The Let's Play Archive


by The Dark Id

Part 102: Episode XCIX: Kahran Ramsus’ Favorite Subject

Episode XCIX: Kahran Ramsus’ Favorite Subject

Welp, Elly has passed out again for the seventy-second time so far and Krelian seems to be done monologuing...for now...

So he just wanders off until the next time he’s needed for science monologues or villainous Foreshadology sessions.

Music: Tears of the Stars, Heart of the People

Apparently, Krelian doesn’t give much of a crap who is messing with his prisoners as he almost immediately trades places with good old Kahran Ramsus. Did you know Kahran is a really bad translation of Carlin? I think I would have liked the game better if Sigurd, Citan, and Jessie were always just calling him “Carl” when referencing the dork.

In any case, Ramsus is just having a splendid day and cannot stop giggling to himself during the next scene. Good for him.

Ramsus walks over to Elly on the Solarian MRI machine...

"Wh..e... re...?"
*squeezes Elly’s arm* "Where...? I'm asking you where!!"
"Th, that hurts! P, please! Please stop!"
”Please add a subject to your sentence. This conversation will go much smoother that way...”
"Where is he!? Where!? I know you know! Take me to him!"
"Who're you referring to when you say that man... Are you talking about Fei?"
*lets go of Elly* "Fei, Fei, Fei... Fei this... Fei that... Fei...! In what way is he more superior than I!? I will not accept it. I will not!!"

Ramsus pulls a cop of something from his coat and takes a swig. I think getting his ass kicked time and time again has made poor Kahran fall off the wagon...

"R, Ramsus... that drug... A mental stabilizer...? Why are you so shook up like that? What's forcing you to go through all this? What happened between you and Fei..."
"Dammit Fei... I'll show you... I..."

Ramsus lets off one more half crazed chortle before wandering out of the room, muttering about Fei the whole way...

*sigh* ”Why are all my former bosses complete creep lunatics...?

Some time later...

Music: Invasion

”Eh? Jimmy?”
“Oh come on, that’s not even close!”
”Bart...? Dickbag...? Dick...YOU!”

"............ Y... you traitor!!"

Fei, rightly, lunges to go throttle Citan but is held back by Billy and Citan...

"Don't stop, Bart!! He betrayed us! He betrayed us and Elly!"
"Stop! Fei! It's your mistake!"
”Look, I just listened to him and some TV men go on and on about how they’re trying to resurrect god and go to space or something and Citan has been working with them the whole friggin’ time!”
"Let go! Lemme go!"
"Calm down, Fei! Bart isn't lying, Citan is the one who helped us!"

Fei stops struggling to stomp Citan’s ass... Tertiary characters vouching for Citan is good enough for Fei...

”You’ve both got about twenty seconds before I break his neck...”
"Listen very carefully! That Limiter is implanted in our bodies. Right now, this research facility is the only place where we can get them removed! Citan misled Krelian and the other guys and brought us in here to remove the Limiter!"
“Didn’t we already get those removed back in Shevat?! Goddammit, Bart. Pay more attention. Now out of the way. Doctor spine breaking time!”
“Nah. Turns out there is a second Limiter never mentioned before now!”

"What... But doc was just... Is that true?"

“Those who want to become independent from Solaris must know the actual situation and its true form. Who is doing what and why."
”You. Made me eat. PEOPLE FOOD!”
“People food...? As opposed to what? Dog food?
“No. I mean food. Made out of people! Apparently Solaris meat is people meat.”
“Solaris meat is...
“...People meat?”
*politely excuses self to go puke in the corner*

“I received a covert order from the Emperor to contact the body wanted by the Ministry and send the data...and if possible bring the body back. That was my duty. As a result, I had no choice but to deceive you. Please forgive me."
“Wha... So you’re like what...? A...double agent? Or... I don’t follow.”
“Hmm. Fei, do you know how in the Empire Strikes Back, Lando Calrissian was forced into a difficult situation where he was forced to betray his friends, but in the end he came through to help Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker successfully escape from the Empire’s trap?”
“I’m Lando.”
“But you’re...”
“White. Yes. I was just explaining it to you in Star Wars terms.”

"I see how it is..."
”I think...”
"Besides, I myself had a matter that had to be verified in this facility..."
"For sure?"
"I'll tell you that after we escape from here. It is something you must know."

"...What? Y... yes, of course... That is..."
"Alright then. Let's get out of here!"
"Wait! What happened to Elly? Weren't you with her?"
"Elly was taken to Krelian's research lab. It could not be stopped. I am sorry."
"Why only Elly...?"
”...Don’t tell me she’s the one getting frozen in Carbonite...”
"I do not know... But one thing bothers me... When Krelian took Elly, I had a chance to acquire Elly's cellular information. I analyzed it and found something very interesting... Excuse me, I mean... unusual. There is no Limiter implanted in her."
"There's no Limiter? Isn't that because Elly is from Solaris?"
"Even Solaris citizens have a Limiter implanted when they are born. There are exceptions for certain people like myself and Ramsus, whose Limiters can be removed later on through the treatment such as the one I did for Bart. But you must have permission from the Ministry to do so."
"Is that why... Elly...?"
”Wait...then what did whatshisface take out of her to unlock her 7AP Deathblows?”
“An instance of plot not matching gameplay.”

"There must be more to it than that. I don't know the reason, but Krelian is so absorbed by her data."

“...let's help Elly and get out of here fast!"
"You're right. If we mess up here, I put those guys who went to help Elly's parents in danger."
”Those guys being...?”
“Rico, Hammer, Chuthulhu, and the little green haired girl from Zeboim.”
“So...Elly’s parents are dead. Terrific...”

"Citan, we're going to Krelian's private research lab as planned. We'll meet up at the rendezvous point."
"What about doc...?"
"There is still something left to be done. I will go destroy the last gate."

Citan briefly unsheathes his sword...

"... Yes. Yui gave it to me as I was leaving. I used to use it before I met her. For a long time I vowed not to use it for killing though. But now is not the time to contemplate morals. It is not fair for me to be the only 'innocent' one."
”So you cannot kill with your sword...? But your bare hands are kosher? That’s quite the moral code you have there.”
"... I see...... But..."
"You're always so mischievous, doc..."
”Which is a nice way to say ‘dick’. You might be a triple-agent or whatever but I’ve still got my eye on you.”
"It is in my nature. I am sorry, forgive me."
"Yo! Citan! Let me handle Fei and Elly's situation! Now that the Limiter is removed, Solaris doesn't stand a chance!"
"Oh, yes! By the way, young one, about the effects of removing the Limiter... The results will not show up that quickly. Already your physical Limiters have been removed naturally. The part I have removed is the psychological section. That is... the subconscious fear and veneration for the Ministry and the Emperor have been removed. Basically, you will be able to battle against them without any fears or hesitations. It is not that you have suddenly become more powerful."
"A... are you serious...?"
”So no shooting lasers from my eyes or flying?”
“I am afraid not.”

So Citan isn’t REALLY evil. He’s just kind of a roundabout jerk in his methodology. And from now on he wields a sword and rockets to the best on-foot character by a landslide for quite some time. But he’s also left the party again. I hate that guy. Anyway, the entrance to Krelian’s secondary lab is just a jog down the hall.

“Krelian's private laboratory should be below us."
”These guys really do have the worst security ever...”

Billy and the gang hop down the manhole and end up right where Elly was being held during Krelian’s Science monologue...

"Fei...... Yes... yes, I'm fine."
”But Fei, Citan is...”
“A jackass, I know. But apparently he’s still cool. I’ll explain later.”

"Sorry to interrupt you two, but this is not the time for a heartfelt reunion."
"Quickly, this way."

Turns out there’s another manhole leading to the next dungeon right under Krelian’s power-point presentation projector. Fancy that...

The party shuffles toward the next dungeon. Meanwhile...

Jessie is busy having a sweet firefight with Solarian Troopers over at the final Gate reactor while Citan plants a bomb.

“Hurry up and blow them away!"
"I am sorry. I have other matters to attend to."
”You did not have to wait for me.”
“Look. You handle the science crap and explosivemajiggers and I shoot guys. The system worked just dandy in the past. Ain’t no sense in getting all fancy now.”

"...What the hell are you doing?"
”...Let’s just say personal matters and leave it at that... I would prefer you did not have reason to shoot me in the head. Anyhow...”
"To His Majesty's..."
"You mean the Emperor...? Are you sure, Hyuga...?"
"Yes. His Majesty understands the situation. ...He says to leave it up to 'them'... There! It is done!! Sir!!"
"... Yeessss! We're outta here!! ... Huh!?"

Ramsus comes storming down the opposite catwalk...

"So... you too... you are also betraying me."
"Kahr, we are just in different situations. I did not mean to betray you. I decided to stick with Fei's group."
"Did you say 'Fei'!? You too... are on his side... I'll never forgive you! NEVER!"
"Kahr, you're an enemy but why are you so attached to one kid!? You weren't like that before!"
”He piss in your coffee or something?”
"Shut up! I've got to get him with my own hands... And all of you working with him are my enemies! Enemies stealing 'my things'! Enemies! Enemies, Enemies!!"
"K, Kahr..."
"Hey, we're going! I don't know what went on, but I don't have time to deal with him now!"
”You know everything Solaris makes goes up like a damn firecracker with the slightest spark. Time to mosey like three minutes ago!”
"... I see..."

Kahran Ramsus. made flesh.

Welp, tune in next time for the beginning of the climax of Disc 1 of Xenogears! I hope you like your body counts high!

Ramsus Concept Portrait – Seen today in his seldom seen collarless form.