Part 50: Mission 16 (Galia Route) - Singularity
Mission 16 (Galia Route) Singularity
The bandits are a group of Moon Race and Breakers.
Michael says it seems theyre trying to blend in with the vagrants by hiring them and Gwen is very disappointed that the Moon Race would go that far to avoid a confrontation with the Federation. "Kihel" has to wonder if the attacks here and at Fort Severn are by "Diana's will, or by Milan and Phil's.
Mimsy yells at the Captain to do his job as a bodyguard and intercept but he says hes a large-scale destruction robot and, as such, these enemies are unworthy of being destroyed him by. Gauli is flabbergasted by this but the Captains reasoning is that Mu parts and EN chips are rare, so he cannot waste them on weak enemies.
Mimsy sighs, saying were the only ones to blame for trying to depend on him and, with that, Shaia orders everyone to deploy.
Elchi tells us not to go easy on them, even if the enemys broke well pay back anyone who raids our turf!
Jiron is also eager to teach the Moon Race how they do things in Galia. Loran is less excited but, when Gainer asks, says hes fine as he cannot agree with his kind robbing people like this.
Kappei is right behind him, ready to make them regret doing this and, inwardly, Loran can only hope these raids arent being done on Dianas orders.
Mission Objective: All enemies shot down
Mission Failure: Allied battleship shot down
Skill Point: Defeat all enemies by the end of turn 3
Not a particularly hard Skill Point but you need to play aggressively: the Breakers are all in bulkier Walker Machines and theyre also in Wide Formation; the Moon Race, meanwhile, has a pair of WaDoms that wont move until the second enemy turn, so youll need to send people over.
Use our own Wide Formation and/or TRI attacks to whittle them down quickly everything helps.
Everyone moves ahead but only Gain gets in range to attack.
The newer Trad-11s are surprisingly dodgy (for Walker Machines) Gauli had a 60% chance to hit it.
One of the newer models comes over to attack Kei: Walker Machine Government; Id rather save his TRI shots but Keis ALL attack has plenty of ammo.
: Opening a Market and stockpiling on goods and infos nice and all but I guess it's also catnip to unsavory types.
: Too bad for you, though: this heres the Glomar and the amazing Kei Katsuragi is aboard!
This squad also has a Dagger and Caprico, so we cant afford to be stingy with ALL/TRI attacks.
This next squad isnt as bulky, though, so Ill just have Jiron hit the lead Caprico with a Bazooka shot.
: Were all hired Breakers here so no hard feelings, no matter who wins!
Gainer can afford the EN cost to use his TRI so lets get to it.
: Even if you were hired, you can choose between right and wrong!
: If you still want to mug people, then you'll get no mercy from me!
Truth be told, I hadnt realized they were all in Wide Formation or I wouldnt have set people to TRI.
Loran gets jumped by the last group of Breakers and a batch of surprisingly dodgy WaDs.
: Even if youre going through tough times, Her Majesty would never have accepted this!
: Which is why Ill fight you! As a Market sponsor and a human of both the Moon and Earth!
He tags the Breakers with a TRI attack but, for the WaDs, it was safer to just use the beam rifle.
A second WaD squad gets some cheap damage on Loran but he fails to hit back.
I forgot that Shaia has terrible grades against earth-bound enemies, so she only slightly weakens some Breakers.
No matter. Whats important is to get people closer to the WaDoms, so Gain moves over while handing a TRI attack to some fresh WaDs.
: You came here from Ameria in search of a New World
: We wouldve let you join the Exodus if you had only asked instead of trying to rob us !
All but one lucky WaD survive his volley (72 HP!).
Gauli and Sara profit a level, with him learning Support Defend L2.
Kei and the twins cut down the Government squad down to size; meanwhile, Heizaemon blasts a Caprico into oblivion.
Kappei will also be helpful on the WaDoms and, along the way, he takes one of Lorans weakened mooks.
: You bastards! No one's doing too good but were still doing our best live our lives!
: The great Kappei Jin'll take on anyone who tries to steal stuff!
Following that, Rand takes out the Caprico in the same squad.
Bello learns Trust from a level up, too.
Gainer doesnt need to waste more EN with his TRI attack, when Kouji has a post-movement one ready to go.
: Damn, its really dangerous even this close to Japan!
: Im starting to understand why the new Japanese government called for martial law!
Oddly enough, the leader barely survives while his squaddies get blown away.
More levels and, this time, Kouji and Maria get, respectively, Prevail L4 and L2.
Elchi finishes off Shaias Promeus while leaving the remaining squaddies barely alive; meanwhile, Jiron and Gavane are weakening the last pair of full-HP Walker Machines.
Loran and Miashey finish off a squad and she learns Support Defend L2.
This clever Dagger moves just a bit too close to prevent Elchi from fragging his entire squad.
Ill settle for a single kill, though; Elchis also attacked by a single Trad-11 but she leaves it barely alive.
Jiron trades blows with his previous victims and Gain gets jumped by three batches of WaDs, securing three kills.
Gauli gets another level up and learns Sense.
Here come the WaDoms, with one going straight after Gain.
The other ones too far away, mind.
Elchi and Jiron keep the clean-up going.
Kei, meanwhile, will deal with the weakened WaDom.
No problems here.
And, even better, Maai and Riea both get a level and learn Accelerate!
Gain snipes away at the last WaDom and Gainer goes for the last pair of WaDs sadly, Kouji misses his target (and so does Shaia when I send her after it ).
Thats enough out of you!
Heizaemon clears out the last Breaker.
And here goes the last WaDom.
Sochie also had lines against the Moon Race but I forgot to do stuff with her:
: We were kicked out of Inglessa but we didnt sink as low as thievery!
: I wont lose to such weak-willed people!
The battle is won and Miashey can only sigh at how far the Moon Race has fallen.
Joseph figures, in a way, theyre like us and are just doing what they can to survive but, regardless, Loran cant simply accept them mugging people. Kouji yells at him to snap out of it as theres something else coming!
Its a bunch of Chiram and our people have no idea what theyre doing here (Gainer also points out that their activities are usually restricted to their sphere of influence South Ameria).
Bello wonders if theyre here to attack our Market but Mimsy says that, due to a commercial treaty between both nations, the Chiram are forbidden from starting fights near an Emaanian Market. Shaia has an idea why theyre here, though.
The groups leader, Robert, confirms with Henry that the Emaanian Factory ahead is where the Singularitys located, though Henry notes that they seem to have hired bodyguards. Robert figures thats just like the cowardly Emaanians, thinking they can solve anything with money.
Henry gives all units the order to attack and capture the Singularity. The Chiram soldiers, however, say thatd be a breach in their treaty with the Emaanians but Robert says he can make that issue go away afterwards.
Furthermore, if they dont like that, they should make sure to leave no witnesses while Henry adds a threat that anyone who refuses to do their duty can consider themselves shot in the back as they retreat - with little choice, the Chiram forces charge in.
It seems therell be no reasoning with them and, regrettably, Heizaemon gives the order to fight our fellow humans (even though we dont fully understand the situation). Kappei doesnt really mind, seeing how the Chiram arent really leaving us any other option.
As Gengoroh calls for everyone to intercept, he adds a warning to simply force them to retreat no need to pursue them more than necessary.
Oh, that last kill had bumped Gainer up to 130 morale.
All the Chiram start coming over but none get in attack range.
Henry and Robert stay put.
Papty soon detects another Chiram signal incoming and it turns out its just one unit. Sara figures the pilots cocky but Gainer tells her to wait this units very strong.
When she asks how he knows and he says that any enemy that appears in a situation like this is probably a boss and, also, its design is different. Bello shakes his head at Gainer trying to apply game tropes to reality but Kei figures hes not that far off.
The enemys certainly unique from the others.
The pilots a woman and, apparently, shes been looking for the Singularity.
Henry recognizes her as a member of the Special Forces and figures shes here to steal their glory but Robert tells them to ignore her and focus on seizing the Singularity. The pilot doesnt really care what they think shes here only to carry out her mission.
Now, lets take a look at the bosses weve available:
Nikick Atena Model (Atena Henderson)
- Support attack L2
- Counter L3
Atenas Voice Actress: Masako Katsuki (other known works: Reccoa in Zeta Gundam, Tsunade in Naruto, Michiru Kaioh in Sailor Moon and MANY others)
Her names right there in the units model, damn it (plus, itd be annoying to constantly call her ???); Atenas built pretty much like Kei and the other Chiram characters, in which shes meant to get in your face and wreck everyone with ALL and TRI attacks.
Shed dodgy and accurate enough that you should be careful even with Focus (especially once Predict activates) but, fortunately, shes got piddly defenses (with decent amount of HP, though); tag her with Analyze and your supers will do very nice damage on her.
Ishkick Commander (Robert)
- Prevail L3
- Battle Spirit
- Commander L1
Roberts Voice Actor: Takkou Ishimori (other known works: Doba in Ideon, Sengoku in One Piece, Franklin Bidan in Zeta Gundam and several others)
Robert has slightly worse stats than Atena but hell make up for it once his Prevail kicks in.
On top of the Chiram units natural dodginess, he also comes equipped with a Behavior Restraint System (慣性制御システム) which adds +20 to his units mobility.
You only need to take him down to end the mission, mind, and hes got less HP than Atena cast Analyze and you should be able to take him down without much trouble (especially if you saved SP to cast Strike/Attune).
The Chiram all came in either Center or TRI (in Robert/Henrys case) Formation, so we can let loose with whatever ALL or TRI attacks weve been saving.
Just keep in mind that they can be decently accurate/dodgy, so keep something like Focus going whenever possible.
Despite her name still being hidden: What?! His fighting styles like 2nd LT. Atena of the Special Forces !.
Zambot suffers a hefty accuracy penalty against the S-sized Chiram units, so Uchuutas Strike is a must; following that, Gain moves ahead and TRI attacks another batch.
Heres a good thing, though: Chiram soldiers arent skilled enough to avoid getting doubled by Gainer.
Heh I had forgotten about those silly helmets.
Rand swaps to Wide Formation and, despite some slightly unfavorable numbers, his squad nails all of Keis weakened Ishkicks.
Not about to be outdone, Miashey strikes a 37% hit and finishes off an Ishfon.
Gain gets jumped three of Ishfon squads.
No kills are made, though.
Heizaemon and Rand, meanwhile, are attacked by a pair of weak groups and take out the leaders.
Here comes Atena and shes quite skilled enough that Kei cant even double attack her.
: (Ive found you, Singularity !)
: That dogfighting technique ! Im sure Ive seen it somewhere
: Who is that? Someone I know ?
Alright, Ill take it.
Theres a weakened batch of Ishfons right there, so Heizaemon will deal with that.
There go all three of them.
Keis still doing his thing against Atena.
Shaia has lines against the Chiram, so we might as well have her do something.
: I never expected the Chiram to violate the treaty and attack Theyre really gunning for Kei, huh?
: But we wont hand him over! This is for Emaans future!
Fine, Ill deal with that later. Elchi takes down another pair of Ishkicks while Jiron leaves a full squad barely hanging.
Time to take out Atena and, before I send Kappei in, I have Loran weaken her just in case.
Here we go.
Atena drops a Booster and, having cast Gain with Keiko, Kappei levels up and learns Prevail L4.
Atenas surprised at being driven into a corner and, right then, a message comes in from her superior to return to base.
He tells her not to underestimate this foe nor his allies and says theyll need to make some better preparations for this. She complies and retreats, leaving Gain to figure Gainer was right in saying she was a stronger enemy than the others.
Bello thinks Gainers gaming insight was actually helpful but, really, Gainer isnt very happy to be praised when he says it like that. Kei, meanwhile, is trying to remember where he saw Atenas moves before
Rand takes out another weakened Ishfron while I try and fail to have Kouji and Maria attack Henrys squaddies.
No matter. Hes plenty weakened and Gains got a clear shot.
Our group turns out stronger than the reports suggested and Robert tells Henry to leave the rest to him.
Gains attacked by a bunch of weak squads and takes a total of five skills, while Gainer has to weaken the two full-HP groups.
Robert comes closer and goes after Gain, too.
Ill take it.
Well deal with Robert on this turn but, before that, lets clean the rest up.
I think I was gonna have Rand attack Robert but, for whatever reason, I forgot to do so.
Kouji takes out the last Ishkick squad.
And Elchi will Goomba-stomp the last Ishfon.
Time for Kei to have words with his would-be kidnapper.
: There you are, Singularity! Ill be taking you to Chiram!
: What are you on about, gramps?
: Only the prettiest girl in the world can have a monopoly over yours truly! So, good luck with that!
Seems like I underestimated Roberts Prevail a bit
Fine, then. Loran cuts him in half and were done (we also steal his Behavior Restraint System)!
As for Rand/Setsuko, they also had lines against Robert.
-Rand Vs. Robert-
: This is the one Henry spoke of? Its faint but Im certainly getting a response!
: These Chiram are mistaking me for a Singu-whatever again?!
: Huh? Whats that?
: No idea! But what I do know is that theyre coming after me!
: Does this mean ?
: Yup! Time for some no-holds-barred dismantling!
-Setsuko/Toby Vs Robert-
: These are the people Henry spoke of? Its faint but Im certainly getting a response!
: Is he talking about us, Setsuko?
: Y-yes! I dont really understand why but those Chiram attacked even back at the point of commerce!
: Theyre all self-centered pricks, both Asakim and these guys! Lets go, Setsuko!
: Roger! We cant afford to die before completing the Virgola!
Robert is quick to sound the retreat to reorganize their attack, as Kappei taunts them.
Kouji laughs at his childish antics but Maria thinks hes entitled to it with our newest victory. still, Kouji wonders why the Chiram attacked us today.
Heizaemon figures they must be after something or other and, inwardly, Kei and Rand figure its the same deal as in the point of commerce. Maai and Riea quickly spot Captain doing something and hes calling us over: it seems hes managed to capture one of the fleeing Moon Race attackers!
Gain and Loran figure this isnt necessary since were, technically, not at war with them so theyre about to cut him loose (despite the trouble Captain went through to capture him ) when Kihel stops them. She tells Gwen that, if we can talk to the soldier, we may be able to get information like the Moon Races current movements.
He agrees to interrogate the soldier and, inwardly, Kihel thinks that, while not much, finding out the Soreils movements will help her.
Aboard the Chiram ship, Robert is being told by Atenas commander that his platoon has been placed under direct control of the Special Forces and the capture of the Singularity has been marked as the top priority for all Chiram troops.
For that reason, the special forces have been mobilized and, inwardly, Henry fumes that, though they were the one who found the Singularities, these guys came over to take all the credit. Regardless, the commander tells Robert that the very survival of the Chiram hangs in the balance and hopes for his cooperation.
Robert, of course, agrees to do as told and places himself and his men under the special forces command. Henry tries to protest but Robert remembers him that, as soldiers, they cannot question their given orders (though, inwardly, he thinks his support will only be superficial).
Regardless, the commander appreciates Roberts service thus far so hell be still leave front-line command in his hands. After thanking him and promising to live up to those expectations, Robert and Henry leave.
The commander didnt expect Robert to take those orders so nicely and Atena wonders if everythings fine, then.
He says it doesnt matter as men like Robert and Henry wouldnt be able to take capture the Singularity on their own. The commander knows this fact very well and Atena seems aware of some connection between her commander and the Singularity.
He stops her there and adds that, regardless of who the Singularity is, its his mission to capture him his personal feelings have no bearing in this. Furthermore, the commanders also curious about the faint Singularity readings theyve been getting from some of the people around Kei.
For now, he commands Atena to merely observe our group and she complies, addressing him as Major General Olson. For us to meet like this after the world was broken It must be fate, Kei Olson thinks.
Captain presents the captured Diana Counter soldier to us, who declares he wont say anything else aside from the usual name, rank and serial number business.
When Rag asks, Kei says its the usual P.O.W. attitude and, as an enemy combatant, the soldier demands to be treated in accordance to the international conventions. Maai and Riea dont like his attitude, especially considering they were the ones who attacked our Market in the first place.
Another thing that Jiron points out: were not really soldiers, so were not bound by those conventions. Chil, meanwhile, is curious as to what Gaulis plans on doing by heating his knife in fire and bringing out a bunch of jagged stones.
Gaulis in the process of telling the child to go elsewhere when Loran and Kihel stop him, unwilling to accept this soldier being treated like that. The Moon Race soldier freaks out when he sees Diana over here but Sochie says her sister only LOOKS like the queen.
Kihel asks why he got so scared when he thought she was the queen maybe because he was acting against her will? Indeed, their actions have been under Phils orders and they did what they had to in order to survive.
Of course, Sochie calls him out in his bullshit, saying stealing food and other stuff isnt justified like that. Maai wants to teach him a lesson but Kihel stops both girls, at least sympathizing with their situation.
Gwen is quite impressed with Kihel, having been able to inspire such regret in the soldier but she says she should be apologizing for intruding like this. Still, hes thankful for her help as he also didnt want to rely on violent methods (and Loran echoes the sentiment).
Either way, the current situation of the Moon Race shows to Gwen and Gauli that their problems arent limited to just poverty Diana is also losing influence over the troops.
Theres also the possibility of the entire Moon Race army turning to thievery given their state and Diana knows she needs to switch with Kihel before that happens. Either way, Jiron cuts the soldier loose and, when hes confused, Rag says he gave us some good info so we dont need to keep him anymore.
The soldier doesnt really get why theyre releasing a P.O.W. so easily but, as Jiron reminds him, were not the military so were not at war with the Moon Race. With that, Jiron tells him to get going before Gauli decides to have words with him.
He does so, thanking our group for our mercy, while also realizing his mistake in assuming this was a land of savages.
Mome says the soldier didnt seem to be a bad person but Kei says thats just how soldiers are: even if they are good people, theyll follow orders without any questions.
Captain doesnt really understand what hes saying, as soldiers SHOULD follow orders thats how the army keeps things running smoothly. Sadly, were still not military so Mel says we dont really have any of that business and, in Keis case, hes long since left that life.
Captain realizes weve been fighting with chaotic tactics and figures hell be the one to correct us. Rands a bit surprised that Captain still wants to come with us but Mome raises the valid point that it was him who captured the Diana Counter soldier for us.
So, she asks Kei to hire him as a favor for her but Keis still hesitating. Captain gives up, then, thanking Mome for her kindness and getting ready to leave old soldiers never die, they just fade away.
As Mome starts tearing up, Rand pulls Kei aside and tells him to just hire the robot as hes starting to feel really weak after all this guilt-tripping. Kei agrees to do it, if only to preserve Rands THE HEAT-ness.
Mel offers to thank him in her Darlings stead but Kei tells her to try again in around four years. Momes really glad that the Captain can come with us but Kei says hell need to convince Shaia and Mimsy somehow either way, Captain will be assigned to work aboard the Glomar.
Shaia reports in to Löwen about the battle and asks if the Feds have any information regarding the Chirams actions.
He says all they got was a notice that Chiram forces were moving towards Galia a few days ago and, only now, hes seen that we were the target. Still, Löwen wonders why they would go so far as to violate their treaty with the Emaan like that.
Shaias about to tell him when Mimsy, quietly, shushes her, saying that if he finds out about the actual meaning behind a Singularity, hell tell the Federation. Shaia acknowledges this, remembering how important Kei is for Emaans future.
Löwen asks if theres a problem but Shaia, hesitantly, denies it and, to get her off the hook, Mimsy asks if hed like to visit them in Galia shed like to have nice, relaxing talk with him. Löwen immediately starts stuttering an incoherent answer and Mimsy, inwardly, notes that hes already lost his train-of-thought due to that gynophobia.
Either way, Löwen remembers another piece of big news that he wanted to give us: theyve located the Yapans Ceiling.
Before we end this, theres another Bazaar-item secret we can pursue if youve chosen Rand as the main character:
Gainers impressed at the Market despite the craziness with the Chiram, people are still coming and going to make business.
Goove tells him this is natural as the Emaan live for the trade. Sley tells him the found a lot of items from different worlds, so Gainer might even find some rare stuff around here.
Gainer decides to buy something, then, and Goove suggests Sley help him buy something for Sara. When he asks why, Goove says that, just like Sley, the kids also trying to get the attention of a girl.
Goove wishes them both good luck and leaves, with Sley seething at his insinuation. Gainer slowly asks if the girl Sleys after is Mimsy and he says shes his fiancée so, his is not an unrequited love like Gainers!
Before things get any more hostile, Sley goes looking for a present for Sara, leaving Gainer to ponder how Sley really is touchy when it comes to this subject Gainer does understand how Keis appearance can dangerous to his plans, though. Hell, Gainer also needs to keep an eye out lest Kei also decide to hit on Sara.
Either way, this isnt the time or place to worry about other peoples personal issues.
- Rands Secret #3 1st Point: Purchase ray=out First Issue
Furthermore, the Bazaars finally selling better Walker Machines so, if you want to use Burume, Dyke or Chil as squaddies, you can grab that Dagger and Caprico to ditch those Trads forever.
Back in the Iron Gear, Bello notices Gainer carrying a Gekkostates magazine around.
He wonders if Gainers planning on becoming a Lifter but, actually, he brought it to try and get some fashion tips. Of course, he wont admit that hes doing it for Sara but, regardless, Bello thinks Gainers already doing nicely.
At first, Bello thought he was just a shut-in but now hes a real stand-up guy going on an Exodus.
As annoying as it is for him to admit it to his rival, both Gainer and Sara have increased in Bellos estimation since their school days. However, he hasnt given up on winning Sara over and, by his count, theyre still tied in this battle.
None of them intend to lose and their battle will continue as they prepare to meet up with Yapans Ceiling.
Goove comes in, admiring the vigor of youth. However, he also notes that they seem to forget that theres always a chance theyll both be laying defeated at the end of this battle and, indeed, that thought seemed to have slipped the boys.