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Version: 1.2 | Updated: 04/20/2003
--------------------------------------- TM | | | Z O N E O F T H E E N D E R S | | | | ----------- ---------- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ------ -------- -------- T H E F I S T O F M A R S Game Script ver. 1.2 transcribed by engr. cid No part of this script must be used for profitable purposes. Distribute as long as everything remains intact. The transcriber is in no way related to the producers of Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars. Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars, its logos, characters, etc. is copyrighted to Konami Japan. ----Notes:-----------------------------------------------------------  You are reading a Game Script, so expect Spoilers all throughout!  The script is following the good ending path with Nadia as the pilot of Vjaya.  I do not recommend that you read this if you haven't played the game, rather read it for _recall_. Really, this is an excellent game, so play it! --------------------------------------------------------------------- TABLE OF CONTENTS Version History I. Mech Reference II. Chara Reference III. Terminology File IV. Scenes Script (SCENE## included to mark pre-scenes) Scene 01: On the Battle God's Palm SCENE01 CLEARED Scene 02: Perpetual Motion SCENE02 CLEARED SCENE06 CLEARED Scene 07: Opposing Tracks SCENE07 CLEARED Scene 08: Darkness Dyed by Darkness SCENE08 CLEARED Scene 09: Sincerity SCENE09 CLEARED Scene 10: A Pure Heart... And the Price It Pays SCENE10 CLEARED Scene 11: Double Deal SCENE11 CLEARED Scene 12: Between Good and Evil SCENE12 CLEARED Scene 13: The Gift SCENE 13 CLEARED Scene 14: The Card Turned Down SCENE14 CLEARED Scene 15: The Darkness That Came From Light SCENE15 CLEARED Scene 16: Uncertain Future SCENE16 CLEARED Scene 17: Rebirth SCENE17 CLEARED Scene 18: Dark Half SCENE18 CLEARED Scene 19: Clawing the Red Earth SCENE19 CLEARED Scene 20: Missing Line SCENE20 CLEARED Scene 21: A Faint Light from the Depths SCENE21 CLEARED Scene 22: Heaven-Bound Wings SCENE22 CLEARED Scene 23: Fulfillment of a Promise SCENE23 CLEARED Scene 24: Pharsti SCENE24 CLEARED Scene 25: Reunion SCENE25 CLEARED V. Credits Version History: April 10, 2003 (0.1): Mech Reference, Chara Reference, and Scenes 07-11 I was able to write scripts from Scene 01 upto Scene 06 but they got deleted from my computer! Since I am playing Scene 07, I re-started the script from that scene. Once I finish the game, I'll play again to write the script for them. April 11, 2003 (0.2): Scene 12 April 12, 2003 (0.3): Scene 13-Scene 17 April 13, 2003 (0.4): Added notes, Scene 18 April 14, 2003 (0.5): Scene 19-22 April 15, 2003 (0.6): Scene 23-24 April 16, 2003 (0.7): Scene 25 April 17, 2003 (1.0): Ending [ SCENE25 CLEARED ] April 18, 2003: Scene 01 April 20, 2003 (1.2): Scene 02 ----------------------------------- | Mech Reference | ----------------------------------- Cage's LEV Category: LEV The LEV used by Cage in his escape from Bonaparte III. Higher-grade than the average LEV, it is equipped with Pharsti, the A.I. who is a source of support to the inexperienced Cage. Testament Category: OF The true identity of Cage's LEV. Secretly tested and built by Zephyrs, Bolozof should have been its frame runner. Limitless capacity. Named "Testament" by Pharsti, which may refer to the covenant between Pharsti and Cage... But there seems to be a deeoper underlying meaning to its nomenclature. Zephyrs and his crew call it the "New Model Animus." Vjaya Category: OF OF used by BIS, whose composition allows for ninja-like agility and speed. Comparatively lower in offensive ability, but can perform two types of burst attacks. Rare model. Orcrist Category: OF First-ever OF used by BIS, designed as mid- to long-range backup support. Lacking in durability. Durandal II Category: OF OF used by BIS, designed specifically for close-range combat. Durable, and reserved for the best frame runners in the galaxy. Durandal I (LEV) was destroyed by Warren. Justeen Category: LEV Lev used by BIS. Much more agile than the average LEV, and excels in combat involving the "leg" area. "Justeen," along with "Dreizehn," was the nickname given these machines by Yukito; the official name of this LEV is "Francesca." Dreizehn Category: LEV LEV used by BIS. Better at long-range sniper-style shooting than the average LEV. "Dreizehn" is a nickname, meaning "thirteen" in German. Official name: "Torador." Caliburnus Category: LEV LEV used by BIS. Contains stronger defense structures than the average LEV, but a bit sluggish. Ability to attack and/or serve as a backup support unit. Name means "steel" in Latin. Edge Category: AFV Tanker used by BIS, designed as a means of transporting humans. Since defense mechanisms and other devices are kept to a bare minimum, it is unfit for battle. Replenishment system on board. Blade Category: AFV Tanker used by BIS, designed as a means of transporting various goods. Maintenance resources on board. Moderate defensive capacities, but inadequate for combat. Calibur Category: AFV Tanker used by BIS with replenishment system, the base of which is the Blade model. Robin's customization of replenishment utilities and weapons has made its operation complicated, but these changes are necessary in the complexities of warfare. Security Force LEV A Category: LEV Slightly older-model LEV for Security Force use. Features handgun for close combat. Security Force LEV B Category: LEV Slightly older-model LEV for Security Force use. Features machine gun for mid-range combat. Regular Force LEV A Category: LEV New-model LEV for UNSF use. Not that unfit for battle. Features machine gun. Regular Force LEV A Category: LEV New-model LEV used by the UNSF. Able to attack at great distances by missile. Reinforced LEV A Category: LEV New-model LEV with modifications further fortifying its defensive and offensive features. Equipped with machine gun. Reinforced LEV B Category: LEV New-model LEV with modifications further fortifying its defensive and offensive features. Equipped with missiles. Reinforced LEV C Category: LEV New-model LEV with modifications further fortifying its defensive and offensive features. Equipped with beam bullets. Ned LEV Category: LEV New-model LEV customized by Ned. Features include the terrifying Death Masquerade, a maneuver in which a laserblade continually slices everything with which it makes contact. Bizac S Category: LEV Modified LEV used by Special Task Force Acemos. Bolozof's pride and joy, it uses technology developed by Zephyrs. Thick outer shell equiped with blades. Bizac Category: LEV Modified LEV used by Special Task Force Acemos. Basically identical to the Bizac S, but with a thinner outer shell and reinforced thruster unit. HarutMarut Category: Large LEV Large LEV utilizing metatron advocated by Zephyrs; used mostly in riot control. Roughly 2-3 times the size of the average LEV, assistance intelligence installed enables complex maneuvers to be handled with ease, even by just one pilot. Looks like an octopus, jellyfish, or other similar deep-sea creature. (Interior is a direct plagiarism of Tempest.) HarutMarut Category: Large LEV The HarutMarut after reconstruction following damage; also known as "Number 2." Unlike previous models, the inner mechanisms are based on Zephyrs' research of the Tempest. Unmanned Fighter A Category: Fighter Unmanned fighter machine widely used by UNSF. Effectiveness moderate. Unmanned Fighter B Category: Fighter Unmanned fighter machine widely used by UNSF. Effectiveness moderate. Equipped with missiles for long-range attack. Black Frame Category: ??? The mystery machine that destroyed Bonaparte, the spine of which is a bony structure reminiscent of a bird's wing. Completely black, conjures up images of the devil. Iblis Category: OF The true identity of the Black Frame. An older model of the Animus series, it os equipped with Version a of the I.D.O. Mindflow System, making it an imposing enemy even for Testament; it is possible, however, for the pulse to flow backwards and kill the frame runner inside. Raptor Category: OF Unmanned OF devised by BAHRAM. Endless variations in programs, outer shell, and other options. Mummy Head A Category: OF Unmanned OF devised by BAHRAM with tremendous attack potential. Equipped with phalanx, a shooting weapon. Mummy Head B Category: OF Unmanned OF devised by BAHRAM with tremendous attack potential. Equipped with halberd, a shooting weapon. Cyclops Category: OF Unmanned OF devised by BAHRAM. Lacking in durability, but has the ability to approach its target quickly and undetected. Ravana Category: OF OF used by BAHRAM, and Ned's latest machine. Metatron in interior enables automatic self-repair. Unmanned combat mode also available. Has distinctive hands with knives at the ends. Grafficane Category: OF OF used by BAHRAM which resembles a large praying mantis. Both hands equipped with gillius, razor-like clamps with which it seizes enemies and slices them in half. Scarmiglione Category: OF OF used by BAHRAM, same base as Grafficane. Beautiful red exterior, features cat's claw-like weapon, beatrice, for close-range combat. Nerokerubina Category: OF OF used by BAHRAM. Same class machine as the "Tyrant," but features the addition of the Mindflow System as well as extensive interior renovation to counteract the Marlblanke Effect. Equipped with gigantic bullet barrels on either hand, it excels in both long- and close-range combat. The two weapons compatible with this model are called "crime" and punishment." Construction LEV Category: LEV Widely used by civilians for construction purposes, the Construction LEV has no battle features but is the only means of fighter unit for most. Mars Angels LEV Category: LEV LEV driven by the Mars Angesl. Exterior identical to the average LEV, but all the Angels have customized various parts to suit their tastes. Easily discernible by pink stripe on wing. ----------------------------------- | Chara Reference | ----------------------------------- Cage Midwell Male 17 years old Blood type O A kindhearted, gentle youth. Began working on bord the Bonapart III along with Ares, whom he met a year earlier. Born 17 years ago to an unknown mother on the cargo deck of the Midwell, which was smuggling illegal immigrants, Cage was raised on the ship by the Captain, who took the boy under his wing. Though he was treated well by fellow Midwell staff, Cage always harbored a feeling of loneliness and isolation in hiss heart which translated into low self-esteem and overly passive behavior. When the Captain died and Midwell was deemed unfit for flight, Cage boarded Bonapart III, where he met Ares. His new friendship with this boy, who was the same age as him and yet seemed so mature, had a profound effect on Cage, and helped him recover from his psychological wounds. However, the knowledge that he owes his rebirth to Ares has proven problematic in itself, as Cage depends on Ares entirely, and suspects that he will never be able to exist independently of him. Ares Enduwa Male 17 years old Blood type AB A co-worker of Cage aboard the Bonaparte III, a colonist spacecraft linking Earth and Mars. Having already worked on Bonaparte III for 4 months when Cage first boarded a year earlier, Ares showed Cage the ropes. Something of a genius, the normally taciturn Ares met Cage late one night after work, when he was playing a "piano" that he had conjured by altering a program on a PC in the ship's lobby. cage happened upon his impromptu concert and was so moved that he began talking to him. At first, Ares was irked by the intrusion, but he eventually gave in to Cage's perseverance and found himself, much to his own surprise, becoming Cage's friend and looking after him. Fellow Bonaparte staff dubbed the unlikely pair "The Eight Wonder of Bonaparte." Myona Alderan Female 17 years old Blood type A A mysterious girl found hiding in a storage room on board the Bonaparte III. Since the accident involving the unidentified object, she sticks with Cage and his group. Having suffered retrograde amnesia since the incident, what little personal information that is known of Myona has been pieced together based on occasional hints about her past. Though she sometimes hints at a determined and headstrong personality hidden deep inside, she is shy and rarely acts aggressively. Serious yet somehow flighty, she also seems slightly imbalanced, which may have something to do with her loss of memory.... Pharsti (Artificial Intelligence) The "Navigation Program" installed in the vehicle boarded by Cage and Myona immediately following the Bonaparte III's collision with the unidentified object. In these days, when voice-activated OSs are a dime a dozen, he (she?) is special, incorporating highly advanced technology not found in other programs found on LEVs. WHat secrets could possibly lie hidden in its creation? Semyl Shambrow Female 16 years old Blood type O A robust girl who, for some reason, speaks in street slang. Constantly aware of the fact that she is short. Has a love-hate relationship with Razma. Although she grew up in an orphanage, she displays the healthy outgoingness of someone who had a very happy childhoo.d In reality, her childhood was difficult, having been subject to Ender prejudice by humans from Earth. Joined the Resistance early to regain self respect for herself, and also to help ensure a happier future for her "siblings" at the institution Lost a friend recently to some trouble associated with a romantic relationship with an Earthling human. A responsible big sister at the orphanage, underneath it all, she's just a sensitive 16-year-old. Mebius K. Lylekraft Female 26 years old Blood type B A mature lady whose soft, kind demeanor belies her skilled, sharp strategic abilities. Mebius moved to Mars with her husband, who died in an accident while on his way to buy a toy for the couple's unborn baby; she then lost her baby (who was to be named Tia) due to a micarriage. It was then that Mebius, despondent over the loss of her loved once and waiting for death's embrace, met Deckson, who was conducting research into the very accident which killed her husband, in an attempt to prove that an Earthling General was responsible for the tragedy. Hurt and angry, she joined BIS, where she works alongside Deckson. It seems that Mebius has deeper feelings for Deckson than just trust, but she either does not realize this, or she is in denial as they work together and as she remains loyal to her dead husband. Razma Cascade Jr. Male 19 years old Blood type A The skirt-chasing troublemaker of BIS, he is surprisingly reliable where it counts. Somewhat childish, but also remarkably preceptive sometimes. A gifted sharpshooter with excellent hearing and eyesight. Seems to have a thing for Semyl, but nothing has materialized as of yet. His only family is his sick mother, who tells him that his father was a "high-profile Earthling"; howver, they have never spoken with one another. Obsessed with the idea of the father he never met, he may have found a paternal figure in Deckson... Tadamichi E. Yukito Male 24 years old Blood type AB Ardent fan of and expert in old-school, sci-fi, low-budget movie stars, and 20th-21st century Japanimation. Deeply involved in his own world, he is fiercely individual and mature in his self-assurance. Raised in a very proper, traditional family consisting of his father and his siblings, he ignored his family's wishes for him to join the corporate pack, stating, "Suits don't become me," and left home. The res is history. Warren Lumeniux Male 33 years old Blood type A Prudent and overly cautious, he is often the butt of jokes; regardless, he is trusted for his knowledge and experience. A former mercenary, he always wears black sunglasses and does not speak much, giving him the aura of the "consummate professional." Once an expert gunman, he gave up his profession after an accident in which he mistakenly shot a young female hostage. Following the event, he wandered from place to place, eventually ending up in BIS on Mars. Has romantic feelings for a certain BIS member, but, not being very suave, has not yet succeeded in winning her over. Philbright Male 17 years old Blood type AB Full name "Philbright Westriverside Warehouserock XXVI." Excels in household chores such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Easily frazzled. Because of his long, beribboned blond hair and his high-pitched voice, he is often mistaken for a girl. Phil owes his long name to his "father," who believed an old superstition that luck comes to people with long names. He grew up in a happy family among many unrelated siblings, but tragedy struck one day when his "father" sampled a medication which induced a sudden fit of insane violence. Confused and horrified, Phil was able to defend himself from the savage attack, but when he came back to his senses, his entire family, including his father, was dead. The manufacturer of the medicine attempted to cover up the incident and lay the blame on Phil, at which time Deckson rescued the unfortunate youth and took him under his wing. Now a BIS member support officer, he has a crush on Myona... Deckson Geyse Male 42 years old Blood type O Founder and father figure of BIS. Believing that he merely lent a hand to the Mars Resistance movement, he does not realize the full extent of his influence in Martian politics, although he would gladly give his life to support the cause. A family man, he used to be an officer in the UNSF, where he enjoyed moderate success, but was divorced by his wife due to long work hours. Having lost his main motivation in life and besieged with guilt over his participation in the Enders, he left the UNSF and began to research the strange goings-on brought on by Earthlings, earning him both friends and foes along the way. His support base continued to grow, and eventually formed BIS. Robin O'Connell Female 33 eyars old Blood type O BIS's main sponsor. Roughly 90% of BIS capital comes from the Robin Foundation, an udnerground group run by Robin herself. Boasting a wide network of connections and tremendous resources, the group does whatever it can to assist BIS, from procuring power source units and other parts for army machine prototypes to findign maintenance experts and catching fugitives. A beautiful but tough businesswoman-type, she is nurturing and motherly toward BIS members. Twede Grey Male 30s Blood type unknown Robin's secretary. Cloaked head-to toe in black witg dark glasses and black gloves, ge rarely speaks and almost never reveals any of his emotions. Keen and observant, he is almost psychic in his understanding of people; he is precise and swift in his work, often getting the job done before others even think of asking him to take care of it. Lance Jimmer Male 20s Blood type unknown Man of mystery. Has razor-thin slits for eyes, and is somewhat reptilian. Although he gives the impression that he is always smiling, his eyes are eerily expressionless. In fact, his face is like a creepy mask. Nobody really knows of his origins nor his motivations, but it is clear that he does not champion the Martians' cause. Dezeele Zephyrs Male 49 years old Blood type B High-ranking officer from Earth. has a tendency to look down on others, but will not tolerate others oding the same to him. Convinced that he is better than anyone, he is self-centered and feels no guilt for all the suffering he has caused in his career. Born to a poverty-stricken household as the youngest child, he harbors a resentment toward all people who are rewarded with money and opportunity despite a profound lack of talent. This resentment caused him to turn his talents toward getting ahead at all costs. After gaining success as a scientist, he quickly moved up the hierarchy to his current position as Lab Supervisor. While he is disliked, nobody dares cross him because he is as influential as he is unpleasant. Ned Noachim Male 27 years old Blood type O Zephyr's assistant. Completely lacks any sort of leadership skills, but thanks to Zephyrs, has achieved a degree of status in the army. Views Martians as subhuman and repeatedly commits racist crimes against them. Also prejudiced against women, who find him loathsome. He attributes his complex to past experience without realizing that it's no excuse to be a pig. Used to be called "Scarface." Bolozof Velasgo Male 29 years old Blood type A Silver-haired and lithe, with glittering eyes that hint at a soul full of malice. Cold and robotic, he escaped to Mars to avoid trouble he spawned when he permanently injured some colleagues in training. Views Martians as nothing more than slaves to be bent to his will. he follows the orders of Zephyrs, but... Nadia Candido Female 19 years old Blood type A One of Bolozof's assistants, as well as his mistress. The fact that the Martian-hating Bolozof keeps her at his side leads her to believe mistakenly that Bolozof recognizes her talent and loves her. A hard-working and earnest military employee. Amante Furlair Female 16 years old Blood type unknown Like Nadia, an assistant of Bolozof. under her youthful and innocent appearance lurks the heart of a cruel, vicious demon. The wicked look in her eyes betrays something of her true nature. Numerous men have approached her, judging her wrongly by her harmless looks, only to find themselves used and dumped in the end. Looks to be about 16, but her actual age is unknown. Tim Frazer Male 38 years old Blood type A Mars Army officer. Looks older thanhis years due to endless problems with the Resistance, which may have something to do with his being forever signle. No star qualities, but a nice guy nonetheless. Has caught the BIS leader Deckson on a number of occasions, but has never been able to keep him. Has one half-brother. Cubick Noyce Female 29 years old Blood type B The eldest of the "Mars Angels," she zips around space in her custom-built LEV in pursuit of eligible bachelors. She is naturally beautiful, but her looks are also a product of unthinkable effort and an arsenal of makeup. Complains a lot. Not too fond of Palme, and calls her "Ms. Plame." Height: 5'9". Weight: secret. 38-25-33. Favorite stone: champagne-colored fancy diamond. Dislikes: sweat. (source: Mars Angels Fan Club Newsletter) Palme Winston Female 24 years old Blood type AB Introverted middle "sister" of the Mars Angels. (The Mars Angels are not related by blood.) Good-looking, but can't seem to land a boyfriend due to personality issues. Well-trained in hexes and divination, she remembers every person who has done her wrong, what they did, and when. Mysterious, but with a unique charm about her. Height: 5'6". Weight: ?? 36-27-38 Ideal Man: Aleister Crowley. Dislikes: direct sunlight. (source: Mars Angels Fan Club Newsletter) Digit Carlyle Female 19 years old Blood type O The yongest of the Mars Angels. High-pitched voice, loudmouthed, talkative. Idolizes Cubick. Not afraid to speak her mind, even mouths off to Palme. Height: 5'4". Weight: not telling!. 34-25-30. Likes: anything you can eat with your hands. Dislikes: being hungry. (source: Mars Angels Fan Club Newsletter) Ryan Stewart Male 65 years old Blood type AB CEO of the Ryan Corporation, which comes (a distant) secodn after NUT. Gives off a personable first impression, but has no qualms about committing heinous acts against his enemies. Takahiro E. Yukito Male 53 years old Blood type B Father of Yukito and CEO of the Tide Company, a holding company with many subsidiaries. Wears glasses. Johnny Irving Male 43 years old Blood type O High-ranking officer in the Mars Army. He is a pushover who was bullied into cooperating by Zephyrs. Emotionally weak, scrawny, and always has a look of consternation on his face. He and Zephyrs call each other by name, but there doesn't seem to be a real friendship between them Patrick Jaeger Male 55 years old Blood type A High-ranking officer from Earth. Lets nothing escape unnoticed. He has escaped death on numerous occasions, and seems kind but is actually not as soft as he looks. His age is starting to show. Jordy Jones Female 11 years old Blood type O Nickname "Jojo." A simple and innocent young girl from the same orphanage that Semyl grew up in. In stark contrast to her dark past, she is outgoign and free of issues. Wants to marry Cage when she grows up. Gilbert Kelly Male 12 years old Blood type B Playful yet shy boy from the same orphanage that Semyl grew up in. Going through an awkward almost-teenager stage, he has a little crush on Semyl and dislikes all males that make passes at her. Pauly McLaud Male 10 years old Blood type A Well-behaved child from the same orphanage that Semyl grew up in. Polite and religious, he is always carrying a crucifix. Raiah Male 38 years old Blood type unknown The self-styled "#1 Broker on Mars." Rumor has it he moved to Mars due to some trouble at home. Overly sensitive about the topic of his blond-haired, well-built, family man father for some reason. Lewy Male 31 years old Blood type B A.k.a. "Logistic Lewy." Surprisingly well-known as a mover and shaker, he specialized in petty crime, even trying to score some Cage off of Cage on one occasion. Perished with the rst of the staff and passengers on board Bonaparte III. Oh well. ----------------------------------- | Terminology File | ----------------------------------- Urenbeck Catapult Derived from metatron technology, the Urenbeck catapult utilizes the distortion and potential energy of space to enable travel at great speeds through space. Because tremendous amounts of electricity and power are necessary yo activate this device, it is not used for regular commercial purposes. Currently, the Catapult can be found at L2 on Earth and Deimos near Mars. There is also a catapult at the L2 on Europa near Jupiter, which is used as the gateway to the Anterior. LEV Laborious Extra-Orbital Vehicle. Developed to facilitate the building of space stations and colonies. Manned vehicle used for transportation in space. Ender Refers to an inhabitant of space in the area between Mars and Jupiter, the "end of the world"- the term connotes a country bumpkin. For Earthlings, the word is used to describe inhabitants of Mars; for Martians, it points to those living in Jupiter territory. Orbital Frame Known as an OF. Battle unit invented and used by BAHRAM. Because it runs on the precious resource metatron, it is much faster and stronger than an LEV. SSA (Self-Supporting Armor) Found on the outer shell of Orbital Frames. Derived from metatron technology, the metatron alloy coating on the exterior simultaneously gives it pliability, strength, and hardness exceeding that of ceramic components. Also able to self-repair using its own energy and metatron alloy. Deimos Incident Terrorist attack by anti-Earth officials of BAHRAM. The Orbital Frame, which was being tested by BAHRAM, was seized, the UNSF was assaulted, and Deimos Station was engulfed in a terrible tragedy. Since then, the Orbital Frame has become public property, and tensions between Earth and Mars have been on the rise. Transplantation Refers to the act of "downloading" on a metatron computer. On a von Neumann-type computer it would correspond to "file transfer," but in this case the actual circuits comprisign the file are physically transported to a new location and the old circuits expunged. NUT Nereidum Universal Technology. Major conglomerate which began a space development program in the early 21st century. The largest manufacturer of LEVs, as well as the inventor of the Orbital Frame. Headquarters located in Nereidum County, Mars. Martian Refers to those born in Martian territory. Metatron Considered one of the two greatest discoveries in space development, along with the LEV, this mineral ore was found on Callisto, a moon of Jupiter, in the early 21st century. Widely researched and applied in a number of different fields. Metatron Computer An enormous improvement upon the previously popular von Neumann digital computer, this quantum computer, which incorporates metatron-based integrated circuits, is both compact and exceedingly quick. Memory and programs are managed on a single, constantly changing set of circuits, so that both of these operations take place simultaneously and constantly. In terms of quantum physics, it operates in a different dimension. Cage's button An outdated model of wearable player containing the recording of Ares' impromptu performance. Can be clipped onto one's garments for easy mobility, and includes basic features such as playing, recording, and voice memo. Handy PC Mobile device given to Cage by Lewy. Although small, it has the largest memory allocation in its class and can even play movies. Debris Floating space garbage comprised of satellites and other flotsam. Very dangerous, as it can move at speeds of up to several kilometers per second. Burst Attack Highly effective type of attack in which the output of the fighter unit is increased temporarily. UCM (United Colonies of Mars) Congregation of county representatives on Mars. There are a total of 16 counties, each corresponding to a country on Earth and each with its own governing body. The board of politicians makes decisions concerning the counties as a whole, such as the use of UC Dollars as currency. Peacekeeping Force The army of the United Colonies of Mars, which is actually under the direct command of the UNSF. Most members are Martians, but the force is controlled by Earthlings. Hellenspont County One of the 16 counties on Mars. Nestled between the Hellespontos Mountain Range to the north and south and a desert tot he west, the county does not play a major role in Martian affairs, but the bulk of Mars' population is concentrated there due to its proximity to the Hellas Ocean to the east. County Semi-autonomous political division on Mars. There are 16 counties in total. UNSF United Nations Space Force. Military unit composed mainly of troops from Security Council member countries. Includes the Martian Peacekeeping Force under its jurisdiction. Special Task Force Acemos Unit of the UNSF under the direct leadership of Zephyrs. Composed chiefly of Earthlings who are especially anti-Ender. Anti-Terrestial League BIS Official name "Born In Space." Resistance group founded by Deckson Geyse. Uses a complex network of underground tunnels as its secret headquarters. Supported by the Robin Foundation. Arkjet Engine Electric power source. Used as propulsion system in LEVs. Anti-Proton Reactor Technology which uses metatron to considerably reduce fuel consumption. The Orbital Frame owes its smallness, lightness, and power to this concept. Pandora Frettum A region in Hellespontos; the location of the Sphere which housed Semyl's orphanage. Animus Psychology term. Refers to deeply repressed masculine traits in females. Zephyrs uses this term as a code name for his new invention. Ryan Corporation Ranking a distant second after NUT in the tech manufacturing industry. Local Server Computer memory terminal. During the game, it is possible to obtain new weapons or abilities by accessing the local server. A.I. Refers to "Artificial Intelligence," or any computer in whih a human-like intellect has been installed. Pharsti is an example of an A.I. HBC Hellespont Broadcasting. THe largest broadcast network in Hellespontos. Owned by Yukito's father. BAHRAM Military unit composed of Martians living in Vacilia County. The Orbital Frame was developed as an anti-Earth weapon in Vacilia County, where anti-Earth sentiment is stronger than anywhere else on Mars. Anti-stealth sonar Mechanism which counteracts stealth, weakening it or negating it entirely. In this game, it will activate within a set distance from the enemy. Robin Foundation Patron of BIS, having donated 90% of BIS capital. The "Foundation" is actually just a front for an elusive underground group - which, whil not an official corporation, boasts impressive financial connections and influence. Also supports other groups besides BIS. Vacilia County Home county of BAHRAM. Malgalityfel Refers to Malgalityfel County, the central county on Mars. West Hellas Largest Nest of Hellespontos, located near the shores of the Hellas Ocean. Nest A gathering of Spheres. Sphere Dome-encapsulated city on Mars. Oxygen Plant Terraforming facility that supplies oxygen to Spheres and Nests. Module A type of life-sustaining structure found on Mars. Rendered obsolete due to the widespread construction of Spheres. ----------------------------------- | SCENES SCRIPT | ----------------------------------- Most of Earth's natural resources had finally been exhausted, and the tiny planet was unable to support the soaring population of humans. In 2045 mankind began to look beyond Earth for solutions and built the first Earth-space track orbital elevator. The "Space Age" had officially begun, and countries all over the world dove into countless research projects and space development plans. It was then that the human race created and discovered several new tools that would change life forever; the LEV, a pilot-controlled interspace robot; the resource Metatron, excavated from the Jupiter moon, Callisto; and the Urenbeck Catapult, a device which, by manipulating space, enabled hyper-speed travel. The discovery and invention of these so- called "tools" expedited the progress of the space development project resulting in an exodus into space; in the span of a single century, more than 20 million people took up residencesin colonies on the moon, Mars, and as far as Jupiter terrirory. The transition from Earth to space seemed to be going smoothly - however, new conflicts were just beginning to matrialize. Human beings left on Earth began to refer to these colonists as "Enders", a derogatory term for those "living at the end of civilization", expressing their prejudiced attitudes toward non-Earth inhabitants. In response, these immigrants, who were subject to discrimination on top of living in harsh environments, bonded together in their bitterness against Earth... and tensions between the two groups would only be magnified as time passed. In 2158, anger on the immigrant side culminated in the founding of BAHRAM, an anti-Earth military unit based in Vacilia County, Mars - and its subsequent clandestine invention of the Metatron "Orbital Frame", an entirely new type of LEV-like machine. From there, it was one tragedy after another. The Deimos Incident. Anterior Intervention. The threat of orbital elevator destruction. Since the advent of BAHRAM and the Orbital Frame, the already precarious equilibrium keeping the peace between Earth and space was rapidly falling apart. And in 2173, amidst the political turmoil, another ship filled with immigrants left Earth for the Zone of The Enders... Aboard the "Bonaparte III," a Mars-bound commercial spacecraft. Flight PA System: Ladies and Gentlemen, we will be landing at Deimos Airport, Mars, 50 minutes later than scheduled. In Bonaparte Cage: <<sigh>> Almost there... Guess I'll get the luggage ready so the Captain doesn't get mad at me again.... Someone bumps into Cage Cage: Ow! What the...?!??! Scary Guy: Heh heh... Busted. You're not getting away now. Cage: I'm sorry, sir, I'm not sure I know what you're.... Cage: Ouch! Please let me go! Scary Guy: Can't do that. See, someone took my money. Cage: Oh, no, a burglary? that's terrible! No, wait. You know what? They'll be able to find it because at the Departure Gate they have.... Scary Guy: Wha?!? Are you mocking me? Cage: Huh? Scary Guy: ...There's no reason to tell anyone or look for the culprit. You know why, don't you? Cage: Well... Um.... Scary Guy: That's because.... Cage: Because...?? Scary Guy: You're the thief! Cage: Ohhh... I'm the... Wait! You can't just... I-I'm going to call the police...? Scary Guy: Fineby me. If you do that, you're the one who'll suffer for it. I've got proof to back up my story right here. Cage: Whoa! A Handy PC... And it's the newest model! Wasn't it expensive? Scary Guy: ...Yeah, I went through a lot to get it. Cage: Wow, that's great. Be careful so you don't get that stolen. Well, I should really get going.... See ya! Scary Guy: Ok, see you... Hey! You're not getting off that easy. This here contains Class A information from the National Space Force. I've downloaded all the security tapes onto it. Cage: What does this haev to do with me? I just cleaned your room and left. Scary Guy: That's right. You left, and my wallet was gone. Cage: Hmph. So...? Scary Guy: You're still going to play dumb, eh?!? You took my wallet! Cage: No... I didn't steal anything.... Scary Guy: Why you little...!?!?!? ????: Sir, would this be the wallet you are looking for? Scary Guy: How... Oh, I get it. You're in on this too, aren't you. ????: I think that's enough, sir. I would stop right there if I were you. Scary Guy: What?! Who do you think...?!?! ????: I'm telling you to cut it out. If you want to make some spare change, find a better way to do it. Scary Guy: You want some of this!? ????: Thought you'd never ask, Mr. Lewy. Cage: Don't, Ares. I'm fine. I can handle this. Lewy: How did you know my... Ares? Ohhh... Heh heh. Sorry about the hassle--I was just having some fun. H-here, you can keep this. Cage: Really? Gee, thanks! Lewy: Yeah, so let's keep this a secret. OK? Cage: I got this Handy PC! Ares: Are you okay, Cage? Cage: Yeah. You know that guy? Ares: ...Nah. More importantly, why is it that you're always in some sort of trouble? Cage: Heh heh. Sorry. But it's all good--you save me every time, so I'm not worried at all. Ares: <<sigh>> Well, we should get ready for landing. We'll be at Deimos soon. Cage: I almost forgot. Come on, Ares, let's go! Ares: (The worst is over.... After I land, it's home base....) Pilot: Awww.... NO. Not again! Captain: What? Have you lost connection? Pilot: Yes, sir. It was working fine just a minute ago. Captain: Dammit. It has to happen on the flight that the higher-ups told me to be extra-careful with Pilot: Oh, is it that 'mystery cargo'? It's gigantic this time... I wonder what's in it. Captain: What is that??! Look, it's at 2 o'clock. Pilot: Sir, there's nothing coming through on the radar. Captain: You can't depend on computers.... In my day, we maneuvered manually through debris-filled magnetic fields.... Pilot: Captain! Something's headed this way! It's... so fast! It's still not showing up on the radar.... WHat the...?! Captain: Move out of the way! Dammit, we won't make it... aaaaaarrrrrrggghhhhhhhh! In Bonaparte Cage: (Wow, the new models are really something... Hm. Clear display. Was that a girl over there? Nobody's supposed to be in here.) Hangar B Cage: (I thought I saw her in here...) Excuse me, Miss, this is a restricted area. Please return to your room; we will be landing shortly. ... Cage: Um... You're in there, right? Come on out. ... Cage: I guess I missed her... Girl: ... Cage: Oh! He-hello! WHat are you do.... Bonaparte crashes Cage: What's going on?! Security System: Emergency Alert. Contact with unidentified object. Fire in combustion tank on upper central deck. Security Compartmentalizing System Malfunction. Emergency state in First, Second, Third Residence Blocks, Cockpit. All systems lost. Lifesaving System stalled at Phase 3. Cage: What should we do...? I'll call Ares. He should be on Deck 3. Cage: Ares?? Ares!! ... Cage: (I can't get through... What's going on?!) Bonaparte crashes again Cage: W-wait a minute... THe doors... No! Why won't they open? Hello!?! Somebody help! Cage bangs his fist on the door Cage: Heh. Uhh, it looks like we're locked in. Girl: ... Cage: Don't worry, though. I'm sure Ares will help us. Um... Girl: ... Cage: I'm Cage. What's your name? Girl: ... Cage: Uhh... DO - YOU - UN - DER - STAND? Comprende? Capisce? Girl: ...pffttt.... Cage: ??? Girl: M... mmm... Myona. Myona Alderan.... Cage: Well, it's nice to meet you, Myona. Let's get some help. Myona: ... Cage: ... (Hmm... Myona. She's kind of strange; wonder what she's doing on Bonaparte....) Myona: ... Time.... Cage: Huh? Myona: ...there's no... time.... Bonaparte crashes again Cage: Watch out!! Aaaaaah!!! Myona: (!??! ...What!?) They see a robot Cage: This is... THis is... Oh my God, it's the LEV. What's it doing here? Who...? Someone tried to save us.... Myona: ... Myona climbs in the LEV Cage: Wait... Where..? Cage: (There's nobody on board.... Has it been traveling without a pilot?? What is going ON!?!?) Myona: ...board.... Cage: I'm going to get on that too? Myona: No... still... enough time... Cage: Are you okay? You're really pale. Myona: Must... hurry... Won't make it... like this... Cage: Wait... What am I supposed to do?! Myona: Take this... person.... Bonaparte shakes again Cage: OK... It's probably safer in there anyway. Myona: ... Cage: Oops. Sorry, I guess this is a one-man vehicle... Hey! Myona: ...Launch. Cage: Whoooaaaaaaa!!! ##### Scene 01: On the Battle God's Palm ##### Cage: ? We're outside?!? Are you okay? Myona (unconscious): ... Cage: Good, she's breathing. So... Next step, separate from the main vestibule... Bonaparte explodes Cage: What? The ship... exploded?!? ???????: Self-Destruct Initiated. First To Twelfth, Sequence Complete.... Cage: It can't be... Hah hah... It's a joke, right? I mean, it's the Bonaparte.... ???????: All Sequences Complete. Register Pilot, Please. Cage: ...But everyone... Ares... It can't be! It can't be!!!!! ???????: Automatic Organic Breakdown Acquired. DNA Analysis Initiated. DNA ANalysis Complete. All Regular. Registration Complete. Cage: It can't be... They can't all be... dead.... ???: They Are Not All Dead. 42 Living Recorded. Cage: What?! Who are you?? ???????: I Am The Vessel Navigation System. Cage: Oh... You're just different from other Navigation Systems I know... Come on, we need to go and save them! A red robot appears ???????: Warning. Unidentified Object Headed This Way. 92.24% Chance Of Attack. Recommend Engagement. Cage: W-wait! We have to fight?!? ???????: Affirmative. Object Believed To Be Same That Attacked Bonaparte. Cage: The same that attacked Bonaparte.... Cage: What is that? An LEV? No... those wings... It's almost like a... a.... ???????: Will You Commence Attack? Cage: Yes... What do I do? ???????: Acknowledged. Tactical AI Enabled. After weakening the Black Frame ????: Who the... you...? You think you.... Pharsti? Cage: What? You're breaking up. ???????: Comm Disabled. possible Due To Resonant Interference. Origin Unknown. ????: ...I see... means that... I ddin't want... destroy... my own hands. ???????: Enemy Object Approaching, High Energy Levels Confirmed. Danger. Take Evasive Action. Cage: Evasive Action?! How?? Cage's LEV avoids the attack of the Black Frame Cage: Whew! That was close! But if that happens again.... ???????: Identitcal Enemy sensed Reroute Impossible. Cage: I never could save myself. If Ares were here... ?????: ...Failure is not an option... at least... no suffering.... Myona: ...Imp... Impossible... Help... Ve... i... Cage: Are you crying...?? ???????: Recording Complete. Evasion Impossible. Cage: (This is it....) No! I can't give up - not just to save myself. Her life depends on me too. ????: Farewell, Pharsti.... Ca...?!? Cage: Noooooo! Cage's LEV makes a critical attack on the Black Frame ????: Burst attack?!?... I can't believe that... it wasn't even.... ???????: Unidentified Object Losing Power.... Cage: We did it?!? ????: Heh. Looks like we're out of time.... The Black Frame retreats Cage: What's happening?? ???????: We Have Entered The Gravitational Field of Mars. Approaching Atmosphere. Cage: Can't... Can't anything be done? ???????: No. Cage: Are you always so direct? ???????: Would You Prefer A Vague Answer To Your Inquiry? It Won't Change The Facts, But.... Cage: Aaaaaah! We're falling!!! Helppppppppp!!!! AaaaaaaaaahhhhHH! The LEV falls into Mars Cage: (And this is how the Bonaparte, on which I was working, came to its end... Looking back, I know that this was destiny just beginning to unfold. And it all stems from "Pharsti.") [ SCENE01 CLEARED ] ?????: ...Um... Are you.... Cage: Uh.... Uhhhh.... ?????: Are you okay? Cage: Wh... Where am I? Myona: Phew... You're alive... I thought you were dead. How are you feeling? Cage: I've been better. Where's the lev?!?! Myona: The lev? Oh... The L.E.V.? Cage: Quick! We have to get moving!! Myona: Um, could you explain to me what's going on? Cage: What's going on?! You're the one who told me to get on this thing - wait... you don't
remember, do you? Myona: No... I don't know my name, or even what I'm doing here. Cage: So... What's that? I guess it's... Myona: Amnesia? Cage: Yeah. That. Myona: What am I going to do?? Cage: Well, I do know one thing. Your name is Myona Alderan. Myona: Myona... That's my name? Cage: Uh-huh. That's all I know too, because we just met. Myona: Oh... Well, thank you. Having a name is a start. Cage: Did you always talk like that? I had a completely different impression of you before. Myona: ...I'd be able to tell you if I remembered 'before'.... ???????: Sorry To Interrupt.... Myona: Is that an interface program?? ???????: I Am Pharsti, Navigation System. Pleased To Meet You. Myona: H-hello. Cage: Nice to meet you, Pharsti. Pharsti: Likewise. Myona: This system is more advanced than usual. Pharsti: I'm Sorry, Last Command Not Recognized. Cage: I know, technology these days... Wait. Does that mean you remember something? MYona: Ah... You're right. This is an LEV, Pharsti is a program, the knife goes on the right and the fork goes on the left... OK, this is good, I haven't forgottent he basics. Let's see, maybe I can remember some stuff about myself too... Ummm... Uh.... Cage: Hey, there's no need to rush. Just take your time, and I'm sure the problem will take care of itself. I'll help out in whatever way I can too. Myona: Thanks... It's weird not knowing anything about yourself.... Pharsti: Brain Activity Levels Recorded At Normal. Would You Like A Full Analysis? Analysis On Cellular Level Also Available, Genetic Testing....... Myona: No thanks, I'm fine for now. Cage: We need to figure out where we are now. Myona: Where we are? Cage: Here, Mars... Wow, this LEV can land itself on autopilot all the way from the atmosphere...?! Voice from radio: Bingo! Myona: <<gasp>> What was that? They are surrounded by enemy LEVs Cage: That LEV.... Voice from radio: This is UCM Security Keeping Force Hellespontos County 3rd Division, do you copy? Cage: Oh, good. Help's on the way. Now all we have to do.... Security Soldier: This is a warning to the pilot in the unregistered LEV. You have destroyed public property and have endangered the the safety and well-being of the community! Therefore, you will be arrested in accordance to our statute on vandalism and destruction of property! Cage: This is NOT happening! Myona: (I wonder if I was a bad person....) ------------------------- |Some Room \____________________ ???????(1st): ...well, I was expecting to meet again, but then again I was never much for entertaining people anyway... ???????(2nd): At ay rate, I am hardly the type to be accomodating toward the practices found in other countries. If you are not willing to help out, there will be problems. ???????(1st): <<snicker>> But I guess there's no choice. I'm not so desperate that I would steal from others. ???????(2nd): Fear not. That special someone of yours is safe - one must be careful with such precious collateral. Those in the immediate surroundings are not so lucky, of course... ???????(3rd): ...... ???????(1st): I see. So it's been done. ???????(2nd): Plan 261 has been executed. ???????(1st): Maintain confidentiallity, eh? Nonsense. ???????(2nd): A bigger web catches more prey. It's their own fault for being so stupid as to get caught. ?????(3rd): ...self-serving action by an official. Instead of taking responsibility for one's own mistakes, covering it up with yet another fiasco... ???????(2nd): That's just the way things work. More importantly, you haven't had so much as a bite of the Natural Beef. you didn't like it? It's better while it's still warm... ?????(3rd): ...I guess it would make sense that, as a Martian, I wouldn't care for Earthling food. We've been conditioned to become this way for so many years, to not be human... ???????(2nd): ...Well, that sounds a little bitter. But isn't the one most precious to you an Earthling also? Didn't you ever learn that hypocrisy is something to be ashamed of? ?????(3rd): You intolerable... ???????(1st) OK, that's enough. We're not getting any more done by being here. Go home and get some rest. ?????(3rd): Yes, sir! ???????(1st): Well, you just watch your step there. You can never be too careful... See you later. Fade Screen still at Some Room ???????(2nd): <<sigh...>> What a rude bunch. Like beasts who only know how to fight... They should enjoy it while it lasts. Once the system is completed... heh heh... They'll be sorry they ever disrespected me. ------------------------- |Interrogation Rm \____________________ Security Force: Cage Midwell, age 17... Hmm... Cage: So I've been telling you, if you'd just listen to my side of the story... Security Force: Ah, yes, the one about how you were attacked by the devil and made an emergency landing on Mars? Cage: Not the devil, an LEV that LOOKED LIKE the devil. I was working on the Bonaparte III as a... Security Force: Silence! You terrorists! Cage: Terrorist?!? Myona: (Am I a... terrorist? It does have a familiar ring to it...) Cage: I know! I can prove it--just look at the security satellite record, and you'll see that we landed in that LEV--we came through the atmosphere, and... Security Officer: If you're going to lie anyway, make it more believable! Besides, there's no such satellite record. Which means you were on the surface to begin with. There's no doubt that you attacked the UNSF facilities a few hours ago. I don't know yet where you hid that new LEV, but finding it is just a matter of time. Because of you, countless civilians have suffered.... The Security Officer bangs his hands on the table angrily Security Officer: And even then you persist with this fantasy?! Yo'll pay for this, I'll see to it that you do! Cage: Why? I didn't do anything wrong! I escaped only to find myself in the middle of a battle, and I've only been trying to save myself.... So don't accuse me of all these things when you haven't even looked into them! Myona: (Is he... crying? He's telling the truth--he's no terrorist....) Security Officer: OK, now you're trying to earn my sympathy. You'll be feeling real sorry for yourself once I catch you. Bonaparte III went down, and so did everyone it it. You really thought you could fool me like that, son? Cage: Wh... What do you mean? Security Officer: THIS is what I mean. News Anchor: ... suffered great damage, and the cause of the accident is still unknown. According to Lieutenant Noachim, who surveyed the crash site, the tragedy looks to be associated with engine trouble or some sort of misjudgment by the pilot; there are no survivors. Among those listed as passengers are Earth inhabitants Adam Twize, Alman Ov.... Security Officer: Understand? Everyone is dead. The investigation is closed. News Anchor: The remaining passenger list is as follows.... Cage: No.... Myona: ...Wha??... Security Office: You'll have time to repent in your cell. Interrogation begins tomorros.... Arrest them! Cage: ... ------------------------- |Cell \____________________ Cage: ...Dead? ...Everyone? How can that be, where some people escaped... But why? Why??? Myona: Calm down. Cage: Calm down? How am I supposed to calm down?! I didn't do anything! Myona: I don't know what's going on either, but I know you're no criminal. Besides, the Cage Midwell who was on the news as a deceased passenger wasn't you. Cage: What? Myona: Someone must have checked in with your name, which is why they don't believe you... Tell me everything that happened up until now. Cage: Ok... Cage: .................... Myona: For instance, how about this? Someone steals a new, top-secret weapon and rises up directly to the upper strata where the Bonaparte is... Then he approaches and attacks. Cage: Wait a minute! How did he get up to the upper strata? And how in the world is it my fault now? Myona: Well... I'd say there are two different ways of looking at it. First, perhaps it was someone high-profile, who wanted to avoid a scandal - like a politician, or a relative of a politician. Or it's also possible that there was nobody on board - an unmanned fighter. Cage: But... It was talking... Myona: If it had some degree of auto-pilot capability, and wasn't remote-controlled... it's possible. Even the LEV that we were on could talk. Cage: That's true... You remember that? Myona: Strange... I wonder why. Hmm... no, I can't remember anything else. Anyway, that black LEV that you fought against is a new model, and they're probably trying to cover up its activity. Cage: Right... ANd that's why they want to put the blame on us, so they can keep the secret... Myona: They're going to say that there are no witnesses, and that the LEV thta attacked Bonaparte was the LEV we were on. What do you think? Cage: W-what are we going to do? If we don't do something, they'll.... Cage's button plays a music Myona: Where's that music coming from? It's not coming from your button, is it? Cage: Oh... Yeah... Myona: It's very pretty... and very... familiar... Cage: That's Ares playing. Myona: Ares...? Cage: What's wrong? Myona: Oh, nothing. You two were close, then. Cage: Actually, this song marks the beginning of our our friendship. It was a very important momemnt in my life. Myona: ... Cage: I have to live throught his. For Ares, and for everyone else. Myona: You're right, you can't give up now. Cage: Yeah. I have to become independent, and learn to live without Ares... ???? (hmmm, a very familiar silhouette): Aw, that's cruel. ARe you saying you don't want me around anymore? Myona(shocked): ?! Cage: Whuh?! Huh??!?!? It can't be! But that voice... no. I must be dreaming! Ares: ...Cage. Come over here and let me see your face. I'm opening up the peephole now. Cage: A... res? It's got to... be a dream... But.... Ares: OK. Just another step forward... Cage: OWWW! Ares: See? It's not a dream, is it? Cage: Ares? It's you!! Ares! It really is you!! Ares: All right, let's save the touching reunion for later, and figure out how to undo this lock and get me out of here. ???????: Here's the combination. Ares: Huh?! ???????: Don't be scared--I'm on your side. I've been listening to what you've beens saying, so I understand the situation. NOw punch in the combination I'm about to give you. First number is.... The lock opens Cage: It worked! Ares: OK. Let's go! Cage: OK! ???????: Wait! Aren't you going to let me out? ##### Scene 02: Perpetual Motion ####### Cage: So... How did you get here? First of all, how did you escape? And second of all, how did you know where to find us? Ares: I actually escaped in a pod. I was watching the local news, and it said that all the people who escaped had died in the accident. And then I found out that you were under arrest as the culprit... So I came to your rescue. Cage: Oh... I didn't think I was ever going to see you again! I'm really glad that wasn't the case. Ares: Well, I'm... I guess I'm glad too. Cage: Oops, almost forgot. This here is Myona. We escaped together. Myona: Pleased to meet you, Mr... Ares. My name is Myona. Ares: Huh?! Cage: She can't remember anything pre-accident... Do you remember seeing her on the ship? Ares: She can't remember?... Oh... no, I'm srry - I don't think we know each other. ???????: ...Here we are.... Cage: That's the LEV we came in on... Ares: And you are...?? ???????: Me? I am Deckson. And this - this is like my backyard. But more importantly... Enemy LEVs appear Deckson: On second thought, it's too early for that. Never mind. You arrived in that LEV, did you say? If you could just hold on for a little while... my friend has no concept of time. Cage: Certainly! Cage: There we go. Long time no see, Pharsti. Pharsti: It Has Been Exactly 8 Hours And 37 Minutes. Passenger Check... All Systems Go. Cage: Thank God everything's up and running. Pharsti: I'm Sorry, Last Command NOt Recognized. Please Repeat. Cage: Oh... Don't worry about it. We need to buy time... Pharsti: ...So We Are To Be A Decoy? Cage: Yeah, I suppose you could look at it like that. Oh, and don't aim at the cockpit... and even if I do, don't let me, OK? Pharsti: Disable But Do Not Destroy... Acknowledged. COMMENCE BATTLE After defeating a LEV Pharsti: Attacking Enemy... Pilot Evacuated. Cage: Way to go! Keep it up! Pharsti: I'm Sorry, Last Command Not Recognized. Current Strategy Very Ineffective. Why Do You Save The Pilot? You Endanger Yourself. Cage: Well, that's because... -> I don't know: Cage: I cant explain it... But that's just the way it is! Pharsti: ...Roger. I Am Programmed To Do As I Am Commanded. I Apologize If I Angered You. -> You can't hurt each other. Cage: People shouldn't hurt each other. Especially in my case, because there's no reason to fight - it's just a misunderstanding. Pharsti: I Understand... Your Thinking Analysis Has Been Completed. Data Saved. Cage: (Do you really understand?) After defeating the two LEVs Deckson: Hey... not bad. I wouldn't mind having one of these around myself. Ares: ... More Enemy LEVs appear Security Force: You again, Deckson. Why do you always need to make trouble? Deckson,: Well, Tim... oops, I guess I'm supposed to call you Frazer now... I haven't done anything, as a matter of fact. Earth has been antagonizing Mars for a while now, and as they say, what comes around goes around. I'm just helping out a little bit with the natural progression of things. Frazer: You haven't changed a bit, Deckson. Unfortunately for you, this is the last chance you'll have to spout off your self-serving speeches. You will all be charged the heaviest charge available for escaping incarceration. Capital punishment for you all! More Enemy LEVs... Frazer: Now cut it out and take responsibility for your own actions! Deckson: Well... no thanks. An enemy LEV explodes and an ally LEV appears from afar Frazer: WHAT?! ????? (redhaired boy): Hey! Sorry I'm late! I'll make it up to you. Guess what Planet Airhead girl did... Frazer: That's not possible... You're saying they hit it at that distance?! ?????(auburn-haired girl): Boy, who you callin' Planet Airhead girl? You wanna take this outside? ????? (boy): Stoppp, you're s-scaring me! Semyl (the girl): (He's gonna get it later on...) a blue vehicle appears ???? (some yellow haired guy): Here I am! Deckson: Phil... We've grown roots waiting for you. Come on, climb aboard, all. Don't worry, they're all trustworthy. Myona: Um.... But... Phil(blushing): Uhh... Ares: Come on, we don't have a choice. If we don't go with them, we'll be executed for sure. Phil: That is correct! Please, come this way! Myona: Hm?... Okay... Deckson: OK... Cage, do you copy? Cage: Yes, I hear you. Deckson: We're going to have to separate. Visibility on this end is very bad, and it's dangerous. you'll have to navigate. Cage: Where should I go? Deckson: Guide us to that point over there. Good luck. Semyl! Razma! He's my guest, and he's coming with me. Semyl: Got it, boss. We'll take good care of him. Let's go! Razma (redhaired): What's with the new lingo? Semyl: Razma, you like missiles? Razma: OK, let's get going! Nice to meet you, new guy! Cage: Uh-huh.... Uh... After defeating Frazer: Frazer: Deckson! I'll catch you if it means I have to go to the edge of the universe to find you! You remember that!! After defeating all enemies: Phil: Goody! Now we can escape! Deckson: Hm. Good job, Cage. Myona: Wow! You didn't strike me as being that reliable... I'm so impressed! Cage: Er... Yeah, thanks. Phil: ... Security Facility ????? (blue-haired girl): ...It never ends. Security Soldier: Who the hell are you? Where is your identification? ?????: UNSF Special Task Force Acemos. Nadia Candido. Satisfied? Security Soldier: <<gulp>> Acemos?... The army elite force? Nadia: Who the hell are you, and where is YOUR identification? Frazer: ...I'm very sorry. As his superior, I am raedy to take responsibility for his wrongdoing.... Nadia: <<snicker>> Things haven't changed a bit, have they? Which is why you're still a security supervisor. Frazer: I only aim to fulfill my post as I am instructed. Nadia: Anyway, I will let the heads know about this. You take it from there. Frazer: Yes, ma'am. Security Soldier: She is an acquaintance of yours? Frazer: Yeah. I was her instructor for a while... just a little while. It was a very long time ago. Security Soldier: I see... [ SCENE02 CLEARED ] ------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Cage: ...Whoa... I never knew this place existed. Deckson: ...Did you sleep well? Cage: Oh! Good morning! I just realized I hadn't introduced myself yet. I'm... Deckson: Cage, right? The girl is Myona, and the one who saved you both was Ares. Cage: Huh?! ...That's right, you heard us talking. Deckson: I've told everyone here about you, so there's nothing to fear. This is the Headquarters of the Anti-Terrestrial League BIS. As long as you're here, the UNSF can't get to you. Cage: Ahhh... Is that so? S-so I guess that would make you a te-te-terrorist?? Deckson: Hm... I don't much enjoy being labeled like that, but I suppose from an Earthling's perspective, that's the way it looks. Cage: Oh my God... What do I do? They don't seem like bad people... But Ares always says not to judge a book by its cover... Razma: Um... Cage, right? That's not the kind thing you should verbalize! Cage: Hunh? Was I talking aloud just now?? Razma: Yep. Loud and clear. Cage: Oh. Heh, heh. Er.... Myona enters Myona: Good morning. Everyone's up so early. Razma: Well, hello there, Princess. Sleep well? Myona: ...Yes, I did. Semyl enters Semyl: WASSSUUUP! Razma: You're late. You sleep too much. SEmyl: You always so grouchy in the morning? Want me to knock you back to sleep? Razma: Unfortunately, my grandma taught me never to hit a girl. Semyl: Oh, so now I'm a girl. I get it. In that case... Semyl hits Razma Razma: Ow!! Wha?! What was that for?! Semyl: Hmmm... What's with the raised fist? Your beliefs are pretty shaky, huh? Razma hits Semyl Semyl: YOW! Whatcha doin'?!??! Razma: I amended my policy just now, and decided that those who are female only by anatomy do not qualify as female. Semyl: OOOOO! I'm gonna show you - Ares enters Ares: Good morning, Cage. Semyl (blush): - some nice things, but shall we call it a day, Mr. Razma? Cage: ... Semyl: Hello, Ares... may I call you Ares? I'm Semyl, Semyl Shambrow. Enchanted. Did you sleep well last night? Ares: Mr. Deckson, I took the liberty of giving myself a tour of the facilities - it's very impressive indeed. Semyl: (Dang... boy just ignored me completely! WhatEVER, never expected nothing anyway...) Deckson: Well, thank you. I'm flattered. Myona: Where is the blonde gentleman from yesterday? Deckson: Hm? Oh, Mr. Philbright, eh? He's out running some errands right now, but you'll have a chance to get acquainted later. Now that our three guests are all here, I'd like to have a little chat... Phil enters Phil: Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.... Boss! It's an emergency!! Deckson: Speak of the devil... Back so soon? How was Yukito? Phil: Well, he was doing very well, and... that's not what I was trying to tell you! There's been an emergency! The UNSF is raiding the hospital! Razma: D-Did they find ouit that he's staying there? Semyl: That don't sound too good... Nah, that's real bad. Phil: That's not a real concern, as they completely overlooked two men: Mr. Yukito and myself. Cage: (Men?! He's a... he?? I was convinced he was a girl... Oops, gotta pay attention...) Phil: Their interest in the hospital seems to have something to do with a new pharmaceutical they are using on patients in critical condition. Deckson: ...Hmm... So they're planning on stealing it and selling it at a higher price. Razma: There's only one person I can think of who would do something like that. Deckson: Mm-hmm. Ned Noachim... that filthy cretin with the powerful friend. There's no time to waste. Come on, we have to get movign. Cage, I'd like you to come with me for assistance. Cage: Me? Umm... O-OK. ------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ BIS Heads to Sphere/Hospital ------------------------- |Sphere/Hospital \____________________ ##### Scene 03: A Hopeless Hope ##### ##### Scene 04: Double Edged Sword ##### ##### Scene 05: A Voice From Far, Far Away ##### ##### Scene 06: One Wing's Promise ##### [SCENE 06 CLEARED] ------------------------- |BIS Hangar \____________________ Robin: ...Good work, everyone. Let's call it y. We'll run more tests on Testant next time. Cage: OK. See ya, Pharsti. Pharsti: yes. Good-bye, Cage. Myona: Good work. here. Cage: What's this? Myona: It's my special vitamin drink. I thought you'd be tired from all the testing, so... Cage: Oh. Thanks! I'll have some now... <<gulp>>...<<choke>>... eeegheghe! Myona: Are you okay? Cage: (Gross!... How could anything possibly taste so bad??...) Myona: Oh... You didn't like it? Cage: N-no! It's really good! Myona: I'm glad. I'll make some more for next time! Cage: Uh.. Great!...? Robin: Cage. Cage: Oh, Robin. How's it going? Have you had any new discoveries? Robin: Yes, thank to you. But there are still a number of unresolved issues... We're so close. Cage: If there's anything at all that I can do, please tell me. Robin: Thank you, I appreciate that. Pharsti still hasn't shown her full potential. There's so much we still don't know... That is an incredible specimen. Myona: You're very knowledgeable about machines. And skilled. Robin: Well, I've been around them for a while. Thank you for your help today. Cage: Not at all. Let's go, Myona. Good-bye. FADE SCENE Robin: ... Why don't you come out now? Twede: I don't think it is a good idea to become too close with them. Robin: Don't worry. Work is work, and I'm getting what I have to get done, done. Or are you going to report this? Well, report me if you like; I know you could. Twede: It's fine if you understand. I agree, the rate of progress is on schedule....if we can continue at this pace. -------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Myona: .....? Why is everyone gathered around, did something happen? Deckson: Ah, perfect timing. The other day there was an anti-tax increase demonstration, and there was a skirmish between civilians and the UNSF. There were a few casualties. Cage: Casualties at a protest? Ares: Yeah. Apparently some civilians fired at UNSF troops. Well, that's according to a report from Earth. They say that it started out as a fight between the parties involving LEVs. Razma: That's just the dumbest thing I've ever heard. What kind of protester starts shooting? = It'd just give Earthlings a reason to wipe out everyone opposing the taxes. This has to be some kind of propaganda! Mebius: But i hear that the shooting really happened - they even have it on tape.... Deckson: It's unnatural that they have all this evidence, isn't it? And take a close look at this picture; there's the UNSF LEV that was acting as riot control... Cage: ?! That looks like the LEV that we fought at the orphanage...! Mebius: Bolozof's frame...He's Earth's worst export, a military man. It's highly possible... He doesn't thing of Martians as being human, so he would do something like that. Deckson: Regardless of the instigator, this cannot happen ever again. There is another demonstration scheduled today, so we will stand by at the scene. Warren: That may do more harm than good. It would give the UNSF a reason to attack. Deckson: Of course. We'll wait in ambush. If nothing happens, we will do nothing... But if by chance something does happen, we are the only ones who can stop it. Yukito: Where's John's team? Aren't they supported by Ms. O'Connell also? Myona: Er... We have more friends? Mebius: Yes. There are a few groups like ours, but not too many. Recently, a number of them lost resources to remain active. Yukito: What? You don't mean... Mebius: ...They're gone. It happened two days ago. it wasn't picked up by the media. Yukito: Oh... Razma: Let's go, Boss. If nothing happens we just come home. If something does, we try to stop it. Right? Deckson: That's right. Phil: Well, in that case I'll make a picnic basket! Can't fight when you're hungry! Oh, but don't expect anything too fancy, we only have ingredients for sandwiches... Semyl: Phil, this ain't no school trip. Mebius: I think it's a good idea. You should eat when you can; it's very important. Semyl: Why... Warren: Food also has a relaxing effect, which is a good thing. Especially when everyone is really nervous, like we are now. Semyl: Oh... Phil, you... Phil: Er... This is the least I can do for everyone. Deckson: We don't have much time until we depart. Start making preparations. And Phil... No cucumbers in my sandwich. ###### Scene 07: Opposing Tracks ###### Sec. Officer A: We really got the short end of the stick. Why do we have to do security at a protest? Sec. Officer B: Stop whining. Work is work... Besides, we have to make sure that it's not a replay of last time. Sec. Officer A: I know. If we let the Earthling UNSF in on this, they'll do whatever they want and call it 'riot control'. Oh, here comes the protest groups. Middle-aged man: Earth exploits its position and forces its tyranny upon us. Are we going to allow this to continue? No, we cannot! All we ask for are basic rights that we deserve! What is wrong with that? Are they trying to tell us that we are not worth our human rights? Friends and neighbors. It is time for us to come together as one. One by one, we may not have enough power to make a difference. That is why we want you to lend a hand, and support the cause. Please don't let our sad history repeat itself. Justice on Mars!! Let us fight for a bright future for our children! Local: Yeahhhh!! Local [woman]: The government doesn't care about us! We have to look out for ourselves!! Razma: ...They're really riled up. They could start a war right here. Cage: Is it safe to be away from the frames? Razma: No worries. There are things you don't see unless you're on the ground... Probably. Cage: Probably?!... Hmm. Wonder what happened...? Razma: Hey, Cage! Wait! Nadia: Why now.... Tsk.... Little girl: <<pant>>...<<pant>>... Cage: ? What happened? Nadia: Oh, er, I was walking and this child collapsed suddenly. Razma: ...? Nadia: ...What? Razma: Nothing. It looks like a slight case of amnesia to me. Some rest in the shade should fix it, Nadia. Nadia: How did you know my name?! Razma: It was engraved on the backside of that pendant. I have great eyesight. You got that from your boyfriend. Recently... Am I right? Nadia: ...heh heh. It was a gift, but it was a long time ago. Razma: Ah... So, you've been very careful with it. Which means I have no chance? You can bring your little sister along too.... Nadia: Ha, ha.... You're quite amusing. I make it a point not to associate with little boys. And also, we're not sisters. I was just passing through. Razma: I'm sorry to hear that. Well, you must be very kind. I could see the worry in your eyes when you brought her here. Nadia: Wha... That's.... Anyway, take this child to a safe place soon! Good day! Cage: Aw...there she goes. You got dumped. Razma: ... Cage: Razma? Razma: ...er...excuse me? Local [woman]: Hm? Yes? Razma: Would you look after her for a second? I'm sure her parents will come for her soon. Thanks! Local: What?!? He...hey! Razma: Come, Cage! Cage: Huh? Oh, OK.. Nadia: ... Bolozof: (Heh heh heh... Here we go...) Nadia: (It's time, I guess we'll begin.) Semyl: Whah?!? Phil: Gunshots! Sec. Officer A: Hey.... My LEV just got shot! Sec. Officer B: Stop overreacting. It's just a gun. Handle it calmly. Nadia: Task completed...we will now join the main group. Bolozof: (heh heh ...perfect...) Sp. Task Soldier: Gunshots confirmed. In the interest of public safety, we will begin riot control. Sec. Officer B: An UNSF LEV? We are conducting an investigation now.... Sp. Task Soldier: If you get in our waym we'll have to control you too. If you don't want anything bad to happen to you, stay out of it. Sec. Officer A: What?! This is under the jurisdiction of the UCM Security Keeping Force! Besides... Sp Task Soldier attacks Sec. Officer A Sec. Officer A: Aaaarrgh.... Why?! Sec. Officer B: You... Dirtbags!! This is clearly a breach of protocol... Sp. task Soldier: What protocol? Acemos has no obligation to act in accordance with any protocol. Sec. Officer B: Acemos?! Special Task Force Acemos? I get it... So the whole thing was a setup! Sp. Task Solder: Precisely. Sp. Task Soldier obliterates Sec. Officer B Sec. Officer B: Aaaaaarrrggghhhh! Deckson: (Even if they are Martians... It's unbelievable that they would act against the Security Officers, who are on their side... They're acting as though they've gone insane.) Sp. Task Soldier: Lieutenant. The obstacle has been removed. Bolozof: OK. Now rub out those dangerous rioters. Completely. Sp. Task Solder: Yes sir! You are all under arrest! Don't move! You don't want tp move another step! Local: Huh? Oh yeah? What will happen if we do, eh? Local mecha moves a step forward Deckson: Don't do it! Stop! Sp Task Force obliterates Local Mecha Local: Eeeeeeeeek!! Sp. Task Soldier: I instructed you specifically not to move, but you displayed blatant rebellious spirit. We will have to end this riot by force! Deckson: Damn! How could they...! They're planning to use the firing of the demonstrators as an excuse to act against them, while offering them no protection! Prepare yourselves! We're going to protect the demonstrators! BIS shows up in the battlefield Mebius: What a dirty plan... We can't let it happen! Semyl: Whew... It was pretty boring just sitting there... Warren: Where is Bolozof?.... I don't see that machine of his anywhere...) Bolozof: (The Animus! ...Well, it's a good opportunity to study BIS and see just how good they really are.) Deckson: Demonstrators on your LEVs I am on your side! We will act as your shield! Flee to the south! Local (woman): What? WHat is going on?.... Local: Let's get out of here!! Local: I have no idea what's happening... But let's do as they say while we still can! Deckson: OK, everyone, we are going to protect them as they head down south. Good luck! Yukito: Got it. Cage: Yes sir! Razma: (The person who fired the first shot looked an awful lot like Nadia... Nah, it can't be...) COMMENCE BATTLE * At the second turn of BIS, Pharsti talks about * the local server * * Pharsti: Cage, look at that. * * Cage: What? * * Pharsti: The local server is there. * * Cage: Local... Server? * * Pharsti: I believe that it is affiliated * with NUT. If it is possible, * please transport the OF to * that point and stand by. It * may be possible to procure * various weapons and other * specialized modules by doing * so. * * Cage: What do you mean? * * Pharsti: If everyone's OF, myself * included, there is a capability * to access secret data within * the server. Frowm now on, if * you see a server and the * situation allows, please move * the OF above the server and * wait until the data is * transferred... Once the data * is obtained, it is possible to * build new features into the * OF. * * Cage: This is a bit complicated for * me... But you're saying that if * the OF is placed on top of * that thing, you can get new * functions? * * Pharsti: Precisely. * * Cage: I understand, but at times * like this I need to help * people instead... I'll keep it in * mind. * * Pharsti: Yes, the decision is entirely * up to you. * In case a citizen is killed by enemy LEVs, these are the dialogues: Cage: Oh god! I was too late... I am so sorry...! Pharsti: Cage, now is not the time to mourn. Cage: I know that... But.... ---------------------------------------------- Cage: Oh no!! How could this happen?! Pharsti: Cage, it is not your fault. Cage: ... ---------------------------------------------- Cage: Again...? I'm sorry there's nothing I can do ---------------------------------------------- Cage: ...no... Not again!!? ---------------------------------------------- Cage: All down... How can that be? Pharsti: ... When the locals succesfully escape, here are their dialogues: Local: I... I made it?! Local: Go! Run away!! Local: We might be able to get out in time... Thanks to the BIS folk, I guess... After saving (or failing to save) all the locals): Bolozof: ...OK, I think I've seen enough. Now it's my turn to do what I want to do. Cage: It's that frame! Zephyrs: Did you get rid of the demonstrators? Then there's nothing more for you to do. Come back! Bolozof: If you want to live out the rest of your years in peace, don't order me around. You've got your own problems to take care of. Zephyrs: ...you... Bolozof: ...Relax, I've got proof that the demonstrators fired right here... You want to get the Animus back too, don't you? Zephyrs: .... Bolozof: Nadia! Where are you? Nadia: Sir! I'm on Bizac. May I have permission to leave? Bolozof: Ah. This is how you differ from the average Martian trash. My expectations of you are high. Nadia: Thank you sir. Oh, and Lieutenant, this pendant... Bolozof: ...Yes, what about it? Nadia: ...Nothing, sir... I am departing! (to Cage) You shall return that frame. It is wasted on you. Cage: A-aren't you... Nadia: ...this voice... Are you the young boy from earlier? I see... You're the frame runner of the Animus.... I should have known... Cage: Why are you doing this...? Aren't you a Martian yourself?! Nadia: So what? I am different from you! I have no interest in wallowing in pity with weaklings! I am Nadia Candido, Special Task Force Acemos! If you do not return the machine, I will take it from you by force! Bolozof: ...Now, shall we take care of the unfinished business from our last meeting? COMMENCE BATTLE When Nadia loses: Nadia: I've lost...?? Add made a fool of myself in from of Mr. Bolozof....?! Bolozof: Nadia, you're tired. Retreat now, you understand? Nadia: I'm sorry... I am leaving now! When Cage starts to attack Bolozof: Bolozof: Heh heh heh... You Martians are fun to play with. You've been allowed to live until this day just for me, so I expect to be entertained a little bit more. Come on, let's see it. Give me your best shot! I'll destroy all of you! Cage: Fun to play with? People are dying!! What are you talking about!?!? When Bolozof is weakened: Bolozof: Hah! What's wrong? I'm still alive. Cage: What is wrong with this guy? Deckson: Cage, any further engagement with them is pointless. Retreat! Close your eyes! Cage: Huh? Uh, yes sir! Bolozof: What are they doing?! Deckson throws a smokescreen (?) and BIS escapes Bolozof: They ran away? ... Heh heh .... Heh heh heh... Haaahahahahah!!! They think that... That they've spared me? ...Ha ha ha ha...... (...I'll make you regret this..BIS!) -------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Deckson: ...So it is the Earthlings behind all this. This Nadia lady from Acemos, she's the one who fired and posed as a demonstrator? Razma: Yes, I'm sure of it. Warren: UNSF Special Task Force Acemos... I've heard of them. They're an elitist group of racists... This could be trouble. Cage: The general guy that we fought before... He seems dangerous. Mebius: ...You mean Bolozof Velasgo. He probably joined the armed forces so he could be violent legally. He's the most dangerous man on Earth. I had no idea he'd joined Acemos... Warren: It seems Zephyrs is the power behind Acemos... That's quite obvious. Their erratic, careless actions today... He must be quite confident in his information sources. Deckson: It may be time for us to take action before they act against us. Ares: But how? Do you have any ideas as to what we can do? Deckson: Well, I've been speaking with Ms. O'Connell about this... Razma: Boss. I may be on to something. Let me pursue it. Deckson: Of course, look into it. Razma: Great, I'll be back in a little while. Razma walks out of the room Cage: Today was tough, wasn't it, Myona? Myona: Yes... How can those Earthlings do such terrible things to the Martians? Cage: ...I don't understand it either. Ares: Humankind succeeded in colonizing the vast territory of space... But like the vacancy they've claimed as territory, their hearts have become empty too. Cage: But Ares... That's just so... Ares: I know, it's wrong.... But the fact of the matter is that those living on Mars and on Jupiter are called 'Enders' and are looked down upon.... You'll understand eventually. Cage: Ares... Ares: Well, I'm really tired today... I'm going back to my room. See you later, Cage. Ares walks out of the room. Cage: ... The fact of the matter... Hmm... Myona: (.......) Phil: Oh.....Miss Myona! If you would like, I was thinking that perhaps you and I could... Myona: Cage, we should get back too. Cage: Yeah... You're right. Phil: Er..... Cage and Myona walks out of the room, leaving Phil behind. Phil: (Miss Myona...) [ SCENE07 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Razma: Phew... I'm back. Semyl: You back already?!? Jeez, that was quick. Razma: Never mind that, look at this photograph. It's pretty low-resolution, but... In the picture, a building is marked in the middle. Warren: ...Where did you get this? There seems to be something there... is this what you were talking about earlier? Razma: Well, how about this picture? Another picture of the building with a LEV Warren: ...This is.... Bolozof's new machine! Ares: Wasn't it called... Bizac? Razma: And look at this one. Phil: The frame in production... This is not an LEV! Can it be.... An OF?!? Razma: Bingo. I think this is Zephyrs' secret factory. Mebius: That Bizac-frame, it did look different from an LEV. If it's been built with OF technology - that is, if it includes metatron - that explains everything.... Cage: Meta...tron. That's the precious material that they use in the catapults at the spaceports, right? Razma: I figure the Martian government is probably doing all it can to keep it all a secret, but they wouldn't have them together with the LEVs. I think that they would have to have a special place where they dealt with all the OF-related matters. Deckson: That's true. If they're hiding their OF research, it would make sense that they would have their own private facility. Mebius: Then it's possible that the Black Frame that sank the Bonaparte was constructed there too? Myona: And... perhaps there was some sort of unexpected accident during testing, and they lost control... And it hit Bonaparte... Cage: That would mean that Zephyrs and his men were behind that accident... Ares: It's possible. Semyl: And? How'd you find this joint? Razma: I regret to inform you that's an industry secret. Semyl: Right, an industry secret... Like slappin' a tracer on a girl, stalkin' her, and plannin' on inviting her out to dinner? Razma: Yeah, yeah... You know how women are, you convince them it's destiny and.. How...how did you know about that?!? Semyl: I knew it! Razma: Dang... That was a trick? Semyl: <<sigh>> You know, you are so transparent. Myona, what do you think of guys who do things like this? Myona: ...... Razma: (Uh-oh... Don't look at me like that!!) Myona: ...... Razma: (Uh-oh... Don't look at me like that!!) Myona: ... I think it sucks. Razma: (Ouch!) Razma: No! It's not like that! ...Er... Mebius: OK. Enough of that. So, is that how you came across the information Razma: Yeah. She was suspiciously alert for a civilian. She told us to 'take the child to a safe place' ...as if she knew what was going to happen. Cage: Wow... I didn't notice that at all.... Myona: Oh... I understand now.... I'm sorry, Razma... Razma: Heh, heh... It's no big deal. Cage: But.... She said that as she was leaving. You didn't have time to put the tracer on her after she said that... Myona: Um, Razma... Razma: Oh... Ha haha hah!!..... Hey, don't sweat the small stuff!! Mebius: That's so typical of you, Razma... But in this case, you were able to obtain information because you did that, so we can't complain.... So what are we going to do? Should we wait until they make a move? Yukito: You sound as though you want to move on it immediately....? Mebius: Well, are you against that? Yukito: That depends on our strategy. This facility belongs to the Ryan Corporation. I'm sure their security system exceeds that of most military facilities... And I'm sure their LEVs do also. Myona: Ryan Corporation? What's that? Phil: It comes next to NUT, Nereidum Universal Technology, a manufacturer. Of course, even though they're second in the industry, they're nowhere close to NUT - NUT has the power to build its own colony with no help from anyone. Myona: Wow. Deckson: ...Hmmm... Ryan, eh? I can see how OF manufacturing would be attractive to him, to beat their competition. It would make sense if they had helped with the construction of the Bizac too. Ares: I think we should sneak in. Warren: Why? Ares: Well... the secret production of military weapons has been proven by the information supplied by Razma. All we need to prove now is the existence of Earthlings within the facility, and there will be enough to indict Zephjyrs for his involvement. If all goes well, we may also be able to obtain data from the local server, and that is the most definitive evidence that we can lay our hands on. Warren: ...I agree completely with your plan. But what's the hurry? Ares: Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Is it such a bad thing? Warren: ...... Deckson: It's true, this may be a good opportunity to take action. Warren, if we don't move now, we may end up having to wait until they make their next move, in which case we'll allow something to happen. Warren: ...You're right. I understand. We must build our strategy very carefully. Robin enters the room Robin: <<sigh>> So now you're going to go after Zephyrs. Why didn't I know about this? Deckson: Ms. O'Connell... I am about to discuss this with you. I had no intention of keeping this a secret from you... Robin: He's a very powerful man. Do you understand that this could be risky for me too? Deckson: Well.... Robin: ....<<giggle>> I'm only joking. But it wouldn't hurt you to worry about me sometimes too, you know? I work hard too. Deckson: Yes... Thank you. Twede: ...I have prepared a blueprint of the area with possible invasion routes, for your review. Razma: No way! When?!? We just started talking ahout it right now!? Twede: ...I will take care of the security problem. Pelase, just look out for the Security LEVs. Razma: Um, heLLO-? Do you copy?? Twede: ...Good luck. I will pray for your safety. Robin: I'm, sorry... Please don't take it personally. Semyl: You got no presence, is why. A crash sound (Razma probably kicked Semyl) Semyl: OW! Boy, I'm gonna make you cry! Razma: You need to learn to shut it! Semyl: <<gasp>> That's it! Razma: Hah! Show me what you got!! Mebius: Well, shall we get going? Cage: Yes.. ##### SCENE 08: Darkness Dyed by Darkness ##### Deckson: ...Listen. Twede said that he would take care of the security system, so we don't need to worry about cameras or sensors - but even he can't control human eyes. Beware of the Security LEVs while you go about your business. Razma: Well, if Twede is going to hack into the system so that Security ad the facility can't communicate, why don't we just take them all down at once? Mebius: ANd make a big commotion so Security does show up? Warren: ...Not a good move. It's best if nobody finds out about this. Security trusts its sensors, so I don't think there will be too many Security LEVs on site. We should think of it as a clandestine operation. Razma: Tsk. Fine. Yukito: Get within 3 squares of an enemy LEV and it's war on the spot. Be careful. If a Security LEV finds you, you may be able to get out of it if you beat it immediately.... Cage: 3 squares? Yukito: Don't worry about it. Anyway, we'll have to find an entrance first. Then Phil and Ares will go in on the Blade. Is that okay with everyone? Deckson: That's fine. There are 5 routes. You need to figure out which one will lead to the inside of the facility. Cage: So there's a way in out of those choices, and we go and check each one? Deckson: Correct. Don't get caught, now! Cage: Yes sir! Razma: ...Why is it Phil and Ares? Mebius: ...In this group, those two are best with that kind of stuff. Cage: What kind of stuff? Mebius: Well, computer stuff... hacking. Ares: It's almost time. Myona: Ares, Phil - be careful! Ares: Yeah. Phil: Yes... I-I will! You can leave it to me! Deckson: OK, is everybody ready? I will stay here and give you instructions... Let me know once you are inside. Nadia: ...strange... Sp. Task Soldier: Is something the matter? Nadia: Are the sensors functioning normally? Something feels off... Is it just me? Sp. Task Soldier: All functions are normal. Perhaps you are tired. May I suggest that you take a rest? Nadia: Why are you bothered by my being here? Sp. Task Soldier: No. Far from it, I'm honored! If it were up to me, I would be with you like this for all eternity!
Nadia: ...What a strange man - not that I dislike you. Sp. Task Soldier: Thank you. Normally, I would take that as a cue to flirt, but I shall refrain from such action for now. So that you might rest, I will continue with this Security post, although I will be very lonely. Nadia: Heh... OK, fine. I'm going to take a break, you take care of everything whyile I'm away. Sp. Task Soldier: Phew... That was close. Now, where were we? The Sp. Task Soldier was actually Twede! Twede: I've sent false data to the remaining cameras and sensors, communication has been cut off, and the arrangements are complete. (Everything's done on time. I've done my part, now please do yours and do it well...) Semyl: ...You best behave yourself today! Don't you go lookin' for that Nadia chick! Razma: Not an issue. I'm very reliable when need be... Heh heh. Semyl: Unconvincing, at best. Warren: ...it's time. Let's go. Sp. Task Soldier: Terrorists?! Security! Invasion!! HEY! Respond!.... Tsk.... Communication's been cut off. They'll pay for this... Deckson: Get him! Deckson: I don't think that's the one. Check the others! Deckson: That's it, Phil! Phil: Ares! I think that's it over there! Ares: OK. Let's proceed carefully so they don't see us. Phil: Yessss! Ares: OK... We're going in! Deckson: The first stage of the plan has been completed. Everyone, retreat. Cage: Yes sir! -------------------------- |Hidden Factory \____________________ Cage: We succeeded somehow. Deckson: Yes... I hope the rest goes as smoothly. Razma: Since there's time until our next move, I'd like to take a short nap. Semyl: What?!? What are you thinking...?! Razma: ZZZZZZZZ...... Myona: ...He really fell asleep. Mebius: I can't quite figure out if he's headed for greatness, or if he's just stupid. Yukito: Well, that's Razma. We should all take turns and get some rest too. Cage: (Ares...Phil... Good luck!) [ SCENE08 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |Bolozof's Room \____________________ Nadia: ...Excuse me, sir. Bolozof: Nadia. What happened? Nadia: You were resting. I'm very sorry, I will come again another time. Bolozof: I don't mind. What do you need? Nadia: Noth... well, er... How are you feeling? Bolozof: You want to know? Why don't you examine me for yourself? Nadia: N-no! I, er... Bolozof: What? You don't like me anymore? Come here. Nadia: ..... Bolozof: Nadia. Don't look at me like that. Nadia: ...Are we doing the right thing? Mars has reached its limits. If things continue in this way, a full-fledged war may break out any day now. Bolozof: So what? That would make it easier to solve territorial problems anyway. There is no need for weeds on this land.... Are you worried about your fellow Martians? Nadia: N-no. I rid myself of such sentiment the day I pledged my life to you... However, I think that the progression of these battles... Bolozof: There's no such thing as a bloodless revolution. Besides, don't you think that it's time to bear the hardships... For our future? Nadia: Our...future? Bolozof: Oh... Speaking of which, I have something for you. Nadia: ...An Earth-bound ticket?! You remembered our promise! Bolozof: Once things settle down a little bit, let's go together. You'll be reborn as a true Earthling worthy of me. Nadia: Thank you! I don't know what to say... I... Bolozof: Are you going to stand there forever? Come over here. Nadia: Y-yes. Bolozof: ...Heh heh heh... (What is wrong with her...?!?) Nadia: Er.... Is something the matter? What is...? Bolozof: ...It's a tracer... Dammit! How long have you had this on you?! Go to full alert! All units in position!! Nadia: Y-yes Sir! Excuse me! Bolozof: (Damn Martians...) -------------------------- |Hidden Factory \____________________ Deckson: Oh no... They've caught on?!? Cage: Is that a security alarm?! Pharsti: Affirmative. I suggest a quick evacuation. Cage: What?! I can't do that. Ares is in there! Pharsti: ...I thought you'd say that. We can leave whenever you would like to. Cage: Good job Pharsti! Let's go! Semyl: Razma! Get up, we're goin'! Razma: I'm already up, you're the one holding us up. Warren: We don't have time for chit-chat. Come on! ##### SCENE 09: SINCERITY ##### Sp. Task Soldier: Sombeody's hacked into the server. They should be around! Do whatever it takes, just find them! (Hm? What was that??) BIS reappears in the factory grounds Sp. Task Soldier: B-BIS! It's them!! Those idiots.... snooping around where tehy don't belong. Catch them!! Deckson: The two of them haven't been caught yet... But I suppose we have no choice. We're going in to get them! Razma: We'll have to distract them until the two of them can make their escape. Myona: I hope they're okay... Cage: ...I'm sure they are. After all, Ares is there! Mebius: Ahhh... You trust him that much, do you? Anyway, let's get going! Cage: OK! Blade appears Cage: Ares!! Are you okay? Ares: Yeah. We got the data, too. Cage: Thank goodness... Ares: Aren't you worried about Phil too? Cage: Oh! I'm sorry... How are you holding up? Phil: ...I'm okay. We'll do our best to get out of here, so please help us out. Cage: Okay. more enemies appear Nadia: Why does everybody try to bring me down?! Don't you see that your existence makes these tensions worse?? Cage: You're... Nadia! Bizac S appears Bolozof: Nadia, can you hear me? Nadia: Yes, I hear you. Bolozof: I am getting out of here. You take care of them. You can do that much, can't you? Nadia: ...Yes. I understand. If it costs me my life, I will see to it that we triumph over them! Bolozof: Heh heh... Good girl. (You see to that.) Bizac S disappears COMMENCE BATTLE -after a few turns- Pharsti: ...Cage. There is abnormal energy emanating from the basement ahead. It is heat energy. Cage: Does that mean... This facility is going to explode? Pharsti: Affirmative. 10 minutes. Considering the Blade's speed, we will have reached the safety limit on time. Cage: What happens if we exceed the limit? Pharsti: Every person here will be burned alive by the ehat from the explosion. In other words.... Cage: OK, that's all I needed to hear. Thank you... So what you're saying is that we have to leave before the limit is up. Pharsti: Correct. Nadia: (...What was that! Can it be... That Bolozof is abandoning me? ...No... No, he wouldn't do that.) So... It's them!! How far are they planning to push me? I will not let them get away with this! Never!! -After a few more turns- Pharsti: Cage, 5 minutes and counting until the explosion at the facility. Cage: Already?!? We have to hurry! Pharsti: Damage to the frame has exceeded 50%. Cage: What?! Already?! Pharsti: Your maneuvering capabilities leave much to be desired. Cage: ... Pharsti: But lately, you have developed a sharp instinct. it's as if you have eyes in the back of your head.... Cage: Huh? Oh, well actually... I was told once after a physical that I have above-average spatial skills because I was born in space. Pharsti: Born in space... In a spaceship? Cage: Yeah... But now is not the time to talk about it. I'll tell you all about it some other time. -when Blade reaches the bottom- Ares: Phew... Lucky us. Phil: We are evacuating! Cage: Good! Let's go! Pharsti: Cage, would you like to warn the enemy? Cage: Oh... Yea, that's a good idea. Will you make the connection? Pharsti: ...Complete. Go ahead. Cage: Members of Acemos! Can you hear me? This facility will explode very soon. Please evacuate the compound! Nadia: ..... Cage: Nadia! You must get out of here! Nadia: ...Go. I've lost. Go wherever you are going, I don't care! Cage: Are you going to stay here? This whole place is going to explode! Nadia: This is something I brought upon myself... Leave me alone, and worry about yourself. Cage: ...Pharsti. Pharsti: Roger. Nadia: Wha-what are you doing?! Cage: I'm takking you out with me! Nadia: Stop... it. Leave me alone! Nadia: Let... go of me!! Cage: Pharsti! Pharsti: Evacuating... The factory explodes Factory Site Razma: Holy moley! That was CLOSE! Cage: That was really dangerous! Semyl: Wait... Who was that woman you saved, Cage? There are things that need to be taken care of, and we need to capture her... Cage: Hunh?! Semyl: No, not 'hunh?!'. I'm saying, where is the hostage? Cage: Well, we said good-bye a while ago... Yukito: You're KIDDING, right? Cage: Well, now that you mention it, she was looking at me real funny... Razma: Hah! That's funny! Vintage Cage! Semyl: Hey! It's not funny! Deckson: What's done is done. Besides, we've got the data. We can call today a success, I think. Warren: ...Ares. How did it go? Ares: Heh. Perfectly. It was almost too perfect... Warren: ..... Deckson: At any rate, there's no point in sticking around here. Let's go home. Phil: Ms. Myona! I tried really hard.... Myona: Cage... You let her go? Cage: Yeah... Was that really bad? Myona: No, I think it was good. I', sure she's changed her mind about a lot of things now. Cage: You think so? That would be nice... Phil: ....... Ares: Phil... Don't make that face. At the very least, I need you around. Phil: Ares... Thank you. Ares: (heh heh...) BIS heads to their hideout Meanwhile, at the factory site Nadia: You... This humiliation... (...Why... Why am I still alive? I promised that I would die before I let them go! ...Bolozof.... What am I.... What am I supposed to do...?) [ SCENE09 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Razma: <<yawn>> I am so bored... Cage enters Cage: Razma? Are you alone? Where is everybody else? Razma: Warren and Yukito went to go work out at the gym. Semyl said she was going to buy Myona some clothes, so the two of them and Mebius went shopping for girlie stuff. Cage: Hm. Where's Ares? Razma: Probably the hangar. He said something about analyzing the data he got at the facility. Cage: But I thought the only equipment they had there was maintenance tools for LEVs and OFs. Razma: Nope. I hear Ms. O'Connell got her hands on a new metatron computer. Cage: Hmmm.... Razma: OK, I'm bored anyway. I'm going to go and be a nuisance. I can look at the frames while I'm there too. Razma exits Cage: No! Razma! You shouldn't! Wait!! -------------------------- |BIS Hangar \____________________ Ares: ...And you came to be a nuisance also? Cage: Ha ha, ha ha ha.... Robin: Oh, you two! Did you come to help out? Razma: No, we're here to be a nuisance. Robin: Oh. I see. Ares: ...For Pete's sake.... Cage: So, Ares, what did you find? Ares: Absolutely nothing... But it's not because of the computer that Robin brought for me. In fact, it's not easy to have resources like this. I'd love to know where to find these things. Robin: Ares. Women have lots of secrets. Ares: Aha. Secrets. It must be difficult to have so many of them. Robin: ... Ares: But since you were so kind as to prepare all these tools, I will do what I can, even though it may take a while... Pharsti: I'm very sorry to interrupt, but may I give it a try? Ares: (What?!?!) Cage: What?!? You know how?? Pharsti: Affirmative. Ares: ...This is interesting. She may be able to get better results than any of us. Robin: I like that. Please do. Pharsti: Would that be okay with you, Cage? Cage: Of course. Please! Pharsti: Understood. Ares: (...Actually, it's not such a bad idea... Heh heh... heh heh heh....) -------------------------- |Zephyrs' Room \____________________ Zephyrs: ...I will get it back. It's important to me too. How many times must I explain this to you? Ryan: Please. I have made my meager contribution also. 'It was taken' is simply not enough. Zephyrs: Stop worrying. If you work with us, there's nothign that NUT can do to stop you. I will find it soon. Ryan: ...Will you actually 'get it back,' or 'find it'? I hate to say it, but... there are those who doubt you. They say that it was in fact no 'accident,' and that you're trying to sell the Animus elsewhere... Zephyrs: Who are you talking to? It would be all too easy to make your company disappear. Ryan: Before, that threat may have worked... Face the facts. I don't mind cooperating. But I don't owe you anything. I can tolerate your unpleasant experiments only because it can make me profit.... At least for the time being. Zephyrs: ...Are you threatening me? Ryan: Threatening? Hardly. I'm warning you. Zephyrs: ..... Ryan: We will take care of the incident at the factory. Is that okay with you? Zephyrs: ...Yes... please. Ryan: Smart business. One would want to keep it that way until the very end. Excuse me. Ryan exits Zephyrs: ... (I have no choice... It's risky, but it must be done. I'll have to give Bolozof permission to carry out his plan.... It's me. Give me Lieutenant Velasgo. -------------------------- |BIS Hangar \____________________ Cage: ...And?? Pharsti: Hee, hee, the data is very cute. Cage: The data... Cute?! Pharsti: Yes. It was all wrapped up in a pretty package so as to conceal its contents. Robin: Interesting metaphor.... Ares: And what did you find? Pharsti: Well, I undid the ribbon... and removed the wrapping carefully so as not to rip anything. I'll transfer the files now. Phil: Oh... Ares: This is really something. It's not everything, but it's completely deciphered. Robin: In this short amount of time... Deckson: ...Hm? What is everybody doing here? Razma: Breaking the code. Phil: This here... Deckson: Metatron linkage I... D0? Subject 1179 F-15...? Razma: Hey, there's more over here. Impulse transmitter F-6x, M-12.... I don't get it! Ares: I think 'Subject' refers to a person. So F and M would be the sex, and the numbers would be the age. M-12 would be a 12-year-old male... Robin: ...It looks like some sort of experiment. X probably means that the subject died... Cage: But... How... They're mostly children! Ares: ...According to this, the data goes back 10 years. The compatibility of the human brain and metatron... There's a plan to implant a human brain directly into the machines. Decson: What's this?? An I.D.O. System record of accidents and deaths?! And this OF is the culprit? Cage: Ares.... Ares: Yes, I'm sure of it. That's the one that attacked the Bonaparte. I guess that wasn't the only accident it's caused. Deckson: Things are starting to make sense. But we still need proof that this frame is somehow affiliated with Zephyrs. We are so close... Cage: The truth is about to be revealed... ALl their evil deeds... Our innocence... Pharsti! Is there any more? Pharsti: This is all the data I have been able to decode. The rest of the data turns into a 'suicide virus' and will delete itself when opened without the proper password. I would not recommend attempting to analyze the rest of the data without the password. Robin: ...I see... So we have to find a way to find that password. Twede: ...Excuse me. Razma: <<gasp>> Again?! Twede: ...Ms. O'Connell. Please take a look at this. Anchor: ...And now, a news update. The violent terrorist group that has been on a rampage as of late bombed a civilian-owned factory last night. UNSF Lieutenant Bolozof Velasgo was able to capture some members from this group, known as BIS, a little while ago. Deckson: What?!? Anchor: I repeat. Just now... what? Live feed? Excuse me. There has been a last-minute change. We have a live broadcast from the scene. Bolozof: ...A word to the terrorists. We have reached the limits of our tolerance for you. From now on, your immoral activities will be met with weapons. This is not a threat. We will do whatever it takes to prevent tragedies like this from happening again. Today at noon, we will hold a public hearing for the terrorists who have been captured! Ares: ...I've never seen any of those people who were captured... Robin: ...They have nothing to do with us. They have abducted random people to lure us to them. Cage: Oh, no!! Twede: ...That isn't the only problem. Please continue watching. Razma: There's Sis = and Myona! Even Semyl!! Deckson: They... They found out?! Ares: If they knew that they were BIS members, I doubt they would do it like this. I think it must have been a coincidence... but I guess we don't really know. I can't imagine that they would actually hold a 'hearing.' It's probably more like immediate execution. Razma: Those dirtbags.... Cage: Oh! Ra-Razma! This person here... is Nadia!! Razma: They're even using their own people.... Are they insane? Deckson: Ms. O'Connell, we are going to go and do something about this. Do you mind? Twede: Ms. O'Connell, I would strongly advise against taking such action. It is impossible to save them, and they would most certainly be captured. Deckson: Twede.... Robin: ...So.... What do you suggest we do? Twede: If we do that, they are not going to let it go.... At the very least, the humans on Mars are going to be angered, and the politics on Earth will encounter serious problems as well... Even if we don't go out of our way to expose ourselves to danger, the situation should improve for us. Not doing anything is the best strategy - it yields the fewest victims. Robin: The fewest victims... I see your point, and I think that is a sound judgement... Cage: Ms. Robin?!?! Razma: How is abandoning you own friends 'the best strategy'? I'm going, even if I have to do it alone. And don't stop me! Robin: But, Twede, we don't want ANY victims. Peace earned at the price of any victim will only breed more victims in the future. Cage: So... Robin: Go ahead. Twede: Ms. O'Connell!! Deckson: Ms. O'Connell... Thank you! Ares: Thank you! We're going. Robin: But I'm only going to let you go under one condition. All of you must come back safely. Can you promise me that? Cage: ...Yes! We promise!! Razma: Of course! You just watch!! Deckson: Come on, everyone... Let's hurry! Robin: (Good luck, everybody... Be safe...) Twede: You know that what I said reflected the wishes of the higher-ups.... Do you realize what a big responsibility you are taking on? Robin: I'm aware of it. Twede: ... ...Well, then. In that case. I have nothing to add.... ##### SCENE 10: A Pure Heart... And the Price It Pays ##### Mebius: I can't belive I coudn't save these children... I owe Deckson an apology. Semyl: Myona! Can you hear me? Don't you give up on me! I know that idiot is gonna come get us! Myona: Semmy.... I'm so sorry. If I hadn't gotten caught, this wouldn't have happened... Semyl: That's just dumb! Come on, grumpy, they're gonna come get us! You can't trust him as far as you can throw him, usually, but in crisis situations, that idiot is pretty reliable. So I'm tellin' ya, don't sweat it. Nadia: <<snicker>> ...It's not that simple. In military, if someone were to command his troops to save their men in this situation... he would lose his position. Mebius: Is that...? Semyl: Say that again, you little punk! When help arrives, we'll leave you here! Nadia: I don't care... I plan to die here. I coudn't look at him now. Bizac S appears Bolozof: How righteous. Nadia: Lieutenant... I apologize deeply for what has happened. It is my responsibility.... Mebius: That was Bolozof! I knew it... So she's Nadia? Myona: Oh! Semyl: Wha? MebiusL ...I guess they don't know who we are... Bolozof: ...That pendant... I remember now. You still have it. Nadia: Yes! I am so glad that you remembered... I... I was... very happy. red-haired girl:Ew! That is so ugly! Hey, please don't every give me something like that. Nadia: Who the...! What are you doing?! Get away from Lieutenant Bolozof immediately!! red-haired: Oh please! My job is to stay with Mr. Bolozof and take good care of him. I had to take the place of some stupid, useless assistant... Oops, I guess that would be you! Bolozof: Nadia... Don't ever even utter my name with that filthy mouth of yours again. Nadia: ...What?! I'll happily agree to execution. I am not afraid of death! So... so... Look at me until the very end... Don't dislike... me.... Bolozof: ...I'm tired of you. I also have no use for failures. Nadia: How... red-haired: Hey, you're a MARTIAN, right? I mean, gross! I can't believe that Mr. Bolozof even let you work next to him! Semyl: (What?!?!) red-haired: Oh, well, that's over. He'll forget about you soon--my technique is that good. Even last night.... Nadia: Sh-shut up!! That's a lie!!! Please, please say it's all a lie!! Bolozof: ...Amante, here, have this. It's a ticket to Earth... Do what you like with it: Nadia: That's...!! red-haired girl's name was revealed by Bolozof, Amante Amante: But I hate traveling. Can I tear it up? Bolozof: Do as you like. Nadia: No!!! Bolozof: ...You were more fun that I'd expected. A word of advice: next time, don't come into the world as an Ender. Nadia: ...Mr... Bolozof.... Myona: (...I don't know what happened there... But I feel really bad for her....) Zephyrs: Nadia... I'm disappointed that you were collaborating with the terrorists. I... I can't believe it! Nadia: ...Heh... I'm just glad that I won't have to look at your face anymore. Semyl: ...I can't believe these cats... They're gonna dump it all on her. Mebius: Do you really think that's going to solve your problems? Because if you do, that's awfully simplistic of you. Zephyrs: You won't be able to make any more of your precocious remarks in a little while. I feel bad for you... But the only ones to blame are the terrorists. Myona: (That voice.... I've heard it somewhere before.... But where? What is this I'm feeling...??) Zephyrs: I am reluctant to do this... But consider yourselves unlucky and just give up. Myona: (Consider yourselves unlucky and just give up... Hmmm... Con... si... deryour... sel... v...?!?) Doctor... Zephyrs? Zephyrs: What?! Semyl: Myona... This is Zephyrs?! Myona: Huh? Did I... say something just now? Zephyrs: You!... You aren't.... Sp. Task Soldier: Mr. Zephyrs, we have decided upon the execution of the terrorists! It will be underway shortly. Please step back. Zephyrs: (Heh... how could that be? ...Should've turned into ashes along with everything else at the lab.) ...Very good. (I'll leave the rest to Bolozof and go now....) Sp. Task Soldier:All units prepare to shoot.... Weapons in ready position! Local: Please don't! If you'd just check one more time, you'll find that I'm innocent! Local: Hey! Wait!! I didn't do anything bad!! I've been framed!! Sp. Task Soldier:Well, you're out of luck, aren't you. All units aim - and aim so you don't miss! Semyl: Is he... not planning to come? Mebius: (Deckson, you did the right thing. This is a trap. I won't think poorly of you. Darling... Tia... I'll be with you both very soon...) Myona: Cage... Nadia: ... Frazer: ...Nadia.... Sp. Task Soldier:OK... Firrrrrre!!! An Sp. Task Soldier 's mech is suddenly on fire Sp. Task Soldier:What?! What is going on?!? Frazer: (Oh!) Bolozof: (Heh, heh... I was getting tired of waiting.) Razma: Heya! You still alive? Semyl: You idiot! What took you so long?! Razma: You sound like you're doing okay. Give me a minute--I'll get you out of there. Semyl: ...OK!! Cage: I'm sorry we're late, Myona! We couldn't get a hold of Warren and Yukito! Myona: Cage...! Phil: I'm here too! Deckson: We're clearly outnumbered... But we knew this to be a dangerous situation from the very beginning. Mebius, are you all right? Mebius: Heh heh... I gues I won't be seeing those two today... It's your fault, you know! Ares: So... How do we handle this...? Pharsti: Cage, there are explosives by the feet of the people who are tied up. There also seems to be a time bomb. I am not certain how much time we have, but we should hurry. Cage: Deckson! Deckson: I heard that. So they've got it covered from both angles... They're determined not to let any of the hostages go... There's no time to debate on what we should do! First priority: get the hostages! Free the people who are fixed to the blocks, one by one Caeg: So I should hover above the blocks? Got it! Phil: We don't know how much time we have before the bomb goes off!! Let's hurry! Bolozof: (Heh heh... It's showtime... I think I'll just watch for a little while.) Bizac S disappears in the field COMMENCE BATTLE When saving hostages: Local: Noooo! Wait!!! Helppppp!! ...Huh? Somebody already came to help? NOW you tell me? Local: Coudn't you have come any sooner? That is so inconsiderate! I... I can't stop shaking!! Local: Phew! I've been saved! They just grabbed me out of the blue--I have no idea what happened!! Local: You... you came to help us? Hurry, take these off for me! More reinforcements arrive Cage: Oh! Warren: Sorry I'm late. Cage: How did you know we were... Yukito: That Twede appeared out of nowhere. Anyway, we heard the whole story. I know we're late, but we still wanted to help. Saving the last group of hostages: Mebius: Phew... We made it. Myona: Come on, Nadia. Come with us. Nadia: Do as you like. Semyl: We're OK - you've got four delicate ladies up in here. Drive safely! Cage: OK! Nadia: Why do you want to help me? I have nothing now.... Mebius: ...That just makes me laugh! You want to die because a guy dumped you? You know, they say that 'The best revenge is to become happy.' Give life another try as a woman. Nadia: ...I... I don't need any more of your help, or your lecturing! Let me off!! Frazer: ...Miss Nadia. I have come to your rescue. Nadia: ...Why? Frazer: I do not know. But.... Nadia: I am no longer your superior. Frazer: That's true... OK, Nadia. You are still my student. It's only natural for a teacher to save his pupil, is it not? Does this satisfy you? Nadia: Frazer... You are stupid. If you save me, you are putting yourself into a very bad situation. Don't you even understand that?! Frazer: That's why I'm still stuck in middle management. Oh, I suppose I should say 'was stuck. Nadia: ...Heh. You want the password to view the coded files, don't you? Cage: Huh? Nadia: I'll only say it once. The password is ARIEL! Frazer: (Deckson... Heh heh, now they're after me too.... But I feel pretty good, suprisingly. You owe me one for today... Ahh, yes. In that Handy PC that I seized from that boy... I guess I'll have to believe them...) Frazer disappears Cage: <<gasp>> More enemy LEVs appear headed by Bolozof Bolozof: ...I didn't care for the ending of that little scene, but that's okay. I shall take back the Animus today! Cage: You didn't care for it, eh Mr. Bolozof, was it? Do you really think that you're going to get away with all these crazy things you're doing? Bolozof: Hmm? I'm not the one with the problem. Those who hang desperately onto their titles and have no skill--those are the ones who need to worry! Cage: What?! Don't you worry about your teammates? Bolozof: I don't care, as long as I am having fun. I don't trust anyone...least of all a spoiled brat like you! Cage: What did you say...? Amante: Hey, is that the 'Animus'? Can I kill it? Pleasssse. Can I? Bolozof: (Heh heh... She acts so dizzy, but she scored well when she enlisted... wouldn't think it just by looking at her - she's my little golden egg.) Do as you like. If you can beat it, there's no reason for us to take it back. Amante: Gotcha! Cage: Come on, Pharsti. Pharsti: I'm ready, Cage! When Bizac is defeated: Amante: No, no, no, no! How come they get to win? No fair!! I'm retreating! When Bizac S is weakened: Bolozof: Tsk! My Animus... again! One of these days... one of these days it shall be mine once more!... It's only a matter of time. BIS Hallway Semyl: Man, that scared me half to death! I thought they got it figured out! Razma: Well, I don't really care about you, but I'm really glad the other two were okay. Are you okay, Sis? Did they treat you roughly? Myona, that must've hurt, being tied up like that. If you like, I'll rub it until... Semyl: ...Idiot. We trusted you and we were waiting for you. Razma: Did you just say something? Semyl: No! Hmph!! Semyl exits Razma: Aw, come on, Semyl! Mebius: Uh-oh. This is trouble. Razma: Hey! Where are you going? Wait! Razma follows Semyl Yukito: It never ends.... Warren: Mebius, are you sure you're okay? Mebius: Yes, thanks to you! Deckson: Myona... Are you feeling all right? Myona: Excuse me... I'm going back to the room... I have a slight headache... Deckson: Everyone's had quite a day today. Get some rest, and we'll talk about everything tomorrow. Phil: Oh! We-well, in that case, I... Cage: Are you okay, Myona? I'll walk you to your room. Myona: Thanks.... Phil: .......... -------------------------- |BIS Hangar \____________________ Pharsti: Is anything the matter? Robin: No, it's nothing. Good job today. Pharsti: No, all I did was assist Cage. Robin: That's very modest of you. Pharsti: That is the truth. Please excuse me. I am going to run a self-check now. Robin: Bye, Pharsti. (Metatron.... champion of civilization...? Or another one of human's mistakes? Or.... Dr. Hardiman... What was it that you saw??) -------------------------- |BIS Hallway \____________________ ????: Ah, good, one less thing to worry about. It's going almost too well... there's nothing to worry about. They can read our information and act on it. The device? It's not necessary right now... actually, it is necessary. Yes, take care of that for me... [ SCENE10 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Cage: ...Good morning. Oh! Ms. Robin. Robin: Good morning. You're up so early. Cage: Oh... yes.... Um, you haven't been up all this time, have you? Ares: Yeah. I don't know what the big hurry is, but somehow I got sucked into it also. Robin: <<giggle>> I'm sorry. But thanks to you, we've made a lot of progress. We were able to decipher the data from Zephyr's factory with that password, Cage. Cage: Really?! Robin: Yes... Would you get everyone out here, please? Cage: Sure! Fade Screen Razma: Lots of new material here... hmm. Boss, what do you think these numbers and dates mean? Deckson: Looks like a backup ledger. Yukito: That's kind of strange. It seems somewhat unnecessary... Ares: They probably put a lot of trust in the coding. Even after we got the password, it took this much time to make any sense of it; it would be virtually imposible for even the average expert to decode these files. The actual program itself is a mishmash of symbolic letters and numbers, so it's possible that even after the file was thought to be deciphered, one would not be able to discern which part was correct and which wasn't. You could analyze for all eternity and never break the code. Cage: Wow, Ares. How do you know all this stuff? Ares: I'm a self-improvement guru. That's all. Mebius: So all we know is that we may be wrong? Robin: That's not the important part. Look at this: it's the data corresponding to the metatron LEV... or rather, OF. Mebius: Advanced... Animus? This OF blueprint! It looks just like Testament!! Yukito: It IS Testament. So Zephyrs did construct the Black Frame and Testament. Ares: Animus... It's a German word, whose roots come from the Latin for 'soul.' Jung, the psychologist, used the term to mean 'an inner self with interests conflicting with the ego of the person'... the gender of the word is male. It must be pointing to the existence of the OF for the Earth-side. Yukito: An autonomous soul... Is that a joke? Warreb: That's what they call a system that claimed the lives of so many children? Fools.... Playing God.... Ares: Zephyrs' rampant megalomania aside, the system onboard that frame is impressive, to say the least. It's called the I.D.O. Mindflow System. Razma: Hey... Wasn't that the cause of that accident that was included in the data? Ares: Yes. A very sensitive type of electricity is passed through the runner's body, and an interactive channel is created between the runner's mind and the machine. After that, those impulses are received by the neuron circuit in the interior walls composed of metatron... There is no way that a system such as this could come out of ethical research. Surely there were countless diabolical experiments that took place behind its completion... Yukito: Ah. AN OF that would function according to the thoughts of the runner. Hey, Cage. Be careful. Most people who ride machines like this are headed for a really miserable future. Cage: Hunh? Huh.... Semyl: Yeah, that's cool, but in the end it ain't nothin' but a control device, right? I mean, they got stuff that comes close already. Why they gotta do all these sketchy experiments to come up with this stuff? Robin: It occurs to me that this may not be their main goal. By reversing the flow of the neuron circuit we were talking about earliers, you come up with what's called the 'Self-binder system,' with which it's possible to forcibly enter into the communication route. In other words, it is possible to invade the runner's mind and control his actions. Warren: ...And in order to control the system, they started installing advanced A.I.s like Pharsti... Yukito: A battle weapon that will do exactly as commanded at all costs... even when it is damaged, it can be fixed, and there is no costly runner training program. It will be more effective than the unmanned fighters of the past, and, of course, there is no fear of death to stand in the way of victory. Razma: ...As a batlle strategist, this gets a '10' - but on the humanity scale, it's as low as it gets. Cage: So... so there's a possibility that someone can get into my mind, too!?!? Robin: Don't worry. I ran some tests just in case, but Testament doesn't include that system. Right now all it can do is sense brain waves and navigate accordingly. Nobody can control it externally. Yukito: Hmm, kind of like being genetically engineered to be a killing machine, but escaping before your military training. Cage: But... if it started moving on its own... Ares: That Black Frame had a different version of Mindflow System. There's nothing to worry about with Testament. Deckson: At any rate... It's now clear that he was responsible for the demise of the Bonaparte. Now if we just had one last piece of concrete evidence... Ares: ...I have an idea. Myona: ...Mr. Deckson. Please let me help too. Semyl: Myona! Who let ya outta bed?! Phil: See, I told you! Let's go back to the room. Myona: Thank you, but I am all right. I can't be sleeping at a time like this... Cage: Myona... Deckson: Fine... Have a seat, Ares, and tell us what you have in mind. ##### SCENE 11: Double Deal ##### Deckson: Now we're going to acces Zephyrs' server at the military facility, as explained in Ares' plan. Is everyone ready? Razma: Good to go. I've connected the network directly to the cable, so we won't get charged for it, either! Which means no bills - and we can't be traced. Connect away! Semyl: That's really somethin'! You could make a living outta this. Razma: Yeah? This is an everyday skill, isn't it? Semyl: (...Maybe YOU do this every day...) Phil: The infiltrator program is all set and ready to go! Yukito: Good, all ready on this end also... Mebius: From here, even if they do find us, we'll be safe as long as we get rid of the evidence and evacuate. Yukito: Hey, Pops, what do you think of Ares' plan? Warren: At the moment, I'd give it a 6. I hope the password is still valid, but they're not that stupid, either. I hope I'm overcautious, but there are too many unknown variables. Yukito: Warren, the voice of reason. Well, if everything goes as planned... Amante: Ha, ha. Gotcha!! Deckson: Damn! We've been found out already?! Amante: Too bad!! Sneaking around someone else's files is so naughty. Welcome to the real world! You Martians really are the lowest! Razma: What?! Say what you want about Martians, but what's wrong with sneaking around? Semyl: You idiot! What kind of comment is that?! Phil: Uh, that Bolozof person doesn't seem to be here... Amante: Lieutenant Bolozof and I are doing separate things today. SO be nice, okay? Semyl: Why's she so relaxed?... Did she figure out our plan?? Razma: We gotta do what we gotta do. They can pull this off. We have tgo have faith in them! Semyl: That's true... OK! Mebius: Oh, no, they saw through us already? How much longer until we can get into the server? Deckson: Phil's program is already running... I'd say 10 minutes. Can you hold them off? Warren: ...We'll have to. So I just defend the Edge for the next 10 minutes, right? Amante: Hee, hee. Those boys aren't here today? I'm sorry, but this is going to be too easy! COMMENCE BATTLE After six turns Deckson: Darn... The new addition on the other side... Amante: <<giggle>> Youre pretty cute when you're panicking. So what do you think? I'm not just a pretty face, you know! When Amante is defeated Amante: Stoppp it! That sucks!! You smeared my makeup.... That's it, I'm going home. Home!! After obliterating every enemy Deckson: No! The password has been changed! It's a failure... Everyone evacuate! -------------------------- |Sphere City \____________________ Deckson: ...Everything's on track so far. It's all up to Cage and them now. Razma: But pretending to hack and using that as a decoy for the LEV team... and using that opportunity to enter the main facility to find evidence pertaining to the Bonaparte accident... Ares thinks of some pretty aggressive strategies. Phil: It is so awe-inspiring that Myona requested to come also... when she is so ill! Razma: I KNOW! Myona is not just cute, she has the courage! Unlike other people I know... Semyl: ...Like who?! Razma: Now, we have to go and support Cage.... I'll race you! Semyl: Hey! Wait!!! Heyyyyy!!!! Mebius: <<giggle>> Warren, are you still worried that we're being followed? Warren: For now, I think we're safe. Deckson: To be on the safe side, let's provide some distracting maneuvers. I hope they can find the activity data for Bonapate... Mebius: But how do we know it exists? Deckson: According to Ares, he is the cautious type who would have backupdata for everything. Warren: ..... Deckson: What? Warren: ...I don't mean to be rude, but there is something about Ares that bothers me. Mebius: What don't you like? Or do you have some sort of reason for feeling that way? Warren: No... I guess it's a hunch. Deckson: Warren, I don't doubt you intuition, but let's avoid making statements without logic to back it up. Right now, we should be praying for his success. Warren: ...I'm sorry. Forget I said that. Yukito: Boss. I's Ms. O'Connell. -------------------------- |Robin's Room \____________________ Robin: Yes, I understand. Don't worry, I will take care of it... Yes. Good-bye. Twede: ...Dana. If we do any more than this, it will involve Internal Affairs. Robin: I know. As an agent, I can't give in to my emotions... But I just can't abandon them. They're my... Twede: ...They overcame their obstacles on their own. You must do your own job, Dana. You should know... Robin: My name is no longer Dana Anderson. Robin O'Connell... that's me. That is my only identity. Twede: If things change, that name will simply be erased from existence. Robin: You're saying that I have no place to go. Twede: ...... Robin: Fine... You win, Twede. [ SCENE11 CLEARED ] UNSF Facility Ares: ...OK, the coast is clear. This way, Cage. Cage: This is the inside of the facility? There really isn't anyone here. Ares: It's proof that Deckson is doing his part within the plan. Myona: Who knew that there were all these underground passageways... Ares: It's the legacy of the colonists. The earlier immigrants were all specialists of their respective fields. Even these so-called temporary routes can still be used today. It's rather amazing, actually. Myona: How did you know about it? It's not even on maps anymore, is it? Ares: Past experience. Shall we? Myona: (...What is it? ...I feel like I've met him before...) Ares: Hm? What happened? Myona: Um, nothing. Let's go. Facility Cage: ...Hey, is there any other way in besides the vents? Ares: Would you prefer to knock on the front door and be let in? Cage: But with the size of these things, neither you nor I will be able to get through. Myona: Don't worry. I'll go. Cage: Myona... Are you going to be all right? Myona: I wouldn't run from danger when I was the one who said I wanted to come with you to begin with. Besides, I want to help out, too. I'll be fine. I won't do anything stupid. Ares: ...Let's leave this to her. It's not too bad to wait sometimes and hope for the best. Cage: Um. OK. Myona: Thank you. Uh, Cage. Um...your button... Can I borrow it? Cage: Wha? Myona: Oh, er, if you don't want to lend it to me, it's fine! It's just... I just wanted a lucky charm. It's a pretty song, too. Ares: ...You still have that thing? Cage: Well, it commemorates our friendship.... It's my prize possession. But if this is going to help you, Myona, by all means, please take it! Here! Myona: Thanks. I'll be very careful with it. And Ares... This song... what is it called? I know I've heard it before, and I've been meaning to ask you. Ares: ...It doesn't have a title, and the composer was an old friend of mine. I'm sure you haven't really heard it before... Myona: Oh... I see... I thought that maybe it had something to do with my past.... Ares: (...if you can't remember, it's probably best to keep it that way...) Myona: Well, here I go. Ares: ...Myona? Myona: Yes? Ares: Be careful. Myona: I will! Cage: Good luck, Myona. Myona: Thank you! Cage: (Myona... Are you going to be okay? ...I'm so worried about you...) Ares: Cage, are you worried about her? Cage: Huh? How... how did you know? Ares: Heh heh... you are so simple! You can read your face like a book... SFX: Sirens Cage: Did Myona get caught? Oh no! We have to go and help her... Ares: Wait, I don't think that's it. It doesn't seem like the alarm is going off because they found her... Cage: Ares! There's something going on outside! I'm going to go and check it out! Ares: Wait, Cage! Come back!! (Tsk... Why doesn't anything ever go as planned...) ##### Scene 12: Between Good and Evil ##### Cubick, a blond gal Cubick: ...As our information suggested, security was light and it was easy to get our prize this time, wasn't it? Digit, a young girl with short brown hair Digit: This kind of thing is so easy for us Mars Angels. Cubick: Shall we, ladies? Palme, a quiet girl with long green hair Palm: ...Well, I think I will excuse myself now... Cubick: Oh? And where to? We have plans to celebrate at Madame Monica's. Palm: Wel.... Digit: Ohhh, I know. That older man with the moustache?? Cubick: The gentleman we happened across last night at the bar? Miss Palme? Would you like to explain what is going on? Palme: .... Digit: Did you forget our vow? Our triple wedding? How could you push Cubie to the limits like that and get yourself a boyfriend? Cubick: A, anyway!! If that is what you are going to do, we cannot allow you to act individually. Palme: ...We are doing nothing but experiencing what has already been decided previously. He and I were destined to meet each other on the "Crimson Sphere". You did things to ignore the great prophecies, which is why you have still not... Cubick: I believe you said the same thing before? Your fate lacks credibility. Palme: Ah, a poor lamb who is afraid even to enjoy the provisions of life... Meandering; lost for all eternity... aging all the while... <<snicker>>. Cubick: Oh! Ha, ha, ha, ha... Digit: (Oh no... Not again....) Cubick: YOu seem to think that if he knew that head of yours emits nothing but spaced-out ideas, the relationship could continue - and THAT is simply thoughtLESS. Cubick attacks Palme, but Palme avoids it Palme: That is not a good strategy. If you're jealous, you should just admit it! Palme returns the attack, but Cubick also avoids it Cubick: And what might you be doing? Palme: ...You started it. Digit: ...Okay you two, now is not the time to be bickering... UNSF LEVs appear UNSF Soldier A: You three pilots of the unregistered LEVs there! We know that you unlawfully entered the facility! Stop where you are, and disembark immediately! Otherwise... Cubick: Well, then I would like to say that I know you drank my tea. Did you really think that I wouldn't find out? Palme: ...Nature's gifts are for all to share. Gluttony is a sin! Cubick: Then I have the right to go along with you too. Palme: Now that is a different matter altogether. UNSF Soldier B: Hey! Are you listening?! Get out now, or we'll.... Palme: ...Ok, you're really starting to bug me... Palme attacks UNSF Soldier A UNSF Soldier A: Aaaaaaaaarrrrghhhhhhhhh! UNSF Soldier B: You're going to... rebel?! Cubick: Really, please stop fussing! Cubick attacks UNSF Soldier B UNSF Soldier B: Uggghghggh...! Digit Cubie, Palme, you are so cool! UNSF Soldier C: You... You've displayed disrespectful behaviour within the UNSF compound! You... you hear me?! Get them out of
there! Numerous UNSF unmanned mechs arrive Digit: ~Oh yay! There's so many of them!~ Cubick: Miss Palme, would you look at this? I suggest we continue this later. Palme: ...Gladly... UNSF Soldier C: Heh heh heh.... It's the newest unmanned anti-terrorist machine, fresh from the factory! (There's enough of 'em; they'll take care of it from here... I'm leaving) Go!! Cage: Pharsti, you've been waiting for me? Pharsti: Yes... Cage? You are very early... Are you already going to escape? Cage: No. Things feel weird, so I just came back alone... Hey, what is going on? Pharsti: I do not know. THe LEV with the pink line arrived suddenly... It does not seem to belong to the UNSF. Palme: I don't feel animosity from that frame, so I don't think it's with the UNSF. Digit: If they're in the facility, and they're not UNSF, thy must be... in our industry??? Cubick: My, what lovely form! Cage: Oh, er, thank you. Who are you? Cubick: If you are going to ask somebody's name, you really should state yours first. Cage: Huh! Oh! Excuse me! My name is Cage... Cage Midwell!! Cubick: (...Not bad... a few more years and...) Palme: ...This is not the kind of situation where we can afford leisurely chatter. Hurry, let's take care of business. Digit: OK. That's right - you don't want to be late for your date. Cubick: That's true... To begin with, we shall destroy them... then we'll think about what to do next! Cage, is that all right with you? Cage: Wha? Oh, yes. Pharsti: Cage... Are you sure? Cage: I... I don't really know what's happening, but they seem liek they need help... and if we make a racket outside, it might make it easier for Ares and Myona to get in! Pharsti: ...Roger. In this situation, we do not have much choice... Let us procceed! Cage: Got it! Ares: ...An LEV with a pink line. So those are the 'Mars Angels'... What are a bunch of nouveau-riche thrillseekers doing here? ??????: How am I supposed to know? We can just get rid of their sponsor and get rid of them. Ares: Don't bother with the little people. More importantly, you got rid of all those people for me. I'll go ahead and finish my business. ??????: The old man's here, though. Ares: ...It's not a problem. Actually, it's exactly what I wanted. ??????: Hmm. OK. Well, you go ahead and do your thing. Ending communication... Ares: ..... COMMENCE BATTLE After a turn UNSF General: Hey! What are you doing? Are you in contact with the team that went after the terrorists? UNSF Soldier: Uh, Sir, there seems to be some jamming surrounding the compound, and I cannot establish contact! UNSF General: What?!? Find out what happened!! Prepare the attack system!! Don't forget that Mr. Zephyrs is here! You mess up and it's not only your job that's on the line! UNSF Soldie: Y-yes sir! UNSF General: That female... took that LEV... Before Cage's next turn Myona: ...There. This must be the spot.... Mebius: Hmm, Cage? What are you doing? That's pretty bold of you. Cage: Ms. Mebius! Warren: We finished our part early, so we rushed over here to help out... Aren't you supposed to be invading with the others? Cage: Mr. Warren! Um, well, it's a long story... Warren: It doesn't matter... Are the two inside? Let's provide a distraction outside... But make sure to get out before the support team arrives! Cage: Yes sir! Oh, the LEVs with the pink line aren't enemies! Please be careful! Mebius: I don't really understand, but OK! Cubick: (I had suspected, but... that IS an Orbital Frame. Which means... they're BIS??) Digit: They're your friends? We'll never lose!! Palme: Oh!! (<<gasp>> ...That gentleman with the black glasses... how wonderful he is...) Before Cage's next turn again Myona: .... Now for the data log..... ???????: Who's there? What are you doing in here? Myona: What?! Before Cage's turn again Pharsti: Cage, may I ask a question? A question? CHOICES: (1)Yeah sure. (2)Right now... Can this wait? -------------------------------------------- | Cage: -> Right now... Can this wait? | | Cage: Right now....? Let's do it | later, I'm worried about the | two of them inside. | | Pharsti: That is true. Please forget I | asked. -------------------------------------------- Cage: -> Yeah sure Cage: Sure, what's the question? Pharsti: Did Ares play the song recorded on the wearable player? Cage: Wearable...? Oh, my button? Yes, he did. Pharsti: If it would be okay with you, I would like to hear it. CHOICES: (1) Of course I don't mind... (2) Can we do this later? -------------------------------------------- | Cage: -> Can we do this later? | | Cage: Right now....? Let's do it | later, I'm worried about the | two of them inside. | | Pharsti: That is true. Please forget I | asked. -------------------------------------------- Cage: ->Of course I don't mind... Cage: What? I don't mind, but... why?? Pharsti: I don't know, but that music has some effect on me that I cannot quite discern. Perhaps it is being plaued in a special way?? Cage: ...I was... born on an emigration spacecraft, and spent my entire life on board. Pharsti: What? Cage: The captain raised me, and passed away when I was 13. After that, I went from ship to ship... Then last year, I boarded the Bonaparte III. By then I had become really quiet, and all I did was work and sleep. But one night, I heard that song from the lobby... I've had it every since. Pharsti: Ares... was playing? Cage: It's a very pretty song. It feels familiar, even when you hear it for the first time... It would make me feel happy. I couldn't control myself, and I started talking to Ares. He taught me how to play... although I never got to be as good as him. (He also showed me that a person of the same age is capable of being so much more...) Pharsti: ...And that is how you met? I understand... So the song is very memorable for the both of you? Cage: Yeah.... His emotions are expressed in his playing. That must be why you feel something when you hear it also. Pharsti: Is... that why? Cage: Yeah, I think so. Pharsti: I see.... After obliterating all the Unmanned mechs UNSF General: All gone...?! Those monsters?! Digit: Aaaawhh! We lost!! Cubick: Digi, when were we competing? Palme: ...My channeling abilities are telling us that we have overstayed our visit. Cubick: I guess we best get going. Digi, would that be all right with you? Digit: Sure. Palme drives her Mars Angel LEV next to Cage Palme: ...You have more use for this than anyone. I'm sending it over... Pharsti: Data received... This... This is the data log for the Bonaparte!! Cage: ? Pharsti: Now we will be able to prove all aspects of the Bonaparte accident! Cage: But... why? Palme: You changed the course of your own dsitiny with you own strength... I merely obeyed the natural order... Heh heh.... Hehheh. Digit: I think this is the original. Our information is always accurate! Cubick: We were able to get the information we were after. That is something that came up in the process. Here is another record of something; you're welcome to it if you are interested. Cage: What could this be?! Cubick: We are the Heavenly Bodies of the Crimson Sphere - the 'Mars Angels'... We look forward to seeing you again somewhere. Until then... Ta-ta! Cage: ...And off they go... (the 'Mars Angels'... Hmm....) Pharsti: Cage, should we not help the two inside to evacuate? Cage: Oh, you're right. Can you locate them? Pharsti: Just a moment... Scan complete. 4 responses registered. Cage: 4? Myona, Ares, ...and who else?? Pharsti: One of whome is apparently battling with someone. Site located. This is the room that we will be entering. Cage: What?!? So, Myona...? -------------------------- |Evidence Safe \____________________ Zephyrs: Ah... Myona: Stop it! Let go of me!! Zephyrs: To think that we would meet again...! Myona: You're over! Zephyrs: Heh heh heh... And why did you come in here? Is this what you were looking for? Myona: What? Zephyrs: The data log from the Bonaparte. I should have gotten rid of it along with all the survivors, but the motherland wanted a report. A formality. Myona: The survivors...? You didn't.... Zephyrs: It took me until now to realize, but I know that you are one of them. Myona: Answer my question! Zephyrs: Yes. All those aboard the Bonaparte were cleaned up. Ned enjoyed that immensely. Myona: ...You... Monster.... Zephyrs: Hah.... Little girl like you shouldn't be waling around with a gun. It doesn't become you... Myona: ...Don't move! Hand that over! Zephyrs: And if I don't... will you shoot me? I don't mind. But you won't be able to pull the trigger. Myona: ...This is not an idle threat! Zephyrs: Then shoot me. Can a child really shoot its parent? ...Fa... or I guess I should call you Subject #479...? Myona: What are you talking about? Stop!! Don't come any closer!! Zephyrs: ...Put that down. Myona: (I can't... disobey him!!? Why?!?) Zephyrs: Strange goings-on around here... First the Iblis, then you. I never expected that you and your brother would take the Animus... Myona: My... brother...? What? Zephyrs: Ah well. What's the hurry? I'll take my time with you. Come along.... There's too much going on right here to have a conversation... Heh heh... Myona: (...I... can't do anything.... I'm an extra load that everyone has to carry... Cage....) BGM: Cage's button Zephyrs: What's the matter? Myona: (Cage's button.... It... It's moving! My body is moving!) Zephyrs: Hm? That song... That button.... SFX: Gunshot Myona seemed to have pulled the trigger Zephyrs: What!? Myona: Don't move! This time I will shoot you... The disk is mine! Zephyrs: ...Don't do it. Come back. This is your home... Myona: Sorry to break it to you, but I'm Myona. Nobody else!! UNSF Soldier enters the room UNSF Soldier: That's enough, you little brat! Come here! Oother UNSF Sdr:It makes no sense to disobey! UNSF Soldier: Hurry along now! Myona: <<gasp>> What are you doing?!? UNSF Soldier: Heh heh heh... We have to make sure you're not carrying any weapons... The other UNSF Soldier kicks the soldier UNSF Soldier: Yikes! Other UNSF Sdr: Whatcha doin'?! We gotta get outta here quick! You okay? you gonna make it? UNSF Soldier: Stupidhead! I was just trying to make things realistic... Myona: Semmy! Is that you? And... Razma?!? Zephyrs: You... terrorists?!? Semyl: Sure took you long enough. Oh, don't do THAT. Razma: Here's a little token of our appreciation... Sleeping gas. Night-night. Sleeping gas fills the room Zephyrs: <<cough>> <<hack>> I won't... Eggghegehe... You.... -------------------------- |UNSF Facility \____________________ Deckson: It worked! ...Now, hurry! Get on. Cage: Myona! Are you okay?! Myona: Cage! Myona seems to fall crying towards Cage Cage: Hey! Myona? Myona: Cage... I'm... Myona... right? That's who I am, right? Cage: I, I don't really know.... But you're you. You're not anyone else. Myona: ...You're right.... Thank you. Semyl: (WHOA!) Phil: (.......) Razma: Instead of PDA, could you hurry things up? There are people back here waiting to get in. Myona: Oh, I'm sorry! Ares: And how did it all go? Myona: Y-yes... Here... It's the data log for the Bonaparte. Warren: Somehow the plan worked, then? Mebius: That's great! Cage: That data has been saved on Testament's memory. One of the ladies who we fought with gave it to me... Pharsti: She said she was a 'Mars Angel'. Yukito: You met the 'Mars Angels'?! Cage: Um, yes. Yukito: Dang! You are so lucky!! They're so hot!!! And they're really popular these days. Decksin: We'll talk about this later. We've gotten what we went in for. Now let's get out of here! Phil: We're heading home! [SCENE12 CLEARED] BIS Hideout Phil: What?! You're going to tell the press?! Deckson: Mm-hm. Using Yukito's connections. Apparently there's a director over at HBC that we can trust. Cage: HBC... what's that? Semyl: It's a television network, 'Hellespontos Broadcasting.' It's the big dog around these here parts. Phil: Oh, that's right! Mr. Yukito's father is... Yukito: It's almost time... Deckson: Yeah, we should get ready. Ares: Media coverage... heh heh, this is getting fun. Warren: ...It's not funny. There are lives at stake. Ares: Of course. But he did not come here for corruption or bribery. He takes innocent lives, and thinks nothing of it.... Besides, if he involved civilians in the development of warheads, that is a serious misdemeanor charge. Our chances of success are better than good. Which means all we have to do is to see to it that he loses autonomy. And always be on the lookout for counterattacks. Deckson: Exactly... the broadcast itself is more to discourage Zephyrs' supporters than Zephyrs himself, and lessen his power.... But nothing is ever that easy. Today we'll have them look at the information we put together, and get them to believe it. All the while being very careful so that we will be able to effectively prove the innocence of all his victims. Myona: Well, then we will... Deckson: No. Today it will be just myself and Mebius. Since the last incident, security has tightened up considerably. You all stay here and stand by, just in case something happens. Razma: But isn't it dangerous... with just the two of you? Mebius: Oh? You don't trust me? Or are you just jealous that you can't come along? Razma: Sis!! I'm serious.... Mebius: ...I know. If we want them to trust us, we need to trust them a bit too. Especially given our position in the matter. Deckson: On top of that, Twede will be helping us, and if things start to feel risky, we'll leave before anything happens. May I point out that I used to.... Razma: OK! We'll have time later for stories of your glory days. Deckson: Oh, er... hm. Well, Mebius, are you ready? Mebius: Hee, hee... It's been so long since we went out, just the two of us. I'm kind of excited! Razma: Are you for real?!? Mebius: Bye now! Zephyrs' Room Zephyrs: ...What do you want? I'm busy.... Irving: Zephyrs... Open your eyes. It's more than just your problem. Even I... Zephyrs: Hm. You worry too much. If you are that worried, you should do your part. Our destinies run parallel. You understand, don't you, Johnny? Irving: Dezeele, we've reached the limit. The higher-ups... Zephyrs: What can they do?! They're small-time concession-hunters who deal with one particular enterprise. Who do you think I am? It will work out. Now stop worrying. Bye. (Ryan may not like it, but I've given up on the Animus... best to have "Harut" passed and speed up the legalization process...) A phone rings Zephyrs: ...It is I...? Who are you??! ...Classified information, eh? That's not very funny. Heh heh heh... sory, but that's completely unbelievable. Why would HBC put itself in such a risky position, after all? I'm busy.... How did you know about...?!?! You... are you one of the terrorists?! ...Fine. I'll listen... BIS Hideout Razma: I wonder if they're safe.... Semyl: We've gone over this already. Razma: No, that's not it. My intuition at times like this is really accurate! I feel like... something's not right.... Phil: Mr. Razma! Razma: Phil, what is it? Phil: There was no word at the set time, so I tried to contact Mr. Deckson... No matter how many times I do it, he won't answer! Cage: No.... Did something happen to them? Perhaps it was... a trap?! Yukito: My contact would never do such a thing! Ares: ...What if Zephyrs and his men had it all figured out? Phil: That would mean that they knew what we are doing, right? But who would...? Yukito: It's not possible... nobody knew about this. We didn't even tell you all until right before they left. Ares: The important thing right now is their safety. What do you think, Warren? Warren: ...No objection. Why are you asking me? Ares: Because you don't trust me. Myona: What? Is that true? Warren: ...I trust you... Ares: Ah. Well, that is good to hear. Yukito: We don't have time for this. We need a backup plan to rescue them from inside the building, just in case. Pops, help me with a strategy. Warren: Yukito... are you sure? It could spawn a battle right there. Yukito: ...I don't care. Myona: Would that affect you directly? Yukito: ...HBC... is one of the companies run by my father.... Cage: ...Your father...? Yukito: That's not important now... Each LEV now has a new feature. Unfortunately, there's no time to explain, but try it and figure it out for yourselves. OK, let's go! Cage: Yes, sir! ##### Scene 13: The Gift ##### Sp. Task Soldier: Reporting, sir! The male has not been seen since. he continues to flee! Bolozof: He still hasn't been found? ...That's fine, the girl has enough value on her own. Give her the usual punishment. Sp. Task Soldier: Sir! Yukito, CEO: Ah... so this is th disk that the rebels were holding? Amante: Mm-hm. Chock full of deceit and pain! It's pretty well-made, though... Yukito, CEO: Would you mind if I took a look at it? Amante: And 'whyyy,' may I ask? Yukito, CEO: I took time out of my schedule specifically to help you out. If it's a bunch of nonsense, what's the problem? Or is there something you don't want me to see? Bolozof: Nonsense it is, but there are still parts of it that have to do with national security. I'm very sorry, but you cannot look at it.... Mr. Chairman, you need to understand. We appreciate your help. But we also expect it. We can command you to do it, but we have gone out of our way not to. Yukito, CEO: And for that, I am grateful. I was just curious as to what these rogue BIS people had fabricated as 'evidence.' I apologize if I have made you uncomfortable in any way. Bolozof: Curiosity.... <<snicker>>. If you want to live long, you should mind your own business. Amante: Mr. Bolozofff! Some-one's he-re! Bolozof: ...Good, we didn't need to find them. Did you find the man? Sp. Task Soldier: No, sir. We are still searching! We have added more people to the search team, and... Bolozof: Call the search off. We can have enough fun with the girl. Yukito, CEO: (...So this is the Special Task Force Acemos. They could definitely be trouble.... I'll have to do something about that.) BIS Troops arrive Warren: An ambush! The information had leaked out somehow! Yukito: Shoot, I hope those two are safe... An AFV appears Myona: ...It's...! Deckson: ...Everyone.... Phil: Mr. Deckson! We're going! Deckson: ...I'm perfectly all right. The problem is Mebius.... Razma: Sis?!? No!! Deckson: ...I'm sorry. I take responsibility. She tried to free me, and was captured... Pathetic... Uggghghghgghhh!! Semyl: Boss! Are you hurt? ...Oh god! Ares: ...Let's go back. Vjaya takes Edge Yukito: Mebius is still inside.... ... Myona! Myona: Y-yes!! Yukito: I have an idea. Hear me out. Myona: An idea? Of course! Bizac S, Bizac, and an enemy LEV appears Bolozof: ...That was a good hinding place.... Cage: ...Bolozof... You again! Where is she!! Bolozof: Calm down. She's inside. If you can defeat us, you can have her, free of harm. Razma: Didn't it occur to you to disarm your hostages? You must be very confident in your power... but I guarantee you'll be crying later! Bolozof: That's not a concern; you will have no 'later.' I am going to stop you all from breathing! Ares: Is that right... Bolozof: My wish is to make you surrender to my power.... Let the show begin! Cage: All this stupidity... it's coming to an end! Bolozof: Heh, heh, heh.... Myona: ...I am going. Yukito: Good luck. You have the map and the staff ID? Myona: Yes. Cage: Myona? What are you doing?? Myona: Cage, I'm... going to help Ms. Mebius to get out of there! Phil: What?!? That is too dangerous! Myona: It's okay. Mr. Yukito told me where the hostages would probably be located, and he also showed me the safe routes. Warren: But it's still risky.... I will go with you. Deckson: You're not alone. I will go too. Yukito: Boss?!? Deckson: I am the only one who can afford to move freely right now. There's no time to argue about it. Warren: But... you're injured. Deckson: It's a scratch. Yukito: Overexertion is never a good thing. If something happens to you, it may put her in danger. Deckson: Heh heh heh... I know that. I won't do anything stupid.... Let's go. Myona: Er, yes.... Cage: Are you sure you're okay? Myona: Mm-hmm, I have the button.... Oh, I'm sorry, I wasgoing to give it back... Cage: I don't mind. Do you, Ares? Ares: No. It's up to you, anyway. Myona: ...I have another favor to ask of you. Cage: What? Myona: Will you say my name? Cage: Huh? Uh, sure.... Um, good luck, Myona. If anything happens, just come right back, okay? Myona: ...Thank you. Well, here goes... Semyl: A-ight! Let's bounce! COMMENCE BATTLE After a turn Deckson: Not here either.... Myona: Getting in was easy... But searching the entire building is going to be quite difficult. Deckson: Ok, we'll have to separate. I'll take the top floors; Myona, you take the bottom half. Myona: Okay. After a few more turns Myona: (Not here.... I wonder where they put Ms. Mebius...? I hope Mr. Deckson can find her...) ????????: Who is it? What are you doing there! Myona: Oh no!! (Cage...!) When Amante is weakened Amante: Owwie! ...Heyyyy! That hurts! Mr. Bolozof! I'm going to take a little rest! When Bolozof is weakened Cage: Whether or not you like it, the battle has already been won! Release Ms. Mebius! Bolozof: It's a little early to be so smug.... Look at this! Pharsti: An image is being sent from the enemy frame. It appears to be the top of a building. Cage: (It... it's Ms. Mebius!!) Mebius: Darling... Tia... Where are you? It's so dark... Don't leave me here.... Cage: What did you do?! This wasw not the agreement! Bolozof: I have no desire to enter agreements with those who cannot even negotiate lives correctly... The woman was hypnotized for interrogation purposes. Right about now, she is probably racked with guilt... so much that all she wants now is to escape. Which is why she is on top of that building, I suppose... Cage: How could you... (Myona... you didn't get there on time?) Bolozof: Power down your machine. Your irresponsible actions have caused all this... You keep that in mind! Cage: ............. Sphere/TV Station Acemos Soldier: The terrorist frame has been restrained! Bolozof: Heh heh heh... excellent. Now watch after them. Acemos Soldier: Sir! Razma: Release Sis, you big jerk!! Cage: Myona.... I hope you haven't been caught.... Ares: Don't worry. They haven't even noticed. Cage: I hope that's the case... Ares, I really respect you. I'm so worried.... Ares: I'm worried too. But I can tell these things about her... Cage: Huh? Yukito, CEO: Ah... And these are the infamous BIS? May I? Yukito: Fa... Father!... Why are you...!??! Yukito, CEO: ...You foolish boy. Tadamichi, your mother is probably crying in heaven right now. Bolozof: Hm... your son... this is special. We may have to place you under arrest also! Yukito, CEO: He says he's a revolutionary, but it's all just childish games. He has no idea that he is being sed as a pawn, and goes around with his affected air and hurts innocent people... Anyone who does this is no son of mine.... I cut him off a long time ago. Bolozof: Hmph! It makes no difference; you'll be saying your farewells soon enough. You stay and watch! Amante: Mr. Bolozof! Poor little Bizac was badly damaged, so I made arrangements to get her fixed at the TV station! Bolozof: You act quickly... I'll let Zephyrs know that too. Come, we'll go into the building. Amante: Cominggg! Yukito, CEO: Tadamichi.... Had you worked for me, you could have had a good life... Yukito: You're always like that. you know nothing about me, and you force your set of beliefs on me... I have my own beliefs! Regardless of whether other people agree with me, or understand me, I am going my own way! Leave me alone!! Yukito, CEO: Now shut up! How many victims are burried under your beliefs?! If you're going to go your own way, don't involve others!! Take some responsibility!! Yukito: ... Yukito, CEO: You even ran away from home, and that's all you've learned?... This is useless... but your plan isn't bad; look at this. Yukito: What? It's just a mini TV. What about it? Yukito, CEO: Be grateful for your sponsor. Semyl: You mean Ms. Robin? Yukito, CEO: Yes, and the young lady who trusted me enough to listen to my suggestions at our first meeting. Cage: The young lady... you don't mean...?!? Anchor: ...And now, we have an unscheduled break in the program. BIS has taken control of our studio. They have an announcement that they would like to make. Ares: ...Heh. ?????: Uh? Oh, am I already on?! Um... Cage: This voice... Myona?! Myona: ...Hello, everyone. Can you hear me? I am a member of the Anti-Terrestrial League, BIS. My name is Myona Alderan. I have a very important announcement for you today. What I am I about to tell you is the truth; please believe me. Yukito, CEO: Here, I'll remove your handcuffs. You're on you own from there. Yukito: Dad... you didn't.... Yukito, CEO: Don't call me Dad!... And you have to promise me that you'll help me come up with an excuse to report to your mother. [ SCENE13 CLEARED ] Conf. Room Zephyrs: ...What do you think, General Jaeger? Even now, the rebels on Mars show no signs of stopping. All things considered, a metatron-fuelled riot control LEV such as this... Jaeger: 'HarutMarut,' eh? The specs are impressive... there's no denying the existence of the BAHRAM and other such meddlesome groups, so I suppose we do need these kinds of weapons. Zephyrs: Heh heh heh... A prototype has already been completed. Would you like to take a look at the real thing? Jaeger: A prototype...? But you just received permission to pursue this project. Zephyrs: I did it for the benefit of our homeland. I would like to be recognized for my patriotism also. Jaeger: Hmph. At any rate, I did not come allt his way to Mars to make caustic comments.... The truth of the matter is, Zephyrs, that I commend your administrative abilities as pertains to this project. However, it has also come to my attentiont that you are abusing your status to do as you like. Zephyrs: But... who would say such a thing? Jaeger: I personally do not find it necessary to doubt you on these grounds; you are highly talented, and I would like to keep you around. A watchdog should guard its territory and do nothing more, and its collar should never be removed. A dog without a collar is nothing but a stray. And a stray that is willful - well, that is a beast. One would never want that to happen. Zephyrs: ... A knocking sound UNSF Supervisor: Excuse me, sir! The terrorists have occupied the TV station. We are heading there now, sir! Zephyrs: Bolozof.... What is he doing? Jaeger: Occupation? That's a bit archaic... but it can be very effective.... Let's see what they have to say. Sho that broadcast on the screen. Zephyrs: General! THat is not worth watching! It is only a matter of time until we.... Jaeger: That is not for you to decide. Be quiet and sit over there. This is an order. Myona: ...We would have preferred to talk to you in accordance with normal broadcast procedures, but because there are people who want to conceal the truth, we had no choice but to do it in this way. We apologize. The validity of my words is up to you, the viewers, to decide; however, I would like you to know that we have no intention of presenting lies. I hope that you will believe us. Firstly, I would like to say that the person who is concealing everything is the UNSF Internal Inspection Chief, Dezeele Zephyrs... he is the origin of the lies. The ship that I was on was destroyed by him.... The name of the ship was Bonaparte III. I am sure you all remember the accident, since it took place recently, but the official announcement declared all passengers dead. That is a lie... andI am sure of it, because I myself am a survivor. ##### SCENE 14: The Card Turned Down ##### Mebius: ...I-I've hurt a lot of people--him, Tia... If it weren't for me, nobody would have become unhappy... Even that day... if I hadn't asked him to go out and find a stuffed animal for our child, who hadn't even been born yet... Deckson: Mebius, it's me! Do you know who I am? Mebius: Deck... son? Deckson: That's right. You were blaming yourself, just as you are doing now, when we first met.... You think too much. You're totally different from someone like me, who escapes from reality by convincing himself that what he's doing now is destiny... Mebius: No.... Stay away! Deckson: 'Stay away....' I suppose I can understand if you dislike me. I am a coward! Because of me, you had to go through this all alone.... But we've come a long way together. I still need your help from now on... Mebius... Come here! Mebius: ...Deckson... I can't... I... The truth is that you... UNSF Soldier: You! What are you doing there! It's... YOU!... How did you get inside?! Mebius: Deckson!! Deckson: What?! Aaagghhhhhhh! Cage: Myona's on TV... What's going on? Yukito, CEO: Ms. O'Connell told me everything. I saw all of the evidence that you and your friends have been putting together to incriminate Zephyrs.... If it's all true, it's unforgivable! Tadamichi.... I was wrong about you. Yukito: Dad... Yukito, CEO: Regardless, I couldn't broadcast it so irresponsibly. After all, there is no guarantee that Zephyrs will not retaliate somehow. I have my employees' safety to worry about, so it was impossible for me to give permission to broadcast that information... My meeting with that young girl was a true godsend. Phil: You met Miss Myona inside? But... how did you know that she was one of us? Yukito, CEO: She was carrying Tadamichi's ID. She deserves all the credit; she's the one who understood what I was saying immediately. Cage: Myona... Yukito, CEO: ...I would never have taken part in something like this before. i guess I have grown old. Yukito: Dad... Yukito, CEO: Tadamichi. Do what you believe to be right. And take responsibility for all you do. Yukito: Yes... I will. Thank you. Yukito, CEO: All I did was make a few arrangements to air the segment. If you want to thank anyone, thank Ms. O'Connell and the girl. a ringing sound Mebius: Everyone! Can you hear me? Warren: Mebius! Razma: Sis! Semyl: Ms. Mebius! It's Semyl! Are you okay? Mebius: I'm fine, and sane. But Deckson's hurt... I'm coming down now! (Deckson... I'm so sorry... It's all my fault...) Bolozof: ...They've done it. Cage: The truth about Zephyrs is finally out! It's over! Bolozof: ...I don't care what happens to Zephyrs. I will not let you move your frame. I'll stay out of sight for a while until things boil over. Cage: Rrrgh... a ringing sound again Pharsti: Cage. There is a communication on the direct circuit. The regular circuit will be cut off temporarily. Cage: What? Twede: ...I have undone the restraints. You should be able to move now. Cage: Mr. Twede?! How... Twede: ...I've done the same witht he others. Cage: Pharsti, can you move? Pharsti: Yes, there is no problem. Twede: ...That is all. Cage: Thank you so much, Mr. Twede! Let's go, Oharsti! COMMENCE BATTLE After a turn: Bolozof: What?! Their restraints were unfastened?... Why? Amante! Amante: I'm here. What do you need? Bolozof: I'm taking the Bizac! As long as it moves, I don't care! Amante: I had it all fixed up. What do you think? I'm good, aren't I? Bolozof: Yes, good job. Well, in that case, there's no need to choose. Come! Amante: Okayyy, let's go! (...This will be the last battle...) After obliterating the LEVs on 1st battle, Bizac S appears Bolozof: Useless trash... can't even stop them! That's fine--I shall end it once and for all! Cage: Finally! Bolozof: ...Amante? Where are you? Amante, what are you doing? Amante: Zephyrs is over, and so is my job. I have to go and report all this, so good luck from now on... Bolozof: What does that mean?! Amante: You STILL don't get it? I'm done with you people. Bolozof: I was used...? You little brat, who are you? Amante: <<giggle>>... Not telling... At the very least, though, I'm not supporting Earth. Bolozof: No... Amante: Besides, I don't really like guys who are mean to girls. So, later! Bolozof: Rrrgh... This is classic... a Martian rat was able to get in. Damn BAHRAM! Commence 2nd Battle When Cage approaches Bolozof to attack Bolozof: We're both sick of seeing each other, I'm sure. Shall we get this over with? Cage: Get this over with... Bolozof: That's right, you and me...to the death! Cage: ...Fine. I will take you down! Bolzof: Heh heh heh... that's what I like to hear. After beating Bolozof: Bolozof: Ugghgh!... This is it... But I won't sink at your hands! I won't crawl along the Martian dirt! I live free and die free! After I die, nobody will even touch my body! Look at me! I am Bolozof! You'll be hearing it in the next world! Ha, ha, ha!! HAA HA HA HA HAH! Bizac S explodes Pharsti: ...It appears he did not use the evacuation device.... Cage: ...I never got to understand Bolozof, even at the very end. Conf. Room Myona (TV): ...He conducted these unethical experiments in order to perfect this technology, and that lies at the heart of the accident of Bonaparte III, which I mentioned earlier. This concerns not only Mars, but also Earth... Jaeger: ...Is there anything that you would like to tell me now? Zephyrs: Th-That's clearly a plot to frame me! A bunch of falsehoods! If it were true, they would have some sort of evidence!! Myona (TV): I don't expect you to believe what I said without evidence... This is the data log of the Bonaparte III... Zephyrs: ...<<snicker>> A phone rings Jaeger: ...It is I.... I don't care. put him on. Irving: ...Dezeele, it's too... Zephyrs: Don't worry. All of the data has been destroyed. There is no evidence anywhere. Irving: ... Jaeger: ...Of course. Zephyrs - it's for you. Zephyrs: ...Yes... Zephyrs speaking... Yukito, CEO: Did you have a chance to watch the broadcast? That was quite a spectacle! Zephyrs: You... Yukito, CEO: This is troublesome for us also - having them storm our studios like this. So I have an idea. The only thing not under their control right now is the direct emergency phone line to the studio. I will connect you now, and you can have your chance to prove your innocence to the young lady directly. What do you say? Zephyrs: Heh, that is insipid.... Jaeger: That may be interesting. Do it. Zephyrs: But...! Jaeger: ..... Zephyrs: ...Yes, sir... Yukito, CEO: Myona, I'm connecting you with Zephyrs. Good luck! Myona: Thank you! Zephyrs: ...We meet again, Myona. Or what name do you go by now? Myona: It's nice to meet you, Mr. Zephyrs. I don't know who you are confusing me with, but I am Myona Alderan. Nobody else. Zephyrs: Well, excuse me. And what kind of evidence are you going to show me today? Did you find something within those records? Myona: The Bonaparte III collided with a mysterious Black Frame and went through an unscheduled crash landing onto Mars. There were survivors from this accident. But you got rid of them and hid the very cause of the crash. That is because the Black Frame was the result of your demented experimentation... am I right? Zephyrs: You have a very vivd imagination, young lady. It is not that simple an affair to experiment and invent weapons. Surely you have evidence to support such an accusation. Myona: ...Unfortunately, the data taken during the span of the accident have been deleted by use of a special technology. Zephyrs: And what would that be? This is ridiculous. A special technology? It's all in the presentation, isn't it? Why don't you just admit that there is no such evidence, and that you are making all of this up? An explosion sound Zephyrs: This noise...? Myona: Do you know where this sound is coming from? Zephyrs: ...I would say an anti-proton reactor.... Myona: This is the sound that the Black Frame was emitting before the accident.... It has been recorded under 52 separate headings in the element log... This is our evidence. Zephyrs: Ah.... That is a little bit interesting. But it goes without saying that an Orbital Frame is equipped with an anti-proton reactor. Even if the cause of the accident was a collision with an OF, there's really no evidence to link it directly with me. Myona: Were you involved in the research and production of the Orbital Frame? Zephyrs: ...Why would I be involved with a thing like that?! Myona: OK, then you were researching the topic on your own, were you not? Zephyrs: This is getting tedious! I don't sanction the OF! ANd that is the general consensus within the UNSF! Myona: ...I understand. But then how did you know that noise came from an anti-proton reactor? If you have never done any reasearch, how would you be able to recognize it the way you did? Zephyrs: That's... That's common knowledge!! Myona: I said, 'Black Frame.' But I never said anything about an Orbital Frame. I never said anti-proton reactor, either. It could easily have been an LEV, or a fighter... in fact, that would be more probable. I played the sound for you, but I know nothing else. Would you mind explaining the terms 'anti-proton reactor' and 'Orbital Frame' to the viewers, as well as to myself? Zephyrs: We... ll.... Myona: How about admitting the truth? As in, 'Yes, I made the Orbital Frame and caused an accident. I killed the survivors and blamed it on the terrorists'? Conf. Room Zephyrs: How dare you! Hey! You listen to me!! Jaeger: ...We've cut off the circuit. You've shown enough disgraceful behavior today. Zephyrs, you are dismissed from your post. Zephyrs: But, General! You can't possibly take what that child said at face value! That proof was... Jaeger: This came in the mail. Zephyrs: A Handy... PC...? Jaeger: It's a record of the interior of Bonaparte III right before the accident. Zephyrs: It's a hoax! Footage no longer is considered as evidence! Jaeger: It's not just footage, it's 'Grade A Evidence Class' data. Zephyrs: How... No! Jaeger: This clip was made by putting together two sources of footage with special digital standards... It is easier to fake a flight recorder than to retouch this material. Would you like to ask the court-martial if this can be used against you as evidence? I don't think it's necessary. Zephyrs: ...It's only... an ingeious imitation for the purpose of framing me! Jaeger: Mr. Irving got this in the mail. It's data that contains the real location of the Bonaparte at the time of the accident, as observed by a military base on Mars. The interior visuals match its external location at the time. The only incongruous thing is your side of the story.... I'm disappointed, Zephyrs. I expected much more of you... it's unfortunate. Zephyrs: ... Irving: Dezeele... I, too, am ready to be judged. At this point... Zephyrs: ...Judged? I'll gladly give you your punishment! Zephyrs shoots Irving Irving: Aaaaagggghhhhhh! Jaeger: Irving! Zephyrs shoots Jaeger Jaeger: Ugghgh! Ze-Zephyrs... I'll get you.... Zephyrs: Heh heh... heh heh heh! Those darn terrorirsts... (I'll show them! They'll cower at the extent of my strength!!) Sphere/TV Station Myona: This is the least we could do for the many people who have passed away. Thank you for your time. Razma: Woo-hoo! THat was great!! You really pulled it off! Cage: (Myona... good job!) Yukito, CEO: I told you how to release the studio. Go and take care of that, Mr. Terrorist. Yukito: Yeah. Leave it to me! Phil: There's a gigantic thing headed in this direction! It's huge... It's n-not a re-regular LEV! Ares: It's Zephrys. Cage: First off, let's get out of here. Ares: Are we really going to do battle? Isn't it better to get Myona and escape? Yukito: It's not a bad idea to have an escape route to use whenever the time is right... Ares: I'll go get Myona. Vjaya is the fastest one. Please leave it to me. Yukito: Yeah, OK. Be careful! Zephyrs: Heh heh heh!! Everything I have worked so hard for has.. It's all your fault! Cage: This is the end! You are over!! Zephyrs: ...I'll erase you from existence.... Then my life can be good again.... Cage: ...Words are lost on him... Zephyrs: Heh heh! Pharsti! You should have gone to the underworld with your siblings and all the others then! I'll destroy you so badly that you'll never have the hope of living again! Cage: What is this guy saying? Pharsti: Beyond comprehension. He is in a state of excitement, and has lost all ability to follow logic. Zephyrs: I'll erase... everything.... Cage: Oh, no... he's not going for the TV station?! We have to stop him!! After beating HarutMarut, Zephyrs reappears twice his previous power Zephyrs: Don't take the HarutMarut lightly! I'll roast you alive!! After the 3rd battle Zephyrs: Me, lose? Hah! Impossible! That's right. The Animus... MY Animus is invincible! Isn't that right, Vale? Cage: Vale?... Who is that?! Pharsti: There is nobody who fits the criterion. Zephyrs: You! You are not Vale?! How is that possible? Then... how are you moving? No... I get it. You took his place? Never mind, it's all going to be over very soon. But you! I will never forgive you. NEVER!!!! HarutMarut goes near the TV Station Pharsti: There is abnormal energy emanating from the interior generator! It is running on its own! Cage: He's going to self-destruct? Oh, no! Myona! Zephyrs: Go away! All the things that get in my way, up in flames! Everything!! Ha ha ha ha haah!! Myona: Up... in flames.... everything...? Vjaya destroys HarutMarut before it can even self-destruct Cage: Oh! Pharsti: The TV station is safe. All organic matter within the building is regular. But... Cage: Ares saved them! Ares! Ares: Everything's fine... Cage maneuvers his Testament before the TV Station Cage: Myona! Myona, are you all right? Myona: Cage, is that you? It's over? It's all over now, isn't it? Cage: Yeah, it is! We got through it! We made it!! Myona: ...Yes. Ares: Let's get out of here; it's dangerous. Cage: Thank you, Ares. Ares: For what? Cage: If I hadn't met you, I'd still be a child who couldn't do anything by himself. Thank you so much... Ares: ...I'm just living my life the way I want to live it. I don't deserve any gratitude. Cage: Heh heh... hey, we're going to be friends for a long time, aren't we? Ares: ...Yeah. I hope we're friends forever.... An OF approaches Ares Ares: Iblis?!? Why?!? Cage: Ares!! Ares: Cage!! Take Myona and run! Hurry!! Cage: Okay!! Ares: (This feeling... damn!! They planned to do this from the beginning!) Iblis, the BLACK FRAME! attacks Vjaya Cage: Ares!!!! ????: .... Mhona: Ares! ????: Pharsti... don't come... you, at the very least... not you too... Iblis leaves Cage: Ares? Say something! Ares! Ares!!! ARESSSSSSSS!!!! [ SCENE14 CLEARED ] BIS Hideout Warren: ...How is Deckson doing? Mebius: He's still unconscious, but he's stable. Warren: OK. How are things going on your end? Yukito: No information on the Black Frame. But we do know Zephyrs is still alive. That scum is just bad luck. Warren: I'm sure that other counties will begin looking into the matter. That Black Frame will be found soon. Razma: ...And, er... what about Ares? Phil: ...It is unfortunate. Semyl: ...How can? ...We just started.... We've just made the first step! Robin enters Robin: ...There's no time to be sad. Phil: Oh! Ms. Robin! Fade Screen Someone knocks Myona: It's me, Myona. Are you in there, Cage? Myona opens the door and switches the lights on BIS Room Myona: Cage... Hello? Cage: ... Myona: Come on, say something... I though you weren't here, with your lights off and everything. Cage: ... Myona: Hey, aren't you hungry? It just so happens that I have some of my special multi-vitamin soup... Cage: ...Thanks... but can I just be alone for a little while? Myona: Cage... About Ares... Cage: ...The good-luck charm I lent you... Can I have it back now? Myona: Huh? Oh, of course... Here. The button plays its music Cage: ...You know, my plan was to defeat Zephyrs... and, after everyone had been avenged, I was going to follow ares. I don't have anything I want to do. I can't even think of anything I might want to do. I was born in space, on a ship. I don't really feel like settling down on the ground somewhere. But... Ares.... I feel totally lost right now.... I'm all alone again.... Ares... What am I supposed to do? Tell me Ares.... Myona: Come on, Cage. You're not alone! You have all of us, and... well, er.... Cage: ...I know. I have Pharsti too... Myona: Pharsti? Um, yeah, her too. But Cage.... Listen to me. Whether or not Ares is here, nothing can change the fact that you protected lots of innocent people. This place is sure to be more peaceful. That's because of you. You should have more confidence. Cage: ...Confidence... I guess so. Myona: Absolutely. What's the hurry? Let's find our goals together. I'll help.... Oh!! Cage: What? Myona: Wait, stop that! Cage: Stop what? Calm down! Myona: Just... give me that button! Cage: Hey.... heyyyyy! Myona: Ow... ach! The switch. Myona seems to have fallen on top of Cage, a different music plays Cage: ...
Myona: Phew... That was close. Wasn't... er.... Cage: ... Myona: ...Ahem.... Um, er, heh heh. Sorry. Pretty heavy, huh? I'll be going.... Cage: Myona, you have really pretty eyes. Myona: ...Wha? Phil enters the room Phil: Mr. Cage.... Oh! Oh!! M-M-Miss Myona!? Whah, what are you two doing?! Myona: No. No, no, no, it's not like that. We weren't doing anything, were we, Cage? Phil: ... Cage: What happened? You came here for a reason, right? Phil: ...Please, just come to the strategy room! Mebius: So what does that mean? I don't understand it in the least! Robin: You couldn't hear? I said 'fight together with them. Myona: What happened? Is everything all right? Warren: There are riots going on all over Mars right now. Cage: Riots...? Yukito: In a manner of speaking, we defeated Earth in our actions. It gave people courage and hope - but at the same time, it unleashed the anger they've been accumulating all these years... Razma: The other problem is that the Earthlings also blame Zephyrs for everything, and are not apologetic. Myona: I understand how they must feel. But... riots... Warren: Anyway, casualties have been reported among the civilians. We have to stop them... Robin: That won't be necessary. Razma: Hunh? Hey, we're having a serious discussion here... Robin: Thanks to all of you, these anti-Earth sentiments have spread past the confines of this county, and have infiltrated the whole of Mars. There is no way to reverse this now. You will fight together with them. If you join them, it will add more fuel to the fire. It is our chance. Warren: ...And the fire will turn into a major catastrophe which will burn the entire planet to ashes... Robin, are you serious? Robin: Yes. Mebius: What happened to you? This is so unlike you!? Robin: Unlike me? What do you know? I'm... I'm.......!? Razma: Let's go. Warren: Razma! Razma: Sticking around here arguing is pointless. There's nothing to debate about. We're going to stop them, right? Yukito: I agree. We're the only ones who CAN stop them. I understand how they feel, but doing that is not going to help matters at all. Robin: ...No. I will not allow it! Mebius: Robin, I'm sorry, but I know that Deckson would have said the same. So I can't obey you. Robin: Deckson... that's true. He would have said so... Warren: We are indebted to you. If it weren't for you, we wouldn't be here right now. But individual strength never wins against the strength of an organization. If we let this go, the flower will be picked before it has a chance to bloom. The same thing almost happened to us before.... You were the one who taught us that. Robin: ....... Razma: Let's go, Cage! Cage: ...Okay.... BIS Hideout Twede: Are you crying, Dana? Robin: ...That'll be the end of them. Are you satisfied? Twede: ...This is work. To me, it's nothing more, and nothing less. Robin: That's a lie. They why did you tell Zephyrs about what they were doing? There is no reason to get in their way. In fact, that was a complete misappropriation. Twede: ...I knew I should have just left then and there... Robin: What do you mean? Twede: ... Robin: Twede! Twede: ...Then you wouldn't have to blame yourself like this. You could hate me... Robin: Twede, you... Twede: ...I am in a state of shock myself. Until now, I would never question any command. But I could not abandon you. Even if it meant that I had to disobey orders... Robin: Then... why? Twede: Tying up loose ends. With the company... Robin: What are you.... You wouldn't.... A sound, something that fell Egh! ...T-Twede... I... can't... Twede: Good-bye, Dana. ##### Scene 15: The Darkness That Came From Light ##### Armed Civilian: What happened? You're the last one. Security Force: ...We had come to stop you....! Armed Civilian: Now you shall see our anger that has been building during all these years of exploitation and tyranny! Freedom for Mars! Security Force: Stop! There has been casualties! Wake up! Stop this at once! Armed Civilian: Stay out of this! You Earthling dog! We will never rely on you for anything again! Take this! The Armed Civilian attacks the Security Force Security Force: Ughggghhh! Armed Civilian: Haaaahahahahah! That's what happens! Citizen A: P-please stop! Our city is going to be destroyed! Armed Civilian: Shut your mouth! Are you siding with the Earthlings too? Citizen A: Uh, n-no, I... I-I just came to protest... Armed Civilian: Hmph! If you're going to say thigs to dampen our determination..... Citizen A: Whah?! WHat are you doing?! The Armed Civilian attacks Citizen A Citizen A: Aaaarrrghhhhhhhh! Citizen B: How... how could you...?! Armed Civilian: Ha ha ha! Another piece of trash gone from Mars!! Haaa ha ha ha!! UNSF Soldiers arrive A UNSF Soldier attacks the Armed Civilian Armed Civilian: Hunh?! It's not possible!! Ugghghgh! UNSF Soldier: <<snicker>> ...We're doing you Enders a favor by running this place! What a laugh... It's not your place to pretend you have power! Hah! Who's next? Citizen B: <<gasp>> Run! UNSF Soldier: If we let them go, it'll just lead to an increase in Enders.... Make an example of them. I want each and every one of them shot! BIS troops arrives UNSF Soldier: Hm?? Is that... Citizen B: It's B-BIS! Yukito: Damn! There have already been casualties! Armed Civilian B:Perfect timing! You guys are on our side, right? Hurry up, fight with us! Warren: Unfortunately for you, it's the opposite. We came to stop you. Armed Civilan B:What? I get it... BIS is wussing out just like those Earth-folk. Pathetic! We'll clean both of you out! Cage: ...Why? Why are you doing this? Why do you have to fight? Ares didn't die for this! And I didn't struggle every day until today so that I could....see THIS! But still.... Why!!?! Pharsti: Cage... your mental condition is in a state of disarray. Please calm down. I am sure that if you would talk with them... Cage: ... Mebius: Cage, you need to concentrate on fighting right now! Citizen B: He-Helppp! Somebody stop them before everyone.... The town......! Warren: The first thing is to get people out of here! We'll take the construction LEVs and approach the civilians, and lead the way out of danger.... As for the other LEVs, well, never mind. Just destroy them! Let's get going! Cage: ... Warren: Cage, can you hear me? Cage: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I heard you the first time.... I got it. Myona: Cage.... COMMENCE BATTLE After the battle Citizen: ...Look at our town.... How could this happen to s.... Cage: ... Pharsti: ...There is no response from the surroundings. Switching over to cautionary mode. Cage: ... Pharsti: Much of the city has burned, hasn't it? Cage: ...Heh.... Pharsti: Cage...?! Cage: <<snicker>> Ha ha ha! Pharsti: What happened, Cage?! Cage: I should've left Zephyrs alone! I did my best to protect everyone, and stubbornly stuck to waht I thought was right - and this is the result? What a joke! It's hilarious! I could never do anything right... I messed up everything I touched. But then I met Ares, and I started to understand that there are things I want to do, and that is possible for a person to make them happen... I was able to believe that! And then it turns out that it's not possible after all... Ares is gone. I can't do anything right! Ares, can you see me right now? Pretty funny, huh? This sucks... I've never felt like such crap! Come on, Pharsti, laugh. You know how, don't you? Or were you not programmed to laugh? It's an order!! Laugh! Now! Pharsti: ... Cage: Laugh.... Please.... Pharsti.... BIS Hideout Mebius: Well, it's taken care of, but... it doesn't feel very good. Razma: Hey, everything's fine! We can't sit and watch if there's a group of people who think standing up for Mars means making a random ruckus! They need to be educated! Semyl: Ditto. Even if it's comin' from you, I gotta agree witht hat one. Phil: But... Mr. Cage didn't seem to think so today. Warren: There are self-serving groups of people who do as they like and cannot be controlled. Of course that's not everyone, but Cage can't see it that way yet. Yukito: It must be a tough situation for him... He lost his best friend, and no longer has a clear idea of what he wants to protect. Phil: Hm. Where's Miss Myona? Mebius: She went to check on Cage at the hangar. Phil: ...Oh, I see. (Heh heh... Heh heh heh...) BIS Hangar Myona: Cage! You know.... Cage: I don't want to talk right now. See you.... Myona: Cage!! Cage: I want to be alone... I'm going back to my room. Don't come after me! Myona: ...Sorry. Cage: ... Cage leaves Myona: ...Cage.... Pharsti: Is Anything The Matter? Myona: Ph... Pharsti?! Pharsti: Would You Like To Talk For A Short While? Please Sit Down. Myona: Wow, this is the first time I'm talking to you. Can I sit here? Pharsti: Please. Though Provisions Are Perfunctory... Heh heh... Myona: What? Pharsti: ...Heh heh.... Heh heh heh! Myona: Um? What? Pharsti: You Fell For It. Now We'll Use This to Move That... Myona: What?! ????: ...Pharsti... We're almost there.... Almost... Myona: That voice.... You're not Pharsti, are you? ????: Look in front of you. Myona: Are you... alive? ????: I'll change you back, Pharsti. To what you were before.... Myona: Eeeeeekkk!! (Cage....) [ SCENE15 Cleared ] BIS Room ---- Myona: Whether or not Ares is here, nothing can change the fact that you saved so many innocent lives. This place is sure to be more peaceful. That's because of you. You should have more confidence. Cage: ...Confidence... I guess so. Myona: Absolutely. What's the hurry? Let's find our goals together. I'll help.... ---- Cage: ...Confidence.... Goals.... Hmmm. The surrounding shakes, sirens alerts Cage: ...The security system? ...An enemy attack...? An ENEMY ATTACK?! BIS Hideout Yukito: Wh-what?! Phil: Our radar has been damaged! Razma: Just a coincidence, maybe? If it is, they have some serious good luck.... Warren: ...Luck is a prerequisite for military personnel. The hideout shakes Mebius: Could this be a coincidence? Warren: On the battlefield, there is no such thing as two coincidences. What is going on...? Something rings... Armed Civilian: On behalf of those who truly care about Mars' future, we have come to protest your actions of a few days ago. We command that you take responsibility for your position in the situation! You have two choices: fight and be defeated, or go to your graves quietly! end of message Yukito: ...Do they really think they're a match for Earth...? ...This is so Wells. Warren: ...H.G. Wells? Or Orson Welles? Either way, this is ridiculous. The hideout shakes again Mebius: ...It doesn't seem as though they're patient enough to await our response. Why now, when we can't get in touch with Robin...? Cage: ...What is all this about? Why do we have to be attacked by these people? Razma: Cage... Cage: I'm sick of it! Why does this always happen?! What did I do to deserve this! Warren: We don't have time for that right now! Grow up and stop that whining! They're serious - we have to think of what we are going to do! Cage: ...And since when did you become the leader of this group?! Yukito: Cage... Mebius: Deckson's still unconscious. Warren is taking his place until his return. Cage: Nobody told me that! Warren: ...That's true. That's because you were in your room, trying to escape reality. It doesn't concern me whether you like it or not. But you are a member of BIS. What good will it do for you to complain about this now? We are going to think of the best way to handle the situation, and act accordingly. That's the.... Cage: Hmph.... I'm not given a choice, am I? After all, Pharsti will only follow my command! Warren: Testament... is gone. Cage: What.... What do you... mean?? Yukito: It disappeared. From the hangar, along with Myona. Cage: What?! How?? Myona can't make it move! Phil! You're in charge of security. What happened? How could this happen?? Phil: ......... Cage: I get it! You're in on it! Razma: Cut it out!! Razma punches Cage Cage: <<gasp>> You... you HIT me?!? Razma: Yeah, that's right! I needed to wake you up and get you out of la-la land! ...We understand that this comes as a shock to you. I'm tired of all this, too. But we got this far because we put trust in each other. Now don't go betraying that trust.... Cage: ... Semyl: Hey, enough already. What we really gotta do's figure out what we're gonna do 'bout them peeps outside. Mebius: Semyl's right. Come on! ##### SCENE 16: Uncertain Future ##### Mebius: You can drive, right? Cage is in Edge Cage: ...Yes. Mebius: OK. Don't do anything foolish. Cage: ...Yes. Mebius: (Poor thing... He's in bad shape...) Razma: Hey... Where are they? Nobody's out here! Warren: ...Stealth warfare! This can be dangerous. Razma: Stealth... We can't see anything! What are we supposed to do? There's nothing we can do!! Yukito: Don't worry, Razma. Finally the day has come! I though this might happen, and installed an anti-stealth sonar onto everybody's frame. Warren: It's already installed? Yukito: In the OFs. It's built into the options module, so it's ready to go. Mebius: Oh, okay. So, how does it work? Yukito: Unfortunately, it's impossible to render the stealth completely powerless. You can, howver, find its origin if you get close enoug. Here, I'll show you... I would say they're somewhere... around here! Justeen forwards and reveals Armed Civilians Armed Civilian A: Imposible... The stealth has been cancelled? Armed Civilian B: Who cares! Let's get 'em! Yukito: Like so. Armed Leader: Rrrgh... Anti-stealth, eh? Rats! All units waiting in ambush! Do not make the first move! I repeat, wait for them to come to you, then surround and attack! Don't move an inch until then! Warren: (So that's the leader...) OK everyone, the last one looks to be the leader. They're armed, but they're complete amateurs; if we get the leader, I'm sure the rest of them will flee. Their plan is to wait for us to approach, so proceed with caution and destroy them. Let's go! Semyl: You ready, Cage? Cage: ...Sure. COMMENCE BATTLE When Cage destroys an Armed Civilia Cage: Phew... Finally, one down. It usually doesn't take this long... Warren: Have you remembered yet how taxing it is to fight while worrying about saving lives? Cage: I know.... I don't need to hear it from you! After destroying Armed Leader Armed Leader: Rats! This is it for this time... But you won't be this lucky next time! He has already started to move... Freedom to Mars! Armed Civilian: Argo? Down? Cage: There are more?! An Armed Civilian is shot by someone ?????: <<snicker>> Grown men playing hide and seek.... If this isn't humor at its best..... Cage: V-Vjaya?! Nadia: ...It's been a long time. Cage: Why do you... Nadia: I don't particularly enjoy being indebted to anybody. I am joining this battle! Armed Civilian: Who do you think you are?! ?????: ...I'm borrowing this. Armed Civilian: Yiiiii! S-s-stop it! I'm going to fall! Aaaaarrrgghhhhh! Twede takes over the Armed Civilian's mech Twede: ...Now that you have asked for help, I cannot stand by and watch... Cage: Mr. Twede?! You're a pilot?! Twede: ...Allow me to lend a hand. I await your command. Armed Civilian: Darn... They have more support coming in... This is bad... Come. We'll retreat for now! BIS Hideout Mebius: Thank goodness. By the way, where's Robin? I haven't been able to get in touch with her. Twde: ...I cannot disclose that information. All I can tell you is that this will be our last show of support as the Robin Foundation. Yukito: What?! Twede: As I said, I cannot disclose any further. But please do not worry. I will see to it personally that you can make a safe escape. Cage: ...Escape....? Mebius: ...Well, our hideout here has been found out. I guess we have no choice but to get away... and fast. Razma: ...True. There's no guarantee that we'll win next time, especially with the one extra load we're carrying now. Cage: Are you... talking about... me? Razma: So you do know. Without Testament, you can't do anything. Cage: What?! Mebius: Razma! There's no need for that! (that's the first time I've seen Mebius' eyes open -_-;) Nadia: ...It's true. Objectively speaking, your skils are clearly lower than average. That frame you were riding must have been constructed very well. Twede: ...I agree. Mebius: Twede, even you... Twede: I have been watching you since the first riot. At this point, even I have more skill than you do. Cage: ...Fine! ...I've had it!! Mebius: Cage... Cage: Ares died... and Myona probably left because she was sick of me. And even Pharsti... I'll leave this time. I can't do anything here anyway... I don't even like to fight! I only stayed because Mr. Deckson asked me for my help... Razma: ...Yeah. Hurry up and get out of here. Semyl: Razma! Cage: ...I don't mind. Good-bye. I'm going to get my stuff... It was a short while, but thank you for everything. Mebius: ...You can just do that? Cage: Yes. Yukito: What are you going to do from now on? Do you even have a place to go? There's no reason to... Twede: I have already spoken to some people about this. Arrangements are being made now. Yukito: ...Good thinking. Twede: All I did was entertain the possibility, and make the necessary adjustments. Warren: Cage. Cage: ...Yes? Warren: I don't know how you plan on spending the rest of your life, but whatever happens, don't blame it on anyone else. Think for yourself, and act for yourself. If you take responsibility for your own life, you'll become stronger. It's the most important thing. Do it for yourself Cage: I can't do that. Nobody needs me anymore. I won't do it. There is no reason I should become stronger..... So long.... Warren: ......... [ SCENE16 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |Airport \____________________ Cage: ..... An old man approaches Cage ?????: You Cage? Cage: ...Yes, I am...? ?????: Hm. OK. I'm Raiah. They've told me to getyou out of here. Raiah: We're heading for Deimos Spaceport.... You need to do something about the way you look.... Here. Cage: ...A bag? Raiah: Duh. Now don't lose it. It has your fake ID and other papers in it. Go put on the clothes that are in there. I got it from the luggage of the Vacilia people, so I'm sure it's the wrong size. Cage: ...Okay... Raiah: (...Tsk, why am I doing this?? ...It's all Dad's fault. He should've acted responsibly as an adult, but he had to go and make a scene like that... Well, this is only a temporary arrangement.... But.... Ach!!) Fade Screen Cage: (...So it's good-bye Mars.... It's all going to be over...) ... The button plays its music Cage: ...This button... It used to be a good-luck charm, but now it's a keepsake... Heh.... Nobody cares about me. There isn't a single soul who needs me.... This is how it was meant to be.... I should... I should never have been born... The button stops playing Cage: ...Hm? ?????: Ahem.... Testing, testing. Cage: Myona?! Myona's Voice: I hope it's recording... Um.... Cage. I don't know when you are going to hear this, but I think that when you want to listen to this it's because you're going through a tough time. So in the space that's left on this, I've decided to record a message. I hope you don't mind, I know this is your prized possession. Cage: ... Myona's Voice: ...Cage. A lot has happened since we first met. Other people may say it hasn't been that long, but for someone like me who has no memory, the days I spent with you are my entire life. heh... Maybe that's a little cheesy, but I mean it. I know that things are hard for you right now... But one thing won't change. I'm always on your side, Cage. From now on, too. So don't ever give up! Cage: Myona... Myona's Voice: ...And there's something else I've been meaning to say. I hope you'll give me an answer once you hear this... Cage: Myona... I.... Myona's Voice: ...To me, you are.... Cage: How could I have been so stupid?! Myona's Voice: ...So there you have it. Heh, heh... That was a little embarasing. Um.... This is Myona, signing off. Bye. Cage: I've only been thinking of myself... I'm not alone at all... Fade Screen Raiah: Hey! You ready yet? How long do you take to get dressed? You're not dressed yet... Tsk. Get on with it. Don't you care that all your old friends are buying time for you? Hurry up, we haven't got.... Cage: ...What did you say just now? ...Buying time...? Raiah: Hunh? You don't know about it? Ah, so it's like a surprise party! Hah! Cage: What are you talking about? Tell me! Raiah: He, hey!! Let go! Okay, okay. Those rioters... somehow they're better organized than anyone imagined. They've vowed to level you guys at any cost. So, if you were all to escape, where would be the best place to go? Cage: Huh? Raiah: Here! The spaceport... If you leave Mars, it'll be harder for them to get to you. Well, at least for a little while. So that's why we're in a hurry... Cage: (...Oh no.... I'm so sorry, everyone.... I was... I was wrong.) ...Mr. Raiah! I... I don't really know yet, but... I figured out what I should do for the time being! Raiah: <<sigh>> Good for you. Okay, shall we get... Cage: Yes! Let's go! Raiah: Er... Em, where are you going?! Hey! Wait! If you don't do as you're told, it's going to get me in trouble! ...Hey! Shoot! Why am I so unlucky?! ##### Scene 17: Rebirth ##### Cage is in an AFV Cage: The hideout! ...I was too late! Raiah: ...Look, it's already been levelled... (...Tsk.... What did I do to deserve this... What's wrong with swindling people out of some petty cash once in a while... I'm Raiah, Mars' #1 Broker...!) Well, that was a waste of time.... So what's the plan? Where do I get to chauffeur you next? Cage: Thank you. This is fine right here. Raiah: Huh? Right HERE...? Cage: I'll be fine. They're alive, I know it! I will go and look for them myself. Raiah: ...So you're saying this is good? So the contract has been fulfilled? Cage: Yes. Raiah: Oh, okay. Great. By the way, those clothes look great on you. It's a little farewell gift from me...Good luck! Cage, now wearing a helmet Cage: Thank you! Bye! Raiah leaves riding the AFV Cage: ...Where are you..... (No, there's no way that they would lose to them that easily.... After all, we've been through much harder situations in the past! They can't be ended like this!) Armed Civilians show themselves from stealth mode. Armed Civilian A: ...There was something moving over there! Cage: (Oh no!) Armed Civilian B: Hey, look! It's a human! Armed Civilian A: Hm? It's just a kid. ...Who cares? Cage: (...These people did this?!) Armed Civilian B: In that case, I'll take him. It'll serve as a good example for them, since they're not coming out. heh heh heh... Happy hunting....! Cage: (Uh-oh. I'm done....) Someone shoots Armed Civilian B Armed Civilian B: What!? Ugghghgh! Cage: Huh...?! Mebius: <<sigh>> Who's next? I can't just leave the cockpit like that whenver I feel like it. Cage: Ms. Mebius!! Armed Civilian A: Finally, you show yourself! I'd be happy to fight you! Mebius: ...Really, sometimes I just don't know what to do with all these troublemakers! Someone attacks Armed Civilian A Armed Civilian A: Whah! Aaaaaaaaaaggggggyyyyhhhhh!! Razma: You idiot! Why did you come back?! Cage: Razma... I... I was wrong! I want to fight with you! Razma: ... Someone shoots another Armed Civilian Warren: ...So that is your decision? Cage: Mr. Warren! ...I'm sorry about everything! Another Armed Civilian down, Semyl shows up Semyl: Oh, no. Look who's back... Razma: Why... If you had just left, you never would have had to fight again! Cage: Myona...recorded a message for me. And also.... Warren: Myona? And what? Cage: I realized that Razma had said all that stuff just so I would run away and be safe... It made me think. I was only thinking about myself, while everyone was worried about me. I'm... I'm embarrassed! Please... Let me join BIS again. I promise I won't get in the way any more!! Warren: ...Heh. I see. Semyl: You lose. Razma: Hmph, d-do as you please! Mebius: Hee, hee... Welcome home, Cage. Cage: I... I'm back! ???: Okay! Just like a low-budget soap opera... eh?! Mebius: This voice! How could it be? Why... You're supposed to be.... Ned: Dead? We meet again.... Heh heh heh heh!! Semyl: Why you still alive...? Ned: I am immortal!!!!!! ??????: ...He who shamelessly comes forth after having been defeated time and time again does not deserve the relief of death. Ned: Wh-who are you?! Justeen appears Yukito: That is of no import to scum like you! Cage: Mr. Yukito!! Yukito: Thanks, Cage! I was going for the mysterious feel, but he may as well know! Mebius: Okay, okay, okay. This isn't an audition for a sitcom! Ned: Rrrgh... Are you MOCKING me!!! Ned drives his Ravana next to Cage Ned: Heh heh heh... You no longer have the Animus, eh? ...You're over, I'll squash you like a bug! Cage: (Darn... If only Pharsti were here now... Whenever I called her, she would always come to my rescue!) ...Pharsti.... Pharstiiiiii!!! Someone attacks Ned Ned: Ow, Ouch! Wh, whaaa!? Pharsti: ...Just in time. Cage: Pharsti! It's really you! Heh... Ha ha ha!! Is this a dream? Pharsti: Negative. This is reality. Cage, it is I. Cage: And Myona? She's with you too, right? Pharsti: ...Unfortunately, she is not with me. When I rebooted, there was nobody in the surrounds. Cage: Oh.... Ned: Ach! Animus...! It's just as well. I'll have my revenge! You'll see.... Ned's troops, the Armed Men (Martians!), surround the base Pharsti: Shall we take care of the mess in front of us first? Cage: O-Okay! Vjaya appears Nadia: ...I will help also. Cage: Ms. Nadia! Ned: What's this?! You get dumped by a man and you become this desperate? Nadia: ...I choose not to waste words on the unworthy. Ned: Rrrrgghhh! I'll shut you up in no time!! COMMENCE BATTLE Before Cage attacks Ned Cage: What is that machine... I've never seen it before. Ned: Heh heh... Look at her! BAHRAM's the real deal. With this, we'll be able to put Earth down for good! Cage: BAHRAM...? What?! Put Earth down... Don't you work for Earth yourself?! Ned: In this world, the stronger one is the right one. You should learn it ain't easy fighting for a cause just because you like it. Cage: You... betrayed Earth? Ned: They betrayed ME! They tried to destroy me!! When I was in a bad spot, those other guys picked me up.... With this new body, I...I'm going to have my revenge! Heh heh!! Cage: Your new... body...? After defeating Ned Ned: Ow! HEY! My entire body... Owwww! Dang!! My... my new body! Cage: What's that?! Ned's icon shows a brain with tubes as support Ned: <<gurgle>> Don't look! Cage: Is that... Ned? What is happening? Pharsti: It seems that the visuals that were being communicated until now were CGs... This is his true physical state. Cage: What... This can...! This can be done??! Ned: Quiet! Quiet, quiet, quietttt!!! You ruined my new body... That's IT!! Ned restores health and increases in spirit Ned: <<growl>> Take this!! Cage: He's recuperated already?! ...Is he invincible? Twede appears Twede: ...Perfect. I shall take it from here. please evacuate. Cage: Mr. Twede?! What do you mean... With that frame?! That's impossible! Twede: I did not expect your return, but that is fine. At any rate, please go now. Cage: Then, you should come with us... Twede: ...I've said this before. I will support your escape to the best of my ability. Pharsti: Cage, massive quantities of explosive have been detected in Mr. Twede's frame. I posit that he is going to delay the actions of the enemy with the explosion.... Cage: What! He's going to self-destruct? Is it true? Twede: What is wrong? I will be fine. I have already taken care of all of your needs from this point forth. You no longer have a hideout to which you can retreat. There is no reason for you to be here any longer. So please - leave now. Cage: No. How can I be happy being saved at someone else's expense? Twede: My expense? No, you have gotten it all wrong. This is the way I do things. Cage: But... I can't let it happen! The level from the hideout crumbles, creating an opening. A ship appears Cage: Wha! What?! Robin is riding the ship Robin: Cage is right.... Didn't I tell you that I don't want any victims? I will not allow this kind of selfish behavior! Cage: Ms.... Ms. Robin! Robin: How have you been, Cage? (The right hand of Testament has changed... Is that what they mean about OFs and their 'maturation'?) Twede: Dana! How did you... And what is that ship.....? Phil is with Ms. Robin Phil: Cage... You're back! Cage: Phil! ...Everyone's okay! What... What is that you're riding? Pharsti: That would be a transportation spacecraft. It looks to be an old cargo ship. Robin: Hee, hee... Even you didn't forsee this happening, did you? When we got buried after the attack, I was worried... But I got it to move somehow. Not a second too soon... Because a person, who shall remain unnamed, locked me up....I almost didn't make it on time. Twede: ... Robin: ...Twede. You said that you could never leave me, right? But it looks like you were about to leave me and go off on your own. Who is going to be my secretary when you're gone? Are you telling me to organize my own files? That prospect doesn't make me happy at all. Twede: ... Robin: Just like Cage, I found my own path. I'm completely confident that I'm doing the right thing. But I can't go down that path by myself. It has to be together with all of them...and you. So... Twede: ....I agree. The only person who can handle being your secretary in this entire galaxy is myself. Robin: Hey, I'm not that bad. Twede: ...Well... Robin: <<giggle>> Ned: Heeeeeyyyyyyyy!! I'm still here!! Twede: ... Twede maneuvers towards Ned Robin: Twede!? Don't do it! Cage: Mr. Twede!! Twede's mech explodes, explosion surrounds Ned's Ravana Ned: ...Whoa... WHOA! Whaddaya think you're doing?! You got luck this time... But I swear I'll get you next time! Choose your coffins before you see me again!! Ravana disappears Cage: Mr. Twede! Why... Why did you have to die! Twede (no LEV) is right next to Cage's Testament Twede: ...Sorry to ruin your moment, but as you can see, I am very much alive. Cage: Hunh? How... good! Twede: I escaped immediately before the explosion.... In fact, this was my plan from the very beginning. Cage: Ohhh.... Robin: ...You've never been a good liar. Twede: I can say the same about you. Robin: <<giggle>> Twede: ...There are still more opponents. Good luck with the rest of them. Cage: Thank you! RobinL The Saoshyant is not made for battle, so I'll stand back also. Good luck! -------------------------- |BIS Hideout \____________________ Cage: This is the interior of the ship? It kinda reminds me of our hideout.... Robin: I wonder why. This IS the hideout, Cage. Semyl: Wha! How's that? Robin: As our hideout, we were using a fourth generation model freight ship buried underground. Razma: Whoa! No way! Our hideout was a ship?! Warren: But it was buried underground for so long. When was it maintained enough for it to actually be capable of flight? Robin: It was our plan from the very beginning. Deckson and I had kept it a secret. I'm just glad that we made it on time. Deckson: It's called 'Saoshyant'. Yukito: 'Reincarnated Savior', eh? Cage: Mr. Deckson! You're up! Deckson: Yes... Right after you left. Sorry I worried you. Cage: No, not at all. I.... Deckson: I heard all about it. Forgive Razma,will you? He was thinking of you when he said all those mean things. He meant no... Cage: No, I was in the wrong. I was only thinking of myself, and being selfish... I'm really sorry. Twede: I do hate to interrupt, but... There will be no point in this escape if we do not hurry to one of the hiding points I outlined earlier. Robin: OK. Go Saoshyant! [ SCENE17 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |BIS Hideaway \____________________ -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Robin: So? Twede? TwedeL ...It looks as though the camouflage is effective against the surveillance satellite... But to be on the safe side, I would suggest laying low for another five hours or so. Cage: I never thought there were ways to get around surveillance units... Robin: <<giggle>> Don't tell anyone. It's an insider secret. Cage: Of course no! Besides, I don't think that anybody else could do this if they tried. (But... What do we do if Myona is looking for us... I hope she can find us... Where is she...?) Semyl enters Semyl: C-C-C-Cage! Cage: What, Semyl? Why are you so flustered... You looked like Phil just now. Semyl: Never mind that! Look! Ares... Ares is on TV!! Cage: WHAT?! Robin: What did you just say?! Is it him? Cage: O-Okay! I'll be right there! (Ares... Ares is alive!!) -------------------------- |Strategy Room \____________________ Cage: No... That's... What...? Vale, who looks very much like Ares is on TV Vale: Fellow Martians! Now is the time to unite! Earthlings like Zephyrs have been ignoring our blood, sweat, and tears... and they find the nerve to snatch away our rights and violate us! We cannot let this go any further! Pick up your guns! Fight with us! Freedom to Mars!! Citizen A: Freedom to Mars! Citizen B: Freedom to Mars! Cage: ...It can't be... I don't believe it! Semyl: Right? I just don't get it! Robin: ...His name is Vale Shatner. He's the leader of the armed civilian group fighting for Mars' independence. Semyl: Vale Shatner? I don't know, man, he looks just like Ares to me! Cage: There's no mistake... That's Ares! But... Ares being behind the riots...? Why...? Twede: Which would mean that it was he who organized the attack on the hideout. It would also make sense that they would know about the placement of the radar. Yukito: Stop! We can't be sure just yet... Phil enters Phil: Oh my...! I can't make contact with Mr. Razma and Mr. Warren, who went out to patrol the area! Deckson: They're still not back?! They left a while ago, didn't they? Semyl: That idiot... Why now? Robin: Ares or Vale... I wonder which one is his true identity... Cage: ........ Deckson: It's routine for Razma to meander, but if Warren if with him... Mebius: So Phil, Warren went with him because he was worried... Right? Phil: Yes, that is the case. Semyl: ...That idiot... Even got the ole man involved... Deckson: Phil, Razma went to check out the 'abnormal radar reaction' that you detected, right? Phil: Yes, since there is a possibility that it was coming from the stealth frame... Deckson: Okay, something may have happened. Let's go and find them. Mebius: Deckson, you're in no shape to go out and fight. You stay here. Deckson: But...No, you're right. I may do more harm than good..... Fine. OK. Iwill stay here, and find out as much as I can about Ares. Mebius: Sounds like a plan. (If something happens to him again, who'll listen to all my complaining?) Robin: I'll take the Edge. Twede: What are you saying! That is too dangerous...! Mebius: Oh? I never took you to be a chauvinist. Ifyou tie her down too much, she'll dump you, you know. Twede: Whah! What are you talking about...? Robin: <<giggle>> It'll be fine. I'm hardly the type to act impulsively, unlike someone else I know, I'm worried about those two, let's go! Twede: ....... ##### Scene 18: Dark Half ##### Nadia: It seems that those two had headed toward this area. Yukito: Nobody's here... Let's search the entire area! Cage: ...... Yukito: Cage, I have no idea what Ares is trying to do. But... If, hypothetically, you're placed on a position which you need to fight him.... In that case, can you do it? Cage: I don't know.... I'd like to revel in the fact that he is alive for now. Yukito: Okay. Well, don't worry about it all alone. You're not the only one who believes in him. Cage: Yes. Thank you. Mebius: Now, we have to find those two... Semyl: Razmaaaa! How about responding, idiottttt!!! Phil: I'm going to look over there. Mebius: What?! Oh, Phil! Phil goes off Mebius: (There he goes... I hope he's going to be okay.) Armed Civilian Frames appear Mebius: That's... a stealth frame! Armed Civilian: Tsk! Caught by the sonar... Guess we got too close... Cage: You... you must be one of them who took our hideout away from us! Armed Civilian: Get them, just like the other two... Prepare it! We've got permission from Him! Cage: The other two... So you have Mr. Warren and Razma? Where did you put them? (And who is 'Him'? ...Could it be?) Floating Frames arrive Cage: ?! (What is that frame?! It's floating...?) Armed Civilian: If you want to know about your friends, you'll have to destroy us first! Go! Raptors! Cage: Oh yeah?... Well, I guess I'll just have to take you up on your suggestion! Pharsti: Cage, please be careful. I sense that there are unseen enemies lurking! Cage: I can only see them... so there must be a lot of them hiding. Yukito: No worries. We have the 'anti-stealth sonar.' Do the same thing as last time. Are you ready? COMMENCE BATTLE After a turn Cage: Where are those two...? I hope Phil has found some hint as to their whereabouts... a beeping sound, or something else Cage: (...What's that sound?!) ????: Heh heh... You've gotten much stronger... You're totally different from the Cage I knew. Cage: Wh-Who's there! The Black Frame, Iblis, appears Cage: (That's... I've seen it before! No, please, don't let it be...! It's the Black Frame!) ????: <<cackle>> Long time no see! Cage: Oh no... That voice... Ares: Cage, if you had just left Mars you wouldn't have had to get hurt... But you wanted this, didn't you? Cage: A... res...! Is it... you?! Ares: Testament... You have no use for that frame. Hand it over. Cage: Ares, I saw you on TV... It's not true, is it? ...I believe in you! This is... some awful mistake, isn't it? Ares: Believe in me? <<cackle>> You say some funny things sometimes. All of you did exactly as I wanted... I should probably thank you before I crush all of you. 'Thank you...' There. THanks to all of you, my job was made infinitely easier... Cage: S-So the Ares on TV... That's the real Ares?! Ares: It's so typical of you to realize now, when it no longer makes any difference. Cage: ...Ares is my friend. You said that you were my friend! That was all a lie?! All of it... It was all an act?! Ares: Yeah. Did you figure it out yet? I was the one who directed Iblis and sank Bonaparte III! Cage: No...! Ares: That ship had accepted money from Zephyrs to smuggle secret items between Earth and Mars. When I found out, I changed my name to Ares, and jumped at the chance to expose Zephyrs' crimes... and to exact my revenge upon him! Cage: Revenge...? Ares: Yeah. It would be too merciful to simply kill Zephyrs. He needed to suffer... In exchange for robbing my innocent parents of their lives, I will see to it that he regrets being born! If he hadn't initiated those experiments, neither father nor mother would have had to die. Pharsti and I wouldn't be trapped in these bodies either. Cage: These... bodies...? Pharsti? Ares, what are you saying? Ares: ...My name is Vale Shatner.... That's one of them, anyway. The other is Subject 478 - that's the name Zephyrs gave me! Cage: Subject?! So Zephyrs used you as a subject in his experiments too? Ares: Heh. Exactly. Cage: Ares... Your revenge cost the lives of innocent passengers... How many hundred lives are you responsible for?! I don't know what kind of hardships you've been through... but that's the wrong thing to do! Ares: The wrong thing to do, is it? As if you would understand the feelings that led me to do it... Besides, the one who added the final touches on the Bonaparte deal was Zephyrs, wasn't it? Anyway, it makes no difference to me who died on that ship. Heh heh! You should died along with the rest of them. It's too bad.... A real shame.... Cage: How can you say that...? Ares: Heh, there he goes again. You know, that's what disgusts me about you. 'I don't want to hurt anyone...' 'I want everyone to like me...' ...Meanwhile, you can't do anything on your own. You make others take responsibility for you... You're burried so deep in your own hypocrisy that you can't even muster the courage to do anything on your own. Pure cowardice. Don't you agree... Philbright? Phil appears in Grafficane, an OF Phil: ...By all means. I couldn't agree more, Ares. Cage: Phil! What are you doing! And that frame... What...?! Phil: I've quit BIS... From today, I'm working with Ares! Cage: Why! How come you... Why?! Phil: Why?! I got sick and tired of being with you! Always making others take responsibility for you, but still getting all the attention and all the praise. And you were eating it right up! Cage: Why... are you saying this?! Phil: Ares listened to me. He was interested in what I had to say. And he understands me! Ares: Cage... That's all there is to it. Give the Animus to Phil. Cage: Ares, wait! I still can't believe it! You can't be my enemy! Ares: Heh heh... I guess I'll just have to make it painfully obvious, then. How's this? Dreizehn and Durandal II appear on both sides of Grafficane Razma: ...Uygg... Sorry.... I messed... up... Warren: ..... Ares: Go ahead, Phil. Phil: ...As you wish. Cage: Phil! Don't do it! You're not actually... Stop!! Phil: I have power now... The weal can't say anything to the strong. Did you know that? Phil attacks Dreizehn Razma: Ugggghhhhhhhh!! Then Phil goes for Durandal II Warren: Eghghg! Aaaarrrggghhhhh! Cage: Stop! Phil, please stop! Phil: Why don't you make me?! Prove to me that you're stronger than me! Cage: ... Ares: I like that expression. Wish Myona were here to see it. Cage: Myona? You know where she is? Is Myona okay?! Ares: If you want to see her, you should follow me. That is, if you can. So long, Cage..... Ares leaves Cage: Ares! Pharsti: ...Cage. Caeg: I know... We can't go after Ares now.... We have to get those two first... (Phil... I guess there's no choice...) Phil: Come on, Cage.... Get over here!... If you don't hurry, I'll get rid of these guys first. Cage: Let's go, Pharsti... Pharsti: The unseen enemies have been quiet. It seems they are planning to wait in ambush until somebody arrives. Cage: But... We have to save those two. Proceed cautiously, Pharsti! When Phil is about to attack Cage Cage: Phil! Let those two go! We were all a team! Phil: A team? You want to hear something funny? Ares is not the only one who was using you. Robin was using BIS for her own purposes also. Cage: What are you talking about?! Phil: Robin is actually from NUT... In other words, she is an industry spy. We were fighting for Mars, but that was not the case for her! She was only using us so that the rich could collect more money! Cage: That's.... Robin: Phil... How could... Cage: Is it true? Ms. Robin! Robin: ....... Cage: Ms. Robin! Why don't you say something! Phil: ...You and I have both been used for different purposes all our lives! Cage: No.... Phil: <<giggle>> ...A TEAM.... There's no such thing! Phil attacks Razma and Warren with full power Cage: Phil! Phil: I no longer want any superficial trust or friendships... All I want to see is skill... Show me.... Show me what you can do! After beating Phil: Phil: Rgh... That's nothing! Cage: Phil, haven't we done wenoug? Why do we have to fight? Phil: Quiet! I thought at first that I could be friends with you! But I was wrong! Why? You didn't do anything! The only thing was that you had a good frame... that's all! But everyone liked you and praised you.... Why!? (glaring at Cage) I worked much harder than you did! But nobody noticed my efforts. Why! Cage: Phil... Phil: So I'm going to prove it once and for all! I am going to prove my worth, on an OF, just like you! I know I'm stronger...! Because I'm capable of taking a life! (Because I even... took Father's... with these two hands...!) Deckson's Voice: Phil! What are you thinking!? Stop that at once! Cage: The radio? Mr. Deckson! Phil: Mr.... Deckson... Deckson's Voice: Phil, have you forgotten? I am always watching you! I will be looking over you from now on too! Stop this stupidity! Now... get out of that frame! Phil: Deckson... I... I can't. It's too late. Deckson's Voice: It's never too late... Once you've decided to do something, that's when it starts! Come on! Come over here! Phil: ...Cage. I'll stop for today.... But next time I'll crush you! Deckson's Voice: Phil! Phil: Good-bye, Deckson. Phil leaves Caeg: ...Phil. (Ares... Myona... What is going to become of us...) Pharsti: Cage, vital signs have been recorded at the site where Razma's and Warren's frames were located! They should be injured... We must hurry! Cage: Really?! Okay! -------------------------- |Hideout/Med Room \____________________ Razma: ... Warren: ...
Semyl enters Semyl: Razma! Razma?! Hey, Ms. Mebius! Is Razma OK? Mebius: He just came in now... I don't know. Cage: ...Razma. Semyl: ...Razma. (I'm so, sooo stupid.... Now I realize? Nah, I knew it all along. I always knew who was important to me...) Mebius: Semyl... (...?! Er!) Semyl: Razma... Don't die on me! You die and you won't be able to feel up Sis anymore! Mebius: ...He is. Semyl: Hunh? Mebius: This hand that's on my butt... That's Razma, isn't it? Razma: (Heh... It's good to be alive.) Semyl: ...Ms. Mebius, would you be so kind as to hand me that hammer? Mebius: Of course... Do it for me too. Semyl: One... Two... Semyl hits Razma with a hammer Razma: Yiiiiiiiiii!! Warren: ...It never ends. Yukito: Pops! What, you were playing dead too? Warren: I just wasn't talking. Yukito: ...It's not funny... Warren: ...Anyway, we made it. Even though we walked right into the trap... I can't believe I fell for it. Semyl: You idiot! I was all worried... Razma: Come on, calm down. Everyone's fine, and... Semyl kicks Razma Razma: Ou... ch.... Semyl... Semyl: You got any idea what you done did?! It ain't only you. The ole man, and everyone else was placed in danger! And then you... You idiot! Razma: ..... Semyl: You got nothin' to say?! Razma: ..... Semyl: Why you all quiet?! Razma: ...So are you over Ares now? Semyl: Huh? ...What you talkin' 'bout? Razma: Don't pretend you don't know... What, you think I don't know that you have a crush on him? Semyl: Wh, Huh?!? Mebius: ...I guess it's because he's the atypically sensitive male that he has all these misunderstandings, and that he's prone to run after anything in a skirt. Razma: Misunderstandings...? Semyl: You thought I had a thing for Ares?! Razma: W-well, didn't you...? Semyl: Well, he's good lookin', good eye candy, but I never wanted him as a boyfriend or nothin'.... Razma: ...Oh. Well then. Semyl: ...Hm. And? Why you askin' me 'bout these things, hmmm? Hmmm??? Razma: ...Just 'cause. Semyl: Hey, why? Hey. HEY! Razma: ...You know why I'm asking. Semyl: Nope. I don't get it. Tell meeee. Razma: ...Oh yeah! Where's the Boss? Cage? Cage: He's talking to Ms. Robin and the others right now... Mebius: ...That's right. We need an explanation as to what Phil was talking about earlier.... But... I never thought that he felt that way about you.... I'm partly responsible for that. Cage: Ares... and Phil... I never expected it to be like this. Razma: ........ Semyl: Cage, don't sweat it too much. You left once too, but ya came back, you know what I'm sayin'? Maybe Phil and Ares'll change their minds too. You never know 'bout these things. Cage: I guess... Semyl: (Man... I hope that happens...) Deckson enters (weird, it says Deckson's voice, but the door opened) Deckson's Voice: Sorry to keep you all waiting. I'm glad you two are okay.... Now, onto Ms. O'Connell. Robin: ...Wait. I'd rather explain myself. Yukito: Ms. O'Connell. I though you were the sole investor of the Robin Foundation. As it turns out, NUT was behind this... were you really tryingto trick us? Mebius: Were we your guinea pigs, so you could collect data? Or were you planning on owning us like pets, and manipulating us for the company's profit? Robin: .... Twede: Perhaps I should explain.... Warren: ...Why aren't you saying anything? So it's true... You ARE.... Robin: Aaaaaargh! Quiettttt! Mebius: R-Robin? Robin: What do you expect from me! Jeez! I do all this for you... The higher-ups caution me, and Mr. Black Frame here gives me attitude.... But even then, I did my best! You don't know what I went through! Manipulate you?! How have you been manipulated? You won't listen to a word I have to say anyway! The NUT?? I left them! Deckson: ...R... Robin?! Robin: (Uh-oh... Now I've done it. This is not my strong suit.) <<sigh>>.... Yes, it's true... I was a NUT agent... until a few days ago. Warren: ...Tell us everything from the beginning. Robin: It's not too far from what Mebius said. NUT, or 'Neredum Universal Technolgoy,' as you all probably already know, is the largest manufacturer of LEVs on Mars - a huge conglomerate. You would not believe the number of different sections they have there. I was in the 'Information Department, Section 8.' Razma: Hey, cool. Robin: It may sound that way, but Section 8 was the shabbiest part of the entire organization. I was sent there initially because I caused some trouble within the company. Warren: For the shabbiest part of the organization, they sure gave us a lot of money. Robin: Expenses for information research don't need to be documented. Besides. Cage: Besides? Robin: There's the fruits of my personal labor. Yukito: So, what made you want to help us out? Robin: Danger Aversion/Prevention Program J-38. Razma: What is THAT? Robin: If NUT were a person, it would be a giant. WHen a body gets that big, as a corporation, its defenses against accidents are compromised. In a manner of explanation: once the brain receives the message, you have to wait for the command to be given... And in that span of time, a scratch could deteriorate so badly as to become a life-threatening wound. Deckson: So you need people near the site of the problem to take care of things immediately, kind of like white blood cells. Robin: ...Exactly. J-38 was to NUT what leukocytes or platelets are to the human body... Whenever there was an episode, they would clean things up immediately, and cover the wound if necessary. The Robin Foundation, as well as many other similar groups that have been set up all over Mars, acted as an 'immune system' for the company. Warren: Ah... So people like you would extend their influence like so, and direct the masses to act in a way profitable to NUT. Even if one of the units made an error, the responisbility would not even reach NUT, and there would be no risk of corporate secrets leaking out into the open. If something happened, they could easily cut that unit off. But until then, anything goes. Robin: That's not all. You had another role on top of that. Razma: As monitors for new parts on OFs and LEVs? Robin: Precisely. You see the full picture now, don't you? I did collect some data on Testament... but in the end, I didn't get very much. I couldn't get to the point where you would do what I told you to do, and in the end, they ended up spending money on you and didn't get much in return. Mebius: So at that riot the other day... That was why you were acting strange... Robin: As a Martian company, it is favorable for NUT when anti-terrestrial sentiments are high.... That, and also.... I was curious to see if all of you, who I had already begun to take a personal interest in, would listen to me in that kind of situation.... And the result was dismal... Deckson: Everyone, Ms. O'Connell has... faced off with NUT a number of times on our behalf, not as J-38, but as one unit of the Resistance, so she could help our cause. Twede: But of course, there is no way that these actions would be taken positively. She had failed her duty as an agent, and was being watched. I was enlisted as her chaperone, and I was to look over her actions... but I failed also. Razma: You too? Twede: ...Yes. The contract that once existed between myself and NUT has been eradicated. Robin: ...I've been deceiving you all. My name, my personal history.... It's all lies. But I do want you to believe this: I thoroughly enjoyed being with you... One day, I realized that I felt as if I were one of you. It felt more natural to be 'Robin' than 'Dana,' which is my real name... <<giggle>>... It's silly, I know. So I left NUT. I was able somehow to get this ship to move, but the Robin Foundation has been erased, and I can no longer sponsor you or help in any way. But it's not luck for a woman to make it in the world on her own... I can at least guarantee your safety. So please let me work with all of you... Please. Deckson: We understand your position, and that you are not a liar. It costs us nothing to believe in you for a little longer. All here feel that way. Warren: ...Although we'd rather not have any more surprises like thhis in the future. Yukito: Well, if we were used we were being used by the bigwigs over at NUT, and in reality, these two helped us out on a number of occasions. Semyl: True dat. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be standin' here now! Razma: We owe them before too... Robin: ...Thank you, Razma. Thank you everyone.... Deckson: Welcome to BIS... Robin. Robin: <<giggle>> Semyl: ...So now that that's settled... Razma, you gonna answer my question, or what? Hey! Come on, spill it!! Razma: You STILL remembered that? S-stop it! Cut it out!! Mebius: Aah... youth! Warren: (..........) ...Robin. About the battle today... That first OF... Does Ares have BAHRAM backing? Mebius: BAHRAM? You mean that Vacilia County is behind this whole Martian movement? Robin: Yes. Even NUT didn't know about BAHRAM's involvement until just recently. BAHRAM is denying any affiliation... so that's been causing some tension within NUT too. I'll look into it... The Foundation is gone, but I still have my connections. I think I can make it work out! Deckson: OK, things are getting complicated... But we'll disband for now.... Get some rest. Cage: (Ares... Phil... Until just a little while ago, everyone was here together.... How did this happen.... And Myona... I have to thank you, but... Where are you right now?) [ SCENE18 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Razma: And, what are we going to do from now on? Warren: I hear Ares and company have been terrorizing inhabitants everywhere with their violent riots - we'll have to do something about that first. Deckson: Things are going to get complicated if BAHRAM really is behind them... But why would they want to use Ares? He seems too independent for that.... Robin: I though so too. Riots are usually more emotional outburst than strategy, and I don't think for a second that it can be so effective as to better the situation on Mars. I think we're still missing something here... We need to consider the existence of a completely different motive. Cage: Do you mean that BAHRAM is using Ares and his retaliatory spirit for their own benefit? Robin: It's possible... but he would be able to see through that. Perhaps he is in some sort of a situation in which he cannot avoid being used in whatever way they desire. Yukito: ...Ares himself said that he caused the Bonaparte accident to get back at Zephyrs, who had killed his parents and had experimented on him. It was the wrong thing to do, but I can understand why he would be driven to do such a thing.... However, I still find it hard to believe that he meant to instigate war on Martian soil from the very beginning. Razma: What's the point in sitting around hypothesizing about something we don't even know? The problem is still going on. If we're going to stop them, let's get on with it! Mebius: That's true. It is a bit risky, but if we make a move, it's possible to put BAHRAM or NUT or whomever else in a position in which they have to act. That may shed some light on all these questions we have right now. Warren: It's dangerous to move when we have no idea what they are planning to do... but I suppose we can't just sit around and watch. TwedeL Neither BAHRAM nor the UNSF are thinking about the citizens of Mars. If something is not done, there is no doubt that the entire city will be transformed into a battlefield. Deckson: Their actions cannot be described as being at all systematic, or well-planned. I expect that they will trip up at some point, but if we wait for that to happen there will be much damage to the people of Mars... We must do something! Warren: It's my understanding that the UNSF is sending an LEV troop from Malgalityfel to here, Hellespontos. Apparently they have already arrived via land route to Hellespontos... If things progress, there is no doubt that there will be a battle between the Armed Civilians and the UNSF. Cage: Malgalityfel... Isn't that the county where the capital is located? The troops are coming all the way from there? Razma: They're just support troops. After all. we've pretty much cleared out the military forces in Hellespontos! Deckson: There' no doubt in my mind that Ares and company are planning to fight. We need to come up with a likely battleground before it happens, and warn the residents so they can escape in time. We have to do everything and anything within our power to prevent casualties! the phone rings Twede: We have some new information... The Armed Civilians are beginning to gather at a point on the military's procession route. Deckson: Good, we'll start there! We'll give them a warning, and depending upon the circumstances, we'll have to put an end to any violence physically. Semyl: Got it! Robin: Oh, Deckson... before I forget. In celebration of you convalescence, I've done some work on Blade. It's now called 'Calibur.' Don't forget to read the user's manual. Deckson: Cal - ? ...Er, okay. ##### Scene 19: Clawing the Red Earth ##### Deckson: So this is my new machine. Maintenance utilities augmented, defense mechanisms fortified... which is all fine and dandy, but it may make maneuvering somewhat complicated. Mebius: Hee, hee... what are you whining about? The old-timer can't handle all the new tech? Deckson: I admit that, unlike you, I am only growing older and older. But I don't know about being called an old-timer, and besides.... Armed Civilians appear Mebius: The Armed Civilians! It's Ares and his group! Deckson: ...I knew it. We won't be able to go into hiding for a little while longer, the way things look now. Armed Civilian: Glad you could make it, BIS! You affected bunch of no-good softies! You'd be better off minding your own business and watching the action at home! Whose side are you on! Deckson: Comrades. You are only causing strife, and harming Mars. If you shower the seeds of betterment with destructive deeds, they will not bloom. Timing is crucial, and this is not the... Armed Civilian: As if you would know!! We have an important obligation to fulfill. If you get in our way, we will get rid of you! Yukito: We can't be doing this when the UNSF will be here any minute. Deckson: We have no choice. We'll have to stop them forcibly. Let's disable their frames, and hope that they retreat. Cage: Yes, sir! Ready, Pharsti? Pharsti: Roger. COMMENCE BATTLE After obliterating the enemy Cage: <<sigh>> It's over. Pharsti: Numerous heat sources have been detected five thousand meters from here. It is my opinion that these are UNSF LEVs from Malgalityfel. Cage: We were somehow able to avoid combat... ?????: ...age.... Cage.... Cage: What? Could it be? ?????: Can... ear... me, Cage? Cage: Myona?? Pharsti! Is that really her? Pharsti: 99.86% voice match. According to my analysis it is certain it is an authentic human voice. Myona's Voice: Cage! Oh... good. She's safe? Cage: How are you? Where are you? Come on out, let's go home. Myona's Voice: No, Cage. I... I can't see you anymore.... Cage: You can't...? Why?! Myona's Voice: I won't be me for too much longer... I... wanted that for myself.... Cage: What do you mean? Where are you? There's something I need to tell you... Please come out here...! Myona's Voice: (.......) Cage: Myona... You don't likeme anymore...? An enemy OF appears in the field, in it is Myona! Myona: Don't like you? ...That's not it. That's not it at all...! Cage: Uh.... Myona.... You're riding in that? Isn't that... an... Orbital... Frame? Myona: Myona... It would be so much better if that were really my name. Cage: Your real name...? Did you... Were you able to remember your past?! Myona: My brother reminded me... Cage: Your brother?? Myona: When I met you for the first time on the day of the accident, I was supposed to escape from the Bonaparte on the Animus... on your machine. But then you came and you almost got hurt... and I unconsciously gave a part of me to her. I wanted to move her... and save you... <<giggle>> ..Do you understand what I'm saying? Of course you don't.... I'm not like you... I'm... I'm a monster. CageL What are you talking about? Anyway, hurry up and come here! A huge troop from the UNSF is headed this way! Myona: Cage, I had a really good time with you. I was... really fortunate to have met you. That machine... That's me, Cage. I wanted you to have her back... as a sign that I, Myona Alderan, once existed in this world... Another OF appears behind Myona's Amante: Okayyyyy. Time's up. Pharsti: Cage! Who is she?! Cage: I've seen her with Bolozof... Her name was... Amante, or something like that. What is she doing here?! Myona: Yes... I... know that.... Cage: What are you doing to Myona?! Amante: Heh, heh, heh...! Switch on! Just a push of a button... Some swirling aura surround Myona Myona: Ugg.... Uggggghhhghghhggg!! Cage: Myona?! Myona (in tears): Good... bye... C... age.... Cage: Myona, hang on, I'll be right there! Cage drives Pharsti next to Myona, but Phil's Grafficane hinders Cage: Phil! What are you doing?! Phil: I can't let you go there. Cage, she's no longer the Myona you know. Myona: Acting On Strategy, Location Confirmed, All Security Systems Will Be Disengaged Cage: Phil! What did you do to Myona! Get out of... Move!! Phil: Heh heh heh... Look at you. Fear not, I will take very good care of Myona. Cage: Phil! Myona: All Systems Go. Beginning Countdown. 10.... 9.... 8..... Pharsti: Rapidly rising energy levels have been measure within Miss Myona's body. There may be a high-energy projectile being readied for ejection. Cage, this can be very dangerous. Please, retreat! Cage: I don't care! I... I have to go and save Myona!! Pharsti: No! Cage, I cannot let you die! Whether or not you permit it, we are going to escape! Cage: Please don't do it, Pharsti! Myona... Myona! Myona: 0.... Fire.... Pharsti: We can't go! Cage: Nooooo! Myonaaaaaaa!! Myona's OF begins emitting explosion opposite direction of where Cage is -------------------------- |LEV Division \____________________ UNSF Soldier: Lieutenant! The rebellion lepton has been making announcements and causing a scene! UNSF Lieutenant: Hah, that's special. We'll hear what they're moaning about before we tear them to shreds. Let the heads of the Security Keeping Force know also. UNSF Soldier: Yes, sir! Ares: ...Innumerable counties exist on Mars, and each and every line that makes up the boundaries that divide this land is the direct result of Earth's territory squabbles. Human green has found its way even to this red planet. However, what one finds here is not a progressive, modern society. It's nothing but a moldy board game with its archaic rules; discrimination, tyranny, oppression, and violence hidden by the cloak of national interest abound. We, the inhabitants of Mars, have been tolerating this reality until today..... Why? 'Unchecked population,' 'food shortages.' 'Earth can no longer support all these people!' ...This is what Earth people say, sneering. 'Even if they came back to Earth, they woouldn't have a chance at life because they're so weak.' ...Who made us that way to begin with? None other than the Earthlings! They call anyone at all different from them 'Enders,' and sit in their comfortable homes under the sun, complacent, their noses in the air, thinking that they can dominate us.... They couldn't be more wrong! We are going to prove them wrong. They'll see. Let them hear our cries! Comrades, fellow fighters for justice, unite! Freedom to Mars! UNSF Lieutenant: Hmph... They should go ahead and do it if they think they can. A good half of our forces is made up of those Martians too. If they attack us, they'll be attacking their own kind! UNSF Soldier: L-Lieutenant! Abnormally high energy fields have been detected up ahead! UNSF Lieutenant: It can't be! Those...! Aaaarrrrrgggggggg!!!!!!! LEV Division explodes Cage: Uggg... WHere did that flash of light come frome? Where's Myona?! What happened to her? Pharsti: Miss Myona can no longer be located. Cage, I retreated of my own accord. I am very sorry that I disobeyed you. Cage: (Myona...) It's okay.... I'm sorry too. Pharsti: The LEV troops can no longer be located either, as of... Cage: What?! After... that light? Robin's Voice: Cage! Are you alive? Cage: Ms. Robin... Robin's Voice: Oh good. You're safe! Everyone else was able to escape also! The situation has changed again... Please come back immediately. Cage: But... Pharsti: The electrical parts have been severely damaged. I would recommend that we retreat temporarily. With my current condition, I could not withstand an attack of the same caliber again, nor is there any guarantee that I would be able to make an escape. Cage: (...Myona....) Pharsti: Cage.... Cage: Fine.... Let's head back, Pharsti. -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Cage: Is that... Ares is making another speech? Ares: What you refer to as 'Earth' is nothing more than a speck in a vast universe, which is filled with specks. If Earth wants to call all humans living outside the terrestrial region 'Enders,' that is their prerogative. It is their choice if they want to play the almighty king of the entire universe. However, I will not stand for it, and I officially hereby declare Mars independent from Earth's grasp! Whether or not that light will continue to burn this ground we walk on is entirely up to the UCM. My request is easy: join us in our fight against Earth. Even you should be able to understand a request that simple. Razma: That guy has gone completely nuts! He really is trying to wage a war against Earth! Warren: It's not as crazy as you think. At this point, it's possible. Yukito: Pops! What's that supposed to mean?! Mebius: He has given the'means' and the 'end.' Nobody dreams of something that is impossible. But once they understand that it can occur in reality, humans will stop at nothing to get it. Ares: I will grant you three hours. If your response is not the one we want, we will not hold back. A simple 'yes' or 'no' will do. We will not tolerate any indecision when the time period is up. Come with us, or get burned. Two options.... See you again very soon. Good day. 'Freedom to Mars.' -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Cage: Ares..... Warren: He's proved it. That he has enough power to fight against Earth. Earth's military has been demolished. Razma: And that's the strategy? That platoon was filled with Security Keeping Force officers!? They victimized their fellow Martians... Deckson: If they succeed, he'll probably say the incident was a foundation of Martian independence. Either way, I can't imagine that anybody would not cooperate with him because of it. In any day and age, and in every location, the ones who are always the victims are the civilians. The problem is that they don't realize that.... Mebius: Deckson.... Twede: ...Everyone, Vale has established contact with us. I will connect you. Ares: ...Hey, I'm sure you saw the broadcast, but there was something I wanted to say to yuo personally... You will return Testament. I need that. Cage: Ares... WHere is she? What happened to Myona?! Ares: You never change. Nothing happened to her. This person, 'Myona,' never existed in this world. Cage: That's a lie! Ares: It's not a lie, Myona is not here. She is Pharsti. My little sister. Yukito: Phar... sti? Little sister? What are you talking about? Ares: She was Subject 479. All Subjects in the 470s were used in the experimental research of the 'Organic Implant Model Metatron Communicator. Mebius: Organic Implant model? Ares: Testament - the one you've been riding - never had a system program installed. Using the 'Communicator,' people who are able to send their brain waves directly into the Mindflow System... like us... can maneuver it. Other humans cannot make it move. Cage: So... That day, when the LEV turned itself on... Ares: We sank the Bonaparte, seized the Animus, and were planning our escape. Instead, she met you, and in order to escape from the danger unfolding in front of her very eyes, she subconsciously wished to help you... and the Communicator in her body 'transplanted' this desire into the machine... In return, she lost her memory. Cage: So... Pharsti is a part of her....? Ares: I wouldn't say she is a part of her. They're one and the same. I gave her back her memory, and rebooted her so that she could go back to being 'Pharsti' instead of 'Myona.' Razma: What did you do to her?! Ares: Heh heh... She wanted it. By the way, did you happen to see that light earlier? Some powerful stuff, wouldn't you say? That's something that can be done only by those with hyperalignment to the OF. Robin: Hyper... alignment? What could that be? Ares: Right now it's just us, but we want to expand our team. If we have Testament, we can procure more hyperaligned allies. I doubt that they will just quietly surrender to us; not until we do a little more than we did today... There is a need to stregthen our side further. Mars will be illuminated by that light.... and to that end, I need to have that returned! Cage: Ares! Do you really feel that way? Ares: Of course... This is the real me. I extend the same choice to you. Decide whether you will fight with me, or against me. At any rate, you should hurry. In three hours, we will be heading to West Hellas to level it. Deckson: That's the largest nest in Hellespontos! How many tens of thousands of innocent lives are you trying to claim?! Ares: If you don't want it to happen, I would suggest you come out and try to stop me. I'll find some time for you. Warren: ... Ares: Heh heh heh.... I look forward to a positive reply... end of communication Razma: Shoot! What are we going to do, Boss? Deckson: ...Cage. Cage: Huh...? Deckson: Up until now, I have always thought of myself as an agent acting on behalf of Mars. As irresponsible as it may sound, I believed that I am here because of Mars' will, not my own. But in terms of this decision, I cannot make the choice.... It goes without saying that life should be respected, and that it shouldn't be destroyed on a whim. But Ares - or should I say Vale? - If what he is attempting mirrors the true wishes of the Martian people, I am in no position to refute that. I leave this deciison to you. Cage: What!? Mebius: Deckson! Razma: Boss! What's gotten into you?! Deckson: He has been involved in this incident from the very beginning - both as a victim, and for bringing this responsibility to us. Besides, he is the only one who has the power to menuever Testament. It would be easy for me to make the call, and command him to do my bidding. But that would be wrong. He has both the right and the responsibility to put an end to this issue once and for all. Discuss your options with everyone, and make your decision carefully. Is that okay with everyone? Warren: Deckson... Yukito: Heh... I guess that works. Semyl: ... Cage: (Me?! ...What am I supposed to do....) [ SCENE19 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |BIS Hallway \____________________ Deckson: ...Are you disappointed in me? I can't even make a decision like this.... Mebius: No, I understand just how you feel. But are you okay with it? Deckson: Perhaps I am growing old. Just like you said. Mebius: Oh please! You're still thinking about what I said? It was a joke! Deckson: Heh. I had accepted it as fact... You don't think that's the case... Mebius? Mebius: What? Deckson: ...I had a dream last night... Mebius: A dream...? Deckson: Yes, of all those I've hurt in the past... They all taunt me... Do you think you're doing the right thing? Are yuo sure you've made the right decision this time? ...All I've done is got all of you involved, and placed you in the midst of danger every day. That's it. And I used to think that was the right thing to do. I thought that we could save the Martian people by doing that. But what is the reality? Our friends... I couldn't even save Phil. I... failed. I thought I was doing good, but it wasn't enough. Mebius: Deckson... it's not like that... Deckson: I may have just been trying to escape from sadness and loneliness. I am confused. I don't know what I should do anymore. Mebius: Deckson, you're wrong... If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be here today. Deckson: Heh. That's an exaggeration. Mebius: That's the truth. Do you remember what you told me a long time ago? Deckson: ...Refresh my memory. I've been spouting off too many lies to know which one you're talking about. Mebius: 'Even when you think you've lost everything... you can never lose your future.' Remember? If you have been wrong all these years, so what? Will it be solved if you worry about it now? And what happens to me, who believed what you said to me? If that was nonsense... I feel completely stupid! Deckson: ....... Mebius: You may have nothing, you may have your worries... regardless, tomorrow will come. We're not god. Even if we're not perfect, we have to move forward. Were you right, or wrong? You have plenty of time to find out from now on! Come on, I'm always here for you. Deckson: ...Yes, you're right.... I'm sorry. Mebius: What? That's so unlike you. Deckson: ...Mebius. If... if something were to happen to me.... Mebius: Huh? Deckson: (No, don't go there...) ...I'm sorry. Never mind. Mebius: Tell me. I'm curious. Deckson: We'll talk about it some other time. Cage should be ready by now. Let's go. Mebius: O-Okay. Deckson: (Knowing all of you, I'm sure you'll be fine. You won't get lost anymore....) Bridge Deckson: ...So? Have you reached a decision? Cage: Yes. Deckson: Good. Let's hear it. Cage: I am not a Martian. But having fought together with all of you until today, I've had a lot of experiences, and I've seen many things. I've changed my attitude toward Mars from 'a person who doesn't know much about Mars' to 'a friend who cares about Mars.' I think that we should stop him.... We should stop Ares. Deckson: I understand how you feel. Nobody sees you as an outsider. But the fighting will only get worse. I want to hear the raeson behind your decision, which will put you in danger. Cage: Just as he said, humans on Mars are going through a lot of suffering right now.... and I think that something needs to be done about it, just like everyone else. Ares suggested a revolution as a solution. I can't think of a better way to go about things, so I may be in no position to go against him. But I feel a real emptiness when he mentions Mars' future. Somethig's very unnatural about the whole thing - Ares' eyes; the progression of events up to today. I will stop Ares. And one day I want to hear how Ares really feels, with his own words. It may be my selfishness, but I can't hand Pharsti over so that hordes of people will be burned, especially when nothing has been cleared up.... This is the reason for my decision. Deckson: I see. You do have your personal reasons, but that is not all. We will support your decision. Any problems? Warren: No. Yukito: Sounds fine to me. Razma: Boss, I need to say one thing. Semyl: True. Cage. You're forgetting something real important! Cage: Huh...? Semyl: How about Myona? Who do ya think is gonna save her if you don't? Boy, don't ya know this is what boyfriends DO?! Cage: Bo-boyfriend?! I... I'm... It's! Razma: Hey now, you're going to put on an act in a serious situation like this? Tell the truth, now. Cage: W-Wait a minute!! Semyl: Spill it! Spill it!! Cage: W-well... Er..... Razma: Admit it! Just say it!! Semyl: There ain't no reason to be shy, ya know? Was it like, '...And their eyes met across the crowded room...?' Razma: If you don't say it, I will! Semyl: (What? No way! Is he really...?!) Razma: ...Mebius. I don't want to go home tonight. Mebius: Hunh? Me? Where is your home...? Another hammer for Razma Razma: Yiiiiiii!! Semyl: You idiot! Whaddaya think you're doing, expecting a novice to play along. Look, you made her all uncomfortable! Razma: Owww! But that kind of honest response is the new movement in humor! Yukito: Well, well. Things will be out of control for a while. I'll miss seeing the old married couple standup routine. Warren: ...Cage. Cage: Yes. Warren: This may not be pleasant for you to hear, but Myona may not be the Myona we knew before. We may have to take her life in order to save that of a great many people. Are you prepared for that? Cage: I will save Myona, no matter what. I don't care if people think that's idealistic. Warren: ...I see. (Definitely idealistic. But not a bad answer all the same.) Robin enters Robin: The verdict is out? Is that all okay with you too, Deckson? Deckson: Yes. A load has been lifted off my shoulders. Mebius: (Deckson.... Good for you.) Deckson: Now, as Ares said over the broadcast, if his request is not met, he is planning on attacking West Hellas with that giant beam. If we don't do something. that threat will become a tragic reality... We must avoid it at all costs! We must find a way to stop him somehow! Cage: But... we can't stop them until we find out where they are. Robin: <<giggle>> Don't worry, Twede! Twede: ...If the enemy plans to utilize the beam in question, they will most probably want to take advantage of the locations where the effects would be greatest. Here is a list of points for your review. Razma: No way! Again?! How does he do that? Warren: Judging from this data... the figures look authentic. It would make sense to go there. Deckson: OK, we have no time to waste! We'll head there immediately! Semyl: Got it! Deckson: No, the only problem is fuel and the funds for maintenace... Razma: Hunh? What's that mean? Mebius: See, fuel and maintenance don't come free in this world. Before, we had financial backing, but now we are an independent entity. We'll reach the bottom of our assets very soon. Semyl: What?! Don't even tell me we only got batteries one-way! Deckson: I'd like for it to be a joke, but that could happen. Razma: For real...? Robin: You won't need to worry about that. After all, I've found us a new sponsor! Yukito: Really?! I would never expect such a crazy thing to.... Robin: Yes, there is... It's Nereidum Universal Technology, a.k.a. NUT! Cage: What?! NUT!?! Deckson: But Ms. O'Connell! Warren: How could that be? You sold us out to NUT again? You betrayed us, after all...! Robin: No, no. I coerced NUT into allowing a comeback of the Robin Foundation, backing us up, and above all, giving me autonomy in my operation! Razma: What the...?! Nothing ever goes that well. Besides, it may be indirect, but we ARE going to be fighting against BAHRAM. NUT and BAHRAM have been collaborating! How could that possibly work out? Semyl: Yeah. They got no use for us no more anyway. Why'd they do that now? Robin: Hey. Don't I get any credit for all the flirting I did with the anti-BAHRAM older gentlemen within NUT? I'm starting to wish I hadn't wasted all that energy. Yukito: ...THAT'S what you were doing in that span when you went MIA? Deckson: Hmmm... WHat you're saying is that even within NUT, there are those who were using us for the J-38 project, and there are those anti-BAHRAM people who do not care for what Ares and company are doing? ...Even so, it's still NUT. However did you convince them? Robin: Aside from the LEVs that civilians have access to, NUT is not really concerned with its products - its OFs and weapons. If Mars did win its independence, there's still a possibility that BAHRAM would become a very dangerous opponent to NUT... At least that's what I told them, and then it was easy. Deckson: But it is common knowledge that BAHRAM and NUT are working in tandem. If news of our involvement is made public, the relationship would surely sour. There is no way that BAHRAM wouldn't be able to find out where its money is going? ...Are you absolutely certain that this is safe? Warren: Exactly, and don't you think.... Robin: ACH! Shush! SHHHHH! Are you going to fight Ares? Or not? Make up your minds!? Cage: Thank you very much, Ms. Robin. I'm going! Robin: That's more like it! You go! You go and do whatever you have to do! Yukito: (She's... really changed.) Semyl: Aight! It's ON! Razma: Semyl, be careful okay? The enemy is gaining strength... If things get bad, don't leave my side. Got it? Semyl: Whuh.... Oh! Okay! Mebius: Well, well! I think we've got something here! When did this happen? Semyl: Whah! No! Wh-what are you talking about?! Mebius: Are you blushing...? It was just a joke... <<giggle>> Warren: ...Hm? Yukito? What's with the water? Yukito: Here. For you. Mebius: What. You want me to drink it? Yukito: Come on, everyone. Drink up. It's our ritual farewell toast. Mebius: <<gulp>> ...Hey! Don't make me do unlucky things! I drank some!! Yukito: Heh heh heh! You've got it all wrong! It's an oath that you will come back here again... Warren: I don't know what this is all about... but it seems important to this guy.... Sorry everyone, please indulge him. Twede: Dana, I must apologize to you. You are much better at this than I. Robin: You're right, I was able to use my womanly prowess, which you will never possess... Twede: Whah! N-no.... Robin: Why men love to have women pour their drinks is beyond me.... My shoulders are all stiff. Twede: ... Robin: <<giggle>> Are you angry? Twede: ...N-no. (Ah well, this is more rewarding than the last job, but it'll be hard on the psyche...) ...I will maneuver Saoshyant to head toward the location which we discussed earlier. Would that be all right? Deckson: Yes, please do. (Phil... Are you there also...?) -------------------------- |BIS Hideaway \____________________ Twede maneuvers Saoshyant towards their destination, but midway sirens are heard. Deckson: What happened? Twede: The sphere along the route is sending off SOS signals! It seems they have been attacked by the Armed Civilians... Warren: What should we do? Deckson... Deckson: We can't let it continue... Come, everyone! We're going! Cage: OK! Instead of heading to Hellas, they stop by at the Sphere along their way -------------------------- |Sphere/City \____________________ ##### Scene 20: Missing Line ##### BIS Arrives at a burned city Warren: ...This is bad. Yukito: They've come quite close to Hellas.... The darned Armed Civilians... They really did a number on this place. Semyl: ...How could they do this... Armed Civilians appear Amante: The group has arrived! We've been waiting for you! You guys are sooo predictable! Mebius: You did this? Unforgivable.... Utterly unforgivable! Amante: Ooooh! Look at all those wrinkles! You can't afford to get mad any more, lady. Mebius: ...Semyl, will you take this? Semyl: Be glad to.... Excusez moi... Ahem! <<deep breath>> Shut yo trap you giant cow! Whaddaya think you're doin', parading yourself in front of us all the time? Where's Ares?! Amante: Ohhhh myyy! Here's the loudmouth again... If you want to see him, hand over Testament! Then I'll take you to him. Cage: I can't do that. Take me to Ares! I need to ask him something very important! Amante: Like, heLLO? Parlas ingles? Gosh! It's so useless trying to talk to you! Phil appears Phil: It's no use, Amante. With him, it's always Ares this, Ares that. Isn't it pathetic? Cage: Phil! You're here! Phil: If you're here, it must mean that you've figured out where we are. Just as Ares predicted.... Cage: Myona... Is she safe? Phil: She doesn't want to see you anymore. Why don't you just go home? Cage: I... don't think so. Phil: You can't meet her. It's almost time for the next attack. Deckson: Phil! Open your eyes! Do you see what they're making you do? Phil: Deckson, Ares needs me. He told me so himself! Dcekson: Phil! Phil: There's nothing more to it! It's between Cage and me now! Come on, Cage! Cage: Phil.... COMMENCE BATTLE When Phil attacks Deckson Deckson: Phil! It's me! Phil: Deckson... I... I suffered for a long time.... Ever since I took my father with these hands.... Deckson: That wasn't your fault! He was under the influence of experimental drugs and was hallucinating - he attacked his own son. You were only protecting yourself! Phil: I'm not a good person like all of you.... I'm just a terrible person you happened to pick up, and I joined BIS for refuge.... I couldn't save Harry or Ilya or Lou or Elk or Lirat... Just so I myself could survive... My own father..... With these hands! Cage: Phil! Phil: ...Cage... I thought you and I were the same.... I was lonely. Nobody would look at the real me. Whenever you would talk about how not to hurt people, I felt like I was under attack each and every time.... But Ares... Vale was different. He gave me my dues. 'There are people in this world who don't deserve to exist!' When he said that to me, I was saved! Deckson: Phil.... Phil: That's all I have to say! If you get in my way, I'll destroy you.... Even you! When Amante is defeated Amante: Uh-ohhhh! My Scarmiglione.... Awwwwwh! Strategic retreat! When Cage is about to finish Phil with one blow Cage: Phil! Can you hear me? If I hurt you, I apologize. So... Phil: You don't understand anything. Your nice guy streak makes me feel even worse! Cage: (Is it... Me...?) After defeating Phil Phil: ...I guess this is the end.... Huh? The escape pod is.... s-stuck?! Ares' Voice: You're done, huh. Phil: A... res? Cage: What? They're all leaving.... What are they doing? Pharsti: Cage! An abnormal reaction has been detected within Mr. Phil's frame! It seems that the OF reactor is being allowed to run rampant, and eventually it will explode! Cage: What? Here? We have to get all the people out of the city? Pharsti: The reaction is growing stronger very rapidly. There is not enough time to do so! Cage: Then we have to get Phil and take him to a safe place...! Pharsti: The explosion will reach a one kilometer radius in each direction. We must move him now... Cage: What do I do! Phil! Can you hear me? Phil! Phil: No... Ares planned on this from the beginning? Ares' Voice: Precisely.... Your frame was built so that the reactor would run out of control as soon as it reached its limit. I figured I'd get rid of you and all your friends who are fumbling around trying to help you out of your dilemma, and clean up the entire city and Mars all at once. This is your last job. Phil: What! You... You said you needed me!? Ares' Voice: Phil, that's enoug. You already know where I stand on this. Heh, heh, heh... Phil: N... No! Ares' Voice: Farewell, Philbright.... I'll be watching you burn brightly from afar..... Phil: ...Oh.... Hah ha! I knew it! I', nothing but a.... (I am... so stupid!) Cage: Mr. Deckson! His frame is going to explode any minute now! Deckson: Yeah, I've confirmed that too. I'll take care of it! Phil... Come over here! Phil: Deckson... I can't do it... I betrayed all of you.... I don't deserve to be with all of you. Deckson: ...That's not true. Phil: I don't want your pity! What would you know? You used to be one of the UNSF elite! Deckson: Phil. Do you know what made me form BIS to begin with? A girl dumped me. How's that for virtue? Phil: Mr.... Deckson? Deckson: Make up for your mistakes; become deserving again. You can't erase the past, but you need to face it. Phil: I.... Deckson: Phil! Get on! Hurry! Phil: Mr. Deckson.... Okay. Deckson gets inside Grafficane, while Phil gets inside Calibur Deckson: Good, I think we're going to make it. Phil: ...Mr. Deckson? What are you doing?! Hurry, you need to get over here! Deckson is still inside Grafficane Deckson: ...Well, everyone, it looks like goodbye. Cage: Mr. Deckson? What do you think you're doing?! Deckson: It's not possible to maneuver at this point, but I can make this baby fly... I'm going to take this away full-speed. Cage: No! Leave it to me and Pharsti! We'll autopilot it! Deckson: Unfortunately, there's not enough time. If this explodes here, it will destroy this sphere and there are still plenty of people around. I can't let that happen. I have no choice! Cage: You can't.... You'll die! Deckson: Cage... What is human life, anyway? In the scope of the universe, a life is nothing but the tiniest glimmer of light, a split second. But within us lies the anger, the despair, that can set the entire universe ablaze.... I could never quite figure it out. If you have it figured out when we meet next, you'll have to share your findings with me. Cage: Mr.... Deck... son.... Deckson: Phil, everyone, I have to leave a little early. I'll be watching from far away, to see if what I've been doing has been right or wrong... Deckson maneuvers Grafficane towards the exit of the Sphere Phil: Mr. Deckson! Deckson: ...Goodbye, everyone. Pharsti: ...Time's up.... Deckson: (Phil, Warren, Yukito, Razma, Semyl, and of course Mebius.... Thank you all for sticking with me through all of this) Deckson leaves, after that an explosion is heard Cage: Mr.... Deckson? "rrrrRRRAAAAGH!" Cage: Please... say something! Mr. Deckson? Mr. Deckson? How can... how can?!? Noooooooo! Pharsti: ........... -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Cage: .......... Razma: ........... Mebius: ........... Yukito enters Yukito: ...Calibur was abandoned. Phil... was nowhere to be found...
Warren: ...Really? Twede: ...The team that retreated early, I believe, is readying the direct attack. We will be able to arrive at a precise point if we combine our information on their retreat route and the projected location we came up with earlier. Cage: ...Myona is there also... Mebius: ...Hurry.... Let's head over there. Warren: Mebius... Are you okay? ...Er, about Deckson, that is. Mebius: I've been prepared from the start. Well, we have been.... And it's not the time to mourn right now. Cage: ...I couldn't give anything back to Mr. Deckson... He did so much for me... Razma: Dammit...! Semyl: ...Razma. Robin enters Robin: ...Everyone's doing so much better than I thought!... Auntie's impressed. Mebius: Robin, we.... Robin: I know, I feel the same way. But... we don't have time for that now, do we? If something goes wrong now... he would be angry... Mebius: Maybe he knew what was going to happen. Right before he heard Cage's decision... It was really unlike him. He was worried that he wouldn't be able to play his part responsibly until the very end. Yukito: That's typical of the ole chap. Razma: ...Let's go! Semyl: Yeah, yeah...! We gotta...! Warren: You guys... Razma: It's what the Boss wanted! We have to find out whether he was right or wrong, remember? If we don't hurry, they're going to make that discover for us! Cage: Let's go. Robin: ...I'll get on Calibur. Twede: Dana! Robin: Stay out of this! If I don't do something, the sadness will ruin me! We can't have that. Whoever can, does. And when we get back... When we get back, we're going to tell Deckson how we solved all these problems while he was taking his little vacation! Warren: ...Okay, let's get going. No crying until we get back.... Twede: (...Deckson... You have some very good friends..... And even though you are no longer here, your reign over BIS continues. All these people that you have protected....) Mebius: (Deckson.... I'm going. Darling, please guide Deckson to where he needs to go....) SCENE20 CLEARED -------------------------- |Sphere/City \____________________ From a sphere, Saoshyant heads to Ghost Town -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Robin: Is everybody ready? We're right above the target. The OF with the high-tech armaments should be around here somewhere... This one's for Deckson! I want you to get out there and do what you need to do! Cage: There's nothing on the monitors. Mebius: Stealth, huh. We don't have time for this right now..... Twede: At first glance, it dodes not look as if there is anything there; in actuality, there is a very large field of energy. I assume that this entire area is hiding the OF in question. Somewhere within this region is the person who possesses the control device. Razma: So what you're saying is that if we find that person, we can make everything visible? Semyl: But it's too dangerous to just fly in there. We don't have much time, but we still gotta be careful. Robin: Although we can't see anything, the sensors have detected an increase in energy levels in the area. That OF must be charging energy to fire... There is no doubt that the caliber of this next explosion will be far more powerful than the one that wiped out the entire LEV troop! Yukito: The numbers don't look good... Razma, which would you wager on? Can we stop them, or is it impossible? 'We can stop them' is a pretty ambitious statement... Razma: Of course we can stop them!! Boss would have said the same, and if we don't stop them, we won't be able to save Myona! Right, Cage? Cage: Yeah, of course! Semyl: Y'alls need to be a little more serious about this stuff! You mess up and we all go down! Razma: What, that's what you're worried about? I don't want to die either, but it's already clear what we have to do. there's nothing to fear any longer. Mebius: Being prepared for the worst isn't enough - it needs to go a step further, and become determination. Warren: Deckson never told us that we had to win. I think that maybe what was most important to him wasw that each and every one of us strive to achieve what we truly believe in. Mebius: He always used to say, 'Life has many choices, but no answers...' We make up our own answers. That's how we go on living. Cage: Maybe it isn't 'correct' to do what we are about to do. But regardless, the answer that we came up with this time is to stop them. Semyl: That's our answer...! Okay! Let's get this show on the road, then! (Boss.... I really miss having you around.... But I'll do my best, you watch!) Razma: (.....Semyl...) ##### Scene 21: A Faint Light from the Depths ##### Yukito: 'The unseen enemy...' It's pretty symbolic to us, isn't it. Warren: Well, that's for us to expose, to make visible. Is it not? Yukito: ...I suppose so. Shall we go ahead and show them what we're made of... Twede, inside Calibur with Robin Twede: The 3 hour time limit made by Ares has not fulfilled its term, but judging from the rate of increase of energy level, my calculations show that they will be ready to fire in approximately 15 minutes. Razma: We have no obligation to be on time. Semyl: At any rate, what we're doing is finding them out here, right? Robin: Yes. We must ddestroy them all! Come on! Cage: It's dangerous. You shouldn't be out in front. Robin: It doesn't work that way, Cage. Deckson gave up his life for the people of Mars.... I can't be the only one hiding for safety! Ned (still bodiless and a brain) in Ravana appears Ned: <<cackle>> Finally! Razma: Ned! You again! Ned: That's my line! Always appearing before me to ruin my game! Heh heh! But Deckson finally went down, eh? What a moron! He threw away his one and only life for those people who live on this planet!? Mebius: ...Well, I wouldn't expect you to begin to understand what it was that he felt he needed to protect. Ned: Hah! I don't give a hoot! Semyl: Stop while you're still ahead... We're trying to keep our cool, but inside we're just about ready to go off! Cage: The control device for the stealth in the area is installed in that frame... Sorry, but I can't let Myona be subjected to that process again! But before I find her and stop it from happening.... I'll have to break your brand-new frame into little bits! Ned: Hey, go for it! Heh, heh! Come on, give it your best shot! Warren: ...Once we destroy Ned's frame, we should be able to locate the OF. After that, we'll render it ineffective thereby preventing the attack on West Hellas...! But don't forget, there are invisible enemies out here. Proceeed with caution! Cage: OK! Warren: (Here we go.... Deckson!) COMMENCE BATTLE Once the enemies on stealth appear: Cage: There they are! Come on, Pharsti! Pharsti: Roger that; I am ready! When Cage attacks Ned Ned: Heh! Not bad! Ned increases spirit After defeating Ned Ned: Owch! OW! Hey! OWWWWWWWWWW! Dammit! I'll.... I'll SUE you!! Cage: Sorry - that won't work, I don't even legally exist on Mars. Pharsti: The stealth operating system on the enemy machine is losing power. The field will be eradicated shortly. Ned:: Rrrghh!! Shush! Don't you use that tone of voice withm e!!! ...I'll get you for thisssssss!!!!! Ned leaves Cage: (Up, up, and away....) Pharsti: The field has been eradicated. The enemy frame in hiding should appear. Myona's OF appears Cage: That's... Myona! Myonaaaaa! Can you hear me? Myona: ....... Cage: You can, can't you? Please, say something - anything! more Unmanned Raptors appear Amante: Hee, hee!! It's no use! She's just a puppet now, you know. She can't even hear what her boyfriend has to say! Cage: Amante! What did you.... Why!? Amante: What do you think? The prototype OF Nerokerubina, and the masive* canon Marlblanke... complete with Zephyrs' Mindflow system. It's not just another OF with a big bullet shooter, you know. (Nobody needs to know that it's an old model with a few new additions...) Your little girlfrriend has already gone through the full compatibility program, so at this point she's nothing more than a single component of the Marlblanke! * - that's how it was spelled -_-; Cage: Shoot! It was you! You took Myona by force and... Amante: Hmmmmm? It's always someone else's fault, isn't it Cage? You know who drove her to this point...? The answer is: Y-O-U. Cage, you did it to her. Cage: ...That's a lie... Amante: Brother and Sister, who have nobody else in this entire world. Sister understands how Brother feels, though he has gone to extremes and is involved in criminal acts.... 'If I can't stop him, I must at least continue to suffer for all the sins.... This is the least I can do...' Isn't the love between siblings so beautiful? It just makes me want to cry. ...Only because it's so hilarious. Pharsti: Energy accumulation at the base of the reactor is almost complete! It's dangerous! If things continue this way, we will be blown away before all of West Hellas! Cage: No... Myona wanted this? Amante: Can you not say 'base of the reactor?' It has a cool name, you know. 'Marlblanke!' Cage: No! I refuse to believe that! Myona, wait there...I'm going to rescue you.....! Okay. First I have to destroy that reactor thingie.... Amante: (Do they EVER listen to what I'm saying...?) It's totally useless. Ares calls it 'hyperalignment,' but her brain and the Metatron computer on the OF are completely linked by the Communicator. By doing that, it's possible to reach unimaginably high levels of effectiveness, and that's what's called the Marlblanke Effect. The collaboration of those two things makes it really strong, and it transcends even physics. The shield becomes super strong. For instance.... Amante attacks Myona, but is seemed uneffected Amante: ...see? Cage: S-stop it! Please stop that! Amante: Hee, hee! Aww... You're so cute. That's such a turn-on.... Okay, maybe I'll just give you a little hint because you're so cute. Do you want to know how to cut off the link between them? Cage: How!! Amante: It's actually really easy <<giggle>>. All you have to do is get rid of the central defense unit. Cage: The central defense...? Is that.... You mean...! Amante: Exactamundo! All you have to do is destroy the cockpit on this frame! See, wasn't that simple? Will the hero save the futures of thousands of people... Or his girlfriend's life?? Heh heh.... Have fun deciding! ...But I'm supposed to be defending us too, so if you take too long, I might just kill you. Cage: (Er.... I have to do something.... If I give up now, Deckson would never forgive me!) I have to get Myona sane again.... COMMENCE BATTLE After defeating Amante Amante: No wayyyy! They got us again? Awww! I hate when that happens! Oh, but it's more fun with just that one anyway. <<giggle>> I'm going to go and see what happens.... Amante retreats When Cage tries to attack Myona: Pharsti: Cage?! Cage: ...If I can get to the ractor, I can stop it.... Pharsti: It is too dangerous! Cage: Don't worry! Trust me! Pharsti: ...I trust you. Myona: Damages Inconsequential.... Able To Continue Battle.... Pharsti: The enemy shield is preventing us from making any effective attack. Cage...The only way is to attack the cockpit... If you would give me the command, I will... Cage: No! There is another way! There's gotta be! There's gotta be...... Pharsti: ...... then it would continue to the rest of the lines: OR When Cage is a block away from Myona, the dialogues will begin here: Myona: ...Who...? You... Are An Obstacle To Myself And My Brother.... You... Must Be... Destroyed! Cage: Myona! Can't you tell?! We're on the same side, now stop that! Pharsti: ......... Cage: Pharsti? What happened?! Pharsti: ...Cage, I am attacking the cockpit now! Cage: No! I won't allow it! Pharsti: ...Cage, I myself am a part of her so... I understand.... Cage: Pharsti... You.... Pharsti: I would rather do this to myself... than let you see me like this... and hurt everybody.... Cage: No! Pharsti, wait. Please listen to me!! Pharsti: Cage... I am sorry. There is no other way.... It's too late.... You, and the whole city, are going to be burned down! Pharsti is about to attack Myona, but someone appears ????: Stop! It's not too late! It's never too late! Pharsti: That sounds like.... Cage: Phil? Is that you, Phil? Phil: We don't have time to chat, I got it... It's not just you! If you attack, both the frame and Myona will go too... It can't take much more!! Cage: Wh! What?! Phil: I might have an idea as to how to get rid of the link. Let me give it a shot! Hold on Myona... I'll help you out! Cage: (That's right... Phil was good with computers... Maybe he will be able to do something!) Phil cuts of energy flow from Myona's Nerokerubina Myona: The Energy...?! External Force Cutting Off Energy Flow...? Phil: Great! I was able to purge the energy flow system! It's useless now! Pharsti: Miss Myona's OF is demonstrating a rapid energy decrease! It worked! The energy burst cannot be performed! Cage: Phil!! You did it!!! Phil: Myona! Come with me! Come on!! Myona: Ugggg... gg... uhhhhhh! Cage: Myona...! Pharsti: When Mr. Phil intervened in the activity of Miss Myona's OF, it upset the balance of the alignment. We may be able to help Miss Myona regain her sanity, if we work quickly! Cage: Really?! Amante reappears and maneuvers towards Phil Amante: ...You can't run away from home and then repay us with trouble! Bad boy! Hee, hee... Somebody needs to discipline him.... Amante attacks Phil Phil: Ugghhhh! M-Myona...! Cage: Phil! Amante: Hee, hee... Bye! Phil: Cage... take care of Myona.... (...Deckson... I'm sorry... Father... Everybody... I'll be with all of you... soon....) Phil's LEV explodes along with him Cage: Phillllll!!! Myona: (Was that...?) Ca... ge? Cage, is that you? Cage: M-Myona!? Is it really you? Amante: (AWH! Bo - ring!! Ah well. It happens. She can go and have a little talk to Mr. Silly for a little while. But if they don't hurry, she's going to turn back into her old self... Heh, heh, heh....) Cage: Myona! You remember me? Phil was... well, first let's get out of here! Myona: Cage... Don't come here.... If you do... they'll get you... Uuuugggghhhhhhhhgg! Cage: Myona! Myona's OF is surrounded by that swirling aura again Myona: Eeeeeeeek! Cage: Myonaaaaaa! Amante: Time's up! Myona: C... a... ge.... Amante's communication thingie rings Amante: Hello? Amante here... Huh? Yup. Strategy Alpha has been completed. I'll be there in a jiffy! Nero's broken.... What should I do? ...OK, so I'll just retrieve Myona and the device. end of communication Amante: We're done here, so I guess this is goodbye. Myona: ....... Amante retrieves Myona, leaving Nerokerubina behind Amante: Gotcha!! Cage: W-wait! Amante: So long, everyone!! Amante leaves Pharsti: Cage! The OF that Miss Myona was on is about to self-destruct! Everybody, please retreat! Cage: ...OK! BIS troops retreats Nerokerubina explodes -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Twede: I have confirmed that the OF with the high energy beam in question, otherwise known as 'Marlblanke,' has been destroyed. Our goal has been met. Semyl: All right! Razma: Heh.... We did it, Boss! Mebius: Phil... came back to help us out in the end.... We couldn't have done it without everyone. Yukito: Phil... he was a good kid. Semyl: ...Yeah. Robin: Hey. We succeeded in stopping Ares and his group... We did suffer some major losses, but we were also able to save countless valuable human lives! Everyone did a great job, and.... I'm sure that Deckson would have been proud. Cage: (Phil.... It was my fault that I wasn't able to understand what you were going through... If things had gone a little differently for me, I would have been in the same spot.... I'm so sorry.... Thank you Phil....) Warren: In the end, Phil saved all of us. We... owe him gratitude. Razma: I don't think that Phil betrayed us.... He was just desperate. Other people probably thin he's an idiot, but he put his own life on the line, looking for his ideal - somebody who would always love him for who he was. Semyl: First Boss, now Phil.... Man. this is real sad. Robin: Yes.... It is very tragic. Mebius: We have to remember them always. It won't do anything, and it may have no meaning... but it's all we can do, as the people who knew them. Yukito: Because of them, many lives were saved. Even those who have been working with Ares will grow disgruntled and leave his team when they see that they cannot succeed. Twede: ........ Robin: Is something wrong? Twede: ...No. (Their actions are so unthinkable... I hope I am just being overly cautious, but I am worried....) Let us go back at once. Robin: Yes, please do that. -------------------------- |BIS Hangar \____________________ Pharsti: What is wrong, Cage? Cage: Thank you, Pharsti. Without you, we wouldn't have been able to stop Ares, and save all those innocent people. Pharsti: Not at all.... You are welcome. Cage: ............ Pharsti: ........... Cage: ...Pharsti. Are you Myona? Pharsti: At this point in time, technically speaking, we are not the same entity. I may be more similar to her offspring or perhaps a clone. Cage: So 'Myona' is still alive inside her? Pharsti: Do you want to meet 'Myona' again? Cage: Yes. Pharsti: When I came into contact with the frame, it seemed that the entity 'Myona' was beginning to fade. Cage: O-Oh........ Pharsti: ...That is due to the fact that the Metatron device implanted in her body was rearranged when a part of her was given to me. If both of us continue to exist simultaneously, eventually 'Myona' will be erased from existence. Cage: ......... Pharsti: Amante said that was her wish, and her decision. Do you still want to see Miss Myona again? Cage: There's something... There's something I need to tell her. If I still have a chance.... I want to see her again! Pharsti: I understand. I will help. Cage: Really...? But it may place you in danger. Pharsti: Cage... if that is what you desire. [ SCENE21 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |BIS Hallway \____________________ Cage: (I have to find Myona somehow.... But where do I start?) Yukito: Cage, get over here! Cage: What is it? Why are you so flustered? Yukito: Ares is on TV again! Cage: What?! Ok, I'll be right there! -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Ares: ...Time is running short. I believe that you are smart and able, so do not prove me wrong. I pray that the fire that burns West Hellas will not cause all of Mars to go up in flames. Robin: The OF with the high energy beam was already destroyed! What is this about? Ares: People of Mars. This is a choice that is entirely up to you. Those who represent you have become nothing but selfish cowards. The future is in your hands. I do not act for the government. I act only for those who care about Mars. I will say it again: people of Mars. This is a choice that is entirely up to you! A bright light Razma: Hunh!? What IS that? Saoshyant shakes Mebius: ...In the sky.... A beam of light... Warren: Is that... a Marlblanke beam...? Cage: That's not possible! ...That exploded and it's gone! (...How can...!) Razma: I guess they had more than one... Ares: ...Even you peacefully oblivious people should have realized by now that this is really happening. Time is running short. I look forward to a positive response. Good day.... Freedom to Mars. Warren: ...Darn. Who would've thought they had another one. Yukito: The one that they used with the stealth was just a sample.... This is the real thing. Twede: That beam of light was likely a high-density projection in which the radius of the beam was pressurized to be as minute as physics would allow. If its ability to attack targets in high orbit is proven then the UCM will want it now. Robin: Proven... This is all part of the plan. But it couldn't destroy a ship in high orbit... Could it? Twede: This time 'accuracy' was demonstrated - by obliterating a surveillance satellite. Razma: They shot one satellite from the ground? Precise aiming capability too, eh. That machine is just insane. Robin: Twede, please hurry to locate the origin of the beam. Twede: Certainly. It is the oxygen plant on the Hellas Sea. Semyl: ...I gotta ask. How is it that you always got the 411 before anyone else? Twede: Magician's Rule #1: Never reveal your trade secrets. Semyl: Hunh?? Razma: So there IS a trick. Warren: Never mind that, the Earthlings are going to start acting soon. Do you think the UNSF will begin attacking the plant? Robin: The chances of that are... low. Twede: They would surely avoid running the risk of damaging the oxygen plant, although I do not imagine that it would be out of concern for the well-being of the Martians. I would think that they would attack first, then attempt to control the situation. That also gives them a reason to send in a large military body. Mebius: Either way, I can already see that a poor scenario would arise for the Mars side... Warren: I'm sure those over in West Hellas are busy trying to escape themselves, rather than working on trying to stop them. Yukito: If they could get away in time, that's fine... But I don't think all of them are going to make it. Warren: (Is it just me... or is their strategy too overt? Why would they advertise what they are goingto do? It could be a threat... Or perhaps Ares is just getting over excited...?) Cage: We're going to stop them, aren't we? There isn't enough time. Robin: This used to be a cargo ship. There won't be any problem zipping over that short distance. Razma: You mean we're going to fly there? Are we going to make it in time? Robin: <<giggle>> You have no faith in me! I knew this would happen sooner or later, so I made sure to add some extra features to this ship. Semyl: Speeding across Mars.... It's real dangerous, but I knew Robin would be prepared! Robin: What, no 'Ms.?' I like that, Semyl. That's the way it should be. Twede: Still, it is virtually an antique and such action would consume all its energy - there is no denying that the plan is risky. Even if we did arrive at the desired location, it would not be able to move for at least a while. Warren: (At any rate, this needs to stop now...) A one-way ticket to the final showdown. It's not much of a dilemma. Yukito: Hey, hey. We're not going there just to die, you know? Deckson's already gone, and if you go too, who's gonna look after all these guys? Warren: ...Heh. I am not going to die. Deckson, Phil... That's more than enough. Nobody else is going to die. Yukito: Yeah. I think so too. But Pops, keep your eye on Mebius, will you. Warren: Whah...! Yukito: How long have we known each other? You didn't think I wouldn't notice. Warren: ...I don't expect anything to happen between us. I trust her as a colleague, and I am concerned for her safety. That's all. Yukito: Mr. Cool as usual... You like it that way, don't you? Warren: ...Yeah. Cage: What are you two whispering about? Razma: You see, Cage, in this world there are things we will never understand, like forbidden love. We should support them in their choices. Mebius: Forbidden... love...?! Oh my!! You two.... Is that true...? I had no idea.... Warren: W-w-w-w-wait! No! It's not like......Yukito! You tell them! Yukito: Razma, behave yourself. I've been keeping it a secret all this time... I'm so embarrassed... Am I blushing? Warren: Just.... Ach! Never mind!!! ...Razmaaaaa! Razma: Y-yes!! Warren: Come with me... We are going to have a little pre-battle warm-up session. You rely on your guns too much... I'll rough you up a bit, show you what you need! Yukito! You too! There's no time! Hurry! Razma: Aw, man. Do I have to...? Warren and Razma leaves the bridge Yukito: Mebius, isn't Pops a fun guy to hang out with? ...I think you two would really hit it off. He's actually not a bad guy either. Mebius: <<giggle>> I know. Don't make fun of him too much. He'll implode. Yukito: Just my strategy to get everyone riled up. See ya. Yukito exits Cage: Such a fun bunch of people. Mebius: Yes, but they're all hurting inside. But we can't stop and think about that until all the tragedies on Mars have been averted. For the people we owe our 'today' to. Cage: Yes... You're right. Semyl: (Dang! ...Don't cry, Semyl.... Don't do it... Dang! Dang!!) W-What are you talking about? You can't be thinking about them. You're always saying 'Myona...' in your sleep. Cage: What? No! You're lying! You're lying, right? Semyl: <<laughing>> Just jivin'! Playin' with ya! ...But you're supposed to be thinking of Myona. That's your job.... You gotta think of her enough for both you and Phil... Cage: (Phil....) Yeah... I agree. But there are lots of other lives on the line too. We have to save all of them! Semyl: Oh? So forceful all of a sudden. Keep it up, I'll be watchin' you! (Now hat Boss isn't here no more... we gotta give it our all.) Twede: Main engines and sub engines are functioning optimally; terrestrial defense thruster has been confirmed. Radars and sensors all normal. Due to the energy situation, it is unknown how many of these devices will be functioning normally. They will also surely attack, and Saoshyant has no defense mechanisms.... It's very risky, Dana. Robin: No problem. The important thing is that everybody gets there in time. And... Twede? Twede: Yes? Robin: I am not 'Dana' anymore; I am 'Captain Robin,' understand? Twede: ......... Robin: What? You got a problem with that?! Twede: ...Ppppffffttt...! CAPTAIN.... Robin? Er, certainly, Captain. ...And I shall be happy just being 'Mister Twede.' Robin: (Are you making fun of me?! You just watch!!) Mebius: It's almost time. Semyl: OK Cap'n Robin! What's the good word? Robin: (Deckson... You should have been here, doing this.... But I'll take care of it. Don't worry!) Captain Robin: OK! Listen up! Destination: Oxygen plant on the Hellas Sea! I order the BIS mobile headquarters Saoshyant to..... Proceed!! From Ghost Town, Saoshyant heads towards Oxygen plant -------------------------- |Some Room \____________________ Amante: I'm baaaack! Just as I was instructed, I came back alone. Amante was talking to a guy with glasses, light blue hair wearing a cap ??????: Good work, Miss Amante. Please get some rest. Amante: OK! Um, Jimmer, how is the plan coming along, anyway? Jummer: Vale's television appearance proved extremely effective. Both he and his sister are wonderful, and there is no greater happiness for me than to have them entrusted to my care. I would enjoy nothing more than to see the plan to its conclusion.... I am very disappointed that it's not possible for me to do so. Amante: Hm.... You're kinda weird, Jimmer. Or should I say that you are just a sicko? Jimmer: Heh heh.... I'll take that as a compliment. You don't mind, do you? Amante: Go ahead... Well, I'm all sweaty, so I'm going to hop in the shower. See ya. Jimmer: ....Freedom to Mars... Heh heh... (So... Time to get ready to get out of here.) ##### Scene 22: Heaven-Bound Wings ##### Cage: The sea! Wow.... I've never seen it this close up! Semyl: Whoa! We're there already...? What's with this long road that goes all the way over that way...? Mebius: That would be the connecting bridge to the Plant area. There should be thick cables and pipes running under it. Robin: This is as much as the stealth device on Saoshyant can do. From this point forth, we just have to charge ahead. Twede, please go full-speed from here! Twede: Roger, Da.... Ahem! ...Captain. Saoshyant goes forward, midway Unmanned Raptors surround them Cage: We've been ambushed??! Mebius: Not at all surprising. We never expected that they would let us through that easily. Durandal II, Justeen, and Dreizehn goes out in Saoshyant's defense Razma: Dang!! That's quite a reception, bro! Warren: Don't let your guard down. Saoshyant has no defense mechanisms. Once they get in, it's over. Yukito: We have to fight while protecting Saoshyant and making sure that nobody gets too close. Testament, Orcrist, Caliburnus, Calibur, and Vjaya goes out as well surrounding Saoshyant in circle Semyl: We can't go into the sea, can we? Mebius: It is waterproofed, but we don't know how its tolerance is to seawater. Semyl: Yeah, yeah, it's a bit low-budget that way. Robin: ...Hey, sorry. Luxuries can spoil a person, you know. Instead of complaining, how about coming up with a decision based on what we do have? Twede: Robin, how many times must I tell you this? Please, stay inside. Robin: Absolutely not. How many times do I have to tell YOU? Twede: Please do not act like a child. Robins: There aren't any weapons inside anyway. I might as well protect it from outside. Twede: <<sigh>> Cage: Look! It's... Myona appears in Nerokerubina Myona: ...We Will Eradicate All Who Stand In Our Way. Cage: Myona! Myona: Myona? I Am Pharsti. What Are You Talking About? Cage: Fine, maybe your name is Pharsti. But if that's true, you don't need that OF! You're here only to let that machine take advantage of your mind, and control it to make you obey them! If that's 'Pharsti,' then 'Pharsti' is not even a person! Pharsti doesn't exist! Myona! Can you hear me? Your name doesn't matter. Either way, I'm coming to get you... The real you! Myona: The Re... al..... Me...? Uggghghh! Pa... in.... My Head.... My He... ad.... Cage: Pharsti! Come on! Pharsti: (Is there a real Pharsti...?) Cage: What's wrong? Pharsti: ...No, it's nothing. Cage: Are you sure? Please help me rescue Myona. I'm counting on you. Pharsti: Cage. Cage: Mm-hmm? Pharsti: (I want to protect you. That is all I want. That is all I will ever want.) There is no need to request my assistance. Your wish is my command. Cage: Thanks, Pharsti! Ready? COMMENCE BATTLE When Cage attacks or moves beside Myona Cage: Myona! Can you hear me? Myona: ...Ggggh.... Stop Calling Me By That Name! Pharsti: Cage! Something very massive is heading in this direction! How do we respond?! Cage: That's the HarutMarut that we fought against at the TV station! Zephyrs: Heh heh... We meet again! Cage: Zephyrs! How did you get here? I thought you shot an official and then were injured... I heard that you were in the hospital. Zephyrs: I wanted to see all of you again so badly that I escaped together with this beauty. And that beam of light that was on TV.... Who knew that it had that kind of use.... Metatron is absolutely a wonderful discovery! I... If I could analyze that, it would pave the way for further developments in weapons technology! Once that happens, the cretins over on Earth will not be able to deny my accomplishments.... My genius!! Cage: (He seems off somehow... Perhaps he's not well yet?) No offense, but I don't have time to be dealing with you. Please get out of my way! Myona: ...New Enemy Sighted, Beginning Attack. Zephyrs: (Is that #479 on that OF? Ah... That's the frame housing the Mindflow component......... Perfect.) Heh heh heh....Hey, don't be that way. This is a happy reunion for us; let me show you something very interesting! Swirling aura surrounds HarutMarut, then it goes the same for Nerokerubina Myona: EEEEEEeeeeeeeekkkkkkkk!! Cage: Myonaaaaa! Zephyrs: I'll show you what the 'Self Binder' really is. Now, #479, can you hear me? Myona: D-Doctor Zephyrs? Zephyrs: Heh heh.... Yes, #479. This is my first command to you in a long time. Burn it... Burn everything!! Cage: Myona! Zephyrs! What did you do to her?! Zephyrs: What did I do to her? Who do you think you are... I'll make you pay for entrapping me! Myona maneuvers Nerokerubina beside HarutMarut Myona: ...Command... Confirmed. All Frames Not Registered As Ally Within Battle Area Will Be Destroyed. Action Finalized. More Unmanned Raptors and Cyclops appear Cage: Darn, it's the brainwashing system.... What am I supposed to do?! Pharsti: There are interference waves emanating from HarutMarut. If they can be intercepted or stopped, Miss Myona may emerge from her trance. Cage: Really?? Pharsti: Yes. either the origin or the receiving end must be rendered inoperable. Cage: Myona or Zephyrs... Which machine should we attack...? I have to be really careful about this... COMMENCE BATTLE After defeating Zephyrs Zephyrs: Heh heh heh... Animus... To think it would respond this well to a human beside Vale. Brilliant! Utilizing Metatron, humans can be elevated to a whole new level of being. This is exactly what I have been searching for... Angel's wings that will take me to paradise!! Cage: What you've been searching for? And you made Myona and Ares suffer for that?! No, that's not all. Nameless children too, just for your whim.... That's not what angel wings will do! That is pure evil! Zephyrs: Not much difference really, between angels and evil forces. Cage: There's a big difference! Zephyrs: Ah, you are so simple. To me, god is cruel and unsympathetic being.... Death began to take many forms once humans were given tools. So? Even now, the solar system is teeming with useless people. And now, with the advent of Metatron, a new battle is about to unfold..... But even this struggle is paving the way for human advancement and betterment. Cage: Are you saying that it's God's will? And that He created Metatron for that purpose? Zephyrs: Once you get past all the personal feelings, it becomes clear that the things that are useful to the general populace as a whole survive.... And those that aren't, don't. If that is not how nature works, how is it that humans have survived until now? Why is it that evil happens? Because it is God's will. Cage: That's not true! Zephyrs: Time will tell. Regardless of what you say, the one who is left standing in the end is the one who is correct. That's just the way it is, always... Cage: The one left standing...? Zephyrs: I, I wanted to... be a genius. I wanted only to... be better than every... one else.... That any... one... Hardiman.... I wanted to ...be.... be... tter... that.... HarutMarut suddenly explodes Cage: <<gasp!>> Pharsti: His life as a human was already over. The entity with whom we conversed was a soulless prisoner of Metatron. Cage: What do you mean? He was... a ghost?? Pharsti: No. I imagine that it may be something that not even he understands, a side effect of Metatron on the human form. Cage: (Will that... happen to me too, if I sped too much time in here? ...Nah.... No, that couldn't be. Never.) Myona: Ugggg.... What... did I... Cage: Myona! Great! You're back! Myona: Uhhh.... I don't know... who? Who... am I? Gghhhh! Cage: Myona?! Myona: R-Retreat! Myona retreats Cage: M, Myona! ...It didn't work.... Pharsti: Cage... Cage: ...Is the real Myona inside of her really beginning to fade...? Pharsti... Do you think I can really do it? Do I have what it takes to save Myona in time...? Pharsti: Affirmative. Your feelings will get through to her. I guarantee it. Cage: ...Thanks. After the battle Cage: It's all ov..... Pharsti: Come on, Cage. Cage: Yeah... all right.... We have to hurry... Bridge Robin: Zephyrs... You're alive. Twede: It appears that he had directly linked his own body to the OF in order to maneuver it. Robin: He linked himself...? Is that possible? Mebius: He was consumed by Metatron.... He could no longer see beyond it. Robin: That's frightening. Twede, how are we on time? Twede: We are just about out of time. Still, we should be able to make it. Semyl: You sure? Twede: It is my job to be sure. Semyl: The man with the plan! Mmmm, I like that. Robin: He's taken. Twede: D-Dana?! Mebius: I knew it!! I just knew it. So how long has this been going on? Robin: <<giggle>> Emotional matters are always changing. Yesterday to today, today to tommorow. Semyl: We gotta hurry! Stop Ares and get Myona outta there! Cage: Yeah.... This is probably our last chance. Razma: The final round.... Yukito: We should make sure to run a thorough check of all the frames. It's not like I'm getting scaredm but for better or worse, this is the last one. Mebius: Agreed. You can never have too much concentration at a time like this. We have to do it for Deckson and Phil, too. Cage: (Myona.... wait for me....) [ SCENE22 CLEARED ] Marine Overpass Saoshyant heads to Oxygen Plant Bridge Mebius: Are you done with the maintenance check? Yukito: Yeah, I think so. Immediately preceding the final showdown, he concentrates his entire being to this one task..... Man, I am a true Maintenance Superstar! Semyl: Always talking dumb crap, but he can get it together wherer it counts. Respect. Compared to other peeps I know... Razma: Whuh! Why are you looking at me like that!? I helped out too! Semyl: (<<sigh>>... Whatever. He WAS tryin'. Chill, Semyl.) Razma: What? Why are you smiling now? Semyl: I! I'm not! It's nothing! Mebius: Hee, hee....Oh, I see it now. Is that it? Warren: .... Yeah. Now that is what I would call the 'Tenno Mountain which divides ground and sky.' Cage: Tenno Mountain? Yukito: It's the name of a mountain in a place called Japan, found on Earth. It means a point where outcomes and destiny are decided. Cage: Destiny...hmm... Yukito kicks Cage to his senses Cage: Whoa! Yukito: You are facing a conflict! I sense it!! Cage: Well, yes..... I really would much rather not fight. To fight against Ares... But then again.... Yukito: Hey, Cage. Define 'friendship.' Cage: Hunh?.... I don't know, someone who cares? Yukito: Not a bad answer. But this is how I see it. Anyone who's only around in happy times is not a friend. When you're really suffering, or struggling, just giving you a pep talk isn't enough either. A friend is someone who can tell you honestly all that's not good about you...don't you agree? Cage: What's not good about you...a friend? Yukito: Between true friends, there is no need to watch how you act; see how they respond. A person who can't criticize you honestly doesn't deserve to be called a friend. That's just an aquaintance. What do you think? Cage: I don't know... But I do want to tell Ares that what he;s doing is wrong. Even if it makes him dislike me... Yukito: Here's a tip. There are no definites in this world. If anyone says that he is definitely right, he's already wrong. Isn't that a pretty simple rule of thumb? Cage: You and Warren are friends? Yukito: Heh heh... Well, he does tell me I suck all the time. Warren: Twede, maintain this pace and pass over it. Twede: ....Understood. After it has passed that point, I will make Saoshyant retreat to outside the immediate battle area on auto-pilot. Mebius: I would think that there is a lot of oxygen, won't it affect the flight? Twede: I had been concerned about the volume of oxygen in the vicinity, but they themselves have limited plant function, to the point that fire hazard has been eliminated. It is highly likely that they did this in preparation for 'Marlblanke.' Mebius: All right then. Come on, everyone! Razma: Hunh? We're going right through, right? How is that going to work? Warren: At the closest point, we'll jump on. Semyl: OK, wait just a minute there. What! Maybe with an OF, but there ain't no way "Cali' can swing those acrobatics! Mebius: You're aware that Saoshyant has no defense mechanisms, right? Down there is the sea, and we don't have time to board the normal way anyway. Semyl: Yeah, I guess...but.... Cage: That's true.... If we are surrounded by enemies like what happened a little while ago, it would be trouble. Warren: We'll pair off LEVs with OFs. It should be adequate if they move in tandem. Let's put two OFs on Caliburnus. Razma: Uno, dos, tres.....Hm? We're missing a frame? What about Calibur? Wait. Where is Ms.....Robin? Twede: ............ A bashing sound Cage: No way... in there? Razma: Good one....but I just don't know about locking her up in the storage room.... Twede: Please, do not let it bother you. Cage: Er? But... Robin: TwEDe!! TWEDE!! You're not going to get away with doing this to me! Twede: Please remain quiet until this battle is over. Mebius: You're right, we can't trouble her any more than we already have. Robin: Traitorrrrrr!!!!! Semyl: .....Don't get me wrong, I knew it from the get-go, but you're not half as aloof as you come off. Twede: No, it is my - Semy/Raz: This is NOT your job!! Twede: Er....... Warren: Regardless, she will stay here. All we cand o is fight, but Ms. O'Connell is different. Take care of everything else. Robin: ......... Razma: Besides, no guy wants his girl dead. Come on you people, we should all support his love life. Twede: Hmph! Robin: .......... nadia: What? Why is it so quiet around here? Mebius: So, shouldn't we get going soon? Warren: ...... Yeah. Let's. We'll make this the last. Cage: Definitely! Twede: Dana, we'll talk about this later, forgive me... Robin: .......... Fade Screen Bridge Robin: (If you think you can stop me with this antic you're headed for a surprise.... Hee, hee) ##### Scene 23: Fulfillment of a Promise Saoshyant heads midway the plant before dispatching BIS Vjaya and Testament carry Caliburnus Semyl: HOLY.....! Phew....I thought I was gonna die! Got out of it somehow... Nadia: That frame has too much armoring... Bullets should be DODGED. The design is so....cowardly. Orcrist carries Justeen down Mebius: It's time. Yukito, are yuo warmed up? Yukito: Yeah, as much as humanly possible. Maybe it was that embrace I got from that lovely lady. Mebius: Oh? I thought you had no interest in women. I'm not within the parameters of eligibility for you. Yukito: How rude of you. I am an equal opportunity kind of guy. As long as the cuteness factor is there, what's the difference between a guy or an animal? Mebius: ....You're....kidding, right.......? Yukito: I'm kidding. Yukito: ..... Well, kinda. Mebius: (K-Kinda?!) Durandal II carries Dreizehn down Warren: We don't have time for stand-up! Get all your preparations under way! Razma: <<mumble>>... Why do I have to be together with the ole man, when I could have been having passionate liaison with an older woman.... Warren: .......What did you say? Razma: Yeah yeah. Why are you so grumpy, anyway? Jealous of Yukito?? Warren: .....Wh! What's that supposed to mean?! Mebius: Ohh...so you really do.... I don't feel that way toward Yukito at all...... Warren: Huh? N-No, wait! Semyl: You guys... Will you stop doing your routine during crisis times? Cage: Ha ha ha..... Pharsti: Cage, something is coming from above us! Cage: The enemy?! Calibur arrives Robin: Phew!! What do you think? This is my special reserve parachute. I made sure to install it just in case something like this should happen! Semyl: R-Robin.... How? Robin: With this 'Miniature Lipstic Laser Saw,' something I made wayyyyy back when. The board didn't like it, but...see! It's actually very practical! Twede: There you go again.... Why do you always, ALWAYS....... Robin: Hee, hee....you underestimate me. Twede: Fine, I will no longer stop you, so please go and seek safety. Robin: ..... You ARE stopping me. Twede: ........... Yukito: Aah, she got you on that one, eh? Pharsti: Numerous enemy shadows are heading this way! Saoshyant leaves the plant Ravana appears along with unmanned OFs Ned: Knew you'd show up eventually. Like moths to a flame. Semyl: You gotta work on your originality. Ned: Shush!! I heard that you took ole Zephyrs down, eh? Razma: Hm. Are you saying that even losers like you will avenge your friends? Ned: Heh heh! That's pretty funny. That was no loss. You came all this way and you're going already? No wonder! You're not close to winning over me, I'm immortal! Cage: Ares is in back? I'm going in. Ned: You have no intention of handing it over, do you? That's perfect. I'll just tear you all to shreds, then. raptors! Pound all of them down, and don't stop until they've turned into dust! <<cackle>> Let the party begin! COMMENCE BATTLE After defeating Ned Ned: Shoot! My body....won't move as it should! Time to change bodies....Hey! You people Gimme my frame, I need to make me a new body! What the....There's nobody here? What are we gonna.....Yikes! They're gonna get us if something isn't done! Rats!! A raptor appears Raptor: ......... Raptor moves towards Ravana Ned: Ah! My friend! You like me, don't you? Hmm? Yes, you do....yes, you dooo-oooo! Raptor locks target on Ravana! Ned: Whuh! Wh-what!! Stop! It's me!! Ned, the one and only! Can't you tell?! Raptor: Unable To Confirm Ally Code. Will Destroy In Compliance To Command. Ned: Don't! It's only a communication device failure! C'mon... Good boy! Please! Be a goo........sto-stop! Stopppppppp!! Unfortunately for Ned, the Raptor finishes him off completely! Ned: Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhh!!! Ravana explodes Cage: Is he...gone? Pharsti: ....Yes. Cage: He was really persistent. Pharsti: All humans are fixated on 'life,' and do whatever they can do to foil 'death'... I can appreciate this concept now. Cage: Even if it means to take someone else's life? You think about these things? Pharsti: ....Yes. Cage: What's that? Amante appears with Unmanned Cyclops Amante: Bada-bada-bada bing! Enter Amante!! Cage: ...Bada-bada-bada? Pharsti: B...Bing....? Amante: Aw come on. You didn't like my drum roll? Or are you holding the thingie about Phil-Phil and the old man against me? Cage: .....What ARE you? What are you trying to do? And, where are Myona and Ares? Amanet: Go-lly, you are so MEAN! I like strong, kind, mature men. I, like, totally get grossed when people get all emotional like that. I mean, I can't even talk to people like that!
...Did you people not see that light? The 'Razor-thin beam that slit the heavens'.... I was totally mesmerized.... Just remembering it has such an effect on me, see, I'm already... Cage, you big pervert! I can't believe you tried to make me say all that! Pharsti: ...She shows no indication of wanting to communicate seriously. Cage: ...... Testament increases in spirit Pharsti: Cage.... Cage: I know. You're telling me not to lose my temper, right? Pharsti: Battle mode has been set up. Let us begin quickly. Please give me a command at once! Cage: Huh? Pharsti......? Are you feeling anger too? Pharsti: I do not know. However, I cannot rule out that possibility. Amante: Hmph! You wanna play that way? Fine! Come, my little crickets! More Unmanned OFs appear Cage: What is this.....? Amante: These are 'unmanned Grafficanes.' Features had to be compromised, but it's still better than the one Phil was riding. Ares is out back... <<giggle>> If you can get past me, you're welcome to go and see him. Pharsti: If we can get her out of the way, the rest of the frames are all unmanned. They hardly pose a threat. Cage: Okay, got it. We're going to make yuo get out of the way! Amante: Hee, hee.... Be my guest! COMMENCE BATTLE After defeating Amante Amante: He really did it..... You've gotten a lot stronger. Cage: That's because we're not alone. Everyone is working as one. Amante: As one... I guess I am a little jealous. Cage: What? Amante: I was always alone...I always had a lot of boyfriends, but they were only interested in how I look.... I didn't choose to look this good....... In all honesty, I..... Cage: You're.....lonely? And you were looking for someone to accept you? Cage: To tell yuo the truth, I kind of liked you. So I didn't really want to fight. I wish we could have met under different circumstances... Pharsti: Cage, don't be swayed. She is..... Amante: Cage, will you come here....I'm so scared.... If I have to die, at least let me die in your arms. It's my last wish, as a woman..... Cage: You want to escape? Fine! I'm opening the hatch, so get over here! Pharsti: Cage! It's dangerous!! Cage: She's the same as all of us. Nobody would help her, that's all. Amante: ....... Pharsti: No, she is..... Amante: Ohhhh, shut up!! You talk too much. Cage, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. A truly desirable man will at times pretend to be fooled when a girl is lying to him. Hope you can become a more attractive guy someday... Adieu!! Scarmiglione explodes Cage: Whoa! Pharsti: Are you all right? Cage: Yeah, kind of.......O-Okay, now we have to look for Ares and Myona. Pharsti: Yes, let us hurry. BIS arrives in the next area of the plant Cage: Pharsti! Any new developments? Pharsti: The energy levels in the area are surging to abnormally high levels. In other words, it may be more accurate to say that we have been lured into a massive energy field. Cage: So, Ares is close by? Pharsti: I wouold expect....right before our very eyes. Iblis appears Cage: .....Ares. (Hm? I don't see Myona's OF anywhere.... I thought that was the origin of the Marlblanke beam....?) Ares! Where is the 'Marlblanke Beam? we came to destroy it! Ares: Good to see you again....heh heh.... There's no need to look so angry. You're looking right at it, this is the frame. Cage: What? Iblis is surrounded by sparks or some energy field, but the sparks disappear after a while Ares: Whoops, I can't use this on you right now! It takes some time the gather enough energy to make it work. Cage: I understand now, that is the Animus.... And you are the origin of Marlblanke this time.... I'm going to stop it! Ares: That's cold...I thought we were friends, and that you would hand over the new Animus and go home.... But I guess you just don't care enough about our friendship to do that. Cage: Ares... Why are you doing this? What Zephyrs did can't be avenged. But you're doing the same thing as him! How am I supposed to cooperate with you! Ares: Heh heh....you just don't get it, do you. Vale's revenge is just beginning! His wrath shall expand, and envelop the entirety of Mars with a great ball of fire! Cage: (Vale's revenge? His wrath? Something is really off......) Pharsti, is it really Ares talking? Pharsti: There is something very unnatural about his communication, but there is no doubt that the voice is coming from Ares' physical body. Cage: Oh......thanks. Ares, tell me. If I were to give you Testament, what would you do with it? Ares: You saw the light of Marlblanke. Not all OFs can do that. It requires the 'Mindflow System,' as well as a human who can be aligned with the system and operate it. Cage: ...... Ares: That light is the result of the mind accepting the frame as its body, and fully utilizing the entire reserve of Metatron that is found throughout the OF; this, however, is a great burden on both the frame and its runner, Iblis and Nerokerubina will reach their limits at some point. And for the time being, there are only two of us who can run the system to 100% of its capacity... we need more people who can do the same. You understand? Cage: What does that have to do with Testament? Ares: The version of the 'Mindflow System' installed on Iblis, Pharsti, and Nerokerubina, Ver. a*, proved too dificult for people to handle. It holds great potential, through the built-in communicator module that links it to the runner. The new Animus, on the other hand, runs on 'Mindflow System Ver. ß,' which can be easily operated by anybody, even without any special training. * - alpha Cage: Do you mean to say that if you were to analyze the system on Testament and mass-produce it, that anybody could create that 'light?' Ares: Exactly. The blueprints for that black box, unfortunately, have been lost. What you are riding is the only Ver. ß in existence. Come and join me, Cage. Let's illuminate the world with light.... If we can do that, there is no reason to ever be afraid again! Cage: Okay....Ares, I'll give you testament. I'll join your team. Pharsti: Cage?! Ares: Ahh. Finally I've been able to talk some sense into you. If you will join me, we will be invincible! Hurry, hand it over. Cage: Before I do that, let's catch up. Ares, do you remember this? Cage shows the button on screen Ares: .....Of course. It wasn't that long ago that we were on Bonaparte, although it feels like ages. Cage: ....... Ares: What happened? Now, hand it over! Cage: Who ARE you? Ares: What?! Cage: This is not just an ordinary button. you might think that you had me fooled, but the real Ares wouldn't have reacted that way! Ares would have become a little shy, and said, 'You still have that old thing?' You're not Ares. You're controlling him with the Selfbinder, just like you did to Myona! Ares: ....What are you talking about? Cage, just give... Cage: You're using his body... and his voice... You don't deserve to speak to me! The button plays Ares: ....What's this? This song...? Cage: Of course you don't know what it is. This is a memorial of the friendship between me and Ares! And now, it's also become proof of the fact that you aren't Ares! Ares! Can you hear this?! No matter what, I am always going to be your friend! Even if the whole world turns against you, I'll always be on your side! All of me!! Ares: What nonsense are you spouting.....?! Uhhg! Wh, what is.....Damn! What is happening! The controls...can't be maintained....?! You.....gghhh....what did you do......? What is this....uggggggghhggg. Cage: ..... Remember how you were just talking about friendship? I'll show you what friendship is..... I'm stopping you because you're my friend, Ares! This is my definition of friendship. Come on, Ares! Ares: You........!! More unmanned enemy troops ( Nerokerubinas, Grafficanes, and Raptors) appear alongside Ares Cage: I'm sorry, Pharsti. It must be hard on you with the non-stop fighting, but work with me a little more! Pharsti: Okay, Cage! I am ready! COMMENCE BATTLE After weakening Iblis Ares: Ib...lis....you've.......da.....maged it.....so bad....ly.... You....because of ......you.......my ......perfe....ct....plan..... Pharsti: The catapult has ceased function. It is no longer capable of firing. Cage: OK. Now.... Ares: ....... Pharsti: Cage, we have succeeded in damaging the enmy computer, and stoped the interference waves. Cage: Huh? Does that mean that Ares is back to normal now? Pharsti: If he had been controlled before, it is highly possible that he is not now. Cage: Pharsti, you are the best! Ares: ...uh.... Cage: Ares? Is it you? Say something! Ares: Ca....ge? Cage: Ares! I am so glad you're back to normal! Are.... Ares: Don't come. Cage: What? What are you saying! There's nothing to worry about now! Ares: Cage....you don't understand at all. I.... I don't want to see you.... Cage: ......A, Ares.....? Myona appears Myona: .....Cage Cage: Myona?! Myona drives towards Ares Ares: ......There you are........ Myona: Cage, please stop bothering us. Please.... Cage: Myona! You've gone back to normal too!? Thank god...... Myona: Cage, stop there. Cage: Myona? Ares: ....Marlblanke was destroyed. But it's not yet over. Cage: What does that mean? You've become yourselves again, so why do you still have to fight? Why, Ares.....Myona! Myona: ..... Ares: Stop us if you think you can...... Myona: .... If and when you do that, it'll really be goodbye.... So please don't, Cage. Please.... Myona and Ares leave Cage: Myona! Ares!! Damn! Pharsti! Pharsti: In practice, an attack at this time is very risky. The frame has been weakened by the constant battle. Saoshyant should retreat. Cage: But! Pharsti: Cage, please. You must retreat. Cage: .....Pharsti..... Fine..... Pharsti: ....... Bridge Robin: Good work, everyone. We were able to hold them off somehow. Razma: ...... Yukito: What's wrong? Why are you so blue? Razma: I don't know, bro. I just feel like we're missing something/ We did help them, but isn't there something else we should have done? Yukito: Are you talking about Ares? But actually going after him is dangerous. We overexerted ourselves attacking 'Marlblanke.' The most Saoshyant can do at the moment is to fly from one point to another. We won't be able to catch up with them anyway. Warren: I'm sure the UNSF will be coming soon . Look at all that's been done. Razma: Are we going to just let them be taken?! Warren: Well, what do you suggest we do? Shelter them? That small group of people has been controlling the events on Mars. We've just been puppets. I'm not saying that's a crime. But... when they decide something - how can we possibly go against it? The last battle was our last hope. Cage: ........ Warren: Cage, you did everything you could, as a friend. But he made his decision, and nothing can change that. Humans have the right to choose their own destinies. Cage: Yes..... BIS Hangar Pharsti: .....Cage? What are you thinking right now? Cage: Sorry, Pharsti. I'm going to go. Pharsti: Cage...... Cage: I won't cause you any trouble...I'll even go alone. Pharsti: ....You have not changed your mind? Cage: Yeah, I've already decided that two very important people to me are still suffering. I can't leave them. Pharsti: Suffer....ing? Cage: Their eyes.... They had the same look in their eyes. They were kind.... And sad eyes. Pharsti: .....I do not quite understand, but if you say so, that must be correct. What will you tell everybody? Cage: This is my personal issue. I can't drag everyone into this. And I also want to find out what Ares meant when he said that 'It's not over yet'... Pharsti: I understand.... The minimum amout of recuperation has been completed just now. Let us leave immediately. Cage: What? So.... Pharsti: Cage, I have already said this to you. If you wish it, I will do whatever I can to help. I stopped you earlier because I needed to load up sufficiently. I will always go wherever you go! Cage: Pharst....you are the best!! Pharsti: Hee, hee... You are the only person to say that to a computer. Cage: You're more than just a computer. Pharsti: Then, what am I? Cage: That's a secret. Pharsti: ...... Cage: Are you mad at me?...I'm kidding.... You're a friend, I think..... Pharsti: ...That is enough. Let us go. Cage: Yeah. Warren: ....I knew it. Cage, where do you think you're going? Cage: Mr. Warren.... I'm sorry. But I have to go! Warren: Wait! Come back! Do you want to die?! Cage: You said it yourself earlier. Humans have a right to choose their own destinies. Right? Before that, you advised me once to 'think for myself, and make my own decisions, and take responsibility for them.' There are things that I must do. Thank you for everything up until now. Warren: Cage...... Cage: Please tell everyone that I am so glad I got to meet them. Goodbye...Pharsti! Pharsti: Understood. Taking off. Bridge Twede: He is really going. Is that okay with you? Robin: Let's let him go. I'm sure it won't end badly. Semyl: Razma, he's gone. Razma: ....... Mebius: (Hurry, Cage...... Don't allow yourself to have any regrets.....) [ SCENE23 CLEARED ] Oxygen Plant From Oxygen Plant, Cage drives Pharsti to Mountain Division Mountain Division Cage: We've come a long way. Pharsti: Yes, we have gone quite far north of the Hellespontos mountain range. There are no nests or modules in a 100 kilometer radius. Cage: What a lonely place. Even more than it looks from space. Pharsti: Vistas such as these are not rare on Mars. Although it is still within the county, it is outside of the life sustaining areas. Cage: Outside, huh..... For me, the inside of the ship was 'home' and Mars and Earth were 'outside.' I would always look at Mars from afar. Who would've thought I would actually be on this planet, and involved in all this? Pharsti: I feel that way sometimes also. I do not have this frame, so this Testament is like my home. My entire existence revolves around it. Cage: So I guess we're really alike, then. Pharsti: Yes. We are an analytical programmed device and organic matter who have been exposed to similar surroundings and have therefore obtained similarities. Cage: <<laughing>> What was THAT? Pharsti: Was it humorous? Cage: More than most jokes I've heard. Pharsti: <<sigh......>> Cage: ...Thanks. Pharsti: For what, may I ask? Cage: For everything. Pharsti: ...Everything? Cage: Yeah, everything. Pharsti: ....... Cage: Is something wrong? Oh, you think I'm making fun of you, don't you. That's not it! Pharsti: Cage. That sounds to me like a farewell. If it is...... Cage: No, it's not. You, Ares, Myona - everyone is going to go home alive. We have a home, where our friends are. I'm just saying, let's be positive about things. Pharsti: Cage, how about you? If you don't go home safely too, there is no point. Cage: Heh heh.... That's right. You can't live without me. Pharsti: Cage! Cage: Ha, ha, ha.... It's the last one; let's do our best. Pharsti: Yes. Fade Screen Cage: How is it going? Can you find them? Pharsti: Yes. Testament and Iblis run on different system versions but the basic internal structure of both frames i almost identitcal. Even at this point, the vibrations of the other frame, while distant, can be detected. But even without this detection, it would not have been difficult to track them down. Cage: What? Pharsti: Just as you said, he...Mr. Ares wants to be stopped. By you. Cage: He does? Pharsti: A trail has been left. A signal that only we would notice... Pharsti's communication thingie open ??????: .....How did you get here... Were you utilizing the noises of the Animus? Cage: Wh-Who...?! ##### Scene 26: Pharsti ##### Jimmer: Pleased to meet you, Cage. I am Jimmer, Lance Jimmer. I suppose we will not become close friends..... Death will come too soon... But until then... Cage: What! Who are...? Jimmer: Your destruction of Zephrys was perfect. We are all very relieved by the turn of events. The only one unexpected accident was that Ms. Pharsti returned the new model Animus, but now that it is in front of my eyes, I shall not complain. Cage: I get it! You're with the BAHRAM!? The group that brainwashed Myona and is controlling Ares! Jimmer: What a terrible thing to say about somebody. Please, call us sponsors. We provide the OFs and the LEVs... A thankless job, really. Cage: Listen to yourself! Thankless job?! Have you given any thought as to how many people have been victimized because of you?! Jimmer: That does not concern me. Business is business. Mixing business with emotion is complete nonsense. Perhaps you need to elarn a bit about business yourself. Cage: Y-You........ Myona appears alongside Jimmer Myona: You just won't be swayed, will you? Cage: Myona! Myona: Stop! My name is Pharsti! Nobody else! Cage: That's not true. To me, you are Myona. Myona: Cage.... Please..... Please don't hurt me anymore..... Jimmer: That's right. It's not proper to be the cause behind the lady's grief. One big facet of business is how you treat ladies. You must be more chivalrous. Now, Miss Pharst. Please do it perfectly this time. Myona: .....Yes sir. Jimmer is about to leave Cage: Wait!! What are you trying to accomplish Jimmer: Freedom on Mars, of course. Cage: Freedom? You think it's acceptable to hurt people for that purpose? Jimmer: Heh heh... Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. Freedom must be won. Why don't you try to win you own also? Well, I must get going.... Jimmer leaves Cage: Darn!! Myona: Cage... I'm sorry, but you really have to stop getting in my brother's way. Cage: Myona...what's gotten into you? What is Ares trying to do? Myona: Farther that way is Zephyrs' lab... The land that bore this tragedy, as well as the genetic makeup of the Animus..... Cage: What......? Pharsti: There is no such record. Myona: That's right. It no longer exists in this world. That's where he is...along with Marlblanke Dite. Cage: Marlblanke Dite? Myona: The Metatron mining grounds... And the Marlblanke beam, using that enormous cave as a shell... Pharsti: I cannot imagine that something that large can be managed, regardless of the alterations that may be made.... Myona: ....True. There is no way to do it safely, at least. Cage: What?! Myona: He won't last until the very end. But he will be able to fire it. There is no worry of defending ourselves.... It will go off and all the energy will spread throughout the planet, attacking all 12 spheres and its surroundings. Destroying all the domes in its wake...... Cage: Why.....Myona! That is wrong! Why would you want to do that?! Myona: You were the ones who drove him to do this...although I do think that it would have happened to him eventually regardless. Cage: What are you.....trying to say? Myona: We will never be able to forgive Mars or Earth. I remembered....everything... THe Martians are to blame also, for never acting for themselves. There is a need for a show of force. Cage: You...you would never be able to do something so evil! Myona! You're... Myona: I'll say it one more time. I am not Myona... In fact, she is only a hated facet of me. If you keep reminding me of her this way, I will destroy you so that she will cease to exist! Pharsti: Cage, I have detected very weak interference. Her mind control is not complete. You may still have success in talking some sense into her. I fully believe that your feelings will get through to her. Cage: Thanks....Okay. I'll try! Pharsti: Please be careful. I have sensed numerous frames coming in this direction! Cage: What?! Numerous enemies appear Cage: Th-there are so many..... Pharsti: They are approaching! Cage: This is the end...... A Mummy is about to go to Cage, but Caliburnus appears in Cage's rescue Semyl: Hah! You are such a wuss! Suck it up and be a man! Cage: H-How did you know where I was? Semyl: WELL! That would be because... Mummy targets Semyl Semyl: H-Hey! What was THAT for huh, punk? Before it can even attack, someone fires the Mummy. Dreizehn appears Razma: Moron! If you're going to be meandering around, at least keep your ears open for enemies! You'd think that at least your BRAIN would mature. Cage: Razma...... Razma: Heh heh, why are you always running away from us? That's so cold. We're friends, aren't we? Cage: Sorry, but.... Semyl: Whuut!? You're part of my crew, aren't you, Ace? You gotta watch out for that cat, ain't no way you'll get anywhere hangin' with him! If he even touches you, scrub yourself down with soap! I'll betcha he's got loser germs or somethin'... Razma: Well, well. Quite the expert, aren't we? I guess I'm a little too big and important to be spending too much time with microscopic organisms. Semyl: Oh yeah?! Perfect, why don't you show me what you're made of, then! Razma: Fine! Exactly what I've been wanting to do! Just with this one finger, I could.... Mummies go beside Razma and Semyl and targets them Razma: Huh? Aw, man! Semyl: Dang! But someone (again) shoots the Mummies to their rescue Durandal II and Justeen appears Yukito: That's enough, folks. Marital problems aren't pretty. Cage: Mr. Yukito! And Mr. Warren! Warren: Oh my. WHat are we to do when our team is about to fall apart before we even go into battle? That calls for 200 solid hours of training for you two as soon as we get back. That should deter you from bickering, no? Semy/Raz: That's messed up! Orcrist, Calibur, and Vjaya also appear Mebius: Listen to you two; you're perfect for each other! Hee, hee.... Nadia: I, too threw away my life once. But because you people saved me, I stand here now. If you want to persuade her, you must do so quickly. While you still have a chance. Cage: Ms. Nadia... Robin: Oh, I'm late. I was going for the dramatic entrance. Cage: Everyone! Robin: Not now, Cage. We are not in the best situation right now. Let's get out of here. Razma: Heh, heh! YOu just want to take all these guys out and save Myona, right? Yukito: If they're on the ground, there's no place for them to hide. Time to give them a little attitude adjustment. Mebius: Cage, we'll take care of this business here. Please go and save Myona. Cage: Everyone, I... Semyl: Yadda yadda... Will ya just go already? You already know what you gotta do, dontcha? Warren: I did tell you to take responsibility for your own actions. You have to understand that all of us are here of our own will, too. That means we'll take care of our part. Your job is to take care of yours. Cage: Thank you....all of you...... Robin: Go on. Cage: ....I'm on my way! COMMENCE BATTLE When Cage approaches Myona Pharsti: Now, Cage! Cage: O-Okay! Myona! Can you hear me! You can't do this! Come here! Myona: Uuuuhh...stop...my name isn't Myona! I'm..... I'm.....!! Myona disappears Cage: Myona?! Three Myonas reappear Cage: Th-three Myonas?! What is going on here? Pharsti: I would expect that the human who calls himself Jimmer prepared these fakes to give him more time... Scanning is impossible, as there is jamming due to the frame materials. In this case, I am unable to discern the A.I.s from Miss Myona..... I am sorry, Cage. Cage: Nothing to be sorry about. I'll just get closer and talk to them! Approach the fake Myona Cage: Myona! It's me! Computer: <Bzzzz> Target, Captyure, Attack. Cage: This is not it either....! Pharsti: Stay calm! Approach the real Myona Cage: Myona?.... It's you, isn't it? Myona: ....Cage.... Pharsti: There is no mistake. It is her! Myona: I told you, I will destroy you! Cage: ......Myona, you are not being controlled right now, are you? Or have you become 'Pharsti' completely? Does 'Myona' no longer exist? Myona: Cage... Right now I am neither Myona nor Pharsti.... I remember everything about the experiments and the incidents at the lab. About Father and Mother, who were... subjected to endless experimentation day after day... My friends who went through those doors and never came back out... I can't allow myself to be the only one who escapes! I can't allow myself to have feelings for you!! Cage: ..... Myona: Always... It was your voice I heard... Why? Why do you call my name? As long as I was being controlled, I didn't suffer. I didn't have a single thought... Why do you make me suffer? Why?! Cage: ...That's your answer? Myona: Phil and Mr. Deckson, and all those Martian people.... They're all dead....and it's all my fault. It's too late now..... Myona targets Testament Pharsti: Lock on detected! Cage: ...... Myona: Cage..... Cage: Hey, Myona.... We've been through a lot, huh. Myona: ........ Cage: The reason why I am here right now is because you saved me that day on the ship. You gave me this life. Myona: ...... Cage: But if you regret what you did that day..... And all that you did every day since, then...... Myona: .....Stop...... Cage: I'm here, Myona. You led me here from Bonaparte. Now you can take back my life with your own hands. That will end everything. Myona: ....D-Don't flatter yourself. You think that's being heroic? A martyr? How much do you think your life is worth, anyway? Cage: Yeah, and what about yours? Myona: ....What? Cage: Mr. Deckson's last words. What is life? What is one small human life? Is your life to be lived being controlled by someone else? Is that what you want? I find that hard to believe.... Myona. I used to think that way. I used to think that I couldn't make a difference no matter how hard I tried.... But Ares was the first one to show me how wrong I was. And you were the one who saved my life and kept me on track. Myona: ....... Cage: That's why I'll do anything if it'll save you. Even if it means losing my own life! Myona: ....Why......How can you say that...... Cage: I came to fulfill a promise. Myona: A promise? Cage: One was with Phil. He asked me to look after you. The other is........this. Myona: That's...... Cage switches on the button Myona's Voice: ......In the space that's left on this, I've decided to record a message...... Cage: Yeah. The message you left for me. Myona: Th....that thing.....I forgot all about it..... It's just a remnant of the past....for me....... Cage: .....I was really happy. It made me think that I wasn't alone. Myona: ........ Myona's Voice: ...And there's something else I've been meaning to say. I hope you'll give me an answer once you hear this... Myona: ...... Myona's Voice: Um, if you don't have any concrete plans, would you like to travel around space with me? Maybe you don't really want to do it together with me, but I think that of you go to different places, and meet lots of different people, maybe you'll be able to figure out what you want to do. It sounds like a good idea to me, you are going to love it. A nice, relaxing vacation. so, keep your chin up, Cage! Be a happy camper!... That was a joke. Ha ha ha.... So er....anyway, I'm looking forward to your response. I'll wait as long as you need to decide, until you feel good enough to think about it..... Something may happen, and maybe I won't be me anymore, but if that does happen........ Myona: ....... Myona's Voice: If that does happen, please come and get me..... Promise me....... Myona: ...I no longer deserve to be saved by you...... Cage: Myona, if what you are doing right now is truly what you want, you should go ahead and make me fall at your hands. But, if that's not what you want... If you are suffering... Myona, let's go together to find our lives. This time I'll support you....and I'll continue to support you until you tell me to stop! Myona: Ca.....ge...... Cage: I came to save you. You're my savior..... You're so important...... Myona: Uuuuhh...... Cage: You're everything to me! Myona: Uuuuuhhhh......Cage....... Myona's clones disappear (and on the map, her Nerokerubina is colored blue, meaning an ally already) Pharsti: The enemy frame has halted operations... Myona(crying): Cage......thank you....... You're everything to me too...... Cage: Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. Myona: ....It's okay. I... Myona.....? Yes, I am Myona. I'm Myona, right? Cage: Yup. You're Myona. Myona: Heh....thank you. Thank you so much. Now, the last problem is...... Cage: Myona.....? Myona: My hands are forever stained with blood..... I don't deserve to have somebody care about me...... Cage goes out of Testament Cage (smiling): ...... Pharsti: C-Cage..... What are you.....Cage?! Myona: ?! Cage: ...... Myona: S-Stop it! Are you trying to kill yourself?! Cage: ..... Myona: No!! Myona jumps to Cage Cage: ...... Myona embraces Cage Cage: Owwww..... Myona: Tsk! Why would you do something like that?! Cage: Well...... Myona: No, not well! We're not in a dome, all you have to do is try to breathe, and you die! Cage: But we're safe. Both of us. Myona: <<sigh>> You're impossible..... Cage: That's right. You should really keep an eye on me, who knows what I'll do next. Myona: ...... Cage: Please don't say that nobody needs you..... Myona, I need you. I can't be without you. It can't be anybody else. Myona: ....You need....me? Cage: Yeah. It's really good to see you again. Myona: ....Cage....Sorry......I'm so sorry...... Cage: Welcome back. Myona: Thanks....it's good to be home. -------------------------- |Bridge \____________________ Semyl: ....Myona. Myona: Semyl, I.... I'm sorry.... Semyl slaps Myona Myona: Ow! Semyl: Jerk! If you gonna come back sane and all, at least have the decency to look psyched! Myona: Semy...... Semyl: You are such a spoiled little princess!.... But I'm happy you're okay. Super happy..... Myona (tears): ....All I did was cause trouble..... I don't even deserve to be welcomed back like this..... Yukito: Myona, in this world, beings don't have worth. For a lot of people, being deserving of something is often only about whether that person is handy to have around, or not. Stop giving yourself a hard time. If you still feel bad, make up for it by living hard. Myona: Living.....hard? Yukito: Both the Boss and Phil found something more important to them than themselves. You're one of those things. There's no need to feel any pressure to impress. It means much more for you to continue to live, and be true to yourself. That was what they fought to protect. That is what they wanted, more than anything else. Myona: ..... To live life....... Warren: Those who fight in battles for themselves do live longer than others who fight for something else. But once they die, there will be nothing left of them. They never gave themselves to anyone is why. Mebius: They saved you. And they saved many more people too. I know that they are happy, and don't regret anything. Semyl: Yeah, so stop beatin' yourself up over it. Alls you gotta do is remember all this and keep livin'. Myona (tears): ......Thank you...... Thank you so much, all of you...... Razma: OK! Now it's Ares' turn! Come on, let's get to it! Robin: Yes, we should hurry if the information is in fact accurate.... Cage: What information? Twede: ..... The existence of Zephyrs' secret laboratory, which is located father up that way, and intelligence concerning the large-scale beam have become known. In less than an hour, I do not doubt that the UNSF will have bombed the area. Yukito: They must be planning on shooting a missile into that thing. The entire thing will be gone. Warren: They're planning to make an artificial crater right in that spot. Cage: Oh no! Myona: My brother...... [ SCENE24 CLEARED ] -------------------------- |Mountain Division \____________________ Saoshyant heads to Zephyrs' Lab -------------------------- |Zephyr's Lab \____________________ Robin: ....There it is. Cage: That is.....Zephyrs' secret lab..... Semyl: What a dismal spot. Myona: This is where we lived, after we somehow survived the blast. Yukito: All the way out here? How did you survive? Myona: There was just enough food for the two of us to make it through. Warren: You remember all about that time of your life? Myona: Yes. But at the time I was barely conscious, which was a side effect from the experiments, so my memories are hazy... But I remember that my brother would cut down his own portions of food to make more for me... I remember his face - it became withered and tight - but never ceased smiling at me...... Mebius: Can you stop him? It may mean taking his life. Myona: Until now, I believed that if I couldn't stop him, it was my obligation to support him. But...thanks to Cage, I've changed my mind. My obligation is to right the wrong. If it means I may have to do that.......I am prepared. Cage: Myona.... It'll be all right. I promise. Your brother... Ares will understand. He's just a little stubborn, is all. Myona: .....I guess so. Razma: Spoken by the undisputed king of stubbornness. Cage: Hey! Myona: <<giggle>>... Thank you, Cage. Thank you, everyone. Semyl: Well, we made it this far. No more backin' out, yuo dig? Myona: Okay! Mebius: By the way, who is that 'Jimmer' character who was there until right before we landed? I got the sense that he is the mastermind behind all this, but is he one of the BAHRAM? Cage: He didn't deny that he was from the BAHRAM, and he told me that he supplied the people of Mars with weapons. Robin: An involved sponsor. But I've never heard of 'Jimmer.' Twede: It must be an alias. There were no records under his name, nor was that name listed as a code name in the confidential agent roster. Myona: I'm not exactly sure either.... But whenever he appeared, my brother's demeanor would change completely. He wouldn't even talk to me. That was when he stopped laughing too... Warren: Perhaps he's a BAHRAM liaison? But I can't imagine that he fully represents their sentiments. They are proud of the fact that their territory was the first to be touched by humans. Deckson said that if they were to fight for the independence of Mars, he would definitely wish to be on the frontline to fight -- even if there was some other objective. But that not being the case, those who think differently are the ones doing the fighting. Yukito: Well, when you have three people, you'll always have factions. I guess not everyone has clear-cut motives... Twede: It is relatively simple to narrow down all free agents who have that much power... Robin: I'll leave that to you. As for now, we need to stop Ares. Razma: Yeah, exactly. He's inside that big hole, right? Myona: Yes. That is Marlblanke Dite, 'Lord of Demons and Venomous Claw'.... Razma: All right! Let's go beat some sense into that guy! Ready, Cage? Cage: Mm-hm. Is everyone ready? ##### Scene 25: Reunion ##### Mebius: There's a strong torrent of energy... Cage: Myona, are you all right? Myona: I'm fine, Cage. Thanks. Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Cage: You too. Myona: I know. Razma: Aw, look at those lovebirds... Semyl: What, you jealous?! We can do that too, you know.... Razma: Hunh? Are you feeling okay? Semyl: ...<<sigh>> Never mind. I was just tryin' to.... Razma: ....Don't worry. We'll take our time. Semyl: Wha.........? Razma: Um, er....so, yeah. Semyl: ...Right on! Jimmer appears Jimmer: How distressing.... To think I get no support for trying to ensure a brighter future for Mars. Nonetheless, my plan is foolproof. You couldn't stop me if you wanted to. Warren: I just hope you're not planning on turning in fear with your tail between your legs, like last time. Jimmer: Heh heh heh.... Robin: Do you even realize what would happen if the dome were to be destroyed? And you talk about a brighter future for Mars? Please! Jimmer: Well, welll.....if it isn't Miss Dana the NUT. Robin: ...I am Robin of BIS. Who are you? Jimmer: 'Lance Jimmer' is the name I'm known by now. Surely you of all people, will appreciate the significance in a person's real name? Robin: ....Agreed. But whatever you are doing is not for the benefit of Mars. Jimmer: Perhaps not, but it is to the benefit of the true 'Mars.' It is not enough to merely rid it of Earth's influence. What is truly the heart of our dilemma are the people who adopt the Earth's ways. Those people have no pride in Mars, and should be singled out and eliminated. This is a test which will result in a population of Martians who truly love Mars. Robin: That's very simplistic. Jimmer: .....But are we not exactly the same? You call yourself BIS and assume this superior attitude, but in actuality, you are only a terrorist group relying on brute force to materialize your ideals, are you not? Your actions thus far have only given the fossils in the government false hopes, and have caused all of this to happen. Long-standing issues such as ours will not change unless they are uprooted entirely. WHat your group has been doing has been for self-glorification only - waste of time,and exceedingly poor judgement. Robin: ....You're right that our ways take time. But our mission is to plant the seeds which will sprout at some time unknown to us.... Seeds that will serve as the base of betterment whether or not people or situations change. Our name may not survive for posterity, but the ideas we have sown will. Don't you dare say that we are the same as you, when you are attempting to justify your selfishness! Hah! Foolproof, is it? It's juvenile! You.... You cowardly, hypocritical, sniveling snake! Jimmer: ....Well, I think that is just about enough of that. You are giving me no choice but to end things in this manner..... Unmanned OFs appear Warren: When the going gets rough, you try to make up for it with sheer numbers. Your plan is a disorganized mess. How can you even think that it is 'foolproof?' Jimmer: .... All your endless chatter.... It is undoubtedly not the most elegant thing to solve disputes by means of violence, but in this case there is no alternative. Mebius: Make sure you watch for your ammunition supply, everyone. Razma: Yeah, but this is going to be the last one. Let's pump all we've got into them! Semyl: Aight y'alls. I'll act as a shield, so everyone save your energy, got it? Yukito: I don't need any engravings on my tombstone... I'll etch my name in pain on each and every one of your bodies..... Hey, that came out pretty well. Nadia: It is undeniable that war is won with numbers, but what affects the final result of the battle is morale and momentum. Do you think you have that?.... Unfortunately for you, I have a feeling you will lose. Cage: Myona....Let's go. Myona: Okay. Pharsti: (......) COMMENCE BATTLE After defeating Jimmer Jimmer: ....Not bad....... But need less to say, I will not allow any more to happen..... Iblis appears Cage: Ares! Jimmer: Vale, I leave the rest to you. Please make sure you do a thorough job. Ares: ...I know. Cage: W, wait! Jimmer: Ladies and gentlemen, I do hate to leave you, but I must get going. Farewell... Jimmer retreats Cage: Damn..... Ares: ...... Myona: Ares.... Ares: Even you are abandoning me......? That is your decision? Myona: ....That's right. Please, stop this! Ares: .....Thanks to Jimmer, the energy has been restored completely. ALl that's left to do now is to is to get rid of obstacles like you and hyperalign again. That will erase all the fools from existence... Heh heh heh.... Isn't it grand? Myona: Stop! It won't bring Father or Mother back!? Ares: Pharsti. I'm not like you. I would never forget Father and Mother..... Myona: I haven't forgotten about them! I would never forget Mother and Father!! Ares: Then prove it. Myona: .....Huh? Ares: Prove to me once and for all that you are right, by winning this battle! Myona: No..... You can't be serious. Ares: ....... Myona: Ares.... Ares: Now, let's get started. There isn't that much time left. When Ares is about to attack Cage Cage: This location has been set as a target for a military missile attack! We need to get away! Ares: .....I know. Cage: You....what? ARes: It's no problem. Marlblanke Dite has the power to destroy the entire city, including the missile. Cage: You're still talking nonsense.... You're going to let Myona be saved and kill yourself?! ARes: .....I don't understand what you are getting at. Cage: You're the one who got me this far! Ares: That's so we can have our battle now. Cage: That's a lie! Ares: My Father and Mother were so kind...and one who took them from me is dead. But my revenge is not finished. All the humans that didn't publicize the facts of the accident are equally abominable.... THose Martians abandoned us too! Cage: B-But.... Ares: That's not all. The children who were used for experimentation...they were victimized too. They were abandoned by their own parents, who gave up their own flesh and blood to feed themselves. Cage: ...... Ares: They would blame it on poverty, I'm sure. People on this planet are always blaming someone else - always protecting only t hemselves and directing their unhappiness at the rest of the world! What are those people worth? The children here wereunloved, and wiped out...for the sake of their restless souls, I have an obligation to avenge their suffering. I can't afford to quit now. I alone have the responsibility of proving their existence once on this planet...and letting their anger be known! Cage: Ares.... After defeating Ares Ares: Uggggg... Pharsti: The enemy frame has been stopped. Ares: Heh...Heh, heh....Cage, you really have grown stronger. Cage: Ares.....? Ares: I am just a weak person after all. I needed somebody to correct me and tell me what to do.... Cage: I knew it was a lie..... I knew that you are really the Ares I know! Ares: Pretty good acting for a last-ditch, last-minute effort, eh? But it was not a lie... Inside me, there exists a feeling of utter disgust toward the people of this planet. Jimmer saw that and manipulated me to his advantage. It's pathetic.... That's why I had to do this... But if you can end it all, I couldn't wish for anything more. Cage: All right, that's enough. Don't say any more! Ares: ....Cage, do you still have your button? Cage: Y-Yeah, I have it. But more importantly... Ares: Can you play that song for me? ..... Please..... Cage: ....... The button plays the song Ares: ...This song used to be sung here..... 'Promise of Reunion'..... It would be sung in memory of all of our friends who we knew would never return....It was sung hundreds of times, but nobody ever returned....But that wasn't the point. This wasn't about hate or revenge. It was about the happiness they never had, and the futures they never lived... And getting another chance at them.... Heh heh.... Thank you..... Cage: Ares.....? Ares: ....I'm more relaxed now.... It makes a big difference not being hyperaligned... Pharsti: Marlblanke Dite is letting out large amounts of energy. If this continues, the heat may cause an explosion. Cage: Ares, were you planning this...? Ares: In just one move, the world is rid of this hideous weapon and the hideous man..... It is the best way. Pharsti: Marlblanke Dite has begun to deteriorate. It will implode. The lab's different parts implodes Ares: Lastly.... Pharsti: The missiles are coming! Semyl: Shoot! Here already? What're we gonna do...!? Ares: .....There is nothing to worry about. Just retreat into Saoshyant. Yukito: Saoshyant's shield is totally inadequate! Besides, we don't have the time to retreat now..... Myona: Ares, you're not saying..... Cage: Ares..... What are you doing? ARes: ....I will shield you from the missiles with Iblis. It won't stop all of them, but the rest should be stopped by Saoshyant's shield. Cage: No, wait! Ares maneuvers Iblis Pharsti: Cage, it is not possible with his frame alone. We must follow him! Cage: Uh.... Yeah! Ok, let's go after him! Myona: I'm coming too! Cage and Myona follows Ares Semyl: We gotta do something too! Razma: All right! Yukito: Stop, you two. Razma: Why! We can't just sit back and watch! Warren: ...We'd only get in the way. Semyl: Well.... Maybe that's true.... Robin: In the end, we have to end up depending completely on the youths.... Mebius: If they can't do it, nobody can. We owe them some faith. Razma: ...... (Cage, everyone.... We're counting on you!) Jimmer: Heh heh heh.... Exactly as I'd thought... Now everything hs been sorted out... Perfect execution, as always. communication device rings Jimmer: Now is not the time... Amante: Hiiii! I thought you'd be done soon, so I thought I'd touch base. Jimmer: ....Where were you? Because of that, I had to physically participate myself... Amante: Awh, I'm sorry.... I just went to say hi to Mr. Mathers. Jimmer: Why would you do that? That is my job. Amante: Well, you can't really report the information anymore...... Jimmer: ....Ah, trying to monopolize your contacts? Amante: Oh, come ON! Don't look at me like that! This is not only my choice, you know. The old man, and the other old people who are much, much more powerful - they all wanted it that way. See? It's not my fault, so don't blame me! Jimmer: (The escape pod doesn't work! Was that initial......Ah.... I see....) Amante: See, I really think it's only fair that people get a taste of their own medicine, don't you agree? So how does it feel to be viciously abandoned? Jimmer: <<cackle>> Amante: Hmmm? You're really cracking up. Oh well. It doesn't make a difference, you'll die here regardless. Okay, see you! Jimmer: This? Happening to me...?.....Heh.....heh heh heh......Haaa ha haaah! Ares: ....Why are you here.....? You....... Go home.... Cage: What? Things are just starting to get good! We can finally start over, as friends.... Ares: ....Friends.....Heh heh, that's true. If I had seen it that way earlier....uggg! Eeggheghe!! Cage: Ares?! Ares: I...I'm all right.... Still
okay...Cage, will you play....it for me one more time? The proof of our friendship.... Cage: Of course! The song plays Ares: ...This song brought you to me...I had finally gotten over my feelings of hate toward the world, my aggression toward all people, and had sworn to avenge my parents... Heh heh...Cage, you always had a pure heart...so honest and simple it surprised me. I think maybe I envied you for that...you had everything I had lost. I just didn't have the courage to admit it to myself, because it would have discredited my entire past, and how I had felt. I was trying to escape myself. Cage: That's not true! You could do things that I couldn't do, and you knew things that I didn't know. I looked up to you. Even now, you are what I aspire to be... Don't talk about the past! Ares: ...Thanks. But you know now, Don't you? Now that you've found your own path, there are things you have to do. People you have to protect. I shouldn't be one of them. Cage: Ares.... Ares: Stay kind, just the way you are now. Don't turn into me. You are free.... Cage: No! Everyone...everyone here is going home alive! There's got to be a way! You can't give up! Ares: ....I told you. The world will be rid of a hideous man. This body has reached its limits. Medication has begun to be ineffective..... Cage: No....no, you're wrong.... Myona: Cage..... Pharsti: Cage, may I inform you that the situation is not promising. There needs to be a well-formed plan in order to avoid placing everyone on the ground in danger. Cage: I know, but.......what am I supposed to do? Ares: ...I have an idea. Myona: Really? Pharsti: We are thinking of the same thing, it seems.... Self-evacuation has begun. Cockpit block is being removed. Cage: Wha........? Hey, what..... A crashing sound, Cage was ejected from the cockpit Cage: Aaah!! Myona: Watch out!! Cage: N-Nice catch..... Thank you Myona. You just saved me. Ares: Pharsti...no, Myona. Take care of Cage, okay? Myona: .....Ares.... Cage: Pharsti! What are you doing?! Pharsti: I have been doing your bidding all this time. At least let me have my way once. Cage: Pharsti..... What are you..... Pharsti: I will manipulate the structure of Marlblanke to our advantage. If one frame manages amplification, another frame may use that amplification to form a barrier. It would be impossible to shield the entire facility area, but I can become a pinpoint barrier for at least the people on the ground. Cage: But Ares and you are not in top form! You'll never survive through something like that! Pharsti: Stop worrying. I'll show you what Orbital Frames are truly capable of. Cage: Pharsti..... Pharsti: Miss Myona... I promise you that I will take over all of your worries. Please concentrate on taking care of Cage. Myona: That is not your responsibility! I know you don't really want to do it.... You want to be with Cage, don't yo? Don't do it! I will go, and you.... Pharsti: There is nobody else I can ask to take care of him. I am you, you are me.... You understand how I feel, don't you? Myona: ....Y-Yes...... Pharsti: Myona, Cage is impossible, impulsive, and he is a child, so he is a lot of work. Now it's your turn to put up with him. Don't say I did not warn you! Myona: Pharsti....you are so silly. I can tell that you're crying. Pharsti: You are the one who is silly... Computers do not....cry. Besides, this is not goodbye... I will return and take Cage back... Myona: .... That is such nonsense.... You've been lying all this time... Pharsti: Take care of Cage. Myona... my other self..... Myona: I will. Ares: Cage. I'll come get you if you ever make my little sister cry. I can't give my sister to any guy unless he is at least better than me. You understand? Cage: ...Harsh as usual, Ares...but I promise. One of these days, I'll be as good as you... And soon, I'll be better! Ares: Heh heh.... Good answer. Myona: Ares..... Ares: You take care of my good friend.... Ares and Pharsti takes off Cage: Ares.....Pharsti.... exploding sounds Pharsti: (Cage.... I enjoyed every second with you... I am so happy that I can be of use to you, until...the very end.....) exploding sounds Cage: The sky....It's lit up.... Myona: It's almost like a halo..... Cage: Metatron...They call it the angel at the heart of heaven. It's a cruel angel.... Myona: But it has protected us. ANd I am sure it will continue to do so.... Cage: ....Yeah.. I guess so. Myona: Cage....Are you crying? Cage: ... That light....It's pretty, isn't it. Myona: Yes....very..... Cage: (Ares.....harsti.....thank you.... I'll never forget either of you.....!!) [ SCENE25 CLEARED ] Announcer: According to an announcement by the UNSF, the missile attack has critically damaged the terrorist group claiming to fight for Martian Independence. The group, which has lost its mastermind in the attack, is expected to lose power completely over time, and recent events lend hope to achieving peace in previously riot-torn territories on Mars....The Hellespontos government has evaluated the state of these areas gravely, and has stated that they will reconsider postponing the tax increase to a later time.... In other news...... -------------------------- |Deimos Station \____________________ Semyl: ...<<huff>> O, overslept.....<<huff>> Uhhh it's too early. Robin: I can't believe you! They're taking off today! Semyl: Heh....sorry......Um, where's Razma at? He's not here yet? Mebius: Hm? You're not together? Semyl: Weird.... He left before me... And what's with the guests of honor? They didn't jet already, right? Twede: They are going through pre-boarding procedures. I think they will be returning shortly..... Nadia: ....I have an important errand to run. Make sure those two get this. Robin: What is it? Nadia: It is a multi-purpose superlight survival tool. It has been constructed to be useful to someone of Cage's strength. Semyl: What kind of wild place are those two going to?! Yukito: Shh! Excuse me, Ibelieve the appropriate response in this case is to take the gift and smile.... Semyl: Huh. I guess. I still don't get it, but anyway. Twede: This does appear very useful. I will see to it that it reaches their hands. Nadia: Please do. And let them know that I am glad to ahve met them. Robin: They'll be back soon... Why don't you wait? Nadia: Actually, I don't enjoy this type of thing. So long. Warren: That man waiting over there... Yukito: Isn't he....a general from the army....Frazer? Mebius: Strictly speaking, he would be an 'ex-' army general. But taht would make sense.... Semyl: What's the story here? Mebius: Heh heh....And thus the tangled web is woven..... Warren: (.....Mebius..) Myona: We're back. Cage: Phew....Hey, where's Ms. Nadia? Twede: She had something to do. She asked me to give this to you. Cage: Hey! A survival tool! It's a Zoria custom model! Gosh, I always wanted one of these things! Semyl: .... He likes it. Yukito: W-Well, to each his own. Razma: ....Ah! Here they come! Cage: Razma! Semyl: You're late! What were you doin'?! Razma Hey, sorry. I'm a busy guy. Mebius: Oh, are you here to take care of it? That's pretty manly of you... oh, it's still going on, isn't it? Razma: Go easy on me, OK? Semyl: ... You still didn't do it?! Razma: No! I'll DO it! But today...! This is killing me! Semyl: What!? I'M going to kill you! Jojo: Semyyyyylll! Semyl: J-Jojo! Pauly! And Gilbert...! Pauly: Violence is bad. Gilbert: Yeah, Semyl!! Do it! Myona: Were you late because you were rounding up these children? Razma: ....<<cough>>!! I think I deserve a little more trust. Semyl: S...sorry..... Jojo: Are you going away? I'll still be able to see you, right? Cage: Of couse. I'm just going to go somewhere to find something. Jojo: To find something? Cage: Yeah. I promised a very important person that I would. Once I find it, I'll be back. Jojo: Really? Promise? You have to, because I'm going to marry you when I grow up. Cage: Ha ha ha ha ha.... That's right. I'm looking forward..... Owwww! Myona: ........ Mebius: Uh-oh. Yukito: ....It sure is going to be lonely around here. Cage: I'm really glad that I met all of you. A lot has happened, but that is why I am here like this. I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking me in the way you did.... Semyl: Well, nobody's focin' you to go, ya know? You could just stick around..... Cage: Thank you. But I didn't choose to come here consciously. I can't take the easy way out and stay. Semyl: ...Cage. Cage: That and the fact that I promised Ares that I would someday be as good as him. I don't know when that is going to be, but I want to go to different places and meet different people, feel different things, and then figure out what I am supposed to do. I want to give myself another opportunity to come back here because I want to. Semyl: ....... Myona: Semyl. You've done so much for me... I'm really sad to be apart from you again. But we're friends no matter how far away we are, aren't we? We'll always be friends. Semyl: O-Of course! Myona, be good. You two better stay together..... Myona: N-No! Don't cry. Come on, smile! Warren: ........ Yukito: Come on, Pops, say something. Warren: I can't deal with this stuff. Yukito: I know, that's why I said that. Warren: You little...... Cage: Mr. Yukito, Mr. Warren. Warren: Mm? Oh! Cage! um, er, what can I say.... Cage: Thank you for everything. I will never forget everything you have taught me. Yukito: Uh, right! Pops, too..... Warren: There's no need for that. From now on, you are going to have your experiences and teach yourself, right? That is much better than learning through waht you hear from someone else. It would make me happy if you rememberred us. But you need to paint over what you think you know now with your own experiences! Cage: Yes, sir! Yukito: You don't have to think too hard about what he just said, cage. Even if you lie around like a bump on a log, you're still going to gain more rings. Otherwise you're going to be old and crusty in your early 30s, like him. Cage: Heh heh....I think I know what you mean. Warren: Hey! WHat are you whispering about! Yukito: That I can't tell you. Warren: YOU! Myona: Cage. Don't you think they're a funny mix of people? Cage: Heh heh. They joke around on the surface, but they've been through a lot together. Their friendship is based on a deep sense of trust. Myona: ....They've been through a lot...trust... Do you think you and I have that too? Cage: Of course. It's been that way for a long time now. Myona: Cage..... ???? Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh! Razma: What was that? Robin: It sounded like a...baby. Warren: ...Razma. The sound's coming from that basket. Razma: What?! Gilbert: Semyl, he got that basket from some lady a little earlier. Pauly: Gilbert. You're not supposed to tell anybody about that kind of stuff. Jojo: Ohhhhhh!! Cuuuuute! Semyl: Y...You!! I can't believe it! I thought you would do it eventually, but..... You moron! Who is the mother, and where is she?! Razma: Wait! You've got it all wrong! No! I wouldn't do something like that! Cage, help! Cage: .... ANd how would I do that? Semyl: ....That's IT! Say your prayers. Razma: I'm telling you, it wasn't like that! A person saying she was a big fan of ours gave it to me telling me it was food for all of us! I never thought there would be baby inside! Semyl: ....That's all you gotta say for yourself? Razma: Y-You're not getting it..... Baby: Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!! Mebius: She won't sto[ crying. Maybe she's hungry? Just a inute, okay, I'll go find you some milk......Warren, will you hold on to her for a while? I can't trust them with her! Warren: Hey, wait! Why do I.... It's just going to make her cry harder! Mebius: Should I ask Yukito, then? Yukito: Oh look, it's a little girl. All living things are most adorable when they are this small. Heh heh..... Baby: Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh! Warren: F-Fine! I'll hold it, give it to me! Baby: Ah....? Mebius: She stopped crying! Perfect.....just....don't move..... Baby: ......... Warren: She's asleep? ...Children are cute whatever they do..... Mebius: <<giggle>>...I agree.... Perhaps we should.... Twede: Hm? There is a letter.... I see, the girl who brought this child is not her mother. She was protecting her because she is an orphan, and decided that giving her to us would be the most sound decision. She apologizes for the inconvenience repreatedly. Robin: It's terrible, but it's not unusual. Poor little thing...... Mebius: She has nobody else; perhaps we should raise her. Warren: Good idea. All of us can...... Yukito: That won't work! She needs parents, don't you think? ...You two take her. Warren: Hunh? What are you saying?! That could never be good for her! Besides, that's rude to Mebius! Robin: But...I don't think there's anyone else who can do it. Right, Twede? Twede: ....I must agree. Warren" M, Mebius! Say something! Please! Mebius: <<giggle>>....She is so cute when she's sleeping.... It's okay, little one. Everything's going to be okay.... Did you say something? Warren: .....N-No, I didn't say anything. Baby: <<giggle>> Mebius: Look! She's laughing! You're awake? She's laughing! Twede: ...Even in the most terrible of eras... No, especially in a time like this, we need to see innocent smiles. For that purpose, people will procreate and leave a part of themselves for the future.... It's a very strange thing. Warren: W-Well in that case, you and Robin could take it.... Robin: Regrettably, I plan on having my own so I would have to refuse that offer. Yukito: Really?! Twede: ....... P.A.: ... I repeat. All passengers traveling on Flight #226 departing at 1300... Myona: Oh.....Cage. Cage: Yeah. I'm sorry to bother you at an important time, but we should get going soon... Yukito: Oh yeah. Come back soon! Mebius: You'd better come back before she starts talking. It'll be gppd training for you. Warren: Um, er, take care. Robin: If you get in trouble, just go to the closest NUT, okay? Twede: ....We'll be able to eliminate most problems from here. Cage: Heh heh....Thank you very much. Semyl: Good luck! Send me an e-mail! Myona: O..kay. Um, Semyl.... How about forgiving him now? Razma: ...The end is near..... Semyl: Ain't no way! He is over! Myona: Ha ha ha..... Cage: Thank you, everyone. I am sorry that we are leaving, jus when things are beginning for Mars..... Robin: Leave the rest to us. You two have done more than enough. Until you come back, I'll make everyone work twice as hard. It's going to get busy, folks! Yukito: <<sigh>> No vacationf or us? But we can't complain - our actions made a difference. That gives me the energy to do just a little more. Semyl: Of COURSE! BIS is forever!! Razma: ...G...Good luck.... Um, she might kill me before I see you again..... Cage: Heh heh. Well, we're going now! P.A. The ship has been stabilized Takeoff sequence will begin in 3 minutes time, but please fasten your belts until our departure. Our onboard monitors are showing a real-time picture of Mars...... Cage: (Mars.... There are people living on that red planet, just as there are on Earth.... But why can't people jst get along? Is there no choice but to keep fighting? No, there must be a better solution than that. Everyone is human. Everyone is striving for the same thing, to survive.....) thought: Deckson: Cage.... What is a human life? In the scope of the vast universe, a life is but a minute light, a split second. In the smallness of ourselves, we house enough anger, desperation, and destructiveness to set the entire universe ablaze.... I wasn't able to figure it out, sadly. The next time we meet, if you've figured it out....please tell me. Cage: (Mr. Deckson....I may never find the answer to your question. But even so, I know that you can't stop looking for it. If you don't continue looking, you definitely won't find it... Do you think that things will be okay? Do you think that this hatred will pass, and become something more constructive? I believe that will happen. Everyone in the world......has the power to change the future......) Myona: Cage, what are you looking at? Cage: Just looking at Mars..... Myona: ...So much has happened. The complex relationship between Earth and Mars, Mr. Deckson and Phil...... Cage: ...... Myona: And Ares and Pharsti..... Cage: ...I wonder if that baby is going to be all right. Myona: Huh? Cage: I wonder if she'll grow up happy. Myona: I wouldn't worry. Ms. Mebius and Mr. Warren are taking care of her. And everybody else will support them too. Cage: Yeah, that's true. She's going to be a real character, being raised by that crew. Myona: <<giggle>> I know. But I'm sure she'll be kind and generous. Cage: A lot of lives have been lost, but for the sake of those lost lives, we have to protect the new lives. All of us need to keep moving forward. Let's always remember to move forward, together. Myona: Is that the right thing? How about everyone... Cage: They say human souls are invited to heaven, and wll descend again.... I'm sure that holds true for Pharsti, too. Myona: Yes...That day, if the two of them were given an invitation, I am sure they are together in the same place. Cage: ....Hey, maybe they'll even be reborn together. Myona: If they can be born again with their souls united, I hope that they grow to be old and happy. Cage: Yeah, I hope that they will have no restraints int heir next life. Free, at last. Myona: Free....Yes, that would be nice. P.A.: The process of space distortion is about to begin. Once the space has been pressurized, please note that all communication devices will be temporarily unavailable.... Myona: We're really going, Cage. Cage: I know. Myona: <<yawn>> Cage: Heh. You must be tired. Get some sleep. Myona: Mm-hmm. I'm sorry, I'm going to take a nap. Cage: Go ahead. Myona: Hey.... Cage: Yes? Myona: Can we hold hands? Cage: Sure. Cage: (Ares, you said I was free. I'm going to go and see for myself.) (First, I have to change......right, Ares? I'm on my way.....and I'm going to find what I'm looking for. My future..... Ares, I am no longer confused. After all.....) Cage: (I'm not alone. I have Myona now.) Myona: ..... Cage: .... (And I am going to become good enough for your sister. No matter what happens!) ------------------------------------------------- CREDITS -One of the background pictures in the credits is a hospitalized Ares! (interesting) ------------------------------------------------- something rings ??????: Um, heLLO? It's moi! Are you sure you wanted them to go? Amante: If you would have just left it to yours truly, I could have passed it off as an accident and...What? Mm-hm......Aha. Aaaw! What's the fun in that? I mean, like who CARES, you know? We were able to use Jimmer and Ares to raise awareness about anti-Earth activity, and in the process we got rid of a wole bunch of troublemakers - including that Zephyrs, with his totally retatrded experiments. Everything went as planned, and everyone's totally looking forward to what BAHRAM is going to do next. Now it's time to congratulate ourselves on a job well done.... Huh? Yes, yes. Absolutely! Even though the perpetrator of the next strategy is an outsider, he's nonetheles a hero of BAHRAM. But that's exactly why....Was it Leo? Well, anyway. Why waste time on a kid? .....What? Uh-huh... Well, I guess so, but.... Atcherservice! I'm coming over right now...... Yes. Who? Mathers? Ohh that guy... He's no match for me. Too easy. Hm? Hee, hee....I know. It's happening soon...I'm super excited.......Soon, EVERYTHING is going to be perfect.... Oh, and Ridley.... ZONE OF THE ENDERS THE FIST OF MARS T H E E N D Special thanks to the ff: CJayC (ww.gamefaqs.com) Daniel Engel's Walkthrough Mech Gouki's Information Guide and to my friend who wants to remain anonymous for lending me ZOE:FOM