Part 75: Pre-Intermission
: It looks like troops have shown up and they're digging up mobile suits.
: You mean there are even more mobile suits in this mountain!?
: Yeah, though I still have trouble believing it...
: I was only joking, I wasn't expecting it to turn out to be true...
: ! I recognize that type from somewhere... If I remember right, it's a Neo Zeon model... They had something like that buried here...?
: Neo Zeon!? Is this the ruins of a mobile suit factory...?
: The fact that we recognize them means it's more and more likely this is the future...
: And judging by how much of a rush they're in to dig up mobile suits... There must be a huge war brewing against the guys who showed up last night.
: ...They're going to find our machines sooner or later like this, aren't they?
: Yeah. Let's head back for the moment, we should report back to Lt. Monsha.
: Nothing to worry about. I, too, wanted to see the mechanical dolls with my own eyes. And I have other business here, as well.
: How're things going in Knox?
: Things are calm for the moment, though the attack did cause a lot of damage.
: ...The enemy didn't seem to be the savages who crossed the ocean from Gallia.
: Rumors say they have mechanical dolls as well, but... Our enemy at the moment is the Moon Race.
: So they're the ones who invaded Inglessa territory...?
: According to our intelligence... Diana Sorrel, Queen of the Moon Race, will be descending to Earth soon. We intend to continue negotiations with them. But our side could use a better position at the table, so having mechanical dolls couldn't hurt. Besides which, this could be just the thing we need to spur North Ameria's transition into an industrialized society.
: (.........) Well, here's the mechanical doll we've excavated from this mountain cycle.
: That... round, green thing?
: There's no doubt that it's a mechanical doll built with tech we lost thousands of years ago.
: This mountain really is a mountain cycle where the Black History is sealed away.
: This "Kapool"... Can it be put into use immediately?
: It seems well-preserved. We can also use the mustached mechanical doll for reference. For the driving, an airplane pilot should be able to make it walk...
: Just take care not to let the Diana Counter find it.
: Right. I'm thinking we're going to hide them in caves.
: By the way, where might the mechanical dolls that showed up last night be?
: ...I don't know any details, but at the very least, I don't think they're with the Moon Race.
: (If I can make contact with them and negotiate well enough... I might be able to win them over to our side...) Then, where is Laura?
: Laura...? Oh, Loran Cehack? He's gone to the Heim residence.
: The Heim residence?
: His employer got caught up in the battle yesterday, and has passed away...
: Old man Cid, we've found weapons that seem to be for that mustached mechanical doll. What do we do with them?
: Wait for that kid to get back, and test 'em out to see if they can be used.
: Oh, he just got back, along with Sochie.
: Then, would you mind showing me to Laura?
: B-but that's...!
: Milady, if you aren't careful, you could end up in a war! Miss Kihel is opposed to this, too.
: If the Moon Race hadn't come and attacked, my father would still be alive right now!
: And if you'd done a better job of using the White Doll...!
: Sochie, that's going too far. You know it was Loran's first time piloting it...
: But, I...
: Sir Gwen!
: Sochie... I feel terrible for what happened to your father...
: ...Sir Gwen, what brings you here?
: I came to ask a favor of you.
: A favor, sir...?
: Yes... I want you to lend us your strength. Could you pilot the White Doll for us?
: M-me...? The White Doll...!? I-I couldn't...!
: I'm sure you could. Please... For the sake of peace between the moon and Earth.
: For the sake of... peace?
: The Moon Race wishes to return to the Earth... But if we refuse to allow that, it's likely there will be more displays of force like last night.
: ...So they'll have a harder time attacking if the Earth side has mechanical dolls...?
: You catch on quickly, Laura.
: ...My name is Loran.
: ...Diana Sorrel, Queen of the Moon Race, will be descending to Earth soon.
: !! (...Lady Diana... is coming to Earth...!?)
: I intend to negotiate directly with her... But to stay on equal footing with them, I'd like to show them the White Doll.
: (Maybe I could even meet Lady Diana...! But... if I did, I'd be exposed to everyone as part of the Moon Race...)
: Laura? What's wrong?
A member of the Militia runs up to the group.
: The Moon Race!?
: Did they notice us...? Call Colonel Mikhail!
: I'm moving out!
: Me too!
: Y-you mustn't, Milady!
: Laura, to the White Doll! We cannot let this excavation site come under attack!