Part 104: Mission 31 - Princess and Jester, Queen and Hero - Part 1
Mission 31 - Princess and Jester, Queen and Hero
As the alarms sound, Murrue asks the Heliopolis kids for a sitrep: Kuzzey says that the emissary from the GGG has apparently engaged in battle.
Natarle quickly berates him for being less than concise in his report, telling him to be sure when he says something; inwardly, Tolle wonders what shed expected by having a bunch of high-school kids crew a understaffed bridge.
As Sai relates how Renée chased Gimlet through the ship and forced him to exit, the Trailers quickly turn on Marine and demand her tell them about her cargo, since it WAS her carrier that he cyborg hid in; a Spaceman is responsible for his cargo (and the consequences it brings to others) and, when pressed, Marine quickly yells out that she is no spaceman but, indeed, from the Orb.
Renée isnt about to let Gimlet escape but he doesnt run far, telling her that he's serious today hes not going to let her get in the way of his mission to capture the princess.
To prove his point, he activates several Mechanoids - far more warpower than any criminal syndicate should have.
Kazuma quickly sorties, prepared to take revenge for Gimlet's manipulation.
The Trailers tell the Archangel that they'll make up for their inadvertent mistake by defending Lacus, on their own honor.
Reneé is almost impressed, but tells them that Gimlet is her prey.
She's got the dragon sisters Kouryu and Anryu(respectively, the pink one and the black one) to help her, who've heard about the Valstork from Leo.
Kazuma thinks they're pretty cute which makes Kouryu blush; Renée quickly orders them to focus and to take out Gimlet.
When Kazuma asks, she introduces herself as Renée Kardiff, an agent of Chasseur and tells him that, while they are cooperating here, he better stay out of her way; Kazuma agrees, so long as she stays out of HIS way.
Gimlet, meanwhile, tells the little princess to wait a little longer as hell be coming back for her.
Nothing major for us to deal with. Using Assail with Horis, the Valstork can close in to blast a Taurus.
Bionet needs to invest in better units.
Kazuma moves ahead, tagging a Serpent.
Anryuu and Kouryuu take upgrades after the four brothers and, this one time, they also learn all the Pilot Skills that the brothers have.
Kouryuu can only hit the Mobius but, hopefully, shell get a critical.
There we go!
The Archangel moves closer but cannot attack.
Gimlets group is the first to move a Stern Kugel aims for Anryuu.
I wouldve preferred if she made good on that 27% hit chance but the Shield Block still works
Next up is a Mobius, who fails to hit and dies to the counter.
The weakened Serpent, a Mobius and a Stern Kugel gun for the Valstork only the Stern Kugel survives.
Down below, its the Archangels turn to draw fire.
Its not upgraded but the Gottfried Mk. 71 cannons still pack a decent punch.
A Stern Kugel and Taurus also attack but manage to survive.
On turn two, Muu and Kira launch: Mihiro notices that it looks like the Red Frame and Horis figures its the unit Zaft failed to capture before; Kazuma asks if hes OK and Kira says he wants to do whatever he can to defend Lacus - he's sure that for whatever reason, Lacus must never be mixed up in battle.
Natarle asks Murrue if its OK for them to deploy and she says that, since Gimlets target is Lacus, theyve no choice but to launch everything and fight back she orders Muu and Kira to cooperate with the Trailers and GGG.
Gimlet quips that the little chevalier has entered the field to fight and figures it falls on him to teach Kira the harshness of reality.
Gimlet got closer and in a very nice formation. Well deal with him just as soon as Kazuma gets rid of this Stern Kugel.
There we go.
Before we go after him, heres a quick look at Gimlet:
Hes not impressive at all: low-ish HP, Armor and Evasion guarantee that hell quickly bend under pressure. Pair that with the fact that his ONLY Pilot Skill is Multicombo L2 and youve got a chump in mini-boss clothing.
His attack power is relatively good and he has long range in his attacks though they tend to be inaccurate.
With that in mind, lets capitalize on their nice 2x2 formation and hit all four of them with Valguard.
: Non, non, mon petit Traileur. Return to your messenger boy duties.
: Sorry, but trust is the foundation of any business relationship, and if we let you get away with your crimes, no one will ever trust us again.
: We'll be taking your lemons in for disposal!
Next, well send Kira, Muu and Kouryu after him.
: Non, non, young chevalier. A Coordinator mustn't side himself with Naturals.
: That's none of your business! I... I fight to protect what I think is right!
: Non, non, boy. If you play with that, you will hurt yourself.
: Why don't you see for yourself just what kind of toy the Gunbarrel is!
: I can handle it better than any juggler!
: Non, non, non. As the black one's elder sister, you must be more ladylike.
: Pbbt! I don't let bad guys tell me what to do!
: I'll finally be free of you today, Gimlet!
: Oh, my sweet little Jeanne d'Arc. You, Bionet's marvelous prototype, shouldnt have betrayed us.
: Shut up! I'll use this body's power to crush you to scrap!
For the sake of showing everything, heres Anryuu/Kouryuus best, non-combination, attack: Renée-Backup Assault!
Reloading, Ill also be sending Anryu after Gimlet.
: Such a rude child. As the white one's younger sister, you must be well-behaved.
: We take our orders from Renée. We're not programmed to listen to villains.
Damage Gimlet some and he'll sigh about the protracted battle brewing.
Reneé demands to know why he wants Lacus, and he tells her to go back to social studies class; theres an been an uproar after her disappearance and Bionet wants to return this incredibly influential person to Plant.
Kazuma, of course, figures that they plan on extracting a mighty ransom before doing so Gimlet admits to it, impressed at the Trailers money-making instincts; of course, he also admits that there are other places she could be sold too, if the money is good enough.
No way Kira will let that happen, though.
Gimlet is starting to get tired of Kira's yapping, and sends in an ambush of cloaked ships - and ships with Mirage Colloid-level cloaking should not exist outside the military!
Renée isnt impressed, though, saying that hes not the only one with an ace up his sleeve.
That would be Volfogg, who easily destroys one of the new targets!
Mihiro is very glad to see him again and so is he also, hes not alone.
: Lets go, Bionet! Ill show you Gaofighgars power!
: Is that Gaogaigar?
: But theres no lion on its chest!
: Its been a while, Valstork family!
: Gai ! Is that really you?!
: Youre alive, eh, Kazuma? As expected of a Spaceman.
: The matter sublimation has also given me new life! As a hyper-evolved union of man and machine an Evoluder! (Not an EVILUDER like Orgun, mind! These are two distinct beings!)
: A hyper-evolved union of man and machine
: Way to go, Gai! You really are a superman!
: And this is my new fighting mechanoid: Gaofighgar!
: So, even without Galeon, the King of Braves is still going strong.
: Non, non, non! How could you come all the way here?!
: Get ready, Gimlet! Well put out Bionets ambitions right now!
: (Gai Murakumos cool heart, Gai Daigoujis scorching heart and Gai Shishiohs burning heart )
: (Seems like all men called Gai get me fired up to fight !)
Ohohoho, yessss. Gaofighgar is an even bigger beast than Gaogaigar but, sadly, he doesnt have this +movement parts.
Only Volfogg can get in range of anything.
That works just fine.
Still under the effect of Focus, Valguard dodges both a Serpent and Taurus and dispatches them.
The remaining one goes for the Archangel but the damage is blocked and the last Serpent is blown away.
At that range, all the Archangel can do is defend but, for the sake of things, Ill show off Gimlets strongest attack: Substance Excusez-moi.
Lets have the GGG folk finish Gimlet off.
: This will not do. Your tenacity in pursuit is most distressing.
: Gimlet of Bionet, for property damage, burglary, assault, ransom, and fifty-nine other crimes...
: You are under arrest!
: Indeed, police car robot, you grow ever more distressing by the moment.
: Non, non...You are a fool. You have such puissance, yet you waste it on trivialities...
: Shut up, Gimlet! This body was given to me to fight for peace!
: You'll feel the power of an Evoluder firsthand!
Gimlet is worth a level, an Anti-Beam Coating M and an Prevail +1.
Realizing he's outgunned, Gimlet chooses to retreat for today.
Renée isnt about to let that happen but Gimlet points out that hes not the only one gunning for Lacus today; right then, a bunch of Martian Successors appear.
With that, Gimlet quickly starts heading out of the battle zone.
Marine launches in a service pod and tries to intercept him.
She knows it was her fault that brought Gimlet here in the first place and she wants to rectify it right now; sadly, her pod is far too weak and is easily swatted aside.
Akane desperately calls Marine on the comm and she says shes fine, having bailed out just in time problem is a Successor is now headed towards her.
It is right then that the Junkmen and Nadesico B show up.
Marine recognizes the Red Frame, a.k.a. P02; Lowe picks her up and offers a ride, with Marine recognizing him and thinking it must be fate that they meet here!
Kisato quickly gets jealous, asking whats with that girl acting over-familiar with Lowe; no time for that, though, as Ryouko tells Lowe to shut his cockpit and focus on repelling the Successors.
Natarle points out to Murrue that if the Successors (and Bionet) really are after Lacus, the safest thing to do would be to leave the area.
Murrue reluctantly agrees, recalling the Mobius and Strike; Kazuma bids Kira farewell for now, telling him to use whatever power he has to protect both Lacus and Flay.
To Flay, Kazuma cries a parting message: "Never forget the fear of space, the weakness of the individual, and the importance of human life! Since she's still alive, she should live that life with strength!"
Muu apologizes for leaving the rest to Shihomi but shes fine: its compensation for the trouble theyve caused.
The Archangel leaves
: Not good ! Plants songstress is getting away!
: Oi, hold on a sec!
: First you trap Yurika inside that weird relic and now youre going for another kidnapping
: Youre all rotten to the core, Martian Successors! Ill take you all on!
: Yeah! Do it!!
: Wah! Stop that! Dont touch that thing!
: If you send too much power to the hand, itll blow up!
: Damn you! Well eliminate anyone that would get in the way of our battle!!
: Crap ! If its like this, then Ill just go for broke!!
: You did it!!
: 8! What just happened?!
: It seems that energy that wouldve supplied power to your Beam Sabers ended up electrifying the units arm
: To sum it up
: Its a new special move.
: A special move, huh? Sounds good to me!
: UUUOOOOOAAAAAAAAA! If its a finishing move, I will now christen it! Its name shall be
: Finishing move! Shining !
: Whoa, whoa theres a time and place for everything, ya know?
: Gai! Lowe! This isnt the place to joke around!
: Aye, I got ya! I wont let these guys get through here!
With Gimlet gone, Renée agrees to Gais request to help against the Successors and Ruri gives the go-ahead to take out the remaining enemies.
This is turning out to be quite a good day for our folks but well stop this update here. Next time, well make short work of the Successor troops and marvel at our new tricks.
However, one last thing:
See you all soon