Part 68: Mission 27 - The Enemy We're to Fight - Part 2
Still cant lose the Gundams, but were making good progress. The Destroys are, obviously, the bigger threat, but Kira magnanimously shaved off half of their HP, so your guys should easily be able to take them down in one or two big hits.
Do it quick, too, lest they get a chance to MAPW.
Strike Freedom Gundam (Kira Yamato)
Squad Bonus: Accuracy +5, A rank in Air
As usual, Kiras one of the if not THE best Reals in the game. The Strike Freedom packs a hefty punch, its got long range attacks, regen EN, has an S in air, plus that same fan-fire, smart-targeting MAPW he had in W (and he learns Soul, so thats some good money).
As you might see, he doesnt know Hit & Away, so thats priority one to be fixed, but, that aside, Kiras likely the pilot with the highest aggregate of stats in the game, and the only to give Iczer-1 and 2 competition in that department.
Whatever misgivings you might have with the series, there isnt a mechanical reason NOT to use him. The Strike Freedom is simply great.
Infinite Justice Gundam (Athrun Zala)
Squad Bonus: Mobility +5, melee weapons power +100, A rank in Space
Same deal as above, only slightly worse. The Infinite Justice is the melee counterpart to the Strike Freedom, and it is just as fine. Use it as a leader or as a very nice squaddie, but you are especially encouraged to deploy the boys together to get more bang for your buck.
Having Kira blast these guys to also further damage the Destroys. The Daggers and Windams all get oneshotted, for a total of 6 kills.
When the number of enemies falls below 10
: Weve new heat signatures on approach! Searching database weve a match!
: ?! Its the group we were after !
*Looks at the mob.*
: Captain, therere some models we havent seen before!
: Weve fought these troops once, but still know nothing about them what are they after ?
: That Fighter unit Thesere the guys who took the professor, no doubt about it!
: Then, the Archangel has been pursuing them just like us !
: Yeah, and I reckon this is a good chance to check if they got anything to do with GreAT! We just gotta nab one of them!
: Were hailing the Unknowns on all possible channels, but theyre not answering!
: Come, LOTUS Show us how much strength you can still muster after exhausting yourselves.
: All units, ignore the Alliance forces. Our target is LOTUS alone!
: Psh, looks like theyre gunning for us.
: Fine by me! Ive no idea who they are, but if theyre looking for a fight, theyll get one!
: Who are those no, it doesnt matter. I cant let this opportunity pass me by. Launch the shuttle right now!
: You can run wherever youd like, it wont help. Just concede your defeat!
: Silence! I still have you and one final ace in the hole to play!
: Ace ? Youre still scheming ?!
: Heheheh The monsters here on Earth and in space wont be around for much longer!
: Were detecting something launching from the main islands 2nd district! Its the Seiran familys shuttle!
: Damn it, hes making a run for it again?!
: You wont get away from me, Djibril!
: Always so quick on his feet
: Well just have to let him handle Djibril. Orb needs our help!
: Sounds good. Psyche yourselves up, people, and lets carry on!
Start angling your forces thatta way, but do finish off the Destroys. Theyre still the bigger threat, though the Imperial (big red one), Strike and Cannon Valleys pack a decent punch while also boasting a respectable amount of HP for mooks (15k+). The Imperial Valley itself has 60k.
Still, their defenses arent the best, so that HP pool wont last long against our high morale troops.
The little ORF-59 Reeves are fodder, pure and simple.
Only 6k HP.
: Their maneuverability is Murrue, we were right !
: Hm. Every time we fight, their capabilities are higher than expected, and their tactics are changed ever-so-slightly.
: They can do so much So why why is violence the only thing in their minds?!
: Kira Yamato
And when the turn flips
: Yuu?! Whyre you here?!
: Pay me no mind, Ichitaka. Focus just on the enemy before you.
: Huh?! Yuu ?
: Data collection complete As we feared, the technology applied to those units is
: Hrm ! I wont let them keep using my grandfathers intellect for evil ! Haruno, were putting a stop to them!
: Roger that!
: Hm ? They were hostile in every single one of our past encounters, but this time
: They mightve had a change of heart or maybe not. But they dont seem to be against us today at least.
: Do not engage the Straybird, people! Dispatch the unknowns and then well hurry out after Djibril!
: Yes, maam!
You dont need to babysit the Straybird, but its advisable to attack the Valleys ASAP lest Yuu take your cash!
Oh, and heres Athruns best weapon:
: Im done hesitating to put my power to use! We cant let mankinds future be plunged into darkness, so Ill take this new blade in hand and defend Orb and the world itself!
And the last of the Alliance mooks falls to Kira.
Im surprised they gave his regular rifle a DK.
With all that done, its just a matter of plowing through the Valleys real quick. Like I said, theyre stronger mooks than most, but still mooks. The Imperial Valleys more of a HP-boosted midboss, so not all that dangerous if you just pack a few defensive spirits.
: Djibrils gone, so weve no more reason to hammer at Orb. Rather, Ill now protect it!
: The Linebarrel your potential is beyond our jurisdiction, but
: Holding back to check how they move is too risky Ill just have to wreck them as quick as can be!
: The Frontier Fleets proprietary VF-25 Its performance truly is strikingly superior to the VF-19
: The speed with which theyve progressed in less than two decades is very much worth noting !
: Like Shikinami said, if theyre looking for a fight, well have to give them one !
: The Humanoid Decisive Weapon, Evangelion information on this one is abnormally scarce. Just what secrets does it hide ?
: Whatre you people after?! If youre trying to turn this entire city into a battleground, then youll answer to me!
: The units output is reaching heights far beyond what our spy at NEX reported Is it a unique property of that Flame?
: We thought wed gathered enough data, but it seems further observation is required.
This convo only plays against the Reeves, but screw it.
: The units power is greater than it was before. How much will you grow ? How exciting, this.
: Thesere the same guys that took Prof. Grife at Misaki, right?
: There were only a few pictures to go by, but they sure look like the ones.
: We mightve been able to stop them if wed made it over sooner
: So I guess thats a bit on us, too. We better help Ichitaka out with this and see if we cant make up for it!
: Weve little data on the Iczelio too little But it appears we wont be able to collect any more.
: Yeesh, whys that guy staring at me Sicko!
: Well, dont you got the worst timing in history! Djibril only got away cause you turned up!
: If you are not piloting the Mazinkaiser, then you are worthless to us. Go and find some corner to yell from.
: I never seen you folks before, but try to mess with us and youre gonna get it!
: Weve no idea what theyre after, so dont go too crazy, Kenji!
: Steel Jeeg Let us have a look at the extent of your Bronze Bells power.
: The Voltes V ! How I hoped this would happen. Ill be sure to enjoy facing you!
: Damn it, we were so close to catching Djibril!
: Hiyoshi, if youve time to fume, then youre better off focusing on bringing an even faster end to this battle!
: Hes right. Our main concern now should just be Orbs safety!
: This pilots displayed that unusual power before. Lets see how hell do against the new units !
: What the hes looking at me?
: The Combattler V Its been active for over half a year already, so Id expect the necessary data to have been collected, but
: Guys, the enemys strength is a complete unknown! Normally, the best approach would be to try and observe them for a bit
: Relax, Kosuke! The Combattlers invincible! Whatever these guys are, well make sure this ends with a V-Sign of Victory!
Heres the boss strongest attack.
: Its very unlikely the Plasma Drive alone was strong enough to eradicate the Mimetic Beasts Maybe a different approachll let us get some answers.
: ?! Its outer frame is !
: I saw it too. It is nigh-imperceptible, but there are some similarities to the Rushbird and Straybird !
: One of the 40 meter robots we left in Misaki but now it is no more than a relic of the past. I wager its already been deemed unnecessary.
: ! Here it comes!
: Not giving us time to make sense of things, eh? Lets get to it, then!
: Not bad at all, LOTUS! But this all fell within our estimates!
: D-Converter maximum output! Lets get this shakedown started!
*The Imperial Valley blasts off after Kira!*
: What ?!
: Hmhmhm Yours may be a new model, but it is still a straight upgrade from the original Freedom! Its not a match to my units mobility!
*This cheeky mook runs circles around Kira. Heresy!*
: Urk! How is it so fast ?!
: Rising temperature detected around the enemy unit! Space time is beginning to be distorted!
: Not good ! If that unit runs out of control, this whole areall go up in smoke! Weve to stop him, Haruno!
: We cant its already going critical! Simply shooting it down wont be enough!
: Hrgh !
: You !
: Whyre you so surprised? Youre the one who showed me how wonderful it was to keep others safe! That it was worth risking your life for!
: Shinn, you
: You said you wanted to defend Orb, and this entire world, right? Then you cant go down like this!
: Youre right we cant let ourselves be beaten! We fight to keep others and the world safe, even if it costs us our lives!
: Pfeh, and just what can a single unit do?!
: Stop right there!
: What ?!
: Now! GO!!
: Im on it!
Athrun: We cant waste the chance Shinn gave us!
By the end, Kira: Thanks Athrun. > You should thank Shinn as well, Kira
: I-It cant be ! What the hell are you people ?!
: A continuous flurry of synchronized attacks ! Howd they improvise that ?!
: The first unit went for the enemys engine, stopping it in its tracks, and the other two used that opening to tear it apart in tandem
: I suppose they saved us today.
: Yuu Im sure youve realized it by now, but we cannot stand up to the enemy alone
: Shut up, Haruno. This is my battle, my problem. I wont have anyone else interfere with it !
: Ah! The Straybird!
: And, once again, when hes gotta run off, he bolts. Reminds me of a certain pilot.
: (Yuu Whatre you trying to do ?)
: All of the Alliance and Unknown forces have been eliminated!
: Apologies, but could I ask you to come see me? Id like to talk about Djibril and the unknown attackers.
: Understood, Rep. Athha.
Few convos we missed today:
: Here I come, Wing Gundam.
: Dont worry. Its only natural for obstacles to be pushed aside. Im not about to pay this any mind, either.
: As unsociable as ever, arent we? Careful: you might get me thinking you actually turned on us.
: The situation doesnt really allow me to chat. Dont take it personally.
: Right back at you, buddy-boy. Lets get this show on the road, then !
: Youre still hanging out with Djibril?! What the hells wrong with you?!
: I am just a nameless dog of the Alliance. And that is enough for now.
: How can you be fighting to buy Djibril time to escape ! Dont you see that both him and his organization are done?!
: I wont let you sow any more sorrow ! Thats what I got this power for, and its how Ill use it!
Durandal is so surprised at seeing the thought-sunk Archangel showing up today, and Talia takes responsibility for not seeing through their ruse. Shes ready to face the music, if need be. Nah, its fine. Durandal wont hold her to it, simply being amused at the ship living up to its tough-to-kill reputation.
Moreover, the good work Talia and the Minerva crew have done in Berlin, Heavens Base, and with LOTUS over battles far offsets this. He wants the ship to carry on cooperating with, and to leave it to the Preventers to find Djibril. Theyve an agent in pursuit, so hell let us know as soon as weve a fix on the guy.
As Talia confirms and signs off, Durandals deep in thought: The Archangel I suppose I still have use for it, as a necessary force for this world...
By the Orb Army HQ, Cagallis just decked Yuna. She doesnt intend on putting the whole blame for this on him, but, seriously, what the hell is this? Despite their differences, she at least expected him to share in her desire to keep their country safe. Yuna cries that he did, which is why he sought Logos influence. Cagalli has troops take him away before she wrings his neck.
Mighty kind of her for the guy that made a mess of her country, Duo sighs, but Athrun says the guy WAS trying to stop war from breaking out. Problem is he got tunnel-vision. Cagalli figures Yuna understands the huge mistake he did, and, maybe, thatll help him grow into a better person.
Some people wont admit their mistakes, though, namely Djibril. He still has Relena and Noin worries what he might do if we dont find them soon. Cagalli says Orb must make amends after helping the guy, and promises her nations full cooperation to our cause.
Theres still the matter of the unknown group, though, and Kenji got the idea that they were using us for something of a test. What for? We dont really know, Murrue sighs not their goals, not their background. Theres only one thing shes sure: their units get stronger with each encounter, and theyre using our own technology to do so.
As Ichitaka and Tsubaki gasp, Goh wonders how people could reverse-engineer our tech from just compiled data. Thats some major tech know-how they must have available.
Regardless, when Misato asks, Murrue says the Archangelll work with Lacus and continue their investigation into that unknown force.
Cagalli proclaims shell be joining them as well, entrusting Todaka and Kisaka to handle things here in Orb. Kira wonders if thats the right thing to do, and Cagalli stomps that it absolutely is. Or doesnt he trust her direct subordinates to be capable of this?
Goh explains that Kiras just worried: the Archangel is still hurting, and theyll be going after the Alliance. Itll obviously be very dangerous. And, in that case, Athrun offers to come with the Justice, Freedom and Akatsuki should be capable of standing up to whatever Djibril throws at them.
Shinn wonders, however, whatll become of the Minerva with him gone, but Athruns sure the ship will be fine: The Minerva still has you, no? Youre also a fully-fledged member of FAITH, so now its your turn to take charge and keep them safe.
Can he do that? After all these times hes watched and learned from Athrun as he thought, yes, he can! Hell rise to the occasion! Seems like hes legit, Heine laughs, so he wishes Athrun good luck out there.
Goh likes seeing how clear the ZAFT boys hearts are looking, but Ichitaka isnt really listening. The units that group used It looked like Yuu had figured something out about them, he thinks. And their abnormal ability to analyze and work with our tech You dont think the professor ?
: Our on-site crew has just sent a new report on LOTUS, and
: Oh? They managed to stop the D-Converter right before it ran amuck ?
: It really does look like we were right on the money. LOTUS has much potential gathered in their ranks. Our options just keep on multiplying.
: How should we proceed?
: Theres been no change to the plan. Your top priority is still to carry on compiling data on them.
: As you command.
: Meanwhile, Ill take this opportunity to head up into space. Ive come to realize that with the professors brain on our side, finishing that also shouldnt be just a dream anymore.
: Roger that. It shouldnt be long before construction of the Humanoid models is complete. What should they do afterwards?
: Carry on as usual, and feel free to keep scanning his brain waves until everything is finished.
: Yes, sir
: And now, my dear friends of LOTUS What kind of powers will you show me next?
Cut back to us, Makotos gotten in touch with the Daiku Maryu with some urgent recall orders. Theyve pinged something with a blue pattern hanging in Earths orbit. Theyre still trying to get details, but Misato agrees to the request.
As the call ends, she neednt even ask before Lulu agrees to it: LOTUS is headed towards Neo Tokyo 3, on the double.