Part 253: Special Disk Mission 1-2 - ContactAnd were back with our team of baddies. Weve four slots to fill but, unfortunately, not enough units to pull that off. As such, Löwen will be flying solo because he can move fast enough with his own Accel, has an ALL and that damage boost against males:
- Schlan, Neo, Mauer
- Stella, Auel, Sting
- Anemone, Jerid, Kacricon
Location: North Ameria New Earth Federation HQ
Dewey and Scirocco are receiving info that Special Force 13 has begun its operations and both find it weird that the Federation would go to the trouble of assembling an elite unit just to pursue one enemy mech.
The orders came from Lord Djibril, but Dewey's heard the suggestion came from someone else: Brigadier General Edel Bernal, someone who Sciroccos heard will be invited into the Sage Council. By the looks of things, shes built a relationship with Djibril and has been secretly deploying troops here and there.
Dewey suspects that Djibril is trying to consolidate Logos influence so he can bump off the Sage Council and Edels his ace-in-the-hole for that that said, both men doubt the guy has the capacity to put Edel and her private army to good use. They'd rather do so themselves, appealing to Edel's stated love of law and order to bring their Operation Crusade closer to reality - time to bring the charismatic general into their fold.
Location: Central North Ameria Izumo, Bridge
On Neos request, Dominic shares all the info on the BG he's got -- which is to say, not much: it's either a single mech or a small group of them, whose pilot and place of origin are both question marks.
Jürgens assumes, since the Federation ordered them to hunt it, that they view it as a threat but Dominic found no specific records of it in any databases. Schlan figures this means the subjects activities have been deemed highly classified especially considering how even witness accounts have been suppressed but we can at least surmise that it is very dangerous, if it warranted this many people being brought together in order to pursue it.
Dominic knows a few people he can ask for more info, but tells the team not to expect too much.
Neo muses that tailing a mysterious, hazardous foe like this sounds like the opposite of a picnic, though it's an open question whether it's better or worse than facing off against ZEUTH. Dominics heard of this new squad of AEUG, Zaft and random groups and Neo reckons that theyll be this squad's next job once the BG is dealt with.
Of course, Jürgens says, that could be indefinitely far off if they can't even locate the BG.
From Schlans intel, ZEUTH is currently tangling with the demons whove taken over Japan and Jürgens is amazed that this world could even have such beings in it.
With that in mind, Neo says we cant let ourselves be trapped in this BG search limbo forever we have to deal with this mission ASAP and move on to our next assignment.
Some of the civilian collaborators Neo alluded to are en route to the Izumo even now, guided by some agents of the Federal Army, and Schlan smirks at how were becoming a mixed-bag of troops just like ZEUTH. Indeed, Neo wonders what the brass could be up to, creating a squadron like that and sending them in pursuit of a completely mysterious foe
Over by the hangar, Kacricon is freaking out when he spots something hiding in the shadows Gulliver!
It doesnt look dangerous to Mauer and she figures its someones pet; she loves the cute little thing but Kacricon tells her to stay away because it might bite! Sting and Auel come over to check things out, having heard the guys yelling, and theyre also taken with the badger.
Right after them is Anemone, who was busy searching for Gulliver its her dear friend, she tells Mauer, and, looking at its big eyes, she thinks he looks happy with us. Stellla also thinks hes very cute, wondering if she could pet it, and Anemone allows it so long as shes gentle.
Screaming like a little girl over this oversized mouse, Lt.? Tsk, tsk. Sting sasses Kacricon, though Auel thought it was a bear. The guy doesnt care about what it is, as animals have no place in a battleship undergoing operations, but Jerid says hell just have to live with it as its Anemones pet.
At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters is results, he thinks. Mauers staring at him and Jerid asks if he said something strange.
: No, youre right. Im just surprised that youre so hard-working, Lt.
: Thats how it is in this world. I cant make it around here by just coasting on the Titans name.
: To say nothing of the fact that if Im not strong enough, then I simply cannot protect whats dear to me. I learned that lesson the hard way.
: And, so, Ill become stronger. Being selected to this squad is a good opportunity for that and I intend to make the most of it.
: Thats how I feel.
: I understand, Lt.
: Just call me Jerid. Ive seen how good you are in the last battle, so dont get hung up on ranks.
: Huh ?
: As I said, all that matters are results, Mauer. Anyone who can watch my back is an equal in my eyes.
: Very well Jerid.
: Thats the sortie signal! Everyone get ready to launch!
: Whats going on, Captain? An enemy attack?!
: The BGs been spotted. Well be intercepting him soon.
: Hah, we sure found our target in a hurry! Lets go, Mauer!
: (Jerid you may count on me.)
Well, shit, I almost feel back for killing them now.
Special Disk Mission 1-2 - Contact
: All troops deployed the BGs dead ahead!
: So, thats him !
: Your orders, commander? Do we engage?
: Our first priority is to attempt to capture him. Ill try hailing him on an open channel.
: To the black mech and its companion unit, do you copy?
: We are of the New Earth Federation Army and have been ordered to arrest you both. Lay down your weapons and surrender nice and easy. If you do not, we will open fire.
: What do you think?
: Arrest me, he says if thats a joke, Im not laughing.
: Hmm, this squad...hes the one who put it together. Should we take that guy up on his challenge?
: Now is not the time. But we have other guests incoming. Perfect, well let them deal with this lot.
: What, is that guy ignoring us?
: Hes not surrendering, so lets just get in there and take him out!
: Wait! Somethings off!
: All troops, be advised! Were detecting a growing distortion in the dimensional walls!
: A dimensional quake?!
: What are those things?! So weird!
: Calm down, Anemone! Those are Fallen Angels enemies of all of humanity!
: Fallen Angels, bound by the chains of fate do you seek me, an equally cursed man?
: However, I need not stay here any longer. Farewell
: How is he so fast...?!
: The targets withdrawing from combat range. Do we pursue, commander?
: No well engage the Fallen Angels.
: But our mission
: Can be fulfilled at another time. If we ignore these monsters, theyll ravage this entire region.
: Face this situation, Im shifting our priority ! Target the Fallen Angels!
: Roger that!
: I guess itd be too boring if we actually beat the BG today. Well save the main act for later!
: All units, stay on your toes these monsters are tough. Focus fire and take them out one at a time.
Kill everything, dont lose the Izumo. Weve angels to the east and west, so spread your guys a bit and kill, kill, kill just be a wee bit careful as they start to gather because they can potentially mob Schlan and take him out with his lack of Prevail and evasion.
Case in point.
When turn 3 rolls around, the plot kicks in.
The Fallen Angels run off and Auel figures they got scared of having to deal with us. Not so, as Sting sees another enemy coming: the Hundred Demon Empire.
They came here to gather data on the angels for Gura and arent happy to see that theyve bailed, so they decide to take it out on us. Kacricons getting worried that theyve too much of a numerical advantage for us to surmount but Neo says hes got nothing to worry about.
Right as he says that, bullets start flying towards the demons and they turn to see
: Do you hear me, Col. Neo Roanoke? We of the Siberian Railroad Guard are here to join you as per the New Federation Armys request.
: Roger that and thank you for your timely arrival.
: Siberian Railroads that company thats laying tracks all over the world, yeah?
: Then, theyre
: The civilian collaborators the commander mentioned?
: (No sooner are we fired from Saint Reagan, we get picked up by the Siberian Rail and, right after, assigned to Federal Special Forces I cant believe how smoothly things are going with the commander )
: Hey, Asuham. Lets go fight those demons!
: Its not every day that you get to battle monsters straight out of the Yapanese legends! Talk about lucky!
: We came along to score that special bonus but it really looks like we made a bad call with this one.
: I guess we were born under a very unlucky star
: I wouldve been so much better off just doing odd jobs at corporate HQ
: Hmph do they never stop complaining? What a bunch of wimps.
: Dont they realize that acing this job could mean getting in good with the Feds?
: Lets go, bro! This herell be our ticket to the good life!
: (Well, aint you an optimist, Mr. Droopy Eyes )
: (Welp I reckon I gotta do as the Prez says after screwing up in Siberia.)
: Col. Neo Roanoke, this is Shagia and Olba Frost of the intelligence bureau.
: Were here to be incorporated into Special Force 13. Allow us to provide support against these foes.
: Youre the federal agents, hm? A pleasure to make your acquaintance.
: I thank you for your escort, Frost Brothers.
: Pay it no mind. After all, well be comrades from this day onward.
: We look forward to beholding the vaunted strength of Saint Reagans Asuham Boone.
: No. Ive long since forsaken my past life in the name of revenge !
: To arms, demons! My iron resolve will put the fear of death into even you monsters!
: Ahahaha! Lets give this everything we have, Asuham!
Even more additions to our suicide squad, the better units here being the Frosts and Cynthia; the bros have their combined attack and Cynthia will be doubling a lot, just like Gainer.
Asuham is stuck in that crummy Jinba, which isnt ideal, while Timp is in a Government hell be much better once we get an A-Adaptor equipped. Zakki and the Siberian Stooges are SP batteries.
As for the enemies, the jets are even weaker than usual theyll die to a small breeze and the Horned Demons are flying solo. Really easy stuff.
: Cmon, Geraba! Lets show the Feds what were made of!
: Roger that, bro! Hanging out with the big shots is the quickest way to easy street, right?
: Listen here, pardners. You being exciteds fine and dandy but you better make sure not to step on my toes, yhear?
: What you say?!
: Whoops, I reckon thats enough chit-chat. Them mooks are coming right over!
: We gotta put on a good display for the Feds, yeah? Time to get to work.
: We dont need a reminder! CHAAAAAAAARGE!!
: (These two have the IQ of a two-by-four... At least theyll soak up the bullets for me.)
: Were taking part in this Op out of gratitude to Kids Munt !
: Lets deal with this and get back to hunting Gain Bijou ASAP!
: (Even now, hes fixated in his vendetta with the Black Southern Cross... Talk about being obsessed.)
: Ahaha! Thisll make for some nice exp before I go up against the King!
: Here we go, demon! Game on!
We never had a chance to see The ENDs and Cynthias TRI attacks, so here they are.
: (Olba. Dont forget what our long-term plan is.)
: (I know, brother. Still, this is quite the unorthodox squadron to be chasing an unknown).
: (Its possible that weve been assigned here because someones realized what were truly after.)
: (Regardless, we will not stop.)
: (Indeed Our struggles will continue until we have our vengeance against this world and destiny itself.)
Neos kids also have special TRI attack dialogue of their own.
There go all enemies but the BGs long gone. Still, Neo says we can always find him later and calls everyone onto the ships to meet the new members of our team.
Dominic had been ordered by Dewey to keep tabs on the Frost brothers and their addition to our group just further underscores his suspicions that there's more to this squadrons creation than we can currently see.
Neo thanks Shagia for the assist and hes just glad to have arrived in time having such an important squad destroyed mid-mission would hurt the entire army.
Jürgens is surprised that our civilian collaborators include even Breakers and is worried that the standard military tactics wont work with such a varied group of fighters. The bros point out that ZEUTH is an even greater hodgepodge and, perhaps because of that, has achieved even greater success in battle.
Asuham begrudgingly concurs, having observed them steamroll the Siberian Rail forces trying to stop the Exodus. With that in mind, Neo suspects that the brass could be using us as a test case to learn more about squads like ZEUTH and, concurrently, to also develop tactics that could be used against them.
Schlan finds it a plausible theory but we can only speculate right now. Regardless, Neos heard that there were other members coming to join us from Augusta and asks Shagia for their status; Jürgens never heard of a base there but Neo explains that the facility there is a laboratory for the study of Newtypes.
When he asks, Schlan explains that they could be defined as, amongst other things, humans who possess supernaturally sharp senses and the Augusta Lab works to find military applications for such individuals.
Shagia and Olbas faces turn sour at this conversation but recompose themselves and tell Neo that those people will be meeting with us at McConnell AFB.
Hopefully some information on the BG will be waiting there too.
There arent any bazaar secrets but the shop is still open and there are scenes over there:
Cynthias dragging Kejinan and Enge on a shopping trip, despite the fact that the Izumoll be departing shortly. Shes not worried, though, thinking the Dominator can catch up to them.
Enge raises the point that their crummy Dogozzos cant do that, so she tells them to head back to the ship ahead of her. Kejinan says theyre been assigned as her bodyguards so they cant do that and Cynthia has a laugh that her guards are so much weaker than her.
Kejinan silently fumes at her sass but Enge sighs longingly, sad that while Cynthias so charming, shes also so VERY harsh ().
Cynthia quickly spots a brooch and sets off to buy it, only to be intercepted by Anemone who was just about to do the same.
Cynthia calls first come, first served but that doesnt stop Anemone from getting in her face and shes not about to take that disrespect sitting down. Enge tries informing that Anemones also a member of our squad but quickly shuts up when Cynthia angrily asks if hes telling her to throw the towel.
: Youre my bodyguards, right? Then get this girl outta here and go buy me that brooch!
: Whats going on, Anemone? Were supposed to be gathering at the ship right now.
: Ah, youre right on time, Dominic. Kick her bodyguards asses and get me that brooch.
: W-what?! Me?!
: Yeah, you! If you wont, I will!
: Hurry it up, Kejinan, Enge!
: Didnt you hear me, Dominic?!
: There you all are Our time offs already ended, you know.
: Come on, you two. Lets head back to the
: Shut your trap!
: Dont bother ladies when theyre shopping!
: Wha ?! I erm
: Urgh, fine! Were going back, Dominic!
: Bah, Im not even in the mood to shop anymore. Lets go, Kejinan, Enge.
: Um eeh
: Tough luck, chief. Youve got the worst timing in the world.
: Still, you defused that situation nicely. My thanks, Captain.
: Take it easy well be going on ahead.
: Heh Looks like you ended up with the short end of the stick, Löwen.
: Th-they may be little girls but they are, indeed, women Terrifying