Part 164: Mission 40 (Rand) - Prelude to the Collapse - Part 1No event units today and still 11 slots available. Made a few changes to our squads to adapt to Rentons new OVERWHELMING POWER:
- Rand, Burume (Government), Rag
- Baldios, Riea, Enil (Esperanza)
- Kei, Maai, Adette (Rushrod)
- Getter, Michiru, Tekkouki
- Garrod, Jamil, Pala
- Gain, Jiron, Dyke (Galapagos)
- Duke, Hikaru, Sara (Mexbrute)
- Gainer, Witz, Olson
- Roger, Löwen, Roybea
- Apollo, Matthew, Hilda
- Renton, Holland, Bello (Dobeck)
Location: Pacific Ocean
Kira(Uuuurrrgh!) is recuperating aboard the Archangel after the debacle with Shinn.
Cagalli is glad the crew found him when they did or even he might have been in danger of his life. Kira, however, is more concerned with leaving the Freedoms wreck behind.
Cagallis in the midst of saying that he doesnt need to worry about stuff like that right now when Neo enters the room, his memories yet to return as he protests Kira calling him Muu.
Neos heard of Kiras defeat but isnt really surprised: the Impulses pilot has an iron will to prevail and is growing stronger and stronger.
When Kira asks, he says hes met Shinn once, though he doubts things will be so pleasant the next time they meet thanks to Neos dishonesty.
Regardless, what Neo wants to know is what this ships game is, as they find themselves fighting against the Federation one day, and then against Zaft on the next to top it off, their allies of ZEUTH are quarreling among themselves. What kind of nonsense is this?
Kira admits that hes not quite sure of whats going on, either.
Regardless, Neo asks what the Archangel will do next and the ships headed back to Orb to get some repairs done. an odd move to Neo, considering the circumstances under which Cagalli left.
She tells Neo that Orb is in an uproar after the Seiran family's collaboration with the Sages, and that she's got a job to do there - not that she's going to say what that job is to a man who insists he's a Federation soldier.
Looks like she saw through his ruse but Neos a bit impressed with her smarts, having taken her for just some puppet representative. Either way, she tells him to get lost as Kiras still recovering and, having incurred the princess wrath, Neo agrees to leave them be.
As Cagalli grumbles that that smart-ass attitude is just like Muus, Kiras still thinking about Shinn and how he apparently knew the pilot of that black Gundam in Chiram. She doesnt want him thinking about it as the Destroy HAD to be stopped but, regardless, Shinn never forgave him for it and that rage gives him strength.
Kira knows that hatred begets more hatred and thought that he had to fight in a way that avoided that. In truth, though, he mightve just been afraid of getting himself tangled up in that chain of hatred again, just as he and Athrun, killing their respective friends, once did in the previous war.
Kira thought he'd be able to fight without taking another life but that obviously didnt work even when he didnt kill directly, there were plenty of people whove lost their lives because of his actions.
Hes certain such things will happen again and wonders what he should do
Neo runs into Murrue in the hallway, having somewhat failed in his attempts at a serious visit to Kira: somehow, just the sight of the kid makes Neo want to tease him. Murrue quickly figures that this annoyed Cagalli and she kicked him out.
He then asks Murrue what this Muu La Flaga was to her, and after a long pause, she says that he was an irreplaceable comrade-in-arms of hers, who's now gone. Neo apologizes for asking, turning the name over in his mind...
Location: South Ameria Chiram Capital
Bloodman has phoned up the Chiram president to repeat the formal apology from the UN broadcast, wanting them to get back on friendly terms now that the Federation has been reorganized.
The president figures Bloodman wants access to their dimensional tech in return but, no, Bloodman says that demand was made at the Sages own discretion.
In fact, the Federation is pursuing their OWN counter-measure for the collapse: in order to stabilize the dimensional walls, theyve developed a prototype device capable of unleashing a controlled dimensional quake.
THAT gets the presidents attention and Bloodman extends an invitation for the Chiram to observe the devices test in a bid to interest them in an exchange of knowledge that, he hopes, will lead to a perfected device.
The Chiram president is surprised that Bloodmans offering to give them access to the Federations own dimensional tech but, on top of the debt the Feds owe to them, Bloodman says this isnt the time to fuss over politics not if theyre going to save the world from collapse.
After pausing to think, the Chiram agrees to his proposal, with date and time of the test to be informed later.
Bloodman hangs up, with the Chiram president wishing prosperity to both their nations.
Wesley is now in a panic, saying that there isn't a moment to lose now that the Feds have a way of controlling space-time: Olson and Kei must be captured, brainwashed, and used to repair the dimensions ASAP.
He says, with the end of their Project D, this is the only way for them to save Chiram and begs the president give the command.
The president isnt quite as certain, though, saying that joining with the Federation could also be a solution. He knows they want to bolster their firepower for the war against the Plants and, as a matter of fact, believes this show of their own Dimensional Manipulator and strength could be to prod the Chiram into a bloodless union with them.
Hell, the guy who destroyed their device mightve even been a federal agent trying to push them towards that.
Either way, its in no ones interest to maintain a hostile stance to the Federation as, above all, humanitys infighting is the surest way to bring about the worlds destruction. The president hasnt decided to ally with the Federation yet but if he doesn't find another method to save the world, surrendering to the Federation will be the only option.
For starters, they should see what the Feds have tech-wise. The president has Wesley organize a detachment, thinking that he mightve been wrong to place his trust in Olson.
It's his responsibility alone to do what's best for the Chiram people...
Location: Southern South Ameria Tresor Institute
Aboard the Gekko, the Karabas Hayato tells Renton of his meeting with his grandfather. Morita has a great deal of respect for the old mans craft so he wanted him to build a new Lift Board for the Nirvash and Hayato was in charge of transporting it.
Mind, he also brought a letter from Axel to Renton, in which he says Hayato told him of everything the kid and his friends have been doing. He knows a lot has happened but reckons Renton still has much to do, so he wants the kid to hang in there.
Ill be waiting in Bellforest... For you, and that young lady, to come back, he finishes and Renton promises to do his best with this new board Axel made for him.
Hayato remarks that family is a wonderful thing, telling Renton that his son is among the other side of ZEUTH - adopted son, that is, named Katz. In the eventuality that we meet them again, Hayato would like Renton to tell the kid that hes doing fine
Meanwhile, the Karaba will also be searching for the missing Norb and Hayato wishes us good luck in our battles
Just then, a certain shadowy figure walks up and tells Renton to gather everyone aboard the Gekko - she's got something to tell them.
Renton is shocked and scrambles to comply.
Everyone's abuzz over what the reason behind Talhos new appearance could be speculation will only get us so far but Enil thinks it must be something pretty big. Eureka marvels at how much Talho changed but she tells Eureka it's not so much a change as a "return" to her former self.
Shed thought about throwing everything away what with all the difficult things that happened but, eventually, she started to think after all this time, she hadnt changed at all. She still has the same mind and emotions as before.
Eureka doesnt see it that way, though, and says that Talho IS different in the same way Eureka herself had, without realizing that she had changed. Still, as Rena and Tifa said, this isnt anything to be scared of.
Talho sighs and says shes a bit jealous of how shes just no match for the girl.
Either way, Holland asks why is it that she asked everyone to gather here and Gauli points out that, in Yapan, someone whos retiring will gather important people and have them cut the persons hair.
Benkei quickly corrects him that thats only for sumo wrestlers who get their top-knot cut on retirement. Adette laughs that he was way off-target but Talho disagrees.
No, shes not quitting the Gekkostate but shes decided to step down as the Gekkos main pilot.
: Outta the blue like that? Why?!
: To take care of the future you gave me. This little life right here, see
: A life in your-- you thats
: Its your child.
: Youre serious ?
: Yes theres a child growing in her womb. Thats why we said she needed a change of clothes.
: I see. So you didnt change your appearance for the hell of it.
: What do they mean, Mome?
: Im a robot so I dont know much of that but Hollands going to be a daddy soon.
: But if Mamas our mama, Hollands going to be the papa?!
: No, no. Hollands the papa and Talhos the mama.
: O-oi, hold on! Ya cant just go calling me a Papa just like that
: If papa doesnt work, then what should you kid call you? Hmm?
: I- I havent thought about stuff like that
: Dont talk like that!
: Apologies, sir. Dorothy merely wanted to showcase a word she knew.
(This is a VA joke from Crayon Shin-Chan: Dorothys VA, Akiko Yajima, voiced the titular character while Hollands Keiji Fujiwara voiced the kids dad.)
: Either way
: Yow I dunno what to say
: Hey! Whats with those faces ?!
: Ah, well we had a good thing going. Thanks for everything, Holland.
: You take care, wherever you go. I ain't gonna forget you.
: What? Go where??
: But, in any case, congrats! Now lets grab those drinks you promised us and have a send-off!
: Supermodel pregnant by charismatic border, Mr. H Makes for exciting news, eh?
: Whats with them is that how they wish him well?
: Theyve several conflicting feelings about this.
: Still immature
: (But Gains already a father, isnt he?)
: Congratulations, Holland. I wish you all the best.
: At least youre around to congratulate me like a normal person, Jamil
: You twove left your past behind and now youre creating a new future. That gives everyone here hope.
: Heh enough with the kudos, man. You oughta pay attention to whats around, too.
: Dont tell me you didnt notice how that girl feels about you.
Hildas the first to congratulate Talho, though she wishes shed told them sooner. Talho says she was a bit too embarrassed before. Regardless, Shaia figures this new look suits her great.
Talho also takes the time to thank Papty for her previous advice and, whatever Talho needs, she and everyone else are here to help. Holland appreciates it but tells it wont be necessary as hed like Talho to get off the Gekko and stay somewhere where she wont be in the crossfire of our battles.
He couldnt take it if something happened to her but Talho asks WHERE, exactly, is perfectly safe in this chaotic world? There isnt, so shed rather stay here and help create a better world for theirs and all the other children in their ship.
Theyve got a huge family already and thats why Talho says Holland cant just go dying on them. He promises he wont and will keep safe this world where they can practice their beloved Lifting from anyone whod try to destroy it.
But, above all, hell protect her, whos chosen to love someone as useless as him.
The only question now is who will pilot the ship, which flies by Trapar just like the Lift boards you cant just pick someone at random to take the helm.
Thankfully, Moondoggie steps up to the plate saying he's got a license and eager to finally do something during the battles besides cower in his bunk. Hap knows the guy's a gifted Lifter, and has Gidget's full support, too.
The crew will give him a shot, with Talho telling him to be prepared for plenty of serious on-the-job training.
All this talk of children has Kei thinking about Atena and Mimsy sees it right in his face: he too is a father, though it doesn't feel like it. Olson comes in right then, having just received some transmission.
As luck would have it, it was some info from Atena: the Feds are planning to test a dimensional manipulator of their own over in North Ameria!
Mission 40 - Prelude to the Collapse
All is in readiness to test the dimensional manipulator, with three divisions on patrol in the nearby areas just in case. Bloodman assumes direct control of the test, determined not to play second fiddle to those high-and-mighty bastards, Dewey and Scirocco.
Robert's on hand as part of the Chiram detachment, fuming over how the Feds burned down his country and are now acting all friendly. He wonders what theyre up to, inviting them for this.
Henry asks if they should just blow their device away, and as much as Robert wants to himself, he knows thatd be real bad.
Regardless, with both Project D and the Singularities lost, Henry wonders whatll happen to Chirams future. Robert doesnt know but, inwardly, thinks hell survive and make it to the top even if Chiram falls.
As the president expected, Bloodmans game here is to give the Chiram a show of the Federations might and technological prowess in order to make them submit. Hes interrupted as their troops detect approaching ships but it isnt more Chiram.
Its ZEUTH and Bloodman is dumbstruck that we knew of this test. He quickly wonders if someone from the Chiram spilled the beans.
Maai hears the guy yelling over the comm and is surprised that the Federations president really is here in person enough proof to Kei that Atenas intel was legit, meaning those Chiram are probably here as observers.
Olsons already spotted the dimensional manipulator over at the carrier ahead and Elchi knows nothing goodll come out of letting the Feds have something like that. Especially considering how theyre using their dimensional tech to awaken the Coralians, says Holland.
Jamil figures the Feds know of the failure of the Chiram Project D, and reckons that they're trying to conquer the world under their own device. Time to destroy it, then!
Gainer asks if we should as, if that things gone, how will we stop the collapse? Gain would rather put his faith in Doctor Bear's research and Rand points out that, worse comes to worse, ZEUTH always has the two Singularities
Our main targets the carrier with the thing and Olson says we need to bring it down quickly as its very likely the Feds have called for backup. Moondoggies already at the Gekkos pilot seat and Talhos eager to see what hes got.
Bloodman gives the troops the order to attack and Roberts very happy to see the Singularity fall in his lap no need to put up with those smug Feds if they can capture Kei here!
Main objective is to bring down the Garuda while protecting our ships. Skill Point is hidden, though, so keep an eye out.
Talhos still the leader of the Gekko but her new appearance changed her last two spirit commands she now knows Trust.
Moondoggies a new sub pilot and adds Guts, Gain and Spirit to the pile. Do take note that Spirit costs 10(!) SP which is absurd! Talho can pretty much get her MAPW running at will now.
Everyone starts moving ahead but only a handful of people are in range to attack anything.
Chiram leaders have all switched to Ishkick Commanders now but Keis group easily finishes them off in a follow-up attack.
Speaking of, Robert has a new Ishkick Commander II which is pretty much a direct upgrade in everything his old one had. Treat him as you did before.
Henrys the only enemy who gets off his ass to attack and hes still useless.
Fudou says Theyre coming and, right away, the hypnosound starts playing with its traditional awful timing of note, however, is that Juns detecting a special pattern in their approach. Indeed, weve an actual Fallen Angel incoming and not just their puppets: Touma.
Apollo quickly recognizes his smell from the Break and Touma sees that
Same goes for these Demons who pursue him and his kind! On cue, Michiru pings a batch of Hundred Demon troops approaching
Gura is quite curious at this device which uses a bit of dimensional power to cause localized dimensional quakes. He certainly didnt expect the humans to be able to create something like that.
Hidler asks if the intel they received on this is trustworthy. Indeed, Gura agrees that they should exercise caution since the info came from an unknown source BUT with both ZEUTH and the Fallen Angels present here, it seems to be legitimate.
Regardless, Hidlers rather worried with whoever their informant is because the person tapped directly into the Science Fortress Islands comm network to get in touch.
Said informant is the Black Charisma, whos silently welcoming the demons. Theres also the Angels, too, and this certainly wouldnt be as enjoyable without them.
Touma can sense the Black Charismas gaze on himself but his attention shifts to Apollo, whos glad that hes here as it gives him a chance to kick his ass and get Baron back. Touma is dubious, considering the Wings strength is far less than what he once had.
Apollo isnt about to take his sass sitting down but Silvia tells him to calm down he wont win this relying solely on his instinct.
Shaia wonders what we should do about these new arrivals and Ryouma figures the demons will be gunning for us and the Fallen Angels meanwhile, Sirius says, the Angels will attack everyone.
Well just have to deal with whatever gets close but our objective remains the carrier with the dimensional manipulator.
Good luck, ZEUTH... Youll need it, as these arent the only guests Ive invited, the Black Charisma thinks.
Mission Objective: Shoot down the Garuda OR Shoot down the Cherubim Sur Le Kubera.
Mission Failure: Any allied ship shot down.
Skill Point: Shoot down Touma by the end of turn 6.
A rather interesting stage, this. Youre surrounded from all sides but you can still go wrap things up easily enough by just going after Touma (who can be easily baited with Apollo).
If you want to get all the goodies available from the bosses, though, youll need to work for it. The maps big and youll need to spread out a bit to deal with everything (weve demons to the N, Angel to the E and Feds up NE).
Touma has a good bunch of HP but, since Apollo knows Valor, you can take care of him quickly enough; so, dont let yourself get surrounded, destroy what you can and take him out when its time. Liberal usage of MAPWs is recommended.
Dont use Haps sole Confuse cast just yet, though youll know when the time is right!
Cherubim Sur Le Kubera (Touma)
- ESP L8
- Double Movement
- Battle Spirit
- Attack Again
- 20% HP Regen
- 20% EN Regen
- Pilot debuffs immunity
Toumas Voice Actor: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Well crap. This guy aint playing around, thats for goddamn sure! All those stacks skills means that anyone that isnt packing Alert will have a sky-high chance of getting hit and Attack Again certainly can catch one of your more brutish guys by surprise get the Element System running ASAP because Apollo is unlikely to survive 4 hits.
Thankfully, like Moroha, he doesnt have Prevail which means you can take him down quickly with your heavier hitters that is, if youre not going after the other bosses like I am! In this case, youll need Apollo to keep him busy throughout the stage, so keep the Glomar and/or Freeden nearby to top him off.
Finally, Toumas Sword attack has a new debuff: itll halve ALL of the targets stats, essentially neutralizing whatever it hits. His one-two punch is reducing your stats and then following it up with a double attack on his second move, so theres another reason why you only want Apollo or, at most, Rand being hit before you run in for the kill as they wont be affected by that.
Lets get to work, then. Elchi weakens a batch of demons and Marin moves right in.
Riea and Marin dont pull it off but Enil was able to down a Fighter. Garrod moves up and takes the survivors out.
Pala earns Prevail L6 as a prize, too.
Im moving Renton up NE for reasons. Along the way, he makes short work of Henry.
Grr, they got me! Ejecting!
Even the Siberian stooges have more personality and plot significance than this guy.
Bello learns Faith for his last command.
Rand weakens a nearby Cherubim and Apollo moves to finish it off, setting himself just inside of Toumas range to prevent him attacking the wrong person.
Frig 288 HP short.
Elsewhere, Hayato gets working on a fresh Horned Demon and Tekkouki manages to oneshot a Fighter. Gainer takes the remaining two.
Lets get to work on Robert to get him off our hair.
: There you are, Singularity! I need only bring you in right now and Ill be hailed as the hero who saved Chiram!
: This REALLY isnt the time or place for that, man!
: Instead of daydreaming, why dont you take a quick look at whats going on with the world?!
You little that was a 17% hit!
Id rather not take my chances with that Center Formation, so Duke moves next to Kei and takes out Roberts squaddies. Sara learn Oversense L4.
Back at the angels, the Freeden and Gain weaken a Xibalba, leaving it prepped for Roger.
Duke gets harassed by an Ishkick and Xibalba pair, limiting to some smaller damage to save EN.
A nearby Asshimar and Cherubim try to wreck Kei and both get slapped away.
And here comes Touma. I had Silvia cast Iron Wall just in case.
: On that day, 12000 years ago
: High atop clouds that reached the stratosphere, we watched the dusk fall and the prominence arching over the solar spots
: Th-the hell are you going on about?!
: On the morning, we basked in the love of the land and listened quietly for memories of the oceans depths that lay in each raindrop that fell from the heavens.
: Under the Tree of Life, echoes of the worlds genesis reverberated through our bodies
: Aaargh, shut UP! Enough of your bull!
: Indeed, your eyes do not reflect me
I dunno what to say about that convo. Touma, of course has a handful of special lines here are two Vs. Aquarion ones, since theyre kinda meant to be seen together:
- #1: Your right hand existed to hunt humans
- #2: Your left hand existed to hold mine
The plot kicks in when someone fights Touma.
Gidget detects EVEN MORE troops incoming and, this time, its an Aldebaron, Gaizock and Eldar force - Butcher is positively giddy at the huge party going on over here.
Teral finds it very odd to find both half of ZEUTH, their main obstacle, and the Federations president in the same place but Aphrodia takes it to mean that whoever it was that got in touch with the Skull Moon base wanted them attacked.
Butcher doesnt really care, though, eager to enjoy this as much as possible - he gives the order to attack everything.
Bloodman asks what the hell is up with enemies showing up one after the other. Where are the reinforcements they called?!
Busy, unfortunately, as they were caught in a battle with nearby demon and alien troops, so they wont be coming. The Black Charisma, though, realizes that this might actually put the dimensional manipulator in danger, so its time to call in some help.
More troops and its Ziene with a posse of Cornicus. She greets THE HEAT but says shes got no time to play with him and his wife today.
Mel asks what she means by that but Rands more focused on protesting that he and Mel are not a couple! Regardless, Löwen asks what shes here for and all shell say is that everything a woman wants is to fight for the sake of the one she loves.
Rand figures Asakim must be watching this close by and Ziene smirks, asking if hes that miffed that he was made to scream as he did.
No, Rand says you stop getting hung up on stuff like that once you get to his age. Gainer asks Gain if thats true but he says hes nowhere as old as Rand!
Regardless, Rand has business with the guy and wants her to tell Asakim to come face him man-to-man - no tricks. Ziene says hell get his wish soon enough but, right now, her mission is to keep the aliens and Fallen Angels busy.
We dont really know what her game is but Löwen figures shes trying to protect the Feds device. Garrod and the others havent forgotten what shes done to us before, though, which means well just have to crush her en route to the carrier.
: ZEUTH, aliens, demons, Fallen Angels and now these unknown troops?!
: This was supposed to be top secret! Why are there so many enemies here?!
: (Dont lose your head, Bloodman. Youre the star of todays festivities, you know.)
: (Go on Set loose your fireworks for this world...)
: Uurgh ! Youll all get whats coming to you!
Craaaaap thats over 100 enemies on the map right now and killing all bosses while getting the Skill Point is rather annoying considering how spread out they are.
Anyone feel like speaking against MAPWs now?!
Well wrap this up come next Wednesday. See you all then!