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I mean this is my game, not Iffys. Right?
Yeah, I can see where youre coming from Ah crap, looks like were back on. Okay, um, I think things left off in Lastation.
I thought itd be an easy quest, since all I had to do was deliver a package to some factory.
I didnt expect monsters to ambush me on my way there. Wouldve sucked if I died.
This is a weapon manufacturing factory? Ive never seen weapons actually getting built form scratch before.
Firearms are getting passed along an assembly line.
???: Nerrrrrr . Merrrrrr Errrr
Whats this weird noise? That one part there looks gigantic
Yo, Iffy! I dont know whats going on, but look at me getting carried away!
Red? What?! Get down from there this instant! Its dangerous!
Huh? The conveyors leading to a big, scary black hole! Ahhhh!
Ooh. Looks like she fell right into a crate of weapons. I wonder if shell get shipped out with them?
I mean, Red! Get out of there!
I really need to stop letting Iffy take side jobs, or well end up with half of Gamindustri in our party.
Dont play around like that. Last time you were on top of a ropeway, before that was on top of me
Whats next? On top of a monster?
Oooh, I didnt think about that! But I must stay loyal to my wifey.
Red Monsters are dangerous.
Dont you have a weapon? If youre traveling alone, you really should carry something for self-defense.
Meh, no worries! Im armed to the teeth. Ive got
Kendama yo-yo throwing disc and
Those arent weapons. You dont have like a sword, spear, or gun? Actually, Im not convinced you can be trusted with them.
Nuh-uh! These are most definitely weapons of mass destruction! Havent you heard?
According to some legend, there was a hero who fought off aliens with a yo-yo to rescue his dad!
Ive just never actually seen anyone use them as weapons.
Well thats because they can only be wielded by the chosen ones! So thats why youve never seen anyone else use them!
Okay, so youre a chosen one, like that hero? Thats pretty amazing.
Yup. I am definitely amazing!
Yeah she might end up partied up with a real weirdo or something.
Exactly! Hey, wait!
We should scour the area when people arent around.
This is trespassing Were really trespassing, right?
Its killing a bee to save the hive. I heard Compa say that when she overcooked my toast.
Black Marketer: Whatre you doing here? Dont you know the black market opens at midnight?
Unfortunately, were not customers.
5pb, come here.
Black Marketer: 5pb, huh? So you know about us.
You copy my CDs and sell them for next to nothing and dont even tell me!
Black Marketer: Is there a problem? Im getting your music to the people. Youve lost a lot of your customers, huh?
And you want to do something about it. Fine, but no mater what happens to me, this isnt going to end.
Millions of people like me exist, motivated only by money.
If you close this place down, another will pop up. Its a waste of your effort. Understand?
Quiet, youll miss two strawmen arguing with each other. Oh, um, Im supposed to narrate. 5pb confronted the nefarious Black Marketer!
Black Marketer: Huh? I love music, duh.
But youre abusing my songs.
Black Marketer: Nuh-uh, Im helping you spread your songs around the world!
Everyone can access your music at a low price. Isnt it awesome?
Whatre you talking about? Youre the only idiot who thinks that.
Black Marketer: Youre the idiot. Businesses dont stick around if theyre the only ones profiting.
Think like that and youll see Im a shining example of excellent customer service.
Hows this a good business example when it sacrifices the artists who create the products?!
Its completely unfair!
How selfish can you be, profiting by abusing the one who makes your products?!
Listen. Musicians like me support ourselves by selling our music.
Black Marketer: So?!
Sacrificing the music
Is like sacrificing those musicians futures!
Black Marketer: The musicians futures?
If you keep abusing the artists, eventually the industry will
Youll destroy the entire music industry itself!
Black Marketer: Nonsense! Youre blowing things way out of proportion.
Nuh-uh. If things continue for me like they are Ill have to quit the music scene and like, flip burgers.
Yet youll still keep your business even after hearing me tell you this?
Black Marketer: Tch !
Shut up. I dont care about this preachy lecture crap! Grr Dammit!
The hell ? M-My head Gaaaaah!
I thought you said he was a scarecrow, not a lizard thingy.
A monster ? Did you just come out of that guy?!
Monster: Correct. I advertise songs at near five-finger discounts
Then I took over the body of this fool who answered my ads.
I made some money to add to Overlord Momuss war funds! Mwahahahaha!
Involving innocent people for your own profit is unacceptable! Im glad you conveniently explained everything, though.
Monster: I wont let you live, knowing my secrets. Ill just kill you and I wont have to worry about it anymore!
Who do you think you are?!
Monster: Gwaaaah! How could you?!
No thats not whatever. The monster was vanquished.
Anyway, who unleashed the monster. I forgot to ask where he got his discs, too Momus, huh ?
Is Is it over?
Yeah. Youre safe now.
Black Marketer: Ow Where am I? I thought I was picking up 5pbs CD
You were taken over by a monster. You remember that much, right?
Black Marketer: R-Right I heard someone was giving her songs away for next to nothing.
I know youre a victim too, but Im not impressed to hear you were interested in illegal copies.
Black Marketer: Yeah, I guess it was wrong and selfish. Im sorry, 5pb.
Now you know not to do this, right?
Black Marketer: Yeah. I dont want to get possessed by any more monsters and all that.
Ill help you destroy the discs kept here. I really apologize.
Illegal discs and body-snatching monsters There might be more places like this we dont know about
Still, at least this ones settled.
Yep. Thanks a lot, IF.
Wow, that seems like the sort of important scene I should have known about.
Actually this has been bugging me, what all were you even up to when all this was happening?
Other innocent people might still be in trouble
That guy He loved music, but he
I cant believe someone would take advantage and twist peoples love for music like this.
It cant be forgiven.
You want to save those people who are in trouble? Musicians, too?
As a member of the 5pb fan club, Id prefer you to focus on writing new music, but
I know I cant have both, but I wont sit by as other artists get abused and sacrificed!
Thats right! Plus, I know you can do this.
Personally, I feel lucky I get to travel with you.
So youll let me join your party?
Itd be my pleasure. Come on, Lyrica! Fight with us as 5pb!
LWE Feinne on Neptunia Game Mechanics:
5pb is a lot like Compa, she hits really hard with magic based attacks like shooting (though her shooting is rockin on her guitar). Shes the most powerful caster in the game, but is also the most fragile character overall. Still, shes pretty awesome and well worth picking up the DLC for. She has Treasure Search like IF, but since they dont share a cooldown you can use this to your advantage.
Like I said me and Compa were having amazing adventures while all this was going on!
Like there was this bear with a tie and he was all grr and tried to steal our lunch.
If you want, you can use one of my cell phones to talk to them.
Oops. Was that something I shouldnt have brought up?
I guess youve got your reasons for traveling alone. Sorry.
Iffy, I actually have a second reason for my journey besides wifey collecting.
About a year ago, I was a normal girl happily living with my normal family
One day, I went to a local festival with my mom
All of a sudden, this giant flower monster rose up from underground!
My village was overrun with violent shrubbery and all the residents, including my mom, were taken by the flower monster!
I barely escaped from the attack So after gathering enough wifeys, Im going to use them to rescue my village.
I dont believe it for a second.
Aww, really?! I thought that was a pretty convincing story.
Im surprised you figured it out so quick. But that makes me like you even more! Youre Wifey Number 1 for a reason!
So why would you make that up?
Its a test to make sure youre worthy of accepting the title of my wifey!
You passed, of course! Your wifey rank increased by 20 levels!
Are you sure this really happened, and wasnt just something you saw on TV?
Just ask Compa, it was totally real. I had to beat it up and everything.
Noooo not yet My wifey must lend her lap as my pillow
I have to go soon, though. Im meeting with my party.
Nope! Youre my wifey and mine alone, arent you?
Before that nonsense, Ive got my responsibilities as a party member. Here, come on.
Nuh-uh. This is a wifeys job
Youre gonna get points taken away if you keep this up.
Oww Dont get up so suddenly. Ouch
Im sorry! But you said Id get points taken away
Owwwww You look fine, though.
Huh? Yeah, of course Im fine.
Is your head made of stone or brick or something? Youre like a barbarian who powers up by eating caveman meat.
Then there was like an alien invasion and this guy was all Beware, I live!
And I transformed and was like Lets fix that and totally sent him packing.
I dont particularly mind, but why?
Its my wifeys party! I have to make sure they arent competition. Plus, itd be a shame if I dont at least say hi.
But, I would want you to meet Nep.
One of the girls Im traveling with.
My party consists entirely of girls.
What?! You shouldve said so sooner!
If I join your party, I could get them all to be my wifeys! Number 2, Number 3, and beyond!
I I dont know about that, but No. We fight dangerous monsters.
Fine with me! Im a pretty tough cookie, yknow?
Oh-kay! Im gonna conquer your entire party!
Ugh. I shouldve kept my mouth shut.
Then Compa and I ate some waffles, because waffles are awesome.
I mean not as good as those crepes in Lowee but still good.
It was so surprising the first time I saw her. Nept- Lady Neptune is amazing
She has the ability to transform. As expected of a goddess.
I wonder if she could also turn into things like animals or monsters ? Its not really suitable for a goddess
Im more surprised those around her just treat her like a normal girl.
Actually, they dont seem to care at all that shes a goddess.
Maybe Im just overreacting
But she transforms! Thats not normal, right? I mean, can everyone else do it, too?
Oh yeah, this was where I totally got bored and decided to change my look for a while.
Wait a minute, arent you supposed to be like narrating or something?
I guess. So you all went to Lowee, Id assume to get more crepes.
Whats wrong? Are you getting sick? Maybe you should stay in bed and rest.
I wonder if I caught something when I was on top of the ropeway?
And youre getting sick now? Its been way too long since then
Anyway, just go to your room, drink lots of water and sleep, okay?
No way! What if my wifey leaves me and goes to another land while Im resting?
I wont. Ill make sure to stay in Lowee until youre all better.
Yeah right! Its not like Im an official party member or anything
My Charisma level hasnt gone up at all lately
Ive got to keep working hard! I cant rest now!
If you listen to me, you might get like twenty points
Ill get +20?! Then if I add it to my existing +80 Um
Youll have exactly one-hundred points.
Youre right! Then, will you let me join your party when Im all better?!
When youre better.
Youll travel with me?!
When youre better.
Youll introduce me to other wifeys?!
Uh-huh. I bet the girls will all love you.
Youll have a wedding with me?!
Thats another issue altogether.
No we were totally going to look for the Key Fragment and then Iffy got dragged off like immediately.
I planned to keep it around eighty, but I couldnt help it. Otherwise she wouldnt have listened to me
I hope she doesnt get too heavily involved in our journey.
I doubt shed understand even if I explained it, though.
And that was when you gave up and went to lunch.
No, we totally went to look for the Key Fragment. At, at the crepe shop.
I am now a member of your party!
Where we gonna go? Leanox? Lastation? Planeptune?!
First off, Red, I have to talk to you about something.
Dont worry about battles! Im really super strong. Yah! Tah!
Listen. A lot of danger comes along with this journey, so you really should stay away from our adventure
Arent you my wifey?
My wifey and I are like main and sub! You cant stop me from joining you!
Huh? I dont get it. Anyway, youve got to understand, okay?
But I reached +100!
Okay, fine. Youre right. I knew itd come to that.
I figured youd tag along with me as long as points kept getting added.
But the more points I added, the more I felt I shouldnt let you come with me.
Iffy, its okay! I know youre always thinking whats best for me.
This isnt like you, though! Saying stuff like Uh, do what you want is more like, yknow, a goondere!
The hells a goondere?
Thats my wifey! No matter what you say, Im joining the party.
Ugh, fine. Do what you want.
LWE Feinne on Neptunia Game Mechanics:
Red is a lot like IF in combat. Shes a physical attacker with some interesting healing items that lead to her being much more durable than she might seem. Shes has Hammer Crash and because she is wearing pants she gets to be our designated Hammer Crasher from now on.
Anyway Iffy came up to us there and said weve got another new party member that she totally added without asking me.
Its totally unfair.
Yikes! This beds ice cold I cant sleep in here!
Oh, I know. Not like I have to sleep alone, right? Ive got so many wifeys to share a bed with.
Ill just let one of them share their bed with me while were staying in Lowee.
Who should I pick today? Oh, decisions, decisions!
Iffy might get mad, but Compas too easy and probably cuddles way too much
I know Neps completely out of the question, but ! I should really accept the challenge
Awww, I cant decide! No choice. Ill just roll the die and see where my fortune lies.
Hyah! Ooh, I wonder who Ill get
Nep? Iffy? Someone else? What is it? what is it?! The the number five!
Number five is your bed.
Next Time on Hyperdimension Neptunia: Snow Problem! We finally get back on track!