Kiretsu Sentai Dageki
- This is an unofficial player group. For the affiliated NPC faction, see Golden Chrysanthemums.
|Date of founding||807 A.S.|
|Current leader(s)||Zetsumai Keisotsu|
|Base of operations|
|Deposing the Chrysanthemum Elders, Equal Rights for Women|
|Founding of a Kusari Matriarch, Destruction of Samura|
While Zetsumai Keisotsu made the Kiretsu Squadron what it is today, it was originally formed by Shotou Kakujin as Kuromeru Squadron. Being relatively new and under the control of the Chrysanthemum Elders, the squadron was assigned green pilots, those with little to no combat experience, while they favored the elite squadrons with the more experienced pilots.
Much of Kuromeru Squadron's activities and missions were bland and ordinary, at least from the viewpoint of a Golden Chrysanthemum. Shotou continually asked for more important missions than commerce interdiction and eventually got what she asked for, though it turned out not to be what she wanted. In order to free a captured Elder, and others, from Fuchu Prison, Shotou, her five pilots, and two dozen other Chrysanthemum and Blood Dragon pilots were being sent to suppress the Prison's defenses while transports with soldiers boarded the station and rescued as many people as they could. Shotou's Kuromeru Squadron was tasked with keeping Battleship Myoko and its fighters from getting close enough to destroy the transports.
It was known that it was a suicide mission, for Shotou and her pilots to sacrifice themselves in order to buy the transports enough time to get in and out. Despite that, Shotou and her wingmate managed to survive the battle, though Shotou was severely injured and her ship destroyed.
One of the women rescued from Fuchu Prison was Zetsumai Keisotsu. She, her brother, and both of her parents were to be arrested and executed for treason. The charge was nothing but smokescreen the Kempetei used to justify their executions to make sure those involved in the design of the Naval Force's new Sunfrenzy 3 couldn't release the information they had about it to others. Zetsumai and her parents had all worked on Kansai Research Station while her brother was a recruit in the Naval Forces.
Her brother, Kaiten Keisotsu, managed to flee to Rheinland before he could be arrested, but their parents were executed before the raid on Fuchu Prison. Having nothing left besides her brother, who was out of reach in Rheinland, Zetsumai joined the Chrysanthemums to satisfy her thirst for revenge.
The Chrysanthemums gladly accepted her and assigned her to Shotou's Kuromeru Squadron to replenish it's stock of pilots after the raid on Fuchu Prison. Zetsumai spent about a year in Kuromeru Squadron before becoming Shotou's Second-in-Command. Due to Shotou's injury she wasn't able to pilot fighters at the level of other pilots so she flew a bomber into fights, usually going after hostile capital ships while Zetsumai led the fighters in covering her. Shotou's refusal to back out of the Chrysanthemum's pilot ranks ended up killing her when she was unable to pilot as well as her enemies, leaving Zetsumai in charge of Kiretsu.
Zetsumai ran Kuromeru Squadron for a time as Shotou had, but the Elders began to disgust and disappoint her. The tended to send pilots out against targets that were more important to satisfying the Elder's greed and personal ambitions than the greater good of the Chrysanthemums and Kusari.
Zetsumai realized that operating under the Elders was no longer the best course of action, and decided to set about breaking ties with the ruling body of the Chrysanthemums. The first step towards that was to rebase Kuromeru Squadron from Battleship Matsuda, which had just recently been rebuilt in Okinawa, where the Elder's control was still weak. It was also looked at as inspiration, returning to the goals, policies, and purity of Yuyu Matsuda.
To farther separate ties and make a political statement towards the Elders, Zetsumai renamed Kuromeru Squadron to Kiretsu Sentai Dageki - Kiretsu Strike Squadron. The name Kiretsu having two meanings; 'Violence' symbolized Zetsumai's intent to return to the way the Chrysanthemums were before the Elder's perversion. Kiretsu was focusing its efforts on Samura, The Hogosha, and their supporters to destroy Samura's political control and ruin the Hogosha's hold over the black market, as opposed to trying to strike the Kusari military directly.
Zetsumai knew that to fight the Naval Forces head-on would get them no-where and only risk pilots and ships, neither of which they could replace as easily as the Naval Forces could. But fleets can't exist without large amounts of money, supplies, and political support. Zetsumai's plan was to deny them by disrupting Kusari trade whenever and wherever possible.
The second meaning; 'Fissure' symbolized the divide the Empire's government and its people, and the Kiretsu Squadron would do whatever it could to widen that divide. It also symbolized the divide between the Chrysanthemum's Elders and the pilots they used to fulfill their selfish ambitions.
Once Zetsumai moved the Squadron, which consisted of only four pilots at the time, to Battleship Matsuda, she began to pull in pilots wherever she could and train them up to higher and higher levels of skill. One of these pilots, Aosoraki, proved to be an exceptional pilot and tactician, and agreed with many of the philosophies concerning the Golden Chrysanthemums and Kusari that Zetsumai held. Zetsumai devoted large amounts of her time to Aosoraki, grooming her to be Kiretsu's Second-in-Command.
With Aosoraki now prepared for her position as the Squadron's Executive Officer, Kiretsu began to start making a name for itself within Kusari and the Sigma systems. But with public attention also came attention from the Chrysanthemum Elders. Due to their manipulation, available pilots that Zetsumai could entice to fly under her banner became fewer and fewer.
Just as it looked like the Elders were going to reclaim control over Kiretsu, a Outcast named Zacarias Poncho, a Don from the Blue Lotus Syndicate, sent a message to the Chrysanthemums requesting that they procure a Blood Dragon Bomber for him. It was questioned as to what he could possibly want it for, and why he didn't go directly to the Blood Dragons with the request, slowing the process. Zetsumai took advantage of this and obtained a Blood Dragon bomber from an old acquaintance of Shotou Kakujin's aboard Kyoto and managed to barter herself a Dragon Bomber which she offered to Don Poncho in return for a small Cardamine plantation on Malta, as well as a transport made available for ferry the Cardamine to Battleship Matsuda.
With this act, Kiretsu began bringing in large amounts of credits by providing Cardamine to Matsuda's inhabitants. Without the Outcasts acting as middlemen, the Cardamine coming from Zetsumai's plantation was available for much lower prices than usual. By owning land on Malta, Zetsumai gained influence among the Outcasts, some of it good and some bad, as many of them were disgruntled with a non-Outcast owning any of their prized Malta. And by providing the majority of Matsuda's Cardamine, she reduced the Elder's influence on the station and over Kiretsu.
With the new influx of cash, the Kiretsu were able to purchase their own ships, equipment, and supplies without going through the Elders. The Kiretsu Squadron was slowly pulling itself and the rest of Battleship Matsuda's Chrysanthemums out from under the selfish claws of the Elders. Many of the pilots on Matsuda were willing to once again help the Kiretsu in their operations, though recruitment was still dry, leaving Zetsumai and Aosoraki alone with two of the last of the remaining members of Kuromeru Squadron.
Around the middle of year 816 A.S. the Consortium made itself known to the Chrysanthemums, though its existence wasn't known to the rest of Kusari until the start of 817 A.S. The Consortium's leader, a cyborg who went by the nickname 'Iron Watsas' due to the fact that he was eighty percent metal, contacted Zetsumai for help in Kyushu. When she arrived she found a disabled Chrysanthemum bomber, piloted by an 'Enya Shinkaku.'
When they managed to get inside the bomber they found Enya unconscious, the result of a severe Cardamine withdrawal. Iron Watsas moved Enya to his fighter's cargohold while Zetsumai probed through her bomber, finding another woman in the ship's cargohold; Evie Knight.
After taking both Enya and Evie to Morioka Station in Tau-65, both women received treatment for their respective situations. A simple dose of Cardamine managed to get Enya on her feet again, though the abdominal wound Evie had suffered required much more. Once Enya was conscious, Zetsumai's interrogation of her revealed that Evie Knight was an LSF operative and Enya had shot down her fighter and taken her prisoner. Once both women had recovered Enya attempted to kill Evie several times, and it eventually took violence to subdue the woman.
For security reasons Zetsumai injected her with large amounts of Liquid Cardamine. Not so much that it would cause permanent harm, but enough to make her unaware of her surroundings until she was fully dependent on the drug. Once she was addicted, Zetsumai used the dependency to force Evie's cooperation.
Zetsumai kept Evie's existence hidden from the Chrysanthemum Elders as much as possible until much later when she had become a full member of Kiretsu, for fear they may try to take her and use her for their own agendas.
In 815 A.S. Zetsumai's brother, Kaiten Keisotsu, had left the Bundschuh and traveled to Malta, the result of a request by Zetsumai to Don Zacarias Poncho back when the alliance between the Bundschuh and Outcasts was still in place. Kaiten Keisotsu had been put in charge of Zetsumai's plantation on Malta, as well as being a pilot for the Blue Lotus Syndicate. By 816 A.S. Kaiten was making regular trips to Kusari, where he would often stop by Chrysanthemum bases.
At the same time, a Maltan named Vitale Demetri, Don Vincenzo Fedele's nephew, had been put in charge of the management and safety of the transports taking Cardamine from Zetsumai's plantation to the Chrysanthemum stations in Kusari. Later, near the end of 817 A.S. Vitale would become Don of the Fedele-Demetri family due to Vincenzo's death and the death of his older brother, Luciano Demetri.
So it came to be that Vitale, Kaiten, Zetsumai, Evie, Enya, and Iron Watsas were all aboard Morioka Station at the same time. Through a series of bloody, charming, touching, disgusting, confusing, suicidal, murderous, and the most bizarre events Vitale and Evie, a Maltan and Libertonian respectively, fell for one another, as did Enya and Kaiten, much to his sister's displeasure.. And through Kaiten and Vitale's meddling, managed to get both Enya and Evie to give Zetsumai their loyalty and became the two newest members of her squadron.
The rest of the year proceeded normally.. In comparison. Kiretsu Squadron continued it's raiding of Samura, attacks on Hogosha, and general nuisance in Kusari. Near the beginning of 817 A.S. the Consortium lead by Iron Watsas, a cyborg, began launching attacks on Kusari in cooperation with both divisions of the Golden Chrysanthemums. Using Outcast technology, the Consortium provided heavy firepower that the Chrysanthemums could not with their two Outcast Destroyers.
Due to the Consortium's questionable activities involving the Nomads and Iseijin, the Nomad-infested Kusarians left over from Tekagi's reign, the Chrysanthemum Elders made ultimatums to the Consortium and moved to banish them from all Chrysanthemum stations.. Without knowing the actual events of those encounters, or the Consortium's reasons.
Knowing that losing the Consortium's aid would make their fights against the Naval Forces significantly more difficult, especially where Kusari's Destroyers were involved, Zetsumai finally moved towards a direct confrontation with the Elders. She knew such a situation would arise eventually, so she thought it best to do so when she would have the Consortium's support on her own side.
Towards that effect, Zetsumai made a message to all the Chrysanthemums that Consortium ships would be granted full access to base their ships aboard Battleship Matsuda and that Kiretsu and any other Chrysanthemums willing to help them, would aid any Consortium ships attacked without cause by any other Chrysanthemums.
Her declaration caused a large disturbance within the Chrysanthemums, and many Elders called for Kiretsu's banishment as well and to declare them enemies of the Elders and all who served them. However, the Chrysanthemum's military director, Ai Takeda was able to cool down the situation and stop such a situation from occurring.
One Elder, ironically a young one, who's anger at Zetsumai had reached its breaking point formed a wing separate from the Chrysanthemum's main body, calling themselves the 'Guards'. The Guards were not created solely to go after the Kiretsu Squadron, but to operate differently from the ordinary squadrons, for the Elder disagreed with many of their ways. Zetsumai was actually pleased with the outcome, even though the Guards often attempted to cause Kiretsu problems, for it eroded the Elder's power even further and created another division within their ranks that she could use.
However, there was one issue that they caused that was problematic.. That being, trying to start a fight between the Chrysanthemums and Kiretsu, as well as trying to order around Zetsumai and her pilots after she had presented the Elders with a declaration of Kiretsu's independence from the Elders. After nearly beginning a battle with Kiretsu, Ai Takeda again stepped in and ordered the Guards to back down and cease trying to control anyone belonging to the Kiretsu Squadron.
With that act, Ai Takeda inadvertently granted Kiretsu full independence from the Elders and established them as their own, separate, power within the Golden Chrysanthemums. One with it's own political power on par with the Elders and with influence on the Chrysanthemum's dealings with other organizations and factions.
Near late 817 A.S. Evie Knight left Kiretsu Squadron to live on Malta with Vitale Demetri, who had just become Don after Vincenzo Fedele's death. However, Evie's departure did not slow down Kiretsu Squadron, which quickly received several new pilots; Ayako Miruishi, Naomi Siagyo, Izumi Ryusaki, Keiko Sakura, Naomi Ichiyusai, Izumi Mayu, Akiko, Ami Fujioka, and Hanako Ayuka, who arrived with a captured Kusari 'Big Dragon' Transport, which became Kiretsu's third.
Throughout the last century, the Golden Chrysanthemums had been changing their targets from Samura to the Kusari State Police and Naval Forces in more of a militaristic revolution. The Kiretsu squadron has separated itself from this warlike strategy and reverted back to the original tactic of suppressing Samura. Leaving the Naval Forces to exhaust themselves against the Bretonians, Kiretsu focuses itself on striking Samura whenever and wherever is can in an attempt to bankrupt the corporation, or at the very least hurt it to the point where Kishiro would surpass it politically and financially.
Kishiro, being a more liberal-thinking corporation focusing more on technological advancement than industrial processing, is largely left alone. Much of this is due to the reasoning that Kishiro, unlike Samura, may be more open-minded to the concept of woman's rights. Towards this there has been advances made towards Kishiro to use their political power to take the Chrysanthemum's case to the government diplomatically, while the Chrysanthemums themselves continue a militant revolution.
In addition to a reversion to a terrorist action against Samura, Kiretsu has also spent considerable effort and expense in stemming the flow of Artifacts into Kusari by attacking any and all Hogosha they can find. As well as attacking any Corsair ships found trying to enter Kusari or deliver Artifacts to the Hogosha. It is suspected that they do this not only to break the Hogosha's hold on the black market and thereby deprive them of their political power, but to also ingratiate themselves with the Gas Miners Guild, who were once accomplices in the Artifacts trade before being betrayed by the Hogosha.
Due to the Hogosha's traditionalist ways, control of the black market, and political power, Kiretsu has attempted to befriend the Junkers and help them in invading Hogosha's territory and compete for control of the black market. The Junkers, in addition to being liberalists, are also instrumental in the supply and distribution of Cardamine. Their entry into the Kusari black market was an attempt to further the spread of Cardamine among Kusari's younger, more liberal, population. With the younger generation addicted to Cardamine, it was suspected that they would be more easy to control, as well as provide the Outcasts and Golden Chrysanthemums with further recruits.
To further this goal, Kiretsu commissioned transports, bought from the Outcasts, to collect Cardamine directly from Malta and return them to Battleship Matsuda, their headquarters, before being distributed to Roppongi and Furyoku Station where it could be taken to other Kusari stations and planets aboard lawfully-aligned Interspace transports. After Zetsumai Keisotsu's acquisition of a Cardamine plantation on Malta, the Kiretsu made Cardamine smuggling a high priority and their deliveries increased tenfold. Because of access to their own supply of Cardamine, the smuggling offered a high amount of funding and much of Battleship Matsuda's supply was Cardamine grown on the Keisotsu Plantation. On average, the Kiretsu send two heavily-defended transport convoys to Malta and back weekly.
Due to this and other events, relations between Zetsumai, and the Kiretsu by extension, and the Outcasts strengthened. At the same time and due to many and varied reasons, the Kiretsu's relations with the Blood Dragons dropped. Though maintaining the Chrysanthemum's alliance with both, Kiretsu worked more closely with the Outcasts than the Blood Dragons.
Roughly around 812 A.S. an organization that referred to itself as the Consortium began to be seen more and more around Kusari. By the time war broke out between Kusari and Bretonia in 813 A.S., the Consortium was a well-known organization to the Golden Chrysanthemums. Utilizing Outcast fighters, bombers, and destroyers, they began making strikes against the Kusari Naval Forces. The Consortium asked, and were granted, access to Ainu Depot by the the Golden Chrysanthemum's elders. The Consortium eventually came under the influence of Zetsumai Keisotsu who used their destroyers to intercept any Kusari capital ships that attacked Kiretsu ships when out pirating.
During the last 2 years Kiretsu has been heavily active and involved with the Okinawa system. Due to political reasons and the fact that the Gas Miners Guild is in control of the system, the roles of the Kusari unlawfuls has reversed within the system. The Chrysanthemums and Blood Dragons have become semi-lawful with the Hogosha and Farmers Alliance being outlaws. Because of their agreements with the Gas Miners Guild, Kishiro, and Interspace Commerce, the three corporations running the system, the Kiretsu have waged a war against the Hogosha and Naval Forces in Okinawa, in an effort to stop both from entering the system and keep the Kusari Government from obtaining sovereignty of Okinawa away from the Gas Miners Guild.
Because of Zetsumai Keisotsu's and the Kiretsu's rapid elevation in the Chrysanthemum power structure, they have been major players in the faction's diplomatic efforts, negotiating non-aggression pacts with the Independent Miners Guild and Kishiro, as well as strengthening the relations between the outlaws in Kusari and the Bretonian Armed Forces. Kiretsu transports have been seen delivering goods captured from Samuran transports and depots to Southampton Shipyard and Interspace Commerce's Waterloo Station, often under a heavy guard of Kiretsu fighters and bombers.
- Depose the current Emperor and replace the traditionalist government. Installation a Matriarchy would be ideal, but the main focus is to get a liberal government that will provide equal rights to everyone in Kusari and no longer keep its borders closed to foreigners.
- While the destruction of military equipment is beneficial, the only realistic way to destroy the government is to take away the support of the people and the money it requires to run. Hindering the Kusari economy is of greater importance than the destruction of individual military convoys. No navy can run without money. Nor can any government.
- Continue to spread Cardamine throughout Kusari, using Roppongi and Furyoku stations as distribution centers. This not only funds us, Interspace, and the Outcasts, but can also gain us new recruits for the Chrysanthemums. The younger generation is more liberal than the one in charge. If they remain that way, and remain tied to the Cardamine we and the Outcasts supply, we can control them and use them against the government.
- Hinder Samura whenever and wherever possible. They support, and in many situations, control the government and back the Hogosha and Farmers Alliance. They are also dedicated to traditionalism, opposing any liberalism in Kusari.
- Cause as much damage to the Naval Forces as possible both to weaken the government's control and hurt the Kusari war effort against Bretonia.
- Stop any attempt by the Corsairs to enter Kusari or deliver Artifacts to the Hogosha. The Corsairs want to establish themselves in Kusari to oppose the Outcasts, which means they will oppose us as well.
- Attack any Hogosha vessels found in order to weaken their hold on the black market, which weakens their political power. Like the Samura, they are dedicated to traditionalism. Through their control of the black market, they have ample resources to bribe government officials with, which they often do to their own advantage and our detriment.
- Keep the Farmers Alliance contained. They are not a direct threat to the Chrysanthemums, and their interdiction of foreign traders hurts the Kusari economy, making it harder for the government to continue their war with Bretonia and their actions against the Blood Dragons and Golden Chrysanthemums.
- Aid any Interspace Commerce Ships if they come under attack while in Kusari. They provide funding and material to us, which won't be possible if they cannot get into and out of Kusari safely. Further, they help with Cardamine distribution in Kusari, which relies on their good will.
- Aid the Junkers whenever and wherever possible. They provide competition against Hogosha and can help in the supply and distribution of Cardamine. They are also a black market group not under the control of Samura, and are liberalists.
- Aid the Bretonians against any common enemies of ours when in Kusari. The more damage the Bretonians can cause, the sooner this war will be over.
- C5-F Golden Chrysanthemum "Blossom" Very Heavy Fighter
- C7-F Golden Chrysanthemum "Orchid" Bomber
- CTE-6000 "Eagle" Civilian Very Heavy Fighter
- Series "DL" Border World Transport
- J90P - 54HT "Big Dragon" Kusari Transport - Limited (Current: 0)
- Outcast "Trident" Gunship - Limited (Current: 1 [Megami])
- Junker Salvage Frigate - Limited (Current: 2)
- Golden Chrysantheum "Suncannon" Photon Cannon Series
- CP-Series "Debilitator" Civilian Pulse Cannons
- Codename Weapons
- Touji - Matriarch
- Seijin - Sage
- Kifujin - Lady
- Aijin - Mistress
- Zetsumai Keisotsu (Dab)
- Misoraki Kureshiwa - "Aosoraki"/"Tsukuyomi" (Skyelius)
- Ayako Miruishi - "Kuroishi" (Gezza)
- Mika Sasaki (Curt Remmert)
- Enya Shinkaku (Enko)
- Iumy Keranto (Metano)
- Kishi Remi (Metano)
- Kia Ikeda (~)
- Koichi Tanaka (Turkish)
- Megami - Heavy Assault Ship
- Sutoraiku - Assault ship
- Aikuchi - Assault Ship
- Teisatsuki - Interceptor
- Mizeri - Interceptor
- Itazuki - Transport Interdiction Ship
- Kanraku - Transport Interdiction Ship
- Kotani - Transport