Part 30: Episode 17 - A Bow DrawnChapter Seventeen: A Bow Drawn
Hello again. Mission seventeen is another mission that is similar to its counterpart, but the differences are getting wider and wider. Lets dive right in with Cages scene at the spaceport.
Cage sits at the airport, doing nothing. Someone walks up to him.
: You Cage?
: Hm. Okay. Im Raiah. Theyve told me to get you out of here. Were heading for Deimos Spaceport that means you need to do something about the way you look. Here.
: Duh. Now dont lose it. It has your fake ID and emigration papers in it. Go put on the clothes that are in there. I got them from the luggage of some Vacilia people, so Im sure theyre the wrong size.
: (Tsk why am I, Raiah, doing this? Its all Dads fault. He shouldve acted responsibly as an adult, but he had to go and make a scene like that Well, this is only a temporary arrangement, but ach!)
Cage goes to a secluded spot to change.
Music: Promise of Reunion
: Nobody cares about me. There isnt a single soul who needs me
: This is how it was meant to be. I should I should never have been born
The song begins to wind down, but Cage notices something odd
This next part is interesting, because what Myona says in this route is very different from what she says in the other route.
: This voice Myona?!
: left, as my final message to you. Im sorry that I had to do it on something that is so important to you.
: Cage I remember everything now. I was one of Zephyrs subjects for experimentation And I was part of the plot to sink the ship that day. Heh heh I am so stupid, arent I? I didnt even know what I was doing
: No Myona
: long time at all, but for me, it was like my whole life since I remembered nothing of my past. I thought a lot about pretending not to remember, and staying with you but I just cant keep lying to you like that. Im dirty and corrupt so I just cant be with you anymore. That would be unforgivable.
: No thats not it You didnt know And besides, that day, you saved me
: from afar. Always! So Cage, dont give up. Please become happy enough for the both of us.
: Myona I
: I wanted to thank everyone else too, but I was deceiving all of them even if I didnt know. I couldnt bring myself to do it.
: I I am so incredibly stupid!
: Myona was suffering so much and I was only thinking of myself this whole time! I wasnt alone!
: Myona I am so, so sorry
This version of Myonas recording is drastically different in tone and delivery. Instead of a pep-talk full of optimism its a horribly depressing spiel reminiscent of the things Myona said when she was fighting alongside Ares and Jimmer in the first playthrough.
: Get on with it. Dont you care that all your old friends are buying time for you? Hurry up, we havent got
: Hunh? So you didnt know about it? Ah, so its like a surprise party! Hah!
: What are you talking about? Tell me!
: He-hey! L-let me go! Okay, okay! Those rioters somehow theyre better organised than anyone imagined. Theyve vowed to level you guys at any cost. So, if you wanted to escape, where would be the best place for you to go?
Just a quick interjection this isnt a copy / paste error, Raiah really does talk about the rioters here. I assume its a writer oversight since Acemos are attacking us instead of the rioters this time.
: I dont know. Where?
: at least for a little while. So thats why were in a hurry
: (Oh no Im so sorry, everyone I was I was wrong )
: Mr. Raiah! I I dont really know yet, but I figured out what I should do for the time being!
: Yes!! Lets go!!
Cage runs off.
: Er erm, where are you going? Hey! Wait! If you dont do as youre told, its going to get me in trouble! Shoot! Why am I so unlucky?!
This should read, A Bow Drawn.
Music: Black Ops
: Look, its already been destroyed
: (Tsk, whatever did I do to deserve this? Whats wrong with swindling people out of some petty cash once in a while? Im Raiah, the best Broker on Mars!)
: you next?
: Thank you. This is fine right here.
: Huh? Right HERE ?
: So youre saying this is good enough? The contracts been fulfilled?
: Oh, okay. Great. By the way, those clothes look great on you. Its a little farewell gift from me good luck!
Cage puts on a spacesuit and jumps out, then Raiah drives off.
: No, theres no way that they would lose to them that easily after all, weve been through much harder trials in the past! They cant have died like this!
Just like before several enemy LEVs show up, this time piloted by Acemos soldiers.
: Youre the ones who
: Who what? Oh, you must be one of those terrorists, right? You should have run when you had the chance. Ive been told to blast any human I see in these parts heh heh Here goes!
: What in the ?!
Music: Onward to Victory
: The terrorist OF! Theyre finally showing themselves!
: Ms. Mebius!
: Really, sometimes I dont know what to do with all of these troublemakers.
: Wuh?! It cant be!!
: Razma I was wrong. I want to fight with you!
: Mr. Warren! Im sorry about everything
: Why? If you had just left, you wouldnt have had to fight again
: Myona recorded a message for me. And also
: Myona? And what?
: It made me think. I was only thinking about myself, while everyone else was worried about me Im embarrassed. Please! Let me join BIS again. I promise I wont get in the way anymore!
: Heh. I see.
: You lose, Razma.
: Hmph, d-do as you please!
: Hee hee welcome home, Cage.
: Im Im back!
Heres where things start to differ even more
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
: way they can accomplish anything.
: That frame it must be Zephyrs!
: What happened to the Animus? I will have you return it to me now. It is mine and always has been. You have found out the truth, have you not?
: Ah. More sensible than I expected.
: But that doesnt mean you arent also to blame. If what Ive heard is true then youre the one who made Ares and Myona that way!
: Oh, so it is all my fault, is it? It makes no difference; I will take care of you like I took care of the survivors of that ship!
: What?! You killed the survivors too?!
: regarding Ares or the Animus.
: Unforgivable just for that, all those people
: That voice! How could it be Why?! Youre supposed to be-
: Why are you still alive?!
: I AM IMMORTAL!!!
Ned shows up again, but this time riding shotgun with Zephyrs instead of in his own unit.
: does not deserve the release of death.
: W-who are you?
: Mr. Yukito!
: Thanks, Cage. I was going for that mysterious feel, but he may as well know!
: Okay, okay, this isnt an audition for a sitcom.
: Rrrgghh!! Are you MOCKING me?! Come on, old man, say something!
The HarutMarut moves over to Cage.
: Heh heh heh You no longer have the Animus, eh? Youre finished, Ill squash you like a bug!
: (Damn If only Pharsti were here now Whenever I called her, she would always come to my rescue!)
: This is the end. Prepare yourself!
: Pharsti Pharstiiiii!!!
Something hits the HarutMarut!
: Its !
Music: Z.O.E. 2173
: Pharsti! Its really you! Heh ha ha ha!! Is this a dream?
: Negative. This is reality. Cage, it is I.
: And Myona? Shes with you too, right?
: Unfortunately she is not. When I rebooted, there was nobody in the surrounds.
A bunch of enemies spawn all over the place and the HarutMarut retreats to the northeastern corner of the map.
The game gives us control here.
Player Phase Music: Wetworks
Enemy Phase Music: Impact
Immediately we can see that once again the mission map is exactly the same as in the first playthrough. However there are fewer generic enemies this time, ten LEVs versus the thirteen we faced last time. The boss also starts on top of a cliff to the northeast instead of right in front of us. He wont move off his perch for three turns so weve got plenty of time to deal with the generics.
Anyway, this mission can be completed in five easy steps.
Step one: bunch up and wait for the enemies to come to us.
Step two: take opportunistic shots at the enemy whilst they shuffle up.
Step three: curse Semyls lack of evasion.
Step four: praise Warren for his non-lack of evasion.
Of course there are counterattacks to worry about, but overall these guys are easily dispatched.
It takes less than two turns to clean up the rest.
By this time Zephyrs has woken up and decided to step in.
If you attack Zephyrs with Cage you get special dialogue afterwards.
: so dear all those years were not false!
: Ideals?! Thats why you created this? That was your purpose? How could it be worth human lives?!
: Metatron is a glorious material. Little people like you are unable to fathom its value, but my brilliant mind recognises its power. It holds secrets that will destroy the barriers between man and machine and lead to great advances in science! It is the greatest discovery in history! How can you not see it?! The Orbital Frame is part of that evolution, although feeble-minded humans like you dont see it that way.
: But I do! If I build it, the Orbital Frame has the potential to be like nothing that ever existed! I am going to show them. Ryan NUT Hardiman this is the true way to use Metatron!
: and your curiosity?! I dont get it I dont get it at all!
: Of course not. I wouldnt expect a fool who mistakes weakness for kindness and closes his eyes to the bloody history of our civilisation to even begin to understand!
After that its just a matter of wearing Zephyrs down. Like before he starts off with 10,000 HP but also three glaring critical zones.
Still, hes pretty tough.
His attacks pack a punch, but he only gets one versus our six.
: No, not yet! Cage, be careful!
: it is solely my own creation
: But it is far superior to any current OF by virtue of its durability, sensitivity and mobility!
: Shoot, theres no effect! We havent even scratched the interior how thick is that armour?! And all the while were losing battle power
Just like before the HarutMarut gets tougher once its outer shell is destroyed. This time we only have to reduce it to below 10,000 HP to end the mission though.
With the aid of critical hits it doesnt take too long.
: Yikes! Oww! My whole body is in painnnnn!! Damn it!!
: M-my my new body !
: What IS that?!
: Is that Ned? Whats going on?!
: It seems the visuals that were being communicated until now were CGs this is his true physical state.
: What this something like this can be done?!
: Here I commmmme!
: What? Whats happening?!
: Heh heh I see youve angered Ned. He is now a part of the internal defensive mechanism of the HarutMarut! That is why I collected his body and revived him!
As before, Twede appears to lend a hand.
: Mr. Twede! What do you mean? With that Frame? Thats impossible!
: I did not expect your return, but that is fine. At any rate, please go now.
: Then you should come with us!
: Cage, I detect massive quantities of explosives stored within Mr. Twedes LEV. I posit that he is going to delay the actions of the enemy with the explosion
: What?! Hes going to self-destruct?! Is that true, Mr. Twede?!
: What is wrong? I have already taken care of all your needs from this point forth. You no longer have a hideout to which you can retreat. There is no reason for you to be here any longer. So please leave now.
: No how can I be happy being saved at someone elses expense?
: But I cant let that happen !
: Cage is right Didnt I tell you that I didnt want any victims? I will not allow this kind of selfish behaviour!
: Ms Robin!
: How have you been, Cage?
: (The right hand of Testament has changed is this what they mean about OFs and their maturartion?
: Cage! Youre back!
: Phil! Everyones okay but what is that youre riding?
: That would be a transportation spacecraft. It looks to be an old cargo ship.
: after the attack, I was worried but I got it to move somehow. And not a second too soon
: Because a certain person, who will remain nameless, locked me up I almost didnt make it in time.
: But it looks like you were about to leave me behind and go off on your own. Who is going to be my secretary when youre gone? Are you telling me to organise my own files? That prospect doesnt make me happy at all.
: Just like Cage, I found my own path. Im completely confident that Im doing the right thing. But I cant go down that path alone. It has to be together with all of them and you. So
: I agree. The only one who can handle being your secretary in the entire galaxy is myself.
: Hey, Im not that bad.
: We will see about that, Doctor Dezeele Zephyrs Excuse me, Ex-Doctor Zephyrs.
: Rrgh! What are you !?
Twede moves over to Zephyrs and Ned!
: Ned! Tsk unable to maintain defence It is because he is too temperamental? Damn!
: Time to retreat!
The HarutMarut vanishes from the field.
: I escaped immediately before the explosion. In fact, this was my intention from the very start
: I can say the same about you.
The BIS units retreat and the map fades out.
Music: Every Day
: I wonder why. This IS the hideout, Cage.
: Wha! Hows that?
: We buried a fourth-generation freight ship underground and used it as our hideout.
: But it was buried underground for so long Is it really maintained well enough to be capable of sustained flight?
: Yes. It was our plan from the very beginning. Deckson and I kept it a secret. Im just glad we made it on time.
: Reincarnated Saviour, eh?
: Yes right after you left. Sorry to have worried you.
: No, not at all. I
: I heard all about it. Forgive Razma, will you? He was thinking of you when he said all those mean things. He meant no
: No, I was in the wrong. I was only thinking of myself, and being selfish Im really sorry. And Phil I owe you an apology too. Please forgive me.
: Myona and Pharsti were missing.
Heres another point where the scenes diverge Cage actually apologises to Phil this time. And thats just the start the rest of the scene is different too.
: Yukito was something delivered whilst I was away?
: Yes, an anti-stealth chip. But there was a strange series of characters written on the trunk it came in
: Characters? Show me.
: Oh my
: I thought you had ordered it, so I went ahead and installed it was that a bad thing?
: No, its fine.
: Sorry to interrupt, but remaining here like this will defeat the purpose of our evacuation. I have composed a list of safe hiding locations, and I would recommend that you go to one of them soon.
: Okay! Everyone ready? Go, Saoshyant!
The ship lifts off and the mission ends.
As of now, we have officially reached the point of divergence. Nearly all of the missions after this will be totally different than the missions we experienced on the previous playthrough. Unfortunately this means I wont be able to recycle my transcripts nearly so much, and since the Game Script on GameFAQs only covers the first route Ill have to copy it all down by hand. Fun times!