Howl, Zankantou! (Shroud II - MK/Sess)

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Click, Click, Click.

Explosions boomed in the distance across the mountaintop, the blocky, angular shape of the Great Axion Class lit up by the fires breaking out across its decks as a Super Robot wielding a massive blade tumbled from its surface, pursued in short order by two others - a smaller machine in the shape of a goat, accompanied by...

What appeared to be, to their alarm, a DAMON.

Fascinating... The Aristarch would be most pleased with this development.

Five wing-like shapes glid near silently in the distance as they observed the battle unfolding before them. The Opus reconnaissance units had started to become a more common sight across the Directory - but, seeing as they had yet to actively engage any targets, their presence had mostly been ignored. It was just as well - their purpose was not to provoke a counterattack, though that Lunarian had managed to detect them, they had since opted to dial back surveillance of the Kingdom until such a time they could more accurately analyze the sensor ranges on their machines.

Data.

Data was everything, and at that exact moment, a non-inconsequential amount of conflict was going on that they couldn't afford to ignore. Their engines came to life as they came in lower - still lingering just out of sight, but barely visible on the horizon for any who happened to chance a glance away from the action, and out to sea...
 
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One of his swords was stuck in the bridge and he was hanging right above the ship's cannon. Had it not been for that third unit leaving to deal with his 'boss' the Thrudgelmir might have actually been in mild danger.
But now- Now it was just one machine and a damon.

And then she had the bright idea to say 'shoo' causing Roman to burst out laughing in his seat. This was going to be great.
Most structural damage had been restored, just a few licks of paint and he'd be good as new.

"How about you and your puppy over there find yourself a playground and go make sandcastles instead?" he replied to Minerva as the white mech kicked itself off of the wall, the drills upon its back spinning as it took off and moved out of the way of Cuddles' tentacles.

"Otherwise-" The second shoulder cover removed itself from Thrudgelmir's form, another hilt extending out of it. "You're in for a nasty surprise. ZANKANTOU!"
With that the second liquid metal blade fully extended, the ship cleaving sword would cut sideways over the cannon of the Great Axion, aiming to destroy the weapon's barrel in one swoop. The firing mechanism was too far back to meddle with right now, but he could prevent them from firing it until they did exterior repairs.

With the slash complete the Thrud turned to look at the opposition, hovering in place as it put the second blade over its shoulder. He wanted to see what she would try.
 
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As the Thrudgelmir's blade pierced the barrel it began to glow with a malign light, preparing a second shot even as it was damaged. The inside of the bridge was flashing red, alerts everywhere going off from the Thrudgelmir's attacks. But Dylan seemed unpertubed - even excited.

"Fire it again. We've only got one shot left, let's make it count."

"Five..."

Katri's voice came over the radio once more - tinged with fear. He'd gone nuts - had to be crazy to even consider firing it now.

"You can't be serious - that could rip the ship in half!"

"Four..."

"On my mark! Everyone brace, I have no idea what this will do to the ship!"

He didn't let the compaints stop him, quickly disabling what few safety systems existed on the cannon. They weren't going to get a second attempt, and the blade would break through any second.

"Three..."

"Are you insa-"

"Mark."


It went off half-cocked, a beam of teal energy tearing its way out of the cannon - and hitting a very solid obstruction. The beam didn't just split when it hit the sword - it detonated. Shockwaves spiralled out from the epicentre, utterly ruining the cannon as smaller beams spiralled out across the battlefield - some burning small holes in the Axion, while others hit the Thrudgelmir or spiral off into space.
 

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The Caper grabbed the hilt of the discarded sword and pulled it free of the ship's hull. The Caper returned to the battle field, floating a good distance away from the Thrudgelmir. Honestly, she didn't care about the damn canon. It would hurt Dylan's pride to lose the thing. Besides. From the chatter going on over the comm links they were about to do something VERY stupid.

Cuddles produced a loud roar, then began to back away from the opponent. That's right, head down, defensive stance... good Cuddles. Minerva smiled, tilting her head slightly. "Oh I'm far too old for sand castles and playgrounds." And he was the one in for the nasty surprise. "Impressive sword. Are we compensating for something?" She hoped the opponent was old enough to actually get that. It was hard to tell sometimes. Some adults could be so... stupidly innocent.

The Caper canted it's head slightly to the side, watching the Thrud turn back toward her. "If your entire goal was to disable the canon, you could have said so. The people in the ship though..." She made sure her broadcast link to the ship was still off before proceeding, "They're mine. And I'm no where near ready to let them go yet." She grinned as Cuddles abandoned ship, dropping to the ground below. The Caper began to drift backwards, away from the ship, the Thrud's sword held over it's shoulder. She waited until the mark was called to drift back away from the massive metal tomb. "Though I think they're ready to let go of you."
 

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Whoever was commandeering the cannon, if not the whole ship, was a damned madman. They could very well have torn their vessel in half with that maneuver. The spray of light went everywhere, small beams piercing his unit but failing to do any permanent damage. The beam colliding with the blade was very, very, good for him. It meant the center of the machine was unharmed and as such the cockpit remained perfectly fine. Smoke arose from where the thousands of tiny lasers had bored through his limbs, had that weapon fully charged it would have been a different tale, but the Thrudgelmir was still more than ready to take on the remaining opponent.

The blade itself however, had splattered all over the surrounding area. But that was easily fixed.
As Minerva spoke the half melted blade reformed itself, restoring its shape and sharpness both.
"Compensating?" he couldn't help but laugh at the taunt, it was low hanging fruit but a classic. The words she followed up with however, caught his attention.

"So I'm stepping into your hunting ground? Is that it?" Oh he liked this girl already. She seemed the type to have ten ways planned to kill everyone she knew. And a teenager with a pet dog that could achieve those ten ways, well. Were it not for the innovations of science and giant robots no one could stop her.
"I'll cut you a deal then because I like your style, we scuffle for a bit, I'll do some more structural damage to the ship. I end up back with my sword and back off after. Everyone inside'll be all yours."

The Thrudgelmir rose upwards, its damaged and battered frame becoming clearer as it left the smoke coming from the main gun. The explosion from the laser had done a number on its front, which had only barely repaired itself from the journey towards the ship. Nevertheless, that damage, and the damage of the laser itself, was already being worked on by nano machines attempting to repair all of it and return it to its pristine form.

Once the super robot had leveled with the Caper it would point the blade it held towards Minerva, a stance indicating a challenge.
"So, that or an all out fight where I don't care about collateral. What is it?" Roman asked her.
 
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"...I warned you. You nearly killed us all, and for what?"

Katri's voice came out with a start over the in-ship radio after the blast, but she wasn't shouting any more. After every other incident... this didn't come close to the last straw, but she'd given up on trying to get angry at him. Asking questions seemed more likely to get a response. Maybe it make him feel something - Anything - about what he'd just done.

"How are you going to deal with that machine now? How are you going to explain to the Director-"

Dylan simply held up a hand to stop her, his face twisting into a curious smile as he stared at one of the many screens on the bridge.

"...We're being watched."

He pushed a couple of buttons, bringing up one of the cameras on the port side of the ship and zooming it in. Every Opus might have drifting at a range normally invisible to the sensors of Directory carriers, but the Great Axion was not a follower of Directory standards on anything. Their presence as data blips was easy to miss however, and it had only been chance that the scientist had spotted them.

But now that he had, his interest was piqued. There'd been plenty of rumours around the 'Opus' mobile weapons, but no clear results from trying to attack them yet. And frankly - a bit of chaos might be just the thing to swing the battle in his favour.

"Five machines on the port flank. Give them a hello with the point defense lasers, but don't wipe them all out."

As the Great Axion's weapon batteries lit up once more, Katri asked him one last question.

"...Why?"

"For science, of course. Why else?"

On that note, the Axion fired. Three dozen laser beams aimed at the Opus units, some targeted at them directly while the rest scoured the terrain around them. Even if they didn't bother dodging only three would be directly hit. It was a provocation, not a broadside.
 

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Minerva studied the man quietly for a moment. He seemed to get the idea quick enough. Though he overestimated the amount of prey within the ship. She liked most of the crew. Most. A few she would be very happy to feed to Cuddles, but the main targets... she was going to kill them slowly and painfully. Maybe find a way to convert the Damon control tech for humans and leave them completely conscious to be little puppets... She liked this man. He gave her such wonderful ideas.

The Axion's turrets humed to life, firing at something in the distance, Minerva didn't care to look at what they were shooting at. She rubbed the bridge of her nose and sighed, not bothering to hide that from the enemy pilot. "I'm pretty sure at this point you don't need to worry about causing more damage to the ship. Dylan's stupid enough to do it for you already."

The caper carefully bounced the sword over it's shoulder as Minnie thought, "How do I know I can trust you to keep your word?" She had trusted before, and she had been burned badly for it. Even so, the Caper charged at the Thrud, swinging it's own sword at the mech. It was a slow and heavy strike of someone not used to wielding such a weapon.
 

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The Opus wing dropped in altitude, photonic stabilizers whining as they scoped out the battlefield. The giant with the regenerating armor was of interest to them, as was the nature of the energy radiating from the Great Axion, and they drew just a little closer, attempting to get a better read-

A little too close.

Dylan's unprovoked volley scythed through the leadmost machine, DEI's potent laser battery tearing a blistering hole through its chassis before it detonated, sending emerald shrapnel in all directions. The remaining units banked hard, sensors reeling as green telltales across their surfaces turned to a bright red.

ALERT
RETALIATION DETECTED
REQUISITIONING REINFORCEMENT PHALANX
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APPROVED
SPATIAL TRANSFER INITIATING

The space immediately behind the remaining Opus units began to contort, bending, warping in a fashion that would seem distinctly familiar to the scientists of the Dimensional Energy Institute - yet at the same time, so much more refined than what they had so far only managed to roughly reproduce. Sky and clouds disappeared into a blender of colors, which eventually knotted itself into vaguely humanoid shapes - so vast that they seemed to almost block out the sun.

A pair of hulking, colossal figures - easily over fifty meters tall each - dropped from the sky, their blocky features slamming into the earth below. Bright green visors gleamed to life, sloped armor plates grinding together as one rose to its feet, its companion floating up beside it on a pulse of glowing energy, skirt armor adjusting as its "leg" like landing gear folded into place. Their make was unlike anything ever seen before by any - neither the Directory, nor the Colonies, or even the Lunarians seemed to have any influence at all in their utilitarian, purpose-driven, almost golem-like features - yet their scale indicated they were meant for nothing less than complete and absolute destruction.

As the reinforcements came online, the Opus units were seemingly through with being regarded as target practice. The remaining four units opened fire on not only the Great Axion Class, but also Roman, Cuddles, and Minerva in a cascade of fire from their hull-mounted beam cannons, their side-mounted plasma guns spitting death as they accelerated, the ordinarily dormant observers now revealing their true colors:

Attack drones - but from where?

Neutral Reinforcements:
Reus
Stoma
 
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Roman was ready to protect himself against his own weapon, but something caught both his and seemingly the girl's attention.
"You weren't kidding when you said he was stupid enough." Roman sighed as the hail of fire began. It also didn't seem like whoever were observing them prior cared much about who did and did not attack them.
"As for how you can trust me. Call it enemy of my enemy if you want, and I'll help you deal with the back up over there instead of simply abandoning your big metal lunch box over there. So I'll tackle the two big guys as long as you and the idiot commandeering that thing handle the small fry. Oh yeah, and throw that sword forwards. I'll catch it."

With that the Thrudgelmir lowered itself slightly to become level with the two mysterious skirted units. Their designs didn't ring any bells with him, an issue and a blessing both. He didn't know what they were capable of, but at the same time also were unlikely to be tied to anything back home. Still. How different to anything else they were was notable, these guys had a tech advantage on everyone else. Which meant, finding out who and what he was dealing with was of great import.

He switched to external comms.
"So you two seem to be a bit above the curve." As he spoke the Thrudgelmir shifted its grip on its single blade, taking it in both hands. "But what you got in tech you completely lack in manners."
The liquid metal of the blade became looser, extending and losing its one solid shape in trade for what seemed like a weapon made out of pure light, fluctuating and dragging after itself. As the drills on the unit's back activated in full the Thrudgelmir began speeding towards these new foes.


"So here's a lesson on why you don't cut into someone's fight. My welcoming gift-" With them in range now the large mech slowed down drastically, using its momentum to drag the blade in a horizontal motion.
"Taste this! Zankantou!"

It was like a shockwave had come to bear onto the horizon, aiming to tear the intruders apart with its sheer power. As the blade was dragged horizontally the light that came out of it followed like a tsunami without warning. Had this been aimed at the ground surely the environment would have been dragged asunder. But here, in the air, there was no resistance, no rocks in the way to take even a little of the force of the blow.

The Thrudgelmir, having come to a complete stop, observed the aftermath. Smoke it had made clearing slowly from the area as destruction was to be revealed. The blade it held, now in one hand once more gradually receded back into its normal form. Against any normal tech that would have wiped them off the face of the earth, but against someone with tech this advanced. Roman remained on guard. Ready to defend himself should one of the colossi have survived.

"Tech advantage or not, this blade can still cut you."