Part 174: Mission 43 - Destiny and Freedom - Part 1Last time, we went for a ride on Mr. Tominos Wild Ride and Im already regretting letting these government nerds join our cool group
Either way, Shinn and Rey are deploying as event units BUT, surprisingly, this mission wont allow for anything else to deploy its purely event based. At least we dont have to shuffle our squads around like last time.
Location: Japan San Germain Castle
Banjou's reporting the events of the previous battle and Tougas disappearance to Raven and Sandman, whos surprised Eina used her Proto Gran Diva powers.
Banjou tells him that ZEUTH has recovered the badly-damaged G Driller and well do what we can to repair it along with the rest of Gravion. Regardless, what Banjou's worried about is the apparent Zeravire cooperation with the Skull Moon forces, and tells Sandman that ZEUTH is headed to Trinity City.
He asks Sandman to come there too to talk about the Zeravire and, when Sandman appears to be hesitating, adds an admonition to strengthen his resolve because the weakening of the Rivalry Zones only means the alien attacks will intensify.
After Banjou hangs up, the Sandman starts quaking in his boots, whimpering about how his brother has come to kill him at last: although he thought him dead, Sandmans knows that only the two of them would be capable of manipulating Gravion's gravitons like in the last battle.
: Hahaha its over everythings finished!
: I couldnt atone for my past mistakes Im just a coward, frightened by a future wrapped in darkness.
: A buffoon who mistook his own aesthetics for reality
Location: Pacific Ocean Trinity City
The commanders brief Tsukikage on the link between the Coralians and the dimensional collapse and inform him of our decision to act outside of nations and organizations in order to save everyone.
Bright confesses that wed prefer to see Bloodman's regime toppled and the power of mankind pooled together to face this crisis but, when Tsukikage asks, doesnt seem entirely comfortable with Durandal being the standard-bearer for the movement, either.
That said, Heizaemon points out that Durandal is our best option RIGHT NOW as well need to unify humanity if were going to stand against the Alien Alliance and the chairmans forces as indispensable for that well just have to hope that his usage of such forces remains righteous.
That's good enough for Tsukikage, who plans to throw his full support behind ZEUTH. Quinstein is looking forward to poking through Doctor Bear's results, once they're ready for peer review, and coming up with some countermeasure against the Coralians.
Holland reminds her that the Coralians are every bit as alive as the humans, so we wont put up with any plan to eradicate them just for our own convenience. Quinstein can appreciate that but points out that there might come a time where were forced to make hard choices.
Tsukikage will also try to figure out how to actually enable the Singularities to perform the dimensional repair, i.e. figuring out how to project the whole world and its peoples and, also, what to do once the Great Singularity is actually located.
The professors need to compare notes on the collapse but Kazami is all locked away in his room researching something, and the only person to see him is Rie when she brings him his food - that ends abruptly as Kazami strides onto the scene.
Hes here because he needs to make use of the Citys resources for his research concerning that very collapse hes very close to a breakthrough. Tsukikage tells him to use whatever he wants but, when Quinstein offers to help, Kazami tells her not to worry as this is something he must do by his lonesome.
Tsukikage tells Bright that theres a Karaba supply ship inbound, so he suggests our mentally wounded troops rest while we get everything sorted out.
Outside, Toshiya and Maria are informing us that Eiji and the maids have stayed behind in Inglessa to look for Touga, with Eiji thinking that Touga's condition is his fault.
What happened to Eina and Runa is nobody's fault, of course, but Kiraken figures Eiji must be empathizing with Touga as a former runaway himself. Renton himself understands the level of commitment necessary for running off like that and Setsuko asks if hes implying Touga wont come back.
He doesnt know but, while has hasnt spoken much to the guy, Renton sees something in Touga thats different from him and that lets him believe in his return. Setsuko understands: Touga lives to fight and that can be his weakness OR his strength.
Regardless, there's nothing else for it but to trust Touga will find himself and that Eiji can bring him back.
It's unclear to what Touga and Eiji could do even if they returned, though, given the current state of their crew: with Eina and Runa also lost, Hayato says the Phantom System wont be enough to get Gravion moving properly. Mel seems to have lost hope for the Gran Knights but Rand says those two have been giving it everything they had all this time and hes certain theyll come back and go on with their duty.
If only the missing Mizuki and the unconscious Leele would come back together... Who can grant Sandman's wishes if they fail here?
Just then, a man named David Wayne comes on the scene, looking for Marin and co. Seems like hes an old academy-mate of Oliver and Quinstein called him over to Trinity City to be Baldios new pilot!
He claims to have learned all sorts of subspace tech from Quinstein and is well equipped to handle Baldios; furthermore, hes an Earthling and the job of protecting Earth falls on them.
Oliver and Raita arent actually supporting this and David tells Marin that Quinstein wanted to speak to him. Sounds good, because Marin was looking for a chance to tell her off the Pulsar Burn is his and no one elses.
That's fine with David, who's confident he's got the skills to earn the spot as Baldios pilot by his own merits. Marin is as baffled as anyone else at why Quinstein seemingly doesn't trust him anymore...
On to better news, Hayato brought Amuro a present with the Karaba supplies: a new Gundam, made by the AEUG as part of their independent armament campaign as insurance against Zaft.
It never hurts to be prepared for the worst, Quattro thinks, and relying solely on Zaft could be quite dangerous. Hayato asks him for his opinion on Durandals methods but Quattro would rather not say anything: doubt can easily turn into certainty if you let it surface.
Hayato is seemingly satisfied with that answer but, before he goes, he says the new Gundam isnt the only thing hes bringing from Anaheim theres also a small present for Amuro. Its a white pilot suit, sent by a rather passionate fan of his who works in the company.
She insisted white is his color and made sure they brought it over but Beltorchika isnt all that happy with Amuro getting gifts from some mystery girl.
That said, Amuro doesnt even know who it is so he asks her not to read too much into this. What he wants to know is what he did to merit his own special mech, and Hayato tells him that it's got some experimental Newtype-only weapons based on his old data.
Inwardly, Quattro sees that Anaheims put the Zeon info he sent them to good use and completed their development of the Psycoframe. Regardless, Amuro doesnt really like that Newtype research data is spreading around but the engineering team is confident that hell like this 𝛎 (Nu) Gundam.
Amuro will give it a shot, saying the unit itself bears no guilt.
With that done, Hayato will be heading to Tresor to drop off some other cargo and Amuro asks if he wont meet up with Katz before he goes. He wont, though, saying Katz joined the AEUG by his own free will so hes a grown man now that said, he does ask Amuro to pass along a message to not make his mother cry.
Amuro agrees and is relieved to see that Hayatos ever the fatherly figure but Quattros more concerned with the political situation around them: Blex seems to be ratcheting up his defensive stance against Durandal and he knows that Axis should have reached Earth by now.
Depending on what Durandal does about that, the AEUG may have to cut ties with their sponsor.
He knows of Amuro's worries too, and tells him that they should wait for the Minerva's return for now. The "inquiry" could be considered an attempt to restrain ZEUTH and Quattro says they must be wary of both Durandal and Axis next moves.
Location: Galia Gibraltar Base, MS Hangar
At Gibraltar, said inquiry has ended with no punishment for the Minerva crew and Shinn thanks Durandal for his support.
Durandal apologizes for putting them through the wringer, saying that normally the Minerva's captain should have been above such things due to her FAITH status. However, both ZEUTH and the Minervas actions were greatly criticized so he had no choice but to put this matter to trial.
Neither of the boys blame him which eases the chairmans guilt a bit and Shinn adds that they were both moved by his message to the world the other day. His respect notwithstanding, Durandal says, as before, that its all done in the interest of putting an end to this war.
Of course, revealing the existence of the Sage Council only served to change the Federations leadership and did jack to stop the conflict Shinns certain it was the better choice than just leaving them be, though.
Durandal thanks him for his words and adds that his unwavering conviction helps give him strength. Hed like to do the same for them, in preparation for the battles ahead, and points to two new units nearby: the ZGMF-X42S Destiny and ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundams.
He and Rey are getting the very latest and greatest he can offer technology- wise, better in every way than their previous machines.
: Im sure that, with this unit, youll be able to able to keep on growing and make full use of your abilities.
: Full use, huh
: Indeed every human has what could be called inborn roles. Both you and Kira Yamato are warriors through and through.
: That guy and me?
: In our current world, none of us know who we truly are. We dont know our strength or our proper role and are content with merely living our lives adrift.
: I believe this to be the root of the chaos gripping the world that is to say, the root of the current conflict.
: Kira Yamato... I can sympathize with him somewhat. His was truly a regrettable situation
: He possessed so much talent and strength had he lived as a warrior as a soldier he wouldve been able to fully manifest his abilities.
: Yet no one, not even him, knew this. And so, he did not live or grow as he shouldve and was simply adrift in this era.
: I cant even imagine what he couldve accomplished had he used his might correctly
: I dont know what he was thinking when he separated from Lacus Clyne after the last war, but he kidnapped Orbs princess and stepped into battlefields to attack any enemy he pleased.
: I cant understand what purpose he saw in doing such things
: Had he only learned more about himself sooner and understood his strength and role as you two have, he couldve lived in a way that made full use of it all
: Instead of worrying and suffering, he wouldve been praised for his strength and lived happily
: Happily ?
: People can only live a satisfying, happy life after understanding who they are and using all their might to fulfill their purpose, no?
: Once this war is over, I truly want to create a world like that.
: If the world becomes a place where everyone can live happily, Im certain therell be no more conflicts I know this sounds like a pipe dream but
: But I shall strive to make it a reality and Id like you two to do your part to make it so.
: Yes, sir !
: Im counting on you, Shinn you too, Rey.
: Yes, sir
: (You are both warriors theres no need to overthink things. Indeed you mustnt end like him )
Elsewhere in the base, Meer has called Athrun out, begging him to apologize to Durandal.
She's heard that Durandal intends to execute him for meeting Kira, news of which somehow got out from their secret meeting at Port Tarkius - Durandal thinks Athrunll turn against him since he refuses to forget about Kira.
He thanks her but says Durandal's the sort of man who can always come up with excuses for discarding things that don't do what he wants them to, rightfully or otherwise. Its now very clear to Athrun that he can no longer trust Durandal not after his words, his message to the world and his using Meer as Lacus substitute.
One thing Athrun won't become is Durandal's fighting puppet, no matter how "righteous" his words might sound. Indeed, he has no use for those who wont fulfill their assigned roles: he needs both of them to be, respectively, an obedient Lacus and MS pilot.
But not even you can keep acting like Lacus forever and, when that happens, hell have you killed too! So, please, come with me!, he yells.
Meer starts panicking, yelling that she is Lacus she LIKES being Lacus and, regardless of whether its a role or not, they can both go on living if they play their parts well. Right?!
Just then the warning klaxons go off: no doubt the troops are looking for Athrun.
Meyrin finds them first, telling Athrun that one of the police force came to their quarters looking for him. Seems like Zafts already hunting him and Meyrin wants an explanation for whats happening.
There isnt any proper reason, of course, and, after thinking for a bit, Meyrin calls Athrun over to a path that avoids the bases patrols shes seen that theyre armed and would rather have him escape than killed.
: Athrun, please! Dont go!
: Goodbye, Lacus
Mission 43 - Destiny and Freedom
: We're pretty far now, so we should be safe.
: Sorry I ended up getting you mixed up in this mess
: ...I believe in you, so I dont regret it one bit.
: Thanks, Meyrin
: Wait! There are two units closing in on us!
: Theyre running the Savior down?!
: Shinn ?!
: What the hell are you doing?! Answer me!
: Hold on, Shinn! This is
: Shinn, weve orders to shoot him down. Even if he did return to base, hed simply be executed.
: Shoot him down?! Meyrins in there with him!
: And shes his accomplice.
: Still, thats!
: The worlds about to be united thanks to the Chairmans efforts. Would you destroy the hopes of all those who want that?
: Athruns betrayed not just the Chairman but all of ZEUTH.
: So pull yourself together! Its up to us to put an end to him!
: Wait, Shinn! I know that Rey and the Chairmans words might sound appealing but theyll eventually be the death of the entire world!!
These following bits only show up if youve been gathering those SEED Destiny secret points:
: Stop this, Athrun! If youve got stuff you wanna talk about, you need to surrender!
: I I dont want to fight you!
: Then you need to let me go!
: I --!
Back to the common ground:
: Dont listen to him, Shinn! Hes gone insane!
: If youre going to shoot me down then let me drop Meyrin off! Shes
: She already shares your guilt and has no further use.
: Theyre enemies, Shinn!
: They betrayed the Chairman. Betrayed us. They're going to tear down all we've worked for! Are you going to let them?!
: DAMN IT!!
: Youre the one whos wrong, Athrun! Youre YOURE A TRAITOR!!
No skill point here. You just need to take Athrun out and lose if either Shinn or Rey get shot down.
Before anything, lets take a look at our new toys:
Destiny Gundam (Shinn Asuka)
- VPS Armor
- Double Image
Legend Gundam (Rey Za Burrel)
- VPS Armor
Very nice, indeed. These two mechs take upgrades off their predecessors and theyre both excellent: Shinns Destiny is pretty much an all-in-one pack of the Impulse and it excels at all of them while Reys Legend is a long-range attacker (its pretty much Prayers Dreadnought in W, which was the baseline for this MS series).
Shinns just propelled himself to the position of one of our top damaging reals (while also being very hard to kill stacking Double Image with VPS) with this and Rey with a new post-movement TRI now has a solid spot in that sub-leader position.
Athrun may be starting to not be an idiot but that doesnt mean Ill stop pummeling him.
If your SEED Destiny Secret points are low:
: This is your fault! It's all your fault! You betrayed us!
: (I can't get to him words wont convince Shinn of how dangerous the Chairman is...)
: ( Even if I said anything, it'd just confuse him more!)
: The Chairman's trying to unite the world!
: And so is ZEUTH, but YOU-- !
If your Destiny Secret points are high, however, you get this one:
: Stop it, Shinn! I don't want to fight you!
: Then land and turn yourself in! Or else, I...
: Even if I did, theyd just shut me up! I HAVE to go right now!
: You're just like Kira Yamato! If you think you're doing the right thing, then explain!
: You think you're the only one who can see the whole picture?!
: Why don't you just tell us?! Aren't we on the same side?!
: (This wont work... words wont convince Shinn of how dangerous the Chairman is...)
: ( Even if I said anything, it'd just confuse him more!)
: If you can't answer me, then you really are a traitor!
Oi, Athruns hacking the RNG!
- Shinn attacking: How could you!!
- Athrun dodging/parrying attacks: Meyrins here with me
I cant be taken out!
- Athrun attacking: For how long can I keep up with Shinn and his new unit
- Shinn taking damage: You dont know anything! You dont even understand the Chairmans ideas and still !
Rey cant get in attack range, so he just moves closer.
Just to be safe, Shinn dodges this.
Slap this sumbitch, Rey!
: Rey! You knew everything about the Chairman's plans and still went along with him?!
: The Chairman is doing his utmost to bring the world together. We are his tools.
: Don't you understand what that's going to lead to?!
: We don't have the luxury of being choosy. I will eliminate anyone that interferes with the Chairman!
- Rey attacking: I cannot excuse the likes of betrayal - not now.
- Athrun taking damage: You wont beat me with zeal alone, Rey!
- Athrun attacking: Out of my way, Rey!
- Rey dodging: How embarrassing, Athrun.
: Tell him to eat shit, Shinn!
: Eat shit!
: Now go and kick his ass!!
No, wait we actually SHOULDNT destroy Athrun here because:
BIG Secret and Ending Point Alert!
- Clear the mission by just WAITING until turn 4: +1 Secret and Ending Point
- Shinn shoots down Athrun: -1 Secret Point
- Rey shoots down Athrun: -1 Ending Point
Yeah, you get penalized by taking him out so lets not do that. Gonna skip ahead to when turn 4 rolls around.
Total Ending Points: 4
: What are you doing, Shinn?! Can you not handle the Destinys power?!
: I !
: Still hesitating? Fine, then Ill handle this!
: Stop, Rey!
: Ill strike down all of Gils enemies!
I wont tolerate any betrayal against Gil!
: Our missions complete.
: Mission ?
: Thats right. We destroyed the traitors the enemies.
: Weve done as we should
High secret point lines:
: Are you sure, Rey ? Is that really what happened ?
Back to normal:
: Lets head back.
: (Athrun Meyrin )
: Athrun Zala was aboard that unit ?
The Gibraltar crew confirms that the Savior has been shot down and Talia is NOT happy.
Durandal says he understands how she feels and claims to be just as saddened: he didnt think things would end like this after reinstating Athrun and granting him FAITH status. Talia still thinks this all happened too quickly and demands a thorough explanation for what happened.
He intends to do so, seeing how he has much he needs to ask her too about Athrun and about ZEUTH. Before that, though, he wants Lunamaria brought over so he can personally tell her what happened.
As she leaves:
: (We couldnt confirm that the Archangel was sunk but Kira and the Freedom were shot down... is this checkmate?)
: (No I cannot grow complacent - the white Queen is still in play.)
: (But youre far too late, Lacus Clyne it won't be long before you have no more allies in this world )
Well, that was a whole lot of intrigue for a prologue, huh? The main missions still coming but well get to that around Monday or Tuesday.
See you all then!