Part 71: Mission 29 (Space Route) - Triangular
Here we are at the Space Route. Well be keeping this path, so well see how our ace list changes as Kenji and Ichitaka get to wreck stuff without Daiya around.
This first mission only allows for a surprisingly small amount of squads: only 10. Granted, all of the Valkyries and Klan are deploying as event units, so heres how were going:
Zechs/Yagyuu (I soon regret this choice, swapping her over to Reys team and bringing Noin back here)
Off we go.
We open up on the Quarter, and Jeffrey asks if Talia shouldnt take some time off to rest. She agrees, willing to let Arthur take things over for a bit though she has a hard time being at ease when we can only sit around and wait for information on Djibril to come in. Well, Jeffrey tells her to have faith in ZAFT and the NUNS, as theyre scouring the whole sector looking for him.
Jeffrey himself would prefer if nothing happened at least for a bit, while the ships still getting serviced. True, true, considering the battles well have in the future, itll be tough to get another chance to run maintenance like this. And thats saying nothing on giving our team a chance to get some much needed R&R. Maybe this waiting around isnt SO bad, Talia reconsiders.
Indeed, haste makes waste. While Jeffrey applauds her dutifulness, she ought to put her feet up once in a blue moon. So she will.
At Island 1, Altos not happy that he got conscripted into helping buy groceries during his time off. Tsubaki suggest he not look at it like that, and instead think of it as shopping. Nagisa herself is enjoying being back home after so long, but the same clearly doesnt apply to the man. And telling him to look at it like shopping isnt helping make it better, either.
Hilde quips that not enjoying shopping wont help him get along with the ladies, though Alto grunts that he doesnt care. One thing Quatre notices is that Rankas music is playing throughout the area. In fact, its been like that since they came to port.
Seems to Ichitaka that the Frontier has Ranka Fever way more than down on Earth, thats for sure. Speaking of, Megumis heard that the girlll be making a live performance at Mihoshi Academy soon. Provided nothing happens, well be able to catch that. Nagisas excited for it, as itll be hers and Kawais first time seeing their friend perform solo.
Thats great, but Juzo tells them to be careful not to jinx it: better pray hard Djibril doesnt rear his head out of whatever hole hes hiding in.
Back to the Quarter, Cathys brought some unusual info to Ozma: apparently, Rankas show today is being sponsored by the Frontiers Executive branch itself. Her guess is they want to further boost Rankas career, as the one whose song can repel the Vajra. A modern Lynn Minmay, Ozma sighs.
He likes that her wish is coming true, but doesnt care that its coming hand-in-hand with her being weaponized in our fight with the bugs. And to further raise questions around this, it seems the whole event was proposed by Mishima.
He was the one who put forward that experiment to use Rankas song against the Vajra, and Cathy thinks theres more to all this than what were seeing. Ozma feels the same way, and wants to get to the bottom of it.
Rankas getting ready for the show, and while she seems bothered by whats going on, shes willing to go with it to make everyone happy. At least she gets some visitors to cheer her up before it all starts. Shes glad to see Klan and Michel again but, of course, what really brightens her day is Altos presence.
He asks if shes not feeling too nervous singing at her schools different from her usual gigs. True, shes a bit nervous, but figures shell be fine. Shell just have fun and sing! Alto likes hearing that, impressed with the professional shes become all thanks to him helping her so many times before. And shell be working extra-hard out there knowing hell be listening.
At that, Michel and Klan nod at each other and suddenly remember that they have a few things they need to take care of real quick. Rankas a bit dejected, but understands that theyre busy. But she neednt be bummed out: theyll be leaving Alto here to keep her company until the show!
Thats the first Altos heard of any of this, but, whoops, too late gotta go! Klan and Michel promise to be at their seats by the time she steps on stage. Alto grumbles as they leave.
Outside, Klan and Michel groan right back: seems like it didnt really dawn on Alto WHY they were leaving him there. Seriously, being that dense should be a crime, Michel thinks. Pfeh, I really dont think you can say anything about that, Klan harrumphs.
Michel stops short, but Klan continues. Despite all the myriad ladies hes been with, hes never REALLY gotten together with anyone. Is there no one you really have feelings for, Michel? Is there love, somewhere in your heart?! Klan demands to know, and Michel cant answer.
: Hold me to the edge of the galaxy!
: Rankas on fire today, huh?
: Yes, she is! Theres this glow in her eyes that I dont see often !
: Wow, has it been half the show already?
: Shell be wearing an outfit you designed for the second half, right, Nanase? How exciting
: Speaking of excitement, Sheryl, I saw on the news that you were taking some time to rest? Are you well enough to be here?
: Shes right! And I know this is the VIP area, but do you need that disguise ?
: Ssshh. This is Rankas show, so I dont want to stand out. And, as you can see, Im doing just fine. Relax and have some fun, would you?
: Huh thats a lot different from the picture Michel painted. He said you might not be feeling too good, and that I really needed to see you And here I was, all worried for nothing.
: (Michel and Klan so they now theres something wrong with me but I cant let him know. Thats why I )
: Of course what did you expect? I am Sheryl Nome, after all.
: Oh! The second halfs starting!
: (Are you listening, Alto? Please let my feelings reach you !)
: Thats a beautiful stage.
: Hey, Sheryl I heard youd quit singing. Is that true?
: It is. Ive retired
: But you still want to sing, dont you ?
: Come, now Sheryl Nome never says anything that she
: Dont worry I just got a bit dizzy. And, whatever the case, I am not singing any
: Dont lie to me, Sheryl. I know youd never quit singing. You wouldnt have touched the hearts of so many people if you didnt love doing this!
: Whenever I got up on stage, I wasnt really there. So I can tell when someones pretending to be something theyre not, and someone whos the real deal.
: (Huh? Theres someone with Alto Sheryl? No no !)
: (How can you break my heart like this, Alto ? Is she really the one you love?)
: That sound was!
: Thats a Stage #2 Vajra larva?! How did it get in Island 1?!
: Save the questions for later! We gotta get back to SMS!
Mission 29 (Space Route) Triangular
: A new type of Vajra !
: More important than that is how we now got a fight breaking out in an airtight environment ! This isnt good, man!
: Worse, some of our units are still repairing, so we wont have all hands on deck for this!
: There are so many Vajra Where did they come from ?!
: Thats not the main issue right now! Well have to keep them from tearing through the city until Alto and the others come over!
On the other side of town
: Damn, this just keeps getting worse Transportations down, we got split up with Altos group
: Michel Are you still not going to give me an answer?
: Huh? What is it now?
: Is there love, somewhere in your heart ?!
: If there is, its currently MIA. I cant even remember if I ever felt that to begin with.
: I see how it is Youre a coward
: Hm ?!
: I love you, Michel.
: Y-You Look at whats happening !
: I am, which is why I did this! How could I be truly in love if I let something like the fear of death hold me down ?!
And, on that note, lets shoot some bugs. This mission is a bit of an odd one: there are 30 Vajra larvas to the NW, with more to come, and you have a rather diminished amount of resources. Start sending your folks out thattaway and start blasting the larvas are pretty frail. That said, dont go too crazy: youll want to leave 8+ of them alive for stuff.
On the flip side, the Vajra Larvas are SS sized, so theyll be getting better numbers than usual against your guys. Worse, your beefier units will likely have pretty shoddy hit %s against them, so Strike is the name of the game.
Of note is that Ichitaka is FUCKING INVINCIBLE in this mission: the larvas only have one attack, and its a Beam weapon which doesnt hit too hard. In other words, theyll never get through the Laplace Wall.
Push onwards and, on the next turn
: Sheryl! You alright?!
: Yes, yes! The shrapnel just grazed me.
: Ranka, you have to sing! Make the Vajra docile with your song, please!
: Huh but
: Youre the only one who can! Please! Our city and everyone in it need your help!
: Im the only one Okay, Ill do it
: (You tell me that, but shes the one youre holding It hurts Youve no idea how much my hearts hurting, Alto )
: What the?! The Vajra got all energized?!
: Damn it, and they were already tough to deal with before !
: (What how ?)
: Emotional level: -7.3
: Is this mess your doing?
: No. I admit that I considered the possibility, but this is an irregular event as far as Im concerned.
: But it doesnt matter. How are things going on your end? The plans been going so swimmingly I could lend you a hand with that if youre feeling uneasy.
: Thank you, but no. Ill handle it myself. This mayhem could be a bit of divine providence at work, I think !
: Ur gh
: H-Hang in there! Stay with us!
: Nanase! Sheryl!
: Ill take her to the shelter! Your job is to keep the city safe hurry back to the SMS building!
: Hrm alright! Can you keep up, Ranka?!
: Sorry for the delay, people!
: Rankas already safe and sound! Same goes for Nagisa and Kawai, by the looks for things!
: You Youve hurt Nanase!
Back at the SMS base
: Hows my Queadluun doing?!
: It was still undergoing maintenance, so its frames pried wide open! We could try reassembling it on a hurry, but
: Damn it, of all the ! Wait, there was a Super Pack stored in the hangar, right?
: Sure, but what use
: Give it to me! Im going out with it!
: Klan?! Are you really sure about fighting with that?!
: Were already short on people as is. Watch my six, Michel!
Cant lose Michel or Klan here, which is fine as theyre very dodgy. Just dont let evasion decay bite them in the ass. With the new gaggle of Vajras to the NE, well have to spread our forces a bit Ill have the Rushbird lead the way there since it cant be damaged. The NW group has the SMS folks, so Ill only add a few more hands there.
Klan Klang (Super Pack)
Squad Bonus: Critical +10, Mobility +5, Money +10%
And heres Iczer-5! Klan and her jetpack are rather short on attacks, but shes got decently powered missiles with 2-7 range, so thatll do well enough. And unlike Z2.2, this isnt a one-time thing: Klan can now go out in either this or her Queadluun-Rea for any mission!
One thing you really need to pay attention to is that Klan doesnt fly too well: only a B rank in air, and thats a real problem since she deploys in flight! Put her back in the ground ASAP or the Vajra Larvas WILL be getting good numbers on her. Grounded, she is very dodgy, though.
Once shes landed, shes pretty much untouchable until the evasion decay really piles up.
And one final thing before we go:
Have Michel kill 8+ enemies. As in, by the time you clear out THIS bunch of Vajras, he needs to have 8+ kills.
Easiest way to do that is to have Luca (my Altos too strong he often crit-kills one with even the Gunpod) pop a chain attack to shave off 50-70% of a pairs HP, and have Michel follow up for two kills. Do that four times, and youll be good.
Here we go.
: Youre not hurting Island 1 or any other of the people I love! Im not having it!
: Fighting and dying are things only soldiers should be doing! Youre not killing any more of the Frontiers civs on my watch!
: Rankas song isnt working on them, so well have to handle this ourselves! You bugs can go straight to Hell!
: Whats wrong, Mr. Bug?! Whyre you angry?!
: But I still need to get Nagisa back Im sorry!
: Therere shelters all over this area! Its only a matter of time before those get damaged we need to get rid of these things quick!
: Are there any people who havent run off yet?! This all went down so suddenly !
: About 90% should already have evacuated safely! We should hurry to make sure the remaining 10% are also fine!
Every once in a while comes a mission where all stars align in Ichitakas favor, and this is one of them. By the end, hell have taken a total of 11 kills, and thats only because I held him back after a point the Rushbird can solo this whole thing with just its Lightning Fist and absorbing EN.
: Damn it, how did a screw-up like this happen?! We havent had Vajra managing to get inside Island 1 since first contact!
: This isnt the time to lose your head calm down ! Calm down and push the bugs back !
: What the hell Did the Vajra manage to build a nest inside the Frontier? I cant think of any other explanation for this!
: Rrrgh, thesere ever smaller and quicker than the ones we fought before ! And theres a ton of them, to boot!
: Just point us in the right direction, Hyouma! Ill get you a lock!
It was as I was killing the last survivors that I came to realize that I REALLY wanted Rey to be able to MAPW aerial targets, so I went and swapped his and Zechs squadmates around.
: Yeesh, how many of them are there?!
: We have to do something, or therell be no way for anyone to live here !
*The Vajra rushes Klan down!*
Michel: Zentran or no, shes out there in the flesh !
Michel: K-Klan Ill protect you!
: Hey Alto. When you really love someone youre ready to risk your life for them right ?
: Michel !
: Sorry, Klan that I couldnt say this til now But I I also
: Mi Michel ?
: I love you
: Aah ! AAAAAAAAAH!
: Th-This has to be a sick joke Michel! MICHEEEEEEL!!
*Beep! Secret Achieved!*
: Hrgh ! Quit yelling I hear you just fine
: Michel! Youre alive?!
: Just barely I really thought I was a goner there which loosened my tongue a bit too much
: Argh, you idiot! If you actually do love me, then you cant just die like that!
: Kch Youre such a slavedriver God, this hurts
: Dont talk anymore, Michel! Do whatever you can for your wounds were sending people your way!
: Aye, aye Ill be waiting !
: In the meantime, weve to clear out the remaining Vajras in Island 1 and keep the people safe!
: Yes, sir! Well wrap this up in a hurry!
In a hurry, indeed, because Ive officially ran out of patience. So I have everyone bunch up at Mihoshi and hold back for just a few turns
Thats precisely 30 kills for Rey, and not a drop of regret on my part (especially because I used Bless).
And it's just hit me that this is the second game in a row where a Toshihiko Seki character becomes my go-to "fuck this" tactic.
: (Whats going on ? I shouldnt have any memories of my childhood so why does this look so familiar ?)
: (Thats right someone helped me before! What happened was hrm I cant remember !)
Anything that wasnt inside this AoE gets wrecked, and were done!
: Weve managed to bring down all the Vajras that entered the ship !
: Now we just need to deal with the ones surrounding the fleet!
: What ?! Therere more outside?!
: Yes, Brera and the fleets forces are currently engaging them. They wont last by themselves, though. We need to get out there and provide support!
: So hes fighting too Roger that!
: I see youre safe, Mr. President.
: Oh, Mishima? Weve already finished transferring all governmental functions to the Battle Frontier. All that remains is leading the offensive from there.
: Much appreciated. Now, if you would, I, Leon Mishima, shall take those duties upon myself
: What ?
: Father, get away from him!
: Cathy?! What are you doing here?!
: Oh, dear, weve some uninvited guests but Im afraid youre too late.
: Wh !
: Mishima !
: Your father is gone, Cathy. And I fear I must now call off our engagement.
: You how could you!
: Much as it pains me, I cannot afford to leave witnesses Get them!
: Yes, sir !
: Youre not getting rid of us that easy!
: Cathy, run!
*Door closes, and they run off!*
: Tsk After them! Dont let them escape!
: Stay strong Alto and his friends will save us, Im sure
: Why is any of this happening ? Couldnt Rankas song stop the Vajra?
#1: Rrgh, damn that aide I thought that story was too good to be true!
#2: If only wed made it to pilots, we !
: (Singing, huh ? Could I still touch their hearts?)
: Dont lie to me, Sheryl. I know youd never quit singing. You wouldnt have touched the hearts of so many people if you didnt love doing this!
L doesnt have this song, but screw it!
: Kami-sama ni koi wo shiteta koro wa ♪
: Sheryl? Its Sheryl Nome!
: What a beautiful song
: (I might not be able to be a symbol of hope like Ranka. But, still, Ill carry on singing even as despair spreads around me.)
: (All so my song can touch and bring joy to the hearts of these people !)