Part 24: Gate #1 and Aveh's Freedom
Gate #1 and Aveh's Freedom
Two Neo Etones come out
Fei: Those guys, it seemed like they were waiting for us.
Elly: I wonder if we'd come first would we have stepped on it?
Bart: Regardless, we gotta go on! It's going to be an eternal embarrassment if we let'em get away!
Bart: Punk, not only was he sitting on the Aveh throne, he also controlled this.
Shakhan drops in from the ceiling
Shakhan: Exactly. To think you knew about the existence of the gate, very interesting. The gate which divided Solaris from the earth was under the supervision of the 'Ethos'. In the beginning, it was supervised without any true knowledge of what it did. However, over the years, the 'Ethos' did their own experiments to reveal its true nature. They learned how to use it. For the sake of freeing ourselves from Solaris, we discovered a new way of using it!
Bart: You! This was your original intention.
Fei: He probably entered through this cavern. He just wanted the energy from the Gate generator!
The blue energy stops
Elly: Something's not right.
Shakhan: This can't be! This is ridiculous! This thing should be able to pull an adequate amount of energy from the gate! There shouldn't have been any problems in the design! Why? Why doesn't it move?
Bart: What, did you mess up? If my father knew I was set up by a jerk like this, he'd turn in his grave.
Shakhan: I didn't need this anyway! I'll take you out myself!
I think we know what this means
Grahf: Do you not desire the power?
Shakhan: Wha, who!
Bart: Him again!?
Fei: How'd he get in here!?
Shakhan: Power? What kind of power? I have the power of the gate! As long as I get this machine to move! Why are people always so skeptical when Grahf offers them power
Grahf: Your powers are merely superficial, the tools which you produced with your immature intellect. Now, do you think you can win?
Shakhan: What are you saying? Superficial power?
Grahf: The meager efforts of you land dwellers are insignificant to the true and only power. I shall endow you with my true powers! My fist is the divine breath! Blossom, of fallen seed, and draw upon thy hidden powers! Grant unto thee the power of the glorious 'Mother of Destruction'!
So Shakhan is attached to the generator and he can't reach us, but he regenerates like 1000 a round and Fei's X attack does like 48 damage. Now I think that after a point he does something that makes this a challenge, but I'm going to be honest here. I tried to get Bart to hypermode for a bit, then gave up and just nuked him with Elly He did 0 damage to me so if someone wants to remind me what he actually does feel free because this fight was confusingly easy.
Bart: Shakhan! 12 years ago, if you weren't so hungry for power, Margie would still have her family and wouldn't have to live out in the desert!
Shakhan: What do you know, you throne born brat?
Bart: Throne? You can have it! A king's gotta' carry the heaviest responsibilities of all! It's a tough racket! Something you'd never understand, punk!
Fei: The Gate's on fire!
Elly: It's falling apart we need to get out
Bart: Sig, you won't change no matter what I do, will you?
Maison: What is the matter, young master?
Bart: Nah, I guess I have to do what was asked. My good people of Aveh, this is Bartholomew Fatima, the 19th king of Aveh, son of Edbart Fatima IV, the 18th king of Aveh. First, one must apologize for the trouble caused by one's unavoidable lengthy absence from the palace. One especially wants to give one's condolences to those who lost family in the war with Kislev. One will immediately call a truce with Kislev and begin reparations to victims of both countries. All citizens drafted as soldiers will also be allowed to return home. Let us work together towards the rebuilding of Aveh! One also has another final but important message Saying 'one' makes me sound like a tard, that is all A declaration from the will of Edbart IV who wished only peace for his kingdom, Aveh.
Sigurd: Young master...
Maison: What in Aveh are you doing!
Bart: This is my father's wish. I am sorry. You both have worked so hard for many long years to restore me to thee throne. Now I'm no longer in line to be king, nor anything else for that matter, the two of you are free to go.
Maison: What are you saying?
Maison: Master Sigurd?
Sigurd: Can't you hear the crowd outside? They have chosen you as their king. You're going to be very busy.
Sigurd: Won't you need some capable assistance?
Bart: Well, here goes nothing.
That night Bart wanders around
Bart: Old Maison, there is one thing I want to ask you.
Maison: What is it?
Bart: Where was Sigurd born?
Maison: Young master, that...
Bart: He has blue eyes, it's the Fatima Jasper.
Maison: Well, it was long ago. When his Majesty was in love with a certain girl from a small religious sect east of Aveh. This sect was quite different from Nisan and the 'Ethos' but she was very beautiful. Then she just disappeared. Later there were rumors of her having a child.
Bart: She disappeared? Did father abandon her?
Maison: As far as I know, it was the opposite. His Majesty was abandoned.
Bart: Sig is from Aveh's eastern desert...
Maison: Indeed. When he was 10, he was assigned to his Majesty King Edbart, as a squire.
Sigurd: Young master?
Bart: Yeah, I can't sleep.
Sigurd: Yes, so much has happened at once.
Bart: Hey Sig, what was your mother like?
Sigurd: She died when I was but a child, why?
Bart: Do you have any memories of her? What kind of person was she?
Sigurd: Hmm, well, she was very kind, but when I was born it seems the doctor told her she didn't have long to live. She lived in constant fear of that. As a result, even if she met someone she like, her fear of death was her drawback. She worried that she could not be with me to the very end...
Bart: What about your father?
Sigurd: He isn't supposed to know that I was born. However, even for not knowing he still treated me like a son.
Bart: Why didn't you tell him you were his son?
Sigurd: If my mother hid that fact, there had to be a reason.
Bart: There is more to my father's will than what I declared today. I must share my inheritance with my brother. He also said, 'You must split you and your brother's share with the people.'
Bart: That had always bugged me up until now. I didn't know what he meant. That's all I wanted to say, good night!
Bart: Thank you. Now, in order to free other lands from Gebler and Solaris we must destroy the other two gates and bring down Solaris. We've learned from Shakhan's notes that the gates form the points of a triangle. One point was the Great Mausoleum. Two others remain, but we only know where one is.
Citan: Yes, under the 'Ethos' headquarters. However...
Billy: It wasn't there when we followed Stone under the 'Ethos' headquarters. If it is really there it must be buried deep beneath the earth.
Rico: How are we gonna' destroy it then?
Chu-Chu: By combining everyone's Gear power.
Rico: What are we gonna' do with everyone's Gear, dig a giant hole in the ground?
Chu-Chu: What's wrong with that?
Sigurd: It would take years.
Fei: What if we used Shevat's cannon?
Maria: If that worked, we would have tried it already. Maria: More useful than Chu-Chu
Citan: So it must be something more powerful that Shevat's cannon.
Elly: And we don't have a Gebler battleship.
Fei: Is there any weapon that powerful on earth?
Citan: Gebler battleships and Shevat's cannon are the most powerful weapons ever produced by man.
Bart: But, I seem to remember something...
Bart: A weapon with firepower like those two... Yeah! I got it! Ft. Jasper! Her gun can take out a mountain! What about it? How do you forget this, you shot it yesterday?!
Citan shakes his head
Bart: Citan, what?
Citan: However powerful that Jasper may be, how are we going to aim it at the 'Ethos' H.Q.? To damage something that deep underground we would have to attack it from directly above. But the Jasper gun is...
Sigurd: Yes, of course...
Rico: Are you sayin' we should just move Ft. Jasper on top of Babel?
Billy: Now that you mention it, Babel does overlook their headquarters. If we shoot it from there it might just possible be able to reach that far underground.
Sigurd: But how could we move Ft. Jasper?
Elly: It's impossible. Something that heavy.
Fei: Didn't the control room in Babel control a cannon or something? I think it moved that giant mirror outside.
Bart: Maria, do you know anything like that?
Maria: I've never heard anything about it but...
Fei: But it might be there. Let's go check it out.
Citan: Wait a moment! A giant mirror and a giant cannon both from the same ruins? There might be something in this...
Bart: Like what?
Citan: Ah, I have solved the puzzle.
Sigurd: Puzzle, what puzzle?
Citan: The Babel and Jasper ruins are from the same civilization. One far more advanced than our own. Do not these two structures seem similar to you? I believe they were built with Gears and a powerful force in mind.
Fei: Yeah, I noticed that. But what's it all mean?
Citan: It means, the people who built the giant mirror and Babel Tower know about the giant gun at Jasper!
Bart: And? What are you getting at?
Citan: We can probably assume the mirror was built to reflect something, that something being a beam. A beam shot from the Jasper gun!
Fei: Reflect, you mean that mirror can reflect a beam attack?
Rico: Long ago Babel and Jasper must have been at war.
Citan: Not exactly. The Babel mirror and Jasper gun were combined to make one weapon.
Rico: Whaddya mean?
Elly: But those things are so far apart, how could they be one weapon?
Citan: Well the gates may be far apart, but aren't they still one device?
Elly: Yes, I see what you mean but...
Billy: What did they use that weapon for?
Citan: That, I do not know.
Bart: Whatever, the point is how do we use the two weapons as one?
Citan: Aim the Jasper gun at the mirror and fire. The mirror will reflect the beam on the gate.
Maria: Do you think it will work?
Citan: Theoretically. It will require a few minor adjustments.
Sigurd: Adjusting the mirror is going to be rather difficult and tedious.
Citan: If the two weapons are one, then it should not be too difficult I hope.
Rico: It sounds dangerous. I think it was meant to reflect shots back at the enemy. If you're wrong it'll come back and hit you.
Citan: Yes. That is why it is most difficult for the gun crew. The mirror must hit precisely. We will need to divide into two teams. One will fire thee gun, while the other will adjust the angle of the mirror to ensure the beam hits the 'Ethos' Headquarters. Since this was my idea, I will take the dangerous part of adjusting the mirror.
Sigurd: Alright Hyuga, we'll let you take care of that. It seems like your type of job.
Fei: I'll go too. Doc might need help.
Elly: It might be lonely with just Citan and Fei. So I had better go too. Way to pick my party for me guys... aw who the hell am I kidding I was going to choose you anyway.
Sigurd: Alright, you three take Babel. Now what about the gun?
Billy: I'll do it. Looks like my kind of job. Don't worry. I won't mess. I haven't been using a gun for nothing.
Bart: Well, I probably better go to the Jasper.
Chu-Chu: Me chu! Chu-Chu want to go chu!
Bart: Then it's settled. You go with Citan to aim the mirror at the 'Ethos' headquarters. We'll aim the Jasper gun at the mirror. Let's head back to the Yggdrasil and get going!
Gazel - Blue 4: Not only Shevat. The Ignas defeat. The Thames retreat. And yes, even Elru. You......
Gazel - Red 4: Useless, as always.
Gazel - Blue 2: A failure to begin with.
Gazel - Red 1: 'Trash'.
Ramsus: W-what did you just say?
Gazel - Red 3: Hmph, it's the truth.
Gazel - Red 2: And just what is that attitude? You should show some loyalty.
Ramsus: H-how dare you ridicule me by calling me 'trash'! Damn you! Guh-guhaah.
Miang: Calm down, Commander! It's not good for you. You still haven't recovered from the last battle!
Gazel - Blue 1: It does not matter.
Gazel - Blue 4: The lambs are probably on their way to destroying the gate. But, not this time.
Gazel - Blue 1: I'd like to see your 'intrinsic' powers.
Gazel - Blue 3: If you aren't the 'trash' we think you are.
The SOL-9000 turns off
Ramsus: Miang, Launch the ship. Get to him, this time I'll go myself and I'll bring him down.
Miang: Commander, you can't go out there like that!
Kelvena: Commander, request permission to handle the situation?
Miang: You all?
Dominia: We'll do our best to meet your expectations.
Bonus info: Kelvena always has her eyes closed because her ether ability is so high!
Dominia: To make our ideals a reality.
Kelvena: Well then, we are off.
Note: Update frequency will resume on Tuesday!