts to kill it from the air, and Typhoon crashed at the edge of the extensive Yautja ruins in the area. The crash site was almost immediately swarmed by Xenomorphs, and while several Marines managed to fight the creatures off, Tequila herself was captured and dragged away.

She was taken to a small Hive at the nearby combat arena, where she was cocooned and impregnated with a Chestburster. Resigned to her fate, she was shocked when Rookie arrived to rescue her. Regardless, she asked him to simply execute her so that she might be spared a horrific death. However, before Rookie could carry out the order they were contacted by Katya, who informed them she could remove the Chestburster if they could reach her at the nearby Weyland-Yutani research labs. The pair fought through the jungle, the pain in Tequila's chest growing steadily worse, and managed to breach the Weyland-Yutani facility. They rendezvoused with Katya, but as the android prepared to operate on Tequila, Karl Bishop Weyland discovered them and shut off the necessary equipment. With no alternative, Katya and Rookie placed Tequila in a cryosleep chamber to stop the Chestburster emerging. Tequila remained in cryosleep for the remainder of the incident, as was later placed aboard Weyland's personal shuttle with Rookie and Katya to escape the planet.

Personality and Traits[]

Tequila is notably level-headed throughout the crisis on BG-386, even when those around her are not. She is well-liked by her squad and respected by her peers, particularly by the crew aboard Typhoon. She's a no-quitter and has gained a reputation as something of a survivor.[3] Tequila is also well-trained in infantry tactics and handles herself very well even after being impregnated with a Chestburster.

Equipment[]

Tequila wore standard-issue Colonial Marine Personal Armor with a TNR Shoulder Lamp attachment for illumination. On her chest plate, she had stenciled a love-knot and the name "Louise" over her heart, she also had painted a pair of yellow googly eyes on her right shoulder strap, on the back of which she had painted a feathered wing. She also applied an "I HEART GUNS" sticker to her left shoulder strap. On the back of her chest armor was the phrase "GIVE WAR A CHANCE". She had customized the front of her left leg armor with a smiley face and the front of her right leg armor with a humorous upside down "THIS WAY UP.", on the back of the right leg armor she had also painted a flaming 8 ball. Notably, she was not equipped with a Ballistic Helmet. She was armed with an M41A/2 Pulse Rifle, and at one point carried a spare (likely taken from a fallen comrade) that she later gave to Rookie. She also carried several flares and a combat knife strapped to the front of her chest armor. Most of her equipment, including her armor, was lost when she was captured by the Xenomorphs, although like any good Marine she made sure she did not relinquish her rifle.

Trivia[]

  • Tequila references the events of Aliens when she says that the current mission to BG-386 is "shaping up even worse than Acheron", the planet from that film. However, she mispronounces Acheron, saying it with a hard 'ch' sound (as in "chemist") instead of a soft one (as in "chef") it should be.[4]
  • Tequila seems to be impregnated with a Chestburster far more quickly than is possible — Alien establishes that embryo implantation takes around 24 hours, yet Rookie finds her fairly quickly after Typhoon is shot down and she has already been impregnated.
  • Although it is never established who exactly is responsible for shooting Tequila down, it is likely the same Predator that Rookie ultimately fights in the combat arena, as that individual begins stalking him in the jungle soon after Typhoon crashes, and continues to do so until their confrontation in the ruins.
  • Tequila is mentioned by Marines in the level "Ruins" of the game's Predator campaign; several of the Marines can be heard attempting to contact her over the radio as they search the Yautja ruins for her. She is also heard over the radio in the level "Refinery" of the Alien campaign, warning Marines patrolling the generator room that a Xenomorph is in the area and to "stay frosty".
  • Tequila's nickname is a portmanteau of her first and last name — the "Te-" from Teresa and the "-quila" from Aquila.
  • During the Alien campaign, Specimen 6 will occasionally come across female Marines that use Tequila's character model. She also has a brief voice cameo in the Alien campaign when Six enters the main generator room, warning the Marines in the room that Six is present.
  • Tequila's head model was later re-used by Rebellion for the character Beth Coleman in their game Zombie Army Trilogy.
  • During her time as Rookie's radio contact in the game, Tequila will relentlessly push the player to their objective; later, after she is rescued from the Xenomorphs and Katya has taken over as the player's point of contact, Tequila will somewhat ironically complain about Katya urging Rookie to hurry up.
  • Like a lot of the Marines in Aliens vs. Predator, a lot of her armor customization is copied from Marines in the film Aliens. Most notably, Tequila possesses the love-knot with the name of Bill Paxton's real-life wife Louise Newbury.

Appearances[]

References[]

  1. Aliens vs. Predator, Microsoft Windows version, Rebellion, 2010.
  2. Rebellion. Aliens vs. Predator game manual, p. 4 (2010).
  3. Tim Bogenn. Aliens vs. Predator: Bradygames Official Strategy Guide, p. 18 (2010), DK/BradyGames.
  4. James CameronOrigins of Acheron (2010), 20th Century Fox [Blu-ray].
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