Part 34: Episode 21 - NosferatuChapter Twenty One: Nosferatu
Oh dear. The title of this episode bodes poorly, particularly after what happened last time.
Were just about entering the final stretch, meaning a lot of the remaining villains are going to bite it in the upcoming chapters. But who will be our final opponent? Jimmer again? Or perhaps Zephyrs and his new Ifrits? Lets play on and find out.
: What the ?! Hey! All these Spheres are burnin!
: What happened? What is this ? Is it the Armed Civilians making a scene?
: Yes. All over the country, residents are acting up. They are attacking all governmental facilities, including residential ones. There have been civilian casualties as well
: I was planning on looking into their motivations, but there is no time for that now. To think Ares defeat would add fuel to this fire
: The relatively low number of remaining troops were destroyed before they even had the opportunity to stage a counter-attack. The rebels use their momentum most efficiently, attacking the military accurately at their most critical points.
: Of course, since they have Zephyrs on their side. He is a bonus to them militarily in that nothing gets by him unnoticed.
: Weve really let loose a monster. Seeing the situation, I regret that I didnt shoot him down before.
: Razma, theres no shoulda, coulda, woulda in history. In life, you are faced with a choice. You make it and you go forward. You arent allowed to retrace your path.
Unless you make another save file before the critical decision point.
: too out of control. They remind me of a child excited by the prospect of a new toy.
: In the case of men, though, the difference is that their toys usually tend to cost a little more
: I cant dispute that, but something that hurts others is not a toy. Whatever its name may be, it is a weapon!
: Them jerksve gone past bein childish theyre the crap of humankind! They aint never, never, never gonna get away with this!!
: ones who can do it, and we should do it!
An alarm sounds on the bridge.
: Oh! I have intercepted an emergency signal! The location is right near here!
: Near here? Yeah, it is. But thats strange there arent supposed to be any military facilities in this area unless civilian towns are being attacked?!
: (Mr. Deckson please watch over us!)
This should read Nosferatu.
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
BIS arrives to find the entire city engulfed in flames.
: Lets say this was done by a coupla crazies from BAHRAM, and not BAHRAM as a whole they still gone too far. This is whack!
: Rather than being for Mars and the Martians, this looks more like something that would be done by someone who doesnt care at all about either
A civilian LEV stumbles out of the burning ruins!
: Hmm? A civilian LEV?
: Hey! Are you okay?
: Children? What about children?!
: Please! Help these children! Theyve been going after the kids
But before BIS can do anything
Brainy Ned appears.
: But theyre no match for an immortal like me! Heh!
: That voice it must be Ned! How dare you! And this city did you do this?!
: *Cackle* Took you long enough! Hmm? Oh, but isnt someone missing? Eh? I wonder what happened to him heh heh heh!
: attack this sphere?!
: Heh heh ole Zephyrs never planned to cooperate with BAHRAM from the beginning! All we want is to complete the Ifrit After that, well claim everything we want! Thats all there is to it!
But before anything else can happen
: did you have to park so far away?
Twede shows up.
: Mr. Twede!
: Ned Noachim, former head of the pirate group Scarface. Arrested thanks to the testimonies of your so-called friends, but bailed out by Dezeele Zephyrs; following this incident, you received a position in the military
: Shut up, shut up, shut uuuuuuuuppp!! Dont remind me of my past! None of you are leaving here alive!
So now we know why Ned was so enraged when Mebius namedropped Scarface way back when she first appeared. It brings back painful memories of being stabbed in the back by his fellow pirates.
: Erm, are you all right? Vjaya can be somewhat tricky to manoeuvre
: Right now we need some additional fighting power. Hell have to be able to handle it.
: Heh heh it wont make any difference if you have one extra!
: Whats happening?
A bunch of enemies appear in the middle of the map.
: Theres a bunch more of em! We gotta take em all down, from one end to the other!
: Wait, the Raptor its carrying something. Oh my God, its !
: We were floating!! I Im scared! Helpppp!!
: Lemme down! Lemme down from here!!
: Mama! Mamaaaaa!!
Damn, looks like Ned is up to his old tricks.
Scott Dolph, your translations are mostly good but this is just silly.
: *Cackle* Now what are you going to do?
: Youre kidnapping children?! What is wrong with you? What are you trying to do? Release all of them at once!
: any of its operators! But we have our agenda to consider, too. If the effectiveness is the same its much better to use young children, who have impressionable minds, rather than adults, who are harder to control. Simple, isnt it? And theres more than enough of them running around Mars!
: Youre trying to install these children and use them as tools? A travesty I will not allow it!
: Calm down, tough guy. If you fight, these children will get hurt. Dont you care about them? Eh? Awwwww, poor little kids. You dont care what happens to their little lives? Thats tragic it brings tears to my eyes!
: one, you have no tears either.
: *Cackle* All talk! But hey, I dont care if you disobey. You attack the Raptors, and theyll be destroyed along with the Martian brats!
: Cage. Although there is some risk involved, it is possible to rescue those children.
: After manoeuvring this Frame very close to the enemy machine, we can rescue them directly.
: B-but is that safe? I mean, the enemys moving too, you know?
: These are the types of things I am here for. Do you not have faith in me?
: Everybody, were going to
: We heard it all. Get to it!
: Okay, Ill try.
: Well either go after Ned, or act as Cages shield.
: This goes without saying, but do not attack the Raptors until Testament has safely rescued all of the children!
The game gives us control here.
Player Phase Music: Counterattack
Enemy Phase Music: Impact
Thats a lot of fire. Still, its not too bad since the flames dont inflict any penalties on units passing through them. In fact theyre actually beneficial since theyre treated as open terrain, which lets our slower units advance more easily. Regardless, our main duty here is to rescue the four children being held captive by the Raptors. Its simple enough; all we have to do is move Testament next to them.
Oh, and Twede is replacing Deckson as the Vjayas pilot.
Hes not nearly as good as Nadia, sadly. Still, hes better than Deckson.
I decide to take an aggressive stance for this map and move all my units up. Theres no time limit or anything, I just dont feel like baiting the enemy out this time.
Hilariously, on the enemy turn one of the Raptors moves down to attack Warren, putting itself next to Testament and resulting in the hostage being auto-rescued.
: Stop moving! Stay Calm! Pharsti!
: Eek! Hey! Youre a little aggressive!
: I am sorry. The child has been accounted for. It is now safe to attack that Frame!
Other happenings include Phil dodging a Beam Gun shot and Mebius taking a Laser Blade to the face.
Lots of enemies have moved up to engage us, though Ned and the units surrounding him remain where they are.
Semyl, Warren and Twede remove the hostage-less Raptor. Twede earns a few levels in doing so since he joins at level 28.
Phil shoots down the Security LEV that Cage nearly killed on the first turn.
Meanwhile Yukito and Mebius take out a second Security LEV. Now its time to rescue another hostage with Testament
: Now! Hurry!
: Waah! It was so scary!
: The child has been accounted for. It is now safe to attack that Frame!
Sadly I have no units left to do that this turn.
Warren takes a hit but thats okay since it makes it easier for him to trash that same Raptor next turn.
Again the enemy Raptor attacks Cage, and again the hostage is auto-rescued. Guess this is an advantage of playing aggressively!
: Pharsti! Now!!
: I-I-I-I made it!
: The boy has been rescued. It is now safe to attack that Frame!
Warren gets attacked again, but this time manages to evade. Both Security LEVs flail around ineffectually and fail to accomplish anything.
Theres only one hostage left, and hes on the Raptor to the left of Warren.
I can rescue him with impunity by attacking the Raptor to the north of Warren.
: Mama!! Maaaammaaaa!!
: (Hes so confused he cant even see us!)
: ( )
: Excuse me, little sir! Its dangerous over there, so come over here instead!
: You saved me! Thank you!
: Phew it worked. It is now safe to attack the Raptor.
And with that, all the Raptors are now fair game.
Semyl and Phil take down one.
Warren obliterates the one Cage just damaged.
Razma and Twede team up to destroy the eastern Security LEV.
Unfortunately the last two enemies survive, but thats fine because theyll be dead next turn.
Remember when Security LEVs were vaguely threatening? Me neither.
Raptors, on the other hand
Neds core group of Cyclopses and Mummy Heads finally start to move, though Ned himself remains where he is.
On my turn Twede destroys the final Raptor. Ill be sending him off to grab the Local Server over the next few turns.
Also Yukito finishes kicking the Security LEV to death.
I move everyone up and end the turn here. Once Neds remaining followers move down I can smash them and carry on up to where the big man himself is.
They move down as expected. Let the smashing commence!
Yukito and Warren take out the first Cyclops, whilst Semyl, Razma and Phil eliminate one of the Mummy Heads.
The second Mummy Head goes down when Twede stops by to help Cage murder it on his way to the Local Server.
On the AIs turn Ned finally gets his arse in gear and comes down to take the fight to BIS. Were going to have to stall him until Twede can grab the Local Server.
Thankfully that wont be long, though.
The final Cyclops dies to Warren and Cage. The gameplay part of this mission is drawing to a close.
I have Mebius take a shot at Ned as the final act this turn. Now that all the children are safe we can finally beat his head in.
That might have been bad if I hadnt healed Warren between screenshots.
As it stands though, this is pretty much it for the mission.
Unfortunately as before Neds cutscene auto-repair function will kick in once he goes below half health, so theres not much opportunity for grinding on him. Not that you really need to, this route is generally fairly easy.
A Soulsection to the back is enough to kill him after Semyl chips him down.
: What is going on here?!
: He is using all the internal Metatron in his Frame to self-restore Restoration is hugely effective!
: See that? This is the new Frame the ole man gave me! Its perfect for an immortal like me!
: name of a mythical King who could not be defeated by gods or demons.
: Damn right, I cant be defeated! I got an immortal body, the Orbital Frame Ravana!
: Does that mean attacking is futile ? How are we supposed to
: point. We must continue to fight until he can no longer restore himself.
You know how I said the gameplay part of the mission was about to end?
I lied. Theres actually a bit more this time.
It involves thrashing Ned until he dies again.
: Cage! Now is the time! We cannot give him time to recover!
: Whoa, whoa, dont move. Look at this.
Three Raptors appear to the north!
: Cage! The Raptors are carrying children!
: Stop it, stupid! Dont make weird noises! If you think youve lost, you really will lose, you know! Pauly! Are you okay? Hey. PAULY.
: He fainted with his eyes open
Its the three kids from Semyls orphanage!
: Sorry! I was with them the whole time, but this still happened
: No biggie! Is everyone alright?!
: Semyl, dont worry about us! Just
: You idiot! Stop talkin all that nonsense! Kids aint supposed to worry about that stuff!
: Stay put, and well get yalls outta there!
Semyl gains 30 Spirit.
: for you? Heee heee heee pretty good planning, huh? I went out of my way to set up a little tragedy for you. Doesnt it just make you want to cry? Cmon, throw down your weapons! Otherwise there are going to be three bright red patches over there
: How could anybody be so cruel ?
: Because its fun, fun, fun! Now, while this is going on
: Shoot! And theres nothing we can do!
: Hm? Why isnt it working?
: Whhhhaaaaatttttt!? Wait a minute! Im still here! Whos the boss here anyway?
: What?! Im not part of the machine, dammit!! I-Im ?! Oh, God The ole man Im expendable? *Cackle*
: Cage! For reasons unknown, Neds Frame has begun the countdown for a self-destruct sequence! Now is our chance!
: Ned! Can you hear me?
: What? Did you come to finish me off? Or are you here to laugh at me?
: No! Get out of there! Ill save you!
Ugh, Cage, dont you ever freaking learn?
: I attacked you once. But I dont really want to hurt anybody! So this time
: Oh, shut up! I dont need anybodys sympathy! It makes me want to throw up! You could never understand how I feel How could you, when you get everything you want just because you were born with a cute face!
: Huh? What are you talking about?!
: arent as honourable as you imagine! They will betray you! They will judge you by your looks alone! Nobody will bother to look any deeper than that!
: Ned you
: Heh heh. Ill tell you what Myona is doing right now. Shes at the secret lab, together with all the kids I rounded up. Myona is mastering the Self-Binder system there, so she can act as a tool to make the brainwashing of all those children more effective!
: Out of luck? How could you
: What is so wrong about discriminating against Enders anyway? What is so wrong about being unjustly hurt? It happens every single day. Its nothing special at all! Whether or not it happens to you is just a question of luck. Luck is part of a persons destiny!!
: How about you, then?! Are you telling me that you were born with the right to look down on other people?!
: I was I was reborn! A human life is nothing! Be strong!
: What are you talking about?
: Heh. Who cares.
: Its dangerous, Cage! Get away!
: Awh Wish I could go back to when I was with my boys
Of course, the game isnt going to let us actually rescue the mass-murdering child-hating backstabbing hypocritical psychotic pyromaniac. Although it is nice to learn exactly why Ned is the way he is. It seems he really snapped after the incident where his friends all turned on him, though he clearly wasnt the nicest guy before then either.
: Vital signs are nil. He really is gone this time.
: He didnt like humans. Thats why he wanted to be more than human.
: through a pact. But he forgot to include humans in that pact, because he thought he was so superior to them. That is how he met his end.
: Superior even though he was only human, too.
: Cage, let us go and rescue those children.
: The Raptors holding the children are moving!
: Damn, theyre taking them away!
Three Cyclopses appear in front of the Raptors!
: Get out of the way! Mooooove!!
: The Raptors are leaving the immediate battle area!
: do something you cant do!
: Shoot! This little ! Let me go! Let go of me!!
The Raptors retreat from the field.
After this the game dumps you back onto the map yet again for a final fight against the three Cyclopses. Its nothing too interesting and the combat isnt anything we havent seen two dozen times already so I hope no one minds if I just skip straight to the next narrative bit.
: Cage, I am very sorry. They have gotten us completely. The support troop that came afterwards deployed a powerful jammer. Unfortunately, I do not know where they went.
: Oh well, thanks for trying.
BIS withdraw and the gameplay segment ends. For real this time.
: with. They must be regretting it right about now. Twede, dont you know anything?
: I am terribly sorry, but this area is wracked with confusion right about now. I have no information as of this point.
: No solutions at all
: do? Why cant I be more like him?! Can we really win like this?!
: Hey, pops. Whats gotten into you?
: Yes, its so unlike you.
: What does that mean?
: Fine. But its terrible that theres nothing we can do While we are sitting here like this, the children are in grave danger. We have to do something
Razma hits Semyl on the head!
: You cant afford to be blue right now! This is the kind of time that you have to be your usual hyperactive self!
: But we dont even know where they are
: So youre giving up? Already?!
: We just need to know where they are, right?
: You you know where they are?!
: Yeah if all goes as planned, we might be able to figure it out. Myonas there too. Its worth a try
The scene fades out. When it comes back were in an unfamiliar location
Music: Black Ops
: Hmph. He was entertaining. He was in jail after his friends sold him out, and I rescued him from his desperate state. He would do everything I told him to do, and the energy he put into his work was impressive. But he was a little careless, and that was his downfall.
: You are free to be sentimental, but that was not what I was getting at. Zephyrs you do not seem to understand in the slightest why I carried out that rescue at the price of such danger. Do you have no feelings of goodwill?
: Feelings? Of course I can comprehend, Lance Jimmer or would you prefer that I call you Aegis?
: The next time you change your identity I recommend you change your bone structure as well.
: You have too much time on your hands. And you were finally given the results just now?
: I must say I was surprised to learn that you were the Aegis. Ani Aegis Rising star of BAHRAM, with an exceedingly superior resume and yet all of a sudden, you disappear. According to one theory, your
Jimmer pulls a gun on Zephyrs!
: Is this how you tried to get rid of Hardimans son? You failed on that account.
: Aha. Is this your idea of goodwill? Its definition has changed a lot, I see! Bolozof!
Bolozof enters the room!
: I am aware that you tried to use Ares to defeat me, you sly, parasitic crow! I dont need you to make my mark on the world! I can do it on my own!! Bolozof! Do it!
But he was aiming at Zephyrs!
: I told you not to order me around. I think Ill have more fun working with him than with you anyway.
: Zephyrs, it seems you were the careless one! Heh heh heh
: You !
Zephyrs collapses to the ground.
: Heh heh heh. Thank you.
: You better not misunderstand. I let you live because you could be useful. You better remember th ugh!!
The Self-Binder chime sounds!
: Heh heh. Is something the matter?
: Then let us move on to our next plan. You arent satisfied yet, are you?
Jimmer and Bolozof leave. But after theyve gone
: H how did you get here ?
: not! After all, I am the chosen one!)
And with that, the mission ends.
We obtain the most broken ability in the game from this missions Local Server.
Well now, that was interesting. Not so much the actual mission, but the scene that occurred right at the end of it. We learn that Lance Jimmer is actually an assumed name and that the man calling himself that was once part of BAHRAMs upper echelons of power. If what Zephyrs says is true then he had an altercation with Rikoah Hardimans son at some point, and the fallout from that forced him to change his identity and go underground. This is particularly pertinent information when you remember who Rikoah Hardimans son actually is.
Its been theorised by multiple characters before now, but this pretty much confirms that Jimmer is not actually part of BAHRAM and is simply using their name and reputation in order to achieve his goals. It probably wouldnt be too much of a stretch to imagine that hes stealing their resources as well. Regardless, this information is only divulged in the alternate route.