TI Vol 14: Chapter 2-2

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Vol 14: Chapter 2-2.

Gando was sensitive to the topic of death and revival but as soon as he heard the mention of piloting robots, he stared straight into Xuan. “Did you just say pilot a robot? The ones with a cockpit, a joystick, and panoramic screen?”

Xuan nodded. “Correct. That’s the one. Furthermore, I can modify your robot to some degree and give it the ability to fly, faster speed, higher strength, more powerful attacks. Of course, that will require a higher level of skill to control. Anyway, WangXia, exchange the robot for him first.”

Without any hesitation, WangXia stood under God with his eyes closed. A beam shone down which made Gando cried. He stared at the beam with excitement and then, a two-meter-tall bear robot appeared next to WangXia, a kawaii anime bear. That innocent face had no connection to the word robot.

Gando turned around speechless, then pointed at the bear robot and said. “That’s the robot you spoke of?”

Xuan walked two laps around the robot and said with certainty. “Correct. Looking at its size, there should be no problem fitting you in. Get in. Let me see your piloting level.”

“Don’t… don’t kid me!” Gando shouted. “You call this a robot? Are you humiliating a diehard Gundam fan’s heart? You think someone who watched from 0079 to Seed doesn’t know how a robot looks like? It should be metallic and at least several meters tall! I am not asking for an Eva or Mazinkaiser nor Providence or Freedom in the beginning but can you at least give me a Zaku I? Are you planning to get me on the battle field with an anime bear? Even among the Full Metal Panic series, you could have gotten one equipped with Lambda Driver. Anyway, I…”

Xuan frowned. A gauss pistol slipped out of the sleeve to his left hand. He pointed the gun at Gando’s forehead and said. “I am not consulting you. This is an order, understand? If you can’t qualify the task, I will kill you and pilot it myself. Even though that will take away my attention from the immediate situation, it will still be better than wasting a combat spot. Have you made up your mind?”

Gando immediately said. “No problem. However, this is my first time piloting a robot, I don’t know anything about the controls inside. Can you give me a manual?”

Xuan looked at WangXia. He nodded and said. “The manual is inside the cockpit. Enter it from the back. The first person that enters will have his voice recorded. After that, you will be the only one that can pilot this robot. These are the information God pushed into my head.”

That was when Gando became more serious. He walked over to the bear robot’s back. He searched on its fur with his hand then, di-da. The robot’s back opened up. Gando climbed in and the back slowly closed up, concealing any characteristic of it being a robot. If you just looked at it by its appearance, it would make you laugh.

Everyone looked silently as the robot stood there motionless. People were getting inpatient ten minutes later. The robot finally made a noise. However, everything that it said was Fummofu.

“Fummofu, fummofu, fummofu.” The robot swung its arms in excitement and attempted to walk while saying the same word over and over.

Zheng asked Xuan with a weird look. “Why does he keep saying this strange word?”

Xuan waved his hand. “Can’t help it. I thought this flaw only existed in its origin. Didn’t expect the clone from God to have the flaw also. The flaw came from the robot’s design and translates everything the pilot says into this word. Any attempt to turn off the voice changer will also crash the robot. However, we have soul link so there won’t be any issue communicating with him. His talent is not bad to figure out how to use the robot in just ten minutes. Or you can call it his talent with driving games.”

After Gando’s excitement calmed down, Zheng narrated his story of dying and being revived. Gando stood there expressionless for quite some time before he laughed out, saying lucky. This attitude shocked the others but also gave everyone a favorable impression.

Xuan saw that everything was set so he told them to bring the robot to his room. He would begin modification and also begin crafting the devices for the Sky Stick and the plasma grenades and mines. However, they didn’t let him go since it was several days before they last saw him. Xuan had no choice but to accept eating dinner together and also take care of two things.

“First is the dragon blood cultivating plan. Every newbie must get injected with dragon blood in God’s dimension. This will in effect give them 4000 points worth of stats. Of course, after injecting the blood, they will have to get repaired. That’s why it needs to take place in God’s dimension.”

“The second thing is the T-virus prototype plan. The T-virus prototype can unlock the first stage of the genetic constraint for every member. Based on the rule of bigger reward for bigger danger, this bonus mission will be at least BB difficulty. I don’t suggest tackling it without enough strength. However, we can begin our preparations now.” Xuan said as he ate.

Zheng asked. “Like? Aside from enhancements and exchanges, what else do we prepare?”

Xuan nodded. “The key is the next movie, Starship Troopers. This movie belongs to future technology. I watched it twenty-one times. There are two noteworthy weapons, Tactical Nuclear Launcher, which can be used from the shoulder, and the Morita MK II Advanced Systems Rifle shown near the end of the film. It could destroy an area of fifty meters in diameter. These two weapons are equivalent to D tier weapons from the exchange system while you can obtain an endless supply of them from that world. So we should gather these weapons in large quantities in the world. Maybe we can even come to an agreement with the government. Of course, that will be what we need to do when returning to the world in the future. We have three goals this time. One, complete the plot without casualty, even if that means we can’t kill the other team. Two, find as many clues about bonus missions as we can, a plus if we can complete the bonus missions. Three, buy as much of these two weapons as possible, at least a large quantity of tactical nuclear launchers.”

Even though Xuan was calm the whole time, as if he was talking about what to have breakfast tomorrow, the others were dumbfounded. Gando laughed and said. “You’re funny. Talking like we are going there to be arms dealers or terrorists. Haha.”

Xuan nodded seriously. “Correct. We are going to be the arms dealers and terrorists in that world. In fact, if we have a large enough space, I want to buy a small starship. Quite a few movies contain large scale battles. As our team’s strength increase, there will certainly be similar war type movies in the future. Then it shouldn’t be an issue buying a starship in Starship Troopers.”

Sweat covered Gando’s head. He asked Kampa in a low voice. “He’s joking right?”

Kampa gave him a bitter smile. “Don’t ask this type of questions again. I swear he’s serious about buying a starship. I don’t doubt his determination or ability to buy one. If this man shows any sign of enthusiasm, I can bet he’s planning something insane.”

Zheng naturally heard the conversation with his hearing. All he could do was smile bitterly. He had to admit that indifference was the normal state for Xuan. If he was enthusiastic for something, there would be something crazy going on his mind, like burning down a forest.

Zheng coughed and said loudly. “Ok, ok. Let’s come up with a plan first. After dinner, we will go test the power of Tiger’s Soul. Everyone needs to train for the next several days until the movie comes!”

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14 thoughts on “TI Vol 14: Chapter 2-2” - NO SPOILERS

  1. The thing I like most, is when they start to game the system.

    Dragon Blood, T-Virus, teaching each other techniques that they purchase and anything else they do is fun to watch, because that’s what I’d immediately start to think about.

    1. I can’t recall if I wrote it before, but I in a D&D game I once played, as an alchemist, I constantly bugged one of the players, who was a Dragon-Sorcerer, to give me some of her blood for ‘research’. Even though I had no practical application for it at the time, dragon blood is dragon blood. If it can allow someone to tap into magic, you can bet at least use the blood to blow stuff up, or create potions.
      It wasn’t too difficult to acquire her blood, considering she bled all over the place after one battle. The game didn’t last too long, though. Although, I bet I would end up in the same position these characters are — physical enhancements.

      I can’t say that player enjoyed my own character going around her with needles all the time, though. But that’s what you get for being half a dragon.

  2. Them going to the movie worlds is the best part for me. Would love to see them thrown into Aliens vs. Predators. Or maybe another classic horror movie like The Thing or The Amityville Horror. I dunno there are so many great settings to choose from movie wise I’d rather them not keep going on multiple missions in the same worlds.

      1. It’s from FullMetal Panic: Fumoffu
        I totally didn’t expect to be a Bonta when it said bear. I was thinking it looked like one of those bearguy suits from Gundam

    1. I’d actually like to see Clone Zheng’s actions in the Mummy universe. And him taking down all the people he hated on Team Devil in Predator. I bet the Predator looked at Clone Zheng the same way Imotep looked at Zheng after he finished eating the leader of Team India. Rage filled Zheng is epic. Seeing him become the real predator in that forest would be awesome.

    2. Honestly, at this point, I want to see a change to how the movies work. The story can enter a stasus of decay and staleness way too easily, when everyone have their specific job and Xuan is there to explain everything and plan 10 steps ahead.

      For an instance, I think having the characters “role play” the characters in the movie, would be an interesting game changer. Like having Zheng become a Predator. Even if the entire team are now Predators, it’d still hold the same idea. Extra points if they have to play off strange roles like being Xenomorphs, right? Having them split up more would also benefit from that. When Zheng was alone with the bro-team, it was pretty fun on its own.

  3. TYVM for the chapter!

    “Can’t help it. I thought this flaw only existed in its origin. Didn’t expect the clone from God to have the flaw also. The flaw came from the robot’s design and translates everything the pilot says into this word. Any attempt to turn off the voice changer will also crash the robot.”

    Lmao haha. Also, considering the author’s references up to this point, I wonder what spaceship anime-crazy Xuan will go for? The Bebop? The grappler ship in outlaw star?

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