Part 55: Mission 19 (Galia Route) - National Blizzard - Part 1
Welcome back, folks.
This time, its Roger and Loran who are launching as events; we still have seven deployment slots and, as such, Rag actually gets a chance to enter the front lines:
- Rand, Sara, Bello
- Jiron, Gavane, Joseph
- Kei, Maai, Riea
- Gainer, Kouji, Maria (TFO)
- Rag, Dyke, Miashey
- Gain, Gauli, Adette
On with the plot!
Were in Gainers room and hes playing an Overman Battle match with Cynthia. Theyre both very happy to be able to use the UN to play against each other (the first time since the world got all messed up).
Sadly, her avatar isnt coming in very clearly so he cant see her still, thats little problem if it means they can play regardless of where they are in the world. She thinks Gainer (whom she calls by his Overman Battle title: King) is exaggerating but he swears he isnt.
He says that, since hes travelling, he didnt have a set place to access the game. She asks where he is right now and he says theyre closing in to the Catez Domepolis.
She thinks thats perfect and asks if King would like to go on a date Gainer, of course, stammers at the question...
Elsewhere, Zakki informs Asuham that a new model of Overman has been sent over and its serviced and ready to use.
Kejinan tells Asuham that the OverCoat is also ready to be used and, furthermore, Enge confirms that those three have already been sent to infiltrate Catez. Asuham figures its all in place: the Overman, Overcoat, the helpers and the Moon Race.
Kejinan asks if everythingll be okay as those new helpers looked a little iffy. That may be but they also have HUGE mechs which will help even the playing field (especially against the Blackman, whom the new guys seem to have a beef with) the plan will surely work.
Zakki, inwardly, figures Asuhams trust in them is due to their shared desire for revenge. Either way, this is all to defeat Gain and stop the Exodus (in that order), so Asuhams not about to be choosy regarding whose help he accepts.
Jaboli asks for their orders, promising to risk her life to see it done, and Asuham is thankful for the cooperation of such a pretty Siberian flower such as herself.
Kejinan, silently, calls bullshit on that cooperation bit because Asuham forced them to be his subordinates and is almost wishing to have Yassaba back. Enge wonders if they should wag their tails at Asuham like Jaboli but Kejinan figures, if he does any more wagging, the proverbial tails just going to fall off.
Information Corner Topic: Overcoat
A large garment worn by Overmen: capable of producing various effects, including amplifying existing OverSkills or conferring new ones.
Though thought of as specific to a given Overman, other Overmen may be able to wear a given Overcoat and unlock its hidden OverSkills.
Asuham has noticed them whispering and asks what theyre talking about.
Kejinan reacts quickly and says theyre just eager to help Asuham and Enge realizes that they dont really have any other option. Asuham tells Gain that he wont allow him and his cohorts to become heroes of the Exodus movement hell capture him with this new plan and give him a suitable punishment.
Zakki has to wonder if the vengeful Asuham realizes that they're out of second chances if this operation fails.
Back in Yapans Ceiling, our group starts talking about the events of mission 19 (Pacific), so well skip past that.
Miashey tells our group that, apparently, Roger failed in his promise to help the refugees get integrated into the Domepolis.
Sochie thinks it is shameful how he made all that posturing and failed to deliver but Jiron argues that its not his fault the situation at Catez is just way more complicated than expected. Indeed, from what Burume has heard, the Moon Race arrived in the area and theyre certainly not your common refugees.
It seems the Moon Race is demanding the people hand over Catez to they can use it as the foothold of their advance into Galia theyre pretty much threatening to invade the Domepolis, Loran figures. Jiron figures theres no need to worry as Diana surely wouldnt let things go that far.
Of course, Rag isnt so sure remembering that they were desperate enough to try robbing our Market in the past. Loran thinks its only a matter of time before the entire Diana Counter turns to banditry and he needs to find a way to switch Kihel and Diana back before that happens.
Sochie tells him not to look so troubled, though, because we have Roger and Gwen currently negotiating with the Moon Race to stop an armed confrontation if anything, Rogers determination to see things through is impressive.
Either way, considering we can leave that issue to Roger, Bello figures we should go to Gainers place and try our hand at his game.
Kouji has heard that Gainers room has an UN connection and is interested in trying out one his famous Overman Battles. Gainer stammers that the net's been acting up lately so he cant get a match going.
Of course, Maria sees through his story and asks if he doesnt want them coming to his room. Kouji tells him that no one here, except maybe Sara, has a problem with him living with Adette.
It seems that, despite Gainers best efforts, Sara put two and two together over the past few days but she insists that she doesnt care who Gainer lives with.
Gainer takes this time to quickly say that he has some business today he runs off, asking them to try again tomorrow. Sochie is surprised at his weird attitude and Bello figures hes hiding something.
Kouji deduces, from how flustered he got, that it must have something to do with a girl Maria wonders if hes a date with someone but Sara says thats near impossible. Maybe, maybe not, because Chil remembers seeing Gainer entering Keis room yesterday.
Bello figures Gainer went to get some advice from the legendary womanizer and Kouji wonders if the kids finally going to confess his love.
Saras face starts turning red at the thought but she says that its because its a warm day (theres a blizzard outside, Jiron points out). Either way, a member of the Gauli squad keeping secrets from one another is unacceptable shes going to talk about this with Gauli and correct Gainers attitude!
Location: Siberia Domepolis Catez
Milan's heard Roger and Gwen state the people of Catez's case but he refuses the offer, insisting that they want to use the Domepolis as their base.
That said, the people still want to be paid to allow the Moon Race to use their city and the stuff in it but Milan says the value theyre asking is far too much or is it an Earth costume to extort people?
Roger says this higher price is simply due to them showing up out of the blue and demanding use of the place. Phil is getting annoyed at Rogers attitude while in the presence of Diana and Gwen, silently, asks if Roger shouldnt lay off them a bit.
Rather, Roger says hes deliberately provoking them as a way to discover the other partys true intentions: for instance, during Rogers verbal attacks, Milan and Phil got exalted while the queen remained neutral, and Gwen realizes that this probably means the plan to confiscate Catez must be their own, not Dianas.
Either way, Milan sees no need for further talk and decides to stop the negotiation for now. Rogers fine with it, as his main intent in coming here today was presenting them with the price offered.
Roger hopes for a more pragmatic discussion with them next time but Milan sees little point if hes just going to present the same outrageous offer again. In that case, Roger says the people of Catez do have a backup plan but its not to ask the New Federation for help, as Phil thinks.
Rather, Roger says we have more than enough power to protect ourselves without the help of the army and were willing to fight even if theres no chance of victory.
Furthermore, Roger adds that lawlessness will always yield to the law: even if the Moon Race should win by force and gain a toehold here, the other Earthlings won't stand for it for long - not that Roger believes Diana would wish such a conflict in the first place.
Just then Angel shows up with a list of things the Moon Race would want from the Catez folk and Phil tells her to hand it to Roger.
Roger is quite surprised to see her here and it seems shes been hired as the Moon Races on-site Negotiator. Still, hes surprised that she also came here from Paradigm City.
She does make it a point to say that she didnt follow him over but Roger isnt as conceited to think so in the first place. That said, he asks if she thinks their meeting here is a coincidence.
Her answer is a coy Hmm, I wonder .
We later find Gainer waiting for Cynthia to arrive and, hidden nearby, a bunch of our people are having a laugh at how ridiculous he looks.
Sochie can barely contain her laughter and Maai and Riea need to remind her that theyll be spotted if she doesnt keep it down. Gainer isnt really listening to anything, deep in thought as to what kind of person Cynthia will be: hes never seen her face but, from talking to her, he has a mental image of a beautiful, smart girl thats a bit older than him.
Bello asks about the suit and Kei says he lent it to the kid and the hairdo was also part of his sagely advice.
Mel thinks those dont suit Gainer at all and wonders if Keis sabotaging him.
Not at all, Kei says Gainer requested the suit and a new hairdo in a bit to look more like an adult so thats what he did (Setsuko thinks its cute that hes doing that for his date). Rand is disappointed as he couldve taught the kid how a grown man works his magic but Maai and Riea think, in his case, its less grown man and more like old man no respect.
Either way, Kouji thinks Gainer wouldve been fine if hed kept things simpler but Rand sees no problem: its common for teenagers to want to act all grown up and he can even remember those days.
Maai has a hard time picturing a young Rand but Riea is certain he wouldve been some kind of thug Rand sighs, saying that their jabs are harsh even by his standards. Either way, Maria notices that theres someone else that doesnt seem interested in Gainers older look.
Sara gets indignant at the insinuation and Kouji needs to remind her to keep it down. Shes not willing to stay anymore, though, as peeking on other peoples dates in a bad habit (shes the one that suggested it in the first place, mind).
Shes stopped when Miashey spots a girl approaching Gainer.
: Um are you Cynthia?
: Ah, I knew it. Youre just as I imagined.
: Thats umm
: Whats the matter, Laura?
: Ms. Kihel?! And Laura !
: Its me, Gainer
: L-Loran! Youre dressed as a girl again?! Is this a hobby of yours or something?!
Actually, its something of a mission: Kihel wanted to have a look around Catez, so Loran decided to accompany her as a guide.
Gainer gets that but why the cross-dressing? Well, seeing how the Diana Counter is in the area, Loran figured dressing up like this wouldve made him more inconspicuous.
Kihel asks what hes doing here dressed like that but, upon Gainers hesitation, decides it might be for the best if they dont ask too many questions to each other - not that it matters to Sochie, whos having the laugh of her life from watching the two boys.
Kei figures the kid is way too inexperienced with girls but Rand has feeling that most guys would easily try to hit on Laura (indeed, Toby says he would ). Bello and Kouji, staring intently at Laura, agree and Kei needs to remind them to get their heads on straight.
Rand quips that Mel could learn some femininity from Loran and she angrily says she wont even dignify that with a response. Their attention, however, is shifted as Rand spots some sort of commotion nearby.
The civvies are panicking over having their bikes and cars stolen and T-Bone is quickly to yell that it MUST be the Moon Races doing!
Of course it is, as T-Bone has heard they have mysterious thievery powers and Dav says theyre obviously impoverished after being kicked from America so they decided to start stealing over here!
Lorans Moon Race friend, Keith, tries to ask what the hell theyre talking about but T-Bone quickly tells him to zip it. Geraba is the last of the rabble-rousers cries out at how underhanded by Moon Race is if they, the people, leave things like this, Catez will surely get all sorts of messed up!
The people start buying the story, taking the Moon Race as a group that spreads conflict and chaos that must be kicked out of Catez!
Despite Keiths appeals, everything is going as planned for Geraba and the others and, once the Moon Race and Catez start fighting each other, itll quickly drag Yapans Ceiling and crow-boy into the mess thats when theyll begin their own attack.
Keith stops their whispering as he gets in their face, asking what the hell theyre up to badmouthing the Moon Race like that. Who is he? The Baker!
T-Bone is about to make him pay for making a fuss when Kihel steps in to stop them.
She asks if theyre trying to start a battle between the Moon Race and the Domepolis Dav quickly bends under Dianas commanding aura and confesses, much to Gerabas annoyance. He moves to silence Diana but Laura intervenes, saying he wont allow him to lay a single finger on her.
Another cutie came over!, T-Bone yells and Geraba decides to deal with the women later. What he wants is to beat up the closest man and that happens to be Gainer.
He commands the nancy-boy to die but a strange knife flies over and hits near him!
Thats an eight-bladed shuriken The next one will shred your throat !" a mysterious man says.
Who is it? Gauli, THE NINJA!
Turns out hes been shadowing Gainer but hes willing to reveal himself since the Exodus cant afford to lose him hell use all his techniques to keep him safe. Gainer inwardly realizes that Gaulis REALLY fascinated with Yapanese stuff.
T-Bone isnt impressed as he has a bullet with Gaulis name on it but, as soon as he shoots, Gauli easily parries the shot with his Hanzo Steel. He prepares to follow it up with his Flame Wheel technique and Dav is smart enough to know that they cant take him on.
Geraba calls for retreat as their mission is already complete the rest is up to Asuham.
Loran is relieved that theyve been saved but Keith comes over and recognizes him as having also been driven out of Inglessa (Loran cant explain the clothes to him at the moment, mind). Gainer thanks him for the assist and Gauli says he has a debt to repay Gainer.
Sochie arrives with the others and, thanks to Gauli, everyone seems okay. However, between Gauli, Gainer and Loran, Rand has to ask if theyre having a dress-up party around here.
This works for Mel, who whips out her camera and snaps a few shots for posterity!
Mission 19 (Galia Route) National Blizzard
We cut to the Soreil, right outside Catez, where it seems some of their own stuff has gone missing too. The ships captain tells Phil that these events have been happening across all divisions of their army since yesterday.
Phil is already blaming the Catez folk, figuring theyre not satisfied with just gouging the Moon Race and have decided to steal their things. Things get worse when Poe comes in bringing news that a large posse of Catez dwellers have suddenly started a riot against them.
Milan figures theyll soon try to rush the Soreil and Phil has had enough he orders all troops to launch and attack in self-defense while also ordering Harry to protect the ship.
Roger isnt happy when he sees the DC troops, figuring Phil has decided to pull a preemptive strike.
Dorothy figures this is another failed negotiation but Roger disagrees: his contract was to find a way to avoid a direct confrontation between the Moon Race and the Catez folk, so he hasnt failed just yet.
Norman says the arrangements are complete and, as Roger sets out, he tells Norman and Dorothy to smoke out the rats behind this incident. Poe orders the troops to keep the damage to the Dome to the minimum, since thats where theyll be setting camp next.
Inwardly, Harry asks Diana if shell tolerate these actions maybe shes consenting if, as the queen, she considers this to be advantageous to her people?
The troops halt for a moment when a soldier spots someone in front of the Dome.
Indeed, its Roger and Big O, which immediately intimidates Poe with its massive size.
Roger gets in touch and tells them that negotiations are still ongoing so use of military force is unacceptable - he requests them to retreat quietly. Poe isnt having it, asking how he dares say that after what the Catez people did to them (impudent thief!)!
Rogers laws do not offer leniency to unfair people, though, and hell now pass her sentence. Poe orders all troops to attack and destroy him while Harry orders his troops to protect Diana.
If your intentions are set, then Ill readily oppose! BIG O, ACTION! Roger yells.
Mission Objective: Shoot down Poes WaDom and Harrys Gold SUMO
Mission Failure: Any allied unit shot down, Soreil shot down
Skill Point: Clear the victory conditions within 4 turns.
No enemys in range during the first turn, so Roger moves ahead.
The closest WaD squad comes over and its in our best interest to kill at least ONE during this attack.
This isnt difficult but, to save on energy, Ill have Roger just use Arc Line.
: You disappoint me, Moon Race. As the subjects of Her Majesty, I'd expected you to act with logic and intelligence.
: Although I can be sympathetic to your plight, you unilaterally ended the talks. Due to those unfair actions, you force me to take a stand!
: But it shan't be with negotiations Ill be with my Big O!
You aint getting through here!
Only the mooks move in for now and the Soreil protectors are also staying put.
Loran soon deploys, telling everyone to stop fighting as the riot from Catez people was incited by someone else.
Diana and Harry recognize him but Phil wont believe it if he cannot present the person responsible. Problem is, Loran doesnt know whos exactly behind this action but hes sure its someone whos trying to stop the Exodus.
Roger understands how provoking the Moon Race to attack would help towards that but, unfortunately, the enemys too enraged to be stopped by mere words we must take away their means to attack first. Seeing how its inevitable, Loran also agrees to fight.
Roger's a big fan of black, but he has to admire how well the white of Loran's Gundam suits him. So, why not make it a friendly competition between the two black and white units?
"Kihel" is aboard Loran's mech too and he hopes he can get her to the Soreil. She tells him to concentrate on stopping the fight first.
To make good time on the Skill Point, we need to take out the rest of this squad right now and Roger easily swats another WaD down.
Loran should be able to take care of the rest with his hammer.
: Why wont they listen to our side of the story?!
: Its truly sad but such is the state of the Diana Counter
: Your Majesty
: Kihel should be at her limits, too. I must switch back with her at all costs.
: Understood, my lady Diana !
The rest of our team soon arrives, much to Lorans relief.
Sochie isnt very happy that Loran just took off with her sister and brought her into the White Doll with him, mind. More importantly to Gain, he ask Gainer what happened to this hot date.
Gainer doesnt understand how he knows but Kei confesses that he told Gain about it (despite Gainer asking him to keep a secret). Regardless, Sara isnt about to let him off the hook just because Gauli came over, as him keeping secrets from the rest of the Gauli Squad was his first and biggest infraction.
Kappei yells at everyone to forget about that since the Moon Races right in front of us and Gavane agrees: our priority is to stop them and protect Catez. Gwen does remind everyone NOT to attack the Soreil, as Diana is aboard.
A hidden Asuham was expecting us to deploy and he moves to play a little with us: he sneaks over to the Turn A and attacks it.
Loran is confused as to where the hit came from but, more importantly, he soon notices that the Turn As weapons and shield are gone! Kei asks if they were stolen during that attack just now but Loran isnt sure what happened.
Kouji wonders if it could be the same thief that hit Catez and, when Gain asks, Rand explains that some guy went around stealing cars, bikes and a whole lot of other stuff even people who took their eyes off their things for just one second were robbed.
Gain and Gainer seem to have an idea of what it is but, for now, they need to focus on the enemy in front. Asuham is watching, happily telling Gain to attack the Moon Race in his confusion
Indeed, killing one enemy squad triggers our reinforcements, which is why its important to do so ASAP.
Everyone in the team casts Accel and starts moving over to intercept.
Without his trusty mace, Loran fails to oneshot WaDs when he doesnt crit.
He also gets attacked by a WaDom and takes some damage.
Oh, shit. Weve got a real go-getter over here.
Get wrecked, kid.
Gain and the King Beal are next and Mimsy yells that they, too, were attacked by an invisible enemy and had their ammo stolen.
Maai and Riea want to know what to do as they cant go on fighting if their ammo and missiles are getting stolen. Mimsy and Mome are quite pissed that this guy has the gall to steal in front of Emaanians theyll hunt him down and make him pay for what hes taken!
Kei and Gauli dont know how theyll do that and things arent looking good if we have to deal with the Moon Race and this kind of enemy at the same time. Gain tells everyone to hurry up as, if we dont stop the Moon Race quick-like, things will only get worse.
Yeah, welcome to the gimmick of this stage: at the start of every player phase, Asuham will choose someone at random and take away all their ammo (thankfully, he cant do anything against EN tanks).
This isnt a big problem to our Super Robots but, to our more ammo-reliant real robots, it can leave them in quite a pickle.
Gain can hold his own for now with Brunhildes Arm but I might need to send him inside a ship to resupply.
First things first, were at turn three and were nowhere near getting the Skill Point.
So, Jiron boosts ahead and readies a TRI attack on Poe.
Her two WaD squaddies are dealt with.
Elchi and Kouji start wrecking the WaDom squad that attacked Loran, killing the two WaDs.
Might as well let Rag take it down as its unlikely shell get in range of the named enemies in time.
Dyke is still catching up on levels hes currently at 16 compared to everyone else being around 23-24.
Loran and Roger quickly cut Poe down to size.
Thisll allow Zambot to take the kill and give Kappei some much needed morale.
: You aint putting one finger on the Domepolis!
: Aki, Kouzuki and the others are getting help there!
Halfway there! Poe drops another Strategy Manual.
Once again, Poe is left without excuses for her pitiful performance whilst Phil is fighting for the Moon Race.
Without a choice, she retreats
I reckon this is enough for now.
Expect the next update in a couple of days, whereupon we'll see if we can't put this misunderstanding to rights.
See you all soon!