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Choose: Yeah, they look great.
Choose: Meh, not really.
Choose: I don't think so.
Choose: Where do I sign up?
(Captain) looks rather pleased in his white racer outfit.
(Captain), appearing somewhat bashful in her light pink racer outfit, turns to Lyria and Vyrn with a smile.
Choose: A little.
Choose: Not really.
Choose: I'm fine!
Choose: Thanks for the concern.
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Platinum Sky - Opening
Meteon wows the spectators as he flies the Blue Orbit at breakneck speeds. But an insidious plot is brewing amidst all the excitement.
Commentator: And it's Blue Orbit all the way now! The rest don't even come close! What an incredible display of speed!
Commentator: But wait! What's this?
Commentator: The Albatro's put on a burst of speed! It's closing the gap with Blue Orbit—but no!
Commentator: There it is, ladies and gentlemen! The nitro boost! Look at him go now! Like a speeding blue comet!
Commentator: Blue Orbit leaves Albatro for dust! No one can catch him now! It's all over as he crosses the finish...
Mysterious Man 1: How's it panning out?
Mysterious Man 2: Like this...
Mysterious Man 2: More or less as predicted. Of course there hasn't been much change these last few years... Not surprising with this guy around.
Mysterious Man 1: Well, in a way his popularity is an important factor for us too. And how about the MMF prototype?
Mysterious Man 3: In its final stages. It should be ready for another test run in a matter of days.
Mysterious Man 3: That'll probably kick up a few issues that need to be ironed out.
Mysterious Man 1: But we'll be well in time for next year's PSC.
Mysterious Man 2: Haha, I can hardly wait!
Commentator: Blue Orbit takes its fourth victory in a row! How long is this winning streak going to go on?
A bright blue sky, the smell of oil in the air, and the sound of engines and enthusiastic cheers. Amidst all this a plot hatches deep underground.
This is the start of the ultimate race. A race where contestants put absolutely everything at stake!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 1: Acquiring a Speedship - Episode 1
When (Captain) and crew learn how risky skyracing can be, they hesitate to join the PSC. But at Siero's urging, they decide to try out one of her speedships.
Vyrn: Hey! Knickknack! Are you here?
(Captain) and company arrive at a warehouse to pay a visit to Sierokarte.
Lyria: She should be here...
Sierokarte: Oh, hi, everyone! Good to see you all.
Vyrn: Boy, are we lucky you're here! There's a bunch of stuff we need.
Sierokarte: Ah, sorry for making you come all the way out here.
Vyrn: That's fine. But what's with this warehouse anyway?
Lyria: Yeah, I was wondering the same. Those airships over there are so... small.
Lyria and Vyrn survey a row of small-scale airships of various different shapes.
Sierokarte: Huh? You mean you guys have never seen a speedship before?
Vyrn: Speedship? How's that different from an airship?
Sierokarte: Well, I guess in simple terms it's just a small-scale airship. They're built especially for skyracing.
Lyria: Skyracing? You mean like racing airships?
Sierokarte: Yeah, that's right.
Vyrn: I didn't even know people did that! So do you race then, huh, Knickknack?
Sierokarte: Oh no! No, I stay firmly in the stands as a spectator.
Lyria: Oh, that's a shame. We'd have come along to cheer you on if you were racing. Right, (Captain)?
(Captain) finally turns away from the row of speedships to nod at Lyria.
Sierokarte: Well, that's kind of you. Anyway, I think we have a budding speedship fan here, by the look of it. (Captain)?
Choose: Yeah, they look great.
Sierokarte: Haha, I could tell from the look in your eyes!
Lyria: Teehee, you've been staring at them since we came in here, (Captain).
Choose: Meh, not really.
Lyria: What? Really? I think they're fascinating!
Vyrn: Yeah, me too. So they're called speedships, huh? Boy, would I love to watch a race someday!Continue 1
Sierokarte: Hahaha. Better yet... why not take part in one?
Vyrn: What? Us? In a race?
Sierokarte: Sure. I bet (Captain) would make a great racing pilot.
Lyria: Maybe, but those races aren't just open to anyone, are they?
Sierokarte: Actually the biggest skyrace event of the year is just about to come around.
Sierokarte: And it's open to anyone who has a speedship.
Vyrn: Well, there's the problem. We don't have one.
Sierokarte: Oh, that won't be an issue! I can lend you one from my collection.
Lyria: You really mean that?
Sierokarte: Sure. Any skyracing fan would get a huge kick out of seeing a ship they own taking part in a race!
Sierokarte: And I haven't told you what the prize for winning is yet. Seven hundred million rupies!
Vyrn: S-seven hundred million? Whoa!
Sierokarte: But I don't want to twist your arms. After all, anything goes in these races. You can even place obstacles and attack other ships...
Lyria: Oh, I see... What do you think, (Captain)?
As (Captain) ponders the prospect, Sierokarte suddenly claps her hands together as she has an idea.
Sierokarte: Ooh, I know! Why don't you just try one out first of all? Try flying a speedship, I mean.
Vyrn: Good thinking, Knickknack! C'mon, (Captain), let's have a go!
Sierokarte: Okay then, which one of these speedships do you want to take out for a spin?
Ushered on by Sierokarte, the party walks around the row of speedships, examining each in turn.
Vyrn: Phew, there's so many to choose from.
Lyria: And they all look great.
But just then (Captain) stops in front of one particular ship.
Lyria: Oh, so you like this one too, huh?
With eyes fixed on the ship, (Captain) nods in agreement.
Lyria: Yes, I've got a feeling about this one too. It's... different from the others somehow.
Vyrn: You think? Well, let's pick this one then.
Sierokarte: Are you sure? That's a really old model.
Sierokarte: It doesn't have any of the attack gizmos that the newer models have.
Vyrn: Is it really that old? I can hardly tell.
Sierokarte: Of course not! I keep all my machines in tip-top working order!
Sierokarte: Actually an acquaintance of mine discovered this one collecting dust at the back of a hanger somewhere.
Sierokarte: He didn't know what to do with the thing, so he gave it to me.
Lyria: Teehee. Well, it doesn't look like (Captain)'s in any doubt, so this ship gets my vote too!
Vyrn: I guess that settles it! And look! It's even got two seats, so we can ride along too, Lyria!
Sierokarte: Yep, that's for sure. Come on then, let's get it outside.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 1: Acquiring a Speedship - Episode 2
Enamored with the incredible sensation a speedship provides and clearly possessing the talent necessary for a racer, (Captain) decides to sign up for the PSC.
Together with Sierokarte the party moves the speedship outside.
Sierokarte: Now, speedships aren't like normal airships. They can't fly very high.
Sierokarte: It's kind of like they just hover above the ground. You'll feel like you're driving rather than flying.
Vyrn: All righty! Let's jump in and rev her up!
(Captain) gets a brief tour of the controls from Sierokarte before climbing into the pilot's seat.
With some trepidation (Captain)'s fingers close around the control stick.
Lyria: Oh, wow, we're off the ground!
Vyrn: Here we go! We're moving forward! Whoa, steady! It's rocking all over the place!
Sierokarte: These ships aren't very stable at low speeds. Try going a little faster.
(Captain) nods and slowly pushes the gas pedal.
Vyrn and Lyria: Whooaa!
Vyrn: Awesome! Totally awesome, (Captain)!
Lyria: We're flying! I mean, driving. I mean... Well, whatever, I love it!
Vyrn and Lyria whoop and cheer from the passenger seat.
Though concentrating on flying, there's a flicker of excitement on (Captain)'s face too.
Sierokarte: So did you enjoy that?
Having flown around for a while, (Captain) and company return to Sierokarte and touch down.
Sierokarte: You're a natural, (Captain). I just knew you would be. I knew it! Haha!
Vyrn: Yeah, yeah, Knickknack, okay. Gotta say though—that was a-ma-zing!
Lyria: Oh, it was so much fun!
Lyria: I mean, flying on the Grandcypher feels great too of course, but that sense of speed is something else!
Sierokarte: If you managed to go that fast on your first flight, I think you could do really well, you know.
Sierokarte: So what do you say, (Captain)? Will you enter the race or not?
Choose: I don't think so.
Lyria: Aw... Well, I guess it's your decision after all, (Captain).
Vyrn: Look, now Lyria's all disappointed.
Lyria: Oh, no, no! I just... had so much fun right now. That's all...
Vyrn: So you're disappointed, right?
Lyria: Well, I suppose a little...
Vyrn: Come on, admit it, (Captain). You were having a ball out there, weren't you?
(Captain) slowly nods.
Vyrn: Then what's the problem? Let's just go for it!
Lyria: Yeah! Come on, (Captain), let's!
Sierokarte: Haha, that's two against one! So you'll enter, right?
Lyria: Sign us up!
Choose: Where do I sign up?
Sierokarte: Haha, I had a feeling you'd be up for it.
Lyria: Yay! We'll get to zoom again!Continue 1
Sierokarte: Okay then, let's go get you entered straight away.
Vyrn: What? Now?
Sierokarte: Well, as it happens tomorrow is the last day they'll accept entries.
Vyrn: Uh-oh! (Captain), we need to go now!
Together with Sierokarte the party hurries off to sign up for the skyrace competition.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 1: Acquiring a Speedship - Episode 3
At PSC sign-ups Zeta and Beatrix try to warn (Captain) of something bigger but end up telling the crew to watch out for them on the race track instead.
Sierokarte leads (Captain) and company to a small island.
Lyria: Ooh, is this the place?
Sierokarte: Yes, this island is the venue for this year's PSC—the biggest skyracing event of the year! We can check you in here.
Sierokarte: Oh, it stands for Platinum Sky Cup.
Sierokarte: The race will start and finish here in the stadium.
Sierokarte: But the race course goes around the whole island.
Vyrn: Okay, I get it. So does it happen here every year then?
Sierokarte: Oh no. It's always a different venue.
Sierokarte: This year the heats will be on the east side of the island, while the final race will be on the west.
Lyria: Umm, what was it again? If you rank within the top four in the heats... you get to go on directly to the finals? What that it?
Sierokarte: That's right.
(Captain) and crew chew on the rules and regulations as they continue walking.
Lyria: Zeta! And Beatrix! What are you two doing here?
Beatrix: What do you think? Entering the PSC, of course!
Lyria: Really? You're going to race, Beatrix?
Zeta: I'll be joining too!
Vyrn: No way! That makes us rivals!
Zeta: Huh? What are you on about?
Beatrix: Don't tell me you guys are entering the race too?
Lyria: That's right! We just came to enter now.
Beatrix: Gosh, really?
Zeta: Hey, (Captain)...
Zeta: You do realize it's a pretty dangerous game, this race, don't you? It's a no-holds-barred competition.
Vyrn: We know that!
Zeta: I mean, I know you're tough and everything, but...
Beatrix: Oh, and let's not forget the other thing about this race. Did you know—
Beatrix: Huh? Oh, um, sorry...
Vyrn: Huh? What was that all about?
Zeta: Nothing! Anyway, if you're entering the race too, I guess we'll see you on the track.
Beatrix: Don't expect us to cut you any slack just because it's you, (Captain)!
Zeta: See ya!
Lyria: Hm... What was that all about?
Vyrn: Can't say for sure. But knowing we're competing against those two has gotten me really fired up now!
Lyria: Haha, yeah! Me too.
Vyrn: Okay then, let's get ourselves entered!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 1: Acquiring a Speedship - Episode 4
It turns out Zeta and Beatrix have entered the PSC in an effort to uncover a race fixing operation happening behind the scenes, with Eustace and Vaseraga conducting their own investigations. Meanwhile the crew borrows a speedship from Siero, christening it Nightcypher.
Vaseraga: Looks like those two are officially in now.
Vaseraga: But so far nothing out of the ordinary has happened.
Vaseraga: But if either one of them can make it through to the final race, we might see some movement.
Eustace: My thoughts exactly.
As it happens Eustace has been sent on a mission by the Society to seek out and eliminate those behind race fixing in the PSC.
Vaseraga: According to the Society's investigations, it's a PSC official who's behind the race fixing. And of course...
Eustace: The underground research lab.
Vaseraga: Hm, illegally developing airships and speedships...
Vaseraga: If the lab's in secret contact with the Society's enemies... in addition to using PSC race fixing to fund their research, then...
Vaseraga: Well, we can't just turn the other way. We've got to get to the bottom of this.
Eustace: No argument there.
Vaseraga: Eustace, listen, I can understand why you're worried.
Vaseraga: Look, for now we'll leave the races to Zeta and Beatrix. I'll look into this underground lab.
Eustace: Sounds good to me.
Vaseraga: So you focus on investigating the PSC officials, okay?
Eustace: Got it.
Having parted company with Zeta and Beatrix, (Captain) and company arrive at PSC reception.
Sierokarte: So this is where you enter. (Captain), can you fill in the paperwork?
(Captain) nods and quickly starts to fill out the form.
At a certain point though, (Captain)'s hand stops.
Lyria: What's wrong? Oh, the ship's name...
Vyrn: Come to think of it, you never told us what it's called, Knickknack.
Sierokarte: Oh, it doesn't actually have a name. You can come up with something yourself, (Captain).
After ruminating over it for a little while, (Captain) scribbles something down.
Vyrn: So what's it gonna be?
Oh, nice! Nightcypher!
Oh, nice! Nightcypher!
Lyria: That's perfect. If the Grandcypher is like the bright blue sky, then this ship is definitely dark and exciting like the beautiful night sky!
Vyrn: Yeah, I can see that. Great name!
Sierokarte: Haha, it's decided then!
(Captain) hands the completed form back to the reception staff.
Sierokarte: So you're all signed up!
Vyrn: Hm? What's going on over there?
Lyria: Oh, who's that?
Platinum Sky - Chapter 2: Meeting the Competition - Episode 1
The crew exchanges greetings with the four-time reigning PSC champion, Meteon, and his mechanic, Fangio.
Spectator 1: Hey, look!
Race Pilot: Here we go...
Spectator 2: Oh, wow! I'm so glad I came today!
A crowd gathers around a young man who's shown up at the stadium.
Vyrn: So he's the one everybody's so excited about?
Lyria: Maybe he's famous or something?
Sierokarte: Oh yes, he's the number one racer on the circuit at the moment. Everyone loves him.
Sierokarte: He's been the PSC champion for the last four years in a row.
Vyrn: Four years in a row? Wow!
Spectator 1: How's your form?
???: I'm good.
Spectator 2: We'll all be rooting for you! Go get 'em!
Vyrn: Gee, you're right. Everyone loves the guy!
The young man looks over and gives a little wave.
Lyria: Eek! H-he's coming over...
???: Hey, Siero, long time no see.
Sierokarte: Hi, Meteon. Yeah, it's been a while, huh? Are you here to sign up?
Meteon: Oh, no, I already did that yesterday. I came down to get some practice in today.
Vyrn: Knickknack knows the champ!
Lyria: I know! Isn't this amazing? I'm so nervous!
Meteon: Who are your friends?
Sierokarte: Oh yes, let me introduce you.
Sierokarte: This is (Captain), Vyrn, and Lyria.
Sierokarte: They're skyfarers and (Captain)'s the captain. They'll be competing in this year's PSC.
Meteon: Oh really? Skyfarers, huh? It's good to meet you. I'm Meteon.
(Captain) takes Meteon's outstretched hand and shakes it firmly.
Meteon: I won't let you win.
Lyria: Oh, but of course not! I mean, we're just first-timers.
Vyrn: Yeah, we're total amateurs at this.
Meteon: I wouldn't worry about that. Once you're out on the track, you've got as much of a chance as the next guy.
Meteon: The PSC's no walk in the park, but it's worth it. It'll blow you away. So let's have some fun, huh?
???: Hey, kiddo!
Meteon grimaces at the sudden yell.
???: Time to go!
Meteon: Humph. Sorry, I've gotta go. Catch you later.
???: What's the matter with you, kiddo? Are you gonna answer me or what? How am I supposed to know you've heard?
Meteon: Gimme a break... And quit calling me kiddo!
Vyrn: Who was that old geezer?
Sierokarte: That's Meteon's mechanic. The guy who looks after his speedship for him.
Lyria: Wow, he's even got his own dedicated mechanic.
Sierokarte: Well, I think we've done everything we needed to do. Now we just have to wait for the heats!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 2: Meeting the Competition - Episode 2
The entire island is in a festive mood the night before the PSC heats. Amidst all the merrymaking, Eustace gives Zeta and Beatrix transceivers just in case anything happens.
Several days pass.
Lyria: Oh, wow, look at all the people! It's like a festival.
At last the heats for the PSC race are just a day away. The island is bustling with people who have come to watch the action.
Vyrn: Yeah, and we're right in the middle of it!
Lyria: So many street stalls... Oh, what's that delicious smell coming from over there?
Vyrn: Hey, Lyria, don't wander off on your own.
Spectator 1: Who are you putting your money on then?
Spectator 3: I still haven't decided. I guess last year's champion's still the favorite.
Spectator 1: Yeah, Meteon's the safe bet, but the odds they're offering on him suck.
Spectator 3: And don't forget that Maddie's making a comeback this year.
Spectator 1: True. This is going to be fun! Mind you, he's been out of the game for a while. I think I'll wait and see how the heats go.
Vyrn: They're placing bets, huh? I remember Knickknack saying that betting was pretty popular at this race.
Lyria: In that case I bet on (Captain) to win!
Vyrn: I know how you feel, but let's not forget this is (Captain)'s first race ever!
Spectator 1: Did I just hear you say that you're entering the race?
Spectator 3: Oh, really? Are you?
Vyrn: Hey, what's with all the attention?
Lyria: Yeah, that's right! (Captain) will be competing in the race!
Spectator 1: I thought that's what you said. And this'll be your first time, you say?
Spectator 3: What kind of ship do you have?
(Captain) is troubled by the constant stream of questions and shoots a pleading look at Lyria and Vyrn to help.
Lyria: Haha, now, now, everyone. Give the race pilot some space to breathe, please!
Vyrn: All your questions will be answered tomorrow on the track!
Eustace: Okay, I want both of you to take one of these.
Zeta: And these are?
Aren't these supposed to be really valuable?
Aren't these supposed to be really valuable?
Eustace: Just try not to break them.
Beatrix: Ugh, why is that the first thing out of your mouth? You don't get to tell me that!
Zeta: Quit fighting already. What do we need these for anyway?
Eustace: To communicate with each other during tomorrow's race.
Zeta: Hah, as if I couldn't figure that out myself.
Eustace: If anything happens, I'll contact you. And you do the same.
Zeta: Anything like what? How about you give us some more details?
Beatrix: Yeah, it doesn't seem like anything's going to happen once the race gets underway.
Beatrix: I mean, no one's approached us about fixing the results or anything yet.
Zeta: So what exactly are we expecting to go down?
Eustace: It's just to cover our bases. Just in case.
Eustace: If you only prepare for the things you expect to happen, you're never ready for the unexpected.
Zeta: Argh! I wish you'd just come out and say what you mean already!
Beatrix: Tch... It's the same old Eustace, all right.
Zeta: Ugh, never mind. Let's just concentrate on the race and race to win!
Zeta: Let's go, Bea.
Beatrix: Hey, wait for me, Zeta!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 2: Meeting the Competition - Episode 3
The contestants for the heats—ranging from Meteon, to former champion Maddie, to Sturm and Drang—all line up at the starting line. Siero takes her seat at the commentator box, and the PSC finally begins.
It's the day before the race.
The race pilots are all in the paddock making their final preparations as the heats are about to begin.
Lyria: Yikes! I can already feel the tension!
Vyrn: Are you okay? Check out (Captain). No hint of the jitters!
Gran is the Main Character
(Captain) looks rather pleased in his white racer outfit.
Djeeta is the Main Character
(Captain), appearing somewhat bashful in her light pink racer outfit, turns to Lyria and Vyrn with a smile.
Lyria: You're always so calm and collected, (Captain). That suit looks really good on you too!
Vyrn: This is our first time in this sorta getup! I'm so pumped up right now!
Lyria: Now that you mention it... this suit really does help you get in the moment!
???: Oops, my bad.
Lyria: Gosh! I'm so sorry!
???: You might not wanna jump out from behind your ride in the future. No one's gonna see a little thing like you.
Lyria: Wow, what a giant! Do you think he's a race pilot?
Vyrn: I guess he probably is. It's funny, actually...
Vyrn looks around at all the other pilots' speedships assembled on the track.
Vyrn: It isn't just the pilots that come in all shapes and sizes. Check out all the different kinds of speedships here.
Lyria: Oh, look! There's Zeta and Beatrix over there.
Beatrix: La-la-lah, hm-hm-hmm...
Zeta: Hey, Bea, chuck me that wrench, would you?
Beatrix: This thing?
Zeta: Yeah, thanks.
Vyrn: Oh yeah. Looks like everyone's busy with last-minute tuning, huh? I wonder how many people there are altogether?
???: Hey, Sturm, did you mess with my setup—
???: Shut up! I've had enough of your moaning!
Lyria: Sturm and Drang!
Drang: Hm? Hey, it's you guys!
Sturm: (Captain)! Are you and your crew in the race?
Vyrn: You bet we are! And by the look of it, so are you, huh?
Drang: Of course! You do know there's seven hundred million up for grabs, right? You can't pass up a chance to get that kind of money.
Lyria: Haha, no, I guess not.
Vyrn: Heh, that's just the kind of thing I'd expect from you guys!
Sturm: So we're not taking any prisoners out there, got it?
Drang: Heh heh heh. You heard her! Good luck!
Lyria: Wow, that was a surprise!
Vyrn: Yeah, first we bump into Zeta and Beatrix, and now those two as well!
Lyria: Well, I suppose the huge amount of prize money attracts a lot of people.
Vyrn: You can say that again! Oh and hey, look over there. Isn't that the reigning champ we met before?
Lyria: Right, that's him. Maybe we should go over and say hi?
Vyrn: Hang on.
Meteon has his hands pressed against his ship and his eyes closed, apparently deep in concentration.
Vyrn: He looks like he's trying to get into the zone. Let's leave him to it.
Lyria: Yeah, you're probably right.
Vyrn: I can almost feel the guy's concentration in the air...
Lyria: I feel it too. He is a champion after all.
Picking up on Meteon's determination, (Captain) and company feel a renewed desire to rise to the challenge.
Commentator: Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is nearly over! The heats for this year's PSC are about to begin!
Spectator 1: Come on!
Spectator 2: Wahoo! Go, Meteon!
Commentator: The atmosphere in the stadium here is electric! I can feel tingles down my spine!
Commentator: Now, joining us again this year for commentary is our well-loved friend...
Commentator: Knickknack Shack owner, skyracing aficionado, and speedship expeeert... Sierokarte!
Sierokarte: Hi, everyone!
Commentator: So let's dive straight in and take a look at this year's most prominent entries.
Commentator: First up...
Commentator: It's Sturm and Drang's Mad Clown II!
Commentator: Now, this pair's new to the PSC, but they're no strangers to skyracing. No, these crazy clowns are ones to watch!
Commentator: Next up after a four year absence, iiit's Maddie!
Commentator: And he's here with his new ship, the Kaiser Herrschaft!
Commentator: I, I have to say even I can't explain this one! Just what's pilot and what's ship here?
Lyria: Ah! That's the person who bumped into me!
Vyrn: Just look at him! How is that even possible?
Onlookers are shocked by the twisted appearance of Maddie and his ship, almost as if they're fused together as one.
Commentator: He's been missing in action ever since his defeat in Meteon's debut race. And to come back like this after such a long silence!
Commentator: Well, the proof of the pudding's in the eating, as they say! We'll find out how the mad Maddie machine fares in the race soon enough!
Commentator: And next on the starting line is someone who needs no introduction here at the PSC!
Spectator 2: Meeteoon!
Spectator 3: Don't let us down, Meteon!
Commentator: Well, after that reception from the crowd, what more is there to say? It's Blue Orbit, everyone, piloted by Meteon!
Spectator 2: Wahoo! Yeah!
Spectator 4: He's sooo awesome!
Commentator: The crowd won't stop cheering! Yes, the Cobalt Comet is as popular as ever!
Sierokarte: And Meteon will be going for his fifth consecutive victory here today, of course.
Commentator: Okay, ladies and gentlemen, if we could have quiet please. The race will be starting in a matter of moments now.
Commentator: Oh, but just before it does, one more quick announcement...
Commentator: Thanks to these bad boys flying around at various points around the track, you'll be able to get up close and personal with all the race action!
Sierokarte: Yes, they have really helped boost the popularity of skyracing, haven't they?
Commentator: Okay, so it's time at last! We're just waiting for the starting signal now...
Commentator: And they're off!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 2: Meeting the Competition - Episode 4
(Captain) gets off to a slow start, but quickly catches up with the other racers. When Sturm and Drang pick up Nightcypher with their machine's claw arm, (Captain) somehow turns the situation around and zooms past them.
At the starter's signal, all the speedships zoom off at once. Except...
Lyria: Cough! Wow, so much dust!
Vyrn: Urgh, this isn't good. Come on, (Captain), they're getting away from us!
Unaccustomed to skyracing, (Captain) and company are flustered by the roar of engines and the clouds of dust. They miss their start.
Commentator: What's this? It's Nightcypher! Nightcypher has failed to start, and the gap grows bigger by the second!
Sierokarte: This is Nightcypher's very first skyrace. What an unfortunate start!
Commentator: Yes, this really is a trial by fire!
Lyria: Come on, we can do this! Let's go, (Captain)!
With an affirmative nod, (Captain) grabs the control stick again.
Commentator: Oh look, they've made it away! Nightcypher rockets ahead now, desperately trying to catch up to the rest of the pack!
Vyrn: Okay, now we're cooking! Don't give up, guys! We've still got a chance at this!
Nightcypher flies steadily, gradually picking up speed and closing the gap with the other ships.
Sturm: Here they come.
Drang: Look at that speed...
Commentator: Nightcypher is already closing in on Mad Clown II.
Lyria: We've nearly caught Sturm and Drang!
Drang: Heh heh, now you'll see what true skill looks like!
Commentator: Nightcypher's alongside Mad Clown II, vying for position!
Vyrn: Go on, (Captain)! Just punch right past!
After a brief neck and neck tussle, Nightcypher creeps out ahead of Mad Clown II.
Drang: You guys are good!
Drang: Hey, Sturm, ready for me to bust out the you-know-what?
Sturm: Go for it.
Lyria: Nearly there! We're nearly past them!
(Captain) grips the control stick even harder for a final burst of speed...
Drang: Not so fast, pal!
Commentator: Oh yes, there it is! Mad Clown's trademark party trick, the Mad Claw!
Vyrn: What the—
The claw arm that has emerged from the underside of Mad Clown II reaches out toward Nightcypher.
Vyrn: Get out of its way!
Commentator: Nice job! Nightcypher evades the attack! Impressive flying there from the newbies.
Lyria: Eek! It's coming in again!
Drang: Huh? They keep giving me the slip.
Sturm: Hey, quit playing games back there!
Drang: Okay, okay!
Commentator: Uh-oh! Mad Clown's claw has managed to grab hold of Nightcypher at last!
Commentator: What the—
What's going on? Nightcypher is suddenly accelerating wildly!
What's going on? Nightcypher is suddenly accelerating wildly!
Vyrn: Lyria! Hold on tight! To the ship, and more importantly, to me!
Sierokarte: I think the ship's crew are as surprised as the rest of us. It looks like the claw activated some kind of speed boost or something!
Commentator: Well, talk about lucky!
Commentator: I don't know how it happened, but Nightcypher is blazing ahead now, closing the gap with the front runners.
Drang: Hey, what just happened?
Sturm: You just wait till this race is over, Drang!
Drang: Don't be mad at me, Sturm. It was an accident, okay? An accident!
Sturm: Just shut up and let me fly.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 3: The Race Is On - Episode 1
The dead heat between Zeta and Beatrix quickly comes to an end when the latter suffers an attack from another racer. Beatrix's chances of placing are looking grim as the other racers speed past her.
Commentator: So while the lucky Nightcypher surprises us at the back of the field, there's a fierce battle on with the front runners too.
Commentator: We have Zeta's Crimson Spear vying for position with Beatrix's, um...
Commentator: My life! With Beatrix's Pinky Bearheart Pop-Along Fighter! What a mouthful!
Commentator: Beatrix really means business, it seems, with a ship name designed to make any commentator cry! Respect, Beatrix!
Zeta: Bea, just because we've got a job to do out here doesn't mean we have to go easy on each other!
Beatrix: Haha, of course not. You go ahead and try giving me an inch. I'll take a mile—you'll see!
Zeta: Okay, that's enough trash talk. Let's just fly!
Commentator: What a battle we have here between Crimson Spear and Pinky Bearheart Blah-Blah!
Commentator: And they're both first-timers here, I believe. Well, it's tenderfoot-tastic on the track this year, isn't it?
Zeta: Tch! That kooky-colored machine of yours can really shift!
Beatrix: Don't you just love it? The Pinky Bearheart Pop-Along Fighter is my pride and joy!
Zeta: Yeah, whatever. Just be careful you don't swallow your tongue trying to get that crazy name out!
Commentator: They're still neck and neck! Hm? No! No, Pinky Bear Blah-Blah could be losing ground a little!
Beatrix: I'm not going to lose to Zeta!
Beatrix: Time for Embrasque—
Race Pilot: Coming through!
Commentator: Oh-ho! Look at this! It's Albatro coming to join the party, pulling in between the other two ships!
Race Pilot: Eat lead, punks!
Zeta: Pft! Nice try!
Crimson Spear slides neatly out of the way of the bullet from Albatro's gun.
Beatrix: Huh? What?
Commentator: My goodness! Pinky Bear Blah-Blah has taken a direct hit!
Commentator: Pinky Blah-Blah has lost control and crashed into the ground!
Zeta: Oh no! I've, I've got to keep going, Bea!
Race Pilot: Haha, loser!
Beatrix: You little... You just wait!
Beatrix: This isn't over!
Vyrn: Hang in there, Beatrix.
Drang: Excuse us barging past!
Commentator: And Pinky Blah-Blah is being overtaken by ship after ship!
Beatrix: Argh! Nooo!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 3: The Race Is On - Episode 2
Beatrix activates the Embrasque Sword installed in her speedship's engine for a speed boost but crashes when the control stick snaps off. Meanwhile Meteon is in tip-top shape, never losing his place at the front of the track.
Commentator: We're back with the Albatro, which has Crimson Spear in its sights now, looking to take Zeta down like it took down Pinky Blah-Blah!
Commentator: Yes, Albatro is trying to make Crimson Spear follow Pinky Blah-Blah into the dust, but...
Commentator: Fantastic! Amazing evasive maneuvering there from Crimson Spear!
Race Pilot: C'mon! Quit ducking and diving!
Zeta: Okay, that's it! Now I'm pissed!
Zeta: See how you like...
Beatrix: Grrr... It's not over! Not yet!
Beatrix: Embrasque Sword! Devour the surging karma before me and carve open the path to victory!
Zeta: See you later, loser!
Race Pilot: What the—
Commentator: Wow! Just look at Crimson Spear go! What acceleration! It's ripping through that sky like a blazing spear now!
Commentator: The flames from that afterburner are sure giving Albatro something to think about!
Commentator: But wait! Who's this hurtling up from behind at an unbelievable pace?
Zeta: There she is!
Commentator: Incredible! It's Pinky Bear-Along Blah-Blah again, back from the dead!
Beatrix: Haha! Eat my dust, guys! Coming through, Zeta!
Zeta: I'd like to see you try!
Beatrix: Embrasque Sword!
Zeta: Spear of Arvess!
Commentator: What the heck is going on? I've never seen anything like this before! These levels of acceleration are unprecedented!
Sierokarte: I think they must have fitted their ships with specially tailored weapons.
Sierokarte: They're harnessing their own unique powers to boost their thrust.
Commentator: I see... So it's mystery powers at play, huh? I've seen it all now!
Commentator: Using weapons to increase their own speed instead of attacking other racers. Only this crazy duo could have thought of that!
Zeta: Well, well, nice flying!
Beatrix: Haha, see? I told you I wasn't going to let you win!
Commentator: See the sparks flying out there, ladies and gentlemen! I can tell you: it's getting hard to breathe even here in the commentary box!
Commentator: So it's neck and neck... Or is it? No, I think Crimson Spear is just edging out in front.
Beatrix: No! Not again! No! Come on, I need more speed!
Commentator: And after closing the gap so convincingly before! What is happening to Pinky Blah-Blah?
Sierokarte: Hm, it's the same model speedship as Zeta's, so I think it must just be a difference in weight.
Commentator: Weight? Are you sure? I mean, I know weight does affect a speedship's performance, but...
Sierokarte: Well, yes. You see, Beatrix's ship does have that elaborate paint job. I think that's the difference we're seeing here.
Commentator: Are you serious? She's shot herself in the foot with a paint job?
Commentator: Well, I said she was nuts. Perhaps it's the paint fumes!
Beatrix: Come on...keep going... More speed... More... Uuugh...
Commentator: But is she pushing too hard? Come on, Pinky Princess, know your limits! You're starting to belch smoke!
Zeta: Bea! What are you doing?
Beatrix: Butt out, Zeta! Just concentrate on flying your own ship. You'll be watching my tail lights before long!
Beatrix: Huh? What? Oh no, my control stick's broken!
Commentator: Look at this! Pinky Blah-Blah's suddenly lost control again!
Sierokarte: Oh dear!
Beatrix: Agh! Oh crap—I, I pulled the damn thing off! It won't go back on!
Zeta: What? What are you playing at, Bea?
Beatrix: Oh no! Ahhh!
Commentator: She's spinning like crazy, look!
Beatrix: Why meee?
Commentator: P-Pinky Blah-Blah... Your memory will be cherished!
Zeta: Gee, Bea, what are you doing?
Zeta: Humph! No! I can't let that distract me!
Commentator: Well, Pinky Blah-Blah may be out of the running, but this race isn't over yet!
Commentator: Of course, no prizes for guessing who's dominating the pack at the front.
Commentator: That's right, ladies and gentlemen, you've got it. And he's definitely got it! Iiit's Meteon in Blue Orbit!
Commentator: In second place is Crimson Spear.
Commentator: Nightcypher is running a close third.
Commentator: In fourth comes Mad Clown II.
Commentator: And zooming in fifth is Kaiser Herrschaft.
Commentator: So the lucky and crazy rookies are having a great race so far!
Commentator: Maddie with his Kaiser Herrschaft in fifth is giving a solid performance, but it's nothing to write home about.
Commentator: Oh, I have to tell you as well, ladies and gents, that the final bets have been taken now on the heats. No more bets, people.
Zeta: If I can just keep up this speed... I'll overtake him for sure.
Zeta: Argh, I'm not making any impression on him at all! What gives?
Lyria: Wow, look at Zeta zooming!
Vyrn: Yeah, we've got our work cut out just trying to stick with her.
Commentator: Crimson Spear in second place and Nightcypher in third maintain a phenomenal speed!
Commentator: But the gap between them and the first-place runner Blue Orbit isn't shrinking at all!
Zeta: How does he do it?
Commentator: There's nothing they can do. Blue Orbit is just too fast. Nothing stands in the Cobalt Comet's way!
Spectator 1: Meteon's got it in the bag!
Spectator 2: Go, Meteon! You're the best!
Commentator: So have we seen the last of the upsets? Will Blue Orbit sail home in first to win the heats?
Maddie: It's time...
Platinum Sky - Chapter 3: The Race Is On - Episode 3
Maddie, who's docked his own body into his ship, suddenly comes flying past everyone. After knocking Sturm and Drang out of the race, he quickly closes the gap with Meteon, who pushes ahead with a nitro boost.
Commentator: Huh? Look at this! It's Kaiser Herrschaft with a sudden burst of speed!
Commentator: He's gotten within range of Mad Clown already!
Drang: I see him!
Maddie: Oh no, you don't!
Commentator: Well! The Kaiser effortlessly dodges the Mad Claw!
Maddie: You haven't got a clue, have you?
Maddie: That's not how you launch an attack.
Maddie: This! This is how you launch an attack!
Commentator: What the heck?
Commentator: Maddie actually punched Mad Clown II away! With his own fist!
Sturm: I, I can't get control!
Drang: Aaagh! This is messed up!
Commentator: Oh no! Mad Clown II crashes out of the race!
Vyrn: Wha? What just happened?
Lyria: I'm not sure, but I think Sturm and Drang are out!
Zeta: I don't like this. I've got a bad feeling about that guy.
Commentator: What a shocker! I've been watching skyracing a long time, and I've never seen a pilot attack with his bare hands before!
Maddie: Okay, let's shift!
Commentator: The speed! The speed! Look at that unbelievable acceleration! It's Kaiser Herrschaft, ladies and gentlemen!
Commentator: He's shot straight past Nightcypher and Crimson Spear already!
Commentator: Where's he finding this pace from? I've never seen him go this fast before. Ever!
Sierokarte: Perhaps by linking man and machine, Maddie's managed to squeeze out even more power out of his ship.
Sierokarte: At the same time, it enabled him to reduce the g-force his body experiences at such high speed.
Commentator: Um, yeah! So there you have it, ladies and gents. Complicated stuff! In layman's terms, that mad machine-man is like greased lightning!
Commentator: And look at this! He's even closing in on Blue Orbit!
Meteon: Hah, some competition at last.
Meteon: But can you keep up with this?
Commentator: I didn't think we'd have to wait so long!
Commentator: But there it is—the Cobalt Comet screams ahead with his awesome nitro boost!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 3: The Race Is On - Episode 4
Utterly devastated by Maddie's sudden burst of speed, Meteon quickly falls back, losing his place on the track and scoreboards alike. (Captain) furiously tries to catch up with Maddie, only to be knocked off Nightcypher.
Commentator: Blue Orbit's really kicked it up a notch!
Sierokarte: Yes, the nitro boost gives a huge burst of speed, but remember: he can only use it twice per race.
Sierokarte: Still, I guess this was the right time to play that card.
Commentator: So how's the Kaiser going to respond now?
Maddie: You call that fast?
Commentator: Holy smoke! Holy, holy smokeronie!
Commentator: Kaiser Herrschaft is breezing past Blue Orbit with the current champ at his top speed!
Commentator: He's pulling ahead! The gap's growing already!
Meteon: No! That's not...
Meteon: But I'm, I'm the fastest on the track! I can't be beaten. Not on speed...
Commentator: What the? For some reason Blue Orbit is slowing down rapidly.
Commentator: It's Crimson Spear's turn now to overtake the reigning champ! Soon to be followed by Albatro!
Race Pilot: Get out of the way!
Commentator: Gosh! Albatro and Blue Orbit have had a collision!
Lyria: Look out!
Commentator: What's going on?
Sierokarte: Blue Orbit was just about to smash into a rock, but Nightcypher pulled in front.
Sierokarte: By slamming on the brakes, Nightcypher saved Blue Orbit from a serious crash!
Commentator: Well, what fantastic sportsmanship! Hey, Nightcypher, have you forgotten this is the PSC, huh?
Commentator: Lucky, crazy, and kind to go with it, I see! Well, personally, I kind of like that!
Vyrn: Whew, that was close! Nice job, (Captain)!
Lyria: Yes, if you hadn't reacted so fast, who knows what might have happened.
Lyria: Do you think Meteon's okay?
Vyrn: I think so. It doesn't look like he's injured or anything.
Vyrn: Anyway, look, this race isn't over yet. Come on, we've got to catch up!
Lyria: Yes, you're right. Let's go, (Captain)!
(Captain) gives a determined nod and then speeds away from Blue Orbit to rejoin the race.
Commentator: So the good-natured rookies are back in the chase! Nightcypher zooms on again.
Maddie: That kid's starting to bug me.
Commentator: What's this now? For some reason the Kaiser's speed has dropped this time. What is Maddie up to?
Commentator: It's almost like he's waiting for Nightcypher to catch up. Wow, I'm on the edge of my seat here!
Maddie: Okay, I don't even need top speed to beat these punks.
Vyrn: What the? He's turned around! He's pointing right at us!
Maddie: This is for you!
Maddie punches the air with his fist, sending shockwaves out into Nightcypher's path.
Commentator: No way! Race pilots being knocked off their ship is unheard of!
As the shockwaves rock the Nightcypher, (Captain) is launched into the air but somehow manages to control the fall.
Lyria: Look out, (Captain)!
(Captain) just barely manages to land on top of Kaiser Herrschaft.
Commentator: This is just unbelievable! I've never seen anything like it before! Is (Captain) some kind of circus performer?
Sierokarte: No, a skyfarer actually. (Captain)'s crew has seen all kinds of action over the years.
Commentator: Oh, my apologies. (Captain)'s not a circus performer, ladies and gentlemen, but a skyfarer. Either way, what a performance!
Maddie: Hahahaha! That's a neat stunt!
Commentator: Maddie's not giving (Captain) an inch though. He pummels the poor skyfarer clinging on to his ship—well, clinging on to him really!
Vyrn: Darn it! We've got to do something about that crazy half-man half-ship!
Vyrn: Come on, (Captain), let's sock it to him!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 4: Post-Heat Preparations - Episode 1
Maddie easily shrugs off the crew's attacks and takes first place in the heats. When he insults the other racers during an interview, Zeta sees red and promises to have her revenge in the next round.
Maddie barely seems perturbed at all by the party's attacks.
Vyrn: Nuts! What's up with this guy?
Maddie: You fellas are pretty tough. Way more impressive than that jumped-up Meteon kid.
Commentator: Maddie looks like he's laughing to himself. Seriously, is this a race track or a boxing ring?
Commentator: Are we still watching the PSC here? Because if we're not, I'm commentating the wrong sport!
Zeta: I don't know what you guys are playing at, but I'm taking the lead, thank you very much!
Commentator: That's more like it! Oh yes, that's the kind of PSC action we like to see! Well done, Crimson Spear!
Maddie: Humph, that's not in the plan. Okay, enough games!
Lyria: Look out, (Captain)!
Commentator: Amazing stuff from our resident circus perf—I mean, skyfarer! (Captain) dodges Maddie's punch and jumps back into Nightcypher!
Maddie: Nice move! Okay then...
Maddie: If you still wanna play, try to follow this!
Vyrn: Come on, guys, let's go!
Commentator: Whew! Thank goodness for that. It looks like they've finally remembered this is a skyrace and not a bar brawl!
Commentator: So with just minutes to go now until the heats are over, who'll be punching a ticket to the main event, and who'll be punching a ticket home?
Commentator: Well, ladies and gentlemen, what an eventful race we've seen today! But it's all over now.
Commentator: Now let's go over the entries that made it through to the next round!
Commentator: Finishing in first place, we have Maddie in Kaiser Herrschaft!
Commentator: Maddie really has made the most phenomenal comeback here, showing us some literally breathtaking speed and power.
Commentator: In second place is Crimson Spear!
Commentator: In third, Nightcypher!
Commentator: So a double bill of surprises there, with two rookies making it through.
Commentator: And finally, coming in fourth, Meteon in Blue Orbit!
Commentator: He had us all worried there in the latter stages when he suddenly dropped back, but he managed to claw his way up the field again somehow!
Commentator: So, ladies and gentlemen, let's go over to Maddie now and see what he has to say for himself.
Commentator: How does it feel to finish first in the heats on your comeback race, Maddie?
Maddie: Tch! Seriously, what's happened to the PSC while I've been away? The standard of competition's really dropped.
Maddie: It's full of amateurs now who haven't got the faintest idea about skyracing.
Commentator: Wow, um, okay. Harsh words there from the winner of the heats.
Maddie: Mind you, most of them crashed and burned along the way.
Maddie: At least that gave the crowd something to look at, huh? Hahaha!
Zeta: Argh, what is his problem? He thinks he's so much better than everyone else.
Zeta quietly seethes at Maddie's inflammatory remarks.
Zeta: No respect for his fellow competitors! There's no way I'm gonna let him win!
Zeta: No... I'm going to smash him in the main event!
Zeta: For Bea's sake too!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 4: Post-Heat Preparations - Episode 2
Maddie's given Nightcypher a serious beating, and the crew happily agrees when Fangio, Meteon's mechanic, offers to take a look. Meanwhile Maddie gets into an argument with the shady race fixers.
Sierokarte: Congratulations on making it through to the next round, guys!
Lyria: Siero! Yes, thanks.
Vyrn: Whew, I've gotta say, I was worried there for a while! What a relief it was when we crossed the finish line.
Lyria: Thankfully we managed to place in. But poor Nightcypher...
Deep scars are visible on the sides of Nightcypher.
Vyrn: Yeah, she took a bit of a beating in the battle with that half-ship half-man freak.
Vyrn: Do you think she's going to be okay to fly in the next round?
???: Hi there. Listen, can I have a word?
Lyria: Oh, hi. You're Meteon's mechanic, aren't you?
Fangio: Fangio's the name. Looks to me like someone doesn't have a mechanic of their own, huh?
Sierokarte: That's right. These guys are new to skyracing. In fact it was me who lent them their speedship.
Fangio: Oh right, so they're friends of yours, Siero? Well, in that case, I'll just cut to the chase.
Fangio: Mind if I take a look at your ship?
Vyrn: You mean, you want to fix her up for us?
Fangio: Well, I don't know if I can until I've taken a look, of course.
Sierokarte: Fangio's one of the best mechanics on the circuit. I'm sure you wouldn't regret letting him work his magic on Nightcypher.
(Captain), Vyrn, and Lyria look at each other and all nod in consent.
Lyria: We'd be delighted, Fangio.
Fangio: Sure thing, leave it to me.
???: What the heck were you playing at out there, making such a spectacle of yourself? Come on, let's hear it!
Maddie: You want me to explain myself? What's to explain?
???: The agreement was that you'd finish in fourth place, not first!
???: Using that much speed was totally unwarranted.
Maddie: Ack, gee, keep your hair on, you old spoilsports! I restrained myself pretty well in the first half, didn't I?
Maddie: And you've gotta admit seeing Meteon's jaw drop like that was worth it!
???: You didn't need to finish in first place like that. And certainly not so overwhelmingly.
???: Humph, well, just make sure you stick to the plan in the main event, you hear?
Maddie: Hey, this is my race. I don't give a damn about your plan.
???: Watch it! Do you have any idea how much time and money has been spent to get us here, huh?
Maddie: Just put all your money on me in the next round, and it'll all come good.
???: You ungrateful—
Maddie: I dunno what odds they're giving on me now, but you'll be betting on a sure thing, so you can't lose!
???: We can't let this lie.
???: Agreed. He's out of control. Perhaps we need to take measures?
???: Don't worry. I have a plan in place.
???: Geez... He's such a hot-headed idiot!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 4: Post-Heat Preparations - Episode 3
With the Nightcypher undergoing repairs at Fangio's pit stall, (Captain) and crew go out to look for Meteon. But when they see how flustered he is, they decide to leave him be.
The party takes Nightcypher along to Fangio's pit stall where he carries out repairs.
Vyrn: Whew, look at all these spare parts and engines. I don't know what half this stuff even does!
Fangio: Hey, keep your hands off stuff over there, okay?
Lyria: You bet!
Fangio: Gimme some space for a bit while I look over your ship, okay?
Vyrn: Sure, no problem. Good luck with it, grease monkey!
Lyria: Oh look, Vyrn. Over there, isn't that...
Blue Orbit rests in the far end of the pit stall, looking rather lonely.
Lyria: Yes, that's Meteon's ship, isn't it?
Vyrn: Yeah, you're right. No sign of the racer himself though.
Lyria: He didn't seem his usual self at the end of the race, did he?
Vyrn: Mm-hm. I guess he must've been pretty shocked back there.
Lyria: I'm kind of worried about him.
Vyrn: Hey, gramps, do you know where the champ's gone off to?
Fangio: Meteon? No idea.
Fangio: Probably sobbing somewhere, I imagine. He's such a baby sometimes.
(Captain) and the others exchange glances.
Lyria: Should we go look for him?
Vyrn: Yeah, come on! Let's go.
(Captain) and company find Meteon soon after leaving the pit stall.
He looks lost in thought, sitting on top of a heap of scrap outside the back of the pits.
Lyria: Um, Meteon...
Meteon: Oh, it's you guys. What are you doing here?
Vyrn: We're getting Fangio to fix up Nightcypher for us.
Meteon: Oh, right.
Though he looked up when Lyria called out to him, Meteon quickly goes back to staring at his feet.
Vyrn: Hey, um... Do you, um...
Meteon: Sorry, but can you just leave me alone?
Lyria: Oh... Sorry...
The party doesn't attempt to get any more out of Meteon, leaving him to his own devices.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 4: Post-Heat Preparations - Episode 4
Fangio repairs Nightcypher, all while explaining to the crew that their speedship was made using long-lost technology from the War. A group of misfits comes by the pit stall looking to steal the Nightcypher, but Vaseraga takes care of them.
Back inside the pit stall, Fangio peers into Nightcypher's engine with a puzzled look on his face.
Vyrn: Hey, that's not the kind of expression we like see on our mechanic's face! What gives?
Lyria: Is she beyond repair?
Fangio: No, no. Most of the damage is just superficial. It's easy to fix. It's just...
Fangio: The way this ship has been built is completely different from anything else you see these days.
Lyria: Huh? What do you mean?
Vyrn: Oh wait, remember that Knickknack said it was a really old model?
Fangio: Old, huh? Yeah, the ship's old for sure. But that doesn't explain it. I mean, it's not like Nightcypher's inferior. The opposite in fact.
Fangio: This machine is streets ahead of anything we've got now. It should be able to utilize more power and use less fuel.
Vyrn: Really? Awesome! But isn't that kind of weird? I mean, it's old, but it's better?
Lyria: Yes, if it's so much better, why aren't people copying its design in all speedships?
Fangio: It's not that simple. You see, even if people wanted to, they couldn't copy this technology.
Fangio: I just don't think there's anyone around today who's capable of producing something like this. I know I couldn't.
Fangio: I'd be willing to bet this ship's almost five hundred years old.
Vyrn: Five hundred? But then that means...
Fangio: Yeah, from the War. Technology the skydwellers developed in their battle with the Astrals.
Fangio: People say there were Astrals that defected to our side and brought their technical know-how with them.
Lyria: Wow, is that really true?
Fangio: Oh, it's just a theory. Legend, really. I never believed it myself. Until I saw this.
Vyrn: So Nightcypher's something special, huh?
Fangio: Yeah, it is. There's really nothing more I can do with it. But I can show you how to operate it properly.
Fangio: Judging from your performance in the heats, you haven't got a clue how to fly it! We can't let this thing's potential go untapped.
Lyria: Sorry, we didn't know.
Vyrn: If you can give us some pointers, Fangio, that'd be great.
Lyria: Yes, please do. We'd be so grateful.
Fangio: Haha, I like you guys!
???: It's in here, right? No mistake?
???: Definitely. I saw them bringing it in here earlier.
That night some shadowy figures move about suspiciously by Fangio's pit stall.
???: But we don't even need a speedship like this now, do we?
???: What do you mean?
???: I mean that however amazing this lost technology is, it can't compete with the MMF system. The heats proved that.
???: And you call yourself a researcher! Surely you want to take a look, don't you?
???: Oh no, this thing definitely has my curiosity piqued. It's just...
???: Anyway, unless we actually examine it, we can't be sure which is the better technology. Come on, let's get this over with.
???: Get what over with?
???: Huh! Wh-who are you?
Suddenly a much larger shadow appears behind those of the researchers.
Vaseraga: Just keep nice and quiet... and everything will be fine.
???: Agh! Seriously, who are you?
???: Dammit! We've been busted! Come on, quick!
Vaseraga: I said keep nice and quiet, didn't I?
Vaseraga sighs as he picks the two men up and throws them over his shoulder.
Vaseraga: I don't want to make a disturbance here. You can answer questions later.
As Vaseraga starts to walk away, he turns briefly to look back at the stall.
Vaseraga: Mixed up in dangerous things again, eh, (Captain)...
Vaseraga: Watch your back.
His muttered words disappear into the darkness of the night, heard by no one.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 5: Superstar Reborn - Episode 1
(Captain) gets the hang of Nightcypher's acceleration device thanks to Meteon's advice. When the crew goes on about how much fun it is to pilot a speedship, Meteon suddenly runs off to the pit stall.
The next day.
Vyrn: Okay! Now that Fangio's given us all those pointers, let's hit the track and see how we get on, huh?
Lyria: So it's accelerating we've got to work on, right? To go faster than we did in the heats.
Vyrn: We got it right by pure fluke when Sturm and Drang got us with their claw before. Now we need to learn to control it.
Lyria: Well, (Captain) was caught off guard that time.
Vyrn: Come on then. Let's give it a shot.
Vyrn: Umm... It's going from bad to worse.
Lyria: We keep shaking about and drifting off course. What could we be doing wrong?
Vyrn: Well, we're accelerating all right, no question about that. But maintaining the speed while keeping on course seems like a tall order at the moment.
(Captain) and company discuss why they're unable to control the speedship effectively.
Vyrn: Maybe we should try asking Fangio for advice again. He can probably set us straight quicker than we can ourselves.
Lyria: Hi, Meteon!
Meteon: (Captain), can I talk to you a minute?
(Captain) looks a little puzzled, but nods.
Meteon: First, I wanted to say, I really owe you for what you did at the heats.
Lyria: Um, are you talking about that time (Captain) saved you?
Vyrn: When we stopped you from hitting that rocky mass by pulling in front of you, you mean?
Meteon: Yeah. If you hadn't done that, my career would be over right now. So thanks...
With a shake of the head, (Captain) lets Meteon know that it's fine, but the young champion's spirit still seems crushed.
Meteon: Can I ask? Why did you do that?
Vyrn: Why? Well, because... Right?
Lyria: Of course.
Meteon: Huh? You've lost me. What do you mean?
Lyria: Well, you've lost us, asking us why we helped you.
(Captain) nods in agreement.
Lyria: I mean, if someone's in danger and you're in a position to help, you help. That's a given, isn't it?
Vyrn: Yeah, (Captain) just kind of acts on impulse in situations like that.
Meteon: On impulse, huh?
Meteon falls quiet as he seems to ponder the idea. The party is puzzled.
Lyria: Meteon? Are you okay?
Meteon: Hm? Oh, yeah, I'm fine. I see.
Meteon: By the way, I saw you practicing before. It's not going too well, huh?
Vyrn: You can say that again!
(Captain) and company explain to Meteon what Fangio had told them.
Meteon: Sounds to me like your technique just isn't up to the speed the ship flies at now. You can't keep up.
Vyrn: Whoa! Call a spade a spade, why don't you?
Lyria: Well, we're all still new to skyracing...
Meteon: Ah, right. I guess it's not something you can master overnight.
Meteon: I tell you what though: I can teach you some tricks. Come on, jump in.
Lyria: Really? Oh wow, Meteon, thanks so much!
Meteon ushers (Captain) into Nightcypher's pilot's seat.
Meteon: So, (Captain), tell me: does going fast scare you?
Choose: A little.
Meteon: Good to see you're honest.
Choose: Not really.
Meteon: I don't know if you really believe that, or you're just trying to sound tough, but the fact is you are afraid. I can see it in your flying.Continue 1
Meteon: It's nothing to be ashamed of. Going at speeds you're not used to is frightening.
Meteon: But a good racer needs to be able to tame the fear.
Lyria: Tame it how?
Meteon: Well, normally you'd overcome it naturally in time by flying speedships over and over again.
Meteon: But we don't have time for that. So I'm going to show you some tricks to get you there faster.
(Captain) nods and starts to follow Meteon's instructions about various ways to control the ship.
Meteon explains things like maintaining good posture, how to shift weight under acceleration, and how to hold the control stick.
After putting everything into practice, (Captain)'s flying is unrecognizable. Nightcypher cruises steadily with barely a wobble.
Meteon: You learn fast. I can tell you're very brave. Actually, you guys are skyfarers, right?
Lyria: That's right. The airships we fly are nothing like these speedships, but it's still flying at the end of the day.
Meteon: Well, the speed you pick things up and your courage are something else. I'll give you that. But I can also tell you really are new to skyracing.
Meteon: But you still made it through to the main event.
Vyrn: Hehe, pretty impressive, huh?
Meteon: Why are you looking so pleased with yourself? That wasn't supposed to be a compliment exactly. Well, maybe it was...
Lyria: Haha, well, anyway, Meteon, thanks so much for helping us.
(Captain) thanks Meteon as well, before reaching for Nightcypher's control stick once more.
Meteon: Geez, you're going again? You've flown enough for one day. You've got to pace yourself.
Choose: I'm fine!
Meteon: You know, it's hard to get a handle on how tired you really are when you're not used to skyracing.
Meteon: Speedship flying really takes its toll on your body, especially accelerating rapidly.
(Captain) gives a wry smile.
Choose: Thanks for the concern.
Meteon: Hey, I wasn't trying to... Ugh, something about being around you guys just makes me say stuff. Geez!
(Captain) grins, amused.Continue 2
Lyria: Haha, I know exactly how (Captain) feels though. It's just so much fun flying speedships!
Vyrn: Yeah, you said we'd have fun before the heats, and, boy, were you right!
Lyria: And I bet it's even more fun for you, seeing as you fly even faster than that all the time.
Vyrn: Hm? Are you okay?
Meteon: Hm? Yeah, I just, um...
After pausing for a bit, Meteon turns and sprints in the other direction.
Vyrn: Hey, where are you running off to?
Meteon runs back toward the pits, with the party hurriedly rushing after him.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 5: Superstar Reborn - Episode 2
Meteon takes his souped-up Blue Orbit for a spin, testing the limits of its speed. When he asks for the impossible—for Fangio to make it even faster—Fangio takes the Blue Orbit away and tells him to cool off.
Meteon: Hey, Fange, are you done with my ship yet?
Fangio: What's eating you, kiddo? What's the rush all of sudden?
Fangio: Finished crying and can't wait to get back in the saddle? Is that it?
Meteon: Give it a rest, old man. And get my ship ready to go, okay? I'm taking her out.
Fangio: Tch, you need to learn some manners, kiddo. Fine, I'm all done here anyway. Be my guest.
As soon as Blue Orbit is out of the pit stall, Meteon jumps in and zooms off, accelerating to maximum velocity almost immediately.
Meteon: Damn it, no! It's not enough! He was faster!
Meteon: I need more! More speed! More!
Meteon: Wheeze... Wheeze... How can I... get that kind of speed?
Fangio: Okay, kiddo, that's enough.
Fangio: You're flying like a nut job! Just when I thought you'd gotten over your sulking, now you're acting like this! What's up with you?
Meteon: What's up with me? Isn't it blatantly obvious what's up?
Meteon: I need more speed! I need to fly faster than anyone else! It's as simple as that.
Meteon: And this piece of crap isn't cutting it! It's not fast enough! I need more!
Fangio: Okay, that's it! Get out of that cockpit right now!
Fangio half drags Meteon out of Blue Orbit.
Fangio: Look at this—you've practically cooked the engine! I guess you won't be flying her anymore for today.
Meteon: I need you to make her lighter, Fange.
Fangio: I've told you a million times now. That's not possible! We're already at the limit!
Fangio: It's only because you've got me as your mechanic that you're still able to fly her like this without totally wrecking her!
Meteon: Okay then, give me more speed with the nitro boosts. Or make it so I can use them with greater frequency. Or—
Fangio: Gee, you never learn, do you? It's the same damn thing!
Fangio: I've tuned Blue Orbit to the limit of what's possible! She's set up on a knife-edge already. She's got nothing more to give!
Meteon: Then what am I supposed to do?
Fangio: Sigh... Look, I don't want anything to do with you pushing yourself into an early grave, okay?
Fangio: Go cool off!
Fangio takes Blue Orbit from Meteon and puts the ship into the pit stall.
Left behind on the track, all Meteon can do is grit his teeth in frustration.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 5: Superstar Reborn - Episode 3
Meteon tells the crew about the incredible view that can only be seen when exceeding one's limits. (Captain) and company exclaim that they wish to see it for themselves one day.
(Captain) and company overhear Meteon and Fangio's exchange from a little way off.
Seeing Meteon left on his own, they go to talk to him.
Lyria: Umm... Is it okay if I ask you something?
Lyria: Why are you so intent on flying fast?
Lyria: Siero told us about how you fly in the PSC. Even though you're allowed to attack other competitors and things...
Lyria: She said you just fly. That you keep winning in speedships designed for high speed and nothing else. No tricks. No gimmicks.
Lyria: Why is that?
Meteon: I just want to be the fastest person in the air. I can't explain why really.
Meteon: Maybe it's... I guess it's just instinctive.
Vyrn: What do you mean?
Meteon: Like you said about (Captain) jumping in to save me from hitting that mass of rock in the heats.
Meteon: It's something like that.
Vyrn: Right. (Captain) acts on impulse when it comes to helping people.
Lyria: Haha, that's true.
Meteon: Yeah, well, it's like that for me and flying fast. It's a kind of instinct. That's just part of who I am.
Meteon: Talking to you guys before reminded me of how much fun I used to have flying.
Meteon: But fun isn't enough for me. I need speed. My whole body, my whole soul has a need for speed.
Meteon: That prickling sensation you get as the g-force kicks in...
Meteon: No matter how painful it gets, I always find myself coming back for more.
Vyrn: Considering the speeds you fly at, the view from your cockpit must really be something!
Meteon: The view... The view... Yeah, that's it! That's what I'm after. The view you get when you take it to the limit and beyond.
Meteon: As you go faster and faster, the whistling sound of air pounding past your ears stops. And everything just... disappears.
Meteon: The sky is dazzling white. So bright it hurts your eyes. And right on the horizon, there it is, gleaming at you. The finish line.
Meteon: Then all you can think about is racing to cross that line. Faster than anyone. Faster than anything.
Meteon: That's what drives me, I guess. I always want to see that view again.
Meteon speaks quietly but with deep passion. It's almost like he can see the finish line as he's talking.
Vyrn: Wow! I wanna see that view too!
Meteon: Hahaha! It's not easy, I can tell you. It's a view only the best race pilots ever get to see.
Lyria: Sigh... Sounds like it'll be a long road for us.
Meteon: Maybe, but I get the feeling it's not out of reach. Not for you guys.
Vyrn: Well, if a top racer like you says so, maybe we can do it!
Lyria: Thanks again, Meteon, for everything you've shared with us.
Meteon: Phew, I've been talking too much. It's you guys. You make me reminisce about the past.
Lyria: The past?
Meteon: Yeah, when I was still just a kid. When flying those little speedships was all about having fun and nothing else.
Meteon: So I guess I should thank you guys for helping me remember.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 5: Superstar Reborn - Episode 4
Seeing how determined Meteon is to fly faster than ever before, Fangio decides to give the Blue Orbit a major overhaul. He finishes up on the morning of the final race, giving Meteon a few last words of encouragement.
Meteon, (Captain), and the others go back to the pit stall to find Fangio tinkering with Meteon's ship.
Meteon: Fange! So you are gonna help me out or what?
Fangio: Just shut up and let me work, okay? There's not a lot of time, kiddo, so just go play quietly over there, huh?
Meteon: Geez, what's your problem, old man?
Meteon: Why do you always have to treat me like a little kid? I've asked you a million times to stop doing that!
Fangio: Quit yelling, would you?
Fangio: It's gonna be a tall order to get this set up right before the race. I've barely got enough time as it is.
Meteon: Huh? But I thought it was just that the engine overheated a little, right? You can fix that in your sleep.
Fangio: Hey, Elly, grab me that wrench.
Fangio: Okay, now stand back.
Elly: Woof, woof!
Fangio works tirelessly on Blue Orbit, his hands never stopping for a moment's rest. Meteon just watches and then sighs.
Meteon: Fange, are you...
Fangio: Look, I've gotta get this done a day before the race to get enough time to do a test run. So quit bugging me, okay?
Meteon: I... I don't need a test run.
Fangio: What? Are you crazy, kiddo?
Meteon: You don't believe in me, do you? You don't trust my abilities.
Fangio: That's not the point. The setup I'm working on now is—
Meteon: Don't bother explaining. Just do it and leave the flying to me. Whatever you change, I'll be able to handle it.
Fangio: Tch, listen to you, talking like a big shot pro.
Meteon: That's because I am a pro.
Fangio: Hah! We'll see just how much of a pro you are when you get into the cockpit of this baby for the race.
At last it's the day of the race, morning time.
Meteon: You weren't kidding when you said you barely had enough time for this!
Fangio: Yeah, exactly. I don't kid.
Meteon: I know I said I didn't need a test run, but you never said anything about going right up to the wire like this.
Meteon: Anyway, I'm out of time. Gotta go.
Meteon: What is it now?
Fangio: Go get a look at that view, kiddo.
Meteon: So you overheard, huh? When I was talking to (Captain) and the others before.
???: I'm going to be a race pilot when I grow up, and I'm going to fly in the Platinum Sky Cup and win lots and lots of prizes!
???: Listen to you, talking like a big shot! So you like flying speedships, huh?
???: I love flying! It's the best!
???: Hahaha! Oh yeah? Well, you know what? It gets more fun the faster you go.
???: And the faster pilots on the circuit, they get to see a view like nothing you've ever seen before, kiddo.
???: What kind of view?
???: It's not something you can put into words. You've gotta see it for yourself. You've gotta fly faster than anyone else.
Fangio: Show everyone you're the best of the best. The fastest there is.
Meteon: Easy. I'm the Cobalt Comet, remember? I was born for this.
Fangio: Ho! Getting cocky now, huh? Go get 'em, kiddo.
Meteon: Quit calling me kiddo already!
With a flicker of a smile, Meteon heads over to the starting point of the PSC's final race.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 6: Shattering Limits - Episode 1
Maddie and Zeta start off neck and neck in the PSC's main event, but he smashes her off the course. Zeta relays to (Captain) via transceiver to take him down in her stead.
Zeta: Hey, can I have a word?
Lyria: Oh, hey, Zeta! How is everything? The race is about to start any minute now, isn't it?
Zeta: I wanted to give you and (Captain) this.
Vyrn: Huh? What is this little gizmo?
Zeta: It's a transceiver. Eustace gave it to me.
Lyria: Eustace? So, um, what exactly is a trans... um, transceiver thingy?
Zeta: It's a kind of device that lets you talk with someone even when you're far away from them.
Vyrn: Awesome! But why are you giving it to us?
Zeta: Well, that belonged to Bea, but she got knocked out in the heats, so... Actually, how should I put this...
Zeta: Look, Eustace asked me to give it to you, okay? So just take it.
Lyria: Erm, okay.
Zeta: If anything happens, someone will get in touch through the transceiver.
Vyrn: Huh? What do you mean, if anything happens?
Zeta: You'll see.
Vyrn: What was that about?
Lyria: Who knows? But let's keep it with us if that's what Eustace wants.
Vyrn: Yeah, okay. Anyway, the race is about to start, guys. Let's do this!
Commentator: It's happening, ladies and gentlemen!
Commentator: The final race of the PSC is about to begin!
Commentator: All right, that's the kind of crowd I like to see! Or hear, should I say? Haha!
Commentator: It's not long until the start now, but we've just got time for a few words from our resident expert, Sierokarte.
Sierokarte: Oh, hello again, everyone. Well, we saw a very convincing win from Maddie in the heats.
Sierokarte: But I don't expect the other competitors have been sitting around since then. I can't wait to see what this race brings!
Commentator: I couldn't have said it better myself!
Commentator: Can the others raise their game to match Maddie's awesome power and speed? That's the crux of this final race!
Commentator: So! It's time for the race to start at last. Let's have some quiet now as we wait for the starter's signal!
Commentator: What's going on? An explosion? On the starting line? There's dust everywhere. I can't see a thing!
Maddie: See you later, losers!
Commentator: I-I think I can just make out Kaiser Herrschaft breaking out of the dust cloud! And he's on his own!
Lyria: Cough! Cough! Ngh, I can't see!
Vyrn: Grrr! I tell you what I saw! I saw that lowlife machine-man smash the ground with his fist!
Meteon: Tch, she's not responding to the controls!
Zeta: That was a cheap trick! If he thinks something like that's going to stop me, he's got another thing coming!
Zeta's face is creased with rage. Unable to control her anger, she grabs the control stick and thrusts it forward.
Commentator: Aha! We have another ship breaking out of the dust cloud!
Commentator: It's Crimson Spear! Zeta is clear of the dust and in hot pursuit of the Kaiser!
Zeta: I won't let you get away from me!
Zeta: Spear of Arvess!
Commentator: Crimson Spear is soaring ahead now in an unprecedented move, activating its speed boost so early in the race!
Sierokarte: Zeta knows just how powerful Maddie is. That's why. She doesn't want to let him get too big of a lead.
Commentator: It's Crimson Spear and Kaiser Herrschaft, ladies and gentlemen! This is so intense! They're neck and neck!
Commentator: This is more power than we saw Crimson Spear outputting in the heats, surely.
Maddie: Impressive power. But can you keep it up? Looks like it's pretty hard work!
Zeta: Don't talk to me! I'll do whatever it takes to beat you hollow!
Commentator: Look at this! Unbelievable! Crimson Spear is actually pulling out in front!
The roaring flames emanating from Crimson Spear make the Kaiser Herrschaft totter slightly.
Zeta: People like you make me sick to my stomach!
Zeta: I'm gonna steal your victory and make you eat your words, so look out!
At around that time, (Captain) and company in Nightcypher finally manage to escape the crater in the ground and get going.
Vyrn: Argh, we've lost so much ground right from the start!
Vyrn: He's got one heck of a punch on him, huh, making that kind of hole in the ground with one hit!
Lyria: Yes, that was a scary start. But let's put it behind us now and get on with the race!
Maddie: This is starting to bug me now...
Commentator: Oh no! Look at that kickback! Crimson Spear can't escape the Kaiser's fist!
Lyria: That's... Zeta!
Having caught up with the front-running pair, (Captain) and company can only watch in shock as Crimson Spear crashes out of the race.
Just then (Captain) hears Zeta's voice coming over the transceiver.
Zeta: You can't let him win! Feel free to punch that arrogant pig a few dozen times!
Zeta: Argh! He makes me so maaa—
The signal cuts off before (Captain) has a chance to reply.
Platinum Sky - Chapter 6: Shattering Limits - Episode 2
Meteon struggles with the Blue Orbit's new setup at first but quickly comes to grips with the controls and catches up to Maddie and (Captain) with a nitro boost.
Meteon in Blue Orbit finally manages to get past the crater made from Maddie's punch and gets ready to give chase.
Meteon: Damn it, my balance is off-kilter!
Meteon struggles to control his ship after the major changes to its setup.
Meteon: I can't even get up to speed like this, let alone attempt a nitro boost! Argh!
Fangio: So that's about it. That's your new setup in a nutshell, okay?
Meteon: Okay, so basically you beefed up the engine and got more grunt out of the nitro boost system, right?
Meteon: But you had to add some extra rigidity to the fuselage in places to take the strain?
Fangio: That's right. And I had to change her balance quite a bit to keep the overall weight as low as possible.
Fangio: But there's no point in telling you what I did. You need to feel it for yourself.
Meteon: Yeah, I'll figure it out soon enough once I get in the cockpit.
Fangio: So Blue Orbit's gross weight is up a little...
Fangio: But for that you've gotten yourself a much higher top speed. Assuming you can handle the controls, that is.
Meteon: Don't you worry about that.
Fangio: Whatever you say, kiddo.
Meteon: I said stop calling me that!
Fangio: I've done everything I can, okay? I put my all into that tuning.
Fangio: So fly her like she's meant to be flown!
Meteon: Okay, this is no time for me to be flunking out!
Meteon tightens his grip on the control stick and channels all his focus into flying.
Meteon: Easy on the gas... Let her drop back a little... Dip the wings...
Meteon: Okay, nearly got it... Bring the center of gravity up a fraction...
Suddenly the unsteady Blue Orbit completely stabilizes and starts to accelerate away smoothly.
Meteon: Tch, if I let my concentration go for a split second, I'm toast! Geez, Fange, are you trying to kill me with this setup?
Meteon: But I can handle this. Yeah, it's time...
Meteon: Check your mirrors, people! A comet's coming right up!
Commentator: What the? It's Blue Orbit! We all thought Meteon was stuck back at the starting line, but he's gone for a nitro boost already!
Commentator: He's catching up with the front runners, Kaiser and Nightcypher, at absolutely breakneck speed!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 6: Shattering Limits - Episode 3
Uninterested in giving the lead to Meteon, Maddie takes a break from pummeling the crew to step on the gas, putting them all on equal footing. Vaseraga picks up intel that Maddie is set to explode, engulfing everyone around him.
Commentator: What happened back there while I wasn't looking? Blue Orbit has come back out of nowhere to be very much in contention again!
Sierokarte: It looks like Meteon's ship has undergone some pretty major modifications. I guess he needed some time to get used to the new setup.
Commentator: So what are you saying? This Blue Orbit we're seeing now is even more awesome than the regular Blue Orbit?
Sierokarte: I think it might be. Look! His nitro boost is much faster than it was in the last race.
Commentator: Unbelievable! At this rate he'll be up at the front in the blink of an eye!
Maddie: Tch, you irritating little rug rats! Don't tell me you've already forgotten the creaming you got in the heats!
Vyrn: Wow, that machine-man's power is just awesome!
Ever since Zeta dropped out of the race, (Captain) and company have been hot on Maddie's heels and coming under constant attack.
Maddie: Come on, kids, if you keep that up you'll end up crashing and burning like the lady in red!
Vyrn: Uh-oh, this is bad! We've got to do something!
Lyria: Huh? Wait! Look, something's coming up from the back!
Vyrn: Who cares about that now, Lyria? We've got—Huh? It's...
Maddie: Welcome to the party, Meteon! Now I'm gonna show you what real speed is!
Commentator: Incredible! Amazing! Unbelievable! I-I am literally lost for...
Commentator: These three ships are unstoppable. They're just going faster and faster and faster! Which one is going to make the break?
Vaseraga: Can you hear me?
Eustace: Yeah. What's up?
Vaseraga: As we suspected, the man-machine speedship concept was developed by the underground lab.
Eustace: Uh-huh. And the race fixing?
Vaseraga: Yeah, I've found out some stuff about that too. But there's something more pressing.
Vaseraga: Seems that Maddie character had a falling out with the underground lab guys over the fixing.
Vaseraga: So they've rigged his ship. They're gonna bury the new technology and him with it.
Eustace: Rigged it how?
Vaseraga: All I know is that once he hits a certain speed, after a set amount of time he's going to lose control.
Eustace: Lose control?
Vaseraga: Yeah, his ship will go rogue, and in the end it's gonna blow—taking out him and anyone else caught in the blast.
A look of dread comes across Eustace's eyes as he watches what's happening in the race.
Vaseraga: Eustace? What's wrong?
Eustace: This is bad.
Eustace mutters the words under his breath as he grips the transceiver tightly.
Meteon: Uuurgh... Aaargh!
Meteon: I don't care what it takes!
Meteon: I... will... be... the fastest!
Commentator: Whoa! Who's this edging out in front!
Commentator: It's Blue Orbit!
Platinum Sky - Chapter 6: Shattering Limits - Episode 4
Meteon pulls ahead while Maddie loses speed and eventually control, going berserk. When the crew learns that Maddie might explode and take countless innocents with him, they team up with Meteon to stop him for good.
Maddie: Gaaargh! It's... not... over... yeeet!
Commentator: Maddie's engine is roaring back! But, but no! Something's wrong!
Commentator: The Kaiser's slowing down! Nightcypher pulls out in front!
Maddie: No! Nooo! This can't be happening! I can't lose! Nooo!
Maddie: That stripling's not gonna beat me! Not again! Not Meteon!
Maddie: And those amateurs! I can't lose to the likes of them!
Commentator: Just what is going on out there?
Maddie: I have to win! I have to! I must! Win! Win! Win! Wiiin!
Maddie: Victory is all I know!
Commentator: Is... Is that really Maddie we're looking at? I'm afraid I don't even know what to say, ladies and gentlemen!
Sierokarte: This looks bad.
Commentator: I think I got that much, Siero! Not that you could tell anything was wrong by looking at you. You're as cool as ice!
Sierokarte: I think Maddie must have lost control.
Sierokarte: I mean, we've never seen a man-machine fusion like this before, so I can't be certain, but... Well, let's just call it con-fusion.
Commentator: Was, was that a joke?
Sierokarte: Sorry, I don't know why I said that!
Without any thought for form now, Maddie attacks Blue Orbit relentlessly.
Meteon: What the heck! Geez!
Lyria: Eep! What just happened?
Vyrn: I don't know! But mad Maddie's looking even weirder than normal now!
???: Come in, come in!
Suddenly (Captain) hears a voice over the transceiver.
Eustace: This is Eustace. Can you hear me, (Captain)?
After (Captain)'s confirmation Eustace continues.
Eustace: That man-machine fusion is in a dangerously unstable state.
Eustace: It's almost certainly going to explode. And if it does, the blast will engulf everything around it.
Vyrn: What? Is that Sourpuss on the transceiver? What did he just say?
Lyria: Explode? Oh my... We've got to get as far away from him as possible!
Eustace: No, you don't wanna do that.
Vyrn: What? Why not?
Eustace: Because if you back off, he'll make it to the finish line where all the spectators are.
Lyria: And everyone will be caught in the blast!
Eustace: The only way to defuse this situation is to find a way to bring that ship to a halt out there on the track.
Vyrn: Tch! Stop that guy?
(Captain) and company watch the crazed Maddie flying out of control next to them and gulp.
Eustace: I'd come out myself, but I can't be sure I'd make it in time.
Eustace: Can you do it?
The desperation comes across clearly in Eustace's voice. (Captain) agrees.
Eustace: We're counting on you, (Captain).
Ending the communication, (Captain) grips the control stick with renewed resolve.
Vyrn: Only one thing to do...
Still completely berserk, Maddie moves in to attack Blue Orbit, right in front of the party.
Vyrn: Look out!
Blue Orbit reels, unable to avoid the attack, but Nightcypher crashes into the ship to keep it from spinning out of control.
Vyrn: Meteon! We've got to stop this crazy speed demon!
Lyria: We don't have time to explain now. We've just got to get him to stop!
Meteon: Damn it! What is it now?
As he spits the words out, Meteon maneuvers Blue Orbit right next to Nightcypher.
Meteon: I dunno what's going on, but this isn't what I'm in skyracing for, I'll tell you that!
Meteon: But, okay, I'm with you.
Lyria: Thank you, Meteon!
Meteon: Looks like it's me Maddie's really after.
Meteon: Hey, (Captain)! Come over here!
(Captain) nods and brings Nightcypher up to Blue Orbit before letting go of the control stick.
Maddie: Meeteeooon! Gwaaargh!
Vyrn: This is it!
Platinum Sky - Ending
With Maddie out of the picture, (Captain) gets a glimpse of the incredible view that Meteon waxed rhapsodic about earlier and Meteon becomes the PSC champion for the fifth year in a row. Meanwhile Eustace and Vaseraga wipe out the underground lab that was involved in PSC race fixing, but grow suspicious when they learn that the Society was closely involved.
Vyrn: Did... Did we do it?
The ominous-looking flames that embroiled Maddie and the Kaiser Herrschaft die down, bringing the ship to a full stop.
Meteon: We stopped him.
Lyria: Phew... Thank goodness!
Vyrn: Whew, looks like we managed to stop that nightmare scenario Sourpuss was talking about from playing out.
Lyria: Yes, but we couldn't have done it without Meteon's help. Thank you so much, Meteon.
Meteon: Huff... Yeah, okay, no problem, but...
Meteon lets out a little sigh but then stiffens his back and grabs the controls.
Meteon: Don't forget that we're not done yet.
Lyria: Hm? We're not?
Meteon: Of course not. The race is still on!
A devil-may-care grin spreads across Meteon's face. (Captain) nods and climbs back into Nightcypher.
Meteon: Okay, let's race!
Commentator: It's all happening here today! Blue Orbit and Nightcypher are off again at a blistering pace!
Commentator: I can tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that's the longest I've ever been away from the mic!
Sierokarte: Well, not that we mind! But, anyway, it looks like Maddie's well and truly out of the running now.
Sierokarte: So it's a one-on-one race to the finish line now.
Commentator: Haha, are you after my job, Siero?
Commentator: Yes, it's true. It looks like this is going to be a true test of pure speed.
Lyria: Wow, Meteon is so fast!
Vyrn: (Captain), can you keep up?
With a little nod, (Captain) activates Nightcypher's speed boost.
Commentator: Incredible! Nightcypher's speeding up even more!
Meteon: Huh? Faster?
Commentator: Could this be the end of the line for Blue Orbit?
Sierokarte: Yes, Meteon's already used his two nitro boosts this race, so he could be in trouble here.
Commentator: Yes! You're right! Oh, Blue Orbit is really up against it now!
Meteon: (I'm gonna lose. Really? Are they really faster than me?)
Meteon: (No! No way! I've had it with this self-doubt!)
Meteon: Sorry, Fange...
Meteon mutters the apology under his breath as he reaches for the nitro boost button.
Meteon: But I believe this machine you built has got more to give.
Meteon: Grrr... Uwaaagh!
Commentator: But can Meteon hold it?
Commentator: I think he can! He's pulling out in front! It's the Cobalt Comet, everyone, doing what he does best!
Vyrn: Uh-oh, what now?
Lyria: We have one more trick up our sleeves.
Vyrn: You can't be serious! Fangio warned us not to use that!
Vyrn: He told us he couldn't guarantee the ship could take it! Or us for that matter!
Lyria: But it's our only option now.
(Captain) lets out a big sigh and reaches for the speed-boost lever.
Vyrn: You're not actually going to do this, are you?
Lyria: I'm okay with it!
Lyria turns to nod at (Captain) and reaches for the lever on her side of the cockpit.
Vyrn: Oh yeah, you both have to engage this one together, don't you?
Lyria: I'm ready!
Vyrn: Aw man, I hate it when things like this happen! Okay, what the heck! Let's do it!
Lyria: On my mark...
Commentator: What's this? Nightcypher's speeding up even more?
Vyrn: Whoa! What have we dooone?
Vyrn and Lyria both scream as their bodies are hit by more g-force than they've ever experienced.
Meanwhile (Captain) remembers something that Meteon said to them before.
Meteon: That prickling sensation you get as the g-force kicks in...
Meteon: And the view you get when you take it to the limit and beyond.
Vyrn: This is nuts! But we're closing the gap! We're going to—Huh?
Turning around, Vyrn suddenly spots something closing in on Nightcypher and Blue Orbit from behind.
Maddie: I'm not done with you yet!
Vyrn: Oh no, not machine-man!
Lyria: What? It can't be!
Vyrn: More trouble. But hang on... He's reverted back to his usual self, I think.
Lyria: What are we going to do, (Captain)?
But as (Captain) is in a state of total concentration, Vyrn's and Lyria's words fall on deaf ears.
Vyrn: I guess there's only one thing to do. Just push on!
Commentator: More surprises! Now we're seeing the Kaiser rejoin the race! Someone tell me what the heck is going on, please!
Commentator: I-I think I'm just going to have to sit back and watch. And please, nobody say that's what I should have done from the start!
Maddie: I'm not gonna be beaten!
Meteon: Hah, give it your best shot, Maddie! You'll never match my speed!
Commentator: Look at this blazing comet, flames trailing, piercing the sky like a speeding bullet! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen!
Commentator: I-I can only apologize for my metaphors at this point!
Meteon: Ah... You too, huh?
Commentator: And first over the line is...
Commentator: It's Blue Orbit! It's Blue Orbit, everyone!
Commentator: The Cobalt Comet takes his fifth consecutive win! Amazing!
Lyria: Huff... Phew... W-we lost...
Vyrn: Yeah, but...
Commentator: In second place is Nightcypher!
Lyria: Haha, not bad, I guess!
Commentator: And in third comes Kaiser Herrschaft.
Maddie breaks the fusion with his speedship and comes over to (Captain) and company.
Maddie: I'm not gonna give up. Next time I'll beat you.
Maddie: And you, Meteon.
Meteon: Sorry, the next race is mine too.
Lyria: Oh! Yes, um, we won't be so easy to beat either, you know!
Vyrn: I don't think he's listening anymore, Lyria.
Meteon: Oh, I know he is. In fact... I think he's actually feeling pretty grateful to you.
Meteon: Because you stopped him when he got out of control.
Meteon: I mean, maybe it was just him being hell-bent on winning, but still...
Meteon: A victory when you're not in your right mind is hardly a real victory, wouldn't you say?
Vyrn: No, I guess not.
Meteon: Anyway, more importantly, (Captain)...
Meteon: We've gotta do this again!
Meteon extends his hand and (Captain) shakes it warmly.
Meteon: Although, can we skip the crazy battle in the middle of the race next time?
Vyrn: Haha! You really held your own back there though!
Meteon: Oh sure, gimme a break.
Surrounded by the cheering crowd, (Captain) and company look at each other and laugh merrily.
Vaseraga: Finally, job done.
After the greatest neck-and-neck race in history, the public wildly celebrates the fifth consecutive PSC win of the Cobalt Comet.
Meanwhile Vaseraga meets up with Eustace to put a stop to the activities of the underground research lab, as directed by the Society.
Eustace: That's all the PSC officials we know were involved.
Eustace: We've exposed all of them who had anything to do with the race fixing.
Vaseraga: But that doesn't mean the case is closed.
Eustace: What intel was the Society getting from this place?
Vaseraga: I don't know. This is the only record we've got.
Vaseraga: So this secret lab here was linked to both the Society and its enemies.
Eustace: And in the end, the Society wanted it erased...
Vaseraga: Humph. Something's going on that we don't know about.
Eustace: Yes, but we both know it didn't start here.
Vaseraga: What are you going to do now, Eustace?
Eustace brushes his fingers over his trusty Flamek Thunder as his dark eyes look far off into the distance.
Eustace: I can't go on like this.
The words are barely audible, but Vaseraga nods in agreement.