The year was 2021, the corporations had brought robotic technology to its peak. Large robotic units called Muscle Tracers or MTs have become a phenomenon and a technological breakthrough which led to the creation of Armored Cores or ACs. Soon enough, ACs and MTs become instruments of war capable of tipping the tides of battle in an instant. Mercenaries known as Ravens that pilot the ACs have taken the battlefields by storm and revolutionized warfare forever.
This tale.. is the tale of how a young teenager who becomes an AC pilot to protect his school. In the large fortress city of New Haven created by the Crest industries. Naturally, Ravens are hired and have the option to settle down in the city to defend it. New Haven is protected by 5 Ravens who are known as the Crest Knights. Led by a Raven known as Romeo and his AC Valentine, he is a Raven believed to be on par with Crest's Assault Leader Genobee. Now it begins...
"Hey, where's Boss?" a voice asks to the room.
"Oh hey Shocker! I think he's in the hangar. Busy tuning Valentine's Day.." Romeo looks at the people in the control room with Valentine's eye.
"You called Shocker?" Romeo asks as he turns Valentine to face the room. Shocker is wearing his pilot suit while holding his helmet with his right hand.
"Boss! We got a mission from Crest asking us to take part in the assault against Mirage."
"Go on without me. Somebody's got to stay and defend the city. Besides, Valentine's not ready for combat yet. The ambush I had with Evangel ripped my AC apart. Facing off Caspian, Evangel, Mollycoodle, Trituant and Principal... Valentine's got a lot of work to be fixed. Now I got to swap the parts too." Romeo says as he stands on the crest U2 core.
"Do you have the parts boss? I can lend you some of mine if you need it?" Shocker asks. Romeo shakes his head.
"Get ready for sortie Shocker. You need the credits for your cancer treatment." Romeo tells him off. Shocker smiles and scratches his bald head before he left.
"Hey Romeo. You should rest up, I'll handle the part swapping." the old man wearing a jumpsuit tells him.
"It's fine Jonathan. Valentine is my responsibility. Just like how that kid who always comes here is yours." Romeo smiles to him.
"He doesn't know what your job is does he?" Romeo briefly shakes his head.
"It's best if he doesn't. Ravens are like wingless birds when we don't have our ACs. Right now, I am wingless without Valentine. And corporations tend to use that to their advantage." Romeo says as he looks at the Valentine. U2 core, Eye 2 head part, S2 damaged arms and damaged LH89F legs. All red paint scheme and black eyes.
"I got a shipment of Mirage gear that Shocker and Roulette had seized, it's got a lot of parts that'll be used for the time being. Are you okay with using Dingo2 legs and Lemur 2 arms?" Jonathan asks as he shows the parts to him.
"Yeah.That'll work." Romeo responds with a smile. Jonathan fixes the parts while Romeo drinks his cup of coffee. Then an alarm rings.
"Unidentified MTs are on their way here! The other units have sortied, Valentine is the only AC left. We have another AC but we don't have a pilot for it. Valentine please prepare for launch." the announcer orders. Romeo puts his helmet on and looks at Jonathan who nods to him.
"The Dingo2 legs are faster than your previous pair, so use it to your advantage. GOOD LUCK!" Jonathan shouts as Romeo gets in the cockpit.
"This is Romeo, New Haven Command, all systems are green. Bring up the catapult!" Romeo orders as he shifts Valentine to the vertical catapult. Two large robotic clamps lock Valentine's arms and launch him above.
Meanwhile at the New Haven Highschool.
A teenager with grey hair tied into a pony tail is in the cafeteria. He is eating his lunch alone.
"Gerald!" the teenager looks at the long haired brunette standing behind him.
"Yeah what's up Kate?" Gerald asks as he holds his sandwich.
"Can we talk?" Kate asks as her cheeks blush red.
"Well.. Let's go." Gerald drops his sandwich on the plate and follows the Kate out of cafeteria.
"Hey sorry for pulling you out like this. I know that you're having a good time with friends and all but can you make it to my party?" Kate asks as she hands him the letter.
"Look, I said I'll give you an answer soon didn't I?"
"You said this so many times Gerald!" Kate shouts to him as she hits his arm. Gerald remains silent but smiles to her. Kate storms off as she expresses her frustration. The crowd looks at him and Gerald hears the whispers about calling him a loser. Gerald sighs. getting used to all this. Then, he hears the alarms.
"Attention to all students, proceed to the underground bunker in an orderly fashion and remain calm as the New Haven defense forces and the Raven are going to deal with it." the announcement says as they hear sounds of mechs flying and moving around.
Gerald looks out the window, finding Valentine moving fast and firing its Pixie3. Gerald notices a barrage of missiles flying. Valentine stands firm and fires at them but one of the missiles hits the school building. Gerald falls to the floor but he is fine, however the ceiling is collapsing. Gerald rushes to the underground bunker entrance and enters it. As he walks in, Gerald finds the students and teachers praying and pleading for their life to be okay. Then Gerald looks at his phone, finding an app showing Valentine fighting.
"Valentine! There's too many of them! We don't have enough MTs to fight them all!" Gerald cringes as he looks at the video stressfully.
"This is Valentine pilot, Romeo. Is everyone okay?" Gerald hears his voice, a familiar voice that he knows all too well.
"Dad?" Gerald asks as he observes how Valentine fights the large number of MTs by himself.
He contacts Jonathan as he goes to a corner of the bunker.
"Uncle Jonathan! Is my dad in that AC!?" Gerald asks worryingly.
"He is Gerald.. I'm sorry I kept this a secret from you."
"Why!? Why is he even fighting there!? Doesn't he know he can die!?" Gerald's worrying cries make Jonathan quiet and unable to answer.
"He is a Raven.. He needs to do this Gerald. Doing this for you. But right now, he might die. Where are you?" Jonathan asks.
"I'm at my school's bunker." Gerald answers weakly as his tears are slowly dripping.
"Listen to me. You know that simulation thing I taught you all this time? Right now, your dad can't do much.. He needs help and his craft is just fixed. Look, your dad is going to need help. I need you to be strong for me right now. The bunker at your school is an access to an AC storage room. The AC in that room is an AC that your mother had once used. Gerald, I'm sorry that I lied about how she died.. But right now, that AC is your only hope for you, the town and your father. Are you ready?" Jonathan asks.
Gerald remains quiet and wipes his tears.
"I am now. Tell me where it is. I am standing at a corner of the room." Gerald states calmly.
"Is there a door that says don't cross and there should be an access panel next to it. If you see it then key in this value." Jonathan pauses as he waits for Gerald.
"18313." Gerald keys in the buttons and the door opens. He finds a walkway and the lights open. The door shuts itself after he enters it. Gerald walks on and finds an AC inside. The blue AC with white outlines, white glowing parts and the emblem on its left shoulder are a pair of black wings.
"That AC you are looking at is known as Blue Sky. That is a Mirage designed AC, Jaguar 2 legs, Ray core, Macaque arms, Queen head. Equipped with the Shade laser rifle, moonlight laser blade, SG2 shotgun on the back left and the LGL on the right. Crest back weaponry. This is your mother's AC. She used to go by the title Indigo Wing. I made a pact with your mother, when the time comes you will be using this AC to help your dead when he needs it the most. He will hate me all the way to kingdom come but I would rather have a friend alive than dead. All the training in the virtual room that I used is based on this AC. Take it. It's yours." Jonathan explains to him. Gerald walks into the cockpit from it's back.
"The whole simulation system that I used is designed to replicate full combat potential. Gerald. Enter your name. Good luck champ." Gerald gets in and types his name.
"Main system, activating to normal mode. AC Blue Sky."
"The reason why Blue Sky is at your school is because your mother knows that you will go to this school. She wanted this to be the weapon to help you Gerald. She also left a recording for you that will play out through out the mission." Jonathan hangs up and Gerald hears the recording.
"Gerald. I pray that the day you take up Blue Sky to fight would be when your father is in his troubles or when there is no other choice. This AC, is the sky that I wished to protect and now Gerald, it lies in your hands. Jonathan and I have agreed that your father may not be able to face all of the threats alone and even the New Haven forces may not be able to protect you and your friends. Blue Sky will be your weapon." the recording pauses as the clamping units hook him tight. The school's parking lot opens, revealing a large hatch.
"Valentine is in serious trouble! We need to get him some back up!"
"But those OWLs and T98Gs are too strong for our MT77s!"
"Come on Valentine, move! We got to protect this city!" Romeo says as he shakes the control sticks back and forth, Valentine kneels despite his attempts. An OWL moves close and points to the core.
"Say your prayers R-" the OWL is filled with holes. Romeo looks at Blue Sky landing on top of the OWL and faces the 3 OWLs in front of him and the three T98Gs. The large street is not populated by any buildings and is safe for combat.
"Jonathan.. Why is it?" Romeo observes Blue Sky. The Ray's cores opens up and OverBoosts (OBs.) to them fast, Blue Sky dodges their bazooka rounds and activates the Moonlight, slashing 2 OWL units and firing the Shade laser into the other OWL. Blue Sky's SG2 shotgun points to the T98Gs. They fire their mortars, Blue Sky's thrust and jumps evade most of them. The T98Gs stop firing, letting the smoke clear as they believed that they had killed it.Three bursts of the SG2 rips apart one of the T98Gs, Blue Sky flies high and lands on top of one the T98G, it blows off the T98G. Blue Sky proceeds to slash the last T98G.
Romeo is amazed. Did his wife, Lucy return from the dead? Or is he really dreaming? A transmission is being sent from the pilot of Blue Sky.
He finds Gerald in his school uniform.
"Dad...Why didn't you tell me? Why didn't you tell me that you were a Raven! Why didn't you tell me anything!?" Gerald shouts as he moves Blue Sky.
"Cause I didn't want you to know what I do and what I did that got your mother killed." Romeo lowers his head.
"Dad.. Mom told uncle Jonathan that mom left this unit for me. To help you when you are in bad shape.. Dad.. Let me do this please." Gerald pleads.
"Well. Think you up for it? Cleaning these guys out with poor excuse of a dad?"