Part 151: Pre-IntermissionMeet the Pilots
[Unfortunately, I couldn't find any decent pics of them on the internet, so their intermission portrait will have to do]
I've little experience with these three, although Tron looks like a decent pilot, and Maria makes a decent support pilot.
Gundam Double X
Weapon power increased by 200 (Twin Satellite cannon by 150)
Also, we technically have the Greta Gary, although we can't do anything with it.
: Yes... Though I've been having strange dreams lately, and getting headaches...
: But I'll be fine. After all, I was able to become one of the Innocent I've always dreamed of! And just like I imagined, inside the dome everything's brimming with culture!
: I see... I'm glad you enjoy it. The Innocent are happy to welcome you. And we must apologize for the crude methods used to bring you here to Jop Point.
: Oh, no...
: You and your friends were being deceived by a small faction of wicked people.
: I-is that right?
: Yes. We follow the doctrine of the Innocent... We seek work alongside progressive Civilians such as yourself... and build a paradise in this land.
: Me, a progressive Civilian...?
: You may not fully believe me right now, but... We can teach you everything about the Innocent's culture.
: Does that displease you?
: Certainly not! I would most humbly accept it!
: Then we'll start with your lessons today.
: But, before that, there is one thing you must do.
: What is that?
: You'll have to undergo a small ceremony.
: Yes. To truly appreciate the Innocent's culture, your heart must be like that of an Innocent...
The sounds of combat can be heard.
: A-aagh... The Iron Gear... Jiron... Everyone...
: How can you hesitate!? Jiron Amos's group is stealing away our paradise...
: They're destroyers of culture!
: Aagh... Destroyers of culture...
: Now, fight! As a warrior of the Innocent, strike down the despicable enemy, Jiron Amos!
: (.........) A-aagh... J-Jiron Amos is...
: I've been conducting manipulation of her consciousness using sleep-learning, but she's shown a surprising amount of resistance.
: I suppose we should expect no less from the latest generation of Civilians... Such fearsome vitality.
: Quite. ...But she's shown more progress since I employed the enhanced hypnosis device.
: So we should be able to use her.
: I've experimented with mental conditioning for the Newtype samples we recently apprehended. The results are satisfactory... It should hopefully be as effective as my work with Elche.
: Newtype samples... You mean Rosamy from Fort Severn, and...
: Yes, sir. The results of our studies indicate a strong fighting spirit and incredible Newtype faculties.
: And how combat-capable is Elche?
: She's a knife-user. With proper suggestions to draw out that talent, her fighting instincts have been increased by 150%. The next time she awakens, it will be as with Puru 2... The birth of a loyal, powerful warrior of the Innocent.
: Excellent work. We'll use Elche to fight the Iron Gear.
: That will be quite a sight to behold. I look forward to observing Elche's responses.
: Biel insists that they should be the ones leading the times... That tired doctrine is meaningless now.
Someone enters the room.
: Adjustments to the excavated Newtype Mobile Suit have been finished.
: Isn't he...
: Yes, he used to be Biel's adjutant... Class 2 Director Dowas.
: Yes, ma'am. I didn't approve of his methods, so now I'm serving as Sir Biram's aide.
: Dowas, send Elche to the Irregulars.
: Hahaha... If the Civilians have any sort of emotions, having their old ally appear as a foe should shake them up.
: Also, send Caloon Cal with Elche as an observer, and have her use all necessary caution.
: Roger that.
: Meanwhile, we'll strengthen Jop's defenses...
: Kashim... How long must I remain imprisoned here?
: Imprisoned? Sir Arthur, you misunderstand... I brought you here in order to protect you from the Civilians' insurgency.
: You're assembling an army to suppress them, aren't you?
: Our role as Innocent is to see to the Civilians' well being. Intervening more than necessary just means we're ruling them.
: You are quite correct, but this is a time of emergency.
: I hear the Moon Race has begun a return to Earth...
: Yes, sir. They've dispatched an army to take control of Zora.
: (.........) But according to the records left by an Arthur Rank several generations back... Diana, the moon's queen, grieved heavily over the fighting between Zora and the moon.
: But this time, she came to lead that army in person.
: So Queen Diana has come to Earth...? Then we must set up an interview with her, to get a prompt ceasefire and peace agreement...
: That cannot be done. It would put you in danger.
: And the Civilians, having been stirred to rebellion by the Moon Race, want you dead.
: The Civilians... You speak of Jiron Amos of the Iron Gear, and the Irregulars?
: Before coming to this point, I heard it from Biel.
: (Biel... You're interfering where you don't belong.)
: The reports that the times are close to change truly gladden my heart. Kashim, how do you view it?
: Jiron Amos's group, the Civilians to change the times...? Preposterous. P-Point, where Biel was in charge, was occupied by them.
: Furthermore, Jiron's group has even set out here, for Jop.
: (.........) That cannot be done. I'll make certain that my men repel them away. So please, Sir Arthur, try to avoid any strange ideas...
: You okay there, Jiron? Caught a cold?
: Nah... Maybe someone's gossiping about me, somewhere.
: Yeah, right. You've got way too high an opinion of yourself.
: Rat Fever?
Some mechanical sounds are heard.
: What's that!?
: Is the Iron Gear still in bad shape?
: Couldn't be. We just finished repairing it!
: Then maybe it's Cotset's driving at fault...
: Will we even make it to Jop Point like this?
: What's wrong, Chiru?
: It's Cotset... Something's really wrong with him!!
: Wh-what the?
: Hyahahaha, aaahahaha, hehee!
: Wh-what's the matter with Cotset!?
: Like I know!? He suddenly started acting nuts!
: You guys! Don't just stand there, hurry up and hold him down!
: Hooohohoho, hoh, ahahahaha! Hyaaa-hah hah hah hah hah!
: It's no use, I can't hold him!
: He's gonna wreck the Iron Gear!
: There's no choice! Forgive me, Cotset!
Jiron knocks Cotset unconscious.
: Wh-what on Earth...
: Maybe it's...
: He suddenly started acting crazy...
: ...He's got the symptoms of Rat Fever in its third stage.
: Rat Fever!?
: So, uh... What is it again?
: Y-yes... That's correct.
: He'll reach the fourth stage, the one where the body swells up, in a matter of hours...
: How do we treat this?
: I'll have to administer a vaccine, but I don't have any on hand...
: Then where can we get one?
: A Bazaar. You can get one there.
: The Iron Gear's stuck, so we'll have to ask the Argama or the Freeden.
: Better hurry. If the Rat Fever spreads, it could be disastrous!
Boss rushes into the room!
: Wh-what's wrong!?
: Don't tell me... Rat Fever!?
: Is everyone running wild!?
: Uh, nope... Not really.
: We've got no time to spare, then! Send some units to the Bazaar that can cover a lot of ground fast!