Xenogears: The Nisan Sanctuary
After the bold sacrifice
of Michael Fenn, Fei and his team search for the
remaining two surviving people with Contact powers such as Fei.
takes them far from where they expect.
Fei pounded the table. His
frustration at finding zero traces of the last two
contacts was apparent. "Where the hell am I supposed to
search for when I
look for these guys? I don't even know their appearances, their
even their species! What the heck am I supposed to do?"
Citan nodded. "We have searched for two months now and we
have found no trace
of those that have powers such as yours."
"Plus, this Miang2 has already activated Deus. I mean, we
beat him once, but
for all we know, Deus could be ten times stronger than the one
we faced a
year ago. We haven't found even a legend."
Chu-chu bounced in. "Hi! I'm Chu-chu. What chu you want?"
"Shut up Chu-chu. I am seriously stressed out here!"
"Well, I heard legend, and I heard Miang2, and I heard Deus.
I also heard
hell, and I'm hungry."
"Chu-chu, if you don't get out of here right now."
"Meanie." Chu-chu stuck out its tongue and spit at
Fei. The slobber hit him
in the nose and Chu-chu bounced off to find Margie.
Fei tiredly wiped off chu-chu spit off his face. "You know,
I keep on
wondering why we got that ball of fluff on our team. Sometimes
I could just-"
Elly shouted "Fei!"
"-rip it's head off or drop it from the Yggdrasil over the
"Or just do something like that." Fei sighed and hit
his head on the table
Bart nodded sadly. "I'm afraid you're right. I was tempted
to do that several
times myself but Margie gave me a lot of money so I decided against
Chu-chu jumped in. "I heard that! I'm gonna tell Margie
about you! Stupid!"
Chu-chu turned to Fei. "Wanna hear a legend about the guardian
"What's in it for me?"
"I'll give you a lot of gold."
"Once, loooooonnngg loooong ago, there was a great guardian
god, yes there
"This is a new one."
"I think chu heard this, so I'll tell a different one. This
before it died, made a very powerful Chu-chu, yes he did. But
even though it had a lot of power, couldn't grow like other Chu-chus,
couldn't. So the guardian god made a HUGGEEEE Gear and gave it
Chu-chu, yes he did."
"How did it pilot the Gear, since it was so small?"
"I dunno. Anyway, The Chu-chu was very powerful, until Grahf
came and tried
to kill it, yes he did. But this Chu-chu went into the forest
and hid, and it
had Ether powers like no other, yes it did. This Chu-chu was
Chu-chu for all chu-chus."
Fei sat straight up. "Contact?! Wait a minute! How reliable
is this legend,
"I dunno. I got it from the chu-chus in Shevat. They are
storytellers, yes they are. But-"
"Shut up Chu-chu. If this Chu-chu is a contact, than it
must have met the
Citan nodded. "It is very likely that this legend was taken
from actual real
"Chu-chu, what forest did this Chu-chu hide in? And on what
"I dunno. Ask the Chu-chu in Aveh, I think he still knows."
"All right!" Fei turned to Bart. "Bart, launch-"
"No we have to call Sig first."
"Okay." Bart turned toward the door, then yelled as
loud as he could.
Sigurd came running in, dressed in pajamas. "Yes young master."
"Is the Yggdrasil ready for launch?"
"No young Master. It is under repair from our escapades
"Are the Gears ready?"
"No young master, they have to maintained and cleaned from
damage and carbon
scoring on the armor. They should be ready in a month or so."
"A MONTH OR SO?"
"Yes young master. They took a very bad beating. And, I
didn't want to bring
this up, but."
"You remember Jason, correct?"
"He was second in command of the BOULDER whatchamacallit."
"Right. Well, he wasn't there when Michael sacrificed himself,
so when we
told him about Michael's heroic feat, he-"
"Didn't believe us and thought we killed him, right?"
"You are most observant. He dismembered all his Gears and
built a super model
Gear, similar to Ft. Hurricane we fought with the Yggdrasil IV.
one is stronger, faster, more agile, and has the weaponry of
a thousand Gears
"Oh man! We could only beat Ft. Hurricane with a super dimensional
we don't have one 'cause we crashed it into Merkava. Aw crap!"
"Yes Young Master. As a result, I told all the Maintainence
add more weapons and armor, with more fuel storage, just in case
Yggdrasil isn't enough to handle him."
"We are really screwed, aren't we."
"Yes young master. I'm going back to sleep."
Sigurd padded out, leaving everyone else looking down.
Maria spoke up. "Well, I don't think this is going very
well at all."
Rico grumbled. "You can say that again."
"Well, I don't think this is going very well at all."
Jason sat in the seat reserved
for the leader of BOULDER. Tim came in and
"We have our data on Sovar and the Yggdrasil."
"The Yggdrasil will not be operational for a month due to
inflicted upon it at the Battle of Sovar. The Gears are being
upgraded due to
the fact of our super dimensional fort/Gear. The two Contacts
have not been
found, but we are getting closer to finding one of them."
"And what of Sovar?"
"Sovar was also severely damaged in the battle. Only one
Gate is operational,
and it is at 60% strength. They have one warship left. Approximately
Gears are left operational. Since Felth was incinerated in the
Battle, a new
leader known as Popel has taken over. They have been mining in
for resources, and they have hidden with stealth technology."
"The Gears we have left over are about 90% percent functional.
The damage was
not severe, but they have to be maintained to keep up their high
"Excellent. What we will do is this: We will wait until
the Yggdrasils Gears
are fixed. We will follow them, if they have a lead, to the Contact.
turn it to our side, than search for the other Contact. After
we have them
both, we can strike Sovar and the Yggdrasil in one hit, and destroy
Bart grabbed the tech. "What
do you mean, maybe?"
"I mean maybe. We DO have to take care and maintain everything
else too. Even
a 100% raise isn't worth fixing nine Gears in two days."
"Well, I'm the captain, and you're my employee. SO you gotta
do it, or else."
"Fine. I quit."
Bart stared after the tech. "Hey! You can't quit! I fire
He turned to the rest of the group. "We're in trouble. None
of the techs are
willing to take care of our Gears first, even with a million
"Wait a minute. How were you gonna pay them?"
Bart fidgeted. "Well, I figured I could get a little more
money from Margie
threatening Chu-chu, but."
"But she dosen't have that much money."
"Ah well, who cares. For now, what are we gonna do about
Citan adjusted his glasses a bit. "Well, I suppose I could
engineers to look after them. They're very professional and-"
He was cut off
"Great! Hire them and let's get going."
"The problem is, they're very expensive. I tried to tell
you but you cut me
"It depends on how much. How much?"
"It's hard to say. For some Gears, the money is calculated
by the damage.
Other times they simply set a price."
"Call them. I don't care how much it is. We have to get
to Aveh fast!"
"All right. I'll go tell Sigurd."
"Now," Bart said, turning to the team. "We have
to try and hypothesize where
the Chu-chu could be." He pointed to the Blackmoon Forest
on a map. "There's
a chance that it could be here. After all, you are pretty much
and if you got Contact powers like Fei, well, no one can hurt
He pointed to the lower continents. "There's also a chance
that it could be
here. This is where Solaris blew up and pretty much all the life
Sufals were wiped out. If someone like Fei had powers, they could
Citan stepped back in. "The Yggdrasil is completely repaired,
but the Gears
need two more days."
Bart's jaw dropped. "Two days? Man, they work fast!"
"They, er, also want their payment first."
"Okay, how much?"
"Well, um, ten million G."
Fei turned to Citan. "Is the Yggdrasil ready to go right
"They have to overhaul it a little, but when they're finished,
we will be
Fei grinned at Citan. "Did the engineers really cost ten
"No." Citan admitted. "I wanted to see the look
on Bart's face when he heard
about the 'price'."
Everyone got a good laugh.
Sigurd turned to Jerico. "Are
we ready to take off?"
"Yes sir. Whenever you say so, we can go."
Bart, with a bump on his head, said to Sigurd "Well, off
we go to Aveh, when
we hear that Chu-chu talk about a 'Contact' Chu-chu."
Sigurd turned away. "To tell the truth, young master, I
Chu-chu's story when she talked about a great 'contact' Chu-chu."
"Why's that Sig?"
"I think that many Chu-chus exaggerate, and well, to hear
about a powerful
chu-chu ready to attack Deus2 and win, well, is a bit presumptuous."
"Listen, you never thought that you would see a powerful
man would have an
ether ability hundreds of times stronger than ours, did you?
Or to see a
chuchu grow like a building? Or see us get Omni-Gears and an
aerial ship, did
"No, young master. But I have the strangest premonition
that this is all
going to lead to disaster."
"Shake it off, Sig. In the business we're in, you hesitate
and that leads to
death. Anyway, you had bad feelings before, and those didn't
turn out like
you expected, did it?"
"It was worse. I remember the time you attacked Fei in the
sand cruiser, and
shot down the Goliath with the Gugany missiles."
"Oh, shut up."
Fei came in and pushed Bart. "Hey. The Gears are ready,
and we can go to Aveh
"Okay. We should get there in about two days, so you can
rest up while we get
"Right. By the way, Citan wants to know where Commander
Bart sighed. "I've had Franz search the whole continent
of Ignas. There
wasn't a single trail of where they could be. Anyway, we should
"Okay. I'm going to be in the Gun Room."
The Yggdrasil flew toward the Kingdom of Aveh.
Fei looked around, confused
of the crowd of people. He groped until he found
Bart. "Where's this Chu-chu?"
"This Chu-chu is supposed to be around here. I guess we
should go to the
castle or something."
Fei frowned. "No." He pointed toward the bar. "He's
in the resturaunt."
Bart shrugged. "Okay, dude, you're the one with 'psychic'
powers. Let's go."
They stumbled toward the bar, and saw the most amazing sight
of their life.
An Orange Chu-chu was dancing on the bar, obviously drunk because
and burped. The chu-chu starting waltz with the bar lady, and
three more Bartweisers. "Oh, I got chu do what I got chu
do," he sang. He
jumped onto a table and screamed. "Oh, Aveh, Aveh."
Fei looked with an odd expression at Bart. "Is that the
"Has to be. No one is that stupid."
The chu-chu, tired out, went to sleep on top of a bald man's
Fei started toward the stairs. He ran up and picked up the chu-chu,
carried him to the hotel.
There the chu-chu woke up, dazed, and confused. "Huh?"
Than it threw up all
over Fei. "Ohh."
Fei scraped chu-chu barf over his shirt. "Hello. Um, are
you the chu-chu who
lived in Shevat?"
"I lived in Shevat yes I did."
"Do you know the story of the 'contact' chu-chu?"
"Yes. Do you want to hear it?"
"Once there was a powerful chu-chu, yes there was. So powerful
attack whole cities and still live. This Chu-chus name was Juju.
name was Hephaetus. Now goodnight." The chu-chu yawned.
"Wait. Can you tell us where it lived?"
"Yes I can, yes I can. This chu-chu lived in the forest
known as Blackmoon
Forest, Near Lahan village, also near Dazil." The chu-chu
Fei turned to Bart. "Blackmoon Forest! We were right!"
"Right. We gotta move fast. Chances are that No one else
information. Let's get out of here and back to Blackmoon Forest."
In Xenogears, Fei looked anxiously
down to the forest. "Bart, are you coming
"Yeah, I'll be out soon. Someone else has to go too."
Billy spoke up. "I'll go in Renmazuo. I'll be out in a second."
IN ten minutes, a red-colored Gear and a winged Gear jetted toward
Fei got out of his Gear. "We
can't go much further than this in our Gears.
Let's get out and explore."
Bart hopped out and Billy soon followed suit.
Billy stared at the forest. "Are there a lot of dangerous
Fei nodded gravely. "Yes, the Rankars can kill you easily."
"I'm gonna throw up."
"I'm kidding. The Rankars aren't that difficult to kill,
but keep on your
toes. Remember the last time I was here, it was a year ago. So
there might be
some new surprises out here."
Fei radioed the Yggdrasil. "Sigurd, we're here. We're gonna
go search in
there, so if we don't radio back in an hour, then send some people
"Right-o. We're going to land near Lahan, so if you need
help we'll come
Fei jumped out of Xenogears, sealed up the cockpit, and joined
Billy and Bart
near a clearing.
"You went through all this huh?"
"Yep. I remember most of it, but it's not that hard to get
through. Let's go."
Fei pushed some branches aside and stepped through the bushes.
He walked by
some tree trunks, then noticed a net around him. "Isn't
that strange? A net
The meaning quickly dawned on Fei and he pushed Billy and Bart.
"Run! It's a
The net pulled up and found himself upside down and face-to-face
plump, fat chu-chu. And the gun in its hand looked all business.
Sigurd looked worriedly at
the time. "It's close to an hour. What do you
suppose happened? Were they caught? Were they killed? What happened
Maison calmed him down. "It is quite likely that they forgot
the time. You
recall that Fei did not have any timing device to recall the
time, and they
also had no communication device either. I'm sure they're all
"Yes.right. I suppose you know best Maison. How about some
"Very good. I will go get the tea now." Maison turned
to Jerico. "And I don't
want you tipping the ship again. I had to buy whole new ones
from last time
and these are quite costly."
Maison exited and Citan entered. "I do believe that you
should calm down.
Anyway, I have another question."
"Do you have ANY idea where Kahr is?"
Sigurd chuckled. "I got a communication from Taura. He housed
and Kahr, and they're staying there until they can make future
"Well, why not invite him onto the Yggdrasil? The old Elements,
"I don't think Bart would appreciate having a man who tried
to kill him on
the Yggdrasil. He IS captain, after all."
"But are you not the heir as well?"
Sigurd sighed. "We have clearly defined roles. He takes
command and choices,
and I agree. I do not dislike it because I am not cut out for
he is. I cannot make life and death decisions and take them like
he does. You
"I see. Well, can't we stop by at Taura's for old times
"Not until Fei and the others are back. I promised."
"Well, how about a drink?"
Sig made a face. "No, thank you. I have to keep my soberness
when I am on the
Yggdrasil, otherwise I might give out a crazy order like to tip
over. I had Maison bringing over tea anyway."
"Well, all right. I will be in the Gun Room, swallowing
the alcohol you
The fat chu-chu squinted. "Who
"I'm Fei. Michael sent us."
"I know no Michael."
The chu-chu brightened up. "Well, okay. I'll cut the net
in a few."
Fei's jaw dropped. "How come you're speaking perfect English
when a few
minutes ago you were talking like a pig?"
The Chu-chu laughed. "Well, I do this sometimes to scare
people off. When
they don't mention Michael I threaten their lives. Works well
"How come you don't say 'chu' like other Chu-chu?"
Juju's face darkened. "I'm smarter then that. I've perfected
my English so I
don't say that damn thing over and over again."
"Could you cut us loose?"
"Oh yeah! Oops, just a second."
Juju pulled out a blade and cut the ropes loose. "So what
did Michael want?
Did he need help or something?"
Fei looked around and fidgeted. Billy zoned off. Bart turned.
Juju stared at them ."What happened, and how did you find
"Michael killed himself because he needed to destroy the
Grahf Crystal. You
ever hear of that?"
"Yeah, he talked about it on a few occasions."
"He blew himself up with Ether power, and he told us about
the other two
Contacts. We got a few Chu-chu legends from that guy in Aveh,
and we tracked
you down. That's pretty much it."
"And what do you play in this?"
"I'm a Contact. Just like you."
"Well, goodness! It's about time! I thought me and Mike
were the only ones
with these damn powers. So what else is there? I can read minds,
"Sovar and BOULDER, are after you. BOULDER was created by
Michael, but it's
been taken over and now they want to hunt you down."
"Ah. I always knew that this would happen someday to me.
Anyway, do you want
to see my Gear?"
The Chu-chu pushed a button in his house, and a net fell apart.
"Wow, that's big!"
The Gear was as large as Seibzehn, but different structure. It
held a huge
hammer in its fist. "This Gear is Hephaetus. Given to me
by what you call the
'Wave Existence'. It's about five times as strong as a regular
Gear. I can't
tune it up in here since I have no supplies, so I hop into town
as get the
supplies I need. What do you think about it?"
"I think my Gear's more powerful."
"Be quiet. Anyway, so there's my Gear. Now, is there anything
Juju was interrupted by a crashing noise in the forest. He turned.
A Rankar charged out and hit Billy. He fainted and Bart jumped
out of the
way. "Oh, crap! A Rankar!"
Juju pulled out a crossbow and threw away the gun. "Ha!
I can beat him with
"Whatever! Just get ready to fight!"
Bart pulled out his whip and lashed the Rankar across the face.
roared and stomped toward Bart. "Ahh! Fei, could you help
Juju calmly put an arrow in his crossbow. "Wait a minute
"I can't wait a minute! This Rankar wants to eat me!"
"Well, that IS what Rankars do, you know."
Fei ran toward Bart and tackled him, moving him out of the Rankar's
Juju fired the crossbow, which hit the Rankar in the side. He
crossbow again and shot it once more into the eye. The Rankar
Fei stood up while Bart checked his pulse to see if he was living.
strong. What are those crossbows made of? Iron?"
"Steel. I also put some poison in the arrows, so it kills
them even if the
arrow nicked them a little."
"Nice. Okay, when do you want to get out of here?"
Juju frowned. "Get out? What do you mean?"
"Well, we need you to fight against Sovar. And BOULDER.
We can't do it alone.
With your power, we could probably get rid of them quick."
"No way." Juju turned toward his tent. "I can't
go. I promised someone-"
Bart spoke up after checking his pulse. "Look, we have to
stop Sovar. Don't
take your powers for granted. We need more people like you willing-"
"Willing to what? Fight? Die? Make other people die?
Juju turned back. "I can't do it. I'd be happy to help in
anything, but not
"Well, will you at least look at our Gears? I want you to
comparisions to your Gear and ours."
"All right. I'll even tune them up, but of course you have
to pay me."
Fei and Bart led Juju through
the forest, while Juju carried Billy who was
still passed out, to the landing site.
Fei walked out of the forest and motioned Juju to follow. "This
is my Gear,
Juju examined it. "Not bad. Where'd you get this from?"
"Stole it from Kislev, modified by the Wave Existence."
"Hmph. Where're the other Gears?"
Bart showed him Andvari. "See, I have an Omni-Gear."
Bart looked away. "Well, techically yes but then I don't
really OWN it, you
know? It's the Fatima-"
"Treasure, isn't it?" Juju nodded approvingly. "I
read a bit about those in
Aveh before Shakhan took over."
Fei looked at the clock. "Oops! I forgot to radio back Sigurd!"
"How far along is it? I mean, he won't care if it's a couple
"Oh. Then in that case, better radio them back."
As Fei climbed into the cockpit, he heard a humming noise. "What's
sound? I don't think I've ever heard that before."
Juju's eyes widened. "Super model Gear, Year 2051. It's
in fairly good shape.
A bit rusty."
"How did you.Never mind. We got to get out of here. It's
Wake up Billy."
"Billy. Wake up."
Billy awoke with a snort. "What?"
"Jason's here. Ride Renmazuo back to the Yggdrasil, and
tell them to get the
Depth charges ready. Got it?"
"Right. See you later."
Bart muttered under his breath. "If there is a later."
The humming noise got louder as the Super Model Gear descended.
Murderers! I see you got the Contact Chu-chu, Might as well hand
This Gear is much stronger than yours."
Juju looked at Fei. "I'd rather go with you than with him."
Fei nodded. "Want to help kick his butt?"
Juju ran and disappeared into the forest.
Fei called to him. "Hey, where are you.never mind. We can
Bart climbed into Andvari and fired up the engines. "I'm
Fei opened the cockpit and climbed in. "Okay, let's try
to hold him off for a
long time so Sigurd can hurry up with those Depth Charges."
At that moment, Hephaetus rose out of the trees and charged at
Model Gear. Jason wasn't expecting an attack, so it toppled over
there for a few minutes.
Juju called in. "I was getting Hephaetus. Sorry I took so
"Took so long? You took a minute!"
"I know. I usually get my Gear in a few-"
Juju was cut off by Bart. "Forget it. We got bigger problems."
gesticulated toward Jason. The Gear was getting up and winding
Hephaetus twirled it's hammer like a baton. "I can take
him on. Let's rumble."
Jason looked at his diagnostic
screen. "Well well, only 20% loss of Armor.
Doesn't matter, I can still take you on."
Hephaetus raised its hammer and struck at the arms. "Well.
Doesn't seem like
your Gear is that powerful."
"Powerful enough to take on a stupid ball of fluff and weak
Gear like yours."
"Well, now I've decided that I better go with these people.
You insulted me."
Xenogears hit the Gear with Kishin, almost disabling everything.
is weak! I hit Deus with Kishin and he didn't die."
Bart agreed. "And to think I was scared of you!"
Jason growled and suddenly The Super Model Gear loaded on its
maces, whips, and chain guns all clicked into place. "Well,
better trust your
Sigurd looked worriedly at
the clock. "Okay. In five minutes we're going over
there, I don't care what happens."
One of the techs came over. "Sigurd, Renmazuo just came
in. Billy says that
Jason came over with the Gear, and everyone's fighting it. He
said we should
fire the depth charges as soon as possible."
Sigurd ran over to the weapons station. "Arming charges.Okay.
What are their
"Two-oh-three, west and three five oh north. Crosshairs
locked on. Commence
Three depth Charges rose and sped toward the forest.
Xenogears hit Jason's Gear
three more times before breaking down. "Oh man! We
ned a miracle, and fast!"
Sigurd came on the channel. "This is Sig. Depth charges
Fei charged up his energy and made Xenogears stumble away from
the Gear as
the charges hit.
The charges hit the Gear in the sensors and the cockpit.
Bart sighed. "Nice timing Sig."
"Billy came in at the most opportune time. We prepared the
"I need my Gear fixed," Fei said. "It kinda got
banged up in the fight."
"Right. As it's fixed, we need you to get to the Gun room.
We have to find
the last 'Contact' and get him fast."
They gathered around the Gun
Room once more, sipping Maison's tea. Fei
started the conversation. "Okay, now we have been successful.
hit, and we got Juju. I'll introduce him. He was born in Aveh,
then moved to
Shevat, than finally isolated himself at the Blackmoon Forest.
"His Gear is about as strong as Xenogears, but not quite
as fast. His highest
Ether rating, supposedly is 1200. I doubt that though."
Juju arched an eyebrow. "You don't think I could wipe out
a city with my
Ether strength? I bet I could beat you."
"Yeah? Well I-"
Citan cut him off. "We don't care. This last issue is about
Contact." He pointed toward the library. "I searched
in the Aveh and Kislev
Libraries, as well as Nisan, and Shevat's old books. There is
not one trace
of another Contact."
Elly frowned. "Hmm, what about legends and mythology?"
"I tried that too. Didn't work. For now, I think we should
go to oral legends
Elly sat up. "Hey, wait a minute."
Rico looked at her. "Got something to say?"
"Yes. When I was in Gebler, I was training in Jugend. There
was this legend
floating around about this four- armed person trying to get into
don't recall real well, but this four-armed person was really
had an Ether rating equal to Ramsus, but they wouldn't accept
her 'cause of
Citan concentrated. "I remember that legend. Ramsus was
always bragging about
how he could beat her, but I don't think I ever knew her."
"What about Ramsus?"
"It's possible. Sig might know some about her."
Sigurd cleared his throat. "Her name is Amethyst, but she's
Ame. Let's get to where Ramsus is, and find the bottom of this
The Yggdrasil flew toward the sea of trees east.
Sigurd looked at the display
screen. "We're almost at Taura's house. We
should get there in about five minutes."
Bart nodded. "I don't care if Ramsus gets on my ship, as
long as we find the
bottom of this stupid mystery! We've been on this search for
eight days now.
I'm really starting to get sick and tired of this mystery."
Sigurd turned toward Bart. "Would it be better if we went
and picked Ramsus
up, then headed for Aveh? It's roomier in the castle. This ship
is a bit
"Sure." Bart agreed. "What about the Elements?
Should we pick them up too?"
"It's better for Taura if we take them out of his house.
So we might as well."
"Do you want us to tell them about what happened to the
Zohar? It might get
them mad at us."
"We should tell them. Otherwise, they might think that their
skills are nothing." Sigurd replied. "Let's go."
Ramsus sat in Taura's nanomachine
room. After spending two hours in there to
relieve his pain, he still felt battered.
Dominia entered. "Commander, the Yggdrasil is heading over
here. Taura says
that we should meet them, because they're gonna move us to Fatima
where the old Solaris base was. They want you to explain about
Ame, I think."
Ramsus nodded. "I guess I should. It'd be nice to meet Hyu
and Sig again." He
stood up, and clutched his long sword. "Get the other Elements.
out of here."
They gathered around Ramsus
in the Gun Room. Ramsus looked at each of them,
trying to figure out why he hated them. He saw Elly and his ears
reminiscing the time when he almost killed her in Vendetta.
Citan came in and sat next to Ramsus. The Elements stood together
in a group,
near the bar.
Citan started off. "Ramsus, old friend, it is good to see
you. We have a few
questions about old Jugend. Do you mind answering them?"
"Not at all. Fire away."
"What's this four-armed person legend floating around in
Jugend? Is it true
or not real?"
Ramsus tiredly rubbed his eyes. "Okay, well, this person
was Amethyst. She
had a mutation due to the radiation used in the Zeboim era. Supposedly
ancestors got contact with pure radiation, and it got passed
down through the
"She uses all four arms to her advantage. She's very good
at every weapons
but uses the chain more often than others. Her Ether amplication
times that of Miang's, so she was very strong. Supposedly she's
very strong, she has lots of power in all the countries. She
has family in
Kislev, Aveh, Nisan, Solaris, and even Sovar. So she's very strong.
"She said she got contact with a floating block that gave
her a lot of power.
We didn't believe her since we only got our power from ourselves."
Citan agreed. "I think Jessie said something about she getting
from the cafeteria food, but we hated the food."
Ramsus continued. "Her Gear is Arachnid, and it's very powerful.
powerful as Fei's Gear. She's very dangerous and very smart."
Fei raised his hand. "Do you have an idea where she is?"
"She's probably living either in Nisan, Aveh or Kislev.
I think you'll need
my help so I'll join you in searching for her."
Rico nodded. "I can check the records in Kislev, since I
Bart agreed. "Here in Aveh I can have Sig and Maison check
up on the records
Billy turned to Margie. "Is it possible that you could.?"
"Yes, I can check the records in Nisan. If we have a bit
of info I can let
you guys know."
Fei stood up. "So what's the next step?"
Citan cleaned his glasses. "We can scout around right now,
and check up or
find some leads as to where she is. I think Fei and Juju should
with Ramsus. Your Gears will be helpful here."
Ramsus held up a hand. "Wait a second. Two things. First
of all, I don't have
a Gear. Second, what made the Gears all screwy?"
Bart cleared his throat. "Well, Deus had an energy engine-thingy
Zohar. When we killed Deus, the Zohar modifier.went out too.
So only our
Gears and a few more work. But." He turned to Chu-chu. "When
you used the
Grahf Crystal, what exactly did you say?"
Chu-chu fidgeted. "Wellchu, I said.Can all our Gears be
fixed and working
"And what were you thinking about at that time?"
Chu-chu looked away. "Umchu, I was thinking about."
Chu-chu looked innocent.
"The whole world?"
Fei groaned. "Now every Gear works. Not only our Gears,
BOULDER's and enemy Gears too! Great job Chu-chu!" He said
"Thank Chu. I did a pretty good job, now didn't I?"
Ramsus still looked glum. "Well, I still don't have a Gear.
What am I gonna
"No, no, absolutely not!"
Balthasar shook his head empathetically. "I can't
waste my time. Now due to the act of Chu-chu, I have a million
gears to look
Citan pleaded. "Old man, we need this. Would you rather
have the Solaris
Second Advent get a 'slayer of god' or BOULDER, or us? Think
REAL hard about
Bal frowned. "I can't build a whole Gear with nothing! I
need some material!
I need some money!"
Bart arched an eyebrow. "Money? You're selling your gifts?"
Bal shrugged. "I need to make a living."
Rico growled, pushed through the team, and handed Bal' 1 million
old man, I got materials, and I got money, now go build us a
"Right." Bal rubbed his hands and got his tools out.
"Well, what are we
Balthasar built a gear in two
days. He christened it Ransom. "Well, you would
have threatened me if I didn't do anything. What am I supposed
Ramsus sighed. "I guess it's better than no Gear. What's
the armor on that
thing, old man?"
"Gold 100/100. The best I had on hand. The weaponry, well,
I wasn't too sure
or what you wanted, so I put something I made up on there."
Bal' pressed a button, and two sheathed retractable claws popped
out on each
hand. "I knew you were good with swords, so I put this type
in. It ain't too
difficult, so you'll get used to it fast."
Ramsus assessed the claws for a long moment. "It'll do,"
he said finally.
Bal' grunted. "Hmph. Anyway, I think I'm going to visit
Taura. Gaspar said he
might go there, and I have nothing else to do."
Citan watched the old man shuffle away. "For a genius, he
seems a bit odd."
"Who cares. We should get to Amethyst before BOULDER, so
Jason sat in the council room
of BOULDER. He smacked the table. "Has anyone,
ANYONE, find a clue of the next 'Contact?"
Timothy raised his hand. "We planted microphones in Bartholomew's
it seems that they are going to Kislev to find the last Contact."
"Any chance that it's fake?"
Timothy shook his head. "Our mikes are concealed better
than even Aveh's. No
way they could have known about our presence."
"What about Sovar?"
A bearded old man raised his cane. "I learned from my spy
network that the
Elders are almost completed, and the second Deus is ready this
has taken advantage of the Chu-chu's glitch, so she built another
her previous one."
Jason stroked his chin. "It seems we have two targets. Should
we strike at
Sovar or the Yggdrasil?"
"Sovar is already weakened from previous injuries, and they
would be an
"But if we strike Sovar, then the Yggdrasil might get the
Jason raised his eyebrows. "I think we shall attack the
Yggdrasil. Sovar can
always be defeated, but another contact cannot be made."
Ramsus checked his radar. "Fei,
we are almost at Kislev. Are you ready?"
"Wait a minute. There's a whole platoon of Gears waiting
Rico radioed in. "I did that to make sure Jason and Sovar
don't try to
invade. You're free to get in, get Ame, and get out."
Ransom landed and sheathed its claws. Xenogears descended and
shut down. Fei
jumped out and looked toward Ramsus. "Are you ready?"
"We still need one more person. Who do you want to come
with us, Ramsus?"
"I'd rather have the Elements, but that's not possible,
so how about that
contact chu-chu you got?"
"I'm calling.Juju is coming out and he's ready. Let's go."
Hephaetus flew out and landed near the Kislev Kastle.
Ramsus drew his sword. "We
have to be prepared. I think something is up."
Juju agreed. "I haven't been to places this silent since
a long time ago."
A reaper peeked out, and Fei whirled. "I think I saw some
Ramsus frowned. "Okay, let's keep on going. Who knows, they
hallucinat-" He was interrupted by the sound of growling
reapers. "Or maybe
Two Wels leaped savagely toward Ramsus. He quickly sidestepped
his sword into the Reaper's back. Blood spurted out and the reaper
The other Wel tore off its arm and threw it at Fei. The arm was
by an arrow from Juju.
Fei attacked two reapers, kicking until they lay in a bloody
mess. "Well, I
don't think I was imagining things."
Ramsus crept to the door, and kicked it down. He stepped quickly
slashed at something with his sword. "Cocoons. They're starting
to breed in
here. Was Banderas lying when he said it was safe?"
Fei frowned. "I bet it's a trap. Amethyst must be waiting
A slender figure drifted down. "Yes, I am."
Ramsus whirled and got into his mirror stance. "Hello Ame."
Amethyst smiled. "Hello Kahran. How pleasant to meet you
here right now." She
brought out a chain and lashed it lightly in the air. "Not
the best place for
a reunion, however."
Ten Wels stepped out, savagely hungry.
With a vicious smile, Amethyst said "Reapers, attack."
Jason checked his radar. "Timothy,
is this the right place?"
"Yes sir. There seems to be some fighting inside Kislev
Kastle, and Sovar is
coming here quickly. Whatever you plan to do sir, do it fast."
The Super-Dimensional Gear pushed forward with it's thrusters,
toward Kislev Kastle.
Popel looked at his status
sensors. "This Leader Seraph 21, over."
"Go ahead Leader 21."
"I saw the Super Dimensional Gear, and there's also a fort
of Gears guarding
the Kastle. Attack the line of Gears wide enough to let me and
my team inside
to get the Contact. Don't deplete too much energy, or we'll have
a hell of a
time recharging. Keep some energy for the Gates as well."
A beam of a powerful laser shot toward the line of Gears, scattering
Popel radioed to his team. "Let's go squadron."
The Reapers came forward and
leaped at Ramsus, Fei, and Juju. Fei smacked two
Reapers with Raijin, and kicked another one down. "We can't
take these many
Juju used his Ether energy to wipe out three reapers. Ramsus
wrist in infinity loops, slashing the last four reapers. "We
have to go. I
hear two Gears outside, the Super Dimensional Gear and a regular
Gear, sounds like another squadron is out there too." Juju
"Oh, no. You're not going yet."
Ame lashed the chain and hit Fei in the leg, tripping him. Juju
arrow at her, but she caught it and threw it back at him, missing
him a few
Ramsus chopped at the chain, snapping it, and Fei broke free.
Ame growled. "Well, I can still hit you with my Gear."
With that, she hurried
out and the sound of a hovering Gear resounded through the Kastle.
Fei sighed. "We might as well. We can't do anything other
than fight to get
out of here. Let's go."
Fei climbed into Xenogears
and powered up the systems. "This is Fei. Is
Ramsus answered. "We're ready. Let's go."
Xenogears glided toward Arachnid.
Ame sounded angry. "Where were you? I was waiting for at
least half an hour!"
"Sorry. We weren't in a hurry to die."
Arachnid lashed Ransom with the chain. "Don't mouth off
to me Ramsus! You
know that I could always beat you at Jugend. Do you want to be
and over again?"
Ransom unsheathed its claws, and slashed Arachnid in the sensors.
beat me, but you always were too egotistical and self centered.
why I became Commander-in-chief and you didn't!"
Fei pulled them apart and flung Arachnid away. "We can't
squabbling. There are some Gears over there-!"
A squadron of Attack Gears flew in and rammed the four unsuspecting
with force. "Hello. I am Popel, Leader of the Solaris Second
over the Contact."
Just then, Jason's Gear flew in. "Hello Fei. It's payback
Ame could feel frustration.
"What the heck is going on?"
Fei answered quickly. "They are after you, because you have
and we came here to get you and away from these guys, so they
"I can't stay here for long. I have to get back to Kislev
Jason growled. "Well, that's too bad, 'cause you're coming
"No, she's coming with us," Popel argued.
Ramsus replied, "You're both wrong, because she's coming
with us and that's
decided. Right, Ame?"
"NO, I decided not to decide what to decide before I decide
to decide who to
go with, or something like that."
Jason brought out a huge vulcan gun. "She's coming with
me, and nobody's
gonna argue with me."
Popel frowned. "Nice Gun. But, I think Sovar's gun as a
He signaled to Sovar, and a blinding beam of light hit Jason
in the shoulder,
"Now, if you'll excuse me, we ought to be going."
Xenogears sprouted its Infinity wings. "No way. We can't
let you do that."
"Then I guess we have to fight, don't we? Fighter Squadron,
Xenogears reacted instantly,
charging and wiping two Gear out by smashing
them with his infinity wings. Hephaetus swung his hammer and
knocked out the
sensors of three more. Ransom unsheathed its claws and swung
disconnecting the torso of another Gear.
Popel felt his anger as his squadron was wiped out. "No!
This can't be
Arachnid jerked toward him. "Well, it's happening."
Arachnid swung its chain,
winding up Popel and leaving him tied up. "Okay, now I'll
Jason's Gear got up and managed to shoot two Gear sized slugs
"Ahhhhh!" Ame felt the cockpit burning, and the electrical
shock made her
Fei waited patiently for Amethyst
to wake up.
She woke up, and looked dazedly around her. "Huh? What?!"
Fei smiled. "Good to see you up and running too."
She frowned at him. "What am I doing here, and who are you?"
"I'm that guy you tried to kill with Ramsus and Juju. What
happened was that
you passed out, and we had to take you to Aveh so you could heal.
I think the
slugs from Jason overloaded your systems."
"So where am I now?"
"The desert town Dazil. We rented a room, and Bart's been
pulling out his
hair about your decision to join us or not."
"I hope he's not bald."
Fei chuckled. "No, no. He told me to wait for you to wake
up, and so here we
The four-armed person sat back. "Well, I have no other choice,
seeing how you
treated me so kindly. But keep in mind that I'm not going to
stay because I
want to, no, I'm staying here as a sense of duty."
Ame arched an eyebrow. "You weren't mouthing off, were you?"
"No. I was being smart."
"Be quiet. Is my Gear fixed, by the way?"
"The repairs need a few more days. In the meantime, we got
business. Do you remember Michael Fenn?"
She focused. "Yeah. What about him?"
She recoiled in shock. "What?"
"He died a few weeks ago. We were fighting and he sacrificed
himself, so we
could find you."
"I see. I met him before and he told me about what happened
earlier. I think
I'm kinda confused."
"We'll fill you in later."
"Okay. Thanks a lot."
Fei smiled. "It's my job. Hehe."
He walked out, leaving Amethyst thinking on what he was talking
Jason sat in the council room
of BOULDER. He looked angry and confused. "All
right, this is it! We're going in for the big kill. Prepare yourselves.
is the final Confrontation."
Popel sat, in the room with
the Elders, along with Miang2. He nodded. "All
our squadrons are ready, Elder 2."
Miang2 also added something. "It seems that our friends
in BOULDER are
getting ready to attack Deus2. BOULDER has all their Gears left
to Deus. The Yggdrasil is already getting ready. What is your
analysis on the
The sphere rotated. "The Search for the Contacts is over.
No matter. Deus2,
as you say, will be strong enough to take on both BOULDER and
Fei. And we
will be there to fight as well. This new warship, as you say,
is going to be
enough for one measly aircraft."
The sphere rotated to a different Elder. "As we said before,
we are 'gods'."
End of Part 2