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We’re back, and what you don’t see is me having to record this long-ass mission twice because the first one didn’t have sound! And, then, I forgot to take pass by the squad-deployment screen before setting off… blah.
But what we have here today is ALL THE EVENT DEPLOYMENTS with Saya, Arnie, Mazinkaiser/Tsubasa, Shou and Fei-Yen on deck (the first two are flying solo). Oh, and Kurou is too bummed out to fight. With that in mind here’s how we’re going:
Zhang Fei/Sun Shangxiang
Tactician (Cheerleader): Cham
Dunbine secret – third step: did you take the US route (or NG+ it) on mission 13 and have 100+ kills with Shou and Marvel by the end of the last mission? Then tag Cham in for this one. Just a +5% evasion bonus means we might as well have no tactician running, but whatever.
Now grab some popcorn, folks, because we’ve a lot of stuff to get through today. Off we go.
: Lord Garan, our scouts report that those men have returned to the Machine Island.
: It seems they call themselves Ultimate Cross now.
: The group we met in the outside world, hm? I can hazard a guess as to why they are here… the Gravity Generator.
: Likely due to the fact that the generator has been growing further and further out of control ever since that devil’s mysterious activation…
: The other devil, the counterpart to the one with the skull…
: An uncontrollable weapon is no better than a blunt stick. That said, I do not mind it serving as a lure for them.
: Burn, how fare our preparations for combat?
: The new weapons are already in order. We are prepared to depart on your command.
: Hmhmhm… it has been a while since my heart has throbbed so. How much stronger have you become since our last bout, Ultimate Cross…?
: And, Burn, it seems the time for your fated clash is almost at hand.
: My lord, I am forever grateful for you. You took me in when I arrived, lost and confused, in this world and lead me until today.
: However, your cause notwithstanding, my one true goal has always been Shou Zama!
: I understand. The moment any man rises and faces his fate is the climax of his life…
: That applies to all of us.
: Lord Garan…
: Let us march! We’ll snap the chains of fate ourselves!
: Yes, my lord!
: Hmph, yeah, you go and tear each other apart! While you’re doing that, I’ll help myself to that little devil of yours…!
: Heheheh… I’m gonna show you all that power’s meant to be used!
: Tsk… It’s been ages since we’ve been to the Octagon but it really don’t look like we can chill right now, huh…
: Unfortunately, yes… the Gravity Generator already looks to be in critical condition.
: The frequent gravity discharges coming from it have triggered volcanic eruptions and tore crevices across the whole island.
: The Octagon’s keeping together thanks to our barrier, but even that’s just delaying the inevitable…
: But the Generator should have been pacified after we silenced the production plant at Kiba’s fortress, no?
: Why is it running out of control again?
: We wouldn’t be in this situation if we knew that, don’t you think?
: But, whatever the case, the point is that Earth’s magnetic field’ll be torn apart by the gravitational collapse if something isn’t done soon.
: And if that happens, there won’t be any life left on the surface…
: Considering the situation, I presume the only way to solve this is to shut down the Gravity Generator itself, yes?
: Cmdr. Kojindani did say that we had free rein to deal with this in any way we deemed fit, but…
: Lady Aila, I presume the Octagon and island won’t go unaffected if we do shut down the Gravity Generator?
: The Generator is the heart of Machine Island… without it, the island itself will die as well.
: All production plants will stop functioning, and no one’ll be able to live here anymore.
: Same goes for the Octagon?
: Yep, that’d be about game over for this place.
: But I don’t think that would be a bad thing. Quite the contrary.
: The old scientists who once lived on this island… they sought to tamper with the taboo and twist Man’s very fate…
: I say that forbidden research is best buried beneath the waves forever…
: Lady Aila…
: (A forbidden research…?)
: M-Maj. Richard only has six months left to live?!
: He’s pushed his body too far over the years. His cardiac functions, in particular, are severely debilitated.
: Th-There must be something you can do, right?!
: I’m so sorry, but there isn’t… this isn’t something current medicine can solve…
: Saya, if I may ask… you already suspected something was wrong with him, right?
: I pretty much always knew about it.
: Ms. Saya…?!
: What?! Do you think knowing meant I could’ve stopped him from doing what he wanted?!
: And this’ll happen to you too… you were aware of that from the start, weren’t you?!
: Hey, you know it’s rude to talk about people behind their back.
: Major…! Shouldn’t you be resting right now?!
: Resting won’t fix what’s wrong with me, will it? I figured I might as well do my part, then.
: Hah… even standing up must be tough for you, yet here you are. What a stubborn man.
: I’d rather you called it being “dutiful”, thanks.
: Now, before it’s time for my trip to the great beyond, I’ve got something I need to tell everyone…
: Lady Aila, we were told that it was two hundred years ago that this island first started conducting its research.
: The research institute built here was tasked with finding a new energy source during the fossil fuel shortage that followed WWII. And it was them that first discovered Gravity Energy…
: That’s correct.
: But, then, said institute was suddenly shut down… Do you know why?
: Rumor also has it that many unethical experiments were being made in there.
: Please, tell us what that “taboo” you mentioned was! What were the island’s scientists doing?!
: If you don’t mind, I’ll answer that.
: Maj. Richard!
: Are you feeling well, sir?
: The “Hell’s Executioner” can’t just bite it like that, right? I’d be the laughing stock of the merc world.
: Hah, when you’re right, you’re right.
: The taboo of the Machine Island… it all started two hundred years ago, right when Odyssite was first discovered here.
: Odyssite? What’s that?
: A unique mineral found only on this island. The Gravity Generator works by using it as a catalyst.
: And if I remember right, we’re also using those as fuel for the Elshank, no?
: Right. We’d normally use the kylhasium found on Planet Ladorio, but…
: We’d spent most of our stock as we warped to Earth, so we had no choice but to use that Odyssite as a replacement fuel.
: You say “had no choice”, like it’s a bad thing. You oughta be grateful we were lucky stuff like that’s around!
: In truth, Odyssite is said to be a mineral capable of “magnifying Man’s Willpower”.
: Man’s Willpower?
: Yes. And considering the Odyssite reacted with the Elshank, it could be that it has some kind of system that channels that power.
: Huh… Princess, do you know about that?
: N-No, I don’t…
: But if the Elshank and our three machines are equipped with such a system…
: It’d explain why Tobikage always showed up exactly when we were in trouble.
: He was reacting to our wills, huh…?
: (No, Joe… not our wills, but your – the Legendary Ninja’s – will…)
: Now, the eggheads on this island figured they’d put that Odyssite to use and develop a bunch of strong weapons with it.
: Put it simply, they put together a system that magnified Man’s Willpower and converted it into energy.
: It converts human will into energy…?
: That’s a lot like an Aura Machine…
: Problem is, the Odyssite didn’t just magnify that power.
: The scientists later found out that said magnified Willpower was also traveling through time and space.
: Say what?!
: People’s thoughts were travelling across time and space… Is that even possible?!
: Why are you so surprised? We are already familiar with a handful of items that work in similar ways, no?
: For one, the earring belonging to Sheryl that’s in Alto’s possession.
: Sheryl’s earring… that jewel that transmits thoughts…!
: And, also, the Wings of Rean shoes.
: And there is also the Yùxǐ, a sacred relic from our land of Mirisha…
: Th-The Yùxǐ…?!
: I know it can summon amazing stuff like the Celestial Armors, but…
: You mean the way the Wings open passageways through space-time is also through Willpower…?
: Then, perhaps the Wings of Rean proper and the Celestial Armors could be deemed as manifestations of the will of man… or, better put, the will of the heavens…
: Furthermore, another example would be…
: The Linebarrel’s Override and the Orphes’ warp abilities.
: Th-The Linebarrel too…?
: Hey, hold the phone! It’s true that the Linebarrel can teleport when Kizaki and I want it to, but…
: My Painkiller can also teleport, yes…
: Not exactly. A Machina teleporting to answer its Factor’s call, and the Linebarrel teleporting with its Factor aboard are two very different things…
: What we call Override – the act of executing chain-teleports with the Factor aboard – is a form of teleportation made possible by the Linebarrel perceiving the Factor’s future location.
: It’s pretty much a type of time travel.
: I get it now… Back when I did that last warp to go after the nuke…
: I warped to where the missile was projected to be when I got there…
: When I did, I was also travelling through time… I was crossing space and time …
: Exactly. The Orphes’ engine, the Lepton Vectrer… its prototype was an Accelerated Particle Engine developed on this island.
: Ennea… why…
: Kurou, we were the ones who didn’t keep an eye on her… You can’t blame yourself for what happened.
: But it doesn’t change the fact that I couldn’t keep her safe.
: Are you going to mope for the rest of your life?
: Because Ennea will not return even should you do that.
: I say you cannot allow the past to consume you! Remember that we still have a duty to fight for the future!
: I know that…
: I know, but… it’s not that easy…
: Let’s go, everyone.
: What, you’re just gonna leave him like that?
: Kurou needs time to put his heart in order.
: (Al does, too, I think…)
: (More and more Kurou suffers, and I simply cannot get through to him …)
: (Because, ultimately… ‘tis a false warmth that lies within me…)
: That Accelerated Particle Engine used Odyssite as a catalyst and, so, magnified the Willpower of its pilot.
: But human hands just couldn’t control an infinitely accelerating energy.
: And the end result… was that the Accelerated Particle Energy ran amok halfway through the experiment and vanished across time and space.
: It triggered a particle annihilation, then?
: No, a better way of putting it is that the Engine going out of control wound up calling out to a new Willpower.
: A new Willpower…?
: In other words, the magnified human will and the Accelerated Particle Engine warped through space-time…
: And another will switched places with them, coming in from a different world.
: W-Wait a second… that sounds like!
: Like when the Fenrir explosion and the Wings of Rean caused Shouko and the UX to switch places…
: And who was it that was switched in?
: That would be Fei-Yen.
: So, Fei’s not a robot they built on this island…?
: (But, then… just what is all that music deep down in my memories…?)
: I figure you know what happened after, yes, Ms. Aila?
: After the failed experiment, the scientists redoubled their efforts in order to try and find a way to control the Accelerated Particle Engine.
: And in doing so, they reached out and touched that which Man should never have touched – that which was taboo…
: And that taboo is…?
: “Erbsünde”… that’s German for “original sin”…
: Correct. It took Willpower to keep a human will accelerating into infinity under control…
: And with that in mind, the island’s scientists decided to infuse a will into the Odyssite itself, creating new “life”…
: Put it simply, they created artificial humans that would serve as control keys for the Accelerated Particle Engines.
: A-Artificial humans…?!
: New life, created by human hands…
: An act of defiance against God, indeed…
: Thus, “original sin”…
: And the beings they created were our fathers…
: Then, you’re…!
: Yep. “Those born branded by the stigma of the sin”, that’s us…
: We’re all descendants of the original Erbsünde…
: And it’s not just us, but Kiba and Garan too…
: Well, damn… so those crazies also had that kinda fate thrust on them…?
: Maybe that’s why they did what they did – to rebel against it…
: Wh-What is that racket…?!
: Lady Aila, Garan’s Forces are heading this way! Our scouts are sending a feed!
: Th-There’re so many of them…!
: Shou, look! That black Aura Battler!
: It’s the Zwarth…!
: The Ace Killer we fought back at Normandy?!
: This is going from bad to worse… if we lose too much time here, the Gravity Generator’ll start breaking down…!
: What do we do, Maj. Richard?!
: Troops, hustle to your mechs and launch! We’ll bust through Garan’s bunch and pull the plug on the Gravity Generator!
: Y-Yes, sir…!
: Haah, haah… Rrgh!
: Maj. Richard… you really are…
: Heh, yeah, I am…
: This is what’s left of the man who’s crossed space-time and seen the Hell on the other side…
: Saya, if things go south… You understand what I’m getting at?
: Yes, sir…
: Garan and Kiba… two men who could only oppose their fate through battle…
: Ryo, dude… don’t tell me you’re letting that sob story get to ya?
: Hah… Do I look like that sort of person to you?
: Oho, look at this badass over here. And we ain’t pulling our punches against whatever we find out there, right?!
: Of course not. You find us in the battlefield, you’ll soon find yourself splattered over the Kaiser’s knuckles.
: Damn straight! And that’s ‘cause we… are HELL!
Mission 31 – Final Count
: Hey, what gives?! Why isn’t the Demonbane out here?!
: (Kurou… you still haven’t recovered…)
: Oh, wow, and that’s just the first wave? Pretty major party they’re sending our way.
: (That man, Garan, always talked like he knew a lot about me…)
: (He’s not here yet, but I’m sure he’ll turn up!)
: The Aura Battler!
: Why do you seek battle so doggedly, Black Knight?!
: It’s one of those warriors from another world…
: That should be obvious, I think! What I desire is a showdown with my nemesis!
: I knew it… Burn Bunnings!
: At long last we meet again, Shou Zama! How have I looked forward to this moment!
: Welp, looks like we are gonna have to fight our way out of this…
: Then you won’t mind if we lend you a hand, right?
: All of us are warriors of the Octagon!
: And we’re not the kind of women to just sit back and be protected!
: Fine, then the Psycogear Squad will follow the commands of Lt. Yuki!
: Can you handle it, Lt.?
: Y-Yes, ma’am! It’s an honor to fight with all of you!
: The honor’s all ours, girl!
: We’ve got almost no time before the Gravity Generator breaks!
: Hurry, hurry, guys! Get rid of them quick and then go shut that thing down!
Destroy everything, don’t lose a ship or any of the event deployments. Most of them should be fine, but be especially mindful of Tsubasa if you haven’t been using her. Of note, however, is that she’s unlocked her new attack with the Octagon girls, so that’s a decent power boost.
As for the battle, this is pretty much a repeat of the fight we had with Burn back in the Europe Route. The SKL mooks have decent firepower, but their accuracy still suffers, so Burn is the only real threat here unless you decide to let Evasion Decay pile up.
And speaking of Burn…
Dunbine secret – fourth step: have Shou attack Burn, and both must survive. Afterwards, reduce Burn’s HP under 10% with anyone.
Simple, but remember that Burn hits hard, is surprisingly survivable and will pop that Off-Shoot like no one’s business, so come packing Strike.
And here’s Tsubasa’s Maximum Honey Combination.
: Why are you doing this, Burn Bunnings?! What’s the point in us fighting when the country you served doesn’t exist anymore?!
: There is no “point” and I’m well aware of it! But I must still end things with you or I’ll never be able to move on!
: Stop being so fixated on Shou, Burn Bunnings!
: I’m sure you could look for something else to do with your life, no?!
: Humans are nowhere as free as you think! They are bound by fate, and by their own hearts! Thus, what I’ll do with my life is seek closure!
: I’d wished to repay you for Normandy for a while. It may seem trivial to you, but I am a knight and I will wipe away that dishonor with your blood!
: I have heard that knights are warriors meant to protect the people!
: And if you will turn the other cheek to this catastrophe in the making, then you have no right to call yourself as such!
: All that matters to me is Shou Zama! If you’ll impede me, then your heads shall roll!
: What a powerful spirit…! He may be misguided, but his Aura Power has been honed to the Nth degree!
: This is how powerful the guy who fought Shou – who fought a Holy Warrior – is…?!
Aesap attacking: “No hesitation at all…?! So that’s how Burn Bunnings is like…!”
: This mech… It’s the Ace Killer we fought in Europe…!
: And he’s as crazy strong as he was before, I see. But if you think that’ll let you do your thing, you’re in for a surprise!
: Your yelling does not impress me. All the bravado in the world will not save you if you lack the ironclad resolve to support it! Such is the battlefield!
: These are Aura Battlers from the other Byston Well…? However, with the exception of Shou, all are exactly the same to me: unimportant!
: A black Aura Battler?! And the way it moves… this guy’s good!
: He may not be a Holy Warrior, but his sword-arm has clearly been tempered in the fires of battle. A very strong fellow…!
: If the old man’s saying that, then we better stay on our toes!
: I will not give in! My arrival in this world would be utterly meaningless if I let this be the end!
: He’s going Hyper?! No, his Aura Power is…!
: Have at you, Shou Zama! Face me if you dare!
: Shou, don’t! You can’t fight him like that!
: No… Shou, that man is haunted by his fixation with you. And so long as that stays, he’ll never be able to right his life…
: Draw your sword and cut out that cancer in his soul!
: I could say that I don’t resent how my life was led astray due to your actions, but that would be a lie.
: Nevertheless, the smattering that remains of my pride as a knight demands only one thing at this moment…
: And that is one final duel with you, Shou Zama! Let’s end this…!
: Then I accept your challenge…
: Burn Bunnings!
: To arms, Shou Zama!
Burn attacking: “What I seek is only to settle accounts with you…! Face me, Shou Zama!”
Shou attacking: “If this is the will of Byston Well at work, then I’ll accept it!”
This scene only plays if you did the secret. The common version’ll be at the end of the update.
: Hrgh…! Hah-Hahah… Defeated, once again…
: But I have no regrets… because this is the path I – and no one else – chose…
: Are you really satisfied with letting things end like this?! Don’t just throw your life away!
: I know our Byston Well was purified by Lady Ciela, so don’t you want to know for what purpose we wound up here?! Your hatred is gone, so why not?!
: There are forces at work in this world, like the Wings of Rean, that’ve transcended the limits of the human will…
: And I’m sure it’s not too late for us to find an answer…
: Took you long enough, boss-man!
: Lord Garan…!
: I pity you, Burn… ever at the mercy of fate, even after transmigrating into this world…
: But, Burn… It’s clear that this is not where your struggle with fate comes to an end.
: Follow your heart, and seek out whatever battlefield it guides you to…
: My lord… I shall never forget the kindness you have shown me!
: Farewell, Black Knight…
: However, here is where I end my dispute with fate. Here and nowhere else!
: He’s really managed to mass-produce the things with the data he got at Normandy…!
: The time is come for me to claim your lives and sever the chains of fate that bind my life!
: Are you done talking…?
: You can only prove your existence through battle. That makes you little more than garbage.
: Hah… Hahahahah. Oh, yes, I remember you – that other Erbsünde…
: Say what?! Magami’s an artificial human too…?!
: I won’t deny that our lives were fabricated. But what does any of that matter?!
: Our will is our own! Our lives may be artificial, but I’ll live the rest of my days according to my own will!
: Magami, you…!
: Live the rest of your days, eh?
: You amuse me! I say this calls for a duel!
: Will it be my pride or your will that emerges victorious? Steel yourselves and come, my nemeses!
: Ya didn’t even need to ask! Bring it on, Garan!
Garan’s the same as back in the Europe Route, only with a boost to all his stats. Comparatively, our guys are now way stronger, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Just don’t let him get a clean hit in and attack from beyond point-blank to neuter his strongest weapon.
The few mooks he’s brought in are of no consequence when our morale’s this high.
This next convo plays for either Shouko or Karen, whoever goes first:
: Now what is this? Someone who’s broken free from the wheel of fate…?
: If Man is capable of living outside the flow of karma, then I demand you prove it to me through your strength…!
: Your life is man-made – so what?! That doesn’t justify what you’re doing to prove you’re in control…!
: But you must take control of your life, or you’ll never be your own man in this harsh world!
: You have been given a proper life, so I doubt you could understand what I feel.
: Maybe not, but I’m still putting a stop to you! Whatever your issues may be, involving the rest of the world in them is just plain wrong!
: I am simply an empty vessel made for combat. But I’ll fill that vessel, and through battles of my choosing!
: Even someone whose life was made for combat can still decide what that life’ll amount to!
: Why do you feel like this is the way you have to use all the power you were born with…?!
: Begone, knave! Every frontier my sword has cut into is my domain! None can oppose me!
: War itself is what you desire… and, indeed, it shows in the astonishing might you display.
: However, if your gaze is not set beyond your war – if you have not the ideal to establish a grand nation through it – then you cannot be deemed a true conqueror!
: If it’s my fate to do war, then I need only emerge as the supreme victor and tear those chains asunder!
: Listen, I can kinda sympathize with the bad hand you were dealt, but…
: People’s lives aren’t set in stone after they’re born! The way you’re born into the world doesn’t change the fact that you get to choose what to make with your life!
: Lt. Magami, Maj. Richard, the Octagon ladies… everyone’s been living their lives defying the fate they’d been given!
: Garan… whatever past you might have, I won’t hesitate to put you down…!
: Hmhmhm… Such a killer resolve. I have long wished to crush a man like you.
: I challenge you, warrior of the UX! Now we duel!
: I will not be beaten… but not because of my fate, or my origin, but because of the man who’s showed me the way!
: I cannot perish, either. Not just for myself, but for all the subordinates who’ve laid down their lives for my cause!
: To battle, girl! Muster your life and your beliefs and pit them against mine!
: So the once-sealed away Sleeping Beauty now presents herself as an enemy of my conquest…
: Curious, indeed…! If this is fate at work, then I’ll soon uproot it!
: My appearance here is part of the reason why this man is like this…
: But I still want to know why I’m here! So, I won’t – I can’t – let this world be destroyed!
: It’s you… Hmhmhm, I’ll be sure to savor every moment of this fight to the death with a fellow Erbsünde.
: Hah, the big man’s really getting into this. What say you, Magami?
: A fight to the death is exactly what I want…!
: It’s not my origin or fate that dictates my life. Everything I do is because of my will, and I’ll make him painfully aware of how strong it is!
And we get another Kaido’s Hand-to-Hand Teachings from him.
Aaay, we’re starting to learn Valor too!
: We got him?!
: Lord Garan…!
: I apologize, Himiko…
: I will not be capable of uncovering the truth of this world for you…
: The truth of this world…?
: Listen and listen well, my nemeses!
: This entire world, this universe… all is bound by unseen, yet gigantic, chains of fate!
: My clan was created with the purpose of keeping the gateways of Hell shut…
: Kiba’s clan was created as keepers of Sleeping Beauty, while Aila’s was meant to keep the island isolated from the outside world…
: Aila’s clan…?!
: That’s right… It was Aila’s parents who once draped the island in the Gravity Curtain…
: And then Aila wound up reaching out to the people of the outside world, and awakening the Sleeping Beauty within Kiba’s fortress… what an ironic coincidence, no?
: However, struggle as you might, everything is happening squarely atop the spiderweb of fate…
: The more we wriggle about, the closer we are brought towards the center of the web…
: Garan, you said your clan was bound to the gateways to Hell. Just what is that thing?!
: Who lies at the center of that spiderweb…? What is the truth of this world?!
: It’s THIS!!
: Lord Garan…!
: Hah-Hahahahah… fate mocks us so…!
: Who is that…?!
: Yaahahaha! It’s been ages, Skull-face!
: You’re… Kiba?!
: You’re still alive?!
: I am! I clawed my way from the bottom of Hell!
: All so I could wring the life out of you with the other devil… the Iron Kaiser!
: Iron Kaiser?!
: The Kaiser’s reacting to that other machine…!
: Then the gateways to Hell that Garan talked about…
: You got it! It’s the devil the Odyssite called through space-time when the Gravity Generator first got turned on – the Iron Kaiser!
: So Garan’s clan was charged with keeping that machine sealed away…!
: Then, what triggered the Gravity Generator’s recent breakdown…!
: Was that machine coming back online?!
: Hyaahahahahahaha! Bingo!
: And I’m gonna use this baby’s power to trash the entire planet!
: Gravity waves from a Graviton Reactor…?!
: Kch… Its power is tremendous!
: AHAHAHAHAAAA! How’dya like them apples, Skull-face!
: Gch… that sonuva…!
: W-We can’t move…!
: Gravity waves are still growing! Our machines’ll be crushed if that keeps going…!
: Have some more!
: Come on, people! Isn’t there anything we can do?!
: Kch… At this rate, we…!
: Singing Maiden…
: Huh?! M-Me…?
: You should understand by now…
: You, like the devils, were summoned from across space and time by a will within the Odyssite, so I’m sure you understand…
: Understand what…?!
: Let everything pour forth – your feelings, your prayer!
: My feelings? Prayer…? That’s…!
: Quit with that blah-blah-blah! This ain’t none of your business!
: Ghk… Gaaaaah!
: Aila… We were all being guided by the same force…
: As is that devil…
: Seek out the truth… The meaning behind our births… lies beyond…!
: H-How could you…!
: Hehehe…! And you’re all up next!
: You’re a very lonely man, aren’t you…?
: Whatchu say…?!
: You’re incapable of accepting anyone who so much as annoys you, so you do nothing but kill.
: And you don’t – or maybe you can’t – even notice how flawed your soul is. What a sad, lonely man.
: Eh?! Start making sense, goddamn it!
: Oh, well… I guess it’s up to me to fill that empty heart of yours with some positive energy.
: That is my mission, the reason why I was called to this world…
: I remembered… my feelings, my prayer…!
: Emotion, the energy overflowing within the chest. Turn your heart into wings and set off into that boundless sky…
: Listen to my song! (The above lines were lyrics for another Virtual On song, like Love 14. It’s called…)
We’ll see this in a jiffy.
: Gwaargh! H-her song’s…!
: The Gravity waves are gone…?!
: Our units can move again…! No, that wasn’t all she did… This is!
Everyone maxes out morale… only we were already there, so no one gets anything!
: It’s like a surge of power coming from inside me…!
: She’s converting our emotions into strength…!
: Fei’s song is doing this?!
: Heheh… Well, now ain’t this cool!
: Grrgh… Y-You think I’m gonna let you get away with this?!
: Alright, no more tricks! I’m gonna rip you all apart!
: Hmph, ya buncha rats!
: Kiba…! I’ll show you all the power you awakened inside me!
Our good friend Kiba’s back and he’s pissed. Stats are even better than Garan and the Iron Kaiser hits hard and has a two-pronged directional MAPW that blasts up to 8 squares ahead (with a 2x4 AoE in the last 4 squares on each side). He’s not TOO accurate, either, but Prevail L7’ll offset that some, so watch it.
At 100k HP, he’d be the bulkiest enemy we’d had to fight thus far, but Miku shaved off 40% of that, so now he’s got less than Garan did. You should have a few Daunt casts handy and, if you’re like me, nearly all mooks are already down, so he won’t be building up to 130 morale before it’s go-time.
Can’t debuff him, either, so just toss whatever you’ve got left and wrap things up in one turn.
And here are Kiba’s big weapons. Now we can go!
: I’ve come back from Hell to settle things with you, Skull-face!
: Have it your way… This world doesn’t need two Kaisers in it!
: And you’ll learn that you didn’t come back from Hell… because the two of us and the Mazinkaiser are Hell!
: And we’re about to burn what’s left of you!
: So many times you hounded us, Kiba, but that also ends today!
: The Octagon women?! After I’ve killed the four of you, I’ll take my time with that haughty leader of yours!
: You dare threaten Lady Aila…?!
: But you’re not getting even one finger on her, you wretch!
: We’ll take you out for good and then we’ll find a way to stop the Gravity Generator…! Psycogear Squad, forward!
: This is it: the greatest kind of freedom there is! I’m now too damn strong for anyone to hold me back!
: You think that’s being strong? Seems to me that you don’t know jack.
: Yeah? Then why don’t you come over and showcase what you think the real deal is!
: Oh, don’t worry, I will! This is the strength that comes from fighting for others…
: It’s the strength of a CHAMPION OF JUSTICE!
: What did you want all this power for?!
: For booze! And women! And for power itself! If I want something, I go and get it! That’s the Kiba Lifestyle and I’d like to see you try and stop it!
: While mine is to put an end to those that’d throw the world into chaos! That’s the mission we were given!
: You, Aila and Garan were all the same, right? Then why were you fighting with each other?!
: Pah, you think I give a rat’s ass about that sorta stuff?! You rub me the wrong way, you’re dead! That’s the long and short of it!
: But that’s… I can’t even begin to say how evil that is! We have to stop him, Heroman!
: It’s game over for you! The Iron Kaiser and I are invincible! No one can handle us!
: So many people are risking their lives to protect this world – including the Major…!
: And I’m not about to let someone like you destroy it!
: This isn’t due to yours being a manmade life… I can tell. Your bloodthirst, your brutality, is just your nature…!
: Well, that’s real kind of you to say! And you’re right! The past can eat it for all I care!
: This hunger for power? Mine! This overwhelming toughness?! Mine! This raised fist?! MINE! It’s all meeee!
: Then I’ll wipe you and that power from the face of the planet! The darkness beyond the original sin is waiting!
: This power’s the BEST! Now that I’ve the Iron Kaiser, the entire world’s my oyster!
: But that oyster’s hanging over the edge right goddamn now!
: We don’t have any time to waste on you! Come here and I’ll make this quick!
: Weren’t you and Garan born for the same reason? Why couldn’t you live with each other…?!
: What’re you getting at, eh? This island wasn’t big enough for the two of us and that’s all the reason we needed to get with the killing!
: Don’t even try it, Shangxiang. Our words will not work on this one, and we haven’t the time to try…
: Thus, I, Sun Quan, swear by my ancestor, Sun Tzu, to mete out your due punishment!
: You got a lotta nerve pulling that stunt with me! But, now, my devil’ll turn you and that power of yours into ancient history again!
: Song and Willpower are one and the same…! And as long as my song’s in everyone’s hearts, this power’ll never disappear!
: And how do you like them apples, prick?!
: Gch-Gch-Rrrr! I’m not going down like this!
: If that’s how it’s gonna be… then I’m taking everyone with me!
: Whoa…! What’s he doing?!
: It’s…! Guys, we’ve got trouble! The Gravity Generator just had a major spike in activity…!
: What did you say?!
: The way it’s looking, we’ve only a few moments before the gravity collapse occurs…!
: HYAAHAHAHAHAAH! You’re all gonna die! There won’t be anything left!
: This son of a bitch…!
: Isn’t there anything we can do to stop this?!
: There’s… only one way.
: Talk to us, then! What do we do?!
: Himiko explained it to me when she died…
: If you send that energy back to its source, it’ll revert to the raw state it was in originally…
: What does she mean?!
: The Iron Kaiser’s Graviton Reactor is essentially a miniaturized Gravity Generator…
: So, if we can get their particles and anti-particles to collide, and trigger a particle annihilation…
: Particle annihilation…?!
: What… did you even hear me?! I’m all but asking you to go on a suicide mission!
: Didn’t you say that’s the only way out of this? Then we don’t mind.
: Lt. Kaido…!
: We just blow up the Iron Kaiser and the Gravity Generator at the same time, right?
: Plus, solving this problem with one BIG explosion instead of powering the thing down like a bunch of wimps sounds perfect for us!
: But we’ll need your help to make it work, Lt. Yuki! We’re using that!
: Why are you hesitating, Yuki?!
: Cpt. Scarlet…!
: Are you just going to let their resolve go to waste?! What did I give you the Wingle for if not for this exact moment?!
: Detaching Tiara Aile and Arsine Guard!
: Make sure to match its speed…! Cross Sequence, countdown initiated!
: I dunno what you’re up to, but I ain’t letting it happen!
: Oh, no, you don’t!
: Now, Yuki!
: Wing Cross!
: Th-The Kaiser…!
: It combined with the Wingle’s wings!
: Here’s the little ace up our sleeve! Say your prayers, Kiba!
: Y-You two wanna get yourselves killed?!
: What’re ya worried about, ya goddamn cockroach?!
: Now, are we gonna be the first to bite it, or will you be the lucky winner? Gambles like this are kinda fun once in a while, I say!
: Gaaaaaaah! You… you’re all 100% crazy!
: It ain’t over yet! We got one last game to take you on!
: Excuse you, but that’s my part to play!
: The Riot…?!
: Is that… Major?!
The Riot grabs the Iron Kaiser and drags it towards the Gravity Generator!
: Guh… Y-You bastard!
: The hell do you think you’re doing, geezer?!
: A particle annihilation from the Riot’s Proton Generator should also be more enough to gobble up both this guy and the Gravity Generator!
: You two still have plenty of work to do, no?
: I’m just a scumbag with one foot in the grave. But I can still decide how I go out, so let me have this.
: Maj. Richard…!
: You know what you have to do, right, Saya?
: Accelerated Particle Engine, full throttle!
Saya flies towards them.
: Ms. Saya…!
: I… I…!
: Now, Saya! FIRE!
: I-I can’t do it…
: I can’t… I can’t shoot you, Major…!
: Ms. Saya…
: I can’t… I just can’t!
: Kch…. Aaaaaah!
Arnie flies over.
: You may be a merc… and this might be your mission…
: But no child should have to gun down her own father…
: Ensign Berge…
: Maj. Richard, I…
: I’ll take up your will onto myself!
: Hahahah… Thanks, Ensign…
Arnie: “Maj. Richard… I’ll do the deed with my own hands. That’s the least I can give you!”
Richard: “Take care of my daughter… and your future…”
: Goodbye, Saya…
: I see. Richard is…
: You don’t look all that surprised, sir.
: He came to me before and explained his condition.
: I knew he’d eventually want to pass his will on to the next generation and settle accounts with fate…
: Is… Is that everything you have to say?
: He’s dead – your friend is dead!
: And you just sit there, acting like it’s not that big a deal to you! Don’t you feel anything for him?!
: If you think tears would make Richard happy, then you can go and cry until your eyes bleed.
: But can you end these battles with tears? Can you save the world with those?
: Even I know that! But you could…!
: (Hisataka Katou spoke like he knew how the future would play out…)
: (And if Mr. Ishigami and Maj. Richard also did, then…)
: Hrm… Wh-Where…?
: You’re awake. We’re inside one of our motherships.
: Shou Zama…!
: Hm… I suppose you found me passed out…
: Garan is dead, so there’s no reason for us to fight anymore, right?
: So I should come with you? Is that what you’re implying…?
: The old Black Knight – that warrior filled with hatred – is gone.
: And if that’s the case, why not help us as just another warrior willing to fight against fate?
: Shou Zama…
: The way I see it, the three of us may just be in the same boat.
: The same…?
: We were also ready to face death at one point.
: But we managed to overcome that death through our Willpower, and now we’re here…
: And if Willpower can transcend time and space, and even change fate itself…
: Then I believe that we should use that power for others… or, better yet, for the future of this world.
: For the future, hm…?
: Hah, maybe there is truth to what you say…
You obviously only get this scene if you did Burn’s secret. Now we have him and the Zwarth, which not only is pretty dang powerful, also has a combo attack with the Bilbine!
: Ms. Saya, I…
: “Should you find yourself fighting against friends or family, could you bring yourself to pull the trigger?”
: I gave you that whole lecture on professional commitment, but I couldn’t do anything myself…
: Ms. Saya…
: I wanted to do as was needed… I told myself it had to be done…!
: You, the Major… everyone was prepared to risk everything they had during that battle…!
: And I still froze…!
: Ms. Saya… despite all that, I don’t think that was a shot you should’ve made…
: Ensign Berge…
: I don’t know what the Major said to you, but…
: Orders or not, you’re his daughter. You shouldn’t have to do that…
: I’m not his daughter…
: A will infused into Odyssite, to serve as a control key for Accelerated Particle Engines…
: That’s what I am…
: Wh-What…?! Then, you’re…!
: Another Erbsünde, yes… a manmade life…!
: Do you see how it is now?!
: I was created to synchronize and manage the Orphes and Lyras’ engines… but it’s too much for me. That results in the Orphes performing imperfect warps, each and every one of them eating away at yours and the Major’s lives…
: Imperfect warps…?
: Everything that’s happened to you and him is my fault! My will – my life – was too weak, and that’s why he…!
: sob Aaaah…!! It’s… all my fault…!
: No, Ms. Saya… don’t blame yourself…
: I can’t even begin to imagine how god-awful it must’ve been for you…
: Trying so hard to carry out your mission and keeping us going, all the while knowing the warps were imperfect and would get me and the major killed… I shudder to even think about how you must’ve felt.
: sob Ensign, I…
: Saya… so you knew everything. I thought as much…
: Ms. Aila…!
: What do you mean? Were you also aware of her secret?
: The name “Saya” comes from an ancient word for “life”…
: Apparently, a scientist who worked on this island had a habit of giving names meaning “life” to the will-infused Odyssite.
: The names of life…
: Then it was someone who worked on this island who named Saya…?
: I believe so. And that scientist was called…
: Novel Dylan…
: N-Novel Dylan…?!
: The Neutrino Generators seem to be running nicely.
: Yes, they are. We should be ready to attempt a synchro-overdrive next time.
: The Neutrino Generator… the new Accelerated Particle Engine developed from the Proton Engine…
: The question now is whether we can get them to sync up properly. It’ll all come down to mine and Ayul’s skill…
: Or, rather, to the strength of our wills…
: Correct. The catalyst for all Accelerated Particle Engines is the light of the Odyssite – in other words, it’s Willpower itself…
: You two need to learn how to make proper use of that power, which is why I’m assigning you to assist the Black Lodge next.
: The Black Lodge…?!
: That group in Arkham City…?! Master Therion’s group…!
: Oh, right, you have some rather unpleasant history with him.
: But I ask that you let go of that. The sorcerers can help you understand the root of their magic, and that’s something indispensable for both of you.
: Cpt. Spencer…
: No, I understand. The past doesn’t mean anything to me anymore.
: I’ll do whatever I have to in order to bring about Ayul’s awakening!
: Very good. Her awakening is what’ll lead the way to the future of this universe…
: Ayul… i.e., the name of life…
: The name of life… the meaning behind my existence…
[i]Finally, Burn’s also a Tactician and his bonuses are, respectively, +10% Melee attack power and Defense.
Speaking of, if you didn’t get his secret, the scene that plays after him and Shou duke it out is:[/i]
: F-Farewell… Shou Zama… my worthy nemesis!
: Burn Bunnings…
: Was there no other way…? Are you happy with how this ended?!
: If the will of Man can cross through time and space, then what did it bring us into this world for?!
: Burn Bunnings…! I… I!
: You have fallen, Burn…
: Took you long enough, boss-man!
: Hmhmhm, it has been a while, hasn’t it, Ultimate Cross…
: And I hear you are now renowned as saviors of the planet. Indeed, you have become worthy nemeses!
And then the rest plays out the same.