Part 61: Mission 23 - The Warriors' Encounter - Part 2
And its dead!
: What the hell?! Didnt we get the core?!
: That was just a fake, by the looks of it!
: A biological decoy The Angels really are a mystery.
: Save the admiration for later, Johnny! Where is the real core, then?!
: Well just be shooting blind if we cant get a bead on it!
: I figured out where it was after my attack. Back off and let me handle this.
: Alright, please do!
: OK, next!
And thats that. Now we just need to wipe out the Cthulhu and weve done this plenty before. As far as stats go, Atross, like Iczer-3, is a slightly worse fighter than her elder sisters. Treat her accordingly, same for the regular Dilos, as this fights pretty much a redo of Angel Down.
Even if youve already moved Iczer-3 this round, most, if not all, of the Dilos should be too far away to reach her yet. Dont send her, or the Preventers, too far ahead before your main group comes in, though, or evasion decay might get her shot down which is a game over.
Finally, theres a big river right through the middle of the map, so your land-bound units (which is about half of them) will have to make do with the main bridge available. Liberal use of Accel is encouraged nobody wants giant robots jamming their morning commute.
Most of our troops are either spent or still moving thatta way.
And, yeah, only one in the upper group of Dilos gets to attack anything.
But, when thats Tetsuya, its no big deal.
The Celleblader also boosts water terrains, so Ken has no problems with going swimming.
: Let us see whether or not you are worthy of my blade
: My revenge is over. Starting today, Ill be fighting for everyone else Watch over me, dad !
Heres Ken and Lous combined attack. Wait for me in Hell!
Following that, Iczer-3, Shinn and Tetsuya take a kill each while the rest of our group spreads evenly between north and south.
Oh, what the hey.
: Our debut battle as part of LOTUS sure is a tough one. Guess I drew the short straw again
: Well, whatever. We gotta make up for being late to this party. Here we go, buddy!
This reminds me that I still need to redo W blah.
Iczer-3, Hiroshi, Jeffrey and Duo get pestered by the incoming mob. Only the latter two score kills.
And now we go to town on the weakened mooks.
All but, like, five Dilos survive the oncoming slaughter.
Make that four.
: Im not sure how useful Ill be with this Taurus, but if were fighting for peace, then youll get no complaints from me!
I dont really have anything special to say here.
These things have long since stopped being a problem, and theyre getting oneshotted left and right.
Whatevers still left of the Dilos is dealt with, and Hiroshi gets to show off his Panzeroid pants!
Now we set our sights on Atross, whos only just starting to move after Iczer-3 (though she didnt attack anyone).
: How do you want to do this? Maybe figure out which of us is the fastest?
: You got it!!
: Youre playing right in her hands, Iczer-3! Are you listening?! Iczer-3!
: Shes too incensed, I think My voice isnt even reaching her.
: Guess Iczer-3 also lucked out in the stalker department.
: You say that, but arent you feeling a bit lonely with how long its been since the R-Daigun showed up?
: Dont be silly, you. Now, we better do something about this kid and get her to stop bullying Iczer-3.
: Oh, you dont need to worry about that. I plan on making this my first and last battle with her!
: Hey, arent you like Iczer-3s baby sister or something? Then quit trying to kill her!
: Im a warrior built by Lady Neos. While she may be a Battle Type like me, that hardly makes us sisters!
: She doesnt even care ! Guess she took after Iczer-2, then!
: Not bad, humans. You too, Iczer-3, though thats what Id expect from another Battle Type!
: Huh ?
: Youre the same as me, no? You were born to fight!
: No way, thats not who I am!
: You dont even know what you are, do you? Take a look. Arent we so like each other?
: I saw that, but then I realized something: outside of our looks, were very different!
: And on this subject, Lady Neos had plenty to say about you guys. Some of you were given life just to fight too.
: Kch !
: And wasnt it the same for the Jama Kingdom? They were born to do battle, and now theyre gone both times by the hands of humans.
: Urgh, enough with your blah, blah, blah! Whatre you getting at?!
: That were all the same: us, the Jama Kingdom and you folks.
: Sure, the Zentradi were originally created to fight, but I dont really care for you labeling them all just because of that.
: Our ancestors eventually met with other civilizations, and managed to find a different path than war!
: Right! Youre suggesting everyones life is decided at the moment theyre born, and thats a load of bull!
: Hmph I guess you really are idiots. Were warriors and, as such, the only thing that matters is whos stronger!
: Quit talking crazy at my friends! Now youve made me mad Im gonna mess you up!
: Someone born to fight Youre letting your birth define who you are, and thats whats pushing you to this
: I dont remember ever asking for your pity. I fight because I like to fight.
: On the outside, she doesnt look all that different from Lou But she really is as strong as Iczer-3.
: Youre right, Goh. Her appearance may be of a kid, but inside shes a weapon!
: Hey! Youre being mean to Iczer-3!
: Ah I-I didnt mean it like that! What I wanted to say is that you cant underestimate her !
: What are they thinking, bickering with a battle raging around them ? Well, I dont mind, so long as they make for a good match!
: Iczer-2 and Iczer-1, Atross and Iczer-3 Is pitting look-alikes against each other part of someones plan or something?!
: I dont really care if it is or isnt. Just being able to fight Iczer-3s enough for me!
: My targets are only Iczer-3 and Nagisa Kasumi. I dont care about you.
: Maybe you dont, but I do! Im not just gonna hang back when someones gunning for my friends!
: Friends? Psh, what nonsense With the exception of Lady Neos and Big Gold, all others are just enemies in my eyes.
: That tells me you just dont know how important friends are Id never have gotten as strong as I did if I didnt have my friends and my teammates !
: Come on, then. Show me that strength of yours!
: Way these things usually go, I figured wed be getting an Iczer-4 or Iczer-0 after 3 Guess I was wrong.
: Well see how long your chatter lasts against me.
: Damn it, think How was it that I fought that Cthulhu during Angel Down ?
: Looking a bit frustrated, arent we ? But thinking wont do you any good against me, so lets get right to it.
: I can tell theyre fearless just by looking at them. Thats quite the steely resolve they have.
: Whatever you might look like, youre with the heartless mob that attacked Mihoshi. I dont hold back against people like you!
: And I wouldnt want you to! We duel!
: Cant you just keep out of this? I finally have my chance to fight another Battle Type and I want to enjoy it!
: I can kinda get where youre coming from but that dont mean Ill leave Iczer-3 hanging in the wind!
: Ive no idea how strong you are, but I know for a fact youre not good enough to take on the #02!
: Well, look at you, being all hard working. Still, you really should have a better grasp on your own limits!
: Sorry, kid, but I dont hold back on my slaps! Brace yourself, cause your butts gonna be deep red by the time Im done teaching ya a lesson!
: Brace myself? Ive no reason to do that against you.
: Im a Battle Type! I am not being beaten like this!
: That girl she really thinks fighting is her only purpose in life
: The way of the warrior rather, of destruction, was instilled in her since the moment she was born.
: An adept of Shurado I did not expect this young girl to hold such a spirit.
: But she only thinks like because they filled her mind with bad stuff !
: Those two shouldnt be fighting each other ! I have to stop this!
: Huh?! Wait! Wherere you going?!
: There is always only one winner! Come and face me!
: (She really is strong Whats going on with me? My hearts racing.)
: How do you like it? Theres nothing better than fighting for your life, is there?
: Ah !
: Hah, I knew it. You are a Battle Type like me.
: I told you Im not like that!
: Thats enough, both of you!
: What? Who dares try to stop our battle?!
: Nagisa?! Theres a battle going on! Whys she standing on the ships deck?!
: Hmph So thats Nagisa, Iczer-2s potential partner
: And if she does become her partner, I wont be needed anymore Nagisa you rotten human!
: Shes not rotten! Shes someone very dear to me! Someone who makes me so much stronger!
: Oh, really? Then Ill take the time to make sure this very dear someone can never get in the way of my battles again!
: You alright, Iczer-3?!
: Im fine What about Nagisa ?
: Im here, Iczer-3! Im okay!
: AHAHAHAHA ! What a moron you are! What were you thinking, jumping in front of that beam?!
: Im not like you, thats why !
: Youre still going with that ?
: Because Because Ive Nagisa with me!
: How many times do I have to tell you before it sinks into your thick skull? We are Battle Types we fight, and thats it!
: Atross Please, listen to me.
: Excuse me ?
: Whatre you still doing there, Nagisa?! Its too dangerous!
: Its fine, Michel I need to talk to her.
: Atross. You were also born from the Iczelio, like Iczer-3 was, werent you?
: I know nothing about that. I am the daughter of Lady Neos she gave me life!
: Wrong! I can feel the warm light inside your heart Its the same light Iczer-3 has!
: Silence! Ill just kill you and Wh-What? My body I cant move !
: What Why am I feeling so weird ?
: The Icze lio ? S-Stop !
: Oh, wow! You beat her, Nagisa!
: No, no Actually, I think we might be friends someday.
: What, with her? No way!
: Hahah But never mind me. Are you really alright?
: Hmm, Im actually kinda tired and my body really hurts I think I need a bit of sleep Night-night, Nagisa
: Iczer-3 ?!
: Get her to the infirmary, quick!
: Well handle the rest of the battle!
The battles already over!
: All enemy forces, including the Angel, have been confirmed destroyed.
: Huh ? The battles ?
: Guess we took a bit too long.
: And thats mission complete. Returning to ship.
I forgot to have Shinn attack the Angel, so heres his line:
: The destruction left throughout this coast is all because we couldnt stop the Junius Seven drop !
: And Im not about to let more tears be shed because of me!
Duo finally catches up with Quatre after so long hed no idea they were coming to meet up with our squad. In truth, their transfer was expected to happen tomorrow, but they caught wind of the Angels appearance while transporting the #02 and decided to do something about it.
And there are plenty of folks around they dont know, so Duo asks Quatre to introduce them to everyone. Nearby, Shinjis apologizing for their late arrival, but Yamashita says it was just bad luck things went down when they did. Kouichis way more focused in the EVA-02, loving its boss-like color red really is the manliest of colors!
Ichitaka ponders that that the pilots way of fighting was also very different from the other EVA pilots. Shinji figures the pilot must have received some intensive training, but Rei hasnt heard anything about it.
Asuka struts on over, liking that they can see how the difference between them extends beyond their units coloring. For one, the #00 and #01 are, respectively the prototype and test models not the #02, though! Its the first true-to-form, combat-oriented EVA in the world!
Yamashita recognizes her voice from the battle and Misato officially introduces her as the #02s pilot. Shell also be working part of LOTUS from now on. Goh thanks her for the assist with the Angel, but Asuka says she didnt do it after their praise: I was just carrying out my duty as one of the elite few.
Seems to Misato that her personality hasnt mellowed over since they last saw each other.
Now, Asuka takes a look at the chosen #00 and #01 pilots Wonder Girl and Daddys Boy, as she dubs them and Shinji bids her a how do you do. Are you stupid, the girl harrumphs, Right when you were needed the most, you werent even there! How do you do, he says! Arent you even a little be ashamed you couldnt fight the Angel with your EVA?!
Shinjis a bit dazed, and Asuka shoos him away. She doesnt wanna talk with him, only with the other Pros of LOTUS that she heard so much about. And speaking of, wheres the girl that gave her sass during battle? The infirmary? Asuka asks Emi to show he where it is, and off they go, Misato sighing that the girlll take some getting used to.
Hilde and Duo had asked her to try and play nice, but that obviously went in one ear and out the other. Quick round of introductions from them, and Dick has heard of Duo, the God of Death. I think well get along swimmingly, you and I, he says. Hopefully, but Duo hopes LOTUS can be retired as soon as can be theres just too much war going around the world these days.
When Goh asks if Asukas always like that, Hilde nods right away. See, the girls huge amounts of both dutiful and prideful, so shes always very, shall we say, severe with everyone else. She might be fated for some very tough battles, but can see that, in the girls eyes, fighting and beating the enemy gives her life. She revels in it.
Shinjis a bit surprised that there are people who actually enjoy piloting an EVA.
: So, that girl, Atross, was born from the Iczelio they stole ?
: Thats what I think, yes. I could feel it.
: We should ask Iczer-3 about it when she wakes up.
: Um Will she be alright?
: There isnt really anything we can do right now.
: Oh, no !
: Easy. What she meant is that she doesnt need any treatment. She fell asleep to try and recover quicker shell be back to normal soon.
: Iczer-1 also did that. I guess well have to remember to let her rest after shes tired herself fighting.
: Hmph taking a nap right after a battle? Someones not taking this seriously.
: Dont be like that, Asuka. Shes still a little girl, and she needs to recover
: Doesnt change the fact that what that Atross said was right. Iczer-3s a warrior a weapon!
: Youre out of line, Asuka!
: I am not. If youre a warrior, then you must behave like a warrior and always be ready to fight!
: Okay, stop!
: Youre right that shes a lot stronger than most of us But shes also a kind, gentle girl
: And? Kindness wont do anything for you during battle.
: Wrong! And if you ever met Iczer-1, youd know. She was a warrior through and through, and so strong but she was also a very kind person.
: Ken also told me once that its possible for strength and kindness to coexist.
: Jack Smiths also a kind man and he is also very strong.
: So I dont ever want to see you looking down on Iczer-3 again!
: Oh, brother so many strong, actually living, people, and theyre all these devil-may-care types.
: Thats not what they were trying to say, Asuka.
: I can tell. Still, that doesnt mean Im fine with this daycare youre running.
: But Im assigned to LOTUS now the so-called defenders of the Earth Sphere and I really dont care to see weak-kneed folks here... Thats all I wanted to say.
*Out she goes.*
: Asuka she keeps such a wall around her heart. I wonder if shell open up someday
: The same could be said for that Cthulhu, Atross. I hope so, if she really does have that light inside her heart, if we really can become friends, like Nagisa said
: Thats one question Ive no answer for.
: (They're not like me Im special )
: (Youre gonna have to go it alone, Asuka !)
Back at the Cthulhu Fortress, Neos is annoyed at Atross failure. The girl cries out that shes feeling weird and asks whats going on, but Neos first wants to know why she didnt destroy Iczer-3. I couldnt do it! When I saw that human, Nagisa, I she starts, but is cut short. Is she going against Neos command? A warrior fleeing from war absolutely disgraceful!
Atross asks what the Iczelio is, as Nagisa said it gave her life, but Neos tells her to get lost and not to show her face again until Iczer-3s gone. As she goes, Atross is very confused: Why Why couldnt I bring myself to fight? Nagisa the Iczelio I dont understand anything!
Golem smirks at the failure not only did she not steal Nagisa, she also fell victim to the humans influence. Neos doesnt appreciate that, as they wouldnt be in this situation in the first place if her Four Generals could actually do their job. Golem promises to take responsibility for her peers failures, killing Iczer-3 and returning with Nagisa Kasumi. Good, but she ought to remember the price shell pay for a failure.
She leaves, Neos fuming at how shes surrounded by incompetent worms. She wouldnt have to rely on them if she could only recover the strength she lost fighting Iczer-1 Whatever the case, its clear the Iczelio is rejecting her command (though she doesnt know why), so she might have no other choice but to wait until Iczer-2s fully healed.
Kajis finally made it back to NERV after that crazy job they put him to. The 3rd Angel and the EVA-05 have been disposed of as planned, and the Marduk Plan at Bethany Base has been set back indefinitely. Seems like everythings mostly going according to the script, huh?
And, in regards to the newest files on SEELE, Fuyutsuki says that construction of the #06 has been delayed the 13th variable is likely the source of the distortion, indeed. Whatever, the case Kajis also brought what Gendou asked, the twining between God and soul though he doesnt know how useful the thing will be at this juncture. God only knows if this key can open the Doors, Gendouu figures.
Before Kaji goes, though, he asks him to pass on a message to Lady Une: Send me Ishigamis reports. Hmm, well, in the eventuality that Kaji runs into her, hell let her know. With him gone, Fuyutsuki ponders Chief Inspector Ryoji Kaji can he be trusted? Gendou thinks so, taking him to be the same as them: someone whos worried for this world.
Some time later, were back at JUDA and Misato asks if Asukas getting along with the LOTUS crew. The girl, of course, doesnt really care for any of that fightings more than enough and why does Misato care in the first place? Um, because shes our commanding officer, so of course she cares, Ichitaka says.
Well, Asuka tells Birdboy that a whole squad getting along doesnt automatically mean stuffll be better, but Shinji begs to disagree. For one, he figures hes changed for the better from who he was before, and its thanks to his LOTUS friends.
What, hes still here? Asuka figures he and Wonder Girlll be getting the boot soon dont need any other EVAs in both this team and in defending NERV HQ. Actually, no, Misato says both Shinji and Rei are still going to be working here. Why?! Because Gendou figures thats for the best, because we dont want to be short on hands, because those are Lady Unes orders there are plenty of reasons why. Asuka seems annoyed.
Right then, our folks come in: Kouji invites Asuka to come eat something with our crew, and Daiya points out Ishigamis old policy that sharing a meals the best way for folks to know one another (a policy he agrees).
Maybe getting some foodll put her in a better mood, Kenji figures; there HAS been scientific evidence showing a correlation between hunger and irritation, Rachel points out. Asuka passes, saying she wants to be alone, but Misato vetoes it: team harmony is always important, so she tells her to go.
Is that an order? She can take it like that, as Misato figures, for all her merits, Asukas communication skills are kind of lacking. Shes going to be fighting beside all these people, so she should try to make friends with them.
Fine, fine, shell go. Daiya spots Lulu nearby and invites her to come with; shes a bit busy, though, but says shell catch up in a bit. Whats she up to? Well, she broke this cup her father really liked, so now shes cleaning up the mess and picking up the pieces.
Well, if were talking about cleaning, Alice is more than ready to help out. So is Daiya, figuring the three of themll have this sorted out real quick. Thanking them, all this camaraderie reminds Lulu of her friends back in the Dairus World. Its said that no news is good news, so she hopes everythings going fine down there.
And, with this, the game has enabled us to upgrade units to 100%. On the flip side, it costs an extraordinary amount of cash to fully upgrade anything; remember, the weapons count, so were looking at about 800k to 1.1mil for any of our decently upgraded guys. Id likely have to save for, like, three or four missions to do that right now.