Part 56: Mission 19 (Galia Route) - National Blizzard - Part 2
A quick hit from Kei clears the last WaDom of his squaddies.
While thats going on, Rand inches forward and repairs the damage Loran took.
Gain, Glomar and King Beal clean up that WaD group that went for our ships.
Now, I never showed this before but, if youve a ship standing next to a squad, you can select the Recovery option to pull that squad into the ship youve just moved.
Ill be doing this with Koujis group to have a backup in case I need one more attack to down Harry (mind, while a unit stays inside a ship, it loses 5 morale per turn but has its HP, EN and Ammo restored).
Here comes another group of WaDs, this one going after Loran.
Her majesty doesnt wish for war!
Gain and Kei get attacked, with Gain scoring an easy kill against a weakened WaD.
Some soldiers of Dianas Royal Guards have deployed with Harry and theyre using the new Silver SUMOs.
Even regular mooks have special lines: This thing isnt just big?!
Here comes Harry, making a beeline for Loran.
: White Doll! Is it you piloting it, Loran?!
: Please stop attacking, Lt. Harry! Her Majesty is
: Dont, Loran ! Kihel could be placed in danger if we act imprudently!
: Y-yes !
: (Ive no choice but to fight Lt. Harry if I'm to protect Lady Diana ! But, can I actually pull it off ?!)
Might as well take this chance to show off Harrys TRI attack (and an example of mook hive-mind) .
Also, Harry taking a weak hit from the Turn A: It seems I overestimated the White Dolls capabilities
Asuham keeps attacking ammo-dependent people and, this time, its Rags turn.
Either way, we need to deal with Harry right now if were going to get that Skill Point.
Thankfully, he moved right in range of Rogers Chrom Buster and King Beals Ion Cannon (everyone needs Strike to hit him reliably, of course).
Work your magic, Kei.
Lets take some extra cash and experience before we wrap this up: Kappei takes out the last WaDom, while Rag and her team get working on a group of WaDs.
Might as well give Elchi something to do.
And it pays off! She learns Prevail L4 and Support Attack L2!
Gain quickly punches the last WaD into oblivion.
Alright, lets take Harry down.
Jiron versus (I think) good-looking men: Looks dont decide fights! Here I goooo!
Harry drops an excellent Megabooster (like a Booster but gives +2 to movement), while Jiron and Joseph, respectively, learn Prevail L6 an L4.
Harry wonders if his defeat was caused by his doubts.
However, he inwardly thinks that maybe hell see whether this Diana is the real deal or not if they get their backs against the wall. With her safety in mind, he retreats.
With both the advance troops and the royal guard destroyed, Phil angrily orders an attack on the Dome itself - "Diana" has had enough, though, and orders him to stop.
She addresses every living person in the battlefield, asking them to lay down their weapons and listen to what she has to say: she introduces herself and says she doesn't want this battle.
The Catez people are also watching, this being their first time seeing the Queen of the Moon (and commander of the Diana Counter) in person.
She says that Earth was once a ruined planet, where no man could live: this frozen land of Siberia also bears the scars of that era the Black History., she says.
However, it seems that the people of Earth have forgotten about that why would that be? Because its the sad nature of humans to want to forget painful experiences but they, the Moon Race, have been living on the moon, waiting for the world to recover.
The world did regenerate and, although it was mixed with other ones, she knows humanity will prosper. Thus, the Moon Race has returned home and they wish to work together with the earthlings to prevent the mistakes of the past from being repeated.
The Catez folk are surprised to hear the Queen speaking of peaceful coexistence with Earthlings and Fran knows a scoop when she sees one.
Even the real Diana has to admit to Loran that Kihel is saying it better than she could he, too, is very impressed with her. Kihel continues, saying the people were able to gain the power to recover only by sealing their legends and the Black History away as it wouldve been impossible for them to recover if they only had those terrible memories.
Thus, their interpretation of the Black History period was, in some cases, changed and, in other cases, completely overwritten. Roger sees a parallel with Paradigm City and wonders if their memory loss also served a purpose of concealing some kind of dreadful past event.
At the end of the day, were all humans theres no difference between the Earthlings and the Moon Race. Aki and Michi are also listening, understanding that she means that we CAN co-exist.
Kihel says that she came to Siberia in hopes of building a nation for the Moon Race while also living in harmony with those that already lived here. That being said, her group is willing to be leave Catez but she asks them to understand that they are the humans own kin who seek to come home.
Gwen and everyone else are impressed by her will and Loran wants to get to the Soreil before it leaves but Diana says she can entrust the Moon Race to Kihel for a while longer. In the meantime, shell continue to observe the Earthlings of this land with her own eyes.
Kihel orders all troops called back and, while Phil protests that itll embolden the Federation, she wont take no for an answer.
Diana has new fans in the form of Dav and T-Bone but Beck isnt as happy: thanks to her, their plans are completely ruined!
They have bigger problems, though, as Dorothy and Norman have just found them and the butler is very eager to hear the details of said plan. Beck and company try to make a run for it but Norman is packing a machine gun and starts shooting.
Our people notice the gunshots and so does Asuham, who rushes over to stop Norman. Thats the chance we need and Gain tells everyone to shoot where he indicates.
The attack strikes Asuham, destroying his camouflaging overcoat and revealing him.
Gain points out that him covering his mooks was his undoing and, as they expected, the thiefs invisibility was an OverSkill and Asuham is pretty pissed that he cant use it anymore Keis still impressed that Overmen can do such things. Gains rather disappointed that Asuhams fallen so that hed resort to stealing in order to take advantage of the ensuing battle.
Asuham yells at him to shut up as hes more than willing to take him out personally when his plan has failed.
He calls for the usual backup and Jiron isnt about to forgive Hola for trying to use the Moon Race like that Hola insists that this is a little something called STRATEGY!
Roger, however, knows that it was their fault that his negotiation fell through so hell now lay proper punishment upon them. Asuham says that wont happen, though, because theyve hired suitable opponents for him.
Thatd be Beck, Dav and T-Bone and Norman apologizes for being unable to catch them.
Roger figures thats fine as it allows him to pummel them personally and his fancy way to speaking is ever so annoying to Beck. each of them has their own Victory Deluxe which Beck was finally able to mass-produce.
Roger figures Beck probably fled Paradigm City to escape the police and Becks knee-jerk reaction seems to confirm that. However, he insists that TODAY is the end of the road for Roger and prepares to pay him back for all the trouble he gave him before.
Beck asks Asuham to let him deal with crow-boy and he does but tells him to make sure to take him out for good.
Come, you hoodlums. As per Galias law, today I will outright face you via brute strength, Roger says.
As for Gain, he doesnt have time for this reunion with Asuham, so hell have to make him leave. Good news is that Kona has finished setting up the Turn As spare equipment, so she calls Loran over and quickly returns his stuff.
Gengoroh tells everyone to focus on downing the enemy leaders so we can wrap this up quickly. Mel understands and cheers her darling to take out the thief and gold hoodlums Asuham isnt amused at being called a thief by a little girl.
Gain says shes only calling it as she sees it. Asuham has had enough of Gain and promises to settle everything with him right now.
Dav and T-Bone dont really warrant a closer look (theyre worse pilots than Beck on all accounts and only know Prevail L3 and Support Attack L2) but lets take a quick look at our new Overman enemy:
Jinba (Asuham Boone)
Asuham has done a wee bit of leveling up since our last encounter (his Prevail is now L4) but, overall, hes the same. The Jinba, however, is quite a bit different than his Golem: compared to the old Overman, this one has higher HP and mobility but lower defense, accuracy and attack power (its TRI attack is stronger, though, but Asuhams flying solo).
Two things you need to worry about here: the first one is that hes equipped with an A-Adaptor which gives all his terrains A rating (this is what Roger wants to fix his terrain issues); more importantly, the other problem is his OverSkill which, when over 130 morale, gives him permanent 100% hit rate.
Not nice, especially considering that hell likely use it against Gain so watch it (not that him being shot down would matter, what with Rogers Negotiator skill but ).
Gainer needs to boost his morale, so I send him right to the frontlines and after Geraba.
Gerabas easily double attacked by Gainer while Kouji and Maria, in Wide Formation, deal some decent damage to his squaddies.
Gainer gets attacked by a bunch of things but he dodges every single attack before dealing some decent damage in return.
During all that, Maria gets a level and learns ESP L4.
Hola isnt wasting time today.
: Cut it out, Hola! Go and find some real work instead of staying on that sinking ship!
: Shut it! You, a gold digger, dares lecture me?!
: I didnt fall in love with Elchi because shes a captain! I did with the woman, Elchi Cargo!
: Aw! Youre embarrassing me, Jiron!
: Uuuurgh! QUIT SHOWING OFF!!
Everyone else goes after Gainer and so does Asuham: evasion decay has skewed the numbers a bit but I think itll be fine.
: Pilot of the silver Overman! I might forget that I saw you if you surrender that unit nice and easy!
: King Gainer is mine and I'm not about to hand it over to anyone else!
: Besides, your Overman's already a perfect fit for your dirty tricks!
Destroying Holas mooks would be annoying, so I just send Zambot in to cut him down to size.
With that, the way is clear for Roger.
Rogers line against Breakers (or just Hola/Geraba?): Although you were hooked by the reward, you really shouldve been more selective of your employer.
Hola drops a High-Spec Radar and Roger gains a level, learning Spirit.
Hola asks why he cant win against Jiron especially when hes already so much more good looking.
Jiron's got the real answer: Elchi hates droopy-eyed guys like him. Hola yells that hes lying just as his mech explodes and Sochie figures Jirons words were the final straw for him.
Gavane notes that Hola did manage to eject but figures his pride is what took the most damage.
He had hoped that siding with the Saint Reagan would improve his situation but things are the same as ever and hes certainly not willing to put his life on the line for this.
Geraba and company have already taken some damage, so lets have Jiron join in on the attack.
: Geraba! Your biggest issue is that youre a terrible judge of character!
: Zip it! I took a gamble with my bro! Weve hit a rough patch but well still make it big!
: Whaaaa? So you knew that Holas plan was going down the drain and still stuck with him?
: Time to pay the piper, then! You better not get mad when you lose!
Jiron takes a small hit but its alright.
Give him what for, Rand.
: Come on, The Crusher!
: Wha-?! HEY! Get angry like you always do!
: Sorry but you're just so sad that I cant even bring myself to do it.
: Y-youre actually a good guy...sort of
: Aw, shucks. Relax, Ill just give you a teensy, tiny dismantling today.
: After all that, that's what you do?! You ARE The Crusher!!
: You said it twice!! Even God gets pissed if you hit him twice! Grit your teeth!!
: Darling destroying proverbs is never okay
Going in with Wide Formation allows Bello and Sara to take out his squaddies, too.
FYI: the proverb Rand's playing on is 仏の顔も三度まで, which, essentially, means "even a saint will get angry if insulted multiple times(lit. Even Buddha may be upset if his face is hit thrice)" - Rand's change comes from replacing 三度, thrice, with 二度, twice.
Bello takes a level and learns Invincible.
As his unit blows up, Geraba yells that, if things are gonna go like this, it wouldve been better if they had stayed in Zora.
Keiko notes that he was crying while running off and Uchuuta can only feel bad for the guy especially once those tears start to freeze up.
Gainer TRI attacks a squad of regular Under Golems (activating his OverSkill from the kill) while Loran takes a shot at Dav.
Also, I totally forgot that he had lines after Kihels speech:
: (Mistress Kihel was magnificent as her majestys substitute !)
: (Then, my mission is to protect the real Queen Diana! I must succeed!)
Just need to weaken him a wee bit more.
And Shaia takes him down.
Dav isnt to up being shot down here and freezing to death, so he quickly ejects.
Gainer gets jumped by Asuham and sniped from afar by Jaboli and Kejinan.
Meanwhile, Elchi is attacked by T-Bone, Zakki and a Saint Reagan Under Golem, having no choice but to tank the Overmens attacks.
Zakki is using Asuhams Golem so hes a bit more resilient; still, the size difference between it and the King Beal means nice damage is done to his entire squad.
Lets see how Gain does with some help from the Iron Gear.
Adettes Wide Formation attack takes down one of Zakkis squadmates , so she levels up and learns Support Defense L2.
I could focus on the bosses but Overmen enemies give a nice amount of cash, so I want to shoot those down.
Kei takes a couple while Elchi downs Zakkis surviving squaddie.
Do it, Rag!
Everyone takes a level but Dyke learns both Support Defense L2 and Iron Wall.
Zakki complains that everything wouldve been fine if they had destroyed the exodizers before Gain came back this awful turn of events is all because of Asuham vendetta!
A quick jab from Rand and T-Bone is also downed.
Hes also not willing to die while hes enjoying his hard-earned freedom, so he ejects.
Becks coming after Roger but we can have Zambot and Loran intercept.
Time for Roger to teach you a lesson.
You don't have what it takes to be a professional criminal! You should just go back to jail!
Beck also drops a Hybrid Armor.
Beck is very annoyed that hes been defeated twice and Roger just makes it worse: It seems you missed one, Beck. If you consider the first time I got you arrested, this would be your third defeat.
Beck tells him to shut up as those annoying coppers arent here to bug him anymore hell make a comeback for sure and, when he does, the first thing hell do is come after Roger.
As he leaves, Roger quips that it wouldve been safer if Beck did his speech AFTER escaping. Still, petty parting threats are the mark of a hoodlum, thus Roger will respect it this time.
Next in line is Jaboli who falls easily against the combined powers of Jiron and Gainer.
Kouji takes a level, getting Prevail L5.
She has little excuse to offer but, as she retreats, promises to pray for Asuhams victory.
Kejinan takes my bait and attacks Gainer, taking some nice damage in return.
While the last two Under Golem groups decide to gun for the Iron Gear.
And thats the story of how a tiny Overman survived a battleship being dropped on top of him.
Elchi did take out one mook in the other group, though.
Eeergh, Asuham has activated his OverSkill so Gain will need to defend this.
: Despite all that strategy, youre nothing short of a thief! Youre a disgrace to your family name!
: Silence, Gain! You are calling me a thief?!
: Stealing someones heart is private matter. Karin wont like it if you keep being such a mother hen, bro.
: I WILL NOT BE BRO'D BY THE LIKES OF YOU!!
Alright. Time to wrap this up, so Jiron quickly dispatches Kejinan.
Everyone takes a level and Gavane gets Prevail L3.
Kejinan isnt happy with these so-called Saint Reagan elites: they make him work so hard and, in the end, still fail to deliver?
I tried to get Adette in range to attack him but it didnt fly:
: Batter up, Kejinan! Ill put a final stop to our history right here!
: But, maam! What about my feelings?!
: Not my problem. If you want to tell me something, show that youre a strong man first!
Now, Shaia and Loran quickly take down the last Under Golems while Roger leaves Asuham in the red.
Adette has saved enough SP to cast Bless, so we do that for maximum
Asuham drops his A-Adaptor and Kappei learns Accelerate!
Asuham realizes that his Jinba isnt suited for head-on combat but Gain says I couldve won with a stronger Overman! is a poor excuse.
Asuham has no choice but to admit defeat for today but, of course, he promises to return and with even greater power than today. Dyke sees that Asuhams a real sore loser and Burume wonders if he shouldnt be getting fired after getting his ass kicked twice.
Thats fine with Rag as she doesnt want to run into him again and Gain only wishes that he would let things go.
Either way, all enemies have fled so Gainer would like to ask what the hell Asuhams problem with Gain is. Rand is also interested as, from what hes heard, it seems to be about someone called Karin.
Indeed, Karin is Asuhams sister and Rand immediately figures that she must be Gains Ex but he says things never got serious like that. Kei sees that Gains just as much of a sharpshooter at night and he somberly agrees, seeing how Karin apparently gave birth to a child of his.
Either way, this is a problem between him and Karin (and Asuham) so theres no more to be said plus, hes far more interested in hearing about Gainers little date.
Bello wants to know who the mystery girl was and Sara intends to have him explain everything once they get back. Inwardly, Gainer notices that Sara seems angry so maybe that his situation with her isnt entirely hopeless.
Still, he knows that hell have to apologize to Cynthia for standing her up and, coincidentally, she saw the whole thing from Catez and is even more interested in the King. Angel is also present: An Early Overman, a Turn Type, Fallen Angels and a Big Megadeus is it a coincidence that they all gathered in this frozen land? Or is it destiny?, she wonders.
Either way, she hopes to meet Roger again
Aboard the Soreil, we find Kihel asking what Milan and Phil are up to. Harry says theyre planning their next move as her words today will likely force them to leave Siberia and head south.
This means Zora and Harrys heard that its a land just as harsh as Siberia but she sees that as all the more reason for them to use it as their new home: theyll restore that inhospitable land for the future generations.
Ideals alone will not keep the army under control, Kihel Heim., Harry says and warns her that Diana wouldnt have such naïve thoughts. Kihel protests that she merely looks like that girl and, as her underling, Harry should do as she says.
Theyre interrupted as an incoming transmission is received by the Soreil crew: from Durandal
Back at our team, Loran is thinking that Keith managed to open a bakery in Catez and Fran is an UN reporter tracking the Moon Races activities. They found a place to live in Earth, so surely the rest of the Moon Race can do the same.
Keiko is nearby, telling Kappei that its looking like the caravan refugees were accepted into Catez. Kappei says hell have to thank Roger later but, from what Keis heard, with the Moon Race leaving the area, there was no reason to deny them entrance anymore.
Kappei figures it wasnt Rogers handiwork, then, but he interjects saying that, while the Moon Races retreat certainly helped, this result was derived of the negotiation he had with the Catez folk.
Well, Kappei thanks him either way and Roger says it wouldve been a shame to leave without clearing that misunderstanding. When Uchuuta asks, Roger says that, while he was hired as a negotiator for Yapans Ceiling, theres no further need for his services as the Saint Reagan will have to pull back for a while after todays battle and our destination lies straight ahead.
Still, Sara says the aliens and Fallen Angels are still around and, when they attack, the power of his Big O would be needed. Sadly, fighting such things isnt really in line with his job as a Negotiator thatd be more of a self-defense service.
Well, Kei thinks Roger could easily make a living as a bodyguard but that is not his true calling. Furthermore, well be getting people more suited for this job as weve received a transmission indicating that our Pacific team is coming back.
With that in mind, Roger will be returning to his true professional duties and, while he wouldnt call her a replacement, Tiptree will still be taking a ride on the Iron Gear. Despite the Caravan folk finding a new home, it seems she and her people have voyage of their own to complete.
Kappei does find it strange that shed do that after the trouble she went through to get here but, as a Vodarac cultist, even this blizzard is seen as just another manifestation of nature so she wont shy away from it.
Mome is saying her farewells to Dorothy and shes spent a good part of the past days teaching Dorothy how to properly perform her maidly duties. Dorothy doesnt see herself as a maid but, since Mome went through the trouble of teaching her, shell give it a try.
Mome also tells her to remember to smile but Dorothy neither expects nor seeks Roger's approval that way.
Roger sees that Dorothy made a friend and its a shame that they have to leave like this. Still, Rand figures we have some sort of connection, so were bound to run into each other again.
Roger agrees with his assessment, seeing how they managed to have this reunion despite the size and state of the world.
Its a promise, then, and Rand says he and Norman will make Big O all shiny before his departure Roger thanks him and heads back to his train. After he goes, Mel is a bit silent and Rand asks if theres something wrong as hell also need her help with said maintenance.
She asks about the place where Rand said he met Roger, Paradigm City. It seems shes heard that towns name before from Asakim and Rands surprised that he knew the place (Toby was also told about it while he chased Asakim down).
Mel remembered it because, just like Rand, she also mistook it for Paradise City when she first heard it. Either way, Rand wonders if theres a connection between him, Roger and Asakim with the town.
Mel asks what about her, then, and Rand says shes a little girl who shouldnt try to muscle in on the friendship of GROWN MEN with that, he quickly heads out to get Big O fixed up.
Bright has just finished giving Heizaemon the sitrep on the pacific, including Orb's union with the Federation.
With that in mind, Durandal has told them to join back with our team and head to Japan. The reason for that is that Japan holds a similar position to what Orb previously held, so Durandal wants to see if they wouldnt be willing to cooperate with Zaft.
Heizaemon sees no problem with it, so he tells Ichitaro to set up a meeting point while Bright gives everyone his best and starts headed to the set area. As he cuts the comm, Heizaemon thinks that, with Orbs alliance with the feds, the world will become even more bipolar.
Gengoroh figures humans each have their own principles so conflicts are inevitable BUT the problem is that the aliens can take advantage of this. However, because people dont understand the gravity of the situation, even those who arent interested in the conflict end up having no choice but to fight.
Right then, Ichitaro receives a transmission from the Gekkostate: it seems want to do business with the Glomar/Iron Gear's Market, so they request to meet up with us. The irony isnt lost on Gengoroh that the same Gekkostate that Talia spent so long chasing around is willingly coming over.
Heizaemon ponders how were all gathering in Siberia again and wonders if fates drawing them here
Both routes join up from here on out so well see the rest later.