Copen's Story is a short side-story written by Toshiaki Tai, featured exclusively in three issues of the Dengeki Nintendo magazine (December 2016 issue, January 2017 issue, February 2017 issue）.
It chronicles Copen's fate after his second battle with Gunvolt in the first game and his subsequent encounter with Asimov.
This story also features the debut of Nori.
(From part 1)
Asimov puts some distance and dodges by jumping sideways: he then counters with his handgun.
However, his shot rounds are blocked by the Aix Gear’s armor.
The Aix Gear wasn’t originally developed to be a shield but it was designed to be extremely resistant because it had to be bear the use of the special bullets.
Its endurance performance might’ve decreased due to the battle with GV but it’s easily blocking the handgun’s bullets.
“Those attacks and that weapon… You’re the Non-Adept hat was in one of GV’s reports, huh? Who’d said you’d come this far?”
“Hmpf. So that means we both have info about each other.”
Copen quickly changed the weapon cartridge and irradiated a purple light from the Aix Gear.
That light could make those who looked it turn into a very short and temporary suspended animation, the shut-out curse-light (light) “Envy-sight’s snake-eye (Gorgon Gaze)” --- but Asimov began to quickly approach Copen without minding the light as he was bathed by it from the front.
Asimov jumped into Copen’s bosom and strongly grabbed the Aix Gear with the right hand: he forcefully blocked the light emitted from the muzzle.
“It’s like you said, Non-Adept. You said that we both had info about each other, right?”
The pupils beyond the sunglasses expanded.
The Gorgon Gaze doesn’t activate unless you look straight into its light.
Asimov had seized that from the battle report that GV had expedited.
A blue flash surged out from the fist grabbing the Aix Gear --- the next instant, the Aix Gear’s armor and the muzzle below it were shattered.
“You…! That Ability (power)…!”
“A Non-Adept that can copy our Septima is a very dangerous existence indeed… I’ll pierce and destroy you with my Azure Striker!”
Blue and white electricity surges out from Asimov’s body.
He was surprised that Asimov had the same Thunder Ability as GV but he quickly changed his thoughts.
Confusion and doubt of his emotions called in defeat… And the man in front of him had been capable of gripping and crushing the Gear, unlike Gunvolt, who hadn’t been able to puncture it.
It surely wasn’t a mistake to consider that, despite it being the same Ability, its power was above Gunvolt’s.
He quickly turns the Aix Gear with the broken muzzle and aimed the cannon opposite to the one that was destroyed at Asimov.
The Aix Gear has 2 cannons equipped on its rear and each one is independent.
Even if one was destroyed it was possible to use the other one.
“Devour it all! Millions of predators (Flesh Eater)!”
A colony of light overflows from the muzzle.
Light spores imitating flies gather around Asimov like they had a will of their own and surround him.
But when the light-insects touched Asimov’s body, his flesh became an afterimage and “blurred”.
That was one of the Azure Striker’s Abilities, to change one’s flesh to electrons and make all kinds of attacks pass through: the invincible EM boundary “Prevasion”.
“Impossible. As long as I’ve got Prevasion no attacks can get a hold of me.”
“Obviously. But it can serve as a distraction.”
He pulls the trigger of the revolver gun “Border” with the hand that isn’t holding the Aix Gear.
When the bullet is shot from the muzzle, it becomes a black energy spheroid.
It’s a bullet that absorbs all kinds of Septima and spreads them, the Special Super Magnetic Bullet “Greedy Usurper (Power Grab)”.
Maybe it was a side-effect but the Aix Gear suddenly stopped moving.
The already fired energy spheroid sucks up the Flesh Eater as it advances aiming for Asimov.
Asimov, who noticed that bullet’s heterogeneity at the last second, barely managed to turn the body away.
The energy spheroid skimmed Asimov’s shoulder.
Asimov’s whole body is suddenly struck by lethargy.
It barely touched him but the Greed Snatcher had sucked off the Thunder Wave from Asimov.
“What is this…?”
Unable to withstand the sudden energy depletion, Asimov collapsed onto his knees.
“That’s humanity’s (our) wisdom. Humanity, by learning and growing, became able to even hunt large beasts… This bullet wasn’t on the guy’s report, am I right?”
He came closer and aimed the Border at a critical point.
“Be destroyed, you non-human!”
“Not yet! Voltaic Chains!”
Chains tinged with lightning suddenly stretched from Asimov’s legroom and flung the Border away.
“! The Border!”
The still-stretching chains tighten onto the Aix Gear and Copen.
Like they’d reacted to Asimov’s roar, the chains tinged with lighting increased their momentum and began to strangle Copen along with powerful sparks.
Asimov quickly stood up and picked up the Border that was lying around.
“A mere damned Non-Adept was able to build something like this…!”
His consciousness begins to haze.
I won’t… die… here… not… yet…
A familiar woman’s voice hit Copen’s lobes then.
A woman clad in maid uniform totally analogous to this place all jumped out from within the Sabertooth.
The maid attempted to strike Asimov with a dagger knife.
Asimov, still under the effects of the Greed Snatcher, had no other choice but to dodge.
Given the unexpected intrusion by the maid, his concentration got altered and noise ran along the image (vision) of the Voltaic Chains and jolted a little bit.
The maid uses that opening.
She quickly grabbed Copen and pulled him away from the Voltaic Chains.
And, at the same time the maid saved Copen, the Aix Gear shattered.
If she had been slower then Copen’s body might’ve ended up like it, even…
“Please excuse my lack of manners, sir, but it is an emergency.”
Nowa throws Copen inside of the Sabertooth.
Even if the Aix Gear, the heaviest piece of Copen’s equipment, had been lost, the Megante Leon was also pretty heavy as well.
She had a lot of strength despite her slender body.
Nowa jumped into the cockpit as well, closed the hatch, and performed an emergency take-off.
Asimov, on the other side of the hatch, shot his own handgun but it only managed to make a few wounds on the Sabertooth’s exterior and the Sabertooth escaped Firmament.
“Are you alright, Lord Copen?”
“Nori… Why are you here…?”
“It is a maid’s job to protect you, sir.”
“That’s not it. You’re not going to tell me you were hiding in the Sabertooth all along?”
“It was complicated to transmit to you, Lord Copen, without you noticing me, sir.”
Copen sighs * huff * at how Nori, as usual, says amazing things without changing her facial expression.
I’d always thought of her as a bottomless woman but I didn’t expect her to be THIS capable…
“More importantly, that gun… I am deeply sorry that I was unable to retrieve it, sir.”
Copen’s favorite gun and his dead father’s memento, the “Border”.
She must be talking about Asimov stole it.
“Don’t mind it… You saved my life…”
Copen didn’t say anything else.
He sinks his tired body in the seat while regretting how he’d lowered the guard at the end.
While hardening the resolve to retrieve his father’s memento…