Part 73: Mission 31 (Space Route) - Set Out on an Interstellar Flight...
One more mission and well wrap up the Space Route. Ichitakas 15 kills ahead of Kenji, so hell likely have a solid lead on Daiya once were back together.
On upgrades, Ive gotten Alto and Shinn over 50%, so their bonuses are now, respectively, Mobility +15, crit +20, movement +1, and, Mobility +15, crit +20 and A rank in Space.
Regarding squads, Voltes and Combattler are going out as event units, and while Ozma isnt showing up in the intermission menu, he WILL be back when the mission actually starts, so youll need to set him in then.
Here we go.
We open up the Quarter, and Mishimas up on TV, issuing a call to arms: We sought nothing but peace after we left our homeworld. As we searched for a new planet, we asked simply for a moment of peace at this parallel Earth! But the Vajra attacked, relentless in their desire to eradicate us. We will not bend our knees to their onslaught, however! I, as the 5th president of the Frontier Fleet, solemnly swear that victory will be ours in this holiest of battles! For the people of the Frontier!
Lam is very surprised someone as young as Mishima made it president, and Monica chalks it up to the success of his operation against the Vajra. His speech at Howards burial was also quite moving all in all, he gathered a lot of support. And the guys already showing what hes all about, Kyo noting that the Valkyries are being equipped with some new kind of warhead.
Luca explains that its the MDE Warhead, L.A.I.s newest creation and capable of creating a miniature Fold when it goes off he only wishes theyd completed it sooner, as maybe Nanase wouldnt have gotten hurt. But Ippei says its not the kids companys fault; moreover, Nagisa points out, our Valkyries are also getting the goods, so hell need to stay strong for the battles ahead.
The fact that Mishima doesnt seem to care that Rankas song isnt available anymore to use against the Vajra makes Quatre wonder if the guys THAT confident in the MDE Warheads firepower. Ichitaka can see why Mishimad be all hyped and raring to go, as the things are said to be even stronger than the Reactive Munitions but knowing how he is, Heine figures Mishima would only be this excited if he was sure he had good odds of winning this.
Good for him, because Ranka is long gone. Duo says her departure was confirmed not only by Alto but by several eyewitnesses and the airlock locks of Island 1: she, Brera and that one Vajra were seen leaving.
Kenichi wonders if the Vajras hive is hiding somewhere in this universe, though Alice also raises the possibility that Ranka and Brera might be able to Fold back to the Highly Probably Universe with their Vajras help, finding their hive over there. Whatever the case, therell be no end to the battle with the bugs until we find and wreck the place. Theyre in for a tough fight, Hyouma sighs.
Iczer-3 thinks its more sad than anything, figuring the best solution would just be if we could find a way to get along with the bugs (Atross is taken aback by our kindness a far cry from the Cthulhu).
And with all this crazy stuff thats happened with Ranka, Bobby has to wonder: what is Ozma doing? Heres hoping hes safe
By Mishimas office, hes seen fit to call in Sheryl. Shes a mere indie singer now, so what use could he have for her? Well, word has reached him that she has V-Type Infection, and that its already reached her brain, meaning it can no longer be treated. Oh? Is he paying attention to what the paparazzis rumors, or did the government look into her?
Mishima wont reveal his source, but the important thing is that her disease has opened a new avenue for her to use. You see, due to the V-Type Infection, Sheryls voice is now capable of generating faint Fold Waves just like the traitor, Ranka Lee.
Does that mean Rankas also sick? No, its due to something else, though the cause is still unknown. But, regardless, Sheryl can now do what the girl could and Mishima would like to ask that she use her music to save the Frontier Fleet.
Back to the Quarter, Jeffreys just assembled the team to pass on some information relayed to us by the Presidents Office: theyve just received reliable intel indicating the location for the Vajras homeworld. Not nest, homeworld, and Kentarou says the entire places in the process of being Folded into this universe.
Hiyoshi and Ippei are blown away and impressed, as the best us humans can do is just warp our ships around. Regardless, once weve confirmed the homeworlds location, the Frontier Fleet itself will set off to attack it.
This all seems incredibly hasty to Megumi, what with Rankas departure, but Kentarou figures theyll be using Sheryl as her replacement. Altos taken aback by that, and the professor explains that her song can now affect the Vajra likely due to her disease.
Alto, of course, hadnt heard anything about that, and Michel and Klan figure weve no choice but to explain whats what now.
Alto now understands what was going on with Sheryl, and Kentarou wagers Mishimas looking at both her and the MDE Warheads as the keys to securing a victory against the Vajra. Ippei raises the fact that the Frontiers been placed under the UNs supervision and their actions restricted. Wont unilateral actions such as up and Folding away at the drop of a hat make things much more difficult to control for the PLANTs and Lady Une?
Sure, but Kentarou figures Mishima doesnt take this Earths protection to be needed any more. Considering how often forces of this world helped the Frontier defend against the Vajra before, that sounds very selfish to Megumi. Kenichi agrees: how can they simply turn their backs on the crisis enveloping Earth, all the people whove risked their lives for them?
Still, those are the options presented to the Quarter now: leave Earth with the Frontier upon Mishimas command, or stay behind with LOTUS
But the suddenly appearing Ozma and Cathy say balls to Mishima that guys a criminal! As Bobby cries tears of joy over his return, Ozma apologizes for the worry and explains that they were being pursued by Mishimas goons and couldnt get in touch. Mishimas what now?
Ozma explains how the guy used the Vajra attack as cover to kill Howard, and tried to eliminate them as witnesses. That explains a message Jeffrey received from Birlers estate not too long ago: it said that the SMS was being disbanded and incorporated into the NUNS. Seems to Canaria that Mishimas moving for a takeover of the SMS forces, but Ozma refuses to serve someone who killed the president to fulfill his own agenda.
Jeffrey agrees with him, figuring the Quarterll need to choose its fate right now, and the path is clear to him: well be cutties ties with the Frontier Fleet. As Bobby scrambles to tell Micchi and Talia, Luca asks if this wont mean well be tagged as traitors.
If not that, Michel says well at least be deserters, and while Lucas still worried about Nanase, he cant turn his back on this. Now, Ozma doubts the Frontierll simply let us go, so he wants everyone ready to deploy at the drop of a hat. Before we leave, however, Alto has one thing to take care of: he cant leave Sheryl in Mishimas hands.
Mission 31 (Space Route) Set Out on an Interstellar Flight
And, indeed, NUNS troops fly out after us the second we start leaving. The Presidents Office is demanding we return immediately the Quarter was never given permission to depart. Not happening, of course, and Jeffrey declares that theyre cutting ties with the Fleet and will be acting independently. The NUNS have orders to shoot us down, in that case!
Talia gets in touch and argues that the SMS is currently assigned to LOTUS, but the NUNS guys arent listening. This is a Frontier problem, and we better keep off unless were ready to face the consequences! As Meyrin detects their sights being set on us, our hands are forced. Shinn would rather not have to fight people whove helped protect the PLANTs before, but Rey knows weve no real choice here if theyre not willing to talk.
Jeffrey does apologize for pulling our folks into this, but Talia says its fine: well just avoid fighting as much as possible and focus on leaving the area.
Altos left Sheryl aboard the Quarter, having quickly shown up and brought her over. Shes very confused with all the stuff going on, but explanations will have to wait a bit. In the meantime, Lucas asking Jeffreys permission to use THAT we cant afford to hold anything back if were to leave here safely.
And if were already being tagged as traitors, Luca figures we should be ready to use all means at our disposal to pull through this and future battles. Fine, Jeffrey allows it, and Luca releases the AI limiters in his three drones. Its time to engage that which once spread terror across Macross City: the Judah System!
And, with that, Ozma calls for formation My Soul For You. Well show these mooks that well fight not for Mishima, but for the future of the entire Frontier!
Get any allied ship to the marked area, without losing either of them or the Nagahama bots. Now, despite what Talia said, youve no reason to avoid fighting the Frontier guys and, I think, its best to actually wreck them all first.
This shouldnt come as a surprise for you, but we wont be dealing with JUST a bevy of Macross mooks. In fact, the second a ship enters the area, youll be caught in a pincer attack. Not all that dangerous, but theres no reason you should subject yourself to that in the first place.
And, as you might expect, the Frontiers Valkyries are very dodgy, but dont have much by way of defenses pop Strike and go to town. I suggest you engage this group from one of its wings first, to force the other to come to you. Their missiles have rather long range, so goading them in will make things simpler.
It should also be noted, if it wasnt clear enough, that the Valkyries now have access to new weapons: all of them have MDE Warheads, which are way stronger than the Reactive ones, and Luca now has access to his new Judah System weapon. Its basically a better version of his Ghost weapon, which is post-movement and has 3 shots.
Pair that with all the different warheads and Lucas one of the strongest squaddies around.
: Id rather not fight the NUNS, but youre not leaving me any choice ! If youre set on stopping us from following our path if youre gonna try to use us and Sheryl for your schemes, then !
: I get that youre all giddy with your new weapons, but youre not winning that war by putting all your eggs in that basket. The Vajra arent that weak!
: The Vajra arent our only enemies! Chances are the NUNS and SMS alone wouldnt be able to keep the Frontier safe !
: So its far too dangerous for you to send all of the Fleet towards the Vajra homeworld!
When you roll into the next enemy turn
: Now what is this the Macross Quarter is parting with the Frontier Fleet?
: Yes, sir. Moreover, it seems the Fleets development of an MDE Warhead has been successful As they said, necessity is the mother of all invention.
: We cant well not collect data on that, can we? Prepare all troops to deploy soon.
: What should I do?
: I want you to simply observe how theyll fight. Youll likely be facing them soon anyway.
: Your mission is to control my magnum opus absolutely flawlessly, so we shouldnt rush to send you into combat.
: Copy that. Proceeding as instructed.
: Ken, these people are !
: I know; theyre soldiers. If the orders are to fight, then they have to comply whether they want to or not!
: But were also on that same boat: whoever the enemy is, we have to fight!
: You think these cobbled together fighters can take us own? Someones really selling us short, I see!
When you first use this weapon, you get this scene:
: Data collection complete. Should we relay these to the Professors brain?
: No, this is something we can develop by ourselves. Continue to gather data on LOTUS.
: But we should already have more than enough on these units
: Theres only so much one can learn from videos and recorded data. I want her to observe, to experience, how these heroes fight with her own eyes.
: Roger that. Carrying on.
: Look at these pirates, thinking they can commandeer our ship. Were going in, you lot!
, Aye, aye, captain!
And heres Lucas new trick. Its pretty good!
*Kill everything and the Quarter will move into the evac area.*
: Weve multiple heat signatures closing in from 12 o clock! Its!
: Come and show us that new weapon of yours. Lets see whether or not itll amount to a new potential
: And I believe we might as well collect some data on the NUNS as well, just in case (I might have bad news for you )
: Those are What are they doing here?!
: These guys always pick the worse moments to crash our parties !
: Forward, troops! Engage and destroy the new enemies!
I guess they really did expect me to do as the captain said and make a beeline for the escape zone. Whatever the case, your objective now is to destroy all of the new enemies if there are still NUNS troops alive, you dont have to take them (though thatd mean less money and we know thats no good).
As for the Valleys, theyre pretty much the same as the Orb fight. Decently bulky and hard-hitting, but our guys here are some of our strongest. Focus fire them down and do keep an eye out for opportunities to MAPW them with Rey (who should already know Valor).
Finally, you cant hit the Imperial Valley not even with Strike. If you tried to attack if with Hyouma, youd get this:
: Weve already processed data on all of your weapons. Nothing you have will work.
: That guys not taking us seriously !
: He might have some trick up his sleeve. Keep an eye out!
So all you can do is take out the lesser Valleys.
Also, heres Atross Iczer Bomb plus its DK.
Once three turns have passed since the Valleys arrival
: No different from what the data suggested which means the newest auto-evasion program can easily handle them. (Reported for hacking!)
: Hey, what gives?! Its using some sort of trick?!
: Thats just like before when I had to help Kira and Athrun!
: Anything we can do, Kosuke?!
: Ive nothing! The enemys apparently analyzing and predicting any and all of our motions!
: Damn it, then whatre we supposed to do?!
: What the hell are you people doing, letting the enemy get inside your heads?!
: Prof. Sakonji!
: How many battles have you fought until today?! Did you learn so little from them that the enemy can process it all just like that?!
: Get your head in the game and bring out every gram of your strength! Surpass the enemys predictions and your own limits!
: Surpass our limits, eh I like the sound of that!
: This might just be the moment for us to try that again the attack we used against the Boazans way back when!
: J-Just whatre you planning?!
: Chill, XO well handle this!
*The Combattler moves after the Imperial Valley.*
: Super Electromagnetic Tornado, followed by the Spin I just have to avoid being hit by the Tornado, and the rest will be relatively easy to dodge.
: I dont need to tag you with the Tornado I just gotta do this!
Hyouma: Kosuke, bring our super electromagnetic energy into the red!
Kosuke: You got it, Hyouma! Forming a super EM field around the Combattler!
Juzo: Get in there, Hyouma!
Soldier: How they stopped my movements without resorting to the Tornado?!
: Wh-what was that attack?!
: Now, Kenichi!
: Im on it! Here we go, guys!
Megumi: Were going with that move, huh?
Ippei: Just gotta think back to that hellish training we went through!
Kenichi: Were going!
Soldier: This cant be! Our predictions said nothing of them being able to do something like that!
: Impossible ! We should already have analyzed those units capabilities from top to bottom! This this is !
: Kch E-Engage the emergency repair!
: What ?! An error?!
: The enemys movements have grown sluggish! We should be able to attack it now!
: Alright, then lets go and finish him off for good!
: Decided to come out your hidey-hole, eh, Mr. Stalker?!
: I havent the time to play with you. There are too many tests left to be done !
: Ichitaka, the more we let this battle drag on, the more theyll be able to gather data on us!
: We still dont know what these guys are after, but I guess nothing goodll come out of letting them do that, yeah? Then lets save the questions for later and just worry about trashing em all quick!
: Who are you?! Why did you kidnap Ichitakas professor, and what did you target us for ? Answer me!
: Weve already applied the Orb data. I should be able to keep up with him now !
: Whats up, Red Bot? Whered all that attitude from before go?
: Im not finished yet! I just have to put the Imperial Valleys full capacity to use and your measly Super Electromagnetic Robot will be easy pickings !
The Voltes and Combattler now have a combined attack, but I forgot about it! Well see it next mission.
: Hell, yeah!
: We did it, Hyouma!
: A very good job, all of you. That was some fine teamwork!
: Yow! Did Prof. Sakonji actually give us props?
: Hah, maybe someone oughta check if Hells frozen over.
: Are you volunteering, Juzo? Because I can provide some extra training thatll send you straight there !
: S-Sorry, sir !
: All unknown units have retreated from the sector.
If NUNS units are still alive
: Whatre these people made of ! They drove out all of those unknowns !
: These cowards ! Its because youre like that that we need to handle everything!
: But you soldiers will have to keep the Frontier safe just be careful around Mishima.
: Heres our chance. Well evacuate the area and reorganize.
: I suppose regular humans really cant use the Imperial Valley to its full capacity
: Youll be leading the troops next deployment. Is that fine with you?
: Yes, master. It is no problem at all.
: Sorry for dragging you like that, but I didnt want to leave you in Mishimas hands. Not in the state youre in
: Aaah Youve heard about it, huh? And you were the one person I really didnt want to find out
: Sheryl, please stop pushing yourself. You dont need to force a smile, or carry on with that act anymore
: Im going to keep singing I have to keep singing! Thats the only way Ill leave proof that I ever existed !
: But its almost too much. Im all alone, watching as my life crumbles away and it scares me !
: Strange, isnt it ? Im Sheryl Nome Id decided to live the rest of my life like that, and look at me now
: Ill be right there with you!
: If youre going to sing, then Ill stay by your side until the very last moment!
: Alto, please grant me some courage. Just enough to carry on singing for as long as I can !
By Talias office, she informs Durandal of Mishima breaking the Frontiers treaty with the UN. If nothings done, wont this be a heavy blow to Durandal, and the PLANTs, position? Indeed, and Durandals disappointed: hed hoped to hold talks with the guy. But its already too late, as Durandal informs that, just now, the Frontier Fleet Folded out of the solar system before the PLANTs could do anything to keep them in check.
Talia sees that their attack on us was meant to do nothing but stall for time as they prepared to leave, and Durandal figures they all fell for Mishimas plan. Whatever the case, hell figure out what to do about this. In the meantime, he has intel for Talia: theyve finally located Djibril.
So the time has come to track down the Logos remnants, and Durandals already requested LOTUS support with it. Once the Earth troops are up top, the Minerva and the rest of our group will rendezvous with them and pursue Djibril.
Cut to the Quarters briefing room, Ozma hands a disc to Kentarou. Its filled with data he and Cathy gathered from the government computers while they were investigating Mishima; among which, some worrying information regarding Grace. Luca remembers Sheryls former manager (and Rankas current one) and, when Kenichi asks, Ozma says she was the one who suggested that Mishima weaponized the singers music against the Vajra.
Kentarou figures Ozma is worried that the lady might have her own plans, and Sheryl steps in, demanding they let her in on this conversation. From what Grace herself said, she deliberately gave Sheryl the V-Type Infection after picking her up from the Macross Galaxys slums. As the disease developed, her singing started to affect the Vajra apparently and Grace sought to have her work as a tool for Mishimas plot.
Nagisas appalled over the woman using Sheryls life as a plaything, but she disagrees: shes not being used, and never will be. My life belongs to no one but me. Everything Ive done to this day, I did because I wanted to and Ill carry on living that way. I am Sheryl Nome!
Well, Michel figures Altoll have to be there for her all the way hes the only one who could manage to lift her spirits like that. And hes alright with that: Sheryl I swear Ill be your rock, he thinks.
Now, Alice hands Sheryl a fresh batch of her medicine and asks that she keep taking it. It should at least allow her to carry on with her everyday life. Sheryls not one to ignore doctors orders, so she promises.
All that said, theres still one big question in Ichitakas eyes: Brera. Weve been told that hed been taking orders from the government, but, from what Ozmas found, his recent escapade wasnt part of that. There was no information whatsoever about it on the data they found.
But Zechs figures well have to worry about him later. Right now, we should focus on dealing with Lord Djibril. Inwardly, though, Ozma prays that Rankas safe.
Speaking of, we find Brera and Ranka out in the middle of nowhere, some distant corner in space. She thanks him for helping her with this, flying all the way here, but he was eager to help. He was supposed to be no more than a fighting machine, but when he heard her sing, something washed over him this is him paying her back for it.
Ai-kuns still bouncing around, and Ranka tells him it wont be long before hes home. With that, she starts singing Aimo