Part 192: 12/24: End Of The Line
Part 181: 12/24: End Of The Line
Anon: thinking hurts my brain
Anon: so what WERE they??
Anon: just destroy this country
Anon: nothing changed. Boringggg
You and everyone else Youve all grown so much No, this is no time to get sentimental. Were going to end this on a bang! All right, lets go!
For sure. Well take care of this first thing.
...Right after we go to school! Why do we have class on Christmas Eve!?
Its finally time. You think itll go well?
Right. Its something only we can do. See you at the usual place after school. Ill tell everyone to come.
Howd you do?
Damn Im dead
Hey, look at that! Look who got the top score!
I wonder what score I got...
Hahaha, eat shit peons! I am your superior!
Thats amazing! Everyones gonna have their eyes on you now!
Maaku gains Charm +3. Thats it. There is no other reward, and it is entirely pointless to do well on this exam because we already have maxed Charm.
Now, lets head out for real!
The door to the depths of Mementos has been opened Wait, does that mean--
The others nod.
...Were really gonna do this, right?
Whyre you askin now?
I-I just thought, what am I gonna do if you guys freak out and bail on me!
Isnt Mona-chan behaving a little odd?
You know, youre right
For some weird fucking reason, they decide to start you on the first floor of Mementos, despite us needing to go to the very fucking bottom. I guess its because they cant guarantee youve ever actually progressed beyond the first floor, because they were assholes and pretended this shit was optional when it actually wasnt, but can you imagine if youd never set foot back in Mementos, coming in here and having to go through like sixty-something floors of this bullshit? Thankfully, we got all the way to the last gate on our previous visit, so were fine.
Anyway, lets head back up to the entrance.
Fuck everything, lets just go home.
We dont know when the police might come after us, so we should avoid heading outside for now.
But doesnt not being able to replenish our supplies put our entire plan at risk?
In that case, how about we just go to the shops we need ? No wandering outside though.
...That seems to be a valid point of compromise. What are your thoughts, Joker?
Psssshhh, itll be fiiiine.
Just remember you can never be too cautious, OK? If we get caught this time, were done for.
Guess that means no more goin for beef bowls til we figure out what to do with Mementos
All right then, where are we going?
Eh, never mind.
Mkay, the search continues!
In Persona 4, the final dungeon was a surprise, so the game let you temporarily leave the TV world on the last day of the game to go shopping for weapons and supplies. This is just following from that example.
Anyway, lets warp down to that final floor we reached.
It should be. Why, whats wrong?
I dunno, it looks just like all the other ones I was thinkin its a little disappointin Maybe we worked too hard to get down here or something.
The lack of unforeseen circumstances is nothing to complain about. Let us continue.
Iweleth means stupidity. Appropriate.
Its some big, fossil-looking thing Is that the Treasure ?
So this is where that crowd of people was trying to reach ?
People are walking in and out of there, so the other side of the wall must be Wait! Its not a wall, but a giant door ?
Guess that means the Treasures not here. Cmon, lets stay focused.
I bet that means the inner depths the Meta-Nav was talking about before are right ahead.
Hold on. The door only opens from this side
...What do you mean?
Well, I took a quick peek at the mechanism inside the door And it looks like you can only open it from here. We can get in, but nothing can get out.
Then how are we going to get out?
Its as though whatever lies within has been locked away
Wait, so youre saying that the people going in there are choosing a life of imprisonment ?
I have never felt such eerieness before What is this place ?
Well find out once we reach the depths. Come on, lets go.
Music: Freedom and Security
Its so creepy
So those strange pipes tunneling through Mementos were originating down here after all You know, I have been considering this for some time but they remind me somewhat of veins
I mean, what does everyone think this world is !?
Calm down, Lady Ann. The Treasure is definitely here, and thats whats important now. And I can sense something else A tremendous presence thats coming from much deeper within
I dont know that I want to find out what that may be but we must harden our resolves. Its time to head for the depths!
Well, were in the belly of the beast now. Lets proceed onw-wait, what?
Hey, Caroline. What are you doing outside of the Velvet Room?
You Hmph. ...Guiding inmates along in their rehabilitation is our duty OK. Ill help you a bit.
It feels like my stamina and health has recovered somewhat...
(blushing) You surprised!? Something like that is nothing for us! Come back here again if you get wounded, Inmate!
Now, this is the game throwing you a bone. It knows that youre pretty fucked if you run out of SP here and dont have any restoratives, so it allows you to replenish your HP and SP with Caroline. Unfortunately, this does not replace any bullets you use, so watch out.
Up ahead, we find a crowd waiting before a door.
It looks like theyre all trying to get past that door
But whys it so crowded!?
It looks like the doors keeping them all out. Well have to try and look for another way in.
Conveniently, there are platforms we can jump to nearby.
Huh, it looks like we can go in through here too. Be careful, OK?
The Shadows out front were trying to get in here, right? What could it be ?
Up ahead, we immediately come across a peculiar room.
Are those chains on them? ...Is this a prison!?
Technically speaking, I would say its someones Shadow
Dont open the cells, OK? I have no intention of leaving this place !
Whatre you saying? Youre being kept in a prison.
This reminds me of Kamoshidas castle Theyre like the slaves we saw there.
In the depths within is a system that grants desires
A system that grants desires?
Something like that exists ? Here!?
Its no use. You cant reason with these people.
Theyre truly distorted, just like the scenery here
You end up searching for stuff or being troubled because youre outside the prison. There are things you dont need to know to live on.
Hes right. Things like the details on the system, the locked Quarantine Cell
Quarantine? Whos locked in there?
Supposedly a great and truly dangerous criminal, but who would want to check a place like that? Come now, we dont have to chat like this. Why not come inside?
Removing your restraints is not allowed. Outsiders must be eliminated!
These guys are weak to Wind and use Physical and Hamaon. Simple.
Wait a sec This is everyones Palace, right? Not like Kamoshidas castle Whos keepin these people here ?
Ive seen this place before.
Hold on though. It wasnt open until we came here today.
Sorry Its just a sense Im getting. Still it feels like Im really close to remembering something important
Yknow, comin in here was what you wanted from the beginning. We just gotta keep movin on!
On top of that, Im curious to know who the ruler of this place is.
Yeah Youre right.
Wait, what about these people ?
Leave them be. Theyll be taken care of if we erase Mementos.
Hey, its dangerous to keep standing around here! Lets get going!
Music: Freedom and Security
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no, youre not doing this
...Im being informed that my time is better spent elsewhere. Which is why I went with the runner-up, Facebook!
Anyway, we now encounter our first enemies.
And I start to notice, to my chagrin, that this update might as well be called Maaku Hamiru And The Dungeon Full Of Enemies We Already Fucking Have!
This is Moloch. Its weak to Ice, uses Fire and Psy, and inflicts Fear.
This writhing mass is our target for the afternoon.
The world is already complete Theres nothing left to do
The hell ? Is this some kinda prison cell too ?
Plus there are those blood vessel things coming down into it
I fucked up an ambush on these Melchizedeks. Again, weak to Wind, use Hamaon and Physical.
Hm, whats this?
Calm down. It doesnt seem like its a trap or anything. Try touching it again, Joker.
Hmmm. There seems to be more to this prison, but right now this is a dead end for some reason.
Then this must be a security system. Will we be able to proceed if we disable it?
...Prolly. Ill need you to look into it a little more though. Do it again, Joker. It looks like touching it turns it back off, so it cant be that dangerous, right?
Maaku turns the device back on.
So the color of a spot changes when you walk on top of it Joker, try making the entire floor blue for now.
D-Dude, you have any idea what thats gonna do? Are you sure itll be safe?
Eh, all great things start with a leap of faith! The decision is yours, Joker!
Well, thats certainly one way to approach this. Our objective now is to make all the tiles blue.
We start on A1 (which does not start as a blue tile), then move south through B1 and C1, east to C2, north to B2, east to B3, north again to A3, then west twice through A2 and finally back to A1.
The last tile that turns blue needs to be the one we started on, because this will happen.
Aha Its probably connected to the color of the floor somehow. So since we changed all the spots on the floor to blue, the devices color changed too. Joker, try touching it now.
Joker touches the device. If this was not the final space we stepped on, the device will turn yellow again the moment we turn one of the other tiles back, so watch out.
The path forward lowers and the weird Legend of Zelda chime sounds.
So that device is not only a switch, but also the wall thats blocking our path.
Thats a pretty elaborate device
It is only natural that security is tight in a prison. Then again, no inmates actually wish to leave
Ugh, cant you just try takin it easy on us this time!?
This is kind of bullshit, because you dont automatically enter the fight. Instead, the instant the cutscene ends, youre detected by the enemies and they start chasing you.
Suffice it to say, I fuck up the preemptive strike again. These Nebiros(es) use Physical and Curse, including instant-kills. Theyre weak to Bless.
Nobody listens if we try to oppose them All that happens is our spirits are crushed It might be smarter to just accept life for what it is and surrender to their will
This is just like how I used to be If I had stayed like that, I would sound just like her now !
This is Dionysus. It has no weaknesses and uses Debilitate (a fucked-up move that lowers all three of an allys parameters), Electricity, and Physical. It also can use Thermopylae to raise all three of its own parameters if you ambush it.
All of this is going to end soon anyway You might as well patiently await your demise
Its all going to end? What is he saying ?
Eh, Im sure that ominous warning is nothing to worry about.
Following those things is the only correct way of living. What is there to be confused about? Anyone who cant do that is just an outcast. All you really have to do is obey the rules
How pathetic He should be more aware of his situation
Up ahead, we run into another puzzle device.
It should be, for the most part. Give it a try, Joker.
The mechanism should still be the same though. We just need to make all of them blue in the end.
Stepping on the blue tile returns it to yellow, of course.
Okay, this one is barely any more complicated than the last one. The only complication is that we have to double back a couple of times.
Start on A1, then head south once to B1. Then, head east to B2, and immediately head back to your only option, B1. Then head south twice through C1 and D1. Then go north again to B1. You will notice that A1, B1, and C1 are all still yellow, so head south again to C1, then go north through B1 to A1. All of the circles are now blue.
No matter how much they beat or kick you it is all for your own self-benefit in the end If anything, I should feel thankful This is exactly what I deserve
...It hurts hearing this. I had the exact same mindset in the past
One more puzzle.
Again, a rather basic shape that should not be too difficult to figure out.
Once more, start on A1. South twice through B1 and C1, east to C2, south to D2, north back to C2, west back to C1, north back to B1, east to B2, and finally head west to return to B1 and north to A1.
It truly seems to go on ad infinitum Where does it lead?
I never expected there would be this much here But the Treasures presence is getting stronger. Were going in the right direction for sure.
At the bottom, we find another circular room.
Oh, shit! Was not expecting to see ol Mophead McSpeedo again!
Father isnt around anymore
No, its OK. More importantly, look there.
Hooray! More Shido!
I finally get to live without having to think for myself now.
I mistakenly thought myself to be talented but now I think Im a fool for wanting too much.
Even this Kaneshiros facial expressions are great.
Im done actin like a big shot. Who cares if Im stupid? Its not like you get punished for bein dumb. Nobody needs to strive to be more than they really are.
These people seem completely different than they were before
I dont think its because they had a change of heart though
Wait Have they chosen a life of captivity after they lost their distorted desires ?
Unfortunately, Okumura isnt here with us.
Ice cold, Haru. Nice.
Now if you dont mind, what in the world is this place?
Its supposedly called the Prison of Regression.
More importantly, does this look like captivity to you? Why, its the exact opposite. The utmost freedom is available to anyone who desires it here. This is the freedom to not make decisions The release from having to think for yourself.
It is far more marvelous than the country I wished to create
Release from having to think ? But thats
However, there are some fools who cannot stay put in this place. In other words, they are escaped convicts Of course, Im talking about our past selves. Such people are segregated from this peaceful world and locked away in their own Palace.
So those are the Palace rulers
We sent em back here ?
I dont understand Just what have we been doing by using the cognitive world ?
Cmon, guys. This is definitely weird and certainly changes our understanding of distortions, but were about to fuck this place up anyway. It doesnt really matter.
Thats true, but
This aint the time to be gettin confused! Were here as the society-fixin Phantom Thieves today!
Having the freedom to not make your own decisions only means that someone else is controlling you! Tell me. Who is the ruler here? Who made all of this ?
What an odd question to ask. It should be obvious: every member of the general public.
I mean, yeah, duh. We kinda knew that. Or at least, I thought we did.
Havent you learned anything in school? The collective ruler of a democratic society is its people.
D-Dont lie outta your ass like that! I mean, there was a guard here earlier! That means someones gotta be lookin out for you guys, right?
You may be right. We are the ones looking out upon everyone else.
So the ones who least want the prison to be tampered with are the prisoners themselves ?
It dont matter what this guys talkin about Were gonna erase all of Mementos anyways! Cmon, lets keep goin! Mona! The Treasures in the deepest part, right!?
I saw the humans in here and realized I looked different than them for some reason
Is that why you thought you would regain your true form if we destroyed Mementos?
Sorry Im still missing a lot of my memories But I know I started randomly checking a bunch of Palaces Then my next memory is about that bastard Kamoshidas.
Dammit We got careless!
And that set of revelations is going to close this update. Whats really going on with this country-wide distortion? What lies at the bottom of Mementos? How am I going to cover my rent for this month with no promotional deals? Tune in next time to find out!