Part 16: Mission 6 - Route Split
Back at the Minerva, Meyrin reports Junius Seven picking up speed. Talias orders are to call the Mobile Suits back the shipll head into the atmosphere after the falling colony to try and blast it with the Tannhäuser.
Arthurs a bit queasy with that plan and while Talia isnt sure how well thisll work, shes still going for it: Simply watching it fall, knowing that I mightve been able to do something, would leave a terrible aftertaste in my mouth.
She tells Meyrin to inform LOTUS of what theyll be doing, dejected that she wont be able to bid the SMS crew a proper farewell. Talia also wants Cagalli to leave the ship but she refuses to stay passive while the Minervas crew are about to risk their lives to save Earth. Besides, Athruns still out there.
With that decided, Arthur gets on the PA to tell the rest of the crew whats what theyll be moving to break Junius Seven til the very last second.
Out in space, Yzaks crew has received the info on the Minervas plan. Heine approves of their selfless persistence and wishes they could lend a hand.
Weve all done everything we could, though, so now we just pray for their success, Dearka thinks.
The Quarter has also been briefed and Jeffreys impressed we should also help with that.
What does he have in mind? Well, were still in good range to fire the Macross Cannon. Theres no time to charge it fully but its better than nothing. Sounds good to Bobby, eager to give Junius Seven a spanking.
Back to space, Reijis requesting Lady Une to allow LOTUS to follow the Minerva and head with them into the atmosphere we might, at least, be able to minimize damage from the colony drop that way.
Thats fine with her, though shes also worried that the terrorists might try something else if left unchecked. We cant send all our troops back to the surface and Reiji, having already thought of that, will only be bringing the JUDA, Build, Dannar Teams and Iczer-1 with him. Everyone else will stay up here.
Une chuckles at his foresight and asks him to send her regards to the Minerva crew.
Quick message to Talia and she thanks Reiji for the assist, asking Meyrin to bring in the LOTUS units before their descent.
Long-range comms will be disabled once Phase 2 starts, so we need to hurry.
: Urgh, what the hell I could swear I saw the MSs a second ago
: Oh ! Ichitaka, Im picking up some faint signals on the radar Im pretty sure its the Minervas Impulse and ZAKU!
: Nice one, Alice. Were gonna get in there and help with whatever we can!
: Stand down, Nagumo. I think thats enough insubordination for a day.
: R-Reiji !
: Half of LOTUSll be accompanying the Minervas descent, trying to destroy the debris as much as possible.
: Your mission, however, is to head over to the Space Station and guard the area. Your unit should still be capable of escaping Junius Seven, so hurry.
: But Reiji, therere still some other MSs
: Im aware, but those two are equipped to handle the atmospheric reentry. You dont have to worry about them.
: (What do I do ? Those units looked pretty beat up but )
And heres our first route split of the game. Top option is to stay and rescue the Mobile Suits, while the bottom is to do as told and leave the area.
Well be doing both paths, as usual, but heres how the series are split:
Rescue the MSs:
Leave the area:
If you choose to stay
: Sorry, Reiji, but I wanna help the Minervas folks. I could be reading this wrong but I think they might not manage the reentry the way theyre looking.
: And what kind of champion of justice keeps his distance when people might die?
: You seem pretty resolved for this.
: I dunno about resolve I just dont wanna regret it later.
: Very well, then your mission is to make it alive to the Minerva. But you better not leave any of those units behind after that bombast.
: Thanks, Reiji !
: Their signals grown fainter we must hurry!
: Urk Just a bit more !
: What the hell are you doing? They sent the order to retreat and Im sure you received it!
: I know. You go on ahead Ill head back as soon as I get this Meteor Breaker online!
: The things still not working ?
: Yeah, but if I turn it on manually, it might start on time.
: But itll be you wholl be out of time if you go for that. You really sure about this?
: Even the Minervas main gun might not be enough to destroy it for good, so if I can increase our odds even a bit
: Fine, then Ill help. Lets wrap this up quick and head back.
: Hm, right.
: Tannhäuser FIRE!
: SPIN STOOORM!
: Macross Cannon blast, incoming!
: I hope Ichitakas safe
: He went to rescue the Impulse and the ZAKU.
: Then hell also be boarding the Minerva?
: Yes, I told him to come this way after the two MSs are safely out. I know its a rather sudden request, but I hope itll be no issue.
: But well be entering Phase 2 soon! Is he really going to make it here in time?!
: And if were in Phase 2, hell likely burn to a crisp, wont he?!
: Well continue to work on destroying the debris. Any objections, Mr. Moritsugu?
: None. Theres little time left but well carry on to the bitter end.
: Damn it, Ichitaka, hurry up and get outta there !
: (What are you doing, Shinn ?!)
: There, its on!
: No time to pat yourself on the pack! The things running, so lets get out!
: My main thrusters are gone. I couldnt leave even if I tried.
: Now you tell me ? Why the hell is someone like you with Orb ?!
*Machine gun fire!*
: More enemies?!
: My daughter died here! The world wont change unless the colony falls and burns it!
: Not on my watch!!
: It wasnt easy but weve finally found them ! You guys alright?!
: Thanks to your assist, yeah. Now whore you and whatre you going here?
: Ichitaka Nagumo, from LOTUS. I figured there were some MSs who didnt bail out in time, so I came to help!
: I see but dont bother. You and Shinn get back to the ship Ill stay here for the atmospheric reentry.
: Patrick Zala my father caused all this tragedy this is how Ill repay those who suffered.
: The hell are you on about?! Im not just leaving you behind!
: How do you figure dyings the right call here?! Try to dress it up as much as you like, youd just be running away from your problems with that pure and simple!
: The ZAKUs made to withstand an atmospheric reentry. Im not about to die like that.
: Bull! Didnt you just say your main thrusters were gone?! And then you got shot! Even if you made it through reentry, youd crash straight into the ocean!
: The descent sequence should be reaching Phase 2 soon and we really dont have time for you to have this crisis!
: Come on! If we hit the gas on both our units, we oughta make it to the Minerva in time!
: Sadly, no were out of time. Theyve entered Phase 2.
: Then we cant make it to the ship?!
: Hm were left to our own devices now. Shinn, use that mech there to shield yourself do it right and youll both make it out alive.
: But what about you?!
: Hes right! This wont mean anything if we all dont make it back! Alice, can you think of anything to help all mechs?!
*Beep, beep, beep.*
: Analyzing Ive got it! The analysis results say that if we engage the Laplace Wall and extend it, we should be capable of forming a field to neutralize the thermal energy!
: Meaning we can save everyone with that?
: I dont think therell be any problems with friction, yes. With the three units enveloped by the field, we should be able to make landfall with relative safety.
: You dont think, huh Well, its the best weve got now !
: Sorry. Youre only in this mess because of my selfishness.
: Dont try taking the easy way out again and Ill give you this one as a freebie.
: And I came here pretty much on my own, so I cant really give you crap for this.
: Thanks, you two. I appreciate it
: Heh, but I dont think we can afford to keep with this melodrama. Get ready for reentry, men.
: R-Roger that. Angle adjusted, heat dispersion system all green. Autopilot system, on. Switching ECS to neutral.
: Reversing energy flow, extending Laplace Wall !
: Get behind the Rushbird, guys!
: (Were making it back all three of us Thats a promise!)
If Ichitaka complies with the orders to pull back, Reiji tells him to have faith in the two pilots: ones a veteran from the war two years ago and the other is FAR more skilled than Ichitaka.
They better leave before the Rushbird gets too close to Earth and Reiji promises that his groupll destroy Junius Seven.
Far away, Hyouma spots Ichitakas arrival and the kids quick to apologize for running off by himself. As for Junius Seven, its looking like the Quarter is about to shoot it again after that, itll all be up to the Minerva and our other crew.
Ichitaka sees that the Macross guys arent the evil enemies that Blue Cosmos propaganda had been saying. Still, Kosuke notes that their technology IS incredibly advanced and even if some people see that as a threat, hes just amazed. Tetsuya says something can be deemed a threat only after means and motive are brought together on the other hand, some people looking to fan those flames are showing up here and there.
The Quarter blasts Junius Seven and, indeed, it broke the thing apart but that only means weve avoided the worst-case scenario. Kosuke still expects the fragments to deal enormous damage throughout the surface.
Koujis pissed, figuring things couldve ended better if he had the Kaiser available but Tetsuya tells him to stop. We couldnt stop this even with all our forces combined, so he alone wouldnt have changed the outcome. Still, that doesnt help this feeling of worthlessness that Koujis got.
Daiya tells him not to beat himself over it we did everything we could. Now, adds Sayaka, we can only pray. Lady Une calls us right then, saying shes brought her shuttle into one of ZAFTs ships. Shes heading towards the PLANTs and will be helping us from there as LOTUS representative.
Meanwhile, were to set up shop at Yumis Space Station to resupply. Once thats done, shed like us to carry out patrols throughout the sector. Off we go.
Finally, Une calls up the Quarter and thanks them for the help today it was only with their help that Earth avoided its complete destruction. Jeffrey gives her the old just doing our job and recalls the Skull and Voltes Teams for them to head back to the Frontier.
Cathys deep in thought, however, pondering how the SMS were the only ones the presidents office bothered dispatching for this mess. However much the NUNS forces are needed to safeguard the fleet, it is very strange that none were sent to help. And thats especially true since shed expect an ambitious man like Mishima to jump at the chance to show their militarys strength to everyone else.
When Bobby asks, she says shes just worried about the political scene at the Frontier. Well, Bobbys very interested in gossiping especially considering Mishima is her fiancée. Not really his type, though, as hes not into the mysterious, smug guys. Mushroom-head ought to be more open and friendly.
Regardless, Cathys dad trusts Mishima but she figures its best to be safe than sorry just a small investigation to make sure.