Part 12: 4/18-4/20: Gimme The Good Drugs, DocPart 12: 4/18-4/20: Gimme The Good Drugs, Doc
First on todays agenda is finding out what was up with that weird medicine over at the clinic.
What are you here for today?
Huh? .. Youre the kid who was at Leblanc. ...Regular medicine wont do the trick?
.. Fine Just head into the examination room for now.
Takemi locks the door.
It was obvious, actually. You call that hiding? ...Not that I care, of course. I was going to dispose of that medicine anyway. I got a little too carried away with it. ...But tell me; why would a high schooler like yourself be so interested in that medicine?
Its very strange, indeed. You dont seem to be very athletic, so ...What exactly are you up to?
Exams ? Oh, your entrance exams for college? So youre looking to improve your concentration and reduce fatigue? Hm, thats not the best idea. But if thats what you want to do...
Takemi unlocks the door.
I have no obligation to help you with that. Why dont you have an energy drink or something?
.. Youre really annoying, you know that? The medicine is really expensive. And its not something a high schooler can get his hands on. It costs almost as much as a car. Got it? So how about you just go home?
*sigh* ...Do you consider yourself someone with a good amount of stamina?
I admit I have been looking for a young person around your age to help me out. But I havent been able to find one, even after putting an ad in the paper. ...Are you up for it?
Lets just say that itll be worth it.
OK then. Youll be participating in clinical trials for my medicine.
Hang on. Ill be right back.
...Worried about the side effects, huh? Well, you can relax. Rest assured, my autopsy is guaranteed to find out exactly what part of it killed you.
What, arent you going to take it? The exits right there if you want to leave.
If I dont drink this, Takemi probably wont sell me her medicine ..
Well? Go on.
Maaku gulps down the entire concoction in one massive swig.
I cant believe you actually drank it...
Bitter, yet sour. Its beyond description ...However, its nothing I cant handle...
Wow Still doing OK, huh? Hm. Not bad, for a high schooler. Uh...
...Welp. Game over, I guess.
Some time passes...
Music: Butterfly Kiss
Do you remember anything from the moment you took the medicine until now?
Hm, by the look in your eyes, Id say you dont. You briefly woke from your coma, but you were completely dazed during the entire examination. ...You eventually lost consciousness, and fell back asleep.
Fine. By the way, the reason you lost consciousness was because of the taste. It produces a foul smell when it mixes with gastric juices, similar to surstromming. Oh, well. All that matters is that thanks to you I was able to get some good data. OK, its my turn to make good on my part of the deal. Thats why I waited until you woke up. I dont want the general public to know about my original medicines. So youre strictly prohibited from disclosing what happens here to anyone Understood?
Then its a deal. As long as you come here for it, Ill give you the medicine at a good price whenever you want. I may even add additional selections, in time. ...I look forward to your continued patronage.
Ive made a deal with Takemi...
Who? And how did you treat your wounds? Itll be easy to find out who if we look into this, you know!
Do it, motherfucker, I aint squealin. Its kind of ridiculous that Sae doesnt realize that we might have been getting help from the doctor who works down the street.
Death represents endings and new beginnings, change and transition, but also resistance to the same and inability to move on. Its a commonly misunderstood arcana, not at all what its name would suggest. Its about transformation, letting parts of your life come to an end for the sake of new things, and starting over.
Raising Takemis Confidant increases the selection at her clinic. She eventually gets some incredibly useful items, including things that are vital for just about any run, so well make sure to visit her often.
So when can you come back for the next clinical trial?
Oh, you dont remember that part, either? Well, I was saying that teenage test subjects are quite valuable in the medical research industry. So Ill provide you the medicine for your entrance exams, and in return youll be my guinea pig.
If youre able to move now, you can go home. All right, take care. Bye.
Maaku gets Guts +1.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
You make just one mistake and your lifes over.
Thanks for the concern, Sojiro, but Ill be all right.
The owner delivered it. Had him put it in your room.
Lets check the news.
The Minister of Transport has made his first public appearance since the tragic train accident. He refused to respond to claims that he had ignored safety risks that may have led to the accident.
He ignored it, even though he knew about it? That sounds pretty serious.
Seems like theyre really pushing forward with the malfeasance angle instead of the conductor went psycho angle.
An uncluttered room is an uncluttered mind!
It has a tuner so you can watch basic channels, plus it even comes with a DVD player. Dont you think this was a good purchase?
Even a dreary room can be brightened up with a little green foliage Lets take good care of this plant so it wont dry up and wither away. This is a good opportunity. The bookshelves over there are looking a bit messy. Lets clean everything up while were at it!
Oh! Maybe youd be able to read this one!
Maaku gains the book Yoncha Wanderer.
I wonder why this one is mixed in with all these difficult books Well, I suppose it doesnt matter.
Now you can change up this room however you like! All right, lets go to sleep for the day.
Is there something wrong with me?
Maybe. Maybe you need to do some self-improvement. Try reading some books. Broaden your horizons so youll have more things to talk about. Youll be more desirable if youre more intelligent. Itll take hard work, thoughwont happen overnight.
Yeah, but books make me sleepy Guess I can give it a go, though, if itll help make me more popular with the ladies! Uh, is the library where you go to borrow books?
Reading books is an important way to expand your mind.
Pff, readings for suckers.
Thats too bad But you should at least put some effort into it. Theres a lot that reading can teach you. You can apparently read for free at the school library, so you should try and take advantage of that. I think theres also a bookstore over on Central Street...
Weve already been to the bookstore Morgana, keep up.
Music: So Boring
You must all be shocked by what happened with Suzui-san. It was a shock to me too Although, I can relate to how she felt.
Oh, really? This should be good.
Her eyes were devoid of life as they looked upon this sad, hopeless world. Well, I suppose everyone views the world differently. Lets have a test.
Hm, we could try to guess...
...Or just use the internet to cheat and see what other players picked, in case the answer wasnt obvious just from the way the question was asked.
Correct. It seems your eyes see the truth.
Isnt it strange that they view the same image differently? Humans dont see the world as it is. We simply process visual information with our brain.
Hamiru seems kind of smart, doesnt he?
Wow, you must be really smart to be able to answer a question like that!
Maaku gets Knowledge +1
How you see the world is nothing more than a trick of the mind It is all mere cognition. There is no proof that the world each of us sees is the same.
How you see the world depends on your brains cognition, huh Optical illusions and the Metaverse might be more similar than youd think.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Hey, I thought of somethin the other day when we were running around the Palace. Maybe its cause I havent been moving around as much lately, but I feel like Im getting weak. Were prolly gonna run into some pretty tough Shadows sometime. We should try to get stronger too. Its sunny outside. Perfect for training! So, you wanna get your blood pumpin?
Seems like even Ryuji has a lot on his mind Its true that training your body will let you be able to move when it counts.
The messages wont actually expire if you wait too long, it really just means you have to answer within that block of time. The messages are useful because they let you teleport directly to the Confidant if you accept, but even if you dont get a message its possible the Confidant is still available, which is why you want to check from the map screen.
He went to the trouble of inviting you, so why not listen to what he has to say?
Sup, Maaku? You got any big plans for today?
I realized when we were runnin through that Palace that I cant really move like I used to So, how bout we do some trainin? I cant just sit on my ass here.
This message tells us Ryuji is ready to rank up. Its a handy feature that was added to the series in P4 Golden, but we can also check it from the map screen in P5.
Its good to take a break every so often. Do you want to hang out with Ryuji?
Check bond just tells us our rank with him and lists his Confidant abilities.
Sweet. Lets go work up a sweat behind the gym then. Go get changed.
Well, Im gonna go take a walk while youre busy with him. Let me know when youre ready to leave.
Music: Whats Going On?
This is my secret trainin spot. Er was. Back when I was on the track team. Actually, Ive been thinkin about tryin to run again.
Fightin in that other world was a total shock. I couldnt move like I used to. It just felt lame. So I started thinkin, maybe I need to build up my muscles again. Anythings gotta be better than this flimsy body, right? Plus, maybe then Ill be able to help out a little more.
The number of notes above their head corresponds (loosely, I believe) to the number of points you get from selecting that answer.
...U-Uh, I mean that in a good way! Anyways, you act like its only me whos gonna be doin this, but youre gettin in on it too.
Itd be pointless if I was the only one gettin super fast, right? All right, Im gonna do some knee lift sprints. Youre stuck with the normal ones!\
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
Damn, my legsre all tight ..
But it all changed after he got our coach fired and took over as the sub.
Hed give us crazy workouts, then when we couldnt do em, hed add even more on top of that Day after day was nothing but that bullshit He was goin after me especially. He knew He knew I was the kinda guy whod fight back. If my time dropped even a little, hed cuss me out. Then on top of that, he brought up my parents...
.. Truth is, my moms the only one I got. All my dad did when he was still around was drink. Sometimes hed even beat me, or my mom. I dunno how that bastard Kamoshida found out, but he told the whole goddamn team .. And as you can guess, I lost it and hit him. It was like he wanted me to do it though. He called it an act of violence and shut the team down Thanks to that, the other guys on the team treat me like some kinda traitor and they aint wrong. Cause of me, that all lost their shot at the championship. ..
.. Cmon, dont ask me tough questions like that. Im not very smart, yknow!
Im only thinkin about the future now! Thats what were gonna dobuild the future! We gotta think positive thoughts, brother!
Ryuji gives Maaku a really weird high-five. He steps forward to shove his palm into Maakus, who then receives it by windmilling his arm around 180 degrees. It looks really goofy and its pretty endearing.
I feel like my bond with Ryuji is growing deeper...
Ryuji learns Baton Pass from this little diversion, which will be a great help when we infiltrate the Palace.
By the way, youre actually pretty good at runnin. Not as good as me though!
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Ill know whats what as soon as I see your grades. Wanna prove youre turnin over a new leaf? Make studying a habit as second nature as breathing.
Criticism of the government is on the rise, and the minister may be forced to resign. The incident drastically affected his approval rating, as evidenced by a poll conducted by this show.
Huh. So hes lost popularity because of the accident.
We have some stuff we need to do here, but first we need this dude to leave. We can accomplish this by chatting his ear off.
Ah, I apologize if I have overstayed my welcome. I finished a critique for work, so I am partaking in a moments rest. The ambience of my favorite cafe at closing time This perfect silence soothes my very soul.
The TVs on, though.
The man leaves. First, we need to head upstairs.
...I have a good idea. Bring me that chair, the one in the corner.
Youre just on a chair, its not that high up Anyway, lets train your body using that ceiling beam! Ill be leaving you in charge, but youll need to train your body too. Im going to whip you into shape, so you better be prepared.
Training increases your maximum HP in exchange for spending the evening. You can also increase the amount of HP gained by using a protein shake (like that Protein we bought last time), and the game seems to suggest the more you do it the better the gains will be. Thats pretty decent, but were still never going to bother doing it. The test I just ran gave me +5 with an additional +1 because of the Protein and thats okay, I suppose.
Lets move over to the houseplant.
Come to think of it, you bought some plant nutrients, right? Why dont you try using them?
These are some reasonably priced nutrients. This outghta to bring a bit of life back to the plant!
Maaku gets Kindness +2. The cheaper nutrients give only one, though. Two is the best we can get at this point. Feeding the plant is great because its a free action (read: spends no time) repeatable every 16 days.
That should do it for a while!
Lets read our library book.
Well Dont leave a mess. Im headin home.
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
The pirate captain Kidd, huh Ryuji should read this book.
Seems like you still have some pages left. You should continue some other time.
What better time than right now? Because
Music: Everyday Days
And you have a book you havent finished yet ! Now, this is nice. Why dont you read that book until we get there?
We can even read books during moments where we have free time on the subway.
So, youve finished reading Pirate Legend. I love how Captain Kidd was the leader of a ragtag group of outlaws. You must have learned more about courage after reading Captain Kidds exciting adventures.
Maaku gets Guts +3!
Oh, were almost at the station. Id say that was an effective use of your time.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Guess youre getting yourself a job. Those job magazines they have at the train station are useful.
Maybe Ill swing by the Shibuya underground and pick one up after school. Then again, works for losers. I hope I find something easy.
Music: So Boring
Why are you bringing that up now?
Dont make it sound so easy...
Why dont we get part-time jobs?
I dunno, I dont feel like it Oh, shit. Im in class! Sorry, I gotta leave the chat for now. Seeya!
Music: Beneath the Mask -Rain (Instrumental Version)
Like Lady Ann saida part-time job might be the better bet. There are job magazines at Shibuya Station, arent there? Maybe you should pick one up.
Are you feeling all right, Morgana? Im already ignoring one job, you want me to get another?
While were here, lets return Pirate Legend and get this new book, Zorro, the Outlaw.
Thats all the prep work we needed, done. Are we ready to head into the Palace? I sure hope so, because Im the one who suffers if were not!