Part 2: Episode 02 - Perpetual MotionChapter Two Perpetual Motion
Welcome back. Last time our protagonist rescued a mysterious girl and escaped a stricken transport ship in an LEV. After doing battle with the one who shot the ship down, he was pulled down into Marss gravity well.
Before we continue, were hit with the intermission screen. This always appears between chapters. There are a number of things we can do here Save, Load, Status and Options are all things weve come across before. Next Stage will naturally advance the game to the next level. The only really interesting option here right now is Balance.
Selecting it brings up a list of mechs. Since we only have Cage here hes the only one we can choose.
Selecting Cages LEV lets us fiddle around with the two balancers at the bottom. The balancers adjust priority in the case of attack, you can boost the power of your strikes in exchange for lowering their accuracy and vice versa. The same goes for the escape balancer you can choose to increase your chance of successfully evading an attack in exchange for taking more damage if you get hit and vice versa. This has varying effects depending on whether youre using the IAS system or not. If you are, the speed and size of your cursor is affected. If not, its just a flat percentage change.
I dont have a strong preference, so I leave the balancers where they are. All thats left to do is to proceed to the next stage.
Music: Every Day
: Uh Uhhhh
: Are you okay?
: Wh where am I?
: Ive been better.
: Hm? Wheres the lev?
: The lev? Oh, the LEV?
: Quick! We have to get moving!
: Whats going on?! Youre the one who told me to get on this thing wait you dont remember, do you?
: No I dont even know my name, or even what Im doing here.
: So whats that? I guess its
Yep, its that old chestnut again. Not having a ~mysterious amnesiac girl~ would be against regulations.
: What am I going to do?
: Well, I do know one thing. Your name is Myona Alderan.
: Myona thats my name?
: Uh-huh. Thats all I know too, cause we just met.
: Did you always talk like that? I had a completely different impression of you before.
: Id be able to tell you if I remembered before
: Sorry To Interrupt
: Is that an interface program?
: Nice to meet you, Pharsti.
: This system is more advanced than usual.
: I know, technology these days wait. Does that mean you remember something?
: Ah, youre right. This is an LEV, Pharsti is a program, the knife goes on the right and the fork goes on the left
: OK, this is good, I havent forgotten the basics. Lets see, maybe I can remember some stuff about myself too Ummm Uh
: Hey, theres no need to rush. Just take your time, and Im sure the problem will take care of itself. Ill help out in whatever way I can as well.
: Brain Activity Levels Recorded At Normal. Would You Like A Full Analysis? Analysis On Cellular Level Also Available, Genetic Testing
: No thanks, Im fine for now.
: We need to figure out where we are now.
: Where we are?
: *Gasp* What was that?!
Three LEVs appear around Cage.
: That LEV
: Oh good. Help is on the way. Now all we have to do
: This is a warning to the pilot in the unregistered LEV. You have destroyed public property and have endangered the safety and well-being of the community!
Music: Enemy Mine
: Therefore, you will be arrested in accordance with our statute on vandalism and destruction of property!
: (I wonder if I was a bad person )
The screen fades out, but dont worry. Its time for a ~cryptic scene~.
Music: Black Ops
: entertaining people anyway
: At any rate, I am hardly the type to be accommodating toward the practices found in other countries. If you are not willing to help out, there will be problems.
: *Snicker* Then I guess theres no choice. Im not so desperate that I would steal from others.
: Fear not. That special someone of yours is safe one must be careful with such precious collateral. Those in the immediate surroundings are not so lucky, of course
: I see. So its been done.
: Plan 261 has been executed.
: Maintain confidentiality, eh? Nonsense.
: A bigger web catches more prey. Its their own fault for being so stupid as to get caught.
: mistakes, covering it up with yet another fiasco
: Thats just the way things work. More importantly, you havent had so much as a bite of the Natural Beef. You didnt like it? Its better while its still warm
: I guess it would make sense that, as a Martian, I dont care for Earthling food. Weve been conditioned to become this way for so many years, to not be human
: Well, that sounds a little bitter. But isnt the one most precious to you an Earthling also? Didnt you ever learn that hypocrisy is something to be ashamed of?
: OK, thats enough. Were not getting any more done by being here. Go home and get some rest.
: Yes sir!
: Well, you just watch your step there. You can never be too careful. See you later
: should enjoy it while it lasts. Once the system is completed heh heh, theyll be sorry they ever disrespected me.
And so the scene ends. Its one of those things that may or may not make sense much further down the line. But what about our lovable hero, Cage? Lets find out whats happening to him.
: So Ive been telling you, if youll just listen to my side of the story
: Ah yes, about how you were attacked by the devil and made an emergency landing on Mars?
: Not the devil, an LEV that LOOKED LIKE the devil. I was working on the Bonaparte III as a
: Silence, you terrorist!!
: I know! I can prove it just look at the security satellite record, and youll see that we landed in that LEV we came in through the atmosphere, and
: If youre going to lie anyway, make it more believable! Besides, theres no such record which means you were on the surface to begin with. Theres no doubt that you attacked the UNSF facilities a few hours ago. I dont know yet where you hid the new LEV, but finding it is just a matter of time. Because of you, countless civilians have suffered
The security officer slams his fists down on the table, rattling the screen.
: you do!
: Why?! I didnt do anything wrong!!
: I escaped only to find myself in the middle of a battle, and Ive only been trying to save myself
Gotta say, Cage has a point. This security guy seems to have no real evidence to back up his claims. He cant possibly claim with certainty that Cage is lying to him can he?
: OK, now youre trying to earn my sympathy. Youll be feeling real sorry for yourself once I catch you out. Bonaparte III went down, and so did everyone on it. You really thought you could fool me like that, son?
: Wh what do you mean?
: THIS is what I mean.
: Lieutenant Noachim, who surveyed the crash site, the tragedy looks to be associated with engine trouble or some sort of misjudgement by the pilot; there are no survivors. Among those listed as passengers are Earth inhabitants Adam Twize, Alman Ov
: Understand? Everyone is dead. The investigation is closed.
Oh dear. This cant be good.
: Youll have time to repent in your cell. Interrogation begins tomorrow Arrest them!
The screen fades out while Cage is taken to the cell block.
: Calm down.
: Calm down? How am I supposed to calm down? I didnt do anything!
: I dont know whats going on either, but I know youre no criminal. Besides, the Cage Midwell who was on the news as a deceased passenger wasnt you.
: Tell me everything that happened up until now.
Cage explains how he came to be in the situation he is in now. Myona then tries to come up with an explanation for the apparent discrepancies in his story.
: up directly to the upper strata where the Bonaparte is then he approaches and attacks.
: Wait a minute! How did he get up to the upper strata? And how in the world is it my fault now?
: Well Id say there are two different ways of looking at it. First, perhaps it was someone high-profile, who wanted to avoid a scandal like a politician, or a relative of a politician. Or its also possible that there was nobody on board an unmanned fighter.
: But it was talking.
: possible. Even the LEV that we were on could talk.
For someone whos lost her memory, Myona seems to have rather intimate knowledge about how this scheme could have been pulled off.
: Thats true you remember that?
: Strange I wonder why? Hmm no, I cant remember anything else. Anyway, that black LEV that you fought against is a new model, and theyre probably trying to cover up its activity.
: Theyre going to say that there were no witnesses, and that the LEV that attacked Bonaparte was the LEV we were on. What do you think?
: Wh what are we going to do? If we dont do something, theyll
A beeping noise interrupts Cages babbling.
Music: Promise of Reunion
: Oh yeah
: Its very pretty and very familiar
: Thats Ares playing.
: Whats wrong?
: Actually this song marks the beginning of our friendship. It was a very important moment in my life.
: I have to live through this. For Ares, and for everyone else.
: Youre right, you cant give up now.
If it wasnt already clear, Cage has something of a dependency complex where Ares is concerned. But before he can elaborate further
Music: Conversation with Friends
Aw, thats cruel. Are you saying you dont want me around anymore?
: Cage. Come over here and let me see your face. Im opening up the peephole now.
: A res? Its got to be a dream but
: OK. Just another step forward
: Ares!! Its you!! Ares! It really is you!!
: Alright, lets save the touching reunion for later, and figure out how to undo this lock and get you out of here.
: Heres the combination.
: Dont be scared Im on your side. Ive been listening to what youve been saying, so I understand the situation. Now punch in the combination Im about to give you. First number is
A series of beeps follows, then the sound of a door opening.
: OK. Lets go!
: Wait! Arent you going to let me out?
This screen should say Scene 02: Perpetual Motion.
Player Phase Music: Sortie
Enemy Phase Music: Sudden Assault
: how did you know where to find us?
: I actually escaped in a pod. I was watching the local news, and it said that all the people who escaped had died in the accident. And then I found out that you were under arrest as the culprit so I came to your rescue.
This would seem to prove Myonas coverup theory. Remember how Pharsti detected forty two life-signs after the Bonaparte was destroyed? Ares must have been one of those. On the other hand, this jars with the news reports that there were no survivors. Something very strange is going on here.
: Well, Im I guess Im glad too.
: Oops, almost forgot. This here is Myona. We escaped together.
: Pleased to meet you, Mr. Ares. My name is Myona.
: She cant remember? Hmm. No, I dont think we know each other.
: Here we are
: Thats the LEV we came in on
: And you are ?
Before Deckson can continue, two hostile LEVs appear to the south west.
: On second thought, its too early for that. Never mind. You arrived in that LEV, did you say? If you could just hold on for a little while my friend has no concept of time.
: It Has Been Exactly 8 Hours And 37 Minutes. Passenger Check All Systems Go.
: Thank God everythings up and running.
: Im Sorry, Last Command Not Recognised. Please Repeat.
: Oh, dont worry about it we need to buy time.
: Yeah, I suppose you could look at it like that. Oh, and dont aim at the cockpit and even if I do, dont let me, OK?
: Disable But Do Not Destroy Acknowledged.
Just a side note this has no practical gameplay effects whatsoever. You can still nail critical hits and whatnot.
The game now gives you control of the battlefield. The first thing we need to do is check out the enemy LEVs to the west.
Security LEV Model A isnt nearly as tough as the Black Frame. Lower defence and HP means we can actually kill it fairly easily.
It has a close range attack with a small blade and a ranged handgun attack. Neither are particularly threatening.
The pilot is a generic. Again, nothing too special. How about the other one?
At first glance, Security LEV Model B appears to be the same. However
Instead of a handgun its toting the heavier and more powerful but more range-restricted machinegun. Its still not too much to worry about, but its two on one and it doesnt pay to be careless.
Since I dont have any attacks that can hit the enemy from my starting position I decide to move towards them. Notice how theres a movement penalty for travelling over mountains and buildings? That doesnt necessarily mean you shouldnt go there.
This is because they give you bonuses to defence and/or evasion. Different terrain provides different bonuses, and you can check them by moving the cursor over an empty square and pressing B.
I move Cages LEV to just outside the enemy LEVs ranged attack range. Hell be forced to attack with his Laser Blade, which I can easily avoid. I end the turn and await his attack
As expected, Security LEV A moves to attack at close range. His targeting cursors will be tiny and only bother me for three seconds. He gamely tries to hit me, but to no avail.
He misses, the other Security LEV moves up and the enemys turn ends.
Since the enemy has been kind enough to get in my face I give him a good slashing with Rusty Lancer.
He wont survive another hit like that.
Once again he tries to cut me once his turn rolls around, and this time he succeeds in nicking me. This isnt really too much of an issue
Until the other enemy LEV decides to attack me with his Machinegun.
Luckily he also misses and my turn rolls around again.
I immediately obliterate the damaged LEV.
I gain 100 Cash for doing so. Destroying enemy units is the only way of getting money in this game, which can then be used at the Garage to upgrade your LEVs.
Also note that Cages Spirit level has gone up by 6. Spirit goes up whenever you shoot down an enemy. Once you have enough spirit you can access powerful Burst Attacks like the Soulshooter Cage used in the scripted event last update.
My next attack against the remaining LEV scores a critical and almost kills it in one attack.
The next strike finishes the job.
Four more LEVs suddenly activate in the detention centre.
: Well, Tim oops, I guess Im supposed to call you Frazer now I havent done anything, as a matter of fact. Earth has been antagonizing Mars for a while now, and as they say, what goes around comes around. Im just helping out a little with the natural progression of things.
: You havent changed a bit, Deckson. Unfortunately for you, this is the last chance youll have to spout off your self-serving speeches. You will all be charged the heaviest penalty available for escaping incarceration. Capital punishment for you all!
As if that wasnt bad enough, five more enemy LEVs emerge from ambush around Cages LEV, surrounding him.
: Now cut it out and take responsibility for your own actions!
: Well no thanks.
Without warning, one of the LEVs explodes violently!
Music: Onward to Victory
It seems the ambushers have themselves been ambushed by a new LEV!
: Thats not possible youre saying they hit it at that distance?!
Uh, its actually not that hard. Cages Tear Bullet has a similar range, yknow.
Yet another LEV appears below the other one.
: Boy, who you callin Planet Airhead Girl?! You wanna take this outside?
: Stoppp, youre s-scaring me!
(Hes gonna get it later on )
: Phil weve grown roots waiting for you. Come on all, climb aboard. Dont worry, theyre all trustworthy.
: Um But
: Come on, we dont have a choice. If we dont go with them, well be executed for sure.
: Hmm? Okay
: OK Cage, do you copy?
: Yes, I hear you.
: Were going to have to separate. Visibility on this end is bad, and its dangerous. Youll have to navigate.
: Where should I go?
: Guide us to that point. Good luck. Semyl! Razma! Hes my guest, and hes coming with me.
: Got it, boss. Well take good care of him. Lets go!
: Whats with the new lingo?
: OK, lets get going! Nice to meet you, new guy!
: Uh-huh uh
The game gives us back control at this point. We now have three new units to play around with, so lets check them out starting with the first one that appeared.
Razma is the teams sniper, and his LEV, the Dreizehn, is well-suited for the task. His standard Long Rifle attack has a range of seven squares, which is huge at this point. For shorter ranges he has the standard Laser Blade as well as a stock of six Grenades to throw. On the other hand, every one of the Dreizehns attacks costs either Energy or Ammo to use, and Razmas melee skills are sorely lacking. You want to keep him off the frontlines so that he can snipe enemies from far away whilst your other LEVs take the brunt of the fighting.
Speaking of which, lets check out the second LEV nearby.
Semyls Caliburnus is the heavy hitter of the team. Its a bucket full of HP, armour and weapons that can and will ruin any enemy that comes too close. Its powerful over medium range and packs a mean punch with both missile and energy weapons, but it suffers from low movement range. Unfortunately this can often result in Semyl getting left behind in some of the later missions, but once she gets back in range things will start exploding.
Finally, theres the transport that picked up Deckson and the others.
In terms of combat, the Blade is worthless. It has terrible armour and whilst its Beam Cannon might look strong it will quickly end up being outclassed by every other unit in the game. It doesnt help that Phil is a pretty poor pilot with fairly low stats all around. The real use of the Blade is as a utility unit note the Repair System its equipped with, which lets it restore HP to any unit that needs it.
Now, I realise that Deckson said we should get the hell out of dodge ASAP, but were not going to do that. Running away means leaving the enemy LEVs behind, and that means less exp and cash for us. Its always a good idea to destroy as many enemies as possible during any given mission.
So lets start by testing out the Caliburnuss missles.
With less than 400 HP left, the hapless LEV can now be finished off with Razmas Long Rifle. Just look at that delicious hit rating.
Needless to say, the enemy does not survive.
My final act on this turn is to move the Blade away from Frazer and his goons. The plan is to consolidate our forces here by crushing the remaining LEVs and then returning to take the fight to Frazer.
Nothing interesting happens on the enemy phase the three LEVs on the left side of the map attack Cage and Semyl with their Laser Blades, but none manage to score a hit. Frazers group also starts moving west to intercept us.
Cage retaliates by stabbing his attacker with Rusty Lancer
and Phil finishes him off, netting two consecutive level-ups.
Up north the situation is more complicated. Semyls Caliburnus is mostly boxed in by the two enemy LEVs, and whilst she could move away she wouldnt be able to use her weapons until next turn. The only choice is to attack with her Laser Blade. The designated victim this time is the LEV directly below her.
A lucky critical hit brings the opponent down to low HP. Once again Razma is now free to go for the kill but wait a minute
Razmas kill last turn was enough to give him the necessary Spirit to use his Burst Attack, Calamity Kiss. We could use this to take down the damaged LEV
or we could use it to one-shot the other LEV from full health.
The enemy takes its turn, but again, nothing interesting happens.
The remaining LEV over here is a non-threat, so I use my next turn to group all of my forces together to meet Frazers push.
The enemy tries to attack Semyl with a machinegun, but misses.
I decide to Grenade him for his impudence.
The rest of the turn is spent getting everyone into position just outside Frazers movement range.
Now we can go to town. Frazer is piloting the LEV at the very back of the column. Hes the only real threat on this map everyone else is more or less a scrub.
The Caliburnus fires the opening shot, targeting the nearest LEV.
Razma then finishes him with his Long Rifle.
Cage targets the next in line with a Tear Bullet, bringing it down to half HP.
Phil then finishes it with the Blade. This map is now essentially won only one of the remaining LEVs can get close enough to hit us, and Frazer wont be able to hit us at all.
The enemy chooses to attack Phil. I dont even bother dodging, with damage that low.
Our turn rolls around again. Phil and Razma put an end to the final generic LEV, leaving Frazer to face us alone.
Frazer is a pretty good pilot, but hes crippled by being in the same weak Security LEV his subordinates were using.
Cage manages to nail him with Tear Bullet. Not sure what happened with the screenshot, it should be showing the damage he did.
Then Semyl cripples him completely, gaining a titanic amount of experience in the process. Bosses give out a lot of exp, so its always useful to try and hit one if you can, even if its just a cherry-tap.
: you! You remember that!!
Frazer ejects as his LEV goes up in flames.
: Goody! Now we can escape!
: Hmm. Good job, Cage.
: Wow! You didnt strike me as being that reliable Im so impressed!
: Er yeah, thanks.
Everyone retreats and the screen fades to black.
Music: Black Ops
: Who the hell are you? Where is your identification?
: UNSF Special Task Force Acemos. Nadia Candido. Satisfied?
: *Gulp* Acemos ? The armys elite force ?
: Who the hell are YOU, and where the hell is YOUR identification?
: Im very sorry. As his superior, I am ready to take responsibility for his wrongdoing.
: security supervisor.
: I aim only to fulfil my post as I am instructed.
: Anyway, I will let the heads know about this. You take it from there.
: Yes, maam.
Nadia walks away.
: Is she an acquaintance of yours?
: I see
The screen and music fade out.
We receive a report about all the spoils we received from the last battle.
And thats this chapter over with. Next time Ill go into the upgrade system and explain how the Garage works. Until then