Part 128: Mission 33 (Rand - Renton Route) - Lonely Runaway
Mission 33 (Renton Route) - Lonely Runaway
One of the two Breakers is happy to wreck the whole place but the other wonders if this isnt a bit too much just to get some payback...nope, thats just how this world is, so they might as well let loose and have fun!
With that in mind, Rand and the others figure they wont complain if we kick their asses. Charles rather impressed at Rentons posse and Jiron tells Garrod and the others to pull back while we deal with the Breakers.
Garrods about to grab Pala but notices that shes already gone either way, Ray and Charles thank us and run off.
The Breakers wonder if were the resident champions of justice or whatever but, nope, Kei and Gain say that the world probably sees us as exactly the opposite, much to Löwens dismay. Mel tells him to relax as hell get used to it soon enough (he thinks to Edel that he mightve made a mistake coming with this pack).
Either way, Jiron calls everyone to take these mooks to task for attacking the town no need to hold back after that.
Mission Objective: Shoot down everything
Mission Failure: Any allied unit shot down
Skill Point: Clear the mission within four turns
Eeeergh, quick warning: I had to give up on this Skill Point. Not because its difficult but because well have a secret requirement coming ahead and I had to prioritize it (and I didnt feel like redoing the whole mission ).
The secretll require you to hold back while killing as people will need to be fed kills and that becomes a problem when the AI refuses to cooperate and attack the right person; if you dont care, then its not hard to blitz through all the weak-ass Breakers (some are using Trads!).
If you do care about the secret, kill only enough Breakers to trigger the events and then just dodge and defend to give the kills to those wholl need it.
With that in mind, lets start tearing through them.
Close but meleeing still isnt Gains thing so, Jiron pops by him and finishes the job.
Everyone else moves forward and thats that.
Gain and Kei each take a kill as theyre attacked by a handful of Breakers. Most are still getting closer.
An unknown flying unit enters the area but its not a Breaker: its Pala and shes here to help us.
Garrod soon enters the area, surprised to see her in that jet-like unit and she quickly notices that his Gundam seems to be UNE-made. Once he confirms, she offers to give him a power boost in order to get some payback from the Breakers.
What she does is combine her jet with the DX and, when Garrod asks, she explains these G-Falcon jets were created during the war 15 years ago as support units to the Gundams since the DX was based on the GX, Rand sees how it was able to combine like that.
As for why she's flying such a thing, she says shes an AEUG member - they can discuss the details later, though. One last detail is that the G-Falcon can act as an energy pack for the Satellite Cannon which will shorten its charge time.
That sounds great for Garrod and he sets out to teach these mooks a lesson.
I forgot to take a picture of the G-Falcon solo but, truth be told, this is pretty much the only form youll see:
Gundam DX + G-Falcon (Garrod Ran / Pala Sys)
- Prevail L5
- Support Defense L3
- Morale+ Hit
Palas Voice Actress: Miki Nagasawa (other know works: Izumi in Nadesico, Maya Ibuki in Evangelion, Judy in Cowboy Bebop and several others)
And Garrod found himself a nice SP/Satellite Cannon battery. Pala is there to pretty much make the DX better in every way, shortening the Satellite Cannon charge to 3 turns, giving him access to Focus and Accel and a post-movement ALL attack.
Mind, you cant deploy the DX auto-docked with the G-Falcon you need to set her up as a squaddie and do it in-battle so you should make sure to spend Garrods TRI shots as you cant use those until you separate them.
As a unit, the G-Falcon is nothing to write home about but it does share upgrades with the DX, has a post-movement ALL (TRI is pre-movement) and that added movement from Palas leader bonus could be helpful in a pinch.
Alright, get crackin.
Löwen weakens a Dagger nicely and Rand cleans up right after.
Shouldnt have done this as its whatll eventually screw me out of the Skill Point. Best to ignore the farthest Government mooks unless youre using a high-movement unit that can get out of dodge quickly.
Regardless, Kei wrecks it quite easily.
Mel detects other things coming but Rands not worried that any random thugsll be able to stand up to us. These aint random thugs, though, as theyre bringing a flying mech.
Indeed, theyve a Doran Walker Machine, a model Jiron and company havent seen since the fall of the Innocent. Thats because its Gretas classic model and Jiron yells that the widows shown her face once again (much to her annoyance).
Kejinan and Enge are with her, begging Greta not to lose their troops before they even join up with the main group. They want to run away but she yells at them both to grow a pair, asking if they didnt hired the Karas gang precisely to fight us? Then they oughta just wrap things up right now!
She picks Garrod as her first target, surprising the kid with her flying unit it might be a Walker Machine but that dont mean it needs to be land-bound.
Pala quite pissed at the old cow for blind-siding them and Gretas all the more willing to show her glamour of a mature, passionate woman
That is, until Enil shows up and blows her away from the DX. Shes here to lend a hand by way of repaying Garrod for what shes done - the kid tells her not to sweat it as shes already done a lot for us, though.
Enil doesnt quite feel like shes done enough to make things even but Rand tells her friends dont need to worry about stuff like that Enils a bit miffed that she cant seem to be more than that to Garrod.
While Kei sings the kids praises for catching the eye of a babe like Enil, Greta is left fuming at yet another little girl messing with her.
Enil objects that, while shes had her share of amorous problems, shes not quite a little girl like Pala that said, shes not a hag way past her prime either ( ). After calming an annoyed Pala down, Garrod hopes no one has a problem with Enil tagging along and, indeed, everyones fine with it considering hes vouching for her.
So, Garrod extends her a warm welcome to the team and, inwardly, Enil offers her thanks.
Gretas had enough and orders a full attack, including the Siberian Rails gremlin and eye-patch guy. Enges already preparing himself for another beatdown but Kejinans sure things will turn around someday (even Gains feeling a bit sorrow for those two).
Gretas about to make them kids regret looking down on her but two voices say shell be the one doing the regretting.
This music isnt really in the game but its pretty much Ray and Charles special tune, so I figured it was needed.
: More of them?!
: Hold on! I think its that couple from before!
: You got that right, kid. Sorry were late!
: It took a whole lot of effort to put that party together. Were here to pay them back in full for messing it up.
: Hey, those are some pretty cool looking KLFs!
: Thanks, bud. These are our pride and joy: the Spearheads!
: Rrgh! Its one thing after another with these people! Were going all-out, then!
: Heads up, people! The hags boiling mad!
: Alright, Kei get in there and take care of the old lady!
: Eergh Ive no problem with older women but I avoid the crazies as a general rule. Gain, youre up!
: Sorry but my rifles not made to target ladies.
: Come on, hotshot! You cant be picky!
: Im not I just have more refined tastes than that.
: You sons of ! Those big mouths of yours need a whoopin!
: Um...dont you think you taunted her a bit too much...?
: Dont worry! Thats just how we do battle!
: Ah ?
: Alrighty, lets get going! This whole areas gonna be our dance floor!
- Eureka Seven Secret 2nd Point: Ray and Charles must get 10 kills between each other.
Yeah, this is the problem part. If you wanna pull this off and get the skill point, you need to get your units FAR away from whatever Breakers are left in this initial group so theyll go after Ray and Charles (who have incredibly low priority of the AI if theres anyone else in range, theyll go for them).
Park them in the middle of the mooks, pull everyone else away and watch as they get wrecked one after the other.
Not complicated but, as I mentioned above, going in too deep to hunt the farthest mooks can mean your mechs wont be able to outrun the Breakers and, thus, theyll ignore our two friends.
Now, lets take a look at our happy couple:
Spearheads (Ray and Charles Beams)
Pilot Skills Charles:
- Lift Technique L6
- Counter L5
- Support Defend L4
- Morale+ Hit
- Lift Technique L6
- Backup Attack
- Support Defend L4
- Morale+ Dodge
Ray and Charles Squad Leader Bonus: +20% attack power against flying enemies
Charles voice actor: Juurouta Kosugi (other known works: Henken on Zeta Gundam, Jotaro Kujo in a 90s Jojo OVA and many others)
Rays voice actress: Aya Hisakawa (other known works: Skuld in Ah, My Goddess, Sailor Mercury in Sailor Moon and many others)
These two are actually pretty dang good theyre quite dodgy, have a real high chance of getting critical hits because of Lift Technique and pack a natural S rank in Air.
Their TRI attack also has surprisingly long range, despite not being post-movement (theyre flying solo, though).
And for Rays first trick, shell make this Trad disappear.
Charles follows it up by doing the same to the nearby Caprico.
Jiron and Enil start heading towards Gretas group and thats that.
Keis raw magnetism draws the attention of four breakers this one Caprico could stand to lose a bit of health, though.
Finally the last one decided to go after Charles.
Not enough to kill a full-health Promeus though.
This last Galapagos trades blows with Rand.
As the reinforcements start drawing closer, Greta actually gets just in range of Jiron.
: Been a long time, Greta! I guess you didnt find a nice man even after we let you go, huh?
: 'Course not. There aint a man alive that can fill the shoes of the late Karas Karas!
: Liar! I bet everyone just ran for the hills whenever they saw you coming!
: That does it, shrimp! Ya'll really are just a bunch of rascals!
: Well, youre not our favorite person either! Im ending this relationship of ours right here and now!
Hey, I didnt think thatd hit!
Just remembered we never looked at Greta, so lets do that:
Doran (Greta Karas)
- Prevail L7
- Counter L6
- Battle Spirit
- Morale+ (Damage)
Gretas Voice Actress: Kazue Komiya (other known works: Kyoko Otowa in Ace wo Nerae, Wheelie in Transformers: the Movie (the 80s one) and a few others)
Gretas the second most dangerous Xabungle enemy, losing only to Timp; shes all about busting high-power attacks and can get high morale quickly but the problem is that, despite her high Prevail, her Doran is just too fragile.
Shes a bit dodgy but not too much, so take her out quickly before she has a chance to get a clean hit on someone.
Ray and Charles each pick a side and take down a target theyve four kills total now.
As everyone starts heading towards Gretas group, Enil gets close enough to aim at a Dogozzo.
Finally, Gain and Jiron each take shots against the two Galapagos, leaving them very damaged.
While every Breaker on Rays side chooses to attack Kei, Löwen and Rand, Jiron is being the magnet on Charles area.
A total of three mooks go after him, granting one kill.
And here comes Enge, gunning for Gain.
: Come ON! Why cant we catch a break?! How did we run into Black Southern Cross even here?!
: I guess fate just keeps drawing us together. Best to just accept it, man.
: I cant have my pay reduced anymore! If thats how its gonna be, then Im pulling all the stops!
Still not a threat.
Meanwhile, Kejinans also chosen to attack Jiron.
: Even without the snow and railroads, the Siberian Rail is still going strong!
: I refuse to die until Im sitting right in the Presidents chair!!
Hey, you actually did stuff thats a step in the right direction!
Greta also trades blows with Jiron.
Enil takes down one of the weakened Galapagos and the triggers Gains OverSkill.
As everyone else moves away, Ray gets in a position that would, theoretically, allow her to kill all Breakers around her.
Charles will also take whatevers close on the other front.
: One thing leads to another and weve another battle in our hands Still, beating these guys should help boost my evaluation!
: My frustration over all that happened in Siberia will fuel my promotion!
Enges not happy that things are still turning out like this even after he finally got reassigned just how crappy can his life possibly get?
Alright, lets have Enil contribute with Greta.
: Heres what you get for butting in!
: Youre also a woman whos chosen to live by herself, hm ?
: Im faithful to my husband, even in death! Im a hardcore widow, you know!
: Youre a good woman. If anything, you've my respect
Lets take it slow there are plenty of people with things to say.
Next up is Garrod and I might as well show his new ALL attack; following that, Löwen will finish the job.
: Hey, boy! Gimme another of those lovely screams of yours!
: Youre sick, granny! And you aint getting lucky again!
: Aah, the boast of a young man irresistible! Just listening to it gives me goosebumps!
: S-stay away! Ill shoot!
: Aw, how cute! Youre afraid of pretty, little me?
: Im not sure if this is because shes a woman or because shes so cutthroat
: E-either way, I just cant handle people like her!
You seem to be handling her well enough.
I was trying to rush things, so didnt quite have an opportunity to have everyone attack her here are the lines I skipped over:
: Do it, Darling! Smack that old lady!
: Hey arent you that famous The Crusher fella?
: Well, what a surprise. I heard you were a good man but didnt think youd be traveling with your wife!
: Whoa, whoa! Dont go jumping to conclusions!
: I was married once, so Ill take it easy on you lovebirds.
: Youre nicer than I thought, maam!
: Whose side are you on, Mel?!
: Haha you two are pretty hot! Im getting a bit fired up myself!
: She even stole my quirk!
: Treat an adult as a kid and youre gonna have a bad time, granny!
: And only a brat would call a mature woman granny!
: Say what?! Any way you slice it, youre a granny and thats fact!
: Well, well to think thered be such a nice piece of man in a place like this! Im a whole lot more motivated now!
: You honor me, madam. But, sadly, Im taken so I cant allow you to beat me!
: Oooh, wild yet civilized! I like it! Not a common type!
: Ah, crap ! My jive backfired!
: I dont care much for your cheekiness but youre a nice man!
: Hey, I wont say no to compliments! Thanks!
: Now, gimme your best scream! There wont be a whole lot of point in beating you up if you dont!
: I take it back! This broadll be trouble if I dont take her seriously!
: Alright! How about we show this outlaw how the Beams do battle!
: You got it, Charles! Shell regret wrecking our party!
: What, youre married? Showing off to the widow, are you?!
: But my hubbys always with me in spirit, so I wont be beaten!
Her Doran cant handle anymore but, as she runs off, Greta promises to pay us back for this the next time we meet.
She was stronger than Chil remembers and Jiron figures her strength must be grow along with her age.
Quickly, Rand smacks Kejinan around some
And I try to see if Gain can wrap this up.
: I knew it - its you! The Black Southern Cross!
: Huh, the Siberian Rails goblin? Didnt expect to see you in a place like this.
: Zip it! Thanks to your Exodus, I got a double-whammy of demotion and pay cut!
: But todays curtains for you! Ill be getting my revenge way ahead of blondie!
Close but no cigar
And all the Breakers on Rays side gun for her theres only one more kill needed to fulfill the secret
And this little sumbitch would rather try a 2% hit on Kei than play ball. Had I given him more movement or not sent him so deep into enemy lines, this couldve been avoided x10
Fine. Secrets take priority and, honestly, you can afford to lose a handful of skill points and still get everything.
Jiron and Kei down all but one of the remaining mooks and Gain finishes Kejinan off.
He knows Timp, still the special advisor, is going to give him hell because of this...
You little assholes DIE!
There, both the remaining mooks get downed by Ray and Charles and were done.
The bad guys got what they deserved, but Rays dejected that their planned party is still wrecked; no problem, Charles tells Ray: as long as there's music and Lifting in the world, their journey won't be over.
Rand compliments them on their skills and asks if theyre Federation soldiers nope, theyre freelancers. Gain is quite impressed with their moves and Charles says its due to a love of ad-libbing but, regardless, they owe us one for today.
Garrod tells them not to sweat it, and the two fly off, having found new brothers and sisters.
That kind of easygoing attitude is precisely what, in Rands opinion, Lifters are supposed to be like, Holland to the contrary. Speaking of, Renton seems to have run off again in all the chaos...
Nearby, Garrod has just given Pala the rundown on the mess the Argama has been doing on Zafts orders - as unbelievable as it sounds, we saw it all over the UN. Seems to us that, having been assimilated in Zaft, our other half will now do anything their superiors command.
Granted, orders or no, neither Kei nor anyone here can condone such actions.
Pala was afraid of this and, when Garrod asks whats going on in space, she tells of her fight against the Space Revolutionary Army as part of a group called Satellicon. These are the same colony-based revolutionaries that battled the UNE fifteen years ago (Jamils former enemies, in other words).
It seems the only real lesson they learned is that they can't win a head-to-head war with the Earth. Instead, they've taken their act underground where it can grow more dangerous and terroristic.
Pala has no love for the antics of the New Earth Federation, but she fears that letting the revolutionaries run riot could be even worse - as events fifteen years ago proved. That's why she joined the AEUG, and she was supposed to be headed to the Argama as reinforcements when she got caught up in a high-altitude battle and lost sight of the ship.
Gain tells that, from what weve heard, theyre currently in western Galia will she head there? No, if the Argama really has become Zaft's tool, she figures there's no further point in trying to reach it: her superiors were also worried that there were people within Zaft who, like the revolutionaries, are fomenting the war with Earth.
If she has no place to go, then Garrod's more than happy to give her a place to stay plus, her G-Falcon was also quite handy.
With that done, Enil wants to know what Garrod wants to do regarding Renton and Jiron wonders if hes likely to come home. Honestly, Garrod thinks its not and, even if they forced him back, Renton would just run off again.
Mel wonders if its because he hates us but, rather, Garrod thinks he left the Gekko to search for something and knows from personal experience that he'll never be at peace back home until he finds it.
Gain recommends leaving him alone in that case, since it sounds like he's actually got a decent reason for running away - if it was just fear of Holland, he'd have dragged Renton home even if it meant a rope around his neck.
But, from what Garrods proposed, it seems to Rand that the kids giving this a whole lot of thought, so getting in his way would be a real rotten thing to do (Pala is taken aback by how stifling Earths men are). Jiron likes it, hopeful that Renton can find his something and come back a big enough man to stick it to Holland.
Indeed, Kei makes Mel promise to take a picture if the day comes for the great Holland to apologize to a kid. With that done, Rand figures we could do like Renton and enjoy our brief moment of freedom a bit longer before returning.
Pala's surprised that the group is this seemingly unfocused, but Löwen tells her that that's just how it goes (and hes long since given up on trying to change it).
Enil says Pala could always take off if she doesnt like our group but, no, shes determined to go on as Garrods support and Löwens quickly getting fidgety as their argument starts getting too close to him.
What Kei and Gain find interesting is that Garrod now has at least three women vying for his attention: Enil, Pala, and Tifa. Garrod's attention, though, is elsewhere with Renton: he really hopes that he can find what he's looking for and not just end up a defeated dog.
Back to Renton, Charles quickly finds him at the local arcade seems like runaway kids always run to these places. Either way, Ray wants to thank him for his earlier help and, as such, he invites Renton over to their place.
The kids a bit hesitant but Charles knows that he probably cant afford anything decent to eat after running away wouldnt it be much better to join them and taste some of Rays heavenly food? Charles himself would also like him to join them and, after thinking a bit, Renton agrees.
As expected, Timp isnt happy to hear of all the troops Enge and Kejinant lost on the way to the rendezvous. They beg his forgiveness, blaming both Greta and the fact that the combined team of Black Southern Cross, The Crusher and melonhead is still so very strong.
Timp tells them to save their excuses to Kashimir, whose ultra-strict evaluations they've already been victims of - at this rate, the two men fear their pay will be cut so low they won't even have money for food.
They get aid from an unlikely source: Greta, who actually accepts responsibility for the mess and promises to make up for the reduced firepower herself.
Timp likes her attitude, which is why he scouted her in the first place. She asks if he wants to end Jiron himself, but Timp claims he doesn't get hangups like that (unlike her or Hola). Kids told him to crush those responsible for the Yapan's Ceiling's Exodus, and he plans to do it by striking the main ZEUTH force.
Thus, hell leave her and Asuham () in charge of dealing with Jiron and his buddies.
Asuham proclaims that Greta and her posse will fight under his command and shes rather surprised that a youngster like himll be leading.
Asuham isnt in the mood for her snide remarks, though, saying that hes dedicated all that he is towards a single goal killing the Black Southern Cross! If anything, Greta can see how dead-serious he is and, truth be told, shes always liked passionate men.
Just then Hola brings in some of Asuham's additional help: Beck, amused to see the old Saint Reagan commander now working for the Siberian Rail.
That said, Asuham is not one to be picky about his methods or his situation so long as he reaches his goal, everything is acceptable. That sounds excellent to Beck, whos glad to work together with the guy again.
Asuhams will be counting on the guy and Beck says hes picked up a shiny new mech and is eager to give us a warm welcome with it.
Still, Timp tells Asuham to watch it as he'd be a real laughingstock if he blew it with a lineup this strong.
Asuham cares not for Timps worries, vowing to stake everything on the next battle. With that done, Timp wishes the FORMER elite soldier good luck and prepares to return to something called Agate Crystal
: (Just you wait, Gain Ive given up my position in Saint Reagan just to chase you down...)
: (And soon Ill make you painfully aware of both the weight of Karins grief and just how implacable I can be!!)