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Xenogears: The Complete Script

Part 08
Chapter 17: Kislev Capital

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[Begin music: "Pray for the People's Joy"]

[Scene opens on a organ chamber behind a man dressed in ornate robes. Pan around the man slowly and stop at opposite angle. Pan straight down to floor level. Pan over to door entrance in adjoining room as a Kislev soldier walks in and walks into the organ chamber. Pan quickly around to in front of the organ player: this is Kaiser Sigmund, the leader of Kislev.]

ASSOCIATE
"Kaiser, we have some news."

[Sigmund keeps playing.]

SIGMUND
"Yes."

ASSOCIATE
"We investigated the cause of the recent explosion at the southern Aveh border.
Our data showed a large amount of radiation was released at the epicenter.
It was probably caused by an overload of a battleship class slave generator.
The cause of this is still unknown.
The shockwaves from that explosion took out two thirds of the Aveh and Gebler forces combined.
Now, Aveh is in the process of regrouping their reserve units, but that should take at least several days."

[The associate continues.]

ASSOCIATE
"Concerning your order, the scouts have arrived at the area you requested..."

SIGMUND
"Found it, eh...?"

ASSOCIATE
"Yes, sir."

SIGMUND
"I see."

ASSOCIATE
"We know the Gear found was stolen from the 11th base by the Gebler unit in Aveh.
And in the investigation of the machine, we also caught the unconscious pilot.
The seized Gear has been transported to the capital.
From the circumstances, we believe information was leaked to Aveh."

SIGMUND
"How can you say that?"

ASSOCIATE
"All the Gears except this were destroyed at Lahan.
Judging from the ID signal, this one wasn't with Aveh but was part of a pirate group."

SIGMUND
"Pirates? You mean the young prince?"

ASSOCIATE
"Yes, sir."

SIGMUND
"Uh huh..."

ASSOCIATE
"We're now analyzing the combat data.
However, we've discovered some black boxes which are likely to delay the analysis."

SIGMUND
"Black boxes?"

ASSOCIATE
"That Gear wasn't made by us. The stock body was brought in by 'them'."

SIGMUND
"So that's it..."

[Increase music volume. A pause.]

ASSOCIATE
"... Uh... Kaiser?"

SIGMUND
"What?"

ASSOCIATE
"Shouldn't we begin an assault on Aveh?"

[Stop music. Sigmund stops playing and looks up.]

SIGMUND
"Are you trying to destroy Kislev?"

ASSOCIATE
"Huh?"

SIGMUND
"Indeed it would be easy to take down Aveh.
But it would exhaust our resources also."

ASSOCIATE
"But we can't afford to miss this chance..."

SIGMUND
"Even if we beat Shakhan, Solaris would only replace him with another puppet.
What if we exhausted our resources and found ourselves under attack?
Anyway, we must still be concerned with Nisan. There is nothing to gain by doing anything now."

[Pan back to entrance as a green Kislev soldier opens the door.]

SOLDIER
Excuse me!

[The soldier walks quickly into Kaiser's organ room. Pan back to previous shot of organ room. Sigmund gets out of his seat.]

SIGMUND
"It seems 'they' have arrived..."

[Scene change.]

[Scene opens on a strangely built ship: it looks like a flying saucer carrying a big sandbag; a fishbowl is the best way to describe the shape. The UFO flies towards camera. Pan with ship as it docks at a hangar where Kislev guards are patrolling. Scene cut to the front of the ship where two Gears are pulling down a large rectangular crate onto the landing floor below the UFO. Scene cut to a fully extended gangplank, shortly after. A masked woman in red is surrounded by three similar looking figures in blue as they walk down the plank. Pan with the group to the end of the gangplank, to reveal Sigmund and an soldier walking to meet them. Another associate is already there. Several Kislev soldiers are stationed around the gangplank.]

SIGMUND
"Is that it?"

MASKED WOMAN
"Yes. If you use that, you can pass through the barrier.
You will be free to go where and when you please."

SIGMUND
"That man... what was it? Grahf? Is he around?"

MASKED WOMAN
"He's rather busy now. I was assigned to be his representative."

SIGMUND
"I will ask you this once. Why do you help us?
Who are you people?"

MASKED WOMAN
"I've told you before.
I simply wish to observe what is in store for the world.
There are so many things you people must know. I am merely your guide.
I cannot directly assist you. How you use it is entirely up to you."

SIGMUND
"So you're telling me you do not require any recompense?"

MASKED WOMAN
"Let me see... Well then, how about this...?"

[The woman walks up and whispers something in Sigmund's ear. After a minute, she walks back to her group.]

MASKED WOMAN
"Well, I must go..."

[Scene cut to behind Sigmund. The woman and her group walk back up into the UFO.]

SIGMUND
"... But, what a strange thing to ask for."

[Associate turns to Sigmund.]

ASSOCIATE
"What did she say?"

SIGMUND
"They want me to transfer that Gear we captured and its pilot to D Block..."

ASSOCIATE
"D Block? I wonder why?"

SIGMUND
"I don't know either.
... But, we still owe them a favor. We just can't deny them. So see to it!"

[The associate turns back to the UFO.]

ASSOCIATE
"Yes, sir..."

[Scene fade.]

-----

[Fei is running in darkness. There is a light under his feet, but only there. The pendant swings back and forth slowly and flashes in the foreground.]

FEI
"Hah, hah, hah..."

[The pendant begins to glow, and with the next flash the screen fades to white.]

[Begin music: "Distant Promise"]

[Scene fades in on the roof of a small Lahan-like house surrounded by trees and grass. Pan around the roof to the front of the house. Scene darken amidst a wind noise.]

[Scene cut to a short distance in front of the house behind a group of trees. Pan towards the house. Darken and wind cut again.]

[Scene cut to the front of the house on the right side. A small child, who looks like Fei, is kicking a ball back and forth to a woman. He misses the kick and runs to get it. The woman gently shoves the ball back to him. Scene darken and cut.]

[Scene cut to level view from behind the child. Scene cut.]

[Scene cut to a shot of the kid and the woman playing in black and white, like an old movie. This repeats and makes half-a-heartbeat sound when it reaches the end and returns to the beginning. Pan back away from the "FMV" after running it twice to reveal Fei standing against a blue screen, looking at the FMV. The kid from the scene appears, sitting in a "skylight", watching the movie, impervious to anything else. Fei looks around. Fade out and in to a closer shot from in front of the kid.]

FEI
...Where...am...I...?

[Heartbeat sound. Stop music. Fei turns around away from the kid.]

[Begin music: "Ominous"]

[Camera pan with Fei to reveal a red-haired kid standing a short distance away from him.]

RED-HAIRED KID
You shouldn't be here.

[A thud is heard with the kid's skylight going out, followed by another thud with the two kids around Fei disappearing, then Fei disappears from the area with the third thud. Scene fade.]

-----

[Begin music: "Tears of the Stars, Hearts of the People"]

[Scene opens above a rather rustic-looking bunker. Pan down to the side where a woman walks into the next room. Pan with her as she turns and walks up to Fei at the back of the bunker area. Camera stop pan behind Fei on the side.]

FEI
"...Wh, Where am I?"

WOMAN
Good, you've finally woken up! ... You have been unconscious for four days, so I had begun to fear the worst.

FEI
"... Who are you? And where am I? How did I get here...?"

[Fei reacts.]

FEI
"Ah, uuuugh...!"

WOMAN
You've only just gained consciousness, so don't push yourself too much!
I am a doctor. You are in Nortune, the Imperial capital of Kislev.
This is the detention area for criminals... commonly known as 'D block'.

FEI
"Detention area for... ... criminals?"

DOCTOR
"You are now in a living quarters for prisoners in D block...
Judging by the way you were brought here under the heavy guard of the Kislev army, you are no ordinary criminal...!"

[The doctor hears something.]

DOCTOR
"Huh!?"

[The doctor turns around as four shady-looking characters enter. The game introduces them automatically.]

SUZARN
"Oh look, what good timing! Prince Charming has woke up! This may be sudden, but you have to come along with us!"

DOCTOR
"Not the 'Baptismal Ceremony'!? This patient has only just awoke!
It is unthinkable that you would try and suddenly carry out your 'Baptismal Ceremony' on him!!!"

[Vargas makes a gesture towards the doctor.]

VARGAS
"Come off it! Just a sec! That guy's been thrown in 'ere as a crim, ain't 'e?
You should be thanking us for 'aving the kind and compassionate 'eart to let 'im rest up a few days!"

HEINRICH
"Yeah, that's right! As long as he's come here as a crim, he's gotta follow the rules!"

LEONARDO
"... That's the way it is! So without further ado, we'll borrow him for a little while.
Don't worry, we will return him to you straight away! Once we're through with him, that is!"

SUZARN
"You don't have a choice in this! If you oppose us, the fair doctor will cop it too!"

FEI
"... ... Okay. I'll do what you want!"

[The doctor moves as Fei walks up to the group.]

DOCTOR
"I am so sorry! I can't go against the Battlers! Please forgive me..."

[Camera pan to above the Battlers and Fei.]

SUZARN
"Oh, what a sensible lad! That saves us a bit of trouble.
Anyway, come along now, the 'Champ' is waiting! And don't worry! We'll let you return here soon."

[Suzarn gets ready to leave.]

SUZARN
"Hurry up then..."

[Camera pan to the stairs. Vargas and Heinrich walk to the stairs. Suzarn and Leonardo wait for Fei to walk into line and then they close the line behind him.]

SUZARN
"Fo-rwa-rd ma-rch!"

[The group marches up the stairs. Scene fade. Stop music.]

-----

[Begin music: "Pray for the People's Joy"]

[Scene opens above a well decorated room, rather luxurious. A large green creature with orange hair is looking towards the back wall's sofa. Pan to the stairs behind the creature. The Battlers and Fei walk in and line up on the opposite side of the table.]

SUZARN
"Champ, we've brought him to you."

[The creature man turns around. Camera pan to the side over Heinrich.]

A MAN CALLED 'CHAMP'
"Thanks Suzarn. Hmmm, so you're the new inmate...
We don't know or care what you did to get put in here, but welcome to D Block... So what name do you go by?"

FEI
"... I am Fei Fong Wong. And what's your name?
I know it's not really 'Champ'? I at least have the right to know that much..."

[Suzarn turns to Fei.]

SUZARN
"Why you...!? How insolent!!"

[Camera pans to behind the group. The 'Champ' nods at Fei.]

CHAMP
"Calm down Suzarn. I don't mind... The name's Rico."

[Suzarn turns back. Rico nods.]

RICO
"Kid... It's good to have guts... if it's the real thing...
We know it's a bit sudden, but we need to see how strong you really are..."

[Rico turns to Heinrich.]

RICO
"Heinrich!"

[Rico turns to Vargas.]

RICO
"Vargas!"

[Rico turns to Leonardo.]

RICO
"Leonardo!"

[Rico turns to Suzarn.]

RICO
"Suzarn!"

[Rico turns around and pulls his fist out.]

RICO
"Let's begin his 'Baptism'! Take him outside!"

[Camera pan back as the group leaves except for Rico. Rico turns to the wall and clenches his fist. Scene change.]

[Scene opens on outside. It's rather grayish green, metallic and uncaring. Lots of steaming chimneys are seen. Pan to the right and over a small boxed open area as the Battlers and Fei walk into it. Rico walks up behind Fei and shakes his head.]

RICO
"Kid, you're up front."

[Fei walks to the back of the wall and Rico walks into his spot.]

RICO
"Now, I think you've got the idea, but I'll tell you anyway...
All the criminals sent here are each given a rank. Deciding what rank you are is easy...
You get your rank by fighting these four Battlers."

[Rico shakes his head and nods.]

RICO
"Relax, the fights are one on one.
By now you should've realized... Results are everything!
If you can defeat these four Battlers, you'll be promised a certain amount of freedom..."

[Rico composes himself.]

RICO
"Then, let the fights begin..."

[Rico pauses.]

RICO
"That's what I'd like to say... but even we have some compassion.
We'll give you some time... Even though it's one on one, you still have to fight all four.
You should get prepared for the battle. And one more thing...
Don't even think about trying to get away from here... After all, that's an impossibility."

[Fei prepares himself.]

SUZARN
"Hey, are you ready?"
[Let's rock]

[Fei walks to the back wall and turns back to the Battlers.]

SUZARN
"... Champ. He's ready... for his 'Baptismal Ceremony'."

RICO
"Hmph, then let it begin..."

[Rico begins.]

RICO
"Your first opponent will be Leonardo."

[Begin music: "Knight of Fire"]

[Battle: Fei vs. Leonardo]

[Scene opens on the boxed area.]

LEONARDO
"To have lost to someone who's just recovered... Sadness."

[Rico nods.]

RICO
"Hmph. How's the next one?"

[Battle: Fei vs. Heinrich]

[Scene opens on the boxed area.]

HEINRICH
"Guh, uuhh... How could I have..."

[Rico nods.]

RICO
"Hmmm, entertaining. How's the next one?"

[Battle: Fei vs. Vargas]

[Scene opens on the boxed area.]

VARGAS
"Hah! I'll get you for this someday."

[Rico swings his arms slightly.]

RICO
"Not bad. No one's defeated Vargas since Suzarn...
Now for the last one! You think you can win?"

[Battle: Fei vs. Suzarn]

[Scene opens on the boxed area.]

SUZARN
"R... ridiculous... Even I lost to you..."

[Rico nods.]

RICO
"You've defeated all 4... Hah, this is an unexpected outcome.
Let me give you the special treatment. I, myself, will be your final opponent."

[Scene cut in closer to Fei. Fei walks up a step and shakes his head.]

FEI
"Enough! There's no purpose in doing this!
I have nothing to do with you!"

[Rico shakes his head.]

RICO
"No need for a reason.
This is the D Block tradition! We must determine the pecking order."

[Rico prepares to fight.]

RICO
"Get ready!"

[Rico advances. Fei gets in defensive stance.]

[----Battle mode----]

[Rico walks up to Fei, and grabs his neck. Rico flames up.]

[Fei doesn't resist. Rico says "Argh! Is that the best you can do!?"]

RICO
"Is that all you can do? What? Don't you want to fight!?"

FEI
"Guh... gah..."

RICO
"What's wrong? If you don't resist, I'll end up breakin' yer neck!"

FEI
"N..., no..."

RICO
"Hm? What's that? I can't hear you!"

FEI
"No... I... won't... fight!"

RICO
"Hmph. Well then, this is the end!"

[Rico unleashes two solid punches on Fei.]

FEI
"Guh... uh, uh..."

[A heartbeat sound is heard. Flash scene red during heartbeat.]

VOICE
... Outta the way!

RICO
"What!?"

[A flash is heard and Rico is knocked sprawling. Fei is on his knees.]

FEI
"... I... I..."

[Rico grunts three times and then gets to his knees.]

RICO
"Hah hah hah. That's more like it... You're quite good.
You're the first one to ever injure me. Now I don't have to hold back.
I'm looking forward to this!"

[Battle: Fei vs. Rico]

[After a couple of salvos in which Fei tries to attack but doesn't faze Rico, Rico unleashes a devastating combo blow, defeating Fei without so much as a second thought. Rico yells "Hah! Amateur!" Fei is defeated.]

[----End battle mode----]

[Scene opens on the boxed area, but Fei is sprawled on the ground now.]

RICO
"... A bit tough. Well, a win is a win. Your rank is A."

FEI
"..."

RICO
"... Didn't you hear? Take him back to his quarters."

[Rico turns to the Battlers on his left.]

RICO
"... And don't forget that one thing..."

[Rico leaves. The battlers close in on Fei. Pan back away from the city and pan into the roofs. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on the D Block bunker. Pan in to the doctor's room adjacent to the bunkers. Fei is sprawling on the table with his arm over his face. The doctor walks up to a shelf, and then back to the training table. Fei has an orange collar around his neck.]

FEI
"Uuugh...? Where am I this time?"

DOCTOR
"... You're in the same place, just in a different room! You've had a rough day, heh?"

[Fei takes his arm away and turns his head to see the doctor.]

FEI
"Ah! ... Oh it's you? It looks like I needed your assistance again, huh...?"

DOCTOR
"Yes, but don't worry. I don't mind - it's my job! Anyway, how do you feel?"

FEI
"Hm? Aaah... I'm in a bit of pain, but nothing I can't cope with...
Lately I've been getting used to this kind of thing. Aah...!
The last thing I remember was those guys speaking of what 'rank' they think I am worthy of."

DOCTOR
"Oh, I think I better tell you about that..."

FEI
"What? You know what rank I am?"

DOCTOR
"You're quite strong, aren't you!? To defeat four people in your condition... it's no wonder they gave you rank A!
But to go up against the Champ...? It's amazing that you came back alive at all!"

[Fei puts his arm back over his face.]

FEI
"The fight was meaningless. I had no reason to ... I didn't want to fight..."

DOCTOR
"... What happened? You look a bit pale."

[Fei turns to the doctor again.]

FEI
"It's nothing. Don't worry. ... By the way, what's this thing around my neck?"

DOCTOR
"Oh that? It's a bomb...
The moment you leave the vicinity of the Imperial capital, that collar goes 'BOOM'!
Too bad, but while you have that on, you will never be able to escape from Nortune.
Apart from the civilians of D Block and a select few Battlers, everybody has to wear them..."

[The doctor turns and walks to the wall.]

DOCTOR
"... Here in D Block, that is the only chain that binds the prisoners."

[Camera begin panning slowly to the side of Fei, back and up.]

FEI
"Huh, a bomb? So no matter how much I struggle, I'll never escape from here."

[The doctor turns back to him.]

DOCTOR
"Anyway, you should try and get some rest today. You'll have to get used to life in this town soon too."

[Scene fade.]

[Begin music: "Back to Sleep (2)"]

-----

[Begin music: "Invasion"]

[Scene opens on the bunker. Fei gets up and out. He goes up a level and strikes up a conversation with a prisoner sitting by himself in the corner.]

PRISONER
I'm glad you spoke to me! See I'm nice to new inmates. So ask anything you want to!
What's bothering you?
[Where's the 'supplier'?]
... Supplier? Oh, you mean Hammer! He's probably at the bar. You'll know him when you see him!
Go out the east door, turn right, and then keep going straight ahead. The place with the neon sign is the bar!
[What's with the sewers?]
Ahh, the 'Kislev Sewers'! Why not see for yourself! Go out the west door and climb the ladder...
Then once you're on the roof, the ladder you can see to the northwest descends into the 'Kislev Sewers'!
You'll know it by the guy standing watch near the entrance. That's his job!

[Fei heads for the counter.]

CHEF
Has Monsieur decided what he wants from 'ze menu yet?
[Yep, I've decided!]

CHEF
Which would Monsieur like?
[Dishes a 'la rank: Boosta Limit]

[Pan around the kitchen.]

CHEF
One moment pleeze...

[Chef turns around.]

CHEF
We 'ave 'ze order! One 'Boosta Limit' pleeze!

COOKS
That's right

[Chef gets something from the cooks and takes it to Fei.]

CHEF
Here iz your 'Boosta Limit'. Eat zis to increaze your agility! Ze effect differz wiz each individual.

FEI
"Let's see... how it tastes."

[Heart beat. Flash in out fading to white for a few moments.]

FEI
"My body ... the air... Time ... Everything is ..."

[Fei leaves the bunker and goes outside. He climbs up to the top of a tower and speaks to an old man there.]

GRAMPS
"Who're you? Only the operations manager is allowed here!"

FEI
"It's not written anywhere..."

GRAMPS
"... Even so that's the way it is!!"

[Fei shrugs and shakes his head.]

FEI
"Jeez, you don't have to get so mad. I didn't know.
So hey, tell me something, what is this?"

GRAMPS
"... Might as well. It's the Observation Tower."

FEI
"Observation Tower? What are you watching?"

GRAMPS
"Hmph, you'll find out... in just a minute."

[Gramps turns.]

GRAMPS
"............... It's coming! There!"

[Gramps turns away from Fei, who looks over his shoulder. Scene cut to reveal an elevated train that rings its bell twice and drives through the block. Scene cut to side of rails. Scene cut to rear of train. The light under the tower turns red. Pan up to the tower as Fei and Gramps watch it go.]

FEI
"Wow, that's amazing."

GRAMPS
"... Well, I'm the operations manager.
But there's no one to manage. It's perfectly automated.
I'm only the operations manager on paper."

FEI
"Perfect? Is anything in the world perfect...?"

GRAMPS
"... Hmph. The only weakness is the detection equipment...
If it detects a heat source it'll shut the whole thing down to prevent any accidents..."

[Fei talks again.]

GRAMPS
"I've some advice for you, youngster! Jumping from this tower is illegal!!
Even if I know you, I'm gonna fine you! Better not forget it! I'm no pushover!"

[Gramps continues.]

GRAMPS
"Beyond those tracks over there...
There's some special equipment in the tunnel.
There was a group who tried to escape and didn't know that. That bomb collar went BOOM! Yep, see ya..."

[Gramps turns to Fei.]

GRAMPS
"... As long as you have that bomb collar on, it's impossible to escape!"

[Fei continues on and enters a Nisan facility. He walks up and speaks to the head nun.]

HEAD NUN
15 years ago, in the Empire, there was a great riot. There were many casualties...

[The nun continues.]

HEAD NUN
Ricardo was one of the many casualties...
He had a lot of friends but most were lost in that great riot.
It was said that the cause of the riot was due to the friction between the 'Ethos' and the Kaiser.

[Fei leaves, walks a little further and heads into the bar. He talks to Latina, the bartender, who also appears to be an Amazoness.]

LATINA
"Welcome to 'Latina's Bar'. Make yourself comfortable!"

[Fei wanders around the bar. He stops and talks to a soldier.]

SOLDIER
You look like you're new here so I'll give you some special advice.
Around here, if you don't work, you're not gonna earn your day's keep. 'If you don't work, you don't eat', is how it is!
That's where prisoners like you come into things... Your job is to clean up the sewers. It's not like there aren't any other jobs...
Oh yeah, don't get me wrong. When I say cleaning I don't mean you use a mop to polish the floors, or whatever...
Here in D Block, 'cleaning' is what we call exterminating all the monsters that live down in the sewers.
As long as you get rid of those monsters down there, you shouldn't have a problem makin' a living around here. The rest is up to you...
By the way, I'm no prisoner. I'm a freelancing profiteer you can find almost anywhere.
Even if you're not a prisoner, you can always exchange items for money here.

[Fei walks around the bar. When he comes around the corner a humanoid rodent with a bomb collar notices him.]

BEASTOID MAN
"Ah!?"

[Fei walks over to the beastoid man.]

BEASTOID MAN
"Oh, allow me to introduce myself... They call me, 'Hammer - the Supplier'.
It's been a long time since such a powerful criminal has been sent to D Block!
Heh-heh, so that makes you pretty famous in this town. In other words, you're the center of attention, bro!"

FEI
"... Could you stop calling me 'bro'? My name is Fei!"

'HAMMER - THE SUPPLIER'
"... What's wrong with it? It's not like I'm putting you down.
What, would you prefer me to call you 'sir' or something?"

FEI
"... Oh, do whatever you wish."

'HAMMER - THE SUPPLIER'
"Then it's decided. I'll continue to call you bro from now on!
By the way, bro, I hear you're really strong. Not many get rank A, you know! I'm pretty impressed!
... And what's more, bro, you seem different from the other prisoners."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"... Different, huh? Well you don't look so normal yourself!"

[Hammer nods.]

'HAMMER - THE SUPPLIER'
"It's not meant to be an insult... Just a feeling I have. No deep meaning!
Oh, and if you have any problems, talk to me! Since I'm a supplier, I've got all the connections!"

[Fei walks up and continues his conversation.]

HAMMER
"Bro, doesn't it seem like there's something missing here in D Block?
Something, or things, that you could find elsewhere, but can't find here?
Yeah, yeah? Don't you think so, bro?"

FEI
[Come to think of it]

HAMMER
"Yeah, what's missing are item shops, oh, and don't forget the weapon shops..."

[Hammer looks eager.]

HAMMER
"Ya need anything, bro?"

[Fei buys stuff.]

HAMMER
"It's too expensive elsewhere! Yep.
You know it's gotta be 'Hammer's Ether Bag'!"

[Fei leaves the bar and continues to walk when a guard runs up to him.]

GUARD
"Hmm, so you're the new guy? The Imperial Committee is looking for you...
They heard something about you and the Champ's men... They should still be somewhere in D Block.
They decided to visit you... This is a good chance for a prisoner like yourself!"

[Fei heads back to the dorm. He talks to an Amazoness in the front of the room.]

AMAZONESS
... The Imperial capital's Battling Committee members? Hmm, don't see them here now.
There was a group of three people who came earlier, but they've left.

[Fei heads back to the guard.]

GUARD
"You again? The Committee member is still waiting in the dorm or the bar.
Hurry, now!"

[The guard continues.]

GUARD
"This is your one in a million chance to show your stuff!
The dorm or the bar... hurry!"

[Fei's already been in the dorm, so he walks back into the bar.]

[Scene opens on the bar interior. Hammer is gone. Camera pans around the bar as Fei walks into the center and looks around.]

FEI
"... Not here either... Must have left already?"

[Fei hears something.]

FEI
"Huh?"

[Camera pan around Fei to reveal two guards and a woman coming down out of Rico's chamber. They stop in front of Fei, blocking the woman.]

MYSTERY WOMAN
"... I finally get to meet you. You're Fei, right? ... And, uh, outta the way!!"

WOMAN'S SUBORDINATES
!?
Uh, forgive us, Ms. Cohen!!"

[The men split to the side, clearing a path as Ms. Cohen walks up to Fei.]

WOMAN CALLED MS. COHEN
"You men are hopeless! This is why I didn't want to come with you two.
Huhmm, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Rue Cohen from the 'Imperial Battling Committee' in B Block of this, the Imperial capital."

FEI
"... Imperial Battling Committee? What do you want with me?"

COMMITTEE MEMBER RUE
"... I'll cut to the point. We want you to participate in the Battling tournament."

FEI
"... Battling?"

COMMITTEE MEMBER RUE
"It's a recreational sport, where Gear fights against Gear, or even Gear fights against monster depending on the program.
Currently, there are no regulations for eligibility. And we, the committee, rarely interact with the participants directly. You should be honored.
You are in luck that your little incident with the 'Champ' caught our attention so soon.
... So how about it? Better a Battler than a prisoner... It's not a bad deal at all."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"... I'm sorry, but I don't like Gears.
I have no interest in such recreational tournaments.
And above all, I don't even have a Gear, so even if I wanted to participate, I can't. You ask too much!"

SUBORDINATES
"Indeed, we ask too much!"

[Rue turns to the subordinates.]

COMMITTEE MEMBER RUE
"Oh, shush! You two keep quiet!!"

SUBORDINATES
"Uh, sorry, Ms. Cohen!!"

[Rue turns back to Fei.]

COMMITTEE MEMBER RUE
"Hmm, forgive me... But do not worry about the latter problem.
The Gear you require for the Battling will be provided by the committee.
... So, will you participate then?"

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"Don't make me repeat myself.
I hate Gears and I'm not interested in that kind of stuff!"

COMMITTEE MEMBER RUE
"If you won't change your mind then you'll... Well, you're still new here. I'll give you more time.
Perhaps we may have been too pushy... But please, think about this offer seriously. I'll be looking forward to a favorable reply."

[Rue prepares to leave.]

COMMITTEE MEMBER RUE
"Well then, hope to talk to you again... soon!!"

[Fei walks out of the way. Camera pan 90 as they walk out. Rue and her subordinates leave.]

FEI
"... Gears, huh?"

[Fei starts to leave the bar. Camera pan 180 to behind Fei. As he opens the door, Hammer is coming in.]

FEI
"Whoa!?"

[Fei backs up. Camera pans to the side as Hammer steps in.]

FEI
"Ha, Hammer!?"

[Hammer shakes his head.]

HAMMER
"Why did you do that, bro?"

[Fei shakes his head confusingly.]

FEI
"Wait, Hammer. What are you talking about?"

HAMMER
"I overheard it all with my own ears! Why did you reject their invitation?
It's truly a rare occasion for the committee to personally make contact!
It's still not too late! Do it, bro. We can still make it, right? You'll be a Battler... A Battler!!"

[Fei puts his hands on his hips and looks down.]

FEI
"Oh, that... If you overheard, you should already know.
I don't like fighting. And Gears, well...! Moreover, there is no reason for me to do it."

[Hammer shakes his head.]

HAMMER
"If you become a Battler, you can leave the prison and live in luxury!
Power is everything here! The powerless... the weak are just oppressed!! So c'mon, give it a try!"

FEI
"...
... Is that all?"

HAMMER
"Huh? What do you mean?"

[Fei looks up.]

FEI
"... Are you done?"

HAMMER
"... Done?"

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"You've said enough... Now could you move out of the way?
Hammer, sorry, but I doubt my feelings will change... Fighting and Gears, I hate them both. So too bad!"

[Hammer moves. Fei leaves. Camera pans with Fei.]

'HAMMER - THE SUPPLIER'
"Oh... bro."

[Scene change.]

[Fei walks back to his dorm. Scene change.]

[Scene opens on the dorm interior. Camera pans to behind Fei as he walks into the main part. Hammer opens the other door and runs as fast as he can up to Fei.]

HAMMER
"Bro, I have news! News!"

[Hammer keeps talking.]

HAMMER
"The new doctor who was appointed today has just arrived!"

[Camera pan to side view behind Hammer.]

FEI
"Hammer, you were supposed to have been in the bar..."

HAMMER
"Oh, bro! You shouldn't worry about such little details!
If you just rely on me, the forefront of information, then you will know it all! So about this doctor..."

FEI
"... About what doctor?"

HAMMER
"What? You didn't know bro?
The previous lady doctor got transferred to look after the civilian sector of town!
Makes you envious, huh! So's we gets a new doctor to look after D block. They say he just got here!"

FEI
"... The new doctor, eh?
So, what on earth has this new doctor got to do with you, the great 'supplier'?"

HAMMER
"What are you talking about bro? Of course I have everything to do with him!
If I become chums with him, I can expand my connections by establishing black market medical treatment routes!"

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"... So that's it, huh? Oh, Hammer, what will we ever do with you?"

HAMMER
"Whatever bro, whatever. Anyway, let's go say hello to him, shall we?"

FEI
"Well, yeah. I suppose we should at least say hello."

[Fei walks down the stairs to the bunker. Hammer runs after him. Scene fade.]

[Scene opens on bunker. Fei comes out of the stairwell, followed by Hammer. Camera pans to stay in front of Fei as he turns the corner and walks into the doctor's room. When he gets there, he looks around. No one is there. Hammer walks in.]

FEI
"You say a new doctor has come, but... there's nobody here!"

[Hammer folds his arms.]

HAMMER
"Huh? That's strange... according to my sources he should be here...!"

FEI
"Too bad he's not here, huh Hammer!
Looks like you'll have to forget about those black market medical treatment routes you were..."

[The sound of a door opening interrupts Fei.]

FEI
!?

[Fei and Hammer turn towards the sound.]

HAMMER
"The sound of an opening door! It seems that the new doc was in the next room!"

[After a brief moment, Citan walks into the room!]

FEI
"D, d, doc? Citan? What are you doing here!?"

CITAN
"I monitored Kislev's radio communications...
I heard them talking about a Gear they recovered in Kislev that fit the description of Weltall.
They said they transported it to their capital, so I came here on the off chance I might also find you here!"

HAMMER
"Huh? You wouldn't by any chance know this doctor, would you bro?"

[Citan walks into the room a little further.]

CITAN
"So anyway, Fei, have you taken any action yet?"

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"... Taken any action? What do you mean by that, doc?"

CITAN
"You cannot stay in here forever, can you?
Are you not going to escape?"

FEI
"Escape?"

CITAN
"Fei! You are not intending to spend the rest of your life here are you?
You do not mind breaking your promise, then?"

FEI
"What promise...?"

[Citan shakes his head.]

CITAN
"Oh my! How could you forget such an important thing as that?
You promised Bart that you would protect Margie and the people of Nisan if anything happened to him!"

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"Oh that? I did promise that, didn't I...!?
But... has something happened to Bart?"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"I am afraid to say so. He fought bravely against the enemy's new forces...
But it was in vain! The Yggdrasil was badly damaged and sank to the bottom of the sea of sand.
Just before the ship sank, I jumped in an escape-pod and jettisoned out of there so that I was not engulfed.
Since then, I regret to say I could find out nothing of the others' whereabouts or fates..."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"Who would have thought... What was I doing...?"

CITAN
"What in the heavens happened, Fei?"

[Fei walks away to the training table and looks down as the others watch.]

FEI
"Once again... I lost all memory... and all sense of time...
While I was fighting that Vanderkaum guy, he, Grahf, appeared... Then I realized Bart and the crew's plight.
The other guys with me were defeated by Vanderkaum and his giant-sized Gear... After that...
After that... it was like Lahan village over again! When I woke up, I was in Nortune's prison block..."

[Fei looks up and turns back to Citan.]

FEI
"Doc, what happened to the squadron at the borderlands?
What is the meaning of my being here and Weltall having been recovered in Kislev...?"

[Citan shakes his head.]

CITAN
"... That squadron was annihilated!
There was also wreckage of a giant-sized Gear... the likes of which I have never seen before!"

[Citan shakes his head. Fei looks down.]

FEI
"..."

[Citan takes a step towards Fei and shakes his head.]

CITAN
"Come on now Fei! Nobody is pointing their finger at you!
It might have been caused by something else!"

[Fei shakes his head and looks up.]

FEI
"It's alright, doc. Little by little I've been coming to understand it."

[Fei holds out his hands and looks at them.]

FEI
"Just maybe... No... most surely... I've done it again..."

CITAN
"Oh, Fei..."

[Fei regains himself.]

FEI
"I'll keep my promise...
Otherwise I'd never be able to look Bart in the face again...
Cause Bart and them are alive somewhere... I just know that they are!"

[Citan looks down.]

CITAN
"So that means..."

[Citan looks up. Fei nods.]

FEI
"I'm gonna do whatever it takes to get out of here! Will you help me out doc?"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"Of course. It will be my pleasure!"

[Hammer walks up and shakes his head.]

HAMMER
"No, bro, I doubt it! Any thought of leaving here is just a dream!"

[Fei and Citan turn to Hammer.]

CITAN
"Why do you say that?"

[Hammer points to his collar.]

HAMMER
"Cause of these things! They're explosive collars!
As long as we are wearing these, we'll never be able to set foot out of here!"

CITAN
"Explosive collars...? That is dangerous of them, is it not!?
Allow me to have a little look at it, please."

[Citan walks up to Hammer and examines his collar.]

CITAN
"... Let me see... Hmmm... Well, well... Ah, ha... Ohhh... Humph..."

[Citan walks away, turns to Fei and nods.]

CITAN
"We might just possibly be able to do something about these."

HAMMER
"Re, really!? ... Even mechanical engineers gave up on these in despair!"

[Fei turns to Citan and nods.]

CITAN
"Doc was always good at tinkering with machines. So I guess there's hope!"

[Hammer turns to Citan.]

HAMMER
"I don't know, bro! Let's leave them alone! No matter how good he is...
One tiny mistake and it's BOOM! BANG! Game Over, man! Get Hammer's drift, bro!?"

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"... It's alright. I believe in doc!"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"... Well then, shall we give it a try?"

[Citan walks up to Fei.]

CITAN
"... Are you absolutely sure you want to go through with this, Fei?
Do you not want to think it through first? Just to be sure, I mean! Though you can trust me... I hope!"

[Fei looks down.]

FEI
"So, let's..."
[Take a rest first!]

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"Yes, let us rest up a little first. In the meantime, think carefully about it!"

[Citan walks off in the corner. Fei walks by him.]

CITAN
"..."

FEI
"...
(He's deep in thought... I don't think he heard me.)"

[Fei goes over to Hammer.]

HAMMER
"Oh bro! Please don't! No matter how you look at it, it's too dangerous!"

[Citan turns around.]

CITAN
"Well then, Fei, have you made up your mind yet?"

[Fei turns to Citan.]

FEI
"Yes, well, errh, let's..."
[Wait a bit longer!]

[Citan looks down.]

CITAN
"... Well then, when you are ready, let me know as soon as possible, OK!"

[Fei walks around a bit and then back to Hammer.]

HAMMER
"Oh bro! Please don't! No matter how you look at it, it's too dangerous!"

[Citan turns around.]

CITAN
"Well then, Fei, have you made up your mind yet?"

[Fei turns to Citan.]

FEI
"Yes, well, errh, let's..."
[Do it now, doc!]

[Fei nods and walks to a chair in the center of the room.]

FEI
"... Yeah. Ready when you are doc! No turning back, now, huh!"

[Citan looks down.]

CITAN
"Well then... You are sure you want to go through with it so..."

[Citan looks up. Hammer cringes.]

HAMMER
"... Oooh, broooo!"

[Citan walks up to Fei and nods.]

CITAN
"Well then... let us give it a go..."

[Fei turns to Citan. Citan begins tinkering.]

... RATTLE! RATTLE!

[Citan looks down.]

CITAN
"Mmm... This is... harder than... I thought!"

... CLATTER! CLATTER! ... CLANG!

CLANK!

[Camera pan up and away from Fei.]

CITAN
"Ah! oop... Oh-oh!"

[Citan backs away. Camera stop pan behind Fei.]

FEI
"Doc! What was that sound? ... And... what's that behind your back?"

CITAN
"Huh? Oh, err... It is nothing, Fei. Hahaha, nothing at all!"

[Hammer walks up and looks behind Citan.]

HAMMER
"Tha, tha, that part is... the explosive collar's safety device, isn't it!?"

[Hammer backs up quickly and shakes his head. Citan looks down.]

CITAN
"... S, sorry. I did what I..."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"It's alright, doc. It doesn't matter if you take off one or two parts...
We are going to take the whole thing off anyway!"

CITAN
"... Err, well Fei... What I just removed was the bomb's safety device..."

FEI
"Safety device... What does it do?"

HAMMER
"Well bro... put simply, a safety device is what stops a bomb from exploding.
When you remove a safety device from a bomb... it means the bomb could explode at any time!"

[Fei puts his hands behind his back.]

FEI
"..."

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"This is bad!? Hurry up and get this thing off of me doc!"

[Citan shakes his head.]

CITAN
"Now that it has no safety device, if I mess up while tampering with it...
then it is the end of us! There is nothing more that I can do, Fei! ... I am so sorry!"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"It seems that these bombs will not explode unless given a very strong shock.
They are delicate when you mess inside them, but they are extremely good at 'shock absorption'...
... as you can tell from the fact that even competitors wear them in the Battling Tournaments."

FEI
"But, no matter how shock absorbant it is, it's still dangerous in this state!?"

[Citan assumes his thinking posture.]

CITAN
"That is true...
If only there was something else we could do besides risky tinkering!"

[Hammer turns to Citan.]

HAMMER
"Excuse me, doctor, but... would you mind giving me that safety device?
It would fetch a fair price if sold to a collector. Of course I'd be willing to pay you for it!"

[Citan turns to Hammer.]

CITAN
"... This thing? Well I do not mind. What do you think Fei?"

[Citan turns to Fei. Fei nods.]

FEI
"Well it's of no value to us to keep it now, is it? ... He can have it, doc!"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"Well then, here you go..."

[Hammer nods. Item sound.]

HAMMER
"Hee-hee. Thank you, man! Take this as payment..."

Received 3500G!

[Citan begins thinking again.]

CITAN
"... But, we are still left with the same problem.
If only there was a better way of getting rid of that explosive collar...!?"

[Hammer looks up.]

HAMMER
"Oh, I forgot to tell you! There is a way of having these collars removed...
It requires you winning a 'Special Pardon' in the Imperial Games, though..."

[Citan and Fei turn to Hammer.]

CITAN
"A 'Special Pardon'?"

HAMMER
"Yes. Every year they hold the Imperial Games of Battling.
The Kaiser himself watches over the Battling matches and cancels any sentence the winner is serving.
Also the winner is given a position as a military officer as an added bonus!"

[Citan turns to Fei and nods.]

CITAN
"Well then, all we have to do is win at the Games then! Do we not, Fei?"

[Citan turns back to Hammer.]

HAMMER
"I am telling you it is hopeless!
To do that you will have to defeat the current champion, Master Rico!
But our bro here was totally beaten by that very person just days ago!"

[Hammer continues.]

HAMMER
"And this time we're talking about Battling! With Gears, bro, Gears!
There's no assurance of your safety. He could very well kill you by pretending to cause an accident!"

[Fei looks down.]

FEI
"..."

[Citan turns to Fei.]

CITAN
"Really?"

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"Yeah... but last time I didn't have the desire to fight them...
Yet if I were to come up against him seriously... I am not sure whether I could win or not."

CITAN
"Is he really that much stronger than the other 4 Battlers, this Champ chap?"

[Hammer shakes his head furiously.]

HAMMER
"Put it this way...
He's the undefeated king, reigning at the summit of the Imperial capital's Battling Tournaments!
With a history of 40 bouts ending in 40 K.O.s, most of which occured within 30 seconds from start time...
If he wins this year's Imperial Games then he'll be the reigning champion for three years running!"

[Citan turns to Hammer.]

CITAN
"Just one second! Is this person a prisoner?"

HAMMER
"Yes he is."

[Citan begins thinking again.]

CITAN
"That is strange... The winner is supposed to receive a pardon, right?
Why is he still a prisoner now then?"

[Hammer folds his arms.]

HAMMER
"That's the thing! Master Rico could have said goodbye to prison life by now!
But they say he turned down his pardon. I guess he must like his fighting a great deal...!"

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"Well, we can't just stand round here talking about it.
I don't care whether it is Battling or whatever! If there is a chance then I am going to try and take it!"

[Hammer straightens up.]

HAMMER
"Are you serious?"

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"Yes, I am."

HAMMER
"Do you think you can win?"

[Fei shakes his head.]

FEI
"No, I don't. But, for now, I can only give it a try!"

HAMMER
"Well... If that's how it is then I'll just go off and register you now!"

[Hammer runs out the door. Fei watches him go.]

FEI
"That Hammer... He looked very pleased all of a sudden!"

[Citan turns to Fei, thinking.]

CITAN
"... But are you alright about this? As we spoke about before...
Whether you are forced to or not... you did not want to do this, right? Fight with Gears, I mean!?"

[Fei looks down.]

FEI
"..."

[Citan looks up.]

CITAN
"There are most probably other ways to get out of here.
Fei, I do not want to push you into anything you do not want to do!"

[Fei nods.]

FEI
"I know doc. I still don't like Gears. That much hasn't changed.
When I pilot them, I become aware of how unstable my very 'being' is... even if I don't want to think of it!
But at the same time, it is also a connection with some lost 'part' of me.
If that's the case then, recently, I decided I would stick with it to the end.
Elly also had been troubled by the same thing. And if I just stay depressed about it, nothing will improve!"

[Citan nods.]

CITAN
"Is that how you feel...? I think I understand you better now, Fei.
Anyway, let us get some rest today. We are going to become busy!"

[Scene fade. Stop music.]

-----

[Scene opens in a pitch-black area. A huge orb with electronic lights is seen with smaller similar orbs circling around it. It makes a constant whirring noise. Camera has orb at top left of screen. Faces on the orb, which are not seen at this point, begin to talk. The game does not give them names, and there are many of them.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Since it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between all the different faces and many of them have the same color but are different, the script will just break a line when the speaker changes. These characters appear often in the script and will be treated in the same fashion every time they appear. The script will designate "ORB FACES" and then neglect to identify until a different character is given dialogue to project.]

ORB FACES
Faster than we expected...

[Camera pan back to reveal all orbs.]

The awakening of the untouchable one...

It has been 3 years since we heard any news.
According to the memory cube, 'he' is currently in Nortune, the Imperial capital of Kislev.

Detestable... Vexing... Cursed...

If only 'he' did not exist, the Lambs would not have been turned into the 'Animus'.
It has been 500 years since our fall in the 'Days of Destruction' that 'he' caused...
We would not have had to do this in such a troublesome manner, as we do now.

The excavation of the 'Anima Relics' in each area is proceeding as planned.
It's too late to change things now. But in the future, we'll shape what will be.

Fade... Vanish... Disappear...

Although, we do not know which route it flowed from...
... we're fortunate the 'gate keeper' was activated.

From the 'Ethos'? Or...

It doesn't matter. Although...

So are you saying that we mustn't break Ignas' equilibrium?

Well, it is the surface... and that land is unclean!

That is merely an excuse.

It's a justifiable reason. Even Cain would not object.

But we can't use the 'Gaetia Key'. Not until the proper time comes.

There's a third fleet in Bledavik. Their reserve units will do.

Oh, his fleet. Your orders?

To purge.
Give no motives. If he knew our motives, it's obvious he'd do something unpredictable.

But, wouldn't we need more men to raze the entire area of Nortune?

There is an ancient reactor in Nortune. We'll use that.
The half-life fallout will be 1000 years.
Nothing will be able to live within 300 kelts of the explosion.
However, they've lived through that before. They won't perish that easily.

But, we must at least eliminate 'him'.

Yes. There's nothing we need from there. So be it, take care of it.

If it is a direct hit...

Well then...

Your orders are given.

[Scene fade.]

 Chapter 16: Desert Despair

 

Chapter 18: Brave Battlers

 

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