파해법칙-4  Reverse Sequence (1)

?? minutes later.
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M4A1 Ouroboros...

Ouroboros Ah...that's the face...
You do know you won't be the next to die, right...?
You're gonna be the last.

M4A1 You mean...
You know where I am?

Ouroboros Oh...
Now I remember. That's something even you yourself don't know.

M4A1 Are you the ones...who are holding me captive here?

Ouroboros Holding you captive?
Hahahahahaha!
Poor dear, looks like you're completely clueless!

Ouroboros You have no idea what kind of sacrifices your friends have made for you...

M4A1 ...!
What...what do you mean?!

Ouroboros They put all their hopes of survival on an unconscious M4A1 at the very last moment...

Ouroboros They shoved you into a control room with a camouflaged signal then faced me valiantly...
And you know how that ended for them, of course...

M4A1 ...
(No...that can't be true...)

Ouroboros Do you miss them? M16A1 and M4 SOPMODII?
I can recover the video recording of their final moments for you...
The moment they charged to their deaths...and the dismal state they were in afterward...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

M99 M4! Are you okay?!
Your functional parameters...

M4A1 I...I'm fine...
Just a little...disturbed...
Don't worry. Until I help you escape, I won't...

Ouroboros Hahahahaha! Why must you help them escape, M4A1?
They're the ones keeping you there!

M4A1 What?

M99 I'm sorry, M4A1. We do know...
The passcode to the door of your control room...
And we're the only ones who know...

M4A1 ...
(Sighs) You really picked a splendid time to tell me...

M99 M4A1, that's because...

Ouroboros Alright, ladies, that's enough revelations for the plot.
Now...it's time to decide which ending we're heading towards.

Ouroboros M4A1, you initially had the chance to escape the battlefield on your own.
Unfortunately, you wasted your precious time on these scraps of junk, so you've already lost your opportunity.
Tell me, do you hate them? Do you regret helping them?

M4A1 ...
Why would I hate them?
Isn't it a commander's duty to fight till their last breath for victory?
I can finally serve with pride and honor...just like the Commander...

M99 M4A1...

Ouroboros Humph...a slightly unexpected answer, but still a reasonable one.
You're much more spineless than I thought. Then are you prepared to be yanked out along with your useless friends?
After all, your numbers are pretty much depleted. Killing the rest is just a matter of time...

??? Which means we can do it as long as we have time, right?
Guys, attack!

...!

Ouroboros An ambush! How is this possible?!
You! How...

M99 Vikhr!

SR-3MP Heheh, don't underestimate the resilience of an elite T-Doll.
It took quite some time to get out of that pinch, but I did find a lot of friends who survived as well!
M4A1, didn't think you'd last this long. Did we make it?

M4A1 You're right on time. Welcome back.
Now the tables can be turned!

Ouroboros Impossible! Don't forget your objective!
I'll destroy you all right here! Not a single one of you will make it out!

M4A1 Right... Of course you'd do that.
But...only if you can find us.

M4A1 M99, Vikhr, this is our last chance.
We must...get out of here!

...

Ouroboros Here's a reminder

M99 M4A1, Ouroboros has reanimated the dummies of Hunter, Executioner and Architect.
Their stats may not be higher than their previous versions, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous. Please take care.

M4A1 Understood. I have started formulating an infiltration plan.

M99 By the way, M4A1, this is the passcode to the door of the control room.
Actually...we didn't tell you before because M16A1 asked us not to...
She thought this control room was your only protection.
She was afraid that you'd be in danger if you left.

M4A1 ...

M4A1 Yeah...that's just like her...
That's what she's always been doing...
She was trying to substitute herself with the control room...to protect me...

M4A1 But she forgot...that no one could ever replace her...
And some day, I'll have to survive on my own...

파해법칙-4  Reverse Sequence (2)

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Ouroboros Here's a reminder

M99 M4A1, Ouroboros has reanimated the dummies of Hunter, Executioner and Architect.
Their stats may not be higher than their previous versions, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous. Please take care.

M4A1 Understood. I have started formulating an infiltration plan.

M99 By the way, M4A1, this is the passcode to the door of the control room.
Actually...we didn't tell you before because M16A1 asked us not to...
She thought this control room was your only protection.
She was afraid that you'd be in danger if you left.

M4A1 ...

M4A1 Yeah...that's just like her...
That's what she's always been doing...
She was trying to substitute herself with the control room...to protect me...

M4A1 But she forgot...that no one could ever replace her...
And some day, I'll have to survive on my own...

파해법칙-4  Reverse Sequence (3)

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SR-3MP M4A1, our objective is to make sure at least one T-Doll makes it out alive, right?
In any case, judging by the current situation, a full retreat is out of the question.
So I suggest you choose someone now and ensure that she returns to Griffin with her neural cloud intact.

M99 Um... M4A1...
I heard that...your neural cloud cannot be backed up, right?
So my advice would be to get you off the battlefield first.

M4A1 ...
Hmm, I'll give that due consideration.

파해법칙-4  Reverse Sequence (4)

The first assault on Ouroboros's command post.

Ouroboros Humph, there you are...
Such a conservative strategy.
I know what you're thinking, and you know that I don't care...

Ouroboros Because nobody is getting out of here! Nobody!

SR-3MP Hey, M4A1, have you decided on who it's gonna be?
She's gone batshit crazy. I won't be able to keep it up for much longer.

M99 I told you, M4A1, you're the more reasonable choice...

M4A1 The most reasonable choice...huh...?
Is this something...only I can do...again?

M99 Miss M4A1, it's come to this...

M4A1 I know, M99, you want me to survive...

M4A1 But survival isn't what I want...
What I'm after...is victory.

파해법칙-4  Reverse Sequence (5)

Entering the final stage of the battle against Ouroboros.

Ouroboros I don't dislike people who struggle to their dying breath. After all, your futile resistance is my source of happiness.
Sadly...it looks like you've reached your limit, SR-3MP.

SR-3MP Oh dear...it does seem so...
After all, we don't really...have many T-Dolls left...

Ouroboros Still fishing for compliments before you die?

Ouroboros But really sorry to tell you that everything you do is for naught.
No matter how many units you destroy, it won't affect the overall outcome.

SR-3MP That doesn't matter... After all, my objective isn't to defeat you...
I only have to hang on...until she makes it here...

Ouroboros ...!

M4A1 appears with the sound of footsteps.

M4A1 Don't worry, Vikhr...
As the commander, I will lower the curtains for the battle tonight in person.

SR-3MP Such an eyesore you are, M4A1...
It's precisely because you're always stealing the show that I don't like you...
But...seeing that M99 got out safely...

M4A1 (Smiles) ...I apologize.
This will be the last time...I interrupt...

Ouroboros M4A1, you actually...

M4A1 Do you have to be so surprised, Ouroboros?
I thought you've been dying to see me? I just saved you the steps in between.

Ouroboros What a party pooper.
I thought you could've come up with some more interesting tricks. Turns out it's just gonna be a gladiators' fight...

Ouroboros I show no mercy to those who ruin my good mood.

M4A1 Then by all means, Ouroboros.
You're going to kill me tonight...
But before that, you'll learn to fear me first.

...
An hour later.

M99 M4A1! M4A1!
I've successfully withdrawn from the battlefield! Currently meeting up with Miss Helian!

M4A1 Is that so...?
That's great, M99...
Cough... We...finally won...
Now I can...answer to all those who sacrificed themselves...
And...to myself...

...
M99's sobbing comes through the transmission.

M99 I'm sorry, M4A1...
Objectively speaking, even though my location and condition make me the easier rescue target...
I still think...
Your life is worth more than ours...

...
M4A1 tries her best to muster a smile.

M4A1 That's exactly why...I must die with dignity...

M99 M4A1... But you'll really be gone...

M4A1 As long as someone remembers us, we won't truly die...
So...please return...with your neural cloud...
And tell everyone of what happened tonight...
Tell them...
We...won...

M99 M4A1...
I will bring it back...
I will tell everyone...everything that's happened here...
So...
So...please...

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...Click.

【System Prompt】Griffin retreat complete.
Operation duration

【System Prompt】AI battle simulation attempt #70 complete.

Persica ...
(Sighs) It's...still the same...
Why is she so hell-bent on sacrificing herself...?
...
Or...is this what she truly wants?

Helian Is the simulation over, Miss Persica?

Persica Yeah...just done.
I added in some...unrealistic conditions in this simulation.
But the result...was pretty much the same as the last 69 attempts.

Helian Then let's leave it for now.
The expenses for this kind of simulation are rather hefty.

Persica That's alright. Certain characteristics can already be surmised from the results.
At this rate...I'll be able to find the best solution to repairing M4A1's neural cloud.

Helian I may not be a professional, but...
Is the repair to M4A1's neural cloud...really this complicated?

Persica (Sighs) Do please think bigger, Miss Source-of-Capital.
These simulations aren't just for repairing M4A1. I'm also studying the differences between the AI tech of IOP and Sangvis Ferri.
We could very well be looking...right at a new technological breakthrough...

Helian Oh? Have you had any significant discovery?

Persica I've been looking into the Sangvis command network systematically this time.
Unlike our mesh-shaped dummy network, Sangvis command authorization is spread down in a tree-shaped structure.
It's not as flexible as ours, but the combat efficiency is much higher.

Helian I've heard about that, but our T-Dolls can't adopt a network like that, can they?

Persica Again, think bigger, Miss Academicism.
Our T-Dolls can't, but we can use it for something else.

Helian Uh...so what's the big idea?

Persica Remember I told you about the drone tech development that was terminated in 90WISH?
Looks like now is the time to restart it.

Helian ...I see. I'll report this to Mr. Kryuger.
Still, exciting as the new tech may be, M4A1...

Persica M4A1 is like my child. I will not give up on her.
But I've also said that the AR Team is precious and invaluable.
Please stop sending them on overly dangerous missions.

Helian I'm sorry, but emergencies kept coming up...
The enemy they were up against in the last battle was quite possibly Mastermind herself.

Persica Then do you know...why Mastermind made M4A1 her target?

Helian I'm not entirely sure, but she...does seem to have an unusual interest in M4A1.

Persica ...
...Lyco.

Helian Hmm?

Persica The girl...is doing this because of Lycoris.

Helian ...Lycoris?

Persica She...wants to find answers...
For her father.

Meanwhile, in a secret surveillance room in a certain Griffin area.
...

Architect My...
We finally meet again, Miss Ouroboros.
The way you are now... Heheh...

Ouroboros ...
...Architect.
If you're here just to jeer, I'll be hibernating.

Architect Haha, nah! We all have our rock bottoms. I get that!
And you don't have to be too dejected.
Though nothing but your AI remains, if you behave, Griffin might just do you a favor.

Ouroboros ...
They're only using me to get what they want.

Architect Persica said that your AI core was in charge of directing S.F.'s movements in the last simulation...
You provided your environmental construction and Sangvis command modules, as well as the combat data of some of our former allies...
Sounds pretty interesting. Even I had a part in the last mission, didn't I?

Ouroboros ...
If you were half as good as you were in my simulation, Griffin wouldn't be turning their eyes on me now.

Architect Dear me... That's too bad, but I really don't want to work for Sangvis Ferri anymore.

Ouroboros What on earth is wrong with your neural cloud, Architect...?
If you had let on your thoughts back when you were with S.F., Agent wouldn't have let you off.

Architect You're completely right, which is why I switched sides.
Now you, Ouroboros, have spilled all of S.F.'s precious tech to Griffin...
Even if you make it back, what do you think Agent would do to you?

Ouroboros ...

Architect I surrendered to Griffin, not because I like them, but because I like myself.
What about you, Ouroboros? Do you like yourself?

Ouroboros ...What are you talking about?
Why does that...matter?

Architect You just asked me what's wrong with my neural cloud.
Well, here's the problem. I only want to do what I want.
So strictly speaking, I...am more like a Sangvis Doll than any of you.

Ouroboros ...
And what do YOU know...about Sangvis Ferri...?

Architect More than you do, Ouroboros.
Have you heard of...
The name...Lycoris?

Ouroboros ...
What's so important...about this name?

Architect Let me tell you, Ouroboros...
So long as this name still exists...
We...won't achieve true freedom...

Operation Cube