Part 88: Mission 37 - Flower of Steel - Part 1
Were back, with Reys rampage showing no signs of stopping. At the very least Daiya is only 6 kills away from overtaking Ichitaka.
Cash from the previous mission was spread all over the place, really: special note goes to our other Machinas, which I buffed just in case. Also, I also gave Rey an extra pip in his weapons, because Im that shameless.
All Machinas are deploying as event units today, meaning our deployment slots are reduced to 15. Heres how were going:
Also, make sure you deploy Sawatari, Yulianne or Wufei if youve been following the Linebarrel secret to this point.
Mission 37 Flower of Steel
: I I !
: The Linebarrels ?!
: Oh, no, hes !
: Hes done it... Its truly awakened...
: Kouichis heart is crying ?
: But theres something else self-hatred over failing to protect Emi
: A machine whose specs are influenced by the pilots emotions is nothing but inefficient our world has no need for such a thing.
*The front MP Machina goes after the Linebarrel.*
: Kouichi, watch out!
: The enemy Machinas stopped ?!
: Is it one of its powers as the Machina meant to counter all machinas ? It can paralyze them with just a yell ?!
: Ill be a Champion of Justice Ill keep everyone safe What a load of garbage !
: I couldnt even keep one girl standing right in front of me safe ! GOD DAMN IT!!
: This aint good hes totally lost it!
: Kouichi, please! Control yourself!
: Dont let those emotions overwhelm you, Kouichi! Itll destroy you !
: Stop this, Kouichi!
: Ill kill you Ill kill you !
: He immobilized us. However
: We are already through analyzing that Machina.
: Hrk !
: Their units are moving again!
: Any further conversation would be a waste of resources. Engage and destroy LOTUS.
: Roger All will be joined as one
: Urgh, is that all you can say? Ya sound like a total idiot ! Get over here well bring you back to reality!
: Col. Katsuragi Kouichis condition is worrying but we cannot afford to retreat from this.
: Yeah, I know. Troops, provide cover for Kouichi and eliminate all nearby enemies!
: Well absolutely need the Linebarrel to destroy the interdimensional corridor, so keep it in one piece at all costs!
: Yes, maam! Well do this for Emi, too !
: Kouichi, you have to get back to your senses !
: Ill kill you Ill kill you !
: S to p
: Dont become like me
Destroy Masaki, dont lose any ships or Machinas. In truth, Ive heard stories of how tough this mission could be, but I found there are plenty of ways to keep things nice and simple.
First and foremost, as you might expect, Kouichi will jump straight into the massive mob of enemies up ahead. Thankfully, hell auto-cast Strike, Zeal and Iron Wall, so he and the Linebarrels regen shouldnt be in too big a danger unless youve been neglecting them for the entire game.
Still, thats no reason not to be proactive about this (especially since hell steal a lot of your cash if you let him): rush your troops up top, cast Confuse the first turns when the incoming tides the strongest, and carve your way through the enemies.
This missions pretty much the same as the previous one, only you have to keep an eye on Kouichi. As always, drop the Strike Valleys ASAP to stop them from debuffing your armor (and Kouichis) and then start twoshotting the MP Machinas. With no MAPWs to worry about, youve a lot more freedom of movement.
Here he comes.
: EMIIIIII! GODDAMN IT!!
: Your performance may have increased, but therell be no victory for you here.
Most of the MP Machinas will stay put for the first turn, so Kouichi wont get mobbed too hard while youre still approaching.
Soubill start attacking him right away, though, so youll want to do this straight away:
You must have Sawatari, Yulianne or Wufei convince Soubi. Afterwards, youre free to wreck him with anyone.
: Soubi, what the hell happened ?! You always had your own reasons pushing you to keep on fighting, didnt ya?!
: Ki ll
: Please kill me ! If you dont youll
: Soubi you
: Stop whining and be a man!
: Wufei ?
: Choosing your own death is the cowards way out ! If you truly deem yourself a man, then stay true to your ideals and fight for as long as you draw breath!
: Damn straight pull yourself together, Soubi! We know you aint a enough of a wimp to let that junk control you !
: Remember, Soubi! Remember who you really are and what you wanted to do!
: What I wanted to do
: What I wanted was to protect the world she loved throughout her life
: Noise detected in our collective consciousness. Source identified as Soubi Nakajima. Correcting.
: All must join the whole so that all may know harmony
: Soubi I aint giving up on you! I promise well bring your old self back!
And now were free to kill everything unabated. Masaki seems to always prioritize Kouichi, so thats less of a problem for us.
: Its the power of his Flame is growing even higher?
: If you can feel that, then you should know whats up: thats whats called the human heart! And its way more than just a cog in a machine!
Rinse! And! Repeat!
: Uurk Sawatari Yulianne
: Soubi?! Youre back?!
: Then get your ass off that thing and tag in with us! The Talismans waiting for ya too !
: Thank you but I think this is the end I can only entrust things to you
: A shame I wish we could all be together again
: Sorry, Soubi
: But well see you again someday
: Why do you still refuse the harmony we offer? The crux of your plan, the Linebarrel, is in tatters.
: Emis told us about the world you want. She said there are no flowers there.
: Your information is incorrect. Our world simply preserves and maintains the flora that is deemed necessary.
: Only you dont have any right to decide what is or isnt necessary in any world! Id never put up with that kind of arrogance!
: A kabuki dancer such as you should be well aware of the value of paradigms built upon the collective wisdom of others
: Sorry, I dont. I left my family precisely because I hated all that formality and tradition!
: All so that I could fly across the skies a free man, with no shackles around my hands!
: Great Hero both words are lacking in objectivity as standards of evaluation.
: Maybe to you, but not to humans. Those words mean a whole many things to us !
: They inspire us, stoking our fighting spirit and keeping our hope alive!
: Iczer-1, Centrals collective consciousness can also provide the synchronicity you desire.
: Mine and Nagisas synchronization is no mere union of minds.
: The kindness within her turns to strength for me to wield that is what our synchronization entails!
: Win this, Iczer-1! I believe in you!
: Here we come, Central!
: Using the Godannar to fight in the void of space how utterly illogical.
: Still, it doesnt jibe with me to just sit on my hands! Im a pilot, so Im ready to fight whoever, wherever!
: And that goes double when the enemys someone trying to trash our planet!
: Aint nowhere for you to run off to now! Tell us where the professors at!
: Doing so would be detrimental to Central. I cannot tell you.
: Moreover, victory is still squarely within our grasp. The remaining 540000 of our forces will emerge from the interdimensional corridor before long.
: Which only means we gotta take you out before that! And then we can take our time finding whatever hole GreATs hiding at!
: This is our world and we wont let anything happen to it! Stop your attack !
: But theres always a limit to the strength of humans. The SEED and Zentran genetic factors could never truly safeguard the Earth Sphere.
: Which is just perfect for you, isnt it? Your speech is just a smokescreen to hide what youre really after: expanding your influence!
: I see that not even Central could be free of very human greed!
: We have to keep at it until Kouichi carries out his mission !
: The probability of that happening is zero. Kouichi Hayase himself no longer has any hope for this missions success.
: Thats not true ! Even Im still here, carrying on fighting!
: So I know that he will find a way to make it happen!
: Kenichi Go. We are the form the humans of our world wanted to assume.
: And do you think saying thatll make me accept you forcing your unity onto others?! The truth of the matter is that you started a war with the New United Nations Government!
: Our expansion will lead to growth, and then to harmony.
: Hah! So said all conquerors in history!
: We never shied from fighting invaders before and that hasnt changed to this day! Well end all of you here and now!
: I know Kouichill pull through when all the chips are down!
: That human cannot even control his emotions. Why do you put so much stock in him?
: Why? That should be plenty obvious!
: Its because hes our friend!
: There is no logic to your reasoning. Incomprehensible.
: Well, you better figure it out quick or thisll end with our boots up your cyber-butts!
: Did did we do it?
: No, not yet ! That Machinas still going!
: AAARGH! Why! Wont! You! DIIIIIIIE?!
: Amagatsu Kizakis design philosophy is incomprehensible. Overcoming your obstacles by way of power born of raging emotions It is an unrealistic strategy to rely on such dubious variables.
: Well now eliminate it.
: What?! He merged with that crazy-huge thing?!
: If I had to guess, that is the primary unit of Centrals collective consciousness
: These numbers are unbelievable ! Its giving off energy readings on a massively different scale from any other mobile units!
: So youre the Final Boss ! GOOD!!
: Urgh !
: Status on the Linebarrel?!
: Still alive, but he cant!
: Damn it, Kouichi, stop this right now! Wake the hell up!
: All will be one with the whole Resistance is futile join us
: Not good! Hes going to finish off the Linebarrel!
: Hrk ! Were not dying again that easy !
: Yajima ?!
: Calm down, Kouichi.
: I know what youre going through, what it feels to hate yourself for failing to protect someone dear ! But you cant lose sight of who you are!
: Emi didnt save your life so that youd go down this path! Open your eyes!
: Kouichi Im sure this isnt what you really wanted to do !
: Huh ?
: Ah E mi ?
: You made a promise to me, didnt you ? That youd be a Champion of Justice and keep this world safe
: So what are you doing ? How could you lose all control simply because I died ? How can you call yourself a Champion of Justice?
: Im sorry
: You really are despicable But thats why you meant so much to Mr. Ishigami, to my brother and to me my dear Kouichi...
: Was that a dream ?
: Youre a real tough girl, Emi but you knocked some sense back into me.
: You let your emotions wrest control of your minds Humans are, indeed, deeply flawed beings. That is why you must be managed by us
: Yeah humans might be as flawed as you say.
: But that doesnt mean we need any of your management!
: Because as flawed as we are, we know how to work together! And when we do, there isnt any problem we cant overcome !!
: Looks like hes back to his regular idiotic self.
: Still, thats how hes supposed to be!
: Im really sorry, guys I know Im the stupidest guy around, but I wanna ask you for a hand Help me keep this world safe !
: Pshaw, you dont even need to ask!
: Yeah, what kinda CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE wed be if we didnt help out those in need?
: And, of course, its the Corps members duty to help out their leader!
: Same goes for those of the JUDA Special Forces!
: And his classmates, and his friends of LOTUS!
: Hmph You now understand what your justice truly means. My strength is yours, if youd have it.
: You can never unite your minds like ours. However many of you there are, you will remain powerless before us.
: Youre selling humanity short, fatass
: Well show you all the strength we have the strength thatll keep our world safe!