Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray (機動戦士ガンダムSEED X ASTRAY, Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed X Astray)
|Story & Script||Tomohiro Chiba|
|Art Director||Kōichi Tokita|
|Japanese||November 1, 2003 - August 1, 2004|
|Number of Volumes||2|
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray (機動戦士ガンダムＳＥＥＤ Ｘ ＡＳＴＲＡＹ) is a manga series set in the Cosmic Era time-line. In late 2003, both the Gundam SEED TV series and the first ASTRAY manga came to an end. The first ASTRAY series was continued by X ASTRAY, again written by Tomohiro Chiba and illustrated by Koichi Tokita. This series picks up after ASTRAY and is set during a two month gap in episode 47 of SEED. Although Lowe still figures prominently, the story switches focus to two new characters: Canard Pars and Prayer Reverie. Canard, an agent of the Eurasian Federation, is on a mission to track down Kira Yamato, while Prayer Reverie is on a mission to solve Earth's energy crisis. X ASTRAY ran for two volumes and is available in the U.S. from TOKYOPOP.
Natural, fellow Junk Tech with Lowe, Liam, and the Professor. She has the hobby of collecting memorabilia of the First Coordinator George Glenn. She lacks self confidence and easily frightened when there is fighting, pilots a custom Kimera and later a modified version of the BuCUE Andrew Waltfeld Custom.
Artificially Intelligent quantum computer found by Lowe on a drifting space shuttle; named for the only visible writing on its casing; serves as a co-pilot for Lowe Guele's Astray Red Frame and later Jess Rabble's Astray Out Frame.
Coordinator (he is a Coordinator with gene modifications while his twin brother is a Natural, since the Garfields wanted to bridge the gap between Naturals and Coordinators); because of his unique background he has a habit of observing the Naturals' behaviors (especially Lowe); a member of the Junk Guild, pilots a customized Kimera and a Works GINN.
Natural; engineer, pilot and technician, pilots the MBF-P02 Astray Red Frame; first operated from the HOME, with the Professor, Kisato Yamabuki, and Liam Garfield; later transferred to ReHOME.
Natural; real name and her past unknown; brilliant scientist and captain of the HOME, and a close friend of Morgenroete's Erica Simmons; creates a holographic body for George Glenn so that she won't have to bother with commanding the ReHOME.
Natural; the clumsy former Morgenroete Inc. engineer, joined the Junk Guild after being left behind during the evacuation of Orb before its destruction at the hands of EA forces; designer of the MWF-JG71 Raysta civilian-use mobile suit and pilot of a custom Raysta. Encountered Courtney Hieronimus and the ZGMF-X999A ZAKU Trial Type but was saved by Barry Ho.
Coordinator; pilot of the YMF-X000A Dreadnought, has extremely good Newtype potential, due to the fact that he is a failed Al Da Flaga clone (or possibly, given his age, a clone of Mu La Flaga, but this is never confirmed); rival of Canard Pars, supposedly dies in November C.E. 71 due to flaws in the cloning process, but actually faked his death to convince Canard to change his life.
Coordinator; 6 years old, highly intelligent daughter of Loretta; because of her background she has adult-like judgement and mental toughness, and she serves as liaison to Serpent Tail's clients.
Natural; the only woman among members of Serpent Tail; explosives expert and tactician; mother to Kazahana Aja; very popular among the mercenaries. former member of EA, left to have coordinator child (kazahana).
Coordinator/Natural; Gai's wingman, pilots a custom ZGMF-1017 GINN and later a ZGMF-1001 ZAKU Phantom, each with a blade-like head crest; before joining Gai he was with ZAFT alongside his best friend Goud Veia (whom he killed as Goud begged him as a friend to end his suffering due to the split personality); he has a very handsome look; although he is a Coordinator he does not possess the superior physiology of Coordinator, so his MS maneuvering skills are poor; through the experiences he gained on the battlefield as a mercenary, however, he polished his maneuvering skills, and has improved substantially. On his mobile suit "2" is incorporated on its Serpent Tail emblem. Elijah's GINN has great sentimental value, since he used parts from Veia's GINN to repair it; this is why he continued to pilot the GINN even as it became greatly outdated, switching to his new ZAKU only because his GINN was badly damaged.
Coordinator, a shrewd mercenary with excellent battle sense and the leader of the Serpent Tail mercenary company, and pilot of the MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame, first meets Lowe Guele at the remains of Heliopolis; he goes where the money takes him, and is friends with fellow pilot Elijah Kiel; nobody knows his past, when he was actually a Combat Coordinator developed by the group "Socius" of the Earth Alliance for combat use. His combat ability was completed at a high level, but his mental control was incomplete when he escaped the research facility. On his mobile suit "1" is incorporated on its Serpent Tail emblem.
Natural; captain of Serpent Tail's Laurasia-class frigate; former Earth Alliance intelligence operative and still has contacts with the EA; known alcoholic.
Natural; Eurasian Federation pilot of the CAT1-X2/3 Hyperion Unit 2. Balsam is the self-proclaimed "Eagle of Artemis", and claims to be an ace pilot despite his lack of real combat experience. The eight "kill" markings on Hyperion Unit 2 actually refer to his "kills" in simulated combat.
Natural; Earth Alliance Newtype ace pilot, and a Eurasian linear tank commander before the introduction of EA mobile suits; pilots a GAT-01 Strike Dagger, and a GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger until the end of the war; also known as the "Mad Dog of the Moonlight", he is actually quite calm and methodical in battle.
In Gundam Seed Astray, however, after the "Umbrella of Artemis" was destroyed by Blitz and the Archangel has escaped, he contracted with the Serpent Tail mercenary company for defense of the base; held Elijah Kiel hostage when he wants to acquire the Astray Red Frame to make up for the lost of the Strike; when Gai Murakumo fights with Lowe Guele and successfully bringing the Red Frame close to the control room, the situation reverses and Garcia was held hostage by Elijah. As shown in X Astray, he was spared by the Serpent Tail, and ended up as the commander of Canard Pars. However, his failure to acquire the N-Jammer Canceller prior to the Atlantic Federation receiving it from Rau Le Creuset through Fllay Allster resulted in him being demoted. His eventual fate post-SEED remains unknown.
Coordinator; Eurasian Federation ace pilot and "Special Forces" member, Canard is a product of the same "Ultimate Coordinator" project as Kira Yamato, and is possibly his older brother; he hates Kira, and initially plans to find him and kill him; Canard initially pilots the CAT1-X1/3 Hyperion Gundam Unit 1, under the command of Gerard Garcia.
Natural; Captain of Agamemnon class carrier Ortigia. She has a strong grudge against the Atlantic Federation. Meriol works with Canard, and turns against Garcia when he orders Canard's arrest.
Coordinator; co-head of the Sahaku royal family of the Orb Union; desired Orb to rule the Earth Sphere; killed in July C.E. 71 by Blue Frame pilot Gai Murakumo. Highly aggressive pilot of the Gold Frame.
Natural; a blind priest trusted by both the PLANTs and Earth Alliance, thus allowing him to serve as an occasional envoy between the two. He runs an orphanage in the Marshall Islands and also, with Lowe's aid, brings the severely injured Kira Yamato to Lacus Clyne after Kira's near fatal battle with Athrun Zala. Also closely aligned to the Junk Guild and a mentor to Prayer Reverie.
In late C.E. 71, Prayer Reverie meets with the blind Reverend Malchio on the Marshall Islands. Malchio tells Prayer that only he can accomplish the task that has been assigned to him, and Prayer says he is grateful to help. Malchio explains that what Prayer is bringing back will help many people suffering from the energy crisis. Prayer appears sick, but he tells Malchio that he wonders if he'll be able to accomplish anything. Malchio assures him that everything will be ok and tells him that the people in the Junk Guild are friendly. In space, Lowe Guele's Gundam Astray Red Frame, Liam Garfield's Works GINN and Kisato Yamabuki's custom BuCUE exit the space colony Mendel after completing an assignment. Holographic captain George Glenn informs Lowe that an unidentified mobile suit is approaching, and Lowe asks everyone to return to the Re.H.O.M.E. Lowe looks at the mobile suit and wonders where it's from since it doesn't look like anything from the Alliance, ZAFT or Orb. Canard Pars, the pilot of the Hyperion Gundam, asks Lowe if he knows Kira Yamato, the Coordinator who pilots a Gundam. Canard aims his beam machine gun at Lowe, and Lowe remembers that Kira is the pilot he rescued on Earth earlier. Lowe wonders why Canard is looking for Kira, and Canard says someone like Lowe probably wouldn't know Kira. Canard knows that the Three Ships Alliance came to Mendel for supplies, so he figured he'd find Kira there. Canard flies away and tells Lowe not to interfere. He then stops and says that Lowe has seen the Hyperion Gundam, so he quickly turns and opens fire. The beam blasts explode on impact, and Canard leaves. Luckily, Lowe blocked the blasts with his Gerbera Straight katana. Canard returns to the Eurasian Federation space fortress Artemis and reports to commander Gerard Garcia that he hasn't found Kira yet. Garcia yells at Canard for being useless and reminds him that his life depends on his work. Canard proclaims that he will shoot down Kira himself, and Garcia mentions that Kira has given him trouble in the past. Garcia pulls out a computer pad with the next mission, and Canard snatches it out of Garcia's hands, saying he will complete it his own way. Canard enters the Hyperion Gundam's cockpit and has memories of being on Mendel as a failed Ultimate Coordinator test subject. He remembers later tests with the Eurasians, where he was ridiculed as a useless failure. He also remembers meeting with Garcia and another officer, who stated that after the war with ZAFT, the Atlantic Federation would be their enemy. Thus, Eurasian mobile suit development was handed over to Garcia because of his experience with the Strike Gundam. Canard then launches and heads for his target. On the Re.H.O.M.E., Lowe regrets not asking Malchio about Kira, but the Professor tells him they'll soon be meeting with Malchio's representative. George informs them that the ship they're meeting is under attack. After launching in the Red Frame and Works GINN, Lowe and Liam discover the ship was disabled, but not heavily damaged. Inside, Lowe finds a half-completed mobile suit resembling ZAFT's new GuAIZ. Lowe finds Prayer on the floor, and Prayer asks him to get the Dreadnought Gundam's parts back. Lowe asks what happened, and Prayer tells him they were attacked by Gai Murakumo's Serpent Tail mercenary group.
The Re.H.O.M.E. heads to a Junk Guild supply station. Prayer tells Lowe it's urgent that they get the Dreadnought Gundam's parts back and deliver the completed mobile suit to Malchio. Kisato is surprised that Serpent Tail would resort to piracy, but Liam figures it was a contracted job. Lowe doesn't want to leave the job incomplete and decides to meet with Gai and ask him what's going on. The Professor tells Prayer that he can stay with them during the job. Lowe asks what parts will stolen, and Prayer tells him that when he sees the system, he'll understand why it's so important. Elsewhere, Gai and Elijah Kiel secure the cargo to their ship. Elijah asks if they're doing the right thing and wonders if the parts wouldn't be better off with Malchio, but Gai says this is what's best. Elijah doesn't buy it, and Reed Weller tells him that what may save some people can also cause the deaths of others. Loretta Adja chimes in that if it falls into the wrong hands it could be misused. Kazahana Adja wonders if Lowe will be shocked if he discovers what they did. Gai tells her that the client wants them to observe the situation and decide what to do with the parts. Loretta informs them of an incoming mobile suit, and Gai launches in the Gundam Astray Blue Frame 2nd G, followed by Elijah in his custom GINN. Gai pulls out his beam cannon and targets the incoming mobile suit. On the Re.H.O.M.E., Lowe examines the Dreadnought Gundam's operating system and is shocked to discover the suit has nuclear engine. Kisato asks why it would have one, and Liam explains that N-Jammers prevent nuclear reactions. Prayer mentions that the stolen parts are an N-Jammer Canceler, which negates N-Jammers. He adds that ZAFT was testing the system and installed it on the Dreadnought Gundam. Liam realizes that an N-Jammer Canceler could be used to end Earth's energy crisis, which explains Malchio's reason for wanting it. Prayer suddenly collapses and tells Lowe that he's run out of time. Gai senses something strange and tells Elijah that the enemy, Canard, isn't ordinary. Canard asks them if they know Kira, but when they don't answer he opens fire. Gai fires back with his beam cannon, but Canard blocks the shot with his "Armure Lumiere" lightwave shield. Canard closes in to attack, and Gai realizes he can't win with the equipment he has. Elijah moves in to help, but Canard blasts off his left arm. Canard then deploys the "Armure Lumiere" as a barrier that encases the Hyperion Gundam and blocks Gai and Elijah's attacks. Canard says he doesn't have time to waste and fires his "Forfanterie" beam cannons at Gai.
The beam blast hits Gai, but the Blue Frame's head is only slightly damaged. Canard fires repeatedly, but Gai dodges and uses his combat knife to block the attack. Elijah tries to get within close range of the lightwave shield to attack, but he's knocked away. Gai detaches his backpack and fires at it with his beam pistol, setting off an explosion near Canard. Gai then closes in and used the anti-beam coated knife to stab through the lightwave shield. Gai and Elijah decide to retreat, and Canard runs out of power. Canard receives a message to cancel his mission and immediately return to the Ortygia for a new priority mission. Gai and Elijah return to their ship, and everyone is glad they returned safely. Gai says that their enemy is the Eurasian Federation, and he won't lose next time now that he knows what he's up against. At the Orb space station Ame-no-Mihashira, Rondo Mina Sahaku is informed by one of the Socius clones that the Eurasians are making a move. Rondo Mina thinks the war will be over soon because wars are won by people with the most land and resources. But she doesn't think the war will truly end, and she hopes both sides will weaken each other enough to allow a renewed Orb to take its place of power. A Serpent Tail shuttle docks at the Re.H.O.M.E., and Lowe gives Prayer some tips on how to negotiate with Gai. Everyone is surprised to see that the representative is Kazahana, not Gai. Prayer calls her a little girl, and she tells him he's not any older than she is. She tells everyone that they can't return the N-Jammer Canceler right now and that they'll have to wait a bit longer. On the Ortygia, Meriol Pistis shows Canard an encrypted message from Garcia. In the message, Garcia states that ZAFT has found a way to develop nuclear-powered mobile suits that negate the effect of N-Jammers. Canard's mission is to capture the ZAFT mobile suit so that the Eurasian can study it. Elsewhere, a ZAFT mobile suit force attacks the Re.H.O.M.E. and demands the return of the Dreadnought Gundam. Lowe defends the ship with the Red Frame, and Prayer decides to help by launching in the Dreadnought Gundam. Prayer arrives to help Lowe, followed by Liam's Works GINN. Prayer fires at a GINN, but he misses. The GINN is suddenly destroyed by Canard's Hyperion Gundam.
Canard tells Lowe that he never expected to run into him because he was only after ZAFT. Lowe warns Prayer to stay back because Canard isn't an ordinary pilot. GINN High Maneuver Type pilot Mikhail Coast says he didn't expect to run into an Alliance mobile suit, and he tells Canard that he can never beat his squad. He rushes in to attack, and Canard is surprised by his speed. The Ortygia launches a squad of Moebius mobile armors, and Canard activates the lightwave barrier. As Canard begins to move, Lowe tells Liam and Prayer to fall back behind the Re.H.O.M.E.'s shields. Canard fires in multiple directions, hitting several of the GINNs. Although the GINNs aren't destroyed, the Moebiuses arrive for a cleanup operation and finish them off. Mikhail escapes and vows to get revenge on Canard. The Ortygia fires its beam cannons and docks with the Re.H.O.M.E. after closing in. Canard holds everyone at gunpoint and asks if they have the nuclear-powered suit. An officer reports to Canard that they dismantled the Red Frame, but it isn't what they're looking for. They attempted to search the computer files, but they're protected. Lowe says they won't tell Canard anything, and Canard orders his men to use the virus that infects quantum computers, which reminds Lowe of the Gel Finieto. Lowe asks Canard what he's going to do once he finds Kira, and Canard asks if he knows him. Lowe says that Kira has a machine that wants to protect him, and he asks Canard if he has that kind of bond with his suit. Canard takes that to mean that Kira is perfect and he isn't. Liam says they'll file a complaint with the Alliance if this doesn't stop, but Canard shoots him in the arm. The crew is locked away, and Lowe leaves everything to George. George manipulates the ship's doors to close, and he makes a hologram of Garcia appear in front of Canard. In the mobile suit hangar, Lowe calls his quantum computer 8 to begin moving the partially dismantled Red Frame. Lowe uses the distraction to knock out two guards, but a third points a gun at him. Prayer offers to tell the guard everything, but just then Gai smashes into the hangar with the Blue Frame 2nd L. Lowe wonders why he's here, but Kazahana explains she called him. Gai tells Prayer he's come to return something: the Dreadnought Gundam's remaining parts. Lowe asks why he's giving it back now, and Gai explains that the situation has changed because the technology was leaked to the Alliance. Gai says it's time to leave, but Kazahana wants to stay. With Canard's men closing in, Lowe decides to fix the Dreadnought Gundam. When Canard finally breaks through, he's shocked to see a Gundam.
Years earlier, Canard roams an empty village as a child while looking for food and water. An electronic band on his wrist begins to beep, and he tries to short circuit it with water. Since that doesn't work, he decides to cut his hand off. A mysterious man with sunglasses enters the room and tells Canard that his way of thinking is frightening. Canard rushes the man and tries to kick him, but the mystery man dodges. Canard asks the mystery man if he's a pursuer, but the mystery man says he's just a normal person walking by. The mystery man is impressed with Canard's skills and says he must be a Coordinator, and not an average one. The mystery man figures Canard must've escaped from the nearby lab, and he doesn't think Canard can make it far, given his condition. The mystery man wonders why kind of reward he could get for returning Canard, but Canard says he'd rather die than go back. Canard says he's a failed version, so it's a mistake to let him live. The mystery man then asks Canard if he's an Ultimate Coordinator. Canard asks how he knows, and the mystery man answers that he guessed, but he also has connections with Mendel. The mystery man asks Canard what he would do if he were free. Canard says at first he wanted to destroy the world, but he doesn't think that will accomplish anything. The mystery man tells Canard that people will help him succeed, and he suggests that Canard become the "real version." The mystery man tells Canard that if he defeats the completed version, he'll become the real version. He tells Canard that he should let himself be chained so that he becomes fiercer. As helicopters close in, the mystery man prepares to leave. As he leaves, he tells Canard that Kira Yamato is the Ultimate Coordinator he'll have to beat. Soldiers rush in to secure Canard, and he repeats Kira's name over and over.
As Canard breaks into the hangar, Prayer activates the Dreadnought Gundam. Prayer threatens to remove Canard by force if he doesn't leave, but Canard fires his gun at the Dreadnought Gundam. Lowe tells Prayer not to worry about damaging the ship, so Prayer fires his vulcans at Canard. Canard dodges the vulcan fire and orders his men to overload the engines. As the engines begin to overload, George explains that they'll explode. Lowe says he won't fall for their scare tactics, so he tells Prayer to blast a hole in the hull with his beam rifle. Prayer fires the beam rifle, which blasts through the hull and hits the Ortygia. Prayer threatens to destroy the Ortygia if Canard doesn't stop overloading the Re.H.O.M.E.'s engines. Canard calls his men off, and the two ships part ways. With the engines back to normal and the virus deleted, the ship is mostly back to normal. Kisato is happy, but Lowe notes that the ship isn't repaired and most of their mobile suits are out of action. Kazahana says that in their condition, she knows Canard will pursue and attack again. With the Red Frame dismantled, Lowe decides to pilot the Dreadnought Gundam, but Prayer volunteers instead. Lowe advises Prayer to get some rest, but Prayer insists that he has to pilot the Dreadnought Gundam to unleash its full potential. Kazahana offers to go with Prayer and pilot the suit if something happens to him. Prayer says that's too dangerous, and Kazahana asks him if he knows why Gai has companions. She says that Gai really doesn't need anyone because he's so strong, but there's only so much he can do alone. Canard launches in the Hyperion Gundam to chase after the Re.H.O.M.E. and encounters Prayer and Kazahana in the Dreadnought Gundam. Canard immediately opens fire, and Prayer returns fire with the wire-guided "Pristis" beam reamers. Canard uses the beam knife in his machine gun to cut the wires, but the beam reamers continue to function and attack him from behind. Prayer says that this is the Dreadnought Gundam's special ability: the DRAGOON system.
Using the beam reamers, Prayer heavily damages the Hyperion Gundam and asks Canard to surrender. Canard declares that he'll never surrender, and Prayer answers that he'll be forced to continue the attack. Canard thinks about dying and wonders if chasing after Kira was an arrogant dream. The Hyperion Gundam reboots its systems, and Canard attacks again. Prayer attacks with his beam rifle and beam reamers, which blast off several of the Hyperion Gundam's limbs. Kazahana tells Prayer to finish off Canard, but Prayer is unconscious. Kazahana then takes over the controls to get Prayer back to the ship. Later, Canard wakes up in the Ortygia's infirmary and finds Meriol watching over him. Canard says he will go after the Junk Guild, but Meriol says he can't because of the condition of his body and the Hyperion Gundam. Canard says he can't lose to anyone before finding Kira, which is why he has to defeat Prayer. Meriol says she understands and asks Canard to calm down so they can come up with a plan to capture the N-Jammer Canceler. Elsewhere, Prayer has a dream of being a Moebius Zero pilot and fighting GINNs near the Moon. He wakes up on a Junk Guild supply station, surrounded by Liam and Kazahana. He asks what happened to Canard, but they don't know. Prayer comments that he saw black flames of sorrow radiating from Canard. Prayer asks about Lowe and the others, and they tell him they're fixing the Dreadnought Gundam and Red Frame. Kazahana asks Prayer if he's ill, but he says he just didn't expect the DRAGOON system to be so draining. Kazahana is amazed by the DRAGOON system, and Liam explains that it's like the Alliance's Gunbarrels, except wireless. Elsewhere, Lowe pilots a shuttle and docks inside the Three Ships Alliance's Eternal to meet with Martin DaCosta. Back at the Junk Guild station, Canard suddenly attacks in a Moebius. Canard destroys the Works GINNs guarding the station, and Prayer launches in the Dreadnought Gundam. He tells Canard he doesn't want to fight and asks him to stop attacking. On the Eternal, Lowe asks DaCosta what he wants, and DaCosta tells him it was Andrew Waltfeld who requested the meeting. Andy thanks Lowe for coming, and Gai steps forward.
Prayer, having surrendered to Canard, is taken back to Artemis. Garcia tells his superior that they've captured a nuclear mobile suit, and the officer asks who told Garcia to do such a thing. The officer dissolves Garcia's special forces and says his status will be decided later. Garcia says that with nuclear technology they could defeat both ZAFT and the Atlantic Federation, but the officer says that the Atlantic Federation is their ally. He explains that they signed a technology-sharing agreement with the Atlantic Federation a few days ago, so now their Daggers and Strike Daggers will be equipped with beam saber technology. He says that the Hyperion series will cease production, and Canard will be sent back to the research facility. He also mentions that the Atlantic Federation acquired an N-Jammer Canceler long ago, leaving Garcia crushed. Furious, Garcia blames Canard and orders his men to arrest him. Canard asks Prayer why he surrendered, and Prayer says fighting only strengthens the flames of hatred. Because Canard countered with even more hatred, Prayer knew nothing would be resolved by fighting on. Canard tells Prayer that the battle will only end when one of them kills the other. Meriol interrupts and tells Canard that Garcia has ordered his arrest. On the Eternal, Gai explains that someone was concerned with the world's future. He says that after testing the N-Jammer Canceler on the Dreadnought Gundam, ZAFT was going to install it on its mobile suits. The man arranged for the Dreadnought Gundam parts to reach Malchio, and he wanted Gai to monitor the situation and proceed as he decided was best. Waltfeld explains that he has a dilemma: what to do with the full blueprints for the Dreadnought Gundam? He asks Gai for his opinion, and Gai says that giving them to Lowe wouldn't conflict with the wishes of his client, Siegel Clyne. Gai says that if the Dreadnought Gundam is completed, it will become more powerful, and Andy asks Lowe to make a decision. At Artemis, the Ortygia escapes before the hangar door can close, so Garcia orders Balsam Arendo to pursue in Hyperion Gundam Unit 2. Canard decides to launch in the Hyperion Gundam Unit 1, which still hasn't been repaired. Prayer tells Canard it's dangerous, but Canard pushes Prayer away and tells him he'll die too if he doesn't launch. Garcia tells Balsam to stop them, and Balsam assures Garcia he'll win. Balsam activates his Armure Lumiere and fires, but Canard dodges. Canard closes in at high speed, and Balsam says he's invisible with the Armure Lumiere. Canard concentrates his shield in one spot to form a beam spike that penetrates Unit 2's Armure Lumiere. He then stabs Unit 2's cockpit with a knife, killing Balsam. Canard grabs onto the immobilized Unit 2 and says he wants to fight because it's the only way he can live.
Later, Canard attacks the Alliance's lunar base with his fully-repaired Hyperion Gundam and destroys several Strike Daggers. Canard takes an elevator down into the base and destroys more Strike Daggers along the way. On the Ortygia, Prayer asks Meriol how Canard can attack his own allies. Earlier, Canard decided to attack the lunar base and steal an N-Jammer Canceler to install on the Hyperion Gundam. Prayer told Canard to use the one on the Dreadnought Gundam, but Canard said he wanted the Dreadnought Gundam intact for their final battle. Meriol said that after examining the Dreadnought Gundam, they discovered that the Eurasian Federation wouldn't be able to replicate it, so they'd have to use what's already been produced by the Atlantic Federation. Prayer asked how they could attack an ally, and Meriol told him that the Atlantic Federation was never their ally and only used them. She said that many Eurasian soldiers were killed when the Atlantic Federation activated the Cyclops System in Alaska. She added that their special operatives were created to prevent the Atlantic Federation from winning against them in a war. Canard told Prayer that if he didn't like the situation, he could kill him in a fight. Lowe returns to the Re.H.O.M.E. and decides to build the final components for the Dreadnought Gundam. Kazahana asks about getting Prayer back, and Lowe tells her that although it's important to be considerate of others, it's also important to have faith in them. The Professor asks Lowe where he's going to build the parts, and 8 says they'd need a facility on the level of ZAFT's Maius Military Industries. With all the military factories closed to civilians, Lowe thinks of one place that might help them. At the lunar base, Canard installs the N-Jammer Canceler and returns to space, where he finds Gunbarrel Dagger pilot Morgan Chevalier and a squad of Daggers and Strike Daggers waiting for him. Morgan deploys his Gunbarrels and attacks, but Canard activates the Armure Lumiere to block the shots. Morgan realizes that the barrier is based on the Umbrella of Artemis, so the battle won't be as easy as he thought. As they fight, Prayer has a strange feeling. The other mobile suits attack Canard, but he destroys some of them. Morgan warns them to stay back and says that there isn't a weapon that doesn't have a weakness. He spots one of the barrier's emitters and focuses all his fire on it, but Canard dodges just in time. Canard fires his beam cannon, and Prayer mentally tells Morgan to detach the Gunbarrel Striker pack. Morgan detaches the Gunbarrel Striker just as the beam hits it and barely escapes death. Elsewhere, the Re.H.O.M.E. arrives at Orb's space station Ame-no-Mihashira and Lowe asks to speak with the factory supervisor.
Elsewhere, Canard goes on a killing spree when ZAFT mobile suits attack the Ortygia. Prayer launches in the Dreadnought Gundam and tells Canard he doesn't have to fight this way to protect his ship, and Canard again tells Prayer to kill him if he disagrees. Canard destroys a disabled GINN near Prayer and dares Prayer to attack him, but Prayer refuses. At Ame-no-Mihashira, Lowe and the others visit the mobile suit factory and are amazed to see so many mass produced M1 Astrays. Rondo Mina asks Lowe what he wants, and he tells her he wants to build stuff, but he won't give her the data on it. Rondo Mina calls him a simpleminded fool and says that the death of her brother Rondo Ghina is unforgivable. Lowe ignores the comment and says that the work environment in the factory is perfect. He says it's unlike any factory he's seen before, and he sees that Rondo Mina finally understood what he said because she's a good person. She asks what he means, and he says that a good work environment isn't possible without a good supervisor. Rondo Mina is informed that ZAFT forces are attacking, but she confidently says that Ame-no-Mihashira will never fall. She says she has to protect all the refugees because Ame-no-Mihashira is Orb's last stronghold. Lowe says he thinks a nation is a place where people can gather, regardless of location. As long as one person remains, they will work for their nation. Rondo Mina thinks on Lowe's comment and approves his request. On the Ortygia, Prayer has nightmares about fighting, and Canard asks him if he's ok. Prayer asks if Canard is worried about him, and Canard says he doesn't want Prayer to die before they fight. Gai approaches the Ortygia in the Blue Frame 2nd L and delivers message from Lowe to Prayer. Canard decides to let Prayer go so that the Dreadnought Gundam can be upgraded, but he tells him to come back so they can fight. Prayer meets with Lowe and tells him he doesn't want to have the DRAGOON pack installed since it will hurt people. Lowe tells Prayer that it's his decision whether to use it or not. Prayer looks at the completed Dreadnought Gundam and says he can't pilot it, but Lowe tells him the use of a tool is determined by the wielder. Prayer decides to pilot it, and Lowe nicknames it "X Astray." Lowe tells Prayer that he has to decide his own path, and Prayer vows to stop Canard.
Later, Canard and Prayer meet outside an abandoned space colony at Lagrange point 4 for their final duel. Prayer says they don't have to fight, but Canard refuses to go along with that. Canard activates his Armure Lumiere, and Prayer deploys his beam reamers to attack. Canard fires back with his machine gun and beam cannons, and Prayer deploys the four DRAGOON pods. Canard tells Prayer that his life only has meaning if he wins the battles he fights, but Prayer tells him he doesn't have to fight and win. Prayer asks Canard if he's an Ultimate Coordinator, but Canard says he's just a failure. He also says that Prayer has no right to criticize him because he has special abilities. Prayer then reveals that he's a clone and has special abilities because the military cloned him from a person with those powers. He says he doesn't want to live as a weapon, and Canard says they both live to fight. Elsewhere, Kazahana launches in a shuttle to help Prayer. Prayer tells Canard that no one lives a predetermined life, and that it's up to each person to determine how they live. Canard counters that no one can escape their destiny. Prayer tells Canard that the peace and compassionate hearts he denies have helped him survive. He tells Canard that people feel compassion for him, and he uses his DRAGOONs to create a prism around the Hyperion Gundam. Canard tries to fire out, but his shots can't penetrate the energy prism. Canard tries to shake Prayer and smashes into the colony. He feels a warmth and strength and wonders if that's what compassion is, but he refuses to accept it. Canard wildly fires his beam cannons inside the barrier, which sets off an explosion and damages the Hyperion Gundam. He thinks that to be defeated by his own weapon is a fitting end for a failure, and he wonders if with compassion he could've been like Prayer. Canard warns Prayer not to approach him because the nuclear engine is about to explode, but Prayer pulls him out of the cockpit and takes him to safety before the Hyperion Gundam explodes. Prayer then falls out of the cockpit and tells Canard he knew this would happen because the techniques used to clone him were flawed. Canard asks Prayer why he saved him, and he says he has no right to live because he couldn't become perfect. Prayer asks Canard to take his hand, and he tells Canard that he isn't alone because everyone is connected by compassion. As he dies, Prayer says he's happy to have Canard by his side. Kazahana lands inside the colony and finds Canard carrying Prayer's body. Canard asks why Prayer had to die and wonders if the lives of clones are meaningless, and what it means for a failure like him. Canard has hurt so many people and reached his goal, but he wonders if he really achieved anything. Later, Kazahana returns to Serpent Tail and reports to Gai that Prayer died, but the N-Jammer Canceler was delivered to Earth. Several months later, Canard meets with Malchio on the Marshall Islands. Malchio tells Canard that regardless of what happened with Prayer's death, Canard has inherited his will. Canard walks along the beach and passes by Kira and Athrun Zala. He thinks about what Prayer told him and says he will find his own path.
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