Part 27: Alternate Path SetupSecond Playthrough Setup
I had some free time over the past week or so, so I decided to do a quick mini-update showing how to get onto the alternate story path. Last time we finished the first main story path of Zone of the Enders: Fist of Mars. It was a pretty interesting ride, and after a long hard slog everyone earned their happy endings.
What if things had happened differently? There were a lot of variables that needed to turn out positively to allow the cast to achieve what they did. What if one tiny piece of the puzzle was never uncovered? The story might take a very different turn.
Lets cast our minds back to the eleventh mission of the game, where BIS is competing against the Mars Angels to see who can take out the most unmanned enemies. What would have happened, I wonder, if we had failed to kill more than them?
: Digi, when were we competing?
: Hm? What do you mean? Oh, I guess I got carried away again as usual
: My channelling abilities are telling me that we have overstayed our visit.
: Its unfortunate. You were so close to attracting good luck
: Huh? What does that mean?
: Heh heh youll see soon enough
: We are the Mars Angels of the Red Planet We look forward to seeing you again somewhere. Until then ta-ta!
The Mars Angels retreat without giving us the crucial second version of the Bonaparte logs we needed to indict Zephyrs in the first playthrough.
From here on everything is the same up until the fourteenth mission of the game; Deckson decides to publicize the logs BIS do have using Yukitos fathers broadcasting company. Mebius is captured, Bolozof uses her as a hostage to force BIS to surrender, then Twede releases everyone whilst Myona proceeds with the broadcast. All well and good until Zephyrs is put on the phone line to debate with Myona at the studio.
: Thank you!
: We meet again, Myona. Or what name do you go by now?
: Its nice to meet you, Mr. Zephyrs. I dont know who you are confusing me with, but I am Myona Alderan. Nobody else.
: Well excuse me. And what kind of evidence are you going to show us today? Did you find something within those records?
: unscheduled crash landing on Mars. There were survivors from this accident. But you got rid of them and hid the very cause of the crash. This is because the Black Frame is the result of your demented experimentation am I right?
: You have a very vivid imagination, young lady. But it is not such a simple affair to experiment and invent weapons in secret. Surely you have evidence to support such an accusation?
: The datalog from the Bonaparte. This is undeniable evidence of what happened at the time of the accident. One can also uncover any discrepancies between the truth and the official announcements.
: Aha. So, lets see the data.
: the ?!?
: Heh heh whats happened? Is there something wrong? Something you cant show us?
: Why the data has disappeared is it a time limit virus? Did they plan this from the very beginning?!
: I dont know. Was that all the evidence you had? Who would believe a terrorist like you with no evidence?
: Not yet.
: Oh, really? Youve done enough to confuse everyone. Theres nothing left for you to say.
: I AM the proof
: What!? You little! You wouldnt !
: What happened?
: Somebody overrode the broadcast controls at the TV station!
: Johnny, did you do it?
: Entwined destinies this is the best I can do.
Without the additional pressure, Irving chooses to support Zephyrs instead of caving in like he did before.
Without the unaltered logs Zephyrs is able to keep his job. This has huge ramifications for the plot.
: But I
: For a little while the media will be on the lookout. But I doubt that there is anyone on Mars with the power or courage to come after you.
: Still, there are those within the military who do not think highly of you. This would be an excellent time to get them on your side.
: name! Please see the HarutMarut in action before you depart!
: Hm. Are you going to manoeuvre it? Is that such a good idea?
: It is a bold statement. However, I would like for you to recognize the fact that despite my many shortcomings, I have attempted to be the best I can be.
: Do as you like.
: (Now, who is going to act as my guinea pig? Wait a minute...they are still trying to lure me out! This could be fun. Vale Ill turn this around on you!)
Vale, of course, being Ares. The scene returns to the BIS members.
: at the last minute We werent able to get Zephyrs!
: But it was a good start.
: Dad Im sorry to have given you trouble
: Ive given you trouble too youve been doing the right thing all along, and yet the only way I could make a public announcement was to call it a terrorist hijacking forgive me, Tadamichi. You and your friends get out of here quickly. Ill take care of the rest.
: re-regular LEV!
: Its Zephyrs.
: First off, lets get out of here!
: Its not a bad idea to have an escape route to use whenever the time is right
: Ill go get Myona. Vjaya is the fastest one. Please leave it to me.
: Yeah, okay. Be careful.
: enough time?)
The game shifts back to the battlefield outside the TV station.
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
: Too bad about the broadcast. You should have learned by now that no matter what you little people do, youll never be able to touch me.
: I agree, we may have failed this time but your sins have not been forgotten!
: Heh heh my sins? Well see about that, Vale.
: Its useless to feign ignorance, Ive finally figured it out. Youre the reason for all of these problems. Youre the one who took control of Iblis and sank the Bonaparte. You organized all of this out of revenge!
With his reputation and pride still intact Zephyrs is a hell of a lot more coherent than he was the first time around. Amusingly hes right on the money on all counts except for the fact that Cage is not, in fact, Vale.
: Revenge? What are you talking about?
: Never mind! Come if you must Ill show you what the HarutMarut can do! But first, the girl
Zephyrs gains 10 Spirit.
After this the mission resumes with the same objective as last time stop Zephyrs from reaching the TV station.
After destroying the unmanned fodder and beating the first stage of the HarutMarut
: doing?! I am here!
: I do feel hatred towards you but its not my goal to fight and destroy you like this. I want you to be judged in a court for your crimes!
: You! You are not Vale! How is that possible?! Then how are you moving?! No I get it. You took his place! Never mind, its all going to be over very soon. But Vale? I will never forgive you. NEVER!!!
Zephyrs moves down to the TV station!
: Im detecting abnormal energy readings! It is dangerous!
: Hes going to self-destruct? Oh, no! Myona!
: Go away! All the things that get in my way go up in flames! Everything! Ha ha ha!!
But then all of a sudden
Ares shows up! In the Ib lis ? Huh?
: Ares? Whats that machine?
: Cage! Take Myona and run! Hurry!
: ( Vale?)
: Zephyrs, its been too long! Now I am going to destroy you!
: Heh heh, I knew it was you you just couldnt stay out of the picture any more! This is exactly what Ive been waiting for!
Uh-oh, we know what that spirally thing means
: Ha ha! Stupid boy! You came all the way out here just to get caught. None of you can disobey me, Ive forced it into you!
: What? Whats that supposed to mean?! Ares cant disobey you? What?!
: Hmm, so he hasnt told you anything, huh. Youve merely been a pawn from the very beginning. You didnt know that he is the sole culprit behind the sinking of the Bonaparte?
: trouble! Stop lying! You dont know the first thing about Ares!
: Best friend? Ha! Thats funny, kid. I havent heard that one in a long time. Unfortunately youre the one who doesnt know the first thing about Ares.
: Vale? Is that you ?
: On to the real thing
: Dont do it!
: Cage take care of Myo na!
An enormous explosion turns the screen white!
: Zephyrs frame was it only the exterior that exploded?
: Im okay wheres Ares?
A buzzer goes off in Zephyrs cockpit.
: (Tsk! Is this the best it can do? I suppose I did hurry the attacks Ah well.)
: Youre very lucky. But once I have you marked, theres no getting away from me. You had better get used to that
Mission 14 ends here. Just a quick checklist of the differences so far:
1. Zephyrs keeps his position in the UNSF due to the Mars Angels never giving BIS the unaltered Bonaparte logs.
2. The reveal that Ares was behind the Bonaparte incident comes much, much sooner, whilst Ares himself is still with BIS.
3. Zephyrs, rather than Jimmer is the one who takes out Ares, who piloted the Iblis rather than the Vjaya like he did before.
The next mission shares a lot of similarities with the previous playthroughs Mission 15, but its divergent enough that it makes a good starting point for the first true update of the second story path, which will be coming sometime after new year.