Part 72: 7/19-7/20: Alibaba And The Phantom ThievesPart 70: 7/19-7/20: Alibaba And The Phantom Thieves
Anon: im staying out of this shit
Anon: Medjed must be bored too
Anon: both are crossing the line
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
They target corporations doing shady business and cause chaos. The subway companys server thing? That was Medjed, trying to find out who caused the train accident.
So, theyre good guys?
Some liken them to digital Robin Hoods But they snoop through emails and destroy data. Theyre no better than criminals.
They dare call themselves heroes after attacking those companies? Pfft.
Oh, wont someone think of the poor corporations?
Theyre fighting Medjed next!? The Phantom Thieves are amazing!
I dont wanna hear about justice from some shady hackers.
I dont care what happens, as long as its interesting!
Anon: Hang in there you guys! ;w;
Anon: Theyre gonna do it, right?
Anon: can phantom thieves win?
Anon: When are they gonna react?
Anon: whoever wins is just!
The just one is the winner, eh? Get off the internet, Kakyoin.
Anon: theyre both shit.
Howd you do?
Damn Im dead...
I wish I could get in the top ten People look at smart students differently.
I wonder what score I got Im in the top ten!
Whoa! Everyones gonna have their eyes on you now!
Maaku gains Charm +3.
Charm is the reward for doing well on exams in Persona 5, whereas previously it was Social Link points with your classmates. P5 does some work to distance many (but not all) of its links from a school context, so getting Confidant points wouldnt really make sense.
Music: Wicked Plan
Hey, its not my fault my scores suck, right?
Anyways, theres something more important here! Mishima...
You want to ask me something about the internet, right?
No, Ryuji, its not a series of tubes.
Yup. Im gonna be straight with you heredo you know who Medjed is?
You werent kidding about being direct. Well, I suppose the news about Medjed and the Phantom Thieves has caused quite the commotion They started out as hackers of justice, but now they only look out for their own self-interests. ...Thats all I know. They were the group I texted Hamiru about yesterday.
Nobodys sure who actually belongs to Medjed. Well, it looks like thingsll be exciting this summer. Itll be the Phantom Thieves world debut, no?
Dont worry, Ill be rooting for the Phantom Thieves. Ill get the forum mobilized as well. Now if were done talking here, I really must be going. Ill see you guys later.
I tried asking my sister, but it seemed as though she didnt know very much about them. She doesnt specialize in cybercrime, after all.
And then she yelled at me for no reason. All in all, it was an average Monday night.
I tried looking into them too, but I didnt come up with anything. There are really just no leads.
Hm, our opponent is truly elusive.
Medjed, hm ? It seems like we wont be able to deal with them by ourselves
Music: So Boring
We will be holding an emergency assembly on Monday the 25th. Please come to school that day.
The students begin to groan and chatter.
Settle down! Weve has many strange incidents: the psychotic breakdowns, students being dragged into crime rings Hence, Principal Kobayakawa has instructed all teachers to caution the student body. This is inconvenient for us too, you know? Having to find things to warn you about so suddenly...
Im not sure. No matter how hard I look online, all I find are just unreliable rumors.
They have carried out corporate terrorism, yet they still manage to elude arrest somehow.
Yeah We dont even know whether its a single individual or a large conglomerate of people. And even if we do manage to get a lead, what do we do from there?
Damn, this stuffs really not going so good Thats prolly why my examsre going to shit too.
You know those are two separate things, right?
Mwehehe Clues on Medjed, huh ?
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Placing in the top ten has changed some things about our perception around school for today at least.
Even if theyre going to keep avoiding us, its nice to see them awestruck by our brainpower.
Akechi-kun was saying those hackers showed up again because of the Phantom Thieves.
Hackers and Phantom Thieves sound like something out of a manga though. Its funny if you think about it. I wonder whod win in a fight. A lot of people online are getting excited over all this.
If theres anything youd like to know, ask away. Consider it the newspaper clubs special service.
Theres excitement over the Phantom Thieves, but theres also a lot of talk about summer plans. Some students are studying like mad for their college entrance exams, so their summer wont be as relaxed.
Ah, itd be a major scoop if I knew. Secret identities are definitely front page material. The mass media knows itd be major news too. Shujin Academy will likely draw attention again.
Theres been all this excitement over the Phantom Thieves. You hear a lot about them too, right? Now that theyve crushed the mafia, everyone is waiting for their next move.
Ive got my newspaper club activities. Theres plenty to do with all these incidents going on. Im hoping I can attract new members if I write up some really good articles.
No, I was oh, never mind.
Hes still saying the Phantom Thieves are dangerous, right? That loner must not have any friends.
Hey, now. Dont say that. Everyones allowed to have their own opinion. But he does seem too smart to be in high school. You could be right about him being lonely.
Well, I guess Im glad that Im stupid then. Hahaha!
Do you think the Phantom Thieves are a danger to society? Send us your opinions by email or fax.
Phantom Thieves ? Theyre not real. Theres no way people like that are real.
And thanks to the internet, now everyone knows the police were just full of talk.
Now that the police have lost face, the mass media will swing over to the Phantom Thieves. Phantom Thieves, huh? Looks like thingsll get pretty busy for us soon.
I couldn't get portraits of these clowns due to the fixed camera angle so here, have an amazing stock photo and also Jeff Winger.
We cant do it when it rains though, since well be outside Come during the day for your fortune and at night for the test.
Chihayas contacted us to say that we can actually talk to her during the day now (as long as it isnt raining), which is handy (and, in fact, necessary) for some of her fortune readings. Her Confidant is still only available at night, though.
...Um, if youre available, Id like to talk to you about Eiko.
>Hang out with her
Thank goodness. I have a small favor to ask you Lets get a drink before we talk.
Music: Wicked Plan
Wait, a host? Ive played enough Yakuza to know how skeevy that sounds.
I guess he, um hit on her one day after her shift, and that was that. Since then hes the only thing shell talk about. She even sent me a picture of their date at Destinyland.
For now it seems he hasnt forced her to spend any money at his club, but Im still nervous Beyond that, he calls her his princess and constantly tells her how special she is. It makes me sick to my stomach. But Eiko refuses to listen to me. She said the idea that all hosts are bad people is outdated
But the idea that all people willing to date high schoolers are bad people is very much not so.
She even said she was shocked to be getting advice from someone who would totally flunk a test about love.
S-Sorry about that. Im probably just being biased towards him. I mean, I dont have any proof that hes untrustworthy But thats why I want to meet him and find out for myself what kind of person he really is. And if its not too much to ask, Id like you to accompany me on this excursion as well.
This time, um youll have to play the role of my boyfriend.
I was born ready!
I think if I have a boyfriend, Eiko might be more inclined to listen to me. To tell you the truth I actually already made plans with her and her boyfriend for a double date. S-Sorry. But its just going to be at a diner. Nothing particularly fancy, I promise.
Thank you! Youre a tremendous help. Im so glad you agreed to this. I dont know who else Id have asked if you had said no...
I can sense Makotos trust in me...
Eiko I hope shes not getting herself wrapped up in anything dangerous.
Says the Phantom Thief.
But just in case, Ill try looking for some info on that host. Well, see you later.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Did you find anything?
As you know, Medjed is a god that appears in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Its name apparently means the smiter. It seems nobody is actually sure that Medjed is a real name. On top of that, almost everything else about him is unknown. Even his form is unattainable. An unseen god that flies through the sky and shoots from his eyes He truly is an elusive being.
Everything about his existence is shrouded in mystery.
Fundamentally speaking, ancient Egyptian art always depicted gods drawn in a side profile.
I hope that information was at least somewhat useful.
It was something, all right.
Indeed it was.
Should I look into it more?
Thats enough, thank you.
So, we still dont have any tangible clues...
For reference, Medjed looks like this:
What the hell.
In the past few years, the damage they have caused has grown to several hundred billion yen. Even this year, there have been several cyber attacks attributed to Medjed.
What a mysterious group Just what is their goal?
Did they just declare war? I wonder if the Phantom Thieves stand a chance against Medjed...
The Phantom Thieves got this! They got this shit, mdude! Onward toward victory!
Uh Yeah, sure. Anyways, we got finals, so we gotta get home.
How did that happen!? Does this have to do with all that news lately?
When Im on the internet, these peculiar screens keep popping up. And I get these weird bills...
Whoa there Did you click some shady links on a porn site!?
Bring it on! Were not done with these tests yet! Im actually doing a reading for a client right now, so please stay and watch...
Music: Whats Going On?
This is your first time coming to my stand, yes?
Y-Yeah, um A colleague of mine recommended you. He said you can help fix my problems Is that right?
Of course! Fate is absolute
As Chihaya says this, she looks over at Maaku.
S-So, um, the thing is Im engaged to be married. Next spring, Ill be trying the knot with a friend Ive had since all the way back in preschool...
So, whats worrying you? Is it perhaps the date of the ceremony, or perhaps the location of your honeymoon?
O-Oh, um No, its not like that. The problem is Im not entirely sure well be able to get married. The truth is, the president of one of our major business partners has offered me her daughters hand...
Ah So this is what it means to be weighed down by societal obligations...
Do, um Do you think it would be bad if I declined that presidents offer ? Haha Hahaha...
Please relax. The divine power will bring us your answer!
My it seems you will face financial ruin if you decline
N-No Does this mean breaking off my engagement is the only option ?
Um, Hamiru-san? This may be a good time to demonstrate your powers. This man is bound by the fetters of societal obligation How should he move forward?
Oh, thats a wonderful suggestion! Though I guess anyone could have come up with that answer Incidentally, what would you say to make him choose his childhood friend ?
Thieves ? Shes not a child.
W-Wait, you really think someone else would try to go after her !? Huh I guess guys would line up to date such an amazing girl Well, Im not going to let that happen! The only one who can make her happy is me! I was a fool for hesitating, even for a moment ! I Im going to marry her! Thank you so much!
Its happened again
You know, Chihayas still kind of a butt. That said, I could really get behind another seven ranks of wacky fortune-changing hijinks courtesy of Mifune and Hamiru.
I had questioned your powers, but this is the third time I have no choice I must accept that fate can, in fact, be changed. Youve proven that to me. And as a sign of thanks for showing me the truth Ill provide a special fortune service for you from now on!
I can sense Chihayas intense motivation...
Money Reading is a skill that Ive never used but is obviously incredibly useful. For 5,000 yen, we can increase the amount of money we gain from battles for the rest of the day. This is, no shit, incredibly lopsided in our favor. I havent been able to find any stats on the percentage increase, but I dont think its 50% because that would be fucking absurd. Even if its like 10%, its well worth it to spend the cash every time we head into a Palace or Mementos, as long as its not raining. Edit: Apparently it is, in fact, obscenely high, but only applies to battles finished by All-out Attacks for whatever reason. If this is documented anywhere in the game, I've never seen it. Still, it's fucking amazing.
You know, I never thought it was possible to change destiny Are you perhaps a psychic?
If I was psychic, Id probably have been able to see through your shitty Holy Stone scam.
...Actually, no. Such powerful people do not exist in this world. You may oversee changes in fate, but purposefully altering ones destiny is impossible. That is why Ill forever be a monster...
M-My, its gotten so late! I should start packing up for today. Ill see you next time! Farewell.
Music: Aria of the Soul
To think you would relax under such circumstances. Either youre quite bold or quite foolish.
One with an unseen form, hm? It seems youve been targeted by troublesome company.
*chuckle* Ive been enjoying this endless dispute over justice. However, it will soon come to an endand through the appearance of an unexpected force, of all things. Engaging with formidable enemies is also part of your rehabilitation. I ask that you overcome this. After all, you must hone your powers and become a magnificent thief...
Anon: yeah, yeah, its all a setup
Anon: Its just like Akechi said!
Anon: is medjed worse than mafia?
Anon: can phantom thieves win?
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
I didnt think Medjed would pounce on the Phantom Thieves. Interesting things keep happening this year. The influence of #Millennials knows no bounds I underestimated it, honestly. I wonder what the public thinks of this. Are they entertained? Or perhaps inconvenienced?
A luxury for the uninvolved. I know they mean no ill intent. So this is what the public thinks ...Whoops, I dont have time for a conversation. My attendance has been poor due to interviews lately. Thank you for your valuable opinion. Ill see you around.
Which of them will come out on top? Theyre both just criminals pretending to be heroes.
If you ask me, Medjed causes way more trouble. They attack every company they set their sights on.
I dont know, from what youre saying they sound like fine anticapitalists to me!
I see Well, I just hope something happens soon. But you gotta tell mewho do you think will win?
I am the one they call Alibaba. I want to ask you something. Youre a phantom thief, arent you? Can you really steal hearts?
Who is this? Why does he know that youre a phantom thief? Is one of our teammates pulling a prank on you?
There is someone whose heart I would like you to steal. But Im not asking for charity. Lets make a deal. You wish to know about Medjed, correct? I can give you information on them if the change of heart is successful. If you so desire, I can take care of them as well. Do you believe in my skills? I can track down their accounts, just as I have with yours. But this is all I can prove at the moment. Ive prepared the necessary tool on my end. Look forward to it.
Shouldnt you respond to it?
How should I respond ?
Maaku tries to respond, but...
Hm? You cant reply back? I dont know what this is about, but we should probably let everyone know about this...
How were we found out?
He may have traced our chat log...
How careless of us
But how would he have known all these details with just that ?
Uh, weve been pretty fuckin cavalier about discussing Phantom Thieves business via text, Makoto.
Do you think that there is another cause?
Yeah. Im not sure why, but thats the feeling I get.
Hey, is it that easy to look at someones chat log?
I dont know much about it myself, but its probably not impossible, I think?
Hows it done?
Maybe they extracted our phones data ?
Whys Maaku getting an error when he tries to reply?
Perhaps the receiving end doesnt exist?
Dont ask me everything. I told you that I dont know much about it.
Wait. Might this be what is referred to as hacking?
I dont get high tech stuff! What does this all mean?
An unknown hacker contacted us!
I see. I dont really get it.
Then, is this person Medjed?
I doubt it, considering he says he wants to deal with them. That is, only if we take his words for face value.
Hey Wouldnt it be great if we got this guy on our side?
But we know nothing about his identity at all. We cant trust him.
I dont think its a bad deal though...
Even if Alibaba turns out to be a criminal? I am not helping anyone of that sort.
Oh, right. That wouldnt be good...
The Ive prepared the necessary tool part makes no sense either.
Could this just be a prank?
He knows an awful lot for it to be a prank.
If he knows who we are, wont we get caught?
No. If he wanted to report us, I think he wouldve done it already.
He must have some sort of objective of his own. He did offer us a deal, after all. Im certain hell contact us again.
Theres no telling when hell do so though Itd be best if we stay together. If something happens, we can act at once.
Yeah. So, somewhere we can wait and hide for long hours...
How about Leblanc?
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Hey there, Chief. Whats so important that you didnt notice the bell ringing and five people walking in?
Good evening. We were thinking about putting together plans for our summer.
Hm? Is that a new face I see?
Its nice to meet you. My name is Makoto Niijima. I hope were not being a bother.
Shes our student council president.
Is something wrong?
...Nah, its nothing. A student council president, eh? Im stunned. I hope hes not causing you too much trouble. Im Sojiro Sakura, but everyone just calls me Boss.
Thats weird, because I dont think Ive heard that nickname once!
This old manll get going and leave you kids be. All right, the stores all yours.
Just moments ago, a new message has been released on their website. They have announced their victory over the Phantom Thieves. Medjed also warns any Japanese citizens who praised the Phantom Thieves to stop doing so. We will report any further actions by Medjed as they arrive.
Oh, come on! Its in English!
Let me see The Phantom Thieves remain silent at our question. This proves that we are just. People of Japan, wake up. You must not worship the Phantom Thieves.
What!? Thats bullshit!
We will discipline any who worship them. The punishment is the confiscation of possessions. We are Medjed. We are unseen. We will eliminate evil. ...Thats what it says.
What does that all mean!?
Theyre saying that theyll target sympathizers of the Phantom Thieves.
Confiscation of possessions, hm ?
Perhaps bank accounts or personal information Either way, it wont be anything pleasant.
Why the hell are we being singled out?
Perhaps all they care about is labeling the Phantom Thieves as crooks. That all this wouldnt have happened had the Phantom Thieves not existed.
Thats complete bullshit.
Talk about a troublesome organization that weve been targeted by
Isnt there anything we can do?
Its certain we cant do anything about this on our own
Well, its probably none of your business, Ryuji. As far as you know, its from my parents, whatever the hell theyre doing.
We dont need any more trouble.
You know what? Fair.
Its rare for you to get something like this.
All right, fine you nosy bastards, Ill open it.
Anything else in there!? Whos this from anyway?
Theres no stamp on it. Someone mustve directly dropped it into the mailbox here
Could it have been Alibaba ?
That reminds me, he did mention something about preparing the necessary tool Dont tell me Is this what he was talking about!?
What the hells goin on here ?
All we can do at the moment is wait for Alibabas orders. Lets brace ourselves and stand by in case anything comes up.
Music: Beneath the Mask
The showdown between the just Phantom Thieves and the global organization Medjed is here! Reactions have been great too. Everyone is really engaged. So far, most of the comments have been pro-Phantom Thieves. Most likely because of what happened in the Kaneshiro case. Those on the other side say Medjed are hackers of justice. But theres nothing resembling justice in what they do. Someday, I want the whole site to be filled with pro-Thieves comments. Im looking forward to when that day finally arrives.
He can look forward to whatever he wants, but we have no means of striking back against Medjed. Were gonna be in deep trouble if we dont do something...
What the hells going on?
The Phantom Thieves remain silent at our question. This proves that we are just. People of Japan, wake up. You must not worship the Phantom Thieves. We will discipline any who worship them. The punishment is the confiscation of possessions. We are Medjed. We are unseen. We will eliminate evil.
Theyre just acting without even waiting for us to respond! What are they planning to do?
Well, were totally fucked and out of options, so I guess were going to hand our fate to this mysterious Alibaba character in the start of whats probably my pick for strongest arc in the game. Next time, well hopefully get to the bottom of this!