Part 93: Mission 27 (Rand) - The 15-year-old Ghost - Part 2
Holland managed to survive what looked like a direct hit, but he has no clue where to actually find Eureka once he's inside the base.
Katokk shows up, yelling at him to stop, and they both start trading shots; Holland sees that Katokks quite experienced and, in turn, Katokk figures Holland isnt your average joe from all the other guards hes already taken out.
That said, Katokk knows that, sooner or later, Hollands going to run out of energy even if he takes him out; Holland isnt going to let that happen, though, yelling that he cant afford to die in a place like this hes got something he has to protect above anything else!
Katokks rather impressed with his resolve and asks if hes looking to rescue the LFO girl and, in that case, he surrenders. Katokk offers to help Holland if he spares his life, obviously surprising him.
Katokk remembers how his wife said one of his good points is that he accepts adversity easily BUT it would annoy him if things turned out exactly as Tifa said, so he wants to try opposing it a bit.
Holland asks who the hell he is and Katokk says hes just a huge, selfish liar.
Katokk guides him to where everyones held up and Garrod quickly asks what hes up to. You guys feel like changing the future? Katokk asks.
He relates Tifas prophecy of how shed never see any of our folk again and, as selfish as he is, Katokk didnt much enjoy hearing that. As for why hes helping us, he doesnt think anyone could possibly see the future so hes doing this simply as a way to prove Newtypes wrong.
Jamil tells Garrod to handle Tifas rescue while he uses the GX in his place. Garrods surprised that hes going to pilot a Mobile Suit but he has no choice if he wants to stop Lucille.
Sara sees that the womans quite important to Jamil and he says everyone has memories they dont want to talk about. He fears hell lose something important if he puts it into words and Sara somberly lets the matter be.
Jamil leaves with Tex and Shingo assisting and Holland sets out to rescue Eureka. Katokk wishes him luck, looking forward to this future that Hollands fighting to protect.
Holland says thats what he lives for and Katokk finds it quite interesting that he, a man who had forgotten his future, ran into someone like Holland. Renton wants to help rescue Eureka but Holland tells the kid to piss off.
This is his battle to fight and a useless brat like him should just get out of his way.
Katokks leaving with Garrod, hoping to reverse the future Tifa saw and Garrod says he better not be lying now.
Outside, Gainers starting to worry that Holland really was killed but Gain tells him not to worry as Holland said hed pull it off and we know hes not one to go back on what he says.
Besides, Hayato reminds everyone that we have another problem with that monstrous unit ahead Michiru then detects something else emerging from the base.
: The GX! Garrod?!
: No its me.
: Jamil! Youre piloting an MS?!
: I have to stop that Mobile Armor - and Lucille - with my own hands.
: So I can put this 15-year-old ghost to rest !
: Eureka, what happened to Holland?!
: Hes fighting inside the base, still trying to rescue her!
: Ah? Rentons flying the Nirvash?!
: Oi, you alright in there?
: Holland said itd just get in his way
: But, I I wanna do something for Eureka for everyone!
: Heh the kids out to play in the big leagues with just his guts?
: And that's fine! You cant do anything if you dont at least have guts!
: Alright, Renton! Get to it!
: Things arent looking good, though. Dont think youll do much with spirit alone.
: (Nirvash Im also fighting for Eureka and our friends! So please help me out here!)
: All units, concentrate your attacks on the Mobile Armor! Stop it in its tracks!!
: Wait for me, Lucille! Im coming to save you!
Patulia (Autonomous Circuit)
- Barrier Field (All incoming damage reduced by 1000)
No tricks to this one. Its a 2L sized damage sponge but its got no skills and average stats.
The size difference, paired with two ALL attacks, can decent damage but none of your reals should be getting hit if theyve Focus on.
Swarm and destroy.
Jiron and Rand are crossing the pond aboard the Gekko (while Aquarion is position itself to punch the Patulia), so well take the time to get rid of these G-Bits for extra .
Theyre all flying solo, so we can easily take them out in Center Formation.
Kei and Marin keep the trend going.
Talk some sense into her, Jamil.
: Lucille! If you can hear me, stop this thing!
: Youre not someone who should be fighting!
Well take it slow with this thing.
Renton isnt at his dodgiest without Eureka but Invincible had that covered. Nearby, Ryouma tears a G-bit to shreds.
Only one G-Bit left after this one gets dropped by Gainer and the Patulia is still focusing on Jamil.
Last one before we start tearing the Patulia down.
Roybea profits a level and learns Analyze.
And I have Apollo cast Spirit just to get the Element System going.
The plot wont kick in until we do some damage, so Rand and Apollo cut the Patulia down to size.
Witz wonders whats going on with Garrod and Holland but Jun still cant get in touch with them.
Rand asks Garrod what hes doing, as Tifall get angry if he makes her wait around too much and Talho tells Holland not to go dying in there.
Garrod and Katokk have already rescued Tifa and are shooting the place up as they escape. Katokk figures they were in luck, as the guards assigned to protect the girl werent very good.
Garrod wonders where the Frost Brothers ran off to as they werent keeping an eye on Tifa she doesnt know either, having not seen either of them after the fighting started. Either way they have to keep going and try to make it to the hangar, where Garrod plans escaping with whatever unit they can grab.
Katokk says hes thinking too small, though if youre going to steal something, you gotta gun for the big prize. He decides to play decoy to give the kids time to escape and runs ahead, guns blazing, before Garrod can say that its too dangerous.
Katokk gets hit by a shot but tells them to keep running, as he continues to cover them.
They reach the hangar and, with the door and bulkheads closed, theyre safe for a while Katokks been shot a lot and is bleeding out, though: I guess this is when I should pour one final glass of bourbon Shame that I cant drink he smirks.
As his eyes grow heavy, he says hes been searching for a place to die for a long while and figures this isnt so bad now that hes, at least, invalidated half of Tifas prophecy.
He tells the girl to keep Garrod safe and remembers that Garrod said that adults just wrap him and his friends in their problems. Still, Katokk says there are adults that are good people, adults that kids should strive to be like just look at Jamil and Holland.
Garrod says hes a good man, too, but Katokk insists that hes just a huge liar. He says both that war and the Gundams are problems from before kids like Garrod were born and they shouldnt be burdened with them.
Katokk tells him to live freely in this crazy world and, as he passes on, his last words are: Dont repeat the same mistakes.
Tifa says he fought desperately to change the future and Garrods not going to waste his sacrifice. He wants Tifa to wait here while he goes out to fight but she wants to join him.
She tells him not to be surprised at what is to come, and to believe in her.
: A new Gundam?!
: The Double X! Is that you, Garrod?!
: Yeah! And Tifas here with me!
: More of those face-less mechs launched!
: Weve to fight this many G-Bits...?!
*Lorelais song echoes through the area.*
: Tifa, whats going on?!
: Jamil can you hear my voice?
: Lucille ?!
: Yes I am Lucille Lilliant. Your old comrade.
: What happened? Thats not Tifa?!
: Im not sure but it looks like Lucille is speaking through her.
: As I told this girl, I needed to borrow her body and mind
: Lucille, can you stop the Mobile Armor?!
: No Im being forced to operate the system.
: Thats why, Jamil you must stop me by destroying this machine.
: But what about you ?!
: I died 15 years ago Im no more than a ghost now. So--
: Jamil! Just attack everywhere but the place shes at!
: Look at that thing its ginormous! We oughta be able to stop it if we can wreck its engine!
: That means quit mopin' around and get in there already!
: Fight, Jamil! For her sake!
: Youve good friends, Jamil. To risk their lives for someone like me
: We gotta deal with those mooks first!
: Easy for you to say! There are loads of them!
: I got it, Tifa!
*Garrod moves far from the island.*
: Heads up, everyone! Im using the Satellite Cannon!!
: But the G-Bits are too nimble! It--
: Jamil take control of the Flash System.
: Stop the G-Bits with your will.
: But I
: Your powers simply asleep. Ill help you.
*Scrambled Newtype Flash noise.*
: I cant do it...I cant join my mind with yours...!
: Stay strong ! Remember how it used to be!
: How it used to
: I see the Moon!
: Now, Garrod! FIRE!!
: Ill give you power
: Nice one, Garrod!!
: Whoa! Awesome! That thing really is double what the GX is!
: Jamil the rest is up to you.
: Roger that, Lucille! Ill set you free from this 15-year-old ghost!
: Ill help you out, Jamil! I wont let the same mistakes be repeated - for Katokk!
Yeaaaah, boy. Garrods got his sweet upgrade and, like Pierre said, its superior to the GX in nearly everything.
With bigger stats and damage, the only thing its missing is a way to reliably deal with mooks once it has run out of TRI ammo but well get a way to fix that eventually.
Jamil will now be the default pilot for the GX and the Dividers tailor-made for him (you can switch other people in, mind) so everyone wins!
Jamil didnt take control of all the new G-bits, so there are plenty still around.
Mind you, theyre exactly the same as they were before so, to keep things simple, lets just show Garrod taking out this one since itll allow us to see his new Hyper Beam Sword.
One thing before we go after the Patulia:
- Gundam Xs Secret 5th Point: Take out the Patulia with either Garrod or Jamil
Now, its time to get Jamils girl back. Lets do this!
: I wont stand for any who'd use humans as weapons!
: Be they from Earth or from S-1, Ill crush all such people!
: Wait just a bit, Lucille! Were gonna save you!
: And, as thanks, you could go out with me! Jamil can be next in line!
: Im gonna do this ! We have to stop this thing or the battle wont end!
: Wait for me, Eureka! Ill take it down and come find you!
: Damn, this thing stinks!
: Come here, fat-ass! Imma tear you a new one and get rid of that nasty smell!
: Darling, be really careful not to hurt Lucille!
: Dont worry, that things HUGE!
: Which means today, after a long time, I get to go full-on The Crusher!
: Every guy dreams of saving a captive princess, you know!
: Hang in there, Lucille! Well help you out no matter what!
: Im more than used to dealing with huge machines after fighting landships!
: Here I go! Courage and guts always come out on top, even in smaller packages!!
: Jamil broke free of his past and boarded a Mobile Suit!
: We cannot waste his courage! Time to clip this machine's wings!
: Its huge It could overpower even Getter if we screw up!
: This isnt an enemy well beat easily! Get your head in the game, Benkei!
: We have to pull this off, whatever it takes! We'll give these men who use others as weapons a taste of all our power!!
: Lucille ! I will not yield to this 15-year-old ghost to the errors of the past!
: Ill fight to overcome it, so the next generation doesnt inherit our tragedy!
: Garrod Lucille is
: I got it! Shes being forced to fight us!
: And thats why Ill save her! No way Imma let some 15-year-old ghost get the better of me!
: (This is a battle for our very future Garrod, I'll help you as well )
: Its alright, Jamil. Shes safe
: No ! The DX and the Newtypes Ive lost them all
: (However, weve achieved our goal.)
: (Tifa Adill Indeed, well need your powers.)
: (We shall meet again, eventually. I hope youll look forward to that day.)
: Seems the last of the base personnel just turned tail and ran.
: Incoming transmission from the base! The Freedens crew and Holland are safe!
: He pulled through, somehow
: Then, Eurekas also fine
: Jamil Katokks dead. His last words were for us to not repeat the same mistakes
: That 15-year-old ghost I wonder, was it a personification of those mistakes ?
: Still, we cannot erase the past... We must face it head-on in order to avoid repeating the same tragedies - to be able to move on with our lives
Things arent looking good for Aimzat, whos being held at gunpoint by the Frost Brothers. When he asks what theyre doing, Olba says it wouldnt be right to say this is revenge.
Aimzat is confused and Shagia says he wouldnt understand the pain of being branded as second-class people. That said, the times are changing and they plan to move to their next stage by using him as a stepping stone.
You deceived me! Did you forget how well I treated you even though youre not even Newtypes, you damned Category Fs?! Aimzat yells. The brothers do not appreciate being called that, killing him on the spot. Shagia says it wont be Newtypes wholl lead the future but them, those called Category F.
That said, Olba does concede that it was thanks to Aimzat that they were able to carry out their objective they now know that, with Tifa's powers, theyll be able to awaken that from its sleep.
And, THEN, they will exact revenge: against the world and the man who twisted their fate.
Back at Zonder Epta, Renton tries giving Eureka a welcome-back hug but Holland jumps in, telling him to stay away, and punches the kid back.
He yells that a brat like him, barely out of his diapers, has no right dragging Eureka around what happened to her is all on him. Talho notices that Hollands injured but he says its nothing, as all that mattered to him was keeping Eureka safe.
Holland yells that, unlike this kid thats always playing around, hes willing to do anything to protect her. Ken-goh tries to calm him down, saying Renton understands what he did, and Hap wants to get the guys injuries treated before anything.
Talho turns to Eureka and asks if she understands that Holland was fighting for her sake and thats why hes so hurt right now.
As Eureka listens in silence, Gainer understands that Renton was only trying to save Tifa but, regardless, he didnt quite make the right call.
Gauli is rather amazed at Holland, that hed really manage to rescue Eureka by himself and Adette sees that he wasnt lying when he said that hed do anything to protect Eureka, as evidenced by the trail of destruction that he left where he passed.
That said, Jiron thinks Hollands obsession with keeping Eureka safe goes a bit beyond whats normal and Keis sure its no ordinary guy-girl thing. Gain figures, whatever it is, its gotta be tied with the Gekkostates objective.
Renton goes into his monologue, telling his sister that hes never felt as miserable as he does now. Hes been doing his best to help out but he now sees that Hollands ten times more resolved than he is.
In the end, hes still a kid but the problem is that a kid cant help but act as a kid...
: Its good to see you again, Jamil. Now I have no more regrets
: I used what remained of my powers...it will all be be over...
: What do you mean ?!
: There was only a little piece of me left
: When I die, please sink me back into the sea. I was at peace at the bottom of the ocean
: Im a bit sleepy...it wont be long now.
: But I feel very comfortable...like Im dreaming
: Forgive me in the end, I couldnt save you
: Its alright. I am happy that I could see you as a grown man
: Goodbye, Jamil
: Thank you, Lucille
As she dies, Garrod wonders if Lucille was happy and Tex says she was the only one whod be able to answer that. That said, Tifa notes that she felt warm and peaceful while Lucille was possessing her.
Garrod promises to both her and Katokk that he wont allow people to repeat the mistakes of the past and, while Sara tries to comfort Jamil, he walks always saying he needs to be alone.
Roybea says its just like Jamil to not show his sadness to others. He tells an angry Sara that hes not joking and, speaking quite seriously, he says he cares a lot more for a certain living woman than for the dead Sara doesnt respond, though.
Either way, with Jamil going back to work as a pilot, Roybea says itll fall on her to act as the Freedens captain and he assures her that she can count on him.
At the Freedens lounge
: Hm...So thats the story between you and that Katokk guy...
: He sacrificed himself and entrusted the future to us
: The guy was looking for a place to die
: Still, that ain't for me...Not old enough to pass the baton just yet.
: Youre going to keep at it, hm? Its not easy being the steadfast leader.
*The door opens.*
: Hey there, old timers.
: Rand, Gain ?
: Garrod told us about Katokk
: So we figured we oughta pour a glass for him.
: Sorry but it seems he didnt like alcohol.
: We'll drink one for him, then.
: Not a bad idea. I dont think he'd want all this melancholy.
: Is it alright, Holland? What about your wounds?
: What? Ain't it common knowledge that you should give alcohol to injured folk?
: Thats only when its used as a stimulant or a disinfectant.
: Ah, dont be such a stick-in-the-mud, Doc. This here's medicine for the mind.
: Alright, Ill allow it. Good sake makes for good food for thought.
: Some poet said that?
: No, its my own pet theory.
*Jamil takes off his glasses. *
: Then, heres to the brave Katokk and the souls of all those 15-year-old ghosts
Whew, that was a lot of cutscenes. Still, theres one more thing to do.
Have you been following the steps for the Gundam X secret? If so, youre now at the last requirement, provided you did four of the five previous ones:
- Destroy Enil on Mission 7(Rand)
- Destroy at least one of the Frost Brothers on Mission 7(Rand)
- Have Garrod convince Enil on mission 14
- Enil survives Mission 14
- Either Garrod or Jamil shoots down the Patulia just now.
If you got that done, then theres a scene at the Bazaar.
On the way to the bazaar, the Iron Gear folks mull over the massive damage the Iron Gear sustained on the way to the base.
Rag relates how, while they were busy rescuing the Freeden, it seems Cotsett has spent all that time doing whatever he can to get the ship fixed. Dyke spots Fatman in the distance, running towards them and Jiron figures that he came to the bazaar to buy parts of the Iron Gears repairs.
From Fatmans costumary ! response, Jiron sees that its not so he was actually asked by Cotsett to buy something for this hobby of his. Burume isnt amused that he guy was playing around while we were away, and Rag asks Fatman to hand the blue stones over.
She and Chil figure theyll go and buy something really crazy to teach him a lesson and it seems Fatman knows exactly whatll work.
- Gundam Xs Secret 6th Step: If you got four of the five previous requirements, purchase the Black Box F.
Back at the Iron Gear, Chil presents the box and its certainly not what Cotsett had asked Fatman to buy.
Chil quickly turns on the waterworks and apologizes for screwing it up but Cotsett isnt angry: its not what he asked for but any engineer worth his salt enjoys poking through some unknown gadget hes already quite excited for this thing.
Burume didnt expect him to actually like it and Dyke wonders if might be Cotsetts brain thats in need of repairs. Rag figures, in that case, wed have to call Rand over to fix it but theres a very good chance hed just wreck Cotsetts brain even more
We dont get anything now but thisll give us some very nice prizes MUCH later in the game.
Very excited for next mission Ive been waiting for this one for a long while!