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Jin-Giro

Champion Prize fighter/Expert Tactician "The army with the largest shadow wins "

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a character in “Mech Unit Warfare”, as played by MrGr1nch

Description

Name: Jin-giro
Role/rank: Tactical Commander for Metargo Fleet (promoted in story) and Mech pilot
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Height: 6'-0"
Weight: 165
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

Background: Jin-giro was orphaned at birth and stored on boared a transport vessel into the Metargo Kingdom probably with the hopes of finding a wealthy family and living a good life. instead he got the complete opposite. Jin grew up in a orphanage until he was kicked out for fighting at the age of 6, he then scavenged living in the industrial hell by himself until eventually taking refuge in a bandit hideout. Jin was surprisingly taken in for a year by the group of bandits at the age of 10 for his rambunctious spirt. He was introduced to all the evils of the world while Living with the bandits and he had formed a close relationship with the leader who at heart wasn't a bad guy but also suffered a terrible childhood allowing him to sympathize and mentor the young adolescent in the ways of hand to hand & sword combat, tactical planning and commanding. One night a mutiny arose in the bandits HQ and the leader was deemed unfit to lead due to his age and fondness of his prodigy (Jin-giro) which was followed by his beheading but not before he managed to help 11 year old Jin-giro to escape the murderous crew. Once again young Jin found himself alone and without food or shelter. Taking advantage of the skills the captain taught him Jin began signing up for competition fights by lying about his age or getting sponsored by criminal gangs. Jin-giro won titles in 3 cities moving each time he attained a championship victory in fear that bet collectors would try to kill him. At the age of 16 he began planning robberies which consequently lead to his induction into The Metargo academy for gifted youth.

Prize fighting Jin-giro Image

Rank (currently):Command Tactician on board the Titan
Fighting Style: A Master of Tactical Surprise Attacks & hand to hand/sword combat Jin-giro is the definition of a street fighter and will do whatever needs to be done to win. Not to fond of firearms Jin does sometime carry around his graduate cutlass which he can use expertly even when defending against small fire arms. However his main weapons are his fist, elbows, knees, and the environment around him. When inside his mech Jin keeps his distance and attempts to test out his opponent. using his anti mech artillery and fire arms first always making sure to keep one round in the chamber incase of escape. Although not the best shot with his mech or in person Jin is pretty accurate and will usually hit his target but more than likely not in the spot he was aiming for.

Mech Name: GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger (Codename: Champ)
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Weapons: 2 x 40mm Multi-barrel mini-guns
4 x ES01 Beam Saber (2 on the body, 2 hidden
2 x 12.5mm Anti-infantry Gun

Optional Attachements:
Beam Rifle

Sword Striker -Fast Lightweight hit and dodge tactics
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15.78 meter Anti-ship Sword
Panzer Eisen" Rocket Anchor (grabs things)
Beam Boomerang (a boomerang beam sword)
Shield

Launcher Striker -Bulky long range bombardment
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320mm Hyper Impulse Cannon
Combo Weapons Pod
120mm Anti-ship Vulcan Gun
2 x 350mm Launchers

IWSP Pack -Heavyweight killing machine 2.0 all range
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2 x 115mm Railguns
2 x 105mm Cannons
2 x 9.1 Meter Anti-ship Sword
Combined Shield
30mm 6-barrel Gatling Machine Gun
Beam Boomerang

Lightning Striker -Tactical advantage mod
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Type 70-31 Electromagnetic Cannon

Strengths: Jin has a exceptional will for survival his main philosophy is always has a plan A,B, and C plan C is run for your life. He is usually never caught off guard and always finds and exploits his enemies weakness to the fullest.
Weaknesses: Although he has only lived 20 years Jin is plagued with flashbacks that render him incapacitated and nightmares that can leave him restlessly fatigued also not the best with fire arms can hit the target but not always where he's aiming.


Personality: Jin is capable of showing kindness and affection but only after being shown it first, he avoids large groups of people and tends to sit quietly with his fingers intertwined under his nose and over his mouth. He is a listener and very introverted. Also Jin is ready to fight at any moments notice except when suffering from one of his traumatic flashbacks.

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Likes: Food, Winning, Women in that order
Dislikes: Killing, losing, being poor & homeless

Thoughts on each side: Jin hopes that with his skills he can end the war sooner he doesn't care for either side in particular


History: Champ was given to Jin after graduating from The Metargo academy for gifted youth which he was only invited to after pulling off the greatest and last heist of his life. Jin was approached by what seemed at the time ordinary gang members (but later turned out to be Mysticaran spy's) Jin was asked to come up with a plan to steal 12.5 million credits worth of property from a Metargo port. All but one member escaped the successful raid and the captured member refused to give up the names of his companions but in order to save his own neck from executions he gave up the name and location of Jin-giro. The next day the gang member was inslaved and Jin was kidnapped and tortured for information after 12 hours of beatings and torture Jin gave up the names of the Mysticaran spy's and for his cooperation in retrieving the stolen property he was offered an invitation to join The Metargo academy for gifted youth. Jin-giro received top marks in hand to hand & sword combat, Mech piloting, and tactical warfare graduating at the top of his class at 20 years old.

The one thing he loves most in the world: Himself
The one thing he wishes was just gone from the world: Evil

Nationality: Unknown orphan immigrant
Allegiance Metargo for now....

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So begins...

Jin-Giro's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: Chemda and Adira Shapiro Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Saul Metargo
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"Your going to need to launch in the next 30 seconds sir"
Jin-giro with a quick nod of the head to the flight operator who had just prepped his mech for departure quickly climbed into his pilot cabin flipping several switches initiating cabin pressurization along with the flight prep sequence.

"This is the real deal Jin, not a simulation." He thought to himself with the commanding officer's voice playing over his cockpits PA system as he rose to flight deck

"Your objective is to fly in and assist the Titan along with the remaining soldiers who accompany it in their retreat. You will be using the Lighting Striker mod for this mission, and remember pilot failure is not an option"

"Never is..." were the last words Jin-giro spoke before throwing the thruster controls forward and activating the overdrive function which violently threw his body back into his seat but launched his mech from 0 to mach 1 speeds in a matter of seconds.
60 seconds later Lighting Striker Champ's external boosters were completely drained and fell off into the crystal blue water that he now found himself hovering over. A few 100 meters before him lay the fruits of the battle that was still in full swing.

After taking in the horrific sight of death and destruction before his eyes Jin opened a private channel to the Titan warship "Titan, come in this is GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger, I am approximately 370 meters east of your position, I request that all units move toward this direction for evac. I will be covering your escape with two type 70-31 Electromagnetic Cannons" during his transmission he had already begun charging up his cannons to temporarily neutralize the enemy infantry beach units which seemed to be converging on the beached Titan war ship.

With a loud whirring sound the cannons reached full charge and Jin released two massive EMP blasts targeted toward the inbound enemy units, completely short circuiting most of the lesser units and causing total system reboot in the other units.
"That should give them enough time to take off " he thought after evaluating his handy work

"Who else wants some" No sooner before Jin finished his rhetorical question did a a squadron of Benjlakki fighters begin closing in on his position and with a quick targeting adjustment and another whirring blast of EMP energy the powerless aircraft were sent nosediving into the ocean below.

A small flashing icon appeared across Jin's HUD display "Warning! two shots remaining before mandatory cool down sequence"
"Good to know " He thought to himself as he began charging for his next shot.

The setting changes from Myrstrarkia to Benjlakk

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Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Bibiana Armine Durrans
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((This post was coordinated between Colonel_Masters and myself))

Bibi sprinted towards the new Type 34 Laurence Howe was piloting and went straight to work on the preparations. Not only was she skilled at working machines, she was swift at it, as well. With years of mechanical finesse, it was to be expected. Once it was completed, she gave a thumbs up to him then said via radio, "Now, let's see you prove that you got it all under control!" She glare was serious as ever.

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"Systems now recognize externally added weapon bank… scanning… Weapon system accepted, gunner private Ashly reporting" said the calm voice of the 34's AI Claudia.

Laurence had heard that AI's with time tended to develop a personality but he wasn't experienced with such systems. On his previous T34 possessed an older AI system Laurence was accustomed to but he didn't expect any problem with Claudia.

Laurence saw Bibi give him the thumbs up but he was not all too sure of what she had shouted at him.

Once final checks where complete, Laurence departed the Titan once again along with his majesty and the captain. Other pilots gradually joined in their defense of the Titan however with such a distance between the beached Titan and the main bulk of the fleet the Benjlakki possessed an uneven advantage in available mech's from both navy and army garrison.

The first few seconds of their sortie where almost uneventful until Laurence detected on his radar scanners a number of opposing scattered mechs reorganizing and coming in for an attack. Laurence was puzzled, from where had such a volume of enemy reinforcement arrived?

Either way, his majesty departed to offer Cain's assistance the captain was counting on him to be her wingman.

"Captain, there is an entire group of enemy Mech's incoming. I have one on my tale so I shall proceed with evasive maneuvers" said Laurence as he pulled the T34 into a downward role enticing his enemy to follow but also giving his gunner a full arch of fire.

The enemy Mech approached and seemed to take the bait however his attack on the T34 was of such a minute volume Laurence thought the enemy pilot was also playing a dirty game. Laurence was proven wrong however when the gunner was able to deliver a stunningly accurate blow at the Mech sending it burning onto the ground below.

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Captain Raiyn Ire gritted her teeth at the response she received from Zechariah. She knew she couldn't stay out there too long, but she had no idea what this opponent would do. if she moved, he may shoot. So, with quick thinking, she charged to try to disable the beam rifle, th3en spun in a manoeuvre before trying to make it back to the Titan.

Zechariah, out of reflex, moved the rifle out of the way before firing at the woman's mech, hitting the engine and causing her to fall towards the water. She made a crash landing on the beach then got up, using the mech's communications, to try to contact the new arrival. "This is Caprtain Ire, of the Titan. Forward your coordinates to Admiral Preston so he can give the orders to retreat from there. He will want to regroup at that point before taking an alternate route into Benjlakki territory." Little did she realize, it would be the last message Raiyn would give.

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It was not long before Laurence caught site of another enemy Mech and was able to gain a complete read out on the foe. Laurence launched two of his smaller air to air missiles and then returned to formation with the captain.

"Ma’am, this does not make any sense. Scans reveal that the enemy Mech's are amphibious types with little prowess at Mech combat, why would the Benjlakki send these to engage us?" asked Laurence over the come.

Laurence did not hear his captain's answer for at that moment she had turned to face an incoming enemy Mech. Laurence rushed to fill the gap and cover for his captain but it was too late…

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Leopold was aghast; the disaster's scale was growing by the second. The amphibious mech's
where being massacred by the superior Metargo units.

Leopold bellowed numerous orders in an attempt to regroup the unit and make some attempt at escape but powerful interference prevented many of his orders from reaching pilots critically in need of them.

A channel with the admiral opened presumably to receive new orders from her however only static arrived on his side. Leopold intended to request a repeat of her message however two incoming enemy mech's received his entire attention.

What occurred next was a massacre, Mech by mech of his command where destroyed as the vastly superior combat Mech tore into his formation. Leopold rushed to protect his mech's but despite his mech's prowess he was not equipped to deal with this kind of engagement at the moment.

"Sir! He is right on me!" came a message from a pilot moments before he exploded, "I am on fire, I can't bail out!" came another as he burned into a crisp. From a group of 10 remained 5 and there was not a damn thing Leopold could do for them.

What was the use of being in command if you can't protect your charge? Thought Leopold, the thought struck him; if he did not do something his life was not worth living.

Leopold powered hi Mech ahead, he had little long ranged weapons but that did not matter, he had neither sword nor rifle but he did not care. Another Benjlakki Mech joined in the attack and tore into the leading foe sending down onto the beach but Leopold would not stop now.

He had to destroy the enemy; he had to prevent them from ever being a threat to his crews.
The Mech which still flew never saw it coming, transfixed on trying to protect his captain from missile attack and suffering from Leopold's sensor gamming signal he did not respond in time to Leopold's approach.

Leopold smashed into the Mech using his cannons putting it to flame and sending it side ward in disarray it tried to turn and evade him .

The commanding Mech below struggled to regain some footing but never made it far' Leopold would have little memory of his actions during those fateful seconds.

The enemy pilot fought desperately inflicting great damage on Leopold's Dominator but by the time Leopold snapped out of his berserk fury the helpless enemy ley utterly destroyed; its own sword piercing what used to be the pilot's cockpit.

Leopold took off once again and regrouped with his remaining pilots under the cover of the friendly mech's, it was not time to head for home.
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For the second time today Laurence struggled to regain control of his Mech. The rounds had hit his fuselage and the cockpit and the automated onboard fire control system struggled to put out the flames.

The mech was still operable but by the time Laurence turned around back to the beach all that remained where the shredded remains of his Captains Mech.

"Mayday, Mayday the captain is down, I repeat the captain is down! Requesting immediate assistance!"

The setting changes from Benjlakk to Myrstrarkia

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Character Portrait: Minmei Midori Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire
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"This is Caprtain Ire, of the Titan. Forward your coordinates to Admiral Preston so he can give the orders to retreat from there. He will want to regroup at that point before taking an alternate route into Benjlakki territory."

"Captain Ire I have direct orders to lead you and your soldiers back to friendly soil and thats what I plan to do, the orders I have to carry supersede yours, so if you would be so kind as to follow them." The tone in Jin voice was stern and that of commanding officer even though she outranked him. Now down to one shot before mandatory cool down Jin hesitantly scanned for a group of enemy targets to fire upon making sure to stay on the outskirts of the battlefield. The last thing He wanted was to have to engage in real combat.

Watching all that was occurring on the beach from his location and listening to the Metargo frequency channel Jin overheard the chatter between what seemed a young boy and the captain who were fighting within the vicinity of the beach.

"Captain, there is an entire group of enemy Mech's incoming. I have one on my tale so I shall proceed with evasive maneuvers"

"Ma’am, this does not make any sense. Scans reveal that the enemy Mech's are amphibious types with little prowess at Mech combat, why would the Benjlakki send these to engage us?

"Why isn't she responding?" Jin thought to himself as he watched the two. What occurred next brought only two emotion Anger & Courage

With his eyes locked on the captain Jin could only watch as an enemy mech destroyed hers in a fiery explosion presumably killing her instantly. Jin rushed immediately in to provide his assistance to the now captain-less soldiers.

"Mayday, Mayday the captain is down, I repeat the captain is down! Requesting immediate assistance!" blasted over the Metargo frequency.

"Great, cause a mass panic why don't you" He said to himself while attempting to open a private line to Admiral Preston to fulfill the captains last request.

"Admiral Preston this is the pilot of the GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger Jin-Giro on special assignment to help coordinate and facilitate an immediate retreat, Im sure you've heard of Captain Ire's unfortunate death but it is my duty to inform you that you are now the commanding officer who must lead the soldiers back to friendly soil, I am currently on route to the titan for a weapons swap and I will forward you my coordinate when I touch down on board." Again His voice was stern and that of commanding officer even though the Admiral also out ranked him.

Shortly after sending his transmission to Admiral Preston Jin reached the hanger of the titan firing his last EMP blast at a group of the amphibious attackers to cover his entrance and further weaken the enemies forces. Immediately he called for a weapons swap for Champ, purging his Lightning Striker armaments.

"Sword Striker modifications stat!" Time was of the essence or at least thats how he perceived it as he barked out orders to the Titan's hanger mechanics. A 15.78 meter Anti-ship Sword was attached to Champs back along with a left shoulder pauldron/beam boomerang combo and a Panzer Eisen" Rocket Anchor which was also attached to the left arm.

Now that the modification were complete Jin swiftly exited the Titan hanger making sure to grab a beam rifle with his left hand and drawing his anti ship sword with his right, as he exited he cut down two enemy units who were attempting to rush the hanger doors upon his exit.

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Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Minmei Midori Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: May Fermana Character Portrait: Saul Metargo
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Jin was still in some what of a rage mode for being dragged into combat due to the death of Captain Ire, hacking down every enemy in range even managing to land a few shots with his beam rifle. He just knew he was going to get an ear full from command when he got back to base so for the time being every enemy mech he cut down or shot relieved him a little on the inside.

Piercing his sword into the cabin of an enemy mech and using its metallic carcass to shield himself from enemy fire, Jin activated his quick boost thrusters to close in on this next target and after getting within a few meters he raised his rifle and fired decapitating and destroying another Benjlakk mech, but this time he noticed something. Some Benjlakk forces stopped firing at him and had begun falling back and organizing a retreat of their own.

"Oh no you don..." Jin caught himself trying not to let his fighting past take him over again. "Wait this is just what we needed" he exclaimed with a brief moment of joy

"Where is Admiral Zane? someone needs to lead these men and women, and command is going to wonder whats taking me so long." After taking a second to contemplate Jin made a major decision and punched in his PA authorization codes

"All Metargo forces in the immediate area this is junior command tactician Jin-giro, pilot of the GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger I have orders for you all to convene on the Titan for immediate evac. I repeat do not pursue the enemy forces." His voice rang over the Metargo private channel

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Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Minmei Midori Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: Chemda and Adira Shapiro Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire
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Zane fought hard to protect the Sonic Cannon from further damage. The fleet was retreating and Zane could see that Minmei and Kyle had successfully rescued several allied mechs from harm’s way. Zane patched himself into the com device of the Sonic Cannon. “Sonic Cannon this is Admiral Preston of the Hyaku Shiki. You’re clear to cease Operation Azaka and head home. I’ll remain and cove your retreat. Oh, and operator please make sure Azaka doesn’t do anything rash and follow me out here in an attempt to help me alright.” Zane said with a wink to the Sonic Cannon Operator.

Zane received a transmission "Admiral Preston this is the pilot of the GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger Jin-Giro on special assignment to help coordinate and facilitate an immediate retreat, Im sure you've heard of Captain Ire's unfortunate death but it is my duty to inform you that you are now the commanding officer who must lead the soldiers back to friendly soil, I am currently on route to the titan for a weapons swap and I will forward you my coordinate when I touch down on board." Jin’s voice was stern and that of commanding officer even though the Admiral also out ranked him.

Zane cringed at the thought of Captain Ire's passing. It was unfortunate to loose such a good captain like this. After a small moment of hesitation he was ready to respond, “GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger Jin-“ he said as an enemy mech fired on the Hyaku Shiki with heavy cannon fire. “Shit… I guess a response will have t wait until my hasty new playmate is quelled.” Zane said as he returned cannon fire. He moved swiftly to the right and flew downward and ascended in front of the enemy mech and cut it in half with his beam sword. The enemy mech exploded with a bright flash. “An eye for an eye. That was for Captain Ire.” Zane said solemnly.

"All Metargo forces in the immediate area this is junior command tactician Jin-giro, pilot of the DGAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger I have orders for you all to convene on the Titan for immediate evac. I repeat do not pursue the enemy forces." His voice rang over the Metargo private channel.

Zane let out a sigh, “Gosh who’s the dumb blonde today?” He said to himself sarcastically. Zane opened his com link and responded. “Sorry about that delay Slaughter Dagger, I ran into a spot of trouble as I was about to respond. Follow through with the retreat. I want this executed in no more than ten minutes. And good call Jin.” Zane said with a smile.

Azaka Oikawa

Azaka watched from the sonic cannon monitors as the Hyaku Shiki took the cannon fire and then destroyed the attacking mech. He couldn’t help but to hold his breath in anticipation. He was hoping that there was something more he could do for Zane but he knew he’d only make things worse by trying to help. In the end Zane got himself out of trouble anyway. This fact was much to Azaka’s relief.

"All Metargo forces in the immediate area this is junior command tactician Jin-giro, pilot of the GAT-01A2R Slaughter Dagger I have orders for you all to convene on the Titan for immediate evac. I repeat do not pursue the enemy forces." His voice rang over the Metargo private channel.

Azaka heard the transmission and turned to the rest of the Sonic Cannon’s crew. “Great job everyone! We put on a stellar performance out there! The enemy didn’t know what hit them. Let head home.”

Karen Lunaria Metargo

Karen used her mech’s shielding to cover the retreating mechs so that they wouldn’t sustain any further enemy fire. She was glad that this battle was drawing to an end. It seemed that Metargo learned a valuable lesson in the results of pushing one’s weight around. “This is Queen Karen Lunaria Metargo aboard the Red Moon. My shields are covering the escape route. I shall return to the Titan in just a few moments. Minmei has confirmed that most allied units have returned.” With that the queen headed back to the Titan.

Barnett Belvedere

Barnett watched as the door had opened to the infirmary and in walked Cain with a sleeping woman. Barnett blushed a little as she saw Cain, she always thought Cain was attractive. However her blushing ceased when she saw the woman. “Who the heck is she?” Barnett thought to herself.

"Oh. Miss Barnett. I'm sorry if I woke you. I just have to put this girl in here." Cain said thinking that he'd woke her.

Cain gently put the Benjlakki woman's body on the empty bed in the room and sat down on a chair in between both beds.
"So." He said quietly. "Are you feeling better?"

Barnett smiled brightly. “Yes I am. At this point the doctor said that if I stick with the pain killers then I should be up and about in a day or so. What actually gotten me down is this lying in bed while the others are fighting out there. I just wish I could be doing something useful ya know.” Barnett brushed her bangs out of her face and looked up at Cain. “So Cain who is this woman you’ve brought here? I don’t recognize her at all, and I’m pretty good with faces.” Barnett asked while looking curiously.

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Jin had ceased fighting and was now in the process of facilitating the loading of the Titan when he received a transmission.

“Sorry about that delay Slaughter Dagger, I ran into a spot of trouble as I was about to respond. Follow through with the retreat. I want this executed in no more than ten minutes. And good call Jin.” He could hear the approval in the admirals voice and this brought a slick smile to his face.

He Opened his com link and began his reply "No problem sir, just glad to hear you're still with us, I will make sure the mechanics leave a space in the hanger for your arrival." There was a sense of relief in his voice as he finished his transmission

Jin called out for one of the deck hands to bring the head mechanic to him and he replied "Oh you mean Bibi?" and laughed slightly shaking his head "Oh she's gonna chew you out" the deck hand said laughing again. "But sure ill tell her you send for her" and with that the deck hand disappeared onto the ship. "Whats he mean she's gonna chew me out? I don't even know the woman." Jin though to himself trying to remember if he knew the name.

After giving further thought to the deck hands comment Jin just began to mentally prepare himself for the multiple tongue lashings he was going to receive in this day but his thoughts drifted as he watched the wounded and tired solider march on board some attempting to hold back tears of joy that they would live to see another day and others holding back tears of sorrow for theirs lost comrades.

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

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One of the mechanics approached Jin with a woman who seemed about his age but carried herself as that of someone who was raised in high society. "Pilot of the Slaughter Dagger, here is the Head Mechanic, Ensign Durrans." the man said giving a former introduction, next the man added whispering, "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." this shocked Jin at first, not because he couldn't tell she was of an important lineage but that she disdained being referred to by her noble title's. With one eye brow raised Jin offered a salute to the woman as the man walked off to go talk to a younger looking male pilot.

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!" she began to lecture as if she had prepared a speech. "Doing you're Job? No" Jin tried to begin to explain but the woman just continued to lecture him. "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!" "And i am indebted to you for that, its a wonderful piece of machinery but due to the severity of the situation at the time..." again Jin was cut off from talking as Bibi finished her rant "Next time, just request the switch to the mode of your choice, and I'll take it from there, all right?" "Uhmm sure" Jin said knowing that was the answer she required, and finally content Bibi turned around and began walking away. Jin opened his mouth to inquire about Admiral Zane space on the ship but before he uttered a word Bibi answered him assuring she would have a space for him available on the titan.

Slightly ah struck as he stood in silence and watched the well figured woman walk away to the young man the mechanic was previously talking to. "She's quite a piece of work" Jin said to himself with a slight smile as he watched Bibi walk away.

While eyeing Bibi from the spot she left him in the King came up to Jin saying, "Bibi is often like that. You get used to it, after a time." Jin was surprised and slightly star struck to see the king and Queen standing right beside him although Jin didn't care much for titles, most of his life he had only seen pictures and heard recordings of them from the streets he lived off of. Saul then said to his wife 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." and with that he walked away.

"Queen Karen, you have something to speak to me about?" Jin wast expecting this and was hoping to not receive a royal chewing out, although it would just add to his collection of the day.

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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?"

Minmei looked at Kyle and let out a sigh. “Yeah I could use a drink about now. That last battle was quite depressing…” She said. The two went the resident bar aboard the Titan. They sat at the bar itself and the bartender asked the two “What will it be?”

Minmei replied, “I’ll have a cosmo please.” She then turned to kyle, “Order what you like Kyle.” She said. She was a bit down. Shehad such high hopes for that battle and they were utterly dashed. Minmei said to Kyle while they waited for their drinks, “So it seems you’ve a lot of respect for the Benjlakki. I gotta admit they are brave and not as easy as I thought they’d be. The upper crust of Metargo always seems so confident when they talk about defeating the Benjlakki. I guess their pompousness was misplaced. Although I respect them more, I still dislike them.” Minmei sat staring at the neon lit wording that hung from the wall as she spoke. “Perhaps I should marry that politician my mother introduced me to and then convince him to move us someplace cozy and safe. He was nice and handsome, and at least I wouldn’t have to see this mess of a war straight on.” Minmei said with a sigh.

Karen Lunaria

Karen was most glad to feel her husband’s embrace and to have made it back safely. She knew it was a bit much for the queen to fight in a war, but she wanted to do whatever she could to help the troops. 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."

Karen replied, “Alright dear. Send Viki my love.”

"Queen Karen, you have something to speak to me about?" Jin said as Karen approached him.

She smiled and he seemed surprised by it. “I am horrible with the military ranking system, please forgive me. May I call you Jin?” The queen asked politely. She then continued, “My husband and I, as well as Admiral Preston have been monitoring your progress for some time now, and we thought to ask of your help in a greater capacity. You’re of a brilliant tactical mind it seems and I wanted to ask if you would receive the bestowing of the Tactician’s rank for the Metargo Fleets. Admiral Preston said he could use the assistance form someone such as yourself and you were the perfect choice for recommendation. I agreed and so does Saul. Will you accept my offer Sir Jin?” Karen asked with her dainty voice.

Zane Preston and Azaka Oikawa

Zane had returned to the Titan and docked the Hyaku Shiki in the hanger. He saw Queen Karen speaking with Jin in the distance and smiled. He reoved his helmet and his blonde lock fell down to his shoulders. “Please say yes!” He called over to Jin from where he was. He then continued walking toward the hangar’s exit as he wiped the sweat from his brow. Azaka appeared in the doorway with a soft smile. Zane grinned and reached his hand out to Azaka to shake it but Azaka simply dashed toward Zane and locked him into a deep embrace.

“I was a little scared for you. Don’t be so reckless out there okay?” Azaka said to his lover.

Zane replied softly, “Alright. I’ll slow down on the heroics in the future.” The two shared a quick kiss and let go of each other. Zane continued, “Let’s grab a bite to eat songbird.” The two walked down the Tiatan hallways. “Honestly had you not been out there operating the Sonic Cannon, things would have been a hell of a lot worse. I’m glad you so stubbornly insisted on protecting me. We needed the help.” Zane said solemnly.

“Anything for you love. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Captain Ire. I wish this war hadn’t happened. So many would still be alive. I plan to write a requiem song for the fallen. It’s the least I can do.” Azaka said as the two neared the restaurant.

Zane stopped short. Azaka turned around to see what was the matter. Zane replied, “No songbird, the least would be to continue living, for the sake of peace and those that died fighting for it. Pray to the heavens that we don’t those numbers.” Zane said quietly. He then took Azaka’s hand and led him into the restaurant.

Azaka grew increasingly worried about Zane. “Oh Zane… you look as if all the sorrow of Metargo is on your shoulders.” Azaka thought to himself.

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The queen smiled as she began to speak to Jin. He gave a slight bow and Introduced himself as Jin-Giro

“I am horrible with the military ranking system, please forgive me. May I call you Jin?” The queen asked politely. "Why of course ma'am" he said slightly shocked at her politeness and sincerity. She then continued, “My husband and I, as well as Admiral Preston have been monitoring your progress for some time now, and we thought to ask of your help in a greater capacity. You’re of a brilliant tactical mind it seems and I wanted to ask if you would receive the bestowing of the Tactician’s rank for the Metargo Fleets." a look of surprise took over Jin's face as he couldn't believe what was happening, he was receiving a promotion from the errand boy scapegoat position he was currently stuck in back at the Metargo military base.

while Jin was still in disbelief Karen continued "Admiral Preston said he could use the assistance form someone such as yourself and you were the perfect choice for recommendation. I agreed and so does Saul. Will you accept my offer Sir Jin?” she asked with her dainty voice. "I'd be honored" he announced with the look of shock still labeled on his face. "So will I be staying onboard the Titan and operating out the command room here? he asked hopefully
"Please say yes so I don't had to go back to that hell hole and get chewed out by those idiots at HQ" He thought to himself.

This new position fulfilled Jin's deepest wish, the position that would allow him too end this war sooner rather than just fight in it under the command of his incompetent superiors.

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Barnett Belvedere

"I don't know her name." Cain said plainly and smiled a bit. "Apparently she attacked me with another person who looked just like her, most likely her twin. They were pretty strong for...." He hesitated for a moment. Barnett gave a curious look but decided not to ask about his hesitation. Clearing his throat Cain then continued. "For Benjlakk soldiers. However, I disarmed both of them. I brought her here for Scoar to question. Don't worry though. If she wakes up, I'll make sure you're safe." He said looking at the door.

Barnett smiled that was free of worry, and replied. “Thanks Cain, I’m in good hands with you here.”

Scoar walked through just as Cain had stopped talking. Closing the door behind him he gave a tiresome sigh. "Oh." He said noticing Barnett. "Nice to see you're up. I hope you'll be able to join the battle tomorrow. We could really use you.”

Barnett brushed a lock of blonde hair behind her ear and replied, “I should be off of bed rest by tomorrow but the doctor said that I’m only cleared for analyst duties until he gives the word. So it seems sailor multi might be idle for a short while. Thanks Prince Scoar.” Barnett thought it nice how the royal family of Metargo was so approachable.

Scoar continued, “Oh yeah, Cain, You're gonna have to stay here for about an hour. I'll try to keep you company for as long as possible but things are hectic out there. The Captain went down in battle."

"Oh. I see. That's too bad." Cain replied.

"Yeah. I suppose I'll go talk to my mom later but first I have to watch the nurse come in and draw blood from this girl. We suspect that something may be wrong with her. She may have the same 'cold' that you once had."

Cain's eyes narrowed a bit as he looked at the ceiling. "I see."

Knock. Knock. Knock.
"Prince Scoar. Can you tell me again how the girl became unconscious." The nurse said, poking her head into the room.
Scoar once again sighed and said, "I'll be back you two." as he left the room.

“I wonder who she is? If she does have a twin, I’m sure she’s really worried about her. I heard that twins can often be even closer than usual siblings.” Barnett said as she stared at the young woman. Barnett glanced over at the flowers that were gifted mysteriously to her earlier and thought they’d make for a more upbeat subject change. “So Cain, I’ve received these flowers earlier and I think they’re quite lovely. I mean gosh a girl has to literally be in a hospital bed to get a bouquet of flowers these days!” She joked with a giggle. “Minmei thinks they’re from a secret admirer. I told her, ‘yeah right, I thought the guys would stop admiring me when I took this load off my chest!” She joked again. After her laughter subsided she took a more thoughtful tone, “But seriously, it would be nice if they were from someone nice that showed interest in me. Someone nice in the middle of so much trouble.” She started at the flowers as if lost in thought.

Minmei Mindori

Kyle ordered a whiskey and waited with Minmei, whom discussed Benjlakk and possibly marrying politician. The thought of her settling down made him laugh and give her a playful punch. "You're not going to go back in your shell once he expresses interest in you, are you?" Calming down a bit and letting go of his mischievous grin, he added, "Seriously, though, you first need to work on not being so shy once it is clear a guy likes you." His face solemn, now, he spoke some more. "Of course, none of that will matter if Benjlakk wins this war."

Minmei rolled her eyes playfully, “I guess. Funny thing is that he doesn’t make me feel nervous, even when I’d imagine him being interested in me. I don’t know why that is.” Minmei replied.

His whisky now in his hand, he took a sip before saying, "Prime Minister Lopez was an idiot to have challenged the Benjlakki Republic at all, and I'm not saying this to be unpatriotic. There's a reason no other country in this day and age would have dared consider it: all that have attacked or threatened our new enemies in the millennia-long history of Benjlakk's existence lost their sovereignty, with the Benjlakki Armed Forces killing off both military and government. Granted, President Anderson promised to pull away from that dark reputation should war be upon them, which it is, but I doubt he can prevent history from repeating itself. He may end up giving in to the pressure, in the end, should we lose. If that were to be the case, neither you, me, nor that politician your mother introduced you to would live through being hunted down and shot. The civilians will be fine, it is the government and military personnel that would not survive under such a scenario. That is how serious this war is, right now. It's not like any war we fought before; our sovereignty is at stake, now. It matters not whether we grab even a mile of Fertaninn away from the Benjlakki Republic, at this point. If we lose and Howard Anderson fails to uphold his promise that he made upon election into Benjlakk's presidential office, Metargo will fall due to a lust for revenge on our enemy's part. Nothing else matters."

Turning his head sideways in sadness, he added with another sip, "It's just as the King himself said before we left to fight: we may have 'bitten off more than we can chew'. Regardless, we must continue what we started and hopefully hold out long enough that negotiations may begin. We have the offensive now, but once about a fifth of our population starts complaining about a lack of food from the imports we were receiving from Benjlakk, we will be vulnerable to retaliation. We're in a race against time, right now. We've got to beat the crisis before it beats us. It's the only way we can hope to keep our own nation independent, unless Anderson pulls it off and Benjlakk offers to negotiate a treaty, for the first time."

Minmei sighed, “It seems thing keep getting darker and darker. The Benjlakk sure seem merciless considering how you describe the possible outcome should we lose. So it sounds like either we leave them alone or conquer them, or they defeat us and subjugate us. Now they don’t seem as innocent as some like to paint them in that light. But I’ve heard and said enough about the enemy. Let’s talk about you. Any personal stake you’ve got in this war?”


Karen Lunaria

The queen smiled as she began to speak to Jin. He gave a slight bow and Introduced himself as Jin-Giro

“I am horrible with the military ranking system, please forgive me. May I call you Jin?” The queen asked politely.

"Why of course ma'am" Jin said slightly shocked at her politeness and sincerity.

She then continued, “My husband and I, as well as Admiral Preston have been monitoring your progress for some time now, and we thought to ask of your help in a greater capacity. You’re of a brilliant tactical mind it seems and I wanted to ask if you would receive the bestowing of the Tactician’s rank for the Metargo Fleets." a look of surprise took over Jin's face.

while Jin was still in disbelief Karen continued "Admiral Preston said he could use the assistance form someone such as yourself and you were the perfect choice for recommendation. I agreed and so does Saul. Will you accept my offer Sir Jin?” she asked with her dainty voice.

"I'd be honored" he announced with the look of shock still labeled on his face. "So will I be staying onboard the Titan and operating out the command room here? Jin asked hopefully

"Indeed, you shall. You should be allowed to move about freely as you see fit. You will need to be present at board meetings and even some parliament discussion that involve Metargo military movements. I am most glad that you’ve accepted the offer. This is an official document of promotion. My husband and I drafted it up in advance in the event that you’d take the position.” Karen handed Jin the beautifully decorated envelope with the royal seal stamped on it. “I an official will help you get settled and briefed. Thank you once again Sir Jin! I must be off now. We shall see each other soon.” Karen said with a smiled and a gentle nod and gracefully proceeded down the hallway.

(OOC: MrGr1nch you can write for the officials that help Jin get settled as you see fit.)

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"Indeed, you shall. You should be allowed to move about freely as you see fit. You will need to be present at board meetings and even some parliament discussion that involve Metargo military movements. I am most glad that you’ve accepted the offer. This is an official document of promotion. My husband and I drafted it up in advance in the event that you’d take the position.” The queen handed Jin a beautifully decorated envelope with the royal seal stamped on it. “I an official will help you get settled and briefed. Thank you once again Sir Jin! I must be off now. We shall see each other soon.” Karen said with a smiled and a gentle nod and gracefully proceeded down the hallway.

Jin now clutching to the royally stamped envelope, watched as the queen made her graceful exit and disappeared into the depths of the massive ship. He looked down and broke the seal with his finger making sure to not disfigure the envelope in any way and read its contents in a hushed tone:
This document here by certifies the position of one Jin-Giro to head tactician of the Metargo fleet. You are to be quartered on board the Titan vessel and operate out of its command center unless ordered into mech combat by a member of the royal family, Admiral Preston himself or if you feel it absolutely necessary. We hope with your skill and brilliant tactical mind we can bring this war to a close. Best wishes

At the bottom of the letter contained the signatures of the king and queen as if it wasn't authentic enough. After resealing the letter and placing it in his flight jacket Jin noticed a small card fall out and onto the ground. He picking it up noticing they were the directions to his new quarters and headed there eagerly awaiting to see his new home.

As the doors to his quarters slid open to the touch of his key card a sense of pride began to overcome Jin, not in his country, but in his life progress he had gone from being a homeless street urchin as some would put it, to living onboard the Metargo fleets finest ship and in quarters fit for a nobel man, well besides the maps mounted along the walls and the table sized battlefield projector which gave live feed of battles and even had a replay function. Jin's life had hit the jackpot so to speak, but of course this upgrade to his lifestyle came with the price of tactically leading hundreds of troops to fight to the death... it sure beat sleeping in Champ as the alternative.

Jin explored the contents of the room finding a full stocked supplement fridge and a closet with two freshly pressed uniforms that communicated his new ranking. After drinking one of the supplements to replenish himself from the battle, and changing into his new uniform he walked out with the intentions to head to the command room to gain familiarity with the crew and equipment but encountered a young woman official who simply introduced herself as his tactical assistant. "Good evening sir the command center is this way if you would follow me" the woman's formal speech was that of a maid but her military demeanor insisted she could handle her own in a fight. "lead the way please" he insisted and as she did Jin carefully studied her body and gait for any physical evidence as to why she wouldn't be a fighting soldier and was instead his personal assistant.

Upon reaching the command center everyone gaze was immediately shifted to Jin, all but his assistant who gave the announcement of his presence... something he was neither expecting nor happy about. Jin wanted the chance to study the individuals in the room without much attention being on him but since that was out the window he decided to make a public address. "I am Tactical Commander Jin-Giro and I will be in charge from here onward." With his short speech over and the attention dissipating off of him Jin assumed his position over the command center battlefield projector and started reviewing all the combat that took place over the course of the day leading up to the captains death and the eventual retreat.

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Watching the battle footage over and over revealed minor errors each time Jin hit replay. They began to stack up until finally he walked away from the battlefield projector in disgust, he couldn't believe how sloppy the attack on the peninsula was. Multiple Metargo units broke formation just moments into the battle and others left the battle field altogether. "We have some work to do. were his words as he shook his head in disappointment He knew that if he were going to make the necessary changes to win the next battle he have to start by reorganizing the best.

Jin looked his assistant in the eyes and gave her a simple order "Bring me Lion team to the conference room for a debriefing"

Once all of lion team was gathered in the conference room Jin ran the recording of the battle in the middle of the table for everyone to see, while sitting at the end of the table where he could monitoring everyones reactions or lack there of. The recording immediately stopped and paused at the moment of captain Ire's death and this is when Jin removed his hands from in front of his face and and extended one hand towards the image in front of them all "This is the result of arrogance and disorganization, what do you'll have to say for the disgraceful performance today?" His eyes scanned the room as he listened to what each of them had to say for themselves.

This was his first chance to really look at the soldiers he would be tactically in command of and for the most part he saw fire in their eyes, for some this was a burning hatred for the Benjlakki and others the burning desire for retribution, but he would allow their explanations to finalize his decision.

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Aaron shook his head. "No. Some of us died." After a bit, he and Cain were summoned to the conference room.

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Chemda seemed to not stay unconscious long from Aaron's kick, since she was able to hear Scoar ask if she wanted some water. It seemed the Prince understood her language. Slowly getting up off the floor, she nodded slowly, but then asked, "But, first, where's my sister? Is she okay? Her name is Adira." Turning her head, sideways, she told the Prince, "As for those... impulses... well, my twin and I kind of found out about those when some stalkers ambushed us after a high school gymnastics event we participated in. From the look those boys gave as they eyed us, well, you can guess what was coming up. We didn't let them, though, and that's where those impulses came in. Fighting skills we didn't think we had just suddenly came, and we nearly killed one of those guys because of those sudden impulses. I just can't explain it. We knew we were different in physical qualities from our peers, but to actually have a sort of killing instinct... it... it was a scary thing to think about after that incident. I don't know why it is there, but once it's triggered, usually when danger is near, it's hard to control it without major pain to the head... as this Cain guy witnessed. I'm just glad nobody was hurt by me, this time."

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Zechariah now felt guilty for his outburst. That was the thing about Zech: he can be sweet and kind, but can also overreact. Still, Viola could have worded it differently. He made a mental note to apologize for his rude behavior, later. Benjamin, however, did not regret his choice of words. Both brothers glared at Axl as he spoke to both Viki and Zechariah. As Axl left with Viola, Zechariah continued to glare. "I swear, if Axl makes one move against Viki, I will personally shoot him to ashes!"

Ben whispered to Viki with, "This is the first time I've seen Zechariah express any form of malice. He must really be ticked by what Axl said to you."

Zechariah then realized they were still in Sandra's presence. "We better listen to what Rear Admiral Lionel has to say, so, we should stand at attention, again."

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Kyle heard the call for all available Lion Team members to head tot he conference room. "We better continue this later. No point in bringing a whisky to that place." He quickly poured the contents of his glass into a nearby sink and sprinted to make it in time, the rest of Lion Team there to see the playback of the battle.

Sure, many of the remaining Lions were angry, but none showed it more than Aaron. After all, this was the first time he was ever bested in battle. He wanted to prove himself the best, he wanted to uphold his family legacy. To do that, he needed to get rid of the one obstacle in his way: Zechariah Malachi.

Once it was time for explanations, Aaron spoke up first, a deep fervor about him. "While it is true that arrogance and disorganization were part of the reason, one cannot deny Benjlakk planned in advance for repelling our attack! The King himself was not mistaken in telling us we'd be facing a foe unlike any other! As for Captain Ire's death, I know for a fact that in prime condition, she would never have fallen so easily! Have you all forgotten the Second Metargo-Mysticaran War!? Not even a Golem manned by an elf could defeat her so quickly! Could one, men?"

The members of Lion Team that were actually veterans of the Second Metargo-Mysticaran War shouted in unison, "No!"

From there, Aaron continued, his voice expressing more rage, "Damn right, 'No'!" Obviously, something happened which hindered her abilities while in her mech, and I guarantee it occurred during and after the confrontation between the Titan and the enemy flagship called the Seraphim! Furthermore, we have been plagued by inexperienced men in the Royal Navy, especially from among the so-called 'elite' that get it in their heads that because they are 'privileged', they can start out a couple ranks above the rest of us and not face the consequences! Had that not been the scenario, we would have had even more men of experience, thus Benjlakk would not have had it so easy! Bibi, our mechanic, is a shining example of someone from among the nobility who chose not to take such an erroneous route, but instead started from the bottom up in the ranks! And now, look at her: her skills and mechanical expertise have proven to be the lifeblood of our success in our war with Mysticara time and time again, which was before our conflict with Benjlakk we are facing!"

Lion Team gave the customary Metargo war chant of, "Struf ul Gluj! Struf ul Gluj!" ((It is an ancient Metargo phrase meaning, "Strength and Glory! Strength and Glory!"))

Aaron was now as fired up as he could be in his speech. "What's more, is that today, we, Lion Team, have faced rookies from Among Brown Wing Team, all of whom surpassed our expectations, especially one! When their sergeant died, as was shown to us, one[/I[ of the pilots within Brown Wing Team kept them together, resulting in the sonic missile barrage which forced us to confront them!" Playing back the face off Aaron had with the pilot he spoke of, he continued, "See for yourself, men, the maneuvers and technique of the man in question! There is only [I]one Benjlakki lineage's legacy that could ever hope to match that of Metargo's own Lextu lineage! Only a member of the legendary Malachi family could have pulled this off! Mech unit warfare may have only been around for seventy years out of the millennia-long history of the Malachis and Lextus, yet the reality stands! It has been confirmed when the man named Zechariah Malachi, whose emergence into the continuation of his family's legacy is shown here, in his first ever battle! Men! We are facing an enemy with the means to humiliate us, yet we must show them Metargo's resolve and prevent that from happening! To victory!"

Lion Team once again shouted in unison, "Struf ul gluj! Struf ul gluj!"

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Once it was time for explanations, a man with snowy blonde hair and brown eyes spoke up first with deep fervor about him. At the beginning of his explanation Jin motioned for his assistant who came to him holding a file on all of Lion team. Jin opened the file and began to read still listening but now putting a face to a name. The man who was currently speaking was Sergeant Aaron Lextu, he was from a very distinguished family and also an expert swordsmen but arrogance and pride seemed to radiated from him as he spoke. then suddenly the members of Lion Team that were veterans of the Second Metargo-Mysticaran War shouted in unison, "No!"

After the sudden outburst Aaron continued, his voice now expressing more rage. Jin sat quietly with his fingers laced right under his noes and continued to read the bio of the 23 year old Sergeant "He'll make one hell of a leader for the ground units if I can calm that temper of his...which won't be easy by the looks of it, With every word his emotions rise and while that maybe good for pre battle talk we are in the process of retreat and such arrogance I can not allow. He needs to be taught a lesson because it seems today's defeat wasn't enough." with the conclusion of that thought Jin began to craft a humility plan in his head one that would teach the whole crew the very lesson that could win this war.

Lion Team gave the customary Metargo war chant of, "Struf ul Gluj! Struf ul Gluj!" as Aaron was reaching what seemed to be the apex of his speech. Now as fired up as he could be in his speech the Sergeant continued. "...We are facing an enemy with the means to humiliate us, yet we must show them Metargo's resolve and prevent that from happening! To victory!" he concluded sparking a fire in the soldiers that filled the conference room. Lion Team once again shouted in unison, "Struf ul gluj! Struf ul glum!"

The time had come to put out the fire and Jin knew exactly how to do it. "Oh yes to victory" Jin said mockingly "To victory he says, but today we stand running in retreat with our tails between our legs, carrying the bodies of our wounded and dead with nothing to show for their sacrifice!!" Jin's voice was raised but not angry his purpose was to silence and crush their pride. He knew it sounded harsh but they had nothing to be proud about today, their enemy had held their own against them, killed their captain, and nearly overrun their main ship. He had to set things in prospective for the soldiers if he was ever going to have them ready for their next offensive.

Now speaking back in his calm voice he continued "Sergeant Aaron Lextu is it? while that was a great eulogy for our deceased captain, it doesn't matter if she had single handedly wiped out the whole Golem population today she's dead and none of you were there to help her, not even myself and I share that burden with you. Secondly you, the soldiers in this room are supposed to be the best of the best at what you do but you didn't deliver on that today. But get ready because Brown wing team regardless of this Zechariah Malachi he speaks of wont stand a chance against you all when I get through with you, I will break you and then I will mold you into the force that will lead the charge for the soldiers of Metargo.... Starting with you. Jin finished speaking while looking Aaron dead in his eyes "After this meeting concludes meet me in the hanger, that is if you're not scared of a duel."

"The rest of you I believe its your turns to explain yourselves."

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Aaron smirked in Jin's direction with, "I accept." After that, he lined up with the other Lions.

Kyle was not one of the Lion Team pilots that joined in on the antics of the others, but he listened carefully at what was said between Aaron and Jin. He would have said something, were it not for the admiral stating he would take full responsibility. Hearing that just made him feel worse. Finally, now that he had the opportunity, Kyle stepped up with an explanation.

"If I may, Tactical Commander, I believe there is a reason for how the Royal Navy is, as of right now: Our previous war was with the Mysticarans, whom did not have mechs. Instead, they manned Golems, the magical variant of a Mech in that riders of them are inside and use their knowledge of spells to have them fight in a similar manner to Mechs, yet not exactly the same. Most veterans in the Royal Navy and Royal Army never fought an opposing Mech, before, at least outside of training. The last war we had where mech-to-mech combat was seen was up against the Caninisian Empire for control over the Fortyyrk Archipelago, which is now divided between us and the Mysticaran Federation as of the Second Metargo-Mysticaran War. The War with Caninisia was when Saul first became King, and back then, our country was still struggling with the concept of mech unit warfare. Even now, the concept is something the Metargo Kingdom has yet to grasp completely due to relative inexperience fighting mech to mech. On top of that, the Mysticarans did not even use modern weapons against us, preferring swords, spears, archery, and other such weapons to go with their deadly spellcasting. With all this in mind, I can see why we would all be rusty and disorganized. Because the Benjlakki invented mechs, to begin with, they would most likely know more about them than we do. The point is, mech unit warfare is a relatively new concept which has yet to fully develop."

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Adira already made it to Metargo territory and flew low in the mountains so not to be detected. She was determined to get her sister back no matter what. Now that she got to just beyond the outskirts of the fort she knew the 96th Royal would be by night, she hid her Eagle (in fighter jet mode) among the trees and got to working on infiltrating the port so she could get inside the Titan without a needless fight. All she had to do, now that she was in disguise, was wait. By the 96th Royal Fleet got to the territorial waters of Metargo, meaning the wait would not be that long.

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Jin watched as Admiral Zane stepped forward he knew his voice and immediately went to his credentials, “I take full responsibility for what happened today. I also take responsibility for Captain Irie’s death..." Jin looked around as some of the soldiers showed signs of relief "...I promise you all that THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.” The admiral concluded in a serious tone. "With respect Admiral the lost we all experienced today is for all of us to share, along with captain Ire's death its not right for you to bare all of it solely."

"If I may, Tactical Commander..." began a young man with Silvery gray hair. Jin looked in his folder to match the man's face with a name and found the credentials for Kyle Scripio. He scanned over his information as Kyle continued to talk. Only hearing excuses he did his best to internalize what Kyle had to say. "...I can see why we would all be rusty and disorganized. Because the Benjlakki invented mechs, to begin with, they would most likely know more about them than we do. The point is, mech unit warfare is a relatively new concept which has yet to fully develop." Jin paused, removing his hands from under his nose before retorting "The fact that the Benjlakki invented the original mechs should have nothing to do with our sloppy and disorganized combat. Many of the mechs you all pilot are Metargo tech! Now if they had shown superior fighting skill today I would have nothing to say but no that does not appear to be the case. It was the lack of respect for our opponent and disorganized fighting that lead to today's defeat, But I do find a valid point in your explanation, We don't have mech on mech combat experience so with admirals permission, mandatory 7 am training mission will begin starting tomorrow. Don't worry you will all be using dummy rounds and stun swords so no real damage should occur, but I do hope this elements any other excuses you may come up with before our next sortie."

After a brief silence another member began to speak, this time a woman who seemed to be in her mid twenties. At the end of her speech she had began another chant. "Struf ul Gluj! Struf ul Gluj!" She roared, as a her grin slowly turning into a smile. Similar to Aaron, he admired her spirit but now was not the time in his eyes. Enough! Jin once again raised his voice to silence the chanting "We have neither shown strength nor earned Glory" he said as he broke down the chant into its two words. He looked at the woman who had just spoken and searched the file to find her credentials Specialist, May Fermana 24 years of age, he continued to read more about her before he looked up again and caught sight of her piercing blue eyes. She was a lovely sight and though he regretted it he had to treat her just as he treated every soldier in this room, cold and heartlessly...

"Specialist May Fermana is it?" he asked rhetorically "Thank you for another pep talk and all but what was your contribution on the field of battle earlier..." He paused and extended his hand to the projection of the battle which was still paused on the moment of captain Ire's death. after waiting to receiving a counter argument he continued in his normal calm voice "If you could please refrain from disturbing with further outburst we can bring this meeting to a close sooner." Jin knew he was being harsh and it was hard for him to do so, which is why he kept his head and eyes tilted downward.

"The last two soldiers I have yet to hear from are..." he began looking through the folders of soldiers pulling out two sheets "Lawrence Howe, and Cain Numi, would you care to share your thoughts while we are all gathered , if not I ask that you purge them so we can conclude this meeting."

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Cains face dampened down as he heard even more of his comrades had died. He started to think that maybe he could've saved them, but took back those thoughts immediately. If he was one place, then he wouldn't be another and that only meant that someone else whom he saved today would have died in anothers stead. As both of them were called to debrief, Cain became lost in his thoughts until he saw someone he hadn't seen in a while. A man known as Jin-giro, a junior command tactician. Though Cain didn't know much about the man, he still felt that he was more worthy of his time than allot of people. His eyes had experience of pain in it. At first he felt he was just like him, but after "finding" files on his background he realized that even though they were alike in hardships, they weren't both forged the same way. Still, the man did earn Cains respect, mostly because he seems to be able to put his past behind him and live a normal live. This wasn't going to change his usual approach on meetings though. He decided to sit in the back close to enough people but far away from the majority, listening to only some of the words the two men were saying while also thinking of ways to better pilot the Near Shadow. Cain had a history of doing this. He usually put himself in situations that he wouldn't usually find himself in, and try to think of ways to get himself out of it. He stopped for a moment looking at Jin. He seemed really angry about the events that went on. Who could blame him though. People died. Still, Cain didn't think it was very helpful to disregard Aarons speech fully. Mostly because the first key to winning is teamwork and morale like speeches raises teamwork.

Cain listened as everyone else gave their side of the mission and waited for his turn to come. Of course he wasn't going to volunteer so he was instead called on. He didn't know what to say on his own thoughts so he scratched the back of his head trying to come up with something. "Well, I honestly don't have nothing to report on my end as far as thoughts on the battle. My main goal was to protect the Titan, which i did, sacrificing the life of my own unit to do it. Luckily I was recovered. I feel that the retreat doesn't mean loss or victory for anyone. After all, we're still in a war right. You can win and lose as many battles, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters is first, how many people were lost in those battles, and second, who won the actual war. Allot of people seem to be in raised spirits because of today's events, but not me." Cains eyes were hollowed out and cold as he lost himself in his words. "No. I will learn from today and walk into the next battle with the same calm I'm displaying right now. For I believe if I let my emotions get to me, then I'm just drawing myself closer to death." Snapping out of it and looking to his right and left, he saw some of the soldiers staring at him. "That's just me however. I can't speak for anyone else." He said trying to save himself from peoples stares.
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Axl stopped midway as he thought about Vika's sparring offer. "Nah. I'm already in top form. Sparring is for training, but the only thing I use these hands for is for hurting people. That and cooking. I love me some food. I'm sorry, but seeing as you're a female, I'm not going to spar against you. If I hurt you, I'll probably feel bad about it..... Probably." He said, trying to hide his worry. He turned his head to face her, his face was much more relaxed than his usual frown. "Listen. You don't need a mind wipe or any of that stuff. You're a living being and it's normal for us to get caught up in our emotions. Okay, how about this? I'll spar you, but only if you want to relieve stress. After all, humans get stressed out." He said, patting her on top of her head. Once he realized what he was doing he took his hand away and put them back in his pockets, again walking back to the room. For just a second their, it almost felt like he was talking to Cain again when they were kids. Even though the former was like he was, the latter had personality issues. Cain couldn't handle emotions at all, feeling as if they were in the way of him being perfect. Axl on the other hand, was striven by anger. It was an emotion that changed his life and is still changing it today.

"Oh an one more thing. I don't want to here you call anyone your owner ever again. Understood?"
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Setting the glass of water on the counter, Scoar listened as the girl talked and explained her situation. He didn't know very well, but he was sure that whatever her and her sisters connection was, was also viable to their health. "Don't worry. As Metargo, we still have to perform test, but I'll return you to your sister somehow. Though I don't really know how, seeing as my powers of magic are no where close to my moms or sisters. Still, you'll be okay." He said in Benjlakk. Then switching to Metargo he said, "Don't worry Barnett. We wont hurt her. We aren't tyrants." He joked with a smile on his face. He leaned over to the girl, staring her in the face and placed his hand on her head. "Hmm." He hummed as he decided that he had a good idea. It wasn't until his lips were pressed against the girls forehead that he thought maybe it wasn't a good idea. "Sorry, but my mom used to kiss me on the forehead whenever I was feeling ill. Anyway, just drink some water. I'm sure you'll be fine."

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Chemda was about to answer when Scoar turned his attention to Barnett. From what the Benjlakki girl could gather, the conversation concerned Barnett and a man named Cain, possibly the person before that was in the room when she first woke up. Then, of course, Scoar left once Cain arrived at the door. What was going on?

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Zechariah remained at attention as the rest of Brown Wing Team present left the Seraphim's briefing room. He could barely believe he was promoted by more than one rank, let alone to Sergeant and leader of Brown Wing Team. Of course, he kept calm about it. Inwardly, he felt bad for Viki having to go through what she was going through. "Yes, Admiral?"

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Benjamin left the room having mixed feelings. The first emotion was envy that he was once again outperformed by his younger brother, and now even outranked by him. The other was Ben secretly congratulating him on his promotion. I guess me being corporal with Zech as Sergeant is not so bad. Remembering what happened before the promotion, Benjamin contacted Viola via commlink and told her, "Hey, Viola? Zech and I did not mean to react so hostilely, okay? For future reference, while hormones can tell when somebody is attracted to someone, it does not always equate to wanting to have sex. In Zechariah's case, he is abstinent. Oh, and one more thing: can you please stop acting like anyone owns you? You are a person, after all. On top of that, you outrank most guys and gals within Brown Wing Team. The only two you don't are Cecilia, a Ranged Specialist whom is at the same level of authority as you, and our new Sergeant, Zechariah, whom will lead Brown Wing Team from here on out." With that, Benjamin hung up and walked along the hallways.

It was not long before Ben spotted a man whom seemed to be a test pilot of sorts. Having nothing else to do, he walked up to him with, "Hey, there. You got time?"

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Kyle went out the door Jin held open after May exited, followed by George. The last person to leave the before Jin was Aaron, whom felt convinced he would win the mock duel in the hanger. There, Sergeant Lextu waited, hands at the hilts of his swords.

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Saul shrugged at Karen's suggestion. "I suppose a temporary distraction would do some good."

Julius was half-tempted to head over to the med bay to see if Sailor-Multi was there, but that would not be great for his service record, so the little bot decided against that and remained by Karen's side. Julius knew it has been a rough day for everyone. Thankfully for him, Multi was okay.

During the conversation between the two monarchs, people within the hanger hollered to anyone nearby that some sort of mock duel was about to take place, which was heard by Saul, "I shall see what is going on, my love." What he saw was Aaron and Jin getting ready for a sword fight. He wondered if it was something Jin planned in order to discipline Sergeant Lextu.

He could not evaluate any further before Scoar called and mentioned Axl, requesting a mech. Saul nodded before saying, "Near Shadow Complete should be complete within a month and a half, if not more. In the meantime, there is a Mycenaean I had Bibi customize beforehand to suit your fighting style. It also has the royal seal on the front of its torso."[/color]

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Aaron waited with a smirk. Once Jin came and the wooden sword racks were set, Sergeant Lextu pulled out his set of wooden swords and twirled them for a moment before getting into an aggressive fighting stance. "I'm going to enjoy making you think twice before challenging me. You honestly think you are a match for a Lextu?"

He then charged forward for momentum before leaping upwards for an attempted downward slash. From there, he commenced with a flurry of slashes, albeit not with full force due to his cockiness getting the better of him.

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Kyle, meanwhile, went back to the bar and ordered himself a strawberry daiquiri, paying for it before sitting down somewhere. Minmei was nearby, yet he did not see her. He figured she had gone somewhere else, by now.

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The Titan had finally docked, giving Adira the opportunity she waited for. Still in disguise, she used the card she pickpocketed to unlock the nearest door, which happened to be one of several to the hanger. Most everyone present was busy spectating some sort of duel, meaning few would notice her heading elsewhere. She used that fact to her advantage as she walked deeper into the ship for her sister. First, she tried accessing the laboratory with her card, yet its door did not open. It would seem certain security cards could only open specific doors. Clever, and typical.

One of the lab staff came near, so Adira hid around the corner and waited until the door was open. Once it was, she wasted no time in walking inside behind the man, muffled him until he went unconscious, then took the card from him. She next inserted it into the laboratory database prior to typing in the command to see the day's records. Among them was the impending analysis of the blood of a Benjlakki soldier that was captured and currently held at sick bay. No doubts about it! Chemda is on this ship! She attempted to delete the data, yet ended up unsuccessful because of a lack of authorization to do so.

Using her scanning shades, Adira noticed a nurse was headed her way in the distance. She could not afford to be caught where she was, therefore she searched the immediate area of the room she was in for some sort of ventilation, opened the shaft, and resealed it right on time. Using the map she saw along the way to the lab, she snuck her way towards where the ventilation led to the sick bay, making sure her steps were not heard. Before she knew it, Adira saw her twin, feeling relieved she was all right. Her relief turned to worry and agitation once she caught a glimpse of the pilot from earlier, getting out of sight before she could be spotted. ****! So long as that guy is anywhere near her, I can't do a **** thing!

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During the duel, George spectated part of it before Emesto suddenly attempted to regain control over his body, just as he attempted it when the battle went on, earlier . George mumbled, "My head... are those memories I am thinking about? They couldn't be mine..." George then saw Emesto's memories of spending time with a red-haired girl named Catrina. What felt odd was, the entire dialogue of each of such memories was entirely in Benjlakki. "Get... out... of my... head..."

It was not yours, to begin with, said a voice within the brain. Where are we? What is going on?

"Shut... up...

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After the meeting Jin went back to his quarter but sent his assistant straight to the main hanger to have the wooden sword racks set up for the duel. When in his quarters Jin opened a large duffle bag which he had removed from Champ and emptied its contents onto his bed.

Inside the bag were Jin only casual set of clothes wrapped around a the a sheathed Cutlass. Picking up the sword instantly brought back memories of his childhood mentor and this caused Jin to enter a mentally petrified state. Flashback flooded his mind as he tightly shut his eyes in a failed attempt to get them to stop. Over and over Jin's mind forced him to watch the torture and beheading of his deceased father figure.

When the memories finally subsided Jin's assistant had returned and found him in the corner of his room in the fetal position. "Are You ok Sir?" She said in a concerned tone while helping him to stand. "Are the preparations set? Jin asked ignoring her concern. "Yes Sir but are you sure you want to do this in your current condition? He is a Lextu and their know to be great swordsmen." "Im fine and yes I read his file, I know exactly what I'm doing now leave me." Jin assistant nodded and left him to himself and as the doors slid closed Jin assumed his sword stance. After taking a few practice swing and finishing his deep breathing exercise he was now mentally prepared to confront Aaron.

After making down to the hanger Jin removed his uniform coat along with his shoes exposing his bare chest and neatly folded them by the sword rack. Sergeant Lextu pulled out his set of wooden swords and twirled them for a moment before getting into an aggressive fighting stance before saying "I'm going to enjoy making you think twice before challenging me. You honestly think you are a match for a Lextu?" He ignored Aaron's arrogant comment and removed a single wooden sword from the rack.

Jin took single hand stance and waited for Aaron to make his move which didn't take long. Aaron then charged forward and leaped in the air for a downward slash, which Jin simply avoided by side stepping to the left. From there Aaron commenced a flurry of slashes, which he parried while taking a few steps back. Jin could tell the strikes weren't full force do the the relative ease at which his sword was able to deflect each blow, but he knew couldn't keep this up for too long he would have to escalate Aaron's arrogance into anger some how.

"Is that all you got? I expected more from you." His tone was calm and gave the impression that he was bored.