Monday, July 18, 2016

LP- Super Robot Wars Alpha 3: To the End of the Galaxy (Chapters 3-4)

Briefing; The GGG people fill everyone in on the 31 machine progenitors.

The asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars is where the ES window is going to open. There've been gravitational anomalies there lately and Kouji says that space is unstable there, kind of like in the Bermuda Triangle. Hyouma teases him over how he's now explaining shit and all.

 Amuro formally introduces Cobray to Seolla and has them partner up for now since Arado is missing and all. Seolla hears about Cobray's amnesia and how all he knows right know is how to fight, and figures that Amuro left him to her because of how his situation is similar to the one she and Arado were in before.

Chapter 3: Counterattack! The 31 Machine Progenitors

The progenitors show up early. Londo Bell opens fire, taking out 13 of the 28 that had shown up before the stage actually starts.

After a few more are taken out J-Ark shows up. Judau comments on how it's the same size as Daitarn 3, and Amuro says to forget about it and just focus on the job at hand.

ZX-03 shows up on turn 4, and J finishes it off once it's defeated.

Of course since all the cores were perfectly fine, all the progenitors except for ZX-03 come right back and head off to Earth which means this whole stage was just a waste of time.

Ra Caillum gets a code AAA top priority emergency call saying to head over to point 0907 near Ikaros.

 Stage clear.

Hyouma asks why you aren't going right after the progenitors, but apparently this is higher priority. Besides, GGG says that the progenitors need time to regenerate from just their cores, so you can forget about them for the time being.

Reo tells the rest of Londo Bell about the ring (crossgate) that the Ra Cailum found before. Suddenly an alarm sounds off: An alien fleet has warped into the area (albeit through regular warp methods and not through the crossgate)

It's the Star Alliance. Objective: Get your ships past the aliens to the objective point, or just blow them up.

 I wipe out the enemies on turn 4 but of course it's too late: Torres says that an enemy fleet has arrived at point N0907

Chapter 4: The Gates of Hell Open

A single Balmar machine wipes out the federation fleet with its map attack, and the SRX is too heavily damaged to do anything. Mysterious Alien #1 who looks suspiciously like Euzeth Gozzo without his mask laughs at the SRX, calling it a pile of junk made by a traitor, and Mysterious Alien #2 who looks suspiciously like Laodicea says that it must have been some sort of weird mistake that the seventh fleet lost to Earth. Mysterious Alien #1(Hazar) says that the seventh fleet lost because Euzeth was being manipulated by Shivah all along, and that he died in the middle of nowhere because he was stupid enough to plot against the great Balmar empire.

Hazar decides to collect a sample and recover the tronium. Mysterious Alien #2 (Ephesus) says he should leave the rest to them, but Hazar throws his weight around, wanting to prove himself to his father, and sends Ephesus over to guard the crossgate. He also lets it drop that Balmar didn't make the gate- they're just making use of it- and this is apparently the first time (he notes how this has proven how useful they can be). He also bosses Ace around, calling him a "puppet", and has him accompany Ephesus.

Hazar: "SRX... Ryuusei Date... The time has come to test your power. I'll see if you're worthy of becoming a sacrifice, in place of my father."

Ryuusei wants to fight but the only weapon left functioning is the right arm's hi-finger launcher. Rai and Aya calm him down and they try to escape, but Hazar has the m'gilah surround the SRX.

Londo Bell arrives, and Hazar decides to show off to them by shooting of psychic shit at Aya.
Cobray seems to recognise the SRX and Vayikran, and wonders why.

Hazar approaches the SRX, which can't move. He decides to play fair and forces the Uranus System to start up. The engine output goes up, and Ryuusei decides to charge the Vayikran. Rai points out that it's clearly a trap, but Ryuusei says they have no alternatives.

The Vayikran easily defeats the SRX. Hazar recovers the tronium and says he destroyed the SRX's T-LINK system and its core (killing Aya), then laughs at them.

The Balmar forces withdraw, and Londo Bell recovers Ryuusei and Rai from the remains of the SRX before it explodes.

Everyone is shocked by the SRX's defeat and Aya's supposed death, but Tetsuya says they don't have time to get all sentimental- The enemy's still out there, and they're going to have to fight them. Amuro says there's no such thing as a war where nothing is lost, and Ryouma says you just have to overcome your grief and inherit the wishes of the fallen, like the Getter team did with Musashi.

Reo debriefs Londo Bell on the situation, telling them about the ring functioning as a gate (big surprise) and how it's clear that the unknowns showing up lately were Balmar forces (big surprise #2). He does point out that the crossgate clearly isn't their own tech, though: If they had the technology to warp such a gigantic device over to Earth then they probably would've just warped their fleet over instead.

They're worried that the gate is connected directly to the Balmar home planet, which would mean unlimited instant reinforcements. They need to recapture the gate, but Balmar is already guarding it with a significant amount of forces. Taiga enters the room with news on the other enemies: They lost track of the progenitor cores, and the alien alliance is gathering their forces on the edge of the Earth sphere. The Earth Federation is preparing for a large-scale operation near the moon, and Londo Bell is going to participate in this as well.

Meanwhile, Cobray feels deja vu from the SRX-related names and wonders if they have something to do with his lost memories. He asks Amuro for data on the gate, thinking it'll help him remember stuff, but the data is AAA class which means not even Amuro can get it.

LP- Super Robot Wars Alpha 3: To the End of the Galaxy (Chapters 1-2)

 I have three memory cards full of SRW saves. Looking for the last Alpha 3 ones I had.


Settings: Normal mode (fourth playthrough), Cobray, default name and birthday (actually the first time I'm ever using a default birthday)

Unit name changed to Londo Bell.

Asteroid belt. Bright says they've gravitational anomalies have been recorded around here lately. Amuro notes that they haven't been this far away from Earth since the Balmar invasion (α1), which Bright says is thanks to GGG's boosters, which they're here testing.

Alarm: A gravity quake is detected ahead, and something massive (30km) warps out. The MS head out and find the crossgate.

And then the Exelion pops out of the crossgate.

The opening plays:
 It's been 200 years since mankind started going out into space. Blah blah Balmar War blah blah Ancestors blah blah Char tried to drop Orphan on Earth and we blew him up blah Ganeden blah.

In a mysterious place two mysterious people are talking mysterious stuff. ???1 reports that she's finished rewriting someone's personal data. ???2 says to make sure that it'll stand up to investigation, and also says he thinks what they should look out for are the Originator, Bet who's missing, and their comrades.  He says that if they meet Ayin his cover will be busted. Bet is still in the Earth sphere, and getting rid of her is a priority.???1 says that she'll see to it personally.

Back on the Ra Cailum, Astonage and Katz discuss the Exelion. The ship set off its reactor and made an artificial black hole; That it's totally unscathed is simply unthinkable. Kayra mentions that time had stopped for the people on the ship, too. Astonage is suspicious but gets back to work on the MP Nu Gundam anyway. It's supposedly for the new pilot joining Londo Bell at Ikaros Base.

Bright fills Tashiro in on the events of the last two years, and Exelion's vice captain says it's logically impossible that they survived. They discuss the ring. It's clearly artificial, which means something or someone created it and used it to save the Exelion, but why?

Chapter 1: Reincarnation from the Void
*Speaking of "void", 虚空 (which is also used in the Astranagant's theme, 虚空からの使者 "Emissary from the Void") is also the Japanese translation of the Hindu/Buddhist term Akasha. Just saying.

The Ra Cailum leaves, and someone else shows. He reports in to someone as Ayin, regarding the unexpected circumstances, and gets new orders to check out the object before coming into contact with Londo Bell.

Something starts to warp out of the ring, and Ayin loses control of his robot, which heads towards it.

"What is that, some sort of mobile weapon!? -There's existing data on it!? It's the missing Ast-"

He tries to take the thing with him but it suddenly starts moving and attacks him with its Infinity Cylinder. Both robots vanish into the light and are replaced by something new.

 ???: "Who am I? Where am I?"

M'gilah appear out of nowhere and attack ???. He calls his robot the Werkbau, surprising himself because he doesn't have any memories at all. He doesn't just know its name though- He knows how to use it too. If someone's attacking him, they're his enemy, and he'll destroy them.

After a bit of fighting, enemy reinforcements show up, as does the Ra Cailum, which had picked up energy readings and turned back.

Astonage calls out to the Werkbau. ??? says he doesn't know who he is, but Bright recognises him as Cobray Gordon, the new pilot who was supposed to join them at Ikaros. Cobray's amnesia has Londo Bell suspicious, but they decide to help him out anyway.

The enemy forces (by the time Londo Bell arrived it was only the fish-things so they don't realise that they were Balmar) are wiped out and Cobray boards the Ra Cailum, hoping they can help him regain his lost memories.

Astonage checks out the Werkbau, and can't figure it out at all. Weapons, energy source, weapons, everything. Yet it has similarities to PTs in its controls and weapons, so he isn't even sure if it's Earth-made or not. The tech used looks close to Aerogater stuff, though. Because it uses Earth tech too, he can't say it's definitely alien- It might be some top secret prototype using EOT. Anyway, there's only so much they can do- Astonage says they should leave the rest to GGG.

Torres reports to Bright, saying that the medical data, at least, says that Cobray is who he seems to be. He isn't faking his amnesia either Bright tells Cobray to recuperate on the ship. The Werkbau will be kept under Londo Bell's supervision. Cobray has no problems with that because he has a gut feeling that he should stay away from the Werkbau.

L5, Londenion colony. Judau and Seolla discuss Arado, who's still missing after Ganeden and all.

The Garden is mentioned as having fallen to Earth (that's where they're looking). Also, Kamille and Kou are on the Albion which is coming to Londenion. It's also mentioned Viletta had previously told Seolla that reports of sightings of unknowns were coming in from all over the globe.

Suddenly, Judau, Loux and Seolla are told to get into their machines: There's been a terrorist attack.

Chapter 2: A Sign in Blood

After a few terrorists are taken down, the Albion arrives with the Zeta, Dendrobium and other Zeta and 0083 people. Burning warns that the terrorists are a massive threat- They have nukes.

The terrorists launch their nukes, and Synapse orders you to shoot them down before they hit Plant. Nobody knows what he's talking about.

After one of the nukes is taken down the space fish show up, but so does the Ra Cailum.

One of the space fish charges the Ra Cailum, and Seolla heads over to stop it but jobs.

The Ra Cailum is hit and Cobray jumps into an MP Nu to protect the ship. Cobray wonders if the unknowns had followed them from the asteroid belt. Are they after Londo Bell? Or him, himself?

The remaining terrorists and space fish retreat after you get rid of the nukes and the terrorist ship, but Junius Seven is blown up anyway- The terrorists you had been fighting were a diversion. Judau is confused and Loux asks "what is a Junius Seven?".

Bright had heard of the Coordinators when investigating the colonies during CCA's plot, but had thought they were just some urban legend. Synapse says few had known of them because they'd cut off contact with the outside world, and Judau is amazed by the bad writing the fuckers are pulling here to shoehorn Seed into Alpha when the whole CCA thing in Alpha 2 was supposed to have resolved all conflict amongst humans on Earth.
"Wow, fuck Seed" (paraphrased)

GGG's Taiga orders the Albion and Ra Cailum to head over to point G3049.

Meanwhile, news of Junius Seven reaches Heliopolis but ONLY Heliopolis because talking about coordinators is taboo to everywhere else. Seriously.

The Albion and Ra Cailum rendezvous with GGG.

The UC people discuss the Seed bullshit on the Orbit Base. Why hadn't Plant ever been mentioned before? Because coordinators are taboo, DUH. Kamille talks about the history of coordinators and how they were a secret until George Glen told the world about them and wait how is it that the world got told about the fucking coordinators then magically forgot about them jesus fucking christ fuck seed fucking up alpha 3. 

Amuro says that because of all the attacks by aliens and non-Earth humans the Earthnoids are paranoid and it's not unthinkable that some might see the coordinators as a threat. Judau says that's retarded. Kamille is mad. Char despaired in humanity and tried to create a new age, and Kamille thinks this bullshit is basically shitting all over the events of α2.

Amuro says the federation might have been behind the terrorists, since nukes have been placed under much higher security ever since the Gp02. Kamille starts to think that Char might have foreseen all this.

Taiga and Reo interrupt the conversation because who gives a fuck about Seed, it's time to fight the 31 Machine Progenitors.

(It's explicitly stated that the 31 are the sources of all Zondarians. Hence progenitors. They're not just old or "primeval".)

Bright figures it's a bad time to ask GGG to check out the Werkbau and decides on leaving things as they are for now, but Cobray says that if they're that worried about the Werkbau they could just dispose of it. He has a bad feeling about it. Amuro feels Cobray is unstable. Bright asks if he's an artificial newtype* or coordinator, but all Amuro knows is that he has secrets.