The Mech Touch Chapter 3556 – Huge Mass

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Chapter 3556 – Huge Ma.s.s

The Golden Skull Alliance turned out to have made a mistake!

Everyone who looked at the seemingly cold and derelict alien construct thought that it was a bios.h.i.+p that had encountered a deadly opponent.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise that they all defaulted to the a.s.sumption that the t.i.tania was some sort of alien organic capital vessel.

Stars.h.i.+ps were humanity’s frame of reference of anything floating in s.p.a.ce. Aside from s.p.a.ce stations and other fixed platforms that were clearly anch.o.r.ed in strategic positions, everything else of this size was always a starfaring s.h.i.+p.

Many alien species in both the Milky Way and the Bed Ocean utilized stars.h.i.+ps to move around. While the exact style, purpose and usage of stars.h.i.+ps may differ slightly among the species, their universal value all made them ubiquitous whether the aliens called them s.h.i.+ps, homes, fortresses, or whatever unique word they made up in their incomprehensible languages.

Yet not all constructs in s.p.a.ce were s.p.a.ce stations or stars.h.i.+ps. There was a third category of deep s.p.a.ce superstructures that showed up from time to time. Though this category of ma.s.sive objects were rather rare in most parts of human s.p.a.ce in the Milky Way due to ma.s.sive overhunting, they were a bit more prevalent in the Bed Ocean!

“Astral beasts!”

These were wondrous forms of life that varied in size but usually leaned on the larger size. Most of them were one form of s.p.a.ce bug that had miraculously evolved in different star systems due to various circ.u.mstances. The overwhelming majority of them were local pests who never left their star systems because they simply couldn’t survive the long, cold and dangerous trip to other places.

However, across millions if not billions of years of evolution, life found a way.

Whether it was through the absorption of phasewater, the mutation of a sophisticated organ or the reckless experimentation of an ancient alien empire, a small proportion of astral beasts managed to escape from the boundaries of their origin systems and succeeded in spreading across the stars!

Each of them were miraculous forms of life that could inherently develop the ability to travel at superluminal speeds through growth alone. They also tended to be on the larger size as scale was one of the best ways for these organisms to survive all of the different threats in s.p.a.ce.

Most successful species of astral beasts tended to have emerged a long time ago. They were stable, powerful but did not tend to develop any sentience because there was never a need for them to grow any smarter or make use of tools.

Of course, exceptions always existed. The most prominent example of an ‘astral beast’ species gaining sentience in the Bed Ocean was the phase whale!

The t.i.tania’s physical properties did not resemble that of a whale, so at least the Golden Skull Alliance hadn’t provoked this infamously powerful species.

That did not mean it was weak. As the apparent astral beast continued to rouse itself from its hibernating slumber, the Larkinsons and their allies realized that the situation continued to deteriorate.

Not only was the t.i.tania continuing to spit out dozens of large fleshy projectiles at the human fleet that had poked it awake, its entire organic body structure was continuing to morph in ways that no one understood!

“The t.i.tania is continuing to heat up! The amount of energy being generated across its form is continuing to rise over time!”

“The open arteries are being closed at a rapid pace. The t.i.tania’s biological tissue has displayed rapid healing and morphing capabilities. Some of its smaller surface cavities are already being plugged.”

“The t.i.tania is showing greater adaptability towards our weapons. Her surface volume has shrunk by 2.7 percent and is continuing to contract even as her fleshy surface is growing denser and tougher. The astral beast’s exterior has already become 6 percent more resistant to energy damage and 7 percent more resistant against physical damage!”

The astral beast was transforming before everyone’s eyes. The t.i.tania showed through all of its actions that it was far from dead as it initially appeared!

As thousands of mechs opened fire against the distant t.i.tania and the approaching bioprojectiles, Ves grew immensely more uncertain about the whole ordeal.

What was going on? Was the t.i.tania truly an astral beast rather than a bios.h.i.+p?

He turned to the projection of Director Banya Wodin.

At this moment, she was receiving a lot of different reports from different research teams and experts. It was not easy for her to judge whether a theory had any credibility or not. A number of research teams even submitted opposing conclusions about the nature and properties of the t.i.tania!

Ves didn’t care about any of that stuff. He just wanted solid answers at this time.

“Dr. Banya! Tell us what we’re dealing with! What is the threat level of the t.i.tania? What kind of shape is it in? What is the best way for us to kill this monster?”

Though Banya wanted to defer her explanations so that she could make more conclusions, time was short and the Larkinsons urgently needed answers.

“We are still a.n.a.lyzing the t.i.tania’s actual state, so everything I’m about to say should be taken with a grain of salt.” She quickly said her disclaimer. “According to our researchers, the t.i.tania is most likely an astral beast. It is a single creature that is not being run or operated by lots of smaller individual aliens. We have seen no sign of the latter and the t.i.tania’s internal structure does not accommodate them either.”

“What of the intelligence of this astral beast?”

“We cannot say at the moment, sir. Size does not correlate with sentience or intelligence, but astral beasts of this size are typically simple-minded and driven by instincts. What we are seeing at the moment might be a pattern of behavior that astral beasts of this species employ when heavily damaged. After running away from an opponent, they go dormant and shut down as many of their organs as possible in order to preserve their precious energy reserves. When a prey or predator stumbles upon the hibernating beast, it quickly rouses and launches as many attacks as it can to quickly overwhelm whoever triggered it awake. If it succeeds in overtaking its opponent, it may be able to eat the nutrients it requires to heal its wounds and resume its life.”

In other words, the astral beast was desperate and needed to consume sources of energy and materials in order to replenish itself!

“What of its power level?”

“We cannot make an accurate estimate at the moment, but keep in mind that the creature is most certainly injured to the point where it was unable to heal itself by consuming the resources of this star system.” Banya quickly said. “What that tells us is that it is overdrawing its already-strained resources in order to launch its attack on us. The t.i.tania’s contracting body is not just a defensive measure. It is a direct consequence of its attempt to burn its own biological matter to generate the energy it needs to sustain its attacks.”

“The more it tries to kill us, the more it brings itself closer to its own demise.” Ves summed up her point. “What is it doing with all of the energy it is generating?”

Banya frowned for a moment. “Large parts of the t.i.tania’s body and ‘organs’ are damaged beyond repair, so there are a limited number of uses for the energy. Ror now, we believe that it is using much of it to toughen up its body and merge active organic tissue into large, biological missiles that it is launching at us as its main form of attack.”

Ror now, the t.i.tania had yet to display any typical wars.h.i.+p armaments such as cannons, energy weapons and so on. This was a ma.s.sive relief for the expeditionary fleet as any of these weapons could inflict ma.s.sive amounts of damage to any capital s.h.i.+p!

That said, the flesh torpedoes that the t.i.tania had formed by rearranging parts of its own body did not look trivial. They continued to accelerate forward as their biological thrusters continued to burn some kind of organic juice.

The torpedoes did not appear to be too maneuverable but they were distressingly large and considerably resistant against damage!

Hundreds of energy beams and projectiles slammed against the noses of these flesh torpedoes. Though they always managed to burn or blast away portions of organic tissue, the flesh torpedoes still possessed plenty of matter, allowing them to endure a lot more hits until their bodies eventually fell apart.

“d.a.m.n, each of these flesh torpedoes are as tough as an expert mech!”

The astral beast itself was also an immensely tough opponent. Even if every weapon was able to inflict noticeable damage to it, the t.i.tania’s immense size and volume meant that a couple of salvos did not affect its integrity at all! It took far more salvos or the use of weapons of much greater scale in order to inflict major structural damage to the creature.

In effect, the mechs of the Golden Skull Alliance were like bees poking a giant human body. While it was possible for a large swarm of bees to eventually kill a human, they were so small that they needed to employ an immense amount of effort to complete their goal!

“Concentrate our fire on intercepting the flesh torpedoes!” General Verle ordered the mech legions. “Do not let them get within ten kilometers to any of our s.h.i.+ps. The consequences of any of them impacting our hulls may very well spell their doom!”

The difference this made was considerable. The increased concentration of fire quickly began to neutralize the flesh torpedoes one by one. These odd biomissiles could take a lot of punishment, but as soon as certain important organs sustained damage, it could no longer propel itself forward or simply lost so much integrity that they broke apart in a messy fas.h.i.+on.

Out of all of the mechs that opened fire on the flesh torpedoes, the Transcendent Punishers and the Eternal Bedemptions inflicted the most damage by far! The weight and volume of firepower of these two mech models granted them a better advantage against large and touch constructs than other mechs!

Though Ves was proud of seeing two of his works performing so effectively at the moment, he wished he could have brought at least four times as many mechs.

“We don’t have enough artillery!”

The rifleman mechs such as the Bright Warriors in their ranged configuration tried their best to make up for the shortfall.

Even though their rifles were accurate and fairly powerful, their weight of fire was simply incomparable against the previous two mech models.

While their advantages such as a decent firing rate and good accuracy worked well when employed against small and maneuverable mechs, the t.i.tania and its flesh torpedoes didn’t care about that. Only brute force could fell hostile ent.i.ties of this scale!

As Ves focused on how well his forces were able to whittle down the flesh torpedoes, Director Banya and the Lifer research teams carefully studied the internal organs spilling out of the broken flesh torpedoes.

“Those ‘flesh torpedoes’ are not explosive in nature.” Banya stated. “Any explosions that you see when successfully intercepting the organic objects are mostly generated by setting off their volatile propellants. The actual threat they pose is much different because they are full, living organisms just like the t.i.tania!”

“Are you sure about that, Banya?!”

Once again, Ves became shocked at what he heard.

“We’re not shooting missiles. We’re shooting down the t.i.tania’s offspring.” She stated with an increasingly more definitive tone. “Whether they are its clones or its children, each of these incoming fleshy creatures will likely be able to destroy our s.h.i.+ps by rampaging across their hulls as if they are actual beasts!”

This was a frightening prospect… What would happen if a few of the t.i.tania’s ‘children’ landed on the Spirit of Bentheim? They could probably chew through the hull of his flags.h.i.+p before wreaking havoc inside!

The Mech Touch Chapter 3558 – Light The Way

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Chapter 3558 – Light The Way

The battle formation was one of the trump cards of the Larkinson Clan. Enabled by battle networks which were entirely spiritual in nature, they essentially allowed spiritually.powerful ent.i.ties to channel their prodigious might directly into the material realm!

The odd part about battle formations was that they should technically be illegal. The key to enabling them from outputting the ma.s.sive damage they were known for was by aligning and combining the minds of many different mech pilots connected to the network.

This was in effect a combination attack that allowed mechs and mech pilots to exceed their hard firepower limitations!

In fact, people had attempted similar means in the past. For example, there was a case where a mech designer came up with a purpose.built machine that could merge together and combine their weapons in order to form a huge laser weapon that was the equivalent of the main cannon of a cruiser!

Suffice to say, the MTA did not allow this combination mech to persist for long. If everyone else follow suit, then the taboo against weapons of ma.s.s destruction had no meaning anymore!

There was no way the MTA was ignorant of what the Larkinson Clan could do with its battle formations. Public footage of some of its powerful attacks had already spread throughout the galactic net. The Larkinson Battalion under the leaders.h.i.+p of Commander Casella Ingvar had even employed it during the G.Aena League!

Ves also knew the mechers could move quickly if they wanted to. They had been remarkably fast in revising the tournament rules to prevent abnormal mech designers like Ketis from relying on non.mech designer powers to influence the outcome of compet.i.tive mech duels.

That happened only a little over a month ago, yet battle formations appeared much earlier!

Why hadn’t the MTA issued a ruling that forbid this exceptionally powerful solution?

If it was before, Ves wouldn’t have just scratched his head and thank his luck that the MTA’s bureaucracy was as slow and distracted as always.

Now, he knew better.

“The MTA must be split on this issue.”

Ves could imagine that major factions such as the Unbounders, the Mech Supremacists and especially the Wars.h.i.+p Abolitionists loved the fact that mechs and mech pilots could inflict far greater damage than one would expect from a group of mechs.

On the other hand, the Preservers, the Guiders and several other factions concerned with the stability of human civilization must be hating battle formations with a vengeance.

Although Ves had no clue how the discussion on battle formations proceeded within the MTA, the opposing factions either failed to come to a consensus or the side that supported battle formations somehow gained the upper hand.

“It is truly a good way for mechs to display power comparable to wars.h.i.+ps without actually fielding any of the latter.”

If Ves was able to develop this method further and elevate it into a more universal technique, then the MTA could potentially apply it to many of its own mech units, thereby giving each of them the power to fight against actual battles.h.i.+ps!

Why would the MTA even have to continue with maintaining its own wars.h.i.+ps when one of the biggest shortcomings of its own mechs had disappeared?

Of course, it was not that simple, though. Battle formations had harsh requirements and were usually effective in just a single burst.

Wars.h.i.+ps were much more versatile because they could fight continuously without tiring out so soon. They were also capable of moving independently in s.p.a.ce and could fulfill so many other functions.

Regardless, Ves knew that the Larkinson Clan could utilize its battle formations without concern. The fact that an MTA frigate in the form of the Simile Halifax was observing everything with her sophisticated sensors did not make the Larkinsons more reticent!

Orders soon flowed to different mech pilots.

When Commander Melkor received notification on what the Larkinsons were planning, he did not exhibit much surprise.

“Figures. We don’t have any other attacks that can punch through this giant beast’s body. It’s a pity that my men can’t take part in this action.”

The Avatars of Myth had to continue fighting as usual. Their mech pilots may have developed a technique that enabled them to invoke different design spirits, but this was not comparable to real battle networks.

The focus once again lay on the usual suspects. The Penitent Sisters, the Glory Seekers and the Swordmaidens were already experienced in this regard and were already moving into position.

The Eye of Ylvaine had yet to show off their full might, but would have an excellent opportunity to do so in this crucial moment!

Commander Taon Melin of the Eye of Ylvaine was under a lot of pressure this time. He and his fellow Ylvainan mech pilots had yet to employ this method in a high.pressure situation like this where their efforts could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

Though he tried to seek guidance from the Great Prophet in order to calm his nerves, Ylvaine did not resolve his doubts this time.

He knew he shouldn’t be looking to Ylvaine to rea.s.sure him all the time, but the habit was difficult to break.

“I must have confidence in my own men. They can do it because we all share the same faith.”

Taon no longer let his doubts plague his mind and coordinated with the other mech pilots to prepare for their great move.

Even as the Transcendent Punishers began to turn their powerful cannons at the distant astral beast, the Eye of Ylvaine also played another card.

The Rod of Ylvaine that Ves had made as desperate experiment in the past began to serve as a catalyst for the Eye of Ylvaine’s battle network.

It became significantly easier for the Ylvainans to align their minds to each other and therefore reach the uniformity required to bring Ylvaine closer to them than ever!

“Praise Ylvaine!”

“Seek the path to victory!”

“Let the light show the way!”

The Transcendent Punishers stationed in bunkers on the Spirit of Bentheim and other nearby capital s.h.i.+ps each moved with united purpose. As the silhouette of a giant robed figure vaguely hovered above the Larkinson capital s.h.i.+ps, the cannons of the heavy artillery mechs all seem to adjust their aim as if they were guided by a divine will.

As the only expert candidate in the battle network, Commander Taon retained a bit more awareness and control this time.

Although he was tempted to close his eyes and bask in how close he had come to the Great Prophet, he knew he had a job to do. The crisis still needed to be dealt with especially when the loss of suppression from the Transcendent Punishers allowed the flesh torpedoes to press closer to the expeditionary fleet!

Since time was of the essence, Taon tried to urge the battle formation to display its power as quickly as possible!

“Guide us, prophet. Tell us where to aim.”

The Transcendent Punishers kept adjusting their angles as they aimed at different sections of the distant t.i.tania.

Although it seemed as if the entire astral beast was an enormous dam that could take a lot of punishment without crumbling, no creature or object was perfect.

The t.i.tania had already incurred a lot of damage beforehand and the measures it took to repair its damaged exterior wasn’t perfect.

What the Eye of Ylvaine sought was the best weak point to concentrate everyone’s attack. The Larkinsons had to know in which direction they had to attack in order to destroy the t.i.tania’s most crucial internal organs. Not all parts of the astral beasts were essential to its survival. If the Larkinsons could blow up the brain of the ma.s.sive creature in a concentrated attack, then they would be able to end the threat in an instant!

A lot was riding from this opening, but Commander Taon did not rush the battle formation too much. The ability to find just the right angle and coordinates to attack was a capability that was exclusive to Ylvaine. Every devout Ylvainan continued to pray to the Great Prophet for guidance.

They received it. In one single moment, each of them adjusted their cannons for the final time.

The Rod of Ylvaine also adjusted its angle even as it began to grow brighter and brighter.

For a single instance, the entire battlefield seemed to still.

“Fire.” Taon instructed.

Then, a bright flash exploded from the Larkinson fleet and surged towards the t.i.tania within an instant!

In fact, the gauss cannons of the Transcendent Punishers fired a fraction sooner than the positron cannons. This allowed the physical projectiles to gain a head start so that they would strike the target at the same time the positron beams also landed.

The effect was amazing. The extreme burst of damage inflicted on a position that was a bit to the rear of the body of the t.i.tania quickly overwhelmed the local defenses!

Not only was the aim of all of the Transcendent Punishers so exquisitely precise, but their damage output all arrived in just the right timing to drill a deep hole in the great beast’s side!

The Ylvainan mech pilots all pulled out of the battle network as their minds all grew weary. Though they were still able to make sure their Transcendent Punishers kept firing at a large and stationary target like the t.i.tania, they were unable to do anything intensive for the time being!

Commander Taon looked towards the Swordmaidens, who had already gone ahead of the rest.

“It’s your turn now.”

The Swordmaidens exclusively piloted melee mechs, but that did not stop the brave and battle.hardened elites from closing in on the astral beast!

Once they received their orders, they accelerated their mechs forward but made sure to avoid intersecting with the flesh torpedoes.

While it was definitely useful to destroy the offspring of the t.i.tania, it was better to cut them all off at the source!

l.u.s.t like the Eye of Ylvaine’s battle network, the Swordmaiden battle network began by aligning the minds of the Swordsmaiden mech pilots togethers.

The difference here was that the nexus of the battle network was not a design spirit. Instead, Venerable Dise took over that role! Ever since Ves had implanted her with her own companion spirit, Respa had been quietly growing in her mind.

Though Respa was not as strong and flexible as Sharpie, it excelled at one specific job.

Facilitating a battle formation.

With Respa’s existence, Venerable Dise did not have to do a lot to support the battle network. She only needed to condense the minds of every Swordmaiden and use that to fuel her next resonance.empowered attack.

“Come on, you big beast!” She taunted at the t.i.tania even as the Swordmaiden battle formation closed in on her recently.damaged side. “Hunting beasts is my pastime. After this battle, you will become the greatest prey in my hunting record!”

The thought of slaying such a huge and powerful beast aroused her savage desires. She imagined that she was back in one of the hunts that she used to do as a hobby.

It had been so long ago that she had been so carefree. The Decapitator held by her expert mech hummed as if it yearned to spill the t.i.tania’s grayish blood!

As much as Venerable Dise wanted to stay true to the Decapitator’s name, she knew it was unrealistic to behead the gigantic astral beast. She couldn’t even identify its head!

“It doesn’t matter. The Ylvainans have already pointed out the way!”

She prepared one of her own sword techniques. It was a lot different to do so when she was connected with so many fellow Swordmaiden mech pilots.

As their mechs rapidly closed in on the t.i.tania’s ma.s.sive body, the illusionary greatsword hovering above the Swordmaiden battle formation glowed before launched forward in a powerful thrust!

The tip of the giant energy manifestation sank straight through the t.i.tania’s already injured wound.

This time, the sword sank deep! The enormous blade made out of unknown energy continued to part through hard and tough alien flesh until the crossguard almost collided against the t.i.tania’s surface!

“Wow!”

“That sword went deeper than any of our attacks!”

Even as everyone admired the handiwork of Venerable Dise and the Swordmaidens, the Penitent Sisters and the Glory Seekers were almost ready to unleash the coup de grace.

Two different formations approached the t.i.tania at the same time! Even though they moved separately, they all consisted of Valkyrie mechs!

“The Superior Mother shall purge the wicked!”

What was even more remarkable about the two formations was that each of them were led by different expert mechs!

The Everchanger led the Penitent Sisters while the Star Dancer Mark II led the Glory Seekers!

Both expert mechs would be showing off what they could do as part of their respective battle formations for the first time since they were created!

The Mech Touch Chapter 3561 – Dead…?

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Chapter 3561 – Dead…?

The four expert mechs took a substantial risk by penetrating deep inside the enormous fleshy body of the t.i.tania.

Fortunately, the risk wasn’t as high as before. After suffering from successive battle formation attacks including one that damaged both its flesh and psyche, the t.i.tania’s feral consciousness had lost complete control over its body!

The enormous walls of flesh around the four expert mechs did not squeeZe or try to block their pa.s.sage.

Just in case, all four machines maximiZed the power of their resonance s.h.i.+elds just in case.

Even if the t.i.tania was just pretending to show weakness, the expert pilots were all confident they could break out of every trap!

“d.a.m.n, all of this dead and brittle flesh looks gruesome.” Venerable Orfan commented as the four mechs just entered a large but dusty internal cavity. “We should employ the dust formation attack more often.”

“It doesn’t work as well against mechs. Their armor is too hard. Only their upper layers get shaved off. It is much more effective against softer targets such as this giant astral beast that mainly relies on quant.i.ty for strength.”

“How do you know that, Dise?”

“I spend time with the Penitent Sisters.”

“Alright, that’s enough! Focus on the mission, ladies!” Patriarch Reginald transmitted through their short-range communication channel. “There’s a lot of organ-like bits here, but one of them must be the brain or the heart of this ma.s.sive beast. Even if we aren’t attacking the right organs, they must still be important in other ways! Now get to work!”

The Cross Patriarch felt rather upset that he and his Crossers hadn’t contributed that much to the battle so far. Sure, the ranged mechs under his command were doing steady work on whittling down the t.i.tania from afar, but their attacks were only doing the equivalent of damaging the astral beast’s skin.

The Larkinsons and the Glory Seekers had accomplished much more with their miraculous battle formation attacks!

Though the t.i.tania behaved as if it was close to death after suffering so many biZarre attacks, Patriarch Reginald remained vigilant in case the big monster recovered all of a sudden.

Though he wasn’t a biotech expert or anything, he knew that giant organisms like the t.i.tania tended to be extremely hard to kill!

They had evolved under harsh circ.u.mstances where they were constantly being bombarded by radiation. They could suffer under all kinds of accidents as they grew up. On top of that, they also had to be able to fend off attacks against other astral beasts.

All of these harsh circ.u.mstances pressured many astral beast species into developing an enormous amount of vitality. Their huge bodies and their redundant organs allowed them to survive even if half of their bodies became crushed.

This was why neither Patriarch Reginald nor the other expert pilots expected any immediate results. They just controlled their mechs to attack every organ within reach with the hope that they could get lucky or at least bring the t.i.tania further away from its recovery!

Powerful resonance-empowered attacks lit up the dark inner cavity.

The Bolvos Rage generated the greatest lightshow. The hybrid mech was armed with a suite of powerful weapons that damaged multiple organs at once.

Missiles soared from the back of the high-tier expert mech and struck many random organs that had already been weakened by earlier attacks.

The Bolvos Rage’s shoulder-mounted positron turrets automatically fired at different organs, seeking to burn and vaporiZe the grayish alien flesh without mercy.

If Patriarch Reginald encountered a particularly large organ that had not been sufficiently weakened, his expert mech let loose with its large chest-mounted positron cannon. The bright and powerful beam produced by this weapon module never failed to break open the particular agglomeration of flesh that looked important in some way!

The arms of the Bolvar Rage did not remain idle either. One arm launched plasma bolts from its wrists while the other arm swung an axe through every bit of flesh in the way!

Through these efforts, the Bolvar Rage easily inflicted damage that exceeded that of any other expert mech inside the giant beast!

The second-most damaging mech was the First Sword. The expert swordsman mech piloted by Venerable Dise was armed with a greatsword that was great at inflicting damage on large targets. No organ could resist getting cut by its masterwork blade, especially since they were unable to put up any form of defense due to the t.i.tania’s impairment.

“This isn’t enough!”

In order to amplify the First Sword’s damage output, Venerable Dise resonated with her mech and blade. With the help of the resonating material called Bissonat, her force of will generated a long and sharp energy blade that extended well past the tip of the already-long Decapitator!

When the First Sword swung its weapon next, it managed to tear a large piece of flesh around the expert mech!

Slice after slice caused the defenseless tissue to be cut to pieces. The First Sword already managed to destroy the organs in the vicinity!

Compared to the destructiveness of the Bolvos Rage and the First Sword, the other two expert mechs did not do as well on this front.

Neither the Riot nor the Amphis possessed any special solutions that could allow them to inflict ma.s.s destruction. This was not a surprise to anyone as the mechs allocated a lot of their power to their potent defenses.

Even so, they were still expert mechs. The damage they dealt to the inner flesh tissue of the t.i.tania was not light!

Spears landed like artillery sh.e.l.ls on vulnerable flesh. A heavy chainsword slammed into organs with the force of a meteorite. Both the Riot and the Amphis were making steady progress.

Though none of the expert pilots felt that they had struck any decisive blows, the ma.s.s damage they inflicted was certainly having an effect on the t.i.tania!

Numerous indicators such as its lack of recovery and its dwindling energy generation showed that its decline was accelerating instead of slowing down. The ma.s.sive beast was dying slowly and sure.

It just wasn’t happening fast enough to everyone’s liking.

“This is taking forever!” Venerable Orfan complained. “Maybe we should call in the other melee mechs to speed up the demolition process.”

“No.” Venerable Linda Cross shook her head as she commanded her Amphis to throw its heavy chainsword at another vulnerable organ. “They cannot survive if the astral beast regains control.”

Venerable Dise grunted in agreement. “We are already doing enough as far as I can tell. Can’t you feel it? The beast is strong, but it is continuing to grow weaker. We might not even need to kill its brain at this rate.”

Though none of them knew how critical all of these organs were, it became more and more evident that they supported many different important functions that allowed the ma.s.sive organism to stay alive.

After 9 minutes of uninterrupted destruction, a change had finally occurred.

The t.i.tania… had gone still.

The four expert mechs continued their spree of destruction just to be safe and all of the mechs outside continued to open fire as well, yet the sensation was different this time.

The utter lack of reaction from the t.i.tania made it look as if they were beating at a dead carca.s.s!

The astral beast’s flesh parted a little easier and the blood that flowed through the monster’s arteries had lost a lot of pressure.

“Is it dead this time?”

“I seriously don’t know.”

This was a strange outcome to the mech pilots. They were accustomed to celebrating their victory once their enemies fled or crumbled into pieces. In these situations, it was always obvious when the battle was over.

The battle against the t.i.tania was different. While one side consisted of several human mech former, the other side only encompa.s.sed a single giant astral beast. The latter didn’t operate like the former and that constantly threw the humans off their game.

Even if it looked as if the t.i.tania had sustained so much damage that there should be no way that it could recover with the intact flesh and organs it had left, who knew how these astral beasts truly worked? They were biZarre forms of life that had evolved to be as resilient as possible against so many different threats in s.p.a.ce.

The uncertainty surrounding the astral beast’s actual state presented the Golden Skull Alliance with a conundrum.

Should they continue to beat up this huge mountain of flesh or should they slow down and see what they could do at this point?

“Is it possible to capture this astral beast alive?”

What would be the point of that? It’s too big and powerful to be kept as a pet and I doubt it has any research value.”

Ves frowned as he observed the distant astral beast as it continued to get hit by thousands of ranged attacks. The shower of energy beams and kinetic projectiles continued to do a lot of harm to the t.i.tania’s body, but they still hadn’t penetrated all the way to the inner cavity where the four expert mechs were doing their work.

“This is taking too long and I don’t think it’s useful to attack the t.i.tania any further.” He opined.

“The astral beast might be deceiving us, sir.” General Verle cautioned. “It has surprised us once before, remember?”

“I know, but I’m pretty sure it is dead or so close to dying that it can’t pose any threat to us anymore. Let’s slow down our attacks and send in additional probes to examine the t.i.tania’s current state.”

“That… might give the astral beast the time it needs to recover.”

“Then let us install a lot of explosives that can be triggered to blow if the astral beast is still alive!”

General Verle’s projection did not look supportive of this plan. “With all due respect, this is hubris, sir. It is much safer to treat the t.i.tania as a research subject once we truly know it is dead. The best way to do that is to damage it to such an extent that it has fractured into multiple pieces.”

“No! Don’t do that! Let’s not try and damage this astral beast any further than we need to! Don’t you realiZe how much we can gain if we are able to study and even recover all of the intact organs and so on? It will be a lot harder to make these gains if everything is being flung in different directions. Have you forgotten about the presumed superluminal travel capabilities of this astral beast?”

This time, General Verle could no longer remain unmoved. His projection stared deeply at Ves.

“You think there is phasewater inside the t.i.tania.”

“I’m not thinking about it. I know it. There is a lot of evidence that the t.i.tania originally resided in another star system. How could it have possibly traveled here, then? It is so big that I doubt that any other astral beast or intelligent species went through the trouble of transporting this meat mount to this location. The only reasonable answer that is left is that the t.i.tania moved here by its own power, and as a creature that is native to the Red Ocean, that means it must have certainly utiliZed an organ that acts as a natural warp drive!”

Ves grew increasingly more certain of this conclusion. The evidence was there. Though none of the scanners picked out the presence of phasewater, the valuable substance was notoriously difficult to find from afar.

Strong scanners had to be deployed a lot closer in order to uncover where the astral beast had stashed all of its phasewater.

Perhaps the attacks of the four expert mechs had already caused them to spill in every direction. Ves really didn’t want to see this happen!

“Let us use one more means in order to prove the creature is dead.” Ves proposed. “Let’s send in Joshua.”

Venerable Joshua was famed for being able to attune to pets as well as humans… Since the t.i.tania was also supposed to be a living organism, the expert pilot should be able to find out whether the t.i.tania was truly as dead as it seemed!

The Mech Touch Chapter 3560 – Born For This

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Chapter 3560 – Born For This

Of all of the expert mechs designed and built by the Larkinsons, the Everchanger was the most special one of all. At least that was what Ves thought.

The Everchanger was designed with several distinct themes in mind. Two of them were very relevant in this current battle.

The first major theme was adaptability. As a hero mech, the Everchanger was already flexible, but that was not enough for Ves. He wanted his work to be able to adapt in a different way that no other mech designer could accomplish.

Through his efforts, the Everchanger became capable of switching between design spirits.

While it was technically possible for Ves to do that for any of his living mechs, this was the first time he expressly developed a machine with this functionality in mind.

It required a substantially different approach to the Everchanger’s spiritual design and Ves had to invent plenty of new solutions in order to make sure that the expert mech was able to channel each design spirit well enough.

All of the trouble was worth it, though. The Everchanger became a mech that was quintessentially a mirror of Joshua. It was ‘nice’ mech that possessed a lot of vitality and was open-minded to any design spirit no matter their character.

If Joshua wanted to, he could temporarily turn the Everchanger into an Ylvainan mech. He could also make it channel Bravo, Zeigra, Qilanxo and many other design spirits depending on the circ.u.mstances.

Right now, the Penitent Sisters needed to maximize the power of its battle formation, so Venerable Joshua performed a role that he had played several times in the past.

“It’s time for me to become a Hexer once again.” Joshua spoke. “Try and keep up, Everchanger.”

I WAS BORN FOR THIS, JOSHUA.

Ves once told Joshua that the Everchanger was a third-order living mech.

Although the pilot didn’t know why it was called this way, Joshua knew that his first true expert mech was vastly more alive and intelligent than the Quint and the Valkyrie Prime.

The previous two mechs he piloted were all great in their own ways, but he hadn’t piloted the former for years while the latter had been cannibalized to fabricate the Everchanger.

Perhaps the Everchanger’s Unending alloy still remembered what it used to be a part of, because the living expert mech synced up to the Superior Mother particularly well!

Joshua felt the distinctly strong presence of the Superior Mother descending on the Everchanger and suffusing it with her glow.

She even greeted him in a familiar way as if he was a good friend of her family.

“Please work with me to slay this astral beast. If we can’t finish off this giant monster… then Larkinsons will begin to die again.”

So far, the battle hadn’t produced any casualties, but that was because the t.i.tania apparently lacked direct attack methods.

However, once its living flesh torpedoes managed to get close to any s.h.i.+p, they would certainly be able to wreak a lot of havoc!

Though it certainly cost a lot of energy and resources for the t.i.tania to generate and launch its flesh torpedoes, it hadn’t stopped at all despite being impaled by a giant energy sword just a moment earlier.

Instead, the astral beast behaved as if it recognized the need for haste. As more parts of it became awake, the t.i.tania accelerated its production of flesh torpedoes!

Aware of the importance of his mission, Venerable Joshua tried to channel and embrace the Superior Mother as best as possible!

“Penitent Sisters!” Transmitted to the hundreds of Valkyrie Redeemers that were flying behind the green-coated mech.

The expert mech looked especially grand, but not because of its white and gold accents.

The real reason why it looked so good at the head of the Penitent Sister mechs was because it was the only machine that wore a long red cape!

This giant piece of st.u.r.dy fabric was merely a decorative element that Ves had prepared for the Everchanger as an extra touch. The emblem of the Larkinson Clan emblazoned in the middle of the cape made its allegiance unmistakable!

Though the cape did not add any hard performance boosts to the expert mech, it complimented another theme.

Venerable Joshua and the Everchanger were both meant to serve as heroes.

They were the symbols of the Larkinson Clan and could inspire the Larkinsons in a way that allowed them to keep their morale high even during this challenging situation.

While Joshua was not able to inspire confidence by leading the troops like Commander Casella Ingvar, he was able to lead the Larkinsons from the front instead of the rear!

With the Everchanger acting as the tip of the spear, the glorious caped expert mech glowed brighter as Joshua became more immersed in his current role!

“The Superior Mother is with us, Sisters! Our purpose is clear and our enemy is straight ahead. Let us call down the Supreme so that she can smite this giant beast in person! For the Clan!”

“FOR THE CLAN!”

The Penitent Sister mech pilots found that they were able to sync up to each other and the Superior Mother a lot better than before.

This was not because Venerable Joshua was more experienced with leading the Penitent Sister battle network or because he was piloting a better mech.

The true reasons were related to the different mindsets of the mech pilots.

The Penitent Sisters trusted and accepted Joshua a lot more than before. He had proven his capabilities before and did not inspire any doubt from the women who ordinarily preferred to be led by one of their own.

Yet this was not enough for the battle formation of the Penitent Sisters to become more powerful than that of the Glory Seekers!

The biggest influence was one of the main resonating abilities of the Everchanger.

When Ves initially decided to adopt a resonating exotic known as Iridescent Mercury as one of the two key resonating materials of the Everchanger, he didn’t really have a clear idea on its value.

After all, unlike other resonating materials, it did not provide a direct boost in combat capabilities to the expert mech.

That did not mean it was useless!

The effect of Iridescent Mercury was to enable to Joshua to amplify the Everchanger’s glow by a drastic extent.

He had activated this new resonating ability at this moment, which not only caused his expert mech to glow brightly, but also envelop the Penitent Sister mechs around it with a much stronger, purer and livelier version of their own glows!

“This is amazing!”

“The Everchanger is such a good mech for us to follow!”

No other living mech designed by Ves was able to exude a glow as strong and far-reaching as the Everchanger in this state!

Two similar-looking energy manifestations of the Superior Mother appeared above the battle formations of the two different Hexer-related units.

Since they were flying side by side to each other, it became easy to make direct comparisons between each other!

“The Glory Seekers are faring worse.”

“That’s surprising. Isn’t Venerable Brutus a genuine Hexer? How come he is doing worse than Venerable Joshua?”

“Cut Gloriana’s brother some slack. This is his first time doing anything like this. Besides, the Glory Seekers aren’t as familiar with our methods as our own Larkinsons.”

Whatever the case, it was undeniable that the battle formation generated by the Glory Seekers was not as good in many aspects.

This was why the Glory Seekers went first. Their formation moved ahead of the other one even as the Superior Mother’s energy manifestation began to prepare for a strike.

The formation they adopted was new. Instead of flying in a fixed shape, the Glory Seeker mechs all flew around in flat but random patterns. Due to the Superior Mother’s influence, the Glory Seeker mech pilots always knew where to move.

Even the Star Dancer Mark II joined in. The graceful expert mech flew as if it was dancing its last waltz in s.p.a.ce.

The chaotic movements of the mechs of the Glory Seekers resembled that of an insect swarm or a dust cloud.

Despite their lively movements, the mechs actually exuded a distinct lack of vitality, which caused them to present a stark contrast to the mechs of the Penitent Sisters.

The Valkyrie mechs began to slow down their random movements as they came into range of their target.

In the meantime, the Superior Mother’s energy manifestation generated by the Glory Seekers began to break down into dust particles.

Fueled by the efforts of the Glory Seeker mech pilots, this large dust cloud propelled forward until it struck the side of the t.i.tania.

The half-awake creature’s ma.s.sive body convulsed as the area that had been struck by the energy dust cloud visibly weakened!

The upper layers even began to transform from living flesh into ordinary dust!

Even though the intangible dust cloud did not penetrate any deeper than that, its effects did not end there. The flesh that hadn’t been turned into dust but nevertheless became scarred by this frightening metaphysical attack began to inhibit the functioning of the t.i.tania!

A significant portion of the dust cloud had flowed into the penetrating wound generated by the Eye of Ylvaine and the Swordmaidens a short time ago. This dust not only widened the narrow channel that led deep into the t.i.tania’s inner portions, but also damaged and strained some of the astral beast’s internal organs!

Though no one knew for sure how this dust formation attack affected the t.i.tania, it looked as if the astral beast had suffered such a severe shock to its own systems that it was unable to spit out as many flesh torpedoes or regulate its enormous body as well as before.

This was particularly relevant to the Larkinsons because the t.i.tania had been trying to rearrange its own body to resist subsequent attacks to its deepest parts.

It was at this time that the Penitent Sister battle formation made its move.

Its larger, brighter and more vivid energy manifestation seemingly came alive as Venerable Joshua amplified it by lending his true resonance to the battle formation!

The Superior Mother seemingly looked at the astral beast as if its fate had already been sealed. Weakened and made vulnerable by her earlier attack, now she was prepared to launch the attack that many Larkinsons had been waiting for as soon as the Penitent Sisters first began their approach!

The Penitent Sister mechs all adopted a large and wide V-shaped formation with the Everchanger occupying the middle.

Joshua finally saw that the time was right.

“Unleash death!”

The Penitent Sister battle formation unleashed the power of its death formation once again!

The dark, greyish V-shaped energy attack surrounded by a green corona launched forward and struck at the weakened flesh of the t.i.tania.

Much of the creature’s biological tissue remained unaffected as the energy wave phased through the giant creature’s body without encountering any obstacles.

In fact, it actually seemed as if the astral beast had not incurred any damage at all! The t.i.tania did not convulse nor made any other apparent reactions.

However, the energy wave did not exit from the other side. It did not suddenly disappear, but was actually circling around and trying to pa.s.s through as much of the t.i.tania as possible!

This proceeded for a short time as Venerable Joshua and the Penitent Sisters struggled to maintain the battle formation at its greatest intensity as long as possible!

Finally, the t.i.tania exhibited a reaction!

The gigantic astral beast shook its ma.s.sive body even as it grew less active!

According to the sensors that kept track of the energy activity inside the astral beast’s body, many hotspots rapidly began to cool down as they no longer burned any flesh to sustain the creature’s activities!

“Is it… dead?”

“No.” Ves shook his head as he carefully scrutinized the projection of the t.i.tania. “The astral beast is still alive. I can feel it. The difference… is that it is mentally and physically injured. It is more vulnerable than ever before!”

He had guessed that the Penitent Sister’s infamous death formation attack might not yield the best outcome.

However, a part of him expected this result. Even though this s.p.a.ce creature was probably stupid, the t.i.tania’s enormous body anch.o.r.ed and solidified its mind in a way that would make it difficult to a.s.sail!

Perhaps the Penitent Sisters would have been better off by utilizing the woman formation attack formation, but there was no guarantee it would kill the beast either.

At least now the t.i.tania was crippled and impaired to an extent that left it completely open to follow-up attacks!

“Get in there and attack before the astral beast recovers! You have a straight channel to its internal body. Make use of it to land the killing blow!”

“Roger that, sir!”

This time, a number of Larkinson and Crosser melee mechs advanced forward!

The Riot, the First Sword, the Bolvos Rage and the Amphis all pa.s.sed through the wide-open channel that led into the belly of the beast!

The Mech Touch Chapter 3562 – Cooling Flesh

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Chapter 3562 – Cooling Flesh

The battle against the t.i.tania had tentatively come to an end. As time pa.s.sed by, the giant astral beast that had woken up and attacked the expeditionary fleet showed no apparent signs of life.

Its flesh was cooling. Its gray blood was spilling out into the vacuum and froze into crystals. Its heavily-damaged exterior was no longer consolidating but instead became more damaged as its vulnerable structure became exposed to the harsh conditions of s.p.a.ce.

Every indication showed that the t.i.tania was finally dead.

Yet was this really the case? The Golden Skull Alliance got fooled once and did not want to get fooled again. To that end, the Larkinsons, Glory Seekers and Crossers did not command their mechs to continue fire, but still kept them at full readiness.

A few mechs rotated back to their respective mothers.h.i.+ps in order to quickly replenish their energy ammunition and energy cells. Aside from that, every other machine could go back to firing their weapons at the t.i.tania at any time.

Nothing happened for a while as the Larkinsons investigated the t.i.tania’s damaged and inactive body.

First, the Everchanger flew inside the hole that the other expert mechs had pa.s.sed through earlier. Though Venerable Joshua had exhausted much of his mental condition in order to unleash the most powerful battle formation attack to date, he was still able to perform fairly simple maneuvers.

The young expert pilot rubbed his eyes as exhaustion set upon his mind. It truly took a lot of energy in order to direct the Superior Mother’s immense death formation attack earlier.

“I shouldn’t do that again unless I’m sure I can end the battle with my actions.”

YOUR WILL IS WEAK.

“Geee, thanks for saying the obvious, Everchanger.”

GROWTH IS OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. WHAT IS WEAK WILL GROW STRONG.

“All of that takes time. What is the point of waiting years or decades for us to get up to strength when we are already encountering enemies like the t.i.tania? While we managed to defeat this beast without suffering any losses, it didn’t look like it was in good shape to begin with. Who knows what would happen to us if we fought it when it was at its peak.”

The battle was a giant wakeup call for everyone in the expeditionary fleet. While their 2-year MTA protection period enabled them to venture into the new frontier without worrying about attack from human forces, the Red Ocean was still home to countless alien species!

Whether they were intelligent or not, every non-human ent.i.ty that was capable of traveling the stars were by no means weak! Some could even give the MTA and CFA’s warfleets a run for their money, so how could a second-cla.s.s organization like the Larkinson Clan stand a chance against these threats?

Many people in the fleet began to feel more depressed once they realized how much worse this battle could have proceeded. Even if the zones swept by the Big Two had been cleared of all major threats, plenty of alien stragglers managed to slip through the cracks.

It was always a gamble to see whether these unknown but undoubtedly hostile ent.i.ties were strong or weak. Unlike back in the galactic rim, the power level of these aliens swung wildly depending on their race and origin. A poor encounter could easily lead into a clash against an alien s.h.i.+p whose power was comparable to that of a CFA cruiser!

“We need to make a lot of changes after this battle.” Joshua predicted.

Firepower was the main shortcoming of the expeditionary fleet. There was nothing wrong with the Larkinson Clan’s ranged capabilities as long as it fought against typical human forces. The Larkinson Army had enough guns to wipe out entire mech regiments before they came close!

However, from a galactic perspective, all the Larkinson mech legions possessed was quant.i.ty. Even the artillery cannons of the Transcendent Punishers had proven to be too light and meager to deal substantial damage against ma.s.sive beasts or alien wars.h.i.+ps.

Though Joshua wasn’t a mech designer, even he could clearly tell what the Larkinsons needed to do in order to stand a better chance against superma.s.sive threats.

“We need bigger guns.”

Just the journey through the flesh tunnel gave him a deeper understanding how desperately the Larkinsons needed more firepower. There was no way the clan could continue to rely on its trump cards such as its battle formations to drill through all of this thick and resilient biomatter.

“We’re lucky that we only encountered a single astral beast.”

What if the t.i.tania wasn’t alone? What if the expeditionary fleet had to fight against a small family of astral beasts?

It took several battle formations to neutralize just a single giant astral beast. After that, the Eye of Ylvaine, the Swordmaidens and the Penitent Sisters would no longer be able to repeat their feats!

The prospect of having to fight against several of these giant beasts with mech-grade weapons made him feel pained.

In wars.h.i.+p terms, the armaments of a mech were the equivalent of secondary guns!

Secondary guns were only suitable for intercepting mechs, starfighters, missiles, drones and other ‘light’ targets. Wars.h.i.+ps came equipped with them in order to deal more efficiently against swarms and to avoid utilizing their main cannons against unworthy threats.

Though Joshua didn’t quite think about it, he vaguely understood that the Big Two’s prohibition against wars.h.i.+ps and wars.h.i.+p-grade weapons put early pioneers at a heavy disadvantage.

This was the price for getting first dibs on the Red Ocean. By moving earlier than other humans, the early arrivals also had to deal with lingering threats that could end their entire fleets in a single day.

All of this made Joshua more urgent to improve than ever. The fire in his heart burned hotter as all of his earlier complacency disappeared. He finally recognized that the Red Ocean was just as dangerous as the Nyxian Gap, if not more!

THE MORE YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR INADEQUACIES, THE MORE YOU WILL GROW. NEVER FORGET THIS FEELING.

“How the h.e.l.l do you know how to use words like ‘inadequacies’?” Joshua asked. “Do mechs like you get born with a high school education or something? How does this even work?”

Soon enough, Joshua had to set aside his current thoughts and get back to the matter at hand.

The lights s.h.i.+ning from his mech illuminated the dark and fleshy cavern that comprised the astral beast’s interior.

Much of it had already been damaged or destroyed. Joshua could easily recognize which mechs went to work. The giant sliced and diced pieces of flesh must have been the handiwork of Venerable Dise while the large portions of charred and burned flesh must have been the handiwork of Patriarch Reginald.

The Everchanger stopped in place as Joshua closed his eyes and carefully attuned his will to his surroundings.

It was a lot harder for him to do this after he had led a battle formation earlier, but it was no problem for him to sense signs of life.

“Have you discovered anything, Mr. Joshua?” Patriarch Reginald Cross asked as his Bolvos Rage flew to a stop next to the Everchanger. “According to my instincts, the t.i.tania should be dead. At the very least, I believe it is no longer a threat.”

Joshua didn’t answer immediately. He tried his best to use his sensitivity to his advantage, but did not sense much of anything.

However, the longer he searched, the more he began to sense… echoes for a lack of a better word.

It was as if a ma.s.sive living presence used to be here but had left not too long ago, leaving some sort of imprint of its existence behind.

Was this death, or something else?

“I… can’t say anything with certainty.” Joshua respectfully answered the patriarch of an allied clan. “My guess is that the t.i.tania is truly dead, but… who knows how these astral beasts work.”

He spent ten minutes scouring through the internal cavity. Though he encountered more and more echoes, they all started to fade over time. It was as if the t.i.tania had already departed from this plane of existence.

The more Joshua observed the devastation around him, the more he became certain that the creature was dead.

Though he did not feel qualified at all to issue any judgments on the t.i.tania’s current state, the Larkinsons needed an answer. He transmitted his findings and made sure to convey his doubts as well.

In the end, the Golden Skull Alliance decided the t.i.tania was dead enough to begin plundering its spoils!

“Keep our mechs on standby but maintain a greater rotation. Our mech pilots deserve longer breaks, particularly the ones that have just formed battle formations. Begin probing the carca.s.s with bots but hold off on sending any manned exploration parties. Don’t forget about the ruined flesh torpedoes and other pieces of biomatter that are floating away from us. Tell the geeks over at the Dragon’s Den to examine as much data on the t.i.tania as possible. We need solid confirmation about the actual state of the astral beast before I will allow them to head inside the giant corpse.”

The Golden Skull Alliance switched from battle mode to examination mode. The mechs were no longer the main protagonists. That honor went to the biotech researchers that were predominantly based on the Dragon’s Den.

The half-biological research vessel had already flown a bit closer in order to improve the effectiveness of her bio-oriented sensors and scanners.

At the same time, many of the scientists inside were gleefully interpreting everything they saw. Many different theories circulated throughout the research labs and it was difficult to determine which ones were accurate.

At least the Larkinson Clan had enough skilled and knowledgeable personnel to examine the t.i.tania. Neither the Glory Seekers nor the Crossers possessed enough exobiologists to perform a comprehensive examination of a giant astral beast!

“What have you found out so far?” Ves asked Director Ranya’s projection.

“The t.i.tania should indeed be dead.” She answered with greater certainty than before. “We have tentatively managed to decipher the meaning and purpose of the strange organs our expert mechs have destroyed. Based on many different clues, we think that a number of them regulated important functions such as energy production, energy transfer and blood circulation. As long as the subject is no longer able to conduct these functions, I can hardly imagine the beast can properly function anymore. Energy is vital to any life form, and a creature of this size requires vastly more of it than we can ever expend in a decade.”

The bigger the organism, the greater their power consumption. This was an easy concept to understand to Ves. It pretty much worked the same way for mechs, stars.h.i.+ps, cities and so on. The lack of heat and energy was a pretty obvious signal that the t.i.tania wouldn’t be waking up anytime soon.

“Let’s take it slow.” Ves decided. “While there is a risk that other aliens might drop into this star system, I don’t want to act too carelessly around the carca.s.s. Please continue to examine it from a distance until your drones have found out what they can. Be sure to prioritize any rare and valuable exotics the beast might possess. There has to be phasewater somewhere inside. We recently purchased a lot of sensors that can sniff this material out. Make good use of them as nothing is more important than getting our hands on our first batch of phasewater.”

As Ves gazed at the distant corpse that had gone completely cold, he was already looking forward to stepping inside the beast himself.

He was not content with staying aboard the Spirit of Bentheim. Ves had never encountered a single life form that was this big and ma.s.sive in his life. Just the thought of stepping inside its huge body made his blood race!

“Meow?” Lucky gazed suspiciously at Ves.

“Hehehehe.” Ves deviously chuckled as he grabbed his cat. “If nothing goes wrong, we’re about to go on a little excursion!”

“Meow!”

The Mech Touch Chapter 3557 – Meager Firepower

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Chapter 3557 – Meager Firepower

The researchers over at the Dragon’s Den played a crucial role in helping everyone understand what they currently faced.

Before, they thought that the t.i.tania was a derelict bios.h.i.+p and that its flesh torpedoes were akin to conventional projectiles.

Now, they understood that both of them were actually complete living organisms that could think and act for themselves!

The t.i.tania clearly proved its living qualities by adapting to the current situation. Not only was it squeezing out more out more ‘offspring’ from its body in an attempt to overwhelm the expeditionary fleet, its contracting exterior was constantly being hardened in order to resist more and more damage!

The current state of the battle did not look that good at the moment. Even if a biocreature as enormous as the t.i.tania had almost perished after fighting against an unknown adversary, it still possessed so many resources that it could probably keep up its offensive actions for a long time!

Currently, the mech forces deployed by the Golden Skull Alliance found itself at a considerable disadvantage in this battle.

There was no helping it. The Larkinsons, the Glory Seekers and the Crossers had all formed their respective combat units with human opponents in mind. While they were all aware that they might have to fight against alien forces if they continued to roam in the Red Ocean, they did not expect that day to come so soon!

The fact of the matter was that the expeditionary fleet had been caught with its pants down. Almost half of its combat a.s.sets consisted of melee mechs, which were considered essential in fighting against other mech forces but were seriously inadequate in this situation!

No one thought about dispatching melee mechs to the t.i.tania in order to tear her enormous body apart up close. From what they could observe, the astral beast possessed a high degree of control over its own biological structure.

Any mech that dared to attack its flesh would probably get swallowed whole by many tons of flexible and responsive biomatter!

Even if that wouldn’t happen, there was little point in dispatching them anyway. The damage they could do to the surface of the t.i.tania was as trivial as a bunch of ants trying to chew their way through a human body.

The best way they could perform their role was to drill past the surface and deal damage to the t.i.tania’s internal organs. If the melee mechs could quickly work their way deeper and reach the areas where the ranged mechs couldn’t damage, perhaps there was a way for them to cut off the t.i.tania’s energy supply.

Yet who would possibly take the risk to order such a dubious action? The most likely consequence of sending melee mechs on this suicide mission was that the enormous astral beast’s bulk would crush any of the annoying mechs that attempted to dig into its body!

Just like how human bodies possessed immune systems that destroy foreign germs, General Verle and many other humans were afraid the t.i.tania would have a similar answer against intruding mechs!

Fortunately, the melee mechs did not have to sit out this battle entirely. The alliance partners had stockpiled a sufficient amount of basic energy rifles in case they confronted superma.s.sive threats such as the t.i.tania.

The Larkinson Clan still retained a lot of old rifles that its Bright Warriors used to wield before switching over to their new luminar crystal weapons.

The melee mechs all returned to their mothers.h.i.+ps and quickly returned to s.p.a.ce with rifles in their hands.

This was the advantage of fielding humanoid mechs. Even if they weren’t built with ranged combat in mind, they could still manipulate an ordinary rifle with decent effectiveness!

Ironically enough, the rather lackl.u.s.ter Bright Warriors possessed a considerably greater advantage in this aspect than other mech models such as the Ferocious Piranha.

With ranged combat capabilities already built into its base platform, its targeting systems and other relevant systems easily synced up to the familiar rifles without any friction or technical complications.

“The last time I fired a rifle was years ago.”

“It doesn’t matter. Those squishy torpedoes aren’t evading our fire at all. Just fire straight ahead. If your aim is so bad that you can’t even hit these obvious targets, then fire at the t.i.tania instead. That beast is much bigger but it hasn’t moved at all. There are no excuses if your shots go wide!”

The weight of fire from the expeditionary fleet increased as a result of arming all of the melee mechs with ranged weapons.

However, the effectiveness of the additional fire was marginal. The marksmans.h.i.+p skill of the mech pilots were wildly inconsistent and they were unable to concentrate their fire on specific weak points. This led to a lot of dispersed shots that haphazardly hit different surfaces without achieving much.

It was better than nothing, though. As time went by, the melee mech pilots slowly became accustomed to handling ranged weapons and sharpened their aim, not that it was difficult to do so. The continued lack of lateral movements from their targets meant that they were hitting the equivalent of stationary targets.

“It’s just like target practice, except there are real stakes in play this time!”

The difference they made was noticeable. The organic torpedo creatures were being blasted apart at a faster rate than before. None of them had ever come close enough to threaten the expeditionary fleet.

However, that did not make the humans happy. They were successful in intercepting the t.i.tania’s flesh torpedoes, but the astral beast simply sent out additional waves!

The big creature possessed so much organic matter that it could keep this up for hours. At this point, the human mech forces couldn’t divert a lot of firepower in order to damage and accelerate the collapse of the t.i.tania.

The torpedoes would just get closer if they stopped intercepting the incoming biomissiles as hard!

General Verle and every leader realized that they had landed in a battle of attrition against their alien opponent. Many of their ranged weapons could not sustain their rate of fire forever. Heat buildup, energy depletion, increased wear and tear and other factors would slowly cause these weapons to fall silent in an extended battle.

Which side would be able to outlast the other?

This question weighed in the minds of many mech pilots.

Even the mechs that were much more effective in ranged combat than others were finding out that their advantages didn’t mean much against an immense creature that could easily absorb a lot more damage.

The Amaranto performed particularly dazzling in this battle. Even if the masterwork machine was a slender rifleman mech instead of a thicker and beefier artillery mech, much of her design was geared towards maximizing her firepower and precision.

Venerable Stark had set her powerful machine in a prepared defensive emplacement on the hull of the Gorgoneion.

There, the Amaranto calmly fired one resonance-empowered energy beam after another.

Considering that inflicting as much destructive energy as possible was more important at the moment, Stark chose to fire positron beams against the t.i.tania.

Every few seconds, the Amaranto’s impressive luminar crystal rifle burst out bright and radiant positron beams that almostly instantly struck the same weakened section of the t.i.tania.

Large pieces of flesh burned to a crip if they hadn’t been vaporized already. The heat and energy damage also affected the flesh surrounding the immediate impact area, thereby softening up this weak point for the subsequent strike!

After several minutes of intensive fire, the Amaranto had already managed to burn 120 meters into the enormous body structure of the rousing astral beast.

Sadly, the t.i.tania still had many more layers in the way that could prevent the weapons fire from going any further. What Venerable Stark was doing was the equivalent of drilling a tunnel through a mountain with only a single hand pick at her disposal!

Was the Amaranto’s luminar crystal rifle weak? No! Many mechs had personally suffered at the hands of this potent weapon.

Yet even if Venerable Stark was able to bend its energy beams, there was no point in doing so. The t.i.tania was well-protected from all sides and did not easily allow any attackers from damaging its crucial internal organs.

Not too far away, the Everchanger was not doing much better. Venerable Joshua thought that his debut battle would proceed a lot more gloriously than… this. While this was a serious battle, the expert pilot could not help but think that his efforts didn’t yield much results.

Sure, his hero expert mech’s damage output was pretty close to that of the Amaranto, but they were still pinp.r.i.c.ks as far as the t.i.tania was concerned!

“We need to do more! We can’t keep sitting back like this!” Joshua gritted his teeth.

Coincidentally, Venerable Joshua wasn’t the only expert pilot who was debuting in this battle with a new mech.

The Glory Seekers finally solved their inability to field an expert mech by launching a brand new machine that allowed Gloriana’s brother to channel his full might once again.

Venerable Brutus enjoyed the feel of his new expert mech. The Star Dancer Mark II was designed by a Hexer Master but also received contributions from Ves and Gloriana.

This not only made the mech alive, but also fit Brutus to a much better degree!

The Miracle Couple had recently fabricated the expert rifleman mech in the month after the expeditionary fleet departed from Vulit.

Though Gloriana found it regretful that she failed to create a masterwork mech for her brother, Brutus had nothing to complain about. The wonder of piloting a new expert mech and a living one at that was already sufficient in his book.

Still, as much as Venerable Brutus and the Glory Seekers celebrated the completion of the Star Dancer Mark II, the expert mech was clearly fighting the wrong opponent at this time!

“The t.i.tania is a poor dance partner and my aiming skills are largely irrelevant in this battle.” Brutus frowned.

The Star Dancer Mark II was not a sniper like the Amaranto. It was a mid-range duelist that could dogfight and outmaneuver its opponents while steadily whittling them down with sustained energy fire.

All of that meant nothing as the Star Dancer Mark II’s repeated fire from its unique luminar crystal rifle simply sank into the t.i.tania without much result.

None of this was truly working. The Crossers weren’t doing any better either as their clan still hadn’t made up for the loss of its last expert ranged mech specialist during the Battle of Reckoning.

As Ves and many people tried to figure out how they could break this unfavorable status quo, General Verle finally grasped a viable solution.

“Battle formations!”

“Pardon?” Ves asked as he turned to Verle’s projection.

“Think about it, sir. We have fielded well over 8000 mechs between us and our alliance partners. However, quant.i.ty doesn’t account for much as most of their rifles are geared towards fighting other mechs.”

“So you’re thinking about going for quality instead?”

“Somewhere along these lines.” General Verle replied. What makes us different from other forces is that we have battle formations that can potentially allow us to launch attacks that are ma.s.sively more powerful than any single mech can unleash. Think about how many mechs and s.h.i.+ps have met their end at the hands of our battle networks.”

Ves’ eyes lit up. He should have thought about this solution sooner. He developed multiple different battle networks for the Larkinson Army’s more cohesive mech legions.

Although he never developed them with the intention to circ.u.mvent the prohibition against wars.h.i.+p-grade armaments, they effectively functioned like one! There was no other way they could unleash so much death and destruction in a short span of time!

Wars.h.i.+ps were best fought with other wars.h.i.+ps. That was the general consensus among humans in both the old galaxy and the new galaxy.

Though the Larkinsons didn’t possess any of these great and powerful vessels, it could simulate the damage output of one under the right circ.u.mstances!

“Which battle formations should we employ against this beast?” Ves wondered as he rubbed his smooth-shaven chin…

The Mech Touch Chapter 3559 – Star Dancer Mark II

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Chapter 3559 – Star Dancer Mark II

“She’s so adorable.”

Venerable Brutus Wodin gazed lovingly at the squirming and bubbling baby cradled in his arms.

Though Gloriana did not casually allow others to hold her infant daughter, she held unreserved trust for her brother.

“Guuu… buuabawaaaaa…”

The protective aura that Brutus had tried to dampen as much as possible couldn’t help but flare out a bit. Nevertheless, the adorable girl did not feel bothered by his presence at all. In fact, she basked in it given how she began to make encouraging sounds.

Brutus gently stroked and played with the baby’s tiny hands. Her soft skin was so delicate and seemed to glow in the bright light of the hangar bay of the Indigo Tremor.

Gloriana did not pay a visit to the Glory Seekers in order to let Brutus play with his new niece. She came for a more important purpose.

Currently, she was completing her inspection of the new Star Dancer Mark II. Venerable Brutus already performed numerous trials with his new expert rifleman mech. The data gathered on its performance when moving its limbs, engaging its flight systems and performing target practice all indicated whether the powerful new machine performed as it should.

In general, the Star Dancer Mark II was a well-designed and well-built machine. Gloriana had poured her love for her brother into its design and creation, so the mech did not show that much discrepancies or unexpected faults.

That wasn’t enough for Gloriana, though. She wanted the best for her blood relative and closest sibling in the Wodin Family. She could not forgive herself if her negligence caused her brother suffered an accident in a future battle!

“Are you finished, sister?”

Gloriana nodded as she stepped away from the workstation. “I didn’t need to make a lot of adjustments to your new expert mech, but I wanted to be as precise as possible. I’ve already written up instructions that your maintenance crew needs to follow. The Star Dancer Mark II is not designed to require frequent maintenance, but it is always helpful if it is being attended to on a daily basis. This is a mech that will maintain its strength and maybe even grow stronger if it is treated as a valued treasure.”

“Don’t worry, sister. Marshal Ariadne a.s.signed the best mech technicians of the Glory Seekers to care for this expert mech. It’s the only one we have after all. still can’t believe that I obtained an expert mech that is much more powerful than my previous Star Dancer.”

Venerable Brutus would always remember his former machine that had served him well for a time, but by all measures his current expert mech was leagues better.

Its design budget was much more generous. This allowed for the inclusion of two fairly powerful and special resonating exotics that were compatible with Venerable Brutus.

A Hexer Master Mech Designer who specialized in evasive mobility had seriously put a lot of effort into the design project. Her work elevated the mobility of the Star Dancer Mark II near the top of its category.

The luminar crystal weapon was another custom work from his brother-in-law. The beautiful crystal rifle was fairly slim but packed a surprising amount of punch for its dimensions. Though it used up energy at a more rapid rate, Brutus found this to be a worthwhile tradeoff if it meant that his mech could more easily overcome the defenses of enemy expert mechs.

That was the primary purpose of his Star Dancer Mark II, after all. It was not a machine that was meant to defeat a lot of regular mechs, though Brutus always had the option to do so if there weren’t any better targets in range.

Brutus looked up at his new machine that he hoped would serve him well for many years.

The expert mech’s exterior was covered by a gleaming blue-and-black coating that added a lot of cla.s.s and mystique to the machine and paired well with its crystalline rifle. Its overall contours were fairly slim and resembled that of light mech though its ma.s.s and dimensions conformed to that of a medium mech.

Even the signature looks of the mech designers were added with loving detail. Ves had added an elegant third eye made out of high-quality luminar crystal to the Star Dancer Mark II’s forehead. Gloriana had surrounded it with her usual hexagon though in a blue rendition to fit with the color tones of the expert mech.

The Master who led the project also added her own touch to the machine by marking a portion of the flight system with red-and-blue stripes. They were meant to symbolize the power of the expert mech’s flight capabilities.

Of course, the appearance of a mech had little to do with its actual performance. Brutus had already piloted the mech a few times and what he experienced initially blew him away.

He was not unaccustomed to piloting living mechs. During the time he was left without an expert mech, he had piloted the Valkyrie mechs in the hands of the Glory Seekers plenty of times.

The mechs brought him closer to the Superior Mother and also responded lovingly to his presence.

Yet the experience of piloting a truly tailored living mech like the Star Dancer Mark II was leagues better!

The expert mech was not only a lot more responsive to him, but it was also easier to develop a mutual understanding with it. The two were figuratively and literally made for each other and that allowed the both of them to bring the best out of each other when they got serious!

The Star Dancer Mark II was not perfect though, much to Gloriana’s regret. Its high maneuvers and its powerful rifle all consumed a lot of energy. This was a problem because the rifleman expert mech did not contain a lot of s.p.a.ce for energy storage.

This was not a problem in short-duration fights, but Venerable Brutus would have to make tough choices if a battle stretched out longer.

Still, these faults did not detract from the Star Dancer Mark II’s excellent dueling and battle potential.

The mech could outfight many other expert ranged mechs at medium range. It was blisteringly fast and as long as Venerable Brutus utilized excellent judgment, he could probably evade most incoming attacks!

However, the Star Dancer Mark II performed even better against expert melee mechs. As long as the powerful enemy machines were not as fast, they would never be able to catch up to Brutus’ swift new expert mech unless there were special circ.u.mstances.

All in all, Brutus could already imagine having a much easier time defeating the Charlemagne and many other enemies that he fought against in the past with this new machine!

When Gloriana returned to her brother’s side, she took back her baby within her arms.

“Did you miss me, Aurelia?”

“Booobooowaaa…”

“Miaow~”

Clixie sidled up to Brutus and rubbed her side against his legs. The expert pilot smiled and bent down in order to cradle the cat instead.

Gloriana was in absolute bliss at the moment. She reveled in the company of her baby, her latest expert mech and her dear brother. The only way her day could go any better if Ves and her remaining direct relatives in the Wodin Dynasty were here as well.

“The true power of the Star Dancer Mark II does not solely lie in its basic performance parameters.” She explained. “Its key resonating exotics can completely turn around a losing fight in the right circ.u.mstances. We selected and incorporated them in order to make your expert mech stand out as machine that can rescue itself and others.”

Brutus nodded. “I know. I do love the abilities that come with my expert mech. They compliment me well and I can easily find uses for both of them. The only ability that I truly lack is to amplify my attacks to the power of that of the Amaranto, but I don’t expect you to achieve that in an expert rifleman mech of its configuration. My mech might not be able to match the Amaranto’s firepower, but its mobility and dueling capabilities are leagues ahead.”

The two were quintessentially different rifleman mechs. Though they shared the same mech type, they performed substantially differently which meant that their pilots had to fight in vastly different ways.

Though Venerable Brutus figured he could perform decently well if he switched over to piloting a ranged mech with a sniper configuration like the Amaranto, it would be a waste of his talents. His long-ranged marksmans.h.i.+p was not as good and he wouldn’t be able to make proper use of his advanced evasive skills.

“What are your experiences with the two main resonating abilities of the Star Dancer Mark II?” Gloriana asked.

“They both worked well, though I only tried them out a few times. They’re powerful and extremely useful, but they impose such a strain on my mind that I can’t activate them repeatedly. For now, I can only comfortably trigger each ability once. Any more than that and I will not be able to maintain as much resonance as before.”

That did not sound good to Gloriana. “I hope this problem will alleviate over time. Now that you’ve obtained an expert mech, you should be able to exercise and progress your resonance strength again. Try your best to grow quickly. This is the only way for you to utilize the resonance abilities multiple times.”

When Brutus looked back at his expert mech, he imagined how he could turn around a battle if he activated those new and amazing abilities.

One of them was the Maestro Mode. This resonating ability was a fairly simple amplification of his expert mech’s mobility. The Star Dancer Mark II’s flight system and boosters could become up to 3OO percent more effective for a short amount of time.

While Brutus was aware that there were other expert mechs that could obtain even greater amplifications, he was already happy with what he got. It was always harder to pull this off in a ranged mech as opposed to a melee mech.

The other ability was far more special. It might not define the Star Dancer Mark II like the Maestro Mode, but it uniquely fit his conviction and his inclinations. This rare ability would definitely allow him to differentiate himself from Venerable Stark and define his own ident.i.ty in the expeditionary fleet!

“The key to using your offensive ability is confidence.” Gloriana noted. “I don’t know how it works exactly, but from what I have learned and inferred, its effect can only work if you believe wholeheartedly if you are doing the right thing. If not, this ability can easily backfire on you and mistakenly harm our own side.”

As an expert pilot, Brutus never lacked any confidence.

That did not mean he wanted to be careless, though.

“I’ve successfully pulled it off in the first try, so it definitely works. I haven’t tried it out in an actual battle, so I might not be able to maintain the right mindset. I already plan to activate this ability as many times as I can during my practice sessions. With repeated use, using it will become second nature.”

“That’s good to hear.” She smiled. “I hope we won’t encounter anything dangerous in the near future. You still haven’t spent enough time piloting your new expert mech for my liking.”

Unfortunately, events did not play out that way. As Gloriana and many of the other mech designers of the Larkinson Clan provided support to the Larkinson mech pilots from the design lab, she looked with great concern as her brother was about to lead a battle formation against a ma.s.sive astral beast!

“Please be safe, brother. Don’t get too close.”

As a living Hexer mech, the Star Dancer Mark II possessed an intimate connection to the Superior Mother. This turned it into one of the best machines to channel the Supreme’s power!

However, there was one other expert mech that was able to form an even better connection to the Superior Mother.

The Everchanger was not meant to be a Hexer mech, but at this moment it was hard to believe in this fact!