Part 258: Special Disk Mission 2-2 - Keep On MovingBackstory: Memory Chapter 2
Back at the Archangel, by the Orbital Elevator, Roger recounts a tale that unfolded a short while after he parted ways with the team in Japan.
While the majority of ZEUTH was operating in two main teams, Roger continued his travels with Norman and Dorothy, ending up the southerly reaches of Galia. Their band ended up in Renton's hometown, Bellforest the first place many on them observed the Seven Swell, Shinn remembers. Renton wonders aloud what Roger wanted in such a boring town, and Roger chides him lightly that that's the last thing the kid ought to say.
Banjou decides to tell of what happened there during his meeting with Roger.
Special Disk Mission 2-2 Keep On Moving
Location: Galia, Bellforest
Dominic is in town, staring at Bellforest's massive central tower while lost in thought: this remote town could well be deemed as the spot where the upheaval of their world began. This is where the Type ZERO grew in strength via the nearby battle and where the first recorded Seven Swell since the Summer of Love occurred.
This is too much to be mere coincidence it seems more like an inevitability, considering that Renton is Adroc Thurstons son. Thus, Dominic wants to know what role Rentons been given and whats been entrusted to him.
Which is why he wanted to meet with Axel, saying hes an acquaintance of Renton and that the kid mentioned he wouldve wanted to check on his grandpa if he ever got around town. Axels surprised Dominic would do that for Renton and, in that case, invites him to stay at his place. Thats the first step of Dominics investigation complete.
Over the the Thurston Garage, Dominic describes himself to Axel as an itinerant mapmaker, attached to the Federation army and beset by bosses who don't care that the land keeps rearranging itself.
Axel asks if he met with Renton during said travels and, indeed, Dominic describes him as a young but reliable boy. The old man doubts that the kid could have changed so in the months since he left and, when Dominic asks if hes expecting him to come running back, Axel just shrugs that hes got nowhere else to go. Hes meant to be here, working as a mechanic with him.
Inwardly, Dominic sees that the guy is as stubborn and old-school as advertised; direct questions about Renton and Adrock likely won't work, but before he can try an indirect approach, two customers arrive.
Its Rogers crew, with Norman introducing himself as a butler and Dorothy immediately declaring that theyre here to bring him with them. Her attitude aside, Axel is willing to go though he takes the time to praise the engineering skills of whoever created Dorothy. She thanks him for that, figuring hed be happy to hear that.
Axel figures, since theyre here for him, that they need his expertise and Norman confirms, though they cannot bring the mech over. Usually, Norman can manage the regular repairs but they now require some parts he doesnt have, so they want to hire him. Axel agrees to make an exception and take this out-of-town job for Dorothy.
Norman thanks him and Dorothy figures the Big O will also be glad to hear this; Dominics ears perk up at the name and he realizes that these two are associates of the infamous Negotiator. Axel apologizes to him for leaving but tells Dominic to make himself at home until he returns.
He readily agrees, figuring being alone in here will be an excellent opportunity to poke around the house.
Later, having turned the entire place upside down, Dominic hasnt found anything significant; he ponders if the old man is trying to forget about his illustrious son and grandson. The suddenly appearing Angel isnt so sure and, following Dominics startled scream, laughs that hes pretty jumpy for a thief.
Dominic demands to know who she is, how she got in and what shes after, and Banjou, tagging along, criticizes his lack of manners. Dominic instantly recognizes THE STORM but thats fine, as Banjou also knows much about him.
As for his questions, Angel introduces herself, says they made their way inside once nobody answered the doorbell and that shes here to see Axel. Banjou himself met her in town and decided to tag along since they were after the same thing.
Dominic remembers his dossier on Banjou, an untraceable man of unknown objectives whos been tagged as a high-priority target on charges of anti-Federation activity. Banjou argues that he doesnt have a problem with the Federation itself just the corruption in some of its parts.
Hell, as a way of celebrating their fortuitous encounter, hell even tell Dominic of what his objective is.
My objective is to crush the schemes of evil for this world and all who dwell in it!
Dominic wonders for a second if this guys a bit touched in the head but quickly realizes that hes serious. With that done, Banjou figures its his turn to ask questions and wants to know everything Dominic has to say about the Ageha Project.
Much to Dominics surprised, Banjou knows that the armys pursuing those Coralian creatures in accordance to the report written by Adroc Thurston and that said creatures would shake this world to its core. That said, theres much he hasnt yet been able to uncover.
Dominic panickingly swears he doesnt know anything but Banjou tells him to relax as hes not one to resort to violent methods. Instead, he wants to appear to the kids heart and asks if he truly believes that keeping the Coralian information a secret is in the worlds best interest.
His intuition tells him that this is too big a matter for a small group of people to decide what happens. The best way would be to make everything public, pool mankinds collective knowledge together and think of a solution.
Dominic isnt having it, saying that this matter is being overseen by someone with a clear vision of the big picture. Banjous also heard of Dewey Novak and Dominic insists that hes already working towards saving mankind and the world!
Fool ! says a hidden voice. You know the truth and, yet, try to monopolize it that is an enormous sin.
Dominic freaks at the mummy that enters the room but Banjou recognizes Michael Seebach, a.k.a., Schwarzwald. This is certainly not someone he wanted to meet and Schwarz deems him to be just as conceited as this man he knows.
Averting ones eyes from the truth is also an enormous sin. Thus, it is my mission to impart the truth the terror that lies in the dark onto you! he says.
: A Megadeus!
: Right on time, Big Duo! Come, let us demonstrate a fraction of the Great Power to these men!
: This isnt the time to sit there slack-jawed. Run.
: B-but its even more dangerous outside
: Would you make this house and all the memories that lie here a target?
: Besides, itll be alright. The sun is rising.
: The sun?
: DAITARN! COME HERE!
: CHANGE, DAITARN 3!!
*Banjou and Schwarz assume battle positions.*
: Daitarn 3 crushes the schemes of evil for this world and all who dwell in it!
: If you fear not the radiance of this sun, then come!
: The sun that is, light?!
: Schwarzwald. Im afraid Ill have to cut your insanity short.
: There is no place under the sun for one whod extol the worlds destruction, whod instill fear into the peoples hearts with his inane rhetoric!
: The place where you belong is in the darkness and Ill now cast you back into it!
: The darkness it is that which frightens man from the very start. The all-encompassing origin.
: Man will turn away from it, remove it from his very memories and pretend it doesnt even exist.
: However, the truth lies within it! Nay darkness itself is the truth! For this entire world!
: Im not here to have a debate, you fallen reporter. However, Ill take the time to correct one thing.
: While this world may be embroiled in chaos at the moment, what awaits us down the road isnt your darkness ! So long as Im around, that will not be the truth!
: Very well, child of the sun! If you believe your light can pierce the darkness, then try! As my Big Duo strikes you down, Ill set your arrogance to rights!
: Fine by me ! I and the Daitarn 3 shall bring all unto the sunlight!
I just move Banjou forward, nothing else I can do this turn.
Megadeus Archetypes show up soon after, with Dominic dubbing them as Black History relics that are being unearthed in many parts of the world. Schwarz figures theyve awakened activated in response to the Big Duo and pulls back, telling Banjou to observe all these fragments of the truth littered across the world. Such is the truth and he must now face it!
Banjou isnt having it, saying that hell still sweep away this darkness. If these things are fragments of his truth, then hell just have to destroy them himself!
Schwarz is disappointed that he still wont accept what in front of him. Fine, then he can be engulfed by the darkness, ignorant of where this world is headed!
No, someone has had enough of his ranting.
: Ah, Mr. Negotiator. Ive been waiting.
: Its been a while, THE STORM. Since Japan, was it?
: I apologize for you being forced to entertain Schwarzwald.
: Its no problem. I also found myself annoyed by his antics.
: Youve arrived, Roger Smith. I see that you, indeed, have heeded the truths siren call.
: No, Ive simply been travelling here and there. The Big O had some mechanical issues, so I made a pit stop in this town.
: But what if that is The Bigs invisible hand guiding you?
: Hm ?
: Behold this land upon you tread! A part of that whichll destroy this worlds fundamental laws lies in it!
: (That bandaged man knows about the Coralians ?!)
: Why are you trying to destroy us and Lt. Dominic?
: That man fears not the Great Power He and his peers believe they can control it which is tantamount to ignoring the truth itself!
: Thus, a show of strength is needed in order to remind all of what should be revered and feared!
: Ive had just about enough of your inane assertions. If it was fate that guided us to meet here, then Ill make use of this opportunity.
: Schwarzwald! Return to the darkness from whence you came!
: Can you make me, I wonder? With that Big?
: Master Roger It seems hes noticed the Big Os predicament.
: I cannot make use of all its armaments this is certainly a troublesome situation.
: Dont worry about that, Roger. Ill fix your machine on the fly.
: But, Mr. Thurston
: Im not about to sit still when theres someone raising hell around my home! My grandson will eventually come back here, so Ill see that it stays in one piece!
: Understood. Then Ill place my faith in your skills.
: Ill keep the enemies at bay for a bit. Go and get your repairs finished in the meantime.
: After making such a grandiose entrance, this is the situation I find myself in My apologies, Banjou Haran. Please buy us just a few moments.
: Fools whod avert their eyes from the truth! Feel the weight of your powerlessness and despair!
Yup. Not all of Big O's weapons are available. Kind of a minor pain. Oh well, I can still punch things!
Meanwhile, the Archetypes aren't much of a threat.
And over here is Banjou!
Come enemy phase Schwarzwald moves down, and Daitarn's fan is scratched.
I blow up another Archetype, and it triggers Plot.
Schwarz laughs at Rogers situation, figuring The Bigs stopped caring for him. Roger counters that he and Big O are partners, unlike Schwarz who foolishly idolizes his.
Axel agrees, adding that while mechs arent magical tools, they do have enough of a soul that they'd never turn against anyone who sincerely cherishes them. He just needs a little bit more time and if Roger helps the Big O, hes certain the mech will answer in kind.
Of course. Big O would never betray my trust. Roger says and Angel figures he is, indeed, a Dominus.
Angel's is interrupted by a call from Vera, who has been somewhat anxiously awaiting a report from her. Vera tells her that she's sent a few of the Union's forces into battle, in part to see just how strong The Big is. Angel doesn't like that the Unions taking direct action, but Vera tells "Agent 340" that she has no right to question their stratagems. Unless she wants to die a traitors death, that is.
In come the Union troops and Schwarz isn't pleased to see the allies of the fool who styles himself Paradigm City's king. Roger figures he means Alex and Banjou warns him that theyre gunning for the Big O.
Roger barely avoids the attack but a Bonaparte starts coming in
: This isnt good !
: Do not fret, Master Roger.
: Allow us to handle this matter.
: Those men have a bazooka!
: A most excellent shot, Mr. Garrison.
: No, no it is all thanks to your precise timing, Mr. Norman.
: You will not hurt Roger or the Big O.
: And that girl has a missile launcher?!
: Well done, Garrison!
: Apologies for the inconvenience, Norman, Dorothy.
: Dont worry about it. Besides, the enemy is still moving.
: And its done! Full throttle, Roger! Let em have it!
: My thanks, Mr. Thurston!
: The elderly are all working as hard as they can I cant well be left in the dust!
: Big O! ACTION!!
Just watch. This isn't something that can be portrayed in screenshots.
: Goodness, the drives tuned up to eleven!!
: Is that how Thurston mechanics work?!
: Do as you please, Roger! The Big O will follow your lead!
: Understood, Mr. Thurston. And allow me to express my deepest gratitude and respect to your craft.
: Are you ready to go, Mr. Negotiator?
: Schwarz and, I presume, Alexs henchmen!
: I will keep on trailing my own path. If youll oppose that, I hope youre ready to receive your just reward!
Big O's weapons are back, yay.
Next, enemy phase.
Yeah. This is about right.
Schwarzwald will just make a beeline to Roger.
Ignoring Banjou is a bad idea overall though.[/i]
: Child of the sun! That fearless arrogance is your greatest flaw!
: That is just the way I am. And Im not about to stop, regardless of your criticisms.
: Then Ill take it upon myself to educate you on this worlds truth of the terror that is endless darkness!
: Your ranting has overstayed its welcome. If youre truly a reporter, then you should be a whole lot more concise in your delivery!
Then come Enemy phase and Roger counterkills everything.
: Roger Smith ! You say you seek the truth but all youre doing is running from the darkness!
: The truth Im seeking is one Ill confirm with my very eyes. Your bellowing is neither needed nor desired.
: And that is why I say youre running! Such a person is incapable of wielding a Bigs power!
: What did I just say, Schwarz?!
: I know not what happened in mine or Big Os past but what matters is the life I have right now!
: And if one comes wholl threaten that life, then I will readily use said power! Especially if the other party has proven to not be open for dialogue!
OK we're done here.
: This is the end, Schwarzwald!
: It is not rather, it never ends!
: Then tell us everything. What is this truth you speak of?
: I am with the Big Duo in order to divulge the truth not the whole truth, however.
: How conceited can you possibly get !
: Thats because my mission is simply to impart fear upon humanity.
: Schwarzwald !
: Fear it is a necessity for weak-willed beings like us!
: The moment humans stop fearing, it is the moment where we reach a dead-end as a species where all that remains is a pathetic existence, merely waiting for its demise!
: And there are those who know. Gordon Rosewater, in this younger days, wrote a book depicting the final moments of the human era !
: And the awakening of the Executor wholl restart it all
: The Executor ?
: Fear and face that fear! That is what is necessary for humans to be human!
: Well in the end, his truth is still incomprehensible
: However, one thing has been made clear: whatever it truly is, it is not something Im willing to embrace.
Once everythings down, Vera has seen much about the strength of a Big. With that one, she commands Number 340 to return to Kids Munt theyll be accelerating their plans. As Angel confirms, Vera reminds her that those born into the Union are fated to obey its will or face death.
Roger thanks Axel for saving his neck but the old guy says he merely made use of whatever parts he had handy. Furthermore, he figures he ought to thank Roger and Banjou for defending his familys home and all the memories therein.
Axel says that, as you grow older, memories become more and more precious though he doesnt expect a youngster like Roger to understand that yet.
You still have your whole life to build and amass memories youth itself is the seed of ones future. He adds and Roger thanks him for his words.
Of course, that doesnt mean Axel is going to sit on his ass if he can still be doing stuff and the butlers all agree with that assessment.
Watching this, Dominic realizes that Axel may be a bigger man than he gave him credit for, and plans to stay here a while longer. Axel himself hopes to tell Renton about this story someday; until then, hell keep on waiting for his return in boring, old Bellforest.
Back in the present day, the butlers inform Renton that Axel is still there he said hed always be waiting. Renton thanks them for this and says he absolutely plans on going back and with Eureka by his side.
Kira sees that Roger has travelled to many parts of the multi-dimensional world a journey of self-discovery. The many encounters hes had along the way have shaped the person he is now, same as Kira.
Loran wants to hear more about the people who live throughout this world and Amuro is also on board. All our constant battles have left little time to think about the smaller pictures that comprise it all.
Roger agrees in the interest of killing time and moves to tell us about this group of people that he met at the center of the world