Part 17: Episode 17 - RebirthChapter Seventeen: Rebirth
The show must go on, and that means spending our hard-earned cash on upgrades.
The Justeens Shell rating gets a boost, as does the Caliburnuss W Beam Cannon. Upgrades have become so expensive that our spare change now amounts to over 3,000.
Cage sits at the airport, doing nothing. Someone walks up to him.
: You Cage?
: Yes. And you are?
: Im Raiah. Theyve told me to get you out of here. Were heading for Deimos Spaceport that means you need to do something about the way you look. Here.
: Duh. Now dont lose it. It has your fake ID and emigration papers in it. Go put on the clothes that are in there. I got them from the luggage of some Vacilia people, so Im sure theyre the wrong size.
: (Tsk why am I doing this? Its all Dads fault. He shouldve acted responsibly as an adult, but he had to go and make a scene like that Well, this is only a temporary arrangement, but ach!)
Cage goes to a secluded spot to change.
Music: Promise of Reunion
: Nobody cares about me. There isnt a single soul who needs me
: This is how it was meant to be. I should I should never have been born
Cages self-pity is interrupted when the button starts acting strangely
: think that when you want to listen to this its because youre going through a tough time. So in the space thats left on this, Ive decided to record a message.
: I hope you dont mind. I know this is your prized possession.
: been that long, but for someone like me, who has no memory, the days I spent with you are my entire life.
: Heh, maybe thats a little cheesy, but I mean it. I know that things are probably hard for you right now but one thing wont change.
: Im always on your side, Cage. From now on, too. So dont ever give up!
: And theres something else Ive been meaning to say. I hope youll give me an answer once you hear this
: Myona, I
: Cage to me, you are
: How could I have been so stupid?!
: Myona, signing off. Goodbye.
: Ive been thinking only of myself Im not alone at all!
Love and Friendship speeches hardening the resolves of spineless anime protagonists since time immemorial.
: Get on with it. Dont you care that all your old friends are buying time for you? Hurry up, we havent got
: Hunh? So you didnt know about it? Ah, so its like a surprise party! Hah!
: What are you talking about? Tell me!
: He-hey! L-let me go! Okay, okay! Those rioters somehow theyre better organised than anyone imagined. Theyve vowed to level you guys at any cost. So, if you wanted to escape, where would be the best place for you to go?
: at least for a little while. So thats why were in a hurry
: (Oh no Im so sorry, everyone I was I was wrong )
: Mr. Raiah! I I dont really know yet, but I figured out what I should do for the time being!
: Yes!! Lets go!!
Cage runs off.
: Er erm, where are you going? Hey! Wait! If you dont do as youre told, its going to get me in trouble! Shoot! Why am I so unlucky?!
This should read, Rebirth.
Music: Black Ops
Yep, that entrance is certainly a bit more collapsed than it was when we last saw it.
: Look, its already been levelled
: (Tsk, whatever did I do to deserve this? Whats wrong with swindling people out of some petty cash once in a while? Im Raiah, Marss number one Broker!)
: you next?
: Thank you. This is fine right here.
: Huh? Right HERE ?
: So youre saying this is good enough? The contracts been fulfilled?
: Oh, okay. Great. By the way, those clothes look great on you. Its a little farewell gift from me good luck!
Just a little detail Cage actually did change his clothes back at the airport. If you look at the last full screenshot above hes wearing a red jacket over his shirt rather than the green one he was before. All of his portraits change to reflect this, but since thats the only change theres little point in grabbing new portraits to go with the 3 million other ones I have of all the characters.
Cage puts on a spacesuit and jumps out, then Raiah drives off.
: No, theres no way that they would lose to them that easily after all, weve been through much harder trials in the past! They cant have died like this!
Unfortunately for Cage, several rioters show up in LEVs very close to his position.
: Oh no!
: Hey, look! Its a human!
: (These people did this ?)
: In that case, Ill capture him. Itll serve as a good example for them, since theyre not coming out. Heh heh heh happy hunting!
: (Uh oh Im done for )
Someone shoots one of the LEVs!
: What?! Ughghggh!!
Music: Onward to Victory
: Ms. Mebius!
: Finally, you show yourself! Id be happy to fight you!
: Really, sometimes I dont know what to do with all of these troublemakers.
The second enemy also gets shot!
He explodes and Razma appears in his place.
: Razma I was wrong. I want to fight with you!
: Mr. Warren! Im sorry about everything
: Why? If you had just left, you wouldnt have had to fight again
: Myona recorded a message for me. And also
: Myona? And what?
: It made me think. I was only thinking about myself, while everyone else was worried about me Im embarrassed. Please! Let me join BIS again. I promise I wont get in the way anymore!
: Heh. I see.
: You lose, Razma.
: Hmph, d-do as you please!
: Hee hee welcome home, Cage.
: Im Im back!
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
Whats this? A new enemy, in an Orbital Frame no less?
: That voice! How could it be Why?! Youre supposed to be-
Its Ned! And hes alive somehow!
: Why are you still alive?!
: I AM IMMORTAL!!!
: does not deserve the release of death.
: W-who are you?
: Mr. Yukito!
: Thanks, Cage. I was going for that mysterious feel, but he may as well know!
: Okay, okay, this isnt an audition for a sitcom.
: Rrrgghh!! Are you MOCKING me?!
Ned moves his new OF down next to Cage!
: Heh heh heh You no longer have the Animus, eh? Youre finished, Ill squash you like a bug!
: (Damn If only Pharsti were here now Whenever I called her, she would always come to my rescue!)
: Pharsti Pharstiiiii!!!
: Ouch! Whaa?!
Music: Z.O.E. 2173
: Pharsti! Its really you! Heh ha ha ha!! Is this a dream?
: Negative. This is reality.
: And Myona? Shes with you too, right?
: Unfortunately not. When I rebooted, there was nobody in the surrounds.
Ned calls in a bunch of reinforcements.
: Shall we take care of the mess in front of us first?
: Ms. Nadia!
: Whats this? You get dumped by a man and you become this desperate?
: I choose not to waste words on the unworthy.
Nadia doesnt get many lines, but some of them are pretty good. Anyway, heres where we get control of the battlefield.
Player Phase Music: Wetworks
Enemy Phase Music: Impact
The mission map is exactly the same as it was for the last mission, but this time the rioters arent using cloaking devices. And Ender-hating Ned is leading them for some reason although I guess its not surprising hed turn out to be a total hypocrite. Speaking of Ned, lets check out his fancy new ride.
Hes piloting a shiny new Orbital Frame called the Ravana, named after a figure from Hindu mythology. Aside from a fair amount of health and more armour than you can shake a Caliburnus at, his attacks also pack a punch and can take out most of our units in only two hits. As the Ravana is an OF it also uses very little energy for said attacks and can fly over rough terrain, so retreating from him can be quite hard. Plus he has enough Hit to make evading his attacks rather difficult.
However, there is a glaring flaw that balances out these advantages, as Im sure youve all noticed.
That being that hes charged into range of every single one of our units except Semyl. Dogpile time!
Alright, Ned is now at critical health. Lets finish him off with Testament
Now thats very interesting. Tear Bullet has suddenly become Tear Blast, Rusty Lancer has transformed into Rusty Cutter, and Soulshooter has digivolved into Soulsection. All of them now deal more damage than before.
We can test them out on Ned, but before that we get a scene for engaging him with Cage.
: What is that machine? Ive never seen anything like it before
: Heh heh look at her! BAHRAMs the real deal! With this, well be able to put Earth down for good!
: In this world, the stronger one is the right one. You should learn it aint easy fighting for a cause just because you like it.
: So you betrayed Earth.
: THEY betrayed ME!! They tried to destroy me! When I was in a bad spot, those other guys picked me up and with this new body, Im going to have my revenge! Heh heh heh!!
: Your new body?
Interesting but it wont stop us from pasting him.
Ned goes down hard, giving us 2,000 cash and enough exp to give Cage two levels.
: Whats that?!
: Is that Ned? Whats going on?!
: It seems the visuals that were being communicated until now were CGs this is his true physical state.
: What this something like this can be done?!
Remember the files BIS recovered about Zephyrs attempting to link human brains directly to Orbital Frames? Looks like he succeeded.
: Quiet! Quiet, quiet, quiettttt!!! Youve ruined my new body! Thats IT!!!
This might be bad. The Ravanas gimmick is its immense capacity for self-repair, and Ned gains an enormous amount of Spirit after being knocked down to either critical HP or zero.
: *Growl* Take this!!
: Hes recovered already? Is he invincible?!
Fortunately for us this is still a cutscene, so Twede shows up to help before Ned can bring his absurdly boosted abilities to bear on us. The addition of so much Spirit here is purely cosmetic and meant to show Neds rage, similar to the Will mechanic that appears in the Super Robot Wars series.
: Mr. Twede! What do you mean? With that Frame? Thats impossible!
: I did not expect your return, but that is fine. At any rate, please go now.
: Then you should come with us!
: Cage, I detect massive quantities of explosives stored within Mr. Twedes LEV. I posit that he is going to delay the actions of the enemy with the explosion
: What?! Hes going to self-destruct?! Is that true, Mr. Twede?!
: What is wrong? I have already taken care of all your needs from this point forth. You no longer have a hideout to which you can retreat. There is no reason for you to be here any longer. So please leave now.
: No how can I be happy being saved at someone elses expense?
: But I cant let that happen !
But then, when it seems theres no other option
: Wha what?!
: kind of selfish behaviour!
: Ms Robin!
: How have you been, Cage?
: (The right hand of Testament has changed is this what they mean about OFs and their maturartion?
Enjoy this picture of Twede looking shocked, because its the only time his expression changes like this in the entire game.
: Cage youre back!
: Phil! Everyones okay but what is that youre riding?
: That would be a transportation spacecraft. It looks to be an old cargo ship.
: after the attack, I was worried but I got it to move somehow. And not a second too soon
: Because a certain person, who will remain nameless, locked me up I almost didnt make it in time.
: But it looks like you were about to leave me behind and go off on your own. Who is going to be my secretary when youre gone? Are you telling me to organise my own files? That prospect doesnt make me happy at all.
: Just like Cage, I found my own path. Im completely confident that Im doing the right thing. But I cant go down that path alone. It has to be together with all of them and you. So
: I agree. The only one who can handle being your secretary in the entire galaxy is myself.
: Hey, Im not that bad.
: Twede! Dont do it!!
: Mr. Twede!!
: Whoa, whoa WHOA!! Whaddya think youre doing?! Grr you got lucky this time! But I swear Ill get you next time! Choose your coffins before you see me again!
Villain exit stage left.
: Mr. Twede why why did you have to die?!
: I escaped immediately before the explosion. In fact, this was my intention from the very start
: I can say the same about you. Anyway, there are still more opponents. Good luck with the rest of them.
: Thank you!
Robin withdraws and leaves us to clean up the fodder units Ned brought with him. There are thirteen Beam Gun LEVs to get through.
The best strategy is to simply retreat a bit and let them all cluster up, then take them all out as quickly as possible.
The first enemy goes down to Razma and Semyl, the tried and true tag team.
Nadia and Mebius take care of a second, netting the latter a level up.
This is also a good time to show off Cages new Tear Blast attack.
Its a pretty great upgrade.
Warren finishes the guy Cage injured, and now Yukitos the last one left.
Well get rid of this guy next turn.
On the enemys turn Semyl takes two Beam Gun hits.
Razma also gets shot at but evades.
Mebius is damaged by a lucky hit, but evades three others.
Unfortunately she takes a second hit when one of the others tries to melee her.
When our turn rolls around the enemy units have moved themselves into a nice long line for us.
Razma scores a crit and Mebius finishes the enemy off, bringing her kill tally to two and unlocking her Burst Attacks for next turn.
Semyl and Nadia take another one down.
Cage gets his SHINING FINGER on.
And lastly Yukito gets rid of the foe he injured last turn.
Mebius dodges two shots on the enemys turn.
Razma isnt so lucky, but the Health and Shell ratings for our LEVs is getting pretty beefy at this point.
Not so for our OFs, with Mebius taking a Beam Gun hit which drops her to below half her HP.
Thankfully she evades the next shot.
Warren also takes a hit, rounding out the turn.
First things first; Ray Disaster has a new attack animation thanks to the Testaments modified hand, so lets check it out. It seems to be a bit glitchy on VBA, though.
Glitchy or not, it still kills the enemy in one hit.
Just four more left.
As luck would have it we have yet another powerful new attack to show off, the Orcrists Bounder.
Just a standard energy ball, but it does the job.
Just two left to go.
Semyl rocket boost!
Semyl cant kill this guy by herself, but Warren can finish the job.
And then there was one.
He shoots at Semyl but since hell be dead next turn theres no point in trying to evade.
Warren wraps everything up and the rest of BIS retreat, ending the mission.
Music: Every Day
: I wonder why. This IS the hideout, Cage.
: Wha! Hows that?
: We buried a fourth-generation freight ship underground and used it as our hideout.
: But it was buried underground for so long Is it really maintained well enough to be capable of sustained flight?
: Yes. It was our plan from the very beginning. Deckson and I kept it a secret. Im just glad we made it on time.
: Reincarnated Saviour, eh?
To explain a little further, the Saoshyant is the saviour figure of the Zoroastrian faith. He shares many of the same characteristics as Christ; immaculate birth, a role in the end times with the resurrection of all the dead, the cleansing of souls and the destruction of evil, etc. Funnily enough though, Zoroastrianism predates Christianity by around six hundred years, meaning its actually Jesus who is the Christian Saoshyant rather than the Saoshyant being the Zoroastrian Jesus.
Anyway, Decksons back!
: Yes right after you left. Sorry to have worried you.
: No, not at all. I
: I heard all about it. Forgive Razma, will you? He was thinking of you when he said all those mean things. He meant no
: No, I was in the wrong. I was only thinking of myself, and being selfish Im really sorry.
: one of the hiding places I outlined earlier.
: Okay. Go, Saoshyant!
The Saoshyant takes off, ending the episode.
So, Cage finds his resolve and rejoins BIS. And just in the nick of time too, because our old pal Ned is back. Or at least, his brain is. BAHRAM have shown their hand as well, meaning that all of the major players have finally become involved in the struggle for Mars. Despite this the next mission is going to contain some even bigger shockers, so stay tuned until then.