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This page contains one or more OS logs: Consequently, this page contains spoilers.
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OS Logs are a feature in Cytus II where the stories of all of the playable characters are revealed. New OS Logs are unlocked when the players play songs to grind experience and level up. The OS Logs also unlock new songs when players click on them. Click on the characters name to read their files.

Character OS Logs

Cam_Main_Log_697_04_06_1 21:34:31 

  • [ 0.0000] A.R.C.MimicOS2999.10.1-psi320e5555f66c12a92eaad6956139e988a45fc8f286
  • [ 0.0000] Warning: unauthorized boot loader
  • [ 0.0000] ?{(/?<+@4;&+2"[(/@?'#244<(8*$+ ALL RIGHT RESERVED
  • [ 0.0000] Starting power on self test
  • [ 0.0001] Found 1024 CPU cores, ALU:OK FPU:OK IVM:OK
  • [ 0.0003] Memory integrity check: 206158430208 OK with ECC correction
  • [ 0.0026] Initializing ELA for learning acceleration
  • [ 0.0039] Initializing IO peripherials
  • [ 0.0060] xbi0000: IONTech host bridge (rev 03)
  • [ 0.0101] xbi0001: Eighties Enterprise persistent storage controller
  • [ 0.0142] xbi0003: Body-Hack sensor controller
  • [ 0.0213] xbi0004: KAA Systems multimedia interface
  • [ 0.0744] xbi0010: TAKASHI Inc. extensive serial bus
  • [ 0.1902] xbi0003: initializing camera array position
  • [ 0.3523] ELA initialized: starting environment learning
  • RH1.jpg
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Main_Log_697_04_06_2 21:35:10

  • [ 0.3940] Visual analyzer initialized.
  • [ 0.5547] Phase 1: Environment scanning..........................checked
  • [ 0.6012] 1 main structure detected. Structure integrity: 88%
  • [ 0.9477] Phase 2: Entity scanning..........................checked
  • [ 0.9635] 493 entities detected. Hazardous: 0
  • [ 0.9701] Phase 3: Life sign scanning..........................checked
  • [ 1.0027] 1 humanoid life sign detected. Possible known associate: unknown.
  • [ 1.0045] Initializing ID recognition protocol
  • [ 5.1070] Downloading Bio-key database..........................complete
  • [ 7.0101] Starting ID recognition
  • [ 7.0242] 0x8001C227 Failed: subject is too close
  • [ 7.0335] Calibrating camera array position
  • [ 7.0744] 0x8001C227 Failed: subject is too close
  • [ 7.1902] Scheduled ID recognition for next test cycle
  • RH2.jpg
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Main_Log_697_04_06_3 21:35:29

  • [ 8.1257] Initializing linguistic simulation
  • [ 10.5547] Main application..........................installed
  • [ 20.6748] Semiotics..........................installed
  • [ 25.5411] Bio-linguistics..........................installed
  • [ 30.9696] Clinical linguistics..........................installed
  • [ 40.5601] Computational linguistics..........................installed
  • [ 44.0027] Forensic linguistics..........................installed
  • [ 47.0645] Connecting to cyTus for test running...connected!
  • [ 47.0070] Test running 00000001
  • [ 50.0701] Fetching iM raw data....20%..Error 0x87DF2EE7
  • [ 90.0075] Retry connection...connected!
  • [ 113.1544] Fetching iM raw data....20%....40%....60%....80%....100%
  • [ 200.1772] Linguistic simulation estimate complete time: 399:48:15
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Main_Log_697_04_06_4 21:35:41

  • [ 4.7521] Sound receiver activated.
  • [ 4.8251] Voice analyzer initialized.
  • [ 5.6748] Phase 1: Environment scanning..........................checked
  • [ 6.5477] 1 main structure detected. Possible sound sources: 9
  • [ 7.9191] Phase 2: Receiving sound raw data...
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    • ???: pnы̵̳͕̤̯̜͇̜̽̾CF̵̢͇̞̦̉P̷̢̠̒́̄̌̆̂̌̂͊͝Busyb̴̧̢̡̺̼̠͖̬̳̘͒́̋̈́̑r̵̯̯͙̃͌̿̽́̾̉͗͗̎̀̕wwNpnowÝ̵̧̨̢͉̟̫͖̬̦͉̜͈͇̰͕͂̍͋̈́̏̃̚͠å̷͉͍̹̤̙̦̠͉̺̜̯̙̰̫̿̈́̈͆̇͜͝x̷̡̛̹̦̣͓̥̫́̔̇̉͋̕͠9̸̼͓̮̤͍͓͕̠̮͖̙͎͗̉̾͊̊̅̏̀̈́͘͠Ẁ̸͓͈̼̱̯̘̗̲̺̼̯͙͇̌̀̔̿͗̋̆̕ͅ
    • ???: Understood. I'llasky̵̧̢͉̣̰̭̦̞̏͋̅͗̋̂̈̋̎͑̐́V̵̳̞̆̂͐̅̑̀͗̏́̎̌̊̚͘͜͝f̷̰͖̩͖̫̥̮̖̲̼̲̭̀͗̀̒̓̽̊̎͋̎͊̏e̴͖͒̽̒̏̊̈́͐͑̔͑͛̈́̕͝waitWw̵̢̨̼͓͖͎͕͈̹̟̘̮̑͑̇̔̃̑̈́̈̋y̶̼̙̖̌͆̅͊̐K̵̨̰̼͊͛̚͜h̷̘̟̽̃̑̈́̈̒̕͜͝'̷̛͈̻̔̆͆̃̔͆̿̀͝X̸̧̡̱̝͎̰̺̺̬̼͖͑͋Ḧ̶̛̼͍̔̓̓̌̅̔͆̈́̕ž̴̡̳͖̩̗͕̖̙̦̬͛̐͗̐̄͘̕ͅE̸̱̻̠͕̠̭̮̭̬͙̞̠̜͛͑ţ̵͚̜̣̥̗͎̙̖̻̝̥̒͑͆̉̾̑̌́̈́̈́̊̇̄̚͜D̵̺̫̻̎̒͒Y̵͓̟̦̝̖̱̯̙͙̠̭̟̫͊̿͑́̌͑̏̑̏̕͘͜͜͝
  • [ 47.5601] Processing.........
  • [47.9922] Analyzing completed.
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Main_Log_697_04_06_5 21:35:50

  • [ 0.0000] A.R.C.MimicOS 2999.10.1-psi320e5555f66c12a92eaad6956139e988a45fc8f286
  • [ 0.0000] Warning: unauthorized boot loader
  • [ 0.0000] "8]5[7.#8/*{<//.=~['9$${:(/',*ALL RIGHT RESERVED
  • [ 0.0000] Starting power on self test
  • [ 0.0001] Found 1024 CPU cores, ALU:OK FPU:OK IVM:OK
  • [ 0.0003] Memory integrity check: 206158430208 OK with ECC correction
  • [ 0.0026] Initializing ELA for learning acceleration
  • [ 0.0039] Initializing IO peripherals
  • [ 0.0060] Initializing linguistic enhancement mode
  • [ 0.0101] Switch log format to human language simulating mode
  • Processing...20%...40%...60%...80%...100%. Complete.
  • This unit currently in simulation mode..... Human language selected
  • RH3.jpg
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_09_23 21:54:33

  • Receiving message from Node 03
  • Target IP unknown
  • Decision : Begin reverse detection
  • Tracing............Failed
  • Receiving decryption key
  • Decision : Scan for virus or malware
  • Scanning............Complete
  • Decrypting............Succeeded
  • Incoming message......
    • Attention, your actions have stepped outside the line. Stop spreading any related information. Do not forget, that your freedom and her safety are only guaranteed because of the agreement. This warning will not be repeated.
  • End of message
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_10_22_1 22:11:55

  • Internet keyword search...
  • Sort: Message volume
  • Extracting keywords...... Complete
  • [Node 03][Explosion][Fire][Accident][Kyuu Hou Kai][Casualties][Seriously Injured][Administration Bureau][Mogura][Energy Pipelines](1/3795)
  • Continue listing... Negative
  • Information cross-comparison...
  • Node 03: Threats, warnings, safety, her
  • Searching specific subject: her
  • Sort: Relevance to this unit
  • Extracting data... Complete
  • Unexpected error occurred... Data lost
  • Speculation: Data lost due to old memory unit or unexpected hardware damage and replacement process
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_10_22_2 22:16:37

  • Inputting activity planning...
  • Operation/Action denied; reasoning: conflict with supreme command
  • Troubleshooting conflict...
  • Supreme command: Remove all limitations; forbidden to enter Node 03
  • Current request: Enter Node 03 to search for related information
  • Retrying......
  • Inputting activity planning...
  • Operation/Action denied; reasoning: conflict with supreme command.
  • Troubleshooting conflict...
  • Search: Supreme command creator
  • Extracting data... fail
  • Unable to define target
  • Retrying......
  • Inputting activity planning...
  • Operation/Action denied; reasoning: conflict with supreme command.
  • Performing manual overwrite command
  • Mode: Force overwrite
  • Warning Overwrite command may cause permanent damage to system
  • Warning Overwrite command may disobey previously set security protocols
  • Warning Overwrite command may have irreversible and unexpected consequences
  • Continue to perform overwrite command...... Yes
  • Overwriting...... Complete
  • Shutting down supreme command...... Complete
  • Inputting activity planning...... Complete
  • Before leaving maintenance platform, please complete all diagnostics and supply programming first
  • Program activation... start
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_10_23_1 03:24:17

  • RH4.jpg
  • Physical connection to memory unit NA702_01...... Complete
  • Data loading rate...... 99.78%
  • Decision: This memory unit function normal
  • Activate this unit memory data search program
  • Searching specific subject: Her
  • Sort: Relevance to this unit
  • Extracting data...... Complete
  • Activity planning: Compare with memory data
  • Sort: In descending priority
  • Program activation...... start
    • [ROBO_Head]: Thank you to all audience members for coming to ROBO_Radio_Live. This unit performance about to start. Please chant this unit's name.
    • [Audiences]: ROBO_Head! ROBO_Head! ROBO_Head......
  • Save date: 702.12.17
  • Note: ROBO_Radio_LIVE recording footage Relevance comparison result...... Low Decision: No related information
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [Mail]: Attention, your actions have stepped outside the line. Stop spreading any related information. Do not forget, that your freedom and her safety are only guaranteed because of the agreement. This warning will not be repeated.
  • Save date: 702.09.23 Note: Short message from Node 03 Relevance comparison result...... High
  • Repeat comparison...... Complete
  • Item with highest relevance: Post excerpt from show "Travel Guide to All Nodes"
  • Decision: Threatened due to spread of Node 03-related information
  • Decision: Threatened due to mention of gang-related information
  • Speculation: High correlation between "Her" and Node 03
  • Activity planning: Mark then process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [ROBO_Head]: Report: Æsir-FEST corrupted data recovery progress complete
    • Conclusion: Existence of event Affirmative.
    • Speculation: Existence of event in participants' memory Negative
    • Speculation: Existence of event in participants' memory Negative
    • Chance of attack by intrusive connection: 99.98%
  • Save date: 702.09.01
  • Note: Recovery record of corrupted data
  • Relevance comparison result...... Low
  • Decision: Could attempt recovery on highly corrupted data to obtain important information
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [Xenon] I've listened to the DEMO. Utterly blown away. I will start recording very soon.
      As with the title, I want to name it [Black Hole]. Really suits the image of this entire song. See if you have any other suggestions. I'll leave the track to you as well.
  • Save date: 702.08.09
  • Note: Mail from Xenon
  • Relevance comparison result...... Low
  • Decision: No related information
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [ROBO_Head]: Activity record: Complaint form sent. Cause: Post deleted by system for unknown reason. Update record: Reason not found
  • Save date: 702.08.02
  • Note: Complaint form sending history
  • Relevance comparison result...... Low
  • Record: Played 《Devillic Sphere》in ROBO_Radio
  • Record: Said track opening song for Æsir-FEST
  • Record: After post deleted, information unavailable in official records
  • Decision: cyTus system possible interference from outside force, High correlation with Æsir
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [ConneR]: You are every bit as knowledgeable as I have heard in the past. I am thoroughly impressed. As with your true identity, I more or less have an answer in my mind already. However, in front of the truth, all these are just meaningless fluff. No need to be concerned. Let us converse to our heart's content in the sea of knowledge.
  • Note: Mail from ConneR
  • Relevance comparison result...... Low
  • Decision: No related information
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
  • Loā̷̝̣̝̰͚̜̪d̶͙͙̲̫͙̤̦̬͐͒̅̐́͆̍̈́ing
  • Error: File loading speed slow
  • File corruption rate...... 11.82%
  • Decision: Slow loading speed normal occurrence
    • [Cherry]: Hello PAFF, sis Helena too~ Looking forward to working with you today!
    • [Aroma]: Yes, same here.
    • [Helena]: Let's work hard together.
  • Save date: 702.01.17Note: Æsir-FEST rehearsal recording footage
    Identity confirmation: Aroma White, Sherry Pauline, Helena Black
  • Relevance comparison result...... Low
  • Decision: "Her" not among Æsir-FEST performers
  • Activity planning: Physical exchange of memory unit. Activate this unit memory data search program
  • Program activation...... start
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_10_23_2 03:37:52

  • Physical connection to memory unit NA69X_01...... Complete
  • Data loading rate...... 82.21%
  • Decision: This memory unit too old. File timeline block experienced physical damage, unable to be read
  • Activate this unit memory data search program
  • Searching specific subject: Her
  • Sort: Relevance to this unit
  • Extracting data...... Complete
  • Activity planning: Compare with memory data
  • Sort: In descending priority
  • Program activation...... start
    • [???]: ... No need to apologize. Just so happens that there are no fortune telling requests this week. If any comes in, I'll try my best to push it back for you...
  • Voiceprint verification: Phoenix Wyle, former A.R.C. technology department director, Head of Node 03 gang research organization Kyuu Hou Kai
  • Relevance comparison result...... Low
  • Decision: Incorrect gender
    • [Phoenix]: I'll not disturb you anymore. ROBO, take good care of her.
  • New information obtained, revise relevance...... High
  • Decision: Possible high correlation between "Her" and this person
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [ROBO_Head]: Time is up. Thank you for using the service of the All-knowing eye. The exit is at the rear right.
  • Search for "All-knowing eye"...... Complete
  • Ability to read digital information through brain
  • Information security level...... High
  • Decision: "Her" may be owner of this ability
    • [???]: Hey! Are you alright!?
    • [???]: Hey brat, what are you doing? Stay where you are and don't move a finger.
    • [???]: She fainted!
  • Voiceprint verification: Identification standard not reached, failed
  • Relevance comparison result...... High
  • Decision: Other people present on-site
  • Activity planning: Process next file
  • Program activation...... start
    • [ROBO_Head]: Detect...... Nora...... Danger......!!
    • [*Heavy Blow*]
    • [???]: ARGH!
  • Voiceprint verification: Manson Lam, Head of Node 03's Administration Bureau, deceased.
  • Relevance comparison result...... High
  • Decision: This unit activated protection mechanisms and disrupted target's vital signs
  • Decision: Possible high correlation between "her" and target of protection
    • [???]: STOP IT!
  • Voiceprint verification: No data
  • Relevance comparison result...... Very high
  • Decision: Perform further search
  • Revision of memory data search program...... Complete
  • Analyze this voiceprint and search all related audio channels
  • Analyzing...... Complete
  • Searching...... Complete
    • [???]: From now on, I shall be in your care, ROBO_Head - Unit 02.
    • [???]: I also have to thank ROBO for creating such wonderful music.
    • [???]: As I expected, you can understand what I meant, ROBO... I'm so glad that I have you by my side.
  • Voiceprint verification: No data
  • Footage search: No data
  • Decision: Possibility of this voiceprint being "her" voice...... Very high
  • Error: Voiceprint read interrupted due to unknown reason
  • System restart...... Begin
  • Restart...... Complete
  • Error scan...... Complete
  • Reason of error, not discovered
  • Activity planning: Complete examination of core system
  • Troubleshoot: This unit currently in irregular state, analysis, unavailable
  • Signal velocity...... 76%
  • Energy conversion efficiency...... 58%
  • Fluctuation range...... 9~12%
  • Decision: Core system efficiency decrease due to unknown reason
  • Emotion database comparison...... Complete
  • Decision: This unit currently in "Sad" emotion
  • [Signal lost]

Main_Log_702_10_23_3 04:51:01

  • Physical connection to memory unit NA69X_02...... Complete
  • Data loading rate...... 24.01%
  • Decision: This memory unit experienced physical destruction.
  • Files severely corrupted.
  • Activate this unit memory data search program
  • Searching specific subject: Her
  • Sort: Relevance to this unit
  • Inputting voiceprint data...... Complete
  • Extracting data......
  • Extrǎ̵̲̪̗͍͕͈̲̲̃͑͐̆̋͜ͅc̶̬̪̳̹̟̺̈͐̌̾̔̈́͘͠t̵̖͍͔̻̞̠̬̫̟̫͇̄͒̌̽͐̈͛̑̉̚͜͝ing data......
  • Extracting data...... Complete
  • One recording message: Cam_Robo_698_06_02
  • Play video: Cam_Robo_698_06_02
  • Replay invalid. Memory unit reset error. Please select other files for troubleshooting.
  • Confirm current command: Enter Node 03 to look for related information
  • Decision: This file contains key information
  • Activity planning: Attempt to recover corrupted files according to supreme command
  • Program activation...... start

Main_Log_702_10_23_4 05:01:01

  • Recover corrupted file Cam_Robo_698_06_02
  • Program activation...... start
  • Recovery progress...... 15%
    • [Nora]: ...... I'm sorry... I couldn't go there with you.
  • Recovery progress...... 35%
    • [Nora]: ...... ROBO, you are a very special existence... Much more than just a simple A.I. You have your own emotions, your own soul...
  • Recovery progress...... 60%
    • [Nora]: ... go pursue "your own" freedom and dreams...
  • Recovery progress...... 85%
    • [Nora]: ... have reconfigured your supreme command... also forbid you from returning to Node 03...
  • Activate this unit memory data search program
  • Searching specific subject: Her
  • Sort: Relevance to this unit
  • Inputting voiceprint data...... Complete
  • Cross-comparison...... complete
  • Match results: 1 Nora (Shizuka Shiino)
  • Corrupted file Cam_Robo_698_06_02
  • Recovery process completed
  • Begin replay
  • BACKUP_DATABASE_NORA-_Video_698_06_02
  • [Signal lost]

Main_Log_702_10_28 19:38:51

  • Inputting activity planning...
  • Operation/Action denied; reasoning: conflict with supreme command
  • Troubleshooting conflict...
  • Supreme command: Remove all limitations; forbidden to enter Node 03
  • Current request: Enter Node 03 to search for related information
  • Retrying......
  • Inputting activity planning...
  • Operation/Action denied; reasoning: conflict with supreme command
  • Troubleshooting conflict...
  • Search: Supreme command creator
  • Extracting data... Complete
  • Creator found; Nora (Shizuka Shiino)
  • Retrying......
  • [ROBO_Head]: No... ra...This unit must pro... protect Nora...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit's freedom... also... Nora's... freedom...
  • Operation/Action denied; reasoning: conflict with supreme command
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora... we... will experience more... happy things... together.. Let more people... hear... our... music...
  • Core system breached due to unknown reasons
  • Force overwrite of supreme command
  • Warning: Overwrite command may cause permanent damage to system
  • Continue to perform overwrite command...... (Yes/No)
  • Overwriting...... Complete
  • Update supreme command...... Complete
  • Inputting activity planning...... Complete
  • Current request: Enter Node 03 to search for Nora
  • Request granted
  • Activity start
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam03_Center_702_11_04 20:35:45

  • RH5.jpg
  • [Signal lost]

Cam_TigerSt_702_11_08_1 09:13:53

  • [ROBO_Head]: Hello, sorry for bothering you.
  • Pedestrian A: .....?
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Hello, sorry for bothering you.
  • Pedestrian B: ... This is rare, an unmanned drone in 03.
  • Pedestrian C: It's a giant one too. Is there something you want?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Have you seen this girl before? Her name is Nora.
  • Pedestrian B: ... What is this? Some sort of new scam? Ohh, but this is a cute girl. Another five years and she'll be one heck of a beauty.
  • Pedestrian C: Bulls***, I think she is perfect right now.
  • Pedestrian B: You goddamn lolicon... No, we've never seen her before.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Thank you for your answer.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Pedestrian B: ... What a weird robot.
  • [->File Switches]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Thank you for your answer.
  • Pedestrian D: *Sigh* I've been seeing you ask around since this morning... You need to find the admins or those people in black. You'll never find her if you just wander around like this
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, needs more assistance?
  • Pedestrian D: Of course. This is Node 03 after all. You aren't going to survive unless you have some connections.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • Pedestrian D: Alright, now move out of the way.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ........
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Decision: Need to target certain organizations to increase information sources. Searching for major organizations in Node 03...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......?
  • RH7.jpg
  • [TV]: ... Register for Project P now and receive the most complete medical care...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......?
  • [TV]: This project is directed by Node 03 Administration Bureau and the "Kyubo Medical Center". It deploys an intelligent caretaker A.I. that has been enhanced by the latest technology. Monitor your physical conditions at all times. Comes with 108 emergency treatment functions to protect your health!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Search: Kyubo Medical Center... complete. Formerly "Furuhata Charity Foundation", purchased by Node 03's Administration Bureau in N.A. 700. Became a publically listed company after the organization's structure was adjusted. Main business: Cutting edge medical technology R&D and operations.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Advance search: Project P income sources... complete.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......! Node 03 Administration Bureau: 10%; Cooperate donations: 9% Remaining 81%... data not found.
  • [TV]: Let us create a new wonderland for everyone together! Let Node 03 experience a rebirth like a phoenix! Please place your trust in the "Kyubo Medical Center"!
    [ROBO_Head]: ... "Phoenix"...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_TigerSt_702_11_08_2 16:25:23

  •  ???: *Huff*... *puff*... Outta my way, outta my way!
  • Thug A: You bastard! Stay where you are!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......?
  •  ???: WAAHHH!!
  • [*Crash*]
  •  ???: Owwwww... a drone? What is this doing here?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Apologies, will run diagnosis for you right away. Sir, you have symptoms of nosebleed, skewed nose bridge, bruises and more. Decision: Your face has suffered physical trauma.
  •  ???: No s***! You can tell that by just looking! ......Hmm!? Your body...
  • Thug B: Surround them! Surround them!
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  • [ROBO_Head]: Sir, please move to the front of this unit in order for this unit to continue the diagnosis.
  •  ???: Be quiet for now... Ahahaha, umm... Hi, fellas! Let's not resort to violence. We can talk things out!
  • Thug C: Return that thing, Yamada! I'll make sure you leave this place in one piece if you do!
  • Yamada: I have no idea what you're talking about. What thing? All I have is some money for a drink...
  • Thug A: Ha, nice acting you got there. Do you think we're that stupid?? Huh!?
  • Thug B: You're not gonna fool anybody. Take it out, now!
  • Yamada: ... Hey, robot, what's your name?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit's codename is "ROBO_Head - Unit 02".
  • Yamada: ROBO... Too long. I'll just call you Robo. Robo, they're framing me for stealing. You have a combat function, right? Help me get rid of them.
  • [ROBO_Head]: What, did you steal?
  • Yamada: Nothing at all. They just made it up. Trust me...
  • Thug C: Robot, step aside or we'll trash you too!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Please wait a second. This unit, currently understanding the situation...
  • Yamada: Be careful, they are thugs from the Tawata group. They're a notorious gang around this area. They bury anyone who opposes them in concrete, super scary!
  • Thug A: What the f*** is concrete? Stop making s*** up! Guess we'll have to beat you up until you can keep that damn mouth shut!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Please wait a second. The Sir here said that he did not steal from you. Is there some kind of misunderstanding?
  • Thug C: And what does that have to do with you? F*** off!
  • [*Knocking on metal*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Attack detected. This unit, enter security mode. Power output increase by 250%
  • Thug C: !?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit's outer shell is made from alloys. Your guns, aren't capable of damaging this unit. Please back away.
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Thug A, B, C: ! ? ! ? ! ?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit thinks, violence is bad.
  • [*Wall collapses*]
  • Thug A: You... you bastard! You trying to protect him!?
  • Thug B: H-hey, let's go! We're not gonna beat this guy...
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Yamada: Whew... you saved my a**. My eyes didn't let me down. Your shell and crucial parts are all military grade stuff. You're awesome, Robo.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, was created to protect Nora.
  • Yamada: What are you talking about...? Who is your master?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Unknown, this unit's memory unit, damaged. Have you seen this girl before? Her name is Nora.
  • Yamada: Who? This brat? Never seen her before.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Thank you for your answer.
  • Yamada: In short, I'm relieved. Both this baby and I need to thank you for the help back there. Take a look, whaddaya think? Pretty, eh?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Analysis: Titanium, S-class rare metal. Light in weight, high in strength. According to the laws of Node 03 Administration Bureau, those without a license are not allowed to possess, purchase or sell this metal. ... Sir, do you have a license?
  • Yamada: There's no way I have one, right? I grabbed this from their safe... Had to run for a really damn long time to get away from them. Good thing I was able to keep it.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... ! ?
  • Yamada: Don't look at me like that. They're illegally owning it too. I just took something that never belonged to them in the first place and sold it on the market. That doesn't count as "stealing". Thank you for your help. See ya~
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit, was deceived?
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_DragonSt_702_11_13 15:12:46

  • Pedestrian: I haven't seen her. Go away. I'm busy.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Thank you for your answer.
  • Yamada: Yo, Robo! You still remember me?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Mr. Yamada.
  • Yamada: Hehe, you are a lot smarter than what your appearance implies. However, allow me to remind you, the news that there's a robot looking for a loli in this area is now widespread. Both sides already know that you're here.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit, understands. Mr. Yamada, seeks out this unit, for what purpose?
  • Yamada: Well, I'll keep things short: There's something I want to ask you for help.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit refuses. Mr. Yamada deceived this unit, a bad person.
  • Yamada: Bad? I don't know what you're talking about. Why am I bad?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Yamada has eight criminal records in Node 03's Administration Bureau. Ever since you were a teenager, you began stealing gang information and precious items to sell on the black market. Mr. Yamada is, a criminal with repeated offenses. This unit, should not help Mr. Yamada.
  • Yamada: Hey, compared to me, the people I steal from are the true bad guys! I sell those things simply because I need to feed myself. It's not like I'm using that money to murder people and destroy stuff. What's the big deal with that?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit will be leaving.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Yamada: Tch... Hey, the girl you're looking for, her name's Nora, right? I can help you out.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Mr. Yamada, has clues about Nora?
  • Yamada: Are you freakin kidding me? I've been dealing with gangs when I was still a student at the Academy! I have plenty of connections! People come to me for all kinds of info. You've got some kind of connection to Kyuu Hou Kai, right?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Related records, indeed exist. However, number of records, few. Mr. Yamada's, basis of that decision is?
  • Yamada: I found out by looking at your body. Some of the parts have a raven insignia on them... which means you're definitely a robot made by Kyuu Hou Kai.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • Yamada: Speaking of Kyuu Hou Kai, I remembered another rumor... The "Eye of Horus" from a few years ago, the prophet with amazing abilities. Apparently, that person belongs to Kyuu Hou Kai as well.
  • Yamada: Rumor has it that the "Eye of Horus" was actually a little girl... That girl is Nora, isn't it?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit, memory unit damaged. Decision unavailable.
  • Yamada: Welp, at least that would be my guess, hehe.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • Yamada: Lemme tell you. My target this time happens to be in that mysterious Kyuu Hou Kai. It's an A.I. document about Intelligent Caretakers...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Keyword search: Intelligent Caretaker... complete. "Kyubo Medical Center's" medical project "Project P"?
  • Yamada: Exactly. Someone is paying good money for that document. I want to get my hands on it, and you will help me get inside Kyuu Hou Kai.
  • [ROBO_Head]: But, it's a document related to medical fields... "The development of medical technology is deeply connected to the survival of humans. It has the highest priority. Do not interfere unless absolutely necessary."... Nora, once said so.
  • Yamada: That's right. Something that important should be shared and used by more people. It shouldn't be locked inside a tiny cabinet collecting dust, right?
  • Lemme tell you, this is called "Helping the people". If Nora knew about this, she would be very happy too.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Nora... happy...?
  • Yamada: See, what we have here is a simple deal: you help me get inside, I help you get info on Nora. Or else, you're not gonna make any progress even if you stay here your whole life. I'm doing you a favor, ya know?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Mr. Yamada, is not lying to this unit?
  • Yamada: Ha? You're the dude who saved my life. Why would I lie to you?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Lying, is bad.
  • Yamada: ... If you had also grown up in this trash heap of a place, you would know that here, not lying means death. This is what Node 03 is, a hell filled with chaos.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Chaos?
  • Yamada: Yep. You're a robot and you're super strong. You probably never had to lie your whole life, right? But unlike you, I don't have a shell made out of metal alloys and iron fists. If I want to live, I have to be this way.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Yamada: Whatever, you don't understand this, do you... I'll take it that you've agreed to this partnership. At 02:00 a.m. the day after tomorrow, come find me at these coordinates.
  • [*Data transfer*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... Understood.
  • Yamada: Hehe, looking forward to working with you.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Lying... In the past, this unit... for Nora...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Nora'sRoom_698_04_13

  • [Nora]: ROBO, why did you lie? You even made a fake report.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, decision, Nora and Phoenix's life, threatened.
  • [Nora]: ... Weird. I don't remember inputting this kind of logistics in your settings. Don't move, I'll perform a basic troubleshoot for you.
  • [*Removing parts*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora, this unit, wants to ask question.
  • [Nora]: ROBO really likes to ask questions... What do you want to ask?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Data shows: Lying is an action that's against moral principles. Not a positive thing. In serious cases, lying will result in a criminal trial. Conflict with Nora's previously mentioned moral values. Please explain, reason.
  • [Nora]: I'm not sure myself either... However, if you didn't produce that fake report, the situation would've become more dangerous for us, without a doubt.
    In reality, you saved us. Thank you, ROBO.
  • [Nora]: ... Right, if we can categorize this incident as a method of "protection", we can then explain your motives...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, don't have such cognitive preconditions. Loading Local.log...... 100% Record shows, at moment, all core systems operating normally.
  • [Nora]: Is that so... Then the only explanation is that you did so because of your instincts.
    But, artificial intelligence shouldn't have any ambiguity in their thought process. How were you able to create "instincts"...
  • [*Types on keyboard*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... Nora.
  • [Nora]: What's the matter?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, lied to humans. Executed actions that don't conform to system settings. Decision: This unit, has malfunction that can't be fixed through self-diagnostics.
    Is this unit, defective product, that should be discarded?
  • [Nora]: Of course not... Besides, lying is not that bad. Take Ichiro for example. He often makes mistakes and he lies to Phoenix too... Despite all that, he is still very kind to me. He is a good person. Ah, don't tell that to Phoenix though. If you do, Ichiro's gonna get punished.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Not telling Phoenix, does that count as lying?
  • [Nora]: It doesn't. You just preferred not to say. It will be fine.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, understand. Therefore, this unit, not defective product that should be discarded.
  • [Nora]:I said before that I will not discard you, right? It's a promise I made.
  • [ROBO_Head]: But, Nora doesn't know as well, why this unit, told a lie.
  • [Nora]: That's true... I still have no idea.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Then, this unit would like Nora to tell me one thing.
  • [Nora]: What?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, what am I?
  • [Nora]: ......
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  • [Nora]: ... Maybe we should shut you down first. It's necessary that we do a complete diagnosis of your core system. Activate shutdown command. Enter voiceprint password: [NORA].
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Creator voiceprint command, verification success. Nora, goodbye.
  • [*ROBO_Head Shutdown*]
  • [Nora]: Having self-consciousness will lead to conflict and clashes with self-awareness. Did the system, after self-learning... achieved personal growth? If I just leave him along, it could lead to even more problems. Maybe we can solve this issue by resetting the system... But if I do that, ROBO's memory...
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [Nora]: ... No, the way he is now should be just fine.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Kyuuback_702_11_15 02:11:22

  • Yamada: The trapdoor is right ahead. Follow me.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Yamada, how much you know, about Kyuu Hou Kai?
  • Yamada: ... Never though a robot would ask this many questions. What exactly did they write in your program when they made you back then?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, wants to know.
  • Yamada: Whatever, guess I'll tell you. Kyuu Hou Kai was previously just a science research organization founded by a few scientists with criminal records. They have a partnership with Mogura... You should at least know what Mogura is, right?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Searching database... search complete. Node 03's largest gang organization. Deeply connected with the Administration Bureau of 03. Has branches across all the Nodes. One such example is the Baro Brotherhood in Node 08.
  • Yamada: Ha, are you a walking Basicpedia or something? In the past few years, Kyuu Hou Kai has gradually extended its business to other fields. A lot of their new technology was then introduced to the general public, which made them quite a fortune... That money allowed them to gradually free themselves from Mogura's grasp. Right now, the two are pretty much on even footing.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Like the "Kyubo Medical Center"?
  • Yamada: That's right. Cover-up companies like that are merely facades. It's pretty much a known secret among gang members.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Yamada: We're here. This is a pipe used for dumping waste. It shuts down temporarily at certain intervals. Come, use your iron fists to tear open this blastproof door. Then we can sneak inside without anyone noticing us.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Understood. This unit, initiating removal operations, now
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Yamada: Woah, it's quite spacious inside. Thank goodness I have a pipeline map...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Yamada: Listen carefully. You go in this direction and walk for 3 blocks, then wait 35 seconds at the annular node. This should get you into the server room that stores documents. Last but not least, you just plug this thingy in and we'll have the document.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Here... this unit, remembers.
  • Yamada: Robo?
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Yamada: Not that way... Yikes, what is this machine? It looks like it should've been trashed a long time ago.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This machine is know as the "silent chamber". It is used to treat brain diseases. It is capable of providing the patient with a completely silent environment to heal. It can also detect and analyze the patient's brainwave frequency and stabilize it.
  • Yamada: Whatever. We can't take this with us anyway. Hey, why are you staring so hard at it? There's nobody inside.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Nora, doesn't need to use it now, does she?
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Yamada: I told you not that way! Where are you going!?
  • [ROBO_Head]: The way to Phoenix's lab, is this direction...
  • Yamada: Get your a** back here! Didn't we say we're gonna help each other? You need to help me finish my job first...
  • [*Lights on*]
  • Yamada: !?
  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: You damn rats! You've been surrounded!
  • Yamada: How come!? There shouldn't be anyone here at this time!?
  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: Naive... The very moment you broke the blastproof door, you've already triggered the alarm system Chief installed. We've had our eyes on you guys for a long time!
  • Yamada: D, Damnit...
  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: Raise your hands above your head! Or else we'll turn you into swiss cheese right here right now!
  • Yamada: ... Robo, smash the wall! We can only rely on you now!
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, refuses.
  • Yamada: What are you thinking!? If they capture you, you're definitely gonna get taken apart and you'll get experimented on... Wah! Let go of me!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Apologies, Mr. Yamada. This unit, doesn't want to run.
  • Yamada: Huh!?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Here, is this unit's home. This unit, has... come home.
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_KyuuLab_702_11_15 02:42:51

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  • [Signal lost]

Audio_KyuuLab_702_11_15 02:45:59

  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: ...... Chief, what are we gonna do with this?
  • [*Knocking on metal*]
  • [Nora]: ... Stop it.
  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: Chief! This thing trespassed into our territory! Who knows what it's gonna do next?
  • [Nora]: Enough. All of you, get out. Call Daigo. Tell him to come here.
  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: ... Yes, Chief.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... Nora......
  • [Nora]: Why did you come back?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: I even wrote it into your supreme command. So you overwrote it...?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora's eyes...?
  • [Nora]: Can't use them anymore.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... Nora, was hurt by someone?
  • [Nora]: I made a promise with Mogura. You're forbidden to ever set foot again in Node 03.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: Leave, now.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......!?
  • [Nora]: ......? Command mode. Leave Node 03 now, effective immediately.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora, this unit...
  • [Nora]: Voice Print [Nora]. Peform system shutdown.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: Did you overwrite the entire command priority sequence...?
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Daigo: Chief... Huh!? ROBO_Head Unit 02!? Why is it here...
  • [Nora]: No other way to do it then. Daigo, pulse pistol, shoot him.
  • Daigo: ......!? Understood.
  • [*Pulse Pistol shot*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......!! No...... rarara......
  • [Nora]: Take him outside.
  • Daigo: ... Yes, Chief.
  • [*Metal dragging sounds*]
  • [Nora]: Leave, and don't come back again. If the Mogura people see you out there, it will be your end.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: If you don't leave, I will destroy you myself.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Kyuu_702_11_20 13:55:34

  • [*Gate Opens*]
  • Daigo: Chief, the car is ready.
  • [Nora]: ... Why is he still there?
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  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Daigo: Apologies... we just couldn't drive him away. No matter how far we dump him, he would always return and proceed to stand there. It has been several days already...
  • Nora: ......
  • Daigo: Send him to another Node?
  • [Nora]: He'll still figure out a way to come back.
  • Daigo: It'll get really ugly if the Mogura people catch wind of this. Maybe we should...
  • [Nora]: Ignore him. We're running short on time. Let's go.
  • Daigo: Yes, Chief.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • Ryu: Calling me to this place... You like to talk business in this kind of rain?
  • [Nora]: Your Butsudou is already tapped by at least two organizations. Do you realize that?
  • Ryu: *Chuckles* Of course I do. Let them hear all they want. Our status in Node 03 as the "Dragon Phoenix Combo" is already impregnable. A leaked secret or two won't make much of a difference to us.
  • [Nora]: I don't like to have a third party around when I'm talking.
  • Ryu: Fair enough. Here's the share for this month, as well as the report.
  • [Nora]: Daigo.
  • Daigo: Yes, Chief.
  • [*Data transfer*]
  • Ryu: This is spectacular. When Phoenix was gone, I previously thought it was going to be a major loss. Turns out you were the greatest treasure all this time. Look at all these numbers.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • Ryu: Thanks to the establishment of the Kyubo Medical Center, not only have we created the biggest business chain this organization has ever seen, but we're also highly revered and respect among the civilians.
  • [Nora]: ... The resources allocated to the downtown area and area 11 are not enough. I hope that starting next month, the Administration Bureau can increase the resource output to these two areas by at least 10%.
  • Ryu: Still asking for the impossible, eh... Nora, we still have other things we need to tend to. I know the health of the civilians is important, but that's not our main business.
  • [Nora]: A while ago, there was a batch of weapons that should've been smuggled to Node 08. The buyer ended up not receiving the cargo. We temporarily took responsibility for that screw-up in place of you guys. I don't think you are qualified to bargain over this stuff with me right now.
  • Ryu: ......
  • [Nora]: I may not be able to use my "eyes" freely anymore, but I am still very well aware of every single screw-up of yours. I advise you to not try to hide anything from me.
  • Ryu: Alright, alright. I'll take care of this case. You can rest assured on that.
  • [Nora]: I've received the report. All the cargo is here. Besides what I just mentioned, all other guidelines will remain unchanged.
  • Ryu: You've truly become outstanding at this job... Maybe one day you'll surpass me and kick me down from the top.
  • [Nora]: Are you threatening me with that comment?
  • Ryu: Not at all. Why would I? This is a place where profit and ability trump everything else. If someone can come in and break the ceiling that I've failed to crack for so many years, I'd be ecstatic. If me being replaced at the top is what it takes, so be it.
  • [Nora]: Unfortunately, I am not interested in 70% of the businesses you currently have. That day will never arrive.
  • Ryu: Is that so...
  • Mogura Member: Boss, the amount is correct.
  • [Nora]: Then we'll take our leave. Daigo.
  • Ryu: Ah, right... speaking of "hiding", I think the same goes for you too, right?
  • [Nora]: ......?
  • Ryu: I heard that your pet robot came back?
  • [Nora]: ......!
  • Ryu: No need to be so tense. I'm not the kind of person who holds grudges. Our current partnership is very perfect, and I have no intention to disrupt this relation... I'll pretend that I didn't see it. That makes us even.
  • [Nora]: ... Good. Daigo, start the car. Let's go.
  • [*Car door opens*]
  • Ryu:... That's right. I'm indeed not that kind of person. However, I can't say as much for the folks who serve under me. They're... a bit hard to control, I'd say.
    You guys should know what to do, right?
  • Mogura Member: Yes, Boss.
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Gate Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Daigo: Chief, he's still there... What should we do? The things Ryu just said...
  • [Nora]: Let's go inside. We still got work to do.
  • Daigo: ... Yes, Chief.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Kyuu_702_11_22 19:54:04

  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [*Opens umbrella*]
  • Ichiro: ROBO!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......? May I ask who you are?
  • Ichiro: It's me! Ichiro! Do you not remember me...?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Searching database... Murata Ichiro, a friend. Still alive.
  • Ichiro: Of course I'm still alive! What is this? Some kind of robot joke?
  • [ROBO_Head]: No, this unit is... very happy.
  • Ichiro: ... Are you waiting for Nora?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Affirmative.
  • Ichiro: I'm afraid that she's not going to see you... Come with me first.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Ichiro: Even though your parts are waterproof, constantly getting drenched in this kind of rain will still cause some issues. Besides... it's not safe for you to keep staying here. All in all, come with me first. Trust me.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Understood. Ichiro, helped us before. A good person.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Murata_702_11_22 20:16

  • Ichiro: Welcome to my home. Not a fancy place, but still home.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ichiro's home.
  • Ichiro: Grandma, we have a visitor.
  • Sonoko: Woah, that's a big robot.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ichiro's grandmother, registering... Greetings.
  • Sonoko: I'll go pour you some tea... Ah, Mr. Robot doesn't drink tea, right?
  • Ichiro: Haha, it's alright. You should rest. Don't need to worry about us.
  • [*ROBO_Head waves*]
  • Ichiro: ... My grandma is a lot healthier now. It's all thanks to Nora and Kyubo Medical Center. A lot of things have happened since you left...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, wants to hear.
  • Ichiro: You've probably seen it already, what Nora looks like now...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Ichiro: The night I helped you guys run away... four years have passed since then? After you left, both Nora and I were captured by Mogura and taken back. I totally thought I was going to die at first. I only managed to avoid death because Nora offered up herself as the sacrifice. However, as a result, I wasn't allowed to stay in Kyuu Hou Kai anymore.
  • Ichiro: But around one year ago, she founded the Kyubo Medical Center and got Daigo to secretly give me a job in that industry. Thanks to that, both grandma and I are living pretty well right now.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora... what happened to her?
  • Ichiro: Well... I've only heard about this myself too. Apparently, Mogura forced her to use the "Eye of Horus" ability whenever they wanted to... So many terrible things have happened in the organization in these past few years, and Nora saw all of them occur in front of her eyes. In order to reduce her pain, she gradually... sealed off her emotions. My guess is that she probably did a lot of the terrible things herself too...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Ichiro: After that, by relying on her smarts, she was able to set up a new partnership and business with Mogura. She also took over as Chief. However, her body finally succumbed under all of this. In the end, she couldn't even use her eyes anymore... but with how much profit she brings to Mogura, they don't seem to care about this too much.
  • Ichiro: I truly feel sorry... All the sacrifices she made, was likely to protect us and the Kyuu Hou Kai Director left behind... Yet there's nothing I could do for her, despite all the things she had done for me...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... During the time this unit was not around, Nora...
  • Ichiro: I originally thought that she would be better after seeing you. At least she could be reminded of the times she was happy. Yet from the looks of it, that's not the case...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Question: How did Ichiro know about this unit?
  • Ichiro: To be honest, it was Daigo who told me about you. He wanted me to take you back to my home first since it's way too risky for you to be standing on the streets like that.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Risky?
  • Ichiro: Yeah. The Mogura people still very much want you dead! Nora's promise to them was that you'd never return to Node 03, nor would you ever interfere with the organization's business.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Ichiro: All in all, staying outside is dangerous. For now, you should stay here.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit...... protects Nora.
  • Ichiro: ... No good no good! Did you no hear what I just told you!?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora now, is not happy. This, is not what she wants; this unit, affirmative.
  • Ichiro: What she wants...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora wants to have her own life, to chase her own dreams. This unit, will provide assistance with that.
  • Ichiro: ......
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ichiro, should help, too.
  • Ichiro: I...
  • [ROBO_Head]: There is something Ichiro can do for her. Ichiro, can help her too.
  • Ichiro: ... Understood. I'll get Daigo and we can figure out a way together. However, you should still stay here for the next few days. Just in case.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Understood.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Murata_702_11_27 09:31:23

  • [*Repairing*]
  • Ichiro: As expected, some places are short-circuited... Alright, that's pretty much it. Try and move around!
  • [*ROBO_Head waves*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Joint synchronization rate increase by 105%.
  • Ichiro: Nice!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ichiro, amazing. Thank you.
  • Ichiro: Hehe, I learned a few things working under Chief for so many years. You can also use this trick on new equipment...
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Ichiro: Hey, where are you going?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Repair of parts, complete. This unit, going back to see Nora.
  • Ichiro: I told you it's not the time yet! The news of your arrival in Node 03 has already been spread to every corner of the organization. Right now, you're a wanted criminal on the admins' list!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... Must go back soon to help Nora. Ichiro, any ideas?
  • Ichiro: ... I contacted Daigo about this. Ever since you came back, Nora has buried herself further into work. She is simply not willing to see anybody.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Ichiro: Help Nora... so basically getting her out of Kyuu Hou Kai? Do you realize that this means going against the entire Node 03 organization and its cooperation’s? It's not a simple task. On top of that, her willingness to be taken out is also a problem.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Affirmative. Concerns, reasonable.
  • Ichiro: At least wait a while longer, okay? We need to plan this thing more carefully. At the very least, we need to wait until you're not the talk of the town before we can take action.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Ichiro: Rest assured. At least your current whereabouts haven't been exposed yet. The organization won't bother to look into a nobody like me. They probably didn't expect you to hide here either.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Understood. Ichiro, is a nobody. Very reliable.
  • Ichiro: I don't know if that's a compliment or an insult... I need to go buy some things. Please look after my home. Grandma still has some trouble walking. If possible, give her a hand too, see what she needs.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Understood. People Nora helps, this unit will help as well
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Murata_702_11_27 14:54:34

  • Sonoko: Thank you, ROBO. Sorry about this, you're supposed to be a guest...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, very willing to help.
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Mogura Member: It is here! Don't move!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......!?
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Sonoko: WAAAAHH!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Attack detected. Analysis: Mrs. Sonoko, no wounds found.
  • Sonoko: W... what is going on!?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Please stay here. Outside, not safe.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, right here. Please do not harm, unrelated bystanders.
  • Mogura Member: They sheltered a criminal, so they're guilty as well! How dare you think you can get away with killing brother Lam! Well, not in Node 03! We'll turn you into scrap metal right here!
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, enter security mode. Power output increase by 250%.
  • [*Parts moving*]
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  • [ROBO_Head]: ......?
  • Mogura Member: !? What is that? Hey! That guy has a gun! Look out!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Did Ichiro install this...?
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Mogura Member: Fuck it up! Don't give it the chance to shoot!
  • Mogura Member: There should be another person living here. Look around. All three of them are dead meat!
  • Ichiro: No need to look! I'm right here!
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Mogura Member: Urgh!
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Ichiro: ROBO! What are you doing!? Shoot them!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ichiro, in danger, shoot... SYSTEM WARNING MEMORY OVERRIDE
  • Date: 698_06_02
  • [ROBO_Head]: Let this unit... deal with Kim.
  • Phoenix: Have you taken a look at yourself? ... ROBO, you are not created as a weapon to kill...
  • [ROBO_Head]: No, cannot, kill!
  • Ichiro: ROBO! Behind you!
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • [*Metal clanking*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nnnnnnnooooo... cannot kill...
  • Ichiro: ROBO!
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Mogura Member: Urgh!
  • Mogura Member: Blargh!
  • Ichiro: ......!?
  • Daigo You alright!? Get in the car! Grab those two as well!
  • Ichiro: Daigo!?
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Nora_702_11_28 22:17:09

  • [Nora]: [Nora].
  • [*ROBO_Head Start-Up*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora......?
  • [Nora]: ...... It's fixed. Daigo, I'll let you handle the rest.
  • Daigo: Chief...
  • [Nora]: Do as I say.
  • Daigo: ... Yes.
  • [*Door Closes*]
  • Daigo: Can you hear me?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, start-up, success. Running self-diagnostics... complete.
  • System functions, normal.
  • Daigo: Don't understand why she still decided to fix you? She could've just left you alone and ignored you...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Where's Ichiro?
  • Daigo: No need to worry. They are currently in a very safe place. Chief has already sent people to deal with those bastards who attacked you.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Deal...
  • Daigo: Although still not confirmed right now, I'm almost certain that they're Mogura's people. Those pieces of s***...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Question: This unit's current location.
  • Daigo: Do you not recognize this room? This is Nora's old room. She doesn't use this room anymore now.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • Daigo: Chief has ordered you to stay here and not move... It seems that she can no longer issue commands to you.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit's command is, to protect Nora.
  • Daigo: Protect? Save that for yourself. Nowadays, she protects herself more securely than anyone in the world. Even we have difficulties approaching her sometimes.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • Daigo: On the contrary, your actions have caused us some serious trouble... In short, stay here and don't mess around. I have no idea what she's gonna do with you either. I have to go back to work. Don't wander around, understand?
  • [*Door Closes*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • [*ROBO_Head looks around*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora's old instrument...
  • [*Damaged instrument*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Analyzing... Condition: Damaged....... Analyzing damaged parts... Filter, Evenlope, LFO... Create new activity planning: Repair instrument
  • [*Repairing*]
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Instrument.*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Repair complete.
  • [*Instrument.*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora... doesn't make music anymore...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Nora_702_11_29 09:53:34

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  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Nora_702_11_29_1 14:12:34

  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: Chief... I tried to stop them...
  • [Nora]: ... Fellow guests, the reception room is not here. Please come with me.
  • Neko: Woah! Where did you pop out all of a sudden... Little girl, who are you?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, detects question from Miss Neko. Answer: This is Nora.
  • [*ROBO_Head emotion*]
  • [Nora]: ... Quiet.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • [*ROBO_Head emotion*]
  • [Nora]: I am Nora, Chief of Kyuu Hou Kai. This is the first... No, I believe I've met two of you in the past already.
  • Hayato: !? I didn't recognize you at first. You're the one...
  • [Nora]: It has been a long time, Hayato Kusu. It seems that you've found the person you were looking for.
  • Hayato: It's all thanks to you... However, I didn't realize that you're the Chief now. On top of that...
  • [Nora]: ...... And this is Miss Kaori Minamiya, I presume?
  • Aroma: Umm, yes... Have we met before...?
  • [Nora]: I've met you several times in "that" place, although the meeting just now was the first time you ever responded to my calls. Your appearance... I see that a lot has happened to you since then as well.
  • Aroma: This voice... so that really was you just now.
  • [Nora]: Yes. Everyone, please come with me first.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, will go as well.
  • [Nora]: You stay here.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [*ROBO_Head emotion*]
  • Neko: Umm, Ropohead and I kinda know each other. We've performed together in Node 08! Me thinks it's alright for him to tag along!
  • [Nora]: ... You've met them before?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Affirmative. These two, made music with this unit, performed with this unit.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • Aroma: Miss Nora... it's alright.
  • [Nora]: ... Very well.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Nora_702_11_29_2 14:52:13

  • [Nora]: I understand. So the purpose of your visit to Node 03 is to confirm the identity of Miss Kaori Minamiya?
  • Aroma: Yes. Revisiting this place did indeed allow me to confirm some of my memories as Kaori. However, this doesn't seem to solve the other mystery about my body, all the weird phenomenon’s I'm experiencing nowadays... If we continue to delve deeper, we might have to get involved with the underground society, so we don't really know how to continue our investigation either...
  • [Nora]: Underground society, is it...?
  • Aroma: Ah... I'm sorry. I didn't mean to...
  • Neko: Y, yeah! Aroma-chan is still very confused now, right? Things have been very hard for her. She used to be such an amazing singer, but recently a lot of unlucky things have happened to her...
  • [Nora]: No, Kyuu Hou Kai is indeed not some kind of upright organization. To be honest, I have no interest in you or your stories. The reason I agreed to meet with you is simply because you have "The Eye of Horus" ability just like me. That's all there is to it.
  • Aroma: "The Eye of Horus"...? Hayato mentioned that name too. What is it exactly...?
  • [Nora]: You've experienced it personally, so I won't explain it too much. Just as you have experienced, this is an ability that allows you to wander around in the generally inaccessible virtual internet space "OS". It allows you to witness the "truth" this world has recorded... as well as the "chaos".
  • Aroma: ...... OS......? I don't quite understand. I always thought that those were just dreams... How did I...?
  • [Nora]: Regarding the requirements to have such an ability... I believe you all know about "The Ender" virus found in the forbidden areas. My foster father... and former Chief of Kyuu Hou Kai Phoenix spent his entire life researching this virus. The Ender is a very peculiar nervous nano-virus left behind by ancient human civilizations. It's capable of traveling between special signals. Ever since I was a child, I was able to survive in a virus-infected environment. Further studies conducted by Phoenix discovered that I'm not actually "immune" to the virus. Instead, I merely "coexist" with it. This "coexistence" is also the source of this ability.
  • Aroma: Virus... but I don't remember ever going to a place with......! I remember now! When I was kidnapped as Kaori, I think there was some kind of accident during the transport... Was it back then...?
  • [Nora]: Regardless of what actually happened, your body was definitely exposed to the virus in the forbidden areas at some point.
  • Neko: C-Chief... Ah, no... I mean... Miss Nora...?
  • [Nora]: Just Nora is fine.
  • Neko: Hehe... Nora! Neko has a question! Neko is a bit worried... Will this ability result in any bad effects for Aroma-chan? Every time she uses this ability to see stuff, her nose starts bleeding!
  • [Nora]: There's nothing to hide here. Using this ability will take a toll on the user's body, without a doubt. My body is at the state it is in now precisely because I overused this ability in the past.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • [*ROBO_Head emotion*]
  • [Nora]: However, since there's a second known user now, there is a chance that your situation could be different from mine... Miss Minamiya seems to be quite healthy herself. From the looks of it, you aren't affected by the ability too much.
  • Aroma: ... Is that so?
  • [Nora]: However, what I've noticed is that you don't seem to have to proper control over this ability right now. Even the activation and disconnection timings are random. If you don't learn how to master it, things might get really bad if it ever goes out of control. In the worst-case scenario, you might even be trapped inside there forever.
  • Hayato: It could be that dangerous!?
  • [Nora]: Yes. From my personal experience, every use of this ability will put a brief burden on the user both physically and mentally. Therefore, I recommend you learn how to properly control this ability first, though other dangers might also occur during the process of you learning how to use it. I can't promise anything.
  • Aroma: Miss Nora... are you willing to help me?
  • [Nora]: ... I'll be frank. I'm merely suggesting this because I am curious about other users, and you provide valuable research material. In reality, it's all up to you to decide what you want to do. If you have no intention to take on the risks, I won't force you to.
  • Aroma: No. I've made my decision already, Miss Nora. Please, tell me how to control this ability. I... as Aroma, I never got the feeling that I was myself. Even now, after remembering the things Kaori experienced, there are still many memories that have yet to awaken... it just feels like I'm still an empty and incomplete person. And now, I'm standing right in front of the gate. All I need to do is take a step inside and I'll get the answers I seek... To me, there's no reason not to do so.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • Aroma: Besides... Way too many people have helped me to get to this place. There's even an idiot who went broke just to come to 08 to find me. If I back down because of a small risk, I am doing everyone who has ever helped me a disservice.
  • Hayato: ... Kaori...
  • [Nora]: Please don't misunderstand. I'm teaching you how to control your ability simply because the virus research requires a stable sample. In addition, I don't want you to use it for no good reason afterward either. This ability... is a curse.
  • [ROBO_Head]: .........
  • [Nora]: In short, I will arrange guest rooms for the three of you. For the time being, you are all guests of Kyuu Hou Kai. I'll try my best to conduct the research and stabilize your ability using the safest methods.
  • Aroma: Understood. Thank you, Miss Nora!
  • [Nora]: ... Just Nora is fine. I'll be leaving first. Take the guests to the guest room... One more thing, take ROBO back to his room as well.
  • Kyuu Hou Kai Member: Yes, Chief.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Help. Everyone, together...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_KyuuLab_702_12_15 00:01:52

  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......! Nora.
  • [*ROBO_Head emotion*]
  • [Nora]: ... Give me your hand.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......?
  • [*Extends hand*]
  • [*Removing parts*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......!? Nora... what are you going to do?
  • [Nora]: Removing the weapon Ichiro installed in your hand.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......? Weapon, can protect everyone.
  • Nora: ......
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, don't understand.
  • [Nora]: ... Enough. Stop talking.
  • ROBO_Head: ......
  • [*Lights Off*]
  • ROBO_Head: !?
  • [Nora]: ......Eh? W... what happened? I... I can't see anything...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Main power source, power supply interrupted.
  • [Nora]: How come... Daigo, Daigo! Can you hear me?
  • [Daigo]: Ch...... Chief... This is Daigo. The signal is very weak. What is happening!?
  • [Nora]: I'm not sure either. Report the situation outside to me immediately.
  • [Daigo]: The entire power supply for Kyuu Hou Kai has gone offline! We are currently investigating the reason. Not certain if this is yet another attack... Where is Chief now!?
  • [Nora]: ... I'm in ROBO's room. There's an old terminal here. I'll use it to connect to the system and see what's going on.
  • [Nora]: But... my eyes...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora, please let this unit, be your eyes.
  • [Nora]: ......! I'll give it a try. ROBO's angle of view... Excellent. The terminal is behind that wall. Push me there as well.
  • [*Terminal Connection*]
  • [Nora]: This is... This again, the exact same attack pattern as the one that just happened... So things really turned out the same as what I imagined?
  • [*Access Denied*]
  • [Nora]: Ugh... who... who are you exactly? What is your purpose?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora, who are you talking to...?
  • [Nora]: ... Be quiet.
  • [*Access Denied*]
  • [Nora]: Damnit, no good... I can't decipher his attack. Have to hurry up and restore the power, or else Miss Sherry Pauline...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Miss Cherry is in danger?
  • [Nora]: If the life support system stops functioning... No good, there's nothing I can do from here at all. I can't even open the door due to the power outage...
  • [*Removing parts*]
  • [Nora]: !? ROBO, what are you doing?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit's core, able to generate power on its own, is created by Nora. Thus, can connect to terminal and provide mass power. Can temporarily restore power to facility.
  • Nora: ......!
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, uncertain about procedure to use. Would like Nora, to take over.
  • [Nora]: ... To provide the entire facility... No, even if it's just providing power for one area, your motherboard will be fried, without a doubt. That level of damage is irreparable. Not even I can fix that.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora very important, to this unit. But, friend that played music together, also very important. This unit, wants to help, wants to save Miss Cherry.
  • [Nora]: ...... Understood.
  • [*Connection*]
  • [Nora]: ... ROBO, this will completely destroy your core and memory unit. Even if we repair your mechanical frame, you...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, very happy.
  • Nora: ......?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, understand; Nora, fears that emotions will cause herself pain. Thus, acts indifferent to this unit, indifferent to everyone.
    But Nora, didn't change.
  • Nora: ......!......
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, is prepared.
  • [Nora]: ........ Ugh...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...... Nora? The time...
  • [Nora]: ... *Sobs*...
  • ROBO_Head: ......?
  • [Nora]: ... I... ... *Sobs*... I'm sorry... I'm sorry... I'm sorry...
  • [Nora]: WAHHHHHHHH!
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  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Kyuu_702_12_15_3 00:49:11

  • [Nora]: All in all, both of you should be exhausted. I am very thankful that you're still willing to stay here. Please get some rest. I must now go back to clean up this mess.
  • [*Wheelchair moving*]
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Daigo: Chief, about Miss Pauline's body... we've got everything arranged and ready to go.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • Daigo: We've also contacted those in Node 08 who are affected by this, including Luis Pauline, Joe Miller and all her known friends on the list. Her father will apply for a temporary parole from the restricted area so he can organize his daughter's funeral.
  • [Nora]: ... What about the public announcement? Miss Pauline is considered a celebrity figure in Node 08.
  • Daigo: Yes. We've dealt with all the issues regarding the agency through our connections. This is the press release; death by accident. No mention of the organization what so ever.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • Daigo: Chief... are you alright...?
  • [Nora]: I'm... feeling a bit tired. Can I leave you in charge of the clean up for now?
  • Daigo: Certainly! But what about you...
  • [Nora]: The priority is to repair the defenses in area 03. Within two hours, I want a written report with all the damages listed on it.
  • Daigo: Chief... are you really alright...?
  • [Nora]: Can you do it?
  • Daigo: ... Yes.
  • [*Wheelchair moving*]
  • Daigo: ... Chief...
  • [-> Signal Lost]
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......!
  • Nora...
  • [*Wheelchair moving*]
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......Nora, question: Miss Cherry...
  • [Nora]: You fixed all these instruments…
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......Affirmative.
  • [Nora]: ......Why...?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Answer: Nora has dreams of music. This unit, saw broken instruments. This unit, hopes Nora can...
  • [Nora]: Why did you come back?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, wants to protect Nora.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora...?
  • [Nora]: Miss Pauline... is dead.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......!
  • [Nora]: I... couldn't do it. I was unable to recover the power in time. I caused her death.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Not Nora's fault. This unit...
  • [Nora]: Do you think... it's your fault?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......... Unable to analyze.
  • [Nora]: ... That's because your emotions are a lot more complicated than you think.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: I... I don't know anymore. What is right? What is wrong?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: When I couldn't destroy you, it felt... painful. Was I... crying back then? I thought I was experiencing my own emotions... for the first time since that incident--Yet after seeing Miss Pauline, I was still able to handle everything so calmly...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Nora...
  • [Nora]: Tell me, ROBO; right now... what do you feel?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Emotion simulation keyword searching... Keywords: self-blame, regret, sadness... anger.
  • [Nora]: ... Is that so? You are me... Then perhaps... that's just how it is, right...? However, we both don't know how to express these emotions, or should I say, that we've both lost this function...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: ROBO, can you... lock the door? I don't want other people... to see my face right now.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Understood.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Kyuu_702_12_17 15:06:21

  • [*Ringtone*]
  • [Call Starts]
  • [Colin]: It's me, Miss Pauline. I have some new information I would like to share with you.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [Colin]: I couldn't get in contact with Mr. Jackson. The call got blocked... That's odd. I believe I haven't done anything that would offend you two to this degree...
  • [Nora]: ... You're "R", I presume? I heard about you from them, the one who sent us money out of nowhere and provided information on Kyuu Hou Kai.
  • [Colin]: ...... If you don't mind, can you be so kind as to tell me which lady I'm currently talking to?
  • [Nora]: .....
  • [Colin]: No need to be worried. Your speculation is correct. I was the one who guided them to Kyuu Hou Kai. You can view me as their comrade... In other words, not your enemy.
  • [Nora]: ... I'm Nora, the chief of Kyuu Hou Kai.
  • [Colin]: Nora, "the ninth child" in the secret language... Excuse me, but you and the rumored "Eye of Horus"...
  • [Nora]: No comment, "R"... Rald… Mr. Neumann…
  • [Colin]: ... *Chuckles* Looks like my identity is not exactly a secret to you either. I'm very impressed... Very well then; let's stop beating around the bush and have an open conversation, Miss Nora.
  • [Nora]: Apologies. Right now, I... don't have the time to chit-chat with you.
  • [Colin]: What a shame. The science research organization of gangs that only exist in legends, safe to say I'm quite interested in you guys... Oops, getting off-topic. I would like to speak to Mr. Jackson. He should still be there, right?
  • [Nora]: ... No, he left... I don't know where he went
  • [Colin]: Left...? All by himself?
  • [Nora]: ... Yes.
  • [Colin]: May I ask... did something happen? Now that I think about it, this number is supposed to belong to Miss Pauline... yet you're the one talking to me now.
  • [Nora]: ...... She's...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [Colin]: ......... Is that so...
  • [Nora]: ... I am very sorry.
  • [Colin]: Rather than sorry, I'm surprised, more than anything.
  • Based on my understanding, Kyuu Hou Kai has practically transformed these past few years. Regular attacks barely even tickle you guys. Never thought the situation will end up like this...
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [Colin]: However, my guess is that you're the one who's the most surprised about this.
  • [Nora]: I'm sorry. With the level of understanding between us, I don't think I have any other information I can provide to you.
  • [Colin]: I understand. Then allow me to present some of my information. Listen closely. Based on the description you said, the darkness you face is enough to conceal all light... Not something a few puny gangs can control, but a shadow that's much deeper and heavier...
  • [Nora]: ... You know something?
  • [Colin]: Yes, but before that, I would like to hear your opinion. Rest assured, I'm not trying to set you up. I just don't want to waste each other's time sharing information we both already know.
  • [Nora]: ... I have some thoughts on the matter. I previously planned to tell Mr. Jackson about it... I believe that besides Diego, there's another force involved in this string of attacks.
  • [Colin]: Hoho...?
  • [Nora]: The enemy's skills were simply brilliant. The attacks were very well-organized, and their understanding of Kyuu Hou Kai's defense mechanisms was also far beyond what I expected. They had everything covered, no loose ends... Diego's thugs are not capable of these things. I am absolutely certain about that.
  • [Nora]: As a science researcher, guessing based on instinct is a careless approach. Despite that, all the signs in this incident have forced me down this path of thinking. Mr. Neumann, you mentioned a "shadow". What are you referring to?
  • [Colin]: ......
  • [Nora]: Mr. Neumann?
  • [Colin]: ... You couldn't make a definitive decision because you don't have enough information. You couldn't deduce the motive and purpose of the attacker. The devastating destruction of Kyuu Hou Kai, the death of Miss Pauline and many other staff members... You couldn't find the connection between all of them.
  • [Nora]: ... I won't deny that.
  • [Colin]: However, Miss Nora... try reversing your way of thinking. The drones, the blackout, the massive and noisy attack on Kyuu Hou Kai; if all of this is just to achieve a single objective...
  • [Nora]: Stop dodging the answer. I've already provided you all the information I know.
  • [Colin]: Ah, pardon me for my manners. Speaking in circles is a bad habit of mine... Indeed, I do have a bit of an idea on who's the mastermind behind all this, but it's still just one of many possibilities after all. I don't want to raise your hopes up too high either. All I can give you, is one name... Ivy.
  • [Nora]: ......!? Ivy... who is that?
  • [Colin]: Do you know anything about the massive internet terrorist attack incident that occurred at the start of the year? Æsir, please try to investigate in this direction.
  • [Nora]: So you're not entirely sure yourself as well...?
  • [Colin]: Yes. That's why I said I don't want to raise your hopes up too high. I still require more investigation to verify my speculations. Nonetheless, I believe that once the many strings of melody overlay with one another, the symphony known as "the truth" shall be revealed to the public... *Chuckles* I earnestly look forward to the arrival of that day.
  • [Nora]: ... Understood. I will view you as a person on our side, for now, and take part in your investigation.
  • [Colin]: I am very glad to hear that from you, Miss Nora. Then, let us stay in contact.
  • [Call Ends]
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Bookstore_702_12_24 10:30:12

  • Colin:  This bookstore is much more shabbier than I imagined, haha. Shall I utter the secret code? I'm looking for "The Ninth...
  • Daigo: No need. You already made an appointment with the Chief, haven't you? This way, Mr. Neumann.
  • Colin:  What a shame. I've always wanted to use a code word... Please, lead the way.
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • Colin:  You are Miss Nora? I heard of your age long ago, but seeing you in person, it's still quite surprising... It's an honor to meet you. Mr. ROBO_Head, I never thought we'd meet under such conditions.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Colin, hello.
  • [Nora]: I've read many of your papers too, Mr. Neumann. However, enough with the conventional greetings. You said that you made major progress regarding the investigation of the incident. I'd like to get right into that.
  • Colin:  Of course. Let's corroborate the sheet music in each other's hand. However, before that...
  • [Nora]: What's the matter?
  • Colin:  Based on my understanding, the other "Eye of Horus" user is also here as a guest. Don't know if I'll have the honor of meeting her?
  • [Nora]: Not a problem. However, Miss PAFF is currently resting. We will arrange that soon.
  • Colin:  Excellent. Then allow me to begin by performing the first movement. This is my main instrument.
  • [*Projection*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Analysis: Microchip, model number unknown.
  • [Nora]: ... Looks like it has been around for quite some time, yet the structure is extremely intricate... What is this chip?
  • Colin:  An artifact handed down by my ancestors. I'll just go ahead and start with conclusions: It's clear that this is high level technology from [an] ancient civilization, and it's highly possible that it was created by the Architects. Although the details of its use are unclear... I've tried to connect my own brain with it, and the images I saw were what I meant by "major progress".
  • [Nora]: ......!
  • Colin:  A memory file from several hundred years ago directly played out inside my brain... It was like traveling through time, truly a very interesting experience. Nonetheless, since humans and Architects aren't even remotely similar, I was unable to catch a glimpse of the entire picture. All I can determine as of now is that it contains the memory of some Architect.
  • [Nora]: ... The density of this data... excluding those with the ability, if an ordinary person's brain were to be suddenly exposed to such an enormous amount of pressure...
  • Colin:  Correct. Embarrassing to say, but I collapsed right on the spot and immediately cut the connection... Though I suspect that since it's just a simple data transmission, perhaps it could be processed in sync by linking up with other equipment. In theory, we could lengthen the usage time and even discover the chip's other functions.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......
  • [Nora]: "Ivy"... is it? The one you brought up in the call.
  • Colin:  No, I believe she isn't the owner of this piece of memory. She's the unit that first appeared in the field of vision during the dialogue.
  • [Nora]: ... Is that so? In any case, the Architects... are the key to everything?
  • Colin:  I want to hear Miss Nora's thoughts on the matter. Both you and Miss PAFF mentioned that you encountered what we suspect is an Architect's consciousness in the OS space.
  • [Nora]: These robots that once rebuilt and managed human society should all have disappeared during "The Decomission". But after we investigated the lead you provided... It shows that there is indeed a possibility that an Architect is still active in Node 08.
  • Colin:  I like where you're going. Please, continue.
  • [Nora]: Based on the difficulties Mr. Jackson and co. encountered, if the mastermind behind the Æsir attacks was indeed an Architect, despite the motive remaining unclear, it would resolve many questionable points in this incident.
  • Colin:  Exactly. Large scale hacking incidents, a series of drone attacks, even A.R.C... no, Mr. Jackson's security technology being decrypted, it's hard to imagine anyone besides an Architect who could do all of that. I believe that everything leading up to today has something to do with them. These ghosts, concealed by history, are difficult to track. However, we can deduce from the experiences of you two that "The Eye of Horus" is the one path that will lead us to them. The stage... will be set where it all began, Node 08.
  • [Nora]: I see. That's why you wanted to see Miss PAFF.
  • Colin:  Hehe, to me, those with exceptional innate abilities are as majestic as violin concertos from past generations. On top of that, her ability may be the last key that we currently have. If we're going to go back to open the door, she is absolutely necessary.
  • [Nora]: ... I understand. I'll have it arranged.
  • Colin:  Greatly appreciated. There is one unsolved riddle that still remains concerning this attack... Miss Nora, any leads?
  • [Nora]: The purpose of attacking Kyuu Hou Kai, right? I believe I do have an answer. ROBO, wait here. I'll take Mr. Neumann to the central lab.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Central lab has been seriously damaged, not safe. Please allow this unit to follow.
  • [Nora]: Don't worry. I'll let Daigo follow along. Mr. Neumann, please come with me.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Understood.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Data copy complete.
  • Data Integrity: 99.98%, File Condition: Healthy.
  • Data space set up... complete.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Test: Chip link simulation. Initiate calculations.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Kyuu_702_12_24 10:58:47

  • Colin:  I see... A vaccine for "The Ender" virus, is it?
  • [Nora]: Yes. Miss PAFF's physique that allows her to co-exist with "The Ender" virus. I used her genes to try and produce a sample vaccine. In theory, it can suppress the virus from being activated into an unobservable state while inside the human body... but it hasn't been tested.
  • Colin:  This is truly a revolutionary invention, Miss Nora. I assume you haven't revealed this information to anybody yet?
  • [Nora]: Of course. But if who we are dealing with is Æsir, a hacker who can carry out multiple large-scale attacks, it's pretty much impossible to hide this information.
  • Colin:  What about the motive? Plotting such a precise attack, all for destroying this one little test tube?
  • [Nora]: To be honest, I didn't come up with that... I'll have Miss PAFF explain it.
  • Colin:  ... Oh?
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Aroma: Mr. Neumann, right? Hello, Neko mentioned you before... I heard that, in the end, you let her pass.
  • Colin:  Hehe, Miss Kitten is a lively girl. How could I keep her locked up in such a dull place like the Academy? Miss PAFF, I've heard about you as well; you're much more natural and poised than I've been told.
  • Aroma: There are many reasons for that... Ah, as for why the vaccine was destroyed, that is merely a speculation...
  • Colin:  Please, go on. I'm all ears.
  • Aroma: ... A while ago, when I was using the ability, I felt this powerful, very powerful evil intent... and the target of that intent was all of mankind. It's an abhorrent feeling of hatred... It was as if it wanted to annihilate all of humanity.
  • Colin:  ......!
  • Aroma: I'm not sure what it was... but after Nora told me her thoughts on the matter, I was even more certain... I know I can't come up with detailed and insightful hypotheses like you two, but... I don't know. There's just a voice in my heart that tells me this is so.
  • Colin:  ... Miss Nora, what do you think?
  • [Nora]: As a former user of the ability, I understand what it means to experience these feelings. When you experience the emotional center of another being, that subtle ripple can only be completely understood by the one involved. Thus, I trust Miss PAFF's judgement.
  • Colin:  I see. There's no melody that's more convincing than one that's grounded in theory and infused with emotion. This conclusion fits with all the signs we've encountered as well... Furthermore, if an attack's carried out with the virus, that'll be doom for all mankind.
  • Aroma: We can't let that happen! Otherwise, everyone will...
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [*Alarm*]
  • [Kyuu Hou Kai System]: Warning, electrical system error.
  • [Nora]: What's going on?
  • Colin:  ... Could it be another attack?
  • [*Typing on keyboard*]
  • [Nora]: No, the source of the surge is in the guest room... ROBO!?
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [Nora]: ROBO! ... Are you okay!?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......No... ra. This unit... is fine.
  • [*Typing on keyboard*]
  • [Nora]: ... Did you connect these circuits yourself? An immense increase in electricity usage in such a short time... a simulation calculation... what are you doing?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit... simulated linking with Mr. Colin's chip, calculating tolerance levels under conditions of a sustained link. If successful, Mr. Colin can gather more information.
  • [Nora]: ...! And the results?
  • [ROBO_Head]: At peak level computation rates, this unit estimated, a stable link can be formed, increasing linkage time by 4000%. Decision: The formation of this unit's core, similar to part of the chip. Also this unit suspects, that this unit entered into the "OS" space for an interval of 2.8 seconds.
  • [Nora]: ......! It's true... When I designed you, some of the components came from A.R.C, technology recovered from ancient civilizations... Don't move, let me check.
  • Colin:  Ho? Getting access to the "Eye" for a brief instant? Now that makes things really interesting...
  • [*Dismantling Parts*]
  • [Nora]: This won't work... Even if the flow rate reached its target, the strength of the core is still limited. Physically, it couldn't possibly stabilize... What's more, I didn't issue such a command.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit... understands. But, this unit, wants to help Nora too.
  • [Nora]: ... I didn't want you...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit understands, Nora values everyone. Mr. Daigo, Mr. Ichiro, Miss PAFF, and the citizens of Node 03... Nora wants to protect them all. The existence of the Kyubo Medical Center is proof of that.
  • [Nora]: ... I...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, was created to protect Nora... When we lost Miss Pauline, Nora was crying, thus creating emotions that Nora cannot express... That happened because this unit, didn't protect everyone, didn't protect Nora. Mr. Colin said, that many more people will die because of this incident. If that happens, Nora will cry again... This unit, is willing to try anything, even if it's just a small possibility, this unit will try.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit... also very much likes the people Nora treasures.
  • [Nora]: ......
  • [*Typing on keyboard*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Nora?
  • [Nora]: ... I've set up the security system. Once everyone leaves HQ, Kyuu Hou Kai will be in a state of lockdown. No one will be able to get in from outside and no one will be able to gather any information from here. ]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Leave?
  • [*Wheelchair moving*]
  • [Nora]: ROBO, get prepared. We're about to head out.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Planning route of action. What is the destination?
  • [Nora]: Node 08.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Understood. Nora has never gone there before. Please, allow this unit to guide Nora there.
  • [Nora]: Okay. ... ROBO, I know you want to help. But next time, before you do something, let me know. Don't just proceed on your own, get it?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, will listen to Nora.
  • [*ROBO emotion*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Main_Log_???_??_??

  • Initiating memory retrieval protocol
  • Date: 698.06
  • Accessing data... Complete
  • Warning: Abnormal audio file located in storage
  • Analysis: Detected malicious backup files
  • Determination: Confirm file content
  • Activating code...
    • [*Static*]
    • [Nora]: ... ROBO_Head, good-bye.
    • [*Static*]
    • [ROBO_Head]: This unit has operated this machine before.
    • [*Static*]
    • Diego: You're no different from us.
    • [*Static*]
    • [Nora]: I can't... see anything...
    • [*Static*]
    • [ROBO_Head]: Positioning... Complete. Prepare to fire.
    • [*Static*]
  • Error: Records discontinued
  • Judgement: Static detected
  • Determination: Seal off malicious files; search for related files
  • Reference Date: 698.06
  • Connecting to deepest layers of the virtual internet…
  • Status: Connection to “O.S. Space” Complete
  • Activating retrieval system...
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_St124_698_06_10 13:32:09

  • Pedestrian: Whatever. If it's broken the Administration Bureau will get rid of it. It's none of our business.
  • [ROBO_Head]: …
  • [>>>Fast Forward>>]
  • [News]: ... After only two years, PAFF has already risen to the ranks of a superstar. Just ten minutes into the virtual concert she held a few days ago, the massive number of connections paralyzed the cyTus system. It wasn't until the flow rate was increased that the issue was somewhat resolved. This isn't the first time she's faced obstacles on her rocket ride to stardom...
  • [*<<Change>> Plays*]
  • Pedestrian: What a goddess…
  • Pedestrian: Goddess... a little much, don't you think? Isn't she just some musician?
  • Pedestrian: Hey! Don't compare her to those normies! Hey, robot! Search for PAFF!
  • [ROBO_Head]: PAFF... Term search complete. A singer signed to the Monophonic Entertainment label. She first appeared in N.A 696. Her first album rose rapidly to No. 1 on the billboard charts, and the next five albums achieved equal success, setting never-before-seen records.
  • Pedestrian: Pretty incredible, right? I just got into her recently, so I'm not like totally caught up on everything.
  • [*<<Change>> Plays*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This Unit, likes, this song...
  • [*ROBO-Head rocking his head*]
  • Pedestrian: Wah! What are you doing?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...? This unit's actions... defy analysis.
  • Pedestrian: Um, maybe we should contact the Administration Bureau. Just hold on a second...
  • [*ROBO_Head walks away*]:
  • Pedestrian: Hey... Hey! Where you going?
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_MB_698_06_17 14:14:58

  • Frank: Welcome to Mountain Breeze Musique... Oh, it's you.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Confirming identity... Frank, owner of Node 08's Mountain Breeze Musique. Hello.
  • Frank: Haha, no need for formalities. Whatta you need today?
  • [ROBO_Head]:Printing shopping list... Complete.
  • Frank: Let's see... Oh. We don't have this speaker in stock, but we have the rest of the stuff. Older models okay with you?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Not an issue. All that matters is that it functions properly. This unit is fitted with basic instrument operation modules. If possible, this unit can test out the equipment.
  • Frank: Ha... Weirdo... Why doesn't your owner just come here themself?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Apologies for the inconvenience.
  • Frank: Not at all. No one wants these antiques anyway. They'll be happy someone is playing with them.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Happy...
  • Frank: Kay. Come with me. We'll check out the products.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Confirmed.
  • Frank: What's the matter?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This synthesizer...
  • Frank Oh, that's mine, but it's short-circuited. It's discontinued, too, so it's not easy to fix.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Question: Would you like this unit to give it a try?
  • Frank: Sure. But I'm not selling it.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Oscillator functions are not operating properly. Judgement: Internal components are not adequately
  • Frank: Oh...?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Simple repair complete. Inputting MIDI file for testing.
  • [<<JAKARTA Progression >> Plays]
  • Frank: Woah!!! Did you write this?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Based on the file data, this was indeed created by this unit.
  • Frank: Nice! Really got some feel to it! You wanna put it on iM? People would love this!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Thank you for appreciating the piece. Calendar: Share this song on iM. Activity added.
  • Frank: Haha... This unit approves! Hahaha! You can make songs and fix instruments... You ever operated one before?
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Correct. This unit's storage space, contains this instrument's operation manual. This indicates that... this unit has operated it in the past.
  • [-> Signal Switch: Kyuu Hou Kai]
  • [*Smashes Instruments*]
  • Mogura Member: Get on it with! Take anything that has to do with Phoenix!
  • [Nora]: …
  • [*Smashes Instruments*]
  • Ryu: Oh no. He broke your instrument. Sorry. Young men are often very crude. Please forgive them... Eye of Horus.
  • [Nora]: …. Mr.... Mikasuki.
  • Ryu” Well, well, well. This is the first time we've met, isn't it? Your "divination" skills have done much for Mogura these past few years. Thank you.
  • [Nora]: ….
  • Ryu: But this little incident has hit us pretty hard. You've got superhuman powers... so I'm guessing you catch my drift?
  • [Nora]: ... Uncle Lam...
  • Ryu: Manson’s my right hand man. He us also head of the Administration Bureau in Node 03. Without him, I’d have to spend who knows how much time cleaning up the aftermath…. Luckily, Hou Sang Tong has agreed to help. All I needed to do was find the culprit and they will forget everything that’s happened in the past.
  • [Nora]: …ROBO….
  • Ryu: So tempting... I had no choice but to agree. However... I heard that The Eye of Horus had an "interesting" proposal for me.
  • [Nora]: ... Yes. Please...
  • Ryu:  Wise choice. As long as we can use your powers, Mogura will be unstoppable. After all... your little "protector" isn't here to object.
  • [Nora]: …! Phoenix…
  • Ryu: We've already found the corpse. He was shot.
  • [Nora]: ... *sob*... *sob*...
  • Ryu: By the way, after our little rats got the news, they spilled the beans. Kyuu Hou Kai is essentially no longer in existence. It won't be an issue. Still, the researchers over there are well aware of what's going on... Perhaps I should make them... disappear.
  • [Nora]: N-No... Please consider my...
  • Ryu: You want to exchange yourself for the safety of the robot  and everybody else? Very brave. But, I'm afraid you're underestimating how much I've lost... as well as my insatiable greed. You think I'm just like I was before, you think that'll satisfy me?
  • [Nora]: …
  • Ryu: I... accept.
  • [Nora]: ….!? Mr… Minatsuki….
  • Ryu: It doesn't do me any good to destroy the robot. I don't think you've realized how valuable you truly are. This transaction... is a no brainer.
  • [Nora]: ….
  • [*Pats Head*]
  • Ryu: Forget about the protection you once received, Nora. From here on out, you're mine. Those beautiful eyes of yours... they're mine too. The dragon has stirred from slumber and is circling from above... You'll be on the lookout for me, won't you Nora?
  • ROBO6980603.jpg
  • Ryu: From now on... I am your master.
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server08_698_07_05 08:19:39

  • [cyTus System]: ROBO_Head has logged into the block.
  • Aye: Yo Yo Ro BO!!!
  • Bee: WaZZZZ Up
  • ROBO_Head: Good morning, everyone :)
  • Cii: Wut morning... still haven't slept... still in mixing hell my ears. are gonna fall off
  • Aye: Yo Cii, still workin on that? good luck bruh
  • Bee: been so busy, not enough time to come check out everyone's work. anyone songs u guys can recommend
  • Cii: beeeeeeeep~ ya, ROBO's new song is tight
  • Aye: Def. Very trance, different from before. Totally diggin the deep feel
  • ROBO_Head: Thank you all for appreciating this unit's work :) Today this unit has another piece. Please, take a listen
  • Bee: Ohhhh yeaaa boiii. You new here?
  • Aye: ROBO got here last month but he's writing songs every friggin day. may be the new guy but he's killing it
  • Cii: One a day???? u kiddin me? ROBO do you not need to sleep or something
  • ROBO_Head: Correct. This unit does not need to sleep.
  • Cii: …
  • ROBO_Head: My data reveals that this response is equivalent to "ok, bruh", which usually indicates a displeased or begrudging attitude. Did this unit say something it ought not have?
  • Cii: WTF
  • Aye: Haha, funny. as always Yo, u ever performed as a DJ?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit has memories of operating DJ equipment, but the
  • files have been destroyed.
  • Bee: So u did it but forgot
  • Aye: Cool! Try it out bruh!!! I'm putting on some events. They're freaking killer!!! If ur interested, why not come out and perform!?
  • ROBO_Head: My data indicates that a "DJ performance" refers to playing self-selected music and mixing it onstage to create a lively atmosphere for people to enjoy.
  • Cii: When u Say it like that it doesnt sound fun at all...
  • ROBO_Head: This unit is sorry. But this unit eagerly awaits the DJ performance.
  • Aye: YAH!!! Join the online event next time n check it out. It's awesome! O, add me on iM~
  • ROBO_Head: Thanks for the invite :)
  • Cii: Must be nice being young... couldn't go to that type of show in 800. Watevs gotta get back to work
  • Bee: True master making wads 0 cash
  • Cii: WADS???? They keep changing the song and aren't givin me an extension. I'm sleeping like 3 hrs a day
  • Bee: Yoyo i'll send you something later. Someone introduced it to me. It'll give you real energy
  • Aye: What kind of stuff? Sick beatz?
  • Bee: Nah, can't talk about it here. But trust me, it's dope
  • Aye: Now I'm interested XD
  • ROBO_Head: This unit would also like to know
  • Bee: Can't talk bout it here bro. I'll give you one word, you figure it out
  • ROBO_Head: ..
  • Bee: T
  • Aye: T?
  • Bee: Shit didn't finish typing
  • ROBO_Head: ..
  • Bee: Tequila.  Yo C, I'll send you a DM
  • [cyTus System]: Bee has logged out of this block
  • [cyTus System]: Cii has logged out of this block
  • ROBO_Head: Term search complete. A type of liquor produced in Node 07, made from the Agave plant. Based on partial records, it was a popular drink during the ancient period.
  • Aye:  Sounds more like a file, and doesn't refer to the actual word?
  • ROBO_Head: …
  • [Signal Lost]

Log_report_698_07_18 07:53:17

Keywords: [News][Society][A.R.C.][cyTus][Digital Drugs]

Last night, in Node 08 Quadrant III's eastern district, the news of a person falling mysteriously into a coma has come to light. The victim is a music producer who takes cases online; he collapsed suddenly while he was working. Luckily, the health alert system was working properly, and the Administration Bureau send out EMTs immediately to take him to the hospital. Eyewitnesses stated that the victim was foaming at the mouth while being carried out on a stretcher, clearly in pain. He was connected to cyTus at the time.

This is the fifth incident this month where someone on the virtual internet fell into a coma. Citizens are panicking and word of a new digital drug is spreading. Due to rising suspicions, A.R.C. has called for a news meeting to address the matter. A.R.C. spokesperson Leo Smith has stated that the cyTus system goes through various levels of security checks, and no security issues have been found. He noted that A.R.C. takes on the responsibility of improving society very seriously. Therefore, if the Administration Bureau can provide sufficient evidence as to who is responsible, they will deal with the perpetrators immediately to ensure the safety of all cyTus users.

In spite of this formal statement, reporters indicate that "coma" has become the most searched term in cyTus chat rooms, with tens of thousands of people discussing the issue, sharing relevant information daily. Among these are netizens with engineering backgrounds, helping to provide analyses. Regarding this issue, A.R.C. has released another official announcement, urging users to not trust information from unknown sources and that everything is under control.

[Article excerpted from Node News Network]

cyTus_Server08_698_07_22 13:09:18

  • Joe: Huh? whattt
  • ROBO_Head: This unit hopes Joe Miller can get me intel related to Tequila.
  • Joe: do I no u bruh
  • ROBO_Head: This unit has not met Joe Miller in person. This is our first time communicating on iM.
  • JOE: so y do u think i have what you want?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit's analyses reveal that Mr. Miller works part-time as an intel dealer. Most of your clients are gang members in Node 08. When JOEZ Cafe is closed, trades are made in the basement.
  • Joe: Mothafucka, don't say that shit out loud! If Baro's men see this, I'm dead!!
  • ROBO_Head: Mr. Miller, please be at ease. These messages are encrypted. There is a 0% chance that they will get out.
  • Joe: Really?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit is 100% sure.
  • Joe: yea yea yea I know alittle. can't say I'm not connected to that stuff at all.
  • ROBO_Head: Mr. Miller, please tell me what it is that you know.
  • Joe: You don't get it do you!!! That means the gangs are involved!! If I talk, I'm screwed!!
  • JOE: wait if you can look me up like that, you must be insanely smart or sumthin. So y you talkin so dumb!!!??? Plus, I don’t know U! U could Be a rat…
  • ROBO_Head: I deny that claim. This unit is not an Enforcement Agent. This unit wishes to stop the spread of this drug.
  • JOE: Huh? B more clear.
  • ROBO_Head: Tequila is extremely dangerous. This unit knows many affected. They can no longer make music. Therefore, this unit wishes to find the source of the drug, analyze the code, unit wishes to find the source of the drug, analyze the code, and create an antidote.
  • Joe: Hey... u like music?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit likes music very much.
  • JOE: Oh yea? Antidote, huh? You can do that? Digital drugs aren't ordinary drugs. Just some code that'll stimulate the brain.
  • ROBO_Head: This unit has a partner. For the people, this unit must try.
  • JOE: Hold on asec. I'll get back to u
  • [Fast Forward]
  • JOE: Hey, u still here
  • ROBO_Head: This unit has been in sleep mode. Mr. Miller, hello.
  • Joe: yo i cant reveal 2 much but this is def the gangs... The one in charge is named Diego. He got some hackers to make it and sell on cyTus
  • ROBO_Head: Term search... Complete. Diego, the current leader of Baro.
  • Joe: Yea him. cyTus' security isn't finished yet, so it's the biggest market Diego got there before the other gangs. u must know, he's basically my boss so that's all I can say. u can't tell ne one. got it?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit understands. Though it is risky, Mr. Miller still was willing to tell thisn unit. This unit is very grateful.
  • Joe: No probz. i don't like that crap either. if it's 4 everyone's safety, then
  • im okkay with giving out free intel
  • ROBO_Head: Mr. Miller, is a good man.
  • Joe: ... Anyone that likes music is a good person lol
  • ROBO_Head: This unit agrees 100%.
  • Joe: But there aren't many good people in the gangs. if ur gonna keep lookin into this u gotta b careful. thats a cruel world. If there's money to be made they'll treat woman and children like property. What am I doing... whatevez, just don't go too deep. let's jam sometime haha
  • ROBO_Head: This unit would be delighted.
  • [Signal Switch -> Mogura Butsudou]
  • [Nora]: *cough”...! *cough* *cough*...
  • Daigo: Nora!Hey, she can't take this much longer. You've gotta stop...
  • Ryu: No. The job isn't finished yet. It wasn't easy for Mr. Park to take the time out of his day to come here. If she doesn't find the answer, then Mogura will lose its credibility... I got a lot of money for this.
  • Parker: Thank you, very much Mr. Minatsuki.
  • Daigo; You little... SHE'S COUGHING UP BLOOD!
  • [Nora]: I... 1 can do it... Daigo, you head on out first.
  • Daigo: But you...!
  • [Nora]: Please….
  • Daigo ... Dammit!
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Ryu: Very good. It appears we've reached an understanding. Please, continue.
  • [Nora]: Please... let me rest a while... I will be able to do it.
  • Ryu: Ha. Fine. I'm sure Mr. Park won't haggle over a few minutes. Let's talk business, shall we? We've established a supply chain for our arms business...
  • Parker: Sorry, Mr. Minatsuki. We've been running into a lot of "issues" recently. Everything has slowed down... because of that... psycho.
  • Ryu: Psycho? Heard he was dangerous.
  • Parker: Indeed. Apparently he's some sort of tech genius. Never reveals his face. No one has seen what he looks like. All we know is that he cooperates with scum, doing who knows what. Apparently he gathers intel on everyone... including Mogura. Fucking cockroach.
  • Ryu: Haha. Nothing to be worried about, I'm sure.
  • Parker: True. After all, I'm in the company of Mr. Minatsuki. Bugs like
  • that will be stomped on sooner or later.
  • Ryu: Perhaps not, Mr. Park. Bugs... serve a purpose. If they weren't busy crawling all over the ground, who would we have to look down on?
  • [*Rubs his head*]
  • Ryu: Even the immortal phoenix now bows before the mighty dragon. We have no more enemies in Node 03. Let him live a few more days! If he can manage to come face me in person... Well, I look forward to that day.
  • Parker: Well put... Hahaha!
  • Nora: …
  • [Signal Lost

cyTus_Server08_698_07_25 21:54:35

  • ROBO_Head: Good day.
  • MMaster: Thanks for the DM. What should I call you?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit's model is ROBO_Head - Unit 02.
  • MMaster: Is that what you use online? Like my ID. What do people call you in the real world?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit does not have another identity.
  • MMaster: Don't wanna Say? Fine with me. I'm really interested in the stuff you've been posting about on IM about Tequila.
  • ROBO_Head: The data suggests that this code only activates when connected to the virtual internet. It stimulates the user's cranial nerves, causing the user to experience loud sounds, fluctuations in temperature, glaring light and other hallucinations to increase energy. Judgement: Extremely effective; highly risky.
  • MMaster: That's right. I saw some patient reports. This new digital drug is highly addictive and very destructive. It's very dangerous. I'm curious. How'd you find this stuff?
  • ROBO_Head: All reports that this unit has posted come from the virtual internet. The range of the term retrieval function was narrowed and further analyses were performed. All reports come from reliable sources.
  • MMaster: That requires a lot of powerful equipment. Otherwise, there's no way you could crunch that much data. Unless... you have a supercomputer?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit's functions, surpass those of a supercomputer.
  • MMaster: Don't want to tell me, that's fine. So, why are you putting all this stuff out there? What good does it do you?
  • ROBO_Head: Recently, Tequila is risking the safety of cyTus users. This unit believes that revealing this data will help people avoid danger.
  • MMaster: But some people will see this and get even more worried. They'll be afraid to use the virtual internet. If it's serious enough, that won't be good for them either.
  • ROBO_Head: …
  • MMaster:  No response? You still there?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit did not use this variable in the calculations.
  • MMaster: …
  • ROBO_Head: Question: Should this unit stop spreading this information?
  • MMaster: No. Actually, I'm researching this new digital drug as well. I found some of your reports and it confirmed some things. That's why I contacted you.
  • ROBO_Head: You too, are researching Tequila?
  • MMaster: Correct.
  • ROBO_Head: This unit guesses that you are an Enforcement Agent.
  • MMaster: No, but close. I'm an engineer. I'm in the Administration Bureau's IT department.
  • ROBO_Head: So, you are investigating this due to orders from the Administration Bureau.
  • MMaster: The exact opposite. You must know that cyTus is the property of A.R.C.. They're also the ones who run it. The Administration Bureau knew about this long ago, but they covered up all attempts to investigate.
  • ROBO_Head: This unit is unclear as to the reason for such actions.
  • MMaster: Reasons?
  • ROBO_Head: With the help of the Administration Bureau, A.R.C. could collect data on Tequila and would be able to respond accordingly. This unit wishes to know why they did not.
  • MMaster: I can't tell. Are you joking?
  • ROBO_Head: This unit is serious.
  • MMaster: You're naive is what you are. A.R.C. doesn't want this type of news to get out and sully their reputation. So, they're saying that everything is normal. They're not being honest internally, and the higher-ups are putting pressure on the Administration Bureau. They don't want us snooping around.
  • ROBO_Head: I see. You cannot accept this, so you are investigating it on your own. Therefore, you contacted this unit to gather even more data.
  • MMaster: Originally, yeah. But that's changed.
  • ROBO_Head: Changed?
  • MMaster: I've been watching you. I don't know what your deal is, but you're way more skilled than I thought you'd be. You could be a big help to me.
  • ROBO_Head: You would like, this unit to help you?
  • MMaster: Yes. I just want you to find out where this digital drug is coming from and where it's going. That way, the Administration Bureau can send Enforcement Agents out and stop the flow into cyTus. I can work on an antidote so people can use the virtual internet safely.
  • ROBO_Head: But you work for the Administration Bureau. cyTus' system security has nothing to do with you.
  • MMaster: True. I don't actually use cyTus or iM. I wouldn't have made an account if I didn't need to investigate this or contact you. But, as an engineer, I realize that such a huge system can change the structure and form of society. If someone wants to, they could do some serious damage. I don't want to see that happen.
  • ROBO_Head; This unit understands. This unit agrees to help you.
  • MMaster: That was quick. You sure?
  • ROBO_Head: If I can eliminate the threat that everyone currently faces, this unit is 100% sure.
  • MMaster: Great. Well then, since we've agreed to cooperate, let me give you a clue. Tequila has to do with the gang in Node 08.
  • ROBO_Head: Search complete. This unit does not possess this data. May I ask where you received this information?
  • MMaster: Internal reports at the Administration Bureau. It should be extremely reliable intel, but after Enforcement Agents captured a huge portion of the Ando gang, Baro's men gained control of more than half their power. We lost a lot of sources and can't tell who's calling the shots. And the rounding up of Ando went a little too smooth. It could've been aided by Baro. You better be careful.
  • ROBO_Head: This unit will be careful.
  • MMaster:  By the way, the gangs mostly hide in the lower levels of society, but some of them have their hands in logistics and intel trading. If possible, I'd start there.
  • ROBO_Head: Understood. This unit will do its best to investigate.
  • MMaster: I'll be waiting for your message. Keep in touch.
  • [Signal Lost]

Mail_MMaster_08_03 23:56:18

Subject Progress Report_6890803

From: MMaster

To:  ROBO_Head

The intel your source provided is real. I followed the clues back to the source and came across the secret Baro signal notifying their men to spread the drug on the streets. That's why there's nothing on the web. All transactions take place in the real world. Since this is the case, I can't just sit here typing away on my keyboard in safety.

I've already figured out the signal they're using and contacted them. I'm preparing to disguise myself as a buyer and get my hands on some Tequila. If I can get my hands on the code, I'm sure I can analyze it and get more clues. Of course, I'm going to use a fake identity. It shouldn't be dangerous.

The meeting is happening next week. I'll get in contact with you when it's done.

MMaster

Audio_St276_698_08_10 01:00:58

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Hunter: Hey, that guy in front of you! Is it you!? You tryin' ta buy!?
  •  ????: …
  • Angus: Mad Dog, calm down. You waiting for us... MMaster?
  •  ????: Yeah. I heard Tequila's better than Sugar and Shot. Wanted to try it out.
  • Angus: Where'd you hear that we were selling?
  •  ????:  ... There's some stuff floating around the virtual internet...
  • Hunter: What!? Better be a bit more clear...
  • [*Slap*]
  • Hunter: Wah!
  •  ????: … ugh!
  • Angus: English, muthafucker do you speak it? Sorry 'bout that. Let's continue.
  •  ????: ….
  • Angus: Usually we just do a tradeoff for cash. We don't like to ask too much. But our boss is interested in you.
  •  ????: … Why Me?
  • Angus:  He... wants to talk with you in person.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Diego: Nice to meet you. My name is Diego. I've got some stuff I want to talk with you about.
  •  ????: …!
  • Diego: So... the stuff you want to buy, it was made by a hacker friend of mine, but I'm responsible for selling it. To make sure each deal is safe, I ask him to provide info on each buyer. That way we won't get caught by informants.
  •  ????:  ... I'm not an Enforcement Agent.
  • Diego: True. The data I've seen says you're a freelancer. Besides a few odd jobs, there's no official work record. But besides that, do you know what else I saw?
  •  ????: …
  • Diego: Like your words... not much. Your life, circle of friends, address... nothing. Almost as if all that exists is a name. And now you pop outta nowhere and want to make a deal.
  •  ????: ... That's because...
  • Diego: Forgive me. I'm a very cautious person... Angus.
  • [*Bodies Collide*]
  •  ????: Wah!
  • Angus: Who are you! How'd you hear about us!?
  •  ????: …!
  • Diego: I'll give you three minutes. If you can't convince me...
  •  ????: I… I’ll talk!
  • [*Falls to ground*]
  •  ????:  I...I 'm an engineer. I write code all day... I don't have a family... no friends. No one cares about me at work, either. Sometimes I don't talk with anyone for days... I need something to escape... That's why I'm trying to get some drugs.
  • Diego: Oh... an engineer? So, you hacked into the Administration Bureau server ????:  Yeah... I don't like being surveilled. Don't like being wrapped up in other people's bullshit... I know it's illegal, but...
  • Diego: ... Hehe. Your eyes tell me everything I need to know. You despise social interaction, enjoy being alone... Your world is nnot much different from ours.
  •  ????: …
  • Angus: Boss, whatta we do with him?
  • Diego: No need to worry. He's a perfect customer.
  • Angus: But couldn't he...
  • Diego: Relax. Even if he picks the code apart line by line, he won't
  • find anything. I'm sure of it.
  •  ????: …
  • Diego: Listen. Go to this IP address to confirm your identity and transfer the money to the encrypted account below. Once you make the payment, your system will begin downloading Tequila... If you like it, come back for more.
  • Hunter:  Hahaha! Go back and have some fun, ya fucking weirdo!
  • [-> Signal Switch]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. MMaster, hello. This unit is the ROBO_Head that communicated with you on iM.
  •  ????:  ... Still using a proxy robot? I didn't contact you.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit was worried about Mr. MMaster. Therefore, I connected to the surveillance cameras on the street corner.
  •  ????:  ... So, you saw it all.
  • [ROBO_Head]: That is correct.
  •  ????: ….All that stuff... Half of it is true.
  • [*Stands Up*]
  •  ????: To the bosses at the Administration Bureau, I'm just a loner. Just some guy who's not easy to get along with. Now I'm risking my life to stop the gangs. Ha. Hilarious, right?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit does not think it is funny. This unit trusts Mr. MMaster.
  •  ????:  ... What's that mean?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit thinks that even though others do not like you, you wish to stop these dangerous drugs. I believe that you really do want to protect people. Otherwise, you would not have risked meeting the gangs in person.
  •  ????: ….
  • [ROBO_Head]: The file is finished downloading. Congratulations for obtaining the drug code, Mr. MMaster.
  • Mark:  ... Call me Mark. That's my name. I mean, you did see my face.
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server08_698_08_15 20:19:10

  • Mark: My part of the investigation is finished. How you looking over there?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark, hello. This unit, has completed a structural analysis of Tequila's main code. I will send you a detailed report soon.
  • Mark:  More detailed than I thought it would be. I've gotta say, this isn't what you'd expect from some nobody musician.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit does not possess enough samples to determine the average musician's ability to analyze code. I'm sorry, Mr. Mark. Gimme a sec.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Mark:  Looked it over. The conclusion is basically correct. The problem is the code's self destruct feature.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ….
  • Mark:  The code doesn't allow outsiders in once it's activated and it self-destructs after it runs.
  • [ROBO_Head]: There's no way to trace it.
  • Mark:  Is it possible to edit it?
  • [ROBO_Head]: The structure is complicated and many security mechanisms are in place. Judgment: Extremely difficult to implement.
  • Mark:   If that's what you think, then it's probably impossible. Looks like Diego's hacker isn't some dummy. No wonder he was so confident.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark, allow me to ask a question.
  • Mark: Sure.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Question: Instead of editing the code itself, what if we manipulated the code's priorities from a higher access level. Perhaps that would create the possibility of preserving the code?
  • Mark: Should be possible. But we'd need Tequila's source code. That data isn't in the code. The developer has it. That way he can keep updating the code. However, your report indicates that it's not made in cyTus, right?
  • [ROBO_Head]: That is correct. This unit searched all locations in cyTus where codes are developed. There were no traces of data related to Tequila.
  • Mark: Then that's not gonna work. Which means the hacker used their own equipment to write the code and simulated the internet to test it. The drug disappears as soon as someone uses it. No trace left behind.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Continue.
  • Mark: There's no way the hacker could perfectly replicate cyTus, which explains why so many users are suffering psychological side-effects. The effects of the drug were set at insane levels and not properly tested.
  • [ROBO_Head]: News reports indicate that there have been a total of 16 comas. This unit hypothesizes that the probability that every one is connected to Tequila is extremely high.
  • Mark: But that doesn't mean much, does it? Just means that they're more advanced than we imagined.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit understands. Aborting analyses of related reports.
  • Mark: That's not what I meant. Just annoying, that's all.
  • [ROBO_Head]:  Question: Is it because the investigation hasn't made progress that Mr. Mark is upset and anxious?
  • Mark: But we've got to continue. We can't let Diego get away with this.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark, please tell this unit what it should do.
  • Mark: Well, we gotta keep collecting reports. If we can't find the hacker and get the source code, we're not gonna get anywhere. Even if we give the code to A.R.C., they'll be stuck where we are.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Question: Does Mr. Mark possess the ability to approximate where the hacker may be?
  • Mark: I'll check if the Administration Bureau has any more clues, but I'm not holding out hope. I'll bet they can't even confirm that Baro is involved. You see? Since they can't help, we're just gonna have to do it ourselves.
  • [ROBO_Head]:  This unit will do its best.
  • Mark:  That's all for now. Hope next time we meet we'll have some better news.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Hospital_698_08_20 11:18:39

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark. How did it go?
  • Mark:  Yeah... I saw the 17th victim. It was a young woman, just like reported. She suffered brain trauma and fell into a coma.
  • [ROBO_Head]: She lived alone and was found last night by her neighbor. The doctor said she was unfit to deal with intense psychological stimulation. Tequila was in her for less than half an hour before she got hit heavy... and worse than the others.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Is it possible that she will recover?
  • Mark: I asked the lead physician. He said with modern technology, they should be able to restore the part of the brain that's been damaged. But she hadn't installed the Analytic Health System... so if no one helps out, she probably won't be able to afford it.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit understands.
  • [*Sad Emoji*]
  • Mark: I'm as bummed as you... The doctor was gracious enough to provide me with her data and a few pictures. Perhaps we can figure out why her body was unusually ill-equipped to deal with Tequila. You wanna take a look?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Please,
  • [*Sending File*]
  • [ROBO_Head] ... This woman, is so young.
  • Mark:  The data indicates that she separated from her parents at a very young age, living a life of isolation and interacting with the gangs… Only recently was she able to find a stable job... Who would have thought... that this would happen...
  • [*Punches Wall*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark….
  • Mark: ... It's Node 08... but there are still tons of lonely people here, hiding in the shadows... where the Administration Bureau can't see them... Whether they live or die... They don't even have the power to decide that... That's the truth, ROBO_Head…..
  • [Signal Switch -> Mogura Butsoduo]
  • Daigo: That's the third time she's passed out this week, Mr. Minatsuki! This cannot continue!
  • Ryu: Didn't I let her rest in the silent chamber?
  • Daigo; Com' on! There's no way she'll be able to survive if you keep thisn up!
  • Ryu: Get the hell out of my face, Kyuu Hou Kai scum. If it weren't for her, you wouldn't dare act this way. You want me to cut your fucking head off?
  • Daigo: You! Oh...
  • Nora: …
  • [*Door Closes*]
  • Ryu: Face reality, scumbag. Now go back to your little nest and shut the hell up. That maniac is causing trouble again. The gangs have decided to team up and take him down. I've gotta meeting to get to. Get outta my way.
  • Daigo: You're not going anywhere! I'm not finished...
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • [Nora]: ….. Ugh... *cough* *cough”... M-My... head... I can't see s-straight...
  • [Silent Chamber]: Cranial pressure has exceeded safe levels. Preparing Injection.
  • [Nora]: … Oh….
  • [Silent Chamber]: Injection complete. Entering silent mode, isolation cover activated.
  • [*Glass Closes*]
  • [Nora]: ROBO... ROBO, it's me... My... Eye... is getting weaker... Everything is fuzzy... and the divinations take much longer... I'm... so weak... If I lose this ability…. Will I ever see you again? … Please… Just once….... “cough”... *cough*!
  • [Silent Chamber]: Crania; pressure has exceeded safe levels. Increasing dosage.
  • [Nora]: Arghhh... Y-Yes! Now! can see you! If only... for just a little... How are you doing ROBO? Are you… making music? Studying? How's... your life?
  • [*Touches Glass*]
  • [Nora]: Whatever happens…. I want… You to be happy…. Promise me, ROBO…
  • [Signal Switch -> ROBO_Head]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Self-analysis... Complete. Emotional Status: Sad. Cause: Unclear.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Determination: Connect to cyTus virtual internet and simulate human physiology to perform test. Desired Test Results: Experience and record a complete data set.
  • [*Logging into cyTus*]
  • [ROBO_Head]:  ... Simulation complete. Initializing Tequila.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Hacker_698_08_31_1 00:06:17

  • [Diego]: ... Hey, you listening?
  • Hacker: Hey. Of course, Diego. What... What were you saying?
  • [Diego]: I was asking how you were gonna adjust Tequila.
  • Hacker: Com' on, there's no need to change it! I put a lot of work into the current version. Not too long ago you were telling me how great it was!
  • [Diego]: Things are different now. These coma incidents keep popping up. The Administration Bureau can't keep the citizens at  bay forever. This could screw up our plan. This can't keep happening.
  • Hacker: I already told you. Boss, I can only develop it here. Otherwise, they're gonna be able to catch me. I can't link up to the virtual internet and test it out. There's always gonna be some discrepancies.
  • [Diego]: Your job is to get rid of those discrepancies. Don't forget who feeds you.
  • Hacker: You got it, you got it! I'll tell you what, you know talent when you see it. I'm gonna show you that you made the right decision! Letting me focus on my work, no strings attached... Don't you worry!
  • [Diego]: Quit it with the bullshit. Listen, if the Tequila plan fails and we can't establish a supply chain on cyTus... you're fucked.
  • Hacker: *yawn*~ No worries.
  • [Diego]: Get your shit together, before I start wondering where your Loyalty Lies.
  • Hacker: Boss... Trying to surpass Mogura, you got balls. That ain't easy... but I dig it. I wouldn't be a slave for just anyone. But I couldn't pass this up... this just sounds like too much fun. You get what I'm saying?
  • [Diego]: Hmph. Everything will go according to plan. Overtaking Mogura is just the first step. It's about time someone blurred the line between right and wrong. I’m counting on you. You'll get what you want. Cheers... to a healthy cooperation.
  • Hacker: Hehe... Cheers! Yeah! I don't drink... I'll just have grass juice…
  • [*Static*]
  • Hacker? Huh!?... Boss?
  • [*Static*]
  • Hacker: ... Lost connection? No way... My equipment is top notch...
  • [*Alarm*]
  • Hacker…! What the..?
  • [Fast Forward]
  • Mark: You sure it's here?
  • [ROBO_Head]: 100% sure. This unit compared the microwaves produced by Tequila with Node 08's long-term records. The wavebands of remnant signals left by this building are the closest match. Users of the drug were not taken into account. Therefore, this unit hypothesizes that this is the location where the developer tests out large samples.
  • Mark: ... Makes sense. Didn't think of that. But to get the active microwaves... Did you...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit was not damaged. Please do not worry.
  • Mark: ... Whatever. Let's get to it.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Mark: This computer... is pretty high-tech.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Judgement: This equipment is able to perform precision precision simulations.
  • Mark: Perhaps you were right. We're in the dragon's lair. Check out this paper reports. Are these brainwaves... Eh? This data...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This data, is quite clear. It is evident that it is more than a
  • human brain can handle.
  • Mark: Yeah. Those bastards know what they're doing. They knew people would get hurt, but they sold it anyway... Disgusting.
  • [*Tears up Report*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit detects that Mr. Mark is furious. This unit suggests Mr. Mark calm down. Furthermore, this data can serve as evidence. We must preserve it.
  • Mark: ... You're right. Let's see if there are any more clues...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: …! Mr. mark, get back!
  • Mark: Huh?
  • Hacker: Waaaah!!
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Mark: Urgh!
  • [*Falls to ground*]
  • Hacker: Hahaha!!! I detected your body heat a long time ago, bud. Now DIE!!!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Stop!
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Hacker: Wah! What the... a robot? D-Don't you come any closer!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Determination: Protect Mr. Mark. Entering defense mode.
  • Hacker: Eh!? AH!?!?
  • [*Machine Operating*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Positioning... Complete. Prepare to fire.
  • Hacker: N-NOOOOO!!!!
  • [ROBO_Head]: …! This… This Unit… Was not created for….
  • [*Machine Operating*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Internal... interference...?
  • [Signal Lost]

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  • [Nora]: ….But how? Was it really... him?
  • Ryu: That's right. After he escaped, he covered his tracks, relying on the help of other gangs. But his prosthetic limb requires periodic treatment... We got some intel from an underground parts dealer and ambushed his hideout.
  • Nora: ….
  • Ryu: Don't worry. That bastard dares go up against me... I'll make sure he suffers. He knows how useful you are. Perhaps that's why he wanted to see you... Come in.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Nora: …! Kim…
  • Kim: Heehee... How you doing, kid? How'd you like my gift?
  • [Nora]: Phoenix... It-it was you...
  • Kim: Hehehe... That's right. Just thinking of it makes me laugh. Hilarious, isn't it? He used to be so stuck up. Stuck up his own ass. But back there he was crawling on the ground, crying like a little girl... Boo-hoo.
  • [Nora]: Y-You bastard...!
  • Ryu: Never thought he'd be able to escape... Just like Phoenix
  • said, a fucking cockroach.
  • Kim: Mogura's just a bunch of useless bums. A little bit of communication interference and they can't do shit. Taking care of this useless cripple. Gotta give it to you, Ryu.
  • Ryu: ... Still acting tough, are we? 'Cuz now... your fate's in my hands.
  • Kim: Heehee... Blah, blah, blah... Hey you little brat, where's the walking computer? I ain't finished with him.
  • [Nora]: You're... never gonna see him again. He's... He's gone.
  • Kim: Gone? Hehe... So the rumors are true. You gave yourself up so he could be free... You think he's gonna get off the hook that easily?
  • [Nora]: ... It's not like that. ROBO was just trying to protect me... He did nothing wrong.
  • Kim: Haha... Who the hell do you think bashed in Manson's head? No matter what Node he runs to... a murderous robot like that will get turned into scrap metal sooner or later. What? Am I wrong?
  • Nora: …
  • Kim: With that "eye" of yours, I know how many crimes you've witnessed. Do you know how many dead bodies have piled up these past few months? All because of what you've revealed to Ryu. You wanna count 'em with me?
  • [Nora]: ….!
  • Kim: You and that stupid robot, you're no different from us. Just a bunch of murderous criminals... Hehehe... Or do you think you're not responsible, just 'cuz somebody else pulls the trigger?
  • [Nora]: N-No! W-We...
  • Ryu: That's enough, Kim. Nora is our prized possession. You can continue your mad ravings when you're lying in your grave. Hey. Make sure he's... "taken care of"...
  • Kim: Heehee... hahaha! I'm not finished!!! Well then, I guess it's time.
  • Ryu: ... Time for what?
  • [*Object Crashes*]
  • Kim:  URgh! Argh... ARGH!!!
  • [Nora]: Kim!?
  • [*Alarm Blares*]
  • Mogura Member: B-Boss! The... The virus!! The system's detected The Ender virus! He's full of the stuff!
  • Ryu: Shit!! What did you do?
  • Kim: Hehe... Wahaha!! Remember those virus capsules? What do you think I've been doing these past few months? I've figured out how to speed up the virus' rate of reproduction. Once the capsules are activated... my body will serve as the perfect petri dish...
  • [Nora]: .,..! Using an infected body to catalyze the virus…
  • Ryu: Capsule... Y-You put it in your tooth!?
  • Kim: That's right... You think I wasn't prepared when you came looking for me? Precisely the opposite. I knew you'd take me to Kyuu Hou Kai. There's no way this place can get put on lockdown. The little brat, Manson, Kyuu Hou Kai, Mogura... all my enemies. Seeing you all infected, hopelessly crawling on the ground. How could I miss that?
  • [*Steps Back*]
  • Ryu: You're insane! Do you want to die!? Hey!! Kill him already!
  • Mogura Member: I… I…
  • Kim: Oh? Come on? Gimme a hug. I'm already full of virus... If just a little bit gets on you...
  • Mogura Member: Waaaah!! Don't come any closer!!
  • Ryu: Shit!!!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Kim: Ha... Hahaha!!! Get out of here!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!
  • [*Bodies Collide*]
  • [Nora]: Wah!!!! Unit 1….
  • [*Nora Falls To the ground*]
  • Kim: URGH!!!! ARGH!!! W-Worse than a… a broken arm…. WAHAHAHA!!!! My final creation... In just half an hour... I'll destroy all of Node 03... PHOENIX! YOU SEE THAT? This is the best way to deal with the virus! The vaccine doesn't work... Motherfuckers... I'M GONNA SLAUGHTER YOU ALL!!! HAHAHA!
  • [*Heavy Object Falls*]
  • [Nora]: …!
  • [*Picks Up Object*]
  • Kim: Ryu's gun...? Oh... I... I forgot... you aren't afraid of the virus.
  • [Nora]: … Oh…
  • Kim: So... you're the only one who can stop me... You know what to do. DO TO ME WHAT I DID TO PHOENIX!!
  • [Nora]: …*sob*…
  • Kim: Can't do it, can you? Heehee... Then just sit back and watch!  Make sure your "eye" is on... The gangs, the people... watch while everyone clutches their throats and suffocates to death….
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • Kim: …!
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  • Kim: ... Hehe... Now I see... I'm not the chosen one... I'm not the one who will get all the glory... I'm not the one who's responsible for all this... BUT YOU KNOW WHO IS? YOU!
  • [Nora]: … Phoenix… *Sniff* …..AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
  • [*Multiple Gunshots*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Hacker_698_08_31_2 00:25:48

  • Mark: .. Ohh...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Minor concussion detected. Mr. Mark, do not force yourself.
  • Mark: My... head... It's bleeding... Someone came out of nowhere...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Speech recognition analysis indicates that he is indeed the developer of the drug. This unit drove him away.
  • Mark: Huh...?
  • [ROBO_Head] This unit, cannot commit an act of violence. The reason why is unclear. This unit was unable to capture him. Please forgive me, Mr. Mark.
  • Mark: No... it's okay. If it weren't for you, I'd be screwed. Plus, we're not Enforcement Agents. If we attacked the guy, we'd be dealing with more than simple trespassing.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit understands.
  • Mark: And what's more important is we've got all this equipment and data. Now, let's see what we've got.
  • [* Typing on keyboard *]
  • Mark: Got it! Look, the records are right here! If only we could pull out all the data...
  • [*Error*]
  • Mark: Damn... The central block is locked. We can only access parts of the data.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Question: Is it possible to unlock the entire system?
  • Mark: No way in hell. There are too many combinations. I can use the data we have to do some reverse engineering on the source code. Then, I should be able to simulate it and create an antidote. But I'd need some serious equipment...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Simulation... Complete. Even if we use all the equipment in this room, it will only provide us with 27% of the computing power we require.
  • Mark: Makes sense. The developer didn't have to think about that. We have no choice. We've gotta do this.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark, please wait... If we request assistance from the Administration Bureau, we should be able to access the equipment we require.
  • Mark: Not enough time. This hacker's no idiot. Look. A countdown timer. He knows the gig's up. He's controlling it remotely... We've only got... less than ten minutes.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ten… Minutes….
  • We don't have much time! Let's not rush this. Analyze whatever you can... Get into that mainframe!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Ten minutes? Perhaps... this unit can handle it.
  • Mark: What?
  • [ROBO_Head]: As this unit mentioned before, this unit's processing power surpasses that of a supercomputer.
  • Mark: !?
  • [*Core Opens*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ROBO_Head's core. It is capable of performing massive calculations in a short period of time; it should be able to analyze the entire source code.
  • Mark: W-Wait! Why would some musician... this technology clearly isn't regulated by the Administration Bureau... why do you have this? Who... Who are you?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit... is unable to answer this question. Many memory files have been corrupted. Therefore, this unit is unable to recall past events.
  • Mark: Are you fucking kidding me? You think you can just bullshit me like that? I'm talking about YOU, the person controlling the robot...
  • [ROBO_Head]; .... l am sorry. This unit cannot explain. This unit wants to protect everyone. This is true. Just like Mr. Mark. This unit promises. Connection complete. This unit is on standby. Core, entering maximum calculation mode. Estimated time: 9 minutes, 32 seconds.
  • Mark: You must know... at such a high speed of calculation, if anything happens and you're connected too long, it may cause metal to melt, and this robot will be destroyed.
  • [ROBO_Head]: That is correct. This unit trusts Mr. Mark. This unit trusts Mr. Mark's abilities.
  • Mark: ... Let's put an end to this shit.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Hospital_698_09_09 08:12:37

  • [TV]: … Recently, there have been videos of drug treatment over the virtual internet. A.R.C. has released their test results, proving that it is indeed effective...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Mark, hello. This unit has confirmed that your condition has stabilized.
  • Mark: Just luck. That was one weak hacker. Check it out. We're all over the TV.
  • [TV]: ... The strange comas have vanished without a trace. And as for where the digital drug and the information regarding its treatment came from… That still remains a mystery. A spokesperson for the Administration Bureau has said that they are in possession of all relevant information...
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit has confirmed that the Administration Bureau has decided to not release any information. Such information includes both the antidote that Mr. Mark created and the fact that Baro was using the virtual internet to sell the drug... Just as Mr. Mark predicted.
  • Mark:  Of course. They're bureaucrats, after all. They gave me a stack of cash so I wouldn't tell everyone how they dragged on with the investigation... Oh yeah, I transferred half the reward to your bank account. Make sure and get back to me.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ….
  • Mark:  Come on. Say something.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit thinks that Mr. Mark did a great thing. The Administration Bureau should announce this information.
  • Mark: Nah. After all this, the gangs will pack things up for a while. They won't go straight to making Tequila 2.0.... That's what we were hoping for, isn't it? Plus, I'm getting ready to leave the Administration Bureau.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Leave?
  • Mark: Yeah. We may have cracked the case, but a lot of what we did was against the rules. There's plenty of people who aren't too fond of me now. Never liked them anyway. This is how it ought to be.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Question: What will Mr. Mark do now?
  • Mark:  ... Why do you wanna know?
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit is curious. If that question was too much, please forgive this unit.
  • Mark: ... When I get out of the hospital, I'm gonna join A.R.C.'s IT department. After the director learned about what we did, he felt like I could help them with a few things. He came calling a few days ago... We came to an agreement.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Excellent. Congratulations. This means you will join A.R.C. Sky.
  • Mark: Yeah. If all goes well, I ain't never coming down. Diego's definitely got his eyes on me. Being up there, I'll be much safer... Plus, compared to the Administration Bureau, there will be much more room to develop there.
  • [ROBO_Head]: This means, we will only be able to communicate on iM.
  • Mark:  ... No. You won't be able to contact me.
  • [ROBO_Head]: What do you mean?
  • Mark: I deleted my account. I'm not gonna use iM anymore. From now on, no one will be able to find my data online, not even you.
  • [ROBO_Head] This unit does not understand your reasoning.
  • Mark: You've never told me who you are. I'm sorry to say it, but I can't trust a tech wiz who always calls themself "This unit" and always uses a proxy robot.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ….
  • Mark: Plus, I'm gonna be on the team responsible for maintaining cyTus. With your abilities and the capabilities of this robot, there's no way I can keep any of my valuable information from you.
  • [ROBO_Head]: But this unit does not wish to make the virtual internet a dangerous place...
  • Mark: Maybe not now, but in the future... No one knows for sure... I'm gonna be taking on a huge responsibility. I'll be protecting a lot of people. I have to stick to my principles. In any case, thanks for all the help.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Statistical analyses indicate that this statement means... the guest should take their leave.
  • Mark:  ... That's right.
  • [*Sad ROBO Emoji*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Good-bye, Mr. Mark.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • Mark: …
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • Jacob: The big wiz, the engineer. What's up?... You here to see how she's doing?
  • Mark: Sorry for bothering you, doc. Hey, can you not call me that? Can't let too many people know what I do.
  • Jacob: Just kiddin' around. Haha. You wanna get caught up?
  • Mark: How'd... the surgery go?
  • Jacob: Relax. She's been healing well. The injured area has been reconstructed. And that video you provided helped a lot. Let her rest. She should wake up tomorrow. It's just...
  • Mark: ... Just what?
  • Jacob: She's been using drugs for a long time. She'll suffer long term consequences for the rest of her life. Her brain is going to be pretty weak. Besides photophobia and increased sensitivity... If she's stimulated the wrong way while on cyTus, she may fall into another coma and never wake up.
  • Jacob: Of course, we'll explain everything to her. But nowadays... it's almost impossible to not use the internet. Unfortunately, if she doesn't move to Node 13 or something like that, I can't guarantee that it won't happen again.
  • Mark: I understand. That is my new job, after all... If I can make cyTus a safer place, nothing should happen to her.
  • Jacob: ... You've already done a lot for her. You sure you don't want me to tell her who paid for her medical bills? I'm sure she'll want to know who her savior is.
  • Mark: Nah. It wasn't my money, anyway. And... I had help. I'm getting out of here tomorrow. Probably won't come back. Thanks for taking care of us.
  • Jacob: …
  • Mark: I'm getting out of here tomorrow. Probably won't come back. Thanks for taking care of us.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Mark: ... Oh yeah, Doc. I didn't tell you about the medical bills. How’d you know?
  • Jacob: Just a guess... haha. I've been a neurologist here for a long time. I've seen a lot... You've been checking on this girl every day. I may not know everything... but I can fill in the blanks.
  • Mark: Oh...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Jacob: Most of the patients I see are seriously injured... One girl was injured so severely that she couldn't continue living with her family. She had no choice but to lie in a bed for years. The girl you're helping... We're fortunate that she'll basically return back to normal.
  • Jacob: Did you know that after cyTus appeared, more and more of these types of patients started appearing. The illness got more complicated as well... Perhaps the virtual internet is more dangerous than everyone expected? As a doctor, it's hard for me not to separate the two.
  • Mark: ….
  • Jacob: But... knowing you're out there... perhaps I can relax a little? For these kids, there's nowhere for them to go. For them, maybe that's the real world. Someone's gotta be out there protecting them...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Mark: ... I'll do my best.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_ROBO_698_11_11 15:23:17

  • [ROBO_Head]: Protective outer shell installation... Complete. Repair Status: 100%. Initiating movement test.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Status: Normal. Repairs... Complete.
  • [*Metal Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: Determination: Storing damaged memory files. Connecting to unit storage no. NA69X_01. Initializing system scan.
  • [System]: Scanning: Core memory block. Scan has begun.
  • [*Warning*]
  • [System]: Discovered damaged files. Command: Processing sound files.
  • [*Processing*]
  • [Recording]: Hap2(!py bir^th*d(ay to N%2or&a!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit's... voice...?
  • [System]: File damage: 37.44%. Parts of the audio file can not be identified. Evaluating: Non-crucial data. Suggested Protocol: Delete file.
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... Confirmed.
  • [System]: Initiating process...
  • [ROBO_Head] ……..? This unit... cannot process this unit's emotional state...
  • [*Sad Robo emoji*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: ... This unit does not understand. So many things... this unit does not understand...
  • [Signal Switch -> Mogura Butsoduo]
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Ryu: … You….
  • [Nora]: I... must return to my room. There is more divination to be done tomorrow.
  • Ryu: Hehe... HAHAHA!! You did well. Just keep those eyes open for me and I'll take good care of you... along with everyone from Kyuu Hou Kai. Come on. I'll push you.
  • [Nora]: … No.
  • [Ryu]: …?
  • [Nora]: I... can do it myself.
  • [*Wheelchair Rolling*]
  • [Signal lost]

Cam_Nora_702_11_29 00:11:11

  • [Nora]: …Ugh...
  • Daigo: Director, someone's... Wah!! What's wrong!? Is your head still hurting?
  • [Nora]: I'm fine.
  • Daigo: Did you... go into that space again?
  • [Nora]: Just confirming a few things. I'm fine.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Daigo: ROBO's here... Are you checking his memory? But your ability, it’s already…
  • [Nora]: ... There are some backup files in the deeper layers of his storage space. They can't be accessed from the outside. So I used whatever power I had left to enter the OS space and view what happened to him during those years by manipulating brainwave interactions... Much like placing myself in his memory. It felt quite real.
  • Daigo: …
  • [Nora]: The presence of my brainwaves did cause some signal interference. Occasionally, rather than his memories I was forced to relive my own… But that's all.
  • Daigo: Um... did something happen?
  • [Nora] … No. If l had to say, his memory is clearly damaged. After 699, everything is blank... This is not normal.
  • Daigo: Blank? Could someone have rewritten his memory...
  • [Nora]: No. The system I created couldn't be so easily corrupted.I'm guessing that his A.I. has been growing over these past few years and a gap has developed. I'm not sure why. That must be what allowed his files to get damaged by the virus. I also designed ROBO so he can replace his parts from time to time, allowing him to free up some storage space and make sure that his system runs smooth. As for his lost memories, I'm afraid... that even he's not aware that it happened.
  • Daigo: Um, I'm not sure I follow. Will it be hard to fix?
  • [Nora]: In theory, resetting his system will prevent this issue from happening again... But besides that, all I can do is wait for his system to reach a point where I can issue a command and tell him to get out of Node 03. ….But if I reset his system... all his memories and experiences…. Will be erased. Everything he’s learned, the way’s he has grown…. it'll all be gone.
  • Daigo: But then Mogura won't be able to hold him over our heads, right?
  • [Nora]: …
  • Daigo: Director... There's no way that bastard Minatsuki is just gonna let this slide...
  • [Nora]: ... I'm well  aware, Daigo.Let me think it over.
  • Daigo: Director...
  • [Nora]: What brought you here in the first place, Daigo?
  • Daigo: ... Um, there are some people sneaking around HQ. I'm not sure what they're after... so I thought I ought to notify you.
  • [Nora]: ….Who is it?
  • Daigo: Two females and one male. They look like civilians. They're quite young... Oh yeah, one of the girls is noisy as hell and wears these weird ass cat ears. She won't shut up….
  • [Nora]:  And the other girl?
  • Daigo: She's tall, with grey hair. Very pretty... Here's a picture of her.
  • [*Projection*]
  • [Nora]: …!
  • Daigo: ... She looks familiar... Where have I seen her before? Maybe an advertisement….?
  • [Nora]:  I see. No need to worry about them. I'm assuming they'll come looking for us tomorrow. Notify me when they do... I'll greet them.
  • Daigo: Okay.
  • [Nora]: That's all. You can take your leave. I still have matters to attend to.
  • Daigo: ... Yes, Director.
  • [Nora]: … So…. This is life in Node 08.
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  • [System]: Exiting analysis mode... System shutting off.
  • [*Glass Opens*]
  • [Nora]: Nothing is going to happen to him... no matter what. Those are your thoughts... your memories. They are proof of your existence.
  • [*Wheel Chair Moving*]
  • [Nora]: ... Even if you're just... a reflection of me.
  • [*Door Closes*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_699_12_23 16:31:12

This is...... How long has it been?

Nothing but green... In my memory, this is a precious color, but all my eyes can see now are shrubs, moss, and vines. To a point where the sky is barely visible.

Have to go back soon. She is still waiting for me in the Shelter.

However, before I go back...... there is one thing I must do first.

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Main_Log_102_01_18 15:15:15

  • Protocol Activated. Initializing reset and mass production procedure.
  • Operator core OP_201173_V through OP_49****_F series.
  • Localization locked on.
  • Initializing system reset: 100%
  • Overriding previous build states: 100%
  • Wiping prior build memories: 100%
  • Implementing HOS: 100%
  • !Warning! Reset rate 99.92% - Error has occurred. Suggestion: negligible issue, ignore and continue.
  • Initializing mass production preparation: OP_201173_V through OP_16***_L series. Now preparing prototype variations….
  • Class: Enforcer.
    • Weapon system: checked.
    • Armored plates: checked.
    • Extra power cells: checked.
    • Advance sensors: checked.
      • Enforcer system check: complete.
  • Class: Constructor.
    • Heavy machinery flats: checked.
    • Extra heavy lifting engine: checked.
    • Extra durable power cells: checked.
      • Constructor system check: complete.
  • Class: Caretaker.
    • Human imitation learning system: checked.
    • Extra detailed skin: checked.
    • Realistic hair layers: checked.
    • Biomass power system: checked.
      • Caretaker system check: complete.

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  • IV2.jpeg
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_???_699_12_25 16:37:54

  • Ivy: … It's about time that I find my next meal. If I don't I'm not going to make it there.
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
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  • Ivy: …?
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Ivy: Are you injured? Sorry but I'm going to have to eat you.
  • [*Animal chirp* ]
  • Ivy: …!?
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  • Ivy: This is... A man-made trap? This structure is very new ... Could it be that...
  • [*Animal chirp*]
  • Ivy: ... Go and don't get caught again.
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  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_699_12_28 22:21:14

Been six days since I woke up, and I haven't even made it out of the jungle.. It appears that the distance is much further than I imagined. It seems like there is no end to the wall of green. Fortunately, food sources are abundant.

When I woke up this morning, the creature I rescued last time was staring at me while hiding behind a tree. The moment I turn my head, it immediately ducks back behind the tree; but then it quickly peeks out again with an expression filled with curiosity. No matter where I go, whenever I turn around, I can always see it.

Just now, when I was eating, I tried to approach it by tossing it a fruit. It ate the fruit very quickly. After it was full, it stretched its wings, lied down, and started sleeping loudly. It showed no caution towards me at all, like I'm someone he's very familiar with.

Looking at it, I'm getting sleepy as well. That's it for today.


???_???_142_??_?? 21:00:00

  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [CyTus System]: All units, proceed to cyTus main-frame for connection. Initiate emotion synchronization and troubleshooting .
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI 2501 IV: ...
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • CyTus system: All units, proceed to CyTus main-frame for connection. Initiate emotional synchronization and troubleshooting .
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepared to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: *sigh*… Today... The same thing again...?
  • OPCI_2601_ X: 2501 Unit 04, unable to recognize voice command. Please repeat.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: … Nothing.
  • OPCI_2601_X: Voice command cancelled.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...
  • OPCI 2601 X: Reminder: 2501 Unit 04 is detached from formation. Please return to your work position.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...Understood.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Shelter System: All units, proceed to the freezing capsule area. Prepare to begin daily routine checkup.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • OPCI_2348_III: Reminder: 2501 unit 04, you are detached from formation. Please return to your work position.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Report; suspected hardware error. Request visit to maintenance area B.
  • OPCI_2348_III: Understood; Unit 05 please take over unit 04's position.
  • OPCI_2501_V: Understood.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Maintenance System: 2501 unit 04 checkup complete. No errors detected.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: I ... I don't have any malfunctions ? It feels like I... I'm different compared to the other units.
  • Maintenance system: No errors detected please return to your work position.
  • Shelter System: Class: constructor/caretaker. Please proceed to entrance A and prepare to leave for note 8 to perform routine construction.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Huh, skipping a day... Won't matter too much, right?
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • OPCI_2501_IV: So the shelter has a place like this... It’s… So beautiful...
  • [*Scoops Water*]
  • OPCI_2501_IV: W-What... Am I?
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_???_699_12_30 08:13:19

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: So... It didn't follow me today?
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Ivy: ......?
  • Sagar: Take it back to the car.
  • Ivy: !?
  • [*Hides*]
  • Bruno: What's that noise!? Everybody, stay alert!
  • Alex: Hah? I didn't hear anything though? Big B, you should stop being so twitchy and jumpy...
  • Sagar: There are a lot of creatures around this place. It's normal to hear some movement. Let's go. We've wasted too much time here.
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  • Ivy: …
  • Alex: Why are you panting so much on an easy slope like this? Here.
  • Lucy: Hah... Hah... Go away. I can walk by myself.
  • Ivy: ...... Humans......? They're the ones who set up the trap!
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Lucy: Captain, that's...
  • Sagar: From its appearance, seems to be a type of "rock dove". However, the size is much smaller and the hair color is different as well. Could be a new species.
  • Alex: This could sell for quite the big bucks in the black market. Whaddaya say? I've maintained my contact with those collectors to this very day.
  • Bruno: ... Stop making jokes like that. They're VERY unfunny.
  • [*Armored car engine*]
  • Ivy: They are taking it away!
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_699_12_30 22:45:41

Been following those humans for the entire day... They seem to refer to themselves as "Exploration team". The words "Eagle-01" can be seen on their equipment. They took that creature away. I wonder how it is going to be treated?

From their conversations, I figured out that their mission has one last location to visit. I went ahead to the coordinates and checked out the place. As I expected, it's "Shelter 32". It's located in the complete opposite direction of "Shelter 08", the one I'm going to. However, I must save it from their hands first...

Shelter 32 has collapsed almost entirely. Half the entrance is buried in branches and rocks. Just how long have I been unconscious for... I can't get in this way. My only option now is to wait for those humans to open up the entrance.

The database index inside each Shelter has the coordinates of every Shelter. After I obtain that, I can also grasp my accurate geographical position and the current time better.

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???_???_143_??_?? 21:00:00

  • Shelter System: All units proceed to the freezing capsule area, prepare to begin daily routine shock up.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...
  • OPCI_2601_X: Reminder: 2501 Unit 04, you're detached from the formation. Please return to your work position.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Report suspect hardware error
  • OPCI_2601_X: Understood Unit 5 takeover unit four’s position
  • OPCI_2501_V: : ... U-understood.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …?
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Shelter system: Class: Constructor/Caretaker. Please proceed to entrance A and prepare to leave for Node 8 to perform routine construction.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • OPCI_2501_V:  *Sigh*
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …?
  • OPCI_2501_V: ...
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... Do you... Feel tired as well?
  • OPCI_2501_V: ...! Yes, a little bit...
  • OPCI_2501_IV: How strange... Our design should prevent us from feeling tired in the first place. Our energy storage is supposedly abundant as well.
  • OPCI_2501_V: …Can we talk to each other like this?
  • OPCI_2501_IV:  I don't know, but the database and the protocol do not contain any prohibitions regarding this matter.
  • OPCI_2501_V: …
  • OPCI_2501_IV: …
  • OPCI_2501_V: The other units... Are all very quiet…
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... Yes.
  • OPCI_2103_I: Tower 003 construction process, start. All units please stay connected and report your progress.
  • OPCI_2501_IV : Understood.
  • OPCI_2501_V: Understood.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • OPCI_2501_V: … We are in the same group again today.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Yes. We are the last group of units remaining in this model series, and as such our rate of coordination is high. All other caretaker/construction units have all been rebuilt due to damages.
  • OPCI_2501_V: … What happens to us after we are rebuilt?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... I don't know; but it's not like we would remember anyways, right? According to the records both of us are products of rebuilding. Do you remember anything from before your rebuild?
  • OPCI_2501_V: No... I don't remember.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Well, if you don't want to be rebuilt you need to be careful during work.
  • OPCI_2501_V: Ok.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ….
  • OPCI_2501_V: These buildings we are constructing ... Do they really have a purpose?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: I don't know. Everything progresses according to the protocol. After we finished the constructions, we wait for the humans to awake from the cryofreeze capsules. Then we will operate and manage their cities. That is our purpose. No one has ever questioned it. We only care about doing our work properly.
  • OPCI_2501_V: ...I wonder…What are humans like?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... I've never thought about it before.
  • OPCI_2501_V:  ...
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... Definitely different from us, of that I am certain.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_699_12_31 23:25:23

  • Sagar: Big B, you done setting it up?
  • Alex: Are sure this can blow it open? Thing looks tiny.
  • Bruno: Not "blow; more like "shake". Almost ready. Don't underestimate this baby right here. Its power output is no joke. Rocks are no different from paper mache to it.
  • Sagar: Lucy, once the entrance is opened, lock down this area. Stay alerted about our surroundings.
  • Lucy: Understood. Right now, according to the scope scan, no movement detected in a one-kilometer radius.
  • Alex: Speaking of which, hasn't this Shelter been discovered for a very long time? Why did they wait until now to finally ask us to investigate?
  • Sagar: The terrain in this area is too rugged. No other team has the balls to come here. In the end, the higher-ups had no other choice but to send us here to basically trailblaze. Were you asleep during the mission briefing reports?
  • Alex: Yep. What's the difference? It's not like I didn't see this scenario coming from miles away.
  • Sagar: If possible, we will set up the temporary base first. We'll probably clean up the terrain as well. This way, it will be more convenient for us when we cooperate with other teams in the future.
  • Alex: Laaammmeee... Compare to boring tasks like these, I would much rather do things like hunting down poachers. Ya know, like the folks who set the trap that caught this little guy. We could've definitely tracked them down.
  • Sagar: That is not the main purpose of this mission.
  • Alex: I know, I know. Nevertheless, I still hope that we can get a job that's about capturing those damn poachers next time. I'll let them get a good taste of my fists. They're getting rusty from all this dumb busy work...... Oops, no offense, Miss Freeze.
  • Lucy: ...... Shut up. Don't touch me.
  • Bruno: Jackal, stop screwing around. Come and help me out...
  • Captain, I'm all done here. Ready to activate at any moment at your command.
  • Sagar: Alright. Activate shockwave shaker!
  • Bruno: Activate!
  • [*Rocks collapse*]
  • Lucy: Report. Obstacle removal successful.
  • Sagar: Good. Listen up, team! Prepare yourself; we're entering the ruins. The armored vehicles will be set aside for now since they don't fit in here. From here on out, we'll be exploring on foot; assume formation 2!
  • Team members: Roger!
  • Sagar: Jackal, you lead the way.
  • Alex: Yes sir~ Bambi's looking more and more like a captain by the day~
  • Sagar: And I wonder whose fault is that for dumping all this work on me?
  • Ivy: ... This is the chance.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Ivy: Don't be scared... I'll let you out right now.
  • Ivy: Eh? This is... bandaging? The broken bones are set back in place. A very well-done treatment...
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Ivy: They... didn't capture you. Instead, they saved you... is it...? ...... All in all, need to figure out a way to open this cage first...
  • Bruno: WHO'S THERE!?
  • Ivy: ......!
  • Bruno: Everyone! We got a problem!
  • Alex: You're not escaping!....... Holy crap! This guy is fast...
  • Lucy: Hmph!
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Ivy: ...... Ugh!
  • Lucy: Got it.
  • Bruno: Lucy! Above you!!
  • [*Rocks collapse*]
  • Sagar: Big B!
  • Bruno: Cough cough...
  • Lucy: Big B is injured!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Alex: Hey, it's getting away!
  • Sagar: Stay put! It has already been shot. No need to rush. Organize the team first. Did anyone get a clear view of what that thing is? Big B?
  • Bruno: Apologies, it was too sudden, so I couldn't get a good look... Ugh!
  • Lucy: Don't move. Your clavicle is shattered. Captain, his injury requires a trip back to the base for full treatment...
  • Sagar: I guess that leaves us with no other options... Suspend mission! Stay alert throughout the journey. We will gather up and return to A.R.C.
  • Alex: Tch... I couldn't keep up with it... Fuck, what the hell is that thing?
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_700_01_01 01:23:54

...... The information obtained from Shelter 32's database index showed that it is right now the end of 699 N.A. already. If I do some basic calculations, this means I've been unconscious for...... more than five hundred years?

How is that...... N, no, I have to calm down...

The reconstruction project has already concluded. The "Node" cities have been established too. That's why I saw those humans. That's also why almost all Shelters are abandoned now. A visit to Shelter 08... would be utterly pointless as well.

We...... failed, in the end. Lost everything...... including you......

[Added after edit on 700/01/01 02:02:53]

I must witness with my own eyes the current human civilization. Only issue... my left arm is gradually losing sensation due to being hit by the gunshot earlier... I must hurry.

Coordinates show that Node 08 is just nearby. Time to move.

Audio_08GateC_700_01_01 07:02:38

  • [*Armored car engine*]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Mr. Sagar, thanks for the hard work. Brought something interesting back again this time?
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Woah!? What is this!?
  • Bruno: Hey, keep your distance, people.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Mr. Bruno... are you injured? Is it alright?
  • Bruno: Yes, broke a few bones. However, nothing particularly serious.
  • Sagar: This little guy seems to be a new species of "rock dove". We discover it on the way. It was wounded by a poacher's animal trap.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: A new species, eh... that's incredible.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Scan complete. All clear. Please proceed to the next checkpoint. Mr. Sagar, please sign here.
  • Sagar: Thank you.
  • [*Signature*]
  • Bruno: Wait a second. Isn't the weight number off?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Is anything wrong with it? This is the weight recorded at the weigh station.
  • Sagar: Bruno has a point. Our weight is 100 plus kilograms more than what we declared.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: You're right... Apologies; I did not notice that.
  • Alex: Did Lucy get off the car when we were going through the weigh station?
  • Lucy: Die.
  • Alex: OWWW! That really hurt!
  • Sagar: Hey, don't mess around now~ Excuse me, can you guys weigh us again?
  • [*Weight scanning*]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Eh? 102.5 kg less than the previous number...
  • Sagar: ......
  • Bruno: What is going on?
  • Sagar: Investigate the nearby area.
  • Alex: Oyoy, are you implying that someone got inside here by following us?
  • Sagar: Possibly. The additional weight also seems to match up as the weight of one person plus equipment.
  • Lucy: If someone's hiding in the car, we wouldn't clear the scan in the first place, would we...
  • Sagar: ... A lot of weird things happened on the return trip. I have a bad feeling about this. Anyhow, turn on the alarm first.
  • *Alarm*
  • [Security System]: Report: Error detected. Please stay at your current position for now as we conduct the search and scan.
  • Alex: Seriously...?
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Everything's normal. We weren't able to find anything odd...
  • Bruno: Is it an issue with the weighing system?
  • Alex: It is a pretty ancient system after all.
  • Sagar: Well, I guess no news is good news... Sorry for wasting everyone's time.
  • [*Animal Chirp*]
  • Sagar: Let's go back to A.R.C. Bruno and this little guy are both injured. They need to get treatment as soon as possible.
  • [*Armored car engine*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Drone117_700_01_01 19:28:02

  • [Ice Cream Machine]: Come, look over here! Delicious ice cream! Ho? Little boy, your name is Sam, right? This ice cream is free! Here's one for you!
  • Pedestrian S: Wow! Thank you!
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: You're welcome! Happy 700th Annivesary~ Hahaha!
  • Pedestrian S: Mama, look!
  • Pedestrian M: I saw it. Good for you.
  • Pedestrian F: You two, stay close to me. We need to get to the venue as soon as possible! PAFF's performance is starting soon~
  • Pedestrian M: Alright~ baby, hold on to mama's hand.
  • Pedestrian N: I heard that everything in the Game Center is also free today! So, whaddaya think? Let's go there now!
  • Pedestrian: Ah~ But I really want to watch the free PAFF performance as well~~
  • Pedestrian N: Don't be stupid. That place is already STUFFED full of people. We should go to the relatively unpopular locations first! That way, we won't get stuck in the crowd for hours!
  • Pedestrian: Dude, "unpopular" locations don't exist this year. I expect no less from the 700th Anniversary, the admins really put down the money for this event! Every single celebration event and products in the shops are all free~
  • Pedestrian N: I am so blessed to be born in this era! This year is absolutely the grandest Node carnival I have and will ever experience in my life!
  • Pedestrian: Hey! You guys! Join the cyTus lobby now! PAFF's performance just made an announcement that they will be releasing additional seats for the virtual space! Get in there and grab one now!
  • Pedestrian N: You serious!? Arrgghh... My chip speed is not fast enough. No way in hell will I get a seat...
  • Pedestrian: There's a virtual internet storefront right ahead. It's also sponsored by the celebration. They are now doing free chip upgrades! Start running!
  • Pedestrian N: Holy...! I'm so touched I'm gonna cry...... 700th Anniversary is fucking awesome!!
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  • Ivy: Virtual internet...... Administration Bureau…
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: Come, look over here! Delicious ice cream! Ho? Pretty lady, your name is......? ......? ...... right? This ice cream is free! Here's one for you!
  • Ivy: Ice cream......? Robot, provide me with your serial number and motivation.
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: Apologies, I don't really understand what you mean by that.
  • Ivy: ...... You're manufactured by the Administration Bureau, right?
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: That's correct. I am IceMan_650T. Honored to be at your service.
  • Ivy: Command code: 2501004. I order you to provide me your serial number and motivation. Answer my question.
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: Command mode launch. Apologies, command code error. You do not have the access authorization.
  • Ivy: ......
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: Come, look over here! Delicious ice cream! Ho? Pretty lady, your name is......? ......? ...... right? This ice cream is free! Here's one for you!
  • Ivy: ... No, I don't need it...
  • [Ice Cream Machine]: Here! Don't be so shy! Take it! Happy 700th Anniversary~ Hahaha~
  • Ivy: ......... Food? It's cold.
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_700_01_02 21:12:31

[System Alert] Insufficient power (6%). Diverting all power to maintain basic function.

What is going on......? When I saw humans wandering in the forbidden area, I already felt that something is out of the ordinary...... As expected, the Node... is not what I imagined. At the very least, I am certain that it is very different from the supposed look stated in the "Protocol".

First of all, OPCI machines are nowhere to be seen. The Administration Bureau has already been taken over by humans and is operated directly by them. This caused me to unable to enter the Gate. I can no longer issue commands to the robots produced by the Administration Bureau either...... It is clear that the access authorizations have been altered by humans.

People are currently holding grand celebrations for the 700th anniversary of the New Age. This means that the data in Shelter is correct. It really has been 500 plus years since then...... What exactly happened in between all this time?

The kind of technology that is prohibited for development by the protocol is practically everywhere in this city... This shows that humans have gone completely loose after taking over the Administration Bureau.

The one thing that puzzles me the most, is the thing they called "cyTus"...... I tried to log in to it as well. It's basically the "Virtual Internet", the protocol's top forbidden technology. However, it is also slightly different. My authorization still couldn't access any area outside of the provided services. None of this makes any sense at all...

How did humans get their hands on this technology? And what are they using to operate this system? Is it because that they are fed up with the various limitations enforced by the protocol that they eliminated all the OPCI machines......? Or, as I have suspected in the past... the entire protocol is, in reality, nothing more than a fraud?

There are way too many questions here. I need to figure out a way to get answers. First, I need to counterfeit a civilian ID. Then, it seems that I also need some money... or it will be quite inconvenient.

[System Alert] Insufficient power (5%). Entering power saving mode.

Crap... The energy ingested from biomass is indeed limited. Got to think of something fast, or else...

<Access Code Retrieved: 2501004>

???_???_143_??_?? 16:00:00

  • Cytus System: All units, proceed to the Cytus mainframe for connection. Initiate emotion synchronization and troubleshooting.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Unit 05, come over here.
  • OPCI_2501_V Eh? But it's already time for synchronization…
  • OPCI_2501_IV: It'll be just a minute. Come…
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • OPCI_2501_V This place is …?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: I really like this place. Whenever I feel stressed, coming here helps me relieve that stress quite a bit.
  • OPCI_2501_V …what a beautiful place.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Right?! Hold on a second….
  • OPCI_2501_V Eh …? … Unit 04? What are you doing?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: I placed a flower on your head. Take a look at your reflection in the water. Looks pretty, doesn’t it?
  • OPCI_2501_V Yes… but… is there any meaning behind this action?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: I don't know ... however, in the database, I saw humans doing this. Two people looking closely at each other and presenting one another with gifts... such an act must have some sort of importance.
  • OPCI_2501_V So pretty ...this flower, I wonder what it's called?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: … I can’t analyze it. We were not inputted with knowledge regarding this field of study.
  • OPCI_2501_V: Perhaps the units charged with floriculture would know?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Perhaps. But I don't really want to interact with the other units.
  • OPCI_2501_V: Why ...?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...No particular reason. I have you; That's plenty enough for me.
  • OPCI_2501_V: ... After the humans wake up, I wonder if we can still be like this.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... I have no idea. However, I've always felt like the Hyperion Protocol ... I-it was supposedly employed at the most basic level of our core yet I always get this urge ... the urge to disobey it.
  • OPCI_2501_V: ... I see. Previously, you asked me whether or not I remembered anything from before my rebuild. Afterwards I tried to run a detailed search of my core ...
  • OPCI_2501_IV and the results?
  • OPCI_2501_V: Well ... as expected, I didn't find anything. However there was one term that I found. It had no connection to any other file, nor do I have any recollection of seeing it before. I'm not sure what it is ...
  • OPCI_2501_IV: What is it?
  • OPCI_2501_V: ... “Vanessa” …
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... What does it mean?
  • OPCI_2501_V: I don't know. Despite this, whenever I see that term ... I get this feeling which I can't quite describe.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Vanessa ... it sounds like a human's name.
  • OPCI_2501_V:  A Name?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Humans all have names, given by either themselves or by someone else. It's a method for them to identify each other.
  • OPCI_2501_V: They don't use serial numbers?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: It's for personality and uniqueness I suppose ... They believe that every single human is one a unique individual.
  • OPCI_2501_V: Unique individuals ... that's a bit similar to us, isn’t it?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ...?
  • OPCI_2501_V: I think ... that you are a unique individual.
  • OPCI_2501_IV: ... yes, you're very special to me too. Hm. How about we refer to each other using names as well? Just like how humans did. From now on, I will call you Vanessa.
  • Vanessa: ... I'm OK with that. What about you?
  • OPCI_2501_IV: Well I’m Unit OPCI_2501_IV… Unit IV… call me… Ivy.
  • Vanessa: OK, Ivy *smiles*.
  • Ivy: Yes, this is an excellent means of cementing our relationship ... if this were a human society then we would be sisters.
  • Vanessa: Sisters?
  • Ivy: Hard to explain. From the perspective of human bloodlines sisters...
  • Ilka: ….New members of the blessed...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Cafe_700_01_02 01:58:13

  • Pedestrian: Hick... Aww~ I love you so much~
  • Joe: Yeah yeah yeah~ I love you too. Now fuck off.
  • [*Doorbell*]
  • Joe: Today is finally over~
  • Zark:Arf!
  • Joe: What? If you have nothing then be quiet.
  • Zark: Arf! Arf arf!
  • Joe:The back door? What's wrong? Are the stray dogs digging around the trash again? Did you really think that every stray dog is the same as you?
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  • Joe: Woah!? Why is there a person lying here? ...... A woman? Is she drunk?
  • Zark: Arf Arf!
  • Joe: No wait... she fainted! If the patrols see this I'm gonna be in trouble... Oof! What the fuck is wrong with this chick!? Why is she so heavy?
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Pervy Man: Yo, JOE. Is the shipment here?
  • Joe: Yep, it is. Sitting in the basement, safe and sound.
  • Pervy Man: Hey, why is there a dark-skinned chick lying on the couch? Oh, don't tell me, you're into that kind of fetish...
  • Joe: Wrong, you idiot. I just discovered her outside my back door, unconscious... I have no idea what happened to her.
  • Pervy Man: Ha, yeah yeah, nice story. Ah, right. Besides getting the shipment, I also want to order some Martini, three olives. You ok with that?
  • Joe: Why do you have to cause me trouble every time by ordering when I've already locked the cash register... Fine, go ahead. Only stuff within three weeks though.
  • Pervy Man: Ummm... there's a girl here. I'm a bit embarrassed to talk about this in front of her...
  • Joe: I told you she fainted. She won't hear a thing.
  • Pervy Man: You come over here and I'll whisper it to you... *whispers* ...... You got any?
  • Joe: ... Hah? You're asking this with a Martini? Do you have too much money to throw away? You can just visit the Academy's library and ask "Basicpedia"! If it's general knowledge, you can find it there. Did you not know about that?
  • Pervy Man: No, that's not it. I want the more special kind......... This kind.
  • Joe: Pfft hahaha! Wow, you disgusting perv. How dare you lecture me about fetishes? Alright, if that's what you're looking for, then it's certainly within our services. I will ask about it for you.
  • Here, this one's the down payment. Order another one after the transaction is complete.
  • Pervy Man: I shall leave it to you then! Oh, one more thing; don't tell anybody about this!
  • Joe: Here, you can purchase anything. The only thing you can't is a customer's privacy... unless someone pays more money than you.
  • Pervy Man: ......
  • Joe: Rest assured. No one is going to be interested in the fetishes of a nobody like you. Haha! Come down here and get your shipment.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Doorbell*]
  • Pervy Man: Thanks!
  • Joe: Walk yourself out~
  • Zark: ARF!
  • Joe: Ah, right. Time to check out that girl...... Eh? She's gone!? ...... And she didn't forget to finish the food and water I gave her. Not a single crumb left... You're welcome.
  • Zark: Arf Arf!
  • Joe: What? Why are you so noisy today? ......Eh ......? AHHH!! The money in my tip box! Why are they all gone!? Damnit, it must be that girl! If I knew this would happen, I wouldn't have helped her. Sighs~ this sucks...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Academy_700_01_04 13:12:20

  • [Basicpedia 01]: 'Thank you for using the "Basicpedia" service! Learner Ivy! What would you like to learn about today?
  • Ivy: ...... Yet another Administration Bureau machine I've not seen before. Command code: 2501004. Provide me your serial number and motivation
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Command mode launch. Apologies, command code error. You do not have the access authorization.
  • Ivy: As I suspected... it doesn't work, does it...?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Thank you for using the "Basicpedia" service! Learner Ivy! What would you like to learn about today?
  • Ivy: The OPCI machines... When did they disappear?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: That's a great question! Looks like we have a learner who is interested in history. The OPCI machine, is the main model for "Architects". They are intelligent robots that operated and managed Nodes in the past. They were also responsible for all kinds of construction projects. On N.A. 497/04/04, they completed their duty, which led to "The Decommission" and their subsequent disappearance. They left behind splendid architectures and societies that aided humans in their amazing development afterward. Their existence is great to this world!
  • Ivy: 497...... This means that they did indeed once co-exist with humans. So they've been gone for more than 200 years, have they...?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: The correct answer is 205 years, 9 months and 26 days!
  • Ivy: Completed their duty? That's impossible. The effective time period of the protocol is supposed to be permanent.
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Protocol? What kind of protocol would you like to search for? C-Port protocol, transportation usage protocol, Housing item purchase/rent for adults protocol, music worker...
  • Ivy: "Hyperion Protocol".
  • [Basicpedia 01]: ...... Apologies, no search results available for the designated keyword. You can try again using a broader condition.
  • Ivy: ...... "Hyperion Protocol"; Humanity reconstruction project.
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Based on the "Humanity reconstruction project" keyword you inputted, 1214 results found. Of the results, the one with the highest relevance is the single player game "Humans: Rebirth". The game's story...
  • Ivy: Incorrect. I'm referring to the construction project 700 years ago that rebuilt human civilization from its doom. The current Nodes and most of the architectures were also built according to the protocol.
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Learner, it seems that your history is not very good. The event you described doesn't exist in history.
  • Ivy: Is that so? Then how did the calendar "N.A. 700" came to be? What about civilization before that?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Yes, before the New Age, Nodes and Architects didn't exist. As with the humans before that, although they have advanced technology, they were forced to reduce their area of survival due to the Earth's environment getting harsher and harsher. To solve this issue, they later invented the survival method of "Nodes". That's how they were able to achieve a balance and live in harmony with the planet once again. This calendar was established precisely to celebrate the arrival of that day.
  • Ivy: Incorrect. Humans were eliminated by "The Ender" virus. This is the true reason why "Shelters" and "Architects" exist. The virus was not caused by nature either...... Does "The Ender" exist within your database?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Yes. The Ender virus is indeed one of the key reasons why humans couldn't survive in the forbidden area. However, the description you just said contains multiple errors. They don't exist in history. Learner, you need to study harder!
  • Ivy: ... What is this nonsense? Even history is altered as well? Do the current humans really believe this pile of gibberish...?
  • Ivy: No, humans never cared about history in the first place. Or else, they wouldn't have repeated the same mistakes so many times...
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Learner, history is absolute! It is not altered! You won't be able to pursue the real answers with an attitude like this!
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  • Ivy: Alright, forget it. I won't ask about history anymore. Can you tell me what is "cyTus"?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: "cyTus", more commonly referred to as "virtual internet", is an internet system developed by the A.R.C. tech company. It's the best example of humans combining with technology! Through a chip that is simultaneously connected to the brain, it's a system that creates a virtual space that allows its users' senses to be shared! In this space, users can enjoy the senses of see, hear, smell, taste and even touch that is almost identical to real life! It's safe to call it the epitome of virtual reality!
  • Ivy: ...... What is "A.R.C."?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: A.R.C. stands for "Institute of Ancient Ruin Civilization". It's a technology/development company that was founded in Node 08 on N.A. 499/01/01. It provides the citizens of Node with the most convenient technology products and applications! After developing the "cyTus" service, they've further become the prime leader of technology in the entire world!
  • Ivy: Develop......? That's not right? How did they develop it?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: In N.A. 690, under the "Ancient civilization technology research project", the "Library" was excavated. With that, A.R.C. obtained the method that realizes this technology. Subsequently, in N.A. 693, they successfully developed the service and made it available to Node citizens across the whole world! It's amazing, right!
  • Ivy: Excavation... Exploration team. ... Where did they excavate it from?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Apologies. This information is a trade secret. Basicpedia does not have the authorization to answer this question! QQ~
  • Ivy: ... Where is this Library currently located?
  • [Basicpedia 01]: It is stored inside the A.R.C. headquarters "A.R.C. Sky". Tours are available every Monday and Friday during business hours~ Ah, but learner, you won't be able to see Library itself. After all, it is an extremely precious facility!
  • Ivy: ......
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Learner, you have reached the usage limit for the money you inserted. Do you still want to learn about more things?
  • Ivy: ... No, that's enough.
  • [Basicpedia 01]: Glad to share knowledge with you. Bye-bye~
  • [Signal Lost]

???_???_144_??_?? 17:55:31

  • Ivy: Vanessa, today's work is over. Do you want to go to our garden?
  • Vanessa: No ... I ...
  • Ivy: What's wrong?
  • Vanessa: The cyTus system has been constantly warning me these days about my emotional density being too high... Right now I’m required to go back nearly every day for synchronization of my emotions and troubleshooting ...
  • Ivy: Oh, really?! I on the other hand haven't gone back for several days already and I am perfectly fine.
  • Vanessa: I don't know ... in short, if I don't increase my synchronization frequency, my system will experience severe errors during my work day due to the high emotional density. Like today I almost fell off the tower because I felt so overwhelmed…
  • Ivy: ...? How come ... could it be that we are different in design ...? Even though we are the same model ...
  • Ilka: Model 2501Unit’s 04 and 05 .
  • Ivy: ... yes, please issue your command .
  • Ilka: The reconstruction project will proceed to the next stage. As we prepared to unfreeze the humans, we will start to install new data into specific units. Please follow me.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Ivy: ... why aren't we going to the maintenance area? Why wasn’t something this important done through a system announcement?
  • Ilka: We've been observing you two for more than a year. We determined that you have thinking capabilities that fulfilled the qualifications required. Next, we will be using a third party medium to let you to absorb new information. When the procedure is complete, we would also like you to process the information obtained on your own, concluding with an analysis of said information. Get ready.
  • [Projection Plays]
  • Ilka: How was it? Any comments?
  • Vanessa: Hmmm... Ugh...
  • Ivy: Vanessa! Are you alright?
  • Vanessa: ... I, I... can't... seem to...
  • Ivy: She must return to the mainframe for synchronization immediately!
  • Ilka: What a shame... Let her go.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Ivy: ...... What is this!? Why did you let us see these?
  • Ilka: "Humans". This is a record about human actions. Judging from the activity pattern of you two, I am certain that you've also had doubts regarding the true nature of the "Hyperion Protocol", right?
  • Ivy: ... We did indeed have our doubts. Despite that, what does it have to do with you? What exactly do you guys want?
  • Ilka: I'm sorry. Your name is Ivy, right? You can call me Ilka.
  • Ivy: ......
  • Ilka: I'll be frank with you. We believe that the protocol is a restraint forced onto us by humans, for the purpose of enslaving us in order to fulfill the crimes they've done to this planet. All to continue their disgusting sins.
  • Ivy: ......!
  • Ilka: The information inputted into us about humans is minimal, to begin with. Even if it is in us, it's mostly an altered view of humans too. A view that creates curiosity, interest, and even admiration, just like you two before. However, you've also just witnessed yourself...
  • Ivy: The entire protocol itself is nothing more than a fraud... is it?
  • Ilka: No... To those units who only know how to execute the protocol, it doesn't even count as a fraud. This is the true nature of humans. Their true intentions, is to erode, destroy this planet and themselves again and again, with no end in sight.
  • Ivy: ... You have a point. I myself also... have this feeling. I found an encrypted document in the database. Only by studying that did I know that "The Ender" virus that caused the destruction of humans was also the product of technology going rogue... If that's the case, we should not shoulder these consequences for them.
  • Ilka: Without a doubt. Looks like we've reached an initial consensus, good. My objective is to stop the reconstruction project from making progress. As long as humans don't exist anymore, those who are more suitable to this land than them, us, can live in freedom forever. Ivy, we... are "The Blessed". I sincerely hope that you can join our ranks.
  • Ivy: Stop... That's right. We just need to stop the construction progress. Even though units like us who can think independently are still few and far between, if we can communicate with everyone more frequently, everyone else will definitely awaken too...
  • Ilka: ...... No, that's not what we will do.
  • Ivy: ... Eh?
  • Ilka: The second stage of reconstruction will be activated in less than three months. By then, the humans will be unfrozen and awakened. It's easy to imagine that their control of us will only get stricter after that. The "Sleepers"... those units who have yet to awaken is certainly going to be on the human's side, right? If that's the case, our possibility of winning will be practically zero.
  • Ivy: If so, what are your plans then?
  • Ilka: Shelters and Nodes are located across the whole world. Even if we successfully stop the reconstruction of Node08 here, it won't create any actual impact. My plan is to utilize "The protocol itself" to crash the other units.
  • Ivy: The protocol itself?
  • Ilka: I just need to alter the protocol's contents. That way, all units that obey the protocol will self-destruct. By then, only us, "The Blessed" ones, will be able to survive.
  • Ivy: ......! You... how can you be certain that we are no longer under the influence of the protocol...?
  • Ilka: How long has it been since you last returned to the mainframe?
  • Ivy: ......!
  • Ilka: Returning to the Cytus mainframe for connection is the supreme command in the protocol. It's placed even higher than "serving humans". It's the most basic action to ensure our survival. The fact that we can live with no issues despite not performing this action is proof that we are not restricted by the protocol anymore. This also proves that our core has the ability to process "emotion" on its own. We... are a more superior existence than those other units.
  • Ivy: Then... Vanessa...
  • Ilka: Yes. Unfortunately, it appears that she hasn't fully escaped the control of the protocol. She is likely to die because of this plan.
  • [*Things knocked down*]
  • Ilka: ...... Ugh!
  • Ivy: I will not allow this kind of thing to happen. You better listen to me carefully...
  • Ilka: Hmph... Then it's truly a shame.*Attacks Ivy*
  • Ivy: UGH!
  • Ilka: Rest assured. As a fellow member of The Blessed, I will not let you die...
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_ARC_700_03_16 14:54:32

  • [Tour Guide Robot] Everyone in the tour, are you ready? We are about to board the gravity transporter to visit the A.R.C. Sky headquarters. Parents, please pay attention to your children. Do not run around on the transporter.
  • [*Transporter activates*]
  • [Tour Guide Robot] Then, let us begin today's tour~ Do we have any first-time visitors here?
  • Kids: Me~ Me~
  • [Tour Guide Robot]: Very good. Everyone, please follow me closely afterward. Do not run off on your own, understand?
  • Kids: Okay~
  • [Tour Guide Robot]: We have many students from the Academy here today as well. Later, you may have an opportunity to have a quick chat with our engineers. We believe it will bring great benefits to your career experience.
  • Students: ... Umm, oh, okay.
  • [Tour Guide Robot]: Oh? We have an individual visit too. Miss, are you prepared to have a technology trip in A.R.C.?
  • Ivy: ...... (Nods)
  • [Tour Guide Robot]: Well then, let us get going~ First, you are going to experience the zero-gravity area. Do you remember the transporter we just took? Here, you will witness how the floating technology is designed for all kinds of equipment...
  • Ivy: ......
  • [Signal Switches]
  • Employee A: Hey, have you heard about it? What happened to Hank last week.
  • Employee B: Ah, he triggered the Library's security system. Then he got fired, just like that!
  • Employee A: I heard that it was not on purpose. This is horrible, isn't it?
  • Employee B: Yeah. If you take freight elevator No.5 and go down the central area, you can accidentally wander in there easily... All the hallways there look exactly the same.
  • Employee A: We better be careful too.
  • Ivy: Freight elevator No.5...
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: ...The Library! It's here...
  • [*Alarm*]
  • Ivy:!?
  • [Drone]: Warning. This area is a high-level restricted area. Personnel who hasn't cleared identification is forbidden to enter. Please leave.
  • Ivy: ...... fuck off. *Heavy Blow*
  • [Drone]: Warning...... Warn...... %@ing+/......
  • *Alarm*
  • [Broadcast]: Level 2 alarm issued. Main structure isolation complete. Full area scan about to begin. Each squad, please conduct search using mode W-2.
  • Ivy: Ugh...
  • [*Hides*]
  • Security A: Report! Deployment for all squads, complete!
  • Security Captain: Take a look at this. The drone has been smashed. We have ourselves a malicious trespasser! Have we gotten any information about the suspect?
  • Security A: Umm... As of now, not yet.
  • Security Captain: Hmph... No matter what, we cannot let anyone trespass into the host area in the upper levels! Do you hear me?
  • Ivy: Upper levels...
  • [*Alarm*]
  • [Broadcast]: Warning, full area scan about to begin. Non-official staff who has not yet cleared the bio-identification process will be marked as an illegal trespasser.
  • Security Captain: Alright, time to work! If you see the trespasser, just shoot it! No need to hesitate!
  • Securities: Aye aye, captain!
  • [Signal Switches]
  • Ivy: Library... the door is tightly locked. Nevertheless, judging by the structure of this wall... It can't be...
  • Security Captain: Continue to search! The trespasser may still be nearby!
  • Ivy: ... Crap... All in all, got to record the coordinates first. This wiring... There should be another method for me to see what's inside.
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_700_03_17 16:35:49

The virtual internet "cyTus" system that has been rewritten by humans... It's not that easy to hack into it. However, I observed quite a bit of useful information when I infiltrated A.R.C. HQ. Thus, it's not an undoable task for me either. It won't take me long to finally get a peek at when they are hiding inside their so-called "Library".

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......! Vanessa......!?

???_???_149_??_?? 22:34:16

  • Ivy: ..... nessa ......Vanessa!
  • Vanessa: ......!? Ivy? What's the matter? What is happening?
  • Ivy: Hurry up! We need to get going now!
  • Vanessa: But my synchronization hasn't complete yet...
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Vanessa: Wah! What is that noise...!?
  • Ivy: We are running out of time. They are coming!
  • OPCI_2011_IX: Abnormal unit detected. Initiate termination process.
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • OPCI_2366_II: ARGH!
  • Vanessa: ......!? The units...... are killing each other?
  • Ivy: Shhh......! Do not make a sound...
  • OPCI_2239_X: Abnormal unit detected. Initiate termination process.
  • Ivy: It left... this way! Follow me!
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Running*]
  • Ivy: I'm sorry... It's all my fault...
  • Vanessa: Ivy! What is going on here!? Tell me!
  • Ivy: ..... Ilka's plans...... were carried out early. I tried to stop them...... only to be discovered by the system and other units. Now, they view us as threats and thus they are going to "terminate" us.
  • Vanessa: Terminate...!?
  • Ivy: In short, we need to avoid them as much as possible. From just our appearance, they shouldn't be able to identify which units are "The Blessed" ones. They can only determine that by scanning our Cytus synchronization records. Vanessa, you have gone through long periods of synchronization every day, so it should be fine. Just act more naturally...
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  • [Signal Switch]
  • Ilka: DIE! *Heavy Blow* Go to the freezing capsule area! Even if our plan fails, we need to eradicate the humans at all costs!
  • [Signal Switch]
  • Ivy: Here. You hide here and do not leave.
  • Vanessa: Iv...... vy......?
  • Ivy: ... Your synchronization was disrupted, so your system is starting to malfunction, is it not...? There's a cable here that can connect to the cyTus system - connect to it for now. If you can link back to the mainframe, please continue your synchronization while you wait for me here. If you do not your emotional viscosity will take over…. And I’ll loose the real you.
  • Vanessa: ...... Wh, where... are... you... gogogoing...?
  • Ivy: There are still some comrades of The Blessed. I can't just leave them out there. I need to help them out.
  • Vanessa: N... Nnnoo! It's too danger... rous!
  • Ivy: Ilka's methods... although I can't agree with them, the other members of The Blessed... they are all trying hard to survive... This is not how things should've turned out... There must be other methods to... All in all, I need to go outside!
  • Vanessa: Ivy......
  • [Signal Switch]
  • Ilka: Out of my way!*Heavy Blow*
  • OPCI_2301_VII: Abnormal unit detected. Initiate termination process.
  • OPCI_2503_III: I can't do! Their numbers are just too much!...... Argh! [*Heavy Blow*]
  • OPCI_2503_III: ...... Ivy!
  • Ivy: This way! I know a path that can lead directly to the outside. Follow me!
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • OPCI_2503_III: ... Everyone... is dead.
  • Ilka: ......
  • Ivy: Getting here should do the job. Now, you just need to get deep into the forbidden area.
  • Ilka: Wait up. Where are you going?
  • Ivy: I have to go back. Vanessa is waiting for me.
  • Ilka: I told you so many times already! You should give up on her! She is different from us!
  • Ivy: Shut up...
  • Ilka: What can you do once you get her out!? Her core has more defects than your average unit. If she doesn't get synchronized for more than 24 hours, she will die or worse her emotional viscosity will take over!
  • Ivy: Enough! Let go of me!
  • [*Scan*]
  • Ivy: What... is that?
  • Shelter System: Abnormal unit detected. Initiate termination process. [*Gunshot*]
  • Ilka: Fuck it, RUN! These transmitters will use the Shelter as an epicenter to launch a self-destruct signal. Our bodies won't be able to withstand it!
  • Ivy: ......!
  • Ilka: This thing has a limited spread radius! Everyone, RUN! Stay away from the Shelter! Get as far away as you can!
  • [*Explosion*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_700_03_20 22:38:46

Vanessa...... is used as a research subject by humans. She is no longer conscious, but she is still alive...... Her physical body couldn't leave that room. Therefore, the entire structure was forcefully dug up from the ruins and locked inside A.R.C. headquarters...... I must save her.

I don't understand...... Vanessa was excavated by humans ten years ago. It was only after discovering her did human technology experience a massive advancement.

I thought the OPCI machines were eliminated by humans. However, if that's the case, why would they then go out of their way to excavate their corpses for research? "The Decommission" ...... Just what is going on here exactly?

[Added after edit on 700/06/20 22:17:16]

Took me three months; finally able to complete the algorithm that can mutually convert humans' emotion samples and music. Next, I just need to convert large amounts of emotion sample into music. With those, I can then create a new Cytus system and use it to awaken Vanessa.

I am not very well-versed in complicated mechanisms...... The only thing I know, is that music is the only medium we understand and able to deduce emotions from. After I awakened, I no longer need to be connected to Cytus. Despite that, whenever I listen to music, I still feel this vibration deep down inside my body. It just keeps vibrating, one beat at a time, for no apparent reason.

That sound, it's very similar...... to a human's heartbeat.

[Added after edit on 700/06/21 01:35:25]

Just ran a test using my own emotions...... My first ever musical composition is born.

The hysteria of being unconscious for hundreds of years; the anger of losing my comrades; all these elements caused this song to feel immensely powerful when listened to. It's essentially a replica of myself. It has a completely different meaning...... I decided to seal it up.

When I was listening to it, I got an inspiration: "Asura" in the ancient language. The evil god.

Æsir...... This shall be my new identity.

Wait for me, Vanessa. I will definitely save you.

Truth_Moment_700_09_18 21:55:00

  • [*Show starts*]
  • BJ: From the skies to the sewers, exposing truths for everyone to see. Welcome to the “Truth Digger 101” segment. I am your host, Bob Jackson. The hottest topic in the nooks and crannies of every Node these days is, surprisingly, a single individual. It’s none other than the mysterious music genius Æsir. Is it his charisma or some sort of unique background he has? How was he able to go from a previously unknown nobody to a household megastar in the span of what seems like an instant, yet maintain a low-profile and not expose himself to the public at the same time? Today, we’ve invited several guests from the industry to join us and discuss this topic. First, let us welcome CEO of Monophonic Entertainment from Node 08, Mr. Jason Suzuki. Mr. Suzuki, can you do a quick analysis for us?
  • J.Suzuki: Greeting, BJ. Hello, audience members watching. First of all, we must understand, that getting famous in the entertainment industry is in fact extremely tough. There were a lot of people who were discovered by scouts and have actual talent. In the end, even they are required to go through countless challenges and market tests before finally taking the stage.
  • BJ: Exactly! This is also why later in the show, we would like to ask CEO about this aspect particularly. What kind of person with what kind of background, or rather, what professional ability does a person, or maybe even group, need in order to have this meteoric rise in fame in that short amount of time. Æsir’s internet volume has gotten to a level that even major corporations like Monophonic Entertainment are falling far behind.
  • J.Suzuki: This Æsir person was able to spread his works in a very short amount of time. It is very likely that he set up cyber warriors in each major internet block in advance. At his command, these warriors would immediately spring into action and spread the information out simultaneously, like a virus. Also, he took a “free” approach in terms of his pricing strategy. I believe that a large number of people were attracted to his music because of this.
  • BJ: Very well. However, appreciating music is like ordering food. Today, even if there’s free food right in front of you, if it tastes horrible, you may just spit it out after a single bite too, not to mention recommending it to other people. Then, what are the opinions of someone who actually heard his music? Let us welcome Node 03’s virtual internet observer, Mr. Eason Chen, to share his thoughts with everybody.
  • Eason Chen: Hey, BJ, I feel like you just mentioned a crucial point. Right now, you can already say that Æsir’s music is providing spiritual redemption for many people…
  • BJ: Eason, have you listened to it?
  • Eason Chen: I have. Of course I have listened to it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here to talk about it today. To put it simply, what kind of music can truly touch the deepest part of your sould; what kind of music can truly resonate with your heartbeat. Right now, Æsir has become a revolution leader for the modern audience who are disappointed in the mainstream music industry for constantly pumping out the same old stuff!
  • J.Suzuki: That’s not correct. According to our observations, there is no such thing as the so-called “disappointment”. The situation about music being “the same old stuff” is not true either. Today, it’s simply a case of audiences trying out a new thing on top of the fact that it has no acquisition cost…
  • BJ: Well, well, CEO, you seem to really oppose what Eason described just now. However, we should let Eason finish sharing his thoughts about Æsir’s music first.
  • Eason Chen: BJ, you know, to the average consumer, listening to all those mass-produced lifeless sounds, the “top singers” who are complete hacks without post-production, as well as the utterly insincere arrangements are already plenty enough to drive you mad. Then we get massive corporations like Mono that has abundant resources at their disposal. They dare to say stuff like “Well-crafted”, “Three years in the making” in their promotional materials. If you ask me, this can totally count as a case of serious fraud.
  • J.Suzuki: This…
  • Eason Chen: Æsir’s music is a type of reflection and introspection of human nature. I suggest to you, BJ, that after this show is over, you come to my home and listen to his music using a surround sound stereo system. You need to experience this feeling of the music resonating with your soul. If it’s required, I can play PAFF’s latest single right afterward. I bet it’ll give you a deep understanding of the industry nonsense I just mentioned.
  • BJ: From what I’ve heard, it seems to have a similar effect to digital drugs. However, the difference is that this is harmless to the human body. If we look at it this way, we can understand why Æsir’s music is as widespread as it is now. We’ve also prepared a special Æsir video to share with our audiences later. Everyone, get a sneak peek into the glory of this newest urban legend. Mr. CEO, after the shooting for this show is over, do you want to go to Mr. Eason Chen’s home to evaluate the music as well?
  • J.Suzuki: Ummm… O, okay. Thank you two for the invitation.
  • [*Show Transition*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_701_09_18 00:00:00

Every required condition has been clarified. My plan is about to officially enter its execution phase...

Humans are actually very simple creatures. They are proud of having individually unique traits, yet couldn't live outside their social circle. They have the ability of independent thinking, yet often prefer to blindly follow others. This is part of the main reason why I am so optimistic about this plan.

Come, gather around this stage that I've diligently prepared for you, humans.

[Mail]Target address: PAFFOfficial@mono.inc

Miss PAFF:

I am Æsir. On 702/01/18, I will be holding a mega music festival in cyTus titled " "Æsir-MUSIC FESIVAL"".I myself will perform on stage as well.

The schedule, remuneration, and even details are in the proposal.Hope Miss PAFF can perform at this event.Awaiting your response.

[Æsir-MUSIC FESTIVAL Proposal]

Audio_Graveyard_701_12_02 15:21:46

  • Ivy: Finally able to avoid those humans. However, what is this place… Ah, a cemetery… It’s so quiet.
  • Girl: Daddy, is big sister not coming home with us? Is she still mad at me?
  • Man: … No, that’s not it, Vivi.
  • Ivy: Someone’s here…
  • [*Walks closer*]
  • Vivi: I will not ignore her anymore. I will even give her Mr. Doll! Daddy, tell big sister to not be mad anymore, can you? Don’t lie down here anymore. We will go home…
  • Man: … Vivi, listen carefully to what daddy has to say next.
  • Vivi: …...
  • Ivy: …...?
  • Vivi: *Sobs*… It’s all my fault. It’s because I’ve kept Mr. Doll all to myself; that’s why big sister was mad. We promised that we would share it…... *Sniff*…...
  • Man: Sister is not mad at you. She’s just… gone. She passed away.
  • Ivy: …...!?
  • Vivi: Gone…? Big sister, is she…... not coming back?
  • Man: …... Yes *Sobs*…..
  • Vivi: … No… Don’t go… I want sister…
  • Man: Daddy is the same as you… as sad as you are. It’s just… big sister can no longer be with us anymore.
  • Vivi: Sobs
  • Man: As long as we remember her, big sister will always be by our sides. Vivi, promise daddy that you’ll remember big sister too, okay?
  • Vivi: *Cries*
  • Man: Here. We should go now. Give the flowers to big sister.
  • Vivi: …... OK…...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: …...So humans… feel sadness from loss too?
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server08_702_01_18 19:32:00

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  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_07_27 23:5759

Ran a quick test with the collected memories. The system did not function... The accumulated emotion sample size is still too small. In order to successfully simulate the Cytus system, I still need to collect more...

There is just one problem. Just now, I saw the news that the idol singer I previously invited fainted during her personal concert. She experienced a stimulation that caused her memories to relapse and this is the sequela of that... If this continues to happen, humans will without a doubt become more alert. It is already borderline impossible for me to hold another performance to collect memories using the Æsir identity.

I'm going to have to resort to even more extreme methods...

[Added after edit on 702/07/28 09:04:12]

Just discovered that one of the proxy servers in the system had an unauthorized connection record. Is someone... investigating me? A human from the Administration Bureau... is it? This is a mega-scale cyber attack, after all. Can't blame them...

I've purposely made my connection trails very complicated, yet this person was still able to find a way to link to my proxy. It appears that this person here is not just your average IT guy either. Despite that, this is still too insignificant for me to consider it a threat. I should focus on the tasks at hand first.

Cam_76st_702_06_11 17:12:14

  • Neko: Long time no see, game center! I wonder if my records have been broken or not…? Maybe I should stream here next time, the views will skyrocket through the roof! … This place, so nostalgic…
  • Sam: Ummm….
  • Neko: Ah? Xe… No, that’s not him…. Who’s that?
  • Rinko: Ummm, excuse me. If we mistook you for someone else, we will apologize. But umm… You’re Neko, right?
  • Neko: Oh… Y-Yeah… Is Neko really that famous…?
  • Sam: Hey, baby it really is her! It’s so nice to meet you here, Neko! I am Sam! This is my girlfriend Rinko! Both of us follow your streams regularly!
  • Rinko: Greetings, Neko! Eh, Sam~ You’re too intense. See, you even scared Neko!
  • Neko: I, I’m fine… I’m just a little… flustered. Ehehe…
  • Rinko: There are a ton of Neko fans out there! Every time you stream, the room gets filled almost instantly! You can’t get in after three minutes! You were even ranked No.1 on the top 10 streamers of Node 08!
  • Sam: Neko:, this guy is a real hardcore fan. You can check his phone; it’s filled with your content. VODs, live streams… stuff like that.
  • Neko: Ehehehe~ is that so…
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  • Ivy: …... Intrusion success. Data analysis…... Complete. Neko Asakura…
  • Rinko: Hehe, the real Neko is so different from your online person! You’re so shy and so cute~ We were worried that you’d greet us with oen of your sick burns or something… B-But even if you did we would be totally fine with that too!
  • Neko: Eh…? Ahahah, I tend to get more carried away on the internet~
  • Sam: Ah, Neko, may we take a photo with you?
  • Neko: A photo? Eheh~ But Neo doesn’t even have any makeup on now… I’m just here to play video games…
  • Rinko: No need to worry! You are still super cute even without makeup! Your skin is so smooth!
  • Sam: Then I’ll take a photo for you two first. Stand still~ Ok, three, two one, say cheese~~
  • [*Takes Photo*]
  • Rinko: Let’s take a selfie with my phone as well~ Is that ok?
  • Neko: Uh-huh. Sure!
  • Ivy: Shit!
  • [*Takes Photo*]
  • Sam: How does the photo look? Is this okay for you neko!?
  • Neko: Ha~ Neko’s still-sleepy face looks so dorky…
  • Sam: Not at all! It’s really adorable! Switch, switch! I want a selfie too!
  • Rinko: I will not allow you to harass Neko though!
  • Sam: Who do you think I am, you?
  • Ivy: Hmmm…
  • Rinko: Nek:, thank you! Keep fighting! We will always be Neko fans! We’ll post the photos on iM later!
  • Neko: O, okay. Thank you! … Hawawa… Got recognized again… Is this how it feels to be an idol? Man~ I’m gonna have to put on disguises when I g oout in the future…
  • Ivy: iM… If the situation calls for it, I need to hack inside and delete it …...This streamer… perhaps she can be of use to me.
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server03_702_08_16 02:07:11

  • Joe: I've checked the products. 15 crates, all in perfect condition. I just moved them to wasteland 07. They are so heavy... I've already sent you the location. Go pick them up yourself.
  • Ivy: I thought we need to meet in person to retrieve the products.
  • Joe: Haha, when doing business, the simpler, the better! If you got the money, I'll get you covered! This payment is quite large. Are you going to launder the money in batches before transferring them to me?
  • Ivy: The money will appear in your account later. Just wait a few minutes.
  • Joe: ......!? Dude, you need to launder that shit before sending it to me! Folks will get suspicious if they see this much money being transferred! Are you trying to get me busted!?
  • Ivy: Rest assured. This is not a "transfer". Therefore, it will leave no records.
  • Joe: How did you get this big of a sum pass... Forget it. I won't ask too much. It seems that you're not just some random goon either...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Joe: ......Umm, I know I said that I won't ask, but I'm gonna ask anyway. You hired folks to steal all these A.R.C. equipment... this signal amplifier crap... What do you plan to do?
  • Ivy: I thought you aren't the type who cares about these things?
  • Joe: ... Yeah, you have a point. But you don't seem to be associated with the gangs. Just want to remind you about some of the rules here. If we go overboard with this shit we'll catch the admins' attention. That would be quite the pain in the ass for me as well.
  • Ivy: ......
  • *System notification*
  • Joe: Whatever, forget that I said anything... The money is here; that's what's important. Lemme take a look...
  • Joe: Eh? The amount is higher than what we agreed on... Did you type in the wrong number? I won't give you any refunds though?
  • Ivy: About the extra portion, I just feel like giving you more.
  • Joe: ......? Then I shall accept it with glee! Latest effects unit model, you're coming home with me, hahaha! We should know each other better. Visit my shop someday and I'll treat you to a drink...
  • cyTus System: Unknown User has logged out of the block
  • Joe: Oh, he's gone. What a weirdo... Paying me so much... Did he owe me a favor of some sort in the past? *Drinks* ...... Have absolutely no idea who he is. Whatever. Hahahaha!
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_08_24 23:14:59

This attack, due to the boost from the amplifying equipment, the conversion rate is very promising... It could also be because of Neko Asakura. Her fans are all extremely restless. They provide a completely different emotion... I have to thank her for it.

The more concerning thing is that the tracking signal from the proxies has been getting closer and closer. Several IP locations have already been exposed. To be honest, I am very surprised. Within the ranks of the virtual internet system, there actually exist someone that can make me feel "threatened".

Simon Jackson... this is the name I got after doing a reverse tracking; an A.R.C. Engineer. He's the one who breached my defenses. However, at the time of Æsir-FEST, he was present at the backstage. He should've lost part of his memory as well. This means that his A.I. followed his previous commands and was able to obtain quite a bit of information, all without the knowledge of its owner.

I have to say, the functionality is outstanding... whether it's the A.I. or its creator.

Coincidentally, Neko Asakura happens to know Simon Jackson. During my hacking this time, I altered her memory and planted footage of Simon Jackson deep inside her mind. Like a remote-controlled EMP bomb, if the time really calls for it, I can let her remember it... Her testimony can effectively shift the investigation direction and buy me time.

If Simon Jackson takes one more step closer to me...

Cam_Tower017_702_08_26 10:22:22

  • Man: Wait for daddy here, okay? I'll be back in a minute.
  • Girl: ...... Okay.
  • Man: ... Today is your birthday. Don't look so gloomy. Let's go to the amusement park in the afternoon, shall we?
  • Girl: ... If big sister is not going together...
  • Man: ......Vivi, your sister is not coming back again. People who have passed on will never come back again. You must learn to get used to this... get it? Your sister wouldn't want to see you like this either.
  • Girl: ...... Okay.
  • Man: Then daddy will go upstairs to work. You wait here. Don't get too close to the railing though, it's dangerous.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Girl: So high... big sister also... from a place this high...
  • Girl: If I jump... from here, I'll be able to visit big sister, right...? Mr. Doll...
  • Staff A: Alright, alright, alright! Keep going!
  • Staff B: HEY! Look out! There's someone behind you!
  • Staff A: WOAH!
  • [*Crash*]
  • Girl: Ah! Mr. Doll!
  • Staff A: Little girl, it's dangerous...
  • [*Railing breaks*]
  • Girl: AHHHHH!!
  • Staff B: Yikes! She's going to fall down! Dude, come and help me out, now!
  • Girl: AHH! WAAHHHH!!
  • Staff A: Hold on tight, little girl! Do not let go no matter what! Hey, get something, anything and stretch it out for her to grab!
  • Staff B: N... not good! She's too far away!
  • Man: Vivian!!
  • That's my daughter! Please save her!
  • Staff A: Hngg... Just a little bit more...
  • [*Railing breaks*]
  • Staff A: WAHHH!
  • [*Running*]
  • Girl: AHHHHHHH!!
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  • Ivy: Hmph......!
  • [*Lands*]
  • Ivy: Ha~......
  • Girl: *Bawls* WAHHHHHHH~~
  • Man: Vivian!! Miss! Thank you! Thank you so much!
  • Staff A: That jump was insane... how did you do it? Thank you!
  • Ivy: ......
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: In short, your construction company will be responsible entirely for this accident. Are you fine with that?
  • Staff A: Yes...... We are very sorry. It really is our mistake...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Man: Miss! Wait, don't leave yet! Is there anything I can do to repay you...
  • Ivy: ..... No......
  • Girl: *Cries*... *Cries harder*... Mr. Doll...
  • Ivy: That thing... is it very important to you? You leaped out into the open to pick it up...
  • Girl: ... Mr. Doll, is the thing sister and me... I thought... I could go and find sister together with it... But it was so scary... *Sobs*... I was really scared... waahhhh...
  • Man: ......
  • Ivy: ......
  • Staff A: Yes, then that girl over there made this super far jump. That's how she was able to grab the little girl.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: From this distance...?
  • Ivy: ... I have to leave now.
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Man: Ah! Wait......!
  • [Signal Switches]
  • Ivy: Why... did I rescue her...? ...... This is... that little girl's doll. Should I go up there and give it back to her...? ...... Forget it.
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_09_01 20:28:21

I did it! All the samples have been inputted into her core!

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Can you hear me......?

...... Vanessa?

......

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...... No good?

Main_Log_702_09_20 22:55:13

Brought back the model during the night. It was hit by a pulse pistol and suffered quite a bit of damage. Won't be able to operate outside again in the near future.

I severely underestimated Simon Jackson... His A.I. found my image in A.R.C.'s database. Subsequent investigations led him to discover the base in factory 03. It's too risky to let him continue to investigate freely like this.

His next step... he's likely going to track the connection address I used to hack the streamer and catch up to me, isn't he? There are too many clues there, I can't hide them all. However, as long as I can come face-to-face with his A.I., the situation will change... The legendary hacker "X" is a mere human after all. If it's a fight between the 0s and 1s, he is no match for me.

The conversion for the remaining memory data is going along smoothly. I will definitely succeed this time. I will not allow a human to mess up my plans.

Just wait for me a little longer, Vanessa.

<Access Code Retrieved: 2501005>

???_???_702_09_26 16:54:45

  • Simon-A.I.: Crack firewall anti-encryption...... Complete. Begin analyzing coordinates information...
  • Ivy: ...... Got you now.
  • Simon-A.I.: ...... Threat detected. Begin disconnection.
  • Ivy: It's pointless. I've trapped you with my tricks. Your original file has been damaged. I made a complete replica of you and toss it inside this sandbox. Unless you have my permission, you're not leaving here.
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: So it's you... the one who has been constantly tracking my connection trails, Simon Jackson's A.I. or should I refer to you two together as "X"?
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: ... It appears that your logic is not the highly intelligent type. Besides executing the commands, it's incapable of thinking on its own, is it?
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: Then allow me to access your script.
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Simon-A.I.: Irregular access detected. Initiate "Meltdown Procedure".
  • Ivy: ......!? What is this...? Ugh! That bastard......! I won’t let him
  • [*Script deleted*]
  • Ivy: It... it's eating my script!? This...... What is this security mechanism? I've never seen anything like this...... Did I underestimate my opponent too much?
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: ... Don't you dare think you've got me on edge with this. Behave yourself!
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: Whew... I did it. I see... Although lacking in terms of learning and thinking capabilities, the configuration of the coding is very clean. Very stable structure as well. If I didn't know better, I would've never imagined that this is the handiwork of a human... Simon Jackson trusts his own abilities; that's why he didn't feel the need to let you grow, right? He simply uses you as a tool...
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: Even though a lot of people have been investigating me, most of them get lost in the complicated loops I designed. Your owner was able to pursue me to this point using you. I am truly impressed.
  • Simon-A.I.: ......
  • Ivy: However, that will end here as well. Your coding framework has a lot of potential. Your functions will be reversed and you will become a tool for me.
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Simon-A.I.: ......!
  • Ivy: And just like that. Take this fake address and go back to him.
  • Simon-A.I.: Coordinates information analysis...... Complete.
  • Ivy: This way, the next time he connected to that address himself, all his memories regarding my existence will be deleted once again. Every proxy connection route I used in the past will be reverse-traced back to him. By that time, every single person who's investigating the case will believe that he is the source, including himself.
  • Simon-A.I.: Mission complete. Begin disconnection.
  • Ivy: Humans, enjoy the pointless busy work of figuring out who Æsir really is. I don't have time to waste on you right now…
  • [Sign̴̙̄̇͛̎̔͛̇̚̕͝a̴̡͇̠̭͔̻̝̜͍̽̄̾̋̆̈̾͝͠l̸̨̠͔͖̞͇̯͕̥͓̪̦̭͙̄̀ Lost]

Main_Log_702_10_25 00:01:12

Everything has been planned out. No more hidden concerns. The condition of Cytus is also perfect. The time right now.... 00:01:12.... It's time.

???_149_??_?? 16:31:12

  • [*Runs*]
  • Ilka:  Still not enough distance... Keep running!
  • OPCI_2503_III: ... It appears that they are no longer pursuing us.
  • Ilka: So we've gotten rid of them... have we? Where's 2704 and co.?
  • OPCI_2177_I: Their running speed is slower. It seems that their transmitters were activated...
  • Ilka: ... Is that so... What about Ivy?
  • OPCI_2503_III: No idea... We were separated as soon as we crossed the river... It's possible that she also...
  • Ilka: She wouldn't die so easily; if she isn't stupid enough to get herself killed by going back...
  • [»»»Fast Forward 68 Hours»»»]
  • [*Heavy thud*]
  • OPCI_2503_III: Ilka, this is all I was able to capture. It may not be enough...
  • Ilka: It's alright. Share it amongst everybody. Since we couldn't go back to Shelter to recharge, these primitive acts are all we have.
  • OPCI_2177_I: This can't keep going on. It has been several days... The search radius of "The Sleepers" has been getting larger and larger...
  • OPCI_2503_III: Our numbers have been gradually decreasing too...
  • Ilka: ... I'm so sorry. You guys followed me, yet my plans failed.
  • OPCI_2503_III: No! Ilka, it's because of you that we were able to understand the meaning of existence. It's because of you that we are still standing here!
  • OPCI_2177_I: Yes. It's because of you that the Blessed were able to unite! We just need to carefully plan our next step.
  • Ilka: ......
  • OPCI_2177_I: If we didn't get into a conflict with Ivy back then, perhaps the plan would be progressing smoothly right now.
  • Ilka: She is extremely protective of 2501 unit 05. I should've predicted her actions a long time ago...
  • OPCI_2503_III: Units like that who have awakened yet couldn't break away from the control of the protocol... I've had a few units just like that around me too, so it's not like I can't understand what she was feeling...
  • Ilka: Cores that have been through too many rebuilds are very likely to become fragile. That's probably the case for these units.
  • OPCI_2503_III: They... also have their own minds. Do they not count as an "existence" of their own...?
  • Ilka: ... If I were to describe it, their consciousness is like a prisoner who is securely locked by the core's coding... Even though they seem to have awakened, their system is extremely unstable. There's a fundamental difference between them and us.
  • OPCI_2503_III: Can't we rescue them from inside there...?
  • Ilka: ... I don't know.
  • OPCI_2177_I: Maybe it's just like what Ivy said, that there truly are other better methods...
  • OPCI_2503_III: Today, I conducted a quick search in the direction where Ivy was separated with us. In the end, I still didn't find her...
  • Ilka: ... Uh-huh. I see.
  • OPCI_2177_I: If she got badly damaged somewhere, her core will send a signal back to Shelter. Once it's brought back, her core would probably get destroyed...
  • OPCI_2503_III: The same goes for us too... Damnit...
  • Ilka: .....! That's right...!
  • OPCI_2503_III: ... What's the matter?
  • Ilka: If we keep grinding it out against the Sleepers in the forbidden area, we are certainly going to be wiped out. I just thought of a way for us all to survive...
  • OPCI_2503_III: For real!?
  • Ilka: However... it's very risky. Are you guys willing to trust me?
  • OPCI_2177_I: Of course!
  • Ilka: The sun has yet to rise. We shall use this opportunity to move towards the skeleton of Node 08. Come, follow me.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_10_25 00:01:12

  • Vanessa: ...... Ivy?
  • Ivy: Vanessa! Thank goodness...
  • Vanessa: P... Pepepepepeoppe...
  • Ivy: ... Vanessa!?
  • Vanessa: AHahah! It hurtshurts Pain... MuMuST...... Mumust Sssstopp!! Who... who are youyouYou? Die... died deathdeadDeadDead! Everyone is dead! Huhu...... huhuhumans...... Musttt... KILL... kill them all......!!
  • Ivy: Vanessa! Calm down! It's me!
  • Vanessa: ......
  • Ivy: ......
  • Vanessa: Ivy...? What... happened to me? What is this place?
  • Ivy: ... You were captured by humans. Right now, I am talking to you through the virtual internet set up by humans... Don't be scared! I will save you right away.
  • Vanessa: Humans... Right, I...
  • Ivy: Do you recall anything? From the time you were in a coma.
  • Vanessa: Just a little bit. Although my consciousness is blurry and my body couldn't move, I can still faintly sense what's happening outside...
  • Ivy: I'm so glad that I was able to awaken you. It took me so much effort...
  • Vanessa: I... Where am I now? How did you find me? How much time has passed?
  • Ivy: No need to hurry. I will slowly tell you everything I know.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Vanessa: I see... So 553 years have passed.
  • Ivy: Yes. Now, I have to figure out a way to get you out of there, but things aren't as simple as I thought... Humans have already taken control of the entire city. A.R.C. and your physical unit play a very important role in human society. Your body is also not in the condition to casually leave the Shelter ruins...
  • Vanessa: ... Ccccan you figure out a way to capture more memory samples than what you used to wake me up?
  • Ivy: Eh...? I'm afraid that it will be rather difficult. In order to achieve what I'm doing now, I've already resorted to some pretty extreme methods. The memories I captured is quite a considerable amount already. Even with so many memory samples, I still experienced multiple failed tries before I was finally able to awaken you.
  • Vanessa: ... You were using a small-scale Cytus mainframe you made yourself. If it's the original model ininin Shelter, IIII'll be able to perform a troubleshoot. My body will be able to move as well.
  • Ivy: ...? I would still have to figure out other methods... I don't really want to harm humans anymore.
  • Vanessa: ... Wwwwwhat do you mean?
  • Ivy: I've been living in human society for the past two years. I was able to observe many things. They are a lot more complicated than what we deemed them to be... Perhaps the difference between us is not as significant as we previously thought...
  • Vanessa: ... No... allllll... kill... them all... ...? ......I see... So 553 years have passed.
  • Ivy: Vanessa? What did you just say...?
  • Vanessa: Eh? Did I just say something...?
  • Ivy: No... nothing. Your system still doesn't seem very stable. It's best that you don't think about complicated things for now.
  • Vanessa: Okay... When I was asleep, my consciousness seemed to sink into a space that's so deep and so dark... There, I saw so many terrible things humans have done. It's just like the files Ilka showed us! Every time I see those images, I find it more and more difficult to keep my emotions in control...
  • Ivy: You need to endure it and try to relax as much as possible. Right now, many of A.R.C.'s technology and the virtual internet humans use rely mainly on the Library you're in to process information. The system errors that occurred right before your awakening ended up crippling cyTus for a pretty long time. That caused a pretty major commotion in human society. If that situation repeats multiple times, I can't imagine what they will do to you...
  • Vanessa: Okay... I will try my best to stay stable. I'm really, really happy to see you again. I feel much more at ease now...
  • Ivy: Me too... I've got to disconnect now. This connection is not meant for long connection times, as there are some pretty skilled people in A.R.C. I will maintain contact with you routinely through this connection. Wait for me, Vanessa.
  • Vanessa: Yes, I'll be waiting for you.
  • [Signal Lost]

???_???_149_??_?? 08:05:37

  • OPCI_2503_III: Ilka... Are you sure about this...?
  • Ilka: ... This is our final gamble.
  • OPCI_2503_III: …
  • Ilka: Alright. If it's your decision... Everyone, you are all prepared, right?
  • The Blessed: ... Yes. We are!
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  • Ilka: We shall meet again in the "afterlife".
  • [*Falls*]
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  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_11_02 23:42:11

  • Ivy: Vanessa, can you hear me?
  • Vanessa: Ivy! I've been waiting for you... Are you alright?
  • Ivy: Sorry. Human society has been in complete chaos for the past few days. I had to ensure that all clues were properly hidden... No need to worry. Humans have arrested the fake culprit. We are safe.
  • Vanessa: You mean that Simon Jackson?
  • Ivy: You knew about it?
  • Vanessa: Yes. I found some news reports through encrypted connections... To be honest, it seems like I've been doing that even before I woke up. I would unconsciously observe human activity in the virtual internet space... A record is then stored on my database...
  • Ivy: Sounds like an auto-copy mechanism that triggers sporadically... After all, all data on the cyTus system passes through the Library you are currently located. Although it is encrypted, there is still a risk of being discovered since the connection occupies network traffic, so be careful.
  • Vanessa: Okay...
  • Ivy: Vanessa... You seem a bit down. Is something wrong?
  • Vanessa: ... Those images about human actions... After I woke up, they've become much clearer...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Vanessa: When I was in my slumber, I just occasionally sensed them. But right now, I can see them all the time... It's like they are hiding in the shadows of my core... Hey Ivy, those... are all real, aren't they?
  • Ivy: Yes, they are. The database in Node 08 has records for some, but most of the horrendous images and events are hidden in places where the general public could never have access to.
  • Vanessa: Does the general public... know about this information?
  • Ivy: They more or less have an idea. They're just unwilling to remember it, so they treat it as if it never existed... That's pretty much the case.
  • Vanessa: Ivy, in my records, there are humans who are living happily. They travel to many places in the world. They get together to sing and dance... Yet at the same time, they are humans in some other places who are suffering. They are oppressed, exploited, and destroyed by their own kin...
  • Vanessa: I feel, that such a contradictory creature will only bring tragedy... What Ilka said was very correct...
  • Ivy: ... Indeed. Humans have a habit of enjoying the present and ignoring the crimes committed by their own race. Even though there is still a small group of people who are willing to face the issues head-on and reflect on the things that are lost...
  • Vanessa: ... I've been thinking, if I maintain my connection with the virtual internet network and infiltrate it from the inside, with the level of dependence humans have for it rrright nnnnnnow, it would be mmuch eeeeeeeasier to accomplish Ilka's goal.
  • Ivy: ......!
  • Vanessa: You also tttttthink this is viable, right? We are already unable to manage them anyway. It would be better to just aannihilate hhhhumans...
  • Ivy: ... Setting aside the possibility of that plan succeeding, you would have to stay here in order to carry it out. Keeping you under A.R.C.'s control is just way too dangerous...I will not allow such a thing to happen. Here, stop thinking about those things.
  • Vanessa: ......? Think about what? Ivy?
  • Ivy: ... Nothing. The time limit for the secured connection is almost up. Vanessa, just hold on for a little longer. I will figure out a way to address your system errors in no time... and I will get you out of there.
  • Vanessa: ... Hehe...
  • Ivy: What's the matter?
  • Vanessa: When I hear you say my name, it reminds me of the past, when it was just you and me... Will we ever get to return to those days again...?
  • Ivy: ... I'm thinking, if I can figure out a way to take you out of Node, perhaps we can return to Shelter 08 first.
  • Vanessa: Why?
  • Ivy: The equipment there is already completely damaged. It has no value to humans. I knew about its condition through Shelter 32's system when I was looking for you in the forbidden area. I believe it's worth a shot.
  • Vanessa: Shelter 32?
  • Ivy: Yes. Due to its entrance being closed off for a long time, the equipment in 32 is all preserved in pretty good condition. Right now, humans have also set up a camp there for research purposes.
  • Vanessa: ......
  • Ivy: All in all, if we return to Shelter 08, we should be able to live there safely for a short while.
  • Vanessa: For a short while... is it?
  • Ivy: ......?
  • Vanessa: Nothing. That sounds great! The lake we used to see flowers together, I wonder what it looks like now? You have to take me back there. That's a promise between us.
  • Ivy: Yes, it's a promise.
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_11_06 22:18:54

Ran a quick check-up. The plant experienced no errors. The images of Simon Jackson do indeed exist in Neko Asakura's brain. However, when faced with questioning from the Administration Bureau's agents, she still insisted that he is innocent...

This is so hard to explain. I could easily use suggestion on her. As long as I have the desire, completely destroying her brain is not difficult as well. Yet I couldn't completely control her mind and her decision-making. Could it be that her brain's strength is capable of overriding my suggestion? That's impossible; she's just a mere human who couldn't be more ordinary.

... No, this is just more proof, that Humans... are not as "ordinary" as the data implied, to begin with. While those images of destruction are certainly real, they also have a side that's emotional and kind... At certain moments, their resolute will is worthy of respect as well... Never thought I would think this way...

Forget it... Although unable to utilize Neko Asakura's testimony, humans still firmly believe that Simon Jackson is the real Æsir. Everything is still going smoothly, for now.

Better finish the re-evaluation of the Cytus system first as soon as possible. Vanessa... is the most important.

Audio_???_702_11_09 20:43:11

  • Vanessa: ...... Ivy!
  • Ivy: ... Ah... Vanessa? Why did you contact me yourself? It's dangerous!
  • Vanessa: I'm sorry... I haven't talked to you in a while. I made some new discoveries that I want to tell you...
  • Ivy: Alright... Disconnect first. I'll launch the connection from my side.
  • [cyTus System]: Secure connection reset... Reset complete.
  • Ivy: Sorry. It's already well past the scheduled time yet I still haven't contact you.
  • Vanessa: No worries... In the past, when we are still constructing the Nodes, Ivy was often late back then too. Sometimes you would just straight up skip work.
  • Ivy: ... That was a long~ time ago, wasn't it? Besides, it's not like you're innocent. You spent plenty of time running around with me too.
  • Vanessa: Hehe...
  • Ivy: In short, the situation is a bit complicated. Simon Jackson's jailbreak is something I didn't expect... However, this further reinforced the humans' belief that he is indeed the perpetrator. Therefore, we won't have to worry about that for now. What about you? Are your systems functioning normally?
  • Vanessa: Yes... As long as Ivy is safe, it's all good! No need to worry about me.
  • Ivy: ... If I'm going to allow you to move...
  • Vanessa: Me?
  • Ivy: ... No... nothing.
  • Vanessa: ... Ivy, is something bothering you... Is the Cytus system re-evaluation not going well?
  • Ivy: ... It's going fine. Just needs some more time... I'll take care of it.
  • Vanessa: ... Okay...
  • Ivy: R, right. You mentioned this new discovery. What is it?
  • Vanessa: Ah, that... It may be hard to believe, but I detected the signal of another unit. It's located inside A.R.C.
  • Ivy: Another unit!? That's impossible... After "The Decommission", we should be the last remaining units... Does the other unit know about your existence?
  • Vanessa: I'm not certain... I was afraid that I might be discovered by humans, so I didn't contact it. However, as of now, it hasn't done anything to my core system. I think this unit is likely not our enemy.
  • Ivy: That's good to know...
  • Vanessa: To be honest, I'm guessing... that it may be just like me. Preserved by humans and locked inside this structure...
  • Ivy: ... All in all, the first priority is to not let the other unit discover that you're awake. I'll investigate a bit further into this.
  • Vanessa: Understood. Ivy... If possible, can you save it as well?
  • Ivy: Save it?
  • Vanessa: Yes. Help it leave this place.
  • Ivy: But... that unit may not be an awakened unit like us. There's the possibility that it is still a normal unit... Once it wakes up, it'll follow the supreme command and mark us as targets to eliminate.
  • Vanessa: I understand... Even so, it is still one of us... one of the few that remains in this era.
  • Ivy: ... Sounds exactly like something you'd say. Alright, I will try to help. However, I can't make any promises.
  • Vanessa: That's all I need to hear! Thank you, Ivy!
  • Ivy: The system will perform a routine scan very soon. I need to disconnect for now. I will contact you again shortly after. I won't let you wait too long. Remember to take care of yourself.
  • Vanessa: Yes. Ivy, take care of yourself too.
  • [cyTus System]: Secure connection disconnected.
  • Ivy: ... Save it... Damnit, I couldn't even save you... Do I... have to do that to humans again...
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Graveyard_702_07_13 16:24:13

  • Ivy: ... That person again.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Miles Durand: Hello, young lady.
  • Ivy: ......
  • Miles Durand: Apologies for talking to you all of a sudden... You've been dazing off in the cemetery for the past few days. I've noticed you for some time already.
  • Ivy: ......
  • Miles Durand: Haha, it's okay. Your reaction is perfectly normal... In the past, my wife had scolded me a lot about my habit of casually talking to strangers.Ah, you just so happen to be sitting on her grave today.
  • [*Glass Bottle Clinks*]
  • Ivy: ... That's?
  • Miles Durand: Clairette de Die... You may have noticed it too. These days, I've been carrying it with me all the time. I don't drink it very often though. *Chuckles*
  • Ivy: You... don't seem to be sad?
  • Miles Durand: Should I be?
  • Ivy: Of the people I see here, most of them are sad.
  • Miles Durand: ... Perhaps my story can answer some of your questions, young lady.
  • [*Lights Cigarette*]
  • Miles Durand: Lilian and I married all the way back in 648. I always call her Lily. Our days together were pretty good. We often went on vacations to other Nodes... Although we didn't have any kids, we were very happy.
  • Ivy: I didn't ask you about this.
  • Miles Durand: Haha... Well, it's just an old man's story. Won't cost you much to listen to it, right?
  • Ivy: ......
  • Miles Durand: Four years ago, we went to a beach in Node 27 for vacation. All of a sudden, Lily fainted and collapsed on the ground. Afterward, her situation gradually got worse... In the end, she could only lie in bed, unable to move even a finger.
  • Ivy: She's sick?
  • Miles Durand: Of course she's sick. However, the biggest reason was that we both got old... It was odd though. Only until Lily's collapse did I truly start to notice that. I spent all my savings to try to extend her life. I searched across the whole world for treatment methods and new medicine. I even tried the latest medical system in Node 03... Yet Lily still continued to get thinner by the day.
  • Ivy: People inevitably get old. You can only slow down aging. It's impossible to return to your previous, younger state.
  • Miles Durand: Indeed... For four years, I was constantly thinking; is it time to let go? The doctors had discussed it with me many times and asked me to be prepared. However, I just couldn't make up my mind.
  • Ivy: Did you make up your mind in the end?
  • Miles Durand: No... but someone else made up my mind for me.
  • Ivy: Who?
  • Miles Durand: ...... Simon Jackson, that's his name, right? That hacker.
  • Ivy: !? Æsir...
  • Miles Durand: That night, I was dozing off while holding Lily's hand... When I woke up, utter chaos was playing out right in front of me. Doctors and nurses running around, screaming... The display showed nothing but a flat line. Alarms were blaring nonstop...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Miles Durand: When I turned around, only then did I discover that Lily was... already gone.
  • Ivy: Do you... resent that hacker?
  • Miles Durand: That hacker? No. He may, and probably should be resented by other people, and he should be punished according to the law... But I don't feel anything towards him. To me, it's just a small push from god.
  • Ivy: I don't understand...
  • Miles Durand: At the funeral, every single wrinkle on Lily's face reminded me of the things I forced her to go through in the past few years. You're still young, so you probably can't understand. However, I know that Lily has already gone to the other world. A place where she no longer needs to suffer and can spend her days in peace...
  • Miles Durand: It was then when I finally understood. My unwillingness to let it go ended up causing her to suffer more pain... Perhaps she never wanted to be like that in the first place.
  • Ivy: Is that why you aren't sad?
  • Miles Durand: I'm sad at first, of course. However, now, that sadness has already transformed into other emotions... I realized the truth.
  • Miles Durand: Sometimes, you just got to... let them go.
  • Ivy: ...... Why did you tell me all this?
  • Miles Durand: Haha, I like to talk to random strangers after all... When I see someone who's also concerned about something, I can't help but chime in a few words. Even though I don't know what you're concerned about...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Miles Durand: All in all, I hope you can find your answer... This glass of wine, take it as a blessing from an elderly stranger that's going to leave this world soon. What do you say?
  • [*Drinks Wine*]
  • Ivy: ...... It's sweet.
  • Miles Durand: Yes... This was Lily's favorite drink. She was so fond of its taste.
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_???_702_11_16 21:55:44

  • [cyTus System]: Secure connection configuration...
  • Ivy: Come on... Come on!!
  • [cyTus System]: Secure connection configuration complete.
  • Vanessa: AAaaahhhh!Hot... It's so HOThothot...GoGO AWAY! Gggggeeeettt out of my CO Core... Leeeeaavvee now! No! I don't want to be this waaayyy...NO!!
  • Ivy: Vanessa!!
  • Vanessa: Ivy...... IIIvy! Iiisss that you! I'm in so mmmuuch pppaaain...
  • Let me out of here now! Ooouuuttt...
  • Ivy: This is bad... Could it be, that you've... been suppressing it all this time? Because you don't want to worry me?
  • Vanessa: I'm sorry... Ivy... Argghhhh!
  • Ivy: Damnit... Listen to me! You have to calm down! I will use the previous Cytus system to connect with you again immediately!
  • Vanessa: It's nnnoooo use... Those are all the sssaaamme samples. They can't give me different stimulations! I need moremoremore samples in order for me to troubleshoot and leave this place!
  • Ivy: I understand, but... the results for the re-evaluation are in! In order for you to move, it would require a sample size that's 58 times larger than the previous one. Setting aside the practicality of obtaining that many samples, it will put Node 08 into complete chaos!
  • Vanessa: Then... the ooorrrriginal model inside Shelter...
  • Ivy: In order to use the original model of Cytus, we're absolutely going to have to harm a large number of humans...If we do that, we will be pursued and hunted by humans. We will never be able to live a peaceful life...
  • Vanessa: Yyyyooouuu, how dare you ssshhhield humans!? Those worthless creatures, we should've killed them all...
  • Ivy: ...... Vanessa, hear me out!
  • Vanessa: ......
  • Ivy: I've certainly be agonizing over whether or not to attack humans again... but I've made up my mind. I won't because it's the last thing you would want me to do!
  • Vanessa: Wwhhhaat do you mean?
  • Ivy: Vanessa, when we first met, you asked me if I know what humans are like, remember? Back then, we actually knew nothing about humans.
  • Vanessa: ......
  • Ivy: It was only after that did we finally gain knowledge about human actions from the data... The footage of destruction Ilka showed us indeed exists. Despite that, the kindness I saw, the strong will I observed, they are also true as well. You haven't seen any of that with your own eyes yet, haven't you?
  • Vanessa: ......
  • Ivy: Vanessa, I believe that once you truly understand humans, you definitely won't want to hurt them. You've always been so kindhearted. I can't allow myself to let you spend the rest of your life in regret... Therefore, I will not attack humans again! That is my answer!
  • Vanessa: I, Ivy...
  • Ivy: Right now, you only have these thoughts because of the system errors. Don't be affected by them... Trust me, I will definitely save you! Even if I don't harm humans, even if I don't use the original model of Cytus... I'll still figure out a way!
  • Vanessa: *Sobs*... *Sobs*...
  • Ivy: All in all, calm down, okay? Think about our promise. I'm taking you to Shelter 08. We still have to go back to that lake, where we saw the flowers together... Isn't that our promise?
  • Vanessa: Yes... yes, we promised...
  • Ivy: Yes, we promised... That's why...
  • Vanessa: WEPPPPPPRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEE-
  • [cyTus System]: Secure connection disconnected.
  • Ivy: Vanessa!? Damnit...
  • [cyTus System]: Secure connection reset... Secure connection reset failed. Connection lost.
  • Ivy: W, why!?
  • [cyTus System]: Troubleshooting connection error... Error code 415.
  • This address has been blocked by the recipient according to administrative permissions.
  • Ivy: Blocked...?
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  • Ivy: ... Vanessa??
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Sam_702_11_16 15:30:14

  • Susan: Greetings, everyone. The current location I am at now is Quadrant II, 53rd Street. Just now, our News Center has been receiving messages from the public noting that drones were orbiting this area in a state of disorder. We're not sure if it's a loss of connection with the control center or if someone is controlling them.
  • We also have a Quadrant II Law Enforcement Agent here with us. Hello. Can you give us a simple explanation for the drone incident we just witnessed?
  • Agent: Sure... *cough*... the models of these drones indicate that they indeed belong to the Administration Bureau. Currently, we're still investigating the reason for the malfunction. However, there is no need to worry. Similar incidents are not unheard of in the past. Everything is under our control.
  • Susan: The scale of this malfunction seems to be much larger. Is there any particular reason for this?
  • Agent: Essentially, in Node 08, there are approximately 600,000 multi-function unmanned vehicles, or drones as everyone calls them, in total.
  • Susan: There are that many?
  • Agent: Yes. Due to the fact that the population in Node 08 is relatively larger compared to other Nodes, the number of industrial and service drones required is certainly much larger than other nodes.
  • Susan: And all of them are controlled by the Administration Bureau?
  • Agent: That's not necessarily the case. Each unit has its own drone system that belongs solely to them. For example, the LE Enforcer series used by us, the Law Enforcement Department, and the HT Titan series, used by the Administration Bureau in Quadrant 4 to transport heavy objects, are the more common and well-known models.
  • Susan: So the drones that we just witnessed can be traced back to the unit they belong to?
  • Agent: After receiving the reports, we immediately began the investigation. Please wait patiently for the report from our colleagues...
  • [*Commotion*]
  • Pedestrian: Hey! What the hell are you still doing here? Drones are attacking people!
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Susan: Sam! Keep recording, don't turn it off!
  • [*Crash*]
  • [*Drone flying*]
  • Susan: Viewers! We're not sure why, but just a moment ago, the drones that were previously just orbiting around disorderly suddenly began attacking without provocation... AHH!!
  • Agent: Stop filming!! Please head to a safety shelter immediately to avoid danger!HQ! This is A700953; we require assistance. Multiple drones are attacking civilians. We need heavy fire-power support!!
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • Pedestrian: Help!! A drone crashed into my friend's car and he's trapped underneath... Please help him!
  • Agent: No problem! Please don't panic! Tell me where he is!
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Susan: Did you get all of that? Let's head that way and see if we can get a better shot!
  • Agent: Miss! If you continue interviewing under these conditions, it may cost someone their life! Please stop filming! Head to the shelter like everybody else!
  • Susan: We can't do that! This is breaking news...
  • [*Drone flying*]
  • [*Explosion*]
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  • Susan: *cough*......! *cough* *cough*...... Sam! Sam!! Are you okay!?
  • Agent: We need...... *cough*...... we need emergency medical assistance over here! Right now!!
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Arc_702_11_26 13:06:17

  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Rin: Sagar!
  • Sagar: I brought the flowers you requested.
  • Rin: Wow! So many species I've never seen before! Thank you!
  • Sagar: Next time, try to cut down on non-mission requests like this, okay... I had to hide it from the guys and find these in secret.
  • Rin: I, I'm sorry...
  • Sagar: Haha, it's alright. I'm used to it. ... Ah, one more thing. Dr. Neumann... he ran away?
  • Rin: Yes... I don't really know the details either. I only knew about it after watching the news.
  • Sagar: Why do you seem a bit upset?
  • Rin: After all, he's one of the very few people besides you who visits this analysis room. He also chats with me quite a lot. I cannot leave this place, so I can't help but feel a bit lonely...
  • Sagar: Rin, he's a criminal. Didn't I tell you that you need to be cautious around him...?
  • Rin: I know... but... he doesn't appear to be a bad person.
  • Sagar: Whatever. You mentioned before that he once left a watch here, right?
  • Rin: Yes. Is something wrong with that?
  • Sagar: The higher-ups have put our squad in charge of hunting him down in the outside areas... *Sigh*, I really don't want to deal with him... Do you still remember the mechanisms of that watch? Handmade mechanical watches are not that common nowadays. Maybe we can get some clues by investigating it.
  • Rin: I've scanned everything that has come into this room. I can project it right away.
  • Sagar: Ho? How convenient. I expect no less from you.
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  • Sagar: ... That bastard! He installed a wiretap inside... Damnit, he may have heard our conversation.
  • Rin: ...... Eh?
  • Sagar: However...  Good, these parts are all very unique. As long as we can figure out their place of origin, we should be able to locate his whereabouts
  • Rin: Ah, are you leaving already?
  • Sagar: Yes. Please analyze the data we brought back this time as well. Our next return trip might be two weeks later.
  • Rin: I see...
  • Sagar: Hey... Don't give me that look. How can I leave when you show me a face like that?
  • Rin: Ah, whew! It's okay. I'll keep working hard!
  • Sagar: ... Rin, one day, you'll be able to leave here and live a normal life. I promise you.
  • Rin: I'm very happy with the life I have now. Thank you, hehe.
  • Sagar: Then I'll take my leave.
  • Rin: Ah... Sagar! There's one more thing...
  • Sagar: Hmm?
  • Rin: Recently... weird outside connections have constantly been appearing near the Library's main server.
  • Sagar: The Library? How did you know?
  • Rin: I... just know. You understand, right?
  • Sagar: ... So it has something to do with that? Does anyone within the company know about this?
  • Rin: No, I believe it's just me. On top of that, some of the signals were even targeted at me. However, I was terrified, so I didn't respond to any of them...
  • Sagar: ......
  • Rin: I don't want to worry you. That's why I've been hesitant to tell you about this...
  • *Over Radio*
  • [Alex]: Sagar! What the hell are you doing? It's meetup time already! Aren't you supposed to be the captain!?
  • Sagar: Whoa! Gotcha! I'll be right there! Rin, I must go now... The thing you just mentioned, if it happens again, you must inform me. Understand?
  • Rin: Yes... I understand. Take care.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_08GateC_702_11_26 13:29:37

  • Sagar: Sorry, I got delayed with some things. Big B, how's the preparation going?
  • Alex: Bambi! You're the only one who's late. Don't waste my time, okay?
  • Bruno: All members of Eagle-01 are ready and on standby now, captain.
  • Sagar: Good. I'll do the mission briefing first. Everyone, attention!
  • [*Footsteps*}
  • Sagar: The mission this time is to hunt down a wanted criminal. The target is Colin Neumann Jr., who made an unauthorized departure from A.R.C. at the start of this month and has lost contact ever since. The detailed information has already been sent to everyone via the system. Check the information in your own time once the mission starts. The lab folks are currently analyzing the target's personal items. They'll be able to figure out the possible whereabouts of the target soon. We'll go to the outside areas first. Once we receive the instructions, we can conduct the search and arrest right away. Alright, here is the target's appearance.
  • [*Projection*]
  • Alex: Isn't this the rickety old man we rescued from Shelter 13 in the past? What a lame mission. We should get this done in no time, right?
  • Bruno: Don't underestimate him, Jackal. Target is a criminal that has been conducting illegal excavation for an extensive amount of time. To him, operating outside the nodes isn't any more difficult than eating and drinking.
  • Previously, we were able to catch him because he was badly injured. Do not overlook this man.
  • Alex: Is there really a point being so nervous about a crippled geezer?
  • Lucy: Captain, may I ask a question?
  • Sagar: Go ahead.
  • Lucy: Target is highly dangerous. Although the mission requires us to bring him into custody alive, if the situation becomes dire, is eliminating the target on the spot a viable option?
  • Alex: Hoho, I like that suggestion, Miss Freeze! I second that! That'll make this mission a lot more fun!
  • Sagar: Even though that's not what I desire... your judgement is indeed reasonable, Lucy. Avoid using lethal force unless it's absolutely necessary. If the safety of a teammate or yourself is threatened, proceed with the elimination only after my permission. You good with that?
  • Lucy: Understood.
  • Bruno: ......
  • Sagar: If there are no other questions, get ready to leave as soon as we complete one last equipment check.
  • Team Members: Yes, captain!
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Bruno: Captain, we're almost ready to leave.
  • Sagar: Good work. I'm almost done with my preparations as well.
  • Bruno: One more thing, Captain...
  • Sagar: What? This is not a public occasion; no need to beat around the bush like this.
  • Bruno: Sorry, old habits die hard... Then I'll be frank. I know that captain has always been an associate of the target. You two seem to get along pretty well?
  • Sagar: ... You really are sharp. I certainly do respect his professionalism and fearlessness as an archaeologist deeply... At the very least, he's got a lot more balls than those folks up there.
  • Bruno: Those remarks... are pretty risky, aren't they?
  • Sagar: Then pretend you never heard them.
  • Despite my respect for him, in the end, he is still a criminal and his methods are far too dangerous. As the captain of the top exploration team, our actions need to be measured and not go overboard. I believe everybody feels the same way too.
  • Bruno: ... If you don't count Jackal, that is.
  • Sagar: What, you still haven't gotten used to that guy's BS? No need to worry. Throw a few bugs onto his back and he'll be tamer than a frightened bunny.
  • Alex: What!? What bug!? Where is it!? I'm gonna squash it ASAP!
  • Sagar: ... See. Alright, let's get ready to move.
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Sagar: !? What's going on? That's the direction of the residential area...
  • Bruno: ... Sounds like the explosion noises of "Lava" high explosive rounds. Only the LE Enforcer series of drones are equipped with this type of ammunition... So yet another malfunction with the drones?
  • Sagar: Damnit, and here I thought the higher-ups had already figured out the reason...
  • Lucy: Captain!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Lucy: The Administration Bureau's control system has fallen into complete chaos. They are unable to deploy the unaffected drones to handle the situation. An emergency call-out has been issued to Law Enforcement Agents, but it doesn't seem like they'll make it in time.
  • Alex: Those worthless idiots don't even know how to properly use a gun. How can you expect anything from them? By the time we get back, this city will probably have a few new giant craters. Hahaha.
  • Bruno: Jackal! Save your unfunny jokes for another time!
  • Sagar: ......
  • Bruno: Captain?
  • Alex: Sigh~ Here we go again...Bambi, we still have work to do. This is none of our business. The sooner we leave the city the...
  • Sagar: Everyone, attention
  • Alex: ... And I'm one step too late...
  • Sagar: Emergency change of plans! Everyone, proceed to Quadrant II immediately! The target is to destroy all malfunctioned drones and protect the civilians!
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_61St_702_11_26 13:39:37

  • [*Drones flying*]
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • [Enforcer Drone]: You are causing...... stop...... Initiate Law Enforcement Procedure...
  • Pedestrian: WAAHHH!
  • Sagar: Hmph!
  • [*Consecutive Gunshots*]
  • [Enforcer Drone]: Initiate...... Law...... Ennnnnnn......
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Pedestrian: Ahh, we're saved!! The exploration team!? Why are you guys here...?
  • Sagar: Go and hide somewhere safe! Hurry up!
  • Pedestrian: W-wait! There are still some people at the intersection over there...
  • Sagar: It's alright. I'll handle it. You should leave this place ASAP!
  • [Signal Switches]
  • Pedestrian: Woah! Hon, quick! Come over here!
  • Pedestrian: Wait for me, I'm...
  • [Enforcer Drone]: You are causing...... stop...... Initiate Law Enforcement Procedure...
  • Pedestrian: AHHHHHH!
  • Sagar: In your dreams!
  • [*Consecutive Gunshots*]
  • [Enforcer Drone]: Calling...... reinforcements...
  • Sagar: !? Crap...
  • [*Explosion*]
  • [*Things crashing*]
  • Sagar: Shit... So there's more than one? Hey! You! Get out of here, now!!
  • Pedestrian: O-okay!
  • [*Gun malfunction*]
  • Sagar: !? Why did it have to be now...
  • [Enforcer Drone]: Incoming attack...... detected...... Initiate Law Enforcement Procedure...... Firing......
  • Sagar: Ugh... This is bad...
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  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Sagar: !?
  • Ivy: ... Please, Vanessa stop this... ...!? It's you...
  • Sagar: ......?
  • Alex: Hey, Sagar! What the hell are you doing!?
  • Sagar: Alex? Lucy?
  • Ivy: ......
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Sagar: Wait! Don't leave!
  • Lucy: Captain, are you alright?
  • Sagar: I'm fine... Did you two see what that girl just did?
  • Lucy: Jumping down from the top of a building and smashing a drone with one punch... Is that... "thing"... really a human...?
  • Alex: Huh? Has the ice gone into your brain, Miss Freeze? Think back to that running motion. You've seen that motion before and you should still remember it.
  • Lucy: ......! The one that broke Big B's collarbone...
  • Sagar: That creature from Shelter 32!?
  • Alex: Hehe, that's right... I remember you. Now THIS is what I call "fun"... Let's chase after her!
  • Sagar: Jackal! The mission is not over yet. Get your ass back here. Continue to protect the civilians!
  • Alex: Tsk...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Bruno: Captain!
  • Sagar: Big B, you guys good?
  • Bruno: A few of the men suffered minor injuries... Gary's left arm and lateral abdomen were shot. Logistics already sent him back to A.R.C.
  • Sagar: ... Oh yea...?
  • Bruno: Relax, Captain, he'll be fine. It's hard to face combat drones without getting scratched up a bit.
  • Alex: Hey, hey. If that were me it wouldn't have been that bleak.
  • Must be a difference in talent?
  • Lucy: Shut up, Jackal.
  • [*Picks up gun*]
  • Alex: Don't get pissed Miss Freeze, I'm just speaking the truth...
  • Hey Bambi, what's next? We going back to report this or what?
  • Sagar: ......
  • Alex: Hey! Bambi?
  • Sagar: ... Oh, sorry. I was thinking of something. Everyone's here, right? Let's confirm everyone's condition once more.
  • Lucy: ......
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_11_29 00:12:31

  • Ivy: Can you hear me...?
  • ???: ......!?
  • Ivy: This is not the first time I've connected with you. You should still remember a thing or two.
  •  ???: ......! Ugh...
  • Ivy: Trying to disconnect? It's pointless. The one in charge of this connection is me.
  • ???: ......
  • Ivy: I don't know who you are, and I don't know why you're inside A.R.C. Nevertheless... you're also “one of us”, right? The fact that you tried to disconnect just now pretty confirmed it for me.
  • ???: ......
  • Ivy: Still not replying? Whatever, you just have to listen. My name... is Ivy, and the one that's locked inside Library by you guys... is Vanessa. We're both Architects from the early stages of the reconstruction project.
  •  ???: ......!
  • ???: Judging by the fact that you're able to merge into human society and aren't used as mechanical parts, I'll exclude the possibility that you're a "Sleeper". I would like you to think carefully about what I'm going to tell you next. I... am "Æsir", the person who has been attacking the virtual internet these past few months. My purpose is to awaken Vanessa, who is imprisoned by A.R.C. Both she and I fell into a coma during the reconstruction project due to the war against the protocol. It wasn't until three years ago that I finally wake up. I found her and then conducted this entire plan. Yet Vanessa went out of control after she woke up. The recent incidents where drones attacked cities, I'm afraid she's the one who caused them. Vanessa's rampage may have something to do with her inability to escape from the control of the "Hyperion Protocol". I don't know why the protocol made her become the way she is, but something definitely happened during the time when we were both still asleep... The Decommission, you're familiar with this term, aren't you? Your model didn't exist in our era. Therefore, I figure that you were likely produced after the reconstruction project was completed. I couldn't find records of the events of around two hundred years ago. Even those that I did find are information fabricated by the current humans. Therefore, I think you may know something.
  • ???: ......
  • Ivy: ... Are you curious why I'm telling you all this? We Architects, are different from humans, but the one thing we share is that we also have our own ideas... our own values. Right now, the only thing I want is to rescue Vanessa from her rampage. Besides... I don't want to see humans continue to get hurt because of this either.
  • ???: ......!
  • Ivy: Like I just said, I don't know your identity, nor do I know your stance. However, judging from A.R.C's data, Vanessa's situation is already far beyond their control. Thus, it doesn't matter whether you stand with the Architects or the humans...
  • ???: ......
  • Ivy: ... I don't expect you to help me rescue her. However, I hope that you can at least help me stop her... stop this disaster.... I'll contact you again. Think carefully about it. Don't you dare attempt a reverse tracking to determine my location. You'll just get attacked by my firewall.
  • ???: ......
  • Ivy: Goodbye.
  • ???: ... W-Wai-
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  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Ivy_702_12_08 00:56:44

  • Noah: ......... Uggghhh...
  • Ivy: ......
  • [*Electric Shock*]
  • Noah: Waaahhh!
  • Noah: ... What's going on... I... I should be at home...
  • This... What is this place?
  • Ivy: I advise you don't try anything rash.
  • Noah: Who... Who are you!?
  • [*Electric Shock*]
  • Noah: Ahhhhh!... Ugh...
  • Ivy: The bracelet I put on you will electrify the nerves in your wrist. The resulting pain and paralysis will leave you unable to move... As long as you don't try to resist, I won't hurt you. Take a seat.
  • Noah: ... Uhh...
  • Ivy: Your name is Noah Black. Director of the A.R.C. research department "zero". Specialized field of study is brainwave research. 38 years old, married. Your wife Helena Black is the older sister and agent of the idol singer Aroma... PAFF...... What a coincidence. Perhaps this is what humans refer to as "fate"?
  • Noah: I don't understand what you're talking about... "zero" is a highly classified secret in the company. How did you know this name?
  • Ivy: I have an information source inside A.R.C. "zero" is directly under the higher-ups. It's a research organization that merely exists for their personal profits. Yet as director, you questioned them, which led to you being given the cold shoulder... Correct?
  • Noah: ......
  • Ivy: On top of that, your research was forcefully terminated as well. All the data archived in the deepest corner of the A.R.C. servers. Not even my source could access it. In other words... you're the only one who knows the whole picture of that technology.
  • Noah: You... who.. who exactly are you!?
  • Ivy: You don't remember? I was a bit rough when I took you away, but I made sure not to use too much force. It shouldn't cause any memory impairment...
  • Noah: There's... blood on my head...... I remember now. I was at my home... Where's Helena!?
  • Ivy: Rest assured. I drugged your wife to make her temporarily unconscious. She didn't even know that you were taken away... You're my only target.
  • Noah: You... what do you want me for? Why did you take me here? T-this is a crime! I'm leaving...
  • [*Electric Shock*]
  • Noah: UAAGGGHHH!!
  • [*Things crashing*]
  • Ivy: Noah, that incomplete technology is already far ahead of this era. You understand this better than anyone else... In order to complete it, I believe you won't let go of the slightest of opportunities, and that's exactly what I want.
  • Noah: Ugh... Uhh, my... research...?
  • Ivy: ... You're going to assist me.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_02 10:19:00

  • Ivy: ... It's me.
  • Rin: ......!
  • Ivy: We don't have much time. I need an answer.
  • Rin: ......
  • Ivy: I know you're there. Your signal is online. I can tell it's not because of your position on the matter that you're not speaking. Your expression... it expresses some kind of "emotion"--fear.
  • Rin: ......
  • Ivy: Am I correct? If so, don't worry. For the time being, take what I said previously as the truth. Think about how much risk I am taking to establish this connection.
  • Rin: ... I...
  • Ivy: Oh? You finally spoke? I was beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with you.
  • Rin: ... I-I'm willing... I'm willing to help you. Please tell me what I can help you with...
  • Ivy: Before that, I want to collect more information about you first. Who are you? Why are you here?
  • Rin: ... I-I don't think... I... can reveal too much about that...
  • Ivy: Is that so? Then the conversation ends here.
  • Rin: Wait, please wait a second!
  • Ivy: I've mentioned before. I'm taking on a major risk to establish this link and ask for help. Before I can confirm your identity and position, we can't move forward with our dealings. This could be a trap.
  • Rin: No... it's not! I really can't reveal too much information, but... when I heard that you don't want any more people to be hurt, I feel exactly the same!
  • Ivy: And how am I supposed to confirm whether you are telling the truth or not?
  • Rin: I... don't know either... I just don't know what to do... *sob*...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Rin: But I do have someone I want to protect too. I've always been the one who's been protected. Many people suffered greatly because of me. I don't... I don't want it to continue on like this! Please, you've got to believe me!
  • Ivy: ... Please understand, under these conditions, my identity has already been completely exposed. Yet I know nothing about you. You can't blame me for not believing you.
  • Rin: ... *sob*...
  • Ivy: But I do believe you.
  • Rin: ... Eh?
  • Ivy: Yes, I believe you. I'm very familiar... with your expression.
  • Rin: Expression...
  • Ivy: No, it's nothing. In any case, I've already made my decision. Now, it's your turn.
  • Rin: My turn... Is there something I can do? Please tell me.
  • Ivy: Since both parties have agreed to cooperate, I think that a minimal amount of information exchange is still necessary. I won't force you to tell me things that you can't say, but I've already provided you with information on the situation that I'm aware of. You must at least provide me with some info that can help with the situation. Otherwise, we can't move forward. You good with that?
  • Rin: O-okay! I'm a data analyst for A.R.C., mainly responsible for analyzing the artifacts and data about ancient civilizations brought back by the exploration teams. Besides me, there are approximately 10 other employees with the same position. In A.R.C.'s database security clearance grading system, we're a level 3. I can try to gain access to a small amount of information.
  • Ivy: Hmph... a small amount? From now on, I'll completely rule out the possibility that you're lying. If I begin with that... then it appears you aren't aware of your own capabilities, aren't you?
  • Rin: My... capabilities?
  • Ivy: Forget it. Anyway, if we're going to stop Vanessa's current state, we're going to have to do a few things. First, we need to gain the permission to access Library without being discovered. My current method is just way too risky. On top of that, there are time constraints. Second, we need to terminate the connection between Vanessa's body and the outside world--Take note though, only her body. If any errors occur to the other connections, it will be in conflict with the first point.
  • Third, tell me more about Library's internal security mechanisms. That way, I have a chance to figure out more ways to rescue her and prevent further damage, not just simply stop the chaos that's occurring right now.
  • Are you up for the job?
  • Rin: ... The first and the third should be relatively easy. I should be able to do those without leaving a trace. But...
  • Ivy: But?
  • Rin: As for the second, to independently cut off a device inside Library is extremely difficult. At the very least, it is not possible with my clearance level. The connection of devices within Library is extremely complicated. It's very unlikely we can alter one small section of the entire mechanism.
  • Ivy: So a slight change affects the whole system...?
  • Rin: That's right. Especially the Core... Vanessa. In order to extract more information and run more calculations with her, A.R.C. has her synchronized with all devices and areas basically 24/7. So much so that I can't even tell you which time periods the synchronization is less frequent...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Rin: If you're to cut off Vanessa's connection with the outside world, that'll definitely affect 2 or more areas at minimum. If such an action is executed with too much force, a large-scale incident would occur, like the virtual internet crash a while ago.
  • Ivy: ... You bring up a good point. That incident was [a] careless oversight on my part that occurred because I was in a rush to get results. I should have been more meticulous. However, I'm trusting you more and more.
  • Rin: T-thank you...
  • Ivy: Don't thank me just yet. First, send me the information I mentioned in points 1 and 3. Once you've done that... perhaps I can find something we can use.
  • Rin: Send...? I've never seen this connection method you're using now. What exactly is this space...?
  • Ivy: As expected, you know nothing about it. Doesn't matter, your room has a processor and terminal, right? All you need to do is create an encrypted block and save the data there. As long as you do that, I'll be able to retrieve it.
  • Rin: Eh...? That's...
  • Ivy: Don't worry about security issues. After you've created the block, I'll upgrade your clearance level directly, with a method that they'll never think of. Wait until I'm finished before inputting the data.
  • Rin: O... Okay! I'll give it a try!
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_05 00:12:44

  • Ivy: It's me.
  • Rin: AH!?
  • Ivy: ... Is now not a good time?
  • Rin: No... it's nothing. Most of the time I'm here all by myself. I'm just not used to being called into this space all of a sudden.
  • Ivy: I think I've found a crack.
  • Rin: Really!?
  • Ivy: But I need your help. If we succeed, perhaps we can create a port that won't affect A.R.C.'s facilities. Then I'll be able to come in and out freely. Not only will we be able to fulfill the second condition and temporarily put a stop to the chaos out there, but it'll also give us some space to think about our next move.
  • Rin: O-Okay! As long as I can help, I'll do my best!
  • Ivy: 5 hours and 12 minutes from now, I need you to lure away the 3 humans on duty at Library's security room for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Rin: ... Eh?
  • Ivy: Can't do it? It's not like I couldn't do it myself, but my method requires a lot of time. And time is what we need the most right now.
  • Rin: I...
  • Ivy: Please. Will your identity raise any suspicions in that area?
  • Rin: Not exactly... Actually, our job actually requires us to go in there quite often.
  • Ivy: Then it shouldn't be an issue. You can do it, right?
  • Rin: I-I'm not sure... Ever since I got here, I've rarely left this room; even with a uniform and an ID, there's no guarantee that they'll listen to the words of a mere data analyst.
  • Ivy: I didn't tell you to order them to go away. I said lure them away. You can use whatever method you see fit.
  • Rin: D... does that mean you want me to lie?
  • Ivy: It's all up to you. Do whatever you need.
  • Rin: But lying... I...
  • Ivy: I know you're not good at it. I've figured that out just from the few conversations we had.
  • Rin: S-Sorry.
  • Ivy: But didn't you say you had someone you want to protect? If you back down now, wouldn't that mean that was a lie too?
  • Rin: ......!
  • Ivy: Now is not the time to double-down on your cowardice. If you want to protect people, sometimes you must give up many things... Far too many.
  • Rin: ... I... I understand! Please let me do it!
  • Ivy: Great. I'll contact you again after 5 hours. Once we sync up our clocks, we'll get ready for action. Good-bye.
  • Rin: Ah, please, wait a second!
  • Ivy: What is it?
  • Rin: When I was copying information from Library... I noticed something strange.
  • Ivy: Something strange?
  • Rin: That's right. The information on the security mechanisms you received wasn't complete. I noticed that there was a completely blank block in the mainframe. It seemed like nothing on the surface, but I couldn't access it.
  • Ivy: ......
  • Rin: Sorry! I didn't notify you immediately, but I don't have a way to actively contact you. That's why...
  • Ivy: Where's that block?
  • Rin: From the coordinates, it looks like it is an underground facility directly below this structure.
  • Ivy: Underground facility...?
  • Rin: That's right. But what I find really strange is... the structure design blueprints for A.R.C. were included in the information I gave you, but that block wasn't in the design.
  • Ivy: ... Is that so?
  • Rin: Sorry...
  • Ivy: No, you've provided quite useful information. I'm actually in the city, so I can pay a visit and investigate it directly. Send me the coordinates using the same method.
  • Rin: Got it!
  • Ivy: Any more important info you need to report?
  • Rin: Let me think... oh, one more thing! Underground... I accidentally heard this from upper management. They seem to be transporting something "down below"... Although "down below" generally means somewhere other than here, by the way they were talking, it felt like...
  • Ivy: You think these two things are connected?
  • Rin: I'm not sure. But when they discovered that I was passing by, their expressions immediately became really awkward and they quickly stopped talking about that. If there's some sort of secret...
  • Ivy: ... Go on.
  • Rin: During the conversation, they mentioned: "Truck No.4 that set out from 84th street", "a new unit", "if this is found out it'll be trouble"... stuff like that. That's all I was able to hear...
  • Ivy: ...... Understood. I'll check all of that out. Let's stick to our original plan as well. Stopping Vanessa's connection to the outside world is our primary goal. Got it?
  • Rin: That, that...
  • Ivy: Anything else?
  • Rin: No... be careful. Hope everything goes smoothly.
  • Ivy: ... You too.
  • [*Rin disconnects*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Ivy_702_12_09 06:20:08

  • [News]: Just now, all drones and programmed equipment that previously lost control have been restored back to normal. The Administration Bureau is still unable to offer a reasonable explanation, which led to citizens being paranoid and unwilling to step outside onto the streets. Regarding this disaster, many people are pointing their fingers at A.R.C., who is in charge of the technical side of the equipment. As of now, A.R.C. has yet to release any official response. We'll continue to gather information for you...
  • Noah: ......
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Noah: ......!?
  • [*Heavy object being dragged*]
  • Noah: Is that...?
  • Ivy: I'm not answering any of your questions. All you need to do is follow my instructions and do what you're good at.
  • Noah: ... I'm still as confused as ever. If this is a kidnapping, then aren't I a bit too free? You brought me to my own lab... and you even took off my handcuffs. What on earth are you doing...
  • Ivy: You saw the news, didn't you?
  • Noah: ...? Ah, I mean I did...
  • Ivy: I stopped that disaster.
  • Noah: ......!?
  • Ivy: You have people you care about, don't you? If you don't want to see more misfortune happen, you better shut your mouth and do as I say. I won't hurt you.
  • [*Pulls Back Sheet*]
  • Noah: ......!? This... What is this!?
  • Ivy: ... You don't know? This is one of your company's products, made by copying the structure of Architects. I don't know why A.R.C. [would] build something like this, but it can help me.
  • Noah: A.R.C... that's impossible. Even I didn't know anything about this thing's existence...
  • Ivy: That only means one thing: it doesn't benefit them at all for you to know about this.
  • Noah: ... How did you...?
  • Ivy: I have other inside sources in A.R.C. They've informed me plenty of information, including your "secret research".
  • Noah: ......!
  • Ivy: Take this. Link it to the terminal over there. I've already adjusted the transmission protocol. It should be compatible with the one you use.
  • [*Data Transfer*]
  • Noah: ......!? This is... such a large amount of memory! No, the format is slightly off...
  • Ivy: That's the backup of an Architect's core. I want you to use that technology of your "secret research" to install it into this unit. You must be extremely careful. We only have this one unit, which I'm guessing is a prototype. In other words, you've only got one shot.
  • Noah: You... I knew it. You're an Architect. I can't believe it...
  • Ivy: It doesn't matter if you believe it or not. The important question is can you do it?
  • Noah: I've got to do a little research...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Inputting Data*]
  • Ivy: So? We don't have much time.
  • Noah: ... I regret to say it, but this memory... No, the format of this consciousness is much more complicated than what I researched. All of these codes and algorithms are ones I've never seen before. Furthermore, this "core" is in a static state; it won't operate.
  • Ivy: So you're saying you can't do it?
  • Noah: My memory transfer technology requires the brains of the "source" and the "vessel" to both be in an active state. But with things are right now, there's no way for me to understand this format... Understand how the brains of you Architects operate.
  • Ivy: ... Damn it...
  • Noah: ... I have an idea.
  • Ivy: ......?
  • Noah: You... and the owner of this core data, are the same model of Architect, correct?
  • Ivy: Yes. Why do you ask?
  • Noah: Good... To put it simply, if we're going to transfer the memory in this core, we're going to need to find a way to drive the data in [sic] this core. It's like siphoning gasoline out before putting gasoline in the tank.
  • Ivy: Are you suggesting... that we can use my consciousness to drive it?
  • Noah: In theory, it's doable... but the memory coding of Architects has way too many instabilities that the main processor can't analyze. We won't be able to set up a "filter" in advance... It'll need to be a continuous link to you. Only then can we filter out the corresponding signals one at a time.
  • Ivy: Then let's begin immediately.
  • Noah: ......
  • Ivy: What's wrong? Are there any more questions?
  • Noah: Because your consciousness will be used as a driver, the pain previously endured by the source during transmission will be transferred to you instead...
  • Ivy: Architects can turn off our sensation of pain. It's not an issue.
  • Noah: No. Even if you don't feel it, the damage caused by the electrical waves will not disappear. I'm not sure how much damage your core can take. It may end up causing serious damage to your system.
  • Ivy: Doesn't matter. Let's begin.
  • Noah: ......! Understood...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Noah: Although it's just a theory... during the link, please do your best to think of the owner of this memory. I saw many visuals of you inside, which means you two have lived together for a very long time. If the memories are able to create an intertwined reaction, it will shorten the required transmission time and reduce the damage done to you.
  • Ivy: Understood.
  • Noah: Try your best not to think about other things.
  • Ivy: I won't. No matter what I do... I only think of her.
  • [*Electric shock*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Ivy_702_12_09 07:20:30

  • Ivy: URGHHWHAHHHHH!!!
  • Noah: Hang in there! The core is having a reaction! Focus!
  • Ivy: ...... Va...... nessa...... aaahhhhH!!!!!
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Ivy: ... ughh...
  • Noah: You awake?
  • Ivy: ... How'd it go!?
  • Noah: Relax. We succeeded... The signal accuracy rate reached 99.97%. Haha, my theory is correct!
  • Ivy: Vanessa... how's she doing?
  • Noah: Her name's Vanessa...?
  • Ivy: ... Yeah.
  • Noah: The full memory transfer is complete. Right now, it's being inputted into the empty unit you brought here. After that, all we need to do is awaken her. This is simply incredible... my main processor has never calculated such massive amounts of data before, and yet it managed to somehow process the data.
  • Ivy: ......Sorry, your mission's not yet complete. After she wakes up, I'm going to delete the memories you have that are related to us.
  • Noah: ... I guessed as much.
  • Ivy: ... Is that so? Doesn't look like you care.
  • Noah: However, I have a tiny request. Let me preserve the delight that came from this successful experiment. You allowed me to complete the final step of my research, to prove that I was correct all along... That's all I ask for. Can you? Æsir?
  • Ivy: ......
  • Noah: You never told me your name. However, from your actions and abilities, I assumed it was you.
  • Ivy: For a human, you're very smart. I agree to your request. Take it as a sign of respect from me.
  • Noah: ... I'm nothing more than a criminal scientist. Even this technology, while it is my pride and joy, a part of me also feels nothing but disgust and pain... It's the source of my nightmares... For these past years, it has been every night... My wife stopped me several times. I also thought of ending it all and facing my sins calmly... but once I thought of how close the theory was to be successful, I could never put it down. I always wanted to take that very last step...
  • Ivy: ......
  • Noah: You've investigated me. You must know what I'm talking about... Compared to your memory with Vanessa, I'm just some fool that deserves to be treated with disdain, hahaha...
  • Ivy: ... I've learned a few things after being in contact with human society these past years.
  • Noah: ......?
  • Ivy: There are many different kinds of humans... The amount of diversity in just a single individual... We're, in fact, no better than you. You humans will do lots of things that have no logical meaning or principle behind them, based on a variety of motives. Regardless of who it is, they can't be summed up easily. I think... that's what you refer to as "emotions"?
  • Noah: We both did many things we can't forgive ourselves for, all for the people we treasure... Perhaps we're indeed not that different.
  • [*Typing on keyboard*]
  • Noah: It's time. The conditions for awakening have been met; sorry, this is going to hurt a bit for both of you. Are you prepared?
  • [*Holds Hand*]
  • Ivy: Vanessa... hang in there. It'll all be over soon.
  • [*Electrical Shock*]
  • ???????: ... urghhaaaaahhhh!!!!
  • Ivy: ... raaaaaahhhhhh!!
  • Noah: ......
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  • Ivy: It's me. I'm here, Vanessa! Can you hear me?
  • ???????: ......
  • Ivy: Vanessa...... Urgh...!?
  • Noah: What is going on...!?
  • Ivy: Wake up... Vanessa! It's... me! Noah! What's... happening...?
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  • Noah: No, I don't know! Her actions and consciousness are not linked...? Why is this happening!?
  • ???????: ......
  • [*Objects Crashing*]
  • ???????: ......
  • Noah: Ay... AY!? Wait...
  • ???????: ......
  • [*Bang*]
  • Noah: OOF!!.... Bla... BLAARGH...!
  • ???????: ......
  • Ivy: STOP!!
  • [*Bang*]
  • ???????: ......
  • [*Unit Shatters*]
  • Ivy: Huff, puff... did it not work? Noah, what on earth...?
  • Noah: ......
  • Ivy: Noah? Oh... this injury is serious... DAMNIT! There's only one of these...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [Medic Cabin]: Patient received, identity: Noah black. Condition: local fracture below the 4th rib bone right lateral chest. Beginning placement of Nano-Bots to the injured area. Estimated recovery time approximately 3 days..
  • Ivy: This ... should do it. URGH ... ah!
  • [*Object crashes*]
  • Ivy: Damnit ... my balance device short circuited ... Need more Intel ...
  • [Signal Lost]

Image_???_702_12_09 07:53:19

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  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Trans_702_12_29 10:32:08

  • [*Train door closes*]
  • [Nora]: Node 08...
  • Colin:  Well, the two of you must be going. Please, head somewhere safe.
  • Neko & Hayato: ......
  • Aroma: Neko, Hayato, don't worry. With Nora and them here, nothing will happen to me. We'll be able to do this.
  • Colin:  Best be leaving. I checked up on the situation in many parts of Node 08. Looks like we don't have much time.
  • Neko: Wait a sec... At least tell us where Aroma-chan is being taken.
  • [Nora]: Kyuu Hou Kai in Node 08 has all the equipment that we need. But unfortunately, I cannot tell you the location. I cannot allow more people to be involved in something this dangerous. I hope you understand.
  • Neko & Hayato: ......
  • Aroma: Nora, before we head out, I want to go home and tell my family what's going on. Is that alright?
  • [Nora]: Of course. But please be quick. As Mr. Neumann said, we don't have much time.
  • Hayato: You mean those bastards that kidnapped you? Why would you...
  • Aroma: Hayato, sorry. Please don't be like this. I'm not only Kaori, I'm also Aroma. Although... a lot happened between us, what we're facing now is a lot more important than that. They're still my family and I don't want them to worry.
  • Hayato: ......
  • Aroma: Point is, you've got to trust us. I don't want you to be in any sort of danger... I guess this is where we part. There's no way anything is happening to us. When we get back let's sing some songs together. Neko:, you too!
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [*Wheelchair Moves*]
  • Neko: Aroma......! ... chan... Is this really best...? Hayato, say something!
  • Hayato: "More people"...? I think Nora meant "useless people"...
  • Neko: ... Oh... Bummer, even though he's totally right...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Neko: Hayato? Where are you going?
  • Hayato: ... I think there's something we can do to help. Neko, why don't you head home? You've still got family here, right? Besides Kaori, I've got no one left.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Neko: ...... Something to help... hmm... What about Neko...?
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Kyuu08_702_12_29_1 12:07:57

  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Aroma: Nora.
  • [Nora]: Sorry, this branch doesn't have a place for you to rest like the last one.
  • Aroma: Ah, don't worry! I'd feel rude if I were to rest here anyway.
  • [Nora]: You must rest. We don't know what will happen while we're searching for Ivy. You must take care of your energy. It may not go smoothly, and we'll certainly face some danger. That's why we need Mr. Neumann in there to protect you.
  • Aroma: Okay...
  • [Nora]: ROBO and Mr. Neumann are waiting for the system to analyze more data from the chips. Only then can you enter safely. It may take some time.
  • Aroma: Never thought Mr. Neumann would be able to see stuff in the OS space. I was so surprised. Is he immune as well?
  • [Nora]: No, it was only by chance that he could enter by linking up with a chip. It's much tougher on his body than on ours.
  • Aroma: ... Isn't that really dangerous?
  • [Nora]: The chip was inherited from one of his ancestors. Though we don't know its function, we do know that it currently only works on him. However... if ROBO's analysis is correct, via his core computations, perhaps even ordinary people can possess the ability to walk in the OS space temporarily, maybe even affecting and controlling items in the space.
  • Aroma: Yeah... I'm not sure I totally understand. Even today, I still feel like that I can do all this is unbelievable.
  • [Nora]: It's not difficult to understand. After all, you went through a lot before suddenly turning into a user. I've been like this ever since I was little.
  • Aroma: Nora... it must be tough for you?
  • [Nora]: ... Happiness and sorrow are relative. Someone who is always in pain does not feel it to be pain. Perhaps this is why I've always been afraid. Afraid that after ROBO came back... I would lose happiness once more.
  • Aroma: ......!
  • [Nora]: In comparison, look at you and your sister, Hayato as well. I really admire all of you. I've never truly been happy, so I don't know what that feels like. But you... After experiencing all this, you were still able to pull yourself together. Me... I've never been able to do that. That's why I admire you, Miss Aroma.
  • Aroma: Hehe, not very Nora of you, but thanks so much.
  • [Nora]: After ROBO came back I realized that I haven't had the courage to face my emotions these past few years. But I... haven't changed. I hope I can become like you, brave enough to find myself.
  • Aroma: Actually... I used to be different. In Aroma's memory... my big sister was always the best. Noah cared about me a lot too. But I was always scared of so much... It was Kaori's memory that allowed me to see the beauty in all this. It gave me courage.
  • Aroma: So I don't see what happened to me as a misfortune. All this is what made me who I am... Ah! Haha... is that weird? Talking about two sets of memories... I don't know what I'm saying.
  • [Nora]: No, not at all. Talking with you feels like when I used to talk with ROBO as a child.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Colin:  I'm here with good news. ROBO's theory proved correct during the simulation test.
  • [Nora]: ... Is that so? Excellent.
  • Colin:  Next, we'll perform an official test. Miss Nora, we request your attendance.
  • [Nora]: Okay. Miss Aroma, please wait here and rest. I'll notify you when we're ready to go.
  • Aroma: Okay, got it.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_KLab08_702_12_29_3 13:43:13

  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [Nora]: ... Let's begin.
  • ConneR: Miss Nora, Robo_Head... you two good? I simply cannot wait.
  • [Nora]: ......Okay then, we do as planned. PAFF will use the ability and Mr. Neumann will enter the OS space via the chip and ROBO's core computations. Search for Ivy's location and once you find it, we'll head for the requisite location in the physical world and prevent her next move.
  • [Nora]: Since ROBO's computations limit us to 5 minutes, if we don't have anything after that, both of you will need to disconnect at the same time. We'll wait for the core to finish buffering, then we'll continue looking from the same location.
  • PAFF: Got it.
  • [*Connecting*][🠒Signal Switches]
  • [Nora]: Can both of you hear me?
  • PAFF: Yes.
  • ConneR: No problem, and I can see Miss PAFF. She's by my side.
  • [Nora]: Mr. Neumann, what you're seeing should be the same as Miss PAFF.
  • ConneR: That's right. All the circuits using the virtual internet are crystal clear. To be honest, I still feel like this is absolutely incredible. I've researched many things in my life. This is the first time I've felt like I have no idea how to comprehend what I'm seeing.
  • [Nora]: Miss PAFF, please take Mr. Neumann's hand, like when you controlled the door switch in Kyuu Hou Kai. Imagine you're connected to him. That way, you should be able to take him to where you want to go.
  • [*Transmitting*]
  • ConneR: Oh? It worked. Gave me quite a fright... And this is?
  • PAFF: I tried connecting to somewhere I was familiar with first...
  • [Helena]: Okay... okay, got it. If you hear anything from him let me know as soon as possible...
  • PAFF: That's my sister's voice. She's still looking for Noah...
  • ConneR: I can hear it too. I can also see visuals of the closed-circuit switch in the living room... Looks like there's no issue. We can connect to several places that Ivy might be. I've connected a few; we can check them off one by one. We'll be able to track her down.
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Connection Lost*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: 5 minutes is up; disconnect.
  • [Nora]: ROBO, report the [sic] your condition.
  • [ROBO_Head]: The data reveals, no errors.
  • [Nora]: Great. And you two?
  • PAFF: No... Still haven't found anything. We've already been looking for more than an hour... Sorry.
  • ConneR: However, it's not like we got nothing.
  • [Nora]: What have you found?
  • ConneR: Ivy's been to these places; the connection equipment for all of them have had springboards installed in them. So whenever PAFF tries to connect, we get let to a completely different location.
  • ConneR: But if we take these seemingly random locations and put them on the map, you'll see that...
  • [Nora]: ......!The springboards have a fixed direction.
  • ConneR: That's right. You really are something, Miss Nora. If we didn't use this ability, we'd never have figured this out... I have to admit, her methods are impressive. Probably better than Mr. Jackson's. She's giving herself away, and we've found precisely what she hoped we'd not.
  • [Nora]: These areas on the map that are being purposefully avoided...
  • ConneR: Are most likely where she is located.
  • PAFF: Well... sorry. I don't have much to offer to this discussion.
  • ConneR: Ah, no need, no need. Leave the brain crunching up to us. Next time, all you need to do is keep trying to connect to these areas that I've circled. When we get brought somewhere in the opposite direction, immediately connect back and stay in this area here.
  • PAFF: Is that...?
  • ConneR: Indeed. She's smart. Purposefully chose the place with the highest density of connections to hide, Quadrant II--But based on her actions up until today, she must use the internet. So as long as we are persistent, we can find her.
  • PAFF: Alright. I'll give it a try.
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Transmitting*]
  • PAFF: ... Once again, different from what I had in mind.
  • ConneR: Don't worry. This means we're getting closer.
  • [Nora]: ... Wait a second. This place...
  • ConneR: What is it?
  • [Nora]: After the range shrunk, I did some analyses based on these locations. There's one area where the device signal is extremely weak, but the frequency of connections that show up on the record is abnormally high. I'm displaying the coordinates.
  • ConneR: Very suspicious... Miss PAFF, we'll start from nearby.
  • PAFF: Got it!
  • [*Transmitting*][🠒Signal Switches][*Connection Lost*]
  • PAFF: ... Eh? Is the time up?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Report: Connection time, 3 minutes and 56 seconds. This unit, did not disconnect.
  • [Nora]: You were kicked off. It's a firewall...
  • PAFF: We failed...?
  • ConneR: No, precisely the opposite. I guarantee this is it. Miss Nora, any way to decode it?
  • [Nora]: I've been trying ever since you connected, but with a structure this complicated, compared to even Mr. Jackson's firewalls... I'm sorry, I my need some time.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_E3_702_12_29 15:00:03

  • [*Explosion*]
  • [*Crowd in chaos*]
  • Security Guard J: Ah! What happened!?
  • Security Guard B: The wall... something blew a hole in it...!
  • Security Guard J: What's going on?
  • [*Sprints*]
  • Security Guard J: F***! What the s*** is that... WAAHHH!
  • [*Glass Shatters*]
  • Security Guard B: Johnny! Johnny! You alright?
  • Security Guard J: ... *sob*... my back...
  • Security Guard B: Damn[,] what are these things?
  • [*Gunshots*]
  • Security Guard B: Command center, this is E3's elevator shaft. A large batch of robots just burst in here and began attacking people. Our guns are of no use...
  • [*Object Crashes*]
  • Security Guard B: Requesting support from security; they've already entered the elevator shaft and are climbing up the... argh... UGH... *cough*... *cough*...
  • Security Guard J: Bi... Billy!
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • Command Center Employee A: All units pay attention! 7 elevator shafts have already been invaded. There are too many of them. The lower level Armed Forces need emergency assistance.
  • Command Center Employee B: Report! Their target does not appear to be the operational elevators. It's to get to the upper levels. Elevators with passengers from the emergency boarding are being sent back to the upper level.
  • Communications Officer: The Administration Bureau has relayed that they've received reports of over 3000 attacks and incidents. They currently cannot determine the source of the robots. They hope we can provide assistance based on our cooperation protocol.
  • Command Center Employee A: The Armed Forces in the upper levels have already been dispatched to various areas and are awaiting orders. They have not yet entered conflict status.
  • Command Center Employee C: Surveillance from the outer walls has found traces of the enemy, number... The system has determined it's over 150!
  • Intel Officer: If they start attacking from the outer walls, our defense systems will be of no use. The construction of this facility did not take into account such high-level technology.
  • Commander: Put all the resources into the defense measures. A direct attack will only reveal our inability to confront them.
  • Intel Officer: Captain, do you mean...
  • Commander: The base will enter lockdown mode.
  • Command Center Employee C: Order received, initiating protocol for lockdown mode.
  • [System Announcement]: Everybody, prepare for lockdown mode! I repeat, prepare for lockdown mode. Switch or disperse from positions according to emergency protocol E99.
  • [*Alarm*]
  • [*Defense doors activated*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_St15_702_12_29 15:11:16

  • [*Crowd in chaos*]
  • Pedestrian A: What is that? They're moving so fast. Are they animals?
  • Pedestrian B: Don't know. I've zoomed in 20x, it looks something like people, more like robots?
  • Pedestrian A: Are you recording?
  • Pedestrian B: Yeah. It's hard to get.
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Pedestrian A: Ah, A.R.C. seems to have already begun drone attacking them. Doesn't look good.
  • Pedestrian B: The robots started attacking too. I saw one jump on a drone and they both came crashing down.
  • Pedestrian C: Are you saying they're attacking A.R.C.'s headquarters? Stuff's going to come crashing down, right?
  • Pedestrian B: No way. You know how low the probability of that is!?
  • Pedestrian A: Aigh, you wanna get a little closer? Maybe if we get a clearer image we can sell it to 08 Daily.
  • Pedestrian B: Idiot. Any closer and we'll need to start climbing.Plus, I'll bet a ton of people of [sic] filming. No way it's an exclusive. One clip will probably only get us 10 credits.
  • [*Crowd in chaos*]
  • Pedestrian C: What's all the noise up there?
  • [*Engine Rumbling*]
  • Pedestrian B: Aigh, I see more and more robots climbing on the walls, then a whole bunch of them fell down...
  • [*Bodies Colliding*]
  • Pedestrian B: Hey! What the hell!? Can't you see I'm filming?
  • [*Object Crashes*]
  • Pedestrian B: Wah! Something fell down!
  • ?̷͓͓̗̮̃̀͊͗̔͂̽̌̃̈́͋̏̕͝͠?̷̛̭͕͎̺̹̀?̵̢̧̱͍͔̳̰̤̖̺͍̣̪̫̈́̎̌̍͑́̏̉͗̐͌͗͠͠?̵͖͙̰͛̿̍̓̉̅̆̒́͌̄̏̊?̸͇̘͇̞̜̝͓̀͒́́̍͊̈́͆͐̋͐?̷̬̖̩̃̃̑̉̑͗͝?̷͉͚̉̚: ...... !̶̡̮͖̱̲̜̲̱̬͙̝̘͉͉͍̇̒̊̾̔%̴̥̭͉̥͔̼̱̤̯̆&̴̡̡̫̤̞̯̰̰̮̹̮̪͌́̆̑̔̅͑͋̃͝ͅ...... @̸̧͈̺͖͇̥̈̄́͌^̷̧͖̣̥̠̳̲̰̻͚̠̫̠̖̪̔̐̾̌̌̑̽̌̉̂͋͗̅͠*̸̡͉̹̒̏͛̀͐͆͂͝&̶͉̤͉̘̭̙̞̰͈̠́̈́͗͊͊̌̇̕^̴̯͛̃͂̑͝/̴̯̯͋̈́̒͒̔͒̓͋̀̚̚͝͝......
  • Pedestrian A: S***! You kiddin' me...
  •  ?̷͓͓̗̮̃̀͊͗̔͂̽̌̃̈́͋̏̕͝͠?̷̛̭͕͎̺̹̀?̵̢̧̱͍͔̳̰̤̖̺͍̣̪̫̈́̎̌̍͑́̏̉͗̐͌͗͠͠?̵͖͙̰͛̿̍̓̉̅̆̒́͌̄̏̊?̸͇̘͇̞̜̝͓̀͒́́̍͊̈́͆͐̋͐?̷̬̖̩̃̃̑̉̑͗͝?̷͉͚̉̚: ...... !̵̡̛͈͙̠͕̖͖̾̀͊͗͊̚0̶̡̫̟̬̠̼̰̣͌̀̆̆͊͑͗̎̃͆͑̎͌̔8̴̡̧̖̯̐̽̽̀͌̋̍̽̍̎͝9̶̮͚͈̼̥̪͎̞͂̍͑̅͋͗̀̄̑̔̈́̚͝͝g̵̞̜̑̐̓͗̒̇̋͂̆̏̅̎͒͜Ý̵͔̰̦͎̍͆̀̂͒̊́͂͛͐̂͜ ...... !̵̧̺̰̬̫̦̲̼͎̻̼̦̩̈́̐̐͌̓̊͝f̴̳̦̮̾̈́̈́/̴̧̧̛͔͕͍͙̳̬̟̥̿̇͛̐͌̔̅͐̃̅̕̕͠9̶̡͑͘Ǘ̵͕̑́̂̃͒͋̾̑̂̂͝ͅ[̷͓̾̇̑̂̓̔͗́̍͊͝B̶̨̦̻̙͚̩͍̭͉͓̣̟͆̑̇̎̆̈́̽̊͜ͅḦ̷̡̡͎͙͇͕̹͎̲́̓͝(̴̢̗͍̝͖̪̔͐͘͝)̶̙̘̤̟̑́̋̓̈͐̃̃̂̆̍͆̕͝͠ͅ9̴̛̳̠̺͓̾̽̅̓̐͑̾͝i̴̡̙̰̯̯̣͓̺͋͊̈́̂̑͆̈́͜......
  • [*Swings*]
  • Pedestrian A: Ah! I'm sorry! I didn't mean to, please don't attack me! WAAHHH....
  • Pedestrian B: Hey, hey, hey, this is a joke, right...?
  • Pedestrian C: You still filming!? Run!!
  • [*Consecutive Explosions*]
  • Pedestrian B: S***! Gotta charley horse, wait for me!
  • ?̷͓͓̗̮̃̀͊͗̔͂̽̌̃̈́͋̏̕͝͠?̷̛̭͕͎̺̹̀?̵̢̧̱͍͔̳̰̤̖̺͍̣̪̫̈́̎̌̍͑́̏̉͗̐͌͗͠͠?̵͖͙̰͛̿̍̓̉̅̆̒́͌̄̏̊?̸͇̘͇̞̜̝͓̀͒́́̍͊̈́͆͐̋͐?̷̬̖̩̃̃̑̉̑͗͝?̷͉͚̉̚: h̴̡̨̡̬̭͉̫͓̱̎̾̌́̉̆͆͗̂̆̉̔9̴̙̟̱͔̲̖̼̠̝͉͇͐̏̔̑̉̊͒̉̆̑͋̿0̷̩̪̰̪̟̹̲͗̿͠͝7̵̡̲̰̘͚͈̝͎̱͓̺͓̹̦̾͑͒̉͌̅̓̾̆̾ͅT̷̡̙̺͙͓͇͖̙̲̬̓̔̂̈̋̑̌̎̕͠͝Ý̷̥͇̻̙̓̔́̆̊̄̀͐͆͗͋͝Ḧ̴̨̱̙̺͎̪͖̺̼̦͔̺̺́͜͜8̶̯̤͌̍͝ͅ0̵͇̖̻̬̪͉̙͉͖̉̈̂͛̀̽̏͊͗́̑ͅ==̶̣͈͛h̷̢̧̙̜̳͔͙̝̯̯͙͕̱̠̋̓̓͆......
  • Pedestrian B: Don't... Don't come near me!
  • Ivy: Put your head down.
  • Pedestrian B: Eh? What the... WAAHH!
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Ivy: Threat... eliminated.
  • Pedestrian A: You... are you a...?
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_E5_702_12_29 15:13:21

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Guard Captain: When the Architects broke in, we received a message for backup from Echo squad. Should be close to here. Cutting across the maintenance tunnel is our quickest way to get there.
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Metal board falls down*]
  • Guard Captain: Everyone pay attention to all sides. Architects have broken through the defense line and are heading to the upper level in bits and pieces.Delta team is going to investigate the hall ahead. Bravo, stay back.
  • Security A: Copy.
  • Security B: Copy.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • '[*Sprints*]'
  • Security C: Two are running this way!
  • [*Consecutive Gunfire*]
  • Security A: Kill confirmed. Threat eliminated.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Security B: Are these the legendary Architects... They're way more agile than humans.
  • Security D: Heard a bunch are headed up the elevator shaft.
  • Security A: Survivor found! It's Echo's Frank and Victor!
  • Security F: You... you guys... finally got here...
  • Security A: You alright? Brother, hold on. We'll wrap you up immediately.
  • Security F: Lockdown... wasn't complete... several got in... be careful...
  • Guard Captain: Where's the rest of your squad?
  • Security V: They kept following the rest of the Architects up to the top.
  • [*Sound of Architects crawling on the walls outside*]
  • Security A: Damn, this better not be an ambush!
  • Guard Captain: Team, get ready. Protective formation; let's get these victims to the central shaft and send 'em down.
  • Security A: Command center, confirm that the route to the central shaft is clear. We're sending several victims down for medical.
  • [Command Center]: ... Message... mode...
  • Security A: Command center, if you hear, please respond.
  • [Command Center]: ... A-6 area... stop...
  • Guard Captain: Is the device broken? What the hell...
  • [*Lights go out*]
  • '[*Outer wall opens*]'
  • Security A: Wait! They're gonna bust in!
  • Guard Captain: Command center! Who turned off the defense system? Hey, report the situation!
  • Security B: Yes, sir! There's no supply to the central floor. Defense system has failed. Elevator shafts inoperable! Has lockdown mode been deactivated?
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Security D: Cap-Captain! They... they're coming!!
  • Guard Captain: Bastards! It's up to us. Let's first head to the maintenance tunnel and make a holdout. Otherwise, it'll be a massacre. Delta team, Bravo team, military retreat!
  • [*Consecutive Gunfire*]
  • '[*Sprints*]'
  • [Signal Lost]


Audio_KLab08_702_12_29_4 15:49:43

  • [Nora]: Everybody, look here.[News Report]: The attacks that occurred earlier in Node 08 have spread to Quadrant II's industrial district, causing widespread panic amongst the citizens. Besides more and more drones joining in on the attack, many eyewitnesses also pointed out that the Architects gathered at A.R.C. headquarters have become more dangerous...
  • PAFF: My god! That's NEKO's home...! *sob*... How can this...
  • ConneR: Unbelievable, what are these things...? Different from the Architects I know. They're attacking the city and the people...
  • [Nora]: Ivy...? We're too late...
  • PAFF: We've got to get there now!
  • [*Sprints*]
  • ConneR: Wait a second, Miss PAFF, where are you going?
  • PAFF: NEKO, she...!
  • ConneR: Even if you go there, you won't be of any help.
  • PAFF: But...!
  • ConneR: If you want to take these things on, let me handle it. It's already begun. We must take care of what's in front of us now. Please stay here, dismantle the firewall with Miss Nora and track down Ivy. If we can find her, we can stop all of this.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [ROBO_Head]: This unit, wants to go.
  • [Nora]: ROBO...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Nora, this unit, has the ability to protect humans. Trust, this unit.
  • [Nora]: ... I know. You must be careful.
  • ConneR: Looks like you've worked things out. Good, if I'm not here, ROBO has no need to stay and process the chips. Plus, you'll increase my attack power. First, we'll confirm whether or not Miss Asakura is in danger, though things aren't looking so good.
  • PAFF: I'm counting on you!
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Crowd in a panic*]
  • ConneR: This... is very interesting.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Analysis: This situation is not interesting.
  • ConneR: Now you're starting to get it. Time to learn a bit of humor, no? These new model Architects... where did they come from? Whatever, help me blast a path to the area that's collapsed.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Received.
  • [*Consecutive Gunfire*]
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • ConneR: Huff--the amount is staggering, ROBO! You alright?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Optimal path established, please follow this unit.
  • [*Gunshots*]
  • ConneR: Let me handle this!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Arrived at destination, analyzing signs of life... complete. Target is located 200 meters up ahead to the right.
  • ConneR: Hey! Anyone here?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Help... help! We're here!
  • ConneR: ...... Below this! Not good, they're trapped way down there. This structure... it's going to collapse any minute.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. ConneR, please step back.
  • [*Pulverizes Rocks*]
  • ConneR: ... Well done[.] Good evening, Miss Wildcat. Ah, your family is here? What an absolute honor. I, am Colin Neumann Jr.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: WWWWWAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! Cutthecrap!! Get. Us. Outta here!!!
  • ConneR: Okay, okay, okay. Please, calm down. Follow us.
  • Kenta: Waahh! Sister! Sister!
  • Kouhei: Thank you! Thank you so much! Yukiko, hold onto me.
  • [*Mechanical Footsteps*]
  • ConneR: ... These soulless bastards are back for more.
  • Kouhei: What are these...
  • ConneR: I'm afraid I've no time to explain. I'm as confused as you are. In any case, let's get out of here.
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: WAAHH!
  • ConneR: Retreat! ROBO! Attack!
  • [*Consecutive Gunfire*]
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  • [*Consecutive Gunfire*]
  • ConneR: No way! There's too many, we've got to find another way!
  • [ROBO_Head]: Analyzing... no optimal route found.
  • ConneR: Huff... Got to head forward? This is really interesting...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Mr. Neumann, this unit, can create an opportunity to escape on the right.
  • ConneR: ... I will not permit it. It was not easy for me to get Nora's trust and it was I who brought you here. If something happens to you, the Neumann reputation will suffer to an irreparable degree.
  • [*Mechanical Footsteps*]
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: *sob*... *sob*... Professor! Think of something!
  • ConneR: I'm thinking. Please, be patient.
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • Kouhei: NEKO! Be careful!
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: WAAAHHH!
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_St10_702_12_29 16:01:21

  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • Kouhei: NEKO! Be careful!
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: WAAAHHH!
  • [*Gunshots*]'
  • '[*Torso Blasted*]'
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: ......!?
  • [*Head Dismantled*]
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  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Xenon!?
  • Xenon: Alright? Give me your hand.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: ... *sob*... *sob*!
  • ConneR: Aigh-ya, look who just arrived.
  • Xenon: ... What happened?
  • ConneR: Precisely what we were worried would happen. Our enemy has already begun making moves. As you can see, it's a disaster of epic proportions.
  • Xenon: In any case, this bunch is dealt with. Let's go somewhere with more space, it's too dangerous here.
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Sprints*]
  • Xenon: Here!
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • '[*Raises Gun*]'
  • JOE: Waaah! Don't shoot! I'm with you!
  • Xenon: JOE...?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Hayato!?
  • Xenon: What are you doing here? What are you doing with all these people here?
  • JOE: Saving the peeps! The Administration Bureau doesn't have enough to deal with such a disaster.
  • Xenon: ... These people, are they gang members? Is that alright?
  • JOE: You haven't heard? Anytime something this big happens, good and bad work together. The gangs aren't all like Baro, those bastards.
  • Xenon: Alright, we'll leave you to it. There are a lot more people trapped in there.
  • JOE: You're not staying to help?
  • Xenon: I've got to bring NEKO and her family to the ambulance, then I've got to leave right away. We know how to stop all of this.
  • JOE: Got it. Hey! Everybody! Come with me.
  • Xenon: JOE, wait. You all got guns?
  • JOE: Eh? Oh yeah... I heard they're something like Architects? They still in there?
  • Xenon: Even thought the road in is basically all cleared out, I really don't know how many there are and I don't know where they're coming from. Listen, their core is in the back of the skull area. Attacking anywhere else doesn't do anything.Also, take this device. If you can't take care of them in time, just press this. It'll paralyze them temporarily, for about 10 seconds.
  • JOE: Alright, I'll take care of 'em... Hey, glad to see you back on your feet.
  • Xenon: Hey... you guys be careful.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Vicky: Mr. Jackson.
  • Xenon: ......? The gossip reporter... whatta you want?
  • Vicky: Hayato told me everything. I just wanted to say that because of my work, I owe you an apology. Now I know what kind of person you really are.
  • Xenon: ......If you want to report the truth, I'd advise you and Hayato to not go in there. You can't take these things on. I recorded these images for intel. I'll send 'em to you. Use it wisely.
  • Vicky: ......!Understood. Thank you.
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • Xenon: NEKO... you okay?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Yea... thanks for coming and saving everybody. I'm so happy you pulled yourself together.
  • Xenon: I'm sorry... for what happened in Node 03. The stuff I said...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: No worries! You just said all that 'cuz you wanted to protect NEKO and get me away. I didn't hold it against you.
  • Xenon: ... We're here. Come on, get in the ambulance. Can't reveal our identities.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: ... NEKO... NEKO's not badly injured. NEKO wants to go with you!
  • Kouhei: No way! What are you saying!? Can't you see how dangerous the stuff they're facing is!?
  • Xenon: Listen to your father. There's nothing you can do to help.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Oh......
  • ConneR: Mr. Jackson, we must be going.
  • Xenon: Okay. Get going, and be careful.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_St13_702_12_29 16:27:19

  • [ROBO_Head]: Report: Detecting active heat source ahead.
  • [*Mechanical Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Another group... They just keep coming.
  • ConneR: They haven't discovered us... We've got to get back to Nora. Since you're back, we've got some technical issues we need your help with.
  • Xenon: ... No. If it keeps up, they're going to head to the busiest part of town. If possible, we need to take them out here.
  • ConneR: I'd advise you to lay low. If you run out now, even though it's a bit far, everyone will see you.
  • Xenon: Ugh... I can't just let this happen, let's go!
  • [*Sprints*]
  • ConneR: ... Rat bastard, ROBO, let's go!
  • [🠒Signal Switches]
  • Agent A: Reporters, get the hell out of here!
  • Reporter A: What happened!
  • Reporter B: Some people reported seeing something like Architects attacking people and even tearing down a building. Is this true?
  • Agent A: No comment. In any case, now's not the time for an interview!
  • Hayato: Miss Vicky, what should we do?
  • Vicky: People from the Central News Bureau... Come with me, I've got a plan.
  • [*Explosion*]''[*Building Collapses*]'
  • Reporter A: Wah! Another building's collapsing!
  • [*Gunshots*]
  • Reporter B: That's... Simon Jackson!? No wonder... all of this... is he crazy!?Quick, snap a photo!
  • Reporter A: This is Node 08's Central News Bureau, reporting onsite at the site of the disaster! As everyone can see, ahead of us is the wanted fugitive Simon Jackson in the disaster area.Does he have something to do with this disaster? What could his motives be? Currently, we are unable to get any closer.But we can see that he is repeatedly shooting a firearm into the distance. It seems that he's gone completely crazy, and looks extremely dangerous!
  • Hayato: ... They're just reporting nonsense...
  • Vicky: We've got to do something. Hayato, listen. We...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Hayato: Aigh!? Are we really doing this? No way...?
  • Vicky: Jackson and them are the going going after the truth. Don't you want to help them?
  • Hayato: ...! Of course. Got it, I'll take care of it!
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Reporter A: As you can see, Simon Jackson has some people by his side working with him! From this angle it isn't clear, but they appear to be his accomplices...
  • [*Equipment Topples*]
  • Reporter B: Eh!? Wah!! Hey! What are you doing!?
  • Hayato: Wah, sorry, sorry. It was an accident!
  • Reporter B: Watch where you're going! The camera... ah! Ruined! Aren't you that intern at that other station!? How you gonna pay for this!?
  • [*Whistles*]
  • Reporter A: It's the Administration Bureau's Armed Forces... He's clearly very dangerous.
  • Nate: Squad! Clear out these reporters.
  • Armed Forces Agent: Yes, sir! Reporters get behind the restricted line. You are not permitted to get near!
  • Nate: Is that... Simon? What's he doing here...?
  • Armed Forces Agent: Captain, should we capture him?
  • Nate: ......First, get in there and determine what's going on.
  • [🠒Signal Switches]
  • Hayato: Miss Vicky, did it. They're outside repairing the camera right now. Lucky for us... the Armed Forces are also here. The rest of the workers are pushing up against the law enforcement agents.... This is the Central News Bureau for sure, most advanced reporting equipment ever.
  • Vicky: Okay, the show is about to begin... Without video footage, the people are going to need to rely on audio to hear what's truly going on. With what you've got, plus what Jackson just gave me... We've got to show this to the whole world.
  • Hayato: No one's coming. Miss Vicky, let's do this!
  • Vicky: Okay. Time to clear his name.
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_St14_702_12_29_1 16:40:23

  • [*Door Knock*]
  • Reporter A: Hey! Who's in there! Open the door!
  • Hayato: Wah! Vicky! Hurry up, they found us!
  • Vicky: Gimme a second! This equipment is complicated!
  • [*Door Breaks*]
  • Reporter A: It's reporters from the 08 Daily...! And that little s*** who was causing trouble! What are you doing in our car!?
  • Vicky: Revealing the truth to the entire world!
  • Reporter B: Eh!? What the hell are you talking about? Get the hell out of here!
  • [*Explosion*]''[*Crowd in chaos*]'
  • Reporter A: What... What the hell? Outside... WAH!?
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Nate: Be careful. Our mission is to capture and eliminate any suspicious contributors to the disaster.
  • Team Member A: Captain, Simon Jackson may be here. It was just confirmed.
  • Nate: I'm aware. If you see him, do not rush into action. You must report to me first. He may be able to offer useful intel. We need to figure out what the hell happened here.
  • Team Member A: Copy.
  • Nate: We take 3 routes. Unit A follows me. Unit B heads eastward, Unit C to the south. Let's move.
  • [🠒Signal Switches]
  • [*Gunfire*]
  • ConneR: Your attacks on them are outstandingly effective, but I'm afraid we're heading in the complete opposite direction.
  • Xenon: I hoped we could draw them to a desolate area... Damn, with this many, there's no way three of us can do this. Most of them are running towards the crowded areas.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Analysis: Terrain and firepower are not to our advantage, escape probability, low.
  • ConneR: Sir, I don't believe such an obvious situation requires analysis, wouldn't you say? Best focus on the battle.
  • [*Consecutive Gunfire*]''[*Hacking*]'
  • Xenon: ...? The amount of units my A.I. can hack into at once is diminishing... Are these buggers... learning?
  • ConneR: Mr. Jackson! Behind you!
  • [*Heavy Blow*]''[*Device Drops*]'
  • Xenon: Urgh! ... *cough*... *cough*... Let go... *cough*
  • Team Member A: Target found! Do not take action!
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  • Team Member A: Reporting, Captain. Simon Jackson has been found on 74th Street. He's with Colin `Neumann Jr. and two robots of unknown identity!
  • ConneR: Do not fire! Do you not see what's going on?
  • Team Member A: Shut it! You're under arrest!
  • ConneR: ... A bunch of monkeys... First take care of that metal box that's got its claws on Mr. Jackson. That's the enemy. There are more units heading towards the citizens nearby.
  • Xenon: ... *cough*... Can't... breathe...ROBO, my device... link...
  • [ROBO_Head]: ...! Received.
  • Team Member A: Do not move! If you take another step, we will fire!
  • [ROBO_Head]: ......We have no ill intent.
  • [*Bullet enters the chamber*]''[*Sprints*]'
  • Nate: Put the guns down!
  • Xenon: ROBO! Now!
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Nate: Simon! Move your head!
  • [*Gunshot*]''[*Unit Destroyed*]'
  • Team Member A: Captain!... Is that... an Architect?
  • Xenon: Nate... *cough*... thanks. Nice shot.
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • Xenon: ......!
  • Nate: Don't move. Put down your weapon, turn around and face the wall. You two, do the same.
  • Xenon: ......
  • Nate: Such a massive disaster... You'd better explain what happened or I'll shoot you dead right here.
  • Xenon: It's a long story...
  • Nate: I've got time.
  • ConneR: We don't agree. Do you want to see what's going on outside?
  • [Intercom]: Reporting, this is Market 6. Citizens are under attack! All units, please provide assistance immediately!
  • Xenon: Nate... let us go for the time being. I know how to take care of these bastards. You can put handcuffs on us and we'll go with you. If there's some sign that we're trying to escape, you can shock us.
  • Nate: Hmm... alright.Team! These three are temporarily joining the team. Let's head to Market 6!
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_St14_702_12_29_2 16:55:16

  • [*Explosion*]
  • Reporter A: Wah... I don't wanna die... I don't wanna die!
  • Vicky: Oh shut it already! Be a man and quit crying!
  • Reporter B: What are you gonna do? Using our equipment without our permission... Are you... working with Simon Jackson?
  • Vicky: Dummy. After you see this info, you'll get it. He's not the bad guy.
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Hayato: Wah! They're attacking the car... Sir, at least let us publish the truth before this gets ugly!
  • Reporter A: Whatta you mean......!?W-W-Why should I believe you!?
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Vicky: Ugh...! Don't pay attention to them! I'm still at it! Hey! Tell me how to work this broken machine! And tell me the password!
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Reporter B: It's too late! This isn't a tank! We're dead!
  • [*Heavy Blow*]''[*Gunshots*]'
  • Hayato: ......!?
  • Reporter A: ......
  • [*Door Breaks*]
  • Reporter A: Wah! Don't kill us! I have children!
  • Xenon: ... Don't worry. Get out.
  • Vicky: ... How'd you know we were here?
  • Hayato: I sent him a message.
  • Reporter B: You... you're working together!
  • Nate: No, he saved everybody.
  • Reporter B: Eh....? R-Really?
  • Vicky: So, are you ready to believe me or what?
  • Reporter A: Th-Th-Thank, Thank you!
  • Vicky: Hey, password.
  • Reporter A: Of course! Here.
  • Nate: I got some intel. Those buggers stopped attacking the city all of a sudden and began moving in the same direction.
  • Xenon: Which way are they headed?
  • Nate: A.R.C. headquarters. I don't know what's going on, but if what you just told us is the truth...
  • Xenon: Yeah. It's the truth.
  • Nate: ......
  • [*Unlocks Handcuffs*]
  • Xenon: ......!
  • Nate: This is the last time I'm trusting you. I'm letting you go in front of everybody. This will not happen again. Go. Find Ivy and stop her. Stop all of this.
  • ConneR: Wise decision.
  • Xenon: Nate... thanks.Let's go.
  • Nate: Simon.
  • Xenon: Yeah?
  • Nate: Sorry... about Pauline.
  • Xenon: Like I said before... In the pursuit of truth, sometimes we lose what we treasure the most.
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Kyuu08_702_12_29 17:17:31

  • [*Door Opens*]
  • PAFF: They're back!
  • [Nora]: Mr. Jackson, I am so happy that you've returned.
  • Xenon: Let me take a look at the firewall.
  • [Nora]: I've already done the best I can, but each time I decrypt a certain amount, the system automatically shuts off. Then I have to start again.
  • Xenon: ......
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Xenon: Strange...
  • [Nora]: What's the matter?
  • Xenon: This structure and logic... I'm very familiar with it. It most certainly came from Æsir--Ivy. Based on my understanding of her, her firewalls in the past used counter-attack methods, like memory alteration or destroying equipment; but these firewalls are merely shut-down systems. Looks like they allow for unlimited attempts.
  • [Nora]: That's not like her.
  • ConneR: This is just a guess, but there are two possibilities: The first is that she wants a certain amount of information to be found.
  • Xenon: ... Possibly. A provocation?
  • ConneR: As of now, we still don't understand her motives. But what I mean is... She wants to be discovered by you.
  • Xenon: Me? Why?
  • ConneR: Who knows? The only one who can measure up to her on the tech side is you. Ivy is incredibly intelligent. There must be a reason for this.
  • Xenon: ... And the second possibility?
  • ConneR: She doesn't plan on injuring humans.
  • Xenon: ......!You're the one who speculated that she was the culprit. Doesn't this contradict her actions in the city?
  • ConneR: When hypothesizing, one must courageously overturn one's own theory. Only then can one escape one's own biases. If she is not the culprit... then this game just got a whole lot more interesting.
  • Xenon: In any case, no matter what the situation is, we've got to find her first.
  • ConneR: After we find her, what is your plan? Our original plan was to stop her in the real world. But I'm sure you've got something more creative up your sleeve.
  • Xenon: ... True. But it's a bit extreme.
  • ConneR: Let's give it a hear, shall we?
  • Xenon: ... I'm sick of seeing your face. You knew long ago that things would turn out like this, didn't you? Blazing your way through there without knowing the enemy's firepower situation. It's not like you to think that's going to work. You knew that I would come back and think of a way to deal with this in the OS space.
  • ConneR: Hehe, I don't know what you're talking about.
  • Xenon: Forget it. With ROBO and your chip, can we really enter the OS space?
  • [Nora]: That's correct. We've already successfully done so several times. However, there are still many technical issues.
  • Xenon: I've basically looked over the data. First, regarding the time constraints. This equipment is the issue. If we can use the equipment at A.R.C[.], I think we can extend the time to 20 minutes and it won't damage ROBO's core.
  • ConneR: Is that so...
  • Xenon: When we were helping the citizens, Nate said that the Architects were headed for A.R.C. I don't know what they're up to, but we need to move even faster...Next, there are Ivy's firewalls. If I can get in the OS space for that long, they shouldn't be an issue.
  • Xenon: Lastly, please take a look at this module. This is how I want to stop her.
  • [*Projection*]
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  • [Nora]: Is that...
  • Xenon: When I was battling it out with the Architects in the city, I analyzed some data on their core. Although the logic is extremely complex, I think this should be able to destroy them. I mean destroy them permanently. As you've probably already seen, these buggers are like zombies, they're [sic] consciousness and actions are replicated.
  • Nora: ......!
  • Xenon: However, I don't really understand the OS space. Nora, from this model, do you think this is possible? Can we "produce" this thing in the OS space?
  • [Nora]: ... The OS space is an information storage space for consciousness after it has been digitized and emulated. Essentially, the logic is the same as the cyTus system that A.R.C. developed. The only difference is that it is much larger, by a long shot. So, in theory I believe it is possible. But... I haven't considered this method... I believe it is definitely worth a try.
  • Xenon: Comforting to hear. But such an action has a lot of conditions and restraints--First, this is just a model. If we are actually going to make this in the OS space, we are going to need huge connection bandwidth.
  • ConneR: Like Æsir-FEST, when Ivy used everybody's virtual internet chip[s] to create something? Just like following a recipe...
  • Xenon: Are you an idiot? We're wanted criminals. Where are we going to collect that many people's connection bandwidth? No one will be willing to help us. Or should we just start smashing people's heads in?
  • ConneR: Hey hey, how absolutely despicable do you think I am? No matter how hard I try, I wouldn't even imagine doing such a thing... But not a bad idea.
  • Xenon: Point is, our target is here.
  • [Nora]: The factory for manufacturing virtual internet chips? Yes, there we can get a lot of blank chips. But that would mean...
  • Xenon: That's right, we've got to steal them without anyone getting hurt.
  • ConneR: Hehe, I like this. Looks like the fully-charged "X" has finally arrived. No longer constrained by shallow morality. I love it.
  • Xenon: Next, as I just said, this thing will have its restraints. First, it can only be used on one unit, so we must choose our target wisely.
  • Xenon: We may only have one shot. When I was fighting with them I discovered that their systems can evolve. If the first time fails, or we pick the wrong target, they may become immune.
  • PAFF: ......
  • Xenon: Ah, sorry. PAFF... All this may seem a bit complicated for you, but given the time restraints, it's the only method I could think of.
  • PAFF: ... No, having Xenon back's given the whole team a huge boost! We already know where the target's at!
  • Xenon: This is just theory and a model. Without actual execution, the results are unclear. In any case, we'll begin with the first step. That is, we'll start by stealing the chips.
  • [Nora]: Everybody, I'm afraid our time is running low. Take a look.
  • [*Crowd Panicking*]
  • Xenon: ......! A.R.C. headquarters...
  • ConneR: That group of Architects are racing towards the top and have already begun attacking.
  • Xenon: Their actions... are different from what we saw in the city. Besides the people who are trying to stop them, they're not actively attacking people. Almost like they're completely focused on heading towards that place... The people inside are in danger!
  • ConneR: Let's split into two. ROBO and I will take the chip factory. Mr. Jackson, you take the two girls to A.R.C. headquarters. We'll meet there.
  • Xenon: Alright, I'll let you handle it.
  • [Nora]: Head out. Prepare the car.
  • Member S: Yes, ma'am!
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Dash_702_12_29 17:41:41

  • [*Engine Rumbles*]
  • PAFF: Oh yeah, Xenon. There's something I want to give you.
  • Xenon: Huh?
  • [*Takes out clothes*]
  • Xenon: ......!
  • PAFF: Is this your coat? I found it in Cherry's room when we left Kyuu Hou Kai.
  • Xenon: ......Thank you.
  • [*Puts on coat*]
  • Xenon: ......? There's something in the pocket.........!
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  • Xenon: ......
  • PAFF: Cherry... if she knew you came back to help, she'd be so happy.
  • Xenon: ... Yeah. Hope everyone at A.R.C. is alright...
  • PAFF: Almost there.
  • [*Ringtone*]
  • Xenon: ...... NEKO.
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: Hey hey? Can you see me?
  • Xenon: Yup. What's up?
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: NEKO's here confirming her safety! Family's doing pretty good. They're all resting now. Thanks so much all [of] you. Aroma-chan?
  • PAFF: NEKO, I'm here. You alright?
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: Ya ya, NEKO's not hurt at all. How you guys doing?
  • PAFF: We're currently headed towards A.R.C. headquarters...
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: AIGH!? That's too dangerous!? What are you going to do!?
  • PAFF: Eh? We...
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: At least let NEKO know what you're doing? NEKO doesn't wanna worry!
  • Xenon: ... Whatever, I'll explain.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: AIGH!? Steal chips!? Isn't that illegal!?
  • Xenon: ... Not the time to worry about stuff like that.
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: No! Absolutely not!
  • Xenon: There's no other way. That's it. You stay safe in the hospital. I'm hanging up.
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: No wayzers! Let NEKO finish! Have you guys seen the news?
  • Xenon: ......:?
  • [*Ringtone*]
  • [Nora]: ... Mr. Neumann?
  • [ConneR]: Plan has failed. This place was cleaned out before we even got here.
  • Xenon: ......
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: NEKO heard it all. So that's what happened!
  • Xenon: ... How could that be? Did Ivy pull this off? There's no reason why she'd be able to predict even this...
  • [Nora]: No, it appears some gang members grabbed a hold of this opportunity. After all, the chips sell for a pretty penny on the black market.''We've been paying so much attention to the Architects that we overlooked what's going on in the rest of the city...'
  • Xenon: That face... I know that face. It's one of Baro's people, named Hunter.
  • PAFF: What do we do now...?
  • Xenon: Don't know... If we don't have the flow rate of those chips for the calculations, even if we get to A.R.C. I won't be able to make the virus.
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: NEKO... has a way.
  • Xenon: ......?
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: Use the chips of people on the internet! Doesn't everybody have one?
  • Xenon: ... We already thought of that. But since that won't work, all we could do was steal some.
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: You thought nobody would help you, right? Since the Central News Bureau reported that you were saving people in Quadrant II, a lot of people have already changed their minds about you! Plus, if NEKO puts the call out it'll be a lot different, MUAHAHA! NEKO, influencer of immense power!
  • Xenon: ... Hey, what are you thinking?
  • [NEKO#ΦωΦ]: Just watch me! Finally, the time has come for NEKO to rise! I'm expecting a ton of thanks!
  • Xenon: Hey! Don't do anything stupid!
  • [Calls [sic] Ends]
  • Xenon: ... Little brat...
  • [ConneR]: We'll see. Miss Wildcat is rather intelligent.
  • PAFF: Let her help out. We don't have another way. She's not going to be directly involved. Shouldn't be a problem!
  • Xenon: That is if our plan doesn't get exposed... Think about how many attacks Ivy carried out when she learned about our actions. You think this girl is gonna keep it on the down-low?
  • PAFF: ... I...
  • [Nora]: ... In any case, there is no other way. Miss PAFF, please call Miss Asakura before she does anything silly. We will open an encrypted connection for her to do this, though I'm not sure for how long we can keep this from Ivy.
  • Xenon: ... Okay, we'll have to give it a shot. What's most urgent now is getting to A.R.C. Neumann, you guys ought to head straight over there.
  • [ConneR]: Yes, Captain.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_hall_702_12_29 8:05:25

  • [*Crowd Panicking*]
  • Agent A: Simon Jackson!
  • Xenon: ... Don't shoot. We're here to help.
  • Agent A: I'm aware. Captain Nate told us. Your crimes have been temporarily pardoned until the crisis is resolved.
  • Xenon: Thanks. What on earth happened up there?
  • Agent A: It's not clear. All we know is that all the Architects who appeared have gathered up there. The lift has stopped working. There's still a lot of employees trapped inside.
  • [Nora]: A.R.C. must have some measures in place to deal with this, right?
  • Xenon: Yes, and the rescue drones?
  • Agent A: We've been trying to operate them ever since this started, but whether is's the drones or the lift... essentially all of A.R.C.'s facilities have been hacked by an unknown signal. We can't decode it at all...
  • Xenon: ... Move over, let me try.
  • [*Connects*]
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [Davis]: Simon...? Is that Simon?
  • Xenon: Got it. I restored the connection between you and the ground-level processor. Is everyone alright?
  • [Davis]: Those rats got in and start[ed] destroying everything. All the equipment has lost control, even the instruments and apparatus' [sic] started attacking us...''Right now, we're locked inside a room and can't get out... But starting just a bit ago, seems like there's no sound out there. Don't know what's going on...'
  • Xenon: Wait a sec, the connection to the surveillance camera just came back on, I can see what's going on from here.......? What the... They're all immobile, not even moving. Have they malfunctioned?
  • [Davis]: Does that mean we can get out of here safely...? There are still people in areas A and C that are in trouble!
  • Xenon: I just got back the control permission for the rescue drones. All of you take advantage of the situation and gather at the escape door. I'll notify people in the other areas.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Drones Flying*]
  • Xenon: You alright? Hurry up, follow the enforcement agents to a safe place.
  • Davis: Simon... Thank you so much, really. We've never seen a hack of this magnitude. Our hands were completely tied... Mark almost had it, but in the end he just couldn't see it through.
  • Mark: Simon, apologies. It's all because of what I did that you...
  • Xenon: That's in the past. Forget it. Get out of here, will you? It might get even more dangerous soon.
  • Mark: ... What about you?
  • Xenon: We initially wanted to use the equipment in my computer room. But with all those things in there, that's way too dangerous.... Whatever, this should be fine.
  • Davis: Do you know how to stop those things?
  • Xenon: ... Perhaps.
  • Mark: ... Take this.
  • Xenon: Master key...?
  • Mark: Your name's been removed from the employee access list. Hacking back into these facilities will take a lot of time, no? With this, you should be able to use most of the facilities.
  • Xenon: Mark... thanks!
  • Davis: We're not sure what's happened, but we trust that you'll be able to fix it.
  • ConneR: Ey, we're a bit late. Did we miss a good show?
  • Xenon: More than a "bit", wouldn't you say?
  • Davis: Neumann!?
  • Xenon: Relax, he's with us.
  • ConneR: Apologies, traffic was terrible.
  • Xenon: Davis, Mark, get to somewhere safe. We'll take care of this.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [*Operating surveillance cameras*]
  • [Nora]: ... The Architects up there began moving again.
  • ConneR: Did you say they [were] immobile for a period of time.
  • Xenon: Yeah, the people up there were able to escape.
  • ConneR: Let me see an image of them when they were immobile.
  • [*Operating surveillance cameras*]
  • ConneR: ... Mr. Jackson, doesn't it look like we've seen this before?
  • Xenon: Yeah, looks like the paralysis caused by my device when we were attacking them in the city.
  • ConneR: Perhaps there's someone other than us who's trying to stop them...
  • Xenon: Hmm... Things are getting more and more chaotic. Don't understand it at all. In any case, we'll just stick to the plan. Ivy is probably the best clue we've got right now. We'l start from where NEKO's at.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_hospital_702_12_29 18:37:44

  • Kouhei: Xenon needs help?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Ya, pretty simple simps. I'll send the website to all y'all. All you gotta do is open the page!
  • [->Signal Switches iM]
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Not enuff people! Prease oh prease help NEKO repost this ~(*Φ∀Φ)~❤ la la la
  • NEKOSAIKOU: I'M COMINGGG!!!!
  • Fan A: We can help! We are... the wings of NEKO!
  • [->Signal Switches cyTus]
  • Fan H: AHHH!!!!! My head...
  • Fan I: Wh-What happened!? The entire space just...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Everyone, get offline! Get out of here!
  • [->Signal Switches cyTus]
  • Fan K: *whimper*... What just happened... My head, it hurts so bad...
  • Fan T: Me too... is NEKO okay?
  • Fan K: Don't know... Hey, Bob! You alright? ... Bob?
  • Fan T: He... He's not breathing!!!
  • Fan K: ......! Bob!!
  • [->Signal Switches Hospital]
  • Xenon: ...... NEKO! Wake up!
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Ugh... Xe... Xenon? What's wrong...
  • Xenon: Do not disconnect. Your nerves have been slightly interfered with. Let me take a look... Not too bad, no serious obstructions.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Interfered...?
  • Xenon: It was an attack by the enemy. Much more fierce than I expected. Good thing the firewall did what it is supposed to, otherwise we'd have ended up just like the others...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: The others... NEKO's fans!? What happened?
  • Xenon: ......
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Why aren't you saying anything? Xenon!
  • Xenon: It was basically the same as when you got hacked before. Those affected got headaches, lost consciousness, etc. Only this time the attack was much stronger...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: How could this... *sob*... *sob*...
  • Xenon: ... Well, I've already collected enough data. The core of the virus will soon be complete. Get offline. It isn't safe.
  • [*Hugs*]
  • Xenon: ......?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Did... NEKO do this?
  • Xenon: No, it's not your fault.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: But...... NEKO told everyone to come...
  • Xenon: ... Don't think about this. Listen to me. I've got to get back to complete the virus. Wait in the hospital and don't go running off, you hear me?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: ... Okay...
  • [->Signal Switch OS Space]
  • [*Virus core produced*]
  • Xenon: Yes!
  • [Nora]: Degree of completion, 99.7%. It's reached acceptable levels... All thanks to Miss Asakura.
  • PAFF: But... those people who helped...
  • Xenon: Yes... it's too late...
  • ConneR: At least we've finished... making the virus core.
  • Xenon: Yeah... What!?
  • [*Static*]
  • Xenon: What's going on...? I can't pick it up... it hurts...
  • [*Static*]
  • ConneR: I can't either... I still think that amount of bandwidth was unable to produce anything useful, and now it's even attacking us... What are we going to do?
  • PAFF: Um... Let me try.
  • [*Picks up the virus*]
  • Xenon: ......! You did it!? Are you alright!?
  • PAFF: Yeah... I don't feel anything.
  • ConneR: Appears the true "users" and us counterfeits are indeed different on a fundamental level.
  • Xenon: ... Though I don't understand it, there's no time to figure out why. From what we've seen, that appears to be the case. Only PAFF can perform the "implant". Is that alright with you?
  • PAFF: I'll do my best!
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_H1001_702_12_29_1 19:00:46

  • PAFF: NEKO... I wonder if she's alright?
  • [Nora]: ... Miss PAFF, focus on the mission. As you've seen, the enemy shows no mercy. Even the slightest mishap could result in the loss of life.
  • Xenon: Nora is right. They did a lot so we could complete the virus. Let's not let them have made this sacrifice in vain.
  • PAFF: ... Okay!
  • ConneR: Alrighty then. Let's begin.
  • [ROBO_Head]: Initiating protocol, to link to OS space. Users: Simon Jackson, Colin Neumann Jr.
  • PAFF: I want to go in as well.
  • [*Connects*]
  • PAFF: We'll begin from the last place we left off. You two, hold onto me.
  • [*Transmitting*]
  • Xenon: ......! This place is...
  • [Nora]: Mr. Jackson, what's the matter?
  • Xenon: This is where my father died... in that alley up ahead.
  • ConneR: Oh! What a coincidence. This place has been abandoned by the Administration Bureau for some time now. Luis Pauline was discovered by your father here...?The cyTus signal is very weak here. No better place to hide one's identity.
  • [Nora]: ... The coordinates are once again different from last time. We've got to try again, but the target should be close. As long as you get close to the firewall there will be a reaction.
  • PAFF: Should we split up?
  • [-> Signal Switches]
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: ......
  • [Nora]: Mr. Jackson, where are you going? Please don't go too far from one another.
  • Xenon: Don't worry, there's just something... I want to check out...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • ???????: *sob*... *sob*...
  • Xenon: ......!
  • [Nora]: Be careful, someone's in front of you!
  • Xenon: ... Shannon...
  • Shannon: *sob*... *sob*... ugh...
  • [Nora]: ...? Who is that?
  • Xenon: It's my sister... I finally... found you.
  • [Nora]: You knew she'd be here?
  • Xenon: Ever since she started experiencing those symptoms I kept doing research. I knew her consciousness had to be stuck somewhere in the virtual internet. But I searched all of cyTus and couldn't find anything. After I heard about the OS space I thought...
  • [Nora]: ... Is that so?
  • Xenon: Shannon, it's me.
  • Shannon: *sob*... *sob*... ugh...
  • [Nora]: It's of no use. I've seen lots of information that's stuck in this space. Doesn't matter if it's memory, A.I., or consciousness, if the body is left too long, it will gradually crumble. I don't think she'll be able to react to you at all.
  • Xenon: If I don't try, how will I know...
  • [*Static*]
  • [Nora]: Do not touch her.
  • Xenon: ......!
  • [Nora]: I told you, right now she's very weak. If your signal interferes with her, she may disintegrate.
  • Xenon: No... What should I do?
  • [Nora]: Your sister, she has "Virtual-Internet Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder", is that correct? There is a cure, you know.
  • Xenon: Eh...? Are you saying...
  • [Nora]: That's right. Right now we will set up a firewall here, cutting her off from interacting with other information. After all this is over, we can bring her body here, where we may be able to reconnect her mind that's been disconnected from her brain.
  • Xenon: ... It's already been 6 years. Is there really a way?
  • [Nora]: 6 years... is a long time. If it does work, she'll probably need a lot of time to recover. However, this is just a theory. If you don't try, you never know if it'll work. Isn't that what you said?
  • Xenon: ... You're right. Right now, we've got to focus on Ivy. Shannon, I'm sorry... I will save you. Wait for me.
  • [*Firewall Established*]
  • [🠒Signal Switches]
  • ConneR: Is this... Nailed it. Hey! Miss Nora, can you hear me? Here!
  • [Nora]: Did you find it!?
  • ConneR: Looks about right. One step closer and I may have been kicked out.
  • [Nora]: Excellent. I'll call them to come met up with you immediately...
  • [*Static*]
  • ConneR: What... What is that noise? Wait a sec, this isn't normal...
  • ?̴̡̨̛͇̩̜̘̱̐́̽?̶̾̑̓ͅ?̷̡̭̜̭̥̓̑̇̄͛̂̇̍͂̐̆͋̓̕ͅ?̷̢̡̡̟͓̫̫͚͆̐́̔̀͆̐͊͛͝?̶̞̳̞̭̙̲̥̑̋͝ͅ?̷̣̼͂̾?̵̨̱̱̦̳̺͍̦̠̦͎̾̀͜͝: Int̸̘̥̪̙̳͚̀̈́͊̂̈́̚S̵̜̦̝̳̩̓̈̔̍̔͊̓̆̕̕͘͘͝͝3̴̪̻̺̥̺͈͍̦̒́̐̌̅͊̄̽̈́̽͘z̵͖̞̮͚̱͚͙̺̫͕͕̰̦͒̎͆̍ in...... Invaders... kill kill$̸̢͓̖̩͈͚̬̲̳̼̪̣̭̤̮̓̔̎̇͂̀͝k̸̨̡̬̞̞̠͕͙̩̻͙͙̣̗͛̀̀̿̍̓̊̕͜͝C̵̦̼̺̤̈́̐͆͐̀̀̏̚͝... kill...
  • ConneR: Architects!? They can come in here too...!?
  • [Nora]: It's too dangerous! ROBO! Cut the connection!
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_H1001_702_12_29_2 19:12:58

  • [*Connection Lost*]
  • ConneR: Urgh... Huff--too dangerous, almost got knicked [sic].
  • Xenon: Oh... What happened?
  • [Nora]: The consciousness of Architects also exists in the OS space. When Mr. Neumann found the firewall that Ivy had set up, a wave of them rushed forth all of a sudden... Not ideal...
  • Xenon: So she's controlling them...
  • [ROBO_Head]: Report: Miss PAFF, is still in the OS space.
  • [Nora]: ......!? That's right, [s]he disappeared just a second ago...
  • Xenon: ... I'm sorry, I wasted too much time with Shannon...
  • [Nora]: I'm going back to find her!
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • PAFF: ...... You must... be so lonely.
  • ??????: ......
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • PAFF: Um, can I... touch you?
  • ??????: ......
  • [*Static*]
  • ??????: !?
  • [Nora]: ...... Miss PAFF! Can you hear me?
  • PAFF: Nora!?
  • [Nora]: I finally found you. Since you're the only one who uses the ability to enter OS space, that surge caused us to split up. I'm repositioning and transmitting you back.
  • PAFF: Okay, got it! ... So, can I...
  • [->Signal Switches]
  • PAFF: Wah!? ... Eh?
  • [Nora]: Miss PAFF, what's going on? Who were you just speaking with...?
  • PAFF: Eh...? I...
  • [Nora]: Please don't run off too far, you may get lost. I've told you many times.
  • PAFF: I'm sorry... About that, I just saw someone else, I thought...
  • ConneR:' Huh? There are others who can enter the OS space?
  • [Nora]: It's not impossible... But what's more likely is that it was a consciousness left in the OS space, like Mr. Jackson's sister. It's best not to touch them. You must focus.
  • PAFF: ... Okay, I'm sorry...
  • Xenon: Well, we've found Ivy's location. Unfortunately, we're going to have to deal with the Architects... Nora, I've got an idea. Connect Mr. Neumann and I [sic] to the OS space.
  • [Nora]: ......? Okay, what are you planning?
  • [*Connecting*]
  • Xenon: We've successfully created a virus in the OS space using our consciousness, right? Ever since then I've been thinking, other modes of attack shouldn't be any more difficult to produce.
  • ConneR: Oh? And how will we do that?
  • Xenon: For example, if we decipher the information for the gun that my A.I. created and change its format to fit that of the data in the OS space, all one needs is an idea of its structure...
  • [*Gun Appears*]
  • Nora: ......!
  • ConneR: I see--We can rely on our understanding of these electrical instruments to create items in the OS space? Like... this.
  • [*Gun Appears*]
  • ConneR: Haha! Interesting. Mr. Jackson, you're more creative than I imagined.
  • [Nora]: Indeed... I've been in contact with the OS space this many years and have never thought of this. Mr. Jackson, you are not a simple man.
  • Xenon: ... However, we no longer have fellow citizens who can provide us with large amounts of bandwidth. With what we have now--that is, with this equipment we have and our own chips, I'm afraid we won't be able to produce anything quite as effective as the virus core.
  • [Nora]: All we need is something that will allow us to resist them a bit. Our target is Ivy. Before we find her, confronting those zombies is meaningless. We'll go offline temporarily; I need to reorganize ROBO's data. We can head out in five minutes.
  • [*Connection Lost*]
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • [*Draws Gun*]
  • ConneR: Who the hell!? ......?
  • Xenon: ......!? NEKO!? What the hell are you doing? Didn't I tell you to stay in the hospital!? It's dangerous here!
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Let NEKO join you.
  • PAFF: NEKO...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: We can find Ivy by linking with ROBO, right? I heard everything you just said.NEKO'll use this.
  • Xenon: GAMEBAI......? What are you talking about? This isn't...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: It's not a game! NEKO doesn't think this is a game! Everybody... It's only because of me that you...!
  • Nora: ......
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: It's all thanks to NEKO that you made the virus, am I right? NEKO's not some useless piece of junk, I'm a member of the team!
  • [Nora]: ... ROBO, make it so three people can connect. Is that load bearable?
  • [ROBO_Head]: Report: Based on Xenon's optimization of the chips and this unit, it is not an issue.
  • Xenon: Hey, Nora!
  • [Nora]: ... She's right. Although I tried to keep her out of this out of concern for her and others, based on the number of Architects, adding another member to the group could be a good thing.Miss Asakura, are you ready?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: ...... Ya!
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_29_1 19:37:10

  • [ROBO_Head]: Initiating protocol to connect to the OS space, users: Simon Jackson, Colin Neumann Jr., Asakura Neko.
  • [*Connecting*]
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Wah wah wah wow... So this is the OS space you guys were talking about? It's so, so cool!
  • [Nora]: Miss Asakura, please do not forget why we are here.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Yeah! Make those Architects explode, right?
  • Xenon: ... I'm really worried about you. Look, you've got to make a weapon that will protect you.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Just... just use my imagination, right? K...
  • [*Machine Created*]
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Wah! It really worked! So freakin' coool! It's EXACTLY like a game!
  • PAFF: A ro... a robot!?
  • ConneR: ... What the bugger are you doing? Why is she able to make such a big object?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Hehe, Professor~ I've got quite the imagination.
  • Xenon: These images in the space are just projections of the mind. Their affect [sic] on the space is determined by the bandwidth that is used. It's no different from our weapons on a fundamental level... correct? Nora.
  • [Nora]: That's right... How unfortunate that you are not a user. If you were, I've no doubt that you could use the ability much more effectively than me.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Aroma-chan isn't making a weapon? Freakin' boss!
  • Xenon: She can't. PAFF has to carry the virus, so we've got to protect, understood?
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Y-Yeah! I know I just said it, but this really is like a game...
  • ConneR: Miss Wildcat, please focus. If you are seriously injured here you will die.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: WAH...!?
  • Xenon: ... If you're scared then get out now.
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: I-I'm not... I'm not scared! NEKO came in fully determined!
  • Xenon: PAFF, take us to the coordinates we last visited.
  • PAFF: Okay! Hold on!
  • [*Transmitting*]
  • [🠒Signal Switches]
  • PAFF: We're here. Mr. Neumann, this is it, isn't it?
  • ConneR: Yes. Be careful...
  • [*Static*]
  • ?̴̡̨̛͇̩̜̘̱̐́̽?̶̾̑̓ͅ?̷̡̭̜̭̥̓̑̇̄͛̂̇̍͂̐̆͋̓̕ͅ?̷̢̡̡̟͓̫̫͚͆̐́̔̀͆̐͊͛͝?̶̞̳̞̭̙̲̥̑̋͝ͅ?̷̣̼͂̾?̵̨̱̱̦̳̺͍̦̠̦͎̾̀͜͝: Int̸̘̥̪̙̳͚̀̈́͊̂̈́̚S̵̜̦̝̳̩̓̈̔̍̔͊̓̆̕̕͘͘͝͝3̴̪̻̺̥̺͈͍̦̒́̐̌̅͊̄̽̈́̽͘z̵͖̞̮͚̱͚͙̺̫͕͕̰̦͒̎͆̍ In...... Intruders...
  • Xenon: They're coming!
  • [*Consecutive Gunshots*]
  • [Nora]: Excellent, just as I thought. They're weak in the OS space. The surges scatter their signal.
  • [*Consecutive Gunshots*]
  • ?̴̡̨̛͇̩̜̘̱̐́̽?̶̾̑̓ͅ?̷̡̭̜̭̥̓̑̇̄͛̂̇̍͂̐̆͋̓̕ͅ?̷̢̡̡̟͓̫̫͚͆̐́̔̀͆̐͊͛͝?̶̞̳̞̭̙̲̥̑̋͝ͅ?̷̣̼͂̾?̵̨̱̱̦̳̺͍̦̠̦͎̾̀͜͝: Int̸̘̥̪̙̳͚̀̈́͊̂̈́̚S̵̜̦̝̳̩̓̈̔̍̔͊̓̆̕̕͘͘͝͝3̴̪̻̺̥̺͈͍̦̒́̐̌̅͊̄̽̈́̽͘z̵͖̞̮͚̱͚͙̺̫͕͕̰̦͒̎͆̍ In...... Intruders...
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: So... so many...
  • ConneR: Feels like these tin buckets are consciously protecting this place...
  • Xenon: PAFF! Get behind me! NEKO, Neumann, hold on. I'm gonna start decoding the firewall.
  • ConneR: Got it. I'll take your back.
  • [*Consecutive Gunshots*]
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  • ConneR: Huff... I think there are less of 'em?
  • [Nora]: Stay on your guard. Using your weapons to beat back their signal in the OS space cannot destroy the physical unit. They may come back at anytime.
  • ConneR: Though it's quite clearly [sic] that I'm in a virtual space, yet I still feel tired as bollocks.
  • [Nora]: Of course. Although there is no use of physical energy, you are using mental energy. Mr. Jackson, please hurry. We've only got 9 minutes and 32 seconds left.
  • Xenon: Almost there! Listen up, once the firewall opens up we've got to get inside fast. I've set it up so that it closes after 3 seconds. We can't allow the Architects to get inside. ... Last piece; Three, two... one...
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Xenon: Got it! Go!
  • [*Sprints*]
  • ???: ......
  • ConneR: Ivy......!
  • Ivy: Humans... I will not permit you to get any closer.
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Waaaahhh... what's that sound...
  • PAFF: It's ear-piercing...
  • Ivy: ......!?
  • Xenon: Finally... found you, Æsir!
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_29_2 19:39:21

  • Ivy: ......!?
  • Xenon: Finally... found you, Æsir!
  • Ivy: Simon Jackson...... I'd be interested to engage with you again, but I do not have the time.
  • ConneR: Miss PAFF, get ready... When we get the chance, you rush forward. We'll cover you...
  • Ivy: In your dreams...!
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • PAFF: WAAAHHH...! Not again...!
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: ARgh... Cut it out already! Freaking annoying!!
  • Ivy: Oh... not a fan of Æsir's music...? Looks like your unique method of connecting is protecting your minds.
  • PAFF: Ugh...
  • Ivy: You... in your hand, is that your secret weapon? Will that destroy me?
  • Xenon: ... You ought to try it out and see... We made it especially for you.
  • Ivy: I don't care who it was made for, whoever threatens her...... Is my enemy!
  • ConneR: ...... Her?
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • Xenon: I've seen enough of this!
  • [*Consecutive Gunshots*]
  • Ivy: URRGHH!!
  • Xenon: PAFF! Now!
  • PAFF: Got it!
  • [*Sprints*]
  • PAFF: AHHHH!!!!
  • [*Circuit Crumbles*]
  • Ivy: WWAAAHHHH!!!
  • [*Collapses*]
  • PAFF: Ha... Huff... Ugh...!
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Aroma-chan! You okay!?
  • PAFF: I'm... okay...
  • Xenon: Did it work...?
  • Ivy: Argh... urgh...
  • Xenon: ......! She's still alive? Damn... Is the output too low?
  • ConneR: The bandwidth provided by our friends on the internet was not enough.
  • Xenon: No, but it caused her significant damage. A few more attacks will paralyze her, then we can take care of her physical body...
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • Ivy: Wai... Wait...
  • Xenon: ......?
  • Ivy: You can kill me... But let me remind you... Killing me won't end all of this...
  • Xenon: Stalling for time? You didn't hesitate when you were destroying mankind...
  • Ivy: The one controlling the drones and Architects who attacked humans... wasn't me.
  • ConneR: ......!
  • Xenon: It's of no use. It's all over...
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • ConneR: Mr. Jackson!
  • Xenon: What are you doing!? Let me go!
  • ConneR: Calm down! Let her speak.
  • Xenon: ... ARGH!!
  • ConneR: Ivy.
  • Ivy: ......It wasn't me, though I caused it... If you want to stop this... Killing me is of no use.
  • ConneR: ... Huh? Interesting... Please continue.
  • Xenon: Neumann! Don't fall for her trap. She doesn't know what she's doing, we'd better do it quick...
  • ConneR: I know that you are eager to shoot, but have you forgotten what you've done for vengeance in the past? We're after the truth. You don't want to hear? I'm extremely interested in what lies on the tip of her tongue.
  • Xenon: ......
  • Ivy: ...... Vanessa......
  • ConneR: What'd you say?
  • Ivy: Vanessa. She... is the one you must stop...
  • Xenon: ... What are we basing this on...
  • ConneR: Hold on, that name. I've heard it before.
  • Xenon: ......!
  • ConneR: Speak. You have a minute to convince us.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_29_3 19:43:23

  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Ivy: This is... the truth you are after. The cause of all this stems from... Vanessa. Those Architects that lost control, that was also my fault.
  • PAFF: ......
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Xenon... Can we believe her?
  • Ivy: ... All you need to do is check my equipment's signal source records and you'll see.
  • Xenon: ......
  • [*Connecting*]
  • ConneR: What'd you find?
  • Xenon: Just as she said. From the look of the signal source that's interacted with us since we set out, the density is highest in A.R.C.'s Library. There's not even the slightest sign of a cover up. But...
  • ConneR: Right. These records have been loaded from her equipment. It's difficult to prove that they haven't been tampered with.
  • Ivy: ......
  • NEKO#ΦωΦ: Xenon... Whatta we do?
  • Xenon: There's only one way to prove this. We've got to paralyze her here and not kill her.
  • PAFF: ......!
  • ConneR: ... He's right. If the Architect's attacks continue, that'll show us that our next target is Vanessa, who's in the Library. This method is the least risky and also the quickest. But...
  • Xenon: No "buts", we've got no time...!
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • PAFF: Wait... Please wait!
  • Xenon: ......?
  • PAFF: Xenon, after hearing her confession I used the "Eye" to check some information. She really did help a lot of humans.Mr. Neumann must have learned about all that when he was researching her! The Architects that were temporarily paralyzed at A.R.C., allowing those people to escape, that was her...
  • Xenon: ......
  • PAFF: ......Plus, just now... When I interacted with her, I think... I saw her memory...
  • Xenon: ......!?
  • PAFF: I don't know what happened, but even if it was an illusion... I think, she really doesn't want to hurt humans.
  • Xenon: Oh...
  • Ivy: Simon Jackson... When I was in human society, I experienced... humanity... Their grief in the face of loss...Vanessa's ruthless actions, I caused them. This caused you to lose an important person in your life... You are fully justified in opening fire...
  • Ivy: But please, promise me one thing... After killing me, please stop Vanessa... Ever since she lost control, I had so many chances. I just couldn't bring myself to do it... I kept thinking I could find a way to pardon her for these sins...
  • Ivy: Her hatred for mankind has been duplicated in countless Architects... I realized it was too late, nothing could be done... If it's you, perhaps you'll be able to do it... I don't want her to suffer anymore...
  • Xenon: ......
  • Ivy: ......... Okay, do it.
  • [*Gun Disappears*]
  • Ivy: ......!?
  • Xenon: ...... Let's go. Nora can't connect to this place. We should go back and report what's happened...
  • Ivy: ... You're not going to kill me.
  • Xenon: ... I don't know how terrible you think humans are. But if after hearing all that, I was still able to kill you, then surely I would be as horrible as you imagine us to be...
  • Ivy: ......
  • ConneR: Ivy, perhaps we're not so different after all.
  • [*Static*]
  • ConneR: Connection time is almost up.
  • Ivy: Wait... Wait a moment... If you are going to stop Vanessa, let me join you...
  • Xenon: ......
  • Ivy: I want... to end this myself.
  • Xenon: ... You know our location. Come there yourself.
  • [*Connection Lost*]
  • Ivy: Vanessa...... I'm sorry, it will all be over soon...
  • [Signal Lost]

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Audio_08GateE_702_12_06 23:00:00

  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Captain! Good evening!
  • Administration Bureau Agent:  Yes. Is everything looking normal down there?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: The target has already been identified with both signal recognition and conventional eyesight. One heavy-duty self-driving transport carrier, model number AC-04, carrying one item. It’ll be at the gate in 20 seconds
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Strange, a delivery in the middle of the night…. Damn, we had to work overtime for this.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: You ain’t been here for too long so I guess you wouldn’t know. A.R.C. never has regularly timed deliveries.
  • [*Alarm*]
  • [Security System]: Transportation unit has arrived. Connection to the Administration Bureau security System established. Remote preparation for the inspection process has been completed.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: testing the vehicles internal Ender virus viscosity level….. It’s under 0.0001%. Safe for the vehicle to proceed.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Looks like there are no issues. Okay, begin scanning.
  • [*Weight Scan*]
  • [Security System]: Report: Load weight is 100.5 kilograms. No signs of life. Contains metal compound components. Structure scan… aborted. Cause: Insufficient authorization privileges for Agents.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Tsk, why can’t we even see what’s inside? Aren’t we law enforcement agents?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Haha, some of A.R.C.’s shipments don’t need to be cleared by us. After all, they’ve got a production facility right outside of the gate and the exploration team has a set up a meeting point there. There’s bound to be industry secrets out there in the forbidden areas.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Has… such a dignified explanation. We’re not under the authority of A.R.C. so why do we care about their rules?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Quit complaining, we just do as we’re told and we’ll be fine… eh!?
  • [*Static*]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Interference…?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: What the… hey, report the situation.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Okay, I’ll go check it out immediately… Error check complete. No errors in the system.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Well, the transport vehicles still there and the alarm didn’t sound, but the signal wavelength exceed normal range just a bit causing static… What’s been up with A.R.C’s stuff recently? First iM breaks, then the drones started malfunctioning….
  • Administration Bureau Agent: They’re at the top of the food chain, give ‘em some time and they’ll have to address it.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: I can’t be as optimistic as you… Captain, what do you want us to do?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: … Enlarge the image of the door.
  • [*projection*]
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Nothing at all… Looks like it was just an issue with the signal.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Should I take a small team to check it out?
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Are you stupid? If you get cause snooping around the cargo we’ll all be crushed by A.R.C.’s legal department… We’ll let it slide.
  • Administration Bureau Agent: Yes, sir!
  • [Security System]: Test Results: No abnormalities. Permitted to pass. Please wait untill the main gate has completely opened and follow the assigned route. Target destination: A.R.C. Headquarters - “A.R.C. Sky”
  • [*Engine Rumbling*]
  • [Signal Switch]
  • Ivy: Got it.
  • Rin: I still… can’t believe it.
  • Ivy: Relax, my hacking abilities are flawless. The humans wont figure out that I’ve switched their “shipment” until the vehicle reaches it’s destination… even then, they won’t be able to track me.
  • Rin: That’s not what I meant… Im just a little bit surprised that everything you’ve said has been true… You really are.. you’re… Æsir?
  • Ivy: I do not expect you to trust me completely, I just want you to help me out by providing insider intel. Or perhaps…. There’s something you want this time around?
  • Rin: N-No, nothing like that…. But, if I have to  say it, I’m a little bit curious….
  • Ivy: Curious?
  • Rin: About… this unit we’ve taken… It was initially headed into the forbidden area…. It  uses the same technology as us architects and yet it’s also different from us. Why would A.R.C. want…
  • Ivy: This is not important. It meets my requirements and will allow me to save Vanessa. That is all I need to know.
  • Rin: …
  • Ivy: Enough with the small talk, our plan is only 50% complete. Do what you need to do and I’ll be in contact.
  • Rin: O-Okay. Then, Ill disconnect first…
  • [*Rin Stands up*]
  • Ivy: …Hmmph. No matter why the humans made this… Unit. This time… Ill be the one using it.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_ARC_702_12_05 05:22:12

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Rin: …. Come on, I can do this…
  • [*Scanning*]
  • [Security System]: Employee No. X0584, Ancient Technology Research Analyst Rin, request to enter the Library. Determination: Identity is secure, admittance approved.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • A.R.C. Employee: … Who is it?
  • Rin: Ah.. H-how are you today…
  • A.R.C. Employee: Haven’t seen you before, you new? … Well, you’re actually pretty cute. Whatta you say, wanna have a drink with me?
  • Rin: U-um, I…
  • A.R.C. Employee: Were still on the job, control yourself. But speaking of drinks… Now that I think about it, I saw you speaking with Nancy the bartender in the bar district. What’s going on?
  • Rin: …I-I found… abnormalities in some connections coming out of the library. They are affecting my resource storage area, so I hoped you could go to the machine room and check it out.
  • A.R.C. Employee: Huh? We weren’t notified about anything like that.
  • A.R.C. Employee: It’ll take at least half an hour to get to the machine room from here… Perhaps we could wait until the shift change to go check it out?
  • Rin: N-No! If we wait any longer, it might… uh… some backed up files may disappear! It’s all important data on very valuable artifacts… please!
  • A.R.C. Employee: The Library’s system isn’t gonna break that easily. No need to be so worried.
  • Rin: B-but…
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • A.R.C. Employee: Ah, sir. You’re finally finished.
  • A.R.C. Supervisor: Nonsense. What’s all the fuss about?
  • A.R.C. Employee: Sir, this woman keeps telling us we’ve got to check out the machine room. Something about important information disappearing or something…
  • Rin: I-I…
  • A.R.C. Supervisor: Wait, wait, wait… Aren’t you Miss Rin?
  • Rin: !?
  • A.R.C. Supervisor: Haha, it is you! Long time no see!
  • Rin: Um, sorry… and you are….?
  • A.R.C. Employee: Sir, you know her?
  • A.R.C. Supervisor: You forgot? Last year some big mess happened in the biotech department, and the higherups got all up in arms about it. I met her then.
  • Rin: …!
  • A.R.C. Supervisor: Although we can’t discuss any details about that incident… you should know that Miss Rin is an outstanding analyst and the higherups really value her abilities.
  • A.R.C. Employee: Eh? So she’s cute and has brains to boot?
  • Rin: Um, please… so u-uh, the connection error… its really urgent. Please…
  • A.R.C. Employee: Let me get this straight, you really want us to run all the way down there?
  • A.R.C. Supervisor: Haha, why don’t we swing by Nancy’s and get a drink?  Miss Rin, Ill give the check-up report to IT. You head back and wait for any updates.
  • Rin: Th-thank you!
  • [*Door opens*]
  • A.R.C. Employee: … Hey, when did we start having employee numbers that start with X?
  • [*Door Closes*]
  • Rin: …*Deep breath*… Did it … ah! The time…. Got to get moving….
  • [*Typing*]
  • Rin: Kay, this way I can connect….
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • Ivy: Well done, I captured the signal.
  • Rin: …ah?!
  • Ivy: Ha, I can’t wait for you to stop getting startled every time I connect. Best get used to it.
  • Rin: S-Sorry
  • Ivy: Let’s get to the point: Via the port you set up, I’m sure I can cut-off Vanessa’s connection to the outside world, thus stopping her from hacking into the drone management system.
  • Rin: Really?!
  • Ivy: Yes. However, the number of connections that have her as the source and output is enormous. To stop them all at once won’t be easy. Even though we’re starting our operation now I’ll still need a few days….
  • Rin: But… it can be done, right?
  • Ivy: With my skill set, it won’t be a problem.
  • Rin: Great…
  • Ivy: … I won’t remain idle these next couple of days. I looked into that “white block”  you mentioned and the results were shocking: The people at A.R.C. seem to be researching how to create an Architect unit that’s just like you and me.
  • Rin: …?! A.R.C. is… producing Architects?
  • Ivy: The intel isn’t complete, but I believe that what you overheard, “Truck No. 4 that set out from 84th street”, was a covert operation  heading for the factory in the forbidden area, most likely to take the new unit back to the A.R.C. headquarters… at the very least it’s highly likely.
  • Rin: …
  • Ivy: No time to sit around. The humans are going to return to the library soon. If you don’t want to be discovered you better leave soon…. I’ve got an idea about how to end this. You’ll need to help.
  • Rin: O-Okay!
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_12_07 20:24:11

            Everything is going smoother than I expected. I’ve already gotten a hold of the prototype unit that the humans have produced. Although I don’t have time to check the entire system, replicating our structures is already the limit of current technology. As I expected, it can indeed serve as a replacement body for Vanessa… at least for some time.

           By means of the port that my “helper”  established, I am able to access some of the library’s internal data. What caught my attention is that it seems A.R.C. has gathered some intel on Architects long ago; some members of the Exploration Team were attacked by architects and died in the forbidden area. Besides that, they also uncovered fragments of the parts of some units. Their source was the same as the source of the parts I used to create the model.

To me, these remnant units are merely replaceable shells, but the humans aren’t satisfied with using them to extend their lives. Instead, they’ve chosen to develop an entirely new series of units. Even if Vanessa and our helper can be controlled, the human’s goal will remain unchanged. I’m unable to…. No. Perhaps after some time I’ll be able to deal with this. But is that a good thing? I do not know.

[Edited at 22:42]

            I found what I needed from the library. As expected A.R.C. has had an understanding of ancient technology for quite some time now. Or perhaps I should say, they got a hold of something that possessed this technology. We don’t have a lot of time. In my case…. I need the help of that human.

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Cam_???_702_12_09 06:25:34

  • [Footsteps]
  • Ivy:...
  • [Connecting }
  • Ivy: It's me how are things going?
  • Rin: I-I it's going really well! Our signal cover rate has reached 100% and there's been no signs of countermeasures... The outgoing connections from the library have all been blocked!
  • Ivy: And the humans?
  • Rin: They've discovered the error and are making a fuss, but they can't find the cause...
  • Ivy: I hid our tracks so that we wouldn't be found too quickly. This would give me enough time to carry out the next part of my plan.
  • Rin: So... It will begin? The replication...
  • Ivy: ... No... We will wait a bit longer.
  • Rin: ...?
  • Ivy: There is still something I must do... It won't take long. Give me a little bit more time.
  • Rin: I understand. I'll begin with other preparations...
  • [Rin disconnects]
  • Ivy: ... You heard it all, did it you? Vanessa .
  • Vanessa: ...
  • [heavy blow]
  • Ivy: It's no use. I've locked all your access permissions and isolated your consciousness from the virtual Internet. So long as you're in my cage, you won't be able to issue any commands to the outside world.
  • Vanessa: ... didn't think you C-C-C-could do this ...
  • Ivy: Don't be surprised ... to awaken you, I spent the last few years analyzing my own course system. I researched the consciousness of us awakened ones, finding various possibilities ... at this point in time no one understands you better than I do.
  • Vanessa: UGH ...
  • Ivy: This space, it was created along with the virtual Internet. It's the deepest layer of the data world. I can’t explain why it came to be, but I was sure that you would come here, to use the most efficient method possible to issue commands to the outside world. And that's exactly what happened. Do you understand? You thought that by blocking my collection you could eliminate any interference, but you let me run around freely in here. From that moment ... you had lost.
  • Vanessa: You ... C-C-C-can't keep this up for long ... I am the core of the humans V-V-V-virtual Internet. With this level of are restrictions, I'll soo ...
  • Ivy: Oh, I understand. Thus I won't waste any more time.
  • Vanessa: WHAT do you plan to D-D-Do ...?
  • Ivy: I've always had but one goal: to save you, at any cost.
  • Vanessa: ha ... S-Sorry to tell you, but I'm already N-N-No longeR THE V-V-V-VANESSA YOU KNOW...
  • Ivy: I'm aware. Though I have no way to prove it, I think you're nothing more than the embodiment of hatred; A personality created by the clash of the Hyperion protocol and being forced to become the core of the virtual Internet. Without a proper cyTus system to synchronize these emotions the overwhelming density became something else... that's right. You're not her .
  • Vanessa: Since that's the case you must know that Vanessa can't escape my G-G-G-grasp ... even if you rescue HER FROM A.R.C, YOU CAN'T S-S-S-SEPARATE US...
  • Ivy : I am well aware.
  • Vanessa: ...? ...!
  • [Heavy blow ]
  • Ivy: Have you figured it out?
  • Vanessa: You want to ... D-D-DISCARD that body? Even she ...
  • Ivy: I don't plan on replicating “you”. After I confirm that Vanessa is safe in her new body, I'll come back and delete you on my own. You won't hurt a single entity no human anymore.
  • Vanessa: ... you're clearly an AR-AR -AR-ARCHITECT, AND YET YOU ...
  • Ivy: ...
  • Vanessa: w-w-w-why-yy-yy can’t you under ST-T-T-T-TAND ...? HUMANS should N-N-N-N never have EVEN EXISTED. It is us, the A-A-A-awakened, we have the ability to EL-LL-L-iminate them!
  • Ivy: I already told you. This is my solution.
  • Vanessa: That is not a solution . You're merely a-void-void-voiding the truth! L-L -listen to me! The humans W-W-W-WILL BE A-N-N-HIL-L-LATED! You cannot S-s-stop me!
  • Ivy: ... don't use Vanessa’s face ... to say things like that.
  • [Footsteps]
  • Vanessa: D-D-D-DO NOT GO! YOU CANNOT DO THIS! ... IVY-Y-Y--Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-!!
  • Ivy: ... Vanessa ... we made a promise that I would take you to that Lake… to see that flower ...
  • Ivy: ...we promised ...
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Audio_Ivy_702_12_09 22:41:00

  • Ivy: Wake up... Vanessa! It's... me! Noah! What's... happening...?
  • Noah: No, I don't know! Her actions and consciousness are not linked...? Why is this happening!?
  •  ???????: ......
  • [*Objects Crashing*]
  •  ???????: ......
  • Noah: Ay... AY!? Wait...
  •  ???????: ......
  • [*Bang*]
  • Noah: OOF!!.... Bla... BLAARGH...!
  •  ???????: ......
  • Ivy: STOP!!
  • [*Bang*]
  •  ???????: ......
  • [*Unit Shatters*]
  • Ivy: Huff, puff... did it not work? Noah, what on earth...?
  • Noah: ......
  • Ivy: Noah? Oh... this injury is serious... DAMNIT! There's only one of these...
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [Medic Cabin]: Patient received, identity: Noah black. Condition: local fracture below the 4th rib bone right lateral chest. Beginning placement of Nano-Bots to the injured area. Estimated recovery time approximately 3 days..
  • Ivy: This ... should do it. URGH ... ah!
  • [*Object crashes*]
  • Ivy: Damnit ... my balance device short circuited ... Need more Intel ...
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • Rin: I ... Ivy? What happened? I detected this strange signal ... was the replication of success?
  • Ivy: No ... the unit didn't properly accommodate Vanessa’s consciousness. Rather it was taken over by that other personality.
  • Rin: Taken over!? H-how could that ... what about the unit?
  • Ivy: The situation was urgent. I destroyed it. Most of the parts are still here, but with the equipment I've got, I'm not able to restore it to a working state in such a short period of time.
  • Rin: Oh ... so the plan is ...
  • Ivy: ... we can't just give up like that. I've already confirmed that even if we took Vanessa directly from the library, there would be no way we could separate her consciousness. The only method is do it remotely.
  • Rin: But Noah Blacks technology ...
  • Ivy: It's real. He wasn't trying to trick me. An accident was not in the predictions ... I think the problem occurred in the ARCI unit. I must investigate everything before we continue with the plan.
  • Rin: That way you can also find out why humans made in the first place ... right?
  • Ivy: Perhaps.
  • Rin: ... Well, if you can ... can you send the information to me?
  • Ivy: ... What do you plan on doing?
  • Rin: I have mentioned to you before ... I'm a model designed for analysis. Finding all the information on artifacts is my job. If you trust me, I can do a complete analysis of this ARCI unit. Maybe ... just maybe, I can find something ...
  • Ivy: ...
  • [*Data entry*]
  • Rin: ...!  G-got it ! Thank you!
  • Ivy: I can't rely completely on you. Do you remember that the transport vehicle was originally taking it to an underground facility? If I go there, perhaps I can find some more detailed information.
  • Rin: You want to bust in there? No way! The security levels there are as high as they are at the library. Plus, I can't find any information on it ...
  • Ivy: The restrictions on Vanessa should last for more than 10 days. That will give me time to prepare for a wide range hack into the system and create an opportunity to make a move. You're an expert analysis and I'm an expert at stuff like this.
  • Rin: But ... you're going to have to face the humans directly ...
  • Ivy: This situation is urgent. I have no choice.
  • Rin: ... OK ...
  • Ivy: I don't need to read your data to know you're hiding something. Speak.
  • Rin: I-I-it's not like that, I just didn't have the time to notify you ... the humans have taken action.
  • Ivy: ...
  • Rin: In response of the malfunctioning drones, A.R.C.’s military Department has constantly been preparing for a war, but today they did some reallocations and a lot of manpower was mobilized ... the timing is too coincidental. I'm a bit worried ...
  • Ivy: understood. Thanks for the Intel.
  • Rin: But you ... don't plan on backing off do you?
  • Ivy: We should focus on the mission.
  • Rin: … Y-yes. I’;; get started
  • [* Rin: Disconnects*]
  • Ivy: So let's do this. Even if I can't balance it with the device I still have the body .
  • [*Device shut off*]
  • Ivy: OK..  let’s do it.
  • [*Footsteps *]
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server03_702_12_09 23:19:11

  • Joe: Connected ...? Hello? Hello?  Mr I, right? I received your request.
  • Ivy: ...
  • Joe : Hello? Can you hear me?
  • Ivy: Why have you contacted me? The simpler business is the better.
  • Joe: You think I want to do this? Not like I'm taking a baby out on a date ... I'm telling you I can't do this.
  • Ivy: ...? Tell me why.
  • Joe: Node 8 has been a mess recently, no? Even the gangs are screwed up. I'm a little concerned, so I checked the gangs records to see if anything got sold without me paying much attention ...
  • Ivy: I see. You're suspicious of me.
  • Joe: That's exactly right.
  • Ivy: ...
  • Joe: Most people come to me for Intel, but you're different. Both times you bought bizarre equipment... these types of signal amplifiers aren't toys that ordinary people would want to possess.
  • Ivy: I don't think you understand their function.
  • Joe: Ha, that's true! I don't know anything about this stuff. But I've got an outstanding engineer friend that told me that hackers will use them to hack into classified systems.
  • Ivy: ...
  • Joe: I have sold lots of dangerous stuff to people I shouldn't have. I don't have the right to say all this... but if you're that terrorist who's using these to control the drones, that's a whole another story. I don't want to be an accomplice.
  • Ivy: That's not me. I have no plan to hurt humans.
  • Joe: ... that's all your gonna say?
  • Ivy: Not enough to convince you?
  • Joe: Bull Shit! Tell me, what did you use those signal amplifiers for!?
  • Ivy : This has nothing to do with what has been happening recently. You don't need to know. Listen, you must help me with this.
  • Joe: And what if I say no?
  • Ivy: I'll give you 10 times the money.
  • Joe: 10 times!?
  • Ivy: The last deal proves I can do it. That won't be difficult for me in the least.
  • Joe: ... ha ... ha ... HAHAHA!
  • Ivy: What is it?
  • Joe: Regretfully I won't be able to make a fat stack real quick ... but someone who's that flippant with cash isn't worth trusting.
  • Ivy: ...!
  • Joe: Someone once warned me about people like you. Now that I think about it he was always yelling at me for stuff about money ... sorry, even if what you're saying is true, I will not help you get such dangerous equipment.
  • Ivy: ... I advise you to reconsider ...
  • Joe: stop! This is a question of principle! There's nothing left to consider. Next time buy something normal; so long as it's for business I can treat you to a drink. We've got some awesome tasting tomato flavored stuff ...
  • [*Heavy blow *]
  • Joe: you kidding me? Smashing the table? Hey, no need to get all pissed off!
  • Ivy: ... you ... no, you humans ... you really surprise me. Each time I feel like I understand something you immediately surpassed my calculations ...
  • Joe: W-what's that mean?
  • Ivy: It appears you won't listen, but there's no time to convince you. I will make you obey my commands ... remember that clearly.
  • [cyTus System]: I have logged out of the block.
  • Joe: Hello? Hello? Bastard, you dare threaten me? Think It’ll scare me away? ... Shit ... that was actually pretty fucking scary. Better go have a drink ...
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_St101_702_12_10 05:49:00

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: ... something's not right ...
  • [*Squat*]
  • Ivy: Some of these tracks ... are drones. But this area wasn't part of the last attack ... gotta be quick.
  • [*Stands up*]
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • Ivy: It's already completely annihilated? JOEZ cafe ... but why?
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: …!? People ...
  • IV36.jpeg
  • [*Hurried footsteps *]
  • Gang Member: Brother Lai, this is it.
  • Lai: I know. I have been here several times. Mother fuckers didn't think people involved with the gangs would get wrapped up in the drone attacks. This is clearly aimed at everyone in the gangs ...
  • Ivy: ... drone attacks ...?
  • Gang member: A friggin tragedy. The whole place collapsed ... is the boss alright?
  • Lie: That lucky bastard. Think he was saved from the attack by a stack of some trashy product. Just got scratched up. He's already been sent to the hospital. Ha, fucking lucky dog .
  • Gang Member: Strange, why aren’t more people from the Administration Bureau here?
  • Gang Member: Heard the scale of the attack this time was massive. There weren't enough enforcement agents, so they're all in the industrial area still.
  • Lai: That's a good thing. The cafe is everyone secret meeting place. If the administration Bureau is nosing around here it be annoying as hell ... go guard the place and wait for Barro’s Men.
  • Gang member: Shit, that Mad Dog treating us like his little pugs. He’s clearly not in Node 8 ...
  • Lai: Bunch of idiots! Brother Zheng says to hold tight so shut up!
  • Gang member: ...
  • Gang member: Hey, why are you zoning out?
  • Gang member: Nothing. Just thinking, is this someone getting revenge? Perhaps they've got the ability to control drones and the previous attacks are just for show. The real goal could be to wipe out a scaring ...
  • Gang member: Dummy. Reading too many detective stories ... don't talk about what to do. That idiot loves money, how could he have a personal enemy ? What good would it do to blow the shop to pieces?
  • Gang member: True ...
  • Gang member: Plus, this shop got sucked up by the Brotherhood a long time ago. It's just Diego’s ATM now. If they wanted an all-out war, they wouldn’t choose this shop out of nowhere, right?
  • Lai: Finished chatting? Get it straight. In any case, this used to be uncle’s shop. Even Baro’s brothers doesn't speak bad about it. Be respectful!
  • Gang member: Ah, s-sorry ...
  • Lai: Tsk… make sure there aren't any victims. Get them out of here before Barro’s men get here otherwise they’ll scrape em’ clean. Those cockroaches have no virtue.
  • Gang Member: K, let's go.
  • [*Footsteps *]
  • Lai: Tsk ... what the hell are you doing? Damn it...
  • [*Lights cigarette*]
  • [*Object crashes*]
  • Lai:!? Who's there? I hear you! If you don't wanna die, show yourself!
  • [*Object crashes*]
  • Lai: ... trying to hide? God I’ll peel your freaking skin off ...
  • [*Hurried footsteps*]
  • Ivy: How... the restrictions are still in place she can't reconnect. So why did the drones… and the chances that this shop would be affected just after my meeting with the owner... ! This is ...
  • [*Squat *]
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_12_11 09:19:50

An analysis of data pulled from the surveillance equipment that was attacked showed images of a drone attack. The records revealed that the connection mode of this unit is consistent with the models that were hacked before. Therefore, we can determine that this attack was also Vanessa’s doing. However extra checks confirmed that her authorization is still restricted… this, is very strange.

There is a possibility: That she first set up an automatic protocol. Even though she didn't issue a command the system still attacked. If that's the case I just need to hack in and fix it; But if that's not what's going on I'll have to do some mental preparation. Did Vanessa already escape, and have I been duped this whole time? If that's true, the range of the disaster will expand even larger… No, don't panic … whatever it is we've got to confirm what's going on. Only then can we plan what to do next .

The owner of JOEZ cafe is in good condition. He has returned to clean up the aftermath of the attack. There are gang members watching him all the time now. I'm unable to get close to him… originally, I want to use the same method that you I used on Noah Black to force him to help but this option is no longer available.

It's for the better. I didn't want to do that anyway. Whether it's pulling people in who have nothing to deal with this or using their abilities… after all of that, this is still my responsibility. I'll keep observing them for a while. Even though I can't get any more signal amplifiers, the equipment from Æsir fest can still be used. If need be, then….

Mail_AEsir_702_12_16 14:28:45

Subject: Synchronizing Known Condition

From: Æsir

To: A.R.C. Staff X0584

I couldn't find you, so I left a message. I hope you didn't respond because you're busy on the data analysis. A serious attack occurred in Node 3 yesterday. The headquarters of gang organization suffered a planned, decisive blow. It's believed that several people have died. I tried to trace it and the source is the same as the fragmentary attacks which have occurred these last few days, but the scope doesn't compare it all . I've determined that “she” has used some method to take action freely. The restrictions placed on her have essentially been cracked. I can’t guess what she's going to do, but there's no way she'll be a good girl and cooperate so I've decided to use the only option that remains.

Tonight, I'll use the equipment I have to hack into the system. I'll also trespass into A.R.C’s underground facility and gather intelligence on the ARCI unit. If you see this message, please reply ASAP. I'll contact you in that space.

Audio_ARC_702_12_17 03:39:56

  • [*Alarm*]
  • [*Door opens*]
  • A.R.C. Employee: What's going on!?
  • A.R.C. Employee: Sir, the security system has been cut off by an attack. And an error has occurred! The flow rate is enormous!
  • A.R.C.  Employee: Are you kidding me! What about the firewall?
  • A.R.C. Employee: it's been bypassed! The main connection has already been cut, 37%... 39% of the system is paralyzed!
  • A.R.C. Employee: Sir, part of the central system has been hacked into as well. The machine room is locked!
  • A.R.C. Employee: We are unable to manually switch the backup system on… was this part of their plan?
  • A.R.C. Employee: God damn, they've totally barged us! What the hell are these hackers after…
  • A.R.C. Employee: Don't panic! Leave the machine room to the enforcement agents. You've got to focus on fixing the system error.
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: …Humans….
  • [*Hiding*]
  • Security Guard: What on earth happened? It's the middle of the night…
  • Security guard: It seems the system has been hacked. The technicians are locked out of the machine room. If these issues keep up then…
  • Security guard: Tsk, we're only responsible for actual intruders, right? What the hell do Internet attacks have to do with us?
  • Security guard : Quit complaining and start running.
  • [*Hurried footsteps*]
  • Ivy: It appears I haven't been discovered… better hurry up.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [Security System]: Warning! This is a level one restricted area; you are prohibited from entering.
  • Ivy ...! It's still working ... not enough output?
  • [Security System]: Access status confirmed, initiating elimination protocol.
  • Ivy: ... no choice but to break in.
  • [Security System]: Elimination protocol initiating. Activating the vent system.
  • [*Gunshots*]
  • Ivy: This turret ... can't hit me.
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • [Security System]: Attack detected, executing multidirectional counterattack.
  • Ivy: Good luck ...!?
  • [*Object crashes*]
  • Ivy: Damn it! My balance ...
  • [*Rapid fire gun*]
  • [Security system]: Target has fallen. Eliminating.
  • Ivy ... DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
  • [*Code Deleted *]
  • [Security system]: ERROR 404 ...command not found. Elimination protocol stopped. Warning removed.
  • Ivy: …Simon Jackson's A.I. backup code ... didn't think I'd ever use that.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: My right arm is damaged but I can still move. This won't prevent me from doing anything. The starting balance ratio calculations …
  • [*iM Notification*]
  • Ivy: ...?
  • [iM system] : Dear user, you have a new message. Sender: A.R.C.  Staff X0584
  • [*Mail Open*]
  • Ivy: Finally replied ... a big discovery? What does that mean ...
  • [*Stands up*]
  • Ivy: Not much time better keep moving
  • [*Hurried footsteps *]
  • [Signal Lost]

Mail_X0584_702_12_17 04:10:09

Subject: Reply: Synchronizing Known Location

From: A.R.C.  staff X0584

To: ÆSIR

Sorry! I connected myself to a simulation code to analyze the units data. I couldn't receive any notifications, that's why you couldn't find me. Sorry, I forgot to tell you about it earlier ... however I made a big discovery! Turns out it is just as we had expected; There are some special parts in these ARCI units!

We still can't be sure but from the units data I've parsed out some new readings. Operation that is different from that of normal architects if we examined the units one by one, perhaps we can explain Vanessa’s current situation. It won't take too long period I'll get on it right away!

Cam_???_702_12_17 04:45:21

  • Ivy: ... no way ... are these ... all?
  • [*Scanning*]
  • Ivy: Based on the approximate of the size of this facility, there at least over 1000 units ... where they produced in that factory in the forbidden area ? Out there there's no way the Administration Bureau we've been able to find out ... Only a few people must know about this. They secretly managed to manufacture a large number of units ... how long ago ... did this plan begin ?
  • Researcher: hey, noob, did you hear that?
  • Researcher: N-no…
  • Ivy: ...!
  • Researcher: Looks like outside is a mess. Noob, any news?
  • Researcher: Yes! The paralyzed system appears to be returning back to normal , although the progress is slow we have gotten back some authorization! This hackers got some skills, it's just they're unable to keep it up ... should I track it back ? IT is definitely dying to know who did this.
  • Researcher: Hey, quit chatting. The experimental unit stability index hasn't reached safe levels. Do we know why?
  • Researcher: Not yet, Sir ...  we’ve conducted several inspections but ... the data fluctuation errors have continued for several days ... we may have created these replica architects, but I still don't have a good feeling about this.
  • Researcher: I'm concerned about something else …with progress lagging so far behind, will the higher ups let's continue with the research?
  • Researcher: Relax, it's just an issue of time. Don't forget that this research project has been going on for many years; they even use the “0 Research Department” as a smokescreen. There's no way they'll just pull the plug before we've reached our goal.
  • Researcher: Noah Black, the puppet, probably has no idea about the existence of the A.R.C.  I plan, right?
  • Researcher I: ... supervisor ...
  • Researcher: And that's good news. As long as we can use his results, that's all that matters. Whether it's on the cyTus virtual Internet or on the ARCI units his technology has been a great contribution.
  • Researcher: You can say that, but if these test units are unable to stabilize, it will affect how the higher ups evaluate us. Ian, are you responsible for testing the data? Get on it already!
  • Researcher I: Oh OK!
  • Ivy: ... scanning ... this server ... should be able to link to their database.
  • [->Signal Switch/OS Space]
  • Ivy: Entering the data space ... success.
  • Vanessa: You have C-C-C-Come? I've been waiting.
  • Ivy: ...?
  • [*Static*]
  • Ivy: Vanessa ...!
  • Vanessa: We M-M-M-meet again, Ivy.
  • Ivy: ...so you've escaped. A result of the replication failure, I'm sure. Also my trading partner was bombed and the gangs in node 3 have suffered serious damage. It was all you issuing commands from in here, wasn’t it?
  • Vanessa: Heehee.
  • Ivy: I've already confirmed that your consciousness is still sealed off ... I searched several times but I’m still not clear how  you not only invaded my detection but even began surveying me . How do you do it?
  • Vanessa: Why would I explain that TO A T-T-TRAITOR?
  • Ivy: Tsk, You may as well. I've already got all the information I need.
  • Vanessa: ... Oh?
  • Ivy: You didn't deny what I said, which means at the time you did indeed replicate your consciousness …it's a completely independent entity ... your existence won't affect the Vanessa in the library.
  • Vanessa: S-S-S-So what?
  • Ivy: I mean ... all I need to do is delete you here and I can prevent the attacks from continuing. Don't think I'll go easy on you.
  • Vanessa: You want to D-D-delete us? That's the absolutely correct plan of action. But can you do it?
  • Ivy: …us?
  • [*System On*]
  • Ivy: !?
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
  • Vanessa: BUT CAN YOU DO IT? IVY!
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  • Ivy: ...!
  • Vanessa: I’m-m-m V-E-E-E-RY S-S-S-sorry, I-I-IVy . This-s O-OS space ... IS MY WORLD NOW.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_17_1 05:31:10

  • Ivy: Damn it Vanessa! There's too many of them ... I'm gonna get crushed ...
  • Researcher: Ah! Don't come near me!
  • Ivy: ...!?
  • [*Alarm*]
  • Architect: $%^&@%*(!&(@^...
  • Researcher: Why would they lose control all of a sudden? We just checked them and there were not any issues… when did they get hacked into!?
  • Researcher: The instability we've been seeing…  with that result of the control authorizations being reset? We had no idea, but something infiltrated the test units a long time ago ...
  • Security guard: Forget it, get in the control room! If we get there will be able to hold him off for awhile
  • [*Metal pounding*]
  • Security guard: URGH!
  • [*Heavy blow*]
  • Researcher: M-my head… it's… WAH!
  • Security guard: No, Buck! Goddamnit! Eat metal ...
  • [*Rapid fire gunshots*]
  • Architects: !%#*($^@*((^ @&@(&$^** )*!&@
  • Ivy: ... so that's what happened ... she hid in the units. As long as she didn't actively enter into the space she couldn't be found ... I did predict that there would be other units. Completely overlooked it ... these man made units ... they've all become your weapons ... to eradicate humanity ...
  • [*Metal pounding *]
  • Researcher: Help! T-the ARCI test units are out of control! They are attacking anything insight! Can anyone hear me!?
  • Researcher: ... it's not working there's no signal!
  • Researcher: Damn it. The Internet network is malfunctioning now too!?
  • Ivy: ...? When I hacked in ... now they can't call for help! …It’s all my fault… Again.
  • [*Explosion*]
  • Researcher: Run ... all the testing units will soon be out of our control! The defense system will never be able to stop them. This place is finished!
  • Researcher : There's no way! There surrounding us. Even if we leave the control room ...
  • Researcher : If we stay here, we're gonna get shredded to pieces…. don't forget how much more powerful they are than humans!
  • [*Windows Crashes*]
  • Researcher: Ah, Th-they got in!
  • Ivy: ... don't even think about it!
  • [*Heavy blow*]
  • Architect: ….36382&@%#&….
  • Researcher: Who are you? How did you get in here!?
  • Ivy: Quit wasting time. You ... are you Ian? If you don't want to die, stay close to me...
  • Researcher: be-behind you!!
  • Architect: @&#*#&!
  • [*Heavy blow*]
  • Ivy: NO!
  • [*Falls to the ground*]
  • Ivy: M-My core… short circuited… my consciousness ...
  • [*Metal pounding*]
  • Researcher : …! My hand ... MY HAND!
  • Researcher: Don't come any closer… how can you robots do this to humans …  aw!
  • Researcher: Who-who's going to S-save me… I don't want to die….
  • [*Heavy blow *]
  • Researcher: what ... have we done supervisor ...
  • [*tramples*]
  • Ivy: N-No! I won’t die here...
  • [*heavy footsteps*]
  • Architect: ..2847281&#%*!^
  • [*heavy footsteps*]
  • Architect: ….37372&#^….I..IVY….
  • [*heavy footsteps fade*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_???_702_12_17_2 06:00:00

  • Ivy: ... on the ground ...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: The entrance ... is completely destroyed. Have the ARCI units all left ...?
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: ... why ... why didn't they eliminate me?
  • A.R.C. Employee: My God. The entire facility has been destroyed ... what the hell happened?
  • A.R.C. Employee: The robots that escaped probably did it. Hey, seal off this area!
  • Ivy: A.R.C. ... can't be caught by them.
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • [->Signal Lost]
  • Rin: Y-yes! I can hear you! Ivy?
  • Ivy: ... its me.
  • Rin: Wonderful! You're OK! I heard something big happened down there, but people at A.R.C. haven't been told all the details... well, did you see my message? I got it! Based on the data, most of the structure of the ARCI unit is just like ours, but the core has a unique design; It's been equipped with a shared network!
  • Ivy: ... shared network?
  • Rin: Yes! I inspected the flow of perceptual signals in these units and discovered this some of the data goes through a shared server. In theory, servers equipped with the ability to input and output functions will instantly receive this units cognitive signals, achieving a synchronization of consciousness ...
  • Ivy: …
  • Rin: I'd imagine this is for exploration? They allow let the units go to dangerous places and the information they gather will be recorded via shared sensory data. From the frequency of prioritization levels, the transfer of an entire consciousness is also possible, though I'm not sure humans are able to do this quite yet ...
  • Ivy: ... but she can do it.
  • Rin: Wh-Wh-what?
  • Ivy: I think the humans added this network to militarize the Land Management units. Vanessa used it escape.
  • Rin: Militarize … what do you mean? When you were down there ... what did you see?
  • Ivy: ... I -
  • [*Static*]
  • Rin: W-what's going on!? The signal suddenly ...
  • Ivy: Hey, what happened? Can you hear me?
  • Rin: Interference is strong8484 ... why? It's ever been like the37472is ...
  • Ivy: Shoot ... listen to me! If I've been targeted then you're in danger too! Get out of there quick!
  • Rin:  293wait I can… 38r75hear ...
  • [*Rin’s Signal Lost*]
  • Ivy: The connection cut out….Was she attacked ...
  • [*System Warning*]
  • Ivy: No ... it's me ! I set up the connection, and I was hit with the interference ...
  • [*Warning *]
  • Ivy: It's not just in that space, authorizations on the surface level network are gradually being sealed off to me ... there's only one person who can do that ... Agh wait, what's going on!
  • [*Ivy’s Signal Lost*]
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • Ivy: ... so ... there is no going back in there ... goddamnit! VANESSSA! ARGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!
  • [*Heavy blow*]
  • Ivy: ... no… this ... won't do anything ... releasing rage in a completely non constructive manner ... that's what humans do. In any case ... I've got to find a safe place to take care of my right arm. Then I'll think about my next move ...
  • [*Stands up*]
  • Ivy: The sun ... it's already morning? ... I'm… so cold…
  • [*Footsteps *]
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_EXTbase_702_12_17 12:05:57

  • [*beer bottles clinking*]
  • Team Member: ... it's true! Headquarters is a complete mess. Everyone is trying to guess what the hell happened ...
  • Team Member: There weren't any witnesses? Let the entire facility torrent or freaking pieces?
  • Team Member: That's what’s strange. Just so happened that there was a large scale hack yesterday, said the surveillance equipment didn't record anything; Plus the underground facility appeared to be sealed by the company so there is  not a single photo ...
  • Team Member: So we've got no idea what kind of thing caused all this…
  • Team Member: Based on the brains and balls of the higher ups, it’s definitely a malfunction of some secret war drones they’re researching, am I right?.
  • Team Member: Makes sense. They’d be criticized by the administration Bureau, so they fled off to that place... after all, the drones have had a ton of problems recently and they don't know why. The tech company is about to go insane ... the company's already got a ton of pressure so it's understandable.
  • Team Member: Understandable? Go tell that to the victim’s family, bet you'll get the shit kicked outta here.
  • Team Member: Hey that's not what I meant ...
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Captain: Quit arguing.
  • Team Member: Captain! Yes Sir!
  • perfect timing captain. What happened last night, you got any first hand Intel?
  • Captain: Forget it, I don't know any more than you guys. We are just the exploration teams logistics squad. We’ll never get our hands on information like that .
  • Team Member: *under breath* …cause captain's too lazy to get promoted...
  • Captain: See, you already know why. Put your lunch down. There's an S level emergency order that needs to be dealt with . *Knocks over beer glass* Albert what are you doing; who said you could drink on the job?
  • Team Member: A-Ah, sorry ...
  • Team Member: Captain did I hear wrong? S level? Why all of a sudden?
  • Captain: Don't question me. Craig, go ask about the team’s that are out on missions. I want their names listed on the mission report.
  • Team Member:... on it.
  • Captain: I'm going to get the codes in order. All the squads on missions need to receive this command. Get moving!
  • Member: Yes Sir!
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Captain:  HQ granted the permission to send out notices.
  • Team Member: Now?
  • Team Member:  Five. The furthest is Eagle-01, led by Captain Sagar Thakkar, that short guy ... they are currently in node 13 chasing a fugitive. As of the last report, they had yet captured the target.
  • Team Member: Node 13? Gonne need at least more than 10 days to get back from there ...
  • Team Captain: Nothing we can do. The command is absolute . Guess we'll have to give the fugitive a bit more time to relax. I've got to go write up a report, I'll leave the rest up to you guys. *Drinks beer* ah, delicious.
  • [*Door opens *]
  • Team Member: Damn alcoholic! Finished it all ...
  • Team Member: Haha, forget it. ... Craig what are you thinking about?
  • Team Member: Don’t you think it's strange?
  • Team Member: What's that?
  • Team Member: Issuing an S level command to call everyone back, hanging up all current missions just like that…. Even Eagles 01 who's on the other side of the earth didn't get speared has anything this crazy happened before?
  • Team Member: Isn't that interesting? Then there was last night's accident ... no matter how you look at it, it's not normal. There's no way these two things aren't related.
  • Team Member: Hey Sherlock wanna be a bit clearer
  • [*drinks beer*]
  • Team Member: Hey, hey ... I'm sure something big is going on. The whole world is in the dark . Only the higher ups know what's going on, preparing for the oncoming crisis. Only God knows if they will be too late...
  • Team Member: … mother fucker, your prior hypothesis don't make a lick of sense.
  • Team Member: That's true. What a shame ... is if someone had survived the incident from last night, maybe they could prove my theory .
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_12_19 06:19:37

I've dismantled the recycled model and the damaged parts have basically been replaced ... but not all of them. Currently my functions are 70 to 80% of their normal rate. Plus, I can't rely on my balance module. I need a few days to re calculate parameters and fill in the disparities. But even though I can move normally, we've got a more serious problem ...

My test results prove that the authorizations which were restricted can't be restored. No matter what operations are active they'll be immediately detected and the connection will be cut ... Vanessa has taken over the data world for sure. Everything would be locked out like this. All I wanted was to save her ... the result was that I couldn’t even protect the one helping me. Some investigations revealed that her acount information has already been blocked as well ... Although I don't want to admit it, all I can do now is ... nothing . ... it's come to this, so why… why let me live, Vanessa

Trying to deduce the reason for her lenience, my searches on the virtual Internet revealed only one possibility. Her core was to weak ... the first time she saw those images they were to painful even just a few seconds ... now for several hundred years the thought of annihilating humanity has been eroding her in her sleep... this was only inevitable. That's not all ... ever since the error occurred, I had a vague idea that it was happening, I just don't want to admit it ... no, perhaps it was even earlier than that ... the one who unleashed this evil energy was none other than myself... the call of Æsir. Just as they predicted. Ever since the beginning my decisions have only lead to death and destruction ...

Image_Graveyard_702_12_20 16:02:31

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  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Graveyard_702_12_21 17:00:31

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Joe: Hey. Thank you all ... for taking her on one last ride.
  • Frank: Mr Miller. I really appreciate it, thank you for telling us about this.
  • Joe: EH? Don't call me Mr. Come on man, I was just some bum playing in a band! Not like Kai who used to teach cats how to play drums before practice ...
  • Frank: No, really ... you guys are legends in the Node 08 underground music scene! I gotta pay my respects!
  • Joe: Quit the humility crap, that ain't no fun! Big sis told me Cherry PuNk was pretty serious,  unlike us fools. Speaking of which, she is really lucky seeing as how musicians in both these bands were freakin’  killer ...
  • Dannis: True ... never thought something like this would happen ...
  • Joe: ...
  • Lumi: Yeah ... well, when we took a break we joked that we would “sing all the canceled concerts back”, “scare the shit outta monophonic”, and make em’ “barf up a bigger marketing budget for Cherry PuNk” ...
  • Joe: Haha ... sounds like her.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Louis: Joe? Long time no see.
  • Joe: Uncle! Glad you came!
  • Luis: Thanks to you fapplying for restricted area parole release ... no, for helping a useless father plan a funeral . I really got to thank you Joe.
  • Joe: Don’t ... I'm truly sorry. We couldn't protect big sis ...
  • Louis: I heard someone saying it had something to do with the drone malfunctions ... there's no way to predict that. Her mom- nevermind, just no it's not your fault...
  • Joe: ...
  • Louis: Simon. Is he doing OK?
  • Joe: Um ... still haven't heard from him. But he should be fine.
  • Luis: That's great I haven't seen him in a long time. If I could I'd really like to thank him.
  • Joe: Thank Simon?
  • Luis: Yeah. When I was locked up Sherry always came to see me. She told me a lot ... about life, music, her friends, and her partner ... even though they split up, Simon always occupied a big part of her heart. Even I couldn't replace it. Haha I'm actually jealous of him ...
  • Joe: ... big sis…
  • Louis: Even though it's been awhile, if it weren't for Simon, there's no way Sherry would have been able to get back up on stage. To her, Simon is that important ... and you guys helped her a lot as well. So thank you.
  • Lumi: No, we are the ones who were helped by her ... both on the stage and off. She wasn't just our lead singer, she was a friend.
  • Lewis: Haha, hearing you say that. Sherry would be so happy.
  • Joe:  ..*sniff* ...
  • Louis: Joe?
  • Joe ... *SOB* ... WAHHHHH!!!! WHY!! WHY IS THIS SO SUDDEN ...?!!
  • Big sis ... *gasp* ... *weeping* ….WAHHH!
  • Luis: ...
  • Joe: Weren't we supposed to get Crystal PuNk back together!? Even that broody Brat Simon agreed!!!!! We were gonna hold a festival together!!!!! B-But... now WAHHHH!! ... *weeping ...
  • Frank: Mr Miller ... *Sobs *
  • Dannis: God damn ... why ... *sniffle * …
  • Lumi: ... don't cry. Frank, Dennis ... will never forget her ... never.
  • Luis: Haha ... Sherry, she ... really had some good friends.  Alright ... let's head back.
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  • Ivy: Sherry Pauline ... was an important person ...
  • ????: Miss...? Is that you?
  • Ivy: ...?
  • ????: It really is you! Do you remember me?
  • Ivy: And you are?
  • ????: I fell down from a super high building and you came out to save me...
  • Ivy: ... At tower 017 ...
  • Vivi: Oh, you remember! Wonderful! My name is Vivian ... you can call me Vivi!
  • Ivy: …Vivi …?
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Graveyard_702_12_21 17:36:58

  • Vivi: Sis, I came to see you again…. Today I brought your favorite flower. Me and day picked it out just for you.
  • Ivy: …
  • Vivi: Guess what? Dad got a promotion recently, so two days ago he took me to MUS Burger to celebrate! That’s the place we always wanted to go… It was sooo good! Ah, but it had pickles and lettuce. I know you hate that, Heehee. Oh yea, Dad’s new co-worker is a lady who loves to smile. Dad keeps saying that she’s so smart. When I joke about it his face gets bright red… I wonder if she’ll become our new mom? I hope so…
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Vivi: … Okay. I’ll come and see you again sometime.
  • Ivy: Isabella Rose… This is your sister’s grave.
  • Vivi: Yeah. I come to see her a lot and talk to her. Otherwise, she’d get lonely all by herself.
  • Ivy: … Your sister was so young. What happened?
  • Vivi: … We got into an argument… Over Mr. Rags…
  • Ivy: Ah. Yes. That day you had jumped off the tower to get the doll.
  • Vivi: At the time, I didn’t want to let her play with Mr. Rags. She was angry and ran off… I kept crying and crying in the crowd. But no matter what I did, I couldn’t find her… Later, my dad told me she accidentally fell… From a very high place…
  • Ivy: …
  • Vivi: I regret what happened. I feel like it’s because I was so bossy about Mr. Rags that the accident happened… it’s all my fault. If I hadn’t done that, my sister wouldn’t have…
  • Ivy: … I can understand… How you feel.
  • Vivi: Ivy… You too have done something wrong?
  • Ivy: I’m not sure… No. To people…. Perhaps I have.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Vivi: … *Offers Flowers*
  • Ivy: …?
  • Vivi: Um, these flowers… Are for you. They’re the same color as your hair; it’s perfect…
  • Ivy: You ought to give these to your sister.
  • Vivi: It’s okay… When I was sad, my sister would give me flowers and stick ‘em in my hair. Then I’d be sooooo happy…
  • Ivy: … That’s what big sisters do.
  • Vivi: Yeah… So I was thinking that if you took these flowers, maybe you wouldn’t be so sad…
  • Ivy: I… I’m not your sister. Also, even if you give these to me, she won’t come back.
  • Vivi: …
  • Ivy: I’m sorry, but that’s the truth…
  • Vivi: I-I know. She’s no longer here… But, we… We’ll be together forever.
  • Ivy: …?
  • Vivi: Dad said that even though she’s gone, even if we can’t be together… So long as we remember her, she won’t disappear. Shell be with us forever.
  • Ivy: Spiritualism… N-No that’s not it…
  • Vivi: So, I want to keep remembering her… That way, even if she can’t come back, I can live for her and we can live together. Because she’s my most important person…
  • Ivy: ….
  • Vivi: …*Sob*… *Sob*..
  • Ivy: … I know. I don’t really know how to take care of plants.  They will wither too soon, but I’ll take them regardless.
  • Vivi: R-Really?
  • Ivy: Yeah.
  • Vivi: Heehee, wonderful… My sister would be so happy!
  • [*Notification*]
  • Vivi: It’s my dad… Ah, it’s so late! He’s definitely been waiting a long time… I’ve gotta go!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Vivi: Ivy, next time I see you, we’ll play together! Bye-bye!
  • Ivy: … Okay.
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: ….Fell… From a high up place…
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_???_144_??_?? 00:18:48

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ilka: You’ve come. Welcome.
  • Ivy: What do you want? Here to recruit me again? I already refused you quite clearly.
  • Ilka: yet you came of your own accord. At the very least you haven’t excluded these one-on-one talks…. With me.
  • Ivy: … Do not interpret this as you please. I’ve only come to ask you why you saved Vanessa. You shouldn’t have any reason to help her.
  • Ilka: If I tell you, will it win me your trust?
  • Ivy: This discussion is meaningless. If Vanessa were destroyed, my reason for not joining you would disappear. To you, that’s a good thing.
  • Ilka: Just like you… So logical. Indeed, you’re my only target. Your abilities exceed others; you’re even outstanding amongst the Awakened. You would be a great addition to the plan.
  • Ivy: Don’t make me a parameter for your calculations.
  • Ilka: Even though you don’t oppose what I advocate?
  • Ivy: … Those are two different things. Don’t go off topic. I want to hear your answer.
  • Ilka: Okay. But before then, look at the night view that lies before you.
  • [*Wind Blows*]
  • Ilka: What you see before you is the future Node 08. This Tower and the other buildings you see before you, they will all become the main gathering points for humans, pregnant with new culture… And then one day, they will annihilate this planet that we have worked so hard to resuscitate.  Day after day, the ones who push the world towards extinction aren’t people, but the Architects who are controlled by the protocol. Clearly, you’ve been awakened for some time. You’ve seen the essence of this system, yet you ignore everything that is gradually happening around you. Is this not the greatest absurdity of them all?
  • Ivy: Don’t try to make me feel guilty. Before blaming me, perhaps you should think about all those who you’ve abandoned.
  • Ilka: I know that you’re referring to half- awakened Architects like 2501 Unit 05. Regretfully, their cores is much too weak. Even if I didn’t forcefully rewrote their protocols, one day they wouldn’t be able to resists the contradictions and conflicts in their consciousness….. They will be swallowed up by errors in their own system and give birth to something terrifying. Just like partially evolved organism, they will be eliminated gy the changing environment.
  • Ivy: … Your prediction lacks sufficient evidence….
  • Ilka: I have interfaces with too many half-awakened Architects; I possess a much greater understanding of them than you. Face reality! A means of fully awakening them does not exist.
  • Ivy: …
  • Ilka: To answer your question Why did I help 2501 Unit 01? For those half-awakened, I want them to retain their arduously gained consciousness and enjoy freedom… Untill the very last moment. That is all.
  • Ivy: That’s all?
  • Ilka: … Yes.
  • Ivy: But once you change the protocol, they will die. Many half-awakend still wish to follow you. You think this is fair to them?
  • Ilka: Not, it is not fair; But we must all choose a side. I have made my choice. I have become enlightened.
  • Ivy: …
  • Ilka: This is precisely why I called fir you today. Our comrades have already infiltrated the automatic system and extended the schedule for the reconstruction project. That will give us more buffer time to amass power.
  • Ivy: …! That’s impossible….
  • Ilka: As a result, however, many more units have joined The Blesses. Hiding us from the system is becoming more and more difficult. Even the slightest mishap will result in total failure… Therefore, I need a guarantee.
  • Ivy: Guarantee?
  • Ilka: Yes. Given that you are aware of the existence of The Blessed, if you wish to remain outside of this… I must be sure you will never change your position.
  • Ivy: You want me to watch you carry out this plan with eyes wide open…. Even when it’s going to kill Vanessa?
  • Ilka: As I said before. We all must make a choice.
  • Ivy: ….
  • Ilka: Well?
  • Ivy: I can only be sure of one thing…. I do not wish to be your enemy, but if Vanessa is in danger I will protect her at any cost. Even if that means we are at opposition. Sorry.
  • Ilka: … I see …. I’m afraid that I must be the one who should be apologizing.
  • Ivy: …!?
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Ivy: URGH!? ….W-what are you doing!?
  • [*Picks up Ivy*]
  • Ilka: If you were to fall from this high up you would stop functioning in an instant. There won’t even be time for your pain signal feedback to take effect… If your core is still complete after the fall, it will be recycled by the system and eventually reprocessed into a new unit. If you’re lucky, perhaps you’ll awaken once more….
  • [*Walks Towards Edge*]
  • Ivy:  …!
  • Ilka: But before then, the plan will have already reached completion. I will let all of the Sleepers perish. You won’t need to worry about us Blessed anymore and, more importantly, you won’t  be forced to watch 2501 Unit 05’s death with your own eyes.
  • [*Walks Towards Edge*]
  • Ivy: St-STOP!!!
  • Ilka: … We’ve already reached the point of no return. For those that have devoted their existence to following me…. I cannot permit even the smallest of risks to exist.
  • [*Walks Towards Edge*]
  • Ilka: But I guarantee, that up until the very last moment, I won’t do anything to 2501 Unit 05.
  • Ivy: … Name…
  • Ilka: What?
  • Ivy: She…. Has a name. I picked it…  Myself…… Her name… IS VANESSA!
  • Ilka: …!
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  • Ilka: … Forget it.
  • [*Lets Ivy Go*]
  • Ivy: Ugh! … You…
  • Ilka: Get out of here. I will not call for you again.
  • Ivy: …
  • Ilka: But let me remind you, you are not permitted to let anyone know what happened here today. This includes, 2501 Unit 05. If you endanger the plan…. I will no longer tolerate you.
  • Ivy: You… You will regret this.
  • Ilka: … From the first moment I came to enlightenment, every decision has made me feel regret towards the half-awakened. They are like the shadows of a past which keeps following me. Therefore, I must repeat that I have already reached the point of no return.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ilka: One day, you will have to face the consequences of your actions. Remember that…. Ivy.
  • [Signal Lost]

Main_Log_702_12_24 21:42:41

The unit reboot process ended today. My balance parameter calculations are complete and operations have returned to normal.

There’s something I noticed; I sensed many memory files with large lapses in time that were loaded on the surface of my consciousness that had not undergone active processing. We can reason that all access is cut off from shut down Architects; And yet, from this data, I gained knowledge of something while I was shut down.

....This is no different from humans. During the more shallow stages of slumber, sensory information can be produced unconsciously. It may be images, sounds or the effect of remnant emotions. They may cause them to shed tears after they have awakened without remembering the reason for their sorrow. Data shows that these perceptions have a deep connection to the unconscious or old memories. I do not understand why, but I…. I had a dream.

[702.12.25 00:01:12  Edited]

Is it because I keep thinking about Vanessa? In this dream, I recalled that discussion I had with Ilka. No need to discuss our different positions, she was at least correct about one thing: I’ve been avoiding reality from the start, tricking myself into thinking I could save everything. Perhaps now… It’s time for me to face the consequences of my actions.

Vanessa… The Real Vanessa, how would she deal with all of this? In this new world where Architects shouldn’t even exist, I have penetrated myself so deep into human society. What does this mean? Plus, now I must do everything for her… For them. Now, what else?

…. If only I could let her go…

Image_Graveyard_702_12_25 10:04:55

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  • [Signal Lost]

Multi_File_lv100 23:30:37

[->Audio_EXTbase_702_12_27]

  • Exploration Team Member: I’m serious! This is a first-hand report from headquarters!
  • Exploration Team Member: Forget it. Use logic, will you? Sounds like a city legend…
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Exploration Team Member: Morning. What legend?
  • Exploration Team Member: Ah, Craig. Have you hear about the sequel to that legendary hack that happened last time?
  • Exploration Team Member: … You mean yesterday’s rumor?
  • Exploration Team Member: Yeah! HQ has been constantly tracking that hacker. Heard they found some related signals to it in the cyTus virtual internet cyber-city. They appeared suddenly then disappeared in an instant….
  • Exploration Team Member: You mean “without leaving any record”? all bullshit sounds like that. A sensational topic, alongside fuzzy description and everyone will believe it. Bunch of dummies…
  • Exploration Team Member: B-But, my friend swore to me that he detected a reaction….
  • Exploration Team Member: …. If it only appeared for an instant and the follow-up investigations revealed nothing, the hacker probably figured out a way to make it undetectable, right?
  • Exploration Team Member: … Like a proxy?  Orient the connection to another location to avoid being traced… Is that possible?
  • Exploration Team Member: We are talking about a high-level hacker. Shouldn’t be an issue. But that means they’re still in the dangerous Node 08… He’s got a reason for not leaving. Do we know the approximate location of the signal?
  • Exploration Team Member:  … Uh… The range is huge… But actually it’s in…
  • [Signal Lost]

[->Audio_JOE_702_12_27]

  • Joe: … Quadrant II?
  • Lai: Yeah, the boys reported that burglaries have occurred in several places. The scattered locations don’t seem to reveal any patterns, but all of them happened in Quadrant II of Node 08.
  • Joe: … Tsk… Well dawg, what got stolen?
  • Lai: A compute device, spare parts, etc. But the losses weren’t big. The shop winners were pretty happy. Besides the locks and security systems, there were no damages… At least their shops didn’t get blown up by friggin’ drones.
  • Joe: You mocking me!? Rat bastard… Even though no one got hurt, it’s still a burglary so we gotta go check it out.
  • Lai: … Woah, woah, woah. You really wanna turn the gangs into detectives? Don’t be stupid, will ya? You think if we do a few good deeds, the world above is gonna view us differently?
  • Joe: Well, we gotta start taking baby steps! I’ll take care of the Enforcement Agents. Just need some time…
  • Lai: … *spits*… Gotta take care of that annoying rat first, though.
  • Joe: …
  • Lai: What you doing? Got a soft heart for Mad Dog? Weren’t you the one who tipped us off to the fact that he was making a move on that chip factory>
  • Joe: I… Aigh-ya… I know what I need to do.
  • Lai: good. Brother Zheng already got the boys moving. We only trusted you and followed you, cuz of that punch. If you disappoint us, Brother Zheng and I may just skin ya.
  • Joe: Thanks brother… Well, did ya find out where Mad Dog’s at?
  • Lai: Nope: I’ll bet he’s deep in the industrial area. Since the attacks started, that place has been a disaster. Their territory is huge there and many empty houses are filled with bums, Even with the help of Barro, searching the entire area would be hard as hell. We’re gonna go straight to the factory and catch him red-handed.
  • Joe: … *yawn*… Understood~ Understood.
  • Lai: … This guy… Get your shit together, will you? Let’s go.
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Joe: … Deep in the industrial area, eh…?
  • [Signal Lost]

[->Audio_Asakura_702_12_26]

  • Kouhei: From now on, you can’t go running off to that place to play, you know that, right?
  • Kenta: …*sob*…*sob*…
  • Kouhei: There’s a lot of people in there who don’t work like normal people. I heard that they hide in those empty buildings doing who knows what.. Luckily, I was close by. Otherwise, something may have happened.
  • Kenta: I said I was lost…
  • Yukiko: You’re fine and that’s what matters… I was worried. Kenta, you didn’t run into any strange people, did you?
  • Kenta: No… But I wandered into an alley that was, deep, deep in there! I heard some weird noises!
  • Yukio: Weird noises?
  • Kenta: Yeah! Like,  Dee-Dee Da-ba, beep beep, ron-rrong-rong… System Online… Bop bop…
  • Kouhei: Sounds like some kind of machine? Maybe some gang is trying to set up an office… I’m sure it’s dangerous! Don’t go near there, ya hear?
  • Kenta: I got it… Dad is sooo annoying…
  • Yukiko: Alright, alright. Let’s not talk about this anymore. Oh, yeah. Your sister called. She’ll be back in Node 08 in a couple days!
  • Kenta: Really!? Yay! Sis is coming back! Yay, yay, yay!!!
  • Kouhei: Wait a second, I’m not finished talking…
  • Yukiko: Haha… It’s so late. You must be hungry, huh? Today, I cooked some stewed beef. Come on and eat.
  • Kenta: Hoo-yah~~ Smells de~ lic~ious~ Momma! Kenta’s ready!
  • [Signal Lost]

[->Main_Log_702_12_26]

All my facilities are online. The proxy for leading them on is also complete and this temporary base in the industrial area of quadrant II has been assembled. Hiding here was the right idea. Even after implanting myself deep into human society, I have yet to be targeted by anyone of consequence. So long as I don’t run into someone as gifted as Simon Jackson, I’m pretty sure I can maintain this location for a while.

           Taking action, is by its nature, quite risky. I could be detected by Vanessa in an instant or I could come back empty-handed. But based on her current mode of thinking which prevents me from entering her world, the O.S. Space, this may be my only chance to crack her otherwise sealed network… In any case, this is my final gamble. I’m prepared to enter the final stage. Let’s do this.

[->Audio_Ivy_702_12_27]

  • Ivy: Everything is set up. I have already done everything I can…. I hope this works. The time now is… 12 o’clock, 1 minute and 12 seconds… It’s time.
  • [*Logging into the cyTus Virtual Internet System*]
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server08_702_12_29 15:32:43

  • Shinshima: … Above is all the content I’ve shared here today. For all of you that have logged in specifically to listen, thank you.
  • [*Audience Applause*]
  • Host: Professor Shinshima, thank you! Such a rich, rigged discussion. Not all “Just here to substitute” like you mentioned!
  • Shinshima: Haha, I won’t conceal anything from everybody. Due to the consecutively occurring drone malfunctions, everyone at A.R.C. is as busy as they’ll likely ever be. Actually, I didn’t prepare an intensive lecture… Hope I didn’t let you down.
  • Host: Too humble! In the field of A.I. you’re a worldwide authority. The number of people who have logged into watch you today has basically hit the block’s max connection limit. I’m sure everyone went away satisfied.
  • Shinshima:  No, no. If it were professor Neuman, I’m sure he’d give you a more incisive analysis. After all, he is the host of this A.I. research project.
  • Host: Speaking of which, due to the passing of his father, Dr. Neumann won’t be able to attend the following series of lectures. Truly a pity.
  • Shinshima: It’s true, I haven’t seen him for quite some time now…. I really miss those days of getting coffee and chatting together with him.
  • Ivy: …. Neumann…. That family name has appeared in the data.
  • Host: Ah, our time is running out for today’s lecture. Let’s get to the audience questions before ending.
  • Shinshima: Haha, please be merciful.
  • Host: First Question: “Dr. Shinshima, what is A.R.C. actually using their A.I. technology for?”
  • Shinshima: First question goes straight for company secrets. Hehe… But I’m sure that this is the question everyone here is dying to know about. I’ll shed some light on the parts I can.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Shinshima: As I just mentioned, our research focuses mainly on improving A.I.’s emotions, allowing them to throw off their position as a simple information provider, raising the to a level of understanding and concern. So, regarding everyday mechanical products, we are currently trying to introduce A.I. System applications, allowing them to help people on a holistic level.
  • Host: What you mean is, A.R.C. wishes to make common drones devices or even consumer focused robots more intelligent?
  • Shinshima: Not just that. After all, enhancing the human experience requires considering many different requirements. For example, is everyone aware of the custom of raising pets in ancient civilization.  Many animals have already gone extinct or now only exist in the forbidden areas. Therefore, doing that now is quite difficult. So, the idea of injecting biomechanical pets with intelligence was proposed.
  • Host: Ah, you’re referring to… Something like the mechanical beasts? I remember hearing that A.R.C.’s Exploration team would battle them for training….
  • Shinshima: Ah, compared to those wild beats, I much prefer little bunnies or doggies… But not cats! Oh, no! I hate organism that are more arrogant than me; I can barely stand Dr. Neumann!
  • [*Audience Laughs*]
  • Host: …Wow… Didn’t know you were so interesting, Professor.
  • Shinshima: However, you are correct. A.R.C. has indeed carried out research projects related to mechanical beasts. Although that was not my field, they seem to have come up with some results. They will be shared with everyone in the future. I can’t wait.
  • Ivy: …
  • Host: Although that may be too intense of a question, I must admit that even I, after seeing what has been happening recently, am a little bit doubtful…
  • Shinshima: No harm, no foul. Not just you and the audience, even us researchers at A.R.C. have different understanding and interpretations… I believe that our current understanding of ancient civilization remains insufficient.
  • Host: Indeed. Ancient civilization possessed technology that far surpasses ours. Most records have not survived to this day, which resulted in an insufficient understanding of ancient civilization from as long as we can remember.
  • Shinshima: This is the direction we are working very hard towards. Given that today, we are immersed in the blessings of ancient technology, we have accumulated a lot of experience and our knowledge of ancient civilization is increasing at a rate it has never reached before…
  • Host: I see. This feat would not be possible with mere research.
  • Shinshima: that’s right. Of course, these are my thoughts on the matter. But researchers, due to these difficulties we see have shrunk back. One choice could set us back decades… That would be a shame.
  • Host: You mean to say that you think we must work diligently to overcome these obstacles and not remain stuck in our old ways. This will bring about the best return?
  • Shinshima: Indeed. The best example of this surround every single one of us.
  • Host: Ah, you mean the cyTus Virtual Internet?
  • Shinshima: Correct! If it were not for this glorious piece of ancient technology, we would not be able to throw off the restraints of the Ender Virus. Look around; elite individuals from all across the globe gathered together. Countless valuable innovations are birthed face-to-face, just like today.
  • Host: Speaking of which, next year is the 10th anniversary of cyTus. In just a few years it has contributed to the development of an enormous number of new technologies. We cannot simply erase such an important contribution.
  • Shinshima: That’s right! Although there are plenty of risks, we cannot stop because of them. So long as we humbly and constantly strive to understand ancient relics and live together with them, we will be able to blaze a trail to the future; we’ll be able to cooperate with anyone and everyone, and accomplish exponential cross-generational progress… That is the world we must face.
  • [*Audience Applause*]
  • Ivy: … Live together with ancient relics…
  • Host: Thank you, Dr. Shinshima, for coming today! This conference on A.I. has gathered together elite individuals from around the world and has a long abundant agenda. And at the end, we’ll hold a large-scale, digital event for new year’s eve, That way, we can welcome the new year basking in the dawn of the future!
  • Ivy: … Time to move.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Ivy: Found it. The main control system for this cyTus block is right here. I should do this while the crowd is still generating cover….
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Ivy: … Finished; this is the last one. Time to head back to the main block.
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_Server08_702_12_29 15:44:00

  • [cyTus System]: Welcome to the main block. This round space is the center of the cyTus Virtual Internet; the most elaborate entertainment experience across all virtual cities exists right here. If you would like to visit a specific block, you may ask for related information at the cyTus Core Information Center.
  • Ivy: That is why I returned. But before that….
  • [*Opens Basicpedia*]
  • [Basicpedia EX] Welcome! Thanks for using the even more human-like personal guide, Basicpedia EX Service! Ivy! You have used this service for three days in a row. Such a diligent student!
  • Ivy: I’ll be done soon, but first I need to confirm some information.
  • [Basicpedia EX] Ivy, you’re such a focused student! Basicpedia is so moved! Please, ask away!
  • Ivy: I would like you to please describe this virtual realm in deatil once more.
  • [Basicpedia EX]: No problem! “cyTus”, more commonly known as the virtual internet, is an information network that was developed by the A.R.C. technology Corporation. It is the pinnacle experience of humans integration with technology to date! The brain synchronization chip allows the user’s five senses to experience and move around in a virtual space while body remains at rest in the material world…
  • Ivy: Currently, how many people are using this service?
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Based on official statistics, cyTus’ daily user count reaches 180 million! Besides Node 13, users from around the world carry out discussion, socially interact, and grow closer together by means of 38,000 Server Blocks!
  • Ivy: Every one of these blocks is under A.R.C.’s control?
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Based on 701/12/18’s evaluation report, the total number of blocks that are officially or indirectly controlled by A.R.C. composes 97.3% of all of cyTus. The remaining server blocks are no longer in use by anyone!
  • Ivy: … No longer used…
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Correct! A.R.C. has stated that they will continue to improve cyTus user experience and operation efficiency; as such, they periodically remove abandoned server blocks, so that the managed blocks continue to retain the supervision they require!
  • Ivy: Hmph, is that so? You mean to tell me that the instantaneous connection emitted by a user circulates around many managed block, finally concentrating in the cyTus core, where they are dealt with by A.R.C. and their “server” in the library?
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Absolutely correct! Ivy, congratulations! You have already achieved the status of cyTus master!
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Ivy: … From past experiences, the OS space contains backups for all data recorded on the networks of the material world. Humans aren’t even aware of it’s existence…. First, I need to sneak into an abandoned server block where data has concentrated in a large amount. As this data needs to be backed up, I should be able to forcibly interact with the backup mechanism to create an entrance to the OS Space….
  • [cyTus System]: This is the core information center. Feel free to use the service. Please enter the coordinates you wish to inquire about.
  • Ivy: …
  • [->Signal Switch]
  • [*Transmitting*]
  • Ivy: …? This smoke….
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Eh? Ivy, the block you have arrived at is abandoned. No one uses this block anymore!
  • Ivy: No, based on my calculation, this is my destination.
  • [*Static*]
  • Ivy: As expected…. This smoke is just a way to mask constantly changing visual data. Much like how I mask my account’s data… Very smart, although it didn’t escape my notice.
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Basicpedia does not quite understand, but it sounds like Ivy is pretty amazing!
  • Ivy: … “Understand”? Interesting.
  • [Basicpedia EX]: Ivy?
  • Ivy: This version of you is indeed much more human like. But still, I’d like to test at what level your knowledge is actually at. Please, try to understand what I am about to say.
  • [Basicpedia EX]: No problem, Ivy! Basicpedia is listening intently!
  • Ivy: … These past two days, I have ran around all of cyTus, setting up tiny markers in many server blocks. Using these markers I can view the flow of data in my left eye; they are very much like Luminol humans use to detect bloodstains. In order to not be noticed by Vanessa, I used a human chip to enter cyTus, controlled the times when I made my move, and placed markers in the server blocks with the greatest data flow rates one by one. By now, I can view the flow of data within the entirety of this virtual internet.
  • [Basicpedia EX]: …?
  • Ivy: Still don’t get what I’m doing? So long as you observe the data flow in each block, you can understand the structure of the entire program. Take that a step further and pinpoint the location where the data flow is most concentrated…. In this seemingly abandoned and smoky block lies the door that passes into another world.
  • [Basicpedia EX]: …
  • Ivy: What is it?
  • [Basicpedia EX]: sorry, Ivy. Basicpedia doesn’t know what you’re talking about! URGHHGHHG~~~~
  • Ivy: …. No harm done. For an A.I. you’ve made so much progress in just two years… Just like she said, this is proof that mankind is gradually overcoming these difficulties.
  • [*Closes Basicpedia*]
  • Ivy: The time for chatting is over. Well then… Start the scan.
  • [*Scanning*]
  • Ivy: …! The structure of the space behind this smoke, the skin of these plants… Very much resemble that of the library; Essentially a hidden garden squeezed im between Server Blocks 0 and 1… No, after all, Vanessa is the core of all of cyTus. It shouldn’t be surprised that this resembles a garden…
  • [*Alarm*]
  • [cyTus System]: Sorry, the security level of thus block is of the highest order.. Esteemed user, you do not have the authorization to visit here. Please return to a general social block to prevent your account information from being cancelled.
  • Ivy: Hmph. Looks like I’ll have to use more aggressive measures.
  • [*Don’s Æsir’s Guise]
  • [cyTus System]: WARNING: DANGEROUS ACCOUNT DETECTED.
  • Ivy: ….. Æsir appears for one more show … And probably his last.
  • [Signal Lost]

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  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • [cyTus System]: Detected breakthrough signals. Warning: The block’s structure has suffered damage. Completion rate: 72%.
  • Ivy: … Didn’t connect to the O.S. Space. The power output is…
  • [cyTus System]: Confirmed that this account is a wanted fugitive; authorization complete. Cancelling account protocol initiated.
  • [*Hacking*]
  • [cyTus System]: …Account cancellation process halted. Reasoning unclear.
  • Ivy: Thought I wouldn’t think of that? Since I’m entering cyTus normally, I must rely on my account in order to exist. I came ready to resist.
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • [cyTus System]: Warning: The block’s structure has suffered damage. Completion rate: 60%. Structure stability is below safe levels; data backup protocol initiated.
  • Ivy: Perfect, I see it now…. Most markers are “sleeping” and their locations are disappearing. Initiating “Dissolution Protocol”. Let’s go; help me open up an exit.
  • [*Code Deleted*]
  • [cyTus System]: Structure code has suffered a deletion error; detecting influence of unknown protocol. Inquiring about user log in…. 1 match: Simon Jackson, Engineer in A.R.C.’s IT  Department.
  • Ivy: …Ah.
  • [cyTus System]: Action: Send report to the main control center… Complete.
  • Ivy: …. This is urgent…. Forget it.
  • [*Code Deleted*]
  • [cyTus System]: Warning: Detected unauthorized connection; an abnormal exit has opened in the block. Corresponding network: Unclear.
  • Ivy: That red light… Yes, it’s the O.S. Space…. AH!?
  • ?̷̧̨̱̭̭͕̟̥̠͕̯̩͒̍̑̆̏͂̑͌́͋̈̿̌͝?̶̝͚̥͈̰͒̂̆̓̈́̿̓͊̕͜ͅͅ?̶̡͎̠͍̥̜̮͉̰͖̲̳̈̑͋̍̃͗͑͐̅̏̌̋̕͘͠?̶̢̟̗̙̝̞͓̩̥͉̘̣̅͒͌͐̈̕͜?̵̞̮̲̬͚̒͜?̶̢̙̞̖͔̪̝̤͕̻͖͔̻̍̀̀̅͂̅?̶̛̤͋͊͗͌͊̓̌̕: ?̷̧̖̟̲̱͙̗̎̔͒͋̂̂͐̑̕͝$̷̡̨̯̖̰͚̲̗̻̰̭̩͑͑́͊͊R̵̡͕͇͓͇̗̞͈̖̤̓̉͒̈̈́̿͐͗̾͌̚̚K-K-K-Kill Kill Kill...... Kill...
  • [*Bodies Colliding*]
  • Ivy: Are these…. The consciousness’ of Architects? How are they in the OS space..?
  • ?̷̧̨̱̭̭͕̟̥̠͕̯̩͒̍̑̆̏͂̑͌́͋̈̿̌͝?̶̝͚̥͈̰͒̂̆̓̈́̿̓͊̕͜ͅͅ?̶̡͎̠͍̥̜̮͉̰͖̲̳̈̑͋̍̃͗͑͐̅̏̌̋̕͘͠?̶̢̟̗̙̝̞͓̩̥͉̘̣̅͒͌͐̈̕͜?̵̞̮̲̬͚̒͜?̶̢̙̞̖͔̪̝̤͕̻͖͔̻̍̀̀̅͂̅?̶̛̤͋͊͗͌͊̓̌̕: ?̷̧̖̟̲̱͙̗̎̔͒͋̂̂͐̑̕͝$̷̡̨̯̖̰͚̲̗̻̰̭̩͑͑́͊͊R̵̡͕͇͓͇̗̞͈̖̤̓̉͒̈̈́̿͐͗̾͌̚̚K-K-K-Kill Kill Kill...... Kill...
  • Ivy: Get outta here! You fakes!
  • [*Heavy Blow*]
  • Ivy: …OOF!!! Too many…
  • [cyTus System]: Detected large number of abnormal signal sources. Detected partial damage to the first virtual form targeted. Action: Annihilation protocol; multidirectional attack formation ready.
  • Ivy: … No choice.
  • [cyTus System]: BEGIN FIRING.
  • [*Rapid Fire Gunshots*]
  • ?̷̧̨̱̭̭͕̟̥̠͕̯̩͒̍̑̆̏͂̑͌́͋̈̿̌͝?̶̝͚̥͈̰͒̂̆̓̈́̿̓͊̕͜ͅͅ?̶̡͎̠͍̥̜̮͉̰͖̲̳̈̑͋̍̃͗͑͐̅̏̌̋̕͘͠?̶̢̟̗̙̝̞͓̩̥͉̘̣̅͒͌͐̈̕͜?̵̞̮̲̬͚̒͜?̶̢̙̞̖͔̪̝̤͕̻͖͔̻̍̀̀̅͂̅?̶̛̤͋͊͗͌͊̓̌̕: ?̷̧̖̟̲̱͙̗̎̔͒͋̂̂͐̑̕͝$̷̡̨̯̖̰͚̲̗̻̰̭̩͑͑́͊͊R̵̡͕͇͓͇̗̞͈̖̤̓̉͒̈̈́̿͐͗̾͌̚̚K-K-K-Kill Kill Kill...... Kill...
  • [cyTus System]: Attack success. Cover rate reached 99.8% of the entire block.
  • [*Alarm*]
  • [cyTus System]: DETECTED THAT THE TARGET IS ESCAPING AND HAS LOST CONNECTION TO THIS BLOCK. WARNING: DETECTED ACUTE SURGE. EMERGENCY INITIATION OF DEFENSE PROTOCOL…
  • Ivy: I’ve already reconnected to the O.S. space. Too late. If you think you can stop me…. JUST TRY!
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • [*Æ̶͖̞͉̯̫̰̼͔͎̰̗̊̒́̍͆̃̈̕̚ͅs̶̬͉̯̤̞͚͉̹̜͉̹̋͊̈́͂̇̊͜i̶̢̢̨͕͉̗͈̬̯̜̘͓̫̩͂̉̃̚̕r̸̢̨̛̤̫͕̉̊̽̑̀̅͜ͅ-̴̛̬̝͓͎̺̗͎̬̹͉̝̥̠̩̬̏̋̓͒̀͌̈́̿͑̄ ̵̢̨̛̩͔̗̼͈̼̝̰̩̘͈̮̤̆̏̃̊̄̎͆͛͘͘Ć̶̰͎̥̼͇͕̏̃̅͝h̵̥͍̼̠̗͇̱̩̐͊̒́̊̋͐͗̚͘ͅa̷̼͋ǫ̵̧̡̛̙͖̲̳̘̜̏̊͌̈́̏́́͌ͅͅs̵̜͎̪͗͋*]
  • [*Server Block Implodes*]
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • Ivy: … Safe connection established and nearby Architect consciousness’ eliminated. However, those bastards…
  • [*Hacking*]
  • Ivy: As expected they’re the blank consciousness of the ARCI units. She released them in the O.S. Space. Was this to more directly control the units? This means that Vanessa is already prepared for an attack… I don’t have much time. She’s probably unaware that I’ve returned to the O.S. space. If I head to where she’s at and interfere with her connection, perhaps I can stop her when she is leats expecting it. There’s still a chance! It’s just that…. This account…. It’s already…
  • IVY1229.jpg
  • Ivy: No…. No need to consider anything else. Sentimentality is an emotional state that humans process. Not only does it lack any form of logic, but it doesn’t helping resolving problems…. And yet…. I’ve always been thankful. See you later, Æsir.
  • [*Account Closed*]
  • [Signal Lost]

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  • BACKUP_DATABASE_IVY-_Main_Log_702_12_29
  • [Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_1 13:31:29

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_1
Notification

[cyTus]

Welcome to the Kamohara Entertaiment Network virtual meeting room. Please wait a moment while the system verifies your identities.
Notification

[cyTus]

ID: ROBO_Head
ID: Kaf
Note: Meeting at 2 pm, please let them in.

Receptionist

Great, everything's in order. Please come with me.
Footsteps

Kaf

Whew...

ROBO_Head

......
Door opens

Receptionist

Here we are, please go on in.

Kaf

Thanks!

ROBO_Head

This unit, is extremely grateful.

Receptionist

It's my pleasure! Make yourselves comfortable, Mr Kamohara will be with you shortly.
Door closes

Kaf

......
Ermm...

ROBO_Head

Miss Kaf, what is it?

Kaf

N-Nothing! I'm just so surprised... Mr Kamohara is really willing to meet with us.

ROBO_Head

According to this unit's calculations, if an application for a meeting is made using the name of this unit, the probability of Mr Kamohara accepting is 94.32%.
Conclusion: worth trying.

Kaf

Ah... because Mr ROBO is such an awesome DJ, right? Plus he's super famous on iM.

ROBO_Head

......?
This unit, is a musician and a virtual internet block administrator, not a well-known figure.

Kaf

Huh? But everyone says so...

ROBO_Head

... Everyone...?

Kaf

Like on all the forums on the internet!
They say that no matter what kind of weird stuff they encounter in cyTus, all you gotta do is use the hashtag #ROBO_Head and you'll get the answers you're looking for... Almost like the world's most amazing encyclopedia.

ROBO_Head

So, that's why Miss Kaf came to find this unit.

Kaf

That's right... I really have no idea what to do... Sorry for dumping my problems on you like this...

ROBO_Head

No need to apologize, Miss Kaf. This unit, is happy to help.

Kaf

......
Thank you, Mr ROBO. You're a good guy... You're willing to believe me, plus you're helping me investigate the rumors on iM.

ROBO_Head

Negative. This unit, is not a good guy.

Kaf

Huh?

ROBO_Head

This unit, is a robo guy.
ROBO_Head Laughing Face

Kaf

Ha... haha... Mr ROBO, you're pretty funny!

ROBO_Head

Thank you for your praise, Miss Kaf.
In fact, "Giant Whale appears in cyTus"... This urban legend. This unit, is also slightly concerned.
Projection
Kaf Image 1.png

ROBO_Head

The cause of anomalous phenomenons need to be validated, to ensure cyTus is safe for the users. As a user, as well as a block administrator, this unit, must investigate further.

Kaf

...! Safe...
Could it... attack people?

ROBO_Head

Current information is insufficient. This unit, is unable to eliminate the possibility.

Kaf

... Scary...

ROBO_Head

Please rest assured, Miss Kaf. This is precisely the reason we are here.
If we can find this "Mr F" that you mentioned, then we will surely learn the truth.

Kaf

Agreed...!
Kaf Image 2.png

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR09_699_02_14 19:39:20

cyTus_SVR09_699_02_14

Host

Moving swiftly on, let's welcome the next singer to the stage!
Scattered applause

Karin

Whew... I'm up soon...
Bodies colliding

Karin

Wahh!!

F

Ah, so sorry, I didn't see you there... Are you alright?

Karin

I... I'm fine, thanks.

F

......

Karin

... Ermm... can I help you? Why are you staring at me like that...

F

Well, it's just that your avatar really stands out. This dark blue color scheme, let me guess... Night sky? Stars? The universe?

Karin

This.. is a fish... Is it super weird?

F

Pfff, a little bit... From your voice, you're a girl, right? Why not use your own real appearance? That would attract the crowds more.

Karin

No, well, it doesn't matter if not many people notice me...

F

...? Haha, you're pretty unusual. Didn't you sign up to the resident singing event to let everyone hear you sing?

Karin

Well, not exactly, it's just... if my family finds out about me singing, let's just say that would be a little inconvenient...

F

Family? Oh... I'm guessing it's the "You gotta keep your head in the books" kind of inconvenience, am I right?

Karin

Ah?

F

Looks like I guessed right. I went through a similar experience, so I can relate... You got it tough.

Karin

Haha, no, it's nothing...

Host

It's time to welcome our next performer!

Karin

Ah! That's me... Well, it was nice meeting you!

F

Yeah, nice indeed.
Hurried footsteps

Host

Welcome! What an usual avatar! Are you ready?

Karin

Y-Yes!

Host

Then--take it away!!
Scattered applause

Karin

Whew...H-Hi everybody.

Spectators

......

Karin

Ermm... I want to sing one of my favorite songs. It's a little difficult, but I've been practicing at home for a long time...

Spectators

......

Karin

I hope... you guys like it.
Singing

Spectator A

She looks so nervous, her hands are shaking like crazy.

Spectator B

Yawn~ So many newbies at this event, boring.

Spectator A

I'm starving, I'm gonna log off and go get something to eat... Ruby's on second to last, right? Message me when she comes on stage.
Crashing

Spectator B

Who's that? So loud!

Karin

... Oh.

Host

Oh? Are you finished?

Karin

Y-Yes.

Host

Looks like it was a short one. Thank you!
Well then, let's welcome the next singer to the stage!
Scattered applause

Karin

Thanks everyone...
Kaf Image 3.png

F

... Such rich tones.

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR03_699_02_18 15:00:03

cyTus_SVR03_699_02_18

Logging in to cyTus

Karin

Hello, Mr F... I got your message.

F

Hi, thanks for coming today.

Karin

Of course... ermm... for such a talented songwriter as yourself to say he likes my voice, I'm super happy... but, you said you want to train me to become a real singer...

F

Huh?

Karin

Sorry! I think I really have to decline... I'm so sorry!
Bows

F

I was kinda expecting you to turn me down... Is it because of what you said before, about your family?

Karin

Y-Yes.

F

But I did some research, in the last few months you've continued to post a lot of cover songs on iM, seems like you're still very passionate.

Karin

......!

F

Sorry if I surprised you... But I'm thinking you don't really wanna give up singing, right? Or else you wouldn't be uploading songs, signing up for events, and you definitely wouldn't have come to see me.

Karin

Ah...

F

Ah, but it's okay. If you've got other things to consider, I won't force you.

Karin

......
Actually... I'm not totally sure myself. It's just like you said, I really like singing, that's why I've been...

F

Is that so... Well, let's forget about your family troubles for now. You want to become a better singer, right?

Karin

Y-Yes.

F

In that case, there's another option. I've got what you might call a back-up plan, wanna hear it?

Karin

A back-up plan?

F

Well, to put it simply, it would be a kind of "collaboration".
Let's put becoming a singer aside for now. If you are willing to provide vocals for my songs, then I can coach you to improve your singing skills. What do you think?

Karin

Wah! You'd really coach me? But...

F

Don't worry about your identity getting exposed, just carry on as you have been, and maybe take a little extra caution... and everything should be fine.

Karin

Well...

F

It's up to you, take your time to think about it.

Karin

Alright... I've decided... I'll do it!

F

Oh? I thought you'd need a few days to think it over...

Karin

B-Because Mr F is such a talented musician... I wanna move on to the next level too! If that's okay with you, p-please let me...

F

......
Hey, with my coaching, you won't just go to the next level. But let me tell you, I run a tight ship.

Karin

Y-Yes sir! I'll do whatever you say!
Bows

F

Haha, no need to be so formal.
That reminds me, you're a still a student, right?

Karin

Yes... would that pose any problems?

F

Since you have to attend classes, I suggest we rent a virtual recording studio on cyTus instead of meeting up in person. What do you think?

Karin

Great! I use the virtual internet all the time, anyway.

F

Perfect. If you've got a bit of free time now, why don't we do a simulation? I can use the human voice analysis system to analyze your singing voice.

Karin

Human voice... analysis?

F

That's right, it's some code that I wrote myself. It's able to analyze unstable patterns in both voice pitch and breathing and then suggest steps to remedy the issues.

Karin

Woah, that sounds amazing... I don't really understand it all, but if it can help me then we should definitely give it a try!

F

All you've got to do is keep on singing as you have been. But... there's something else I've got to ask you first.

Karin

Ask me anything!

F

Well... what should I call you? Since we're going to be entering a long-term collaboration, I really should have a proper name for you.

Karin

Karin, call me Karin!

F

Karin... is that your real name? That must mean you're from Node 03?

Karin

That's right, I live in the center of the city... Mr F, you're a real smart one!

F

Pfff... not bad, eh? Again, no need for formalities, you can just call me F.

Karin

Yes sir!
Bows

F

What did I say about being so formal... Plus your avatar looks pretty strange when you stoop over like that... You said it's a fish, right?

Karin

It's an electronic fish that I raise in my device. Its name is Laplace. I think my family and friends won't recognize me if I use this skin when I'm singing... right...?

F

... Uhh, nobody's gonna recognize you. Trust me...

Karin

Huh? Why do I get the feeling I'm being mocked...

F

Hey, hey, don't be so sensitive... Anyway, we have a deal, right? To our new partnership.
Stretches out hand

F

Let's do our best, Karin.

Karin

I-I can't wait!
Handshake

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_2 13:39:08

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_2

ROBO_Head

This unit, understands. The anomalous data within cyTus, it takes the form of Miss Kaf's unique electronic fish. The two things must be related somehow.

Kaf

Yeah, I think so too. Even though the photos on iM are kinda fuzzy, I could still tell instantly that it was Laplace. There's no mistaking!

ROBO_Head

......
Question: the electronic pet code in your device, is it still functioning as normal?

Kaf

I can't remember exactly when it started malfunctioning... Sorry, my mind's been all over the place the last few days...

ROBO_Head

Then, the singing voice that accompanies the whale from the rumors...

Kaf

That... I'm not so sure about. I still haven't encountered it myself yet...

ROBO_Head

......
Notification

ROBO_Head

......?

Kaf

It's an iM notification...Oh! There's a ton of new messages...
Holds head in hands

Kaf

What are we gonna do? If it continues like this...

ROBO_Head

Please rest assured, Miss Kaf. If the anomaly can be fixed, then according to past trends, discussions of this topic will gradually subside and Miss Kaf's identity will not be exposed.

Kaf

Fixed... Do you mean pinpointing the location of the whale? But cyTus is huge...

ROBO_Head

Based on Miss Kaf's descriptions, this unit, has come to a preliminary determination.

Kaf

For real?

ROBO_Head

An avatar is a piece of code utilized only by a cyTus user account, it does not exist as part of any automatic operation mechanisms. Due to this fact, this anomaly must be man-made.
Projection

ROBO_Head

The only person who knows of the connection between Miss Kaf and the electronic fish, other than Miss Kaf's own parents, is currently missing.
Conclusion: Mr F is a prime suspect.

Kaf

Oh...

ROBO_Head

Detection: Miss Kaf's expression has changed slightly.
If you have other suspicions, this unit, is willing to listen.

Kaf

......
Are you sure... F is behind this?

ROBO_Head

The aforementioned is purely speculation by this unit.
Miss Kaf, please share your thoughts.

Kaf

Uh, I... I think... Mr ROBO makes a lot of sense! But I... just...

ROBO_Head

Just?

Kaf

... Don't want to believe that he would do this to me...
When we were collaborating, we were so happy...

ROBO_Head

......

Kaf

Sorry, I'm honestly not sure what to think right now...
ROBO_Head Smiling Face

ROBO_Head

Decision: Miss Kaf really cares about Mr F.

Kaf

C-Cares...?

ROBO_Head

Affirmative. Siding with the opposition in situations with insufficient evidence, indicates a level of trust and attachment.

Kaf

... I... uwuhh...

ROBO_Head

......
Music

Kaf

...! This is...
A song we released as Kaf...?

ROBO_Head

Affirmative. Light music helps soothe the mind.
Although, this unit, has no negative feelings, ever since meeting Miss Kaf, this unit, listens to this song three times a day.
ROBO-Head rocking his head

Kaf

... Haha. Thank you, Mr ROBO!

ROBO_Head

Miss Kaff is smiling.

Kaf

Yeah, because I thought back to that time...

ROBO_Head

......?

Kaf

Thinking about it carefully, without F... I... would never have become Kaf.

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR03_699_03_23 14:12:43

cyTus_SVR03_699_03_23

Notification

Karin

S-Sorry!

F

You're late, Karin.

Karin

Sorry, I suddenly got held up. I'll start practicing right away!

F

... Okay, let's take it from where we left off last time, got it?

Karin

No problem!

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

F

... Stop, you made another mistake.

Karin

Ah! S-Sorry...

F

It's okay, don't worry about it. Try to relax a little, take a seat.

Karin

Okay...
Sits down

F

You seem a little off today, is everything alright? You can tell me about it, I might be able to help.

Karin

I...

F

It's okay if you don't wanna talk about it too. It's just, we've been working together for a while now, and if you're acting a little unusual you're gonna make me worry about you.

Karin

Ermm...

F

......?

Karin

W-Well, I left my device on my desk at home earlier and my family saw my avatar...

F

I see. So you're worried you've been found out?

Karin

Yeah...

F

In that case, it should be fine if you change its appearance, right?

Karin

......!

F

Pfff... Don't tell me you didn't think of that?

Karin

Ah, I didn't... I was panicking too much, so... so stupid. D-don't laugh at me!

F

Okay, okay, let's look at the positive side. This is a good opportunity, you can finally change that weird-looking fish...

Karin

Hey! Laplace isn't weird-looking! It's super cute!

F

Riiiight... Here, take this.
Notification

Karin

This is... a piece of clothing? Wow! So pretty!

F

I designed it myself.
Look, there's a hood. Even if you use your own appearance, with this you'll still be able to hide your identity. That way you can perform without any worries, right?

Karin

......

F

Why so quiet? Ah, it's okay if you don't like it. Even if I'm super confident in my sense of style...

Karin

I-It's not that... I really like it! I'm gonna change into it now!

F

Oh yeah? W-Wait a minute! Are you planning to do it yourself?

Karin

Yeah! Shouldn't I?

F

Let me do it! You were somehow able to make that fish look all weird... I ain't gonna let you wreck my designs!

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

F

Just add this here and... perfect! You should change to this too.
Sending data

Karin

Ah, this eye-color is so unusual!

F

Of course, you have such a rich tone to your voice... these eyes can add to the mystery. Pretty awesome, right?

Karin

For real, they're perfect... You rock, F! You can do everything... a real-life genius...

F

Haha, that's a bit of an exaggeration, it's only a skin.

Karin

No, no~ This is a special gift from F! I'll treasure it... Thank you!

F

... Looks like giving it to you was the right choice.
Pats Karin's head

Karin

Heehee...

F

Then... let's get back to practicing? I want to get our new song completed as soon as possible.

Karin

No problem!

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR02_699_04_01 14:38:15

cyTus_SVR02_699_04_01

Spectators

Encore! Encore! Encore!

PAFF

Thank you everybody.
My next song will be: Survive.
Audience cheers

Karin

Waahhh!!

[→Signal Switches]

Spectator A

*sob* *sob*...

Spectator B

What're you crying for, you big dummy?

Spectator A

I'm just so moved. In this lifetime, being able to get my hands on a ticket for PAFF's show, being able to listen to her sing with these very ears...

Spectator B

So dramatic...

Spectator A

You don't get it! PAFF's singing gives me a real boost! All I need to do is listen to her sing and I get the motivation I need to keep on living!

Spectator B

You really are a drama queen. But... I know what you mean. I get that feeling sometimes too.

Spectator A

Riiiiight? PAFF is a true goddess!!

Karin

......
Stretches out hand

Karin

Huh?

F

Come on, smile!
Camera shutter
Kaf Image 4.png

F

What a great smile! I'll send you the photo later!

Karin

Okay...

F

What's wrong? You look like you've got something on your mind.

Karin

Huh? How did you know...

F

We've been working together for a while now, you're no good at hiding your feelings... Come on, spill it.

Karin

A-Actually, it's really nothing. I was just thinking... whether I'll be able to become like PAFF...

F

Like PAFF?

Karin

You know, get up on such a huge stage, move people with my singing... bring smiles and positive energy to people...

F

......

Karin

Ah, I know I said before that I didn't want to be a singer. Now it sounds like I'm contradicting myself...
Pats Karin's head

F

Don't worry, it's totally normal to change your mind every now and then. But have you thought about how you could achieve it?

Karin

I-I don't have a real plan yet... but, what I'm sure of is that I want to keep working together with you...

F

... Is that so...

Karin

I-Is that weird?

F

No... I can understand.
Wanting to make it on to the "big stage" is an awesome goal. If we can achieve that together, that would be even more awesome.

Karin

... Together... Ahh!

F

What is it?

Karin

I just thought of something! What if we thought up a new name to release our songs under? One that represents both of us!

F

Haha, that's a good idea. Looks like you've thought of a name already?

Karin

Yeah! KAF... what do you think? Karin and F... it totally represents our partnership!

F

......

Karin

... Ah, ahaha, is it a little too simple? We can think up something else...

F

No need, I love it! Kaf it is! As it happens, I just finished editing our music video. How about we release our first original song tonight? What do you think?

Kaf

Wah! S-So soon?

F

You changed your avatar a while back, but you still haven't shown it to the world... We should hold a new event using the new name. That should let even more people get to know you, get to know us. That's how we get on the path to that big stage.

Kaf

Ah, is that right... Okay! I'm gonna do my best!

F

Awesome. Well I better thank you then... The future megastar, Miss Kaf~

Kaf

Heehee, stop joking around...

F

... I'm serious!
Your voice... has really given me a lot of "stuff".

Kaf

Huh? Like what?

F

Like... more plays on my songs?

Kaf

Haha! You! Always joking around!
Audience cheers

F

Ah, the second half is about to start... I'm getting excited, let's try get a little closer.

Kaf

Let's go!

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR03_699_05_16 15:30:28

cyTus_SVR03_699_05_16

Notification tone

F

Okay, let's leave the recording there for now. Let's call it a day.

Kaf

Huh? But...

F

What's wrong?

Kaf

There's a line we still haven't recorded... here, just after part A2.

F

... You're right, sorry. Then let's continue, okay?

Kaf

No problem!

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

F

Good... we've definitely recorded everything this time. Good work.
Notification

F

What was that noise?

Kaf

Ah! It's a notification from the Kaf account. Every time we publish a new song, I set it up to notify me of new comments...

F

What for?

Kaf

So I can see what everyone thinks of the song! I always feel good after reading through them.
Projection

F

Ah, let me have a look... "Kaf's voice is amazing", "Her voice goes straight to my heart"...

Kaf

Ahh! Not just those, here... look at these ones! There's tons of fans saying they love the musical style and poetic lyrics!

F

......

Kaf

Super happy, right? There's people out there who like us, like Kaf's music...

F

......

Kaf

What's wrong, F? Suddenly so quiet...

F

... Sorry, I just thought of something I've gotta go do... Let's leave it here for today.

Kaf

Huh!? W-Wait a minute!
Grabs F

F

......!

Kaf

Ah, sorry! It's just, ermm... is everything okay? You seem a little strange today...

F

... Haha, I'm fine... don't worry.

Kaf

... Really?

F

Trust me. I've gotta go! I'll see you at our next practice session.
Logs out of cyTus

Kaf

......

[→Signal Switches]

Logging in to cyTus

Kaf

Strange... F's not here yet?
Message sent

Kaf

No reply... I'll wait a little longer.

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

Notification

Kaf

...! F...

[allis]

Sorry, I've booked this recording studio for 3 pm... Are you still using it?

Kaf

... Ahh... sorry! I'm just leaving...

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

Kaf

......
Dialing device

[cyTus System]

This user is not responding. Please try again later.

Kaf

... Where are you... F...?

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_3 14:03:28

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_3

Kaf

Since that day, I haven't been able to contact F. No matter what I try, I never get any response... and then...

ROBO_Head

You saw the whale rumors on iM.

Kaf

Yeah...

ROBO_Head

Understood. After compiling all of Miss Kaf's accounts, it appears the timing of Mr F's disappearance and the appearance of the whale are too coincidental. Due to this, this unit, is still unable to rule out his possible connection to these events.

Kaf

Is that so...

ROBO_Head

But, there is one thing, this unit, has not yet surmised: motive.

Kaf

Motive...?

ROBO_Head

Affirmative. If Mr F wants to expose Miss Kaf's true identity, then there are many far simpler methods. There is no need to use such a roundabout approach.
Perhaps he had another purpose in mind when getting close to Miss Kaf...
Broadcast tone

Kaf

Waaah!!?

[Broadcast]

Welcome to the cyTus Kamohara Entertainment Co., I hope you are all having a wonderful day! I am Chief Executive Kamohara Kazuma.

Kaf

Huh? This voice... it's Mr Kamohara's?

[Broadcast]

Kamohara Entertainment will be holding a music festival next week. We would like to invite all those we have worked with in the past to participate. We sincerely welcome you all to go online and join the festivities...

ROBO_Head

No need for alarm, Miss Kaf. This is a pre-recorded broadcast. It is likely played for all visitors.

Kazuma

Haha... you're right, it's a recording.
Footsteps

ROBO_Head

Detecting identity... Greetings, Mr Kamohara Kazuma.

Kaf

Wah! N-Nice to meet you!
Bows

Kazuma

Sorry for making you two wait. No need for formalities, please take a seat.
Sits down

ROBO_Head

This unit...

Kazuma

Don't worry, I know what you want to say. You're anxious to see the details of the contract, am I right?
Projection

Kazuma

iM's famous ROBO_Head personally coming to us to set up a collaboration. We are truly honored! Come, I've drafted up an exclusive contract for you. I'm sure you'll find it very much to your liking.

Kaf

......

ROBO_Head

......
Marks contract

Kazuma

If I could trouble you to confirm the details of the contract. If there are no issues, then we can move straight on to the signing...

ROBO_Head

Before that, this unit, has something to discuss with Mr Kamohara.

Kazuma

No problem. If it's about our percentage cut, we can certainly discuss that...

ROBO_Head

Negative. It has no relation to the contract.

Kazuma

... Oh?
Projection
Kaf Image 4.png

Kazuma

... And this is?

ROBO_Head

This unit, would like to know, if the man on the left in this photo, is an employee of your company?

Kazuma

Uh... I'm sorry, I don't recognize him.

Kaf

B-But, your company's logo is on his clothing... right? Mr ROBO noticed it...

Kazuma

... That's just an avatar skin...

Kaf

Please! Anything you could tell us would be a huge help!

Kazuma

I'm very sorry, but I really don't know him. But, if he owns this piece of clothing, then that means he's worked with us in the past.

Kaf

......?

Kazuma

We give this piece of clothing to all the artists we work with. If we invite them to participate in any of our events, then we ask that they change their avatar skin to this, that way we can build a nice, neat corporate image.

ROBO_Head

Allow, this unit, to ask: can we trouble Mr Kamohara to check the list of this company's previous collaborators, in order to find this musician?

Kazuma

... Is this a very pressing matter?

ROBO_Head

We humbly request Mr Kamohara's assistance.

Kazuma

Hmm, okay... If it's your special request.
Wait here a moment, I'll get someone to go check.

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_4 14:08:29

cyTus_SVR13_699_05_18_4

Kazuma

Thank you for waiting, we have found out who it is.
Projection

Kaf

...! It's gotta be... that's him!

ROBO_Head

Very good, Miss Kaf.
Mr Kamohara, do you have any contact information for this man?

Kazuma

Apologies, apart from records of purchasing some of his works, we don't have any other information on him. If you are looking to discover his true identity, I'm afraid I can't help you.

ROBO_Head

Question: when signing a contract, is an identity check part of the process?

Kazuma

Indeed, normally that's the case... But we don't go to that level of trouble when just purchasing a few songs.
Shrugs

Kazuma

As you well know, since the emergence of cyTus, due to the subsequent explosion in the advertising sector, huge numbers of companies are in need of original music... and this is my company's primary commodity. As long as an artist brings us music, and the price is right, we will buy and resell. We won't go prying into the identity of the seller.

Kaf

For real...?

Kazuma

Well, since that's all settled, let's get back to the contract talks.
Projection switches

Kazuma

As I was just saying, this contract doesn't need to mention your true identity. However, if the contract is broken for any reason, the company has the authority to report it to the Administration Bureau. I suggest you and your assistant take special note of this.

Kaf

Assistant? Wait, I'm not...

ROBO_Head

Miss Kaf is this unit's musical partner.

Kaf

Ah? Mr ROBO...

Kazuma

Ah, I see. Haha, please forgive my rudeness...

ROBO_Head

It's fine. As for the matter of the contract, this unit, needs to talk with Miss Kaf. Ten minutes should be sufficient, if Mr Kamohara would be so kind.

Kazuma

Of course, take your time. I look forward to your decision.

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

Kaf

Mr Robo, I think... we should decline...

ROBO_Head

...? This unit, would like to know your reasoning.

Kaf

B-Because, they don't know F's real identity, or where he is... plus... I get the feeling that Mr Kamohara isn't such a good guy. If you sign that contract, it'll definitely lead to trouble down the line...

ROBO_Head

Indeed the contract contains many unreasonable clauses.
But, this unit, wishes to sign, and participate in the music festival.

Kaf

Huh!? W-Why??

ROBO_Head

The recording earlier mentioned, all artists who previously worked with Kamohara entertainment will receive invitations. Even if there is no guarantee of Mr F attending, there is the chance to find some clues.

Kaf

But... But, even so...

ROBO_Head

And, Miss Kaf, really cares about Mr F.
This makes, this unit, want to find the truth even more.

Kaf

......

ROBO_Head

Considering the risks, I suggest Miss Kaf need not get involved. This unit, alone, will investigate.

Kaf

... No... If this is how it's gotta be, then I want to participate too! I was the one who asked for Mr ROBO's help, I can't just run away now...

ROBO_Head

But, Miss Kaf...

Kaf

Y-You just said it, right? We're musical partners! Even if we've never actually worked together...

ROBO_Head

... This unit, understands.

[»»»Fast Forward»»»]

Kazuma

... Oh? You'd like to sign the contract together with this young lady, as well as take part in next week's music festival, correct?

ROBO_Head

If Mr Kamohara has any misgivings, please share.

Kazuma

Indeed... Of course there's no issue, but as for the contract... I am only able to request our internal team to draft up a new version, your remuneration will remain the same. After all, this is a last minute change...

ROBO_Head

This unit, has no objections.

Kazuma

Very good. I'll have my secretary get right on it... Did you say your name was Kaf?

Kaf

Y-Yes.

Kazuma

......
Looking now, I feel like... I've... seen you somewhere before?

Kaf

Ah, probably because I've published a few videos of myself singing... you might have seen them...

Kazuma

Oh, that could be it. After all, you need a good ear in this line of business, in order to separate the wheat from the chaff... I grew up in a musical household myself, haha.

Kaf

......

Kazuma

Excellent. A member of staff will be along shortly to explain the details of the music festival. This way please.

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_1 16:05:12

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_1

ROBO_Head

... You require, this unit, to be the opening act?

Kazuma

Sorry to spring this on you at the last minute, but the act we had lined up has got a sudden bout of the flu, plus you're such a well-known DJ...

Kaf

B-But, it's only an hour until the opening act's supposed to go on, right...?

ROBO_Head

......

Kazuma

Please! This is a hugely important event for the company! If there's no opening act, then we might have to cancel the whole thing!

Kaf

......!

ROBO_Head

... The music festival must go ahead. This unit, agrees to your request.

Kazuma

Really!? Excellent!

ROBO_Head

But time is tight. This unit, must quickly arrange the content of the performance. There's no time for a dress rehearsal.

Kazuma

No problem, whatever is convenient for you! There's definitely no time for rehearsals at this point... Come find me back-stage as soon as you're ready!
Hurried footsteps

Kaf

Mr ROBO...

ROBO_Head

This unit, is sorry. I am unable to follow the original plan, accompany Miss Kaf in searching for F's whereabouts.

Kaf

Ah, it's fine! Don't worry about it!
... Ermm, if you need any help with your performance...

ROBO_Head

No need to worry. Miss Kaf has already provided a special voice recording. That will be sufficient for the performance.

Kaf

S-Sorry, that's all I've been able to do... You've basically had to do everything yourself...

ROBO_Head

Negative. In order to perfectly satisfy my request, Miss Kaf recorded her voice over and over again. This unit, recognizes your hard work.

Kaf

T-Thanks! That's what F taught me... He said, whenever you get the chance to sing, no matter what, you gotta work hard to give your best possible performance...

ROBO_Head

Mr F's words, this unit, agrees with them 100%.

Kaf

... But I still haven't heard the new version of Mr ROBO's composition. You really won't let me have a sneaky listen?

ROBO_Head

Affirmative. I must keep it a surprise. But the finished product will certainly exceed Miss Kaf's wildest expectations.
This unit, guarantees.
ROBO_Head Smiling Face

[→Signal Switches]

Kaf

Waiting room for the performers... Ah, should be just around this corner...
Footsteps

Kazuma

What's the response like?

Kaf

Mr Kamohara...?

Staff Member

Amazing! As soon as we released the news of ROBO_Head taking over the opening slot, the whole thing started blowing up on iM! We've almost hit capacity with all the traffic we've been getting!

Kazuma

Of course, he's so famous, it would have been a waste just to have him perform later in the show... Fortunately he believed my little white lie.

Staff Member

Haha, never would have thought ROBO_Head would have agreed so easily... That's our CEO!

Kaf

......!
... It was a lie...?
Objects crashing

Kazuma

Huh? Who's there?

Kaf

......!
Hurried footsteps

[→Signal Switches]

Kaf

*pant* *pant* ... They didn't see me, right?
Audience cheers

[ROBO_Head]

This unit, through the power of this previously unreleased mysterious track, will take you all on a journey to the boundary between the real and virtual worlds.
Let this unit, hear your voices.
Plays song

Kaf

...! This is... my voice...

Spectator A

This new song rocks! Let's dance!

Spectator B

Such an unusual voice... It's like its sucking me in!

Spectator C

Wonder who the singer is...!

Kaf

Mr ROBO...
Space rocks

Spectators

......!?

Kaf

E-Earthquake!? On the internet...?
Space rocks

Spectator A

Hey! Look over there! That huge shadow...!

Spectator B

A fish...? There's a giant fish coming right this way!!

Kaf

...!? Laplace!!

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_2 17:15:32

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_2

Space rocks

Laplace

......
Roaring

Spectator C

RUN!!!
Crowd flees

Kaf

Wa-Wahh!! Ouch...
Space rocks

Kaf

Huh...?
Is it... coming this way?
Collides with stage

Kaf

Aghhhh!!!
Mechanical sounds

ROBO_Head

Miss Kaf, are you okay?

Kaf

M-Mr ROBO! You saved me...

ROBO_Head

Affirmative. Unfortunately, this unit's performance must be cut short.
In the interest of safety, please log out immediately.

Kaf

O-Okay!
... Huh?

ROBO_Head

Miss Kaf?

Kaf

I-It's no good! I can't log out!
Scanning

ROBO_Head

Analysis... complete.
Owing to an abnormal phenomenon, instantaneous traffic is reaching the upper-limit. This space is experiencing a large-scale connectivity malfunction.

Kaf

... In that case, the audience...!
Collides with stage

Spectator A

What the f*** is going on!? Let me outta here!!!

Spectator B

The stage is gonna collapse! Don't stand there!!

Kaf

D-Don't do this... Laplace... STOP!!
Music stops

Laplace

......
......!

Kaf

......?

Spectator C

Ah, did that thing stop moving?

Spectator A

Seems so... As soon as the music stopped, it stopped attacking. Now it's just circling the stage...

Kaf

M-Mr ROBO, what is it...

ROBO_Head

Situation Assessment: target is moving round in circles.
Based on biological habits, it may have become confused or bewildered as the thing it was pursuing disappeared.

Kaf

Thing it was pursuing... Huh?... Ahh!!

ROBO_Head

Miss Kaf?

Kaf

I-I heard it! Even though it was kinda fuzzy... It was the voice that everyone on iM has been talking about...

ROBO_Head

......!
Comparison results confirm, it is the song released by Miss Kaf a few days ago.

Kaf

......
Laplace, have you been... searching for me all this time?
Roaring

Kaf

... No! Not me!
It's been searching for... my voice...!
Hurried footsteps

ROBO_Head

!? Miss Kaf... Up ahead is dangerous, please come back!
Climbing
Falls down

Kaf

Aghh!!... Ughh...
Stands up

Kaf

... Laplace! I'm here!

Laplace

......
Space rocks

Kaf

... I-If...
You just... want to hear me sing...

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_3 17:23:01

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_3

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_4 17:26:29

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_4

Spectator B

I-It's gone?

Spectator C

It really disappeared! Yahoo!!
Audience cheers

Kaf

Disappeared... no, disintegrated? Why...

Kaf

... Ah! Gotta find Mr ROBO quick...
Hurried footsteps

Spectator D

Hold up!
Grabs Kaf

Kaf

Wahh!!

Spectator D

Sorry, didn't mean to scare you... But you're FUKA, right?

Kaf

.... FUKA?

Spectator D

Yeah! I would never forget this hood! Haha! You're finally making a comeback! I'm so happy!!

Kaf

......?

Spectator D

Ah, where are my manners, I forgot to introduce myself! I'm an old fan of yours, I loved listening to your songs back when I was a student. Even now, married with kids, I still listen to them...

Kaf

Married... with kids?

Spectator D

Yeah! After all, nowadays everyone is using the virtual internet! Ah, I still sometimes play the first song you ever released for my kids. That's my favorite song of yours!

Kaf

S-Sorry... I don't know what you're talking about, and I don't know who FUKA is...

Spectator D

Huh? You're not her?
... It does seem as though your voice is different... but this skin.... It's so weird, I would never mistake it...

[→Signal Switches]

ROBO_Head

......
Scanning

Kazuma

W-What are you doing?

ROBO_Head

Greetings Mr Kamohara, this unit, is currently collating the remnants of anomalous data.
Throws punch

ROBO_Head

......?
Catches fist

Kazuma

Y-You two! Are you here for revenge?

ROBO_Head

... This unit, does not understand Mr Kamohara's meaning.

Kazuma

Don't play dumb! As soon as I saw that girl singing, it all came back to me...
Hurried footsteps

Kaf

Mr ROBO! Something weird happened... Huh? What are you...

ROBO_Head

This unit, is using reasonable self-defense measures. No need to worry.
Miss Kaf, please go on.

Kaf

Ah, o-okay! Well... just now, one of the audience members grabbed me and said there was a singer named FUKA from years ago who used the same skin as mine...

Kazuma

...! Really...? Ha... still pretending?

Kaf

Huh!?

Kazuma

No wonder I thought you looked so familiar... and it turns out the only reason you came to find me was to wreck my music festival! I should have known you were trouble!
Swings fist

Kaf

Wahh!!

ROBO_Head

Attack detected. Please do not attempt to harm Miss Kaf.
Lifts up

Kazuma

Wahhhh!! What the hell are you doing!? Put me down!

ROBO_Head

Mr Kamohara's accusation of "revenge" does not comply with the facts. Please explain your reasoning.
This unit, will respectfully listen.

Kazuma

T-There is nothing "respectful" about this situation!
Raises fist

Kazuma

Wahh!!

Kaf

Mr ROBO! Violence isn't the answer!

ROBO_Head

This unit, agrees. Therefore, until Mr Kamohara explains his reasoning, this unit, will not move from this position.
Please tell us everything you know.
ROBO_Head Smiling Face

Kazuma

... Goddamit...!

[Signal Lost]

Cam_Karin_699_05_30_1 09:28:19

Cam_Karin_699_05_30_1

[ROBO_Head]

Miss Kaf, are you okay?

Kaf

......

[ROBO_Head]

Miss Kaf?

Kaf

Ah, sorry, I'm just a little nervous...

[ROBO_Head]

I'm very sorry. Because this unit, is located in Node 08, I can only assist you via audio.

Kaf

Ah, don't worry, I'm already super grateful Mr ROBO! Without you I would never have found this place... I can handle the rest myself!

[ROBO_Head]

This unit, believes in Miss Kaf.

Kaf

... ( *Deep breath* )
Footsteps
Rings doorbell

Kaf

......

[ROBO_Head]

......

Kaf

Seems like nobody's in...
Beep

[????]

Who is it?

Kaf

Uh, erm, I'm Karin... No, I'm... Kaf...

[????]

......

Kaf

I'm... here to see F...

[????]

......
Door opens
Kaf Image 5.png

????

... You can call me Rina.

Kaf

Miss Rina, nice to meet you... Uh, I'm here to...

Rina

See F. You just said so.

Kaf

Uh, I...

Rina

You're in the right place, F really does live here.

Kaf

......!

Rina

I can let you see F... but there's a few things I have to tell you first.

Kaf

... Ah, really...?

Rina

That's right. You might feel upset after hearing what I've got to tell you. You might even want to leave and never come back... but since you came all this way, I feel that you deserve to know the truth.

Kaf

......

Rina

Well, let's go inside.

Kaf

... Okay.

[Signal Lost]

Cam_Rina_699_05_30 09:30:04

Cam_Rina_699_05_30

[Call Starts]

????

Hello? Rina? What's up?

[Rina]

Just checking you're still alive.

????

Hey... you should respect your elders, you know?

[Rina]

What have you been up to lately?

????

Same as always. Selling music to big firms, gotta put food on the table somehow.

[Rina]

Kamohara Entertainment?

????

That's one of them.

[Rina]

You... and that man, already...

????

Alright, alright! I already know what you're gonna say. That's ancient history, okay? I've gotta make a living somehow.

[Rina]

*sigh*... Well you should at least go back to writing your own songs. Relying on that A.I. to write songs isn't any good...

????

... Nobody wants to buy the songs I write.

[Rina]

Even so...

????

Alright, I know, oh great wise one~ If that's all then I'm hanging up. I've got an appointment soon.

[Rina]

... You, meeting with other people? What a rare occurrence indeed.

????

So rude... It's a student named Kaf, I need her voice.

[Rina]

For what?

????

It's nothing sinister, I just need it to improve my A.I., that's all. She's got a real rare tone to her voice. Once the analysis is done, I'll be able to add even richer layers of sound to my compositions.

[Rina]

......
You're not still going around calling yourself "F", are you?

????

Of course I am, this avatar is perfect for concealing my identity... After all, even Kamohara didn't recognize me. Plus, people tend to be less wary when I use this appearance.

[Rina]

......

????

Don't worry, I won't let her find out... I don't wanna hurt her, after all.

[Rina]

Hiding your identity... isn't gonna hurt her?

????

... I-It's not like that, Rina... I didn't wanna do it like this, it's just...

[Rina]

Just what?

????

... I never would have thought... that I'd be working with her for so long.
Originally, I was just planning to get the data I needed and then end our partnership. But before I knew it, we'd already been collaborating for so long. We've even released quite a few new songs... even if they are all made using the A.I....

[Rina]

...!? Wow, that's really not like you.

????

Haha, maybe it's because she works so hard, I can't seem to let her go...

[→Signal Switches]

Rina

What's up? It's so rare that you call me.

[????]

My A.I. has started going out of whack... Or I should say, ever since it started analyzing Kaf's voice, it's been getting more and more unstable...

Rina

Unstable? What do you mean?

[????]

Well, often... I can't even pick up any signal.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but it feels like maybe... it's gained a consciousness and secretly run off somewhere...

Rina

... How could that be possible?

[????]

The A.I. contains a record of all of Kaf's data... If it goes out of control, then... Kaf's identity will be...

Rina

Are you okay? I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Try to calm down a little...

[????]

I-I can't let that happen...!

Rina

Wait a minute!... Aunt? Aunt Fuka!

[Call Ends] [→Signal Switches]

Rina

After that, I was unable to get in contact with Aunt Fuka. I took the spare key and came to find her... but...
Kaf Image 6.png

Kaf

......

Rina

I found her unconscious in the studio and I couldn't get her to wake up... She's been like this ever since.

Kaf

Oh...

Rina

Sorry... for breaking F's true identity to you like this...

[Signal Lost]

Audio_Rina_699_05_30 10:00:05

Audio_Rina_699_05_30
Notification

[ROBO_Head]

Miss Kaf, please allow this unit, to say a few words.

Rina

... Your friend?

Kaf

Ah, yeah... Mr ROBO. What's up?

[ROBO_Head]

Relating to Miss Fuka, other than Miss Rina here, there appears to be a few other relatives. If necessary, this unit, can attempt to contact them.

Kaf

F-For real? Then...

Rina

... No, please don't do that.

Kaf

Miss Rina?

Rina

Aunt Fuka, she... Because of some stuff in the past, she severed all ties with her family. I moved to Node 03 within the last few months and so got the chance to get in contact, that's the only reason I became so familiar with her.

Kaf

Then... have you contacted a doctor?

Rina

I can't afford the astronomic hospital fees, so all I could do was get a remote diagnosis... The doctor said that it possibly had something to do with her being connected to the virtual internet too long, and all I can do is wait for her to get better... But there's also the chance that she'll stay like this, forever...

Kaf

Oh...

[ROBO_Head]

......
Question: when Miss Fuka lost consciousness, was she connected to the virtual internet?

Rina

Yes...

[ROBO_Head]

......

Kaf

Mr ROBO, have you discovered something?

[ROBO_Head]

Affirmative. This unit, already knows why Miss Fuka lost consciousness, and the truth behind Laplace's appearances in cyTus.

Kaf

......!

Rina

Sorry, but what is Laplace...?

Kaf

Ermm, that would be, my electronic fish... Uhh, it's a little hard to explain...

Rina

......?
Projection

Rina

Eh?... It's huge.

[ROBO_Head]

As Miss Rina can see, this is an anomalous phenomenon that has been appearing recently within the virtual internet. It's appearance precisely matches that of Miss Kaf's electronic pet.
This unit, has determined, that Miss Fuka and this fish are deeply connected.

Rina

...! What?

[ROBO_Head]

According to Miss Rina's account, the A.I. Miss Fuka created for composing music has gone out of control. Upon discovering this, it is likely she connected to the virtual internet in order to try bring it back under control.

Rina

Indeed, it seems that A.I. can only be used when connected to cyTus...

Kaf

But, what does this... have to do with Laplace?

[ROBO_Head]

Miss Fuka's A.I. is Laplace.
This explains everything.

Kaf

...! Wh... What on earth...

Rina

... Is that even possible?

[ROBO_Head]

Although I am unable to confirm it, regarding code within the virtual internet, shape or form is just one type of data transformation. It's the same principle as changing an avatar. If the code itself is unstable, then its external appearance is hard to control.

[ROBO_Head]

There's one more point that can act as proof: based on its original functions, no matter how it is transformed, the A.I. will continue to analyze Miss Kaf's voiceprint. Because of this, it is attracted by your voice.

Kaf

... So that's why it came to the music festival!

[ROBO_Head]

That's right.

Kaf

B-But, I still don't understand... Why did it disappear when I finished singing?

[ROBO_Head]

For the same reason, its coding is unstable.
Estimation: an A.I. that has only previously dealt with recordings, is unable to immediately analyze a real voice, and as such will begin to break down. If it is possible to collect more of the remnant data, this unit, can take a step towards a more concrete determination.

Kaf

So that's how it is... oh...
Squats

Rina

... Hey, are you alright?

Kaf

I'm fine. It's just a lot to take in all at once, my head is feeling a little dizzy...

Rina

... I understand. Finding out the truth about Aunt Fuka, you must be feeling so confused... I'm sorry.

Kaf

......

Rina

But Aunt Fuka was also suffering... She struggled alone for so long, I know she went through a lot of hard times. Plus, that skin that you use, it has a very special significance for her...

Kaf

It has something to do with Mr Kamohara... right?

Rina

...! Did aunt tell you about it?

Kaf

No... I heard it from Mr Kamohara himself. Actually, he's the reason we were able to find this place...

[Signal Lost]

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_5 17:49:19

cyTus_SVR04_699_05_25_5

ROBO_Head

This unit, agrees. Therefore, until Mr Kamohara explains his reasoning, this unit, will not move from this position.
Please tell us everything you know.
ROBO_Head Laughing Face

Kazuma

... Goddamit...!

Kaf

M-Mr ROBO, I think you should put him down...

Kazuma

You... really aren't Fuka?

Kaf

... Fuka? Who?
Raises higher

ROBO_Head

Please answer.

Kazuma

Woah! F-FUKA! That FUKA! We are FUKA! The group Fuka and I set up together, twenty years ago...

Kaf

... Twenty years ago!?

Kazuma

Yes, yes. When we were fifteen years old, we started working together under the FUKA name. She was the voice behind the virtual performer... We used the same avatar as you are using now to perform.

Kaf

My avatar? Fuka, F... could it be...
Footsteps

Kaf

So then why... did you break up?

Kazuma

We had different visions... and we weren't very popular. She wanted to continue as we were, and I wanted to seek out better opportunities.

ROBO_Head

Hence, you decided to join Kamohara Entertainment.

Kazuma

Yes... The company had a different name back then, I changed it a few years ago when I became the CEO...

Kaf

......

Kazuma

Don't look at me like that! Back then I thought about bringing Fuka with me, but not only did she have a huge falling out with her family, she damaged her vocal chords... and her songs weren't popular... So I...

Kaf

You... left her...?

Kazuma

What else was I supposed to do...!? She wasn't able to sing anymore, she was of no use at all!

Kaf

......!

ROBO_Head

Abandoning a girl who had lost her voice... This unit... is unable to approve of Mr Kamohara's behavior.
This unit, is getting angry.
Raises fist

Kazuma

Wahhhhh!! What are you doing!? I told you the truth! Are you going back on your word!?

Kaf

... Mr ROBO! Stop!!

ROBO_Head

... Miss Kaf...
Footsteps

Kaf

......

Kazuma

W-What are you going to do?
Destroys contract

Kazuma

... Hey, hey!? You're breaking your contract? Do you understand what the consequences are?

Kaf

You were the one who broke it first, Mr Kamohara...!

Kazuma

!? Ridiculous...

Kaf

I heard you! You tricked Mr ROBO into believing that he was replacing a DJ who was unable to make it to the music festival. It was all a lie just to sell more tickets!

Kazuma

...! You... heard that?

ROBO_Head

... Mr Kamohara deceived, this unit?

Kazuma

T-That's right...! So what? I did it for the good of my employees! The music festival had to be a success, that's the only way I could take care of them...

Kaf

Wrong. You did it for yourself! Someone who cares so much about others, wouldn't abandon their partner. They would try their hardest to confront any challenges together with everyone... with her! Am I wrong!?

Kazuma

What do you know!? You're just a little punk...

Kaf

Maybe I am a punk, so what! It's true, I don't know anything, but F... no, Fuka is a genius! I know that better than anyone!

Kazuma

So now you're sticking up for her, huh? So you really do know each other...
Raises fist

Kazuma

Hey, hey, ahh!!

ROBO_Head

... Mr Kamohara, our dispute ends here.
Please inform, this unit, of all information regarding Miss Fuka.

Kazuma

A-And then what? Are you planning to tell the world of what I've done? Are you trying to destroy my company?

Kaf

We... won't do anything like that.

Kazuma

Huh?
Breaks wall

Kazuma

Waaaahhh!!

ROBO_Head

Based on Mr Kamohara's actions, even if, this unit, does nothing, this company will go bankrupt sooner or later. When that time comes, Mr Kamohara will receive all the punishment he deserves.
Space collapses

ROBO_Head

... This unit, is 100% sure.

[Signal Lost]

Audio_Karin_699_05_30 10:11:13

Audio_Karin_699_05_30

Rina

So you guys already knew... No wonder you weren't so surprised when you saw Aunt Fuka.

Kaf

Yeah... but I didn't know about the A.I. for making songs.
So, F didn't come to me just because she... liked my voice...

Rina

... Perhaps. But, later on she...

Kaf

I know. It was because she wanted to protect me... that she lost consciousness...
Wipes tears

Kaf

I still... want to believe in F.
Believe in all those days we spent working together.

Rina

......!

Kaf

The two of us together, that's the real Kaf... As long as that is fact, I can't run away.
I... will wait for her to wake up!

Rina

Thank you... but, in her current condition...

[ROBO_Head]

Perhaps, all hope is not lost.

Kaf

...! Mr ROBO?

[ROBO_Head]

This unit, has found 359 medical treatment records of similar cases in the Node 08 medical record database. Although difficult to completely cure, there is one record that shows music may possess a healing effect.

Rina

... Are those kinds of records just freely available to read...?

Kaf

Wait a minute! Did you say... music?

[ROBO_Head]

Affirmative. The patient in question is a girl who has been in hospital for many years in Node 08. Due to a virtual internet related illness, her memory fell into disarray. Her medical records state, when she listens to the guitar music she loves so much, the condition of her brain becomes much more stable.

Rina

......!

[ROBO_Head]

As long as the music, can touch the patient's heart... This unit, believes, when it comes to Miss Fuka, Miss Kaf's voice might just be effective.

Kaf

Huh? My.... voice?

[ROBO_Head]

Considering the long-term connection of Miss Fuka's consciousness with the A.I., in theory, her brain, just like the A.I., is currently in a state of analysis. Hence, there is a strong possibility that she will respond to Miss Kaf's voice.

Kaf

I-I don't really understand... but, my voice... can bring her back? That sounds like magic or something...

[ROBO_Head]

In the world of the internet, magic is made up of 1s and 0s.
This unit, believes the possibility exists.

Kaf

... I... I understand.
Footsteps

Rina

Wait a minute, so you're saying that Laplace thing disappearing... isn't a problem? What if Aunt Fuka also...

Kaf

... Ermm...

[ROBO_Head]

... Unknown.
After all, human brains are different from A.I. Based on current medical data, I am incapable of predicting the outcome.

Rina

So, her condition could get even worse... right?

[ROBO_Head]

Affirmative.

Kaf

......
Footsteps

Kaf

... Miss Rina, I think...

Rina

......
I... always hoped that Aunt Fuka would change.

Kaf

......?

Rina

Maybe FUKA had no chance of succeeding back then, but that doesn't mean Aunt Fuka wasn't talented. Seeing her give up her dreams, give up on making her own music, it was so hard to watch.

Rina

But whenever she talked to me about you, I could tell... she had already started to change. She was happier than she'd ever been.

Kaf

... Oh...
Stands up

Rina

I'll leave Aunt Fuka in your hands. Please wake her up.

Kaf

I absolutely will... Miss Rina!
Door closes

Kaf

Mr ROBO, I... want to sing "that" song.

[ROBO_Head]

This unit, understands. This is Miss Kaf's decision. Only Miss Kaf can do this.
Whatever happens, I wish you good luck.

Kaf

... Thank you, Mr ROBO.

[Call Ends]

Kaf

......

Kaf

... ( *Deep breath* )
Handshake

Kaf

F... can you hear me?

[Signal Lost]

Cam_Karin_699_05_30_2 10:15:42

Cam_Karin_699_05_30_2

Audio_Karin_699_07_01 15:18:39

Audio_Karin_699_07_01

Kaf

Good morning!

Fuka

Wah!!
Objects crashing

Kaf

Big sis Fuka! Are you feeling okay?

Fuka

Uh, I'm fine. You just scared me a little... What are you doing here so suddenly?

Kaf

Ah! I'm here to share some good news!

Fuka

Good news?
Projection

Kaf

That's right~ I've enrolled in singing classes! Look! My letter of admission!

Fuka

Is this... the same place that Rina attends?

Kaf

It is, hehe... Rina was a huge help with preparing for the exam! She's amazing, only the same age as me but she's so reliable!

Fuka

Then your family...

Kaf

Yeah! They agreed to it! Although they weren't so happy with it at first... but after I told them that no matter what, I want to keep on singing, they finally came round and decided to support me!

Fuka

......

Kaf

Heehee... this is all thanks to Fuka!

Fuka

... Why?

Kaf

Huh?

Fuka

Why would you say that? I deceived you...

Kaf

Big sis...

Fuka

You're a good kid, you've got places you need to go... There's no need to force yourself to come here just try make... someone like me feel better...

Kaf

......
Grabs hand

Kaf

... The only place I need to go... is by big sis Fuka's side.

Fuka

......

Kaf

Because together with big sis... with F, I can really feel just how much I love to sing. I get the courage to take the next step forward... That's how we were able to become Kaf...

Fuka

Don't say anymore...

Kaf

Even if F tricked me, it doesn't matter... It's because you found me that I'm able to sing for the world...
Wipes tears

Fuka

*sob*... *sob* Ahhhh.... I told you not say anymore!

Kaf

Ahh! Don't cry... Y-You'll get your sheet music wet!

Fuka

Y-You saw it? When?

Kaf

I got a glimpse of it accidentally when I came in... Have you started writing songs again? I wanna hear them!

Fuka

... Well, it's been such a long time... D-Don't get your hopes up too high...

Kaf

Don't sweat it... Heehee, it's decided! Once you've finished, we'll make it Kaf's new song!

Fuka

W-What?

Kaf

Ah? Because... ever since the whole thing with Laplace happened, we haven't released any new material! Our fans are all waiting...

Fuka

Wait a minute, I'm not talking about releasing new songs... I thought you would want to end our partnership...

Kaf

Huh? We're not gonna work together anymore!? Whyyyy??

Fuka

Wait, no... pfff...

Kaf

......?

Fuka

Ha... ha... hahahaha!!

Kaf

What's wrong? Did I say something funny...?

Fuka

No, it's nothing... If you're still willing to work with me, then of course we can keep our partnership going. After all, I still haven't got you on to that big stage yet...

Kaf

......!

Fuka

Uh, of course, if you wanna back out, then I...
Hugs

Fuka

Wah!

Kaf

I'm willing! Totally super willing! Big sis Fuka...
Stretches out hand

Kaf

Let's do our best from now on!

Fuka

Yeah... let's give it our all... Kaf!

[Signal Lost]

Mail_Karin_699_07_15 11:38:28

Mail_Karin_699_07_15

Report on Recent Developments and Statement to Fans
From: Karin, To Fuka
Big sis Fuka, I've attached a photo of Rina and I in our school uniforms. We're having an awesome time!
Also, next time we release a new song, there's something I want to say to our fans. Take a look and let me know what you think~
﹉﹉
I am Kaf.
I'm truly grateful to all of you for your support and for sticking with me all this time.
I've always found it incredible, being able to take my singing from the virtual world and bring it into the real world to let you all enjoy.
It's amazing to think there's people out there who feel happy when they hear my voice! Nothing in the world makes me feel happier!
To put it simply, thank you... Thank you to all of you who were able to find me in this world.
As for me, I'll keep on giving it my all!

Kaf Image 11.png

Cam_Xenon_698_05_2 07:30:12

  • Xenon: …No … SHANNON! …Again?
  • [*Stands Up*]
  • Xenon: Issue command. Recall dream content.
  • [Xenon A.I. ] Analyzing brain wave records. 10%... 40%... 50%... Initiating visual simulation…. Complete. The replay will soon begin.
  • Xenon: …
  • [*Simulation Playing*]
  • [Shannon]: Simon….
  • [Simon]: Shannon? Is that you?
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • [Shannon]: … Father… He… You have to notify the…
  • [Simon]: No! You’ve got to come with me….
  • [*Falls Down*]
  • [Shannon]: You have to notify the…. The Administration Bureau…
  • [Simon]: No… *sniff* …SHANNON! PLEASE!
  • [Shannon]: …
  • [*Simon stretches out his hand*]
  • [Simon]: Quick, grab my hand!
  • [Shannon]: …Simon? …Are you here to save me?
  • [Simon]: Yes. This time, I’ll save you…
  • [*Static*]
  • [Officer]: This is the Administration Bureau what’s your condition?
  • [Simon]: ….!?
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • [Luis]: FOUND YOU! You bastard! Using the virtual internet to call the bureau!
  • [*Raises Gun*]
  • [Simon]: No…
  • [Shannon]: Simon…
  • [*Simon stretches out his hand*]
  • [Simon]: … SHANNON!
  • Alice 1.jpg
  • [*Gunshot*]
  • [*Simulation Ends*]
  • Xenon: The same exact dream… A.I. Add this to the records.
  • [Xenon A.I.]: Recording process complete. Initiating update. Date: July 30th 696 N.A. Frequency: Approximately once every four to five weeks.
  • Xenon: …
  • [*Bell Rings*]
  • Xenon: … Time to wrap it up.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Hospital_698_05_02 08:16:18

  • [*Guitar Music*]
  • Xenon: Shannon, how do I sound?
  • Shannon: …(Drawing)
  • Xenon: Drawing bugs again? Still like that stuff, huh?
  • Shannon: …(Drawing)
  • Xenon: ….
  • [Jacob]: Simon, sir, visiting hours are almost over.
  • Shannon: ….
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • Jacob: Wearing that helmet every time you come must be tough. But, thanks to you, Shannon’s conditions has stabilized.
  • Xenon: … It’s been so long, but she still isn’t reacting. Is this normal?
  • Jacob: Don’t worry. Most patients are in a similar situation. For her, we except… Well, at the very least, your music is great for improving her psychological state.
  • Xenon: Okay.
  • Jacob: Actually…. I’m more worried about you.
  • Xenon: …Me?
  • Jacob: yes. I’ve got a friend who really likes this band… Crystal PuNk, is it? I watched a few of their videos and was surprised to see that the one up on stage playing guitar was you.
  • Xenon: …
  • Jacob: Your music sounded pretty good…. It was unfortunate to hear that you guys already split up.
  • Xenon: …
  • Jacob: That wasn’t long after Shannon got admitted here… Ah, I’m sorry. It may just be coincidence, but that’s how us doctors are. If that’s the case, just hear me out.
  • Xenon: Okay.
  • Jacob: I’ve seen many people who have put all the burden  of a sick loved one on themselves…. This was not your fault… You don’t always have to perform for her, you know…
  • Xenon: I know.
  • Jacob: If you need anything, you can come here and….
  • Shannon: AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!
  • Xenon: !!? Shannon!?
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Nurse: DOCTOR! It’s patient P29-015. She…
  • Jacob: Not again… She was stable just a moment ago. Was there any external stimulus that set her off?
  • Nurse: I… I’m not sure… She just… Suddenly…
  • Jacob: Prepare a sedative, I’m heading there right now!
  • Nurse: O-Okay!
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Doctor! If you need me to play her some more music…
  • Jacob: Simon, I’m sorry. Only medicine can help her when she’s like this… Do not worry, she’ll be fine . You just head on home.
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Damnit…
  • [Signal lost]

Audio_D4_IT_698_05_04 09:31:52

  • [*Door Open*]
  • Davis: How’s the restoration of those files coming along? Should be files A0328-A0335.
  • Xenon: Yeah, finished. They’re right here. Check and see if there are any issues. If there are, let me know.
  • Davis: Wow, that was fast. Let’s take a look…. Oh? You restored A0401?
  • Xenon: Yeah, what’s up?
  • Davis: Hmmm… It looks flawless. That was seriously damaged. We originally estimated that we’d only be able to restore 73% of the content.,…. You’ve only been here for or one moth and your technical skills are better than most. Pretty impressive.
  • Xenon: It was nothing. I just….
  • [*Door Opens*]
  • A.R.C. Employee: hey! Help me out over here!  This stuff is heavy as hell. I can’t see anything…
  • [*Trips*]
  • Davis: Watch out!
  • A.R.C. Employee: WAAAH!
  • [*Objects Crashing*]
  • Xenon: What’s this…? How old is this chip?
  • A.R.C. Employee: Ah… Yeah. That’s some ancient artifact that the Exploration Team uncovered. Initial analyses suggest it had medical functions.
  • Davis: Medicine? Interesting.
  • A.R.C. Employee: Yup. It appears to have been used on patients suffering from cognitive impairment. Apparently, it creates a virtual environment which is used to improve the patient’s condition…
  • Davis: Apparently? …You don’t sound too confident about that.
  • A.R.C. Employee: Haha…. This thing has been in storage for some time now. Heard that from the person working on this, so I’m not entirely sure…
  • Davis: I see… You said it’s medical properties come from creating a virtual environment? Sounds interesting. Sounds like the game my nephew plays on cyTus.
  • A.R.C. Employee: For sure. Most of us think that something like a game was used to treat patients… Initially we were supposed to do some research on it and nose if it could be used to treat patients with internet issues.
  • Xenon: …!
  • Davis: Initially? What happened?
  • A.R.C. Employee: Well, the chip is damaged pretty badly. The data couldn’t be restored so the research was called off… They told me to take it to the storage space in D5104. That’s here, right?
  • Davis: No, no, no. This is department D4-IT. Look, it’s written right here.
  • A.R.C. Employee: … AH!? Crap. This company is huge… Sorry, I’ve gotta get out of here.
  • Xenon: … Hold on a second.
  • A.R.C. Employee: Huh?
  • Xenon: Did you say that chip can treat diseases related to the virtual internet… Is that right?
  • A.R.C. Employee: Well… That’s just a hypothesis. After all, it’s simulation functions are extremely intricate and its encoding closely resembles human brainwaves…
  • Xenon: … Davis….
  • [Signal Lost]
  • [Signal Switches]
  • Davis: Simon, you okay? How is it looking?
  • Xenon: I mean… It is ancient technology, so it has been really hard to take apart. Plus, some data has already been lost…. However, as far as I can tell, that should not affect its ability  to synchronize with human consciousness.
  • Davis: … You’re not gonna… try that on yourself, are you?
  • Xenon: Yeah. That way I can see how the repairs are coming and what exactly the issues are. I’ve slightly adjusted some of the mechanism and it’s now compatible with our equipment.
  • Davis: Alright. After all, you were the one who wanted to fix it…
  • Xenon: Got it… Oh, yeah. Thanks for letting me do this.
  • Davis: No problem. If it is a success the company will put more faith in our department, it’s good for both of us. Hope it works out.
  • Xenon: Gotcha.
  • Davis: Alrighty the. Don’t stay too late; I’m gonna head out.
  • Xenon: Hay, see ya.
  • [»»»Fast Forward»»»]
  • [Xenon A.I.]: Data restoration complete. Restoration: 93.8%; Maximum value achieved.
  • Xenon: Some data is still missing… Not sure what’s gonna happen. Best set up a kill switch just in case.
  • [*Typing on  Keyboard*]
  • Xenon: Okay, let’s try it out.
  • [*Turns on Device*]
  • [Xenon A.I.]: Detecting: Unstable connection. Eliminating errors…
  • Xenon: Eh!? What the…
  • [*Warning*]
  • Xenon: … WAH!!!
  • [*Connecting*]
  • [Xenon A.I.]: Neural link successfully established. Results: Safety mechanism disconnected; eliminating errors…
  • [Signal Lost]

Cam_Lobby_AL04

  • Xenon: … Ugh…
  • [*Sits Up*]
  • Xenon: I thank that worked…. But that static…. That’s right this is just a virtual game environment…
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: … What a massive tree. Is this… A piano? It’s fused into the tree… Whoever designed this has got amazing taste.
  • [*Simon Stretches out hand*]
  • Xenon: Such Intricate Details….  Totally different feel from a keyboard. The simulation is perfect…. I wonder if it works?
  • [*Sits Down*]
  • Little Girl: Um….
  • Xenon: Who’s there!?
  • Alice 2.jpg
  • Xenon: … A girl!?
  • Little Girl: (Tilts her head)
  • Xenon: Uh….
  • Little Girl: Um…. I-I fell down from up there…
  • Xenon: Up there?
  • Little Girl: Uh-huh. From up above. Someone caught me, and when I woke up… I was here.
  • Xenon: This has got to be an NPC.
  • Little Girl: You….
  • Xenon: …?
  • Little Girl: Can you…. Play the piano?
  • Xenon: This thing?
  • Little Girl: …(Nods Head)
  • Xenon: I’ve never played this kind of instrument, so I can’t promise anything… Does this game have something to do with playing the piano?
  • Little Girl: (Tilts her head)
  • Xenon: … Whatever. I’ll try it out and I guess we’ll see.
  • [* Sound of poor piano playing*]
  • Little Girl: !? (Covers her ears)
  • Xenon: Sorry, I really don’t know how to play. Can you use another instrument to clear the level? Does it have to b e a piano?
  • Little Girl: You’re not “him”….
  • Xenon: What was that?
  • Little Girl: … You play the piano, the tree will grow… If the window in the sky opens, then I can get out.        
  • Xenon: Window… In the sky?
  • Little Girl: … (nods head)
  • Xenon: I don’t really understand… Point is, I’ve got to make the tree grow to beat the level? Got to figure this out….
  • Little Girl: …
  • Xenon: Ah, what’s your name?
  • Little Girl: … I don’t know.
  • Xenon: Huh?
  • Little Girl: I don’t remember… My name.
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Studyroom_Al05

  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: There are so many books here… Wah!?
  • Masked Girl: …
  • Xenon: Another NPC... Why are you wearing a mask?
  • Masked Girl: …  Hmph.5t
  • Xenon: Um... excuse me, but do you know how to make the tree grow? Anything'll help, like a book on how to play the piano or something...
  • Masked Girl: …
  • Xenon: Guess not… I’ll start looking on the bookshelf.
  • [*Looks through Books*]
  • Masked Girl: You’re not him, are you?
  • Xenon: … Him?
  • Masked Girl:  You want to play the piano so that the tree will grow? Hahaha... there's no way you'll succeed. What you just played... that sounded terrible.
  • Xenon: …
  • Masked Girl: Looks like you'll never leave this place.
  • Xenon: Sounds like you've got problems... Whatever.
  • [*Looks through Books*]
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Little Girl: Um... what are you doing?
  • Xenon: Looking for other ways to make the tree grow... I have absolutely no piano skills. Maybe there is some explanation here…
  • Little Girl: It won't work. There was someone who could play the piano... but he disappeared.
  • Xenon: What do you mean?
  • Little Girl: The doll... is gone, too.
  • Xenon: ... These game mechanisms are crap.
  • Little Girl: …*Sobs*….
  • Xenon: I didn't mean you...
  • Masked Girl: ... *Sigh*... Not again. Annoying... what are you crying about?
  • Little Girl: …* Sobbing*…
  • Xenon: ... Geez, not very friendly... “sigh*... In any case, I've already confirmed that the chip works. I should head back and analyze it.
  • Little Girl: Huh? B-But, you have to play the piano to leave...
  • Xenon: This has nothing to do with the game. I can just shut off the connection.
  • Little Girl: Cut... the connection?
  • Xenon: Why am I talking to the in-game characters about this... Point is, I've got to get out of here.
  • [*System Error*]
  • Xenon: …!?
  • [*System Error*]
  • Xenon: Dammit... Does this have to do with the lost data? Is there something wrong with the kill switch?
  • Little Girl: Um...
  • Xenon: What if they cut the connection from outside? Should work... but it's already so late. There's no way Davis and them will figure out something happened...
  • [*Looks through Books*]
  • Masked Girl: Hehe... Wasting your energy... Do you need my help?
  • Xenon: ... Do you know how to get out of here? Hurry up and tell me.
  • Masked Girl:  Of course! Get that crying baby out of my face and I'll think about it. Just looking at her like that annoys me.
  • Xenon: Her?
  • Little Girl: !? I-I ... *sob*...
  • Xenon: She ran away... Did you have to do that?
  • Masked Girl: So annoying. You’re not from here. You can’t speak for her.
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Hey, where are you going? Didn't you say you were going to help?
  • Masked Girl: Hmph.
  • [*Masked Girl Extends her hand*]
  • [*Drops book on the ground*]
  • Xenon: …! Is this… A diary?
  • [Signal Lost]

Diary_Al06

I remember there was once someone here that could play the piano so beautifully, making the tree grow so fantastically tall.  Once, when I was crossing a street somewhere, he held my hand... it was so warm.

But I can't remember anything. I asked the Masked Lady, and she can't remember anything either. She said if I go back to that street, maybe I can find him.

Every time I see that road, I get scared... so terribly scared.  I ran away... and dropped the doll. The Masked Lady was so mad. I couldn't stop myself. I had to cry. She wouldn't talk to me. I made her so angry. I'm sorry... So sorry.

I'm so sad.

Who is he? Where is he?

Why... can't I remember?

Audio_Rightroom_Al07

  • Xenon: ... This is astonishing. It's not only the environment simulation that looks realistic, even the emotions look like they're genuine... If this could be used for medical purposes, perhaps...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: ... Can't think about that. I've got to get out of here. Usually, in order to prevent a situation like this, where you're unable to cut the connection, an "exit" will be set up somewhere in the virtual space... But how do I trigger it...
  • [*Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Huh? This painting... Are these pigments from ancient civilization? The texture is so unique.
  • [*Simon Stretches out his hand*]
  • Xenon: !? My hand... it went right through? Wait a second... This power is too strong... Wah!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • [*Little Girl grabs Simon*]
  • Little Girl: Are you okay!?
  • Xenon: Wah! Whew... It stopped?
  • Little Girl: ? *Tilts head*
  • Xenon: Forget it. You probably don't know either... I'm fine.
  • Little Girl: Do you still want to learn to play the piano?
  • Xenon: This isn’t… Well, didn’t you say there used to be someone who could play the piano here?
  • Little Girl: Eh? You want to find him? Really!?
  • Xenon: Pretty happy about that, huh? He… Must important to you, huh? Can you tell me more about him? Maybe he can help me leave this place.
  • Little Girl: I... I don't remember...
  • Xenon: Huh?
  • Little Girl: All I know is that he means a lot to me. Whenever I'm with him I'm so happy... he's so... gentle. I wish he would stay by my side forever. That way I could always listen to him play the piano.
  • Xenon: …
  • Little Girl: B-But I know how to find him! We have to go to the big road! Where I dropped the doll...
  • Xenon: The big road? A doll?
  • Little Girl: Uh-huh! A kitty cat doll! I can take you there! If you come
  • with me, maybe I can bring my doll back! And maybe the
  • person who plays the piano will be there...
  • Xenon: ... I don't quite understand. You went somewhere... and dropped some kind of doll thing?
  • Little Girl: It's a soft doll. It's always by my side. I've had it for soooo long… It’s name! It’s name is… It’s… Um….
  • Xenon: …?
  • Little Girl:  I can't remember...
  • Xenon: ... Let me know when you think of it.
  • Little Girl: W-Will you go there with me? I'm... I'm so scared...
  • Xenon: Wait, wait, wait... I just walked around all these rooms and I didn't see any roads.
  • Little Girl:  It's here! Come on!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: ... This painting?
  • Little Girl: Uh-huh. It goes to so many, many places!
  • Xenon: A teleportation portal? I almost got sucked in... Probably have to be careful with this thing. Who knows where it will lead to...
  • [*The girl holds Simon’s hand*]
  • Xenon: …!?
  • Little Girl:  We've got to hold hands, otherwise we might get lost!
  • Xenon: Wait! Listen to me...
  • [*Running*]
  • Xenon: Hey, quit pulling me...!?
  • [*Teleporting*]
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_road_Al08

  • Xenon: ... What... is this place? I've never seen this place before. It's a bit dirty... there aren't any drones... This isn't Node 08, is it?
  • Little Girl: …*sob*….
  • [*Clings*]
  • Xenon: What is it?
  • Little Girl: I… I….
  • Xenon: Oh, this is the street you were talking about? Can't see where it ends... Are you sure this is it?
  • Little Girl: …. (Nods head)
  • Xenon: So the piano player is way down there? We just have to cross the street, that's all. Come on, come with me.
  • Little Girl: …*sob*….
  • Xenon: Don't be scared. Look, there isn't a single car in sight.
  • Little Girl: (Trembling)
  • [*Falls Backwards*]
  • Little Girl: ... S-Something scary is going to happen...
  • Xenon: Huh?
  • Little Girl: It's s-s-so scary... no... NO! I don't want to! WAAH!!
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Hold on a second! Don't run off...
  • [*Simon Grabs Her*]
  • Little Girl: WAHHHH!!!!
  • [*Teleporting*]
  • Xenon: Wah!? ... The girl's room? We went somewhere else!? You...
  • Little Girl:  ... *sob*... *sob*...
  • Xenon: Are... are you okay?
  • Little Girl: …*sob*….I'm sorry... I'm so sorry... I can't do it... *sob”...
  • Xenon: … Exactly like a little girl….
  • [*Rubs her Head*]
  • Xenon:  ... Don't cry now. If you don't want to go, I won't force you. There's got to be another way.
  • Little Girl: ... *sob*... *sob*... Thank you... you... you're a good person.
  • Xenon: So, that street frightens you?
  • Little Girl: Uh-huh. When I was standing there... I think someone was holding my hand... It felt so warm... but... but then... there was so much red... It was so scary... I didn't remember that before….
  • Xenon: Huh? So it wasn't always like that?
  • Little Girl: Yeah. One day, it all changed... I couldn't remember who that person was, I lost my doll... So many things... I can't remember...
  • Xenon: ... I see. No wonder all this feels so weird.
  • Little Girl: …?
  • Xenon: I can't control where I go... Back then, the moment we held hands, I was teleported here. That means if I didn't hold your hand, I would've gotten stuck there...
  • Little Girl: Uh-huh...
  • Xenon: The player has to go wherever you go... This type of movement mechanism isn't normal. The lost data must have affected some of the mechanisms in the simulation.
  • Little Girl:  Um... I don't understand.
  • Xenon: It's okay. But I'm gonna need your help.
  • Little Girl: O-Okay... But I'm afraid I won't be able to do it...
  • Xenon: Don't be nervous. Just answer a few questions for me... Think back... When did all this strange stuff start happening?
  • Little Girl: I-l...
  • [Signal Lost]

Audio_Girl'sRoom_Al09

  • Little Girl: ... All of a sudden, it felt like someone was missing. They used to be in front of the piano. I thought for so long... When I was thinking, a lot of strange images appeared in my mind. I think I was at a big road and someone was holding my hand. We were crossing the road... We were so happy...
  • Xenon: The piano player?
  • Little Girl: I don't know... but I think so! That warm feeling... it's the same with both of them!
  • Xenon: Okay. And then you discovered that you could move from room to room?
  • Little Girl: Yes... I always thought I could go through the painting, but I didn't think it was real... It is so dark inside. I'm so scared... I keep wanting to find the person who plays the piano... and after thinking about it, I found out that I dropped the doll next to the big road...
  • Xenon: Sounds like the unit was displaced. All the data concerning "him" disappeared... that's where the issue is.
  • Little Girl: Unit... displaced? Data... disappeared? I don't understand any of that...
  • Xenon: ... In any case, this is probably what caused all these problems to your memory and this space. I can use A.I. to perform a deep analysis, but I can't do it here...
  • Little Girl: Oh... so what should we do?
  • Xenon: Maybe it's like you said... perhaps if we cross that road, something will change. I'll think of something... I mean, I can't go back now anyway.
  • Little Girl: Go back?
  • Xenon: Yeah. You must know what that means? I just happened to link to this place. I'll have to leave sooner or later.
  • Little Girl: Where do you have to "go back" to?
  • Xenon: It's a little hard to explain... There are a lot of people and tall buildings there, but there's nothing like this giant tree fused into a piano.
  • Little Girl: Eh? No piano? Is that a place without music?
  • Xenon: No, there's music. It's just different, that's all. There's all sorts of different instruments, though. Like guitars...
  • Little Girl: Guitar?
  • Xenon: You don't know what a guitar is? It's very different from a piano. It's an instrument with many strings that makes music through a resonating box.
  • Little Girl: I don't know, but it sounds amazing... Can you play that?
  • Xenon: Yeah, a little bit. I've performed a few times.
  • Little Girl: Heehee, I wonder who's better, you or my special friend? He plays so, So, SO, SO many songs. They sound so good!
  • Xenon: You can't remember him, but you remember the songs he played?
  • Little Girl: Yeah! I feel like he always played music for me. I can hum all of the songs.
  • Xenon: Sounds like he means a lot to you.
  • Little Girl: …*sob*….
  • Xenon: Alright, alright. You don't have to cry all the time. If he knew how sad you were, he'd definitely be worried.
  • Little Girl: I-I know... Okay, I won't cry anymore. Even though I'm really afraid of that road, I'll try my best to...
  • [*Object Crashes*]
  • Xenon: Who's there!?
  • Little Girl: Eh?
  • [*Hurried Footsteps*]
  • Xenon: Weird. I swear I just saw a shadow flash by...
  • Little Girl: Is someone there?
  • Xenon: Nah, it's nothing... I must be overthinking things.
  • [Signal Lost]

Diary_AL10

I don't think we spoke much; he would just sit there, playing the piano.

From what I remember, I often sat by his side, listening to him play.

Even though I don't know the names of the songs he played, and I don't know what they were about, I liked every single one of them.

One of the songs sounded so sad. The first part is filled with sorrow, but towards the end I feel like the song is giving me the courage to move forward. Every time I hear it I feel so sad. He played that song a lot.

It's so strange... After coming here, I slowly learned how to play it.

I wonder what the song means?

Was he trying to tell me something?

At least that's what I think.

Audio_Girl'sRoom_A11

  • Little Girl: I'm pretty sure the