Part 67: Mission 27 - The Enemy We're to Fight - Part 1
Daiyas getting farther and farther ahead as the top ace. Now its an 11-kill gap that Kenji needs to cover.
No 50% update bonuses today. I opted to spread the love around, giving the Frontier folk some boosts since theyll likely be event deployments down the road and I dont want them falling behind too badly. Iczer-3 and Shinn also got some extra pips here and there.
As far as Skill Parts are concerned, Kouichi took our new E-Save and is our next recipient of Infights, with Daiya already at L3.
Finally, for squaddies, weve Shinn, Ichitaka and Athrun (in this goddamn ZAKU) launching as event units, and weve only 16 slots available, so heres how were going:
Kouichi/Puria (for the better rank in air)
Here we go.
Kouichi and Emi have made it back, explaining that apparently Katou only had her taken as a way to lure the kid over. Cursory analyses havent shown anything wrong with her, either. Thats strangely gentlemanly from a known terrorist in Johnnys eyes, but he figures Kouichi turned down the guys offer again.
Kouichis surprised they already knew what Katou wanted, but Izuna says its not like the guy didnt make his interest in corporate poaching when he waltzed into JUDA. Regardless, Kouichi confirms and makes note that he had some words with Yajima. When Quatre asks if hes really joined the Katou Organization, though, he doesnt answer.
: Well be reaching our rendezvous point with ZAFT soon.
: Heres hoping well manage to catch Djibril today
: The hells Orb thinking taking in a guy like him? Seriously, the countrys gone full crazy since the Junius Seven drop!
: H-Hey, Kenji Maybe be a bit considerate ?
: O-Oh ! My bad, Shinn
: Thats weird Whatre you apologizing for? Djibrils is a baddie, so if Orbs taking him in, that means theyre bad too, no?
: Iczer-3 !
: Its fine; shes just saying the truth. The Orb politicians dont give a damn about the people living in their country.
: Still, Rep. Athha worked hard to try and make things better. You know that, Im sure.
: Shes not a whole lot better than them. Shes off doing her thing, chasing some mystery organization, instead of working for the country shes supposed to lead.
: Speaking of, we havent heard from the Archangel since our last encounter Hopefully theyre in one piece.
: When we get to Orb, were likely gonna have to deal with not just Djibrils forces, but the countrys troops too, right? Id love if we could get those Archangel folks to help, but its not happening, huh
: Well just have to manage our forces appropriately and make do, I guess...
: A few units could also stay in reserve. Shinn, youll be on standby.
: No, I want to come with you guys. If were to attack Orb then thats what Ill do!
: Shinn could you really do that? Could you attack them ?
: Yeah, I can. What about you, though?
: Alright, lets stop it at that.
: Athrun, Djibrils in Orb, so we dont really have a choice here. But if you jump into the fray with doubt clouding your mind, youll drag not just yourself down, but also those around. You understand that, right ?
: (I What am I doing? I took a vow back then, so why am I !)
: Here you are, Athrun.
: Youre still not sure about attacking Orb, huh
: And you? Are you OK with that ?
: Well be fighting our fellow humans. I dont think Id ever be OK with that.
: Then why ?
: Once, I had to kill a friend. It was a helpless situation, really, but I wanted to try and save him Still, I dont regret what I did.
: Why ?
: Because it was my decision. And a decision that you, alone, make is one that you can take upon yourself. It lets you move on with your life.
: I, alone
: Youre still young, unlike Ozma and me, so I guess thats easier said than done for you. But if youre here, right now, because you chose to, then see it through.
Cut to the Archangel nerds, theyve just pinged ZAFT converging around Orb. Looks like a battles inevitable, so Murrue asks if the ship still cant set off. Murdoch says no, the engine repairs are still ongoing, but is interrupted when Cagalli gets on the mic and says shell be setting out ahead of the pack.
Murrue argues that thats crazy dangerous, especially since Kiras off in space right now she should at least wait for him to come back. Orbs about to be set ablaze once again! I cant just sit on my hands and wait! Besides, Ive the Akatsuki my father left me ! Cagalli fires back and sets out then and there.
As Murrue groans, its Neos turn to call over. Apologizing for bugging her while shes busy, but hed like to know how long itll be before they let him go. The POW life doesnt jive with him, and he might be willing to work to buy his freedom but, no, Murrue sees that hes healing and says hes free to go.
Huh? Really. Theres a Skygrasper in the hangar, so he can use that and take off. Neos confused if shes legit, but Murrue just sobs: You Youre not Mu
Neos taken her up on the offer though the thought of making the lady cry and taking off REALLY leaves a bad taste in his mouth.
Mission 27 The Enemy Were to Fight
: The Minerva and LOTUS are here Get to work, Yuna Roma. Just stick to the plan you dont want to end up a loser in this conflict, right?
: Of all the idiotic Youd sacrifice an entire country just for your self-protection?!
: Theres still time. Just stop and surrender!
: Dont be ridiculous. I simply need to reach space, and therell be no enemy strong enough to give me pause. And, actually, shouldnt you be more concerned with your own well-being ?
: Captain, weve an incoming transmission from the Orb Army!
: From Orb? Put it through!
: This is Yuna Roma Seiran, speaking as representative of the Orb Government. We have told you time and again, this man youre demanding we surrender, Lord Djibril, is not here!
: To say nothing of the fact that this blatant armed coercion is a major attack on my countrys sovereignty
: Theyre going to stick with that story to the bitter end, huh? How do they even figure a lie as inane as that would stick?
: I suppose our hands are tied, then; its too late for us to indulge his farce.
: If theyll answer our request with lies, then well muster our prayers for justice and enduring peace and take a stand! Drag Lord Djibril from Orbs hands!
: Yes, sir! Troops, open fire!
Wreck everything, dont lose a ship, Ichitaka, Shinn or Athrun.
This missions as simple as the rest, with only the Zamza-Zahs posing a modicum of a threat. The waters out of your way, too, so you wont need to worry about it. Handle it as you did previous engagements with Alliance folks: build morale on the piss-weak Daggers and Windams, and trash the bigger mooks.
As the power creep flows in our favor, Daiya should now be able to oneshot any of these units, while everyone else should be a oneshot.
Oh, and were starting to reach the levels where people learn Valor, so keep an eye out for that!
: The future Ive always longed for It is close, so close at hand !
When turn two rolls over
: Lord Djibril Im taking Relena back!
: Hah, I knew hed turn up.
: Heero !
: The knight in shining armor takes to the stage again, huh? But I also accounted for that!
: That Gundams !
: Go, nameless pilot! Give them what they deserve for all they did to you!
: Trowa Im not holding back.
: And I wouldnt expect you to... Come, Heero.
Cant lose Heero either, but thats not a problem. First, because hes very survivable, and, second, because the Wing Zeros unlikely to see that much action as my highly-mobile torrent of destruction squishes the enemies to mush.
: I dont want to fight but I have to. I what am I supposed to do, Kira?
: I can kind of understand you getting in bed with the Alliance to keep war from torching the country again but what is the goddamn point of sticking up for Logos now?!
: Youve abandoned your dear founding principles and now you do nothing but make your people miserable ! If thats the kind of country youve become, then Ill !
Time for the last of Daiyas new tricks, this ones his second best weapon. Ill never tire of watching these things get oneshotted.
When you either kill all enemies or turn four comes
: Whatre my troops doing?! If this doesnt change, and soon, Orb will ! Aaah, what do I do ?!
: Weve a heat signature closing in! Unknown affiliation!
: A golden MS ?!
: Hmm... Thats quite the bold color for a front line unit to have.
: (Father, I )
: Thats my fathers voice ?!
: Should the time come where you are in need of power, then I leave this in response to that desire
: It is a blade meant to defend Take it in hand, whenever you deem it necessary.
: A blade meant to defend A golden MS !
: If you are set in what you must do then follow your chosen path
: (Father Ill take up the will youve left me, and wield this golden blade in the defense of my people !)
: I am Cagalli Yula Athha, daughter of Uzumi Nara Athha! All of you, cease fighting immediately!
: Cagalli !
: Ah, Cagalli! Cagalliii! Youre finally home, my honey! Im the one commanding our troops!
: Yuna Do you acknowledge me as the real Cagalli Yula Athha, Representative of the United Emirates of Orb?
: Of course, of course! I do! I can easily tell that youre the real one!
: Then I now command our troops with the full authority of that title. Arrest Yuna Roma Seiran on charges of high treason!
: Wah?! Cagalli, wait!
: Furthermore, to the entire army, I say: our country will not tolerate Logos presence within our territory! Drive any and all of their associates out of Orb!
Ive the sinking feeling that had I not killed all Orb troops already, theyd have turned neutral whoops!
: Blast that Athha girl, sticking her nose where it doesnt belong !
: Fine! Then Ill just destroy them AND this country in one fell swoop!
: Seems theyve decided to throw caution to the wind to get rid of us.
: Troops, the Minervas moving to engage the Alliance forces and carry out Djibrils capture!
: Are you sure about this, captain ?
: The Chairmans orders were simply to get him. He didnt say anything about fighting Orb, so itd be a waste to do that if we dont have to. I trust thats fine with you, too, Rep. Athha?
: Yes, and I thank you for your wise decision.
: You heard her, people! Team up with Orb and push back the Aliiance!
Akatsuki - Oowashi Frame (Cagalli Yula Athha)
Support Attack L2
Support Defense L2
Attack Combo L2
Yata-no-Kagami all beam damage reduced to 0
Squad Bonus: Armor +100, A Rank in Air, Debuff Immunity
Now thats a much better unit for her than the Strike Rouge. The Oowashi Akatsukis packing some decent firepower (though its strongest is pre-movement) and decent bulkiness. Against Gundam units, though, it becomes nigh invincible due to the Yata-no-Kagami. Range isnt the best in this form, aside from the strongest weapon which is 2-6, but she can absolutely hold her own with SEEDs bonuses pushing her along.
The Oowashi Akatskis also got an S in air, so itll be tougher to hit than most. All in all, a solid unit that you can even set as a leader if you want to.
Aint about to give you a chance to MAPW me.
: This is where it ends, Gundam!
: Id like that, but the other shoe has yet to drop for the people in charge.
Had Daiya learned Valor yet, thatd have been a major oneshot.
: Im done already? Very good, LOTUS.
: (Sorry, Heero. I couldnt make you an opening but my mission continues.)
: Huh? The Gundams running off?
: Forget him, and focus on dealing with the remaining Alliance troops!
: Roger! Were almost there. Lets make it happen!
: Rrrgh, that useless Gundam! In that case !
: The Archangel ! But its hurt real bad
: Cpt. Ramius, what were you thinking?! The ships in no condition to be here!
: But we couldnt well let you run off by your lonesome.
: I apologize for that But, I
: How stupid are you that youd charge into a battlefield battered like that? Die !
*The mook starts closing in.*
: Oh, no, you dont !
: Huh ?!
: The Skygrasper?!
Sorry for butting in like that.
: Y-Youre ! But why ?!
Because I dont really care for Djibril either. Youre gonna have to put up with me for a bit more, Im afraid!
: Alright, now were cooking! With all these forces fighting together, well have Djibril in chains real quick !
: Damn you all Send out the Destroys!
: The Alliances deployed their giant MSs! Incoming artillery strike!
: But at that angle its shot will hit right where the civilian shelters are!
: No, it wont! The Akatsukill stop it !
: Hrk ! I guess blocking even the impact of the blasts a different story !
(Th-This Ive seen this before !)
: Thats enough, Cagalli! Not even your unit can handle all that! And if you die, Orbll
: No I cant, I wont back down! I wont let this nation these people be ravaged by war again !
(?! Thats it ! I Im!)
: Tch! Uurgh !
*The Skygrasper flies by Cagalli.*
: Lt .?!
: It finally came back to me ! Who I am and why Im here!
: Did Did your memories ?!
: Ill keep you safe. After all
: Im the man that makes the impossible possible!
: Mu !
: What are you all doing?! Destroy her already! That armor isnt covering her cameras and thrusters, I bet!
: High energy reading coming from the Destroy! Its prepping to fire all its weapons!
: Stop it! The Golden MS and the Archangelll both be destroyed if that barrage hits!
: The Freedom ?! No, it looks different What unit is that?!
: The gnawing pain we felt that day isnt something we wanted anyone else to experience
: Thats why its my wish to defend Orb to defend the entire world!
Kira: Its the giant MS from before I wont let it also set Orb ablaze! > The Strike Freedom carries all of Lacus wishes > And, now, Ill make those wishes come true !
: Kira Yamato
: Kira, is that your
: That is his wish. And Ive granted him a new blade with which to make that wish real.
: The Eternal ?! Why did you come here ?!
: Athrun, Ive something I want to give you. Come aboard, please.
: Me ?
: This is !
: The Infinite Justice Gundam Another new blade, for you to use.
: A new blade But Im
: To be afraid is to shut out all else. It leads you into thinking theres nothing you can do, and to simply give up and let that be the end.
: But power is just that: power. Is it something you want? How would you use it? That is something you, alone, must decide.
: Its my own decision
: Because it was my decision. And a decision that you, alone, make is one that you can take upon yourself. It lets you move on with your life.
: Justice Well fight together again !
: Athrun Zala, Justice launching!
: Seems our deliveries are all done. What now? Do we tag in as well?
: No, we shouldnt stay here. Well leave the rest in Kira and his allies capable hands.
: Roger that. Pulling back!
: The Eternal Does that mean it is not yet time for it to take to the front ?
: Theyre still sending out more ?! But it looks like their numbers are dwindling!
: Well wrap this up, Cagalli! Go and look for Djibril!
: Alright. Lt. Flaga, come with me!
: Aye, aye! Take care of things, people!