Part 37: Episode 24 - Promised ReunionChapter Twenty Four: Promised Reunion
Well, here we are; the final mission. Technically theres also the epilogue chapter but thats all text. Chapter twenty four is the final gameplay chapter. There really isnt much to say; Cage is going after Myona no matter what, so lets jump right in and finish this thing.
Music: Every Day
: Never better.
: Did you know what I was going to do?
: Based on your behaviour thus far, it seemed the most likely possibility.
: I have said this many times before, but I am just a program. There is no reason to apologize to me. Besides my personality is a copy of Miss Myonas So what you perceive of as being me is nothing but an illusion.
: Hey, Pharsti. Do you know what a clone is?
: An identical life-form made by splicing the genes of a living being and allowing an organism with the same biological makeup to proliferate from the original cell What about it?
: different personalities and interests, depending on their environment. So youre you, even if you did start off as a copy of Myona. And besides
: Besides ?
: Who cares about real or fake? Youre the force that drives me. I cant go forward without you!
: Fine. Be that way.
: Hmm? Did you say something?
: No! We do not have time. I am speeding up!
: (Ares, Ive gotten much stronger and Im going to keep going forwards, just like this. I was able to become stronger thanks to meeting everyone. There will be more meetings and more goodbyes, but I wont let it stop me ever again. Isnt that the right thing to do, Ares?)
: Cage, we can see it now.
Once again the final battlefield will be Marleblanke Dite.
: Now it is also the factory for the Ifrits, as well as the central headquarters from which the children were controlled by Miss Myona.
: Yeah. But Zephyrs isnt around anymore. Hurry, we need to find Myona!
As Cage nears Marleblanke Dite he begins to feel uneasy
: There is only one Frame that could cause Testament to react so strongly
: The first Frame that Ares used to sink the Bonaparte the Black OF!
: It is coming from that direction. I am heading over there!
: Okay. Go ahead, Pharsti!
This should read Promised Reunion.
: What?! Cage, I am detecting more reactions like the first one!
Three Ifrits appear in front of Testament!
: Cage its dangerous. Why are you here?
: Cage its dangerous. Why are you here?
Both voices come from different Ifrits!
: Im not reading any life signs inside those Ifrits. They must be being controlled remotely which means Miss Myona must be close by.
: Cage this place will explode soon thanks to the UNSF. Please get out of here. You can still
: Yeah, theres still enough time, and youre coming with me. Lets go home, Myona!
: to ashes together with this wretched laboratory. That is the only way to redeem myself
: Please dont make me suffer any further.
Music: Reunion Song Ver. B
Remember the Reunion Song from the final mission of the last playthrough? The version that plays in this route is far more sombre and depressing. You should probably listen to it.
: It is dedicated to the children who were used by Zephyrs in his experiments, and it was passed on from child to child. Its called The Reunion Song.
: Reunion Song?
: for our friends who would never come back. Understand? I dont deserve to find happiness myself and leave them where they are. The day that I left you I had already made my decision by then. Cage Ill force you out of here if I have to!
Four more Ifrits join the rest!
: Myona! Why do we have to fight?!
: Cage, none of those Ifrits are carrying Myona! We should destroy them and force her to come out herself!
: Okay, Pharsti!
The game gives us control here!
Player Phase Music: Wetworks
Enemy Phase Music: Atrocity
The mission map is exactly the same as the final mission from the previous playthrough, although the units are vastly different. It starts off with just Testament facing down no less than seven Ifrits. Seven Ifrits who will gleefully mob you and stab you to death if you give them half a chance.
Yeah, if were not careful well be the ones on the receiving end of a fatal mob stabbing this time.
Contrary to what Pharsti says, the objective here is simply to survive a set number of turns, which is good because facing down seven Ifrits is an enormous pain even with IBS and Double Action. It might even be the hardest part of the entire game.
Im going to skip ahead a handful of turns until the plot kicks in. In that time I manage to take out two of the Ifrits whilst taking two hits myself. It sounds like an even exchange, perhaps even favourable, but the Ifrits all have accuracy ratings of 50% or greater and can kill Testament in three hits.
: my promise to Ares!
An alarm buzzes in Testaments cockpit!
: No! This is !
Music: Z.O.E 2173
: piece of my mind later on!
: You already gave me more than just a piece
The cavalry arrives, deploying right into the enemy ranks in a rather hilarious fashion.
: What are you guys all doing here?
: I told you Id come with you!
: Yes, lets! But will we have enough time ?
: In the soccer world, they would call this injury time.
Im not sure you quite understand how
: going home alive!
: Everyone you did it just for me?
: One for all and all for one, as they say. Dont worry about it lets do it!
The Saoshyant retreats.
Then the dogpiling commences.
Basically; the Ifrits get their asses beat. However! Its a good idea to leave one of them alive. The next phase of the mission wont begin until the last Ifrit is dead, and we want to be able to set ourselves up properly to complete the mission with a minimum of fuss.
The position we want to be in is right up here, on the northern half of the Metatron mine entrance. Cheesing it a little? Perhaps, but at this point Im not in the mood to spend six turns hard-charging it down the slope while the inevitable enemy reinforcements plink away at me.
It also backfires on me hilariously later on, so theres that too.
When the last Ifrit falls the next cutscene is triggered.
Iblis appears in the middle of the mine. Just as an interesting aside, the flashing techno-coloured terrain around the mine is classed as plains, but the white square in the very centre is labelled hole and ground-based units cant move over it.
: Cage everyone please leave. Even if I were to leave with all of you, all I would do is hate the people of Mars for the rest of my life.
: how you must feel. But Zephyrs isnt even
: Thats not all, Cage. Most of the children used in those experiments had been given up voluntarily by their parents.
: I heard that from Ares too. But thats why you have to live, and make sure that the same thing doesnt happen again. Only you can do that!
: unloved. I can still hear them all of the people who have died I can hear my brother calling me
: No! Ares your brother wouldnt want that for you! He told me
But then just when you thought things couldnt possibly get any worse
Music: Uncontrollable Fear
: are mine!
Its Bolozof! How the hell does he keep surviving?
: Who are you?
: Heh heh heh
Bolozofs Grafficane scoots over to Myona!
: What are you doing?!
Aaaaand the Self-Binder fucks everything up yet again.
: The Self-Binder?! He must be trying to control Miss Myona!
: anyone. And now your precious Myona is completely under my spell. Now, be my pawn, and help me become the King of all Mars!
: C a g e
: Myona! Bolozof, stop!
A bunch of Ifrits spawn.
: Command Executed. I Await My Next Command.
: all of you, and the Ifrit troop will be mine!
: Bolozof you use Myona and hide behind her how cowardly can you be?!
: Hmph. You dont get it. Cowardly? No, the right word is clever! I have learned to work with what I have!
Thats because its 75% shameless hypocrisy and 25% unwarranted smugness.
: And you have the nerve to say that I HIDE behind her? Youre wrong there too! I am the King! And the King need not sully his own hands! Heh heh heh! I will be a spectator this time around I simply cant be bothered to toy with you children any more. I can hardly wait until your idealistic little worlds are shattered!
Bolozof retreats like the coward we all know he is.
: Myona what am I supposed to do?
: The Self-Binders effect is not yet complete We should be able to help her! Lets go!
: Pharsti Okay, I guess theres no reason to worry! Lets finish this!
We regain control at this point. Our objective is to destroy the Iblis, something we can do pretty easily thanks to our positioning.
Stats-wise Myona is five levels lower than Ares was in the previous playthrough and so her skills are correspondingly lower. Shes still a threat if you do this mission properly, but if you handled Ares you can handle her.
After wearing her down with nearly all of our other units, Cage moves in to deliver the final blow.
: C age ?
: Okay, good, shes conscious. Dont worry, youre going to be fine!
Music: Reunion Song Ver. B
: What happened? Come over here!
: Cage leave me like this. Please
: Myona, youre still saying that?
: will be people like him and they might come after you next
: Thats not true! And you saved me so many times!
: That wasnt the real me, Cage now that I have my memory back, I am no longer Myona. In fact, Myona never even existed to begin with!
: Just leave!
: I cant do that, Myona. I came here today to take you home, and to fulfil my promise to Ares. And to fulfil your dream, as well.
: My dream? I have no dream.
: Cage, can you hear me?
: Thats the message I left you ?
: Yeah. You saved me by leaving this message, too. This this is your dream.
: never see each other again.
: Whats your point? Its just a goodbye. Are you saying that you are going to make it come true?
: This is as far as you meant me to hear. I thought this was the end when I first heard it, too.
: Cage, I am going off to die somewhere. Somewhere I wont be a nuisance to anyone. But
: Why ?
: Of course it had been deleted. But it was strange to have so much blank but previously recorded space at the end, so I had Pharsti recover it. I though that maybe there would be something else you wanted to say
: This this has nothing to do with me now! Because I I erased it already! You cant only go by something I never meant to say!
: But theyre still your words.
: see different things
: Please stop it. That wish is something that cannot be fulfilled; Ive already given up on it I thought about it...I agonized over it and I was finally able to bring myself to erase it
: I didnt say anything until now, because its so childish and stupid, and I was too embarrassed to say anything I thought youd laugh at me. But if we did do it, it would have been so much fun it would have made me very happy but it was enough for me to dream about it. Thank you, Cage for everything.
: what you are really like, and I dont care about your past. The person who is standing in front of me right now is Myona.
: Ca ge
: Myona does exist! Shes not a lie, and shes not an illusion! Just like this voice, shes just hidden right now!
: Myona! Theres no wish that cant come true! Come with me, and well
But before Cage can finish
Bolozof shows up with a whole bunch of goons!
: I now have complete control over this laboratory Come, Myona!
: Ugh! Cage
: Relax, I only recalled her. This time I will erase her memory A pawn needs no free will heh heh!
: Cage. Let us destroy his Frame. If we do not hurry, Miss Myona may be in danger!
: All right!
Music: Marleblanke Dite
Control is returned to us, and Im sure you can see what the problem is.
I, uh I forgot that Bolozof shows up at the end and you have to fight him one last time. Which means we are now surrounded by nine Ifrits, most of which are in attack range, with the majority of my own units incapable of moving and with Bolozofs flunkies about to charge as well.
Lets see how this goes!
Welp, thats Warren down!
Mebius takes a nasty hit, but she manages to pull through.
At the start of the next turn the battlefield looks like this. It looks like BIS is completely screwed, and that would probably be the case if Bolozof wasnt a stupid moron and just sat back instead of charging into range of units that could kill him.
Hes still riding his regular Grafficane with its piddly 7,000 HP, so it really doesnt take much to kill him.
And with that, Bolozof goes down.
Music: Reunion Song Ver. B
: Ha ha ha!! What do you think? By using this sound I can control her mind easily! It is just as he said I dont understand the logic behind it, but I will use it anyway!
: Ca ge
: What what should I do now?
Are you guys ready for a totally left-field save?
: Jojo! Youre awake!
: What?! Who are they?
: Yup! When I was sleeping, I met lots of people!
: I dont get it, but she said that there were lots of other kids just like us.
: It must be a sign from the Lord
: They were all talking about Myona! They said it was enough! Vale and Pharsti can be free now!
So, uh, apparently Jojo can see dead people now.
: They said they were depending on you because you were kind they said to say bye to you for them!
Music: Promise of Reunion
: Theyre all letting me go ? They can forgive me ?
: What is that voice?! Stop! Stop talking to me!!
: You touched the Me-ta-tron too much. Your body cant
: raise the power of the Self-Binder to maximum! See what happens when I do that!!
: Dont do it!
Bolozofs Frame begins to explode!
: Why why is my Frame disintegrating? How ? How is this possible?! This cant happen to me now!!
Bolozofs Grafficane goes up in smoke. Good fucking riddance. With his fall all of the enemy units on the map retreat.
: Vital signs obliterated
: ( Bolozof )
: He Bolozof
: Ca ge
: Myona, you saved my life. So even if you attack me, even if it costs me my life, I have to save you. I wont ever let anyone like Bolozof get near you ever again!
: Of course it can be done! Ill protect you! Ill protect you until you tell me to stop!
: Why would you do all of that for me
: Im not sure. Ive never felt this way before. I I like you, Myona, more than anyone else. So
: And thats why I am going to find a reason for you to want to live! I want to make your dream come true, because I care about you!
: Maybe you dont want me to, but even so
: Cage, you really are silly. That wasnt the end of the message.
: You missed the most important part. At the very end, I said Thank you for everything, Cage
: So youre saying Myona!
: Yes. I am Myona, right?
: Of course you are welcome back, Myona!
And so the playable section of the mission ends. I kind of prefer the first routes Myona reunion scene, which I feel has more weight in comparison to this one. Still, alls well that ends well I guess.
: Im sorry, Semmy. Im okay now!
: Myona Im sorry about your brother.
: I was ready for it. I also heard about Mr. Deckson. In my life I have been rescued by so many different people and Im grateful to all of them. More than words can express
: We left it behind. The missile will destroy it.
: Thats right! Forget the teary reunion, the missile is on its way! Twede, we will make it on time, wont we?
: By the skin of our teeth.
: I would have to say that that is a good source of motivation.
Just then, something hits the side of the Saoshyant!
: Something has attached itself to the outer hull!
: What do you mean, something? From experience theres only one person it could possibly be!
Bolozof! Seriously, is this guy immortal or something?
: Man, he should go for a part in a horror flick.
: Whats with him?! This persistence just isnt normal Twede, can we shake him off?
: He is piloting the Iblis. If we were to try that, the ship would break before he did.
: (Bolozof on the Iblis? Its Its all my fault!)
: This is bad its throwing off the balance of the ship! If we dont do something, the missile will hit us!
: Please take care of Myona!
Cage runs off!
: That moron! Hes going out there to peel him off!
: N-no! Even if he succeeds, he may not be able to get back in!
: Im goin!
: Wait, you two!
: Huh? But Cage is goin out there! Dont you care? You finally got to see each other again
The music completely cuts out here.
: Look at that
The scene shifts over to Cage in the hangar.
: Uh Pharsti? Where where did you go ?
Music: Z.O.E 2173
: No can do, Bolozof. You and I are staying behind.
: Pharsti you
: No, Miss Myona. I am sick and tired of babysitting Cage. Now its your turn.
: Myona! Pharsti is gone!!
: Cage shes outside with Bolozof.
: exactly how I feel.
: Yes, I do.
: Pharsti, no! You cant! Come back right now!
: Look at this man, Cage. If a person abuses Metatron, his entire life could turn into evil. So I am taking him down. This is one of my obligations. Thank you for everything
: Shoot! I cant do anything theres nothing that any of us can do
: Of course! We wouldnt let a troublemaker like him out of our sight!
: Hee, hee
: The missile! The missile is coming!!
: Shush! Be quiet!
: Pharsti. You have done us proud by fighting as one of us. Thank you and see you again soon!
: Yes, Ms. Robin.
: Thank you, Mr. Razma. Miss. Semyl?
: Dont worry, Ill take care of those two! Im gonna
: Good luck with him
: I wasnt expecting that
: It was not a lie, Cage. Even after I am gone, the other me will be your missing wing. So please do not be sad. She is me.
: Pharsti you are so stupid. I can tell youre crying, arent you?
: goodbye I will be back soon to take Cage from you
: Selfish as usual youve been lying through your teeth this whole time
: Please take care of Cage, Myona my other self.
: Im not going to say goodbye.
: Hee, hee. That is fine. Well, Cage, Im going to go outside for a little while. I may be some time
: Pharsti see you later.
: We cant waste the opportunity that Pharsti has given us. Now! Go full throttle!
: *Gasp* The first missile has been confirmed within visual range!
Music: Promise of Reunion
: Bolozof, I feel sorry for you. The only way you could relate to other people was by hurting and looking down on them. Come with me. It will all be over soon your sadness and suffering too
: My sadness and suffering ?
: Yes you must have been very lonely, because you were always trying to be stronger than everyone else
: It will be all right we are both going to disappear
: (Cage I enjoyed my time with you I am glad that I could be of service to you until the very end )
The scene transitions back to the Saoshyant.
: *Sigh* Theres really no way?
: Wait, whats that up in the sky? It looks like a halo!
: work! They will all melt and disappear!
: They are probably aware of that Pharsti must be controlling them to help save us.
: Pharsti, did you do this?
: Phar sti
Fade to white.
At long last, its all over. Well, not quite; we still have the epilogue chapter left to go. Its fairly similar to the one we had in the last playthough, but the differences are big enough that Im going to have to transcribe it all. After thats done Ill do the credits and the secret scene at the end of them, and after that is finished Ill transcribe the character files. Theyre pretty interesting to read and shed some light on why the characters act the way they do. Until then, I hope you enjoyed the conclusion to the second story path.
Oh, and dont worry. Bolozof is dead, for real this time. Hes not going to show up in the epilogue to ruin everyones day or anything.
Jojo can see ghosts.