Part 55: Pre-intermission & Mission part 1PRE-MISSION ADJUSTMENTS
Weapon damage increased by 100
Solar Panel (10% EN regen)
Chobham Armor (+500 HP +150 Armor)
Great Mazinger and Venus A go crashing into the ground
: Y-yeah... Barely.
Once they get out of their mechs, they realize that they aren't in Kansas anymore
: Where are we? Where did the Macross and the Neo Granzon vanish off to?
: And I thought it was nighttime in Dakar...
: Tetsuya, what on Earth just happened!?
: ...I'd like to know the answer to that myself. But I can say for certain that the Neo Granzon was destroyed.
: (.........) Oh, right, our communicators...
She gets nothing but static
: That's strange... There's nobody else around.
: That's impossible, we were in a huge battle. That can't be right!
: It's true, though! I'm getting no radar readings at all, friendly or hostile...
: (......... Did everyone get blown away by the Neo Granzon's explosion...? No, that wouldn't explain why it's daytime now...)
: What do we do, Tetsuya?
: We were with a lot of people. It's strange that the only ones here are us.
: Yes, it is...
: The others must be somewhere close by. Let's look for them first.
: I wonder if everyone's okay...
: If they couldn't take that much heat, they've got no business being here anyway.
: You don't have to say it like that!
: What's wrong with you? You've been getting weird lately!
Off in the distance, the sounds of explosions are heard
: An explosion!? Maybe it's the others...
: Alright, let's go, Jun!
: Burume, Dike! Buy some time for Jiron and Chiru to get to that new Walker!
Oh shit, it's Boss Borot!
: So? You gotta problem with what I saw when I snuck into the bazaar?
: N-no, not at all...
: The controls are like a Walker Machine's, and the inside's like a Crab-type!
: Okay, okay, I got it!
: But, Rag... Can we really trust that Jiron guy?
: Burume! I owe Jiron my life! And if we snag something from the Callingers, we Sandrats will grow famous!
: That's assuming we can get away for three days.
: Hey, Rag. How come you keep backing that nobody?
: He could be a great partner for us, especially if we get that Walker Machine.
: Yes, ma'am. Guess we're best off working with 'em.
: My fair lady, please allow me to handle this.
: I'm telling you, I don't allow going off and acting without permission!
: I-I'd rather not put a lady in such a dangerous situation.
: E-er... Nevermind.
: Heheh... You're gettin' all red in the face, Bro.
: Y-you just shut up!
: Iron Gear, hold position here! We should assess the situation first.
: Roger that, Miss!
: Geez, I keep telling you, call me Captain!
: S-sorry, Miss.
Stat screens for these new characters, now let's see what's in that box.
Uh... Blue stones? The hell?
: Hmph! What're you getting all uppity for when you just joined them!?
: Sorry, sorry. Now, let's grab that new model while Rag's buying time!
They move their Gallops towards us, but leave their bigger mechs behind.
: Hey, Cotset... They don't look like they're too into this...
: Hola's running 'em off, but doesn't that spread our defenses kinda then?
: ...Spread our defenses thinly...?
: Hola! Get back here quick! It's a trap!
: Heheh, too late now!
: Jiron, looks like you pulled it off. Get it back over here quick!
: I'll handle it!
: Miss! It looks like they're after Xabungle!
: What'd you say!? Get Hola back here now!
Jiron boards... Boss Borot?
: Jiron, Hurry up!
: !? They're not going for Xabungle!?
: Looks like they're trying to take that unknown Walker Machine we found.
: But it's not even a Walker Machine... Oh yeah... What happened to that Boss guy, the one riding it?
: He wouldn't calm down, so we threw him in the storeroom.
: There's no key! And it's out of gas!
: What're you doing! They're gonna capture us!
: Damnit! If it comes down to this...!
: (......... This could be my big chance...)
Enough of that, time for combat.
So much for the enemy Gallops.
: Jiron, what're you wasting time for!?
: I TOLD you...
: Jiron, what do we do!?
: We'll hafta take that blue one next to it and make a run for it! C'mon Chiru!
: C-can we do that!?
: Hey, if we can get away with it for three days, it belongs to us!
: Miss! They've boarded Xabungle!
: Heh, that Jiron guy isn't half bad.
: Don't compliment him! Xabungle is the Innocent's latest model Walker Machine!
: OK, I'm in. Ooh, lucky me, the key's already in the ignition.
: Jiron, hurry it up!
: I know! Er? It's not moving!?
: N-no way!
: Let's see, if I hook this up here... and pull this over here...
The engine roars to life!
: Alright, the engine started! Let's go!
: Eh!? It's not hooked up to the one in the rear!
: Who cares about that, let's get outta here fast!
: Chiru, get in that thing behind us and hook it up to this one!
: Please! I need a machine to avenge my Ma and Pa's deaths!
: Listen up, Chiru. When I go, hit that right lever to get moving. Floor it with all you've got, count to 30, then step on the side pedal!
: Get moving with the right lever, step on this, count to 30, and step here!
: Great, Chiru, you're a genius! Alright, do it!
And the second part drives up to the first...
...And forms Xabungle!
: It transformed!? So this was a Walker Machine too!!
: Awesome! Hey, Jiron, is this the Innocent's latest model?
: Probably. It even has five fingers on its hands! It can move like a human, and it looks like it really packs a punch. (Now I can take on Timp, and avenge Pa and Ma...!)
: Not bad!
: Miss! Whose side are you on!?
: Hey, Hola! Get Xabungle back! But no damaging it!
: Hey, youngun! I'll spare your life if you get outta Xabungle now!
: I'm no youngun! I'm Jiron Amos! Sorry, I'm not about to do as you say!
: I don't care if you're Jiron or Melon, I'll just have to take Xabungle by force!
: H-Hold on! I still don't have the controls down yet...
: Like anybody'd wait when you ask 'em to!
And a scripted fight begins
That bastard broke my wings!
: Crap, the wings broke!
: He got the arm wheels too!
: I know I aimed for the cockpit... That jerk, he went and damaged it instead.
: Damnit... It's not moving!
: Hola, what are you doing! I told you to bring it back in one piece!
: .......... Now I've got Xabungle immobilized. In that case...!)
: Hola! What's the big deal!?
Gasp and Alarm!
What is going to happen next? Find out next time on