Part 19: Post-intermission
: When did you figure out that Lt. Irm was fooling the enemy, Lt. Cmdr?
: Oh, I'm the one who helped them break out.
: Why didn't you tell any of us what was going on!?
: W-we were right on the verge of seriously fighting Hikaru and the others...!
: Idjit, you gotta rely on your intuition, I tell ya! Like me!
: Intuition!? You're kidding!
: 'Course, it looked like that Rai boy had it all figured out.
: So, when did you realize it, Lt. Monsha?
: Ah, that was when Irm spoke respectfully to me. It was outta character.
: That's not a basis for anything!
: Don't get yer panties all in a bunch.
: I'm sorry that's out of character for me, Lieutenant.
: Well, he is famous for being a good schmoozer.
: Did that help you patch things up with Ring?
: Wahahaha! That didn't work out for you either, punk-hair?
: Putting that aside, it's good that things went as well as they did.
: ...Though the DC HQ's a wreck now. Shu Shirakawa... He wasn't exactly trustworthy in the Balmar War either, but... From the way he sent that henchwoman in, he must be showing his true colors now.
: Yeah... To him, the DC, the SRX Project, and even the Balmar War itself... were just tools to accomplish his own objectives...
: What does that SOB think he is, some kinda god!?
: (.........) Our real enemy might be him, not the Titans, huh.
: Ah, I'd wanted to talk with Masaki, but he's having a long conversation with the new guy...
: Oh, that Yang Long person?
: Yeah, him. So, I was wondering what the big deal was.
: It'd be best not to butt in, right?
: I guess so... Maybe I'll go see Ryusei first.
Since I know you'd want to see what they are up to, I went ahead and chose the first option.
: Yeah, guess so... You guys were gone pretty much right afterwards.
: ...A lot's happened since then... The SRX Projet got suspended by the Titans... All the members involved got scattered apart... And the SRX also got taken by the Titans...
: I see...
: From what I've heard, the R-1 and R-2 both got scrapped...
: Well, nothing we can do about that now... Given how much Shu abused it, we might be better off without the SRX Project anyway...
: Yeah... We don't need any more people to experience what Aya's been through.
: (But, Aya aside, those two have gone missing... I sure hope they're okay...)
: (.........) For what it's worth, Dr. Ohmiya seemed to be doing fine at the Tesla labs.
: For real!?
: By the way, are Aya and Levi doing alright
: You're both safe!
: Aya, Levi... I thought Bask had something done to both of you. Are you two okay?
: Yes... We're fine. Father didn't do a thing to either of us.
: Yes... He just kept us both asleep.
: (......... So even that old guy has some humanity in him... And here I thought he only saw us as experimental samples.)
: What's wrong, Ryu?
: Er... Nothing.
: Well, glad to know everyone's okay. I'm going to go see Masaki, okay?
: Ah, I'll go too. I'd wanted to ask Ryune something.
: What!? You were with that useless old dude!?
: Gennaji should have gone to the capital for info. Didn't you hear about us from him?
: Nope... When he came back to Lan Gran, I insisted on borrowing Jaohm and headed straight out to the surface.
: I swear... Don't you ever consider anything other than the short term?
: Forget that, you know what all we went through because of Kirkus leaving Lan Gran...! What's the big idea, joining his side!?
: I know full well what you're getting at, and this isn't the time for it.
: So, what do you have to say for yourself!?
: While in battle with the Shutedonius Army, Ryune and I discovered something fearsome.
: Something fearsome?
: Traces of a temple devoted to the god of destruction, Sahva Volkruss.
: What'd you say!?
: We made contact with the dark priest Luozohl there, and there's no doubt that he and Shu are up to something.
: I have a feeling that Shu's actions are connected to the destruction of both worlds. It would be extremely dangerous to ignore him.
: When the existence of our very worlds is at stake... We Elemental Lord controllers must fight, casting everything else aside if necessary.
: I hear that. So that's the reason you came up to the surface.
: Yes. I'm worried about General Kirkus and Prince Feil, but I've concluded that defeating Shu must take top priority. I doubt I need to ask, but I assume your goal is the same?
: Yeah, though honestly, I didn't want to leave Lan Gran. Feil and Tyutti are there too... By the way, where's Ryune?
: Agh... Don't scare me like that!
: Masaki, don't you have anything to say to me?
: Like what?
: What was the big idea, going back to La Gias without saying a word to me?
: Why should I have to?
: It caused trouble for me, that's why! I got summoned to La Gias out of the blue...
: ! (I guess that makes Ryune the same as Mio...)
Kouji and Ryusei decide now is the time to butt in.
: You've got no idea what you're talking about, so butt out!
: No need to get so angry, geez. Or did he touch a nerve?
: Now, look here...
: Ryusei, have Aya and the others been okay?
: Yeah. Speaking of which, Ryune, any idea what's going on with Captain Viletta?
: She was at Mao Industries before I left for La Gias, I think...
: I thought so. She vanished after ordering us not to do anything stupid without instructions... By the way, who's this
: Ah, let me introduce you...
: I'm Yang Long Hwang. I control the Elemental Lord, Granveil.
: That black panther talked!?
: Ran Shao isn't a panther. He's a familiar who takes the form of a legendary creature called a Fuseiju.
: So basically... He's like Kuro and Shiro
: He's more like you-know-what than a Fuseiju.
: You know, Rodem?
: Ales too. Aren't there other familiars? Like maybe a cylindrical robot and a monster bird...?
: And you and the SRX Team will remain here?
: We'll do all we can to try and restore Project Aegis's backup data, but... It's most likely already...
: No use crying over spilled milk. We'll manage something.
: I'm going with you, Lt. Cmdr... What about you two? Yang Long, Ryune?
: I'm worried about Shu too. I'm going with you guys.
: I'd rather avoid meddling in surface affairs, but given the situation...
: Going with Masaki would seem to be the best way to make contact with Shu.
: ...So he says.
: What's that supposed to mean!
: That, and it'd be good to have someone around to keep an eye on you.
: Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence.
: Alright... Let's get going then, shall we?
: Best of luck to you...