파해법칙-2  Bearing Miscalculation (1)

20 minutes later.

M99 M4A1?
Miss M4A1?

M4A1 ...Ah.
Sorry... What's the situation?

M99 We have all made it safely through the battle zone. No sign of Hunter being in pursuit.

M4A1 Is that so...? Thank goodness...

M99 P08 bought us this chance with her own life...
So now isn't the time to grieve...

M4A1 After everything...
I'm not entirely sure...if I even make a good commander...

M99 ...If it hadn't been for you, we'd have all died here.
P08 once said that as long as a T-Doll can come out alive with her neural cloud,
Everyone's sacrifice would be worth it...

M4A1 (Sighs)...
(Again with the "you're the only one who can do this"...)
(Why is it always me...)

M99 M4A1...are you listening?

M4A1 Ah...
So the objective is complete as long as one of you survives?

M99 Objectively speaking, that's right.

M4A1 I know...
I don't want to lose anyone else, but I can only try my best...for this objective...
M99, seeing that P08 and Vikhr are both...gone, and Super SASS is engaging the enemy directly...
May I ask you to be my adjutant?

M99 Oh, sure.
I'm not that experienced, but I'll do whatever I can to assist you.

M4A1 Good. Please be ready to report any noteworthy Sangvis movements to me.
I'll focus on withdrawing our forces and searching for the transmission device.

M4A1 (...)
(Dammit...)
(I can't let anything else distract me.)
(I have to concentrate and look at the bigger picture...)

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M99 M4A1, Sangvis Ringleader Executioner has started patrolling in this zone. Please watch out for her movement.

M4A1 Understood. I will adjust my tactics accordingly.

SAA M4A1! I didn't find any Sangvis signal, but there are a bunch of explosives in the warehouse.

M4A1 Got it. Take them with you. They could come in handy later.

파해법칙-2  Bearing Miscalculation (2)

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M99 M4A1, Sangvis Ringleader Executioner has started patrolling in this zone. Please watch out for her movement.

M4A1 Understood. I will adjust my tactics accordingly.

SAA M4A1! I didn't find any Sangvis signal, but there are a bunch of explosives in the warehouse.

M4A1 Got it. Take them with you. They could come in handy later.

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AAT-52 M4A1, this is AAT! Sangvis transmission detected dead ahead in the highlands!

M4A1 Copy that.
But are you sure you can handle it? After all...

AAT-52 Well...we'll find out when I get there.

M4A1 Alright, but you must proceed without compromising your own safety.

AAT-52 Oui! Here I go!

파해법칙-2  Bearing Miscalculation (4)

AAT-52 reaches the highlands.

AAT-52 Psst...M4? You still there?

M4A1 Any discovery, AAT?

AAT-52 I'm currently in the Highland Archive and detecting Executioner's transmission signal.
Executioner should still be miles away in the command post, which means her transmission device is right here!

M4A1 Understood. Can you pinpoint its precise location?

AAT-52 I'm feeling my way forward...

...Poof!

AAT-52 Whoa!

M4A1 What is it, AAT?!

AAT-52 The lights...
The lights in the archive have all suddenly gone out!

M4A1 Don't panic. Assess the situation first.
Do you have a flashlight or night vision goggles with you?

AAT-52 I do, but neither is working...

M4A1 Could this be an enemy electromagnetic attack...?
Any sign of Sangvis movement?

AAT-52 Uhh...nothing seems out of the ordinary...
But there are way too many of them. I'm kinda stuck.
There's no way I can find the device this way. Anyone wanna give me a hand?

M4A1 It's too dangerous to continue the search. This could very well be what the enemy is waiting for.
AAT, you are advised to retreat.

AAT-52 That'll be too much of a challenge in the dark...
Ughh... Am I gonna die in such a cold, dark place...?

SAA Does AAT need help?
I'm pretty close. Why don't I give it a try?

Super SASS No, let me do it. I specialize in disarming explosives.

M4A1 Do you think this is a good idea, M99?

M99 Hmm...we are running low on both time and manpower. I think we should take a more proactive approach.
Besides, opportunities of putting Executioner out of action are hard to come by...

M4A1 There will be other opportunities. It doesn't have to be now.
If we alert her to our presence...

Super SASS It'll be fine. She's still on patrol, and I doubt she'll be quicker than me.

M4A1 (That's right. Even if Executioner starts moving, I can intercept her, so she can't make it to the highlands right away.)
(Also, Hunter and Executioner both seem to be deprived of their own consciousness, so they shouldn't notice the infiltration too soon...)
(However...have I really taken everything into consideration?)

AAT-52 Hey, how long are you gonna keep deliberating? Come get me!

M4A1 ...
(Does it all come down to my decision again...?)
(I suppose I should have faith in their ability...)
Super SASS, you go rescue AAT-52.

Super SASS Roger that!
AAT-52, I'll be there soon!

...

M4A1 (Will this do?)
(Perhaps making some decision is better than making none at all...)
I just...have to think about it this way, right...?

파해법칙-2  Bearing Miscalculation (5)

Super SASS reaches the archive in the highlands.

AAT-52 Vive! You're finally here, SASS!

Super SASS M4A1, I have rendezvoused with AAT.
We are now heading in to crack the transmission device.

AAT-52 I modularized the cracking procedure left behind by P08 while I was on standby.
We can do it much faster this time!

M4A1 Then go ahead. And please assess your surroundings carefully before you proceed.

AAT-52 Pas de problème. I've already done that while I was waiting.
There are no explosives around this outpost.

??? You know why that won't be necessary?

Griffin T-Dolls ...?!

M4A1 A broadcast...?
Who's that?! SASS, find out where the voice is coming from!

Super SASS It's not...from anywhere near...

AAT-52 Then there's a chance we can make it out...?

??? I don't need to be around...

M99 This...sounds like Architect!
Isn't she...?

Architect Heheh...
After all, isn't it better to watch fireworks...from a distance?

Super SASS ...?!
Outside! Look outside!

Architect So long, bastards.

...!!

...

M99 SASS... AAT52...
Answer me!

Architect Heheheheh...

Architect HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
This is it... This is exactly what I'm after!!

M99 Architect... Why...?
Haven't you surrendered?!

Architect ...Surrendered?

Architect I didn't know my emotion module is so good I managed to fool you all so easily!
I only surrendered with Mastermind's permission, duh.
Then I've been biding my time...waiting for the moment when you let down your guard...
Do you know how long I've been waiting for this, Griffins?!

Architect And this...THIS is the moment...
I can finally return to the Sangvis camp and blow things up to my heart's content!

M99 You...
Why are you doing this?! What exactly are you after?!

Architect Huh? You still don't get it? Just how stupid can you be...
I'm after the Sangvis AI core you just got your hands on, obviously!

M99 B...But isn't that...

Architect The Sangvis commander for this battle...?
That's right, the battle tonight is its debut after its awakening!
And my job is to assist it in its operation.
Now don't be sad. It isn't a real battlefield if no one gets blown to smithereens.
Behold. These two burned pieces of junk is merely the beginning. We have something even worse in store for you!

Architect Feel free to proceed with your operation however you want. The result will be the same...
Or you can come directly to me. I might just show a bit of mercy?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!