Part 81: Mission 33 - The Chosen Future - Part 2Alright, thats two less problems to deal with. Well set our sights on Rey real soon.
: So, Durandals words are pretty much gospel to you?
: As Moon WILL himself assessed, destruction is all that awaits humanity in its current state. So Gil will take its reins and guide it! Then, our world will endure!
: Sorry, but thats not happening. Were here to pull the plug on both the Destiny Plan and that destruction of humanity business!
And heres the Akatsuki Shiranuis best weapon.
Plus the Straybird's best trick!
And lets get this one out the way as well. Finally, Rey
: Why do you trust that Chairman so much?!
: I, for one, aint putting up with that crazy Plan of his!
: You dont have to understand, only to stand back and watch. If you do, Gil will make a utopia out of this world
: Oh, piss off! We fought through all those battles to keep our future in our own hands, not to hand it over to someone else!
: You Were you planning on using us even back when we first met?
: Yes, to be honest. Gil needed more strength for what was to come.
: Uh-huh Too bad for you, things aint gonna go your way!
: The Chairman wont have a monopoly on our strength! The Voltes is, and always will be, a symbol of hope for ALL of Earth!
: You said before that you wanted your father to accept you, right?
: We are alike, then I am alive because Gil accepts me.
: Its true that I wanted my dad to compliment me. And I was really happy when he told me good job.
: But Ive already made up my mind, that even if my dad doesnt approve of what Im doing, Im still going to follow my own path the path I chose to follow !
: And I know thatll make him happy !
: Your Destiny Planll do away with the future of so many children! Theres absolutely no way thats how the worlds meant to be!
: Are you worried about Lou Roux? Dont be.
: The Earth Sphere will be under the protection of hand-picked warriors There will be no more alien invasions, or new tragedies born of those, and the children will all be lead in the proper direction.
: Even children can go and make their own choices; and if it looks like theyre making a bad one, then adults should just try and point out a better direction!
: But by setting them on a linear path from the moment theyre born, youre doing nothing but killing all the potential they have!
: Rey, please stop this!
: Ive lived all for this day the day Gil would create the world he dreamt of ! What about you, Shinn?!
: To create a world where theres no war, thats why !
: But even if theres no war, there will always be unhappiness! Gil will put an end to all of that!
: But that doesnt change the fact that what hes doing is wrong, Rey!
: Kira Yamato I refuse to allow someone like you to exist !
! Why are you so ?!
: You, of all people, should know! Im Rau le Creuset!
: Rau le Creuset ?!
: It cant be ! Kira destroyed him at Jachin Due!
: Hes a clone?
: Thats right Im a being created by the hands of man Not a person, but an empty vessel
: Youre wrong! You only ever had one life... and that life is your own! Youre not him!
: Shut your mouth! Your life was also created by someone elses hands! What makes you so different from us?!
: Why do you, alone, get to live a meaningful life?!
: Rey, you !
: Kira Yamato youre the glorious embodiment of the dream the future of humanity !
: And thats why you must disappear along with us! So that this world may be reborn!
: If you ask me, a life on preset rails is a whole lot worse than one stumbling about your own path!
: But if the Destiny Plan is successfully implemented, no one will ever lose their way again. Itll be the end of this society that persecutes those whove fallen by the wayside!
: Is that a fact? But you should know that there are wings within the hearts of every person! Those wings yearn for freedom, and youre not strong enough to bind them!
: Rey, was it always your plan to use LOTUS as a tool for Durandal?
: It was, though that obviously didnt happen. Still, youve also used LOTUS for your own goals, no? We are alike.
: Its true, I did join LOTUS in order to save the professor but that doesnt mean Id ever betray our crew over it!
: And if you had to choose between LOTUS and the professor? What then?
: Then Id insist to have my cake and eat it too Im childish like that !
: And that happy ending is one well earn ourselves!
: Here we are, Rey. I am sorry, but Gilberts Plan needs to be stopped.
: I also want my son to have the freedom to choose his own future.
: I cannot stand down either, Cpt. Gladys Ill destroy anyone who stands in Gils way even you!
: The world isnt so tiny that your justice alone could save it.
: Ive figured out ages ago that Im not strong enough to pull that off! That said, Im not fighting this alone
: If I can really be a Champion of Justice, its only because Ive my friends of LOTUS beside me!
: You are not fighting because you were ordered, but because youve someone you wish to be safe, so I wont gainsay what youre doing But, tell me: what do you expect to gain after this is done?
: My very being is worth nothing I doubt I could ever make something with my life.
: But if I can protect Gil, then not even death seems like a high price to pay.
: In the past, I was no different from a fighting machine. Id get my orders, and kill as many people as necessary to fulfill them again, again, and again.
: You may smother your heart and convince yourself that life is cheap
: But there is nothing cheap about anyones life! And that includes mine and yours!
Heero: Target confirmed: Legend, ZAFTs prototype
: You always had that cold and aloof shtick going, but I figured there was a good guy behind all that! What the hell, man?!
: All Ive done was act in accordance to my orders: fall in with LOTUS and, when its time to implement the Destiny Plan, bring them into our fold if possible.
: Wow So this was all just one huge act? I cant believe you!
: We even got Atross to be our friend, so why do we need to fight you?!
: Please reconsider what youre doing, Rey!
: First off, I am not another child. Secondly, this is what I want to do.
: And thirdly I just cannot be friends with you.
: No, no, no! We absolutely can!
: Stop this, Rey! The Chairmans Plan wont make anyone truly happy!
: Are you implying that Lacus Clyne could, then, Athrun?!
: But I dont share your faith in her! Id much rather stick with a far more concrete method. Thats why !
: You idiot! All youre doing is shutting your ears to everyones words but the Chairmans!
: The Destiny Plan has to be stopped! Thats the path I chose to take, and why I was entrusted with the Justice!
: Come back to us, Rey! The Chairmans way of doing things is totally wrong! Help us shut the guy down!
: I told you I cannot do that ! A swarm of menaces are massing at our doorstep; we need to implement the Plan immediately if were to stand a chance!
: Itll be fine we can all protect Earth together! Think of how lonely youd be if you went on with this!
: Why are we even doing this?! What happened to all the stuff we went through?!
: This turn of events is very commonplace in the battlefield. Thats all there is to it
: But we werent on the battlefield 24/7! For instance, didnt we work on putting together that Idol Contest?! That was all of us, together!
: Were all LOTUS members The bonds between us arent flimsy like that! No way!
: Come. Were done talking !
If you attack Rey with Shinn after having Kira engage, you get a new convo.
: Shinn if only you would join us
: Rey, you looked after me, didnt you? Was the fact that youre someone elses clone what pushed you to do that?
: No, it wasnt! You did it because it was a decision you made, wasnt it?!
: To me, youre not this Rau le Creuset! Youre Rey za Burrell my friend!
: ! Still, Shinn I my destiny is !
: Come on, Rey! If destiny is what binds you then Ill cut you free from it!
: Hah How much youve grown, Shinn
If you killed him with anyone but Shinn:
: Impressive, LOTUS but not surprising I confess Id been running simulations to figure out how to defeat you since yesterday, but nothing worked.
: Rey It doesnt help to panic and burn the midnight oil on the eve of your deadline. You were the one who said that to us, remember?!
: I guess I did
: Rey, why ?!
: I dont have that much of a future left. You see I was born with short telomeres
: So, what, that means you only care about helping with this crap, screw whether you live or die?!
: Thats right! I want to use whatever life I still have for the Gils for the Chairmans sake ! Kyo Misumi Im sure you can understand how I feel !
And then we converge. We did things right, though, so it goes straight to this from the previous line.
: Come back with us, Rey !
: Im sorry but I have to keep Gil safe. That is what I chose, of my own free will
: Rey !
All thats left is Soubi and a few GreAT units, so the battles pretty much won.
Especially after I do this.
Bam all gone. Now to wait a turn while Kouichi gets in position.
: Link confirmed Join us
: Psh, seems like that collective consciousness doing a much bigger number on his brains that it did on Kiriyama.
: Do you think there isnt anything we can do about this?
: That poor man
: Hrm, and I bet the Glain-Neidr guys ordering him from somewhere! Get your ass out here, coward!
: Resistance is futile but
: Hes engaging! Counterattack!
MP Machinas arent too powerful, though.
There we go.
: Look at what they did to you they got you dancing on the palm of their cyber-hand. Are you seriously alright with being controlled?!
: I am not under control... I am now one with the whole
: Do you not remember anything?! You told me before: a long time ago I also had that same passion of justice and ideals! Did you even forget all about those ?!
: Justice Ideals Ka oru
: Soubi, are you ?!
: I thought his integration was already complete This warrants some observation.
And thats it. Now we blow him up!
: Further combat will have no effect on the Destiny Plans preservation. Were done here retreat, Soubi.
: Theyve left ?
: Id wager the Destiny Plan caught Centrals eye but apparently that does not mean theyre willing to stick with them through thick and thin.
: Soubi I
: Messiah has gone silent! No additional enemy forces detected!
: Then all that remains
: Right. This isnt over just yet. Not until weve put a stop to him to Chairman Durandal.
: Wait for me, Rey!
: Stop, you two! Its too dangerous!
: We should go as well
Couple of convos we missed:
: Rey weve been friends since the academy, havent we?! Why do we need to fight like this ?
: I thought of protecting the PLANTs of protecting the world even back then.
: Gil can make that happen! The Earth will not last if we do nothing but insist on LOTUS approach! Sooner or later, itll crumble away!
: Mu la Flaga You have to die as well.
: Rau le Creuset, he who sought to drape this world in darkness, was your fathers clone And youll disappear along with all the crimes he committed!
: If were listing crimes, Ive done more than a handful during my time with the Phantom Pain. But I can only atone for those by staying alive!
: So just come back to us your friends are waiting !
: Dont be ridiculous! I have to keep on fighting for Gil!
: Enough of this! If you do that, youll be draping this world in darkness yourself no different from Creuset!
: Gil, you have to leave this place!
: No. I think now truly is check mate
: Chairman Durandal
: ?! Youre all !
: All of LOTUS pilots step forth to meet with me I am truly honored.
: Chairman, your Plans already done for. Just call it quits and turn yourself in
: Weve a major debt with you Youve helped us ever since we arrived in this world. So, please !
: Do you truly think this is for the best ? Humanity will not last without the Destiny Plan.
: If you reject it, even should you successfully drive out the invaders, the world will inevitably fall into chaos once more.
: Thats a possibility, sure but humanity can also choose not to head in that direction!
: Just like we learned to coexist with the Darius
: And how we managed to befriend the Zentradi!
: None of that means that all humans are as strong, or as kind, as you. Who could truly declare that humanity itself can change, that people can understand one another?
: But many of us know what it is like to reach out to another, to change for the better
: And because we know that, we can help others do the same the same way I changed after meeting everyone in LOTUS.
: Chairman Durandal, humans arent as idiotic as you deem them to be.
: You wished to protect this world would you be willing to entrust it to us now ?
: Gil Stop this, please.
: The future should be molded by young men and women like them, not by us.
: The previous generation shouldnt decide the road the next will walk, only help them make their own choice. The future is theirs alone.
: It doesnt belong to us, hm ? You may be right. But bringing forth this future youve chosen is a herculean task. You are aware of that, Im sure.
: And were ready to face whats ahead.
: We rejected your choice, so weve a responsibility to see it done
: Is that so then I have nothing more to say. If youre capable of proclaiming this much, then I'd like to bear witness to the future youll create.
: Chairman Durandal
: And theres something Id like to apologize to you for, Lacus Clyne it was I who sent those forces after you in Orb.
: As it was also my hand that forced Operation Angel Down into being all so that Central would grant me their technology
: Masaki Sugawara told me to eliminate the Archangel, as it was looking into GreAT. I am truly sorry for my deceit.
: But were all still alive Did you honestly want us gone?
: Im sure someone with your power could have made it happen if you did. Yet here we are
: What happens now, Durandal ?
: You must leave this place. Messiah will break apart before long.
: Then you come with us, Chairman!
: Im afraid thats not possible. I also have to take responsibility for my choices.
: Everyone back to your units We must respect his wish
: Talia, you must carry on Help those children. Do not let them go down the same path I did
: I know Goodbye, Gilbert
: Goodbye, Talia
*She goes too.*
: (Maybe, somewhere deep inside, I truly did hope Talia, Kira and their allies would stop me )
: Gil ?
: Go with them, Rey. See for yourself whatever future this world might find
: Understood, Gil But I wont just be watching. You wanted this world to be safe so Ill go and make it so
: Thank you, Rey
: Itll stand as a memorial for Durandal and his ideals
: Chairman Durandal
: Thats were detecting a Mobile Suit!
: Huh ?
: LOTUS Im not here to fight with you. Will you accept my surrender?
: Rey !
: The PLANTs Interim Council has agreed to a cease-fire. Its over finally.
: Though I wouldve preferred if things couldve been resolved without hostilities
: Chairman Durandal he wanted to protect humanity just like us, but
: Still, in the end, he decided to trust us with this worlds future We now have to measure up to his wish.
: Yeah. All the more reason we really cant let ourselves get taken out on these next battles.
: But, Dearka, you two are
: Who gives a damn about affiliation right now? Our job is to make sure every single human on the Earth, the PLANTs or wherever gets to keep on living!
: Yup, what he said.
And if you covered all Meteor Breakers way back at the start of the game
: Weve brought the Duel and Buster Gundams along, too, so you can be sure we wont be a burden !
: Hey, now, and what do you think youll be doing with those two antiques?
: Chill; they got a lot of updates on their OSs and whatnot. Well be A-OK.
: Well, I see where youre coming from. Better to jump into the fire with your old buddies than without, right?
: Granted, we shouldnt be too puffed up about having those two considering where we took them from.
: If youre willing to fly them in the name of peace, then Ill say nothing about it.
: We are sorry for what happened, Rep. Athha.
: Thats our situation sorted out, though. Guess well be working together again, folks.
: Yzak, Dearka thanks.
: And you? Do you really want to fight as part of LOTUS again?
: I understand that its a very selfish request. But, yes, thats what I want to do what I believe I can do.
: Consider it a request from me as well. Could you please grant Gilberts final wish?
: Oh, what the hell. Not like thisd be a first, so who am I so say anything? You have much to make up for, though.
: Then !
: Welcome back, Rey.
: Thank you very much.
: Thank goodness, Ray ! Our trios been together for too long you cant just ditch us!
: Absolutely !
: Rey Um, about the Chairman
: Its fine, Shinn That was the future he chose. What I can do now is help protect the world he entrusted to us side-by-side with all these people who called out to me.
: Yeah, well protect this world. All of us together, for as long as it takes.
: (Hell be going with Athrun and his team But, I what am I supposed to do now ?)
: Ah, here you are.
: Lady Lacus?! And LOTUS
: We wanted to thank you for pointing the way to Messiahs escape shaft. If you hadnt, things couldve have gotten rather complicated.
: Hm. Worst case scenario, we couldve lost some of our folks.
: So, please, dont be so scared. You can talk to us, you know.
: But I Im a fake. Lady Lacus herself is back, so I cant
: Meer Im sorry. You went through so much hardship because I pushed you to fill in as Lacus stand-in
: Meer. Your name and your face might not be your own, but what about your song? The song that mended the hearts of so many wasnt a lie, was it?
: My song
: I saw your show at Diokia. Its true that that wasnt Lacus song it was your own, no?
: Thats how you managed to connect with so many people.
: Sheryl Alto
: If you ask me, I dig your songs a whole lot. Whatever might be happening, they always perk me right up!
: Do carry on singing, Meer. Let the world hear your song
: Lady Lacus Okay, Ill start over again and Ill continue to sing If anything, my wish to make people happy was real
: Hmhmm, and thats all you need
: What a strong girl Shes lost almost everything she had, but still swears to continue to sing.
: Dont worry about me, Alto. Ive enough courage to carry on singing myself all thanks to you
And thats the proper end to the human conflict, and our shit needs killing pile now only has the Vajra, Central, Moon WILL and the Cthulhu left. Katou hasnt called in yet, so Reiji figures the interdimensional passageway isnt open yet. This would make a good moment to deal with one of those other threats, then, but we dont know where
Never mind, the alarm sounds and Emi has news: the ship F-J III, currently patrolling around the moon, has just seen a massive fortress appear on the surface and its sending out a bunch of mobile weapons! Said weapons are IDed as being the Cthulhus and, whoops, theyve just wrecked the F-J III in but an instant. Rachel is worried.
More importantly, Nagisa gets a Newtype flash and senses Nagisa Kanou shes inside that fortress for sure. Iczer-3 confirms, sensing the same kind, warm aura she feels from her Nagisa irradiating from within there.
Emi brings up an image of the fortress and Atross knows exactly what it is: Neos Golds base. Goh is dumbstruck that, despite our best efforts at trying to locate the thing, the Cthulhu managed to bring their entire base right to our doorstep.
Theyre likely pretty sure of their victory to go all-in like that, Mu ponders, and Tetsuyas sure well likely have to contend with Moon WILL as well over there.That sounds like a good deal to Aoi, seeing how fighting the guy was our main reason for coming up to space anyway. And if we can rescue Nagisa while doing it, thats two birds with one stone, for Ichitaka.
Regardless, theres clearly no time to waste, so Misato orders us straight to the lunar surface.