Part 74: Mission 21 (Rand) - Memories of a Father
Mission 21 (Rand) - Memories of a Father
Rand and Mel quickly reach the point where theyre supposed to meet up with Asakim. Whatevers going on, the guy saved Mels life and Rand plans on paying him back.
First things first: Mel sees something approaching and its the same mob of Chiram as before. Once again, they were trying to find the singularity, got some weak readings over here and came to investigate.
Orders are to capture anyone thats detected, so thats what the leader tells his mooks to do. Rand wonders if theyre the ones chasing after Asakim but, since they decided to start a fight, he isnt going to go easy on them.
Mels eager to wrap this up before Asakim shows up and, while Rands got no beef against the Chiram, hell do this as a matter of professional honor.
Mission Objective: Destroy all enemies
Mission Failure: Rand shot down
Skill Point: Destroy all enemies by the end of turn 3
Observant people may have noticed that Rand wasnt flying during the above pictures: thats because it was on my first run through this mission and I didnt take it seriously, which ended up forcing me to restart once I missed the skill point.
So, take heed as this one can sneak up on you!
The Chirams all have better range than Rand, so you should keep that in mind when positioning yourself or they WILL snipe at you; furthermore, if the Gunleon doesnt have something boosting his grades in the air, he wont be able to oneshot them which can also screw you over.
Draw the enemies in by playing their range, get a Minovsky Craft on the Gunleon and this is easy enough.
Feel free to use all of Rands SP, too.
Just barely missed oneshotting it but its fine.
The three closest Ishkicks attack, with Rand killing two and leaving the last one very weak.
Everyone else closes in.
Marking the range of the nearest mooks on the ground, Rand moves just outside and oneshots another Ishkick.
All but one Chiram get in range to attack; the smaller ones were easily oneshotted but lets see how the leader does.
: They may not be as strong as those two, but it seems there are a few smaller Singularities the world over.
: Capturing this one will be of great help to Chiram! Seize him!
Rands at almost 170 morale, his Prevail is running a bit, hes got an S in Air, the enemys small and he got a critical hit.
No kill like overkill, right?
Rands the first unit to break 10k damage!
The Chirams are easily dealt with and the trail of destruction on Rands path makes Mel remember how he was in the old days. Still, Rand says hes long since forgotten who he was before he met her father.
Hes no longer The Crusher now, hes THE HEAT!
Either way, Rand wonders where Asakim went off to but theyre soon interrupted by new arrivals.
: Its the Federation Army this time!
: Oi, Asakims really gone and got himself in a mess!
: Urgh! I cant dodge them all in one go!
: You alright, Mel?!
: Im fine but what about you?! Youre hurt!
: Easy, Mel! Something like this ain't nothing next to the bosss punches !
: Lets go, Gunleon! Take the fire of my soul!!
: Whoa! Gunleons getting stronger with your fighting spirit!
: Gunleons part of me, so my HEAT's got him all fired up!
: Well done, THE HEAT.
: Asakim! Youre safe!
: Forgive me, Mel, Rand. You ended up getting involved in my problems.
: Forget about it, man! Were already wanted by the Feds, anyway!
: And, for a friend, Ill eat the poison and even lick the plate!
: Thank you, THE HEAT. Youre a good man.
: Thanks for the pat on the back but we gotta put an end to these mooks pronto! Come on, bud!
: Hold it right there!
The game only allows you to deploy 1 ship and 8 squads for this, mind.
Löwen deploys right alongside our troops.
: Weve finally found you, Rand!
: Thanks for showing the way, Cpt. Löwen.
: It was no problem at all.
: Hey, folks...why are you here?
: What do you mean why?! We're here to help you!
: Thats right! What do you think couldve happened if we didnt find you?!
: Hey, I appreciate it but...this is something Asakim asked ME to do, so
: Hey, dont you go all aloof on us! Were in this together!
: How many times did you help us before? Well readily lend you a hand.
: Aw, you guys
: What then, repairman ? We could always go back if were in the way.
: Yeah. You can deal with the rest by yourself then, Rand.
: Ah, don't be like that! Im grateful, I really am!
: Urgh, stifling!
: The enemies appear to be an unmanned platoon. So, Ill assist in this battle!
: Are you sure, Cpt. Löwen?
: Testing out my unit is one of the reasons why I came to this region...! Im ready!
: Ok, Cap! Were counting on you, too!
: Rand looks like youve been blessed with great friends.
: And youre also one of them, Asakim!
: Thank you.
: (Friend, huh. What a pleasant word quite nostalgic.)
: Alright, were having a dismantling convention today! Follow my darlings lead, everyone!
Since I forgot to set the Nirvash up for deployment, we didnt get the scene where Eureka gets back on the pilot seat.
Its the same as Setsukos side, though.
Weve a mess of AI-controlled federation mooks and theyre a bit far away; Toga can barely get in range, though.
A double attack easily deals with the main Dagger L while Sara and Gauli take away half the others HP.
Kappei follows it up, killing one of those.
And off goes Löwen to take the last one.
: This Chaos Leo was made to protect the order of this chaotic world!
: Behold its power!
Only now I noticed that he has legit bishonen sparkles in his cut-in
As everyone else moves closer, Rand heads to the other edge of the enemy group and starts tearing shit up.
Ergh well, at least its something.
Another Dagger-L group decides to go after Rand and immediately pays for it.
These Mon-Soonos are gunning for Hollands posse, though.
Hilda takes a level out of that, learning Gain.
Another batch of Mon-Soonos go after both Holland and Shinn, who answer with their TRI attacks Holland blows the entire enemy squad away while Shinn fails to make a single kill
The plot kicks in once some enemy squads are destroyed.
: Ive found you Asakim Dowin!
: Feel the weight of my rage and my sorrow!
: That girl's going after Asakim?!
: Protect him, darling!
: That goes without sayin'!
: Asakim, prepare yourself!!
: Oh, no, you don't!!
: Urgh! You hurt Mel how dare you?!
: Why Why did you get in the way?!
: That ringing--!
: A warps happening here?!
: I-its the same ! Its just like when daddy disappeared!!
: I remember on that day, the two of you were piloting the Gunleon
: You were fighting with some Breakers and, like today, the Gunleon took damage and you were hurt
: Hang in there, Mel! This ain't the place to think about that!
: Darling !
: The ringing's gone?!
: The space-time warp vanished !
: I dont know who you are but I'll show you no mercy if you stand in my way!
: Right back at you, miss! Ill make you regret gunning for my friend and hurting Mel!
: Be careful, Rand ! Shes strong.
: Dont kill her, though. I want to know why shes attacking me.
: Roger that, Asakim!
: You oughta be thankful, miss! Because of my friend here, Ill only give you a semi-dismantling!
Rand gets mobbed by three other squads, killing a Marasai and a Hi-Zack.
Setsuko, however, goes straight for Asakim. Just to be safe, Ill have him dodge.
: Setsuko Ohara youre still pursuing me?
: Youre the one whos been coming after me, Asakim Dowin!
: Im afraid theres some sort of misunderstanding
Setsuko vs. Asakim: Chief and Tobys killer...Ill destroy you!!
Dont know if this is a Setsuko-specific line (probably not) but: Hmhmhm Im glad I found a prey such as you.
You hurt my friend! DIE!!
: Thats a pretty swanky machine you got there, miss!
: Are you making fun of my Virgola?!
: Not at all. Im a mechanic, so I cant quite dislike someone who values their unit so much.
: Even so, youre Asakims ally so I wont hesitate to fight you!
: Bring it, girl! Ill take on anyone who goes after my friends!
Also, I FINALLY got Rand to yell BECOME
Ive been trying to get it since the start of the game!
We get a piddly Chobham Armor for our troubles.
Setsuko isnt about to lose the Virgola here and flees before Rand can break it down.
Asakim wonders if she still intends to keep pursuing him
Athrun and Holland get working on another pair of enemy squads.
Hopefully Löwen can take some of these down.
Or he could kill one and leave the others barely alive fine.
Our group keeps spreading out, with Camille and Toshiya both leaving weakened squads in their wake.
Cut him down, Marin.
Toga and company go for Camilles squad, killing two Mon-Soonos the last one falls to Kappei.
Maybe Shinn can take this one Windam down?
He does, with some nice assists from Luna and Rey.
Talia and Asakim each pick their targets and grab an easy kill.
Yeesh! The enemy AI has a real problem with Rand: he gets jumped by five squads, killing one unit in each.
Holland also gets attacked and a TRI attack kills both Mon-Soonos.
Oddly enough, this Daughtress moves towards Rand but decides to take a shot at Baldios.
How do you parry a beam attack?!
A combined assault by Athrun and Löwen kills both a Gadeel and Daughtress, leaving the last one heavily injured.
Easy prey for Toshiya.
Kappei and Toga quickly dispatch two of the last mooks.
Are you taunting me, Sandman ?
Lets wrap this up.
The enemy troops are destroyed and Quattro asks Löwen if he knows anything about these drones we fought: he figures these are part of the border guards, unmanned due to an acute personnel shortage in the Federation.
As for Asakim, he thanks both Rand and his friends for the help but thats hardly necessary for Rand. Still, hed like to know if the Chiram and the Feds were chasing him and, while Asakim says it is what it looks like, he cant tell us reason right here.
As for who the pissed off girl was, Asakim says he doesnt know outside the fact that shed been pursuing him for a while he figures she might have him mixed up with someone else.
Either way, hes leaving and apologizes for seemingly using them to sort his mess and then bailing (causing Rand to be wounded, too).
Rand tells him not to worry as his injury isnt that bad. Asakim figures that Rands got quite the strong spirit but he says its all because of his boss trained said spirit.
Asakim sees that Rand wont even scream in pain so long as that spirit remains unbroken and, with a wish to see him again, leaves. Rand feels the same, telling him to come over for a drink once his problems are taken care of.
: Hes a pretty strange man...
: Coming and going as he pleases like the wind.
: Whats up, Mel? You didnt even wave goodbye to your dear Asakim.
: Do you know something about the moment my daddy disappeared ?
: You DO know something! Why are you keeping that from me, Darling?!
: This aint the time to talk about it not yet.
Following that, we have the same scene as before: Löwen tells us of the new Phantom Pain, adds that the Chimera Squad is building its own forces and will help us directly once its finished and tells us about Edel.
Like Setsuko, Rand also has a remix of his theme.
: Hey, Mel. Itll be dark soon lets go back.
: Chils right, Mel. Youre gonna freeze up at this rate.
: Finding out that Rands been hiding something really shocked you, huh?
: But thats Im sure theres a big reason for him to do that.
: I know, Gainer I dont think my darling would keep secrets without cause.
: It must be something that I wouldnt want to know about my fathers disappearance
: Well why dont you go ask Rand about it?
: No, he wouldnt answer if I did he always treats me like a kid
: But, thats
: I know. I dont match him at all...
: I thought I would eventually get taller and shapelier as I grew older
: But no matter how much time passes, I remain a kid in his eyes
: My daddy's been gone for four years and, in that time, I havent grown an inch Im still a kid...
: Then endure it some more years.
: An honest man like Rand kept this secret all this time. It mustve been painful for him, too.
: He was in pain?
: Adults seldom let their pain and sadness come out. Do you know why?
: Because we know those feelings can quickly devour us the second they surface.
: But wouldnt itd be better to just let it all out and done with it?
: And catch those around us in the crossfire? Thats something a kid would do.
: Hes also weathering the storm. There are many things hidden behind that sweltering grin of his.
: About my daddy, too?
: That, I dont know. What I do know, though, is that the two of you have been together all this time.
: Gain, are you also enduring something like that?
: Anyone who gets to our age has something like that. The past tends to stick to the dark corners of your heart like mud.
: And though we dont want to remember, it can sometimes resurface on its own
: (In Jamils case, thatd be the war 15 years ago )
: (Its the same with Holland refusing to speak about his time in the army...)
: (Gauli, Quattro and the others must also have a past like that )
: And here I was pouting, without even considering my darlings feelings
: I guess I really am a kid
: Dont worry about it. Kids should be kids while they still can.
: But, Mel share some of Rands burden someday, alright?
: Heeey, Mel! So, thats where you were!
: Listen...Im sorry for going behind your back. Please forgive me !
: No, no youre a grown man. I understand.
: Really...? I guess Gain explained it to you...
: Hey, Gainer! Shes okay with it, so lets hop on the UN and check that site again! (Oh )
: That apology wasnt because of those secrets?!
: Ah well, Ill tell you everything soon enough.
: When Im grown up?
: Yeah Ill tell you when youre taller than me!
: IDIOT! How can a girl get so stupidly huge?!
: HAHAHA! You better get cracking on growing up, then, Mel!
: This guy...Im embarrassed that I ever felt sorry for him...!
: Princess Ana Is Rand really the man Gain was talking about ?
: I dont know
: *Ah-hem!* If you would, Mr. Rand.
: Hm? And youre
: Allow me to introduce myself: Im Captain Löwen General, of the Chimera Squad.
: Oh, you're the guy in that gold lion mech?
: Thats the Chaos Leo. A unit developed by the Chimera Squad.
: Also, Mel... Löwen here'll be giving us a hand looking for the boss.
: The New Federation has confirmed that several warps took place prior to the Break the World.
: If we investigate those we might find something about your father.
: Thank you so much, Cpt. Löwen!
: Dont worry about it. Were comrades, after all.
: Hey for a Fed, youre a pretty cool guy.
: (Boss I wonder which'll happen first: us finding you or Mel growing up )
: (If she does grow up, I might have no choice but to tell her about it )
: (When I do...I wonder if well ever be able to laugh together like this again...)