Part 245: Mission 49 (Zaft Route) - Light of Despair, Glimmer of Hope
This mission starts like 52, with Tifa talking to D.O.M.E. and Djibril throwing a hissy fit that Aprillius didnt get destroyed by REQUIEM.
Bros need time to get
Likewise, the following scene with Durandal and Haman is the same as 50 at first: loads dead in the Plant colonies, Durandal is moving Messiah up front to draw Djibrils eye and, if he wins, hell get that Destiny Plan party started.
The changes start rolling then with Haman saying shell have Zaidel use a certain something as a countermeasure to their REQUIEM problem for the time being and asks that Durandal leave her to deal with ZEUTH.
Durandals surprised that shed take to the field herself but Haman says theres a foe she needs to face in person and takes off. Shes yet another human bound by love and hatred. So long as people are incapable of extricating themselves from such things, the battles will continue., Durandal ponders to an uncertain-looking Talia and its for this reason that he must take action.
Durandal sends Meer to Copernicus, assigning the Minerva to be her escorts and, inwardly, tells Talia that, once everythings finished, hell take the reins over that which they couldnt overcome themselves: Destiny. With that, hell secure eternal prosperity to all of mankind.
Location: L2 Sector
Our people have heard of REQUIEMs attack and the casualties resulted of it, as well as the way Logos managed to curve that beam to find its target (according to Henkens intel).
Harry and Jamil figure they mustve used mind control to force Tifa to tap into D.O.M.E.s energy supply as fuel for that a weapon. Attacking the place willy-nilly is dangerous as the aliens could intervene (especially now that they have Kazamis data) but we cant just sit around.
So, as in 51, well be going after the relay station Logos used to bend the beam: take it out and TEMPORARILY disrupt their shots. Still, if itll delay Logos strategy even a little, Kira figures weve a responsibility to get it done.
Apolly and Roberto are rather surprised at the kids clear-headedness - he doesnt feel like a regular Ace pilot and Amuro chalks it up to him being an admiral in Orb (technically speaking, Kiras the highest ranking soldier in ZEUTH).
Impressive for such a young man and Roberto figures, just like in Zeon, results will quickly propel you to the top in Orbs military. Amuro says that if you ask Kira, though, hell just say its because of Cagalli being his sister, so hed rather we pay no mind to his rank.
Kira overhears a bit but, when asked, Amuro says theyre just gossiping. Inwardly, though, he can see the sorrow hiding in Kiras eyes and figures his past also weighs heavily on him more so than we can tell by just looking at his face.
Mission 49 (Zaft Route) Light of Despair, Glimmer of Hope
The Titans are hard at work keeping anyone from touching the relay station only Lacus and Henkens ships remain, having lost their MS troops.
Waltfeld wants Henken to run while the Eternal keeps the enemies pinned as their ship should be capable of giving these guys the slip when the Raddish has gotten to safety.
Henken isnt about to take that risk, though, and figures they can get through this together ZEUTH should be here soon, so they just need to hold out until then. Meyrins also take the job as the ships Operator, determined to do her part for the sake of both Earth and the Plants.
Henkens Raddish a wee bit bulkier than in the Gibraltar route but you only need to hold on for two turns and both ships have enough Iron Wall casts to stay alive that long.
: Many of the AEUGs members are Spacenoids.
: While we may have split with Zaft, that does not mean well ignore a weapon made to destroy Colonies!
: If we leave that facility intact, itll mean an even greater danger to the Plants!
: Exactly! And thats why a small numerical advantage wont make us flinch!
Two turns later
: Rrrgh, theyre stubborn like cockroaches! Give up already!
: We have something to defend thats what drives us in battle.
: And so long as those feelings lie with us, we will not yield against any force.
: Theyre here! Its ZEUTH!
: Are you alright, Lacus?!
: Yes, Kira. Both we and Cpt. Henken are well.
: Weve been waiting for you guys!
: Meyrin?! Youre on that pink battleship?!
: Im the Eternals operator now.
: All troops, launch! Provide support to those two ships and destroy the relay station!
: Wait! Im detecting a VERY large energy signature coming from the opposing direction!
: Is it another beam from the Moon?!
: No, the direction is different but its headed straight this way!
: All ships, emergency evac! You too, Raddish and Eternal! Quickly!!
: Hmph. Running off like dogs, are we, ZEUTH?
: THIS THIS CANT BE!!
Henken tells us that what destroyed the relay station is a weapon called Colony Laser the empty shell of a space colony thats been transformed into a weapon of mass destruction.
It looks nothing like a Zaft weapon, Waltfeld thinks, and from what Pala had gathered, this one belongs to the Space Revolutionary Army. Its quite the trump card for the Aprillius Allied Army and now we have super weapons on each side.
Henken sighs, saying they oughta point those guns towards the aliens if they wanna make a show of strength. Bright figures the Allied Army used that weapon on the relay station merely in self-defense against REQUIEM but its only a matter of time before they aim it at the Moon or, worse, at Earth itself.
The meetings interrupted when Miriallia comes in with a message from Wong to Quattro: Haman wants a meeting with the AEUG and ZEUTH.
Location: Near the Colony Laser
We cant really fathom what Haman has in mind requesting this meeting but we also cant afford to refuse someone whos seemingly intent on parleying.
Sara smells a trap, though, especially with the fact that she wanted the meeting with Quattro and the captains to take place aboard her ship, but Gainer doesnt think theyd jump straight into this without thinking at least Kira and Athrun, ever the enhanced Coordinators, have gone with them for some added security.
Jiron figures him and Fatman shouldve gone as bodyguards, too, but Roger says the two of them wouldnt exactly fit in with this meeting of leaders which makes Rag ask what hes doing here. Shouldnt he be out there with them, negotiating on our behalf?
Roger says no, since this meeting is no place for a fair negotiation to occur. Mind, hes not yet saying that its a trap but hes certain the other sides up to something they wouldnt have called us all the way to their Colony Laser otherwise.
Of course, hes got no clue what Hamans angle is, so we can only wait for Quattro and the others to return.
Nearby, Amuros ill at ease he feels as if Hamans pressure could envelop them all. The best he can do is count on Quattro to see us through this as hes long since stopped being just a pilot.
In the Gwadans conference room, Haman bids welcome to all her guests and formally introduces herself as Mineva Zabis regent.
Heizaemon is quietly surprised that the leader of such a powerful organization is this young lady and Bright also didnt expect to see Wong hanging out with Axis. As before, he slipped into their side to protect himself after Brex assassination and while he doesnt know if Durandal was behind it, he shares the AEUGs former leaders doubts about the guy.
Quattro asks why he wanted to mediate these talks between us and Axis but Haman cuts him off, asking that he direct his questions to her. As before, she quickly reveals Quattros true identity to us.
Quattro asks her to get to the point and she does: Give me access to ZEUTHs firepower, is whats up. Holland asks if the Allied Armys trying to talk us into joining now that their previous attempt at suppressing us failed but, no, Haman says that was Zafts doing and has nothing to do with her.
Indeed, Durandal has no idea that this meetings taking place and Quattro asks if shes suggesting that Axis break away from the Allied Army and join forces with us.
Haman sees Durandal to be a bigger threat than even the corrupt Federation, to say nothing of the fact that shes fed up with listening to Zaidel prattle on about the Newtype Theory.
Theres the same convo from ZEUTHs 51 regarding the Newtype Theory and how Haman despises Zaidel for using it as a tool to leverage his own influence and she offers Axis strength against Durandal and Zaidel if we agree to surrender ourselves to her command.
And if we refuse your request?, Quattro asks. Then youll have made an enemy out of me. I can afford to deal with Durandal after the New Federations finished., she replies.
Holland doesnt care for her puppetmaster shtick but she tells him to snarl all he wants: what she does, she does for humanity. Kira and Athrun see that she has her own ideas for whats the right thing to do and just looking into her eyes tells them that no ones words will shake her iron will.
: Relax. Even should you choose to decline my offer, I swear that youll be allowed to leave the Gwadan.
: Lets hear your decision, Char. Will you stand with me or against me?
: You handle this, Quattro.
: None of us have a read on her true goals. So ZEUTH will defer to your choice on this matter.
: Lt., Amuro asked me to tell you something.
: It seems he anticipated this would happen. I look forward to hearing Quattro Bajeenas not Char Aznables choice., is he said.
: Quattro Bajeenas choice
: Your answer, Char?
Quattros decided against Hamans offer and Emma sees that, regardless of all the help she could be against the Allied Army, he just couldnt bring himself to accept that bargain.
No one seems to have an issue with his decision, Amuro sees, and hearing that eases Quattros consciousness a bit. But now he has a job to do as Quattro Bajeena this world does not need the son of Zeon Zum Deikun.
Henkens surprised that Haman actually made good on her promise to allow us back to our ships and Wong has no idea what shes thinking: he absolutely expected her to try to kill us once we turned her down.
Brights just about to order the ships to leave the area when Torres detects movement from the Axis troops.
The Gwadan deploys troops and a bevy of revolutionaries show up right after. Lancerow isnt happy that Hamans private meeting with ZEUTH ultimately ended with her attacking us and she apologizes, saying this is because she wasnt strong enough to convince us.
Jamil quickly recognizes his old rival from 15 years ago and Holland isnt happy that her promise extended only to letting us leave the Gwadan but not to actually letting us leave HERE.
Everyone deploys and Garrod and Pala have something in mind, deploying by themselves, while Fa and Camille go over the Zetas newly equipped parts (same as 51). We have to deal both with Axis troops and the revolutionaries protecting the Colony Laser and Apollo sees an opportunity in this: we can beat both sides and wreck the thing while were at it.
Therere a lot of troops in the area (a suitable escort from the Aprillius Armys trump card, Athrun figures), though, so Bright tells us to focus only on clearing the current attackers well worry about the Colony Laser later.
Runas a bit miffed, considering how close we are to the thing, but Mizuki figures itd be difficult to approach it with all the defending revolutionaries breathing down our neck.
Inwardly, Quattro wonders why Haman allowed us to leave if she was just going to attack us anyway.
Mission Objective: Shoot down all units (the Axis troops will retreat once the Gwadan goes under 50% HP or is shot down)
Mission Failure: Any allied battleship, Garrod or Pala shot down
Skill Point: Destroy all enemies within 6 turns.
Not a difficult point: weve a bunch of revolutionaries to the west (Lancerow will make a beeline for Jamils squad, if hes deployed), Axis troops to the north and more enemies will be showing up from the south.
Send a handful of units up top to kill whatever they can before working on the Gwadan when the timer draws short, while everyone else hangs around southwest (youll want to keep them close-ish to intercept the new arrivals).
: Is it you, Lancerow Dawell?
: So, that sensation I had in Orb really was you, Jamil Neate!
: We both saw time, didnt we?! Then, why are you making the same mistakes?!
: Let this conflict continue as is and all youll accomplish is reviving the nightmare of 15 years ago!
: We have no choice ! The Colony Laser must be used if were to prevail against the New Federation!
: Dont you see that thisll lead us down a path where theres no going back, Lancerow?!
: So what youre Jamils old rival ya aint scaring me!
: The way this boy fights its just like Jamil
: Thats cuz of all the work I did with him! Heres what I learned!
: You were trained by him, hm ? Then, lets see what youve got!
: I feel some pressure coming from that ship is it Haman Karn?
: You can sense me, boy? Youre rather talented, I see.
: What are you thinking?! Whats the point in pushing this battle along?!
: If humanitys to have a future, the scum that corrupts it must be removed first. THAT is the point of this.
: Cant you see all the lives thatll be lost while youre doing that?!
: How disappointing a prodigy you may be, but youve let morons poison your mind.
: Then, as a favor, Ill end your life right now.
: Why were you dealing with both us and the Allied Army, Haman? What are you planning?
: My thoughts already lie beyond this war and, so, Im making preparations.
: Come with me, Char. Your powerll also be needed.
: Youre asking me, personally ?
: The two of us, together, can show the way to society.
: Any future imagined by someone who cant see the crisis thats unfolding before her eyes would be no more than an illusion!
: Wake up, Haman! This isnt the place for us to be having this dispute!
: What a fine speech ! Thats the answer you found in this world?
: Those scum have corrupted you as well! I was a fool to think I could rely on you!
: The fact that thats the only thing youve taken from my words shows how you cannot be entrusted with leading society! Make way, Haman Karn!
We also missed these two vs. Reccoa convos when we did ZEUTHs 51:
: You've grown a lot, Setsuko.
: 2nd. Lt. Reccoa... but why?
: I've found something, just like you have your pride of the Glory Star.
: I'm fulfilled now, as a woman... and that's why I fight!
: I don't care about men and women, but I don't want to have to fight you like this!
: 2nd. Lt. Reccoa, what's the matter with you?!
: You tried so hard to be a good soldier after you defected to the AEUG...
: But that'll just make you a woman who does whatever the men want!
: I'm fighting of my own free will! For my own goals, not for anyone else!
: I was wrong, 1st. Lt. Emma... you're a strong person...
: But I'm a woman!
Fast forward [/i]
A bunch of Fed units approach quickly and Banjou figures theyre trying to piggyback off this battle in order to destroy the Colony Laser. Schlan is also present and says that, in truth, their mission is just to destroy us.
Gain is amused that theyd prioritize us over that huge gun but, indeed, they consider us the bigger threat. As in ZEUTH 51, Yazan and Reccoa are also present and their convo is pretty much the same (Camille and Quattro also sense her).
Garrod and Pala are worried that well get overwhelmed from all sides and he moves to cut us some slack by taking out one of the leaders. Despite Jamils warnings, Garrod charges after Lancerow, is summarily slapped around and thrown screaming out of the battlefield.
Rentons just about to go after but Gain and Holland stop him, figuring they can take care of themselves furthermore, weve no wiggle room to go after them with all these enemies around. The only think we can do for now is make our way out of here and hope theyre safe.
Same secrets as 51 ZEUTH: the Reccoa stuff and Biosensor weapons for the Zeta.
Ramsus, Dunkel, Jerid and Mauer retreat with either indignation or surprise that theyve been wrecked. Schlans retreat is exactly the same as ZEUTHs 50 while Reccoas is like 51.
I couldve killed the Gwadan but thatd be and it wouldnt change anything:
Haman cant afford to have her main ship sunk and pulls back. Put your back into this, ZEUTH. There wont be any point in calling you here if you dont., she thinks.
Witz finds it very odd that theyd run off so easily after attacking us and Quattro seems to have an idea of whats going on.
Lancerow cant keep fighting and unceremoniously retreats.
All enemies downed:
: Weve got even more Revolutionary troops approaching!
: They just keep coming!
: Shows how much that Colony Lasers important to them.
: Cpt. Bright, order all troops to retreat!
: But we cant simply leave the Colony Laser
: Relax hell take care of it.
: The Moons in sight.
: I see ! All troops, retreat! Were leaving this sector ASAP!
: Hmph! ZEUTHs run off. Looks like theyre all bark, no bite!
: Well usher in a new world order! None may stand up to us!
: ZEUTHs cleared the area, Garrod!
: Heheh looks like they saw what we were up to!
: All we have to do now is get rid of that Colony Laser!
: Alright ! I see the Moon!!
: Radars detecting a large energy signal?! Thats--!
Honestly, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that they actually made a special cutscene for this but also disappointed that it only shows on this route!
Hows that for a proper representation of the Sat Cannons firepower, Blitz?
Garrod gets a heros welcome back on the ships and Witz now sees that he simply feigned being shot down by Lancerow so that he could leave the battle and position himself for a good shot on the Colony Laser while the enemy was focused on us.
Indeed, this was their plan from the very start since they figured the Sat Cannon was the only weapon that could bring down something of that size Koujis impressed at Garrods acting and even Renton thought he had been legit shot down.
Still, looks like a few folks figured out what he was up to since they got everyone to pull out of the area, right? Yeah, he was a bit too over-the-top when he got shot down that our more seasoned people figured he was up to something and just rolled with it.
Either way, thanks to his stunt, the Colony Laser is totaled but something about this whole engagement smells weird to Rand and Setsuko: Haman couldve very easily had her men kill us aboard her ship when we refused to cooperate but she didnt. Maybe she didnt care to take such a cowardly course of action, Pala wonders.
Kira doesnt think so, having taken her to be someone who wouldnt be above using any tactics in order to get what she wants to say nothing of the fact that Axis troops didnt really seem to be fighting for real despite having initiated he attack.
Roybea is starting to get the picture, though: thanks to Haman calling us over and initiating a battle that close to the Colony Laser, the revolutionaries wound up losing their super weapon.
Haman wanting us to destroy the thing is the only explanation for her actions. Quattro turning her down made it so she needed to stick with the Allied Army but its likely she saw that Colony Laser as something shed rather the revolutionaries not have access to. In the end, she played us as pieces in her own plan.
Camille has felt how dangerous she was during the battle: the ruthlessness she was emanating showed him that she would absolutely use even the lives of others as tools to further her agenda. Koujis annoyed that theres someone like that in the Allied Army and Tetsuya figures the same applies for Logos and the Federation, what with their respective use of REQUIEM and forcing the Coralian Antibodies to awaken.
Athrun says the Allied Army losing their trump card should do a number on their impetus but the problem is that this will provide Logos with an opportunity to counterattack. That said, something odd is that todays battle didnt see Logos troops but actual Federation Army units (as shown with Schlans presence) does this mean the Army has dealt with Logos while we werent looking?
Kira suggests that the Federation many no longer see them as enemies, having noticed throughout the Archangels past investigations on the Feds movements that they werent actively trying to destroy Logos once and for all after their coup.
Jamil seems to have an idea
Harry comes in right then, telling that our next objective with be to deal with said Logos on the moon after resupplying on an AEUG-allied colony.
Well be trying to destroy them before they can get another REQUIEM shot going which means the moment Garrods been waiting for is at hand. Hes certainly not about to let them keep using Tifa as a cog in their war machine.
Over by REQUIEM, our peoples suspicions are proven to be true when Djibril gets punkd by Scirocco and the Bros.
This scenes the same as ZEUTHs 51, as is the last one of Diana telling Agrippa that shell be taking Sciroccos invitation to release D.O.M.E.s seal.
Finally, over by the Bazaar, we get the Soul of Steel event only taking place in the AEUGs colony. The start is just like before, with Garrod giving the colonist girl his preserved bouquet but, this time, its Henken thats impressed with the display.
Hes sure the kidll save Tifa with that forward-facing attitude. Henken himself will not be accompanying us, since the Raddish will be taking off to spy on the Allied Army, so he gives Garrod the Soul of Steel as compensation.
The kid thanks him, promising to work extra-hard to make up for his absence.
Pala, however, is curious as to what brings Henken to this Market and judging from his flustered response, Roybea quickly figures out that he was buying something for Emma and offers our help finding the perfect gift.
Henken, quietly, wonders how even non-AEUG people know of his relationship with Emma. Gossip, I tell ya