Part 5: Episode 05 - A Voice From Far, Far AwayChapter Five: A Voice From Far, Far Away
Welcome back. Weve got quite a bit of money to spend on upgrades, so lets get down to business.
The Dreizehns Laser Blade and Grenade attacks get a boost
as do Semyls Missiles.
We also snagged a Booster at the end of the last mission. This wonderful item gives a movement bonus of +3 spaces for one turn, and is pretty much tailor made for the Caliburnus.
Our current Garage lineup looks like this. The Orcrist is missing from the Garage since its like Cages LEV and gains strength by levelling up.
Anyway, on to the next stage!
Music: Every Day
: You really need to work on your entrance. See, this is why girls arent interested in you. What you just did is a classic example of
: Tha-thats none of your business! Besides, youre not really the big Casanova you say you are. I know that in reality, you are
: Im really what?!
: Well, er um
: Well, do you have something to say or what? If you want me to make you cry, Ill happily oblige
Someone smacks Razma from off-screen.
: Dont you remember what happens when you give my Phil a hard time? Oh, this wont do at all. Theres a troublemaker acting up when Im not around I suppose Ill just have to train him all over again.
: Im sorry
: Very good.
: So, what were you all giddy about?
: Oh right! Oh my God! Theyve announced that the customs tax on 129 commodities from Earth will be increased for the next three years!
: This is not good The commodities include grain and vegetables, right?
: Eek! Wh-when did you come here? Who are you?
: Hello ?
: Im sorry. Thats Twede, my secretary. Twede, why is it that I havent gotten any information on the tax from you?
: I am terribly sorry. The paperwork in question is right here
: Phil, was that announcement made in all counties?
: No, just in this one ach!
: Hmm a plan to provoke us and cause a breakdown within the institution
: Most of this can be remedied with the co-operation of the other counties, but rising prices cant be ignored. This is a bad situation for a community that relies completely on imported produce. Its going to be more problematic than we can even imagine.
: Unfortunately, no. I hate to admit it, but its a well thought out move on their part.
: Hey, wait up! This is crazy! Them callin us terrorists, I can deal with that. But this is like killin peeps cause they dont got money! Theres kids out there who cant afford to get anythin they need, cause its hard enough to eat! No way in hell Im gonna sit and watch this happen! Time to wreck-
: Hey, Ares!!
: Huh? Oh! Silly me, what were we talking about?
: Yeah, yeah! Thats right! I was talkin bout sinkin you inna Martian sea, wasnt I! Dont move!
: Im soooo scared!
: *Sigh* Youre real stupid.
: Semyl, calm down.
: Huh? Why you all business all of a sudden?
: I know exactly how you feel. Grownups do whatever they feel like doing, and they get by somehow. But children for them, thats not always the case. Its not exactly the same thing, but we all grew up amidst the whims of grownups too.
: Im angry too, but nows the time to think about what were going to do about it. You, for one, have people you want to protect. Dont rush into it. Well think about it together.
: Razma, Im impressed. Youve matured a lot whilst I was away, havent you?
: Heh heh, there are other parts of me that have matured too! Here, Ill show you
As usual, Semyl gives Razma a good thump.
: Hmph! I was stupid to give you props, even for a second!
: Semyl, your rebuke needs a little more oomph. Here, use this.
: Huh? Whats up with the hammer?
: That would be the Hundred Ton Hammer. Its very useful in polite conversation.
: Ah, Yukito. Off in your own world as usual. Dont worry about those two, though.
: You know what they say about opposites and attraction and all that.
: Thanks, bro.
: For what?
: Okay, then. Well be leaving now after all, we must get busy trying to find the force behind all these activities of late. Goodbye.
: Goodbye. Have a safe trip back.
: hes really some kind of wizard? No, that must be it!
: Okay, time to leave fantasy land
: Forgive me for interrupting
: According to a reliable source, an alleged BIS-owned LEV is wreaking havoc in Pandora Frettum. Ms. OConnell requested that I relay the information to you, and she is requesting that you head over there immediately to rectify the problem.
: Pandora Frettum?! He-hey!! Just wait a minute! Tell us the details!
: We dont have time to talk! Come on!
: Uh? What just happened?
: The pilot onboard the LEV is calling himself Den. I will be praying for your safety. Good luck
: Come on. Lets go!
: Yes sir!
The graphical mess here should read Scene 05: A Voice From Far, Far Away.
Player Phase Music: Sortie
Enemy Phase Music: Sudden Assault
: Quit it! Listen, its like this. Youll just grow up to be trash, and theres already enough trash out there. Didnt anybody teach you that you have to dispose of your trash responsibly by burning it?
: Hey, hey, youve got nice eyes. Heh heh. Now that you can see out of them, Ill show you some fireworks. Some really good ones!
Right on cue, BIS storm in.
: I thought itd be you. This is getting pretty old.
: of all, BIS.
: Were really sick of seeing your face around, Ned. So what are you trying to do this time?
: You listen to me! Im
: Couldnt you have thought of something better? I mean, its just Ned, but backwards.
: I thought Scarface was much better. But then I suppose you dont really concern yourself with things of the past.
: Nobody cares! Youre scum, always doing people wrong
: Semyl? Is that you?!
: Semyl!! Help! Im scared!
: Well, because Im the worst terrorist ever, Im going to put these kids on those LEVs along with some bombs and make a big, big mess
: Who is? If you want to stick your nose in this, thats fine. But theres a very delicate trigger on that thing, so you make the slightest mistake, and BOOM!!
: Ive checked! Hes telling the truth!
: The terrorists used and harmed innocent children to protest against the tax increase. Can you believe there are people like that? And then Im forced to die trying to save the hostages. Nobody in the world will support you then, and youll all starve to death
: So thats your plan? We wont allow that to happen. And for you to use children Unforgivable!
: *Sob* Okay!
: Ill just sit here and enjoy the spectacle. Heh heh.
Ned withdraws for the time being, no doubt to sip a martini made from freshly squeezed orphans tears.
: Dont worry about him. Its the LEV carrying the children were after.
: Theyre on autopilot.
: Well come up with a solution on this end. Remember no matter what, hold your fire!
The player is given control at this point. The enemy LEVs start out far to the north and will take some time to reach our position. Attacking them with any of our units will result in the bombs going off and us getting a Game Over. For now the best we can do is to shift our forces out of the city and into a park to the west. This will give us better mobility, at least.
The AI moves the three LEVs down a bit.
For my part I manage to reach the park in good order. All thats left is to wait until the third turn.
: let you know; theres a huge mound of explosives inside the orphanage, too. Theyll go off if you attack me. So Id be very careful! Heh heh heh!!
: How could he !! Theres nothing we can do we have to think of something!
Suddenly a new unit appears to the east!
: The weight of your diseased soul will drag you down to the depths there will be no redemption
: Wh-whos there?!
: Wha?! Youre youre alive?!
: If if you even try to hurt me do you even know what that means?! That means youll be going against the will of Zephyrs!
: Zephyrs. So you work for him now?
: Huh? Uh no ha, ha, ha
: Well talk later. Hey. You.
: Uh me?
: as you normally would, and take it out.
: Um I dont understand
: I said it once. And Semyl. I will save them. Guaranteed.
: Okay. I believe you.
: Thats all. Ending transmission.
A badass just showed up to save everyones bacon, thats what.
: That Frame I See. Frame Will Be Attached To LEV Containing Children And Will Stand By While Bomb Is Disabled. This Will Enable Us To Attack And Stop LEV And Rescue The Hostages.
: Ah I guess theres no other way okay! Lets do as he says!
Okay, so here we are. The enemy LEVs are breathing down our necks, but theyre crappy Security LEVs so they arent much of a threat. As long as we dont attack them theres nothing to worry about.
Warren starts pretty far away so itll take a few turns for him to reach us. Before that lets check out his stats.
Wow. Both Warren and the Durandal II are amazing. Itll tear anything that gets too close to it to shreds. It has better armour than the Caliburnus and more health than it too. It and the Justeen are going to be our main melee vanguard units.
Oh, and Warrens arrival means that the superb Wetworks theme now plays on every player phase.
Ned begins to move south towards our units.
Ive skipped ahead a few turns and now Warren is in position.
Now all we have to do is park Warren next to one of the LEVs and hell disable the bomb. We are now free to destroy it at our leisure.
Deckson saving Mars by shooting children in the face with armour-piercing tank shells.
One down. Also note that although Ned is in front of us we cant attack him as per his earlier threat. Skipping ahead a bit
: Yeah! We did it! (That guy with the sunglasses is really something else )
: Noooo!! Not again! They always do this!! Thats it, Im going to nuke the orphanage!
Music: Offense and Defence
: Wh-when did you get here?!
: Thanks to this Orbital Frame, Vjaya, the bomb has been disabled. Too bad.
: Sorry Im late. Its not complete yet, so todays practical use was like the last test.
Ares arrives to save the day, but Ned isnt finished quite yet
: You!! Stop this ridiculous act!! Be the true terrorists that you know you are!!
Ned storms over to the park and summons reinforcements. He also gains +10 Spirit. The enemy force is composed of stuff weve already seen before Security LEVs, Reg. LEVs and unmanned drones. Ned is also exactly the same as he ever was, so this final part of the mission isnt too tough.
To start off with Mebius oneshots the nearest drone.
A special scene plays out when the Orcrist first attacks on this stage.
: So thats an Orbital Frame its movements are so light, and yet its attack potential is infinitely higher than that of an LEV
: Would You Prefer A Machine Like That?
: Hmm? Uh no its not for me, I couldnt maneuver it the right way anyway and I have no need for anything like that.
: I See
Cage then targets one of the weak Security LEVs.
Ill finish him off next turn.
Our new unit is still hanging around over the orphanage, so lets take a look at it for a second.
Wow. Vjaya is pretty amazing, and just look at that 7 movement! No matter where the enemy is, this frame can get to them and eviscerate them with ease. It helps that it has great attacks and a good pilot, too.
In fact, its so speedy it can reach the battle area in just two turns.
For their part the enemy LEVs try to take us down.
Most seem to like going after Deckson.
One tries his luck against our new toy.
Well, we know wholl be dying first next turn.
My turn comes around, and now its time to get my murder on.
Okay, so maybe I lied a bit and this guy wont be dying this turn, but hes sure going to be messed up after this attack.
So that was pretty cool. Now how about Warren?
Yeah, OFs tear shit apart.
Razma nails a critical on a drone and takes it down in one hit.
Semyl wears down another drone and Phil swoops in to finish it.
Deckson takes out the LEV Warren wounded previously.
I move everyone around a bit. Id really like to end this mission on the next turn.
The thing to remember about OFs is that, although theyre powerful, they arent indestructible. An attack that does 900 damage is nasty no matter what it hits.
The LEV also takes a potshot but misses.
This could be very bad. Ive had bad luck with Death Rave in previous missions.
My terrible luck continues. Decksons in pretty serious trouble now. Luckily the remaining LEV is out of range and whiffs his attack against Yukito.
As things stand I think I can safely end things this turn.
I cherry-tap Ned with Deckson and Phil for some extra experience.
Yukito deals with the missile LEV.
Cage moves up to deal with the final drone.
He gets a lucky critical and kills it.
Ares finishes off the last LEV. Now its just Ned.
Semyl puts some missiles in his face
and Razma drives in the final nail.
As usual, we get a ton of experience.
: *Phew* Its over. Thanks for your help, Pharsti.
: Thanks? Definition Unknown.
: Huh? Definition ? Its an expression of gratitude
: I Am Artificial Intelligence With Circuitry Enabling Action. You Are Human. You Owe Me No Gratitude.
: You think so? But were a team! We work together!
: machine. So. Forgive me?
: Yes, Master.
: Good. Thanks.
: Aaaaarrrgghhh!! Dont ignore me!! Look at THIS!!!
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
: Humans? Soldiers? They look like Neds guys
: Scan Complete. Explosives Attached To Larynx Area Of Life-Form
: A bomb? Is that the throat?
: Detonation Confirmed. Vital Signs Negative
: See that?! Ill do the same thing to those you think youve already saved!!
: What?! To the children?! Is he telling the truth, Pharsti?!
: Hey, dont move. You move, and Ill push the button
: How could you !!
: Please Remain Calm. Anger Inhibits Logical Decision-Making.
: May I Make A Suggestion? By Disabling My Limit, We Can Destroy Enemy LEV. Chances Of Success: 99.6482%.
: Really? Are you sure?
: Affirmative. Verbalise Command And It Is Done.
: Okay then, do it!
: Anti-Proton Reactor. Outer Defence Mechanism Off.
: Whats this?
It's a Gundam! *Random Leo explodes* Remember what I said about common anime tropes? Of course, it wouldn't be a proper mecha series without at least one upgrade...
: I have confirmed that all mechanisms are ready for the switchover. All systems go.
: This is the real me Cage. I am carrying out your command.
: What?! What the hell is going on this time?
: Here we go.
: The target has been obliterated.
: Wow. Wait, obliterated?
: Even him?
: Why ? WHY?!
: Why?! We had an agreement! Didnt we?!
: Say something! SAY SOMETHING!!!
Cage continues to shout as the screen fades out.
Music: Every Day
: Ill take them home!
: Me too! (I hope Cage is okay )
: (Cages machine is an OF? There must be a story behind this one )
Yeah, it was pretty clear Cages LEV wasnt normal, considering it upgrades through levelling and doesnt appear in the Garage.
: I just I just wanted to stop him. Thats all I was trying to do
: Stop it, Cage. Thats not your responsibility.
: Everyone, we must retreat! The Security Peacekeeping Force is on its way! Ms. OConnell will take care of everything else!
: Deckson, I
: Warren! Will you take his frame? We dont have much time!
: Roger. (So thats the new kid. His handling is good, but )
: Cage I dont know what to say
: Its okay, Myona. Please dont say anything right now.
And with that, the screen fades out.
Wow. A lot happened in this update. We gained two new Orbital Frames, we finally got rid of Ned and the secret behind Cages LEV was revealed. Unfortunately Cage is now depressed as a result of being forced to kill Ned one wonders how hell choose to deal with it.
Ill be heading to an area with no internet until next Tuesday, so there wont be any new updates until I get back.