Hypothermia-1  The Wolves Gather Ⅰ (1)

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About 40 days after the operation in Area S05...
The AR Team is on an aircraft returning from a visit to M4A1...

M4 SOPMOD II M16...
Hey, M16.

M16A1 ...
What?

M4 SOPMOD II M4A1...
What in the world happened to her...?

M16A1 Well...
(Sighs)

M16A1 According to Persica, her neural cloud is damaged and her Imprint severed...
Even though the neural cloud has now been repaired, the Imprint link still needs to be re-established. Until then, she won't even be able to hold a weapon properly...

M4 SOPMOD II How could that be... I've never heard of such things...

RO635 Well... Don't despair yet.
As the tech provider for T-Dolls, I'm sure 16Lab will be able to get M4 back to how she was.
What we need to do for now...is to get back into top form ourselves and wait for her to come back...

M16A1 You're right... Let's take a good rest once we're back at the base and wait for our next assignment.

M4 SOPMOD II I hope it's gonna be a full-scale counterattack. It's been ages since my last proper fight - I'm itching for a good one.

M16A1 Humph. Didn't you tear some Sangvis mobs to shreds just days ago...?

M4 SOPMOD II I have no memory of that, so it doesn't count.
I'm gonna remember everything clearly next time!

...Click.

M16A1 Tsk...

RO635 What is it, M16?

M16A1 A transmission from Helian.
An urgent one at that...
RO, you'd better...

RO635 (Nods)

Helian M16, are you guys still on the aircraft?!

M16A1 Uh, yeah...
ETA in three hours...

Helian Change your course immediately according to Plan C!
Area S03, where you're flying over right now, has suddenly come under the attack of numerous Jupiter cannons!
A freighter plane was destroyed in the area just three minutes ago! You must find a way to steer clear of that airspace, do you copy?!

M16A1 Got it! Adjusting the course right now! We'll be...

BOOM!

M16A1 Hey! What happened?!

M4 SOPMOD We're hit!

M16A1 Dammit!
Miss Helian! Do you copy?! The rudder of our plane got scraped by a shell!
I've already sent out a distress signal. Please mount a rescue immediately, Miss Helian!

M16A1 Tsk, comms are down. We're losing altitude!
Hold on tight! Don't let go!

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M4A1 M16.
Wake up, M16.

M16A1 M4?
Is that you?
How come you're here?

M4A1 Is that strange?
Open your eyes and look at me...

M4A1 Haven't you...been asking to see me?

M16A1 ...?!

M16A1 ...

M4 SOPMOD II M16? Are you okay?

M16A1 ...
I'm...fine...
Did you kill these Sangvis units for me?

M4 SOPMOD II Just mobs attracted by the noise. Piece of cake.
Is your neural cloud stable? Just now you looked a bit...

M16A1 Phew...
Thanks, SOP II. I'm okay.

RO635 You sure, M16?

M16A1 (Stands up) Positive.
What's our status?

RO635 Not good. I'm afraid we've crashed into the heart of Sangvis territory.
We'd better leave this place as soon as possible before we're detected.

M16A1 True. You have full command, RO.

RO635 But...I can't compare with M4 in terms of experience in dealing with emergencies...

M4 SOPMOD II Don't worry. You have our experience to work with. Now get us outta here!!

RO635 Understood. Please lend me your strength.
We only have one single objective - leave this place safely.
We can't do this on our own. I'll need you to get in touch with Helian and get a rescue plan from her, M16.

M16A1 But the weather conditions are terrible right now and the signal isn't too stable.
We have to find a communication outpost first.

M4 SOPMOD II Not only is the signal weak, we're also freezing to death, and we're running low on rations...
There's snow everywhere and we can't see a thing...

RO635 Let's find somewhere with a clearer view first so that I can study the terrain and come up with a plan.
Move carefully. This area has been occupied by S.F. not long ago, and we're on our own...

M4 SOPMOD II Sure...
Then let's get a move on. It's too cold here. If I don't keep moving, I'm gonna freeze!

RO635 Be careful. The terrain is way too steep here. Once we go down, we won't be able to come back up.

M16A1 Hmm...
Should we stay and make sure...

M4 SOPMOD II Haha, so it's a slide!
Here I come!!!!!!! (Slides off)

M16A1 ...

RO635 ...The coast seems clear. Let's go.

【HINT】Routes marked with arrows are one-way tracks. Bear in mind that you cannot backtrack once you have traveled in the direction of the arrow.

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M16A1 RO, there's a small heliport ahead.

RO635 Yes, I'm seeing it...

RO635 Unfortunately, it's no longer operable.
It's impossible to take off in such weather...

M4 SOPMOD II Yeah, even our transmissions aren't getting anywhere...
At this rate, I wonder how long our rations are gonna last...

RO635 Once the weather improves, we'll have a chance.
More importantly, the communication outpost is directly ahead. Let's keep moving!

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M16A1 RO, there are multiple Sangvis outposts ahead.
Their defense isn't too strong judging by visual assessment, but we're currently low on supplies so breaking through will still be tough.

RO635 Hmm... Anything on your end, SOP II?

M4 SOPMOD II I just saw a supply checkpoint over there. Maybe we can top up first?

M16A1 Must be the supplies from the Griffin freighter that got shot down...
RO, that checkpoint can only provide supplies once. It'll be no different than regular checkpoints afterward.
We should plan ahead and only use it when the situation calls for it.

RO635 Understood. I'll take that into consideration as I plan our moves.

【HINT】The resupply nodes in this area are consumptive utility nodes. They revert to normal nodes after single use.

Hypothermia-1  The Wolves Gather Ⅰ (4)

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RO635 Guys, we're about to get to the outpost!

M4 SOPMOD II Hey, over there!

RO635 ...!

BOOM!

M16A1 Hey, that's a Jupiter, isn't it?!
They've got one even here?!

BOOM!

RO635 Not just one...
I think we just happened to have crashed in a really bad place.

M4 SOPMOD II What the heck?! The cannon blew the outpost to smithereens!
Now what?!

RO635 Change of plan. We go around and keep moving!
Keep your eyes open. S.F. has already noticed our presence!

M16A1 We've been very careful the whole way. How did they find us?

RO635 No clue. Perhaps the Ringleader here is something else.

M16A1 You mean there are other dolls like Dreamer?

RO635 Don't worry too much for now. Sangvis forces haven't completely surrounded us yet, which means they don't have our precise location.
Let's just change our course of action and go around first.

M16A1 There's a forest to the west. It may be safer to take cover in there.

RO635 Can't be helped. We'll have to give it a shot...
Helian said another freighter was shot down in this area.
We might be able to find resources and survivors on the way. Hopefully we'll make it in time...
Before we're discovered by this unfathomable Sangvis T-Doll...

Meanwhile, in a Sangvis Ferri command post.

Architect Haha! Yes! I got it!
Bull's-eye! Bull's-eye!

Gager It's early in the morning... Pipe down...

Gager So...what bull's-eye?

Architect Hey! Gager, look!
I just hit that communication outpost!

Gager ...
And...why did you do that?

Architect Hmm...no reason at all.
It was just situated on a super irritating spot and I felt like testing my aim, tee-hee!

Gager Jeez...
Don't waste your OCD on such trivial matters.
If you have the time, why don't you search for Griffin survivors?

Architect Huh? There are survivors?

Gager Your shell only grazed that aircraft. The probability that they managed to crash-land safely is extremely high.

Architect Hmm... Since the data is from you...
But we're here to test these cannons, right? If both of us move out, who's gonna guard them?

Gager I'll go look for survivors. You just stay here and keep the base secure...
And stop firing random shots. You might end up hitting friendly units.

Architect Alright, alright, I get it.
Then I'm leaving them to you. Move along!