Part 15: Day 1: RulezDay 1: Rulez
Music: Game Over
: He expects me to just start over? What the hell were the last seven days for, then? ...... Fine. Whats the mission? Im not losing. Not now. Not a chance.
: Nngh! Theres the timer... The mission formats different. X=30+74... Theyre giving out Algebra homework now?
:Hmm, we did take down the GM last week. Maybe this is the big guys replacement. Better not count on the same tricks, then... Ive got to stay focused--and stay alive. Too much is on the line. First, I need a partner--the toughest Player I can find! Hmm...Hachiko! Im bound to find somebody useful there.
Like Neku's thoughts suggest, we're short a partner. Worse, Shiki, wherever she is, kept her stuff. Sucks, but I gave her a bunch of her-specific stuff for that reason.
: They expect us to work this week, too?
: Oh, suck it up! Dont you want the extra points? Though it is a little weird to go two weeks in a row... Guess theres a first time for everything.
: Not quite a first. Been a while, though. You probly werent here, spring chicken that you are.
: Spring chicken? Been here two years, and Im a spring chicken? Just how long have you been doing this?
: Meh. Details!
: Uh-huh. Anyway. What do you suppose the GM is--
: Yashiro here. ...... What!? You want us to WHAT!?
: Easy, girl! Whats the deal?
: This is an insult!
: Take it down a notch before you pop a blood vessel. I dont see a problem. This is our week off, after all.
: Ugh! This is why I hate the way he runs things!
: Really? I kinda like it.
: Whats to like!? Its one big, cryptic mess! It pisses me off!
: He cant help it. Im sure hes worked out some crazy plan--something way beyond the ken of mundane folks like you n me.
What... what IS that?
: I have to win! ...For her sake, and mine. Now come on! I gotta find me a powerhouse!
: Dammit! I cant do much on my own! Isnt there anybody-- Huh? What was that!?
Video: A pact?!
: With who!?
Battle video: Carcinofolk
These Carcin are the first enemies with an elemental resistance. In this case, they resist postitive psychs like Shockwave and Vulcan Uppercut. It's only 10%, though, so it shouldn't be too much of a hassle. What is a hassle is that our mystery partner is really bad at fighting right now. Compared to Shiki this guy is a liability.
Oh great, interface spoilers. He introduces himself in a moment but these are alyways annoying. At least this Joshua fellow has his dodge.
Music: Three Minutes Clapping
You should listen to this. It's a really awesome song.
: Who the--
: Please dont tell me...
: Your what!? This pipsqueak is my new partner!?
: You seem like such a pro at this, I just...helped myself.
: A pro? How could you know that?
: Ive been watching you, silly. Very impressive by the way.
: Huh? Was he a Player last time, too? But wait...No, there was nobody like him at the end. Who the hell IS this kid?
: Todays the first day and all... Lets just take it easy, hmm? Why dont you start by giving the area a scan, partner?
: F-fine. Something about him just...grates.
Eh, sure, I'll scan the area. I wonder what I could find though, maybe someone complaining about ra-
Cutscene video: Joshua's thoughts
: Nngh! ...What? What did I just see? That place looked like...the Udagawa district?
: Something wrong? Are we not feeling well?
: Is this going to be a problem? I need you to pull it together. Unlike some people, Im new at all this. Im expecting a bang-up job from you, Mr. Escort.
: ...Ill be fine.
: Will you? Wonderful. Then can we go?
: Somethings weird here... How was I able to scan him? Hes a Player.
: Hmm? Whats the holdup, Neku?
: Its nothing.
Joshua's special talent is being condasending.
He's really good at it.
: If you ever find yourself stumped, Id be happy to help you along. Just say the word. I promise you my advice is spot-on. Lucky you, having me as your partner.
: Im going to choke this kid.
: Oh! I cant say Im particularly interested, but... Ill go ahead and ask, for the sake of convenience. Do you have a name?
: ...... Neku.
: Well then, Neku. Shall we?
You can lock on to a single enemy more time to hit that enemy harder, But because you don't have Combo Map Upgrade 2 yet you'll never get farther than a snack machine.
Yeah, Joshua fights by summoning heavy objects with his cell phone. Don't ask me.
I try to make do with his mediocre brave and my insanely incomplete list of nice threads. Shibukyu Stationside is still open so maybe we can get a few things from there?
A Lapin Angelique parasol that gives Joshua a fusion star. I think I'll stick with the stats from Pavo Real's jewelry for now.
Joshua why are you so bad at fighting.
Oh hey, a Grindcore Mink. Negative resistance but a Positive weakness, so shockwave deals MORE damage! Drops Angel Magnum on Normal if you want to play with NP pins.
Y'know, besides Sweet Talk Tether. Sweet Talk Tether isn't going anywhere for a while.
: Another wall...
: So we need to clear out a few Noise to get by. All right. What better time to go over my combat skills?
: He has to be doing this on purpose...
: Put simply, I play things high or low.
: High or low?
: You should be able to pick it up on the fly. Ready for a little warm-up?
Battle Video: High or Low
Joshua does have something going for him. He can rack up fusion stars pretty well despite hammering left or right mindlessly, and with some attention you can get a nice constant stream going.
His level 1 fusion is the same strength as Shiki's, but his level 2 is 50% better, and his level 3 is x99.99 which is kind of absurd.
: Were in this together from now on.
Look at this pin! Look how BAD it is! It's almost begging you to make fun of it because at least then you're paying attention to it!
This is far more crippling than it sounds.
: Neku... What do you suppose that is?
Zetta is 10^21, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
: What!? Who said that?
: you factoring hectopascals!
Hecopascals, as a unit of measurement and not a number, cannot be factored. In other words, it's an impossibility.
: Then youre a Reaper.
: Nngh, who...me?
: Hmph. Now thats a happy miscalculation. This brings me one iteration closer to my desired solution!
: Solution? ...Nngh! What are you talking about?
: Hee hee. Day 1, and the GMs already putting in an appearance? Not one for tradition, are you?
: Tradition? Tradition is garbage!
: This is my Game. And I only allow two things. Flawless calculations...and beauty!
: Id hear you were quite the eccentric...
SOHCAHTOA, or the memory device for remembering which sides determine which measurement of which angle.
: Now, time for a little quiz. How much weight will I let you Players carry in the UG?
: Pray tell.
: One yoctogram!
10^-27, a proton is 1.673 yoctograms.
: Precisely! You 000s have no value here. So! Now that I have you rounded up...
(times two, oh Sho you joker)
Boss battle: House Rhino
Totally immune to attacks from the front. Instead Neku has to be behind it to damage it. You can see oddities with it when Entanglement starts dealing damage just because he's behind it. 120% pos/80% neg resistances. Hits like a truck, inflicts defense break to hit even harder. Joshua decides to break it down to the music.
Music? Oh, right, Oop-arts again. Here, have a remix from the OST.
Music: Give Me a Chance (Ooparts)
Okay now the game has begun. We got a higher difficulty.
: Whew... Well, so much for Day 1.
: That Reaper knew me... How?
: Rather fascinating, wasnt he?
: At least we wont be too bored this week, hmm?
: This kid, too... Theres something seriously not right about him.
: I wonder what the little math fetishist will think up for tomorrow. Exciting times, huh, Neku?
: Hmph. Hes shady... Still, "trust your partner," right? I need him if Im gonna survive the UG--if Im gonna WIN. Better get use to it.
: Well, the two of us should be able to cruise right through this week--between your psychs, my inspired brilliance, and our excellent teamwork. Hee hee...
: Ugh, Ill never get used to this! But Ill deal with the devil if thats what it takes.