The defense of
Rostroulan continues with Kio having no time to mourn over Shanalua's death as he fights Zeheart. Natola takes her first steps to becoming a competent ship captain, spending a few sleepless nights beforehand studying everything she could about the Diva
(as noted by Flit) and using that knowledge to help the bridge crew do what's needed.
Commander Algreus contacts the Diva
, reporting that they have repelled most of the enemies who have entered the base and are about to begin pursuit operations. This raises Flit's suspicion about the enemy's intentions. This is reinforced later by Seric, who notes that the enemy is just distracting them to buy time and figures out that bombs have been planted in the base. On Flit's suggestion, Algreus orders the mobile suit teams and infantry to check abandoned enemy mobile suits for hidden bombs. They find a plasma particle bomb in one of the abandoned mobile suits and begin their search for the other bombs, eventually finding six more. But with 10 minutes left before the bombs detonate, they can only defuse three. Which means the rest of the bombs have to be hauled out of the base by the mobile suit teams.
Kio manages to score a hit on Zeheart's Wrozzo
and is close to finishing him off. But Kio reluctantly spares Zeheart after being reminded by Seric of what Shanalua said: that a pilot's job isn't just about defeating the enemy. And just in time too, as Zeheart's mobile suit gives out. Kio goes off to help with the bomb disposal.
Five bombs have been successfully defused or disposed of, with only one left. But with less than three minutes remaining, finding the last bomb proves to be a challenge as it's not hidden in a mobile suit. Kio would eventually find the last bomb hidden in a bulkhead and barely manages to dispose of it outside the base.
Later, Flit and Algreus discuss plans to launch an attack on the Vagan orbital fortress and improving the AGE System. The Diva
makes preparations to head into space. On Zeheart's battleship, he gets acquainted with Fram Nara, but he refuses her help.