The River God (Firebase short movie)
Oats Studio: Firebase
The River God from Firebase short movie is the product of Oats Studio.
Archive footage from the Vietnam War in 1969 shows 15,212 soldiers and 2425 military vehicles being levitated and destroyed by an unknown force. The insides of several deceased Viet Cong are also transformed into hard, alien like shells. The incident is immediately classified, and dubbed the “Omega Event” by the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1970, Sgt. Hines attacks and kills what appears to be a reanimated US Army soldier, but beneath the skin is a similar hard, alien like body. He is then collected by CIA agent Jacob Palmer, who transports him to a Firebase Quatro, a military field hospital on the border with Cambodia. En route, Palmer reveals the mysterious events were caused by an entity dubbed The River God, who Hines has been tracking for some time. The two arrive at the base, where they interview Sgt. Bracken, one of the only survivors of The River God. Bracken recalls that his unit encountered the River God during a skirmish with Viet Cong forces at Firebase Tarheel. Upon locking eyes with the entity, he was physically transported to an airfield in Charleston, South Carolina, where he and several other soldiers were attacked and set on fire by experimental Soviet Union fighter jets. He then reappeared back to the jungles of Vietnam, still on fire, where his teammates helped put out the flames. Before retreating, he recalls that the River God reanimated his fallen comrades.
Later that night, Palmer talks with Hines, and recounts several stories from the sergeant’s teammates where they say he appears to be protected by some sort of divine intervention, as if the universe has a set plan for him. It is then revealed that the River God was once a simple Vietnamese fisherman, an innocent party within the conflict, whose wife and children were killed in an attack on his village. So overcome by grief, he gained the ability to warp reality and space time, reigning havoc on both sides as he made his way down the Mekong Delta. An invincible skeletal figure, his skin burned off by napalm, he now uses his unwavering power to transform the world into his own personal hell. As Firebase Quatro prepares to move out and engage with this entity, Hines is presented with an experimental railgun and a backpack apparatus dubbed the “relativity castle”. It generates a magnetic field around him, preventing the River God from warping his immediate reality and allowing him to function whilst fighting him. Armed with this new arsenal, Hines prepares himself to fight what he and many of the other soldiers have come to view as the Devil.