Part 19: Mission 8 (Rescue Route) - The Price of Justice - Part 1
Aaaand, Ichitakas really climbed up the kill ladder with his massacre of the Earth Alliance mooks in the past mission. Only one kill separates our top aces from each other.
Random HP, armor and EN upgrade went around but Jeeg and, especially, Goh got some extra firepower for something Ill want to do this mission.
And the Vardant and Hind-Kind are event units today, so Tetsuya and Shizuna had to join in together. Not ideal but its only for this mission, so well be fine.
Off we go.
We open at JUDA, Ishigami welcoming our team back. Reiji apologizes for moving the squad without clearing it with him first but, with the jammed comms, Ishigami doesnt fault his decision. When Goh asks, Ishigami passes intel of our other half protecting the PLANTs from the Alliances nukes and being set to watch over the Frontier.
The Quarters been assigned to our team and, with that, itll be up to us to handle it if the Frontier Fleet does anything off. In exchange, while they remain cooperative, the Alliance will be unable to do anything against them without clearing it with us first.
Seems to Kyo that the Frontier got a better deal than we did out of this, but it beats leaving the Blue Cosmos free to tag them as enemies of Earth. On a different subject, Ishigami looked over a certain report Kyo submitted, and if it turns out to be correct, itll be nothing short of extraordinary. Kyo fears its not an impossible assumption, taking a look at the offworlders and the Katou Organization, so this certainly warrants further investigation.
What are they on about? Ishigami only says that things might be bigger than he expected. Still, it might not have anything to do with us, so he asks Reiji and Goh to pay him no mind. Goh wont press the subject, but does raise the point that many of the organizations working with LOTUS joined presuming thered be no secrets between us. If Ishigami knows something about the Katou Organization, Goh figures he should tell us.
Ishigami apologizes but figures it best not to say anything at the moment Goh should understand, having previously kept the fact that he'd been fighting side-by-side with his ex from Anna. Fine. Regardless, Ishigamill tell us when the time is right and asks only that we carry out defending Earth from external threats while the rest of our crew remains in space.
Goh confirms, ready to take on any of the Mimetic Beasts, Katou, Darius and Jama foes inwardly, he hopes Anna is watching over him.
Over by the mess hall, Ichitaka feels good to be back home. Mind, hes checked with Rachel and Maki and there still hasnt been any new clues regarding Grife. Shizuru sighs that its tough when your only option is to wait stuff out but it wasnt all bad news: seems like Alices AI is showing some good growth over this time.
The door opens right then, Emi coming in with a batch of tea for everyone. Yamashita does wonder why shes doing that, and she figured she ought to help with something since she cant actually fight like we can.
Still, thats some awfully green tea shes serving especially considering its supposed to be BLACK tea. Tsubaki takes a whiff and asks: is this dried seaweed? It is, much to Emis surprise, as she was sure she used the right stuff.
She apologizes profusely and moves to fix it, though Miu offers to do it herself and teach her how to make tea in the process! As the two leave, Mira sighs that while she heard the girl had some partial amnesia, shes shocked she cant tell dried seaweed from tea leaves.
Ishigami hasnt really told us much about her story and Alice didnt even have time to compile her physical data shes been too focused on her subpilot duties. Its still frustratingly tough for her to balance out both jobs at the same time but Shizuru tells her to keep at it. Indeed, Alice promises to stay the course!
Hey, Shizuru, I dont get any of that pep talk? Tetsuya asks. Nope. Aaww
By JUDAs infirmary
: How are you feeling, Nagisa?
: Why are you here? Youre the last person I wanted to see.
: And stop calling me that, like youre my friend! Its your fault I went through that hell!
: I apologize for forcing you aboard the Iczer Robo But youre my partner and, as such, I need you to fight.
: Get out! Now! I dont wanna hear any more of your crap!
*Nagisa throws a glass at her.*
: Nagisa, calm down. You just woke up, so dont stress yourself out.
: Ms. Ogawa Where are my mom and dad ?
: Still missing, Im afraid
: But why?! I thought that region went pretty much untouched by the Junius Seven drop!
: JUDAs using all of its resources to find them, so please be a bit more patient.
: (Nagisa when Cobalt attacked, your parents were already but telling her the truth now, when her body and soul are so wounded, would be too much.)
: And whose fault is it for putting me in this mess?
: Didnt I tell you get out?! Whatre you still doing here?!
: Lets go, Iczer-1. We should let her rest
: Hm Nagisa, I pray well be able to fight together again soon.
: (Why Why did you pick me? No I dont want to fight I cant.)
Cut to Misaki Middle School, Isabelles latest bit of news is of the Armas once again running amuck at the town of Misaki in Miura. Its still unknown who were piloting the units or how large the extent of the damage is. Kouichi grumbles at them covering up the Katou Organizations attack as Armas running amuck.
Quatre walks on over and sees that hes watching the news, noticing that that white Arma with the horns isnt even shown on the tape. Kouchi yells that the Linebarrel ISNT AN ARMA, but soon slumps back in his chair: The Linebarrel my (No. I dont want or need that thing )
Risako and Yajima inch over, the girl asking if Kouichi knows one Sheryl Nome he doesnt, and doesnt care either. Well, shell tell him anyway: its this big-time singer from the new Frontier Colony. From what Risakos heard shes really pretty, but she cant find any pictures or videos of her.
Kouichi calls FAKE NEWS and tells Risako that thats not a colony, but a fleet of giant migrant ships built by the PLANTs. She should know better than to believe that. Still, Risako doesnt appreciate his know-it-all attitude. Quatre, inwardly, sees that the rumor mills already running wild seems like they couldnt keep the information under control.
Either way, rumor has it that Sheryls songs are pretty good, but Risako hasnt managed to hear anything the only available sources are some leaks. She figured Kouichi mightve heard about those and they havent spoken much recently, so He once again sighs that he doesnt care.
But a new problem arises, with Furuya stomping into the room and demanding Kouichi step outside. Sounds good to him a good way to alleviate his bad mood and a distraught Risako and Yajima run after. Quatre follows to keep watch, despite wanting to do more.
But it doesnt take long for Kouichi to tear through Furuyas mob what happened to all his huffing and puffing? But Kouichis got a lesson to teach him and kicks the guys ass a bunch. With a battered Furuya begging forgiveness, the kids glad to see he now understands how strong he is (Linebarrel or not, hes still THE STRONGEST!).
But he stops when Yajima and Risako tell him to, knowing hed only be bullying the weak Furuyas favorite pastime were he to continue. Oh, and he better not catch him messing with Shinji again OR ELSE. Furuya promises not to only to raise the point that Shinji actually got transferred elsewhere.
Kouichi doesnt remember hearing anything about that, which annoys Risako, as Shinji came to talk to him about it the day before he left, but seems he was just ignored. B-But Kouichis been busy being a Champion of Justice and all that.
Furuya silently fumes over his attitude, figuring hell need to ask one Domyoji for help; Kouichi then tells him to run off and not try this again. As Furuya and his mooks go, Risako is worried about Kouichi: hes been acting like a thug lately and shes heard tell of him picking fights with other students. He harrumphs and tells her to leave him alone before setting out.
Risako is confused but is sure that SOMETHING mustve happened to make him change like that and she figures Yajima knows something. Can you wait until tomorrow? Ill go talk with Kouichi and, then, Ill tell you everything, he says.
She agrees to it and promises to bring lunch for three tomorrow hopefully they can all eat together as they used to. Quatres watching from afar, hoping nothingll come of whatever Yajimas planning, but
And hes reported it all to Ishigami, whos rather bothered by news that Kouichis taken to picking fights with regular folks as a way to showcase his strength. Seems like losing the Linebarrel pushed him over the edge. Ishigami asks Quatre to keep watching, figuring theyll need to take action if Kouichi goes on acting like this.
One other thing: did Quatre hear of anything strange happening in Misaki yesterday? Not really, but Reiji says theyve detected a Machina over there yesterday several times, even, but the signal quickly disappeared, so they couldnt get a bead on it. Like a ninja or ghost, Ishigami quips.
Well, anything happens, Quatres got his Sandrock ready to go. Wasnt the thing supposed to be sealed away? Sure but Wufei and Trowa DID unseal theirs, so Quatre figured he couldnt keep his stashed.
As he signs off, Ishigami ponders Kouichi. Reiji isnt surprised at what theyre hearing, though: Hes still just a middle-schooler, without a single clue of how he should use his strength I know very well how thats like. Still, Ishigami doesnt want to do anything yet he believes the kids got the goods.
Well see about that later, as Yui reports the Machina signal reemerging within Misaki and it vanishes just as suddenly. Are their sensors on the fritz? Rachel said everythings fine, though. Ishigami, inwardly, seems to have an idea, though: A disappearing Machina One that got picked up after I left?
Mission 8 (Rescue Route) The Price of Justice
: Whatd you call me here for?
: Are you really gonna keep with that shtick?
: Kouichi, please go back to how you used to be.
: Risako shes really worried. Said youre not the Kouichi she knew, that you changed so fast And Im on the same page as her.
: So thats what youre up to
: Huh ?
: The little baby youve been taking care of since forever got strong and you dont really like that, do ya?
: So talking really aint getting me anywhere I figured as much. Then lets settle this, Kouichi.
: Settle what?
: Didnt say before that you didnt need my help anymore?
: Yeah. Im way stronger than you now.
: Then prove it prove you dont need me anymore.
: You wanna go? For real? You better cut it out, cause youre not winning this.
: Bring it, Kouichi!
: So? You run your mouth like that and this is all you got?! You think because I lost the Linebarrel that you can take me?
: Youre wasting your time. Youre gonna lose.
: Then put your money where your mouth is
: You still not throwing the towel ? Fine. Then Im gonna have to bash you into the dirt til you realize that Im in a whole different league!
: Gworgh ! Whats wrong ? Im still up !
: You !
: (What Whats going on ? Didnt I want to beat him?)
: (Didnt I wanna be like him?!)
: (Then why why do I feel awful with every punch I land on him ?)
: S-Stop this already! Cant you see that this is impossible for you?!
: I I took care of you just cause I wanted to catch Risakos eye
: But I never realized how that was making you feel Im a selfish lowlife And thats why she never really looked at me that way
: Y-Yajima Why are you telling me that ? I-Ive always thought of you as
: A Champion of Justice huh?
: Well, relax, Kouichi Im just a brat a common brat.
: Sorry, Kouichi
: No, Im sorry I never considered how you
: Capture the Linebarrel Eliminate the Factor
: Wh-Why ?! The Linebarrel isnt here anymore!
: Hrk Kou Ichi You alright ?
: Yajima !
: (That steel beam It ran him through !)
: Urk !
: Y-Yo, Yajima, stop pulling my leg! Hang in there!
: Damn it, what the hell should I do?!
: Kouichi What matters isnt what you should do
: But what you want to do Youre finally strong so use that for good
: Eliminate the Factor
: Run Kou ichi !
: Yajima You ?!
: No biggie Same ol song and dance right?
: Failed to eliminate the Factor Failed to eliminate !
: You cant say youre sorry after all this time Dont give me that now ! You !
: Line barrell !
: Yajima You said that what matters is what I want to do, right? Then, I I
: I wanna kill that son of a bitch!
: Capture the Linebarrel! Eliminate the Factor!
: You...! Raaaaaargh!!
: Ill kill you! Ill kill you if its the last thing I do!
: Is that the Linebarrel?! And a Machina is it?! (By the other city block.)
: Quatre, the Linebarrels back at Misaki!
: I know! Its right next to me, fighting some unknown Machina!
: And the Linebarrel warped even without any input from Emi !
: Does that mean its fully accepted that guy as its Factor?!
: Whatever the case, Ill try and hold down the Linebarrel and that Machina with the Sandrock!
: Please do. Reiji and the othersll be there soon!
: Copy that!
: I look away for just a second and this happens damn it. Lets go, Sandrock!
*Quatre rushes over and grabs the Linebarrel.*
: Kouichi, stop! Youre going to level the whole city all thatll come from this is more sorrow!
: OUT OF MY WAY! He He killed Yajima!!
: Yajima?! No !
: Yajima he protected me from the attack and ! Damn it all! LEMME GO!
: You killed him! DIE!!
: Dont let anger and hatred guide your hand ! I have to do something or hell go down the same path I did!
: Well lend you a hand with that, Mr. Gundam.
: Youre with the Dragons Hive, arent you?
: Oh, you folks know about us? Impressive, Preventers.
: No time to give them props, Kurara! We need to do something about the Linebarrel!
: Goddamn, its like this kid cant go a day without going ballistic across town. Then
: The red Dancouga!
: What, again?!
: Lets try this a bit more seriously today
: Hrk ! This is so not the time for this!
: Seriously, this mission just went from bad to worse !
: Screw it, then! Go even badder and take em all on!
: Good answer, Sakuya. Now we run wild and keep going til we drop !
: At this rate, the townll !
We need to bring down the Stray Machina without losing Aoi or Quatre; that said, youll want to focus on downing the R-Daigun before that, as it carries a nice E-Save part. Itll run below 14k HP, so thisll call for a wee bit more strategy first off, just hold the line until LOTUS gets here.
Feel free to tangle with the Daigun to start lowering her HP some, but ignore Kouichi or the Machina.
Gundam Sandrock Custom (Quatre Raberba Winner)
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
Anti-Beam Coating Mantle
Squad Bonus: HP+500, land terrain rating: A, debuff immunity
Our first EW Gundam makes for a pretty nice squaddie, and hes made of sturdier stuff than usual. The squad bonus plus resupply modulell help him fit in with many Supers, and theres also the fact that hell eventually learn Bless.
And, if anything, he works well on water, so keep that in mind for whenever its needed.
Now lets just move Quatre and Aoi due north dont waste time going after anyone this turn.
The R-Daiguns out of range, but the Stray Machina guns right for Kouichi.
: You killed Yajima! And now Ill make you pay by killing you with my own two hands!
: Capture the Linebarrel Eliminate the Factor
They both regen a lot per turn, so thisll go pretty much nowhere.
: They got around pretty fast alright. Still, just a bit longer and
: Quatre, are you hurt?
: Im fine; and more important than me is Kouichi. We need to stop him fast!
: What happened?!
: Apparently his friend Yajima Hideaki shielded him from that Machinas attack and died.
: Oh, no !
: And Kouichis lost control because of that !
: Kujo, Nagumo, this is a battlefield. Theres no room for needless sentimentality.
: Needless?! Our friend just died, Reiji!
: I know, but hes got a point we cant afford to be sad now. Look ahead. Spending time grievingll mean even more battle damage throughout town.
: Dont let your emotions get the better of you; focus instead of ending this battle. Troops, coordinate with the Dancouga and the Gundam and immobilize the Linebarrel!
: You got it! Therere only a couple of guys to fight, so lets go and wrap this up quick!
: Hold on, Kenji! These signals are
: The Katou Organization!
: Well be bringing you in today, Linebarrel.
: Quatre I figured it was only a matter of time before we ran into each other.
: Wufei ! Ive some questions for you to answer!
: What do we do, boss? Leave the Gundam to forehead there?
: And do we try bringing in the Linebarrel or the stray? (Yulianne)
: The Linebarrel always takes priority keep that in mind.
: Yeesh, these Katou guys just dont quit with trying to snag the thing!
: Let them come cause thisll always end the same: them running for the hills!
: Thisll only get worse if we let the Katou units engage the Linebarrel and set Kouichi off further keep them away!
Cant lose Reiji and Yamashita either. Now that we have our group and some morale fodder, well want to get either Goh or Jeeg hyped enough to use their strongest weapon, to be supported by Ichitaka. Popping Fighting Spirit with that combo SHOULD be enough damage to wreck the R-Daigun around 14k HP.
Were not in range, though, so everyone heads onward.
Here she comes, but Miras covering Aoi.
???, taking little damage: Do you think you can defend the Earth with that? From them?!
On the flip side, she cant even pop Miras barrier.
Here it goes again.
: Those moves Its like hes a completely different person from when we fought before.
: Has he awakened as a Factor ?
About half the Katou Armas are moving in.
As Reiji moves in, Goh starts building morale.
Only now did I remember to get the Neo-Okusaers melee attack on camera!
And that survivor easily falls to Kenji.
One for Iczer-1, the other for Ichitaka.
Moving Quatre close enough to bring in Wufei.
Also, damn, I dunno if they gave him more oomph or if those Armas are just so fragile.
Perfect, except for him running underwater
: Are you really fine with the war youre waging, Wufei?!
: Silence! Im trailing this path because I believe in it! And in the name of true justice, Ill endure any and all pain!
: If thats all youll say, then so be it! Come and fight me, Wufei!
Wufei: This is the path I chose, Quatre!
Quatre: Ill also fight my own battles, Wufei!
Aoi shaves off another 5.5k off the Daigun, with Goh taking a kill, Ichitaka and Miu taking 4. I was even holding him back, but Miu herself got very crit-happy!
Dmitris moving in now, but had nothing in range.
Kenji took the first enemy of this pair, Goh has the other.
Ah, youll work.
Thats both down. Shizuna and Tetsuya nabbing the adjacent target.
Reijis got this nice combo opportunity here.
No kills but it leaves everyone very close.
Pop, pop, pop, they all fall to Ichitaka, Aoi, Yamashita and Quatre.
While Wufeis trading blows with Quatre, Yulianne finally comes over and targets Goh.
: Pleased to meet you folks. My names Yulianne Faithful, Captain of the Katou Organizations 7th Unit.
: And Ill be making sure none of you bug us ever again!
Sawatari and Dmitri make the objectively better choice of attacking Yamashita... though he was protected by Ichitaka and his barrier.
The R-Daiguns pretty much ready to be killed, though our units arent in position. While thats going on, well get rid of the other Katou midbosses.
Dmitri sniffs at yet another failure, but warns that they havent given up on the Linebarrel yet.
As he runs off, Shizuna groans that she wanted to finish the guy off. Granted, Izuna didnt expect a captain to die easily.
Out you go again.
Sawatari isnt happy at his streak of failures Masakis gonna have such a laugh at him. Then, at least, hell
Goh sniffs that the guy always knows when its time to quit a tough foe to get rid of, and Mira figures well likely be facing him many times.
Some softening up from Goh and Ichitaka brings Wufei into the red.
Seems like Wufeis orders deem the Linebarrel going berserk as an acceptable outcome. Still, hell need to keep on fighting for whats to come.
As he leaves, Quatre doesnt understand why he always sets himself to trail such painful paths.
Good thing I didnt do much damage to her. The couple of remaining mooks fall to Aoi.
Alright, pop Strike (to bypass the Daiguns Stealth) and Fighting Spirit and off we go.
The R-Daigun gets a call from someone who says this is good enough for today time to head back. As she goes, Kurara groans over it slipping through our fingers again.
When they asked before, Tanaka swore that he had no idea what the thing was and while Aoi doesnt know for sure whether hes being legit or not, silver lining is thats one less enemy for us. Now carry on with their mission.
With that done, now its just a matter of handling the remaining enemies. Well start with Yulianne and go for the Stray Machina:
Tsubaki learns Attune from this, too!
Yulianne knows that itd be dangerous to carry on with this and moves to take off. Plus, she cant well give us her undivided attention now. Well play again some other time.
Kenji has no idea where shes running off to and Kyo ponders if securing the Linebarrel isnt the Katou Organizations goal here.
: Capture the Linebarrel Eliminate the Factor
: If only Id spotted this Machina before !
Tetsuya gets a boost to Support Defense, while Shizuna takes more Prevail.