τ · The Second Battle of Atork

The battle to retake Atork is epic.  It’s also quite complex, with combatants appearing out of nowhere, mostly through the near-lightspeed capabilities of the mortar headds (referred to as “teleporting”), and several different mecha types struggling in the fray.  I can’t guarantee my description of the battle will be 100% accurate, but I think it’s fairly accurate and it brings out the great, cinematic quality of the battle.  Peter Jackson, what are you waiting for?!

Colus forces arrive in Atork with a front line initially composed of Voards Viewlard’s Brandzi and the three LED Mirages, standing to the Brandzi’s right.  The Black Knight is slightly behind these four, and further back is Jünchoon and its guard of four Trio Berlins.  Probably there are several more Berlins further back.  This position is somewhat odd, as the AKD and Trün forces are supposed to be there for backup, just in case things get too hot for Colus to handle.  Thus when Hagooda begins to move, some of the Berlins move forward to meet them, leaving the foreign mecha behind.

Miminbas infiltrate the Colus positions, a fact with the gravest of consequences.  Back in Jarth, Ladios Sopp realizes that the sword handed to him by Colus is the one and only royal sword, meaning the King does not expect to come back alive from the battle.  He instructs Iemarah to prepare the Knight of Gold for sortie.

The battle begins: a Hagoodan Maglow severely damages a Berlin piloted by Sir Lowter.  Both headdliner and Fatima survive with some injuries.  A second Berlin, piloted by Dr. Tamagai, downs a Maglow to even the score.  One (or more?) Berlins are sent from the rear to assist Sir Lowter. The Maglows begin to concentrate on the Colus right wing [presumably where Lowter was], attempting a break through.

Boowray Blue teleports in the rear, evidently using the data gathered from the Miminbas to pinpoint the King’s position.  Blue is piloted by Canzian, and his Fatima Paracha is twin sister to Boowray Yellow’s Syucha, who died after the First Battle of Atork.  Two Berlins step between the Boowray and Jünchoon.  At that very moment, however, an undisguised Siren F teleports behind Jünchoon and strikes it with full force.

Colus III orders Clotho to evacuate the MH, but of course, not being her Master this doesn’t accomplish anything.  The Siren is commanded by bloodthirsty Vralgo, who is so bent on revenge that he doesn’t hide his mecha as a Boowray but appears in full Siren form so that Colus III will know who he is up against.  The Siren  pummels Jünchoon on the head, killing its royal headdliner.  As Jünchoon falls to the ground the Black Knight moves in to help but is met by a Maglow and Boowray Purple [colors are written in kanji on the mechas 🙂 ].

Panic spreads among the Colus line, with the all-white MH on the ground.  Command passes to President Routh (=Voards) who decides on a retreat.  But at this point still another MH teleports into the battle: Sopp’s KOG. Sopp intended to teleport next to Colus III but his estimates are wrong.

The KOG, possibly sensing that it is not a part of his destiny to actually fight in this battle, promptly shuts down.  A Maglow takes the chance to sneak from behind, but is smashed by a new combatant: Mirage Knight Dippa in a Cross Mirage (Cavalry C subtype), freshly arrived from her spying mission with Rognar in Hagooda.  Sopp thanks Dippa and makes two momentous decisions:

1) To order the Cormals (i.e. Voards’ Brandzi) and the LED Mirages into the fight, potentially blowing their cover.

2) To use the Cross Mirage’s Beyond Seeker (remote-controlled aerial cameras) to pinpoint the exact location of Jünchoon.

The LED Mirages are near Vralgo’s Siren but not near enough.  Vralgo boasts they will make great witnesses to the destruction of the MH.  Jünchoon somehow communicates with Clotho and begs her to “save” the King and destroy the Siren.  Clotho is stricken by the realization that Ballanche programmed her to eventually kill Amaterasu and Lachesis (!) but she snaps out of it when she realizes the voice speaking to her actually comes from the MH.

The Siren swings its spaad to deal the final blow but Jünchoon grabs it by the wrist, and then tears the whole arm off.  Synchronization between MH and Fatima reaches such a point that the MH’s facial features begin to resemble a Fatima’s [for example, look at Lachesis after she awakes from her final sleep early on in the story].

The KOG, of its own volition and with no input from Sopp, tosses its speid over to Jünchoon.  The white MH unsheathes it and Boowray Blue comes running in trying to stop it.  Jünchoon swipes Blue away with ease, rushes toward the Siren and pulverizes its head with the spaad.  The Colus allies are energized by this: a LED smashes a Boowray, the Black Knight takes out a Maglow, Brandzi scores another Boowray, and multiple Berlins rush into battle with renewed vigor.  Sharie Randers spares the severely wounded Canzian and his Fatima Paracha, which means Fillmore will learn about the AKD’s intervention.

The battle is over, and so is the war.  Hagooda surrenders two days after.  It will eventually be incorporated into the Trio de Colus.

***

You will remember that after Yellow Boowray was downed, Emperor Lader of Fillmore ordered all of the Boowrays out and passed the baton over to the Empire of Hathuha.  Vralgo’s vengeance delayed this plan…  Hathuha accepted further Boowray intervention because it suited this empire: if Vralgo succeeded in killing Colus, then Hathuha’s job would be all the easier, if Vralgo failed [as he did] then Hathuha could spare itself the trouble of even intervening and leave Fillmore with the mess.

During this second battle of Atork the Hathuhan mortar headds were orbiting Jüno, waiting for Vralgo and his Boowrays to leave town.  As it turned out, Hathuha pulled out upon Vralgo’s death.

Many questions are raised here, probably the greatest of which is:

What on Earth is Chrome Ballanche’s plan???  And just how much foreknowledge of events does this Fatima meight have???

[covered VOLUME 7: from the beginning of the volume to page 49]

~ by Haloed Bane on November 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “τ · The Second Battle of Atork”

  1. Epic post for an epic battle. This should have the ‘Great Battles in Anime (Manga) History’ treatment. We should definitely do it. I don’t care if very few people read or appreciate. We must do it.

    I’ll contact you soon re the details.

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