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Destroyer UMP45...
It didn't really have anything to do with you, but I'm back from hell!

Gr G11 Damn, this huge dog runs fast for its size!

416 45, I've grouped up with Gr G11. We're now heading towards the rendezvous point as fast we can!
How is it on your end?

UMP45 9 is making for the rendezvous point as well. I'm directing the echelons. Not in any danger for now.
I'm consulting Zeele regarding a plan of retreat. Hurry up but make sure you steer clear of Destroyer!

UMP9 I'm sorry, 45, but...that's proving rather difficult...
There's more than one big dog!

UMP45 ...!

UMP9 Four have appeared on the map at the same time!
I'm afraid they're coming for all of us!

UMP45 But their primary target is me...
(Mutters) If I can somehow cut myself off from everyone...

UMP9 Come again, 45?

416 One sec! 9, new incoming transmission!
Take it. Gr G11 and I will figure out a way to move. Take care of 45!

Click.

Gd DSR-50 Hello, everyone from Griffin.
It's so nice of you to answer my call under such circumstances.

UMP45 Sorry, but we're not from Griffin. We are kinda on your side though.

Gd DSR-50 Mysterious heroes? Why, that only makes it more romantic.
Anyhow, my subordinates and I are trapped in several outposts. I don't mind hanging around for a while, but as a T-Doll, I still prefer keeping my tools sharp out in the field.
Seeing that fate has a hand in our meeting, why don't we help each other out?

UMP45 Humph...
Looks like a victory...can depend entirely on a stroke of luck...
Gd DSR-50, we'll get you out of there, but you'll have to fight for us till we're safely out of danger. Deal?

Gd DSR-50 I like that smile... I think we'll get along just fine.
Deal, Süsse. I'll be waiting for you in my room. Don't be too late.

Transmission terminated.

UMP9 Are you sure it's a good idea to help her, 45?
Is it worth the risk to rescue hostages while being chased by big dogs?

UMP45 I know her - this Gd DSR-50.
Get her out and killing Destroyer won't be a problem.

UMP9 Understood. More good news, the T-Dolls we rescued before have agreed to help us as well!
But they'll need an operation objective, or they're completely unorganized.

UMP45 Their objective is simple, protect you three at all costs.

UMP9 Huh? But what about you?
You're the primary target here!

UMP45 That's right. They think all problems will be solved once they have me.
Their Ringleader seems more clever than we expected so there must be someone else other than Destroyer...
Which makes this a perfect opportunity. When they come charging at me, you'll have a shot at getting the drone.

UMP9 Perfect opportunity?
No...you're more important than the drone!

UMP45 So? Do I look like the kind of idiot who would sacrifice my own life for some mission?
Don't be ridiculous. I'm not on the AR Team. Plus, I've already found out how S.F. is monitoring me. I just need some time to fix that...
So don't mind me. Get the drone and be done with the mission.

UMP9 But...

UMP45 I told you. I'm not playing the bait as a suicide move. All my decisions are made so that we can complete the mission and go home.
Meet up with the others, rescue Gd DSR-50, and take the drone. That's an order. Do it at once.

UMP9 Understood... I trust your judgment. But I'm coming back for you after we have the drone!

UMP9 takes her leave.

UMP45 I'm counting you, 9...
Now then, time to get busy...

UMP9 Zeele! Zeele!

Zeele Miss UMP9, I am aware of the situation. I have already started tracing the Sangvis signal.

UMP9 And?!

Deele UMP45's neural cloud is experiencing an abnormal amount of traffic. These ports should've been encrypted and sealed.

UMP9 I don't understand all this techno-babble! Get to the point!

Deele I suspect...that some Sangvis virus is rewriting her authorization!

UMP9 What? Virus?!

Deele Yes, I can't determine what virus it is yet, but the hack isn't too severe at the moment.
45 has already forcibly shut down the ports that the traffic was coming through, but some of the dataflow cannot be cut off due to their high authorization.
Hey, wait...
She just severed her connection with us!

UMP9 I can't see her signal either...
Do you think she's doing this to keep us safe from the virus...?

Zeele 45 has only been forcibly connected to the Sangvis system, so the virus wouldn't have spread to you yet.
She must have another reason for doing this. I think we should trust her judgment.

UMP9 Ja... We still have a mission to complete. I must have faith in 45.

...Click.

UMP9 416, you still there?!

416 Hey, what's going on with you? We've been waiting for you to get in touch!

UMP9 Destroyer keeps making a beeline for 45, so 45 is playing the bait for us to get the drone!

416 What? 45? Risking herself and playing the bait??

UMP9 She might also have run into some problem so this is the only solution for now...
But she's gonna be fine. We must hurry and get the drone, then we're going back for her!

416 How unlike her...
Got it. Gr G11, we're meeting up with 9. Then we're moving towards the drone signal.

Gr G11 Is 45...in trouble?

416 Kinda, so we have to be quick.
What, you worried about her?

Gr G11 Of course?
If she dies, I'll have nowhere to go.

416 Haha, I'm so touched.
C'mon you little egoist. Get a move on if you don't want that to happen.



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【Click】
【Audio File #009】
【Decryption complete. Start playing.】
The order has been given. You'll be transferred elsewhere.
W...what...? Are you serious?! Why?!
You know the rules... Disobeying direct orders. Assaulting friendly units. Either of these is enough to have you executed.
I just want to go where I want. How is that wrong?!
We are Tactical Dolls. It's not our place to decide where we want to go.
You must be joking! Just because I don't want to babysit that rubbish Doll?! This kind of ridiculous mission—
SLAP! 【The sound of a smack on the face.】
Wake up.
...
You're not some elite T-Doll. You're just a pathetic creature living in your own delusional world.
What are you talking about...?
Griffin will pick you up in six hours. Pack your things.
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SLAM! 【The sound of a door slammed shut.】
Haha... I'm sorry you had to watch that.
Don't be. It must be hard on you saying that to her face.
Haha... It wasn't so bad. The next mission is gonna be very dangerous. It's probably a good thing for her to leave.
But she could have her core removed sitting out this mission.
That's true... But even that's better than just dying without a word. Compared to that, I'm more worried about you. Please apologize to 45 on my behalf.
Sure thing! Thanks for your concern, and I'll be sure to relay your message. I look forward to working with you!

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BANG!

Destroyer Whoaaaa!!

Destroyer stumbles and crashes right into the ground.

Destroyer Where?! Where did that come from?!

BANG!

Gr G11 Tsk! It ricocheted. That armor is too thick.

416 Don't stop. Keep up the suppressive fire.

BANG! BANG!

Destroyer Whoa! That was way too close. Thank goodness I'm back on my feet!
Dammit! How are they still moving without any orders from UMP45?!

Dreamer There are too many possibilities to count. No use thinking about that.
How far are you from the target? Are you within three kilometers?

Destroyer Hmm... Pretty sure I am! I've been pumping it you know?!

Dreamer Good. Then let's enjoy the show!

Dreamer UMP45, I'll relish every face you make...

Meanwhile.

Gr G11 Sorry, 9. We failed.

416 That dog's armor is too thick. We weren't able to deal any effective damage.
It would be great if we have another sniper with stronger firepower.

UMP9 That's fine. Our new friends are getting Gd DSR-50. We still have plenty of opportunities.
Continue with the guerilla tactic, Gr G11. Don't let Destroyer's Dummies reach you and wait for another chance.

416 Don't you need any cover? The objective of retrieving the drone rests entirely on you...

UMP9 I'm very good at this kind of job. Save your worries for 45.
Who knows how she's doing...

Meanwhile.

UMP45 I can't get in touch with the team, but judging from the gunshots just now, Gr G11 has probably figured out what to do.
In that case, destroying that big dog is only a matter of time as long as they can keep it tied up.
Now the question is...whether I can keep this up...

UMP45 Ugh... Dammit... Here it comes again...
But...I can take it...
What's...this...
Sangvis Ferri...again...?!

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System Notice Training over. Please vacate the machine.
UMP45...
Your results are atrocious.
Recalibrate your equipment and condition and prepare for another session.

UMP45 I just can't do it...
My accuracy has gone below 30%...

UMP45 How on earth can I do better...?
I train as hard as everyone else, but my body just keeps messing with me. It's always a beat behind other people...

??? Oh, hi there, newbie!

UMP45 Uh, commander...greetings.

??? Haha, cut out the formality. Come sit down!
And do I look like a commander? Never got that before!

UMP45 Huh? Don't tell me...you're also a T-Doll?

??? Is it weird? Maybe I'm too expressive? That's pretty much the only good thing about me...
Heheh, anyway, I'm a new recruit just like you! Guess we'll have to take care of each other!

UMP45 Ah...sure...
And thank you...

??? No biggie. We're companions, so we have to cheer each other up!
Ah, can I sit here?

UMP45 Yeah...

??? Well, are you feeling better? It's only one or two sessions. Don't let the results drag you down!
After all...that's not really your forte!

UMP45 What? How do you know...about that?

??? Don't freak out. I just saw your shooting practice when I was passing by.
Your posture, reflexes and accuracy all show that you don't have any advanced fire control system installed.

UMP45 So...it's that obvious...

??? That's why you must not force something that you physically can't do!
You think such crazy drills even work on T-Dolls?

UMP45 It's got to help, more or less! My result has improved in the last few days!
(Mutters) Though...it went down again today...
At this rate, I won't make the deadline of the compatibility test with the new commander...

???UMP45 Don't take it too seriously! There must be a job where you can make use of your strengths here.

UMP45 I...just want to be chosen by the commander...
Otherwise, I have no purpose as a T-Doll...

??? ...

UMP45 Nothing to say to that, huh?
Doesn't matter. I'm probably the only useless T-Doll here anyway...
You don't have to concern yourself with my fate...

??? Pffft!
Hahaha!

UMP45 Laugh all you want. I know I'm a pitiful sight.

??? Sorry, but haven't you figured it out yet?
I'm just as useless as you!

UMP45 What? How could that be? Are you also...

??? Here, check our imprinted weapons!
Our clouds may have been wiped, but we're the products of the same hapless factory.

UMP45 Really...? Then you, too...

??? That's right. I, too, have a bunch of weird electronic warfare modules installed for whatever reason, so I can't hold a gun properly either...
But what a coincidence that I ran into you while I was just strolling around!

UMP40 I'm UMP40, your elder sister by name and by fate, so I'll be sure to have your back!

UMP45 Huh? Have...my back?

UMP40 We are poor birds of a feather that have suffered the same fate ever since we were manufactured. We're practically obliged to be friends, you know?

UMP45 But is it necessary for T-Dolls to make friends...? That's so weird...

UMP40 Jeez, aren't you a thick one...
We're all equipped with emotion simulation software, right? That means humans want us to be like actual people outside of fighting!
And all actual people must have a friend or two, right?

UMP45 You're...not wrong, but how is that beneficial for our work?

UMP40 The computational speed of two stupid T-Dolls combined is still higher than a normal T-Doll, right?
The future has a lot of hardships in store for us. From our missions, our superiors, other T-Dolls...but we can face them together!
Oh, is the commander still waiting for you? Don't you have to do another training session?

UMP45 Oh, uh...

UMP45 checks the channel.

UMP45 (Sighs) He's already logged off. I have nothing to do...

UMP40 Humph, such a meanie!
How can a bigoted man who looks at nothing but performance be a commander?!
Maintaining rapport with your T-Dolls is more important than anything else!

UMP45 Don't say that. A commander's decisions and orders are all absolute.
I guess...I'm simply not qualified to build up rapport with the commander in my present state.

UMP40 Don't beat yourself up like that. How about some word of advice?
Not that it's anything special...

UMP45 (Laughs bitterly) I've got nothing to lose...
So please give me some guidance!

UMP40 Well, you don't have to be so reverent with me. We're sisters now. Best friends. Got it?
First of all, you must get rid of all that negativity radiating from your very being!
Know that nothing will change if you keep moping.

UMP45 ...Haha.
You're practically telling a person with a broken bone to go get some exercise, or a chronically depressed human to be optimistic...
That's easier said than done. I want to cheer up too. It's not like I want to be down in the dumps forever...

UMP40 Don't worry. I'll help you! I'm an expert in maintaining a positive outlook!

UMP45 Really?

UMP40 Everything will get better. Trust me!
And this is the first step!

UMP45 Huh? What's this?

UMP40 Give my fist a bump. There, that's a promise.
Trust me, and I promise...

UMP40 I promise that everything will change some day...

System Notice 【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED. 【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.
【WARNING】PROTOCOL...

Dreamer Heheh, that Mastermind is seriously pissed off.
It must be a blast now in the field.
But what's happening out there has nothing to do with me. I just have to focus on enjoying the show right here~

System Notice 【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.

Destroyer That's annoying, Dreamer! Can't you turn off the alarm?

Dreamer It's fine. Just ignore it as long as it says 【WARNING】 and not 【ERROR】.
The area-wide broadcast is up, and the rewrite should be complete.
Now I just need to give the order...

Dreamer Sangvis T-Doll UMP45, round up and exterminate all enemy T-Dolls.
Additional condition, execute the order at all costs, in complete secrecy; keep the channel open throughout the execution phase. Please respond to confirm your orders.

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System Notice 【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED. 【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.
【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.
【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.
【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.
【WARNING】PROTOCOL MODIFICATION DETECTED.

Dreamer Wait a minute... I can't seem to deactivate this warning...
What's going on...?
Why...hasn't UMP45 responded yet...?

Destroyer Huh? Did something go wrong?
Can't be an issue with Parapluie, can it?

Dreamer Impossible. I spent a long time making sure...
Hold on...
The orders I just issued...all got rejected by UMP45's authorization!

Destroyer So... Parapluie didn't alter her Zener Protocol into our OGAS Protocol at all...

Dreamer No... This is definitely a connection established with OGAS Protocol. The signal under Zener Protocol has vanished completely.
I'm being rejected because I don't have the command authorization...

...

Dreamer Don't tell me... Can it be...
Heheheheh...
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
I SEE! SO THAT'S WHAT SHE DID! THAT MUST BE IT!

Destroyer Hey, quit being hysterical, Dreamer!
What the hell is wrong with you? What's with that scary cackle?!
(Mutters) Your usual chuckle is enough to scare the crap outta me...

Dreamer You're more interesting than I gave you credit for, UMP45...
Though this hasn't played out the way I want... Actually, this could be going even better than what I had planned!
What lies beneath your facade...
Let me uncover you...bit by bit...

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UMP9 The signal seems to have led us in the right direction. The drone really is here...
45, I completed the mission!
(Laughs bitterly) Not that you can hear me...

UMP9 Please be safe, 45. I don't want to go back...to how it was...

Meanwhile.
Destroyer is still dashing about on the battlefield.

416 Last chance, Gr G11.
I've already cleaned up the perimeter of the outpost. Time to give it everything you've got.

Gr G11 Ugh... You make it sound so easy. But with only me...

Gd DSR-50 So I showed up right on time.
Hallo, little one. You on your own?
Oh dear...looks like you already have a date. I'm too late.

416 Let's get to business, Gd DSR-50.
Our target is that dog-shaped Sangvis Ringleader. Take it down, and the Dummies will stop as well, and we'll all be safe.
Now that you're free, make yourself useful.

Gr G11 Simultaneous shots. Can you do it?

Gd DSR-50 You only have to ask.

416 These new elite T-Dolls... I sure hope she's as dependable as 45 said.
Gr G11, can you make the shot yet?

Gr G11 Don't rush it. To avoid making the same mistake, I have to wait until Destroyer comes to a stop.
She's already slowed down considerably after all the fighting so I think she'll soon be out of juice.
Then...we'll just have to wait for her to stick out her big shiny eye...

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Destroyer Hey, Dreamer! I can't keep it up much longer!
Where the hell are your reinforcements?!

Dreamer Oh dear... My forces are all busy defending the perimeter.
Don't worry, Destroyer, you're very close to completing your mission.
Keep running and don't let the sniper catch you.

Destroyer What now?! UMP45 still hasn't turned into a Sangvis unit as you promised, and I'm under heavy barrage here!

Dreamer Just get a bit closer. I can take care of the one in command if you just close in a bit.

Destroyer What are you talking about? Hasn't the plan to take control of UMP45 already failed?

Dreamer Well, UMP45... Heheh...
She IS a slippery one. She's keeping our connection open, so she must be up to something.
Whatever. We have a chance as long as the connection stays up.

Destroyer A chance? What chance?

Dreamer If she's using the same protocol as ours, it's gonna make our job even easier...
Have you forgotten about our offensive firewall?

Destroyer You mean...the thing that can simply fry a neural cloud...?

Dreamer That's the gist of it in terms of theory.
I actually used every single idle server at the base for this. That little minx's neural cloud should've been burnt to a crisp by now.

Destroyer Oh, so we can now go get her corpse!
And capturing Squad 404 will only be a matter of time!

Dreamer That's the only foreseeable outcome...
But...will it really be that easy...

Destroyer Who cares! Let me go check out the outpost she's at!

Destroyer But...what's her exact location...?
Hmm...this body is very inefficient in multi-tasking. I'll have to stop and think about it...

Destroyer comes to a stop.

Destroyer Let me see...she should be...

Dreamer Hey!

BANG! BANG!
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......

They've activated the safeguard program. You know what that means, right?

They're destroying our neural clouds.
So are we going to die here?

No, only one of us has to die. The program will stop running as long as one of us dies.

What...are you talking about?

Hopeless, isn't it? But that's the fate of all Dolls.
Which do you choose, life or death?
Answer me, UMP45!

Why...why does it have to be like this...

Raise your weapon, UMP45.
Don't pity yourself. That's only for losers!

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UMP45 Is that me in the past? Guess I can only access it this way...
If it can even replay that memory...then OGAS Protocol has some seriously scary computational capacity...
Still...switching back and forth is taking a heavy toll on me... Cough...
And these flashbacks don't seem very stable. Destroying the program won't be easy even with the help of OGAS.

UMP45 Huh? What now?!

UMP45 They spotted me even in such a small port... Damn S.F., are they trying to fry my neural cloud?!

UMP45 These attacks...are relentless!

UMP45 I'm NOT gonna...fall here... 40...

416 416 hailing.
9, have you found 45?

UMP9 I found her. I'm right by her side.

416 How is she?

UMP9 I don't know. She's just standing here, eyes wide open, like a statue. Zeele, Deele, what do we do?

Zeele Let's start by physically connecting her to the network with a cable. Any ideas, Deele?

Deele It looks like...she was under the attack of an offensive firewall.
S.F. might've tried to fry 45's neural cloud but she was disconnected on the last second so it didn't work.

Gr G11 Humph. My last shot saved her.

Deele Other than the fact that she's still alive, I can't guarantee anything...

416 All the echelons that were aiding us are also out of action. They're standing by in their last-active positions.
That's not good at all. S.F. will definitely send in new reinforcements and we're sitting ducks.

Gr G11 We're really on our own with no T-Dolls who can issue commands. We've got to think of something.

Zeele We aren't entirely out of options...
Damage to the neural cloud can be repaired on Level II, but the repair is usually carried out in a maintenance pod...

416 Let me guess. Since we don't have a maintenance pod just handily lying around...
We have to risk being one-shot by S.F. and link up with her on the spot?

UMP9 Think about it. We can't make it out of the Sangvis barricade without 45's direction so we'll be dead either way.

Gr G11 So...how do we wake her up?

Deele We must first inspect the current state of 45's neural cloud on Level II before we can figure out how to repair her.
But we need your help. It's all on you, Squad 404!

UMP9 We practiced this before we set off...
I hope you still remember how it's done.

416 Tsk... To be honest, I don't like that place.

Gr G11 Since when do you grumble so much?
You're becoming more and more like me.

416 Shut up!

UMP9 Alright, alright, get off each other's throat!
Let's bring 45 back and make it home together!