Having sat out most of the previous Bright-Vesia War, his cousin was probably unwilling to remain on the sidelines.

Now that the Avatars had matured into a smaller but more focused mech force, Melkor had all the tools he needed to excel in the coming battles!

As if thinking the same, Magdalena nodded at Melkor in respect.
”Every Larkinson must answer the call of duty.
This is the greatest conflict the Bright Republic has ever faced.
Our state has never been pushed so close to the edge.
To resist the sandman and protect the lives of trillions of Brighters is a noble calling! ”

Melkor nodded.
”I know.
I ’m not just doing this for myself.
I ’m fighting on behalf of our home state. ”

As trivial and weak as the Bright Republic seems on the galactic level, it was still their home! Each and every Larkinson had been born and raised on a planet of the Republic.
This gave them an indescribable connection to the state.

Once Ves was satisfied with Melkor ’s resolve, he shared one last hug with his cousin.

As soon as Melkor turned around and marched to his carrier, the Avatars standing in ranks began to shout!

”We shall sweep the stars of the sandmen! We will crush every grain of sand into dust! We must protect the Republic with our lives! ”

”Why? ”

”Because we are the Avatars of Myth! ”

The Avatars shouted those cries with such intensity that Ves could feel the raw emotions in their voices.
His eyes widened for a short moment as he recognized a familiar sensation.

The Flagrant Vandals projected a similar sense of unity, camaraderie and purpose.

Of course, the Avatars were nothing alike from the Vandals, but both of them had cultivated the essential qualities that bound mech pilots together.


As Ves studied the older Avatars and the younger Avatars, he noticed that all of them showed nothing but trust to each other and trust towards Melkor.

For Melkor to have bonded his highly-skilled Avatars together in such a unified fashion, his command skills weren ’t for show!

That made Ves feel a lot better about sending Melkor off to the front.

As for Commander Magdalena, it was best for her to remain at Cloudy Curtain in order to hold the fort.
The Mech Nursery and all the other properties of the LMC on the planet still needed protection.

Leaving at least one senior commander behind ensured that the Avatars and Sentinels left behind wouldn ’t be running like headless chickens in the event of an emergency.

Ves stood at the side of his older aunt as they watched the light carriers close up and begin to boost off the ground.

”Those light carriers can ’t sustain many hits from sandman lasers. ” Magdalena remarked in a deceptively casual tone.
”It ’s a bit of a pity that for all of the money the LMC is earning right now, we haven ’t been able to get our hands on a single combat carrier. ”

Her words carried an implicit rebuke towards Ves.
Even as the LMC earned hundreds of billions of bright credits in the past month, the company was spending most of their newfound wealth in building up its infrastructure!

In particular, Ves heavily pushed for to construct more manufacturing facilities.
He wanted his company to become less dependent on third-party manufacturers!

”We have already discussed this, commander. ” Ves pursed his lips.
”Every shipyard is chock full of orders.
The demand for starships is insane.
The second-hand market has been swept clean of savvy vultures.
The price of starships has already tripled, and still demand hasn ’t subsided yet! How can I possibly buy combat carriers under these circumstances? ”

”Aren ’t you supposed to be a mech designer with allies and connections? From what I ’ve heard, you ’re a man of importance in the Bright Republic! ”

Ves grimaced.
”That ’s true, but I ’m hardly the top dog in the Republic.
I still stand no chance against the members of the founding families, the established Senior Mech Designers and the powerful business families that have kept the economy in their grip for generations.
All of these people have far better connections. ”

Magdalena let him off after hearing that.
”I see.
You ’re still a long way from joining their ranks.
What about your girlfriend, then? Can ’t she help? ”

”It ’s not politically wise to leverage her identity to obtain advantages in the Bright Republic.
I ’ll just piss a lot of people off and make more enemies. ”

”What about ordering the combat carriers from the Hegemony? ”

”It will take months to deliver my order.
The war will at least be halfway done by the time they fall into our hands.
Besides, I don ’t think the Hexadric Hegemony is in any position to fulfill these kinds of orders.
From what I ’ve read in the news, their shipyards are already occupied with the Komodo War. ”

Both of them adopted grave expressions when they thought about the destructive conflict between the Coalition and the Hegemony.
The Komodo War already claimed many billions of lives! The amount of powerful second-class mechs that had fallen simply boggled the mind.

If all of those second-class mechs had been sent to fight the sandmen, then the aliens would have probably lost so hard that they wouldn ’t even be able to set foot in the Bright Republic!

”What an enormous waste! ” Magdalena lamented.

Ves nodded in agreement.
”Even when the aliens are harvesting so many human lives, the Coalition and the Hegemony are still preoccupied with their private vendettas. ”

Both of them felt inordinately disappointed at the conduct of the second-rate states of their star sector.
Many third-raters looked up to the second-rate states for leadership.

In a moment that was prime for them to showcase their power and magnanimity, they perplexingly decided to forsake their responsibility to the star sector!

At least Melkor answered the call of duty!

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