Part 107: Episode CIII: BingoEpisode CIII: Bingo
Welp. This is happening now. All of the YoRHa ground troops aside from 2B and 9S have been infected with the Logic Virus. Its the same thing 9S had at the end of Route A/B where getting throttled to death was preferable to it taking over. It also popped up in the 11Bs Memento sidequest, in which a deserting android went from virus infected to insane to stone fucking dead in the span of about 12 minutes.
Its possible to stop the Logic Virus if its eliminated within a minute or two like 9S just did. This is also done in the YoRHa Stage Play. So 2B is fine now. But if youve already got glowing red eyes, though? Nope! Youre turbo fucked! Full stop.
Music: The Sound of the End (Instrumental)
Theyve been infected and taken over!
Wait, what!? Attack functions arent working!
Thats because of their YoRHa IDs! 2B, I need to hack into you and fry your identification circuit!
The YoRHa IFF signals are preventing us from using any attacking abilities against the infected YoRHa soldiers. Thats problematic. Luckily, 9S is secretly dangerously OP with his hacking and can sort that out pretty quickly.
Music: The Sound of the End (Chiptune)
Youd think they would put a bit more restraints on the programming that prevents androids from murdering each other in the field. But here we are...
There we go. 2B can now start team killing to her hearts content. 9S apparently can self-hack to destroy his IFF chip as well, since hes freed from friendly fire constraints as well.
Music: The Sound of the End (Instrumental)
The viral infection hasnt power leveled the YoRHa troops since they were on our side. So this fight is still a Level 51 beast going against slacking Level 20 jobbers. Its pretty one-sided. At least initially. The trouble is, theres an entire infected earth invasion force all trying to murder 2B and 9S. Or in gameplay terms, theres infinite YoRHa enemies flooding in. And those fresh troops HAVE been diligent with their grinding and are all around Level 45-50. This isnt getting us anywhere.
Alert: All communications are currently being jammed.
God damn it!
2B! I located the unit thats jamming our comms.
Target location data obtained. Marking on map.
Back to the center of the City Ruins crater? Great. Thats the best position to take a stand when an entire army is on your ass. Lets be happy sniper rifle technology was lost a few Machine Wars ago.
Our new goal is to take out this Goliath Biped while dodging attacks from the swarming YoRHa hostiles. YoRHa troops are really annoying to fight because they dont have any flashing eye tells for their attacks like most every enemy in the game outside Adam and Eve boss fights. Its best just to stay out of their range since theyre all melee only. This would be a MUCH more difficult scenario if everyone had been assigned a Pod.
A bit of wailing on a bulky machine later and...
Pod, send an emergency distress signal to Command!
Alert: Connection lost. Unable to reach Command.
Damn it, theyre STILL jamming us?
Negative. Signal reception is clear. Connection lost due to server-side authentication failure. No responses coming from Command on any channel.
Shit. What happened to the Bunker?
Now the Commander isnt returning our phone calls. Great. Pretty sure she has caller ID... Real dick move not responding to our texts. Oh well, for now all we can do is continue fighting the unending parade of infected YoRHa units.
2B! I have an idea! Its possible to access the Bunker through a backdoor in the system. I can use that to initiate an emergency upload of our personal log data. Then we set our black boxes to self-destruct and take em all out at once!
Dammit, 9S. Your solution to everything cant always be blowing yourself or something around you up. YoRHas budget is already going to be really strained replacing all these B-series androids weve murdered. But fine. Well defend you as you do your nerd business.
Music: The Sound of the End (Vocal)
50 percent complete!
We just hit 70 percent!
Are you done yet!?
Almost! Were at 92 percent! 2B! Your black box!
Any time now, 9S. We can go all Musou game on these infected androids all day, but its way more dangerous to do so now that were in the Cutscene Zone.
9S attempts to link up with 2B but is immediately deterred by infected androids eager to stuff the nerd in the nearest locker. And then stab that locker repeatedly. Its a really spiteful viral infection.
Granted, 2B isnt having much better luck taking on the YoRHa soldiers now that shes at the cruel whims of the Cutscene Zone as well.
Geez, apparently androids can just nearly instantly whip out the Black Box for a speedy detonation if necessary. Youd think there would be a bit more ceremony to tearing out your bodys core...
The patented YoRHa dogpile tackle technique proves ineffective as 2B and 9S once again blow themselves up to escape a dire situation. Well, at least thats the infected ground troops sorted out...
2B awakens back in her YoRHa dorm room. Not sure if theres some kind of individual android 3D printer beneath those beds in case their consciousness needs to get beamed back to base in the result of their death. In any case, 2B immediately gets up and rushes out of her quarters to find...
Music: Broken Heart (Vocal)
We have to report back to Command.
Yep, thats super important we report in. Well get right on that... in just a minute. Beforehand, lets take a quick detour. Remember how 21O praised 9S for his fine work destroying all of the anti-air units earlier and promised to leave a reward in her room?
That wasnt idle chatter. She did indeed leave a nice suite of high end Hacking augmenting plug-in chips for 9S. That was nice of her.
Well have to thank her for the gift later. For now, lets make our way to the Commander to report on Operation Berlin 046 going kinda pear-shaped and ask why the hell she wasnt answering our calls...
2B? 9S? What are you doing here?!
The YoRHa units on the ground were infected by a virus. We had to detonate our black boxes in order to stop them.
A... virus? What are you talking about? None of our ground units reported anything about a virus.
Thats because all communication with the Bunker has been severed.
And why did you leave the battlefield anyway? I didnt order a retreat.
Were telling you, YoRHa has gone berserk!
No... If anyone is acting infected here, its you.
Are you NUTS!?
2B... 9S... Youre being detained under suspicion of virus contamination.
Welp... This could be going better...
Wait a minute!
<begins grabbing head and screaming>
...Well shit. This could be going a lot better.
2B quickly defends the Commander from attack by the newly infected YoRHa soldiers. They never directly mention this in-game, but despite being the leader of YoRHa, the Commander is NOT a YoRHa anime super soldier android like 2B. Shes part of the previous generation like Anemone and the Resistance members and thus would completely get her ass handed to her even by YoRHa red shirts like these.
Commander? We have to go.
Tune in next time as 2B, 9S and the Commander quickly contain and control the situation on the Bunker with minimal casualties or losses as order is restored and the war gets right back on track!
Video: Episode 103 Highlight Reel (You should watch this. And all the rest of the videos this chapter, frankly.)
The Commander Render - Not sure why she's sporting her Player 2 palette here.