Part 263: Special Disk Mission 3-4 - Wings, Dry My Tears
Location: Western Galia Minerva, Hangar
Athrun has been helping Setsuko hone her aerial combat skills and she seems to be getting the hand of it. Not that its been easy, of course, as the Virgola was originally designed as a land-based unit. Thanks to the freedom of movement given by the VWFS, however, she can now put the high-speed combat tactics that Heine taught her to good use.
The Savior can provide a good baseline and, if she keeps training, shell have it all down in no time. Löwen is more than happy to help out with training too, since he's under instructions from Theeh to report on the Virgola Glory's performance. Vino himself finds grandpa to be quite the amazing man and, indeed, Löwen says that his intellect is one of the most valuable assets of the Chimera Squad. Hes the one who made the Chaos Leo, even.
Yolan informs that when they say amazing they didnt exactly mean it in a positive way; "no comment" from Löwen about the guys personality. Setsuko thought he was a kind man but
Vino and Yolan tell her not to pull her punches they heard that Theeh heaped quite a lot of sexual harassment on her while under the shield of overseeing the Virgolas modifications. Trying to lift her skirt, smell her ears and more, though Setsuko says she doesnt need to dig about the past.
Still, Löwen tells her not to keep it all bottled up inside itll stress her out. Shes well aware, as Denzel and Toby often told her the same thing. Regardless, shell be fine and is still thankful to Theeh for his work.
What a curious woman. At first glance, she appears so passive and weak-willed but despite all the hardship shes been through, her spirit remains firm and she has neither become self-destructive nor allowed anger and sorrow to consume her. Where does this fortitude come from ? Athrun thinks.
Setsuko notices his staring and asks if theres something on her face. As he stutters a denial, Vino says Lunamaria and Meyrin will go up in arms if they hear hes fallen for Setsuko. Its not easy being popular, Yolan sighs, though both he and Vino are very jealous of the attention Athrun, Kouji and Toshiya get.
Shaken up with embarrassment, Athrun quickly tries changing the subject: if Setsuko wants to gain combat experience in all terrains and tactics, Shinns Impulse would be the better opponent. She understands that but, again, the guy is spending his time watching over Stella.
Thats not too absurd, considering the state the girl was when we took her aboard. Maybe its got something to do with his past? Well, Shinn might be a bit surly but hes, as Setsuko knows, hes a kind soul.
Regardless, Athrun reminds everything that shes still an enemy soldier. Thats a harsh thing to think, yes, but such is war. Setsuko remembers how it was amidst the flames of war that Heine was killed and Camille saw someone with whom he shared such a deep connection die in front of him. This conflict spreads sorrow throughout the entire world, which is why she wants to do something about it.
: Ah. We figured youd be here, Setsuko.
: Kouji everyone
: Whats going on? Why are you all here?
: We thought that not even you could take being her sparring partner 24/7 without needing a breather.
: Time for you to tag out, Athrun. Well take it from here.
: Aye, aye, Lt. Im sure youll be impressed with her progress.
: Oh, guys
: The Virgola can finally work on any kind of terrain, so you better be ready to take us all on in our element.
: Well start off with everyones favorite dumbass. Youre gonna be blown away when you see how he gets as an enemy.
: Im looking forward to this, Setsuko.
: Dont hold anything back, Touga.
: And well be the support team! Weve got some sweets coming up for when the trainings over.
: A carrot and stick approach, hm? I guess I really have to put my back into this!
: Id also just prefer to skip to the sweets but nope.
: Why dont you join us, Lunamaria? I was planning on doing some long-range training next, you know.
: Ahaha You can tell what I need to work at, huh?
: Lets begin? Touga, Setsuko, to your spots.
: That face hes not playing around.
: OK, here goes !
: Good luck, Setsuko!
: Im next in line, so you gotta win this!
: (Thanks, everyone )
Special Disk Mission 3-4 Wings, Dry My Tears
Later, Meyrin pings an incoming Federation squad and Talia quickly orders everyone to launch. We cant well get destroyed so close to Gibraltar.
As she deploys, Setsuko inwardly thanks everyone for their help and promises to make good use of what they taught her. In come the Feds, set on stopping our advance: the group seems Titan-oriented but Setsuko also recognizes Olba and Shagia from Fort Severn.
Yazan is leading and he thanks the bros for their intel no need, as theyre cooperating with Scirocco now. He figures theyre here mostly to do recon on this half of ZEUTH than to help but, honestly, it matters not.
They oughta know Yazans reputation of fighting more like a wild beast than a regular soldier, right? Indeed and, with that in mind, Yazan delegates command of the troops to his mook while he goes to town.
So the most notable thing about this little stage is the fact that we both A) Start far away from the enemies, and B) that Mesa in the middle makes it take even harder for any ground unit to get to the action. So this would take like, three turns just for the two sides to meet.
Or I can do this and get everyone up there by the second turn.
It's like magic.
With Boost it's time to handle this generic midboss~
: Is that unit ?
: The data matches I knew it.
: Huh ? A transmission from that MA?
: Do you hear me, Denzel Hammer? Didnt expect to find you around here.
: My guess is that winged mech is the Virgola the Glory Star was testing, yeah?
: Are you a friend of the Chief?!
: A woman ? Its not Denzel?
: Im Setsuko Ohara, 3rd of the Glory Star. The Chief he was KIA prior to the Break the World
: Really ? Psh, what an ass Couldnt even stay alive for me to kill him myself.
: Huh ?
: Setsuko, or whatever your name is, surrender and hand over that mech.
: Excuse me ? What makes you think you can make such demands?!
: Quiet, you! I was the one who shouldve been 3rd of the Glory Star!
: After your predecessor died, there were talks of having me reassigned to that post.
: But then Denzel came along and turned me down. Something about not having the right stuff or whatever!
: The right stuff Thats what he used to say
: I wanted to be a test pilot so I could keep off actual combat and be recognized as an elite
: That was my ticket to the top and he not only screwed with that but he chose someone like you?!
: Surrender now or Ill scrap that unit as compensation for him spitting in my face!
: This is bad Shes slipping!
: Pull back, Setsuko! Hes coming after you!
: Youre not going anywhere, bitch! The Glory Stars are a waste of oxygen and Ill be burying you right here!
: Shut your trap!!
: Ill say it once more, in the Chiefs stead !
: You dont have the right stuff! Someone like you isnt fit to join our squad!
: You little
: Did I say you could speak?!
: Quiet! Every time you open your noise-hole, you dishonor the Glory Star name!
: Hrm !
: The Chief once told me that there are ways to fight without outright holding a weapon
: And the Glory Star did fight! The Chief and Toby both had pride and honor as soldiers! A punk like you could never measure up to that!
: This is the first time Ive seen her like this
: (I didnt think she had it in her )
: (She may keep her anger and sorrow hidden but that doesnt mean they dont run deep )
: (Her will to see her mission fulfilled grants her the fortitude to withstand her raging emotions And the cornerstone of it all is )
: Y-You dont get to give me crap, cheerleader! Once youre dead, itll prove to the whole world what a fool Denzel Hammer was!
: Ive taken up all that the Chief and Toby left behind and Ill uphold them!
: Grit your teeth! Youre going to get an eyeful of how the Glory Star does battle!!
Great job Setsuko! Time to do the rest of these jerks!
So, Mr. Jerk, you wanted to be in The Glory Star?
: OK, so youre a bit agile! That still wont be enough to beat me!
: The Virgola Glory bears the Chiefs long-range and Tobys close-range data! And their wishes also lie within me!
: Wishes?! You actually think thatll help you in battle?!
: Youll be getting my answer to that question via GS Combat Actions!
: This cant be happening! I cant possibly lose like th
: Neither war nor the army itself has room to indulge personal desires Fighting without duty or conviction will lead to nothing but sorrow.
: And I will not have it. Ill fight both for the pride I feel in my mission and so I can find my place in this world
Now to take out the remaining three jerks.
: Hrm Im being pushed back?!
: Looks like this guys that famous AEUG commander!
: This guys pretty good ! A bit green but hes got talent!
: Well, well, I reckon I hit jackpot today!
: I heard rumors that the Federations White Shooting Star was with ZEUTH Guess that was all true!
: Come on, then! Lets put the hero of the One Year War to the test!
He had a few more lines:
: Hahaha this one reeks like a cornered rat!
: These types always get stronger the more you push em! Always a good game!
: Hey, this ones also decent! Tangling with Coordinators is always worth my time!
: And his is a variable unit, just like mine ! Looks like we got a contest of skill in our hands!
: Zafts ace, eh ? Dont look like hes got a lot of experience under his belt, though!
: Only kids do this blitz approach! You aint gonna beat me with basic stuff like that!
: Look at that elegant flying Its a woman in there, alright!
: Still, I dont discriminate when its go-time! How nice of me, eh?
Once Yazan goes down, he figures he played a bit too much. Still, hes found people with whom he can really go-all out, so thats good enough for today. Next time, itll be for real
: (Looks like Cpt. Löwens infiltration assignment is going swimmingly.)
: (The divided ZEUTH will serve our purposes well.)
: (And, then, theyll be gracious enough to finish each other off for us.)
Olba congratulates us and looks forward to our next encounter.
Shagia figures itd be dangerous to take any more damage and backs off.
Thats everything down and it doesnt look like weve any reinforcements coming. Rey points out that were almost within Zafts sphere of influence and Quattro can't wait to find out what Durandal intends to do in the face of all the chaos in this multi-dimensional world.
: Setsuko the pride of the Glory Star lives on in you.
: You were so cool today, how you told that idiot off!
: R-really ?
: Hmhmm. You inherited more than just Denzel and Tobys Gunnery Carver data.
: Yeah, their souls are still burning inside you and the Virgola.
: Setsuko You were truly worthy of the name Glory Star today.
: Back when we first met at the Lutetium Base, I confess that I didnt understand why you were chosen.
: But now I can see that you have the right stuff Denzel spoke of.
: Thank you
: (Chief, Toby I cant bring back what Ive lost, nor do I intend on clinging to it But I believe that I can protect what I have now and, maybe, create something new.)
: (While you and our Glory Star may be gone, I have ZEUTH. And the pride and duty that you taught me gives me strength even today.)
: (And, so, Ill keep on going as a member of the Glory Star and of ZEUTH )
Multi-dimensional year 9/29/0001.
ZEUTH will arrive at Zaft's Gibraltar base shortly. My doubts of a few days past still linger within me. And, as such, I plan to lead my life in such a way that I can answer them with my head held high.
Living is how Ill carry on the pride of the Glory Star and that, in turn, will help remain steadfast before sorrow.
Im sure therell be more conflict waiting down this road, as well as the day where I encounter Asakim Dowin again. However, Ill bear pride and duty within my breast and face these challenges.
- Glory Star 3rd
That ends Setsuko's chapter on the Special Disc. But now that we've beaten all four side stories, a final one unlocks. The final bit of Super Robot Wars Z: The Secret Epilogue!