Part 31: Mission 9 (Rand) - The Day The World Ends
Mission 9 (Rand) - The Day the World Ends
Outside, Sirius is wondering what Pierre is doing as the enemy will be here soon. While they wait, Silvia asks him what his first combination felt like.
It was like... the coming of the New World, like greeting the dawn with his beloved at his side, surrounded by ten thousand white roses. It was a fragrant light, as though from some other-worldly paradise.
Thats what he felt when he first combined with Glenn and Reika. Silvias does a double take at the Reika bit and Sirius adds that that's the ultimate light that the Alicia family has always sought.
Perhaps its the light of Creation that will lead the world to a state of perfect harmony.
However, that second combination, with Apollo and Silvia was frightening. That sort of combination was nothing but pure violence, certainly not the beautiful way a combination should be.
Silvia agrees with him, saying theres no way hes the Wings of the Sun thats Sirius, of course. Still, Sirius chides her not to speak of the Wings so lightly.
Apollo deploys, yelling at the two to quit sightseeing as the enemys coming.
There are more monsters than yesterday and Gainer notices that there seems to be a different enemy: Mythological Beasts, as Sirius calls it, which are also troops of the Fallen Angels.
Rand wants to know how the Fallen Angels are sending all these troops into his world, but all that matters to Apollo is kicking their asses and forcing Baron's whereabouts out of them. Silvia tells him to wait, asking where Pierre is and why hes in the Vector Sol.
Apollo doesnt really know as, when he realized what was going on, he was already here. The questioning is interrupted when Tifa murmurs about the Beast of Darkness.
Somehow, that name popped into her head when looking at Apollo.
With no other choice, Sirius orders Apollo into a formation where he won't be the Head (Codename: Beautiful Shape!).
Apollo doesnt like it but he lets it go.
: Lets go, both of you!
: Aquarion! MARS!!
Apollo is interested in seeing what the stuck-up prince can do and Sirius certainly doesnt need Apollo to tell him that. Aboard the Iron Gear, Diana is still curious about the Machine Angel, still feeling like she knows the name from a very distant memory.
Fudou is hidden nearby, wondering how well Aquarion will fight this time.
Mission Objective: All enemies destroyed
Mission Failture: Iron Gear or Aquarion destroyed
Skill Point: Clear the mission by the end of turn 4
Once again, this Skill Point requires you to rush a bit, especially towards those new Xibalba Mythological Beasts on the farther corners of the map; spread out your power evenly, too, because its unlikely youll be able to bring people from one end of the map to the other in time.
And now that we can switch to Aquarions other forms, lets take a quick look at them:
Aquarion Mars (Sirius, Apollo, Silvia)
- Element System
- Variable Form
- Sword Cut
Do keep in mind that, unlike the other two Aquarion forms, Mars isnt immune to any type of status effects.
Aquarion Luna (Silvia, Sirius, Apollo)
- Element System
- Variable Form
- Pilot-Affecting Debuff Immunity
Problem is, it will not be long before Apollo becomes the king of sniping attacks and that pretty much takes away some of Lunas utility.
Is it useable? Absolutely, especially since it will, eventually, learn an ammo-based ALL attack thats pretty strong but Aquarion Lunas by far my least used form.
Despite Sirius claims, we CAN switch to the Solar Aquarion but Apollo would be just out of range; for now, our better move would be to use Mars to get in some cheap damage on a nearby Cherubim.
Aye, that works.
Everyone else moves forward: Rand and Garrod will be accompanying Aquarion to the NE side while everyone else will move NW.
Good thing its the Turn A taking point as these Cherubins prefer, for some reason, to snipe instead using their stronger claw attack.
: (Humans and Fallen Angels fought 12000 years ago and it looks like a record of that fight has been saved inside the White Doll.)
: (But those Element people came from a different world How can this be ?)
I didnt think Loran would actually be hit but whatever.
Seems like Sirius target would rather tangle with Rand.
: Darling what if daddy was attacked by a monster like this in another world
: What, do you really think a badass like him would be done in by these things?
: Dont think about stuff like that just keep taking pictures of everything! Well have a lot to show the boss once we find him!
It regenerated a bit of the previous damage but that more than covered it.
The last Cherubim Soldier decides to trade blows with Sirius but, from afar, he can only rely on his weakest attack.
The Xibalbas are standing still.
Our people hear the Hypnosound once again, indicating a new enemy is coming: what descends is just another Cherubim Soldier, though, and Garrod isnt worried at all.
Apollo decides to take the thing out and switches in. Sirius cant stop him and Apollo closes in on the Cherubim, saying hell take it down in one punch!
It backfires, however, as the Cherubim easily dodges and counterattacks.
Apollo doesnt understand what happened as he was sure he was going to hit.
Gain tries to provide some covering fire but not even one of his his incredibly accurate shots find their mark.
Gains sure every one of his shots were perfect, though, and realizes that this Cherubim seems different from the others.
Thatd be because its being helped by Touma, who Otoha praises for being able to grant the Cherubim the beautiful power of the moon we can see it but we cannot reach it.
Gauli figures there must be some trick behind all our misses but, even so, we cant beat this thing as it is. Gainer thinks he could try with his OverSkill but, if that also fails, we might have no choice but to run away.
Quit joking around! Theres no way Im gonna run away from this freak!, Apollo yells but Silvia asks what can we do if no attacks can hit it.
His plan is just to keep on punching even if it seems useless, sooner or later, one of them will get through. Sirius thinks this is absurd and doesnt even deserve to be called plan.
Apollo isnt about to give up without trying and, nearby, Fudou thinks hes quite close to the truth. Still, itll take more than spirit to win this
We need to take the fight to these Xibalbas for now, so Loran leads the charge.
His bad luck with the RNG strikes again and he eats some decent damage Doc, did you steal the luck I had stolen from you?!
Might as well have Gainer attack whatevers in range.
: King Gainers movements are faster ! Is it because of Cotsetts maintenance ?
: My senses are also sharper ! I can do this!
: (Thats strange Gainers movements theyre way too quick.)
I suppose thatll cover the HP it wouldve regenerated.
And, as a bonus, Gainer learns Spirit whichll increase the casters morale by 10 when used.
Now, we have to open the way for Rand to move forward so lets see what Garrod can do against this Cherubim.
: I dunno whats up with these Fallen Angels but theyre scaring Tifa that makes 'em my enemy!
I was hoping for a crit but I guess thatll do.
Our best choice here, then, will be to switch Gain over and use his Hit & Away to move once the way is clear.
Silvia doesnt like the situation well just get exhausted if we go on like this.
Apollo shouts back that if she gives up now, it's guaranteed she'll never hit.
: Thats right!
: Theres someone in that building?!
: What are you doing?! Hurry up and find shelter!
: Ridiculous! An amateur who cannot even hit the enemy is front of him is millennia away from worrying about others!
: Dont be so inconsiderate! We dont even know how were supposed to fight it!
: When you dont know, you should just try. Like that young man is doing.
: Who are you, pops?!
: Time and distance are but mere illusions created by hesitating hearts.
: Unless you can defeat that hesitation, therell be no chance of victory!
: Hesitation ? Im hesitating!?
*Apollo charges after the strong Cherubim*
: Im gonna save Baron! I ain't got time to hesitate!!
: Did it hit?!
: Almost! It was very close!
: Damn it! Why why wont it hit?!
: The Moon is chipped while one of your souls is lost, you will not succeed.
: Do not hesitate and do not be afraid! Someone who cannot break their own shell isnt fit to fight!
: Break your own shell thats
: Apollo, forgive me. Those misses were caused by my own doubts.
: Quit holding me back, ya dumbass prince!!
: Every man is a chipped crescent Moon however, placing the shards together with one another forms a round Moon - a full Moon!
: Someone who doesnt understand that ALSO isnt fit to fight!
: We have to pool our strength together, Apollo! If we dont
: Urgh !
: Ya moron, Apollo! You forced me off the Vector Sol for this?!
: Dont think youre the only one who has lost friends!
: Not just Silvia and Sirius but everyone else also has had to bear that burden!
: Pierre was a soccer player and, during a match, his entire team was taken by a Harvest Beast
: Sirius! Silvia!
: We have to become stronger and fight on theres no choice but to do it! Go, Apollo!!
: Silvia, Sirius ! Please, gimme a hand!!
: Apollo, dont just hit the Cherubim Soldier! Strike through with all youve got, aiming beyond it and beyond the clouds beyond the very sky!!
: Ill hit it with everything I have! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!
: Now, the Moon is full!!
*The Cherubim starts retreating.*
: Hes running away!
: Then, well run him down! No matter where he goes!!
: They did it!
: We did it! We did it, brother, Apollo!
: Its too soon to celebrate, Silvia!
: That guys still alive!
: It regenerated !
: Tch this monster is a real pain to deal with!
: Bring it! Time to pay him back for screwing around with us!!
Ohohohoho, yessss! Solar Aquarions Infinity Punch is so much fun: its got big power and HUGE range (1-14)!
Pair this with the Element System and Attack Again, and Apollo turns into a sniping, double attacking machine!
Ill show this off in a bit but, for now, we switch to Aquarion Luna to move towards the NE group and, hopefully, take out the big bad Cherubim in a counter.
Back with the NW posse, Jiron is hard at work.
: We've even got things like these showing up because of those warps!
: What the hell is happening to our world?!
With a healthy dosage of Focus, he dodges the counter.
Gainer and Garrod each get attacked by a Cherubim but no kills are made.
Uh oh, here come the Xibalbas.
Alright, that works.
Shame that it couldnt be Rand up front but
Anything helps, I guess.
Aha! Our dodgy friend took the bait and Ill introduce him to Aquarion Lunas new strongest attack!
: Amazing! So this is what combining as the head feels like?
: Yo, stupid princess! This aint the time to get all giddy hurry up and fight!
: I know! You dont need to tell me that!
: Silvia, Aquarion Luna excels at long-range attacks. Make good use of that skill during battle!
: Yes, brother!
: Oi... why does he get special treatment?
First things first, Aquarion has taken a bit of a pummeling so I have Apollo cast Guts to heal that up.
Now, lets have him aim halfway across the map and Double Attack that Cherubim!
: Let us go, my friends!
: W-whats up with him ?! Its like hes a completely different person!
: Are the memories of his past life manifesting themselves ?!
: If so could he really be Apollonius?!
Following that, Rand does his thing and leaves his Xibalba barely alive.
Garrod can handle the rest.
With Strike as a safety net, Elchi takes out the last Cherubim while Lorans squad falls just short of killing another Xibalba.
We still one turn left for the Skill Point, so lets shift our focus onto the full health one.
Heh I had forgotten that these Xibalbas extend all the way from the ground to reach an airborne target.
Jiron does his thing and both mooks are ready to be taken out next turn.
The healthier one does the smart move and attacks Gainer, barely surviving, but the other is wrecked by Loran.
Artillery fire, Elchi!
Done and done.
: I was worried for a moment there but we pulled it off
: You did it, Apollo!
: Whats wrong, Apollo?
: Do not lose your focus, Celianne ! It comes!
: Such Mythological Power ! Has a Fallen Angel entered the battlefield in person?!
: The White Doll is reacting to it, too!
: It's true! The White Doll has recognized it as a Fallen Angel!
*Photon Mat noise.*
: Urk! King Gainer is absorbing my consciousness again ?!
: Whats going on?!
: Too weak Youre far too weak, Wings
: Who is it?!
: It came from that Cherubim Soldier?!
: Since when did you become so weak ? Where did that strong, beautiful man go ?
: That voice Touma?!
*Apollo moves towards Touma*
: Whats that?!
: Whats happening with those two?!
: Aah cold its so c-cold
: W-what ?! My soul feels like it's being drawn into endless darkness !
: Ah Aaah AAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
: Wings Light the light that we seek
: The most powerful light, that betrayed us and destroyed the world
: Awaken, Wings of the Sun. The only man whom Ive ever loved
: And feel the new cycle of destruction and creation thats beginning in a distant world
Sorry but Im gonna have to pull a cliffhanger here!
See you all later!