Part 51: Mission 19 - Route SplitNew route split today, so lets get right to it. Id suggest you keep the cash earned in the last mission to be spent after the split is underway. Itll help you!
So, Durandals called over Build Base and quickly explains why: theyve located where Djibrils at. While taking him out wont do anything to put an end to humanitys history of war, itll certainly be a big step. The guys at Heavens Base, shacked up with several Logos members at Heavens Base.
Shinn recognizes the name of the now-defunct Earth Alliances HQ; the UN has sent the Blue Cosmos faction a call for the groups dissolution, but rather than complying, theyve holed up inside the place. Durandal would rather end this without hostilities, but thats obviously not going to fly with these people he expects fierce resistance.
And that, Misato presumes, means he wants us to help with that? Not exactly, as hes aware of our situation and knows the entire worldll be in grave danger if Himikas ignored. Thus, he simply wants the Minerva to attack Heavens Base.
Considering that the ship never officially joined our ranks, Misato cant well turn him down. Durandals sorry for imposing on us, but we dont know when another opportunity like thisll present itself if it is not seized upon.
And the klaxons start blaring then and there. The Bases operator just detected the Bronze Bells signal and its headed into space. He cant confirm if its Himika, but it seems likely the signal vanishes right when it reaches Earths orbit. Tetsuya figures shes using some magic to hide herself.
What about Kyo? The operators tried calling him when the signal showed up, but so far nothing. Kenjis worried something mightve happened to him, but Daiya and Kouji remind that weve no time to stay down. Rather, we need to go after her right now!
So we call Lady Une and tell her whats up. Considering we dont have a full grasp of where Himikas at, itd be unwise to commit all our forces to this. On the flip side, considering its Djibril were talking about, its possible hell pull something the Minerva team wont be able to manage by themselves.
Meaning this calls for us to split up: Misato and Talia will command the offensive against Heavens Base, while Jeffrey and Lulu will manage the Himika group. The Rushbird, as always, can go with both:
Help the Minerva Route:
Choose the Minerva and Misato argues that the bot is better suited to fight on land. Une confirms and wishes her good luck. Choose Himika, and shell figure its best to keep all friends together in the interest of calming their mood. A very motherly thought, and, with that, its all in Jeffrey and Lulus hands.
Whatever you choose, Misato tells everyone to split up accordingly; both will be major battles with the fate of the world on the line. As for Tsubaki, Canaria says shes sleeping but will be back with us real soon. Shiba would prefer to not ship her out to battle again so soon, but this is probably destiny at work.
Now, Talia has been told to make a pit stop at JUDA as, Misato explains, Durandal said he wanted to rendezvous with the ship and hand them some supplies before the battle starts. Durandal wanting to meet up has Talia worry that he mightve found out we faked the Archangels destruction.
When Rey asks why the frown, she tells him not to worry she was just taken by surprised by how abrupt his descent to Earth was (Rey doesnt buy it, but stays mum). Inwardly, Talia ponders that even if Durandal DID find out, the fact is he was opposed to the ships destruction all along but that doesnt excuse insubordination. Whatll happen now?
Ichitakas eager to catch Djibril and put an end to the war, but Athrun shoots him down: taking that guy out wont mean peace instantly returns. Mira and Noin agree, adding that all wed be doing would be bringing in the people FANNING the flames of war. It wont be easy to snuff out those flames, even if we succeed in taking Logos out of the picture.
Plus, Aoi sighs, we might even have other Logos-like groups prowling about, looking to further push war. Johnny sees her point: taking out Logos wont bring a definitive end to all war since it all comes down to humans combative nature.
BUT, doing this will still bring us closer to peace, Quatre and Hyouma think. Humans are rational creatures and, moreover, theyre capable of learning from their mistakes. Hell, if things like the Mimetic Beasts are capable of evolving, Juzo sees no reason why we couldnt do it too. And above all, Alice figures if youve a goal in mind, doing something is always better than doing nothing.
Goh moves in, telling everyone to board the Minerva well be leaving for JUDA soon. Yes, sir! Ichitaka salutes. You know, I mightve gotten used to taking orders from Misato, but nowhere as much as having you in charge, Goh. The guys glad to hear that, but, of course, hed sooner be out there leading us from the front lines.
Hyouma figures the Godannar misses him, too and, on that subject, he turns to Alice and asks if theres been any change with Shizuru. Still nothing, unfortunately waiting for a miracle might be all we have left. On the flip side, Stella has been improving steadily with JUDAs treatment.
But thats a conversation for later, as Shinn walks over and says Shinji and Koujis crew are already getting ready to deploy. Goh gasps that this wasnt the time for chit-chat, though Shinn reminds that the guy was the one who came here to call us over. Whoops.
Wishing good luck to Lulu, the Daiku Maryu and Macross Quarter fly off. The Minerva has to get going too. Forward!
Had you chosen the Himika route, Nagisas a bit nervous over setting out into space, and Iczer-1 has some advice: Space is incredibly vast and full of mysteries but it is also a terrifying place. We should all keep our wits about us, Nagisa. When Ichitaka asks, Ozma says weve yet to get any new intel on Himika after the signal was lost hopefully thatll change once were up there.
But well at least have Tsubaki around, and she apologizes for all the worry she caused us. Her head still hurts a bit, but shes fine enough to fight as soon as we find Himikas group. Hiroshi and Kenji tell her not to push herself too hard, though: with Kyo and the Jeegs gone, she doesnt need to head out there with the Big Shooter by her lonesome.
In fact, Ozma makes it easier and orders her to get some rest. Moreover, Klan reminds her of what Kyo said before: its likely will soon need her powers as Priestess. And Kouichi figures not being able to fight isnt reason to get bummed out: were going to space! Thats huge!
Were not asking you to be as simple as him, Tsubaki, but do keep your chin up some, yeah? Yamashita asks. If anything, Tsubakis grateful for their concern.
Lams sad to be leaving Earth, but Bobby points out that were not exactly leaving the star system. No need to be that dramatic about things but Mina harrumphs that he only says that because hed gotten assignments that took him OUTSIDE the ship. The Bridge Bunnies have been stuck in the bridge since they got here!
No time for grumbling, though, as Jeffrey comes in and has them get ready for launch. Everythings green and ready to go, so the Quarter sets sail.