Part 18: Mission 7 (Rescue Route) - Chaotic World - Part 2I know Reiji said to prioritize escaping, but screw it lets just spread out and clean house as there are only a handful of mooks left. Like Trowa, let the Zamza-Zah come to you and swarm it.
Heres the rundown:
: The Minervall be a sitting duck if we let this monster get its claws on it! I cant let it through no matter what!
: Nagisa Ill stand and fight, in the defense of both your home, Japan, and of this planet!
: Good or bad, I always get even, ya hear?! So grit your teeth cause its payback time!
: This battles the Zamza-Zahs showcase! I cant let things get any worse!
*The Zamza-Zah charges after Shinn!*
: Urk! What the?!
: Thats an anti-Darius unit, huh? So what! Well see how this overhyped MS handles the Zamza-Zah!
: Claws, deployed! Your weak framell be scrap metal by the time Im done!
: Aw, crap, he got him good!
: Im Im not !!
Shinn: Im not dying like this!!
: Wh-What?! Gwaaaaaargh!!
: Shinn, are you alright?!
: Yeah, dont worry about me. Keep opening a path to the Minerva!
And so we did, Ichitaka nabbing another couple of kills. Here are the convos we missed against the Zamza-Zah:
: Just gonna keep this thing at bay and the Minervall have a way easier time making a run for it! Pinning tactics, Alice!
: Right, lets go and grapple it into submission! Our strength should be plenty to match it!
: This units dependency on its defensive gear is as clear as day. And pilots of this caliber cannot stand up to my Vardant!
: I might not be able to take this thing on with raw power but I can with mobility!
The ship reaches the evac point, so Talia recalls everyone and orders full speed ahead.
Luna wants to know what happened to Shinn that hed pull ace-level moves like that; even Kenjis impressed, having thought he was really screwed when the enemy grabbed him. In truth, Shinn doesnt really understand what happened there. One second he was desperately trying to find a way to survive that and, then, his mind suddenly cleared up.
Did he just flip out completely and connect with a desperate hit, Luna and Shizuna wonder. Shinn doesnt think so but, regardless, Rey was very impressed with what he did today. Yamashita hopes thisll dissuade the Alliance from coming after us and Ichitaka wonders what well be doing now. Despite this victory, we still have plenty of problems all around.
Reiji figures the reason we were STILL unable to get in touch with JUDA was due to the Alliances warmongers jamming our calls. That said, he has an idea to turn this in our favor.
Thatd be via Lady Une, who asks that we send all comm records available. In the meantime, shes arranged for a carrier to come and give us a ride back to JUDA. Talias also gotten word that the other half of LOTUS helped stop the Alliances nuclear strike against the PLANTs. Was it really alright for us to do that?
Une tells her not to worry as the use of nuclear weapons was a clear violation of the Junius Treaty we were well within our rights to intervene. Thats a relief to hear. Mind, while Une will be doing her best to assist the Minerva, she doubts shell be able to actually hold back the Earth Alliance.
Talia understands her situation and is nonetheless grateful for her help. And while Une cant help us overtly right now, they need only ask if they need anything. Well, at the moment, Talia would only like Une to send her regards to the SMS folks if she stops by the Frontier Fleet she didnt like how abruptly she left them with all that went down.
Lady Unell handle it and, with that, signs off. Reiji thanks Talia for the help shes given us short-lived as this mightve been and shell only asks us to stand firm in our defense of world peace. An odd thing to ask when wars breaking out, yes, but still.
: Sucks that you need to take off we barely just met.
: Yeah I wouldve liked to talk with Athrun again, too.
: And whatre you going to do once youre back in Japan?
: Well just keep an eye out, hoping our glaringll stop folks from trying to take advantage of this mess.
: And I do got a bunch of personal stuff to take care of, like helping Alice with her adjustments or getting in touch with a missing friend of mine.
: Well, theres a lot riding on LOTUS shoulders, so you keep up the good work, Ichitaka.
: I-I will. Thanks.
: Yo, Ichitaka, whyre you getting all red for?
: W-Whatdya mean why?! Wouldnt you get a bit bashful if a girl like Lunamaria cheered you on some?!
: Psh, a legit cool guy will never, ever, lose his poker face.
: Really, now? Show me how its done, then, sensei!
: Sensei? Well, whatever works. Now lets see
: Im counting on you, Yamashita.
: Well, dang. He didnt even flinch.
: Hrm, thats kinda annoying, actually! What about you, Shinn? Feel anything?
: How should I know?!
: Heh, you see what I meant now?
: Wow, you really werent kidding
: Yamashita, were getting ready to leave. I need your help with a few things.
: Y-Yes, sir! Gladly!
: Look at that huge smile
: Didnt think he had it in him, getting all giddy like that
: Ichitaka! Yamashitas displaying symptoms of
: Dont say it though I cant really say youre wrong on this one.
Cut to Aprillius One, the PLANTs capital colony, Durandal is on the phone with someone and working to set up a formal meeting. But calls will have to wait, as hes got a visitor: the recently arrived Athrun.
He apologizes for taking the chairmans time and Durandal wonders what hed like to talk about. Junius Seven? The war? Both or, better put, about the Earth Sphere as a whole. A nondescript time later, Durandal understands how Athrun feels but the fact remains that the PLANTs were on the receiving end of a nuclear strike.
The situations currently calm since things ended with no harm done but the people are understandably angry. Still, considering what LOTUS did today, will the PLANTs agree to support them? Durandal is more than willing to make it happen, but, first, they must restore order in the homeland if not, theyre risking other incidents like Junius Seven.
The PLANTs need to rise above the present hardships and, with that in mind, Durandals cooked a little something up.
He flips a switch and shows a video of Lacus Clyne, proclaiming her sorrow over the Junius Seven drop and the Earth Alliances attack. She shares in the peoples shock and indignation over, once again, being the target of nuclear weapons but she begs them to control their flaring spirits. If they lose control to their hatred, theyll only beckon a new war.
Athruns gobsmacked but Durandals having this message transmitted across the colonies in the interest of calming the peoples anger. Of course, he figures Athrun, of all people, can see whats up. Indeed, this isnt Lacus. Durandal confesses to be a bit embarrassed over doing this but he needed the major strength of Lacus presence just as he needs Athruns strength.
Back at Onogoro Island, Kiras just returned to his home. He reports to Murrue that things are very busy throughout Orb now that theyve officially joined up with the Earth Alliance. He didnt expect this to come from the Junius Seven drop.
Waltfeld (with the scar) sees the world entering a state of flux and figures they made the right call to reassemble the Archangel crew.
Kiras surprised to hear that but Lacus, the real one, says the whole crew was irked by the current state of things. Worse, Murrue says theyve just received a letter from the Cagalli: shes getting married.
Waltfeld doesnt think something like thisll do anything to appease the worrying populace but Lacus isnt so sure. Cagallis marrying Yuna and the people will likely rally behind this union.
But thatll have to wait, as the alarms go off theyve got some visitors, it seems.
In the waters near Orb, Harunos keeping the Straybird camouflaged while she and Yuu ponder their investigation in Orb. They couldnt find anything significant, so where should they go next?
Yuu isnt sure yet and, as the alarm sounds, Haruno pings several heat sources ahead.
: Weve reached Lacus Clynes home. Remember: the orders are to eliminate her, no matter the cost! Open fire!
: Their on-foot crew didnt fly, so now theyre attacking with mobile weapons ? The underground bunker cant take this for long.
: Theyre coming after me, I think
: But why now? (Chandra)
: Its not that strange, when you consider all the terrorist groups the world over. (Newman)
: Word around the grapevine is that those terrorists are laying low for now, though ! (Miriallia)
: I might not have a choice
: These are the seeds of peace. You will not burn them away.
: Its a Gundam?!
: Stealth disengaged. Shifting to combat mode.
*The distinctively not-Mobile Suit unit blasts away.*
: Locked on target.
: Weve found one at last !
: Damn, weve interceptors! Shift to plan B!
*The MSs start closing in on the orphanage but the Gundam stops them.*
: Zero predicted youd do that.
Heero: I wont turn the other cheek to those whod deny peace.
Mook: Wh-Whats the Wing Zero doing here?! Gwaaaaaargh!
Heero: Mission Accomplished
: Rrgh, fire! Fire! Destroy them all!
*The Straybird intercepts the other group.*
Yuu: That unit is working with ZAFT ?!
Haruno: We can make sense of this later, Yuu.
: Your partys come to an end.
: Data collection complete and, unfortunately, the enemys looking like a drone. Should I move to at least recover the wreck after it is downed?
: Thats your call. First order of business is dealing with the other MSs.
: Do you copy, Gundam pilot? We are not your enemy. Repeat, we are not your enemy.
: Understood neither am I.
: Grr Bring out the backup troops!
: Theyre going all-out this might take a while.
: The future wont turn out as you expect.
: Thats !
: Th-The Freedom?!
Ill fight with the Freedom again to protect Lacus and our peace!
*All enemies get blasted and sink into the ocean.*
: Damn it ! Just as wed finally found a clue!
: No, he missed any and all vital parts. If that was actually intentional, then it was nothing short of amazing.
: This is the future he chose, hm?
: This battles over. Please surrender.
: We we cant carry on But we wont lose whats left of our honor!
*Everything blows up the different unit included.*
: They self-destructed?!
: Urk why?
: This is ! Relenas ?
: Is something wrong? Um Heero Yui, wasnt it?
: Kira Yamato Youve someone you want to rescue, dont you? Then do it. I wont stand in the way of you living true to your heart.
: Hes gone
: Wow, who wouldve expected the Wing Zero to come around here ?
: And you, pilot of the black unit. Do you hear us?
: Our thanks for saving us. If youre willing to tell what youre after, we could help you in return.
: There was an unknown unit in that MS group we were chasing after it.
: Yuu, there might still be something we can use. Lets go and pick up the wreckage.
*The Straybird dives where the unknown bot blew up.*
: I dont suppose you know anything about that mech?
: Sorry, but wed never seen anything like it before today
: I dont think its a ZAFT model, though Some secret force, maybe?
: I dont know. But whoever they are, theyre very good at covering their tracks.
: What will you be doing now, then?
: I also have someone I want to rescue. So Ill just be following my own path.
*The Straybird pops its camo and vanishes.*
: Sorry, Murrue I need to get going as well. Cagallis waiting for me.
Kiras business is over by the wedding, which is already underway. And, by the by, Cagallis tears are of happiness. Of course, of course. But the whole ceremony goes to hell when the Freedom flies over and quickly nabs Cagalli.
The panicking Yuna demands the thing shot down and his wife rescued, but the troops cant well start blasting lest they hit the girl. Kira brings Cagalli into the cockpit (nice dress!) and, despite her protests, tells her to hang on.
They fly out into the ocean and dock inside the surfacing Archangel. Kira suggests Murrue that we book it well need some time to figure out whats distorting this world. That was quite the crazy stunt he pulled there but Kira couldnt just sit back and let Cagalli cry.
But shes a head of state do they not see the problem with them kidnapping her? Still, Cagallill have to save this talk for after their escape. Off goes the Archangel.
Over by Casa de Djibril, Lady Unes just called and does take the time to thank him for speaking with her. Its their first time chatting, even. But, regardless, what does the head of the UNs own intelligence agency want with him? Shell get straight to the point: what does Djibril have to say regarding not only the Alliances attack on LOTUS but, also, the attempted nuclear strike against the PLANTs a clear violation of the Junius Treaty?
Djibril has no idea what shes talking about, and begs she not take such an inimical stance towards Blue Cosmos that it extends beyond the confines of the parliament. Une sniffs that shes well aware of how far Djibrils influence reaches and figures hes also aware that the Preventers are VERY good at their intelligence-gathering job.
Is she siding with the PLANTs? Because thatd be a bad idea. Djibril tells her to look at the current state of the world and, furthermore, the PLANTs broke the Junius Treaty first when they developed unsanctioned anti-Darius weapons. Or did she think he wouldnt notice that?
Moreover, it was thanks to LOTUS intervention that the Minerva managed to evade capture. Way Djibril sees it, not only does Une not have a right to bitch at him about that, she should be the one facing an inquiry and being held accountable.
Sadly for him, no, that wont be happening. LOTUS was acting well within our authority to protect the Minerva as key witnesses towards the Junius Seven drop. They what now? Maybe Djibril didnt get the memo due to the MYSTERIOUS jamming thats been going on but we have all that on record. Should she fax him a copy, maybe?
The Minervas crew has agreed to testify before the UN parliament but, obviously, that's depending on everyone, Blue Cosmos included, actually wanting to figure out the whole truth about the Junius Seven incident.
Djibril fumes, dropping his pretense of cordiality: youll rue the day you turned against us. Pipe down, lipstick boy, the ladys talking. Theres a bill currently making rounds in the parliament to tolerate the Frontier Fleets presence under surveillance, of course (ours, as well see in the other path).
If the bill passes without any issue, Une will not only let the attack on LOTUS slide as an unfortunate accident due to the comm interference, shell also deem the failed nuclear strike as the reckless actions of the on-site commander, based solely on unconfirmed intel.
I sincerely hope youll strive to make wise, pondered decisions regarding not only this matter but also any future endeavors. And, with that, I believe our business is done. Good day, Lady Une signs off (likely dropping a mic over by her office).
Djibril, almost certainly making this face, growls at the phone but quickly recomposes himself. Once the old men have been forced off stage, and both the offworlders and monsters are dealt with, hell put her in her place.
Back at Aprillius, Durandal presents Athrun with a FAITH badge. It wouldnt do to have him operate within the regular chain of command, right? With this, hell have the authority to act solely by his own beliefs.
Durandal takes him to be the kind of man wholl stand by his convictions and fight when needed. Athrun hopes to be like that and Durandal is sure he can. Athruns to make use of the power hes been given whenever he deems it proper not in the name of ZAFT or the PLANTs, but of a peaceful world for everyone.
Durandal knows that sounds very grandiloquent but Athruns willing to take him on the offer. Now, hell first be rendezvousing with the Minerva as he has high hopes for both him and the ship. He thinks it might come to play a similar role to the Archangels in the previous war, and Athruns to give them a hand with that.
Meer thinks Athrun looks good in ZAFTs traditional red coat and he, himself, is hoping shell do a fine job as Lacus replacement.
With that, Athrun boards his new Savior Gundam and flies off.