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"They're doing terrible things to civilians, unspeakable things. I mean, I'm just a hematologist. I didn't want to be a part of it."
Phillip Best, a former HERC hematologist
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The HERC logo
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HERC is an acronym for Homeland Environmental Risk Control, a fictional government organization featured in The Last Stand: Union City and The Last Stand: Dead Zone.

The Last Stand: Union CityEdit

They were called in to quarantine Union City and all surrounding regions after the outbreak of the infection, as well as to investigate the said outbreak and its effects. HERC worked alongside the military to enforce the quarantine and ensure the safety of evacuations, although the military was not directly involved with HERC in the investigation. They have established an evacuation center/command post at the Stadium and also possess outposts based in Union Island and Union ParkUptown.



In their investigation of the outbreak, they performed many controversial and unethical actions, including the conduction of involuntary experiments on survivors at their outpost in Uptown[1]. Among those taken to be experimented on is the player's spouse.

Strangely, infected HERC personnel are never encountered.

HERC personnel are typically equipped with:

The Last Stand: Dead ZoneEdit

HERC declared Union City a Dead Zone and pulled out along with the military several months before the events of the game, leaving many of their agents behind in the process. Their actions before the beginning of TLS:UC are also covered in the TLS:DZ Story Timeline that plays on the loading screens, revealing them to have fired upon and massacred civilians while attempting to contain the outbreak.[2]

They also left behind some of their equipment, which can be scavenged by survivors. It's some of the best equipment available, but it is also incredibly rare.

Sealed HERC Supply Boxes have also been left behind and can be unsealed using special keycards. In addition, special Tactical Response Supply Boxes, containing custom weapons unique to HERC (HERC-1 Baton, HERC-1 Combat Knife, HERC-2 SMG, HERC-24A1, HERC-A1 Rifle, HERC-PDW, HERC-S3) can be found as well, and unsealed using the same method. Both variants contain equipment and supplies that can be extremely useful for anyone who can find and open them.

HERC has recently begun ordering survivors still in the Dead Zone to execute certain directives, with rewards for those who comply.

Infected HERC personnel are also seen for the first time:

  • Infected HERC scientists can be seen in Level 6+ hordes and are identical in terms of stats to regular zombies. They are distinguished by their bright orange Hazmat suits and can be Shambling or Running zombies.
  • Infected HERC troopers begin appearing in Level 18+ hordes. They are a subtype of Armored zombies and are the second-most durable zombie type, outclassed only by Riot zombies. They are distinguished by their forest-green body armor and face-covering masks.

TriviaEdit

  • HERC runs the Emergency Registry that serves as the character creation screen in The Last Stand: Union City.
  • In The Last Stand: Union City, if the player decides to save and exit the game within the first area of the outpost in Union Park upon first entrance, the two troopers that attack you will always respawn when resuming the game.
  • The two HERC troopers outside the outpost entrance will fire upon any infected, but may die from a single hit if they are attacked. They can also be killed by the player shoving them. If one of the HERC troopers are shoved and the game is saved and quit, returning back to the game will make both troopers invincible.
  • HERC personnel are the first uninfected enemies in The Last Stand series.
  • HERC Troopers will sometimes let out the famous Wilhelm Scream upon death.
  • The HERC logo is featured in several of the posts on ConArtistGames.com pertaining to The Last Stand: Dead Zone.
  • The HERC logo is one of the many possible designs for your alliance banner.
  • HERC is considered an antagonistic force in both games.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. It is not known whether experiments also take place at the Union Island outpost. It is unlikely though, as said outpost was for the express purpose of guarding the boats
  2. This may be a reference to the depiction of the military in Left 4 Dead 2, as the military in L4D2 contained the outbreak by "shooting on sight", like HERC.
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