Part 56: Mission 20 (Himika Route) - Contact With the Unknown - Part 1
Welcome to the Pursue Himika route, where Daiyas really breathing down Ichitakas neck. The kid got a massive kill streak going in the Minerva path, but Ill very likely be keeping this one, so hell have a tough race ahead. Iczer-1s closing in on them, too, but the AI is less keen on going after her.
All the money I had went to excellent use: Alto got a pip in weapons, our Supers got a few boosts here and there, and I upped Gaikings stats as high as theyll currently go.
Unfortunately, much to my disappointment, L doesnt subscribe to the more recent games philosophy of counting weapons and stat upgrades separately. If you want the boosted Squad Bonus, you need to upgrade EVERYTHING to 50%, weapons included.
Iczer-1 and the Macross folk are auto-deploying, so we adapt accordingly:
Jack/Yagyuu (he needs someone to boost his space rating, or hell be going nowhere fast)
Weve a much bigger mission here than on the other path, so lets get to it.
Sheryl is STILL at Island 1s hospital, with no indication of being discharged. Shes been getting plenty of get well soon gifts, but no ones actually come to see her. She was pretty happy to get that video message from Ranka, Alto and everyone else, though. Speaking of Ranka, shes up on TV right now her careers really taken off recently.
As the girl thanks all the fans whove come to her concert, Sheryl spots someone behind her: Grace.
Cut to the Cthulhu Fortress, Big Golds spawn is already up and about. Shes called Neos Gold, and has summoned forth her Four Generals: Golem (blue hair), Insect (blue skin), Bigro (red skin) and Fiber.
Big Gold, mother dearest, has fallen asleep after giving birth to Neos Gold, and plenty of time has passed since. Yet, she has yet to awaken once more. Neos Gold doesnt know what the reason is, but isnt about to sit on her hands: the five of them have a mission to look for a new partner for Iczer-2, destroying Iczer-1 along the way if possible.
As luck would have it, Neos Gold already has an idea of where theyll find such a partner and commands Fiber and Insect to go after.
Back to the Quarter, Kenji asks if we managed to figure out where Himika went, but Ozma says not yet. Shes very likely using some unknown tech to camouflage herself and her group, and Emi figures theyre headed to where that ship, Langoon, is tucked away. Kenji fumes that that doesnt really help us chase after, as we dont know where the thing is either.
Shizuna tells him to calm down, remembering that the JUDA folk had to do plenty of waiting around when they were trying to capture the Linebarrel. Maybe all we can do now is also sit around until the Langoon pops out of hiding.
But, Ichitaka argues, that may be counterproductive, as Himika has the Bronze Bells and the huge power they have if we take too long, it may be too late to stop them. True, true, theres that...
Kenji also remembers what Kyo said about his and Tsubakis combined powers bringing forth a miracle thats got to be a clue for a way to beat Himika. Whatever the case, the fact remains that leaving the Bronze Bells in the Jama Kingdoms hands means Hiroshi and Kenji are grounded, so our first priority should be getting them back.
While Kenji wrings his fists at Himika, Jeffrey calls in and says the Quarter and Daiku Maryu are going to head towards the Frontier. What for?! Theyre going to be picking up some Reactive Weapons to use in their battle against the Jama Kingdom.
Michels very surprised to hear that the Presidents Office has given them the go-ahead so quickly, but it IS just a matter of granting permission. Mishima himself, face the current crisis, moved to get things rolling ASAP Ozma smells fish with how helpful Mushroom Heads being.
Whatever the case, well also be getting some help from Prof. Kentarou to figure out where Himikas at; while the Valkyries are getting equipped with their new weapons, the pilots will get some time off in shifts.
Kenji isnt too keen on taking it easy right now, though he knows we dont have anything better to do. Hiroshi points out that being well-rested is also part of being a pilot, and the kid knows, figuring hell just look at it like hes resting the day before a Grand Prix.
Out in Island 1, Nagisas very surprised to see a replica Japanese city inside a spaceship, but, as Luca explains, they wanted to recreate the Earth landscapes theyd left behind. Speaking of, Kouichi wonders if the sight of his helped Emi remember anything about what kind of town she lived in, but, no, unfortunately.
Yamashita suggests he just leave it at that, as we didnt come here in hopes to restore her memories in the first place. Regardless, Nagisa thanks Alto for accompanying them, and it was no problem he had to come this way to get to the SMS HQ anyway. The companys owner called him over, and thisll actually be Altos first time seeing the guy.
Maybe he wants to give him a raise for all his hard work, Nagisa wonders. Thatd be fine with Alto, though he doesnt see why hed need to specifically summon him for that. Either way, its starting to rain, so Luca points out a restaurant for the group to chill out at.
Kouichis blown away that the Island even has artificial rain, but Yamashita tells him to quit gawking and get moving. Conventional Japanese wisdom says idiots dont catch colds, but its best not to tempt fate, so he drags Kouichi away.
And at the SMS building, Alto is brought before Richard Birler: Zentran, huge train-set owner and his boss.
Birler congratulates him on his recently promotion, but what he is really interested in talking about is this: does Alto have a dream?
Altos convo with the guy took quite a long time: apparently the Vajra produce this ore, Fold Quartz, and with it one could establish a comm network unbound by Fold faults. While its obviously true that the Vajra can traverse between parallel worlds, this still sounds like a very farfetched dream but, whatever the case, Altoll just keep on fighting as he has.
Also, damn, this rain isnt letting up he shouldve paid more attention to the weather forecast. He has it better than Sheryl, though, who stumbles out into his alleyway. Whats she doing here?!
She slowly grunts at him not to get any ideas she didnt come here to see him and Alto figures she skipped out the hospital before she was fully healed. He wants to bring her back, but Sheryl begs him not to: Dont take me to the hospital, or to the hotel I cant stand being locked up like that anymore
The girls passing out, so, in that case, theres only one option left
Sheryl wakes up in Altos room, and immediately freaks out at him. What did he do to her?! Stop yelling and calm down, already does she have any idea the pain it was to bring her here after she fainted?! Oh, dear, is that what happened? And here was Alto, all worried
Sheryls slightly surprised to hear that he was worried for her, but how could he not?! Looking at her, Alto notices something: the earring shes got looks just like the ore Birler showed him earlier. Is it Fold Quartz too?
Before Sheryl can question what hes staring at, the door slides open: You know, we might have some time off, but that doesnt mean youre free to bring chicks over to your room, Michel enters and has a laugh. Alto stammers a denial a woman like her?!
Sheryl doesnt appreciate it: a woman like her, what, exactly?! See? This is exactly what Alto meant. The levity is cut short by the alarm blaring: Vajra have been spotted close to the Frontier, so Cathy tells everyone to scramble. So much for resting.
Oh, and by the way, well be escorting Ranka out there theyll be briefed in a bit. What the hell? Apparently, says Cathy, the Frontier Government wants to use this as an opportunity to test using her song as a new weapon against the buggers.
Well, Alto and Michel need to get going, but the former begs Sheryl to stay in if folks find out shes here, itll be a huge mess. Fine. Get to it, then. You call yourself a professional, right? Sheryl huffs, Alto sighing at her sass and suggesting she get some rest.
As they leave, however, Sheryl sneaks right after shes worried about Ranka.
Rankas already arrived at the Quarters hangar (she hopes Ai-kuns doing okay), and Grace asks if shes not too keen on using her childhood memento song as a weapon against the Vajra. No, she says its fine this is important work, right? Then Grace should go and get things ready; shes sure everythingll work just fine.
As the woman takes off, Brera asks why Rankas ill at ease. Shes surprised by this, but Brera says its his job as her bodyguard to pay attention to how shes feeling. Sure, but what she wants to know is how he could tell she was ill at ease.
I can tell after all the times Ive listened to you sing. Your song makes me feel the universe around me, Brera explains. Usually Im ripping through it, but when you sing, I feel cradled in the currents of the galaxy and Sorry, I cant quite put it into words.
But Ranka appreciates his insight nonetheless, and is inspired to go for it this is what she can do to help everyone.
As you might expect, Ozma is not happy with this. Whered they come up with this insane idea that Rankas songll work on the Vajra?! Mishima says its just a theory, which is why theyre going to put it to the test. Besides, his sister has already agreed to it, so his fuming wont change anything.
Ozma sees that the only reason Mishima rushed our request to equip Reactive Weapons was to use us as part of this experiment, but the guy says more and more Vajra have been coming to this world. Wed do well to see them as a real threat, as while their numbers were initially few enough that the NUNS and ZAFT could deal with, the frequency of their spawns has been increasing daily. We cannot remain passive anymore.
Wishing us good luck escorting Ranka, Mishima signs off. The idea of driving off the Vajra through song sounds pretty crazy to Hiyoshi, and while Michels aware that many of the brass fancy the Minmay Attack strategy, he has to wonder if itll actually fly with these opponents.
Against the old Zentran and the Protodeviln, sure, but Klan isnt even certain were dealing with intelligent life-forms here. Iczer-1 asks if this strategy worked in their old world, and Michel says it was less driving off and more like using song to bridge the gap between enemies.
There are plenty of videos about those battles, Ozma says, though events have obviously been dramatized some to make them more appealing to the general public. Daiya likes the idea of reconciliation through song maybe this is proof that all people can reach an understanding with one another.
As for the Vajra, Luca figures, as living creatures, it stands to reason that they have SOME way of communicating. And if this experiment succeeds, itll make our battle against them much easier, too, so its well worth the effort. Well see, as Lulu tells everyone to deploy were about to reach the Vajra flock.
Mission 20 (Himika Route) Contact With the Unknown
The Vajra are right up ahead and Jeffreys surprised they had a warp point around here. Cathy says he shouldnt, as the Vajras Folds arent limited by Fold Faults and gravitational fields like ours are.
Its likely these are calling their friends from the other universe by way of some hitherto unknown means. When Bobby asks, Cathy says she knows that thanks to the newest research report handed by the Presidents Office.
Now, Iczer-1 insisted on deploying by herself, and explains to Nagisa that shes got a bad feeling (Daiya tells her not to say that or shell jinx us). Regardless, Monica pings the same Fold signal we saw at Diokia, and a bunch of Vajra warp right in just like Cathy said.
Seems to Jeffrey that the Frontiers research is on to something, so maybe it actually will be worth our while to give this experiment a chance. Rankas aboard Canarias Koenig Monster, and shell try her best to fly as gently as possible.
When Ozma asks, Ranka confirms that she wants to do this. Breras deployed for this as well, still acting as Rankas bodyguard, and going by his usual Antares 1 callsign. First order of business is to close the distance with the Vajra flock initiate Ranka Attack!
Destroy everything, dont lose Alto, Canaria, Iczer-1 or any ship. This ones so much easier than the other path, I dont even know what to say. While we dont have Jeeg, we make up by having Brera on our side (whos actually really dang strong) and, better still, theres this:
The Valkyries have all received their special packs back now that were in space! Ozma, whos pro, has his Armored Pack while everyone else has Super Packs. Thats a small stat boost, but, more importantly, theyve all gained access to their Reactive Munitions: two shots (3 with B-Save) and itll hurt anything it touches.
Considering all the Valkyries have them, thats another reason why theyre such great squaddies even if you dont wanna lead with anyone.
Everyone moves forward.
: Truth be told, I didnt wanna let you come here. But if this is what you want
: Ranka Ill protect both you and your dreams!!
Ozmas the only one that gets in range, mind.
Im not sure if Brerall auto-heal if he dies, but he is very willing to charge head-first into the enemy. On the flip side, he auto-casts Focus and Accelerate.
Why does he get after-images, but not us?
The Vajra dont appreciate Brera getting in their face, though, and a bunch swarm him (no kills).
Ozma and Iczer-1 also get attacked, to no avail:
: If these creatures have something akin to intelligence, then
: Iczer-1, focus! The Vajras are dead ahead!
: !! How could I let my mind wander while on the battlefield ! Here I go!
Thats one kill for her.
: Who goes there?! Dont you know its strictly forbidden to enter the bridge when its in Condition 1?
: Sheryl Nome ! Why are you here?! And what is security doing?!
: I dont recall giving you permission to come aboard, Ms. Sheryl. Care for an explanation?
: I heard about this secret test youre doing what it entails, and what youre after.
: Are you going to blackmail us with that knowledge?
: No, I wont. Please, Mr. Wilder, I need to see all this with my own two eyes.
: Your curiosity at work, is it?
: My pride, rather !
: Hah Get her a seat, people.
: Thank you.
: Time to begin, Ranka.
: Alright !
: Aimo, Aimo ♪
: (Emotional index +4.33, Fold Wave level at 3.2. Very good )
: The Vajras movement has grown irregular! Theyve stopped attacking !
: Yak Deculture !
: Its true !
: Theyre listening to her song ?
: Well, Ill be damned
: This is Antares 1, the test is a confirmed success. Proceeding to eliminate.
: A-All units, engage the Vajra!
: (Ranka, youre )
And there we have it. Rankas song has rendered the Vajra passive and theyll simply move around, never attacking or counterattacking. Do note that moving Canaria in any way will end the effect, so let her sit still wherever shes at.
Lets spread out and clear the flock.
: Ranka ! Ill destroy any and all Vajra thatve come to this world !
: Thats how we, humanity, will survive!
: (Shes managed to hinder the Vajras movement so much Now if we can get the mass-production of the new warhead underway, then !)
: Things are looking up already ! With this trick on our side, the NUNS and ZAFT alone could deal with the Vajras even if a whole bunch of them turn up!
: Youre awesome, Ranka!
: Her song really made them all docile guess this is another one of those mysteries of space, huh?
: Either way, it shouldnt take long to wrap up this battle now! Here I come, Vajra!
: Ranka Lees song Its even made me feel at peace.
: Maybe this is what our people felt when their hearts were taken with Lynn Minmays song during the First Space War
: But we cant just sit here and take in the tunes. Our job in all this is to exterminate any Vajra that came to this world!
: I can kinda understand how Ozmas feeling No big bro would like seeing his baby sister stepping out into a battle zone.
: Maybe its impossible to take out every single Vajra, but Im still gonna at least try to end this fight quick-like!
: Dont get tunnel vision with the enemy. Our main mission here is to defend Ranka.
: Im keeping a close eye on everything. And you, Kenichi, dont get so hung up on the Koenig that you let the Vajra run off!
: Yeah, I got it!
: The Cthulhu?! What are they doing here !
: Hohohohoh My name is Neos Gold, and I have been looking forward for the chance to do battle with you all.
: That evil presence Are you Big Golds?!
: Ah, Iczer-1, the beautiful warrior that repelled Iczer-2 Though I believe your face would look even more beautiful devoid of life.
: What is she, Iczer-1?!
: Big Golds spawn, I think Meaning we must defeat her!
: We cannot interrupt the Ranka Attack. Troops, repel the Cthulhu on the double!
: Hohohohoh You shouldnt assume itll all be so simple
Well, darn. The Cthulhu are still plenty far away, though, so well keep focusing on the Vajra once the buggers are gone, well worry about the rest. Just pull whatever units are hanging back closer to keep them from getting mobbed (though you still cannot move Canaria).
: Ive no idea whats going on through your heads, but if youre trying to have your way with our world, then Im not cutting you any slack!
Kill enough of the Vajra, and
: I see. One of them is sapping the bugs fighting spirit.
: And, in that case !
: Go, Dilos! Put a stop to these odd dimensional waves!
*The Dilos charges after the Koenig Monster!*
: Hrk !
: A-Aah !
: Are you alright, Ranka?
: Thats Captain, the Vajra have turned hostile again!
: Hrm !
: Damn, I knew it was too good to be true!
: (Her emotional index has She needs more training, just as I thought.)
No more passive Vajra, but there shouldnt be many of them left for that to be a big issue. Just remember the Knight-Class frontal MAPW and clear out the rest while the Cthulhu are still moving in. And, of course, you can move Canaria again.
And heres Breras best attack.
And here are our shiny new Reactive Munitions. Anyone Macross savvy can clarify if these are straight-up nukes or something different?
: There were more hanging around?!
: Just one, though. Lets wrap this up and make it snappy!
: (The battles still going I I have to sing )
: Aimo, Aimo ♪
*The Vajra blasts off towards her!*
: Ranka ! Ill get it!
: Move, Skull 4!
: Brera !
: Brera, you !
: I said it before: you dont deserve her. Ill keep Ranka safe !
: Yo, whats your problem?! Whyd you cut Alto off like that?!
: This really aint the time for a pissing match, ya know!
So now we gotta go aaaall the way to the other side of the map. Considering a handful of our guys dont have accelerate or are just too far, Ive to load them onto our ships to cut travel time.
Thats not the case with Brera, whose auto-Accelerate allows him to immediately intercept the Cthulhu and start shaving off about 60-70% of their HP. So, youve about two turns before he starts killing stuff and, by three, hell likely have killed at least over half the Dilos due to their counterattacks.
Hurry on over, or therell go a bunch of your cash for this mission!
Thankfully, with his Valkyries low HP, we just need to start bringing folks close enough and the AIll switch focus to us.
The Dilos are the same as ever and Neos Gold is hanging back (for now), so on the next turn, when the rest of our group arrives, theyll fall in droves.
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Support Attack L2
Attack Combo L2
Neos Gold is exactly what youd expect from an Iczer boss: shes got a ton of stats where it matters and dodges like a motherfucker due to that S size. Her attacks accuracy modifiers aint all that, so she wont get TOO big %s against you, but they sure pack a good punch and have very good range. That Command aurall give the Dilos quite the hefty bonus, so thats another reason to kill them all sooner rather than later.
No MAPW attacks to worry about, thankfully, but do note that her strongest attack is also the one she can chain-attack with. Watch it.
Rare footage of the Daiku Maryu with its head on since Daiyas currently hitching a ride towards his newest stomping grounds!
Kill enough of the Dilos and eventually the plot will pick up again.