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OMAKE: Supernatural Forums, Part 3: Still Not a PHO Interlude

 

THREAD: WTF Happened in Chiba? (EDIT: Confirmed Horsemen Terrorist Attack, Confirmed Symphogear Involvement)

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Moaron

So, while everyone's been waiting for the media blackout on whatever the Marine Corps is doing down in Panau to be lifted, this happened. Cameraphone video footage of what appears to be Hibiki Tachibana trashing an SUV in her gear armor, followed by dragging two dudes out through the windshield, then a stand-off between her and some blacksuit holding what appears to be a family member (I’m guessing either her Dad or an Uncle given appearance and that she’s an only-child) at gunpoint before the guy gets thwacked over the head by an old lady. Then the footage gets blocked by a different suit. Is our Guy in the Know around to clarify what happened?

EDIT: Okay, something DEFINITELY just went down in Chiba. Reports of a shooting at a local junior high school. What is this, 2010s America?

EDIT2: More cameraphone footage of the shooting incident, filmed from the Junior High’s window. It gets bloody, so likely NSFW. Centerpiece is what appears to be Miku Kohinata trying to defend what appears to be a crashed SONG chopper and some students against a metric fuckton of armed thugs. Tachibana shows up as well mid-way through. It’s… actually kinda scary to watch, even if the guys they’re butchering seem to be total douchebags.

EDIT3: And we’ve got an official statement. It’s the Horsemen, as I’m sure everyone’s guessed by now. Tried to kidnap Tachibana’s family and kill Kohinata’s when SONG tried to evac them. The kids defended their parents and bystanders as best they could. Current casualty count is 9 dead students and 1 wounded but they’re saying it could have easily been dozens if Kohinata hadn’t been there. Casualties among the attackers are… still being counted.

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Guessing/Game

Wow. That was… intense. Did she smash that SUV’s engine block by LANDING on it?

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Japanese0Groyper

My guess? Relic bullshit. 

The bigger question is “what happened?” Did somebody try and kidnap her family? 

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BurnOut

Well, if it was just “someone”, as in some rando, then I’m sure SONG could’ve handled it without having to pull in a living meteor of a girl. My guess is it was a bit more organized and premeditated than that. Dollar’s on the Horsemen.

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Alola-Aloha-Allaway
(Confirmed Sperg)

I’ll take that bet.

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BurnOut

Okay, this just popped up on my newsfeed and it’s in the same general area so it might be related, given the timing and all. Reports of considerable gunfire and even explosions at a Junior High School in the area.

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Moaron

Added that to the front page. The article is updating, but some reports of some kinda beam weapons as well? Wait… doesn’t Kohinata use energy weapons?

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Whiteg10

Why’d Kohinata be at some middle school?

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BurnOut

Publicity performance?

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Japanese0Groyper

She isn’t an idol. Only Maria and Kazanari are idols and their activity has been through the floor for the last few weeks for obvious reasons.

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG Mook)
(Guy who knows shit)

WELP.

So, as you've probably guessed, that was in fact Tachibana. And her dad. And then her and Kohinata. So to explain what in the actual fuck happened there:

At roughly nine this morning, Tachibana and Kohinata decided to actually talk to their families about the fact they're dating. And yes, Tachibana announced it on live television before telling her parents. Because Tachibana. The two of them, me and my team, our opposite numbers in Team Kohinata, and the replacement Intelligence Director (Director from here on) all buggered off to Chiba, and all was well. And then the Director realised Kohinata's house was bugged to shit. And before you ask: yes, it was the Horsemen. On a related note, I fucking called it.

Now I was on break at the time (that was a damn nice soba too) but was abruptly no longer on break after I got called in to evac the Tachibanas. Unfortunately, the Horsemen beat me to it, the bastards. The aforementioned members of the asshole brigade pretended they were my team and I, insisted to Tachibana's family (including her dad, who was visiting for the day) that they were in imminent danger, and attempted to drive off with them. Fortunately for everyone, the Tachibanas immediately realised something was up when the impersonator squad failed at multiple basic Tachibana Hibiki Facts, and Grandma Tachibana hit her medical alarm, which allowed my team and I to track them easily. What followed was the most high-stress car chase of my job as we attempted to catch the little shits. However, they proved surprisingly good get-away drivers and were frustrating my team immensely with their refusal to get caught already.

It was at roughly this moment that an extremely angry Tachibana Hibiki was airdropped directly on top of them.

The first two jackassess were promptly Gungnir'ed, alongside their car. However, the last jackass decided to put a gun at her dad’s head. Fortunately, the situation was resolved when Tachibana's ninety something grandma walked up to the world's unluckiest Horseman and smacked him over the head with the mini-weight in her purse, KO-ing the guy.

Tachibana came by her absurdity honestly, folks.

Alas, the day was not done with us yet, and the Horsemen shot down the helicopter getting the Kohinatas the hell out of there. Fortunately, due to the quick reactions of our pilots, they only hit the tail, allowing Kohinata to transform and recover the situation. Unfortunately, she 1) wound up touching down in her former middle school's yard and 2) got ambushed by like a few hundred Horsemen literally seconds after hitting the ground. Said Horsemen ignored all the civilians completely when they were in the crossfire, because assholes. Of course certain people are gonna completely ignore this because BUT THE RELICS because of course they will. Lucky for those kids, Kohinata was still transformed and successfully held out until Tachibana did a dynamic entry and fought off the remaining assailants.

We've since evacuated all Tachibanas and Kohinatas to HQ, and are currently handling the aftermath. Hopefully, them attempting to either kidnap or murder the kid's families will convince China that this is in fact our fucking problem, but given their recent string of stupidity, I'm not optimistic.

Questions away. I'll be here a while.

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DoubleTheFun
(Inveterate Shipper)

Normally, this would be the part where I’d gush about Kohinata and Tachibana being a battle couple. But I can’t because, uh, I gotta admit: that footage was really disturbing to watch. Not just because Kohinata started butchering those guys, but because she pretty apparently had to start butchering them in order to actually stop them.

I mean, what the literal fuck is up with the Horsemen’s dudes? That guy at 14:38 had his arm severed by Kohinata’s whip-cable-things and he reacted by just trying to punch her with his other hand. And he wasn’t even the only one who had something like that happen.

Not caring if civilians get caught in the crossfire is one thing; we’ve seen that from terrorist jackasses before. But ignoring wounds that should have left one paralyzed on the ground from the shock alone?

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Protector27
(Confirmed Alca-Noise Survivor)

I have to wonder about that too. Not just because of how they individually reacted, but how they reacted as a group to their losses. If you ever read any decent tactical military accounts, you see that most forces rout at about 20-33% losses (depending on the specific circumstances) if they're amongst the most suicidally brave forces in history. Yet those guys in the school video never even so much as flinched, no matter how many of them went down. I’ve only ever seen one force be willing to take losses like that and keep attacking, and it wasn’t a human force.

Not to mention, being willing to charge a Gear with nothing but a fist or combat knife after they’ve smashed your rifle? Fuck, from what I’ve read of the kids’ combat capabilities, I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking them on with anything short of a Davy Crockett. Yet these guys were willing to unhesitatingly hurl themselves at the girls with nothing but their bare hands? That isn’t suicidal. That’s beyond suicidal. That’s outright sacrificial.

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Kalenda
(Confirmed Noise survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident Veteran)

… Okay, gotta admit. That song Kohinata was singing? Bad memories of it. Haven't heard that… sound since she took out a carrier battlegroup. Still, the way these guys are acting is fucking scary. Fucking hell, Force Recon would've broken in the first minute of that and they just kept coming! The hell are these guys!?

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Japanese0Groyper

How’s this for a question that hasn’t been raised yet: how did nobody notice the Kohinatas were bugged until today? You do have guys checking on the parents regularly, right @SONGbird?

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG Mook)
(Guy who knows shit)

@DoubleTheFun
@Protector27
Remember how back when I was talking to you all about the ambush that started all this nonsense I mentioned that literally every single one of the Horsemen soldiers involved literally killed themselves to try and make even a scratch on the girls? To the point of physically bashing themselves to pieces on the kids armour? Yeah I wasn't fucking kidding. You get to see it for yourself in the vid. These guys are freaking psychopaths. I wish I could tell you why, but it’s still classified. We’ve been pretty open about what’s happening for the most part, but the higher-ups are judging to save some things until after the Horsemen are brought to justice.

Suffice it to say it's why the kids were going all in there. Normally, they’re supposed to keep things non-lethal. Hell, they’ve been trained to avoid basic injury against human personnel if they can manage it. But we learned the first time around that these guys won’t stop attacking until they are at least knocked out, and no matter how much Tachibana tries to hold back when she needs to punch an actual person, she's still punching a biologically normal human being with the fist that defeated Shem-Ha. There's only so much she can do once things escalate that far.

@Kalenda
Sorry to hear it. If it makes it any easier, most of SONG had a heart attack when we heard that song again. Tachibana almost flipped out altogether. Considering she basically died the last time we heard it, I don't blame her. Fortunately, it seems to have just been the usual sort of song that the Gears fall back onto when the kids need to generate a bit more power for some reason (this is the most succinct, non-classified explanation of the phenomenon) and not any indication of the Direct Feedback System. That was a relief when we realized it.

@Japanese0Groyper
We did. I am having WORDS with my guys for not noticing this. To be fair, though, even the Director said he almost didn’t spot them and the Director… well, I don’t know his exact history, but suffice to say he’s good. Very good. As in, he's the AC's big brother good.

Unfortunately, that probably means the guys the Horsemen have for this sort of thing are also pretty damn good.

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Alola-Aloha-Allaway
(Confirmed Sperg)

How are they handling it? The tail end of the video shows Tachibana cradling what I presume was the wounded girl until that teacher came out to help them. They looked pretty upset.

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BurnOut

I’m… a little bit concerned about longer-term mental implications here. Overcoming one's willingness to kill a human being isn’t a mental hurdle that is crossed lightly and reviewing the girl’s records, only Maria ever directly crossed that threshold before now.

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Japanese0Groyper

I wish that I could get into the minds of the Horsemen because they make absolutely no fucking sense. I’d like for them to make some kind of public statement so that they could explain why they’re doing this shit. This has gone way beyond “relics are dangerous, guys.” What is all of this supposed to accomplish? Making everyone hate them?

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG mook) 
(Guy who knows shit)

@Alola-Aloha-Allaway 
Not well. Not as badly as we feared. They've been training for this since we figured out the classified thing, but switching from fighting hordes of opponents with nothing resembling humanity that didn't even leave bodies with the occasional person just as powerful as them to having to mow down small armies of people with nothing approaching a chance who leave blood everywhere when they bite it is a hell of a fucking jump. Honestly though, it's the other kids that are what's causing the issues. Tachibana might have some extremely poor memories of that school, but those kids never even met her and they didn't do anything except happen to be in the Horsemen's way. I can't even start to guess what she's thinking.

@BurnOut
So is literally everyone here. We've been freaking out about what making them get through that wall will do to the kids since the ambush. Maria genuinely had a flashback on us the first time they used the sims, I damn near had a heart attack when Tachibana noticed and started panicking. I know for a fact that Kazanari at the least is seriously worried about what might happen if they have another Val Verde type mission when this is done, because they're having to teach themselves to not hold back against people with guns. And once again, they're ignoring us when we try to help. Fucking Horsemen.

@Japanese0Groyper
I wish I knew the answer to that question. They genuinely do not seem to have any motivation beyond "hurt the kids". 

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Kalenda
(Confirmed Noise Survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran)

Don't blame Tachibana for freaking a little. I don't like to talk about that day, but I saw her and Kohinata going at it, from a lot closer than what the vids show too. I swear to God, the poor kid must've been barely conscious from the pain… hats off to her grandma, though. Seriously, ninety something and she KO'd a Horseman? Damn girl.

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG mook)
(Guy who knows shit)

@Kalenda 
Yeah, she doesn't talk about it but I'm pretty sure Tachibana has some problems from that day. Even she isn't going to come out of literally killing herself by Fusion (her heart literally stopped, no shit) without some nasty memories.

On a more light hearted note: Yeah, the Tachibanas are pretty much just badass central from what I've heard. Even her dad, and the man can't go ten seconds without calling himself a coward and a failure of a parent.

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DoubleTheFun
(Inveterate shipper)

Wait, wait. Her heart stopped!? So you're telling me Kohinata actually... oh my God that entire event is literally Disney romance. The gallant Tachibana sacrificing her life for the one she loves, only to be saved by her in turn. Perfect.

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Moaron 

Really? I mean, I don't disagree with the man - what I've heard didn't give me the best impression of him - but what makes you think otherwise?

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SONGbird 
(Confirmed SONG mook)
(Guy who knows shit)

Well. There was that time he threw rocks at Carol Malus Dienham. That definitely earned him some points.

To explain; Carol had ambushed Tachibana and knocked Gungnir away from her so she couldn't transform. She was in the middle of monolouging, but unfortunately for her, Tachibana Dad happened to be in the area whilst trying to reconnect with his kid (the situation was still a mess at the time). Turns out, the man actually suspected Tachibana was the adapter on TV the entire time, but hadn't known for sure. He saw the pendant, guessed it was important and- on nothing but a gut feeling- the above happened. And then the man went back to insisting he was a total coward and terrible dad. The Tachibana family, people.

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BurnOut

…Okay, I'll admit it, hats off to Tachibana Dad. Holy shit. Damn, if I had Carol in front of me I'd be running for my life!

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SONGbird 
(Confirmed SONG mook)
(Guy who knows shit) 

Hah, yeah, definitely one of the more badass things I've seen. Anyways, I'm going to be busy for a while: Tachibana Dad just re-proposed and got a resounding "yes," and I can hear Tachibana screaming her head off from the other end of HQ - so to end off the day - behold. Tachibana Hibiki, in all her glory. Laid low by her sole weakness:

Her grandma.

And she is never, ever living this down by the way.

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Thread: The Battle of Panau (EDIT: Second Horsemen facility in Japan raided)

Protector27
(Confirmed Alca-Noise Survivor)

So... after two days of rumors and waiting, the UN finally agreed to release information on what the hell happened in Panau. Turns out, they tracked down a major Four Horsemen base in the region. Though Panau’s a Chinese ally, the Americans apparently managed to convince the PRC to let them send in the Marines. SONG was permitted to watch from the sidelines and this confirms where Kazanari and Yukine have disappeared off to since Tuesday, but the UN apparently forbid them from deploying unless there were clear signs of A-tech or H-tech. So good old Uncle Sam gave them a thwacking, right?

Well, not quite. The whole thing apparently almost turned into a catastrophe and the entire Marine Expeditionary Force dispatched almost was shattered. Only the deployment of the two Gear’s (Chris Yukine and Tsubasa Kazanari) managed to salvage the situation, and they only got sent out because of a sensor-analysis error. There was also apparently an exchange of fire between Chinese and American units that led to the whole PLA contingent almost attacking into the Marines rear, but the investigation into that is still ongoing.

Now the rest of this is RUMINT, since apparently they’ve classified something like three-quarters of the details of the battle, and I don’t know how much our Guy in the Know (@SONGbird) is permitted to share, but rumors are flying that while the Horsemen didn’t deploy any A-tech or H-tech, they utilized some serious kinda drone technology. It’s apparently a major reason why the Marine assault almost got thwacked.

On a lighter note, my Marine friends have been telling me that there are new nicknames for Tsubasa Kazanari and Chris Yukine circulating the Corps. Their getting called “Samurai” and “MegaDeth”, respectively. Guess our supergirls finally got some superhero names, eh?

EDIT: And a second little surprise released today: SONG’s homebound adaptors found and hit a Horsemen facility just outside of Tokyo. Not very much in the way of details there, though.

And then they apparently went to a hotsprings, judging by this resort’s social media page.

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Kalenda
(Confirmed Noise survivor) 
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran)

"Shattered" puts it mildly. We almost got our fucking asses handed to us on a silver platter. I was in the rearest echelon to ever rear echelon and I still almost died. Mostly because of those fucking… well, let’s call them “drones” or “UGVs” for now, same difference and won’t get me in trouble with the censors. Those things ignored everything we threw at them except the Symphogear duo’s weapons. I'm pretty sure the kids actually got hurt by those things, and I can't say how terrifying that was in English.

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Alola-Aloha-Allaway
(Confirmed Sperg)

Hell, Kalenda. I know we’ve had our differences, but like hell if I want to hear that you got hurt. Are you okay?

Did you see them? The girls? What were they like?

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Moaron

Wait. The Horsemen came up with a drone that can hurt a transformed adapter?! HOW?! I mean, SONGbird has been bitching about these guy's tech since we found out they existed, but if the thing that got them deployed was a sensor error, that means these guys have a weapon that can actually hurt Gears without A-Tech or H-Tech! What sort of bullshit are these guys using?

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Kalenda
(Confirmed Noise survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran )

@Moaron 
After some inquiries on what the NDA will let me say, all I can say is it’s a form of energy weapon, and it was BULLSHIT. I think me and my buddies just joined SONGbird on team bullshit calling from across the Pacific, because WHAT. THE. FUCK. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be able to hurt Gears that much. They managed to shrug off the hits and keep going, but what it does to regular people…

Well, I’m gonna be having some nights with the unit therapist, again, I’ll say that much.

@Alola-Aloha-Allaway
Yeah, I'm good. A few scrapes I'll be feeling for a while, but I'm still on the field. Not that there's much left around here capable of fighting after the ‘Gears went through. Maybe the Chinese, if they decide to have a go. Their forces have been eyeing us, but otherwise they keep to themselves. We’re due to pull out in a couple of more days, once salvage operations are finished.

Not much, but a good friend of mine ended up getting Megadeth for artillery support. My God but that missile barrage was a thing of beauty. Think he was with her for about a couple of minutes before she found something else she needed to blow the hell up. Apparently she's exactly as abrasive as SONGbird said she is. For reference, Megadeth comes from her missiles: apparently they have special attack names for what they can do. And her missile ones all go  "Megadeth Whatever", so that's how that started.

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BurnOut

How do you feel about the fact she’s apparently been recommended for the Bronze Star? You’ve kinda harped on her in the past, after all.

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Kalenda
(Confirmed Noise survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran)

Let's just say that if the CO asked for signatures my name would be on that list before he was even done with the formalese. Hell, jack it up to the Silver Star whilst we're at it and I know a few grunts who would argue for a Medal of Honor even though she isn’t a citizen. She fucking earned that medal. Samurai too. She single handedly turned the attack on the main base they had underground into a flawless victory. Not that I know much about that, apparently they found something down there that's been classified to hell and back. As in, the dudes who were there can’t even admit they were there levels of classified, so all I have are a bunch of “you didn’t hear this from me” sorta rumors. All I know from my buddies is that she freaked the hell out when they found whatever it was.

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Whiteg10

Not sure I like the idea of something that can frighten a Symphogear user.

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Kalenda 
(Confirmed Noise survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran)

Neither do I. Didn't see her after things were over myself, but apparently she was seriously shook up.

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Japanese0Groyper

Wait, which ones which again?

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Burnout

Megadeth is Chris Yukine.

Samurai is Tsubasa Kazanari.

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG mook) 
(Guy who knows shit)

I HAVE ARRIVED.

So, to explain what the fuck happened:

Last week we all teamed up with several intelligence agencies to successfully track down a major Four Horsemen facility in Panau. Normally that would be the signal to send Tachibana to punch said facility into the next dimension, but China are still being idiots and insisting the terrorists whose primary goal is killing all Symphogear adaptors somehow aren't our problem. That, and White Noise making us leery of a full deployment. Instead, we sent in Kazanari and Yukine as "observers" in case we caught the asshole brigade lying. Meanwhile American forces moved in with them to see how the Horsemen dealt with an actual military opponent rather than SONG's admittedly slightly schizophrenic setup. It literally jumps from me to the higher ups to the kids with nothing bigger than a person except deployment units like our helis. We are not set up for this kind of fight.

Anyways, so there they were, the sub, two of the kids, the AC, and the Alchemical Gremlin all off to Panau whilst the rest of us (myself included) sat back twiddling our thumbs in case White Noise started shit. Of course, the kidnapping attempt happened, and the gang back in Japan were suddenly rather busy. Around the same time I was driving through the streets of Chiba after some frustratingly slippery Horsemen, the Marine Expeditionary Force charged in and the fighting started. At first things were going well, for a given standard of well. The marines kicked a hell of a lot of ass, hats off to @Kalenda and co. for that…

Aaaand then they noticed the Horsemen hadn't deployed any heavy armour. And then realised why they hadn't deployed any of their armour when the first battle tanks that did show up turned out to have FUCKING RAILGUNS. Which could fire faster than the armor the marines brought. Keep in mind that this was the least bullshit thing they threw at them here. The most bullshit thing, if you've been paying attention to @Kalenda, was the drones. Seriously those things were fucking ridiculous and not in a funny way. They went against an entire MEF and tore almost clean through it in less than 5 minutes. With zero casualties. COMPLETE. BULLSHIT. And don't get me started on what the Alchemical Gremlin IDed their main weapon as. When I got that bit of news I basically stopped believing what little of the Horsemen's bullshitting I hadn't already, because it is literally physically impossible for them to have that weapon based off pure high tech. It should be centuries from even being tested to see if it actually works outside of theory.

Thankfully, we got either the worst timed sensor fuckup of all time, or the best timed sensor fuckup of all time, and the readouts all started loudly blaring that the drones were giving off readings from an A-Tech power plant. As to why they believed the readouts… I can't say much, but the kids recognised something about how they moved. We eventually confirmed their and our suspicions were completely correct for the wrong reasons. Again, I can't say much.

After that sequence of screw ups, panicked realisations, and general chaos, the Missile Of Deployment was pressed into service once again, and the girls started delivering the ass kicking. As Kalenda mentioned, the drone's weapons, as well as the freaking railguns, were able to slightly hurt the kids, but they were being forced to hold back massively because of all the Anti-LiNKER the Horsemen kept tossing at them and the actual damage amounted to a few burn marks and some bruises. After they went in, they broke through the Horsemen’s defenses and successfully fought through to the entrance to the underground base, with the marines following them in once the big nasties were down. Then Kazanari led the push into said base, whilst Yukine continued putting out fires across the battlefield so the marines could get back in the game. A few hours after the kids hopped into the Missile Of Deployment, the fighting was more or less over.

Alright, that's basically it. Questions away!

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Burnout

Drones that can tank military-grade weaponry and equipped with armaments that can hurt a geared-up adaptor? What are they built out of?

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Kalenda
(Confirmed Noise survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran)

Concentrated bullshit, from what I've gathered. We couldn't dent literally anything they put that stuff on without asking Megadeth to blow it sky high or Samurai to slice it up. It's some sort of composite like Chobham, but that's all I know. They built their tanks out of the same stuff. Or perhaps similar stuff.

And now that SONGbird has said it, I'm starting to think I know what the girls found familiar. Well, hopefully the UN acknowledge that. Because if that means what I think it means, the Horsemen are lying bastards.

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Whiteg10

Well, if Horsemen’s tech be bullshit, it’s nice to know that the Gears are apparently even more bullshit. Now if only the UN would go a fair bit easier on them...

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Moaron

Apparently the girls at home weren’t to be outdone. Joint SONG-JSDF statement that the other adaptors spearheaded another raid west of Tokyo, but that’s pretty much all the details that have been released. Only a day after the attempts on Kohinata and Tachibana's parents too.

Then they apparently went to a hot spring. Because what else are you gonna do after beating up terrorists?

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG mook) 
(Guy who knows shit)

Yup, that happened. Can't say much right now, we only just got done and we're about to welcome the Panau team back home and debrief, but things went mostly well. More later.

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DoubleTheFun
(Inveterate Shipper)

Aw, man. I wanna hear about Hibimiku and KiriShira battle couple shenanigans.

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Whiteg10

Hey, the man has a job.

Also, portmanteau ship names? Really?

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG mook) 
(Guy who knows shit)

Okay briefings done and… well… there’s a lot I can’t talk about. In fact, I can’t talk about anything really substantial in that briefing. All I can really say is some vague generalities and also add that HOLY FUCK DO THE HORSEMEN HAVE SOME BULLSHIT!

But the big kicker isn’t what I learned, but what I didn’t. Towards the end of the conference, Tachibana asked the “why” question about a certain thing. And then the AC told us mooks to leave. Everyone but the adaptors and the most upper of upper-level guys had to get out, because it was apparently that sensitive. That’s never happened before. All I know is that when they walked out of that room, the kids looked… well, Akatsuki was superglued to Tsukuyomi again, ditto vice-versa, Maria looked worse than I've seen her since Frontier, Kazanari didn't look much better, I can't tell what Yukine was thinking, Kohinata looked more than a little actually scared, and last time Tachibana had that look on her face, she was about to fight a god to save her girl.

And the staff who were present, AC included? They looked like death worn over. Won’t even acknowledge that they even had a conversation. Just a terse “get back to work” towards anyone who even dares to ask. Even the Gremlin, although she’s polite about it.

I don't know what the hell just happened. Not sure I want to, either.

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THREAD: So, I’m here. AMA (within reason)

Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

First things first: Yes, I am Yukine Chris, aka “Symphogear Red”. I’ve been a lurker on this site for a long time, and I figured that since @SONGbird was on here, I might as well give it a try.

That said, even though this is an AMA, I’m going to lay some ground rules.

  1. Don’t ask me anything perverted, especially about me or my friends.
  2. I mean it: If you ask me about my measurements, I will kill you.
  3. Don’t ask me about the current incident that’s ongoing, at least not in this particular thread. A lot of it is still classified, and I’m pretty close to the center. Plus, there’s nothing I can say that SONGbird himself wouldn’t be able to say about the incident.
  4. That said, I will be able to answer questions about past incidents and my experiences. They aren’t for the faint of heart though, so this is your official trigger warning rn. 

Other than that, normal rules still apply.

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Master9
(Moderator)
(Archive Junkie)

Hokay, two things before everybody else posts.

  1. Yes, this is legit. Both LRCB and SONGbird have verified everything with the admins.
  2. I’ll be watching this thread VERY carefully.

With that said, welcome to the forum Chris Yukine. I hope you enjoy your stay and thank you for everything you’ve done for us.

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Alola-Aloha-Allaway
(Confirmed Sperg)

HOLY SHIT, really?! No way! Symphogear Red? Chris Yukine?!

Erm… uh… could I possibly get your autograph?

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Kalenda 
(Confirmed Noise survivor)
(Confirmed Frontier Incident veteran)

Woah, Megadeth for real? On this forum? Uh… well, guess I should apologize to you. When all the news first came out, I kinda didn’t take it well. Plus on reflection, you did save my ass not just at Panau, but also during the Frontier Incident (not to mention, ya know, all the other times you saved ALL our asses). So, thanks a bunch for that. And sorry.

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Whiteg10

Huh, I recognize your avatar. Plus that username… you’re a UtaZukin fan?

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Moaron

Wasn’t that show part of the whole disinformation scheme to throw people off the Gear’s identities?

And you lurked here?

Also, quick heads-up for you, Yukine: you might get some inquiries into both you and your friends relationships from DoubleTheFun. He’s not likely to ask anything perverted, but probably stuff that might be a fair bit personal. He’s otherwise a great guy and means well, but… well, he has the Inveterate Shipper tag for a reason. Please don’t hold it against him.

And watch out for Kamen rider 555. How provocative he is tends to vary, but he doesn’t seem to like SONG very much.

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SONGbird 
(Confirmed SONG mook) 
(Guy who knows shit)

Dammit you were supposed to wait for me!

Ugh. Anyways, Master9 already said it but yes, that's actually Yukine. She was @UtaZukin before, so if you ever spoke to the resident otaku: congrats, you were talking to one of the people whose antics inspired the show. Lot of inaccuracies, of course, because we were specifically trying to avoid giving out details on the kids lives, but yeah. And I'll go ahead and confirm none of the others use this forum, so you get Yukine instead. I'll just be around. Watching.

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Japenese0Groyper

Well, this was unexpected. Good afternoon, miss Yukine. I hope you're doing well. At any rate, I guess I'll ask some questions that have been at me. Unfortunately I'm afraid most of them are rather personal in nature, so I will understand if you decline to answer.

  1. When the initial leaks hit the internet, there were people accusing you of being responsible for the Noise attacks. SONGbird has indicated that these accusations originated from something called the "Staff of Solomon" and your involvement in the Kadingir Incident. Could you please clarify what exactly occurred?
  2. How exactly did you meet Finé, and why did you work with her? We've been assured you weren't aware of her true intentions, but what did she claim to be doing and what were you trying to do by aiding her?
  3. And to bring up a more light hearted subject: since you apparently have attack names, what do ya got?

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Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

@Alola-Aloha-Allaway
Yes, I’m the real me.

I don’t know about an autograph though. Might violate some kinda security protocol or something if I start mailing sigs out to randos over the internet, you know? No hard feelings.

@Kalenda 
Holy shit, you were at Panau? Uh, listen, I’m flattered by the nickname and all, but you think maybe you could not let it spread?

Anyway, apology accepted. Frontier was just a nightmare for all of us, wasn’t it?

@Moaron
Thanks for the heads up. And yes, I did lurk here under a number of accounts. As for the anime, it’s (very loosely) based off our less high profile missions. It may not make the news as much as when I blow shit up, but the biggest part of my job is high danger rescue missions, and the various episode plots tend to be based off those. As an example, episode 14 was based off that time I had to jump into a big ass fire that started after an avalanche went through some city in Nepal. Fun afternoon, that one.

@SONGbird
You! You aren’t supposed to reveal that I was @UtaZukin! Gah! Now, I’m associated with all of the things I posted on the UtaZukin threads…

@Japenese0Groyper
Whoo boy, you don’t hold back, do you? But don’t worry, I can honestly answer all of your questions.

  1. Back when I worked for Finé (the woman, not the terrorist organization), she used me to activate a relic called the Staff of Solomon. See, before then, Finé did have the ability to summon Noise, but she didn’t have much control over them. But the Staff allows anyone who holds it to summon and control huge numbers of Noise perfectly, and the more Phonic Gain it had, the more it could do. Since I'm a Candidate, I can generate really high Phonic Gain without much effort, so Finé used me to activate it. Unfortunately, it was a Complete Relic, so once I turned it on, literally anyone could use it. Which included Dr. Ver, Finé and assorted other assholes. Good news is, I'm pretty sure it was destroyed in the Frontier Incident.
  2. I met Finé when she kidnapped me from SONG’s custody (though SONG back then was still the Second Division). At the time, though? I thought she was the one who rescued me from that hellhole known as Val Verde. And once she had me in her clutches, she isolated me from pretty much all human contact other than herself and filled my head with all kinds of stupid ideas. Things like “destroying everything and everyone strong enough to fight will end conflict if I'm strong enough". I just went along with it because I was a dumb kid and thought she was the only one I could trust. Then I found out she was just as much of a piece of shit as the people that held me captive in Val Verde. I'm just lucky that I met the dumbass when I did. I honestly don't know what I would've done if she hadn't reached out to me.
  3. Hah, it's a long damn list. I'm one of the more experienced adapters, and Ichaival is versatile as hell: if it's a ranged weapon, I can probably make it. So I have a lot of tricks up my sleeves. Literally, given that's where my Armed Gear pops out of. We don’t consciously choose the special attack names, though. They’re kinda like the songs: they swell up from the subconscious. For a VERY abbreviated list of my usual fighting style: my basic hand bows, which can do a few tricks that would make this even longer. BILLION MAIDEN which is my personal favourite and gives me four fucking miniguns. I love that move so much. HORNET PISTOLS just does what it says on the tin. MEGADETH PARTY is a fuck lotta missiles. And yes, they can home. MEGADETH FUGA is two fuckhuge missiles. Proved really handy taking down fixed emplacements in Panau. MEGADETH QUARTET is four fuckhuge missiles. MEGADETH SYMPHONY is what happens when I engage maxim #37. RED HOT BLAZE is a sniper rifle, but I don't use it much because I think it has worked a grand total of once in my entire life. Or twice, if you count that time I used it as a club, but that wasn't exactly the intended use. The Reflector is a barrier field made by a bunch of tiny rc things, but it only really works on energy attacks. And then there's ROSES OF DEATH, but that's my Swan Song and using it is a bad idea most of the time. I kind of almost died the first time I used it. Admittedly it let me deflect a blast from the Kadingir (aka the motherfucking moon-destroying laser cannon) but if X-Drive hadn't kicked in when it did, I'd be thoroughly dead right now.

And reviewing that list, I just kinda realized why the Marines nicknamed me ‘Megadeth’. Please don’t tell the dumbass about that, by the way. She’d never shut-up about it.

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Alola-Aloha-Allaway
(Confirmed Sperg)

Aaw, that’s too bad. Still, best of wishes and all my support to you! You girls rock!

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Guessing/Game

Erm… who do you mean by “the dumbass”? Kazanari? Kohinata?

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DoubleTheFun
(Inveterate Shipper)

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

Uh… where to start. Don’t want to be offensive or anything uh…

How shameless are the others? Maybe? Is that too perverted a question? God, this is so exciting and so terrifying, even if it’s just on the internet!

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Kamen rider 555

How do you feel wielding a Symphogear has changed your life?

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Burnout

Tamer question then I was expecting, Kamen.

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Kamen rider 555

However else I might feel about SONG, I figure deliberately antagonizing someone with that many missiles probably isn’t the best idea for my personal health. :p

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Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

@Alola-Aloha-Allaway 
Heh, SONGbird wasn't kidding when he said you were an unabashed fangirl. I make no promises, but I'll see what I can do to accommodate you.

@DoubleTheFun
I'd rather not go too much into others’ lives, but I had to tell the dumbass and her girlfriend to get a room three times a day, minimum, before the aforementioned dumbass took a Shem-Ha shaped clue by four to the face. And yes, it really did take her that long to realise two and two meant four. Now? I swear to god I’m going to die from diabetes, and it will be her fault!

I’m not going to talk about my kouhai's glurge. Just thinking about the dumbass and her gf has given me enough cavities for today, thankyouverymuch.

@Guessing/Game
What? No! Why would it be either of those two? It’s Tachibana! It’s always Tachibana! Kinda force of habit that I call her that these days. Not that she hasn't earned it. As mentioned, quite literally took Shem-Ha for her to get a clue and fucking Carol to put that clue into place. No shit, Carol had to practically flat out tell her. And I'm surprised that worked, given… well, rewatch the Frontier fight and listen to Kohinata's lyrics. Yes, really. She somehow missed that. SOMEHOW.

All ribbing aside, I generally mean it affectionately, and she knows it. Tachibana is the reason I'm who I am now. Working for Finé had me on the edge of snapping because I was just so terrified of letting her down, and that dumbass brought me out of it in the middle of a fight, no less! There we were, having a life-and-death showdown, and she started telling me her name, hobbies, lack of ever having had a boyfriend (GEE, I WONDER WHY?!), height, age, and favorite food, and then asked if we could be friends. Not even as any kind of trick or plan, she honestly meant it. That… well, it's what made me start to think I could trust people again.

Come to think of it, she promised me back then she’d share her weight if we became friends but never did. Bet she forgot. That dumbass.

@Kamen rider 555
It’s complicated, but a lot of the good things in my life have come from being able to wield Ichival. Not going to lie.

And yeah, it’s a good idea not to antagonize me. Maybe you could give that advice to certain other people?

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Guessing/Game

Well, if you’re still curious about her weight, it’s in the leaked information. Or at least her weight as of February. They leaked your physicals… 

Wow, only as I type that out do I finally realize how fucking creepy that is.

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Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

Okay, first- REALLY? God damn. Fucking Horsemen assholes.

Second, I’m not really that curious.  If anything, I’ll probably wait for the right time to bring it up again, just to see her sputter a little. What’s the use of having friends if you can’t tease em a little?

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Burnout

You know, you mentioned Carol there, and that twigged my memory about how she somehow came back in your Head Researcher’s body during the Shem-Ha incident and… uh… well, that makes me curious about your HR. I don’t think the media has noticed quite yet because they're still so mono-focused on you all (god knows what will happen when they do notice) but how does that whole her being a… homunculus… girl… alchemical… kid work?

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Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

@Burnout

Hell if I know. Alchemists are flat-out weirdos. Hell, I'm not even sure Elfnein knows how Elfnein works. I mean, if you want to be pedantic, she isn't even Elfnein, but Elfnein's consciousness in Carol's body. It’s… Complicated.

And no, we don't entirely know how Carol put Elfnein inside her body. Something about copy-pasting memories into a new consciousness, I think. I guess alchemy is more like MS Paint then I originally thought. And then Elfnein used the same trick to resurrect Carol's consciousness from scratch. She says she can’t do it again though: Carol wrecked herself enough fighting us during the Magical Girl Incident.  By the time she was going one v one with Shem-Ha, she was on fumes… but you never know with Alchemists. I’ve seen them not die when they should have enough times to know you can’t ever trust them to stay dead.

Like I said, fucking weirdos

But Elfnein herself? Perfect angel, always willing to do whatever it takes to help. Can’t count the number of times we have to stop her from overworking herself. God bless her.

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SONGbird 
(Confirmed SONG mook)
(Guy who knows shit)

Yeah, our Gremlin is probably the sweetest kid on the planet. I don’t think there's a single mean spirited cell in her body. Terribly smart too. Calls Quantum Physics journals that make my head spin “light reading”. She isn't a particularly strong Alchemist the way Carol was, but she’s still got almost all the know-how that let her go full CAROL MALUS DIENHAM WILL GENOCIDE ALL MIRACLES on Shem-Ha and damn near win. And Alchemy working the way it does, she's still scary good, even if she isn't much of a fighter.

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Whiteg10

So, uh, a few days ago SONGbird mentioned there was a briefing where he and most of the lower-ranks were told to leave and that’s never happened before. Is there anything you can say about that?

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Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

No. Refer to OP rule 3.This is the only time I’ll repeat this, and anyone who argues is getting blocked.

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Kamen rider 555

 

So much good things, eh?

[Little Red Christmas Bell Has Blocked This User]

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CONVERSATION: Kamen rider 555
Users: Little Red Christmas Bell, SONGbird

 

Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

You’re keeping an eye on this guy, right?

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SONGbird
(Confirmed SONG mook)
(Guy who knows shit)

We’re trying. Problem is we’re basically tangling with that thing in its natural environment. Can’t get a trace because you-know-what is shielding him, and he doesn’t give any hints as to where or who he is. If you want to block him, I recommend it. I only haven’t because I want to keep an eye on the sorta BS he’s peddling. We shouldn’t talk much more about it on an unsecured forum though.

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Little Red Christmas Bell
(Verified Symphogear Adaptor)
(If You DM Me, I'll Block You)

Alright.

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