Part 40: Mission 15 (Alliance Route) - Our Path - Part 1
Here we are at the Alliance Route, Kenjis absence letting Hyouma take the spot of our 3rd top ace. Iczer-1s far closer to Ichitaka, though.
Cash upgrades were given to Alto, Tetsuya and the Nagahama duo to boost their weapons overall.
As for Skill Parts, Kouji took Guard and Infight.
The Godannar officially has no one to pilot, and while we DO have the Cosmo Diver available, none of the other guys can actually be switched into it. Thus, were going like this:
Initially thought to have Tetsuya Kouji go with Ichitaka, but only the Maser Eyes an actual ranged attack.
Now, lets see what we can do about those uppity Blue Cosmos.
Shinns just getting news that the Earth Alliances launched an attack at the Diokia base, destroying the place and other cities in west Eurasia. What about Stella? Is she safe?
Weve no way of knowing, unfortunately, as its hard to get intel from Diokia with how chaotic things are right now. Thats not what Shinn wanted to hear.
And, as we knew, Stella was brought back to the Phantom Pain and Neos presenting her with her new mech. Youll need to fight again, or else some bad men will come and kill us, Neo says and easily triggers the girl. Kill us Kill me? No No, I dont want to die!
Then theres only one thing to do: destroy all bad men. Stella mulls her orders and Neo tells her to get ready to sortie. As she goes, Neo notices that Trowa isnt looking too happy with all this. Her mental state is too unstable to pilot anything much less a Destroy, and so soon after shes made it back here, he notes. Though I understand that I, being the rookie, may be out of line saying that.
Neo wont chide him, though, as Trowa is still an ace and, as such, has a right to speak his mind mind you, whether Neo will agree with him or not is a different matter. As Trowa glares, Neo turns to Sting and assigns him the other Destroy hes to watch her back just in case.
Thats fine with him, though he asks where shes been all this time. Neo tells of her and the Gaias recover by the Minerva, and how they took her to the base at Diokia they managed to take her back during the disturbance of the Alliances attack.
Thats a relief to Sting, who figures ZAFT wouldve used her as a guinea pig or something if she stayed there: With Auel gone, Im glad at least she made it back in one piece. Off he goes with Trowa to prep for launch as well.
Neo, meanwhile, gets to do some soul searching: Stella Was bringing you back here really for the best?
Back to the Quarter, our folks have analyzed the Alliances current vector and figured out where theyll be attacking next: Berlin. A fuming Tetsuya Kouji sees that theyre not done tearing through the countryside and thats especially bad, adds Ichitaka, since therere too many other threats for humans to waste time fighting one another.
Tetsuya agrees and thats all for more reason why we need to put a speedy end to this war; as such, well be linking up with the ZAFT forces and stopping the Alliances offensive.
Speaking of, Dearkas just delivered Durandal's orders to the Minerva: stop the Alliances attack at Berlin. And, yes, Dearka confirms that theyve already petitioned LOTUS for help with this.
One thing that strikes Talia as odd, however, is why didnt Durandal transmit these orders himself and, instead, used Dearka as a mailman? He doesnt really know either, so Talia thanks and dismisses him.
Talia smells a bit of fish around all this, but thatll have to wait until later full speed ahead to Berlin!
: Yeesh I just got here and I have to deploy already?
: Dearka, is that you?!
: Yo, Athrun. I heard you got dropped by some Unknown, but at least youre looking alright. And the Freedom also got beat up pretty badly, right? What happened there?
: Kiras group came to our rescue after wed been cornered by Alliance and Orb troops. Cagalli was also with the Archangel. After that, some unknown mobile weapons showed up and went after her and Shinn
: And you trashed the Savior protecting them, didnt you? Psh, I see you and the Freedom guy still dont know how to look before you leap.
: But whats important is that youre alright. And, hey, is Heine around?
: Hm? Need something?
: The chairmans sent you a new MS prototype. I got its manual here for you.
: You ! Isnt this the GOUF Ignited? I heard these just started being rolled out!
: Well, someone looks happy.
: Who wouldnt be? This heres no ZAKU, boy, no ZAKU! Cmon, we gotta get to the hangar!
: Alright, alright, Im going.
*Heine and Athrun leave.*
: Um, Dearka Do you know the Freedoms pilot?
: Hmm, a little bit, yeah. Why, you got something on your mind?
: Can you tell me what kind of guy he is?
: I guess. His names Kira Yamato, and hes an overall good guy, if a bit awkward and kind of stupid.
: A good guy?
: Youd see it if you met him. Hes the sort that absolutely doesnt enjoy fighting.
: Rather, he values human life above anything else Thats the sort of guy he is.
: He values human life, hm
At the Archangel
: Whatre you doing here, Kira?
: Are you alright? You look like youve got so much on your mind.
: I Im just trying to figure out how it all came to this. Things are happening out of our sight, and were chasing these shadows completely blind
: Again and again weve fought an enemy we cant identify, whose goals we dont even know
: What if what were doing is wrong? What if this is all nothing but nonsense?
: Trying to keep those that are dear to us safe is neither wrong nor nonsense. It never is, I say.
: Huh ?
: Ill be the first to admit that I dont know everything thats going on with the world But since people we love call it their home, why not love this world as well? Thats what I think.
: Im sure that, someday, humanity will come together in peace.
: So dont give up. Well just keep on doing whatever we can in this.
: Captain, Terminal just sent us an emergency transmission!
: What happened?!
: The Alliance armys just reached Berlin! Theyre opening fire on the entire city!
: What?! Can you get me a video feed?!
: Right away! Here it comes!
: Its !
: Berlin Its ablaze!
Mission 15 (Alliance Route) Our Path
: Really digging the new Destroys! Well have Berlin down to a smoldering crater in no time!
: How are you doing, Stella?
: Im alright. I have to kill kill all the bad men!
: Its the Archangel!
: A bit sooner than expected. Stay frosty, Stella theyre pretty strong!
: That doesnt matter. Ill !
: Thats quite the monster they have. Putting a stop to it by our lonesome wont be easy.
: But well have to manage! They cant be allowed to take any more innocent lives!
: ?! The Minerva?!
: Its the Archangel! What are they doing here?
: Voices cried out for help, and here they are. Theyre living up to their fame as heroes, I suppose.
: And we cannot let them leave us in the dust. Deploy all troops!
: Hows the GOUF doing, Heine?
: Just swimmingly. Taking on those huge guys will still be a major headache, of course, but the bots fine...
: But weve no other choice. If we dont, thatll only mean more people suffering.
: Tsk, and now the Minervas here too Still, we cant back down today. Sting, Stella, Trowa, are you ready?!
: Always! Well go and throw in a few shots for Auel too!
: Captain, what do we do about the Archangel?
: Ill try and get in touch with them in a bit. Just ignore them for the moment and carry out your mission.
: Roger that! Well start with that big guy up front!
Mission Objective: Bring Stellas Destroy Gundam below 10% HP
Mission Failure: Any battleship, Shinn or Stella shot down
Our guysll be getting here soon, so dont go too crazy. Just inch the Minerva crew forward to start weakening stuff you cant control the Archangel, but theyre not in any immediate danger.
Of note is that you should try and get Talia just in range to shoot at Stella at the start of the next turn.
And Heines got his slick GOUF Ignited to replace his old ZAKU. Its pretty much a direct upgrade in everything and gives him flight, so itll work nicely.
On the flip side, Athrun is back in his crummy ZAKU!
With that, everyone moves onward and we wait.
Of course. Now, make sure you DONT counterhit Stella here; doing any damage triggers the plot, and youll have an easier time doing that on our turn.
The northern flanks starts heading after the Archangel team.
No need to worry about Cagalli or Waltfeld getting hit, FYI.
All of the Alliance mooks get their leader weakened.
Down south, the same happens but Luna and Rey do manage to bring one guy down.
Lets get this going.
: ?! That voice Stella?!
: Who are you ?!
: Why Why are you here?! You were supposed to be at getting help at Diokias hospital!
: I dont want to do I DONT WANT TO DIE!!
: Stella! Damn it, whyre they doing this to her ?!
*Shinn goes after Stellas Destroy.*
: ?! Whats he doing?!
: Stella! Its me, Shinn!
: Get back, Shinn! Youre being targeted!
: Stella, dont you recognize me?! I I !
: Hrk! Can I make it?!
Kira: Stop, ZAFT MS! That's is crazy!
: Rrgh, Kira Yamato What the hell do you think youre doing!?
Shinn: I promised Stella that Id keep her safe!
: Uurgh !
: You dont even got a clue about whats going on! Its Stellas inside that thing!
: Stop it, Shinn! The Freedom isnt our enemy!
: Shut your mouth! He just tried to kill Stella!
: I cant go down here not now. If thats the way you want it, then !
*Kira and Shinn fly to the northeast.*
: All units, cover the Freedom!
*So do Waltfeld, Murrue and Cagalli. The entire Archangel team turns neutral.*
: ?! Captain Ramius !
: Are they ?!
: The Freedom and Impulse are fighting each other ?!
: Cpt. Gladys, whats going on here?!
: Both sides misunderstood what the other was doing. Ill talk to the Archangel and explain everything once the battles over.
: But right now we need to focus on our mission: work together and push the enemy out of Berlin!
: Oh, brother So now we need to get to work with the heroes of the Great War looking daggers at us?
: Weve IDed the new ship: its the Macross Quarter!
: LOTUS? Thosere folk Id rather not tangle with
: Theres no reason for us to throw the first stone. Prioritize safeguarding Berlin!
: So you say, but what if they attack us?
: Then well have no choice but to answer in kind
: Copy that
: The Archangel, the Minerva and now LOTUS This battles getting worse by the minute
: Psh, whatever! Weve our Destroys, so everythings still good! Follow me, rook!
*Trowa and Sting move way closer to our group.*
: LOTUS, schmotus, whatever ! Ill be blowing all of you to kingdom come!
: I Ill kill them all!
: Everyone listen to me! You cant shoot down that big unit!
: Huh?! Whatd you mean by that?!
: Please! Its Stella shes in that thing!
: Is that someone you know?
: Troops, move to immobilize that large unit! Keep damage to the bare minimum and well see if we cant save the pilots life!
: We still owe the Minerva for helping us when Luca got captured, I guess.
: Then lets get to it!
Ignore the Archangel and Freedom as, first, theyll auto-cast Iron Wall and Focus, and, secondly, losing thems a game over.
Now, we dont want them jacking our money, so Ill be sending some folks up top to clear out the mooks around there, while the rest will converge with the Minerva team and head for Stella.
Destroy Gundam (Sting Oakley/Stella Loussier)
Pilot Skills Sting:
Extended L3 Accuracy, evasion and crit % up.
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
Pilot Skills Stella:
Support Attack L1
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L1
Both pilots bring pretty much the same to the table, though Stings a better pilot in pretty much all useful stats. Normally they wouldnt be too hardy, but that goes out the window with the beefy Destroy Gundam.
The faux-Psyco comes with loooong range attacks and a wide MAPW all which pack a hefty punch the Extended bonuses could give them better %s that youd expect, but the Destroys weapons dont have very good accuracy modifiers.
The Positron Reflector will nullify any damage below 2500, but that number isnt really threatening when were hot off dealing with Angels the lack of Prevail will hurt them plenty here, too.
All in all, just build morale, keep an eye on their MAPW and youll be fine. THAT SAID, do note that Stella has this:
Youll want to have Shinn be the one to bring Stella under 10% HP.
First order of business, however, is thanking Trowa for rushing us down and promptly removing him from battle.
: (Ruining peace to bring peace about It pains me to take part in this, even if its to close in on my target.)
There goes about half his HP.
And theres the rest.
: Ive taken too much damage retreating.
On the Minerva side, Athrun and Reys team each take a couple of kills, with Heine moving in to finish this lone Windam.
Shinns still over by Kira, so well need to wait a bit for him to move back into Stellas range.
Damn it, Sting.
: Weve to do whatevers within our power to at least mitigate the damage to Berlin! Dont give them an inch!
: But, captain, that unit has firepower on par with a battleship! Its too dangerous to take to the front!
: Id like minimize attacks to the Minerva, too, of course; but we need to stand firm, dangerous though it might be!
: Look at that big ol ship, sitting right there Ill start with it, then!
Up top, the enemies all take a look at Shinn and move in like a swarm. It should be noted that this game DOES have the dodge decay mechanic in place, so Shinns numbers quickly dip to the point where he barely survives the turn with 400 HP. Still, he got 3 kills out of that.
Down below, Luna takes a single kill but everything else survives.
Couple of heals for Shinn and Talia, and were ready to move in.
Thats one for Tetsuya, Kouji and Kenichi.
Ichitakas coming in to harass the southern flank.
Carrying on with the clean-up.
Right on time. Back south, Iczer-1, Alto and Ozma take a kill each.
And that once large posse has now been reduced to two lone Daggers.
Make that one Dagger.
So now we simply wait a turn and set our sights on Stella and, then, Sting. I half expected one of them to MAPW us but, surprisingly, neither did.
: Our first concern here is stopping the Alliances offensive. Well keep Shinns wishes in mind, but we cant afford to play it safe against this MS!
: Hyouma, the pilot seems to be under some sort of control!
: How can those Alliance bastards sink so low ?! We gotta save her, whatever it takes!
: You stupid doll!!
: Iczer-1, that girls in pain!
: I know, Nagisa. Well set her free from that which binds her!
: Slipping through an enemy volleys exactly what I did with Luca and Ranka Problem is, the person that needs rescuing is inside the cockpit this time!
: Stay away STAY AWAY FROM ME!!
: You wont kill me ! I dont I DONT WANT TO DIE!!
: The enemy pilots extremely agitated! We need to do something, and soon, or she !
: It all comes down that the mech of hers, and if we dont trash it quick, Berlinll also be in big trouble! Were bringing our A-game to this!
: So they rescued that girl, Stella, while attacking Diokia or was the attack to rescue her in the first place?
: Whatever the case, shes still a powerful Extended. I cant let my guard down !
: I need to draw her attention over as much as I can or Shinn will be in even more danger!
: That red one its trying to kill me !
: Thats the Dancouga the evil robot that prolongs wars !
: Looks like shes been given out-of-date intel in order to stoke her fighting spirit.
: Wouldnt be the first time thats happened, but it still grinds my gears.
: Aoi, weve already tagged where the cockpit is. Now we just need
: To fight and yank her outta there!
: Stella! Its me, Shinn! You have to remember me, please!
: NO! I dont want to die I DONT WANT TO DIE!!
: I cant get through to her ! Then I have to use the Impulse and bring her out of there myself!
: Aah AAAAAH!!
*Shinn moves towards her.*
: Shinn, what are you doing?!
: I I have to save her!
: Get back! That things gonna explode and youll be caught in it!
: Stella, its dangerous in there! Come with me, quick!
: No NOO!!
: Aargh !
: The Impulse isnt strong enough to match that thing !
: I I dont want to die! Someone help me!!
*Kira and Shinn move after Stella!*
: You! Whatre you up to?!
: Youre trying to save that pilot, arent you?
: Kira ?!
: We arent fighting to take the lives of others. Rather, we are all just fighting to protect those that are dear to us.
: Hes the sort that absolutely doesnt enjoy fighting.
: Rather, he values human life above anything else Thats the sort of guy he is.
: He values human life, hm
: Kira Yamato youre
: Nows your chance! Hurry!
: Got it! Stella, come over here!
*Both units pull away from the Destroy.*
: Stella! Stay with me!
: Hm ugh
: Thank god are you alright?!
: Shinn ?
: Stella ! You recognize me?! Yes, its Shinn Asuka!
: Yes I do, Shinn
: I I wanted to see you again
: Stella !
: Well handle the rest, Shinn. Head into the Minerva with her!
: Alright, thanks!
: Whew, there we go Least thats one problem fixed.
: But its still too soon to relax weve the other enemies to deal with!
: Roger that!
And, in case youre curious, no, saving Stella isnt what that secret entails she survives regardless in this game, because Kira and the others arent sanctimonious idiots this time. The secret is to eventually get her as an actual unit. If that changes things to you folks, feel free to edit your votes.
Next in line is Sting, and no one here cares enough to save that guy.