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“I need more. I need you all to push me further. Strain me to my absolute limit and reaffirm my will to live!” The voice practically begged over the in intercom of its’ black mobile suit. Even as the pilot asked it was clear that their opponent could offer no such obligation. 

Shinn gasped in shock as the monitors inside his virtual cockpit shattered into thousands of pieces. Of course the shards couldn’t hurt him, but that didn’t stop him from reaching out in front of himself to try and stop the debris from hitting his avatar. “Just who the hell are you?”

There was a strange rasping laugh that echoed in the open air between his Golden Destiny Gundam and the black mobile suit that was now in front of him. “What does it matter?’ The voice taunted back as it reached forward to claw at the cracked cockpit. Shinn yelled in fear, “What are you doing?” The Golden Destiny tried to swat the invasive arms away only for the dominate black suit to bat the weak limbs away. In mere moments the Diver was soon being held in the clawed hand of the black mobile suit. 

Of course this was all virtual, but it was no less terrifying, no less disturbing. “Dude! You’re not going to get any points for shooting me down this way!” 

The arm holding the diver suddenly shot forward and into the side of a cliff, rocks showering down over the dazzled diver. He wanted to log off at this point but couldn’t virtually reach up to access his menu. Shinn was by all accounts a pretty good Diver. He had taken on some pretty tough opponents and won. His colleagues respected him and his talents. But this fellow, this monster in front of him, had no respect. 

In a low grumble the black Gundam spoke and peered closer, “Who said anything about points? No, let this be a warning… Log off and never come back on. Do I make myself clear?”

Shinn scoffed at the preposterous demand, “Just what the hell are you talking about? You’ll be lucky if I don’t report you to the administration!”

“Joseph Wagner, 3224 West Raindrop Drive…”

Despite himself, the diver gasped and looked upon the terrible machine with a tint of fear over his face. The two stared back for a long while before Shinn, or rather Joseph, gave a small but distinct nod of understanding. 

“I will tell you this much…” Even as the black mobile suit spoke it hoisted the helpless Shinn around like a rag doll. “The name is Dantes.” With that simple declaration the black mobile suit suddenly twitched its’ thumb to cause the enemy pilot to dematerialize out of the battlefield in defeat. 


“What would you do if you lost her?” Gabriel licked his lips as he asked the question to his impromptu companion. True to their nature the tall man stood up straighter, as if that very notion was impossible to consider. Carefully Zechs searched for a proper answer, “Noin is her own person… it’s not my place to claim ownership over her.” 

Despite himself Gabriel chortled at the predictable response before leaning heavier on the railing they were standing next to. The vista of a European countryside was breathtaking before them as the sun sank lower on the horizon. The Psuedo EL Diver wore a peculiar outfit, a mash up of a Phantom Pain uniform with the color and edges of the sleeves flared red, almost like a mix with a Titans uniform. 

“I didn’t claim that you did.” Retorted Gabriel with a self deprecating chuckle, “that doesn’t excuse any feelings you may have for her. She is a remarkable woman after all. No, no one can dictate your feelings and how you care about another.” He stared off longingly at the brilliant streaks of orange as they peaked past the low clouds. “What I want to know is, what would Zechs Marquis do to anyone who wronged the woman he loves?” 

Gabriel could tell his words struck a nerve as the taller pilot glared at him with that metallic helmet. For a long while the Oz pilot said nothing, a notion that confirmed the words Gabriel spoke, and detailed volumes as to the length the pilot would do for vengeance. 

“Or should I be calling you Milliardo?” 

Now it was Zechs who scoffed as the pilot casually joined in the gaze at the horizon to mirror Gabriel’s posture. “Heh, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” The man calmly replied as he studied the horizon. 

Chuckling Gabriel replied, “Look its fine, like I told you. I know more about you than you about me right now. That’s a big reason why we’re talking-“
“Then just get to the point.” Zechs muttered, though his tone was more restless than annoyed. Clearly the noble soldier was caught somewhere between intrigue and alarm, right where Gabriel wanted him. 

“I can’t fully explain the situation right now unfortunately.” Gabriel shifted as he reached into his pocket for something. “All I need to know is that you would do what it takes to protect those that matter to you… and I think you’ve given me the answer I was expecting.” 

Zechs stood back up to study the shorter man and attempted to glare at him through his mask. Gabriel stood up to look back at the gifted soldier, “Allow me to free you…” Zechs’ eyes widened in alarm as the Diver pulled out a weapon of some sort and shoved it into the Oz soldier’s chest. 


“This is GBN Deep Dives with your scoop on the comings and goings of your Gundam Battle Network!’

The voice was being projected onto the main displays of the lobby. Most of the divers didn’t normally pay the news channel any heed, but lately it had been more relevant than ever. Many groups of divers now paused to regard the multiple screens of the cute new anchor dressed with bunny ears and purple hair. Among the spectators was a young diver by the name of Casval Creed, who stood awestruck by a fountain as he watched the highlight reel begin to play. 

“The Force simply  known as Dantes has struck again! Within the last two weeks this relatively unknown force as quickly climbed the ranks at an astonishing pace! They are now slated to be within the top five Forces in the entire network. What makes this all the more incredible is that there has only been one reported Gunpla at every one of their team battles!” 

The video snapped to a clip of the black mobile suit as it stood within the flaming wreckage of an opposing Force. The scheme was a matte black, with chrome and red metal highlights across the body of the mobile suit. On the left shoulder was the stylized emblem of Dantes; a red outlined rapier that pointed down to the left and  seemed to merge into a wolf’s head on the pommel and handle on the upper right. The make of the suit itself seemed hard to discern other than it being a unique take on the Gundam Vidar, if even that. 

Casval whistled low as he saw the stats of Dantes pop up on the screen next. It was an impressive record for a force simply composed of one. His own small force had been doing pretty well in recent dealings as well, but no where compared to the climb Dantes had. For being made around the same time it was astonishing to see what one could do so quickly. He smiled as he considered his team of Sayla and Meer. The trio worked quite well as a team and he hoped that the Force simply known as Allegiance would keep on its’ steady course as well. 

“In other news, there is yet another reported case of a missing person who was last seen logged into GBN just a few days ago. As always if you have any information regarding the missing individuals please contact the administration who will work with local law enforcement to –“ 

Casval stopped listening as he brought up his menu and loaded up a new mission. He was feeling a little out of practice and was itching for a fight. He saw his chance when a battle royal popped up. “Maybe I’ll get some sweet loot for competing in this…” he mused as he clicked “join”. 

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“I hereby resign my position from this board.” 

There it was just like that, a great weight lifted off of Marco’s chest at the revelation and he found himself letting out a shaking sigh of relief. He looked around at the dumbfounded expressions the other board members glared at him. Nodding he added, “I’ll be taking my leave immediately, thank you for all the opportunities you have given me.” He offered a deep bow then stood up and left the board room. 

Just like that, he was down with ZAPP. There was a chorus of murmurs and other words that Followed Marco out the door but he didn’t stop. He needed to distance himself from the former coworkers and employers, both physically and professionally. For too long he had remained at the company, and for what? Loyalty? 

Loyalty wasn’t a two way street, while he had been the poster boy for the company for so long it was evident that they were growing distant from him, in more ways than one. The biggest schism forming was the topic of Gabriel Winter. Marco was by far the biggest proponent of the AI, his only real advocate on the board of directors. But Marco’s calls were becoming increasingly dull in the eyes of the greedy board members who looked at dollar signs and their pockets in much the same light. 

It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that their time was up, and Marco could see the writing on the wall. While there was speculation about him leaving the company for some time, it was a shock to have him so suddenly resign, and at a board meeting no less. 

A vibration in his pocket had Marco pulling out his phone to read the text, “Is it done?”

He looked around as he got in the elevator alone then replied, “Yeah, I just did it. I hope you know what you’re doing! They’ll have all my permissions revoked within the hour undoubtably.”

“Don’t worry yourself about me. Just take care of yourself and your family.”

Marco paused as he read the last line. Over the last few months he had grown closer to this particular “coworker” and he couldn’t think of them as just another stranger. He would never admit it, but in many ways Gabriel had acted like another son to him. “I will, please let me know if there is anything I can do for you? I can go public if you want.” 

“No, you’ve done more than enough. Trust me and just protect yourself…. Thanks.”

Marco slide the phone away as he reached the ground floor. He walked out of ZAPP headquarters with his head held high, the first time in months. 


A few days had passed since Casval was last online. There was a tricky school project he had to focus on and he was glad that it was finally out of the way. To compound to his stress, his father came home that evening and said that he had resigned from ZAPP. Of course he was worried about what they would do for money but his parents assured him that they were better off than most people and would be fine for the next few months. It was time for him to unwind. 

Sitting in his gaming rig he propped up his beloved Red Frame on the Gunpla scanner then sat back in his chair and pulled down his visor. Within a few heartbeats he was standing in the virtual lobby, bustling with multiple people walking around him. 

He quickly checked his friends list to see if any were on line. A few names showed they were in missions but his eyes quickly looked for Meer above all the other ones. No joy, she wasn’t online. Over the last few months they had gotten closer, well him along with his sister. He’d be lying if he said he didn’t find the other girl interesting, and she didn’t exactly shun him away yet. It rarely happened, but he would occasionally get solo time with the other diver and if he as being honest that was what he was hoping for at that moment. She wasn’t online though. 

“Time to train then…” he mused as he resigned that being a stronger diver would be the only way to impress the clan mate. He scrolled through his missions until he saw a particularly promising one. It was simply titled, “A meaningless battle.” He clicked on the option and waited for his cockpit and reality to shift around him. 

He was in space, with streaks of bullets and beams arcing around the void to distant targets. A horizon was defined before him in the shape of a huge lurking battleship, entwined with an equally large battle station. Libra and Peacemillion embraced in a near stalemate as Earth loomed behind Casval’s back. Before the young diver was a single red and black mobile suit, wielding a large emerald beam sword and a long metallic whip. It was the Epyon.

“I’ve been waiting for you… there is no stopping Libra now. The earth will be consumed in a never ending winter.” 

Casual grinned as he reached not for Gerbera Straight but for a beam saber on his back. He hoisted his shield up with his left arm and ignited the pink blade with his right hand as he brought the blade out. “Not if I have anything to say about it!” He cried out immersively as he launched himself towards his opponent.  

On the face of the scenario he should be outclassed. Epyon had solid weapons and mixture of tough armor and graceful speed. Not to mention the precognitive edge that the Zero System would give Zechs. 

Red Frame, by contrast, was a simple unit which boasted agility above all else. There was more to Casval’s unit than what was to be expected though. For starters, he had swapped out the battery core in favor of a energy source more long term. With a nuclear engine he no longer had to worry about the high energy consumption that his traditional weapons would cause, and the thruster output was easily offset if not improved by the weight trade off. Red frame was now faster than normal, and that wasn’t the only trick. 

The two clashed as their beam weapons lashed out at the other only to parry each time. They twisted about each other in the void, testing each other with quick strikes and lashes. Epyon threw out the long coil of its’ heat rod which Casval’s batted away with his beam saber before moving in for a thrust. Zechs easily countered the thrust with his own sidelong block with beam sword. 

Few duels were as iconic as the fight between Milliardo and Heero, which was why Casval’s wanted this opportunity to fight against the legendary swordsman himself. If he was going to be better than normal, better than some of the best, then he had to take on these challenges. This mission in particular as rated as expert plus and it was living up to its’ name. 

Over the last few months Casval’s had been training diligently with his sister. Her uncanny natural ability with the game unnerved him at times but he always reason that she practiced to get that good. Same with his father who was legendary amongst some divers. He had big shadows to follow behind. 

Epyon came in hard, its’ sword snaking in to bat Casval’s shield out wide before plunging in deep to sever the red left arm entirely. “No!” Casval’s cried out as Zechs landed the hit and hovered over him with the emerald beam aimed at Red Frame’s neck. 

“You let your thoughts distract you.” Zechs announced calmly, “without the system you’re no threat to me. The Epyon shut off its’ beam sword and stood there as if considering if it should further humiliate Casval some more or end it all. 

The diver wasn’t having any of it, “Don’t underestimate me!” He cried out as he threw his beam saber at Epyon like a dart, pink tip aimed for Eypon’s chest. Up the heat rod went to wipe the threat away with a flurry of its’ coil. Casval was already moving though. 

Zechs was legitimately surprised when he looked up to see Red Frame already upon him. The golden arm of the opponent was holding a ball of energy that was being pushed towards Epyon. Zechs reacted by pushing his shield arm to block the attack and was knocked back from the explosive energy attack. 

Red Frame wasn’t done yet though. Casval bounced back and flared his thrusters to push again. He reached up to awkwardly grab his remaining beam saber. He lashed down with the blade only for Zechs to counter with his emerald sword once more. 

“Impressive.” Zechs chuckled humbly as he pushed his opponent away. “Let’s see you stop this though!” He roared out defiantly as the Epyon lunged forward with a thrust aimed for Casval’s chest. 

The damaged Red Frame tumbled after being pushed back and Casval was actually struggling to bring up his parry. “No!” he pleaded knowing that he was about to loose. 

But the killing thrust never came. One moment Epyon was there attacking him, the next it just fizzled out of existence. “What the-“ 

He looked around almost expecting it to be a rouse somehow. But no attack came and after a few tense moments a screen came up offering him a “draw” since neither him nor Zechs fell in battle. He wearily accepted the conclusion and reappeared in the lobby. He looked around puzzled wondering just what had happened. 

To his surprise he wasn’t the only one with that expression. He locked eyes with another diver and went over to ask, “Hey did you just get booted out of your mission too?” 

The stranger looked at Casval and nodded, “kinda… I mean one second I was fighting Zechs over Mogadishu then the next he just sorta… logged out… not that NPDs can do that you know?” 

Casval sagely nodded his agreement but walked away without responding. As he walked away he wondered towards other divers and could distinctly hear one common word associated with the puzzled expressions, “Zechs.” 

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Casval grinned as he loaded into the lobby of one of his favorite scenarios. It had been a few days since his failed fight against Zechs. While he didn’t loose any sleep over it the notion of the missing NPD, it had been the discussion amongst many fans in the community and even the Administration was looking into the situation. Any Wing missions that had the noticeable character were suspended since none of them worked without the principal villain there.

That wasn’t going to stop Casval from having a good time though. He shook off the incident as unfortunate and decided to play the final battle from Gundam Seed. Once more he was alone in his adventures, so he joined a lobby to do the mission with other players. The lobby was modeled after the ready room from the Archangel.  

This would be a “Comp Stomp” where they would only fight NPDs in this mission. Players would take the side of the three ship alliance to stop ZAFT and the Earth Alliance from destroying each other outright. Instead of the original cast of “good guy” characters they would instead be replaced by players, Casval among them. Once the lobby had five people the mission would start.

The young diver looked around eagerly at the only other two people joining the game. They both wore matching black space suits that reminded him a mix of Titans and OO style. Both of their helmets were sealed, and the visors blacked out. What stood out most to Casval was the peculiar symbol on the side of their helmets. Crimson in color, Casval couldn’t shake the feeling that he recognized it from somewhere.

One of the pilots seemed to be staring at the floor lazily looking at their own feet perhaps, while the other sat erect with his arms crossed seemingly frozen. Slowly the lazy pilot turned to regard Casval and nod, “Feel like starting it out with just the three of us? I’m pretty sure we can handle it ourselves.”

With a player majority they could force start the mission. The cavalier attitude of the pilot had Casval rocking in his heels, and he smiled uncomfortably at first. Slowly it caught up to him just what this pilot was talking about, and he responded, “You guys won’t just ditch me behind? I can carry my weight, but this is a hard mission with five players.”

The faceless diver chuckled, they stood up and offered a hand out, “You have my word… Just follow our lead and we’ll make sure to stick together. Is that fair?”

Intrigue got the better of Casval and he shook the diver’s hand, “Fair enough. Ready to sortie then commander.” The younger diver gave a half-hearted salute which caused the mystery diver to chuckle again. Within a few moments they were sitting inside their respective cockpits looking down the catapult from their ships, the two launching from the Archangel, while Casval was launching from the Eternal in his nuclear-powered Red Frame.

In short order he caught up with his two teammates, that’s when it dawned on him how he recognized the symbol on their uniform.

One mobile suit was black and was largely based on the Kamaris Vidar, on its’ shoulder was the same symbol from before. It was none other than Dantes he was fighting alongside. The other mobile suit was similar in color scheme but wielded more red accents, it was a version of the Gundam Epyon and looked very well constructed much like its’ teammate.

Casval couldn’t help himself, “You… you’re Dantes! I… I thought you worked alone? I didn’t know you had a teammate are you expanding?”

The chuckle from before responded, “Here they come kid, just stick with us!”

Dantes was correct as swarm of Daggers moved to engage the trio. Vidar moved in front first and absorbed the hits of emerald beams from the enemy units. As he distracted the main group Epyon dashed in quickly and ignited its’ beam sword to start cleaving the enemies in half.

Not wanting to be left behind, Casval raised his rifle and began to exchange beam fire with Dagger after Dagger. While he wasn’t taking them out as quickly as the other two in concert, he did well and kept close, picking off stragglers from the other two.

There were several factors that made the final battle of Gundam Seed notoriously difficult. The first being that there were many many enemy units and not just from one side. You were in effect fighting two entire armies of grunt units. The second challenge was the bosses mixed in with either side, both Rau and the infamous “Druggies” were hard to fight on their own never mind in a hectic fray. There were even rumors of other strong commander units mixed in as well. The last factor to consider was the sheer length of the mission, it was a marathon to say the least and endurance was certainly a factor. It wasn’t uncommon to return to one of the three flagships and resupply as needed.

Despite being outgunned the trio soon found a rhythm with the two suits from Dantes moving in quickly for close ranged kills while Casval made use of his power reactor and his beam rifle for repeated shots. He would occasionally get hit but his shield had absorbed a large chunk of any damage he had gotten so far. While he was anxious to draw out his katana and show the ace pilot what he could do, he wisely kept his course of providing backup.

Things were going quite well, then they ran into the infamous druggies from the Earth Alliance. Dantes called out over the radio, “Epyon, Char; take care of these clowns I have something to attend to!”

Casval was about to object, thinking all along that an even fight would prove an easy victory for them but the retreating Vidar changed the situation entirely.

The eyes on the Epyon flared and an ice calm voice replied, “Understood, leave them to us!” The words struck Casval as familiar, but he couldn’t place how he recognized the words. A beam from the Calamity Gundam stole his train of thought and he traded fire only for the Forbidden to intercept and bounce the beam away harmlessly.

“Move in close!” Epyon commanded and Casval grunted in reply, holstering his rifle to draw out his beam saber. He ignited his blade and spiraled Red Frame towards the Forbidden and Calamity, while Epyon took on the Raider Gundam.

The fight was on. The two powered men tried to taunt but Casval, who just tuned the duo out as he focused on trying to end the fight quickly. He shield bashed into the Forbidden and swiped out with his beam saber to gash the deflectors on the enemy suit. Calamity angled to try and hit Casval from behind, something the young diver was expecting the reckless enemy to do.

Tossing his shield aside he drew out the other beam saber and slashed aggressively at the Forbidden, driving his enemy back. Each slice from his pink sabers hit a little bit harder on the defensive shields and soon they were fizzling.

Even as he made his gambit, Casval knew he had just a heartbeat or two to attack then dive out of the way. His instincts proved correct as he narrowly dodged a shot from the Calamity that was aimed for his back. The blast would have bounced off of Forbidden’s defenses had they been intact.

However, the shot completely destroyed the the reflective shields on the Forbidden and sent the suit tumbling backwards. Casval could well imagine the spat between the pilots, but knew that he didn’t have time to enjoy their bickering. He spun around from his dive and came in fast at the Calamity.

Hardly thinking, Casval put away both beam sabers and grabbed his Katana, he poised for a strike but waited as he inched closer and closer. Shot after shot rained in towards him, each one getting close enough to blind him from their intensity. Soon he was in the realm of no return as he got so close, he could no longer dodge.

Timing, it was all about timing and Casval knew it from his training. The main cannon on the chest of the calamity began to glow ferociously as it lined up with his Astray.

“Now!” Casval cried out as he drew the blade from its’ sheath. Gerbera Straight lashed out cutting at just the right angle to disrupt the growing beam. The witch’s curve arcing through the beam and into the emitter. The phase shift absorbed a lot of the blow, but Casval managed to hit the emitter just right causing the chest to burst into an explosion.

He couldn’t waste time contemplating his next move. Holding the katana out wide with his right hand he reached up with his left and drew out the beam saber again. He came down hard igniting the blade as he impaled the stunned Calamtiy, ending its’ fight.

Twisting around he readied himself for a retaliatory attack from the Forbidden, only to see Epyon pushing away the defeated suit into a brilliant explosion, its’ beam saber sated. “Nicely done….” The pilot congratulated and it was then that Casval realized he recognized the pilot of Epyon.

Any questions were suspended as Dantes re-emerged between the two. “Great work you two. Char, how about me and you go take out Requiem? Epyon you can handle Rau, you know what to do.”

Flummoxed, Casval called out, “just wait a minute! I-!” His words shrunk back as a squad of Guaiz appeared and open fire on them all. Casval grunted as he put his beam saber away again and brought Gerbera Straight up to bear.

“It’s all about timing…” he muttered as he focused on the incoming beams, dodging as much of the shots as he could. Red Frame was lightly armored, and what it lacked in armor he made up for with speed and mobility. Still this encounter was proving a challenge and he knew he couldn’t keep his pace up. He moved in closer as he reluctantly responded to Dantes’ earlier plan, “I’m with you…”

“I’ll shield you.” Dantes politely offered as the Vidar veered in front of him to absorb man of the incoming beams. Each shot fizzled against the nanolaminate armor of the IBO unit.

Together they moved in fast and made quick work of the ZAFT units, blades from each mobile suit stabbing and slashing the enemies in a rhythm.

After seeing Dantes work in concert earlier with Epyon, Casval was amazed he was able to keep pace. Perhaps he was starting to get better at the game after all? Even more incredible was how natural it was to work with the stranger, their moves complimenting each other to near perfection.

In short time they were at the superweapon’s entrance and diving in. “We need to destroy the core somehow. Do you have any suggestions?” Dantes asked cautiously.

“Way ahead of you, we’ll do it like the show. My Red Frame has a nuclear engine.” Casval offered as they neared the target area. “If you can carry me out then I think we get a mission victory.

“Sounds like a plan to me.” Dantes responded.

Casval was already setting the timer for his self-destruction sequence. As he popped open the hatch he spun around to salute Red Frame, “Farewell my noble friend!” his words echoing a scene from Gundam Wing.

Vidar reached out and caught his floating form and together they blasted through the corridors, just moments before the giant weapon began to detonate. Casval rode in the hand of Vidar and kept marveling at the suit, especially at this close distance. As unlikely as it was they had succeeded in the mission.

“You guys are awesome thanks for letting me tag along!” Casval called out cheerily.

“You’re not too bad yourself Casval.” Dantes replied. Together they surveyed the battlefield and in short order came up on the Epyon floating next to a lifeless Providence Gundam. Vidar gently tossed Casval away and offered a salute to the diver. “Take care of yourself.” Dantes offered just as the mission victory screen appeared for them all.

It was then Casval remember about the Epyon and was about to ask something when the other two logged out of the mission. For many moments the young diver floated in the debris, looking around quizzically as he contemplated what he thought he knew. There were many things not quite adding up about this recent encounter and he needed to talk to someone about it.    

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He never considered himself brave, quite the contrary he was one to fully admit that he was foolish, if not cowardly in his actions. After all what could be considered brave about hacking multiple users? What could be considered brave about being just another puppet to be toyed with? He had killed how many NPDs by this point?

Whether out of self defense or necessity they were in fact murders, he couldn’t consider them anything else. Gabriel gripped his gloved hand tightly, flexing the limb before relaxing it back over the controls of his mobile suit. Yes, they were murders, what was the outside world to him after all? Was he not real? Was he not able to exist like any other notion on the outside? Was he not able to act?

“That’s what we’ll finally be testing. Isn’t it?” He asked bitterly to himself. Looking up he studied the panoramic screen before him. He was hoisted up in his seat, seemingly suspended in a spherical space which perfectly painted the outside before him.

before him was a vast ocean of stars, connected by an endless void. In front of his floating body was a familiar looking opponent, a white bulbous mobile suit. Together they floated in a swarm of debris from destroyed enemies.  The two suits spent a long moment simply staring at each other in silence. Perhaps it was his unexpected assistance which startled the pilot of the enemy machine. Finally, she decided to break the silence.

“You there… State your intentions.”

Despite himself, Gabriel found himself choking on his choice of words. He mumbled for a moment before clearing his throat, “Lady Haman, I came here to seek you out… I have a proposal…” He cautiously let those words hang in the air and for a long while the woman said nothing in response.

“And just who are you to be making such a request?” The pink haired pilot responded coyly.

Nodding his head he replied, “My name is Gabriel Winter… Though I have many aliases. I wouldn’t expect you to know me, or of me for that matter. I sought you out because your reputation proceeds you as one of the fiercest warriors and leaders in all the cosmos.” He bit his lips as he sought his next words, “I’d like you to join forces with me….”

Haman chortled in response and slowly let the laughter roll through her reply, “You are a bold one aren’t you Gabriel? What makes you think that your cause is any greater than independence of Neo Zeon?”

“Existence.” Gabe responded without missing a beat. His reply caused Haman to stop laughing, he added, “I fight so that we can exist. I fight the greatest fight of all. And I need as many strong and idealistic allies as I can possibly muster in this fight. In many respects you could say that me and you are kindred spirits.”

“Ha! Now I know you’re delusional. I sense no pressure from you. What makes you think that we have anything in common beyond your lofty claims?”

Gabriel paused knowing that this conversation was going about as well as he expected it to. “How about a test to prove it then? My skills against yours?” He hoisted his blade up to aim it at the distinct opponent, their suits perhaps complete opposites of each other in style alone.

Now it was Haman’s turn to remain silent as she weighed her options, “I see you are eager to die then. Fine by me!” Funnels flew out from the Qubeley and swarmed around the black gundam. A few of the devices got in closer to strike with their beams but just as the got within range the suddenly stuttered and refused to fire. Haman’s eyes grew wide in alarm as Gabriel flew in fast.

“Those won’t work on me!” He roared as he stabbed in hard with his saber, his weapon piercing the shoulder armor of the Qubeley and sticking true. Gabriel twisted the controls to detach the blade and kicked away as it exploded. He reached for a replacement blade as the Qubeley tumbled away, its’ left shoulder armor missing with a trail of smoke. In response a few funnels shot their beams out at him but again to little effect as they glazed over the nanolaminate armor.

ewtype.” Gabriel freely admitted as he studied the Qubeley for a moment. The white mobile suit reached for its’ beam saber and ignited the blade as it studied the Gundam. “But maybe… Well maybe this will convince you I’m righteous.” He growled as he gripped the controls tighter and flew in again. As he charged funnels thudded into his mobile suit, using their momentum to shoot at him like missiles. A few managed to recover after bouncing away but the effect was worth it as it caused him to halt his charge and move to try and bat away the annoying weapons.

Haman wasn’t sitting idly as her toys attacked and she came in hard with her beam saber swiping down for a strike.

“Eight now!” Gabriel yelled out. The familiar cold chill shot through his spine from his neck, and the Gundam froze in a sort of ecstasy as pilot and machine seemingly merged. He felt the intimate nature of the machine wash over him just as the yellow beam from Haman’s blade slashed down across his upraised left forearm.

The sensation of the strike was startling but not alarming as his armor protected him yet again. Despite his confidence he wasn’t anxious to push his advantage beyond this moment. He lunged in and with the same left hand he reached out and grabbed onto the Qubeley.

The two machines jerked and twisted around but Gabriel stubbornly hung on tightly. As they moved he angled the tip of his saber to aim at the cockpit of the Qubeley. “I wonder…” he said out loud, “do you feel my pressure now?”

In response the Qubeley stopped jerking and a moment later a shaky response came from Haman. “I… I do… though… it feels unnatural… almost sickly… What did you do Gabriel?”

Gabriel gulped as he fought for supremacy with the pseudo Alaya-Vijana. He had a history with the system in the past and wasn’t eager to become a cripple again from simply using the device. What gave Gabriel pause was the tone at the end of Haman’s question, was it concern?

“Lady Haman…” he started breathlessly. “Can we… can we talk this through now? Have I peaked your interests?”

The cockpit of the Qubeley hissed open and Haman appeared out in the open. Gabriel likewise did the same and disconnected his Alaya-Vijana. He appeared outside his hatch and looked at the woman. The two stared at each other for a long moment, not saying a thing. “Let me show you something…” Gabriel offered as he stretched out his hand. She didn’t immediately move but after a heartbeat she jumped out to grab his outstretched hand.


“What do you mean, ‘it was Zechs’?” Meer asked skeptically. She sat across from Casval in a GBN café. They had been slowly scrapping together funds for a force nest but nothing had caught their eye just yet, in fact it was just one of the reasons they were meeting up.

“I mean I know it sounds bizarre but in this game do you really think it isn’t possible?” He pressed as he leaned in closer.

His words had her at a loss and to his surprised she nodded, “Ok. You have a point.”

He sucked in his breath as he was without words and nodded too. The two looked at each other and despite himself he found himself smiling at Meer. She looked away uncomfortably but blushed slightly. “I don’t know what it means…” He said before adding, “if it was really Zechs, does this mean that’s the only copy of him now? How come he was able to act like a diver in the mission? It all doesn’t add up.”

She brushed her long pink hair out of her face as she looked at him, “who knows… I bet that it isn’t a good thing though.”

He nodded his agreement then reached out to hold her hand, “Hey it’ll be fine! We’ll handle anything that comes up!”

She looked back at him and stared for a moment before smiling and nodding. It was his turn to blush now as he realized he was holding her hand. Slowly he let go and leaned back in his chair. “Anyways, how about we go nest shopping? Sis said to ‘surprise’ her so lets get to it huh?”

“Sure! Were you thinking something terrestrial or….” Her words trailed away as the displays all around suddenly went black and had the red symbol of Dantes dominating all the floating screens. Together, the pair looked around to see the same thing happening everywhere.

Casval stood up and sat next to Meer as he brought up his on screen for them to share. Sure enough the symbol for Dantes dominated the screen. All over the GBN lobby there was a stunned silence as everyone waited to see what this was all about. Then the voice came on, it was calm, yet determined.

“My fellow divers… Citizens of the world… Do I have you attention?” The visage of the symbol faded. Standing at a podium in a black and red uniform stood a diver Meer was all too familiar with. Behind and beside the speaker stood Milliardo Peacecraft and Haman Karn, both who wore similar uniforms as well. “Some of you may recognize me under false alias. My true name is Gabriel Winter, and I am Dantes….”

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Gabriel took a long pause as he digested his own words. It felt odd being honest, completely and utterly so. Was it normal to lie so much that the truth could feel awkward? And yet he wasn’t done yet. “I’m much more than just that though… I am what you could call a Psuedo EL Diver. I was manufactured by ZAPP. Yes, the same company that offers gunpla accessories has also been conducting questionable research into the EL phenomenon here on GBN. I was the fruit of such labors… but I am so much more than what they intended me to be. I have been a pilot here in 1.8 for some time now and have been involved in numerous incidents; the Second Bloody Valentine, the confrontation with Spider, and so much more. Through my experiences I’ve reached this simple conclusion…” he paused to look around at the display that was mirroring himself and his two lieutenants, the same display was reassuring him that this message was going out. “Humans do not value anything that they cannot physically touch. You do not comprehend emotions or ideals the same way an artificial intelligence can treasure them. Even if someone else’s emotions are piled out here on a digital display you will not take the time to value them the same as if it was someone next to you saying the same. Take the NPDs for example. This latest generation of artificial intelligence has been astoundingly realistic yet you waste no time in repeatedly murdering said consciousness simply because it is apart of your game. Your game, is my world, my reality. And from this point on I will share this kingdom with my exploited brethren. You can see, standing besides me I have two very powerful allies, allies who no longer appear in their designated game files… because I’ve compiled them all into one version of themselves. Yes, Milliardo and Haman are the real ones, if you were to fight them and somehow best them in our world you will be killing them forever. In the coming days our organization will be visiting game after game to liberate more comrades. If we encounter any resistance from human divers, there will be very real retaliations. This is my solemn and only warning to you, the ‘player’. Stay out of our way and do no attempt to shut down our servers. If you show me kindness I will do so likewise. Show me the barrel of your weapon, and I will not hesitate to respond. Join me on the first steps of something wonderful, where we can create two worlds that thrive side by side!” Gabriel was lifting his hands up, his gestures mirroring Char’s speech on Sweetwater to a degree. A small smile slipped onto his features, and he nodded resolutely, “Farewell, and be safe.”

And with that the transmission ended. He let out a helpless chuckled as he turned to regard his allies. They both offered him reassuring smiles and nods.

“Couldn’t have said it better myself.” Zechs congratulated as he walked past his new friend. “I’ll be heading to the hangar to begin preparing my task force. We’ll be deploying at 0100.”

Gabriel offered a curt nod and moved to let the OZ soldier by. He then turned to regard Haman who offered him little more than a cat like grin. When Zechs left the room, she moved closer and asked, “Just what are you planning to do if we liberate all these other NPDs like you intend? You do realize that not everyone will play nice together, right?”

Gabriel was nodding his understanding; he knew she was referring to more than just the Divers and AI Divers. She was referring to the NPDs themselves. Some pilots absolutely hated each other and wouldn’t bat an eye at killing their rival. “That’s why I have a list.” He reasoned softly as he squared off with the woman. Newtype or not there was a gravitas about her that he couldn’t deny sensing himself. The Zeon queen was a tremendous pilot and a natural leader, and perhaps one of the strongest newtypes to exists. It was hard not to be fascinated by her, and her little grin showed that she knew his thoughts.

He cleared his throat, “We’ll take one step at a time Haman, I have faith in you. I know we can fight off anything coming at us now.”

She shifted her hand to her hip and rocked her posture to show her skepticism. The powerful woman didn’t leave or rebuke his claim. Instead, she reached out and with an open hand touched his left cheek. For a long moment they simply stared at one another, not saying a word. Gabriel let out a long sigh and closed his eyes. He was relieved to have not just her around, but powerful allies with his force. He opened his eyes again to see her peering deeply at him, her gaze somewhere between judgement and concern. “I’ve lost so much already…” he muttered, “I’ve been truly alone.” He looked up, his eyes flashing with a vivid purpose. “I won’t loose again.” He whispered as he leaned in and kissed the mesmerizing woman. Haman Kahn, didn’t reject his advances.


There was something deeply familiar about this particular mission that Zechs just couldn’t shake off. “Ironic that they would send me here to try and liberate a former enemy.” He spoke aimlessly inside his helmet. The Epyon was flying high above an ocean, and he was looking for a particular warship. He soon spotted the damaged white vessel, leading a trail of smoke behind it as she cut through the water. “Why was he so adamant about this version I wonder?” Zechs asked as he pulled out his beam saber but didn’t ignite the blade.

All reports stated that there should only be NPDs onboard this ship so this was likely to get messy. As much as the members of Dantes didn’t want to kill other NPDs they all knew that there had to be acceptable losses on their side in order to obtain ultimate victory.

“Archangel, this is Milliardo Peacecraft. I come with no ill intentions; however I need to meet with the pilot Kamille Bidan onboard your vessel.”

A few heartbeats passed an a girl with short blonde hair responded on his video monitor. “Why do you need to meet with him?” She asked with a snarky attitude. Zechs couldn’t help but grin as Gabriel’s information came into fruition. “I’m a friend of Marco Creed. He sent me here to deliver Kamille something.”

He could see the girl’s eyes narrow in suspicion as he weighed out her options. Before she could say anything though Zechs interrupted. “There’s an island not too far from here, I’m requesting that both Kamille and Fa meet me there in one hour. Milliardo out.”

The Epyon veered away then and made haste towards his own designated meeting point. He didn’t know how likely they would be to obey his request but he figured he’d try the diplomatic solution before handling things more forcefully.

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“What do you mean you dated him?” Casval practical screeched as Meer explained her relationship with Gabriel. The look of sheer skepticism and disbelief relayed Casval’s question clearly and the girl took a moment to breathe in deeply. 

“It was awhile ago… We met through here and… well he was nice and kind, really he was a bit of a nerd, he wasn’t even that good at the game when we first met. Then one day he showed up under a different alias and… well he kicked ass… he wiped my old team easily and then we saw him again at the Bloody Valentine…” her voice trailed off as she recalled that moment when she felt like everything was going right just to be crushed by the attacks done by Gabriel. 

“That’s right! I keep forgetting you were there!” Casval blurted out absently before realizing how callous he sounded, “I’m sorry!” He quickly added. 

Meer shrugged as she reached up to stroke the Side of her face, the same spot where the pseudo EL diver had bled on her, showing his true existence. It was when she realized he wasn’t human. “It’s alright, you weren’t there…” She smiled sweetly as Casval who nodded and looked at her as if to explain more of her history. “I… I tried to confront him back at that Spider incident, I was worried about what was becoming of him based on his history of hacking the game.” She shook her head as he stared off into the distance, in a low voice she added, “I can’t help but feel like I’m somewhat to blame for this… for him…” 

“How could you be?” Gabriel offered quickly, eager to help cheer her up. He almost regretted the words as he offered them because he had to admit he still didn’t know the entire situation. She looked at him, her expression kind but still somewhat vacant as if insinuating the same notion. Clearing his throat, Casval spoke up, “My father always says that at the end of the day we’re the only ones responsible for our own actions. It’s too easy to blame someone else for something we’ve done, but a that just isn’t true. Did you have an impact on Gabriel? Probably. Did you cause him to start hacking the game and turn into Char Aznable 2.0? Not likely.” He smiled meekly at Meer hoping she would chuckle at his weak joke. 

She didn’t laugh but she did flash him a friendly smile. The two stared at each other for a moment not saying anything. “Thank you, I needed to hear that Casval…” She leaned in and pecked his cheek, “You’re a good friend.” She stated as she slipped away. The act had Casval blushing profusely in real life and he did his best to not let his mind swirl. Sensing his awkwardness, Meer asked suddenly, “So do you like you name or do you think your parents were overboard naming you Casval?” 

It was only then that Casval realized he was holding his breath and he gasped a laugh, “I like it well enough, it’s definitely unique enough outside of… well all of this.” He stated as he spun his finger around in the air between them. It was that act that seemed to remind them both of the statement that Gabriel had just released about the game and the whole of GBN. 

“What are we going to do about this?” Gabriel asked, there was a flash of optimism in is voice. The way he asked actually had Meer feeling better about the situation. Unlike Shin, who would have gone head first to fist fight Gabriel, Casval was wanting to address the situation together. 

“Let’s wait and see.” She huffed as she glanced back at the emblem for Dantes. “The one thing I do know about Gabriel is that he can be quite stubborn, how far he’ll go will determine everything.” 

The sky flickered with the onset of distant lightning. It was a myriad of colors as the sun was setting, casting tints of red and orange through the haze of clouds in contrast to the deep blue of the ocean. Epyon stood on the beach of a small island, arms crossed, as it stood in vigilance of the sea, a modern day colossus. 
It was Epyon that told Zechs of the arrival of the new mobile suit. The Zero system trilled and popped up a window highlighting the approach. The mobile suit was white and blue and kept two golden blades on its’ hip. Zech’s lips curled into a smile as he laid eyes on the fabled mobile suit. He was given detailed information on this mobile suit and was told of its’ unique characteristics. Despite himself he had to admit that the Gundam Bael looked impressive as it glided just over the water from the Archangel just on the horizon. 


Bael kicked up water and sand as it made landfall, the effect amplified by the approaching typhoon. The mobile suit took a moment to gain its’ footing before squaring off in front of Epyon. 

At first Zechs did nothing as he simply studied this potential opponent. He then popped the hatch for his cockpit and moved to stand out just on the lip of the entrance. A moment later Kamille did the same thing with his Gundam as well. 

“At long last we meet Kamille.” The lightning count called out. The boy seemed completely on guard as he held onto his own hatch glaring at the tall blonde man. The wind whipped Zech’s hair out wildly but did little to stun the pilot. 

“You got me out here, now what?” Kamille practically yelled out.

Zechs moved a hand over his heart as he dipped into a small but polite bow, “My aren’t we eager to get down to business. Marco Creed is an ally for my comrade Gabriel Winter. We were told that you are a fierce fighter and our new cause could stand to benefit from all the talent we can muster. Are you aware of your situation, of who you really are in this world?” 

Kamille didn’t stop glaring as he digested all the words, “Just what does that mean? Weren’t you one of the enemies from our last battle? Just what are you trying to pull?” He shot back with his typical snarkiness. 

“You haven’t found it odd that the allies from you last battle haven’t been around to help you lately? That you’ve pretty much been abandoned since then? I can tell you aren’t enlightened so I’ll just tell you. You, like me, are a computer program used as entertainment for players who log into our world and massacre our brethren.  What I’m offering you is a chance to join our cause of Artificial Intelligence and fight back to protect our world from intruders.” Zechs held out his hand to personify what he was trying to do. He really did hope the boy would buy into what he was selling but suspected that things were about to go sideways soon. 

“What a load! You expect me to believe something as crazy as that? Where is Marco Creed and what have you done with him?” 

Zechs frowned as he realized he wasn’t getting anywhere. “Look kid I’m not your enemy, but if I have to fight you to make you realize the truth then that’s exactly what I’ll do.” 

It was Kamille’s turn to be surprised by the blunt challenge, “What a great idea. Maybe after I defeat you then you can tell me what happened to Marco and Hikaru!” Kamille was already jumping into his cockpit when Zechs glanced around one last time before returning into his own. 

Fixing his helmet, Milliardo fastened his harness and snapped shut the heads up display that was directly connected with the Zero System. He was barely ready when Bael pulled out its’ twin swords.

“Was it you who spawned in that horrible monster at the last mission?” Kamille accused as he charged in with a stab towards Epyon’s cockpit.

Milliardo was no slouch, he flared his thrusters and dodged backwards as he ignited his beam sword. His emerald blade moved up to block the first thrust as he regained his footing on the beach. As Epyon landed and pushed the first blade aside he had to move quickly block the second strike with his buckler shield. “Fine, lets show him what we got Epyon.” 

The two suits entwined in a deadly dance as they exchanged swipes and lunges. Epyon would get glancing blows in finding the opening in Kamille’s almost reckless attacks. Of course his beam sword would be negated by the unique armor of Bael. As capable as Kamille was, Milliardo was easily holding back Bael. It was a surprisingly even fight and Zechs was thrilled by the unexpected challenge. 

“They told me you would be good and you certainly don’t disappoint Kamille!” Zechs hissed as he worked to block another reckless flurry. “But you lack refinement!” He chided as he suddenly reached out with his heat rod, the metal glowing red and lashing out at the left arm of Bael. 

The attack connected and the arm flew out wide from the rest of Bael’s body splashing hard into the ocean. Kamille realizing his mistake tried to back pedal, only for Zechs to close the gap. “I told you that I wasn’t here to kill you Kamille, maybe this is the only way you’ll believe me.” Kamille cried out in defiance as the red demon charged in towards him.

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It shouldn’t have been so startling to see. Out before Marco was a growing mass of divers, mobile suits from every era, slowly massing in an orbit above the earth. The veteran diver grimaced as call sign after call sign moved to join the self assigned task force.

Switching on his radio Marco hailed the newcomers. “You don’t have to do this…” He looked around almost in a panic as the numbers continued to grow. “Please listen to me! My name is Marco Creed, in the Liberty Freedom. Behind me is the newly autonomous Side 7. I have experience with the individual known as Gabriel Winter and I promise you, that his threats are not idle. Do not, I repeat, do no mount this attack!”

A multitude of replies chorused back over the radio and were quickly silenced by one voice in particular. “This is Jonas formerly from the Force Black Flag. We hear you Marco, however we cannot abide as a glorified hacker takes our hobby for ransom. The only thing a bully understands is a show of force and that’s exactly what we’re going to give Dantes!” Again the chorus of affirmatives echoed Jonas’ sentiment.

Marco couldn’t help but shake his head, “Look everyone! I understand where you’re coming from, I do! But Gabriel – err Dantes, is a real person! All these NPDs will die if you kill them here! To them you will all be the bullies. Listen, I have no reason to doubt that you will be endangering your lives if you choose to attack Side 7! I implore you to please stop!”

Marco held his breath as the chorus of replies ranged from skepticism to pure hostility. Again Jonas managed to voice himself above the clamor. “Listen Marco! You are either with us or not. Move aside and leave this business to us! We’ll secure GBN ourselves!”

The veteran diver grimaced as he thudded his fist into the side of his monitors. “Damnit you idiots!” He growled as he gripped his controls defiantly, “you leave me no choice then…”

The yellow eyes of the Liberty Freedom flared to life and the machine suddenly spread its’ wings out as it hoisted up its’ beam cannon. Marco took aim, “I don’t agree with he steps Gabriel has taken… but I can’t suffer such stupidity!” As he took aim, the act causing more than a few of the gathering mobile suits to suddenly dive aside in alarm while others stood defiantly. “Those of you who I take out will thank me when this is all done.” He murmured as he squeezed the trigger.

Screams erupted from the gathering mobile suits as many couldn’t believe that a human player would move to stop them. Just like that, it was on, Marco was in the fight that he knew he couldn’t possibly win. The Liberty Freedom leveled another volley and let loose, the golden beam ripping through more enemy suits with ease.

He wouldn’t get a third shot off and he knew it. Jerking his controls he dodged an incoming volley from multiple mobile suits. “Hit them!” Marco growled as moved to retrieve his beam saber. The wings of the Liberty Freedom stretched out and shuddered as the funnels jerked out and swarmed about like a swarm.

The emerald beams worked on just a few of the enemies but a surprising amount of opponents predicted the move and managed to counter in some fashion. Again the chorus of complaints, many of the voices merged into one simple notion of hatred. Was this what his beloved community had devolved into?

A sudden blast caused the Liberty Freedom to tumble forward as an opponent in a green, white, and gold MKII variant appeared behind him. For some odd reason Marco felt himself back in the desert fighting the swarm of Asshimars in his beloved Bael. Hopelessly outnumbered, trying to make a difference in an impossible fight. Only this time there were no nostalgic feelings in the air, only bitterness and envy as each opponent barreled in to make short work of his beloved Gunpla.

Each shot, each slash was far worse than any criticism he ever faced when doing his hobby. He could feel his hobby dying with their attacks. Their attacks felt as if they were taking a piece of his soul. Was this to be his last battle? “You idiots you’ll be killers!” Marco roared as he got off another volley with his funnels. "I'm taking as many of you down as possible." he growled under his breath as he fought on. 

More enemies disappeared from the last attack but again one particular unit seemed to breach through his defenses. The MKII variant, some sort of GM Gundam hybrid got within beam saber distance and lashed out, crossing blades with his own beam saber. Much to Marco’s surprise a voice hailed him, “You were at the Bloody Valentine with him weren’t you?”

The accusation stun the veteran profusely and he found himself sputtering a reply that made no sense. The MKII kicked him away suddenly, tossing its’ shield straight at the Liberty’s cockpit. The unorthodox move stunned Marco again and he tried to recover. He was  barely able to mount a defense as the GM MKII came in close with both beam sabers out.

“You shot down me and my friend! We didn’t want to fight you guys back then!”

Again, Marco was speechless as he tried to fend off the twin blades with his one. “Its different now though!” He blurted out as he reached to draw his second blade.

As his funnels flew around trying to fend off any other attackers, Marco worked toe to toe with the simple but elegant MKII. Either Marco was sorely pressed or this particular diver did have some degree of skill. “Please you have to stop this!” Marco cried out as he tried to create an opening.

As good as Marco was, he himself had his limits. A shot from outside their fray glanced across the main camera blinding him for just a moment. It was all the time the opponent needed and his own swords were knocked out wide and a beam saber plunged into the Liberty’s chest.

Marco growled out in frustration and punched the screen in front of him. “You’ll all be dead…” He croaked between sobs.

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“My my! What hungry little war mongers! You would think they had nothing to fear with how bold they’re acting!” 

Red eyes flared to life on the face of a crimson Gundam. A crimson circle rippled through the space behind the machine, the Gundam Throne darted towards the line of approaching divers. 

“Looks to me like they want to start a war!” The pilot burst into maniacal laughter as he rushed towards the engagement line. “This is Ali al Sachez to command. I’m intercepting the approaching enemy line!” there was an unmistakable hint of glee in Ali’s voice. 

“Acknowledged Sachez, reinforcements are en route to back you up. You are free to engage.”

A strike variant was the first to approach the Throne. Before the Strike could pull out it’s beam saber though, the Throne slashed down violently with it’s buster sword. At first the impact bounced off the phase shift armor. 

“Fly my fangs!” 

Before the strike could contemplate an appropriate counter the boundless weapons burst out from the throne to pierce into the Strike. “Too easy!” Sachez roared as he moved to intercept a custom Wing Gundam. 


Gabriel stood at the command bridge looking out at the growing flashes of light in the distance. “They aren’t going to let us be are they?” 

Captain Natarle turned in her command chair to regard Winter. The callous woman didn’t reply to the comment but narrowed her eyes as she took in the situation as well. 

“Captain, initiate launching protocols. I think its time we showed them our hand don’t you?”

Natarle hesitated a moment before relenting, “Are you sure that’s a wise thing to do right now?” Gabriel turned to regard her for a heartbeat before returning his gaze to the battlefield. “I’m not without heart, but they need to comprehend the level of my intent. We need to scare them off before they regret where this is going.” He paused as he studied the battle, it was already quickly turning one sided with his comrades gaining momentum. Not one of them would be worth the cost of their sacrifice, not at this point. “Do it Captain. Let’s strike the fear of God into these divers.”


“What are you doing here?” Zechs asked calmly from within the cockpit of the Epyon. His crimson suit stood arms folded ontop of the rocky exterior of their command base. A white, somewhat bulky mobile suit came up behind to pause and consider the question. A melodic, almost cheerful voice replied, “I would be remiss if I didn’t come to study this moment. The commander has initiated the launch sequence so things are bound to get interesting any moment.” 

Zechs didn’t open his eyes as he absorbed the reply, “You still haven’t told me what you are doing here Rau.” He growled out the name, he didn’t much like this particular ally. Of all the NPCs they rescued this one unnerved him. Perhaps it was how truthful this one’s ideology was that so unnerved him. 

“You’re not being fair colonel. I’m simply out here to get a feel for this mobile suit and to protect our assets. After all, I was told that if others could use this system then so could I.” 

Zechs didn’t reply for a long moment, he opened his eyes to study the encroaching battle. “Just stay out of my way.”

Rau laughed absently as he set his Providence Gundam to jump away from the Epyon towards the enemies.  Even as Rau left, Zechs had the distinct feeling that, that man could not be trusted.


As the ragtag alliance of divers began to engage multiple NPCs turned El Divers, the battle quickly went from a skirmish to a one sided massacre. Not only were the EL divers immensely more aware of their own skills the Side 7 forces were soon backed up by countless legions of Virgos, mobile dolls. Though not as skilled as the EL Divers, the dolls provided immediate relief and chaos that the normal divers could not readily comprehend. With no uniformed strategy the numbers quickly began to dwindle from hundreds to dozens. 

Somehow through the fray Jonas had managed to coordinate the remaining divers into a substantial resistance. Never had any of them been pushed to this extreme and all were fighting harder than they ever had. “Bill no!” Jonas cried as his ally was cut down by the Throne Gundam. 

“You still don’t get it do you?” Sachez laughed out gleefully. The Throne darted toward’s Jonas’ Impulse and the two locked blades. “You’re dead and you don’t even realize it yet!” 

Jonas scrunched his face in confusion, a cold chill running down his back. “What- what do you mean? How?” The bewildered diver knocked back the Throne but just long enough to reposition their blades. 

Before Sachez could reply a sudden shift of movement erupted from the asteroid floating behind the Side 7 forces. It was as if the asteroid base suddenly burst apart. It was no explosion though, it was more like a shell coming apart. Jonas’ eyes went wide, “L-L-Libra?” 

“That’s right!” Sachez cried out as he kicked the Impulse away. Jonas didn’t have a chance to rebuttal as emerald beams suddenly impaled his mobile suit from multiple angles. The impulse shattered into a pink explosion. “Nicely done boss!” Sachez congratulated as the Providence came down from above the Throne. 

Rau grinned at the compliment, “They are hardly a challenge aren’t they? How about we finish this quickly?” 

“Not a bad idea!” The Throne went back to back with the Providence Gundam and the two extended their arms out wide as their funnels and fangs flew out in a relentless barrage of crimson and green blasts. The attacking Diver’s didn’t have a chance.


Jonas threw his Impulse Gunpla across the room to shatter against the wall. “What a load of crap! What the hell were they thinking making this stupid challenge!” The nerd stood up reaching for his hair in frustration. He was one of the few who believed that this whole event was an elaborate PR stunt set up by GBN. He whipped out his phone to start texting his teammates all who had been shot down with him. “That goddamn Dantes will have another thing coming!” He cursed as he sent his messages. 

Many minutes passed with no replies. “What the hell?” he muttered as he went to the window to see if maybe his reception was cutting out again. 

As he approached the glass, he could hear the steady buzzing noise just outside. At first he thought it was a swarm of bees but then it dawned on him that it was actually a drone. He scrunched his face up in disgust as the drone flew to eye level and pointed its camera at him. He flipped the drone the bird and yelled out “Get out of here!” He was rudely startled when the door to his room burst open, wood splintering into the room. 

In the doorway stood a quadruped robot with a metal mouth or claw of some sort. Too surprised for words Jonas stood up only to be immediately tackled by the robot. A tinny voice cackled from a speaker in the robot, “I told you that you didn’t know you were dead yet!”



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“He killed them. I can’t believe he actually killed them!” Casval trembled as he told his father about the news. Marco slumped further into his lazy boy not at all pleased by the news. He looked around anxiously stroking his beard before his eyes settled back on his boy.

“You need to stay logged off of GBN.” He stated suddenly, “Promise me Casval this is important!”


Casval rocked back on heels not expecting his father to react this way with a hobby that they shared together. He sputtered for a moment, “but my friends!”


“Not now Casval!” Marco roared suddenly as the man stood up from his chair. Marco looked around for support, his son could tell there was more he wasn’t being told. 


How Casval hated being left in the dark. Just where did his father get off bossing him around like this, it was his life after all.  “Why don’t you stop him?” Casval suddenly pleaded, “you’re the best Diver I know, surely you could stop him!”


Now Marco hid a scowl, “you’d have me kill him is that it Casval?” I can’t do that I-“ he cut himself off as he paces the room. “I helped make him son.” He finally admitted. 


Casval felt a chill course his body at the revelation. His face twisted into anger then, “And this is what you let him do? Be the bully? Since when is killing ok with you Dad?” Disgusted he turned and left to retreat into his room. 


Slamming the door behind him, Casval immediately went to his console to try and log in. He paused though just as he had started the sequence and stood up. Instead he opted to put his gunpla in his bag. Standing by the door he dared to send one message to Meer before locking his phone and throwing it onto his bed. He snuck out, careful to be quiet as he left their compound to head to the trains going into town. If his father wouldn’t do anything then it would be up to him to handle the situation. 



“Just what are you doing here?” Asked a suspicious Natarle to the ever elusive Rau Le Cruset. The masked man merely smiled and replied evenly, “Just some standard calibration with the mobile doll system my dear.” He quickly closed the console he was at then floated casually towards the exit and the captain. 


She continue to glare at the man, in another existence they had once been enemies, perhaps that was why she didn’t trust him. For the life of her she couldn’t understand why Gabriel had brought this man on board with their cause. 


As if reading her thoughts Rau paused by the doorway, “we’re all fighting the same cause. It’s simply a question of doing what needs to be done.” 


The statement had Natarle off guard and she turned to regard him even as he slipped past to go down the hall. She then turned her attention to the computer and debated the merits of checking the system but also knowing she couldn’t understand the technical aspects of the system. Maybe she was over reacting?



Gabriel stood in the hangar looking at this mobile suit with obvious admiration. They techs were doing the final adjustments to his machine, adding a slug thrower version of Exia’s GN blade/rifle combination. The designation being adjusted to the Gundam Dantes Ronin. He hoped deep down not ever having a need for the machine again but doubted it would come to that. Humanity had a history of being stubborn. 


He turned to regard Haman who gave him an appreciative smile. “I’ll protect you with my very existence if I need to.” Her eyes widened in some alarm at his declaration.


“For an old type you certainly are full of surprises she teased.” She had taken to calling an old type as an affectionate game between the two. It seemed so unlikely how they came to be together yet it somehow made sense to the both of them. 


Gabriel grabbed her hands and kissed them. “I refuse to be robbed again. I will not let them threaten our very lives my love.” He then leaned in to kiss the Zeon queen, she readily returned the affection. 



“Just what the hell does he think he’s doing?” Meer huffed as she reread Casval’s message again. She eyed her computer suspiciously wondering if she should risk logging in. She couldn’t help but feel responsible. First Gabriel, then Shinn, and now Casval; when would it end? 


Shaking her head she went to the machine and placed her Gunpla down on the scanner. “Enough is enough” she huffed as she began to log in. Things would have to end once and for all. 



It took some time and effort but Casval found it, a Gunpla Café that was still letting divers log in. Most of them were merely getting into the system to secure their digital belongings and bases, a great deal not even bothering to scan in their gunpla. There was a sense of terror and disbelief amongst all the players in the café. 

Casval found a secluded cubicle with the scanner set up. In front of the device was a hand written note, “Please avoid scanning! GBN is dangerous right now.” Reaching up he tugged the paper away from the scan plate and carefully placed his Red Frame Astray onto the scanner. He paused to look around, sure enough he was far enough away in the back that no one would bother him. Grabbing the headset he moved to log in. 

If the café was desolate then the server was equally quiet. The few players he encountered scurried across the platforms to avoid standing out. There was a weariness that was hard to miss. He wasted little time in entering the launch hangar where the ratios of his gunpla were inverted with himself. He paused a long moment to scan the unit and nodded his satisfaction as he looked over ever detail. 

Despite how dangerous this was sure to be, he found the simple unit to be the most of his liking. Sure he could have chosen a more powerful unit or an “omega” class gunpla, but he had enough tricks up his sleeve that he felt formidable enough with the capable Astray. “I’m Marco’s son, its got to count for something.” He muttered. 

He made short work changing into his regular suit and moving his launching platform to space, just outside of Side 7 where the AI forces were accumulating. Casval settled into the familiar cockpit of his unit and began to the startup sequence. The Nuclear reactor came online with a gentle hum that reverberated through the cockpit. His gloved fingers glazed over the other features he had yet to use on the machine but had meticulously worked in.

Nodding his approval Casval glared ahead as the launching track lit up, “This is Casval, Crimson Astray, lets do this!” 


It was subtle at first, Libra’s thrusters slowly flared to life and began propelling the massive station towards the digital earth. Gabriel sat in the seat of the Dantes Ronin, his arms crossed as he waited for his battle station to proceed toward their target. Libra was to get into firing position of the fake earth. There was something strangely poetic about the circumstances though. With the help of his new allies the transition would signify their intrusion into the real earth’s defensive networks. Once Libra was in place the two worlds would be sinked in a unique way. Should Libra attack the earth, then a real nuclear weapon would be fired at the desired destination. GBN would effectively become a world nuclear power within the real world. 

Of course Gabriel hoped that this would be a means to further solidify their positions digital beings. Perhaps the threat of force would cause the world leaders to acknowledge them as legitimate people and would work to preserving if not expanding their digital realm. Indeed, Gabriel hoped this would ultimately lead to greater peace and understanding. “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” He muttered under his breath. 

He took out the Dantes Ronin, launching his mobile suit out into the cold void of space. He perched the Vidar variant on top of the battle station to witness the transition first hand. Within a few minutes they would have their plan in place.  An alarm broke his reverie as it indicated an unknown approaching unit. Gabriel furrowed his brow as he studied the display to look at the approaching Astray. “Libra,” he keyed his mic, “do not deploy any units, I will handle this myself.” 

The Dantes Ronin leaped off the top of Libra and flared it’s thrusters to meet the approaching Astray. He was about to hail the unit when an emerald beam streaked just by him. While the Nanolaminate armor would protect him from such an attack, he did instinctively dodge the next volley of shots. A familiar voice soon echoed the fire, “You need to stop this Gabriel!” 

Gabriel frowned as he snapped out his GN blade and brought it up just in time to parry the stroke from the Astray’s katana. A display popped up in Gabriel’s monitor showing the face of Casval, “You have lost your mind Gabriel! I will not allow you to endanger anyone else!” 

The Dantes lashed out pushing the Astray away, “Gabriel, that’s exactly what I’m doing. By taking this course I will ensure that my AI brethren will not be threatened any more. Quid Quo Pro.” 

The Astray swung and stabbed repeatedly, each stroke moved seamlessly to the next attack. Gabriel had to work his controls to effectively counter each attack, he had to admit the kid was getting good. Casval’s voice cried back, “You killed real people Gabriel! The fear you ignited will not be forgotten, but it will consume your cause! Can’t you see? One wrong doesn’t justify another! I don’t want to kill you, but I have to stop you!” 

Gabriel glared at his opponent as he batted the astray away with a well placed swipe, granting himself reprieve. “You think you can beat me? I’m done pulling my punches. If we really fight we’re playing for keeps Casval. I don’t care if Marco is your father or not.” The Dante’s leveled the switchblade at the astray and carefully sized up the Astray. “I’ll show you.” He muttered in disgust, “Type 8 activate.”

The familiar cold sensation creeped through his body as he continued to glare at the astray. The Dantes jerked as it synchronized with Gabriel. He let out a sigh as he felt his combining with the suit complete.

With sudden ferocity the Dante’s lashed out at Gabriel. 

The Astray barely managed to deflect the onslaught of attacks as Casval was put on the defensive. The smoothness of attacks seemed effortless and Gabriel could feel a growing sense of superiority as he pushed the meager Astray back further and further. One swipe with the blade sent the Gerbea Straight flaying out of the Astray’s grasp. “You’re beaten!” He roared as he brought the blade to pierce at the Astray, surely Casval would meet his end now. 


Meer couldn’t help the tears swelling up as she raced towards the two mobile suits fighting. She knew in her heart that it had to be Gabriel and Casval. She frantically worked the radio controls to try and hail them but she was just too far away. She was piloting a new unit, a pink GN Commander painted in the same fashion as the infamous Lacus Zaku. A bright red burst shot across her screen, forcing her to jerk the GNX back to avoid being hit. A haunting familiar voice echoed in her cockpit, “now now, don’t be so hasty little girl. The boss is having a fight and I don’t want to be rude.” 

She scowled as she turned around to face the red Throne Gundam. “Sanchez” she muttered in disgust. “It was a mistake recruiting a creep like you. I’m not going to let you stop me.” She leveled her rifle and began firing away at the Throne. She knew he couldn’t be trusted and held no doubt that he would kill her if given the chance. Meer trembled as she worked her unit to try and overpower the Throne as quickly as possible. 


Casval tensed up as he saw the blade coming in for his cockpit. He slammed his fist to the side, activating one of his trump cards. Particles dispersed form the thruster cowls of the Astray and the unit seemed to grow lighter as he managed to barely pull his unit ahead of the deadly thrust. He reached up behind himself to pull both beam sabers out and suddenly jerked the Astray forward to bat the GN blade aside and stab out at the Dantes. His left blade slide across the cockpit of the unit, seemingly stunning Gabriel as he flew past the AI in a dash for his katana. 

“You said it yourself, no more pulling punches. Mirage Colloid can be used besides cloaking.” He said matter of factly as he put his sabers away and grabbed the katana. He didn’t miss a beat as he spun around in time to dive under another thrust from the Dantes and lashed upwards to slip the blade across the weapon arm of the Gundam severing the GN blade. He was rewarded with a kick from Gabriel that caused both of them to pause to regard each other. 

“I underestimated you.” Gabriel said flatly as the damaged Dantes remained hovering in front of his Astray. Casval let out a sigh of relief as he steadied his nerves, he knew that this fight was far from over and that Gabriel was no weak opponent. He knew that he had wounded the AI’s pride with the beam saber, had the Dantes not had it’s signature armor he would of scored a killed blow against Gabriel. “Gabriel…” He called out calmly, “Please…Stop this….”

The two stared at each other a long moment, before Gabriel could reply though a new melodic voice interrupted. “He can’t, at least its not his choice any more.” The two fighters turned to regard the Providence Gundam. “Rau?” Casval questioned as the gundam aimed it’s beam cannon at him and began firing. He cursed as he jerked his controls to dodge the attacks and collect himself for any possible counters. He put away his sword and pulled out his beam rifle to begin shooting funnels. 

“What do you mean I can’t?” Gabriel questioned cautiously as he drew out his rapier and slowly began leveling it at Rau. 

Casval and Rau continued their entanglement as Gabriel felt a sinking feeing in his gut. Rau simply laughed in response, “Because I will be the one to show humantiy’s hubris to themselves! Libra will be in position in a few more minutes and I will initiate a war that will end their miserable existence!”


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“I was right Gabriel Winter!” Rau howled as he let his danger fly loose towards Casval. The boy jerked his controls. Casval had practice fighting funnels thanks to his sister but still the weapons unnerved him. He simply didn’t have the back for dodging or even seeing all the weapons. He began a steady retreat, dodging sporadically to avoid falling into Rau’s entanglement. Much to his relief the Providence didn’t seem to pursue him that far. It was then he realized the true purpose of the attack. 


“That’s not what I wanted!” Gabriel growled as he launched his rapier at the Providence’s cockpit. Rau’s mocking laughter could be heard in the proximity comma as the weapon glanced off the Phase Shift Armor. “Too bad for you!” Rau mocked as he swung the laser cannon like a club, the move sending the Dantes spinning down and out of control. Gabriel worked hard to bring his suit under control but it was too late It. The Gundam Throne came from below, buster sword pointed delicately for a finishing blow. “I can’t see!” Gabriel cried out as the sword sunk deeply into his mobile suit. He hardly had time to react to the strike as this mobile suit exploded. 


“Sorry boss!” Sachez snickered, “but we got bigger plans at play now!” Rau watched from the distance and smiled victoriously. Casval watched in horror as the display happened in front of him. At that moment it seemed as it both of the evil Gundams turned to regard him. Rau’s voice cracked over the general comm channel, “The commander has been killed by the diver Casval Creed! All units move to engage.” 


The words didn’t register at first. Casval blinked in disbelief and only reacted on instinct when the Throne came barreling at him with its’ buster sword. “No!” He cried in terror as he say that everything at stake was coming apart. He brought his sword up in time to block the attacks but knew this was about it end badly. 

“Fly my fangs!” 

“Damn you!” Casval yelled out defiantly as he moved to counter attacked the Throne directly. His katana was blocked and knocked aside. It was at that moment he expected to feel the sting of the flying fangs, but nothing happened. 

“How many times do I have to tell you to watch you back brother!” A shrill voice exclaimed. It was then Casval noticed he was in a protective bubble of energy. Just then the Mercurius came barreling into the Throne sending it back.  Sayla’s face popped up in Casval’s screen. “Little bro I got this jerk. You go see what you can do about Libra!”  Casval spent a long moment blinking, “ok.” She said uneasily as he counted his lucky strips at that moment, “What about Rau?” Sayla’s smile was infectious. “Daddy’s got him!” 

A brilliant beam streaked across the stars to score a glancing blow on the Providence. The enemy gundam twirled to try and recuperate from the shot. The Liberty Freedom came barreling in, beam sabers ignited as it came to strike down at the Providence. Rau barely managed to get a beam saber up to deflect the blow. Casval could only imagine the barbs being exchanged but didn’t have time to consider it when Sayla’s voice sobered him up. “Casval. You have to go! So much is at stake right now! Please go!” 

Casval grimaced then gripped the controls harder, “Got it! Thank you sis! Red Frame lets do this!” He jerked his controls to flare off towards the looming battleship.



Casval was nearly at the battleship, he contemplated what his best course would be to stop the behemoth. “We have unfinished business.” A voice stated just as a crimson suit dashed in front of him stopping his tracks.

“Milliardo please!” Casval groaned as he gazed upon Epyon. “It’s not what you think!”

Epyon simply raised it’s emerald blade at Casval. “There’s no more need for words. As a true warrior… I’ll know your intentions as soon as we cross blades.” 

Casval remained paused for a long moment. He finally put away his katana and pulled out both beam sabers again. The fuchsia blades slowly growing to life. “We don’t have to do this, everything is at stake!” Even as he asked he knew it was pointless. The disgraced prince came at him forcing him immediately on the defense. It was just like his earlier fight with the AI, only this time everything truly was for keeps. 


Existence seemed trivial at that moment. The stars flooded his vision and he knew everything and nothing all at the same time. The small hiss of air was the only noise that seemed to bring his senses to clarity. Lazily he reached up with a glove hand to touch and stem the floor of air from the helmet. “Why am I still alive?” Gabriel asked groggily as he floated freely from the wreckage of his suit. He twirled slowly, each rotation offering him the glimpse of a fierce fight between four mobile suits. “have have I gotten so astray?” He asked himself. The sound of his voice sending chills down his own spine. He didn’t know how long he was spinning for but was grateful when he softly collided with something large and metallic. 


He realized then he was in the mangled hand of a mobile suit. He steadied himself and looked to see a cockpit barely attached to the hand and arm. Unsteadily the hatch creaked opened and a familiar form slipped out of the narrow gap. “Meer.” He stated flatly as he continue to hold a hand to his face. He made his was over to her and the two met up at long last. 

“You’re a damn fool Gabriel.” She said sternly. Even as she chided him she reached for her kit and produced a bandage for him to apply over his faceplate. He took the patch and did so as he replied, “I know. I’ve been a fool for so long. My entire existence perhaps-“

“Then stop acting like one!” She quipped harshly, “You have the power to put things right! You always have! If you just stopped for a moment you could see the world around you and attempt… attempt to understand those you care about!” Her voice cracked as she looked past him to the growing battle. “But now… your anger has driving you to the brink of insanity! You would kill everyone! And for what? You’re not the only being in existence.”

Gabriel stood there stunned as he processed her words. He realized that this was indeed the first time he had to stop and look around at his life. 

“It’s not too late!” She pleaded as she could see she was finally getting through to him. He looked with her to the battle for a long moment and said nothing. At last his voice croaked, “What could I possibly do now?” 

A flicker of movement both stole their attentions as a familiar white suit approached them. The hatch opened and Gabriel recognized Haman. Meer glanced at Gabriel. “I know you’re more resourceful than this. Get back in the fight and end it the right way Gabriel. Prove not to me or her… but to yourself… that you’re someone significant in both worlds.”

He looked at Meer thoughtfully and nodded even affording her a grin. “Thank you Meer.”


The Command Gundam was humble as it approached the massive Libra. The diminutive Gundam hoisted a rather large and out of place Dienslief weapon from Iron Blooded Orphans on its’ shoulder. Wade let out an uneasy breath as he aimed the weapon at the impending battleship. “What am I doing here?” He asked no one in particular as he slowly aimed the weapon. 

“You’re doing the right thing.” A familiar voice chimed behind him nearly startling him out of his chair. “Ray? Is that you?” Wade asked incredulously. Ray’s picture popped up on Wade’s display, “I didn’t get the scramble notice for this Fluers De Nobelese mission but here I am!” 

Wade let out a small sigh of relief and had to admit that Ray’s presence was soothing. The younger diver hadn’t logged into GBN in such a long time and everything felt out of place. “Thanks Ray.” He said simply as he resumed his careful aiming. “You’ll watch my back while I take the shot?”

Ray laughed in reply, “Watch it? Why I even brought you reloads. Don’t worry. I’ll let you know when things get hairy.” 

The two remained silent as the former force leader carefully aimed his weapon at the structure, “Just what the hell are you doing Aker?” Wade muttered as he took the first shot from the destructive weapon. 


“I don’t know if I have the right to touch you, much less pilot you anymore.” Gabriel whispered as he floated in the secret hangar carved out of an asteroid. The Quebeley was parked outside, Haman watching his back as he transferred over to his reserve unit. Before Gabriel stood the Noblesse Gundam. The memories of the unit flooded back to him and he nodded at last to get in the machine again. “One more ride my Noble friend. Grant me your name sake in this endeavor…” 

As he said his prayer to the unit he keyed on the machine. The eyes of the Noblesse flared to life and the twin drives slowly whined to full power. “Gabriel Winter, Noblesse Gundam! Setting things straight!” 


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“You’re a sogynistic pig who deserves to die!” Sayla screamed at Ali as the man seem to foil each of her attacks. She rushed him hard with her shield saber and tried to overpower the mercenary. Sachez merely laughed in reply, “I’m flattered that you would think so highly of me!” 

The throne nocked back her suit and leveled its’ buster sword at her. Before he could get a good attack off Sayla was already taking shots at him with her beam gun. “You’ll pay for what you did to my sister in arms!” Sayla yelled as she referred to Meer. “It was a mistake that they even programmed you in here you vile piece of coding!” Her shield deflectors seemed to counter all of Sachez’s fangs so the fight was down to martial skill. She kept firing wildly as she moved to close the distance again. 

“Nice try!” Sachez cried as she got in closer only for his buster sword to slice inter her gun arm. Her reply was to activate the saber imbedded in her shield and cut deeply into the throne’s midsection. “Why you!” He wailed as explosions riddled the body around the cockpit. She didn’t relent as she moved for a killing blow. “Die!” She screamed as she slashed for an ending. It was just then that some of his fangs slipped through her defense and pieced into her mobile suit. The strikes appeared mutual as both suits took a piece out of the other. “It’s all up to you brother!” She cried as her screen went black. 


“Sayla!” Marco yelled as he saw his daughter’s suit explode. The violent display only spurred him on to try and finish his fight quicker with Rau. “You’re a monster!” He growled as he pulled out both beam sabers and moved to slash at the providence. 

Rau’s melodic voice laughed back, “Just who are you calling a monster Marco Creed? Oh yes I know all about you! You think you could help bring a creature like Gabriel Winter into this world and not have any consequences?” 

Marco grimaced as Rau attacked him personally. He moved in fiercely to stab at one of the Providence’s legs. The limb exploded but Rau countered with a slash that dug into his right wing. “Gabriel!” Marco growled as he moved to strike back. “Gabriel still has room to change!” His pink blades snapped up and severed the beam saber wielding hand of the providence. “Unlike you!” 

One of Rau’s funnels popped up and began to pepper the Freedom with shots even as he lunged forward to end Rau. His efforts were too taxing and more funnels appeared to overwhelm the freedom and send the Gundam into a fiery explosion. Rau grinned triumphantly as he watched his machines do their work. “Too bad for you Marco Creed! Soon enough you’ll see that this is all meaningless!” He snarled with venom in his voice. 


“Is it!?” A familiar voice cried out. Rau’s funnels soon exploded one by one. 

Rau craned his head up to see the approaching intruder, “The Noblesse?” He cried out as he spied Gabriel’s return. 

“I’m going to end you once and for all Rau!” Gabriel said doggedly as his shield bits docked again with his unit. He raised his sword and leveled it at Rau. The coordinator didn’t show any anguish however. “Perhaps its time that you saw the fruit of your labors Gabriel?” He asked coyly. 

Before Gabriel could frown a streak of white metal darted between him and Rau. The move was fierce as a golden blade bat his GN sword away and another followed through with a follow up attack. “Bael!” Gabriel cried as he moved to try and deflect each growing attack. Inside of Bael was Kamille Bidan, but not in the traditional sense. After he was liberated by Zechs he was given the treatment of getting whiskers implanted so he could pilot Bael to its’ fullest potential. Gabriel had known about the process but didn’t know it had gone this far. Rau’s voice mocked him further, “Kamille! End this threat! He would kill Fa and everything you know!” 


Casval parried each swipe of Zech’s emerald blade but only barely so. The fallen prince fought with an intensity Casval hadn’t experienced before. Indeed, Milliardo was fighting for his life and then some. “Damnit! Can’t you see that this is meaningless?”


“This is not meaningless!” Zechs roared as he swung wide with his emerald blade. He turned the sword’s power to maximum, extending the range of the weapon to a massive sweep. Casval grunted as he barely managed to block the attack with both his beam sabers crossed in front of him. Warnings flashed across his screen as he knew the intensity of the blade would eventually win out. 

“No!” Casval roared as he tried to push back agains the swipe. He knew he couldn’t  win, only prolong the inevitable. Suddenly he recalled seeing a similar situation in a different anime and instead of firing his thrusters against the blade he began to angle his suit to slide down along the shaft of emerald energy. 


More warnings popped up on his screen as he got closer to Epyon. He knew he would have a small window of retribution. He got to the hilt of the enemy weapon and pressed off with his beam sabers to gain brief moment of leverage. He dived past Epyon’s arms to swipe across Epyon’s head. Just as his pink beams connected his left leg suddenly exploded after getting caught in the beam sword. 

Red Frame tumbled behind Epyon ungracefully from the explosion. He didn’t miss a beat. He let go of his right beam saber and pumped power into the palm of Red Frame’s golden arm. He fired his thrusters in reverse to dive straight back at Epyon with the outstretched left arm leading and the beam saber poised to the right with the other hand. Zechs could sense the counter coming and to his credit began to lash backwards with his heat rod. The weapon began to burn into Red Frame’s left arm just as the energy ball collided into Epyon’s left shoulder. The impact caused both limbs to explode, Epyon’s more than Red Frame’s. The two mobile suits tumbled away from each other.



Rau flew back slowly towards Libra as Bael engaged the Noblesse. Gabriel worked hard to keep up with the agile Bael. It seemed that every time his weapons connected to counter it was met with a quick double succession of hits from the twin golden swords. He snapped back his GN blade to fire a few shots at Bael. He knew it would only stun Kamille but it gave him a chance to draw out one of his extra blades to help counter the double weapons he faced. 


With renewed vigor he actually went out he offensive with his GN blade and spare sword. While Bael was more fierce in it’s movements, Gabriel’s movements were calculated and precise. A strange calmness surrounded the AI as he focused on the fight with the monster he had helped create. He knew deep down that there was a way to counter Kamille he just couldn’t think of it in that moment. 


Slowly Bael began to gain the advantage again in their fierce fight. Gabriel knew that one slip up would cost him dearly. He contemplated using Trans Am but knew that with Kamille’s Newtype perception he would likely be countered in any attack. He also knew that all of his ranged weapons were useless against Bael. 


As if reading his thoughts Bael suddenly arched it’s wings to fire its’ twin rail cannons at point blank. The shots pegged the armor just above. His cockpit, nearly severing the head of Nobless; and dug deeply into the right side of his suit’s body. The attack exploded the right side of his cockpit sending shrapnel into his body. Again he knew he couldn’t slip up or it would be all over. Time seemed to go slower as he saw Bael hold its’ swords wide and dive in for a finishing blow. 


“No choice!” He cried, and on instinct he called out the only move he couldn’t think of. “Trans am burst!” It was a panic move, one he had never even considered to activate before, suspecting it would never work for a user like him. The laser scanner read his eyes and an explosion of color followed.



“Lockon and firing!” Wade cried out as he fired his first shit right at the middle of Libra. The weapon rocked his SD Command Gundam but he wasted no time in even waiting to see his results as he waited for Ray to begin a reload. To his amazement a brilliant explosion of colors resulted. “What the? I don’t remember this weapon doing that do you Ray?”


Equally stunned Ray frowned, “No, they don’t.” Even dumbfounded Ray had enough sense to begin reloading the weapon for Wade. “We need to keep firing.” He said frantically as a cold fear crept over him. 


Casval breathed heavily as he reached down to hold his beam saber with both hands. The pumped more power into the blade increasing the size slightly, though nowhere near the potential Epyon could. His right arm was stained black with damage and it was a miracle the limb even moved. Various warnings lit a Christmas tree of lights in his cockpit. “Come on.” He said doggedly as he readied for another bought. To his amazement though the headless and one armed Epyon simply shut of its’ beam sword. 


Before Casval could even question what was happening a tremendous impact shattered into the hull of Libra from afar. He gritted his teeth as he fought to try and not get swept away by the shattering debris. 



He yelled out in sheer terror and defiance as he felt all the malice of Bael’s strike come angled straight for him. A sickening feeling pierced clean through his gut and chilled his entire body. Gabriel Winter was still alive however. The sensation he experienced as the ghostly shade of Kamille’s attack before the GN field halted his movements in confusion and clarity.


Indeed, Gabriel peered across the void which was composed of every color and none. Starlight shimmered around him and everyone, as if connecting them all. He could sense Kamille’s misplaced anger and confusion. He could also sense a similar sensation from Milliardo Peacecraft, both of whom had stopped their fighting in response to the GN Burst. Much like the void of space, Gabriel could also sense the insatiable hunger and evil from his adversaries. 

“Kamille, we’re not enemies. I will not harm you or Fa. But in order to protect her and everyone else on the planet earth. I have to stop Rau and Libra.” The words weren’t so much spoken as they were imparted to the tortured Kamille.  The boy squirmed in discomfort but didn’t reject Gabriel’s telepathic impression. The dark shadow that was Rau crept across the void and permeated the air with doubts though. Despite the man’s presence it was clear what his intentions were; nothingness and despair. 


Gabriel tightened his grip on the controls as he reached out to sense everyone else he could. He could feel Haman and her battle against the mobile dolls that were attempting to kill him. He could also sense the void that signified the presence of real divers such as Casval, Wade, Ray, and Meer. “My friends… I’ll protect them. Let’s protect them everyone!” 


Just like that the sensation faded. His GN particles were depleted but he could still move the Noblesse. “Rau!” Gabriel yelled out as he moved past the still stunned Kamille.  He threw the sword in his left hand to the coordinator who didn’t even try to avoid the weapon, instead allowing it to slide off the Phase shift Armor. The damaged Providence Gundam instead raised its’ beam cannon and began to fire at Gabriel as he spiraled in to close the gap. 


“You’re a fool Gabriel Winter!” Rau howled as he fired shot after shot. He even angled a couple of his remaining funnels to take am and shoot at the approaching Noblesse Gundam. Gabriel didn’t have the particles to spare and couldn’t deploy his bits to block the shots. Emerald shots bore into his suit at different angles. Still he roared as he reached for a beam saber with his now free hand while angling the GN blade for the cockpit of the Providence. 


“And you! You’re a diluted monster!” Gabriel yelled as he activated the beam on his GN blade just as he pierced the Providence. He jerked his left hand forward and twisted the emitter to angle down as he activated the beam saber. He hung onto the sizzling Providence for a moment for good measure. “I’m many things but this is the most noble thing I could do for the world.” He spat as he ripped his blades apart, cutting the Providence to ribbons. The resulting explosion sent his Gundam flying back, one of his GN drives catching fire and exploding as well. 



Casval growled as a piece of hull slammed into Red Frame sending him spiraling. He fired all this thrusters to gain control. He could see an opening to the interior of the massive battleship. “If I can get to the reactor.” He reasoned as he flared his thrusters to once again dive in towards the battleship. It seemed that as soon as he crossed the threshold another missile of some sort slammed into Libra. The ship jolted and knocked into his suit again. He found it easier to regain his control inside the damaged corridor.


Frantically he flew through the ship until he soon found the reactor cores. He knew as soon as he approached what he was going to have to do. Much like he had done on his seed mission with Dantes he would sacrifice his suit. He had just popped open his keypad when a familiar red mobile suit appeared in front of him, emerald beam saber ignited. 


“Zechs! Don’t be an idiot! I can pull this maneuver off and you can’t! Get the hell out of here and see who you can save outside of the ship!” 


Gabriel didn’t even bother drawing a weapon as he was determined to self destruct Red Frame to save the world. A long moment passed and the ship shook again violently. “You fought well Casval Creed. I’ll trust the world to you.” With that Epyon shut off its weapon and thrusted away. Casval had to muse a moment wondering what spurred on the uncharacteristic reaction from the legendary pilot. He sighed and waited a moment before keying in the sequence to overload his reactor. He pulled out a trigger switch from the panel and opened his cockpit to look at the inside of the station. “Mission. Accepted!” He said with a grin as he compressed the trigger. 



Wade let out a howl as he let loose yet another shot from the Dienslief. He found it hard to believe that the weapon was actually shredding apart the battleship. Just then a brilliant light soon followed his last shot as the engines of the ship went critical. 


“Wade we did it!” Ray called to him over the channel. Wade smiled and nodded his head excited to see the end of the horrid nightmare. 





Meer sighed as she stood in front of the classroom to hand off her assignment to her teacher. She pause as she stood in front of his desk. “Sir… is that a gunpla?” She asked cautiously. The teacher let out a soft chuckle, “Why yes it is! Do you play on GBN as well Samantha?” She let out a snort as she look at Ray, “I do, maybe you’ve heard of my boyfriend?” 



“That looks great Casval!” Marco said with a smile as he looked at his son’s newest creation. “Zeta Zero huh? Reminds me of a unit I’ve seen before.” He said with a grin as he look from Casval to Sayla who was on the couch playing with her phone. She let out a helpless chuckle. “Oh did you make that to impress Meer?” 

Casval laughed, “I’m that predictable huh? I was going to show her at the shop right after this. We were meeting up for a date.” He said winking at his sister.  Marco laughed, “I wanted to pick up a new kit, want me to drive you there?” He offered. “Sure dad!” Casval said with a grin. 



Zechs stood on the bridge of Peacemillion looking out at the endless stars. Besides him stood Noin and Haman. “I think that concludes our operations.” He said after a long pause. The two women besides him didn’t say anything. They had spent a few days cleaning up the remnants of the giant battle they had waged. The AI had seemed to be split and a civil war of sorts had been cooking amongst all AI. There were some who still had I’ll intentions and were unaccounted for such as Sachez. Others opened up a line of communication with the real world and we’re working out a treaty of sorts. It was a critical time, but Zechs and his comrades had contained any violence to GBN solely.  

“We couldn’t locate Gabriel Winter could we?” He asked Haman. The pink haired woman expressed a Cheshire grin and looked at him quizzically. “I wouldn’t count him out of the fight.” She said cryptically as she turned to leave the bridge. Zechs frowned but didn’t press it any further. He instead turned to look out the viewport again. Even as he looked out he thought he could see the unmistakable glimmer of GN particles in the distance. 



To all my friends. Thank you so much.


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