Part 9: Episode 09 - SincerityChapter Nine: Sincerity
Hello again everyone. Without the Garage option theres really nothing much we can do here, so lets get on with the story.
Music: Black Ops
: Nadia. What happened?
: You were resting. I'm very sorry, I will come again another time.
: I don't mind. What do you need?
: Noth...well, er...How are you feeling?
: N-no! I, er...
: What? You don't like me anymore? Come here.
: Nadia. Don't look at me like that.
:...Are we doing the right thing? Mars has reached its limits. If things continue in this way, a full-fledged war may break out any day now.
: need for weeds on this land.... Are you worried about your fellow Martians?
: N-no. I rid myself of such sentiments the day I pledged my life to you...However, I think that the progression of these battles...
: There's no such thing as a bloodless revolution. Besides, don't you think that it's time to bear the hardships...For our future?
:...An Earth-bound ticket?! You remembered our promise!
: Once things settle down a little bit, let's go together. You'll be reborn as a true Earthling worthy of me.
: Thank you! I don't know what to say...I...
: Are you going to stand there forever? Come over here.
:...Heh heh heh...
: Er...Is something the matter? What is...?
: It's a tracer! Dammit! How long have you had this on you?! Go to full alert! All units in position!!
: Y-yes Sir! Excuse me!
Nadia runs off.
Welp, there goes the plan
A very loud and annoying alarm sound effect plays throughout this entire scene.
: Is that a security alarm?!
: Affirmative. I suggest a quick evacuation.
: What?! I can't do that. Ares is in there!
:...I thought you'd say that. We can leave whenever you would like to.
: Good job Pharsti! Let's go!
: Razma! Get up, we're goin'!
: I'm already up. You're the one holding us up.
This should say Scene 09: Sincerity.
: just find them! (Hm? What was that?)
BIS units appear.
: B-BIS! Its them!! Those idiots snooping around where they dont belong Catch them!
: going in to get them!
: Well have to distract them until the two of them can make their escape.
: I hope they're okay...
:...I'm sure they are. After all, Ares is there!
: Ahhh...You trust him that much, do you? Anyway, let's get going!
Player Phase Music: Sortie
Enemy Phase Music: Sudden Assault
Control is given to us at this point. Razma told us to cause a distraction, so lets get the mayhem ball rolling.
It should be noted that all of our units are in the same status they were at the end of the previous mission, so energy, health and ammunition have not been replenished. On the plus side, the Spirit we accumulated is also retained.
The enemy moves down and the clusterfuck begins.
As with the previous mission, Razma takes the first shot. Theres little reason to hold back now so I open up with a Calamity Kiss right off the bat.
Cage strikes the final blow.
Oh yeah, Mebius can use Moon Ballista again, cant she?
Shes pretty much out of energy now. But thats okay, because Deckson is here.
Oh hey, finally a use for the Handgun!
Thats about all I can do for this turn. Neither Warren nor Semyl are in range of any enemies, so I move them up and end the turn.
One of the Machinegun LEVs moves down and tries to maul Warren with its laser blade.
It doesnt go well.
One of the Missile LEVs tries to do the same to Deckson, unfortunately with more success.
This is irritating since I dont have the Blade to heal him up again.
An LEV engages Yukito in melee and misses. Nothing else happens this turn aside from the AI shuffling some units around. The enemys turn ends
and the Blade appears at one of the factory entrances.
: Ares! Are you okay?
: Yeah. We got the data too.
: Thank goodness
: Arent you worried about Phil too?
: Oh, Im sorry how are you holding up?
: makes these tensions worse?!
Unfortunately Nadia chooses this moment to show up with a bunch of reinforcements.
: Youre Nadia!
: Yes, I hear you.
: I am getting out of here. You take care of them. You can do that much cant you?
: Yes, I understand! Even if it costs me my life, I will see to it that we triumph over them!
Nadia gains 30+ Spirit.
: Heh heh good girl. (You see to that.)
Bolozof vanishes, leaving Nadia behind. Now we have a problem.
That being that Nadia and her cronies are smack bang in between our main group and the Blade. The fragile, un-upgraded Blade piloted by Phil, BISs worst pilot.
Initiating Operation: Run The Fuck Away.
Meanwhile to the south the enemy has clustered up nicely.
This gives me the opportunity to show off the Durandal IIs ranged attack, Blade Cannon.
Yeah, its pretty underwhelming. The range is really short and if youre in range to use it youre in range to melee, so theres no reason to ever use it.
Razma snipes the enemy once again. He only has enough energy to use Calamity Kiss once more before running dry.
With that said, Deckson will be on hand to fill him back up once he runs out.
The key here is to destroy as many enemy LEVs as we can whilst moving upwards to intercept Nadias group, because theres no way in hell that the Blade can last if they all go after it. Yukito kicks this guy in the face
Then Deckson tries out the Edges newly upgraded cannon.
Its pretty good at killing stuff.
Meanwhile Semyl finishes off the enemy that Razma damaged earlier.
With that done its time to show off Cages other new attack.
Its basically just a larger Tear Bullet. It deals less damage than Nail Laser, but Nail Laser only has two shots before it runs out of ammo.
Anyway, Mebius moves up and finishes him off. Thats all for my turn; now to see who the AI goes after.
The remaining southern enemies attack Semyl, Deckson and Warren, scoring hits on the first two.
Meanwhile two of Nadias cronies move up towards the Blade.
The rest of them charge forward to do battle with our main group. This makes things significantly easier.
Razma expends his last bit of energy by sniping another enemy.
Deckson finishes him off, gaining a level in the process.
Yukito kicks another dude.
Then Semyl hacks him to death. Now theres only one enemy left out of the original group.
Hell yeah Warren.
Meanwhile Mebius damages another enemy with Moon Ballista.
Oh, yeah, and Phil continues to run away.
On the enemys turn the LEV Mebius previously damaged tries for a revenge attack with his Laser Blade.
It doesnt take. None of the other foes are in range to attack, so they all move down towards our position.
At the start of our next turn a scene plays out.
: You mean the facility is going to explode?!
: Affirmative. We have 10 minutes. Considering the Blades speed, we will have reached the safety limit on time.
: What happens if we exceed the limit?
: Okay, thats all I needed to hear. Thank you. So what youre saying is that we have to leave before the time limit is up.
: that.) So its them! How far are they planning to push me?! I will not let them get away with this! Never!!
On the fifth turn it becomes clear that Bolozof has rigged the entire facility to explode shortly. We have ten turns to get the hell out of here before the whole factory goes up in flames, and to do so we have to get the Blade to the bottom of the screen before the time limit is up. But thats not a problem; ten turns is plenty of time to finish off every enemy here and get down to the bottom with time to spare.
Still, no sense in taking risks, so I move the Blade down a bit more.
Back in the main battle, Deckson finishes the LEV Mebius nearly killed last turn.
He explodes after a totally unnecessary critical hit.
Semyl does her thing.
Then Mebius deals the coup-de-grace.
Unfortunately nobodys in range to finish that last guy off. Still, I currently hold a pretty overwhelming advantage.
Oh hey, Nadias attacking and oh Jesus Christ look at those numbers!
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what +30 Spirit can do for you. Keep in mind that Semyl has the heaviest armour in our team and Nadias attack still took away over half her HP.
Still, shes pretty much the only threat at this point.
Heres how things look as of our latest turn. First lets pick off the wounded soldier.
I have enough firepower to take out Nadia in one turn, but Im not going to do that. You see, certain plot details will change later down the line depending on whether or not you destroy Nadias Bizac before the end of this mission. For this playthrough I will not be destroying her Frame, so I get to have fun trying to dodge her attacks from this point on.
I therefore move everyone west so that I can intercept the two LEVs chasing the Blade.
There we go.
Well theres no way she was going to outrun her
Semyls down for the count. Hopefully shell be the only casualty this mission.
Were almost ready to intercept.
I hope Razma is better at dodging than Semyl was.
The answer? Yes, but only a little.
He manages by the skin of his teeth.
This map is pretty much won now.
The Machinegun LEV goes down first, and Warren gets to test out his new Gauntlet ranged Burst Attack on the other one.
Unlike the pathetic Blade Cannon, the Gauntlet has a very respectable range.
All thats left now is to get the Blade out of here.
With a range of six movement, we should be able to make it out next turn.
Not worth trying to avoid it since were pulling out right after her turn ends.
: We are evacuating!
: Good! Let's go!
: Cage, would you like to warn the enemy?
: Oh...Yeah, that's a good idea. Will you make the connection?
:...Complete. Go ahead.
: Members of Acemos! Can you hear me? This facility will explode very soon. Please evacuate the compound!
:...Go. I've lost. Go wherever you are going, I don't care!
: Are you going to stay here? This whole place is going to explode!
: This is something I brought upon myself... Leave me alone, and worry about yourself.
: I'm taking you out with me!
: Stop... it. Leave me alone!
Cage uses the Testament to remove the Bizacs cockpit block.
: Let... go of me!!
Everyone retreats, and seconds later a white flash obscures the screen.
Music: Every Day
: That was really dangerous!
: Wait... Who was that woman you saved, Cage? There are things that need to be taken care of, and we need to capture her...
: No, not 'hunh?!'. I'm saying, where is the hostage?
: You're KIDDING, right?
: Well, now that you mention it, she was looking at me real funny...
: Hah! That's funny! Vintage Cage!
: Hey! It's not funny!
:...Ares. How did it go?
:...Perfectly. It was almost too perfect...
: At any rate, there's no point in sticking around here. Let's go home.
: Ms. Myona! I tried really hard...
: Yeah...Was that really bad?
: No, I think it was good. I'm sure she's changed her mind about a lot of things now.
: You think so? That would be nice...
: Phil...Don't make that face. At the very least, I think you did a good job.
All of the BIS members return home, but at the factory site
: Bolozof What am I what am I supposed to do now ?)
With that, the ninth stage is over. So far the missions weve been playing have been mostly setting up the games central conflict without actually resolving much. We have a rough idea of who our enemies are but no real information about their objectives other than vague attempts to cover up the Bonapartes crash. The next stage is where we start getting some solid answers and where the plot really starts to get moving. Until then