Part 25: Gate 2
Fei: Doc, what should we do?
Citan: Look up.
Citan: The Ft. Jasper beam will be reflected off that and destroy
the gate. Let us hurry to the control room while our pursuers are still gone.
The Yggdrasil leaves
Billy: Well then, shall we go, too? I take Rico and Maria because they haven't seen much use. Rico is kinda' a bitch at the moment though
Fei: Is it going to be okay, doc?
Citan: We must do it. I am counting on you.
Fei: Alright! Let's do our part.
Citan: Billy. Billy, do you read? We are ready here. Commence firing.
I think he should be more surprised by the floating dolphin gear, but hey, whatever.
Fei: Wait, do you suppose they figured out our plan?
Dominia: Of course. The ancient mobile gun platform floating above Ignas and this reflector, here, at Babel Tower, I know of your plan to use them together to destroy the Gate generator below the 'Ethos' headquarters. But, of course, I won't let you do it.
Kelvena: For the Commander's honor and the pride of the Elements, you need to be more flexible.
Dominia: Here I come!
This fight is sad
Boom aerods kills Dominia in 1 shot and heals Kelvena
Turn two Kelvena eats a 9k Thermo Cube and Fei continues to sit back and watch Elly manhandle every enemy they come across
Maria: Guess I'll wait until I hear from the guys at Bable.
Rico: There's sumthin' on the radar! Gears! Several of them. note to Rico, two is not several
Maria: They're here.
WORST. VILLIANS. EVER.
Tolone: Alright already. So you were serious!? You're really gonna' reflect a big laser off a mirror, pretty stupid.
Seraphita: Inverted pull-ups are really tough! But, I can do 300 pull ups you know.
Tolone: Angling it for the drop ratio? The drop ratio in the atmosphere will be huge.
Maria: We're going out for defensive maneuvers. Billy, the rest is up to you. I'm out. Seriously, best kid in a RPG ever. She doesn't shriek and whine, she's fucking all business and she rides outside of her gear because she's badass.
Tolone: Hmph, I can't believe you'd even think of such a stupid plan.
Seraphita: Who'd have thought!
Rico sasses them here I think, missing screen.
Tolone: Keep talking while you can. Dominia and Kelvena should have taken over Babel Tower by now. Yeah, about that... You get outta' here now!
The fight is a bit so-so Maria is a tank, but misses so she has to get to level 3 then unload. Rico hits for about 650 a pop and. At the end Rico is down to around 9k health. Not so good.
Maria: Now Billy, shoot it!
And a miss
Citan: Whew, that was close. We did not get a direct hit. Billy, we cannot hold out much longer. sure we can, here anyway If you miss this one, it is over. Aim well.
I think she means, I let you off easy, this time's for real
Fei: Damn, we blew it.
Kelvena: How long will it hold? I'm going!
Same fight, two rounds all Elly.
Maria: Relax and work on your aim, please.
Maria: Don't worry about it, there's still energy left.
Rico: They're back.
This time the fight is a little worse. Maria missed like 5 times in a row and Rico got double teamed, but then he got down to 145 Frame points left and this happened.
Much apeshit ensued as Rico handles them both.
Tolone;Ha! Lambs' taste...
Tolone: I thought I told you to shut up!
Sweet, we popped the Ethos HQ as a bonus
Citan: Billy, you did it! The plan succeeded!
Fei: Great! Somehow it worked.
Dominia: Damn, too late.
Kelvena: What should we do Dominia?
Dominia: We'll continue this later! Let's go Kelvena!
Kelvena: Elly, I didn't want to be your enemy, but since our motives are different, I guess there was no choice. We'll meet again and settle this another time.
Bart: The problem is its location.
Fei: But Queen Zephyr said there are three on earth, and one in Solaris.
Sigurd: According to Shakhan's report, each gate is placed in a triangle around Solaris.
Citan: Let us look at the map given by the Queen, which describes the area before the gates were placed.
Citan: The Gates should be set up somewhere on this map. First, the Ignas' Gate is here. The 'Ethos' H.Q. in Aquvy is here, so...
Fei: Well, logically thinking the next place could be here, or... One of the two.
Elly: North or south, huh? Well, at least we have even chances of guessing which.
Bart: What if we try both ways? Isn't that all it takes?
Sigurd: That would be difficult. I doubt they expected the 2nd Gate to be destroyed. So I'm sure they'll be serious next time. We'd better plan it carefully, but quickly.
Citan: In any case, we will not be able to avoid Gebler's interference, will we?
Fei: Doc, Elly, where exactly is Solaris located?
Elly: There is only a map of Solaris in Solaris. I didn't even know the area of this land until I arrived here.
Fei: Even in Gebler?
Elly: The relations with the earth are only revealed to commanders.
Bart: If that's the case, even Billy's father may not know it.
Sigurd: Jessiah left there in the middle of it.
Citan: Sigurd and I were smugglers, and did not have the time to look out the window. On top of that, when going through the gate from Solaris, we transferred to other places by using environmental place using the environmental place between each gate. Remember when we made contact with the Kislev gate in the Goliath? The same thing happens and we lose all sense of where we were before.
Fei: Even if the gate divides the other space, can't you recognize its topography? Like mountains, jungles, and so on?
Elly: I don't think there were mountains. More like we were surrounded by the ocean.
Bart: Ocean... Then it can't be the north! This is the pole. It's all covered with snow.
Fei: Then it's settled. The location of the gate is south of here. The center of the triangle is over the ocean. If the gates are placed in the highest point in the north, the center will be the continent. Hence, it consides with Elly's story.
Citan: You may be right.
Sigurd: Wait a minute. There shouldn't be any facility over the ocean.
Elly: Then, underwater?
Sigurd: Hmm, but the whole area around here is deep. If it exists, it must be deep down.
Fei: The Yggdrasil is a submarine, right? Then, what's the problem?
Bart: You're crazy! It is a submarine but not a bathyscaphe. It isn't made for deep sea exploration. The water pressure would crush us instantaneously.
Fei: We have a problem.
Citan: We may be able to use the bathyscapes or Gears used by the Salvagers...
Bart: 'Salvager'? Right! That's it!
Bart: The captain of the Thames must have tons of them. He owes us from last time. Let's go back to the Thames.
Citan: It may be our best choice for now. Shall we go to the Thames?
Gazel - Blue 4: Ramsus, he couldn't defend it.
Gazel - Blue 3: What is the purpose of his existence?
Gazel - Red 4: Once 'trash' always 'trash'. How much more can one really expect?
Gazel - Blue 1: However, it must not be aligned before the 'Animus' data is retrieved.
Gazel - Red 2: You are right. There is a higher probability of not getting the proper type.
Gazel - Blue 2: As it was in the past.
Gazel - Red 1: We can't allow the lambs to go free yet.
Krelian: Who cares about the gate anyways.
Gazel - Blue 1: This can't be. The panic has spread to Etrenank.
Krelian: Those fools we call citizens are easily manipulated by the Emperor's word alone.
Gazel - Blue 4: You think Cain will be receptive?
Gazel - Red 3: His body's already at the limit, he can't hold out much more.
Krelian: As usual, a clone may be used. Those fools won't know the difference. And even if the barrier fails, it will not be like the disaster before. Anyhow, if I recall, there's some very intriguing data on that memory cube.
Gazel - Blue 2: And what is that?
Krelian: The 'mother'.
Gazel - Red 1: The 'mother'?
Krelian: Indeed. It is probably that the 'mother' exists among the Lambs.
Gazel - Blue 4: Are you telling us our 'mother' is somewhere else? Why didn't we notice that sooner?
Krelian: The sign of the 'mother', her persona, only appears when she reaches a certain age. There is also a high probability that she transmigrated into the 'Antitype'.
Gazel - Blue 3: The 'Antitype'... That woman from Nisan?
Krelian: Here, I would like to use that nanotechnology product, 'Emeralda'.
Gazel - Red 4: What you retrieved from the Thames? Why?
Krelian: To be sure. As 'mother' says, that nanomachine colony... that artificial organism, was a creation between the 'Contact' and the 'Antitype' 4000 years ago.
Gazel - Blue 1: The 'mother's' memory...
Krelian: Yes, that is it. We can probably attain some kind of reaction, but even if we obtain no reaction, and if 'Emeralda' is destroyed I've already gathered all the data I need. Any loss of it will have no consequence to the plan.
Hopefully I can get gate three up today too, but I have some work to do.