Part 136: Episode CXXXI: Overdue BooksEpisode CXXXI: Overdue Books
Music: Rays of Light (Quiet)
Lets check it out.
Well be getting back to the aftermath of that 2B series exploding in 9Ss face later. Fun fact: That wasnt just a randomly chosen 2B to serve as the exploding model in the cutscene. It will spawn already downed behind 9S at some point during the fight. So the machine network actually just discretely dropped an explosives rigged 2B to be an asshole to 9S. Theyre real dicks.
This final chapter will frequently be swapping between or two protagonists. Spoilers: 9S did not, in fact, get gibbed just before. The way to the Tower is clear of any machines and littered with quite a few scrapped robots. We can find the ones responsible as soon as we enter the gate.
We... went ahead and opened the Tower. 9S is... already inside.
Unfortunately, theres nothing we can do except continue onward to the Tower. The only androids in the region left that were qualified to make repairs to jacked androids like Devola and Popola were err... Devola and Popola. Devola has one final thing to say while A2 waits for the elevator to come down.
Did we... Did we... manage to help?
Music: The Tower (Quiet Vocal)
Up we go to the Tower proper. If youll look to the top right there, theres actually a save point in the first area here. If reloaded, itll spawn us back at the beginning of events here. This is the final save point in the game and were already locked into the endgame because this elevator doesnt go back down. Much like the original NieRs endgame, youd best set aside a solid hour because theres no stops between here and the ending credits.
It is worth noting that the game actually does start doling out checkpoints for the final dungeon we can continue from if A2 or 9S dies at any point. Theyre usually pretty generous. So thats nice.
Hypothesis: The corpse is likely a result of YoRHa unit 9Ss advance through the area.
Yep, nothing but the corpses of everyone 9S killed to greet us in this first area. So we can just run straight back to the room where 9S officially cracked.
Unknown. Proposal: Gather additional data.
Someday I need to teach you how to be helpful.
All the 2B corpses have been cleared out and all that remains of the battle is a caved in pit where 9S got blown up. So yes... 9S managed to fall down another hole. It just keeps happening!
The gate beyond the 2B battle room is unlocked and A2 continues onward to another empty, very pretty walkway. Still no enemies to be found here. Nor will there be any for this segment of the game.
A closed door is found at the end of the path. Nothing is stopping A2 from barging right in, so...
Old Music: Song of the Ancients - Popola (Instrumental)
If you didnt take the hint and educate yourself on the original NieR, like a stupid idiot, then youd miss that this place was a very important location. This was Popolas Library, the central fixture of Niers hometown where he received all his quest directions and the battle site for the climax of the first half of the game. This is a 1:1 reconstruction of it... just with all the color removed, of course.
Hypothesis: It is a representation of a library.
A library is a data-storage facility constructed by past human civilizations.
One of the books on the Librarys ground floor is suspiciously glowing. May as well investigate. Despite this being a very important location, I dont think Papa Nier ever read a single book in here. He wasnt exactly the reading type of guy... Unless that book happened to know blood magic and could murder Shades. He did fight a book in here once. Come to think of it, that dickish book sounded a lot like you Pod...
Help me out, Pod.
Affirmative. Hacking-interface access rights granted to YoRHa unit A2.
A2 can now hack books. Dont ask me how that works. Just go with it. A2 isnt the brightest android.
For this first hack, we need to take a roundabout route along the perimeter of the hacking space to the core due to invulnerable white block barring any direct routes. Easy enough even for A2 to figure out. As soon as we complete the hack, we receive an Intel file.
Great, they can probably cough out another Adam or Eve if they wanted. A lot of these records are stuff the machines would already have on file or stuff that was probably hacked from the Bunker infiltration. Kind of odd theyd have records on plants and animals too. But nothing the machines do has any meaning, right?
Thats it for downstairs. So lets head to the upper floor, where two more glowing books await to be hacked. Well get to those in a little bit.
But first, there are two doors on the upper part of the Library. This door on the right of the staircase should lead to...
...Popolas office. The machines really went all out copying this room. Not that there is anything to do in it. That treasure chest just contains a Small Recovery, if youre wondering. Welp. Thats neat either way.
Heading back out, theres another door on the opposite side of the staircase. Back in the original NieR, this room was a weird shrine that slowly filled up with statues of the bosses Papa Nier and friends slayed during the course of the game. This time around...
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Its a trophy room for all the important machines and bosses in NieR: Automata. Starting at the top left and moving left to right weve got:
- Eves trash whirlwind/Boku-shi
- Auguste and Friedrich
- 2B and A2
- 21O and 21B
- Adam and Eve
- Goliath Flyer and Simone
- Immanuel the Forest King
- Kierkegaard the Robo Pope
Lets get back on task. Theres two books to be hacked on either side of the room. The order doesnt matter. Reading is its own reward.
For this hack we need to destroy all four of those suspiciously isolated boxes over in the corners of hacking space before the cores shield is deactivated. Once thats sorted, we get...
I guess the machines have info on the human genome now. Do with that what you want. Humans were huge dipshits.
The machines hacked that deep into the system, huh?
One more hack left on the opposite side of the room. Lets see what weve got.
This time there are four suspiciously taller blocks out among the field of black cubes. We need to shatter all four to get that core down again. This results in the unlocking of...
The entire dooming of the human race can traced back to one little girl getting an incurable unspecified anime ailment. Well that and a rhythm battle between a dragon and a sociopath vs a 50 story tall salt mannequin.
Damn it, this is useless. Theres too many of them.
If we return to the ground floor of the Library, a new book has begun glowing near the entrance. I suppose thats worth investigating.
Say! Thats talking about A2. Thats probably a book worth flipping through.
<gasp> This data...
So A2 is about to get interrupted and not explain what she read in about .05 seconds from now. A file silently gets added to our Intel menu from this cutscene. Its really easy to miss reading since were immediately going to be onto something else in a moment. So lets stop and take a look here.
Huh... So the Executioner series of YoRHa androids were also derived from A2s combat data during the Pearl Harbor Descent. Thats an odd factoid to pull out after 99% of YoRHa is already dead. Alright, then. Make of that what you will. Now resuming the cutscene...
Did someone order a new spider-bot named after a Chinese philosopher?
Tune in next time as we completely ignore that and go see what happened to 9S after he fell down the twelfth pit in his adventure as NieR: Automatas endgame continues.
Video: Episode 131 Highlight Reel (You should probably watch this.)
Devola and Popola Concept Art Ehh. I like their final outfits better than any of these.