When an ethereal dies, there is an animation where it is consumed by purple light. Does this do any damage to surrounding units?
I had always assumed that it was purely a visual effect. However, an experience today made me wonder about that.
A single ethereal was the last remaining enemy on a mission. One of my squad (let's call her A) was immediately adjacent to it and on 1HP. A different squad member (B) fired the shot that killed the ethereal. Messages appeared stating that,
- Soldier A had died
- Soldier B had killed the ethereal
I think the messages were in that order.
Then the mission-end screen appeared. On the mission end screen, the number of squad deaths was given as 0/6. However, after returning to base, A was indeed KIA.
The contradiction in summary screens is presumably a bug related to a soldier dying as the game is won. But, I do not know what killed her.
- She was not the one firing at the ethereal, so it cannot have been reflected damage.
- She was not mind controlled. (she was hit earlier in the turn by the ethereal's plain damage attack - but I'm not aware of any lasting effect from that?)
The only possibility that I can think of is that ethereals do have a (perhaps weak) 1-square AOE damage radius as they die. But in that case I am surprised that nobody has mentioned this before.
Can anybody shed any light on what might have happened?