Part 43: Mission 15 (JUDA Route) - Traitorous Blue - Part 1
OK, back on the other side and Michel has won the vote, so well be keeping this route. Still a tight race for the number one spot, but this missions flow will end up giving Ichitaka quite the boost. Well see how this charts faring afterwards
Quick upgrades, the EVAs got a few boosts in HP and Armor, while Kouichi and Daiya got a new pip in weapons and some other stuff.
Aaand we have a ton of event units: all the JUDA Machinas, plus Ichitaka. As such, we rearrange a few things:
Puriall let Dick move around in the air without lowering his %s, while Shinji wont be stuck with his dinky rifle against airborne enemies when his gatling gun runs empty.
Here we go.
We open up at the Dannar Base, and Reijis requesting that Lulu allow him and the folks whose units are already repaired to head over to JUDA. Thats fine, as the Daiku Maryu itself will be setting sail soon they might as well move in first and start strengthening the places defenses.
Its the Machinas and the Rushbird that are good to go, so theyll be departing straight away. Cut to everything hopping in their cockpits and all those units are ready to move out; Kouichi does wonder if Emi isnt a bit uncomfortable, squeezed in the cockpit. Wouldnt she rather we called a car to pick her up or something?
Shes fine, insisting she come along for the ride b-but its not because of him, mind. Shes just worried about the Linebarrel, what with her having piloted it originally, and, also, she cant well trouble others to help her out. What, but troubling hims A-OK?!
Thats enough chit-chat, though, as Reiji tells him to deploy.
And our group makes it over to JUDA; right in time, too, as Maki notes that theyd be pretty much defenseless if the enemy attacked. Shibakusas heard of what happened to Shizuru and is majorly bummed out at him outliving more and more younger folk, though Ichitaka tells him to keep his chin up. Shizurus not dead yet, and hes sure shell pull through.
But we need to worry about our current problems Morimoto and Touko know how strong the Jinrais are, so well need to be careful out there. Kouichi laughs that they worry too much, as the Daiku Maryull be here soon and then well kick Kiriyama and his goons asses straight into jail.
First things first, Reiji ask Rachel to give one last check-up on the Machinas while he and the pilots head to the briefing room. The Dannar folksll handle the Rushbird, and Shibakusa warns the crew to not get sloppy just because some maintenance was done back at the Maryu. Starting off, theyll backup and take some feedback from the data on the previous battle.
: Reijis taking a while to get here
: He did say he had to report to the president, but
: Alright, Yamashita, Ichitaka, lets go and prod him to come over. Itll be faster that way.
: What, me too? You need to learn some patience.
: You know what they say: make hay while the sun shines. Lets just go now.
: Eiji Kiriyama what a stunt he pulled. I never thought he would conspire with the SDF to pull a coup.
: Nor did I ever expect those Jinrais so simply be tools with which to carry out his own agenda. Your friend is quite the ambitious man
: Couldn't you tell him to ease up a little? You have been his friend since school, no?
: No What I am is his ally.
: Well, now pointing a gun at someones very dangerous business
: Reiji, come on! Kiriyamas gonna get here if we
: Mr. Ishigami ? Hey Are you trying to mess with us? You had him play hitman or something?
: Reiji This is all fake, right ? Its one of the presidents games or something, right? Isnt it ?!
: You You shot him ?
: !! Watch out!
*Kouichi pushes Ichitaka away! Bang, bang!*
: R-Reiji are you serious?!
: What What are you doing?! Werent you supposed to be the Head of our Special Forces?! Arent you one of the leaders of LOTUS?!
: Yes and this is my final mission as both.
: You will fight me now, Hayase !
: The Vardant?!
: ! What What the hell !
Mission 15 (JUDA Route) Traitorous Blue
: Get a hold of yourself, Yamashita!
: Ms. Ogawa, come here quick! The presidents in really bad shape!
: Why, Reiji Why the hell did you shoot him?! Tell me!
: Oh, the Linebarrels actually moving ? That Machina is special, alright.
: What just happened?! Whered the Linebarrel and Vardant get teleported to, Goro?!
: Their destination was What ? Theyre right in front of JUDA HQ!
: I cant see whats going on from here! Lets hurry to the presidents office!
*They run on over.*
: What?! Mr. Ishigami!
: Ready the ICU right away! Were level S and need emergency treatment maximum priority!
: Whuh?! What happened, Yamashita?!
: Youre not going to explain anything ? That is how youll answer us?! In that case COME ON!!
: Why Why are they fighting?!
: We have to stop them !
: You cant. Your Machinas motor systems have all been suppressed.
: Hes right the Machinas are inoperable! The D-S.O.I.L. Systems been infected with some kind of suppressor!
: Then whys the Linebarrel up and about?!
: Youre asking me?! Its infected by the same suppressor too, even!
: Alice, we gotta hurry to the hangar! The Machinas might be down, but the Rushbird oughta work just fine!
Well, frig. Losing Kouichis a game over, of course, but neither he nor Reiji have the firepower to overwhelm the others regen.
Just to be safe for the time being, cast Invincible with Kouichi and stand by.
Here he comes.
: Youve always relied too much on the Linebarrels superior specs That may work against random worms, but nowhere else.
: Shut your mouth! Take your lecture and shove it Im done listening to you!
: Thats fine, because Im also done talking Come.
Reiji attacking: Ramble about justice as much as youd like, its nothing but hot air if you cant make it real.
Kouichi: Fine, then! Here I come, Reiji!
Reiji taking little damage: Youre no better now than you were during our last fight, Hayase.
: To all LOTUS troops: lay down your weapons and surrender!
: Fighting back right now would be pointless if you do as told, we guarantee your safety.
: Mr. Moritsugu, Ive come to take control of JUDA as per His Excellencys orders. Theres no need for you, yourself, to fight the Linebarrels alone and my Jinrai is more than capable of dealing with it.
: Alright. You handle him, then.
: No, its not just the Linebarrel!
: Hm, that was sooner than expected. And in that case !
: Domyoji, you !
: I cant let you get in the way of things. My men will keep you busy.
: And youll be dealing with me now, Kouichi! Come and see how an actual pro fights!
: The Hayase Corps, my foot You wont be running your mouth for long, you lying son of a bitch!
: Bring it, Kouichi!
: Alice, has our SOS to the Daiku Maryu gone out yet?!
: Its not working Theyre jamming our communications!
: (Guys, please, get here quick I really dont think the two of us will last long. Ive got a major bone to pick with those two liars, but were just not gonna make it by ourselves !)
: Everyones stabbing us in the back today ! Youll both pay for this!
The Jinrais arent that TOO big a threat compared to other stuff we found, but the enemy still outnumbers us 4:1. We better start thinning down that difference.
Theyve strong enough to pop 1.1k damage per hit on Ichitaka, and thats not even accounting for Domyoji or Reiji. Be very ready to heal with Alice.
Kouichi deals with both.
Reiji will absolutely NOT leave Kouichi to Domyoji, but he thankfully misses. The new guy moves in next.
: All you do is rely on your strength and speed. Didnt I tell you that youre not beating me like that?
: Shut UP! Why are you with the SDF?! Hell, why are you one of Kiriyamas goons?!
: Told you that, too: Im all about having fun! And thats enough questions. Here I come, Kouichi!
Hes sturdy-ish, but no more than the other Linebarrel midbosses weve had.
Ichitaka, meanwhile, is still punching and weakening the Jinrais.
: Are they here?!
: The Katou Organization?!
: Having some fun, are you, Reiji?
: Oi, what gives? Whatre Horns and his bigass friend doing out there?
: The Daiku Maryu hasnt made it over yet, though.
: Perfect. Well take care of everything before they even get here.
: Oh, must we? Its not always I have a chance to take my time and give the folks at JUDA a taste of Hell.
: Nows time to get some payback for Vladivostok and for my wrecked Yaoyorozu!
: Weve the five commanders, the Gundam and several MP Armas!
: Are you kidding me The Katou Organizations working with them, too?!
: I dont think you got time to gape, Kouichi. Question is whatre you gonna do against all these enemies.
: Ill destroy each and every one of you, is what!!
Dont rush the Katous because you will not survive. Stick with the nearby Jinrais Ichitaka takes two, Kouichi takes one.
: Your skill is as middling as ever. But theres no reason for you to die here, so why not surrender?
: Not happening ! Id never throw in the towel to the presidents shooter!
: I took up a duty when I got the Rushbird, and Im not turning my back on that now!
: Have it your way, then Come on.
Domyoji connects a decent hit on Kouichi, but its nothing he cant regen.
The Katou mooks are moving in, but not are close enough.
: Is everyone alright?!
: The Daiku Maryu!
: Hrm, they got here a bit faster than I imagined.
: But theyre only packing half their usual forces its all good.
: The Katou Organizations involved with the coup I didnt expect that.
*Looks at Reiji and Kouichi.*
: Whats going on there? Why are Kouichi and Reiji fighting each other?
: Can you explain what the situation is, Mr. Moritsugu?
: Screw his explanations! Hes a traitor! He shot Ishigami!
: Its true ! The Vardants and enemy unit and we must look at it as such !
: Daiku Maryu, do you copy?! Our Machinas are inoperable and Mr. Ishigamis in critical condition!
: Understood. Troops, engage and destroy the Jinrai platoons, the Katou Organization and the Vardant!
: But Lulu!
: Our mission is still the same. Drive back the enemy troops right away and protect JUDA.
: I guess theres nothing we can do about it; this is reality and we have to make peace with it.
: Reiji I cant believe it
: Save being upset for later; the prez is doing real bad right now, so lets finish this quick!
: Come and face me, LOTUS.
OK, now we got some more breathing room. Losing Kouichi or the Daiku Maryus a game over, and the Katou crew will reach our frontline units before our main group, but they can manage themselves.
This fights pretty much the same as the brawl in Vladivostok, so deal with the Katou guys accordingly. Mind, you might be tempted to get Reiji out your hair right away, but I advise against it because:
Continuing the mission 12 secret, youll want to have Kouichi destroy Soubi again. This must be done BEFORE you take out the Vardant.
Oh, and Rikus also in there but hes in a completely baseline Stealth Arma, meaning he has the consistency of plywood and a bunch of our guys can oneshot him.
No need to keep Domyoji around, though.
: You, too, Domyoji?! Whatre you doing?!
: Surrender already! I promise I wont shoot if you do!
: Meaning youre not going to stop, are you ?! Goddamn it!
And Kouichi takes him out with a quick slice, while everyones heading over.
: You live up to your fame, LOTUS
: Im going to keep everyone safe! Thats thats what my JUSTICE is about!
: (Heh, damn Guess I didnt actually need to hold back here.)
: This is Domyoji speaking. Im detecting abnormalities on m Jinrais systems. Im unable to carry on with the assault retreating.
: The SDFs commander has pulled back? But
: Right His force is too small for a proper attack on JUDA
: If Eiji Kiriyamas the kind of man Ritsuko takes him for, then wed best assume theres more to this.
And here come the mooks. Ichitaka and Kouichi both take a kill, leaving a buuunch of Armas in the red.
Reiji absolutely LOVES to chain attack folks, mind, so he cuts them a bit. The Katou bosses are starting to move in.
Now we get to work.
Daiya also moves over for a oneshot kill.
Kouichi capitalizes on the mooks poorly thought out offensive, scoring a triple kill. Ichitaka, Dick and Zechs follow on the other weakened guys.
: Ive no sympathy for those who shoot their friends in the back, Mister Vardant.
: Oh, Im sorry. Thats your thing, isnt it?
: Quiet, you ! Ive never shot to kill any of my friends not once !
From what Ive read in the wikis, Dick once ended up shooting Puria in the back in order to beat an enemy he thought she couldve dodged it (she didnt, and has been miffed with him since).
Ive set up an Iron Walled Ichitaka to run defense and he manages to tangle with both Jack and Yulianne for some nice damage.
And heres Soubi.
: How about I give you a taste of pain? Maybe with that youll start to see how the worlds actually like!
Away with you.
Oh, thats not a good choice for you.
: Todays the last day of your sorry lives, LOTUS! Now try and imagine how your deaths are gonna play out!
Bam. After that, Daiya and Zechs take, respectively, four and one Armas.
Only the midbosses remain now and our morales looking good, so well take half of them this turn, the other half later. Remember that, if youre doing the secret, you need to have Kouichi destroy Soubi before you drop Reiji!
Here we go!
: Now that I think about it, weve been doing this song and dance for a while, huh? But its time for you to exit stage left!
: Im not the rookie I was anymore, and you evildoers arent running loose on my watch!
: Rrrgh, these pests are really starting to get on my nerves!
: Kouichi Hayase How does it feel to watch as your dear justice falls to pieces?
: Thats where youre wrong ! Our justice isnt beat just yet!
: Urgh ! Talk about violent Youve washed your hands of justice, and now youre a full-on force of destruction, huh?
: SHUT UP!!
: Ive wrecked this city once, but never again! I wont go down that path even if Im betrayed by an ally, or if my friends are shot!
: My justice isnt so cheap that Id my throw it away that easy!
: (Hmph... So that violent thug matured into a violent man?)
: Alright, alright. Ill back down nice and easy this time.
: But sooner or later I know youll understand how foolish your justice is and how wonderful the true justice advocated by the commander is.
: Why is a guy like him always going on about justice? But thats not how someone whos on the side of justice should be like Isnt that right, Mr. Ishigami?
: I care not for this
: Now that Reiji Moritsugus joined this side, Ill have to reconsider what to do with myself
: Oh, how I loved seeing Reiji on this side after so long
: Lets get to it, then, boys! Nows my turn to play with you!
: And thats that Now maybe I should find a place to see how strong he is?
: I trust you wont let something like this destroy you, LOTUS ! Show me what youve got!
: I bet no one imagines that inside this common Arma is a captain
: And that neglects just the opening I need to destroy them!
: Kch Theyve got me cornered But I still have some work to do.
: Keep on fighting to your hearts content, LOTUS. Heheheheh
: That Arma could have fought some more
: I presume the pilot was the captain of the 8th Unit that we met in Vladivostok
: Then we should keep our wits about us.
: Ive nothing more to say to you, Wufei.
: Good, Quatre. Then all that remains is for us to pit our strength against one another! Prove to me that youve enough power to save the Earth Sphere!
: Reiji Moritsugus also joined us Can it be that he ?
: Reiji ! You were always so severe, but I always thought you were the one who cared the most for all of us!
: Too bad you didnt think to remember what I taught you about pointless chit-chat, hm?
: Fine. Then, Ill bash you into the dirt with everything Ive got just like you taught me!
: The situations wholly against you, LOTUS! None of you will leave here in one piece!
: The Linebarrels Factor must be very distressed after Reiji Moritsugus betrayal This is our chance to claim his Machina!
: Did you say distressed ? Im 200% PISSED, is what I am!
: Hrm! How could I let this opportunity slip through my fingers !
: It was you who let me go on ahead of the pack, Captain. The fault of much of this falls on your shoulders.
: Trusting your crew isnt necessarily bad, but you dont seem to have an eye for risk management.
: I wont make any excuses for what I did Ill just defeat the enemy thats in front of me!
: Youre far too kind to be an agent, Quatre. Thats a major weakness of yours.
: But kindness is what keeps sadness from spreading throughout the world! And I thought you knew that!
: You You really betrayed us ?!
: What do you hope to get by turning to another for answers?
: If youre really a traitor then I have to fight you !
: I know that look Its very much like Zechs when he decided to take everything upon himself
: This pressure I guess I dont have the leeway to mull over this !
: Why the hell are you doing any of this, Reiji?! It doesnt make sense!
: Its not like you to fret so, Kusanagi. Didnt I tell you before that sitting still in the battlefield is asking to be killed?
: Yeah, you did then Im done thinking about this! Imma be fighting you for real now!
: You wont be beating the Vardant like that !
: Hes still going !
: Guess he didnt earn that immortal nickname for nothing !
: Whats the matter, Hayase? I can still fight, so why arent you attacking?
: Why Why are you doing this?! Was everything we went through just a huge lie?!
: The president, Yamashita, Miu, Ichitaka, Shinji everyone trusted you!
: I So did I!!
: Thats the number of opportunities Ive had since this battle started to deal a fatal blow to the Linebarrel.
: You truly havent changed at all since we last fought. Will you cry again once youre beaten today, I wonder?
: SHUT UP! God, youve always been like this!
: Youve never given a shred of trust to any person here everyones trash in your eyes! Do you get a kick out of treating people like dirt?! Does that make you happy?!
: You really are scum youre completely unfeeling to the pain of others!
: What about you, then? Can you feel this one kind of pain I, who cannot feel physical pain, could experience?
: But even if you do feel the pain of others, if you cannot save them from that anguish, then there is absolutely no point!
: Your game of make-believe ends here!
: Re i ji !
: The Linebarrels stopped transmitting any and all signals! The Factors gone into cardiopulmonary arrest
: The D-S.O.I.L. isnt working, either! Hes Kouichis dying!
: Kouichi! Hrk!
: ( I remember my fathers last words The Linebarrel Im the only one who can !)
: Emi ?
: Im !
: Wherere you going, Emi?!
: Reiji! You you killed !!
: Daiya, wait! Look!
: Emi?! Its too dangerous there run!
: The Linebarrel it teleported?!
: Youre piloting it now, Emi Kizaki?
: The Linebarrels reactivated?!
: Stabilize fields! Activate counter-nanomachines!
: Engage real-time teleportation in response to targets movements at intervals 6, 7, 2, 3, 5, 8!
: W-What the?! The Linebarrels turning black!
: Oh, no Has it gone berserk?!
: Huh? Is Kouichi safe?!
: No, its not him
: Its teleporting in real-time with the Factor aboard?! But thats impossible!
: But, then, that means Emi was also the Linebarrels Factor?!
: She cant be! Theres only one chosen Factor per Machina at any given time, no?!
: Oi, what is going on?!
: Haah haah haah
: Ookay, thats all the fun Im letting you have!
: He really was just hiding !
: Hrk ! Im stuck !
: Hes !
: Everyone knows to keep an ace up the sleeve til the last second! Youre not cutting yourself loose of these reinforced wires so easily!
: Get to it, Reiji Moritsugu! I dont like it, but Ill let you finish off the Linebarrel!
: You youre just like how Kouichi used to be! Youre convinced that youre better than others and itll be that hubris that destroys you!
: I It cant COMMANDER KATOOOUUU!
: Haah haah
: Theres no reason to continue this, hm ?
: Reiji, wait!!
: Weve lost his signal. Hes gone.
: Haah haah haah
: Emi are you alright?
: Yes I can keep fighting please let me At least to fill in for Kouichi !
: Just make sure you dont push things too far, Emi! The D-S.O.I.L.s still very unstable!
: (Is she really another Factor of the Linebarrel ?)
Linebarrel Mode B (Emi Kizaki)
Support Attack L1
Support Attack L2
Attack Combo L1
Override (オーバーライド) 50% chance to dodge any attack, allows teleportation movement on the field
Emis a pretty good pilot overall, having stats pretty much around Kouichis level her evasion is WAY higher, though. The Linebarrels Mode B loses the Executor shots meaning its range sucks, but, in exchange, lets Emi use the massively powerful Override attack and skill.
But we dont actually get to play around with it because I killed everything before downing Reiji. Youve already seen its two bigger weapons, though, so I reckon its cool!
Theres actually MORE to this mission, but I think weve gone on long enough (Ill save the missed convos for later). Second halfll be up in two days, I think.
See you all then!