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  1. Hikaru had spent a little time after the briefing looking to the Buster. With a quick flash of recollection, the boy and his RX-179 Beta Gundam/FXA-00 Flying Armor logged out....only for his full armament and Flying Armor to log back in not long before the mission with the addition of a GAT-X1xx machine's shield in the Buster's colors on its right arm mount. He'd hurriedly freed the Flying Armor and Shield for others to use before he spoke to the group maintaining the Buster and tried to have them replace the conventional shield on the left arm with the new acquisition in case of emergency deployment. He'd once built a model kit for the Buster and thought its lack of Beam Sabers and vulcans was somewhat foolish. The shield he'd modified for it thus housed 75mm CIWS in the face and two Sabers on the back, and that later helped inspire the Beta Gundam's shield armaments. Now that old shield was hopefully being used for something practical. Unable to wait and see if the hangar team would abide by replacing the shield on the Buster with it or even letting both arms bear a shield, Hikaru prepared to launch his in machine. The mobile suit, complete with its new G-Defenser, was not deployed with the Flying Armor attached. His machine was fast enough without it. "Hikaru, RX-179 Beta Gundam, launching!" He truncated the G-Defenser's designation from the call as he launched, speeding off into open space to follow Creed and Shin. He'd have to be mindful of the machine's larger dimensions as he fought and moved, but the capabilities of his unit were notably enhanced now. Something he suspected that he would need. "At this stage? I'm thinking 'kick butt and be mindful of high-yield long range fire or debris field ambush tactics' for now. The Moebius Zero would be fairly ideal for the latter. I could also see them letting others take point while using the Strike as a mobile turret with the Launcher Striker if they go with a canon break. Keeping a rookie Kira tied to the ship for power and sensors to shoot from afar would be an option now that he has allies to do the close up fighting. Can't promise that though. He might be left as-is to be a secondary capture objective, so we'll just have to see." Hikaru had been carefully analyzing how Kira and the Strike might manifest in this battle. Trusting Kira to pilot the Strike might yet be necessary, but having him risk the Strike on the front line was not prudent for the Titans. There were better units and more experienced pilots to handle extended close range combat than in canon. It all came down to how GBN handled things. Already, Hikaru was watching his sensors carefully for long range discharge or signs of the enemy. The debris field had him particularly wary of the Newtype that likely hid within...
  2. Hikaru had been expecting less competence. Though he'd hoped that the pilot would descend or fire missiles on the position he'd drawn the enemy's attention to, he instead found that the pilot had seen through the ruse. Missiles streaked out and fanned the area. Hikaru was forced to duck behind the large building he'd adopted as cover only for a missile to strike at its base. The downside of using the shadow of the larger building to conceal himself was that the building was a larger target. The pilot was forced to use his thrusters to move back away from the building as it collapsed while falling at an awkward angle, not able to maintain its shape as it toppled over. "Tch..." Was all Hikaru had time to emit before his cover was blown, the pilot responding by keeping his shield ready and firing his Slack Pack's dual Hydra Gatling Beam Cannons. The ability to generate his own suppressive fire was a boon for a melee-oriented unit, though he didn't expect it to do much. Maybe clip his enemy's wings or intercept further missiles if he was lucky. Closing to melee was a priority, but he needed to regain the initiative first. Or at least keep his enemy from being able to retake the skies.
  3. Hikaru was more than a little surprised when, after adjusting the ZAKU Warrior Light Armor's parameters, he was thrown straight into a battle. He had no idea that there was an online multiplayer to this system. Perhaps it was something added later? Still, it seemed oddly implemented. He wasn't even given the option to decline. Hikaru would have minded were it his main GBN machine or one of his other builds, but this particular one? "Ah well, maybe it'll be fun." He took note of the terrain, quickly noting that the land surrounding the city was too exposed to serve as cover. It reminded him of the ancient UCGO computer game. The ZAKU have to use the city which it found itself in for cover. He initially sought out an overpass or something but found this to be a city much like those in Europe - ancient enough for roads to be forced to conform to the terrain and old buildings rather than the other way around. Roundabouts were present, though the inclusion of traffic lights at them indicated an American touch. It was a noncommittal mix of old and new. The pilot guided his machine into the shadow of a taller building, careful to turn down the light of his optical sensor to reduce visibility. Getting trapped between buildings was a bad idea since he would need to retain his mobility, so he stayed near some of the wider roads. Primary Directives: Find Enemy Mobile Suit (0/1) Maintain Peace and Order No Secondary Objectives Noting the beginning of the encounter and Shield and Beam Machine Gun at the ready, he decided to wait. It wouldn't be long before he saw a DINN take to the air in the distance, and he clicked his teeth. An aerial unit had an advantage with its ranged armaments. Though he could use cover to his advantage, it wouldn't be ideal. No, he needed to be careful with this. The pilot took one of his machine's grenades and tossed it into the distance from his cover. In a more constrained area between several buildings, one which the DINN might be able to corner a hypothetical enemy, the flash grenade went off. "Come on. Fall for it. Use up your missiles, be drawn in closer, something..." Hikaru uttered, hoping his enemy had an itchy trigger finger.
  4. Hikaru waited at the Gundam Base for his younger sisters who were currently fulfilling their duties as Puru image girls. They made time for him, but there were points where they were pulled away and he was left alone. His parents had been having them bring him to the Gundam Base so he wouldn't become a complete shut-in. There were still times like this where they had to go record voice lines or officiate events in GBN that he wasn't part of, which left him little to do. The latest anime/GBN crossover event left them busy. As he pondered what Gunpla to build to pass the time, he saw two high school-aged boys storm out of a room he'd never been in before. “Can you believe that? Who uses a system that wrecks the Gunpla you use with it?” One half-shouted angrily. “At least you won. My GOUF Ignited was pretty much destroyed...” The other one said, more grumbling than shouting. The two left the Gundam Base in clear irritation, making Hikaru curious. Navigating his wheelchair to the room and entering, he realized what what had made the pair angry. There was a Gunpla Duel setup in the room, and the system still had the two discarded Gunpla within. One was a High Grade ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited and the other was a High Grade ZGMF-1100/K Slash ZAKU Warrior. Indeed, the GOUF was very heavily damaged while the ZAKU had damage to some of its more superficial shoulder and ankle armor, its shield, its stock beam tomahawk, and its its leg energy piping. Laying claim to the parts, Hikaru headed to the build table and also took stock of various discarded pieces and runners which he'd collected from the establishment for turning into plastic for his 3D Printer. Noting some verniers, and a Heat Hawk with a broken handle, he got to work. Painting the parts wasn't possible right now, though he detailed seams with an ultra fine permanent marker and filed down various nubs. The base units were made stock by rookies, and he had to use the plastic spudger tool in a few places to disassemble the unit to fix things. The similarities between the GOUF Ignited and the ZAKU Warrior meant some parts commonality for fixing the internal frame. The eventual end result was a ZAKU Warrior with stripped down shoulder and ankle armor, a GOUF Ignited Shield which had heated spikes and a pair of "Draupnir" Beam Guns in the face that held a Tempest Composite Beam Sword, racks on the hips that could store E-Pacs or missiles, extra verniers in the legs where there were once power cable connectors, and an optional Slash Wizard Pack. “Not bad for trash parts...” Hikaru said, smiling to himself. His new ZAKU Warrior Light Armor may not have been the best build he made, but it wasn't something to be ashamed of at least. Scanning it with the GBN scanner parts in his wheelchair and resolving to use that data to maintain or improve it later, he re-entered the empty Gunpla Duel room. Placing it onto the device where the ZAKU Warrior originally was, he accessed the system to fine-tune its specifications. He was also more than a little curious about how the Gunpla Duel system worked. It was a bit before his time, after all.
  5. While not my favorite possibility, it's certainly an option and I have assorted MS and concepts that could be applied/explored. Many remain from the original AD and were never used. Does "non-canon timeline" mean non-canon story, or no canon characters as well?
  6. There was more activity in the lobby this time. That was always a good sign, but Hikaru would only spare a smile and a nod to the receptionist due to time constraints as he headed to the hangar. Blinking as he saw green bots moving about on his machine, he realized what was going on. "More Elemechu?" Hikaru noted when he stood in front of his machine again. Of course, it was understandable. He'd made a number of changes, particularly to the armament and equipment of the unit. Such changes needed to be inspected for improper hacks or other measures before use. He waited for the scan of his machine to complete, hoping he wouldn't be late for the operation, while reflecting on the changes to his unit. The Beta Gundam was now equipped with its upgraded BWS-capable G-Defenser and had a simple but resilient 'Mobile Armor' form that consisted of the whole thing laying down on its face. Its shield had a nice surprise if its main protection was breached and the Long Rifle had improved accuracy due to Smart Beam Gun technology being added and married to the quasi-psycommu in a similar way to the hip beam guns. Wanting options other than just beam, however, Hikaru had settled on adding a Union Flag's Linear Rifle to the G-Defenser's centerline and a Dom's Heat Saber to the side opposite the new Long Smart Gun. Both were low weight, but the Heat Saber sported a solid reach while the Linear Rifle served to improve the aerodynamic properties in detached or Mobile Armor mode with its electromagnetic field emitter. Not the most powerful additions, but suitable until he thought of better. Perhaps something based on the Gerbera Straight from Red Frame would be more appropriate than the Heat Saber? Oh, and the whole thing was standing in a stock FXA-00 "Flying Armor", but that was meant to be loaned to one of his allies as needed. Maybe it would improve the movement of one of the GINNs supporting the operation at worst. Kira likely did have an Aile Striker, after all. Once checks were complete, he got in his machine and the location shifted to the ZAFT hangar. After guiding his machine off of the FXA-00 Flying Armor and setting it to be usable by any of their allies, he got out of his Mobile Suit and observed the tone of the people preparing for combat. It was a good thing he brought the Flying Armor, too. Someone had brought an IBO unit that was either bone stock or a sleeper. Process of elimination implied it to be Creed. He looked for the pilot and decided to check the boardroom they were in before. He hadn't run into Fa and Kamille yet either, but wondered how they were doing. They, and the NPDs here, were realistic enough for him not to remember that they weren't 'real' and feel actual concern for what was coming. Memories flashed to Fa's grief and he wondered if it was more than 'skin deep'. How far could one go emulating feelings before they became real? "Hey there." Hikaru said, taking note of his teammate. "I see you brought along an IBO machine. Good thinking against all the beam. I brought an FXA-00 Flying Armor explicitly for a teammate to use if needed to keep up with the Aile Strike. Think your Gundam needs the boost, or is it better without it?"
  7. I'm good with both. I haven't had SEED RP in far too long.
  8. Hikaru sat in his wheelchair at a table in one of the Gunpla stores, assembling pieces of the model kit before him. A holder with grabber arms padded with felt and a magnifying glass was included, with which he painted thruster cones with metallic paint. A set of plastic spudgers were also present, used to separate pieces of the kit safely for adjustment. Generally, he had fine tools which were either intended for or adapted to Gunpla work. He focused on getting the G-Defenser just right, including the upgrades to the shield docking system and the Long Smart Rifle. Supplemental thrusters and verniers were also added to keep the G-Defenser from hindering the movement of the Beta Gundam in Mobile Suit mode. Finally, a special CIWS shield housing a cavity within was present. Structural supports existed to make shield bashes possible, though it was still ill-advised. No, this shield employed pieces from later model kits to act as a hidden I-Field/Beam Shield with optional offensive aspects...a Composite Shield in various senses of the word. "Brooootheeeeer..." The sister dressed in a white top and pink skirt and jacket whined, the boy looking over to her. Were it not for the fact that this was real life, one could swear that Elpeo Puru was standing there pouting, with Puru Two right beside her in a white and blue soccer uniform with an 11 on the back. "You said you'd make some ReGelg with us today." "Almost done painting...and...there!" Hikaru said, smiling gently. He set aside the parts to finish drying, and got to work tending to the girls. They all looked like their respective online counterparts, with Nana and Ellen playing as Puru Seven and Puru Eleven respectively. They did, however, provide image and voice data for the rest of the Puru series. Hikaru Hiyashi, meanwhile, looked like his online self save for the fact he was paler, weaker, and wheelchair ridden. A blanket and the table concealed the largest difference between he and his online self, however. "Why ReGelg, anyway?" the soccer-loving Nana asked, puzzled. "Well, I was thinking about what sort of machines you could use that look like Qubeley, but aren't. You know, to broaden your horizons or for use as a trainer for young Puru. By using a Gelgoog High Maneuverability type as a base and a Gelgoog Marine's propellant packs, and converting them into what I call a ReGelg R, the result has the same general profile as a Qubeley. Similar flight characteristics, too. The forearms are swappable modules, the knees will hold a Heat Anchor in cases where beam isn't a good idea, You fire missiles from the backpack...it's generally a less specialized machine that still has that Puru vibe." The sisters were getting excited, and started to work on the three similar but separately colored machines with their brother, tuning out all else...
  9. In response, Hikaru paused for a moment...before finally yielding to the impulse and head-patting the squirrel with as much stoicism as the act would allow. He might be unknowingly head-patting some 50-year-old man in his basement, but eh. It was the internet. "Nice to meet you all, then. And yes, it will take time. If it were a game that was immediately easy to master, it wouldn't be much of a game, would it?" Looking to the group, as well as to Marco, Hikaru pondered the matter for a moment. "I'm not surprised that the NPDs are more capable. I wonder just what sort of game this will become. It's a rather big change. Not just in difficulty, but in player resolve. Looking into Fa's eyes when she asked why her home had to be attacked in such a way...replicating the pain of war so faithfully is hard-mode stuff that not every player can stomach. Myself possibly included..." Indeed, it raised ethical concerns that weren't necessarily to the benefit of the game if playing the 'bad guys' had such a weight. Shaking himself from these thoughts, he continued to ponder. "Regarding Kira, you're right that he shouldn't be underestimated...even if his early survival was due in part to literal plot armor. It's his role that will be hard to determine." Hikaru looked to the group, trying to analyze what he'd seen so far. "If he pilots the Strike and we fight in space without much change, we may face the Aile. If the NPDs emulate the thinking of the character at the time without sufficient constraint in the system, however, he may instead hang back and use the Launcher to protect the Archangel as a mobile beam cannon. Remembering his initial reasons for fighting, he has no reason to risk himself further than that if he has allies to handle the close-up stuff, and Beta Team may consider his safety a priority. If he has to be called out to fight, he could just swap packs at that point. Mu La Flaga, as a threat, is limited due to the low power behind his gunbarrels against our collective armor unless the machine he's piloting is changed. He's more dangerous as a battlefield coordination asset as long as we keep our wits about us and avoid his main gun or joint, thruster, and sensor shots." Hikaru suspected that the pilot in the GM would use the NPDs' reasoning abilities to alter their combat plans, at least within the scope of what the system allowed. "Of course, if we get an opportunity to grab Flay's escape pod, we get some of Kira's reason for fighting. It all depends on the when and where we face him, the nature of the new NPDs, and just how the enemy tries to take advantage of it. On our end, confronting Athrun about Kira while we're here might change how he conducts himself in battle, for example." Hikaru shrugged before moving on to another point he was wondering about. "So, what are we working with on our end as allies? Are ZAFT's machines still no-beam, or does their coordination with the AEUG give them access to the technology? I could see early development of the CGUE DEEP Arms or something like the GINN High Maneuver Type II's beam carbine...otherwise they'll be limited against Kira's machine save as bait or battery drain." The pilot was still wondering about the technological issues this gestalt world had. It made him wonder about all the technological and political complexities promised by such interactions in this complex system...
  10. I'm still interested as well.
  11. Hikaru felt an urge to headpat the squirrel, but resisted due to politeness. Not everyone appreciated such things and it could come off as creepy. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Miss Yuiry was grateful to you. I managed to bring her in as well. To be perfectly honest, the realism of their expressions, their grief...it makes me wonder if the immersion is a bit too much. But it might mean her relief will be just that much more real too." He recalled Fa's realistic expressions and unknowingly commented on something Risu might be quite familiar with. The impact was so great, in fact, that he couldn't bring himself to be overly familiar with the NPD and just call her 'Fa' as he would otherwise have. Not without permission. "In any case, I'm Hikaru Hiyashi. My father is one of GBN's engineers and my step-sisters are playing on the GBN main servers as Purus Seven and Eleven. That's why I have the 'Adopted Puru' handle. I'm honestly surprised they weren't chosen for this Beta instead of me." Those two were currently providing character and voice work for the Puru series in general in both game and media, often appearing at real-life events. He wasn't sure how famous they were, but it was enough to contribute to the Gundam canon. "As for me...let's just say Gundam and Gunpla got me through a time of mourning and leave it at that. I got a 3D Printer, figured out how to make my own pieces, and never looked back." He brought up information on his machine and provided it. "The RX-179 Beta Gundam is a mix of the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II and the RMS-154 Refined Barzam made partly of custom-printed parts, plus the Zeta Gundam's beam rifle and a Clay Bazooka. It's a 'jack-of-all-trades' machine meant to be upgraded depending on how my skills and the needs I encounter in GBN develop as well as an armament testbed, so I made it a modular unit with hip and arm hardpoints. Let me know if there are hard-mounted weapons the team needs to test before full integration into a Gunpla and we can probably do that. It also has the ability to employ a Back Weapon System-enabled G-Defenser that isn't completed yet. There is also a quasi-psycommu, but it's meant more for connected armaments or turret control than INCOMs." Indeed, the Gundam currently had two beam guns on its hips that each provided a dome of coverage to the machine's left or right. The typical 'two INCOMs with two axes of movement each' limitation on a quasi-psycommu was the perfect amount of control to make it work. It also employed a beam claw on one forearm and the top part of a damaged vulcan-equipped shield undergoing repair on the other. A stolen GM II Shield was in the unit's left hand undergoing repair, a beam rifle was in its right hand, and a Clay Bazooka was in its rear skirt armor rack. "I also have a stock FXA-00 'Flying Armor' intended for use by any non-flight-capable units on the team, but I have to remember to log in with it. If someone needs me to provide that next time, please speak up. It might have been useful moving the captured Gundam back faster at least. Finally, I have two folding jump seats in the cockpit based on the one seen in Unicorn. Miss Yuiry found them useful this mission. Call me in to carry NPDs or for evacuation if prudent. I just wasn't able to get to Kamille this time around." It was then that he remembered something. "Oh, I also think I managed to convince Emma Sheen that the Beta Gundam was another Gundam Mk-II or a derivative. I might make appropriate bait for it, though Beta Team might have mitigated that to a degree."
  12. Hikaru couldn't help but be surprised at the victory. He had no real knowledge of what was going on until the cutscene mentioned Unit 03's location. Now things started to make sense. One of the team had absconded with the damaged Mk-II without telling anyone, securing the victory, and it was the teammate that was AWOL from the battlefield. After giving a sigh, he then looked to Fa and gave a small smile. It was hardly a consolation for hurting her home, but... "Miss Yuiry, Kamille Bidan was secured by one of my allies in time. You should be able to see him soon. Mind yourself of the others in the hangar, and you might be expected to sit tight to keep from being underfoot until some details are worked out." Once they docked and he helped Fa out of his machine, he was informed by a crew member that there would be a team meeting and where to go. Fa was left in the capable hands of the crew, though he really had no idea if she'd stay put or not. He was able to at least see Kamille getting out of a machine with Risu and point him out to her before he left for the meeting. The Beta Gundam's pilot went to the room in question and listened to Creed apologize to the group for his conduct. The adolescent felt that Shin's response was absolutely cringe-worthy. It wasn't something that could be left hanging in the air without comment. "Acknowledging our failures and showing respect for the team is hardly a 'pointless' way to start a meeting dedicated to self-analysis and improvement. You want to avoid losing in the future? Exploring the 'why' behind the losses in the past is one of the ways to do that, right?" Hikaru asked Shin before he looked back to Creed, pondering the matter carefully. He scratched the back of his neck. "In my case, I guess I flooded the radio too much in the beginning. I was trying to clarify my plan for Argama Team in a way that the NPDs could process and act on. If I went too meta with it, they'd have ignored it as ramblings. This made it more...wordy than it otherwise might have been. I might still need to do that in the future, but I can try to switch to our team channel and clarify my intentions in a more brief manner on the side. I know the other team did it too. That guy in the GM III was bragging about manipulating Emma Sheen when I tried to lure her Gundam into position for capture." Manipulating the NPDs to act was a viable action and one he couldn't throw away because people were impatient. Especially if the other team retained the tactic. "I need to read up on this...merged history some if I want to keep that as an option though." "I'm guessing you're Creed." He recalled the voice from during the mission, and felt come confidence in his guess. "Maybe you were reckless, but you were also the only one I who had my back in combat when I needed for support in the initial two-on-one. I thank you for that, it's one of the reasons Kamille survived the fight at all. That being said, I'm pretty upset that you ducked out on the fight later without telling any of us what you were doing. Yeah, it won the battle for us, but our communication absolutely sucks. I was the only one of the team left fighting when the battle ended, and had no idea why." Hikaru said, hinting that going AWOL without cluing everyone else in on it had consequences for the team. "Speaking of Kamille. Risu, thanks for finally bringing Kamille into your cockpit." Which one Risu was happened to be clarified by the fact that Kamille was with her. "I have to ask though...what happened? You took a hit and just...sat there for half the battle until the end. You didn't even respond to me on the radio. Did you bump your head on the console in the crash and get knocked out or something? I hear the feedback for that sort of thing was upped in 1.78 for some reason..." He was curious about the squirrel girl's effective non-participation. Regarding Shin's actions specifically, he really had nothing more to say at the moment. He fought solo, didn't like losing, and was a jerk to everyone about it.
  13. Hikaru, on seeing that the enemy Zaku was back to fighting Char, kept moving. It didn't seem to have beam weapons, which was a bad match for the Rick Dias' Gundarium Gamma armor. Char wasn't a Diver, but his skill and the disparity between the machines should at least buy him some time. No, Hikaru needed to get back into the main battle. Of course, he was growing more than a little irritated. Risu was taking half the battle doing even the simplest blasted thing of getting a civilian in front of them into their cockpit. The others were either not in view or doing absolutely nothing of note anymore. With everything falling apart and the irritation of being left without support, he decided that it was time for a wake-up call. As his machine accelerated, he switched to Alpha Team's own comm channel. "Hey! I know you aren't all out, so why in Tomino's name am I the only one on Alpha Team that's still fighting? Save Kamille, back up me and Char, and get back into the fight!" He might have said please or otherwise tried to be more civil, but he was sufficiently irritated to drop the formalities. Especially since he surged forward and attempted to intercept the saber blow aiming for Roberto with a weapon that had yet to be used in the fight. A Beam Saber blade mounted on the hard point of the Beta Gundam's right arm flared to life, the pink blade of energy meant to dissuade the easy kill.
  14. (OOC, Fa and Kamille are played by Roromi. We RPed this out together before posting it.) “There's a time and a place for duels, and team missions aren't it!” Hikaru exclaimed as the enemy GM III variant attempted to use its machine gun to keep the Beta Gundam at bay. The caliber increase of the weapon did make Hikaru play a bit defensively due to his lack of shield, but Gundarium Gamma armor was likely to have little issue with the rounds as long as they didn't hit something like an optic or vernier. No, what kept Hikaru at bay long enough for Aida to escape his sight were the explosions making nearby holes in the colony wall. This had the effect of causing his machine to be pulled away by the suction, at least until he employed his thrusters. “Seriously?” Hikaru groaned out as he fought to avoid being sucked out into space. Of course, there was something that gave him pause. Zooming in on something which caught his eye due to the contrasting yellow and red, he noted Fa Yuiry of all people. She'd briefly slid along the ground before being sucked up and drawn into the air toward the holes in the colony wall. Alarms triggering in Hikaru's mind as he failed briefly to distinguish between human and NPD, the pilot activated his thrusters and worked to try and guide the Beta Gundam to intercept her in time... At first, Fa slid along the ground but as the winds picked up so did her body. Fa twirled in the air like a ballerina, wind and debris whipping along her body. It was that sense of weightlessness that caused her to gasp awake suddenly. The girl shrieked out in terror as the colony ground shrunk away from her. Her world twirled in a blur as she helplessly flailed her arms and legs out to grasp at anything. Her surprise was complete when she felt her hands grasp onto the cold metallic hand of a mobile suit. This did little to halt her terror as she had no idea what kind of mech had saved her. Catching her in his machine's left hand in a move that invoked mental imagery from Gundam Unicorn's final OVA, he noted the terrified young woman's face. This was supposed to be a non-living entity? It was understandable horror on her face though. If Fa looked behind the Gundam, she'd clearly see the hole in the colony as well as open space and the stars beyond... Hikaru opened the cockpit of his machine, the Beta Gundam looking much like the famous Gundam from the One Year War, and drew the Mobile Suit's hand close to its torso. The boy reached out to Fa with his hand, to pull her into the cockpit. "Hurry! Get inside!" Fa looked around in terror, at first not comprehending what the strange pilot was telling her to do. “Kamille!” She shrieked out, “where’s Kamille?!” It took a moment as common sense soon caught up with her and she jumped into the cockpit finding it preferable than the unpredictability of a mobile suit hand. As she entered the cockpit she trembled with fear as she witness her world literally fall apart around her from the destruction. “Have you seen Kamille Bidan? He’s a boy... a teenager like me...” she began to form her request unsteadily. The fellow adolescent pulled her back firmly and closed the cockpit door behind her, flopping back into the linear seat with the girl on top of him rather than immediately answering. The reason for this became clear as they passed the colony wall with less than two seconds to spare. Fa saw open space all around her through the panoramic monitor, her mind likely believing that she had been that close to death if Hikaru had to guess. He had since forgotten about her artificial nature. Her voice choked back in throat as they entered into space reminding her once again of how fragile her home was. Tears welled in her eyes from the realization that her friend if not her family were dead or soon would be. Shock settled in for her as she trembled in rage and fear. “How... how could you do this?” Was all she could mutter under he breath. Her eyes still glued to the damage outside. Hikaru was quiet for a moment before responding. "I'm sorry...this wasn't what I expected either. This wasn't the plan." He had honest regret, the immersion immense and her grief convincing him. He pressed a sequence of buttons on a console, causing a a pair of jump seats to unfold to the rear and sides of his linear seat in response. "Have a seat and buckle up. Kamille Bidan was last seen fleeing Titans custody. I've already asked my allies to keep an eye open for him. Hopefully one of them can assist. I apologize in advance for re-entering combat after this..." Fa reluctantly sat down and looked around in a panic at the screen. She glared at the pilot and his rather cold responses. Then the weight of his words hit her. Go back into combat? Kamille was fleeing? She wanted to yell at the pilot right there and then but the thought of finding Kamille made her bit her lip. “If it means finding Kamille safely.... well ... please help me find him... I beg you.” Hearing the plea, he nodded lightly. Hikaru ignited the thrusters, pushing the Beta Gundam back into the colony. He knew his words sounded lame. How does someone justify causing such suffering just to play a game? He couldn't. Could he even keep playing if things were this real? "This machine is geared for general combat and capture rather than the sheer damage of whatever did this...hold the phone." Hikaru's screen zoomed in on the red Woundwart...it still hadn't moved? Moreover, a familiar young man was visible on the screen. As Kamille raised his fist up for another swing at the pompous jerk Jerid a loud explosion caused both of them to pause and regard the noise. Kamille’s eyes grew wide as the air around them picked up into a violent steady gust leading towards a hole in the colony. Kamille clenched his teeth to regard Jerid again, not eager to let up the fight just yet. “This is Hikaru to Risu! Please snap out of it! Hurry up and save Kamille! He's the guy with blue hair fighting the enemy in the black pilot suit! He's right there with your machine! Please get him in your cockpit and get back into action! Tell him that Miss Yuiry is worried about him if you have to, just get him inside!” Hikaru looked around him, taking in the battlefield as he spoke. He noted the movement of the blue Zaku toward the Rick Dias/Gundam Mk-II stalemate, and his eyes narrowed. “Not on my watch!” Hikaru extended the Beta Gundam's damaged shield as far as he could, and then used his Beam Rifle's jitte to slash the bottom off of it off. The remains of the bottom and its sliding armature were ejected, leaving the intact top of the shield with its vulcans and ammo storage racks in place on his arm's hardpoint. His machine moving in a hurry, it passed a wrecked GM II and picked up its intact shield in the Gundam's hand, re-entering the battle. Claiming a shield from a fallen enemy wasn't something early versions of the game allowed, but it seemed likely to work given how the game seemed to treat debris... “I'll have to try and trust my ally with your friend for the moment, Miss Yuiry. Keep watching that window and let me know right away if I have to withdraw to grab him.” With these words, he fired his beam rifle at the Zaku Forerunner, leading the shot to try and strike the machine as it rushed to intercept...
  15. When Aida executed his maneuver, there were three key problems with how he did so. One, he announced his attack. Two, he started a pirouette of all things as part of the move. Three, his enemy was still pointing a beam rifle straight at him. Thus, Hikaru did the most basic thing in the world and simply pulled the trigger to fire on the modified GM III when it willingly exposed its back. Dishonorable? No more than having snipers, he figured. "Tolle? Remember where you are. Quit posing like some tokusentai and give Ryu Jose and Sleggar Law their due!" He wasn't thinking of Captain Bright being around to hear the names of his fallen comrades, he was just a bit irritated at the dissonance. They were in the Universal Century, for goodness sake! While evading the thrown shield as Aida had anticipated, Hikaru returned to the Alpha/Argama channel. "The secondary objective has been targeted! If anyone sees a blue-haired boy in a two-tone blue-green sweater, please save Kamille before the Titans and their allies can-!" Before he could say anything more though, the modified GM III managed to fire its Shot Lancer at the general location where Hikaru had been led to evade the thrown shield. The Shot Lancer was an odd weapon that was easy to underestimate in GBN because of the lore until one saw its relative size. Developed for penetrating the thinner and more toned-down armors of the Second Universal Century's smaller Mobile Suits, a basic to-scale Shot Lancer wouldn't be able to do much against a Gundarium Gamma machine like his in most cases. When employed for GBN, however, Shot Lancers from 1/100 scale kits were often altered by Divers for use with 1/144 scale builds and became roughly 70% larger in each of the three dimensions due to this scale difference. This was a modified model appropriate to a 1/100 scale 14 meter tall machine like the XM-01 Den'an Zon, or a 20.2 meter tall 1/144 scale build post-conversion. While the effectiveness of its heavy machine guns' 70% caliber boost was still an unknown against the Beta Gundam's armor, the lethality of the weapon's primary function wasn't in question. Thus, though Hikaru couldn't work out the math or the details right away, the need to block was evident. Bringing his shield to bear at an angle to intercept and hopefully deflect the blow, Hikaru gritted his teeth and was thrown in his cockpit when the sound of crashing and scraping permeated the air. The Beta Gundam was forced back and lurched to the side, with red warnings briefly flaring on Hikaru's console detailing the strain on the arm and knee joints before abating almost as quickly. Upon stumbling to avoid falling over from the force before recovering, and continuing to move in the direction of the imparted momentum to try and move out of the heavy machine guns' line of fire, he took stock of his situation. The lower part of his shield, bowed inward with a long scrape compromising its structural integrity and anti-beam coating, had thankfully been the greatest casualty. Hikaru didn't want to think of what might have happened had his shield not been angled and if he'd tried to meet the whole of the attack with brute force. "Tch. Clever...ish." Hikaru responded, not willing to praise the enemy too much for his foolhardy move.
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