EP. 07-1E  Retrieval Ⅰ (1)

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RO635 M16A1...
Is this the agreed time...?

M16A1 Yeah...
I don't know what I expected.
Did I hope that I'd hear her voice the second before the call ended, telling me it was all a joke?
Fine... Maybe I really did...
In any case, it didn't happen...
Nothing happened at all...

M16A1 After that incident, Griffin has withdrawn from Area S08 for good.
HQ could no longer afford to dispatch troops back into a wasteland crawling with Sangvis units in search of a single missing T-Doll.
Our scouts also reported nothing unusual during the 39 days when they monitored the borders from a distance.

RO635 ...
Which means AR-15...

M16A1 As a special T-Doll produced clandestinely by 16LAB, AR-15 wasn't equipped with a complete neural cloud, so HQ doesn't have the means to reconstruct her identity.
In other words, AR-15 of the AR Team—the AR-15 who served with M4A1, SOP-II and me—has ceased to exist...
We must at least acknowledge this most terrible fact...

M16A1 Though actually...things DID get even more terrible than that.

RO635 M4A1 will be fine. She just needs time.
We must stay strong for now and prepare for vengeance.

M16A1 I know. Vengence is the greatest solace,
For them as well as for us...
Brief us on this mission, RO. I can hardly wait.

Area S05, a land of skirmish between Griffin and Sangvis Ferris...

RO635 We are to track a Sangvis Ringleader. Griffin's No.1 most wanted criminal who perpetrated the assaults on many of our contracted areas.
Also...she seems to have returned to her original base after coming into contact with us a month ago.

M16A1 Dreamer...
So what are we waiting for? Can't we just surround and destroy her?

RO635 We can't ascertain whether that is her original body or just a dummy. Not to mention she is armed with powerful weapons that far exceed Sangvis Ferris' standard technology.
I've witnessed her destructiveness myself. Any rash attacks would be highly dangerous.
That's why I've enlisted the help of several friends. They have discovered a lot of information during their investigation...

M16A1 Friends?

RO635 Before I joined the AR Team, I was the leader of a certain squad—an experience designed to train and test my command module.
They are my former squadmates. I'm pulling in favors asking them for help.

M16A1 You "asked"? ...Through official procedures?

RO635 (Grins) I have my ways.
In any case, we need to extract them, as well as their information.
To make this more efficient, you and SOP-II are to rendezvous with them at the pick-up point.

M16A1 Got it. What about the Sangvis forces along the way? Area S05 isn't exactly safe these days.

RO635 The commander will take care of them. Let's move once the coast is clear.

EP. 07-1E  Retrieval Ⅰ (2)

M16 reached the safe house.

M16A1 ...
It's clearly time for the intel collection, but no one's here...
They did leave the information in the box. Let me see...

Clang...!

M16A1 Who's there?!
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Something's poking out from around the corner... Bunny ears?
No, it seems to be some kind of hair accessory?

M16A1 approaches silently...

M16 Gotcha!

?? WHOA—!!
Don't shoot! We're friends!

AAT-52 (Whimpers)
That hurt! Why does everyone like yanking on my hair?!

M16A1 AAT52...
What's a T-Doll like you doing in a place like this?

AAT-52 Huh? Can't I just be passing by? Can't a cute idol go on a tour to visit her fans?
And what do you mean, "a T-Doll like me"?! I've taken part in first-class operations too, you know!
Don't get cocky just because you're in the AR Team! We won't lose to you!

M16A1 ...
You're from RO's squad, aren't you?

AAT-52 Eh? So you knew...
That's right, we're Squad Palette, here to assist you on our former leader's orders!

M16A1 "Palette"? What kind of weird name is that...
And if you're here to help us, why did you hide when you saw me?

AAT-52 I...was spooked...

M16A1 Spooked?

AAT-52 I couldn't make out your face. I saw black hair and just assumed it was her again!

M16A1 Her? Who?

AAT-52 Dreamer, duh!
She's been really elusive lately. No one knows where she might pop up the next second.

M16A1 ...
What is that monster trying to cook up this time...

...Suddenly, the sound of an engine being started comes from a distance.

AAT-52 Duck!

M16A1 ...?!

...BOOM!!
A building far away is instantly blown to dust.

M16A1 Hey, what the heck is that?!

AAT-52 Another masterpiece of that half-pint witch!
The thing that's blowing up Area S05 with heavy artillery!

M16A1 But this area is currently under Sangvis control, right?! What's the point in destroying their own territory?

AAT-52 Who knows. Maybe she's gone barking mad!

RO635 M16! AAT! Are you guys alright?!

M16A1 Yeah, we're fine... That shell landed pretty far from where we are.

RO635 M16, keep calm and listen to me...
The shell was aimed at SOP-II's destination.

M16A1 ...WHAT?!

AAT-52 Hey, what about Sten?
Is she okay?!

RO635 No word yet, but there's an air-raid shelter there so don't worry too much.

AAT-52 Is this round...the same as the ones before?

RO635 Yes, it's a smokescreen meant to confuse us. She sure is a cunning one...
Let's meet up ASAP. Area S05 isn't safe anymore.

M16A1 ...
RO, do you know the artillery piece Dreamer is using?
I just find the firing sound...very familiar...

RO635 Yes, M16...
You would, wouldn't you...
Because you were among those who first witnessed the use of this weapon...

M16A1 ...!

During Episode 5, 26 minutes after the AR Team commenced pursuit of Destroyer…

M4A1 Wait. Listen to that…

M16A1 Now! Run for it!

M4A1 M16, watch out!!

M16 ...?!

…BOOM!!

M16A1 …!!
W-What was that…just now?

M4 SOPMOD II You've gotta be joking. Sangvis can actually use…a weapon of that scale?

M4A1
…Guys, I just received a report from Helian. We have suffered heavy losses.
HQ is ordering all troops to abort the pursuit and retreat from the area immediately.

M4 SOPMOD II But AR-15…

M16A1 ...

RO635 "Jupiter", large-scale electromagnetic tactical mortar.
Its firing range rivals that of the military's standard artillery, and it fires at such high velocity that Griffin simply has no way of defending against it.
That's Sangvis Ferri's latest weapon of mass destruction...
...And the very thing that destroyed your last hope of saving AR-15.