Phase 49 - Solomon's Sword

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY

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Phase 49 - Solomon痴 Sword

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January 17th, CE 74 - Atlantic Federation Daedalus Crater base, the Moon

The surface of the Moon shook as ten enormous feet slammed down into the dust and rock. As beams and missiles rained down from the ZAFT fleet, and a wall of firepower rose from the Alliance fleet to stop it, the mobile suits clashed. The ground shuddered again, and with a crash, five hangars opened, and from them emerged five towering, demonic Destroy Gundams.

On the bridge of the Megami, Murrue watched in disbelief as the five black behemoths slid forward, beams blazing from their massive backpacks and cutting down a wave of ZAFT mobile suits.

Five?! she exclaimed. Lacus narrowed her eyes at the rampaging monsters.

泥jibril, she murmured, 鍍his is absurd...

鏑acus, we have to do something about those units, Murrue pointed out grimly, as the Megami glided into battle. 鉄olomon痴 Sword may be more threatening to everyone, but those Destroys are more threatening to us.

的 agree, Lacus said, 澱ut for now, we should wait and see if ZAFT can handle them. If they cannot, then we will have to take down those units ourselves.

She looked up towards the ZAFT fleet, as it inexorably pressed forward, and frowned. It was all going to be decided.

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Yzak clenched his teeth as the Calypso swung down into battle. A menagerie of ZAFT mobile suits, of every make and model, was charging forward. He angled down through a hail of beam fire and machinegun rounds, plowing through the beams with his beam shield and glancing up at Solomon痴 Sword.

的 can稚 get to it like this, he growled. 泥amn you! Get out of my way!

The Calypso lined up its hyper impulse cannons and fired, blowing away a GuAIZ R and a Slash ZAKU Warrior before they could take cover. The mobile suits split up, showering the Calypso with firepower Yzak ignored the machinegun rounds, focusing on the more dangerous beam rifle-wielding foes.

Behind the ZAFT squadron, Shiho痴 eyes widened in surprise as the Savior Gundam shot forward, beam rifle armed. 添zak! she exclaimed. 泥ammitall units, hold fire!

The ZAFT units pressed their attack. A GINN swept in behind the Calypso, heavy sword raised high over its head. Yzak scowled, firing both of his rocket anchors backward, plunging them into the GINN痴 torso and hurling the sparking wreck down at an unsuspecting CGUE.

添zak! Shiho shouted. 鉄top this! The Savior opened fire with its plasma cannons, blocking the Calypso痴 shot as it leveled off its beam rifle to shoot down a dodging GuAIZ R.

鉄hiho! Yzak growled, wheeling around to open fire on the Savior. Shiho skirted aside and returned fire, diving up into the sky over the Calypso痴 head, as Yzak took cover behind his beam shield.

典he PLANTs have been destroyed, Yzak! Shiho cried, sweeping in with a beam cannon blast. 展hat are you still fighting us for?! Your own people have been destroyed!

Yzak fired off a beam rifle blast over the Savior痴 head, forcing it to duck, and followed up with a hyper impulse cannon volley that sent the Savior spiraling aside desperately. He took off, drawing his beam saber. 鄭nd now you池e going to do the same thing! he shouted. 鄭re you fighting the people who will destroy us all, or are you fighting the people who don稚 have anything to do with it?!

The Savior snapped its own saber out of its right-hand shoulder armor, and the two Gundams met with a crash. Yzak glared over his shoulder as a Blaze ZAKU Warrior lined up for a killing beam rifle shot, and somersaulted over the Savior痴 head, hurling both his beam boomerangs and cutting the ZAKU in two.

展e池e avenging our people! Shiho cried, whirling around and sniping at the Calypso with her plasma cannons. 滴ow can you be so cruel as to tell me that痴 not just?!

展hat right do you have to kill civilians the way Djibril did?! Yzak screamed back, returning fire with his own beam cannons. The Savior backflipped into the air, as the Calypso痴 beam boomerangs came arcing back. Yzak caught them on the rebound, taking off after the retreating Savior. 鼎ome back here! I知 not through with you yet!

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Atlantic Federation battleship Girty Lue, the Moon

As the Chaos and Abyss Gundams came to life in the Girty Lue痴 hangar, Sting cast a grim glance towards the Abyss. Auel nodded back, and as the two Gundams Phase Shift came to life, Auel let out a scream, smashing the blade of his lance into the inert Windams cockpits. The mechanics fled in shock as the Chaos pointed its beam rifle towards the ship痴 engines.

摘vacuate this ship! Sting barked. 摘vacuate it, or I shoot!

On the bridge, the panicking bridge crew looked to Lee. He stared solemnly at the screen, and Sting痴 scowling face.

鼎aptain! The Extended are rebelling! one of the crew cried.

鉄hould we contact the Colonel?! another asked.

Lee shook his head. 典he Colonel is on a special assignment, he said. 典he Chaos and Abyss have put us in a difficult position. We cannot move if they are holding us hostage from within the ship.

釘ut captain, we don稚 another crewman began.

Lee cut him off with a glare, standing up. 鉄ignal the crew to abandon ship.

Captain! the helmsman protested.

That is an order! Lee roared. 敵et to the escape launches! I will remain here and try to talk the Extended down, and if I am successful, I will signal you to return! But if I fail, then it is only I who will die! Now go!

He stared at the crew for a tense moment, before they finally acquiesced, filing out of the bridge. Lee watched them go dourly, taking a step forward as the door shut behind him. He looked up at Sting.

的s this what you needed? Sting asked. Lee took up his seat at the helm, reaching over to the weapons console to arm the Girty Lue痴 weapons.

摘nsure that the crew clears the ship, he instructed. 徹nce they have cleared, inform me.

Sting nodded, and the screen went dark.

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Far ahead, Shinn squinted at the feeling of pressure warped pressure, pressure of Extended. He magnified the image a wing of purple mobile armors, armed with what appeared to be gunbarrels, the mobile armor that Neo Roanoke had been piloting. The squadron of Exus mobile armors charged forward Shinn痴 eyes widened in disbelief as he realized that they were all equipped with nuclear missiles.

Shinn glanced over in alarm at the Infinite Justice Gundam, charging towards the battlefield next to him. 鄭thrun, he said, 鍍hose mobile armors

There was a flash of exhaust from the Exus squadron, as their missiles went streaking off into the distance. Up ahead, the massive ZAFT carrier Gondwana loomed with a vanguard of warships, hanging in space near the fortress Messiah. The missiles sliced through the battlefield, as CIWS rounds rose to chase them. There was a flash of light

Shinn narrowed his eyes angrily as the Gondwana disappeared in a flash of nuclear fire.

鉄hinn! Athrun exclaimed. 典hey池e using nuclear weapons!

典hose bastards are pulling out all the stops, Shinn snarled. The Exus squadron wheeled around Shinn tensed as he realized they were heading toward him.

鄭nd now they池e coming towards us! Athrun growled. 鉄hinn

The Exus units deployed their gunbarrels, sending them streaking forward. Shinn scowled.

的値l handle this! he shouted.

鉄hinn Athrun began. Shinn took off, activating his beam wings with a flash. The gunbarrels swarmed around him, their beam sabers blazing to life Shinn spiraled through a web of beam fire, sending a swarm of afterimages clouding around him. The blasts sliced through nothing, piercing other gunbarrels, as Shinn smacked one charging pod aside and crushed it with his palm cannon. An Exus dropped in to fire its beam cannons Shinn ducked aside, letting its gunbarrels spear another mobile armor痴 hull and wipe it out he fired up into the Exus痴 underside with his beam rifle, and even as the impaled Exus exploded, whirled around again to send another wave of afterimages around another Exus. The gunbarrels swarmed around like vultures it as Shinn pulled away, tearing the unfortunate Exus to pieces.

A trio of beam shots came down from above, tearing down three more gunbarrels Shinn dove through the empty space, letting more gunbarrels shoot each other down, as the Infinite Justice dropped in with a saber slash, cutting a fourth Exus in half. The remaining four Exus units pulled back, focusing their fire on the Infinite Justice Athrun drew back with a frustrated grunt, taking cover behind his beam shield.

Shinn dove back into the fray with a scream, deflecting a wave of beam shots aimed at the Infinite Justice with his beam shield, and stormed forward with a trail of afterimages. Twisting through their desperate shots, Shinn slammed his palm cannon down into the fifth Exus, ripping it apart. Another Exus tried to line up behind the Destiny the Infinite Justice痴 Grapple Stinger slammed into its side, and Athrun yanked it back towards him, impaling it on his boomerang blade.

The final two Exus began to pull back, firing their beam cannons wildly. Shinn clenched his teeth, diving through their shots and swarming his afterimages around the seventh Exus. The eighth Exus痴 gunbarrels tore apart the seventh with a flash of beam saber blades with a scream, Athrun barreled through the lone survivor痴 desperate fire and speared it on a shot from the Infinite Justice痴 beam rifle.

As the last Exus erupted into a cloud of fire, Shinn glanced over at Athrun.

添ou池e stronger than I thought, he remarked. Athrun allowed himself a thin smile.

的知 no weakling, he insisted.

The two Gundams took off, angling towards Solomon痴 Sword.

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His face twisted into a terrible scowl, Rey watched carefully as the Legend Gundam approached the Deliverance. The starboard METEOR unit was drifting nearby, open and ready, as Rey backed into the lock, swinging his backpack up to accommodate the METEOR.

迭ey, Rau痴 voice warned, 鍍he METEOR will do you no good against a lone mobile suit. Use it against warships and mobile suit squadrons instead.

填nderstood, Rey answered. The Legend shuddered as it connected with the METEOR, and Rey clenched his teeth, arming its weapons. He glanced over to the Deliverance痴 port side, as the Strike Freedom backed into the ship痴 other METEOR unit.

He looked up at the Alliance fleet, taking off with a roar. A squadron of Dagger Ls formed up in front of a Drake, outfitted with some kind of enormous emitter on its hull. Rey opened fire with a blazing volley of beam cannons the shots ripped through the Alliance mobile suits, but slammed harmlessly against the positron reflector shield.

Rey scowled. 溺erely against these things he snarled, igniting the beam swords and sliding past the shield and slashing the ship in half. 的 have no time for you!

The Legend lunged up over another ship, cleaving in two with a downward hack. Another battalion of mobile suits charged at him, spewing beam blasts Rey痴 eyes flashed, as he swung back, opening up with a barrage of missiles and smashing the Alliance mobile suits out of the sky.

鉄hinn, he growled, scanning the battlefield for the Destiny痴 distinctive beam wings, 的知 coming for you

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典he crew is away! Sting shouted. 鄭uel, let痴 go!

The Chaos and Abyss went rocketing out of the Girty Lue痴 hangar, forming up in front of the ship. On the bridge, Lee smiled their time to act had finally come.

的f you are going to destroy the Requiem, Lee said, 鍍hen I will cover you.

釘ut you池e the only one on there! Auel protested. 滴ow can you operate the whole ship by yourself?

的値l manage, Lee assured him. 釘ut we have to act quickly, before Djibril can fire it again.

The Girty Lue swung around ponderously, arming its Gottfrieds and missile launchers as it wheeled around towards the Requiem. The other ships around them watched in confusion as the Girty Lue turned, taking off towards their superweapon. The Chaos and Abyss rushed ahead, leveling off their weapons at the crater-shaped structure and opening fire.

The shots slammed against a positron reflector shield harmlessly Sting and Auel cursed as they noticed the familiar flares of mobile suits engines down by the Requiem痴 rim.

典hey have it shielded! Sting growled, as the Girty Lue ground forward behind them.

的 guessed as much, grunted Lee. The Girty Lue fired a barrage from all six of its Gottfrieds, but the shots could not break through the positron shield. Lee scowled as he noted a squadron of mobile suits approaching from the Requiem. 典hey池e sending mobile suits!

展e値l take care of them! Auel shouted. 鏑et痴 show these guys who they池e fucking with!

A volley of beam shots came streaming from the approaching mobile suits Sting and Auel deflected the shots with their shields and charged back. Sting blinked in surprise as he noticed the approaching mobile suits Windams, all equipped with Gunbarrel Striker packs.

典hey致e got gunbarrels! he cried, as the gunbarrels came to life, rocketing away from the Windams and activating their railguns. 鄭uel!

典hey池e still just kinetic weapons! Auel yelled, returning fire with his beam cannons. The Windams dove apart, their gunbarrels darting around the Chaos. 釘astards! You can稚 stop me that easily!

Sting growled, firing with his beam rifle at a Windam as it came streaking in, rifle blazing, surrounding the Chaos with railgun shells. 添ou池e not the only one who can do that! he shouted back with a flash, the Chaos痴 own weapon pods lifted off, activating and returning fire with a beam rifle volley. He cut down two gunbarrels with a beam cannon volley of his own, deflecting the Windam痴 saber strike with his shield and kicking it in the chest. Another Windam swung in from behind him, gunbarrels blazing Sting cut two of its gunbarrels down with his own weapon pods and whirled around, activating the beam claw on the Chaos痴 right foot and slashing the Windam痴 rifle in two. He somersaulted up over the Windams heads, as a third one fired off a rifle shot that went sailing by under the Chaos痴 feet.

In front of the Girty Lue, Auel took cover behind the Abyss痴 shoulder shells, snarling. 鼎oming back for more, assholes?! he screamed, opening fire with a beam cannon volley, tearing down three gunbarrels and forcing the attacking three Windams back behind their shields. Auel activated his beam lance with a flash, charging and twirling the lance over his head. The lead Windam drew its beam saber the two weapons met in a shower of sparks. 典oo slow, asshole! Auel shouted with a grin a moment later, he kicked off from the Windam痴 shield and fired his Callidus cannon. The Windam ducked aside, but two of its gunbarrels vanished in the blast. Another gunbarrel snaked around him for a shot at his back Auel smirked and stabbed over his shoulder with his lance, spearing the gunbarrel and wiping it out on the beam tip.

Behind the dueling mobile suits, Lee scowled as he fired the Girty Lue痴 Gottfrieds again. The shots slammed once more against the positron reflector. He looked up dourly at the Chaos and Abyss.

And this, he thought, is where we part ways.

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典here痴 no reason for us to fight each other! Shiho shouted, as the Savior swung around, beam saber armed, and brought it down with a crash on the Calypso痴 beam shield. 典he Alliance is a bigger threat to all of us than anyone else!

釘ut they have nothing left to destroy! Yzak shot back, pushing the Savior away and blasting back with its hyper impulse cannons. The Savior transformed and took off the Calypso followed with a blast of exhaust. 纏AFT does! They値l destroy the world, and regardless of the Alliance痴 crimes, I won稚 let ZAFT commit the same one!

The Savior slammed on the brakes, reverting to its mobile suit mode and drawing its saber with a flash, bringing it down on the Calypso痴. The Calypso surged forward, slamming the Savior back with a devastating kick to the face.

滴ow can you fight like this, for an army that will kill everyone just like the Alliance?! Yzak cried, charging forward and kicking the Savior in the chest. 滴ow can you fight to commit the same crime they did?! Is this what you really want!?

添zak! Shiho shouted back, taking off as the Calypso came down with another saber slash. 的

的値l fight you as long as you fight for ZAFT! Yzak screamed. I値l fight you as long as it takes to make you understand!

The Savior and Calypso came together with a crash, beam sabers slammed against each other.

滴ow many more of my friends do I have to fight?! Yzak shouted. 滴ow many more of my people do I have to kill to make them understand?! His eyes flashed as he pushed the Savior away. 鼎oordinators and Naturals are the same thing! They池e both humans! How many more of us have to die before we can finally see that?!

典he Alliance has always been the aggressor Shiho protested.

鄭nd the Coordinators have always done the same things they did! Yzak snapped. 展hat do you think I知 fighting for!? I知 fighting for a future where we can get along! I知 fighting for a future where people won稚 have to fight! And that thing, the Calypso pointed angrily at Solomon痴 Sword, is not going to bring peace!

添zak Shiho began.

的知 sick of this! yelled Yzak, drawing his rifle and pointing it at the Savior. 溺ake up your mind, Shiho! What kind of world do you want?!

Shiho stared in disbelief at the Calypso, its rifle pointed straight at her cockpit. Yzak glared at her.

The Calypso lurched forward as a pair of railgun shells slammed into its back. Shiho looked up in surprise behind the staggering Calypso, a GuAIZ R dropped in, beam saber ignited. Yzak turned in shock as the mobile suit swept in for the kill

A moment later, a beam shot speared it through its cockpit, wiping it out in a place. Yzak looked over at the attacker the Savior lowered its beam rifle.

In the cockpit, Shiho closed her eyes.

的s that your choice? Yzak asked.

Shiho nodded. Yzak paused for a moment, and then glanced over at the Megami.

鼎ome on, then, he said. The Calypso turned towards the Megami. 展e have a future to fight for.

Shiho looked up at last, tears in her eyes, and smiled sadly, taking off after the Calypso.

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Neo laughed as the Apocalypse tore forward, through a wave of beam fire from a squadron of ZAKUs. The shots bounced harmlessly off his shimmering positron reflector field, and he activated his myriad of beam cannons, returning fire and tearing the ZAKUs apart.

添ou池e not the only ones with power! Neo cackled, taking off again, towards the dim shape of ZAFT痴 Neutron Stampeder. A GOUF Ignited charged towards him, sword drawn laughing, Neo drew a beam saber with his left hand, parrying the GOUF痴 first blow and skirting around the second. As the GOUF swung around, activating its heat rod, Neo cut the GOUF in two at the waist, and, still laughing, took off as it exploded.

Up ahead, the ZAFT mobile suits opened fire again, but their shots bounced harmlessly away from the Apocalypse.

鉄ee just how powerless you are! Neo laughed, plunging through their desperate shots, down towards the Neutron Stampeder. The ship opened fire with a handful of CIWS guns Neo cackled gleefully as he plowed through the rain of bullets, activating all his weapons with a flash and pounding a volley of beam cannon shots through the Neutron Stampeder. The Nazca it was attached to erupted in a cloud of fire, and the Neutron Stampeder vanished.

Neo smiled, admiring his handiwork as the Nazca exploded. He glanced over his shoulder at a familiar presence, and magnified the image, finding the crimson Mustang Gundam and the golden Akatsuki charging towards him.

滴e痴 your old Mobius Zero commander? Andy asked dubiously, as the Mustang leveled off its beam rifle and opened fire. 的s he a Newtype too?

鉄omething like that, Mwu answered, arming the Akatsuki痴 remote turrets. 泥on稚 take him lightly.

Neo grinned as he swung into battle, firing a wave of beam cannon shots at the two charging mobile suits. 的ronic that you finally come to face me as the world ends! he laughed. 添ou never understood before, Mwu, but maybe now you finally will!

The Akatsuki痴 remote turrets flashed around the Apocalypse, opening fire Mwu痴 eyes widened in disbelief as the volley of shots landed harmlessly against the Apocalypse痴 positron reflector.

滴e can deflect beams?! Mwu exclaimed.

The Mustang swept in over the Apocalypse, drawing its anti-ship swords. 滴e can稚 deflect everything! The Mustang came down with a crash on the Apocalypse痴 beam shield Neo grunted in frustration as the Mustang surged forward, pushing the Apocalypse back.

鄭nd what do you think you池e doing?! Neo snapped, somersaulting over the Mustang痴 head and drawing a beam saber with its left hand. The Akatsuki swept in, its own twin beam saber drawn, thrusting the blade into the Apocalypse痴 path and blocking its killing swing at the Mustang痴 exposed back.

的 don稚 care what your problem with the rest of us is! Mwu shouted. 的 know you, and I know you池e planning something terrible, and I値l kill you before you can carry it out!

The Mustang came down with both swords drawn, slamming the blades down on the positron shield. 泥on稚 tell me we池e going to sit here arguing philosophy! Andy grunted. 的f you have to shout your motivations at me, you must not really believe them yourself!

添ou think I知 that petty?! Neo shot back, lunging up and showering the two mobile suits with beam shots. Mwu snapped his remote turrets around the Akatsuki, deflecting the beam shots with a translucent defensive screen and the Akatsuki痴 anti-beam armor. 展e have the power that the Coordinators tried and failed to give themselves! The Apocalypse opened fire again Mwu deflected the brunt of the attack, while the Mustang leapt up over the Akatsuki痴 head, hurling both of its beam boomerangs at the Apocalypse. Neo scowled, shooting them both down with a beam cannon volley the Mustang lunged up from out of the smoke, wielding both its anti-ship swords.

The Akatsuki lined up behind the Apocalypse for another attack, but its beams bounced uselessly off the Apocalypse痴 positron reflector. Neo smirked, ignoring the Akatsuki and surging forwards towards the Mustang. Andy scowled, charging back and deploying both of the Mustang痴 rocket anchors laughing, Neo cut them both in two with his saber.

鄭ndy! Mwu shouted, dropping in from behind with a saber slash. The Apocalypse darted aside, pummeling the Akatsuki with a beam cannon barrage and knocking it away. 泥ammitlet me handle him!

The Mustang drew a pair of beam knives, activating the blades and hurling them up at the Apocalypse. Neo grinned and smacked them aside with his beam shield, returning fire with a wave of beam cannon blasts.

添ou can稚 even beat me! he cried. 添ou don稚 deserve that perfect set of genes!

Mwu lunged towards Neo, beam saber drawn and pointed at the Apocalypse痴 cockpit Neo swung back, pushing the Akatsuki痴 saber aside, but Mwu rocketed away before Neo could follow up with a beam cannon barrage. He glanced over his shoulder, a familiar sensation of danger springing into his mind the Mustang lunged over his head, but before it could move again, Neo slashed off its left leg at the knee and its left arm at the shoulder with a scything upward hack, and with a final devastating kick, sent the Mustang spiraling away, spewing smoke and sparks.

Andy! Mwu screamed.

泥on稚 worry about me! Andy痴 garbled voice shot back. 添ou have

The line went dead Mwu痴 eyes flashed furiously, as the Akatsuki charged, brandishing its saber.

添ou bastard! he shouted. Neo grinned ferociously back. 展hatever it takes, I swear, I値l take you down!

The two mobile suits met with a crash and a cascade of sparks.

展e値l see, little Mwu! Neo laughed.

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With a scream, Auel drove the beam blade of his lance into the Gunbarrel Windam痴 cockpit, and before it could explode, he kicked the sparking remains towards another Windam. The third Windam lunged up over its dying comrade, beam saber raised Auel deflected it with the staff of his lance, and grinned.

典oo slow, bitch! he shouted, firing the Callidus cannon and spearing it through the Windam痴 torso. He lunged up over the fireball, firing at the remaining Windam with a beam cannon barrage. It drew back behind its shield Auel laughed victoriously as he swept in, and before the Windam could react, slashed it in half with his beam lance.

Nearby, Sting grunted in annoyance, spiraling through a volley of beam rifle shots and railgun shells, and swung his weapon pods around to shower his opponents with missiles. They drew back behind their shields Sting lunged up into the face of the first Windam. It raised its rifle towards his torso he tore its arm off with a beam claw-assisted kick, and as it struggled to regain its balance, Sting wiped it out with a beam rifle shot. The remaining two Windams arced in, beam sabers drawn Sting pulled back.

的 don稚 think so! he yelled, eyes flashing. The mobile weapon pods arced in behind the second Windam, tearing it apart with a pair of beam blasts. The last Windam began to pull back, firing its beam rifle desperately. Sting smirked, hedging it in with beams from the weapon pods, before he finally leveled off his own rifle and fired.

One thunderous explosion later, the Chaos and Abyss glanced back at the Girty Lue.

展-What the hell happened?! Auel exclaimed. The Girty Lue, pitted and smoldering and spewing columns of smoke, came rumbling down towards the Requiem. It fired its three remaining Gottfried cannons again, but the shots again had no effect.

鉄ting, Auel, Lee痴 garbled, broken voice said through the Chaos and Abyss痴 cockpits, 鍍he ship痴 weapons can稚 punch through that positron reflector.

典hen what are you going to do?! Auel demanded.

There was a pause.

的値l ram the Girty Lue into the Requiem, Lee said.

What?! Sting exclaimed. 典hat痴 suicide!

Lee looked at them grimly their eyes fell. The Girty Lue rumbled forward.

的知 a bitter old man with nothing to return to, Lee said, as the Girty Lue shook. 典he most I can do for you now is give my life for you, so that you won稚 end up like me.

A squadron of Doppelhorn Daggers came charging up towards the Girty Lue Auel lunged into their path, beating them back with a beam cannon barrage. Sting finished them off with his weapon pods, and they both darted aside as the Girty Lue痴 engines roared to life.

鼎aptain Sting started.

展e can get you out of there! Auel protested. 添ou don稚 have to die!

展ithout someone to guide the ship, they might knock it off course, Lee responded. 典his is the last thing I can do for you. Now go, find Stella, and find some reason to live outside of the Alliance痴 grip. He narrowed his eyes at the ominous pit of the Requiem. 的値l give my life so that you can have your own!

Sting and Auel watched, tears in their eyes, as the Girty Lue plowed forward, disregarding desperate mobile suits in front of it. Sting squeezed his eyes shut the Chaos offered a grim salute.

On the bridge, Lee saluted back, and smiled.

The Girty Lue slammed into the positron shield, bursting through with a crash and a shriek of twisting metal. It burst down into the depths of the cannon on the bridge, as sparks and smoke filled the air, Lee痴 eyes flashed.

擢or everything you took from me, Neo, he shouted, I値l take it all back!

The Girty Lue fired its Gottfrieds. The Requiem exploded Lee smiled as he vanished in the blast.

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The remote turrets streaked around the battlefield, firing helplessly at the Apocalypse as it stormed forward, unstoppable, brandishing its beam saber and charging towards the Akatsuki. Neo laughed victoriously, coming down with a powerful downward hack. Mwu grunted angrily, stopping it with his twin saber痴 bottom blade.

典oo late! Neo laughed, raising his beam rifle. Mwu痴 eyes flashed with a surge of strength, he shoved the Apocalypse痴 saber aside, sawing its beam rifle in half. Neo growled, backing away and drawing his second beam saber, pushing the Akatsuki back with a barrage of beam cannon shots.

添ou son of a bitch! Mwu snarled. 添ou killed Andy! I swear I値l tear you apart!

的壇 like to see you try! Neo shot back, pounding the Akatsuki with another beam volley. Mwu struggled to return fire with his remote turrets, but the Apocalypse痴 positron shield shrugged it all off, charging forward, raising both beam sabers. 添ou always came close but not close enough! And that痴 how you値l die, Mwu close, but not close enough!

The Apocalypse slammed into the Akatsuki, throwing it back. Neo grinned, lining up for a finishing beam cannon volley

A red mobile suit痴 arm clamped down diagonally over the Apocalypse痴 torso, and with a crash, the maimed, sparking Mustang latched onto the Apocalypse from behind.

What?! Neo screamed in disbelief.

溺wu! Andy shouted, a triumphant grin on his scarred face. 添ou池e not the only one who makes the impossible possible!

There was a flash of light, and a moment later, the Mustang exploded.

Instinct took over, guiding Mwu痴 hands, as he saw the blast rip the Apocalypse痴 two backpack binders off, and send both of its arms and its right leg flying. The Akatsuki charged, brandishing its twin saber.

泥ammit! Neo snapped, tugging at the controls. 滴e took out the reflector array! He looked up at a familiar sensation, a white bolt of energy crackling in the air before him.

He never had time to scream before the Akatsuki痴 beam saber blasted through the cockpit.

Scowling viciously, Mwu slashed the Apocalypse in half and took cover behind his shield as his gutted opponent exploded into a dazzling fireball. He backed away, staring mournfully at it.

鄭ndy

Mwu looked up furiously at Solomon痴 Sword.

的t won稚 be in vain, he said.

The Akatsuki took off with a flash.

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As a GuAIZ R exploded, a beam shot torn through its chest, Shinn backed away, scanning the battlefield. He was still no closer to Solomon痴 Sword, and he was making no progress on his own.

Another GINN went down in flames and smoke, and from the debris, the Strike Rouge lunged up, shouldering its bazooka and squeezing off a shot to slam into the cockpit of an unsuspecting Blaze ZAKU Warrior.

鏑una! Shinn exclaimed, throwing the Destiny towards the Strike Rouge and deflecting a Slash ZAKU Warrior痴 beam Gatling burst with his beam shield. Luna returned fire with her bazooka, blowing the ZAKU apart. 鉄ave some shells for later!

的 know that! Luna shot back, blocking a beam shot with her shield. Shinn returned fire with his own rifle, cutting down a GuAIZ R before it could fire again.

Shinn turned his burning eyes towards the imposing form of Messiah up ahead, protected by its shimmering beam shield. He could sense the Chairman there he could sense evil emanating from there. It would not be enough to destroy Solomon痴 Sword he had to destroy Chairman Dullindal as well.

鼎ome with me, he said to Luna. 展e池e heading after the Chairman.

The Destiny and Strike Rouge took off together.

Across the battlefield, in front of Messiah, nestled in the protective confines of his METEOR, Rey scowled as he felt Shinn approach. He armed the METEOR痴 weapons, charging towards the Destiny and Strike Rouge. The crosshairs passed over them both he opened fire. Shinn痴 eyes flashed, his beam shields springing to life to deflect the shots.

迭ey! he shouted.

典hat痴 Rey?! Luna exclaimed. The Destiny took off, activating its beam wings.

的値l handle him! Shinn yelled back.

Rey sneered, firing his beam cannons and a cloud of missiles again. 的 will not let you reach Messiah! he said, igniting both of his beam swords. Shinn narrowed his eyes, Newtype energy flashing the missiles arced around him, disappearing into space. Rey scowled, charging, and swung his swords horizontally Shinn somersaulted effortlessly over them, ducking aside as Rey followed up with another beam cannon volley.

添ou think you can beat me with that thing?! Shinn growled. 的t痴 all bulk!

With a snarl, Rey returned fire again Shinn ducked aside again, afterimages flashing around him. The Legend pulled back as Shinn squeezed off a beam cannon blast of his own, narrowly missing the METEOR. Rey swung both of his swords up, bringing them down on the Destiny Shinn blocked them both with his beam shields, sliding down under the blades and slamming his hands into the swords, tearing them apart with his palm cannons.

泥ammit, Rey snarled, abandoning the beam swords and pulling back with a beam cannon barrage. Shinn slalomed aside it, and the Destiny raised its hand. Rey looked over his shoulder in disbelief, as the METEOR痴 own missiles slammed into him from behind, wiping out the METEOR痴 engine array.

As the METEOR exploded, the Destiny and the Strike Rouge took off. The Destiny used its beam shields to force open a hole in Messiah痴 shining protective barrier the two mobile suits slipped through.

And as Rey pulled himself from the wreckage of his METEOR, drawing his beam rifle, he scowled, watching them go. The Legend took off after them.

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Up ahead loomed Solomon痴 Sword Stella glared at it. It was something scary she had to destroy it. Otherwise, the war wouldn稚 end, and Shinn would never be happy.

She glanced over her shoulder, finding two mobile suits approaching and Stella's eyes lit up as she discovered the Chaos and the Abyss falling into formation next to her.

"This is more like it," Sting said with a sad smile.

"We're on the same side now," Auel added. "So let's end this fucking war."

At the Gaia痴 side, the Chaos and Abyss glanced up ahead. 鄭re you going after that thing? Sting asked, the Chaos gesturing towards Solomon痴 Sword. Stella nodded grimly.

展ait! Auel shouted. The three Gundams jetted apart as a beam shot sliced by them Stella痴 eyes flashed, scanning the black sky for their attacker.

Inside the Providence ZAKU, beam rifle drawn, Valentine smirked.

典hree annoying little Extended, she said sardonically. 的 hope you enjoyed your lease on those machines. The Providence ZAKU痴 DRAGOONs lifted off with a flash. 哲ow you are no longer useful!

The DRAGOONs took off. Sting and Auel backed away behind their shields, as Stella lunged forward, diving effortlessly through the DRAGOON shots and charging towards the Providence ZAKU. Valentine grinned, opening fire with her beam rifle as the DRAGOONs swarmed around the Chaos and Abyss, throwing them back.

添ou are someone scary, Stella snarled, dodging the Providence ZAKU痴 fire and squeezing off a shot of her own. The Providence ZAKU slapped it aside with its left-hand shield, skirting aside as the Gaia tried to flank it. 添ou shouldn稚 exist!

鼎ome and get me, little girl! Valentine laughed, firing again at the Gaia and forcing it to spiral around her shots. Stella glanced over urgently at the Chaos and Abyss.

泥on稚 worry about us! Sting snapped, as a volley of beam shots slammed against his shield and drove him backward. The Abyss opened fire with a beam cannon barrage of its own, but the DRAGOONs darted away, unharmed.

Stella ducked aside from another rifle shot and switched to her beam saber, rocketing up behind the Providence ZAKU. Valentine whirled around angrily, bringing her rifle to bear, but an instant later, Stella hacked it in two.

泥amn you! Valentine growled, throwing the rifle痴 sparking half back into the Gaia痴 face and pulling back. Stella batted the ruined beam rifle aside with her shield the Providence ZAKU drew a double-bladed beam axe from its rear skirt armor, twirling it over its head and bringing the activated blade down with a crash onto the Gaia痴 beam saber. The Providence ZAKU jetted backward, then charged forward again with another overhead swing. Stella dove aside, moving in behind the Providence ZAKU, beam saber raised Valentine whirled around to block Stella痴 saber strike with her beam axe.

Nearby, Sting scowled ferociously as he veered through the DRAGOON fire.

的 can do that too, bastard! he shouted, as the Chaos痴 weapon pods lifted off and returned fire. A swarm of missiles went streaking across the battlefield, catching one of the DRAGOONs and wiping it out. Sting somersaulted up over another DRAGOON, picking it off with his rifle, and went back on the defensive as the DRAGOONs tightened their formation. One of the larger DRAGOON units came racing in from behind, beam spike activated Sting痴 eyes flashed, as he batted it aside with his shield and shot it down with his beam rifle. Up above, another DRAGOON lined up for a killing shot from above Sting jetted aside, dodging its shot and firing back, spearing the remote weapon and blowing it apart. He pulled his weapon pods back around him, unleashing a spray of missiles across the battlefield and taking down another DRAGOON.

Beam shots streaked around the Abyss as Auel spiraled out of harm痴 way, scowling.

哲o you don稚! he screamed, taking cover behind his shoulder shells. 泥amn you! The beam spike DRAGOON came streaking in with a scream, Auel snapped open the Abyss痴 shoulder shells, knocking the DRAGOON back, and slashed it in half with his beam lance. Another DRAGOON lined up in front of him to open fire Auel cut it down with a Callidus shot. 典hese things aren稚 so tough! he cried, whirling around and dodging another beam volley. He somersaulted up above a trio of beam shots, firing back with a beam cannon barrage that took down another DRAGOON. The final two DRAGOONs charged towards him, beam cannons blazing Auel snarled a curse, deflecting their shots with his shoulder shells. At last, as they came close enough, he snapped the shells open, knocking them both back, and fired his shell cannons to take them both out.

The Chaos and Abyss both looked up, as the Providence ZAKU and Gaia dueled overhead.

展e don稚 have time to play these fucking games, Auel said, frowning.

Sting raised his beam rifle. 典hen let痴 go help Stella, he said.

The two Gundams took off with a flash.

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展e have to take out the Chairman, Shinn explained urgently, as the Destiny and Strike Rouge blasted forward, towards Messiah. 滴e痴 the one who built that thing. He痴 the one who will use it. If we don稚 kill him here, he値l just build another weapon.

的 understand that, Luna said testily, 澱ut if he痴 inside that fortress, how the hell are we going to get to him?

Shinn scowled. 展e値l find a way, he insisted. 展e

A flurry of beam shots cut him off the two mobile suits rocketed apart as a wave of green bolts slashed between them. Shinn looked back towards their attacker

的t痴 Rey! Luna exclaimed, taking cover behind her shield.

Behind the Destiny and Strike Rouge, the Legend Gundam came charging forward, beam rifle drawn.

Shinn leapt out in front of the Strike Rouge, arming his beam rifle. 添ou can奏 keep up with him in the Rouge! he shouted. 的値l take care of him!

Before Luna could protest, the Destiny took off, firing down at the Legend. Inside the cockpit, Rey scowled, ducking around the Destiny痴 shots and launching his DRAGOONs.

滴ow dare you, Shinn, he growled, as the DRAGOONs blazed around the Destiny. Shinn activated his beam wings with a flash, afterimages swarming around him. 滴ow dare you stand between us and justice! The DRAGOONs stormed in, pounding the Destiny痴 beam shields with a wave of green beam fire. 典he PLANTs have been destroyed! Our people our gone! And yet you still defy us, when it cannot be clearer that it is Lord Djibril who must be stopped if there is to be peace!

Shinn scowled back, diving through the Legend痴 DRAGOON fire and squeezing off three shots at the Legend itself. 添ou池e going to do the same thing he did! Shinn snapped. The Legend somersaulted over the Destiny痴 shots, returning fire with its rifle and DRAGOONs and forcing Shinn back on the defensive. 的知 not going to let you destroy the entire world to ease your pain! He dove through another web of beams, pursuing the Legend with a beam cannon blast that the Legend easily skirted. 展hat Djibril did was bad enough! I知 not going to let you do something worse!

添ou fool! Rey shot back, the DRAGOONs punctuating his words. He drew a beam javelin from the Legend痴 left leg with a snap of his wrist, bringing it down on the Destiny痴 beam shield. 添ou would dare deny these soldiers, bereft of home and family, their justice?!

The Destiny surged, drawing its anti-ship sword with a flourish and charging, surrounded by afterimages. Justice is not killing more people! Shinn screamed. 的 thought you were a Newtype, Rey! Don稚 you feel it when people die?! Don稚 you care!?

The Legend came down with a harrowing overhead javelin hack that Shinn stopped horizontally with his sword. 徹f course I feel it! Rey cried. 的 feel every death you feel! I felt the pain of watching the PLANTs collapse! I felt them all die! The Legend surged forward, throwing the Destiny back, and forcing Shinn back on the defensive with another wave of DRAGOON fire. 展hy do you think I知 fighting to realize Gil痴 new world?! The Legend pursued with a beam rifle blast Shinn darted aside, as he spiraled his way through the Legend痴 DRAGOON volleys and left a shimmering trail of afterimages behind him. 的知 fighting for a world where people don稚 have to fight these pointless wars and die, so that we Newtypes don稚 have to feel the pain of their deaths! The Legend rocketed up after the Destiny, firing its beam rifle madly. 的 would carry that banner myself if I could, but my body is betraying me! I gave that dream to you, so that you could build that world for us! Shinn ground his teeth as the Legend lunged up, coming back down with another javelin hack that Shinn stopped with his sword. You betrayed me too! Rey shouted. 鄭nd now, after we of ZAFT have lost everything, even now you and your sanctimonious leader come before us, telling us that we have no right to seek revenge! Your people have been destroyed, Shinn! Does that not move you to pity?!

添ou IDIOT! Shinn screamed, charging and pushing the Legend back with his sword. 展hat do you think will happen if you fire that thing at the Earth?! People will die! And we値l both have to feel it and suffer through it! What the hell did you think would happen?!

典hat is a pain I am willing to endure! Rey replied, boosting backward and letting his DRAGOONs go back on the attack. 典he Earth has started the last two wars, not the PLANTs! They are the source of our pain if they will not be accommodated, they will be eradicated!

The Legend charged back towards the Destiny, beam blades clashing and showering each other with sparks.

的 thought you were a Newtype, Rey! Shinn snarled. 展here are your powers of understanding?! Why don稚 you understand?!

添ou have no right to question my understanding! Rey shot back. The Legend surged again, shoving the Destiny back and swarming its DRAGOONs through the Destiny痴 translucent afterimages. 摘ven now, with all of our pain, you tell us that we cannot have revenge, the only thing we have left!

添ou池e not after revenge! screamed Shinn, diving through the DRAGOON fire and lunging up towards the Legend. You池e after genocide!

The Legend raged forward again, slamming into the Destiny and shoving it back. 摘nough of this! he snapped. 添our intransigence is your undoing! He swung up his beam rifle to fire

Another beam blast cut him off, forcing him back. Rey dove upwards, keeping his DRAGOONs focused on the Destiny his eyes widened in surprise.

鏑unamaria!

Inside the Strike Rouge, beam rifle pointed up at the Legend, Luna scowled determinedly at the Legend.

的 won稚 let Shinn fight alone, she said. 摘ven if I can only distract you, I値l do it! The Strike Rouge roared up towards the Legend, firing again and forcing it back. 的 have power too!

鏑una! Shinn cried, desperately dodging Rey痴 DRAGOON fire. 泥on稚! You can稚 handle him!

添ou are always here Rey snarled, returning fire with his own rifle and dodging the Strike Rouge痴 shots. 添ou are always the weakest link

The DRAGOONs vanished Shinn realized in horror that they were no longer aiming for him.

的値l take you down, Rey! Luna yelled, raising her beam rifle.

Rey痴 eyes flashed furiously. Disappear!

Shinn reached up in horror. Luna!

The DRAGOONs opened fire a barrage of beams slammed into the Strike Rouge, blowing off its limbs and its Aile Striker and halting the maimed mobile suit in its tracks. Rey leveled off his beam rifle and fired

The final beam shot speared the Strike Rouge in the chest, and Shinn痴 eyes widened in horror.

鉄hinn, he heard Luna痴 voice say, 鍍ell Athrun I知 sorry...I couldn奏 keep my promise...

鏑una Shinn whispered.

The Strike Rouge exploded.

LUNA!

Inside the Legend, Rey narrowed his eyes at the Destiny.

鉄hinn, he said, as the fireball faded, 鏑unamaria was a traitor. There was no response. 添ou are a traitor as well. This is the fate that you have chosen for yourself.

The Destiny was silent. Rey assembled the DRAGOONs and launched them forward

And then there was a slicing, burning flash of pressure in his mind. The DRAGOONs were wrenched from his mind痴 grip; he watched them reassemble themselves around the Destiny. It pointed at the Legend; they charged back at Rey; Rey痴 eyes widened in disbelief

A moment later, Rey found himself dodging fire from his own DRAGOONs.

A blaze of beam shots ripped by the Legend; Rey activated his beam shields and pulled back. More beam shots flashed around the Legend; Rey tried to fire back with his beam rifle, but the DRAGOONs were faster than he had ever seen them, and he was put back on a desperate defensive.

的mpossible, he grunted, as the shots slammed against the Legend痴 beam shields. 的s he such a powerful Newtype that he can use the Legend痴 DRAGOON system when I知 in the Legend痴 cockpit?! More beam shots singed the surface of the Legend壮 armor. 典hat痴 impossible!

的 won稚 forgive you, Rey! Shinn screamed, tears stinging his dull, angry eyes. 的 won稚 let you live! I won稚 let Dullindal make his new world! I鱈L KILL YOU BOTH FIRST!"

Rey痴 eyes widened in disbelief as the beam spike DRAGOONs charged and slashed through his beam rifle, forcing him to abandon it. He drew the Legend痴 beam javelins, activating them to desperately use the blades to parry the beam shots.

"I won't forgive you!" Shinn shrieked; the DRAGOONs punctuated his words with a flurry of beam shots.

滴ow powerful can he be?! Rey hissed under his breath, as he twisted and dove through more beam fire. The pressure flashed through Rey痴 mind, and the DRAGOONs fired simultaneously

The Legend was pummeled by beam shots, and with a shudder, its left leg, left arm, left hip armor, and right shoulder armor went spiraling away. He dove out of the path of more beam shots, igniting his remaining beam javelin and bursting up over the Destiny, javelin raised.

鉄top this! SHINN!

Another blaze of pressure ripped into Rey痴 mind; the Destiny痴 hand shot up; it tore the Legend痴 right arm off at the elbow with its palm cannon, and forced the Legend back with a kick to the chest.

"I WON'T FORGIVE YOU!" Shinn screamed; the DRAGOONs came blazing in; Rey dove out of the way desperately. The DRAGOONs followed Rey as he tried to retreat; Rey stared in disbelief at Shinn.

"DIE!" Shinn shrieked; the DRAGOONs flashed in again.

Rey痴 eyes went wide in shock; Shinn scowled; the beam spike DRAGOONs came flashing in from behind

An instant later, the DRAGOONs impaled the Legend壮 cockpit. Rey痴 pressure disappeared; the Legend exploded.

Shinn watched, trembling, struggling not to cry.

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Valentine winced as she felt herself lose another DRAGOON. She had underestimated the Chaos and Abyss, but that meant little. She could still take on the Gaia.

The Providence ZAKU brought its beam axe down with a crash, slamming the blade into the Gaia痴 shield and knocking it back. Valentine laughed triumphantly, drawing a beam tomahawk and hurling it down towards the Gaia Stella痴 eyes flashed, and she somersaulted over the spiraling weapon, slashing it in half with her saber and charging up towards the Providence ZAKU. The two mobile suits met with a thunderous crash.

的値l tear you apart! Stella screamed.

The Providence ZAKU put all its force behind its beam axe, shoving the Gaia away, and stormed forward again, twirling the axe at its side.

添ou池e just a shadow of a soldier! Valentine cried. 添ou can稚 beat me!

The Providence ZAKU lunged up, bringing its axe down the Gaia swung back, stopping the blade with its beam saber. Stella let out a scream, charging forward, shoving the axe aside, and slashing it in two. Valentine痴 eyes widened in disbelief she realized in horror that her DRAGOONs were gone, and a moment later, a barrage of beam cannon blasts slammed into the Providence ZAKU. The machine痴 right leg, left arm, and backpack went spiraling away, spewing smoke and sparks Valentine痴 eyes widened in disbelief as she glanced down at the Chaos and Abyss.

哲ow GO AWAY! Stella shrieked.

The Gaia swept down into the Providence ZAKU痴 face, impaling its head on its beam saber, and with a jarring kick, sent the ruined mobile suit streaking away.

Inside the sparking, broken Providence ZAKU, Valentine fired the machine痴 remaining engines and angled towards Messiah, scowling.

Stella replaced her beam saber and switched back to her beam rifle, glancing back at Sting and Auel. They looked down towards the Moon the four remaining Destroy Gundams were beginning to blast their way up towards the space fleet, and it would only be a matter of time before they reached the Megami.

Stella looked over at Sting and Auel. They both nodded, and the three Gundams took off towards the Destroys.

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ZAFT mobile space fortress Messiah

典he NEO-GENESIS system is at 87% charge, sir, one of the deckhands reported.

Sitting in his chair, Gilbert Dullindal scowled ferociously. He saw up ahead the wreckage of the Legend Gundam even Rey had fallen.

滴oratio, he said, glancing at the towering National Defense Council chairman, 的 will leave command of Messiah to you. I will transfer to the Minerva.

填nderstood, Horatio said, saluting sharply. Gilbert rose and turned to leave.

As long as I still have the Sword, he told himself, as he headed down the corridors towards his shuttle, I haven稚 lost everything.

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The guns blazed desperately as the unstoppable Destiny Gundam raged forward, armed with the Strike Rouge痴 fallen bazooka. Inside the cockpit, Shinn痴 eyes flashed, furious, dull, and lightless. Luna had died here with him he would not let that death be for nothing.

A squadron of ZAFT mobile suits rose up before him, beam rifles blazing Shinn ground his teeth, charging towards them, and cut two of them in half with his beam wings. The ZAFT units split up Shinn ducked around their shots, an army of afterimages in his wake, and whirled around to fire a bazooka shell at a GuAIZ R following too closely. He stormed down towards the massive dish-shaped construct on the surface of Messiah.

泥ullindal, he growled, 的値l stop you, somehow, I swear!

The Destiny rocketed past another desperate squadron of mobile suits, ripping them apart with his beam wings, and armed the bazooka.

In the Messiah control room, Horatio痴 eye widened in disbelief.

泥estiny approaching! one of the soldiers cried. 滴e痴 heading for the NEO-GENESIS array!

鉄top him! Horatio roared.

The Destiny壮 eyes flashed, diving through the last vestige of beam rifle fire from the last desperate defenders, and with a final scream, he slammed his bazooka down into the center of the NEO-GENESIS array, pumping shells into it.

Fire erupted out of the array Shinn backed away and took off, a cloud of afterimages following him. He whirled around, watching emotionlessly as the NEO-GENESIS array exploded. Messiah was wracked by explosions and staggered back, out of the fight.

Shinn turned his furious eyes towards Solomon痴 Sword.

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To be concluded