Part 89: Episode LXXXVII: LA NoiRHaEpisode LXXXVII: LA NoiRHa
Music: Rays of Light (Quiet)
There are some problems even you cannot solve with hacking, 9S. Some mysteries are never meant to be solved in this life...
Weve got one final side mission left to explore in the City Ruins. This one is began by returning to the only enterable structure in the entire area and climbing to the third floor (left side of the building facing out, its a real pain in the ass to find.) Here we come upon a female Resistance member peering out the window. Whats up, lady?
Hey, youre with the Resistance, right? Are you okay?
Nnngh... You know that explosion that happened in the ruins? The shockwave hit me like... well, a shockwave, I guess. Knocked my circuits all out of whack, but I managed to Wait a second... You look familiarhave we met before?
Me? No. But lots of YoRHa models look alike.
Oh... So, you two are with YoRHa, are you?
Um, yes? Why do you want to know?
No reason! I mean, Ive just heard stories about how advanced you guys are, and how kind, and... Okay, fine. I need help.
Well, sure, I guess? Whats the problem?
What happened is, my friend who was with me on this mission was killed, and... I want to retrieve her final moments. This broken Pod was recording her life log. Think you can get it for me?
<Help her out.>
Final Route B sidequest of the City Ruins. We already helped out one Resistance member with faulty memories. Couldnt hurt to do the same with another having a time. I think I can accept robots getting their memories scrambled from getting knocked around a touch easier than humans bashing their heads in with similar results.
Our first order of business is hacking this broken Pod. The first time I played this quest, the camera didnt swing around to show me where the Pod was and its not particularly easy to see in this dimly lit structure. I definitely didnt run around in circles for a couple minutes trying to get a plot flag to trigger. Just like it definitely didnt take me ten minutes to find this lady the first time around...
After a fairly run of the mill Hackerman session, 9S manages to pull an image out of the Pods memory banks. Lets take a look...
Yep... that sure is a Resistance member getting ganked. Not sure why the Pod decided to swing around behind the attacker for a dramatic view of the murder (which conveniently obscures the killers face) instead of hanging out behind her offering support. Maybe theyre not all made to be as reliable as 042 or 153.
I could be wrong, but it looked like two Resistance members fighting each other.
So my friend was killed by the Resistance? By one of her own!?
Easy. We havent finished fully restoring the data. It wont be complete until we dig into a deeper layer and
No. Thats enough. I dont need to know any more. That person in the red hood killed my friend... And shes going to pay for it!
The Resistance Member begins stomping away to enact her revenge. Lady, you sure we dont wanna just wait a minute to narrow down the search by seeing who the killer actually was... How do you even know its a woman? That could be anyones butt in that photo.
What is it?
Where are you going?
To kill the bastard who murdered my friend!
Just slow down, all right? We need more data about what happened. Besides, its dangerous. The killer could be watching you right now for all we know.
Fine then. What do YOU think I should do?
Let me ask around the Resistance camp before you go running off. There cant be that many people in red hoods, after all. Someone must know something.
All right. I can wait a little while. Hey, and... thanks.
Yeah, 9S you could go ask around camp to see if anybody has seen anyone in a red hood (assuming they havent changed their clothes in the weeks since the Engels explosion) or you could... just... you know... finish hacking that Pod and see the killers face...? No...? Were not going to do that? Weve got to go do the whole investigation before it inevitably turns out that the killer is
Fiiiine... However, 2B is actually a bit chatty for a change in this mission and has something to say as we approach the camp.
Well. Arent we generous?
All this help for no personal gain? I know shes pretty, but
W-Whoa, whoa, whoa! Its not like that! I mean, she IS pretty, but thats... I-its not...
Music: Peaceful Sleep
9S, you eternal dweeb. Alright. Since were doing this the stupid way, we now need to scour the entire camp for someone with a red hooded cloak. Talking with folks yields no returns, theyve all just got the same dialogue theyve always possessed.
Thankfully, the Resistance Camp is a pretty tiny area and we quickly come upon a red cloaked Resistance member up on the scaffolding past Anemones base planning area. That woman has been up there since the very beginning of the game. Talking with her previously just resulted in her telling 2B or 9S to buzz off with their creepy eavesdropping on a private conversation. Gonna hazard a guess and say this is NOT our killer. But...
What, this? No, a girlfriend of mine gave it to me. This is the first time Ive worn it in public. Do you really like it?
Yeah, its great. In fact, I wish I had one for myself. Do you happen to know where she got it?
No, sorry. I didnt think to ask.
Do you know where your friend is? Maybe Ill go ask her myself.
Man, you REALLY like this hood! Last I heard, she was out at the desert station. She shouldnt be hard to findI think shes the only woman there.
Thanks. I appreciate it.
Hope you manage to get a hood of your own!
Hmm... A female Resistance member out in the desert camp, huh? I think we might have met her before... she might have been blowing up stuff or accidentally starting an android opioids epidemic. 9S and 2B have another chat before we head out there...
Gifts are such a useless ritual.
Wow, okay. Whered THAT come from?
Its rude to give a person something without their permission. What if they dont want it?
Hmm. I think its more about the feeling behind it than the actual item, right?
Feelings are prohibited.
One affirmation will suffice.
Oh, for the love of... Fine. Yeah.
Theres a few things that make me suspect this quest was written early on in development and never really got another pass as the main plot stuff was locked down. Particularly, 2B acting like way more of a stick up her ass jerk than she ever really is past the Prologue. Theres another bit well get to shortly that is really oddly written and is absolutely just something they never went back and fixed.
In any case, off to the Desert Camp we go...
Music: Memories of Dust (Quiet)
Stay alert. She could be our killer.
But theres only one female resistance member at the desert station...
Lets ask that guy over there.
OK. Lets go gab with the camp merchant to see if hes seen Jackass.
Oh, you must mean Jackass, huh? Every time theres an issue, ol Jackass tries to solve it with explosives or some other violent method. I think shes off doing geological research in one of the desert caves. Ill send you the coordinates if you want. Oh, but if youre gonna head out there Just make sure you dont get caught up in one of her explosions, you hear?
The desert caves. Weve been there before. Its that overhead perspective network of tunnels where we picked up a weapon for 9S early in Route B. Theres a cave in the side of the rocky ridges that we can enter to drop into the center of the caves.
From here, we have to head northeast...ish until we reach a dead end on the outside where we find Jackass hanging out. This the other really odd bit of writing in this quest because our YoRHa androids and Jackass both act like theyve never met each other before.
Who wants to know?
Were with YoRHa. Were conducting a field investigation.
Well, yippee for you.
Listen, did you happen to give a red hood to a friend earlier? That red is perfect for our new YoRHa colors, so we were hoping to
That old piece of crap? Yeah, I gave it to her. Hell, I never wanted it in the first place.
Er, so it came from someone else originally?
Did I stutter? Yeah, it came from someone else. I bought the stupid thing after the explosion in the city ruins. Some Resistance lady with red hair practically tackled me trying to get me to buy it. I only did it to get her off my case. Well, and because I thought it might look good on my friend... But if you tell her that, youre dead!
A red-haired Resistance member...
The same color as our clients hair.
What client? What the hells going on here?
Uh, nothing! Its just... thats her nickname. The Client.
Thats even stupider than Jackass! That lady WAS pretty creepy, though. Kept grinning at me like a crazy person.
Grinning...? Uh, well, thanks for your help. Well be on our way.
I cant believe the killer is the person who gave us the quest. Either that or Devola and Popola have become serial killers. If only there were a way to know... Like finishing hacking that Pod to get all the information or something sensible like that. Alas...
But if its the same person, why would she have had the killers hood?
Hypothesis: The red-haired Resistance member is either the killer or an accomplice.
Lets go talk to her.
Music: Rays of Light (Quiet)
All the way back to where we started we go. The killers identity might not be particularly surprisingly. But hopefully there is a decent explanation as to why we were sent on this wild goose chase.
Not... exactly. But we DID learn that you sold the hood to someone.
Apparently a red-haired Resistance member sold the hood after the explosion in the ruins.
This doesnt make sense...
Were starting to believe you had something to do with the murder.
But thats impossible! I dont know about any of that...
Listen, if you
Look, you said there were still some records left in this Pod, right? Then we have to look at them right now!
Think about this for a second. I want you to understand what youre asking. You may have killed your own friend. I dont know why or how, but its possible.
I dont care. I have to know the truth. Please!
...All right. Im heading in.
Boy, its like we could have saved everyone a lot of time and effort if wed just not half-assed the first hacking job. This is all your fault, 9S. What did you unlock the first .jpeg in a folder you found and called it a day last time? Idiot.
And there we have it. The killer was the Red-Haired Quest Giver in the Ruined Building with the Hanzo Steel. It was nice of that Pod to get a good Dutch angle shot of the killers face while she stands menacingly over her freshly slain victim. Real professional, those Pods, up until the bitter end.
I... Im a Type-E... A YoRHa Type-E...
My function is to seek out and execute deserters and traitors. I disguise myself so I can approach my targets and kill without warning. But one day, I was ordered to kill my friend. So I did. I had my orders, and I followed them.
It was hard. So hard. And after a while, I couldnt live with what I had done.
So you erased your own memories.
Yes. But... this wasnt the first time.
Music: Mourning (Choir)
Hee. Eee hee hee hee hee.
Um, are you all right?
Yes. I am all right. Everything is all right. I am a YoRHa Type-E. E for Execution. I follow orders. I kill my friends. Eee hee hee. And you solved it! Solved the murder! Eee hee! Now I have to pay you! Eee hee hee!
Wait, you dont
Eee hee hee! Do you need a friend killed? A lover? Its my job! My job! Hee! My job! Hee hee! My j-job my j-j-job my-y-y-yyyyy jjjooooeeeheeheeeeeeee...
Welp... that was not the murder revelation motives I was expecting... Instead of taking her up on the offer of murdering a friend or the like (sadly we cannot sic her on say... Jean-Paul) we just get a decent sidequest payout. That Offensive Heal chip is better than the one weve currently got. So thats nice.
Additionally, this quest rewards us with the A090: Wire Pod Program. This is an odd one... It fires off a... well, a wire that is used as a sort of grappling hook to quickly yank the android utilizing it to the targeted enemy. It doesnt do any damage. Its strictly movement tech. It also has zero cooldown and is the only Pod Program that has no benefit from charging up. This can be useful against aerial enemies who back up quickly when approached and there may be a late game ability that can be coupled with this for pretty decent effect.
However, given how most enemies rush up to 2B and 9S for attack and the large distance covered by evading as well as the fact that YoRHa androids just haul ass everywhere in general, I never really found a big use for this one. Id prefer something that dealt damage at range or maybe just damage in general.
Regardless, that concludes the Amnesia quest. You guys arent going to notify command about this deadly stealth Executioner android that is clearly losing her shit out in the field and could really use a psyche evaluation...? No? Im starting to think YoRHa might not actually have a HR department or... any kind of real oversight at all...
2B and 9S have one last conversation after we leave the Type-E android to cackle in the dark.
Type-E... I didnt know there was such a thing. Did you, 2B?
Some things are better left unknown.
...Yeah. I suppose so.
So lets take that as a yes. 2B does know about there being E-Series androids. Hell, weve seen one already.
...In the very first seconds of the game, in fact. 7E was one of the units in the ill-fated mission to the Abandoned Factory in the prologue. She got blasted by Engels shortly after YoRHas flight units descended past cloud cover. Now what would an android whose role is covertly killing traitors and deserters be doing on an assault mission like this?
If youll remember, there was an early sidequest which involved returning to the Abandoned Factory for the first of 18 times in order to find a moment from the presumably KIA 11B. It turned out 11B was planning to desert YoRHa by faking her death and running off during that mission. It stands to reason her escape was discovered beforehand and 7E was there to gank her if she tried to go AWOL. I feel like mid-mission with a high chance of failure isn't a great time to be pulling that kind of shit. But it's never stopped the Umbrellas, Patriots and other shadowy militaristic organizations from trying in the past. Why stop a few millennia in the future...?
Perhaps we should maybe just remember this sidequest for future reference. In any case, that concludes all the quests left in the City Ruins. All that remain are a couple more with Pascals Village before we head into the Forest Zone for... well theres a couple sidequests there too... but also some plot progression, as NieR: Automata continues!
Video: Episode 87 Highlight Reel
Resistance Member Concept Art Androids couldnt decide on boxers or briefs so they split the difference.