Part 35: 5/22-5/23: Hurt Me PlentyPart 34: 5/22-5/23: Hurt Me Plenty
Its Sunday, and you know what that means...
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Throwing more money down the drain on this fucking aojiru.
Maaku gains Kindness +1.
...However, it has a dark side to it as well!
Yes! YES! The power of the Sun God has opened your eyes to the truth. Madarame is a pig rolling in a trough of money! By the name of the Sun God shall he be condemned!
Music: Butterfly Kiss
>I want to do a clinical trial.
In that case, my little guinea pig, theres something I want to test out today Well then, please head into the examination room.
Every time she says guinea pig it sends a fucking chill down my spine.
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
If youre feeling OK, you can go home now.
...What? Again? Thats, well that ships already sailed, so...
You remember that girl from the other day? The Chief of Staff Oyamadas patient? Her dads been bringing her here to be treated, even though I referred them to another hospital. I even told them about the medical error I made...
Im just a quack though The medical error was well documented. Everyone in my field knows about it. I led the development of a new drug for an incurable illness called Crawford-Endes disease. Although I wasnt the one who administered the medicine, it was the cause of the error.
With Crawford-Endes, certain cells indiscriminately attack other cells throughout the body. When it reaches the muscles, the patient slowly begins to die There hasnt been much progress made on it-- partly because there havent been many cases of it. I worked with a pharmaceutical company that had reached the final stage of production, but One day, I was suddenly removed from my position. That Chief of Staff Oyamada, my superior at the time, took over the entire operation.
He made careless mistakes and rushed completion so he could use it on a patient named Miwa. Miwa-chan had a reaction and lapsed into critical condition. The chief panicked and laid the blame on me. Miwa-chan and her family resented me ...No matter what I said, I couldnt change how they felt about me.
Well, that doesnt matter The development of the medicine was suspended, so I had no reason to stay at that hospital. At least now I can keep working as a general practitioner, on my own terms with my guinea pig.
Thats the new medicine Ive been trying out on you. This version is in the final stage of testing. It searches for those cells that take the offensive and destroys them upon detection. Thats why its harmless for people who dont have the disease probably.
Wait, then how do you even know if it works?
Maakus kind of a dope.
Im telling you, chills.
Youd better not flake on me this late in the game. Im inching closer to the finish line, but I need your help to reach it. In exchange, I can offer you medicine at a special price. Im counting on you, guinea pig.
It feels like my bond with Takemi is growing even deeper...
Now Takemi has new support items for sale. Well see what these do in a few updates, but theyre I want to say useful, but I actually mean mandatory. Again, well get to that in time.
Now, what should I do about that girl and her dad? Being mean and scaring them hasnt worked. Its been a while since Ive had to deal with this kind of nuisance. Its stressing me out. Oh, sorry, thats all I wanted to talk to you about. You can go home now.
I feel like cooperating in that shady clinical trial has increased my Guts...
OK, thanks for your hard work.
Maaku gains Guts +1.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Heres what weve got for you today! Ever need an Adhesive Bandage? Well how about fifty of them!? The most basic of first aid needs!
You can get as many wounds as you want if you have these!
Thats a weird way to sell bandaids, lady. HURT YOURSELF AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE
This is a limited item! Todays the one and only day itll be available! And it can be yours For the incredibly low price of 1980 yen!
Adhesive Bandage, huh? You wanna get fifty of them? Theyre just 1980 yen.
This is an absurd deal. Fuck yeah, I want those bandages.
OK! And now itsh time for the pop quiz ques question! Whatsh the painting That made me, who is Madarame, so famoush?
Sadly, picking Yukari does not result in a Persona 3 reference.
Ding ding! Ding ding! Thas riiight! Ya win a prize to a round trip t Yongen!
Oh boy, Ill go pack my bags!
Shalalaaa, your smile /Shalalala, during the rice season No, no, thats no good! Ah cant let mcountry side show any! I need to write a soul-shaking rock song I need the gods of rock to speak through me!
Looks like our resident rocker is actually a little bit country.
Er, what I mean is, the foods real goodIm not calling you a dope or anything!
Damn, I gotta get better at Japanese
Foreign Barker is one of my favorite characters.
...And on the other end of that spectrum, heres Mishima!
I had pretty high hopes for them, but they turned out to be posers The Phantom Thieves are true heroes though! I wanna help out however I can!
He also nags us about that request he sent us, but were busy right now.
While were out, we buy the latest books. The other two are a spotlight on local parks and a fashion magazine girls with unique tastes.
You dont know me, cat.
Oh hey, its that lady we saw by Madarames.
I guess the editor-in-chief has been nagging me about covering the Phantom Thieves though I guess Ill just wait and see what happens. Time for me to go get a drink.
There are less physically abusive teachers nowadays, but the truth of it all is still a mystery. Im giving a speech again today. Do you think you can lend me a hand with it?
>Help him out
Then lets get to it. Can you please hold the placard?
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
...Is not right! It will take time to solve this problem. However, we must start by making small changes!
Regardless of the audiences size, you must convey your thoughts as if youre talking one-on-one. By the way, I forgot to ask you last time we spoke. Why do you want to become a politician?
Ambitious, indeed, if a little ambiguous Well, Im sure youll iron out the details as you go along. May I ask you one more question? What kind of politician do you want to be?
Its worth noting that Sun is one of two Confidants (along with Moon, though that one has other requirements as well) that do not require points and will rank up every time you visit them. The notes are just for flavor.
...Allow me to give you some advice. If you aspire to get into politics, you must possess a central philosophy. What is it that you want to accomplish ? That is the foundation of a great speech. Youd do well to remember that.
To get your message across, be tenacious in conveying your thoughts to the audience. Have a firm point of view, and communicate it clearlythats the first rule of negotiating. Haha! You have me reliving the fighting spirit I had when I first became a politician.
Yoshida explained the basics of speech-giving. I feel like my bond with him is growing deeper...
Diplomacy lets you ask for more money or items after succeeding once, and is a great way to get tons of money from enemies by just asking over and over until they reject you and then knocking them back down and doing it again. Unfortunately, later upgrades to Sun make this impossible, to the point where Ive seen people suggest keeping Sun at Rank 2. We wont be doing that, because theres other ways to get money, and its not all that scarce to begin with. Besides, not doing the best Confidant in the game because its sub-optimal isnt my style.
Ah, my apologies. Were done for today.
I feel like learning about the basics of negotiation has served to increase my Charm...
Maaku gains Charm +3. Yes, really, +3 from a single Confidant rank. Tora owns.
Thank you for all your hard work. Ill see you next time.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Madarame was talking to a lawyer. I suppose hes serious about suing. I think we should advance our plans. Why wont we go to the Palace today?
Eh, why not?
Great. I want to stop that man as soon as possible. In that case, lets assemble after school. Ill be over shortly.
Music: So Boring
Artists with that good of an eye are rare in Japan. I wonder if he has synesthesia. Yes, regarding synesthesia One of many English terms that comes from Greek root words. Havent you heard of it? Its a condition where your senses can cross over each other, like seeing music as color. Mr. Hamiru. You were staring off into space, werent you? Well, your numbers up. The root words of synesthesia are syn and aisthesis. What do they mean?
Good! Youve been studying! Unfortunately, synesthesias something you have to be born with You cant learn it. Some of the geniuses over the course of history have had synesthesia. The composer Franz Liszt instructed his orchestra to play the color purple.
Mustve been hard teaching them all to act! ...Im sorry.
The poet Arthur Rimbaud was also said to see colors in letters.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1, and is still at Rank 1, fucking hell.
Seeing colors in sounds and letters, and feeling shapes in flavors and numbers Geniuses and common people see the world differently. Were you able to understand that?
Synesthesia, huh Thats fascinating. Although, the reason Madarame sees the world differently is because of his distorted desires.
OK, lets head there now!
Oh, you mean about the Metaverse and the Nav. Yeah, I guess that stuff is pretty important.
OK, lets start from the beginning. First, the Metaverse spots where we act as the Phantom Thieves are called Palaces. Palaces are worlds that take form from someones cognition A materialization of their reality.
So do we each hold Palaces within ourselves as well?
No, not just anyone will have one. Its primarily those with strong distorted desires
They basically gotta be criminals. Real bastards like Kamoshida or Madarame.
On the other hand, Palaces cant exist within Persona-users. Its just impossible for them to form. Basically, your Persona is the true feelings of your heart, which arise from conquering your inner Shadow. Then since you have full control of your emotions, theres no way your desires can get distorted.
S-So thats how it works...
O-Obviously I knew that ! Oh, and we use the Metaverse Nav app on our phones to get into that world!
Its actually pretty simple. Just say a persons name, location, and distortion, then youre in.
Uhhh, so like Madarames would be shack, then his distortion is that he thinks its a museum.
How do you know what their Palace is going to look like if you have never set foot in it before ?
We fucking guess, Yusuke. It absolutely kills the narrative momentum.
That parts kinda like a quiz or something. Itll prolly get pretty tricky from here on out too.
Hm, I feel as though I have a good grasp on the basic concepts. If anything arises which I fail to understand, Ill rely on those more experienced than myself.
Yeah! I gotcha covered, newbie!
Uh You should probably ask Morgana if you need anything.
Thinking back to Madarame though I cant believe hed consider pressing charges.
Yes, Ive never seen him show such anger before. He is most likely quite serious about that.
What should we do ? Theres no way well be able to win if that happens.
He likely wont act on that threat until the final day of the exhibit: June 5th. Simply put, I doubt he would be so foolish as to taint his name with a trial during his exhibition.
All right, so we just gotta steal Madarames heart by then. Theres no way were gonna let him press charges Well show people who he really is!
Music: Tokyo Emergency
And after all that, were finally ready to head back into Madarames Palace.