Kamine Island, 2:42 p.m., 7 minutes before Charles’ death. The battle between the Enclave and the Black Knights and Tokyo Mavericks continued.
Hawking: I’ll admit, you guys definitely have more imagination, when it comes to weapons. Way more than my guys, and a hell of a lot more than Britannia. It’s like they never went to America, but the joke is that they did.
Jeremiah: I will admit, mistaking an SMG for an assault rifle is among the many mistakes they made, in making weapons for Knightmares. (Okuninushi cuts through Gloucester with Tesla Blade and pierces through four other Knightmares, with its Slayer Harkens)
Hawking: Right? You guys have actual assault rifles that could be mistaken for machine guns, though the weight helps the spread, shotguns, gauss weapons, chainsaw katanas.
Miharu: We just finished mass producing the machine gun of the S-850, recently.
Hawking: See, now shit’s getting interesting!
Ohgi: I think I’m starting to get a bigger picture, about you, Hawking. You choose more pragmatic paths, because they suit your needs.
Hawking: Precisely! That’s exactly it, Ohgi! Why do something that someone else is doing, whether it be copying them or following them, when you can do whatever the hell you want to do? Take a look at all the bullshit Charles has pulled. Take over other countries. Control the flow of all information. Censor the Internet. All this...driven by pure ego.
Kallen: (inhales, about to say something)
Hawking: Don’t shout the obvious, please.
Kallen: Because, you already know you’re a hypocrite?
Hawking: That’s the exact obvious I was speaking of, yes.
Tohdoh: I hate to say this, but I find it pretty interesting that the Emperor of Ego managed to control the information about Britannia, on the Internet.
Hawking: Solely the info found on Britannian websites. He didn’t think far enough ahead to realize that American and Japanese websites could be utilized, as well, gaining the true information, rather than the junk data spewed on the Net. Hell, he didn’t think ahead, period. Thus, he never realized that the real flaws with humanity lied within the bystanders and the cynics, like him and his bitch of a wife.
Kallen: Oh, you have beef with cynicism? That’s rich, coming from a guy that’s hating on them and innocent bystanders.
Hawking: Take a look at society, before I took control of America, let Britannia invade. People see tragedies on the news, without batting an eye, especially ones caused by me. Always minding their own business, always walking the same paths, day in and day out, looking at their precious black mirrors. Yet, behind those technological marvels, there was the inevitable fact that the darker sides of humanity would surface: the dark web. A reflection of the Internet reality and our reality. I’m a manifestation of that reality, a life I chose, for myself.
Hawking: I’m an asshole. Though, that’s pretty obvious. Fact of the matter is, if hopes and dreams could fill all the empty spaces that life has, we wouldn’t have terrorism, fascism, or Britannia, which is both. The life of a supervillain, the life of a diabolical mastermind, the life of a malefactor. All of that, I chose of my own free will. And, with that choice, I’ll take control of the status quo, and do as I like, with the world, so everyone will wake up and face the reality that everything’s not perfect.
Tohdoh: So, you’re just wasted potential?
Hawking: Eh, basically.
Ohgi: But, why!? Surely, this wasn’t your only choice! You could’ve been greater, than this! Instead, you chose to become an incredibly dangerous...waste of time! Why would you choose this!? And, don’t you dare say-!
Hawking: (grins malevolently) Because, fuck you.
Ohgi: (growls angrily) Fire the cannons!
As Enclave airships lined up to attack, several Burais with modified cannons from Raikos on their chests took up positions and fired shrapnel rounds into the Knightmares and airships, piercing right through them with the ball bearings.
Hawking: Ooh! Even more upgrading with what you’ve got! You even scratched the paint job on the Yorktown!
Kallen: So, if I’m understanding this correctly, the Emperor of Ego’s strategy, to not only gain more territory but help this Ragnarok Connection, was to kill any resistance to him, endorse fear and conquest, and censor the Net?
Hawking: Bingo! If Britannia looks heroic, there can be no hate for it, let alone guilt. It’s the perfect way for a dictator to manipulate the people into his favor. Well, until Alistair came along and woke them up.
Nunnally: Another thing I’m seeing is you having the same kind of beef that Alistair has. Not with cynicism, but with ethical extremes.
Hawking: Ooh, the cute, meek girl turned captain in a wheelchair makes an astonishing discovery! Indeed, Alistair and I don’t see any point in control or destruction, in military or anarchy, in law or chaos. Because, in all honesty, such labels and ways to live life don’t really...matter. They’ve been at each other’s throats, ever since their conception, and we’ve been smack-dab in the middle of it, for eons.
Seth: You’re essentially agreeing with President Daughtry’s philosophy?
Hawking: Hey, it was a fair point. Still had to kill him, though.
Ohgi: If law and chaos can’t coexist, then how come we have politicians and the police?
Hawking: Because, those guys haven’t been fully committed to law, as that would mean total domination of the Earth, and taking away individuality, by the millions. Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it? And, before you make the obvious questioning statement, no. There are no perks to siding with law. Think about it, all the propaganda about it has been nothing but oxymorons. “Equality under the law,” “freedom under the law”? There’s nothing egalitarian about it. The law has always been out for one thing, and one thing only: the law. Law is driven purely by its own ego, not only for self-preservation, but for domination and to remain on top. Leading a country? That’s just fine, as long as you’re not completely stuck with the ethics that guide such a job.
Schneizel: I learned that lesson, myself, years ago. And, I think that the problems with chaos are obvious.
Hawking: Very true, Schneizel! Much like its counterpart, chaos is an ethical force that’s only out for itself. At its core, it’s merely destruction incarnate, war, fear, a more dangerous Social Darwinism. Survival of the fittest, without governments or society to tell anyone what to do. And, again, much like law, it’s self-destructive. Not only because law and chaos will kill each other, in the end, but because, if either side wins, there will be nothing left. Nothing left to destroy, nothing left to conquer, just...nothing.
Tamaki: I will make the complaint, however, that Alistair saying that Britannia has caused anarchy is a bit flawed.
Hawking: Ah, but it’s too true, isn’t it!?
Hawking: If you really think about it, weren’t the Primebloods just Britannians that went postal?
Ohgi: ...That’s not...entirely wrong.
Hawking: Because, Britannia only wants control, ignoring the wishes of the masses, who merely go along with it, for appearances. And, some, with honest patriotism, but mostly appearances. With all the control they have over countries, they have more room for their population, which also means more mindsets. Though, I should probably not remind you of the fact that Charles didn’t know shit, because he was so focused on...the other shit going on, down there. Hell, if either the Primebloods or Renegades took control of the world, it wouldn’t be all that great, compared to Britannia, so I’ll give you props, for dealing with them.
Kallen: Your solution isn’t any better!
Hawking: Never said it was. It’s not even a solution to the world’s problems, to begin with, not intentionally. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it, again. I don’t have a good reason for doing the shit I do. I don’t need a good reason, let alone want one. No intentions drive my actions, no goal is in sight. There’s no ends to justify the means, or vice versa. The ends and the means are one and the same: do what I want, when I want, how I want. Call me a villain, a malefactor, an extremist, every kind of insult imaginable, all you like. You can’t possibly be wrong.
Ohgi: While I appreciate the explanations and dialogue, I think it’s high time you bit the dust.
Hawking: Yeah, yeah, have a second wave of Knightmares, why don’t ya?
Another wave of Enclave Knightmares began flooding out of the Yorktown.
Ohgi, Nunnally and Schneizel: (in unison) Fire missiles!
The Ikaruga, Yatagarasu and Avalon fired their missiles at the Knightmares, destroying them all.
Hawking: For the record, we never knew how to make Knightmares, until... I dunno, a couple months ago? Yeah, we mostly focused on making the most impossible technological shit, but without Knightmare schematics, we couldn’t apply our...usual touch.
Ohgi: (Knightmare cocks both assault rifles) I’m fully reloaded, now.
Hawking: I’d be disappointed if you weren’t.
Every Knightmare fired their most powerful weapons at the Yorktown, piercing through the Blaze Luminous and causing enough damage to make it start falling toward the sea. However, Hawking got into a VTOL and smiled his usual smile, as the Yorktown exploded.
Hawking: Don’t worry, that’s not the only Yorktown I’ve got. It was...just my strongest one.
Hawking: Also, before I go, I may as well answer your inner curiosity about why I shaved my beard.
Ohgi: Okay, yeah, that did bug me.
Schneizel: Surprisingly, I am curious.
Kallen: I’ll admit, I’m a bit perplexed by that decision.
Hawking: Short answer, it was uncomfortable, didn’t match me, in the slightest, and got in the way of my “President Evil” look, and made me more of a “President Jesus”.
Ohgi: ...What’s the long answer?
Hawking: There is no long answer, the short answer’s my only answer.
Kallen: Of course it is. We’ll settle this later, then, President Jesus!
Hawking: Yeah, fuck you, too, Kallen.
Hawking’s VTOL began flying off at a high speed, just as C.C.’s Akatsuki, the Lancelot, the Shinkiro and the Masakado fly away from the island.
Alistair: Everybody step back!
Kallen: Why, what’s wrong?!
Ohgi: Did you kill the Emperor of Ego!?
C.C.: But, now we have to fight the missus!
Tohdoh: Beg pardon?!
Suddenly, a large portal was torn open, by giant hands, and a giant dark green humanoid mech, seemingly similar to a Knightmare, stepped through.
Chiba: What the hell is that thing?!
Kanda: It’s as big as a German Sherman!
Seth: Not wrong, those trees are huge!
Marianne: How do you like my new personal unit, the Morgaine? I’ll admit, it’s larger than normal Knightmares, but it suits me, perfectly.
Alistair: Jeremiah, is it alright to refer to that thing as a Knight Giga Fortress and call it a day?
Jeremiah: Sadly, yes. That cannot qualify as a normal Knightmare, anyway.
Suzaku: How the hell did she get those powers, to begin with!? What was in that syringe!?
C.C.: The blood of a Celtic goddess.
Alistair: Great, she’s got some of Danu’s abilities?
Kallen: Wait, I know who found that! Hawking, where did you-?!
Hawking: (far off) Byyye!
Kallen: Explanation later, then.
Marianne: My, my, what a beautiful army! Greetings, my Britannian subjects! I am Marianne vi Britannia, the Empress of the Empire! I have recovered from the terrorist attack that nearly took my life, and now come to you, to lead you in your time of need! Lend me your power, and destroy my enemies, the Black Knights and the Tokyo Mavericks! Kill Zero and destroy his foolish mask!
Everyone remained quiet, no longer surprised, but angry, as they glared at the Morgaine. Suddenly, a powerful gunshot rang out and slightly damaged the shoulder of the Morgaine. The Morgaine looked around, casually, and saw that James’ Knightpolice had its revolver out, the barrel still smoking.
Marianne: I’m… I’m sorry, but... Did you just...shoot me?
James: Yeah. I did. What are you going to do...bitch?
Marianne: Is that any way to talk to the leader of your country?
James: You mean the country that’s currently defunct? I didn’t choose the life of terrorism, like most did.
Ohgi: Plenty of Britannians joined the Black Knights and Tokyo Mavericks. It’s over, for your precious “empire”.
Marianne: That’s merely your opinion, Mr. Waste of Space. As long as I live, Britannia will live, and so shall Charles. Soon enough, you will beg for his return, so that the powerful may prosper.
Alistair: Face facts, Empress of Ego. Nobody’s gonna trust your hot mess of a country.
Marianne: “Hot mess”? Is that the best insult you can come up with, for the most powerful, orderly and controlling country?
Alistair: How else do you describe a country built from a conspiracy, whose policies include racism and terrorism, whose foreign policy and ruling of other countries is seizure-inducing, and, most importantly, whose government and military, some of the only jobs where people rarely become lawful, do nothing!?
Suzaku: Not entirely true. They’ve stopped terrorists, other than themselves, several times.
Alistair: Keep thinking.
Suzaku: (pauses) Hey, yeah! Other than that, they haven’t done shit!
Marianne: That’s merely because due process hasn’t been fully completed-
Lelouch: There never was due process. The laws that Britannia espoused were only for Britannia’s benefit, not anybody else’s.
Kallen: We already listened to Hawking list off every flaw that Britannia had. From its government to its military, to its very leadership.
Marianne: There were never any flaws, to begin with. I mean, take a look at me. I was but a commoner, until Charles chose to marry me. Now, look where I am. The Empress of Britannia! I went from rags to riches, in such short time!
Alistair: That’s another thing that’s really pissing me off. Why is everyone from Britannia either a super rich asshole or from a broken home? Or, in your case, both.
Marianne: Ah, now I see what’s going on. You’re all jealous of Britannia’s success. You don’t see such a glorious empire as infallible, because you see yourselves as infallible. I’m afraid that can never be the case. Britannia is always right, and so are its citizens, its leaders. The choices laid out for you are obvious. Join us, or die. What do you say, in the face of utopia?
Alistair: To go screw yourself. Specifically, in Hell.
Tohdoh: I find it surprising that you have an even bigger ego than your husband, and you’ve been dead, the whole time!
Marianne: What ego? It’s blatantly obvious that I am always right. I know what’s right for humanity, and so did Charles.
Kallen: Here I thought Minnesota had such a huge trip, from her ego. You’re the biggest egotistical bitch, of them all!
Marianne: Do not insult your leader, Eleven worm!
Alistair: She’s already lost it. Let’s make sure she stays dead, this time.
Marianne: Very well. I shall incinerate you all, and revive Charles. Then, the utopia we dreamed of will become reality!
Alistair: All-out attack!
The Morgaine fired the cannons and missile launchers on its body, causing the other Knightmares to dodge out of the way, as they fired their ranged weapons at the giant mech. Barely any of the bullets or cannon fire managed to hit the Morgaine, as there was a faint Blaze Luminous protecting its body. The Gawain Nexus and Mordred fired their Hadron Cannons, only for the Morgaine to block the attack, with its own Hadron Cannons.
Marianne: Give it up. There’s no chance of your victory.
Lelouch: There certainly is. You have no room to move, and you’re far too large.
Marianne: ...Admittedly, I didn’t think I would be on a space this small. Nevertheless, my victory is assured.
Alistair: Really? How long can that Blaze Luminous last for?
Marianne: What makes you think I’d answer a heathen, like you?
Alistair: Lelouch, do teach your former mother a lesson on both humility and how to pay attention.
Lelouch: Gladly. I hereby place you...in check!
At the last moment, Marianne noticed the electronic warfare Sutherlands, just as they activated their EMP attack, disabling the Morgaine.
Marianne: What?! What is this?!
Alistair: Technology’s advanced, Marianne. Without you.
The Ikaruga fired its Hadron Cannons, alongside the Mordred and Gawain Nexus, heavily damaging the Morgaine, and caused it to fall apart.
Ohgi: That was...anticlimactic.
Alistair: I know this move, anywhere! Everybody, back!
The Masakado flew in front of the Morgaine’s chest, and a Knightmare with a similar color scheme burst out, looking like a combination of all the Knightmares of the Knights of the Round. The real Morgaine went to attack the Masakado, with its MVS, but the attack was blocked. Both Knightmares flew up and backed away.
Suzaku: That doesn’t seem fair! At all!
Kallen: How is that Knightmare even possible!? It doesn’t even exist!
Alistair: Not in this dimension.
Marianne: A perfect fit, for the Empress of Britannia, wouldn’t you think? Melding together the power of the Knights of the Round, showing the power of the people.
Alistair: It is a perfect fit. For a witch.
Lelouch: You’re more of a witch than C.C. could ever be.
C.C.: Why must you two compliment me, so much?
Marianne: Go ahead and laugh, as much as you want. I’m not outnumbered, here!
Marianne grinned, as the Geass symbol enveloped both of her eyes, and various dimensional portals opened up, an army the same size as the one Charles brought coming through, but with a different flagship, the Great Britannia.
Schneizel: Huh. And, here I thought that the Great Britannia would never be used. I mean, it’s the most powerful among the basic airships but...it’s just...basic.
Alistair: Still some land versatility, to kick this bitch’s ass.
Marianne: Your repeated calmness, in the face of doom, is pissing me off. Why aren’t you cowering in fear?
Kallen: You think you’re anything special? We just beat both your shitty husband, and Hawking’s forces. What makes you think you have any chance, after a couple years of doing absolutely nothing?
Ohgi: I have utilized the heaviest of weaponry, to destroy Knightmares with guns bigger than mine.
Alistair: Face the facts, Marianne. The world’s moved on, without you. Time for you to pay the piper.
Marianne: And, it’s time for you lot to learn your place and kneel before the world’s ruler! Attack!
Marianne’s forces began their attack, and the Black Knights and Tokyo Mavericks engaged, as well. The Morgaine attacked the Masakado, but was backed up by the Shinkiro, using its shields. The Morgaine then fired its Hadron missiles at the Mordred, which blocked with its own missiles.
Marianne: No matter what you traitors use, I will counter your Knightmares, tenfold. I even have the Galahad’s sword, so I think Bismarck will be very happy.
Gino: You don’t know every move, bitch!
The Tristan fired its Failnaught crossbow at the Morgaine, which pierced through the Blaze Luminous and damaged it, slightly. The Morgaine then brought out its copy of the Tristan’s MVS polearm, and attacked the Tristan, Gino barely able to keep up with Marianne’s skill. The stalemate was broken when the Zangetsu literally cut in with its Brake Sword, then went for a sudden upward slash.
Tohdoh: Shadow Longsword Strike!
The Zangetsu’s Brake Sword forced the Morgaine back, with the impact of the strike. The Lancelot then used its Slash Harkens to bring the Morgaine closer to it, repeatedly striking it with its MVSs and using its Harkens, again, to push it away.
Marianne: Not bad, disgraces to humanity. But, we’ve only just begun!
Ohgi’s Burai used up the last of its explosive weaponry, destroying several airships and commander type Knightmares in the process.
Rakshata: Ohgi, we’re all out of ammunition, for you! You can come back to the bridge, now!
Ohgi: Not a chance in Hell.
Villetta: Ohgi, you’ve got nothing left to prove! Come back!
Ohgi: Not until that bitch knows how to be a real parent, how I’m going to raise our child.
Rakshata: What?! When did you-?!
Villetta: Diethard and Sayoko covered for us, surprisingly. If you’re that set to take her on...don’t go without your loadout.
As Ohgi’s Burai detached the missile and grenade launchers, an assortment of weapons came up, next to it. The Burai dropped both of its heavy assault rifles, grabbed a new one, then a shotgun, two retractable cannons equipped underneath its arms, and an MVS katana, sheathed and equipped on its hip.
Ohgi: One Float Unit, please! And, anybody else who wants a shot at being long range specialists, do your thing!
C.C.’s Akatsuki cut through a commander’s Vincent, as well as a Royal Guard’s, with its chainsaw katana, then went to engage the Morgaine.
Marianne: What happened to you, C.C.? You used to be so full of life, eager to help Charles and I.
C.C.: I finally learned how to grow up. I learned a thing or two about being human, the hard way. I get that there’s pain, but some of what I experienced, I deserved. And, I’ll be damned if you take away all of existence, for the sake of your petty ego!
Marianne: I don’t know what you’re talking about. The Ragnarok Connection is for the benefit of humanity.
C.C.: It’s been a stupid idea, from day one, bitch.
Marianne: Stop calling me that!
C.C.: What? Can’t handle the truth?
C.C.’s Akatsuki parried the Morgaine’s MVSs and cut its armor, following up the attack with some bazooka shots. The Tenkai then tackled the Morgaine away from its backup, and repeatedly struck it, with its MVS gauntlets. The Tenkai kicked the Morgaine toward the Koga Saburo, which rapidly cut Marianne’s Knightmare with its thin blades, then threw it at the Yamato Takeru, which slammed its MVS greatsword into the chest of the Morgaine, forcing it backwards, yet again. The Yoshitsune then attacked the Morgaine, with its Hassou Tobi technique, before it could activate the Blaze Luminous.
Marianne: Honestly, you don’t know when to quit. My armor is barely even scathed, especially without the help of the Blaze Luminous. All your precious new Knightmares will ever have is the same tricks, including the one special trick you love to use, so much.
Darlton: How’s this, for being a one-trick pony?
The Tenkai’s gauntlets produced double-barreled Hadron Cannons, the Koga Saburo’s forearms produced smaller Tesla Cannons, the Yoshitsune sheathed its swords to hold two Tesla Cannons and the Yamato Takeru equipped its VARIS rifle with a Hadron Blaster, all the Knightmares firing their weapons on the Morgaine, heavily damaging it and piercing through the Blaze Luminous.
Marianne: I suppose that your refusal to act like adults shall have to be met with being treated like children. However, I’m much more interested in seeing how well you burn!
The Morgaine prepared its Stark Hadron Cannons, the Hadron Cannons on it shoulders, and the Hadron Cannons from the Percival, and fired all eight barrels, the Tenkai, Yoshitsune, Koga Saburo and Yamato Takeru barely evading the blasts. The Michizane saw the combined fire of all the Hadron Cannons, and fired its railgun, destroying the Stark Hadron Cannons with a single shot. Marianne growled, only for the Morgaine to be struck by the axes of the Gawain Nexus, slamming the Knightmare against the wing of the Great Britannia, Ohgi’s Burai landing next to it.
Marianne: And, here we have two fellow leaders, both from ungrateful countries.
Seth: Considering all the murder you caused, what did you think our reaction was going to be?
Marianne: Accept Britannia, with open arms, naturally. After all, it is the best of all countries.
Ohgi: Keep your cute opinions to your egotistical little self. It’s become personal, now.
Marianne: Really, now? And, what are you hoping to do, with that outdated Knightmare of yours? Do a dance?
Ohgi: No. I’m going to beat the shit out of you, with it.
The Gawain Nexus let Ohgi’s Burai approach the Morgaine, without using the Landspinners, storming over to it. The Morgaine launched a Slash Harken at the Burai, which was deflected with a backfist. Ohgi’s Burai then started to pummel the Morgaine, with its fists, catching Marianne off guard and taking control of the fight, rather quickly. The Burai slammed its fists into the head of the Morgaine, and forced it to its knees, with an overhand right, before tagging in the Gawain Nexus, with a high-five.
Ohgi: Show her who’s boss, Mr. President.
The Gawain Nexus dashed to the Morgaine, which had gotten back to its feet, and struck it with a powerful clothesline, launching it into the air. The Gawain Nexus then switched its fingers to Slash Harken mode and struck the Morgaine with them, bringing it back onto the top of the Great Britannia.
Seth: Get up, bitch!
The Gawain Nexus forced the Morgaine back to its feet, with a hard knee strike, and Ohgi’s Burai shot it with its shotgun, at point-blank range. Bits of armor was chipped off the Morgaine, from the shotgun blast, and the Burai kept firing, every blast followed by the pump action ejection of shells. As the Morgaine went to defend with its Blaze Luminous, Ohgi’s Burai fired three consecutive shots with the burst fire function, piercing through the shield and damaging the generator. Marianne got frustrated and went to fire its back Hadron Cannons, at point-blank range, but the Burai grabbed the barrels of the cannons and tore them off the Morgaine. Ohgi’s Burai drew its MVS katana and the Morgaine tried to defend with its copy of the Percival’s missile shield, only for the shield to be cut in two, from just one slice. The Burai then destroyed the Hadron Cannons on the Morgaine’s legs, with its Slash Harkens.
Marianne: (growls angrily) What is wrong with you?! Why won’t you just give up!?
Ohgi: Ego, getting in the way of accepting defeat? That’s definitely a first, for me.
Seth: I can agree, with that.
The Morgaine drew its Excalibur MVS, swinging it at Ohgi’s Burai, which barely evaded the strike with a backflip, then aimed both of its cannons at the Morgaine, while the Gawain Nexus aimed its rocket launcher. Both Knightmares fired their weapons, while the Morgaine tried to lessen the damage by blocking with the Excalibur MVS, the explosive impacts dealing plenty of damage, nonetheless. The Guren then landed a distracting cut to the Morgaine, with its MVS knife, and Marianne decided to follow after Kallen, not noticing that Ohgi’s Burai opened fire on the Morgaine, with its heavy assault rifle, while it was leaving.
Kallen: Come on, you egotistical hag! Can’t you keep up with an ace, like me!?
Marianne: I’ve piloted a Knightmare, perfectly, before you were even born, child!
Kallen: And, yet, you’re a shit fighter, compared to a pissed off Ohgi. That’s how bad you suck.
Marianne: Enough games! Die!
The Morgaine went to attack with its Excalibur, but the Guren dodged and countered with its Slash Harkens and Stinger revolver. The Guren then grabbed the Morgaine with its Radiant Wave Surger arm.
Kallen: I’ll make sure you don’t leave a corpse, Marianne!
The Guren attacked with its Radiant Wave Surger attack, causing immense damage to the Morgaine and essentially causing its energy to dwindle. Marianne yelled in pain, and the Guren threw the Morgaine toward the Lancelot and Okuninushi.
Jeremiah: I’ll back you up!
Marianne: Why?! Why would you betray your country, like this, Jeremiah?!
Jeremiah: I serve no country, not anymore! I am Revenant Jeremiah Gottwald! I am forever loyal to the Tokyo Mavericks, loyal to Lelouch, loyal to Alistair! Loyal to humanity! You, too, shall feel the full might of my loyalty!
The Okuninushi heavily damaged the Morgaine with its Slayer Harkens, and slashed it with its Tesla Blade. The Okuninushi then kicked the Morgaine away and fired its missiles and SMGs, leaving the Knightmare from another dimension in a stunned state.
Jeremiah: Now, Suzaku!
Suzaku: Going full force, now!
The Lancelot charged in and repeatedly slashed the Morgaine, with both of its MVSs.
Suzaku: Go down!
The Lancelot landed one final attack, and the Morgaine was left in a moderately damaged state, though Marianne’s stamina was in a worse state, as well as her psyche. The Shinkiro floated in front of the Morgaine.
Marianne: (pants) Lelouch...! Lelouch vi Britannia, listen to your mother...!
Lelouch: I know of no Lelouch vi Britannia, only of a Lelouch Lamperouge. I am not him, as my name is Zero.
Marianne: Stop saying that…! You are my son, and I am your mother…! You have no right...to deny my wishes...!
Lelouch: Humanity will be just fine, without you, Marianne. You became a failure, as a ruler and as a parent. It’s time to finish this!
The Shinkiro fired its wrist-mounted Hadron Cannons and the Morgaine was unable to defend itself from the shots. The Shinkiro closed the distance and rapidly cut the Morgaine with its axe, then sent it further up, setting up a shot with its Phase-Transition Cannon and Tesla Cannon.
Lelouch: This is checkmate, Marianne!
The Shinkiro fired its Phase-Transition Cannon at full power, and the Tesla Cannon, at the same time, heavily damaging the Morgaine. Marianne yelled out in pain, and the Masakado dashed in, preparing to attack with its Godslayer MVS, the Morgaine attempting to block, with its Excalibur MVS. Marianne was left in further shock, as the Morgaine’s Excalibur was broken, and its Float Unit ripped off.
Alistair: Enjoy the fall!
Marianne: You think this is over!? I still have power beyond humanity! I’ll just get myself a new Knightmare-!
Marianne attempted to use her newfound power, from Danu’s blood, but the attempt was rejected, instead causing Marianne to gag and vomit out blood, onto the floor of the cockpit. Upon realizing that the power Hawking offered her was already used up, Marianne shook in her seat, as the Morgaine started falling towards the ruins. Upon the rough impact, Marianne grunted, as the Morgaine landed near the Thought Elevator gateway, where she panted in exhaustion. Suddenly, two hands from two different Knightmares came out of the gateway, and dragged the Morgaine inside, the Sword of Akasha fading into pieces, leaving only a blank white area, where only solid ground exists. The Morgaine sparked from all the heavy damage it took, as it stood up, Marianne seeing a gray and silver Sutherland standing next to a brown and red Burai, looking rather similar to two people that Marianne had met, before.
Marianne: You two...! You think you have power, here!? You don’t even have Geass! And, you’re dead! I will never die, you hear me!? Come! I’ll lay you to rest, permanently!
The Morgaine drew its normal MVSs, and the gray Sutherland drew a Tommy Gun fit for a Knightmare, while the Burai drew an anti-materiel rifle, while also revealing their Float Units. Both Knightmares flew and the Sutherland fired its Tommy Gun at the Morgaine, damaging it, heavily. The Morgaine went to attack, but the Burai fired its sniper rifle, destroying the MVSs, then destroyed its remaining Blaze Luminous generator, and finally shot its head, causing the green Knightmare to fall prone, essentially destroyed. Marianne opened the cockpit and crawled out, panting as the Sutherland and Burai landed.
Marianne: I know it’s you, Cheryl and Phoenix Wake! Stop hiding, and face me, like adults!
The cockpits opened, but rather than Cheryl and Phoenix being in the pilot seats, there were two people in Zero outfits, with the parents’ color schemes, who then approached Marianne.
Zero (Cheryl): Who is Cheryl?
Zero (Phoenix): And, who is Phoenix?
Zero (Cheryl): I am Zero.
Zero (Phoenix): I am also Zero.
Marianne: What...? What the hell is this?! Take off your masks!
Zero (Phoenix): What do you mean?
Marianne: Your masks! Take them off, so I can see your goddamn faces!
Zero (Cheryl): We all wear masks, Marianne. But, which one is real? The one that hides your face, or the one that is your face?
Marianne: Nobody wears masks, like that! Not normal people! Those masks are symbols of lies, and they hide your face! Take them off!
Zero (Phoenix): We can’t. This is the face of humanity, now, the face of hope.
Marianne: What are you talking about!?
Marianne then noticed a group of Zeros approaching her, each with different color schemes, only one of them being Lelouch.
Zero (Tamaki): I’ve accepted that I am Zero.
Zero (Ohgi): I came to the realization that I am Zero.
Zero (Tohdoh): I, too, am Zero.
Zero (Kallen): I will forever be Zero.
Zero (Alistair): I was Zero, before I was even born.
Marianne started hyperventilating, panicking at the fact that she was being surrounded by Zeros, then around 50,000 more fully surrounded her, some of them children.
Zeros: (In unison) We are Zero.
Marianne: Why is this happening...?! You’re not real! You can’t be real!
Zeros: Marianne vi Britannia. Zero hereby commands you.
All the Zeros’ masks opened a slit in the left eye, revealing a Geass in each and every eye.
Zeros: Never again shall you return to the land of the living, to become a threat to the world, and all life on it. Forever shall you remain among the dead, with no chance to revive Charles zi Britannia. The Holy Empire of Britannia...is dead.
Marianne yelled in agony, as she was hit by the collective Geass command, actually feeling her psyche break as the command took hold. The Zero that was Alistair approached Marianne, aiming a Desert Eagle at her head.
Marianne: (crying) Why couldn’t you accept the new world we offered!? It was going to be perfect! How could you accept a world built on lies!? Nothing in this world is perfect! Without the new world...I’m nothing…! The world needs Britannia…! I lost everything, and Britannia helped me...! Without my dream...there’s nothing left...! You made this world hell!
Zero (Alistair): It is because the world is imperfect that humanity defends it. Perfection is overrated, and causes problems the same way utopia does. You can’t do anything, any longer, Marianne. The world no longer needs you, and has never needed Britannia.
Zero shot Marianne, in the head, killing her, permanently. Marianne’s body faded, taken by C’s World, and the Zeros disappeared, save for Phoenix and Cheryl, who took their masks off, smiling.
Cheryl: That takes care of that.
Phoenix: Let’s just sit back and watch England get fixed, now.
Back at Kamine Island, the wrecked Knightmares and airships disappeared, upon Marianne’s death, everyone celebrating their victory, after several long battles.
Ohgi: We did it!
Lelouch: Japan is free!
Kallen: That’s good... Finally...
Suzaku: Definitely a better ending than I anticipated. So... Now, what?
Lelouch: Hm... I’ll need to think on that.
Alistair: I’ve got something in mind...
One month later, Britannian Royal Palace. Several people were gathered in front of the throne, waiting for Charles.
Carine: Where is Father? He’s been by himself, for too long.
Guinevere: Bismarck’s missing, too. Something seems wrong.
Odysseus: Come, now, it’s just your imagination. I’m sure he’ll be along, shortly-
A young man in an Ashford Academy uniform stepped out from the curtains, where the throne was, and approached it. He then kicked the throne, knocking it down, then turned around, revealing himself to be Lelouch.
Carine: What?! Who do you think you are?!
Lelouch: Me? I’m Lelouch Lamperouge, supporter and big fan of the Black Knights.
Odysseus: Lelouch! You’re alive?! We thought you died, and only Nunnally survived!
Lelouch: I assure you, I don’t know any of you, personally. My sister is the captain of the Yatagarasu, the Tokyo Mavericks’ flagship, and is prepared to kick any evil ass.
Carine: Don’t play dumb, Lelouch!
Guinevere: She’s right. Do you know where our father is?
Lelouch: Dead. Zero and Alistair Wake killed him. Britannia is already done for.
The audience of nobles gasped, and started to panic.
Odysseus: Now, Lelouch, don’t make such mean jokes, in front of our guests. After all, we’re able to take the throne-
Lelouch: What makes you think anyone will let you?
Guinevere: That’s enough, out of you! Guards! Escort this fool out of our presence! (pauses) Guards! Did you hear me!?
Suzaku then came from where Lelouch entered, dragging an unconscious guard, before dropping him to the floor.
Suzaku: I don’t think they’ll be able to move, for a while.
Guinevere: The Knight of Seven?! This is treason! You’ll be executed, for this!
Lelouch: How? Britannia doesn’t exist, anymore. I believe our honored guest would like to help with that fact.
The doors opened, and Zero entered the palace, standing with Lelouch and Suzaku.
Zero: People of the former empire of Britannia! Charles zi Britannia is dead. For crimes against humanity, he gave little chance for arrest, and had to be killed.
Carine: Murderer! Monster! Give us back our father!
Guinevere: Britannia will never yield, to terrorists!
Odysseus: Zero, you must realize that Britannia cannot become England, at any cost. There would be no point-
Zero: That is where you’re wrong. (mask slit opens, revealing Geass) Accept reality! Britannia...is over!
Zero’s Geass reached everyone in the room, and even Guinevere, Carine and Odysseus could not resist.
Odysseus: So...that’s it, then? Our positions, our family, our jobs...are all gone?
Carine: This isn’t fair...
Guinevere: Reduced to nothing...because of fools...
Zero: I doubt that you’d be left, with nothing. Your assets and money are still your own. However, you can’t use them, for ill intentions, lest you become criminals. Again.
Odysseus: Well, I guess Rome had to die, sometime. The palace is all yours, Lelouch! I hope you don’t get taxed, for taking care of it.
Lelouch: What are you on about, Odysseus? You live here, too.
Guinevere: What do you mean?
Lelouch: You heard Zero, your assets are still yours. That includes your living spaces. Provided you handle the chores, yourself, and clean your own messes, of course.
Carine: So...this is just a place to live, now? A really spacious place to live?
Odysseus: Then, who controls England’s government?
Zero: The selected Prime Minister is already in Parliament, as we speak. Let’s just say they won’t take any nonsense.
Guinevere: I can’t believe that everything just...changed, in one fell swoop. I don’t know if we’ll ever survive trying to adapt, to these times...
Meanwhile, C.C. was watching from the sidelines, smiling to herself.
C.C.: Looks like things are finally looking up, for my old home. Things will get better, now. And, here I thought I’d be hearing these people chant “All Hail Lelouch”.