A sign of the Apocalypse.
With Ala Alba still going straight for the Palace, the combined fleet now has to deal with the 500,000+ summons (golems) they left behind – an M.M. soldier says that the number of enemies is close to the last battle fought above the Palace 20 years ago.
Takamichi confirms with Kurt that the enemy is using the Code of the Lifemaker. Since even the rank and file have access to the Master Keys (the simple version) most of the combined fleet will be completely powerless against them.
Haruna asks them to hold off the zerg rush and use the combined firepower of the fleet to create an opening for Ala Alba to charge through and into the ‘weak spot’ of the Barrier.
Ku, Mana, Sayo, and Kaede are fighting from the Paru-sama while Kotarou, Mei, and Takane do so from the Manta, with Yue, Collet, and Beatrix between them. Both the ships start taking damage, and they are attacked by two giant stone dragons, though a timely Titanoktonon takes care of them.
Having broken through the ‘eye of the storm’, Ala Alba finally sees the Palace directly – and are promptly shot at by the ancient defense systems from the main tower. Taking fire the entire time, both ships crash land into the lower sections of the Palace.
Haruna and Johnny need some time to fix up the ships before they can fly again, so Negi will leave some rear guards while the rest continue. But just as Negi is calling for Chisame, Nodoka, and Asuna…
“Hold it right there!”
“What’s wrong? We won’t run into anyone but enemies here.”
“Good day… Negi-sensei.”
And the totally-spoiled-by-now spoiler – the utterly unexpected appearance of Zazie. Just look at how dumbfounded Negi is on the last page.
Barely two chapters in, Negi’s plan is already going off the rails. Both ships are out of the fight (for now) and there’s no “safe zone” in the air while the defense is active, forcing even the non-combatants on to the Palace itself.
In any case, this was a preparation chapter to get all the major players in position, so here’s much looking forward to 295.