μ · Jünchoon takes the Field
The Battle of Atork is over, and Hagooda has a very generous slice of territory in the Kingdom of Ballanka. The statesmen from the Trio de Colus sit in council, going back and forth between belittling their enemy and advising discretion in the present situation. Prince Trao of Ballanka leaves the room in disgust.
The Colus Queen tries to calm Trao down and tells him to follow the King’s example: Colus has retired to his quarters and allowed the others to do the planning. Oops! Just as she is saying this Colus shows up in battle regalia with Ulicul by his side. His desire? To test-run his brand-new Jünchoon MH…within Hagoodan occupied territory!!
Of course, this is the paragon of chivalry: a sitting monarch riding out to battle…in a white steed no less! However, the circumstances are dire. Would an English king riding out to battle pick an untrained, unproven horse? Would an Indian king pick a mahout for his elephant that didn’t have a solid bond with the animal?
Not only is the Jünchon practically a baby, as all MHs are when they begin to function, the king knows that this headd is destined for Clotho, yet he opts to go with Ulicul. The reason, we surmise, is that Colus is still heeding that feeling, that sense that Clotho was meant to fight alongside one of his descendants, and not with himself. This means that the trio team (MH, headdliner and Fatima) is not optimal here, it cannot be, as one of its members isn’t even born yet.
In the meantime, we get to peep at the Imperial Palace of Hagooda and the Queen. Only a person drunk with so much power could be so oblivious to its fragility!! We find out that the Miminbas cut off the retreat of the Trio forces in Ballanka and secured victory. We also find out that the Boowray mercenaries won’t take off their disguises for the Queen. Hmmmm… And Boowray Red wishes to take King Colus III’s head personally. Hmmmmmm…. Nagano is not subtle when it comes to these things…
The English translation has Boowray Red call Colus a “Fatima fondler”. That’s a lovely phrase, although it’s completely made up and nothing resembling it is in the original. It does serve to draw that distinction between Colus’ humane treatment of Fatimas and Fillmore’s view of them as merely “tools”.
Colus and Ulicul spend three days behind enemy lines, disappointed by the fact that all they are encountering are Maglows. Their assessment of the Jünchoon’s capabilities is paralleled by a discussion going on in Ballanka about that very subject: the MH is strong, but the engine and the booster aren’t in sync. Ballankans figure it’s just a matter of time for the synchronization to come through, while Ulicul chalks it up to the absence of Clotho.
Finally, a Boowray shows up (Yellow) and the king gets the fight he wanted. Alas, the white MH’s booster has absolutely no effect on the Boowray, and with Colus wounded Ulilcul barely manages to extricate Jünchoon.
By this time, the Boowray headdliner has figured out who his opponent is [for once in the world of FSS, someone fails miserably to disguise themselves!] but he has plenty of trouble himself. The warm temperatures of Jüno are torturing him; as he himself tells us, he comes from a cold country. This is still another sinister hint as Both [where the Boowray mercenaries are from] is more of a dry barren planet than anything, and the cold country par excellence in the Joker Galaxy is…the Fillmore Empire. Not to mention the fact that so-called “Yellow” calls his Fatima by the name of Syucha, which is well-known to be one of a twin pair of battle androids in the service of the Kneue Syltiss knights of Fillmore…
Boowray Yellow’s problems are compounded when a squall moves in. For some reason this renders “battle mode” inoperational and we see the headdliner scream and yell at his Fatima to switch [to manual??].
After Ulicul has escaped, we see Boowray Yellow’s Fatima dead in her cockpit. The English version has the headdliner say: “This one took less than a year to cross me”, which suggests to me that he might have killed her in a burst of rage after the battle. The original Japanese says something more like: “This one didn’t last me a year” which is much more neutral. The exertion of the battle could have killed her, or much more tragically, the Jünchoon’s booster attack (which the Fatima reported as scoring no great damage on the MH) could have been the culprit. Anyway, this dude is a total a**h*l*.
Miminbas come to the headdliner and report the location of the weakened Jünchoon’s descent (still behind Hagooda lines). Worse is yet to come for Colus.
[covered VOLUME 5: from the beginning of the volume to page 33.]