The Fafnir had no time to go back, Lauren lamented this fact as the Positron cannon's finally fired. She lowered her head and said a short prayer as the Cone of ionized air surrounded the ship and carried it into orbit. It was a long, quiet ascent. Finally the silence was broken when the helmsman solemnly announced.
"we've reached orbit ma'am. orders?"
Lauren looked up her face steeled but sad.
"set course for Blue 79 gamma" Then Lauren reached forward and tapped the button for the Ship's PA system. "Attention all hands, we've reached Outer Space however as most of you undoubtedly know it wasn't without sacrifices. If I may I'd like to ask for a moment of silence to honor those who gave their lives for this."
Without protest the entire ship complied. It was as though Thr Fafnir was as dead as the cold space around it. all seemed to have stopped until...
"Target Spotted. Moving to intercept" The GN Ginn's Eye flashed and it raised the beam rifle. "Suffer our Judgment federation fools"
Three orange beams flashed from the muzzle as the GN Giin HMII as it began the first run on the Fafnir.
(I ask that everyone else pretend to be Struggling against Aheads for sake of time.)
During the moment of silence the Fafnir suddenly shuddered. The PA still on the whole ship was soon filled with the frantic voices of the Bridge.
"Why didn't we see them"
"most likely GN interference"
"LAUNCH ALL MOBILE SUITS!!!
The last order didn't even need to be given. Johann Taylor and Rachel quickly launched.
Johann was first and launched with the Aile pack due to the lack of time needed to reload the IWSP. He was silent as he left the ship. Slug had been a good freind and a respected co-worker and his Death troubled Johann deeply. Nonetheless this was a fight for their lives, Johann couldn't let Slug's sacrifice go to waste by just sitting there.
'you won't have your way you Fandom bastards....
Johann raised his Beam Rifle and fired at the formation of Fandom suits. He didn't hit anything however he attracted the attention of one Mao Suzumia.
In the Rouge E Mao quickly chose the similar looking gundam as his prey. The Destiny silhouette's Wings Flipped open and began to shine. Zig-zagging rapidly Mao Raised both High energy beam cannons and let loose.
To Johann it appeared that the single unit had become multitudes he was so surprised at first that he was almost struck down by the heavy beam fire. Rising his shield Johann managed to block one blast and then dodged another as he ascended and fired his Rifle rapidly.
Mao responded in kind climbing with a speed that was much greater than Johann's. He stored the Beam Cannons and quickly produced the pair of Boomerangs which were sent spinning toward the Strike E.
The Enemy had already ascended well above Johann and attacked again. Johann was forced to switch targets to the Spinning blades. It took three shots to strike the first boomerang which promptly exploded. Johann turned to attack the other only to find it slicing cleanly through his rifle, which he promptly discarded before it exploded.
Now lacking his primary long range weapon Johann drew a beam saber with his free hand and lashed out sideways to cut the remaining boomerang on it's return trip.
Johann had only a second to feel proud of his accomplishment. From above, the Rouge E descended with it's ASS Drawn Johann managed to raise his saber in a block but was still forced downward. by the surperior gundam. AS the two came to a stop The Rouge E flipped it's Beam cannons forward and began building up energy
The Akatsuki was launched from the Fafnir's good catapult and made quick work of several GN-XIII's. In addition The Akatsuki launched it's Beam turrets to act as secondary guns. It struck her as odd though when a majority began to make some sort of hole in their lines..
"Why are you.."*Bwoom*
A pink stream of GN particles lanced out from the rear of the line toward the Akatsuki. Instinctively she threw her arms up and the refractive armor on the suit sent the beam back toward a nearby suit, destroying it handily.
"It's over Feddie! You've lost the war.. Stop resisting and accept your fate as a lesser being!"
Taylor raised a brow along with her weapon, her Turrets formed up with her but soon came under fire of their own. A pair were felled quickly as small, blue, arrow-like Fangs continued to hassle the other turrets. Her attention drawn elsewhere she almost missed a second volley of shots..
But not the pair of arm fangs that hacked up the nearest of bits and soon attempted to grapple with her..
"What is this..!?"
The Xeku Funf appeared about a hundred meters out and was soon right in the Akatsuki's face.
Following soon after Johann and Taylor Rachel was easily the most "fired up" of the group. The only thing that would sooth the loss of Slug was Fandom blood. That thirst soon found a target as Three Green mechs broke off, Three ZAKU Gunners leveled their Orthos and fired at Rachel
Rachel, was moving erratically as she bobbed her head two and fro looking for targets. Suddenly a trio of ZAKU units engaged her. She could feel them. They were living breathing people just like Slug. But to her, they were nothing. They had to be removed.
"Murderers!" She screamed her eyes still red from before. As she instinctively rolled out of their line of fire as she transformed into fighter mode and began a selfless charge.
The trio were surprised by her sudden and fierce Charge. They quickly split, two of them moving to either side firing with their beam rifles while the other tried to track her with the Large Beam Weapon.
Rachel ignored the two that spread out. The lone Zaku was a sitting duck to her, she charged in, looping around the attack, and quickly pulled up. Transforming back into mobile suit mode Rachel fired a quick pair of beam shotgun rounds at the suit from a range the machine would find it difficult to answer back. A stream of attack's from it's allies forced her to ascend and return to fighter mode. She put some distance between herself and the ZAKUs. She sobbed quietly as the closest one erupted in an explosion from her recent barrage.
"mission over?..." Nagato was the first to fall. her mech blowing up dramatically as the beam shotgun blasts shredded it. The other two soon redoubled their attacks sweeping thier weapons from either side to try and trap the Airmaster.
Rachel sobbed as she threatened the pilots. "Just go away, I don't want to take you away! Just leave, I don't want to take another life. Too many have been lost already!"
"Then why did you kill Nagato?!" an enraged Kyon cried out as he discarded the Othos and pulled out his Beam Axe. He charged in and made a brutal Slash at the Airmaster.
Rachel didn't have answer, she just flipped rolled her wing harshly narrowly avoiding her attack. "I-I warned you!" She said suddenly bearing down on Asahina and firing with her nose guns.
Asahina cried out in terror as the beam guns smashed into her clumsily positioned shield sending her spinning. Kyon twisted his wrist and made an upward attack at the Airmaster's side.
Rachel's mind and body were one with her mobile suit as she graciously tilted out of the way sending another pair of shots at Asahina as she started to bank around, and try to put Kyon in her sights
Asahina was struck in the back by both attacks. "KYON!!" She cried out before the battery exploded taking her from this world. Kyon's rage exploded as well. "you don't want to kill? you're just another filthy federation liar!" He denounced her and chucked his Axe at the Airmaster.
"sorry..." Rachel mumbled as tears strolled down her cheeks. "At least, you died protecting your friends." She said with a sniffle as she pulled the trigger. Eradicating the axe in the process
"I'm sorry nagato... asahina... I couldn't avenge you." Kyon only managed a short apology before his world ended in a burst of fire.
Acting quickly Johann shifted the Shield in front of the Strike's chest just as the cannons let loose at point blank range. The result was detrimental to both pilots; the burst of energy torn off Johann's shield arm and melted both the Cannon Barrels and Johann's other forearm into uselessness. Mao was forced back a bit by the backlash of his own attack but now, seeing the Strike E as a defenseless target, he moved to finish Johann with a downwards slice."JOHANN!!!!!!!!!"
at the last minute, the Airmaser intervened. Transforming into MS Mode Rachel kicked Johann out of the way sacraficing her left leg in the process.
"I won't lose anyone else!" Acting on her Newtype intuition Rachel leveled her right shot gun and fired.
Mao however responded quickly to this change in circumstances. The shining wings carried him downwards as he followed through his attack on Johann. With a twist Mao drew the second ASS and came back at Rachel with a spinning slash.
Rachel herself wasn't quite ready for the Speed of the Rouge Impulse and as she brought her other Shotgun to bare the whirling Blades bisected it.
"Ack!" Rachel felt the pressure as her senses screamed to descend to safety. She did so and brought up the remaining shotgun, firing twice as Mao spun over her.
The first Blast missed but the second managed to Strike the left arm mid-whirl. The forearm along with the ASS were thrown free of the spinning Rouge E. As Mao came out of his spin he accelerated away and tried to call out for his team.
Rachel, felt a flash guilt as she sensed the enemy pilot calling out for allies she had killed. She hoped this one would run. That wasn't the case, Mao receiving no response fear the worst and was filled with rage. The nearest, and coincidentally correct target was Rachel. Tightening his grip on the remaining ASS Moa turned sharply.
"Federation Scum! You'll pay for that!!!"
Raising his last weapon over his Head Mao began to charge in a vertical Zig Zag that would allow him to come down on top of his opponent.
Rachel tried to fire her shot gun but to her dismay the weapon merely fizzled It was empty and the enemy was baring down on her. Rachel threw the useless weapon aside and drew a saber with her off-hand. It was then that the Rouge E came down on her and sliced into the Right shoulder despite Rachel's attempt to sidestep. Rachel sensed her opening in that moment, she stabbed forwards and ignited the beam saber.
"You have made quite the name for yourself within the Fandom ranks miss.. pity it was more an embellishment than the truth. I was looking for somethi-"
"Well here it is, wretch."
The Xeku was soon pelted from behind by two of the remaining turrets. Phyl looked skyward in her panoramic cockpit to see debris denoting that she had lost several of her fangs.. and her computer confirmed this, and then some. Taylor had actually felled her fangs.. all of them. But at the cost of her own bits. It was now down to two fang/bits a piece..
"A fair fight.. interesting choice of facing death. It's a pity that you're still no mat-"
Phyl wrenched her controls inward as she tried to regain control. Her pompous attitude toward the whole mess was allowing Taylor to be the tactician that she was meant to be. The Xeku spun in space until AMBAC was restored. Taylor took advantage of this and let another pair of shots pelt the head and blow a good chunk of the chest armor off at the shoulders. The mounts for the arm fangs were thrashed in the process, but a similar fate was befalling the Akatsuki as Phyl began to make mincemeat of the suit itself. From only a kilometer away, the suits scrapped one another.. Taylor's bits shredding the Xeku and Phyl's Arm fangs making quick work of the Akatsuki. Chunks of blue and gold armor soon littered space as the suits ducked and weaved from the others remote weapons, the pilots both trying to anticipate each others next action
"I'll END YOU!"
"I'd like to see you try, ya fandom whore!"
But it was with a bright flash that the fight would end. A voluntary overload of one of Phyl's arm bits as it's comrade bit succumbed to vulcan and refract fire caused the Akatsuki to be bisected at the waist.. rendering the already 'armless' suit a floating torso. As the Akatsuki began to power down, Taylor found herself inside a darkening cockpit as she got a good look at the beleaguered Fafnir.
"HAHAHAHAHA I. Wi-*KZZZZZT*"
She got one last alert of incoming fire and accepted her fate when she saw chunks of blue armor fly past her view in flames and smoke. She wasn't sure what happened but the signature of the Xeku disappeared from her sensors before they too failed completely.
Soon thereafter Taylor lost consciousness. as the battle around her continued without heed.
In the cockpit of the rouge E Mao had a moment to wonder why the metal in front of him was changing from gray to orange before his body was engulfed by the roaring plasma.
Rachel winced as she felt another life disappear at her hands. "How much more death must I experience..." Rachel asked aloud with as she withdrew the saber and let the Rouge E float free."Just one more, Newtype,"
A man's voice answered. "yours!" From the left the GN Ginn HMII appeared, propelled by a wake of orange particles. Icer had seen Rachel's previous fights, how she had stormed her way through the Suzumiya group and the Suzumiya himself. Icer could not leave her up to anyone else. He grasped the hilt of his blade.
Lauren watched with frustration as unit after unit in the fafnir's arsenal fell. though they were doing well the number disadvantage was slowly but surely wearing them down.
"It was a mistake..." Lauren admitted it, They couldn't hope to fight through.this. then there was only one option left.
"Prepare to descend. Recall all MS and take us back to Earth. We've failed here..."
the bridge crew didn't waste words and set about their duties, The Fafnir began to drop below the main area of the fighting. The Fandom had seen through the Fafnirs actions to this point; why then, would they not have prepared for this last act?
"Ma'am, Incoming! It looks like some kind of large missile." The sensor operator was the first warning even though he was wrong.
"Prepare to intercept. I won't let a single attack finish us here."
Before Lauren had even finished this order the situation was made clear to them. The "Missile had stopped as though something had grabbed onto it. That "something" began to appear from "empty" space as the Mirage colloid dissolved around the 008L. Wraith had been waiting, ready should this moment come. Wraith hoisted the Black Hole Gun and fired on the Fafnir's Bridge.
Lauren hadn't even had the time to respond to the 008's appearance much less to it's attack. The purple sphere Struck it's mark dead on and expanded into a small singularity. The Fafnir's Bridge and a good chunk of the center sections of the vessel was crushed into oblivion, many were lost including the whole of the bridge crew.
Icer drew his sword and attacked in a single, swift motion. Rachel managed a horizontal block thanks to her Newtype senses. With Rachel's arm now occupied Icer kicked out at the Airmaster's chest. Rachel had no time to respond and no way to evade. As such the lighter Airmaster was shoved back sharply.
Icer dashed after with a burst of orange specks and launched another fierce attack. This time his Strike cutinto the Airmaster's remaining shoulder. Icer quickly brought his right leg around to kick the Airmaster sideways. Again Rachel wasn't prepared and the lightweight mech was punted aside.
Even though the Airmaster's arm was still partly attached Icer's attack had left it completely useless and the Airmaster was now defenseless. Icer Gripped his GN Katana in both hand and again made to chase Rachel this time intent on fishing the job. However he was cut off as a pink battleship class beam cut through the space between Him and his prey
Captain Edding tugged at the brim of his hat. ON the Bridge he saw as the Fafnir was finished by a weapon he'd never seen before. It didn't help his nervousness about leading the ship into battle for the first time, but the captain's anxiety did not peak through today.
"All guns, Fire at will! I want you to pour it on thick."
"Have our mobile suit teams launch but do not engage the enemy yet. Standby and prepare to pick up survivors. Have the Infirmary prepare to take on the injured as well."
The man winced slightly. Thank god he disobeyed orders. If he hadn't, the survivors of the Fafnir would be in even worse shape.
The GN Ginn fell back slightly and noted that with the addition of this new ship and the losses they had already suffered The Wraith team no longer had the distinct advantage.
"Master your orders?"
Wraith made his decision quickly, They had done what the team set out to do and it would be wasteful to keep going at this point. Retreat flares were launched by the various Fandom vessels. and promptly the Fandom troops began a coordinated retreat...