Can the discount versions of Progressive Edge and Cutting Plasma Field lead to a weapon that costs both ammo and energy? Yes. There's some weapons like that in SRW and here could also happen with Arcane Arsenal.
So, looking more closely at Darling Drive and Secondary Subpilot, they both say:
You must also spend 8 hours every day bonding in some way with your subpilot (chatting, playing, sharing a hobby, mecha maintenance, house cleaning, shopping, etc) outside of combat or they'll refuse to ride the same mecha as you. I imagine this is supposed to mimic Wizard rest time, but as written, it reduces your 10hr adventuring day to a 2hr one, which seems a shame because these would otherwise be awesome feats. Is that intentional? If it isn't, I'd suggest dropping it down to 1hr, just like a prepared caster prepping spells.
Hmmm, a day has 24 hours. 8 for rest, 8 for bonding, that's still 8 hours left for adventuring.
Thanks! The "For some reason" bit was more aimed specifically at Yazan. Helping allies isn't exactly something he's known for, you know?
Wait, you mean the Z/ZZ Yazan? He's recruitable now?? At this rate next game we may just be able to recruit Archibald and Rau Le Creuset.
(although in a more serious note, secondary characters often get support spirits to try to make up for their crappy stats).
Yes, that Yazan. He's a secret in V, and is playable in a DLC scenario in X. He's recruitable because the Titans are still part of the federation or something (Jerid is available too!), and if you meet the conditions for their unlock, they get assigned to your ship.
Standard rules are 'you get 10 hours a day to do things that aren't basic necessities'. Though I suppose that's just an extrapolation of crafting rules and not actually stated anywhere. Objection withdrawn!