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Alan Fore

"Let's do this!"

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a character in “Mech Unit Warfare”, as played by code6435

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ImageName: Alan Fore
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Height: 6”2’

Appearance: More so than often, Alan wears a pair of sunglasses, in or outdoors. Whether it could be his medical need or just plain fashion, he wears them regardless of other’s opinion. He will, however, be mad when someone takes away his sunglasses. It is his most prized possession, and he does not plan giving it to just about anyone. He possesses a striking blonde hair along with bluish purple eyes. He is taller than most people, and his fit stature complements this. He has just about wide and broad shoulders, and at the back of his neck, there is a small black dot, presumably his birthmark.

Role: Lion Team member
Rank (currently): Hired Military Personnel

ImageFighting Style (applies to military personnel): Alan fights in the style of brute force and brute force only. To him, wasting time thinking up of plans and whatnot is weak, and that everyone should just forget about plans and go with their guts. Although reckless, it is undoubtedly that he consists of true martial art styles and with his powerful punches, close range combats is really the only thing going on for him outside of Mechs. However, this style contradicts when he is fighting in a mech. He prefers precision shooting, and will wait for chances before firing off. He still trusts in his guts however, what with him shooting and saying “I’ll trust my guts and fire!”. Most of the time, his enemies will notice. That’s why whenever he in a teamed battle, he will take advantage of his allies and shoot from distances or places their enemies will not expect. He gets his jobs done, but he risks his teammate’s safety a lot.

Strengths: Like aforementioned, Alan’s high amount of power becomes his strength. Together with his trained martial arts, he becomes a deadly close ranger fighter. He is still regularly trained with range combats however.

Weaknesses: Alan’s weakness, obviously, is that he does not rely on brains much. His teammates often refer to him as a muscle-headed person, and while he often denies it, it is true that he is not exactly smart.

Personality: Just as easily described, Alan's personality is all about muscles and destroying the enemy with it. Somehow, while normal people judges others by their actions and behavior, he does so by their muscles. Yes, you're not reading it wrong. Muscles. Well, he's not always right every time, but it's funny to talk about this habit of his. Moving on to battles, he is very merciful. He lets just about his every enemy go alive and awaits their next challenge. But there are times where when he is forced to kill someone, but he will not fail to do that. Just as he is merciful on the battlefield, he can be unforgiving when forced to as well. He is also kind to his teammates, not hating all of them and befriending most of them easily even though he is only a hired military personnel.

History:

Nationality (Benjlakki or Metargo): Metargo

So begins...

Alan Fore's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Kavi N. Character Portrait: Darius N. Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Viki Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Laurence Vance

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The entire shoreline of the Gatwashiim Peninsula, including the evacuated urban areas, has been preoccupied with naval combat and amphibious assault for a solid three hours since 0630 hours in that area's time. (0630 hours is equivalent to 6:30 AM.) the attacking Metargo forces have not let up at all, putting deep pressure on the defensive forces present. mechs and infantry alike storm the beach in an attempt to soften up land resistance to allow an opening further inland. So far, the Benjlakki garrisons present have been able to hold up, though the ultimate decider would lay with the ongoing fight between the 101st Naval Fleet on the Benjlakki side and the 96th Royal Fleet on the Metargo side. Should the defensive along this coastline succeed, Metargo would have to find a way around the garrisons there.

The intensively trained, newly formed Brown Wing Team was en route to the BRNS Seraphim as part of an assignment to the 101st fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Lionel and Captain Leopold. Once they were on board, they were introduced to the mechs they would be using, including the new prototypes: the A3B-7 Eagles, rumored to be the fastest mechs in the Benjlakki arsenal, yet.

Zechariah got inside his Eagle, in jet fighter mode, and waited for orders from his team's commanding officer to move out. Benjamin noticed his little brother not behaving as he usually would, which was more child-like and mischievous. Ben knew why, however: it was because that had no place in the Navy. Zechariah himself knew he would not walk out of this war while still his old self. The first time someone steps into the battlefield, it changes them forever.

At last, the order was given: they were to set out to fly above the battle in case the radars jammed and surveilence was needed. This also worked as a way to get in on the action knowing what is going on. Brown Wing Team launched and went up an altitude to where much of the scene could be witnessed from above, waiting to intercept whomever posed a serious threat to the fleet. So far, it was a stalemate, with neither one downing a ship from the other. It was a testament to how balanced out the two fleets were. The navies on both sides considered them the fleets that would determine which direction the war would go.

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Meanwhile, on board the MRNS Titan, Lion Team just received prototypes of their own, called the RL-5 Falcons. Their mission was to make a hole in the opposing fleet's lines in order to enable a bombardment. Aaron and the rest of Lion Team available got in their mechs, most of them in Falcons, personally outfitted by the Titan's personnel with the armaments ahead of time, waiting for the correct moment.

Aaron spoke first. "With Corporal Barnett recovering from surgery in med bay on this ship, we're going to have to rely on our own heads even more, boys."

One of the Lions asked the sergeant, "Why did she need surgery, exactly?"

Kyle, as much as he knew what was going on, did not want others to know as it was private, so he answered in Aaron's place. "All you need to know is that she is, George. Now, focus on the task at hand. You heard Lextu's orders: do not launch until the smoke is released. If we waste time on chatter, we will miss our chance to go."

Aaron nodded. " Fore, don't forget that you follow my orders! Going off doing your own thing is a sure way of dying in battle! And, Howe, once the signal comes, we'll see what you can do besides walk around in fancy attire! Your taskforce in the Lion Team is relying on you to give orders when necessary, so no indecisiveness! The enemy won't be hesitating, at all! Got it?" While waiting for the smoke, he thought to himself, I swear, why do they let brats get the rank of corporal without knowing what the hell to expect by working their way up?

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Saul Metargo entered the bridge of the ship Zane was in to observe what was going on. He already knew there was no side of the battle had a clear upper hand, meaning he could only hope something would happen. As much as he felt he must fight in order to avoid chaos in his country, there was this silent hope that Prime Minister Lopez would change his mind and call for Parliament to approve a cease-fire attempt. Such hopes were shadowed by the reality before him, however. Even if his country were to attempt negotiations, there was no guarantee Benjlakk would do the same, given its history of relentlessness towards their previous attackers from before the invasion.

"Admiral Preston, I certainly hope this war will end soon. I see no point in fighting, to begin with. There is also another reason: Though we have strength, I fear we may have bitten off more than we can chew." His head lowered some before he added, "Regardless, we will press on." Looking up again, he said to Zane, "With any success, the Leo Vermilions we sent out, in addition to the Lion Team standing by on the Titan for the right moment, will bring forth a breakthrough along this shore."

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At the beach, wave after wave of Metargo troops made their amphibious assault, each time weakening the local garrison's resistance. It was still considerably strong, yet it was unclear how much longer the army troops there could withstand the attack. The entire shore was filled with troops, defenses, explosions, rubble, fire, and the bodies of men in gray, black, or dark brown uniforms littering it. (Metargo uniforms often had gray, black, or dark brown as the main colors, with their nation's flag's colors as an accent.) Bullets and laser beams sprayed onto the oncoming troops as the advanced towards the Benjlakki positions. The Benjlakki soldiers in green or khaki camouflage uniforms (both standard for the Benjlakki Republic Army) were giving it their all on the defensive, taking casualties as they did so.

In one of the bunkers, a stressed-out Lieutenant kept asking questions about the situation. Of note was the following exchange between the Lieutenant and a Corporal:

"Damn it! Those incoming transports are only used to carry Leo Vermillion mechs! Where the hell are those Navy pilots meant to operate our Praetorians downstairs!?"

"No response, sir! I'm getting nothing but gunfights on the radio!"

"Whatever happened to the cameras!?"

"Inoperable! We can't get a visual on the pilots' staus!"

"Is there anyone up here who can pilot one of those things!?"

"Private 1st Class Vance has had training on one during military school, Lieutenant!"

"You mean to tell me he's the only one!?"

"Yes, sir!"

"Great... Field Marshal Constantini's going to be pissed... All right, take over his gunner post!" The Lietenant then spoke to Larry once the switch was made. "Okay, Vance! Looks like we're going down to where the fireworks are in the bunker's mech bay! Take out the intruders and enter the cockpit of a Praetorian, then eliminate the incoming Leo Vermilions! Strike them at the backs and bellies when you get the opportunity; those are their weak spots! I'm going with you so you don't screw this up!" With those orders given, the Lieutenant sprinted with Vance towards where the action was at the mech bay and provided covering fire for him.

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While all the fighting was taking place, one of the palace garrison in Metargo City, Metargo's capital, walked up to Princess Viki and relayed the news with a salute. "Your Highness, your parents and brother have not yet returned from the front lines. We received word from your father that the 96th Royal Fleet is confronting a Benjlakki fleet proving to pose quite the challenge at one of the shores of the Gatwashiim Peninsula."

The setting changes from myrstrarkia to Benjlakk

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Kavi N. Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo

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Aaron nodded and told everyone on his team right on time. "Steady... steady..." As he waited, mechs called Cherubim surrounded the Titan from the air, firing aimlessly due to the smoke. Without shielding, this was dangerous for the ship, as even with all the blind shots, at least one of them could hit something vital. Hopefully, for Metargo's military, it would not happen. At last, Aaron and the Lion Team were clear. "Lion Team, launching!" Aaron's RL-5 Falcon, in jet fighter mode, flew out of the launch bay, the rest of Lion Team's mechs following suit. "Falcons, focus your weapons on the enemy mechs! The rest of you, aim at their ships' weapons!"

Soon enough, the pulse came. The Cherubim surrounding the Titan were disabled. The ones above the Titan inevitably collided with the ship. There was no telling what damage could have been done. Would the armor on the Titan hold up? Whatever the case, Lion Team had a mission to perform, so they had to get to it. The Falcons fired their missiles at oncoming mechs from the opposing fleet, grabbing the attention of some of the others away from protecting their respective ships. Once the missiles were all released and met their targets, the Falcons on Lion Team switched to humanoid mode and began their rampage on the Benjlakki mechs fighting them, Lion Team's other mechs tasked with the enemy ships' weapons.

Whereas Kyle used his mech's knives in a balance of speed and maneuverability, Aaron applied brutality with his double-bladed beam sward, at one point slicing three Sabre Bleus in half at once. Compared to the more battle-hardened Mysticaran Federation's golem riders, these Benjlakki mech pilots were mediocre.

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Zechariah heard Captain Leopold and told him, "We are already in the air, captain, as per the sergeant's orders."

Brown Wing Team witnessed from above the devastating blow the enemy's new ship dealt with just one blast. Zechariah was both shocked and amazed by how the Ion Weaponry on that smoke-concealed ship could disable mechs so easily. If he could manage to create an energy chamber an a smaller scale for such beam ammunition for his mech firearms, he would not have to worry about killing nearly as much. Being a Solar Technician, he already got a head start on his personal project. This was getting ahead of himself, though.

Surely, enough, Zech witnessed a mech squadron come out and confront a bunch of the Benjlakki mechs (plus a few destroyers' weapons) below. A closer examination via camera indicated some of those were new mechs. However, the techniques matched the ones from the briefing. There was no doubt about it: that was Lion Team, and the mech inflicting heavy casualties with a double-bladed beam sword was piloted by Aaron Lextu.

Zechariah reported it to the current sergeant at the time. "Sergeant! Lion Team is down there! They came out of that ship!"

The sergeant nodded and ordered all Brown Wings to intercept Falcons on the Lion Team. Everyone in the squadron immediately dove into the scene to confront the threat to the local defensive efforts. They leveled off just above the water, but before they came within firing range, the Sergeant's mech was hit by a stray blast and immediately blew up. Zechariah could not believe it: the first mission, and already they lost a pilot, the very leader of Brown Wing Team, even.

The Brown Wings were about to scatter when Zechariah spoke up. "Fire a sonic missile each, if you have one! Draw the Lion Team away from the fleet!" One of the corporals spoke up to try to pull rank, yet Zech interrupted by saying, "Just do it!" It was then that any Eagles fired one of their sonic missiles, including from the Eagles. manned by Zechariah and Benjamin.

At the same time, Aaron was busy slicing through his opponents when Kyle just got finished stabbing an enemy Sabre Bleu, getting out of the way of a resulting explosion when he noticed objects flying their way. A closer examination using the computers and camera indicated those were missiles (he did not realize those were sonic ones).

Private Scipio immediately shouted his observations to Aaron, "Sergeant! Missiles incoming!"

Aaron responded by saying, "Intercept 'em!"

Kyle, Aaron, and the other Falcons in the Falcon Team barely had enough time to shoot the missiles before they came too close to be lethal, but once they were hit with lasers or bullets, those same missiles' true feat was unleashed: sonic pulse waves impacted with the Falcons on Lion Team, pushing them away from the Benjlakki mechs that had already retreated after detecting those missiles incoming via their computers. The Falcons nearly lost their energy shields to the sonic waves.

Aaron was outraged. "Long-Ranged Sonic missiles!? The Benjlakki beat us to developing that sort of technology first!?" In the distance, He could see mechs heading his team's way, at a low altitude. The Falcon of Fury realized right away those were the mechs who fired the missiles. "I got their leader! Everyone else, engage the rest of the enemy squadron! Stay sharp, Howe, and don't lose sight of your target!"

Zechariah noticed the Lion Team approaching, meaning his plan to draw them away worked. Now, for the hard part: the actual dogfight. The Eagles in Brown Wing Team switched to humandoid mode right on time: they were face to face with the fiercest of Metargo mech squadrons. Aaron charged at Zechariah, whom moved his Eagle to the side and open-fired to attempt to disarm Aaron. Their first one-on-one dogfight against each other began.

Kyle decided to pull out his mech's handgun for ranged while still holding on to the knife he had, aiming at one of the mechs (Cecilia's) and shooting. Whether or not it would hit was a mystery. He was close enough that it was possible, though.

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Now that the mech bay was back in Benjlakki possession, the Lieutenant shouted to Vance, "Now's your chance! Go! Go!"

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Saul saw the Titan's move and sighed. "Let us hope the Titan can hold out, Preston. This is their first mission, and if I know anything about first battles, they are nearly always the hardest. Have Oikawa stand by; we may need to use his ship's abilities to at least make it possible to make a getaway, should all else fail. If we lose here, our entire fleet can at least try to find a way around the enemy. Be sure to have four squadrons of mechs protect him the whole battle, then escort him in the case of retreat being necessary." Contacting Scoar, he told him, "Son, so far, the fleet I am with is holding up, though it is unclear who has the advantage, right now. How are matters in the battle you are in?"

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Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Kavi N. Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo

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Sandra watched the map as the attack was made, she was slowly realizing that this was no feint and clearly this attack was going to be a major threat to the entire fleet if nothing was done. She was going to have to start pulling units to launch a counter attack against the Titan.

"Captain Leopold I want you to move to engage that ship." Sandra said as she began to look where else she could pull ships from.

"I want the Battleships Resmark and Unao to pull back and form up with us to engage that Vessel and someone find me a few destroyers we can spare!"

Sandra knew she was acting quickly but that ship was a major threat and she was going to need to pull more reserves to stop or at least draw the things fire.

"I want every non committed aircraft to be moved to engage that ship it cannot be allowed to fire that weapon at our ground forces again!" Sandra looked over the map as she surveyed what she was moving the lines would be thinner in the air in someplaces but she couldn't ignore a threat of that size and firepower.

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A few moments after Sandras order for available fighters to be scrambled Kal was in his ship. He cleared with launch command and now he was racing towards the enemy threat. He kept his ship low and was traveling at Mach 3 for any on the beach all they would hear was a deafening crack as he flew overhead.

Kal turned the safety off on his plasma cannons and let a flurry of rounds hit a section of approaching Mango's on the ground before he began to climb to a higher altitude. "Serin, How far is that ship from here?" Kal asked as he reduced his speed to just over Mach 1

"3km and Closing" Serinm, Kals onboard AI stated.

The setting changes from benjlakk to Myrstrarkia

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Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer

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"Fore, don't forget that you follow my orders! Going off doing your own thing is a sure way of dying in battle!" Said the captain of the Lion Team to the man in his bartender uniform. Smoking in the last part of his cigarette, he killed the remaining fire left on the cigarette by throwing it on the floor and stepping it, twisting a few times to make sure the cigarette is dead flat on the ground.

He gave a thumbs up, with a rather wide smile on his face. "Got it, Capt! I'll try not to screw things up," There was a moment of pause in his speech, and just when everyone think he stopped, he added. "Probably." Immediately, one of the Lions, George, spoke up. "Yeah, you'll probably mess this up faster than in training, you muscle brain." He realized George was being sarcastic as usual, but he played along with it. "That's mean, George! I'm no muscle brain! I just don't like using my head, is all." Everyone of the ship started laughing and although they didn't know it, the tension in the ship was lifted, even if a bit.

Soon, the order for takeoff was given and the Lion Team all departed from the hangar one by one, in an orderly manner. Alan was the last, primarily because his suit was the slowest of them all. Aaron led the team like a true leader, and he is already giving out orders to the rest of the Lion Team.

"Falcons, focus your weapons on the enemy mechs! The rest of you, aim at their ship's weapons!" Just like in training, all of the Lion Teams, along with Aaron, gathered up and formed a formation. It was elegant yet deadly at the same time, but Alan had no time to admire this. He quickly lifted his own mech off and flew all the way to the back of the Titan. He landed himself on one of the wings and locked his legs with magnets. He pulled out a giant rifle from behind and aimed it in front. "Dean, time to get some real action for once. You ready for this?" On his screen, a voice came out. It was the generic female voice you hear in just about every AI. "Yes, master."

On the far left to his window in front, a mech was flying by itself, having a dogfight with one of the Lion. "I guess we'll take him out first. Dean, to the left. Aim at our target and fire everything you've got at him. Don't hold back!" The AI agreed non-hesitantly and moved the mech by itself. The rifle was soon aiming at the Eagle, following its trails as Dean awaits Alan's official order. "Ready, and FIRE!" The rifle charges up for a milisecond and fires immediately. A long and big purple beam shoots out and reaches for the Eagle (Benjamin's).



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Cecilia kept to herself the entire time. Even after going into so many battlefields, each time she enters a new one, she feels afraid. As if she will die at any moment. Or perhaps even before she goes into a battlefield, she gets obliterated without knowing what hit her. Thus, she decides to keep quiet. Talking more would only make her feel more anxious, and just as she very much wants to prove herself being in this team, she doesn't wants to die trying to do it. Before she could get into any more thinking, her team lifted off.

First thing that happens, was the sergeant dying. Great. She whispered to herself. Now that the sergeant died, the team will surely - "Fire a sonic missile each, if you have one! Draw the Lion Team away from the fleet!" - Or not. One of them tried to keep the voice in his place, but his determination shut them up instead. Quickly, missiles were fired from most of mech on Brown Wing. Surely enough, soon, the Lion Team all separated and started flying towards them. Was that what the man wanted to do in the first place? Cecilia doesn't know. But what she knows is that he make for a good leader.

The fight started after the two leaders (That she presumed to be) clashed with each other. She assisted some of her comrades by backstabbing her enemies in the back while they were busy with her allies. But, just when she thought she was safe from any kind of attack, one of the mechs she couldn't see previously, fired at her in a close-range. For normal mechs, the attack would have been a 100% hit. But, for her mech, it was different. She stepped on the gas pedal harder and pulled the handles to the side and in an instant, her mech disappeared.

It reappeared to the side of where the shot was made and without stopping, she pulled out her beam blade under her mech's arm and attempted to slice at the mech, hopefully landing a hit when the pilot is surprised.

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Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kavi N. Character Portrait: Darius N. Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Viki Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo

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Aaron nodded, then said to the Captain, "We'll try." No promises, though Taking a look at his radar, he wondered where Howe could have gone off to. Finally, he spotted his mech's heat signal, but it was coming from the shoreline. Maybe the sonic pulse from the missiles had something to do with it. Regardless, solo operations were suicide. Sooner or later, reinforcements from the enemy will show up. It seems he was facing a Praetorian, but given how three Benjlakki Navy Squadrons made their way to the garrison, it was unlikely the lone Praetorian would deal with Howe alone. And to think he only told Fore not to go off and do his own thing; Howe was doing the same thing Fore was told not to do. Even if communications were cut, there were methods to signal with the mech itself certain things.

There was no time to think on it, now: a beam from his target's beam rifle hit Aaron's Falcon on the arm with the double-bladed beam sword. Thankfully, shields were in place and the armor could resist it nonetheless. With each attempted slash came another evasion from his target. Zechariah shot at Aaron carefully, making sure to use the opportunity to see a pattern in the movements. Many of the shots were blocked by the beam blades on the double-bladed sword. Zech then realized that fighting from in front would prove difficult against Aaron, so he attempted to get behind him.

Aaron knew that maneuver, however, and side-flew to cut off Zechariah's flight path. What would have been a fatal slice in two ended up a beam sword lock because of Zechariah's swift thinking on his feet. The lock did not last long, as Zech felt his mech unable to hold it for long, so he kicked free of it before he could be entirely overwhelmed. The kick did not force Aaron's mech backwards by much, though. That moment told Zechariah that he would lose in a battle of strength to Aaron. Speed would be the asset that would work in his favor.

Aaron moved forward for another slash, which instantly turned into a dance of lethal proportions between him and Zechariah. Aaron used strength and durability, while Zechariah applied speed and maneuverability. Eventually, though, after losing a beam rifle that he intended to use during the scuffle, he finally got behind with enough distance for a shot with another rifle he attatched to the side of his mech. Aaron managed to turn around in time to avoid a hit to the arm with the double-bladed beam sword, but while turning around, the other arm received a hole from a second shot and exploded, leaving his mech with just the one arm. As much as he hated getting rid of a part of something he worked so hard to customize, he pressed a button which jettisoned half of the double-bladed beam sword, turning the other half effectively into one with a single blade to adjust to using just one arm on the mech.

"This bastard did more damage to my Falcon in the sword fight than I thought... the shields must be down..." Lextu said to himself before making another charge.

Zechariah's mech sustained some damage, too, first from his Eagle's right leg denting slightly from making that kick (Metargo mech armor is stronger), then from the series of several hits received during the sword fight. At this point, Zech could not afford to take any more than two more hits to any part of his Eagle's body. With the shields down, it will be that much more difficult to hold out. Zech side-flew and brought out his beam sword yet again, but only to block incoming attacks in an attempt to get some more distance.

During this second scuffle, Aaron remembered that Alan flew off the moment he gave the first orders after the fight. That idiot! He should have attacked an enemy ship's weapons before this dogfight! His mech is not a Falcon! Why does he always disobey my orders!? I swear, if he disobeys again, I'll personally burn him and his contract! This is what happens when we allow mercenary filth to join our ranks! They are no better than mafia rats!

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Benjamin had already blasted away a Falcon with his Beam SMG at close range when a series of long-distance beams came towards him, one barely missing, yet it was enough to make him aware of where it came from. flying towards the source, he knew right away it came from a mech on one of the wings of the Titan. They looked like they were folding, meaning if the enemy mech remained standing there for too long, he would be toast. Then again, it would be one less enemy to deal with, and if the foe stayed there long enough, maybe he could make the kill before the Titan did it for him.

Ben swiftly shifted to fighter jet mode prior to charging towards the enemy, evading shots from the ongoing crossfire while doing so. He switched to humanoid mode in time to use his beam SMG to shoot down a couple enemy mechs that charged at him to protect the wings of the Titan, right before continuing his charge at the mech on that wing. "That Metargo's a sitting duck if he stays there!" He used the beam SMG to strafe his opponent while bringing out his Beam Knife and throwing it at the mech, sending the beam blade into a spinning motion towards the enemy. If it did not hit, it would at least tear a hole in the wing of the enemy ship.

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Kyle could not believe the speed at which the Eagle (Cecilia's) went to evade his shot, even more so to realize the enemy reappeared to the side. Quickly reacting, he slashed his mech's knife to block while thrusting the engines for a forward motion to enable a lock since the armor of his mech was not that strong. He attempted to bang the handle of his Beam Handgun onto the opponent's head to try to disable the cameras. Whether or not it would work, he would attempt a kick to the torso (where the cockpit was) to force the enemy backwards while he attempted to get behind 'em and stab with a swift motion. With any success, it would give him the advantage. The attack from behind had to hit, however. If not, things could be difficult.

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Saul nodded, then said, "Not anyone we know, Scoar, though the medical bay on Admiral Preston's flagship is full of men receiving medical attention. The numbers for the casualties are still racking up, but I believe it is roughly 5500 ground troops, nine ships, and 180 mechs. Amphibious assaults have always resulted in heavy casualties."

Hanging up, Saul took a step back in surprise when his daughter enthusiastically appeared in front and gave him a hug. It was a pleasant surprise, though. Hugging back until she let go, he heard her mention an official statement which needed to be given. Pondering for a moment, and checking the screen, he told her, "You could mention that we are still battling at the Gatwashiim Peninsula, and that it is a stalemate, so far.

Franklin Constantini Watched the land battle from an electronic map and gritted his teeth at the difficulty of gaining the upper hand. Of course, he had backup from the Navy in the form of air reinforcements, but this was ridiculous. It has been a stalemate for so long, it was unclear who would win in the Gatwashiim Peninsula. We have lost many men, though are holding out and giving the enemy a rough time. Other than at the Gatwashiim Peninsula, we are making progress in weakening the defense forces along the shorelines."

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Field Marshal Franklin Constantini became irritated by how the battle was going. More than three hours in, and still no indication who has the upper hand. As if that were not enough, the one Praetorian out there to confront the incoming Leo Vermillions was intercepted by a Type 34. If Laurence Vance did not make it in time, there was no telling what kind of damage those LVs could do to the garrison. Thankfully, with three Navy squadrons sent to him by Rear Admiral Lionel, he could do something about this.

He decided to send out a squadron of five mechs, which were three REMs and two Sabre Bleus, which quickly went to intercept the Type 34. This ought to buy Vance enough time to deal with the Leos, which were already along the shore and charging forward.

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Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer

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He missed the shot. It was a perfect one, yet he missed. Guess this is different than in simulations. I still need some time to adjust myself to this powerful mech. He noticed an Eagle flying towards him, and like one of his simulations, where he fails to take the shot and misses. "Oh god, this is even scarier than in battle! Is Eagles really that fast!?" Amazed at the speed even in simulations, the real battle definitely posses more threat. But, like in the simulation, he hasn't forgotten the next step.

"Alright Dean, start up the RB and SB's. We're going into formation Garrison!" He instructed the AI as it started working on his orders. "Roger that, master. Releasing shield bits and rifle bits." Suddenly, beams was fired towards him and the AI warned Alan through her screen, Alan quickly reacting to the attack. "Dean! Use the shield bits and protect me and the Titan from getting truck! If it comes to it, priority to Titan!" Then, at the back of the mech, rectangular pieces started flying out and defended from the beam attacks.

At the nick of time, he managed to detected yet another attack from below the Titan, where something solid was detected along with beam particles. He couldn't risk the Titan losing its wings, and just when he thought things couldn't get any worse, the Titan started submerging. He had to release the lock on his mech's feet and lift off, but the recent will hit the Titan no matter what. "Dean! Use the shield bits to block from the attack! Leave the rifle bits with me! I'll distract that bastard." Yet again, the AI agreed without a hint of hesitation. From the side of his screen, he could see that his rifle's cooldown was done, and couldn't waste any chance to use it, he pulled it out.

He jumped out of the way and flew, about 4 or 5 shield bits defending his liftoff and 2 of the shield bits trying to deflect the knife attack. Once he felt like he was safe, he turned and fired his rifle, trusting his instinct as to where the enemy was. The rifle bits, blue parts from his mech's body, detached itself and flew out, firing at the direction the rifle had fired at.



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On the other hand, Cecilia was still fighting in a tight situation with another Falcon pilot. She had great reflexes and along with her mech's ability to instantly accelerate, she should be dominating the Falcon in the situation she's in right now. But because she was fighting a formidable opponent, she couldn't take any chance nor risks.

The next series of strikes from her opponent definitely surprised her, as he managed to propel himself forward and used his knife to block her attack. But, it was as if she could see his next attack coming, she sidestepped to the side and avoided the enemy pilot's attempt to shut out her head cameras. The attack didn't end there however. Although it could had been a miscalculation, the pilot kicked the center of her mech, where her last resort cannon was. That kick was enough for her to feel the impact from below. She jumped from her seat by that attack. She was surprised at how the pilot's series of effective attacks. "Of course, war isn't so easy as to let you dodge and kill every enemy you see. Guess I'll really have to resort to that."

She quickly flew backwards and released the fangs she had kept in store at the back of her mech. The little pieces of metals all flew out in order and charged towards her opponent, surrounding him at a fair range and firing all at the same time. She couldn't trust if her fangs would do the job, so as a caution, she quickly charged ahead and readied her weapon. If she was right, the pilot would try to fly above the fangs and attempt to escape it. If that really happened, she can accelerate herself upwards and use the cannon of her mech.

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Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo Character Portrait: Bibiana Armine Durrans

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Benjamin did not expect shield bits to be involved, but nonetheless, the beam knife sliced right through the wing since the Metargo foe evaded. It would seem the Titan would be out of the fight, soon. Not that it mattered: his target was the mech. Benjamin was able to sidestep to evade most of the shots, yet one managed to strike at the torso, forcing him backwards as he shot his Beam SMG in the direction it came from. "These Metargo know how to fight! Zech! A little help, here!?"

The response on he radio was, "I'm a little busy with Aaron Lextu, Big Brother!"

"Well, hurry up!"

During the brief conversation, Benjamin kept evading the shots and tried to find a pattern. Since His Eagle likely did not have as durable armor as that of the mech he was facing, he had to be carful not to be hit often. Somehow, there was something odd about the foe's movements. It seemed as if this Metargo had no specific strategy. That could work to Ben's advantage. If he could get the enemy to run out of ammunition, he would force him into melee or to retreat. This is where he would shine, since close-up combat was his specialty, whether with blades for close-range firearms.

He had to be careful, however, since his cockpit cannot take as many hits. While evading, he aimed for the rifle bits, since those would provide quite a nuisance if dealt with. even if none of the bits were destroyed, if he held out long enough, he would be able to turn the fight into an up-close one. He and Zechariah heard from their Biotech Specialist, Viola, that the incognito team failed to infiltrate Metargo airspace. Ben, howeve, was too busy to even respond

Zechairah, however, eventually responded to Viola with, "We're losing communications from somewhere, and many of the mechs are surrounding one ship that may be the larger entity you are talking about. If you can hack into to that one, it would be great. It may be a sonic cannon they are using, a prototype, at that. I can hear music while communications are severing, so that is the only conclusion I can make."

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Kyle, however, was not faring so well. because he could not afford to take as many hits as fellow Metargo pilots, he moved upwards, and, despite the shielding available, took a direct hit from a cannon which forces him a ways backwards. "Graaarrrgh!!" The shields were down, the armor at the cockpit taking heavy damage. Another direct hit in that area, and he will be toast.

George, one of the Lion Team members from earlier, heard the shout and got in front of Kyle while shooting rapidly towards the enemy Eagle. "I'll hold this one off! You get to the mech launching bay on the Titan! My Falcon's armor is thicker! I can take enough hits!"

Kyle nodded. "Don't get yourself killed!"

While returning to the Titan, which he just saw collide with the desert portion of the coast (most of the area was tropical) Private Scipio spotted a beat-up Type 34 in the water nearby. He attempted to connect to it, yet no response. "If that is Corporal Howe... shit... his fiancée won't be happy to hear about this..." He picked up the type 34 before landing inside the Titan, which was bustling with activity with all the repairs that needed to be done. There heading those repairs was Bibiana Durrans, Laurence Howe's fiancée. She was barking out commands on who goes where.

Once Kyle used the Falcon's hands to manually open the Type 34's cockpit, Kyle opened his own and stood to see who it was. Laughing once he knew, he shouted, "Well, Corporal, that's one way to show you got guts! Was that you who took out two Sabre Bleus, over there!? I barely noticed, but didn't know that was you!" Pointing diagonally downwards towards Bibi, he added, "Either way, sir, you got some explaining to do with your fiancée, down there! You could have been fried before your own wedding scheduled to take place after this war!"

Bibi saw the two Lions up there and shouted, "Hey! Didn't you hear your Sergeant say you got orders from the Captain to protect this ship!? Get down here for the cardkeys to the AIs for the mechs that are ready for you in case you trashed your main mechs like you seemingly did!"

Kyle smirked towards Howe. "You heard the lady!"

Once both were in front of Bibi, she handed the cards. "Scipio, you got the Lama Rossa behind me! It's faster than your typical Lama Rossa at the expense of armor, so be careful, this time! Your mech's AI's name is Quintus! Laurence, I've prepped another Type 34 for you, to your right! It works the same as the one you were in, meaning you don't need to worry about adjusting! That one's Ai's is named Claudia!" Glaring at her fiancé, she added, "And do make it back in one piece! We've already lost more pilots than we expected, today! When you come back from the fighting, I'd like to talk to you in my office in room HR-35!" She motioned for the two of them to go while screaming, "Now, move it!"

Bibi then walked up to Cain and grabbed his ear. "Specialist Numi, you'll have time to talk to the Crown Prince, later! Sergeant Lextu is ordering all available Lion Team pilots to protect the titan as per Captain Ire's commands!" Glacning at Scoar, she said, "Sorry, your highness, but Numi's supposed to get out there, now." She let go of Cain's ear before shouting to the former Ghost, "Get a move on, will you!?"

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(red is the color for the Metargo language, blue for the Benjlakki language. this is so to differentiate between the two languages in a conversation between people from different nationalities. The languages are similar, though there are some differences.)

Aaron commanded Lion Team to move the fight closer to the Titan, albeit without meaning to. Zechariah had most of Brown Wing Team left pursue so that the enemy squadron would not be able to do much of anything. Zechariah's armor was wearing down from the few hits he took from Aaron's beam sword. The next hit to the cockpit, for sure, would be the end of him. Finally, after what seemed like a long while, he managed to blast away the other arm to Aaron's Falcon, forcing him out of the fight.

Were Zechariah any other Benjlakki soldier, he would have finished him with one more shot, but he was true to his belief in the Deity and refrained from doing so, only pointing his spare Bema rifle in Aaron's direction. On the open channel (which miraculously was unscathed), he spoke in Metargo with, "Aaron Lextu, the Falcon of Fury, this is Zechariah Malachi! You have no reason to continue fighting me! I certainly have no wish to continue this confrontation!"

Aaron could not believe his ears: a member of the famous and legendary Malachi family was telling him to stop fighting? A Malachi bested him? No wonder he had such a rough time! "If I refuse!?"

"You have no way of resuming the fight, at this point!"

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Bibiana nodded to the Captain and began giving instructions on how to go about something like what was requested. Normally, she would insist upon being called Bibi, or Ensign Durrans, but this was no time for arguments. She even helped with the heavy work, herself. She never was one to stand and watch. Soon enough, everything was in place. The needed mechs carried the equipment requested, as well as the communications rerouted. "Captain, this is Ensign Durrans. Everything's in place."

At first, Zechariah thought everything would end once a nuclear cannon was launched from another sort of mech he had never seen, before. All he could do was stay where he was. Another mech of the same model appeared, yet that one stopped the other's attack. He turned his attention back towards Aaron, whom did not budge.

Aaron eventually spotted the Captain's mech and listened. He complied to orders and made his way back to the titan, teeth gritting at the thought of his defeat. Zechariah, meanwhile, heard the woman's voice threatening to kill him if he did not withdraw. Benjamin wanted so badly to help his brother, yet was stuck fighting another Metargo.

Zechariah, however, remained calm and said to her, "I can't do that." He kept the beam rifle aimed at her, yet did not shoot, merely waited for her move.

Oddly enough, the Titan was slowly becoming invisible. The systems on there were gradually returning to normal, as well. As the rest of Lion Team and Brown Wing Team fought, Missiles kept coming. some were headed in direction of the Titan. Aaron wasted no time in transferring his beam cannon to a Lama Rossa still docked in the Titan. The Lama Rossa was a melee mech, but he was a mainly melee person, anyway. Once back in the air, he charged up the Beam Cannon to the needed output and blasted away at the missiles incoming towards the ship. Kyle, meanwhile, assisted in holding off any Benjlakki mechs still fighting.

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Getting tired of the damned Benjilakki's persistent assault and chase, Alan is slowly getting consumed by irritation. "Damn this pilot! How stubborn can he be!? Why won't he just piss off somewhere and leave me alone!?" His tantrum ended abruptly when the enemy pilot got even closer. If he thought about it, the pilot will soon overcome the gap between them, and by the time he actually realizes it, the pilot will be - "Gah! Too much thinking hurts my brain!" And a shot hit directly at his right shoulder. A burned shot now replaces the same dull dark green, but as if magic was in work, it slowly 'repairs' itself and it became just like the same again.

"Okay, screw this! I'm just gonna use that! I don't even care anymore!" His mech brought down it's huge rifle and started flying off, leaving behind some rifle bits behind to distract the enemy. The mech flexibly maneuvered in the sky, and somewhere in his flight, it made a rather risky action. With the rifle bits disrupting every moment, Alan was sure that the enemy would be somewhere behind chasing for him. Dean took great care into not letting any of the bits hit while observing the enemy's action.

This is when Alan pulled his handles hard enough to force the mech to brake completely. Moving its legs up as if forming a 'C', the thrust fires off at a high output. The entire mech was moving backwards at a speed that might or might not compare with an Eagle. Nonetheless, it was fast. Just as the action was initiated, the rifle bits stopped its shooting and formed a circle around the barrel of the rifle the mech was still holding. It started moving around in circles like a gatling gun. The shield bits did the same, only a bit outer than the rifle bits. As if making a tunnel, the shield bits fanned itself outwards while the rifle bits was still moving. With a shout yell to no one in particular, Alan started his last assault on his enemy.

"EAT THIS! TORNADO CANNON!"(Alan has a bad sense of naming and also has a habit of naming his attacks/possessions)

He clicks on the button on his handle, and immediately, the rifle fired. But, that was not all. The rifle bits all followed the same motion and fired as well, only that it's surrounding the main beam and it didn't stop until the rifle stopped. The shield bits was there to help him aim, so Alan said. But it really serves no purposes whatsoever and is there to beautify his attack. However, the attack itself is not something to be dismissed easily. Because of the rifle's original high output of powerful concentrated beam cannon, it's attacks are always very destructive. Yet, unlike other cannons, his does not affect anything outside of the range. Once you step even a millimeter away from it, you will have next to no damage. That is where the rifle bits come in.

The attack, although highly noticeable from close range because of Alan's tendency to shout the title of the attack before firing (Where it will then take up even a second to fire, and a second in war is a huge difference), it is very deadly when dealt from a far range, where the enemy can not predict his next shot.

The shot was ultimately dodged in the end, and it headed straight into the deeper parts of the battlefield, where plenty of Benjilakkis and Metargos fought against each other. Perhaps it was fate or she was just lucky, Cecilia saw the shot coming. Her battle with the new enemy that replaced her old one wasn't going as well, as her attacks wasn't dealing much attack unlike earlier. "What the hell is with the thickness!? Why can't I break this bastard like that one just now!?" She tried to distract the enemy with her fangs and take a chance to strike with her blade. But the armor was thick enough to actually part of her attack and by the time she could inflict any deeper strikes, the pilot had already noticed her presence and shooed her away like a fly.

She decided to make use of the attack coming at her directly. She lured the opponent into a position where she could block the sight of the attack enough for it to reach the enemy and make a direct hit then for her to escape in time for that to happen. A moment passed and she already had the instincts telling her that the attack was close enough for her to escape. But at the last moment, her handles was jammed midway floating sideways and with what happened, she expected it and braced for impact. The beam barely scratched her left arms at first, which relieved her, but then came a sudden barrage of lighter attacks. While flying midair, the wind somehow helped her by blowing towards her direction and she avoided most of the attack.

However, the same can't be said to the ones in the way of the attack, as many explosions came right after the beam passed by her. "How in the world did I get hit so many times!?" She tried asking herself that, but with the way her mech is now, she need to regroup and get it repaired. Better safe than sorry, she thought to herself. While her initial opponent was confused by the attack, she took the chance and slipped past him, going back to the resupply area nearby.

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Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Catrina Ramirez Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo Character Portrait: Chemda and Adira Shapiro Character Portrait: Bibiana Armine Durrans

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Aaron heard Howe mention Captain Raiyn Ire having been killed in action, which infuriated him after a wave of shock hit him. He then proceeded to go slice some enemy mechs trying to breach the Titan in a rage. That same magnitude of rage released was part of the reason he was known all over Metargo as the Falcon of Fury; there were very few people who did not know of him and his reputation for applying deep ferocity when slaying opponents in melee combat. The artillery bombardment on the 96th Royal Fleet was over, by then, meaning all that was left to do was ensure the retreat be carried out.

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Bibi was about to give out the orders for the switch on the newer mech, but the pilot beat her to it. Whoever was in there obviously did not know who was in charge of the mechanics on the Titan. "Who does that guy think he is? [I]I'm in charge of this ship's mechanics!" Despite her anger at someone doing her job, she figured she would just roll with it until the battle was over. Working quickly, she contributed to the switch and watched as the new pilot launched and took down two Benjlakki mechs while he was at it.

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Saul became even more stressed out the more the battle went on. He knew fighting Benjlakk would not be easy, but this went beyond his expectations for a country with few men with much experience. He heard his son mention the loss of Captain Ire, as well as the capture of a woman whom allegedly had her genetic makeup altered. "I heard from Howe about losing the Captain. He was all over the fleet's channel. As for the woman, I would like a medic to go and check her genetic structure, to be sure. If it is true, and her genes were altered, one question rises in my mind, it would confirm my fears concerning what Benjlakki news said on an unorthodox laboratory on an island close to this battlefield during an attack there by mercenaries with an unknown employer. That would also raise the Why was a group of Benjlakki doing such experiments, knowing it was illegal in their country? Could whoever it was that conducted the alteration of the woman's genetic structure know something that we do not?"

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Zechariah Was unable to respond to Sandra's query, at first, because he was preoccupied with an enemy mech's next move. Now that he was able, he said to the Admiral, "Sorry for the delay in responding, ma'am. The only casualties so far were Sergeant Harrison, Privates Jones and Robinson, and Corporals Johnson and Mercutio. Harrison's Eagle was shot down by a stray blast before we even engaged Lion Team. The other confirmed deaths I mentioned died during the dogfight with the enemy squadron. The Shapiro Twins' status is unclear. I can't pick up their Eagles' heat signatures. They may landed them underwater and went to investigate something, possibly that downed mech that used a nuclear weapon. I can't pinpoint where they are, right now."

He next heard a person, whom he assumed was Axl, mention the retreat and ask what to do. In his Eagle's current state, Zechariah could not withstand more damage. Other pilots in Brown Wing were in similar situations. It certainly proved how tough the Lion Team was. "All Brown Wings, regroup and head back to the Seraphim. We're in no state to continue the fight as we are, right now."

Benjamin heard that and groaned. On the open channel, he said to the opposing mech, "All right! I'm letting you off easy, this time! Don't be so sure about next time!"

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Adira was still unconscious as Zechariah said for the others in the squadron to regroup. When she finally woke up, she noticed both the man and her sister were missing from the scene. Tears came down her eyes, her grief turning into renewed anger. She was not going back to the Seraphim without Chemda. Bringing out a spy probe, she activated it and had programmed to follow the Titan and record its movements. Then, she went underwater and swam back into her Eagle, waiting for the right moment to pursue. The mech's electronic systems were still off, meaning her heat signature would minimum, with neither Benjlakk nor Metargo able to see where she was.

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Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Catrina Ramirez Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Viki Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Chemda and Adira Shapiro Character Portrait: Bibiana Armine Durrans Character Portrait: Minmei Midori Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: May Fermana

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Saul was relieved the battle was over. Of course, he knew that thousands of troops perished in the amphibious assault that ultimately ended in failure, something which placed him in a deeper internal depression. He hid such depression so well, only his wife, son, and daughter knew about it. To the rest of the Metargo Kingdom, he had a charismatic aura about him. Seeing Karen return back to the ship safely brought a soft smile to him as he walked up to her and hugged her. "Karen..."

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Bibi saw the Champ model and realized right away it was the same pilot. She heard what she was going to be asked to do, so she simply walked up to the pilot during the conversation he was having after she told one of the mechanics to prepare a spot for the admiral. The mechanic in front of her next noticed that and then introduce her to him.

"Pilot of the Slaughter Dagger, here is the Head Mechanic, Ensign Durrans." Whispering, the man added, "Her full name is Bibiana Armine Durrans. She's the eldest daughter of and eventual successor to Duke Adelias Durrans of Lexcorvi. As you know, Dukes and Duchesses often act as advisors to the royal court. Anyway, whatever you do, don't refer to her by any titles referring to a noblewoman. She gets a bit touchy about her status. If not refer to her by her military rank, just call her 'Bibi', and you'll be fine." That same man next went over to Laurence Vincent Howe and whispered the same warning to him about Bibi.

Meanwhile, Bibi glared at Jin while saying, "So, you're the guy who's been doing my job when it comes to my mechanics division on this ship! I am familiar with that model, by the way! I kind of have to be! I'm the one who laid the schematics for the prototype and helped build it, too! Next time, just request the switch to the mode of your choice, and I'll take it from there, all right?"

After she got her answer and told him she already prepared a place for Zane Preston's mech, she next walked up to her fiancé and suddenly, her expression was a bit softer. She realized it was an arranged thing, so she could not exactly blame the boy. That is not to say she would suddenly warm up to him. That would take time. "Laurence, my office is this way." Her office was one typical for a military mechanic on a ship, which also acted as part of a living quarters for multiple people (of course, there were separate bunks in the adjacent room). "This is the two of us will be staying in between battles. I personally requested that from Captain Ire, before the now-over battle, that is. We're engaged, anyway, right? So, we might as well get used to that fact." She washed her hands before going up to the fridge, then brought out two vanilla protein shakes and shook them well before setting one on the table next to the desk. "You'll need the supplements, trust me. Being in the military really takes a lot out of you." Sitting down in one chair and waiting for him to sit in the other, she asked with an arched eyebrow, "Not so glamorous once you're actually in a fight for your life, is it?" Shrugging, she added, "Well, that's reality for ya."

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While Aaron used colorful language to describe how he and Lion Team lost several good pilots to a bunch of rookies, Kyle walked beside Minmei with a clam, yet stressed-out demeanor. Placing a hand on his forehead with a disgruntled sigh, he said, "I could sure use a drink, about now. Still want to do that?"

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Zechariah and Benjamin made it back to the Seraphim with the rest of the remaining Brown Wings that were accounted for. Still, there was no sign of Chemda nor Adira. What happened to them? When Zechariah spotted Captain McKenzie, a burning anger seethed in him. Walking up to him, Zech said in a clam, but stern voice, "Captain, that mech pilot was already out of the fight. If she did not intend what she said to me to be a bluff, I would have already been dead." Benjamin pulled Zechariah aside and shouted at him with, "Zech, this is a war! This is what we do, we destroy the enemy! Forget that, and you're a dead man!" Pushing Ben away, Zechariah asked him, "What makes you think I wanted to be a part of any war, to begin with? When was the last time you heard me express any interest in that?"

With that, he walked away to leave his older brother to his thoughts. Meanwhile, Ben noticed Catrina nearby and told her, "Don't worry about my brother. He's just stressed out, is all."

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Back on the Titan, after letting go of Karen, Saul spotted Jin in the aftermath of Bibi talking to that pilot. The King went up to him and said, "Bibi is often like that. You get used to it, after a time." He then said to Karen with a soft smile, "Oh! I almost forgot that you had something to say to this young man. I better check on Scoar and tell Viki of the results of the battle."

First, he gave his message on the results to Viki, which went like this:

My daughter, while the whole family is safe, for the moment, the amphibious assault on the beaches of the Gatwashiim peninsula nearest our country ultimately failed. The amphibious troops were all but decimated by the enemy garrison, roughly totaling a number of 6555 foot soldiers, 210 pilots, and 15 ships. Elsewhere, such as the southern-most shorelines of Benjlakki territory, the weaker resistance resulted in advancement further inland, though not without reinforcements from different places within Benjlakk arriving to try to counter them. Progress in this war has been made, but for how long from now, I cannot say. These matters are never so simple. The fleet I am with still has 21 ships, despite the heavy losses. I suspect neither this fleet nor the enemy one we face will be capable of any fierce combat for a while, considering the damage most ships on both sides sustained. Repairs may take at least a week, if not more. After that, we shall plan an alternate route inland to continue the military campaign. I pray to Marlextov that this war end soon, lest internal problems within the kingdom become our downfall.

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Adira took a risk and activated the electronic map for a brief moment. Once she saw that the battle was over, she realized that this was an opportune time to test her stealth while piloting a mech. She took a guess as to where the enemy would go and took an alternate route to get there. Metargo territory was not that far, and with the mountains in the nearest enemy territory on the other side of the sea, radars would have difficulty locating her if she flew in low. Next stop, Fort Ordimarga. I'm not going back to the Seraphim without my sister.

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Speaking of whom, Chemda was slowly regaining consciousness, yet it was barely noticeable. She had yet to be able to move, though she could hear a couple people speaking in the Metargo language. Although the words were similar to those in the Benjlakki language, some she could not comprehend everything. What she could gather was the male voice apologized for possibly waking the female one's up, while the female said something about being down while everyone else was fighting. Were they talking about the aftermath of the battle?

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Field Marhsal Constantini received word that the defensive was successful and also heard about Vance's success in taking out three Leo Vermilions by himself. Knowing that at least one squadron needed more pilots, he personally went on speakers to make an announcement:

Listen up, boys! We may have taken some significant losses during this defensive, but thanks to everyone involved, we managed to repel the enemy amphibious assault. I would personally like to congratulate Private 1st Class Vance in defeating three Leo Vermilions all by himself with a Praetorian. He is now two kills away from being a mech ace, and his skills as a pilot, I believe, the Benjlakki Republic Navy could use. Therefore, I am requesting a transport and escort be made ready for his trip to the Seraphim, where Rear Admiral Lionel of the 101st Fleet shall be informed of his achievement and requested transfer.