So, no-one's commented eh? Oh well, I may as well finish this chunk off.
Oh, & I think I forgot to mention, a SCA MSGEAR (Mobile Suit General Equipment Assault Rig) is basically a Zaku I, the original Zaku. I liked the design, plus it linked well with the Seed Destiny Zaku I'm using as the unknown MS's, showing the progress of technology.
Anyway, back to the story...
With the rest of the Bridge crew noticing what had his attention, they snapped into action before he even said anything, just like Captain Lehane knew they would, the Helmsman arming the defences while the 1st Mate attempted to contact the incoming objects. The main duties of the Solar Princess was to provide tours around areas like the ruins of the “People’s Hope”, deep inside the Debris field. The ship was designed to take just as hard a knock as any military ship, & it’s 2 pairs of “Thudder” cannons could scatter oncoming debris with it’s shockwave shells. Captain Lehane was proud to have earned the right to arm his ship with those, since now he could remind people about the tragedy which ended the war he’d fought so long ago. With the Thudder guns armed & tracking the lead blip just in case, they were all surprised to see a completely unknown Mobile Suit fly past a minute before the lead blip was due to arrive, roughly 400 meters away from the ship, seemingly setting the breakneck pace the others were following.
“Already taken the pics sir. Damn thing didn’t pick up on Radar? What the hell is it? Here comes the first on Radar.”
Recording the lead MS as it flew past at the same distance, he couldn’t recognise that one either. It looked like a SCA MSGEAR, but it was different, plus it had a flight unit on it’s back, variations of red colouring it’s armour. Nobody built backpacks for MSs. The Captain had just enough time to think something wasn’t right when the last 3 blips flew past, the same model as the first on Radar, only dark green instead. All three flew over the ship about 200 meters away, clearly visible from the Gallery. Seconds after passing over, 2 of the three pursuers broke off, turning around in a wide circle. Recognising their actions from his Navy days, Captain Lehane ordered final safeties off. Coming around, the 2 unknown MS’s drew their guns from behind them before the front of the back pack boosters opened up, revealing missile racks which promptly started launching. Reacting to this, the auto targeting computer fired a round of Thudders their way, detonating the missiles before they got close. Suddenly gunfire tore through the smoke of the destroyed missiles as the 2 MS’s began their direct attack, the Thudders subtly asking them to back off. Looking down through the Bridge windows on the Gallery, he remembered he was on a cruise ship & not a frigate anymore. He slammer his finger into the personal comms button for Betty.
“BETTY! Get everyone into their rooms! NOW! We’re being attacked for some reason!”
Who are they, pirates?”
“Don’t think so. Just get everyone moving!”
Betty stood up the best she could, the shockwave from the heavy Thudder cannons being felt the entire length of the ship. Remembering she was in 0G, she sent herself hovering over the table, directing everyone to their rooms as the armoured shutters finished closing over the rooftop window. Gathering everyone in one of the spare cabins, she felt the ship start lurching around. Catching one of the brothers as they floated around, she then threw him into the corner once it was obvious he has done that on purpose. Quickly moving to calm the worried Theodores, she noticed the nephews were actually enjoying all the ruckus until a large explosion rocked the ship, which quietened them very quickly. Betty suddenly noticed they were now turning right constantly, unlike the constant moving of before. Moving over to the computer in the corner, she linked it’s systems to the ships, looking through the external cameras. Outside, the right engine was blown, the left trying to push them into a big right hand turn.
“^Damn, this tub wasn’t made for combat...^”
Both the attacking MS’s were sitting behind the ship, out of the Thudder’s field of fire despite Helmsman George’s best attempts though he wasn’t giving them an easy target. Pulling every bit of manoeuvring capability out of the injured ship, he gave the Thudders a target with a sharp right turn, the shells directly hitting one with a nasty explosion. Thinking one down, Betty’s heart sank when the MS flew on, showing no sign of damage. Noticing movement on the bottom of the screen, she spotted a pair of legs extending out of the hanger, as a RGM-79 GM, the MS they used for repairs, unfolded itself. With the left arm holding onto the mooring bar inside the hanger, he pulled out the only MS weapon they had, a simple pistol, opening fire of the attacking suits. Easily avoiding the fire, they aimed their guns at the MS, just about to fire when something crash tackled both, sending the shots high, over & into the hull.
Backing off to let them drift on, the tackler readied himself. Betty had never seen a Mobile Suit like it. It’s white legs with blue feet & knees were bent slightly, as a human would have them in 0G. It’s white groin & hip armour had light blue beams of some sort hanging down it’s legs, while it’s blue stomach had a golden dish set in it. It’s navy blue chest had 2 yellow aerials coming off it, either side of it’s light blue collar & over it’s chest vents. It’s smokey grey arms seemed to have guns built in to the underside of them, while small shields donned the back, something extending from under them. The smokey grey head was detailed with 2 pairs of aerials, one pair extending out at an angle to each other, the other pair straight up. With it’s left side facing the Solar Princess, it wasn’t until it snapped it’s head to it’s left that she saw some sort of box thing on it’s right side, looking like it had some sort of camera & laser pointer built in.
On it’s back was some sort of pack, at least 3 times as wide as the actual MS itself, which seemed to be made of 2 parts. The first part was large & chunky, with the same kinda side boosters as the other 2 MS’s, only instead of the same center part, it’s pack was much bigger, with a missile rack on the top, aimed on a diagonal angle to the rest of it, & thrusters of some sort on the bottom, one pair fixed, the other seemingly able to maneuver, with some thing on top of it all. As for the second part, the center part of that consisted of what appeared to be the main componants, splitting into 2 parts each ending in a thruster array, one aims backwards, the larger aimed down. Coming off where it connected to the 1st part of the pack were a pair of wings, both connected together, with the same on the other side.
Suddenly a bunch of missiles got past the Thudders from above, where the tackler had just come from. However, instead of racing towards the ship, they flew at the tackling MS instead, some sort of head mounted guns destroying them before they hit. Aiming the camera to where they had just come from, Betty saw the first of these apparently mass produced Mobile Suits coming in for the attack, this one red instead of the green of the others, opening the shield on it’s shoulder & pulling out an axe, which promptly activated a blade of beam energy. Swinging at the tackler, he missed as the attack was dodged. Not wanting to miss out on the action, the other 2 MS’s opened fire on the 2 of them, obviously not caring which they hit, the third that had continued the pursuit joining in for good measure. With the red MS & the blue/white MS breaking off to avoid the incoming fire, it quickly became a 3 way battle, the red MS going directly after the blue/white one, the blue/white MS attacking the green MSs while avoiding the red one, while the green ones just attacked both the others, ignoring the slight threat the ship posed.
Well, that's "episode 1, part 2" over. I'm still open to comments & criticisms, though threats of violence aren't necessary, or recommended...
OH, & here's the MS's involved..
the Blue/White MS
& the green Ms's (the outer ones)