Part 90: Mission 38 - True Begin
Here we are again, having cleared the Linebarrels finale, leaving only the Vajra left to be sorted out. Has there ever been an SRW player that went Oh, boy, Macross Frontier? But we gotta do what we gotta do. Rey is still king and Im 100% sure hell continue to dominate throughout these last four missions.
The game DID decide to throw you a bone if you recruited Soubi, as the Talisman already comes 50% upgraded and his bonus is pretty dang good: Armor +150, 1500 Barrier, +20% Exp and +20% money. You can easily fit that in any Super Robot team especially ones that arent too EN hungry, like the Rushbird.
And I still had plenty of cash left, so I also got the Vardant (crit rate +20, +25% chance to dodge attacks) and Hildes Taurus (+20% money, armor +150, 1500 Barrier, HP+1000) up to 50% as well. Hiroshis slated up next.
As you might expect, Altos deploying as an event unit, so heres how were going:
Iczer-3/Ken (this is actually a bad call because both the Blade Gainer and Dannar only have a B in Space if theyre not in Twin Drive. I didnt remember that, though)
Lets wrap this up quick!
As it turns out, Brera had been under Graces leash this whole time and she laughs at him even thinking that he could run off with Ranka, his sister! Was his plan to escape her grasp and run off elsewhere? Tsk, tsk he ought to know that he is, and always will be, her puppet. All that remains now is to put the finishing touches on the Little Queen.
Ranka herself isnt looking too spritely, as Brera reports that theyve already analyzed 92.3% of the Vajra networks protocols. Grace sneers at how it used to be impossible to make sense of those protocols in the past, and all they needed to analyze it was to use Rankas mind as a medium.
Regardless, Brera asks Grace to return to the Dulfim and they spot the Frontier fleet off in the distance. Grace points out to Ranka the invaders about to attack the Vajra homeworld and tags them as the enemy. It falls on her and her brother to defend this beautiful world!
Brera agrees, saying its the only way they can atone for what happened and Ranka slowly confirms.
Back to us, Lam confirms to Alto that theyre detecting Fold Waves produced by Ranka Aimo is playing throughout that sector of space. Seems to Kouichi that Rankas song was the song of destruction they were warned about but Alto yells that thats absolutely not true.
Still, Haruno argues that her song DID, at time, beckon and even energize the Vajra. We saw it happen at her Mihoshi show, even, as Michel remembers. On the other hand, Alice points out, she often CALMED the buggers down as well. As Emi ponders that bit where the song of destruction turns into a song of hope, the fact remains that the Frontier Fleet is in major trouble. We cant let Kouichis vision of it being destroyed become real.
Now, Luca says were getting ready to go after the Frontier by following the path of Fold Waves straight to the Vajra homeworld combats likely already occurring. Even if we dont like Mishima, we cant well sit still and let the Fleets civilians get slaughtered. And we need to save Ranka as well, as shell likely be in quite the fix even with Brera escorting her.
One added thing that does have Misato worried, however, is how that Machina told Kouichi that the song of destruction beckons chaos into the world. That might be a warning of how, if we dont control this quickly, itll mean danger not just to the Frontier but to everywhere else as well.
And Lady Une gets on the phone to agree with her: with the Vajras confirmed ability to travel unabated between parallel worlds, if theyre antagonized, its quite possible theyll go on a rampage across both universes worst case, across all of them. So Une wants us to get ready to deploy and engage depending on how things are looking on-site.
And Mina lets us know that weve just gotten a bead on the Vajra homeworld, so well be warping straight into the fray in a bit we should make it in good time to save the Frontier, Kentarou hopes. Izuna does wonder if we can actually stop the Vajra, and not even Shizuna can refute his worries since we might not have any option other than fighting them.
Will we need to kill all the Vajra? Thatll be a tall order since this IS their homeworld we should expect them to be extremely numerous. We got a small taste of it back at the Island 3 battle, and Trowas expecting a very tough fight as theres only so much anyone can do when 100 enemies pop out for every one shot down.
Well, in case the Vajra show themselves to be less-than-friendly, Sheryl will be on board to help us out. She remembers what Mishima told her, that the V-Type Infection means her song will now affect the Vajra. True, but Quatre and Luna worry about how straining itd be on her she should rest and let us handle it.
Alto knows telling Sheryl not to do it wont actually work, and shes glad he knows her so well. Before she leaves to prepare for when the battle begins, she turns to Alice and figures she should leave her stash of Witch Craft medicine with her.
As Sheryl takes off, Alice is taken aback by what she sees: there shouldnt be this much medicine left. Is she trying to make her condition worse? A quick search of her data banks shows that thats exactly what Sheryls doing. See, previously compiled data suggests that the more the V-Type Infection inches closer to actually killing her, the greater the effect her voice will have on the Vajra.
Rey ponders how much pain she must be right now, but Kyo worries more than just that: Sheryls essentially on her deathbed, so who knows how afraid she must be.
: I dont have much time left but it wont be long before he can save Ranka ! Please let me hold on until then !
: Sheryl, Im coming in.
: ( !! I cant let him see me like this Im Sheryl I need to be that cheerful, unflappable Sheryl Nome he knows !)
: Youre worried about me singing, arent you?
: Truth be told, yeah
: Well, Im also worried about you.
: And if Ive any way I can be useful, then I want to be out there fighting with you.
: Sheryl Ill make it back. I swear Ill survive and return.
: Because Ive come to realize that people cant fly by themselves. They shouldnt.
: Youve finally realized that, huh? Shows how slow you are.
: Hah I wont deny it Sheryl, I
: Dont. Whatever you might be about to say, I dont think Id be able to sing after hearing it.
: And Im guessing this battle will have us both staring death in the eye, right, Alto ?
: Yeah both of us will
: Then make sure you come back in one piece and with Ranka in tow, of course. Once all thats done, then Ill hear what you have to say.
: And dont you forget, Alto: its not everywhere you find a great woman like me !
: Heh You got that right !
Mission 38 True Begin
: These bugs are getting too uppity for my tastes ! Are all units equipped with the MDE Warheads?
: Yes, sir!
: Then hold nothing back! Dont let go of your triggers, men!
: Yes, thats it ! We can win this even without their songs!
: Hhmhmhm You seem quite pleased with your new toys.
: Who is it?!
: Its been a while, hasnt it, Your Excellency? I trust the presidents chair is to your liking?
: Grace OConnor?!
: (It cant be ! I ordered her put down after she stopped being useful !)
: Wh-What ?! Ranka Lee A giant Ranka Lee?! In space?!
: What The Vajra are being led by Rankas song ?! What is the meaning of this, Grace?!
: Im afraid the galaxy only has room for one ruler and that is not you.
: Mr. President!
: Dont give them an inch! Use the anti-ship warhead, the Dimension Cutter!
: There are too many of them, Mr. President! We cant !
: Damn you straight to Hell, Ranka Lee ! You accursed Vajra puppet!
: Is the Frontier Fleet safe?!
*Looks at the Frontier.*
: By the looks of things, their vanguard ships are already down, with only the Battle Frontier hanging in there
: Captain, the Frontier Fleet is standing by at the rear of the sector! There arent many, but were also detecting several ships around Island 1!
: What possessed you to take on this insane quest, Mishima ?!
: Hey, hold on! Is that
: Ranka ?!
: What the hell?! But I thought she was only ¼ Zentran
: Visual data confirmed shes over 1000m tall.
: That aint a Zentran thats on the level of a legit giant!
: Regardless, our first priority is to have the Battle Frontier leave this area. Cpt. Welder, get in touch with them!
: This is a message to the Battle Frontier as well as all NUNS forces! Stop engaging and evacuate this sector immediately!
: The Macross Quarter !
: Do not listen to him, Captain! Thats our promised land our Frontier dead ahead! Carry on with your attack!
: Yes, sir !
: Stop! That man is a traitor who killed President Glass! He has no right to give you any orders!
: Killed the former president? What in blazes is he on about ?
: Yeah; big surprise there, eh?
: And weve evidence to prove our claims. Monica!
: Yes, sir!
: This data is !
: You cant talk your way out of this one, Leon! Its time you paid for murdering my father!
: Th-There must be some sort of mistake! I-Im
: Arrest this man at once!
: Wh-What are you doing?! Unhand me! Unhand me this instant!!
*Off he goes.*
: Captain, take this not as advice but as a request from a compatriot: let us handle this battle and retreat from this sector right away!
: U-Understood and Im sorry !
: Your father can rest easy now, Cathy.
: Thanks, but we can celebrate later. Right now we have
: To do something about Ranka and her Vajra-controlling song
: LOTUS, engage and repel the Vajra from this area. We need to make sure the Frontier Fleet is safe!
: And, Alto, were leaving Ranka up to you. Go save her!
: Ranka ! Ill be coming back with you or not at all!
First order of business is to have Alto close in on Ranka and use the Convince command on her. Losing him, a ship or outright destroying Ranka is a game over, so focus on the Vajra first and build up morale.
The buggers dont bring anything new to the table, as accurate and dodgy as youve come to expect, especially since Ranka has a command aura that can further boost their numbers deal with them accordingly and dont be afraid to pop a Confuse or two. FYI, if you get their numbers under 12 before talking to Ranka, theyll just respawn so you can use this to farm some cash (the Vajra arent worth much, mind).
Break Morale Limit
Attack Combo L3
Giant Ranka is actually pretty powerful: big stats and HP and her skills are pretty much everything she needs to be a pain. She only has two attacks, both range 1-7, and the MAPW version hits just like Canarias MAPW (7 alternating lines), so approach from where she cant blast you.
All things considered, though, shes just a big blob of HP and cant dodge worth a damn, so her high HP pool will go down fast enough (especially once you debuff her armor).
: RANKAAAAAA! Can you hear me?! Can you hear us?! Were coming to get you!
When the second enemy phase rolls over
Ranka is still singing and Grace gets on the mic to tell the screaming Alto that the girl only listens to her now. As Kouichi recognizes the singers manager, Grace notes that both Ranka and Brera act only to serve her cause now they wont hear our cries. Nagisa and Iczer-2 see where shes getting at: mind control.
Oh, but this was the only way for Ranka to atone for her crimes. She didnt know what to do, so Grace lent her a hand with that. When Ozma asks what she means by that, Grace pokes fun at Rankas self-proclaimed brother being so clueless. Did he never question why the girls song worked with the Vajra despite her not having the V-Type Infection?
Well, we dont really know much about the things as Eida notes, weve just been fighting back as they attacked. Well, heres the deal: the Vajra are transdimensional beings who use Fold Wave-emitting intestinal bacteria as a way to relay information to one another. When humans are infected by those bacteria, however, it doesnt attach itself to their own intestine rather, it goes straight to their brain, and eventually kills them. Thats what the V-Type Infection entails.
However, if one is infected by the Vajra bacteria while still inside the womb, the child and the bacteria will turn to coexist and that is what happened with Ranka. The girls mother didnt realize what had happened, and it led to the tragic events of 11 years ago, when the Vajra attacked and destroyed the 117th Research Fleet. As Cathy remembers it, said fleet was tasked with capturing the then-mysterious Vajra and researching them after the bugs destroyed it, Ranka and Ozma were the only survivors (which is what Ozma meant when he spoke of failing to protect Rankas family before).
But that doesnt explain to Ozma how Grace says thats Rankas fault. Simple: the entire incident happened because the girl unwittingly summoned the Vajra with her songs. All the human and Vajra blood that was spilled is on her hands even Grace had her body destroyed in the incident, which forced her to take on a fully mechanical one. Of course, she only made it here because of that, so maybe it was for the best
: You bitch Then you revealed everything to Ranka and used her trauma to control her, didnt you ?!
: Hmhmhm I appreciate what a quick study you are.
: But I think thats quite enough talk. Go, Little Queen show them all your power.
: Hrk ! The Fold Waves are getting stronger?!
: Sis, look!
: The Vajra are going crazy ! Is Rankas song doing that?!
: Its not just her! The Vajra Network is also amplifying her voice!
: Damn it, is there no way for us to get through to her?!
: Dont lose hope, Shinn!
: Hes right, Shinn! Call out to her!
: O-Okay ! RANKAAAAAAAAA!
: You too, Luna!
: Im sure you never wanted to sing songs of destruction, right?! RANKAAAAA!!
: Call her too, Alto! If your voice cant reach her, then no one can!
: Ranka! RANKAAAAAAAA!
Eh, thats fine.
: Theres too much we dont know about Rankas current status but if her song is energizing the Vajra, then we cant let up our offensive
: Still, Im positive that Alto will be instrumental in stopping the giant Rankas song.
: Alto, please hurry !
Heres her only attack. And when their numbers go below 12
Even more Vajra spawn, and Dearkas getting worried: were as outnumbered as we were against Central. Miriallia yells at him not to whine on an open channel what if troop morale starts tanking because of him?
Regardless, Alto needs to hurry and save this captive princess if Ranka cant count on any knight, then another princess will do!
And on the third player phase
: This aint looking good we need to do something about that song or the Vajrall just keep getting rowdier.
: If shell use Rankas song to destroy the world, then Ill stop her even if I have to use force even if I have to take her life ! That might be all I can do for her
: Heeey! Dont give up before you even try, stupid!
: Took me a bit, but Im finally ready to go. And more importantly
: I told you to come back with Ranka in tow, didnt I?! Ill lend you a hand, so you go and save her!
: Sheryl ! Sorry, Im on it!
: Yeesh, what a pain you are
: Come on, everyone! Listen to my song!!
: ! The Vajras movements have grown slower!
: New Vajra are arriving at a third of their previous rate! Were also not seeing any of the coordination they were previously showing!
: Nows our chance to thin out their numbers! Head over to Ranka, Alto!
: Ranka, pull yourself together! Theyre using you to try and kill us!
: Stay away from my sister!
: I wont let worms like you hurt her!
: Sister?! Youre her No, that doesnt matter! Werent you supposed to be protecting her?!
: I am, both Ranka and this planet
: This is ! Alto, were picking faint Fold Comm Waves coming from that Valkyrie!
: And its linked to
*Looks at the second plane.*
: There! The signals coming from that other Valkyrie!
: Youre also being controlled ?! Wake the hell up, Brera! Ranka doesnt want any of this!
: Stop your attack right now! If you dont, I !
: Our orders are to protect the Vajra homeworld from you invaders! Scatter across the edges of the galaxy!
: to Alto
: That voice ! Ranka Ah, Ive got it !
: Alto, you alright?!
: Y-Yeah! But never mind me: thats not actually Ranka! Everyone take that fake out!
: A-Are you serious?! You really want us to do that?!
: I heard her voice loud and clear...! Thats not the real Ranka!
: If youre so certain, then we neednt pull our punches. All units focus your attacks on that false idol!
: I wont allow it !
So now we need to wreck Ranka (a shame L doesnt let us see DKs, so this is hardly as fun as it is in Z2). In the meantime, Kira guns down about half the Vajra flock for a nice payday.
: You wont be using Rankas image for your schemes anymore!
: All LOTUS units, the sooner we expose whats actually behind that illusion, the sooner we can end this and protect the Fleet from the Vajra! Get to it!
: Alright! The singings stopped!
: The Ranka image is fading !
: Come on and show us your true face!
: Thats the Battle Galaxy?!
: Galaxy as in Sheryls home?! But I thought it was destroyed by the Vajra !
: (You called them over to this world, Grace ?!)
: But their jig is up now that theyre out in the open. Once you spot a ghost, you can go and cast him out!
: The Lt. is right. Even if we must face the Galaxy, retreat is not an option!
: This is it, troops. Theyre the ones confusing the Vajra destroy them!
The Battle Galaxys got all of Giant Rankas skills, only also picking up Shoot Down (which it can trigger rather often) and a level in Prevail. As you might expect, its very bulky with that size, Pinpoint Barrier and Prevail combo, and its attacks are all very long range and powerful. Keep an eye out for its Macross Cannon MAPW as well it hits in the same pattern as the Quarters.
As always open with Yulianne and go to town. If you didnt burn all your SP in these first three turns (and you shouldnt), it can still easily be destroyed in one round.
But weve spent some of our attackers this turn, so well clear out some of the last Vajra.
: Ill protect Ranka and this planet! Scatter across the edges of the galaxy, invaders!
Once you get the Galaxy under 50% HP, or kill enough mooks
: Where are you, Ranka ?! I heard the cry of your heart back then Just call one more time and Ill find you!
: If you think, you shall not bloom. Dont think, and you shall
: ( to help )
: ! Over there?! Quarter!
: Sound wave coordinates confirmed!
: Good, then the Macross Quarter will engage the Galaxy at close range! Take us in, Bobby!
: OK, boss!
: Quarter, Sheryl, do you copy? I can go and save Ranka but I need your help to do it! Sing and wake her up!
: You got it. Here goes !
My favorite Frontier song and the main reason Im a card-carrying member of Team Sheryl!
Jeffrey: Well pry open your way in, Lt. Alto! Save our songstress!
: Now, Alto! Get in there!
: Hurry on up, princess!
: Ranka, do you hear me?! Do you hear Sheryl?!
: Open your eyes, Ranka! Take back your song from them! Your real song!
: Al to
: Ranka, are you okay?!
*Fly on over!*
: I am!
: Skull 4 to LOTUS! Ranka is safe!
: Im so sorry, everyone! Im really, really sorry !
: Ranka Thank God !
: Dont worry me like that, girl !
: Hrk R-Ranka ?
: My link with Ranka allowed me to break free of their control as well, I think. Thank you, Alto Saotome.
: Oh, thank goodness! Then come with us, brother!
: Of course!
*Brera tags in with Altos team.*
: Now lets keep up the pace and wrap this up! Youre up, Ranka!
: Sing, Ranka, and with your heart this time !
: Your sorrow, your anger, your joy pour everything you feel into those lyrics !
: Alto, brother, Sheryl Thank you, all of you! Ill sing with my all heart, so please
: Hold me to the edge of the galaxy!
: The Vajra stopped ?
: The little bugs werent angry at all! They saw that we didnt come here to fight them!
: Indeed Theres so much more to us all than combat
: Today well put an end to this conflict. That is how well atone!
: Several heat signals emerging from the Battle Galaxy!
Those are The Galaxys Ghost V9 drone fighters!
: Not just, I even see some VF-27s!
: Dont worry about those our targets the Battle Galaxy itself, men!
: Aye, aye!
: And we got a real powerhouse taking our side, too! Youre not dunking this world into chaos under our watch!
: Lets do this, Galaxy !
: ... Everythings in place, it seems. Then
: ?! That Valkyrie escaped?
: Dont waste time pursuing fleeing enemies. Our primary concern is the Galaxy itself.
: Focus fire on the enemy forces dead ahead! Its time we brought this to a close!
The Ghosts and VF-27s are as dodgy and accurate as the Frontier variety, so a Confuse cast will probably be very helpful.
You can always do this, too, of course. Destroying the Galaxy ends the mission, so you might as well make as much money as you can.
And, as promised, heres the ACTUAL ending plus the DK to Final Phase.
FYI, I had a big laugh over that mook actually trying to block with his dinky shield.
: Never in my life did I think Id have to tango with a Battle-class
: Still, Ive heard talk of a Pro who weaved through a Macross AA batteries with just a prototype YF-19, so you wont hear any complaints from me!
: They say the Battle Galaxy is the core of the Galaxy Fleets escort armada and that ship is somehow in cahoots with Grace? What the hell is going on with the Galaxy Fleet ?!
: No idea but the Battle Galaxy is unmanned, by the looks of it.
: You think the Fleets civs have no idea any of this is going on?
: Its possible. And, if so, maybe the S.O.S. we got from the Galaxy before warping to this world was also fake ?
: Damn that Grace shes been playing us from the start !
And heres the Galaxys best attack before we run it into the ground.
: Ill fly where my heart takes me, and I wont let any of them pin me down! So dont worry about a thing, Ranka just keep on singing!
: Skull 4, hurry! If we give them an inch, well have another wave incoming!
: Sing, Ranka. And as you do, Ill be fighting in your name!
: The enemys size is four times our own, but thats no reason to let ourselves be intimidated!
: OK, Boss! Well more than make up for that difference with our raw skill!
: (Still, its just the Battle Galaxy ? Does that mean the other ships of the Galaxy Fleet werent called to this world ?)
: We did it! That red Macross stopped dead in its tracks!
: Now, Cpt. Welder! Destroy the Galaxy!
: Aye, aye! Mina, time for our crazy little trick!
: Main engine, output rising!
: Its over !
*The two remaining enemies retreat.*
: And weve exorcized the other ghosts as well
: Thats the end of that, huh, Johnny?
: Right. Looks like we somehow managed to avoid all-out war with the Vajra, all thanks to Ranka and Sheryls songs
: And weve confirmation that the Frontier Fleet is also safe!
: Whew thank God that vision didnt come true
: Then I guess we just gotta fly over to the Frontier and
: I have it !
: Wh-What the?!
: Did something happen?!
: We detected a massive Fold Wave, far bigger than anything weve seen!
: Hrgh !
: Sheryl, are you alright?!
: I-I am!
: (Please just a bit more !)
: What the hell?! The Vajrare attacking again!
: Didnt you say the Vajra understood what we were after, Iczer-3?!
: I dunno whats going on! They werent angry, so why are they ?!
: Why are you doing this?! Stop! My song isnt getting through to them?!
: Hmhmhm, youre wasting your time
: Whats that huge-ass thing?!
: Hear me and obey, Vajra!
: The transdimensional lifeforms, those that even the Protoculture feared, adored and ultimately deified to the point of mimicking their form the power of the Vajra is all mine!
: Grace OConnor !
: Shes in that giant Vajra ?!
: Kneel before me! I am she whose power rivals God, she who rules over fate itself!
Couple of convos we missed:
: Oh, dear, youre coming after me? I suppose you can, if you want to
: But it wont do you any good, I think.
: I've also released the Judah System on all my drones!
: Simon, John, Peter! I know your true power is more than a match to the Galaxys new models!