He guided his Gundam Baelstrom to the test facility, its movements less mechanical and more human as it touched down. This was a feat he was proud of; he was told the best Fighters had that effect on their Gunplas. Ryoichi glanced at his map, seeking those identifiers of the enemy, even as he stood indifferent to the Zenshin Team Gunplas. The massive metal-towers they were to defend was perched upon by their GN Snipers and Seo's Alvaaron stood in the middle, gilded and for all the world to see.
Seo's directives was taken in but ultimately ignored. Charmaine's words however, held a possibility Ryoichi couldn't let be fulfilled. At least, not at the expense of his reputation and personal beliefs. He ushered the Gundam Baelstrom into the air seconds later, aiming northward towards the dense forest. He spoke to his team with a cold confidence, seen only once, though even that paled to now. "Ease up on those emotions, Charmaine. You jeopardize this match and you'll learn why they call me The Turncoat. That goes for all of you!"
Then he burst off with the Divine Striker pack in flight mode, focus baring down on the broad picture before him. He equipped his handgun from the Trikeros Kai Shield and held the controls loosely, ready to respond with fluid speed. The forest beneath him was a stream of deep green and yet, he knew below was mechanized weapons capable of firing on him. He assumed his opponents were antsy. Spotting him so high in the sky, they'd likely reveal themselves either with a pot-shot or a foolhardy charge.
Either way, he'd wait to gauge their response before striking out with the speed and fury of a lightning bolt. "Come meet, The Metal Devil," he whispered to himself, easing up on his thrusters and giving them the perfect target.
“Right, I’ll be right there.” Kai responded back in his usual calm demeanor, before moving his Gunpla to the catapult “Kai Asakura, Zaku II Benkei, Launching to the fray!” The catapult of the ship came to life and the Benkei accelerated before being shot out like a cannon. The Benkei’s Dober Gun unfolded from it’s backpack and in it’s other arm held it composite weapon. The Gunpla fighter quickly triangulated the locations of the two Zakus, not just from their shots, but the Caletvwich’s special properties.
Kai lined up both shots, before shooting at the two Zakus. Kai, contacted Riku over the coms. “Yankee.” Yankee was Kai’s nickname for Riku just like how Loudmouth was Jun’s, it was a bit ironic for Kai to be calling another person a Yankee. “I’ll deal with the two in the forest, ya go ahead and take the mobile armor, I’ll help with the big bastard after I take care of them.” The would be better for Kai to deal with these two alone, since Caletvwich’s special ability made it difficult to hide from him. Making it harder for them to use the terrain against him and use the tree to try and ambush him.
Kai dived into the trees, making sure to zigzag through his way there to avoid a counter attack, as he wasn’t arrogant enough to believe he took down both with his earlier shot. He was going to engage the both Zakus in a triple Zaku fight.
"Well atleast they do a good job of knowing to take things seriously when they see that I'm coming!" Jun commented from atop the Zeta Gundam' waveriver mode. They had a considerably nice positioning of their formation by not cramming together into one spot for them all to be shot down. Instead they had spread out their forces to strike at Jun and his teams for multiple angles to defend the train. The boisterous boy smirked at the challenge that he was glad wasn't going to be so easy.
"Still, no matter how tough you make it, a genius is still called a genius for a reason. That means it'll still end with my victory either way! Hey Blade! Focus on the train and Asshimar, and make sure you don't get hit! You're fast enough right? Don't underestimate them just because you have me on your team." Jun spoke ironically as fire from the enemy mobile suits began pouring at them. With Tomi taking care to back off and not get too close to the line of fire assaulting them. Jun immediately formed his Zanbuster Rifle for long range combat.
The Guncannon and Guntank may not be flashy but even someone as prideful as Jun knew how devastating their attacks were if they landed a direct it. Well, that was if they hit of course. "Tomi, lower down and get us into position where the Guntank is between us and the Guncannon so he'll have a hard to get us in his sights with his ally in the way. Then start shooting at the Guntank, you don't need to hit him just fire at the ground around to blind him with the dust and dirt!" As Jun gave that command to Tomiyoka, Jun aimed his sights at the Guntank and used his rifle to fire several blasts at it's center.
Riku was spending the remaining time figuring out how best to utilize the Manticore's loadout for the mission at hand. He'd already planned to use the sniper kit to survey the area and try to locate the Taurus suits. Beyond that his plan was to be the one to destroy the Taurus units while Naoki and Kai dealt with the enemy team. After this, Riku could then turn his attention to providing squad support to both his teammates by providing them cover fire from a distance. Yes, that sounded like the best way to go about-
“Warning, Warning, Enemy Approaching!!!”
That was the harbinger of things to come. Immediately afterward, Naoki reported an incoming Apsaras II. A moment later, Kai confirmed there was enemy units shooting up at them from the forests and that he would descend to the ground to deal with them. That meant it was up to Riku and Naoki to dispatch the Mobile Armor. But there was a problem. The Manticore was not optimized for aerial combat at all. It could handle space and the ground, but high altitude aerial zones like this would be a no-go. He had no other option, Riku would have to switch to one of his other Gunpla. Thankfully the Manticore hadn't launched from its catapult yet, so Riku still had time to get it off there and trade it for another Gunpla without wasting too much time.
"Naoki," Riku said over comms as he hurriedly made the preparations for the Gunpla swap, "The Manticore's a no-go for aerial combat. I'm switching to one of my other builds instead. I have a plan, but it might be a bit risky. Just keep the I-Field up and wait for me. When I put my plan in plan motion, it will give you an opportunity to shoot back with whatever you've got. You'll know the opportunity when you see it."
By this point, Riku had already removed the Manitcore from his GP Base. He swiftly, but carefully, replaced it with the GP Base for the Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki. Truth be told, it too was better suited for ground combat. But thanks to it partially being a Hayku Shiki it still had plenty of atmospheric flight capability. This in fact was one of the builds Riku could say with confidence that he had nearly perfected, since it was capable of combat in space, the air, or on the ground.
"Tenkagomen Kogane no Samurai!" Riku said when the Gunpla was secured to the catapult, "Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki, mairu!" and with that, the Gunpla launched from the catapult and out into the combat zone.
Outside, Riku finally emerged from the Yamato's catapult bay. But he wasn't piloting his Manticore as he had originally planned. Instead he was piloting one of the other Gunpla he had brought with him. It was no less than a shining golden samurai appearing to bear design motifs of a Musha Gundam and Hyaku Shiki. It's golden coloring was also a strong indicator of the Anti-Beam Coating the Gunpla's armor was coated with.
After launching, Riku maneuvered to stand on the bridge of the Yamato nearby where Naoki's Gunpla stood. The SMHS almost glistened in the sunlight with its golden armor, "She's going to fire any moment now. When I move from here, I need you to lower the I-Field to allow me through it. And make sure Haro keeps the Yamato steady. No sudden evasive movements. Like I said, my plan's a little risky, but if we pull it off we can render that Mobile Armor practically useless." during this, Riku had been watching the Apsaras II very intently. Keeping an especially close eye on its mega particle cannon. As soon as he spotted the telltale glow of its shot beginning to fire, his Gunpla shot forward without any warning, right toward the I-Field and the Mobile Armor beyond it.
He really hoped Naoki trusted him and would lower the I-Field. If he had to cut through it or navigate around it, then Riku would never reach his intended destination in time. If the I-Field lowered, the Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki would launch itself off from the tip of the Yamato's bow. It flew straight into the trajectory of the incoming mega particle cannon beam, the gunpla's hand reaching for the hilt of Izanagi. Like something out of a futuristic samurai film, the Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki drew its weapon in an iaido-inspired attack and brought the blade into the line of fire of the incoming beam.
Truth be told, the Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki had never deflected a beam of this magnitude before. And Riku suspected a full deflection of this beam was likely not possible. But the blade could do more than deflect beams, it could also slice through them as well and that was what Riku was counting on. The beam from the mega particle cannon would hit the edge of Izanagi's blade, resulting in the beam becoming split into two. The resulting split beams would each veer off at opposite angles, and as long as Haro had kept the Yamato on its current heading, they would miss the ship entirely - albeit barely. However, all of this would only work if Naoki and Haro had followed his instructions.
Assuming it all did work, Riku wasted no time with making his follow up. He continued flying toward the Apsaras II. With its mega particle cannon fired, it needed to recharge. And unless its pilot had bothered to customize it with additional armaments, then it would be unable to shoot at Riku as he made his move. He let the blade of Izanagi glow with whatever amount of particle energy it had absorbed from slicing the mega particle beam. It probably wasn't anywhere near full power, but it would be enough to suit Riku's purposes, "Secret Technique! Shining FLASH!" Riku cried out, unsure where the sudden need for theatrics had come from. But nevertheless, his charged up sword was brought down for a powerful slash aimed for Mobile Armor's mega particle cannon. If this worked, the weapon would become too damaged to keep firing.
Hopefully, Naoki also saw the opening created by Riku's risky maneuver, as it would render the Mobile Armor wide open for a follow up attack from him and his Fantastic GM.
@Dezuel At the Zenshin High Table, the squadron of Pisces picked up Charmaines energy signals heading their direction and decided to spring the attack before he could find them. As they began to fully walk along the beach's surface, the squad leader commanded the other 2 to launch their attack, a volley of torpedo missiles firing into the air before descending and aiming for the fast approaching Creusherazade that flew above ground towards them.
The squad leader charged forward with its limbs stretched forward, attempting to grapple Charmaine as he approached them. “Come at me, bastard!!!” A voice over the public channel blared. @Renny As the Baelstorm Gundam rapidly rose into the air, the squadron of 4 immediately took notice. The team separated with the two leos pulling back to fire from far away with beam rifles and the Virgos flying up, hovering just above ground between the Leos and the Baelstorm. The Planet Defensors activated and a barrier was erected between the two groups. The Virgo and Leos began firing, with only the Dark Red Virgo holding fire.
“We’ve made contact and have set up a defensive line up here..” The leader announced over the team channel. “Haro, move out and conquer.” Far out and deep within the mountains of the west area, a large mobile armor began to rapidly travel through the darkness revealing a scorpion shaped mobile armor. The MA began to move slowly in preparations for an ambush. @Shiyonichi As Kai’s Benkei fired its dobergun, Fujiro took action in his Red Zaku as he tackled his youngest son out of the way. “Damn, these guys got good aim.” He said as he zoomed in on Kai, he noticed his gunplas fast arrival. “Kojiro! A single enemy is approaching, let's surround and defeat him.” He said as the two of them got back up, holstering their machine guns as they took out the heat axes.
The father swung high, aiming to chop off the approaching gunplas head. The son swung low, trying to cripple its body. @Double As Rikus golden samurai gunpla stood before him, Naoki nodded and hesitantly agreed to Rikus plan. “Your asking us to fly steady ahead into the firing range of an Asparas. I knew I recruited you for a reason!!!!” He said with a smile. To Naoki he could see it. Or more accurately, he could see that Riku could see ‘it’. The path to victory.
Naoki's hand twitched over the I-field controls, knowing that timing would be everything in this maneuver. Without any real prior team training this was indeed a risky move, but weak plans never got Naoki far.
The golden samurai jumped off the ship, and the energy beam parted around the ship and grazed the two sides of the Yamato, doing minimal damage as the ship swam through the beam like a fish through water. “HOLY HELL RIKU!!! You crazy bastard!!” Naoki yelled as he smiled wide, the I-field beginning to reach its limit as the diverted beam surrounded them before the beam began to die down.
Riku continued his assault, a large slash to the Asparas’ front. And Naoki realized this was their chance to get rid of it. The Fantastic GM jumped back before setting into the catapult, before getting immediately fired forward towards the giant MA. Mid air, Naoki unsheathed the Anti Ship Sword on the GMs back and stabbed it into the top of the Asparas.
Within the Asparas. Fujiko smiled. “Well, if I fall I at least need to make an impact.” She said with a smile as the Asparas began to quickly move forward and dive down. Attempting to take the Fantastic GM and Shin Musha out with her. @KenjuGuy Jun and Tomiyoka swooped down as Tomiyoka did as he was told, maneuvering between the two right as the Guncannon fired, hitting the Guntanks shoulder. “OI Sojiro, calm down! You need to be aware of where your allies are!!” The old man yelled over the team channels. But before either could move, Tomiyoka fired a blast at his feet, stunning him. “Wait, this feeling.” Before he could process what he was doing the old man hit an emergency button, separating the Guntanks Core fighter and narrowly missing the destruction of the Guntank.
Kenjiro smirked, flying out of the smoke in his core fighter and escaping the Guntanks' fate. “This boys got some tactics. Be careful.” Kenjiro said to his grandchildren as he clicked a few buttons. “Haro. We need reinforcements!” He said as he turned back to fire the core fighters machine guns at Jun and the Miracle. The Guncannon charging forward in an attempt to slash at Jun and Tomiyoka. @Blade17 In the air meanwhile, Blade and his opponent have been engaged in a game of aerial cat and mouse with the Asshimar dodging and weaving as the Zero One continues to try and slice at it with their beam sabers.
Hijiki sighed, overhearing her grandfather's comment to her brother. “That idiot. If you're gonna have one of us lose,” she said before she suddenly did a midair transformation, grabbing the wing zeros arm in the process. “You need to take someone out with you!!!” She yelled as she fired all boosters downwards.
Blade stabbed at the Asshimar repeatedly but was unable to escape his fate as the Wing Zero and Asshimar both bombed onto the ground below.
This time Blade couldn’t do anything to save the wing zero he said,” NO NO NOT LIKE THIS!!!” But once both gundams hit the floor and exploded the wing zero was completely destroyed and ruined Blade sat ther looking down sat he couldn’t believe it his most trusted gunpla that had gotten him through alot was destroyed he punched the console and got up.
As the son would attempt to slash the Benkei, the side railguns would turn forward and howl to life, blasting the child back with a railgun round to the face. The beam saber on the shield of the Benkei would flare to life as Kai then blocked the father’s heath axe. Kai would then kick the other red Zaku away, but it didn’t stay far away, for too long.
Kai would fire his rocket anchor at the Father’s Zaku before he could recover, and grappling it. “Get back here.” Kai would quickly drag the enemy back ramming the front part of his composite rifle into the enemy, the under barrel Gatling spinning to life as it sprayed a barrage into the enemy at point blank range, filling the chest with holes, but the reaper wasn’t done yet. Spinning around Kai threw the other Red Zaku at the green Zaku, before aiming his composite rifle once again and fired a beam at the red one’s reactor, in order to explode it and take both out with one shot.
In what felt like a moment lost in eternity, Ryoichi coolly scrutinized his situation. The Leos slid back slowly, raising their beam rifles. 'They were used to working in a team,' he thought, eyes narrowing on his visual display. 'Probably all they've ever known too. Let's shake their worlds' up, Baelstrom.'
He knew for one that his Baelstrom's speed was top-notch, its Builder made sure it was capable of keeping up with his reactionary skills. The only question left now was how good was his opponents. The Virgos's barriers came to life, a thin yet effective energy shield to protect both the Virgos and Leos. And yet... Ryoichi could see and feel his victory. All that was left was to make it reality.
The Baelstrom dove towards the two Virgos energy shield, and with precision, shot four rounds from his beam handgun--two aimed at each of the Virgos's Planet Defensor mechanisms, before sharply pushing on the Divine Striker's thrusters; jagging off to the left at its max-speed. Ryoichi, fluid with his controls had already replaced his handgun for his beam saber. The green blade hissed and as he zagged right, behind and across the Virgos he opted to bisect them both from hip to torso.
He doubted highly that anyone could keep up with his Baelstrom using Leos and Virgos. He was being cocky, of that much he was certain. Even still, he had a plan and it needed executing without hesitation. So he maneuvered his suit to the ground, grinding to a halt within view of the Leos. A few flicks of his wrist and taps of his fingers, transformed the Divine Striker pack into its Grappling Mode. The demonic looking arm, gave the Baelstrom a terrifying visage. In the same motion, Baelstrom ripped a tree from its place in the ground and chucked it towards the Dark Red Virgo, if only to distract him and the Leos from his next movements.
With the tree soaring, The Baelstrom reequipped his beam handgun and fired powerful rounds towards the Leos, aiming for the cockpit and heads. If things went according to plan, though they rarely did, he was suppose to meet the Dark Red Virgo head-on. Grappling Mode shifted back to Flight Mode and he rushed off to meet the assumed Leader. The Trikeros Kai held gingerly in front of him, his handgun firing sporadically to control the Dark Red Virgo's movements of escape.
The mobile armor's next movement told Riku all he needed to know. The pilot was out of options and was opting to try and deliberately crash them all to the ground, "Naoki, disengage! She's trying to take us down with her!" he warned his teammate over the comms. But unfortunately, as long as the Mobile Armor's propulsion system still worked, she'd just keep trying to ram them. That left Riku with one option to end this for good... and he wasn't particularly fond of the idea. He was gonna have to get close again, and try to kill her power-plant in order to disable her propulsion system. Of course that meant that he would be in danger of being dragged down with her if he couldn't pull out fast enough once the damage was done.
"Go ahead and check on Kai's status, Naoki... I'll finish this one off myself." Riku finally said over the comms. He really wasn't thrilled about this plan, but it was the only feasible one he could pull off. The Shin Musha made another lunge for the Apsaras II. Given that it was actively trying to ram them, it wouldn't be hard for him to aim his strike where he wanted. He pointed the blade straight ahead of him, aiming for a thrust right into the underside of the Mobile Armor. This particular model was able to fly due to a special propulsion system powered by its Minovsky Fusion Reactor. The reactor itself would be located behind the protective armor of the machine, but would require a direct connection to the propulsion surface in order to power the Minovsky Craft System currently keeping it afloat.
Riku's plan was surprisingly simple. If he could wedge his blade deep enough through the underside, there was a chance the blade would penetrate the reactor's I-field. This would cause it to start feeding energy directly to the sword, where the energy absorbing hilt awaited to collect a percentage of the excess energy. The combination of Izanagi's draining effect along with the leak the blade would cause in the reactor would theoretically drain the Apsaras II of it's remaining power, and pretty rapidly. The trick was that Riku needed to get himself out of there before he could be dragged down by the plummeting machine.
And he really only had one surefire way to accomplish the last part. He needed the Izanagi to absorb enough particles from the reactor to use one more Shining Flash. Hopefully this only took a few seconds, but those few second would be rather dangerous in this particular scenario. Still, once he had collected enough energy, he made the blade once again glow with red particle energy, producing an outer aura around it to enhance its length and cutting power, "...S-Shining Flash!" Riku put as much power has he could spare into making the Gunpla fly back upwards, while the rest of the excess energy went into the Shining Flash. If he calculated this right, the empowered blade would cut its way up through the Mobile Armor thanks to being supercharged by the Shining Flash. If all went well, this would get Riku out of danger and potentially slice the mobile armor in two to finish it off for good.
Charmaine had grit his teeth together on hearing Ryoichi's words, whilst at first it had been the call-name he had been given that had caused the most irritation. But now he was attacking on a more personal level. "Shut your mouth! You damn civilian! Threaten to change sides all you like! I never said I was on yours to begin with!" Charmaine yelled back to Ryoichi before the two parted, moving off towards different destinations. 'Does he really think he can take me on? Creusherazade let's begin the new chapter of the story! Destiny is smiling upon me!' He thought as he flew southwards, it didn't take long before the enemy made their presence known. Had they been static and waiting on him to approach?
That's when a volley of airborne missiles flew to his direction, fired by a duo of Pisces type machines. Charmaine rose up into the air further, gritting his teeth slightly. As he did a voice called out to him, it was the third member of their squad which donned a different coloured Pisces unit. Calling out to him to fight him, the offer intrigued him.A warrior who was willing to face him head-on in seemingly a one-on-one duel, but his two allies were near and already firing on him. Something was up with it.
The Creusherazade began to twirl and spin it's Mjolnir hammer with his left main hand, the large morningstar like ball reaching out quite the distance and the wire to which it were attached. He spun the extendable wire and the spiked ball in front of him, causing the incoming missiles to slam into it and explode, causing big fiery blasts and smoke to fill the air until every last missile had connected with it.
"Sounds amusing!" Charmaine yelled out in reply to the leader, before his machine plunged out of the smoke. The Creusherazade dashed out fiercely towards the incoming leader of the trio. The machine had made it through the missile volley unscathed, and now it used it's thrusters and forward momentum to hurl the spiked ball of the Mjolnir hammer towards his target.
Charmaine knew that it would likely be possible to behead the enemy machine with a direct hit to it's head, but to the young man's surprise the unit before him tilted it's body to the side as a counter-reaction to his attack, causing him to miss. The custom painted yellow Pisces machine had a skilled pilot. The pilot and his custom Pisces was closing in fast, and Charmaine raised both his main arms in preparation to strike, but the opposing machine had a distinct advantage. The Pisces arms had more reach and now they latched unto the main arms of the Creusherazade.
"Do not touch me!" Charmaine barked out towards the leader, the Creusherazade secondary arms began to reach out and igniting their built in legilis beam sabers. The four-armed machine made a double cut using it's secondary arms in a cross-shaped manner, aiming for the extended arms of the pisces. Yet once again the pilot of that machine proved his skills by withdrawing the long arms of the pisces fully and letting go of his grip, thus evading the incoming beam slashes. The other two pisces machines were now providing their leader with some ranged support, shooting a new volley of missiles towards the four-armed monster before them.
"Tch!" Charmaine grit his teeth together as the Mjolnir hammer retracted and the main arms were now free to move again. Yet he couldn't push his attack due to his foe having support, forcing him on the defensive. Charmaine pushed the thrusters into full reverse and then raised all four arms, this time opening fire with all of his ranged weaponry. The 110mm machine cannons began to spray the area, shooting down the incoming missiles one after the other, but also suppressing the three enemy machines ahead. The shield-mounted 115mm beam cannons carved small tunnels of light through the smoke. The secondary hands which had it's beamsabers lit turned off and instead were replaced with beam vulcans which added even more small arms fire to suppress and barrage the missiles and foes ahead.
To hover in the air at one place was a bad idea, Charmaine began to gradually circle around the smoking field inbetween the four combatants, holding his firing momentarily until he spotted one of the enemy machines. It wasn't the leader, but one of the ones that had shot missiles at him.
'I got you now you coward!' Charmaine thought, and he could feel a grin forming on his lips. Moments later the Creusherazade was right in front of it, igniting it's both beamsabers in it's secondary arms, swinging them down in an overhanded manner down against the shoulders of the pisces, quickly cutting it's way through the armor and cutting it's arms clean off. The right main hand of the Creusherazade reaching out as if it were to uppercut the pisces in the chest, then it activated it's GN beam claw. A weapon which had orginally been used by the Garazzo, a machine from Gundam 00. It formed beamsabers in a manner it would look like it would have a saber for every finger on it's hand. In this case five of them, whilst it could be used as such or combined into a thicker beamsaber if one would so desire. But for this moment, Charmaine had not the time to think of such esthetics.
The five beamsabers found their way into the pisces torso in a forceful manner, piercing it fully. The Creusherazade began to lift up the pisces in the process. It had become far lighter without it's large arms and now were at his complete mercy. There were no mercy for the weak. The second supportive pisces made it's presence known soon after the first had been pierced and lifted up slightly, the pilot took a moment to take in the scene in indecisiveness on seeing it's partner unit being mauled. Charmaine's mouth opened wide, his eyes glimmering with something akin to how a berserker would as he laughed and hurled the badly crippled machine towards it's companion. Then taking a charge forwards after it, hurling it's Mjolnir hammer into it's back causing it to explode in the other pisces face.
When the explosion cleared the pisces gaze turned to the sides, searching for it's enemy, it's armor having been badly scorched and battered by the explosion of it's sister unit. Then the pisces gaze fell upwards, and that's where it found it's foe, it had gone airborne again. "Look upon me and tremble! Hahaha!" Charmaine's voice came over the public voice channel in the vicinity, so that the opposing pilots could hear him.
Then he unleashed his barrage of ranged weaponry at the pisces, it had nowhere to go, no shield to cover behind. The barrage of beams and machinegunfire ripped into it, shredding pieces off it with every hit, first the outer layers and then piercing the inner layers, making it look like a pierce of swiss cheese until finally the shield mounted cannon would fire once at it's chest. Causing it to explode. Charmaine couldn't stop himself to smirk. After all he had disposed of the dishonorable cowards as he saw it.
It was at that moment that their leader reappeared out of the smoke, having opened a few hatches on it's leg armor to give it some hidden extra thrusters, the yellow machine's arms stretched out anew in attempt to grab unto Charmaine's machine again.
"It won't work!" Charmaine yelled out towards the opposing pilot, there was a slight bit of disappointment in seeing his opponent undertake the same manuever again just like that. But having been able to avoid two of his attacks so well was impressive. Was this how it was going to end?
The pisces grappling arms latched unto the main arms again, but not only that, out of it's upper arms and back there were compartments opening up revealing two build in beam rifles. Just looking at the barrels, Charmaine knew these were packing quite the firepower. The enemy pilot had been smart to hide away some of his weaponry, all in order to be able to catch an unsuspecting foe unaware. He had latched on and the beam rifles quickly opened fire towards the chestof the Creusherazade. It was there where the second surprise came, but this time from Charmaine's machine. Two big beam blasts from the pisces rifles slammed into the chest of the Creusherazade but as quickly as they landed they bounced away from it, reflecting back at the pisces, hitting it in the chest and shoulder area. The pilot of the yellow machine screamed out in what some could describe as anger and annoyance. Letting go once again from the Creusherazade to avoid being attacked by it's beam sabers which had almost instinctively lit up in it's secondary hands.
"Submit to me!" Charmaine yelled out and pushed his machine forwards, it's waistmounted grappling piercers shooting out towards the custom pisces, latching into it's lower chest area. Then the Creusherazade would pull itself closer quickly through the wires, it's both secondary arms with their beamsabers cutting off the yellow machine's arms with a single swing, albeit upon cutting it took longer to get through. The machine had seemingly tougher armor than the rest. The young man didn't stop in his cutting however and proceeded to slice open the pisces chest and even it's legs, tearing into it in a manner of overkill to completely shred it to pieces until there was only a pile of scrapmetal left falling from the sky.
'Ahah? Ahahaha! Creusherazade... you are truly beautiful. My precious flawless diamond. That pilot with the yellow machine had some skill, too bad he relied on other people to back him up. Companionship. Friendship. Why would one need that? All you need is enemies, they are the ones which motivate you to be stronger. To be the strongest... to go the farthest... to climb the highest... I will become a gunpla god and you will be my goddess. My greatest of creations...rip all the ugly things asunder.' The young man thought as all three opponents finally lay defeated before him, he allowed himself a soft smirk before flying off towards where Seo and the snipers would be waiting.
"I don't feel fullfilled yet... more... I want to fight more." The young man murmured on his way back, looking around for any possible threat.
Jun's eyes widened at the Guntank, now the Core Fighter, managing to evade a fatal blow. "Oh yeah, I forgot it was able to do that... More importantly, how the heck was he able to react that fast?!" he wondered at the insane timing of the pilot. Yet, Jun was shaken from that question once Blade's Gunpla had been defeated. "Blade!? You killed Blade, you bastards!!" Jun cursed in anger at his comrade's sudden defeat. To which Tomiyoka responded, "Um, Shark-kun, he's not actually dead..."
"You'll never reach great heights if you don't take this seriously Tomi! Dangit, I told him not to get cocky!!" the young fighter shouted as he quickly put his attention back on the combat before them. There was still the Core Fighter and GunCannon to deal with and currently, the Guncannon was rushing at the duo with a beam saber. "Hah, this guy must not have watched any Gundam X or 00 if he thinks that mobile suit can take on my Miracle in close range!" Jun responded confidently at the opposing fighter by separating his own Zanbuster Rifle and forming his Beam Zamber and Buster Gun in each respective hand.
While ontop of the Zeta, Jun would attempt a diagonal slash to cleave the GunCannon apart, however he was caught off guard by the assault of the Core Fighter. It's resulting gunfire barrage colliding into the side of The Miracle and throwing the Gunpla off course, causing GunCannon's Beam Saber to slice off it's left hand along with the Beam Zamber flying off into the distance.
"Shit!" Jun swore at the sudden upheavel of damage. However, this compromising position of the one-handed Miracle wasn't as defenseless as it may have appeared. "My new Miracle, has alot more tricks than before!" Jun grinned and a second after, the forearm of the Gunpla protruded it's GN Sword in place of where it's hand was missing. Now the sudden GN Sword was within the GunCannon's guard, in the space between it's Beam Saber and body! The Captain Miracle continued it's momentum from the previous slash and swung it's newly added blade for the GunCannon's neck.
At the same time, the previous assault had caused the Zeta and Miracle to be separated. This meant the only thing for Tomiyoka to do was to fire off shots at the Core Fighter, to atleast keep it away from sending off another hail of gunfire at them.
Hachiyama sighed, switching his comms from the groups frequency to a private one between himself and Kobayashi. “I .. Don’t like this.” He said as he continued to look through the sights of his GN sniper. It felt so .. unnatural. Holding a gun. Long ago, Hachiyama watched a gunpla fighter on TV who used only his fists, and he wanted to be as cool as him so he had decided against training in long range weapons. Now having to sit back and use a weapon he couldn’t hit a barn with was annoying.
“I agree,'' came Kobayashi's voice. “Usually Seo sends Komi out first to scout enemies, and if he wanted to bait someone he would usually send out Tanaka. These mercenaries … Seos’ not even thinking of us.”
And it made sense. Hachiyama thought. When we joined the group Seo had put us all through trials in order to find our strengths and weaknesses. Back then, we were a well oiled machine with Seo at the wheel who placed 2nd in Regionals last year. Now? Well, ever since he’d been ticked off by Naoki he’d been blinded by rage.
“If only we could’ve gotten rid of Naoki and Riku in the last tournament, then we could get things back to normal.” Hachiyama sighed. They both switch back to the main frequency as they hear the tale end of Seos plan against team Imagine Victory, again. For the third time today.
“-And finally once we separate him from his squad, we’ll flank and finish him off. The rest will be easy pickings after that. Understood?”
“Understood.” All four of them parroted absentmindedly. Not really paying attention and focusing on their scouting.
As the sounds of battle from the North and South continued, the group failed to notice as the scorpion-like Mobile armor continued its silent advance.
Outside the Kishimoto Arcade in front of its entrance, Hanako paced as she walked back and forth, deciding whether to enter the store or not.
‘It would be fine, right? He had told her about the tournament today so it was fine to just show up, She was just showing her support! But it would be weird since we’re not on the same team! Still though,’ She thought with a pause as she looked down at the gunpla case in her hand. ‘He might need this.’
Walking into the arcade, at the very front stood the arena with multiple screens above showing the battle between Team Imagine Victory VS Team Noa Family, the battle just beginning. “Drat, just missed it.” She cursed as she walked to the side, watching the fight unfold.
As the Asshimar and Wing crashed to the ground, Hanako flinched, watching the wing obliterate. A suicide drop, a common tactic in WARS and something she used herself as an expert aeriel fighter.
As she saw Blades Unit get destroyedhe began to wonder what his next move was going to be before she heard a slam and saw Blade walk out of his holographic battle station, GP base left behind. “Blade, what are you doing?” She asked as she ran up to him. “WARS isn’t like other formats, You can’t leave your team hanging even after defeat!” She then pointed at the scoreboard.
Team Imagine Victory: 9000p Team Noa Family: 4000p
“The battle doesn’t end,” She then held the Gunpla case out to him, “Until one side has 0 points.”
Naoki pulled out the anti-ship sword from the Apsaras II at Rikus' command, “I hope you know what you’re doing!” Naoki said as he jumped off the Apsaras and used his thrusters to get back onto the Yamato. He wasn’t sure if Riku could actually end this with only its cannon damaged. Never the less, he decided to trust Riku again to finish off the Mobile Armor.
Now higher above, Naoki could see the whole battlefield and zoomed in on Kais' fight. He smiled as he watched the rocket grapple/chain gun combo, followed by a throw to the enemy behind him. The red Zaku crashed into the other with great force before Kai shot at the red one, blowing them both up.
He was always impressed by Kais fighting. Clean, fast, efficient, and most importantly unwavering. Despite gunpla battles being a proxy battle, many people still hesitated and flinched when fighting. It was human nature to respond, and with Gunpla battles advanced holograms people could be greatly immersed.
Naoki suspected Kai had combat experience, outside of Gunpla. He reminded him alot of an old friend of his. But honestly he was unsure if it was appropriate to ask. The team had only been together for 2 weeks and they’d only met up a few times.
Knowing Kai was fine he turned his attention to Riku, watching as he flew and aimed his blade at the underside of the Apsaras. Riku's blade pierced through its underside and its whole blade was buried within the machine before Riku reached its core.
‘Why Riku? What was your plan?’ Naoki worried confused, Before he could contemplate more however, he saw the shine of Rikus' hilt as particles began to flow into it, and was hit with a wave of nostalgia. He had seen something similar before, a World level gunpla battle from long ago. The blade with a shining light cut upward as the Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki flew up and sliced the giant MA in two with its glowing gold blade. The two parts of the machine veered off as they fell to the sides, huge explosions simultaneously covering the battlefield in pink smoke in a dramatic finish.
Naoki smiled. Despite Riku and Kai both being ‘bad boys’, he could tell after a week of building and training there was a lot of difference between them as well. Riku was a fighter just like Kai, but he was also a builder through and through. And thanks to that knowledge he can fight creatively. He switched out gunpla to take advantage of his new terrain, and he even took advantage of the Apsarases own generator spot and used it to power his own attack.
Naoki smiled, he truly did get lucky that last tournament to find fighters like these. He opened comms with his two other squad mates. “Kai, Riku, great job both of you.” He said with a satisfied smile, “Get back on board and use the catapult to launch towards the base. With a defeat like that they won’t be able to recover their full force, there’ll probably only be 1 or 2 of them there. I’ll take the Yamato and head towards the others, I’m afraid … ” He paused, looking at the unit status screen, a page only available to team leaders, and saw Blades unit had been destroyed and was now on a countdown. 38 seconds before he could redeploy. “They might need backup. Haro, lower down so we can pick up Kai.”
As the two of them are launched towards the base, while descending from the sky they both saw that in front of the base, out in the open, stood a lone mobile suit. Covered in extra green armor and two large gatlings, a sole Full Armor Gundam stood as the last line of defense. “Come at me- No.” As he said that, a volley of gatling fire shot from beneath the lakes water, the bullets flying at them as they finally landed. “Come at us!” He said as an armored Zaku Cannon with a gatling emerged from the water.
The two of them in their last attempt of defending their base fired a volley of bullets forward at the two.
As the Guncannons head was ripped off its body, Sojiro cursed over the public channels for Jun to hear. “You! You!” Sojiro trembled before remembering something. “You should’ve learned to go for the chest!!” He said as he mimicked his grandfather and the Guncannon broke apart to reveal its own core fighter. He flew into the air out of the Miracles range.
His grandfather's voice came through the comms. “Sojiro, help me get rid of the enemy plane! Without it the Miracle won’t catch up to the train!” Sojiro smiled.
“There’s no way you're escaping us, my gramps is a former SDF pilot! He’s got skills for days!” He said as he watched and joined his grandfather's pursuit of Tomiyoka. Sojiro would NOT let this flier get away from them. His gramps had taught him everything he could about flying and he would not disappoint him!
As the two flew out of Juns range, before he could even react, a single shot hit the Miracles shoulder, staggering him for a moment. Approaching from the base was a single GN Sniper, their body low as they slowly walked forward.
‘Perfect.’ Sojiro thought looking down, ‘Out here in the desert there’s nowhere to hide. Hijiki will hold him here, at least long enough for the train to reach its destination.’ He thought smugly. Hijikis plan was working perfectly!
Akuma was annoyed, incredibly annoyed. He had put too much faith in that damn Haro to destroy the base while we distract the enemy, but there’s only ONE here! But worse of all was that it could dodge every shot they threw at it!!!
As four of their six planet defensors were destroyed, the powerful barrier protecting them weakened dramatically. Damn!
The Baelstorm zigged and zagged out of sight before reappearing in his peripherals. Akuma jumped upwards and avoided the horizontal slash. His second in command? Not so lucky, as his Virgo was bisected. “You missed asshole!” He yelled as he watched the Baelstorm spin, and like a true demon, it transformed into a form with a feral hand and grabbed a tree, throwing it at Akuma.
Akumas 2 remaining planet defensors moved in front of him, being instently destroyed on contact and hitting his midair Red Virgo with its remains. Before he could even recover, he watched as Ryoichi executed his remaining two teammates. Their Leos not able to survive going against the superior machine.
“Bah, pathetic all of them, just an instant waste of points.” He said with a scowl. “I need to make some distance from that arm.” He said as he began to retreat, but was cut off as the Baelstorm began transforming before firing again. “Diieeeee!!” He yelled in desperation as he charged forward, seeing no way out.
As the Virgo charged forward towards the Baelstorm on autopilot, quickly set his Virgo to self destruct and disengaged, losing control of the Virgo.
As the count down timer clicked down, he set up preparation to take control of the Scorpio.
Oniki struggled to dodge the first strike from the four armed mobile suit. When he grabbed the arms of the machine to hold it down, he was surprised by what he saw. A monster. It looked like a damn black and orange monster with four arms and a single eye. As Oniki let go of its arms and dodged two beam sabers from its secondary arms, he began to wonder how his opponent was even able to do something like that!!
A friendly assault of missiles shot at the monster, allowing Oniki to escape and recoup. “Hit him hard and don’t let him get close! Those sub arms are bad news!!!” He warned his squadmates as he joined in the volley, watching as the Creusherazade ascended and countered with its own volley of bullets, intercepting their missiles.
Smoke began to surround the battlefield, obscuring his vision. “Anyones got visual?” He asked, only to here a sudden scream from one of his teammates. He turned around to see the Creusherazade slam one of his teammates to the ground, before flying back into the air to finish off the other in a barrage of gunfire.
"Look upon me and tremble! Hahaha!" Charmaines voice mocked over the comms.
Oniki blasted upwards again, he wouldn’t fail this attack this time! As he grabbed the Creusherazade arms one more time, he revealed his pisces hidden twin beam weapons. “YOU’RE MINE!!!” He yelled firing the rifle.
However, it backfired against him and he was attacked himself!! He let go as he heard, "Submit to me!" Over the comms. Ending his unit in a slash.
As Char looked around for more enemies, and Rypichi dealt with the charging Virgo shaped bomb, a voice over the team comms yells out to both Char and Ryoichi.
“MERCS YOU NEED TO GET BACK HERE IMMEDIATELY!!”
“MERCS YOU NEED TO GET BACK HERE IMMEDIATELY!!” Seos voice yelled over the radio as we continued to fire at the suddenly appearing Mobile Armor. It had attacked them out of nowhere, from completely silent to extremely loud in an instant! The Scorpio seemed to have some sort of cloaking function, and once it was out of the forest's cover it transformed and used its planet defensor generating shield to block the GN rifles blasts. It then started shooting at them, and had already destroyed one of their control towers.
As the large 24 meter tall unit destroyed Tanaka with a blast, Hachiyama began to regret joining this tournament with a stupid gun.
Blade looks at Hanako,” hey you made it,” he smiled slightly and he looked at the score board and said,” yea but wing got destroyed. And you really sure it’s ready for this battle?” He looks at her
Hanako nodded as she said,” I believe in you, and it’s ready, don’t forget we worked all night all day on this just in case something like this happened.” He looks at him,” now take it and get back in there im cheering you on.” She said, handing the case to him as kissing him on the cheek she took off to get a seat not giving him a chance.
Blade smiled as he ran back took a seat and took out a cloaked gunpla as he set it and he said,” guy’s im back and im going for the train!” As he piloted the cloaked gundam going forward at full speed he took down any opponent in his way taking his beam sword out her got infront of the train destroying itas the force of the explosion revealed the new gundam as Blade yelled,” THIS IS MY NEE GUNDAM!!GUNDAM SNOW WHITE!!!!!!”
Ryoichi stayed on course to collide with the Red Virgo, shield up but beam saber equipped the closer he got. In his head he was ready for anything. His palms were gripping the controls tight, fingers responsive for his next actions, and yet he noticed something in the Red Virgo; a loss of animation perhaps, a rigidness that felt more comparable to NPCs' or AIs'. The realization broke his calm and yet the oddity of the tactic brought an eerie smirk to his lips.
'Genius,' he thought as the two neared closer. Instinctually, he pushed the throttle to max while shifting his forwards momentum upward. A spray of dirt and smoldering grass rushed beneath him before the Red Virgo shimmered momentarily and shook the forest with its detonation.
Ryoichi's elder brother seemed just an earshot away. Though he knew it was simply an annoying memory, his words were beginning to resonate with him if nothing else. 'This new battle format... these new players popping up... they're the challenge you were looking for back then, Ryoichi. I promise you, if you reignite your love for Gunpla you'll finally be happy! When you do finally crack a real smile, come home and get your new Gunpla, its been raging for freedom...'
The cloud of smoke from the explosion fell, coating the blazing forest beneath with black snow. Baelstrom had taken damage, a new fracture on the face, damage to the shield that he deployed once he realized he wouldn't quiet make it out unscathed. Still, it was functioning just fine or so he hoped. The inner-frame at least would be okay for the time being. Baelstrom turned its gaze back in the direction of Seo and the others. Their message had almost been drowned out by the excitement of the explosion.
A tad shaken, a noticeable tremor of furor laid beneath his cool. "Roger that, Cap'n. En route now."
He immediately cut the comms back off and with Flight-Mode still active, blasted off to meet Seo's concern. He left the fires of the forest behind, only to zoom-in on the overlays in front of him. The towers were damaged! Ryoichi's brows drew close together as he checked his teammate's status. One of which was terminated. "All that work and one of them still got eliminated. I should've taken this more seriously," he admitted.
Then he noticed something about how the Mobile Armor moved. His eyes widened in excitement once he figured it out, "Oh! Its you isn't it? Red Virgooo! Well you're not done with me yet!" Suddenly the Baelstrom was arcing in paths of blue burner towards the Mobile Armor, his handgun drawn as he pelted the Scorpio from several angles. "Come on, we have a death match to finish!"
Riku couldn't help but let out a sigh of relief. It worked, all of it. He managed to time the escape and give the Mobile Armor an explosive send off to boot. He really needed to cut back on the risky tactics before one of them got him eliminated.
“Get back on board and use the catapult to launch towards the base..."
He listened to the entire communication and, despite no one being able to see it, Riku nodded in agreement. "Yeah, makes sense to me. But as long as I'm docking back into the Yamato, give me just a moment to switch Gunplas again. Whatever their last defense is, I get the feeling I'll be more helpful with the Manticore's loadout than with a single katana." The Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki was a powerful build, no doubt. In fact Riku could confidently say it was his strongest Gunpla at present. But as he just alluded to, it was limited to only the Izanagi as its sole weapon. And while that sword was very special, any opponent worth their salt would observe that it was a bit of a one-trick pony and likely prepare to counter it accordingly, "Besides," Riku added, "I think I just figured out a way to make the Manticore usable in the air."
While docked with the Yamato, Riku went to work on his idea. The first thing he did was switch off controls for the Shin Musha Hyaku Shiki and then switched back over to the Manticore. Once that was done, he told Haro to hold off on launching him until he gave the okay. After that, he used the Manticore itself to look around the hanger bay of the Yamato. The Gunplas were all there, including the Gundam Maxter and - more importantly - its rocket-powered Shield/Surfboard. Perfect. Riku used the Manticore to reach over and take the armament from the unmanned Gunpla, "Sorry Maxter, I need to borrow this for a bit..." he whispered as he brought the object over to be mounted onto the catapult. After this, he had the Manticore step up onto the board and its feet became magnetically locked into place.
"Okay, Haro, launch me whenever you're ready." he said, having now noticed Blade launching within a new white Gunpla. Was that perhaps the little project he had been working on? It certainly looked impressive enough, so it was a shame Riku wouldn't get see what it could do for himself.
"The Unyielding Metal Soldier," Riku announced as he watched his catapult hatch open up, "Manticore, move out!" and just like that, he was launched back into the fray. As soon as the gunpla left the catapult he fired up the surfboard rocket and gave his teammates a good look at the plan he had had in mind. Thanks to the Maxter's board, the Manticore could now more or less be maneuvered like a full on flying unit.
"Sorry for the wait Kai," Riku said to Kai over the comms, "but I'm ready to wrap this up if you are." and then took it upon himself to take point in the flight toward the enemy base. He figured with his current setup, he likely had longer range scanners than Kai and could therefore get a head start on scanning for their targets, the Taurus suits.
When they found themselves taking fire from two enemy Gunpla, Riku banked to his right and rolled himself out of the line of fire. As he long he kept his movement and momentum going he could avoid most shots with relative ease. The challenge was going to be putting himself in a position to shoot back. Depending on which weapon he wanted to use, it might require him to fly directly toward an enemy to line up a shot, which would of course put him in danger of taking a shot from them in kind. So for now, Riku simply prepped the tripod missile launchers on the Manticore's legs, as those wouldn't require him to alter his trajectory to fire. In short, he could circle around them and pelt them with volleys of missile fire while remaining relatively safe and out of reach above, "Feel free to charge in, Kai, I'll cover you from here!" he told Kai over the comms while he locked onto both the Full Armor and Zaku Cannon. As soon as he saw Kai make a move, he let loose a volley of his own. Six missiles, three homing in on each gunpla. Now they'd have to choose. Focus on evading the missiles, or defending against Kai's attacks. Either way, they were in for a bad time.
Two females hurriedly made their way to the entrance of Kishimoto Arcade. One was a teenager, in the same age range as the Team Imagine Victory members. And the other one was older, in her early 40's. The younger of the two appeared to be in a bigger rush, as she was practically dragging the older woman behind her, "Come on, Chisato-san! Hurry, or we'll miss it!" she said with an excitable tone that elicited an amused chuckle from the older woman.
"Okay, okay, I'm right behind you, Yuna-chan." she said as they walked through the door. It looked like the first round had already started. They were indeed late, but at least they'd get to see the conclusion of the round. They had to look around a moment, but soon spotted the person they were supposed to look for and meet with, "Ah, there he is. Takenori-san!" she called out, while Yuna was waving at him to get his attention. In another minute, the two found themselves watching the Tournament from the same vantage point that he was.
"So... how's he doing?" asked Chisato. She was referring to her son, Riku. She usually tried to go to the build competitions he had signed himself up for, but this was the first official tournament she'd ever watched him battle in, "And the rest of the team, of course." she also said, making sure not to leave out any of Riku's new friends.
"He's probably fine." said Yuna, not looking too worried. She was their neighbor, her and her parents lived in the apartment directly above Chisato and Riku. Both Chisato and her parents often worked late, so during those times she had a habit of taking it upon herself to cook dinner for herself and Riku. The two had become pretty good friends thanks to these interactions. And when he started building Gunpla, she became curious enough to ask him to teach how to build as well. She didn't do battles or anything, that just wasn't her cup of tea. But the designs and colors and flashy moves all looked amazing, so clearly she was at least captivated by the sport even if she lacked the desire to take part herself, "I'm more excited to see that new 'trump card' of his in action. The way he talked it up, it sounded like he had cooked up something amazing."
Takenori would recall that Riku told him the previous day that these two would be coming to watch them that day, and that he told them to look for Takenori and join up with him.
Once again, Kai didn’t give any thought to his opponents, they were just that another foe he had defeated. They had their reasons to fight and he had his, they clashed and he was stronger, that was all. That was Kai, simply unhesitant. The delinquent diver looked up to the defeated Mobile Armor, his faith in his comrades wasn’t unfounded as both of them defeated the giant opponent. Riku took the spotlight this time, but Kai didn’t really mind. A team was together, it shouldn’t matter if someone else had the spotlight, it shouldn’t have mattered...
Shaking himself out of his thoughts, Kai answered back. “Alright, I’ll head back.” The Gunpla fighter waited until the ship lowered back into range and then boosted full speed into their ship’s hanger, he didn’t really feel the need to conserve energy since entering back into the hanger would quickly refil their supplies and particles, as such he prioritize getting back to the ship over conversation.
Kai saw that Blade had switched his Gunpla, Kai saw the new Gunpla and he honestly couldn’t really judge, other than it looked strong and he realized he was about the only member of the recruited team that didn’t have a second Gunpla... Well that wasn’t actually true, he still had his partner but it wasn’t in the best of shapes and since his attempted repairs were crude to say the least. Even if he was confident that he could win with it in it’s current condition, he didn’t want to risk it unless he absolutely had to pull it out.
Kai switched his focus on the battle, he didn’t say a launching call this time as it felt redundant. Another benefit of the Caletvwich, was the fact that the particles helped with flight by manipulating airflow, it was basically a do anything sword, which is why he picked it.
As the Barrage fired towards them Kai dashed away separating from Riku, before tossing a cracker into the path of a shot and under the cover of the smoke he dived into the lake, making it seem that he had been shot down and the wreckage fell into the water. Of course they could check the points to see if he was actually dealt with, but he doubted they would do that in the heat of battle especially with Riku firing back. Kai dropped the Composite Weapon, it was a beam rifle combined with a rocket launcher and a Gatling gun making it an amazing weapon, but the problem was that the weapon was too large and the Benkei had so many weapons that it had to be ditched when going into melee combat. The Gunpla fighter made a note to his comrades. “Dropped my Rifle there, if either of ya want to use it, feel free, it’s kinda wet though.” It was also a mouthful to pronounce.
Kai from under water fired his rocket anchor at the Zaku cannon to drag it back under as a sneak attack, making sure to catch it from the side to limit it’s ability to fight back. The Delinquent Samurai drew his GN Tachi, stabbing rather than slashing to minimize Water resistance aiming to skewer the other Zaku’s cockpit.
"The Guncannon too!?" Jun was shocked at his slash landing hollow against the Guncannon forming into a CoreFighter. Not only that, but he had been suddenly struck at the shoulder from a sniper, some distances away. As smoke wisped and electricity spurted from the Miracle's shoulder, a bead of sweat dripped from Jun's forehead. In this type of situation they were being hounded from several sides and the train was getting away. Not only that, but Tomiyoka's Zeta Gundam had been struck aswell, taking several shots of damage from the Grandfather and Grandson duo, desperatly trying to escape from them.
"Heh, fine by me, this is just the type of challenge fit for a genius like me to conquer!" Then as soon as shouted that, a new mobile suit entered the fray. It was a customized Wing Gundam, the voice over the comms assured that, it was Blade! He was back with his new Snow White Gundam, as was beginning to lay into the train and it's cargo! Jun didn't want to miss this opportunity, he knew that the sudden appearance of new mobile suit and the damage to their target would have the other team distracted. So Jun used his X-Boosters to form together and quickly propel himself into the air infront of the second CoreFighter's, Sojiro's, path.
He would he immediately take a swing at the fighter with his GN Sword, but that was simply a feint to manipulate it's flight path. Jun's real move, was ejecting the Scissor Anchor from the Miracle's hip and tear into the front of the CoreFighter, catching it like a fish on a hook. He wasnt done then, The Miracle would spin in circles several times to build up momentum and then ruthlessly release it's prey, swinging the CoreFighter and throwing it at the GN Sniper's location.
"Tomi!" he shouted to get his attention in the personal comms. Afterwards, Jun would take out the Miracle's Peacock Smasher and shoot it's multi-beams at the general flight path of the first Corefighter, the grandfather, just to get it off of Tomiyoka's tail. This allowed Tomiyoka's Zeta and Jun's Miracle to link up once again.
"Tomi! Tomi! It's Blade! He's alive!!"
"Shark-san,...like I said, he wasn't dead..."
"More importantly,..." Jun switched his comms to interact with the Uncle, who interested Jun the most. "Old man, you got some nice moves! But it's all for nothing against a Genius like me!"
"H-Hold on Shark-san, we certainly have more than enough power to take him out, but this person's flying skills are incredible, not only that, but my Zeta's been considerably damaged, I don't know if it can catch up in it's current condition..."
"Tomi, I keep telling you and everyone else, as long as you have me, we'll win."
"Listen! Whenever things get rough, thats when it's most important to bet on yourself. That's how I do things! Everyone always talks about me being reckless but that's because I believe in myself! When the situation becomes dire, when your opponent has an advantage over you, the way to turn things around is to risk your own life to overcome the situation! We have to do something insane to cross this gap in speed and experience. I'm a genius because I know how to do just that!.... Listen Tomi, here's what we're gonna do, I'll latch onto the Zeta and form my X-Boosters together. That, combined with your thrusters should give us more than enough speed to overcome whatever he's got!"
"That's crazy! I'm not able to handle that kind of speed, we'll definitely crash!"
"We won't! This is a desert, there's nothing to crash into except the ground! Like I said, believe in yourself Tomi, and if you can't do that, then just believe in me! Everything will be fine!"
"Believe in you huh,....alright then"
With that, the Miracle once again used it's Scissor Anchor and this time latched it self onto the Zeta Gundam. The Miracle laid down on the Zeta and formed it's X-Boosters together. The combined forced of their thrusters hurled them both forward and great speeds. Their target was the Guntank CoreFighter that the Grandfather used. Tomiyoka clearly showed trouble in trying to control their new speed, but still fired it's cannon's at his enemy. Jun aswell, used the widespread beams of his Peacock Smasher strike at and restrict the movements of the CoreFighter.
Charmaine had flinched on hearing Seo's screaming into the voice-channel. "Tch." He allowed his teeth to grind together, his face looking anything but pleased. What was it now?
'Useless federation pilots...' The young man thought as the Creusherazade was approaching it's teammembers. "Understood!" He yelled back after having grunted to himself sufficiently. What if Ryoichi were to arrive on scene before him? He had swiftly replied to Seo after all, had he disposed of the other force so quickly?
'Interesting. Perhaps I was too fast in judging the old man? No matter. He is a lifetime away from my power...' The masked young man smirked as he came closer to his destination, but it soon faded as two clear visible flying objects came into view.
One were Ryoichi's machine. How had it been able to get there before him? Had he'd been slacking too much on the withdraw or was it the performance of Ryoichi's gunpla. 'Not bad. For a lowly second rate coordinator. Hm?' His view changed to the red gunpla ahead. 'Is that a virgo? No. It's something else.' He quickly realized this was something he had no recollection of, was it a kitbash? The uncertainty filled him with irritation, how dared the enemy use something he was unfamiliar with. But even worse were that Ryoichi had gotten there first and were now engaging it in battle.
It angered him that Ryoichi might get more gunpla destroyed than him, the very idea made him almost feel physically ill. But it was too late now, the fight had already begun and if he were to join in on it he would be regarded as a coward that would team up on this enemy gunpla. His pride as a warrior couldn't allow that to happen.
"I... I will let you handle this one, old man! If you get shot down don't expect me to pick up the pieces!" Charmaine said in the open channel out towards Ryoichi, while allowing his Creusherazade to land a distance away from the two battling gunpla, placing itself on top of a tall tower-like building.
"Seo! Let gramps handle this one, If you engage in this fight you might hit the wrong target. Let's keep our energy for the next fight. You do want to win don't you?" Charmaine offered a satisfied grin.
'When it comes down to it though. I don't need you or your useless friends Seo. Nor your money. I'm afraid you will not be the one to shoot down Naoki. That will be me... I'll settle things once and for all. Anything that guy can do... I can do just as well.' Charmaine momentarily spaced out, his mind barraged by flashbacks of another masked boy years past.
Takemori continued to record the Zenshin High battle, examining it and editing the reforming on his tablet. As the coach of Team Imagine Victory, his job was important. While Naoki was the brains inside the arena he would be their outside support.
Switching back to the battle of Imagine Victory vs Noa Family, he brought up a diagram him and Naoki had been working on. It was a web chart with Naoki in the middle and the other members circling him, grey lines connecting their portraits. He moved along the line connecting Riku and Kais portrait as the color changed from grey to green. “Seems like these two are working well together, this’ll help with future line ups.” He said to himself as he examined the chase team. Drawing a green line between Jun and Tomiyoka, “These two work well together too, I was hoping to measure Blade as well but I guess the mid battle upgrade was a good thing none the less.”
Still though. That meant he and Naoki would have more options and would need to change around the plans for the next round's battle.
Before any more planning could be made, a voice interrupted him. “Takemori-San!!” A voice called making him turn to 2 new arrivals. “Oh you two must be here for Riku.” He said as the two approached.
“So... how's he doing?" asked the older woman with a pause before she continued. "And the rest of the team, of course." she also said, including the rest of the team.
"He's probably fine." said the younger one, not looking too worried. Takemori could see that the younger one had little doubts on Rikus performance. Good. Having people confident in you can be a big boost. "I'm more excited to see that new 'trump card' of his in action. The way he talked it up, it sounded like he had cooked up something amazing."
Takemori chuckled at that. “Riku is doing fine. Great in fact since he seems to have taken out their big gun early. The team as a whole is doing remarkable well, although …one of our “Wings” was damaged but they’re still flying.” He said as he looked over to the monitor with Blade and his new gunpla.
“Ah that remind me, You over there!” He yelled towards Hanako, who jumped a bit in surprise from her spot a bit away. “You join us too since it seems like your here today .. as a friend.” He said with a hint of accusation in his voice.
This girl had helped them, yes. But he knew she wasn’t on their side, or more accurately not on their team. She was a Gunpla fighter, the same as Blade and he had recognized her from a different team.
‘Team Shining Stars’ He thought to himself as the girl quietly joined their group. ‘It seems we’ve caught your eye.’
As the Gundam Snow White cut through the trains, bisecting it in half with its beam saber, the train derailed as one half fell to one side and the other half to the other side. The Taurus models inside now have their pieces broken and scattered around the wreckage.
“Objective destroyed. Great job Blade! Didn’t think you had a trump card like THAT on you!” Naokis voice said over the comms. “You can either stay put or head back to the ship, but honestly I think this battle .. is over.” He said with a satisfied tone.
As the Yamato finally got into visual range of Jun and Tomoyoka, Naoki continued to smile. It seems like his 'back up' wouldn't be needed.
He watched as the Miracle had boosted into the air and grabbed a core fighter with its hook before launching it down at the GN sniper on the ground.
“Just like Kai, a fighting genius.” He commented as he watched Jun and Miracle then board the Zeta. He wasn’t wrong, Jun and Kai were both great pilots with great battlefield awareness and presence. He had honestly wanted to put the two of them in a two man team that could devastate the battlefield, buuuut.
He looked down at his and Takemoris' chart, a bright orange line connecting Kai and Jun that signified a worrying combo. They both were battlefield heroes, commanding attention from enemies. And putting the two of them together too soon might cause problems if they can’t sync up properly. A strategy for the future maybe.
Still though he was happy with what he was seeing, not just because of Jun but also at Tomiyokas performance. Teaming him up with Jun had shown Naoki that Tomi had more skill then he realized.
The speed was insane. The velocity was insane. The pure skill the core fighter had as it flew circles around Tomiyoka was insane.
But .. “If you can't do that, then just believe in me! Everything will be fine!" Was what Jun had told him. And he remembered that this insanity was a team battle and that he wasn’t flying alone.
"Believe in you huh,....alright then" Tomiyoka resigned as he felt the Captain Miracle latched onto the Zeta, before they combined their boosters.
As Tomi tried to adjust to the new speed, he struggled as he felt the weakened control he had over the Zetas new velocity.
He eventually locked onto the core fighter, following the plan as Jun fired a barrage of attacks at the core fighter to keep it in place. “I-I can do this!!” He yelled as he finally got behind the core fight and began firing shots at it.
The core fighter dodged, but not well enough as it veered into the path of one of Juns attacks, blowing up the core fighter and the last potential enemy in the area.
“We did it? We did it! We got him Shark-san!!!” Tomiyoka cheered over the radio.
“Nice work you two, excellent team work!” Naokis voice said to the two over Comms. “Now both o-“ but he was interrupted by an alarm.
As Rikus sensors picked up the Taurus location, a warehouse near the middle of the base, the battle started.
Fujiro, the father and leader of the Noa Family stood strong as the enemy Zaku charged them. He smirked as he saw the Zaku change course before exploding, leaving a smoke cloud. “One down, focus on the other!” He said as he watched a volley of missiles fire from behind cover.
“Under st-ah!” his wife's voice cut out as the gatling armed zaku suddenly disappeared from his peripheral. Being successfully assassinated by Kais underwater assault.
“What?!” He asked confused as he jumped into the air to dodge the missiles, all going under him. “Nijiko come in!” He yelled as he looked at the point counter. 3000. Then it quickly moved down to 1000. He was filled with dread as he realized that he was the last of their team.
Suddenly an alarm went off as 3 blips appeared on his radar, behind him. “Hmph I see.” He said as he felt himself resign. Homing missiles. He should’ve accounted for homing missiles.
As the three missiles looped back around for him he smirked. “Well played .. Team Imagine Victory!” He yelled out as the missiles hit the Full Armor Gundams back, forcing it to fall and crash to the ground.
His team was defeated. His enemies had invaded. And their cargo was destroyed. “I, Admit defeat.” He said as he pressed a button on his console. No POV - @Shiyonichi@Blade17@KenjuGuy@Double
The whole battlefield stopped, all the plavsky particles deactivating as the hologram deactivated to reveal the large table, gunpla spread around.
Team Noa Family has lost all their points, the winner is Team Imagine Victory!
The screen above announced the results, and Naoki immediately raised both hands in the air. “We did it!! Imagine Victorys first win, believe it!!!” He yelled as he turned to all his teammates, before looking back behind them to the table Takemori had set for them, the older man holding up a thumbs up in agreement. “Its not over yet!” He yelled back to Naoki as he pointed to the screen, Team Zenshin Highs battle still going on.
“Everybody, use this time wisely! Repair whatever needs to be repaired and get ready, because our next fights are gonna be a lot more difficult.” Naoki said to the group as they walked back to the table they set up at, Takemori, Chisato, Yuna and Hanako standing nearby.
“Here.” Takemori said as he handed NAOKI HIS Tablet with the recordings of Char and Ryoichi individual fights. “These two are more bad news then we expected. We need a new strategy, NOW.” He said and Naoki nodded, following the older man to the back of the table to make plans.
Hachiyama almost popped a brain cell as he heard Char order over the radio. "Seo! Let gramps handle this one, If you engage in this fight you might hit the wrong target. Let's keep our energy for the next fight. You do want to win don't you?" What? Was he serious? They had such a clear adva-
“Hmph sounds like a plan, everyone re-“
“YOU CANT BE SERIOUS!!” Hachiyama yelled over comms, anger boiling to the surface as he surprised some of his teammates. “Seo you can’t be serious, the enemies RIGHT THERE!” He repeated as he continued to fire blasts at the Scorpio.
Seos voice fired back. “Hachiyama fall back and let the Mercs deal with it!”
Hachiyama was having none of it. Not today. He immediately cut of Seos line and threw away the GN sniper, they were both useless for this fight.
He charged forward in his red GN-X, hands empty before closing them and getting ready to fight close range like always.
As he saw Ryoichi close in and pelt the giant Mobile armor with bullets he saw the opportunity he needed. With the enemy distracted he could move in easily!
Dashing low, as the Baelstorm was distracting it from up high, Hachiyama activated Trans-Am and used his Gunplas new speed and dashed behind the giant. Immediately after getting in place, he reversed his thrusters, sending a full powered backwards kick to the back of the Mobile armors leg and causing it to drop, no longer able to move around.
“Oi Merc, It's all you now!!” He yelled as he disengaged, watching the arms of the giant swung back trying to hit him in the place he previously was.