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BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Story Mode Guide (PS3)

Version 3.00 by

08/05/09

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| +--+ __________________ BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger ___________________ +--+ |
| |  |  ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Playstation 3 Story Guide Version 3.00 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯	 |  | |
| +--+		¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ by James Nguyen (siky) ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯		 +--+ |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
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|+--+| _______________________________________________________
||00||(] TABLE OF CONTENTS :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: +[)   O   O   O   O
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	[01] I N T R O D U C T I O N
		- Disclaimer
		- Credit

	[02] S T O R Y   P A T H S
		- [2X] Opening
		- [2A] Ragna the BloodEdge
		- [2B] Jin Kisaragi
		- [2C] Noel Vermillion
		- [2D] Rachel Alucard
		- [2E] Taokaka
		- [2F] Iron Tager
		- [2G] Litchi Faye-Ling
		- [2H] Arakune
		- [2I] Bang Shishigami
		- [2J] Carl Clover
		- [2K] Hakumen
		- [2L] V-13
		- [2M] True End

	[03] T R A N S C R I P T I O N S
		- [3X] Opening
		- [3A] Ragna the BloodEdge
		- [3B] Jin Kisaragi
		- [3C] Noel Vermillion
		- [3D] Rachel Alucard
		- [3E] Taokaka
		- [3F] Iron Tager
		- [3G] Litchi Faye-Ling
		- [3H] Arakune
		- [3I] Bang Shishigami
		- [3J] Carl Clover
		- [3K] Hakumen
		- [3L] V-13
		- [3M] True End

	[04] T E A C H   M E,   M I S S   L I T C H I !
		- [4A] "Opening"
		- [4B] "The Three...Stooges?"
		- [4C] "The Short and the Hard Guy"
		- [4D] "Slacker 0, Good Guy 1"
		- [4E] "Syector Syeven!"
		- [4F] "The Six Hewoes"
		- [4G] "The Hero Will Be Late"
		- [4I] "Epilogue"

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|+--+| _______________________________________________________
||01||(] INTRODUCTION ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: +[)   •   O   O   O
|+--+| ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
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~~~( •O)-[ DISCLAIMER ]--------------------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯
Comments, questions, complaints? Just direct them over to me at:
		J.Siky.N at gmail dot com
	or	JSiky (PSN)

Blah, blah on the copyright and stuffs, just be kind and send me an email if
you wish to take information directly from this guide just credit me and it's
fine, I'm not too uptight about anything really.

Also as a side note, I'm writing this guide while pretending that everyone
reading it has a Joystick or actually know what buttons are configured to their
controllers. Also all information is based off of the PS3 version, so any
discrempencies with the XBOX 360 version may or may not be accounted for.

This guide is only going to focus on 100% Completion of Story Mode in BlazBlue.
There aren't going to be any tips to beating any of the characters or help with
the match-ups. There will be plenty of other FAQs or Guides that will do that.
This is more for people who want to get through all the branches of the Story.

As of late, I have added a transcription of the story mode in it's entirety.
Yes there are errors in it, but they are written letter for letter. Every
mistake is in the game itself, maybe not in the Voice Acting, but the written
dialogue will be written with errors and all. There aren't really any errors
that you can't re-interpret to the correct form. Don't email me about those
errors, I won't change them.

    ___
~~~( •O)-[ CREDIT ]------------------------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯
ARC SYSTEM WORKS			      < http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/ >
	Thanks for creating an easier to play Guilty Gear game. I was greatly
	interested in the Guilty Gear games, but it was just too complex for me
	to want to invest my time into it, especially with so many other games
	to play and the skills in Guilty Gear being non-transferable.

AKSYS GAMES					 < http://www.aksysgames.com/ >
	Thanks to these guys for publishing the game in North America and also
	for the great Limited Edition for all of us Fighting Game fans.
	
DUSTLOOP						   < www.dustloop.com >
	Home base to Arc System Works fighting games. Lots of great information
	and also the people who provided the information for the Limited
	Edition tutorial disc.

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|+--+| _______________________________________________________
||02||(] DETAILED STORY PATHS ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: +[)   O   •   O   O
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===============================================================================
As a note, I have listed save points and save names so you know what to load.
If you run out of save spots, scroll down and check [LOAD] for the rest of the
paths to find out what is important and what isn't. You can save over anything
that isn't below your current path. Also note that sometimes you might meet up
with saves that have the same save name as a different encounter. Just remember
where you saved last and that should be enough.
===============================================================================
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{2X}-[ OPENING ]------------------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
Finish or Skip.

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~~~( •O)-{2A}-[ RAGNA=the=BLOODEDGE ]------------------------------------------
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===============================================================================
* Just as a note, the save 'Threads of Fate' is repeated for 3 different
  encounters. First one involves Noel, second is v-13 and the last one is for
  Unlimited Ragna. Try to remember your save positions so you don't get
  confused.
===============================================================================

01.	[SAVE] Ragna: Waking from the Nightmare
	x	+ Ragna vs Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 11%

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02.	[LOAD] Ragna: Waking from the Nightmare
	x	+ Ragna vs Rachel - WIN
	[SAVE] Ragna: To the Sewers
	x	+ Ragna vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 20%

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03.	[LOAD] Ragna: To the Sewers
	x	+ Ragna vs Arakune - WIN
	--> (a)	* Tch, I don't have time for this.
	    (a)	* It's too late to save him. I'll have to rip him a new one.
	[SAVE] Ragna: Library Visit
	x	+ Ragna vs Jin - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 29%

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04.	[LOAD] Ragna: Library Visit
	x	+ Ragna vs Jin - WIN
	[SAVE] Ragna: Arch Nemesis
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 34%

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05.	[LOAD] Ragna: Arch Nemesis
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - WIN
	[SAVE] Ragna: Threads of Fate
	x	+ Ragna vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 42%

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06.	[LOAD] Ragna: Threads of Fate
	x	+ Ragna vs Noel - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 42%

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07.	[LOAD] Ragna: Arch Nemesis
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Ragna: Threads of Fate
	x	+ Ragna vs v-13 - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 52%

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08.	[LOAD] Ragna: Threads of Fate
	x	+ Ragna vs v-13 - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 53%

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09.	[LOAD] Ragna: To the Sewers
	x	+ Ragna vs Arakune - WIN
	    (a)	* Tch, I don't have time for this.
	--> (a)	* It's too late to save him. I'll have to rip him a new one.
	[SAVE] Ragna: Orient Town 5th District
	x	+ Ragna vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 63%

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10.	[LOAD] Ragna: Orient Town 5th District
	x	+ Ragna vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Ragna: Ronin-gai
	x	+ Ragna vs Bang	 - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 69%

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11.	[LOAD] Ragna: Ronin-gai
	x	+ Ragna vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Ragna: Fateful Showdown
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 75%

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12.	[LOAD] Ragna: Fateful Showdown
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 90%

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13.	[LOAD] Ragna: Waking from the Nightmare
	x	+ Ragna vs Rachel - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Ragna: To the Sewers
	x	+ Ragna vs Arakune - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	--> (a)	* Tch, I don't have time for this.
	    (a)	* It's too late to save him. I'll have to rip him a new one.
	[SAVE] Ragna: Library Visit
	x	+ Ragna vs Jin - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Ragna: Arch Nemesis
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Threads of Fate
	x	+ Ragna vs Unlimited Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 93%

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14.	[LOAD] Threads of Fate
	x	+ Ragna vs Unlimited Ragna - WIN

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{2B}-[ JIN=KISARAGI ]-------------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
===============================================================================
* Save name 'Nemesis' is re-used a couple times. Once for your first encounter
  with v-13, again for your encounter with v-13 followed by Hakumen and a final
  time against v-13 again on an alternate path.
===============================================================================

01.	[SAVE] Jin: Ikaruga
	x	+ Jin vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 12%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

02.	[LOAD] Jin: Ikaruga
	x	+ Jin vs Bang - WIN
	--> (a)	* I'm done here.
	    (a)	* But first, I must rid myself of any obstructions.
	[SAVE] Jin: The Military Academy
	x	+ Jin vs Carl - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 20%

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03.	[LOAD] Jin: The Military Academy 
	x	+ Jin vs Carl - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Novus Orbis Librarium
	x	+ Jin vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 29%

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04.	[LOAD] Jin: Novus Orbis Librarium
	x	+ Jin vs Noel - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Rebellion
	x	+ Jin vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 48%

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05.	[LOAD] Jin: Rebellion
	x	+ Jin vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Nemesis
	x	+ Jin vs v-13 - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 65%

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06.	[LOAD] Jin: Nemesis
	x	+ Jin vs v-13 - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 78%

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07.	[LOAD] Jin: Ikaruga
	x	+ Jin vs Bang - WIN
	    (a)	* I'm done here.
	--> (a)	* But first, I must rid myself of any obstructions.
	[SAVE] Jin: Sector Seven
	x	+ Jin vs Tager - LOSE
	[SAVE] Jin: Garden
	X	+ Jin vs Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 91%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

08.	[LOAD] Jin: Garden
	X	+ Jin vs Rachel - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Destiny
	x	+ Jin vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 98%

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09.	[LOAD] Jin: Destiny
	x	+ Jin vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Nemesis
	x	+ Jin vs v-13 - WIN
	x	+ Jin vs Hakumen - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 99%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

* You can quit after beating Tager on this path, the save is unnecessary since
  you don't really need it for anything else.

10.	[LOAD] Jin: Sector Seven
	x	+ Jin vs Tager - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Novus Orbis Librarium
	x	+ Jin vs Noel - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Destiny
	x	+ Jin vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Jin: Nemesis
	x	+ Jin vs v-13 - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{2C}-[ NOEL=VERMILLION ]----------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
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01.	[SAVE] Noel: The Controlled
	x	+ Noel vs Carl - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 16%

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02.	[LOAD] Noel: The Controlled
	x	+ Noel vs Carl - WIN
	[SAVE] Noel: A Soldier's Duty
	x	+ Noel vs Tager - LOSE
	[SAVE] Noel: Femininity
	x	+ NOel vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 35%

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03.	[LOAD] Noel: Femininity
	x	+ Noel vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Noel: The Second Assassin
	x	+ Noel vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 43%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

04.	[LOAD] Noel: The Second Assassin
	x	+ Noel vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Noel: The Final Assassin
	x	+ Noel vs Litchi - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 48%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

05.	[LOAD] Noel: The Final Assassin
	x	+ Noel vs Litchi - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 52%

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06.	[LOAD] Noel: A Soldier's Duty
	x	+ Noel vs Tager - WIN
	[SAVE] Noel: Vengeance
	x	+ Noel vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 58%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

07.	[LOAD] Noel: Vengeance
	x	+ Noel vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Noel: Jin Kisaragi
	x	+ Noel vs Jin - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 68%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

08.	[LOAD] Noel: Jin Kisaragi
	x	+ Noel vs Jin - WIN
	[SAVE] Noel: Flashback
	x	+ Noel vs v-13 - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 73%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

09.	[LOAD] Noel: Flashback
	x	+ Noel vs v-13 - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 77%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

* You can't reload saves at any point in this chain or the path will become
  invalid so I'm purposely leaving out the save names since they don't matter.

10.	[LOAD] Noel: A Soldier's Duty
	x	+ Noel vs Tager - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	x	+ Noel vs Bang - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	x	+ Noel vs Jin - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	x	+ Noel vs v-13 - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH

	END - PROGRESS 92%

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* You can lose here so it's okay to save and reload if you lose.

11.	[LOAD] Noel: Femininity
	x	+ Noel vs Bang - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Noel: The Second Assassin
	x	+ Noel vs Taokaka - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Noel: The Final Assassin
	x	+ Noel vs Litchi - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{2D}-[ RACHEL=ALUCARD ]-----------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

01.	[SAVE] Rachel: Carl Clover
	x	+ Rachel vs Carl - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 17%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

02.	[LOAD] Rachel: Carl Clover
	x	+ Rachel vs Carl - WIN
	--> (a)	* Let us leave him.
	    (a)	* I believe he requires a lesson in manners.
	[SAVE] Rachel: Noel Vermillion
	x	+ Rachel vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 31%

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03.	[LOAD] Rachel: Noel Vermillion
	x	+ Rachel vs Noel - WIN
	[SAVE] Rachel: Hakumen
	x	+ Rachel vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 38%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

04.	[LOAD] Rachel: Hakumen
	x	+ Rachel vs Hakumen - WIN
	--> (b)	* Why should I waste my time on a charlatan like him?
	    (b)	* Oh, I shall see that he receives his just deserts... But in
		  due time.
	[SAVE] Rachel: Ragna the Bloodedge
	x	+ Rachel vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 50%

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05.	[LOAD] Rachel: Ragna the Bloodedge
	x	+ Rachel vs Ragna - WIN

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 61%

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06.	[LOAD] Rachel: Hakumen
	x	+ Rachel vs Hakumen - WIN
	    (b)	* Why should I waste my time on a charlatan like him?
	--> (b)	* Oh, I shall see that he receives his just deserts... But in
		  due time.
	[SAVE] Rachel: Iron Tager
	x	+ Rachel vs Tager - LOSE
	
	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 67%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

07.	[LOAD] Rachel: Iron Tager
	x	+ Rachel vs Tager - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 73%

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08.	[LOAD] Rachel: Carl Clover
	x	+ Rachel vs Carl - WIN
	    (a)	* Let us leave him.
	--> (a)	* I believe he requires a lesson in manners.
	[SAVE] Rachel: Bang Shishigami
	x	+ Rachel vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 86%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

09.	[LOAD] Rachel: Bang Shishigami
	x	+ Rachel vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Rachel: Arakune
	x	+ Rachel vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 92%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

10.	[LOAD] Rachel: Arakune
	x	+ Rachel vs Arakune - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{2E}-[ TAOKAKA ]------------------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

01.	--> (a)	* I'll go over there, just like you told me to.
	    (a)	* I think I should go over here instead...
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Good Guy
	--> (b)	* Maybe I'll just eat this guy!
	    (b)	* I'll go with the strategic play...and steal his meat!
	x	+ Taokaka vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 12%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

02.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Good Guy
	--> (b)	* Maybe I'll just eat this guy!
	    (b)	* I'll go with the strategic play...and steal his meat!
	x	+ Taokaka vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Strange Rabbit
	--> (c)	* I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these
		  claws!
	    (c)	* Gimmie that steamed bun flying over there, instead!
	x	+ Taokaka vs Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 24%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

03.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Strange Rabbit
	--> (c)	* I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these
		  claws!
	    (c)	* Gimmie that steamed bun flying over there, instead!
	x	+ Taokaka vs Rachel - WIN
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Hat Person
	x	+ Taokaka vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 32%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

04.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Hat Person
	x	+ Taokaka vs Noel - WIN
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Cat Person
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Squiggly
	--> (d)	* Heeere I gooooooooo!
	    (d)	* You're all sticky and gross... Nyaaa.
	x	+ Taokaka vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 45%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

05.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Squiggly
	--> (d)	* Heeere I gooooooooo!
	    (d)	* You're all sticky and gross... Nyaaa.
	x	+ Taokaka vs Arakune - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 53%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

06.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Squiggly
	    (d)	* Heeere I gooooooooo!
	--> (d)	* You're all sticky and gross... Nyaaa.
	x	+ Taokaka vs Arakune - WIN/LOSE

	END - PROGRESS 53%

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

07.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Strange Rabbit
	    (c)	* I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these
		  claws!
	--> (c)	* Gimmie that steamed bun flying over there, instead!
	[SAVE] Tao: Encounter with the Unknown I
	x	+ Taokaka vs Tager - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 61%

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08.	[LOAD] Tao: Encounter with the Unknown I
	x	+ Taokaka vs Tager - WIN
	[SAVE] Tao: Encounter with the Unknown II
	x	+ Taokaka vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 63%

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09.	[LOAD] Tao: Encounter with the Unknown II
	x	+ Taokaka vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Scruffy Man
	--> (e)	* Tao's Taokaka-mew... I came from over there.
	    (e)	* More importantly, I'm hungry, nyas.

	END - PROGRESS 76%

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10.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Scruffy Man
	    (e)	* Tao's Taokaka-mew... I came from over there.
	--> (e)	* More importantly, I'm hungry, nyas.
	x	+ Taokaka vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 79%

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11.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Scruffy Man
	    (e)	* Tao's Taokaka-mew... I came from over there.
	--> (e)	* More importantly, I'm hungry, nyas.
	x	+ Taokaka vs Bang - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 79%

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12.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Good Guy
	    (b)	* Maybe I'll just eat this guy!
	--> (b)	* I'll go with the strategic play...and steal his meat!
	x	+ Taokaka vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 80%

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* For the last path, you need to start over from the beginning to unlock it.

13.	    (a)	* I'll go over there, just like you told me to.
	--> (a)	* I think I should go over here instead...
	[SAVE] Tao: Divine Punishment to Squiggly
	x	+ Taokaka vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 83%

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14.	[LOAD] Tao: Divine Punishment to Squiggly
	x	+ Taokaka vs Arakune - WIN
	[SAVE] Tao: Meet the Cocky Person
	x	+ Taokaka vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 89%

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15.	[LOAD] Tao: Meet the Cocky Person
	x	+ Taokaka vs Hakumen - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[SAVE] Tager: Lost Town
	x	+ Tager vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 17%

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02.	[LOAD] Tager: Lost Town
	x	+ Tager vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Tager: The Ikaruga Tragedy
	x	+ Tager vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 26%

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03.	[LOAD] Tager: The Ikaruga Tragedy
	x	+ Tager vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Tager: The Anticipation
	x	+ Tager vs Litchi - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 34%

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04.	[LOAD] Tager: The Antipication
	x	+ Tager vs Litchi - WIN
	[SAVE] Tager: Inside the Library
	x	+ Tager vs Jin - LOSE
	x	+ Tager vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 49%

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05.	[LOAD] Tager: Inside the Library
	x	+ Tager vs Jin - LOSE
	x	+ Tager vs Arakune - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 52%

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06.	[LOAD] Tager: Inside the Library
	x	+ Tager vs Jin - WIN
	[SAVE] Tager: Trust
	x	+ Tager vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 60%

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07.	[LOAD] Tager: Trust
	x	+ Tager vs Hakumen - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 75%

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08.	[LOAD] Tager: The Ikaruga Tragedy
	x	+ Tager vs Bang - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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===============================================================================
* Finish Arakune's Story Mode first before doing Litchi's. Also a lot of the
  save names overlap for different branching paths so just keep note of the
  position of your save to be on the safe side.
===============================================================================

01.	[LOAD] Litchi: Going Out
	x	+ Litchi vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Litchi: A Boy and His Deus Machina
	--> (a)	* I'm worried. I should go take a look.
	    (a)	* Finding Ragna is my top priority.
	x	+ Litchi vs Carl - LOSE
	[SAVE] Litchi: Ragna the Bounty
	--> (b)	* Do you think I could ask you a few things?
	    (b)	* You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.
	    (b)	* Would you mind stopping by my place?
	[SAVE] Litchi: The Library
	--> (c)	* That man can't possibly be Ragna.
	    (c)	* Please, don't make things worse.

	END - PROGRESS 45%

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02.	[SAVE] Litchi: The Library
	    (c)	* That man can't possibly be Ragna.
	--> (c)	* Please, don't make things worse.
	x	+ Litchi vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 51%

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03.	[LOAD] Litchi: The Library
	    (c)	* That man can't possibly be Ragna.
	--> (c)	* Please, don't make things worse.
	x	+ Litchi vs Noel - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 52%

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* The save is unnecessary since you don't really need it for anything else.

04.	[LOAD] Litchi: Ragna the Bounty
	    (b)	* Do you think I could ask you a few things?
	--> (b)	* You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.
	    (b)	* Would you mind stopping by my place?
	x	+ Litchi vs Ragna - LOSE
	[SAVE] Litchi: The Library
	--> (c)	* That man can't possibly be Ragna.
	    (c)	* Please, don't make things worse.

	END - PROGRESS 58%

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* The save is unnecessary since you don't really need it for anything else.

05.	[LOAD] Litchi: Ragna the Bounty
	    (b)	* Do you think I could ask you a few things?
	--> (b)	* You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.
	    (b)	* Would you mind stopping by my place?
	x	+ Litchi vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Litchi: The Library
	--> (c)	* That man can't possibly be Ragna.
	    (c)	* Please, don't make things worse.

	END - PROGRESS 63%

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06.	[LOAD] Litchi: Ragna the Bounty
	    (b)	* Do you think I could ask you a few things?
	    (b)	* You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.
	--> (b)	* Would you mind stopping by my place?
	[SAVE] Litchi: The Man in the Shadows
	x	+ Litchi vs Bang - LOSE

	END - PROGRESS 75%

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07.	[LOAD] Litchi: The Man in the Shadows
	x	+ Litchi vs Bang - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 76%

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08.	[LOAD] Litchi: Going Out
	x	+ Litchi vs Taokaka - LOSE
	[SAVE] Litchi: A Boy and His Deus Machina
	    (a)	* I'm worried. I should go take a look.
	--> (a)	* Finding Ragna is my top priority.
	[SAVE] Litchi: Ragna the Bounty
	    (b)	* Do you think I could ask you a few things?
	--> (b)	* You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.
	    (b)	* Would you mind stopping by my place?
	x	+ Litchi vs Ragna - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] Litchi: The Power of the Boundary
	--> (d)	* I need it to protect what's important to me.
	    (d) * I will change fate with this power.
	[SAVE] Litchi: Farewell
	x	+ Litchi vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 89%

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09.	[LOAD] Litchi: Farewell
	x	+ Litchi vs Arakune - WIN

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 91%

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10.	[LOAD] Litchi: The Power of the Boundary
	    (d)	* I need it to protect what's important to me.
	--> (d) * I will change fate with this power.
	[SAVE] Litchi: Farewell
	x	+ Litchi vs Arakune - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[LOAD] Arakune: Old Friend
	x	+ Arakune vs Tager - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 10%

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* Don't need this Appetite save before Taokaka. We won't be going back to it.

02.	[LOAD] Arakune: Old Friend
	x	+ Arakune vs Tager - WIN
	    (a)	Eat
	--> (a) Don't Eat
	[SAVE] Arakune: Appetite
	x	+ Arakune vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 22%

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03.	[LOAD] Arakune: Old Friend
	x	+ Arakune vs Tager - WIN
	--> (a)	Eat
	    (a) Don't Eat
	[SAVE] Arakune: Appetite
	x	+ Arakune vs Taokaka - WIN
	--> (b)	* Eat.
	    (b)	* Don't Eat.
	--> (c)	* Is it in the depth of the light over there...
	    (c)	* A future filled with bloodshed and dust...
	[SAVE] Arakune: Azure
	x	+ Arakune vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 35%

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04.	[LOAD] Arakune: Azure
	x	+ Arakune vs Ragna - WIN
	--> (d) * The Azure. Devour it.
	    (d) * But this Azure is...?
	[SAVE] Arakune: Litchi
	x	+ Arakune vs Litchi - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 45%

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05.	[LOAD] Arakune: Litchi
	x	+ Arakune vs Litchi - WIN
	[SAVE] Arakune: White
	x	+ Arakune vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 60%

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06.	[LOAD] Arakune: White
	x	+ Arakune vs Hakumen - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 66%

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* This save for 'White' isn't important as there isn't a fight here.

07.	[LOAD] Arakune: Azure
	x	+ Arakune vs Ragna - WIN
	    (d) * The Azure. Devour it.
	--> (d) * But this Azure is...?
	[SAVE] Arakune: Litchi
	x	+ Arakune vs Litchi - WIN
	[SAVE] Arakune: White


	END - PROGRESS 70%

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08.	[LOAD] Arakune: Appetite
	x	+ Arakune vs Taokaka - WIN
	    (b)	* Eat.
	--> (b)	* Don't eat.
	    (c)	* Is it in the depth of the light over there...
	--> (c)	* A future filled with bloodshed and dust...
	[SAVE] Arakune: Incognito
	x	+ Arakune vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 82%

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09.	[LOAD] Arakune: Incognito
	x	+ Arakune vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Arakune: Encounter
	x	+ Arakune vs Noel - WIN/LOSE

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. I)
	x	+ Bang vs Tager - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 24%

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02.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. I)
	x	+ Bang vs Tager - WIN
	[SAVE] Bang: Climax Already!?
	x	+ Bang vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 31%

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03.	[LOAD] Bang: Climax Already!?
	x	+ Bang vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. II)
	x	+ Bang vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 36%

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04.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. II)
	x	+ Bang vs Arakune - WIN
	--> (a)	* Take advantage of the situation and passionately confess. 
	    (a) * Cool off a bit and gently confess to Miss Litchi.
	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Sadness
	x	+ Bang vs Jin - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 44%

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05.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Sadness
	x	+ Bang vs Jin - WIN
	--> (b)	* Don't think this is over! I will make you feel my rage!
	    (b) * Now...you will tell me everything you know about NOL.
	[SAVE] Bang: At the End of Sadness
	x	+ Bang vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 51%

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06.	[LOAD] Bang: At the End of Sadness
	x	+ Bang vs Noel - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 57%

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07.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Sadness
	x	+ Bang vs Jin - WIN
	    (b)	* Don't think this is over! I will make you feel my rage!
	--> (b) * Now...you will tell me everything you know about NOL.
	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Justice
	x	+ Bang vs Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 68%

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08.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Justice
	x	+ Bang vs Rachel - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 74%

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09.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. II)
	x	+ Bang vs Arakune - WIN
	    (a)	* Take advantage of the situation and passionately confess. 
	--> (a) * Cool off a bit and gently confess to Miss Litchi.
	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. III)
	--> (c) * The person who's about to walk by probably knows where Ragna
		  is.
	    (c)	* The person who's about to walk by will buy some buns for you.
	x	+ Bang vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 83%

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* This save for 'In the Name of Love (Final)' isn't important as we won't go
  back to it.

10.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. III)
	--> (c) * The person who's about to walk by probably knows where Ragna
		  is.
	    (c)	* The person who's about to walk by will buy some buns for you.
	x	+ Bang vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Love (Final)
	x	+ Bang vs Hakumen - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 88%

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11.	[LOAD] Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. III)
	    (c) * The person who's about to walk by probably knows where Ragna
		  is.
	--> (c)	* The person who's about to walk by will buy some buns for you.
	x	+ Bang vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Bang: In the Name of Love (Final)
	x	+ Bang vs Hakumen - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[SAVE] Carl: A Strange Creature
	x	+ Carl vs Taokaka - LOSE
	[SAVE] Carl: A Strange Girl
	x	+ Carl vs Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 21%

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02.	[LOAD] Carl: A Strange Girl
	x	+ Carl vs Rachel - WIN
	--> (a)	* Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.
	    (a)	* Let's go find Noel Vermillion.
	[SAVE] Carl: Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa
	x	+ Carl vs Jin - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 33%

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03.	[LOAD] Carl: Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa
	x	+ Carl vs Jin - WIN
	[SAVE] Carl: The Strange Space
	x	+ Carl vs v-13 - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 42%

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04.	[LOAD] Carl: The Strange Space
	x	+ Carl vs v-13 - WIN

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 47%

* 'HAKU-MEN' and 'v-13' Story will be unlocked.

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05.	[LOAD] Carl: A Strange Girl
	x	+ Carl vs Rachel - WIN
	    (a)	* Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.
	--> (a)	* Let's go find Noel Vermillion.
	[SAVE] Carl: Arcus Diabolus
	x	+ Carl vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 59%

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07.	[LOAD] Carl: Arcus Diabolus
	x	+ Carl vs Noel - WIN
	[SAVE] Carl: The Strange Space
	x	+ Carl vs v-13 - WIN/LOSE
	END - PROGRESS 61%

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* This is a long one, losing doesn't matter here as you don't gain anything
  for progression. Just go through and beat everyone. Save if you think you
  might lose, but the saves aren't really that important for anything other
  than that.

08.	[LOAD] Carl: A Strange Creature
	x	+ Carl vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Carl: A Dangerous Person
	--> (b)	* ...but I don't think I can beat him the way I am now.
	    (b)	* ...I have to fight him.
	[SAVE] Carl: A Strange Girl
	x	+ Carl vs Rachel - WIN
	--> (c)	* Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.
	    (c)	* Let's go find Noel Vermillion.
	[SAVE] Carl: Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa
	x	+ Carl vs Jin - WIN
	[SAVE] Carl: The Strange Space
	x	+ Carl vs v-13 - WIN

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 76%

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09.	[LOAD] Carl: A Dangerous Person
	    (b)	* ...but I don't think I can beat him the way I am now.
	--> (b)	* ...I have to fight him.
	x	+ Carl vs Tager - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 80%

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10.	[LOAD] Carl: A Dangerous Person
	    (b)	* ...but I don't think I can beat him the way I am now.
	--> (b)	* ...I have to fight him.
	x	+ Carl vs Tager - WIN
	[SAVE] Carl: Vigilante
	x	+ Carl vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 95%

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11.	[LOAD] Carl: Vigilante
	x	+ Carl vs Bang - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[SAVE] Hakumen: Kagutsuchi
	x	+ Hakumen vs Taokaka - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 23%

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02.	[LOAD] Hakumen: Kagutsuchi
	x	+ Hakumen vs Taokaka - WIN
	[SAVE] Hakumen: Hero
	x	+ Hakumen vs Bang - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 41%

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03.	[LOAD] Hakumen: Hero
	x	+ Hakumen vs Bang - WIN
	[SAVE] Hakumen: Faith
	x	+ Hakumen vs Tager - LOSE
	[SAVE] Hakumen: The Audience
	x	+ Hakumen vs Unlimited Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 64%

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04.	[LOAD] Hakumen: The Audience
	x	+ Hakumen vs Unlimited Rachel - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 70%

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05.	[LOAD] Hakumen: Faith
	x	+ Hakumen vs Tager - WIN
	[SAVE] Hakumen: The Black Beast
	x	+ Hakumen vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 83%

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06.	[LOAD] Hakumen: The Black Beast
	x	+ Hakumen vs Ragna - WIN
	[SAVE] Hakumen: The Past
	x	+ Hakumen vs Jin - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 91%

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07.	[LOAD] Hakumen: The Past
	x	+ Hakumen vs Jin - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[SAVE] v-13: vs. Carl
	x	+ v-13 vs Carl - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 26%

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02.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Carl
	x	+ v-13 vs Carl - WIN
	[SAVE] v-13: vs. Jin
	x	+ v-13 vs Jin - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 39%

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03.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Jin
	x	+ v-13 vs Jin - WIN
	[SAVE] v-13: vs. Noel
	x	+ v-13 vs Noel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 48%

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04.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Noel
	x	+ v-13 vs Noel - WIN
	[SAVE] v-13: vs. Ragna
	x	+ v-13 vs Ragna - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 66%

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05.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Ragna
	x	+ v-13 vs Ragna - WIN

	END - PROGRESS 73%

* 'TRUE END' Story will be unlocked.

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06.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Jin
	x	+ v-13 vs Jin - WIN by DISTORTION FINISH
	[SAVE] v-13: vs. Arakune
	x	+ v-13 vs Arakune - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 81%

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07.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Arakune
	x	+ v-13 vs Arakune - WIN
	[SAVE] v-13: vs. Rachel
	x	+ v-13 vs Unlimited Rachel - LOSE

	GAME OVER - PROGRESS 91%
	
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08.	[LOAD] v-13: vs. Rachel
	x	+ v-13 vs Unlimited Rachel - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE

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01.	[SAVE] True Ending: Calamity Trigger
	x	+ Ragna vs Unlimited Rachel - WIN
	x	+ Ragna vs Jin - WIN

	[SAVE] True Ending: The Six Heroes
	x	+ Ragna vs Hakumen - WIN
	x	+ Ragna vs Unlimited Hakumen - WIN

	[SAVE] True Ending: Noel and Nu
	x	+ Noel vs v-13 - WIN

	[SAVE] True Ending: Azure
	x	+ Ragna vs v-13 - WIN

	END - PROGRESS COMPLETE
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Congratulations, you should have 100% Completion of Story Mode now. If you've
been reading most of what is in the story so far, you'll probably have as many
questions as I do and if you're a fighting game fanatic like me, you'll also be
wondering why there are a bunch of possibly cool characters that aren't in the
game right now! DLC baby, D. L. C. If we don't get characters, I'm smelling
Guilty Gear syndrome.-
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AD2194 12 25

	[ System ]
	5, 4, 3, 2, 1, contact.
	Subject 12, approaching required levels.
	Boundary sync rate increasing to 0.005 from 0.003...stable.
	Seithr exposure levels increasing to 30,000...levels are all
	acceptable. Time distortion within acceptable limits.
	No feedback from the Boundary.
	Now proceeding to Phase 8.

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	The best we've had so far...
	Cut phases 12 through 24.
	If the warp coefficient is within 3 units of nominal, cut phases 29
	through 36 too. Let's take this straight to the tempering phase.

	[ Female Scientist ]
	Roger.
	Cutting phases 12 through 24. Increasing depth by 500.

	[ Male Scientist ]
	Sir, don't you think you're going a little too fast?

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	No. We've done 47 simulated runs.
	Our hesitance before made Subject 11 useless.
	Besides...if I don't produce results soon, we'll be hearing from Sector
	Seven.

	[ System ]
	200 to target depth.

	[ Male Scientist ]
	The Gates of Sheol are opening...
	Do you really think it'll show?

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	That's why all of this--all of us are here, isn't it? We can hardly get
	cold feet now. If this works, the power at our fingertips will far
	outstrip any other.
	The Library will not be at liberty to order us around.
	...Well, that's the higher-ups speaking, not me.
	To be honest, as a scientist...
	I just want to see what's on the other side of that gate.

	[ Male Scientist ]
	We all do, sir.

	[ System ]
	100 to target depth. Deploying barrier.
	Coefficients are stabilizing. Values within 0.5 deviation from nominal.

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	It's hard to believe how far we've come...

	[ System ]
	Target depth reached. Barrier stabilizing.

	[ Female Scientist ]
	Now entering phase 42.
	Releasing barrier section A. Sync rate adjusted to 0.001.
	Seither exposure levels are at 75,000.

	[ System ]
	All systems green. All levels within established saftey margins.

	[ Male Scientist ]
	...Begin tempering.

	[ System ]
	Tempering process beginning.

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	Now, show us...
	The universal truth... The power of the Azure!

	[ System ]
	Subject surface solidifying.
	Now constructing stasis cocoon for subject 12.

	[ Male Scientist ]
	Whoa...this is...
	Time-space is frozen... A cocoon of time...

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	What's wrong!?

	[ Male Scientist ]
	Tempering is proceeding as planned!
	The Cauldron appears normal!

	[ Female Scientist ]
	Extremely high seithr concentration detected, directly above this
	facility! 6000, 8000, 12000...

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	Wh-What!?

	[ System ]
	Concentration levels climbing rapidly! 34,000, 58,000! If they continue
	to increase at this rate, the seithr concentration is going to reach
	critical levels!

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	Is it the Library!?
	Impossible!
	Not even the Library... could concentrate this much seithr into one
	place... There's no way!
	I want the point of concentration! Now!

	[ Female Scientist ]
	Concentration to exceed 100,000!

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	Agh... After coming this far...!
	Abort the experiment! Cut all power!

	[ Male Scientist ]
	Roger! Cutting all power!
	S-Sir! We can't cut the power!

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	What!? What the hell is Sector Seven doing!?
	Get them online! What the hell are they doing at a time like this!?

	[ System ]
	Point of concentration determined: Point A-A-1.

	[ Female Scientist ]
	...Sir! It's directly above Ikaruga! Altitude 36,000 feet!

	[ Lead Scientist ]
	Impossible!? It's going into orbit!?

			       B L A Z   B L U E
			C A L A M I T Y   T R I G G E R

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[3A.A0.L1] vs Rachel (Lose)
[3A.A0.W1] vs Rachel (Win)
[3A.A0.L2] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3A.A0.W2] vs Arakune (Win)

[3A.A1.X1] Tch, I don't have time for this.
[3A.A1.L1] vs Jin (Lose)
[3A.A1.W1] vs Jin (Win)
[3A.A1.L2] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3A.A1.W2] vs Hakumen (Win)
[3A.A1.L3] vs Noel (Lose)
[3A.A1.W3] vs Noel (Win)

[3A.A2.X1] It's too late to save him; I'll have to rip him a new one.
[3A.A2.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3A.A2.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3A.A3.L2] vs Bang (Lose)
[3A.A3.W2] vs Bang (Win)
[3A.A3.L3] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3A.A3.W3] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3A.X1.W1] vs Hakumen (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3A.X1.L2] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3A.X1.W2] vs v-13 (Win)

[3A.X2.X1] Distortion Finish Path
[3A.X2.L1] vs Unlimited Ragna (Lose)
[3A.X2.W1] vs Unlimited Ragna (Win)

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		Ragna Stories
		Grim Reaper

The flames continue to rise.
What remains of a tiny church is burning to the ground.

Cradled in my arms, my little sister is barely breathing,
and my little brother stands smiling before me.

It struck without warning.
I had no time to figure out what was going on.

Everything and everyone I care about is taken from me.

Why...? I don't understand. Why did this happen?
What should I do? What can I do? What could I have done?
The way I am now, I can do...nothing.

Reality finally sets in. The cold, harsh truth.
I had taken my life for granted, and I am powerless to preserve it.

That was when I learned to hate everything.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	Geez, what a drag...

I'm lying on the soft grass of the field, gazing up at the sky.
Dappled sunlight shines through the trees, casting a patchwork of shadows
across the empty bucket sitting at the riverbank.
...Should I take a nap?

I let my eyes drift shut, but a memory of those fiendish nuns floats in my
head.

Not a second passes before I open my eyes again.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	I can't believe they tried to time me the other day.
	Geez, if they have that kind of time, why don't they try and get it
	themselves?
	...Speaking of which, he was pretty quiet today.

The boy's never satisfied, always giving me that "I wanna go with brother"
nonsense...but I haven't heard a peep out of him today.

Is something bothering him, or is he finally starting to grow up?
I hope that's the case.

Our sister's been so sick lately, I haven't been spending as much time with
him.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	Oh well, I guess I'll play with 'im when I get home.

With renewed vigor, I jump to my feet and grab my bucket.
Violently swinging it through the river, I fill the pail with fresh water.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	All right. Time to head home!

	< explosion >

	!? What the--

	< explosion >

	Are you kidding me!?

I toss the bucket aside and begin to run.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	A...A fire!?
	Haah, haah, haah...the church...it's--
	What happened? Is everyone...!?

The church, burning to the ground. Walls, crumbling.
Trying to suppress his emotions, he skims the area.

He sees a person's shadow on the floor--his little sister.
He desperately rushes to the slender body and holds her.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	Hey! Are you all right!? Wake up!

	[ Ragna's Little Sister ]
	Ung...ugh...

	[ Young Ragna ]
	Thank God...you're alive...
	Damn it, where the hell are Jin and the old hag!?
	Shit! What's going on? What the hell happened here!?

	[ Young Jin ]
	Ragna...

Is...Is that Jin?
I only see a silhouette. I can't see his face.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	...!?
	Jin, are you OK!? What the hell happened!?

	[ Young Jin ]
	Hahah...

A sick smile escapes my brother's lips.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	Huh?
	Uargh!

I don't know what's going on at first, but I notice something roll on the
ground. My brother quietly smiles where he stands.
The thing that tumbled on the floor looks out of place.
In fact, it looks a lot more like a cheap toy.

It's image burns itself into my mind, but my head still can't figure out what
it is. The answer slowly dawns on me.

My right arm is gone.
The sensation finally registering, unimaginable pain takes its place.
But it isn't the only thing I feel--it's heat. It's hot...it's burning.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	AAAAUUUUUGGGGGHHHH!
	MY ARM! AAAGGGHHH!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	OH man, you seem to be in quite a bit of pain there, Raggy!
	Does it hurt? Does it? Of course, it does. Ahahahahah!

The silohuette of a man slowly comes into view.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Whoa, you're bleeding all over the place.
	You gonna die? Bite the big one? Hey, think you're gonna die?

	[ Young Ragna ]
	...Jin, take Saya and run...

I shove the pain aside long enough to choke out what I think are my last words.

	[ Young Jin ]
	It's... It's all your fault, Brother...

	[ Young Ragna ]
	What the hell are you...talking about...?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I wish I had more time to play with you, but I'm afraid I'm out of
	time. Damn, what a shame!

	Well, I don't suppose there's any harm in killing that old hag.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	...Ah...wait...damn you... Wai...t...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Man, oh man...don't tell me you're gonna kick the bucket already?
	Heeey, can you hear me?
	Oh well, I gotta be on my way.
	I'll need that little brat, though...

	[ Young Jin ]
	Good-bye, Brother...

This is where my memories of that day end.

I wake up to a thunderous downpour of rain.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	...Am I...alive?

I try to lift my body up, but it feels like I've been nailed to the ground.
So much for that.
My shoulder feels like it's on fire where my arm used to be.
Something deep down tells me the pain's just an illusion.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	...That's right...I lost my arm...

I still can't stand up.
All I can do is stare at the ruins of the church.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	That's...

Saya's music box is sitting in the middle of the rubble.

	[ Young Ragna ]
	Shit... Shit... SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!

It's gone. All of it. Everything important to me is taken by the flames.
My body is useless. All I can do is scream.
So that's what I do...

...until I pass out again.

(SAVE) Ragna: Waking from the Nightmare

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant* *pant* *pant*
	Damn it... Not this dream again.
	I wish they'd knock it off already... Hmph.

I lift my right hand off my face and look at it.
It moves just like I want it to...
...Shit.

...Wait. What the hell is she doing here?

	[ Rachel ]
	You look pale, Ragna.
	A nightmare, perhaps?

I turn toward the voice.
Before me stands a young girl holding a strange umbrella.
There are two ribbons holding her hair in place. They make her look like a--

	[ Ragna ]
	...What do you want, rabbit?

	[ Rachel ]
	You were groaning in your sleep, so I took pity and woke you,
	ungrateful beast.

	[ Nago ]
	Yeah. You should be thankful the princess is even wasting her time...on
	a man like you.

	[ Gii ]
	You're in her debt!

	[ Nago and Gii ]
	Ow, that hurt...!
	That hurt, Princess!

I don't know if those two things are her friends on her servants, but what I do
know is that they're gonna piss me off if they don't get the hell out of here.

	[ Rachel ]
	A rare beast...how strangely appropriate. You sleep where others fear
	to tread, and you are always very, very entertaining. How perfect.

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut the hell up! You're more like a rare beast than I'll ever be!
	Vampire!
	Argh, what the--

	[ Rachel ]
	What a cocky little creature you are...
	Which reminds me... You have a rather handsome bounty on your head,
	don't you? I wonder how much you're worth right now?

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, that isn't funny, rabbit...

	[ Nago ]
	Your highness, this dog's barking something...

	[ Gii ]
	The weaker they are, the louder they bark.

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up. You're nothing but stuffed toys!

	[ Rachel ]
	If these simpletons can rouse you to anger, you still have much to
	learn.

	[ Ragna ]
	Argh, that does it! Now I'm really pissed! I'm gonna make you regret
	this, Rachel!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, please do try. I would like that very much.

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			|| RAGNA VS RACHEL ||
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								LOSE : 3A.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3A.A0.W1

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			RAGNA VERSUS RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	What's the matter Ragna?
	I thought you were going to make me regret something...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Madam Rachel.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, Valkenhayn. Are you here to collect the bounty on this creature?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Of course not, madam. I only wish to humbly inform you that breakfast
	awaits Your Ladyship in the dining hall.

	[ Rachel ]
	Very well. Nago, Gii, it is high time we left.
	And do stop playing with that idiot. I worry his stupidity is
	contagious.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you all...

	[ Rachel ]
	...That was rather a disappointment.

		GAME OVER

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			RAGNA VERSUS RACHEL: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, rabbit!
	...You better hope I never see you buttin' into human affairs again.

	[ Rachel ]
	Words cannot describe my fear.

	[ Nago ]
	Losing your temper like a little kid... You need to grow up, boy.

	[ Gii ]
	A brat, indeed.

	[ Ragna ]
	You guys lost, so why are you even talkin'!?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Madam Rachel.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, Valkenhayn. Are you here to collect the bounty on this creature?

What the hell!? It looked like someone sliced open the air, and some old fart
in a tux just appeared out of nowhere... Doesn't seem interested in me though,
just that damn rabbit...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Of course not, madam. I only wish to humbly inform you that breakfast
	awaits Your Ladyship in the dining hall.

	[ Rachel ]
	Goodness, breakfast time already?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I would also humbly suggest that you avoid men of the lower classes,
	such as that filthy creature there... Madam must consider her station.

	[ Ragna ]
	--the hell'd you say!?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...Go home, kid. The hour is late.

He sure doesn't seem scared of the rabbit, but the glare he threw my way wasn't
real friendly...

	[ Nago ]
	That's right!

	[ Gii ]
	I'd take his advice if I were you...

	[ Nago and Gii ]
	Princess, what was that for!?
	Princess, that hurt!

	[ Rachel ]
	Valkenhayn, what have you prepared for my breakfast?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I was able to secure a delectable piscine specimen today, which I have
	taken the liberty of crafting into a poêlé dish. I have also prepared
	you a vibrant potage, which will be accompanied by your drink, a--

	[ Rachel ]
	I despise tomato juice.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...I am well aware of that, madam.

	[ Rachel ]
	Well, good. Nago, Gii, it's high time we left.

	[ Ragna ]
	It's about damn time. Go home, and never come back!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, but I did enjoy myself a small bit.
	Shall we meet again some time, Mr. Grim Reaper?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I think you have done quite enough, child. Your births have already
	placed you worlds apart--I would advise you to maintain the distance.

So they just come here to give me crap and then book it? Screw that! Where the
hell did they go anyway? I don't think I coulda followed 'em if I wanted to...

	[ Ragna ]
	The hell is that guy talking about? Argh, seriously! What a huge waste
	of time...

Nobody here to listen to my *****in'... Just gets swallowed up by the darkness.

	[ Ragna ]
	Tch... I don't like this one bit...

Still, I guess that fight did give me a chance to blow off a little steam...

	[ Ragna ]
	...Goddammit!

...Whatever. Being pissed ain't gonna help me right now. Just gotta keep
moving. As the fog lifts, I can see my destination in the distance.

	[ Ragna ]
	So that's the 13th Hierarchical City...Kagutsuchi, huh?

(SAVE) Ragna: To the Sewers

I've never been to this one before, but the Hierarchical Cities are all built
pretty much the same. I don't think I'll have much trouble findin' my way
around.

	[ Ragna ]
	Well, I guess up's the only way I can go...
	Hm?
	...What's that?

Usually the only thing you find on the bottom levels is crap, literally, but I
think I just saw a black shadow move across the stairs...
...Shit, there it is again...


That thing better not be a goddamn ghost... Ghosts are just playing dirty.
Can't hit 'em, cut 'em, anything... I really don't have time for a freakin'
ghost right now...

...Doesn't feel like a ghost...but something about it does feel familiar...

	[ Ragna ]
	Argh. What the hell is wrong with you?
	You're harnessing power from the Boundary, aren't you?

	[ Arakune ]
	I	sense...	pow	o	Azure fro	ou...

	[ Ragna ]
	...You've completely lost it...

	[ Arakune ]
	Azure!  zure! Az re!
	  want it!	must have  t! Gehyahyahyah!

	[ Ragna ]
	Idiot... To turn to power like that...

	[ Arakune ]
	Tha power!	mu	possess	! Now!

	[ Ragna ]
	Well, that is inevitable.
	Though I can sympathize with your appearance...
	...don't get in my way!

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			|| RAGNA VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3A.A0.W2

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			RAGNA VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	Az  ...   Azu  ...!	fin	ha	power!
	...Geheh...pffahahaha!

	[ Ragna ]
	Not good... Damn, my power...

That black **** starts to ooze over me, and the more I fight it, the deeper it
pulls me...

	[ Arakune ]
	This...  s is	!  e Azure	wante ...
	Keeeeeeheeheehee!

Suddenly, some chick jumps out into the picture.

	[ Litchi ]
	You... Don't tell me...!

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey...run away...!

The chick runs over to grab my hand.

I try to yell at her to get the hell out of there, but before I can the black
gunk covers my face, and I can't see or talk.

	[ Arakune ]
	Keeeeeeeeeeeeeheeheeheehee!
	Azure. Azure! Azure! Azure!

	[ Litchi ]
	Aaiiiieee!

The monster reached out for the chick with that appeared to be arms...
The girl couldn't do anything but be consumed by this monster.

	[ Litchi ]
	Stop...please...stop...

	[ Ragna ]
	Dammit...I can't feel...any...power...

		GAME OVER

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			RAGNA VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	Ugh...augh...oogh
	Az  ...!  zure...! I nee  It...

	[ Ragna ]
	Sorry, you can't have this.
	But the least I can do is let you go in peace.

	[ Litchi ]
	Stop!

Some chick runs in out of nowhere and throws herself between me and the
monster... She trying to protect that ugly piece of crap?

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh? Who the hell are you?
	You're in the way. Move!

	[ Litchi ]
	I'll take care of this, so please... Don't hurt him!

	[ Ragna ]
	...This feeling... You have it too, don't you?
	What the hell is up with this town?

	[ Litchi ]
	Please...

	[ Ragna ]
	*sigh*
	Do you have any idea what that guy's done?
	If you do, then you should know that it's already too late to save him.

	[ Litchi ]
	I know... I know that...
	But, there has to be a way...!

	[ Ragna ]
	Geez, how many of you got involved with the Boundary?

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| • Tch, I don't have time for this. (3A.A1.X1)				      |
| • It's too late to save him; I'll have to rip him a new one. (3A.A2.X1      |
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 [3A.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Tch, I don't have time for this.

	[ Ragna ]
	Tch, you just spoiled the mood.
	To be honest, I really don't care what happens to that guy.
	All right, suit yourself.

I turn around and leave.
I got better things to do than waste my time with the two of them.

(SAVE) Ragna: Library Visit

By the time I reach the central levels, the sun's already long gone. The fog is
thick as hell...the moonlight doesn't even reach where I am. I can barely see
my own feet...

...Although I ain't complaining. The night and the fog are actually pretty
convenient... Everyone drops their guard at night... Everyone.

The Kagutsuchi Library branch is right up ahead. I can almost smell the stink
of it. If I trash this one too, I'll be that much closer to wrapping this whole
thing up.

	[ Ragna ]
	Now that I think about it, how many branches have I destroyed?
	...Then again, I guess it doesn't really matter. I'm gonna destroy them
	all, anyway.

I dunno if it was the moon or what, but...it got real bright there for a
second.

	[ Ragna ]
	Is the moon always this bright...?

The moonlight reminds me of the church in the old neighborhood.
The moon was always real bright there.

	[ Ragna ]
	That reminds me... He always used to say how he was scared of the
	moon... He would always come to me saying, "the moon's gonna fall" or
	something like that.

In my memories...I can hear them calling me...

	[ ? ? ? (Male Voice) ]
	Brother...

	[ ? ? ? (Female Voice) ]
	Brother...

	[ Ragna ]
	Goddammit, why do I keep thinking about that?

Gah! Screw this...
I kick a rock as hard as I can, and it skitters across the ground.

I'm so busy thinkin' about my past, I almost run into the damn door. It's a big
steel piece of ****, and it looks like they put some sorta Armagus seal on it
too.

The Ars they put on these things could turn a guy into pulp in a matter of
seconds... This one's no different.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn, that was close...

It takes my right hand and me a couple seconds to pump out our own unlocking
Ars. ...All Right, maybe "unlocking " isn't quite accurate. It's a little more
like "kicking down"...

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh? There's no...

Something doesn't feel right...but hell, does it ever? I put both hands on the
door and shove. It swings open easily enough...

Damn, it's dark in here... I can barely see.

	[ Ragna ]
	That's...strange.

OK, something's up... I should've run into a couple groups of soldiers by
now...

	[ Ragna ]
	...
	Hello! Mr. Grim Reaper is here!
	I've come to invite all you guys to the underworld!
	Excuse me!
	Pizza delivery here!
	Well, it doesn't look like a trap...
	What the hell's goin' on?

I tighten my grip on my sword and keep moving.

There's another huge set of doors in front of me, but these are open a crack,
and a sliver of light spills out from between them.

	[ Ragna ]
	Well, I guess it's not too different from the other branches.

Is there someone there...?
For some reason my heart's beating a mile a goddamn minute.
I put my hand on the door.

	[ Ragna ]
	RAAAAAAAAAARGH!

I throw the door open with a yell, swinging my sword in a wide arc as I leap
into the room--

My sword stops short, and I can see it resting on the thin blade of a katana.

The person on the other side of the katana lets out a laugh that sends a shiver
down my spine.

	[ Jin ]
	*chuckle*...Is that how you greet people?
	Boy, you never change, do you...?

	[ Ragna ]
	...Jin!
	Why the hell are you here!?

	[ Jin ]
	"Why"?
	Heh, I thought that was obvious...
	I came to see you, Ragna.

	[ Ragna ]
	You were...waiting for me?

	[ Jin ]
	Mmhmm...

	Still, I am pretty amazed...
	You have the highest bounty on record...
	The NOL practically rules the world, and they're still afraid of you...
	The Reaper.

	Ask anyone on the street...
	And they'll know the name...
	"Ragna the Bloodedge"...

	[ Ragna ]
	I could care less about that!

	[ Jin ]
	Hahaha... But that's strange, Brother...
	I didn't think you had the aptitude to use Armagus.
	Or does it have something to do with that Azure Grimoire?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up...! I've got a ton of questions...for you.
	But...

	[ Jin ]
	But...?

	[ Ragna ]
	I think I'll beat the answers out of you, instead!

	[ Jin ]
	Hahahahaha!
	I love it... This is great!
	What a reunion, eh, Brother?

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin, you bastard.

	[ Jin ]
	Haha, give it your best shot... I'll be happy to kill you again!

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS JIN ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A1.L1
								 WIN : 3A.A1.W1

 [3A.A1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	How... How did I lose...to you...!

	[ Jin ]
	Brother... Don't tell me this is all you've got.
	...Why don't you use that Azure Grimoire of yours?
	You weren't holding back, were you?

	[ Ragna ]
	AAAGH! You piece of ****...

	[ Jin ]
	Hahahaha... I guess... You're just gonna die to me again...

		GAME OVER

 [3A.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VS JIN: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	...What's the matter, Brother? Hahaha...
	You're not gonna finish me off...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Like I said, I need answers.
	Besides, I'm not here for you, anyway.
	If you wanna die on your own, then be my guest.

	[ Jin ]
	Soft... You're too soft, Brother...
	Hahaha... That's why you can't protect anything...or anyone...
	Guagh! Ugh...

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up and stay down.
	Oh, and watch out...or the moon might fall...
	...
	Tch! Shit...Shit...Shit! I'm a goddamn idiot! Why the hell am I so soft
	with him!?

Pain shoots through my hand, but I hear a loud noise echo off the cold walls,
and the pain in my hand doesn't feel so bad anymore...

(SAVE) Ragna: Arch Nemesis

	[ Ragna ]
	Hmph. All these branches look the same.
	I feel like I've been here before.

I arrive on the floor I've been looking for.
'Course, all these places look the same.

Somewhere under here is the Cauldron...

	[ Ragna ]
	Now then...
	Hm?

I feel a shiver run up my spine and whip around to see a silhouette.
Its face is smooth and white. No mouth, no nose, nothing...
I open my mouth to yell, but nothing comes out.

I...I can't move...

I can't move my right hand...
I feel something weird...some odd feeling, like someone's squeezing my chest.

It's a few moments before I realize what it is...
...Fear.
My palms start to sweat.

	[ Ragna ]
	What's with that guy?

I look at the masked man again, and my vision goes all...weird.

	[ Ragna ]
	What's this feeling...?

It's...almost like deja vu, but...weirder...
And the fear of the guy just won't go away...
Why the hell am I so scared of him?

	[ Ragna ]
	The Azure Grimoire...?
	Dammit, shut up!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Much time has passed since we last met, Black Beast.

	[ Ragna ]
	Time has passed? What the hell are you talking about?
	I've never seen you before.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Is something amiss? Your voice trembles. What are you afraid of?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut the hell up...!

	[ Hakumen ]
	...You have stood your ground, and for that you have earned my respect.
	Come... I shall end this.

	[ Ragna ]
	Who the hell do you think you are!? You're not ending anything!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Fool... I shall see you expunged from this world, no matter the cost.
	I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword.

	With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it
	in the fires of destruction.

	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A1.L2
								 WIN : 3A.A1.W2

 [3A.A1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	Gah! S-Sonuva*****!

	[ Hakumen ]
	What is this foolishness? Is this the most I can expect from Ragna the
	Bloodedge, the most notorious criminal to walk the earth?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up...!
	Dammit, my wounds aren't healing...
	What the hell's goin' on...!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Whatever power you may possess, it will wither and die before my blade.
	This is your fate, Bloodedge, and you would do well to accept it.

	[ Ragna ]
	Is--Is this...it...?

		GAME OVER

 [3A.A1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Dammit! This guy's tough!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Have you grown weary of our fight so quickly, Ragna the Bloodedge?

	[ Ragna & Hakumen ]
	!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Guh! How dare you interrupt me, Grimalkin!

	[ Ragna ]
	Wha... He disappeared...? Rachel? No, it couldn't be...
	Who the hell was that...?
	Guh...
	(Heh...my knees are about to give. Good thing that fight didn't last
	too much longer.)
	Tch... A little too late, huh?
	...The Cauldron is about to awaken.

(SAVE) Ragna: Threads of Fate

As usual, I'm going for the "Cauldron".
I carefully stepped in... I didn't sense anyone, but...
Something didn't feel right... Pain...?

	[ Ragna ]
	What...did you...say...?
	Uargh!
	...What the hell's goin' on?
	When the hell did you get those...?

	[ UNKNOWN ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh...!
	Think you can defeat me with that!?

	[ UNKNOWN ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	Who the hell are you?

	[ UNKNOWN ]
	...Now beginning destruction of target.

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS NOEL ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A1.L3
								 WIN : 3A.A1.W3

 [3A.A1.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	Gargh!... You bastard!

	[ Unknown ]
	You can't change anything. Nothing at all.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you, let go of-- Aaahgh!
	Wha...t...my power...is fading...

	[ Unknown ]
	*chuckle*

	[ Ragna ]
	Stop it... I'm...not...

	[ Jin ]
	You bastard! Let go... Let go of my brother!

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin...is that you...?
	...Stupid...don't...come...
	Run...

	[ Rachel ]
	In the end...
	...this one was the same as all the others.
	They will all be the same.
	Like an endless dance... A puppet show that goes on forever...
	Today, the light will shine down again...
	...to set fire to their demise...
	Until we meet again...

	[ System ]
	Complete annihilation of the 13th Hierarchical City Kagutsuchi:
	confirmed. Phase #724 completed successfully.
	System operating within normal limits.
	Transmitting all data to "Tamagahara".
	The system will now proceed to phase #725.

 [3A.A1.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Gargh!... You bastard!

	[ Unknown ]
	You can't change anything. Nothing at all.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you, let go of-- Aaahgh!
	Wha...t...my power...is fading...

	[ Unknown ]
	*chuckle*

	[ Ragna ]
	Stop it... I'm...not...

	[ Jin ]
	You bastard! Let go... Let go of my brother!

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin...is that you...?
	...Stupid...don't...come...
	Run...

	[ Rachel ]
	In the end...
	...this one was the same as all the others.
	They will all be the same.
	Like an endless dance... A puppet show that goes on forever...
	Today, the light will shine down again...
	...to set fire to their demise...
	Until we meet again...

	[ System ]
	Complete annihilation of the 13th Hierarchical City Kagutsuchi:
	confirmed. Phase #724 completed successfully.
	System operating within normal limits.
	Transmitting all data to "Tamagahara".
	The system will now proceed to phase #725.

		Ragna Stories
		Grim Reaper END
	
 [3A.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> It's too late to save him; I'll have to rip him a new one.

	[ Ragna ]
	Argh, dammit! Are you blind!? There's no way we can leave that roaming
	around! Move! Or I'll cut you down with him!

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm not moving...

	[ Ragna ]
	Do you really know how dangerous that thing is...?
	He's gone far beyond any level where you can save him.
	Seriously, if you don't move, I'll kill you, too.

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't step aside... I will take full responsibility for his actions.
	And, this is something I have already decided...
	Besides, I can say the same about your ignorance!
	You're Ragna the Bloodedge, right?
	Do you know anything about that grimoire you're carrying!?

	[ Ragna ]
	You better choose your words wisely...

	[ Litchi ]
	...Please...

	[ Ragna ]
	Ahhh, geez. OK, OK. I got it. You can have it your way.
	So don't gimme that look. You're makin' me look like the bad guy.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh? Aren't you that wanted vicious criminal?

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, yeah, whatever you say...
	All right, I'm takin' off, so that dirty rag is all yours.

	If it gets out of hand, make sure you toss him in the incinerator. Or
	is it the compost heap?

	[ Litchi ]
	Ragna...

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah?

	[ Litchi ]
	...Thanks... You're a lot nicer than I thought.

	[ Ragna ]
	Save it...

I give the girl a single wave good-bye and leave.

I've seen what happens to people that thing eats many times, but I gotta see
what that girl's up to...

	[ Ragna ]
	Good luck...

I mutter something no one else can hear.

(SAVE) Ragna: Orient Town 5th District

	[ Ragna ]
	...Finally...

I can't forget the eyes of the chick who tried to keep me from killing that
monster. I'm no match for those eyes... Straightforward, honest, pure...
They just make me feel...uncomfortable.

	[ Ragna ]
	I guess I'm pretty soft, after all. Tch...now that pisses me off.
	...Huh?

I'm so busy thinkin' about **** that I don't realize I've ended up in the
business district. I -am- a wanted man... Maybe I shouldn't be around crowds...

	[ Ragna ]
	What's up with this town...?

People look at my face, but then just keep moving...

	[ Ragna ]
	(Did I put on a Camouflage Armagus?)

	...Oh well, I was pretty hungry anyways. I guess I'll grab a bite to
	eat.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey, white-haired guy over there who looks kinda stupid!
	Wait!

	[ Ragna ]
	...?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Can't you hear me?
	Hmm... That's strange...

	Hmm... I don't see any other stupid looking guys with bleach-white
	hair, who probably don't do well with the ladies...

	[ Ragna ]
	The hell'd you say!? I think you added some adjectives in that second
	one.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooh! I knew you were the stupid looking white-haired guy!
	I'm hungry. Feed me!

	[ Ragna ]
	And why the hell would I do that!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmm... That's strange...
	I asked that rabbit person to give me some food...

	[ Ragna ]
	Rabbit person...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uh-huh, and she said...
	"A stupid-looking white guy's gonna pass by soon...
	You should try asking him."

	"Well he does look pretty poor, but he was kind enough to let a monster
	roam free, so I'm sure he's a "good guy" by anyone's definition of the
	word." That's what she said!

	C'mon, "good guy", give me something to eat.

	[ Ragna ]
	Goddamn rabbit...!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow...
	I'm hungry! I'm gonna starve to death!
	A "good guy" is just gonna turn a blind eye and let me die?
	I'll haunt you! Mark my words because I swear I will...!

	[ Ragna ]
	All right, all right...!
	I don't think I wanna be haunted today...
	OK, let's do this.
	How about the winner buys lunch?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, great idea!
	Are you ready for this? I'm pretty tough, you know!

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh!? Are you serious? I was just kidding.	

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao's on a long and hard journey to become rich.
	So I was kinda hopin' for a match or two...or three...or four...

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't get a word you're sayin'.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Heeeere I cooooome!

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A2.L1
								 WIN : 3A.A2.W1

 [3A.A2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	To lose to a little kid like her...
	Am I getting that rusty?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yayyyyy! Yayyyy!
	Neow I got free food!
	Good guy, you promised! Time to eat!

	[ Ragna ]
	...A loss is a loss.
	Fine, I guess I'll take a break myself.
	Ugh... What happened to me?
	This isn't right...

	[ Taokaka ]
	What's the matter, good guy?

	[ Ragna ]
	All right, all right, goddammit.

	[ Rachel ]
	Pathetic...

		GAME OVER
	

 [3A.A2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Eek... That wasn't supposed to happen...
	If it wasn't starving, I wouldn't have lost to you...!

	[ Ragna ]
	All right. A promise is a promise.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Mew... I guess there's no choice...

I manage to get myself somethin' to eat after I beat up that cat... thing.
I've been knee-deep in **** lately... I haven't had the chance to just sit down
and eat a real meal in...hell, in forever.

Well, no time like the present. Doesn't hurt that it's a free lunch...

Although...it doesn't look like that cat has much more money than I do...

	[ Ragna ]
	That reminds me... Earlier you said you were on a journey to become
	rich, right?

	[ Taokaka ]
	*chomp* *chomp* *swallow*
	Yeah, take a look at this.

The cat thing shoves the rest of the food into her mouth and swallows. I have
to admit, I'm a little worried she's gonna hurt herself, but she seems fine.
She digs a piece of paper out of her coat and hands it to me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Swallow, then talk...
	Huh? What's this? Rather, who is this?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Mmph mrmph... *swallow*. He's the big bad villain Ragnya.
	Tao's gonna beat up this Ragnya and collect a bunch of money.

	[ Ragna ]
	Pffffft!

	[ Taokaka ]
	What's the matter, good guy?
	What a waste of food...

	[ Ragna ]
	Uh...nothing at all...
	(...This is supposed to be me...?)
	Oh, well...
	Hey, I'm takin' off, so take care of the bill for me.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Mmph mrmph... *chew* *chew*
	All righty... Good guy.

	[ Ragna ]
	*sigh*
	Even those "things" are after me, now?

(SAVE) Ragna: Ronin-gai

	[ ? ? ? ]
	You there! Haaalt!

I hear some jackass yelling behind me. I stop for a moment, thinking he might
be talking to me...

	[ Ragna ]
	Must be for someone else...

I start walking again. Faster.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I said wait!
	Toh!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Who the heck are you?

	[ Bang ]
	It's not my policy to reveal my name just because I was asked, but if
	you really want to know that much, I think I can make an exception!

	[ Bang ]
	I am none other than Bang Shishigami!
	I am the man who fights in the name of love and justice!

	[ Ragna ]
	...
	I see, I see... That's wonderful.
	See ya around, old man.

	[ Bang ]
	I told you to wait! Besides, you just called me something veeeery rude!

	[ Ragna ]
	Geez, there should be a limit to how annoying someone can be.
	And what does the man who fights in the name of 'love and justice' want
	with me?

	[ Bang ]
	What do I want with you!? I thought you already knew...villain!
	Accept your defeat! You shall become a stepping stone to pave my path
	to glory!

	[ Ragna ]
	I'm starting to get a headache.

	[ Bang ]
	The magnificent ninja of love and justice, Bang Shishigami!
	Here I come, Ragna the Bloodedge! Now, surrender!

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS BANG ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A2.L2
								 WIN : 3A.A2.W2

 [3A.A2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	I...I can't believe...I lost to some weirdo...

	[ Bang ]
	And thus, the greatest villain falls by the hands of Bang Shishigami!
	Now...I am one step closer to my dream of reviving Ikaruga!

	As I thought! I am the strongest in Kagutsu-- No....strongest in the
	world! Haaaahahahahahah!

	[ Ragna ]
	No...I think I'm gonna cry...

		GAME OVER

 [3A.A2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	H-How could this...!
	For the great Bang Shishigami to be defeated so easily... Impossible...

	[ Ragna ]
	...
	All right, I guess I'll be going.
	What should I get for dinner...?

I think it's best if I just pretend nothing happened...
I shake his blood off my sword and walk away, whistling.

	[ Ragna ]
	Hmph. All these branches look the same.
	I feel like I've been here before.

I arrive on the floor I've been looking for.
'Course, all these places look the same.

Somewhere under here is the Cauldron...

	[ Ragna ]
	Now then...
	Hm?

I feel a shiver run up my spine and whip around to see a silhouette.

Its face is smooth and white. No mouth, no nose, nothing...
I open my mouth to yell, but nothing comes out.

I...I can't move...

(SAVE) Ragna: Fateful Showdown

	[ Hakumen ]
	I can't move my right hand...
	I feel something weird...some odd feeling, like someone's squeezing my
	chest.

It's a few moments before I realize what it is...
...Fear.
My palms start to sweat.

	[ Ragna ]
	What's with that guy?

I look at the masked man again, and my vision goes all...weird.

	[ Ragna ]
	What's this feeling...?

It's...almost like deja vu, but...weirder...
And the fear of the guy just won't go away...
Why the hell am I so scared of him?

	[ Ragna ]
	The Azure Grimoire...?
	Dammit, shut up!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Much time has passed since we last met, Black Beast.

	[ Ragna ]
	Time has passed? What the hell are you talking about?
	I've never seen you before.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Is something amiss? Your voice trembles. What are you afraid of?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut the hell up...!

	[ Hakumen ]
	...You have stood your ground, and for that you have earned my respect.
	Come... I shall end this.

	[ Ragna ]
	Who the hell do you think you are!? You're not ending anything!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Fool... I shall see you expunged from this world, no matter the cost.
	I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword.

	With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it
	in the fires of destruction.

	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3A.A2.L3
								 WIN : 3A.A2.W3
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3A.X1.W1

 [3A.A2.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	Guargh... D-Damn you...!
	The Cauldron is right in front of me...
	I won't let you stop me now...

	[ Hakumen ]
	We shall meet again, Dark One...
	...on the far side of the Boundary...
	Farewell...

		GAME OVER

 [3A.A2.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	...What's going on?
	I just beat you to a pulp...!

	[ Hakumen ]
	You can never defeat me. It is a fool's errand to try.

	[ Ragna ]
	What the hell's goin' on!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Your end has arrived, Dark One!

My master told me once that a real swordsman can cut up his enemy and they
won't even feel it...

I hate to say it, but now I think I know what he meant...

I didn't even feel myself getting hit...

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Grimalkin! Do not interfere!

	[ Jubei ]
	I'm real sorry, Hakumen, but it ain't time for him to die just yet.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You are an old friend and an honorable soldier, but I cannot back down!

	[ Jubei ]
	Sorry, Hakumen, but I gotta do what I gotta do.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Do you not understand what you have done!?
	A curse upon you all!

	[ Ragna ]
	You...
	What are you doing here...?

There's a cat standing on its hind legs, looking at me.
I'd know that little bastard anywhere...
Jubei, the strongest living creature on earth.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ow!

	[ Jubei ]
	Whoa, whoa... That the kinda thing to say to somebody what just saved
	your life? How about a little thanks, kid? Would it kill ya to treat
	your master with a little respect?

	[ Ragna ]
	Sorry...
	Goddammit! Stop Hitting me!

	[ Jubei ]
	Maybe I should just let him do you in.
	Listen, Ragna...
	Don't mistake the power of the Azure Grimoire for your own.

	[ Ragna ]
	Mistake it?

	[ Jubei ]
	What's your strength for, kid? What did you tell me back then?
	You're getting all worked up and you're losin' sight of what's really
	important.

	[ Ragna ]
	The hell! You bastards! You all just love to lecture me, huh!?
	I use my own strength for myself! What's wrong with that!?
	I'm not gonna stop until I destroy the Library!

	[ Jubei ]
	Ragna...

	[ Ragna ]
	God, first the rabbit and now you...
	Why do all you guys harass me!?
	Get out of my sight, goddammit...!

	[ Jubei ]
	...I understand why ya got so much hatred. That's why I helped you out.
	I reckon she did the same.

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Jubei ]
	It ain't time yet, kid...
	Leave this one alone, Ragna.
	When the time's right, she'll be there.

	[ Ragna ]
	I have no clue what you're talking about...
	Can you speak in "human" for me?

	[ Jubei ]
	Unfortunately, I ain't human.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooh, yay!
	Free food, free food... What a day!
	Meoow, meoooow!
	This meat, it's so tender and full of juice!

	[ Ragna ]
	...What the hell am I doing here?
	Damn...I don't get it...
	Hey, what the hell!? Tao was it!?
	You eat way too much, goddammit!
	You've been inhaling everything this whole time!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Shut up, "good guy"!
	Food is meant to be enjoyed, peacefully.

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't need you lecturing me!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Eat good food, and you can forget about all the bad things that happen.
	The cat person told me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Tch... Whatever.
	old man, get me another bowl, too! Dammit, if it comes down to this,
	I'm gonna eat as much as I can, too!
	*slurp* *gulp* This bun's not bad...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, so you understand the taste of good food...!

	[ Ragna ]
	But sorry about all this. I really appreciate the food.

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's my line, "good guy".
	Nothing beats free food!

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, damn straight.
	Nothing really does beat--
	Huh?
	Why do I feel like we were thinking the same thing?
	...Hey. About this bill.
	Who's payin' it?

	[ Taokaka ]
	The cat person told me you would pay.

	[ Ragna ]
	Whoa, whoa, don't be ridiculous.
	I'm not working! I'm unemployed! OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	What's "unemployed"? Does it taste good?

	[ Ragna ]
	No, no! All right, listen up, Tao.
	I don't have a penny on me. And neither do you.
	Do you know what that means?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh?

	[ Ragna ]
	You just don't get it, do ya...?

	[ Employee ]
	Sir, me no make out what you just say...

	[ Ragna ]
	Well...
	Um...
	Y'know....
	Run for it, Tao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	B-But there's still some food left!

	[ Ragna ]
	If you don't wanna eat crap everyday for lunch, run!
	I don't even wanna think about what'll happen if they catch me...
	Ah, that's not even funny...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Even if it's crap, food is food!
	Ahh, my steamed bun!

	[ Employee ]
	S-Sir!
	The bill! You no dine and dash!

	[ Customer A ]
	Hey. Isn't that...the bounty?

	[ Customer B ]
	Are you serious? Now that I think about it...
	He looks a little different from the poster,
	but I can see the resemblance.

	[ Ragna ]
	What do you mean a "little" different!?

	[ Customer C ]
	Hey, you hear Ragna dined and dashed?

	[ Customer D ]
	Let's get him! If we all attack, we might be able to take him down!

	[ Customer E ]
	We can split the bounty!

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey. You mean this place was full of bounty hunters? What the hell!?

	After all I've done, I'll be a laughing stock for the rest of my life
	if I get caught for dine and dashing!

	I'm not going down!

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3A.X1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Ragna ]
	Dammit! This guy's tough!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Have you grown weary of our fight so quickly, Ragna the Bloodedge?

	[ Ragna & Hakumen ]
	!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Guh! How dare you interrupt me, Grimalkin!

	[ Ragna ]
	Wha... He disappeared...? Rachel? No, it couldn't be...
	Who the hell was that...?
	Guh...

	(Heh...my knees are about to give. Good thing that fight didn't last
	too much longer.)

	Tch... A little too late, huh?
	...The Cauldron is about to awaken.

(SAVE) Ragna: Threads of Fate

	[ System ]
	CAUTION!	CAUTION!	CAUTION!
	UNIT MURAKUMO No. 13
	REPRODUCTION PROGRAM SCHEDULE ENDED
	THE v  START-UP READY

	[ Ragna ]
	Done booting already?
	What a pain in the ass...
	This isn't good...
	I'm startin' to feel like I'm gonna hurl just thinking about it...

I grit my teeth. That...thing is getting closer...

	[ Nu ]
	Loading, loading, loading, loading...
	All systems: normal.
	Activating Murakumo...

She slowly opens her eyes...

	[ Nu ]
	Oh! Ragna!
	*cough* *cough*

	[ Ragna ]
	...Tch.

	[ Nu ]
	*sigh*... Ah, sorry about that.
	But it really has been a while. Um... Third time, right?

	[ Ragna ]
	Third time, stupid...
	Wait--Is that right?
	(What is this strange feeling...?)

	[ Nu ]
	*giggle*... Welcome.
	...Did you come to kill me again?

	[ Ragna ]
	I didn't come to kill you. I came to "destroy" you.

	[ Nu ]
	Those are one and the same. You know it hurts so much last time...!
	When you lashed out at me, I thought I was a goner!

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up...

	[ Nu ]
	But, Ragna... Didn't it feel wonderful...?

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	You slashed me...pierced me all over...when I was completely
	defenseless...

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up!

	[ Nu ]
	You knew what you were doing that time.

	[ Ragna ]
	I told you to shut up!

	[ Nu ]
	You were smiling...

	[ Ragna ]
	Ugh...!

	[ Nu ]
	But today's gonna be different. See? I even have a new body, and I can
	talk.
	Ah!
	But, would you prefer something like last time?

	[ Ragna ]
	I said shut up! That face! That voice! Don't you dare talk to me like
	that!

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	I'm here to destroy you! That's all there is to it! There's nothing we
	need to talk about!

	[ Nu ]
	*giggle*

	[ Ragna ]
	What...!?

	[ Nu ]
	Hahahaha!
	I knew you were just like me... Yeah... Just like me.
	Hahaha!

	[ Ragna ]
	What the hell are you talking about!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna, you want to destroy things, right? Me... Yourself... This whole
	world...! You want to destroy it all!

	Of course... Because you have the power to do that.
	The Azure Grimoire... The power to fight against all of humanity...
	You already have the power, so of course, you want to use it.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ugh...

	[ Nu ]
	That's OK, Ragna... We can go at it...until the end of time... *giggle*
	You know I'd do anything for you, Ragna.

	[ Nu ]
	Because I'm yours, Ragna.
	I'm the only one who can satisfy you, Ragna...
	Yeah... I'm the only one.

	[ Ragna ]
	Bitch...!

	[ Nu ]
	Come, Ragna... Let me put my arms around you.

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS V-13 ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3A.X1.L2
								 WIN : 3A.X1.W2

 [3A.X1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS V-13: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	Argh!

	[ Nu ]
	I'm sorry, Ragna, but it's my turn now.
	But, it feels good, Ragna... Very, very good...
	This big one's my favorite...!

	[ Ragna ]
	Gargh!
	You *****...stop messing...with me...
	You piece of ****...!

	[ Nu ]
	Hmm... Ragna, you're not enjoying this...?
	Then... I'll make you feel a lot better...
	Restriction #666, released.
	Dimensional interference field deployed...
	Murakumo Unit, activated.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you...!
	Ahhh... Shit!
	Restriction #666 released...
	Dimensional interference field deployed...
	BlazBlue... Uargh!

	[ Nu ]
	Hahahaha!
	It's too late... It's too late to return, Ragna!
	You and I are becoming one!
	Haha... Hahahahaha!

:: GAME OVER ::

 [3A.X1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Gargh!... You bastard!

	[ Nu ]
	You can't change anything. Nothing at all.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you, let go of-- Aaahgh!
	Wha...t...my power...is fading...

	[ Nu ]
	*chuckle*

	[ Ragna ]
	Stop it... I'm...not...

	[ Jin ]
	You bastard! Let go... Let go of my brother!

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin...is that you...?
	...Stupid...don't...come...
	Run...

	[ Rachel ]
	In the end...
	...this one was the same as all the others.
	They will all be the same.
	Like an endless dance... A puppet show that goes on forever...
	Today, the light will shine down again...
	...to set fire to their demise...
	Until we meet again...

	[ System ]
	Complete annihilation of the 13th Hierarchical City Kagutsuchi:
	confirmed. Phase #724 completed successfully.
	System operating within normal limits.
	Transmitting all data to "Tamagahara".
	The system will now proceed to phase #725.

		Ragna Stories
		Grim Reaper END

 [3A.X2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		RAGNA VERSUS RACHEL: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH
		RAGNA VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN DISTORTION FINISH
		> TCH, I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS.
		RAGNA VERSUS JIN: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH
		RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

				< 3A.A2.8 >

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant* *pant*

	[ Nu ]
	*giggle*

	[ Ragna ]
	What...What the hell is this!?
	What the hell is goin' on!?

	[ Nu ]
	Haa ha ha ha!

	[ Ragna ]
	Who the hell are you!?

	[ Nu ]
	You still don't get it, Ragna...?
	I see... You're just in denial... You don't want to admit it.

	[ Ragna ]
	What are you saying!?

	[ Nu ]
	Then, I'll open your eyes... I'll show you what I am to you...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	!?
	What the hell...am I doing...?

	[ Nu ]
	Take a good look with your own eyes...
	At the real reason why we were created...!

			X----------------------------X
			|+--------------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS UNLIMITED RAGNA ||
			|+--------------------------+|
			X----------------------------X

								LOSE : 3A.X2.L1
								 WIN : 3A.X2.W1

 [3A.X2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS UNLIMITED RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	I see... Very well...I got it...
	So be it...!
	I'll destroy it...everything...!

		GAME OVER

 [3A.X2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS UNLIMITED RAGNA: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	The real one will always win, imposter...
	!?
	The hell is this...? Why am I...?
	Guh...my body...won't obey me...

	[ Noel ]
	Who goes there!?

	[ XXX ]
	Target confirmed...analyzed... Now beginning fusion.

	[ Noel ]
	Answer me!

	[ Ragna ]
	Wh-What are you talkin' about? I'm--

	[ Noel ]
	I am Lieutenant Noel Vermillion of the Librarium!
	I'm placing you under arrest!

	[ XXX ]
	Target determined hostile.
	Now commencing termination process.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Hey, idiot...Run away!
	...Wha--!? That girl...
	Wait a minute, she looks way too similar--

	[ XXX ]
	Target in possession of unknown weapons...
	Increasing threat level from three to seven.
	Murakumo unit activated... Blood-scythe deployed.
	Functioning... Awaiting target's capture.

	[ Ragna ]
	Quit screwing around! Hey, can't you hear me!? Run away already!

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!
	What...What the hell are you!?

	[ XXX ]
	Now terminating target.

	[ Ragna ]
	!?

	[ Noel ]
	One more move, and I'll shoot!
	This is your last warning!
	Stop or I'll fire!
	!?
	What...What's going on?
	How are you still standing!?
	Fall! Fall! Fall! Fall! Fall!
	Please...! Go down already!

Her attacks don't even faze me.
I rip the guns out of her hand and crush them.

	[ Noel ]
	Bolverk...! ...No...no way...

	[ XXX ]
	Target's threat level decreased.

	[ Noel ]
	You...monster... You monster!

The girl is trembling in fear, but against my will, I reach out with my right
hand and grab her neck.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ah...!?

	[ Noel ]
	No! Let go of me! Right now!
	Eek! Huh? *pant* P...Please...let me go...
	Please...I beg you... Guh!

I hear the girl cry in pain.
The next thing I know, I'm squeezing her neck even harder than before.

	[ Noel ]
	Ow... Ah... Someone...please... Somebody...help me...!

	[ Ragna ]
	No...! Stop! Stop it! Please stop!
	AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!

		GAME OVER

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[3B.A0.L1] vs Bang (Lose)
[3B.A0.W1] vs Bang (Win)

[3B.A1.X1] I'm done here.
[3B.A1.L1] vs Carl (Lose)
[3B.A1.W1] vs Carl (Win)
[3B.A1.L2] vs Noel (Lose)
[3B.A1.W2] vs Noel (Win)
[3B.A1.L3] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3B.A1.w3] vs Ragna (Win)
[3B.A1.L4] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3B.A1.w4] vs v-13 (Win)

[3B.A2.X1] But first, I must rid myself of any obstructions.
[3B.A2.L1] vs Tager (Lose)
[3B.A2.L2] vs Rachel (Lose)
[3B.A2.L3] vs Rachel (Win)
[3B.A2.L4] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3B.A2.L5] vs Ragna (Win)
[3B.A2.L6] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3B.A2.L7] vs v-13 (Win)
[3B.A2.L8] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3B.A2.L9] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3B.A2.W1] vs Tager (Win)
[3B.A2.W2] Tager Win Path
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		Jin Stories
		False hero

	[ Jin ]
	There's...nothing.

One day...

Before I realized it, I had joined the Kisaragi family.
A family with many "siblings" and one head.

From that day on, when the family head gave me orders, I obeyed them.

It wasn't long before I was considered first in line to inherit the Kisaragi
house and sent to the Military Academy.

I didn't have a choice about any of it.
My life rushed past; my course decided upon by other people.

I knew there were people out there who had it in for me, but all I could do was
watch.

Ever since that day, I haven't really seen anything.

	[ Brother-in-law ]
	So you're the new little brother...

	[ Household Head ]
	You have talent. That's why I welcomed you into the Kisaragi household.

	[ Young Man ]
	What are you looking at? You got a death wish?

	[ Colleague ]
	Aren't you lucky?
	You know, the only reason you got promoted is because of your family
	name.

	[ Jin ]
	...

They were talking.
They were always talking about me.

But I could never bring myself to think anything more than "oh, really"...

...and look at my right hand.

I was given a rank. Medals. Admiration.
Things others would fight and die for were heaped upon me.
One day I noticed people had started to call me "Hero".

But try as I might, I felt nothing. None of it mattered to me.
After a while, I started to worry that my whole life would be like that.

That is, until the day the Reaper arrived in Kagutsuchi...

(SAVE) Jin: Ikaruga

	[ Jin ]
	Who would've thought there'd be a town here...
	Hmph. More like a pathetic excuse for a town.

Kagutsuchi, the 13th Hierarchical City.

Had I disobeyed an order? So what. I had to go to Kagutsuchi.
I have to meet this...Reaper.

Headquarters could track me if I went by airship, so I decided to travel on
foot.

...Of course, I would have walked anyway.

The closer one is to the base of the mountain, the fewer roads are actually
paved. I've been forced to take many detours.

	[ Jin ]
	...That's odd...
	...

I...feel people here...but I see nothing.

This door has been left open, and a scrap of cloth flutters in the wind.

	[ Jin ]
	...Hm?

I knew something was amiss the moment I entered town, but now...
I can sense several people approaching me from behind.

Their reasons do not interest me, but I have a feeling they do not intend to
let me pass, and I cannot abide any impediment just now. They're beginning to
irritate me...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Toh!

	[ Bang ]
	Jin Kisaragi of the NOL! I have finally found you!

	[ Jin ]
	...What do you want?

	[ Bang ]
	What do I want!? Perhaps this scar on my face will refresh your memory!

	[ Jin ]
	Heh... Not really...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	You bastard! How dare you insult the boss!

	[ Bang ]
	Leave this one to me!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Sir! Please, forgive me!

	[ Bang ]
	How dare you crown yourself with the name of my hometown!

	[ Jin ]
	Hometown...? Ah, of course... Ikaruga.
	You're one of those...what was it..."ninja"?

	[ Bang ]
	What do you want here? Wasn't the destruction of Ikaruga enough for!?

	[ Jin ]
	Hmph. You have absolutely nothing that interests me. But if you stand
	in my way, I -will- remove you. Besides, it was only a coincidence I
	picked this path.

	[ Bang ]
	Th-That was the last straw...
	Never forget, what you are bout to see...
	I am the man who fights for Kagutsuchi in the name of love and courage!
	I am...Bang Shishigami!
	Even if I have to break my master's teachings right here...!

	I -will- make someone pay for all the blood that was spilled in
	Ikaruga! This is my battle! You guys had better stay out of it!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Godspeed...

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Bang ]
	En guarde!

	[ Jin ]
	Worthless trash...

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| JIN VS BANG ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3B.A0.W1

 [3B.A0.L0] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh...Impossible...

	[ Bang ]
	Hahahaha! You see that!? This is the result of all my training!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Sir, that was awesome! You got your revenge...
	I'm sure all of our brothers that lost their lives would be satisfied.

	[ Bang ]
	Hm... But, our master will never forgive me for what I've done...

	Jin Kisaragi! I will not take your life...but I will make sure you
	spend the rest of it repenting for your sins!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	S...Sir!

	[ Jin ]
	Damn it... How did I lose to them...?

		GAME OVER

 [3B.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	*cough* ...I...Inconceivable...

	[ Jin ]
	"Inconceivable"...? Don't tell me you expected to win...?

	[ Bang ]
	Whaaat...!?

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Damn you, Jin Kisaragi!

	[ Bang ]
	You guys stay out of this!
	Kuh... But for everyone's sake...I cannot be defeated here!

The man before me is breathing heavily.
He does not seem to understand that he has lost... Pitiful fool.
There was never any other possible outcome.

	[ Jin ]
	What a waste of time...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • I'm done here. (3B.A1.X1)						      |
| • But first, I must rid myself of any obstructions.	(3B.A2.X1)	      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3B.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I'm done here.

I have neither the time nor the inclination to deal with these men just now.
I must reach the peak of Kagutsuchi.

	[ Jin ]
	Just stay on the ground... It suits you.

	[ Bang ]
	D...Damn it... Master...I'm sorry...

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Boss!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Damn you, Jin!

	[ Jin ]
	I'm tired of hearing that... Can't you come up with something more...
	creative?

(SAVE) Jin: The Military Academy

	[ Jin ]
	...I finally got rid of them... They were like maggots on a carcass.

Another unnecessary detour...
I'm running out of time.
I'm not the only person after him.

The Librarium must have sent others...

...and with the bounty on his head, I'm sure a fair share of vigilantees have
targeted him, as well as people with...other motives.

	[ Carl ]
	Look, Sis. That really is the "Hero of Ikaruga".

	[ Jin ]
	Who the hell are you...?

	[ Carl ]
	Pardon me. I'm not one to be cautious of. Just a vigilante.

	[ Jin ]
	A vigilante...? Then, you must be--

	[ Carl ]
	...That's exactly right.

	I know this may sound rude, but if you happen to kill the "Grim Reaper"
	before I get to him, it would be a terrible inconvenience.

	[ Jin ]
	Hah! That's a lot of confidence coming from a wannabe.

	[ Carl ]
	Why don't you talk about my confidence...
	...after you fight me?

The child is pathetic...

	[ Jin ]
	Tch.
	Get out of my way...

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| JIN VS CARL ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A1.L1
								 WIN : 3B.A1.W1

 [3B.A1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS cARL: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	Th-This power... Wh-What the heck...are you...!?

	[ Carl ]
	Hmm...we won more easily than we thought, huh, Sis? *giggle* Thank
	goodness. Are you hurt?

	[ Jin ]
	Dammit... You're...nothing!

	[ Carl ]
	Oh, you're still conscious.
	I'm sorry. It's unfortunate, but it's over. Good-bye, "cadet"...

	[ Jin ]
	!?
	Y...You're... Damn it...

		GAME OVER

 [3B.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS CARL: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	...Well done...Cadet Kisaragi.

	[ Jin ]
	Do I know you...?

	[ Carl ]
	I don't blame you for not remembering. I've only met you a couple of
	times...

	[ Jin ]
	The Military Academy...
	Hmph! I didn't think you would stoop so low as to become a vigilante...

	[ Carl ]
	Sorry, Sis... I lost... Will...you...forgive me...?

	[ Jin ]
	...Pitiful.
	Whatever. I've wasted too much time.

(SAVE) Jin: Novus Orbis Librarium

I've finally arrived at the branch office.
But something is wrong.
There are no guards. No people at all.

I listen, carefully, but I hear nothing.

How strange...

	[ Jin ]
	Why is it...?

I try harder, search every corner for a hint of a presence...
I find something. It's faint, but it's there.

	[ Jin ]
	Someone passed through here...

Has the Grim Reaper already arrived?

	[ Noel ]
	Major Kisaragi!

	[ Jin ]
	...Lieutenant Vermillion.

	[ Noel ]
	Sir...I bring an "Imperial Command" from the NOL:
	Major Jin Kisaragi must report to the headquarters immediately.

	[ Jin ]
	...

For a moment, I feel dizzy.

So the Librarium has already seen through my ruse and sent this child after me.

How very irritating.
This girl's voice... This girl's face...

Why does she have -her- face?

	[ Noel ]
	Major...this directive...um...has the seal of the Imperator...

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	Um...I know I may be intruding, but...
	Tsubaki hasn't been the same since you left.

	So please, return to headquarters as soon as possible. They'll strike
	everything from the record if you return now.

This girl...
This girl...!

She's trying to take it all away again.
She's going to take everything from me.

Who the hell is she?

	[ Noel ]
	Are you not feeling well? You look a little--

	[ Jin ]
	Don't touch me!
	Shut up, you..."impediment"...

	[ Noel ]
	M-Major...what are you...?

	[ Jin ]
	Who the hell are you...? Who...who are you?
	WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?

	[ Noel ]
	Major...I...

	[ Jin ]
	Die...

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| JIN VS NOEL ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A1.L2
								 WIN : 3B.A1.W2

 [3B.A1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	Please calm down, Major. I'll call a medical team right away...!

	[ Jin ]
	Why...why...why are you always...! Ugh!

	[ Noel ]
	...

		GAME OVER

 [3B.A1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	...Hah!

When I come to, Noel Vermillion is nowhere to be seen.
It's quiet.
There is a shadow standing in front of me.
It looks familiar...
Like...someone I used to know.

	[ Jin ]
	You're...?
	Ugh...!
	Wh...What was that...just now...?
	And this...

My right hand is drenched in something...red.
It's awfully warm to the touch.

	[ Jin ]
	Did I kill...that girl?
	!
	He's... here...!

(SAVE) Jin: Rebellion

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Jin ]
	We finally meet again..."Brother".
	Just as I thought... You WERE "Ragna the Bloodedge".

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin! Why are you here...?

	[ Jin ]
	"Why"? Heh, I thought that was obvious... I came to see you, Ragna.

	[ Ragna ]
	Go away! I didn't come here for you, *******.

	[ Jin ]
	Why...Why not? You're not happy to see me? Hehehe.

	[ Ragna ]
	What are you talking about...?

	[ Jin ]
	Did you forget? About our past?
	You know what I'm talking about... Where all three of us used to--

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut the hell up, Jin. I'll deal with you some other day.

	[ Jin ]
	Don't be so cold...Brother.

The house...
The house where we lived...
Burning, crumbling...

	[ Jin ]
	Hehehe...

And then...I...

	[ Jin ]
	AHAHAHAHAHAHAA!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Jin...you bastard...

	[ Jin ]
	Hey... Brother...
	I just killed a girl who looked exactly like her...

	[ Ragna ]
	!? What do you mean...?

	[ Jin ]
	But I'm so happy...I get to...I get to "kill" you again!

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| JIN VS RAGNA ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A1.L3
								 WIN : 3B.A1.W3

 [3B.A1.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant* You just had to get in my way... Say your good-byes...
	for now.

	[ Jin ]
	No...I'm the one who's supposed to kill you. Only I...can kill you...!
	No one else can kill you!

	[ Ragna ]
	I'll decide my own future! You have no right to butt in.

	[ Jin ]
	...No...I'm...!

	[ Ragna ]
	I'll listen to your crap later. I have a lot to ask you myself, but I
	have something I need to take care of first.

	[ Jin ]
	No! Brother!

Without thinking, I grab his hand.
A chill runs down my spine.

I know that I can't let him fight...something...
...Something here...

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn it! Stop getting in my way, Jin! Don't make me beat the **** out
	of you! Now, get off me!

	[ Jin ]
	No... Brother... You can't fight that... You can't! Ragna!
	Ragna...

The chill pushes its icy fingers out from my spine and through the rest of my
body. I feel myself lose consciousness...

AD 2196

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Thank you for holding my luggage, Jin.

	[ Jin ]
	It's quite all right... I'm used to this kind of thing.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Huh? Wait...you don't mean...

	[ Jin ]
	I think you have the wrong idea, Tsubaki... I was talking about all the
	errands I run for the student council.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Oh... I see. Of course. You know... I want to be on the student council
	and earn my stripes on day just like you, Jin.

	[ Jin ]
	I don't think you need to worry about that...
	You're intelligent and responsible. I can see you becoming the next
	student council president.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Thanks, Jin.
	...Huh?

	[ Makoto ]
	Oh, Jin! Good morning!
	Good morning, Tsubaki!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Good morning!

	[ Noel ]
	G-Good morning...

	[ Jin ]
	Guys! No running in the hallways! But you already knew that, right?
	Just be more careful.

	[ Makoto ]
	Yes... My apologies.

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	What's wrong, Noel? Are you sick?

	[ Noel ]
	N-No... It's not that...

	[ Jin ]
	...
	...!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Jin..you too... What's wrong?

	[ Jin ]
	I-It's nothing...! I just remembered something...
	Tsubaki, I'm sorry but I need to give this back to you.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Sure. Thank you for helping me. Are you really sure you're OK, Jin?

	[ Jin ]
	I appreciate the concern, but...I'm quite all right. I'll see you
	later.

	[ Makoto ]
	*sigh* Jin is so dreamy... Tsubaki, you're so lucky he actually calls
	you by your mane!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Well, we are related. It's not that strange.
	We've known each other since we were kids...
	Makoto, stop shaking your tail like that.

	[ Makoto ]
	I'm so jealous... I don't think he'll ever take us seriously, eh? Noel?

	[ Noel ]
	...
	A white...soldier...?

	[ Makoto ]
	Hey, Noel, are you listening?

	[ Noel ]
	Um...uh...yes?

	[ Makoto ]
	You're not listening at all...

	[ Jin ]
	What was that vision...?
	Who was that girl...!?
	Damn it...!

		The alternate turth has yet to be found

 [3B.A1.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin...you bastard!

	[ Jin ]
	Ahahahaha! Fun...! Isn't this so fun!?
	I've been dreaming of this day...the day I get to kill you again!

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh...!

	[ Jin ]
	Ahahahaha... Good-bye, Brother. I wish it didn't have to end here.
	!?
	This is...!
	Ugh...!

(SAVE) Jin: Nemesis

	[ Nu ]
	Target confirmed... Obstructing directive.

	[ Jin ]
	Who the hell...is this...?

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant* ...Jin...back off...!
	She's not your enemy!

	[ Jin ]
	Who...is this?
	My...
	Yukianesa...?

Something is flowing into me from Yukianesa.
These are...memories.
So much...information...

	[ Jin ]
	Gah...What is this? AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH--

It all comes down to a single point.
Every time I see it, my emotions take over.

And the point, the one that all of my memories lead to.
Here it is...right in front of me.

	[ Jin ]
	*pant* *pant*
	I see... I get it... So that's how it is...

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin... No...!

	[ Nu ]
	Processing...

	[ Jin ]
	You're the...enemy!

	[ Nu ]
	Subject determined to be hostile...
	Now beginning termination.

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| JIN VS V-13 ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A1.L4
								 WIN : 3B.A1.W4

 [3B.A1.L4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS V-13: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	...Why? Why won't you die!?

No matter how many times I stab her, or how many times I freeze her...
The girl keeps getting up...

	[ Nu ]
	... Impossible. YOu cannot kill me...

	[ Jin ]
	...What did you say!?

	[ Nu ]
	Perish!

A bolt of light erupts from her body and slams into me.

	[ Jin ]
	GAAAAAAAAH!
	Damn it, my feet...! You *****...!

Am I going to die here...?
The girl walks toward me...and keeps going...

	[ Jin ]
	!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna... Finally the hindrance is gone. We're together, at last!

She reaches for my brother...

	[ Jin ]
	Brother!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Stop it... I...

	[ Nu ]
	Finally...we can be one...

	[ Jin ]
	Stop it! Brother, BROTHER--!

I scream and scream, but still my body refuses to move.

I can only watch as that girl leaps into the Cauldron, brother in her arms.

	[ Jin ]
	Ragnaaaaaa!

They melt together, my brother and that girl.
They turn into something else...
...something...very dark.

AD 2196/05/04

	[ Jin ]
	*sigh*
	...boring...
	Brother...
	I'm just not good with other people...

All I can hear is static.
It forces its way in through my ears and drills into my brain.

Everything is cold. Everything, at least, except for my right hand.

	[ Jin ]
	*sigh* I'm tired...in so many ways...

	[ Noel ]
	*pant* *pant*

	[ Jin ]
	Hm... What's this...?

	[ Noel ]
	Uh...um...excuse me.
	That's mine. Sorry for the trouble.

A girl chases after a piece of paper fluttering in the wind...

	[ Jin ]
	Hmph... How rare for someone to actually come here...
	Don't worry. I caught your paper.

	[ Noel ]
	S-Sorry. Thank you.
	*pant* *pant*
	I was writing something, but the wind suddenly blew it away...

	[ Jin ]
	Hahaha...It can get really windy around here...
	So you should be caref--
	...!?
	...You're Tsubaki's friend--Miss Noel Vermillion, was it?

	[ Noel ]
	...Huh? Y-Yes, that's right... Ah! Cadet Kisaragi...! M-My apologies.

	[ Jin ]
	I've heard a lot about you from Tsubaki. During your entrance exam, you
	had amazing synchronization rates with the Armagus, right? The highest
	record ever, I was told.

	[ Noel ]
	Uh...um...yes...but, I wasn't able to use it well...
	I'm not that great academically or physically... Not like you.

	[ Jin ]
	You never know what can happen...
	You should have more confidence in yourself.

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'll do my best... Thank you.

	[ Jin ]
	Well, if you'll excuse me...
	Oh, and your paper...

	[ Noel ]
	I'm sorry. Thank you again.

	[ Jin ]
	!?

	[ Noel ]
	...Sir?

	[ Jin ]
	It's nothing...
	I'll see you around.
	...
	Who is that girl?
	Is that...? No...it can't be.
	She...she looks identical.
	What was that hallucination...? Brother...
	Damn it...what is all this...?

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3B.A1.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	...Why? Why won't you die!?

No matter how many times I stab her, or how many times I freeze her...
The girl keeps getting up...

	[ Nu ]
	... Impossible. YOu cannot kill me...

	[ Jin ]
	...What did you say!?

	[ Nu ]
	Perish!

A bolt of light erupts from her body and slams into me.

	[ Jin ]
	GAAAAAAAAH!
	Damn it, my feet...! You *****...!

Am I going to die here...?
The girl walks toward me...and keeps going...

	[ Jin ]
	!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...Finally the hindrance is gone. We're together, at last!

She reaches for my brother...

	[ Jin ]
	Brother!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Stop it... I...

	[ Nu ]
	Finally...we can be one...

	[ Jin ]
	Stop it! Brother, BROTHER--!

She hears my voice and slowly turns to look at me.

Only now do I realize...
She...She has her face...

	[ Jin ]
	Wh...What...?
	Your...face...Damn it. Why! WHY!?
	I just killed you! I just killed you!

	[ Nu ]
	Hmph...

She turns back toward my brother and starts to carry him toward the pit.

	[ Jin ]
	Wait! Let go of my brother! You *****! You biiiiiiiitch!

I gather what strength I have left and drag myself after her.

	[ Jin ]
	No... Not again... I'm not gonna let you... I'm not gonna let YOU take
	my brother away from me again!

...But I can't catch up.
That ***** stabs my brother, right in front of me...over and over...

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh!

	[ Jin ]
	Ragna!

	[ Nu ]
	Now Ragna...we can become one!

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh! ...Wait...!
	Brother!
	Gah...Ugh...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Suddenly, I see a girl.

She stands, quietly, like she's only watching.
She says something as I fall into the Cauldron, but she's too far away.

I can't possibly hear her.

But even so, before she disappears, I swear I hear something.

	[ Rachel ]
	It will happen again, won't it?
	Perhaps I was expecting a little too much...

AD 2099/12/31

When I come to, I realize I'm...flying somewhere.

I can't feel anything anymore.
I can move my right hand...but just barely.

	[ Jin ]
	The stars...are lovely...

The night sky is so beautiful, I can't help but think about it.

But the moon...the moon is too bright for my eyes.

I try to block out its light with my right hand.
Tears begin to roll down my cheeks.

	[ Jin ]
	Brother...

My brother.

I have to kill my brother.
He must know why; he must understand.

I keep telling myself he does, but it doesn't help.
The tears start again.

	[ Jin ]
	...Who's there?
	You're...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

I know this woman.

She is the one who watched me fall into the Cauldron.
The same woman who looks down on me with a bored look on her face.

I want to ask her what she's doing here, but I can no longer speak.
All I can do is stare at her.

	[ Rachel ]
	Soon, it will be born...

I already know what's going to happen==what's going to be born here.

...The very thing I was born to destroy.

But I have no strength left.
I can barely move...

	[ Rachel ]
	Mr. Hero, how would you like to become a -real- hero?

		Jin Stories
		False hero END

 [3B.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> But first, I must rid myself of any obstructions.

	[ Jin ]
	Get out of my sight!

	[ Bang ]
	Guargh!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	BOSS!
	Jin, STOP IT!

	[ Bang ]
	Stay out of this! This...battle is mine...and mine only...

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Boss! Damn it...can I get some help over here!?
	I'm sorry, sir...please forgive me for butting in.
	But...we can't afford to lose you right now!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Everyone attack! Don't let him get to the boss!

	[ Bang's Subordinates ]
	AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGH!

Killing these insects would be simple, but there are more than I expected...
The...mess would take some time to clean up, and my cover would almost
certainly be blown. I cannot afford that.

	[ Jin ]
	Keep dancing around... You pathetic scum.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Don't let him go! After him!

	[ Jin ]
	How irritating...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	He sealed the road with ice... You bastard! Fight fair!

	[ Jin ]
	Ridiculous...

(SAVE) Jin: Sector Seven

I continue inward, toward the center of Kagutsuchi.
The city overflows with ignorant, filthy human bodies, all of them polluting
the air around me.

This city is chaos, and its people disgust me.
Although, to be fair, people in general disgust me.

The lower layers are even worse than I feared.
I have no business here.

I notice a cluster of excited troglodytes, hooting and jeering.
Someone seems to have started a fight, and apparently that passes for
entertainment in this...place.

I have every intention of walking past that knot of crass humanity, but the
thing they are so excited about is impossible to ignore.

(That's...Sector Seven's...)
A giant stands head and shoulders above the crowd.
I know him.

Tager from Sector Seven.

He doesn't belong in Kagutsuchi any more than I do.
He catches me looking at him and, in an instant, recognizes me.

	[ Tager ]
	What is the Hero of Ikaruga doing here?

	[ Jin ]
	...I'm under no obligation to answer you.

	[ Tager ]
	There is absolutely nothing in this city that is of interest to you.

	[ Jin ]
	I didn't need you to tell me that. Besides, I have no intention of
	extending my stay.

	[ Tager ]
	Is that so...?

	[ Jin ]
	The NOL has already issued a Level D alert for Kagutsuchi. I'm sure
	you're aware... That means all organizations must suspend activity
	until further notice...

	[ Tager ]
	Sorry, but Sector Seven doesn't take orders from the Library.

...Why has Sector Seven come to Kagutsuchi?

Perhaps for the same reason I have: in search of the Grim Reaper.
I imagine they wish to discover the source of his power--or quite possibly
harness it.

Whatever his explanation, I see him for what he is...

	[ Jin ]
	...an obstacle.

	[ Tager ]
	...Hm?

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| JIN VS TAGER ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A2.L1
								 WIN : 3B.A2.W1

 [3B.A2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	Argh... How did--

	[ Tager ]
	Stay down. I won't take your life.

	[ Jin ]
	Damn... Wait...you bastard!

(SAVE) Jin: Garden

...! Where am I...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Awake already? You're quite lethargic for a hero.

	[ Jin ]
	You...brought me here?

	[ Rachel ]
	Goodness, no! You think -I- would stoop to physical labor?

	[ Gii ]
	Nago 'n I did that...

	[ Nago ]
	That's right.

	[ Jin ]
	...I wasn't asking you.

	[ Gii ]
	Aaah!

	[ Rachel ]
	You're wondering why? You looked so sad, I simply couldn't leave you to
	your fate... You're far too weak to beat him, and you know it. Isn't it
	kind of me to look after you?

	[ Jin ]
	...What's so funny?

	[ Rachel ]
	Ah well, it -is- rare to have looks -and- brains.
	*giggle* Perhaps you would like to scream for me? I know it sounds
	rather childish, but I believe I might find it entertaining.

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| JIN VS RACHEL ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A2.L2
								 WIN : 3B.A2.L3

 [3B.A2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	Argh...Gugh!

	[ Rachel ]
	Hmph. This is it, I suppose? A shame... I'd expected somewhat more of a
	man like yourself.

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh...ugh...

	[ Rachel ]
	You are welcome to come visit me again when you're more...prepared,
	Little Hero.

		GAME OVER

 [3B.A2.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS RACHEL: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	*gasp*

When I come to, the girl is gone.

It's quiet.
There's a shadow standing in front of me.

It looks familiar...
Like...someone I used to know.

	[ Jin ]
	You're...?
	Ugh...!
	Wh--What was that...just now...?
	!
	He's... here...!

(SAVE) Jin: Destiny

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Jin ]
	We finally meet again..."Brother".
	Just as I thought... You WERE "Ragna the Bloodedge".

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin! Why are you here...?

	[ Jin ]
	"Why"? *chuckle* I thought that one was obvious... I came to see you,
	Ragna.

	[ Ragna ]
	Go away! I didn't come here for you, *******.

	[ Jin ]
	Why...Why not? You're not happy to see me? Hehehe.

	[ Ragna ]
	What are you talking about...?

	[ Jin ]
	Did you forget? About our past?
	You know what I'm talking about... Where all three of us used to--

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut the hell up, Jin. I'll deal with you some other day.

	[ Jin ]
	Don't be so cold...Brother.

The house...
The house where we lived...
Burning, crumbling...

	[ Jin ]
	Hehehe...

And then...I...

	[ Jin ]
	AHAHAHAHAHAHAA!

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you, Jin...

	[ Jin ]
	But I'm so happy... I get to...I get to "kill" you again!

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| JIN VS RAGNA ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A2.L4
								 WIN : 3B.A2.L5

 [3B.A2.L4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	Guh... Huh...this is weird. I'm supposed to be the one killing you...

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut the hell up... Like I'd let you kill me.

	[ Jin ]
	C'mon, Brother... This isn't fun at all! Don't you agree...? Ragna...!
	I'll...!

	[ Ragna ]
	You just sit there. I'll deal with you later.

	[ Jin ]
	Guh...! Ah...! B...Brother...

		GAME OVER

 [3B.A2.L5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin...you bastard!

	[ Jin ]
	Ahahahaha! Fun...! Isn't this so fun!?
	I've been dreaming of this day...the day I get to kill you again!

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh...!

	[ Jin ]
	Ahahahaha... Good-bye, Brother. I wish it didn't have to end here...
	!?
	This is...!
	Ugh...!

(SAVE) Jin: Nemesis

	[ Nu ]
	Target confirmed... Obstructing directive.

	[ Jin ]
	Who the hell...is this...?

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant* ...Jin...back off...!
	She's not your enemy!

	[ Jin ]
	Who...is this?
	My...
	Yukianesa...?

Something is flowing into me from Yukianesa.
These are...memories.
So much...information...

	[ Jin ]
	Gah...What is this? AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH--

It all comes down to a single point.
Every time I see it, my emotions take over.

And the point, the one that all of my memories lead to.
Here it is...right in front of me.

	[ Jin ]
	*pant* *pant*
	I see... I get it... So that's how it is...

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin... No...!

	[ Nu ]
	Processing...

	[ Jin ]
	You're the...enemy!

	[ Nu ]
	Subject determined to be hostile...
	Now beginning termination.

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| JIN VS V-13 ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A2.L6
								 WIN : 3B.A2.L7

 [3B.A2.L6] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS V-13: LOSE

			< 3B.A1.L4 >

 [3B.A2.L7] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	...Why? Why won't you die!?

No matter how many times I stab her, or how many times I freeze her...
The girl keeps getting up...

	[ Nu ]
	... Impossible. YOu cannot kill me...

	[ Jin ]
	...What did you say!?

	[ Nu ]
	Perish!

A bolt of light erupts from her body and slams into me.

	[ Jin ]
	GAAAAAAAAH!
	Damn it, my feet...! You *****...!

Am I going to die here...?
The girl walks toward me...and keeps going...

	[ Jin ]
	!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...Finally the hindrance is gone. We're together, at last!

She reaches for my brother...

	[ Jin ]
	Brother!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Stop it... I...

	[ Nu ]
	Finally...we can be one...

	[ Jin ]
	Stop it! Brother, BROTHER--!

She hears my voice and slowly turns to look at me.

Only now do I realize...
She...She has her face...

	[ Jin ]
	Wh...What...?
	Your...face...Damn it. Why! WHY!?
	I just killed you! I just killed you!

	[ Nu ]
	Hmph...

She turns back toward my brother and starts to carry him toward the pit.

	[ Jin ]
	Wait! Let go of my brother! You *****! You biiiiiiiitch!

I gather what strength I have left and drag myself after her.

	[ Jin ]
	No... Not again... I'm not gonna let you... I'm not gonna let YOU take
	my brother away from me again!

...But I can't catch up.
That ***** stabs my brother, right in front of me...over and over...

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh!

	[ Jin ]
	Ragna!

	[ Nu ]
	Now Ragna...we can become one!

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh! ...Wait...!
	Brother!
	Gah...Ugh...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Suddenly, I see a girl.

She stands, quietly, like she's only watching.
She says something as I fall into the Cauldron, but she's too far away.

I can't possibly hear her.

But even so, before she disappears, I swear I hear something.

	[ Rachel ]
	It will happen again, won't it?
	Perhaps I was expecting a little too much...

AD 2099/12/31

When I come to, I realize I'm...flying somewhere.

I can't feel anything anymore.
I can move my right hand...but just barely.

	[ Jin ]
	The stars...are lovely...

The night sky is so beautiful, I can't help but think about it.

But the moon...the moon is too bright for my eyes.

I try to block out its light with my right hand.
Tears begin to roll down my cheeks.

	[ Jin ]
	Brother...

My brother.

I have to kill my brother.
He must know why; he must understand.

I keep telling myself he does, but it doesn't help.
The tears start again.

	[ Jin ]
	...Who's there?
	You're...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

I know this woman.

She is the one who watched me fall into the Cauldron.
The same woman who looks down on me with a bored look on her face.

I want to ask her what she's doing here, but I can no longer speak.
All I can do is stare at her.

	[ Rachel ]
	Soon, it will be born...

I already know what's going to happen==what's going to be born here.

...The very thing I was born to destroy.

But I have no strength left.
I can barely move...

	[ Rachel ]
	Mr. Hero, how would you like to become a -real- hero?

	[ Jin ]
	...This place is...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

	[ Jin ]
	You're...?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

	[ Jin ]
	...

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| JIN VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A2.L8
								 WIN : 3B.A2.L9

 [3B.A3.L8] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

		GAME OVER

 [3B.A3.L9] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

		Jin Stories
		False hero END

 [3B.A2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Tager ]
	Ugh... I guess I underestimated the "Hero of Ikaruga".

	[ Jin ]
	You scum...
	Damn it... I'm running out of time...

	[ Tager ]
	He's gone... But what was wrong with him?

(SAVE) Jin: Novus Orbis Librarium

I've finally arrived at the branch office.
But something is wrong.
There are no guards. No people at all.

I listen, carefully, but I hear nothing.

How strange...

	[ Jin ]
	Why is it...?

I try harder, search every corner for a hint of a presence...
I find something. It's faint, but it's there.

	[ Jin ]
	Someone passed through here...

Has the Grim Reaper already arrived?

	[ Noel ]
	Major Kisaragi!

	[ Jin ]
	...Lieutenant Vermillion.

	[ Noel ]
	Sir...I bring an "Imperial Command" from the NOL:
	Major Jin Kisaragi must report to the headquarters immediately.

	[ Jin ]
	...

For a moment, I feel dizzy.

So the Librarium has already seen through my ruse and sent this child after me.

How very irritating.
This girl's voice... This girl's face...

Why does she have -her- face?

	[ Noel ]
	Major...this directive...um...has the seal of the Imperator...

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	Um...I know I may be intruding, but...
	Tsubaki hasn't been the same since you left.

	So please, return to headquarters as soon as possible. They'll strike
	everything from the record if you return now.

This girl...
This girl...!

She's trying to take it all away again.
She's going to take everything from me.

Who the hell is she?

	[ Noel ]
	Are you not feeling well? You look a little--

	[ Jin ]
	Don't touch me!
	Shut up, you..."impediment"...

	[ Noel ]
	M-Major...what are you...?

	[ Jin ]
	Who the hell are you...? Who...who are you?
	WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?

	[ Noel ]
	Major...I...

	[ Jin ]
	Die...

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| JIN VS NOEL ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3B.A1.L2
								 WIN : 3B.A1.W2

 [3B.A2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			JIN VERSUS NOEL: LOSE
			< 3B.A1.L2 >

			JIN VERSUS NOEL: WIN
			< 3B.A1.W2 >

			JIN VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE
			< 3B.A1.L3 >

			JIN VERSUS RAGNA: WIN
			< 3B.A1.W3 >

			JIN VERSUS V-13: LOSE
			< 3B.A1.L4 >

			JIN VERSUS V-13: WIN
			< 3B.A1.W4 >

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[3C.A0.L1] vs Carl (Lose)
[3C.A0.W1] vs Carl (Win)
[3C.A0.L2] vs Tager (Lose)
[3C.A0.L3] vs Bang (Lose)
[3C.A0.L4] vs Bang (Win)
[3C.A0.L5] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3C.A0.L6] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3C.A0.L7] vs Litchi (Lose)
[3C.A0.L8] vs Litchi (Win)

[3C.A0.W2] vs Tager (Win)
[3C.A0.W3] vs Bang (Lose)
[3C.A0.W4] vs Bang (Win)
[3C.A0.W5] vs Jin (Lose)
[3C.A0.W6] vs Jin (Win)
[3C.A0.W7] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3C.A0.W8] vs v-13 (Win)

[3C.X1.W1] vs Tager (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3C.X1.W2] vs Bang (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3C.X1.W3] vs Jin (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3C.X1.W4] vs v-13 (Win by Distortion Finish)

[3C.X2.W1] vs Bang (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3C.X2.W2] vs Taokaka (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3C.X2.W3] vs Litchi (Win by Distortion Finish)
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		Noel Stories
		lost child

The room is always the same.

A white room. Everything's white.
The floor, the ceiling, the walls, the bed. Even the clothes I'm wearing.

I'm waiting there, but I'm not sure why.
I don't know what I'm supposed to do.

I never know what's going on.
Sometimes that worries me.

...It's always like this.

That's when...they appear again.

I don't know who they are, but something tells me the room is theirs,
so I try to talk to them.

"Where is this?"

I move my mouth, but nothing comes out.
Their faces are fuzzy. I can't make them out.

I desperately try to call out.

"Where am I?"
"Why am I here?"
"Who...am I...?"
"Please...tell me..."

But they never hear me.
They never, ever do...

	[ Noel ]
	Mmm...
	Huh? Ah! What? A message!?
	Y-Yes! Excuse me!
	This is Lieutenant Noel Vermillion speaking!

	[ Superior ]
	You sound very surprised... Did something happen?

	[ Noel ]
	N-No...
	I-It's nothing.
	(There's no way I can tell him I was taking a nap...)

	[ Superior ]
	Hm...welll that's beside the point. Debrief me on the status of your
	mission.

	[ Noel ]
	I am currently investigating the whereabouts of Major Jin Kisaragi, who
	is headed toward Kagutsuchi. If possible, I am to detain the subject
	and bring him back to headquarters, sir.

	[ Superior ]
	Remember, only detain the subject if you think it's possible.
	Also, the intelligence department will be joining the investigation.

	[ Noel ]
	The intelligence department, sir?

	[ Superior ]
	His name is Hazama.
	According to the intelligence, he should be in town already.

	[ Noel ]
	Hazama...

	[ Superior ]
	Also, regarding Ragna the Bloodedge...

	[ Noel ]
	Commander, I'm losing you.
	Could you repeat that one more time, please?

	[ Superior ]
	If you see Ragna the Bloodedge, do not engage the subject. You are to
	observe his movements. I repeat, DO NOT engage the subject.

	[ Noel ]
	It got...cut off...
	It won't connect... What should I do?

	[ Crew member ]
	Lieutenant Vermillion!
	We will be arriving at Kagutsuchi Port #5 momentarily! Please, prepare
	for landing!

	[ Noel ]
	Oh, no! I need to hurry!
	Beautiful...
	This is... the 13th Hierarchical City, Kagutsuchi...

(SAVE) Noel: The Controlled

	[ Noel ]
	So...where should I go?

	[ Hazama ]
	Pardon me. Might you be Lieutenant Noel Vermillion?

	[ Noel ]
	Y-Yes, that would be me...

	[ Hazama ]
	Ah, excellent. I keep getting static on the radio in this city...
	I came to speak to you directly. Otherwise, we'd have no way to
	communicate.

	[ Noel ]
	Th-Thank you...

	[ Hazama ]
	I'm Hazama from the intelligence department.
	The commander has instructed me to deliver my report to you.

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, understood... Nice to meet you...

	[ Hazama ]
	First, regarding your mission--the Kisaragi case--the military is
	treating the matter with utmost care and secrecy.

	[ Noel ]
	A cover-up, right?

	[ Hazama ]
	...That's right. Frankly, if word spread that the "Hero of Ikaruga"
	disobeyed direct orders, chaos would ensue.

	In addition, the NOL has raised the alert level to "D" here in
	Kagutsuchi... But in spite of that, several groups have snuck into the
	city. One of those groups is "Sector Seven"...

	I'm sure I don't need to explain our relationship with them.
	As of now, we don't know what they're doing here, but I think it's
	fairly obvious that their presence isn't good news for us...so please
	be careful.

	[ Noel ]
	...Are you saying Major Kisaragi's disappearance has something to do
	with Sector Seven?

	[ Hazama ]
	Correct... there was the incident at Ikaruga.
	And one more thing: it seems many vigilantes have also snuck into town.

	[ Noel ]
	...An information leak...

	[ Hazama ]
	I'm afraid so.

	Now that everyone knows "Grim Reaper" Ragna's made an appearance in
	Kagutsuchi, bounty hunters are coming in from everywhere like a gold
	rush... Naturally, the vigilantes are after the Grim Reaper's head, but
	depending on the circumstances, they can be a hindrance to us... so
	watch out for them.

	[ Noel ]
	Understood.

	[ Hazama ]
	And also... Hm..?
	Hm...is he a friend of yours?

	[ Noel ]
	..."He"?
	Who are you referring to?

	[ Hazama ]
	That boy's looking at us...right over there.

	[ Noel ]
	Right over... Where?

	[ Carl ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	He looks..sort of familiar...

	[ Carl ]
	Long time no see, Noel.

	[ Noel ]
	A-Aren't you...Carl?
	What are you doing here?
	I heard you left the academy...but why?

	[ Carl ]
	Well, all kinds of reasons... But more importantly, I was hoping you
	could tell me a few things...

	[ Noel ]
	I'll see if I can help. What did you need?

	[ Carl ]
	I need information on Ragna the Bloodedge.

	[ Noel ]
	Eh...?

	[ Carl ]
	I'm a vigilante now, and I want to capture him.
	Since you're from the NOL, you must know something about him, right?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm sorry, Carl...
	That's a secret, so I can't tell you...

	[ Carl ]
	I...see...

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, but! If there's anything else I can help you with...

	[ Carl ]
	No, it's OK. I guess there's no helping it, then...

	[ Noel ]
	...I'm sorry.

	[ Carl ]
	I guess there really is nothing else I can do. If you can't tell me
	about the Reaper...

	[ Hazama ]
	Lieutenant! Watch out!

	[ Noel ]
	Eh!?
	!?

	[ Carl ]
	Oh, she dodged it...
	I didn't expect anyone to interfere, Sis.

	[ Noel ]
	Carl, what...happened to you...?

	[ Carl ]
	Nothing... If you don't want to talk, I just have to "persuade" you a
	little more. You do the same thing in the NOL, don't you?

	[ Noel ]
	Th-That's not...

	[ Hazama ]
	Ahh, this won't do... I'm sorry, but combat is not my expertise.
	I must take my leave here.

	[ Carl ]
	I didn't wish for things to turn out this way...but I guess there's not
	much choice. I'm coming for you, Noel.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS CARL ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W1

 [3C.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS CARL: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	Ugh...

	[ Carl ]
	Ahhh...she's out cold. It's pretty hard to pull your punches, huh Sis?
	Which means...

	...it looks like I'll need to get answers from you.

	[ Hazama ]
	Well, this was unexpected...

	[ Carl ]
	Now tell me...everything you know about Ragna the Bloodedge.

	[ Hazama ]
	Well, I do know a lot about that man, but...

	[ Carl ]
	Huh!?

	[ Hazama ]
	Perhaps we shall meet again... Somewhere.

	[ Carl ]
	Ah... He got away... That's not good, Sis.

	[ Noel ]
	U-Ungh...

	[ Carl ]
	Do you think she'll talk?
	Hehe...well, I can think of a number of ways to change her mind...

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS CARL: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	You are far stronger than I expected... I'm afraid I must take my leave
	here.

	[ Noel ]
	Carl, wait!

	[ Hazama ]
	There's no need to chase him. You're on duty after all.

	[ Noel ]
	B-But...

	[ Hazama ]
	Let it go. Now is not the time. He has most likely been consumed
	already.

	[ Noel ]
	Consumed...?

	[ Hazama ]
	The marionette that was with him...is most likely a Nox Nyctores.
	Much like your own weapons.

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Hazama ]
	That particular Nox works well at dampening the wielder's sense of
	fear, but it places a great strain on their mind at the same time...

	But one should expect that much from a weapon created during the Dark
	War. That marionette is probably suppressing the child's emotions,
	except his hunger for battle.

	[ Noel ]
	A-All the more reason to stop him!

	[ Hazama ]
	I've already told you. You have a mission to complete.
	Besides...it's not easy to free someone from that Nox's shackles.

	[ Noel ]
	How do you know so much about the Nox Nyctores?
	I thought that information was classifed...

	[ Hazama ]
	...Uhh, well, we are the intelligence department of the Librarium.
	More importantly, please head to the NOL branch in the meantime.

	[ Noel ]
	Headquarters? Why?

	[ Hazama ]
	That's because this mission is that important and that confidential...
	We can't discuss it here. I'll catch up to you in due time.

	[ Noel ]
	Understood...

As I'm walking back to the office, my mind wanders back into the past.

Back to when I was at the Academy...

	[ Noel ]
	Um...s-sir...?

	[ Jin ]
	...What is it?

	[ Noel ]
	Where should I put these documents...?

	[ Jin ]
	Just toss them over there or something.
	Or, do you need to be told how to do that, too?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm sorry...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Hey, Jin, go easy on her.
	She's just trying to be helpful.

	[ Makoto ]
	Jin's always on Noel's case, isn't he?

	[ Noel ]
	Oh, it's OK...I was at fault.
	DOn't worry about it, Tsubaki.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Yes?

	[ Carl ]
	U-Umm... I'm Carl Clover, an underclassmen here.

	The professor said to check with the student council and see if they
	needed help with anything...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	I'm Tsubaki Yayoi. It's nice to meet you, Carl.

	I've heard about you from your professor. You're at the top of your
	class, aren't you?

	[ Carl ]
	You...give me too much credit...

	[ Makoto ]
	Ooooh! Is this the "legendary" Carl? He's adorable!
	Can I pat him on his head? Can I? Can I?

	[ Carl ]
	U-Um, I-I...

	[ Makoto ]
	Ahahaha! He turned red! How cuuute!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Hehe... Makoto, stop that. Carl might get angry.

	[ Jin ]
	A-Ahem.
	Guys, this isn't a playground.

	[ Makoto ]
	Yes! We're sorry!

	[ Noel ]
	*giggle*

	[ Jin ]
	...What's so funny?

	[ Noel ]
	N-Nothing... It just seemed like you two were having so much fun...

	[ Jin ]
	...Is that so? You're a strange one.

I thought those days would last forever.

Everyone was so cheerful, and warm, and kind.
But now, I know those days were always doomed to be a short,
fleeting glimpse at happiness.

If you long for the past, you can never move forward toward the future.
It's taken me a long time to learn that, but it's the truth.

Is this what they call "growing up"?
...Or "giving up"?

(SAVE) Noel: A Soldier's Duty

	[ Noel ]
	I wonder what Tsubaki and Makoto are up to? I haven't seen them in a
	while. Eek!
	I-I'm sorry, I was spacing out...!

	[ Tager ]
	...That uniform...You're with the NOL.

	[ Noel ]
	Ah...! S-Sector Seven!

	[ Tager ]
	You seem very distracted...for a combat officer.
	Or is this the caliber of soldier the NOL settles for...?

	[ Noel ]
	Th-That's not true! I was just thinking about something...!

	[ Tager ]
	And that is called being distracted.

	[ Noel ]
	Urgh...! More importantly...what are you doing here?

	[ Tager ]
	My affairs are none of your concern.

	[ Noel ]
	Incorrect. You're from Sector Seven. And I'm sure you've heard we
	raised the alarm.

	[ Tager ]
	Oh...? So you know who I am?

	[ Noel ]
	Everybody knows the "Red Devil" from Sector Seven.

	B-But more importantly, you should know a Level D warning means the
	"Anti-Intervention Act" is in effect. You must leave here at once!

	[ Tager ]
	Unfortunately, we have no intention of listening to the Library...

	[ Noel ]
	Then I will have no choice but to detain you...

	[ Tager ]
	I don't particularly enjoy needless quarrels, but...
		
			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| NOEL VS TAGER ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W2
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W1

 [3C.A0.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	Ugh...

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh? Are you awake?

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Where am I!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Don't worry. It's my clinic.

	[ Noel ]
	C-Clinic...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Tager brought you here. If that was his intention from the start, he
	should've pulled his punches more... He just doesn't get it...

	[ Noel ]
	I-Is that so...? So I...lost...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, you didn't expect to win against a huge man like him, did you?
	You are a girl after all.

	It's all right to act tougher than the boys, but have you considered
	being a little more feminine?

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Hm? Is there something on my chest?

	[ Noel ]
	Well...that's easy for you to say... But that just sounds like you're
	looking down on me...

	[ Litchi ]
	...What are you talking about? Did I offend you somehow?

	[ Noel ]
	No... It's nothing.
	Thank you for looking after me.
	I have a miss--er...work to do.

	[ Litchi ]
	If you really must go, I won't stop you...
	But don't you want to change first?

	[ Noel ]
	...Eh?

	[ Litchi ]
	Your clothes don't do your cute figure justice. C'mon, let's dress you
	up!

	[ Noel ]
	Oh, um... No, thank you! Excuse me!

	[ Litchi ]
	Aww, I had some great outfits in mind, too...

(SAVE) Noel: Femininity

	[ Noel ]
	I...I need to hurry...!

	[ Bang ]
	...But, to win over Miss Litchi's heart... What could I possibly--

	[ Noel ]
	Ah!

	[ Bang ]
	What!? Ack!

	[ Noel ]
	O-Oww...
	I did it again...

	[ Bang ]
	Th-That was dangerous! Watch out!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm sorry, I was in a hurry!

	[ Bang ]
	Thank goodness no one was hurt...
	You'd better be careful next time, young man!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-Young man!? I'm a girl!

	[ Bang ]
	A...girl...?
	E-Excuse me! Your bosom is rather...lacking...so I honestly thought you
	were a boy...

	[ Noel ]
	L-Lacking...?

	[ Bang ]
	Well, I mean... How do I say it...? It is most...reserved...I
	suppose...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Bang ]
	Wha--!? Th-That was dangerous!
	What are you...!

	[ Noel ]
	I am Lieutenant Noel Vermillion, NOL Praetorian Guard, Fourth Division!

	You are under arrest for obstruction of justice and the public
	slandering of an officer!

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-Wha--!?

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS BANG ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L3
								 WIN : 3C.A0.L4
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X2.W1

 [3C.A0.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	U-Uungh...

	[ Bang ]
	I'm not too sure what's going on, but I should probably get out of
	here! If you'll excuse me...!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm so pissed...

	[ Litchi ]
	I finally found you!

	[ Noel ]
	Ah...! You...!

	[ Litchi ]
	I knew it couldn't be a coincidence that we met like this.
	I wanted you to try on all these clothes, so I chased after you.

	[ Noel ]
	U-Umm, but I...

	[ Litchi ]
	Now then, get up!
	Which one should we start with?
	How about this maid uniform?

	It's a little too tight around the chest for me, but it'll be perfect
	for you, Lieutenant!

	[ Noel ]
	Fine...do whatever you want...

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.L4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-Why am I...?

	[ Noel ]
	Phew... Now, you'd better watch what you say. I'll let it slide this
	time.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, good! I caught up with you.

	[ Noel ]
	You're from...earlier...

	[ Litchi ]
	I really wanted you to try these clothes on... So I chased after you.

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Now, let's get you changed! Let me help you out of those!

	[ Noel ]
	P-Please leave me alone! I'm on duty, so I'll need to excuse myself!

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah, wait! Aww! Huh? Did I just step on something...?

	[ Bang ]
	M-Man down... Over here... Ugh.

(SAVE) Noel: The Second Assassin

	[ Noel ]
	Sh-She's still after me...!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm so hungry... HUngry...
	I wanna eat some meat!

	[ Noel ]
	Um, excuse me!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hm?
	Are you talking to Tao?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm being chased by a strange woman!
	I'm gonna hide, so could you point her in the wrong direction?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmm...?
	I'm not really sure what you mean, but... Leave it to me!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm in your debt.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm...so...hungry hungry. I wanna eat some meat!
	Meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	...Huh? I lost her...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! Boobie lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, hi, Tao. What are you doing here?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uhh...lacking lady asked me to hide someone, so...I can't tell nyuu!

	[ Litchi ]
	Lacking lady? Oh, well...
	Anyway, have you seen a little girl pass by?

	[ Taokaka ]
	She hid. And I'm trying to hide her!

	[ Litchi ]
	Hid? Where?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm supposed to confuse you, so I can't tell you!

	[ Litchi ]
	*sigh* Then I guess I have no choice...

	[ Taokaka ]
	S-S-S-S-S-S-S-Steamed buns!
	Gimme! Boobie lady, gimme that!

	[ Litchi ]
	Hehe...I can give them to you.
	But in return, can you catch that girl for me?

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! Leave it to me!

	[ Noel ]
	Hey...! That's not what you promised!
	And what's "lacking lady" supposed to mean!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, so there you are...

	[ Noel ]
	Ah...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Boobie lady!
	If Tao captures that, will you give me more steamed buns?

	[ Litchi ]
	Absolutely.
	Do your best, OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! Leave it to me!

	[ Noel ]
	H-How cruel...

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| NOEL VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L5
								 WIN : 3C.A0.L6
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X2.W2

 [3C.A0.L5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	Why me...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Boobie lady!
	I got her!

	[ Litchi ]
	Thank you, Tao.

	Show this at the store in Orient Town, and they'll feed you whatever
	you want.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooooh! You're so nice, boobie lady!
	I'm gonna go right now!

	[ Noel ]
	U-Uhh...

	[ Litchi ]
	Now, shall we get changed?

	[ Noel ]
	Is that...how it is...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Of course! I have a bunch of clothes. You'll stick with it until the
	end, right?

	[ Noel ]
	*sob* ...Fine, do whatever you want...

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.L6] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Waaah...
	I lost!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh my, Tao lost...?
	You're a lot stronger than I thought, Lieutenant...

	[ Noel ]
	*pant* *pant*

	[ Litchi ]
	So...have you changed your mind at all? Don't you wanna try on these
	outfits?

	[ Noel ]
	A-Absolutely not! And please stop following me around!

	[ Litchi ]
	Now that's no fun... But then again, that's what makes you so adorable!

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm starving... I don't have any strength.

	[ Litchi ]
	I guess one steamed bun wasn't enough... Tao, I'll treat you to
	something next time.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Really? Boobie lady, you're so kind.

	[ Litchi ]
	Now then, we've just gotta start chasing her again.

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Boobie lady... You smell like alcohol.

(SAVE) Noel: The Final Assassin

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh* Geez, now I'm totally lost...

	[ Litchi ]
	Did you give it some thought?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!? Wh-What the--! ?

	[ Litchi ]
	I just wanted you to spend a little time with me... No go?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'll say it one more time...! If you follow me around anymore, I'll
	arrest you for obstruction!

	[ Litchi ]
	Really? Well, if I'm gonna get caught anyway, I might as well put up a
	fight, right?

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Why did it turn out like this...?

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| NOEL VS LITCHI ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L7
								 WIN : 3C.A0.L8
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X2.W3

 [3C.A0.L7] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS LITCHI: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	I...I really will...arrest you...you know...

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh my... Did I go a little overboard?
	But now, I can take all the time I want... *giggle*

	[ Noel ]
	Why do you look...so happy...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, there aren't many things I enjoy more than dressing up cute
	little girls like you. Don't you agree?

	Well then, shall we try this one on first?

	[ Noel ]
	Do whatever you want...
	Ugh...I don't have the strength or will to fight anymore...

	[ Litchi ]
	Really!?
	Good thing, I brought a whole bunch!

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh*

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.L8] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS LITCHI: WIN

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh* Geez, now I'm totally lost...

	[ Litchi ]
	Did you give it some thought?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!? Wh-What the--! ?

	[ Litchi ]
	I just wanted you to spend a little time with me... No go?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'll say it one more time...! If you follow me around anymore, I'll
	arrest you for obstruction!

	[ Litchi ]
	Really? Well, if I'm gonna get caught anyway, I might as well put up a
	fight, right?

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Why did it turn out like this...?

	[ Litchi ]
	...Aww! Why do you resist so much!?

	[ Noel ]
	Resist...? Isn't that the logical thing to do?
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	...
	...? Is something wrong?

	[ Noel ]
	I-Is that a panda...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, him? Yes, he is.
	This is Lao Jiu. Isn't he adorable?

	[ Noel ]
	It's alive...isn't it?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes. I suppose he's pretty rare...but what about it?

	[ Noel ]
	U-Uhh, um...
	About what you said earlier...

	[ Litchi ]
	Earlier...?

	[ Noel ]
	About...dressing me up...

	[ Litchi ]
	You want to do it now?

	[ Noel ]
	No, um...well, that's not the case, but...if you let me pet him,
	then... m-maybe I'll give it some thought...
	Ahhh...

	[ Litchi ]
	...Do you like it that much?

	One of my patients really loves bringing me clothes to put on, but some
	of them just don't fit me.

	There's a lot of clothes that'll fit you perfectly, so please be my
	guest.

	[ Noel ]
	Ooookaaay...

	[ Litchi ]
	Hang on one second... I'll go grab another set.

	[ Noel ]
	Ooookaaay...
	*giggle* It's so fluffy... Ohhhh...I'm so happy...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3C.A0.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Tager ]
	This power...!
	Who the hell...are you...? You're not...in the data...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Tager ]
	I hate to admit... But, I think it's time I take my leave.

	[ Noel ]
	...Ah!
	I...I won...didn't I...?
	(But this isn't my power... Is it Bolverk's...?)
	What on earth are the Nox Nyctores...?
	*sigh*
	Ah! I-I need to hurry to headquarters.

(SAVE) Noel: Vengeance

	[ Noel ]
	...Wh-Which way was it again? I can't use the radio, either...
	Oh, no...

	[ Bang ]
	Toh!

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!

	[ Bang ]
	...Friendship! Determination! Victory!
	I am the ninja who fights in the name of love and justice, Bang
	Shishigami!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-You startled me...

	[ Bang ]
	You there!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-Yes!?

	[ Bang ]
	I picked up a rumor that you gave my cute little disciple a pretty hard
	time...

	[ Noel ]
	Huh?
	D-Disciple?

	[ Bang ]
	Don't even try to play dumb!
	I'm talking about Carl!

	[ Noel ]
	C-Carl!?

	[ Bang ]
	I was like a mentor to him, as a vigilante...
	Yet you had the heart to mercilessly strike down such a young boy...

	[ Noel ]
	U-Umm, no, I was just--

	[ Bang ]
	Hah! I have no time for your villainous lies! I'll show you the meaning
	of justice!

	[ Noel ]
	B-But--

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS BANG ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.W3
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W4
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W2

 [3C.A0.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	But I didn't do anything...

	[ Bang ]
	...Revenge!
	...Ah, another good deed.

	I'm sure the young master is hiding in the bushes, smirking right about
	now. I hope you've learned your lesson! Farewell, young man!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-Young man...? But I'm...
	*sob* ...How mean...

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	I...have been defeated... I cannot believe I lost to a bully... I am
	ashamed...!

	[ Noel ]
	You have it all wrong! I wasn't bullying anyone.

	Oh yeah. Do you happen to know where the NOL branch is in this city?
	I think I'm lost...

	[ Bang ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	He fainted...?

	[ Bang ]
	Ugh... Uh...

	[ Noel ]
	I-It's that way? Thank you very much! You're a lifesaver.

	[ Bang ]
	...So she goes...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Sir! Are you OK?

	[ Bang ]
	Er, it's nothing major.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Sir... Y-You're a terrible actor...

	[ Bang ]
	Oh, that girl...? Well, she wasn't exactly what I expected...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Riight...

	[ Bang ]
	What a difficult fight that was. It's as though she had no killing
	intent whatsoever. Not only was there no murderous intent... I couldn't
	even sense her presence... It's like...she was...air...

	[ Subordinate B ]
	The air...sir?

(SAVE) Noel: Jin Kisaragi

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh* I'm finally here.
	...No one's inside? But, why...?

	[ Hazama ]
	What took you so long!?

	[ Noel ]
	Ah! I-I'm sorry I'm late, Hazama.

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, well... I just got here myself, but I was as surprised as you
	were... Not a single soul.

	[ Noel ]
	I wonder what happened...

	[ Hazama ]
	...It could be Ragna.

	[ Noel ]
	You mean he attacked his base? I can't believe it...

	[ Hazama ]
	Well, either way, there's no question that this is a strange
	occurrence. Be on alert. The perpetrator might still be nearby.

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Hazama ]
	Major Kisaragi...!?

	[ Jin ]
	It's you... Lieutenant...!

	[ Noel ]
	(This is...a murderous intent? But why...?)

	[ Hazama ]
	An order of withdrawal has come from headquarters.
	Please, return to your post right away, Major.
	I would appreciate an explanation.

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	!

	[ Hazama ]
	Eek!

	[ Jin ]
	...Why do you interfere, Lieutenant Vermillion?

	[ Noel ]
	"Wh-Why" is my line! Why did you attack Hazama!?

	[ Hazama ]
	P-Please give me a break... I-I'm not good...with these sorts of
	things!

	[ Jin ]
	I'll ask you one more time. Why do you interfere, Lieutenant!?

	[ Noel ]
	...What happened to you, Major? This whole incident.. You're acting on
	your own... Why?

	[ Jin ]
	*chuckle*...I see. So in the end, you were just another obstruction...
	Well, that makes things simple... If that's the case, I just need to
	eliminate you!

	[ Noel ]
	...Eh?
	M-Major...?

	[ Jin ]
	Hmph... Any last words?

	[ Noel ]
	...!

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| NOEL VS JIN ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.W5
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W6
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W3

 [3C.A0.W5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	Major...Kisaragi...

	[ Jin ]
	Don't look at me like that! Those eyes are...! The same as hers!

	[ Noel ]
	Ah...!

	[ Jin ]
	Why...Why do you...! Why do you look just like HER!?

	[ Noel ]
	...M-Major? I'm...

	[ Jin ]
	That's right... I need to destroy you...! Just like... Last time...!

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Jin ]
	Die! Die! I don't want to look at you!

	[ Noel ]
	Agh...agh...

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.W6] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	Guh...God...damn it...!

	[ Noel ]
	Major, please stop. HQ says if you return now, you won't face a court
	martial...

	[ Jin ]
	Guh...Don't give me orders!
	You know...NOTHING!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I was just...
	Wh-What the...!?

	[ Jin ]
	I...is that you...? "Ragna"?

	[ Noel ]
	M-Major! Please wait!
	Eek!
	Don't tell me... This...!

(SAVE) Noel: Flashback

	[ Noel ]
	...
	Huh!?
	Th-This is...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Who are you...?
	Wh-What was that...?

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	(I've...seen this...somewhere...)
	(Some...where...)
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...Target, confirmed.

	[ Noel ]
	...Target...confirmed...

	[ Nu ]
	Scanning complete. IFF determined. Processing...
	Target identified...as...me...

	[ Noel ]
	Identification... Identical...

	[ Nu ]
	Activate termination protocol.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.W7
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W8
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W4

 [3C.A0.W7] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS V-13: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...Termination of clone... Complete.

	[ Noel ]
	...

I see... So I was...

		GAME OVER

 [3C.A0.W8] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Nu ]
	...Confirming, confirming, confirming...

	[ Noel ]
	Termination...failed.

	[ Nu ]
	Restriction 666 lifted...
	Space-time intervention field, deployed...

	[ Noel ]
	Impossible to evade. Impossible to block...
	I...am...

	[ Nu ]
	Termination of target, confirmed.
	Standing by.

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, boy... so she lost... I thought she had a pretty good chance,
	personally. Well, I guess I should report to headquarters...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Hazama ]
	!

	[ Rachel ]
	I see you have a new look.

	[ Hazama ]
	Wh-Where di you come from...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Don't get excited. I was merely here to observe, but it would appear
	the entertainment is over.

	[ Hazama ]
	...Wh-What are you talking about? You are...!?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	Hazama... I still don't understand him...

	[ Hazama ]
	...Him?

	[ Rachel ]
	I don't wish to ever see him again.

	[ Hazama ]
	She disa--
	...
	...
	"Don't want to meet", do you?
	Well, neither do I...goddamn vampire.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3C.X1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS TAGER WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

When I'm fighting, I don't think about anything...

I guess that's because when I'm fighting it's not really...me fighting.
The weapon in my hands...Bolverk...it does all the fighting.

Without it, I'd be pretty useless.
I don't think I could even fight on my own.

That's why Bolverk is so important to me.
I need it...

But sometimes I wonder...am I reallyin control?
Is it my will taht moves me, or Bolverk's?
Am...Am I really...myself?

I don't know. I've had Bolverk for a long time, but I still don't know.
Maybe someone else would know...
Maybe...Tsubaki...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	I see... So you've decided.

	[ Noel ]
	Yeah... Though, I'm a little worried...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	But it just doesn't seem right for them to be recruiting students
	before they've even graduated... Look, Noel, if you're not OK with
	this, I can bring it up with the brass...

	[ Noel ]
	Thanks, Tsubaki. But if I can do something with my own power, I want to
	do everything I can.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Are you sure you're gonna be OK?
	Jin's squad is always on the front lines... That means you'll be out
	there fighting in the thick of it.

	[ Noel ]
	I know... I think...
	But you know, I'll just think of it as an early graduation... six
	months early...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	All right. I'll stay out of it, then. After all, it is your decision,
	Noel, not mine.

	[ Noel ]
	Tsubaki... I'm sorry...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Oh, there's nothing to apologize for.
	Just... promise me one thing.

	[ Noel ]
	Yes?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Promise me that you'll always be the Noel that I know.

	[ Noel ]
	But I am...me...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	That's not what I meant. I've seen people leave for the war and come
	back someone else. It can change you.

	Dad was never the same after he came back...
	Even Jin... He's not the Jin I grew up with...

	[ Noel ]
	D-Don't worry about me... I won't change.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...OK.

Am I... Myself right now?

Who am I?

	[ Tager ]
	This power...!
	Who the hell...are you...? You're not...in the data...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Tager ]
	I hate to admit it... BUt, I think it's time I take my leave.

	[ Noel ]
	...Ah!
	I...I won...didn't I...?
	(But this isn't my power... Is it Bolverk's...?)
	What on earth are the Nox Nyctores...?
	*sigh*
	Ah! I-I need to hurry to headquarters.

(SAVE) Noel: Vengeance

	[ Noel ]
	...Wh-Which way was it again? I can't use the radio, either...
	Oh, no...

	[ Bang ]
	Toh!

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!

	[ Bang ]
	...Friendship! Determination! Victory!

	I am the ninja who fights in the name of love and justice, Bang
	Shishigami!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-You startled me...

	[ Bang ]
	You there!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-Yes!?

	[ Bang ]
	I picked up a rumor that you gave my cute little disciple a pretty hard
	time...

	[ Noel ]
	Huh?
	D-Disciple?

	[ Bang ]
	Don't even try to play dumb!
	I'm talking about Carl!

	[ Noel ]
	C-Carl!?

	[ Bang ]
	I was like a mentor to him, as a vigilante...
	Yet you had the heart to mercilessly strike down such a young boy...

	[ Noel ]
	U-Umm, no, I was just--

	[ Bang ]
	Hah! I have no time for your villainous lies! I'll show you the meaning
	of justice!

	[ Noel ]
	B-But--

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS BANG ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.W3
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W4
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W2

 [3C.X1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS BANG WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

I remember back when I was at the Academy...

...people were always picking on Makoto.
At the time, beastmen were a rare sight at the Academy.

On top of that, most of the students made it into the Academy because of their
parents' status, not on their own merit.
Makoto was doubly unlucky.
And she took everything personally...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...Don't look so down. Those kinds of people are in the minority.

	[ Makoto ]
	Yeah, I know... I know that, but...

	But the way they say it...everyone's gonna think I'm a dirty animal or
	something...

	[ Noel ]
	Th-That's not true... I...

	[ Makoto ]
	I know...both of you guys are really nice to me, and you don't
	discriminate, but...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	I think they're all just jealous of your talent.

	A lot of the students here just got in because their parents are
	important. That's how I got in.

	[ Makoto ]
	That's not true... You're an honors student, Tsubaki.

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Makoto ]
	...Noel? What...are you doing?

	[ Noel ]
	*giggle* Makoto, your ears are so fluffy.

	[ Makoto ]
	...Aaaargh! Right when I was being depressed, too...!

	[ Noel ]
	*giggle*

	[ Makoto ]
	Hey, stop touching them!

	[ Noel ]
	But, they're so soft...especially your tail.
	What's this? A concealed weapon?

	[ Makoto ]
	I'm not a stuffed animal! I am...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Hehe... At least you look better now.

	[ Bang ]
	I...have been defeated... I cannot believe I lost to a bully... I am
	ashamed...!

	[ Noel ]
	You have it all wrong! I wasn't bullying anyone.
	Oh yeah. Do you happen to know where the NOL branch is in this city?
	I think I'm lost...

	[ Bang ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	He fainted...?

	[ Bang ]
	Ugh... Uh...

	[ Noel ]
	I-It's that way? Thank you very much! You're a lifesaver.

	[ Bang ]
	...So she goes...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Sir! Are you OK?

	[ Bang ]
	Er, it's nothing major.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Sir... Y-You're a terrible actor...

	[ Bang ]
	Oh, that girl...? Well, she wasn't exactly what I expected...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Riight...

	[ Bang ]
	What a difficult fight that was. It's as though she had no killing
	intent whatsoever. Not only was there no murderous intent...I couldn't
	even sense her presence... It's like...she was...air...

	[ Subordinate B ]
	The air...sir?

(SAVE) Noel: Jin Kisaragi

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh* I'm finally here.
	...No one's inside? But, why...?

	[ Hazama ]
	What took you so long!?

	[ Noel ]
	Ah! I-I'm sorry I'm late, Hazama.

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, well... I just got here myself, but I was as surprised as you
	were... Not a single soul.

	[ Noel ]
	I wonder what happened...

	[ Hazama ]
	...It could be Ragna.

	[ Noel ]
	You mean he attacked this base? I can't believe it...

	[ Hazama ]
	Well, either way, there's no question that this is a strange
	occurrence. Be on alert. The perpetrator might still be nearby.

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Hazama ]
	Major Kisaragi...!?

	[ Jin ]
	It's you... Lieutenant...!

	[ Noel ]
	(This is...a murderous intent? But why...?)

	[ Hazama ]
	An order of withdrawal has come from headquarters.
	Please, return to your post right away, Major.
	I would appreciate an explanation.

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	!

	[ Hazama ]
	Eek!

	[ Jin ]
	...Why do you interfere, Lieutenant Vermillion?

	[ Noel ]
	"Wh-Why" is my line! Why did you attack Hazama!?

	[ Hazama ]
	P-Please give me a break... I-I'm not good...with these sorts of
	things!

	[ Jin ]
	I'll ask you one more time. Why do you interfere, Lieutenant!?

	[ Noel ]
	...What happened to you, Major? This whole incident... You're acting on
	your own... Why?

	[ Jin ]
	*chuckle*... So in the end, you were just another obstruction...

	Well, that makes things simple... If that's the case, I just need to
	eliminate you!

	[ Noel ]
	...Eh?
	M-Major...?

	[ Jin ]
	Hmph... Any last words?

	[ Noel ]
	...!

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| NOEL VS JIN ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.W5
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W6
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W3

 [3C.X1.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS JIN WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Jin ]
	Guh...God...damn it...!

	[ Noel ]
	Major, please stop. HQ says if you return now, you won't face a court
	martial...

	[ Jin ]
	Guh...Don't give me orders!
	You know...NOTHING!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I was just...
	Wh-What the...!?

	[ Jin ]
	I...is that you...? "Ragna"?

	[ Noel ]
	M-Major! Please wait!
	Eek!
	Don't tell me... This...!

The building is shaking.

All I can do is stand there.

My mind jumps back, into the past.
Just like what they say happens right before you die...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	You're not going home, Noel? I thought your father wasn't doing very
	well...

	[ Noel ]
	Yeah...but if I go home, I'll just make him worry...so I might be
	better off here.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Well, I can't force you to do anything...
	But I do think your father would like to see you.

	[ Noel ]
	Really...?

	[ Makoto ]
	That's right. My dad says the same thing...
	Whatever they tell you, it's always best to see them in person.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Stop worrying yourself to pieces over nothing, and just go home to
	visit him.

	...Unless... Have you and your parents had a falling-out?

	[ Noel ]
	N-No, that's not it. I love my mom and dad.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Hehe...I've never heard you say you love someone...
	They must be awfully important to you.

	[ Makoto ]
	Now I'm kinda jealous... Do you "love" me, too!?

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...Noel? What's wrong?

	[ Noel ]
	Hmm...? O-Oh, it's nothing.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	If you say so...

	[ Makoto ]
	Noel, if you go home, don't forget to bring me some souvenirs!
	I'll get you something, too... I promise.

	[ Noel ]
	...Sure.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Geez... Makoto!

	[ Makoto ]
	*giggle*... And I was thinking...maybe something edible.

	[ Noel ]
	...I doubt there's anything, but I'll look.

	[ Makoto ]
	A-ha! Yes!

But, in the end...I didn't go home.

I was too nervous. Too hesitant.
They took me in five years ago. I don't remember anything before that.
I'm thankful they did, but still...sometimes I wonder...

Maybe they would have been better off if they'd just left me...

They were having trouble making ends meet before I came along, and I only
made it worse...

The only thing I could do to repay them for the kindness they'd shown me
was to restore the name of the once-noble Vermillion family.

That was why I went to the Academy...

I thought that if I did well--beter than anyone else--then maybe things would
change.

So when the holidays came and everyone else went home to their families, I
was alone in the dorms...studying.

(SAVE) Noel: Flashback

	[ Noel ]
	...
	Huh!?
	Th-This is...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Who are you...?
	Wh-What was that...?

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	(I've...seen this...somewhere...)
	(Some...where...)
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...Target, confirmed.

	[ Noel ]
	...Target...confirmed...

	[ Nu ]
	Scanning complete. IFF determined. Processing...
	Target identified...as...me...

	[ Noel ]
	Identification... Identical...

	[ Nu ]
	Activate termination protocol.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.W7
								 WIN : 3C.A0.W8
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X1.W4

 [3C.X1.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS V-13 WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

I'm...I'm back in the room.

The same room I've been in so many times before.
...The white room.

I look around...

...but I still don't know why I'm here, or what I'm supposed to do, or...
anything. I...never know anything...

"Never..."

But...wait... Something's different.

The person standing in front of me speaks, for the first time.

"Look at that."

She points toward a giant mirror.
I can see myself in it.

I had no idea there was something like this in here.
I...I can't turn away...

At first I assumed it was me, but the person in the mirror...it's someone else.
It's not me...but I knew them once.

I knew them...
A very long time ago...
Before I lost my memories...

A long, long time ago...
Before I was born...

But...I can't remember them anymore.

"You're not me. Who...are you?"

The person in the mirror asks me, but I don't know the answer.
I can't remember.
I can't remember.
I can't remember.
I can't remember.
I can't remember...
Who is she?
And...

Who...
...am I?

		Noel Stories
		lost child END

 [3C.X2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS BANG WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-Why am I...?

	[ Noel ]
	Phew... Now, you'd better watch what you say. I'll let it slide this
	time.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, good! I caught up with you.

	[ Noel ]
	You're from...earlier...

	[ Litchi ]
	I really wanted you to try these clothes on... So I chased after you.

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Your clothes are torn to shreds! Here, I have a present for you, so
	hurry and try them on!

	[ Noel ]
	W-Wait a sec--
	Wh-What is this...!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oooh, you're just so adorable! I knew I was right!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I can't walk around town like this!
	I'm in a hurry, so if you'll excuse me!

	[ Litchi ]
	Aw, wait!
	I still have a bunch of outfits for you...!

(SAVE) Noel: The Second Assassin

	[ Noel ]
	Sh-She's still after me...!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm so hungry... HUngry...
	I wanna eat some meat!

	[ Noel ]
	Um, excuse me!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hm?
	Are you talking to Tao?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm being chased by a strange woman!
	I'm gonna hide, so could you point her in the wrong direction?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmm...?
	I'm not really sure what you mean, but... Leave it to me!

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'm in your debt.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm...so...hungry hungry. I wanna eat some meat!
	Meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	...Huh? I lost her...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! Boobie lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, hi, Tao. What are you doing here?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uhh...lacking lady asked me to hide someone, so...I can't tell nyuu!

	[ Litchi ]
	Lacking lady? Oh, well...
	Anyway, have you seen a little girl pass by?

	[ Taokaka ]
	She hid. And I'm trying to hide her!

	[ Litchi ]
	Hid? Where?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm supposed to confuse you, so I can't tell you!

	[ Litchi ]
	*sigh* Then I guess I have no choice...

	[ Taokaka ]
	S-S-S-S-S-S-S-Steamed buns!
	Gimme! Boobie lady, gimme that!

	[ Litchi ]
	Hehe...I can give them to you.
	But in return, can you catch that girl for me?

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! Leave it to me!

	[ Noel ]
	Hey...! That's not what you promised!
	And what's "lacking lady" supposed to mean!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, so there you are...

	[ Noel ]
	Ah...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Boobie lady!
	If Tao captures that, will you give me more steamed buns?

	[ Litchi ]
	Absolutely.
	Do your best, OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! Leave it to me!

	[ Noel ]
	H-How cruel...

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| NOEL VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L5
								 WIN : 3C.A0.L6
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X2.W2

 [3C.X2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS TAOKAKA WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Taokaka ]
	Waaah...
	I lost!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh my, Tao lost...? You're a lot stronger than I thought, Lieutenant...

	[ Noel ]
	*pant* *pant*

	[ Litchi ]
	But you look pretty exhausted... I guess this is my chance.

	[ Noel ]
	Hey...! Stop that!

	[ Litchi ]
	What do you think? Now you look like Tao!

	[ Noel ]
	Why do these things happen to me!?
	Please stop that! Next time, I'm going to arrest you for obstruction!

	[ Litchi ]
	Aww... But you look so cute in it...

(SAVE) Noel: The Final Assassin

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh* Geez, now I'm totally lost...

	[ Litchi ]
	Did you give it some thought?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!? Wh-What the--! ?

	[ Litchi ]
	I just wanted you to spend a little time with me... No go?

	[ Noel ]
	I-I'll say it one more time...! If you follow me around anymore, I'll
	arrest you for obstruction!

	[ Litchi ]
	Really? Well, if I'm gonna get caught anyway, I might as well put up a
	fight, right?

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Why did it turn out like this...?

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| NOEL VS LITCHI ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3C.A0.L7
								 WIN : 3C.A0.L8
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3C.X2.W3

 [3C.X2.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		NOEL VERSUS LITCHI WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Litchi ]
	...Aww! Why do you resist so much!?

	[ Noel ]
	Resist...? Isn't that the logical thing to do?
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	...
	...? Is something wrong?

	[ Noel ]
	I-Is that a panda...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, him? Yes, he is.
	This is Lao Jiu. Isn't he adorable?

	[ Noel ]
	It's alive...isn't it?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes. I suppose he's pretty rare...but what about it?

	[ Noel ]
	U-Uhh, um...
	About what you said earlier...

	[ Litchi ]
	Earlier...?

	[ Noel ]
	About...dressing me up...

	[ Litchi ]
	You want to do it now?

	[ Noel ]
	No, um...well, that's not the case, but...if you let me pet him,
	then... m-maybe I'll give it some thought...

	[ Litchi ]
	Really!? I'm so glad! Well then, let's go back to my place!
	But before that...
	I can't let you walk around looking like that, you poor thing...

	[ Noel ]
	Th-This is kind of embarrassing...

	[ Litchi ]
	You'll get used to it.
	Now, shall we?

	[ Noel ]
	Ahhh...

	[ Litchi ]
	...Do you like it that much?

	One of my patients really loves bringing me clothes to put on, but some
	of them just don't fit me. There's a lot of clothes that'll fit you
	perfectly, so please be my guest.

	[ Noel ]
	Ooookaaay...

	[ Litchi ]
	Hang on one second... I'll go grab another set.

	[ Noel ]
	Ooookaaay...
	*giggle* It's so fluffy... Ohhhh...I'm so happy...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

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[3D.A0.L1] vs Carl (Lose)
[3D.A0.W1] vs Carl (Win)

[3D.A1.X1] Let us leave him.
[3D.A1.L1] vs Noel (Lose)
[3D.A1.W1] vs Noel (Win)
[3D.A1.L2] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3D.A1.W2] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3D.A2.X1] I believe he requires a lesson in manners.
[3D.A2.L1] vs Bang (Lose)
[3D.A2.W1] vs Bang (Win)
[3D.A2.L2] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3D.A2.W2] vs Arakune (Win)

[3D.B1.X1] Why should I waste my time on a charlatan like him?
[3D.B1.L1] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3D.B1.W1] vs Ragna (Win)

[3D.B2.X1] Oh, I shall see that he receives his just deserts...
	   But in due time.
[3D.B2.L1] vs Tager (Lose)
[3D.B2.W1] vs Tager (Win)
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		Rachel Stories
		Bystander

Moonlight shines gently on the courtyard.
The air is heavy with the scent of roses and black tea.

The wind gently caresses the leaves, and I can vaguely hear the almost
systematic breaths of people sleeping.

A dreadfully normal day has begun.
The "routine" has started once again.
It's nice...and peaceful. But still...

	[ Rachel ]
	...I'm bored.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Do you fel tired, madam?

	[ Rachel ]
	No, not really.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I do hope that is the truth...

	[ Rachel ]
	Thank you... Today's tea is exquisite.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	You are too kind, madam.
	Today's tea has been imported from Amaruga. I thought perhaps you would
	appreciate its rich aroma.

	[ Rachel ]
	I see... I do detect a subtle difference in flavor...
	!?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	What the deuce...?
	Madam Rachel, is something amiss?

	[ Rachel ]
	...Ah. N-No, I'm fine... My nerves, you see.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	If you wish to rest, I will see to it that the bedchamber is made ready
	for you straightaway...

	[ Rachel ]
	I appreciate the concern, Valkenhayn, but all that I require is more
	tea.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Of course, madam. I shall prepare a second pot posthaste.

	[ Rachel ]
	*sigh*

I look up at the sky, at the moon shining like a lustrous pearl in the heavens,
surrounded by its retinue of shimmering stars...

...but it is one of those stars that interests me, not their lord the moon.

A star of ill omen.

A star that shines its brightest when the earth is on the brink of destruction.
As I look that star, I realize...it has moved, but only ever so slightly...

	[ Rachel ]
	The stars...

I know what it means.

I know that, once again, the time has come.

I know that, once again, that terrible thing will make its debut.

I know that, once again, the world is about to end.

I stand and delicately prod Nago and Gii with my foot.

	[ Nago ]
	Ow!

	[ Gii ]
	O-Owwww, that hurt, Princess!

	[ Rachel ]
	Do you do anything but sleep?
	Come. We are going out.

	[ Gii ]
	G-Going out... But we just got back!
	We usually get some time to relax before we have to go out again...

	[ Rachel ]
	The situation has changed.
	Get ready. Now.

	[ Nago ]
	I'm not sure what you're talking about, but...the time has come for us
	to act, right? Oh my goodness!

	[ Rachel ]
	I am not sure myself... But that is what I intend to find out.
	Hehe... It has been a while since I felt this kind of excitement.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Your tea, madam--
	Ah... Gone already? They grow up so fast...
	A shame this tea shall go to waste...
	Ah well, a good house is a tidy house...
	...
	Hm?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Long time, no see, old man.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	You have changed little, I see. No sense of propriety whatsoever.
	A man such as you is not welcome in a place such as this. I would
	humbly request that you leave. Immediately.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey now, don't be so cold. Don't we go way back?

	I've had to spend hours surrounded by the stench of those flowers
	because I don't wanna see that damn vampire.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...I'm terribly sorry. Perhaps you did not hear me. I believe I asked
	you to leave.
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hahaha, just forget it, man! There's no use. You should know that.
	Don't tell me you're going senile.

	Aww, did I hit a nerve? Hahaha, you're mad at me for telling the truth?
	Hahaha! What kind of logic is that?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Oh? You wanna keep goin'?

	Just when I thought you had calmed down, you start cleaning...As square
	as always, eh?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...Enough. What do you want?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Nothing really. I was just wondering if you've realized yet.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	What on earth are you talking about?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...The stars are moving.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	P-Poppycock!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I hope your precious little lady is all right. Well, that's all I
	really wanted to say. See ya around.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...
	Oh, dear... Perhaps old age is getting the better of me.
	I did not notice...
	I am on my way, Madam Rachel. I pray for your safety...

(SAVE) Rachel: Carl Clover

	[ Rachel ]
	...How barren. How did we end up here...?

	[ Nago ]
	I guess even you can make some mistakes, Princess...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Nago ]
	Hargh!

	[ Gii ]
	...P-Princess...! Someone's coming!

	[ Rachel ]
	I have eyes, Gii. Now shut your ugly mouth before I remove it from your
	face.

	[ Carl ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	Hello there, child. How do you do?

	[ Carl ]
	Are you...a witch? You came out of nowhere...

	[ Rachel ]
	I beg your pardon? Clearly those ostentatious eyeglasses do your eyes
	no good. Perhaps they would serve you better forcibly inserted into
	your mouth.

	[ Carl ]
	What do you think, Sis...? About this person...
	!?
	Sis? What's the matter!?

	[ Nago ]
	Milady, that guy's talking to a puppet... I think we should keep on
	walking.

	[ Rachel ]
	Still depending on your sister at your age? How pitifully sad. How
	dreadfully irritating.

	[ Carl ]
	"Dangerous"? You're saying that person is dangerous?
	Who in the world are you...? This has never happened before...
	Sis is reacting to someone other than myself...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Have you ever heard of the word "manners"? Inquiring about a lady's
	nature is not only rude, it is the very height of impropriety!

	[ Carl ]
	You're dangerous... I'm not really sure why, but you're a dangerous
	individual. My sister said so!

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS CARL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3D.A0.W1

 [3D.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS CARL: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	Not bad... Might this be a consequence of the shift?

	[ Carl ]
	It's called "being a sore loser". Or perhaps you know something I
	don't... If that's the case, I'll have you answer my questions.

	[ Nago ]
	P-Princess, this doesn't look good...
	Valkenhayn!

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Oh, my... I see I was only just in time.

	[ Carl ]
	...?
	Ugh...!

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	It would seem the time is not yet right.
	Let us retire to the castle, milady.

	[ Rachel ]
	So it would seem. A shame, but I suppose I have done my utmost.
	It is back to waiting, then. Waiting, in this cage where time never
	ends.

		GAME OVER

 [3D.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS CARL: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	Ungh...Sis...

	[ Nago ]
	Hah! You mean you thought you stood a chance against the princess?

	[ Gii ]
	What should we do with this boy, milady?

	[ Rachel ]
	Let's see...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Let us leave him. (3D.A1.X1)					      |
| • I believe he requires a lesson in manners. (3D.A2.X1)		      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3D.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Let us leave him.

	[ Rachel ]
	I would rather leave him, that he may live to regret his actions.

	[ Gii ]
	The princess letting someone go...?

	[ Nago ]
	You have no idea how lucky you are.

	[ Rachel ]
	I shall see you around, child. Good day.

	[ Carl ]
	G-Guh... I...I'm...!

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Eh? Oh dear... It would seem I have arrived too late.
	Madam Rachel is still on the move.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, I'm terribly sorry... You are...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	It has been some time... I take it this young gentlemen is your new
	master?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Having a master is rather difficult, wouldn't you agree?
	Here, allow me to--

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	As cautious as ever, I see. But I am no longer your enemy.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Do not concern yourself. All that matters is that we can understand one
	another. Let me see... Ah, I believe there is a rather skilled doctor
	in Orient Town. I believe that will be my next stop.
	Would you care to join me?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

(SAVE) Rachel: Noel Vermillion

	[ Jin ]
	Dammit...who...are you...? Noel Vermillion! Are you...!

	[ Noel ]
	M-Major Kisaragi! Please hang in there! I'm calling a doctor right now!

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	Why did the Major attack me...? He seemed really disoriented...
	What should I--
	Eek...!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh? Awake already, are you?

	[ Noel ]
	Eh...?
	A-Are you talking to me?

	[ Rachel ]
	I see no one else here.

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Gii ]
	Sh-She's scary...

	[ Nago ]
	Shh!
	I've heard women can fight with just their eyes...

	[ Rachel ]
	I don't like your eyes.

	[ Noel ]
	H-Huh...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Don't you think it's rather pathetic to rely on those...things?

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-What are you talking about?

	[ Rachel ]
	Those...little toys you insist on carrying with you. Can't even talk
	without it, can you.

	[ Noel ]
	Th-That's because...

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh for goodness sake, child, make up your mind! Your behaviour sickens
	me, although I can't say I expected much.

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-What do you know about me!?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	What do -I- know about -you-? So you really want to know?
	OK... I shall indulge you.
	...Everything.

	[ Noel ]
	Ev--!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Enough of this. I have not come here to experience your lamentable
	attempts at conversation. I am here to determine if you possess the
	power to change this world.

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS NOEL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.A1.L1
								 WIN : 3D.A1.W1

 [3D.A1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	C-Calm down...! If you resist any more, I can't guarantee your safety!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Idiot...

	[ Noel ]
	Huh?

	[ Rachel ]
	You think you've won, child? You would do well to temper your
	enthusiasm! You may have a few tricks up your...sleeve, but that is all
	they are. Simple parlor tricks, not real power! And all you know is to
	obey orders that were given to you...

	[ Noel ]
	No, um, I was...

	[ Rachel ]
	You disgust me. I say good day!

	[ Noel ]
	U-Um, wait...!

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii! Nago! We must depart at once!
	Cease your dawdling!

	[ Gii ]
	O-Oww, that hurt, Princess! Don't take your anger out on me--
	Ow!

	[ Rachel ]
	Nago! Shut up and fly!

	[ Nago ]
	OK, OK...

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-Why do I have to be on the receiving end...?

		GAME OVER

 [3D.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Rachel ]
	I believe I will be taking those toys of yours now.

	[ Noel ]
	A-Ah...give it back, please!
	Those are important. They're really important to me!
	So please...give them back!

	[ Rachel ]
	...No.

	[ Noel ]
	Ah!
	...
	*cry*
	Why...Why do you have to be so mean to me?
	Why...?
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	...Is that all you can do?
	How disappointing. Without your toys, you are nothing more than a
	hysterical child. To think I thought you might change the world...
	Nago! Gii! Let us depart.

	[ Nago & Gii ]
	All righty!
	Roger!

(SAVE) Rachel: Hakumen

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	How terribly persistent of you, Harlequin.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Why have you come here? Do you intend to intervene now?

	[ Rachel ]
	...

Something is strange...

There he is, standing before me--the man once known as Hakumen, a hero.
But now he fights for his own beliefs, his own form of justice, to escape this
never-ending cycle of cursed fate.

Still...

Something is not right... Something has shifted.

Just as the star has shifted, so has the course of the world.

At first, I thought perhaps Kokonoe was responsible. After all, she is the
closest to uncovering the truth, and she knows of my efforts to change this
cursed world.

I thought perhaps she would attempt...something. But this?

This is not Kokonoe's doing. She could never cause a shift of this magnitude.

Then, that would mean...

	[ Rachel ]
	Hehe...

	[ Hakumen ]
	You smile...why?

	[ Rachel ]
	Well, I thought that, since I am here and so are you, perhaps we could
	play a little?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Surely you jest. You are nothing more than a spectator.
	You would be wise to take your leave.

	[ Rachel ]
	Big words from a clown with no audience.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hahaha... A clown, eh?
	Let us see who between us is truly a clown.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh yes. Yes, let's do. I believe I would like that very much.

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.A1.L2
								 WIN : 3D.A1.W2

 [3D.A1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

	[ Gii ]
	Princess! Princess!
	Get a grip!

	[ Nago ]
	Princess! H-Hurry up and finish that guy off!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hah! You show your true colors, jester!

	[ Rachel ]
	Of all the--Is this, too, a shift?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Let us meet again, in -his- era.

		GAME OVER

 [3D.A1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Rachel ]
	Begone, Harlequin! The stage grows tired of your wooden performance,
	and your audience has long since departed.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Damnable intervention! A curse upon you, harlot!

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	...!
	It would seem that once again, all we can do is watch...

	[ Gii ]
	Aaah!

	[ Nago ]
	Gii! YOu scared the living crap out of me!

	[ Gii ]
	B-B-B-B-But...!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey there, vampire.

	[ Rachel ]
	...Ah. I suppose I should have known. I never had much use for
	Mr. Occam, but perhaps I was wrong... If -you- are here, the shifts
	I've been forced to endure begin to make a modicum of sense.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	You're pretty sharp for a shitty vampire, haha. Been doin' a little
	studying?

	[ Rachel ]
	I thought perhaps death would humble you somewhat, but I now see that
	was a foolish hope. You still have the complexion of a maggot and the
	face of a worm, I see.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Well, there are lots of things I can do -because- I look like this...

	[ Rachel ]
	Perhaps you would enjoy being a bug? I don't mean to presume, but such
	an appearance would suit you. I could take pleasure in stomping you!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Your insults are so dull. I couldn't even get angry if I tried...
	Maybe you should study up on how to insult your opponent?

	[ Rachel ]
	Ugh...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	You should just sit back and drink your little tea, stupid vampire.

	Huh? Get it? Understand me? Haha. Probably not. You're a ******* after
	all.

	[ Rachel ]
	How dare you--

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Oh man...I'm gettin' tired of picking on vampires, so I'm gonna head
	out. See ya.

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Nago ]
	P-Princess?

	[ Gii ]
	A-Are you OK...?
	Haouuu!

	[ Rachel ]
	Kuh!
	He would dare speak to me, to -me-, in such a way!?
	Why, if I could get my hands around his vicious little neck--

	[ Gii ]
	Eeeek!

	[ Nago ]
	M-Milady! Calm down, please! Calm down!

	[ Gii ]
	I-I don't think I can take much more...

	[ Rachel ]
	Haah, haah, haah...
	Hahh...

	[ Nago ]
	You sure you wanna leave that guy alone? He might be up to no good
	again...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Why should I waste my time on a charlatan like him? (3D.B1.X1)	      |
| • Oh, I shall see that he receives his just deserts... But in due time.     |
|   (3D.B2.X1)								      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3D.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I believe he requires a lesson in manners.

	[ Rachel ]
	You are still in rather dire need of manners.

	Perhaps you would like to beg for mercy. Is that what you would like
	to do, you spoiled brat?

	[ Carl ]
	Ugh... U-Ugh...!

	[ Rachel ]
	How shall I punish you...?

	[ Nago ]
	Hehehe...you have no idea what the princess is capable of...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Halt right there!

	[ Bang ]
	A man of love and justic, Bang Shishigami arrives!

	I have been watching from afar... But how could you lay a finger on a
	man who is already down...!? And you call yourself a warrior!

	That young man is my cute little disciple! I, Bang Shishigami, cannot
	overlook this!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Who?

	[ Bang ]
	I just said, I'm Bang Shishigami!

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	This matter does not concern you. I suggest you leave.

	[ Bang ]
	But I just told you! This boy is my apprentice!

	[ Rachel ]
	You will excuse me if I find it difficult to believe this unsullied
	child would associate with a...man...such as yourself.

	[ Bang ]
	That's not true! He's also a vigilante like myself.

	Besides, the kinds of fights vigilantes get involved in are very
	limited...which leads me to believe that you have done something
	terrible. You cannot fool me with your appearance!

	Now, fight fair and square!

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	Nago, Gii, let's go.

	[ Nato ]
	All righty!

	[ Gii ]
	Milady, are we just leaving him?

	[ Rachel ]
	You have failed to pique my curiousity, and I do not much care for
	sweaty men.

	[ Bang ]
	Hm!? So you choose to run? You coward!

	[ Rachel ]
	This conversation is over. Now, we're going to jump from here straight
	to the Cauldron.

	[ Bang ]
	I won't let you!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Ah!

(SAVE) Rachel: Bang Shishigami

	[ Rachel ]
	Kyah!

	[ Bang ]
	Oogh!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear... What is this place?

	[ Gii ]
	Looks like we messed up...

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear... it would seem we are not where we should be...
	You disgust me.

	[ Nago ]
	Oh, puhlease!

	[ Bang ]
	Hm? What am I doing here...?
	Could this be...the "warp" I've heard about!?

	In my years of rigorous training, I never would've imagined I would get
	to see this day... To experience a space-time jump with my very own
	eyes...

	Huwah!?

	D-Don't tell me...are you the one who did this!? Could you be...a
	top-class vigilante!? It is almost unbelievable that a small child,
	such as yourself, can be a true master of the art... However, the
	saying does go, don't judge a book by its cover...

	Then...could she be the descendant of a master!?

	It's possible! If she's been trained by masters from a young age,
	then it's entirely possible!

	Uhh... *ahem*

	[ Rachel ]
	...Oh. I suppose your departure was too much to hope for.

	[ Bang ]
	I humbly apologize for my impudence earlier. Although I was unaware of
	who you were, my attitude was inexcusable...

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii, I require more crumpets.

	[ Gii ]
	Roger that!

	[ Nago ]
	Hmm... The perfect atmosphere for a nap, no?

	[ Bang ]
	But I must question what you were doing to my cute little disciple.

	Perhaps he insulted you in some manner? Nonetheless, that could be a
	youthful mistake, and it was by no means his true intent... That is
	what I would like to believe.

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii, would you be so kind as to adjust the mirror upward?

	[ Gii ]
	You said it.

	[ Rachel ]
	...Too high.

	[ Gii ]
	S-Sorry...

	[ Rachel ]
	I'm afraid that is insufficient. Your punishment will be forthcoming.

	[ Gii ]
	Th-That's too much...

	[ Bang ]
	Which is why, no matter how good of an education you receive, or how
	well off your family is, you cannot look down on others.

	Not to mention, both you and Carl are but children.
	You must not resolve your differences with your fists.

	[ Gii ]
	Milady, it hurts! It hurts! No more, please... Aaaahhh!

	[ Nago ]
	Zzz...

	[ Bang ]
	And that's the case.
	...Do you understand now?

	[ Rachel ]
	...

I take a moment to consider what the creature has said.

If I remember correctly, this man too carries a Nox Nyctores.

I would very much like to simply ignore the pestilent creature in front of me
and attent to other, more important, matters, but if he was chosen by a
Nox-class weapon... Then, he too, must have an important role in this play.

	[ Rachel ]
	...You.

	[ Bang ]
	...What is it?

	[ Rachel ]
	Then again...

	[ Bang ]
	...Huh?

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS BANG ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.A2.L1
								 WIN : 3D.A2.W1

 [3D.A2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	Did you see that!?
	Now, this is the "Shishigami Ninpo"!

	[ Rachel ]
	To think I could be defeated by this...this...oaf! Of all the--
	Nago, Gii, it is far past time we left!

	[ Nago ]
	Roger that!

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii! Prepare a bath! That filthy man touched me, and I fear he may have
	left something of himself behind. I feel unclean!

	[ Gii ]
	O-Of course, milady.

	[ Bang ]
	...Nothing less from the heir to a master.
	To be using such a strange technique...

		GAME OVER

 [3D.A2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	Oogh... I have...no regrets...!

	[ Rachel ]
	The only dangerous thing about you is your prodigious stench. Any fool
	armed with so much as a clothespin would have little trouble defeating
	you. Nago, Gii, let us take our leave of this disgusting spectacle.

	[ Nago ]
	You got it.

	[ Gii ]
	Milady, where are you goin'!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Let's see...

	[ Bang ]
	Oogh...ugh...
	Miss Litchi...let me...handle this one...

(SAVE) Rachel: Arakune

	[ Rachel ]
	...Oh dear. It would seem we are not where we should be.
	Perhaps it is due to this strange interference...

	[ Nago ]
	Princess, what are we gonna do?

	[ Rachel ]
	For the moment, I'm afraid there is little we can do, except take this
	opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea.

	[ Nago ]
	Sounds good!
	Gii! The princess has requested a cup of tea.
	...
	Gii?

	[ Gii ]
	Here!
	I'm right here!

	[ Arakune ]
	...

	[ Nago ]
	Wh-What is that thing!?

	[ Rachel ]
	...A vulgar creature of lower orders. It is rather filthy. Take care
	not to touch it.

	[ Gii ]
	Princess!
	Help me, please!
	I'm getting eaten--

	[ Nago ]
	H-he ate 'im?

	[ Gii ]
	Princess!
	It's dark in here!
	I'm scared!

	[ Arakune ]
	Does	tas  at   .  shou  eat	  master nstead...

	[ Gii ]
	Uhh...I'm all sticky...

	[ Rachel ]
	What a filthy insect. You have defiled my familiar. Must I show you
	your proper place?

	[ Arakune ]
	I do no  fear   , bu    you ha     prob	  wi	,    n I sha  indul
	you.

	[ Rachel ]
	Your hubris suggests a resistance to discipline, insect...
	Nevertheless, perhaps I will manage to teach you some manners...

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.A2.L2
								 WIN : 3D.A2.W2

 [3D.A2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	This power...! Has there been a shift here as well!?

	[ Arakune ]
	Bon a  étit.

		GAME OVER

 [3D.A2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	No n no  !  don  wan	die...!  need	 pow	th zure...!  need i ...
	  need it,   need it...!

	[ Nago ]
	Looks like he's trying to run. Princess, are you just gonna let him go?

	[ Rachel ]
	I care not. I do not wish to be in the company of that...thing any
	longer than is absolutely necessary.

	[ Gii ]
	I'm still trying to overcome my trauma...

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii, you will remain at least five yards from me at all times until you
	have been cleansed of that filth. Perhaps you should remain downwind as
	well. Should I catch a whiff of your odious coating...I believe you
	know what will follow.

	[ Gii ]
	Uh...

	[ Nago ]
	And that goes for me too!

	[ Gii ]
	Everyone's so...cold...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

I have developed reservations in regards to pressing forward.

The shifts I have seen are far too great, and I fear it is too late for the
resolution I hoped for to come to fruition.

Therefore, I believe that this time, I will merely watch...

...and if, by chance, a new shift comes into being, I will use every ounce of
power under my command to help this world collapse.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	My goodness... Ah, it would seem I have at least caught up with you.

	[ Rachel ]
	Ah, Valkenhayn.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I think perhaps it is time the young madam called it a night... This
	time around...

	[ Rachel ]
	...An excellent suggestion. It would be best if we were to retire.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Very well...

	[ Rachel ]
	I shall desire tea when we return. You will prepare it.

	And then, we shall wait. After all, we have all the time in the
	world... I'm rather tired, but I suppose this time away from the
	drudgery of the castle has done me good. No play retains its drama in
	repetition.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	...Valkenhayn.
	If father could see the world as it is now, what would he think?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I do not quite know how I should answer that question, madam.

	[ Rachel ]
	I have been plagued by doubt of late, Valkenhayn. Do you...do you think
	I belong at the head of this family? As the inheritor of this mansion?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	You will forgive my impertinence, milady, but such a question seems...
	out of character.

	[ Rachel ]
	Is that so?
	No, I suppose you are right. Perhaps I am simply tired.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Do you with to retire to the bedchamber? I shall have it made up--

	[ Rachel ]
	Let me stay here a little longer.
	Even if I fall asleep...I should like to stay here a little longer.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Very well then, madam. I shall bring you a blanket.

	[ Rachel ]
	Yes...please...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	...
	Ah, sir... If you could only see your daughter now... Your Rachel has
	grown so much...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3D.B1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Why should I waste my time on a charlatan like him?

	[ Rachel ]
	Why should I waste my time on a charlatan like him?

	[ Nago ]
	I-If that's the case, then I suppose it's OK...

	[ Rachel ]
	I will say this only once. Do not speak of him in my presence, again.
	Ever. There will be consequences.

	[ Gii ]
	I won't... Ever...

	[ Nago ]
	...Princess, somebody's coming!

	[ Rachel ]
	I grow tired of this. Who approaches?

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh?

(SAVE) Rachel: Ragna the Bloodedge

	[ Ragna ]
	...Why the hell are you here?

	[ Rachel ]
	*giggle*

	[ Ragna ]
	...Damn you!

	[ Rachel ]
	Is that all? Hah! Plato may have believed the Forms were incorporeal
	and atemporal, but here you are before me: the Form of a fool!

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up! I won't be insulted by someone kickin' back in the box seats!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Such vicious accusations! Why the venom, Grim Reaper? I don't
	believe you're after me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Now you're just askin' for it...!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Fool.

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS RAGNA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.B1.L1
								 WIN : 3D.B1.W1

 [3D.B1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant*

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh my, finished so soon? Hmm... What was it I was "asking for" again?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up, stupid!

	[ Rachel ]
	This is pointless... In this state, you cannot possibly...
	Nago, Gii, it's time we took our leave.

	[ Nago ]
	Are you sure, milady?

	[ Rachel ]
	Yes. Our petites vacances has exhausted me. I wish to return home.
	Gii, I will be expecting hot tea soon after we return.

	[ Gii ]
	Got it!

	[ Ragna ]
	Don't ever come back, stupid rabbit!

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	...Wh-What?

	[ Rachel ]
	Fool.

	[ Ragna ]
	Why you...!

	[ Rachel ]
	Hmph... What a waste of time...

		GAME OVER

 [3D.B1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Dammit...!

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	...What?
	Ow!

	[ Nago ]
	T-The princess...

	[ Gii ]
	Hit him with a fist...

	[ Ragna ]
	Why you...!
	What the hell was--
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	Why do you hold back?

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh?

	[ Rachel ]
	You still don't understand? Even after so many repetitions!?

	Don't you see that your lack of conviction dooms this world to
	oblivion!?

	[ Ragna ]
	H-Hey...what the heck are you talkin' about? I have no clue what's
	going on...

	[ Rachel ]
	Why are you fight? Why are you living... Why were you born!?
	You're here only to destroy the world, aren't you!? To end it all!?

	[ Ragna ]
	I was...just...
	!?

	[ Rachel ]
	*sigh* The time has already come...
	You...

	[ Ragna ]
	Wh-What's with you? You're creepin' me out, rabb--

	[ Rachel ]
	Not now. Listen to me.

	Never admit defeat. Endure whatever pain you may face, and fight until
	your last breath, as a human being. Even if you are ugly, and pathetic,
	and broken...

	[ Ragna ]
	Rachel...

	[ Rachel ]
	Please, Ragna.

	[ Ragna ]	
	...
	That's what I was planning to do anyway.
	Tch, so this is the climax, huh...?
	All right, bring it on!

...

I am...dreaming.

A terribly long dream...one with no end.

It matters not how I struggle to wake myself from the dream. It is futile.
Perhaps...it is time to give up...

Give up, and forget about life outside this dream...

It would appear I have failed, once again.

How many times have I been here...in this very spot.

The entrance to the dream from which I can never wake...
The doors of the abyss...

And here I am. Again.
Everything the way it was...

...chel...

...A voice!?

This...this voice...

Rachel...


Sorry...and thanks...

	[ Rachel ]
	Yes...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Are you awake, milady?

	[ Rachel ]
	...Yes. In fact, I feel quite refreshed.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Do you indeed?

	In that case, I shall prepare the most exquisite tea before you have
	returned to your customary foul temper.

	[ Rachel ]
	...An excellent idea, Valkenhayn. Would you be so kind as to bring it
	to me in the courtyard? I shall be waiting.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Of course, madam.

	[ Rachel ]
	The moon...is quite beautiful tonight.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3D.B2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Oh, I shall see that he receives his just deserts... But in due time.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, the pain I will visit upon that man... I will see him beg for
	death.

	[ Gii ]
	But, we don't even know where he went...

	[ Rachel ]
	We will find him with Kokonoe. I am loathe to admit it, but I know him.

	[ Nago ]
	Then, we're going to Sector Seven, right?

	[ Rachel ]
	That is correct.
	If he has not yet gone to Kokonoe, then she must know of his imminent
	arrival.

(SAVE) Rachel: Iron Tager

	[ Rachel ]
	You there.

	[ Tager ]
	Hm!?
	Wha-!? How did I not detect your closing in!?

	[ Rachel ]
	I need to speak with Kokonoe. You will assist me.

	[ Tager ]
	Speak with Kokonoe...? Who the hell are you!?

	[ Rachel ]
	That is none of your concern. Why have you not begun preparations?

	[ Tager ]
	Preparations...?

	[ Rachel ]
	I am referring to your matter transference device.

	[ Tager ]
	...Hah! Give me one reason why I should listen to you!

	[ Rachel ]
	I know that it leads to wherever Kokonoe has hidden herself, and I know
	that only she can activate it.

	[ Tager ]
	Wha-!? How do you know that!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Must I explain everything? Have you never considered that you are the
	key which activates the device?

	[ Tager ]
	I'm...the key...? Just how much do you know...!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear... This is going nowhere.
	If you find me a nuisance, why not simply attack me?
	When you change modes, you will activate the key on this end!

	[ Tager ]
	...What!?

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| RACHEL VS TAGER ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3D.B2.L1
								 WIN : 3D.B2.W1

 [3D.B2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	...Is something wrong?

	[ Tager ]
	So you speak as if you know it all... And this happens?
	I don't even care who you are anymore.
	You'd better get out of my sight before I change my mind...

	[ Rachel ]
	It would appear Kokonoe has altered the activation key. Perhaps this is
	a shift? Hm...

	[ Tager ]
	What are you doing!? Leave!

	[ Rachel ]
	Very well. I will take my leave of you for this performance. That is
	what you desire, correct?

	[ Tager ]
	I don't think I will ever understand that girl...

		GAME OVER

 [3D.B2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RACHEL VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Tager ]
	This power... What on earth...are you!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Perhaps you shouldn't have held back, mechanical man. If you'd only
	obeyed me when I first requested your assistance...

	[ Tager ]
	It...activated!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Have we not been over this? This dreadful mess makes it difficult to
	access her from the outside. How like her..
	Thank you for your assistance.
	Until we meet again, Mr. Red Devil.

	[ Tager ]
	Who the hell is she...?
	Kokonoe...are you gonna be OK...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Goodness gracious, how terribly bothersome...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Rachel? How did you get in here?

	[ Rachel ]
	Why, with the key, of course.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Ah, that's right... You can see everything, can't you?

	[ Rachel ]
	If you know that much, surely you've noticed...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Yeah, I have, and I've tried about a million things, but none of 'em
	work. All failures.

	[ Rachel ]
	Indeed... Success comes rarely and never easily. I must congratulate
	you. You did discover it much faster this time.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...I see. Then there might be hope for us yet...

	[ Rachel ]
	One can only hope. I believe, however, that task is yours.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	So it's up to me...who isn't really me... I kind of feel responsible,
	but at the same time, I don't... Weird. Well, I'd love to stick around
	and shoot the ****, but I've got plaecs to be, things to do...

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, I wouldn't dream of keeping you from your important work, but there
	is one thing I thought you should know.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	What's that?

	[ Rachel ]
	Your old friend Terumi has returned.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	What did you say...?

	[ Rachel ]
	He's rather close now, I would say.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...
	Rachel...

	[ Rachel ]
	...Oh, you needn't tell me. You would rather I stayed out of this,
	wouldn't you?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well, I guess you just know it all, don't you?
	I'm gonna take him down, you just watch. I can't let a bastard like
	that exist!

	[ Rachel ]
	Then I wish you the best of luck. Perhaps this time around, you will
	achieve that which you desire.

...That was all I could do.

I am a patron of this play, however unwilling, not an actor.
I may cheer the cast, the stage itself is forbidden to me.

At times, I have regretted it.
At other times, I have welcomed and accepted my place.

But this time...I feel a change of heart.

There is hope--the finest of threads--but it is there.

Perhaps even I, a simple member of the audience, can change the play,
if only in a small way.

I begin my long walk home with hopes high.

Before long, the world will end again and begin anew.

I will sit, and I will watch the seeds I have planted, and perhaps their growth
will bring the change my play so desperately needs.

After all, what more could a grateful audience ask for?

		Rachel Stories
		Bystander END

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[3E.A1.X1] I'll go over there, just like you told me to.

[3E.A2.X1] I think I should go over here instead...
[3E.A2.L1] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3E.A2.W1] vs Arakune (Win)
[3E.A2.L2] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3E.A2.W2] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3E.B1.X1] Maybe I'll just eat this guy!
[3E.B1.L1] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3E.B1.W1] vs Ragna (Win)

[3E.B2.X1] I'll go with the strategic play...and steal his meat!

[3E.C1.X1] I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!
[3E.C1.L1] vs Rachel (Lose)
[3E.C1.W1] vs Rachel (Win)
[3E.C1.L2] vs Noel (Lose)
[3E.C1.W2] vs Noel (Win)

[3E.C2.X1] Gimmie that steamed bun flying over there, instead!
[3E.C2.L1] vs Tager (Lose)
[3E.C2.W1] vs Tager (Win)
[3E.C2.L2] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3E.C2.W2] vs Taokaka (Win)

[3E.D1.X1] Heeere I goooooooooo!
[3E.D1.L1] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3E.D1.W1] vs Arakune (Win)

[3E.D2.X1] You're all stick and gross... Nyaaa.
[3E.D2.L1] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3E.D2.W1] vs Arakune (Win)

[3E.E1.X1] Tao's Taokaka-mew... I came from over there.

[3E.E2.X1] More importantly, I'm hungry, nyas.
[3E.E2.L1] vs Bang (Lose)
[3E.E2.W1] vs Bang (Win)
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		Taokaka Stories
		Innocent heart

Marching footsteps echoed all across Orient Town. Dozens of men and women in
the uniforms of the Novus Orbis Librarium appeared at the entrance to the main
street.

At first the residents were amazed, but it wasn't long before they began to
talk...

	[ Resident A ]
	Are they from the Library? What the heck do they want from us!?

	[ Resident B ]
	Even the upper class is here!? Wh-- What's going on!?

	[ Resident: Child ]
	Mom, are they from the Library?

	[ Resident: Mother ]
	Shh, stay quiet, or you'll get caught...!

The long arm of the Library was not welcome here.

...But that didn't concern a middle-aged soldier who appeared to be the
commander of the troops standing at the gate. He cleared his throat and began
to speak.

	[ NOL soldier ]
	I bring you an announcement from the Novus Orbis Librarium.

The soldiers standing behind him began to move, spreading out through Orient
Town like so many well-programmed automatons.

Each one held a stack of papers, and as they moved through the town, they
plastered their papers onto any surface that would hold them.

On each piece of paper was a portrait of a vicious-looking man with a mass of
spiky, silver hair and the word "Wanted" followed by a very large number. The
Library man's voice echoed through the streets again.

	[ NOL soldier ]
	It has come to our knowledge that the SS-class Librarium traitor "Ragna
	the Bloodedge" has appeared in this Hierarchical City.

	For those who have seen this man, make sure to immediately report him
	to the Librarium. Those who provide him with shelter, or help him to
	escape, will be considered first-class criminals like him, and will be
	severely punished.

His message delivered, the man turned on his heel and began to walk away.

The soldiers follow him, their own task complete as well.

A girl has been watching the whole thing through the window of a local clinic.
As the Library troops leave, she turns around to ask a question to the other
person in the room.

	[ Linhua ]
	Do you know what that was about, Doc?

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm not sure. This kind of stuff isn't unusual anymore.

	[ Linhua ]
	Yeah, that's true. It'd be a waste of time thinking about it.

The girl mumbled the words, as if trying to convince herself, and climbed down
from the window.

One of the posters on the wall of the clinic wasn't attached very well, and the
tug of the wind pulls it free.

It drifts lazily through the air, falling past Orient Town and down in the
lower layers of Kagutsuchi.

That was how word of the bounty for Ragna the Bloodedge spread to a part of
Kagutsuchi the Library did not want to visit.

*rustle*

The wanted poster finally came to rest on the edge of a dark village.
Something noticed it and came closer to examine it...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Huh? What is this?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Something is written on it.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	I wonder what it is.

Not exactly cats or humans, the creatures kept their faces hidden deep within
the hoods of their jackets.

The half-human, half-cat Kaka clan lived on the lowest layer of the city of
Kagutsuchi. A huge metal plate had been built above their village, blocking out
all light.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	When in doubt, always ask the elder!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Yeah, let's go ask the elder!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Zzz... Zzz...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Tao! Tao!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	We've got an assignment from the elder!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow...
	I can't eat anymore, meow...

The two Kaka children ran up the small hill surrounded by scrap metal and
broken machines.

It was a special spot for the Kaka clan; the sun still shone there, making it
warm and comfortable--perfect for a nap.

The hill was covered in plants, all desperate for the taste of precious
sunlight. The smell of warm grass filled the air. Taokaka, a warrior of the
Kaka clan, was taking her nap in the sunlight.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	She's asleep.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, she is.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Let's wake her up!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, let's wake her up!

	[ Taokaka ]
	*yawn*... Hm, what do you want, little ones?
	Tao is still sleepy meow.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	You have work, Tao.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, work.

They handed Taokaka the piece of paper they'd found.
She took it reluctantly...there was still a lot more napping she wanted to
do...

	[ Taokaka ]
	What about this piece of paper, meow? It's so thin, and it doesn't look
	at all that tasty.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	The elder said you should catch that person and gets lots of money for
	him.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	He said without that money, everybody would be in trouble.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Really? Then, that leaves us no choice. Let's get going later.

Taokaka yawned, stretched out her arms and legs, and...curled up and fell
asleep.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Don't fall asleep, Tao!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	You'll forget about this if you fall asleep now, Tao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	I won't forget about it, meow...
	Ouch! Stop biting my tail!

Unwilling to let Taokaka shirk her duty and get them in trouble, the children
had sunk their sharp little teeth into her tail.

	[ Taokaka ]
	All right, meow. I guess I'll just go take care of it. Where should I
	go now?

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	That way!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	The elder said that the exit over there leads to a place called Orient
	Town!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Over there, meow?

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Yeah.
	Good luck!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Good luck!
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| • I'll go over there, just like you told me to. (3E.A1.X1)		      |
| • I think I should go over here instead... (3E.A2.X1)			      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3E.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I'll go over there, just like you told me to.

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Good Guy

	[ Taokaka ]
	*sniff* *sniff* Something smells really good, meow...

Lured by the delicious scent, Taokaka wandered toward a restaurant.
When she looked inside from the window, she saw a man with white hair.

	[ Taokaka ]
	*sniff* *sniff*
	The smell seems to be coming from here, meow... Meow!?
	Meow, meow, meow, that meat... It looks so juicy... *drool*
	I-I'm starving neow!

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| • Maybe I'll just eat this guy! (3E.B1.X1)				      |
| • I'll go with the strategic play...and steal his meat! (3E.B2.X1)   	      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3E.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I think I should go over here instead...

(SAVE) Tao: Divine Punishment to Squiggly

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao's not gonna do something 'cuz I was told to...Heheheh, I'm just
	gonna head for wherever I feel...

The children were panicking, but Taokaka ignored them...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow.
	--Huh?
	Mya-meow!
	Ouch! I thought my butt was gonna split four ways, meow!
	Huh? Where am I?

Taokaka spun around, alert and ready for action. In the darkness she could make
out the shape of a person...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I finally found you... I've been looking for you for two years.

	[ Taokaka ]
	(This voice... It must be boobie lady's. Who's she talking to?)

"Boobie lady" was Taokaka's name for a doctor known as Litchi, who lived in
Orient Town. She visited the Kaka clan frequently to check up on them and teach
the children. Everyone there loved her.

The shadowy person in front of Taokaka had to be Litchi...

There was a drab creature standing in front of Litchi. It took a few steps
back, and Taokaka recognized it. She didn't know it was called Arakune, but she
recognized it well enough.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The black squiggly! Are you trying to attack boobie lady!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao!? Why are you here!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	That doesn't matter, neow! You gotta get out of here, boobie lady! That
	is the evil thing that once attacked my village! Tao will get rid of
	him once and for all!

	[ Litchi ]
	That's all right, Tao, just leave it to me. You gotta get out of here
	n--

	[ Arakune ]
	Don't in	ru	. Mo	ou	way.

	[ Litchi ]
	Ack!

Litchi's back was turned, and Arakune took the opening. Before Taokaka could
react, he slammed into Litchi, throwing her against the wall with a sickening
thud.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Wh-Why...?

Litchi gave the gruesome creature that attacked her one last pained look before
	she fainted. Oblivious, Arakune lumbered toward Taokaka.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You! What have you done to boobie lady!
	That's enough! I'll beat you to a pulp, neow!

	[ Arakune ]
	Kpft Kpwukuk
	 t's mposs	you,	rep	t  prev	   s age. Do 't make	laugh.

	[ Taokaka ]
	What the-!? Are you trying to eat Tao!?
	I don't think so!
	Tao is the one who'll eat you neow...
	...But...you look yucky!

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.A2.L1
								 WIN : 3E.A2.W1

 [3E.A2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	I thought you were just a stupid squiggly thing, but you're pretty
	strong... I'm sorry, bobbie lady... everyone... Tao couldn't do it,
	meow...

	[ Arakune ]
	I won!  won! I  take  ! Ev   thing!

Taokaka had done her best, but it was not enough to defeat Arakune.
She was never heard from again...

		GAME OVER

 [3E.A2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao won! Who's laughing neow, black squiggly!?
	Let's see what you taste like.
	Hmm... You actually don't look tasty at all!
	I might get a stomachache from eating nyew.
	I...probably shouldn't eat you.
	Now, squiggly...!
	Because Tao is such a sweet Kaka, I'll let you go for neow.

	If you don't want to get hurt again, you'd better stay away from the
	Kaka!

	[ Arakune ]
	...

Arakune turned and ran, and not a moment too soon... The fight had taken a lot
out of her, and she was starting to lose consciousness, but at least she'd
gotten rid of the danger...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow. One less thing to worry about neow. Oh, that's right! Is
	boobie lady all right!?
	Boobie lady! Boobie ladyyy!

Taokaka ran to Litchi's side and tried to shake her awake.
Her eyes fluttered open...

	[ Litchi ]
	Ta...o...? I...agh... Did he...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I got rid of the black squiggly, meow! You don't need to worry about it
	anymore, boobie lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	God rid of--
	I-Is he--

	[ Taokaka ]
	He disappeared, meow. You told me not to hurt people before. So, I let
	him go. Wasn't I good?

	[ Litchi ]
	Disappeared... Thank God...
	You did really well, Tao. Good girl.

Litchi stroked Taokaka's head, and she purred.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! Let's go home neow, boobie lady! Just follow meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	You know a shortcut?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Leave it to me. It'll only take a second for Tao to return to the
	village.

Taokaka had already forgotten that she'd fallen down to the lower levels
through a hole in the village...but she'd never been the type to think before
she acted anyway...

Not knowing what danger might await them, Taokaka and Litchi headed deeper into
the dark, abandoned lower levels of Kagutsuchi.

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Cocky Person

After wandering around for a while, Litchi and Taokaka found themselves in a
strange cavern full of massive, ominous machines...

	[ Taokaka ]
	It's such a strange place. I've never seen this before. I wonder where
	we are?

	[ Litchi ]
	This is... It can't be...the NOL's...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I had not expected to see the two of you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! A weirdo!?

	[ Litchi ]
	You... Hakumen!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hm...
	You must carry many sins.

	[ Litchi ]
	..!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	You look pretty cocky. I don't think I like you...

	[ Hakumen ]
	A relic of an age gone by...
	Hmph. It bears little resemblance to the original.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The what of what, what?

	[ Litchi ]
	Uhh...

	[ Hakumen ]
	How pathetic. You do not even know the reason you exist.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I don't know what you're talking about. Do you, boobie lady?

	[ Litchi ]
	Um...uhh...we're in trouble...

Taokaka was pretty sure Litchi knew something about what was going on, but she
just mumbled to herself and wouldn't tell Taokaka anything.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! What's the matter, neow...?
	You should talk so Tao can understand you! I don't like nyew!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ha ha ha...
	Let me see your true power, little abomination.

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.A2.L2
								 WIN : 3E.A2.W2

 [3E.A2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	I-I can't win..!? Meow...

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you all right, Tao!?
	Leave this to me, and just get out of here!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ah, the beautiful bonds of friendship...

	...But they matter not in this place, where justice is the lord, and I
	am his blade.

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Ugh.

	[ Hakumen ]
	I suggest that you ask yourself why it is that you have come before me.

		GAME OVER

 [3E.A2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's right!? Tao wins!

	[ Hakumen ]
	The DNA of the cat has stood you in good stead.

	[ Taokaka ]
	It can't be! I beat you up just neow!

	[ Hakumen ]
	...But you are still far less than the original. Your blows are as
	flies landing on my armor.

	[ Taokaka ]
	This isn't looking too good, meow! We gotta get out of here, boobie
	lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	I know!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hmm... I did not foresee that they would be able to escape. A side
	effect of the distortion, perhaps... Hmph, interesting.

	[ Taokaka ]
	We should be safe neow--
	Wait a minute... Where are you, boobie lady?

Litchi was nowhere to be seen. In their rush to escape Hakumen, Taokaka and
Litchi had been separated.

	[ Taokaka ]
	...I wonder if boobie lady is all right, meow. I guess I'll head back
	home for neow.

(SAVE) Tao: 

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow? I thought it was the village, but I've come to a strange place,
	meow.

Taokaka had wandered all the way to a town called Fifth Avenue. She didn't know
that, of course... She had no idea where she was.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Everywhere I look, there are strange buildings. I wonder which
	direction Tao should go neow?

	Meow! Excuse me, lady over there! Can I ask you for directions?

The woman looked up from the machine she was tinkering with to examine Taokaka.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	One of the Kaka kittens. What're you doing here?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, you know who I am, meow? Uh, do I know you, tail lady?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I'm Kokonoe.
	Seriously though... Why is someone from the Kaka clan on the upper
	level? You guys aren't supposed to leave Lost Town. You're gonna be in
	some deep **** if the Library finds out.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uh, to answer why Tao is here, meow... I'm not sure.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Huh. Guess you didn't inherit any of your progenitor's intelligence. Oh
	man... I hope you weren't intentionally created without a brain.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Is that something delicious?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Never mind. So, you lost or something?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow. Now that you mention it, I think I may have gotten lost! That's
	gotta be right! Tao got lost, meow! Wait a minute. Lady, is that
	tail...

It was then that Taokaka noticed that Kokonoe had not one, but -two- tails, as
well as what appeared to be a pair of cat ears sprouting out of her head.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! You are Kaka, too?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Uh, no, not really. Hmm... Explaining it's gonna be a *****...
	...I guess you can think of me as a kind of relative of the Kaka clan.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wow, a relative, meow! People with tails are never bad! We'll be
	friends neow!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well, you're...energetic, at least. Maybe it wouldn't do too much
	damage to you then... All right, hold on a minute. I think I can send
	you back to the village.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You'll send me home, meow? Tao will do anything!

Kokonoe gave Taokaka a smirk and pointed to the machine she'd been working on.

It was a big, complicated thing, and there was a tube sticking out of it that
was big enough for a person to get in.

If Taokaka had known what a cannon was, she would have thought that Kokonoe's
machine looked just like one.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Get into that tube.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Like this?

Taokaka scrambled up the side of the machine and hopped into the tube.
It was nice and dark and quiet inside. It occurred to Taokaka that the tube
might be a good place for a nap.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow. This tube isn't bad at all, meow. So what's next, lady?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh, all you need to do is sit there. All right. On the count of
	three... Three, two, one, go!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meooooooow!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Huh. I was sure she could handle a dimensional shift, but I guess she's
	not in top form just yet...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well, the angle and speed are good, so she should be fine. Hope that
	hole she's boring through Orient Town isn't going to cause any
	problems...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meowwww!?

A screaming meteor named Taokaka shot through the buildings of the Hierarchical
City, leaving destruction in its wake, before finally embedding itself in the
plaza of the Kaka village.

	[ Litchi ]
	Wh-What's going on!?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	There's a big hole in the ceiling!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Something fell from the sky!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	There are still lotsa things falling from the hole!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	It's shrimp! Crab! Fish!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	A chunk of ham! Sausage! Jerky!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Fruit! Almond jelly! Meat buns!

Sunlight streamed through the hole Taokaka had torn in the metal plate covering
the village. Rays of light filtered through the dust she'd thrown up with her
landing.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	It's the sun! The sun! Hooray! It's so warm!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	It's building, but it's pretty.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Let's make this place our playground!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, let's do that!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Oh, hey, isn't that Tao over there?

The thing the kitten had pointed at was struggling desperately to pull its head
out of the ground. After a minute or so of work, it finally succeeded, landing
hard on its backside as Taokaka's head popped out of the hole in the ground.

	[ Taokaka ]
	That was one awful fall neow.

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you all right, Tao?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Boobie lady! Look who's here! Tao's fine, meow! See? So why are you in
	the village, boobie lady?

	[ Litchi ]
	We got separated on the way here, right? I wanted to make sure you made
	it home safely, so I came here.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, really? Tao's just fine, meow. A kind lady with pink hair and a
	tail at some strange place sent me home, like kaboom!

	[ Litchi ]
	A lady with pink hair...and a tail...?

If Taokaka had been paying attention, she might have noticed that Litchi seemed
to know who the pink haired woman had been, but there was food falling from a
hole, and that was much, much more important.

	[ Taokaka ]
	It's a good day! Food falling from the sky. Nice going, God, meow!
	Let's all pick it up and eat!

	[ Kittens ]
	'K!

Litchi sighed and looked up at the gaping hole above them, trying to work out
what Taokaka had smashed through on the floor above.

	[ Litchi ]
	...If I remember correctly, that's where the pantry for the liquor shop
	used to be. It's unfortunate to be them.

	But I heard that they fudge expiration dates on their products, so I
	guess it's punishment from above.

	[ Taokaka ]
	De-! It's all sooo delicious, meow! Hey, don't fight over there, you
	three!

	[ Kittens ]
	'K!

	[ Taokaka ]
	The village is so peaceful today, too. It's all thanks to Tao...

		Taokaka Stories
		Innocent heart END

 [3E.B1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Maybe I'll just eat this guy!

Taokaka leapt through the restaurant window, throwing caution to the wind.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow!

	[ Ragna ]
	Gah! Wh-What the hell!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hahaha, meow. Be quiet, and just be my flesh and blood, meow!

	[ Ragna ]
	Whaa? Me? Hey, what the hell are you doing!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Thanks for the delicious meal, meow!

	[ Ragna ]
	Dammit... Can't I have a meal in peace?
	Tch, you're not really givin' me a choice... Whenever you're ready!

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS RAGNA ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.B1.L1
								 WIN : 3E.B1.W1

 [3E.B1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow...
	This isn't going the way I pictured in my head, meow...
	I can't go all out when I'm starving...

	[ Ragna ]
	What, are you THAT hungry?

	[ Taokaka
	Whoa, are you a psychic or something, white guy?

	[ Ragna ]
	Your whole body is screaming "I'm hungry"!
	You could've just asked... I would've let you have a bite.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Really really, white guy!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, really, so let go of me. And don't drool on me!
	Listen. Just have a seat over there. The meat ain't going anywhere.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yaaay! Meat! Meat! Meat!

Taokaka pulled a plate out of nowhere.

	[ Ragna ]
	Why are you so well prepared...?

Ragna, half-impressed, reached for some meat himself.

	[ Taokaka ]
	*wolf down*

	[ Ragna ]
	Geez...how hungry were you!? Are you even gonna chew that?

	[ Taokaka ]
	*chew* *chew* *swallow*
	Phew. That was some meat, meow!

	Tao usually forgets lots of things, but I won't forget this debt,
	ever... I think...!

That was the moment that Ragna shot to the top of Taokaka's list of good guys.

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't need your thanks. Just go already if you're done!

	[ Taokaka ]
	I might just as well do that, meow! Thanks, "good guy"!

With meat successfully eaten, Taokaka headed back to the Kaka village with a
full stomach and a happy heart.

Of course, she'd completely forgotten about her mission to eliminate and didn't
even know who she'd just had dinner with.

		GAME OVER

 [3E.B1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao won, meow! I'll take that meat as my prize!

	[ Ragna]
	What...? ...Are you that hungry?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Whoa, are you a psychic or something, white guy?

	[ Ragna ]
	Your whole body is screaming "I'm hungry!"
	You could've just asked... I would've let you have a bite.

	[ Taokaka ]
	R-Really, white guy!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, really, so let go of me. And don't drool on me!
	Listen. Just have a seat right there. The meat ain't going anywhere.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! Meat./' Meat./' Meat./'

Taokaka pulled a plate out of nowhere...

	[ Ragna ]
	Why are you so well prepared...?

Ragna, half-impressed, reached for some meat himself.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao tends to forget a lot of things, but I don't think I'll ever forget
	your kindness!

That was the moment that Ragna shot to the top of Taokaka's list of Good
People.

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't need your thanks. Just go already if you're done!

	[ Taokaka ]
	I can't go home yet. Tao still has a mission to fulfill.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Mission, huh? Well, ain't that somethin'. Good luck with that.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Thanks, meow!
	In order to fulfill my mission, I need food! Food, meow!

Steam rises from the steak on the plate. The savory smell of meat fills the
air. All Taokaka can see is the meat....the hot grease...the delicious
juiciness.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm diving in neow!

She'd waited so long for meat like this...
Taokaka opened her mouth as wide as she could, drool dripping from her lips,
when suddenly, a black shadow flew out of nowhere...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow!? You come back here, stupid crow!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh well...? It's all gone now... I'd just forget about it if I were
	you...

	[ Taokaka ]
	You gotta be kidding me, meow!? Food-related grudges are scary, meow!
	Tao's...Tao's meat! I'll get it back at any cost, meow!

Taokaka took off at full speed after the feathered thief, yelling at the top of
her lungs.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You come back heeeeeeeeeere!

	[ Ragna ]
	...She certainly was a rowdy one. Well, she's none of my business,
	anyway.

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Strange Rabbit

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... I lost the meat thief, meow... I'm so hungry, I don't know what
	to do...

Taokaka walked down the street, dejected. It wasn't long before she found
herself in a strange part of the city she'd never seen before.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? I wonder where I am, meow? It's so mysterious.

Taokaka was standing in a garden filled with vibrant red roses. She hadn't even
noticed until then that the sun had disappeared from the sky to be replaced by
a bluish full moon sitting quietly in the sky.

	[ Taokaka ]
	*yawn*... It's so quiet, meow.
	It's so quiet that I'm getting sleepy...

A simple, elegant castle stood in front of her, illuminated by the cold
moonlight. Taokaka curled up in the center of the garden... The moonlight had
made her...So...sleepy...

*squish*

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeeeooow!
	Wh-Who just stomped on Tao's tail!?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Eh? Oh. What a pathetic stray.

She was a beautiful, pale girl holding a large umbrella. Floating next to her
was a fat lump of a creature that contrasted poorly with the girl's pretty
looks.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... My tail is still throbbing, meow. Tao's tail is fragile and
	sensitive!? You apologize neow!

	[ Rachel ]
	Me!? You expect -me- to apologize?
	Nago! Gii! Rid me of this...this pest!

	[ Nago ]
	Ohmigosh! Seriously. You picked the wrong mansion to trespass...
	If you leave any stink around here, I'll turn you to roadkill!
	Now, shoo! Shoo!

	[ Gii ]
	Umm... Why were you asleep here...little kitty?

	That's strange... This place isn't supposed to be so easily
	accessible...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ah... Oh, I know! I was chasing the meat thief, meow.

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii! Cease the idleness immediately! I have instructed you to dispose
	of this pest! Do so, or there will be consequences!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... Just the thought of it makes me mad, meow!
	On top of this awful hunger, I got my tail stomped on!

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!	      |
|   (3E.C1.X1)								      |
| • Gimmie that steamed bun flying over there, instead!	(3E.C2.X1)   	      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3E.B2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I'll go with the strategic play...and steal his meat!

Taking care to open the door quietly, Taokaka snuck up behind Ragna like a
vicious jungle cat stalking its prey.

	[ Taokaka ]
	It's mine, meow!

	[ Ragna ]
	Whoa!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meooow! It hurt meow!
	What did you just do to me!?

	[ Ragna ]
	That's my line!
	...You're a runt from the Kaka clan, ain'tcha?
	You've got some nerve, sneaking up from behind me to steal my food.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, my strategy played out perfectly! What a sneaky man! You should be
	ashamed of yourself! You're not gonna get away from this, meow!

	[ Ragna ]
	I guess a couple hits isn't enough to stop 'ya...
	Hmph, you're an annoying one...

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS RAGNA ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.B1.L1
								 WIN : 3E.B1.W1

 [3E.C1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow... Bring it on, meow!

	[ Rachel ]
	The nerve! How dare you trespass in my garden! You grate on the nerves.
	Clearly, you require...training.

The girl raised her hand, and the sky over Taokaka's head suddenly turned dark
and angry.

	[ Rachel ]
	Fire of the skies, to me!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow, meow!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear... That looks rather well-done. Perhaps I overdid it... I
	prefer medium rare.

	[ Nago ]
	Mmm... Smells like burning...

	[ Gii ]
	Oh my... That's pretty rough...
	You have my sympathy...

	[ Taokaka ]
	*cough* *shake off*

	What a scary she-devil, meow! That was such a cold-blooded thing to do.

	[ Rachel ]
	She...DEVIL...?

	[ Gii ]
	P-Princess...?

	[ Nago ]
	A-Are you mad...?

	[ Rachel ]
	It would appear the flambe wasn't enough for you. Perhaps a saute will
	shut you up!

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS RACHEL ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.C1.L1
								 WIN : 3E.C1.W1

 [3E.C1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow. I'm too hungry to go all out meow...

	[ Rachel ]
	Who's sorry now?
	Hmph. You're far too...unpleasant...to be an ingredient in my dinner.
	...Valkenhayn.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	How may I serve you, Madam Rachel?

	[ Rachel ]
	Please dispose of this filth.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	As you wish, Madam Rachel.

Suddenly there were hands around Taokaka's neck, and she was flying through the
air, straight toward the ground.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow, meow!?

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Oh. Tao. Welcome back.

	[ Spotty-kaka ]
	Whoa, her face is buried in the ground. Help me dig her up, everyone!

	[ Kittens ]
	Ready. Set. Pull! Pull! PUll!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hm? Is this Tao's village? I'm back, meow.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Did you take care of work, Tao?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Is that something tasty?

Taokaka couldn't remember a thing...

	[ Kittens ]
	That's just like her.

	[ Taokaka ]
	*yawn* Tao's starving, meow. I wanna get something to eat meow.

Deciding that whatever an "assignment" was, it wasn't as important as her
growling stomach. Taokaka headed for the village restaurant.
The day ended as peacefully as days always did in the Kaka village.

		GAME OVER

 [3E.C1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS RACHEL: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hahaha. That was fun, meow!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Finished? Then perhaps you should leave.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah I will, meow!

	[ Rachel ]
	I wish to change and have a cup of tea.
	Valkenhayn.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	How may I serve you, Madam Rachel?

	[ Rachel ]
	This feline assailant has exhausted me. Please fetch a fresh set of
	clothes and--wait.

Something on the ground had attracted Rachel's attention. It was a piece of
paper with a drawing of an evil-looking man on it. Valkenhayn picked it up and
handed it to her.

	[ Rachel ]
	You are looking for Ragna?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow? Rawrgna, Rawrgna...? Oh, yeah, I am, meow!
	Rabbit person! Do you know who Rawrgna is!? If you do, please tell me
	where he is, meow!

Rachel quietly pointed to the east.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh yes. I believe I saw him over there.

	[ Nago ]
	Princess, that way is...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Over there, huh? Tahnks, meow!

	Meoooooow...

	[ Nago ]
	Oh goodness...you hit her right out of the yard...

	[ Gii ]
	Wow, hats off to you, Princess. You're so clever.

	[ Rachel ]
	What did you say?

	[ Gii ]
	N-Nothin'!

	[ Rachel ]
	Such pedestrian interactions are quite tiring. At least these common
	people have kept me entertained. Now, Valkenhayn, my tea and clothes if
	you don't mind?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	As you wish, Madam Rachel.

	[ Rachel ]
	Gii, take one hundred laps around the garden.

	[ Gii ]
	Huh? What for?

	[ Rachel ]
	I grow bored. You will entertain me.

	[ Gii ]
	Noooooo! That's not entertaining at all...!

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Hat Person

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ouch. I think my butt got squished...
	Where am I, meow?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Excuse me, you there. Where did you come from?

She was a young girl in a blue hat. She looked angry, but Taokaka had other,
more important things to worry about than angry girls.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ah... Who are you, meow?

	[ Noel ]
	I'm Lieutenant Noel Vermillion from the NOL.
	And you are?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao is Taokaka, meow.

	[ Noel ]
	Taokaka? Huh...that's a name you don't hear everyday.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah. I'll see you around, then!

	[ Noel ]
	Hey, wait. Um...the NOL is currently searching for a vicious criminal:
	Ragna the Bloodedge.

	Do you know anything about this Ragna the Bloodedge?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Bloodedge? What's that, meow?

	[ Noel ]
	Let's see...
	He's a man with a face like this.

Taokaka looked down at the picture of the evil-looking man with white hair.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! I know him! He gave me some food!

	[ Noel ]
	Really!? So, he isn't too far away from here... I must go capture him
	immediately...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow? Why are you trying to capture a good guy?

	[ Noel ]
	Good guy? ...That's not right!

	You said he gave you some food, but what's your relationship with Ragna
	the Bloodedge? Something's fishy here...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao isn't fishy, meow.
	*yawn* Not only are your breasts flat, but you're also boring!

Noel blushed and quickly crossed her arms across her chest. She seemed more
angry than embarrassed.

	[ Noel ]
	M-M-M-My breasts have absolutely nothing to do with this!
	I'll have you arrested for contempt!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? You want to play with Tao neow? In that case, I'm all for it,
	meow!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS NOEL ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.C1.L2
								 WIN : 3E.C1.W2

 [3E.C1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Sh-She got me good, meow... I can't believe someone with such small
	breasts beat me up...

	[ Noel ]
	S-Stop saying that! Now, get moving! You'll get to talk when we arrive
	at the station.

Taokaka escaped later and ended up on the wanted list, but her bounty was so
low that no one bothered to take her in.

		GAME OVER

 [3E.C1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS NOEL : WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao won, meow!
	But I'm pretty exhausted, and starving, meow...
	Plus, I'm getting sleepy, meow...

	[ Noel ]
	Huh...?

Taokaka had completely lost interest in Noel.
She let out a huge yawn, curled up, and fell asleep.

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-What should I do about this girl? I'm in a pickle...
	I may have overreacted, so I don't feel right about taking her in...

	But, she'll be blocking traffic...or she might catch a cold if I leave
	her lying here like this... I guess I have no choice... One... two...

Noel picked up Taokaka and started to drag her out of the street...

	[ Noel ]
	Uungh... Uungh...

Even though she'd only just fallen asleep, Taokaka didn't wake up, no matter
what Noel dragged her over. Eventually, Noel stuffed her into a corner of
Sector Five, far away from any prying eyes.

	[ Noel ]
	*pant* *pant*
	That was quite a workout...
	She should wake up soon and go home...
	I have to go back to work, too.

	...Are my breasts...that small...? N-Not that it matters. Their shape
	isn't that bad. But...I do wish they were...bigger...

	What should I do? Should I ask that female doctor...?
	No, I don't have the guts to do that...

	Wait... I remember Makoto said something like, "If you have a boy
	massage them, they'll get bigger..." *gasp* No no no no nooo! What am I
	thinking!?

Taokaka didn't hear a word of Noel's mumbling... She was sound asleep.
It wasn't long before night fell.

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Cat Person

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey, kid. You can't sleep here. You'll catch a cold.

Someone shook Taokaka.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Zzz... Zzz...

...Of course, if being shaken was enough to wake Taokaka up, Noel would never
have been able to drag her this far.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Seems like I don't have much choice. I didn't want to resort to this,
	kid, but...

	...I got some food here for ya.

There was only one thing that could wake Taokaka up...
...Food.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Food!? Food!? Where is it!?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Sorry to do this to ya, but there's no food.
	Wh-Wh-Wh-Wh-What the hell!? That's one cruel lie, meow!?
	I'm telling you I've never been insulted this much in my entire life!
	Said I was sorry. What more do ya want?

It was only then that Taokaka took a look at the thing that had woken her up.
It was a creature wearing a hood like hers, with a big sword strapped to its
back. As it came closer, she realized it looked like a cat standing on its hind
legs.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The cat person!? It's the cat person, cat person!?

The creature Taokaka called the "cat person" was one of the Six Heroes--Jubei.
He was usually out wandering the world, but from time to time he dropped by the
Kaka village to check up on them.

Of all the people held in high esteem by the Kaka clan, Jubei is the most
respected. Although he rarely visited the village, he was one of its founding
members and a great leader of the Kaka clan.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Long time no see, cat person! Tao's sooo happy to see you, meow!
	What do you want me to do?

	[ Jubei ]
	Happy to see you too, but I got no time for playin'.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Eh!? Let's play, let's play, let's play!?

	[ Jubei ]
	C'mon kid. Bein' selfish ain't right.

Jubei's scolding stopped Taokaka in her tracks. Her ears drooped, and her tail
went limp.

	[ Taokaka ]
	...I'm sorry meow. I shouldn't have acted that way...

	[ Jubei ]
	Ah hell, don't get all bent outta shape. You're a good kid.

Jubei gave her a good scratch on the head, and she purred.

	[ Jubei ]
	How're things back at the village? Any news?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Well, it hasn't been easy, meow. Whenever this weird black squiggly
	thing appears, the people of Kaka disappear, meow. It's a pain in the
	neck for everyone, meow.

	Why don't you come back to the village, cat person?
	Everybody is waiting for you, meow.

	[ Jubei ]
	I got some other stuff needs doin'. Look kid, you got the power to
	protect the village. You can't keep depending on an old man like me.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao protects the village neow?

	[ Jubei ]
	Yup. I reckon you're ready.

	[ Taokaka ]
	If you say so, cat person, I'll try my best, meow!

	[ Jubei ]
	That's the spirit, kid. So there's some sorta black squiggly critter
	givin' the village trouble? Hmm... Well, if I happen to run into it,
	I'll be sure to give it what for.

	...But you oughta be heading back to the village, kid. They need your
	help. Heard rumors there's some dangerous people 'round these parts.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao's strong, so don't worry about me, cat person.
	But I'll return to the village neow if you say so, meow.

	[ Jubei ]
	And I do say so. You say hello to the folks back home for me, all
	right? Next time you 'n I cross paths, maybe there'll be time for a
	little playin'.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Promise, meow? I'll see you around, cat person!

	[ Jubei ]
	Whoa, whoa. Careful there, kid.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao isn't that dumb, you know, cat person.

Taokaka was hungry, and as sad as she was to say good-bye to the cat person,
she needed to get back to the village for food.

Her eyes fell on the gap between the massive metal plates that covered her
village.

Her ears perked up, and she grinned. Taokaka just had an excellent idea.

"Danger!" said the sign. "Keep out," it added.
Taokaka didn't care. She dashed toward the gap between the plates.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao's smart, meow! Heheh, if I jump off here, it'd take me directly to
	the village, meow!

	[ Jubei ]
	You sure you wanna jump off?

	[ Taokaka ]
	There's no problem at all, cat person! I'll take to you later, meow.

Taokaka leapt over the fence and struck a pose as she fell.
She wanted to make sure she looked good when she landed.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'll be arriving at the village soon, meow.

She could see it below her... It was tiny.
It looked like a toy village...

Things were going well so far, just as Taokaka had expected.
Now she just had to land.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Taokaka has returned to the village quickly.

As Taokaka slammed into the ground, it gave way beneath her.
Slightly concerned, she watched the village disappear as she continued down to
the bottom of Kagutsuchi.

	[ Jubei ]
	Quite a racket for such a small kid...
	Ah well. Don't rightly think there's much that can hurt her...

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Squiggly

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow!
	Ouch! I thought my butt was gonna split four ways, meow.
	Huh? Where am I neow?

Something moved in the darkness behind Taokaka. She spun around to face it, her
instincts telling her something bad was about to happen.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Who's there?

The shadow shambling toward her stopped and took a few steps back.
It was weird, ugly creature, covered in rags. Taokaka didn't know it was called
Arakune, but she did recognize it.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The back squiggly thing!? The bad guy who attacks the village?
	You must be a wanted criminal, meow. I'll capture you and claim the
	bounty. Everybody in the village will be happy!

	[ Arakune ]
	Kpft kpkuk kpukikikik.
	It's imposs	rep  ca f	prev  us	e. Do	m  laugh.
	I   eat you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Eat Tao, meow!? Don't be ridiculous, meow!

	You're the enemy of Kaka! I'll eliminate you right here, once and for
	all, meow!

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Heeere I goooooooooo! (3E.D1.X1)					      |
| • You're all sticky and gross... Nyaaa. (3E.D2.X1)  	      		      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3E.C2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Gimmie that steamed bun flying over there, instead!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Actually, I've been wondering about that, meow!
	Fluffy, soft, and full of meat... It looks delicious, meow.

	[ Rachel ]
	Meat bun...? You mean this?

	[ Gii ]
	Ouch! Please don't pull my cheek, Princess. It hurts! You'll tear it!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohhh! That's the one, meow! Tao is super hungry neow!

	[ Gii ]
	E-Eek! Are you trying to eat me!? You gotta be kidding! I'm no meat
	bun!

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'll just dive right in!
	It's pretty quick for a meat bun. I can't believe I let it get away,
	meow!

	[ Gii ]
	Princess! Help!
	*pant* *pant*
	Ack!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! I won't let you get away this time, meow!

	[ Nago ]
	Hahahaha. I laughed so much, my stomach's cramping.
	Gii, if you keep that up, I think you can lose a couple sizes!

	[ Rachel ]
	It did look like excellent exercise. You have been putting on some
	weight lately, Gii. Perhaps a little more of that would do you good.

	[ Gii ]
	How can you two just sit there and do nothing!?
	I was seriously about to be eaten back there!
	
	[ Rachel ]
	Hmm...perhaps that wouldn't be such a terrible thing...
	The castle would be much more peaceful...

	[ Gii ]
	Whaaa!?

	[ Rachel ]
	...But I don't know how I could cope without a servant to take care of
	the chores. I'm not made for coarse work, you know.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wait for me, buns!

	[ Rachel ]
	This will take but a moment, Nago.

	[ Nago ]
	Huh? "A moment"...? Wait, why are you closing me, Princess?

Rachel shut Nago daintily and adjusted her posture importantly.

	[ Rachel ]
	One, two...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meooooooow!

	[ Gii ]
	Phew, that was close. Thank you so much, Princess!

	[ Rachel ]
	Ah, it was nothing. I'll simply see to it that you repay me a
	hundred--no, a thousand fold. That should be sufficient.

	[ Gii ]
	Y-You're kidding, right...?

	[ Nago ]
	Ow ow ow ow ow... Gii's the bat, not me!
	...No pun intended.
	That aside... Princess, where did YOU learn that kind of dangerous
	foreplay?
	I don't think that cat will bother us anymore...

	[ Gii ]
	I am kinda worried for her, though...

	[ Nago ]
	You're more masochistic than I though... The prey sympathizing with the
	predator...

	[ Rachel ]
	Well, I doubt that she's injured at all from this.

	[ Nago ]
	That girl...did you know her, Princess?

	[ Rachel ]
	Hehe...maybe. I'm kind of tired of walking around outside. Why don't we
	go back to the castle and have a cup of tea?

(SAVE) Tao: Encounter with the Unknown I

	[ Taokaka ]
	*scream*

Taokaka shot down from the sky like a meteor, buried herself headfirst into the
ground, throwing up a huge cloud of dirt. After a few minutes of struggling,
she managed to pull her head out of the dirt, blinking at the light.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wh-What the heck was that, meow? What just happened to Tao, meow?

She had already forgotten meeting Rachel--and why she'd been falling in the
first place--but she didn't care very much. That was just the kind of person
Taokaka was.
	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, well. I wonder if there's anything fun to do around here.

*mechanical noise*

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meow, meow, what's that, meow!?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Mecha-Tager!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wh-What a creepy-looking dude! Too creepy, meow!

	[ Mecha-Tager ]
	Tager will eliminate you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Right back at you, meow!

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS TAGER ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.C2.L1
								 WIN : 3E.C2.W1

 [3E.C2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow...
	I can't believe I lost to this weirdo, meow...

	[ Mecha-Tager ]
	This one is a sample. I'll retrieve you now.

And with that, Mecha-Tager scooped up Taokaka and disappeared with her back to
Sector Seven.

Later, a rumor began to circulate about a hero called Super Mecha-Kaka, who
flew around punishing the wicked and restoring peace to the world, but that's a
story for another time.

		GAME OVER

 [3E.C2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's right, meow! Tao won!

Taokaka had defeated Mecha-Tager, but her battle had only just begun...

Suddenly dozens of new enemies swarmed out of nowhere, surrounding Taokaka!

(SAVE) Tao: Encounter with the Unknown II

	[ Taokaka ]
	What neow!?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao,
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao!

Taokaka was confused... All of these new enemies looked like robot versions of
her! Before she could decide what to do, all of them jumped her at once!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow!? I'm sure we can all talk it out, Since we're all Tao, meow!

	[ Mecha-Kaka ]
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao,
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Why do you keep saying, "Tao"? You're not making any sense! Talk like
	Taokaka, meow!

	[ Mecha-Kaka ]
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao,
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Sooo!? What the heck do you want from Tao, meow!?

One of the machines approached Taokaka tentatively. She began to hope that
maybe the things were friendly, when it gave her a good smack on the head.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ouch! You want a piece of me, meow!? All right. Bring it on!
	*Taokaka shadowboxing*
	Whenever you're ready, meow!

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.C2.L2
								 WIN : 3E.C2.W2

 [3E.C2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	You are pretty strong for a fake, meow...

	[ Mecha-Kaka ]
	Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao, Tao!

Taokaka had defeated Mecha-Kaka but for battle had only just begun...

Suddenly dozens of new enemies swarmed out of nowhere, surrounding Taokaka!

		GAME OVER

 [3E.C2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meooooooow!
	Tao is the strongest, meow! I won't be defeated by a fake, meow!

Taokaka had no trouble defeating Mecha-Kaka after Mecha-Kaka, but her winning
streak went to her head, and she failed to notice a single robot she'd failed
to destroy...

The last surviving Mecha-Kaka started to shake and sputter...
Something was about to happen...

	[ Mecha-Kaka ]
	Ready for the final attack, meow!
	5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? There's one left--

	[ Mecha-Kaka ]
	0.
	Kaboom! Meow!

(SAVE) Tao: Meet the Scruffy Man

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meooooooow!
	Everything was blown awaaaaaay!

Taokaka leapt to her feet. She thought she'd been blown away by the explosion
of the last Mecha-Kaka, but there wasn't any sign of an explosion...
Had it all been just a dream?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Wh-Wh-Wh-What the--!?
	Why must you scream for no reason!

Taokaka spun around and saw the man who had just yelled at her.
He was dirty and sweaty and...gross.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Who are you, old guy?

	[ Bang ]
	O-Old guy...?
	But, I'm not that old--
	Ugh... Forget it.

	My name is Bang Shishigami! I'm the vigilante who serves in the name of
	love and justice! And protector of Kagutsuchi!

	[ Taokaka ]
	So, what do you want from me, scruffy old man?

	[ Bang ]
	I don't know how you came to the conclusion I am "scruffy" from that
	conversation...but I am a generous man... I won't get mad for something
	as petty as that...

	I found you lying unconscious there. Are you hurt?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Am I hurt? No, I'm nyot. Look at me! I'm as good as mew!

	[ Bang ]
	Hmm, that's good to hear. By the way, you don't look like you're from
	around here. What's your name? Where did you come from?

That was way more questions than Taokaka was used to thinking about all at
once. She thought about it for a while until she realized she was getting
hungry...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Tao's Taokaka-mew... I came from over there. (3E.E1.X1)		      |
| • More importantly, I'm hungry, nyas. (3E.E2.X1)  	      		      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3E.D1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Heeere I goooooooooo!

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.D1.L1
								 WIN : 3E.D1.W1

 [3E.D1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	I thought you were just a stupid squiggly thing, but you're pretty
	strong, meow... I'm just sorry, meow... Tao couldn't do it, meow...

	[ Arakune ]
	I won!  won! I	devour t!	life	mine!

Taokaka had done her best, but it was not enough to defeat Arakune.
She was never heard from again...

		GAME OVER

 [3E.D1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao won, meow! You know who's the man, meow! You stupid black squiggly
	thing!? ...Meow? You don't even have energy left to talk back, huh?
	Hahahaha, meow!

	[ Arakune ]
	Ugh...oogh...ughmhmhm...

	[ Taokaka ]
	...

Just as she was about to deliver the final blow, Taokaka stopped.
Arakune shuddered, somehow...pitiful.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, squiggly.
	Because Tao is such a sweet Kaka, I'll let you go for neow.

	If you don't want to get hurt again, you'd better stay away from Kaka,
	meow.

	[ Arakune ]
	...

He didn't need to be told twice. Arakune ran, as far away from Taokaka as he
could get. It looked like she was out of trouble, for now.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hahahah! I'm sure that squiggly thing won't bother us again, meow.
	It's all thanks to Tao, meow. Tao's great! Please, somebody praise me!
	Wait, there's no one around, meow.
	By the way, where am I? How am I supposed to go home, meow?

Just as Taokaka was about to start looking for an exit, a rope dropped down in
in front of her.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Heeey! Taaao! Can you hear me?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, my little one. I can hear you just fine, meow.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Grab that rope! We'll pull you up!

When Taokaka hadn't come home, the people of the Kaka clan had gone looking for
her. Taokaka grabbed the rope.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You can pull me now, meow.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	All right, here we go!
	Ready? Pull! Pull!

And that was how Taokaka escaped from the deepest, darkest part of Kagutsuchi
and was reunited with the Kaka children.

The news that Taokaka had driven off the black squiggly drew cheers from the
assembled members of the Kaka clan.

They were happy. Taokaka was happy.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The village is finally at peace... I'm speechless, meow!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Uh-huh, we don't needa worry anymore!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! Nothing to worry about neow! Let's all go home to the village.

When Taokaka and the children got back to the village, it was full of activity
and excitement. Festival booths had been set up in the town square, and there
was food everywhere.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! Elder, what's going on here?

	[ Elder ]
	Oh, Tao. Litchi brought us a bunch of food today. We're about to dig in
	now. Ho ho ho.

Taokaka barely heard the elder.
She was too busy stuffing meat buns into her mouth.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Phew. Tao's starving, meow! They all look so good! *chew*

	[ Litchi ]
	Gee, you haven't changed a bit.

Taokaka had been too busy devouring meat buns to notice Litchi. Litchi was a
doctor in Orient Town, but she had made friends with the Kaka clan and came to
visit them frequently.

She often held classes for the children in the village, and everyone loved her,
Taokaka included.

	[ Litchi ]
	Long time, no see, Tao. How have you been?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, boobie lady! Hang on a second while I handle this meat bun, meow!
	Nom nom nom... *gulp*

Taokaka finished off the last several meat buns left in her mouth and leapt on
Litchi's breasts, poking and prodding them to test their softness.

	[ Taokaka ]
	They are as bouncy as always, meow. I'm impressed, boobie lady.

	[ Litchi ]
	Kn-Knock it off, Tao... Kitties, why don't you call everyone, so we can
	have a meal together?

	[ Everyone ]
	Yes, mya'am!

The feasting with Litchi lasted late into the night. Unbeknownst to anyone in
the village, Jubei watched them from a short distance away.

	[ Jubei ]
	Sure wouldn't mind seein' days like this a bit more often...
	Farewell, folks. 'Til we meet again.

And he was gone into the night.
Sometime before the morning, the party died down as most of the villagers fell
asleep.

Taokaka was taking a nap at her favorite spot.
That's when the little kittens came.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Zzz... Zzz...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Tao! Tao!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	The elder gave us an assignment!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... I can't eat anymore, meow...

The two Kaka children ran up the small hill surrounded by scrap metal and
broken machines.

It was a special spot for the Kaka clan; the sun still shone there, making it
warm and comfortable--perfect for a nap.

The hill was covered in plants, all desperate for the taste of precious
sunlight. The smell of warm grass filled the air. Taokaka, a warrior of the
Kaka clan, was taking her nap in the sunlight.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	She's asleep.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, she's asleep.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	What should we do now?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	What should we do?

While they tried to decide what to do, the sun set, and Taokaka kept right on
sleeping.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Zzz... Zzz...
	It's a peaceful day, meow...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3E.D2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> You're all sticky and gross... Nyaaa.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow. I don't really want to touch this sticky thingy though.

	[ Arakune ]
	Than s	Azu	fi ter,	moves	wri ten		codes.	won't work.
	Kheheheheh!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! What's this sticky thing all over me!? I-I can't move around
	well, meow!

	[ Arakune ]
	I'm gonna eat you now! AahHAhaHA!

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.D2.L1
								 WIN : 3E.D2.W1

 [3E.D2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

				< 3E.D1.L1 >

 [3E.D2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

				< 3E.D1.W1 >



 [3E.E1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Tao's Taokaka-mew... I came from over there.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao is Taokaka-mew. I came from over there.

	[ Bang ]
	Taokaka-meow, huh? That's an unusual name...

	But, uh...what do you mean by "over there"? Could you point in that
	direction?

	[ Taokaka ]
	No, mew! Tao is Taokaka, mew!

	[ Bang ]
	"Taokaka... meow"? Ah...I see, so your name is "Taokaka".
	Anyway, I still don't know what you mean by "over there"?
	Could you be a little more specific?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Over there.

Each part of Taokaka pointed a different direction. The man didn't seem to
understand.

	[ Bang ]
	Aaargh! I don't get it! Hmm... I still have no idea which direction you
	came from... How am I supposed to take you home...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	*sigh* I'm too hungry to stay on my feet, meow...

	[ Bang ]
	Hey, are you all right?

	[ Taokaka ]
	No, I'm not nyot OK... I'm starving to death... Good-bye, scruffy
	man...

	[ Bang ]
	I had no idea... You were a homeless child who couldn't even afford
	tonight's dinner... I would be more than happy to take you as an
	apprentice... You'll be able to eat as much as you want.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Are you serious, neow!?

Taokaka leapt to her feet, any weakness forgotten at the prospect of food.
Bang smiled.

	[ Taokaka ]
	If you give me food, I will! I'll become your apprentice, right neow!

	[ Bang ]
	Then, follow me! I'll introduce you to my henchmen.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yes, master!

The sun shone on Ronin-gai, warm and relaxing, and a soft breeze ruffled
Taokaka's hood as she slept in the sun. She didn't even notice Bang arrived.

	[ Bang ]
	Taokaka! Let's go on a patrol to maintain peace in this town! Follow
	me!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Nyoh way, Tao is going to take a nap, meow. *yawn*

	[ Bang ]
	How dare she...! This capricious behavior is truly characteristic of
	only cats.

Taokaka's life as Bang's apprentice was pretty comfy; she didn't listen to him
at all and spent most of her time sleeping or eating. He was beginning to get
irritated with her refusal to wake up when two of his men appeared.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss, have you seen Tao?

	[ Subordinate B ]
	It's almost lunch, so I brought some rice balls.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Rice ball!? I want it, I want it, I want it, neow! What's in it,
	though? I hope it's salmon!

	[ Bang ]
	...You have absolutely no control when it comes to food.
	You truly are...a difficult apprentice.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Yeah, right. You're so full of it, boss.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	He's right. You spoil Tao the most, master.

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-What are you talking about? I couldn't possibly be more strict!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	...But, boss, that wrapping cloth is...

The man glanced down at the sack Bang was holding.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	It's filled with meat burns, sausages, etc... Those are Taokaka's
	favorites. You're being a total doting father, master.

	[ Bang ]
	Ah, well. You know...
	My favorite food happens to be the same as Tao's. It's not a big deal.

	[ Taokaka ]
	All right neow, let's all have a meal together! If you want, I can go
	on patrol after the meal!

	[ Bang ]
	All right! How about some food! You guys may indulge yourselves, too.

	[ Bang's Subordinates ]
	Thank you, boss!
	Thank you, master!

	[ Taokaka ]
	It's my treat, meow!

	[ Bang ]
	Hahahaha. Whatever am I going to do with you?

He was skilled at many things, but Bang Shishigami was a poor liar.
Despite his chiding, his eyes were those of a loving father.

Whether or not Taokaka grew up to be a great ninja of Ikaruga is a story for
another time...

Under Bang's supervision, Taokaka grew up to be an excellent ninja. Those days
were calm and peaceful.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss, you gotta get out of here!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	The enemy is closing in on us--argh!

	[ Bang ]
	Damn it!
	Run, Tao!
	I'll take care of this!

	This is good-bye. Those days I got to spend with you...they weren't
	bad...

	[ Taokaka ]
	No! Tao will stay here and fight, too!
	Maasteeeer!

	[ Narration ]
	Bang left Taokaka behind and disappeared into the flames.
	Once again, the Ikaruga have lost their place within Kagutsuchi.
	And Bang never came back...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Though master was so scruffy...he was still a good person!
	Tao will avenge you, master!

	[ Narration ]
	Taokaka runs, to go save the citizens of Ikaruga... And to avenge Bang.

	[ Mysterious man ]
	Who the hell are you? A little stray like you trying to stand up
	against ME!?

	[ Narration ]
	The encounter of a long-time rival... And the real enemy who no one
	foresaw.

	[ Mysterious woman ]
	Oh, long time no see, Tao.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I-It can't be! Boobie lady-!

	[ Narration ]
	A small girl from the Kaka village torn apart by cruel fate... Her
	trials are far from over! Uncover the dark conspiracies of Kagutsuchi,
	and bring peace back to this world, Taokaka!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Tao... Tao can't lose no matter what... For the sake of those who have
	fallen! Check this out, neow! The super move that Master taught me!

	For the sake of justice, love, and sorrow: SUPER MODE!

	[ Narration ]
	The most anticipated ninja action movie of the year... "Bang Shishigami
	Ninpo, Ninja Scrolls Gaiden: The revenge of Tao!"

	A stunning tale of LOVE and... JUSTICE...
	Coming to all hierarchical-city theaters this summer!

	[ Taokaka ]
	...
	......
	.........OK, that's a lie.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3E.E2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> More importantly, I'm hungry, nyas.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meoow...? Is that meat over there...?

Her hunger was so intense that Taokaka was beginning to hallucinate.
Specifically, she began to see Bang's stomach as a massive, juicy steak.

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-What's the matter? Why are you wobbling closer to me? Are you OK!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	This steak is talking... But that's nyot gonna stop me!

She sank her teeth into his stomach.

	[ Bang ]
	Ugyaaaaaaah!

	[ Taokaka ]
	What a feisty steak! Give up and get in mah belly!

	[ Bang ]
	Argh! AARGH! No! Stop that! I saved your life! This is how you repay
	me!? I'll have to give you a Bang Shishi-Spankin' if you keep this up!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| TAOKAKA VS BANG ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3E.E2.L1
								 WIN : 3E.E2.W1

 [3E.E2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	If I wasn't hungry, I wouldn't have lost to you, meow...

	[ Bang ]
	You pushed yourself pretty hard... Were you...really that hungry?

	All right. I'll give you some food, so just go home as soon as you're
	done... Got it?

	[ Taokaka ]
	You're gonna give me some food, meow!? Yes. I'll go back home to the
	village!

Satisfied with the meal she'd received from Bang, Taokaka headed back to the
village in good spirits.

Needless to say, she'd completely forgotten about her mission to eliminate
Ragna.

		GAME OVER

 [3E.E2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAOKAKA VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Damn it, that wasn't a streak... I'm disappointed. I'm too hungry to go
	on, meow.

	[ Bang ]
	You poor thing...you're starving to death!
	I'll be sure to take you home, so tell me your name and address.

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[3F.A0.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3F.A0.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3F.A0.L2] vs Bang (Lose)
[3F.A0.W2] vs Bang (Win)
[3F.A0.L3] vs Litchi (Lose)
[3F.A0.W3] vs Litchi (Win)
[3F.A0.L4] vs Jin (Lose)
[3F.A0.L5] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3F.A0.L5] vs Arakune (Win)

[3F.A0.W4] vs Jin (Lose)
[3F.A0.W5] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3F.A0.W6] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3F.X1.W1] vs Bang (Win by Distortion Finish)
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		Tager Stories
		Blind warrior

	[ Tager ]
	This is Tager. I've arrived at the destination.

I call in, and a voice distorted by static squawks at me from the communicator
in my hand.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	How does it look? Like a nice, orderly pile of crap?

	[ Tager ]
	I'm getting close to the slums... I don't expect public order to be
	maintained.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	What makes you think there'd be any public order around there in the
	first place? The library doesn't give a damn about those people.

	[ Tager ]
	But I see a lot of undeveloped areas. I thought this place was
	scheduled to undergo massive development.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Hmph. Well, plans change. Has to do with the Ikaruga conflict, I'll
	bet. This city is a victim of Sector Seven's selfishness.

Something about the way she said "victim" made me think Kokonoe blamed Sector
Seven for what was going on here. Even if she does work for them, she rarely
gets along with her superiors, and she's not one to censor herself.

How a person like her could possess the world's greatest scientific mind...
I sometimes worry what will come of it.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Thinking bad thoughts, Tager? Heh heh. We're watching everything you do
	and everything you think, remember?

	[ Tager ]
	No, it's nothing. The three assets under Ikaruga control...
	I thought one of them was brought over here.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I'm sure the princess is dreaming deep in her iron pot right now. The
	guy they're calling the Grim Reaper... Ragna the Bloodedge? Word is
	he's showed up in Kagutsuchi.

	[ Tager ]
	I see. So, Hakumen came here for Ragna the Bloodedge, huh?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	How the hell would I know? I could care less why he was there. I just
	wish he'd stop poking his nose where it doesn't belong. Guess that's
	too much to ask, though.

	[ Tager ]
	...

Even the hero of the Great War is nothing more than a sample to Kokonoe, huh?
I wonder how many scientists lose sight of their humanity in pursuit of their
goals?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Your mental activity spiked again. Stay focused here.

	[ Tager ]
	My neural waves should be within normal ranges. Stop worrying.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I'll stop complaining when you stop wasting time and get your ****
	together.

	[ Tager ]
	Roger that.
	Reassessing mission priorities.
	Primary objective: Retrieve Hakumen.

	Secondary objective: Obtain the Azure Grimoire, only if the
	circumstance deem it possible.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Yeah, you got it. Worst case scenario, you can ditch the grimoire. I'd
	like to have a look at it someday, but it's not a mission critical.

The Azure Grimoire. It's one of the strongest grimoires we know of. Even the
top brass at Sector Seven are interested in it.

	[ Tager ]
	Aren't you a little too indifferent about the mighty "Azure"? I thought
	it was something that scientists like you were desperate to get...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Mighty? That thing?
	Sometimes I think you're too stupid to live, Tager.
	Try the "weakest".

	[ Tager ]
	...The weakest?
	That's odd. There's no such information in my database.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well if you don't get it now, you're never going to. I'm not gonna
	waste my time explaining it.

	[ Tager ]
	Roger that.
	Next... Place the thirteen objects necessary for Hakumen's retrieval in
	their designated positions.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	One slip-up, and you'll blow the whole thing, meathead; so watch
	yourself, or I'll make you look like one of those comic-book
	characters.

I...happen to like my body. I think I'll pass on the superhero look...

	[ Tager ]
	I won't make any mistakes, so there's no need for you to worry. By the
	way, ther's one thing that I want to make sure.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	What?

	[ Tager ]
	The equipment utilizes Armagus. I understand it's not against the
	beliefs of Sector Seven to use magic, but our purpose is to banish
	it... Will there be any issues?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	The enemy is...hmph. All the Library knows how to do is Ars Magus. So
	what better way to fight them than with their own medicine...?

	I didn't have a lot of time to set up this trap, so I took a shortcut
	and used an Ars or two to exact my revenge.

	[ Tager ]
	Understood. "Fight fire with fire", eh? Still, is it really possible to
	artificially create a time-space warp...? Even with the use of an
	Armagus?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You really think I'd send you to do something that was impossible? All
	you've gotta do is make sure the trap works. It's just a matter of
	controlling imaginary number space anyway...

	Besides, I'll use my Private this time. That should take care of any
	problems.

	[ Tager ]
	..."Private"?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You won't live long trying to uncover a lady's secrets. All you need to
	know is that there's nothing for you to worry your tiny little head
	about.

If I try and pry any further, I'm going to end up in the scrap heap.
I'd better just leave it alone...

	[ Tager ]
	Understood. There's one more thing I'd like to confirm. I heard that
	-she- is in the city--Litchi.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Litchi? So that lame-ass excuse for an apprentice is here too, huh?
	Well, if you have any spare time while you're there, confirm--
	...

	[ Tager ]
	Kokonoe. Hey, Kokonoe.
	Disconnected...
	All this technology, and we still have dead zones...

	Oh, well. I guess I'll have to act at my own discretion as far as
	Litchi is concerned. TR-0009 Tager, commencing mission.

(SAVE) Tager: Lost Town

	[ Tager ]
	I guess this is the last in this area...

I'd just finished setting up when I heard her voice...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey you, big man, what are you doing?

	[ Tager ]
	Hm? Do you need anything from me, little girl?
	It's dangerous. I suggest you stay away from here.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hmm? Are you hiding something yummy?

There's something that looks like a thick rope waving behind her... Ah. It's a
tail. Then that must mean she's from the Kaka clan that lives in the Lost Town
underneath Kagutsuchi.

	[ Taokaka ]
	So, what are you doing, big man?

	[ Tager ]
	(I don't think this body is well-suited for covert operations...
	Kokonoe.)

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, I know! You hid something tasty there!
	Give some to Tao, meow!

	[ Tager ]
	What are you talking about? I'm neither a dog nor a cat.
	Do you think I would hide food in a place like this?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Then, you won't mind me checking myself!? I wouldn't believe you
	otherwise, meow!

If this child touches the device, I calculate unacceptable odds in favor of its
destruction. Perhaps the use of force to dissuade her is unavoidable...

	[ Tager ]
	If you continue to impede my progress, I will have to decommission you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! So you were a bad guy! I'm gonna have to beat you up!

	[ Tager ]
	H-Hey, are you serious!?

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| TAGER VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W1

 [3F.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	Who's sorry neow!?

Her combat strength... Impossible...! Could she be an atavistic replica?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hey, Tager! What just happened!?
	Tager! Tager! Report!

I can hear Kokonoe's scream crackle from the communicator lying on the floor
next to me, but I can't seem to move to pick it up. My internal systems seem to
have suffered significant damage...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Tager! What's going on!? Report back--
	...

		GAME OVER

 [3F.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... You sure are strong...

	[ Tager ]
	I suggest you let your head do the thinking, not your stomach. Now go
	home.

I've lost precious time... I need to get to the next setup location as soon as
possible.

(SAVE) The Ikaruga Tragedy

Hmm... The scenery here looks different...

	[ Tager ]
	So, this is Ronin-gai...
	I hear a lot of Ikaruga citizens look refuge here after the war.

Kokonoe is trying to contact me. I don't think the reception is very good in
this part of the city, but... If I don't pick up...
I take out the communicator.

	[ Tager ]
	This is Tager. What's the matter?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	There was a big ol' spike in your brainwaves.
	I didn't know the Red Devil was so sentimental.

	[ Tager ]
	If this sensation is called "sentimental", then I suppose you're right.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I thought your memories of the Ikaruga civil war had been--
	..Huh. Well, I guess there were a few cells still alive in there.

	The end of the war was a damn nightmare. The Library decided to use
	Ikaruga as a testing ground for new weapons. Poor bastards didn't even
	have an army to fight back with.

	Ha! Guess it's a little hypocritical of me to criticize their tests
	when I've got no problem experimenting on the human body.

	[ Tager ]
	No. An experiment conducted on an individual and one conducted on a
	crowd are completely different... You can't treat them the same.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	What the hell is this? I don't need emotional support from you.

	[ Tager ]
	I didn't mean it that way. I was just alking about general
	Machiavellian theory.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Really? Wow. Well, this conversation has just become a waste of my
	time. I'm gonna hang up now, you just get cracking on the next setup.

	[ Tager ]
	Roger.
	Now. I believe the next one is that way.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Stay where you are, weirdo!

	[ Tager ]
	"Weirdo"? Are you talking about me?

	[ Bang ]
	Indeed! I am Bang Shishigami!
	The vigilante who fights in the name of love and justice!

	[ Tager ]
	...What do you want from me, vigilante?
	I don't recall having a price-tag on my head...

	[ Bang ]
	Heheheheh. It's becoming all too clear to me...
	That conspicuous attire of yours...
	I can tell you're the kind of guy who's gonna break the law...

	[ Tager ]
	What are you talking about? I must admit, that's one helluv'an
	accusation...

	[ Bang ]
	Hmph. It's best to nip crime in the bud...
	Let's cut the chatter. I'll make you regret ever confronting me...
	Bang Shishigami!

	[ Tager ]
	You leave me no choice! I must eliminate you by force!

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| TAGER VS BANG ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W2
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3F.X1.W1

 [3F.A0.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	Elimination complete!
	The peace of Kagutsuchi is no longer in danger!

	[ Tager ]
	...It can't be.
	...How did I lose to the likes of him...?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hey, Tager! What just happened!?
	Tager! Tager! Report!

I can hear Kokonoe's scream crackle from the communicator lying on the floor
next to me, but I can't seem to move to pick it up. My internal systems seem to
have suffered significant damage...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Tager! What's going on!? Report...
	Tageeeeeeer!

		GAME OVER

 [3F.A0.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	H-How could this be...?
	How can justice fall before the might of evil...?

	[ Tager ]
	I already told you that I'm not evil.
	...He's unconscious. He should be fine, even if I leave him alone here.
	I've wasted too much time...
	I need to hurry to the next waypoint.

(SAVE) Tager: The Anticipation

The scenery's changed again...
I guess this must be Orient Town. Feels so healthy and happy...

	[ Tager ]
	So, this is Orient Town... It's got such energy and a thick lived-in
	feel to it. This place isn't bad at all. All right, I guess I'll go
	find the setup coordinates--

As I scan the area, a woman catches my eye. The computer piggybacking on my
brain recognizes her immediately.

It's Litchi... She was Kokonoe's assistant before she ran away from Sector
Seven.

	[ Litchi ]
	T-Tager...!?
	You don't come here to bring me back, did you...?

That's right. Perhaps I should take her back... I should call Kokonoe.

	[ Tager ]
	...Mm!? The signal's giving out...
	I guess I'll have to call the shots...
	If we wanted to bring you back, we could've done so.

	You should thank Kokonoe... She's the reason no one pursued you after
	you decided to go A.W.O.L.

	[ Litchi ]
	...So you're telling me to go back on my own. Is that it?

	[ Tager ]
	Right. If you've realized how selfish you've been, then return to the
	Sector. Kokonoe will save you from being court marshaled.

	[ Litchi ]
	...
	I refuse. I can't go back right now. I haven't found him yet.

	[ Tager ]
	...Is that so?
	Still, I will have to report to KOkonoe that I found you here. That's
	my mission...

	[ Litchi ]
	I understand that you have your mission, but I can't let you do that
	now...!

	[ Tager ]
	You were the last person I wanted to cross fists with...
	But, very well... Whenever you're ready.

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| TAGER VS LITCHI ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L3
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W3

 [3F.A0.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS LITCHI: LOSE

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm sorry, Tager, but there was no other way.

	[ Tager ]
	This power... Litchi, don't tell me you've...!?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hey, Tager! You're showing severe structural damage!
	Tager! Repond now!

I can hear Kokonoe's scream crackle from the communicator lying on the floor
next to me, but I can't seem to pick it up. My internal systems seem to have
suffered significant damage...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Tager! What's going on!? Respond--
	...

		GAME OVER

 [3F.A0.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS LITCHI: WIN

	[ Litchi ]
	...I... I can't...go back yet...

	[ Tager ]
	I'm sorry, Litchi...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Shame on you, son. It ain't right ta hit a lady like that.

	[ Tager ]
	This power...
	You are...Jubei!?

	[ Jubei ]
	You know who I am, son. Back off, 'less you think you're a match for
	me.

Jubei.
The strongest living creature in the world, and one of the legendary Six
Heroes.

The rumors say he could take on an entire army division by himself.

	[ Tager ]
	...I appreciate the opportunity, but I'm gonna have to pass.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Jubei ]
	Litchi's gone and fainted. Poor girl couldn't take the stress.

	[ Tager ]
	I didn't think anyone could stop my fists... Not even one of the Six
	Heroes...

	[ Jubei ]
	No anger behind those fists. Ain't hard to stop a fella what don't
	wanna hurt ya, but I can't abide you layin' a hand on the lady here.

	[ Tager ]
	...I didn't mean to hurt her.
	I just needed to know...how determined she was.

	[ Jubei ]
	Determined, huh...?

Jubei stares at me with the piercing eyes of a cat. His stare reminds me of
Kokonoe.

	[ Jubei ]
	I reckon you're tellin' the truth.

	You leave her ta me, son, and get yourself wherever it is you need to
	go. If she comes to while you're here, things're bound ta get messy.

	[ Tager ]
	Thanks. I owe you one.

...Should I tell Kokonoe I encountered Jubei?

...No, I asked her about him once before...
She was in a bad mood for a week. Perhaps I should keep this to myself...

His eyes, though...they're so similar...

	[ Tager ]
	Hah, that's absurd.

	...I shouldn't dig too deep. Besides, it's not a very good idea to put
	Kokonoe in a bad mood.

(SAVE) Tager: Inside the Library

There's only one more unit left to be set up. Unfortunately, it looks like I've
saved the most difficult one for last...

	[ Tager ]
	Kokonoe's asking too much this time, but it is my job, after all.

She says I have to set it up inside the Library branch in Kagutsuchi...

	[ Tager ]
	...What the hell's going on? Is there not a single guard on duty?

This place is too quiet. It's kind of creeping me out.
Is this a trap? Or...have they already found me?

	[ Tager ]
	...!

I feel cold, vicious eyes on my back.
I turn around and recognize the man standing before me--one of the Library's
most decorated "heroes".

	[ Jin ]
	Hmph. Not a single guard in the entire branch.
	Is this your doing, Red Devil?

	[ Tager ]
	No... It was like this when I arrived.

	[ Jin ]
	A most plausible lie... And you want me to believe that?
	Don't you think that's a little too convenient?

	[ Tager ]
	...Naturally. I wouldn't expect the murderer who needlessly slaughtered
	Ikaruga's guardian to hear me out.

	[ Jin ]
	Guardian? Who's that?

So he doesn't remember... I suppose he has no interest in someone he's already
killed. I wonder if he feels any guilt at all for all the people he's killed.

	[ Tager ]
	You're too dangerous for your own good... I'm gonna need to take you
	down.

	[ Jin ]
	Take me down? Hmph... Funny...
	Then, what are you waiting for!?

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| TAGER VS JIN ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L4
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W4

 [3F.A0.L4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Jin ]
	That was pathetic...
	I guess that's the limit of a half-assed toy...

	[ Tager ]
	You've got a twisted personality...but I can see why you've become a
	"hero".

	...I'm afraid my specs are no match for yours...

	[ Jin ]
	At least you're willing to face the truth... Unlike those other scum!
	I like that... As a reward... I'll completely destroy you!

Jin's Nox Nyctores, Yukianesa, is more powerful than I anticipated...
I don't think I can stand another one of those ice blasts. It looks like this
is it for me.

Tager: !
Jin: !

The shadow behind Jin leapt, but he was too fast for it. The creature slams
against the empty floor with an angry, garbled screech.

	[ Jin ]
	...Who the hell are you?

It's not going to respond to him. I recognize the shadow.
...He's the one Litchi's looking for, though I guess he's referred to as
"Arakune" now.

He longed for the wisdom of the Boundary. He finally got it, but at the cost of
his humanity. He's a pathetic excuse for a man of science, but he seems quite
excited about something.

	[ Jin ]
	It would seem I don't have the time to play with you anymore, Red
	Devil... You lucked out...

With a sneer, Jin sheathes his sword and heads off, deeper into the facility.
Arakune is...excited about something.

	[ Arakune ]
	Azure Azure AzureAzure AzureAzureAzure AzureAzure Azure!

	[ Tager ]
	So you've lost your ability to speak... And with it, your sanity...
	Forgive me... But I only know one way to save a monster like you...
	The least I can do is offer you a quick death...
	Rest in peace!

	[ Arakune ]
	!

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| TAGER VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L5
								 WIN : 3F.A0.L6

 [3F.A0.L5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Tager ]
	...Ugh.
	So this is the power...of someone who saw the other side of the
	Boundary...

	[ Arakune ]
	Gbrrvn brn! Azure! Gbruh Gehahahaha!

Arakune seems to be losing it... I'm not sure what it is that he's so excited
about, but he's becoming even less coherent...
With a distorted roar, he jumps at me--

My...my arm and legs... They're breaking down...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hey! Tager! I'm reading critical structural damage!
	Tager! Tager! Respond back to me!

I can hear Kokonoe's scream crackle from the communicator lying on the floor
next to me, but I can't seem to move to pick it up. My internal systems seem to
have suffered significant damage...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Tager! What's the matter!? Respond!
	...
	...Hey! Tager! What's happening!?
	Tager! Tager! Report!

		GAME OVER

 [3F.A0.L6] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	...Azure ...Azure ......Azure

Arakune's body is starting to fall apart... His body and his mind are going...
At least his end will be a quick one.

	[ Tager ]
	I'll finish you off, right now.
	I-It's collapsing!?

The floor on the far side of the room has collapsed...
There used to be a crane over there, but now it's just a huge hole.

...What the hell? I can hear someone groaning... They're getting closer.
I can deal with Arakune later.
I turn toward the hole.

The only thing there is a pool of thick, absolute darkness.

It groans again, and I see a pair of burning red eyes open in the middle of the
darkness.

	[ Tager ]
	Could this be...the "Black Beast" ...!?

It roars in response.

The red eyes turn toward me. I can't move.

	[ Arakune ]
	AzureAzureAzureAzureAzuuuuuuragggghhhh!

Arakune lets out a distorted scream and leaps at the Beast.
He moves so fast...
I can't believe he was dying a moment ago...

	[ Black Beast ]
	...
	AaaAaaAaggghhhaaaAAAGH!

The Beast snatches him out of the air and in one smooth movement buries its
razor-sharp teeth in Arakune's body.
It tears off a piece and...
It's eating him.

I can't do anything. I can't even move.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

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			TAGER VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	Guagh... I lost...to...the Red Devil...?

	[ Tager ]
	This is the result of your own conceit.
	I guess you're just a rookie after all...

I leave Jin and head deeper into the facility to finish setting up the last of
the equipment.

(SAVE) Tager: Trust

I use the crane in the back of the room to lower myself down to the bottom
level of the facility.

	[ Tager ]
	I guess the basic construction here is very similar to the Sector.

I take a quick look around and, satisfied that the area is safe, begin setting
up the equipment in the spot Kokonoe designated.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	You...
	Why have you come here?

So he is here...just like Kokonoe said he would be.
Although...I can't help thinking about -why- she knew he'd be here...

...No, that's not important.
I need to focus on my work right now.

	[ Tager ]
	You should already know. I came here to retrieve you, Hakumen.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Retrieve? I do not recall making such a request.

	[ Tager ]
	From the moment you were rescued from the Boundary, Kokonoe has been
	your master...and we can't exactly allow a domesticated hound to roam
	free, now can we?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hm. An interesting thing to say...
	You're telling the "dog" who happened to be found that day to listen to
	the "cat"?

	[ Tager ]
	Indeed, it was a conincidence. Sector Seven aims to kill the seithr at
	its source. You were just a by-product Kokonoe found along the line.

	Coincidence or not, that's irrelevant to her. She only sees you as
	another sample... A tool to research the original "units" that lied
	dormant within the Boundary.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Your purpose is of no interest to me. I exist only to eradicate evil
	from this earth. I am not bound by the whim of that Grimalkin.

	You, and Sector Seven, wish to dispose of seithr and return the world
	to how it once was. As yourself... Is what you desire truly just?

	[ Tager ]
	...What do you mean -just-?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Think, fool. The world of today thrives on seithr. Were it to
	disappear, would that world not end? Perhaps your actions will hurt the
	world, rather than save it.
	Losing Seither could bring humanity to its knees in a way the Black
	Beast could never have managed. How can you know this and still believe
	in Sector Seven?

Hakumen goes silent. He seems to be waiting for my answer.

	[ Tager ]
	What I have faith in isn't Sector Seven. It's Kokonoe. Since that
	day--and from now on--that won't change.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ha ha ha ha ha! So you have given your faith to the Grimalkin!? How
	amusing!

I do my best to give him a level stare. Not the easiest thing to do when your
opponent has no visible eyes. Eventually, he finishes laughing.

	[ Hakumen ]
	So you are a man who lives by what he believes. Your determination is
	refreshing, but if you wish to "retrieve" me, you must do so by force.

	I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword.

	With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it
	in the fires of destruction.

	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

	[ Tager ]
	Hah! Then prove to me my beliefs are wrong...

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| TAGER VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.W5
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W6

 [3F.A0.W5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			TAGER VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Hakumen ]
	How disappointing. It seems belief alone cannot sustain you. It
	lacks...substance.

As much as I want to disagree, I can't say anything.
...Most of my body has already stopped responding.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hey! Tager! I'm reading heavy structural damage!
	Tager! Tager! Respond--

I can hear Kokonoe's scream crackle from the communicator lying on the floor
next to me, but I can't seem to move to pick it up. My internal systems seem to
have suffered significant damage...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Tager! What's going on!? Respond!
	...

I'm sorry, Kokonoe. The mission failed. All I can do is to pray that you'll
find my replacement as quickly as possible.

		GAME OVER
	

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			TAGER VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Hakumen ]
	Guh... I did not expect that you would fare this well. Perhaps I have
	misjudged you and your so-called belief.

I've damaged him quite a bit... His movements are noticeably slower.
This is my chance.
I pulled out my communicator...

	[ Tager ]
	Can you hear me, Kokonoe? The devices are in place! Get ready to warp
	the target!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	--Roger. Get away from Hakumen, so you don't get dragged in yourself,
	meathead.

As the Ars we've prepared begins to write itself out in the air, I can see
Hakumen start to fade.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Let me ask you one thing.

	[ Tager ]
	What?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Do you really think that master of yours, the Grimalkin, deserves your
	faith?

	[ Tager ]
	That's none of your concern.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Hmph. I seem to have struck a nerve. Until we meet again.

I can't see his face--if he even has one--but I feel like Hakumen grins at me
before he disappears, along with the Ars.

	[ Tager ]
	!?

His last words are still hanging in the air when I detect a dangerous presence
behind me. More specifically, the presence of the Azure Grimoire.

I turn around to see the sneer of a white-haired young man.

	[ Tager ]
	So, you're Ragna the Bloodedge, huh?

	[ Ragna ]
	So what if I am?
	What are you gonna do about it, Sector Seven's... "Red Devil"?

	[ Tager ]
	...Nothing.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh? So you're not here for a fight?

	[ Tager ]
	Capturing you is only secondary... And I'm afraid, I don't have enough
	energy remaining to complete that task...

	[ Ragna ]
	Is that right? Well, I didn't want to get dragged into anything
	complicated, either... Thanks for saving me the trouble.

	[ Tager ]
	Don't let me get in your way...

	[ Ragna ]
	Well... thanks for being so considerate...

	[ Tager ]
	Hmph! I just carry out my missions as I am told... Nothing more,
	nothing less... So there's no need to thank me.

I step into the elevator and pull out my communicator.

	[ Tager ]
	This is Tager. My mission's complete. Now returning to base.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Forget about the damn reports! Just get your ass back here!

	Teleportation went well enough, but that damn Hakumen really gets on my
	nerves...

Don't want to go back to Kokonoe, eh Hakumen?
I...know how you feel.

	[ Tager ]
	Roger that. I'll return as fast as I can.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh, Tager...

	[ Tager ]
	What is it?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Nothing, I was just remembering something... Back when I picked you
	up...

	[ Tager ]
	Hmph, what's gotten into you... reminiscing about the past?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Yeah, I am. Something wrong with that?

I found her somewhat pouting tone of voice strangely cute. She's acting like a
teenage girl.

	[ Tager ]
	Hardly. It just didn't seem like something -you- would do.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Out of character, huh? Yeah, well, now that you mention it, I guess I
	am pretty busy these days... Not a lot of time for memory lane.

	Too busy to remember if those days went by fast or slow...

	[ Tager ]
	OK... Now you've got me worried. You're being way too sentimental.
	Or are you just relieved Hakumen's been recovered?

It takes her a moment to respond. Almost like she's...hesitant.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Relieved...? No, I just hate how powerless I am.
	By the way, Tager...

	[ Tager ]
	Do you still need something?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh, it's not that... It's just... Thanks for everything you've done for
	me.

	[ Tager ]
	...I'm sorry.
	I didn't catch that.

The Kokonoe I know would never bother to thank me for my trouble.
Perhaps my aural equipment is malfunctioning...
The only other explanation I can think of is that I'm having auditory
hallucinations. I have been under a lot of stress...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I said thanks for everything you've done for me. Especially for all the
	stuff you've done on this particular mission. What, you think it's
	strange for me to say thanks?

	[ Tager ]
	I wouldn't say "strange"...

	But I believe that was the first time you've ever thanked me...So I was
	just surprised.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Really? Huh. Thought I'd mention it before...

The static is increasing... I guess my reception is getting worse.

	[ Tager ]
	The connection is breaking up... I'll hear the rest when I return to
	base.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	All right. I can't wait to see you again.

See me again? That seems like a strange thing to say...
...Unless--

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...I'm sorry, Tager.

First gratitude and now an apology? If I'm not malfunctioning, then there must
be something wrong wit Kokonoe.

	[ Tager ]
	...Really. Is something wrong with you, Kokonoe?
	You are acting awfully strange today--

Those words I was about to utter, along with everything else on the face of
this rotten world, disintegrated in a few moments...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	(I'm sorry, Tager...)

For a second, I thought I just heard Kokonoe's voice again.

There's no need to worry... I'm sure you'll find me once again.
I, took, look forward to that day...

		Tager Stories
		Blind warrior END

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		TAGER VERSUS BANG: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Tager ]
	Target eliminated.
	Time to move to the next location.

	[ Bang ]
	...Not yet. It's not over yet.
	...You're way off if you think you've beaten me.

	[ Tager ]
	You're pathetic. Just admit that you lost.

	[ Bang ]
	Can you still say that after seeing this!?

	[ Tager ]
	Hm.
	His body is glowing... What is this?

	[ Bang ]
	In the name of justice, peace, and love!
	I will unleash my ultimate move--
	Super mooooode!

	[ Tager ]
	H-He's fast!

	[ Bang ]
	Hahahahaha! Can you keep up with my moves!?

	[ Tager ]
	Impossible!
	My sensors can't even keep up!

	[ Bang ]
	I call it "god speed"!
	Witness the true power of an Ikaruga ninja!

	[ Tager ]
	I can't even put up a fight...

	[ Bang ]
	And once again, the day is saved!
	I told you... Justice never sleeps...
	Hahahahahahahaha!

I pull out my communicator, although with the damage to my arms, it takes a
bit. The moment I turn it on, I can tell Kokonoe's excited about something.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	All right, Tager, you'll be able to move once your automated repair has
	fixed up all that damage. Why don't you head on back?

	[ Tager ]
	What about the remaining device setups?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Let's put it on hold for now. Something else's come up. Much more
	important.

I don't know what she's thinking, but I don't have a choice.
This body belongs to her, after all.

	[ Tager ]
	Understood. I'll return once the automatic repair is complete.

Kokonoe made a few adjustments to my body after my battle with Bang Shishigami.
That was only a few days ago, but I guess she thinks I'm ready for active duty.
I've been sent to the Kaka clan's village on a new mission...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Stop where you are, cyborg!

I'd heard this voice before. I'd hoped I wouldn't have to hear it again.
I turned around to face him.

	[ Bang ]
	So you had to come back for another beating...?
	I, Bang Shishigami, will bring justice, once again!

	[ Tager ]
	...Why do you always jump to conclusions?
	Just listen--

	[ Bang ]
	I will hear nothing from a villain!
	Hmph, there's no need to hold back...
	Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

	[ Tager ]
	Listen to me!

	[ Bang ]
	Talk to the hand, girlfriend...!
	For I am Bang Shishigami!
	Just give up already!
	Hahahahaha! There's nothing you can do!

I hate to admit it, but he's right. His combat ability exceeds mine, without a
doubt. If I don't do something, I'm going to lose again...

Suddenly, Kokonoe's voice crackles through my communicator.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Can you hear me, Tager?
	It's time for you to unleash your true power!

	[ Tager ]
	True power? If I had anything like that, I would've--

	[ Kokonoe ]
	It's just a button away.

The words are barely out of her mouth when my body starts to glow with a
strange golden light. It's just like the golden glow Bang is giving off.
Oh, God...

	[ Bang ]
	Hm!
	D-Don't tell me, you have a "super mode", too?

No, that's not it. I don't think Kokonoe would make anything as mundane as a
"super mode". I...I think my body is...transforming.

	[ Bang ]
	H-How strange!
	Are you some kind of monster?

I want to tell him he's mistaken, but I can't seem to speak...

Metal wings appear out of nowhere and attach themselves to my back.
I feel like a child's toy... Well, at least it can't get any worse.
I hope...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Super Beast Mode: Golden Tager making its grand entrance!
	Behold this majestic paragon of power!

My mouth moves and Kokonoe's voice comes out of it.
I know I shouldn't be surprised. She must have had all this planned from the
beginning. I...I feel so used.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	All right, ninja! Time for you to get yours!
	I'm gonna show you the meaning of pain!

	[ Bang ]
	Ugh!
	Puff your chest as much as you want. That won't stop me.
	I'll make you eat dirt!

	[ Tager ]
	...Suit yourselves...

	[ Bang ]
	Here I come! Super--

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Shut up, *******!

Instead of finishing the ridiculous name of his attack, Bang lets out a grunt
and flies across the room. Belatedly, I realize it's because my fist was
somehow planted squarely in his face. I almost feel a little guilty...

	[ Bang ]
	Argh! Wh-What a coward!

	How dare you attack an opponent while they're calling out the name of
	their special attack!

He isn't happy about it, but he seems to have learned from the experience;
his next attack isn't preceded by its name--not that it does him much good.
He still can't hit me.

I can't help but feel a little sorry for him, but there is nothing I can do.
I can't even control my own body. It's all KOkonoe, now.
I keep telling myself it's not my fault...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	It won't work! You can't penetrate this armor! Now it's our turn!
	Golden! Tager! Sun! Shine!

I watch helplessly as Kokonoe uses my body to somehow generate a massive ball
of rippling plasma.
...Hey, Kokonoe, I think this might be going a little to far. If you miss,
that's going to--

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Spaaaaaaaark!

...And there it goes.

	[ Bang ]
	Too slow!

I have to give hm credit. He's fast. Fast enough to dodge Kokonoe's plasma
ball, which careens into the wall of the Kaka clan's village.
...Oh, no.

It rips a huge hole through the wall and apparently damages the underlying
structure as the walls start to collapse.
...I'm sorry, people of the Kaka clan. This is all Kokonoe's fault.

	[ Kaka villager A ]
	Wh-Wh-What is this!? God is mad!?

	[ Kaka villager B ]
	Eek! What happened to the wall!?

	[ Kitten A ]
	Waaaaaah, I'm scaaaaaaared!

	[ Kaka villager C ]
	The sky is falling! Run!

The entire village is in chaos. This isn't good. This is definitely not good.
If this keeps up, they're just going to think I'm sort of evil giant.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Hah! Stupid ninja! If you'd just taken it like a man, this village
	wouldn't have had to see this! A dirty move, but I'd expect that from
	a ninja!

	[ Bang ]
	W-Was it my fault?

	[ Tager ]
	No, I don't think so. You were just dragged into it.
	You were just unlucky. We both were.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Don't dodge the next one!
	The village can't take another hit!

	[ Bang ]
	How dare you!? B-But one of those blasts could destroy the village...

	If I dodge this next attack, then...! Ugh! A true hero of justice would
	never put himself before the lives of innocent citizens!

If he can give up the idea of a head-to-head battle and just run away, it might
save the village...
...No, I don't think he's capable of coming up with any sort of plan that
doesn't involve punching things.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Here I come! Golden Tager...
	Tera-Judgment!

	[ Bang ]
	Whaaaaaaaat!?

...And he decides to take my--I mean, Kokonoe's attack head-on. All that's left
behind is a puff of dust as Bang flies off, tearing through the metal plate
that supports the level above us. In just seconds he's nothing more than a
speck on the horizon.

For a moment, the speck sparkles like a star, and then it's gone.
...There must be something wrong with my visual sensors.
There's no way a human being just turns into a star...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Do not worry, people of the Kaka clan!

	The villain who broke that wall has been eliminated by the one...the
	only... Golden Tager!

	[ Tager ]
	Do you really think anybody will believe that?

	[ Kaka villager A ]
	Really!? Thank God!

	[ Kaka villager C ]
	All right! What a relief!

	[ Kitten A ]
	Hooray! The village is safe!

	[ Kaka villager ]
	Heaven really does punish the wicked!

It sounds like they're buying it... They're all waving at me.
I know it's none of my business, but sometimes I wonder how you guys manage to
survive...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Goodbye, my brothers and sisters! There is other evil to be vanquished!
	...Now I'll just press this button...

My body starts to change again. I'm so jaded by now that I barely even notice.
Thanks goodness I'm too heavy to fly. I don't think I could take it if she had
made some sort of--

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Chaaaange! Tager! Flight mode!

	[ Tager ]
	Wait...!
	Now that's just taking it too far...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I'll see you around, people of the Kaka clan!
	Hahahahahahah! WEE!

My flight form compelte, I take off under Kokonoe's control, her maniacal
laughter echoing across the Kaka clan's village as they wave good-bye to me.
She cricles the village once or twice, and then I soar off into the sky.

	[ Tager ]
	... To hell with it.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I guess trying to break the sound barrier was a little more than it
	could handle.

	[ Tager ]
	... If will-power is all it takes to break the speed of sound...
	Bang might be able to travel faster than light without even
	transforming...!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Yeah, that ninja would make interesting test subject, wouldn't he? I
	got a feeling I could do a lot more with him than I did with you.

A lot more, huh... Just like Kokonoe to see him as a potential experiment
instead of a human being. I shudder to think what "more" she would like to do
to him...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I think I'd like to try this technique on Hakumen first, though...
	Let's call it Silver Hakumen. Silver samurai... Yes, yes...
	I'm gonna go get started on the design right now.
	Damn! I'm getting all excited, Tager!

	[ Hakumen ]
	...What is this feeling?
	I've not felt such a presence since...
	No, this is even greater than the Black Beast...
	I know not why, but I feel that I am in danger... Great danger...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

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[3G.A0.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3G.A0.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)

[3G.A1.X1] I'm worried. I should go take a look.
[3G.A1.L1] vs Carl (Lose)

[3G.A2.X1] Finding Ragna is my top priority.

[3G.B1.X1] Do you think I could ask you a few things?

[3G.B2.X1] You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.
[3G.B2.L1] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3G.B2.W1] vs Ragna (Win)

[3G.B3.X1] Would you mind stopping by my place?
[3G.B3.L1] vs Bang (Lose)
[3G.B3.W1] vs Bang (Win)

[3G.C1.X1] That man can't possibly be Ragna.

[3G.C2.X1] Please, don't make things worse.
[3G.C2.L1] vs Noel (Lose)
[3G.C2.W1] vs Noel (Win)

[3G.D1.X1] I need it to protect what's important to me.
[3G.D1.L1] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3G.D1.W1] vs Arakune (Win)

[3G.D2.X1] I will change fate with this power.
[3G.D2.L1] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3G.D2.W1] vs Arakune (Win)

[3G.X1.W1] vs Ragna (Win by Distortion Finish)
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		Litchi Stories
		EXCUSE

	[ Linhua ]
	Dr. Faye-Ling. Dr. Faye-Ling!

	[ Litchi ]
	...What is it, Linhua? Is the next patient here?

	[ Linhua ]
	Geez, Doc... That person was your last patient, you know.
	Something the matter? You seem out of it.

My assistant Linhua looks worried... I gave a bitter smile.

	[ Litchi ]
	I was just thinking about how long it's been since I've come here to
	Kagutsuchi.

	[ Linhua ]
	I think it's actually been a while...but now that you mentioned it, you
	came to this town because you were looking for something, right? I take
	it you haven't found it yet?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yeah... It's proving to be a lot harder than I expected.

	[ Linhua ]
	You look a little glum, Doc.

	[ Litchi ]
	R-Really? ...I guess I am a little worn out.

	[ Linhua ]
	Are you gonna go down again today?

By "down", she means the lower layers of Kagutsuchi.

	[ Litchi ]
	Hmm... Maybe I'll try going up for a change.

...By which, of course, I mean the layers above Orient Town, where the
Librarium officials and the other nobles live.
It looks quite different... You almost wouldn't know it's the same city.

	[ Linhua ]
	Up? That's pretty rare.

	[ Litchi ]
	Something's been bothering me lately.

Some NOL soldiers came to Orient Town today to put up new wanted posters.
"Ragna the Bloodedge..."

Apparently he's been going around destroying Librarium branches...
...And now he's come here, to the 13th Hierarchical city of Kagutsuchi.

From what I've head, Ragna's grimoire has unprecedented power...
I'm sure that...he would like to have it.

	[ Linhua ]
	But above? I can't really stand those guys. Everyone up on the higher
	layers treats the underground people like trash. I can do without those
	arrogant jerks.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's true... I can't say that I agree with what they do.

	[ Linhua ]
	Well, if you're going out, Doc, be careful.
	I hear there are officials from the Library still running around.

	[ Litchi ]
	Yeah, I'll be careful.
	If anything happens while I'm out, can you call Dr. Han over?

	[ Linhua ]
	Aww, that quack? I don't like him either...
	He looks so perverted, too.

	[ Litchi ]
	It's not good to judge a book by its cover.
	That's exactly what the upper-layer people do, you know?

	[ Linhua ]
	Yes, I know.

	[ Litchi ]
	Good answer. Now, be good while I'm away.

I wave to Linhua and step out of the clinic.
As I look around, I can't suppress a small, bitter smile...

	[ Litchi ]
	...They sure posted a lot on our wall too, didn't they?

The wanted posters cover every wall in sight.
Any flat surface has been plastered with his scowling face.
I pull one down, fold it up, and tuck it away.

	[ Litchi ]
	If Ragna came from out of town, someone at the port probably saw him.

In a world covered in clouds of seithr, people must use airships to travel from
one city to another. This is how it's been since the war.

However, there usually aren't many ships...
I doubt a trip to the harbor would be a wasted one.

	[ Litchi ]
	Let's go, Lao Jiu.

I reach for my panda-like hair clip, and as if in response to my signal, it
repositions itself, moving my hair to the side.

	[ Litchi ]
	Let's do our best...

Even if someone told me this is wrong...
Even if I have to sacrifice a part of my humanity...
I can't go back.

	[ Litchi ]
	...until we find him.

(SAVE) Litchi: Going Out

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm at the port now, but I wonder if anyone really has seen Ragna.
	I'll need to do a little investigating.

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3G.A0.W1

 [3G.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

			< 3G.A0.W1 >

 [3G.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey, boobie lady!
	Come play with meow!

Only one person I know would attack me in a crowded plaza in broad daylight.
Taokaka...

	[ Litchi ]
	Don't jump on me like that! You startled me!
	...Fine, I guess it can't be helped. But first, won't you get off of
	me? You're heavy.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Fine, I guess it can't be helped...

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao, you need to settle down a little.

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK, meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes, good answer.
	Now, Tao... You're lucky it was me, but you can't just jump on people
	like that, OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK, boobie lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	Good response, and I appreciate you raising yuor hand...but are you
	sure you understand? You haven't done this to other people, have you
	Tao?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, I haven't!
	...Hmm? Boobie lady, what's that, meow?

That's when she notices the wanted poster tucked between my breasts.

	[ Litchi ]
	This? Do you want to see it?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yes, I do! Yes, I do!

I pulled out the poster and handed it to Tao.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! This is that good guy!

	[ Litchi ]
	He's not a good guy. This is a wanted poster for him.

	[ Taokaka ]
	But he is a good guy! He was in your town, boobie lady.

	[ Litchi ]
	Huh? You mean he came to Orient Town?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I fought him like "Bam!", "Kaboom!", and then he bought me lunch!
	So he's a good man, this white guy...

	[ Litchi ]
	As always, you have an interesting way with words...

Putting the "Bam!" and "Kaboom!" aside, when she said "white guy", she must've
been referring to his white hair. I can't believe she's already met him.

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't believe Ragna's already passed through Orient Town...
	This must be what they mean when they say, "The base of a lighthouse is
	ever dark".

If Ragna's already in Kagutsuchi, then he is probably preparing to make his
move.

	[ Litchi ]
	Thanks, Tao. It was good seeing you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Suuure! I'm not really sure what happened, but I'm happy if I was able
	to help mew. I'm taking off, so I'll see you around, boobie lady!

(SAVE) Litchi: A Boy and His Deus Machina

	[ Litchi ]
	I should go back to Orient Town for now.
	What was that? It came from the direction Tao went...
	...What should I do?

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| • I'm worried. I should go take a look. (3G.A1.X1)			      |
| • Finding Ragna is my top priority. (3G.A2.X1)			      |
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 [3G.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I'm worried. I should go take a look.

	[ Litchi ]
	I should take a look. Tao might be causing a ruckus for someone again.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Myahahahaha! That was fun, meow!
	Not bad, little guy!

	[ Carl ]
	You're not bad yourself. I have some fighting experience, but you use a
	really interesting style... And you're very strong. Quite dangerous...

	[ Litchi ]
	*sigh* I knew it...
	At least her companion doesn't look too angry.
	Hey now! Stop fighting this instant, you two!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Nya!? This isn't a fight, boobie lady!
	We're just playing, meow.

	[ Carl ]
	Umm, are you a friend of this cat?
	I'm sorry for all the noise we've caused.

	I'm merely a vigilante, as is this cat lady, so we decided to put our
	strengths to the test.

	[ Litchi ]
	That doesn't seem like a really good reason. You must be quite skilled
	yourself since you can hold your own against Tao, but it's still
	dangerous. Besides--

	Eh? Nir...vana...? What is it doing here!?

	[ Carl ]
	...I apologized for being so inconsiderate.
	I only wanted to see some of her techniques, but I guess I'll be on my
	way now.

	[ Litchi ]
	Wait, that marionette of yours...

	[ Carl ]
	...Do you have some business with my sister?

	[ Litchi ]
	It's dangerous to have her by your side. At least, let me--

	[ Carl ]
	Do you intend to steal my sister from me? I'm terribly sorry, but I
	cannot comply with that request. Or...are you going to resort to force?

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS CARL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.A1.L1
								 WIN : 3G.A1.W1

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			LITCHI VERSUS CARL: LOSE

	[ Litchi ]
	Nirvana... I would expect nothing less from a legacy of the Great War.
	Still, I'm impressed someone can use her as well as you do...

	[ Carl ]
	I don't know how much you know about my sister.

	However, every person who has called her that has tricked us in the
	past.

	[ Litchi ]
	Those are just unfortunate coincidences.

	[ Carl ]
	That's a lie...!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hm!? It's not fair that the two of you get to play like that!
	Let meow join, too!

Taokaka jumps high into the air and punches--I mean, playfully taps--Carl in
the face.

	[ Carl ]
	Waaaaaah!

For reasons I don't understand, she begins licking him.

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah, hey! Tao...you just knocked him out!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Rawr!? I really did... That was boring.

	[ Litchi ]
	Don't "boring" me!
	...But thanks to you, you did help me out.
	He's really a good kid.
	Now, help me carry him to Orient Town.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Why's that?

	[ Litchi ]
	"Why"? You're the one who knocked him out, silly. And he's injured on
	top of that. It's my job to help people. Now, hurry and help me.

	[ Carl ]
	...Ung... Wh-Where's my sister...?

	[ Litchi ]
	She's fine. She's right over there.

	[ Carl ]
	Sis! ...Thank goodness you're OK.
	I thought they were going to take you apart again.

She's called "Nirvana"... She's a man-made weapon from the War...

I can't imagine why this boy would this Nirvana is his older sister...
Perhaps she has some significant sentimental value to him?

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you feeling OK?

	[ Carl ]
	...Ah, yes. I'm sorry. Thanks for everything you've done. I'm OK now.

	[ Litchi ]
	I apologize for Tao jumping on you so suddenly.
	But, why did you want to fight her so badly?

	[ Carl ]
	It's not that I wanted to fight her. As I have explained earlier, as
	fellow vigilantes, we wanted to compare our strengths.

	[ Litchi ]
	Is that so...?

	[ Carl ]
	...Eh?

	[ Litchi ]
	Looking at the way you two were fighting, one of you could've been
	killed.

	[ Carl ]
	...
	That was very rude of me. If it's the medical fee that you want, I can
	prepare that right away.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's not what I was trying to say.

	[ Carl ]
	Then, what is it? An apology? Don't tell me you want my sister...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao, stop playing and come over here.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? I didn't do anything wrong. You can't get mad at meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao... I won't ask you again.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Y-Yes, mya'am!

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you two sorry for fighting each other?

	[ Carl ]
	It wasn't a fight...

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's right! We were playing, meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you two sorry for endangering each other?

Y...Yes...

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't hear you!

Y...Yes!

	[ Litchi ]
	Now here's your punishment!

Eeeek...

	[ Litchi ]
	If I catch you two again, you can expect a lot more than that.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow...

	[ Carl ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Have you two even realized you're hurt everywhere?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Nya-nya? This is nothing. I'll just lick it.

	[ Carl ]
	Th-They're just scratches, so please don't worry about it.

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't do that. I -am- a doctor after all, you know.
	Both of you, come with me. I'll treat your wounds.

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's too much trouble, meow.

	[ Carl ]
	I think I'll pass too--

	[ Litchi ]
	Get over here!

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Sh...She's scary, meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, that's it for the treatment.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I-It stings...

	[ Litchi ]
	Now, the both of you are a lot stronger than the average person...and
	I'm sure that can lead to some advantages in life...

	...but if you wield your strength for no reason, you'll hurt others
	someday, and yourself. It's in your best interest to keep that power
	hidden.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Gotcha. I'll be careful neow! Thanks again, boobie lady!

	[ Carl ]
	Thank you for the treatment. I'll excuse myself now.
	And, um...how much do I owe you?

	[ Litchi ]
	That won't be necessary. I brought you here against your will, anyway.

	[ Carl ]
	This person...she's just like...
	No, never mind.

	[ Litchi ]
	Did I do something unnecessary? If that's the case, you haev my
	apologies.

	[ Carl ]
	...Let's go, Sis. We have no more business here.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah, wait!
	...My...he's a fast one.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh boy...I forgot to ask that child for his name, too.

	...I hope it was the right decision to not take that marionette away
	from him...

(SAVE) Litchi: Ragna the Bounty

I'm back in Orient Town.
Tao said Ragna bought her some food around here...
If I'm lucky, he's still nearby.

	[ Litchi ]
	Since he's a wanted bounty, I doubt he'll be on the main streets...
	I should make my way to the back alleys.

I check a few alleys and back streets.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Huh?
	......No way.

I take another look at the wanted poster...
He does look a little different, but there's no mistake... It's him.
He seems a little different, but he definitely shares the same attributes.

	[ Resident A ]
	Hey, isn't that him...?

	[ Resident B ]
	Yeah, I think he is, though something doesn't feel quite right.

	[ Resident C ]
	Sh-Should we let the Librarium know?

	[ Resident A ]
	You idiot, you're just gonna buy yourself some more trouble.

	[ Resident B ]
	You're right. Let's pretend we didn't see anything.

Not surprising...
Most people will do everything they can to avoid coming in contact with the
Librarium.

Either he's incredibly brave, or incredibly stupid...
A wanted criminal, walking down the street in broad daylight...
He heads straight for me...
...and keeps on walking past me.

	[ Litchi ]
	Excuse me!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh? You call me?

What was I thinking!? Well, I've gotten him to stop...
What was I going to do now?

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| • Do you think I could ask you a few things? (3G.B1.X1)		      |
| • You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around. (3G.B1.X1)     |
| • Would you mind stopping by my place? (3G.B3.X1)			      |
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 [3G.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS CARL: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	...Ung... Wh-Where's my sister...?

	[ Litchi ]
	She's fine. She's right over there.

	[ Carl ]
	Sis! ...Thank goodness you're OK.
	I thought they were going to take you apart again.

She's called "Nirvana"... She's a man-made weapon from the War...

I can't imagine why this boy would this Nirvana is his older sister...
Perhaps she has some significant sentimental value to him?

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you feeling OK?

	[ Carl ]
	...Ah, yes. I'm sorry. Thanks for everything you've done. I'm OK now.

	[ Litchi ]
	I apologize for Tao jumping on you so suddenly.
	But, why did you want to fight her so badly?

	[ Carl ]
	It's not that I wanted to fight her. As I have explained earlier, as
	fellow vigilantes, we wanted to compare our strengths.

	[ Litchi ]
	Is that so...?

	[ Carl ]
	...Eh?

	[ Litchi ]
	Looking at the way you two were fighting, one of you could've been
	killed.

	[ Carl ]
	...
	That was very rude of me. If it's the medical fee that you want, I can
	prepare that right away.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's not what I was trying to say.

	[ Carl ]
	Then, what is it? An apology? Don't tell me you want my sister...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao, stop playing and come over here.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? I didn't do anything wrong. You can't get mad at meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao... I won't ask you again.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Y-Yes, mya'am!

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you two sorry for fighting each other?

	[ Carl ]
	It wasn't a fight...

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's right! We were playing, meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you two sorry for endangering each other?

Y...Yes...

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't hear you!

Y...Yes!

	[ Litchi ]
	Now here's your punishment!

Eeeek...

	[ Litchi ]
	If I catch you two again, you can expect a lot more than that.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow...

	[ Carl ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Have you two even realized you're hurt everywhere?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Nya-nya? This is nothing. I'll just lick it.

	[ Carl ]
	Th-They're just scratches, so please don't worry about it.

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't do that. I -am- a doctor after all, you know.
	Both of you, come with me. I'll treat your wounds.

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's too much trouble, meow.

	[ Carl ]
	I think I'll pass too--

	[ Litchi ]
	Get over here!

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Sh...She's scary, meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, that's it for the treatment.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I-It stings...

	[ Litchi ]
	Now, the both of you are a lot stronger than the average person...and
	I'm sure that can lead to some advantages in life...

	...but if you wield your strength for no reason, you'll hurt others
	someday, and yourself. It's in your best interest to keep that power
	hidden.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Gotcha. I'll be careful neow! Thanks again, boobie lady!

	[ Carl ]
	Thank you for the treatment. I'll excuse myself now.
	And, um...how much do I owe you?

	[ Litchi ]
	That won't be necessary. I brought you here against your will, anyway.

	[ Carl ]
	This person...she's just like...
	No, never mind.

	[ Litchi ]
	Did I do something unnecessary? If that's the case, you haev my
	apologies.

	[ Carl ]
	...Let's go, Sis. We have no more business here.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah, wait!
	...My...he's a fast one.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh boy...I forgot to ask that child for his name, too.

	...I hope it was the right decision to not take that marionette away
	from him...

(SAVE) Litchi: Ragna the Bounty

I'm back in Orient Town.
Tao said Ragna bought her some food around here...
If I'm lucky, he's still nearby.

	[ Litchi ]
	Since he's a wanted bounty, I doubt he'll be on the main streets...
	I should make my way to the back alleys.

I check a few alleys and back streets.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Huh?
	......No way.

I take another look at the wanted poster...
He does look a little different, but there's no mistake... It's him.
He seems a little different, but he definitely shares the same attributes.

	[ Resident A ]
	Hey, isn't that him...?

	[ Resident B ]
	Yeah, I think he is, though something doesn't feel quite right.

	[ Resident C ]
	Sh-Should we let the Librarium know?

	[ Resident A ]
	You idiot, you're just gonna buy yourself some more trouble.

	[ Resident B ]
	You're right. Let's pretend we didn't see anything.

Not surprising...
Most people will do everything they can to avoid coming in contact with the
Librarium.

Either he's incredibly brave, or incredibly stupid...
A wanted criminal, walking down the street in broad daylight...
He heads straight for me...
...and keeps on walking past me.

	[ Litchi ]
	Excuse me!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh? You call me?

What was I thinking!? Well, I've gotten him to stop...
What was I going to do now?

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Do you think I could ask you a few things? (3G.B1.X1)		      |
| • You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around. (3G.B1.X1)     |
| • Would you mind stopping by my place? (3G.B3.X1)			      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3G.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Finding Ragna is my top priority.

	[ Litchi ]
	That commotion bothers me, but finding Ragna's more important right
	now. I need to find him before he does, or who knows what'll happen.

	It's good to be energetic, Tao, but you should also know when to cut it
	out.

(SAVE) Litchi: Ragna the Bounty

I'm back in Orient Town.
Tao said Ragna bought her some food around here...
If I'm lucky, he's still nearby.

	[ Litchi ]
	Since he's a wanted bounty, I doubt he'll be on the main streets...
	I should make my way to the back alleys.

I check a few alleys and back streets.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Huh?
	......No way.

I take another look at the wanted poster...
He does look a little different, but there's no mistake... It's him.
He seems a little different, but he definitely shares the same attributes.

	[ Resident A ]
	Hey, isn't that him...?

	[ Resident B ]
	Yeah, I think he is, though something doesn't feel quite right.

	[ Resident C ]
	Sh-Should we let the Librarium know?

	[ Resident A ]
	You idiot, you're just gonna buy yourself some more trouble.

	[ Resident B ]
	You're right. Let's pretend we didn't see anything.

Not surprising...
Most people will do everything they can to avoid coming in contact with the
Librarium.

Either he's incredibly brave, or incredibly stupid...
A wanted criminal, walking down the street in broad daylight...
He heads straight for me...
...and keeps on walking past me.

	[ Litchi ]
	Excuse me!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh? You call me?

What was I thinking!? Well, I've gotten him to stop...
What was I going to do now?

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Do you think I could ask you a few things? (3G.B1.X1)		      |
| • You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around. (3G.B1.X1)     |
| • Would you mind stopping by my place? (3G.B3.X1)			      |
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 [3G.B1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Do you think I could ask you a few things?

Do you think I can have a moment of your time?
I'd like to talk to you about a few things.

	[ Ragna ]
	...If this is a religious solicitation, save it for someone else.

	[ Litchi ]
	No, that's not it.
	You're...umm...the person on this poster, right...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh? What are you, a vigilante?
	Sorry, but I don't have the time to deal with you.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm not trying to catch you, so don't worry.
	I haven't contacted the NOL either.

	[ Ragna ]
	You're an odd woman...but what the hell.
	So, what do you want? I don't have much time.

	[ Litchi ]
	I have a favor to ask of you, regarding that -power- of yours.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Power?

When I simply nod, his expression changes.
I didn't think he could scowl any more, but...

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't know how you found out about this grimoire, but it's best you
	forget what you saw here...for your own sake.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's not it.
	I'm not the one after that power of yours.

	[ Ragna ]
	Why does trouble have to follow me wherever I go...?
	Don't give me that look... You're makin' me worried.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Thanks.

It seems like he's willing to listen to what I have to say.
I'd prepared myself for the worst, but he's actually much more polite than I
was expecting.

	[ Litchi ]
	The person chasing you is a bounty named "Arakune."
	He's been attracted by that power of yours, and he'll eventually attack
	you for it.

	[ Ragna ]
	What, is that it? That's not a problem.
	No one will complain if a bounty or two dies, right?
	I'll just claim self-defense and kill the bastard.

	[ Litchi ]
	You can't kill him!

	[ Ragna ]
	What's with the sudden yelling!? You're gonna give me a heart attack!

	[ Litchi ]
	I--I'm sorry...
	But, you just can't kill Arak--You musn't kill him...

	[ Ragna ]
	So you've got your reasons, huh?
	*sigh* Well, I guess I can hear you out.
	Explain yourself first, and we'll go from there.

	[ Litchi ]
	...And that's the situation. So if you meet him, please don't kill him.
	If I can find out where he is, I might be able to do something...
	I just don't have enough information right now.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Goddammit. WHY did I even decide to listen...?

	[ Litchi ]
	It's too much ask...isn't it?

	[ Ragna ]
	All right, all right! I get it, so don't give me that face.

	Ugh... If he has the nerve to show up in front of me, I'll beat him to
	a pulp. So make sure you're around to pick him up.

	[ Litchi ]
	I--I didn't mean to make you go out of your way--

	[ Ragna ]
	Not like it matters. He's gonna jump me anyway, right?
	But just so you know, I'm not gonna help you find him. Got it?
	If he tries to kill me, I'll make him regret it. That's all.

	[ Litchi ]
	I have a responsibility to help him...
	If you find him, please tell me where he is.

	[ Ragna ]
	It'd be a lot easier if I just beat the crap out of him.
	I take it this conversation is over, so I'll be on my way.
	Later...

	[ Litchi ]
	...He's really aggressive, but he certainly isn't a bad person...
	He doesn't seem like the kind of guy that should be on a wanted
	poster... Though I guess there's no use in me thinking about it.

(SAVE) Litchi: The Library

	[  ? ? ? ]
	Wait a minute--Was that Ragna the Bloodedge!?
	A-Are you OK?
	Did he hurt you?

	[ Litchi ]
	Um... Who might you be?

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, my apologies.
	I'm NOL Lieutenant Noel Vermillion.
	You don't seem harmed...
	I need to chase that man, so I'll excuse myself!

	[ Litchi ]
	W-Wait!

Something makes me stop the Lieutenant before she runs off after Ragna.
I know I didn't talk to him for that long, but...
I don't think he's really a bad person.

Besides...
I've heard Librarium soldiers stop at nothing to get what they want.

If she goes after Ragna, it could throw the city into chaos...
I can't let that happen.

	[ Noel ]
	Um. If you need something, could it wait 'til later?
	I'm in a hurry right now.

	[ Litchi ]
	(I need to stop her...
	What should I do?)

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| • That man can't possibly be Ragna. (3G.C1.X1)			      |
| • Please, don't make things worse. (3G.C2.X1)				      |
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 [3G.B2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> You're a wanted criminal. I can't have you running around.

	[ Litchi ]
	You're the guy on this poster, right?

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh? What are you, a vigilante?
	Unfortunately, I'm in a hurry.

	[ Litchi ]
	You sure are making yourself comfortable here, aren't you?

	If you promise to leave Kagutsuchi right away, I won't inform the NOL I
	saw you.

	[ Ragna ]
	...If you know about me, you must know what I'm after...
	There's no backing down...

	[ Litchi ]
	What do you intend to do with that power of yours?

	[ Ragna ]
	I'm under no obligation to tell you.

Wait... What if he obtained that grimoire by accident or chance? Is that the
only reason he's been able to stand up to the Librarium for this long?

If that's the case... If I can get my hands on that grimoire...

	[ Litchi ]
	...I can't let someone who will disturb the peace of this city roam
	free.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ugh... Are you serious?
	I really don't enjoy beating up women.

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS RAGNA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.B2.L2
								 WIN : 3G.B2.W2
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3G.X1.W1

 [3G.B2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Ragna ]
	*sigh* It just doesn't feel right fighting a woman...
	Besides, you were pulling your punches, weren't you?
	You seem to have your reasons, so I'm willing to listen.

	[ Litchi ]
	...You're sharper than I thought.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ugh! Way to beat around the bush. If you had something to say to me,
	why didn't you just say so? I'll hear your story, so, spit it out.

	[ Litchi ]
	I have a favor to ask of you, regarding that -power- of yours.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Power?

When I simply nod, his expression changes.
I didn't think he could scowl any more, but...

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't know how you found out about this grimoire, but it's best you
	forget what you saw here...for your own sake.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's not it. The one after your power isn't me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Why does trouble have to follow me wherever I go...?
	Don't give me that look... You're makin' me worried.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Thanks.

It seems like he's willing to listen to what I have to say.
I'd prepared myself for the worst, but he's actually much more polite than I
was expecting.

	[ Litchi ]
	The person chasing you is a bounty named "Arakune."

	He's been attracted by that power of yours, and he'll eventually attack
	you for it.

	[ Ragna ]
	What, is that it? That's not a problem.
	No one will complain if a bounty or two dies, right?
	I'll just claim self-defense and kill the bastard.

	[ Litchi ]
	You can't kill him!

	[ Ragna ]
	What's with the sudden yelling!? You're gonna give me a heart attack!

	[ Litchi ]
	I--I'm sorry...
	But, you just can't kill Arak--You musn't kill him...

	[ Ragna ]
	So you've got your reasons, huh?
	*sigh* Well, I guess I can hear you out.
	Explain yourself first, and we'll go from there.

	[ Litchi ]
	...And that's the situation. So if you meet him, please don't kill him.
	If I can find out where he is, I might be able to do something...
	I just don't have enough information right now.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Goddammit. WHY did I even decide to listen...?

	[ Litchi ]
	It's too much ask...isn't it?

	[ Ragna ]
	All right, all right! I get it, so don't give me that face.

	Ugh... If he has the nerve to show up in front of me, I'll beat him to
	a pulp. So make sure you're around to pick him up.

	[ Litchi ]
	I--I didn't mean to make you go out of your way--

	[ Ragna ]
	Not like it matters. He's gonna jump me anyway, right?
	But just so you know, I'm not gonna help you find him. Got it?
	If he tries to kill me, I'll make him regret it. That's all.

	[ Litchi ]
	I have a responsibility to help him...
	If you find him, please tell me where he is.

	[ Ragna ]
	It'd be a lot easier if I just beat the crap out of him.

	I take it this conversation is over, so I'll be on my way.
	Later...

	[ Litchi ]
	...He's really aggressive, but he certainly isn't a bad person...

	He doesn't seem like the kind of guy that should be on a wanted
	poster... Though I guess there's no use in me thinking about it.

(SAVE) Litchi: The Library

	[  ? ? ? ]
	Wait a minute--Was that Ragna the Bloodedge!?
	A-Are you OK?
	Did he hurt you?

	[ Litchi ]
	Um... Who might you be?

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, my apologies.
	I'm NOL Lieutenant Noel Vermillion.
	You don't seem harmed...
	I need to chase that man, so I'll excuse myself!

	[ Litchi ]
	W-Wait!

Something makes me stop the Lieutenant before she runs off after Ragna.
I know I didn't talk to him for that long, but...
I don't think he's really a bad person.

Besides...
I've heard Librarium soldiers stop at nothing to get what they want.

If she goes after Ragna, it could throw the city into chaos...
I can't let that happen.

	[ Noel ]
	Um. If you need something, could it wait 'til later?
	I'm in a hurry right now.

	[ Litchi ]
	(I need to stop her...
	What should I do?)

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • That man can't possibly be Ragna. (3G.C1.X1)			      |
| • Please, don't make things worse. (3G.C2.X1)				      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3G.B2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Litchi ]
	Hey... Why didn't you fight seriously?

	[ Ragna ]
	You're one to talk. I know you pulled your punches.

	[ Litchi ]
	...You noticed?

	[ Ragna ]
	I can tell that much.
	You seem to have your reasons, so I'm willing to listen.

	[ Litchi ]
	...You're sharper than I thought.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ugh! Way to beat around the bush. If you had something to say to me,
	why didn't you just say so? I'll hear your story, so, spit it out.

	[ Litchi ]
	I have a favor to ask of you, regarding that -power- of yours.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Power?

When I simply nod, his expression changes.
I didn't think he could scowl any more, but...

	[ Ragna ]
	I don't know how you found out about this grimoire, but it's best you
	forget what you saw here...for your own sake.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's not it. The one after your power isn't me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Why does trouble have to follow me wherever I go...?
	Don't give me that look... You're makin' me nervous.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Thanks.

It seems like he's willing to listen to what I have to say.
I'd prepared myself for the worst, but he's actually much more polite than I
was expecting.

	[ Litchi ]
	The person chasing you is a bounty named "Arakune."

	He's been attracted by that power of yours, and he'll eventually attack
	you for it.

	[ Ragna ]
	What, is that it? That's not a problem.
	No one will complain if a bounty or two dies, right?
	I'll just claim self-defense and kill the bastard.

	[ Litchi ]
	You can't kill him!

	[ Ragna ]
	What's with the sudden yelling!? You're gonna give me a heart attack!

	[ Litchi ]
	I--I'm sorry...
	But, you just can't kill Arak--You musn't kill him...

	[ Ragna ]
	So you've got your reasons, huh?
	*sigh* Well, I guess I can hear you out.
	Explain yourself first, and we'll go from there.

	[ Litchi ]
	...And that's the situation. So if you meet him, please don't kill him.
	If I can find out where he is, I might be able to do something...
	I just don't have enough information right now.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Goddammit. WHY did I even decide to listen...?

	[ Litchi ]
	It's too much ask...isn't it?

	[ Ragna ]
	All right, all right! I get it, so don't give me that face.

	Ugh... If he has the nerve to show up in front of me, I'll beat him to
	a pulp. So make sure you're around to pick him up.

	[ Litchi ]
	I--I didn't mean to make you go out of your way--

	[ Ragna ]
	Not like it matters. He's gonna jump me anyway, right?
	But just so you know, I'm not gonna help you find him. Got it?
	If he tries to kill me, I'll make him regret it. Nothing more.

	[ Ragna ]
	It'd be a lot easier if I just beat the crap out of him.
	I take it this conversation is over, so I'll be on my way.
	Later.

	[ Litchi ]
	...He's really aggressive, but he certainly isn't a bad person.

	He doesn't seem like the kind of guy that should be on a wanted
	poster... Though I guess there's no use in me thinking about it.

(SAVE) Litchi: The Library

	[  ? ? ? ]
	Wait a minute--Was that Ragna the Bloodedge!?
	A-Are you OK?
	Did he hurt you?

	[ Litchi ]
	Um... Who might you be?

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, my apologies.
	I'm NOL Lieutenant Noel Vermillion.
	You don't seem harmed...
	I need to chase that man, so I'll excuse myself!

	[ Litchi ]
	W-Wait!

Something makes me stop the Lieutenant before she runs off after Ragna.
I know I didn't talk to him for that long, but...
I don't think he's really a bad person.

Besides...
I've heard Librarium soldiers stop at nothing to get what they want.

If she goes after Ragna, it could throw the city into chaos...
I can't let that happen.

	[ Noel ]
	Um. If you need something, could it wait 'til later?
	I'm in a hurry right now.

	[ Litchi ]
	(I need to stop her...
	What should I do?)

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • That man can't possibly be Ragna. (3G.C1.X1)			      |
| • Please, don't make things worse. (3G.C2.X1)				      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3G.B3.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Would you mind stopping by my place?

There he is, right in front of me... Ragna the Bloodedge.
I have no idea what to say.

	[ Ragna ]
	...What?
	If you have no business, I'm gonna be on my way.

No! He's leaving! I have to--
I need to tell him, or...or something bad will happen...

	[ Bang ]
	Ho ho! You look as beautiful as ever, Miss Litchi! But whoever might
	that young man you're talking to be...? Forgive me for eavesdropping,
	but this is only my heart acting on its own!

	[ Litchi ]
	Wait! My home is around here--well, it's a clinic
	really--but...um...w-would you mind stopping by for a while?

	[ Bang ]
	Wha--!?

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh?

	[ Litchi ]
	I have a few things to talk to you about. And it's very important.

	[ Bang ]
	!!!???
	C-Can it be...!? Miss Litchi...don't tell me you've fallen for that
	youngster...!?

	[ Ragna ]
	...I don't know what you're after...
	But you should keep your distance from me.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Ah! Please don't go yet!

	[ Bang ]
	Miss Litchi... That sad expression... Could that man be your loved me!?

	No...this can't be... But still! It is a man's duty to wish for a
	woman's happiness... *sob* *sob*

	[ Litchi ]
	Please listen to what I have to--
	Hm...? Is someone hiding over there...?

	[ Bang ]
	Oh crap! I've been compromised!
	If I'm found, I can never live up to be a true man of Ikaruga.
	Call me a coward...but for now... I must withdraw.

	[ Litchi ]
	...They fled!? Something definitely feels wrong.
	I'm worried about Ragna, but I need to catch that person first!
	Stop right there!

(SAVE) Litchi: The Man in the Shadows

	[ Litchi ]
	I've caught you, eavesdropper!

	[ Bang ]
	E-E-E-Eavesdropper!?
	That's a misunderstanding, Miss Litchi!

	[ Litchi ]
	H-How do you know my name?
	Don't tell me you're a...a stalker!?

	[ Bang ]
	That is a misunderstanding as well!
	I am none other than Bang Shishigami!
	I'm a vigilante from Ronin-gai.

	[ Litchi ]
	And what was a vigilante doing sneaking in the shadows?

	[ Bang ]
	I-I have picked up a rumor that the great criminal Ragna has set foot
	in your town, so I was staking it out, trying to capture him.

	[ Litchi ]
	A vigilante staking out this town...? That makes it even more
	suspicious. So why did you run?

	[ Bang ]
	I unconsciously started running because I thought you might hate me if
	you knew I was eavesdropping!

	[ Litchi ]
	S-So you -were- eavesdropping...
	I'm handing you over to the NOL, so don't even think about resisting!

	[ Bang ]
	N-No, you can't do that!
	Please calm down, Miss Litchi, and listen to what I have to--
	Wh-Whoa! Watch the stick! Argh! Please don't point that thing at me!

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS BANG ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.B3.L1
								 WIN : 3G.B3.W1

 [3G.B3.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	...Oh no! I accidentally resisted with all I've got!
	Are you OK, Miss Litchi!?

	[ Litchi ]
	D-Don't touch me! Don't you dare think you can overpower me with force!
	UNDERSTAND!?

	[ Bang ]
	Miss Litchiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

	[ Litchi ]
	*sigh* Why is this happening to me...?
	Hm? I guess I made it all the way to town chasing him, didn't I?

After I finish warning the stalker, I take a moment to look around.
Things here feel quite different from Orient Town...

	[ Litchi ]
	...If I'm not mistaken, this area is the Ronin district.
	What an unusual scene. Buildings descending from under the bridge?
	I guess it wouldn't hurt to go take a look at it.

Even though I know I'm in the same city, I almost feel like I'm walking through
a foreign country...

	[ Child A ]
	Hey, lady, I don't believe we've met before.

	[ Child B ]
	Where are you from?

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm from Orient Town, little girl.

	[ Child A ]
	Oh, I remember now!
	You're a doctor, aren't you, lady?

	[ Child B ]
	A doctor? Cool!

	[ Litchi ]
	Have we met before?

	[ Child A ]
	No, but my mom said she's been to your clinic before.

	That she got some medicine from a pretty doctor with a panda in her
	hair.

	[ Litchi ]
	A panda...?
	Haha, well, I suppose you're right... That's probably me.

	[ Child A ]
	Yup! And you're pretty, so it has to be you!

	[ Litchi ]
	Now now, flattery will get you nowhere. Don't make girls cry when you
	grow up, OK?

	[ Child A ]
	I won't do that! I'm gonna be an amazing person like our boss.

	[ Child B ]
	I like the boss!

	[ Litchi ]
	The...boss?

	[ Child A ]
	He's really strong! And nice too!

	[ Child B ]
	He saved everyone when the old town burned and built this new one here,
	ya know.

	[ Child A ]
	So the boss is our hero!

	[ Litchi ]
	I see. He must be an amazing person.

	[ Child A ]
	Yeah! And he looks really cool! It'd be great if you were his wife!

	[ Litchi ]
	...Again with the flattery.
	I really am worried about your future.

	[ Child A ]
	I wonder when he'll be back... I want you two to meet already.

	[ Child B ]
	I made a crane. I'm gonna show it to the boss.

	[ Litchi ]
	I hope your boss comes back soon.

	[ Bang ]
	Waaaaaaah! Miss Litchiiii!
	It's all a misunderstanding!

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3G.B3.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Litchi ]
	I don't want to see your face inside Orient Town again.
	If I happen to see you, I'm turning you over to the NOL, personally.

	[ Bang ]
	Uhhh...
	It's all a misunderstanding...

	[ Litchi ]
	I don't need to hear your excuses, but I hope you've learned your
	lesson.

	[ Bang ]
	...My deepest apologies. Indeed, I have done something that can lead to
	a misunderstanding, and it is my fault for not being able to undo it.

	[ Litchi ]
	As long as you regret what you did, I can forgive you.
	The next time you come by my clinic, use the front door, OK?

	[ Bang ]
	...! You're forgiving me...!? You truly are a kind soul...
	*cry*

	[ Litchi ]
	D-Don't worry about it that much...
	I...need to get going.
	Hm? I guess I made it all the way to town chasing him, didn't I?

After I finish warning the stalker, I take a moment to look around. Things here
feel quite different from Orient Town...

	[ Litchi ]
	...If I'm not mistaken, this area is the Ronin district.
	What an unusual scene. Buildings descending from under the bridge?
	I guess it wouldn't hurt to go take a look at it.

Even though I know I'm in the same city, I almost feel like I'm walking through
a foreign country...

	[ Child A ]
	Hey, lady, I don't believe we've met before.

	[ Child B ]
	Where are you from?

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm from Orient Town, little girl.

	[ Child A ]
	Oh, I remember now!
	You're a doctor, aren't you, lady?

	[ Child B ]
	A doctor? Cool!

	[ Litchi ]
	Have we met before?

	[ Child A ]
	No, but my mom said she's been to your clinic before.
	That she got some medicine from a pretty doctor with a panda in her
	hair.

	[ Litchi ]
	A panda...?
	Haha, well, I suppose you're right... That's probably me.

	[ Child A ]
	Yup! And you're pretty, so it has to be you!

	[ Litchi ]
	Now now, flattery will get you nowhere. Don't make girls cry when you
	grow up, OK?

	[ Child A ]
	I won't do that! I'm gonna be an amazing person like our boss.

	[ Child B ]
	I like the boss!

	[ Litchi ]
	The...boss?

	[ Child A ]
	He's really strong! And nice too!

	[ Child B ]
	He saved everyone when the old town burned and built this new one here,
	ya know.

	[ Child A ]
	So the boss is our hero!

	[ Litchi ]
	I see. He must be an amazing person.

	[ Child A ]
	Yeah! And he looks really cool! It'd be great if you were his wife!

	[ Litchi ]
	...Again with the flattery.
	I really am worried about your future.

	[ Child A ]
	I wonder when he'll be back... I want you two to meet already.

	[ Child B ]
	I made a crane. I'm gonna show it to the boss.

	[ Litchi ]
	I hope your boss comes back soon.

	[ Bang ]
	Waaaaaaah! Miss Litchiiii!
	It's all a misunderstanding!

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3G.C1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> That man can't possibly be Ragna.

...That isn't Ragna? But he looks just like the drawing in the poster!
L-Like his white hair...!

	[ Litchi ]
	Exactly! That's why I was warning him.
	He shouldn't dye his hair white and spike it like that.

	[ Noel ]
	Wh--What do you mean?

	[ Litchi ]
	That's my younger brother. He's at a rebellious age right now,
	so he dyed his hair that color and wears that coat, thinking it's cool.

	[ Noel ]
	...Huh?

	[ Litchi ]
	And, there are those posters all over town, right? I didn't want anyone
	to mitake him for that wanted criminal, so I was telling him to stop
	wearing that.

	[ Noel ]
	I see... I thought I finally found him...

	Still, the townspeople should know that impersonating Ragna is a grave
	crime... I understand. I'll excuse myself now. If you do happen to see
	that man on the poster, please give me a call right away.

I--I can't believe she bought that. I almost feel bad.
She's just a kid, and she's only doing her job the best she can.

I hope she'll be OK...

	[ Litchi ]
	Y-Yes. I'll be sure to do so.
	*sigh* That was quite a ruckus, but I can rest easy now.
	I told Ragna about -him-, so there's not much more I can do...
	I should head home for today.
	...Him, huh?

	Maybe I'll try the Kaka clan tomorrow and ask if they've seen him
	lately. I haven't stopped by in a while, so it might be a nice change
	of pace.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Ah, it's Miss Faye-Ling!

The moment I arrive at the Kaka village, I head straight for the kittens.
I come by the village every so often to teach them.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yay! Run away, everyone!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	She's gonna make us study, meow!

They run in circles around me, yelling "Run away!"
They don't really hate to study, they're just playing around.
They're just so adorable.

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, settle down, everyone!
	Don't worry, I'm not here to make you study today.

	[ Kittens ]
	Aww.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	We're not gonna study?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Boooring.

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	We won't run, so teach us, pleeeaaase.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm sorry, everyone, but I'm here to speak with the elder toay.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	The elder? Well, I guess there's no helping that.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, though I'm not sure what it is we can't help.

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Oh well, let's go play with Tao instead!

Disappointed with what I have to say, the kittens run off to play somewhere
else.

	[ Litchi ]
	*giggle* It's nice to see energetic children.
	...I hope he doesn't try to attack the village again.
	I better hurry to the elder's place.
	Long time no see, Elder.
	How have you been?

	[ Elder ]
	Oh, it has been too long, Litchi.
	I've been doing just fine, thanks to you. Ohohoho.
	So, what can I help you with today?

	[ Litchi ]
	...It's regarding him again.
	Has there been any casualties in the village today?

	[ Elder ]
	It seems he's settled down for the time being...
	He hasn't eaten any villagers lately.

	[ Litchi ]
	I see... That's good to hear.

	I will come up with a countermeasure for him as soon as possible, so if
	you can, please tell the villagers to be alert.

	[ Elder ]
	Understood.
	Is that all you wanted to tell me?

	[ Litchi ]
	No. I came to give you a progress report on the research you requested.

In exchange for researching the problems in her village, the elder has agreed
to provide me with information about Arakune.

The village's problem...
There are only a few males, and the population of the town has never been more
than 100 or so...

The elder worries that the village may disappear completely someday, and so
she's asked me to look into it.

The Kaka clan isn't just a bunch of run-of-the-mill beastmen.
They're biological weapons left over from the Great War.
Is that part of the secret of this village?

	[ Elder ]
	I see. And what are your thoughts on the matter?

	[ Litchi ]
	Based on the results, there is no denying the fact that it's a device
	tempered to maintain a population of one hundred.

	The population of the village has never surpassed one hundred people,
	as shown by the statistics...

	...and if for some reason it suddenly dropped, asexual reproduction
	would automatically compensate for the numbers that were lost.

	So, unless there is a phenomenon that will instantly wipe out the
	entire population, there is no fear of extinction.

	[ Elder ]
	...Hmm. So that's how it is, huh?
	I guess we have no choice but to slowly disappear into the flow of
	time.

	[ Litchi ]
	...As I have mentioned before, even if your population drops for
	whatever reason, it will be restored automatically...in theory.

	[ Elder ]
	So in the end, we are just another race that has been forsaken by God.
	All the children that are born anew are nothing more than copies of
	those who passed away.

	Though we have a population of one hundred, we are essentially one
	entity. A hundred of us are like one human being... A single human
	being will always die...

	[ Litchi ]
	Though there are some minor differences among your race, that doesn't
	change the fact that you've been cloned from a single organism.

	For that reason, an environmental shift could potentially wipe out your
	entire race, but I believe we can reduce that risk through genetic
	alteration.

	[ Elder ]
	So we must break even more laws of nature to prolong this pathetic
	excuse for a race... How could God ever forgive us?

The elder's words weigh heavily on my mind...
It sounds as though she's prepared to watch her kind go extinct.

Perhaps my mission is simply to delay that day as long as possible.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'll excuse myself for today.

	[ Elder ]
	Leaving so soon, are you?
	I must apologize for the lack of hospitality.

	[ Litchi ]
	It's quite all right. I'm just glad to see the happy faces on those
	children.

	[ Elder ]
	I can't thank you enough for teaching those kittens.

	You have done more than I can ask for, for our village. I just hope
	things can remain the way they are.

	Litchi...once you find him, do you intend to leave our town?
	I mean, we have no right to stop you or anything...

	[ Litchi ]
	...No. I don't intend to go anywhere. Orient Town is my home now...
	...and there are many people who need me here.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3G.C2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Please, don't make things worse.

	[ Noel ]
	Wh--What do you mean?
	You want to let that wanted criminal Ragna just roam as he pleases?

	[ Litchi ]
	Shh! You're talking too loud. I've been keeping an eye on Ragna, but he
	didn't seem like the type to initiate anything.

	I'm not asking you to let him go, but could you at least wait until
	he's out of town? Look around you...

Litchi signaled Noel to look around.

	[ Resident D ]
	Hey, she's from the Library. Did something happen?

	[ Resident E ]
	I heard her yell -Ragna- out loud...

	[ Resident F ]
	Huh? He's in town?

	[ Noel ]
	...B-But still. I've been ordered to capture the criminal on sight.
	I don't have time to be standing around. If I don't hurry--

	[ Litchi ]
	You plan to use those guns in town?
	That's too reckless.

	[ Noel ]
	...Wh-What you're doing right now is an obstruction of justice.
	As an NOL officer, I can't let that slide.

	If you continue to interfere with my duties, I'd say you were his
	accomplice.

	[ Litchi ]
	All you've been talking about are your orders.
	Is following your superiors' commands all you can do?

	[ Noel ]
	I'm placing you under arrest for suspicion of treason against the NOL.
	Drop your weapon and prepare to be judged!

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS NOEL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.C2.L1
								 WIN : 3G.C2.W1

 [3G.C2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Litchi ]
	You're pretty good... I should've expected this much from a praetorian
	guard.

	[ Noel ]
	Any more resistance is futile. Keep quiet and come with me.

	[ Linhua ]
	Doc, what're you doing out--
	Huh!? A soldier from the Library!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Stay inside, Linhua!
	Leave this to me.

	[ Linhua ]
	But, Doc...you're injured...
	Somebody! Help! Library brutality! A soldier is harassing the doctor!

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-What are you doing!?

	[ Litchi ]
	L-Linhua! Don't do that! They'll arrest you too!

	[ Linhua ]
	Someone, save the doctor!

	[ Resident G ]
	What!? Dr. Faye-Ling's in trouble!?

	[ Resident H ]
	We're not gonna let them bastards from the Library take our doctor
	away!

	[ Resident I ]
	She saved our lives! Get lost, NOL!

Suddenly there are people everywhere, swarming around Noel and me.
She's starting to panic...

	[ Noel ]
	*sob* All of you... I'll remember this!

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Linhua ]
	Doc!? Are you OK!?

I'm barely conscious, but I can feel the townspeople carrying me to a nearby
clinic...

I...I just the hope the people who stood up to the NOL won't get in trouble...

		GAME OVER

 [3G.C2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Litchi ]
	Leave immediately.

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	She'll likely return with more people from the Librarium...
	But I suppose I'll about it then.

	That was quite a ruckus, but I guess that settles things for now.
	I should head home for today.
	...but what about him?

	Maybe I'll try the Kaka clan tomorrow and ask if they've seen him
	lately.

	I haven't stopped by in a while, so it might be a nice change of pace.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Ah, it's Miss Faye-Ling!

The moment I arrive at the Kaka village, I head straight for the kittens.
I come by the village so often to teach them.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yay! Run away, everyone!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	She's gonna make us study, meow!

They run in circles around me, yelling, "Run away!"
They don't really hate to study, they're just playing around.
They're just so adorable.

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, settle down, everyone!
	Don't worry, I'm not here to make you study today.

	[ Kittens ]
	Aww.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	We're not gonna study?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Boooring.

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	We won't run, so teach us, pleeeaaase.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm sorry, everyone, but I'm here to speak with the elder toay.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	The elder? Well, I guess there's no helping that.

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yeah, though I'm not sure what it is we can't help.

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Oh well, let's go play with Tao instead!

Disappointed with what I have to say, the kittens run off to play somewhere
else.

	[ Litchi ]
	*giggle* It's nice to see energetic children.
	...I hope he doesn't try to attack the village again.
	I better hurry to the elder's place.
	Long time no see, Elder.
	How have you been?

	[ Elder ]
	Oh, it has been too long, Litchi.
	I've been doing just fine, thanks to you. Ohohoho.
	So, what can I help you with today?

	[ Litchi ]
	...It's regarding him again.
	Has there been any casualties in the village today?

	[ Elder ]
	It seems he's settled down for the time being...
	He hasn't eaten any villagers lately.

	[ Litchi ]
	I see... That's good to hear.

	I will come up with a countermeasure for him as soon as possible, so if
	you can, please tell the villagers to be alert.

	[ Elder ]
	Understood.
	Is that all you wanted to tell me?

	[ Litchi ]
	No. I came to give you a progress report on the research you requested.

In exchange for researching the problems in her village, the elder has agreed
to provide me with information about Arakune.

The village's problem...
There are only a few males, and the population of the town has never been more
than 100 or so...

The elder worries that the village may disappear completely someday, and so
she's asked me to look into it.

The Kaka clan isn't just a bunch of run-of-the-mill beastmen.
They're biological weapons left over from the Great War.
Is that part of the secret of this village?

	[ Elder ]
	I see. And what are your thoughts on the matter?

	[ Litchi ]
	Based on the results, there is no denying the fact that it's a device
	tempered to maintain a population of one hundred.

	The population of the village has never surpassed one hundred people,
	as shown by the statistics...

	...and if for some reason it suddenly dropped, asexual reproduction
	would automatically compensate for the numbers that were lost.

	So, unless there is a phenomenon that will instantly wipe out the
	entire population, there is no fear of extinction.

	[ Elder ]
	...Hmm. So that's how it is, huh?
	I guess we have no choice but to slowly disappear into the flow of
	time.

	[ Litchi ]
	...As I have mentioned before, even if your population drops for
	whatever reason, it will be restored automatically...in theory.

	[ Elder ]
	So in the end, we are just another race that has been forsaken by God.
	All the children that are born anew are nothing more than copies of
	those who passed away.

	Though we have a population of one hundred, we are essentially one
	entity. A hundred of us are like one human being... A single human
	being will always die...

	[ Litchi ]
	Though there are some minor differences among your race, that doesn't
	change the fact that you've been cloned from a single organism.

	For that reason, an environmental shift could potentially wipe out your
	entire race, but I believe we can reduce that risk through genetic
	alteration.

	[ Elder ]
	So we must break even more laws of nature to prolong this pathetic
	excuse for a race... How could God ever forgive us?

The elder's words weigh heavily on my mind...
It sounds as though she's prepared to watch her kind go extinct.

Perhaps my mission is simply to delay that day as long as possible.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'll excuse myself for today.

	[ Elder ]
	Leaving so soon, are you?
	I must apologize for the lack of hospitality.

	[ Litchi ]
	It's quite all right. I'm just glad to see the happy faces on those
	children.

	[ Elder ]
	I can't thank you enough for teaching those kittens.

	You have done more than I can ask for, for our village. I just hope
	things can remain the way they are.

	Litchi...once you find him, do you intend to leave our town?
	I mean, we have no right to stop you or anything...

	[ Litchi ]
	...No. I don't intend to go anywhere. Orient Town is my home now...
	...and there are many people who need me here.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3G.D1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I need it to protect what's important to me.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I seen a lotta things done in the name of protecting what's important.
	Did your wish come true?

	[ Litchi ]
	I have no idea who you are, but that's none of your business.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	All right then, ma'am. Suppose you're not interested in the whereabouts
	of that fella you're after, then?

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah! You mean...you know where he is?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	The underground waste facility near the Kaka clan's village.
	I reckon you know where that is.

	[ Litchi ]
	But I've already checked that place many times...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	It ain't exactly common knowledge, but the Library's runnin' that
	place. Stuff they put down there, rest of the world ain't supposed to
	see.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	There's plenty of hidden ways inta the sewers even the Library don't
	know about. Look close, and I reckon you'll find what you're lookin'
	for.

	[ Litchi ]
	Impossible...
	I've looked there numerous times, but I've never found anything.
	Still, why did you tell me all this?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Because I reckon it's the right thing to do, but I have ta warn, ya
	ma'am... If you don't take care of him, I will.

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't afford to miss him, so I'll go.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...Let's hope your choice is the right one. Good luck to ya. 'Til we
	meet again.

...He's gone.

	[ Litchi ]
	...I have to hurry.

(SAVE) Litchi: Farewell

	[ Litchi ]
	...I never knew such a place existed.
	I've been here so many times, but I didn't notice it.
	...!

	[ Arakune ]
	Who     you? I don   reca  s     you be ore.

	[ Litchi ]
	Finally... Finally, I get to meet you...
	How long has it been since then...
	It must have been ages.

	[ Arakune ]
	I don   kno      you are. Go  way.

	[ Litchi ]
	..."Him", huh...?
	Beating around the bush doesn't make me feel any better...

	[ Arakune ]
	I tol  you    ge  lost.

	[ Litchi ]
	You're gradually losing all of your memories, aren't you...?

	[ Arakune ]
	Guaaaaaaah! Li...tchi...

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah! Wait...!
	Huh? Wh-What was--

	[ Arakune ]
	Hur  ... String    threa  through    brain,    pull   out.
	Aah...aaah...ahahahaha...

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.D1.L1
								 WIN : 3G.D1.W1

 [3G.D1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Litchi ]
	...Ungh. I was so close.
	Ah, wait!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Guh!? How dare you interrupt me, Grimalkin!

	[ Litchi ]
	That's...space-time teleportation!?
	You know, he called my name... It was only for
	a moment, but he did... I might make it in time.
	I might still be able to save him...
	That's why I don't have time to be defeated here!

	[ Nu ]
	Activate elimination protocol.

	[ Litchi ]
	...What was that?

Such strange scenery...
But it seems too real to be a hallucination...

	[ Litchi ]
	That was definitely me.
	What in the world was that?

		GAME OVER

 [3G.D1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	Owwww. Ugghh.   don   wanna die.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

My hands are shaking...

	[ Litchi ]
	...
	......
	.........
	Good-bye.

	[ Arakune ]
	Aaaaaargh! Ungh... ungh... ugh...

He...melts, like a candy bar in a frying pan, until he's nothing more than an
oily puddle...

There's...no doubt that he's dead... For some reason...I can't bring myself to
cry.

	[ Litchi ]
	It's over...
	With this, I can finally... I can finally be at ease...
	I'll never forget what I've done here...
	The memory that he was killed...with my own hands...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Guh!? How dare you interrupt me, Grimalkin!

	[ Litchi ]
	That's...space-time teleportation!?
	You know, he called my name... It was only for
	a moment, but he did... I might make it in time.
	I might still be able to save him...
	That's why I don't have time to be defeated here!

	[ Nu ]
	Activate elimination protocol.

	[ Litchi ]
	...What was that?

Such strange scenery...
But it seems too real to be a hallucination...

	[ Litchi ]
	That was definitely me.
	What in the world was that?

		GAME OVER

 [3G.D2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> I will change fate with this power.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I seen a lotta things done in the name of protecting what's important.
	Did your wish come true?

	[ Litchi ]
	I have no idea who you are, but that's none of your business.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	All right then, ma'am. Suppose you're not interested in the whereabouts
	of that fella you're after, then?

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah! You mean...you know where he is?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	The underground waste facility near the Kaka clan's village.
	I reckon you know where that is.

	[ Litchi ]
	But I've already checked that place many times...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	It ain't exactly common knowledge, but the Library's runnin' that
	place. Stuff they put down there, rest of the world ain't supposed to
	see.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	There's plenty of hidden ways inta the sewers even the Library don't
	know about. Look close, and I reckon you'll find what you're lookin'
	for.

	[ Litchi ]
	Impossible...
	I've looked there numerous times, but I've never found anything.
	Still, why did you tell me all this?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Because I reckon it's the right thing to do, but I have ta warn, ya
	ma'am... If you don't take care of him, I will.

	[ Litchi ]
	I can't afford to miss him, so I'll go.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...Let's hope your choice is the right one. Good luck to ya. 'Til we
	meet again.

...He's gone.

	[ Litchi ]
	...I have to hurry.

(SAVE) Litchi: Farewell

	[ Litchi ]
	...I never knew such a place existed.
	I've been here so many times, but I didn't notice it.
	...!

	[ Arakune ]
	Who     you? I don   reca  s     you be ore.

	[ Litchi ]
	Finally... Finally, I get to meet you...
	How long has it been since then...
	It must have been ages.

	[ Arakune ]
	I don   kno      you are. Go  way.

	[ Litchi ]
	..."Him", huh...?
	Beating around the bush doesn't make me feel any better...

	[ Arakune ]
	I tol  you    ge  lost.

	[ Litchi ]
	You're gradually losing all of your memories, aren't you...?

	[ Arakune ]
	Guaaaaaaah! Li...tchi...

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah! Wait...!
	Huh? Wh-What was--

	[ Arakune ]
	Hur  ... String    threa  through    brain,    pull   out.
	Aah...aaah...ahahahaha...

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| LITCHI VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3G.D2.L1
								 WIN : 3G.D2.W1

 [3G.D2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

			< 3G.D1.L1 >

 [3G.D2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			LITCHI VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	Owwww. Ugghh.   don   wa na die.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

My hands begin to tremble...

	[ Litchi ]
	...
	......
	.........
	I look down at him.
	I...I don't know what to say.
	I'm...not trying to relieve his pain.
	I only want to kill him...to relieve my own...
	If I kill him, the days of me worrying about him will end...
	...and I'd just need to live the rest of my life with regret.
	I thought that was the right choice.
	But...that's just me running from my problems.
	I didn't gain this power from the Boundary for something like that...
	As much as I want to, I can't leave him like this.
	If I do, he'll just hurt someone again.
	I'll go see the professor again.
	I'll find a way to stop you...and bring you back.

	[ Arakune ]
	Pro      ... Prof ssor...?
	Damn you, Prof ss  ! You sti   dare    talk	!?
	  you try    curse	death!?

	[ Litchi ]
	I'll come back for you... I promise.

Hello Professor,

It's been a while...

I left your side of my own accord, and now I am in need of your help...
I hope you can forgive me for being so selfish--

	[ Linhua ]
	I brought some tea, Doc. I think it'll get chilly today.

I stop and turn around.

	[ Litchi ]
	Thanks. It's good that you're always energetic, but you'll catch a cold
	if you wear short sleeves all year long.

	[ Linhua ]
	Well, today is pretty cold, so I'll put something on later...
	By the way, did something happen to you today?

	[ Litchi ]
	Hm? Why do you ask?

	[ Linhua ]
	It's like...you dropped a bunch of excess baggage.
	But at the same time, you look troubled.
	So I was wondering what's up.

	[ Litchi ]
	...I suppose you're right...
	I probably look relieved because I know what I need to do.
	And I probably look troubled because I know how hard it's going to be.

	[ Linhua ]
	Hmm... I'm not really sure what you mean, but hang in there, Doc.

	[ Litchi ]
	Thanks for the support, Linhua. You might feel some of the weight on my
	shoulders, but can I count on you for your help?

	[ Linhua ]
	Sure! Though I'm a little worried about that 'weight on my shoulders'
	part, you can count on me!

What I am trying to accomplish is by no means an easy feat...

But for some reason, when I look at Linhua's smile, it makes me think...
...maybe it's not that impossible.

	[ Litchi ]
	...I guess...I'm pretty happy the way I am now.

	[ Linhua ]
	Hm? Did you say something, Doc?

	[ Litchi ]
	Nothing at all...

I glance out the window at the night sky.

	[ Litchi ]
	The stars look beautiful tonight.

	[ Linhua ]
	Aren't they?
	Hey! A shooting star!

The cold night sky makes the stars shine brighter than ever.

But one star seems somehow...ominous, as if it's trying to tell us where the
world is headed.

		Litchi Stories
		EXCUSE END

 [3G.X1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		LITCHI VERSUS RAGNA: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Litchi ]
	I've got you cornered now!
	Give it up!

	[ Ragna ]
	...I'm amazed... Who the hell are you?

	[ Litchi ]
	I work at that clinic right there.

	[ Ragna ]
	Wha--a doctor? So what do you want with me?
	Unfortunately, I don't believe in seeing physicians.

	[ Litchi ]
	I have some things I want to ask you.

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh really? Well... I don't...so... see ya!

	[ Litchi ]
	Stop! It's rude to leave in the middle of a conversation!

	[ Ragna ]
	Hmph. I'd hardly call this a conversation.

	[ Litchi ]
	Just listen to me!

(SAVE) Litchi: The Power of the Boundary

	[ Litchi ]
	Where did he go...?

I'd been so fixated on my search for Ragna I didn't notice the sun set.
It's dark now, and that's not going to make my search any easier.

I take a minute to rest near the edge of Orient Town.

	[ Litchi ]
	Maybe I should give up for today...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey, kid.

	[ Litchi ]
	Eek!

I spin around, trying to find the source of the mysterious voice.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Huh? No one's here...?
	Am I hearing things?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	No, ya ain't.

	[ Litchi ]
	Wh-Who's there!?
	Where are you speaking from!?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Calm down, ma'am. I ain't gonna hurt ya. I just wanna talk.

I can't see anymore...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	No sense beatin' around the bush.
	That power you got... You know where it comes from?

I...I don't know where it comes from...
But he shouldn't either... No one should.
Stay calm, Litchi... Just answer his question.

	[ Litchi ]
	...Of course. I wanted this power, so I obtained it.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	You done stuck your hand into a nest of vipers, kid. You've seen the
	Boundary, ain't ya? You've seen what it can do to a fella?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes, I know that, too.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	And that's somethin' you're willing to live with, huh? You must have a
	mighty compelling reason for doin' what ya done. Just what do you
	figure on doin' with all that power?

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| • I need it to protect what's important to me. (3G.D1.X1)		      |
| • I will change fate with this power. (3G.D2.X1)			      |
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[3H.A0.L1] vs Tager (Lose)
[3H.A0.W1] vs Tager (Win)

[3H.A1.X1] Eat.
[3H.A1.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3H.A1.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)

[3H.A2.X1] Don't Eat

[3H.B1.X1] Eat.

[3H.B2.X1] Don't Eat.

[3H.C1.X1] Is it in the depth of the light over there...
[3H.C1.L1] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3H.C1.W1] vs Ragna (Win)

[3H.C2.X1] A future filled with bloodshed and dust...
[3H.C2.L1] vs Bang (Lose)
[3H.C2.W1] vs Bang (Win)
[3H.C2.L2] vs Noel (Lose)
[3H.C2.W2] vs Noel (Win)

[3H.D1.X1] The Azure. Devour it.
[3H.D1.L1] vs Litchi (Lose)
[3H.D1.W1] vs Litchi (Win)
[3H.D1.L2] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3H.D1.W2] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3H.D2.X1] But this Azure is...?
[3H.D2.L1] vs Litchi (Lose)
[3H.D2.W1] vs Litchi (Win)
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		Arakune Stories
		Solve equation

	[ Researcher ]
	When I visited that room, I felt a sudden chill, and I wanted to run
	away.

That room, with stacks of paper and books thrown everywhere.

And clippings posted on every wall.

Thousands of memos were written on them, like a horde of spiders.

But the characters were no longer legible, and none of it made sense.

All the linguists in the world wouldn't be able to decipher the script.

Without thinking, I reached for the notebook on the desk.

It seemed to be a journal. A memorandum might be a better fit word.

Compared to the cryptic words pasted all over the wall, that memorandum was
surprisingly readable.

Although the composition was that of a human language,
it was still incomprehensible.

In some parts, there were symbols and graphs that were impossible to
understand, and some pages only contained one word, written over and over
again.

Maybe it was intended to be the only understood by "him"...

Or maybe he himself didn't know what he war writing...

Whatever the case, this does not change the fact that these are important
documents.

Very vital in understanding that "thing" he was after...

The sudden sound startled me and I looked back.
However, there was nothing there, at least in my line of vision.

But, come to think of it, ever since I walked into the room,
I felt like someone was staring at me.

Before I knew it, I had goose bumps all over.

It was a transmission from my boss.
I tried to say something but nothing would come out. I had to get back to him
later. I squeezed my voice out and told him, "I'll get back to you with the
details."

Odd. Something was wrong.
What was this presence--

(SAVE) Arakune: Old Friend

	[ Arakune ]
	If   step away no ,	needl	 stab	   blood	flo	flow.
	Eyes	gaze, empti	   em ti   .
	Aah, sway   dark,    , devour, de our...
	Huh?

	[ Tager ]
	You're...?

	[ Arakune ]
		you  stupid dog...  a sly serpe t?

	[ Tager ]
	I've heard rumors of you, but...

	[ Arakune ]
	After   ,  su prise	ter   who	be   Ed   tree lea  .
	don't	    rea ize	ve died... Fool sh snake... Beeheeheeheeheehee!

	[ Tager ]
	...What the hell are you talking about? Have you lost your sanity...?

	[ Arakune ]
	A life-	      th a  mall brai		ca  ot  volve. at's	truth,
	a  that's    ychol gy.

	[ Tager ]
	Hmm...
	...I've heard that your "memorandum" has been discovered.

	[ Arakune ]
	Memora	 ...?

	[ Tager ]
	You used to be...

	[ Arakune ]
	Oh, tha  poin le s gibber   I  ote?
	Even   you	able t  analyze   ,	onl  my poor writ  .
	It's pointless...poin less, pointless, pointless--aahaaheehee!

	[ Tager ]
	Just as I thought...Can't reason with him.
	Then, all there is for me to do is to capture you.
	Although, I feel bad for her.

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS TAGER ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3H.A0.W1

 [3H.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Tager ]
	This is Tager.
	I've succeeded in capturing Arakune.

	[ Arakune ]
	No...!  don't want     eturn	  woman.
	No. I w n't g  back.	    back!
	 f I'm go	...I'll...I'll--

	[ Tager ]
	D...Damn it!

	[ Arakune ]
	Ahh...Finall ,	    quie .

		GAME OVER

 [3H.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Tager ]
	I didn't think he had this much power...!
	This isn't good...He's messed with my power unit.

	[ Arakune ]
	AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!

	Sto  stop  top  ! Don  loo     me!		bitter  xper	isola
	     unde wen , an    abs     world's long-leg	   phenom	  come
	    table.

	Ta...ger...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Eat. (3H.A1.X1)							      |
| • Don't Eat. (3H.A2.X1)						      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3H.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Eat.

	[ Arakune ]
	I  m go		eat  m	 proof of m   victor .

	[ Tager ]
	You bastard, STOP IT--!

	[ Arakune ]
	...
	I tho   t    would     inorga   subs	      no  utritio , but I guess
	demo	  works und    Sector Se   ,	  cells	   more vital	     I
	    ...    tastes bett	   I would	 magin d.

	This mo		world's bes  scienti   cap	  makes	  world shake--
	Eheehee! Raaaaaaaaaagh...!

	The world   no  rou  .		angu   wit  acute ang  s
	pierce anything...

(SAVE) Arakune: Appetite

	[ Arakune ]
	I wan     eat	.
	  strong soul.
	  fountain o	   would give	satisfac	stren  .

	If I push    bu		fountain   souls gush  ou ...	no	go
	through hardsh  , then	     means    soul would       purpose...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Hey! Look there's "Squiggly"!
	Everyone! Squiggly is coming!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Run away!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	He's gonna eat you!
	You have to run away!

	[ Arakune ]
	Li  , life,     .     rich frangran	     fe, s  rich     choke  me.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Ah-- Uawh...whoa...

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	*gasp*!
	Oh, no!
	She didn't get away in time!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	What do we do...?

	[ Arakune ]
	     eat. I'll eat   . Time   eat. Life. Bon a  etit. Bleehaahaahaahaa!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Oh, no! He's gonna eat her!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wait a minute!

	[ Arakune ]
	Huh...?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yay!
	Tao's here!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Beat the crap out of that squiggly!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, Squiggly! Your violence ends here!

	[ Arakune ]
	Shut u ,	rep  ca.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You're not even making sense!
	Stop attacking my village! You're such a nuissance!

	[ Arakune ]
	  throa  keeps reach		souls		gush	ou .
	    mus	    specia meal.     shut u , scum!
	Agahahahaheeeeeeheeheeheeheeheehe!

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Fffft! He's pissing me off!
	I feel like he's making fun of me!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Tao's pissed! She's in super mode!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Taao! Taao!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Beat 'em up!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Taao! Taao! Taao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Grrrrrrrrrr! Everyone's voice is pounding in my heart as one--!
	I. AM. FULL. OF. POWER!

	Now, prepare yourself, Squiggly! I'm going to finish you off, once and
	for all!

	[ Arakune ]
	  at's all   pointless...
	Uhehehehehehe.

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.A1.L1
								 WIN : 3H.A1.W1

 [3H.A1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	The prob bi  ty		fake be   more beauti   than   orig nal...!
	AGGGGGHHHHHH!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Take that! Let this be a lesson to you, and never come to this village
	ever again!

	[ Arakune ]
	   body...    fountain   souls...    gush  ...    lifelife	,
	my heart,    tears...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh!?
	He disappeared... He got away again!
	Next time I'll have to beat the crap out of him even more!

		GAME OVER

 [3H.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uhh... Mew...

	[ Arakune ]
	    noth   but  atavis   repli  ,	noth   when	   put unde
	mercur . Keheeheehehe.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Oh, no! Tao got beat!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	We gotta help her!
	We need to help her!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Everyone, attack!

	[ Arakune ]
	  can't unders    ...	     littl  flies   op	  head anno	 unlock
	    ... Hard ca  ...
	Hehehe... Hahaha...Atavis  ...rep  ca...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Eat. (3H.B1.X1)							      |
| • Don't Eat. (3H.B2.X1)						      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3H.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Don't Eat.

	[ Arakune ]
	Now, firs . Let  throw	 away.

	[ Tager ]
	...What is that...?
	Can we not control it...?

	[ Arakune ]
	  wish there wou	sound be	I thro  things up...

(SAVE) Arakune: Appetite

	[ Arakune ]
	I wan     eat	.
	  strong soul.
	  fountain o	   would give	satisfac	stren  .

	If I push    bu		fountain   souls gush  ou ...	no	go
	through hardsh  , then	     means    soul would       purpose...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Hey! Look there's "Squiggly"!
	Everyone! Squiggly is coming!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Run away!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	He's gonna eat you!
	You have to run away!

	[ Arakune ]
	Li  , life,     .     rich frangran	     fe, s  rich     choke  me.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Ah-- Uawh...whoa...

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	*gasp*!
	Oh, no!
	She didn't get away in time!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	What do we do...?

	[ Arakune ]
	     eat. I'll eat   . Time   eat. Life. Bon a  etit. Bleehaahaahaahaa!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Oh, no! He's gonna eat her!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wait a minute!

	[ Arakune ]
	Huh...?

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Yay!
	Tao's here!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Beat the crap out of that squiggly!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, Squiggly! Your violence ends here!

	[ Arakune ]
	Shut u ,	rep  ca.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You're not even making sense!
	Stop attacking my village! You're such a nuissance!

	[ Arakune ]
	  throa  keeps reach		souls		gush	ou .
	    mus	    specia meal.     shut u , scum!
	Agahahahaheeeeeeheeheeheeheeheehe!

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Fffft! He's pissing me off!
	I feel like he's making fun of me!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Tao's pissed! She's in super mode!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Taao! Taao!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Beat 'em up!

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Taao! Taao! Taao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Grrrrrrrrrr! Everyone's voice is pounding in my heart as one--!
	I. AM. FULL. OF. POWER!

	Now, prepare yourself, Squiggly! I'm going to finish you off, once and
	for all!

	[ Arakune ]
	  at's all   pointless...
	Uhehehehehehe.

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.A2.L1
								 WIN : 3H.A2.W2

 [3H.A2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

			< 3H.A1.L1 >

 [3H.A2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uhh... Mew...

	[ Arakune ]
	    noth   but  atavis   repli  ,	noth   when	   put unde
	mercur . Keheeheehehe.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Oh, no! Tao got beat!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	We gotta help her!
	We need to help her!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Everyone, attack!

	[ Arakune ]
	  can't unders    ...	     littl  flies   op	  head anno	 unlock
	    ... Hard ca  ...

	Hehehe... Hahaha...Atavis  ...rep  ca...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Eat. (3H.B1.X1)							      |
| • Don't Eat. (3H.B2.X1)						      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3H.B1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Eat.

	[ Arakune ]
	Devour. Mus  de our...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Tao!

	[ Arakune ]
	    still hungr		small bug	equal	  manif	       s narr ,
	   en then,   desire   eat...

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	Waah!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	Eeek!

	[ Arakune ]
	Uargh.
	Life   sure   gush		will be bor  again   m  womb.
	Guhahahahakokeekokeehehehehehe.

	A    zureAz   Azu    ureAzur   ureAzure zureAz  Azu  AzureAzur  zure...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Is it in the depth of the light over there... (3H.C1.X1)		      |
| • A future filled with bloodshed and dust... (3H.C2.X1)		      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3H.B2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Don't Eat.

	[ Arakune ]
	Not eat   is  moment of embar ss   ...

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	Yay! He's running away!

	[ Fluffy-kaka ]
	We've gotten rid of the squiggly!

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	YAY!

	[ Arakune ]
	Those triv   lives     stuffi .      I wan   the world   deep  ,
	shatter   , large	dark soul...

	A    zureAz   Azu   ureAzur  ureAzure zureAz   Azu  AzureAzur   zure...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Is it in the depth of the light over there... (3H.C1.X1)		      |
| • A future filled with bloodshed and dust... (3H.C2.X1)		      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3H.C1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Is it in the depth of the light over there...

(SAVE) Arakune: Azure

	[ Arakune ]
	Azur zureAz   zureGri oire zur GrimoireAzure...

	[ Ragna ]
	Goddammit, Jin...! Go a little easier on me next time...

	[ Arakune ]
	Fin    , I get clo   con     Azure Grim	   you and   soul's r birth...!

	[ Ragna ]
	What the hell are you...?

	[ Arakune ]
	G-G-G-G-G-G-BRR-RR-RR-EG-EG-EG-EG.

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey...!
	Don't come near me!

	[ Arakune ]
	Aaghahaa!
	Azu  Azur zureAzure zure...  won  le    go...  Fina   captured  ,
	Azur ... Guheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

	[ Ragna ]
	What the-- OK, seriously...? Could you...go away...?

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS RAGNA ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.C1.L1
								 WIN : 3H.C1.W1

 [3H.C1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	If I le   dee  Azu   die    , may	war  d heart		yon
	toward     Schrodi   ...

	[ Ragna ]
	*sigh* Finally got rid of it... I guess I'll move on.
	Ugh... Did I get anything on me...?
	Don't even think about cursing me.

	[ Arakune ]
	Ah, the sea...

		GAME OVER

 [3H.C1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh...! How'd I lose to...someone like you...

	[ Arakune ]
	Azur zur Azure zur .
	 e era of   zure...	world wit  Az	   com  --

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • The Azure. Devour it. (3H.D1.X1)					      |
| • But this Azure is...? (3H.D2.X1)					      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3H.C2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> A future filled with bloodshed and dust...

(SAVE) Arakune: Incognito

	[ Arakune ]
	Some    s		ho ...re  ...	 swea	   tears...

	[ Bang ]
	Wait a minute!
	The heavens, earth, and people call upon me!
	The savior of love and justice, Bang Shishigami! Here I come!

	[ Arakune ]
	...  e smel s dumb.

	[ Bang ]
	You monster! How dare you lay a finger on one of my men!
	I did a little investigating on you... Sure enough, you had a pretty
	handsome bounty on your head!

	I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw the wanted poster...

	But your luck ran out the moment you set foot into Ronin-gai, lookin'
	like that...

	[ Arakune ]
	So	bos	fe	-min	      peop   I be    ier   le	    boy
		ev     stu    ...I    great  stur	this.

	[ Bang ]
	Eeeei!
	I don't understand a word you've saying!
	What is that savage tongue you speak in!?
	Perhaps I'll teach you a lesson or two with my bare hands...!
	Today, you will fall in the name of justice!

	[ Arakune ]
	Shhhh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS BANG ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.C2.L1
								 WIN : 3H.C2.W1

 [3H.C2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	Ow...	    can...red	feat me...

	[ Bang ]
	Mwahahahah!
	That's right!
	Justice never loses!

	[ Arakune ]
	    body...   feeling o   ...
	  ...not...mov	prop   ...		cause		smell...?
	     smell     his swelt     sweat	smell...

	[ Bang ]
	Your personality is probably just as twisted as that eerie mask you
	always wear! Take that off, and show me your true colors!

	[ Arakune ]
	Aaaaaaaaaah!

	[ Bang ]
	Hm?
	It's not...coming...off!
	I tell you, resistance is futile!
	Give up, and show me what you're hiding behind that mask!
	*wheeze* *wheeze*
	How... Is this possible...!?

	[ Arakune ]
	U...aa...ahh...ahhh.

	[ Bang ]
	...
	D-Don't tell me... That's your true face?

	[ Arakune ]
	Oogh...

	[ Bang ]
	Then, does that mean...
	Y-you're a real...monster!?

	[ Arakune ]
	A par ...	wor ... s crumbl    ...

	[ Bang ]
	Uooh!
	S-So you really were a monster!
	Come! You must see a priest immediately!
	He can help you ascend...and rest in peace...

Arakune was taken away by Bang.
No one has heard of his whereabouts ever since...

		GAME OVER

 [3H.C2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	Kuoh!
	How did I let this creature get the best of me!?

	[ Arakune ]
	Shou	devou  him...?
	Nah... shou n .
	   nasty...	 smells...

	[ Bang ]
	Hey! You monster! Wait!

	[ Arakune ]
	...Be	no	invol ed.
	  I don  ge  invol  ,	hi  smell won  b  ther me...

(SAVE) Arakune: Encounter

	[ Arakune ]
	What  bo     place,	   no pres nce    a ri pl	life surg  ...
	no hing...

	[ Man A ]
	Wh--What's that?

	[ Arakune ]
	Huh...?

	[ Man A ]
	Aaaaaaah!
	A monster!

	[ Arakune ]
	...  don'  wa t   nything	looks nas y.

	[ Man A ]
	H--Help...!
	Help me!

	[ Arakune ]
	Eat ng	    virtue.
	Tast      tast ...
		 anything  eat...?

	[ Man B ]
	I-It's over here!
	Here's the monster!

	[ Man C ]
	Thank God!
	An NOL officer is here!
	Please, get rid of that thing!

	[ Noel ]
	Don't worry.
	Leave it to me.
	It's dangerous, so stay back.

	[ Man C ]
	O...OK!

	[ Noel ]
	I... I'm from the NOL!
	Put your hands in the air!

	[ Arakune ]
	Oh...?
	    seems some	   tast ...
	    , hard to  ...      color is she...?

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!
	Wh-What is this smell...?
	It's like a disgusting...sludge...
	He's like a scary monster...!
	B-But people are watching...
	If I run away now, who knows what people will say...?

	[ Arakune ]
	    guess can take  bite...

	[ Noel ]
	Eeeeek!
	B-B-B-Bugs!?
	Not bugs! I hate bugs!

	[ Arakune ]
	Quit	squeal    .
	  , let's devour   . Yes, let's.
	AhAHhAHAhaHahaH.

	[ Noel ]
	D-Don't move!
	I...I'll shoot!
	I really mean it!

	[ Arakune ]
	Beyon	  col	  ter	is     scent	 burn	   soul.
	She	be	tasty	     thought. Maybe	scien s    nature
	find out...

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.C2.L2
								 WIN : 3H.C2.W2

 [3H.C2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	    more power th  n  t  ought.	   gift	  life,	   is	 deep	spring?

	[ Noel ]
	I've had enough...I wanna go home...
	My clothes are dirty...and I smell...*sob*

	[ Arakune ]
	Shal   devour  er?   mus  hav
	In or	   limina    was .

	[ Noel ]
	S...Stop...!
	Don't come near me!

	[ Arakune ]
	Oh  ...!?
	OA A  AA   AAO O GH!
	Oogh...gyeh.

	[ Noel ]
	*pant* *pant*
	...
	...Huh?
	Uhhhhh... Is it all right if I leave out...?
	But that's probably not a good idea...

	[ Arakune ]
	Ah,  ...?
	This	dar  pla  ...	  bottom  f hell...? Am   he realm  f dea h...?
	  maybe it'  the     of	      cy e    death	r  birth...

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!
	I-It's still alive!?
	Please! I really don't like this! I really don't!

	[ Arakune ]
	Eehee!?

	[ Noel ]
	...
	...Is it dead?

	[ Arakune ]
	...Ugh, hehhhh...

	[ Noel ]
	Why are you still alive...?
	Stop! I'm sorry! Please don't hurt me!

	[ Arakune ]
	GAAAGH!

	[ Noel ]
	...Is it dead this time?

	[ Arakune ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	*sigh* ...Good... I was so scared...
	I didn't think I was gonna make it...
	Oh, thank God...
	There's a hole in the bag...
	I need to close it...but I don't want to touch it... *whimper*
	I don't think this is recyclable...
	I wonder if the trash collector will take this...
	But I... it's not my responsibility...
	I don't wanna touch it again...
	*sigh*
	I want to shower now...
	I hope the smell will come off...

	[ Arakune ]
	Oh, ugh , moh , sahhhh...
	Ugh...     ligh ...th   brigh	   ...where    th s...	smell
	trash... Accum		waste... never though		en	  this.
	Ugh, agh...  Uahhh...

		The alternate truth is not yet found

 [3H.C2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS NOEL: WIN

			< 3H.C2.L2 >

 [3H.D1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> The Azure. Devour it.

	[ Arakune ]
	The Az   . Devour i .
	This i  th  world...!

	[ Ragna ]
	You bastard...!

	[ Arakune ]
	What  wan	true myster	compos		world.	  that   curren
	 n my bo  ,   e com	formu  of   worlds   in me...
	Guheeheeheeheeeeeeeeah!

(SAVE) Arakune: Litchi

	[ Litchi ]
	I finally...I finally found you.

	[ Arakune ]
	*hiss*

	[ Litchi ]
	I've been looking all over for you. You were such a recluse before, and
	now that you're so active, it took me forever to find you...

	[ Arakune ]
	Ugh, agh. Ubu...ohh...agh.

	[ Litchi ]
	Don't stay outside forever.
	Let's go home, OK?
	I'm sure we'll find a way to turn you back...

	[ Arakune ]
	Who are you a  do    know me    why   you    me		you are    who
	you know me me	   me  ...?

	[ Litchi ]
	You can't remember anything?
	Not even me?

	[ Arakune ]
	No non I don	 memor		ther isn't any the  isn't any
	el ment  should nev   exist  n me...

	[ Litchi ]
	I see...that's how it is... It's not that easy...
	But...I'm bringing you home, OK?
	I came all the way here for that.

	[ Arakune ]
	Don get   my   .	get ri     you.
	The Azure   right      nt    me...!
	Graaaaagggghhh!

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS LITCHI ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.D1.L1
								 WIN : 3H.D1.W1

 [3H.D1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS LITCHI: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	AAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHH!

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Arakune ]
	Aaah...is    curve who barge   ?  e string in    depth of   brain. Who
		teari    off   tear   meat? Who is   who is   who is  !

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm...sorry...

	[ Arakune ]
	Gahaha      ugh   agh!

	[ Litchi ]
	...
	He disappeared...!? WHere di he go?
	Don't tell me he went near the gates of the Boundary.
	Then he's...

		GAME OVER

 [3H.D1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS LITCHI: WIN

	[ Litchi ]
	You had this much power...

	[ Arakune ]
	I'm,    Ahahahahahaha		comple    mix  . Some	     one knows
	     outs   world.

	[ Litchi ]
	Wait!
	Aah...!

	[ Arakune ]
	I don   kno  who you   , but	have to   ttracted   grand souls to
	mov  th m.

	  white soul   flicker  .
	Just	 white dwarf s ar...

(SAVE) Arakune: White

	[ Hakumen ]
	...An insect.

	[ Arakune ]
	 is color...   White...!
	Why    White h   !?
	  white that's		    flicker		skies  bove!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Begone, foul creature.
	Or perhaps you would prefer to face my blade and meet oblivion?

	[ Arakune ]
	Eeheeheehheeheeheehee!

	White!  f I consume white,	I will be	top	ultima   soul !
	  must eat	  star, alon   wi	heaven	  earth.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Fool.
	Ungh... Such power.
	Bastard, have you devoured the Azure as well?

	[ Arakune ]
	Keehee.
	Azure    Az   ...	s now   come    with   .
	Will   white	consum , too?		 have	 Azure		party.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...So you allowed this paltry insect to consume you.
	You disappoint me.


	[ Arakune ]
	Gah...agh...aghaghaghagh!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Your actions...will imprison us in the Boundary.
	I demand that you desist...!

	[ Arakune ]
	Azure, zuuure, zuuure, azure!

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Sleep.
	I must exterminate this insect.

	[ Arakune ]
	     ...my ev	    ...in      world...

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword.

	With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it
	in the fires of destruction.

	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

	[ Arakune ]
	Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.D1.L2
								 WIN : 3H.D1.W2

 [3H.D1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

	[ Arakune ]
	Thi  feel   ...I've    this   fore...Somewhere      ...   "Boundary"...
	Ahh, yes, this I  ...ahh...	 "death"...

	[ Hakumen ]
	May you be reborn in a better form someday, and perhaps find your
	redemption.

	[ Arakune ]
	Ahh  ugh  haagh  ...Li...tchi...I'm...
	Gah...It hurts...	...   ...   y body...  ebirth...     poss   ...
	attack?   ...I'm...    g ng	     estroy d...Aaaagh!

Hakumen's blow tears through Arakune's body. He roars in pain...
The creature can't regenerate or escape...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...You shall only find ruin, fool. True wisdom cannot be hoarded like
	gold.

A dark fluid beings to pour out of the wound left by Hakumen's blade, flowing
slowly, like thick syrup.

	[ Arakune ]
	Aaaarrrgggghhh!

He writhes on the ground, screaming, the fluid that makes up his body gushing
out across the floor.
Whatever he might be, it's clear that he's dying.

Hakumen knows how to kill him.

	[ Litchi ]
	S...Stop it!

Screaming at the top of her lungs, a woman barrels across the floor, throwing
herself between Hakumen and his victim...
...But it is already too late for Arakune.

	[ Litchi ]
	Please! Get your sword out!
	Don't kill him!

	[ Hakumen ]
	That, I cannot do.

Hakumen's words are cold and emotionless.

	[ Hakumen ]
	It is my fate to balance karma's scales--the ones that this fool has
	tipped. I must destroy him.
	Hagh!

Hakumen tears his blade out of Arakune.
The creature writhes in pain, but can no longer speak.

Finally, whatever holds his body together ceases to exist, and he collapses
into a black, oily puddle on the floor.

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah...aaaaah...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3H.D1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Hakumen ]
	...It is not yet complete.

	[ Arakune ]
	Hee. Guheehee, heeheeheeheeheehee.
	   eat.
	This   nt white sta .	  white du  .
	That's tru . That  fate.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Very well then.
	I will not hold back! You will taste the full fury of--
	Guh! How dare you interrupt me, Grimalkin!

	[ Arakune ]
	...Uagh.

	   kin...Koko...noe...Ko noeKokonoe.    y  gonna get     y     gain,
	g    neglect   gain,   t    *****!

	Urrrrrrggggghhhhhhh!

	Oh,   . T   Azure    rea   n my possess  .    I take   Az  ...
	just take it in...

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Arakune ]
	Azure...  future...   key   open   door   the  ose  world...

	[ Nu ]
	Loading... Loading... Loading... Complete.
	Huh?
	Ragna?
	Ragna, what happened? Who did this to you...?

	[ Arakune ]
	Oh? A...noth  ...Azure...?

	[ Nu ]
	...I'll make you feel eternal pain!

		Arakune Stories
		Solve equation END

 [3H.D2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> But this Azure is...?

	[ Arakune ]
	But    Azur is...?
	I, who      take  , am...    soul    huge mas  o heat    hence   fount
	  s exsi       continu      burn... e should...a horri   nightma  ...
	Guheheeheeehe?

	[ Ragna ]
	The hell's wrong with this guy...?
	Damn it...! I'm...losing...consciousness...

(SAVE) Arakune: Litchi

	[ Litchi ]
	I finally...I finally found you.

	[ Arakune ]
	*hiss*

	[ Litchi ]
	I've been looking all over for you. You were such a recluse before, and
	now that you're so active, it took me forever to find you...

	[ Arakune ]
	Ugh, agh. Ubu...ohh...agh.

	[ Litchi ]
	Don't stay outside forever.
	Let's go home, OK?
	I'm sure we'll find a way to turn you back...

	[ Arakune ]
	Who are you a  do   know me   why  you    me    you are   who
	you know me me     me  ...?

	[ Litchi ]
	You can't remember anything?
	Not even me?

	[ Arakune ]
	No non I don	   memor	ther isn't any the  isn't any
	el ment    should nev  exist  n me...

	[ Litchi ]
	I see...that's how it is... It's not that easy...
	But...I'm bringing you home, OK?
	I came all the way here for that.

	[ Arakune ]
	Don  get   my   .	get ri   you.
	The Azure   right	nt   me...!
	Graaaaagggghhh!

			X---------------------X
			|+-------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS LITCHI ||
			|+-------------------+|
			X---------------------X

								LOSE : 3H.D2.L1
								 WIN : 3H.D2.W1

 [3H.D2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS LITCHI: LOSE

			< 3H.D1.L1 >

 [3H.D2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			ARAKUNE VERSUS LITCHI: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	I'm,    Ahahahahahaha		comple    mix  . Some	     one knows
	     outs   world.

	[ Litchi ]
	Wait!
	Aah...!

	[ Arakune ]
	I don   kno  who you   , but	have to   ttracted   grand souls to
	mov  th m.
	  white soul   flicker  .
	Just	 white dwarf s ar...

(SAVE) Arakune: White

	[ Arakune ]
	Az   ...Eve  withou	zure,	  wander    will trav  to each world's
	    t groun ...   out	  way, white star.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You still persist? You cannot prevail against the blade of justice.
	Fool. Judgment!

	[ Arakune ]
	Arrrrggggghh!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Perish!

	[ Arakune ]
	Ugh!?
	My...  bo d ...    dy...Alll	dea  corps	       d th   eyes eter
	    bo tom    my heart,      world...all   it... t's...dead...

	[ Hakumen ]
	We will meet again in the afterlife, pitiful insect.

	[ Arakune ]
	Ahh  ugh  haagh  ...Li...tchi...I'm...

	Gah...It hurts...	...   ...   y body...  ebirth...     poss   ...
	attack?   ...I'm...    g ng	     estroy d...Aaaagh!

Hakumen's blow tears through Arakune's body. He roars in pain...
The creature can't regenerate or escape...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...You shall only find ruin, fool. True wisdom cannot be hoarded like
	gold.

A dark fluid beings to pour out of the wound left by Hakumen's blade, flowing
slowly, like thick syrup.

	[ Arakune ]
	Aaaarrrgggghhh!

He writhes on the ground, screaming, the fluid that makes up his body gushing
out across the floor.
Whatever he might be, it's clear that he's dying.

Hakumen knows how to kill him.

	[ Litchi ]
	S...Stop it!

Screaming at the top of her lungs, a woman barrels across the floor, throwing
herself between Hakumen and his victim...
...But it is already too late for Arakune.

	[ Litchi ]
	Please! Get your sword out!
	Don't kill him!

	[ Hakumen ]
	That, I cannot do.

Hakumen's words are cold and emotionless.

	[ Hakumen ]
	It is my fate to balance karma's scales--the ones that this fool has
	tipped. I must destroy him.
	Hagh!

Hakumen tears his blade out of Arakune.
The creature writhes in pain, but can no longer speak.

Finally, whatever holds his body together ceases to exist, and he collapses
into a black, oily puddle on the floor.

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah...aaaaah...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| ARAKUNE VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

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[3I.A0.L1] vs Tager (Lose)
[3I.A0.W1] vs Tager (Win)
[3I.A0.L2] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3I.A0.W2] vs Ragna (Win)
[3I.A0.L3] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3I.A0.W3] vs Arakune (Win)

[3I.A1.X1] Take advantage of the situation and passionately confess.
[3I.A1.L1] vs Jin (Lose)
[3I.A1.W1] vs Jin (Win)

[3I.A2.X1] Cool off a bit and gently confess to Miss Litchi.

[3I.B1.X1] Don't think this is over! I will make you feel my rage!
[3I.B1.L1] vs Noel (Lose)
[3I.B1.W1] vs Noel (Win)

[3I.B2.X1] Now...you will tell me everything you know about NOL.
[3I.B2.L1] vs Rachel (Lose)
[3I.B2.W1] vs Rachel (Win)

[3I.C1.X1] The person who's about to walk by probably knows where Ragna is.
[3I.C1.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3I.C1.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3I.C1.L2] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3I.C1.W2] vs Hakumen (Win)

[3I.C2.X1] The person who's about to walk by will buy some buns for you.
[3I.C2.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3I.C2.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3I.C2.L2] vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3I.C2.W2] vs Hakumen (Win)
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		Bang Stories
		BELIEF

It's been four years since the central city of the Ikaruga Federation fell...
Everything is burning. My master's country is covered in roaring flames.

...So it was enough for them to destroy our hopes for peace?
Will they not rest until they've reduced the entire Ikaruga Federation to
dust!?

	[ Bang ]
	...Those damned librarians!

Ahead of me, a group of Library soldiers have cornered a crowd of civilians.
They're all wielding Ars Armagus.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Extermination order has been declared. All members, lead!

The man leading them raises his arm, and the soldiers activate their infernal
weapons. They're going to burn those innocent civilians to death!

	[ Bang ]
	Not gonna happen!

My men and I leap at them with a chorus of righteous yells.

They don't even have a chance to cry for help before we knock them flat.
It's almost too easy.

	[ Civilian A ]
	Boss Bang!

	[ Civilian B ]
	Boss Bang is here!

	[ Child ]
	Mommy, we're gonna be OK now, aren't we!?

	[ Child's Mom ]
	Y-Yes... We're gonna be fine! We're saved...!

I turn and give the civilians a heroic smile.

	[ Bang ]
	That's correct. There's nothing to worry about now.

I tell my men to tie up the Library soldiers and leave them there.
No matter how evil their actions may have been, killing is never justified.
The crime is to blame, not the men who commit it.

I abide by my master's teachings... There will be no killings tonight.

	[ Bang ]
	Take every single survivor, and lead them to safety!

At my command, my men break off into small groups to lead the civilians to
safety.

It looks like there are only about thirty civilians here.
I can't believe these are the only survivors left in this area...
A scowl crosses my face.

Those Library dogs. How many innocents must they kill before they're satisfied?

In front of the fleeing civilians, I see a handful of men in those horrible
uniforms appear from around a corner. More Library dogs.

	[ Soldier A ]
	There they are! Surviving soldiers and refugees!

	[ Soldier B ]
	Wipe them out!

Like ants coverging on a dying insect,
more soldiers pour out of streets and alleys.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss! Let us take care of things here!

One of my men leaps forward and moves as if to attack the Library dogs.
I step in front of him.

	[ Bang ]
	No, this is my duty. You guys escape with the other villagers.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	No, you have to escape first, boss!
	The people need you more than they need us...

It warms my heart to hear them say that, but this is no time for sentiment.

	[ Bang ]
	It doesn't matter who they need! You are all people of this country.
	And it is -my- duty to see that the people survive.
	Leave this place to me, and go help the others!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Boss Bang!

	[ Subordinate C ]
	Boss!

The men from the Library are getting closer.

	[ Bang ]
	Go! And protect our country!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	But, sir, the country we're supposed to protect...is already...

My men are confused and desperate for answers,
but the Library men are getting closer.

	[ Bang ]
	You idiots! Wh otold you to protect a piece of land!?
	It doesn't matter where you are. As long as there is people, there is a
	country. It's the people that make a country. Not its land.

He knows I'm right, but it's hard to accept.
I Know how he feels, but if we're to survive this...we must be strong.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	So...we are the country...

	[ Bang ]
	All it takes...is one person to keep a country alive.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Let's go. We gotta protect the people.

I can tell from the determination on their faces that I don't need to worry
about them anymore.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	We'll protect these civilians! Sir...please be safe.

	[ Bang ]
	Hmph! I don't need you to worry about me. Who do you think I am?
	I'm the Ikaruga ninja who fights in the name of love and justice, Bang
	Shishigami! If you have time to worry about me, go save the people
	first.

I turn and launch myself at the Library soldiers.

	[ Soldier A ]
	T-Take them out!

I catch them by surprise, but the man I hit has time to fire off an Ars
Armagus. Some sort of...thing almost akin to arrows rains down on me.

	[ Bang ]
	Hah! What are you firing? Toothpicks?

They look at me like I'm some sort of demon.

Very well. If a demon is what's needed to protect the innocent, then a demon
I'll be.

These men are only dogs following the orders of their master.
They are no match for me. With a single move, I take out almost a dozen of
them.

	[ Bang ]
	You bastards burned down my village...but I will not take your lives.
	Now, get out of my sight...before I change my mind.

As the Library soldiers begin to drag their broken and battered bodies away,
I look past them to the burning castle.

As I watch, a part of the castle explodes, and shivers run down my spine.

...Could...Could my master still be in the tower?

There was no time to waste. I took off toward the castle like a gust of wind.
Before long I was near the moat. Only a few guards were left.

	[ Guard A ]
	Boss Bang! Your timing couldn't have been more perfect...!

He didn't need to say anything more. I knew what was happening.
Without taking the time to properly thank him, I rushed through the gates and
into the castle.

	[ Bang ]
	I'll go rescue the lord!
	You guys go back to town and save as many villagers as you can!
	TOH!

With sheer will-power, I leap over the moat into the castle gallery.
I kick down the wall and make my way to the corridor of the tower.

Flames lick the walls all around me.
It's only a matter of time until the castle burns down.
I should my master's name as I run upstairs.

	[ Bang ]
	Lord! Where are you, lord!?

I throw open the door and leap into the only room on the top floor.
The moment I enter, I feel a cold, vicious presence.
I instinctively hop to the side as a bolt of blue and white rips through the
air.

What is this...? Ice?
I stare, dumbfounded, at the cluster of crystals sprouting from where I just
was. How is this possible? What is ice doing in a room enveloped in flames?

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-What...is this...?

There's no fire here. Everything is frozen, bathed in blue-white light.

Admist the ice and snow, I see a crumpled figure of a man lying on the floor.
He's wearing my master's clothes.

A young man is standing next to my master.
His face is as blank and cold as this room.

	[ Bang ]
	My lord! Are you all right? My lord! My lord!
	...Bastard!

The boy turns to look at me. His eyes are like twin shards of blue ice.

	[ Jin ]
	Just shut up...

One of his hands is suddenly a blur of motions. I don't realize he's swung his
sword until I feel the pain swear its way across my face and find myself frozen
in a block of ice.

	[ Bang ]
	Argh...

	[ Jin ]
	...I expected a lot more from you.
	How foolish of me...

I can't move. I can feel my mind starting to fade as the boy walks out of the
room. He gives me one last cold look before he leaves.

I swear...I'll never forget his face...as long as I live.

As I make the promise to myself, the castle finally collapses.

People will say this was the day Ikaruga fell, but they'll be wrong.

Ikaruga didn't fall today, and it never will.
Not as long as Bang Shishigami is alive, to protect justice, love, and the
people of his country.

	[ Bang ]
	It's been a few years since we moved to Kagutsuchi. But, the people
	have adapted quite nicely...

	Though this town has been given the name Ronin-gai, it is still like a
	second home to myself...and all of the villagers of Ikaruga. That is
	why I swear to protect it with my life.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	What are you doing there, Boss Bang?

	[ Subordinate B ]
	I've finally got it, boss! The new wanted list!

Two of my men are back from an errand I'd sent them on.
I can hear them calling me from the bridge below.

	[ Bang ]
	Is that right!? I'll be right there!
	Toh!

I'm more than thirty feet above the bridge. It's an impossible leap for most
men. But Bang Shishigami is not most men! To a master of Ikaruga-style ninjutsu
such as myself, a leap like this is as easy as taking a step.

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-Where did that gust...come from...?

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss! Are you OK?

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Is that a new technique? To fall on your face... Sir?

I pull my head free of the bridge and use the moment to execute a perfect
backflip. My face hurts pretty badly, but to a ninja, pain is a state of mind.

I can hardly call myself a man of Ikaruga if I allow myself to shed tears over
a simple flesh wound such as this!

...I really did think I was going to die there for a minute, though...
Maybe I should just keep that to myself...

	[ Bang ]
	Hah! That was my new technique! I pretend to fall on my face to catch
	my opponents off guard!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	I gotta hand it to you, boss! You are an expert on turning anything
	around.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Looking sharp there, boss!

I take a look at the wanted poster they've brought me.
There's a man on it with white hair and an attitude. He's pretty handsome, but
he's nowhere near as manly as me.

	[ Bang ]
	Ragna the Bloo--Wha--Arg, it's hard to say. Blood. Edge. Let's see...
	The SS-class bounty commonly known as the "Grim Reaper"...
	Whoa! Largest bounty in NOL history...?
	An impressive villain... To stand up against the Librarium all alone...
	But I cannot overlook the trouble he causes...
	Very well! His bounty... I will use it to rebuild Ikaruga!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Be safe, boss!

	[ Bang ]
	Of course!
	I shall return with good news!

To protect the peace of Kagutsuchi and recover Ikaruga, I run.

	[ Bang ]
	Wait for me, villain, "Ragna the Bloodedge"!
	The guardian of love and justice, Bang Shishigami!
	...will bring you down!

(SAVE) Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. I)

	[ Litchi ]
	...That's what it seems like. This is quite a serious matter...

	[ Tager ]
	...I see... That can't be ignored...

Huh? That must be Litchi over there, but... Who's the man next to her?

Could--Could he be her boyfriend? I can't hear what they're talking about from
here.

No! This is what they call "eavesdropping"! It's a despicable act and an
affront to justice...but I can't take my mind off of my beloved Miss Litchi!
Please, gods of justice, forgive me for trying so hard to overhear their
conversation!

	[ Litchi ]
	I'll continue my research. You be careful, too.

	[ Tager ]
	Wait, Litchi. That's too dangerous.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'll be fine. Quit worrying about me. I'll see you later.

	[ Bang ]
	You there! I can't stand here and let you talk to Miss Litchi like
	that!

	[ Tager ]
	...And, who might you be?

	[ Bang ]
	Hah! It is only polite to tell your name before asking others... But I
	will say it only once... I suggest you pay attention!
	I'm Bang Shishigami!
	The loyal ninja who fights for love and justice!
	The strongest vigilante in all of Kagutsuchi!

	[ Tager ]
	Aren't you a little too enthusiastic...?
	So, what does a ninja like you want from me?

	[ Bang ]
	"Wh-Wh-Wh-What do you want from me?" Don't play dumb. I know that
	you're trying to convince Miss Litchi to join a cult or something!

	[ Tager ]
	...This is hardly a conversation. What were you saying about Litchi?

	[ Bang ]
	Guaaaah! That's -Miss- Litchi to you!
	I can't stand it anymore. I'll set you straight!

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| BANG VS TAGER ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W1

 [3I.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	I...I have failed... How could this...happen to me...?
	*thud*

	[ Tager ]
	What was that about?

		GAME OVER

 [3I.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	*pant* ...That'll...show you.

	[ Tager ]
	I suppose I was a little too harsh, but Litchi--

	[ Bang ]
	*glare*

	[ Tager ]
	I-I understand how strongly you feel about...Miss Litchi.
	Which is exactly why I'd like to ask you to look after her.

	M-Miss Litchi is heading for Area 28--the abandoned underground
	facility. I'm worried about her, but there is other business I must
	tend to...

	[ Bang ]
	You're gonna leave Miss Litchi to me? So you were a good person, after
	all... And a good judge of character, too, I might add...
	I'm not a man so cold-hearted as to turn down a request.

	Miss Litchi will be safe with me! I promise. Nothing to worry about...
	Ahahahaha!

	I must apologize for acting so rashly earlier...
	But, consider that a good lesson to you.
	Oh, and I won't ask you to pay for it... That one's on the house.
	I'll see you around, hahahahahaha!

	[ Tager ]
`	He's finally out of my sight... He just couldn't take "no" for an
	answer... Nonetheless, he was an honest man. With his passion, maybe he
	could even...save her...
	...Well, that might be an overstatement...

(SAVE) Bang: Climax Already!?

	[ Bang ]
	...I have lost track of Miss Litchi.
	Did that cyborg guy trick me? No, no, he acknowledged me as a true man.
	The direction should be correct.

	Miss Litchi and I are connected with the powerful bond of fate. I know
	that our paths will cross again...even if I can't see her now.
	This must be a challenge to test our love!
	Aaaaaaaaaah, Miss Litchi! I'll be right thereeeeeeeeee!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Shut up, old man! Stop screaming in my ear, will ya!?
	You're ruining my appetite!

	[ Bang ]
	How dare you call me an old man! Identify yourself!
	Huh!? That white hair--that stupid-ass face... You must be the
	super-villain, Ragna the Bloodedge!

	[ Ragna ]
	What did you say!?

	[ Bang ]
	I'm the vigilante who will bring justice. And mark my words... you will
	not escape the iron grip of the law!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Tch. Did you say you're a vigilante? I guess I have no choice then.
	Whenever you're ready, man. I'll crush you.

	[ Bang ]
	I -am- the trustworthy ninja, Bang Shishigami!
	Now, let's settle this fair and square!

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| BANG VS RAGNA ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W2

 [3I.A0.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	I-I got caught off guard... I can't believe this... I am ashamed...
	*thud*

	[ Ragna ]
	Know who you're dealing with before you pick a fight.
	Ah, water! This gentleman said he'd cover my tab... Thanks for the
	meal.

		GAME OVER

 [3I.A0.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	I've finally caught the notorious super-villain, Ragna--eh, skip the
	rest! The residents of Kagutsuchi can now sleep in peace!
	I am now one step closer to the reconstruction of Ikaruga!
	I feel like I could just fly to my dear Miss Litchi!
	I am...ze vind! A love-storm! Passion with legs!
	To my beloved!

	[ Ragna ]
	...He's finally gone. Seriously, it's exhausting to deal with an idiot
	like that. Geez. It's never easy pretending to lose.

(SAVE) Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. II)

	[ Bang ]
	Oh! That must be my beautiful Miss Litchi over there! Huh!? Do I see an
	odd-looking figure standing by her!?
	Wait a minute!? Is Miss Litchi about to be attacked by that monster!?
	A damsel in distress! I must come to her rescue!

	[ Litchi ]
	Rescue me? From what?

	[ Bang ]
	From that monster right there, of course! Miss Litchi, please leave it
	to me here, and escape now!

	[ Litchi ]
	Escape...? I'm sorry. I need to talk to him, so please don't interrupt
	us.

	[ Bang ]
	M-Miss Litchi... You would choose that squiggly over me...?
	O-Oh, I got it... Miss Litchi, you must be haunted by that black
	squiggly thing-ey! I shall release you from that curse!

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm quite all right. Please leave him to--

	[ Bang ]
	Yuck, what a despicable beast! You must be controlling Miss Litchi's
	mind...Trying to satisfy your "desires" by manipulating others, eh...?
	Well, not on my watch!

	I am the man of love and justice, Bang Shishigami! Prepare yourself!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| BANG VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A0.L3
								 WIN : 3F.A0.W3

 [3I.A0.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS ARAKUNE: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	I-I got caught off guard... I can't believe that I gave in to this
	squiggly thing... I-I'm sorry, Miss Litchi... The least I can do is
	wish you happiness... *thud*

		GAME OVER

 [3I.A0.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	Justice always prevails! And evil will never prosper!
	Hahahahahahahah!

	The world is at peace, and all is right! It's all thanks to my earnest
	effoooooooort!

	Miss Litchi is staring at me, and her eyes are filled with tears. She
	must be so happy to have finally broken free from--

	Huh!? Could she have fallen in l-l-l-l-l-l-love with me because of my
	excellent performance--?

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Take advantage of the situation and passionately confess. (3I.A1.X1)      |
| • Cool off a bit and gently confess to Miss Litchi. (3I.A2.X1)	      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3I.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Take advantage of the situation and passionately confess.

	[ Bang ]
	Miss Litchiiii! I love youuuuuuuuuuuuu!
	Please, tell me how you feel about me! Though, I do have a pretty good
	hunch myself, I must hear it in your own words, Miss Litchi!

	[ Litchi ]
	Of course, I think you're a good man, Bang.

	[ Bang ]
	Oh! Then, that makes this affection mutual?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes. Let's stay good friends.
	Anyway, the problem is him. I wonder where he disappeared to. I thought
	I had finally found him, but...I let him get away again.
	Um, Bang? What's with that stunned look on your face?

	[ Bang ]
	C-Could it just be a misunderstanding on my part...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Um, Bang, are you there?
	He seems to be out of it...

	[ Bang ]
	H-Have I made an irreversible mistake...? I have lost all will to go
	on... What am I supposed to do now...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Um...? Hello? Hellooo? Oh my... No reaction whatsoever.
	I wonder what has him so shocked?
	...I don't have time for this. I need to find him now.

(SAVE) Bang: At the Name of Sadness

	[ Bang ]
	...I have no purpose in life anymore. I'm as meaningless as the dust in
	the wind... Hahaha... How pathetic, pathetic, pathetic...!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey, watch it...

	[ Bang ]
	I-I'm sorry--
	...You're Jin Kisaragi...!

	[ Jin ]
	...

Standing in front of me is the man I've sworn revenge on! He's pretending like
he doesn't even know me, but I've finally caught him! I can't let him get away
now!

	[ Jin ]
	Get out of my way...or I'll make you regret it.

	[ Bang ]
	You... Don't tell me you already forgot how I got this scar on my face.

	[ Jin ]
	Face? Scar?
	...I don't know what the hell you're talking about. Do I know you?

Jin's eyes are as cold and expressionless as ice. There's no sign of panic in
them. Does...does he really not remember me?

	[ Bang ]
	If you have forgotten, I'll have to make you remember! You killed my
	lord! Left a scar on my face! And put the people of Ikaruga through
	hell!

	[ Jin ]
	Ikaruga? ...Oh, Ikaruga. So, what is this...? Revenge?
	I have no time to deal with your idiocy...
	Now, get the hell out of my way...

Does he feel no guilt for what he's done!? Master, I never forgot your
teachings... "Don't blame the person, blame the evil..."
Not even for a moment, but--

Please forgive me, but I must break my oath now! There can be no justice while
this scum is allowed to walk the earth!

	[ Bang ]
	...You...are one person I can never forgive...
	Let us settle the score right here! Prepare yourself!

	[ Jin ]
	You seem really eager to die...

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| BANG VS JIN ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3F.A1.X1
								 WIN : 3F.A1.X1

 [3I.A1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Bang ]
	H-How could this be...?
	Forgive me, Lord...!
	I'll take any punishment from you...for not being able to avenge your
	death, Lord... *thud*

	[ Jin ]
	...Hmph! ...priceless...

		GAME OVER

 [3I.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	That ought to do it, you scumbag! Heaven's vengeance is slow but sure.
	Justice always prevails!

	[ Jin ]
	...Impossible...
	This must be a nightmare...

	[ Bang ]
	Nightmare? No! This is reality! Fall, knowing the result of my
	persistent effort!

My hate for this man isn't going to fade any time soon, but he is one of the
Library's dogs... Before I take revenge for my country and my people, should I
see what he knows?

What should I do? How can I avenge my master?

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Don't think this is over! I will make you feel my rage! (3I.B1.X1)	      |
| • Now...you will tell me everything you know about NOL. (3I.B2.X1)	      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3I.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Cool off a bit and gently confess to Miss Litchi.

	[ Bang ]
	C-Calm down. Just calm down and think. The timing couldn't be better,
	could it? Miss Litchi's opinion of me must be sky-rocketing right now.

	Hmm... As a gentleman, I am obliged to come up with the ultimate
	confession a woman can want... I, Bang Shishigami, will risk everything
	on this...!

	[ Litchi ]
	We can't be too far... I must find him.

	[ Bang ]
	*gasp* M-Miss Litchi? Where are you?
	...Hm.
	Miss Litchi's mesmerizing scent seems to be coming from that
	direction--

	I can't just stand here and do nothing! I gotta follow Miss Litchi, or
	that large man will lose all faith in me!

(SAVE) Bang: In the Name of Love (Pt. III)

	[ Litchi ]
	...Phew. That was something else.
	But I wonder where he went...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Take back sunny sunshine. Defeat some bad guy. Cat peopole are so
	strong. Tao is also strong, lala.

	Huh? Is that you over there, boobie lady!? Long time no see, meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, hi, Tao. Yes, it's been a while.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You're as bouncy as always, boobie lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	I-I said knock it off...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, I'm having so much fun neow! They're wonderful chunks of
	meat that are as tempting as catnip, meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	*moan* D-Don't do that...
	Hey! That's enough!

	[ Taokaka ]
	That hurt, meow...

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm sorry, I'm just...

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'll forgive you if you let me play with your boobies again.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's out of the question.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You're mean, meow...

	[ Litchi ]
	That's fine by me.

	[ Taokaka ]
	By the way, boobie lady, you seem troubled. What's the matter, meow?
	Are you hungry? I have some dried sardines if you want, meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	N-No thank you...but I do need help.

	He--Well, let me put it this way: have you seen a black squiggly thing
	before?

	[ Taokaka ]
	No, I haven't, meow.

	[ Litchi ]
	*sigh* I see... What am I gonna do?

	[ Bang ]
	Miss Litchiiiii! Where are you!?

	[ Litchi ]
	...People that you don't want around you are always nearby for some
	reason. It's becoming a problem.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You need those who're coming after you gone... Is that it, boobie lady?
	Let me take care of it for you, meow. If it goes well, I want something
	in return. I can't exactly work for free, you know.

	I'm looking for a man called Rawrgna. If you can either tell me where
	he is or... uh...give me lots of meat buns, consider it done.

	Which one sounds better to you, meow?

	[ Litchi ]
	Hm, let's see...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • The person who's about to walk by probably knows where Ragna is.	      |
|   (3I.C1.X1)								      |
| • The person who's about to walk by will buy some buns for you. (3I.C2.X1)  |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3I.B1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Don't think this is over! I will make you feel my rage!

	[ Bang ]
	How can I call myself "loyal" without even avenging the death of my
	lord! I'll make sure you regret that you were ever born!

(SAVE) Bang: At the ENd of Sadness

	[ Bang ]
	Taste the iron fist of justice! Repent for your sins!

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Bang ]
	That glare! You don't have an ounce of remorse, do you!? All right,
	here comes an iron fist of--
	Did I just hear a crack?

	[ Jin ]
	W-What is it? Did I lose control...of Yukianesa!?

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-What is this piercing cold!? What the hell is happening here!?

If someone doesn't do something, this entire area is going to be frozen!
What should I do!? I need help...but who can I ask?

	[ Noel ]
	M-Major?
	What have you done!?

	[ Bang ]
	No! You're mistaken! I didn't do it!

Th--This isn't good. It doesn't matter how I try to explain it... I'm still
going to look like the villain here. I can tell from her eyes that she's
totally misread the situation--she suspects me!

	[ Noel ]
	What do you mean by "you're mistaken"!?
	Th-Those clothes--are you...one of the survivors of Ikaruga? Are you
	here to repay the major's kindness of ending the civil war with
	resentment!?

	[ Bang ]
	R-Resentment!? N-No! He's truly my enemy!

	[ Noel ]
	So...you did do this to Major! I'm Lieutenant Noel Vermillion. You're
	under arrest for involuntary injury in the name of the Novus Orbis
	Librarium.

	[ Bang ]
	Ahh! I guess I have no choice! I shall face you!

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| BANG VS NOEL ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3F.B1.L1
								 WIN : 3F.B1.W1

 [3I.B1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	I have no time to waste on this man. I have to rescue Major Kisaragi!

	[ Bang ]
	Look at me... I can't believe I lost to a fragile young lady like
	her... And on top of it, I got caught by the Library...
	I'll avenge this defeat someday... *thud*

		GAME OVER

 [3I.B1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	Phew, it looks like I won.
	Have you come to your senses?

	[ Noel ]
	...!

	[ Bang ]
	J-Just hear me out. I'm no demon. I'm not trying to kill either of you,
	even though you belong to the hateful Library.

	It's true that this man, Jin Kisaragi, is my lord's archenemy. He
	deserves to die a hundred times over.

	Hoever, an eye for an eye will leave the world blind. If I kill him,
	that will only plant the seed for more vengeance... A vicious cycle,
	indeed.

	i fought him one-on-one and showed him his sins. I didn't want him to
	forget what he had done.

	[ Noel ]
	The sins...of ending lives... That's certainly something that should
	never be forgotten...

	[ Bang ]
	You seem to understand what I'm saying. You must be one of the nice
	ones. I can almost sense the purity of the girls of Ikaruga in you.

	[ Noel ]
	Then why did you freeze Major Kisaragi?

	[ Bang ]
	That is where you are misunderstood... I didn't freeze him... It's this
	man's weapon that suddenly unleashed a gust of freezing air...

	[ Noel ]
	Yukianesa did...? I see. I can see that happening. I understand the
	situation, but there's one problem: Yukianesa's ice erodes life. If we
	don't do something right now, the major will--

This girl needs help... How can I turn her down and still call myself a man of
Ikaruga!?

	[ Bang ]
	So all I have to do is to melt this ice, huh? No worries. I'm Bang
	Shishigami, the top ninja of Ikaruga. I'm an expert when it comes to
	fire techniques. I can melt this ice-cube in a second!

	[ Noel ]
	Fire technique!? Quickly then! Please save the major!

She clasps her hands together, as if in prayer. There's no turning back for me
now.

	[ Bang ]
	All right! You can count on me! Just take a few steps back so I can get
	started! Secret technique! The Crimson Flames of Hell!
	Rin Hyo Toh Sha Kei Jin Retsu Zai--
	...Ah-choo!
	D-Damn it! I lost control of the technique!

	[ Noel ]
	What!? Lost control? Waaah, we're surrounded by fire!

	[ Bang ]
	I-It's out of control! I can't stop it, now!

	[ Noel ]
	What kind of excuse is that!? You're under arrest for arson!

	[ Bang ]
	How cruel! But, you were the one who asked me to do it in the first
	place!

	[ Noel ]
	Who asked you to surround us with the fire!?

O--Oops. I don't think any excuse will work at this point.

	[ Bang ]
	In that case, I will make you taste my special move!

	[ Noel ]
	Sp-Special move!?

	[ Bang ]
	Secret technique! The Super Strategic Escape!
	Hahahahahah! I'll see you around, little girl!

	[ Noel ]
	W-W-W-W-Waaaaaaaaaait!

	[ Bang ]
	Hah! I'm not stopping just because you asked me to!
	Farewell!

	[ Noel ]
	H-He disappeared... Is that also a ninja technique!?
	It'd be risky to underestimate the ninja of Ikaruga...!

Ow! Where did this hole come from!?
...
There's no avoiding it... I'm a fool.

	[ Bang ]
	It didn't quite go as I had imagined...
	Next time, I'll realize my long-cherished ambition!
	Please provide me with your protection, Lord!

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3I.B2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Now...you will tell me everything you know about NOL.

	[ Bang ]
	I'm not interested in a small-fish like you. I want the head of the
	Library who ordered the extermination of Ikaruga--the source of all
	that is evil.

	Confess now! Where is the head of the NOL!?

	[ Jin ]
	Why are you wasting my time...!? I need to find him... I need to find
	him right now!

He doesn't seem to be listening to me... Or he's pretending not to!
I open my mouth to ask him again, when--

	[ Jin ]
	...Ragna...
	...is nearby...yet here I am...

	[ Bang ]
	Did you just say Ragna!? I took him down for sure!
	Are you talking about Ragna the Bloodedge? The "Grim Reaper"?

	[ Jin ]
	There's only one Ragna... And there's no way he would lose to you...!

Wait... That man who called himself Ragna wasn't all that strong for someone
who's supposed to be the world's most wanted criminal...

	[ Bang ]
	That man was the fake "Grim Reaper"!?

	[ Jin ]
	...

He doesn't respond, but I get the feeling he agrees.

	[ Bang ]
	I gotta go! For the sake of Kagutsuchi, the civilians of Ikaruga, and
	Miss Litchi. I've gotta find him and take him out once and for all!

	Your life has just been spared, Jin Kisaragi! We'll settle this next
	time! I suggest you be ready for it!

(SAVE) Bang: In the Name of Justice

	[ Bang ]
	Randomly searching for Ragna seems to have taken me into a strange
	place... Hm, it is a strange place, indeed. Is this really Kagutsuchi?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	If this looks like Kagutsuchi to you, perhaps a visit to the doctor is
	in order.

	[ Bang ]
	Show yourself!

	[ Rachel ]
	I am Rachel Alucard, the lady of this castle.
	How did you gain entrance to my sanctum?

	[ Nago ]
	Let's just kick him out, Princess.

	[ Gii ]
	That's a great idea!

	[ Bang ]
	A-A talking swing and a flying pig!? How strange!
	You must be monsters of some sort!

	[ Gii ]
	I'm no pig! I'm a red bat. A bat, dammit!

	[ Bang ]
	A talking bat is as strange as a flying pig!
	You must be monsters who bring disorder into the human world!

	[ Rachel ]
	Anything you don't understand is a monster? Not terribly bright, is he,
	Valkenhayn?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	No, Madam Rachel, he most certainly is not.

	[ Bang ]
	I'm not too bright!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Goodness gracious, I had not even noticed the smell!
	Do you even bathe?

	[ Bang ]
	Public baths are where men go to socialize. I usually wrap up each day
	by going to the public bath and sharing my point of view with my men.
	I've never passed a day without going there!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Nevertheless, you reek of sweat.

	[ Bang ]
	Ah, the sweat? Hah!
	Well, that just proves beyond all reasonable doubt that I am a
	hard-working man. And the ladies, love that... I think...

	[ Rachel ]
	How you justify your stench is not my concern. You have offended my
	delicate senses, and I must ask that you leave!

	[ Bang ]
	I would if I knew where I came from...
	Besides, without finding my goddess Litch--eh, the archvillain Ragna,
	I can't go home.

	[ Rachel ]
	...You are looking for Ragna?

	[ Bang ]
	That's correct. I, Bang Shishigami, am a vigilante.

	I must change Miss Litchi's opinion of me by taking down Ragna--err,
	by protecting the peace of Kagutsuchi, and using the bounty for the
	reconstruction of Ikaruga.

	[ Rachel ]
	I...don't see that happening. A man such as Ragna is somewhat...beyond
	you.

	[ Bang ]
	What...? How can you be so sure?

	[ Rachel ]
	One need only look at you. Defeat Ragna? You're as likely to blow away
	the cloud of seithr that covers our world.

	[ Nago ]
	Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. Even I could've told you that.
	It's just not the kind of job for a scruffy old man like you.

	[ Gii ]
	I completely agree with you... It's definitely impossible...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	His inadequacy is almost insultingly obvious, Madam Rachel.

	[ Rachel ]
	By vote of the majority, we have determined you are not capable of
	defeating Ragna. Now, will you please leave my garden?

	[ Bang ]
	What a rude little girl!
	If you keep that up, I'll have to spank you!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh my. How terribly foolish of you. I accept your challenge.
	You have made a mistake, but I will educate you myself. Be grateful.

	[ Bang ]
	Whenever you're ready! I'll let you practice some of your moves on me!

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| BANG VS RACHEL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.B2.L1
								 WIN : 3F.B2.W1

 [3I.B2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	Do you see your limitations now?

	[ Nago ]
	See what I mean? I really hate to say this, but...I told ya so.

	[ Gii ]
	Looks like you were all bark no bite, old man...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I do believe that madam has had enough entertainment for today. Perhaps
	you would be so kind as to show yourself out.

	[ Bang ]
	I-I can't believe this... Please forgive me for giving up without
	achieving my goal, Lord... *thud*

		GAME OVER

 [3I.B2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS RACHEL: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	Do you get it now, little girl!? Justice always prevails!

	[ Rachel ]
	I do recall being told once that it is improper to judge by
	appearances.

	[ Bang ]
	That's right. But, I'll put the spanking on hold this time.

	[ Rachel ]
	If I'd known I would be getting a lecture, I would have given you a
	taste of real power...

	[ Bang ]
	...?
	Did you say something?

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, heavens no.

	[ Bang ]
	All right, so be it.

	[ Rachel ]
	(Good lord...what a fool.)
	Very well. You have proven yourself, and I shall reward your
	determination.

	[ Bang ]
	Reward! Well...I couldn't refuse anything that is handed to me on a
	silver platter... I'll gladly accept it!

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	In Madam Rachel's infinite generosity, she has seen fit to provide you
	with information on someone whom you are most interested in.

	[ Bang ]
	You're talking about Ragna, aren't you? Where is he?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	No, sir, I refer not to Ragna the Bloodedge, but to the son of a
	certain Sir Tenjo of Ikaruga.

Tenjo. My master... The man who was killed by Jin Kisaragi...
His son is alive!? I--I must investigate this!

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-Wh-Wh-Wh-Wha--!? The young master is alive!?
	Is this true!?
	If you're kidding around, I'll behead you!

	[ Rachel ]
	...Cut my head off?
	Good heavens. How terribly barbaric.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	It pains me to admit it, sir, but the information is regrettably rather
	old, and whatever details it may have carried are rendered useless by
	the passage of time. Rest assured, however, that it is of indubitable
	veracity.

	[ Bang ]
	Tell me where that person saw the young master!

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I am terribly sorry, but that information is not available. All that
	we, and therefore you, can be sure of is that the son of Sir Tenjo was
	seen and identified by the party who supplied us with this information.

	[ Bang ]
	The young master...is really alive...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Let's dispose of him, please. Kagutsuchi should be appropriate. I do
	hope I never have to see him again.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Of course, Madam Rachel. I shall return him to whence he came.

	[ Bang ]
	...Is this the Ronin-gai of Kagutsuchi...?
	Was I dreaming...?

	Ouch, this doesn't feel like a dream at all. That means...I gotta get
	going! I must find the prince as soon as possible!

	Forgive me for not saying good-bye, Miss Litchi. At times, there are
	more important things for a man than looking after
	his...possible...wife. And, that time has come!
	For now, I must choose duty over love!

	Bang Shishigami, the man of love and justice... Err, correction--the
	man of loyalty and faith, is about to embark upon another journey!
	Good-bye, Kagutsuchi. I'll be back!

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3I.C1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> The person who's about to walk by probably knows where Ragna is.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The person after you knows where Ragnya is, boobie lady!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes, probably. He's a vigilante after all.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Thank you, boobie lady! I'll treat you to some mice next time, meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh my, she took off so fast. But now I can go back to looking for him.
	I owe you one, Tao.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Scruffy man right there, you gotta tell me where the white guy is,
	meow!

	[ Bang ]
	...White guy? What are you talking about?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Rawrgna Blood-something, meow! I need to find him to make money for the
	village, meow!

	[ Bang ]
	Oh, that wanted criminal. I already took care of him, though.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, meow, meowwww?

	[ Bang ]
	I guess you were a little late. You'd be better off just forgetting
	about the whole Ragna thing, OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	So all I have to do now is defeat this scruffy man and make money out
	of it, meow!

	[ Bang ]
	Where's the logic in that!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm not sure, meow! Anyway, here I come, meoooow!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| BANG VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.C1.L1
								 WIN : 3F.C1.W1

 [3I.C1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Taokaka ]
	That'll show you, scruffy man!

	[ Bang ]
	...I've lost to a child...?
	I'm deeply ashamed of myself...
	Please forgive this worthless man, Miss Litchi...

	Even if my affection for you is unrequited in this life...I'll make it
	happen...in the afterlife...or a re-incarnation...no matter what...it
	takes... *thud*

		GAME OVER
	

 [3I.C1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... I lost, meoooow...

	[ Bang ]
	I wonder what that child wanted...? Oops, I have no time for this.
	I gotta go after Miss Litchi!
	Miss Litchiiiii!
	I'll be right theeeeeere!

(SAVE) Bang: In the Name of Love (Final)

	[ Hakumen ]
	Pathetic insect... The Azure has drawn you here, but you have reached
	your limit. This is the end for you.

	[ Arakune ]
	Your ma ic pow    s st  ng. I w    it.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You allowed yourself to become corrupted by the wisdom that lies beyond
	the Boundary. The magic that I wield would utterly destroy you. I will
	greant your release now. I suggest you return to the Boundary what you
	have borrowed!

	[ Litchi ]
	Hold it!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Who are you?
	Surely you cannot think to stop me.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Hakumen ]
	You refuse to admit the truth. If that creature was once human, it left
	that world long ago. He has no reason to live.

	[ Litchi ]
	...I know.
	But I can't just stand here and watch him die.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then the two of you shall depart for the Boundary together. Prepare
	yourself! Good-bye, foolish child!

	[ Bang ]
	Whoa! That looks like Miss Litchi over there!
	She's protecting that black squiggly thing again?
	And more importantly, she chose it over me?

	No, this isn't the time to get jealous! I'll be right there, Miss
	Litchiii! Not on my watch!

	[ Litchi ]
	Bang...

	[ Bang ]
	I'm sorry I'm a little late! But, you have nothing to worry about now!
	Bang Shishigami will protect both you and that black squiggly thingy!

	[ Hakumen ]
	A ninja of Ikaruga, are you? Step aside, or condemn yourself to my
	wrath.

	[ Bang ]
	There are no men in Ikaruga who would back off because they were told
	so! You're the one who needs to get ready for this! Let's settle this
	fair and square!

	[ Hakumen ]
	You have made your choice, then.
	Prepare yourself.
	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| BANG VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.C1.L2
								 WIN : 3F.C1.W2

 [3I.C1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	You were a fool to challenge me.

	[ Bang ]
	...Wh-What a shame... I wish I could see Miss Litchi for one last
	time...but my eyes no longer see light... M-Miss Litchi...please be
	safe... *thud*

	[ Litchi ]
	Bang? Bang? Baaang!

		GAME OVER

 [3I.C1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	It seems I am victorious!

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Impressive. Your spirit is strong. But it makes little difference.
	With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it
	in the fires of destruction. The end has come.

	[ Arakune ]
	Ma    pow   lev      ncreas     no en !  mazin  ! Am zin  pow  !

	[ Litchi ]
	Seithr is escalating indefinitely! This is just like what happened to
	Iruma... I-It can't be...!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Now is the time, ninja of Ikaruga. We have not yet finished.

	[ Bang ]
	W-Wait! Aren't you aware of what's happening here!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Yes. It has begun...but there is yet time.
	I cannot afford to lose to the likes of you.

	[ Bang ]
	Hmph! I guess I have no other choice then. Miss Litchi, please get out
	of here with that squiggly thingy! Let me handle this!

	[ Litchi ]
	But the gate is out of control now! If this goes on, this place'll be
	wiped out just like Iruma! You'll die for sure if you get dragged into
	it!

	[ Bang ]
	There's nothing to worry about. As soon as I finish him off, I'll be
	right behind you. I'll see you at the bar in Orient Town.
	...Would you like to have a drink with me there?

	[ Litchi ]
	...I will. I'll be waiting for you!

	[ Bang ]
	All right now, that's enough warm-up.
	Check this out! This is the master art of Ikaruga ninja!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hmph... Prepare yourself.

	[ Bang ]
	OH!

On the lowest of the thirteen layers which are Kagutsuchi, the Kaka clan has
taken residence. But here, there is no sky...and no stars...

The skyscraping structures on higher levels have completely covered the sky.
However, there was once a man who reclaimed the tattered sky of the Kaka
village.

The man's name...Bang Shishigami.
A -real- man who put others' lives before his own in the Kagutsuchi Gate
incident, saving not only the Kaka clan, but the entire city of Kagutsuchi.

Inevitably, irreversible damage has been done to the Kaka village... Bang's
destruction of higher layers has caused once again, rays of light to shine upon
the villagers of Kaka.

In the Kaka clan, the heroic tales of Bang Shishigami have been passed from
generation to generation - as a folk tale of the man who stole back the sun.

	[ Kaka kittens ]
	Take this! Super special technique!

	'Catch an opponent off guard by making it look like I fall on my face'!

	Uwagh, I can't believe it! You totally got me!

	It's my turn to be Boss Bang now!

	No, it's my turn.

	It's my turn!

	It's mine!

	I want to play Boss Bang, too!

	Yaaaah! Take this humongous nail!

	Ultimate technique! Fuu rin ka zan!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Everybody, be nice to each other, meow.
	No fighting. If scruffy man of love and justice sees this, he will get
	mad in heaven.

	[ Kaka kittens ]
	OK.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Good answer! I'm sure that makes the scruffy man happy, meow.
	It's getting dark, so let's all go home.

	[ Feisty-kaka ]
	You've met Boss Bang before, right, Tao?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah. It was a long time ago, though. He was such a scruffy man.

	[ Spotty-kaka ]
	Boss Bang must've been so strong!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Not as strong as Tao. But he sure was.

	[ Calic-kaka ]
	If he was really that strong, why did he have to go to heaven?

	[ Taokaka ]
	He wanted to bring back the sky upon the village of Kaka, meow...
	Look, meow!

	The scruffy man is watching over us to make sure somebody is happy from
	up there. Let's all say thank you to him, meow. Ready?

	[ Everyone ]
	Thank you, scruffy maaaan!

		Bang Stories
		BELIEF END

 [3I.C2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> The person who's about to walk by will buy some buns for you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	The person after you is going to treat me to some meat buns meow?
	Really!?

	[ Litchi ]
	I'd love to treat you to some myself, but I'm sort of in a hurry right
	now. So try and ask that man there for it, OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Thanks for the tip, boobie lady! I'll be right there, meat bun man,
	meow!

	[ Litchi ]
	...She really left. I was only half-joking... But, I guess it's for the
	best. I have to find him while I still can...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Scruffy man right there, you gotta give me some meat buns meow!

	[ Bang ]
	...Meat buns? Unfortunately, I don't have any on me.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You're lying!
	Boobie lady said you'd treat me to some meat buns! You don't need to
	hold back meow! Feel free to give me all you've got!

	[ Bang ]
	Y-You're kidding, right?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Then, I guess I'll have to rob you!

	[ Bang ]
	What's your reasoning for it!? You know what they do to bad kids like
	you...? It's time for a spankin'!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| BANG VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.C2.L1
								 WIN : 3F.C2.W1

 [3I.C2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

			< 3F.C1.L1 >

 [3I.C2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

			< 3F.C1.W1 >

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| BANG VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3F.C2.L2
								 WIN : 3F.C2.W2

 [3I.C2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS HAKUMEN: LOSE

			< 3F.C1.L2 >

 [3I.C2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			BANG VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

			< 3F.C1.W2 >

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[3J.A0.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3J.A0.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3J.A0.L2] vs Rachel (Lose)
[3J.A0.W2] vs Rachel (Win)

[3J.A1.X1] Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.
[3J.A1.L1] vs Jin (Lose)
[3J.A1.W1] vs Jin (Win)
[3J.A1.L2] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3J.A1.W2] vs v-13 (Win)

[3J.A2.X1] Let's go find Noel Vermillion.
[3J.A2.L1] vs Noel (Lose)
[3J.A2.W1] vs Noel (Win)
[3J.A2.L2] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3J.A2.W2] vs v-13 (Win)

[3J.B1.X1] ...but I don't think I can beat him the way I am now.
[3J.B1.L1] vs Rachel (Lose)
[3J.B1.W1] vs Rachel (Win)

[3J.B2.X1] ...I have to fight him.
[3J.B2.L1] vs Tager (Lose)
[3J.B2.W1] vs Tager (Win)
[3J.B2.L2] vs Bang (Lose)
[3J.B2.W2] vs Bang (Win)

[3J.C1.X1] Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.
[3J.C1.L1] vs Jin (Lose)
[3J.C1.W1] vs Jin (Win)
[3J.C1.L2] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3J.C1.W2] vs v-13 (Win)

[3J.C2.X1] Let's go find Noel Vermillion.
[3J.C2.L1] vs Noel (Lose)
[3J.C2.W1] vs Noel (Win)
[3J.C2.L2] vs v-13 (Lose)
[3J.C2.W2] vs v-13 (Win)
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		Carl Stories
		Promise

Comfortable rays of light shine through the leaves,
waking me up with their gentle warmth.

When I come to, my sister is standing next to me.
I'm sure she was watching over me, protecting me.

	[ Carl ]
	Good morning, Sis.
	Isn't it nice out today?
	Seems like the heavens are blessing us. Don't you think so?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Yes...I know. We can't be relaxing just yet, right?

After being urged by my sister, I stand up.
Soon, we will arrive at the central part of Kagutsuchi.
We can't afford to waste any more time here.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Well, there seems to be a place called Orient Town nearby, so let's go
	over there.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Yeah, I hope the people are nice, too.
	I also hope they can give us information on Ragna the Bloodedge.
	That'll save us some trouble, too.
	Shall we go, Sis?

The light shining through the trees makes this such a beautiful morning.

I hope I can walk through this area again with you someday, Sis...
The light feels so warm, I can't help but think those thoughts.

(SAVE) Carl: A Strange Creature

	[ Carl ]
	Now...I wonder where Ragna the Bloodedge could be...
	Let's gather some information first.

	I think we're going to have to do some walking, Sis, but tell me when
	you're tired, OK?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, you! Small one over there! Do you know of "Rawrgna"?

	[ Carl ]
	... Hm? "Rawrgna"...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! He's the... what's it called? The "big bad villain" that came
	here!

	[ Carl ]
	Oh, and you talking about Ragna the Bloodedge?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow! That's it! Tao must capture "Rawrgna"! Then I'll get lots n' lots
	of money!

	[ Carl ]
	Are you...a vigilante?

	[ Taokaka ]
	"Vigilante"? What's that? Is that yummy?

	[ Carl ]
	Uh...um...a vigilante is...

She's a strange girl...
...Although, to tell the truth, I'm not sure if she's a boy or a girl...

It does appear that the ears on her head are real, however. I met "beastmen"
while I was at the Academy, but this creature seems...different.

	[ Carl ]
	...and so, people who capture wanted criminals and get money for it are
	referred to as "vigilantes" by the general public.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uh...Tao doesn't like complicated stories...

	[ Carl ]
	I...I don't think it was too complicated...

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK, so anyway, I understand that I'm a "vigi-something"!

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Ah, mm-hm, you're probably right, Sis. Perhaps she's the type who
	learns through experience, rather than from a lecture.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? I love moving around! You want to play with me?

	[ Carl ]
	Huh...? You want to spar? I guess I don't mind...

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Don't worry, I'll be fine. I won't let my guard down. I'm aware of the
	physical capabilities of beastmen... And she doesn't seem to be so
	strong, either.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow, who are you talking to?
	Heeere I cooome!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| CARL VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3J.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3J.A0.W1

 [3J.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Carl ]
	Her strength...! I guess I underestimated her... I'm sorry, Sis...

	[ Taokaka ]
	That's right, small one! Tao is tough!

	[ Carl ]
	Ungh...

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Hm? Why was I sparring with the short one?
	Hmm... I don't remember... OH, I know... I'll ask the boobie lady!
	Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, boobie lady!

	[ Carl ]
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Tao! Bad girl!
	Don't I always tell you to not hurt strangers?

	Are you sure you understand? *sigh* Off she goes. And she still doesn't
	remember my name... What am I gonna do with her...?

	[ Carl ]
	Ugh...ungh...

	[ Litchi ]
	...Oh, did I wake you?

	[ Carl ]
	Where am I...?
	Did you take care of me?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes. Tao brought you here.
	...Even though she's the reason why you're here in the first place.

	[ Carl ]
	I see... Thank you very much. I feel bad that I can't do anything to
	repay my debt, but I have important business, so I must be off now...

	[ Litchi ]
	Wait...! You shouldn't move yet.

	[ Carl ]
	Please leave me alone!
	I'm very sorry, but I'm really in a rush... If you need money,
	I'll bring it immediately.

	[ Litchi ]
	Money isn't the issue here. It's dangerous to walk around with that
	injury.

Why is this person being so kind to me...? She's a complete stranger...
I don't understand.

She must have an ulterior motive...

	[ Carl ]
	I'm very thankful that you are concerned...but even if something did to
	me, it's none of your business, either...

	[ Litchi ]
	Don't say things like that...

	[ Carl ]
	...!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Don't say stuff like that, Carl...

	[ Carl ]
	...Ugh!

	[ Litchi ]
	See! You shouldn't push yourself! ...Are you all right?

	[ Carl ]
	I-I'm fine!
	It'll get better soon...!

	[ Litchi ]
	But---

	[ Carl ]
	I'm fine, really. Thank you.
	I'll find a way to thank you...someday...
	Sis, let's go.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Wait!
	...
	That marionette might be--
	...I can't leave it roaming around.

(SAVE) Carl: A Strange Girl

	[ Carl ]
	...Are you all right, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Yeah, I'll rest for a bit, too. So don't worry.
	!?
	Where are we?

	[ Rachel ]
	...Welcome, child. I have invited you here.

	[ Carl ]
	I...Invited!? Um...what do you want with us?

	[ Rachel ]
	I thought perhaps we would play for a time.

	[ Carl ]
	...P...Play...? Am I dreaming...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Unfortunately, no. I have invited you here. Prepare yourself, boy.

	[ Carl ]
	My apologies, but we're a little tired... Can you invite someone else?

This...this place is awfully strange...
I can't quite find the words to describe it, but it seems real enough...

I have a bad feeling about this... It's best if I leave quickly.

	[ Rachel ]
	No. Receiving an invitation from me is a great honor. Accepting is not
	optional.

	[ Carl ]
	Seems like we don't have much of an option... What should we do, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Sis!? What's wrong?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	Are you saying...she's dangerous?

	[ Rachel ]
	Me? Dangerous?
	*giggle* You -are- amusing.

	[ Carl ]
	What are you...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Weren't you listening? I said we're going to play.
	...But I'm only interested...

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	...in you.

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Now come over here, boy. It's time we begin.

	[ Carl ]
	What did you do to my sister!? Ch-Change her back!

	[ Rachel ]
	Don't worry. I'll release her when we've finished.

	[ Carl ]
	...Grr!

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| CARL VS RACHEL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3J.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3J.A0.W2

 [3J.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh..? I don't know why...but...the world...is spinning...

	[ Carl ]
	Phew... She was a strong one, wasn't she, Sis?
	It was a good lesson. I guess I can't judge a person by their
	looks...I mean...cat.

	[ Taokaka ]
	MEOWMEOWMEOW!

	[ Carl ]
	...Ack!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmm...I think I lost. So we play again!
	I won't lose this time!

	[ Carl ]
	Y-You must be kidding me...
	Let's run for it, Sis. I won't last if we keep this up...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey! You wait! Come back here! You can't outrun me!

(SAVE) Carl: A Dangerous Person

	[ Carl ]
	...I finally lost them...
	What was that all about...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis? What's wrong...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Where are you going? Sis!

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Tager ]
	Hm...?

	[ Carl ]
	Sis, what's wrong? What about this person?

	[ Tager ]
	Is that...the "Nirvana"!?

	[ Carl ]
	...What do you want with my sister?

	[ Tager ]
	Do you own Nirvana?

	[ Carl ]
	That is not her name. Please don't call her that.

	[ Tager ]
	I don't know your situation, but I'm sure you cannot handle that thing.
	Besides, it belongs to the Sector... I'll have to confiscate it.

	[ Carl ]
	...!

Something about this person...reminds me of my sister...
I can't really put it into words, but he doesn't really feel like
a...a...person.

Did my sister sense him and come here of her own will?

If she did, then maybe...by fighting him, I'll get closer to fixing my
sister... I might learn how I can make her normal again...

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • ...but I don't think I can beat him the way I am now. (3J.B1.X1)	      |
| • ...I have to fight him. (3J.B2.X1)					      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3J.A0.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Carl ]
	Sis... Sis...!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear, this won't do at all.
	The most you can muster without your sister's aid is this pitiful
	display? You are still an understudy, not worthy of performing on this
	stage.

	I pray the next time we meet, you'll be more of a knight and less of a
	child.

	[ Carl ]
	I'm sorry...Sis...

		GAME OVER

 [3J.A0.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS RACHEL: WIN

	[ Rachel ]
	...Hmm. I expected as much.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis! Are you OK? Are you hurt?

	[ Rachel ]
	Honestly... You're a co-dependent introvert, and you're constantly on
	the verge of tears. Perhaps if you could tear yourself away from you
	sister, you'd be less of a petulant infant.

	[ Carl ]
	Ng...

	[ Rachel ]
	Heheh. But you have provided me with entertainment, so I will reward
	you with what you desire--information.

	[ Carl ]
	...Useful?

	[ Rachel ]
	If you really wish to liberate...that...you will need a much better Nox
	Nyctores.

	[ Carl ]
	Nox Nyctores...

	[ Rachel ]
	I believe someone you know quite well has one. You've probably even
	seen it before.

	[ Carl ]
	Someone I know really well...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Let's see...I'll give you a hint. It's a person you met while you were
	still under the supervision of the NOL.
	
	The "Hero of Ikaruga" and his assistant... Surely I don't need to spell
	it out for you?

	[ Carl ]
	You don't mean...Jin Kisaragi and Noel Vermillion...?

	[ Rachel ]
	How refreshing to know you can think after all. They are here, in this
	town, as we speak, although I do not know how much longer they will be
	safe.

	[ Carl ]
	...Who are you?
	Why are you telling me this?

	[ Rachel ]
	Who knows?
	But, does it really matter?
	Regardless, you would be wise to make haste. Your time grows short.

	[ Carl ]
	...

For some reason, I want to believe everything she says...

I can't explain it... It almost seems like there's some kind of mysterious
power behind her words that simply compels me to believe them...

All I can think of doing is taking her advice.

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| • Let's go find Jin Kisaragi. (3J.A1.X1)				      |
| • Let's go find Noel Vermillion. (3J.A2.X1)				      |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

 [3J.A1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.

	[ Carl ]
	Huh...?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	Oh, Valkenhayn.
	Eavesdropping?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, Madam Rachel. You are so whimsical.

	[ Rachel ]
	Do you really think so? In another world, that child could have been a
	bright star...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	How unfortunate, then, that this world will not let him...

	[ Rachel ]
	It is not simply the world. His path is of his own choosing.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Then do you think he may make the correct choice?

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, I doubt that very much. That is what makes this a tragedy.
	...Or a comedy, I suppose.

(SAVE) Carl: Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa

	[ Jin ]
	Ragna... Who are you trying to fight?
	...What should I... do?
	..!?

	[ Carl ]
	Haha... That's just like you, Jin.

	[ Jin ]
	You are?

	[ Carl ]
	He made a mistake, Sis. He is the "Hero of Ikaruga" after all.

	[ Jin ]
	...Carl...
	Carl Clover...

	[ Carl ]
	Long time, no see, Jin. It looks like you do remember me.

	[ Jin ]
	It's not often a student leaves the academy behind without saying a
	word... So what brings you to this town...?

	[ Carl ]
	Actually, it's quite simple. I just want that weapon of yours.

	[ Jin ]
	...The "Yukianesa"?

	[ Carl ]
	Oh, it'll be OK. The NOL won't punish you if it happened to be taken by
	force.

	...I'll have you die right here.

	[ Jin ]
	...You're joking.

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| CARL VS JIN ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3J.A1.L1
								 WIN : 3J.A1.W2

 [3J.A1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Carl ]
	Ugh...this wasn't...how it's supposed...

	[ Jin ]
	It seems I have overestimated your power...
	You have disappointed me yet again...
	Hah! I don't even feel like finishing you off.
	...Stay down!

	[ Carl ]
	...
	It's OK, Sis... If I just get through this...there will be another
	opportunity to strike...
	Jin, you're the weak one!

	[ Jin ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	...My...hand froze...!

	[ Jin ]
	Did you honestly think I was that stupid...!?

	[ Carl ]
	AHHH...!

	[ Jin ]
	That should keep you from moving... What would you like frozen next?
	Hmm? I'll let you decide...

	[ Carl ]
	Jin... I...

	[ Jin ]
	Oh, I see... So you want your mouth frozen?

	[ Carl ]
	Mm...!

	[ Jin ]
	And next...?

	[ Carl ]
	Mmm...mNnNNNNNNmm...!

	[ Jin ]
	Hmm... Not too fun when you can't talk anymore, is it...? I suppose
	this is as good a time as any...

	[ Carl ]
	...!

		GAME OVER

 [3J.A1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	You...bastard...!

	[ Carl ]
	Huh? That's odd, Sis. He's still alive.
	I gave it my all too.
	Oh, well. I believe this is mine now.

	[ Jin ]
	Guh... Guagh!!

	[ Carl ]
	...So this is a "Nox Nyctores". Truly, it feels like I can cut through
	anything with it. I wonder why she told me to use this...
	!?
	What was that...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis!? What's wrong?
	Mm... I see... There's something down there...
	Let's go. I feel like I need to go there, too.

(SAVE) Carl: The Strange Space

	[ Carl ]
	What is this...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shit... Ugh...!

	[ Carl ]
	...Hm?
	I got blood on myself...
	Are you OK, Sis?

	[ Nu ]
	*giggle* ...Ragna, you're so stubborn.

	[ Carl ]
	...Ragna?
	It is him. He's badly injured...but it's Ragna the Bloodedge.
	But, why...?
	And who's the other person...?
	What do you think, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	You're shaking... Sis, what's wrong!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...now we can finally be together...

	[ Carl ]
	!!
	Oh, no! That lady's taking Ragna the Bloodedge with her!
	Let's go, Sis!
	Uh...um...excuse me! Please wait!

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	The Azure... I really need the Azure Grimoire that Ragna the Bloodedge
	carries! Do you think you can give it to me? I know I'm asking for a
	lot, but...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	If I don't have that, my sister won't change back. So please--

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Um, are you listening...?

	[ Nu ]
	Target confirmed...
	Who are you...?

	[ Carl ]
	I... I'm...

	[ Nu ]
	Interfering with my directive.
	Scanning complete. Target in possession of Nox-class weapon.
	Threat Level raised to B.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...are you still scared?
	You are, aren't you? But you'll be fine.
	I'm here. And the Azure is right in front of us.
	I'll get rid of her and return you to normal.

	[ Nu ]
	Subject determined to be hostile... Now beginning termination.

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...I'm gonna do my best. I want to eat your cooking again.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.A1.L2
								 WIN : 3J.A1.W2

 [3J.A1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: LOSE

	[ Carl ]
	Ungh...ugh...

	[ Nu ]
	Termination complete...
	Sorry to keep you waiting...Ragna.

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...are you OK...? Yeah, I'm sorry...
	I think I pushed myself too far...
	Is it not...possible anymore...?
	Can I not...return you to normal...?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...now...let's fuse...?

	[ Carl ]
	Sis... Si...s... Are you near...?
	I can't see anything...

		GAME OVER

 [3J.A1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	My attacks...aren't working?

	[ Nu ]
	Scanning target... Target within operational levels...

	[ Carl ]
	No--There's no way... How can there be someone we can't beat...!?

	[ Nu ]
	Resuming attack...

	[ Carl ]
	Ugh...!

	[ Nu ]
	Lifting restriction number 666.
	Deploying dimensional interference force field.
	Murakumo Unit deployed...
	From beyond the realm of souls and birth,
	I call upon the ur-sword to bring ruin upon my enemies.
	Perish.

	[ Carl ]
	I can't dodge it...!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Watch out!

	[ Carl ]
	Huh!?

	[ Litchi ]
	AHHHHHHH!

	[ Carl ]
	Wh-What...?
	Why... Why did you...?

	[ Litchi ]
	"Why"...? I don't know... I wonder why...?
	But...I was worried about you, so I followed you here.
	I was surprised...

	I never thought you would make contact with the Murakumo Unit...

	[ Nu ]
	Scanning target...
	Likelihood of survival: less than 7%.
	Returning to stand-by.
	Now, Ragna...let's become one...

	[ Carl ]
	Why did you protect me...? How can you do that!?
	I don't understand...

	[ Litchi ]
	Do I need...a reason..to help someone in need...?

	[ Carl ]
	Ah...aaah...!

Memories fill my head, and for a moment, I see my sister in this lady...
Not her face or her body, but...her heart.

But, I... I...!

	[ Carl ]
	I don't understand, Sis...

	[ Litchi ]
	...The gate!?

	[ Carl ]
	I don't get it... I just don't get it... I don't get it at all...

		Carl Stories
		Promise END

 [3J.A2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Let's go find Noel Vermillion.

	[ Carl ]
	Huh...?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	Oh, Valkenhayn.
	Eavesdropping?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, Madam Rachel. You are so whimsical.

	[ Rachel ]
	Do you really think so? In another world, that child could have been a
	bright star...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	How unfortunate, then, that this world will not let him...

	[ Rachel ]
	It is not simply the world. His path is of his own choosing.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Then do you think he may make the correct choice?

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, I doubt that very much. That is what makes this a tragedy.
	...Or a comedy, I suppose.

(SAVE) Carl: Arcus Diabolus

	[ Noel ]
	Is there something beyond here...?
	Wh-Who goes there!?

	[ Carl ]
	Long time, no see, Noel.

	[ Noel ]
	Huh...? D-Do I know you?

Noel's confusion is understandable.
I met her years ago, and only a few times.

I remove my hat and bow, politely.
Suddenly, she recognizes me.

	[ Noel ]
	Y-You're Carl, right? What are you doing here?

	[ Carl ]
	I know this is a little sudden, but I'm here to see you.

	[ Noel ]
	M-Me? Why...?
	A-Anyway, this place is really dangerous! You need get away quickly.

	[ Carl ]
	Thank you for the warning, but I need to ask you for a favor.

	[ Noel ]
	A favor? What would that be?

	[ Carl ]
	That weapon you have...

	[ Noel ]
	B-Bolverk? What about it?

	[ Carl ]
	So that weapon's name is Bolverk?
	I know I'm asking for a lot, but may I have it?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!? Is it so important?

	[ Carl ]
	Yes, I really need it.

	[ Noel ]
	U-Uhh...this is all so sudden. I can't just give it to you...

	[ Carl ]
	I can't tell you why I need it, but it has something to do with
	someone's life. Do you think you can give it to me...?

	[ Noel ]
	Someone's life...? I want to help out, but why the weapon?

	[ Carl ]
	I can't give you specific details. Do you think I can at least borrow
	it for a little bit? I'll return it as soon as I'm done.

	[ Noel ]
	Uh... Hmm...if it's just lending...
	Wh-What...? Bolverk is...!
	"Dangerous"? ...Carl?
	...Why?
	I'm sorry, Carl.
	I can't give you this weapon.

	[ Carl ]
	...Tch.

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!

	[ Carl ]
	Oh? Your reaction time is quicker than I thought.
	Maybe I underestimated you...

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-What are you doing, Carl!?

	[ Carl ]
	I tried to keep it peaceful, but that didn't seem to work.
	If you're not going to give it to me, I'm going to have to take it by
	force.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS NOEL ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.A2.L1
								 WIN : 3J.A2.W1

 [3J.A2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Carl ]
	Huh...that was odd. You're stronger than I thought you'd be...

	[ Noel ]
	Carl! I'm so sorry. I had no other choice... I'll get the medical
	staff, so don't move!

	[ Carl ]
	No, thank you... I don't need your help...
	Let's go...Sis...

	[ Noel ]
	Wait!

	[ Carl ]
	What wasn't any good, huh, Sis...? We need to come up with another
	plan... Yeah, I'm fine... How about...you...Sis...

	[ Noel ]
	Carl?
	Carl!

		GAME OVER

 [3J.A2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Noel ]
	No... I can't...give these to...you...

With her weapons gone, she loses the will to fight and collapses.

	[ Carl ]
	She was tougher than I thought. But we got it...the Nox Nyctores...
	Arcus Diabolus Bolverk...it pierces through space, detonating an
	Armagus-based blast wherever you aim. I see...you've been taking care
	of "work" with these...

	[ Noel ]
	!? Ugh...

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...?
	What's wrong? Is there something over there?

(SAVE) Carl: The Strange Space

	[ Carl ]
	What is this...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shit... Ugh...!

	[ Carl ]
	...Hm?
	I got blood on myself...
	Are you OK, Sis?

	[ Nu ]
	*giggle* ...Ragna, you're so stubborn.

	[ Carl ]
	...Ragna?
	It is him. He's badly injured...but it's Ragna the Bloodedge.
	But, why...?
	And who's the other person...?
	What do you think, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	You're shaking... Sis, what's wrong!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...now we can finally be together...

	[ Carl ]
	!!
	Oh, no! That lady's taking Ragna the Bloodedge with her!
	Let's go, Sis!
	Uh...um...excuse me! Please wait!

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	The Azure... I really need the Azure Grimoire that Ragna the Bloodedge
	carries! Do you think you can give it to me? I know I'm asking for a
	lot, but...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	If I don't have that, my sister won't change back. So please--

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Um, are you listening...?

	[ Nu ]
	Target confirmed...
	Who are you...?

	[ Carl ]
	I... I'm...

	[ Nu ]
	Interfering with my directive.
	Scanning complete. Target in possession of Nox-class weapon.
	Threat Level raised to B.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...are you still scared?
	You are, aren't you? But you'll be fine.
	I'm here. And the Azure is right in front of us.
	I'll get rid of her and return you to normal.

	[ Nu ]
	Subject determined to be hostile... Now beginning termination.

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...I'm gonna do my best. I want to eat your cooking again.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.A2.L2
								 WIN : 3J.A2.W2

 [3J.A2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: LOSE

			< 3J.A1.L2 >

 [3J.A2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: WIN

			< 3J.A1.W2 >

 [3J.B1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> ...but I don't think I can beat him the way I am now.

I...I can't win. I'm not at full strength... I used up a lot of energy running
away earlier.

I need to avoid confrontation.
I grab my sister's hand.

	[ Carl ]
	Let's run...

	[ Tager ]
	So, you choose to run... Unfortunately, I don't have the time to
	pursue... Either way...my mission takes precedence.

(SAVE) Carl: A Strange Girl

	[ Carl ]
	...Are you all right, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Yeah, I'll rest for a bit, too. So don't worry.
	!?
	Where are we?

	[ Rachel ]
	...Welcome, child. I have invited you here.

	[ Carl ]
	I...Invited!? Um...what do you want with us?

	[ Rachel ]
	I thought perhaps we would play for a time.

	[ Carl ]
	...P...Play...? Am I dreaming...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Unfortunately, no. I have invited you here. Prepare yourself, boy.

	[ Carl ]
	My apologies, but we're a little tired... Can you invite someone else?

This...this place is awfully strange...
I can't quite find the words to describe it, but it seems real enough...

I have a bad feeling about this... It's best if I leave quickly.

	[ Rachel ]
	No. Receiving an invitation from me is a great honor. Accepting is not
	optional.

	[ Carl ]
	Seems like we don't have much of an option... What should we do, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Sis!? What's wrong?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	Are you saying...she's dangerous?

	[ Rachel ]
	Me? Dangerous?
	*giggle* You -are- amusing.

	[ Carl ]
	What are you...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Weren't you listening? I said we're going to play.
	...But I'm only interested...

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	...in you.

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis!?

	[ Rachel ]
	Now come over here, boy. It's time we begin.

	[ Carl ]
	What did you do to my sister!? Ch-Change her back!

	[ Rachel ]
	Don't worry. I'll release her when we've finished.

	[ Carl ]
	...Grr!

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| CARL VS RACHEL ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3J.B1.L1
								 WIN : 3J.B1.W1

 [3J.B1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS RACHEL: LOSE

 [3J.B1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS RACHEL: WIN

	[ Rachel ]
	...Hmm. I expected as much.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis! Are you OK? Are you hurt?

	[ Rachel ]
	Honestly... You're a co-dependent introvert, and you're constantly on
	the verge of tears. Perhaps if you could tear yourself away from you
	sister, you'd be less of a petulant infant.

	[ Carl ]
	Ng...

	[ Rachel ]
	Heheh. But you have provided me with entertainment, so I will reward
	you with what you desire--information.

	[ Carl ]
	...Useful?

	[ Rachel ]
	If you really wish to liberate...that...you will need a much better Nox
	Nyctores.

	[ Carl ]
	Nox Nyctores...

	[ Rachel ]
	I believe someone you know quite well has one. You've probably even
	seen it before.

	[ Carl ]
	Someone I know really well...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Let's see...I'll give you a hint. It's a person you met while you were
	still under the supervision of the NOL.
	
	The "Hero of Ikaruga" and his assistant... Surely I don't need to spell
	it out for you?

	[ Carl ]
	You don't mean...Jin Kisaragi and Noel Vermillion...?

	[ Rachel ]
	How refreshing to know you can think after all. They are here, in this
	town, as we speak, although I do not know how much longer they will be
	safe.

	[ Carl ]
	...Who are you?
	Why are you telling me this?

	[ Rachel ]
	Who knows?
	But, does it really matter?
	Regardless, you would be wise to make haste. Your time grows short.

	[ Carl ]
	...

For some reason, I want to believe everything she says...

I can't explain it... It almost seems like there's some kind of mysterious
power behind her words that simply compels me to believe them...

All I can think of doing is taking her advice.

 [3J.B2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> ...I have to fight him.

I have to fight him...

It's what my sister wants...

	[ Carl ]
	If you lay even a finger on my sister...I'll kill you.

	[ Tager ]
	So, you're already possessed...?
	Very well! Prepare yourself!

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| CARL VS TAGER ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.B2.L1
								 WIN : 3J.B2.W1

 [3J.B2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Carl ]
	Urgh...!

	[ Tager ]
	Tager reporting... Is that you, Kokonoe?
	Yeah. No, I'm not done with that case...
	But I was unexpected able to collect Nirvana.
	Roger. I'll return at once.

	[ Carl ]
	W-Wait... Don't take my sister away...! Please...!

	[ Tager ]
	Give it up, young one. This weapon cannot be allowed to exist...

My sister's being taken away... She's going to be...gone...!

She's leaving... Being...taken away!
No, she needs to be here, with me! She can't...leave me!
Not...again!

No, no no no no no!

NO...!

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis...don't leave me...

		GAME OVER

 [3J.B2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS TAGER: WIN

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS BANG ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.B2.L2
								 WIN : 3J.B2.W2

 [3J.B2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS BANG: LOSE

 [3J.B2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS BANG: WIN

 [3J.C1.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Let's go find Jin Kisaragi.

	[ Carl ]
	Huh...?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	Oh, Valkenhayn.
	Eavesdropping?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, Madam Rachel. You are so whimsical.

	[ Rachel ]
	Do you really think so? In another world, that child could have been a
	bright star...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	How unfortunate, then, that this world will not let him...

	[ Rachel ]
	It is not simply the world. His path is of his own choosing.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Then do you think he may make the correct choice?

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, I doubt that very much. That is what makes this a tragedy.
	...Or a comedy, I suppose.

(SAVE) Carl: Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa

	[ Jin ]
	Ragna... Who are you trying to fight?
	...What should I... do?
	..!?

	[ Carl ]
	Haha... That's just like you, Jin.

	[ Jin ]
	You are?

	[ Carl ]
	He made a mistake, Sis. He is the "Hero of Ikaruga" after all.

	[ Jin ]
	...Carl...
	Carl Clover...

	[ Carl ]
	Long time, no see, Jin. It looks like you do remember me.

	[ Jin ]
	It's not often a student leaves the academy behind without saying a
	word... So what brings you to this town...?

	[ Carl ]
	Actually, it's quite simple. I just want that weapon of yours.

	[ Jin ]
	...The "Yukianesa"?

	[ Carl ]
	Oh, it'll be OK. The NOL won't punish you if it happened to be taken by
	force.

	...I'll have you die right here.

	[ Jin ]
	...You're joking.

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| CARL VS JIN ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3J.C1.L1
								 WIN : 3J.C1.W1

 [3J.C1.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS JIN: LOSE

			< 3J.A1.L1 >

 [3J.C1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Jin ]
	You...bastard...!

	[ Carl ]
	Huh? That's odd, Sis. He's still alive.
	I gave it my all too.
	Oh, well. I believe this is mine now.

	[ Jin ]
	Guh... Guagh!!

	[ Carl ]
	...So this is a "Nox Nyctores". Truly, it feels like I can cut through
	anything with it. I wonder why she told me to use this...
	!?
	What was that...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis!? What's wrong?
	Mm... I see... There's something down there...
	Let's go. I feel like I need to go there, too.

(SAVE) Carl: The Strange Space

	[ Carl ]
	What is this...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shit... Ugh...!

	[ Carl ]
	...Hm?
	I got blood on myself...
	Are you OK, Sis?

	[ Nu ]
	*giggle* ...Ragna, you're so stubborn.

	[ Carl ]
	...Ragna?
	It is him. He's badly injured...but it's Ragna the Bloodedge.
	But, why...?
	And who's the other person...?
	What do you think, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!

	[ Carl ]
	You're shaking... Sis, what's wrong!?

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...now we can finally be together...

	[ Carl ]
	!!
	Oh, no! That lady's taking Ragna the Bloodedge with her!
	Let's go, Sis!
	Uh...um...excuse me! Please wait!

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	The Azure... I really need the Azure Grimoire that Ragna the Bloodedge
	carries! Do you think you can give it to me? I know I'm asking for a
	lot, but...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	If I don't have that, my sister won't change back. So please--

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	Um, are you listening...?

	[ Nu ]
	Target confirmed...
	Who are you...?

	[ Carl ]
	I... I'm...

	[ Nu ]
	Interfering with my directive.
	Scanning complete. Target in possession of Nox-class weapon.
	Threat Level raised to B.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...are you still scared?
	You are, aren't you? But you'll be fine.
	I'm here. And the Azure is right in front of us.
	I'll get rid of her and return you to normal.

	[ Nu ]
	Subject determined to be hostile... Now beginning termination.

	[ Carl ]
	Sis...I'm gonna do my best. I want to eat your cooking again.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.C1.L2
								 WIN : 3J.C1.W2

 [3J.C1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: LOSE

			< 3J.A1.L2 >

 [3J.C1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	My attacks...aren't working?

	[ Nu ]
	Scanning target... Target within operational levels...

	[ Carl ]
	No--There's no way... How can there be someone we can't beat...!?

	[ Nu ]
	Resuming attack...

	[ Carl ]
	Ugh...!

	[ Nu ]
	Lifting restriction number 666.
	Deploying dimensional interference force field.
	Murakumo Unit deployed...
	O silver blade forged in the depths of beyond,
	heed my summons, and purge those who stand in my way...
	Lay waste...

	[ Carl ]
	Oh no!

	[ Nirvana ]
	...!!

	[ Carl ]
	Sis!?
	No! Stop! Don't protect me!
	Stop it! Sis, you're gonna die!! STOP! STOP IT!!
	Goddammit... Damn "Azure"! Stop it! STOP IT!!!!!

	[ Nu ]
	Continue assault until the anomaly is terminated.

	[ Carl ]
	Please stop! Sis, please, sto...
	...p...

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	...Sis?
	Sis...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	No...Sis...please...answer me.
	No... NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
	...Sis...Sis!
	Answer me! Ada! Ada!

	[ Nu ]
	Elimination of phenomenon: complete.
	Target... destroyed... Initiating next phase.

	[ Carl ]
	Ah...ahh...
	No way...there's no way Sis is gone... She won't leave me...
	There's no way she'd do that... She won't...
	Right, Sis...? If you lave me, I'll be all by myself again...
	I don't want to be all alone anymore...by myself...
	...How could you, Sis, you left me again.

My sister is scattered all over the place... I pick her up... Again, and
again...

	[ Carl ]
	There you are... You were just hiding, weren't you?
	Thank God...
	I won't leave you ever again... I don't want to be alone...
	You, too, right?

	[ Nu ]
	Now, Ragna...
	We can finally be together...

	[ Carl ]
	Hey, Sis... I don't know why...but I'm getting sleepy...
	...
	That's...
	No, it's nothing.
	Good night, Ada...

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3J.C2.X1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

> Let's go find Noel Vermillion.

	[ Carl ]
	Huh...?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	Oh, Valkenhayn.
	Eavesdropping?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, Madam Rachel. You are so whimsical.

	[ Rachel ]
	Do you really think so? In another world, that child could have been a
	bright star...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	How unfortunate, then, that this world will not let him...

	[ Rachel ]
	It is not simply the world. His path is of his own choosing.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Then do you think he may make the correct choice?

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, I doubt that very much. That is what makes this a tragedy.
	...Or a comedy, I suppose.

(SAVE) Carl: Arcus Diabolus

	[ Noel ]
	Is there something beyond here...?
	Wh-Who goes there!?

	[ Carl ]
	Long time, no see, Noel.

	[ Noel ]
	Huh...? D-Do I know you?

Noel's confusion is understandable.
I met her years ago, and only a few times.

I remove my hat and bow, politely.
Suddenly, she recognizes me.

	[ Noel ]
	Y-You're Carl, right? What are you doing here?

	[ Carl ]
	I know this is a little sudden, but I'm here to see you.

	[ Noel ]
	M-Me? Why...?
	A-Anyway, this place is really dangerous! You need get away quickly.

	[ Carl ]
	Thank you for the warning, but I need to ask you for a favor.

	[ Noel ]
	A favor? What would that be?

	[ Carl ]
	That weapon you have...

	[ Noel ]
	B-Bolverk? What about it?

	[ Carl ]
	So that weapon's name is Bolverk?
	I know I'm asking for a lot, but may I have it?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!? Is it so important?

	[ Carl ]
	Yes, I really need it.

	[ Noel ]
	U-Uhh...this is all so sudden. I can't just give it to you...

	[ Carl ]
	I can't tell you why I need it, but it has something to do with
	someone's life. Do you think you can give it to me...?

	[ Noel ]
	Someone's life...? I want to help out, but why the weapon?

	[ Carl ]
	I can't give you specific details. Do you think I can at least borrow
	it for a little bit? I'll return it as soon as I'm done.

	[ Noel ]
	Uh... Hmm...if it's just lending...
	Wh-What...? Bolverk is...!
	"Dangerous"? ...Carl?
	...Why?
	I'm sorry, Carl.
	I can't give you this weapon.

	[ Carl ]
	...Tch.

	[ Noel ]
	Eek!

	[ Carl ]
	Oh? Your reaction time is quicker than I thought.
	Maybe I underestimated you...

	[ Noel ]
	Wh-What are you doing, Carl!?

	[ Carl ]
	I tried to keep it peaceful, but that didn't seem to work.
	If you're not going to give it to me, I'm going to have to take it by
	force.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS NOEL ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.C2.L1
								 WIN : 3J.C2.W1

 [3J.C2.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

			< 3J.A2.L1 >

 [3J.C2.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS NOEL: WIN

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| CARL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3J.C2.L2
								 WIN : 3J.C2.W2

 [3J.C2.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: LOSE

			< 3J.A1.L2 >

 [3J.C2.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			CARL VERSUS V-13: WIN

			< 3J.C1.W2 >

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[3K.A0.L1] vs Taokaka (Lose)
[3K.A0.W1] vs Taokaka (Win)
[3K.A0.L2] vs Bang (Lose)
[3K.A0.W2] vs Bang (Win)
[3K.A0.L3] vs Tager (Lose)
[3K.A0.W3] vs Tager (Win)
[3K.A0.L4] vs Unlimited Rachel (Lose)
[3K.A0.L5] vs Unlimited Rachel (Win)

[3K.A0.W4] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3K.A0.W5] vs Ragna (Win)
[3K.A0.W6] vs Jin (Lose)
[3K.A0.W7] vs Jin (Win)
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		HAKU=MEN Stories
		Atonement hero

Nothing exists there.
No light, no darkness, no air, nothing.

Not even time can exist there...

...except for him.
Even in the absence of everything else, he survives.
The device implanted in what is left of his body sustains him.

However, survival is all he can do.
He hasn't the energy or the ability to leave.
He can't even move.

This place is called the Edge.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

He has been floating around the Edge for years.

Though this space is detached from the flow of time,
his body can still acknowledge the fact that something is changing:
Time is passing in the world beyond the Edge.

Until the day comes for him to confront his destiny, he continues to wait.
Silently.

A few hours in the Edge will drive most people mad, but not him.
Sheer strength of will keeps him sane, decade after decade.

He doesn't know how long he will have to wait.
Perhaps ten years... Perhaps a hundred...

But it doesn't matter.
He will wait as long as he needs to.

He is patient...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Can you hear me? If you can hear me, talk to me.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

Time is changing...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...Hey, say something. I can't do anything unless you start talking to
	me.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Who the devil are you?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	So you're Hakumen, huh? I'm gonna retrieve you now, but there's a limit
	to how much I can interfere from this side, so I'm gonna need your
	help.

	[ Hakumen ]
	I'll ask again...who are you?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Really wanna know, huh? All right...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	My name is Kokonoe. I'm just an ordinary scientist.
	I can't really answer any complicated questions. This is just a backup.

	[ Hakumen ]
	..."Backup"? I suppose that makes you an owner of the Edge...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You call this the Edge? Huh. Well, it doesn't matter to me.

	I'm trying to retrieve you, but I've run into a little trouble with the
	reconstitution algorithm.

	One of my assistants is on his way there, but...it's not very stable in
	that area... I don't think he'll be able to get to you.

	So...as much as I didn't want to, I decided to distort your casual
	pathways a bit.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Casual distortion...
	Are you a witch?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I told you I'm a scientist.
	Let's just get this show on the road, all right?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hm...
	...This sensation...I remember it well. It feels like...Nine.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Are you her descendant?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...This isn't really any of your damn business.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ha ha ha... So I see. My guess has not missed its mark. Your disruption
	of the Edge only proves the truth of it: you are the daughter of Nine
	and the cat.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hmph.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You were born a true masterpiece, Grimalkin. A mixing of the rare witch
	blood and mighty cat heritage.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...As much as I want to push you right back into the Boundary now, I
	can't let half a year's worth of efforts go to waste either. Are you
	ready?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Very well. I will see what I can do if you can provide me with an
	arrival location on the other side. I will return in my own way.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Sounds great. Don't hold it against me if this doesn't turn out well.
	We won't be able to talk for a while. Any last words?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Surely you jest.
	What could I have to say to a demon?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Fine. Let's get started. Good luck.

(SAVE) Hakumen: Kagutsuchi

	[ Hakumen ]
	So... This is the place...

He recognizes it... The 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi.

A memory from when he was human... But he can't recall anything else.
...Only a strange nostalgia, without any particular reason.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Is this a remnant of my memory? Or...

Kokonoe had told him where he should go, but it had been up to him to will
himself there...

He can't tell if this place is the result of his own will, or something else...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, you, masked man right there! Do you know anything about "Rawrgna"?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

He knows this creature...

They'd once been comrades during the war.
...No...
That one had been slightly different.

A genetically engineered weapon created from the DNA of the world's most
powerful organism...
He'd fought in many battles with the prototype of this creature.

But the one in front of him is slightly different.

He wonders if he already returned to the "present" world...

...Or if he met the creature in front of him when he was human...

He doesn't remember anything like that...
Perhaps his memory is simply malfunctioning and causing hallucinations.

There is only one thing for him to do...

	[ Hakumen ]
	I await your challenge, child of the cat!

	[ Taokaka ]
	...Oh? You'll play with meow?
	You're a good person, masked man!

			X----------------------X
			|+--------------------+|
			|| HAKUMEN VS TAOKAKA ||
			|+--------------------+|
			X----------------------X

								LOSE : 3K.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3K.A0.W1

 [3K.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS TAOKAKA: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	As I thought...this is not the present... My power is sorely lacking...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hm? Is it over already, meow? Tao can still go, through!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then I must return to the Edge, it seems...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Can you hear me? Please respond...
	...

	He must've failed. Pretty sad for one of the Six Heroes. Would've
	thought he'd do a little better... Now I gotta do it all over again...
	...Crap.

		GAME OVER

 [3K.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS TAOKAKA: WIN

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow... I can't go on... Anymore, meow...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...
	!

Space twists around him for an instant, then snaps into place. He feels
dizzy... This must be a side effect of the substantiation process.

Even for a creature with a will like his, the process is jarring. For a moment,
he feels something akin to fear, but it is gone in the blink of an eye.
He is finally leaving the Edge and manifesting himself in the present world.

It appears Kokonoe's interface has been successful.

Ah yes... The very first one...the original Grimalkin.

	[ ??? ]
	Whoa, whoa. Grimalkin? That ain't very nice.

The voice is familiar.
He doesn't even need to turn around to know who it belongs to.

One of the Six Heroes. His former comrade in times of war.
The creature was so skilled, even Hakumen hadn't noticed his presence until he
spoke.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Perhaps you prefer -malkin-?

	[ ??? ]
	...Ya just dropped the first part. Besides, who the hell calls a cat
	-malkin- these days?

Jubei. That is the cat's name. It is said to be the strongest creature in the
world. Hakumen knows that it is.

But what is Jubei doing here? He can't be here, Hakumen thinks.
It doesn't make sense. The creature must be hallucination.

Still, seeing the cat again makes Hakumen...nostalgic.

	[ Hakumen ]
	I have so few visitors...

	[ Jubei ]
	...Lemme spell it out, nice and easy-like.

	I ain't no illusion, friend. I'm as much right here in this room as you
	are.

	[ Hakumen ]
	What...?

	[ Jubei ]
	Snuck in here to have a little look-see. Happened on your little
	hidey-hole, then I happened on you.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Is that so?

	[ Jubei ]
	I reckon it's Kokonoe who's trying to pull you out here... An' if she
	does, I'd be much obliged if you don't tell about me. I got my reasons.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Then you have my word.

	But what has brought you here? What news do you bring of the outside
	world?

	[ Jubei ]
	...Terumi's back.

	[ Hakumen ]
	What!? That can't be! It's impossible!

	[ Jubei ]
	All the same, he's on the move, so you be careful. Can't say much else
	just now.

	It's been ninety years since we saw each other. I got a mite to say to
	ya, but there ain't time. Kokonoe'll be on me any minute now, so I best
	be on my way. Good luck, friend.

	[ Hakumen ]
	I thought ten years had passed, at the most... But if Terumi has
	returned... I was sure the seal... Could it be that Takama-gahara has
	been activated once again?

	Ungh...!

(SAVE) Hakumen: Hero

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then this place as well...

He tells himself it is only another hallucination. The substantiation process
still isn't complete.

In the meantime, he has nothing to do but wander.
This place is a mere remnant of his memory...a memory from when he was human...

	[ Bang ]
	...

A man stands in front of Hakumen. He doesn't recognize the man, but something
about his simple, honest eyes seems familiar...

	[ Bang ]
	I take it that you're one of the Six Heroes, Master Hakumen...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Indeed...

	[ Bang ]
	My name is Bang Shishigami. I'm here to ask for a fair match...and your
	guidance.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Why would you wish to do that?

	[ Bang ]
	It's all in the name of justice.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Justice, eh? Tell me, boy, what is this "justice" of yours?

	[ Bang ]
	I don't expect to save the entire universe...but at the very least, I
	want to save those I see suffering before me... -That- is my justice.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You have a strong spirit, and you know your limitations... Very well.

	[ Bang ]
	I am in your debt.

	I will show you my justice...to retrieve everything I've lost in
	Ikaruga!

There is something Hakumen feels he should remember... Something about
Ikaruga... A man had worked very hard to restore the country of Ikaruga. When
Hakumen had been human, he had mocked him for it.

...But the man is different now. He is a man who stands up for what he believes
in. A man who Hakumen can respect.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Retrieve, eh?

He can't help but wonder...
His force of will, and this determined man's...
Which is stronger?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hmph... You've not changed at all.
	Very well then... Let us begin, Bang Shishigami!

	[ Bang ]
	Ooh!

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| HAKUMEN VS BANG ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

								LOSE : 3K.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3K.A0.W2

 [3K.A0.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS BANG: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	How could I lose to such a man...?
	Perhaps it is as they say...
	"What goes around, comes around..."

	[ Bang ]
	I appreciate your time... However, I must excuse myself here.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Must I return to the Edge again...?

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Hakumen ]
	You...!

	[ Rachel ]
	How utterly pathetic. You would do well to start over.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You are nothing but a spectator--

	[ Rachel ]
	I hope you do better next time...

		GAME OVER

 [3K.A0.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS BANG: WIN

	[ Bang ]
	So this is the power...of the Six Heroes...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Your will is strong. I acknowledge your spirit.

	[ Rachel ]
	...I see. An intriguing development.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...You. Why have you come here?

	[ Rachel ]
	...You don't suspect I am an illusion?

	[ Hakumen ]
	I know you too well. You would not stoop to an illusion...not that I
	would be able to see such legerdemain.

	[ Rachel ]
	I was unaware you had such hatred of me.
	I'm only here to see what was occupying your time, since you had yet to
	appear...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Hmm... Why are you truly here, demon?

	[ Rachel ]
	...There's something interesting going on with that "doll"... I found
	her chasing rainbows near the Boundary, just like you.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Doll... You mean Murakumo?

	[ Rachel ]
	I'm here to wake her up.

	But I thought perhaps I could play with you a little, while I was in
	the area.

	[ Hakumen ]
	That creation is a repository of crimes humans have committed...a blade
	meant to cut God. That sword must be destroyed. I shall destroy it...I
	must! I will destroy even you, should you stand in my way.

	[ Rachel ]
	Such violence... Very well. Do as you please.
	Until we meet again, Hero.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Hmph.

(SAVE) Hakumen: Faith

	[ Hakumen ]
	Again...?
	Where am I now...?
	What!?

	[ Tager ]
	...

It takes him only a moment to determine that this is no hallucination.
Something about it reminds him of Kokonoe's interference.

If Hakumen was correct, this creature before him was a projection of someone's
consciousness, sent to the Edge, most likely by Kokonoe.

	[ Tager ]
	So, you're one of the Six Heroes, "Hakumen"?

	[ Hakumen ]
	And you...the Red Devil?

	[ Tager ]
	...You know me?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Or perhaps you are merely Kokonoe's assistant?

	[ Tager ]
	Indeed.

Hakumen stares at the creature. It isn't human, but he knows a creature that
looks just like it...

Strange creatures called "demons". He had crossed swords with them before.

	[ Tager ]
	Ugh...

...But the thing in front of him is different from a normal demon.

He must have been implanted with demon genes of some sort...
A scientist of questionable morals like Kokonoe would have no problem
doing such a thing.

There is little doubt in Hakumen's mind that this Red Devil is an agent of the
cat scientist, who has sent his consciousness to the Edge with her assistance.

	[ Hakumen ]
	This, then, is the miracle of the Devil...

	[ Tager ]
	I'm Tager from Sector Seven.
	Kokonoe sent me to retrieve you. But, how that will be done, is your
	call.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Very well. Then the eye shall bear witness to my power!

	[ Tager ]
	Hmph, Kokonoe... So -this- is why you didn't give me the details...
	Nonetheless, I must thank you for giving me this opportunity to take
	down one of the Six Heroes!

	Haha! I'm not gonna hold back, "Hakumen"!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Heheheh... We may begin when you desire, Red Devil.

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| HAKUMEN VS TAGER ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3K.A0.L3
								 WIN : 3K.A0.W3

 [3K.A0.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS TAGER: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	Guh... I knew there was much missing, but this...

	[ Tager ]
	That's all you've got, for one of the Six Heroes?

	[ Hakumen ]
	I should take another opportunity to prove myself, but I do not think I
	will be granted one.

	[ Tager ]
	Wh-What is it!? What's happening!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Where will I find myself this time? Shall I return to the Edge again,
	or perhaps to the depths of the Boundary?

	[ Tager ]
	Huh!?

(SAVE) Hakumen: The Audience

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Guh!

	[ Rachel ]
	What an unusual guest.
	Aren't you a little early for tea?

	[ Hakumen ]
	You!

	[ Rachel ]
	I must say, your performance was rather lacking.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ugh...!

	[ Rachel ]
	You've been in the Boundary too long. Your will has begun to seep away.
	I don't know how you've managed to sustain your body in such a good
	condition. I must admit I'm impressed.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Empty flattery does not suit you, nor will it serve your purpose.

	[ Rachel ]
	If you have the energy to act tough, perhaps there is hope for you yet.
	Stand before me, Hero, like you once did.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Aaaaagh!
	Y-You...! I am...the blade of justice... Summon......Yuki...sa...
	Rag......Broth......Beast...

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear. It would appear your memory has been damaged. Are you quite
	all right?

	[ Hakumen ]
	*pant* *pant*

	[ Rachel ]
	You are behaving rather nicely. Very well. Keep it up, and I shall
	reward you with a treat, and perhaps a delicious cup of tea as well.

	[ Hakumen ]
	With blade in hand shall I reap...the sins of this world, and cleanse
	it...in the fires of destruction. Such has been my fate since the day
	of my birth...

	I am...Hakumen. The end...has come.

			X-------------------------------X
			|+-----------------------------+|
			|| HAKUMEN VS UNLIMITED RACHEL ||
			|+-----------------------------+|
			X-------------------------------X

								LOSE : 3K.A0.L4
								 WIN : 3K.A0.L5

 [3K.A0.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS TAGER: WIN

	[ Hakumen ]
	...I can see why you're one of the Six Heroes...
	This sensation... Do you wield a weapon of causality...?

	No... That is not possible... This feeling is that of an emotionless
	machine...

	[ Tager ]
	...What are you talking about?

	[ Hakumen ]
	I see... Then this is the work of the Grimalkin...

	[ Tager ]
	What's happening!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	The corporeal establishment process has reached completion...thanks to
	the causality phenomena weapon embedded within your metallic frame.

	[ Tager ]
	Phenomena...?
	I don't have such a thing inside me...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then you have not been properly informed. Evaluating my quantum
	superposition and manifesting me in this world of the present with your
	causality phenomena device... That is almost certainly what the
	Grimalkin has intended.

	[ Tager ]
	What?

	[ Hakumen ]
	You are nothing but the eye--the observor who has collapsed the wave
	function of my prison is the one who holds your chain.

	[ Tager ]
	An observor with their own will? No, that can't be... That, would mean
	that...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Yes... Quantum superpositional manipulation... A technique that can
	grant one the power of a god, if only for a moment...
	...But it is not perfected.

	[ Tager ]
	...

(SAVE) Hakumen: The Black Beast

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Ugh!
	This is...

He knows immediately that he is not in the present world. The air is wrong.
The color is wrong. But if he isn't in the present world...where is he?

Did the existential substantiation fail and throw him into the Boundary?
Or was the whole experience nothing more than a dream he'd had, floating
in the Edge?

As if in response to his curiosity, everything around him began to distort...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...Hey!
	What the hell are you doing!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Ah, the Grimalkin.
	Where am I?
	What has happened?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You gotta be kidding, you *******!
	Your damn ego is causing all sorts of causality drift!
	It was going so well, but you just had to screw it up, didn't you?

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Then I am again inside my will?

The stabilizing process wasn't the issue...

...It was his own ego.

His powerful ego had rejected Kokonoe's objective recognition of his own
existence, trapping him on the other side of the Edge.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well, now that you're here, the rest's up to you.
	Just do it...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	...Hm?

	[ Hakumen ]
	I see... My will...it is all around me...
	And here, before me, is my origin...

	[ Ragna ]
	Who the hell are you supposed to be, wearing that weird mask...?
	Get out of my way, or you'll get hurt.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ah, yes... My genesis...the beginning of my endless journey to defeat
	every last one of you! Ragna the Bloodedge, you are first!

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh...? What the hell are you talking about...?
	Cut the crap and just get out of my way!

	[ Hakumen ]
	I will not withdraw! I will never withdraw!
	Even if you were an illusion of the Boundary, my blade exists only to
	banish demons like you from the Earth!

	[ Ragna ]
	Tch... I have no idea where you're goin' with this...
	What, you really wanna fight me?
	I can guarantee you're gonna be sorry, you masked *****!

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am ready for you, Black Beast. To destroy evil, I must defeat it at
	the root, and that root is you!

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| HAKUMEN VS RAGNA ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

								LOSE : 3K.A0.W4
								 WIN : 3K.A0.W5

 [3K.A0.L4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS UNLIMITED RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ugh... Argh!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh dear... And here I didn't think you could get any more pathetic.
	Good night, Hero. Rest in peace beneath the Boundary. Forever.
	...Oh my. I do believe it's time for tea.

		GAME OVER

 [3K.A0.L5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS UNLIMITED RACHEL: WIN

	[ Rachel ]
	You've done quite well. A promise is a promise... Here is your
	reward--a reprieve.

	[ Hakumen ]
	...
	...!

	[ Rachel ]
	That should stitch you back together, for a while at any rate.

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am in your debt, creature of the night.

	[ Rachel ]
	You owe me nothing. You've earned it.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then we shall meet again.

	[ Rachel ]
	What on Earth was so urgent? He didn't even drink his tea...

	[ Hakumen ]
	I have arrived.
	Concentration is nearly twenty percent... This should be sufficient...
	The time is at hand. It will begin soon, and that beginning...
	...will herald the end!
	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

		HAKU=MEN Stories
		Atonement hero END

 [3K.A0.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	I...I am defeated? Again?

	[ Ragna ]
	Hah! So you were all talk after all! Now get the hell outta my way...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then this is my apportioned fate...

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh? He disappeared...? What did that bastard want anyway...?

		GAME OVER

 [3K.A0.W5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	God...dammit...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

What tears he had have dried up long ago, and he no longer even has eyes to cry
from...
...But to be reunited with the man he once called "Brother"...

He opens his mouth to speak..

	[ Hakumen ]
	I shall bend the world--the past and the future--to my will.
	Now rest in peace, Ragna the Bloodedge... Ragna my brother...

	[ Ragna ]
	Hmph...so the crybaby's acting all big now... You cheeky bastard...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...

He can feel his will twisting him, but there is one more thing he must do to
ensure his existence in the present world.

He must deny himself.

It will be his atonement for kill his own brother...

	[ Hakumen ]
	I deserve no redemption! May my soul forever atone, encased in this
	undying shell--Sankishin Susano'o!

(SAVE) Hakumen: The Past

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword.
	With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it
	in the fires of destruction. My past incarnation is no exception!

	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

			X------------------X
			|+----------------+|
			|| HAKUMEN VS JIN ||
			|+----------------+|
			X------------------X

								LOSE : 3K.A0.W6
								 WIN : 3K.A0.W7

 [3K.A0.W6] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Hakumen ]
	Is this truly my will? Am...I the sin that must be expunged?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...

	[ Hakumen ]
	Go. Laugh. Mock the pitiful creature that I am...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...

		GAME OVER

 [3K.A0.W7] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			HAKUMEN VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...!

	[ Hakumen ]
	Begone, apparition. I have conquered my doubts.
	...
	Finally... It has begun.
	...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I've been waiting. Took you long enough.

	[ Hakumen ]
	You are the one called Kokonoe.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Don't bother playing nice. We aren't gonna be friends. Fact is, I don't
	like you that much.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Then why have you summoned me, demon?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I need your body--the Susano'o unit--for one of my assignments. Just
	your body, really. I'd dump the rest of you back into the Boundary if I
	could.

	But, I don't have what it takes to pull you out of the Susano'o, so I
	need your help.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Do you truly believe I would heed your request?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	No. Why the hell do you think I don't like you? Ah well. I'm not here
	to boss you around anyway. All I need you to do is keep on existing.

	With you around, I'm sure he'll show up sooner or later.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Ah... Then you are in pursuit of Terumi.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You go right ahead and think whatever you want. You aren't getting any
	sort of explanation from me.
	...Oh, one other thing...

	Don't get in my way. I brought you here, and I can send you right back
	just as easily. Keep that in mind.

	[ Hakumen ]
	Your plan intrigues me. Very well. I will do as you wish, until the day
	that he appears before me.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	All right... He's probably heading for Kagutsuchi, but...
	My best chance is probably going to be when I retrieve him there...

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am Hakumen. The end has come.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{3L}-[ V -NO. 13- ]---------------------------------------------------
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[3L.A0.L1] vs Carl (Lose)
[3L.A0.W1] vs Carl (Win)
[3L.A0.L2] vs Jin (Lose)
[3L.A0.W2] vs Jin (Win)
[3L.A0.L3] vs Noel (Lose)
[3L.A0.W3] vs Noel (Win)
[3L.A0.L4] vs Ragna (Lose)
[3L.A0.W4] vs Ragna (Win)

[3L.X1.W1] vs Jin (Win by Distortion Finish)
[3L.X1.L1] vs Arakune (Lose)
[3L.X1.W2] vs Arakune (Win)
[3L.X1.L2] vs Unlimited Rachel (Lose)
[3L.X1.W2] vs Unlimited Rachel (Win)
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		v-13- Stories
		Wish

I slowly open my eyes.

Azure...?

It's brilliant blue glow is all I can see...

Ever since I woke up...
Floating... Wavering...

This Azure is the only world I know...

...I feel like someone is calling me again...
When I respond, a spear of silver light pierces this blue world...

I reach toward it...
The light is bright, warm, and cold at the same time...

My body is gently beckoned...

Waves of light wash across my back...

The world is white...all white...as far as the eye can see...
...but there is...something...in the distance...

I squint against the light...

I can see a shadow in the distance...

...Who is it?

They're...fuzzy. I can't make out any details...

I reach out, and my arm gets caught in a string made of light...
I struggle, but I only get more tangled in the strings of light...

The light is fading into the distance...
So is the strange person...
I fall into the blue, like I'm drowning...

*splish* *splash*

*giggle*

Why...?

*giggle*

It was just a premonition...

A selfish desire...
An endless rign of fate...

	[ Nu ]
	I'm...right here...

(SAVE) v-13: vs. Carl

	[ Nu ]
	Loading...loading...
	...Ragna.
	What is it...my senses...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Um, excuse me.

	[ Nu ]
	...Who?

...Had to hear...

	[ Carl ]
	Have you seen my sister?

	[ Nu ]
	...Unknown... I do not comprehend.

	[ Carl ]
	Is that so? Well, thanks all the same. It seems like she got lost...
	Um, her eyes, hair, and face look a lot like mine, so...if you see her,
	please let me know.

He bows to me.

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	I'm sorry to bother you...if you'll excuse me.

	[ Nu ]
	...Searching...
	Complete.

	[ Carl ]
	Ah, Sis! There you are.
	You disappeared when I was looking the other way. I was so worried, you
	know. C'mon, let's go home.

	[ Nu ]
	...
	...
	...?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...Situation...unknown...

	[ Carl ]
	It's the Azure, Sis. We've finally found it.

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	This is only a fragment of the Azure...so we should be OK.

	[ Nu ]
	Azure...I know of it...
	Where Nu was...

	[ Carl ]
	Say, how should we take the Azure? Can we just sever it?
	Or do we smash it?
	Milk it out perhaps?
	I guess we'll find out when we dissect her, right?

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| V-13 VS CARL ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3L.A0.L1
								 WIN : 3L.A0.W1

 [3L.A0.L1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS CARL: LOSE

	[ Nu ]
	Situation, resolved.
	Haah...haah...
	Why can't I do it...? I don't understand...
	You were supposed to be "terminated".

	[ Carl ]
	The result was expected. This is me and Sis we're talking about.
	Let's go kill Ragna the Bloodedge next, Sis.
	Half of a piece is useless on its own.

	[ Nu ]
	Eh...?

	[ Carl ]
	It seems he's pretty close.
	Let's hurry, Sis.

	[ Nu ]
	Close...?
	Ragna... No...Ragna...!

		GAME OVER

 [3L.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS CARL: WIN

	[ Carl ]
	Huh? That's strange...?
	*pant* *pant* *cough* *cough*
	Are you OK, Sis?

	[ Nu ]
	Distortion... Subject determined to be a threat to the construction
	data... Eliminating...

	Aha...
	*giggle* *giggle*

	[ Carl ]
	S-Sis!? No...Ada!

(SAVE) v-13: vs. Jin

	[ Nu ]
	Huh... Where am I...now?

I...don't recognize this place. The boy and his machine are gone...

There is someone else here. He is looking at me...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Ah, there you are...!
	...Why the worried face?

	[ Nu ]
	...Who?

	[ Jin ]
	Were you getting lonely, lost all by yourself?
	Haha...I guess some things just never change.

	[ Nu ]
	Never...change...?

I feel something...deep in my heart...

In my chest... Someone... In my memory...

	[ Jin ]
	Your face looks a little pale... Are you sure you're all right?

	[ Nu ]
	...Yeah...

	[ Jin ]
	If Brother saw that face...I'm sure he'd be worried, too...

	[ Nu ]
	...Brother...?

	[ Jin ]
	Yeah... He's probably sweeping the hills looking for you right now...

	[ Nu ]
	...Nearby...searching for Nu...?

	[ Jin ]
	Nu...?
	That's not the person Brother's looking fo. Brother is... Brother is--

	[ Ragna ]
	...Sorry.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	Later...

	[ Nu ]
	...?

	[ Jin ]
	You scum! The world will never accept you.

	[ Nu ]
	Situation...unknown...resolution...searching...
	...undetermined...I don't understand.

	[ Jin ]
	Shut up!
	You're an eye-sore! Eye-sore!

My body twitches.
I...I feel emotions taking over... They feel...foreign...

	[ Nu ]
	Help me...

	[ Jin ]
	Don't take my brother away from me!

			X---------------X
			|+-------------+|
			|| V-13 VS JIN ||
			|+-------------+|
			X---------------X

								LOSE : 3L.A0.L2
								 WIN : 3L.A0.W2
						   DISTORTION FINISH : 3L.X1.W1

 [3L.A0.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS JIN: LOSE

	[ Nu ]
	R-Ragna...

	[ Jin ]
	Don't you dare say that name! You worthless scum! Scum! How dare you!

	[ Nu ]
	N-No... Ugh...!

	[ Jin ]
	Ahahahahaha...
	You're never... Never! Going to touch my brother...!

		GAME OVER

 [3L.A0.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Nu ]
	...Destruction... Justice... This is also...destiny.

	[ Jin ]
	Shut up...! You heap of scrap metal...!
	Ahahaha... Your entire life is a fabrication!

	[ Nu ]
	...Fabri...cation...?

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh... Gah! Ahahahaha... Guaaagh!

	[ Nu ]
	Target successfully terminated...right...?

(SAVE) v-13: vs. Noel

	[ Nu ]
	...I know...this place.

Outside the...Cauldron...where I always wake up...
There is someone I...don't...know...

	[ Nu ]
	...Who...are you?

	[ Noel ]
	Scanning complete. IFF determined. Processing... Target identified
	as...identical...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...I can't...hear anything...

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Ragna...?

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	I can't hear you. What are you saying?
	Hey, Ragna.
	...Ow...!
	...Oww! That hurts! Stop it, Ragna!
	...?
	You want to...fight me?

	[ Noel ]
	Activate termination protocol.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| V-13 VS NOEL ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

								LOSE : 3L.A0.L3
								 WIN : 3L.A0.W3

 [3L.A0.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS NOEL: LOSE

	[ Noel ]
	Termination...complete.

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...
	Rag...na...

My vision begins to blur... I see...Ragna!
At least I...I think so...

		GAME OVER

 [3L.A0.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS NOEL: WIN

	[ Nu ]
	Termination complete. No one can destroy me.

	[ Noel ]
	Ter...mi...nation...of...clone...
	...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	Finally...it's quiet.

(SAVE) v-13: vs. Ragna

The sky is high and blue...
The light is gentle and warm...

This is a dream...
The dream of someone far away...
The dream of someone forgotten by time...

The wind that tosses my hair...
And the smell of the flowers around me...

It's all...a dream...

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...?
	Oh! It's really you, Ragna!

I can speak... I can see Ragna.
I think I'll finally be complete this time. I can finally touch him...feel him!

	[ Ragna ]
	So you woke up, huh? ...What a pain in the ass.

	[ Nu ]
	Long time, no see! Um, which time was this?

	[ Ragna ]
	Third.

	[ Nu ]
	Did you come to kill me again?

	[ Ragna ]
	Not to kill. To destroy.

	[ Nu ]
	They're both one and the same.
	It really hurt last time, when you slashed me... Over, and
	over...again...

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up.

	[ Nu ]
	Well somebody's in a bad mood.
	Is it because we didn't get to talk last time? And the time before?
	But today we're fine.
	See? I even have a body I can talk with this time!

	[ Ragna ]
	I told you to shut up.

	[ Nu ]
	Aww, Ragna, you're not happy?

	[ Ragna ]
	I said shut up!
	That face! That voice! Don't you dare talk to me like that!
	I'm here to destroy you! That's all there is to it!
	There's nothing we need to talk about!

	[ Nu ]
	...Why. Why are you so mad?
	Oh! You're injured! Who did that to you?

	[ Ragna ]
	...It's got nothing to do with you. Don't make me repeat myself.

	[ Nu ]
	No, you can't do that! We finally got to meet again...
	And I finally get to talk to you...
	I can hear your voice... And I can embrace you with these hands...
	We've finally been reunited, and... You say such terrible things...
	...Hmm. So I can't change your mind, huh?

	[ Ragna ]
	It's too late for me to ask for your forgiveness. You can hate me.
	Resist to your heart's content. But no matter what you do... I will
	still have to destroy you.

	[ Nu ]
	I see... Then, how would you like it? Gentle? Or a bit more rough,
	perhaps... 

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| V-13 VS RAGNA ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

								LOSE : 3L.A0.L4
								 WIN : 3L.A0.W4

 [3L.A0.L4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS RAGNA: LOSE

	[ Nu ]
	Ragna...
	Why...?
	Nu was just...

	[ Ragna ]
	Sorry...

Ragna's sword pierces my stomach... It hurts... It's hot...!

	[ Nu ]
	Rag...na...

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant*
	I really am sorry...Saya...

	[ Nu ]
	Saya.
	I don't know that person. I really don't, Ragna.
	I don't know... I don't know!
	I don...

		GAME OVER

 [3L.A0.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS RAGNA: WIN

	[ Nu ]
	It's our destiny, Ragna.
	That's why you can't change it.
	The two of us... Are going to become one.

I wrap my arms around Ragna. He's covered in blood.
I can feel him breathing in my ear...
It's warm...
It feels good...

	[ Ragna ]
	If that's really my destiny...? I'll crush it.

My sword...pierces both of us...
Our blood mixes... It...it feels so good!

	[ Ragna ]
	Uarrghh!
	Wh...Why you...

	[ Nu ]
	See, Ragna?
	Let's go lay somewhere warm...

Blood pours out of our wounds, and I feel us beginning to fuse together...

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you... Let go of me...

	[ Nu ]
	No way.
	We were supposed to fall in there...together...

I hold onto Ragna...and fall backwards...into the Cauldron.
...Into a warm...eternal...world of...Azure...

	[ Jin ]
	You *****! Let go...! Let go of my brother!

Someone runs towards us, but they're too late...

	[ Nu ]
	Ah, we're falling...melting...
	Ragna... Ragna...! We'll be together... forever and ever.

	[ System Voice ]
	Complete annihilation of the 13th Hierarchical city Kagutsuchi:
	confirmed. Phase #724 completed successfully.

	System operating within normal limits.
	Transmitting all data to "Tamagahara".
	The system will now proceed to phase #725.

		The alternate truth is yet to be found

 [3L.X1.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

		V-13 VERSUS JIN: WIN BY DISTORTION FINISH

	[ Nu ]
	...Destruction... Justice... This is also...destiny.

	[ Jin ]
	Shut up...! You heap of scrap metal...!
	Ahahaha... Your entire life is a fabrication!

	[ Nu ]
	...Fabri...cation...?

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh... Gah! Ahahahaha... Guaaagh!

	[ Nu ]
	Target successfully terminated...right...?

(SAVE) v-13: vs. Arakune

I slowly open my eyes... I'm floating... In the warm Azure...
Watching...a dream.

	[ ? ? ? ]
	My Az     h    c      . I want		.  need   .

	[ Nu ]
	Who's there?

A black haze is spreading through my world...
Is it someone's memory...? Or...consciousness?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Agh  Azu     a-augh  Azu

Where di this shadow come from?
I can't tell...
It's open and...closed... Close and far away...

This place must be closed off... Until...until it's time...
Since when...? Why...? Am I here?

	[ Nu ]
	...The world...is in disarray...?
	Unexpected distortion detected.
	Requesting elimination of the target.
	Request approved.
	Engaging emergency auto-mode.
	Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading...
	Identification, complete.

	[ Arakune ]
	I've been wait    for       zur !
	Let me		I m      devou	    th  blood   th    zu  !

	[ Nu ]
	Terminating target.

			X-------------------X
			|+-----------------+|
			|| V-13 VS ARAKUNE ||
			|+-----------------+|
			X-------------------X

 [3L.X1.L2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Arakune ]
	Must eat! Devou ! Cons   !
	Kpft Kpft Kbrrhurhrhurhr
	I    gain    stre    !     blood...	    of     zure!

	[ Nu ]
	Stop...

	[ Arakune ]
	Azure Azure Azure AzureAzure AzureAzureAzureAzureAzureAzureAzureAzure!

	[ Nu ]
	...Rag...na...
	Rag...
	...

		GAME OVER

 [3L.X1.W2] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS ARAKUNE: WIN

	[ Nu ]
	Confirming termination of target.
	Auto-mode, deactivating.
	...

	[ Arakune ]
	Agh  Azure  Aaa...zure...

	[ Nu ]
	...

	[ Arakune ]
	...

	[ Nu ]
	...Finally...it's quiet.
	...Now, to find Ragna.

(SAVE) v-13: vs. Rachel

A lonely...cold place...

	[ Nu ]
	...Huh?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Here I am again...
	How many times has it been?

	[ Nu ]
	...Who...?

	[ Rachel ]
	I am Rachel Alucard...
	Merely an audience for your dream.

	[ Nu ]
	Dream...?

	[ Rachel ]
	So you've forgotten... You've forgotten it all...all your wandering...

	[ Nu ]
	...Wander...?

	[ Rachel ]
	If the lead has forgotten her lines, the result cannot possibly be very
	entertaining. I suppose the time has come to close the curtain.

			X----------------------------X
			|+--------------------------+|
			|| V-13 VS UNLIMITED RACHEL ||
			|+--------------------------+|
			X----------------------------X

								LOSE : 3L.X1.L3
								 WIN : 3L.X1.W3

 [3L.X1.L3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS UNLIMITED RACHEL: LOSE

	[ Rachel ]
	Time to sleep, little doll. I look forward to your next performance.

	[ Nu ]
	Eh...?

	[ Rachel ]
	It is nothing, mere nonsense.
	Close your eyes and go to sleep...
	Until this loop begins again... UNtil the encore...

		GAME OVER

 [3L.X1.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			V-13 VERSUS UNLIMITED RACHEL: WIN

	[ Rachel ]
	So you are willing to close the curtain yourself.
	Hmm...

	[ Nu ]
	I don't understand...

	[ Rachel ]
	Then continue your dream, for now...
	All too soon, I fear, it will be over.

	[ Nu ]
	This is...a dream...?
	...This is...
	A blue...world...?
	Blue... A deep...blue...warm...world...
	...There's nothing...at all...
	...Ragna?

I call his name, but the air absorbs my voice...
The world...stays blue...

	[ Nu ]
	...Tears?
	It hurts... My chest...it hurts!
	It's so cramped... This place isn't warm at all...!
	Rag...na.
	...Who...is that?
	...I don't know.
	Ragna...
	I'm right here...

		v-13- Stories
		Wish END

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[3L.A0.L1] Ragna vs Unlimited Rachel (Lose)
[3L.A0.W1] Ragna vs Unlimited Rachel (Win)
[3L.A0.L2] Ragna vs Jin (Lose)
[3L.A0.W2] Ragna vs Jin (Win)

[3L.A0.L3] Ragna vs Hakumen (Lose)
[3L.A0.W3] Ragna vs Hakumen (Win)
[3L.A0.L4] Ragna vs Unlimited Hakumen (Lose)
[3L.A0.W4] Ragna vs Unlimited Hakumen (Win)

[3L.A0.L5] Noel vs v-13 (Lose)
[3L.A0.W5] Noel vs v-13 (Win)

[3L.A0.L6] Ragna vs v-13 (Lose)
[3L.A0.W6] Ragna vs v-13 (Win)
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		Truth End Stories
		RAGNA=the=BLOODEDGE

A gentle breeze blows through Ragna's hair.
It's the end of December, but the breeze feels warm.
Probably because it's coming from the Hierarchical City.

The city's climate is regulated by Ars Magus to make it more "hospitable".

A light glimmers through the haze.
It's the Kagutsuchi tower.

	[ Ragna ]
	Anyway...the seithr is pretty thin around here...

Ragna takes a deep breath and lifts up his right hand.
The plate on it begins to glow.

A ring starts to take shape in the air, about as high as Ragna is tall.

He steps through the ring, and it glows. A seal appears in the air behind
him... An Ars.

He doesn't look any different...

...but the Ars has erased his presence.
Ordinary people won't even notice him now.

	[ Ragna ]
	Well, I guess it's about the right amount...

Walking down a path as choked with seithr as this one is suicide for most
people.

Ragna doesn't think he's likely to meet anyone.

But there are a few people who, like Ragna, prefer to travel on foot.

The concealment Ars is for them.

Ragna senses someone behind him...

He knows letting an enemy get the jump on him would be a pretty bad
idea, which is why he chooses to travel undetected.

	[ Ragna ]
	Let's see...I guess I can get there by dawn.

He sighs, then picks up the pace.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Heh, what a pain in the ass.

Suddenly, he feels a powerful presence at his back. He spins around to confront
it, and sees a small shadow moving through the thick blue clouds.
The shadow isn't human...

...It's a cat.
But not just any cat.
Ragna knows him. He's arguably the strongest creature on the planet.

	[ Jubei ]
	Watch yourself, kid. Out this late, you might run into a ghost.

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh, it's just you...
	You know, ghosts never show up in a place like this. They'd normally
	appear in wells, attics... places like that.

	[ Jubei ]
	...Where the hell'd you hear that?

	[ Ragna ]
	I never was one for idle chit-chat.
	So what did you need from me? Don't tell me you're here to pick me up.
	Are you trying to tell me you took care of it, so I should go home/

	[ Jubei ]
	Oh, nothin' like that. Just thought I'd say "howdy". Been following you
	for a spell.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Hm? So, that strange presence was you.

	[ Jubei ]
	Knew I was there, did ya?

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, for a while.
	You have been gradually shortening the distance between us, so I set up
	a camouflage just in case. I wanted to avoid battles if I could. Since
	it turned out to be just you, I guess I overreacted.

	[ Jubei ]
	Ha. I must be gettin' old if even a greenhorn like you can spot me.
	Haha... Hahahaha...

	[ Ragna ]
	What's so funny...?
	You should be happy as a master that your apprentice has grown!

	[ Jubei ]
	Hahaha... Ah hell. You gotten that good, you ain't gonna have no
	trouble at all.

	[ Ragna ]
	Huh...? With what?

	[ Jubei ]
	It's gonna be a mite different this time, kid. Things ain't gonna go
	the way you think. I'm just makin' sure you got fair warning.

	[ Ragna ]
	About what? Without that information, it's not a very good warning, you
	know.

	[ Jubei ]
	...I saw him. He's here.

	[ Ragna ]
	Him?

	[ Jubei ]
	He's lookin' for ya. You'll run in to him, sooner or later.

	[ Ragna ]
	What the hell are you talking about? Can you explain it to me in a way
	that I can understand?

	[ Jubei ]
	Don't need to. You'll understand when ya meet him.

	[ Ragna ]
	Will you please speak in a human language? You're not making sense at
	alll.

	[ Jubei ]
	Sorry, but I ain't human. You know that.

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, yeah, whatever. You're not gonna tell me after all, are you?
	You've never answered my questions on matters like this.

	[ Jubei ]
	All right. I gotta get going.

	[ Ragna ]
	Unlike you, I only have human legs. I want to get there by dawn.

	[ Jubei ]
	...That so? Well then Ragna, guess I'll be seein' ya.

	[ Ragna ]
	Yeah, yeah. Good luck to you, too.

Jubei watches Ragna's back as he stomps off into the clouds.
With a final farewell to his former student, the cat fades back into the
seithr.

	[ Ragna ]
	...What was that about anyway?

Ragna already knew what Jubei had come to tell him,
but that didn't make him feel any better about it.
He had a bad feeling about the whole thing, and the closer he got to
Kagutsuchi, the worse that feeling got.

Jubei's warning hadn't helped.
He'd been to plenty of Hierarchical Cities, and destroyed plenty of Library
branches and their Cauldrons...

...but none of them had ever made him feel this uneasy.

	[ Ragna ]
	What the hell is this sensation...?
	Am I scared? No way...

	[ Hazama ]
	I see. Then, you're saying you don't remember anything peculiar about
	Major Kisaragi's recent actions. Is that right?

	[ Noel ]
	Yes...
	Ah, my apologies. I just remembered one thing...

	[ Hazama ]
	What is it?

	[ Noel ]
	Uh, um...
	I suddenly felt dizzy, so I don't remember clearly, but...

	[ Hazama ]
	Dizzy?

	[ Noel ]
	Yes. I don't know why, but I suddenly felt awfully dizzy...so I'm not
	sure if what I'm about to tell you is credible at all.

	[ Hazama ]
	No, anything will be helpful. It might lead us to some crucial clues.

	[ Noel ]
	...OK.
	U-Um... At that time...the major was laughing.
	I'd never seen him laugh like that...

	[ Hazama ]
	Laughing...?
	...Major Kisaragi was laughing?
	...Excuse me. Please continue.

	[ Noel ]
	Yes, sir. And...he was laughing hard.
	I don't know why the major suddenly started laughing like that. I was
	really surprised by it...

	[ Hazama ]
	Well, I have to say, anybody would be surprised to see Major Kisaragi
	laugh hard.

	[ Noel ]
	There's something overwhelming about that laughter...as if he was
	haunted... I was horrified.

	And, as he laughed, the major repeated the name of the Grim Reaper like
	a mantra... "Ragna, Ragna..."

	[ Hazama ]
	...He's referring to Ragna the Bloodedge.
	This is important information, Lieutenant.
	Hmm...

	As we expected, Ragna the Bloodedge is likely to be the reason for
	Major Kisaragi's solo behavior.

	But, why...? Hmm...it all boils down to that question, after all.
	We thought it had something to do with Sector Seven...

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Hazama ]
	Is something the matter?

	[ Noel ]
	No, it's nothing.

	[ Hazama ]
	Anyways, Ragna the Bloodedge might lead us to Major Kisaragi...
	We should probably head to headquarters now.

	[ Noel ]
	Huh? Why?

	[ Hazama ]
	Why? Lieutenant, Ragna's targets have always been the NOL, haven't
	they? It's only natural to think Ragna is headed for the NOL branch in
	Kagutsuchi.

	I'm sure that Major Kisaragi will figure out that's where Ragna will
	be. That'll naturally drive Major Kisaragi to the headquarters in
	Kagutsuchi as well.

	[ Noel ]
	I-I see...

	[ Hazama ]
	I see?
	Well, I'll investigate this city as well, just in case.
	There might be another reason for Major Kisaragi's solo behavior.
	Seriously...pease pull yourself together, Lieutenant.
	Have you finished reading the reports?

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, um... I'm sorry...I haven't...gotten around to it...

	[ Hazama ]
	*sigh*
	Well, I compiled all the reports already...

	...but I'd like to avoid failing the mission and being held
	responsible for that failure, only because you didn't completely
	grasp the situation.

	[ Noel ]
	I know... I apologize...

	[ Hazama ]
	It's all right, but make sure to go through them later.
	Hmm...it's morning already...

	[ Noel ]
	Oh, yes... it is...

	[ Hazama ]
	Ragna usually attacks the NOL at night.
	His actions during the day have never been confirmed.

	So I think it should be more effective to collect information in
	Kagutsuchi first, than staking out headquarters at this hour.

	Can you take care of it, Lieutenant?

	[ Noel ]
	...I will.

	[ Jin ]
	What is this...?
	Why is there no one around?
	There're no signs of any battles, either...
	You're not...my brother...? No, that can't be!
	What the... What the hell is going on here?

(SAVE) True Ending: Calamity Trigger

	[ Ragna ]
	What's up with every single Library being hidden at the top of
	mountains? It's such a pain in the ass.

Suddenly, something blocks Ragna's view.
A sickeningly sweet smell fills the air around him, and he feels dizzy.

	[ Ragna ]
	...!?
	Tch, I don't want to run into her.
	...Hey, rabbit. What the hell are you trying to pull?

	[ Rachel ]
	You would do well to watch your mouth, peasant. Must I educate you in
	proper conduct toward a lady?

	[ Ragna ]
	Are you stupid? Do you even know what you're saying? If you don't
	understand the meaning of it, that's the last sentence I want to hear
	from you.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, is it?

	[ Ragna ]
	Whoa, what the hell? Watch out, you idiot!

	[ Rachel ]
	Rebellious servants must be punished.

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, since when am I your servant!?
	You idiot...
	Wait, you're not serious, are you...?

			X-----------------------------X
			|+---------------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS UNLIMITED RACHEL ||
			|+---------------------------+|
			X-----------------------------X

 [3H.A0.W1] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS UNLIMITED RACHEL: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, what are you up to, stupid rabb--Rachel? It wasn't exactly
	playful.

	[ Rachel ]
	I was only having a little fun. Oh my... Don't tell me... Is that all?
	No, that's not possible. You wouldn't wish to disappoint me, would you?
	...This is dull. Why don't you die again? That should be interesting.

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey--

	[ Rachel ]
	...What? Oh very well. I feel merciful today, so you may speak a few
	last words. My gift to you.

	But no more "idiot" or "that's enough"... Those are quite played out.
	I require something better.

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Rachel ]
	How long do you intend to stand there?
	It is time for my tea, and I do not wish to look at you.

	Or perhaps you could care to share some tea with me?
	No, perhaps not. I doubt a...person...such as you could appreciate the
	beauty and nuance of tea.

	[ Ragna ]
	No, thanks. I'm taking off.
	That is, if you let me out of here, you idiot.

	[ Rachel ]
	You do enjoy calling me an idiot, don't you?
	I've kept track. It amused me.
	...Gii.

	[ Gii ]
	Yup! He said it five times!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh my... Somewhat less than I thought...

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, that's enough. Stop treating me like I'm a moron...

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh, but you are.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn it. I can't believe that stupid rabbit threw me out like this...
	...Wait! Isn't this the enemy base!?
	...Huh? There's no one around.
	*sigh*
	Tch. What the hell is going on here? I've got absolutely no clue.

Ragna swears to himself. Something about the place doesn't feel right...

...But he really doesn't care if there's anyone there or not. He's not visiting
the Library for its people. The Grim Reaper has something else in mind...

All he cares about is accomplishing what he came to do, as soon as possible.

He stands before a huge set of doors.
He tries the handle... They don't seem to be locked. He grits his teeth, grabs
the handle, and throws open the massive doors.

Bright light streams out from the room behind the doors.
Ragna throws up his arms to shield his eyes and squints into the room.

The room is huge and empty.
The silence is deafening.

	[ Ragna ]
	(Someone's there... Who's that...!?)

The light is too bright... He can't see their face...

He can't even tell if the person is male or female...

	[ Ragna ]
	(An officer from the Library--)
	!?

Ragna's eyes adjust to the light, and the mysterious figure's face comes into
focus. He recognizes it immediately. He snarls and lunges at the figure.
Memories can flooding back.

		< Anime Cut-Scene: Ragna vs Jin >

Their swords locked. A true stalemate.
From in between the gap, they catch a glimpse of each other's faces.

Ragna's face, distorted with rage.
Jin's face, as cold as steel.
Red versus blue.

	[ Jin ]
	I was getting very tired of waiting...
	Long time no see... Ragna...

Ragna's mind is filled with flames... He sees the past...

Memories of the past...a room...filled with fire...

	[ Ragna ]
	Jin! You bastard!

	[ Jin ]
	Why so angry...?
	We're finally able to meet again...

	[ Ragna ]
	Cut the crap, bastard!

	[ Jin ]
	Who would've thought that you... Were Ragna the Bloodedge...

	[ Ragna ]
	!?

	[ Jin ]
	I'm impressed... You have the highest bounty known to man...
	Everyone's after this "Ragna the Bloodedge"...

	[ Ragna ]
	Mind your own business!
	(What is this strange sensation...!?)

	[ Jin ]
	But you see, it -is- my business. You know I'm with the NOL...
	An enemy of the NOL is an enemy of my own... Haha, just kidding.
	I've never thought like that... Hahahahaha.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Yeah?
	You sound like you're having too much fun!

	[ Jin ]
	Ahahaha...
	Oh...and you're not, Brother?

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh, yeah I am. Thanks to you, idiot!

	[ Jin ]
	Why do you have to be so cold, to me... Brother...?
	Hahahaha... Let's have fun like we used to...hahaha...

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Jin ]
	What's the matter, Brother?

	[ Ragna ]
	...You're in my way. Get out of my sight.

	[ Jin ]
	That hurts, Brother... Am I really getting in your way...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Don't make me say it again, Jin.

	[ Jin ]
	So, it's true... I'm a nuisance to you...
	Then, I guess we are, after all--
	I see...
	I guess... I'll have to kill you...

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS JIN ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

 [3H.A0.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS JIN: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	I have tons of questions that i need to ask you...
	...so I won't finish you off.
	Just lie right there.

	[ Jin ]
	Ugh... Hehehe... Hahahaha...
	Brother... Brother...! I'm the one...! K'hahahahaha...

	[ Ragna ]
	*pant* *pant* Ugh...!
	What the hell is happening to me?
	What's this crazy vertigo...?

	[ Noel ]
	Major Kisaragi!
	Are you all right!?
	Major! Major!
	...He's unconsicous. He seems to be injured, too...
	Could this have been done by Ragna the Bloodedge?

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, good, the timing couldn't be more perfect.
	It's safe to say that the mission is complete.

	[ Noel ]
	"The timing couldn't be more perfect"? If we were a little late,
	Hazama, Major Kisaragi would've been--

	[ Hazama ]
	Uh, you seriously think so, Lieutenant? Do you think you can stop Major
	Kisaragi after he goes out of control? I don't think it's possible for
	even two people.

	Even more so if it's something that even the major couldn't defeat...
	Ragna the Bloodedge was probably here.

	[ Noel ]
	That--
	But--

	[ Hazama ]
	My duty is to restrain Major Kisaragi, and not Ragna the Bloodedge.
	I have to say this situation is quite convenient.

	[ Noel ]
	...

	[ Hazama ]
	What's the matter, Lieutenant Vermillion?

	[ Noel ]
	Hazama, please continue attending the major.
	I'll go after Ragna, whom I believe went inside.
	Another duty of mine is to restrain Ragna.

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, really? I guess you have no other choice then.

	[ Noel ]
	All right. I'll see you later.
	I didn't realize this before since I was panicking...

	...but I haven't seen anybody since I got here. I've never seen a
	deserted department in the NOL before.

	There's no way someone of Hazama's caliber would have missed that...
	But why...?

	If we leave Ragna roaming around like this, the situation will become
	worse.

	Why...Why did he say such a thing...?
	That man...

Noel follows Ragna's tracks...

Eventually she finds herself in the giant chasm that leads to the basement...

The elevator control panel nearby indicates someone has already used the
elevator to descend.

	[ Noel ]
	An elevator? Why is something like this here...?
	It seems to be going down... Ragna?

	[ Hazama ]
	Hehehe...you seem to be working hard, Miss Noel.
	Well...
	I'll be in trouble if you don't try harder.

He climbs into the elevator. With a roar, it begins to move down.

After what seems like an eternity, it finally grinds to a halt...
This must be as far as it goes.

Other branches have had elevators like this one, but none of them had any that
took so long to reach the bottom. Ragna can't help wondering just how deep
underground he actually is.

	[ Ragna ]
	Just when I thought it was taking too long, it finally stopped.

The elevator doors open.

Laid out before him is a tableau he's seen many times before.

	[ Ragna ]
	So I guess this place does kinda look like that.
	Now then--

(SAVE) True Ending: The Six Heroes

	[ Hakumen ]
	So you have arrived, Dark One...

	[ Ragna ]
	Wha!?

The moment Ragna sees him, he freezes.
Not out of fear, but almost as if he's been hypnotized...
No matter how hard he tries to move, Ragna can't lift so much as a finger.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ugh...argh...

Ragna grunts in pain. Every fiber of his body wants to get out of that room
as fast as possible, but no matter how much he struggles, his body refuses
to respond.

All he can do is stand there and stare at the man before him.

His face is a mask, and Ragna can't see any eyes to speak of, but
he can't shake the feeling that the creature is staring straight at him.
...As if it can see straight through him.

Ragna can't blink... The mask...

Fear rolls over him in waves...
The thing standing before him is dangerous...
Far more dangerous than any other foe Ragna has faced.

Finally, he manages to force words from his dry throat...

	[ Ragna ]
	Bastard...who are you...?

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am the end of you.

Jubei's words echo through Ragna's head...
"Don't need to. You'll understand when ya meet him."

	[ Ragna ]
	This can't get any worse...

	[ Hakumen ]
	...Is something the matter?
	You seem to be shaking, Ragna the Bloodedge.
	Is this pitiful child truly the most powerful this world has to offer?

His voice echoes across the room as he unsheates a sword as tall as he is.

The sword is brilliant silver, and it shines with a cool, hard light...
Ragna feels a drop of cold sweat trickle down his spine.
He understands what's about to happen all too well.
It terrifies him.

	[ Hakumen ]
	The darkness that infects our world springs from you, a font of evil...
	I shall staunch that flow...
	...and put and end to you!

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh...

Ragna strains to move his body, drawing out all the energy he has left...

...It isn't enough. He remains trapped; paralyzed. All he can do is stand and
watch.

But he doesn't give up. He can't give up.
One thought echoes through his mind...
"I can't let it end here...!"

	[ Ragna ]
	Tch, why don't you put an end to your life instead, you son of a *****!
	Cut the crap, and just bring it on!

	[ Hakumen ]
	I am the white void.
	I wipe the slate of the world clean, that it may begin anew!
	I am Hakumen!
	The end has come!	

			X--------------------X
			|+------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS HAKUMEN ||
			|+------------------+|
			X--------------------X

 [3H.A0.W3] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS HAKUMEN: WIN

	[ Hakumen ]
	You are finished, Dark One... Return now, to the maelstrom of chaos
	from whence you were born...

	[ Ragna ]
	Aw crap!

	[ Hakumen ]
	The end has come for you, Dark One!
	The sword descends!
	What!?
	How dare you interrupt me!
	Ugh... Get out of my way, Grimalkin!

	[ Ragna ]
	H-Hey... What the hell's going on...!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	*pant* *pant*

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I-Impossible! The casual interruption has been dispelled?

	Hey, get the hell out of there! Now! You aren't strong enough to beat
	him!

	[ Ragna ]
	Wh-Who the hell are you!?
	Stop talking inside my head!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	That doesn't matter! Just get the hell out of there!
	Tager! Can you move at all!?

	[ Tager ]
	Sorry, Kokonoe! I'm tied up!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Tager! Hey, Tager!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Who the hell are you!?
	Damn it! Somebody tell me what the hell is going on here!?

	[ Hakumen ]
	Your time is done, Ragna the Bloodedge... The ruler of the netherworld
	calls your name...

	[ Ragna ]
	As much as I want to get the hell out of here, I don't think I can...


		< Anime Cut-Scene: Ragna activating Azure Grimoire >

			X------------------------------X
			|+----------------------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS UNLIMITED HAKUMEN ||
			|+----------------------------+|
			X------------------------------X

 [3H.A0.W4] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS UNLIMITED HAKUMEN: WIN

(SAVE) True Ending: Noel and Nu

	[ Noel ]
	What is this...?

The scene before her eyes is that of utter destruction.
Dust hangs in the air, a remnant of the epic battle that took place here.

On guard, she slowly moves deeper in.
Before her is a massive hole, and what looks like...a pot.

For a moment, she's struck speechless by the spectacle.

	[ Noel ]
	I've...seen this before...
	Ah...ah...
	Ahh, ahhhhh!

	Target confirmation, target confirmation, target confirmation, target
	confirmation...

		< Anime Cut-Scene: Nu arrives >

	[ Nu ]
	Murakumo Unit, activate...
	Identifying target... The target match has been confirmed...
	Who... are you...?

	[ Noel ]
	I...I...I...I am...dimensional boundary contact medium No. 12...
	Anti-Sankishin Core Unit...
	Request explanation regarding circumstances and target...
	(Uh? What is this? What am I saying...?)

Noel is losing control of her body...
The words coming out of her mouth are not hers...

	[ Nu ]
	Existence description...
	Dimensional boundary contact prime force No. 13 Anti-Sankishin core
	unit, Nu.

	The existence of the target is a violation. Immediate self-destruction
	is advised.

	[ Noel ]
	Advice has been declined...
	Existential sustainment is priority.

	[ Nu ]
	Searching for secondary protocol.
	Unexpected contact with the same individual. The activation of the
	target has been confirmed. Termination is suggested...
	Thus--

Noel: Begin termination.
Nu: Begin termination.

			X----------------X
			|+--------------+|
			|| NOEL VS V-13 ||
			|+--------------+|
			X----------------X

 [3H.A0.W5] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			NOEL VERSUS V-13: WIN

(SAVE) True Ending: Azure

	[ Noel ]
	(Wh-Why...?)

No matter how many times Noel attacks it, the creature won't stay down.

	[ Nu ]
	Continue assault on the target...

	[ Noel ]
	(I...can't move anymore...)

	[ Nu ]
	Reestablishing connection...

	[ Noel ]
	(Is it over for me...? Am I...gonna die...?)
	(But, I'm not scared... Is it because of the Nox Nyctores...?)
	(*sigh*... I'm...hungry...)
	(I wonder what Tsubaki and Makoto are doing right now...)
	(I want to go out and have a piece of cake with them again...)
	(I wonder how my foster parents are doing...)
	(I hope my father's not working too hard...)

	[ Nu ]
	...Die.

	[ Noel ]
	(I...don't want to die!)
	...

She waits for the final blow, but it never comes...
Slowly, she opens her eyes...

	[ Noel ]
	...?

There's a man standing in from of her.
His clothes are torn, and he's covered in blood.

His back is to her, so she can't see his face, but something about him is...
...nostalgic.

	[ Noel ]
	Ah, ahh...!

Her tears begin to fall... She doesn't know why.
Or maybe...she doesn't care...

He turns around to look at Noel, and she can see sudden surprise in his face.

	[ Ragna ]
	It took too long to take care of that bastard...
	Hey you, stay where you are!

			X-----------------X
			|+---------------+|
			|| RAGNA VS V-13 ||
			|+---------------+|
			X-----------------X

 [3H.A0.W6] :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

			RAGNA VERSUS V-13: WIN

	[ Ragna ]
	You just don't know when to stop, do you!?

	[ Nu ]
	Hahahahahahaha!
	Ragna! Ragna! It's impossible, Ragna!
	Nothing will change! You can't change anything! Hahahahaha!

	[ Ragna ]
	Guh...Guaargh!

	[ Nu ]
	Ragnaaaaaaaa!

	[ Noel ]
	Wait!
	You can't go there!
	Don't go any further!

Lying down underneath a big tree...
...someone is watching. A little girl.
The light is too bright. He can't make out her face.
But something about her puts him at ease.

She reaches out slowly and touches his face.
A gentle smile crosses her face.
Suddenly he realizes who she is.

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh, hey. It's you, Saya.
	Are you feeling better today?

	[ Saya ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	What's wrong? Did Jin pick on you again?

	[ Saya ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	I'm exhausted... I can barely keep my eyes open...

	[ Saya ]
	...

	[ Ragna ]
	...Hm? Say that again?
	I'm sorry, I can't hear you.

	[ Saya ]
	Don't give up.

	[ Ragna ]
	...Huh?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Give me your hand! Hurry!

	[ Ragna ]
	Agh!

	[ Nu ]
	Ah...!

	[ Noel ]
	*pant* *pant* *pant* *pant*

	[ Ragna ]
	...

	[ Noel ]
	What do you think you're doing!?
	How can you do such a thing!?
	Please don't scare me like that!
	I was really worried about you!
	Seriously, how can you scare me like that!?
	I... I... Geez... Wa--
	Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

	[ Ragna ]
	H-Hey... What're you doing...?

	[ Noel ]
	Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
	Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
	Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

	[ Ragna ]
	Will you cut it out!?

	[ Noel ]
	...Stupid.

	[ Ragna ]
	I mean...I guess I'm...sorry. My bad...though I don't quite
	understand...

	[ Noel ]
	Waaaaaaaaaaah!

	[ Ragna ]
	What the hell is going on here...?

	[ Noel ]
	Zz...

	[ Ragna ]
	She cried herself to sleep...
	What am I supposed to do now...?

	[ Rachel ]
	...
	You are always asleep when we meet. Rather rude, if you ask me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, rabbit. Who's this?

	[ Rachel ]
	The new eye.

	[ Ragna ]
	"Eye"? The hell's that?
	Arrrgh! I don't know what the hell you're talking about!
	Can you explain it to me in a way that I can understand!?

	[ Rachel ]
	...The one who inherits the true Azure.
	Not that foolish imitation you have now.

	[ Ragna ]
	What...?

	[ Rachel ]
	It won't be long now... The world will change.
	A great deal will happen that is beyond my understanding.

	Hehe... I cannot say I enjoy the prospect, but something about it
	excites me.

	[ Ragna ]
	There is nothing exciting about it... You're not making any sense...

	[ Rachel ]
	Ah, but before the world changes... Something else will.

	[ Ragna ]
	You gotta fill me in here...!
	H-Hey! Wait a minute!
	What the hell...? So this power's just an "imitation"?

	[ Noel ]
	Mmm...

	[ Ragna ]
	What's with her? Why does she look so happy?
	But more importantly, their resemblance is uncanny...

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Nago ]
	Princess, what are you trying to do?

	[ Gii ]
	The view is nice, though...

	[ Rachel ]
	Nago, Gii. A moment please.

	[ Nago ]
	Princess...?

	[ Rachel ]
	Quickly!

	[ Nago ]
	A-As you wish!

	[ Gii ]
	As you wish!

	[ Rachel ]
	I did not forsee that he would push me to this extreme... Hehe...
	Oh Ragna... I do so want to know what happens next...
	Come to me.
	You want to play, don't you?
	Nox Nyctores Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi...

		< Anime Cut-Scene: Rachel defends Kagutsuchi >

	[ Ragna ]
	Whoa, what the hell...!?

	[ Noel ]
	Hm...ung...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh... You awake now?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh...? Where am I...?
	Who...are you...?
	!
	You! You're Ragna the Bloodedge!
	What do you think you're doing here!? You can't run or hide from me!
	You're under arrest. You have the right to remain silent!

	[ Ragna ]
	You're not making any sense. Just calm down for a second.
	!?

	[ Noel ]
	!?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hahahahahaha!
	I've been waiting for this moment!
	Look at me...
	Look at me, Noel Vermillion!

	[ Noel ]
	H-Hazama...!?

	[ Rachel ]
	!
	No--Noel!
	Do not look at that man!

	[ Noel ]
	Eh...?
	Who are you...?

	[ Terumi ]
	Heeheehahahaha!
	Hahahahahaha! You recognized me, didn't you!?
	Hey, shitty vampire! Who's laughing now!?

	[ Ragna ]
	...You bastard!

	[ Terumi ]
	Hey now, that was close. What the hell?
	That's not fair, double-teaming me like that.
	It's not a very grown-up thing to do.
	No no no no no!
	Well, but if you insist, I might reconsider, you know.
	I might be able to get a good warm-up out of it.

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn you...

	[ Terumi ]
	Long time, no see, Ragna the Bloodedge.
	How's your right arm holding up?
	...Oops. My bad. It was me who chopped that off, wasn't it?
	So, how is it? Doesn't that fake arm come in handy?
	Do you think it's pretty good for an imitation?

	[ Ragna ]
	Shut up, you son of a *****!

	[ Rachel ]
	Ragna! Stop!

	[ Ragna ]
	Don't interrupt me, rabbit!

	[ Rachel ]
	I am loathe to admit it, but the situation has changed.
	You haven't a chance, Ragna.

	 [ Terumi ]
	Yeah, yeah, what she said!

	I think that dumb vampire right there is the only one who can keep up
	with me now.

	A little ***** like you wouldn't be able to satify me.
	Hm? Did I misuse the phrase?
	Oh, well. Whatever. Keeheeheehee!

	[ Ragna ]
	...Bastard!
	You wanna try me!?
	Bring it on, you son of a *****!

	[ Terumi ]
	That's a little too cocky for a puppy like you...
	If you keep yelping at me, I'll have to seriously kill you.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh? And just who is being cocksure now...
	...little boy.

	[ Terumi ]
	Just kidding! Damn, you're scary, lady.
	But seriously, you're lucky, Ragna.
	You have such a sweet guardian with you!

	[ Ragna ]
	What did you say, you son of a *****!?

	[ Rachel ]
	I told you to stop, Ragna!

	[ Terumi ]
	Well, I'm in a really good mood today, so I'll just let the little
	puppy go. It'd be tough even for me to handle three scary people like
	you.

	Oops, it's more like two people and a dog, huh?
	Hahahahahahaha!

	Let's do this again sometime, stupid vampire.
	Say hello to the old man for me.

	[ Ragna ]
	Hey, wait the hell up!

	[ Noel ]
	What's with him? What's going on? What was that all about...?

	[ Ragna ]
	Damn it...!
	...Hey, are you OK?
	Umm, Noel, was it?
	Hey! Get a grip! Hey, Noel!

	[ Noel ]
	Dark...Susano'o...

	[ Rachel ]
	...Kokonoe, you are watching this, aren't you?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Yeah... I've been waiting for this...
	I swear, I'm gonna take that son of a ***** out myself.
	...No matter what it takes!

		< Credits >

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Hello. First Lieutenant Tsubaki Yayoi reporting, sir. You wanted to
	see me?

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, hello.
	I'm Hazama from the intelligence department. It's nice to meet you.
	You're that Yayoi family that I keep hearing about.
	Thanks for coming all the way from there.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...Ah, uh...

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh, by the way, hierarchically speaking, I'm technically a captain.
	But, the intelligence department isn't bound by hierarchy, so please
	relax.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	O-Oh... My apologies, captain.

	[ Hazama ]
	I just asked you to relax...
	Oh, well.
	The reason that I called upon you, First Lieutenant, is because I'd
	like to put you in charge of a...classified mission.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	What sort of a mission would require the intelligence department to
	get involved, sir?

	[ Hazama ]
	O--Ohhh, I know what you're trying to get at.

	But don't worry. I have a full grasp of the character of your squad,
	First Lieutenant. Besides, this is a direct order from the main
	headquarters.

	Oh, would you like some proof of that?
	Here is a signature from the Imperator.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	!
	My apologies. I didn't mean to pry.

	[ Hazama ]
	Oh no, please don't worry about it.
	Noe, let me continue.
	The details of the mission will be given verbally.

	Since it's a classified mission, it'd be inconvenient to leave any
	record of it. Besides, the mission description is simple enough for
	you to memorize it on the spot.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Yes, sir.

	[ Hazama ]
	Uh, all right, here it comes. *ahem*
	First Lieutenant Yayoi Tsubaki.

	I'd like to assign you to assassinate Major Jin Kisaragi and Lieutenant
	Noel Vermillion.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	!?

		The seal of fate is now broken. Now it's up to you.
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~~~( •O)-{4A}-[ OPENING ]------------------------------------------------------
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	[ Taokaka ]
	This episode of "Teach Me, Boobie Lady" is not related to the actual
	game.

	[ Litchi ]
	No, it's "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi". (I can't believe I'm doing this...)
	We're just here to help you through some of BlazBlue's tough spots.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Most of what you will see here is fiction within fiction and, as such,
	has no bearing on the actual story, or canon, of BlazBlue. Much of what
	you will see is impromptu sketch comedy, and its only intention is to
	facilitate your understanding, not further the storyline, of Blazblue.
	Mew.

	[ Litchi ]
	W-Wow... That, uh... That was very good, Tao.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Well, I might have peeked at the cheat sheet once or twice...

	[ Litchi ]
	...

			#Episode 1 - "Opening"

	[ Old Woman ]
	Thank you.

	[ Litchi ]
	Anytime. Take care.

A refreshing summer wind blows through the room. In District 19 of Orient Town,
Litchi Faye-Ling finishes looking over her last patient and quietly closes her
notebook.

The noise of the hustle and bustle of town doesn't reach the clinic.
Usually it's a quiet, calm sort of place where it's easy to relax.
Usually...

	[ ? ? ? ]
	Hey, boobie lady! I came to visit.

Taokaka of the Kaka clan is never quiet.

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, hello, Tao! What brings you here?

Like most cats, Taokaka is usually asleep in the sun by the time the afternoon
rolls around. Litchi can't help but wonder what Tao is doing in Orient Town.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm here on an errand for the village elder.
	Here!

Taokaka pulls out a letter. Litchi opens it and scans it quickly. She
recognizes the handwriting.

	[ Litchi ]
	Let's see here... What could this be?

From the village elder...

	[ Elder ]
	"Could you raise Taokaka into a fine vigilante...? I have no complaints
	about her ability to fight... But as you can tell, she's a bit, um,
	stupid. Do you think you can treat that?"

	[ Litchi ]
	(O-Oh dear...)

Taokaka has a special ability. After three steps, she forgets whatever she's
just been told. Neither Chinese medicine nor acupuncture nor hot springs seem
to have any effect. Litchi is perplexed.

	[ Taokaka ]
	What's wrong, boobie lady? You don't look too well. Are you sick?
	What did the elder say?

	[ Litchi ]
	Umm, the elder wants me to train you to become a distinguished
	vigilante.

	[ Taokaka ]
	All right! I'm gonna be a crazy-awesome vigilante!

Taokaka is thrilled. Filled with a newfound determination, she starts punching
at the air. This is, however, not the sort of training she will need to become
a great vigilante.

	[ Litchi ]
	Listen, Tao, I'm going to be honest with you. You don't really have
	what it takes to be a good vigilante. You're-- You're missing a
	little...

	...up -here-.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohhhhhhh! Well, it's true, I'm not that good at headbutts. So let's
	practice!

Filled with newfound determination, Taokaka immediately begins headbutt
practice.

	[ Litchi ]
	He-- T-Tao... Stop that! Keep your head out of there!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Sorry, boobie lady. Did I not have a good angle?

	[ Litchi ]
	It's not "boobie lady"!
	No, Tao, I meant you're lacking the -brains- one needs to be a
	successful vigilante. Not headbutts.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow?

She doesn't get it at all.

	[ Litchi ]
	(Oh dear... What do I do?)
	(I...I suppose I just need to give it a shot...)

	Well, never mind that. Tao, if you want to be a great vigilante, you'll
	have to do a lot of studying. You'll have to study really hard.

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! Tao will do all sorts of studying! Tao will be a great vigilante!

	[ Litchi ]
	(...Does she really know what I'm talking about?)

	[ Taokaka ]
	So...um...what's "study" mean?

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	...Well, it means you work at...understanding things and learn about
	society. I'll teach you all about the world, OK?

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! I'll learn about the world!

	[ Litchi ]
	(Well, at least she's...energetic.)

					See You!

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~~~( •O)-{4B}-[ THE THREE... STOOGES ]-----------------------------------------
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			#Episode 2 - "The Three...Stooges?"

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, all done... But you be careful from now on, all right?

In a clinic in District 19 of Orient Town, Litchi has just finished putting a
bandage on a young girl.

It is a peaceful afternoon. All her patients that morning were old men and
women. The girl she's just finished bandaging is much younger...

	[ Makoto ]
	Thank you very much!

She grins and gives Litchi a deep bow, her tail flipping up over her back and
her ears pointing almost straight down.

	[ Litchi ]
	Youth is no excuse for recklessness, OK?

	[ Makoto ]
	Yes, ma'am! I'll be more careful from now on!

She shows no sign of comprehension and just scratches her nose.
Her friend Tsubaki grabs her by the shoulder and gives her a friendly shake.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	You should listen to her, Makoto. You're always pushing yourself too
	hard...

	[ Makoto ]
	Hehehe. Stop it...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Oh come on. This is hardly the time be blushing.

She sighed. The girl was just relieved her injury wasn't serious.
Her friend didn't think she was looking at the situation appropriately.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Why on Earth did you do a thing like that?

Let me explain what she's talking about.
That day, the three girls--now in Litchi's clinic--had headed for District 19's
most famous Chinese restaurant, each one of them clutching a flyer with a
tempting offer.

The girls were heading to the restaurant to take on the challenge written in
the flyer: Eat over two thousand pounds of food.

They ate boiled gyoza, spring rolls, meat buns, spicy shrimp, and much, much
more...and then finished off with desserts.

Now let's get back to the story.

	[ Makoto ]
	Hahaha. Well, I'd eaten a whole lot, so I figured I'd just burn those
	calories away!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Well, OK, I can understand that, but climbing a tree? Isn't there a
	better way to burn calories? Tree climbing is so dangerous.

Tusbaki sighs.
She is a straight A student and the daughter of an important noble family.
Raised as a child of privilege, she tries to live her life as an example to
others.

Makoto, on the other hand, is a simple, energetic girl. She rarely thinks
anything through, and her often childlike behavior puts her at odds with
Tsubaki frequently.

But whatever she might lack in intellectual sophistication, she makes up for
with physical strength and dexterity. Climbing the tree by the side of the road
was no trouble at all. She chose the thickest branch she could find to swing
off of. Things were going pretty well...

	[ Makoto ]
	Well, how could I have known the branch would break?

...until, with a loud crack, the branch broke just as Makoto was in the middle
of a huge swing.

Even in midair, Makoto had excellent reflexes. In an instant, she had her
balance back and was preparing to land, but...

...a child was standing right where she hoped to land.
At the last moment, she twisted her body out of the way, avoiding the child,
but landed hard on her ankle, twisting it.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	You are unbelievable.

Makoto was too preoccupied with someone else to hear the sarcasm in Tsubaki's
voice.

	[ Makoto ]
	What about you, Noel?

The girl named Noel snaps out of her daydream with a gasp and looks up at
Makoto.

This girl, Noel Vermillion, is unquestionably a classmate of Makoto and
Tsubaki.

But no matter how you look at it, her body doesn't look like she's even half as
old as the other two, despite the fact that they're all the same age.

Just to make things clear, "room for growth" and "growth potential" are not
synonymous.

Now let's get back to the story.

	[ Noel ]
	U-Um... Makoto...

Noel whispers something.

	[ Makoto ]
	What are you whispering about?

Makoto whispers too, but even her whisper is loud.

	[ Noel ]
	H-How can I be...like Miss Litchi?

	[ Makoto ]
	...What?

At first, Makoto had no idea what Noel was talking about, until she followed
her friend's gaze to...Litchi's breasts.

	[ Makoto ]
	I dunno? Why don't you ask her yourself?

	[ Noel ]
	Huh!? No! Nonononono! I can't possibly do that!

	[ Litchi ]
	???

Litchi doesn't understand why the two girls are staring at her and whispering.

	[ Litchi ]
	What are your friends up to?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Adolescent drama, I imagine.

Not satisfied with her answer, Litchi looks at Noel and Makoto again, deep in
thought.

	[ Litchi ]
	That's it! I knew there was something!

The three girls look at Litchi, startled by the sound of her voice.

	[ Litchi ]
	Why are you girls dressed like that?

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

	[ Litchi ]
	Aren't you girls from the Librari--

	[ Noel ]
	W...W-W...W...We're students from the Military Academy!

	[ Makoto ]
	Right!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...What she said.

	[ Litchi ]
	Uh, but...I could have sworn you were--

	[ Makoto ]
	Shaddup!

	[ Litchi ]
	Huh...? Wha...What happened...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, boobie lady! Tao's here to STUDY!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, my goodness! I lost track of the time!

(Th-That was close...)

Women always want to look young.
Of course, we've got some pictures that show they don't...

	[ Litchi ]
	...So that's about it.
	I'm trying...very hard...to help turn Tao into a distinguished
	vigilante, so I'm making her study all sorts of things.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yup! I'm in the middle of studying to be a great vigilante!

	[ Noel ]
	Studying to be...a vigilante?

Noel looks confused.

	[ Makoto ]
	Oh yeah! I heard the test to become a vigilante is very very hard!

	[ Noel ]
	R-Really?

	[ Makoto ]
	I heard only the top twenty percent of the people who graduate the
	Military Academy even pass the test.

	[ Noel ]
	WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!? Are you serious!?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Knock it off, Makoto.
	There's no test to become a vigilante, Noel. You need to stop letting
	Makoto fool you like that.

	[ Noel ]
	So...there's no test? Makoto!

	[ Makoto ]
	Hehehe...

Makoto whistles and plays dumb.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Well, we shouldn't get in their way. Can you walk, Makoto?

	[ Makoto ]
	Yeah, I think I'm OK.

Makoto tilts her head to the side and ponders.

	[ Makoto ]
	Hey! She treated me for free, so why don't we help Tao study to show
	our thanks?

	[ Litchi ]
	(...I don't remember saying it was free...)

	[ Makoto ]
	How about it, Tao?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Sure! I don't mind.

	[ Makoto ]
	OK! Then it's a deal!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Makoto... You're always so pushy.

	[ Noel ]
	What kind of studying are you doing?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmm...today's theme is...
	...Um... I forgot!

	[ Litchi ]
	It's "What kind of world do we live in?"

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...OK. Why is everyone looking at me?

	[ Makoto ]
	Because you have the best grades, Tsubaki. My grandma says the person
	with the best grades should be the person who teaches!

	[ Noel ]
	Agreed!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	F-Fine...
	*ahem*
	Well then...

	[ Litchi ]
	(...Can they even hear me?)


			#What's a Hierarchical City?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	OK then... *ahem*
	All right, what's the name of the city where you and Miss Litchi live?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmmm...iono.

	[ Makoto ]
	This is no good.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Wow... She's dumber than I thought. Oh well.
	OK Tao, this city, the city where BlazBlue takes place, is called
	"Kagutsuchi".

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh-ho! Kanazuchi!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Uh, no... Ka. Gut. Suchi. Officially, it's known as the 13th
	Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi.

	[ Noel ]
	Oh...hm. I guess I should make a note of that...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Noel...you didn't know that?

	[ Noel ]
	Eh? O-Of course...not...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Thirt-teeth? Her-ark-e-cal...city?
	That's...that's a lotta big words. What does it mean?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Uh... It seems pretty clear to me. It means it's the 13th Hierarchical
	City. Did you know that we live in the Hierarchical Cities because of
	the Dark War?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow? But... Tao lives on the ground.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	What!?

	[ Litchi ]
	She's from the Kaka clan. Their...uh...species can survive very high
	concentrations of seithr.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	I see.
	...All right, moving on.

	During the Dark War, mankind developed the Ars Magus to defeat the
	Black Beast. The Ars Magus consumes seithr, sort of like a kind of
	fuel.

	Miss Litchi can teach you how the Ars Magus works, and how to use it,
	some other time.

	Anyway, during the war, the Black Beast seithr all over the world. The
	reasons were unknown, but the Black Beast could only operate within
	this...seithr.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	The Black Beast's power was overwhelming, so mankind tried to do
	everything they could to eliminate the seithr. They probably thought it
	would be safer and easier than fighting the beast directly.

	However, mankind failed at even that...

	After a while, the Six Heroes appeared and the situation took a turn.
	That's how it's written in any textbook...

The Six Heroes taught mankind the secrets of "Magus".
And from there, humans invented machinery that can utilize the seithr as a
source of energy.

	[ Tsubaki ]
	After humans figured out how to use the Armagus, they fought alongside
	the Six Heroes and defeated the Black Beast.

	But after that happened, the surface of the planet was covered in
	seithr.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wha--?

	[ Tsubaki ]
	In small doses, seithr is harmless to humans. But in large quantities,
	it has very negative side-effects.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I get it! That's why humans live in high elevation places!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Right. Humans were forced to move to high-altitude areas and create
	cities there. That is where the "Hierarchical Cities" come from.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I see...and neow I'm one step closer to the ultiamte vigilante!

				#What's seithr?

A week later...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmmm...interesting...

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, my goodness, Tao is reading a book...
	Hell must be rather chilly right about now.
	What book have you got there, Ta-- Hey, you're holding it upside-down!

	[ Taokaka ]
	What!? Oops.

	[ Litchi ]
	Let's see... "Seithr for Idiots".
	Tao, are you interested in seithr?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yup! I wanna use ten billion times the normal seithr and become Super
	Taokaka!

	[ Litchi ]
	Goodness... Tao, seithr doesn't work like that.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Huh? So seithr isn't another word for "em pee"?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh my! Where on Earth did you hear about something like that? Children
	these days... OK, I'll tell you the difference between "MP" and seithr.

	Seithr is a substance that's floating around in the air all the time.
	It's everywhere, but you can't see it or smell it.

	When you use the Ars Magus, you draw seithr out of the environment to
	power it, but there's only so much seithr floating around in a given
	area. If you suck up all of it for your Ars Magus, then you'll have to
	wait a while for it to replenish.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hmm. I've never used seithr or Hours Mags before.

	[ Litchi ]
	It's "Ars Magus", Tao, and actually you have.
	You know that powerful attack you do with your hidden claws?
	You might not know it, but when you do that attack, you're consuming
	seithr.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Whoa! I didn't know that!

	[ Litchi ]
	It takes most people a lot of study to learn to harness the power of
	seithr. You must have an inborn aptitude for it.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oooh, I'm a natural!

	[ Litchi ]
	Although there's only a fixed amount of seithr in any given area, some
	people can perform Ars Magus with less seithr.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Nya?

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, let's say there are one hundred units of seithr in the air here.
	You perform a certain Ars, and it consumes ten units of that seithr.
	However, if I perform the same Ars, I consume twenty units of seithr.

	That would mean that you oculd use more Ars than me, since yours
	wouldn't consume as much seithr. You see? Using seithr more effectively
	is called the "Proper Use of Ars Magus".

	...Do you get it?

	[ Taokaka ]
	*gasp* Uh...I...I... Sorta.

	[ Litchi ]
	Are you sure?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! I'm gonna use the seithr properly and become Super Ultra Taokaka
	Deluxe!

	[ Litchi ]
	Super Ultra...
	Look, Tao, you have to be careful. Seithr is very dangerous.
	It's not good to be dependent on it.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uh...what?

	[ Litchi ]
	Goodness, Tao, do you remember what Tsubaki told you last week? Humans
	can't live in places where there is heavy seithr concentration. If you
	get too much of it in your system, you become addicted to it, and your
	body starts to deteriorate.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Whoa... That sounds scary. I'll be sure not to touch it.

	[ Litchi ]
	Unfortunately, during the Dark War, most organisms were tained with
	seithr. After all, it was everywhere. It made a lot of people and
	animals sick, except for one species...

	People don't last long outside of the cities, which is why we've seen
	so many young Library soldiers. They...usually don't last long enough
	to get old.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uh-huh.

	[ Litchi ]
	Do you understand how dangerous seithr is?
	Ignorance will only lead to more sadness.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Roger that!

Yet another day later...

	[ Makoto ]
	Hello! We came back to visit you, Miss Litchi!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	Sorry for bursting in on you again.

	[ Noel ]
	H-Hello...

	[ Litchi ]
	Why, hello girls. I don't have any examinations this afternoon, so feel
	free to stay as long as you like.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah, stay as long as you like!

	[ Makoto ]
	Hey! Look who's here! It's Tao! Aren't you just adorable?
	Yes, you are! Yes you are!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Furry-tail girl! Your tail's fluffy today too!
	Furry furry furry furry furry...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...You two are like animals.

	[ Noel ]
	Aaah...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Why aren't you in the Kaka clan, furry girl?

	[ Makoto ]
	Huh? Tao, you don't know about "human-likes"?

	[ Litchi ]
	She almost never leaves the village. Maybe you could explain it to her?

	[ Makoto ]
	Of course. Anything for you, Miss Litchi!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Study time!

			#What kind of people live in Kagutsuchi?

	[ Makoto ]
	Well, first you gotta understand the idea of different species.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Species? What's Species?

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, I guess if you were to put it simply...different species are...
	like different people. They look different, or have different
	abilities.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I see.

	[ Makoto ]
	There are lots of human-like and beast-men species. You're on of those,
	Tao!

	[ Taokaka ]
	So I'm special!?

	[ Makoto ]
	Yeah, I like that word... "special". I'm gonna call myself that!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	*sigh*

	[ Noel ]
	*giggle*

	[ Taokaka ]
	Um...so are they from two different species?

	[ Makoto ]
	Huh? Oh, Tsubaki and Noel? No no no, they're both humans.

	[ Taokaka ]
	What? But their boobs look totally different!

Noel: What the--!
Tsubaki: What the--!

	[ Makoto ]
	Th-That's a little different. In the Kaka clan, you have different
	types of cats, right? Like tabbies or short-hairs? Humans are just
	like that. Just 'cause you dress differently or have weird-colored
	hair doesn't make you another species, right?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohh, I get it! So it doesn't matter how small your boobs are!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	N-Noel...

	[ Noel ]
	It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, it doesn't
	matter...

	[ Litchi ]
	A-Also, people can be different even within a species based on job,
	social standing...all sorts of things.

	Here in Kagutsuchi, for instance, you've got all kinds of different
	people.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooooh, I know that place!

	[ Tsubaki ]
	*cough*
	The Librarium is at the top of the city, so that it can watch over
	everyone.

	The top half of the city is where nobles and high-class people live.
	Normal middle- and lower-class civilians live in the bottom half of
	the city.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, so I'm a civilian.

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, actually, your clan was already living here, and the humans just
	build Kagutsuchi on top of your village. So your position in society
	is...a little different.

	[ Noel ]
	...This is so informative.

	[ Makoto ]
	These days people can be real jerks about where you were born or what
	species you are. I really hate watching people fight over it...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	I'm from the Yayoi family, but what Makoto is saying is true.

	[ Makoto ]
	It's not like I can really hide my tail, so it can be a real pain
	sometimes.

	[ Noel ]
	Your tail is beautiful... You shouldn't have to hide it.

	[ Makoto ]
	Oh, Noel, you are such a sweetheart! That's why I like you so much.

	[ Noel ]
	Aaah, Makoto, stop it! That hurts!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow!? Me too, me too!

	[ Noel ]
	Aaaah! It tickles!

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, I think that about does it for today's lesson. Thank you for your
	help, Makoto.

	[ Makoto ]
	No problem. I'm honored that you're happy for something like this.

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, Tao, let's make some meat buns to celebrate all your hard work
	today.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yay! I'll help!

	[ Makoto ]
	Hey! We'll help too!

	[ Noel ]
	Handmade meat buns, huh...?
	*sigh*

	[ Tsubaki ]
	H-Hey. Are you guy gonna eat -again-?

	[ Makoto ]
	Of course!

	[ Noel ]
	Y-Yeah...

	[ Tsubaki ]
	I, uh, think I'll pass this time.
	(I can't believe them! We just ate!)

	[ Taokaka ]
	*slurp*

					See You!

    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{4C}-[ THE SHORTY AND THE HARD GUY ]----------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
			#Episode 3 - "The Shorty and the Hard Guy"

It was a peaceful summer day. A great day to relax and kick back...

Orient Town, 19th District. Litchi Faye-Ling's clinic.
Litchi had run into a friend earlier and brought him back to her clinic for a
chat.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, boobie lady! Tao's here!

Kaka clan warrior Taokaka, bursts through the door of the clinic.
She's been studying at Litchi's clinic for the past several days to become a
full-fledged vigilante.

	[ Litchi ]
	Good morning, Tao. You're out early today.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! Who's the little guy?

Taokaka looks intently at the boy sitting in Litchi's clinic.

	[ Litchi ]
	Um, his name is Carl. He's a vigilante.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohhh, I see I see. Nice to meet you!

	[ Carl ]
	I-I think we've met before... You don't remember...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	???

	[ Carl ]
	U-Uh, well, nice to meet you. My name is Carl Clover. I may not look
	it, but I'm a vigilante.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I see. So you're a real vigilante!
	You're doing pretty good for a little guy!

	[ Litchi ]
	I bumped into him when I was shopping earlier. I told him I was
	teaching you about being a vigilante, and he volunteered to help
	with your lessons.

	[ Carl ]
	Th-That's correct. If I'm good enough, then I'd love to help out.
	You want to know what it takes to be a vigilante, right?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh, I see. How nice of you!

	[ Litchi ]
	(Why is Tao acting like she's better than him...)

	[ Taokaka ]
	Who's this lady?

	[ Carl ]
	Oh, this is my sister Ada.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I see, I see. It must be hard to be that hard.
	My body's all soft. See? See?

Taokaka leaps across the room, jumping from wall to wall and contorting her
body into impossible shapes. It's impressive but somehow...terrifying.

	[ Carl ]
	Wooow, you are soft!

Carl frankly reveals his thoughts.
Taokaka delightfully continues her dance.

	[ Litchi ]
	Uh, let's not get off on tangents. Carl, why don't you start by
	teaching Tao the fundamentals of being a vigilante?

	[ Carl ]
	Sure thing!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Let's go! I'll be the bestest vigilante ever!

				#What's a vigilante?

	[ Carl ]
	All right, let's begin. First of all--

	[ Taokaka ]
	What's a vigilante...?

	[ Carl ]
	That's a very straight-forward question.
	Aren't you a vigilante...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah, well, I'm still new.
	I want money...but I don't even know what a vigilante is.

	[ Carl ]
	Well, let's start with a definition then.
	Hm... I guess the simplest way to put it is that a vigilante is someone
	who chases after criminals.

	[ Taokaka ]
	So if there's somebody I don't like, I can beat the crap out of them?

	[ Carl ]
	Uh, no, that's not really what a vigilante does. If you're a vigilante,
	you capture people who wanted by the Librarium and turn them in for
	money.

	Don't get the wrong idea though. We're not bounty hunters...though
	I guess the job description is kind of similar.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohhhhhhh.

	[ Carl ]
	Uh, um, it's a risky job, so you might die in the line of duty, but if
	you survive, the rewards are pretty significant.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Rewards?

	[ Carl ]
	You know...money.

	[ Taokaka ]
	What-What-What!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Carl, please don't say things like that... You'll just excite her.

	[ Carl ]
	Ah, yes, I suppose so. Well, Miss Kitty, that was just an example.

	[ Taokaka ]
	So you want lots of money, too?

	[ Carl ]
	I have...my own reasons. Some people do just want money, but not me.
	Isn't that right, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Carl ]
	She agrees.

			#Can anyone become a vigilante?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hehe! I'm gonna be a vigilante! I'll make whole piles of money!

	[ Carl ]
	Sh-She's so innocent...

	[ Litchi ]
	Say, Carl... Is it true that anyone can become a vigilante?

	[ Carl ]
	Yes, I suppose so.

	[ Litchi ]
	Really? No test or forms to sign?

	[ Carl ]
	Well, a vigilante just captures wanted people and brins them to the
	Librarium. It's not really an official position or anything like that.

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah, so I could tell people, "I'm a doctor, but I'm also vigilante on
	the side," and would that make sense? I mean, hypothetically speaking,
	of course.

	[ Carl ]
	Of course.

	[ Litchi ]
	I see.

	[ Carl ]
	Well, I suppose there's a sort of informal agreement between the
	Librarium and vigilantes, sort of a promise to share information,
	although it's pretty one-sided. The Librarium has all the power,
	but it does come in handy from time to time.

	[ Litchi ]
	So when they say, "Jump," you say, "How high?"

	[ Carl ]
	Yes, or you'll have a lot of trouble earning a living.

	[ Litchi ]
	Such a strong will in one so young...
	Hey, why are you asleep, Tao!?
	What good is it if you sleep through the lesson!?

	[ Carl ]
	Ahaha...they're an interesting bunch, aren't they, Sis?

	[ Nirvana ]
	...

	[ Taokaka ]
	*yawn* Little guy's stories are so dull and stiff.
	I wanna do something fun!

	[ Carl ]
	Huh!? Fun...?
	What should I do, Sis?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Come on, short stuff! I'm waiting.
	So what do you do? Songs? Impressions?

	[ Carl ]
	Uhhh...n-not really...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Then do some impressions! How about you start with...uh...a bunny
	person!?

	[ Carl ]
	A bunny person? Wh-What are you talking about? Do you know, Sis?

	[ Litchi ]
	I-I think she means Rachel.

	[ Carl ]
	Ahh, Miss Rachel...
	Well, I've never talked to her, so I don't know if it'll be any good,
	but...here goes...

He won't admit it, but he actually kind of wants to try impersonating Rachel...

	[ Carl ]
	U-Um... Ahem!
	...I would like to drink some tea. Valkenhayn, go pour me some.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooooooh!

	[ Litchi ]
	Wow...you're pretty good.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I like you, little guy.

	[ Carl ]
	Hehehe, thank you very much.
	They liked it, Sis!

	[ Litchi ]
	All right, that's it for today's lesson. Thank you for you help, Carl.
	Let's make you some meat buns as a treat for your hard work, Tao.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooh! I'll help!

	[ Carl ]
	Well then, I guess we'll be on our way.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh? But Carl, we're making some for you too.

	[ Carl ]
	Oh no, no... I don't want to be a nuisance.

	[ Litchi ]
	It's no problem at all! Just think of it as a thanks for your help.

	[ Carl ]
	Well then...I guess I'll take one...
	(We can stay for a little while, right, Sis?)

	[ Taokaka ]
	*drool*

					See You!

    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{4D}-[ SLACK 0, GOOD GUY 1 ]------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
			#Episode 4 - "Slacker 0, Good Guy 1"

	[ Litchi ]
	Take care.

Litchi has just finished examining her last patient for the day.
It's a perfectly normal day.

	[ Litchi ]
	(Tao should be here any minute now...)

Litchi props her chin on her hand and looks at the clock.
She tries to tell herself that Taokaka is actually learning something...

	[ Litchi ]
	(Is that her?)

Litchi hears the sound of the door open and turns toward it, but the person who
walks into the clinic is not who she expects.

	[ Ragna ]
	Uh, 'scuse me, Miss Doctor.
	Think you can take a look at me real quick?

The one, the only, Grim Reaper. Ragna the Bloodedge, the man with the highest
price on his head that the world has ever seen.

	[ Litchi ]
	Ah, Mr. Grim Reaper, what brings you--REAPER!?

	[ Ragna ]
	(What's up with this lady...?)
	Um, I got hurt. This is a clinic right?

	[ Litchi ]
	Y-Yes, but...
	(I guess he's just here because he got hurt...)

	There you go. I've stopped the bleeding, and your cut isn't too deep,
	so you should be fine.

She finishes patching him up and taps the wound gently.

	[ Ragna ]
	Ow! Don't touch it!

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, if you're healthy enough to yell like that, I think you'll be
	fine.

	[ Ragna ]
	What kind of bedside manner is that!? Ah, whatever. Uh...Thank you.

	[ Litchi ]
	No problem. It's my job.

	[ Ragna ]
	Oh...yeah... I wanted to ask you something.

	[ Litchi ]
	What is it? I'll answer it if I can.

	[ Ragna ]
	Well, it feels like my defense is really low, and, uh...

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, don't worry about that. There are all sorts of people out there
	much weaker than you! Why, take that ninja, Chipp Za--

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey! I'm here, boobie lady!

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao! You're late!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Sorry. I forgot where your house was, so... I got lost.

	[ Litchi ]
	(How on Earth did she get lost? She's been here hundreds of times...)

	[ Taokaka ]
	But! I asked a really nice guy how to get to boobie lady's clinic, and
	he showed me how to get here!

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, that was certainly nice of him. Did you say, "thank you"?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! I said he could have one of my meat buns!
	Just one though. He's waiting outside.

	[ Litchi ]
	One of your... Oh goodness, Tao. I hope you haven't caused him too much
	trouble...

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'll bring him in!

	[ Jin ]
	H-Hey let go of me.
	I don't want any meat bu--

	[ Ragna ]
	Ragna: !!!
	Jin: !!!

	[ Jin ]
	Huh? Hey! Brother! It's you!

	[ Ragna ]
	Aw jeez... Gimme a break...

	[ Jin ]
	Who would've thought I'd run into you in a shithole clinic like this!
	I swear, it's gotta be fate...

	[ Litchi ]
	("Shithole clinic"!? Well, I never!)

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ew... He's kinda gross.

	[ Litchi ]
	Quiet, Tao. I think they're a little crazy. We should probably just
	leave them alone...

	[ Ragna ]
	Uh, look, I'm sorry, but I've got some...errands to run. Just uh...put
	that on my tab, OK?

	[ Litchi ]
	(What kind of clinic lets you run up a tab?)

Ragna makes a break for it, but Jin blocks him.

	[ Jin ]
	Hold on, brother. We haven't seen each other in so long.
	I know this place is kinda shabby, but how about we have a little fun?

Jin seems to be enjoying himself...a little too much. With a sickening grin,
he draws his beloved sword Yukianesa. The soft scrape of metal against metal
echoes through the clinic.

	[ Litchi ]
	(Shabby...shithole...what a jerk!)

	[ Ragna ]
	I guess age and experience haven't made you any less of a prick.
	Fine, I'll play with you, but only for a little while.

Ragna hefts the massive slab of metal he calls a sword and glares at Jin.
Suddenly, the tension in the room is almost thick enough to cut. The two
men stare at each other, waiting for the other to make the first move.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow? You guys gonna fight?
	I wanna fight too!

	[ Litchi ]
	H-Hey! Knock it off, you kids!
	This is a clinic! I won't allow any sort of fighting in here!

	[ Jin ]
	Kids? You watch your tongue, lady, or I might have to cut it off.

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao! No fighting! You're here to study!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh yeah! I came here to study. Today's topic is about gnolls, right?

	[ Jin ]
	Wait... Did you say "NOL"?

It was not something Jin had expected a...creature like Taokaka to ask about.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yup. Tao is training to be a great vigilante, so I need to learn
	aaaaaall about the gnoll!

	[ Ragna ]
	What, you think you're gonna figure out the Library?
	Heh. Good luck, kid.

Why was Ragna interested as well?

	[ Jin ]
	A peasant like you can't even begin to understand the Librarium.

	[ Litchi ]
	Your uniform...
	You're from the Librarium, aren't you?

	[ Jin ]
	...So what if I am?

	[ Litchi ]
	Do you think you could teach Tao about it?

	[ Jin ]
	Hmph. That's ridiculous.

	[ Ragna ]
	(I might be able to learn something useful...)
	You know, I'd kinda like to hear about the Library too.

	[ Jin ]
	...!
	Oh, brother...
	Well, I didn't want to, but it looks like I have no choice.

	[ Litchi ]
	(Looks like I managed to avert bloodshed... This time.)

			#What's the Novus Orbis Librarium?

	[ Jin ]
	All right. First of all, everyone refers to us as the NOL, but that
	actually stands for "Novus Orbis Librarium".

	[ Taokaka ]
	Knobs liberarium? Hm. No?
	Nova's biz...? No...
	Uh...
	That name is too long! Tao can't say it! It sucks.

	[ Litchi ]
	You don't really need to know the whole name, Tao. Nobody really calls
	it that.

	[ Jin ]
	We're the world's largest single organization. We keep track of all
	information, everywhere.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Information? Keep track?
	BlazBlue lingo...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, you can kind of think of them as a world-wide police force. A lot
	of people just call them the "Library".

	[ Jin ]
	...Although we don't like that name.

	[ Ragna ]
	C'mon, isn't that a bit easier to say?
	"Novus Orbis Librarium" is quite a mouthful.

	[ Jin ]
	...That's cold, brother.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow? Library? World Police?
	Well, that no-bugs liberarium doesn't make any sense.

	[ Ragna ]
	That's 'cause you're not saying it right.

	[ Taokaka ]
	...But why is it called the "Library"? Police don't have books.

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, that has to do with the history of the NOL. A long time ago, the
	Black Beast attacked our world, and everyone fought as one against it.

	That battle is known as the Dark War. That was when people developed
	the Ars Magus and used it to fight back. Remember the lesson about the
	Ars Magus?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah. One hundred percent. All the way.

	[ Litchi ]
	Uh...OK? Anyway, the people who figured out the Ars Magus made the
	first grimoires so that anyone could use them.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Grimoire! I know that one!

	[ Litchi ]
	The NOL developed a number of grimoires during the Dark War. With those
	books, they were able to defeat the Black Beast. After the war ended,
	the NOL decided they should keep the grimoires and control who had
	access to them.

	They claimed it was to keep the grimoires safe, but after a while,
	people started to resent them for their tight control over the only
	thing that would let anyone use the Ars Magus. Eventually, "Librarium"
	was shorted to "Library". It's not meant to be a friendly nickname.

	[ Jin ]
	Watch your mouth, woman.
	I give you a chance to speak, and you start spouting this drivel--

	[ Ragna ]
	Sounds like the truth to me.

	[ Jin ]
	B-Brother...
	Well, I suppose there are some people who see us as petty or
	monopolistic, but the NOL does not have a monopoly on the grimoires.

	Our purpose is to watch over and safeguard sources of dangerous power.
	If the grimoires were misused, the consequences would be dire.

	[ Litchi ]
	In many ways, the NOL maintains balance in the world, and they do spend
	a lot of time rooting out and punishing real criminals.

	Of course, like any police force, they can often be pushy and
	alienated, and because much of their business happens behind closed
	doors, people tend to be suspicious of them.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I see. So, basically, all the people at the NOL are bad.

	[ Litchi ]
	No, that's really not the case. They may be a little too stern
	sometimes, but they're keeping balance in the world.

	Many members of the NOL really care about protecting the cities and
	their citizens. Then again, that depends on the person. As a whole,
	they do tend to be a bit stubborn.

	[ Taokaka ]
	All right, I think I got the gist of it! The NOL are cops, and they
	help out, but they can be scary sometimes so I should keep my eyes open
	for them, right?

	[ Litchi ]
	That's it for today's lesson.
	OK, Tao, let's make meat buns as a treat.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yippie!

	[ Ragna ]
	Hmph. I was hoping I'd hear something new about the Library, but it was
	all crap I already knew. Well, I'm taking off then.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, would you like to have some meat buns? We can make extra...

	[ Ragna ]
	Sorry, lady, I don't have time to hang around, but if you don't mind,
	I'll take one for the road. Thanks for patching me up.

	[ Jin ]
	Brother! Wait for me!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meat buns are AWESOME!

	[ Litchi ]
	Th-That's good to hear.
	(What was the deal with those young men?)

					See You!

    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{4E}-[ SYECTOR SYEVEN! ]----------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
			#Episode 5 - "Sec-tor Seven!"

Litchi's clinic, located in the 19th District of Orient Town, isn't very calm
this morning...

A couple of people from Sector Seven have come to visit.
Before long, their discussion turns to Tager...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	All of our tests have shown that Tager's mobility is seriously lacking.

	[ Litchi ]
	I agree, but I don't see how we can improve his speed and keep his
	strength, defense, etc., within the desired parameters.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Don't let common sense hold you back, Litchi. It's a scientist's job to
	see through that mental morass.

	[ Litchi ]
	I'm sorry, Professor, but trying to move someone of Tager's mass at
	those sorts of speeds... From a simple physics standpoint, it's...
	Well, I just don't know how we'd do it.

	[ Tager ]
	Hold on there. I don't think my speed is -that- bad...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I'd like to be able to cross the screen in 30 frames...

Kokonoe begins mumbling incoherently to herself. She writes something
down on a piece of paper, then erases it and writes something else.
Then erases that and-- You get the idea.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I guess we'll have to stick to a Vernier engine on his back or his leg
	or something... Not very original, though...

	[ Tager ]
	Wait, Kokonoe... I weigh more than 550 kilograms! Just how powerful of
	a Vernier engine do you intend to build!?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Come on Tager, I know your mass to eight decimal places. You don't
	need to remind me how fat you are. Besides, developing a compact,
	high-output like that is any scientist's dream.

	[ Tager ]
	What scientific organization is going to fund dreams...?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, boobie lady, listen up!
	Today this kitty person--

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, good morning, Tao.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow? Who's this huge guy...and this tail lady?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, this is Dr. Kokonoe. She's a scientist. The big fellow is Tager.
	I guess you could consider Kokonoe his creator.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh! A scientist? Wow!
	She made the big guy!? That's awesome!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Ah, this girl from the Kaka clan. She seems a little...simple, but she
	does seem to be a good judge of character.
	What's your name?

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm Tao. I'm Taokaka!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Taoakaka... You're quite fast. Not very powerful, though...
	Would you like me to fix you up a bit?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Fix!? But Tao isn't broken!?

Despite her protests, for some reason Taokaka still seems happy about the
idea. Strange for a cat to want to be fixed, though...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Hm... I think with a little work I could improve your speed -and-
	power. Maybe hydraulics...or microservos...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohhh! So I'll be stronger!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Hmmm... I think I'll call you... Mecha-kaka! Pretty cool, huh?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wait...why would my name change?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well, you need a name that fits you. New person, new name.

	[ Taokaka ]
	No way. I like being Tao. Tao is an awesome name.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh. How unfortunate. Looks like we'll never see eye to eye, then...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah, pretty much!

	[ Tager ]
	What do you think of them, Litchi?

	[ Litchi ]
	What do you mean "what do I think of them"? ...They're more alike than
	they seem. There's only a thin line between genius and...Tao.

	[ Tager ]
	I agree...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	So, Tao is studying to be a vigilante?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! I'm gonna be the best vigilante ever! Are you a vigilante, tail
	lady?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...I'm a scientist at Sector Seven.
	I introduced myself to you earlier.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Se...ctor... Seven?
	I sorta heard of it.

	[ Litchi ]
	Tager, Kokonoe, and I are all part of Sector Seven.
	Well, actually, I used to be.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Wow! That's so cool!
	Did you get a lot of meat buns for joining?

	[ Litchi ]
	Uh... Meat buns have nothing to do with this...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh...Taokaka, are you interested in Sector Seven?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah, I'm really interested!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I see. Do you want to join Sector Seven?

	[ Litchi ]
	H-Hey, Professor! What do you think you're doing?
	She's just a kid. Stop trying to recruit her.

	[ Tager ]
	...What are you trying to pull, Kokonoe?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	What? You don't want her to join?

	[ Litchi ]
	No, I don't. Tao doesn't know anything about Sector Seven. She's just
	excited because it's something new.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Well then why don't you explain it to her?

Kokonoe doesn't seem very happy about being rejected so quickly.
She glares at Litchi, then resigns herself to the refusal.
Litchi and Tager share a glance and a sigh.

	[ Litchi ]
	*sigh* Well, I guess Sector Seven is something she'll need to learn
	about eventually. I am trying to teach her what the world is like after
	all... Would you do the honors, Tager?

	[ Tager ]
	Are you sure, Litchi...?
	I don't think a vigilante really needs to know about Sector Seven...

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, this section is called "What's Sector Seven?", so, uh...

	[ Tager ]
	...Being an adult is complicated...

			#What's "Sector Seven"?

	[ Tager ]
	All right then, let's begin.

	[ Taokaka ]
	All right, let's start out with something easy! What's Sector Seven?

	[ Tager ]
	Hm... Well, it's complicated.
	And most of what we do is classified, so I can't really--

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You're as stubborn as always, you big pile of scrap. You know what
	Sector Seven is. Just explain it to her. And use small words.

	[ Litchi ]
	That was kind of...mean, Professor.

	[ Tager ]
	Uh, OK. Well, first let's touch on Sector Seven's politics.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Poly tits? Awesome! Is that a new type of boobies!?

	[ Tager ]
	...Uh...
	Kokonoe, stop snacking and help me out here.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Huh? You're giving up already?
	My goodness... Litchi, what is this?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, Linhua picked those up the other day.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	I see. They're incredible!

	[ Litchi ]
	I guess I should have had her buy some more.

	[ Tager ]
	*sigh* Looks like I'm on my own...
	All right. You've heard of the NOL, haven't you? The Library?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! I just learned all about them!

	[ Tager ]
	Sector Seven is the opposite of the Library.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I see!

	[ Tager ]
	Where they use the Ars Magus, we use science and technology.
	Science?
	Um... How do I put it... We can do a lot of the things they can, but
	without using seithr. To do those things without seithr, that's
	science...I guess. Does that make sense?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow!? I don't get it.
	Like...what can you do?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Let me give you a little demonstration.
	Tager, stand up.

	[ Tager ]
	Huh? What?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	OK, point your arm at that open window.
	Now fire...
	And, clicky!

	[ Tager ]
	!?

	[ Taokaka ]
	His arms flew off!

	[ Taokaka ]
	WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAA!
	Wow! WOOOOW! That's so cool!

	[ Tager ]
	K-Kokonoe, when did you install this...?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh, a little bit ago. It's an interesting idea, but it doesn't work
	very well on the arms. I'm thinking of moving it, maybe putting it on
	your chest or your *****.

	[ Tager ]
	U-Uh, I really don't think that's necessary, Kokonoe...
	I don't need that kind of, um, enhancement...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	There, you see, Tao? The power of science!
	Even you should be able to comprehend this demonstration.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Woow! That's soooo crazy!
	If everybody used science, then the world would be awesome!

	[ Tager ]
	Unfortunately, only Sector Seven really uses, and preserves, science
	in its most pure form.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Science requires a great deal of study to master, so you need
	intelligence and determination in quantities not everyone possesses.
	It also demands one understands the proper techniques and processes
	involved...and our energy sources are limited.

	Ars Magus just uses seithr, which is free, easy-to-use, and everywhere.
	It's not a surprise most people choose Ars Magus. Science is hard.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! I don't like hard things either! Science sucks!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...

	[ Tager ]
	...

			#What's Sector Seven like?

	[ Taokaka ]
	*munch* *munch* *munch*
	Sector Seven's scientific ability is number one in the world.
	*munch* *munch* I understand that much.

	[ Tager ]
	Don't talk with your mouth full...

	[ Taokaka ]
	*chomp* *chomp* But I'm good at it!
	So what's Sector Seven like?

	[ Tager ]
	That's an awfully abstract question...

	[ Taokaka ]
	I learned that the NOL is like the police!

	[ Tager ]
	Oh, that's what you mean. All right, I think I can explain that.
	The NOL is a multi-national task force run by a central authoritarian
	leadership, right? Sector Seven is a small confederation of like-minded
	scientists.

	[ Taokaka ]
	You--You're using hard words on purpose, aren't you?

	[ Tager ]
	Not...really...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Ugh. Watching you two is making me sick.
	Tager, you're worthless. I think I'll bolt your mouth shutin the next
	upgrade. All right you little idiot, pay attention.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meowmeow?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Here. Maybe this will get through to that pea-sized brain of yours.
	You get it?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah, I guess so.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Good. That's all you need to know.

	[ Tager ]
	True. That pretty much sums it up.

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! I got it! Well, most of it. I think...
	So, tail lady. What are you trying to do with science?

	[ Tager ]
	Wha...

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Whoa, no beating around the bush with this one.
	Ah, there's no point trying to explain anything else to you.

	[ Tager ]
	True. It's not like anything we could tell you is going to help you out
	in any way.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meowmewmew... You're hiding something, aren't you?

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao! I'm sure they're just doing their jobs. Don't be so nosy.

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Besides, if we tell you much more, we'd give away all the juicy stuff.

	[ Tager ]
	Kokonoe, what do you have up your sleeve...

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, come on, Professor. Tell her a little more. Please?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Oh, fine, fine.
	The NOL runs the whole planet, so it stands to reason their military
	is the best in the world.

	But they're not the only people out there interested in the fate of the
	world. Some people are actively rebelling, others are sitting on the
	sidelines waiting to see how things shake out.

	And there are others who operate more in the shadows and behind the
	scenes. They don't have a public face, but they're up to something.
	That's us.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ohhhh! So you're working under the table!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	Uh, I wouldn't put it like that.
	Still, it's not like I'm married to them or anything. I've got my own
	plans.

	[ Taokaka ]
	So you're gonna take on the Library?

	[ Kokonoe ]
	You're a lot more clever than you look, aren't you?
	No, I"m not, but you should look forward to what I -am- going to do.
	It'll be just about as exciting.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Phooey.
	Well, keep playing the game, everybody!

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao, who are you talking to?

	[ Tager ]
	I think that pretty much wraps up Sector Seven.

	[ Litchi ]
	So what do you think, Tao? Are you still interested in Sector Seven?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Neope!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	...

	[ Tager ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Taokaka ]
	?

	[ Litchi ]
	Then that concludes today's lesson.
	Professor, Tager, thank you.

	All right, Tao, let's make some meat buns as a reward for you finishing
	the lesson.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yay! I'll help!

	[ Kokonoe ]
	C'mon, Tager, let's go! We got **** to do...

As usual, Kokonoe seems to be in a foul mood.
With a final scowl, she's gone.

	[ Litchi ]
	I wonder if we made the professor angry...

	[ Tager ]
	Don't worry about it. She's always in a bad mood.

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes, I suppose that is true.

	[ Tager ]
	Well, I'll be on my way.

Tager lumbers towards the door, but his body is so large, he's forced to bow
down a little to make it through. Litchi is reminded for a moment of the old
customs of the country of Ikaruga.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Are the meeeeeat buns reaaaaaaady yet?

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, OK, I'm coming...

					See You!
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{4F}-[ THE SIX HEWOES ]-----------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
			#Episode 6 - "The Six Hewoes"

	[ Litchi ]
	It's almost time... Tao should be here any minute.

She looks up at the clock in her office.
It's already 1:30 in the afternoon.

	[ Litchi ]
	(It's been so busy around here lately...)

Litchi has had a long day.
She's lets her eyelids drift shut...

...but she's not going to get that rest. Not today.

	[ Rachel ]
	...Delightful. Another unforeseen detour. What is this place?

	[ Gii ]
	There are so many things!

	[ Nago ]
	This place smells like a hospital... Curse my adorable, sensitive nose.

	[ Litchi ]
	What the--!? Where did you come from? Who are you?

Litchi stares at the sudden visitors to her clinic, at a loss for words.

	[ Rachel ]
	...Do you live here?

Litchi realizes the girl is talking to her.

	[ Litchi ]
	This is my clinic...

	[ Rachel ]
	Clinic...?
	Ah, yes, I suppose this is the sort of thing that passes for a hospital
	in the poorest quarters.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	It would appear that we are in Orient Town, madam.

Valkenhayn pulls out his pocket watch, examines it for a moment, and then leans
over to whisper something in Rachel's ear.

	[ Litchi ]
	Um, if you're here for a checl-up, please come around to the front...
	(I didn't think I put up the "open" sign today...)

	[ Rachel ]
	Check-up...?
	Oh my, no. There was an unexpected dimensional fluctuation during our
	teleportation Ars, and we ended up here.

	[ Litchi ]
	Dimensional...? Teleportation...?
	Who are you?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Oh, dear. How very rude of us.
	My sincerest apologies. I am Valkenhayn, butler to the Alucard family.

	The young lady at my side is Madam Rachel, the current head of the
	Alucard family.

	[ Litchi ]
	O-OK...

	[ Rachel ]
	Our arduous tarvels have tired me out.
	Valkenhayn, I desire tea.

Rachel doesn't even seem to acknowledge Litchi's presence in the room.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Yes, madam.

	Excuse me, madam. My mistress requires tea. Would you be so kind as to
	allow me acess to your kitchen?

	[ Litchi ]
	I...don't have a kitchen, but you can get hot water over there.

Litchi is surprised to find yourself answering his question. He is
intimidating, sure, but there's something about his manner that's so polite
and gracious that she can't bring herself to refuse.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah. Very good, madam. If you will excuse me...

Valkenhayn bows politely and excuses himself to the kitchen, but in a few
seconds, he's back.

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh my, Valkenhayn. That was awfully fast.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Madam Rachel, we are undone. This house had neither tea settings nor
	tea leaves.

	[ Rachel ]
	...I don't understand.
	Are you suggesting the owner of this house does not drink tea?

	[ Litchi ]
	I do drink tea. I have Oolong tea, Pu-erh tea, and Jasmine tea leaves.

	[ Rachel ]
	I'm afraid I've never heard of such...common teas.
	I personally like Darjeeling and Assam tea, although I will settle for
	Earl Grey if I must.

	[ Gii ]
	The princess is very choosy about her black teas!

	[ Rachel ]
	Watch your mouth, Gii.
	I'm starting to think you like being punished.

	[ Gii ]
	Ah! I-I'm sorry! I wasn't thinking!

	[ Litchi ]
	None of my teas are black.

	[ Rachel ]
	...Not black tea? No thank you.
	Clearly you do not share my refined palate.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Madam Rachel is most devoted to her black teas.

	[ Litchi ]
	But Oolong tea is good for your complexion. You should try it.

	[ Rachel ]
	No, thank you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey boobie lady! I'm back!
	And I brought a visitor!

	[ Jubei ]
	'Scuse me, ma'am.

The door slams open and Taokaka bursts through it. Behind her walks the
strongest creature in the world. One of the legendary Six Heroes--Jubei.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Eh? You got visitors already, boobie lady?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	M-My word.
	I must say, I didn't think I should run into you again in a place like
	this.

	[ Jubei ]
	Huh? Valkenhayn... Well, ain't this a treat.
	Then that sweet young thing with you is the head of the family, unless
	I miss my guess.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Yes. Madam Rachel is the current head of the family.

	[ Jubei ]
	I can see a certain resemblance, but she looks a mite kinder...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	You...you must be joking...

	[ Rachel ]
	Jubei of the Six Heroes? He's just a cat. I must say I'm a little
	disappointed.
	...And who is that incessantly noisy girl?

	[ Nago ]
	I think she's from that creepy little Kaka clan, darling.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I'm a soldier of the Kaka clan!
	I'm studying to be a vigilante!

	[ Rachel ]
	Are you wearing a mask?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	It would appear so...

	[ Litchi ]
	(...Come to think of it, I don't know either...)

	[ Taokaka ]
	?

	[ Jubei ]
	I was passin' through Orient Town when I bumped into this kid here.
	Ain't every day ya see the Kaka clan outside of their village. She
	told me she was studyin' at this clinic here, so I figured I'd give
	it a look-see.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, and so you decided to accompany her and find out what she was
	studying.

	[ Jubei ]
	Right you are, friend.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Anyways!
	Play with me, bunny lady!

	[ Rachel ]
	Oh goodness no. What sort of vulgar woman do you take me for?
	Play with this bat. He's expendable.

Rachel yawns and looks over at Gii, clearly very unhappy.

	[ Litchi ]
	(How long do these people plan on staying...?)
	(I have to change the subject...!)

Litchi sees her chance and tries to interrupt.

	[ Litchi ]
	Tao, I think it's time we got started on our lesson for today!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh yeah! I totally forgot about studying... Tao is gonna study now!
	Today we're talking about the, uh, Dark War? Right?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah... The Dark War.

	[ Litchi ]
	Do you know about the Dark War, Mr. Valkenhayn?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah...only a little bit. I believe that Jubei would know more than I.

	[ Jubei ]
	Valkenhayn...
	And Litchi--That is your name, ma'am? How's about I tell little
	Taokaka here a few of my old war stories?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, that would be wonderful. I know a little about the Dark War, but
	to hear about it straight from Jubei, one of the Six Heroes! Well, how
	could I possibly competes with you! Besides...I must admit, I'd love to
	hear some of your stories myself.

	[ Jubei ]
	All right! I figured she'd hear 'em someday, and today's as good a day
	as any.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Ooh! Thank you!

Rachel is busy prodding and stretching the unfortunate Gii.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I would be honored to listen to you while Rachel is in repose.

	[ Jubei ]
	All right then.

				#The Dark War...?

	[ Jubei ]
	Taokaka, how much do you know about the Dark War?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Mew... All I know is the cat man did a really good job.

	[ Jubei ]
	Well, I don't know about that... I done my part, but old Hakumen was
	the real star, not me.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow!? Cat man is friends with mask man?

	[ Jubei ]
	That ain't what we're talkin' about right now. I reckon you know about
	the Six Heroes?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yes.

	[ Jubei ]
	Well, I figure I might as well start at the beginning then.

	Round about a hundred years ago, the Black Beast showed up outta
	nowhere. The moment he showed up, everything went all ta Hell, and
	that there was the start of the Dark War.

	[ Litchi ]
	Out of nowhere?

	[ Jubei ]
	That's right. No one knew where the critter came from, but from the
	moment it showed up, all it seemed to care about was killin'
	everything that lived.

	His power was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Weren't nobody what
	could stand up to him. Few countries tried using nuclear weapons, but
	it was like throwin' pebbles at a bear.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Newcular?

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah. Yes, I suppose they haven't been in use for quite some time. Most
	people wouldn't know the word... Simply put, at the time of the Black
	Beast's arrival, they were the most powerful weapons mankind had at
	its disposal, but they were also very dangeorus.

	[ Jubei ]
	Right you are, friend. Nuclear weapons were useless, and people started
	to think it was the end for the human race.

	[ Litchi ]
	And that was when the Six Heroes appeared...

	[ Jubei ]
	That's right, Miss Litchi. The Six Heroes--includin' my humble
	self--took up arms together near the end of the Dark War.

	[ Litchi ]
	So until then, you'd been fighting on your own?

	[ Jubei ]
	More or less.

	It ain't common knowledge, but for a little while durin' the war, the
	Beast went quiet and stopped its rampage. We took it as the calm before
	the storm and combined our forces as the Six Heroes.

	One of us was a right powerful mage and taught the art of sorcery to
	humanity. Humans took that knowledge and applied it to science, and
	that's how we got the Ars Magus. Ya do know the Ars Magus, right, kid?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yep!

	[ Jubei ]
	Humans used the Ars Magus for the first time durin' the Dark War.
	That's why, these days, we call it the First War of Magic.

	[ Taokaka ]
	So the Ars Magus was still young.

	[ Jubei ]
	Right you are, little lady. The Ars Magus ain't been around long, and
	it was even younger back then, but once it showed up on the
	battlefield, the Dark War started to change...

	     #The development of "Armagus"... The humans strike back!

	[ Rachel ]
	*yawn* Are you quite finished? I'm getting rather tired...

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	I shall fetch you a blanket, madam, posthaste.

	[ Jubei ]
	*sigh*
	Keep your shirt on. I'm almost done.

	Once they had the Ars Magus, the humans had the upper hand. The Black
	Beast didn't stand a chance.

	When the smoke cleared, we'd won, but the cost had been terrible...
	By the time the Beast finally kicked the bucket, near half the people
	on Earth were dead.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meow!? Half!?

	[ Litchi ]
	I'd heard that before, but still...
	To imagine a single being able to do that much damage...

	[ Jubei ]
	Well, he's just part of history now.
	Sadly, the Black Beast wasn't the only critter around that wanted to
	see humans dead--there were still other humans. Only ten years after
	the Beast died, war broke out again.

	[ Litchi ]
	You're talking about the Ikaruga War, aren't you?

	[ Jubei ]
	The world had cahnged after the Dark War: The Library had started
	small, but over the years it grew, 'til it ran most of the planet;
	the Beast's remains--what we call seithr--were everywhere. And they
	ain't goin' away...

	...And that's about all I can tell a kid like you. I reckon you
	already	know the rest.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I got a liiiiittle sleepy in the middle, but I did my best.

	[ Jubei ]
	Good girl.

	[ Rachel ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	Miss Rachel seems to have fallen asleep--Oh...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Zzzzzz...
	Zzzz...

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh my. She was awake a moment ago...
	*giggle* I guess she just reached her limit.
	I'll carry her over to the cot...

	[ Jubei ]
	You don't worry yourself, ma'am. I'll take care of her.
	...There ya go, kid.

	[ Litchi ]
	Thank you.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Would you mind terribly if we were to wait here until madam wakes up?
	She does so...dislike...being moved whilst asleep.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, don't worry about it. Take your time.
	I'll make you some tea. I hope you'll like it.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Oh, please don't trouble yourself on my account, madam.

	[ Jubei ]
	Ah, don't be such a stick in the mud, Hellsing. The lady's just tryin'
	ta do you a kindness, you crusty old bastard.

	[ Valkenhayn ]
	Ah, well, if you really don't mind...
	I suppose I could use some tea.

					See You!
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{4G}-[ THE HERO WILL BE LATE ]----------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
			#Episode 7 - "The Hero Will Be Late"

	[ Narration ]
	The Sleeping Lion and Ninja of all Ninja, Bang Shishigami, was faced
	with what lesser men would consider an insurmountable obstacle. But
	fear not! The greater the obstacle, the greater the fire in a man's
	heart!

	With the red fire of passion burning in his breast and the furnace of
	determination ignited in his eyes, Warrior-Poet and Ninja Lord Bang
	Shishigami stood, an image of bravery and power, silhouetted against
	the sky!

	[ Bang ]
	(Hmm... How can I get inside?)

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Great idea, boss! All sorts of people go to a hospital! It'll be a
	cinch to gather information!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Hey, boss, if you're going to try and infiltrate a hospital, you should
	just go in as a patient!

	[ Bang ]
	That's an excellent idea, but I've never been sick. I don't even know
	how to get sick...

His arms crossed and head bowed, Bang is deep in thought.
...His men take the same pose, although they're probably only pretending
to be deep in thought.

	[ Bang ]
	Ah! Of course!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Boss! Did you come up with a plan?

	[ Bang ]
	Mmm. Is there a wooden hammer nearby?

	[ Subordinate A ]
	A wooden hammer?

At first his men were confused, but their master's word was law, and they
quickly complied.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss! I bought a wooden hammer from the store!

	[ Bang ]
	Oh, good job!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	The small ones were sold out, though...

The man held a massive steel hammer with "100 tons" written on the side of it.

	[ Bang ]
	Whoa...!
	(Th-This is a lot bigger than I expected!)

	[ Subordinate A ]
	What were you going to use this hammer for?

	[ Bang ]
	...You haven't figured it out yet?

Bang's men looked at each other, confused.

	[ Bang ]
	I can't get sick, but that's OK. You see, it's not just sick pople
	that go to a hospital...
	You can also go there if you've been injured!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Of course! That's brilliant!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Wow! Powerful -and- smart!
	You're awesome, boss!

Arms still crossed, Bang's expression is calm and collected. He seems at peace.
He extends his left arm to the man nearest him.

	[ Bang ]
	A right hand is a fighter's soul, so I cannot break my right arm.
	In that case...for the sake of my investigation (and for my lovely
	Litchi)...

	...I will sacrifice my left hand!
	Ok, hold my arm.

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Yes, sir!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	So...I just need to swing this hammer down on your arm as hard as I
	can, right?

	[ Bang ]
	Y-Yeah. Don't hesitate. Just do it!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	A-Are you sure?

	[ Bang ]
	...A man never goes back on his word.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	O-OK then...

	[ Bang ]
	O-O-OK! G-Go ahead!
	*gulp*

	[ Subordinate A ]
	A-All right... Here I go. ONE, TWO, THREEEEEEEE!
	...That's how I'm going to count... OK?

	[ Bang ]
	D-Don't do that!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	I...I'm sorry. OK, for real this time... One, TWOOOOO...

	[ Bang ]
	EEEEAAARRRGGHHHH!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss! What 's wrong?
	I didn't do anything yet!

	[ Bang ]
	Th...That's not it... Oogh...
	My...my stomach...! Grugh...the pain...!
	I-I-It hurts...!
	...I...I'm gonna die...!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Hang in there, boss!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	What's wrong? BOSS! BOOOOOOOOOOOSS!

	[ ? ? ? ]
	...a...
	......ang.

	[ Bang ]
	Ugh...Ungh...Huh?

	[ ? ? ? ]
	B...ng...
	...Bang!

	[ Bang ]
	Th-That voice...my sweet...
	I-Is this heaven...?
	Wha--!? Miss Litchi!?
	(She's so beautiful!)

	[ Litchi S2 ]
	Oh, Bang...I...I was always infatuated with you.

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-Wh-Wh-Wh-Wh-What did you say!?

	[ Litchi S2]
	What's the matter, darling? Don't you like me?

	[ Bang ]
	O-O-O-O-O-Of course I do!

	[ Litchi S2 ]
	I'm so happy! Then don't you think we should, you know, do what
	married people do?

	Come on, Bang, I'm W-A-I-T-I-N-G S2

	[ Bang ]
	Wh-What married people d-d-do!?

	Hehe. Oh, Miss Litchi! No..! I-I'm not ready yet!
	If--If it's possible, I would like to start with a sweet, innocent
	friendship, and then work up to--

	[ ? ? ? ]
	*licking sounds*

	[ Bang ]
	O-Oh! Oh, my God!
	Miss Litchi! How bold of you! I-I mean...in broad daylight...!
	I...I'm overwhelmed! This...roughness...!
	...?
	...Rough...ness?
	...
	......
	.........

*slap*

	[ Bang ]
	NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, scruffy man! You're finally awake!

	[ Bang ]
	D-Don't scare me like that!

	[ Taokaka ]
	What's wrong, scruffy man? You're all red. Are you sick?

	[ Bang ]
	(My heart is beating like crazy! I...I feel so faint...)
	(I can't believe I had such...such a vulgar dream about Miss Litchi!
	And I call myself a ninja!)

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Boss!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Boss!
	Oh, boss! I'm so glad!

	[ Bang ]
	Y-You guys... Is this...the hospital?
	Wh...What happened to me?

	[ Subordinate A ]
	You fainted!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	We rushed you to the hospital!

	[ Bang ]
	What a concise explanation!
	But...why am I here?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, boobie lady. Scruffy man is awake!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh yeah? How is he feeling?

	[ Bang ]
	Oh...Oh my...Miss-Miss Litchi!
	...Are we at your clinic?

	[ Litchi ]
	Yes, we are.
	It appears you had food poisoning, Mr. Shishigami.

	[ Bang ]
	Food...poisoning?
	No way... What kind of a ninja faints from food poisoning? Ha-ha!

	[ Litchi ]
	You shouldn't underestimate food poisoning! People can die from it.

	[ Bang ]
	Oh...Oh. I'm sorry. Wow. You're amazing, Miss Litchi.

	[ Litchi ]
	Most people would have felt the pain and come to the hospital much
	sooner than you did.

	[ Bang ]
	Oh...really...

	[ Litchi ]
	You seem to be the kind of person that doesn't feel too much pain,
	so you have to be extra careful.

	[ Bang ]
	I'm sorry. I'll keep that in mind...

	[ Litchi ]
	Your men told me what you ate, but I was all out of medicine for food
	poisoning. I had to send my assistant out to get some this morning.

	[ Bang ]
	!?
	Then how did I survive--?

	[ Jubei ]
	You can thank me for that, kid.

	[ Bang ]
	You're--

	[ Jubei ]
	I heard Taokaka was studyin' here, so I figured I'd mosey on by.

	Hadn't been here but a minute when some big ol' sweaty fella showed up
	out cold. Miss Litchi knew what ta do with him right away, but I'll be
	damned if she wasn't plum outta the right medicine.

	Lucky for you big fella, I'm a bit of a wanderer, so I got something
	in the way of medicines with me everywhere I go. Turned out I had the
	one you was hankerin' for.

	[ Litchi ]
	If Jubei hadn't been here, something very bad could have happened to
	you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	So if I wasn't here studying, this miracle never would've happened!
	You should thank me!

	[ Litchi ]
	Anyway, you're fine now, but you should probably rest here for a while.

	[ Bang ]
	Rest...for a while!?

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Now's your chance, boss!

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Wow, boss! Just the way you planned!
	You're so awesome! You're giving me the shivers...
	Ahhh~

	[ Bang ]
	(Yes, this is my cha--Owowow! Ah! My stomach hurts when I get
	excited...)

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, Tao. Now that our patient has settled down, let's go back to our
	lesson.

	[ Taokaka ]
	All right! I wanna learn about the Ikaruga War!

	[ Bang ]
	What!? The Ikaruga War!?

	[ Litchi ]
	Is something the matter?

	[ Subordinate B ]
	We're from Ikaruga, ma'am.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	And our boss was born and raised in Ikaruga pride! Not only that,
	he was in the Ikaruga War himself!

			#Why did the Ikaruga Civil War start...?

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh really? Wow...

	[ Bang ]
	(Miss Litchi is impressed with me...?)

	[ Litchi ]
	Well then, would you mind sharing some of your stories with Tao and me?

	[ Bang ]
	Of course!
	I'm Bang Shishigami, the encyclopedia of Ikaruga!
	Leave this mission to me!

What started the Ikaruga Civil War?

	[ Taokaka ]
	So, what is Ikaruga War anyways?
	A war is like a big fight, right?

	[ Bang ]
	Yes, it is. You do indeed understand war. But to understand the Ikaruga
	War, you must understand the oppression what came before it.

	[ Jubei ]
	First time humans took ta usin' the Ars Magus against each other.

	We fought off the Black Beast with the Ars Magus in the First War of
	Magic, so after the Ikaruga Civil War, people started calling it the
	Second War of Magic.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Th-This is too complicated...
	Scruffy man, tell me what "oppression" means.

	[ Bang ]
	Oppression is when the people in power do whatever they want.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Oh no! So scruffy man and his buddies were mad about that!?

	[ Bang ]
	Indeed. We'd toiled under the yoke of the NOL for too long. Something
	had to be done.

	In other words, it was time for a war for our independence.
	We never thought it would drag on as long as it did...

	[ Jubei ]
	T'weren't no one that did...

	[ Litchi ]
	What were you doing back then?

	[ Bang ]
	I was working for Lord Tenjo.
	I was still quite young then.

	[ Subordinate A ]
	Lord Tenjo and boss are both heroes!

	[ Subordinate B ]
	When I was just a kid, the boss saved my life...
	And Lord Tenjo always took good care of me...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Who's this Tenjo?

	[ Subordinate A ]
	...

	[ Subordinate B ]
	...

	[ Bang ]
	Huh? Oh. I suppose I should explain.
	Lord Tenjo...I call him -master- sometimes.
	Indeed, I suppose you could think of him kind of like a mayor...

	[ Taokaka ]
	The Kaka clan has a Tenjo too then!

	[ Jubei ]
	Right you are, little lady. If you're like Bang, then the chief of
	your clan is like his dear-old Lord Tenjo.

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK! I get it now.

	[ Bang ]
	All right, moving on.

	It didn't matter how powerful the NOL got, they were just a bunch of
	soldiers following orders. Ikaruga had teamwork and friendship--we
	knew the land we were fighting for and that gave us the upper hand.

	At least...that's that we thought.

	[ Taokaka ]
	Whoa... What happened then?

	[ Bang ]
	But...but that was before...!

	[ Taokaka ]
	What happened? What happened!?

	[ Bang ]
	Stay tuned! Your questions will be answered in the next episode!

			#What was the trigger...?

	[ Bang ]
	Who could have anticipated this turn of events!

	[ Taokaka ]
	C'mon, scruffy man. Just get on with it.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, and please don't yell in the clinic.

	[ Bang ]
	Gah... You guys are so mean...! But fine, I'll make it simple.
	I don't remember how long we'd been fighting, but one fateful day,
	there was an explosion at the Central Hierarchical City of Ikaruga.

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Jubei ]
	That's a day I ain't never gonna forget.
	One moment, city's there...next moment, it ain't.

	[ Bang ]
	I don't know what caused it.
	Lord Tenjo and I were engaged in battle elsewhere, so we were safe.
	But the destruction of the central city changed everything...

	[ Taokaka ]
	Whoa... This story is getting kinda depressing.

	[ Bang ]
	But the Ikaruga Federation refused to give up and continued the fight
	against the NOL, as did Lord Tenjo and I. However...

	[ Subordinate A ]
	I...I don't even want to remember...

	[ Subordinate B ]
	Who would have thought that such a horrible thing could happen.
	And the person responsible for that incident...

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	[ Jubei ]
	...

	[ Taokaka ]
	OK, OK, I think understand aaaaaaaall about Ikaruga now...
	...Besides, this is way too depressing...

	[ Bang ]
	Guh... I-If it wasn't for that damn Jin Kisaragi, none of it would have
	had to happen!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Hey, cheer up, scruffy man.

	[ Bang ]
	A-Are you making fun of me...!?

	[ Litchi ]
	A-Anyway...
	Some of the survivors from Ikaruga are living in Kagutsuchi, aren't
	they?

	[ Bang ]
	*gasp* I can't believe I let Miss Litchi see such a weak side of me...
	Uh, yes. Many refugees from Ikaruga have come to Kagutsuchi, to regroup
	and wait for the right time to strike back at the NOL.

	So...that's it--my tale of heroism and woe. To get revenge for my lost
	homeland and for Lord Tenjo, I've become a vigilante a vowed to defeat
	Jin Kisaragi.

	Were you paying attention?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yeah! Sort of!

	[ Bang ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	...

	Well, that about does it for today's lesson. Thank you, Mr. Shishigami,
	and thank you, Mr. Shishigami's...friends...

	All right, Tao, time to make meat buns!

	[ Taokaka ]
	Yay! Meat buns! I'll help!

	[ Bang ]
	I-I'll help to--OUCH!

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, Mr. Shishigami, you really should get some rest. Try not to exert
	yourself, OK?

	[ Bang ]
	R-Right... Of course, Miss Litchi.

	[ Litchi ]
	Oh, I forgot...
	I have to go to a meeting tomorrow, so I'll be out of the clinic.

	[ Bang ]
	...What?

	[ Litchi ]
	My assistant Linhua will be taking care of you.
	If you need anything, just ask her. 

	[ Bang ]
	(Nooooo... We're not meeting... I failed...)

	[ Taokaka ]
	Are the buuuuns reaaaaaady?

	[ Litchi ]
	OK, OK, I'm coming, Tao.

	[ Bang ]
	NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I won't lose!

					See You!
    ___   __
~~~( •O)-{4H}-[ EPILOGUE ]-----------------------------------------------------
    ¯¯¯   ¯¯
				#Episode 8 - "Epilogue"

	[ Taokaka ]
	Meowmeow...

	[ Litchi ]
	What's wrong, Tao?
	You look like you've just figured something out.

	[ Taokaka ]
	I think I've gotten a lot smarter the past couple of days...
	It's kinda scary...

	[ Litchi ]
	That's good.
	I'm sure your village will be really proud of you.

	[ Taokaka ]
	NYAHAHAHAHAHA!

	[ Litchi ]
	Well, since you're so smart now, Miss Taokaka, how about I give you a
	little quiz on what you've learned?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Bring it on!

	[ Litchi ]
	Question 1: What is the name of the city we live in, the setting of
	BlazBlue?

	[ Taokaka ]
	...

	[ Litchi ]
	...Hm?

	[ Taokaka ]
	Uhhh...Uhh...Um...Kanazuchi?

	[ Litchi ]
	NO!

Had all that studying been for naught?
It appears Taokaka has forgotten everything.

Litchi doesn't know what to do.
How will she ever explain this to the Kaka village elder?

					See You!

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