Part 49: Mission 16 (Galia Route) - PrologueAlright, we finally get to play around with Squads again and the game has given us 7 slots to fill up; thankfully, weve just enough leader-material pilots to make use of all of them:
- Rand, Rag, Bello
- Kei, Maai, Riea
- Loran, Sochie, Miashey
- Gainer, Kouji, Maria
- Jiron, Gavane, Joseph
- Gain, Sara, Gauli
FYI: There IS a Minovsky Craft (ミノフスキークラフト) available to be equipped on a unit but I only realized it after I went through the mission; Id suggest giving it to Loran as, even if he cant fly with Sochie and Miashey in the squad, itll give him better ratings against Aerial Enemies (and he REALLY needs those).
Now, lets get going:
Location: Siberia Glomar, Bridge
We find Shaia proposing that we open up a Market as we have plenty of food and raw materials but low Blue Stones and Ammo.
Elchi agrees, adding that if we offer to trade with what we have, we can easily replenish our stocks. Heizaemon understands but hes not much of a tradesman, so hell leave it to the two of them.
Elchis already excited, promising well be rolling in money real soon and Shaia sets off to make a list of what theyll be selling. As they leave, Gwen confesses to be surprised with Heizaemon, having expected the battle with the aliens to be his only concern.
That still is his highest priority but Heizaemon understands that, as humans, they need to stay alive before doing anything else. Furthermore, theres plenty of reason for us to open this Market over here.
Heizaemon has heard that several people flocked to Siberia as it is, so to speak, outside of the Federations jurisdiction people like the Moon Race, people oppressed by the Federation and people who lost their homes to the ravages of war. In other words, Gwen figures, this is a land of freedom but its also a harsh land for humans to live in.
There are also those who prey on the weakened people and, as Gwen knows, the flow of goods in the area is severely regulated to guarantee the profits of the Siberian Railroad. Heizaemon doesnt think he cant help all those people but he wants to help his fellow men in whatever way possible - Gwen can certainly agree with those wishes.
Between Amerian fruits, antique dresses and whatnot, Elchis group stocked up on a lot stuff as they ran out of Inglessa and they can sell a good bunch of it. Shaia figures thisll be a very impressive Market.
Heizaemon doesnt mind their spirit as, to the girls, doing business is just the same as fighting and figures that strong spirit of them to be quite reliable.
Gwen agrees and can only hope that hell learn from their vitality.
The Jin women are hard at work manning the shop, calling all clients to stock up on food today.
Kouji and Maria are rightfully impressed at how quickly theyre selling everything. Gengoroh proudly says that, as the wife of the president of the fishermans union, Hanae has a lot of spirit.
One thing has Loran a bit concerned, though: Kihel is helping with the fruit sales. She is a bit nervous but seems to be attracting clients with her voice, impressing Umee.
Still, she volunteered for this, so Hanae asks her to continue doing her best.
A young girl approaches, Meeya, and wants to buy an orange.
Diana says the price is 3G but Meeya doesnt really have much to be able to afford that, so she offers to sell it for only 1G. Meeya is very grateful and wants to sing something as a way to thank her but her manager, Ruble, says this isnt the place for that.
Meeya complains that its been so long since shes been happy like this but Ruble reminds that theyll be headed to the BIG stage after this, so she needs to save her voice. Dianas surprised that shes a singer and Meeya apologizes for not being able to repay her kindness.
Still, she tells Meeya not to worry and hopes to hear her song sometime she properly introduces herself and leaves.
Sochies very impressed at how her sisters so independent and, at her example, Sara and Miashey decide to help out as well. They ask if Sochie will come along but she passes, wanting to go around the Market with Loran.
Gavane jumps in, however, offering that he be the one to escort her shes a bit surprised at his offer but happily takes it (he does apologize to Loran for taking his job as her knight). As they leave, Sara and Miashey ask if hes okay with that and, when he asks, they say that its obvious that Gavanes going after Sochie!
He doesnt seem very concerned but Sara says she overheard them talking about the future and whatnot. Gainer asks if she means, like, marriage but Sara doesnt think itd be too bad as, despite Gavane appearing to be a bit rude, he can be surprisingly gentlemanly.
Gainer wonders if theyre not taking things too quickly theyre not even the same age. Miashey doesnt think thatd be a problem and confesses to be rooting for Gavane.
Loran, meanwhile, is thinking about Sochie marrying the guy
Elsewhere, we find Kei and Mimsy who have been assigned the job of hauling around the goods that are being sold.
The bigger items are being transported by Jiron, with his Walker Machine, but the smaller things are up to them. Mome is also helping and so is Kappei, impressed at the large amount of people who came over.
Mimsy says is thanks to the fact that the crowds have come from far and wide for this rare market opportunity - ample testament to how firmly Siberian Rail is throttling the common man in these parts, Keiko figures. Mimsy says the Siberian Rail has a lot of opposition to their methods, though.
Kappei remembers all that Exodus business and hes rooting for them but Mimsy adds that its not just that: recently, Vodarac people have been coming into Siberia.
Information Corner Topic: Vodarac
Religious organization preaching coexistence with the Scub Coral.
Terrorist acts by a radical minority resulted in the United Federation of Predgio Towers labeling them a terrorist organization, and the common peoples perception is not far off: those known to be believers are instantly held in a negative light.
Their holy land of Ciudade Del Cielo was once sung as a beautiful city in the sky; the United Federations Special Operations Force massacre changed that, and after being razed to its very stones, it survives only as a ruin.
After she explains who they are to Kei and Kappei, Uchuuta adds that the Moon Races arrival in this continent means it wont be long before they bump heads with the Siberian Rail.
Mimsy says the Siberian Rail may not be their only problem, as theres currently another group of outlaws rummaging through the region. Theyre called Blackmen and theyre using the Siberian Rails own tracks to send their train wherever they please.
Kei wonders if its that man hes heard has been driving hard bargains across several Markets but, no, thats the BlackMAN and Mimsy can only pray that he wont show up today; any problems inside the Market are the responsibility of the sponsors.
Kappei figures thats why we have Gain and the others around so it should be fine. However, Keiko hears something happening nearby.
As Mimsy thinks she jinxed us by talking about problems happening, Kei and the others go after whatever it is.
The cause of the disturbance would be a robot called Captain, with Gauli trying to tell him that we have enough bodyguards but Captain insists that a powerless group like ours cant protect the place.
If they hire him, though, hell keep the Market safe from whatever enemy comes over. Gain asks what it is and Jabby says it looks like another Mu Robot Mel is quite surprised that such a tough-looking guy was made in the same place as Mome.
The difference, Jabby says, is that Mome is a medical robot while Captain is combat-oriented and Rand is quite interested: hed like to do just a little dismantling to see what makes it tick but Gain stops him, lest THAT name become even more well-known.
Hey, hey I always fix what I break! I I just might mess it up every now and then. *HEAT SMILE*, Rand protests and Jabby is starting to see why he has that name.
: Darling dont tell me you actually wanted to dismantle Mome!
: Nah, I didnt need to. Lil Mome didnt have any problems getting her maintenance from me.
: But thats--! You were poking all over Momes body?!
: Youre awful, Darling! Pervert! Freak! I hate you!
: N-now, hold on! Shes a robot!
: I am a Mu Combat Robot, Captain Class. And I can say with confidence that I am superior to everyone present.
: I am, at the very least, superior to this grandstanding strongman
: And to this dragon-like monster
: B-but monsters are horrible things!
: And to your peashooter
: My rifle?!
: And Im far more helpful than this tag-along girl!
: Well ! How rude!
: Now, now, Mel. This robot sure would be more useful than you.
: Ah, I figured you'd understand! I can tell we're the same weve the scent of someone who lives to destroy!
: Why, you little ! Imma tear you into scrap!
Either way, Gain stops Rand before things get out of hand and he and Gauli agree to, at least, test his anti-personnel skills to see if hes as good as he says.
Captain, however, refuses to do so since, being a proud Mu robot, he isnt interested in battling worthless foes. The conversation is interrupted when Mome and Kei arrive, and both Mu robots recognize each other as such.
Both robots seem glad to see each other and, in that case, Gain dumps the job of hiring Captain onto Kei, as his personal bodyguard. Mel figures that works as Mome will also be happy!
Of course, Kei has no idea whats happening but, before explanations can be made, an attack strikes nearby bandits, Bello yells. Gain and the others get ready to intercept and Kei figures those guys really picked the wrong market to rob.
This mission isn't nearly a big as the last one, so I'll post the whole battle in a couple of days.
See you all then!