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The Spirit of Steel
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: HKSAR, PRC, Asia, The Earth, The Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe.
the third part of the exciting NOT
Chapter 3: Yansk11
After the copter left the place, this place is now eerie slient except occational winds. Ordering the 2 copters and Kurz's M9 staying 5km from here at 3 points is Tessa's decision, only to come upon her order. Gebo6 wanted to stay in the place but she rejected that it'll be easier to react in case of enemy approaching when they stay far. After checking the digital map she leads the way northwestwards: she's now wearing clothes different than before, and even though she carried explosives along she still has no guns at hand. If the place is suitable they seem to have a picnic, but unfortunately this place doesn't a good palce for that. Sousuke also wears a bulletproof vest outside of his pilot suit, carrying a 5.56mm carbine+6 backup magazines, HE/smoke/burning grenades 2 each and as much C4 as he an get, as well as his Glock19------picked up by Lemon's friends, and though not very good he's now liking it due to used for some long time already.
It's shown that they're heading to the northern factory, and while she's walking at that way fast while thinking, Sousuke still feels strange for just picking him as her guard, instead of the whole plane's crew. She seems to understand that question, and says that she wanted to come alone, but if she's about to choose a single guard, it'll be him, because the secrets of Whispered are lying ahead. Despite his surprising mood, she continued that he's the only one who can pilot Laevatein, Miller helped to build this machine but AL and Arbalest's basic systems are being used; Bunny designed and built Arbalest, the one saving Miller from Siberia is him, she's been saved by him for some time, and he's working to save Chidori------he should be the only one who had so much contacts with the Whispered in the world. Hearing that, he also agree about it: Though without evidence, but if Nami at Namsk is also one, then that adds another. Not knowing about him too much, but Leonard is probably another. That means, he has deep relations with 6 Whispered (who're supposed to be few in the world) in total. At this point he still doesn't know much about Whispered, but all events until now seem more than just accidental, or even it's something like fate. She then interrupts that she also doesn't know what sort of reason is behind, but if there's a god behind all stuff in any form (she also admits she believe in god's existance),
he's probably the saviour sent by the god to save them
Sousuke feels ridiculous about it, since "saviour" isn't somthing of a joke, but a serious stuff. He had unusual experiences, but he's still just a normal soldier, an ordinary man without any skills other than fighting. He couldn't even save Nami, and it's unknown if he can save Chidori.......But Miller indeed said something similar to him on the ship. They didn't talk too much, other than thanking each other for their deeds and briefly told their recent life to each other (she has been recovered and helping Intelligence with Hunter), and before they parted she smiled as said "Though without evidence, but you can probably save us". Tessa isn't pressurizing him, but it's a strange feeling about his power. An old Chinese poverb mentioned that "When the god is about to give you important tasks, he'll hurt your mind, torture your physical body, make you hungry" (I'm Chinese and the original thing is pretty long, so just picked significant sentences), and his life till now is filled with difficulties continuously, but then he'll also possess the power from experiencing all these. It's the same for the kind words to persuade such useless woman like her (which shocks him): being raised on the cruel battlefield, but he can still retain such kindness, this may mean something,
although it may means he'll withness the destruction of them......
He still doesn't understand, but he welcomes her for retaining sense of humour. And it's the reason to bring him here: telling all that she knows.
On their way onwards, there're explosions, signs of fired bullets and fire around. Did this town have a large battle? Anyway they're approaching the northern huge chemical factory ruins of the town, it's so rusted and multilated between buildings making the scene looks horrible and like some unknown large creatures died long ago. It's revealed that, now in Soviet Union, there should be nearly no person will know about this town because of violent actions and civil wars resulted in the loss of records. Tessa also attempted to find out if this town really exist but without successes, and then some evidences were got after Miller was rescued: she heard one person's name when she was in the complex in Siberia, and Lemon followed this evidence and started investigation of documents in Moscow, finally got the data about this place. The chemical factory seemed to have fighting around, and the storages were collapsed in very unnatural ways like water tanks were hanging on their bases, fragments of iron and steel bars were spilled on the ground they're standing. She then tells him to be careful, as this factory is somethign like "impact point" that, even not harmful to human body and the effects has been reduced after 17 years, it can still make those approaching people become mentally confused since it's a special experiment conducted here before, and there should be the device underground. But just after a little time, he heard the EXACT words of hers about the thing before. He is terrified......And Tessa tells him that it's the effect of déjà vu that happened even before landing, which is also the reason to tell everyone stay out of here (but if one can keep his mind working the effect will be reduced when comparing with the idle state). But then how can she seem unaffected? That's because THEY occationally suffer from this and is got used to that, besides normal people may also have the same in less effect. (Still he still can't catch up with the effect)
They both continue to move on, and decides to talk more to reduce the effect. The scars around are made by machine guns, autocannons, RPG, etc------a fierce firght here, what really happened? She thinks that something terrible happened among the residents: affected by the experiment conducted, they're all suffering from that effect in a more serious way, leading to------probably the security started to fire upon eahc other first, then teh scale enlarged------but these are just predictions due to lack of evidences. Losing consciousness and started to enforce violence unrestricted will only lead to a real hell......Sousuke can also feel it. Then what's the experiment happened?
"Всеобщая Сфера"------"Omni-Sphere" in English.
It's a space created by human's mentality, a world that one can't see nor touch, can't be dected by normal, physical detectors, and is a different dimension to the world we know. At the same time Omni-Sphere will interfere or connect with the physical world------especially human brains, which is just a chemical circult. This kind of thoughts had existed for a long time but mostly are upon philisophical sides, such as Plato's Perfect World, Carl Jung's Collective Unconsciousness, etc. (Sousuke has no freaking idea about these, and doesn't seem to fit Tessa as a commander of the newest weapon, but he indeed heard abnout Omni-Sphere: related with the man-machine interface TAROS, which is the short form of Transfer And Response Omni-Sphere) Since long time ago there're different forms talking about the mental world, and there was once a person called Dimidly Warov (my crappy translation) thought that they can use large "calculators", complex science and theories about brains to record/use it, and named it "Omni-Sphere", a wold that contained all, for convenience. His essays weren't found these days, but in 70s he seemd to had been conducting researches about electrode contacts and predicting future. Like 1943 Philadelphia Experiment (this did exist in our world, at least as rumours) or UFO in Area 51, these are all suspicious rumours, but Americans and Soviets had indeedn been conducting experiments about supernatural powers. but neither side got significant successes as most of them were just sacratch builds from Army or Intelligence for the budget. (Pilot of Gebo6 did mentioned that there're some soldiers who went mad due to experiments, back to Tokyo there're also TV programs talking about that) However Warov was different: he's a real research on the front of energy, electronics, intelligence, etc, and some of his basic theories were adapted like earliest Passive Stealth Technology (from myself: probably those we're seeing now, as ECS seems to be active ones)------they're now going deeper and deeper into the factory which the grounds aren't stable due to being corrupted and fire------but it's still unknown to all for how he found the existance of Omni-Sphere. Anyway he believed teh existance of such sphere, and started small-scale researches which got some success in late 70s. Then his name wasn't shown that much on exposed documents or reports, which people thought it's because his achievements started to decline, but actually it's because his works became more confidental for the state, as his political power on the education field was also strong------then it seems that teh government built this city for his research to go on. It's confidental because it's about the usage of Omni-Sphere, if there's a world unbounded by time and space, and human mind can also travel there freely which also connects with our physical world, what will it become?------Sousuke can't think about it, and he can't even understand a bit of her talks as he's pretty a realist mind and so all of these exceeds what he can think about------It can result in predicting the future with a high accruacy. Will enemy fire Nuke, when will enemy politician die, weather of the attacking day, when will earthquake or Sun activity(ahem) happen, etc. If one know all these but the enemy doesn't, they can win any wars when they exploit these. And also the transmission of heart electrics, one can transfer a large amount of intelligence despite terrain and distance, peeking inside one's brain, or even control it by suggesting hints. There won't be any war at all if one can jack into the US President or Secretary of Defence's brain since they can control the policies of the superpower freely.
But they're still possibilities afterall, since one have to deal with numerous difficulties to but these theories into practice, but using Omni-Sphere is another case so it'll be state's confidential stuff. Such as, the technology utilizing Omni-Sphere to interfere the physical world do exist, by changing one's imaginination into physical power, and it has been used pratically: The Lambda Driver. But this name is also taken by others, though it's also called as Lambda Force Driving Device or Virtual Force Field Generator (something similar for both name), but it generates more than just force:, instead it's to amplify the effect of virtual psysical effects interfered by the Omni-Sphere. It's original name is Omni-Sphere High-Speed Chain Interfering Reactor, since Omni-Sphere originally only interferes physical world in an insignificant amount (affecting some weak particles' movement), and we're all affecting the psysical stuff and energy all around us through Omni-Sphere: everyone are doing it unconsciously, so basically everyone are psychics, but we can't observe it by eyes and too insignificant to be found/observed/proofed by any experiments. If a room can be isolated from any external effects, one may be able to observe the interference of the Omni-Sphere to the physical world, but those who're observing these are chemical human body and electric machinery, so there'll always be interference around.
Anyway, everyone will have some little thing similar to "Psychopower" (T-Link System of SRW?) even though they're not that significant. (Even with his brains aren't effective, she can still explain everything in detail politely, and it's one of her good personality, Sousuke thinks) Lambda Driver can enhance every daily-happening, insignificant interference in an explosive rate during a chain reaction, as human brains and teh nerve system are alike a reactor that can lead to interfering reaction of Omni-Sphere, so an AS with LDS can emulate such ability by its emulated brain and nerve system. And
by adding a huge amount of electricity that human nerve system can't bear into this system
, it'll lead to a supernatural, very strong interfering reaction. In the past she told him Arbalest was "another him" is just because of this reason: even his personality wasn't copied into AL, Arbalest and Laevatein are emulating how his nerve system works.It'll lead to another question: why can't planes, tanks, ships, etc mount LDS? It's because a carrier that can emulate human activity will be needed, and the interfering reaction from Omni-Sphere will become more significant when the medium (human/pilot) is capable to make rational decisions when facing a strong, extreme situation. The strong concentration of a skilled warrior, and the situation that lead to such mental status------combat, will be needed together. Combining all above, it'll come to the conclusion that a LDS carrier will need to have a powerful locomotion, specs to throw into harsh combat and survive, and the ability to emulate human structures------Arm Slaves.
Are teh presence of AS itself fantastic enough? Humanoid machines are considered ineffective in actual combat, but now they're becoming the mainstat of the armies. Will such a convenient, ideal weapon be created just by accidents? Her words seem to tell that AS exist/evolve just for using LDS, and he recalled what Kalinin told him after they escaped North Korea: "Such things are impossible to exist". Nonetheless, AS on the battlefield are still useful despite weaknesses taht otehrs won't have: easily spotted on open grounds, easily to be hit due to standing-up walking, hard to maintain and produce, size of arms and thickness of armour are inferior to tanks, etc, but their advantages makes them worthwhile to use and overweighs the downsides. Tessa replies that this question will result in the question of "Which, eggs or chickens, exist first", but no one in the world will be able to answer it.
As they're talking they've penetrated deeper into the factory. Light from the skies can't reach here, and a huge hole is on the ground in front of them in this clearing. Its diameter seems to have about 15m, and judging from the stuff encircling it, this hole must be a giant elevator to the deep darkness beneath the entrance. Of course, the elevator won't work due to the lack of electricity and was broken alaready, and though there're stairs, ladders and handles, they're seriously rusted and may collapse at any time. As such Sousuke suggests her to stay behind while he'll find a way down (though they carried climbing equipments along with them, it still isn't aneasy task to go down there; and while he may handle these along, with suck-at-physical and inexperienced Tessa along it'll be lots harder), but she insists to go down there. He finally agrees and ties themsleves together by a rope, walking downstairs before he has to carry her on the back on the ladders. From her voice it seems that she's happy about the result, and she states that when they meet with Chidori she'll keep secret for him (Guess, because he's REALLY carrying her on the back and with the ropes tightened......). Her jokes make him remembered the old days when she went to Jindai for some stay, and the tone of laughing was supposed to teast Chidori and Mao. They then climb down for about 4 floors in height but the hole is much deeper, and suddenly their radio received a call from Kurz: some choppers are approaching, at least 3 can be identified. ENEMIES.
When the copters increase from 3 to 6, Kurz curses them. Since they're flying with the sun behind them, the passive sensors on M9 is a bit late to find them out; and when he does, they're just 12km apart, meaning they can get to the ruins in about 3mins. Their copters had been landed to save gas, and now they prepare to take off-----but something's wrong. Kurz immediately tells them not to take off, since they probably have ECS so that they're found until just now, so they're probably mounting ECCS and will find them out once they take off (resulting in their shotdown), so they better just stay where they are-----Kurz will take care of them when they land with leisure, and the 2 copters will pick up Sousuke and Tessa when they have the chance. These guys are surely Amalgam, since if they're Soviets they'll be detected lots sooner, and the fact is that they carry lots of expensive stuff to this ruin. Kurz prepares for combat as he tell the two to move to an abandoned house NE of the city, but Sousuke replies that it'll take time.
After confirming the rope's status, Sousuke tells Tessa they have to leave. She reluctantly agrees, since the thing below seem to be very important......But then if they stay here they'll soon be surrounded, and he alone can't guard her well enough. The ladders are so rusted that they better not to ascend so fast, but suddenly the ladder and the handle bar breaks up, making the two hanging in the darkness thanks to the rope. Sousuke tries to climb up carefully, thinking that it'll need at least 3mins to get out, afterwards they may become surrounded by enemies......
The copter's pilot asks Kalinin (No, Solid Snake) should they land on the desinated point, and he replied that do so after all search for enemies are complete. The armada consists of 4 Mi-26 and 2 Mi-24 overhead of Yansk11, and he decides to land the copters in the way he did in Afghanistan: the carriers stand by in a safe, high altitude (another hides behind a hill far away), while the 2 Hinds are positioned on the level of 500m and 1500m. By doing so the enemy/guerillas can only damage the lowest copter while being attacked, and if the last copter is used together with the rest for deployment, they'll immediately pressurize enemy forces. Such cooperation between the airborne, copters and AS is called "Mouse Trap" back in teh old days among Kalinin's regiment: trapping the mouse who want the cheese badly, and this tactic causes fear even among the bravest guerillas.
Casper, who're standing by in his Eligor in a copter, praised his carefulness via the radio while hoping to end this "sightseeing trip" ASAP, which Kalinin replied he better standing by for sortile at any moment. These Hinds and Halos are heavily modified by Amalgam, mounting ECS, ECCS and other electronics, making them able to fool and detect any normal armies around......But this time their opponent is THEM. They still haven't find any enemies but more searching won't hurt. Leonard------together with Chidori and Lemon in a Halo------also notices his carefulness but also suggesting him to land since the "reactions" will come up soon enough. In an instant Kalinin thinks he heard these words before, but when?......Just. Déjà vu strikes him, and he realizes it just before he tries to reply to Leo's "just-heard" speech. Leonard also noted that, the aftershock of the experiments still exists and can confuse one's mind if without care, and while the passengers will be fine, pilots are better staying out of here------the lowflying Hind nearly crash upon the factory and ascends quickly, nearly crashing with the highflying Hind and resulting in the arguments between the pilots. Seeing these Kalinin starts to think where the copters should land, but at the same time Casper requests to fire some rockets at a hilltop of SE 3km. He doesn't ask more and do it as he requested.
When Kurz is still telling Sousuke about teh hovering copters, the alarm of the M9 goes off: some UGBs are firing at him. He hardly stop the thought of evading since they can't hit him at such distance------BLAM. The first one landed 30m ahead of the M9, while the rest land further. Has he been spotted? Probably not, as there're no followup attacks, so the shots are probably just testing shots at suspectable positions. If he stays silent the perhaps he can survive, but NO. Normal foes won't expect an AS on the hilltop, so if they suspect so they're not normal foes, so hiding will be useless in the end: eventually he'll be found. He decides to finish that before being spotted, so he tell the 2 copters prepare to take off while picking up the Smoothbore Cannon, aiming at a Hind------Sousuke tells him such formation was Soviets' strong move in Afghanistan, so it means their commander should be Kalinin------and after some adjustments he blows it up, while nailing another before being found.
The 3 Halos are scattering, and one of them trying to hide within the factory ruins, so he decides to kill it......Its opening hatch released an AS despite the copter is strafing, red armour and a huge Sniping Cannon, it's the Eligor. Fire at him once it lands? No, the enemy should be expecting this and will block it with LDS, while he'll shoot back in a few seconds. He then attempts to fire at the flying copter------BLAM. He dodges the shot from the ruins, the shot sticks into the position he just stayed. While he lands on foot, another shot approaches and was barely dodged by bending down. Horribly pinpoint shots. At such distance, even professional fire control computers will still make the impact point not that accruate. That means, it's not the ability of the AS to make such shots possible, but the experience and senses of a human whose knowledge in shooting is unmatched and understands it to the limits......Make no mistake. It's him------
Within the transporting helicopter, Chidori is checking Lemon's status, but there're explosions afar: The attack choppers flkying around the ruins has been vapourized. Their copter shakes heavily and she nearly being thrown to the ground, as such she grabs hold of the seats to keep balance------Lemon was tied on the strecher so he's fine. It seems that they're not falling but emergency descending as the small-lloking ruins are approaching closer......The pilot shouts that it's sniping attack from enemy AS, and decides to hide within the ruins, but Leonard calmly tell them not to approach the factory, saying that staying high will keep them safe. The pilot protests and continue to hide behind a tower because the attacker is just having insane skills for being able to snipe at that distance. Lemon tells Chidori to fasten the seatbelt, as Leonard is still talking with the pilot......Flashes, explosions and shockwaves outside, she doesn't really know what's happening when their copter is falling to one side and the noises of twisted metal penetrated into the hull. The words they just said before rises again, as a pilot tell him to pull up as the plane is slowly going down, while the driving pilot trembles in fear that he should had been injured as teh plane should ha been fallen......The propeller hit something and the copter crashes into the ruin, but where will the copter falling into......?
Underground, Sousuke has no time to hear about Kurz's reports. Because when they're climbing up, there's a HUGE, FALLING HELICOPTER UPON THEM! Fortunately the pipes on the ceiling are hanging the ruined copter for them, but even so the pipes can't sustain such weight and are breaking up one by one. No time to hesistate, it's going to fall into the vault they're in within at most 20 seconds------they have to go down and dodge the copter instead of going up. After telling Tessa about that, he jumps against the wall and swing downwards. This jump descends for 2-floor heights, then he kicks another time------he wants to go faster but still he has to consider there're 2 people there. The copter are now at the entrance of the vault, hung up for a little but are falling upon them. Ruins are falling near them, and after seeing a pillow-sized metal is falling down upon them, he bends his body downwards and the piece hit his head-guarding left arm. Getting hold of the rope, they continue to descend as there're just about 3-floor high to the base which is now visible. The copter eventually falls down from the ceiling and into the vault, then suddenly the rope they're hanging on lost its control (as the steel pipe it's hanging on was knocked away) and the two falls down at a height of about a floor. Sousuke knocks himself on the floor to shield Tessa from falling onto that (that must be painful), but they have no time to stop as the copter is still falling down......So he continues to carry her on the back and run into the visable passage nearby, when the copter nearly crashes upon the land: 4 steps, 3 steps------JUMP!
As they jump forward the entrance is blocked by the ruins. At least they still live......But there're no time for rest. Smells of jet fuel are now filling the space, and if the ruin explodes, both of them will be fried at once. Tessa seems unconscious, but at least she's still breathing. Still there's a problem: her tightened body is now slipping down from his back, and his left shoulder is paralyzed that he can't reposition her body, so she eventually falls onto the ground. At the same time the whole building shakes as a hole emerges before him, probably because of the fallign copter makes the whole building becomes fracturating. He tries to grab hold of Tessa but the ground he's stepping upon suddenly collapses, his injured left arm fails to hold anything and so he falls into the darkness beneath.
The fall ends and she's still alive. The seatbelt is punching into her body and makes her feels painful, and her seat is now hanging in the mid-air. The smells of jet fuel is everywhere but the engine is still running, so she better escape there quickly. Chidori shouts if anyone's alive, and Lemon's voice emerges upon her. She unfastens the seatbelts and try to searching for his body while not falling to thr ground.......And at once she grabs hold of
as he screams. After understanding where she's holding she's also screaming while rubbing her hand on her clothes. (Covered by a cloth and such a huge guy, she can still grab hold of that place within the darkness by ONE GRAB? WTF?) Lemon can't understand why she does such disgusting reaction, but instead Chidori insists that they should escape ASAP and starts to free Lemon. He's still wondering if he can walk or not, still once he's freed she supports his body when he's still suffering from the pain. From their memories hey find a torch and so they get to know what's around: the passenger bay is still fine but the cockpit is just a mess. They find the twisted door and try to climb down, and as they arrive at that Chidori kicks at the door twice hard, but it simply doesn't open. Lemon feels desperate, but instead she picks up a seemly-heavy fire extinguisher nearby, lifting it overhead and slams it on the door. It's still closed, so Lemon asks her to find another exit......
BLAM. Thinking those people she hates, she slams at the door once more and actually creates a passage for one person on the door. (OMG from Lemon) The fuels are irriating the eyes so explosions can happen any time, amd there's a concrete wall in front of them, above the ground for about 2m. Just as Lemon tells her to move, they discover a soldier stuck in the cockpit. He tells her to go, but in the end Chidori returns and pull the man out after pushing Lemon out of the wrecks. The man seems not to be conscious and legs are seems broken, so he can't stand up normally. As teh questions don't have proper responses, she instead pulls the man out of the place where he's stuck regardless how painful he'll feel, and finally push him out of teh wrecks------landing directly upon Lemon. Chidori then leaves teh wrecks as well, and the three find a place seemingly an underground passage and they enter there. Because of the copter the ceiling and everywhere around seem collapsing, and what's more is that the wrecks is ignited with fire. The man can't walk on too much due to leg injury, but they still carry him onwards, finally end up hiding behind a rusted truck. "Is it alright for now when we get to here?" Explosion. Heats, shockwaves and wrecks are coming for them, so they stay down and stop breathing for about ten seconds......Then, though the air isn't filled with too much oxygen, they can still breathe for a little when they're staying low. She asks if Lemon's OK, and while he replies, he also comments he seems to find why Sousuke will fall for her: such unusual mobility that even he has to admit it's really good. After cooling down she thinks she doesn't do anything strange, but she still says to herself that "it seems taht it's really long from that, such kind of things"------and when Lemon wonders what that means, she adds that it's such kind of action: when she's staying with him she has no time for freedom. After spitting of the floor she stands up once more.
In the air, Leonard and his Verial is staying there, observing the leaving copter is falling into the factory deeper and deeper. He can surely stop its fall, pulling up the copter or just grabs Chidori out of there, but he didn't. He's using teh infrared sensor to observe teh wrecks
which falls into the elevator vault
, seeing her and teh French leaving teh wreck and going deeper into the ruins, surprisingly with an injured soldier that she doesn't have any reason to save. The copter explodes soon afterwards, but she seems to be fine------he believes that, she HAS TO be fine.
The airborne Eligor landed, and Casper comments that the sniping M9 seems to has retreated. He also fins the Pave Mares, but they still have escaped and so he'll take up the job of security. Kalinin (seems to be) replies that his troops are now landing and will control the town, and so Leonard said that he's leaving them behind and go downwards into the ruins. When being asked if he's going alone, he replies taht he'll have some searching there as the two went there. Kalinin (again seems to be) tells him he'll send units to support him, and Leonard approves that. He then pilots the Verial upwards into the air, thinking about the structure of the complex before descending into the elevator vault in the center place of the factory. Once Verial approaches the ruins fire and smoke went away in an instant, the unseeable power supporessed everything like heat, fire, smoke and metal pieces so that a way for Leonard can be paved. After he lands the AS, he opens teh hatch of the cockpit.
Having retreated to about 10km from the city (within the hills, where they're staying at the max distance for the use of radios to the two) Kurz discusses stuff onwards with teh crew of Pave Mares since they finished camofluging their position and deployed sensors so that the red AS should pose no threat right now. He then asks the pilot of Gebo4 if they can contact Sousuke, and he replies that they can't do so and they don't know their state, adding that if they call them too often they can still be found even when using encoded communication. With TDD, they had stated their situation but they're still at the other side of the planet, not only they can't send reinforcements at once, no Mao or Clozort can have a free hand for them right now------but at least they can still escape from them. Pilot of Gebo6 states that the enemies may not know they had left the two behind, and due to the nature of the ruins if they can stay hidden there they shouldn't be found easily. Moreover Tessa stated that they'll finish the job within a few hours, so if the enemies are the same then they can just wait for a night------Kurz disagrees (As a sidenote, both pilots are Second Lieutenant while Kurz is just a Senior Sergeant, but since they had fought together for tons of times and their ages aren't having much difference, also the ranks and just for convenience for Mithril in such states, they'll respect the experiences in battle from Kurz more) as the enemy should have noticed their presence no matter how careful they can be: a skilled soldier and a slow-moving female have entered the factory. They doubts that if the enemy can know these, and Kurz reminds that they're facing the Major (right now TDD crew still calling Kalinin as their Major due to the difficulty to change instead of still loving him), and there's still that guy is with them: Valbelm Casper, his mentor. The pilots feel familiar with this name from those magazines, and asks if he's a German. He actually is, and his family is filled with snipers: His grandfather was known by receiving Knight's Cross for killing numerous Allied soldiers; his father was hated by people in Africa and Central-Southern Penisula (I don't really know where is this by the translated words but it seems that in SW Asia); as for himself, he killed 100+ people in Leberon, Soviet Civil War and Tajikistan. He was originally a soldier in East Germany, but after the chaos caused by unification he became a mercenary. From Kurz's words, he's more than a master: "Devil's Hand" will be more fitting. In pratical warfare, teh longest sniping record is 2500m by a US Marine Sergeant in Tajikistan against an Iraqi officer, using a .50 (12.7mm) anti-object rifle assisted by newest Ballistic Prediction Device in an environment of no wind (Actually it's a fake one created by Gatoh. In reality, it's a Canadian soldier killing a Taliban from 2430m in 2002. As a sidenote, a .50 rifle have a range of about 2200~2300m, while .308 ones have about 1km, note these for future reference), but in the end he's still assisted by his equipments, and it's after a few shots to produce such a hit. Casper, on the other hand, have a record of 1520m, using a .308 (7.62mm) wooden rifle at the situation of night fighting, raining and horizontal wind speed of 15m/s. It's lots more difficult because .308 bullets are lighter and can carry less kinetic energy, the bad weather will make things more complicated like scoring hole-in-one in a stormy day, normal people won't believe such things......But Kurz WAS actually being an observer beside him at that time, and whatched the whole thing happened. (Now, before we continue refer to the data above. This bastard actually used a shorter-ranged gun AND extended its range by 50% IN SUCH A BAD WEATHER!? WTF!?)
His thoughts had flown back to that night 4 years in Leberon: in a half-destroyed house on a hill, the aimed in a hole on the wall: 1520m. It's teh only place to make a safe sniping, targeting an official of a guerilla group who'll soon leaving a meeting and get into his bulletproof car: Just have <5 seconds. As a shoot-to-live person such range is the end of the universe, a place where no one can touch. Even Kurz also thinks it's a waste of time and tell him to leave: But Casper didn't hear that, he's still lying on floor, preparing to snipe teh target. Soon Kurz reports teh target's out of the building, and he aimed at the "Reindeer" who've just came out with his bodyguards......He fired. It's a feeling that can't be explained, all of the actions are involving physical laws and mechanisms but not Gods' intervention, and shooting skills involves LOTS of trial, experiments, research and failures, so no supernatural power will be involved nor believed by these shooters. But there's something different this time: such shot can only be called as Wraith's Infestation, and the noice of gunfire can only be heard after seeing the scene. 2 seconds after firing, Kurz saw the target's brain was blown up, and teh guards are carrying his dead body and escaped. Casper then tells him it's time to leave, and on their way back Kurz praises his skill, but he suddenly tells him not to try this like him, since he can't do it. It is real though, as Kurz can't do it like him even once afterwards. But then, 1 weeks later something decicive happened and Kurz decided to leave Casper's unit.
Kurz only recalled these in a few seconds within his mind, and tell the pilots that it's something that Casper has but he doesn't, something more decisive that prevents him doing so. It's unknown if it's something like will or determination, but he nevertheless has teh skill: he had just starting using rifles for about six years. In the beginning he was working in a volunteer army in Middle East, then Casper found him and started his learning------it's just "Casper's unit", a sniping force fighting around the world, something close to a modern "Bailey's South African Sharpshooters" (it actually exists during WWI). Nevertheless, there's something which is certain: he can't beat Casper. Obviously tactics aren't soemthing as simple as just shooting competition, it's all about using all skills available and try to find chances to beat enemy, what he mean is that he still can't beat him even adding all these flavour. But in the end they can't leave Sousuke and Tessa behind, so they have to wait for their calling before making any diversionary attacks to evacuate them. He then walk back to his M9, opening a impact-proof container and picks out the wrapped-up rifle within. AS fights will just be the beginning, there's probably a chance for this to show up. Beautifully made in 50 years ago by Winchester Company, it still has a superb accruacy that outmatches newest sniper rifles and being loved by its users. This topnotch gun should suit that man, but------this gun may probably reach 1520m.
The man Chidori saved is indeed seriously injured: right arm broken, left stomach heavily wounded, rear head seems to be injured as well, but still doesn't know how serious they are. Lemon commented that given he's OK he may just suppress both of them due to his strongly-built body. She wonders if he can be saved, and Lemon replies that only immediate, correct treatments may do so, but they have no First Aid kits so they better not to move him. The man regains some consciousness, and Chidori asks him about his name and he says he's Brawin (my crappy translation), she then tells him about the situation and their thought of curing him but without tools, so she says they'll leave him behind here since his comrades may come here soon. He raises his hand and tell them not to leave, trying to grab her arm......And Chidori feels guilty for not satisfying his wish even he's one of the enemy. Anyway, she leaves her red jacket behind to cover his body while supporting Lemon (who're still hardly walk) to leave the place.
The two walk in the passage and arrived at a dead end (collapsed ceiling), so they head backwards and walk on another path at the junction. When Chidori asks him if he feels cold, Lemon says he can't understand why she lends the jacket to those people, making her furious since he seems treating her as a kind-with-purpose person. But in the end, Lemon wonders why a smart girl like her doesn't know she did a dangerous thing: leaving the man in open effectly means they have escaped and will start a chase for them, instead of disguising them are all burnt to death in the copter. After this she suddenly stands still, and when he asks what happened she says there's nothing, but he still thinks she does it wiithout thinking (and he's right), so she replies that she thought about that and then she thinks they can't leave him behind alone. In the end, these conversation is Lemon's trick to tease her since he can tell her about that if it's the case. Chidori feels something different: even her knowledge grows due to her identity of a Whispered, she still did something stupid. Nevertheless, she's still herself taht can help people......déjà vu strikes them again and makes Lemon in pain. Such thing had occured numerous times and it seems she had made use to that, but after arriving to the ruins it had been increased: there's something strange within the ruins. What's here? Something related to Omni-Sphere, maybe? No, it's so obvious. These déjà vu are the effects of Omni-Sphere's enhancement in effects, and while it's unharmful normally it has grown to a state that normal people like Lemon and the pilots feel these. Are there any Whispered around? Leonard should be upon his Verial on a crashed copter so he's probably somewhere within the ruins------because Whispered who're using amprifiers like TAROS may create/enhance these "jamming" effects. But it's more than that: something more dangerous is here. A feeling different to déjà vu emerges, it's the thing that comes during danger, as if someone is talking within her brain......She sees the entire scene of saving the man from the copter until being teased by Lemon later on. She then bolt awakes, telling Lemon that déjà vu will emerge numerously due to something in the ruins, so he has to stay awake mentally. He agrees, but then Chidori feels strange that why he doesn't ask "why". In the end, it's Lemon and Wraith investigating the purpose of this ruins, so he knows a little about it (In fact she knows about what happened to him before and after parting with Wraith on the copter, but she still doesn't know what they're finding due to people around): Because of the request of Tessa, who predicted teh presence of such a secret city without knowing the exact place. This classified research complex is built in late 70s for strange experiments like predicting the future or mental contacts. After all the jobs in Moscow they know researches here are the real country plans, while its leader Dr.Warov was indeed a talented scientist. But even after all these investigations he can still hardly believe these, until Amalgam catch him and ask him about it and takes them to this place. Afterwards, teh déjà vu are indeed hitting them, marking something's within the ruins but the place itself is dangerous. Chidori agrees since the crash of copters are more than just enemy attacks, but Lemon shouts who's attacking and which nearly kills them......She recalls the contents of the communications before: being sniped, with mad skills, enemy to Amalgam------Probably Kurz Weber, who obviously doesn't know they're here. If he's around then they may escape this place, and Sousuke may also be around......But in the first place they have to find an exit first.
The two then advances in the dark passages, turning by senses at the junctions, but there're dead ends and closed metal doors everywhere, making the place looks like a maze (Has Gatoh went crazy by writing Dragon's Tower, his new anime story?): there're no maps of teh facility, corroded stuff are also being thrown just on the floor, those occationally-found area marks are just "507" "302" etc, even worse they don't even know what floor they're at. After long wandering Lemon (and his painful legs) sits on a collapsed wall, saying that he's giving up, but Chidori says she's drawing a mental map of the place, trying to find a way back to the starting point (which she possibly can't do in the past). After start moving for five minutes at that point, suddenly Lemon feels something's wrong. He tells her that someone's coming so they better turn off the lights, while pulling out his pistol from his back (which, from Chidori's thoughts, is probably snatched from Brawin). She then turns off the toerch, hiding behind a cupboard nearby, observing what's going on. There're indeed footsteps approaching: and tehre's only one person approaching them without any lights (NVGs?), and stopped just after coming out of the corner. Lemon uses the torch while pointing his gun to the person, who're now covering the face by the hands------and who turns out to be Tessa. Ignoring the shocked Lemon, she runs towards Chidori and hugs her tightly after confirming each others' identity by the voices, and starts crying. Rather than feeling glad, Chidori is now even more confused than before.
TO BE CONTINUED IN CHAPTER 4
Obviously ,hope is the first step to the road of disappointment.
But no fear, people can only overcome disappointment when one still has hope in the mind.
So keep on fighting UNTIL THE GOAL IS REACHED!!
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