While also writing Gundam Malebolge up, I thought I'd offer a little isnight into the timeline in which the aforementioned story takes place. This first story is set 3-4 years before Gundam Malebolge, during the Space Colony Civil War. It's kind of short, but the quote in the beginning brings up a valid point.
Tales of the Kemal Dynasty: Mobile Suit NO Gundam
â€œServicing your Mobile Suit is always a recommendation even if nothing appears to be wrong with it.â€
-Remus Allegry, Adjutant of Pine Barren Battalion
Of course, it had to be a trap the moment they landed. What else were they supposed to expect, an immediate cease fire from the enemy upon arrival at the drop zone? No. Things were never that easy.
Arundel Jourdan grunted through his teeth, pulling his Excellius Mobile Suit back behind a shelled building just as several missiles came his way. He knew that the war-torn structure wouldnâ€™t last, but it was the next best thing, as opposed to a civilian home. It was most likely vacant, but taking that chance wasnâ€™t on his itinerary.
â€œLanding in the middle of a hotbed all of a sudden doesnâ€™t seem like a smart idea,â€ he embarrassingly admitted, bracing himself against the shockwaves of the missile impact, several shards of twisted metal flying into the Excelliusâ€™ main camera view. The recoil proved a bit too much for the suit, however, hurling the mechanical frame into a horribly mangled construction site. Plumes of sand and dirt flew into the air as the Excellius fell flat on its back, prompting a nearby crane arm to collapse from its practically absent base, making contact with the Mobile Suitâ€™s right arm. A dash of sparks shot from the impact area, coupled with monotone beeps inside the cockpit, indicating that the Excelliusâ€™ right arm was out of commission.
â€œRIGHT when I land, tooâ€¦â€ Pushing at the controls, Arundel struggled to lift his mech from the ground, experiencing a rather sharp decrease in reaction time. The pungent smell of salty sweat filled the interior as Arundel gasped for much needed air. An exaggeration, perhaps, but he all of a sudden felt rather cramped, unaware that two enemy units were heading his way, their silhouettes eclipsed by the tossing debris. The constant sound of machinegun fire wasnâ€™t helping either, as it prevented Arun from picking up anything with his ears. Only then did he notice his center camera was filled with the eerie sound of white noise and an obscuring sheet of static. Relying on the two remaining monitors to his sides, he pulled on the left control stick, manipulating the Excelliusâ€™ left arm to hoist his suit up, if only slightly.
â€œGET UP, you piece of junk!â€ He barked, gritting his teeth uncontrollably as he yanked at the joystick frantically. The cockpit interior shook repeatedly, giving Arun a pretty easy guess that he didnâ€™t have time for mechanical failures. Giving the left drive pedal a press with his foot, he attempted to kickstart the Excelliusâ€™ boosters.
A low whine and sputter came back in response, making way for a red WARNING indicator to flash up on the suitâ€™s left monitor. Upon seeing this new situation, Arun cursed. â€œWhat the hell do ya mean â€˜Drive Failure?!â€™â€
((Please know that I'm horrible at writing descriptive scenes.))
During the first years of the Federation-Purgatorus War, an excerpt of the discussion of the development plan for a brand new Mobile Weapon. One to some will know how this came about.
Tales of the Kemal Dynasty: Mobile Suit Gundam Advent
-Kemal Dynasty 3-
â€œYou know how Guns are pretty much the Alpha-Weapon when it comes to war?â€
â€œWell, yes, everyone knows that. Itâ€™s common sense.â€
â€œAnd also how Dams are built to hold back tremendous amounts of water from drowning villages, towns, and cities?â€
â€œPretty much. But, whatâ€™s this have to do with building a new Mobile Suit?â€
â€œWell, those two concepts got me thinking. What if we made a Suit that had so much firepower, it could defend our fleets and infantry from countless waves of enemy attacks? Even the most powerful Mobile Suits the enemy could throw at us would be cut down by this thing.â€
â€œYouâ€™re suggesting a Mobile Suit with a gun powerful enough to hold back tens of hundreds of enemy units, similar to the method of a hydroelectric dam holding back floods of water?â€
â€œYes, thatâ€™s exactly what I mean. But, what to call itâ€¦â€
â€œA mobile dam wielding a gunâ€¦â€
â€œHm? What was that?â€
â€œYeahâ€¦ weâ€™ll call it a Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam.â€
-Development meeting between Earth Federation military and scientific advisors