Part 21: Mission 9 (Rescue Route) - A Will to Fight - Part 1
Ooh, now look at this sumbitch. We have a threeway tie for our top aces, but Goh manages to beat out Ichitaka and Quatre due to having a higher level (Ive no idea whatd be the tiebreaker if they were all 16).
Spent some cash upping the Rushbird, Godannar and Jeegs EN supplies along with assorted stats for the non-Vardant Machinas. The Sandrocks come in pre-upgraded to two bars, so no worries there
Mind, Ive started feeding Infights to Kenji as Ichitaka already has a handful. Still deciding whether Ill want to give him, Goh or Daiya that EN-Save we got Anyone whos beat this all the way care to opine? Im thinking Daiyall be the bigger EN hog, but Im not 100% sure
Oh, and everyones deploying as event units today, so wave goodbye to your arranged squads!
Off we go.
Our mechanics are still working on getting all our units repaired after yesterdays battle. The Machinas D-S.O.I.L.s are working but itll be a while before theyre all 100% at the moment, only the Linebarrel and Deceive are in fighting condition. Mind, the non-Machina units are far from being at their best, Shibakusa notes, and cant really be sent out in this state.
Even Jeegll have a bad time staying together with so many of his spare parts wrecked. Nanae and Morimoto say this was bound to happen as theres only so much repairs can accomplish when considering all the especially tough missions we had recently to say nothing of that big Executor blast we took.
Shibakusa and Kyo see no choice but to request leave to take the Jeeg and Dannar teams back to their respective bases to get patched up, and Maki cant well disagree. Hell run it by Ishigami.
Cut to some time later and Shibakusas telling everyone whats what; Goh didnt think their units were in THAT bad a shape, but damage has been building up out of sight consistently. Kyo even fears that if Jeeg doesnt get some fresh parts ASAP and keeps fighting, hell simply fall apart in battle.
Tsubaki can already imagine Dr. Shiba looking at their data and yelling that Kenjis crazy way of fighting is to blame. What, him? Yes, him he switches and tosses parts around with such abandon that they cant keep all the spares in working condition! Shizunas with Tsubaki on this, and figures Kenji oughta start using his noggin more when fighting. Oi, I know, I know! You can quit with the Stereo Nagging already!
Still, Tetsuya (Kouji) is worried about both these teams leaving for a bit wont it leave LOTUS understaffed? It will, but Yamashita doesnt see another way as well be far safer getting all our mechs fixed up in one go. Alice fears that the teams might get picked off by themselves, but Yamashta says this is still better than risk units breaking down midbattle.
Shizuru approves of his foresight and he chalks it all up to paying a lot of attention to everything Reiji says. Indeed, Alice is rather impressed with the speed with which humans learn exemplary of the potential that lies within everyone. Shes determined not to fall behind and to keep adapting her AI to her new dual role. Shizuna herself very much likes her dedication and wishes the dumdum could learn a bit from Alice herself.
That done, Goh and the others will be taking off and wish us luck while takin care of the place. No worries, says Shizuna the Deceivell be ready to give any goon that shows up a run for their money.
As for the Rushbird, Maki says its not as worn out as the other units possibly because it hasnt been active for as long as everyone else. Quatres Sandrock is still good to go, too, as the Magnac Corps had brought plenty of spare parts along. And, of course Iczer-1 has no problem fighting by herself.
Seems like we got a decent bunch of units, but Izuna still hopes nothing bad happens while the others are away. Mind, Shibakusa says it wont be long as the Dannar Base crew will be pulling out all the stops to get maintenance done quickly. As for the Build Base crew, theyre only going over to get the spare parts so theyll return soon.
Thats a relief to Ichitaka and, with that, the teams leave. While normally Ichitaka would be using this time to train, today isnt really normal he and Alice are leaving JUDA HQ for a bit. Emi asks to come with, at least to stay outside while its all happening.
Ichitaka says shes more than welcome hes sure Yajima would appreciate it too.
Cut to the Cthulhu Fortress, Sepia reports that Iczer-Σ is ready to deploy whenever Iczer-2s up and about as well. Then its time to make their desire to destroy Iczer-1 a reality and Sir Violet commands them to fight to their hearts content.
Still, she does remind them that their enemies on Earth are more than just Iczer-1; Sepias aware, having also tagged us as one of the causes behind Cobalts defeat. Their primary target remains Iczer-1, but Violet warns them not to get tunnel vision and make bad calls.
Sepia confirms, but still promises to destroy both the traitor and our folks as well. Sir Violet is looking forward to it, so off goes Sepia. Ill defeat Iczer-1 my sister ! Iczer-2 proclaims.
By the Jama Kingdom, Himikas noticed Jeeg and friends splitting up and easily figures theyre headed home to lick their wounds. Amaso and Mimashi know that to mean that Jeegs off to get new parts at Build Base, making this a perfect opportunity to attack the place and steal the Bronze Bell.
Himika has a better idea, though: they can use this opportunity to destroy JUDA, our HQ, in one fell strike! Once the place is ashes, itll be so much easier to take the Bronze Bell. Mimashi and Amaso both start begging Himika for command of the operation since Ikima has yet to return from his search for Hiroshi Shibas own Bronze Bell.
The two minions cant come to an agreement, so Mimashi inches over and whispers at Amaso to listen up: with Ikima gone, itll just be him and Himika all alone. Will Amaso let this chance slip through his fingers? Fine, he magnanimously agrees to stay and protect the queen.
Himika allows it and will grant Mimashi some Haniwa Phantoms this is a rare opportunity they have, so he better destroy all the humans.
En route to the funeral, Emi asks Ichitaka what kind of person Yajima was: he was a really righteous guy the kind everyone could count on and looked up to. I remember how hard he worked to get strong in order to protect Kouichi Risako always looked so happy with that.
He explains that those three had been friends since they were kids before he even met them so whatever hes feeling probably pales in comparison to what Kouichis going through. That explains to Alice why he was so enraged after Yajimas death.
Theyve arrived, so Yui lets them off to say their farewells.
: Damn, you dumbass. How could you go and die like this, Yajima ?!
: Yajima Yajima
: Kouichi! Thank god youre safe! Yajima said he was going to speak with you and this happened
: I was so worried you mightve died too!
: Come on, Kouichi. Dont stay way back there
: Yajima That Machina it was here because I became a Factor Im so, so sorry
: Did you say your goodbyes?
: Yeah. Though it was a closed casket since they couldnt find a body
: All of this is my fault. Yajimas dead because I misused my power Even his body got
: If I hadnt been so angry, if I hadnt fought like that, he !
: H-Hey, wherere you going?!
: Kouichi, wait! Ms. Ogawa, Ill go and talk to him; Alice, help me keep track of him!
: Ill come with you Im the one who pushed him to this point.
*Off they go.*
: Kouichi Hayase I hope youll manage to pull through this
: (Yeah, I I could never be a Champion of Justice. I was just wasting my time fighting those guys, huh )
: Oow! Watch where youre going!
: Sorry! I wasnt paying attention
: Hmm. Well, since you apologized, I might forgive you Just kidding! Hahahah hahah
: Something wrong? Youre not hurt, are you?
: N-No, Im fine. I just got a lot on my mind
: Well, listen, my names Nagisa Kanou. You look like a student from around here, right? Can I ask your help with something?
: Eeh, I guess Doubt I could help, though.
: Hey, now I might not look like it, but Im a sophomore in high school, alright? Maybe you could be a bit nicer?
: S-Sorry, I thought you were another middle-schooler What do you need?
: Its my first time in this town, see. Im trying to find my way home but I just dont know where anything is! Ooh, my mom and dad must be so worried !
: Isnt that just awful? Who comes up to a person and tells them to fight?
: But I did do it I fought and saved Anna shes my friend, by the way.
: Still, Im done with all that awful business; I even ended up in a hospital after the last time. When she tried asking me to do it again, I turned her down then and there.
: But she wouldnt take no for an answer. She kept going fight, fight, fight, so I decided to just make a run for it.
: Isnt that a huge waste, though?! If youre able to save others, why not do so?!
: No way Im just a regular girl. My fighting the other day was just an accident or whatever.
: But what if you couldve saved a friend and didnt? Him getting hurt would be on you, and Im sure youd regret it
: What a weird thing to say. Are you really alright? You can talk to me if theres anything, you know.
: Ah no, thanks. I dont deserve any of that
: Hmm, you really are a weird kid.
: Ah! And youll never believe where they were keeping me! Listen to this: it was at that company
: There you are, Nagisa. Oh, and Kouichi too.
: Quatre? You tailing me again?!
: Huh? Whos the cute foreigner?
*People walk over.*
: Haah, haah Finally caught up with you ! Damn it, Kouichi you got really fast
: Quatre and Nagisa?! Whatre you doing here?
: Whoa, it really is her! Whend she slip out her room?!
: Whatre you all doing here ? You gonna ask me to fight again?
: Huh? Why are you ?
: I told you, Im not doing it! Im done pretending to be a Champion of Justice!
: Is that really how you feel, Kouichi?
: It is Its my fault the town go so messed up and Yajima died.
: After Emi talked to me I realized that I dont have what it takes to use that power !
: (He hes like me Theyre pushing him to fight )
: Its true that we cant say you were using your powers the right way
: Yeah, which is why Im not getting back in the Linebarrel
: But you still saw that what you did was wrong. Thats very important.
: A few years ago, I was grief-stricken over losing my father and that pushed me to make a terrible mistake, to pilot a certain MS... So I know exactly what youre going through.
: Then thats all the more reason why you should understand, no? Weve no right to handle any power!
: But youre wrong, Kouichi. I have to keep on fighting because thats the only way I can atone for what I did. And thats why I dont want to see you run away from this you should now be able to use your power for whats right.
: B-But, I
: (He couldnt protect his friend thats why he said what he did )
: ( No, I cant let this get to me. I said I wouldnt fight, and I wont. Im just a regular girl Besides, I need to get home my mom and dad are worried!)
: This is Quatre.
: Weve an emergency; Cthulhu invaders and Haniwa Phantoms are moving in on Misaki.
: Oh, for the love Of course they actually would attack while our guys are away !
: Youre in danger there. Meet up with Ms. Ogawa and return to JUDA ASAP youre to deploy immediately when you arrive, so prepare for it.
: Yes, sir!
: Is Kouichi there with you?
: Lemme save you the trouble: no, Im not fighting.
: Well, I guess thats that. But the priority now is for you to get out of there and find someplace safe. As for the rest, please hurry on over!
: And Nagisa Kanous there as well, right? I know you might think this is a trick, but its dangerous there would you come back to JUDA with them?
: Is there going to be another battle? Whats gonna happen to this town?!
: We really should hurry or well all be in big trouble. Here, Ill bring you to our car.
: Whawhawhaaa?! Whatre you doing?! Put me doooown!
*Alice runs off with Nagisa.*
: Kouichi, please. Come fight with us we need your power!
: Consider it a request from me, too. Quatre and Ichitaka are the only ones who can fight right now.
: Sorry, Emi. I need more time to think I cant make another mistake.
: Before he died, Yajimas last words were that what matters is just what I want to do.
: Guys, the cars coming. Over here!
: Kouichi, I get whats on your mind, but at least come hunker down at JUDA! Well throw a few punches for you while out there!
Mission 9 (Rescue Route) A Will to Fight
: Iczer-1 and her partner are around here Open fire, Dilos Thetas! Destroy them all!
: Hmhmhm hahahah! Luck is on our side, it seems! Her Majesty spoke of these people, though I didnt expect to see them attacking here.
: Who goes there?
: I am Mimashi of the Jama Kingdom and I have come to crush the humans headquarters. I presume youre also after the same We should fight together.
: Hmph nonsense. My only goal here is to eradicate Iczer-1! If you do anything to oppose that
: Understood; I wont. And, in return, I tell you not to interfere when our nemesis shows his face!
: Hold it right there! Thats enough outta both of you!
: There you are, Iczer-1
: Iczer-1, if the Cthulhu are back in action, then
: I presume they have appointed a new commander to replace the late Cobalt.
: But wont it be too difficult for you to fight them without the Iczer Robo?
: But I must still do so for both Nagisa and her planet.
: Them bots got a whole lot more size than you, though, so if things go south, you better back off real quick.
: Thank you for your concern, Shizuna.
: Everyone read me? Well have the other Machinas repaired soon, so hold on for a bit!
: And the Dannar and Build teams have also reported that their repairs are done. Theyre headed this way as quickly as they can!
: This ones looking like itll be a long fight, Alice, so take care not to overheat yourself!
: My AI has been developing its combat functions nicely; I should have no problems overall!
: Well be deploying soon, so keep your heads on a swivel, troops.
: You listening, Kouichi? Just sit right there with your thumb up your ass and watch us work real smooth-like! Better that than having you crazy zerker tagging with us!
: Bah, youre a real letdown, Kouichi. Guess were gonna have to run the Champs of Justice business ourselves. Off we go!
: Hold on, sis! Somethings coming!
: This signal its just like Iczer-1s?
This BGM isnt in the game, but screw it. Its too good to be left out!
: A good day to you. Im Iczer-2, your little sister
: Iczer-2 my sister?!
: Right. I am the daughter of Big Gold, so Im your sister.
: Big Gold ? That cant be!
: I have been created to end you no more, no less.
: Shes fast !
: Very impressive, dear sister. Youre quite good
: Hows she so fast?! I barely even saw her move!
: Ill handle her. The rest of you please go for the Dilos and the Haniwas!
: Okey-dokey! Lets get to it, folks!
Losing anyones a game over, so exercise a wee bit of caution. Youll likely want the Rushbird to trail around Iczer-1 just to act as a safety net against Iczer-2, and do note the abundance of forests around. Setting your units there (ground level, not flying) will be an easy +15% bonus to their evasion and defenses.
Ignore Size Difference
Support Attack L1
Attack Combo L1
Remember when I said there were only a handful of folks who could match or beat Iczer-1 in raw stats? Iczer-2s your main worry among those as she surpasses 1 is pretty much everything that matters except Skill. Her skills are also, as you can see, quite good.
Thats somewhat balanced by the fact that, like Iczer-1, she hasnt got much in range only her Iczer Beam reaches beyond point-blank and its only 1-3 so approach from a distance (packing Strike) and youll be relatively safe.
If you have to move in point-blank, though, absolutely pop a defensive spirit because her strongest attack will HURT.
So our units move north a bit to both draw in Iczer-2 and find cover in a nearby forest.
And, good for me, Iczer-2 could only reach Ichitaka for her BEAM attack.
: The Rushbirds all about being sturdy. Only way youre getting to JUDA is over our wrecks and that aint happening!
Ichitaka: Your eyes can keep up with her, right, Alice?!
Alice: Dont ask the impossible of me, if you would!
Im actually surprised that hit as it was a 50%.
The other mooks are moving in but nothing else is in range.
Well keep Iczer-1 right next to 2, safe next to Ichitaka. By the by, with Focus and inside the forest, 2 still has a 20% chance to hit her.
: Come, Iczer-1!
: (Iczer-2 my sister. Her offensive capacity is even greater than mine ?!)
Iczer-1: If youre also an Iczer, then you must realize who you truly should be fighting!
Iczer-2 taking damage: Lets enjoy this bout for all its worth, my sister!
Counterattacking: Its my turn next, dear sister!
These Boya Kaengus are still so weak.
Well want to give Quatre some levels here to learn Bless ASAP.
: Ive had my share of fighting in losing battles, but this is one we cant afford to lose! Go, Sandrock!
It was only now that I realized Quatres Shotels dont have the best ratings against aerial targets. Frail or not, these mooks wont be oneshot by the Cross Smasher.
Id rather the mooks attack our stronger folks, so Ill keep the Deceive back.
: You good to go, Izuna? Were only dealing with bots today, so dont worry about holding anything back. Cant screw things up with that dumdum watching!
: Understood, sis. No ones getting through here!
There we go.
As Ichitaka nabs two kills from the Boya Kaengus, the Dilos are getting closer.
: Ill simply have to make do with my own strength until Nagisa comes around !
Were good on that front, though.
: I believe its time we finished this, sister
*Iczer-1s thrown waaay back!*
: Whats the matter, Iczer-1? Surely thats not all youve got.
: Get up! I cant stand weaklings if you dont get up, then youll die!
: Hrrm I-Im not finished !
: Better, dear sister Now youre worth killing. Sepia!
: Call forth the remaining Dilos Thetas and command them after Iczer-1.
: Right. Come, Dilos!
: Damn it, shes in a lotta trouble! We gotta help, Izuna!
: Aye, aye, sis!
*The Dilos gets blasted away and the Deceive moves in after Iczer-1.*
: Are you OK, Iczer-1?!
: Shizuna, Izuna
: I see youre well-liked, dear sister. However, blindsiding us wont help you for long.
: Go, Dilos! Bring down that worthless Machina!
: Izuna! Shizuna!
: Ill help them!
: Oh, no, you will not!
: Rrgh !
: Aahahahaha! We are not the only ones youve to worry about!
: Now just sit back and watch as your companions suffer.
: Damn it, isnt there anything we can do?!
: Were too badly outnumbered. If we had at least one more unit !
: Take a look at the transmission, Kouichi. Theyre all going to die if this doesnt change. Our Machinas arent ready yet only your Linebarrel is.
: Is Is that a threat?
: Dont be silly. This is a sincere plea for your help.
: Back off, Mr. Ishigami! We dont need that guys help!
: We can handle this, sir! Dont force his hand, please!
: Alice, watch the Laplace Wall. Im gonna try making a break for it again!
: Roger that!
: Urgh! Damn it, I cant!
: Are you OK, Ichitaka?!
: Hrm ! I I know that whatever I feels likely just a sorry excuse for righteousness And I know that I dont have what it takes to be a Champion of Justice
: But but how could I just walk away from this? If I dont do something, they !
: Then become a Champion of Justice.
: Huh ?
: Do it right this time. And be a real Champion of Justice.
: I will!
*He runs off.*
: There he goes. Its just you now, Nagisa.
: Im sure that, on some level, youve already realized both the strength that hid inside you, and that your parents
: No, NO! I dont! My mom and dad are alive, and Im going to just go back to my normal life!
: If thats the choice you make once youve accepted the truth, then I wont stop you.
: Whether you believe anything or dont is entirely up to you. So Ill just tell you a bit of reality as it is.
: I dont wanna hear anything Help me, Iczer-1 !
: Im afraid both your parents are already dead. The Cthulhu killed them when they attacked your town, before you even boarded the Iczer Robo.
: Thats Thats a lie! Daddy, mommy !
: Youve heard news of all those missing people these past months, didnt you? That was the Cthulhus doing. They infect humans and use them to attack others.
: Once infected, the hosts cannot go back to being humans, so Iczer-1 could only kill and eliminate the corpses. Thats the truth behind those incidents and it was through those people that the Cthulhu found you back then.
: So they set about to infect both your parents and your friends in order to kill you
: Iczer-1 noticed what was happening, so she hunted down those humanoid Cthulhus. She saved your life.
: She She never said anything about that
: Because she knew what a heavy blow it wouldve been to you. She told me she would explain it all once your physical and mental injuries had fully healed even if that made you hate her.
: Shes now fighting with all she has to avenge your parents she needs your strength, but refused to make a fuss.
: I think shes just waiting waiting for you to fight of your own free will.
: Ive to get revenge for my mom and dad No. I just have to help her !
*Off she goes.*
: Everyone holds both justice and evil in their hearts. Id rather not shove childish notions of justice in people's faces, but I'm glad she turned out to have the heart of a Champion.
: Ahahahah ! Is something the matter? Surely you two can do something, no?
: Ugh uurk
: And we wont even need to use the Iczer-Σ... How disappointing.
: Sepia, how about you go and finish them off?
: Thats enough outta you!
: Im here too!
: Huh? Youre !
: Nagisa ?
: I... told you we dont need your help. Whatre you here for?!
: I dont really know why
: I dunno if Ive what it takes to fight, or if I can make good use of this power, or whats waiting for me down this road But, right now, I just want to help you guys. Of that, Im 100% sure!
: And I I was wrong about you, Iczer-1. I thought you were a monster whod come to drag me into some fight and ruin my life... but that wasnt true.
: What do you say, Shizuna, Izuna? Whatd ya want me to do?
: Urgh Please whoop their asses
: And come help us ! Lend us all a hand, Kouichi!
: You got it! Now you just let me handle this!
: I wanna help Iczer-1 too! I I just need more power to do it! A lot more!
: Come! Linebarrel!!
: Please Iczer Robo!
*Both bots charge after the Dilos mob!*
*And pull Iczer-1 and the Deceive closer to JUDA.*
: Youre not killing my friends!
: Haah haah
: Hmph. So thats how itll be, huh? Your partners beckoning you, Iczer-1.
: Na-Nagisa You summoned the Iczer Robo by yourself ?
: Iczer-1 Im ready to fight !
: Truly, Nagisa?
: Yes; I want to help you. I couldnt live with myself if I just watched you all get killed.
: Why dont you unite with the Iczer Robo, dear sister? Thatll also give me a far more enjoyable battle
: Nagisa, Im coming!
: Very good Sepia, the time has come to fulfill the promise we made. Im summoning the Iczer-Σ!
: They still had another trick up their sleeve?!
: Im detecting the same energy readings as the Iczer Robo. But the output theirs is even higher!
: Ahahah Do you see this, Iczer-1? It is my other half: the Iczer-Σ!
: Were going, Sepia. Your power should far exceed that of the Earthling girl In other words, their Iczer Robo is of no consequence!
: Right, Iczer-2. Ive long waited for this and now I will destroy the Iczer Robo and avenge Cobalt!
: Iczer-Σ... Can I best it with how battered I already am...?
: No Nagisas here fighting with me, along with my friends of Earth. Ive nothing to fear from anyone!
: I wont run anymore. Kouichi also chose to stand and fight and if Ive the power to do the same, then Ill use it to defend Earth with all of you!
: Ichitaka, Quatre, sorry for the headache I gave you guys.
: I should apologize as well for trying to press you into joining our battles
: Forget about it And Shizuna, Izuna, Im gonna pay em back twice what they put you two through!
: Kouichi Im counting on ya.
: Oh, enough with all that mirth! Come forth, soldiers of the Underworld and Haniwa Phantoms!
: You think youre gonna scare us with that?! Come on, Kouichi this is where we turn this whole thing around!
Whew, now that was a lot of stuff going down. Nagisas finally joined us for good, which means Iczer-1 now unlocks her ability to summon/desummon the Iczer Robo over 130 morale (not in this mission shes stuck on the Robo).
Now for the actual new addition to the team:
Linebarrel (Kouichi Hayase)
Support Attack L1
Attack Combo L1
Squad Bonus: Melee weapons damage +100, mobility +5
Kouichi, as youd expect from the protagonist, is pretty good all around his stats. All that exposure to Super Robot shows gave him a case of Gekiganger syndrome in that his spirit commands arent really tailored for dodginess but hell make do (a barrierll be a nice safety net). That said, with a D-S.O.I.L. base level of 95, Kouichill regen more than any other Machina pilot (nearly 28% and thats before the D-S.O.I.L starts rising).
And as everyones been telling us throughout these missions, the Linebarrels really, really good. Its got a crapton of power, good accuracy, defenses, mobility and even range now that the Executor was unlocked.
The plot says you WILL have to field him and, really, there is no objective reason not to.
Oh, and just like the Iczer Robo covers Iczer-1s lack of range, the same happens for Iczer-2. Shes rather bulky with that Prevail L5, too, so keep that in mind. Like before, dont attack her at point-blank unless you really have to, and, in that case, pack some defenses.
Lets put the kid to work.
: Youve got a lot of nerve to torment my friends like that and youre gonna get it all back with interest!
When did Ishigami slip him that suit ?
Quatre and Ichitaka tag team a Dilos into the ground.
Ichitaka himself weakens this one, setting it up for Iczer-1.
: My sincerest thanks for your resolve, Nagisa. Please entrust your strength to me!
Boosh. Shizuna, meanwhile, slaps a Boya Kaengu some.
: Sepia, now is the time to bring peace to Cobalts soul!
: Right, Iczer-2. We will destroy the Iczer Robo!
: Synchronize yourself with me, Nagisa. Do that and the Iczer Roboll know no defeat!
: Got it, Iczer-1! Ill do whatever I can!
Iczer-2 attacking: This place will be your grave, Iczer-1!
Iczer-1 attacking: Indeed, battle is inevitable when dealing with her !
After that, the closer Boya Kaengus start attacking/dying to people: two to Iczer-1
And one to Quatre, which allows us to see the dynamic finish of this.
On the other side, the Dilos are mobbing our Machinas.
No kills but Shizuna and Kouichi do a lot of damage to them.