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Just to let you know that I’ll be updating Code Geass R3 Chapter 15 and 16 here soon!
Chapter 17 will also be out this coming week or the next one!
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Chapter 14: Back in Command
Ohgi sighed heavily. The situation was getting out of his hand. Kallen and Suzaku were still unconscious and the searching team still wasn’t able to find Toudou. As the ex-commander of the Black Knights, he accepted to substitute them for the private meeting that Phantom requested.
“Why did I even accept,” sighed interiorly Ohgi.
He was already in the meeting room, and was waiting for Phantom’s arrival. When the new crowned hero came in, Ohgi had an instinctive feeling of fear and awkwardness. He looked up to the young man and was utterly shocked by his physical resemblance to Lelouch.
“Wh…what,” was the only smart thing Ohgi was able to say.
Lelouch responded with a quick and brief smile. Rai only looked at him with respect; he was after all the Prime Minister of Japan.
“Guards…please wait outside. I want to discuss privately with Prime Minister Ohgi,” asked Lelouch.
“We cannot fulfil your request. We are part of Prime Minister’s…,” started one of the four guards.
“Wait Toko. Listen to him I want to talk to him alone as well,” Ohgi interrupted him.
Toko, the guard, looked at Ohgi for a few seconds, before nodding and going outside, followed by the three other guards.
“Rai, stay here,” ordered Lelouch.
Rai nodded in silence.
As soon as the last guard went out, Ohgi closed and locked the door and looked straight at Lelouch’s eyes; the same purple eyes that frightened him twenty years ago, but not anymore.
“Who are you,” asked aggressively Ohgi.
“Who do you think I am,” simply answered Lelouch.
“Le…Lelouch…is that really you,” asked Ohgi, incredulous.
“Yes it is,” stated Lelouch calmly and firmly.
Ohgi suddenly slammed his hands on the table, making Rai jump by surprise.
“Don’t mess with me! I clearly saw you stabbed by Suzaku twenty years ago!”
“Twenty years ago,” thought Rai, “Isn’t that…when the Demon Prince was killed?”
“Through Geass, I’ve managed to survive,” answered Lelouch, still calm.
Ohgi frowned his eyes, unable to believe what he just said.
“Why the f*ck are you coming back now?”
“You know that as much as I do,” answered Lelouch.
Both of them stared each others for a few seconds. Ohgi then sighed and sat back down.
“What do you want,” he asked.
“Nothing. I just want to save the Requiem.”
“The Requiem?,” Rai asked himself.
“How do you expect to do that?”
“I’ll need the Black Knights.”
“I told you: don’t f*ck with me. I don’t see why I would trust you,” responded Ohgi coldly.
“You don’t have a choice, Ohgi. You’ll have to believe me. You knew about my schemes after the theatrical death of mine twenty years ago, when Zero killed me. Kallen and Suzaku are unconscious. Toudou is missing. Kaguya does not have the capability to command when it comes to military decisions. Knowing you from twenty years ago, I know you are not the commander type. Moreover, you are already full-handed with all this mess happening in Japan. You know…”
“Wait!…You are THE Lelouch Vi Britannia,” exclaimed Rai, interrupting Lelouch’s speech.
The fallen prince looked at him annoyingly, furious that he was interrupting during such important matters.
“Rai, save your questions for later, we’re busy right now. Now, as I was saying Ohgi, you need me. You don’t have much of a choice here.”
Ohgi looked very troubled. He didn’t know what to do. He bit his lower lip before answering:
“No…No Lelouch. Even if I know that what you did was for the good of the Requiem, even if I know that you’ve never used the Geass on me or the others, even if we are in a critical moment, I will not acknowledge you as the commander of the Black Knights. You’ve betrayed our trust, twenty years ago. You hid your face, your identity, your power. We cannot trust you, even if your intentions are good.”
Silence came back and Lelouch said nothing. The silence was awkward but it didn’t matter to Lelouch. He had to take action:
“Well then…Ohgi, I guess we’ll leave it to that.”
Before Ohgi could respond, Lelouch asked Rai to come closer.
Rai nodded timidly and activated his Geass.
“I, Rai Kraft, command thee, Ohgi Kaname, pass thy command to Lelouch Rozenheim. Till the moment Lelouch Rozenheim does not pass thee back the command, you shall remain unconscious.”
And so the Geass was done. Ohgi signed an official paper, stating Phantom taking the power of the Black Knights, due to the fact that Zero was currently unable to command himself. Just after signing, he became unconscious and fell on the ground.
The guards, alarmed, came in after smashing the door. Lelouch activate his Geass:
“Go to sleep. All of you.”
And they snored.
“Let’s go, Rai.”
“Lelouch…are you sure we should do th…”
“Rai,” Lelouch cut him, “The Black Knights cannot survive without their heroes. And their heroes are all out. Without the Black Knights, the UFN will lose their strongest allies. The only other force that may stand up against the enemy would be the Knights of Round. However, half of them are out of battle as well. I need to take in charge of the mess I’ve created.”
Rai remained silent. Lelouch continued and looked at Ohgi:
“I had no choice but to do so, Ohgi. Twenty years ago, thousands of people died because of me. This time, I’ll stop everything before it’s too late, even if I have to overuse my Geass. This is for…the Requiem.”
Chapter 13: End and Beginning
Two days have passed since the Betrayal War. When all hopes seemed to have vanished for the Black Knights, Orland and his men suddenly retreated. Disoriented, the troops from the countries who betrayed the UFN didn’t know what to do and lost half of their troops in no time. The remaining troops took the wise decision to retreat to their respective country. The remaining UFN and Black Knights troops didn’t pursue them: they were too tired to continue the battle.
The UFN troops landed on the coast of Japan. Food, tents, doctors, water; every essential need were immediately sent to Japan. The Avalon was already prepared, and therefore, was the main area for emergencies and such.
Suzaku, Kallen and Chiba were still in a coma. Lily and Matthew woke up a few hours ago. Toudou was still missing. The loss was very apparent and critical. Moreover, the Zero Requiem seems to be falling apart, as the world is now separated into two parties: those supporting the Knights of Hades, and those supporting the Black Knights. The remaining UFN countries were having an emergency meeting in the main room on the Avalon.
“This is outrageous! At least a third of the UFN betrayed us,” yelled a representative from France.
Many were arguing about completely destroying them. Some suggested that the colony system would come back, but as part of the UFN and not of a country. It would therefore serve as an exploitation ground for all UFN countries. Others suggested to destroy the remaining Knights of Hades and to reintegrate the countries, as it was partly their fault: they were manipulated more than anything else.
“Silence,” yelled Kaguya.
The shouting and yelling slowly stopped.
“We will not take any rash decisions. Hatred will only create more hatred. For 20 years, there was peace because everyone was as one. That’s why…”
“To hell with that! As one, you say? They weren’t even part of the “one”! Or they would have never betrayed us!”
Uproars and yelling came back immediately and Kaguya had to wait a few minutes before continuing:
“I understand your anger. However, they had good reasons to betray us…among all of us; they were the countries that were still affected by the poverty cause during the Demon Prince’s reign.”
“Then what do you suggest us to do,” asked the representative of Spain.
“We wait for Zero’s orders. The war tired him a lot. Moreover, all of our soldiers need to rest. There’s no need to rush,” concluded Kaguya.
Meanwhile, Lelouch and his men were given a secluded area, far from the other soldiers.
“Were you able to track Mark’s location,” asked Rai.
“No, I’ve putted a transmitter in every Knightmare that we have. Even if the Knightmare was destroyed, I could’ve still tracked it,” answered Lelouch, still searching through his laptop.
“You have any idea where he can be,” asked Rai.
“Yeah, I have my idea,”
“Then are we waiting?! We should go and get him out of there now,” exploded Rai.
Lelouch stopped and looked at him.
“Rai, they have at least 3 Geass users and an unknown number of Neo-Geass users. We can’t just rush in there,” explained Lelouch very calmly.
“Then when would we be ready,” asked Rai, clenching his teeth.
“When we’ll have enough manpower to counterattack,” answered Lelouch, “Have some patience.”
Rai grumbled a few words and went back to his tent. Lelouch then contacted Villeta.
“Villeta, bring all the kids here. I’ve sent a few Knightmares and transportations.”
“Got it. Lelouch, is Ohgi and Mark alright,” asked Villeta, worried.
“Ohgi is fine…As for Mark, he most probably has been captured by the enemy,” Lelouch answered very slowly.
Lelouch tried to explain himself but Villeta didn’t give him that chance:
“You said he would be fine!”
“Calm down Villeta! We also have hostages. We can do an exchange later on. Right now, I need you to bring all the students. I’ll be meeting with the Black Knights soon, and I’ll need you as a witness.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll get him back,” concluded Lelouch and saying to himself: “I still need him to beat Orland.”
Lelouch then closed the channel.
“So, what do you intend to do now,” asked C.C, walking in his tent.
“I’m going to create a division capable of confronting Orland and his Geass users.”
“Where are you going to find the candidates?”
“Orland has half of the men I chose.”
“So, what do you intend to do now,” C.C asked again.
“Where do you think Orland would be hiding, right now,” asked Lelouch, rather than answering C.C’s question.
C.C remained silent.
“Yes, C World. The strongest link with the C World is the portal on Kamejima Island. The war was just a diversion, while a few others of Orland comrades would try to fix the portal. I’ll go rescue the hostages there with Rai.”
“So, what do I do then?”
“You’ll train Lily and Matthew to control their Geass, as soon as they are ready to receive it,” replied Lelouch.
“So they’ll be part of the division as well?”
“Indeed. I need as many Geass users as possible to beat Orland.”
“Why do you think Orland wanted to go to the C World,” asked C.C.
“I’m not sure…maybe he wants to complete Charles’ plan, or maybe he has other plans.
Lelouch’s channel opened. It was a call from the Black Knights.
“Phantom, the Black Knights are ready for the meeting. Please come to the Avalon. We’ll have a soldier waiting for you at the door. He’ll be bringing you to the meeting room. Also, if you wish, you can also bring one of your men with you.”
“Got it,” answered Lelouch before ending the conversation. “Ah C.C, I almost forgot. When Elen arrives, she’ll be training with you as well.”
Lelouch then called Rai.
“Rai, you’re coming with me. We’re going to the Avalon.”
“We’re having a meeting with the Black Knights.”
“Seriously,” said Rai, awed, “You mean, like THE Black Knights?”
“Don’t get so pumped,” answered Lelouch, amused, “Because the meeting’s going to be a ruckus…a big one.
Chapter 12: Weak
“Ho…how is this possible,” asked Lelouch, awed.
“Nii-san,” said Rolo.
“R…Rolo…is that really you?”
“Yes, Nii-san,” said Rolo, coldly.
Without further explanation, Rolo’s Knightmare rushed towards him, his double lance in front. Luckily, C.C, in the Knightmare, yelled:
“Lelouch, look out!”
Lelouch snapped out of it just in time and took a step backwards. However, he completely forgot Euphemia’s Knightmare, who got behind him and attacked him as well. At that point, Lelouch was completely on his guards, but he wasn’t fast enough to dodge the Knightmare’s attack, which costed him an arm.
“Rolo! Euphy! What are you guys doing,” asked Lelouch, shocked.
“What does it seem like we’re doing, Lelouch,” said Euphemia.
“Why,” yelled Lelouch.
“Why, you asked,” said Rolo, in a raging voice, “Because you killed us!”
Those last words struck Lelouch so hardly that he momentarily stopped moving.
“Lelouch, careful,” yelled C.C, “they’re attacking!”
Seeing no reaction from Lelouch, she pushed him aside and took control of the Shinkirou. Though she didn’t know how to use the Absolute Defense Territory, she was still able to make the Knightmare move.
“Lelouch, snap out of it right now,” cried out C.C, “We’re going to get destroyed!”
But Lelouch was still in some kind of trance. The memories were flowing in his head, one after another. The pain memory of shooting Euphemia, the regret of not being able to control his Geass, the regret of wanting to kill Rolo; all of those memories came back.
While Lelouch was in his trance, C.C was trying her best to manoeuvre the Shinkirou. However, not being an expert on Knightmares on the first place, she quickly lost the second arm of the Shinkirou.
“Lelouch, if you don’t snap out of it now, we’re really going to die,” said C.C, panicking.
Just when they were about to get the finishing blow, Rai came and blocked the two attacks. He immediately shot out his missiles to keep the enemy far away from Lelouch.
“Phantom, what are you doing?!”
“Damn that pesky pilot! Who does he think he is, attacking us with a Burai,” said Leanne, “Now he’s dead.”
As soon as she said those words, Leanne activated her Geass on him.
“Phantom, what’s wrong,” asked Rai again.
Seeing no answer from him, he decided to bring him far away from the frontline. As he was about to use his smoke grenades, he heard a voice.
“That voice…it sounds so familiar,” thought Rai, while clicking the “smoke grenade” button.
Finally recognizing the voice, Rai momentarily stopped his Knightmare and turned around.
“M…mother,” realized Rai, “Mother…?”
With the smoke grenade he just threw, he couldn’t see anything. Suddenly, Leanne’s Knightmare came out from his right, which completely caught him off guard. Leanne took out his spear and targeted Rai’s Knightmare’s legs. Just snapping out from his mom’s voice, Rai couldn’t dodge the attack and lost both legs.
“Mom? What are you doing,” said Rai, panicking.
“Mom?,” said Lelouch, perplexed, “Mom? Wasn’t it…”
He stopped and thought for a few seconds. He knew exactly what was going on. He suddenly took control of the Shinkirou and opened his chest mounted cannon*
*Real name is WAY too long… “Diffusion Structure Phase Transition Cannon”
“Wh…what are you doing, Lelouch,” asked C.C.
“I’m surprised you still haven’t figured out their trick yet, C.C,” replied Lelouch with a mocking voice.
“I’ll show you.”
Lelouch shot his Zero Beam** towards Rai’s mom’s Knightmare. She easily dodged it.
**Yes, it’s really called Zero Beam
“Phantom, what are you doing,” yelled Rai, “That’s my mom.”
“Rai, calm down. It’s not your mom. It’s an illusion.”
“An…illusion,” asked C.C and Rai at the same time.
Lelouch opened a conversation on the open channel.
“We know you’re an illusion. You won’t trick me anymore.”
As soon as he said that, the illusions disappeared and revealed Leanne and Ludama.
“Nice one,” admired Ludama, “How did you figure it out?”
“I thought of many possibilities, but what really killed your trick was to use your power on two people.”
“Tche! I told you to keep your illusion on Phantom, you idiot,” yelled Ludama to her sister.
“The other dude was pissing me off,” replied Leanne, enraged as well.
“Your Geass’s power is to create illusions. The problem is, you cannot control the illusion. Your Geass will automatically search in our hearts for our greatest regret, or our greatest desire. That’s why you can only use it on one person at a time. I do not have the same regret nor desire as my soldier,” continued Lelouch.
“Gea…who told you about this power,” asked Ludama, shocked.
“No one. Because I have it as well.”
Before the enemy can reply, Rai activated his Geass:
“I command both of you; stop your Knightmares.”
“Oh, and tell them to shut up,” added Lelouch.
“Oh, right, both of you, shut up as well,” added Rai in his order.
Both of them immediately stopped flying and fell on the ground.
“What are we going to do about them,” asked Rai.
“We’ll keep them as prisoners. I’ll need information on their hideout. Where are Mark and Orland?”
“Well…we were fighting him when suddenly; he threw a flash grenade and flew away. Mark pursued him while I came to help you.”
“I…see,” said Lelouch, thinking why Orland would run away. Surely he also had some kind of Geass. He could have easily fought two Knightmares.
“Bring them back to the HQ. I’ll go see how the fight’s going between the Knights of Round and the three remaining Knights of Hades.”
“What about your arms?”
“I’ll be fine. I’ll attack them from long range. I don’t really have the time to go back to the HQ.”
“Got it then. Careful out there.”
“Of course,” said Lelouch and he flew towards the other battle.
Lelouch arrived at the other battle in merely a minute. However, he arrived and saw no battles. Surprised, he looked for a sign of the Knights of Round. He didn’t find anyone. Suddenly, his Factsphere sensed a sign of three sign of life on the ground. He quickly descended and found the Mordred and an enemy Knightmare completely destroyed. He came out of his Knightmare and searched for Anya. After a few minutes, he found her under a pile of metal.
“C.C! I need your help!”
Rather than coming out, she took control of the Shinkirou and used its feet to kick all the junk away.
“Err…thanks,” grumbled Lelouch.
“Anya! Anya, wake up,” Lelouch gently shook her.
“She’s still alive,” thought Lelouch, relieved, “Anya! Where are the other Knights?”
“Hmmm…taken…they…danger,” mumbled Anya before fainting.
“Anya. Anya! Damn it…so they lost their battle,” thought Lelouch,”I can most probably to an exchange of hostage with Orland later on.”
“Lelouch, they just said that the enemy has retreated from both sides on the transmitter,” said C.C.
“Just in time,” thought Lelouch, “OK then. We’ll head back to the other battlefield and get Suzaku and the rest of the gang.”
He went towards the next Knightmare and was surprised to find Matthew and Lily on the ground.
“What are they doing here? I thought that they were under the Black Knight’s surveillance,” Lelouch frowned.
Chapter 11: The Knights of Hades
“Tsk…this’ll will be way too easy,” said Leanne confidently.
“I’m betting that you’ll be the first to fall as soon as we get out there,” mocked Ludama.
“I am so not going to,” replied Leanne, “Don’t underestimate me, Ludama, or you’ll regret it.”
“Stop it, Ludama”, said Aiden, “We need not a fight among us just before a battle.”
“Stop it with your crappy sentences. All I’m saying is the truth. She’s gonna die even before the two dogs you brought with you.”
“Guys, stop arguing and get out there,” yelled Orland from the transmitter.
And thus ended the little ruckus among them.
While the enemy was preparing to go out, Lelouch flew to the other battlefield and called Rai.
“Rai, how’s it going down there,” asked Lelouch.
“Pretty good. If your information is reliable, then we just need to find the room. We just cut off the power. Everyone’s panicking inside. We’re rushing through.”
“Be careful. I don’t think that everyone is in there. While you’re at it, use your Geass and ask if there are any other prisoners in another HQ.”
As soon as he ended his conversation with the teenager, Mark contacted him through the transmitter.
“Lelouch, we need orders right now. This is our second fight and we have no idea what to do! Last time, Rai guided us,” cried Mark, panicking.
“Don’t worry. I’ll be there in a minute or two. Any losses?”
“Not yet,” answered Mark, insisting on both words, “You better come before we do.”
“No problem. For now, stay behind the allies’ troops and attack the enemy with your guns. Do not use any close range attacks. Wait until I get there.”
“Urgh…it’s almost the same as twenty years ago, when I first commanded Ohgi’s group,” thought Lelouch, “So tiring…”
Meanwhile, Yamamoto and the gang managed to escape during the blackout.
“Should we really be doing this,” asked Euphemia.
“Scared,” mocked gently Matthew, “Either way, its too late to go back. The guards will most probably kill you if you went back.”
“Stop scaring her, you idiot,” said Lily, “Don’t worry, we’re all in this together. We’ll get out of here.”
“But the others…”
“Don’t worry about them. The blackout was most probably caused by someone who’s on our side. The others will be saved sooner or later,” replied Sakura.
“Then why are we running away,” asked Euphemia.
“You idiot,” grinned Yamamoto, “We would be under surveillance once again. Didn’t we want to go help our parents out on the battlefield?”
“Ohhhh, that’s why,” said Euphemia.
“Baka Euphy,” said Lily, gently hitting Euphemia on her head.
They managed to get out of the HQ safely, and while they were at it, they managed to steal three Knightmares. Sakura and Euphemia took one, Lily and Matthew took the other one and Yamamoto took the last one. All three were 13th generation Knightmares, so it took them a few minutes to understand how to use those Knightmares.
“Impressive… all three Knightmares are different! Me and Lily’s Knightmares requires two pilots, while you guys only need one,” said Matthew, “How much time did they wasted to create those different versions of this 13th generation?”
“I have no idea, but this can only be good for us,” replied Yamamoto, “Everything got the basics of their Knightmare?”
“Yeah, this one is quite easy to use,” answered Sakura.
“Er…ours is abit more complicated, it needs the two pilots to be synchronized to make it work,” replied Lily.
“Can you guys manage it?”
“We’ll try our best.”
“Ok,” said Yamamoto, “Then let’s get started!”
All three Knightmares were opened simultaneously, and as the three Knightmares started to fly, the Knightmare Lily and Matthew were piloting fell.
“Lily! Matthew,” yelled Sakura.
The Knightmare brutally fell on the ground.
“Urgh,” grumbled Matthew, “We..we’re fine.”
“What happened,” asked Yamamoto.
“We still can’t handle this Knightmare,” replied Lily.
“Guys, go on without us,” said Matthew, “Once we get the handle of this Knightmare, we’ll join you as soon as possible.”
“You sure,” asked Euphemia, worried, “What if enemies came?”
“Don’t worry, we aren’t that stupid, we know how to use this Knightmare’s weapons’”
Yamamoto thought for a few seconds then answered:
“Alright. We’ll go on ahead. We’re going to the battlefield where the Black Knights are.”
“Got it. We’ll come as soon as we’re ready.”
Sakura and Yamamoto’s Knightmares took some altitude before speeding up and disappeared like shooting stars.
Lelouch finally arrived on the Pacific Ocean’s battlefield. After the betrayal of many countries, the odds weren’t looking good. The remaining UFN soldiers were all lost until Lelouch sent them the new IFF (Identification friend or foe). By then, they’ve already suffered heavy losses. Even after the arrival of Phantom’s troops, the odds were still bad.
As soon as Lelouch got there, he contacted the different commanders from the UFN armies. He asked them one after the other to leave the command of the entire army to him. After a few minutes, all the commanders agreed more or less to leave it on Phantom’s hand. Did they have a choice? It was that, or they would lose because they didn’t have any coordination.
“Thanks everyone, I’ve received the data,” thanked Lelouch.
“You think you can manage such a big army，“ asked C.C.
“Of course,” replied Lelouch, offended.
A few minutes later, the sudden perfect coordination between the UFN armies surprised the enemy, and destabilized more than one. Lelouch took that chance to eliminate the most possible. In merely twenty minutes, he managed to reverse the situation completely.
While the situation was going well for Lelouch, Suzaku had a harder time. Though he managed to regroup his troops, the arrival of the five mysterious Knightmares made him wary. At first, he managed to bring his troops to attack the enemy that were the furthest to the five Knightmares, but they soon realized that tactic and each of them separated themselves among their troops.
“At this point, we have no choice but to engage them directly,” thought Suzaku, “Since Orland just brought them out, they must be pretty strong.”
“Kallen, Chiba, follow me! Let’s rush the two special Knightmares that just got dispatched on the left flank,” ordered Suzaku, then addressed himself to Nunnally, “Empress Nunnally, please send your five Knights of Round and attack the three special Knightmares on the middle and right flank.”
“I’ll tell them so,” answered Nunnally.
Lancelot rushed through the enemy, destroying every Knightmare on his way. As he’s making his way, he took out his VARIS and shot on both Knightmares.
“Urgh, who does he think he is, rushing through like that,” said Leanne, pissed off because she wasn’t able to block the shots.
“You just suck,” mocked Ludama, who managed to block both shots on her.
Ludama and Leanne were too busy arguing and focusing their attention on the Lancelot that they didn’t notice that Guren and Akatsuki Command Model Zikisan behind them. The Guren opened its Radiation Wave but as she started to rush to Leanne, she felt a presence above her and instinctively protected herself with her MVS Fork Knife. It was Orland’s Knightmare.
“Fools, don’t let your guard down,” yelled Orland to both sisters.
The Guren immediately backed off while the Akatasuki used her machine guns to help the Guren to back off more easily. The three enemy flew above.
“Damn it, failed,” thought Suzaku, “Kallen, Chiba, come back! Changing tactics! Its now a 1v1! I’m going for Orland!”
“Got it,” responded the two female pilots.
“Fools, you think you can actually beat us,” mocked Orland, “Leanne, Ludama, activate…your Geass.”
The odds were completely turned now, on Lelouch’s side of the battlefield. The situation was now hopeless for the enemies’ troops. Just when they were about to give the final blow, the enemy flew right up to the sky and flew to the direction of the other side of the battlefield.
“Tche…running away eh,” thought Lelouch.
As they flew above the Tokyo Settlement, they also threw bombs. For a second, Lelouch almost had a heart attack. However, the bombs never reached the land. The Settlement was covered by a Blaze Luminous.
“Huh,” said Lelouch, surprised, “Who the…”
“Aha~ Just in time,” came a voice from the screen of the Knightmare.
“Lloyd,” thought Lelouch.
“Hello Phantom~ Seems like my timing was right on the spot~ Good thing I’ve developed those portable Blaze Luminous. I’ve scattered them all around the Settlement. Now the only place unprotected is the harbor, so that the Knightmares may land there. I’ve already sent a few hundred of energy fillers there.”
“Thank you for your help. I’ll be going now.”
“Aha~ Not yet~ Not yet~ Your voice seems quite familiar,” said Lloyd, with his clear yet sharp blue eyes.
“Ah, I think you’re mistaken me for someone else. This is the first time I’ve met you,” said Lelouch, trying to remain as calm as possible.
Lloyd stared at Phantom for a few seconds before returning to his smiling and indifferent face.
“Well, if you say so~,” replied Lloyd.
“He must have discovered my true identity, or he wouldn’t let me off the hook that easily,” thought Lelouch, “Urgh! Now is not the time to think about this. I have to join Suzaku on the other side.”
“To all troops: anyone who needs an energy filler, go to the harbor! The rest can patrol the area and destroy any remaining enemy, that is, of course, if they do wish to continue to fight. If not, get them out of the Knightmares and tie them up. We won’t need many troops on the other side now anyway. Mark, Rai, follow me”
All three Knightmares flew to the other side Japan within minutes. Just in time, as well: Suzaku was about to get a finishing blow by Orland, Ludama and Leanne’s Knightmares. Luckily, Lelouch opened both Hadron Cannons and the Zero Beam and saved Suzaku from an instant death.
“Zero! Are you alright?”
The Lancelot blankly sat there, on the ground.
“You! What did you do to him,” asked Lelouch, enraged.
“Nothing,” answered Orland, amused, “It’s his fault for being cocky.”
Lelouch quickly scanned the area. There was two thermal signals on the far left side of his current location.
“Rai, Mark, go take Orland. I’ll take the two others. Your mission is to stall time. You guys won’t have any chance agains’t him, especially since he won agaisnt Su…agaisnt Zero. Just keep him away from Zero. I’ll finish up the two others quickly and help you guys.”
“Got it,” said Rai.
“Urgh, now I’m panicking,” answered Mark.
Both Knightmares flew up and went to attack Orland head on.
“C.C, get down of the Shinkirou, and try to see what’s going on with Suzaku. If not, take control of the Lancelot and go get the two pilots that were with Suzaku and bring them to a safe place.”
“How do you expect me to go in the Knightmare?”
The Shinkirou got up and went towards the Lancelot. With his arms, he opened the cockpit.
“Pretty brutal,” commented C.C.
“Just go down now!”
C.C got down while mumbling something and the Shinkirou immediatly flew to get to finish both enemies.
“I’ll have to attack them through long range attacks. The Shinkirou isn’t made for close range combat.”
He opened both Hadron Cannons and attacked them. The enemies easily avoided the attacks and replied with several missiles, which Lelouch blocked easily with the Absolute Defense Field. As he was about to reply, voices came out from the enemies Knightmares.
Those familiar voices struck him with force. He stopped his attack momentarily.
“Those voices…impossible,” said Lelouch, his eyes becoming bigger and bigger.
Two screens came out on the display monitor.
“Im…impossible,” cried out Lelouch.
Standing right in front of his screen was Rolo Lamperouge and Euphemia Li Britannia.
Chapter 10: Traitors, Knights, Line, Savior
Tamaki sighed. Once again, he was out of the battlefield right from the beginning.
“I seriously have some curse haunting me”
He came out of his seat.
The red-headed man turned his head towards the one who called him. It was Ohgi in a big truck with a few Knightmares surrounding it in order to protect the cargo. Like in the past, Ohgi would stay in the base and give orders. However, his hesitant looks and speeches finally disappeared. His job as the Prime Minister finally paid off.
“Get on, we’ll go back to the HQ first and tend the wounded,” said Ohgi as soon as Tamaki got on the truck.
“Is there any extra Knightmares?”
“No, every one of them is on the battlefield. That’s actually one of our main problems. Since we stopped producing new Knightmares, we are short of them. Each one that we’re losing is heavy in consequences.”
“What can I do then?”
Ohgi looked in his eyes for a few seconds before smiling.
“You wouldn’t have asked this question twenty years ago…you sure did mature Tamaki.”
“Shut yer trap up! I’m just trying to be useful here! Besides…Ze…Lelouch did die for the peace we tasted for twenty years…After all, I’m still his best bud no? I have to protect this peace no matter what,” responded Tamaki with a huge, malicious smile.
“Hmmm…Actually, I need to stay at the HQ and direct the Knightmare Police, so can you take care of driving around the battlefield and get the wounded?”
“That sucks as job, but I guess there’s nothing better to do.”
They drove the rest of the distance in silence. Meanwhile, Toudou was in the battlefield, directing the Japanese Army. Though many recommended him to stay in the back, giving orders within the HQ, as he was in his 50’s now, he still insisted to go in the frontlines, with his men.
“Being old isn’t an excuse to stay in the backlines! It would only bring disdain from the young ranks, as they are risking their life for this country. I love this country as much as they love it! And therefore, I shall stand in the front and protect this peace and this country!”
Indeed, this great speech motivated more than one, and on the battlefield, this motivation and new determination helped them to be more organised, and hence, they had less losses compared to the troops from other countries.
However, the other main problem of the war was that there were very little coordination between the countries because Suzaku wasn’t skilled enough to actually command the entire UFN Knightmares, and since the ratio was 1:10, it was way easier for the enemy to kill the UFN’s Knightmares, as all they had to do is shoot in the mob, and it would instantly take out a few Knightmares.
“Zero, Alpha Squad has been decimated!”
“Tch! Have Bravo and Beta protected the area when Alpha had been decimated,” ordered Zero, “Squad Zero, on me! We’re charging through!”
“Zero, we’ve cleared the right flank. Should we continue,” asked Kallen through the radio.
“Go on. Try to attract the attention of the enemy. We’re going through from the middle flank.”
The Chinese, Japanese, French, Britannian and a quarter of the UFN armies were on the Pacific Ocean side of Japan while the rest of the armies, including the Black Knights, were on the other side of Japan. Though they outnumber the enemy, it still seems that the Knights of Hades were winning. However, two hours later, the issue was almost certain: Orland was losing. Though the UFN had suffered some heavy losses, quantity finally surpassed quality. However, Suzaku recommended everyone to be cautious, as Orland still didn’t fire his Freyas yet.
“Toudou-san, should we finish them off,” asked Suzaku, “We have enough troops to occupy the remnants of the enemy and the rest can directly charge towards the enemy’s HQ”
“Hmm…it seems like a trap, but we don’t seem to have a choice. Our men are exhausted and keeping this fight any longer would only bring us unnecessary deaths.”
“Yes sir. To all Black Knight Squads, finish off the last enemy Knightmares. As for the UFN Knightmares and the Zero Squad, follow me. We’re charging to the enemy’s HQ”
Orland, from the screen in the base, saw the new formation that the UFN had taken, smiled.
“Very well…c’mon…come closer…to your death…”
As the world’s armies came closer, Orland finally shot his first Freya.
“To all Knightmares, disperse yourself and do not stay close to the Freya. Scatter as far as you can,” ordered immediately Suzaku.
Meanwhile, in the Britannian base stationed in Japan…
“Lloyd-san! The enemy shot their Freya!”
“Got it. Everyone, try to get the most information possible from this new Freya.”
On the main screen, Rakshata appeared.
“Finally getting serious eh? That’s rare of you”
Rather than responding with an “Aha~”, Lloyd had, for once in a while, a pretty serious face:
“Well after all, I was part of the team that created the first Freya, with Nina. I have to assume my responsibilities.”
“If you were always this serious, I would probably have ended up marrying you. Too bad that this face you have right now is only occasionally.”
And the screen ended before Lloyd could say anything.
At the same time, everyone obeyed and turned their backs and flew as fast as they could. Orland’s battleship took that chance to use their riffles to shoot on a few Knightmares.
“Continue flying back! No matter what,” said Suzaku.
The Freya finally blew up and at least fifty Knightmares were destroyed with it.
“Lloyd-san, I’ve got some data on the new Freya,” said Nina.
“It like the old Freya, except its three times stronger,” continued Nina.
“Hmm…this is bad…if we were to create a new Anti-Freya, the synchronisation would be three time higher as well…the timing between Lelouch and Suzaku twenty years ago was still some kind of miracle. Worse, this time, the timing between the one throwing the Anti-Freya and the one computing it is three times shorter…”
“Is it even possible to synchronise in such a short time,” asked Cecil, panicking.
“Well, I suppose so, though you have 1/1 000 000 000 to actually get it. But first of all, we have to have the weapon ready first.”
As Lloyd and his team were busy creating the new Anti-Freya, Suzaku was also having loads of trouble. Because of the Freya, the formation broke and the enemy kept shooting them down one after the other with their riffles from their battleship.
“Are the two last Freyas ready,” asked Orland.
“Almost, my Lord.”
“As soon as they’re ready, shoot them.”
“Yes, my Lord.”
Suzaku ended up being on the left flank of the battleship while Kallen was on the right flank.
“Kallen, take care of the right flank’s Knightmares and create a new formation. I’ll do the same with those on the left flank. We’ll charge through both side and destabilize the enemy.”
“Got it,” responded Kallen.
“Toudou-san, can you take care of the ground troops,” requested Suzaku.
There was no response.
“Toudou-san,” asked Kallen, uncertain.
Still no response.
Just then, the battleship opened its side cannons.
“Damn it! Everyone, retreat,” commanded Suzaku, trying to focus on the battle
And right after that sentence, both Freyas were shot. The pilots panicked and tried to run in every direction. After a few seconds, the two Freyas exploded.
“Damn it,” yelled Nina, closing her eyes to escape from the disaster.
This time, the right flank suffered around 100 losses while the left flank lost around 150 Knightmares.
“Kallen, Kallen, are you there,” yelled Suzaku in the radio.
“Yes, I’m fine, but I’ve lost many pilots over here, what should I do now?”
Suzaku was already thinking. Should he continue and rush through? The enemy did use all his Freyas and Orland didn’t have many troops left. Or should he wait for Lelouch to come?
“…We’re charging through. Gather the remaining Knightmares. We have enough manpower to finish them off.”
A few seconds later, Suzaku stopped everyone:
“What?!,” said Kallen, mad that she was stopped when she got fired up.
Suzaku asked for a conversation with Orland in an open channel.
“What do you want,” asked Orland.
“This is your last chance to surrender, Orland. Your troops are now entirely decimated. You have no chance of winning.”
Orland didn’t reply immediately and instead gave out a crescendo laugh.
“You really are stupid, Zero. How are you so sure that I have no troops left?”
“We scanned your ship with detectors and there were only a few persons. There’s no chance for you to win now,” replied Suzaku, doubting himself now.
“Who said they were in the ship,” replied viciously Orland.
Immediately, Suzaku thought there were some that were hiding in the ocean. Before he could order anything, three BEEP sounds came out from the ship.
“Everyone get ready! They’re most probably going to appear from the oce…”
Before he can even finish his sentence, someone attacked him from the back and cut his left arm off.
“How did he get behind me,” thought Suzaku, instinctively slicing the opponent, without even looking behind.
However, the moment he looked behind, he was shocked.
“Suzaku! The enemy…they’re…,” yelled Kallen, panicking.
“Yeah…they were hidden among our troops,” said Suzaku, “Everyone, the enemy was able to infiltrate our lines. Beware of everyone around you.”
“When did they even find the time to switch Knightmares,” thought Suzaku, “Or is it the power of…Geass? No, that’s not possible. The first person he would target would be me…but then, how did he manage to get so many soldiers?”
While reflecting, Suzaku left an opening on his left side and a few Knightmares took that chance to attack him. Suzaku’s “live on” Geass activated, and he dodged every one of them, before taking out his Varis and shot all of them down.
“Orland! How did you manage to get so many,” yelled Suzaku.
“Surprising eh,” laughed evilly Orland, “I have yet to use all my cards yet, dear Zero…”
“Zero,” yelled Ohgi from his radio transmitter.
“What, Ohgi,” asked Suzaku.
“We’re losing the battle on the Pacific Ocean side! There are traitors among our troops and Knightmares are popping out from the ocean! Our troops are getting attacked by both side, we need he…”
“Ohgi? Ohgi! What happened! Ohgi, respond immediately!”
“He won’t answer,” replied Orland from the open channel.
Suzaku, from his mask, looked at Orland with hatred.
“You…what did you do?”
“Me? Nothing,” said Orland innocently, “You should be asking the HQs’ that are near the Japanese’s one.”
“You don’t mean that…”
“Indeed, they too, are on my side,” laughed Orland.
“How did he do that,’ thought Suzaku, shocked.
“I am almost certain that you’ve lost the battle on the other side,” said Orland confidently, “And you are losing the battle on this side as well.”
Indeed, everyone was unsure of who was the good guy, nor did they knew who are the bad guy.
“Kallen, are you alright,” asked Suzaku.
“Hell no! I’ve lost both arms. I’m going back to the HQ to get some spares.”
“Don’t! Seems like the enemy managed to infiltrate the HQ,” said Suzaku.
“Isn’t that another reason why I should go to the HQ,” asked Kallen.
“No…since we don’t know who’s on our side and who’s not anymore, you may get eliminated anywhere, anytime.”
Knightmares were falling down all around Suzaku, and he couldn’t do anything about it, since he didn’t know who was on his side and who wasn’t. Moreover, his energy filter was almost out of energy. Just when he thought everything was hopeless, a red luminous shot saved him from death. Suzaku turned around to see…the Avalon.
“Avalon?! Why is it here? Wait…that means…”
“Orland, leader of the Knight of Hades, I am Nunnally vi Britannia. This is your last chance to surrender, or my troops will completely destroy you and your troops”
Everyone was shocked to see that the Empress of Britannia was on the battlefield.
“Why is everyone so stupid,” replied Orland, “Can’t you see that I’m winning? Why would I surrender? And you’re one to talk, young princess. Your troops are mostly decimated on the other side of Japan. What can you possibly bring as support?”
“I’ve brought a few of the strongest pilots that Britannia has…the Knights of Round!”
The hangar in the Avalon opened and five Knightmares came out: Siegfreid, Tristan, Mordred, Lancelot Mk* and Gawain B.R.I*.
“Five Knights of Round eh…pretty good, but how will you differentiate the enemy from your ally?”
“It’s quite easy,” said a voice coming from above Orland’s battleship.”
“Oh…so you’ve finally came, Phantom?”
“A bit late, but right in time to reverse the situation; after a few minutes of analysis, I found out that you didn’t do anything to control them…You had them on your side since the beginning of this fight.”
“What?!,” said Suzaku.
“Hmmm, how did you manage to get that information,” asked Orland, calm and curious.
“Those that backstabbed the UFN are troops from some countries that are still affected by poverty and diseases, despite all the help from the UFN. You just needed to negotiate long enough to get them on your side. Your Freyas were just a diversion.”
“Very good deduction, Phantom, but what does that change?”
“It changes everything. 2/5 of UFN’s troops were on your side all along. I’ve just sent the information to everyone. They can now differentiate the enemy from their allies.”
“Even then, you guys have suffered too many losses…and we have taken many important persons as hostages.”
“Another screen came out and many politicians and such were all in a room, tied up.”
“It’s Ohgi-san,” commented Kallen.
“That’s right; we have Japan’s Prime Minister. If you wish them to come out of there alive, surrender now.”
However, the screen started to bug and it went off, surprising Orland.
“I don’t think so, Orland,” replied Lelouch, “We have allies that are currently infiltrating that area. Soon enough, they will all be liberated. And since your men won’t do anything without your consent, they won’t be shooting the hostages down since you cannot communicate with them.”
Orland seemed shocked for a few seconds but then he regained his impassive face.
“We still have the advantage on the battle.”
“I think not. My troops are on the other side, supporting the remaining troops of the UFN while Britannia came with five Knights of Round and the remaining troops have now reformatted around Zero.”
Orland turned around and it was true. While Phantom was having Orland’s attention, Suzaku took that chance to reorganize his troops.
“Well then, I shall be taking my leave,” concluded happily Phantom, happy to see the frustration on Orland’s face, “Zero, energy filters should be arriving anytime soon. I’ll leave this side to you. I have to go back on the other side with my own troops.”
“Very well, Phantom. Thank you for your support,” said Suzaku, relieved.
And Phantom left.
“Don’t get cocky, both of you,” said Orland, “I’ll be using my ace card now…I didn’t call my organization “Knights of Hades” for nothing…My own Knights will finish this battle once and for all!”
As he finished his sentence, 5 mysterious Knightmares came out of Orland’s battleship.
Chapter 9: A New Ally
A few hours after the reunion between Lelouch and Suzaku, each of them went back to their respective HQ, preparing for the battle. Lelouch chose his pilots and gave the final orders to Elen, Andrew, Tiffany and Villetta. He then gave the Knightpolices to those who didn’t get a Burai but who still got a pretty good percentage in the Knightmare simulators. They would stay here and save the civilians.
“If you need any more instructions, contact me. However, just contact me for urgent matters. I trust in Villetta’s skills,” said Lelouch.
“Okii,” says Tiffany, going back to her department.
“Wait, Tiffany,” says Rai.
“Yes? What’s the matter, Rai,” asked Tiffany.
“No…it’s nothing…Just be careful,” said Rai, worried.
“I should be the one saying that, Rai,” smiles Tiffany, “You’ll come back, right?”
“I promise that I will.”
They looked into each other’s eyes.
“Hum!”, says Lelouch, “I shall take my leave now.”
A moment of awkwardness came in and Rai left with Lelouch.
“You ready Lelouch,” asked Rai, trying to hide his embarrassment.
“This is nothing for me,” replied Lelouch, “I’m already used to this.”
“I would have been surprised by your answer if you didn’t give me “that”, said Rai.
“Are you able to control it now?”
“Um…I kind of know the basics now…the rest will come with time, it seems that mine is pretty dangerous.”
“Indeed. If you cannot control, do not use it. On the battlefield, you may risk to kill our allies.”
“I know,” sighed, “But I really wanna try it out on the battlefield.”
“Don’t be impulsive. Take your time to master it first,” ordered Lelouch, “It’s getting late…go get some sleep, tomorrow at 5, we’re going out.”
“Yeah I know…how about you?”
“I still have things to finish.”
“Ff you say so, ciao,” said Rai, “I’m going to go look for Elen.”
Lelouch continued on and went outside. C.C was waiting for him.
“Didn’t I tell you to stay with the kids in Japan,” asked Lelouch, frowning.
“If others were to hear us, they would think of us as a couple,” answered C.C, amused.
“Who would want to go out with a witch,” said Lelouch.
“You’re no better. —Anyways, Yamamoto, Sakura and Euphemia joined the Black Knights.”
Lelouch looked surprised.
“****, I have to change my plans now,” said Lelouch, thinking.
“What were you going to do with them, anyways,” asked C.C, curious.
“Something…the same thing I did with Rai,” answered Lelouch.
A few students were passing by and heard the last sentence that Lelouch said and looked at him in awe. They quickly ran away, while laughing.
“Bravo,” congratulated C.C, “You have a new reputation here.”
“Argh, why do kids these days think so…weirdly? —- Hey! Would you stop laughing? I’ll have to kill the rumours now before it’s too late.”
“…for your reputation,” completed C.C, a malicious smile.
“Just go and make them shut up,” ordered Lelouch.
“I don’t like orders,” replied C.C.
“You owe me a debt for giving you pizza everyday.”
“You owe me a huge debt for giving you your power. Now we’re even.”
Lelouch didn’t know what to reply and judge if would be better to shut up rather than arguing with C.C. He went back mumbling something. C.C decided to stay outside to stargaze.
“The skies haven’t changed since then…It has been eons and eons ago…but these memories won’t fade…right, Renya*?”
While C.C was thinking about her past, Lelouch went inside and startled when he heard a few screams. He quickly followed the voice and arrived in a room. Elen was trying to strip Rai from his trousers. Lelouch looked from Elen to Rai, and then from Rai to Elen.
“It’s…it’s not like, Lelouch,” Rai defended himself.
“Y…Yeah, it’s not like that, Lelouch,” said Elen as well, and stopped the stripping (Of Rai of course lol).
“What are you guys doing then?”
“Rai doesn’t want to go to sleep! I’m trying to change him into PJ’s!”
Lelouch thought for a few seconds.
“Well, if he doesn’t want to,” Lelouch shrugged his shoulders, “Anyways, Rai, if you want to sleep, we’ll go practice. Come the 8th Hangar. Put your clothes back on before by the way.”
“Yeah yeah, I got it,” smiles Rai. “Sorry Elen, Lelouch needs me at the moment. You go sleep first. I’ll get some sleep later, I promise.”
“You better…”, warned Elen.
She looked at both of them, and sighed and went back to the girls’ dorm.
“I’m having a pretty hard time, eh?”
“Not as much as I had,” said Lelouch, remembering the 500 dates he once had twenty years ago.
While Lelouch and his troops were sleeping, training, or playing (cards, video games, etc), Suzaku had to go to back to Britannia for an urgent matter. He took a VIP plane and went directly to the Neo Pendragon. Though the capital of Britannia was oversized, especially the castle, he knew this area like the back of his hand. The Neo Pendragon’s structure was based on the Pendragon and the Kururugi Shrine’s structures. He then arrived in the throne room. Nunnally was waiting for him.
“Where were you,” was the first thing Nunnally asked, worried.
“Oh, I had matters to attend with Phantom,” replied Suzaku with a reassuring smile.
Suzaku walked until he arrived in front of Nunnally and bent down and kissed her on her cheeks. The Empress blushed a bit and softly pushed him back.
“Right…I’m sorry,” said Suzaku.
The two knights weren’t uneased by this romantic scene. After all, they have been the Empress’s knights for fifteen years now.
“I just came here to reassure you. Everything will be all right. Zero Requiem will not be compromised,” smiled Suzaku.
“Are you sure,” said Nunnally, worried, “The enemies are still strong though, even if we were to outnumber them in forces.”
“Don’t worry, we have a new precious ally,” smiled mysteriously Suzaku.
“Who is it,” asked Nunnally, curious.
“You’ll know soon enough,” said Suzaku.
Before Nunnally would ask any more questions, he turned himself towards the two knights.
“Gabriel, Noah, please take care of Nunnally while I’ll be gone.”
“Your wish is our command, your Highness,” said both of them.
Noah and Gabriel were one of the rare ones who knew about Suzaku’s identity and that weren’t in the first generation of the Black Knights. They were loyal to Nunnally and were good friends as well. Suzaku knew he could trust them. After a long conversation with Nunnally, Suzaku gave orders to Gabriel and Noah, and they were to give these orders to the military department. Afterwards, he went into the military research and development department and found Nina, Lloyd and Cecil working, and trying to recreate the anti-freyas that Nina created twenty years ago.
“Any good news,” asked Suzaku.
“Good news is that we found the files,” said Lloyd with his casual smile, “Bad news is it won’t be able to counter the Neo Freya~ Therefore, it is most possible that we must first see the power of the Neo Freya before upgrading our Anti Neo Freya~”
“I won’t allow that,” said Suzaku with a serious tone, “I won’t sacrifice unnecessary casualties.”
“Well then, go back to Japan while we find a solution~”
“Lloyd-san, do I need to punish you again,” said Cecil with an angelic smile.”
“No thank you,” said Lloyd, taking a few steps back.
“Well, we can try to create an Anti Neo Freya, but it will take time and it won’t necessarily work.”
“That’ll be fine. At least, we’ll try. I have to go now. The armies from the UFN must be arriving soon.”
“Aha~ Good luck leading them~”
Suzaku ignored Lloyd’s last comment and took his new Lancelot, which was now in black rather than white and head straight back to Japan. When he arrived, Toudou was already giving orders to the squads.
“Toudou-san, are you sure you want to be in the frontlines? You can give the orders from the HQ as well, you know,” asked Suzaku/Zero.
“I’ve fought many years for Japan’s freedom. I will fight for it until my last breath.”
“If you say so; thanks for taking care of the directives. I’ll lead the Alpha, Beta, Delta, Sigma, Theta, Zeta and Zero squads. Have Xiang Lin and Hong Gu take command of the Chinese Federation’s troops. You take care of the Black Knight’s troops. As for the other countries, let them have their own commanders, but tell them to not make hasty movements without my consent.”
“Got it,” said Toudou and head back to the HQ to give the orders around.
Suzaku turned towards the voices that yelled his name and was surprised to see Euphy and his friends.
“Euphemia, what are you doing here,” Suzaku whispered.
“Dad, me and my friends came to help. We want to fight with you guys!”
“No you guys won’t fight. You are too young for that. I promised your mother that you will never get yourself in danger during this war. You are staying in the HQ with Ohgi-san.”
“But Kallen-san started to pilot a knightmare at our age,” complained Yamamoto.
“That was twenty years ago, and the Black Knights were short-handed. Besides, she is an ace pilot.”
“And how do you know we don’t have talents for knightmares,” asked Sakura with a fierce voice.
“No is no,” decided Suzaku, “Tamaki, take the kids into the HQ and make sure they will be guarded!”
“I’m not a babysitter, dammit,” yelled Tamaki.
“Just bring them in!”
“Got it got it,” grumbled Tamaki.
Then suddenly, an alert came throughout the base. It was the signal that the enemy has arrived.
“Tamaki, take them in now,” Suzaku urged Tamaki, “Everyone, to their post! The war is about to begin!”
Lelouch was spying on the Black Knights’ transmissions and heard the signal as well.
“Rai, let’s go.”
Lelouch then took a megaphone.
“Everyone, get to your post,” said Lelouch, “Rai, start our plan.”
Rai took a walkie-talkie, but it seemed customized. Rai took a deep breath before continuing. Lelouch gave a signal and everyone plugged their fingers in their ears.
“— To all soldiers! I, Rai Kraft, command you…Die!”
The Geass activated and the order was sent. Even if Orland said that he took all his troops, this was a precautious measure. After a few seconds, he took another deep breath.
“— To all civilizians! I, Rai Kraft, command you all to come to Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa or Vancouver immediately! You must come by any means! Car, walk, bike! Any! You have to go to one of those cities in the next 72 hours!”
After a few seconds, Lelouch gave the sign and everyone unplugged their ears.
“To those that are coming with me to Japan, get ready! We are going! To those staying here, divide in 4 groups, and each group must have at least one medical team and scatter among those 4 cities! Tend to the wounds!”
As Lelouch was mounting on the Shinkirou, Villeta grabbed his arm.
“You gave Geass to Rai?!”
“I didn’t force him. He accepted.”
“I’m warning you, don’t you dare gave the Geass to Mark,” said Villeta.
“I won’t. Rai’s Geass is really powerful. I won’t need to make any new contracts for now.”
“His Geass is the same as mine: he can give any commands to anyone. However, his ranger limit is 20 meters with his voice and 40 meters in a knightmare,” Lelouch continued, ignoring Villeta’s frustration.
“How did you manage to give an order around Canada then?”
“It’s quite easy. I connected speakers from every city to the walkie-talkie in which Rai spoke. It was really hard to do that. All I did is hacked into cities’ programs and linked them to Rai’s walkie-talkie.”
Villeta had much more questions, but time was running out.
“I’ll ask my questions later. You go now. Make sure Ohgi and Mark will stay unharmed.”
“I can’t guarantee you anything, but I’ll try my best,” said Lelouch with a smile.
He then mounted the Shinkirou.
“Even if you manage to win this war, the remnants of the Geass Order are still out there,” said C.C.
“I do know that. But I’m putting it in second priority. I cannot let them compromise the Zero Requiem.”
“I’ll help you finding them.”
Lelouch looked surprised.
“What happened to you,” asked Lelouch.
“Do I need a reason to help you? We are, after all, accomplices.”
“-sigh- If you say so.”
Then Lelouch went to the “Phantom channel” on the Shinkirou.
“To all units…fly to Japan! We are going to war!”