The Precursors designed Leatherback and Otachi specifically to take out the three remaining Jaegers. Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon are destroyed; Striker Eureka is disabled. On orders, Leatherback drags Striker back through the Breach to give its masters what they have decided will give them the insight needed to win the war: knowledge of their foe.
They start by first taking apart the small, troublesome humans.
And they learn about them. They learn about blood and internal organs and the pressure needed to snap bone. They take the two pilots apart and put them back together again, over and over, trying to see what makes them so difficult to kill. But while they find out the effects of flame on skin and the distress caused by separation, they once again fail to understand one inescapable truth:
The oppressed will not stay that way for long.
Herc and Chuck are rescued from their captors by the planet’s original inhabitants, the last of a fragile resistance. They recover with the help of their newfound allies—and find out that the dissections performed repeatedly on their bodies caused permanent damage, irreversibly altering their DNA into something that’s now only mostly-human. One of the new ‘perks’ is the ability to communicate telepathically in the same way the natives do—and use that same talent to tap into the kaiju hive mind.
With the help of the natives’ technology and their own knowledge of the Precursors’ strategies, they begin a campaign of guerrilla warfare that slowly pushes the kaiju and their masters toward a central location near the Breach. They hold that line as long as they can, allowing as much time as possible for the civilian natives to evacuate out of the planned blast radius. Then, with their small strike team from the resistance, they slip inside the Precursor factory.
Striker’s as of yet untouched, her payload still intact. They stuff everyone that made it this far into the conn-pod, set the nuke to blow, and channel all the power Striker’s got into the Angel Wings’ thrusters. They get caught in the Breach’s gravitational pull just as the bomb goes off.
On the other side, it’s only been two days since Striker disappeared. The Breach is closed, the War Clock is stopped, and nobody knows how it all happened.
And then there’s a little blip on the radar screen.