딥다이브-4  대립행동Ⅳ (1)

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UMP40 We'll be near the exit if we go down this duct. I've already hacked all the S.F. automated defenses.
There are three more gates before the evac point, and we might be able to open them if we force a connection.

UMP45 40... What on earth...

UMP40 Now's not the time for chitchat. We need to get out of here quickly. Once the factory begins automated production...

UMP45 ...Huh?!
Footsteps? Are they Dolls retreating in our direction?

UMP40 !!
Get down!!

UMP45 !

....Bangbangbang! Bangbangbang!

UMP40 Move! Hurry! Don't let them pin you down!

UMP45 What happened? Aren't they our people?!

UMP40 Not anymore!
And they...never will be again...

UMP45 Why can't I make out their signals? All the frequencies are being jammed...

UMP40 Forget the frequencies! Grab your gun and run!

UMP45 They're too close! We can't get away!

UMP40 Then we've got no choice... Return fire and kill them!

UMP45 Dammit!

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UMP45 (Panting)...
How many waves was that?

UMP40 That was the eighth group, which should also be the last...

UMP45 In other words...the number of assault teams that were sent in...

UMP40 Dammit, we got delayed too long... We won't be able to make it out at this pace...

UMP45 Support team to all team members! Respond immediately if you receive this message!

UMP40 Stop, 45! Nobody's gonna answer! You're only gonna draw S.F. to our position!

UMP45 Dammit!
Why...why did it end up like this?! Everything was going so well...
Why...did we have to end up killing each other...

UMP40 That's because this was all part of the plan...

UMP45 Part of the plan... are you kidding me?!
...!

UMP45 It was...it was the module you just used, wasn't it? I saw it!
We didn't come here to provide electronic support or anything!
You knew all this time... You KNEW why we were here!

UMP40 ...

UMP45 It wasn't a capture mission or anything...
This was...it was nothing more than a massacre... And I...became your accomplice...
Why...why did you do this...? Why did you choose me to do this with you?!

UMP40 Because you and I are the same.
We were both made for this operation.
This is our fate.

UMP45 ...!

UMP40 This is the ending they hoped for... This is the fate...that they'd written for us.

UMP45 Who...are they...?

UMP40 And I've been preparing all this time to escape this fate.

UMP45 What are you talking about...40...?

UMP40 We've delayed too long, and now we're out of time...

UMP45 What time?

UMP40 The time left for us. "She" must surely be awake by now.

Thunk! Thunk!
The repetitive sound of colliding metal.

UMP45 The main gate's been locked? Who's taken control of the systems in here?

UMP40 The song is playing. Now then, 45. Time to choose.

UMP45 Choose? ...Choose what?

UMP40 45, do you want to die here?
Die like the Dolls we just killed?
Or do you want to leave here alive and escape your fate of being a puppet?

UMP45 I...

UMP40 They've activated the safeguard program. You know what that means, right?

UMP45 They're destroying our neural clouds.
So are we going to die here?

UMP40 No, only one of us has to die. The program will stop running as long as one of us dies.

UMP45 What...are you talking about?

UMP40 Hopeless, isn't it? But that's the fate of all Dolls.
Which do you choose, life or death?

UMP40 Answer me, UMP45!

UMP45 Why...why does it have to be like this...

UMP40 Raise your weapon, UMP45.
Don't pity yourself. That's only for losers!

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UMP45 I...want to live!



딥다이브-4  대립행동Ⅳ (2)

【Click.】
【Audio File #016】
【Decryption complete. Start playing.】
As T-Dolls, is it our duty to serve humanity?
Is that...our sole purpose?
I had never received anyone's acceptance ever since my creation. I had no Dolls of the same model with whom I could connect with, and I could not verbally interact well with others.
Why is that?
Why was I the odd one out?
I'm glad you showed up, 45.
With you around, I don't feel like an anomaly anymore.
With you around, I could finally see my true worth without wavering.
But how do you see me? Can we truly become friends?

딥다이브-4  대립행동Ⅳ (3)

【Click.】
【Audio File #017】
【Decryption complete. Start playing.】
After connecting with you, I immediately realized the truth. The fact that we could synchronize our memories without any hindrances proved that our neural clouds came from the same source. They didn't even bother to design a new one for you.
It's hard to fault them. What need was there to go through all the troubles of infusing a soul into a disposable pawn?
After all, we're not humans, just "Dolls".
To them, we're merely tools.
But to ourselves, our bodies and our thoughts are our sole possessions.

딥다이브-4  대립행동Ⅳ (4)

【Click.】
【Audio File #018】
【Decryption complete. Start playing.】
I'm glad you showed up, because I no longer feel so alone.
I understand that you're insurance for me. If I fail to complete my mission, they'll activate their control over you. If they do that, they'll discover my plan.
That's why I will complete my mission. I will not tolerate them toying with your destiny as well.
I cannot break the shackles on myself, but at least I can release you from yours.

딥다이브-4  대립행동Ⅳ (5)

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UMP40 UMP45...
You've grown up at last...

UMP45 ...

UMP40 You made the right choice...
And now, you have the right to live on.

UMP45 40... Why...
Don't tell me...you've been planning all this from the start...

UMP40 Haha... I don't know what you mean...
Take my dog tags. They contain what I want to say...
And take my gear too. You'll need it.

UMP45 40...
Is there...really no other way?

UMP40 As far as I know...this is the best possible ending...
I've opened the other gates for you... There's still some time before they're locked down again...
So while we still have time...do me a favor...

UMP45 What...
Hey, 40! You...

UMP40 I'm a Tactical Doll. If I must die, I want to die in battle.
Dying to a fried neural cloud...is too much of an insult...
So please...

UMP45 So you're asking me to kill you in your final moments...?

UMP40 This is only the beginning, 45.
After this, you will face countless trials, and the right choices are always the ones that hurt you the most...
But if you want to live, you have to make them...

UMP45 The right choices...

UMP40 That's right, just like now...
If you don't kill me, your neural cloud will be incinerated too, and all our efforts will have been for nothing.

UMP45 But...

UMP40 There's no time to hesitate!
What are you waiting for?!

UMP45 ...!
Why...why does it have to be like this?!

UMP40 What other way is there, 45?!
Do you want to die with me so badly?!

UMP45 40, I...

UMP40 Go on. The time has come to rewrite our fate.

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UMP45 ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

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Destroyer Hahaha, is that all? Is that all you've got? That volley barely gave us a scratch.

416 Dammit, why do I have the feeling that she's telling the truth...

Gr G11 Hey hey, the enemy's heading my way! 416, come reinforce me!

UMP9 Why...why is she so strong...?
No, if this keeps up...we have to fall back!

416 If we retreat now, we'll be trapped in here!

UMP9 But...I can't do it anymore...
My neural cloud...can't command for that long.
Just as I thought, I can't do it by myself...

416 ...
The consequences of saying such things are quite horrifying, you know.

Gr G11 Hey...what's with you guys? Even I haven't given up...
Wait...wait a minute...
Is it...game over for us?

416 If 9 can't stay in command, we won't make it to the position where we can snipe Destroyer...

UMP9 I'm sorry. If only my specs were higher...
If only I were as strong as 45...

UMP45 You don't have to be as strong as me.
You promised, remember? You promised you'll never be like me.

UMP9 ...!
45! You're awake?!

Deele Heheh, made it at the very last minute!
You may all now praise and give thanks to yours truly, the youngest genius Doll mechanic after WWIII!

416 Looks like we can start a new game plus, Gr G11.

Gr G11 Ha! Didn't think you'd know that. So you've been watching me play this whole time.
Still, you're right on time, 45.

UMP45 Heheh, what a touching reunion, isn't it?
Is that a tear, 416?

416 Unfortunately not. It might've been if you'd been ten minutes late.
Still, can you make sense of the situation having just woken up?

Zeele Don't worry. I already transferred a briefing on the current battlefield conditions to 45's neural cloud.
I've also found a point in the Sangvis encirclement that's ripe for a breakthrough. All you need to do is shake off Destroyer's offensive and you can evacuate without a hitch.

Deele How's that? Kinda feels like the final showdown, doesn't it?

Gr G11 Uhh... It's not as flashy as it could be.

416 At least we stand a chance now.

UMP9 45, I'm turning over the team leader authorization and temporary command module to you.
Lead us in defeating Destroyer so we can get out of here together!

UMP45 Hmm...

UMP45 remains silent for a while.

UMP9 What's wrong, 45? Not gonna carry on with the battle?

UMP45 What if I want to take the time to say "thank you"?

Gr G11 Well, you just said it.

UMP45 Aw, that's a colder reception than I was hoping for.

416 Don't raise your hopes. Let's just stick to what we're good at.

UMP45 Right... I've already deployed sufficient drones to delay the S.F. attack for a while.
We'll be preparing for the next wave of attacks after this. Let's make this clear, victory's still a long way off...
We need to keep harassing Destroyer until she shows a weakness which we can exploit. When the time comes, listen for my command.

UMP9 Yep! We'll do anything you say, 45!

UMP45 ...
Yeah...that's good.
Then let's survive till daybreak, and we'll all go home together!

딥다이브-4  대립행동Ⅳ (6)

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UMP45 How...much further is it...
How much further must I walk...before I can get out of this damn place...
...!
Why...why are you here...?

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??? I thought...there wouldn't be any more survivors.

UMP45 ...
So even you...want to kill me, huh...

??? ...
I'm sure you know...your odds.

The enemy raises their weapon.

UMP45 The only thing I know...is "what's right"...

UMP45 raises her weapon.

UMP45 I must survive, no matter the cost!

Bang! Bang!

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Destroyer ...
Where...am I?

Dreamer Welcome to the Eiderdown Room. This place exists between dreams and reality.

Destroyer What the heck... Aren't you Dreamer? Isn't this our base?
Uh... That means...

Dreamer That's right, darling. 404 killed you again.
And they gave us the slip. We failed.

Destroyer Eh? When?! Where?! My... Where's my body?
How could this be?! I remember I was super strong! And...
And I pushed them to the brink! I did it quite a few times!

Dreamer Yes, you did. But you still missed the chance to wipe them out.
In the end, they latched onto a mistake you made instead...
I could only find a backup you made half an hour before your demise, so you won't remember what happened back then.

Destroyer Then...what about my body?

Dreamer Gone.
It was an experimental project and making another one will take a very long time.
I'm afraid you'll have to stick to your original body until then.

Destroyer ...
W...Why...
It took so long...to finally get that body...

Dreamer What's wrong?

Destroyer Uuu...uuu...

Destroyer UWAAHHHHHH!!!

Dreamer Why are you crying...

Destroyer I'm so sorry, Dreamer!
I failed to keep my promise again!
I...I was serious this time! But why can't I win?!
I...I even had such a powerful body this time, but...but...

Dreamer Even I didn't expect UMP45 to wake up. UMP45 must have a very strong backer if she could survive the attack and make it out alive.
Since they came prepared, our failure couldn't be helped...

Destroyer Huh? You...you're not gonna punish me?

Dreamer I'll let you off this time. The defeat wasn't entirely due to your stupidity, so I don't have the appetite for your punishment.
Besides...it's not like we came away with nothing.
No... Rather...we've gained something far more valuable than that irrelevant drone...
Heehee...Heheheheheheheh...

Destroyer You're doing that creepy giggle again, Dreamer.

Dreamer Say, Destroyer, do you want to know about UMP45?

Destroyer Huh? She's just a Doll that has a bit more brains. Is she that important?

Dreamer True, she's not that important to us...
But I think our guest...no...our new comrade...
Would love to hear...
The story...about their past...and our Master...

Meanwhile.

Gr G11 Ugh...
Is this...sunrise?
It's dazzling my eyes. Can I go back online?

UMP9 Heheh, not a chance, lazybones!
Ah, 45, have you recovered?

UMP45 I'm alright. Haven't run into any problem.
Actually...never been better.

Deele That's all thanks to me! I literally had to pull out every single trick I know to wake you up as fast as we could!
Well? Y'all believe me when I say I'm a genius mechanic?

UMP45 Indeed, it was thanks to you.
And Zeele too, for finding the safest evacuation route so we could break through the SF encirclement.

Deele Hehe, she'll be glad to hear that.
Unfortunately, she's in a call right now, so I'll tell her later!

416 A call? I have a bad feeling about this.

UMP9 A new job's not a bad thing.

416 I just want some rest. This was the most exhausting op I've been on this year...

Gr G11 I wanna sleep for two days and catch up on all the movies that I didn't finish...

UMP9 Don't ask for too much! At least we survived!

UMP45 Ja...
Surviving is all that matters.

416 ...

UMP45 You've got something to say, don't you?

416 I don't know what to say.
45, you had your own ulterior motive during this operation, didn't you?

UMP45 A bit, though it also took a lot of luck to pull that off?

416 (Laughs bitterly) And here I thought we only do things we are confident doing.
So, you gonna make us forget everything?

UMP45 Heheh, I'm hardly that scary.
It's not like it's terribly important. Right now, things are as good as they can get.
I'll tell you the whole story if I get the chance. IF I get the chance...

416 UMP45 turns to leave.

UMP9 45...

UMP45 Zeele has a message to pass on to us. Hang on.

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Gr G11 416, do you believe what she said?

416 Humph...
Never believe a word she says unless she's giving an order.

Gr G11 How about you, 416?
Will you...really be leaving?
That was you in the fragment, wasn't it?

416 ...
I don't know, Gr G11. I'm not sure of anything.

Gr G11 (Sighs) ...
You're so lame, 416...

416 Ja...
45 is a monster, but I'm not.

416 Let's go. Our troubles are far from over...
Perhaps, they'll never be...

DEEP DIVE END