Part 257: Special Disk Mission 2-1 - Harbor Ambitions, Young Man!Backstory: Memory Chapter 1
So here's the next story in the Special Disc. We've already cleared one, so we get even more bonuses!
So much cash and PP. Having a Setsuko Route clear gives us an extra Barrier Field, while clearing Another Side: Record gives us a Mark of the Brave.
ZEUTH has occupied the UN Station which the Chimera had converted into a fortress, and broadcast the truth to the whole world. It is now t minus ten hours until the moment where theyll attempt to rescue Eureka and perform the Dimensional Repair. As they renew their resolve for the showdown, ZEUTH's members reflect on their past battles.
It is the first year of the Multi-Dimensional World. The massive wars that have raged throughout it since its creation have begun to recede, due to the death in battle of the leaders of various warring factions or the outright end of said factions.
It is the dawn after the members of the independent ZEUTH squadron have broadcast the truth to the public. With the prospect of Dimensional Repair looming before them, ZEUTH's members turn their thoughts to their past struggles.
Meetings, clashes, partings... What have the fires of war conferred, what have they bequeathed to the people of the world...?
Aboard the Archangel, the Jin ladies have set up a lot of food for everyone to to chow down on can't very well fight a war on an empty stomach, right? They ponder all the events, the ups and downs that have led both us and the world to this point.
Several current members of ZEUTH were embroiled in lengthy fights with other members during the period where the truth was shrouded, a period that the ZEUTH broadcast has hopefully brought to a close. Amuro figures that it's now up to each person how they accept (or not) the truth, and what wishes they convey to the team for use in the Dimensional Repair.
Kappei asks what would happen if the peoples of the world wish for the world to be destroyed instead of repaired and Kei figures everything would go down the drain, all our efforts included. Still, he says that thats not something for us to worry about right now. After all, it's not for ZEUTH to decide the fate of the world but rather for the entirety of mankind.
Weve done our part, Ryouma figures. Now each of us effectively gets one vote, equal to the rest of the world's residents. Its not like we have any other choice but Renton has faith everyone will wish for a better tomorrow.
Kiras looking at the kid but not because he said anything strange: hes just thinking how strong he is.
Renton figures Kiras the strong one here since he always stuck to the path he thought was right. Kira isnt so sure, as stubbornly sticking to a path youre not 100% sure of is just as bad as not doing it. Still, its not like everyone in ZEUTH didnt have similar issues throughout all this.
The good thing is that we slowly came to understand each other and, together, we can now set our sights on what lies ahead. Renton agrees, adding that despite all the twists and turns that came along the way, our paths have now converged.
Garrod objects that, in Rentons case, the path has always been a straight line to Eureka since day one. Kira, for one, finds the bond between him and Eureka to be quite empowering to everyone in the team, especially since its been growing for such a long time.
That said, Matthew and Hap tell him that, despite how grown up Renton looks now, he made a huge fool of himself on several occasions way back when.
: Hey, I reckon this is a good time to tell you about Rentons awesome debut battle.
: Oh, yes, the big confession of love in Siberia.
: That sounds like a wonderful story.
: No, youre better off not knowing!
: But but now I kind of want to hear it even more.
: Absolutely not! No way!
: Wow, youre turning beet red.
: Urgh hrm !
: (Is he actually that clueless or just doing this on purpose ?)
Looks like that storyll have to wait for another time, so Adette suggests we go with something a wee bit farther from Gainers confession: Rentons first mission.
Sounds interesting, so Matthew and Hap start telling: this was before the Second Break, during the time where we were escorting Yapans Ceiling on their Exodus.
Special Disk Mission 2-1 Harbor Ambitions, Young Man!
Back in time, aboard the Gekko Go, Hap has a job for Renton. Theyve seen him piloting the Nirvash in Kashmirs ambush and now know that hes got the goods.
Matthew apologizes for underestimating him but Renton chalks it all up to Gainer hyping him up to fight. Regardless, Stoner says they want to trust him with a certain task and asks Doggie to bring in the thing.
Its a box but, when Renton tries poking at it, Stoner and Hap freak out that hed do that with his bare hands. This thing is super dangerous, OK?! Get that into your head! Matthew says.
When Renton asks, Hap says that while it looks like a common box, just one of these could send an entire city sky-high. The kid asks if its a bomb but Hap says its best that he doesnt know ignorance is bliss.
Regardless, someone in Yapans Ceiling requested it and they gotta deliver. Normally, Hap wouldnt want to entrust this to someone else but the Gekko flying around would stand out like a sore thumb; plus, theyd need to explain their actions to the rest of ZEUTH. Renton isnt under that sort of scrutiny, though
The kid accepts the job and Haps so glad that hes such an excellent young man. With that in mind, Matthew tells Renton to go and get himself disguised. Disguise? Yeah, theyve got some urban camouflage handy for him to mingle with the Yapans Ceilings folk!
Theyre letting him take the Nirvash, too, as well as giving him a receiver by which theyll give him detailed instructions on-site.
Rentons excited to get to work and runs off to get prepared. As he goes, the sight of such raw youthful naiveté brings a tear to Stoners eyes.
And, thus, begins the traditional Gekkostate hazing mission. The plan is to have Doggie go and secretly film the whole thing so the team can laugh about it. The crew tells him not to louse things up by letting Renton see him like what happened the last time.
Thankfully, Renton figured Doggies presence there was because he was concerned for him, earning Doggie the honor of being the kids bro. Seems like Gainers replaced him, though.
Regardless, Gidget will go and fetch all the other ZEUTH members with nothing better to do to watch as well, though Hap warns her to stay out of Ken-gohs sight as he wouldnt like this.
Matthew is hoping Rentonll put on a great show to help them kill time.
Rentons called a few people to help him on his mission, with Garrod apologizing for having Gainer also tag along. He doesnt mind, of course, seeing how Renton helped him during the Kashmir ambush; plus, this being Domepolis Catez, Gainer can act as his guide.
Sara notices that Garrods seemingly happy to be assisting with Rentons task but he says its because he was bored out of his mind. Everyones just standing by as we get Yapans Ceiling hooked up to our ships. Once thats done, however, well drag the residential units across Siberia way faster than before and finish the Exodus real quick.
Furthermore, Garrod also figures this is a good chance to give Tifa a closer look at the Siberian snow. Shes a bit worried, however, having a sinking feeling that something bads going to happen.
: Renton were receiving a transmission from Hap.
: Come on, man! This aint the time to be shy!
: Yeah, youre looking good, Renton.
: This is Renton! Awaiting orders!
Back in the Gekkos lounge, Adette and Gain are struggling to keep themselves from bursting into laughter at the sight of the Gekkostates cherished urban camouflage. Its just a regular jersey, Witz thinks, but Roybea tells him to shush or hell wreck the whole thing.
Regardless, Hap thanks the kids for their assistance in Rentons mission but thats hardly a problem since theyre all part of the same team now. Matthews quietly miffed that Renton asked for help but Adette figures its good that he has such good friends.
: Alright what are we supposed to do now?
: First off, youll descend from your unit and infiltrate Catez on foot.
: This is a secret mission, though. You will sneak inside Catez, keep your contact with the Domepolis citizens to a minimum and the remaining units will be on standby outside.
: OK then Ill head in by myself.
: Hold on youll have to bring someone along with you.
: How come?
: A small problem has cropped up. We told the buyer of the cargo that youre coming but it looks like hes a wary sort. Hes even suspicious of us, couriers.
: Oh, come on!
: He asked that you bring a girl along with you. My guess is that he wants to take a hostage as insurance.
: A h-hostage ?!
: Good or bad, youve Tifa, Sara and Eureka there with you. Youll have to take one of them with.
: I cant ask them to do something so dangerous!
: Thats all for your briefing theres a risk this conversation is being intercepted. Once youre entered Catez with your partner, get in touch with us again. Hap out.
: H-hold on, Hap! HAP!!
As the transmission is cut, everyones laughing their asses off. Despite that, Renton seems to be dead-serious about this mission and Gain asks if this is how the Gekkostate welcomes new additions to the team.
Kinda, Stoner says, and Matthew adds that this hazing is how they express their love. Gain isnt sure the wounded party would be as nonchalant about this as they are but, if some small hazing is enough to drive a rookie away, then Stoner figures they werent cut out for this.
Either way, Gidget wonders what was that partner business as she didnt hear anything about it. Hap figured he needed to add a few more hoops for Renton to jump through since he asked folks to help him. Making the kid choose strikes Gidget as a bit mean but everyones busy wondering who hell pick as his partner.
Adette thinks Tifa, with her powers, would be the best choice but Roybea doubts Garrod would allow her to be exposed to danger. Maybe Eureka, then, his fellow Gekkostate member? Stoner doesnt think so, figuring Renton would be far too embarrassed to hang out with her dressed like that.
That leaves Sara and she certainly has the gumption to jump into a dangerous situation but Gain doesnt think Gainer would stay quiet about that especially in the wake of that proclamation of love of his.
Hap thinks hell have to make a decision soon or, Gidget says, hell be unable to do so and will just give up before even entering the Domepolis. Thatd still be an enjoyable show.
Regardless, Moondoggies already waiting inside Catez so, if he does go in, theyll be watching his every move should be easy to make things up as we go along. Roybea laughs at how mean this whole thing is but Gain says were all just as guilty for spectating it.
Hap says everyone needs some fun every now and then, so well just wait for Rentons next move and it comes in soon, from Doggie! Looks like the kid did decide to infiltrate Catez, so lets take a look.
Location: Inside Domepolis Catez
: This is Renton. Hap, please come in.
: This is Hap. Hows your partner doing?
: Um about that
: *snort* N-never mind I-I have faith in your judgement.
: Eureka, Tifa, Sara whichever one you chose, Ill defer to your decision.
: Hap are you OK? Your voice is a bit trembly
: Im fine. Now, your next step is to get in touch with the recipient of your cargo. According to the info weve been given youre looking for a man in a gold suit.
: Roger that ! I wont let you down!
: Alright, weve come this far Now we pull ourselves together and just do it.
: Lets go, sis !
Back in the Gekko, no one was expecting him to dress Gainer in drag in order to avoid exposing any of the girls to danger. Maybe Loran isnt the only one with this sort of hobby?
Hap, meanwhile, is taking a deep breath it took everything he had to keep a straight face when talking to the kid. Gidget is a bit appalled by Gainers fashion sense but Gain figures he doesnt look too bad its just the makeup that needs work and Adette has half a mind to teach him how to use it when he gets back.
Gidget is a bit worried about the target Haps designated Renton to as he looked a bit unsavory. Haps certain theyll pull through since they had the strength to clear the first huddle.
And, in fact, theyre heading to the target right now.
: Hm? What you need, boy?
: Ah I
: Listen, Im not in a great mood now. In fact, Im stuck in this dump until my units fixed up so, if you need something, come out with it!
: We were here on an errand for the Gekkostate
: Gekkostate - them famous sky pirates?! What do they want with me ?
: Or are you making a pass at me, girl?
: Um thats
: Well, sorry, but you aint my type. Still, therere plenty of creeps out there.
: Just as there are also folks who could kidnap you for a nice ransom, ya know.
: N-no ! Stay away from me!
: S-sorry, pops! We made a mistake!!
: Oi, brat! Whore you calling pops?!
: Im soooooorryyyyyyyyyyyy!!
*The kids run off.*
: The hell was that ?
: Aa-tchoo! Uurgh! Why does Siberia need to be so goddamn cold?!
: H-Hap I dont think that man was the target.
: Probably a fake. Our clients testing us, it seems.
: Testing ?
: Further proof of just how important the item youre carrying is. Keep that in mind.
: Hm weve received new directions from the client. The hell ?!
: Whats wrong?
: Talk about distrustful The clients saying hes sending a Rep over to take the goods from you. He says the Rep looks like *whisper, whisper*
: Ah oh
: And you have to say a password. Its *whisper, whisper*
: I-I cant say that!!
: Those are his instructions. But dont worry, hes already been informed of how youre dressed as.
: We told him to expect a boy with a stache, wearing a helmet and jersey, accompanied by a stylish girl with glasses.
: And, with that, I wish you luck.
: Alright, sis psych yourself up. We gotta keep going!
: But, Renton I think this mission is
: Im gonna pull it off! And, when I do Ill finally be a legit member of the Gekkostate!
: But, Renton ! This is
: Here I go, sis ! This is the most important fight of my life!!
: Are you stupid, dude?!
: Aw, thanks a bunch, man!
: You came over cause you were worried about me, right?
: Wow, Im blown away you really are my bro!
: You you just dont get it all, do ya?
: What do you mean?
: I mean exactly what I said! You really dont see whats going on with you?!
: Um its
: Are you kidding me, dude?! You you
: Youre a real nice guy, bro.
: Youre being this harsh just to motivate me ! I get it!
: Oi, hold on
: I I was actually kinda scared, thinking that the guy I gave this box to could use it to hurt people
: But I cant be scared!
: I was acting like a kid!
: But I made a decision when I boarded the Gekko Go! That even if the world turned against me, I would be there to help Eureka!!
: You might actually be a badass dude
: Bro, its thanks to your tough love that I finally got my head together! Thanks a ton!!
: Hey, brat! Quit yelling!
: Youre !
: Wh-what ?!
: A guy with a huge chin its you!
: You little Im real self-conscious about that, OK!
: Err and the password was
: You got more chin than a Hong Kong phonebook!!
: You wanna die, brat?!
: What are you doing?! You cant start a fight in here!
: But, this guy he was looking for me, I think!
: Crap ! Hes gotta be a bounty hunter! They followed us all the way here?!
: Ah ?
: You asked for it, boy! Now youre gonna get it!
: Bring out the Walker Machines! Now we just gotta go for broke!
: Um Im from the Gekkostate ?
: Run, Renton! These guys are serious!
: Why?! How did turn out like this?!
Back outside, the kids have rushed back to their mechs and Sara asks what happened to the job. Garrod also complains that Gainer, in his rush, ruined the makeup they gave him.
Thats not whats important now, though, as the Breakers are coming! They spot the brats gang and decided to both trash us and take whatever they want from Catez before bailing. When Garrod asks, all Gainer can tell him is that these guys are seemingly wanted men whom we managed to piss off. Saras not about to let them have their way with a Domepolis, so its up to us to play defense.
Eureka asks Renton (still in his disguise) to let her pilot but he refuses: This was my mission and I made a total mess of things. So I want to put this to rights with my own hands I have to!
Eureka accepts but does take the time to say that his clothes are really weird, much to his chagrin. Garrod warns that the enemy has us outnumbered but Gainer figures the Gekko will be coming to help us soon. Sara asks if he already called for backup and he just answers with a knowing shrug.
Rentons out of his disguise and ready to rock: Bring it on, you thugs! Im a member of the Gekkostate and Im not getting taken out before I accomplish my mission!
Moondoggie, watching nearby, sees that the kids the real deal.
Well... at least you have stats and SP Renton.
Fortunately, Eureka's endless font of Focus can keep him alive.
Anyways. This is a straightforward Stage. We got a few breakers, and that's it.
First turn I can't do anything. But come the enemy phase, some start reaching my units.
: I was worried when I heard Gainer and co. were up to something and, lo and behold, they get in trouble !
: We protected this city once the Moon Race, so Im not about to let you crooks make a mess of it!
25% Hit rate Sara. That's what he had.
: Renton !
: Im alright ! You and the Nirvash are here with me, so Im not scared!
: Here we go, Nirvash! Im giving this everything I have, so gimme a hand!
Well, at least he tries.
The cavalry arrives on turn two, with Holland in disbelief that Renton managed to stir up a group of outlaws on his very first mission its amazing how easily the kid gets in trouble.
Sara and Garrod are impressed that, true to Gainers prediction, they actually came in so quickly. Its like they knew we were in trouble!
Witz and Roybea exchange awkward looks like each other and Ken-goh gets on the mic to ask why the kids were in this town. Hap suggests they went shopping to curb their boredom and Matthew tells Renton that everythingll be fine.
Rentons very appreciative but Hap and Matthew want to wrap this up quick, before Ken-goh realizes what they were doing good thing the kids still clueless, too. Holland leads the charge, telling his men to show that their Lifting is invincible, even in the snow, and Renton swoons with how cool the guy is.
Sara uses the Panther's Repair Module to repair herself. Something that I'm pretty sure was only just introduced in Z.
Gainer begans progressing towards the rest of the mob.
: (Theres something really weird about this mission.)
: (If my hunch is right, then this is )
Yes. I did teach Gainer Attack Again.
Renton continues to... uh... be a dodge tank? He can do that pretty well with Eureka.
: Damn! Looks like Tifas premonition was right on the money!
: Dont worry, Tifa! These shenanigans aint gonna last long!
: So long as Im around, Ill keep you safe! Just wait a little bit!
: Okay (I believe in you, Garrod.)
Enemy phase was uneventful, so on to my phase blowing up more Breakers.
Now here's the Dobeck's melee attack. Which I don't think was ever shown off before.
Meanwhile, Renton hit 105 Will.
So on Enemy phase this guy actually targets someone. He's kind of the boss of the stage. Has a whole 14K HP and everything.
And then Renton finishes the job.
Once everythings gone, Talho figures these were all wanted men; theres got to be a good payday waiting for us if we hand them to the feds. Of course, Ken-goh rains on her parade by reminding that were all just as wanted.
Renton tries talking to Hap about the goods but, when Ken-goh raises an eyebrow, Hap tries misdirecting by saying he asked the kid to buy some stuff for him its all good, though!
Gainers had enough and decides to cut in: Renton was working so hard to carry out the mission you gave him! We came all the way here, as you instructed, to deliver this box with something so dangerous, it could send an entire city sky-high!
Thats a very detailed interjection, Adette gasps, and Matthew begs we save this conversation for when we get back. Why, though? They havent finished their mission yet!
Hap tries shushing him but nope: Weve come this far, so were gonna go all the way! Think of all the trouble weve been through, talking with that shifty guy, getting dragged into a fight! Weve done everything according to your commands and now youre asking us to stop? That sounds very suspicious, Mr. Hap! What exactly is the dangerous thing inside your box?!
Ken-goh cuts in, telling Gainer that hes said enough he sees the trouble the Gekkos crew put them through.
Gainer says he has no idea what hes talking about but Ken-goh says hell have them make a proper apology to the kids later. He turns to Hap and Mattew, livid, certain that hes already told them to quit picking on the rookies!
Matthew tries his this is how we express our love line but Hilda warns him that, if he tried expressing himself like that with her, his payback would be coming in the form of her fist. Ken-goh calls everyone back and has a long lecture awaiting them.
It slowly starts dawning on Renton that he mightve been punkd.
Back in the present, Kiras amazed at how crazy things got for Renton Matthew fires back that they had it worse, with how long Ken-goh spent lecturing them.
Gain figures Gainer oughta come clean that hed figured everything out by the time the jig was up. When Matthew asks, she says it was when Hap was giving those crazy directions and mentioned Renton being with a girl with glasses. The only way he wouldve known that was if he actually had eyes on them.
Hollands having a laugh remembering Gainers unique way of telling on them but Matthew and Adette are still kinda miffed. Of course, Gainer counters that they were the ones who started those shenanigans in the first place and Ana commands these adults to be ashamed of their acts!
That said, Doggie admits that he was a bit jealous of how gutsy Renton had shown himself so much so that Doggie took the kid as something of a rival in order to push himself along. Gidget agrees, adding how much more hardworking hes become since Renton joined.
Indeed, Doggie was blown away with Rentons dedication and, at that moment, decided that he wasnt going to sit still and let the newbie leave him in the dust.
Rentons glad to have his bros approval and Doggie tells him to use those guts to get Eureka back from the Command Cluster. The kids ready and Roger likes his spirit: befitting of the grandson of Axel Thurston.
When Renton asks, Roger says his grandfather helped him once and Banjou figures this is a nice segue for the story of how he and Roger met in Bellforest...