Part 168: Mission 41 - Cross Point - Part 1Our first mission with ZEUTH as a whole and weve 16 slots to play with. Thats not nearly enough for every potential leader to get a squad, so well need to relegate some to squaddies:
- Rand, Burume (Government), Rag
- Baldios, Riea, Enil (Esperanza)
- Kei, Maai, Adette (Rushrod)
- Getter, Michiru, Tekkouki
- Garrod, Jamil, Pala
- Gain, Witz, Dyke (Galapagos)
- Duke, Hikaru, Maria
- Gainer, Jiron, Olson
- Roger, Löwen, Roybea
- Apollo, Matthew, Hilda
- Renton, Holland, Lunamaria
- Tetsuya, Kouji, Sara (Mexbrute)
- Banjou, Zambot, Sayaka (TFO)
- Camille, Shinn, Quattro
- Gravion, Emma (Super Gundam), Amuro
- God Sigma, Loran, Athrun
FYI: the returning ZEUTH units upgrades as still the same as they were back on mission 25, so you should spend all that cash from the previous mission getting them up to speed.
All our ships pop up in a field, everyone in one piece, after being seemingly warped away from that dimensional quake. Sara detects that we werent warped too far away from our previous battlefield but Jabby seems much more freaked out.
When Shaia asks, he says that while we werent affected much by the quake, the world at large has been, once again, transformed by it. Mind, he doesnt know WHAT changed but he can feel its effects.
Heizaemon wants everyone to get together to ascertain everything thats happened thus far and dispel any lingering misunderstandings that may lie.
Location: North Ameria
Yow compare this shot to the one in the mission 40s and you can see just how different the continents are.
And here we begin the long process of getting the player up to speed concerning EVERYTHING that happened with the other side of ZEUTH. Its just one huge batch of exposition.
Since weve seen both paths firsthand, well just skip through this.
At length, Hollands glad to see that the other side has been maintaining their independence from Zafts politicking as incapable as ever of placing any trust in military organizations.
Hed actually prefer to stay split off if they were intent on acting as part of Zafts troops, even, but Talia makes it a point to say that she still considers herself as such and will fight against Plants enemies. That said, as another HUMAN, shes more than willing to support the plan of coexistence with the Coralians and performing a dimensional repair that safeguards everyone, not just particular nations.
She doesnt think thisll bring harm to Plant so, by her own will, Talia agrees to teaming up with us once again. Bright's also glad to help and plans to offer the same choice to everyone in the squad, but Heizaemon doubts there'll be many naysayers: no one here wants to see the rulership of the world monopolized.
: Looks like our endgames decided...
: To protect this world now we must think of what we can do to make that happen.
: Its been a bumpy road but, here, we join hands once again for the same goal.
: Rather, perhaps we could say that, for the very first time, our troops are actually united.
: Today marks the beginning of a new era for ZEUTH.
: Yes. Henceforth, well all fight alongside one another.
: ZEUTH, reborn... well, its a pleasure to work with everyone.
: But, as for our enemies theres still the one who moved against us from the shadows.
: The one who tried to have us destroy each other
: I suspect its that person we saw at the outbreak of the dimensional quake.
: That Black Charisma freak, eh ?
: From the way he spoke, it seems he was the one who brought all those troops to that one place.
: And that man called us out by name.
: We dont even know that it is a man, though. He or she spoke with a voice synthesizer
: Black Charisma well need to be careful with this one.
: Im glad to see you well, Cpt. Elchi.
: You, too, seem to be in one piece, Mr. Gwen.
: Listen, Id like to ask you for more details about one of your battles. Specifically, about that OverDevil.
: Huh, thats a surprise. I didnt think youd be interested in grotesque things like that.
: My interest is more in the era that created it the so-called Black History.
Back in our other ships, theres even more exposition. Nothing major aside from (and Ive no idea why Rands side doesnt mention this) Kouji, Tetsuya and Daisuke quickly discussing this new idea for a combined attack. Sounds interesting.
Mind, I find it odd that Setsuko doesnt even strike up a conversation with Olson considering their history. She is happy to see Enil again, though, and the two are eager to catch up.
Either way, after all the relevant events are detailed, the alarm starts blaring: Kid comes in, yelling that a large Emaanian posse is headed straight for us. Rand figures this second world-wide quake has lit a fire under their asses and theyre coming after Kei and Olson.
Given our lofty goal of saving the entire world, we obviously cant afford to let these short-sighted people succeed time for the newly reformed ZEUTH to take to the field!
Only on Rands side, Apollo is still dejected over what happened before. As Silvia tries to get him to deploy, he asks about what Fudous been up to.
Sirius figures hes returned to DEAVA HQ as, from what hes heard, the Federation has recently annexed their organization. Its likely hes busy dealing with that.
Apollo grumbles that the guys always showing up but now that we actually need him, he vanishes.
From Apollos attitude, Sirius figures what happened before wasnt actually a dream and makes Apollo swear not to tell anyone about their wings. If he does, Sirius WILL hunt him down.
He wouldnt tell, of course, so Sirius takes off to prepare to deploy.
: Damn it
: Well, weve got enemies coming, yeah ? We gotta get going, Silvia.
: You dont need to do this today, you know not after what happened to Baron.
: I could pilot the Sol in your place
: Oi, oi that attitude aint like you.
: Wings or not, yall are still the same. Aint anything else to it
: Lets get out there, Silvia.
Mission 41 - Cross Point
The Glomars launching as an event unit, so I have the Iron Gear and Minerva accompany it.
The sight of all these different units back together is quite impressive for Captain and Mimsy agrees, especially considering how hostile these people were not too long ago.
Kei says we stand as a symbol of what this worlds all about and Kappeis glad to see that hes as chill as ever indeed, Quattros finds it commendable that Keis managed to endure the responsibility of being a Singularity.
Either way, this is the reborn ZEUTHs debut battle so Garrod says we need to win big here today...he soon realizes his faux pas and apologizes to Shaia. She doesnt blame him, though, considering that she, too, is looking for a way to help everyone.
Banjou's most happy to fight alongside such a splendid person, but she tells him that flattering an old woman won't get him anything. Luna and Sayaka remember hearing that the Emaanian women lose their biological functionalities at age 18 but cant wrap their heads on how thats like.
The Emaanians, led by Maneesha, quickly enter the area and Hilda quickly explains to the other folks who she is.
Indeed, she knows both Singularities are here and demands we hand them over if we do, shell ignore our transgressions thus far. Toshiya balks at her high-and-mighty attitude but Stoner figures thats par for the course what with her being Emaans de-facto leader.
: Shaia, allow me to mediate this matter with her.
: Ah, enter the Negotiator!
: But things always get worse whenever he gets to work
: Thank you, Roger. But its Maneesha were dealing with, so I need to answer.
: Lets go, sister hand those Singularities over.
: We refuse.
: Do you not care about safeguarding Emaan?! Youve always been selfish like that, ever since you were a kid!
: Like when you foisted the family onto me and left to travel around, not a care in the world
: Oi did you come here to rant about your sisterly problems?
: You should go home, then. Were very busy.
: Yeah, were trying to save the entire world! Come back later if you wanna yell at your sister!
: I came here to save my country and youd deride that?!
: Open fire! Shoot down their escorts and capture the Singularities!
: Maneesha !
: Shaia weve no choice. They cannot have Kei and Olson.
: You can pull back if you dont wanna do this. Well handle them.
: No, well fight as well. My minds set, just like everyone else.
: All troops, attack the Emaanians! If were going to defend this world, we need to stand our ground against whoever the enemy is!
: Aye, aye! We all know what must be done!
: That said, we should avoid any unnecessary damage.
: Focus fire on their mothership. Well try and end this as quickly as possible.
: Thanks a bunch, Lt.!
: Yeah, Emaan is still our country! Wed rather not fight them if we can avoid it.
: (Maneesha )
Mission Objective: Shoot down the Emaanian Battleship.
Mission Failure: Any allied battleship shot down.
Skill Point: Clear the map within 5 turns.
Ending Point Alert!
- Shoot down the Emaanian Battleship without killing ANY other Emaanian unit: +1
- Shoot down all Emaanian units: -1
From this mission onwards, therell be several secret conditions that have further effects down the road. Theres a maximum of 21 points that you can grab and Id recommend getting at least 18.
Some of these are pretty easy while others can be finicky Ill be trying to get them all and, like secrets, Ill prioritize them over Skill Points if need be.
This ending point and the skill point synergize pretty well, though: morale is a problem but the ships flimsy, so we should be able to down in by turn two. Just attack with whoever manages to get in range and buff Apollos morale for two big hits.
So, everyone spreads out and moves ahead. Lets see how this goes.
And here they come.
I wont even risk trying to attack for extra morale because these things are just too flimsy.
The AI actually seems to have a beef against Gain today because he gets mobbed and barely survives after evasion decay screws him thrice.
Thankfully, a handful played ball so heres a quick highlight.
: How regrettable. If you were willing to listen, we could have shared our plans.
: But you moved to take the Singularity by force without even giving us the chance.
: Now face your judgment!
: Sorry, pals! We've got our sights set higher than you, that's all!
: We're not just trying to save one little country! We're gonna save the whole world!
: Hope y'all can understand!
: Come and get me! I'm right here, Kei Katsuragi, the Singularity himself!
: But I don't go easy on people trying to catch me, so you'd better be ready!
To sum it up, a whole bunch of nothing aside from Gain.
I had hoped to get some three big hitters on the carrier to conserve Apollos SP but the Emaanians have pretty much walled everyone off except for Renton.
: I believe we can make it through anything!
: So we'll keep trying until we can't anymore! Maybe it's just a fantasy, but we're looking for a way to save everyone!
A very nice crit there.
Apollo burns his SP on Spirits and Stoner casts Rouse to get the Element System going.
Now we can wrap this up.
: Ya know, no one likes folks who hog food when there aint much.
: Ya gotta share it so everyone gets a piece! Here's what I do to hogs!
And Apollo learns ESP L5 from that.
Total ending points: 1
Maneesha is still hell-bent on getting the Singularities for Emaan. Shaia yells at her to stop but Maneesha asks if she doesnt understand that her actions are dooming Emaan.
Shes in the middle of calling Shaia a traitor when Mimsy, whos had enough of this, cuts in and says Maneesha has no idea of her sisters feelings shes just a spoiled brat! She might say that Shaia abandoned her family to go gallivanting about but, in reality, she silently chose to step down because she judged Maneesha was the better person to lead.
Shes not buying these excuses but Mimsy continues, saying Maneesha also seems to be ignorant of the situation concerning her own husband, Ranse.
Shaia tries to stop her but Mimsy thinks the truth must be known: Ranse always loved Shaia more than Maneesha and yet
No time to continue the drama, as Robert shows up with a large group and immediately opens fire on both sides.
This indiscriminate attack immediately tells Olson of who must be in command here and, indeed, Robert has already singled out both him and Kei. His plan is to beat them both to the point of death and, then, bring them in.
His troops are already getting on the offensive and Quattros surprised at how intent the guy is on both capturing the Singularities and destroying us all the best Holland can tell is that Roberts festered a long grudge towards both Kei and our people after the consecutive beatdowns. Quattros further annoyed at the guys lack of foresight.
Setsuko figures the only option when facing such people is to respond appropriately and Ryoumas impressed at how strong shes become a commanding presence, comparable to the legends best female warriors, Roger thinks.
Rand himself figures the best way to deal with enemies like this is for everyone to take a page off his playbook. Eiji figures he means to just go to town and Rand confirms with his Heat Smile. Its been far too long since Luna and the other ZEUTHs seen that stifling face.
Anyway, Shinn and everyone agree that these guys dont deserve any mercy with the way theyre gunning for us and Shaia asks Maneesha to pull back with her troops and leave this to us.
She says all she and ZEUTH want is to protect our world and all our loved ones who live therein that includes Maneesha and Emaan. Maneeshas a bit stunned but seemingly relents and retreats with her men.
Mome wonders if she understood and Jabby says only Shaia knows that answer. Regardless, Olson tags Roberts black Ishkick as the command unit and tells us to focus our fire on it.
Atenas on the Chiram side and Henrys quick to tell her that, despite what she may feel for Olson, hes a traitor and deserves no quarter. Furthermore, if she shows any sort of restraint against our people, Roberts ready to have her executed as a traitor on the spot, too.
Furthermore, he tells her to fight and not bring shame to the noble Henderson name, which takes Atena back to her mother. Kei spots her Device up ahead and asks Olson what to do.
He doesnt want to see her branded a traitor too but Kei doubts she's happy in her current position so, he wants to come over and ask whats REALLY going on in her head. Kei says he has a lot of make up for as her father and hell start with this.
Robert starts his charge, proclaiming the Singularities to be his stepping-stones towards the top.
I reckon this is good enough for now. Well wrap up the rest on Wednesday and see how things stand with the rest of the world.
See you all then!