Part 63: Mission 25 - A God to Bring Woe and Grief to an End - Part 1
Back again, Kenji has closed the gap with Daiya ever-so-slightly, but its still quite the tight race.
In regards to upgrades, a good bunch of the cash I made last mission went towards giving the Dancouga a few pips and, more importantly, getting Goh up to 50% (Id been neglecting his upgrades a bit).
His Squad Bonus actually changes between the Dannar, Godannar with Mira and Godannar with Anna: all forms get melee weapons power +200, armor +150 and movement +1, but the last bit can be EN +100 (Dannar), Accuracy +15 (Mira) or Mobility +15 (Anna).
For Skill Parts, Kouji took Guard and Daiya got Infight up to L3.
Dick, Daiya, Norza and Lee are deploying as events, so we change accordingly. Do note that the Daichi and Tenku Maryu take up unit slots, despite being ships; weve 18 slots available now, so keep that in mind.
Also, make note that theres a not-insignificant amount of water in this stage.
Lady Unes given Lulu full authority to represent us in the meeting with Emperor Darius. The girl promises to rise to the occasion, but is warned to keep in mind that this might be a trap. Be careful.
By the hangar, Ichitaka and Kouichi are filled with glee over seeing all three Giants of Flame before their eyes. Daiya had told them about the other two before, but nothing beats the real deal! This is our first time meeting most of these people, so this calls for some introductions. Ichitaka does have a warning for Kouichi: Things are a bit crazy right now, so maybe hold off on asking for autographs?
Hey, now, whoever would be so shameless to try something like that! Im not a fanboy, you know! Kouichi objects though that holds little water when, as Nagisa points out, he cant even look us in the eye when saying it. Whatever the case, well start with Lee, who Noin remembers as piloting one of the Gaiking support units the Serpent.
Hes got the Vulking now, of course, but is always ready to deploy in his old unit if the situation calls for it. As for the Raiking, its manned by the northern general, Norza. Thats quite the old-school rank, thinks Heine, but Kain explains its due to him being one of the former Darius generals. He obviously quit the job when he turned against Proist, though.
Thats all in the past for Norza, but Jack can still tell from his stance that hes a warrior of considerable skill. Would he care to spar later? Sure, when there are no enemies left to keep his blade busy.
Next up is Vestanu, former western general and leader of the Iron Beast Corps. She also couldnt abide to Proists foul tactics and left the Darius Army, bringing her subordinate, Rebecca, along. As for Kain, hes Norzas right-hand man.
Puria makes note of how Lees also Daiyas kenpo teacher though the man himself admits the kids already stronger than him. Daiya doubts it, saying he still needs to polish his skill a whole lot more to get on Lees level.
Speaking of, Daiya thanks Ichitaka for covering for him while he got the Shinryu Hydro Blazer ready. Kouichis proud of him and Alice mastering their new finishing move. Turns out Ichitaka taking a cold shower when he did actually helped him figure out what needed to be done all thanks to Kenji and Tsubakis convo giving him the idea. Well, if hes grateful, Kenji suggests he can treat him to lunch sometime!
Sounds good, and theres this kickass ramen stand near his house they give out student discounts, even! Kenji can hardly wait but, of course, that all depends on how well our meeting with the Emperor goes, and whether we can wrap up the battle with the Darius.
Over by Lulus room, shes getting a visit from Dick. He can tell shes nervous about meeting the Emperor, and she wont deny it. The guys talk about his people moving into space would be great if true, but the suddenness of it all has her suspicious, isnt that right?
Lulus surprised that he can read her so well but, regardless, if the Darian people really are going to search the universe for a new home, shed like to help. Well, wherever you go, Ill follow, Dick proclaims. And when this battles over, when your dreams been fulfilled I
The talks interrupted when Rosa calls in; theyre getting close to the specified area, so Lulu has to get back to the bridge.
As were arriving, Naoto spots a Giant up ahead. Thats the Darius Emperor or, rather, what Vestanu and the others believed to be the Emperor. The Daiku Maryu moves to settle down next to it.
: I am Misato Katsuragi, LOTUS commanding officer.
: Lulu, captain of the Daiku Maryu.
: I am Emperor Darius XVII. The Giant you saw is my facsimile Or perhaps it is best described as my castle.
: Regardless, as I said previously, I no longer wish for us to fight.
: Still, Emperor, you must understand that its hard for us to simply believe you after everything thats happened.
: And I do not blame you. However, I speak no lie rather, I swear it upon my name. All I want now is to stop Proist. The Daiku Maryu stands for all of mankind, and that is my request to you.
: And I vouch for the Emperors words as another Earthling.
: Dad !
: Its been a long time, Daiya.
: Dad you were alright Thank God. Now you can come home with me! Moms waiting for you!
: I cannot do that. Ive a duty as a scientist to help the Emperor.
: Very well, Emperor Darius. If youre willing to proclaim as much, then we are willing to cooperate with you.
: What?! An attack?!
: Over there! Somethings headed this way!
: Its the four generals Galeans! And Proist!
: So it WAS a trap!
: No! I ordered none of this!
: Father Ive come to welcome you when I heard that the King Darius had reached the surface but, pray tell, why are you in the company of the Daiku Maryu?
: Proist! I I want to put an end to your offensive against the surface! It was with that in mind that I met with them to secure an alliance
: End my offensive? Why do you want that? All Ive done was to create a beautiful world, of beautiful people, just for you !
: Oh, I see It was you. You people fed my father lies, didnt you ?
: You filthy surfacers! Ill slaughter the lot of you!
: All hands, execute Plan D! Move to engage the enemy!
: Your Majesty, it is dangerous to say here! Come with me!
: Wherere you trying to take my father, Doctor Two?!
: Emperor! Dad!
: Watch out!
*Jump and grab!*
: Are you well, father of Daiya?
: Thank you, sir. Im fine but the Emperor is
: Aah! Father!!
: Pro ist
: I was trying to rescue you! Why didnt you stand still? I wasnt going to attack you
: Father ? Whats the matter, father? Why wont you speak to me?
: AahAAAAAAAH! FATHER!! You you !
: You vermin!! Its because of you that my father died!!
: What the hell?! Any way you slice it, you
: SHUT UUUUP!! You Youll all pay for this!!
Mission 25 A God to Bring Woe and Grief to an End
Now in stereo!
If youve got some 50-ish minutes to spare, do listen to Dvořáks full 9th symphony.
: Hmhmhm The Chou Maryu Final Dvorak is made perfect at last!
: What an intimidating visage It sure deserves its title !
: And now, you filthy bacteria, shut your traps and listen to my grand symphony!
: Launch all troops! Hurry!
: I cant believe this the energy readings were getting from the Dvorak are far stronger than the original ones!
: I suppose she wasnt just showing off when she said it was perfect.
: But we cant let her scare us! That selfish girl needs to be put in her place!
: Take a look, dad! Well take Proist down and protect both the surface and the Darius World from her!
Mission Objective: Destroy all enemy units
Mission Failure: Any battleship, Gaiking, Raiking, Vulking or the Kill Jaguar shot down
Pretty much a retread of the previous fights, only with some added stuff for you to watch out for. First and foremost, the terrains kind of against your grounded troops: theres a river running straight across the battleground, the northern corners sea, and there are forests everywhere. Anyone that cant fly will be moving slower than most (remember your good friend Yanma).
Proist will still hang back for a long time, but her goons will all rush in from the get-go. Keep an eye out, as the Galeans can hurt and even a Super may be in trouble if they decide to focus fire (to say nothing of how the Darius mooks pack a heftier punch than most).
As for the Final Dvorak, its everything the original one was, but better (except its regen, which is worse). Proist is still a monster of a pilot and the things still got plenty of accuracy, range and power.
But what you REALLY wanna keep an eye out is her new Hellfire Bullet MAPW: its got that +30 accuracy modifier but, worse, it is now a targetable 4x4 AoE anywhere in an 8-tile radius around her. It cant hit point-blank, but that doesnt really matter because shell be raining it down on your guys as they approach.
I cant really give you any big tips here outside of try to keep your guys as spread out as can be. Easier said than done, of course, as theres a bevy of enemies in the way and only so much room to move around due to the water and forests. Worst case scenario, pack you reals inside a ship and ferry them over, though they should all be capable of taking at least one hit on the chin.
Lets get to it.
Gee, Asuka, how come Gendou lets you have TWO knives?
And Ive finally managed to find an opportunity to show off Reys strongest attack.
Aha, got the Valeons attack to connect. I kinda wish we could hijack a couple of these Darius Giants for us to use
Lees HP draws in a bunch of enemies, so never be afraid of answering with his Corona Blast to neuter a few of them for a turn.
: Alright! Thats one of her generals down!
: Hmhmhm useless.
: She can regen even other units?!
: Which is why I said its useless! Youre powerless! Its impossible for you to stop me!
: We can, and we will, Proist! Im shutting down all your plans!
: If we go for the four generals, the Dvorak will simply restore them as it did just now. Think before you attack or well exhaust ourselves!
: Aye, aye!
Oh, yeah, theres also that. Until you get rid of Proist, shell simply heal her goons to full; also, shell spawn eight fresh enemies whenever their numbers fall under 12 (only thrice, though).
FYI, the generals will only give out cash the first time you kill them, so dont get clever and try to farm them. Feel free to take the mooks if youre not strapped for resources, of course.
Heres the Daichi Maryus strongest attack (DK included) outside of its combined one.
As Im moving in, of course, Proist starts firing. Shinn, Quatre and Domyoji take some decent damage, but overall our folks are fine.
The second time she does it, though, the Big Shooters, Yagyuu, Alto and Michel lose some 80% of their HP. Still fine!
I suggest leaving Iron Walled ships behind to draw the attention of the generals.
We also get this nice little set-up.
And now for Proist herself.
: Now this isnt an enemy we can beat the regular way
: The other shoe dropped, eh? Im the strongest being alive. You dont have a one in a million shot at winning this!
: Doesnt stop me from rolling the die. And, whatever the case, ours isnt a regular group.
: Thats how I know this battle WILL end in our favor. Youre right that our odds arent one in a million theyre a million in a million!
Dick: Im not letting you get even one fingernail on my goddess!
: The Daiku Maryu dares fight the Chou Maryu? You idiots dont get that you cant win, huh?!
: Kch ! W-We !
: Remember, Lulu. Youre not facing her by your lonesome.
: Were all here with you!
: Go, Lulu!
: Guys thank you! She wont break me!
: Angle the Daiku Maryu towards the dead center of the enemy forces and charge! Our bonds will crush her!
: Were still here, and youre not wasting everything dad and Emperor Darius did on our watch!
: Daiya Tsuwabuki It is time to pass judgment onto you. Your sentence
: Is DEATH!
: Enough Would someone please kill them bring me some measure of peace
: Give this heartbroken girl a GODDAMN BREAK!
: If thats how you feel, please stop attacking! Lets calm down and talk! Im sure we can
: Dont tell me what to do, worm! Maybe I oughta kill you first!
: Not while Im around! Im gonna give you your just desserts, and then Nagisa wont have to worry!
: Im surrounded by garbage who cant even do as told!
: I hate them I hate the masses, I hate you, your friends, your pets, your families AND your filthy kind! I hate everything, including this stupid world that refuses to BOW DOWN TO ME LIKE IT SHOULD!
: And as long as you let yourself get caught up on that stuff, youre not winning this!
: Love, and being loved thats what keeps us firm! A wacko chick like you aint taking us out!
: You took my dear father from me! And right when I was about to become the true empress before his very eyes!
: It was by no ones hand other than yours that things ended like this, Proist!
: If youd done as Emperor Darius asked of you, none of this wouldve happened!
: SHUT YOUR MOUTH! My father and I are the only ones who deserve to mold this world!
: What good are all those other maggots?! All they do is suck in air and crap out even more worthless spawn!
: No room for sympathy with this one, thats for sure ! The Dannar and Ill sweep away your dark flames!
: Ive just had a fun little idea.
: I promise I wont destroy one country in exchange for your own fathers life.
: Now make your choice! Your father, or all of a countrys people?! HAHAHAHAAH!
: My dads protecting me from this awful, cruel world... Thats how I looked at it, but I was wrong.
: Now now its my turn. Yes, therere a lot of bad things in this world, but theres also a lot of good. And I want to keep that world safe!
: Im sick of toying with you Its time for all your pointless lives to get incinerated!
: Theres no such thing as a pointless life All lifes the same, whether you make something out of it or not!
: And, you? You dont get to deny any of them!
: A beautiful nation, of beautiful people that was the paradise I would have made for my father and me
: If you wanted make a beautiful nation, then you shouldve started by bettering yourself, Proist!
: What did you say ?
: I said that your hearts hideous! And it shows with everything you do!
: Once more into the fray, Tenku Maryu ! Well carry on fighting until the Raikings run out of energy!
: You knights were all completely worthless ! Nothing but a mob of fools who dares rebel against their master!
: My master is, and has always been, Lord Norza! Id never pledge my allegiance to someone who disregarded the Emperors will!
Kain: For all of the Darian peoples!
: After oh-so-many experiments, you were given the honor of serving as my spare parts But, alas, how the mighty have fallen! You are now simply a rabid dog, whos long forgotten who his master is!
: And, of course, had you simply defeated the Gaiking in the first place
: Then I wouldnt have KILLED MY FATHER! A weakling like you doesnt deserve to be my spare parts! The trash heap is all youre getting!
: I wont deny that I mightve been your spare parts in the past. But now it is different!
: Whats different?! Trash is still trash! Therell be nothing but your ashes when this is over, but not before I gouge out your eyes with all my power!
: Hmph, you are simply clueless. Victory does not go to the strongest but to those who refuse to surrender until the very end!