Part 69: Mission 28 - A Broken Promise
Back again, and not much has changed here. I did notice that Kenjis lagging a wee bit behind on levels, which strikes me as odd.
As for upgrades, the EVA-01 got brought up to 50% and its Squad Bonus is now: Mobility +15, Accuracy +15, A rank on Land, Range +1.
Remaining amount of cash went into giving Alto, Shinn and the Nagahamas a few pips here and there. I reckon Ill be getting them to 50% next.
Speaking of the EVAs, theyre all deploying as event units today. Weve 19 slots again, so heres how were going:
Off we go.
Misatos already arrived, and Makotos grateful for her haste. Not like we can expect the Angels to care about whats convenient for us or not. Regardless, Makoto reports that the 8th Angel has been spotted right outside Earths atmosphere. One of NERVs satellites got a look at the thing and it is positively humongous. Worse, its A.T. Field also seems very strong enough to warp the light around it.
Misato already knows the answer, but figures she might as well ask: its dropping towards NERV, isnt it? Yes, the MAGI say thats 99.9999% likely. The SDF tried bombing the Angel with N² Mines, but that did precisely zilch; plus, the distortions its causing in space-time around it make taking potshots at it pretty much impossible.
In other words, we cant push it off course and its looking like the Angel itself is one giant bunker buster headed towards us. According to our estimates, when it goes off, itll obliterate everything in a 420km diameter, 15km deep: there goes the entirety of Neo Tokyo 3, and Central Dogmall be easy pickings.
And what does Gendou have to say about this? He wasnt present when it all started going down, having been summoned to an urgent meeting. The Angels presence is sending EM waves across the upper atmosphere, so we cant reach the guy.
Seems like Misato and the others will need to handle this on their own, then. She has them get in touch with the Japanese government and order an evacuation of every civilian within an 120km radius.
Misatos later sitting at the Quarters briefing room, still trying to figure out what to do. Gohs got nothing as well; the things like a giant meteor with an A.T. Field Izuna sighs.
Weve no way of attacking it head-on, we cant snipe it down like in Operation Yashima, and not even all those N² Mines did anything. Shinns getting worried, and Ichitaka wonders if it really is game over for us. Misato says nothing, but asks that they give her some time to think.
: So, you are saying that if the Angel falls to Earth, itll trigger this Third Impact and erase all of humanity ?
: Thats RIIiight! However! It is possible LOTUS could IMPEEeeed it!
: In other words, you wish for us to prevent that?
: I cannot act overtly just yet HOWEVER! I can deploy a few forces of my OOoownnnn!
: If all goes well, the Cthulhu shall claim Earth with nary an effort. A FIIiine proposal, no?
: As you will. Ill send my troops towards the surface, and Ill be expecting your reinforcements.
: You may count on MEEeee. Today shall mark the final moments of these foolish organics! BRRRUUUAAAaaah!
(I want you to know that I did not exaggerate this dialogue in any way, shape or form. Emperor Wakamoto is going all out for this one.)
: Whaat?! You want us to catch it?!
: Thats the best idea you could come up with?!
: It was, yes. An EVA will catch it with its A.T. Field as it comes crashing down. And since we cant get a precise take on its trajectory, well be deploying all three to better adapt on the spot.
: No need. Ill just wreck that bugger myself.
: Thats not going to fly. Its a wide area where were projecting its point of descent a lone EVA cant cover all that.
: Youre serious that its actually possible to straight-up catch that thing ?
: Wouldnt you need, like, something way bigger than any of our guys to be able to pull that off?
: In truth, even the MAGI are giving this a 99% chance of failure Can this plan of yours even be called a strategy?
: At least its a 1% chance of success.
: Youre counting on a miracle. Better we focus on something tangible, like getting Lilith and the #01 to safety.
: Im not counting on anything. Well be creating our own miracle with a little something called human determination!
: It does sound like a very dangerous plan but its the only one weve got, it seems.
: Still, I like the idea of making our miracles happen.
: Yeah, youve pulled off some crazy stunts before and it all paid off.
: Um What did she say the chances of success were?
: Ah, thats anyones guess, really.
: Hmph, deadweight like himll just hold me down! Im all you need to protect mankind!
: Enough with that, Asuka. Im sure even you can see that thats not the way
: Asuka, this operation isnt depending on solo-combat scores.
: Youre selling my talents short, eh
: Im not. But itll take all of your combined strength all of LOTUS combined strength to make this miracle happen !
: Well, youre the one in charge, so I cant really say much about this. But I seriously hope you havent forgotten how I trashed the previous Angel.
: And what will the rest of us be doing, Col. Katsuragi?
: Youll be on standby in the combat area, just as a precaution.
: Roger that. Go get yourselves ready to deploy, people make sure everythings looking good!
Mission 28 A Broken Promise
: This shelter wont be doing us much good if that Angel falls here, will it? (Hikari)
: Oh, then why do we need to stay here ? If the thing wont help, then wed be better off staying outside to watch the EVAs!
: Kick some ass, Shinji! You better save our world!
: Are you three ready? Were still running the numbers on the Angels projected point of descent; youll need to rush over to it as soon as we have it tagged!
: And dont forget to connect your cables to the power supply buildings near you!
: How did you know where to place us?
: Call it womans intuition.
: That sounds reliable
: Calculations are complete. Displaying the projected point of descent now!
: We cant rely on secondary data anymore, so any further decisions will have to be made as we go! Were betting everything on you kids!
: Detecting several heat sources on rapid approach! Its!
: Forward, Dilos Thetas! Crush these disgusting humans to dust!
: Like clockwork Deploy all troops!
: The Cthulhu?! Whyd they have to turn up now?!
: Does that mean they dont care if the Third Impact happens?!
*Looks at the different enemies.*
: They even sent out some new troops. Guess theyve no problem with the whole world getting covered in that dead, red sea before they start their immigration!
: Hey, Cthulhu! You better give Nagisa-1 back right now!
: Dont, Iczer-3. All those robots are drones, I think.
: Baah ! And Im sure that grannys camped out here somewhere !
: All troops, open fire! Dont let the enemies block the EVAs! Shinji, Asuka, Rei, you need to get to that spot on the double!
: Yes, sir!
: Good luck, everyone!
Thankfully, Sahaquiel is very patient, so theres no timer hanging above our heads. Any EVA can reach the market spot (though you should do it with Rei or Asuka, FYI), so its just a matter of carving through the Dilos and the new Regulus Alphas without losing any of them or a ship. The latter are pretty much the only ones that can pop our A.T. Fields, mind.
That said, all in all, the gameplay part of this mission is pretty much filler. Weve had way worse fights, so the new mooks shouldnt tip the balance against you.
The Regulus Alphas are particularly dangerous, and there are 5 of them. Sporting 28k HP, plus a Spherical Barrier that reduces all incoming damage by 1500, theyre quite hardy for mooks.
As far as skills go, they can do both types of supports, but the good news is that theyre flying so they can only support each other.
Finally, they only have a single attack which, while packing some not-insignificant firepower, is only 1-3 range. Thats easily outranged by a good chunk of our forces, so focus fire them down as soon as youve built up enough morale. The second theyre downed, the EVAs pretty much cannot be killed.
: I cant let them pin me down ! Here goes! Ive to make this as fast as can be!
: We wont make it in time if we let them stall us !
: Were busy now, if you pests cant tell! Ive no time to waste on you OUT!
: Hey, are those really Cthulhu? Sister Gray didnt tell me anything about stuff like that.
: True they kind of feel different from the others
: Whatever the fact is theyre enemies. We can sort out who they are after they beat.
: Bit of a rash way of putting it, but shes got a point. Keep an eye on these new units and carry on covering the EVAs, people!
Since were not on a timer, Ill let Norza and Lee have some fun on their own. Plus, it lets me show off their slick DKs.
And, boom. Just make sure, to give you some leeway, that Shinji still has his move once Rei or Asuka tag the spot.
: Alright, looks like they made it in good time!
: All that remains now is to catch the creature. Hopefully it goes well
: Were detecting a shift in the targets A.T. Field! Its changing course!
: What did you say?!
: Recalculating the point of descent! Transmitting new coordinates!
: Were cutting it too close! All EVAs, head to the new point! Hurry!
: Easy for you to say! Were running as fast as our legs let us!
: Enemy reinforcements have deployed around the target area!
: Those little ! They dont know when to quick bugging us, do they?!
: Save the complaints for later! We need to get rid of them quick!
: Shes right. Clear a path for the EVAs!
And, NOW, you need to hurry. Youve three turns to get to the new spot, which is why I said to keep Shinjis turn. Casting Accel, he should make it just fine just make sure the enemy doesnt wall him out. Or, if youd like, just kill everything and Shinjill get in the spot. Either way, carry on as usual.
Oh, and I JUST remembered that I never showed the DK for Dimension Storm. I was rather disappointed that the Rushbird doesnt teleport away amid all the smoke like the Zeorymer did
: Youve three minutes left! Please hurry!
: Two minutes on the timer! Make it happen, Asuka, Shinji, Rei!
And here we go.
: The Evangelions reached the target area!
: The targets closing in! Distance: 12km!
: Its time, Daddys Boy, Wonder Girl!
*Rei and Asuka also get in position.*
: A.T. Field deployed !
: Its bypassing the A.T. Field and attacking the #01 directly!
: Stay strong, SHINJIII!
: Gurgh! Kch rrrgh !
: Daddys Boy!
: I Im holding it ! H-Hurry!
: #02 the core!
: I know! Dont tell me what to do! SORYAAAA!
: I missed?! This cores moving all over the damn place!
: Asuka, HURRY!
: I am hurrying! But I cant get a shot !
: Kch !
: Wonder Girl?!
: I Ive the core ! Q-Quick !
: Fine, Im on it! HAAAAAH!
: The Angels confirmed destroyed! All EVA units are crippled.
: They They did it !
: Yeah. Time and again, they manage to outdo themselves
: Well, Ill be A miracle actually happened.
: No, those kids made it happen My biggest thanks to everyone for their work!
: How in blazes ! But I cannot return empty-handed, or an execution is all Ill find !
: What?! Therere still more?!
: I can at least shatter your bulwark against the Third Impact the Evangelion!
: His Field isnt deploying!
: Shinji, you alright?!
: Y-Yeah !
: Resilient cockroach Even after that battle, you still stand?
: But seeing as how your barrier did not deploy, Id wager your concentration is in tatters. Then it is just a matter of ending this!
: Daddys Boy, gimme a hand. Well show this mook who its messing with!
: Us, getting beaten up by this thing after all it took to kill that Angel?! How could we ever live that down, right?!
: Huh ?! Shikinami ?
: You too, Wonder Girl! On my mark, blast it with everything we got and then the kid moves in for the kill!
: (Psh I guess I am going soft ! But, what the hell, lets try some teamwork for once!)
: Wh-What?! They spent all their remaining energy on that life-threatening offensive...! Damn it all !
: Psh, we cut it a bit closer than I thought. Were out of gas
: S-Sorry. I took a bit too long to get in position
: Eh, you didnt do too bad. Its just a matter of getting used to it now.
: No more enemy signals on radar. Situation is green!
: Whew We managed to pull through again
: Chalk it up to all the close calls weve had, I guess.
: Comm. systems are back online. Weve an incoming call from Cmdr. Ikari.
: Put him through.
: Sir, I personally elected to deploy the EVAs and, as a result, theyve all suffered major damage. I apologize and take full responsibility everything.
(Fuyutsuki): Its no problem. The target was destroyed, so we should count ourselves lucky that this is all the damage it caused.
(Gendou): Correct. You did well, Col. Katsuragi.
: Thank you very much.
(Fuyutsuki): We still need to deal with the brass a bit longer, it seems, so itll be another while before weve returned.
(Gendou): Put me through to the #01s pilot.
: ! Yes, sir!
(Gendou): Ive heard what happened. Good job, Shinji.
: Thank you !
(Gendou): Col. Katsuragi, Ill leave the follow-up work in your hands.
: Yes, sir!
: Recover the three EVAs, quickly now! And will LOTUS be joining us on the Geofront again?
: Thatd be just fine. Slow ahead, Bobby.
: Aye, aye!
: (I heard that right, didnt I ? Dad gave me a compliment?)
: The 8th Angel was eliminated. Very well done, Ikari.
: Only a few more remain, and then
: Therell be no more Angels.
: This world is different. Its not the world that was promised to you.
: Excuse me ?
: Was he the only one who noticed?
: Ikari ?!
: Though I had no tangible proof.
: This world is too distorted to carry out the script to its end.
: According to a memo left by Ishigami, all of this was seemingly preordained. The outbreak of the invasion from a parallel world, the appearance of a different lineage of humans It is all a within the universal cycle of death and rebirth.
: And you both knew this ?
: We are truly sorry, but we only came across this information recently.
: Said memo was described as no more than estimates from a companion. We needed to confirm its contents.
: But you should have figured it out by now. There's too much foreign matter in this world. The Dead Sea Scrolls Apocrypha is a no-go.
: Then our Project is
: Better luck next time, I guess? At the very least this world is headed to a different ending.
: A different ending ?
: (And depending on what they do, this might just be one where he can be happy )
You know, despite the abruptness of it all, I had a big giggle over SEELE getting the rug yanked out from under them so unceremoniously. The fact that the last game I played was MX made it even more amusing to me.
*Elevator door opens.*
: Ah !
: Daddys Boy!
*Hold the door! Door closes!*
: Hey! Stand back, you; this is my personal space youre in!
: B-But theres only so much room in here
: U-Um Do you mind if I ask why you decided to pilot an EVA ?
: Now thats a dumb question. I did it for myself, nothing more. What about you?
: I Im not sure
: Are you stupid? Way I see it, youre just dodging the subject.
: Maybe I wanted my dad to compliment me?
: Today was the first time he did anything of the sort my dad acknowledged what I did
: You really are stupid.
: And, by the by, I noticed how you called me by my first name during that mess.
: Bah, whatever Asuka is just fine. I might start calling you Stupid Shinji, too.
The bosses are back in NERV HQ, and Gendou wasnt really surprised to find out that SEELE was basing their script on the undisclosed Dead Sea Scrolls Apocrypha. Not that it matters, as both their shady cabal an NERV have just lose their reason for being. What now, Fuyutsuki wonders.
Gendou says theyll simply carry on down their own path. After all, it is not by the hands of others that wishes are made real it must be done with ones own strength, no matter the cost.
So theyll keep going despite not having the script to guide them anymore? Indeed, thats the answer Gendou found. Whatever could be waiting for us in the future Hahah, I think Im too old to be getting this excited, Fuyutsuki laughs.
Touji and Kensuke rush on over to find Shinji and thank him for saving the city again. Hikaris also tagging along they wanted to check on their friends after word got around that we had the rest of the day off. Rei assures her that theyre all fine, while Nagisa extends warm greetings to Shinjis classmates. Kensuke, of course, is deeply honored to speak with the LOTUS folk.
Anna has a laugh at how nervous he is, and tells him to relax. We dont bite though Goh admits there are a few crusty folks in our bunch. Waaaaaaah! Goh Saruwatari! The real Goh Saruwatari, hero of the War of Giants! Duuuude, this is awesome! Kensuke flips out. Ooh, no, is that Daiya Tsuwabuki over here?! And is that HYOUMA AOIIIIIII!
While Touji tells him to quick with the pointing and yelling, Hikari thank us all what weve done today. Touji is man enough to admit that when he heard our plan was just to catch the Angel, he figured that not even Shinji could keep this from going south big time.
But he always finds a way to bring home the bacon, Kouichi cheers, Thats what makes him the MAN! N-No, not at all, this win was only thanks to all of us, Ayanami and Asuka; the girl likes hearing that, since, as we know, Stupid Shinji couldnt fight his way out of a wet paper bag without our help.
Hey, now, since when are they calling each other by their first names? Ichitaka knows this trope: the flower of love, blossoming after two people risk their lives fighting together! Now thats the stupidest thing Asukas heard ALL MONTH, and she demands that Shinji stop stammering and deny it firmly!
Regardless, Nagisa saw fit to draw upon her cooking experience from Nyan-Nyan to whip up lunch to our folks. Daiya and Tetsuya are blown away by all the tasty-looking food, and, yes, she made it all herself, with some help from Anna and Lou. Its not often we get a chance to put our feet up, so they wanted to help make it even better.
Goh and Johnny love it all, but the biggest surprise is that even Shinji saw fit to put together a few lunch boxes of his own. And it is unexpectedly good enough that even Asuka, Tetsuya and Shizuna have to admit it.
Seems to Touji that the kids got a few other skills outside of his regular save the world job, but Shinjis already satisfied if everyones happy. Men that are skilled in the kitchen are quite popular with the girls, Shizuru notes b-but thats not what hes after.
Only one who isnt eating is Rei, but not because it tastes bad: she doesnt eat meat. No problem, as Shinjis got some miso soup ready and hands to her. Its good Thank you, she says, and everyone does a double-take. Thats the first time Toujis ever heard her thank anyone else.
But all is not roses, as Risako calls Kouichi with a question: is he a Factor? Is that how he got so strong out of seemingly nowhere? After all shes seen, including the realization that Kouichis piloting one of those robots, she put two and two together. He meant to tell her eventually, but shes not mad. Hes been fighting to protect the world all this time, no?
Not quite: this would be too much for him alone. But now hes got a bunch of teammates to help. And he helps them in turn, however he can. Hahah I cant believe its really you saying that. Bigmouthed Kouichis turned into a real Champion of Justice, huh? she laughs.
Kouichi mentions that he spoke with Yajima the guy has stuff he needs to talk to her about, but it might be a while. Thats fine, shell wait until he decides to come over. In the meantime, Risako asks Kouichi not to do anything too crazy out there. Whatever happened to his body, hes still the same Kouichi she knew all these years.
Wishing him good luck, she ends the call and leaves the kid to his thoughts: Im waiting too, Yajima Hurry up and tell her, man.
Cut to Dragons Hive, F.S. has just heard of SEELEs Human Instrumentality Project going kaput, and both he and Tanaka know what that means: its only a matter of time before he makes his move. Or, actually, he may already have started: the new MP unit the Cthulhu fielded today have been deemed likely to be his pawns.
Seems to Tanaka that they must trigger the Dancougas awakening ASAP, and F.S. agrees: humanity has very little time remaining.