Part 45: Day 22 - StoryDay 22: Story
Music: Dungeon - Maximum Security
Youve received a document written by A himself? Perhaps youre being recognized now. A is on a rather long journey currently. As all journeys have to end, the final destination will be home; this place.
Could this moment be a part of your journey as well?
Another pair of random lines, here. I think from here forward I'll just simplify matters and put the alternate lines in a quote box, like so:
Alternate Universes posted:
Sometimes, I imagine myself on a journey too. Accumulating memories while looking at a world I have never seen before.
Have you ever taken a trip somewhere? In fact, they say preparing for a trip is a rare luxury nowadays.
If I were to ever leave this place, traveling is the first thing I would want to do. Id be able to walk around as much as possible, taking in the scenery as if I were capturing a million photos.
The day still lies cold, but we know that the winter frost is almost over.
Alternate Universes posted:
Can you see the flowers budding up through the snow?
However, the end of winter does not necessarily mean that spring is coming.
In summary: We get a letter from A, who's heard that we're an amazing manager. He can't meet us in person because he's on a trip right now, and Angela waxes poetic about journeys and winter.
Music: Town - Alone in a Crowd
Our new Sephirah here is Tiphereth. As you can see, he is smaller than the others by a large margin. To make up for this, he is usually very chill about things.
(This question is completely pointless, by the way. Both answers lead to the same thing. )
But if your question is whether we are biological twins, then no.
In other words, trying to differentiate us is meaningless.
Like two peas in a pod.
Isnt that fortunate? Seeing as youve survived your duties long enough to meet with us, I wont have to bore the both of us with the basics of things like what Abnormalities are and how to manage them, right? If you turn out to be a disappointment, know that not even your status as the manager will let you get away with it.
I know youll do fine, manager.
Heres a word of advice. Im nothing like those Upper Sephirot youve gotten used to, so dont treat me like Im one of them. Theyre a bunch of idiots.
But in technical aspects, were not so different.
What Im trying to say is, the Uppers are only good at pretending to be busy when they dont even have much work to begin with. I cant even believe were all considered to be Sephirot!
I hope that youll find some encouragement here.
Music: never frozen bottom flows
Since youre both Tiphereth, I guess that counts as you both greeting me... Heres the plan for the joint operation drill between the Safety Team and the Central Command Team tomorrow. Please look it over.
Look it over? I bet Ill have to rewrite the entire thing from scratch!
Just leave it over there, Netzach. Ill give it a review and let you know.
But Netzach can work fine when hes motivated to. You know that.
Results are not the problem here. The point is, Lady Angela is way too easy on us. If I were her, I would have punished this addict right at the first infraction.
Thatd please Yesod alright. Why dont you two go and have some serious discussion on implementing a penalty point system? I bet itll be productive
Oh, just be quiet! Buzz off to that Upper Layer of yours where you belong.
Yeah, bye Netzach.
I like our Middle Sephirot, theyre cheerful and make me laugh!
How many times do I have to tell you? You shouldnt laugh so easily. We have to be strict, stern, and stoic! Were the centermost, the Central Command Team!
Dont worry, Tiphereth, I know. By the way, dont we have something to discuss with the manager?
The manager will do fine, like he always does.
And he could fail too, like he always does.
In summary: Tiphereth and Tiphereth are the heads of the Central Command Team (referred to as Central from here on), a department so big and important that it requires two kids stacked together in a trenchcoat to manage. While Tiphereth is easygoing and likes his coworkers while believing in the manager, Tiphereth thinks all of her fellows are unreliable idiots and wishes she could punish them for being such failures. Tiphereth and Tiphereth balance each other out, and are probably going to try and kill us because they're both AI and this is a video game.
Wait you're demanding I do basically... nothing different?
We've heard all about how long your days get, and you're not going to be able to get away with it forever!
Levels 9 and 10 were a bit overwhelming the last time you went that far anyways, right? You can definitely stop before then.
Anyways, just do it!
Alright. It's not the first time I've been asked to change nothing.
The game begins limiting how long we can actually farm our Abnormalities at this point with missions like this. This one lets us go as far as 1 work short of level 9 before failing it, so it's generous-this will not be the case forever. Remember that we've regularly gone into 7 or 8 for our daily grinds. Part of this was in preparation for this set of missions. Overall, we won't be able to farm as much as we'd like again until day 31, and that's assuming I play perfectly.
While this won't matter for anyone playing along with this thread-since they can reset the week via Memory Repository after clearing the missions-this will give our facility a bit of a training crunch. Luckily, we should have more than enough LOB to make up for it.
Oh Yesod? What brings you out here?
I'm bringing you the updated information on our staff.
Ah, thank you. This is good to have on hand.
Hey, Yesod do you think our plan's changed the manager's mind at all?
Hard to say. Zeta21's easily managed to become a top agent, but there's still a large number of clerk fatalities every day.
And that means more work for us I have to train them, and you have to keep on recording their data.
All so that the others can avoid looking at any of it aside their ID numbers...
There must be something else we can do.
Don't be hopelessly optimistic. Our job is to follow the manager's orders, no matter how many die. We should just be thankful that it isn't the agents who are dying as well.
I... suppose I just thought
Oh, it's nothing! Let me know if you ever want to try a counseling program with your agents. I'm working on new resources.
Considering what happened last time, I'll pass. Thanks anyways.
Next time, on Lobotomy Corporation: Mizu causes problems again.
What're you doing?
I've been taking notes on our leeader So I'm reviewing them. They're iiinterestiing
You mean D.A.D.? What's so interesting about them?
Weell one time, after woork, I saw them playing baall with some cleerks They were reeally good at it
So they have a hobby.
They also neever take breaks on the job, and reacts to everything like it's no big deeal That's really raare. I feel like they'd see an AALEPH escape and be relaaxed about it. And they neever get upset with us even when we make Queeen Beee get mad It's like they're not huuman
Of course they're human. What else would they be?
I think... D.A.D. is an aalienn
You knoow From spaaaaaace
...yeah, I'm going on break.
Okay. Have fuun.