Operation Cube-1  Seven-Step Puzzle (1)

Five days after AR-15 has gone missing.

Helian ...That is our latest information on AR-15, Mr. Kryuger. The Commander and AR Team are still actively searching for her.
In addition, I have approved the [Emergency Command Authority] for Squad 404.

Kryuger ...You should've only given them the authority as a last resort.

Helian The threat 404 faced was far more serious than expected.
Perhaps that jammer really is related to Parapluie.

Kryuger Hm...
Where are they now?

Helian They are currently operating in Area S06.
We'll have to wait for them to come back alive for further information.

Meanwhile at the territory of dispute in Area S06.

UMP9 Hey, wake up.
416, wake up~!

416 Ugh...
...Shut up.

UMP9 Hey! You doing okay, 416?

416 If you want me to say "I'm doing great" then help me move this rock...

UMP9 Alright. We have three minutes until the S.F. clean-up teams arrive, so I'll help you out.

UMP9 (Moving rock) Do you hear that gunfire in the distance? I'm out of here if I see trouble.

416 I'll twist your head off if you dare turn your back on me.

UMP9 Don't be so vicious. It's not my fault that the Sangvis are prepared.

UMP9 It's only a communications jammer. Do they really need to be defending it this desperately?

416 We underestimated the situation. There's a reason why Helian gave us such a high offer.

UMP9 Yeah, and this place is full of radar stations. We'll get spotted as soon as we poke our heads out.

416 Then let's quickly capture those radar stations since we're engaging in night battle, otherwise we won't even have vision of the area.

UMP9 I don't think we can do it with just the two of us. The Sangvis have armored units this time.

416 Is that so...
No wonder our bullets are useless. Can we somehow get armor piercing ammo?

UMP9 45 is trying to come up with a solution, but I don't know if she has figured anything out yet...

416 Quit pulling my leg, 9. 45's already got it figured out, hasn't she?

UMP9 (Stop) Eh? How do you know...?

416 Because it's been three minutes and you still haven't ran yet.

UMP9 Ha...♪
This is the last of them. Count yourself lucky.

UMP9 I'll contact 45 now. You find a spot to set up an ambush.
But seriously though, the Sangvis are gonna be here very soon. You sure you don't wanna pray first?

416 The Sangvis are the ones who will be praying if everything goes well with 45's plan.

UMP45 Calling UMP9, is 416 dead yet?

416 Sorry to disappoint. Tell me you're going to withdraw us now.

UMP45 Don't be in such a rush to leave, 416. I don't plan on losing.
I'll break you guys out. 9 will then group up with me for a new objective.
Gr G11 is gathering intel in enemy territory, so you'll need to meet up with her and act as her bodyguard, 416. We'll pick you two up after.

416 (Sigh) Don't be in such a rush to give us orders when we're not even prepared to go against armored enemies.

UMP9 (Quietly) And we have to find the jammer in the dark as well...

UMP45 Don't worry, Helian just granted me the [Emergency Command Authority].
Griffin has also given us the authority to use equipment, so you don't need to worry about your problem anymore.

UMP9 That's great! With Griffin's resources, our squad and AP ammo problems are now solved!

416 What about our limited vision? We can't even see the enemies right now.

UMP45 We can rely on a HG T-Doll to provide our squad with enhanced vision in the dark.
Moreover, I will have our squad seize control of the radar stations to gain even more vision.

UMP9 AP ammo, HG T-Doll, and radar stations! Victory is ours as long as we have all three!

UMP45 We'll need to be extra careful as we have limited vision.
Move out when you are ready and try not to draw enemy attention.

Operation Cube-1  Seven-Step Puzzle (2)

...Infiltration success. UMP9 and 416 have split off to their target locations.

416 This is 416. I've reached my destination. Currently seaching for Gr G11.

UMP45 Huh? According to the radar, shouldn't Gr G11 be right beside you?

416 It's all trees here. I don't know where she is hiding...
...Oh, nevermind.
Wake up, Gr G11.

Gr G11 No... I don't wanna...

416 Wake up, we don't have time.

Gr G11 Uuuu... Don't kick...

Gr G11 Ah, 416... What are you doing here?

416 Are you still dreaming?
You said you needed protection, didn't you?

Gr G11 Oh... 45 said you might've kicked the bucket.
That's why I was gonna nap 'til after midnight and then sneak out.

UMP45 Sorry to bother you while you were napping, Gr G11 ♪. 416 insisted that she came.

416 ...You guys.

Gr G11 Don't get violent, 416... Aren't you here to protect me?

416 (Deep breath) ...This area is full of enemies. Let's find a place to hide first.

Gr G11 Uuuu... Hold on.
I fell asleep earlier... Let me check the sound recording first.

416 ......
You got one minute, otherwise I'll bring you back in six different pieces.

Recording playback starts...

??? ...Good evening.
Welcome to Area S06, my dear friends from Griffin.

416 Hey, what's going on!

Gr G11 I-I don't know. I was very careful.

??? How are you finding this night assault? Are you satisfied?

416 This voice... Is this their Ringleader?

??? ...The night is still young...
But unfortunately for you guys, it will be over very soon...

416 Shit!
Gr G11! Get down!!


Meanwhile at Area S06 Sangvis command center.

Hunter Ouroboros, a sound triggered bomb has went off in point F3 of Area S06.
Based on the captured images, the enemies are confirmed to be Squad 404, but we cannot confirm if they have been wiped out.

Ouroboros Then get closer and send out a team to ensure that they've been eliminated.

Hunter Are you sure? Agent has said that we should avoid conflict with Griffin as much as possible.

Ouroboros Hunter, it is exactly because you are too inflexible and too reliant on your experience that you got crushed by AR-15.
Listen, my goal is their leader, not these few small fries.
The point is to lure out their boss.

Hunter 404 and AR Team are different, though. How do you know their boss won't write them off as a loss?

Ouroboros Exactly because they are 404.
Humans will betray friends in times of hardship, but they will not abandon pawns while they're still valuable.

Hunter Ouroboros...
Then, what about me? Why not pick a stronger Doll to work for you? Why did you rescue me?

Ouroboros Because you have experienced failure. You will be more cruel in vengeance, and you will be more cautious after suffering humiliation.
It is evident that you are the perfect choice against Griffin.
Now, my question to you is... Will you disappoint me?

Hunter ......
No, I will not betray your expectations, Ouroboros.

Hunter I'll leave for the outpost now...

Ouroboros Go, Hunter. Protect the Area S06 outpost and eliminate all the Griffins that show up!

Ten minutes later at the location of 416 and Gr G11.

Gr G11 Uuu... Hurry up, 416! The Sangvis are gonna catch us!

416 Shut up! Why don't you try to carry me while you're running instead?
...Shit, there's nowhere to go up ahead. 45, where's our extraction?

UMP45 Very close by. We're right under you!

416 Are you serious? We're on a cliff!

UMP45 I know. Just keep running and jump!

416 ...So you're finally disposing of us, 45?

UMP45 Not yet, 416, trust me.

Gr G11 Listen to her and jump! I know what's down there!

416 (Sigh) I'll trust you, Gr G11.
Since you're a death-fearing coward...

416 Get ready! One, two...