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  1. Hikaru shifted into Mobile Armor mode as well, with the addition of the GP04's lower body and main gun in its arms underneath. He accelerated, pushing the machine as best he could. Of course, this was only done long enough to get up to a reasonable pace before aiming himself at Beta Team's vessel and letting go of the lower body and arms. This only took a few extra seconds, but it might have some sort of consequence for secondary objectives. "Hikaru to Team, secondary threat resolved. I and the leader of Alpha Team are enroute! Bottom half and arms of enemy RX-78GP04G "Gundam Gerbera" drifting toward our vessel! Grab it on retreat! I need to provide cover!" The transformed machine was now more stable, even though it was carrying the Gerbera's main weapon in both hands underneath to deny it to the enemy. He was going to take aim at the Archangel with his Long Beam Rifle, hopefully being able to assist before Risu got overwhelmed, but seeing Shin in that state changed his mind. Taking aim at the larger target, the Zeong, Hikaru opened fire with the Long Beam Rifle in hopes of disabling or destroying the machine. "Risu! Withdraw, you've got inbound! I'm coming Shin, hang on!" Risu might have to deal with the consequences of surrendering her range advantage, but it couldn't be helped. Shin didn't seem likely to last as long.
  2. The controlled descent of his enemy was noted, and Hikaru decided not to assume that his enemy was incapacitated by any measure. The hits hadn't been confirmed, after all. With as light a step as a Mobile Suit could achieve, he moved his machine. He knew not to stay in the same position, and was sure his enemy knew not to as well. He shifted his loadout for urban fighting, adopting the Tempest Beam Sword and his shield with its beam guns in the face. Range would have to be traded for flexibility here. The Beam Sword was kept deactivated until needed, so its glow wouldn't give him away. Once he'd moved to a new position, he elected to try something he'd seen on the 08th MS Team. With the city empty save for the enemy and the destruction caused by the missiles, he attempted to use the Mobile Suit's audio detection systems. Perhaps he would be able to hear thrusters or his enemy's footsteps. "Let's see if I can figure out where you are with this." Hikaru uttered, trying to detect his enemy enough to get a rough bearing and distance estimate. It wasn't as detailed as listening through the ground, but it was hopefully better than nothing.
  3. Hikaru's machine kept moving in its Mobile Armor mode, managing not to get caught in the resulting blast from the Salamis. Grumbling, Hikaru sent out over his comm link with his team. "Hikaru to Alpha Team, I lured Beta's leader away only for us both to be ambushed by some sniper. We're both stuck on an adjacent map dealing with a secondary hostile Federation objective." All the while, the sensors normally dedicated to Long Smart Rifle's use scanned for the source of the shot while he kept up his evasive maneuvers. If he could keep the enemy from getting a bead on him, they could make this work. He established a laser comm link with Aida, though he didn't dare maintain the link longer than he could say "Still thinking I planned this junk? Switching to channel 195." The Diver still needed to prioritize evasion over the comm link. Once he switched channels again away from laser and waited a moment, he sent a communication. "We both have high speed machines suitable for evasion and recon. We should probably put aside our fight for later, triangulate the source of the shots, and take this one out as quickly as possible. Are you up for that?"
  4. Hikaru sped past Emma, her saber and subsequent beam strike failing to connect much as his own attacks had thanks to the speed as well as her own confusion. The boy was already on the evasive, and inwardly was thankful that he'd missed. He had trouble disconnecting with reality here and Emma wasn't a person he wanted to harm. The immersion was dangerously high. "Now we'll see how you Titans do without using civilians as shields!" He said to the woman, both a reference to Gryps having civilians alongside that R&D base and a 'coincidental' reference to the child soldier they'd recruited in the Strike. Hopefully that would cultivate further doubts in her mind. Of course, Mu and Kira could likely hear this as well. Thankfully, Hikaru's efforts were rewarded. Instead of interfering with the others, Aida was following him instead. Target fixation could be a wonderful thing when it was the enemy that wore the blinders. The two Mobile Armors danced across the debris-filled space, Aida's Shot Lancer's Machine Guns discharging and striking debris around him. "Hey! I'm ticked off seeing yours too, but at least I'm not accusing you of plagiarism! A G-Defenser based Back Weapons System is the obvious upgrade path for a Mk-II or Nemo-based machine! And what do you mean 'hired by a coward'? My team's leadership is out on the field, unlike yours! Bask Om's just looking intimidating on the bridge of a ship twiddling his thumbs rather than fighting, right?" He interpreted the comment as an in-character one, not even considering the out of character implications. The boy kept talking. He wanted to make sure the enemy was distracted by rage and chatter while luring him a sufficient distance away. Avoiding devastating hits from a single chasing enemy wasn't too hard as long as he kept evading and did not fly straight. Most Mobile Armors' weapons were fixed to the machine's center line with little in the way of an adjustable firing arc. The boy's machine shuddered with a few hits from the scaled up Shot Lancer Machine Gun in spite of his evasion, but pure Gundanium Gamma armor was sterner stuff than the composites that the Shot Lancer was initially designed to contend with. Were it not scaled up in size, the Shot Lancer may well have done nothing at all. Hikaru thanked his luck that the enemy seemed not to have missiles. This might be a good bit harder otherwise. Finally, when far enough away to keep the enemy from breaking off back to the others so easily, the Super Beta Gundam made its move. Dual-axis hip-mounted beam guns in the hip modules of the machine were already aiming rearward in this configuration to start with, and they shifted their positions slightly to track the enemy. The quasi-psycommu controlled armaments fired upon the Super Airbatel as it pursued. One was aimed at the machine's current path, while the other was aimed at what Hikaru deemed to be the most likely point to evade to. Hikaru wondered how the enemy would respond to a Mobile Armor capable of shooting behind itself to produce its own cover fire.
  5. Hikaru analyzed the current plan and the forces in play that he could identify. Part of him wanted to assist Rau and Creed respectively, but he also knew that someone had to take care of a certain Mobile Armor that bore a strong similarity to his own in function. He knew that machine and was a bit irritated, though not surprised, to find that it too had turned a G-Defenser into a Back Weapons System as part of its upgrade path. Having it intercept Creed wouldn't be ideal, but that was unlikely at the speeds they were going in opposing directions until Creed's first run on the Archangel was over. The pilot thought for a moment. Strike was a clear goal. Hikaru had previously marked Emma as such as well. If he went into the fight with the NPD Gundams, it would pretty much scream 'Beta Team, come intercede'. It might even draw out the other Mobile Suits they likely had in play as well. Otherwise, it was abandoning Rau to a three-on-one. Noting these measures, Hikaru decided to try and work with this. Between the irritation from the last fight and the fact they were both using Back Weapon Systems, the Diver hoped that Aida would be angry enough for target fixation. Decision made, he decided to show off his own machine's similar capability by shifting into Mobile Armor mode to speed toward the 'main fight'. The Beta Gundam headed for the trio of Gundams in support of the CGUE, trying to bait Aida into turning a one-on-three fight into a two-on-four. The fact Hikaru had gone for Emma Sheen before might just make it more believable, so he went for her unit first. The Long Smart Rifle of the machine discharged, the shot streaking toward her Gundam and also lighting up the battlefield a bit more than the typical beam strike. Catching her was an ideal option, but not necessarily tenable. "Still sporting that outdated version, huh? How does it feel to fall behind in your own Mk-II's R&D?" Of course, this taunt to Emma was meant to get Aida's attention as well.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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?"
  12. I'm good with both. I haven't had SEED RP in far too long.
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. I'm still interested as well.
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