|Reviews for The Golden Age: Reclamation War|
| LightningEarl chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
The first time I read it,I was in shock to the point of staring into space with my mouth wide open. To relieve the shock I got from reading this freakin' chapter, I watched TTGL. And what do you know? Fate is conspiring against me. Chapter 9 of RW and Episode 9 of TTGL had unbelievable similarities. In those two chapters/episodes, one or more main characters died. Both of those characters are important leaders. I just can't believe it. Zetsubou-shita! So I slept.
After waking up, I reread the chapter 9. AND OH BOY! I found weird stuffs that may indicate that Lacus and the kids are still alive! The Forest Prince, the weird hand with the ring(Maybe it was from Henrietta who for some reasons, wore the ring during the fire. Or maybe Lacus or someone purposely removed her arm. With RW's technology, it's possible to have her arm back.),the minute amount of details of the corpse(Maybe it's David, Sarah, Marcus or Ian) and the weird way the link was cut-off. And after reading other people's review, everything was confirmed, YOU FOOLED US! You made me sleep in despair last night. Tsktsktsk... But one thing's for sure, Dark Kira is on his way. I just love the idea of Kira killing the enemies instead of just disabling them. They'll go "WTF!" on the battlefield. I'm wondering if Kira would break the news to his friends. I'm thinking that Kira will just stay in Garden City, moping. Or maybe not. Oh well, This is one hell of a chapter.
PLEASE, I BEG OF YOU! U.P.D.A.T.E. S.O.O.N! I need to know what happens next. EMPHASIS ON THE "NEED"!
It took me a lot willpower to resist reading the "spoilers" you posted. Even with all that effort, I can't help but notice the "Green Cosmos". I smell something fishy. *Oh wait, our lunch is fried tuna... .*
| Rihaku chapter 8 . 6/29/2010
It's rather interesting how Durandal and Noah have become reflections of each other, much like Kira and Frost. Noah was perfectly willing to exterminate however many billion people it took for the creation of his 'master race', and now Durandal is willing to do the exact same for his Destiny Plan. That they're both using EDEN to accomplish their ends, and both targeting the earth, makes their mutual sociopathy even more ironic. They've both managed to convinced normal people that they're right, though admittedly Noah had to resort to mind control while Durandal used old-fashioned politicking and lies.
*BELOW THIS LINE THERE BE SPOILERS*
Since we'll be seeing a lot more of the Edenites soon, we should hammer out which versions of the three factions we're using. I dug up the old writeups, and as far as core ideology goes, I don't think the Conclave needs any changing but the other two might merit a closer look.
Actually, the Conclave and Green Cosmos may be too similar, looking at the Feb 03rd PM. GC has "While it's true that Edenites are manifestly superior in their own ways, the more important factor here is the nigh-elimination of conflict. Though they did not choose their path, the Edenites of today are successful and have a lasting peace between man and nature...The rest of humanity ought to be converted to Edenites, not because Edenites are superior, but for their own good. Once they experience what the original Edenites experienced, they will understand, and warfare will diminish greatly. Ultimately, it's a utilitarian platform for peace - this is their greater good...Their ideological hole is the somewhat naive assumption that conversion to an Edenite will automatically make anyone nice, that anyone with Newtype powers would automatically gain enough empathy to put past events aside. Counterexample: Zacharis Frost."
I do like the GC platform as it stands, but having two utilitarian factions may make the Edenites altogether rather more consequentialist than ought be sympathetic. I guess we could play up the extra-creepiness of the Conclave, perhaps to the point where they _aren't_ sympathetic, and make GC the sympathetic ones as their viewpoint is rather more human, which makes sense given that their Grand Chimera is the one that best understands humans. Though Green Cosmos shares a name with Blue Cosmos, really the organizations could not be more different - it is a _far_ cry from natural supremacists suddenly becoming Coordinator supremacists now that they're Coordinators.
Regarding the Children, it may be difficult to explain their philosophy succintly without it coming off as self-contradictory; the nuances that are inherent to a position created by a party of genius-level intellects may be difficult to understand for a casual observer. I think perhaps we should discard the 'embrace all of nature's precepts' part and put more emphasis on the 'place great importance on the reasons behind and action' part, as, strictly speaking, there is nothing particular inherent in nature that presupposes 'right' or 'wrong,' much less a coherent platform for a political/intellectual party. They may observe nature and glean much insight from it, but that does not compromise their ultimately deontological position.
| Jman12394 chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
PLEASE TELL ME THAT LACUS IS NOT DEAD!
How could you kill her and the kids off?
i feel really bad for dunderal not he is REALLY screwed. if you though kira and lacus pissed off at frost was bad, thats nothing to what kira feels now
| Archangel2385 chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
I read this chapter (for the first time) earlier this morning . . . I was literally so shocked to my core that I stared blankly at my screen for a good, say 30 mins, in a state of utter disbelief . . . then I read the chapter again (1st re-read), just to see whether I missed something, because there’s NO WAY you could off Lacus AND the kids. Lacus, I could ALMOST see, but not Akira & Aoi, not the 2 first Neo-humans around, no way . . . then I embarked on my 2nd re-read, still ZERO hope in me, but still in a state of denial . . . then on my 3rd re-read, I somehow remembered a rather annoying detail that I noticed the first time, but so much other stuff was going on for me to focus on it . . . KIRA WASN’T BURNED.
When White EDEN hit Monty, he dang near instantly caught on fire. Heck, EVERYTHING within a 10k radius caught on fire . . . except Kira. So what makes Kira so different that he was largely immune to White EDEN, save minor “heat flashes” across his skin . . . he’s already gone through his 2nd puberty, just . . . like . . . LACUS, and I’m willing to bet all that I own that Neo-Humans are immune BY DEFAULT (if Akira can overcome a nano-poison & convert said poison to a CURE, he for dang sure can beat White EDEN).
So yeah, once I laid the foundations for reasonable doubt about Lacus & the children’s death, then I started to notice other details that just didn’t sit right, particularly Sai & the Forest Prince’s involvement. At first, I thought they were merely there as a “news crew” of sorts, offering a broader perspective / field of view of the tragedy unfolding, and then communicating it via the WoW to every Edenite human (and many animals) on the planet as conclusive PROOF of the Earthlings’ genocidal acts, thus creating sufficient cause for a declaration of war . . . but then, when I looked at their words again, that angle didn’t quite cut it, or at least didn’t feel like the main reason they were there.
Plus, there was suspiciously little REAL description of the children huddled under “Lacus’” corpse. And then there was the lack of pain flooding Kira’s link; White EDEN does kill relatively fast, but it still should have given his family enough time to send out blasts of pain on the psychic realm. I remember Yzak very clearly stating after his AAR to Cyprus back in ED about him being able to feel if Katie’s in any pain, up to & including being shot, but links never CUT OFF.
Then there’s also Rihaku’s remarks in one of the chapter reviews, something about Akira & Aoi Resonate-Harmonizing or something, which they clearly can’t do if dead . . .
But hey, you really DID have me going there for a while, especially with the final line about he was the ONLY survivor within 10k; that you ENDED the chapter on that line was what made it so hard to reconcile his family’s survival, because that was “YOU” as the author outright STATING this, not Kira assuming (as he couldn’t know that). And perhaps you did this purposely just to throw us off, but it didn’t ultimately work, though I do applaud your effort, as I initially DID buy it, hook, line, and sinker.
That said, I think I can actually get to more of the review . . . the Clymato interaction on the plane was a nice scene, and I’m frankly GLAD that they do believe in physical punishment if necessary. I also really liked learning more about New EDEN and its culture, and it was a very novel experience to see people treat Lacus so . . . NORMALLY. To them, she really was just a normal woman, and it was a weird, if welcome change, as was Akira emerging out of his shell to become more extroverted, which was also somewhat saddening, because I realized, like Kira, that he’ll probably never be quite so free around the CF kids, even Allister.
I was also somewhat surprised by how inexperienced Lacus was with the WoW; she’s practically a newbie at it. With respect to Kira, he sure was awfully . . . WEIRD. Even Edenites were put to shame by his appetite, and while this could admittedly be chalked up to his 2nd puberty, even LACUS (who’s also past her 2nd puberty), did not eat as much. And then the thing about him SMELLING that she was tired; it bore startling resemblances to how the Forest Prince could felt the agitation & inner turmoil of Lilia. Granted, that last part wasn’t too strange in & of itself, but I keep getting little hints here & there that Kira himself may be special even among Edenites, and that is NOT because he (or Lacus for that matter) are forerunners.
Speaking special, I gotta stay that Monty’s comments about other Edenite pilots equaling Kira in combat . . . yeah RIGHT. If Kira can manage the freakin’ BROTHERHOOOD in combat with a MS practically TWO generations out-of-date (if you consider the Pulsar “2nd-generation”, that is), then no, Edenite pilots most assuredly are NOT at his level and it’s pitifully arrogant to assume so. I really hope Praetorians in particular don’t have such arrogance, because such an attitude has no place on the battlefield.
The symbolism & irony in this chapter was quite pronounced, especially with regards to Kira. First, there was Akira’s “fear” that KIRA would be leaving him, when it turns out Akira is the one leaving. Then there was the bomber’s comments about popping the cherry of a maiden, a being of pureness, of innocence; now Kira may not be “innocent” or even pure, but still, the events of this chapter most assuredly did forcefully take what little bit might have remained of his purity or innocence, and I wonder if he can ever get it back. And finally, the ending of ash . . . again, main parallels can be drawn here between that scene and the movie Avatar after get returns to his Avatar following Hometree’s fall. Nothing but death & desolation for as far as the eyes can see and the ears can hear. And when Kira let out that scream, screaming so hard that he started BLEEDING in the mouth . . . GOOD LORD, THAT WAS SOME EMOTION. I feel like I’d have been howling with him if I wasn’t in so much shock & denial.
Of course, as enthralling as this chapter was, its impact is far eclipsed by its implications. Now I want to see how everyone else takes the news (as well as whether Dearka remembers his little comment about never wanting Kira out for BLOOD), particularly those not as close to Lacus, like most of the Stormhounds. I also want to see how he breaks it off with the rest of the CF, because it’s clear as day they can’t take any action, whether they want to or not, and this won’t satisfy Kira in the least. Yeah, I’m actually looking way more forward to the next few chapters than anything else; I also wonder how Frost responds.
Also, my hats off to you, because I realize now how right you were & how wrong I was with regards to “Dark” Kira. When I first read this chapter (and even after a couple of re-reads), I was thinking, “Now why the hell would Kira spare ANYONE associated with the USN after this tragedy?” I totally expected Kira to become a polar opposite of who he was, i.e. no mercy, looking to kill as many as it takes to get to Durandel & those responsible. In fact, I was fully prepared to debate the matter with you till you changed your mind & admitted that yes, Kira will become a monster in one of the realest meanings of the word, fully on the level with Asmodeus, who also lost “everything” . . . but when thinking of how characters would react, I remembered Ashino, and how he reacted to Jean’s injuries.
Yeah, he did fly off the handle and want to kill all enemies he encountered for a little bit there, but later, when fighting against Shinn, we see that while angry with the USN, he didn’t want to kill everyone, just those that either were responsible, or knew about it & didn’t care, and I have a feeling Kira will be the same way, the difference being though that now he’ll become a REAL soldier. No more letting enemies live mess, he’s just going to be like, “I’ll say this once, do not fight. If you do, you WILL die.” And of course no one will believe this coming from HIM, and then they will quickly learn the error of their ways, though they probably won’t have time to change.
Yep, I definitely see him becoming a devil on the battlefield, the likes of which may even give Frost a run for his money; come to think of it, I wonder if Kira’s descent into darkness will change Frost’s attitude and/or plans towards him, and if so, how? At the very least, he may come to think Kira as a “soul-brother” like Cyprus & Asmodeus. But yes, you did a great job justifying Kira’s descent into “darkness,” and I now do understand that he won’t quite change into a berserker, but he will no longer give anyone that chooses to fight him any more mercy.
YIKES, this was a bombshell of a chapter, even if it’s all misdirection and some outstanding misdirection at that, if the initial reviews are any indication. Can’t wait to see how everyone takes this, as well as what ultimately happens to Kira’s family. PLEASE update soon, we GOTTA see what happens SOON.
| AtrumUnas chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
Holy FUCK! You actually did it! You actually fucking did it! And not just Lacus, Akira and Aoi too! You created entire characterizations for the two kids just to kill them off!
Okay, let me calm down for just a minute... YOU ACTUALLY FUCKING KILLED THEM ALL!
That is probably the most beautiful display of plot masterpiece I have ever seen. It takes balls to kill off any main character, but Lacus Clyne of all people? I'm surprised she didn't grab them and tear them down to Earth with her. I guess that is really how life is, though. One minute everything is happy and cheerful, the next everyone is dead and one of the kindest men in the world has had his life rendered meaningless. If I didn't feel shitty already for having hating Shinn so much for his "pathetic crying" throughout Destiny, I'd definitely feel it now. That is one shitty way to survive a massacre, I have to admit. I actually feel sorry for Kira, and it is damned difficult for me to feel any emotion for a fictional character. Kira (RW) has since been elevated to the ranks of Frost, Shinn, Lelouch and Larry Foulke (Ace Combat).
On to other matters, I called it. So did a half dozen other people, I assume, but I called it. I didn't expect you to kill the kids too; that's fucked up. So awakens Kira the Praetorian, or Kira the Executor depending on which you prefer. This actually creates something of a dilema, though. It wasn't Frost that killed Lacus, so Kira won't have that all-permeating rage when he duels Frost later on; not in the same way that he'll have when he starts kicking the USN's ass... though I guess that if Kira were to descend into rage, it'd be towards everything so that wouldn't matter. It doesn't matter much anyway, considering he probably won't go totally insane and hell-bent. I assume he's just going to lost his ideals and optimistic views of the world and become more of a soldier, kind of like Cyprus.
On that note I'm disappointed. I was curious to see how Akira and Violet assosciated with one another. Too late now, I guess.
Now I look to the increasingly dark future. Kira has joined Sai in losing his entire family, including a wife and 2 children, though Matthias and Jamie aren't actually dead. There's some kinship there and possibly even some forgiveness between the two of them. I'm going to hazard a guess (hah) at saying that the next time Kira Resonates, it's going to be with Sai/Kunai/Bald Bull. That is going to be one of the most incredible scenes in history if it actually goes that way.
On to the next/last thing. You said that I would never be able to guess who Lilia's love interest was. You aren't seriously going to do that, are you? I mean, that is both fucked up and downright weird. I mean, I thought that it might be Kira and I figured that would require Lacus to die, but I never figured that you would really do that. Lilia is a Lacus look-alike to some extent and for Kira to fall in love with Lilia, I probably wouldn't be able to believe it. I guess I'm still an idealist in the thought that your first love (as in true love) is your only love. I can't comprehend falling back in love after losing someone whom I had shared my mind with, though I've never fallen in love so I wouldn't know. To have it be Lilia would seem... I don't know what the word is, but you understand where I'm coming from.
Now if it isn't Kira, that leaves like 3 people total that it could be. Because it is possible for me to guess in the first place (you wouldn't have said "You'll never guess" if it was a character to be revealed), it has to be someone we've seen before. One guess, which is obvious and unlikely, is Kunai. I don't think so. Another guess I've thought of is Shinn, strangely enough. That would require a TON of story twists and turns, but it's entirely possible. (I think it would be hilarious if you just did a spit-take.) The last guy I actually considered was Heine, but that's a no no considering that the two have already met and would have already hooked up by now. Rey was also a possibility, but I wouldn't think so for some reason I can't quite explain. It just doesn't feel right... Actually, I feel as though Rey is going to get killed before too long in this story anyway.
That brings it down to Kira, Shinn and Kunai, with the former two being the real competitors. I've given it a ton of thought; I can't just NOT think about something when you give me suck a blatant challenge. Oh, and if it is Kira then you have to give it to me because I honestly did consider him a prime candidate before this message and not just because Lacus is now dead. I saw that twist coming a mile away. My favorite is still Shinn, though.
I can't wait until this next chapter. It's going to be fun...
| LordRevanMandaloreofZutara chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
Okay, last review for this chapter. I swear.
In my rush of joy in the first review, and in my rush to be all Sherlock Holmes in the second, I left out one important detail. Whether or not Lacus and the kids are dead is a matter that is still up in the air. Maybe they are, but I would bet money on the fact that they live. Either way, Kira is suffering, and that is the real sweet part of this chapter. If Lacus died, well then at least I don’t have to listen to her speeches any more, but Kira, Kira is in for a very long, very painful (hopefully) rollercoaster ride of reality. At last he will pay for all those times he ticked me off with his antics. All those times he acted all noble, all those times when he acted stupid, all those times when I just wished someone would do to him what Luna did to Noah at the end of ED. But the greatest of his sins is the fact that he is a hypocrite. He claims to want peace, and love humanity and all of that, but does his actions show it? The end of ED was a great deal more painful for Humanity then it needed to be. I know I go on and on about the evils of the USN, but absolute Freedom (Anarchy) is just as bad as absolute Security (Tyranny). There was a great deal of unnecessary anarchy on Earth/Eden, anarchy that could have been avoided if Kira and Lacus had done the right thing, and joined forces with Noah. They didn’t need to like him, they just needed to recognize the bigger picture. But they didn’t. Instead of doing the right thing, the smart thing, the thing that would benefit the greatest majority of humanity, they chose to fight Noah. With their help Durandel was able to stop the Great Endeavor, forcing it to retreat and eventually be destroyed.
Now, what did that accomplish? Lets review. Why don’t we start with Orb first. Orb is no longer an independent nation. They are a small, orange, pimple of a province, encased in an energy field that could fell at any time, especially if Green Cosmos gets inside. (Time out. That actually is a pretty good idea. Maybe later on in the story you could have a team of Green Cosmos Edenites infiltrate Orb and take down the Glasshouse. Interesting thought.) There is next to no land for Orb to expand upon and they must build underwater cities in order to house their people. This is not a solution, only a temporary fix since the Leviathan will show up eventually and either demolish the Trieste underwater city, or make Orb pay tribute to it. On top of having no land, the economy of Orb is not what it used to be since, thanks to Kira and Lacus, the Great Endeavor was destroyed and the USN was able to reap years of advancement from that carcass. Now, thanks to that Orb’s primary export is undervalued, weakening them. But the good news doesn’t end there. Durandel, the Solar President, aka Dictator for Life, is just waiting for you to screw up enough so he can swoop in, crush your fifty Dawndrake military force, and put some crony in the place of Cagalli and Jiro. Let me see, am I missing anything? Oh, that’s right. You also can’t build Gundams, legally, and you will be heavily penalized if you are caught.
With Orb concluded, lets review what you two accomplished on the behalf of the rest of the USN population. Well, first off, I must be nice in my review here. If I say anything too critical, Section 9 will swoop in, drag my big but out of my chair and haul me to some secret FEAR instillation where after being subjected to a battery of torture techniques and threats, I will either be thrown into a vat of Red Eden and made into something to help further the glory of the USN and Comrade Durandel, or I will be returned home an told that if I ever go out of line again I will either be thrown into a vat of Red Eden and made into something to help further the glory of the USN and Comrade Durandel. Yes, I am bet the people who make it out alive are so thankful to you right now Kira. Let’s see, what else. Well aside from the fact that the fate of Five Billion souls are decided by seven individuals who hold all the power, I don’t think there is anything else. Oh wait. There is something else. It is called the Reclaimer Initiative. Maybe they will capture you and you can say high and explain to all the Edenites why they are suffering and how you are the cause of it all.
(On a sidenote, I have been thinking about Meyrin and how she will achieve fame among the Edenites. You mentioned something along those lines a while ago. I think she will kind of act like the mother to the Edenite children that get sent up to FEAR HQ, and a comforter of the adults who are sent up. Well I can’t wait to find out.)
Now, for the Edenites. One of the best (and when I say best I mean worst) things Kira accomplished on the Edenite side of things was that his actions took out the only man who could provide even the semblance of order in that first year. How many humans unnecessarily died because of Kira and Lacus’ actions? How much of Eden was lost to the Animals because of them? To me, this is their greatest crime, and why I am so delighted to see Kira suffering right now. Their attempt to preserve their lives not only failed, but they damned a significant number of people to the abyss of death. Because of them, the Edenites have to scrape and bow, and squirm before the Animal Chimera. It is sickening! Kunai was acting like a lowly serf, talking to a feudal lord when speaking to the Forrest Prince! For that alone, and no other reason, Kira must suffer.
So, with that out of my system, I have said all I want to say on this chapter. Though I am curious to see how many more people will begin to question the fate of Lacus? Caleb Dykes suspects something is amiss, but you seemed to have successfully mystified the rest. Will my words strike a muse? Hmm, who knows? Anyway, I look forward to the next chapter, and the resolution to the question, whenever it might appear.
| Archangel2385 chapter 8 . 6/29/2010
To think I thought the PUMA chapter was action-packed. Goes to show how little I know _.
I won’t lie, I could and really would have gladly glanced over the first part, as I don’t care AT ALL for that EVIL (insert female dog) and Shinn, despite my sympathy for him, most definitely WON’T be climbing my favorite character ladder if he continues his association with her.
That said, I did enjoy the part of the chapter dealing with combat simulations using the NIC system; glad to see it being utilized in such a manner, and I must wonder if any of the Orb pilots are doing the same. Yzak surely is (though he may practice with TWO swords instead of one, hehe), Athrun seems like he would be as well, but Dearka & Kira are big maybe’s, though I really hope for their sakes that they are.
Of course, the best part of the chapter was the fight between Frost & Goldspear. Gotta say, Noah REALLY didn’t cut any corners when trying to make Frost a significant threat to even Edenites. After a point, it was almost comical how hard a time Goldspear was having at killing Frost, and the really tripped out part is that Frost beat Goldspear ON HIS OWN GROUND. I am glad though that, despite Frost’s abilities, it was still pretty plain to see that he was definitely outmatched (at least physically) by Goldspear, because I don’t know how I’d have felt if he, say burst out of those coils thrown around him.
If I had but one regret, it’s that he didn’t and seemingly hasn’t fought a Megahunter and its attendant Cold Hunters. Now THAT is a match I am looking forward to, though given the beat Goldspear gave Frost, I don’t know if even he could prevail (unarmed) against such a force. Still doesn’t stop me from fantasizing . . . care to make my dream a reality? I’ll cross my fingers.
| Archangel2385 chapter 7 . 6/29/2010
Now THIS is the future of mobile infantry, I tells ya.
To start off, Lexi is really cool and definitely may turn into one of my favorites by the end of this story. You can clearly see by some of her responses how she’s definitely computer-based, but at the same time, she most definitely does have a very real & unique personality, and I especially loved her squaring off against Cyprus, though Cyprus being Cyprus, that might not have been the best opponent to bluff with _.
Speaking of Cyprus & the other Stormhounds, whew, did they met & exceed my expectations. Reading your story was like remembering a HALO mission, and it was definitely one of the most exciting chapters yet. That said, I am somewhat disappointed by Cyprus’s oversight regarding the Phoenix Feathers; for a man as careful as Cyprus, that’s a HUGE thing to overlook IMHO. Now perhaps my standards are too perfect and admittedly no one is, but such a huge tactical blunder on Cy’s part is somewhat disturbing; if he can forget major details like that, what else did he miss? Guess that’s the point of remedial training, and from the looks of things, given how several got tagged by Allister, there will be a LOT of it, lol.
Oh yeah, and it was nice to see Thom & Mel happy; always good to see them happy _.
| gatorfan chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
Oh. My. God. I seriously can't believe what I just read. It kinda was in the back of my head when I found out Kira would be fighting for the Edenites back in that technical chapter of ED, but I never thought it'd actually happen.
Poor Kira. He lost everything. I can't blame him for not stopping that branch from hitting him. I take it that stuff was White EDEN. That stuff is even nastier than it sounded a few chapters back.
I wonder what it was Sai and the Forest King were talking about. I guess they already knew all this would happen.
I do hope they're not really gone, but it doesn't look good. Keep up the awesome work and I hope to see more soon.
| c0dy88 chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
Um, oh shit this isn't going to end well for someone (Durandal) no matter how you slice it.
There gos the nice 'I will not kill' Kira. I get the feeling that the kill'um all Kira is about to make an appearance.
There is a possibility that Lacus or one of the kids might of survived it 'Bald Bull' and the forest prince interfered. Cause it seems a waste to kill the kids before they even get a chance to even really protisapate in the story.
But if you did kill them you just gave Kira and Orb a reason to kick Durandals ass many times over. I don't care how far Lacus and Cagalli's relationship as cooled, that was still Cagalli's nice and nephew that just got cooked.
And you have a possible new girlfriend for Kira waiting in the wings.
I look forward to the next chapter.
| Caleb Dykes chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
Thank You LordRevanMandaloreofZutara I could not have summed it up better myself.
| Archangel2385 chapter 6 . 6/29/2010
This is BAD. Like, “Durandel nuking most of the Eastern US” bad.
First off, glad to get a more formal intro to Durandel’s “inner circle.” Already familiar with Icarus, so no surprise there, but I was very happy to learn more about your version of Lord Djibril, as well as the mysterious Natalia Dostanya, and very surprised to see Dr. Magnus return.
But again, the main spotlight fell on Natalia, both due to her plans for Rey/Durandel, as well as her nanotech. One the one hand, I’d like to think Rey is smart enough not to fall for her game, but even that lie feels decidedly hollow. Much as I don’t like them, even I don’t really want to see Rey fall due to Natalia. On the battlefield, SURE, preferably by either Lain or Eric, but not due to Natalia. Speaking of her, quite the ambitious and DANGEROUS woman there, though I have to wonder just what her (and everyone for that matters) end game is? Right now, it’s plainly evident that they have banded together because that is their ONLY chance of victory, but just what does Djibril, Natalia, and Roanoake want exactly? Definitely look forward to this being explored later.
As for White Eden / M.A.I.D.E.N, yeah, it’s the reason I began the review in such a way. It’s arguably every bit as bad as Blue EDEN, which is disturbing in & of itself. I mean, it’d be one thing for people to just drop dead, but to BURN alive, yeah, that’s nearly Blue EDEN nastiness, though I still consider Blue EDEN the worse weapon, if only because of how the infected affect others, as well as how one must deal with the infected. That said, I’m perplexed as to how the hell White EDEN take trump Blue EDEN when so many other things can’t. Up to this point, only anti-matter & Black EDEN had what it took, so I’m really surprised White EDEN is up to the task, given the universal . . . enthusiasm with which Blue EDEN absorbs everything. I guess the bigger question now is if Black EDEN is also susceptible to White EDEN . . .
The Forest Prince encounter sure was neat. For some reason, I always enjoy listening to Chimarae & other animals “speak” or think; it’s cool to think of or look at the world in a different way every now & again. I never expected him to be QUITE so . . . BIG, and his soft-spoken demeanor will probably make for a very nice contrast between some of the more malevolent minds we’re sure to encounter. It appears that Lilia will have a major role in the coming crisis, though it’s still too early to tell and I can’t even begin to guess what it’d be.
Good job here.
| Caleb Dykes chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
Ha Ha. You really had me going there for a while. For a while there I really believed lacus was dead along with her children and I felt so bad for Kira. All I could think about for hours was that you had killed her. But the more I thought about it the more the pices did not add up. So I read the chapter again and again looking for clues hidden in the text.
The first abnormality I found was when I read about Kira feeling the nice lodge manager dieing from White EDEN. Even with the wind of words Kira had no previous contact with this man and so it should have been harder to hear him die than someone who he had strong bond with like Lacus and their children. But he did not feel them dieing or even experience their death echoes. Then just dissapeared. With all the intimacy between them and to the extent of my Newtype knowlege this should not have happened. However what happened did spark some famerality withen me so I skimed through the EDEN Disaster till I found my first pice of solid evidience to Lacuses and the kids survivle. The way Lacus just cut out was the same as when Katie was cut off and put to sleep by a more powerfull psysic. My guess the forest prince.
Next Kira is a Latent so it would have been childs play to induce an illusion of him finding Lacuses remains for him to cry over. Then theirm is the state of her body. Normal fires even forest fires would leave a courpse behind. Now I know that for a fire to burn a Yadrassial tree it has to be really hot but thats beside the point. White EDEN attaches onto Green EDEN and destroys it at a molecule by molecule ratio so the forest would not so much catch fire as dissovle to ashes like a box of firecrackers. Her arm would not have been protected no matter where it was and even if the White EDEN ran out her surface skin would have at least been burnt to a crisp. None of this even covers the fact that Kira was unharmed besides the blow to his head. So if Kira was protected by a plan put into motion by Sai and the forest prince then it would not be like Sai to let Lacus and her children die as well. He probably gave them to the forest prince to protect and care for a while he takes in a Kira Yamato that will fight for the Edenites against the USN without holding back. Even if Sai were to revill his plan later after Kira and Lacue were reunited his only excuease would be that he needed kira like that to protect the majority. If the cost was Kira thought his family was dead for a while and he breakes his promiss never to kill again would the price really be to high. He might hate Sai for it but I dont think he care what Kira thinks of him.
The only reason nobody has figured this out yet is because that this is such a big story to alot of people and the thought that Lacus might really be dead has most of them impersoniating a fish more or less. So thats my two cents. I hope that im right and Sai is only letting Kira think his family is dead so that he will help tham. I like Dark Kira as much as the next person but its just not him and just want a happily ever after for him. Even if he is an idiot hes sacrificed enough that he deserives it.
| LordRevanMandaloreofZutara chapter 9 . 6/29/2010
You sir, are a deceiver. You seek to blind us with a very emotional chapter and get us to believe that Lacus and her children are dead when in actuality they are alive and well under the care of Kunai/the Forrest Prince/Yggdrasil. I was momentarily fooled, blinded by my joy of seeing my dream realized (WHAT A FOOL I WAS!), but now I think I see the truth. Lacus is alive! (I am gnashing my teeth at the idea.)
Reasons why Lacus and the children live.
can see the future! Yggdrasil’s ability to see the future is a powerful ability, and because he is a tree he does not have all the baggage humans always carry around, and that does not interfere with what he sees. He knows that the USN will attack, and I am sure that he knew that Kira and Lacus would come to Rex Lodge. Why would Yggdrasil leave such a powerful pair to die horribly? The Edenites are better equipped if they have not only Kira, but Lacus as well. Together the two are stronger then they are single. It just makes no sense.
Forrest Prince, why is he here? At first I paid little attention to the Forrest Prince. I even thought that it was the Consul of Foreign Affairs who was talking to the FP when I first read it. Now that some time has passed, I must ask a question. Why is the FP here? Exactly what is he doing that he might require his sex slaves (doe, whatever they are) to boost his power? He certainly did not stop Virgin Flight from dropping White EDEN on the Rex Lodge, and if he did not stop them, what possible point is there in him being there? I can only think of one possibility. He created illusions of people dying and he cut the link between Kira and Lacus/Akira/Aoi.
Link is broken, or is it? Something does not feel right about the link being broken. From the way Morty died, we know that it takes a while for a person with Green EDEN in their body to die. Yet that does not make any sense. Lacus was born an UC. The only green Eden she had in her body was the poison that was meant for Kira. And if memory serves me right, Kira/Lacus/Akira destroyed the poison when they were doing their Resonating thing. Then if that is true, there is no way that Lacus would burn so quickly. The Fire would have to kill her normally, and that would take some time. The link wouldn’t just cut off. Even if she fell unconscious from the pain, Kira would still be able to feel her, I think. Kira would feel agony for at least a minute. Then there are the kids. As far as I know the only Green EDEN in their systems was the food they ate. And if the Green EDEN in Kira wasn’t enough to kill him, then it shouldn’t be enough to kill two Neo-Humans.
’ Arm. I just don’t buy it. If Yggdrasilwood burns hot enough to melt mettle, no human arm will come through still white. I think that the FP used his powers to trick Kira. Kira isn’t thinking straight, and is very open right now.
Evidence: You spoke of in The Foundations of War that Deathstalker venom can be distilled and can shut down a Newtype’s power. Combine this with Blankwood, and you have a nearly full proof way to keep Lacus and the Children under control.
, having a sensitive stomach. Now why would Lilia have a sensitive stomach about this operation? Either Kunai let Lacus and the others die, and that ticks Lilia off, or Kunai is about to lie to Kira, something Lilia also would hate. And once again, why would Kunai let Lacus die when it is obviously in their power to rescue her. Once again, two beings are better then one.
have a bio, they can’t be dead! As the title suggests, the characters in question have a bio in entry 2. Why would you even bother giving them on if they were only going to die in entry 9?
Conclusion: In all likelihood, Lacus, Akira, and Aoi are still alive. Maybe the other Edenites died, but I believe that the Forrest Prince and or Kunai got those three out. The Forrest Prince then used his powers to make as if the connection between Kira and the others was cut. In the aftermath, the FP used his power to fool Kira into believing that the arm he found was Lacus’. Kira is a Latent, and is very open to Active powers. The FP is a Chimera, and had possible Resonating strength. This whole incident was manipulated by Yggdrasil and Kunai to push Kira beyond his limits, his morals, so that when he embraces the Lucifer, he will hold nothing back. As for Lacus and Kira, you said that Blankwood was used in meeting rooms, to cut down of the physic echoes. It could just as easily be used in a holding house, and coupled with the Deathstalker venom, Kira would never realize that Lacus, Akira, and Aoi are alive.
Disclaimer: In the event that Lacus, Akira, and Aoi are dead, I will take this opportunity to say thank you for killing off Lacus, though I will be saddened at Akira and Aoi’s deaths. In that case I take back everything said here.
| Archangel2385 chapter 5 . 6/29/2010
Pretty exciting chapter.
I liked the sound of the “organic sophistication” displayed by the Edenites. Yeah, a bunch of their equipment APPEARS rather primitive on the surface, but it’s really far higher tech than what most of the USN possesses.
Perhaps my favorite part of this chapter was seeing how elite Praetorians fight, and seeing Lilia in particular was a real treat. I especially enjoyed the . . . efficiency of her attack. Just a slight psychic exertion on her part toward the machine gun and BAM, most of enemy is torn down in the first few seconds, and from there, there was just the up-close-and-personal bloody arena of melee combat. And the ending part with how she took down the MS was AWESOME . . . and disquieting. I almost feel bad for the foolish USN special forces that would dare challenge the Edenites, much less the Praetorians; hell, even the Stormhounds would be quickly dispatched if Lilia’s skill-level is relatively “common” among the elite (even among the elite, I’m sure she’s better than most, but you know what I mean).
Something very interesting here is the legal issues brought up. I’m no student of law, but to be honest, Adolf’s words sure did sound . . . lawful. I mean, just what SHOULD be done in a case like that? It’s not like humanity CHOSE to inflict the Eden Disaster upon itself, but they most assuredly DID choose to leave their homes & millions of other people behind. Living in New Eden is not necessarily impossible, even without wonderful tech like Orb’s Glasshouse or the “Red Pill,” so yeah, come to think of it, wouldn’t all of Earth count as abandoned, and thus for the taking by the Edenites? Just curious.
Anyway, great chapter, can’t wait to meet this Forest Prince.