Part 4: Episode 04 - Double-Edged SwordChapter Four: Double-Edged Sword
We managed to scrape together enough money for a single upgrade last mission, so its time to visit the Garage to make some improvements.
I end up using my 1700 cash to upgrade the Caliburnuss laser blade. Once enemies get in range they tend to surround it, thus moving out of range of most of its weaponry. Hopefully this will alleviate the problem, even if only slightly.
As has been mentioned in the thread, enemies also tend to gang up on Semyl due to her low evasion. She also uses energy and ammunition for a lot of her attacks, so sticking a repair kit and supply pack on her should help a lot.
On to the next stage
Music: 07 Every Day
: hands on everything we could. Are you ready, Myona?
: You are Myona Alderan. Theres no doubt about that. Strangely, though, your name is not listed on the passenger roster of the Bonaparte.
: Logistics Lewy, eh? Sneaking people onto ships is an everyday occurrence for that guy. Couldnt they have come up with a more interesting nickname for him?
: You have to give him credit for making a successful business out of it. He probably didnt survive
: Theres more. We dont know who he was working for. There was something off-kilter about him, but he was cautious. I cant imagine that he would take a job without doing a background check first.
: So its Earth again?
: Im sure they know about the other two survivors of that accident.
: Is that all we found out?
: No, theres one more thing. Its about Myonas parents
: deceased. The bodies have been identified.
: Oh I see
: You okay?
: Yes. I was expecting that. The fire I remembered that last time may have been from that incident
: Im sure you want time to think things over, but the situation is worsening as we speak.
: and work with us. Not as supporters, but rather, as active members.
: I wouldnt mind.
: Even if I were to refuse, I have nowhere else to go. Worse yet, theyd throw me in jail for having been seen with a terrorist group. All things considered, I would have much more of a future if I joined the team.
: truth thats how I feel.
: And? How about you?
: Ares is right, and if Myona is willing to stay here, I have no reason to refuse. Id like to join also.
: Good If you three hadnt been courageous enough to make it through that calamity, we would have allowed a terrible incident to take place right under our noses.
: happy that you are joining us.
: Welcome aboard!
: Im delighted that we will officially be working together side by side, Ares.
: Ah, I see. You like him, dont you? Dont do it to yourself hes not right for you. Hes the type who looks for much more than just flirting. You dont match with him.
: Love conquers all!
: *Laughs* Uuuuuugh
: Myona? Are you okay?
:Whoa! Shes white as a sheet!
: I Im fine.
: Okay. Take care of her.
: Dont worry. Shes a lot more reliable than she seems. You can trust her.
: Again? What now? Did you see a naked BOY?
: Please dont make such cryptic comments. Look at this!
Phil turns on a television.
: inhabitants for 40 years. It enveloped the building in a matter of seconds, taking many lives The UNSF is currently searching for these people as possible suspects in the case
: Hey! Thats me!
: Damn framed
: The UNSF intentionally destroyed the hospital?
: Smells like Ned again.
: Human beings are superior to animals in intellect, but inferior when it comes to morality hes living proof.
: there is anything I can do to help, but Ill do whatever I can!
: Thank you. But you need to remember one very important thing. We do not wish to solve problems through the use of violence, but we recognise it as one way of getting things done.
: Yes. I understand.
: Good. Now get ready to leave.
: Where are we going?
: Our goddess?
: Yes. There is a certain woman who grants us her understanding and her support. Her name is Robin O Connell I told her about you, and she would like to meet you.
: Robin? Support? Ah, I see this facility exists thanks to her. Am I right?
: Thats correct. She works with out team in a secret factory testing new machines I thought I would check that out and introduce you all at the same time. Would that be all right?
: Certainly. Wed like that very much.
: Its settled, then. Semyl is taking good care of Myona, so shell be fine. Lets go. Phil! The three of us are going on the Edge. Make sure securitys tight while were out.
: Yes, I will take care of it. Bye bye!
This screen should read Scene 04 Double-Edged Sword.
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
: Ned its him again. Is he attacking civilian homes now?
: *Cackle* I know that BIS or whatever theyre called has their hideout around here somewhere. Ill just take my time and burn them out! Heh heh burn, baby burn!!
: I hate to think it, but there may be a leak. Cage can you maneuver? Im going to sit in the gunners seat Just follow my instructions!
: What do I do?
: Theres a factory over there.
: arent you here yet?
: Thats where were headed. Once you get there, there is an LEV. Im worried about Ms. OConnell.
: want you to get over there!
: Yes sir! Im headed to the factory.
Player Phase Music: Sortie
Enemy Phase Music: Sudden Assault
We get control at this point. At this time the Edge is the only unit on the map.
Neds group of troublemakers are dead ahead. In addition to the regular LEVs theres a slight addition to the enemy loadout this time.
Two enemy Reg. LEV Model Bs have been put into play. Armed with strengthened laser blades and long-range missile tubes, these guys can be troublesome when youre trying to string an enemy group out.
Theres not much we can do right now except to move forwards. You can move over the burning tiles without incurring any kind of penalty theyre classified as Plains and provide no bonuses or penalties at all.
None of the enemies move an inch on their turn.
Suddenly, friendly reinforcements!
: We made it!
More reinforcements spawn on the opposite side of the map.
: So, everyone made it. Heh heh your timing was impeccable this time.
: We heard about what was going on right when you left, boss.
:Anyway this is bad Im really ticked off now. Do they think Martians arent human?!
: Well stop them. You save Ms. OConnell!
: Are you really okay, Myona?
: Yes once I heard what was going on, I couldnt stay sleeping. Come on, lets do what we can!
: Myona youre right.
: Pharsti, were helping out too. Are you ready?
: Yes sir!
: (Ill just survey the action from over here for a while )
Ned buggers off for a bit, and we are given control again.
Our objectives havent changed. Get the Edge to the factory whilst everyone else takes out the trash.
Thats it for this turn.
On the enemys turn one of the Reg. LEVs decides to attack Yukito with missiles. Thankfully they have crap accuracy despite their large damage potential.
Yeah, his chances werent great.
The next enemy tries to go after Deckson. Since he has to get to the factory it could be bad if the enemy decides to gang up on him.
Luckily the enemys crosshairs still arent big enough to be a real threat. Nobody else is attacked this turn.
The enemy has divided its attention roughly equally between our two forces. Well start off by taking out the enemy who attacked Deckson last turn.
Cage gained a lot of levels last episode for defeating Ned.
His crosshairs are as big as Razmas now.
Now Phil can move in and finish him off.
And Deckson moves ever closer to his destination.
On the eastern front I move the Justeen back a little so that hes out of the enemys missile range. Both enemies must now come to us.
The AI simply wont leave Deckson alone.
Even when youre using the IAS System its still possible to screw up if you dont take the enemy seriously.
The other Model B attacks Cage.
He misses, though. The enemy moves its eastern units around and now its our turn again.
Our advance in the north is about to bog down a bit. The crates in the yard around the factory are classed as Obstacles and inflict movement penalties. The Blade is also in danger of getting left behind and we have two enemy LEVs making nuisances of themselves. Luckily we can do something about two of those problems.
We can only get rid of one LEV this turn, so targeting the more dangerous Model B is a priority.
Deckson could do with another level, plus the Blade isnt in range anyway.
Thats him sorted. Now I can move the Blade up, destroy the other enemy next turn and get a move on to the factory after that.
In the east the enemy has been neatly baited. Once again, the Model B is a priority.
The Razma and Semyl combo strikes again.
Just one enemy left on this side of the map, now.
Yukito kicks him in the face, and thats it for our turn.
The AI decides to go after Phil instead of Deckson. I guess the small transport vehicle looks more vulnerable that Decksons massive doomtank.
Another miss. The chances of Deckson not reaching the factory are now zero.
The crippled LEV in the east attacks Razma.
He scores a minor hit and deals a small amount of damage. It doesnt matter since neither of the remaining enemies are going to live through the next turn.
Semyl crushes the remaining eastern foe, earning another level in the process.
Cage and Phil take down the last enemy together.
Deckson will say this if you manage to defeat every enemy before getting to the factory.
Ive skipped ahead a few turns and got everyone into this formation in the middle of the city. Why this formation? Oh, youll see. Anyhow, its time to move Deckson into the factory.
: Deckson! You came! I cant believe what theyre doing
: I thought you might still be here please hurry! We must escape!
: I couldnt leave before my staff Theyve all escaped safely now. Im ready to go.
: Mebius isnt with you? She already left?
: She left in that frame
: pretty clever!
: You scum!
: Hey, dont move You try anything funny and it might just hit lil Robbie over there.
: You coward!
: Robin, they told me to bring you in alive, but they never said anything about alive and well. Maybe a little rough play will shut you up.
: *Cackle* And thats only the first round! Now on to round two
Music: Offense and Defence
: Wha? Who the heck are you?! Do you want to take her place? Ill snap that weak frame in half!
: Oh, how manly you are, Lieutenant Ned! Or would you prefer that I called you Scarface?
: How do you know about that?! Who are you?!
: Just your average Martian.
: Your LEV is no match for the Orcrist.
: The Orcrist? Its finally complete?
: Yes. She was difficult to handle, so it took a while but now shes fully operational!
: AAAH!! Nobody said anything about THIS!!
Ned flees into the middle of the city
and summons a bunch of reinforcements.
: You dont give up easily, do you?
: I cant go back empty handed! Ill do whatever I need to get what I want!
Ned powers up, gaining +5 Spirit.
: Ms. OConnell, are you alright?! Quick, come this way!
: Ill live Thank you for saving me.
: Now lets get out of here.
: No. Were partly responsible for what happened to this town. We have to fight!
: Yes sir! (So thats Robin )
Were back in control now. First of all, lets check out our new unit.
The Orcrist is very different from our other units. First of all, its an Orbital Frame, not an LEV. This gives it a number of advantages it can fly, so it ignores movement penalties over rough terrain. It also uses no energy or ammunition for its standard attacks, and like Cages LEV it gains power by levelling up. There are some disadvantages, however. Whilst its normal attacks carry no cost, its Burst Attack, Moonlight Ballista, costs a massive 50 energy to use. Its ability to fly is also something of a double-edged sword its not affected by movement penalties, but it also doesnt get any terrain bonuses whilst its in the air. You can order Orbital Frames to land, but then they have to deal with movement penalties.
Thats not really a concern at the moment, so I have Mebius move down towards the main combat zone. Speaking of which, those are some odd-looking things Ned brought with him. Lets have a look at them.
These unmanned aerial drones arent much of a threat. Their beam guns can hurt but theyre so fragile and have such low stats that our units can kill them easily.
If youre wondering about Ned, hes exactly the same as he was last time we saw him. The extra Spirit boost he just got means he can use Death Rave right away but he doesnt bring anything truly new to the table.
Lets begin by showing off Semyls Burst Attack, Star Carnival.
The one thing these guys have going for them is that theyre small enough to be a pain when in IAS mode.
The carnage is beautiful.
Seriously, this is just embarrassing. I feel like a bully or something. Ned must be facepalming inside his cockpit so hard right about now.
Thats all for my turn.
Despite my earlier remarks, these guys can be quite painful if they manage to land a hit.
The other two drones go after Cage, who manages to dodge both.
Ned seems to hate Yukito, since he went after him in the previous mission as well.
Good job thats the end of his turn.
First things first.
Another drone goes down.
Time to try out Yukitos ZZ Grenade. Its one of the strongest attacks we have, but sadly Ned is inside its minimum range.
Cage brings the last drone down to critical and I end the turn.
Im not having much luck with Ned today. The damaged drone attacks Cage, but nothing comes of it. My turn comes around again.
Cage takes out the last drone. Now its only Ned left, and as luck would have it his attack on Phil has brought him into the Orcrists attack range.
Yeah. Orbital Frames can do some scary damage with their basic attacks. And they cost no energy or ammo at all.
Particularly when you score a critical hit.
For the finishing blow, Yukito busts out his Burst Attack, Burn Stormer.
Look at all that lovely exp.
Suddenly, a new enemy appears!
Music: Black Ops
: Shut your mouth! What are you doing here, anyway?
: Weve carried out our plan. Even he cant do any more than this. Were done here for now
: Damn! Theyre getting their way!
: Id appreciate it if you didnt let that happen. I dont particularly enjoy cleaning up the mess afterwards.
: F fine
Nadia retreats, taking Ned with her.
: Theyre gone
: Good! Our strategys been completed. Lets go!
BIS also retreats and the screen fades out.
Music: Every Day
: Ms. Robin OConnell.
: Ive heard about you, Mr. Midwell. I look forward to working with you from now on.
: L likewise.
: From LEVs to weapons, capital and food everything we need to stay active is ours to use thanks to her.
: Its not as if I did anything; its an inheritance. The Robin Foundation is what I consider to be the most effective way of spending my money.
: The Robin Foundation?
: Someone coined the term one day, and it stuck. We donate funds to those who are willing to fight for the Martian cause thats the Robin Foundation. Do you understand, Mr. Midwell?
: So you protect everyone from trash like Ned?
: Hmm? Of course.
: In that case, Ill call you Cage too. Im Mebius, nice to meet you.
: And you youre Myona?
: Aw come on, sis. Beast sounds bad.
: He knows it himself, which makes it even worse. If he does anything, just let me know. Ill discipline him.
: A stuffed animal?
: You have to respect life. This is just a reminder its very special.
: Yes, I thank you!
: And this must be Ares. Nice to meet you.
: O-Orbital thats an OF?!
: For real?! Boss, why dont you tell us about these things?
: If I told you, youd be badgering me for a ride non-stop.
: He sees through us all
: frame seem compatible so far.
: Compatible? Frankly, Im more interested in how compatible she is with me, not the frame
: VERY compatible with your foot!
: Come to think of it, wheres the old man? I thought he was with you.
: No idea. He said something about staying in the mountains for a while
: Thats just PERFECT! He would do something like that. Probably shaved off one eyebrow and spends the day fighting bears.
: Do bears exist anyplace other than Earth? And do you have a better chance against a bear if you have just one eyebrow?
These are very important questions.
: any harm.
: Oh I see
: Granted, military strength has been enforced but what is our plan from now on? The encounter a little while ago I cant think of it as a coincidence.
: So what are you saying?
: Perhaps there are traitors in BIS.
: Youre right, that was out of line. Trust is everything. I apologize.
: Leaving our information aside for a minute, I must say that there is something strange with the UNSFs actions truthfully, I never thought they were that stupid.
: Hmm as expected, that disaster was reported as an accident. But I hear that Neds actions are causing problems within the UNSF. It may just be a matter of time
: Yes. For the sake of the innocent lives that fell victim to their actions, we must be careful of what we do from now on.
The screen fades out
Music: Black Ops
: Nadia. Its just the two of us now. Call me by my name.
: N-no! I am happy just being at the side of the Lieutenant, so
: I like you when youre like that, but I like you more when you are more honest with yourself.
: There you go. You are the only one who I will allow to call me by name. Dont forget that.
: Ah Bolozof
: (And youre the one who will live your life to benefit me heh heh )
And thats that. Neds been up to no good, and it seems a new player has entered the game. Well be seeing more of Bolozof and Nadia in the future. Theres also one more fighting member of BIS we have yet to meet. Until next time