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Kal Tavin

" Not all battles are won with numbers or overwhelming force a few precise blows can turn the tide of battle."

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

Description

Name: Kal Tavin
Nickname: Phoenix-1
Gender: Male
Age: 23
Height: 6'1"
Appearance: Image


Role: Experimental Fighter Pilot.
Rank (currently): Senior Airman.
Fighting Style (applies to military personnel): Kal uses speed to his advantage in a fight. His main strategy is to use speed surprise and heavy hits to take down enemies from range and then clear out before he can his target can engage.
Strengths: Kal is a natural pilot, he has cross vehicle training and was a former mech pilot but when he was given the chance to pilot a new fighter design he couldn't resist the offer.
Weaknesses: Since Kal is a fighter pilot he has no defense for close quarters combat. Secondly he only has access to one of the experimental fighters so if he looses them both he most likely will be out of the fight or be required to fly something less advanced.
Personality: Kal is very reserved he tends to stick to his orders and isn't exactly a social butterfly. He doesn't socialize often and is often seen eating alone in the mess hall or reading in his bunk when he is not on duty. Given his position he is a bit lost as he is not part of a squadron or team.
History: Kal was raised to a family in Benjlakki he attended a military school but at a young age became fascinated with flight he enlisted to pilot air mechs and trained for two years before transferring to the navy to fly an experimental fighter.
Nationality Benjlakki

So begins...

Kal Tavin's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Viki Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Darius N. Character Portrait: Kavi N.
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The entire shoreline of the Gatwashiim Peninsula, including the evacuated urban areas, has been preoccupied with naval combat and amphibious assault for a solid three hours since 0630 hours in that area's time. (0630 hours is equivalent to 6:30 AM.) the attacking Metargo forces have not let up at all, putting deep pressure on the defensive forces present. mechs and infantry alike storm the beach in an attempt to soften up land resistance to allow an opening further inland. So far, the Benjlakki garrisons present have been able to hold up, though the ultimate decider would lay with the ongoing fight between the 101st Naval Fleet on the Benjlakki side and the 96th Royal Fleet on the Metargo side. Should the defensive along this coastline succeed, Metargo would have to find a way around the garrisons there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Whatever happened to the cameras!?"

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

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

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

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

"Yes, sir!"

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

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

The setting changes from Myrstrarkia to Benjlakk

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Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Kavi N.
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Aaron nodded and told everyone on his team right on time. "Steady... steady..." As he waited, mechs called Cherubim surrounded the Titan from the air, firing aimlessly due to the smoke. Without shielding, this was dangerous for the ship, as even with all the blind shots, at least one of them could hit something vital. Hopefully, for Metargo's military, it would not happen. At last, Aaron and the Lion Team were clear. "Lion Team, launching!" Aaron's RL-5 Falcon, in jet fighter mode, flew out of the launch bay, the rest of Lion Team's mechs following suit. "Falcons, focus your weapons on the enemy mechs! The rest of you, aim at their ships' weapons!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aaron responded by saying, "Intercept 'em!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Cain Jai Numi Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Viola Jenova Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Kavi N.
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#, as written by Zarhara
Sandra watched the map as the attack was made, she was slowly realizing that this was no feint and clearly this attack was going to be a major threat to the entire fleet if nothing was done. She was going to have to start pulling units to launch a counter attack against the Titan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The setting changes from Benjlakk to Myrstrarkia

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Utter chaos erupted in the battlefield. Raiyn's grin widened as she leaned back into her chair, lifting an arm to cradle her head in her fingers. The screen next to her right arm still displayed Sergeant Lextu's cockpit as he was issuing orders to his team. She listened intently to what was going on in his portion of the fight. Not long afterwards though, her own crew on the bridge began calling out to her as the enemy mecha's had begun firing randomly into the smoke screen that she'd nestled the Titan into. The ship shuddered every so often as beam weapons and missiles scrapped her outer hull. It was only minor damage to the vessel, nothing that would bring her down in the least.

"Fire the energy pulse," Raiyn commanded.

A ripple went through the cloud of smoke at her order. Then there were loud thuds that made the ship shake even more right after the energy pulse had been released. Whatever mech's had been overhead had fallen right onto the ship as the pulse took out their systems, essentially shutting them all down. A bit of a frown pulled on her lips as she lifted her crimson gaze up towards the ceiling of the Titan. She'll hold... Raiyn thought to herself as she sat there.

"Captain, Brown Wing Team's been launched, they're engaging Lion Team!" one of the tactician's called out as she was watching her screen intently, fingers flying across the board as she worked the systems magnificently.

Raiyn glanced over to the com link with the Sergeant. Missiles had been launched and they were engaging them. Turning fully, her eyes widened slightly as the screen grew hazy for a moment.

"Long-Ranged Sonic missiles!? The Benjlakki beat us to developing that sort of technology first!? I got their leader! Everyone else, engage the rest of the enemy squadron! Stay sharp, Howe, and don't lose sight of your target!"

Captain Raiyn ground her teeth. Sonic missiles hu? She watched the screen intently for a few moments before turning to her tactician, "Put up a visual of the team's fight, keep me updated throughout," she ordered coldly. The woman nodded her head, brown hair flinging up and down as she did so.

"Captain! The Benjlakki navy is changing their approach. The vessels are moving from the line of defense. They intend to engage us," the male on her left turned to look at her fully as he reported the situation from the beach and coast line.

As of that moment, the only thing that Captain Raiyn had done was to unleash her energy pulse that disabled the enemy mechas for a short time to give her Lion Team the upper edge. She hadn't fired anything since then and had the vessel sitting nice and cozy in the smoke screen that she'd emitted. Raiyn's heart skipped a beat, her grin returning to her lips as she pulled up one leg to cross over the other. Just what I wanted she thought to herself.

"Enemy vessel count?" she asked softly.

"Two battleships, a carrier, and two destroyers. The other vessels are still engaged with the rest of our fleet."

"How flattering," she mused lightly, "to send so many our way just because of a simple trick. On my mark, drop us below the cloud, power the engines. All weapons forward, target the closest vessel first and destroy it. Prepare for strafing right after, I want you to devastate those vessels."

Raiyn leaned forward, a bit of a tremble running through her body as the thrill of her next move filled the air around her. She counted softly to herself, a full fifteen seconds before she gave the order to drop.

From the slowly dissipating white cloud, the enormous Titan dropped down to hover over the water's below by about a hundred feet. The closest vessel to the Titan was one of the Benjlakki's destroyers. The Titan's weapons launched almost immediately after stopping it's decent to hover over the water of the coastline. An array of beam weapons, missiles and rail guns launched from the front of the ship and decimated the destroyer until it blew up in a dark cloud of black with hints of curling red flames underneath. The vessels engines that had been slowly humming in accumulated power, launched the Titan forward.

As it passed through the fleet that had been gathering to engage it, beam weapons along it's hull from nose to about halfway down it's length, fired. Two of which on either side of the hull had continuous fire of a beam weapon. The waters erupted from the stray beam weapons, sending small explosions of super heated water all over. The second destroyer and two battleships took heavy damage and whether or not the carrier took damage would be known soon.

The Titan pulled up, ascending back into the sky where it banked over the fighting and plunged back into the smoke screen.

On the bridge, Raiyn's smile had grown large as she stood up during the fight from her seat, "Damage report," she called out softly as the vessel slowed in the cloud of smoke, slowly turning to face back the way it had before.

"The hull has taken significant damage, but nothing crippling. The rear starboard wing took heavier fire, it won't last if we continue an air assault."

Raiyn crossed her arms as she processed the information for a moment. The cloud bank she'd created was slowly being swept away by the coastal wind and wouldn't last much longer as a cover for the Titan. The rear wings were only there for space and air flight and would be retracted for underwater travel and fights. However, with the hull having been damaged, she was fearful that diving would increase the strain on it. Even so, the coastal waters were not very deep and it was looking to be her best choice at the moment. Taking a seat she tapped the button on the com link to Sergeant Lextu, "Sergeant, we're diving. One of the wings took some damage. We won't be staying for much longer if things go south after the dive. Wrap things up with Brown Wing quickly, I'll need you and your team as cover to leave the battlefield."

Turning to the pilot who was watching and waiting for orders, she gave a slight nod, "Prepare to dive, switch Titan over to submersing. We'll be raining hell on that carrier before we leave."

The Titan's rear wings folded in and the vessel dropped nose first from the disappearing cloud and straight into the deep waters of the coast.

The setting changes from Myrstrarkia to Benjlakk

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Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Viki Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Azaka Oikawa Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Laurence Vincent Howe Character Portrait: Benjamin Malachi Character Portrait: Zechariah Malachi Character Portrait: Scoar Zeo Metargo Character Portrait: Sandra Lionel Character Portrait: Leopold Mckenzie Character Portrait: Captain Raiyn Ire Character Portrait: Cecilia Vonduer Character Portrait: Saul Metargo Character Portrait: Alan Fore Character Portrait: Darius N. Character Portrait: Kavi N.
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Aaron nodded, then said to the Captain, "We'll try." No promises, though Taking a look at his radar, he wondered where Howe could have gone off to. Finally, he spotted his mech's heat signal, but it was coming from the shoreline. Maybe the sonic pulse from the missiles had something to do with it. Regardless, solo operations were suicide. Sooner or later, reinforcements from the enemy will show up. It seems he was facing a Praetorian, but given how three Benjlakki Navy Squadrons made their way to the garrison, it was unlikely the lone Praetorian would deal with Howe alone. And to think he only told Fore not to go off and do his own thing; Howe was doing the same thing Fore was told not to do. Even if communications were cut, there were methods to signal with the mech itself certain things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kal flew through the battle unleashing a furry of plasma rounds into the Titans tail wing before he broke off his attack he knew he could only do some much up here. He was about to join the mech fight when he reiceved a word from Sandra to cover the ground with the focus on the naval battle he knew there wouldn't be much to spare.

"Ground command this is X-1, I've been dispatched to provide Close air support for ground forces be advised." Kal said over his comm before she slowed his approach.

He looked over the battle and noticed a Pratorian that had just taken down a group of Leo's. Using a laser direct link he tried to comm the mech pilot. "Well there that was impressive, I'm Kal I've been dispatached to provide air support do you need soem cover to get to a repair station?" Kal asked over the comm.

As he did so he locked onto two leo's that were making it up the beach and fired two air to ground armor piercing missiles. The first was wounded and the second's command area was hit directly and the mech stopped dead in it's tracks. Kal swung around and shot a few plasma bolts at the wounded mech taking out it's legs.

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Chemda and Adira finally managed to defeat a formidable Falcon together. When they the other Eagles heading towards the Titan, they figured they ought to help out until they saw the fighting on the other side of the battle. Turning their mech's heads towards each other and having them nodding in agreement, the twins flew towards the scene of heavy fire. Without even communicating through words, they worked as a team and gracefully fought their way to the scene. Actually being in the midst of the intense fighting caused some worry. One hit from the sonic canon would surely be in the end of one of them. Of course, with the mech dogfighting so intense in the area, their primary focus was to wade it out until the moment they can strike at the canon.

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Field Marshal Constantini observed from the holographic map the battle between the fleets, which was getting more intense by the moment. Once he heard communications with the 101st Fleet were completely cut, he finally had enough. thankfully, the long-range artillery was relatively intact. "Aim the guided missiles at the enemy ships, and don't hit any of our own forces!" From miles away, the artillery fired, guided missiles making their way towards the Metargo ships. The actual damaged would be known, later.

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One of the other squadrons escorted Laurence Vance back to the mech bay, where he was ordered to stand by in another Praetorian until the situation calls for his assistance, again. Fro now, all anyone in the bunker could do was wait.

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Saul saw the scenario and told Admiral Preston, "This may be a the time to launch. Be careful: enemy artillery has fired upon our fleet. from the ground, several miles away from the coast. Your priority is to protect the ships and stay close to the fleet." Contacting Scoar, he told him, "Son, we need you in one of the available mechs. Take command of whatever pilots you can and fend off the enemy mechs. At this rate, we may have to retreat and find a way around the garrison. Let us hope it does not come to that."

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Admiral Lionel stood on the bridge as she surveyed the scene it appeared the Titan was going to make no move to surrender. She opened a comm to Captain Mckenzie. "Captain you are cleared for an attack, I'm ordering the taskforce to attack as well and it appears Brownwing team is engaging Lion team near by."

"Stalker Force is clear to attack" Sandra ordered and from the depths of the ocean the small taskforce turned off silent protocols and moved to battlestations as the cruisers and other ships fired an array of torpedoes and underwater weaponry at the Metargo fleet and the retreating Titan.

"By your orders Admiral" replied Leopold to Sandra. The Dominator flew mere feet above the ocean and then shifted its form to the amphibious mode and sank beneath the waves.
Had the Special Naval Service been here Leopold would have been confident of their chances however with only regular amphibious naval crews and some KLS Cu 2's and 3's; the Dominator's obsolete predecessors, Leopold was worried.

The secret code arrived and thus began a hailstorm of fire.

Leopold launched two of his Torpedo's along with the rest of the force; The Titan was dealt a serious blow however she was by no means lost to her fleet.
A gunfight developed between the small fleet and the Titan, no matter the fire they pounded into her the Titan held up and began to slip away, Leopold could not allow that to happen.

He pushed the throttle to full power and utilized the secondary engines in his Mech's arms to build up a substantial power of propulsion. Leopold caught up with the Titan and approached her, once he had made range Leopold fire his two remaining Torpedo's hoping to score a direct strike on the ship's engines however both Torpedo's where intercepted by defensive turret fire and blew up before reaching their mark.

Leopold activated the comm and bitterly repeated to the Admiral what had occurred; they, he had failed to score a decisive strike at the Titan.

"Awaiting further orders Ma'am" said Leopold as calmly as he could though he could not disguise his barley restrained fury.


"I want you to pursue the vessel at a range captain and support brownwing team the ship is reading a lot of damage but I want this thing out of commission Captain you saw what she could do." Sandra said over the comm.

"Understood, I shall forward the order to all available Mech's here to begin the pursuit" Said Leopold as he patched in the rest of the assault force and issued the new directive.

The Titan gathered speed and departed the ocean before the Mech's could launch a strafing run. Leopold had his Mech enter the flight mod again and the rest of the Mech's followed suite, despite their inadequate armament the group began attacking the titan but caused little damage.

A few strikes at the Titan's wings may have helped bring the monster down faster then she would have under the circumstances but, they could not pin in a decisive strike.

When the Titan curled up in the sands of the land below it seemed like the opportune time to finish her off and Leopold made arrangements to that effect with the rest of the assault group. Just as they split up for the attack run a tremendous blast sent shock waves swirling into the air, many Mech's lost control and crashed landed while others where hit by comet like "fire balls" which brought those unfortunate down within seconds.

Leopold was fortunate enough to have had the distance from the explosion to switch into his redeployment mod and land safely on the ground however this was at the time the least of his worries. Leopold's Hastily assembled attack force was almost entirely populated by obsolete amphibious Mech's not designed to participate in a full blown Mech battle such as this but like it or not Leopold and the reminder of his force where now in the heart of the battle.

Leopold charged up his cannons and prepared to give covering fire to his pilots...
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The bridge of the Benjlakki capital ship turned an eerie red and a tactical officer began to shout something. "Admiral Nuclear weaponry detected! Looks like it might have been a mech fired weapon still waiting on reports of damages and yield." The officer said.

Sandra's face seemed to loose a bit of color upon hearing this. War and missiles were one thing but who in the world would authorize a nuclear weapon. "Fleet wide, Code orange protocols put me on fleet wide comm and have this copied and delivered to the ground forces as well."

"Attention 101st Fleet, This is Admiral Lionel issuing a code orange, I repeat a nuclear weapon has been used and all forces are at apply safety protocols until further notice this is not a drill." Sandra then closed the comm in front of her the bridges blast shields shut and were replaced by camera mounted images.

"Get me a secure line to president Anderson" Sandra said to a tactical officer who nodded when she was patched through.

"Mr. President I have reports of a nuclear weapon being fired and we are operating under protocols. I'm still waiting on preliminary reports of the attack it could be small scale but I don't think we should take any chances here sir. Our defense is holding but if this is a precursor to an enemy nuclear bombardment our defenses will not hold." Sandra said in her recorded message to the admiral.

Sandra knew Brown Wing was near that blast so she opened a comm to Zechariah "Private Malachi, this is Admiral Lionel is your team doing alright? Your guys were close to the blast how are you hanging in there? I'm working on getting support for your team."

Sandra began to order movements of more troops and sent in a fighter squadron to support brown wing team.

"Major Johnson this is Admiral Lionel, I've taken over the bridge in Captain Mckenzie's stead, I know we took some damage but are we going to be alright for anti-radiation procedures? Also on a secondary note our communications with the ground are cut has our communications array taken any damage or is this a jamming effect?"

"Captain Mckenzie, I need you to report back to the ship and take command. It's getting messy up here." She said with a sigh this was already a stressful day and it only looked like it was going to get worse.

"Mam the enemy ship has beached!" Sandra heard from an officer.

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Kal had been providing some ground support but he knew he was running low on missiles and was only down to two air to air missiles and then all he had left was his energy weapons. Suddenly though he recieved an order to reinforce the battle by the Titan after the code orange had been called.


Bringing his fighter to mach 4 he raced toward the battle as he approached the dropped blow mach 1 and was traveling just fast enough to remain airbourn he was a target like this but in reality he just looked to be having engine troubles. He roatated the craft to face the massive sonic cannon ship in the distance and brought up his targeting.

Flipping switches he activated the rails on his craft. He could hear the humm and see purple jets of electricity pass between the rails at an increasing frequency. E-WEB WEAPON ARMED AND CHARGED. He heard his ships AI say. Pausing he made one final check on his alignment with the sonic cannon ship before he pressed the trigger. His entire ship lurched as a large ball of electricity was flung towards the sonic cannon ship. If the electricity hit the ship it would most likely wreak havoc on any unhardened electronics. Also upon impact it would release a secondary electronic burst in the form of lightning.

"You're not the only ones with fancy new toys." Kal said with a smirk. After firing he sped back up to Mach two and looked for a new firing position he knew he could get off at least one or two more shots with this thing before it over heated plus he needed to collect some damage specs on this weapon.

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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.

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Character Portrait: Barnett Belvedere Character Portrait: Minmei Midori Character Portrait: Laurence Vance Character Portrait: Karen Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Viki Lunaria Metargo Character Portrait: Zane Preston Character Portrait: Jin-Giro Character Portrait: Axl Jai Numi Character Portrait: Aaron Lextu Character Portrait: Kyle Scipio Character Portrait: Kal Tavin Character Portrait: Chemda and Adira Shapiro 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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Sandra watched as the enemy began their retreat it seemed the battle was finally over at least for now. "Bring the fleet to a full stop, And damaged ships I want pulled from the lines and sent to the docks for repairs. " Sandra said to one of her officers she knew this was a victorious moment but who knew when the enemy would return. She had received Zech's message about Brownwings team's status.

Making her way to the main hanger she went to greet the group. "Lieutenant You have the bridge." She said to the First officer there before she left.

Sandra arrived in the hangar moments after Zechariah had stormed off but she spotted Captain Mckenzie and walked over to him. "Captain Excellent work out there." She said, she knew he was upset over his torpedo run but overall the mission was a success though she was completely unaware of the missing mech pilots at this point.

She had recieved word of Vance's success and as she was talking to Leo kept an eye out for the transport that he was to arrive in,
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Kal brought his fighter back into the hangar and jumped out. He was glad this battle was over and thankfully it seemed it was a success.

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Kal looked up as Ben approached him, "Sure I'm Kal by the way." He said extending a hand with a smile. It was then he noticed the mans uniform and specifically the insignia of brown wing team.

"I heard you guys really gave it to those mango's out there." He said with a sly smile. Kal sometimes missed Mech piloting the fighters were cutting edge but they definitely had some major draw backs maybe Kal would consider another transfer once this blasted war was over, of course assuming he survived this war.

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Sure. I'm Kal, by the way." Shaking his hand, Benjamin replied with, "I'm Ben."

It was then Kal noticed Benjamin was part of Brown Wing Team and told him, "I heard you guys really gave it to those mangoes, out there."

Ben shrugged. "Thanks to my brother. He kept us from getting disorganized when the previous sergeant died to a stray blast, today. Zechariah even fought Aaron Lextu. We were mainly up against Lion Team. Kind of ironic that I, whom wanted to continue the Malachi family legacy, was outperformed in both training and the real thing by my younger brother, whom wanted no part of the military tradition and had to be drafted in order to be here. And now, he's the new Sergeant in charge of Brown Wing Team."

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Chemda nodded to what Adira said and notice Jin, still seemingly drunk. "Was he drinking?"

"Yes, he was. Kind of a disappointment, to be honest. Who in their right mind would get wasted knowing they could go into combat at any moment?"


Chemda tilted her head sideways. "Maybe something happened to him?"

Adira shrugged. "He did mention a captain dying. And, you saw what I did to Aaron Lextu and that other person, right?"

"We actually encountered the Falcon of Fury, back there!?"

"Yeah. I doubt he'll be out of the fight for long, though: they may just replace that hand with a robotic one. Someone of his skill is quite an asset to the Metargo Royal Navy."
Adira brought out an extra set of clothes. "You should probably change out of that medical gown, for decency's sake."

"Yeah, you have a point, sis."


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Ealirer, before the surgery, Kyle had only opened his eyes when he heard a sweet voice telling him everything would be all right. Once he did, he saw a beautiful lady, possibly of noble birth, giving a reassuring smile. He had calmed down right there. There was something odd about his reaction in his head: before, whenever he met a girl he found attractive (like, say, Minmei), it usually coincided with inner fantasies that could get perverted. This time, however, it was not like that. For some reason, it was more like a puppy crush, where he simply wanted to give a hug and kiss, if any sort of affection. He could not register much after that due to falling fast asleep.

After the operation, both Kyle and Aaron woke up to find robotic hands where the ones they lost once were. Of course, neither man could move them that well, initially. Bibi was watching from behind the medical staff; her help contributed to the speed in getting the cybernetics to function. The head mechanic then came up to Kyle with an explanation.

"It'll take a while for your nervous systems to adjust to your new hands. Until then, you will need an additional electricity source."

The moment Bibi brought out the nuclear power chip, however, was when Kyle grabbed her wrist with all manner of disgust and anger in his eyes, using the hand he did not lose. "Get that filthy thing away from me, Bibi!"

"What the hell!"
Bibi did not take to the sudden grabbing in the slightest. She may have been a noblewoman, yet her demeanor was not completely like one. In fact, she was more rough than anything. Using her free hand, she broke free from Kyle's grasp and glared in a hostile manner. "Look, here, Private Scipio! This is the only sort of power cell we could find that could work with what you got! You know that nuclear energy...

Kyle interrupted by shouting, "I don't care! It's just another reminder of how I lost my family!"

Aaron finally interjected by posing calmly the query, [color]"What do you think your sister would say about this scenario, if she were alive?"[/color]

That was when Kyle's hostile attitude disappeared. Any mention of how his sister would react to anything was the one thing that could pacify him. He could hear sweet little Erika in his head, saying to him, It's okay, big brother! They're only here to help! Everything will be all right! Tears came down Kyle's eyes and his non-robotic hand was shaking. At last, he nodded.

Aaron told Bibi, "It's okay, now." While Bibi got the nuclear power chip installed without Kyle resisting, Aaron looked up at Amelia and said, "Kyle lost his family to a meltdown, milady. The explosion killed his parents instantly, while his younger sister, Erika, received a terminal illness from the whole ordeal. He could not pay for her treatment in time. I was there to see Kyle and her at a medical room. Even though she smiled in her last moments and told him not to cry, it did not take long after her death for him to burst into tears. Kyle literally sobbed over his sister's corpse for an hour nonstop. Since then, his life pretty much went downhill as he turned to life in the streets. He did not have much left. The main reason he is in the military is because of an incident where he fought a group of thugs and literally tried to kill them with his pocket knife. He and the others were arrested, but when it was realized Kyle went berserk back there to save a high school girl from being raped, he was offered a chance at amnesty in return for service in the Royal Navy. He agreed, and here now he is, a member of Lion Team, the most prestigious mech squadron our country has to offer."

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Kal listened to Ben talk and nodded quietly. "Our expectations and reality always seem to be different Eh?" He said with a small smile. "I was pretty sure we went into the battle pretty boned. But you guys really brought us to glory out there. I wasn't just your brother's leadership it was all of your teams actions and sacrifices." He said.

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Sandra walked onto the command deck and sighed as she looked around. The battle was over but the war was only beginning now they were going to have to make repairs quickly and the fleets numbers were now lowered. There was no feasible way that everything could be repaired in time to counter attack.

Looking out to see her staff staring at her she spoke. "Alright People lets get to work we need to be mobile this time I have a feeling we aren't going to be knowing where this attack is going to come. " Sandra said. She knew the coastal region was too large to fully cover and it seemed apparent to Sandra that they were going to loose ground in the battles to come. As she thought about this she began to formulate a plan.

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Kal had nodded silently before posing the query with a smile, "Our expectations and reality always seem to be different, Eh?" Followed by, "I was pretty sure we went into the battle pretty boned. But you guys really brought us to glory out there. I wasn't just your brother's leadership it was all of your teams actions and sacrifices."

Ben nodded, then placed a hand behind his neck. "I guess you have as point." Just then, right behind him, he heard a frustrated grunt, female, at that, which prompted him to look behind. There, he saw none other than Cecilia Vonduer, whom punched a wall. Benjamin had an idea what was going on. "Hey! Cecilia! Mind if you wait for me over at the mess hall?" Cecilia raised an eyebrow and wondered what Ben would say, but went over to the mess hall, anyway. After that, Benjamin turned back to Kal with, "Say, if you are not in any squadron with anyone, why don't you sit with us whenever we are at the mess hall? Brown Wing Team won't bite."

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"I like the medical gown on you. It's fetching," was what the twins heard right behind them.

Chemda raised an eyebrow, not even knowing what the heck Jin said, since it was in Metargo. Sure, she figured he was giving her a compliment, but she could not figure out all the words. Adira, on the other hand, glared with a look of annoyance. "Hitting on Chemda, are we!?"

Next came the question, "Why didn't you kill me, earlier today?"

Adira went wide-eyed for a moment, prior to turning her head and giving an irritated, flustered, and slightly embarrassed, "I don't know, all right!?"

Chemda smirked a little. "I may not know the Metargo language all that well, Adira, but I can tell when you are developing feelings for someone!"

Adira jerked her head to shout, "Hey! That was uncalled for!"

"Hug time!"

"No, no hug..."
It was too late, Chemda already wrapped her arms around Adira in a hug therapy session, which left Adira, herself, twitching her left eye some in a mixture of both annoyance and embarrassment. "...time..." Looking towards Jin, she told him, "This happens a lot when we're about to argue."

Chemda chimed in with, "Yep! It's true! And, as far as Adira being uptight, she's always like that, so serious and whatnot, but also calm and such."

Adira frowned. "What's it matter to him?"

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Kal smiled and nodded to Ben. "Ah sure I'd be honored." He said with a smile. He was glad that he was finally out of that fighter though the thing was fun but the cockpit felt too enclosed at times. Now he was out and he was actually going to be able to speak to some people. He began to wonder what this war was going to bring for them all at this time it appeared there was no stopping it. At least that's what he felt. Who knew maybe things would work out before another conflict began.

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Adira watched in a mix of confusion and something she could not place her finger on, while Jin spoke and left. Her heart pounded. Her eyes widened. She could not explain, even to herself, how she felt at that moment. The confusion came from the realization that if she and Chemda were to try to flee from the war, they would be branded deserters and traitors, unable to return to the lives they knew before being drafted. Jin-Giro, I only know your name from reading it on your uniform, but why are you telling my sister and I to do something we cannot do? Even with our modified genes, we could never hope to stand up to a whole military by ourselves.

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Saul had just opened the door to the concert for Karen when he heard the beeping of the comm device. "I will be with you in a moment, dear." Answering the call after being sure Karen was through the door, he listened to Scoar mentioned that Chemda was indeed genetically altered. While he listened, Saul used a handheld device to order the medical database to transfer a copy of the information on the blood test to his personal records on his own data collector. "Then, it is as I feared, my son. Both Benjlakk and Metargo have scientists which secretively developed genetically enhanced super-fighters. For what purpose, though? Is it not odd that there was a clan of mercenaries with an unknown employer that attacked the same islands human experimentation was commencing, one of which held a laboratory? And now, years after the Benjlakki Republic Navy dealt with them, we are fighting the Benjlakki. Someone is playing us all for fools. This warrants an investigations as to the actual reason for the war. I shall contact Percival Cross about this, at once, and see if he can help us."

Hanging up, he dialed the number for the Percival. He heard rumors that the heir to the House of Cross was romantically interested in a woman on board the Titan that was seven years younger than him, which left the King feeling iffy on the chance the rumors were true. Until the rumors proved true, however, he would not dwell on his concerns for the well-being of the woman in question. What mattered for the moment was commencing with an investigation.

He was ready to press "send" when Jin-Giro appeared nearby. "It is quite a relief to know you are in one piece, Commander Giro." Seeing the papers in the young man's hand, he asked, [color=red]"I see you brought some papers. May I see them"/ Once he was handed them, he read a few pages and skimmed through the rest, his heart sinking. "This is... disturbing... and it further proves my theory there is more to this war than meets the eye. Someone hired that clan of mercenaries to deal with this secretive project that took place n Benjlakk, most likely reactionary to an equally illegal Project Ghost here in Metargo. It does not help that two brothers that were Ghosts fight each other on different sides of the conflict we face. No doubt, you are familiar with the younger brother, Cain Jai Numi, because of your meeting with Lion Team."

Saul knew nobody else would be around for a while, so he next told Jin. "Let me be clear: whoever came up with the very idea of Project Ghost must have also hired the mercenary clan to eliminate the Ghosts' potential opposition. Somebody within our own country is toying with everyone for some motive or another. We must conduct an investigation immediately and discreetly. Whoever is responsible will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. I am contacting the Left of the State Minister, Percival Cross, to have him help with this."

Once we was sure Percival answered his call, Saul said, "Lord Cross, I am sorry if I interrupted anything, yet I have something urgent to tell you. After the Battle of Gatwashii, today, we were surprised with the realization of the fact a prisoner that escaped has been genetically altered to make her performance in battle higher than any regular person could hope to achieve in a lifetime, similar to an illegal genetic project that was conducted in our own country, as well. I am sending a copy of all files concerning both Project Ghost and Project Exorcist, as well as relevant articles about a mercenary clan's Benjlakki-repelled attack on islands in an area near Gatwashii suspected of being the location of Project Exorcist, which has apparently ceased. I would like for you to come to the Titan to further discuss this ordeal and a possible investigation on this matter. We are dealing with a massive conspiracy affecting both sides of this war."

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Benjamin grinned at Kal's reply. "Cool!" He wrote down mess hall hours on a scrap sheet of paper and gave it to Kal before going into the Mess Hall to talk to Cecilia. As expected, she was feeling upset, and he knew why.

So, he told Cecilia, "Don't worry about it. There was so much going on, the admiral may not have had enough time to see your fight with multiple mechs. Besides, when those recordings of that battle come out, and they see you and Rear Admiral Lionel's profile photos as the documentaries explain what went on, everyone will take you seriously. They would be unable to say a woman could not do it, at that point, trust me."

Cecilia looked up with a soft smile. "I guess you're right."

Just then, Benjamin heard the sound of footsteps, mechanical in nature. There was also crying. He ran right outside the mess hall to see Viola in a hurry and in tears. "Hey, Viola! What happened! That Metargo filth you were watching give you grief!?"

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Aaron expected Cain would say that, so he responded with, "May Fermana is the same rank as you, though I doubt the Tactical Commander would be happy with her as my choice. Military Law dictates that a man or woman of the second highest rank will take the commanding officer's place until recovery to combat readiness. This was proposed by King Saul himself so to reduce the special treatment the nobility has been given in the past. Do not let his Majesty's efforts be in vain."

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Bibi Listened to Amelia's words carefully, nearly laughing when she mentioned what Percival would often say. Once Amelia let on that she figured the mechanic was not pleased with the expectations of the rest of the nobility, either, she lowered her hands to let them drag as she expressed an almost comedic glum expression. "Tell me about it. They are all so boring. Even my fiancé, Laurence Vincent Howe, is caught up in all this. I kind of feel bad for that boy, having been sheltered and told what to do all his life, which does not help with his romanticism on fulfilling some sort of chivalrous glory."

As they were walking, Bibi spotted a member of Lion Team, George, holding his forehead in obvious pain. At least, she thought it was George. "Hey, George! What's up with your head?"

The person thought to be George replied with, "George? I'm not George, I'm Emesto."

Bibi raised an eyebrow. "Why are you wearing his uniform, then? You look just like him. Are you brothers?" She recognized something odd about the man's voice right away: he was speaking with a Benjlakki accent. "And, why are you sounding like a Benjlakki, with that accent you are using?"

Emesto gazed at Bibi with an equally questioning glare as he switched to the Benjlakki language. "I am Lieutenant Emesto Andrew, 92nd Republic Fleet, Blue Angel Team, Benjlakki Mech Ace. I only have a younger sister, named Catrina. Did Metargo ally with Benjlakk so to deal with the mercenary problem, by any chance? Did it escalate that much?"

Bibi gave a stern look. "The Benjlakki Siege on Mercenaries was thirteen years ago."

Emesto's eyes widened in disbelief as he froze where he was. "Thirteen years!? Are you serious!? Catrina would be a young adult, by now!" He then had his hands feel the Metargo uniform he was wearing. "Wait! How am I alive!? I should have died back at the islands near the Gatwashiim Peninsula! What am I doing in Metargo uniform!?"

Bibi brought out an X-ray device she made in case of emergency, though this was beyond her expectations. "I have a hunch, Emesto. Hold still, I need to examine your spine." Upon inspection, she found what she suspected would be there. "Just as I thought, Nanoidrons implanted into your spine. Those mercenaries you speak of must have put them there to make George, if what you say is true. King Saul would want to know about this."

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Zechariah shrugged at the brave part of what Viki said and was about to say something when Oriana showed up. He could have said something, yet did not know the way to word how everything happened. He felt the urge to facepalm himself when Viki said she was a Metargo exchange student, which was begging for trouble due to how the war soured relations between Benjlakk and Metargo. Thankfully, it was just Oriana nearby, so it would hopefully not result in a riot.

Oriana did not even have time to respond to Viki's question when a group of orphans ran up to her and shouted, "Ori!"

This lightened the mood some, causing Zechariah to laugh and tell Viki, "The orphans tend to call Oriana Aspiral that. Benjamin will sometimes call her 'Ori', too." He then whispered, "He has a crush on her, big time." He next said, "Oriana happens to be Secretary of State, meaning she gives advice to the President in regards to foreign policy. President Anderson trusts her a lot with that, and she is about our age, which goes to show how smart she is."

Towards Oriana, he said, "Well, a battle happened along the coast of the Gatwashiim Peninsula, today. The fighting was a few miles away. It was no easy battle, but we won." As he talked to Oriana about the battle in detail, Zechariah activated the communications system to his personal pocket robot, T7-B, whom managed to quietly send contact information to the communication disk Viki held via laser connection. That way, Zechariah and Viki could keep in touch anywhere.