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Pitch black darkness. It had been that way for long, but out of the blue, one of the four Gunpla Battle Nexus cabinets sprung to action and bathed the room in light. Somebody had turned it on by flipping one of the switches in the service room, while forgoing the other three cabinets and the micro-injection machine used to "print" out parts and weapons that were given to the players as rewards for clearing certain missions. A figure entered the room, having just treated himself to a grilled cheddar sandwich and some juice, ready for the rumble. A voice reached out to him after he put on his headset and visor. "Please, scan your Gunpla" It sounded human, but it was probably a recording. He still remembered the good old times, when the voice was jarringly robotic and spoke in a very butchered English. He took a 1/144 figure out of a holster in his pants, and put it over the scanner. It was a black and blue kitbash based in the GM III, crafted, painted and even slightly weathered in fine detail. Two rings of light emerged under the GM's feet and at the top of its head. One ascended, the other descended, and when they met halfway through to read the information chip, the name of the machine suddenly appeared in screen. Airbatel GM. Like Dan, the builder, he was pretty proud of the thing. "Are you proud of us too?" The Airbatel simply activated its main camera, more in response to the laser rings than his question.

Logging in, which was a pretty straightforward process for such a secretive thing, he dismissed the coincidence and put on his visor, diving into a new world, the world of GBN's Community Update, full of new content to discover… and unsurprisingly devoid of people. The lobby inside the central skyscraper was empty save for an administrator, trying out new test NPDs meant to bolster the number of guides in areas too populated for volunteers to show all beginners around. Uninterested, the Diver by the nickname of Aida checked his context menu and used it to teleport to one of the hangar bays. Airbatel was there, standing tall and mighty above him. The administrator had also logged in with a personal Gunpla, which seemed to be that colorful Mobile Suit a few spaces away. Hobby Marasai. An interesting machine, but its owner was occupied.

After a routine check-up of his machine, which was way easier when one was smaller than it and not the other way around, he turned it on and headed for the catapult. Being that he wasn't on a mission, and nobody could hear him anyways, he skipped out on the part where he shouted his name and his machine's out loud, to silently catapult away from the building, and fly away to cruise the game world, which could now be done even outside missions since the 1.79 update. That day, the GM-Defenser had been re-painted silver for a new balance of colors, which meant he couldn't use it until Saturday, when the paint dried out and the detail could be done again. He was using a Hyaku-Shiki's and backpack tonight, which hardly kept him in a continuous flight like those Aida was accustomed to. But one of the good things of Free Roam mode was that no fuel or energy would be consumed at all, so he could fly around carelessly in autopilot with the fuel efficiency tool disabled, while using the context menu to try and see just how many people were free to play that night. Hopeful, he gasped when he took notice of the current player count. There were more people than usual, just dispersed through the game world. Maybe that could be the day he finally got to try out one of those new campaigns he had been eyeing.

Landing Airbatel smoothly on a yard located behind a replica of Alfred Izuruha's school, complete with a vendor of 0080 avatar paraphernalia, Aida coursed through the menu until he could find that one campaign he had been eyeing but couldn't play right until that moment, and when he found it, he picked the "Look for Public" option, even though his Gunpla was incomplete that day. After all, it wasn't like he was in any position to get picky, and probably all of the beta testers were decent enough people to get hold of a code from the administration. Then again, "it's not like the code was mine to begin with...", he sighed.

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<< Gundam Generation >>

A randomized, dynamic and innovative campaign which reimagines events of every timeline and mixes them up with each other for a one-of-a-kind experience! Strike foes down on every known battlefield, oppose NPDs or ally with them, and gain exclusive rewards for passing the unmarked side assignments!

Warning: Beta Campaign. Stability and playability errors might arise at random. Report any problems with this campaign to the nearest administrator.

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"Let's see, let's see… aha! You've been occupying a space in the carry inventory for long. It was about time you were of any use...", said Aida while equipping a one-time use flare gun on his Mobile Suit's free hand, and promptly having Airbatel fire it. The custom GM III did a full 180 degree turn in a second, lifted its right arm, and pointed the flare gun at the sky to strike that famous 'Last Shot' pose from Mobile Suit Gundam, before firing. A golden V promptly appeared in the sky above them. The V-Flare signal would last an entire hour before disappearing. But he planned to leave for the night if nobody joined him before the flare was gone. If that were to happen, he would give up trying to find a group of night owls he could fit into the daily schedule, and come back Saturday afternoon to get started once and for all with a regular force…

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<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. NPD

3. NPD

4. NPD

5. NPD

6. NPD

7. NPD

8. NPD

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It was all just a glorified test. For once Marco didn’t fully understand all the cloak and dagger nonsense his sponsors had been going on about. Marco didn’t care that much about whatever motives they had so long as they kept him well funded. Marco’s biggest concern over the beta was being challenged.

 

NPDs had a history of being pushovers in his opinion and this latest update promised the world in terms or AI difficulty. That’s all that Marco cared about, otherwise he wouldn’t have been so open to being drafted for this gig. 

 

The computer repeated its request for perhaps the upteenth time and Marco hardly noticed as he slid his fingers over the delicate details of his Gunpla. By reputation he wasn’t exactly known for making extravagant out of the box models but he was renowned for his attention to detail and for the slight modifications he managed to cram into his Gunpla. 

 

"Please, scan your Gunpla"

 

Again the man hardly hurried his comply but did so this time around. “Show them what you’ve got…” he murmured as Marco logged in to follow his model turn machine. He soon found himself standing at the foot of his creation, nearly inverting the previous perspective he had just a moment earlier. He looked around at the world and noted the slack population on the server and again questioned Zapp’s intentions of sending him into this beta, he knew it wouldn’t be for the last time either. 

 

As he approached his machine he marveled at the perspective again and whistled to himself. “Boy you sure do dress up nice on this server… Zero…” By association he had to give his machine the somewhat dorky designation of ZAPP-013. Which he didn’t mind all that much, to him his Gunpla was simply known as the Zero Saviour. A highly modified version of the Saviour Gundam he was eager to test out its abilities at last. He climbed into his machine and launched out into the open world. 

 

He put the machine through its paces using the free energy to test out the transformation between mobile suit and mobile armor. He pulled a couple of hard turns and other maneuvers before feeling satisfied with what he had so far. The zero ran fairly light, he had contemplated adding a nuclear reactor or some other power supply but enjoyed the challenge the battery life often offered him, the trade off of less weight seemed to feel rewarding at the moment. As he climbed up to a higher altitude in the open world he noticed a flicker arcing up towards the clouds. 

 

A flare? Marco pondered, his question being answered by the “V” appearing in the sky and pointing down to a GM of sorts on the ground. “Hmm why not…” he mused as he pulled the Zero into a bank towards the invitation. As he approached he looked up the details of the mission. He didn’t particularly care, one challenge was as good as the next. He looked at the roster and studied the single name, it wasn’t anyone he recognized. He locked his name onto the roster then brought Zero in for a low flyby of the unit. He pitched back around before transforming and finally perching besides the GM. He opened an audio channel “greetings.” 

 

<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. [ZAPP Agent] Creed

3. NPD

4. NPD

5. NPD

6. NPD

7. NPD

8. NPD

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“What?! You don’t want to try it out?” Kyle was sitting near his desktop computer, complete with a home console to access the latest update to GBN. He was hoping his wife could join him, but she had other plans. “Sorry.” She said. “I’m really busy with another project.” She turned to walk out the door of their gaming room which was filled with Gundam memorabilla. “I’ll play it another time.” Kyle wasn’t surprised. She wasn’t as big of a fan of Gundam as him and hadn’t even created a custom Gunpla yet. Nevertheless, Kyle picked up his work in progress. It was a red and gold Dynames with a few different pieces. He looked to his right, noticing the plethora of Gunpla parts laying next to paint. “I know I should wait until you’re done, but I have to play now!” He thought to himself.

Kyle put the Gunpla over the scanner in the middle of the home console, grasping the joysticks while wearing the visor connected to the machine. The dive into the world felt different to Kyle. “Maybe I’m just nervous about the Trinames’ performance.” He thought. As he arrived in the lobby, only one administrator was there, seemingly working with new test NPD’s. Kyle didn’t pay much attention to him though. All he wanted to do was fly around with his new Gunpla. As soon as he was how to teleport to one of the Mobile Suit hangars, he noticed an advertisement for McDaniel. Romario Monini smiled as he held up a cheeseburger, with red and yellow flowing behind him. Kyle smirked at the ad. “Looks even better in the game…”

The Trinames was rather shiny inside the game, especially the gold covering the shield. As Kyle got inside the cockpit, he was greeted by his old friend. It was a red Haro, wearing its own Char Aznable mask. “Kyle! Kyle!” The Diver smiled. “it’s great to see you, Haro! You ready for some fun!” Haro jumped with glee into its slot. “Fun! Fun!” Kyle headed toward the catapult as he finally got to call out his new machine. “Trinames! Kyle O’Connor! Launching!” The sniping mobile suit catapulted away, flying around the game’s world. “This feels great!” He yelled as he moved his right arm around, practicing aiming with the connected Smart Beam Gun. He gently landed on one of the nearby buildings as he opened up his menu. “What mission do I go with?” He thought. At first, he was going to pick one of the tutorial battles, but he knew how easy those were for him. Plus, he’d already completed them multiple times, ruining the surprise. “Maybe I can get another person to practice with me. Wait!” He exclaimed “I’m sure there’s a campaign that’ll test my sniping abilities.” He scrolled down, passing various campaigns for long ranged Gunpla, but one regular campaign caught his attention. “Gundam Generation?”

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<< Gundam Generation >>

A randomized, dynamic and innovative campaign which reimagines events of every timeline and mixes them up with each other for a one-of-a-kind experience! Strike foes down on every known battlefield, oppose NPDs or ally with them, and gain exclusive rewards for passing the unmarked side assignments!

Warning: Beta Campaign. Stability and playability errors might arise at random. Report any problems with this campaign to the nearest administrator.

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Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. NPD

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“Sounds like a tribute to the G Generation games.” He said. “Maybe this could work, but would the Trinames…” At that moment, a golden V appeared in the sky by the War in the Pocket area. “I’m assuming that’s the two players. Haro! Take me to that location.” The robot chirped “Roger!” Haro flew towards them as Kyle got a closer look. One appeared to be a modified GM III while the other was a kitbashed Saviour Gundam. “Interesting…” Kyle locked his name onto the roster, having Haro land next to them. “Hello there!” said Kyle.

<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. [ZAPP Agent] Creed

3. [Comet Meister] Kyle

4. NPD

5. NPD

6. NPD

7. NPD

8. NPD

 
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The room was dark, all the lights were off. In the darkness you could see a little bit of movement before the light of a computer slightly illuminated the room and a voice rang out from the speakers “Wake up! Wake up!” The sound was that of a Haro the body moved in the darkness a bit more before the constant calling of the Haro made him get up. Wrapping himself in the blanket he looked on the computer's screen to see that GBN was fully updated and ready for the beta. He looked over to his right to see a gunpla covered in a cloth the light barely catching it. He let out a sigh to show his frustration and started up GBN 1.8.

 

He placed his visor on as the system booted up, and carefully took the cloth off the half finished Gunpla. He looked at it through the visor inspecting it. He was frustrated, this gunpla at half finished wasn't so bad. It was missing a lot of its armament but otherwise it would do just what he wanted. The system finished it boot up and made a simple demand of him.

 

‘’Please, Scan you Gunpla”

 

He placed his gunpla on the sensor and allowed the rings to scan his machine. The eyes ignited and with that its name appeared on screen. The young man in the chair finished his lock in prep and signed in “ Shin Hakuren “ as he was transported to the world the taste of it left a sour note in his mouth. When he opened his eyes he was once again in GBN’s lobby. It was 1000 times better in his opinion. Less people meant less to worry about. However… He knew some of the other beta testers must be on and that meant he could let loose in that gunpla. Using the commands he teleported himself to the hanger to look up at the machine he had built. He had heard it over and over, people talking about the love to see it like this but to Shin… all it did was make him violently angry. His eyes darted to the left and he opened the command to move him to the cockpit and with that Shin headed to the launch bay. Even though he hated it he had to do it every time, his launch phrase “ Shin Hakuren, Astral AGE Gundam, Eradicating Targets….” with that the machine launched into the air. For Shin this was the first test of this machine. Many of the parts he used made it a little heavier but the thrusters seemed to keep him stable and allow for decent maneuverability.

 

It was then that Shin saw a flare in the sky, he flew around the area as he read the mission details

 

A randomized, dynamic and innovative campaign which reimagines events of every timeline and mixes them up with each other for a one-of-a-kind experience! Strike foes down on every known battlefield, oppose NPDs or ally with them, and gain exclusive rewards for passing the unmarked side assignments!”

 

He liked the sound of taking on some of the best pilots even if they where NPD’s but from what he was told they were supposed to be much better now so maybe they could pose an actual challenge. He also saw the names on the list and seeing one name that he actually sort of recognized, Creed. If he was the same one he was thinking of maybe the beta test did have just what he was looking for, with that he hit the join button. Landing his custom gunpla a decent distance from the others and as he exited he didn't say a word

 

<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. [ZAPP Agent] Creed

3. [Comet Meister] Kyle

4. [Raging Beast] Shin Hakuren

5. NPD

6. NPD

7. NPD

8. NPD

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Carter drew in a breath as he arrived home, he head been out on quite the trip; Visiting someone quite important to him and all that. The male enterred his apartment and look around, it was devoid of any other person right now- which was how he liked it actually, it gave him time to do whatever he wanted and right now what he wanted to do was.. relax, he put his bag down on the couch and passed by the shelf on his way through the kitchen to the bathroom. There was a huge amount of memorabilia from his favourite series: Mobile Suit Gundam, from The original all the way down to Iron Blooded Orphans he had Model kits, Figures, and other assorted pieces of merch as well. He quickly showered and thought hard about what it was he could do.

"There's no point in trying to beat the world record in The Psyco Gundam strike" He thought "It's not like I have a new strategy for it or anything"

He racked his mind as he stepped out and got dressed, then his eyes locked onto what was currently on his bedroom desk, He approached it and picked it up. It was an old friend so to speak, a Gunpla which he had spent all of his money on back when he first began the hobby. the male smiled softly at it and oriented its Monoeye so it was facing him.. The Zaku 2 High Mobility Type; He called it the "Forerunner". Carter then turned to his console and computer, and that's when it finally hit him. He quickly went over to his console and sat down in front of it, booting it up "Please scan your Gunpla". Those words plastered a small grin on his face, the male looked at his Zaku and pat it on the head "Let's do it" he said, placing the Zaku onto the scanner and logging into the game.

Now, he was stood in the lobby of the GBN, looking around the place with a hand on his hip.. the place was empty.. He rolled his eyes and smiled a little bit as he started to walk around, exploring the familiar place.. he had read the patch notes sometime ago already so he knew exactly what he wanted to do. He entered the hangar and then looked up at his machine, standing before it and fixing his hair.. The Zaku's blue was matched by the pilots outfit, he was wearing a replica of Char Aznable's clothing, except in his own colours, blue instead of red and silver replacing gold. The diver looked down and nodded to himself before getting into the cockpit and going straight to the catapult. "Free roam without need to refuel? It's almost like they wanted me back" he said quietly as he prepared to  launch "Blue Lightning launching in the Zaku Forerunner!" he called out as he launched, flying through the skies with a small smile on his face, and while he bolted through the skies.. he saw something new pop up on the mission screen

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<< Gundam Generation >>

A randomized, dynamic and innovative campaign which reimagines events of every timeline and mixes them up with each other for a one-of-a-kind experience! Strike foes down on every known battlefield, oppose NPDs or ally with them, and gain exclusive rewards for passing the unmarked side assignments!

Warning: Beta Campaign. Stability and playability errors might arise at random. Report any problems with this campaign to the nearest administrator.

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"All timelines?" he said, before nodding.. This would be the start of something great, and he could feel it he clicked the [Join Party] Button and then noticed a flare shoot up "Nice timing.." He then did a quick flip in his Mobile Suit to reorient himself, blasting off in the direction of the flare, as he got closer he marveled at everyone's customized Mobile suits, he looked at his own Zaku and chuckled a bit; he felt a bit under-dressed. When he arrived, his MS Slid across the ground slightly, the blue afterglow of his thrusters slowly dissipating. He leaned back in the cockpit and crossed his arms.. Waiting.

 

 

<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. [ZAPP Agent] Creed

3. [Comet Meister] Kyle

4. [Raging Beast] Shin Hakuren

5. [Blue Lightning] Carter Lee

6. NPD

7. NPD

8. NPD

 

 

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Hikaru was ready. His schoolwork was done, his Gunpla was prepared and armed, he'd just finished re-watching ZZ Gundam, and and the update to 1.8 Beta was complete. It was quiet in the house hidden in the woods as he pulled on one of his wheelchair's trays. A keyboard, trackball, assorted interface and SD Card ports, and a Gunpla scanner were mounted on it, while the one on the opposing arm was more multi-purpose for eating and Gunpla building. Plugging a networking cable from his chair into the router for an optimal online connection rather than relying on the wireless, he had a choice to make.

He had finished the Flying Armor and the Beta Gundam, though he was still not 100% happy with one of the joints on the G-Defenser. Knowing that there was infinite fuel in free-roaming, he elected to simply forgo those flight add-ons and went for the RX-179 Beta Gundam and its various armaments plus the Point Defense Hip Modules, the Saber Claw Module, and the CIWS Shield. Idly noting the different and more fluid version of the 'Please scan your Gunpla' that rang out when compared to version 1.79, he placed the Gunpla on the scanner and the two rings did their work. As the optics of the Gunpla lit up in response, he was already placing the visor down over his head from behind his wheelchair's headrest. The GBN Online Interface built into the boy's wheelchair got to work.

When he closed his eyes he was in his room, but when he opened them again after holding them closed for over one second, he had skipped the dive animation and was in the GBN Lobby. That was a little trick he'd read about on the forums, and it was interesting to note that it still worked. The Lobby felt like a ghost town with a few NPDs being the only humanoid beings around. There were also a few mouse-like Elemechu skittering about the lobby, hunting for viruses to attack and bugs to report. Though he knew the receptionist was an NPD, he still gave the character a wave of greeting and received a like reply in kind before heading off to the hangar.

Walking on solely digital legs, the boy looked up at the RX-179 Beta Gundam in pleasure that it had translated well. He knew it wasn't the most powerful machine out there, but it would likely have a potential answer to most of what he might encounter. After a quick check of the status console in front of his machine, he climbed into his cockpit and-

*SQUEAAAK*

The boy stood up fast from the linear seat and looked down, noting the green rodent-like entity which had been searching his machine.  Apparently they were a bit overzealous in searching for things like Break Decals these days.  Giving a sigh, he gently moved the Elemechu and seated himself.  After this matter was resolved, Hikaru wordlessly launched. There was no need to speak where there was no one to hear him, after all. He chose to deploy into an area where players were detected, specifically Side 6' Labot Colony, in hopes of finding his sisters. It was soon after launching that his console brought up an unrelated prompt, though.

 

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<< Gundam Generation >>

A randomized, dynamic and innovative campaign which reimagines events of every timeline and mixes them up with each other for a one-of-a-kind experience! Strike foes down on every known battlefield, oppose NPDs or ally with them, and gain exclusive rewards for passing the unmarked side assignments!

Warning: Beta Campaign. Stability and playability errors might arise at random. Report any problems with this campaign to the nearest administrator.

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Blinking, the teenager then noticed the flare from the direction of Alfred Izuhara's school. Pondering for a moment, and deciding that exploring the new mode sounded like a lot of fun, he elected to add his name to the growing list.

 

<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. [ZAPP Agent] Creed

3. [Comet Meister] Kyle

4. [Raging Beast] Shin Hakuren

5. [Blue Lightning] Carter Lee

6. [Adopted Puru] Hikaru

7. NPD

8. NPD

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[02:20]choco: hey risu u build models right????

[02:20]risuwu: yeah why?

[02:22]choco: gbn got a new update and u should totally play wwwwwwww

[02:23]risuwu: whats gbn?

[02:23]choco: its this cool vr game that lets you control a gunpla u build and stuff it’s like an mmo, yknow like ff14

[02:23]choco: and u can make ur avatar look like w/e u want not even just gundam it’s p cool if u ask me

[02:24]risuwu: i never built gundam before

[02:25]risuwu: is it hard?

[02:25]choco: no but thats why u should try it wwwwwww

[02:25]choco: trust me it’s a lot of fun

[02:25]choco: oh i have a beta key i can give you! ngl id play but im just gonna wait until 1.8 is actually out wwwwww

[02:26]choco: anyway i gotta go sleep but ill prob catch u later u nightowl

[02:26]choco: but yeah totally give it a try  ()*:・゚

[02:26]risuwu: ok good night  ()

[02:26]choco has gone offline

 

 

Risu wandered around GBN’s hub world rather listlessly, for now content to watch the passersby. She’d admit that she was never good at these sorts of games, and often thought about stopping, but Choco said she was going to be around at some point. Even the tutorial for her was difficult. She’d dreaded going into a mission, or especially going up against other players. Still, she at least wanted to get good enough to keep up. Choco was a pretty skilled gamer, and Risu felt… obligated to try and get to that level, especially since she’d dropped 60 000 yen for this.

Her experience with other games had told her the best way to get good at something was to jump in! …right? A quest window opened up in front of her, its suddenness causing her to jump. Given her avatar, which she’d made to be some kind of cartoon squirrel, she’d let out an involuntary squeak.

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<< Gundam Generation >>

A randomized, dynamic and innovative campaign which reimagines events of every timeline and mixes them up with each other for a one-of-a-kind experience! Strike foes down on every known battlefield, oppose NPDs or ally with them, and gain exclusive rewards for passing the unmarked side assignments!

Warning: Beta Campaign. Stability and playability errors might arise at random. Report any problems with this campaign to the nearest administrator.

 

 

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Carefully, Risu read through the quest details, scrolling down until the end, which notified her of its beta status. That… was alarming, but then she’d remembered that GBN was in beta right now. She’d hesitate, having her own reservations about jumping into such content so early, though eventually she’d reach out to press the ‘join’ button. There were already six others who were ready to play.

 

 

<< Gundam Generation >>

Looking for Divers… (Maximum 8 players)

1. [8TMS Lt.] Aida

2. [ZAPP Agent] Creed

3. [Comet Meister] Kyle

4. [Raging Beast] Shin Hakuren

5. [Blue Lightning] Carter Lee

6. [Adopted Puru] Hikaru

7. [Spider Lily] Risu

8. NPD

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Suddenly, one by one, complete strangers, piloting customized machines of a very good quality, started to drop around him and made their entrance before joining the wait list, like some sort of early Christmas miracle. First was a Saviour from SEED, mixed with some elements from Epyon. Then, a custom Dynames, with what appeared to be some parts from Sazabi. Aida needed not even look at the rest of it to know the pilot had to specialize in long-range attacks. It was followed by a very angry-looking AGE-2, which triggered the countdown clock that would send the four of them to the campaign as soon as 120 seconds passed without any new machines joining. But, surprise, surprise: three more challengers stepped up to the game: a custom Zaku II that still shined despite the simplicity of its build, a very well built Refined Barzam which had been mixed with a Gundam MkII and used the bright colors of Zeta Gundam, and finally, the surprise of the year: a very pretty red Woundwort to defy any and all of his prejudices towards Advance of Zeta units. Even he, the first one in every crowd to bash modern mechanical design, had to admit that it was one hell of a good Mobile Suit, and he expected it to be piloted by an equally skilled operator. Then there was him, with his humble Airbatel, holding a Shot Lancer and panning its main camera, while dishing out greetings to the other Mobile Suits as they landed.

"What an unfortunate day to put the Defenser and the beam rifle in the bench..."

Nothing more could be said before the alarm rang calmly. Sadly, no eight machine had joined them, so now, every single machine was transported to a black space for the start of the campaign. He was not disappointed, that nearly full house was much more than he was expecting to find that night, and the NPD that would fill the empty spot could make for a good test of might for the allied AI, if it ended up in his team. "Speaking of which", Aida wondered out loud, and looked at his right. There was an eight machine, a green Galbaldy Beta. The NPD? He checked with a table that had now appeared in the black space among the eight of them, and saw that the teams had been already decided.

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Provisional Force Alpha

Gundam Zero Saviour - Creed

Astral AGE Gundam - Shin

Beta Gundam - Hikaru

TR-6 Higanbana - Risu

Provisional Force Beta

GM Airbatel - Aida

Gundam Trinames - Kyle

Zaku Forerunner - Carter

Galbaldy Beta (Titans) - ReC-NPD

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"Rec what?" Whatever it stood for, the NPD filling in was rather unusual. Most NPDs on this beta had flashy machines, famous for winning Gunpla Building contests in Perisia, and relatively normal names, like Re-1 and Mall Ninja. All of this, along with the upgrades to the AI, gradually active depending on the skill of both teams, were enough to fool some and think they were actual Divers. Mall Ninja even had a fan club due to his humorous quips and his neat red Susanowo. And even though the Galbaldy looked like GBWC material, with the amount of detail it had been given, the lore-appropriate decals and the weathering, he couldn't stop thinking something was off.

But that wasn't the time for wonders. One by one, the rival machines disappeared from his view, and once even the NPD was gone, his view detached itself from the Airbatel's cockpit. Everyone was probably seeing the same. This was the beginning of a cutscene. Music started to play, and a banner announced their arrival to the stage of one of the most influential wars ever seen by the Universal Century...

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<< Cutscene Start >>

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Outer space. The position of the Sun offered an unparalleled view of a group of colonies, stationed at one of many Lagrangian points. One in particular was seeing movement: two black Mobile Suits jittered around one of the service back entrances, nervously if a sentiment could be assigned to their way of moving. Surely enough, it appeared something inside had just kicked the hornet's nest, as a red Mobile Suit automatically came out of the service entrance and retreated at full speed, with its black analogues following its lead closely, while two GM IIs and a Hi-Zack operated by the Titans came out of the other side of the colony. "Target acquisition in seven. It will be violent, men. Prep yourselves for contact", said the voice of the Hi-Zack to its subordinates, as they blasted full speed ahead to the other side of the colony. However, as they got closer they noticed a signal of some kind among the stars. "A flare… did the bastard call reinforcements? UAAG-" Nothing more would be heard of the three pilots, as a potent beam was cast upon them and the surface of the military-owned colony, destroying their machines and piercing the wall alike.

"Apolly! Roberto! To me! We're going to capture the Gundam Mark II!" Soon after the explosion, while emergency sirens started blaring inside the colony and the smog clogging the artificial atmosphere escaped through the hole, three Rick Dias came out of hiding behind an asteroid, and accelerated into the colony, using the opening to begin their assault on the Green Noa base. Immediately after entering, they were greeted by a squadron of GM IIs, with their short beam rifles at the ready. "Eeeeh… But we haven't found out the whereabouts of the Gundam yet!" So, the red Rick Dias grabbed a hold of its beam pistol, and Quattro Bajeena’s squad of One Year War veterans faced a squadron with double the numbers, but half the skill, which had problems hitting the new models. "You think you’re so much better, don’t you?!", yelled one of the pilots in frustration, firing at Quattro’s machine. However, his fixation on it allowed one of his wingmen to get a crystal clear shot of the attacking GM with their clay bazooka. An explosion followed, and the remains of the leader’s GM descended upon some of the factories that had been making the materials to build the secret mobile suits and their equipment.

Meanwhile, two black Gundams helped put a third in a mobile platform, meant to take it to its hangar. While the Mobile Suit was in what appeared to be perfect condition, the building it had landed on was not. Effectively, just like the third Gundam, people were being taken out of the building in stretchers, with a pair being on a far worse state than others, heading for a body bag rather than an ambulance. The pilot, a blond man who was about to board the wheeled platform, was approached by a very well known figure of the One Year War, accordingly dressed in his khaki Federation uniform. "What are you doing here?! Can't you hear the sirens?", yelled Bright Noa over the sound of the aforementioned alarms. Jerid Messa replied unenthusiastically to his concerns. "Tsk, i bet it was just a meteorite hit which opened up that hole."

But Captain Bright wasn't amused, and fed back accordingly. "What would somebody like you know?! You've only just arrived from Earth!" This prompted an uncomfortable silence period between the two of them, while chaos continued to reign in the background. This lasted until Emma Sheen's Unit 02 suddenly twisted its head to look in the direction of the hole in the wall, turning on its loudspeakers to keep Jerid and Bright in the loop. "Scarlet Team down! Tower seven reporting three AEUG mobile suits!". Jerid couldn't help but stare in amazement at the idea that Bright's implications were right. Meanwhile, Kacricon Kacooler's Unit 01 rapidly turned on its thrusters and leaped towards its hangar to grab a hold of its arsenal: a cartridge-fed beam rifle, an E-Pac in the receiver and two more stored in the back, along with a modern shield. The pilot was enthusiastic, to say the least. "Scarlet Team is… they must be the new units spotted at the Moon! Hehehe, you don't know how badly I've wanted this showdown to take place… Emma, your weapons! Jerid, a Hi-Zack! Now!"

Both shouted affirmatively and ran to their combat posts, as a GM II fell from the artificial skies of the colony, over the house of a poor civilian.

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"Ok, three, two, one, let’s jam..."

Aida's custom mission beginning audioclip played. The match was on. With no further explanation or instructions, not that any were necessary, Aida found himself back on the cockpit of the Airbatel. His machine was in a very wide hangar with open doors, with space for the GM plus three other machines, which he could see by merely looking left: the customized Dynames, the blue Zaku, then the NPD’s Galbaldy. All four of them lied over their own mobile platforms, which started moving forwards automatically after the match started to take them out of the hangar. Patient, Aida waited for the platform to drive him out of the hangar, not wanting to fly through its roof, a popular practice that looked awesome, but was sometimes met with broken optics and antennae. Instead, he addressed his team. To lead them would surely be a ride, but being assigned as the squad leader was hardly the most infrequent thing to happen to him. "Beta Team, this is One. We’ll use provisional numerical callsigns for this assignment, according to your number in the team roster..." he started, but a voice interrupted him almost immediately. "Four, order acknowledged."

Aida was a little put off by this, but an intelligence powered by computing power would predictably process things faster than a human. However, this one seemed to lack most of the common sense shown by the NPDs he had fought with and against in solo missions, as evidenced by it not waiting for Aida to finish talking, nor the other two pilots to respond. It also came off as not just serious, but simply devoid of personality or feelings, like a blank slate. Not letting that put him to a halt, he ordered his GM to get up from its stretcher, which had exited the facility, and grab the Shot Lancer that was laying on the floor outside. "Uhhh… Beta Team, ready primary weapons." he continued, slowly panning the camera to find two black Gundams carefully aiming their beam rifles, and a Hi-Zack carelessly shooting at the sky with its machine gun. His IFF showed them as green contacts, which meant they were friendly. "No immediate visual with Alpha, so this is a team battle… We’re up against those four, plus Quattro's boys. You better not let your guard down, Beta!"

Surely enough, outside the green colony’s walls, a rusty freighter opened its cargo bays in front of the rather improvised entrance port made by the AEUG, revealing the four machines of Alpha Team inside, ready to deploy and infiltrate the colony...

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Despite the somewhat lackluster attendance on the server there was a surprisingly quick turn around of divers joining this particular mission. Marco rubbed his beard as he studied the names and units respectively. All of the kits were quite impressive, each for varying reasons. 

There was a lot of awkward greetings exchanged and Marco hardly cared as he ran through the systems of the zero yet again. He studied the weapons and loadouts of the other units respectively, silently guessing what each was capable of. 

It seemed almost suddenly when the mission began. The Zeta flavored cutscene played out and soon he was staring at hangar doors opening in front of him from a rusty freighter. He glanced at the units around him: the AGE, Beta, and TR-6. “So this is the dream team…” he mused to himself before turning on his comms. 

“How do we want to do this Alpha team? I’m assuming the NPD’s will act out nearly like the show did….” Marco rubbed his beard as he talked contemplating the best course, curious how his teammates would scheme as well. With the added units and their respective abilities he wasn’t sure that the outcome would be guaranteed the same. 

Suddenly an idea cropped into Marco’s head and he pulled the controls to transform into mobile armor mode, jetting forward. “I’m scouting ahead! Let’s keep Quattro and the AEUG members safe!” 

Marco knew in the back of his head that it was unlikely a newly formed team could agree on a single plan quickly. The best he could hope for would be everyone not getting in each other’s way. 

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“Looks like this campaign will be more interesting than I thought.”

Zeta Gundam was one of Kyle’s favorite series, knowing it like the back of his hand. He’d played missions based around it, but this campaign seemed to have more polish to it, as if it was more realistic. The cutscene for one thing, was way more extravagant and like the show than any other one he’d seen. “Thank God for the beta invitation.” He said. “We might be the first people to try this out.” As his team moved out of the hangar, he heard the GM III pilot, Aida, speak through the comms. "Beta Team, this is One. We’ll use provisional numerical callsigns for this assignment, according to your number in the team roster..." The NPD on the team interrupted, saying "Four, order acknowledged."

“Oh boy…” Kyle thought. “He's one of THOSE players.” Kyle ran into the super serious Divers on many occasions. Most would act that way wanting to pretend it wasn’t a game, which is something he didn’t much care for. “It’s just a game. We’ll just take out the other players and… Wait.” Kyle pulled up the table filled with the player’s name and Gunpla. “This is going to be tough.” Three Gundams and a Woundwart opposed them, while the lone Gundam pilot had a GM, a Zaku, and a CPU Galbaldy on his side. “I hope those kits pack a punch.” Even though Kyle was the only Diver with a Gundam on the team, they still had two MK II’s, each piloted by somewhat competent pilots, and a Hizack. They were firing up at the Rick Dias, but Kyle knew they weren’t in range for them. The Trinames, on the other hand…

“This is two. Targeting enemy Rick Dias.” The Trinames’ visor lowered as Kyle aimed directly at the red Rick Dias. “Sorry Quattro. I gotta take you out now. You’re quite beneficial to the AEUG’s victory and I’d rather not lose.” He hoped that the MK II’s could take out Apolly and Roberto while the other Divers duked it out, but another thought popped into his head. “Where’s Kamille in all of this?” The timeline had obviously changed to benefit the Titans, but if Kamille showed up, not only would Alpha team have another fighter, but the campaign would be affected negatively for Beta Team. Kyle glanced around to see the other unmanned MK II. He couldn’t spend all of his time looking for when Kamille would jump into it, but luckily, he had a friend who could. “Haro! Take control while I fire incase someone tries to attack!” Kyle shouted to the little robot. “and keep an eye on the third MK II! Tell me if it moves.” The red Haro spun around. “Roger! Roger!” Kyle kept his eyes on the NPD’s, opting to fire at one of Quattro’s pals instead. “Easier target…” The Smart Beam Gun pointed directly at the Rick Dias’ to the right of the AEUG Lieutenant. “Time to engage. NERAI UTSU ZE!” A pink beam emerged from the built-in beam rifle as it sped towards the target.

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Shin watched as the party members grew and grew. He looked at each of there profiles looking at there Gunpla. Many of them had just regular mobile suits with a few modification real cannon fodder types. The few with the Gundam frames where the ones that interested Shin. As he looked at each one his excitement began to fade. After a few min and the lobby had filled up nicely that the mission began. A mission to do something or something another, really the cutscene and the mission was starting to get boring... As the cut scene ended Shin found himself and the Astral AGE in a hanger of a rusty old freighter.

He looked around the hanger and saw the Savior Gundam, the Beta, and TR-6 Woundwart gunpla. It was then that he realized this was a team battle mission. His quest was do or protect someone but more importantly... It was to defeat the other Divers and the one he wanted to test his metal against was the one Gundam unit on the other team. It was then he faintly heard on of them talk but he didn't care and didn't acknowledge then he saw the Savior fly off and this put a grin on his face... now it was a free for all. He opened his comm's and spoke to the pilots on his team.

"You take care of the cannon fodder! Ill handle the Gundam... and Rip out his throat!" With that The Astral AGE took off toward the Colony. The Gunpla pilot took off toward the huge hole in the colony thats what he would use to gain his entry into it. He flew around for a bit but nothing really took his interest, maybe he should have stayed with the group and then they could have found some action. None of this boring cannon fodder. Shin thought to him about how sometimes his need to rush in made him forget that he did need a plan every once in a blue moon. As he Flew into the colony and saw the NPD's flying around, acting the fool and firing when they didn't need to, but it was then that something caught the corner of his eye, the Gundam, and it was obviously aiming at what Shin guessed was his NPD ally. As the very least this had some sort of VIP assignment to it, so he couldn't let him take him out.

Using his thrusters he punched it rushing in.  He kept having to manually adjust for the weight of the gunpla and make sure it didn't go crashing into the Colony floor. He was to late to stop the Gundam, now that he was actually paying attention he could see it was a Dynames type. One of the wings on the Astral AGE slid up as the arm grabbed for it showing that it was actually a GN Sword Rifle. He pushed the machine harder adding more power to the thrusters of his Gunpla. Shin swing this blade out and as the beam was about to connect to the Rick Dias It shot off in some other direction toward the colony. The Astral AGE now positioned in front of the Rick Dias looked at the strange Dynames. Shin looked at the heat damage to the blade of his weapon. It couldn't handle that and in all reality it barely handled it in the first place. then he let out a sigh realizing he just used one his only defense to save some worthless NPD, with that he opened his comm's spoke on an open frequency

"I guess if your shooting at this guy then im suppose to stop you right? But to be honest i dont really care if you take him out. I just want a good challenge. So are you the one who's throat i get to rip out!" With that the other wing detaches and the gunpla grabs it swinging it forward and bringing the blade down. The Astral AGE was now positioned and ready for combat

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Carter sighed deeply when he heard the GM's pilot bark out orders at them, he shook his head and then gripped onto the controls of his MS. The blue haired male decided to survey the battlefield from the safety of his cockpit.. he looked around and before he knew it, the GM, and Dynames had launched without him- He allowed this to happen, it gave him a better chance to see how the enemy would react "So we're in Zeta right now, huh?" he asked himself "This is in the earlier episodes.." He shut his eyes as he continued to speak to himself in his cockpit "We're against the AEUG.. so Kamille should be here soon, then our opponents would be.." He suddenly opened his eyes, if this were in the anime then there would be a newtpye flash.. "Quattro Bageena.." He said, smiling just a little bit. 

Carter took a deep breath, despite how cool he was acting he was very nervous.. He was a speedrunner, not a PVP player. He was used to running through countless NPD's alone, just random bots that had no personality in the way they fought- Aside from that, all of his strategies could be planned before entering the mission and getting into the fight. He looked down at the controls of his mobile suit and ran his hand over the joystick "Alright, let's get back to work!" He said to psych himself up.

He leaned back and then started putting pedal to the metal, The Thrusters of the Zaku had a faint blue glow around them which only started to magnify the longer her stood in place, he finally opened communications up with his team and said his first few words to them "Blue Lightning, Taking off" he said in a calm voice as his Zaku suddenly burst out of the platform it was standing on, he circled the battefield at high speeds, leaving a blue trail in his wake as he started picking out his targets.. There were a few good choices, The enemy players would serve to be a good challenge, but they were comprised of Gundam type mobile suits. 'I can take them if push comes to shove..' he thought to himself 'but i'll play it safe, for now' he thought. 

His eyes locked onto the Red Rick Dias, he tightened his grip on the joysticks and then nodded, he knew exactly who he wanted to fight. He opened communications once more "You guys handle the others! Char is mine!" He declared before spinning briefly and then activating hi thrusters at full power, launching himself towards the Red MS while reaching around and grabbing his Zaku's heat sword. He zipped right past the Dynames and AGE that were dueling, finally getting his target in range for his sensors to lock on.. He readied himself and.. SLASHED!

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While the others rushed into battle, Hikaru held back for a moment.  Those who detected him might think he was securing the exit, but he took a little time to survey the battlefield and reflect.  In the cutscene, Emma was in Gundam Unit 02 rather than Kacricon.  Kacricon had instead used Unit 01 here. There was also mention of a Scarlet Team, but that was a team name from the Grey Phantom's MS team in War in the Pocket.  Was the Grey Phantom and the NT-X nearby?  Kamille wasn't even referenced at all in the cut scene. These were light breaks from the canon, but a key one stood out.  Kacricon had told Jerid to get into a Hizack.  There would thus be no presumption on Kacricon's part later that Jerid was piloting Unit 03 instead of Kamille if things continued on the 'canon' route.  That would be a big problem.  There was also the fact that Beta Team could be presumed to have the same knowledge of canon as Hikaru and Alpha Team did, and would have no cause to allow Kamille to get anywhere close to Gundam Unit 03 in the first place.  The advantages of the canon that gave one team an apparent advantage over the other were wiped away by small tweaks to the narrative and mutual foreknowledge of what canon did survive unaltered.  The GBN designers who wrote the scenario did very well to adjust balance without breaking immersion, even employing awareness of canon as a potential trap, but Hikaru had little time to contemplate praise.

Beta Gundam's optics scanned the area below from on high, making an educated guess at the timing given the cutscene to narrow down his search window. Thankfully, well behind the empty jeep which was continuing on down the sky panel road after its occupant had dove clear, was a forested area in which a blue-haired boy was momentarily ignored. Kamille Bidan was still playing by the canon for now, but it would only get the NPD wiped out.  To be effective, Alpha Team would have to take this narrative even further off the rails. He could only hope that Version 1.8's NPDs were adaptable enough to be guided in such a manner and thus assist.

Making a decision and formulating two plans of action, he toggled his communications from Alpha Team's private channel to the shared Alpha and Scarlet Team channel.  The Diver then parsed his words carefully. “...Alpha and Argama Teams, this is Hikaru with a SPOTREP.  A civilian identified as the son of the Gundam Mk-II's head designer has escaped the Titans' base by charging a security checkpoint with a stolen vehicle in the confusion. He has since abandoned the vehicle.  Possibility of defection high, possibility of supplemental intelligence to be obtained on Titans research is moderate. He's the blue-haired boy in the forest close to the combat zone at location 11.54 km longitudinal axis by 5.63 km circumferance axis, though he's mobile. Requesting designation as Secondary Objective so he can be picked up before he's recaptured or killed. I'm about to try and pull a trick out of the GM Camouf's old playbook up here to sow a little chaos and confusion. I can't go grab him myself right now, so I'd appreciate any takers.” It was important not only to convey to his teammates that Kamille could be killed by Beta Team before he even got to his canon role, but also parse it in a way that Char and the NPDs could accept as something actionable rather than confusing meta gibberish.

As the Diver got Gundam Unit 02 in his sights, he reflected on his second plan of action and its inspiration.  The GM Camouf was an interesting and little known Zeon machine from the later part of the One Year War. Built from various Zeon units and given thin armor, it had the profile and rough appearance of an RGM-79 and took advantage of the fact that Universal Century IFF technology compensated for Minovsky particle interference by making assumptions about what it was seeing and 'filling in the blanks' based on the profile of the machine it was trying to identify. The GM Camouf was meant for black flag operations and had failed because it was too good at its role – the GM Camoufs were shot down by their own assigned Musai after it had misidentified them as hostiles.

When Hikaru took aim at Emma Sheen's Gundam Unit 02 with his Beam Rifle and fired from a distance above, he never really intended to hit. He intended to get her attention and to fill the area between them with Minovsky Particles to generate the conditions the GM Camouf was intended for. His own Mobile Suit, which had so much in common with Emma's in shape and appearance, might just achieve the same effect if GBN was faithful enough to the details. The shield he held to protect his machine's torso helped maintain the illusion.  If this made him appear as a hostile RX-178 to Emma's sensors as he hoped it would, and the NPD was smart enough to respond appropriately to the shock of a Gundam Mk-II being fielded by her enemy, he might just pull her off the rails too...

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Even before she could get her bearings, Risu was deposited unceremoniously into the cockpit of her mobile suit. She let out a yelp of surprise as, on its own, the Higanbana was catapulted away from the ramp of the Argama, sending her back into her seat the same way a rollercoaster might when moving quickly along the rail. After a while, however, the inertial pull of her body against the seat would subside as she adjusted to the speed of the TR-6.

“...Alpha and Scarlet Teams, this is Hikaru with a SPOTREP.  A civilian identified as the son of the Gundam Mk-II's head designer has escaped the Titans' base by charging a security checkpoint with a stolen vehicle in the confusion. He has since abandoned the vehicle.  Possibility of defection high, possibility of supplemental intelligence to be obtained on Titans research is moderate. He's the blue-haired boy in the forest close to the combat zone at location 11.5…”  The din of a conversation Risu couldn’t possibly understand seemed to dominate the mostly silent soundscape of space, save for the quiet din of a simulated reactor somewhere behind her. She couldn’t see anything in the black, save for the… giant cylinder thing flying towards her to dominate her vision. If that cutscene thing was anything to go on, she was going to follow the blonde guy in the red robot. He seemed important.

Slowly, she begun to steer Higanabana towards the Rick Dias, watching as it approached the colony, entering through the main docking port and shooting some kind of glue at a pair of astronauts who didn’t seem to be too cooperative. She’d follow it as it entered the colony, her eyes widening at just how… green everything was inside, but just as she was admiring her new surroundings, a blue robot closed in.

[risu] : watch out!

Without thinking, she’d pull the trigger on one of her controls, and just as quick, Higanbana’s long beam rifle raised into view, taking a single shot in the Zaku’s direction. It’d miss, but the lance of deadly magenta energy would graze its heat blade, causing considerable damage to the weapon.

Risu fired again, the shot veering far off behind the enemy mobile suit, but a third shot would be aimed at the average between the two previous, which happened to be right at the Zaku. She was careless, and those mega particle beams that had missed would strike the colony wall behind it.

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The battle raged on, and both teams were starting to disperse, each to their own thing. It wasn't surprising, given that they barely knew each other, Aida knew, but his dramatic mind couldn't afford not to season the battle with some juicy radio dialogue, so he intentionally made his orders very vague and left his teammates to their own devices. This battle was being fought and would be won by independent, original strategies. Still, he had to remain near the front lines to help any of the two if things spiraled out of control, part of his responsibility as the team's automatically appointed leader. Taking cover with his GM behind a Titans prison complex to momentarily avoid the wrath of anyone, he had to come up with a strategy, and fast. The enemy team could have at least one person with a knowledge of Zeta as extensive as his. "Think, think, think… The Green Noa Infiltration is the 08th TMS Team's favorite anniversary venue. We do it every year… Roger plays Jerid, Noah plays Quattro, and Cecilia plays..." Cecilia loved to play Kamille. That was it. Kamille needed to be located, lest he came into contact with Unit 03, and apparently, none of his teammates had come with that idea, seeing as the radio was mostly dialogue by the NPDs battling the Argama Team and dead air. But Kamille was currently far from the engagement area. He couldn't leave his teammates alone, and both were already occupied. Then it hit him. It lacked proper etiquette, but the NPD had been flawlessly obedient so far… "Beta Four, new orders in. You are to search the forest area and outskirts of the base for a suspect to detain. White male, shoulder-length blue hair, yellow shirt, crippling teenage angst." He added that last bit for the shits and giggles, but the NPD did not waver either way. "Initiating search for description-matching subjects." Aida was satisfied, though he felt obligated to say one last thing. "Oh, and Beta Four… let us know if you need backup. Your orders are important."

After order acknowledgement from the artificial Diver, whose green Galbaldy distanced itself from the skirmish, he flew fast to avoid enemy fire and studied the situation while nobody focused on him. The Dynames, pretty predictably, tried to snipe Char out of the sky, only to be interrupted by the maniac in the AGE, whose voice could be heard on the team radio for a moment when it challenged the sniping machine. "That's a machine for twelve-year olds, but surprise… he's a grown man", Aida said to himself, paraphrasing Jerid. Blue Lightning was having none of that, and flied past them for a shot at Quattro too, with more success due to his Zaku being geared for speed and firepower, not unlike Char's. Now, both dueled next to the building that had been wrecked by Unit 03. The enemy team's units was more or less in the same disorganized boat, which could be beneficial for him if he acted fast and took advantage of it. The leader of the gang, in the Epyon-themed Savior, was apparently homing on Quattro, probably to defend him, in which case he and Three would probably clash. The very nice Woundwort he had seen before the match was also taking shots at the Blue Lightning, but it wouldn’t pose a problem at all if only somebody could distract the thing. Control of such powerful machine was reduced to almost naught due to the pilot being very obviously a newbie. "The aim is all over the place… Roberto has narrowly avoided death by friendly fire." Was this the pilot’s first sortie? The angry AGE, as stated, was engaging Two. But the real question was… "Where is that white Gundam? It's been real quiet around-"

"SAY WHAT?!"

"IFF confirms an RX-178 attacking us! The AEUG has brought a Mark Two! Lieutenant Bidan, what is the meaning of this?!"

"I… Ensign Sheen, I swear i don't know what you're talking about! Check again!"

"It's not just the IFF! I know what I'm seeing!"

"Gentlemen, I swear to-" "Franklin. Bask's office. NOW."

Not good. The Mark-II based machine was in front of Unit 02, and had managed to have Emma's IFF identify it as a legitimate Mark-II. This, in turn, was stalling her, probably for somebody to pop up and blast her from behind, securing an advantage for Alpha. He wouldn’t let that happen, however, and so he flied towards both Gundams to make his entrance. "Interesting one, aren’t you?", said Aida as he fired his Shot Lancer’s incorporated machine gun to provide cover for Emma. He promptly put a hand on the Mk-IIs shoulder to talk to her, while pointing the Shot Lancer at the Beta Gundam to keep it on the move. "Ensign Sheen, Commander Daninghan has ordered me to take care of this enemy. You are ordered to re-adquire the AEUG’s new models". Aida promptly flied away to keep firing at Alpha’s white Gundam, purposely avoiding Emma’s response to trick her into believing him and switching her target.

"But! Sigh..." Emma had no choice, and turned around to check on the other two pilots, who had been busy: while Kacricon held back Apolly and Roberto, who were having a harder time than usual facing him due to the unfamiliar controls on their Rick Diases, Jerid saw an opportunity to score an easy kill on the red Woundwort that flied around, trying to lock onto something at all. "Hehehe! Kacricon! That Mobile Suit is scared! I’m engaging it!", Jerid barked at the radio while putting pedal to the metal, making his green Hi-Zack take off and fly at the red machine with the large rifle. Upon getting to it, Jerid had his mobile suit grab the large rifle to point it away from himself, while trying to have the enemy machine stare down the business end of a a Zaku Machine Gun Kai. "I'll have you plummet to the ground in flames!"

Somewhere else, a young boy had come out of the woods to find the chaotic circumstances he had just put himself in. Far away, mobile suits were battling. He had to hurry if he wanted to board the Gundam that had crashed and help the AEUG, and so, he ran faster through the tarmac. But just before getting to the perimeter of the base, a green Galbaldy Beta landed right in front of him, knocking him down with strong gusts of wind and the impact of its foot against the floor. "Subject meeting Search Criteria 01 through 03 found. Compliance with Criteria 04 cannot be analyzed. Possibility of a match… 75%", the Galbaldy's pilot reflected before pointing its beam rifle at Kamille Bidan, latent Newtype and future Gundam-jacking extraordinaire. "Civilian, you are hereby under arrest. Do not attempt to flee. Lethal force is at my immediate availability." Beta Gundam was nearby, and could have helped if not for a very persistent blue GM III, which landed between him and the Galbaldy, seemingly eager to force it into a fight. "So. Alpha has a trickster. Hehehe..." began the pilot of the Airbatel, having its MS strike a dramatic pose, pointing the Shot Lancer at the RX-179 and readying its GM Command shield. "Most people argued that making the NPDs smarter made ordering them almost impossible… but you and i know something. Their blind obedience was merely traded for human-grade gullibility."

Beta Gundam had a duel with a nonsense-speaking gentleman on its hands.

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Things picked up quickly as Creed flew ahead. Of course the Red Comet seemed to have a big target on his head. Perfect, Marco thought, let them fight over bragging rights. As he completed his wide arc of the initial battle he spotted what he was intent on. A mobile suit straying away from the skirmish to pursue - nothing? Marco shook his head at the thought as he acquired the Galbaldy. No this special NPD was after a bigger prize, he soon realized. 

As the Galbaldy froze to point it’s cannon at the ground at someone, Marco pushed the throttle of his Saviour, redlining the machine. Marco’s eyes went wide as the Galbaldy shot at the person who had to be Kamille. He didn’t even have a chance to save the poor kid. It was too fast, how was the NPD that fast? 

As the distance between his Gundam and the NPD boiled down to double digits, Marco jerked his controls to transform the Saviour back into its mobile suit form. The Saviour’s leg led a kick to the Galbaldy’s torso from the side. The impact shook his mobile suit violently and Creed had to fight with the controls to regain his bearings quickly. The kick worked in slamming the Galbaldy into a sideways fling. As the Saviour jumped off from the enemy Marco pulled the suit’s feet underneath him to perch where the Galbaldy had been standing. It was at that moment that Marco realized that Kamille was quite safe, if not shaken up from the two goliaths colliding in front of him. But how? Marco was certain that the Galbaldy had fired on the defector, was he seeing things?

Just then a cold chill ran down Marco’s spine and a nervous grin grew on his face. It was the Zero System, it just had to be! Marco had dabbled with it in the previous build but apparently the developers were taking things to the next level. He shook his head and brought out his Beam Sword, igniting the weapon and pointing the tip at Galbaldy. 

“Kamille Bidan! Hurry up and get to the MKII!” Marco barked over his suit’s PA. Even as he spoke the Galbaldy uneasily stood up and turned to regard Creed. Marco brought his beam sword up in a guard and contemplated a charge. The Galbaldy decided for him, charging at him in an attack. Marco retaliated, desperate to keep any enemies away from Kamille. If Kamille could just get in the MKII! 

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“Apolly! Roberto! Spread out!” Quattro yelled over the comms for the AEUG. His warning was heeded just as a beam from a strange Gundam shot up at Roberto’s machine. “It appears that the Titans are testing out more than just the black Gundams!” The lieutenant warned gravely. His attention was cut short by the charge of a blue Zaku of all things. The red comet flared his thrusters to dodge the slice, just as a shot from a strange friendly unit raced towards his attacker. Quattro didn’t skip a beat aiming his clay bazooka at the Zaku and sending a volley rather blindly at the Zaku to drive the attacker back. It wasn’t the ideal weapon for a lethal attack with its adhesive rounds loaded but it was better than nothing.

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"Forget the roleplayer! This guy's crazy!" 

Kyle's beam was just stopped by what looked to be a mix between the Astray and an Age Gundam. Not that it mattered, since the lunatic piloting it seemed to be out for virtual blood. "Why'd I have to end up with these type of people?" He thought to himself. Kyle liked to have fun in the game, but he knew that interesting people would always try to ruin that for him. "Haro!" He blared out. "Looks like we got oursel- HARO!" Kyle looked at the Char inspired toy, only to see it stare intently at a certain mobile suit. "MK II! MK II!" The toy chirped. The diver turned to see the unmanned MK-II was lying down, waiting for some boy with a girl's name to steal it. 

Kyle had heard radio chatter about Kamille. Both teams seemed to be intently watching over the boy. "Too bad he won't have a mobile suit to go to." Kyle used the Trinames left arm and pulled one of his GN Pistols out, firing at the cockpit of the black machine twice. "That thing was more trouble than it was worth." He thought as smoke came out of the machine's torso. "I got bigger problems right now." Kyle took the pistol and pointed both it and the Smart Beam Gun directly at the primary colored Gunpla. Without the distraction, Haro instinctively pulled the Trinames back in order to get more distance between the two. He could only aim the Beam Gun, since the pistol wasn't made for long range, but he fired both at the Astral Age, hoping to do some sort of damage as the other's fought among themselves.

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Shin watched the battlefield, always keeping an eye on the Dynames. However as the battle persisted the chatter and message pings started to get out of hand, and with a quick swipe he put the teams com on a 2 min mute. He couldn't keep it on mute forever, no matter how much he wanted to. He wasn't stupid, he would need to know there status and location after he was done with this gundam. 

Shin stood floating across from the Dynames, a decent distance from him,then he watched the mobile suit behind him begin to move away. It wasn't like he cared, but he made sure to watch his target closely. He didn't need it making any moves he didn't like. It was then he watched it pull out a beam pistol and fired at a mobile suit, that from what he could tell was empty. Was he wasting shots… demonstrating power. No none of that was it. Oh that's right this was zeta after all, but it wasn't like Shin was gonna try to stop the gundam or anything. All he cared about was the fight in front of him. After the shots on the MK II came a volley at Shin. A crooked smile crossed his face.

"Finally got that distraction out  of the way! GOOD LET'S FIGHT OUR HEARTS OUT!" That volley of shots ment he accepted his challenge and Shin could go all out. Shin rushed at the Dynames at full force, the pot shots where nothing easy to dodge but as he started to close the gap came a real issue. The shot from the smart beam rifle. For just a moment Shin so overcome by the elation of battle had forgotten the beam rifle. Using everything he had he tried to dodge but the beam clipped the top of his left shoulder. The damage was minimal but it exposed the inner workings on his left shoulder. A little electricity sparked off the shoulder but Shin didn't care he had to pay back the Dynames. 

Finally the gap was closed he was in the best range for him,close. His gundams right arm brought up the blade but this was a faint so that his left GN rifle sword could do its best to cut the barrel of the beam rifle. After his attacks he would do his best to use the thrusters to get himself a little distance before a counter attack. 

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"What?!-" Carter went as a beam disabled his go to melee weapon, he clicked his tongue and glanced over to the side so that he could see the mobile suit that fired at him, his eyes locked onto the Red Woundwort but he wouldn't have enough time to sit and stare.. since Quattro started firing at him "Damn!" he said as he started to kick things into high gear, he he maxed out his thruster output and narrowly dodged the shots fired from the clay bazooka. 

"I'll get you next time.. Char" He said over open comms, he flipped backwards and activated his thrusters to make some distance between him and his attackers "Damn, that red one must be a pro or something.." He concluded "They got my sword in the middle of a slash, and at full speed too" he continued to say as he circled around the area that he was in at top speed; he was still being fired at and.. that was very inconvenient for him "Think.. Think.." He closed his eyes and sped up a bit to make himself harder to hit "This is Zeta, and if we're on titans side then Kamille is important.. gotta make sure he's out of the fight but-" He dodged some stray fire coming from the other fights "That red one is after me". 

He stabilized his mobile suit and stood in front of the red woundwort "Alright.." he said "Here goes nothing" The spiked shoulder of his Zaku quickly popped off along with the Shoulder shield, which he held onto with his hands after tossing the sword aside "I'll show you why they call me Blue Lightning". With that, the blue afterglow of his thrusters appeared once more, leaning forward and blasting off towards the Red Gundam Type, he held the shield up to protect himself as he flew towards them in a spiral motion- then suddenly zig zagging and as soon as he got close he cocked his Zaku's arm back and Threw a punch at full speed!

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Hikaru had been forced away from Emma and needed to avoid the pot shots, and on top of that the enemy team had intercepted Kamille first even with his observation and warnings from above the battlefield.  Reacting to the Kamille issue had forced him to stop trying to draw Emma away from the fight as planned.  Even the tertiary objective to the plan, to draw some enemies away from the main fight if Emma got backup, was only marginally successful at best.  The Diver clenched his teeth a bit.  Beta Team had seen through and torn apart his plans so fast that it was as if they were Newtypes.  He supposed the old adage was true.  'No plan survives contact with the enemy'.  Being surprised wouldn't help here though.  He had to act.

"A bit early to give such feedback on the beta, wouldn't you say?   If you want to underestimate them though, be my guest."  His shield still raised in a natural blocking position from his deception of Emma and the pot shots already fired by Aida, he covered his machine's left hip from enemy view.  The hip-mounted beam gun shifted position briefly while he spoke, the boy feeling a need to use one of his trump cards early due to the situation.  With the desperately-hoped-for attack on the nearby Galbaldy Beta by his teammate causing a loud crash though, one that hopefully surprised Aida, Hikaru changed tactics.  Quickly strafing to his left, he took aim at the Shot Lancer arm of the enemy machine and fired with the condensed stream of beam particles.  If Aida's instincts favored using his shield as he was positioned to do, could he withdraw the extended arm and weapon behind the protection of the shield in time?  Or would he instead dodge and risk a less effective weapons lock?  If he could remove the dual-purpose weapon or the arm holding it from play, that would likely give a blow to the machine's loadout.

It was the best Hikaru could think to do at the moment, but he'd just have to manage.

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She got lucky. That was all. What was next, Risu was not at all prepared for. She panicked, allowing her hands to leave the controls while the blue mobile suit approached with a vengeance, using its spiked shoulder pad as some kind of knuckle weapon. It’d find its mark, striking Higanbana square in its chest, jostling its pilot about and sending the machine careening towards the colony edge. Thankfully, a well-built gunpla translated into a sturdy machine in the game, and Risu would find that Higanbana suffered relatively little collateral damage as it fell into a suburb below, crushing several houses in its wake.

Thoroughly shaken, she stared up at the action above, nearly powerless to change it. What was she even doing? What hope did she have of competing against people like this? A familiar, dreadful feeling begun to resurface, like water or blood beginning to fill her lungs. These were strangers, she reasoned. Complete strangers, but why did she feel like she’d disappointed them?

In its current state, Higanbana was powerless to do anything, remaining still in the rubble. Its pilot was choking back tears that had no reason to be shed. Why? Why did she let herself think that she could do this?

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Back at the suburbs, Jerid woke up inside the cockpit of his Hi-Zack, or at least, what remained of it. The console was busted, and many of the panoramic screens were broken too. "What the…?" Disoriented, he spent a moment trying to open the hatch of the Mobile Suit and getting out, only to remember the details of his quick and unfortunate downfall at the hands of one of the black AEUG models, which simply took him by surprise while he tried to destroy the red Gundam, severing the Zack's left arm, before bisecting it with its beam saber, narrowly missing the cockpit and letting his mess of a GM-Zaku hate child fall over a two-story home, crushing most of it, but saving the Mobile Suit from exploding. "DAMN IT!" Now outside the smoking torso of the Hi-Zack, Jerid kicked a mailbox down in anger. "Is this what real wars are like…?" He wouldn't be long into his ramblings before a loud crash brought him back into reality. A blue Zaku, belonging to the sellswords hired by the Titans to defend the colony against high-performance machines, had just punched the red Gundam in the middle of the chest with a spiked shoulder pad. The impact appeared to be strong enough to knock the pilot out or disable the unit entirely, since immediately after that, it fell backwards and started crashing into the ground, destroying a nearby row of houses before stopping at the second-to-last one. Jerid started running towards the enemy machine, putting on his helmet again and grabbing a standard-issue pistol from his thigh holster. The Hi-Zack was out of commission, and it was entirely possible for it to have incurred enough damage to be scrapped altogether, but maybe, he thought as he leaped over the unconscious body of a young girl with black hair, he could steal the Gundam and come back to the fray, better than his fellow test pilots in their comparatively puny Mk-IIs, and repel all that pesky Spacenoid vermin from his colony. Unbeknownst to him, as a Non-Player Diver, he actually stood no chance of entering the cockpit of that machine without the pilot's permission, let alone hijack it. But without anybody there to break it to him, Jerid was now on his way to waste his time attempting to break into Higanbana, fueled by delusions of grandeur.

Elsewhere, people still shot each other, but to Aida and the pilot of the RX-179, war was merely a backdrop for their brief exchange of words. Just as he was about to throw another quip, a loud crash and an explosion were heard in quick succession. Initially, he had plans to ignore both, and avoid taking his eyes off the opponent. But when an alert automatically appeared on his dash, reading "NEUTRAL MS DESTROYED", Aida immediately forgot about his course of action, turning his head around, alarmed, to see Unit 03 in the distance, blowing smoke from the cockpit as remains of its hangar rained down from the skies. "They... destroyed it? I don't understand..." He wouldn't get to speak one more word, since the enemy, just like he had predicted before losing his focus, had now trained a large beam rifle on him. Airbatel's sensors caught it only after it had been aimed in Aida's direction, and alarm bells ringed to bring him back to the task at hand. It was too late to dodge, however, as the weapon had been fired already, and so he covered the Airbatel with his shield as best as he could. The beam impacted the shield fully, and Airbatel was pushed back with enough force to knock it back a few meters. "Grrr! It's a bit early to underestimate ME!" Slightly infuriated, the sharply-dressed pilot checked on the condition of his machine, and surprisingly, half his shield was gone. Incredible. Could it be he had grabbed one of the uncoated spares that had yet to receive the anti-beam treatment? In any case, he quickly brought up the weapon and custom movement menu, before selecting one of the specials. "Say hello to Tolle Koenig for me! Shield Throw!" Aida "fired" the loaded move, and Arbatel quickly did a 360 degree turn, detaching the remaining half of the shield to launch it towards the white Gundam as a deadly throwing star of sorts. The shield spinned forward at first, but curved towards the right, where Beta Gundam was standing. Rapidly, Aida's virtually gloved fingers brought up the menu again, this time to select the Shot Lancer's primary firing mode: the spike that gave the weapon its trademark lance shape would be launched at a very high speed at Beta Gundam. As the shield continued its trajectory towards the white Gundam, Aida aimed the Lancer at the left of the enemy machine, where he was most likely to dodge the shield, and hoping to impale any part of it with the spike, he pressed the right thumb button to fire.

Meanwhile, Emma and Kacricon fought back-to-back against Apolly and Roberto, while trying to contact Mission Control. After a few tries, they managed to get through the Minovsky interference and spoke to the base commander, whose silhouette was visible on the rooftop, next to a portable antenna that had to be armed on a whim, after a flaming GM II crashed into the regular radio tower right after the initial cutscene. He was filling in for a dead communications crew. "What? The mercenary in the GM dismissed you? And you let him?!" The officer replied furiously. "He said it was an order from Jamaican to let him handle that one..." Emma tried to defend herself, but Kacricon interrupted her. "Fool! Bask and Jamaican must be long gone now! And there’s no way he would have gotten through to the tower when we couldn’t! We have the latest technology here!". Emma still had the temerity to maintain her argument, however: "I don’t know… That GM looks a bit too advanced for something that’s allegedly older than our Gundams..." A new signal soon joined the conversation from the ground. "... hear me?! This is Matosh! Unit 03 was not destroyed by the enemy! The white and red mercenary aimed right at us and destroyed it without a care in the world! Astley and Davis are badly injured! And these nutcases want to put me in a stretcher as well!" Said revelation came as quite a shock for the Titans, but the man in charge of the ‘tower’ was quick to the draw. "Kacooler! Sheen! These are your new orders… destroy the AEUG forces engaging Beta Two, and move in to detain him for interrogation!" While Kacricon took off immediately, changing course to destroy the Orange AGE, Emma took a little more to address the tower, while Apolly and Roberto fell back to reload their Clay Bazookas. "Sir… what about that blue Lieutenant?". She imagined the base commander would simply berate her and tell her to fly away, but he actually took the time to explain. "His offense was… relatively minor. He can remain on this battlefield and be brought to court martial later. If he survives this fray."

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Kamille blinked back tears as debris stung his eyes from the exploding MK II cockpit. He couldn’t comprehend what happened but all he knew was it made him angrier. All that he wanted to do was take the fight to the Titans and now it seemed that he couldn’t. As if to answer his prayers a peculiar looking mobile suit fell out of the sky and into some nearby homes. The glance the teen managed to steal told him that the machine looked in decent shape, maybe the pilot had been killed? 

The angsty teen took to the streets to find the crashed weapon. Just as he thought he was getting close he spotted a familiar jerk he had dealt with earlier. The blonde hair Titans fellow who had compared him to a girl of all things. As the teen rounded the debris he noticed a girl slumped up and laying very still; it was Fa. Of all the things he’d seen today this was the last thing Kamille expected to see. He didn’t have the heart to check if she was alive or dead for fear of the latter. At that moment Kamille decided it was time to take action into his hands with out without a mobile suit.  Gnashing his teeth he growled as he began to run faster toward the direction of the pompous pilot. As Jerid approached the mobile suit armed and anxious to commandeer the vehicle, Kamille tried his best to sneak up behind the pilot. With any luck he hoped to jump the Titans pilot and get the gun out of the Jerk’s hand. 

 

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“I’ll get you next time Char!” 

Quattro winced at the mention of his identity but had little time to contemplate its meaning as his savior from earlier went plummeting down to the buildings below endangering beloved spacenoids in the process. The NPD instinctively got on the comm to hail the odd AEUG asset, “Spider Lily are you ok?” If the Higanbana was taken out of commission on his account that was going to be even more blood stained on the Lieutenant’s hands. “Risu respond!” Still the red comet didn’t have time to mourn, he had to act. If there was one thing Char Aznable was good at it, it was revenge. The Rick Dias flared its engines to charge the Blue Zaku “I don’t have time for cheap imposters!” Quattro yelled out as he moved in for his iconic meteor kick. 

 

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As the Galbaldy swung its beam saber at Creed, the two mobile suits clashed their blades against the other’s. Marco grimaced as the parry flickered particularly bright. The Saviour swung a leg out wide knocking the Galbaldy back once more and Marco glared out to see what caused the flash. The mark two spewed out black smoke and Marco winced, “dang it! That changes things.” He half wondered if it was the Zero System Playing tricks on him again. 

His contemplation didn’t last long as the Galbaldy crashed back into his shield. Persistent bugger! Marco thought as he worked his controls to try and ward off the NPD once more. The imagery of the Galbaldy swiping off the Saviour’s head made the experienced diver catch his breath before he realized it was another zero system  trick and that his blade indeed caught that devastating strike. It was amazing that the nexus could simulate the effects of the notorious system so well. 

Marco didn’t like being tied up by a mere NPD; blow for blow the damn Galbaldy was keeping pace with him. With the unoccupied MKII being compromised his options for winning were slipping away. “You’re nobody!” He snarled out loud as he moved to bash his beam sword against the pathetic looking beam saber. Marco was surprised when his attack swished into nothing and the Galbaldy ducked from his attack to retaliate with an unchallenged thrust at his sword arm. 

The hungry blade bit into his suit’s right arm and an explosion of metal confirmed his fears as his weapon arm flew out lamely, free of its attachments. Scenes from Gundam Seed Destiny flashed in his mind and he feared an eminent demise like Athrun. He instinctively flared his thrusters to back away from the committed Galabaldy. 

A cold and detached voice beckoned to him then, her voice somehow melodious despite the chaos. “How can nobody cause you such strife?” The Galbaldy’s pilot was talking to him. No, an NPD was taunting him. Marco grimaced at the words and pulled out his dual cannons. With little ceremony he aimed at the close ranged enemy and announced, “how’s this for strife?” Damage or no damage to the colony he no longer cared. 

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The entire battlefield was littered with drastically different Gunpla and CPUs fighting all over the Trinames. Madness seemed to unfold around the Lockon fanatic, but his eyes were set on taking out the crazed enemy pilot’s mobile suit. Unfortunately, he wasn’t giving up on his crusade for victory. While his Beam Gun did manage to damage his shoulder, the enemy Gunpla kept going on, swinging directly at the Trinames’. Kyle pushes hard on the controls, turning left from the slash, but his barrel stuck out ahead of him. He grunted as the large GN Sword took a chunk out of the built-in rifle.

“Shit!” He thought. "If I fire that now, my whole arm would be damaged!” There wasn’t much time to worry though, as the other machine was pulling back. “You don’t get to damage my creation and get away with it!” He yelled. Pulling out the other GN Pistol, he fired it point blank at the exposed shoulder. Haro had different plans after this, pulling back to get distance between the enemy after the pistol shot. The toy attempted to move the Trinames away from the close combat as Kyle confronted the robot “Damn it Haro! give me back the controls!” While he wanted to do something similar, the sudden fallback made his return fire with both blasters a little wonky. “Acknowledged!” It chirped as the damaged Trinames was returned to the diver.

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The feeling of the clash sent shivers down shins spin. As the blade connected with the barrel and sliced into it, that moment of elation was the only feeling GBN ever gave him. As he began his slight retreat he counted on the counter attack pulling up his shield and blocking the point blank blast. The explosion however did knock him back and send the shield he had so carefully crafted was sent flying but none of that mattered it was time to go back on the attack. 

He pushed the throttle and rushed back in not allowing the Dynames to get away. What he wasn't expecting was the sudden jerk from the dynames like it was of two minds. This threw him off and as he tried to dodge the blast on clipped his left leg. Sparks shot out of leg and one of Shins thrusters blew. He quickly compensated for the lack of thrust on one side but this meant any kind of retreat was impossible for him now. Not like he would have in the first place. As he was adjusting his thrusters he switched the GN sword rifles to there rifle mode and took a few well aimed shot to the Dynames thrusters as well as the arms and legs to not be overly clear where his actual target was 

"Come on, Knockoff Stratos! Is that all that scap machine can do!" He would insult and press to make sure this guy's only focus would be him and the battle he longed for. 

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      The tone in which Marco said “permitted” wasn’t lost on Aker and he slowly nodded his appreciation. He was about to say something else when he felt compelled to ask. “Is… is everything alright?”
      The older man looked around uncomfortably and sighed, “The board doesn’t like the freedom you’ve been given, they didn’t appreciate your ‘stunt’ of logging back in after you were here last… The point is… well… they’re worried… they’re worried about what you could expose.”
      Marco gulped and nodded, “half of them want to pull the plug on you. Others want to pull your connections after you get knocked out again, study you… A few want to exploit your existence, tell the world and put GBN in a position to fully open 1.8 for the ‘freak show exhibition’.” The man looked disgusted at the choice of words.
      Aker frowned and asked, “And what about you? What do you think?”
      Marco allowed a soft smile, “I think you deserve your freedom… I’m just at a loss as to how you could secure that.”
      Nodding thoughtfully Aker cleared his throat, “You know.. I often wonder about my existence… about why I do the things I do….” His eyes looked blankly ahead as if lost in contemplation, “I wonder why I feel the things I do… why I like the people I do…” a cold sneer grew on his lips, “And then I wonder why…” his voice trailed away as he shook his head. “Look… I need to find this Spider… at any cost…”
      Marco gave a sympathetic smile and nodded, “It’s going to be hard to track down a hacker from this side alone… there’s a few new programs I can offer you which might help. If we work together, I think we can fish him out though.”
      Aker nodded eagerly, “let’s get started then!”
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      It felt uneasy switching off his digital “mask” of sort. Part of him felt like he would suddenly be put in an awkward situation that could be dangerous. One option after another, Aker maneuvered his floating pane of settings and toggled the last switch. His entire person shimmered as his clothes changed from his Noblesse uniform to a Phantom Pain uniform he had worn awhile ago. It was still stained with blood on the breast and sleeves and looked smothered in soot and ash.
      Despite himself Aker held his breath as he stood in front of his test machine. Together they were out in the middle of a field not far from the main lobby. A cool breeze brushed the grass and played with his dark hair as he looked around in alarm. There were no sirens or sounds of incoming mobile suits. Nothing that told him he was in for a world of hurt. Reluctantly he let out a sigh of relief. Once again, he had simply become Hunter. He went back into his options to dawn his black poncho and matching mask. “Alright… lets find us a Spider….”
      A few moments later he was flying to the lobby. It had been months since he had pulled off his so called “Second Bloody Valentine Massacre”. Undoubtedly he would have a lot of players still pissed off at him. Perhaps it was his insecurity, but he swore he felt a few players glower at him as he passed by.
      The GBN lobby at times could feel misplaced with time, often appearing to be daylight when he was tired and ready for sleep instead. Despite this, there seemed to constantly be darker corners one could find if they were determined. It was largely debated that some of the best hang out spots were in the darker pubs and clubs that GBN offered in the darker recesses.
      Never the social type, Gabriel went to a shady club and walked up to a grungy looking bartender. The gruff figure gave him a once over and smirked, “you lost boy?” Shaking his head, the EL diver tilted his head to look around at some of the shadowy corners. “I’m looking for a man named Spider… know where I could find him?”
      A few patrons paused their actions to study Gabriel and see just how serious this outsider was. The barkeep huffed, “Heh! You don’t find Spider, he finds you. If you wa-“
      Gabriel was already shaking his head and raised a finger to silence the bartender. “You don’t understand…” he tilted his gaze then added, “Everyone is looking for me. I need to see spider now… otherwise I just might have to lockdown this establishment and wipe everything out.” His tone was matter of fact and he gazed at each patron who was looking at him.
      Scrunching his face up the bartender replied, “Not possible kid, are you loony?”
      Not missing a beat Gabriel cut him off, “Second Bloody Valentine… Surely no one else has stolen my log in lock trick, have they?” He was referring to an attack he had perpetrated; where him and Marco Creed hacked a Gundam Seed event and prevented anyone from logging out while they destroyed nearly all the gunpla there.
      For a long while no one moved, no one said anything as they all studied each other. Gabriel’s mask made it hard for anyone to tell who he was even looking at. Finally, a door in the back of the room popped open, creaking loudly and a voice called out. “Get back here fast!”
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      “What do you mean you need my protection? What kind of idiot runs one of the most sophisticated hacking attacks in GBN history and not have a fallback plan for when things go bad?”
      Shaking his head Gabriel replied, “The kind of idiot who didn’t think it would actually work! Look I didn’t come here to poke fun at myself, can you help me or not?”
      The criminal crossed his arms and studied Gabriel for a long while then slowly stated, “what you’re asking for will not come cheap. And I don’t always take cash for my payment… do you understand what I’m suggesting?”
      Gabriel nodded eagerly, “Hey you saw what I could do on my own, imagine what we could do together? That aside does that mean you’ll take me in?”
      Spider waited a heartbeat before nodding, “Sure, I’ll have you stay at one of my private nests while I figure out a way to mask your log in.” Unceremoniously he brought up his menu and sent Gabriel an invite to transport to a new location. Together they both left the back room of the tavern and emerged moments later in a truly unique location.
      Gabriel gawked around; he was begrudgingly impressed. Together the stood on top of an asteroid inside of atmospheric bubble. It was no normal asteroid however, for they were standing on a heavily modified version of A Baoa Qu. The dome they were inside was on top of the Gate of Zedan and prominent inside the dome was a rather large castle, reminding Gabriel of the palace the Zabi family would use on Side 3. Despite whatever criminal background Spider had he did seem to appreciate the finer things GBN had to offer. The next thing he noticed was four towering mobile suits at each corn and or the castle, or were they statues? As the pair got closer to the door, Gabriel could tell they were skinned with a stone texture. Shaking his head, he focused on what he had to do.
      “Make yourself at home, have a seat in my lounge and I’ll be back in a few moments.”  Spider offered as he gestured to the couch. Gabriel spoke up, “So, did you get all this by selling hacks like the Venom Drive?”
      Spider paused at that comment and spun around to glare at Gabriel, “And…. How do you know about those?”
      “How could I not? They’re the hot item right now for anyone wanting to get better at the game fast!”
      A smile curled on Spider’s lips as if that notion satisfied him. He nodded then walked on towards the back of the room.
      “you’re certain no one can trace me here?”
      Spider twisted around to walk backwards and raised his hands up to shrug. “Relax, would you? This is my personal nest. I’ve installed some of the best security credits can buy; not to mention some top-notch hacks.” He turned around and waved a hand dismissively. “You’ll be fine just wait!”
      Gabriel frowned as he sat on the comfortable couch and waited a moment to be alone before he brought up his menu. The fist thing he did was active the program he had used all those months ago which prevented anyone from logging out of the area. Then he sent a message to his teammates along with a pass to get them into the nest.
       
      I got him where we want him. Show up ready for a fight. Be advised my handle here is Hunter, so watch the friendly fire. Be ready for anything.
       
      Gabriel closed the menu after he sent the message and leaned back on the sofa putting his hands behind his head. He’d strike when the moment was right, but first he wanted to see this scumbag squirm as everything he worked so hard for crumbled.
    • By JohnSeever
      Biography
      Full name Zhane Tan
      Faction: n/a
      Rank: n/a
      Age: 15
      Sex: Male
      Height: 6 foot
      Weight: 155 pounds
      Eyes: Redish-Brown
      Hair: Silver
      Skin: Caucasian
      Handiness: Right-handed
      Ingame name: Lucky
      Personality
      Zhane is a calm and easy-going man. His attitude towards others makes him seem like a loner, but he is a people person and enjoys meeting new and interesting people. Quiet and thinks all the time as he makes notes on what he sees and experiences. He tries to avoid conflict as much as possible with the tendency to do the ‘right’ thing when he knows it will get him into more trouble. Lancer has a sense of honor to his friends and duty to those he works for and with. He stays loyal to his friends and makes sure that he stays true to his word, since he was raised to show dignity, honor and respect to all.
      Strengths and weaknesses
      Zhane is still new to the GBN, having taken part in a few battles. He is quick on the controls and is good as a close combat-based player. Not the best out there when it comes to teams but is amazing in singles. When he dives, he is super friendly and enjoys it. Seems to have a natural ability to piloting and figuring out the Gunpla's abilities quickly.
      Appearance

      History
      Born in the United States, Zhane grew up in the Midwest. His parents traveled due to their careers and so he was never in a single place for more than two to three years. Additionally, he has a few health issues, mainly bone cancer, and is not able to do much, and making friends is hard. Due to this, he spent time building Gunpla and creating his own worlds with them. Finally, after many years and many homes, Richard's family has finally settled down and has stopped moving and now, perhaps he can make friends.
      While not a very good pilot, he does have some natural abilities and is an excellent builder of Gunpla. Due to moving, he was not able to take part in GBN, and has never dived before, however, he might his chance and more and maybe he will find a team he can join or get some time in to better his skills. If nothing else, he will just enjoy what time he can within the GBN.
      Possessions
      Gunpla #1: XXAGET-01X105-2DB Gundam Deathstrike Bullet
      Gunpla #2: XXXGAT-X10201H Gundam Duel Heavy
      Gunpla #3: RXGN-001OP Prime Gundam
      Role plays
      Mairéad Grace Sandilands: For the Homeland
    • By Zhane Tan
      Looking at the Gundam Battle Nexus setup, Zhane blinked and had no idea what to do, "So, I just sit in this and put my gunpla here?" he asks the person at the GBN store as he looked back at them. "That's right," said the worker.  Looking at the machine, he thought for a moment and sat down. "Ok, now what do I do?" he asked as she looked again after placing his Gunpla on the machine. The employee blinked and just looked, shocked more than anything "... you've never done this?" he asked. "My first time," was Zhane's response.  The employee sighed, "You put on the headset, and create an account," and as the employee spoke, Zhane did that. "That's it?" he asked. "Yes," said the employee.
      Zhane is odd in this matter, having not been out in public much, except for his trips to the hospital. He has bone cancer and has been going through a lot to try to stop it and fight it of and the Doctors are sure that they are to the point of getting all of it, so he has little experience with anything like this, and thinking, Zhane types in a name, Lucky. The employee looks, "Interesting name," he states. "Yea," Zhane says. "I have been lucky my entire life, and still am so far," he replies as he listens and places his Gunpla on the machine to scan it in. "Interesting suit design," the employee said. "Thank you," he states simply as he closes his eyes and takes a few breaths, kind of tired but opens them. "Here it goes," he comments to himself as he logs in for the first time....

      Traveling through the VR of the login, he looks around and smiles, "Totally cool," he states as he wonders, will keep his same appearance or will have a different appearance. 

      He looks at the screen and thinks as he gets his answer. smiling to himself, he picks an design that he thinks will be cool. "Can I change my appearance later?" he wonders to himself as he picks his normal appearance with simple clothing. Afterwards, he steps through the door and into the GBN.
      Arriving in the GBN, he looks around as he sees all the different avatars, "Wow, there's someone dressed as Zechs and another as Char.... and... is that a dogboy?" he says to himself as he walks around the floor and looks completely lost.
       
    • By Hunter
      Gabriel sat in the seat of his new mobile suit. He reflexively tensed his left arm, as if doing so would ward off the unpleasant memories of a similar mobile suit he had used. “Time to see if this will do… Vidar…” he mused. Gabriel perched the dark mobile suit on top of a building overlooking a park inside of a colony. The streets were vacant, he almost swore he spotted a tumbleweed drifting through a road. “These programmers have a sick sense of humor…” he muttered disgustedly.
      He didn’t have to wait long, his radar beeped, telling him his opponent had arrived. “Creed told me you were good!” He said more to himself, a thin smile tracing the EL Diver’s lips. “Let’s see if the old man was right?” Vidar pulled out its’ rifle and took aim at the approaching machine, he took careful aim and squeezed the trigger, sending a volley to his opponent. 

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