딥다이브-2  심지혼선Ⅱ (1)

Fifteen minutes later, electronic warfare simulation training preparations complete. Initiating combat mode.

UMP9 Ahem, right. I'm gonna explain how operations work in the Zener Network. Listen up, you two...

416 ...

Gr G11 ...

UMP9 Actually...
It's not so different than operations in reality!

416 ...Can I go now?

UMP9 W-Wait! I was only throwing in a joke to help you guys relax!

UMP45 Seriously, please pay attention to this.
You're not overwhelmed only because 9 has very thoughtfully synced your vision to the command system in reality.
This makes it possible to move and fight as if we were in real life.

Gr G11 So...we'll have to fight in the network too...

UMP9 Duh, why else would they send us?
Sangvis Ferri will attack us with opposing analog signals. If we launch an attack, we'll have to watch out for their offensive firewalls.

416 Like that weird-looking thingy...over there?

UMP9 Exactly. That thing overloads any target it captures. Worst case, it could burn a T-Doll's processor and core to charcoal.
Best stay away from it unless you wanna die.

Gr G11 This feels...even more dangerous than reality...

UMP9 Now, we could also run into a lot of firewalls and routes that are only accessible to units with high-level authorization in the network.
Of course we could force our way through...but outsmarting them is more of our style.
So in such occasions...

UMP9 Ta-daa! The camouflage key I made will save the day!
To make it easier to understand, I've especially made it based on 416's appearance!

416 You're so doing this on purpose!

Gr G11 Haha, it does look like 416.

416 Tsk... So to put it simply, we can pass through routes that we don't have the authorization for with this camouflage key?

UMP9 Yep, yep! As expected of 416. You understood it at once!
Installing this key onto a route will camouflage our signals as authorized users.
With that, no one will find out about us and we can cruise around in the network to our heart's content!

416 Cruise around my butt... How is this different than what we usually do...?

Gr G11 Hmm... I don't get it. I wanna sleep...

UMP9 Tee-hee, that's how 404 rolls!
Anyhow, we'll just have to sim it once and you'll get the hang of it!
I've set up the simulation training. Let's familiarize ourselves with electronic warfare!

딥다이브-2  심지혼선Ⅱ (2)

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??? ...45.

UMP45 ...Hmm?

??? As T-Dolls, is it our duty to serve humanity for eternity?

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??? Is that...our sole purpose?

UMP45 ...
I...
No...
Something's not right...
You should be...

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UMP45 I knew it...

Gr G11 You call yourself an expert? You're the last to wake up...

416 It's rare to see you look so queasy. I personally won't mind seeing you like this more often.

UMP9 45? Are you okay? You're making a weird face...

UMP45 I...
No, I'm fine...
But I must consult our logistic officer to make sure everything will go smoothly with the upcoming operation.

Deele Yes? Got some customer feedback for me?

UMP45 Just before I disconnected at the end of the session, my neural cloud played some recordings from the past on its own.
These recordings should've been so strictly encrypted even I myself can't access them...
Could this be the doing of the new protocol?

Deele Ah... Now that you mention it, you could very well be right.
After all, the protocol's function is to strengthen electronic signals.
Sometimes, when the signals are too strong, it could cause interference to the information processing module in your neural cloud, which would lead to some sort of cognitive disorder.

416 In T-Doll language?

Gr G11 Oh! You mean like when channels get mixed up on TV?

Deele Haha, one point to Gr G11!

UMP9 Wait, shouldn't you have told us about this side effect beforehand?!

Deele My, I only realized it could happen after 45 brought it up.
But don't worry. This kind of interference won't cause any damage to your neural clouds and isn't likely to be triggered when you're in combat thanks to the security mechanisms in place.
The worst it can do...is show you some flashbacks as you switch between consciousness levels in the Zener Network.
Still, it shouldn't hinder your normal battles so it's basically safe.

416 That doesn't sound too serious...
Or do you have things that you don't want to remember, 45?

UMP45 ...
Ja, I do, actually...

416 ...

UMP45 I'm confirming the details about our next operation. You all get some rest first.

UMP45 leaves the room.

Gr G11 She...admitted it?

416 Which means she's in a terrible mood. Leave her alone.

UMP9 Don't let it bother you. Just wait for the job!

416 I'm not bothered as long as she doesn't let it affect her performance.
Let's go, Gr G11. Time to catch a nap while we can.

UMP9 ...
What on earth did you see, 45...?