The long march from Yetzu to Eastern HQ takes about a week. Little contact is had, but each one is a grim reminder of the harsh nature of the war.
Daerik, Job, Li, Kora, and Zig meet up outside the combat area and decide to all head to the East. Few of them had any food, so foraging persists for much of the trip. On the second day out, a radar contact shows up on Li and Daerik’s scanners, fading in and out. Zig flies over to investigate, and Shinee gets his by a strong blast of electricity, but shrugs it off. Daerik has Zig return to the group, and in a moment of exhausted negligence, orders the team to spread out. When called on it, he pops Sigma’s cockpit and tells them that that plan was intended for the enemy to overhear, and that they should hold a tight formation. Nobody notices his sigh of relief when they immediately believe this explanation…
Proceeding, the group is suddenly ambushed by masked assailants. Li and Ru immediately pick up a Black Rhimos and Gustav under optic camouflage, and deduce from muzzle flashes, that there is at least one Helcat, probably two. The Gustav attempts to flee, but Li and Ru give chase. Sigma and Shinee lunge after the Rhimos, while the heavy weapons wolves hang back and lob shells in the vicinity of the targets. As the Rhimos decloaks, light shells impact Sigma, who ignores them, chasing the Rhimos. Zig, in an act of daredevil bravery, dives Shinee into the trees, firing the Freezing Breath and clipping a tree with a wing. Just then, shots slam into Sigma, and he howls in pain, slamming to the ground with a large hole in his side. The old Wolf slumps, and both him and Daerik are silent.
The Gustav becomes visible, while Li activates Ru’s offensive system and begins attacking the Gustav’s control systems. The enemy Helcats lose their Camouflage, and the remaining Wolves pound them with heavy fire. The Rhimos and one Helcat explode, another goes down from a point-blank shot with Jobs Attack Unit, and the Gustav is shut down by Ru’s system. The only Guylos survivor is the Gustav pilot, who reluctantly gets out of his Zoid after stern prompting from Li and Ru. Kora watches the Gustav and its pilot while Li sprints over to examine Sigma. Daerik has awoken, and is in a very. bad. mood. Daerik and Li examine the damage, and find that the Core has been hit. Daerik tells Li to do what he can for Sigma, then heads over to help secure the Gustav. The pilot makes the mistake of trying to grab Daerik’s gun, but is immediately shot dead.
A lucky button push on Daerik’s part gets the Gustav up and running again, and it is moved next to Sigma. Li thinks repairs are possible, given time, and Sigma is carefully loaded onto the Gustav’s second trailer. The first consists of an enclosed box, with armor as thick as the Gustav itself. Padlocks secure the doors along with an electronic lock. A key card for the lock is found on the dead Gustav pilot, and the padlocks are removed with bolt cutters. Inside is a large pod, with opaque green glass and large numbers of cables coming out of it. Visible inside is some sort of Zoid, not much bigger than a human. Kora and Zig want to open the pod immediately, but Daerik insists on restraint. Li hacks the computers, finding what little data the Guylos team had on the pod. It had been found in a ruin on the southern coast of this part of the continent. The team has no data on the pod or what is in it. Daerik insists that the pod stays shut for now, and the others reluctantly agree.
The next few days are uneventful. Li lashes Ru to the top of the armored trailer, and spends the trip trying to fix Sigma. The Wolf shows signs of recovery far beyond what he should be capable of, and the hole in his side and the damage to the core slowly disappear.
On the fifth day out from Yetzu, the team spots smoke on the horizon. It is coming from Sand Colony, a Republican colony. Zig and Kora identify heavy damage to the town, and the remains of about ten Rev Raptors. The damage is determined to be from Republic Supercannons, a fact confirmed when Kora talks to some villagers and Guylos survivors. All tell the same story: the Guylos unit had stopped at the village to buy supplies, and the whole area was shelled by heavy Republic units, including Gojulas. Kora and Zig render some medical aid, while the rest of the team continues on, and makes camp.
Kora and Zig catch up to find Sigma up and mobile again. Daerik takes the Wolf for a spin, to see how he’s faring, then returns. The group decides to open the pod, and out pops a blue Wolf-type Zoid. It is very sleek, and nobody has much of a clue as to what it is. When it awakens, it is initially hostile, but after a bit, it takes a liking to Zig and Shinee. The name Omega is decided upon.
The next day, the group arrives at Eastern HQ. The massive fortress is protected by equally massive walls, topped with turrets that each mount a 360mm Cannon, and guarded by Gojulas Mk IIs. After entry, the team goes to check in, and spy the new Blade Liger, Storm Sworder, and Gun Sniper Zoids being offloaded from Turtleships. Li and Kora are squealing over the new Zoids like little kids. Prying them away, the team goes to check in. All is smooth, until Job reports the trailer to the Helic officer he reports to. The claim that they could not get into the trailer, results in a team of Helic mechanics being sent over to crack it open. Daerik has Zig try to throw up a shield during her interview, but the results are hard to determine, and the massive amount of water Zig drinks can’t be good for her…
EXP coming soon…