Part 29: Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo, and Cancer (Part 2)Bonding Update XII: Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo, and Cancer (Part 2)
Lets get back to it. We just need to get through these and then we can have another go at the Labyrinths.
~Granvania Shopping Center~
(I guess Ill have a look at some magazines before I track down Alfie.)
*The screen blacks out momentarily, so I guess there was a small time skip?*
There we go. Hmm Wait a minute What the hell is this?! Why is Alfie on the cover of this magazine?! I know she said she wanted to help, but No, I shouldnt jump to conclusions. Let me look inside first and find out what this is
*Alfie wanders slightly into frame*
Alfie?! Wh-Why are you here?
You surprised me You didnt have to yell like that
S-Sorry I just wasnt expecting you to pop up like that. Anyway, could you tell me why youre on the cover of this magazine?
What are you talking about?
Wait You dont know?
But its your picture, you must Hang on Actually, now that I look closer I think this is from when you were training.
That son of a bitch Townsperson A
[Townsperson B]: Hey, look. Isnt that Alfie?
[Townsperson C]: Yeah. Shes the one who works at the Day Camp.
These two townspeople are ladies, by the way. The other Townspeople (from the main story event where the Impurities breached the surface) were guys.
Crap I dont like the sound of this Come on, Alfie. Were going.
Just follow me! Hurry!
~Inn: Itsukis Room~
No, were looking inside this magazine
*Itsuki flips open the magazine to check out what Alfie has to do with it*
This This is
Whats written inside? Please show me!
This is the Bond Eater?
*sigh* Its the same picture of the Bond Eater that Mirei showed me. Theres an article about you next to it.
What is this ?
It says that youre being chased by an Impurity.
No one knows when the Impurity will appear before Alfie again. Neighbors have expressed their concerns over this.
Dammit This is tabloid trash.
That Impurity was after me?
I have several problems with this. Why was that guy stalking Alfie to begin with? How does he know that Alfie is a Star Child? How does he know that the Bond Eater was there specifically for Alfie (she was out there with a group of other Star Children and this is the only time in past 30 years that this Impurity has shown up)?
Well I Yeah, it was
I didnt want to get you worked up.
Im sorry, Alfie Listen, Ill tell you everything that Mirei told me. She said that the reason the Bond Eater is after you is because it wants your Bond Energy. Thats why it went after your Star Maiden mom as well. Dont worry, though. Ill protect you. I promise.
*The screen shakes a little and we hear glass shattering*
What the hell?! Whos throwing rocks at my room?!
I swear to god if it is who I think it is.
[Townsperson B (Female)]: I know youre in there!
[Townsperson D (Male)]: Dangerous Star Children should get out of town!
Thats not how it works you scum-sucking idiot!
Shit Theres a mob building up outside
I wanted to help everyone, but I was apparently just causing trouble for them.
Im going out there!
Why the hell not?!
Were not going to hurt anyone, Alfie were just going to kill a few of them. Theres a difference. You need to be alive in order to feel pain.
I cant cause you anymore trouble. Or the other Star Children Ill leave town like they want And the Bond Eater will no longer appear here.
It doesnt work that way, Alfie. The Bond Eater wants Bond Energy. If you leave then its just going to go after one of the other Star Maidens. It doesnt have to go after you.
No way Then what am I supposed to do?
You dont need to do anything. Just stay the way you are.
Official Itsuki does a little speech here that tries to give the benefit of the doubt to the people by saying that everyone is probably just on edge and theyll calm down if we just talk to them and blah blah blah, but fuck that. LP Itsuki isnt going to try and make excuses for those assholes. Id march out there and kill them myself if the game would let me.
If you leave town, then Im going with you.
I said I would protect you, didnt I? I cant do that unless Im close by.
Then I guess youll have to stay here, right?
I understand So long as Im here, the other Star Maidens wont be attacked, right?
Thats the theory. But Ill protect you no matter what.
Either way, Im going to out give those people a piece of my mind. Someone is going to pay for my window.
Hell yeah! Lets go put the fear of Star God in them!
Listen, when I come back then we can get back to our date. Okay?
Good to hear. Hm? Did I get a message? Who is Oh, its from Mirei.
What did she say?
She says that the guy who took those pictures breached their contract. He wasnt supposed to sell them to anyone else. Apparently shes already caught him and is Umm the guinea pig for my next experiment
Uh-oh That sounds terrible!
That sounds awesome is what I think you meant to say.
Please, Itsuki! You must stop Mirei!
Oh, come on! Cant you just let me have this one? For gods sake, all Im asking is that some of the bastard townspeople face some consequences. Is that so much to ask?
Part of me wants to just let Mirei handle things, but Ill talk her out of it if thats what you want. Youre way too kind, Alfie. Anyway, Ill be back in a while. How about you set up the projector and everything so that we can watch some movies when I get back?
I despise Granvania. At least in Conception II we got to see more of the populace and some of them were great people (Im talking about you, Takoyaki Guy), but Conception Plus doesnt really have much in the way of an extended cast, so we dont get any sense of connection with the everyday citizens of this world and we dont see any halfway decent people.
Anyway, lets move on to Aries next event and see if it can succeed in calming my seething rage.
~Star God Academy Church~
Something wrong, Arie?
Uh Arie? Hello?
Oh, Itsuki Hello.
Is something wrong? You seem really out of it today.
We teach a class to many children at the church
Yeah, youre their teacher, right?
Yes. But I dont have any right to teach anyone
What do you mean?
Some of the children belong to poorer homes. And there was this one child That child had gone into town and stolen something. He was so hungry that he stole food
But I I have no right to forgive him.
What makes you say that?
Ive been consumed by pleasures despite being a Star Maiden. I have no right.
Arie Are you still worrying about that? You cant help the fact that it feels good.
P-Please dont say it like that. Its embarrassing
I told you that theres nothing wrong with enjoying Classmating.
I know Reone, Lillie, and Mirei definitely do not.
Well, I dont know that for sure.
Im sure Im the only one who isnt serious about Classmating. My lord What must I do?
Arie, dont pray over something like this.
Please I dont know what to do other than to rely on the Star God.
We need to fix you of that, because I assure you that Star God is not at all reliable.
Then maybe rely on me. I can help you find a way to solve this conflict youre having.
Itsuki, I thank you for your consideration. But I must ask why
Dont worry about that. Lets just focus on you. Lets see How about your bad points? If you know what to improve on, then you can work on getting better.
My bad points What would one of those be?
Is there anyone out there (other than completionists, I guess) who legitimately choose options like 2 and 3? Like, this is a serious conversation about personal conflict and a minor crisis of faith. Who thinks Eh, I think your body could use some work is an appropriate response?
To be honest, I think youre heart is the biggest problem.
If Classmating makes you feel guilty, then your heart isnt in the right place.
So do I simply not think that its anything bad?
Well, theres not really anything wrong with it in the first place. Its supposed to be a sacred ritual thats necessary to save the world.
Arie, you should be proud of it. Its because you do the ritual with me that Im able to get Star Children to help me in the labyrinths.
Im reassured by your words, but
Forget about the guilt for a minute. Just think about all of this with a clear head.
How would I do that?
Try releasing your heart.
Release my heart? You mean I should bare forth my secrets?
Definitely! Lets start by hearing about whats in that room.
Yeah. You cant keep supressing your true feelings. Theyre part of who you are.
This is sappy as all hell, but Im willing to let it slide as long as Arie stops beating herself up and it gets us closer to finding out whats in the room.
Itsuki I think my heart feels lighter now. You really are my Star God, Itsuki.
Youre overstating things again.
Itsuki, you accept me for who I am.
Haha Ive said it out loud now.
Nope, I definitely didnt somehow skip to the Level 5 events. Its really early for this, Conception Plus. Standard procedure is to drag this whole song and dance out until the last event. Oh well balls in your court now, other Star Maidens.
Please dont look so surprised. I was only being honest.
I uhh Its just really sudden
You told me to release my heart, so I did. I wasnt ready for it to happen so soon But you forced me to do the Classmating ritual so many times
I didnt force anyone to do anything!
Ehh, Femiruna is a little debatable on that front. You kind of force her, but shes also clearly into that sort of thing.
Im finally prepared to tell you everything. Theres something Ive been hiding from you I think I can finally tell you my secret.
Yes! Room time!
FUCK YOU, CONCEPTION PLUS!
Yes, Aries event really does end on that line. Well need to wait until the next group of bonding updates to finally get a look inside that secret room. Son of a Youre not supposed to pull cliffhangers like this, game. Thats not fair.
Ugh Whatever, lets just move on to Femirunas event. Man, I was starting to get into a better mood and now Im pissed off again for the game just yanking the rug out from under me. I hope the rest of these are nice events.
~Star God Academy Field~
Oh! I found you, Itsuki. Now, come with me.
Huh? Why? Whats wrong?
Manor? You mean your house? What are you gonna do to me?
Oh? You go to the labyrinths regularly yet you are afraid to come to my manor? Ohoho! What a cowardly Gods Gift you are!
Yeah, Im not sure why Itsuki is being weird like that. I cant get around it though because Femirunas dialogue refers back to him being a scaredy-cat. Come on, Itsuki. Its not like this is Mirei were talking to. Or Lillie. Or kind of Mahiru. Point is, Femiruna isnt one of the Maidens that will try and rope you into weird shit.
Well, isnt it a little embarrassing for a guy to be invited into a girls house like this?
Wait, me? Youre the one doing the inviting!
What a surprise Wh-Why must I be agitated by your every word?!
Why am I suddenly the bad guy here
Just keep quiet and follow me! There is something I want to show you. I am sure you will like it.
Eh, I guess thats sort of fancy.
This place is huge
This is what I wanted to show you.
Wait this is
A large bed to help you sleep comfortably. And a high-quality shelf and table. I prepared furniture fit for a king that is too good for your own room.
JACKPOT! Finally, things are looking up! Not to say that Aries love confession wasnt a high point. The fake out secret room reveal just kind of messed up the momentum.
Theres so much. Why do you have all of this?
I purchased them from the shops in town. I have already spoken with the stores. I signed contracts so you can take any items you want from any store you visit. Just saying my name will allow you to help yourself to anything in the store.
Thats the way it should be. Although, I guess technically thats how it was going to be when Shang cut us that cheque for 10 million. We better find that bastard in the bird mask at some point. I want my vengeance.
This way, you will be able to do even more in the labyrinths.
You managed to do all of that? How?
Hold on, why the fuck would they resist? The heiress of the richest family in the city walks in to your business and wants to ink a contact for Gods Gift to come in and pick up everything he wants. Why the fuck would a business owner not be over the moon about that?
I mean, the contract has to say that Femirunas family will compensate the shops, right? I could understand their refusal if they werent getting compensated, but then why would those shops agree at all if that were the case (even the name of Femis father wouldnt change their mind in that case)?
There is nothing I cannot do in this town. Do not thank me. It is my duty as a Star Maiden to cooperate with you. You may use whatever you like. Do make it useful for yourself in the labyrinths.
What are you doing?!
No? But why?
You didnt have to do any of this for me in the first place.
Thats not how business works! Somebody coming in and buying up the whole inventory is good for business you idiot! Selling shit to make a profit is the entire point!
I would not mind. This is for your sake.
Even if it is for me, I dont feel comfortable with it. I cant accept all of this.
I I do not believe you! You cannot accept a gift from me?
I do appreciate all the effort you went through for me.
Then why do you not simply accept it?
Because I dont like causing trouble for people.
I do not understand You feel happy, but you do not like this method?
You dont have to go overboard with it. I would have been happy with just a small gift.
So you did not like that I caused trouble to the people who owned the stores
Hello fine shopkeep. I would like to buy all the merchandise you have. Heres a big ol sack of money. I apologize fine madam, but it would be terribly troublesome for me to close shop and relax for a few days while I wait for restock. No, I think I would prefer to let my inventory sit on the shelves and instead sell only a portion of it little by little over the span of several months. Please take your tens of thousands of gold elsewhere.
I gathered it all for your sake
And I appreciate what you did. It was nice of you to go that far for my sake.
I-I did not! Oh Well. You taught me a great many things in town the other day.
Its the thought that counts, Femiruna. Thank you for that.
But if you do not accept it, then you are lying about being happy.
Im not lying
I understand I will go and return the merchandise to the stores.
Why does this game delight in causing me suffering?
Thats the idea.
Can I trust those words? If so, just you wait, Itsuki. I will make you cry with joy from a gift I will give you!
*Femiruna wanders off*
I hope she doesnt go overboard with it again
I get it, okay? Its a lesson for Femiruna that she cant just throw money or family prestige around and get whatever she wants, especially at the expense of other people. Were trying to break her of her spoiled daddys little girl attitude and teach her how to connect with people on a human level. I get it.
But for gods sake, is it too much to ask that the game let me have one nice thing? Couldnt we have taken a sword or something? Maybe that jewel-encrusted armor that she initially had in mind for Itsukis party?
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Hey, Ruka. Im here to help out with patrol today.
Lets just move on. At the very least I cant think of any other ways that the game can piss me off at this point.
Itsuki, what an opportune meeting. Please hear me out.
Whats happening, Ruka?
She was just about to tell me too. So, Reone, did you find out where her shoes went?
They were in the incinerator. I was throwing out the trash
I remembered her because you brought her to the doctors office once.
Oh, right. That time I found her barefoot.
Apparently Itsuki brought her by Reones office before taking her back to the Orphanage? First were hearing of this I think. Ill be honest, that event was a bit of a haze. I just remember having to make a sprite for barefoot girls single appearance so far.
Did a bully make her do it? Who was it? A classmate? Or a teacher?
There was no one around besides her.
I saw it with my own eyes.
But why would she ? Did she lie to me to cause me more trouble?! Does she hate me that much ? I dont get it!
*Ruka bolts off*
Whew Trying to grow closer to someone is difficult. Humans are the only animals who lie. Misunderstandings are par for the course.
What the fuck are you talking about, Reone? Making false danger calls to keep others away from food is a big one. There was also the time Koko the gorilla ripped a sink out of the wall and blamed it on her pet cat. The animal kingdom is full of deception and screwing over others, its called survival.
Do you have any ideas on why she might throw the shoes away?
She was mumbling something while she threw the shoes into the incinerator
Phrasing. Good lord, phrasing.
She said that like a prayer.
What would she mean by that?
Maybe she was feeling lonely. Kids want a more direct expression of love. They get worried when someone they love refuses to touch them.
I mean, I could see that being the case, except that barefoot girl knows full well why Ruka hesitates to touch them. Its not quite the same situation as a loved one just refusing to touch for no reason.
On top of that, Ruka rarely talks to them So of course theyd get worried. I imagine theyd lie to get your attention.
This part is more understandable.
So thats why, huh?
Or maybe she wanted to tell Ruka about how lonely she was feeling. Either way, its all just a misunderstanding.
Its a cry for help, got it. We probably should have picked up on that as soon as we failed to find any evidence of bullying going on.
*sigh* I need to go after Ruka.
She probably ran off to use her powers on the girl, but even if she does that what would she do then? If she finds out that the kids are feeling lonely because Ruka isnt able to touch them, then shell just distance herself more from them. She might end up leaving the orphanage altogether. Then shell end up alone as well.
Yeah, Ruka might be able to find out the cause, but shes nowhere near capable of addressing it. Shes got her own package of issues.
If you understand that much, then hurry after her. You may still catch up.
Itsuki, remember that there are two types of lies
A white lie that totally doesnt hurt anyone?
Ill leave it to you to teach Ruka that as well
~Front of Orphanage~
Huff Huff Ugh Ru Ruka!
What are you doing here?
Huff Hang on Phew Listen, Im not going to stop you, but I really think you should reconsider. Why dont you try talking to her instead? You know, using words?
But she lies all the time. Theres no way we can simply talk.
Have you ever really tried? I mean, seriously tried? Shes really just looking for your attention, Ruka. Maybe a pat on the head as well, that kind of thing.
This game and its head patting. Actually, I guess I should say this country, because Japanese media seems to have some kind of hard-on for it.
But thats something I cant do because Im a Tsukuyomi. Just leave me alone.
And thus the problem will definitely be solved.
Thats not the solution, Ruka. Listen, if you really want to know how other people feel, then youve got to open your heart.
Open your heart and itll be alriiiiight!~ I like Crush 40 stuff
I-I know that. No This all happened because I didnt know that But how am I supposed to open my heart? Ive long forgotten how to open up to others
You could start by looking them in the eyes when you talk. I know youve got it in you, Ruka.
Why do you think that ?
Because youve done so much for her. You buy and cook food, you were worried about her being bullied, you even set up the Maiden Club to try and protect her.
Hmph Who asked you for a speech? Youre such a busybody.
I mean, shes right about that.
Good to hear.
Ill tell you how it went after were done. Besides youre the clubs vice president. You have a duty to hear the presidents reports.
Well, cant argue with that. I guess I have to.
Y-Yes, you do. You have to. Its not because you helped me out so much or anything
Ill wait for your report, then.
Please come back after classes are done. Ill tell you everything then. Ill be going now.
Right. I hope it all goes well.
Dont worry. I will. I dont think its going to come to that, though.
Hmph. I hope so too. So Ill try my best with her Goodbye.
Man, we dont even get to hear the big emotional moment where little barefoot girl comes clean about everything? Lame.