Part 139: Mission 38 (Paris Route) - Deathmatch! The Devil Versus the Great General! - Part 2
Mind you, the Great General had cast Valor, so we send in an Invincibled Kouji to take the hit.
: Lets go, Great General of Darkness! Ive a big score to settle with you!
: Come, Mazinkaiser! Gorgon reported that you had an incredible power show it to me!
: My duty to the people at the UN, my duty to Shirou, to humanity and to Mazinger Z TAKE IT AAAAAAAALL!!
Thats some good opening damage and now his valor is gone (God, I missed Mazinkaiser).
Boss can do precisely jack squat against flying enemies, so he spends time repairing people.
This gives them a level and teaches Exhaust to Nuke.
All Mycenae commanders have status-inflicting attacks but their stronger attacks dont.
They dont have much in terms of defenses, so just attack them from up close and take them out.
Dreidou and Birdlar gun for Valguard, who can more than take the beating and dish out heavy damage in return.
As for Hardias, he goes after Gai.
No problem at all.
Gai profits a level and takes his Prevail to L8.
In comes Gorgon, also attacking Valguard and nearby targets.
Gorgon is made of slightly sturdier stuff than the others but not by much.
The Fortress Demonica has some better defenses and Gorgon does have Prevail L7 but his HP pool is too small for him to last long.
The Great General chains Kouji and company; too bad for him, his targets are either: A) Still protected by Iron Wall or B) Mazinkaiser.
Lets deal with Gorgon first.
: Kouji Kabuto! At least Ill kill you with my own hands!
: I dont think so, Duke Gorgon! Following that Super-Alloy Z knife, Mazinkaiser is now going to beat you to a pulp!
: Duke Gorgon! So, you were the one who attacked us at G-Island!
: Thats right! If I had killed you back then, none of this would have happened!
: I, Gorgon, will clear myself of my failures right now!
: Not gonna happen! What youll get is a taste of the power of Mazinkaiser and Shin Getter!
: Tough luck, Duke Gorgon! You couldnt stop Kabuto!
: Silence! Once youre all dead, my failure wont matter!
: Thats a laugh! In that case, let me cut your ambitions at their root!
Gorgon is worth a level, a Megabooster and a Gunfight +1.
The Brothers gain Hero L6, too.
: Not yet! I will not die until Ive defeated all of you!
: You just dont know when to give up, do you, Gorgon?! This is the end for you!
: Lets go, Kouji! Now is the time to combine our powers!
: G-GLORY TO THE MYCENAE EMPIREEEEEEEEE!!
: Prepare yourself, Great General of Darkness! Our wrath isnt over yet!
Volfogg can still be useful, setting up Support Attacks for stronger people.
Next in line is Hardias and Shin Getter takes the job.
Thats what you get for your bullshit curses.
Hardias is worth a level, an Apogee Motor and an Prevail+1.
Hayato learns his final spirit command, Fury.
: Damn humans! Ill curse you into eternity!
: Just try it! If you do, Ill chase you till the depths of Hell and kill you again!
: Eeeek! Im sooorryyyyyy!
We need to conserve the brothers last bit of SP, so well have Chouryujin chip away at Dreidou.
Aye, that works.
Of course, it doesnt work as well as a Kouji/Kazuma tag-team.
To maximize SP usage per cash inflow ( ), Im going to, once again, use Valguards MAP to take both bosses down in one go.
Thats all Mycenae Commanders shot down!
Birdalar is worth a Large Generator and a BP +1.
Dreidou is worth a Large Magazine and an Infight +1.
: Impossible! How could I, Birdalar, lose to humans in an aerial battle?!
: The skies belong to everyone! We wont hand it over to you, Mycenae!
: Im not done yet! This isnt enough to kill me, Dreidou!
: Come on, then! We wont stop no matter how many times you get back up!
: Urgh! DAMN HUMAAAANS!!
With that done, lets switch out attention to the Great General.
: Great General of Darkness! Give that Q-Part back!
: Im carrying it on myself! If you want it back, youll have to take it by force!
: Then, thats what Ill do! To protect the future of mankind from you!
: Even though youre my enemy, I concede that youre an admirable man, Tetsuya Tsurugi!
: Coming to the surface was worth it, if only for a chance to fight someone like you!
: And you, Great General of Darkness, are certainly a man worthy of your title!
: However, theres no way Ill lose! A man who pilots a Mazinger must never give in to evil!
: Dont move, old man! Im gonna punch you square in that other face!
: Dont be ridiculous! The Great General of Darkness will not wounded by a boy like you!
: I may be a boy but, unlike you, I wouldnt sink so low as to pick fights over other peoples stuff!
: Get ready! Im gonna pay you back twice for what you did!!
: Hrm his strength rivals that of Mazinkaiser!
: Great General of Darkness! Dont underestimate Shin Getters power!
: Well make you realize the strength of the humans that pilot it!
The Great General has no new items to give but he goes have a couple levels and a huge pile of cash.
: I-impossible! Does their power have no limit?!
: Thats right, Great General of Darkness! This is our and humanitys power!
: Not yet! Im not defeated yet!
: Come on, Great General! Time for our final battle!!
: I-I have failed is this is the end of the ambitions of the Mycenae Empire ?!
: Humans! You must understand this: with your unlimited strength, you may yet be able to defeat THEM!!
: All battle beasts have deactivated.
: The battle beast army around the world is also retreating.
: With their leader gone, the Mycenae Empires invasion of the surface has been stopped.
: But I wonder who are Them that the Great General mentioned.
: Judging by the way he spoke, theyre probably powerful enemies of the Mycenae Empire
: Kouji, is the Q-Part safe?
: Yeah, the Great General of Darkness was carrying it.
: Everyone, my deepest thanks for what you did; the Nadesico will be here very soon.
: Please wait! Theres a unit approaching!
: Thats !
: Aria! You !
: Ill be taking that Q-Part!
*Aria grabs the Q-Part and runs far away.*
: This isnt good! She stole the Q-Part!
: Girl, what the fuck are you doing?! Give that back!
: I cant do that.
: This Part is the Research Subject 8986513287421062, which was assigned to me.
: So, its another Record of Knowledge?! What does The Database want?!
: Its not like that. Knowledge only has meaning when its recorded.
: Wait, Aria! Theres more we want to ask you!
: Oh, Mihiro, you changed your hair? It looks so cute! It suits you!
: Eh !
: I promise Ill come see you again! And then, you, Shihomi and Akane can come live together with everyone!
: Its useless, Kazuma. We cant catch up to her.
: So, The Database are also after the Q-Parts !
: DAMN IT! Its like there was no damn point in defeating the Mycenae Empire!!
: The Database as I thought, you guys are our enemies
: I wonder if this was what Carret meant with girl problems
At Paris, our people report the events to the Orb folk and vice-versa.
This is the first time there's been an Aria sighting in a good nine months.
No one has a goddamn clue what she's up to or why The Database is interested in the Q-Parts, but Kazuma notes that the huge mech that appeared before the Holy Valentine Light is probably one of Aria's companions - which would make Aria's crew responsible for Bless's death.
Horis adds credence to this theory, saying that both the mystery mech and Arias Arm Arcus share design similarities.
Kazuma remembers the dire warning from King Raimon to beware the recorders of knowledge; Volfogg relates that, before she vanished, their radars pinged Aria just outside the Earth Sphere, leading Shihomi to wonder if she's really come from outer space.
Space would be convenient, since, presumably, the Whispered are being taken to Mars anyway.
Before we go, however, Ruri says you've got something to attend to...
One more thing! Since we managed to kill the Great General in 5 turns, our reward is
A swanky new Mazinger for Boss and friends!
Now, quick question: I got around twice as much cash from this path than the Orb Route. Also, I consider the Mazinger secret to be much more useful than the SEED secret (the Kira/Athrun secret, the Cagalli one was already obtained during the fight against Zaid) and neither have a significant impact on the story.
Would ya'll take issue if I kept this path? The secret that we'd lose would be an extra SEED unit (an uninteresting one that would never be used).