Part 34: Mission 12 - After-School Visitor - Part 1
Mission 12 After-School Visitor
: We ran slightly late. The operations already proceeding as planned, I see.
: This is where the first Spherell be set, right?
: Thats right.
: Want me to take out the rest of the trash, then?
: No, Ill handle them.
: Hah, thats the Glain-Neidr for you
: Ill begin setting the Sphere. Take care of LOTUS when they show up.
: Copy that Come on over whenever youd like, LOTUS...
: (Indeed, come, Quatre. If you say your strugglell save Earth, that is!)
: There they are! Aah? Wait, its the Dancouga?
: No surprises there. We can leave that one to the R-Daigun.
: Hes right. Weve no need to waste our resources dealing with it.
: Seems we werent quick enough theyve the whole area under control.
: And they brought a real big one along for the ride too.
: Is it a new type of Arma ?
: No time for questions now. Lets try and wrap this up quick, before that pain-in-the-ass turns up!
Noooo, dont do that! Send the Dancouga far, FAR away because you dont wanna goad the Katou guys to attacking en masse especially the new guys. The Dancouga cant handle that kind of attention without Iron Wall, and, more importantly, you want them to hang back as much as can be.
So insert two turns of me moving far, far away : first turn, only a handful of Armas start moving in; second turn, the rest of the smaller Armas (but not the named guys).
: Yeah, there it is, alright the R-Daigun!
: Everywhere we go, its there These run-ins of ours are trying my patience.
: If you ask me, my patience wore out ages ago. So now were gonna wreck it along with the Katous, and get ourselves some answers!
: You talk a lot for someone who doesnt understand the point of this battle
: Ah It disappeared!
: Damn it, where is it ?!
: I cant get a bead on its location! Its using some powerful jamming device!
: Sure this is alright, Masaki? Were also running blind here.
: Yes, its fine. Itll be over quickly.
: Quickly? Now thats a shame The Dancouga finally awoke to justice, and I was so looking forward to making it slooowly savor how powerless it actually is.
: !! Behind us?!
: Urk! Ill handle this!
: No, Ill do it!
: Not the time for bickering, if you cant tell!
: All of you, shut up!
: And howre you also getting angry going to help, Aoi? Calm down!
: If being calm won battles, I wouldve become a frigging Zen master already! If we dont do something, itll!
: Youre already panicking over something like this? What a joke.
: Victory is mine. And, with it, the Earth will be saved
: We We lost to the R-Daigun?
: Goddamn it!
: Oi, it didnt even finish em off!
: It wont wield its blade against a foe which has lost the will to fight. The R-Daigun also trails the path of the samurai.
(Thats where youre wrong. Were that the case, it wouldnt explain why it held back against them all the times they fought).
: Well, the jammings gone. Get that Sphere set up already so we can go home, Masaki.
: I still need more time to finish things. Carry on guarding the area.
: And the Dancouga?
: I need only set the Sphere if that succeeds, everything else is a nonissue. Deal with it as you would.
: The Earth will be saved ? Hows us losing going to save ?
: I cant Everythings foggy .
: Are all friendly units already gone?!
: And we got all the bosses hanging around again
: Shows how important this op must be to the Katou Organization.
*Looks at the Dancouga.*
: Is that the Dancouga?! Its busted all over!
: This is LOTUS speaking. Come in, Team D.
: Megumi, check for signs of life!
: Already did, and theyre fine just passed out, by the looks of it.
: Damn these Katous!
: You shouldnt jump to conclusions, Ichitaka Nagumo. It wasnt us who attacked the Dancouga.
: This transmission There, it came from that Arma!
*Looks at the Glain-Neidr*
: A-Are you serious ? Theres an Arma that stupid huge?! Its bigger than the Gaiking, for crying out loud!
: Thats no Arma Its a Machina, like ours!
: What about that other new guy? Same with him?
: The Talisman ! I heard the Katou Organization found and won over its Factor before JUDA could get to him!
: You make it sound so bad I simply realized that true justice lies in the future Cmdr. Katous guiding us to.
: Its truly regrettable that a man of your caliber wound up taking his side.
: You say that because you dont know how many times I was betrayed by your vaunted justice. I dont regret any of my choices.
: (I see The reason for his distaste of justice and ideals is easy to grasp, once it is brought into the light.)
: Its been a long time, Ishigami.
: Eh? Long time?
: Ive picked up the torch you left behind. Now I lead the 1st Unit.
: So you do And since the Glain-Neidrs out on the field, I presume Katous finally getting serious about things?
: I suppose so. Do you think yourself capable of stopping our plan?
: I dont know what said plan is, but Ill see that it goes nowhere with the full might of LOTUS.
: Then its time to put our cards on the table.
: Hey, prez You wanna explain what that talk was about?
: Save the chit-chat for later and focus on the mission weve no time to waste now.
: Captain, Im detecting an anomaly coming from the giant Machina. Its generating some sort of dimensional distortion!
: This may not give us anything, but try running an analysis! Lt. Angelonis report did say that their technology shouldnt be too different from ours.
: This is Captain! Itll only be a few minutes before space-time around that Machina is made permanently distorted!
: What?! How long exactly?!
: I cant tell you for sure !
: Meaning we need to take that guy out ASAP or something really bads gonna happen?
: And we dont even know what the time to beat is? Well, isnt that fun !
: Troops, focus all your fire on the Glain-Neidr!
: Um Shouldnt I have deployed too?
: Sorry, Shinji, but I want to wait and see how things are looking for a bit.
: (I knew it Misato doesnt trust me either, even after I showed her that I was willing.)
: Change of plans, then. Yamashita, youll provide covering fire with your artillery strikes and gather intel from the battlefield with your Reflector Cores. Hayase and I will lead the charge against the Glain-Neidr; Kujo, you watch my six.
: Yes, sir !
: The remaining troops will engage the defenders and the Glain-Neidr when possible. We cannot afford to concern ourselves with the Dancouga, understood, Nagumo?
: Is that the only way right now ?!
: Forward, then! Open fire!
Mission Objective: Shoot down the Glain-Neidr
Mission Failure: Any battleship, Reiji, Yamashita, Miu shot down, or if the Dancouga Nova is EVER attacked.
So, yeah, ignore what Reiji said because you absolutely need to care about the Dancouga if even a single enemy decides to take a shot at it, you lose. No, it makes no difference if you heal up the bot to full (I know from experience). One attack = game over.
You cant afford to be careful here: rush, rush, rush all your guys as close to the enemies as possible to try and give them other stuff to target (they like going after Reiji since he has more HP). At the first turn, youll only have a few guys get in place, so youre at the mercy of the AI playing ball and going after your guys. After that, everyone should be in place and all you need to do is form a nice wall to block the enemys advance.
And, if youre curious, it makes no difference where Aoi was before the event: the R-Daiguns attack will always knock her back to the same spot on the map.
The first two rounds are the worst because while the Katou bosses arent too beefy, they all have command auras so youll be staring at some decent %s. Once they start going down, though, things become a lot simpler. Masaki wont move from his spot until turn 8 hits (no, you dont lose since the eventll happen anyway), so youll have to make the trek across the entire map.
Now, a quick look at the new stuff the Katou Organization has brought to the table today:
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
Salute this man, glorious Iczer-4!
Jack is exactly what he looks like: just some guy, on foot, with a katana. While his stats arent as massive as Iczer-2, hes still quite the fearsome pilot That said, his single attack right now isnt too powerful. Worse, its range is 1-3, so hes easily sniped.
Prevail L4 aside, hes not too tough to bring down just make sure you pack some hit % boosts, because that Predict + SS size combo (plus the likelihood hell be in someone elses Command Aura) will make him rather difficult to hit otherwise.
Talisman (Soubi Nakajima)
Support Attack L1
Attack Combo L1
The first of the Katou Organizations Factors we have to face, Soubi doesnt bring much we havent faced yet. As a pilot, hes about on par with his peers, but with a slight edge on defense.
The Talisman itself is a mix of ranged attacks and debuffs (mobility down), and is a bit bulkier than Sawatari and co., but still nothing we cant handle. Just remember that hell regen some due to being a Factor.
Glain-Neidr (Masaki Sugawara)
Support Attack L1
Attack Combo L1
Nullifies Beam Attacks
And now we have Masaki, piloting the mother of all RB-79 Balls. Masaki is, BY FAR, the bigger threat here as you might expect. His stats are a whole lot higher than all the other Katou midbosses, and the Glain-Neidr is tough (though not as much as Sachiel).
On the offense side of things, Masakis can either blast you with lasers or blast an entire area with lasers. Not very creative but the single target version will hurt if it connects, while the MAPW carries a +30 accuracy modifier and hits everything in a 5x5 area around the Glain-Neidr. Not fun.
Only a handful of your guys can outsnipe him, so youll likely need to take a few hits on approach just make sure you dont get in his MAPW range before youre going for the kill, and make sure you dont use Beam weapons.
Now, before we get going, keep the following in mind:
Do at least one of the following:
- Have Kouichi shoot down Soubi.
- Shoot down the Glain-Neidr within 7 turns.
Akurasu doesnt mention the second option, but I checked two JP wikis and they both had that one noted, so Im pointing it out. Granted, the first option is so much simpler and theres absolutely no reason why you need to rush Masaki down, so Ill be going with that one.
So, like I mentioned before, send everyone forward as far as they can go and right in the enemys face.
Miu finishes that one off.
And do keep in mind that, as ordered, Yamashita cannot be moved off that spot. He can still attack if stuff get in range, mind.
The vanguard midbosses are moving in.
: I am Soubi Nakajima, captain of the Katou Organizations 2nd Unit! Ive no personal beef with you, just so we're clear this is all for the world thats to come !
He and Miu drop another two mooks that attack, while Kouichi slaps another pair away.
OK, so now we need to bash ourselves against the incoming tide and push it back get rid of all the nearby mooks and get that wall of units set to prevent anyone from going after the Dancouga.
Oh, and heres Shizuru and Annas combined attack.
What, no DK? Guess its only for when Goh gets back in the thing.
Spreading out, Kouji and Altos groups claim the mooks Reiji and Kouichi previously weakened.
And the AI always likes to go for Ichitaka, so lets bring him right up front.
Once you take out any of the named guys, get the Katou units under 11 or turn 8 rolls over
: Hrm?! An ambush Theyre stealth?!
*The four new Armas vanish.*
: S-Stealth Armas? How the !
: I see how it is These appear to be the same types as the one who showed up by JUDA HQ.
: Meaning it wont be easy to find them !
: Theyre so fast !
: And theyre ignoring the Painkiller, going straight for the Vardant?!
: Destroy the enemy from the top-down, starting with the leading units A textbook approach, but an effective one.
: RAAAARGH! Get away from Reiji!
*Yamashita dashes towards the new enemies.*
: Dont leave your post, Yamashita!
: I I should have noticed those units ! I was the one gathering intel its my fault youre in this situation !
: Yamashita, hold on! Thats
: GODDAMN IT!
: You imbecile!
: R-Reiji !
: Why did you not listen to my orders?
: B-But, Reiji, you !
: R-Rei ji ?
: Now youll have to stay put. At least you can still serve as a turret.
: I-I !
: H-Hey, I know Machinas are tough and all, but isnt it still dangerous to leave him immobile?!
: The mission remains the same.
: I should be able to keep him safe with the EVAs A.T. Field right, Misato?
: In theory, I guess thats right, but
: Then Im going in!
*Shinji tags in with Yamashita, and the Stealth Armas blip back to Masakis side.*
: (Wanting to wait and see backfired on me )
: LtCol. Katsuragi?
: Ill talk to him later. I guess Ill see how he does, and then decide what do to.
: Shinji, I already mentioned this during practice, but the EVA has a very limited energy supply to operate with the Umbilical Cable unplugged.
: Remember that you can plug it back in if youre next to any allied ship. And while you have several power supply buildings available when fighting in Neo Tokyo 3, youll have to make do without today.
: (Is he listening?)
: Will Shinji and Yamashita be alright ?
And we cant lose Shinji either. Thats fine since the A.T. Fieldll hold well enough, but that is not the case with the Hind-Kind! He's at 10 HP and, if attacked, Shinji'll only be able to support defend him if the mooks decide to focus fire - if not, he's gone!
In other words, heal Yamashita to full and carry on. Its not an auto-game over if he gets attacked, but he IS still at 10 HP.
Shinji cant move, either, but hes got a new weapon for extra range well see it in a bit.
And Yamashita takes the kill, despite his gimped morale.
Jeeg and Voltes each nab a kill, Gaiking moving to further close our wall.
And here we have it. Soubis the only unit who can attack the Dancouga and, as far as I can tell, the midboss AI wont go after it if theres anything nearby.
Next turn well tear through them.
And I may have overestimated the Valkyries mobility or underestimated the boost the Katous get from each others command auras.
Ow. At least theyve Prevail
For instance, Jack gets a 50% chance to hit against Iczer-1, which I dont think Ive seen happen before!
Catch-all convo first:
: LOTUS Is a foe capable of satisfying me within your ranks ?
And for Iczer-1:
: I have heard that one of LOTUS collaborators came from space, and is a renowned swordswoman
: I understand now Youve modified your whole body that is how youve gained this strength.
: Indeed. And I now challenge you to see whose is superior
: As you wish. To arms!
And, by the by, if you wish to DISHONOR THE SAMURAI SPIRIT, you can still summon the Iczer Robo to this:
: It is truly a shame Id hoped to cross blades with a swordswoman like you in the flesh.
: Sure about this, Iczer-1? That guys looking like he really wants to fight you.
: Well, I suppose dueling with him wouldnt be an issue if you'll allow it.
: That man He strikes me as someone who fights and lives solely by the sword.
I wont be summoning it before Jacks gone, though thatd be absolutely disgraceful.
The other midbosses all lose a decent chunk of HP next. And the AI also follows the plan, Ichitaka and Quatre claiming 3 mooks.
Down south, Combattler and Shizuna are also big targets.
Two kills for them.
And with a solid wall in place, most mooks wrecked or destroyed, all we have is spread and kill. Prioritizing a few midbosses will make things simpler as you deprive others from the command auras.
A decent bunch of our guys now know Luck, so you ought to prioritize them getting the midboss kills (unless someone really needs the exp). Quatres my only Bless cast still, and hes saving it for Masaki.
: Much is said about your skill with the blade. We duel!
: His physical ability is beyond superhuman I accept. Come.
: Huh No way! Is that a man?
: Is that all the power of your imagination amounts to? Id expected you to be somewhat different since youre part of LOTUS, but it seems I was mistaken. What a pity!
: Th-The hell? Am I going crazy, or is that a guy?!
: My strength far exceeds that of a Machina! Prepare to meet your end!
: Yo, are you serious? The Katou Organization has their own Iczer-1?!
: Theres nothing to be gained by staying here further That said, I shall at least bring the blue Machinas head back with me.
*Jack rushes the Vardant down!*
: Hes after Reiji?! Oh, no, you dont!
: What ! He parried them?!
: Throwing daggers A fine prize, these. I trust youll allow me to borrow them for a bit.
: !! Kujo, pull back!
: That wound So thats why youve such extraordinary physical ability.
: Your body itself is an Arma
: Allow me to introduce myself properly: I am Jack Smith, captain of the Katou Organizations 6th Unit And you are?
: Reiji Moritsugu, Head of JUDAs Special Forces and assigned to LOTUS.
: Reiji Moritsugu I hope well have a chance to duel again someday. Farewell!
: The guy might look like a regular person, but he sure as hell gave us a lot more trouble than one. Talk about a tough fight.
: You should try and fight a Zentradi with that attitude and see if it lasts, Alto.
Heey, Izuna learned Attune from that.
Dmitri cant keep on going, and is forced to back off.
Daiyas rather miffed that despite how important this whole thing seems to the Katous, we still have no idea what theyre actually trying to do. But Sakon tells him to chill, as its his and the other eggheads job to figure it out.
Thats too much punishment for Sawataris Arma to take time to head back.
And he better stay gone, roars Kenji.
And thats all Yulianne can enjoy for today, unfortunately.
If anything, Misatos impressed with how skilled they are at making their escape shows that theyre really pros.