Part 72: Mission 21 (Setsuko) - That Which Remains
Chapter 21 That Which Remains
Setsuko and Toby reach the designated area and she wonders whats his reason for contacting them.
Toby figures its far too late for him to propose a deal and Setsuko wonders if it is, indeed, a trap; it sure looks like it as Toby sees stuff coming our way.
Its a bunch of Chiram soldiers who got some small Singularity readings off them and came to investigate - they quickly realize we're not the one they're looking for, though; a soldier asks his captain if they should get in touch with command for instructions.
Thats not necessary, though: were tagged as Singularities and that means theyre to destroy the Virgolas and capture the pilots.
Toby sees them coming and Setsuko wonders, since these men appeared, if Asakims a Chiram; Toby isnt so sure but figures them showing up cant be just a coincidence.
He thinks Asakim set them up and they might force him to come out if they take these folk down; Toby tells the Chiram that the two of them have stuff they need to do, so they wont go easy on them if theyre looking to start a fight.
This is another stage that you can't just sit around with. The Battle Mastery has a time limit but the game doesn't tell you it for now.
Both Setsuko and Toby cast Focus, no reason not to spam it.
Setsuko gets ready to start the smacking
Toby can't reach anything this turn. To the enemy phase
30% Hit rate.
OK, let's see if we can avoid that mess again by getting into the forest, which gives an evasion boost.
And Toby gets another level of Counter and Support Defend out of it.
And it's Setsuko's turn
The enemies can't quite be oneshoted, but they can be handled on the enemy phase.
Speaking of that the enemies swarm Toby.
It really only makes him tougher.
A few go for Setsuko though.
: Even if theyre not as strong as those two, it seems there are a handful of smaller Singularities in the world.
: Capturing these will be of great help to Chiram! Take them down!
And I just realized that I hadn't shown a video of this attack! Anyways, that guy's a mid-boss of sorts, tougher then the rest of the enemies.
And on my turn Toby takes down another with a Barley Scythe crit, amazing.
And Setsuko finishes off the mini-boss.
And here's where I screw up a little. I misread the Battle Mastery, thinking it was a time limit triggered after the enemies were defeated, when it is in fact a hard time limit based off turncount, so I get one less turn for getting it by evading this grunt.
All enemies are soon destroyed and Toby notes that Setsukos been getting better as a pilot; she apologizes for holding him back as usual but he says shes doing a great job carrying the Glory Star name.
He adds that shes perfect as his partner which makes Setsuko all giddy; either way, Toby tells her to pay attention as it looks like HEs coming over.
: So, the Chiram platoon didnt suffice even as an opening act.
: Asakim Dowin!
: Asakim! What are you up to, calling us over?!
: I wanted to give you a test so to speak.
: What for?! Why are you targeting us and why did you kill Chief?!
: His was, at the same time, a necessary and unnecessary existence.
: Your Chiefs most meaningful moment was his death thats all there is to it.
: You fucker!!
: Wait, Toby! Theyre coming!
With everybody together there's way too many battleships to deploy at once. Time to pick!
: Setsuko! Toby! You going all lone-wolf on us?!
: We also owe one to Denzel!
: So well help you get revenge for him, too!
: Its true that the two of you are Glory Star members but
: Now youre also ZEUTH members! You dont have to do this by yourselves!
: You guys are gonna make me cry
: Ill pilot the Nirvash I leave the navigation to you, Renton.
: But, Eureka you dont look well...
: Im fine So dont worry so much
: Sorrowful Maiden youve forged new friendships in this world...? Thats convenient.
: The hell does that mean?!
: It all leads to the Taiji...
: Its those damn crows! They chased us all the way from the point of commerce?!
: We know about them, too!
: They showed up when we picked up Kei!
: These dirty-looking birds are your little helpers, Asakim? They suit you!
: Feel free to yell to your hearts content. After all, youre nothing more than a sacrifice.
: Those flying units are starting to attack ! All troops, intercept them!
: We dont know the extent of the enemys power, so dont chase them too far.
: Setsuko! Leave the crows to them were going after Asakim!
: Roger that, Toby!
: Very well, then. Shall we begin?
And the Battle Mastery is revealed. Defeat Asakim in 5 turns, not five turns from now, five turns from the start. Told you I screwed up! Time to start rushing.
Naturally, all the crows are in Wide Formation
I think I'll need to give the TFO a range increasing part, 3 range just is not enough.
There we go
Just keep moving everyone down.
I forget how bad the Hammer is against aerial targets. The ? really needs a part to fix that.
I need to get lots of Will, going to have to fight a boss with what I've got next turn, so go Kei, blow those crows up.
He gets another level of Counter out of it.
And Hilda learns Gain(20), which is great.
And Setsuko and Toby move down, taking out a crow, ending the turn.
The crows decided swarming Kei is a great idea.
34% chance Setsuko. 34% chance. Seriously I've had to redo this stage twice because of rng screwups.
Asakim, of course, goes straight for Toby.
: Asakim! Did you call us over so you could take us down in one go?!
: You were at good position however, luck wasnt on your side.
: Thats enough of your cryptic speeches. Ill kick your ass and make you tell us everything!
: Can you do it? Youre just a sacrifice wielding an imitation.
: I can and I will! Im putting Glory Stars honor on the line!
Maria heals up Setsuko because ouch.
And Stoner casts Analyze at Asakim, this is going to be tough, but I think I can do it.
Toby of course takes the opening shot.
Here's a video of Asakim's strongest attack.
Finish this jerk off Setsuko!
: Setsuko Ohara...Ill present a new path to you.
: What is he talking about?!
: Youre blessed with both luck and the right traits now, allow me to extend you an invitation.
Battle Mastery obtained, plus Setsuko got another level of support attack!
: This is it, Asakim! Before you die, youre gonna tell us everything!
: His unit can still move!
: After him, Setsuko! Were gonna put an end to all of this right now!
: Did you have your taste of victory? Because, from here on out, youll experience hell on earth.
: Unfortunately for you, my Shurouga wont be destroyed that easily. It exists in the threshold between the real world and the dream world.
: Moreover...its further towards the Taiji.
: Setsuko, evasive maneuvers! Hurry!!
: Now embrace despair within your heart
: Im sorry...Chief...Setsu...ko...
*As the Virgolas destroyed, Setsuko ejects nearby *
: Indeed Im Asakim Dowin.
: Wheres Toby?! What happened to him?!
: Toby Watson perished along with that unsightly doll.
: Toby TOBY!!
: Yes that voice what a wonderful sound. Thats what Ive wanted to hear.
: And now youre the only one left, Setsuko Ohara
: You ! First the chief and now Toby !
: What are those eyes? Youre only allowed to cry out in grief.
: Now, show me your tears of despair.
: First, Ill carve your flesh with pain and terror.
: S-stop ! STOP IT!!
: Despair, Setsuko. Etch that sadness into your heart.
: I wont allow you to forget it. Fill yourself with the sadness of losing your loved ones.
: AHAHAHAHA! Yes, thats it! Such a blissful scream!
: The time has come for your descent into Hell! Suffer, lament, writhe in pain!
: HELP ME! SOMEBODY! ANYBODY!!
: And embrace that unbearable grief as you fall into darkness! AHAHAHAHAHA!!
Back at the battlefield.
: Its no use! Were not going to make it in time!
: I also went down this path! Now, how far will you fall?!
: Whats that unit?!
: This is Löwen General! Providing support!
*Löwen runs after Asakim.*
: Another hindrance ?
: No ! Dont come any closer!
: Setsuko Ohara, youre the Devils sacrifice and youll continue to give those tears to me.
: Ah Aaah!
: Your heart and your very being are already mine. Youre not allowed to go dying on your own accord.
*Asakim returns to the Shurouga and runs*
: Hes trying to escape!
: Im gonna get revenge for Denzel and Toby! Hes not getting away!
: A different mech from those crows showed up!
: Youre here, Rand.
: Of course, bro. You said you were in trouble, so I came to bail you out!
: Im sorry but Ill leave this to you.
: Damn it! Is that guy getting in our way?!
: Sorry, folks. But you aint doing anything to Asakim as long as Im here!
: Son of a hes friends with that guy! We aint gonna cut you any slack!
: Thats my line! Ill crush any enemy of his!
: Ill keep your friend safe. It looks like shes passed out.
: We appreciate it, Captain Löwen.
: Ill back you up, too. Engaging the enemy!
: Roger that. Thank you for your help.
: Who the hell is that guy ?! Is he a new enemy ?
: Come on, you lot! Youre bothering Asakim, so imma dismantle you one after another!
Some of you were wondering what was going on with Rand on Setsuko's route? Well now you know.
Löwen General - Chaos Leo
Voiced by Isshin Chiba
* Support Defend (Level 3) - If adjacent to an ally on the enemy phase, if an attack will hit the ally, the character will perform a Support Defense and the attack will hit the character at reduced damage instead. The number of times this can be performed depends on the skill's level.
* Will +(Damaged) - Pilot gains 2 Will every time they are hit by an attack.
* Prevail (Level 4) - As the character takes damage, hit rate, evasion, defense, and critical rate will increase.
* Sense (25) - Casts both "Strike" and "Alert" on the caster.
* Gain(15) - The caster's squad will gain double the Experience Points from the next attack.
* Accel(20) - The caster's squad gains a one use +2 to movement.
Squad Leader Bonus
* Attacks do 20% more damage to men, 20% less damage to women.
Löwen occupies a similar space to Holland, Gain, Rag, etc. He's strong enough to be good as a Squad Leader but not quite top material. His cheap Gain is good and more Accel is wonderful. And of course, he has the same hilariously good Squad Leader Bonus as Kei, and a Post Movement All attack. Overall he's pretty handy.Ignore the high kill count this is from a New Game+ File
Rand Travis - Gunleon
Voiced by Yoshihisa Kawahara
* Prevail (Level 8) - As the character takes damage, hit rate, evasion, defense, and critical rate will increase.
* Battle Spirit - Starting from the second turn, will gain 3 Will every turn.
Squad Leader Bonus
* Immune to status effects
Hi Rand! Rand's pretty much the same as he is on the player side. He's a big old tank that can smack you hard with the hilariously oversized wrench. He has only two skills, but they're a lot of trouble. Level 8 Prevail means that not much can crack his armor when at low HP, and remember, the Gunleon has repair abilities so he'll regenerate 10% of his HP a turn. And of course his Will is going to shoot up hilariously fast. I don't have many debuffs available, mostly the minor accuracy ones from my Gundam's vulcans, but him being immune to them is still a pain.
For now though, let's start taking down the rest of these crows.
There we go
And Amuro finishes off another set of crows.
Quattro moves down to handle this one.
Katz gets a kill!
And Löwen moves up!
: This Chaos Leo was made to protect the order of this chaotic world!
: Now, Ill show you its power!
Good job there
Moving the Minerva down.
Along with the Baldios
There we go
Kamille heads down as well and softens up a crow.
Enemy phase comes and Kei gets swarmed again.
Roll the dice enough and the bad results will come up eventually.
And Rand moves up, of course.
: Zaft, AEUG, Breakers even Super Robots !
: That Asakim hes going up against some really dangerous folk!
And he'll regenerate most of that next turn!
Anyways, the crows have all been softened up, so I'm just going to smash them through this round.
Make sure to get Katz some kills in the process though!
Dike learns Strike(20) in the process.
And I should show off some of Löwen's stuff!
Maria learns Accel(20), which is amazing.
Two rounds later Rand's been swinging at Kamille while the crows are cleans up... he hits hard.
He himself gets Analyzed.
I make the mistake of opening with the Super Robot Salvo
The prevail is kicking in...
Only 602 HP left? Easy right?
Nope. I smack a few more mechs against him, mostly just scratching what's left of the paint job.
Until Toshiya finally breaks that armor. Giving Kouji his own Prevail level.
Rand isnt amused when he gets shot down and quickly pulls back, leaving our people to wonder if hes a friend of Asakims.
Still, the presence of the crows makes Julie figure that its unlikely that Asakims working alone.
No further enemy reinforcements are coming once all of them are downed but things hardly feel like a victory; weve lost a friend whos been with us since the original world and, though Toshiya tells Kappei that crying wont bring him back, Kappei has to wonder whatll happen to Setsuko now that Denzel and Toby arent here anymore.
Shes now Glory Stars only member and Löwen requests permission to bring her to our ship; meanwhile, Renton crashes against the reality of someone dying so suddenly and unceremoniously.
THIS is war and theyre all in it.
Setsuko wakes up at the infirmary and Mischa tells her not to move: both her body and mind received a big trauma.
Indeed, it hurts for her to move and Mischa introduces herself, adding that theyre in the Argama; Setsuko asks about Toby and Mischa says they were unable to accommodate his corpse.
Mischa tells her, as a doctor, to focus on resting for now and adds that, if theres anything, Emma and the others are in the next room so she shouldnt hesitate to call them.
: Toby Chief
: Im the only one left
: A aaah why me
At the Argamas briefing room, Löwens just told Bright that the Federation Army has formed a special squadron to come after us.
Löwen thinks this is only natural, considering the Minerva and Argama are symbols for their respective armies and the King Beal, with all of its Super Robots, has disregarded the Federation Armys will and worked together with them.
Heizaemon agrees but says we werent expecting an action of this scale, gathering so much firepower to hunt us; Talia asks if this squads being formed around the Titans but its not just them: along with the Titans, we have special forces from all sides of the Federation.
Jamil thinks that theres a high chance the Frost Brothers have also been assigned to this group and Talia understands that, in essence, this is to be the New Federations own version of ZEUTH this groupll be taking the name of the former Earth Alliances squad: Phantom Pain.
Quattro sees that the feds really thought this through and figures thisll be an enemy that we wont be able to deal with via conventional means; Bright wonders if they allowed us to gather in one place with the intent of destroying all these obstacles at once.
Gwen, however, sees in this an opportunity: if we can defeat this group, itll weaken the morale of the Federations troops while also bolstering the courage of the opposition; Shaia hadnt thought that far and Elchis okay with anything, so long as they can carry out their job of seeing the Exodus succeed.
Bright figures it must be someone quite important to be the commander of a group like this and, indeed, it is: Paptimus Scirocco.
Löwen couldnt find a lot about his personal history but, considering that Jamitov personally recommended him for the position, he assumes theyre from the same world; Bright asks Quattro if he knows something but, no, he hasnt anything on the guy, either.
One thing Löwen knows is that some people call him the man from Jupiter and Quattros already wary, since a man born in such a high-gravity world must have an unfathomable mentality one way or another, its pretty much certain that hes someone quite strong.
Löwens working on getting more detailed intel on him and the new Phantom Pain and hell contact us once hes found something; Holland asks if, being of the Federation, Löwen knows a man called Dewey Novak and if hes also been assigned to the Phantom Pain.
Löwen does know of Dewey and says his Ageha Squad will continue to act on their own but, as Bright notes, the Gekkostate is their target so theres a very real chance both squads will fight us together; Holland says thats quite possible as Dewey will do anything to carry out his objectives.
Talia notes that Holland seems to know (and despise) the guy a lot and wonders if theyre old acquaintances they are but its certainly not a pleasant memory for Holland; Elchis quite worried that they have two groups of the Federations strongest men coming after us and, given the situation, Gengoroh thinks its even more important that we get ask for Japans help.
Elchis still worried that the Feds posse will get to us before we can get there and Shaia asks if Löwen can do anything about that; flinching, Löwen stammers that both the Phantom Pain and Ageha Squad were formed rather recently, so itll be a bit longer before they begin large-scale operations.
Elchis relieved to hear it and, in that case, Löwen asks the two of them to stand a bit farther away his gynophobia never ceases to amuse Elchi; Shaia thinks hes pretty strange for treating her as a woman and, while Löwens aware of the fact that Emaanian women lose their functionality as women at age 18, she still looks like a woman and thats enough to get him jittery (Shaia thanks him for that).
Regardless, Löwen says that his group has been supporting us from the shadows but theyre aware that, sooner or later, theyll have to take to the field themselves; therefore, they started developing their own, individual fighting force (one of which is the Chaos Leo he used).
Kazami notes that they seem to have adopted a different development route from the armys standard and, once the Chimera Squad have their own force set up, they can provide more direct support instead of just funds and intelligence; our people have some questions to ask first, though, regarding the leader of Chimera.
Despite Löwen refraining from confirming anything the last time we asked, Kazami is pretty damn sure that his leader was the one who secured Blue Fixers independency from the federal army and Jamil adds that, since our relationship is built on trust, there are some things we want to clear up.
Löwen thinks for a while but accepts Jamils argument and reveals their commander to be BrigGen. Edel Bernal; Bright and Talia immediately remember her as a key player in the Federation Army, in charge of both front line tactics and supply line logistics and infrastructure management.
The promotion to her rank was a reward for creating and installing the UN and Gwen feels having someone that skilled working with us is quite reassuring; Löwen says Edels someone whos ready to risk everything in the name of the multi-dimensional worlds order and peace and Talias impressed that someone so highly decorated would take on such a burden.
Löwen adds that Edel wishes to meet us before long and Heizaemon asks him to pass our appreciation to her hell do so and wishes for us all to fight for the sake of the worlds future.
Arthur comes in right there and tells Talia that it seems Setsukos gone missing.
Bright cant believe she would be able to move yet
At a nearby beach
If there ever was one BGM that you absolutely should listen to, its this one.
: Chief Toby
: Amuro everyone
: Lets go back, Setsuko Youre injured...
: Crying wont bring the dead back
: Stop it, Shinn Now is
: Its fine, Camille. Thank you, too, Shinn I I understand that
: But...I...this is all I have right now
: Thats not true You also have things that you can do.
: And you are ?
: Captain Löwen General, of the New Earth Federation Armys Chimera Squad.
: Youre that man who helped us in the earlier battle.
: We appreciate the help, Captain.
: Ms. Setsuko theres something that you can do besides cry.
: Get stronger.
: If youve something that you must achieve, then get stronger for it. Thats my wish, as the one who rescued you.
: Hes right, Setsuko. Its its for that reason that I joined Zaft
: Me too. There are things that I wanted to protect and that I couldnt bear to lose, so I got stronger.
: Thats right! Its the same for me for all of us!
: But, the Virgola it was destroyed
: We can restore it if we combine the parts of yours and Tobys units.
: Mine and Tobys units
: Well get it fixed no matter what...! So, Setsuko you have to get stronger.
: Do it and the Virgola will follow suit. Its all up to you.
: Its time. I have to head back.
: Captain Löwen...
: Ms. Setsuko...Well proceed with an investigation on that man, Asakim.
: When next we meet, please show me how strong youve become Now, if youll excuse me.
: Im sorry but, please, let me be alone for a while.
: Ill go back in 1 hour no, in 30 minutes. So please
: I understand weve already started the repairs on the Virgola, mind.
: Well be waiting for you, Setsuko.
: Chief Toby I Ill do it.
: Ill become stronger with the Virgola and Ill destroy your killer
: But for today, just just let me cry
At a hidden location, we find Asakim telling a woman called Ziene that the preparations on THAT system are already complete; she thanks and asks him to leave the transportation to her.
Either way, she thinks hes quite the scary man trampling over that girls body and spirit like that; Asakim says he merely wounded her but, with this, shell now live in fear of his image and when the time comes for their next meeting
Asakim Dowin even as your eyes burn with cruelty, youre beautiful, Ziene says; Asakim tells her to make the arrangements for Setsukos fall into despair as the path they seek will open with her tears.
Ziene figures Setsuko will either die or taste endless despair by the end of this and wonders which option Setsuko would be happier with.
Asakim says that, whichever option it is, happiness isn't what's needed for her - only infinite torment.
Translators note: yup, her name is as Ziene, not Xine/Tsiine; it derives from the German word Ziege (pronounced Tsee-guh), whose meaning is a slight original story spoiler so I wont go there.
Thus, her name would be pronounced Tsee-ne(a.k.a. ????)
And thus with the stage over, we get a Clear Bonus. Also, just like Denzel, all the money I spent on the Virgola 2 is refunded, and all of Toby's PP goes to Setsuko.